It’s release day for Bound by Faerie (Stolen Magic, #1) by WB McKay!

Sophie Morrigan inherited many magical gifts from her death goddess mother. Most of them inflict torture, except the most beautiful. That one kills.

As an agent for the Faerie Affairs Bureau, Sophie loves retrieving dangerous magical objects. The job lets her indulge her covetous nature, and most importantly, it pays the bills. But when a routine job goes south, she finds herself struggling to keep her deadly magic in check while fleeing the wrath of an enraged dragon.

In a desperate search for answers, Sophie stumbles across Owen, a fae nightclub owner who’s as sexy as he is irritating, but just happens to hold the key to her problems.

Sophie wants nothing more than to get her magic under control and return to her normal life, but first she’ll have to face off with all the dangers Faerie can throw at her. Can she fight her way back home? Or will both she and Owen fall prey to a crazed death cult?

Bound by Faerie features a gutsy, kick butt heroine, a broody and dangerous hero, and a ton of magical mayhem.

 

On sale this weekend only!

Get your copy on Amazon US or Amazon UK.

 

WB McKay is the pen name of married authors Robert and Faith McKay. Their love of stories brought them together, and they’ve been writing by each other’s side ever since. WB McKay marks the beginning of their true collaboration. They sat down and asked themselves what they couldn’t get enough of. The answer was simple. They loved urban fantasy set in a massive universe with room for every creature they could imagine. Throw in a gutsy female lead, a dash of humor, a pinch of romance, and they would eat it up and ask for thirds.

With that recipe in mind, they created a universe based around the vibrant and enchantingly dark lives of the fae. They invite you to explore their world in Bound by Faerie, the first of their magical adventures. Learn more about them, and their books, at McKayManor.com.


If you know me at all, you know that I love fall and I love Halloween.

My friend Jessi and I got to talking and we are excited to announce our news! We are teaming up to bring you a new  paid anthology in the fall of 2017 and we’re looking for submissions!

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ANNOUNCING Red Leaf Hollow

bring us the weird, the wicked, and the strange in the town of red leaf hollow!

It’s fall in the small New England town known as Red Leaf Hollow. It’s not on any map but it’s been around as long as the sun and the moon. The first snow is coming, but for now, the town is getting ready for All Hallow’s Eve and preparing for the harvest festival – a huge celebration before winter’s grip. Red Leaf Hollow is known for its strange happenings, its odd occupants, and the things that slither and haunt and howl in the night.

The sleepy town of Red Leaf Hollow is divided into two sides by the large and bustling (and sometimes blood red) Crescent Moon Creek.

Crescent Moon Creek, named after the river that separates it from the other half, is the only place where one may view the moon clearly through the thick trees and forest. It holds the town Commons where the harvest festival occurs, large Victorian houses, and tiny witch shacks that line the cobblestone streets.

Shadow Crest is on the other side of the river, where trees and plants always die, along with its residents. It is also home to the Hollow’s cemetery, Morningside, where inhabitants know better than to linger, especially after dusk. Shadow Crest is also home to Harvest Hill, a dead lump of land that once held the lumber to build the Founders’ homes…and coffins.

Red Leaf Hollow is home to the annual Werewolves convention, where people who have died return from the grave, and where many of the Salem witches fled to escape persecution. This is where witches drive black cats in the sidecar of their motorcycles and zombies are usually holding another 5K Moanfest. You’re the odd one out if you DON’T have a ghost in your house. Pumpkins line the streets and the houses and even some of the inhabitants’ heads.

Bring us your creepy, ghostly, and ghoul-y from the past or present. Bring us the things only you can see. Show us things that hide just below the surface of reality or under the stairs. Bring us colorful leaves swirling at your feet and brisk autumn days and nights under bright glowing stars and dark looming trees. We want creepy graveyards, legends, secret gardens, severed heads, monsters, dancing skeletons, burial grounds, secrets, witches, magic, curses, hauntings, macabre romances, and unexplainable events.

Here’s a picture that inspired me. It is not mine and I’m not sure who took it but isn’t it gorgeous?!

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I am so so excited!

