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Author Guest Post: Vanessa Barneveld (Bonus Scene)

Hi all.  *waves hello*  Today, I am so excited to share with you a guest post written by Vanessa Barneveld, author of the novel This Is Your Afterlife.  Vanessa’s guest post features a bonus scene which she wrote especially for Treasured Tales for Young Adults.  A big thank you to Vanessa for her amazing guest post and to Sonia from Bloomsbury Australia for the opportunity to host Vanessa on my blog. 🙂

~ Happy Reading ~

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Guest Post

Alishia, thank you so much for inviting me to Treasured Tales for Young Adults! I’m excited to be here. I’ve written a bonus scene from my debut book, This Is Your Afterlife, especially for you and your readers.

First, a little background…

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Sixteen-year-old Keira Nolan has finally got what she wanted-the captain of the football team in her bedroom. Problem is he’s not in the flesh. He’s a ghost and she’s the only one who can see him.

Keira’s determined to do anything to find Jimmy’s killer. Even it if means teaming up with his prickly-yet-dangerously-attractive brother, Dan, also Keira’s ex-best-friend. Keira finds that her childish crush is fading, but her feelings for Dan are just starting to heat up, and as the story of Jimmy’s murder unfolds, anyone could be a suspect.

This Is Your Afterlife is told in Keira’s point of view, but this bonus scene shows Dan’s perspective. It takes place after his brother, Jimmy, vanishes from their tiny Northern California town.

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Bonus Scene

It’s only when a cramp seizes my palms that I realize I’m still gripping the wheel. I loosen my hands. Finger-shaped impressions linger on the leather, then disappear.

Gone. Just like Jimmy.

I slide down in the seat and stifle a yawn. A half-empty pretzel bag crunches under my thigh. I’d driven all night. Purposely at first. Then aimlessly toward dawn. I don’t remember driving through the school gates. All I know is the place was deserted at the time.

Now kids drift past my car in groups. Gossiping. Joking around. Do they care that my brother’s missing? Does anyone even know? Students herd toward the main entrance. Glass doors open wide and swallow them whole. I can’t follow them in there. Can’t sit in class like nothing happened.

I slap my cheek to wake myself up. Stubble grazes my hand. Five more minutes. That’s all I need, and then I’ll keep looking. I’ll find Jimmy before our folks get home from their vacation.

I glance at the dashboard clock.

I’m running out of time.

An ancient VW Bug rumbles to a stop nearby. It’s easy to pick out the driver, even from where I’m sitting. Keira Nolan. Can’t deal with her either.

At the same time, it’s hard to take my eyes off Keira. That’s always been my problem. The Bug shudders and coughs before dying. Keira sits with her head tilted to one side, in no hurry to get out. Her lips move. Is she singing along to the radio? Giving herself a pep talk?

She shakes her head, then nods emphatically. Oh, yeah, a pep talk.

When she does climb out, she flicks a glance my way. I duck further down. It’s stupid. I know she can’t see me through the window’s dark tint. So I sit up again, but by now she’s on her way to the main hall, gesticulating and nodding to herself.

A stiff breeze sprinkles pine needles over the car’s bonnet. The noise is slight, but enough to spark an idea in my head. An idea I can’t shake. I’d driven all the way to San Jose and back thinking maybe Jimmy had gone to our grandparents’ house for God knows what reason. I’d searched every street and alley in Halverston. But there’s one place I haven’t looked—Camberwell Forest. All fifty square miles of it.

I rev the engine and drive like my life—and Jimmy’s life—depends on it.

© 2014 Vanessa Barneveld

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Wasn’t that an awesome guest post.  Thanks, Vanessa.

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More information about This Is Your Afterlife and Vanessa Barneveld:

website ~ blog ~ facebook ~ twitter ~ goodreads

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Between the Lives Blog Tour – Author Guest Post: Jessica Shirvington + Giveaway

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Hi Treasured Tales followers.  I am so excited to have Jessica Shirvington visiting the blog today as part of the Between the Lives blog tour.  I recently read Between the Lives and I loved it.  You can check out my review here.  Jessica has written a guest post about Sabine and dealing with big issues as a storyteller.  Thank you for the awesome guest post, Jessica.  Also,thank you to Amanda from Harper Collins Australia for arranging the blog tour.

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Jessica ShirvingtonDealing with big issues – and a bit about Sabine’s story.

