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Nov 07

An Interview with Jessica Therrien

By Melinda VanLone | Thoughts

You’ve seen a few posts here about Jessica’s series Children of the Gods. I thought you might like to know more about her, so I posed a few questions and she was kind enough to answer. Here it is, your chance to delve into the mind of a writer. Don’t worry, I’ll hold your hand…it’s not as scary as some would have you think. Or maybe it is. Let’s find out:

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I started writing OPPRESSION in 2009 around the same time I accepted a boring government desk job. I needed a little creativity to balance me out. I was 24.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

This is a fun one because my job is looking after my two wild boys (ages 2.5 & 9 months). The real question is, what is my writing schedule like between the tantrums, diaper changes and running around the house pretending to be fighting Thor with a Captain America shield. The answer? It’s random. Very very random.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Maybe I’m just used to mommy chaos, but it is very hard for me to write if there is peace and quiet.

What does your family think of your writing?

They are overly supportive. I should probably pay them for their enthusiasm. They’re like my personal marketing department.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

About a million things that I never actually get to do because I’m covered in baby love. Play guitar, sew, make jewelry, scrapbook, watch movies, go to the gym, do yoga…a girl can daydream.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating these books?

After dwelling, stressing, waiting, obsessing over getting a publisher, I realized (after being traditionally published) that I actually preferred to have the control. I asked for my rights back and started my own imprint with a few author friends called Acorn Publishing. It has been an amazing experience, one I never saw coming.

Check us out at Acornauthorservicesandpublishing.com

Why do you write YA fantasy?

Because it transports me to a different world that is far more exciting than hanging out in my PJs with two little munchkins (as cute and cuddly as they may be).

Who are your favorite authors?

The obvious ones. JK Rowling & Moira Young are two of my favorite MG/YA authors. I loved WILD by Cheryl Strayed. Recently I found Kat Ross, author of SOME FINE DAY.

What are you reading right now?

TRAVELERS by Meradeth Houston

 

If you’d like to know more, head on over to Jessica’s place. Tell her I sent ya 🙂

Oct 05

New Book Release! Uprising (Children of the Gods 2)

By Melinda VanLone | Thoughts

 

 

Uprising-Second-Edition-Cover

Just wanted to give you a heads up! Jessica Therrien follows up her bestselling novel OPPRESSION with UPRISING, the second book in the Children of the Gods series. OPPRESSION, translated and sold around the world, was one of the best selling YA novels of 2012.

UPRISING continues the story of Elyse, William and the Descendants. Elyse has been in hiding for most of her life. Only now she’s hiding with William, and she knows who she’s hiding from. The Council wants a child Elyse and William have yet to conceive, a child who will be the next oracle, and who will provide the final piece to a plan Christoph has been organizing for years.

Charged with leading the rebellion against Christoph and his Council, Elyse feels well out of her depth. But she has good friends and strong allies who are willing to fight with her to the end, regardless of how far they have to go, and how many lives will be lost in the process.

They have one goal: to live freely and openly with the rest of humanity, out from under The Council’s oppressive rule. The stakes could not be higher for Elyse and the Descendants longing for freedom. They’ll have to learn to fight if they want to stand up against The Council, and to find allies in a world ruled by their enemies. The hardest part of waging a war is knowing who to trust. Elyse knows their uprising will change the world. She doesn’t realize it will change her, too.

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OPPRESSION (Children of the Gods #1)

Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She’s been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than average people, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she’s well over eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal.

For Elyse, these things don’t make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she’s been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability.

Or so she thinks.

Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her for a long time. Some are waiting for her to put an end to centuries of traditions that have oppressed their people under the guise of safeguarding them. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning-and she’s not entirely willing to play by their rules.

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Sep 04

Oppression Has A New Cover!

By Melinda VanLone | Thoughts

Just some quick news for your holiday weekend reading. Oppression, book 1 of the Children of the Gods series, has a fresh look and an awesome price! $2.99, with book 2 coming next month you’ll want to grab this one now!

 

OPPRESSION (Children of the Gods #1)

Release Date: September 2, 2015

Publisher: Acorn Publishing

Series Release Dates:

UPRISING (Children of the Gods #2) – October 2, 2015

REDEMPTION (Children of the Gods #3) – November 2, 2015

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Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She’s been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than average people, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she’s well over eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don’t make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she’s been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability. Or so she thinks. Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her for a long time. Some are waiting for her to put an end to centuries of traditions that have oppressed their people under the guise of safeguarding them. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning-and she’s not entirely willing to play by their rules.