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WELCOME TO RED LEAF HOLLOW.

RULES

1. Anyone is welcome to submit a story. All people, all countries, all ages, etc.

2. All genres welcome! This is open to adult stories, new adult stories, young adult, and middle grade stories in ALL genres and in any time period. After all, a town is made up of many different ages and people and has a rich history. We love diversity!

3. This will be an ebook release with the potential to be a physical book depending on the performance of the ebook. It will be published by Hocus Pocus & Co., Jolene’s small press.

4. Word count of your story should fall between 1,000 to 4,000 words (as a guideline). A little under or over is okay.

5. Submitting a story or a drawing does not guarantee you will be selected. There will only be 10-12 stories selected.

7. THIS IS A PAID ANTHOLOGY. If selected, you will receive $5 US dollars via Paypal. Stories should be new (previously unpublished elsewhere).

8. This is to be released October 3rd, 2017.

9. All edits will be done through Google docs.

10. You have all harvest to write! Deadline for submissions is December 4th, 2016.

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HOW TO SUBMIT

1. Write your story following the guidelines above, using the shared locations Red Leaf Hollow and its creeptastic surroundings. Make sure the vibe and mood of your story fits.

2. Email it to redleafhollow at gmail dot com. Your subject should be: Red Leaf Hollow Submission. Please include your name, a little bit about you, your Twitter handle (if any), and any pertinent information.

3. Jessi and Jolene will review all submissions and get back to you. Please note that if your story is not accepted, it’s no reflection of you or your writing style.

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A LITTLE ABOUT US

 

About Jolene

She loves pizza, YA, and all things weird and strange.

Jolene is the author of YA horror novel Harrowed (The Woodsview Murders #1) and Orchard Pointe. She has edited horror anthologies such as The Dark Carnival (which has been an Amazon best-seller) and Halloween Night: Trick or Treat.

She’s worked for several publishing houses and now runs her own quirky small press Hocus Pocus & Co. Say hello on Twitter – @JoleneHaley.

About Jessi

Jessi is a vet tech student, Halloween fanatic, and author living in Vermont.

She has a YA horror short story published on YARN, the upcoming A Pizza My Heart anthology, and co-edited the Dark Carnival Anthology.

You can find her on Twitter – @listentomuses.

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What questions do you have? Will you be writing something? I’d love to know in the comments below!

We are so excited for our vision and we can’t wait to read what you amazing authors write!

 

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My lovely friend Victoria on Twitter asked this great question. “Any insight into tone? Halloweentown vs. Nightmare Before Christmas vs. Camp Crystal Lake?”

My answer: Though this is a town with many different perspectives and happenings, I personally see this as a more Nightmare Before Christmas vibe with touches of Halloweentown and Camp Crystal Lake. Vibe and feel is creepy, unexplained, haunting, with a bit of whimsy.

If I receive any more good questions that I feel might benefit all of you I’ll add them in here.

 

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Much love and writing,

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Let us know what you think of the cover for Infinity (The Infinity Division, #1) by Jus Accardo!

Infinity releases on November 1, 2016

This cover reveal & giveaway is brought to you by Entangled TEEN and YA Interrobang!

A Note from the Author:

So… The cover of Infinity

I have 9+ books with Entangled Publishing, and they’ve always blown me away when it comes to their covers. But this bad boy? I love it so hard—for so many reasons.

Infinity is a story of possibilities. Of hope. To me, Hope is something so simple—yet incredibly potent. When I first saw the cover, I thought, this is perfection. Simple, yet powerful. To me, it was meaningful.

Almost exactly a month before Infinity sold, my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Treatment was rough, and very, very long, but she is currently cancer free and doing well. I remember one of her nurses had a tattoo. An intricate infinity symbol done almost like the staff of Asclepius. Underneath, it said, “Infinite hope.” It became our thing. Infinite hope. We’d joke about finding the infinity symbol in everyday objects.

Like Kori, the main character in the book, just seeing that symbol lifted our spirits. It gave us hope. I like to think that this was the Universe’s round about way of telling us to keep on fighting. I’m so excited to share this book with you guys!