Okay, so there are some pretty confronting issues/scenes that come up in this book and in many ways they are even more confronting than the big “end-of-the-world” problems because they are focused on the state of mind of one girl, Sabine. The issues that come up are not ones I envisioned myself, as a writer, necessarily tackling. But when I had the initial idea for Between the Lives, the story quickly took on a mind of its own.

So many elements of Sabine’s dual realities are linked to normal life experiences of any teenager who feels like they need to be the person that is expected of them rather than taking a step back to discover who they really are to themselves.

Most people, at some stage, go through a bit of a dark stage and every single person responds differently. When writing Sabine’s story about the choices that she faces, it was never about those dark days being dominated by the dangerous experiments she begins, but rather the spiral of her mind and emotions that push her so far that she considers ending everything.

Despite how it might appear, Sabine’s story is not death. Just the opposite. It is one girl’s intense desire to live fully. She is exhausted by her existence but she never gives up hope for more. And it is in this quest for more that she loses her way. As a writer these were the elements that made this story so interesting to tell.

Another big issue that is explored in Between the Lives is what can happen when one person’s view of the world becomes entirely, dangerously, insular. Sabine is dealing with extreme problems but at the same time, she becomes so obsessed with making everything right in her world (worlds) that she fails to see the very serious things going on around her in both of them – and the consequences for that carry a very high price.

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Between the Lives is definitely a must read.  I could not stop reading.

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More information about Jessica Shirvington and Between the Lives:

website ~ blog ~ facebook ~ twitter ~ goodreads

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Between the Lives

Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington

Book description (from Goodreads) –

Above all else, though I try not to think about it, I know which life I prefer. And every night when I Cinderella myself from one life to the next a very small, but definite, piece of me dies. The hardest part is that nothing about my situation has ever changed. There is no loophole.

Until now, that is…

For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her ′other′ life – a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she′s a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she′s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other.

With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments which bring her dangerously close to the life she′s always wanted… But just what – and who – is she really risking?

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Giveaway

Thanks to Harper Collins Australia, I have two copies of Between the Lives to give away.  Here’s how to enter:

Just fill out the entry form below.

You must be an Australian resident to enter, and you must also be a blog follower to enter.

Extra entries are available:

+2 entries for commenting on this post

+3 entries for commenting on my review of Between the Lives

+3 entries for liking the Treasured Tales for Young Adults facebook page

Please read the competition policy (found here) before you enter.

The competition is open from now until Monday 20th May, 2013 11:59pm Australian EST.

There will be two winners who will be chosen using random.org.  Winners will be notified by email.

Good-luck 😀

Giveaway is now closed.  Winners will be notified by email.

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Check out the next stop on the tour:

May 8th – Novels on the Run

Shadowed Blog Tour – Guest Post by Sarah Alderson (Locations)

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Hi Treasured Tales followers.  *waves hello*  Today, I would like to welcome author Sarah Alderson back to Treasured Tales.  Sarah has written a guest post about some of the locations that feature in the novel Shadowed, the third and final novel in the Fated series.

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Locations

ShadowedShadowed is set mainly in LA, though it does start off in Riverview, Evie’s hometown.

I set the Fated series in California because I was there when I first started writing it. I love California. It’s one of my favourite places in the world. Riverview was based on some of the towns we drove through on our way to San Francisco and Yosemite. It’s so beautiful, really rural with lots of orchards. We went swimming in this stunning swimming hole, which inspired the location for the swimming hole in Fated.

When it came to trying to think of a good location for the way through/Gateway I was inspired by the movie Blade Runner which was filmed at the Bradbury Building. When I started researching it I thought that it would be perfect because it does in actual fact house the LAPD’s Internal Affairs department, which I thought would be hilarious. The fact that the police are sitting above it was kind of funny.

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Can you not just imagine a kickass fight scene happening in here with Thirsters baying for blood and Vero wielding a flamethrower?

I took some liberties with the parking lot out the back and added some fast food restaurants too in order to help the plot along. I also completely invented the Costume Shop in the basement. As far as I’m aware there is no costume shop in the basement hiding a secret doorway through to other realms.

The house where Victor is living in West Hollywood I based on the house I stayed in when I was there. It was actually the house used in a Steve Martin movie “LA Story” and it was perfect – and I liked the incongruousness of it.

At one point in Shadowed they head to the Getty Museum, which is one of my favourite places in LA. It’s this incredible art museum on top of a hill overlooking LA with sweeping views across the city.

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I also thought it would be funny to have The Originals hanging out in Beverly Hills. I mean if you were a thousand year old Thirster who could choose where to live, you’d probably choose a mansion in BH too, right? Though there are other reasons too.

