Chatting With… Clare Davidson

Clare Davidson is the author of the YA fantasy Trinity

Tell us about your book.

Trinity is an epic fantasy about coming to terms with the past. It follows the journey of Kiana, a sheltered girl who is also the physical embodiment of a goddess. When her home is destroyed, she decides to take her future into her own hands, rather than going back into hiding. Accompanied by an inexperienced Guardian and a hunted outcast, she sets out on a quest to restore the goddess and mend the trinity of gods.

What makes your book different than other books out there?

Trinity is a face paced, character driven fantasy. It has an unusual heroine who shapes her own destiny.

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Chatting With… Kim Askew

Kim Askew is the co-author of the YA Thriller/Drama Exposure: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Tell us about your book.

Exposure is the second book in our Twisted Lit series and it’s inspired by Shakespeare’s thrillingly dark tragedy Macbeth. Our heroine, Skye Kingston, is a self-described wallflower who’s secretly pining after Craig MacKenzie, who happens to be one half of her high school’s most popular couple. We wanted to explore the quest for royalty (aka “power”) that occurs in Macbeth, but through a different lens: high school social hierarchy. Craig’s girlfriend, Beth, is obsessed with their becoming Prom King and Queen, and will stop at nothing to achieve it. That’s when all hell breaks loose!

What makes your book different than other books out there?

Rather than a completely straightforward retelling of Shakespeare’s plays, our Twisted Lit series is inspired by the themes of the plays and how relatable we think they can be to readers today. We unravel the stories and put them together again in our own way, with a contemporary spin. It’s exciting to explore the plays and discover new ways to connect them with the 21st century. Whether you love or hate Shakespeare, or fall somewhere in between on the spectrum, you can still enjoy the series. And if our books turn people on to dig deeper into Shakespeare for themselves, well, that’s just an added bonus.

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Chatting With… Amy Helmes

Amy Helmes is one of the authors of Tempestuous.

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Tempestuous is a modern twist on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” It’s about a prima donna named Miranda Prospero who, after tumbling off her pedestal of popularity, has to work at the food court of her local mall. When the worst snowstorm of the season strands mall workers and last-minute shoppers inside the mall overnight, Miranda seizes the opportunity to get revenge against the catty clique responsible for her social exile. She receives help from her delightfully dweeby co-worker, Ariel, and she also ends up literally getting way too-close-for-comfort with a sullen loner named Caleb. If you love classic teen films like 10 Things I Hate About You or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, this book will be right up your alley.

What makes your book different than other books out there?

Our “Twisted Lit” novels dust off the works of Shakespeare and revamp them into novels that are relatable, compelling, and fun. The Bard was arguably the greatest writer in the history of the English language, but he’s not exactly a “beach read.” Our aim for the series was to take his iconic characters and premises and turn them on their ear for the 21st century. Whether the name Shakespeare fills you with delight (or dread), you’ll love these books.

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Chatting With… Lee Chambers

Lee Chambers is the author of the YA Thriller The Pineville Heist.

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The Pineville Heist is a fun, action packed thriller.

It is a story about your average 17 year old going on that journey from boyhood to man and having to prove himself.

Finding himself in the midst of a $5 million robbery gone wrong, and witness to a murder, high school student Aaron Stevens manages to escape the scene in the chaos that ensues, finding refuge in the safe sanctity of his school.

Terrified, Aaron confides in his young drama teacher, Amanda Becker, however it is not long before one of the psychotic robbers shows up in the locked down high school and the pair are relentlessly pursued in the robber’s quest to get the money back and wipe out the evidence.

Will Aaron and Amanda survive the night of The Pineville Heist?

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Chatting With… H. S. Stone

H.S. Stone is the author of the YA dystopia In The Hands Of Children.

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The H5N1 virus was the deadliest disease in the history of mankind. Not only did it spread rapidly, reaching every corner of the globe, but it also resulted in an inconceivable 100% mortality rate among adults. Within a month, almost every human being became a victim of the virus.

All that remains of humanity is a handful of “immune” children. Except that they aren’t truly immune. The virus lurks in their bodies, ready to strike when they reach maturity.

Kyle, Hannah, and Amy are three immune kids who find themselves thrust into a lonely world after losing the people they have known and loved. No longer able to rely on the company, wisdom, and experience of adults, they must survive in the harsh post-pandemic world with only a handful of other immune children. But the trio soon learn that dying from H5N1 isn’t the only thing they have to worry about.

What makes your book different than other books out there?

In most YA books I’ve read, the adults play an important role, either as the object of rebellion, as mentors, or both. I wanted to change that by getting rid of ALL the adults, so the young characters in my book are the causes — and solutions — of their conflicts.

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Chatting With… Jess Lourey

Jess Lourey is the author of the YA Fantasy/Adventure The Toadhouse Trilogy: Book One.

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Aine (pronounced “Aw-nee”) believes herself to be a regular teenager in 1930s Alabama, but when a blue-eyed monster named Biblos attacks, she discovers that the reclusive woman raising her isn’t really her grandmother and that she’s been living inside a book for the past five years. With her blind brother, Spenser, she flees the pages of the novel she’s called home, one terrifying step ahead of Biblos’ black magic. Her only chance at survival lies in beating him to the three objects that he desires more than life.

As she undertakes her strange and dangerous odyssey, Aine must choose between a family she doesn’t remember and her growing attraction to a mysterious young man named Gilgamesh. Only through treacherous adventures into The Time Machine, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Tale of Two Cities, and the epic Indian saga The Ramayana will she learn her true heritage and restore the balance of the worlds… if she can stay alive.

What makes your book different than other books out there?

The Toadhouse Trilogy combines epic adventure with paranormal fantasy and classic literature to create a unique thrill ride.

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Chatting With… M.E. Purfield

M.E. Purfield is the author of the YA Urban Noir Fantasy A Black Deeper Than Death

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Miki Radicci, a 16-year-old famous artist, leads a secluded life in New York City. Not that she wants to dodge the press and celebrity; she wants to avoid people all together since she has the psychic ability to experience other people’s physical and emotional pain when near them. It gets so bad for her to handle that not even Xanax and alcohol can relieve the pain.

When she accidentally experiences the murder of a prominent business student from NYU, Miki attracts the attention of the police and the killer who threatens her and her family. But Miki doesn’t really know enough to identify the killer. She experiences the death but can’t see his face.

Miki decides to learn as much as she can about the killer by delving into the victim’s secret life. She follows an urban underground trail that leads to goth modeling and low level criminals. As she discovers the limits to her psychic talents and her ballsy actions, she realizes that the killer is not who she thinks it is, but rather someone close to her life.

What makes your book different than other books out there?

It is grittier than dirt and has a main character who is an anti-hero. Most people won’t like Miki for her vices, and most people will appreciate her vices and the fact that she comes out honest and real.

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