Hi, fellow YA indie-lovers! I’m back from Puerto Rico, salty (Ahhh ocean air, I’m from dry Colorado), spinier (Poor sea urchin I accidentally stepped on, clumsy people should not wander around reefs in water shoes), and probably several pounds heavier for all the awesome food we sampled.
Today we have a treat, an up-and-coming YA author with some exciting novels: KC Blake! Her novels are fast-paced with strong, adventurous female characters, and a playful sense of supernatural.
Author Bio: K.C. Blake is a ninja on the keyboard. When she is locked away in her office, pounding out another story, no one dares disturb her. She probably wouldn’t hear them anyway. They don’t get it. They think she’s in her office, but she’s lost in another world. Sometimes she is fighting vampires or hunting ghosts. Sometimes she is running with a werewolf pack or falling in love with a misunderstood creature. Her books appeal to lovers of the paranormal. Whether you are twelve or fifty, you will fall in love with her stories.
Vampires Rule Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vampires-Rule/184193604955442
K.C. Blake Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/K-C-Blakes-Author-Page/246146215412824
Goodreads Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4809417.K_C_Blake
1) What is your all-time favorite book and why?
City of Bones. I love the way Cassandra Clare writes, so visual that I can see it, and I love her awesome characters.
2) Is there an author you could be compared to or popular fictional characters your book’s characters could relate to and why?
I don’t think my characters are like any other characters I’ve read about. My writing is my own. I’ve been told I have a unique voice, a unique way of writing. Some people love it and some of don’t.
3) Can you give us your favorite quote from one of your books and explain it?
This is a hard one. I can’t think of one off the top of my head, so I will use one that people have put on Goodreads as their favorite. It is from Vampires Rule.
“Stop!” she screamed. “Don’t hurt him.”
“Back off!” Billy shouted.
She yanked harder on Billy’s arm.
“He isn’t a vampire anymore, idiot. Look! Do you see that big, yellow thing up in the sky? That’s called the sun. It’s shining down on him, and he isn’t exploding. His fangs are gone. He’s as human as we are. Case closed.”
Billy stared up at the sky, his jaw slack. “Not possible.”
Jack mumbled, “They don’t call me Jackpot for nothing.”
“What?” Billy blinked at him.
I think it’s pretty self-explanatory. Jack was a vampire and now he’s not, and his brother just found out.
4) What types of things/people/music inspires you and makes you want to keep writing?
There isn’t any certain thing that inspires me. Once in a while a movie or book will speak to me. Sometimes a person I know will say something that sends me into a ‘what if’ daydream. As for music, I love listening to songs while I write. What I listen to depends on what sort of scene I’m writing. I need a song that captures the emotions of the scene. Then I can picture it in my head, and I’ll listen to that song a hundred times if I have to in order to finish what I’m working on.
5) Describe your typical writing day or week.
Within five minutes of waking I am thinking about whatever book I’m working on. I might listen to music and daydream about it for a while, or I might jot down some notes. Usually I spend time on-line before pulling my book up on the computer. I check email, do some research, and play games (lol) before starting to work. Then I work on and off all day until I get a chapter finished or am too tired to keep going. I take breaks quite often. If I don’t, my eyes and head hurt so bad the next day that I can’t work at all.
6) Is there a food or drink do you have to have when you’re writing?
No. Eating and or drinking distracts me from the writing. If anything, once in a while I will have some chocolate, something I can just pop into my mouth. I’ll use it as a reward. I get one after I finish a certain amount of pages.
7) Can you tell us what you’re working on right now (& possibly provide an excerpt & cover)?
I am editing a book called Bait, the first in a new series. Here is the blurb for it:
At sixteen, Bay-Lee Bishop is not your typical girl. The last thing she wants is to be popular, but flying below the radar isn’t easy when you’re the tallest girl in the eleventh grade. She works hard to keep a steady C point average, never raises her hand in class, and avoids extra-curricular activity of any kind. The other students would be stunned to learn she’s living under an alias as she and her uncle move from town to town, just barely staying a step ahead of the monsters hunting her just because she’s Van Helsing’s daughter.
Life is weird. Then it gets worse. A reaper uses her closet to cross over with a dire warning the day before she’s whisked away to her new school. This time it’s the school she was always meant to attend, a school that trains hunters.
This is what she’s been waiting for her whole life, only it isn’t anything like she imagined. The other students hate her, something evil is killing hunters, and her mentor refuses to give her the slightest bit of help. Determined to make her father proud, Bay-Lee focuses on her training. Nothing is going to distract her. Not border monsters or wraiths or the boy with jungle green eyes.
For Bay-Lee, love is not an option. But try telling that to her heart.
Excerpt: (keep in mind this book is still being edited)
At some point during the night a stranger crawled into Bay-Lee’s bed while she snored softly, unaware. The mattress springs squeaked in complaint beneath the additional weight as he reclined on his side and stared down at her face in the moonlight. It bothered him that she continued to sleep. After all the stories he’d heard about this girl, exploited rumors verging on myth, he’d expected more from her. Shouldn’t she be able to sense danger?