Imagine them all walking down a street like this, armed to the teeth with blades and flame throwers.

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Thank you so much for the guest post, Sarah.

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Wasn’t that an awesome guest post about the locations that feature in Shadowed?  Have you read the Fated series?

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Check out the Fated trilogy:

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Sarah AldersonAuthor bio (from Goodreads) –

Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and princess-obsessed daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home. After several months in India, Singapore, Australia and the US, they settled in Bali where Sarah now spends her days writing by the pool and trying to machete open coconuts without severing a limb.

She finished her first novel, Hunting Lila, just before they left the UK, wrote the sequel on the beach in India and had signed a two book deal with Simon & Schuster by the time they had reached Bali.

More information about Sarah Alderson and the Fated series:

website/blog ~ goodreads ~ twitter

Shine Light Blog Tour – Author Guest Post & Shine Light Extract

Hi everyone.  Today, is Treasured Tales for Young Adults‘ stop on the Shine Light Blog Tour.  I am very excited to share with you author Marianne de Pierres’ guest post about the character Liam, as well as an extract from the third and final book in the Night Creatures trilogy – Shine Light.  A big thank you to Dorothy from Random House Australia and Marianne de Pierres for including Treasured Tales in the Shine Light Blog Tour.

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Liam’s character fills me with heartbreaking sadness. Such ill luck has plagued him from the moment he left Stra’ha. Ixion was meant to hold a future for him and Suki – a place where no one would know their secret. No one would judge them for it and the laws of the tribe would not be in play (can’t tell you what that secret is, in case I get to explore it in further stories!).

In some ways Liam harks back to characters I wrote in my first ever SF series – Nylon Angel, Code Noir, Crash Deluxe. In that series I was obsessed with humans who had been partially biologically transformed into something else. With Liam, his tentacles are seen as a deformity. What he doesn’t know yet is that he’s part of a new species – genetically altered to be part Night Creature, part Human. This subset of “mistakes” has profound ramifications for the future of the world. But again, that’s something to be explored in the future time, though I’m sure your imagination can run with it.

Living in Grave, scraping for food, spying for Lenoir is the most miserable time in Liam’s life. Only because of his desire to see Suki again does he survive it. For those of you who are wondering what happens to him and Suki after SHINE LIGHT finishes – then you should know that they continue to cross paths but life takes them on opposing courses, testing their feelings for each other beyond what is fair and reasonable. Their go-forward story is a fascinating one; the human warrior queen and the alien hybrid. Sounds like a movie! Give plenty of love to Liam, he needs and deserves it.

Break each code at the end of every blog post on the tour and your name will go in the draw to win a**super mystery prize** basket. Email your answers to marianne@mariannedepierres.com

7. “O VOSS HKGZTEZ NGX QSVQNL.” LXAO ZG SOD.

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Shine Light Extract

She wet her lips. ‘I don’t think the bead worked,’ she whispered.

Ruzalia shrugged. ‘We passed into the spiral hours ago. Get up. We have things to plan.’

Shaking off the fogginess that clung to her mind, she righted herself and faced the others, who congregated around the table sipping hot sugar drinks under the glow of the interior lamps. Other than Naif, Emilia had fared the worst with the transition, her face pale with shock, hands trembling uncontrollably. Jarrold and Markes sat close on either side of her, keeping her upright.

To Naif’s surprise, Charlonge spoke first.

‘There are books in Vank that tell of the beginnings of Ixion. If I can get to them, they may help us find a way to revoke the badges and to fightthe Ripers.’

Ruzalia nodded her approval. The pirate’s ease with the idea suggested they had discussed this already while Markes and Naif had been on Grave.

‘How would you get in there? You would be recognised. And so would Markes and I,’ said Naif.

‘I could help her,’ said Jarrold. Other than an unusual flush to his cheeks, the transition didn’t seem to have affected him much.

‘His face would be fresh to the Ripers and hence invisible,’ said Ruzalia.

‘You told me once that you came to Ixion for the books,’ Naif said to Charlonge.

She nodded. ‘On Lidol-Push I read the story of a monk who travelled many places. He spoke of the charts and history books that he’d seen on an island – books about the world and the Tri-Suns. I used his reckoning figures and worked out that they had to be here.’

‘The books were hidden?’ asked Jarrold with a tinge of excitement in his voice.