And Now Without Further Ado…

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About Infinity:

Jump dimensions. Save the world. Don’t fall in love.

Nobody said being the daughter of an army general was easy. But when her dad sends a teenage subordinate to babysit her while he’s away? That's taking it a step too far.

Cade, as beautiful as he is deadly, watches Kori with more than just interest. He looks at her like he knows her very soul. And when he saves her from a seemingly random attack, well, that’s when things get weird.

Turns out, Kori’s dad isn’t just an army general—he’s the head of a secret government project that has invented a way to travel between parallel dimensions. Dimensions where there are infinite Koris, infinite Cades…and apparently, on every other Earth, they’re madly in love.

Falling for a soldier is the last thing on Kori’s mind. Especially when she finds herself in a deadly crossfire, and someone from another Earth is hell-bent on revenge…

Want to Read More? Pre-order Infinity (The Infinity Division, #1) Today!

 

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About the Author:

jus-accardoJus Accardo spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food.

Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

Find Jus Accardo Online:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Tumblr | Goodreads’ Author Page | Entangled Publishing Page

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Today is a special day for me because not only do I get to reveal my cover but I get to share it with friends…all of you!

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This book is special to me, because as you know, I love all things weird and strange. I grew up watching the X-Files and Tales From The Crypt and reading things like Ray Bradbury’s Dark Carnival, Goosebumps, Lois Duncan, and The Bailey School Kids books where weird was the norm. I liked it that way. I still do. And I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to find my horror soul mate… but one day I did…my writing partner Brian.

This cover reveal is also SO special to me because it’s the beginning of another awesome series with my writing partner, Brian LeTendre. He is the worlds most patient man to put up with me but he does and I’m so grateful. He’s supportive, kind, thoughtful, and crazy talented and I’m beyond grateful to get to work with such a classy guy.

Are you ready to see my cover?

 

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Are you sure?

 

 

Welcome to Orchard Pointe!

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Every town has its secrets. This town is made of them.

It’s been ten years since Hudson James stepped foot in the small beach town of Orchard Pointe. His parents are battling through a nasty divorce and he’s forced to spend the summer in Maine with extended family. But Hudson makes the most of it. He finds kindred spirits in his cousin Marley and her oddball friend Kit, and lands a security job at the amusement park he loved as a kid.

Oceanside Amusement Park was once the centerpiece of the beachfront tourist experience. But with attendance down and the park in need of an update, Orchard Pointe’s tricentennial celebration might be the last chance to turn things around. The town brings in a performance group all the way from their sister city of Monrive, France—Madame Chambers’ Coterie of Curiosities. From sideshow to burlesque acts, Madame Chambers and her eccentric group of performers mesmerize locals and tourists alike from the moment they arrive.

When a girl disappears from the park during Hudson’s very first shift, he feels responsible. When she turns up dead, Hudson can’t forgive himself. He vows to discover the truth about what happened and the more he digs, the more he’s certain that Madame Chambers and her Coterie aren’t what they seem.

Can Hudson stop the wave of darkness that has crashed down on Orchard Pointe, or will the undertow of secrets claim another victim?

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Out 8/16/2016

I’m so excited for you all to meet Orchard Pointe, a place that’s just as alive as the people that live there. This is just the beginning of the weird, strange, and unusual. AND you get to meet Kit, one of my favorite characters I’ve ever written!

Alsoooo Brian made a super rad book trailer and here it is below!

ORCHARD POINTE TEASER #2

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Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us with the reveal and to everyone who has supported me over the years. I am so grateful for you.

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I love good books and I love good authors, which naturally is why I’m celebrating this new book, LIFE AFTER JULIET. Shannon may sound familiar because she’s also the author of Love and Other Unknown Variables. I remember oogling the cover when it came out and one of my good friends posted a long glowing review on Goodreads about it, but my favorite part was this, “It is beautifully written and well paced, with intriguing characters, complex relationships, and plenty of raw emotion. I highly recommend this book!”

It came out this week and it looks so good. Have you heard of it? Check it out below!

