Blog Tour: For Better or Cursed

Blog Tour

For Better or Cursed 

(The Babysitters Coven #2)

by Kate Williams

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: September 15th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Witches, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary, Magic Realism, Fiction

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Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this funny, action-packed sequel about a coven of witchy babysitters who realize their calling to protect the innocent and save the world from an onslaught of evil.

Esme Pearl’s life used to be all about bumming rides and babysitting. Sure, it wasn’t glamorous, but it was predictable. All that changed when Cassandra Heaven came to town, and they discovered their complicated, and connected, legacy: Esme and Cassandra are Sitters, supernaturally-gifted teens armed with an ever-changing grimoire of Sitter witchcraft to help them protect the innocent and keep evil demons at bay. You know, the typical teenage stuff.

But just as Esme is starting to adjust to–and maybe even like–her new normal, life lobs another glitter bomb her way. The Synod–the Sitterhood’s governing circle–has called a Summit, a once-in-a-generation gathering that promises training, education, and whole lot of ice-breakers.

Esme should be excited–a Summit might mean she can finally get the answers she desperately wants–but she can’t shake a building sense of panic. Especially since Cassandra’s not acting like herself; Esme’s dad is MIA; Pig is out of dog food; Janis is scared to be alone; and there’s a guy who seems too good to be true, again. Worst of all, it soon becomes clear, there’s no one watching the kids. It’s obvious the Summit is a haute mess, but will it be a deadly one, too?

About the Author

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I’m the author of the YA novel The Babysitters Coven.
I also write for magazines, including Cosmopolitan, NYLON, Elle, Women’s Health, Shape, Time Out New York, Monster Children, Russh, Oyster, The Fader, NME, H&M, Smith Journal, Gather Journal, KnitWit, Popular, and more.

I have ghostwritten New York Times bestsellers, celebrity tell-alls, memoirs, how-tos, and beauty bibles (Shh…. I was never here, and you haven’t seen me.)

And, just ‘cause we’re still talking about me, I’ve also written windows, billboards, emails and captions, captions, captions for brands such as Urban Outfitters, Nasty Gal, Vans, Calvin Klein, Nike, Lively, BAGGU and more.
I love to write about witches, teenagers, girls behaving badly, palm trees, and other forms of magic. Teenage girl witches behaving badly under the palm trees is my penultimate subject.

Guest Post.

Movies NOT to watch if you’re a babysitter

I got the idea for The Babysitters Coven when I started to think about how many horror movies feature a babysitter as a main character. Taking care of children is never an easy job, but here are five flicks that will make any babysitter reconsider her career path!

  1. Halloween (1978): This classic film is so much about torturing a teenage babysitter that it was originally titled “The Babysitter Murders.” Fortunately, that babysitter is badass Laurie Strode, who survives and goes on to star in many, many sequels.
  2. When A Stranger Calls (1979): An eerie prank caller keeps urging the babysitter to “check the children,” and…spoiler alert…the call is coming from inside the house!!!
  3. Child’s Play (1988): Sometimes it’s not the kids or the parents who are evil. Sometimes it’s the toys.
  4. The House of the Devil (2009): Pro-babysitting tip: when hired to babysit for a new family and you arrive to find out they have no children, just call it a night and head home.
  5. Better Watch Out (2016): A little Christmas movie about the horrors of white male privilege.

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Author Interview: Loriel Ryon

Author Interview, Misc.

Meet Loriel Ryon.

Hi Loriel! Thanks for joining us today. Tell us a little about yourself.

Loriel Ryon.pngLORIEL RYON has long held a passion for science and books. During her childhood she was often found with her nose in a book, even at the dinner table. Now a writer of middle grade and young adult fiction, she finds that her stories are often influenced by these two interests, as well as her upbringing in a bicultural family. Loriel is a registered nurse who holds bachelors degrees in both nursing and biology. She currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband and her two daughters who also share her love of reading. Her debut middle grade novel INTO THE TALL, TALL GRASS will be published by Margaret K. McElderry Books in Spring 2020.

Social media links.
Twitter: @lorielryon


The Interview.

What is the biggest change you’ve noticed since announcing your book’s publication acceptance?
That nothing much has changed. Haha. I’m a mom who is mostly home with the kids wiping noses and doing laundry. I also work as a registered nurse part time. It still doesn’t quite feel real, like I may wake up and realize it was all a dream. Publishing is slow and seems to happen in spurts. So it’s a lot of silence and waiting and then a flurry of activity and deadlines. During those flurries there is excitement and drama, but during the waiting periods, there is only one thing to do. Write something new and put another load of laundry in the washer.

What do you think is the hardest part of the process from writing to revising to final edits?
For me the hardest part is deciding when to cut something that started out as an important framework to get me through the drafting process, but isn’t really serving the overall story anymore. I hate to say goodbye to something I spent so much time researching and working on. My gut tells me it served its purpose and needs to go, but it’s hard to delete all that work. This is why betas, critique partners, agents and editors are so important to help me see what isn’t working. They can give me the permission I need to let things go.

Does your writing style, and or routine, change depending what age you are writing for?
I can answer this two ways. First, my writing routine hasn’t changed in a long time. I haven’t been consistent at getting up early or staying up late to write. I’m really good at writing during the middle of the day. (Ha! That’s my best time of day!) But it probably will have to change soon. My youngest will probably give up her nap soon and that is when I write, so I’m going to have to find a new routine when that happens. In terms of the age I write for, I’ve also dabbled with some picture books and Young Adult, but right now, I find I keep returning to the upper Middle Grade age range. That was such a formative time in my life and I would have loved books that would tackle tough issues head on with love and compassion. All of my protagonists tend to be of this age range right now.

Depict your debut, Into the Tall, Tall Grass into 10 words – go!
*Ok, ten words is very hard, so I’m not counting the filler words! 🙂
Girl embarks on magical journey through the desert to save her dying grandmother.

If you could add any magical element into your daily life, what would you pick?
Teleporting. Loading up my kids day after day in their car seats is exhausting and repetitive. It would be so nice to not have to do that, and end up where we need to be. Also, it would be better for the environment and let’s be honest, we all need to do more for our planet.

Is there any particular scene or character in Into the Tall, Tall Grass that energized or exhausted you?
I love all my characters, but Yolanda’s sister Sonja was especially fun to write. She is fierce and daring and seems so confident, but she also has her own insecurities and issues she’s grappling with that her sister (and the reader) isn’t fully aware of at first. I love her passion for the outdoors and her loving nature.

If you could warn your younger writing self about one thing, what would it be?

The books you read have gone through a MILLION revisions before they get published. Ok, maybe not a million, but a lot. Don’t compare your first draft to the published final product. I am still learning how the publishing and editing process works as this is my first time through it and I had NO IDEA how much work goes into making this happen. Just keep revising. With each revision the story gets stronger and clearer. And better.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with the readers today?
Don’t be afraid to try something new. I lacked the confidence to even start writing until I was older and I wish I would have started younger. It sounds silly now, but I was terrified someone might actually read what I wrote! It’s a waste of time to not try to pursue something you enjoy because you are afraid. Just jump on in. If you fail, at least you’ll never regret trying.

Thank you Loriel for stopping by today!

Into the Tall, Tall Grass is available now!