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~ What happens next? Visit thekylieverse.com to find out. ~

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Ready for your next fix?  Meet Clash at thekylieverse.com

Did you miss the feature on Jarrold?  See speconspecfic.com

For the full listing see burnbright.com.au

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Check out books one and two in the Night Creatures trilogy:

Burn Bright        //          Angel Arias

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Author bio (from author’s website):

Marianne de Pierres is the author of the acclaimed Parrish Plessis and award-winning Sentients of Orion science fiction series. The Parrish Plessis series has been translated into eight languages and adapted into a roleplaying game.

She’s also the author of a teen dark fantasy series [Night Creatures trilogy]. Marianne is an active supporter of genre fiction and has mentored many writers. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband, three sons and three galahs.

Author Guest Post: E.M. Tippetts

Hi everyone.  Today, author Emily Tippetts has stopped by Treasured Tales with a lovely guest post.  Welcome to Treasured Tales, Emily.  In Emily’s guest post, she introduces readers to her novel Castles on the Sand, including the two main characters, Madison and John.

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It’s such an honor to be able to post on Treasured Tales today! I got my start in writing at a workshop for science fiction and fantasy, which I wrote exclusively for about six years. Then I branched out into chick lit and published my first novel. Then I decided to try something crazy and indie published my next chick lit book. That book took off with teen readers, who put it on the Top 100 Children’s Books on Amazon for a month. And so this is how I’ve ended up a YA writer, as this is the age group that seems to be interested in my stories.

My latest book, Castles on the Sand, is the first YA book I’ve written on purpose. Since my YA fans had been so generous with my last book, Someone Else’s Fairytale, I wanted to write something just for them. Fairytale’s protagonist is 21 when the book starts and 23 when it ends. While I’m sure plenty of young readers will follow her into the sequel, Nobody’s Damsel, I wanted to start a book series with a younger protagonist in her teens. I also had an idea I’d been kicking around for some time about siblings separated as children, only to find each other later in life. Roll these ideas together with a setting on the northern California coast, and you have Castles on the Sand.

This book features Madison Lukas, age sixteen, who has absolutely no one on her side. Her mother barely tolerates her existence, her best “friend” barely deserves the title, and a guy who’s interested in her wants just one thing. What I found interesting about Madison is that I think she does pretty well for someone with no moral support or guidance whatsoever, but there’s only so much a girl can do on her own.

Enter John Britton, who sees Madison walking down the street and recognizes her at once. The last time he saw her, she was a year old, and their parents were getting a divorce. Mom took Madison away and John never did find out where they went. Now that he’s seen her, though, he’s desperate to get to know her and be a part of her life. There are two problems.

One is that John is a stranger to Madison. She doesn’t remember her father or any of her brothers. Her mother never even mentioned her marriage, so Madison’s grown up assuming that she was the product of an out of wedlock fling.

The other is that John is in a suit with a nametag that says, “Elder Britton, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”. That’s right, he’s a Mormon, as was his mother before she stormed out on her marriage and former life. It’s a shock to Madison to find out she has a brother. The fact that her mother used to belong to this religion completely throws her for a loop.

All John wants is to be able to be in Madison’s life. When he sees all the mistakes she’s making, he’s desperate to help straighten her out. To Madison, he comes off as pushy and overbearing and she just wants him to leave her alone.

Will these two siblings work out their differences? Will John gain Madison’s trust before she makes a mistake she’ll regret her whole life? I had a lot of fun writing, Castles on the Sand, and hope people enjoy reading it!

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Thank you so much for the awesome guest post, Emily.

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Author bio (from goodreads):

Emily Mah Tippetts writes romance under the name E.M. Tippetts and science fiction and fantasy under the name Emily Mah. Originally from New Mexico, she now lives in London with her family. Before she was a published author, she was an attorney who specialized in real estate, contracts, and estate planning, especially literary estate planning.

More information about Emily Tippetts and Castles on the Sand:

blog ~ goodreads ~ twitter ~ amazon

Author Guest Post: Wynne Channing

Hello everyone. *waves hello* Today, the lovely Wynne Channing, author of the newly released novel What Kills Me, has stopped by Treasured Tales with an awesome guest post. Thanks for visiting Treasured Tales for Young Adults, Wynne. 😀

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I’m thrilled to be featured as a guest today on Treasured Tales. Thanks so much Alishia for the opportunity!

My debut novel launched on June 15 and though they’re not my target readers, I was so concerned about what my parents thought of What Kills Me. It’s like I’m 5-years-old again, showing my scribbly painting to my mom in hopes of “Ooooh, that’s nice. You’re the most fabulous artist in the whole entire universe.”