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Becca Hanson was never able to make sense of the real world. When her best friend Charlotte died, she gave up on it altogether. Fortunately, Becca can count on her books to escape—to other times, other places, other people…

Until she meets Max Herrera. He’s experienced loss, too, and his gorgeous, dark eyes see Becca the way no one else in school can.

As it turns out, kissing is a lot better in real life than on a page. But love and life are a lot more complicated in the real world…and happy endings aren’t always guaranteed.

The companion novel to Love and Other Unknown Variables is an exploration of loss and regret, of kissing and love, and most importantly, a celebration of hope and discovering a life worth living again.

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Have you read it? Let me know!

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Today, I’m beyond delighted to introduce the cover of the A PIZZA MY HEART anthology to you.

For those of you who are curious about the cover, fabulous cover artist Haley Crosby wrote a spectacular overview of the process and what it was like. You can read that here.

I’m so happy with this cover because I wanted it to feel fun, eye-catching, and pizza-y, when viewed up close or even when viewing a thumbnail. I asked and Haley knocked it out of the park.

This cover is all of those things and more. I think it perfectly represents the feel of this anthology but also the creativity and slices of life that our authors are showcasing.

Please, feast your eyes below and DON’T FORGET to add it to your Goodreads To-Read list!

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Gooey cheese and warm pepperoni, with a side of kissing and murder.

A Pizza My Heart is a quirky and fun anthology that crosses all genres. Fifteen extraordinary

authors have united to tell stories of mystery, mayhem, romance, danger, deceit…and pizza.

Sometimes spicy, sometimes cheesy, but always delicious, A Pizza My Heart invites you to

explore life, happiness, and the pursuit of pizza.

Stories Include:

A Slice of Adventure by Maria Carvalho

Between Slices by Andy Grieser

Fresh, Hot, and Deadly by Rena Olsen

KissingDancingPizzaMURDER by Darci Cole

Kneadful Things by Jenna Lehne

Love Pizza No. 9 by Vanessa Rodriguez

Madame Miraval’s Pizza Place by Kelly deVos

Password Is… by Jolene Haley

Pizza by Emily Simon

Pizza Buddy by Brian LeTendre

Pizzamergency by Brett Jonas

Survival Pizza by Rebecca Waddell

The Last Stop at the End of the World by Jamie Adams

The Pizza Guy by Jessi Shakarian

Where There’s Pizza by Jasmine Brown

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About the Publisher

Established in 2014, Hocus Pocus & Co. loves to bring unique voices and stories to fruition.

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Isn’t it gorgeous? I’m in love!

I’m so excited to share this and that our book baby has a cover! These authors are amazing and Haley has been a dream to work with. I can’t wait for you to read it!

Join the book buzz using hashtag #Pizzathology

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First off, Happy National Pizza Party day!!!

Everybody pizza shimmy!

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I am so excited!

Some of you may remember that I made an announcement in February that I was looking for submissions for a young adult anthology.

The theme?

Pizza of course!!

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Fifty of you rose to the challenge and a select fourteen were chosen. There were so many fantastic submissions, I wanted so badly to choose more than that. But alas, I had to stick to my original guidelines and today we’re celebrating it becoming a real thing!

Here are the details!

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A Pizza My Heart:

An Anthology

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Book Genre: YA fiction anthology

Book release date: November 12, 2016 (National Pizza with the Works except Anchovies Day)

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A Pizza My Heart Blurb

Gooey cheese and warm pepperoni, with a side of kissing and murder.

A Pizza My Heart is a quirky and fun anthology that crosses all genres. Fifteen extraordinary authors have united to tell stories of mystery, mayhem, romance, danger, deceit…and pizza.

Sometimes spicy, sometimes cheesy, but always delicious, A Pizza My Heart invites you to explore life, happiness, and the pursuit of pizza.

