Happy Creative 2015

New Year. New website design. New me?

Maybe.

It’s time to change things around here. It’s time to share more than my love of books with you. Time to share my love of expressing myself through creative projects. I felt I could only share my writing on my website, leaving pretty much dead air on the blog.

I guess I forgot I was my own boss there for a minute.

So Happy Creative 2015, friends and readers.

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Chatting it up with Kristina Springer

Seventh grade was supposed to be fun, but Tori is having major drama with her BFF, Sienna. Sienna changed a lot over the summer—on the first day of school she’s tan, confident, and full of stories about her new dreamy boyfriend. Tori knows that she’s totally making this guy up. So Tori invents her own fake boyfriend, who is better than Sienna’s in every way. Things are going great—unless you count the whole lying-to-your-best-friend thing—until everyone insists Tori and Sienna bring their boyfriends to the back-to-school dance.

What is it about the art form of writing that you love the most?

Kristina: I love seeing where a story is going to go! The first draft for me is always very freeing. And I love surprising myself too. Often when I reread something I wrote I’m shocked that I actually wrote it.

Many writers describe themselves as “character” or “plot” writers. Which are you? And what do you find to be the hardest part of writing?

Kristina:I’m definitely plot driven. Once I get a story in my head I’m writing it as fast I can and then I go back and add in the quirks and details. I’d say the hardest part for me is revision. It always takes me awhile to see how something should be different or could be better.

Any advice for writers working toward publication?

Kristina: Don’t get discouraged and don’t quit. If you’re persistent and always believe in yourself you’ll eventually get there. You need to write as often as you can, know that there will be TONS of revision so don’t expect to be perfect on the first draft, and also read a lot of books that are in your genre so that you know what’s going on in your field.

Thanks again for chatting with me, Kristina, what’s up next for you?

Kristina: I’m currently working on a fun middle grade book and don’t want to jinx it by talking about it too much. It’s my first middle grade since the hard cover release of MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS, which was a Scholastic bestseller, so I have a lot to live up to! My middle grade fans have been asking me for something new and I want to deliver.

KRISTINA SPRINGER holds a master’s degree in writing from DePaul University. She is the author of The Espressologist, which Publishers Weekly called “a cheerful, breezy romance.” She lives with her family outside Chicago, Illinois. Visit her website, www.KristinaSpringer.com

Graffiti Girl is mentioned in the "The Last Word" column in TEEN magazine, Winter 2008 issue.

YA FRESH has closed its doors

After seven totally freshly awesome years, my young adult blog YA FRESH, which I co-hosted with my critique partner Tina, has closed its doors. *sigh*

Goodbye, YA Fresh! You will be missed!

I would tour my Girlfriend Cyber Circuit pals there on their YA releases…now I’ll be touring them on my blog here, so stay tuned!

Goodies Galore for October!

It’s almost time for the release of SUPERNATURAL HUNTERS! This is a novella length story for my teen hunters, Jaz and Blake! I’m super excited and I hope you’ll download the ebook and tell me what you think!

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So I want to tell you all the good stuff happening in October…

October 1st
~ The release of SUPERNATURAL HUNTERS in ebook! You’ll find it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
~ On-line Facebook launch party for SUPERNATURAL HUNTERS. Just click here to join! JOIN the launch party for giveaways all day long including copies of PROM DATES TO DIE FOR, SOMETHING WICKED and Jenny Peterson’s upcoming YA fantasy, CREATURE DISCOMFORTS.
~ BUY SUPERNATURAL HUNTERS ON 10/1 for a chance to win a Kindle on Halloween! ($79 value). Email receipt to buzzbooksusa (at) me (dot) com.

During October
~If you “Like” my Facebook page, you’ll be entered in a October SUPERNATURAL HUNTERS giveaway! More details coming at you. Just “Like” my page to entered and I’ll choose at random!
~ Blog tours and fun interviews!

Fun SUPERNATURAL HUNTER stuff to share now!
~ Now? YES, NOW! Check out the fun trailer Buzz Books filmed in Jaz’s point of view as she hunts for a ghoul!

~ I’m really trying to embrace marketing through digital media. So I’ve put together these neat Storygrams on some of the characters of SUPERNATURAL HUNTERS. How do you like them? (click on the thumbnails for bigger versions)

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SUPERNATURAL HUNTERS is coming soon…

I finally have my blog up and running. I was having a really tough time with the new blog and spam. *sigh* Fingers crossed–that I have settled the problem. On to some good news!

