Blog Tour: Wicked As You Wish

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WICKED BOOK COVER.pngWicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names for Magic #1)

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: March 3rd 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Synopsis: 
An unforgettable alternative history fairytale series from the author of The Bone Witch trilogy about found family, modern day magic, and finding the place you belong.
Many years ago, the magical Kingdom of Avalon was left desolate and encased in ice when the evil Snow Queen waged war on the powerful country. Its former citizens are now refugees in a world mostly devoid of magic. Which is why the crown prince and his protectors are stuck in…Arizona.
Prince Alexei, the sole survivor of the Avalon royal family, is in hiding in a town so boring, magic doesn’t even work there. Few know his secret identity, but his friend Tala is one of them. Tala doesn’t mind—she has secrets of her own. Namely, that she’s a spellbreaker, someone who negates magic.
Then hope for their abandoned homeland reignites when a famous creature of legend, and Avalon’s most powerful weapon, the Firebird, appears for the first time in decades. Alex and Tala unite with a ragtag group of new friends to journey back to Avalon for a showdown that will change the world as they know it.
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About the Author
Despite an unsettling resemblance to Japanese revenants, Rin always maintains her sense of hummus. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. Dances like the neighbors are watching.
She is represented by Rebecca Podos of the Helen Rees Agency. She is also fond of speaking in the third person, and may as well finish this short bio in this manner. While she does not always get to check her Goodreads page, she does answer questions posed to her here as promptly as she is able to.
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1st Prize: Win a signed copy of WICKED AS YOU WISH by Rin Chupeco + 3 character stickers (Alex, Tala, and the firebird) + 2 character cards (Alex and Tala) [INT]

2nd Prize: Win (1) of (3) character stickers from WICKED AS YOU WISH (Alex, Tala, and the firebird) + character cards from WICKED AS YOU WISH (Alex and Tala) [INT]

Starts: February 26th 2020

Ends: March 11th 2020

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Author Interview: Hayley Chow.

Author Interview

Meet Hayley Chow.

Social Media Links:

https://www.instagram.com/hayleyreesechow/

https://hayleyreesechow.com/

The Interview.

Hi Hayley! 

Thanks for joining us today. Tell us a little about yourself.

Hayley Reese Chow has short and flash fiction featured or upcoming in Lite Lit One, The Drabble, Bewildering Stories, Teleport Magazine, and Rogue Blades Entertainment’s omnibus, AS YOU WISH!

Until recently though, she’s mostly done a lot of things that have nothing at all to do with writing. Her hat collection includes mother, wife, engineer, USAF veteran, reservist, four-time All American fencer, 100 mile ultramarathoner, triathlete, world traveler, voracious reader, and super nerd. Hayley currently lives in Florida with two small wild boys, her long-suffering husband, and her miniature ragehound.

But at night, when the house is still, she writes.


I adore your site tagline of “Telling stories fished from the dreamcatcher.” How did you come up with it? Do you have a dreamcatcher?

My writing tends toward the speculative and fantastical, so I really like the idea of dreams being a potential source of inspiration. When I was a young kid, I used to have really horrible nightmares, so my mom got me a beautiful dreamcatcher. I think I was a little afraid of it. For some reason, I’ve always thought they were a bit eerie, like some kind of sandman spider crawled through it while you slept. I became convinced that the dreamcatcher actually made the nightmares worse, so it disappeared back into my mother’s nest of treasures. The nightmares are gone, but I still have extremely vivid dreams (zombies, time-travel, magic… you name it), often in the third-person. They’re not always writing material, but they are always interesting.

Out of your published works, which story gave you the most backlash while going through the process: from writing to revising to final edits?

I think I had the most trouble with my first foray into dark humor in my short story, “Wild Demand.” The plot came to me right away, but I struggled to get the tone right in the first few drafts. Walking the tightrope between amusing and disturbing turned out to be a little tougher than I first imagined. Then, even after it was finished, I wasn’t sure what genre to call it. I usually write fantasy or science-fiction, so trying to classify a “not-quite” contemporary short story was difficult for me. I write for me and think about publishing later, so stuffing the story into a genre box to pitch at someone can be a little awkward sometimes.