Of course, that’s a bit of an overstatement. And my parents would never say that. They didn’t want me growing up with a big head so they’re pretty blunt. I knew they’d tell me exactly what was on their minds.

So my dad looked at the cover of What Kills Me and asked why are there butterflies exploding from her chest and not blood? I laughed. My dad likes hard-core action movies; naturally, he wants more blood.

I use the imagery of butterflies and moths in my book to suggest transformation, I explained. My heroine, Zee, is a funny, warm but sheltered girl looking for adventure. Falling into a well filled with blood and then having every vampire in the world hunt her to the death, was not what she had in mind. (Maybe just a summer romance or some bungee jumping would have sufficed!)

But aside from the physical changes that she undergoes, she must grow into someone who is brave, someone who can fight.

Sure Dad, I said, I guess blood would’ve been more dramatic. But I assured him that there is lots of action and blood in the pages of What Kills Me.

My mother, on the other hand, preferred the funny bits, the banter between Zee and her reluctant ally Lucas, for example. “Some parts…made me laugh out loud,” she said.

That was all I could ask for — I had brought her some joy.

So now that I have my parent’s approval, the scary part is over. It’s up to my readers now. I’m really, really hoping that they’ll tell me, “Ooooh, that’s nice. You’re the most fabulous writer in the whole entire universe!”

(Message me on Facebook or Twitter and let me know how important your parent’s approval is to you!)

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Wasn’t that a lovely post by Wynne?

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More information about What Kills Me and Wynne Channing:

website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ goodreads

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What Kills Me by Wynne Channing

Book description –

An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race. So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive.

How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?

 

 

 

 

(Blogoversary Celebration) Author Guest Post: Kirsty Eagar

Hi Treasured Tales followers. Today, Kirsty Eagar, author of the newly released novel Night Beach, has stopped by with a guest post introducing readers to one of the characters from Night Beach – Abbie. Welcome to Treasured Tales Kirsty, and thank you for the lovely guest post. 😀

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Happy Birthday Treasured Tales for Young Adults!

Night Beach, my third book, has just been published, and Alishia asked me if I’d introduce you guys to either Abbie or Kane, who are characters in the story. I’ve gone with Abbie, partly because I believe Kane’s the sort of guy you should form your own opinion of without any heads-up from me. And partly because when I’m writing, the starting point of any story is the main character, so it’s Abbie who’s been there from the beginning. I should say, too, that the beginning was back in 2008, so Abbie’s been with me for a while now.

So, way back then, there were a couple of things I knew about Abbie. And all of them ended up feeding the story.

1.   Abbie’s parents divorced when she was young, and she and her sister, Anna, have spent most of their lives moving between the two of them. Abbie’s had to deal with a lot of change, and feels like she’s straddling two worlds – her father’s world, and her mother’s world. It’s not necessarily bad, but it is different. The other thing is, Abbie’s seventeen, moving from being a child to an adult. So in that way also, she’s split.

2.   She loves art. Creating it, viewing it, and hearing what other artists have to say about what they’re trying to do. What I was really interested in, though, is that thing that happens when you’re immersed in what you’re painting, when you’re in the zone, so to speak, and it feels like it’s coming from somewhere outside of you; sort of like you’re channelling something. Part of Abbie’s journey is to do with that thing – which in her case might be her subconscious, or perhaps something more supernatural.

3.   The ocean is equally important to her. It’s been the one constant in her life.

4.   She has an attraction for Kane, her step-cousin, that’s bordering on obsession. When your feelings are that intense, what happens isn’t necessarily rational. It meant that I didn’t always know what choices Abbie would make.

Well, I hope that gives you some feel for Abbie and her world.

Thanks for having me Alishia!

Kirsty 🙂

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Wasn’t that an amazing guest post? Have you read Night Beach?

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More information about Kirsty Eagar and her novels:

goodreads ~ website ~ blog

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Author bio (from author’s website) –

Kirsty Eagar grew up on a central Queensland cattle property and spent her school holidays at the beach. After studying economics, she worked on trading desks in Sydney and London before changing careers, wanting a life where she could surf every day. She travelled around Australia for a couple of years, living out of a car, worked a variety of jobs and began writing fiction. Her debut novel, Raw Blue, was published by Penguin in 2009, and won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Young Adult fiction. Her second novel, Saltwater Vampires, was shortlisted for the 2011 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Kirsty lives with her husband and two daughters on Sydney’s northern beaches.