Stories Include:

A Slice of Adventure by Maria Carvalho

Between Slices by Andy Grieser

Fresh, Hot, and Deadly by Rena Olsen

KissingDancingPizzaMURDER by Darci Cole

Kneadful Things by Jenna Lehne

Love Pizza No. 9 by Vanessa Rodriguez

Madame Miraval’s Pizza Place by Kelly deVos

Password Is… by Jolene Haley

Pizza by Emily Simon

Pizza Buddy by Brian LeTendre

Pizzamergency by Brett Jonas

Survival Pizza by Rebecca Waddell

The Last Stop at the End of the World by Jamie Adams

The Pizza Guy by Jessi Shakarian

Where There’s Pizza by Jasmine Brown

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I am so excited about all of these exceptional authors and the general awesomeness that will follow! Especially with amazing artist Haley Crosby designing the cover as we speak. It’s going to be a pizza party!!!

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About the Publisher

Established in 2014, Hocus Pocus & Co. loves to bring unique voices and stories to fruition.

Website

Twitter

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Please! Share the news and celebrate these amazing authors!

Add this book on Goodreads and when it comes out on November 12th, I hope you’ll celebrate with us!

Let me know how excited you are in the comments below and/or your favorite kind of pizza!

And if you want to follow along with us on Twitter, be sure to watch the hashtag #Pizzathology.

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Keep calm and pizza on,

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Those of you who know me, know that I love having authors on the blog and talking to them about important life things, writing, and absolutely absurd not-so-life-important things.

I’ve had a number of authors on  like Julie Hutchings, Debbie Dadey & Marcia Thornton Jones, Romily Bernard, Susan McBride,  Judith Graves, Kim Harrington,  and more, and I’m so happy to be able to add another to the ranks.

I’ve learned so many fantastic things about authors I admire, that sometimes it blows my mind.

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We-Clocked-The-T-Rex-Book-CoverToday, I asked amazing (and hilarious) author Ron Valle on the site for an interview and a fun Q  & A. We’re talking chickens, Hollywood actor casting, and The Land Before Time as an art.

Ron is the author of We Clocked the T-Rex,  a book I featured on my website last week. If you want to know a little more about the book, check it out here!

Let’s begin, shall we?

 

 

Q & A with author Ron Valle

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since I was a wee boy. I would watch movies and cartoons and be upset that they were over so I’d make picture books of sequels and new episodes. I made at least three Jurassic Park sequels. I even wrote Steven Spielberg a letter after The Lost World came out in which I told him that the third JP film should feature pteranodons, ankylosaurus, AND spinosaurus – which it freaking did! Too bad I didn’t send him a script that didn’t suck…

I wrote throughout middle and high school and finally got a BFA in Creative Writing at Chapman University in Orange, CA. I’ve been chugging along since writing short stories, which makes We Clocked the T-Rex my first novel. Guess I’ve come full circle in a way…

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So I guess I should be thanking you for all the dino-y goodness, then? Well, thanks Ron! So speaking of creative types and writing, who is your favorite author?

I mean, this one is never answered easily. Right now I really love Manuel Gonzales who’s got a new book out called The Regional Office is Under Attack! I love all the classic people and the postmodern people. But if you were threatening to go back in time and assassinate one author, the one whose death would probably most affect my development and trajectory would be J.R.R. Tolkien. I’ve read his books too many times to count. I don’t write fantasy probably because I know him too well and would just be disappointed in what I’d come up with.

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Awesome! I’ll have to check Manuel Gonzales out. But I do love J.R.R. Tolkien out. So I have to ask, how did the idea for We Clocked the T-Rex come about?

It actually started as the title of a blog I did for a few months where I would write small stories about a single scientific principle or idea. One of my favorites was about the Great Pacific Trash Vortex, a many-hundred-mile-wide patch of the ocean where all our plastic waste winds up. As I kept writing them, I noticed a few recurring ideas and one character stood out as someone I could spend more time writing about. That character was Vee. I started outlining a novel told through the perspectives of multiple characters. The principle thread that connected them all changed over time. It started as a bacteria that consumed plastic which everyone was racing to find and patent, then it was an MMORPG that began mimicking the deterioration of the natural world so that players got fed up with playing in it. None of those ideas carried me very far and then I thought, “It should just be about some conspiracy to bring dinosaurs back to life.” I had been reading about this new gene editing technique called CRISPR and saw famed paleontologist Jack Horner talk about reverse engineering a chicken into a dinosaur. I saw a lot of parallels between current discussions about de-extinction and the ethics thereof and thought there was a giant story there about how we’ve altered the planet and will continue to alter it, either back to how we think it should be or in some completely different path. So I got to work.