What made you decide to go the self-publishing route?

I did give the traditional route my best shot. I queried agents and got a handful of full requests that were inevitably followed by a long wait and then the standard feedback that it was “good but just not quite right for them” or something similar. Then, I got connected with the writing community and realized how many great indie books there are out there. I started investigating self-publishing, got some tips from other indie authors, and decided to go for it. This book has been a work-in-progress for a long time, so it was extraordinarily freeing to have some closure in sight. Now, that I have a handle on the process, I think I will be much quicker to move to self-publishing rather than spend valuable writing time in the query trenches.

As a follow up to the previous question: What would be one thing you’d stress of importance to other writers considering this route too?

Research everything! The amount of resources out there for indie authors is tremendous—from editing, to formatting, to marketing—there are so many options and a lot of steps in the process (so try to plan ahead if you can.) The writing community on Twitter and Instagram can also be a great source for information and encouragement. Through tips from other indie authors, I discovered Amazon KDP and the Reedsy blog, which have both been tremendously helpful. Self-publishing is definitely a journey that takes a lot of time and energy, but a very fulfilling one.

YA vs. Middle Grade: What are some challenges you face when switching between age groups while writing?

At 12-years-old, somewhere in between MG and YA, I fell in love with reading. So, I often feel stuck between the no man’s land of lower YA and upper MG. I think the struggle begins with the decision if the story will be YA or MG. Which, thus far, has depended on whether the journey’s end takes them to independence or brings them back to their family. From there, I really have to work to keep the darkness under control in a middle-grade and maintain a more simplistic sentence structure, since I think my natural voice is a bit more appropriate for YA. Either way, I love getting to know a world with a young main character that still has so much room for growth and change. I’ll never grow up!

How did you go about creating your website – research, asking other writers?

I avoided making a website for a long time, but after I decided to self-publish, I knew I couldn’t put it off any longer. I asked for tips from other writers on social media, consulted with the almighty google, and checked out other author websites to get a general feel for what I needed. There was a bit of a learning curve, but wordpress has a simplistic visual block editor that’s easy to use once you get the hang of it. I utilize a minimalistic design, but it works well as a place to highlight the links to my published work and some snippets of my writing. Ultimately, it wasn’t as hard as I feared and I’d totally recommend it for anyone looking to augment their online platform. Lessons learned: Everything is learnable, so google everything.

Real life vs. Writing: What is your daily writing routine?

I’m a full-time engineer with a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old, so I basically get 2 hours to myself after they go to bed. I get a cup of hot honey-water (my cheap, lazy version of tea), settle onto the couch (or sometimes a tiny elmo armchair) and then the night can go one of two ways. If I’m on a drafting binge, I jump straight into the story and knock out a couple thousand words. But if I’m revising, editing, querying, formatting, marketing or working on some other non-writing task, I have to settle for a one word writing prompt on social-media—very short stories on twitter and haikus are my favorites. I wish I had more time to spend writing, but in the end, my family and my day job will always come first. Still, I feel lucky to have a creative outlet I feel so passionately about.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with the readers today?

Well, I am releasing my debut novel on 1 March 2020! *Insert fanfare here* Odriel’s Heirs is a YA Fantasy starring a demon necromancer, a handsome shadow-twister, and a bullied fire-wielder with rage issues. If you want to take a peek, the first chapter is here: https://hayleyreesechow.com/odriels-heirs/ and I’d love to hear what you think.

And as much as I love writing, I actually love reading more. So, if you ever want to connect and talk about anything that has to do with books, please feel free to reach out on Instagram or Twitter @hayleyreesechow.

Be sure to follow Hayley for updates!

Her debut, Odriel’s Heirs, is coming soon!

Blog Tour: Beyond the Shadowed Earth

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Beyond the Shadowed Earth (Beneath the Haunting Sea)

By: Joanna Ruth Meyer
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Release Date: January 14th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
 
 
Synopsis:
 
It has always been Eda’s dream to become empress, no matter the cost. Haunted by her ambition and selfishness, she’s convinced that the only way to achieve her goal is to barter with the gods. But all requests come with a price and Eda bargains away the soul of her best friend in exchange for the crown.
 