This was Van Helsing’s daughter? She looked insignificant, vulnerable beneath the green sheet. He could snap her neck so easily—and maybe he should. The world would continue on, undisturbed, but the dark cloud hanging over his head would finally dissipate.
A fraction of moonlight filtered through partially open curtains, not enough to see clearly, but it didn’t matter because he’d seen pictures of this girl on Van Helsing’s desk. Her features were burned into his retinas. Every time he went into the office he tried not to look at the photographs, purposely pointing his gaze elsewhere.
There was something about her, something unsettling which inevitably pulled him back to stare at her reproduced image. She looked like an average girl at first glance. A pretty face framed by dark hair that nearly reached her waist, parted in the middle and layered stared back at him. Of Brazilian descent, her eyes were the darkest of browns, nearly black. They hid a mountain of secrets. She had attitude to spare and the camera caught it, recording it for future historians—if the prophecies were correct, they would want to study her.
She possessed a ‘bite me’ expression that must drive vampires crazy.
Fortunately, he was not a vampire.
Her mouth bothered him the most. Full lips haunted his dreams with a secretive smile curving the ends and a bottom lip that begged to be nibbled on. Sometimes, when he wasn’t carefully controlling his thoughts, he wondered what she would taste like. In his dreams, when he wasn’t fully in control of his mind, he kissed her without ceasing. He wondered what would happen if he kissed her in real life. Would it stir something deep in his soul? Would the prophecy come true?
Something hard lodged in his throat and he swallowed. It was a near miss, so he swallowed again. Kissing her shouldn’t even be a blip on the radar. This girl was the reason he didn’t have a home or a family. It was her fault he’d grown up on the outside looking in, her fault people whispered behind his back, and her fault he was destined to die young.
Bay-Lee stirred in her sleep. Mumbling, she pushed against his chest with two fingers. “Go ‘way.”
Cute like a box of kittens, for a second he forgot to hate her. His heart momentarily softened—not for long. The unfamiliar sensation was enough to wipe the half-smile from his face. Delivering a mental kick to his brain, he reminded himself this girl was the last person in the world he could let his guard down around. She was worse than trouble. If he wasn’t careful, this seemingly harmless meeting would lead to his total destruction.
Ready to wake her, he leaned in close and whispered her (fake) name. Like him, she was forced to live under an alias. Michelle.
Vampires Rule: FREE
They don’t call him Jackpot for nothing.
Jack has always beat the odds… until now. When a werewolf tried to kill him, vampires saved him. When he got tired of life as a vampire, another attack gave him back his mortality. Now Jack just wants to live a normal life, but what’s normal about having a hunter for a girlfriend, a brother who wants to stake him to be on the safe side, and a werewolf building an army to rule the world?
Werewolves Rule: $2.99
The second book in the Rule Series
Shifters Rule: $2.99
Third book in the Rule Series
The Noah sisters rule Titan High with their beauty, brains, and magical powers.
Each year they play a secret game: Crushed. The girls pick their targets carefully and blow enchanted dust into the boy’s faces, charming them, but this year Kristen makes a grave mistake. She chooses the wrong boy and almost dies that same day. Coincidence? Maybe.
But something isn’t quite right about Zach Bevian. He doesn’t behave like a boy who’s been Crushed. He goes from hot to cold, from looking at her with contempt to asking her out on a date. She doesn’t know what to think. Does he hate her or is he truly falling for her? Is he trying to kill her, or is he trying to save her?
Witch Hunt: $2.99
A magical game of Hide n Seek begins.
Find the missing player and win.
The game resets, everyone forgets, and they start to play again.
Starr Hughes hasn’t believed in magic since her mother died. As a reporter for the school paper she’s only interested in cold, hard facts. When she hears rumors that the mysterious It-Squad members are about to play a secret game, she is determined to learn all about it, especially since she’s been in love with one of the members half her life. Hiding under the headmaster’s desk, planting bugs, and breaking into a fellow student’s locker are all on her to-do list.
Starr is about to discover that witches not only exist, but they need her help. Someone is using the game to steal their memories, their powers, and maybe even their lives.
ATTENTION: Although this is the second book in the series, each book has its own set of characters and can be read as a stand-alone book.
Bait: (coming Summer 2013) FREE
If you don’t think monsters in the closet are real, ask Bay-Lee.
At sixteen, Bay-Lee Bishop is on her way to a new school, a training ground for hunters. Before she leaves she gets an unexpected visitor, a reaper with a warning: It kills you on your birthday. For years she’s dreamed of becoming a great hunter so she can avenge her mom… but school is nothing like she imagined. The students resent her, a border monster is running loose, her mentor refuses to help her, and hunters are dying on their birthdays. If she’s going to live long enough to reach her goal, she’ll have to solve this mystery before the day of her birth arrives.
The last thing she needs is to fall in love. No problem. Bay-Lee is focused and determined. She barely notices boys. Then she meets Nick Gallos, a gorgeous boy with jungle green eyes, a reckless heart, and a past darker than her own.
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