That’s truly fascinating. I absolutely love literature that makes you think, and I’m so excited to dive right in. So I have to ask then since you’re so into dinosaurs, if you could own an actual dinosaur, which one would it be and why?

A baby pterosaur, like a rhamphorhynchus. I’ve always loved their spade tail. It could be like a bird that I taught to sit on my shoulder. And when it got bigger, like really big, I could teach it to falcon or something. And it’d bring me fish from the river, and I’d get in trouble because I ain’t got no fishing permit.

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Do you have a favorite character in We Clocked the T-Rex?

There are characters I like because they’re just fun and weird and different from what I’m used to writing and then there are characters who aren’t as fun to write because so much depends on their coming across as real people. But those characters mean more to me because I spend so much time and thought and panic with them. Vee is the number one character. Many of the feelings she has toward the world she lives in reflect my own feelings, and she acts on the things I fear. She’s a sort of hero that I wish I could be. So there’s that. Then there’s Eddie Dinh, who’s an old American spy trying to unravel the dinosaur plot, and he’s just an all-out blast to write. He’s the action hero, Vee’s the tragic figure.

I love this so much. Characters are SO MUCH fun and this story has been so much fun to read so far. So random, completely unrelated question…if you were stranded on an island and could only take three things, what would they be?

Probably Moby Dick, and a paper pad that I could draw and write in with charcoal, and a knife because I guess you always need a knife. The book and paper would do a lot for my sanity. The knife would maybe keep me alive?

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If We Clocked the T-Rex was made into a movie, who would you cast as Vee?

I like movies where I’ve never seen the cast before in anything else. So hopefully someone new. But if we’re drawing from actresses I think would fit… I’m a real big fan of Emily Blunt. She can do anything – comedy, drama, sci-fi, Disney. She’d rock it.

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Yes!! Oh my goodness, I love her too. So let me ask now that we are nearing the end here, if you could summarize your book in five words or pick five words to represent your novel, what would they be?

We, roaring,  romping, raging, eels.

The three R words represent how I hope it feels when it’s read. ‘We’ represents the collective nature of the problems faced within the novel and also the way in which it’s currently being funded and hopefully published. It’s a group effort, we’re all making this work. ‘Eels’ is a wonderful word (and there are eels in the book).

Now, the most important question must be asked…Why is your hair so excellent?

I shampoo every day, conditioner twice a week, and comb it out with my hands during the car ride to school. So I guess it must be genetic.

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You’ve sent some hilarious emails, recorded some amazing videos, and even had a Raffle party to help promote this contest for We Clocked the T-Rex. But what would winning it actually mean to you? Why should people support your story?

The cooking competition Chopped has taught me that there are only variations of two answers to this question.

1) I need to win this to validate my being a chef/that I’m where I ought to be/that I can still hang with these hot-to-trot young-punk cooks.

2) This money will help me open a restaurant/put my children through college/give my wife the honeymoon we never had. I guess my own answer is slightly derivative of the first one. Winning the Geek & Sundry contest would let me know that there are people interested in reading the stories I want to write. To be honest though, the response I’ve had from friends, family, aged acquaintances, other authors and sheer strangers has fulfilled that for me already. Even being interviewed by you, Jolene, tells me that there are people who are intrigued by the flavors in this first dish I’m serving. Winning will give me the opportunity to serve the full course. I know it’s great, and I want you all to enjoy it.

Oh my goodness yessss. I love Chopped. And I really, really get it. And I’m so thankful that you were up for being interviewed. This has been an absolute blast. Can you believe that we’re already done? Well, except for the lightning round!!!!

Lightning Round:

Coke or Pepsi?

Coke, the can’s red.

Cake or Ice Cream?

Ice cream, it’s cold.

Land Before Time I or Land Before Time II?

