All posts tagged: YA

The Multimedia Angle—The Use of Journals, Videos, and Book Quotes In Books

Welcome to author Laura Diamond, who is guest posting about modern-day epistolary form. But first, a little bit about her dystopian YA novel, Dawn of the Vie! (And be sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post). Share this on Facebook>>> DAWN OF THE VIE IMMORTAL ALIENS BOOK ONE Laura Diamond Genre: Young Adult scifi/dystopian Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press Date of Publication:  October 3, 2016 Number of pages: 320 approx Word Count:  80,000 Cover Artist: Curiosity Quills Book Description: Since their Arrival less than 30 years ago, immortal Vie rule the planet like the super-predators they are. Enslaved humans are their servants…their entertainment…and their food. Anemies—humans with various types of anemia—are simply exterminated. Their nutritionally deficient blood is useless to the Vie. Or so it’s thought… Alex, an Elite Vie, is a bit of a Renaissance Alien. Part scientist, part Raid Specialist, part drug addict, he knows Anemie blood is valuable. Rather than blindly carrying out his boss’s kill order, he convinces some colleagues to spare a few Anemies, not only …

Elves: Medieval Myth and the Modern World

Hello ParaYourNormal readers and thank you Kirsten for inviting me to be here! What do you picture when you hear the word “Elves”? Tiny cookie-making creatures in a hollow tree? Talented toymakers with high cold tolerance in the employ of a jolly guy in a red suit? Share this on Facebook>>> My first exposure to Elves was reading The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings in elementary and middle school. When I learned that J.R.R. Tolkien had been inspired by Norse mythology, specifically the Poetic Edda, I looked into the ancient tales myself. And what I found was that the modern, sort of cartoonish ideas of Santa’s and Keebler’s Elves are a monumental departure from the earliest references to Elves in mythology. The Eddic poems are a collection of Old Norse minstrel poems passed down for centuries. In them, Elves are beautiful, frightening, powerful, sometimes god-like. My Young Adult fantasy trilogy, beginning with Hidden Deep, is based on a combination of this Norse mythology and Fae legends. The Hidden Trilogy isn’t high fantasy like …

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Shapeshifting in Other Cultures

Guest post by Donna Maloy Shapeshifters are creatures that can assume the appearance—or actual living state—of other species. In many stories, one of those species is human. There is something about the idea of changing shape that fascinates almost everyone. It might be simply a fanciful wish that we could grow wings and fly like an eagle if we chose, or run with the speed of a tiger, or intimidate our enemies with the mammoth size of a bear. But the fact that so many different cultures have similar stories seems to be a good argument for Carl Jung’s theory of a “collective unconscious” and Joseph Campbell’s idea of common patterns in myths from every time and place. CURSED AND BESPELLED In fairy tales and legends, the ability to change to the form and even nature of another creature is usually magical. In North America, for instance, some Native American magic-wielding shamans are said to be skin-walkers who can take on animal shape. In one of the most well known shapehifter fairy tales, Beauty and …

Summoned!

Today we interview Anne Pillsworth, author of Summoned. But first, here’s a bit about her book. When the Elder Gods extend an invitation, be wary of the strings attached While browsing in a rare book store in Arkham, Sean finds an occult book with an ad seeking an apprentice sorcerer, from a newspaper dated March 21, 1895. Even more intriguing, the ad specifically requests applicants reply by email. Sean’s always been interested in magic, particularly the Lovecraftian dark mythology. Against his best friend Edna’s (“call-me-Eddy-or-else”) advice, he decides to answer the ad, figuring it’s a clever hoax, but hoping that it won’t be. The advertiser, Reverend Redemption Orne, claims to be a master of the occult born more than 300 years ago. To prove his legitimacy, Orne gives Sean instructions to summon a harmless but useful familiar—but Sean’s ceremony takes a dark turn, and he instead accidentally beckons a bloodthirsty servant to the Cthulhu Mythos god Nyarlathotep. The ritual is preemptively broken, and now Sean must find and bind the servitor, before it grows too …

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Interview with Nina Berry of Othersphere and Giveaway!

Today we welcome the author of the Othersphere series, Nina Berry! PYN: Tell us about your latest book! Nina: OTHERSPHERE is the final book in my paranormal OTHERKIN trilogy. It’s goes places the first two books could only dream about. In the first book, OTHERKIN, my main character, Dez, discovers that she can shape-shift into a tiger. That leads her into a shadow world of shifter tribes and the fanatics who hunt them. Along the way she makes amazing friendships and finds love with a mysterious, reckless boy. The choices she makes in book two, OTHERMOON, complicate the love story even as Dez learns more about who she really is and brings the battle with their enemies to a climax, but at great cost. In OTHERSPHERE, to unlock the final secrets of her identity, Dez has to travel to another world and face an enemy greater, and closer, than ever before.  And the love story reaches its own climax as she finally figures out what she really needs. PYN: How did you build the world of …

The Grave Winner: Author Interview

ParaYourNormal welcomes author of The Grave Winner, Lindsey Loucks! First, here’s the blurb from The Grave Winner: Leigh Baxton is terrified her mom will come back from the dead — just like the prom queen did. [Tweet this!] While the town goes beehive over the news, Leigh bikes to the local cemetery and buries some of her mom’s things in her grave to keep her there. When the hot and mysterious caretaker warns her not to give gifts to the dead, Leigh cranks up her punk music and keeps digging. She should have listened. Two dead sorceresses evicted the prom queen from her grave to bury someone who offered certain gifts. Bury them alive, that is, then resurrect them to create a trio of undead powerful enough to free the darkest sorceress ever from her prison inside the earth. With help from the caretaker and the dead prom queen, Leigh must find out what’s so special about the gifts she gave, and why the sorceresses are stalking her and her little sister. If she doesn’t, …

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Second Verse: Guest Post and Giveaway

First, because I’m incredibly nosy, Iasked Jennifer, author of Second Verse, what’s in her purse. Her answer? Wallet Compact USB Drive Journal Chapstick Headbands Hair flowers Glasses Sunglasses Pens Makeup brushes, blush, lipliner Various lipglosses and lipsticks Thermometer (so random, but when you have kids, you carry weird stuff!) Gum Tylenol Mad Libs And now, onward to the giveaway! Giveaways Open to US Mailing Address ONLY (unless otherwise specified) – NO PO BOXES – Must be 13+ To Enter!   Rafflecopter Giveaway 10 Winners will get a signed Bookmark (open internationally) 1 Winner will get: The Romance Pack Stickers | Bookmark | Leather Love Journal | 2 Love Picture Frames | $10 iTunes Gift Card | French Kiss Lip Gloss | Love Ring | Touched by Corrine Jackson | Breathe by Abbi Glines | Guitar Notes by Mary Amato 1 Winner will get: The Mystery Pack Stickers | Bookmark |  Halloween Journal | Creepy Tree Candle | Skeleton Girl Trinket Box | $10 iTunes Gift Card | Glitter Nail Polish | Skeleton Key Necklace | Imaginary Girls …