Years later, her hold on the empire begins to crumble and her best friend unexpectedly grows sick and dies. Gnawed by guilt and betrayal, Eda embarks on a harrowing journey to confront the very god who gave her the kingdom in the first place. However, she soon discovers that he’s trapped at the center of an otherworldly labyrinth and that her bargain with him is more complex than she ever could have imagined.
 
Set in the same universe as Joanna’s debut, Beneath the Haunting Sea, Beyond the Shadowed Earth combines her incredible world building and lush prose with a new, villainous lead.
 
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Guest Post:

From Villain to Protagonist: The Evolution of Eda

 

Beyond the Shadowed Earth is a companion novel to my 2018 debut, Beneath the Haunting Sea, and the main character, Eda, is one of the antagonists in Sea. At the beginning of Sea, Eda makes herself Empress and banishes Talia, the rightful heir, to a far-off island province. This sets up all of Talia’s subsequent adventures, her entanglement in the world’s mythology, and her eventual journey to face-off with an evil sea goddess.

 

Once upon a time in 2006, I wrote the very first draft of what would eventually become Sea for National Novel Writing Month. Eda existed back then as a 45 year old woman, and was Talia’s mother’s rival instead of Talia’s. In the first few drafts, Talia getting banished was just a consequence of her mother backing another candidate for the throne. As the book grew and developed—and especially after signing with my agent—it became clear that Talia’s mom was taking too much of the focus off of Talia, and that to give Talia more agency, I was going to have to *cough* remove *cough* her mother a lot earlier on in the story. All of that resulted in Eda getting aged down to be Talia’s rival, which in turn is what sparked Talia secretly being the Emperor’s daughter, and heir to the throne.

 

At one point in revisions, Talia and Eda were two of the Emperor’s many illegitimate children, and they had tons of half-siblings. In that version, Talia’s coming of age party turned into a bloodbath, with Eda executing all of those half-siblings except for Talia, whom she banished. Upon trying to come up with a compelling reason why Eda wouldn’t just off Talia too, it became clear that all those half-siblings needlessly complicated everything. They got written right back out of existence. Which ended up being a very good move—I don’t think I could have written Eda as a protagonist after she’d murdered all her relations!

 

Even after Sea was done and dusted and sitting on my shelf as a glorious finished book, I had no idea that Eda had a story to tell. I pitched my publisher a completely different companion novel, set 300 years before Sea, involving a wholly separate cast of characters. My editor liked the idea of a companion novel, but wanted something more closely tied into Sea—maybe something about Eda, she said.

 

Eda! I immediately thought. I hate Eda’s guts! She doesn’t have a story! But then my brain started mulling over the idea of her, and I jotted down a few things, and then a few things more, and then a few things more after that, and came to the startling realization that she did have a story. One I needed to tell. And as I started exploring that story I began to feel for her, so much so that by the time I started writing that first draft, I had forgotten I used to hate her.

 

Beyond the Shadowed Earth is a story of redemption. It’s a story of betrayal and heartache, of friendships and faith, of stories and hope, when things seem darkest. But more than that, it’s the story of a fierce, angry, steadfast, stubborn girl, who dares to cross half the world to defy her fate, and find the courage to change.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
About the Author
 

Joanna Ruth Meyer hails from Mesa, Arizona, where she lives with her dear family, a rascally feline, and an enormous grand piano. When she’s not writing, she’s trying to convince her students that Bach is actually awesome, or plotting her escape from the desert. She loves good music, thick books, looseleaf tea, rainstorms, and staring out of windows. One day, she aspires to own an old Victorian house with creaky wooden floors and a tower (for writing in, of course!).

 
 
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Prize: Win finished copy of BEYOND THE SHADOWED EARTH by Joanna Ruth Meyer (US/CAN Only)

Starts: 8th January 2020
Ends: 22nd January 2020

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