The Land Before Time is a legitimate work of art and I will act violently towards anyone who disagrees. The art style, the backgrounds, the voice work, script, and James Horner’s score all make it a thing that I will annually watch from my bed with sheets pulled to my chin. And yes my throat will contract when the baby pteranodon tries to console a depressed Littlefoot with a ruby-red cherry, and again when Littlefoot gallops after the shadow of his murdered mother, and yes I will sing along to Diana Ross’ “If We Hold on Together” as it plays over the credits while mesozoic willows droop into pristine purple pools of water. Chomper’s great and all, but the original is for me.

Pirates or ninjas?

Pirates cuz they got ships and were democratic. I’m ignoring the awful things they did.

Skittles or M&Ms?

M&Ms

Lobster army or crab army?

Crabs. Crabs for days.

Sunrises or sunsets?

Sunrises. I feel like I’m always travelling when I see them.

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Thank you so much Ron for being such a wonderful sport! It was an honor having you here and pretty please come back some time, please?

If you want to support Ron with doing something he is SO passionate about, please pre-order his book. It’s only ten dollars (which here in California is less than you’d pay for lunch).

There’s also the possibility of getting your name in the book if you pre-order is Super Reader package. Because hello, books are forever. Make history!

Still want more? Follow Ron on Twitter or read The Warbler Interview with him.

He’s also posted some hilarious updates and raffle videos where you can watch him be buried alive and my favorite, a puppy that dreams of turtle burps!!! If you pre-order his book, you can automatically be entered to win in his raffle!

 

 


People that know me well, know that I really love five things in life… Coffee, puppies, pizza, books, and any mention of dinosaurs.

Imagine my delight when my good friend Grayson mentioned that he had this friend Ron who also loved pizza and just so happened to be in a contest to have his book published. His book was inspired partly by Jurassic Park, and when I heard that, basically I was already hooked. Then, Ron’s sense of humor just made it all that much better.

I looked into it and I was excited. Ron had a book that sounded fantastic! And guess what? His contest is still going and YOU can help him win! Let me tell you a little bit more about it.

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 World, meet WE CLOCKED THE T-REX.

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Blurb:

It’s the near-future and the dark forces of secret science and big money are preparing to engineer the world’s First De-Extinction Event. With her life’s work, countless species, and modern civilization on the line, Vee Whelan and the crew of the Research Vessel Pangolin aim to stop them – but what’s so evil about a scientific miracle?

We Clocked the T-Rex is a paranoid speculative adventure that takes the scientific gene editing and cloning techniques at our disposal today and asks, can’t we use these to make right all that we’ve made wrong about the natural world?

Hear It From Ron

 

Excerpt From the Book

The diving cameraman glides to her left as a dusty hump-headed wrasse wriggles from beneath her and past her shin, framing fish and woman in one shot. His hand conducts a sequence of unintelligible signs — a spinny motion, now wagging a hooked forefinger… is this some kind of fingering gag? Deciding it’s best to play along, Vee hunches toward the wrasse and pretends to pet it, but the thing spooks also and rapidly descends into the rubble. Vee looks up at Alan, confused, like “I swear, I never done anything wrong to that fish!” but then she sees it.

Hovering over Alan’s left shoulder is a two-foot-wide ghost-blue bell. A thicket of fishing-line-thin tentacles drape beneath it. Vee has just enough time to point and shout through the water.

Alan swivels toward the jellyfish and strokes backward after reflexively decking the thing with his camera. The creature crumples and slips below them before reinflating and pulsing upward. Vee takes just a moment to survey the water above. Twenty or more of its translucent buddies are drifting between them and the sunlit surface. Without planning, Vee grabs the cameraman’s hand, tucks her chin into her chest, wraps the free arm over her neck, and begins kicking.

And just in time. Looming in the distance, thunder-cloud-like, threatening a new gloom: the jelly swarm.

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Read More!

You can actually read more of Ron’s book for free right on his book campaign website.
Even better, you can pre-order this book and make it your own for only ten bucks! Here’s the pre-order link!

About the Author

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Ronald Valle’s first theater experience was Jurassic Park. He received his BFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University in 2011. He got to live in the Virgin Islands for three months after. Now he teaches science to elementary school students, films with his friends, and writes about humans and animals. Cuz humans are animals. In a good way.

