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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.

Blog Tour: The Shapeshifter’s Secret (Author Guest Post: Heather Ostler)

Today, is Treasured Tales for Young Adults‘ stop on The Shapeshifter’s Secret Blog Tour. *yay* Author Heather Ostler, has stopped by with a guest post about one of the characters in her novel The Shapeshifter’s Secret – Caleb. Thanks Heather, and welcome to Treasured Tales.

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Hello everyone! I’m honored and excited to talk about The Shapeshifter’s Secret on Treasured Tales. I want to give a big thanks to the wonderful Alishia for having me!

Today I am here to introduce one of my characters from The Shapeshifter’s Secret. I talk so much about Julia, that I thought it would be fun to introduce someone different, like Caleb Glyndor.

Caleb is first introduced when he arrives at Julia’s school and is immediately deemed the gorgeous, new boy. Though he is tall, dark, and handsome, Julia just isn’t as smitten about Caleb as all the other girls.

Eventually Julia learns the truth—she is a werecat shapeshifter from a different world, and Caleb has been her undercover bodyguard, protecting her. Caleb is also a werecat, and defends Julia as they travel to Ossai. However their relationship takes a turn for the worse when he isn’t completely honest with her.

After that, their encounters become tense, and the chemistry between them is never right. Even though Caleb continues to protect Julia against dire forces, she has a difficult time ever trusting him.

On the last day of the school year, Caleb appears looking anxious and fearful. He confesses to Julia that he has something crucial to tell her—but cut off, he is never given the chance to say what he needs to. Julia is left questioning what information he had to tell her, and what their relationship has become.

Though Caleb does make mistakes, he is a very misunderstood individual with a lot of personal issues. As a member of the Soldier Union he takes his responsibilities to an extreme and often offends others by his bluntness. Caleb is also very protective over Julia, and has a hard time whenever he sees her life put in danger.

With a father that is a respected soldier, and a mother who is a water nymph, Caleb is often overshadowed. His parents are outgoing, charming, and confident. Caleb is quiet, and frequently seen as someone who falls short of expectations.

Even though he acts tough on the outside, Caleb really is sensitive. Sometimes he hides his feelings with spitefulness and sarcasm because he has a hard time explaining his emotions. It is difficult for him to balance his relationships with the duties of being a soldier. Sworn to never-ending secrets in the Soldier Union, he can only reveal so much. In battle with himself, Caleb is torn between divulging important information to Julia, and being loyal to the Soldier Union.

Even though he is misunderstood, Caleb is an important part of Julia’s life and has so much to offer. If there is one thing I want people to know about Caleb, it’s that there is a reason to why he acts the way he does.

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Doesn’t this guest post make you want to read The Shapeshifter’s Secret right now? I’m so intrigued about Caleb.

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More information about The Shapeshifter’s Secret and Heather Ostler:

goodreads ~ website ~ blog ~ twitter


(Blogoversary Celebration) Author Guest Post: Brigid Kemmerer

Today, as part of Treasured Tales for Young Adults‘ blogoversary celebration, author Brigid Kemmerer has stopped by with a guest post. Brigid is the author of Storm (Elemental #1), a novel that is hugely popular with bloggers over here in Australia.

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Thank you so much for the guest post Brigid and welcome to Treasured Tales.

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Profanity in YA

There’s this guy who comes into my office once a week to shine shoes. After hearing a story I was telling to one of the other ladies in the office, involving a man who said I was “full of crap,” the shoe shine man said to me, “Brigid, you remind me of a preacher’s daughter. I can’t imagine you ever saying a bad word. You’re just so sweet and innocent.”

My first thought: Boy, do I have him fooled.

I grew up riding horses, and there’s a saying that the only person who can curse like a drunken sailor is a woman who works with horses. There’s some truth to that. Hang out in a barn one afternoon, and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

You know where else you’ll hear a lot of profanity? High school. It’s taboo, but generally safe. It’s daring, without actually being dangerous. It’s rebellious without being too rebellious.

There’s a lot of debate on whether profanity in YA is warranted. I’m going to ruin the suspense right here: my book has the F word. It’s about four brothers, three of which are teenagers. (The fourth is 23.) The brothers don’t always get along, and there are no parents in the picture. Sometimes an F-bomb is going to slip. I mean, come on.

One of the most common arguments I hear is that profanity in books is unnecessary, that it’s possible to write a story without that kind of language. That’s true: it is.

But my book deals with a lot of heavy issues. Bullying. Date rape. (It’s not an issue book, not at all. But those things are in there.) While I wouldn’t hesitate to take out the profanity, it seems silly to get rid of the F word when it goes hand in hand with the realism of the rest of the story. There’s not a teenager alive who hasn’t heard the F word, probably once a day at school. Even on television comedies, you’ll see actors use the F word, knowing it will be bleeped out, just for dramatic effect. (Just watch The Office, or Family Guy.) The bleep has effectively become the F word.

What do you think? When is profanity acceptable in YA? Does it turn you off when authors use too much? Are there authors you think could benefit from making their books a little edgier? (And don’t hesitate to discuss Storm in the comments if you’ve read it, whether positively or negatively. I know profanity is a big turnoff for some people, and I can take it.)

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Have you read Storm? Which character is your favourite?

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More information about Storm and Brigid Kemmerer:

goodreads ~ blog/website ~ twitter ~ facebook

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Author bio (from Brigid’s website/blog) –

Brigid Kemmerer was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland. Brigid started writing in high school, and her first real “novel” was about four vampire brothers causing a ruckus in the suburbs. Those four brothers are the same boys living in the pages of The Elemental Series, so Brigid likes to say she’s had four teenage boys taking up space in her head for the last seventeen years.