Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Interview and Excerpt: Scavenger Girl

 What was your inspiration for Scavenger Girl?
I had a dream that I just couldn’t shake. It was the kind that simmers in your mind the entire day and makes you wonder how the particular snap-shot of what you saw came to be. I made several hypotheses as to why Una and her family were what they were to fit the construct of my dream. Some fit, some didn’t. When the pieces started to come together, I wrote them down in effort to keep them straight. You see, I can stop thinking about something if I write it down. Otherwise, I keep twirling it around in my head for fear I’ll forget. If I jot it down and put it in a safe place, I can let my mind relax and tend to other things. The problem with this was that it was not a grocery list, or a reminder of some sort of appointment; it was the details of a world and a life of a young woman in it. As such, Scavenger Girl was created.

What was the hardest part about writing this book?
The hardest part was trying to have a conversation about something OTHER than the novel! Once the people closest to me had read it, it’s all we’d talk about.

Tell us something surprising about yourself.
I rarely sit down, and when I do it’s to write.

What books/TV shows/movies do you enjoy and why?
I don’t watch too much TV, but when I do it’s generally something on Netflix. Before I started writing, I was a huge movie buff. I’d see anything that was out. I loved movies so much, my first ‘real’ job was as a cashier at a drive-in movie theater. That’s where I met my husband!

If Scavenger Girl were going to be a movie, what would be the tagline?
There are worse things than losing your birthright

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Write what you want to read. There is so much pressure to write for a particular audience, but at the end of the day, I can say I’m proud of what I created because I wrote from the heart. There is not a lot of opportunity to be authentically creative. Writing is one avenue, but you have to love it. Otherwise your readers will know.

(author) @JennArntson
(characters) @Una_Ashlund  @Cal_of_Ashlund  @Mar_of_Ashlund

About the Book:
Stripped of their birthright and shunned by the people of Ashlund, Una and her family are forced to live on the fringe of society as Scavengers. There is no question that her family's bond is strong, but the law of the Authority is stronger...and soon it will come to collect her. After all, the family is on borrowed time already. 

When a night of torment and truth reveals well kept secrets, Una takes new freedoms - free from the Authority, her family, and possibly her fate. Pulled between the life she's always known and a world where status and rituals are everything, Una struggles to understand a culture that has rejected all she holds dear. As Atchem comes to an end and she learns who she really is, will Una find the courage to do what it takes to ensure her family's survival, or will she find the faith to follow her heart?
Find it on Amazon

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Spotlight: Sleep Savannah Sleep

About the Book:
The Dead Don't Always Rest in Peace

Jason Crandall, recently widowed, is left to raise his young daughter and rebellious teenage son on his own - and the old Victorian in Shadow Springs seems like the perfect place for them to start over. But the cracks in Jason’s new world begin to show when he meets Savannah Sturgess, a beautiful socialite who has half the men in town dancing on tangled strings.

When she goes missing, secrets begin to surface, and Jason becomes ensnared in a dangerous web that leads to murder - and he becomes a likely suspect. But who has the answers that will prove his innocence? The jealous husband who’s hell-bent on destroying him? The local sheriff with an incriminating secret? The blind old woman in the house next door who seems to watch him from the windows? Or perhaps the answers lie in the haunting visions and dreams that have recently begun to consume him. 

Or maybe, Savannah herself is trying to tell him that things aren’t always as they seem - and that sometimes, the dead don’t rest in peace. 

About the Author:
Alistair Cross was born in the western United States and began penning his own stories by the age of eight. First published by Damnation Books in 2012, Alistair has since published several more novels. In 2012, he joined forces with international bestselling author, Tamara Thorne, and as Thorne & Cross, they write the successful Gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, is an Amazon Best Seller, as is Alistair's solo novel, The Crimson Corset.

In 2014, Alistair and Tamara began the internet radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! Haunted Nights LIVE! premiered to great acclaim and has featured such guests as Chelsea Quinn Yarbro of the Saint-Germain vampire series, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels that inspired the hit television series, Jay Bonansinga of the Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novels, and New York Times best sellers Christopher Rice, Jonathan Maberry, and Christopher Moore.

Alistair is currently at work on several projects including a solo novel and a new Thorne & Cross collaboration. His influences include the works of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Saul, Ira Levin, and William Peter Blatty.

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