EDIT: Pizza Anthology submission due date has been extended to March 18, 2016.

 

Happy National Pizza Day! There’s no better day to announce this, so here we go!

Do you love pizza?

Do you love YA?

Do you like to YA while you pizza or pizza while you YA?

Well, my friend, you are in the right place at the pizza-iest time. Because I am looking for submissions for a YA pizza anthology. There are a few rules, which I’ll get to below. But first, a moment of pizza please.

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^ I trust her

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^ Yes I do if there is pizza.

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pizza-shimmy^ Pizza Shimmy

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^ That one’s for Brian.

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^ That one’s for me.

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^ OMG where is this. I’d go.

Ahem. Anywho. Okay, details.

 

Pizzathology (YA Pizza Anthology) Deets

1. Anyone is welcome to submit a story. Even if I don’t know you. Even if this is your first time writing. Even if you don’t live in the US. Even if you have never eaten a pizza. Okay, maybe not the last one.

2. You must love pizza and your story must include pizza as a key element in some way.

2. Your story must be YA, as in young adult, as in I am asking that your protagonist be between 14 and 18 years old. All genders and races of main characters welcome and encouraged. All genres welcome.

3. This will be an ebook release with physical book potential as end-goal (but physical book is not a promise).

4. Word count of your story should fall between 1,000 to 4,000 words (as a guideline). A little under or over is okay, but that’s the goal.

5. If you’d like to submit a drawing or pizza art with a YA pizza fun vibe, you may.

6. Submitted a story or a drawing does not guarantee you will be selected. There will only be 10-14 stories selected. However if this is successful and popular, I will likely do more!

7. THIS IS A PAID ANTHOLOGY. If selected, you will receive $5 US dollars via Paypal. That’s right. The exact amount of a Little Caesars Hot and Ready pizza lunch combo. Yes, I chose that on purpose. Yes, I wish that I could pay you more. But you know, I have to save some money for my pizza problem…I mean…non-problem.

8. This is to be released November 12th, 2016, which is National Pizza with the Works except Anchovies Day. Yes, I know that is not a Tuesday and it’s not a traditional publish date but this is not a traditional anthology. So. Also, if you are submit, you agree to have everything ready and to me in a timely manner so that we can release our goods on National Pizza with the Works except Anchovies Day.

9. All edits will be done through Google docs.

10. Deadline for submissions is March 18, 2016.

How to Submit

1. Write your story following the guidelines above.

2. Email it to pizzathology at gmail dot com. Your subject should be: Pizzathology Submission. Please include a little bit about you, your Twitter handle (if any), and your favorite pizza type. If you have name ideas for the anthology (clever puns, pizza names, whatever) feel free to include suggestions. I love them.

3. I will review all submissions and get back to you. Please note that if your story or picture is not accepted, it’s no reflection on you or your writing style. Anthologies are a different beast as you have to choose wisely to make sure that they flow together and there is sense to them. Also, you can only accept so many people, so sometimes you have to cut stories that you really, really love because you have 4,235 good subs.

 

A Little About Me

I love pizza. And YA. And the XFiles.

I’m an author of YA horror novel Harrowed (The Woodsview Murders #1) and forthcoming series Orchard Pointe, co-authored by the amazing Brian LeTendre.

I have put out previous anthologies, The Dark Carnival (which has been an Amazon best-seller) and Halloween Night: Trick or Treat.

I have worked for several publishing houses previously as interns and paid staff. I have also ran/run two of my own small presses (Pen and Muse Press and horror only Hocus Pocus & Co. (currently closed to subs)).

My goal is to start a new genre, pizza lit. Or something because how great would it be to have one genre all about pizza?

 

*If you are a graphic design God or Goddess or an editor God or Goddess, and would like to volunteer your services, such as making teasers or proof-reading, or you’re just enthusiastic AF, reach out to me okay? I’d love to hear from you.*

I’m using #PizzaFriends for all pizza related things. So, let’s meet there too.

Okay. Now, go eat pizza and send me all the pizza stories. And if you have questions, please ask them below. Or just tell me your favorite types of pizza or your best pizza memory or how pizza saved you from a burning school bus.

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