My next novella (note: for my younger friends, a novella is a little longer than a short story) is set to be published October 1st with Buzz Books titled, SUPERNATURAL HUNTERS! It is the third story with my characters Jaz and Blake!

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Here’s the blurb:

Teen supernatural hunters, Jaz and Blake, are orphans, who don’t know where they’ve come from or even how they descended from the magical bloodline of hunters. Oz is a powerful Warlock and mentor, and has taken in Jaz and Blake to teach them the ways of their destiny. One of Oz’s previous students returns to Chapel Hill, a world-traveling hunter, asking for help to battle something they’ve never battled before: a Necromancer, a practitioner of death magic. Could this be the reason ghouls have been causing havoc around town? As Jaz and Blake attempt to follow the clues of the dead, they are faced with Blake considering leaving Jaz and Oz for greater hunting adventures, while Jaz discovers she could be the one the Necromancer really wants. Is this end of the Jaz and Blake chronicles? Find out in this next Supernatural Teen Hunter adventure…

Please check it out on Goodreads!

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Prom Dates To Die For: Now Available!

It’s finally here! Prom Dates To Die For is officially released! Copies are available in print and ebook. And I’m thrilled to share an excerpt of my short story included in this fun young adult anthology. Introducing Jaz and Blake – Teen Supernatural Hunters – in “Darkness Becomes Him.”

“I’ve heard things about you guys… strange things.”

I didn’t have to look at Blake to know a smile curved his mouth. I studied the girl standing in front of us, from her tiny designer boots to her preppy clothes to the sleek blonde hair. Her cheeks were pale, her eyes a little too wide. She said her name was Alexandria.

“Yeah, what kind of things,” I said, and bit into my apple.

She glanced over her shoulder at the other high school preps mulling around Westside High during lunch break, reached into her back pocket and pulled something out.

Blake bumped me aside as he snatched it away from the girl’s hand.

I cursed as my half-eaten apple hit dirt.

“It can’t be…” he murmured.

The girl stepped back. “W-what? What is it?”

Blake moved closer, likely giving her the iced blue intensity of his gaze. I knew that look. We’d caught another case. “Where did you get this?”

She swallowed. “My boyfriend. There’s something wrong with him. He’s not the same since last week. I’ve been finding these all over. We’re supposed to go to prom in a few days. I need help. Your kind of help. Tiffany Wiser. She told me about you. How you helped her a few months back.”

Yeah, the Tiffany girl, filed under Z for Zombie. As in, the infection of her brother. We’d caught it early enough before there was no going back for the kid.

“Okay, we’ll help you,” Blake said.

“For a price,” I cut in from behind Blake. We had to eat.

“I heard. But I don’t have much money. I work at Donna’s Diner. I close Tuesday and Thursdays. I can hook you up with some hot meals.”

Score.

“Give us your contact info. We’ll be in touch,” Blake told her. With a look of relief, Alexandria handed Blake a paper with her cell number and email.

“Listen, just don’t tell anybody what you’re helping me with, okay?” Alexandria turned and jogged away.

“So,” I said, and peered over his shoulder. “What’s so interesting?”

A feather. Glistening black with silver dust.

Blake ran his fingers over the fine surface. “It’s an angel feather.”

“What? That’s impossible.”

“No. It’s angel all right.”

“You mean—”

“A dark angel.”

Hope you enjoyed that little peek! Get your copy today at the following retailers:

Buzz Books USA
Amazon – Print | Kindle
Barnes & Noble Nook

YA Anthology: Prom Dates To Die For

Hello Friends! I’m excited to tell you about a new paranormal anthology titled PROM DATES TO DIE FOR published by Buzz Books USA. A fellow writer friend, Heather Dearly, let me know about this cool Prom-themed collection and I wrote up a short story titled “Darkness Becomes Him”.

May 1st is the official release date and you’ll be able to read 5 Prom stories with a paranormal twist!

A Night They’ll Never Forget. Five young adult authors cordially invite readers to five proms with a paranormal twist: – In Kelly Parra’s “Darkness Becomes Him,” teen supernatural hunters are hired to save a prom date hungry for souls. – Heather Dearly introduces us to a young reaper haunted by a past she doesn’t remember in “The Bone Flower.” – A prom queen seeks justice and revenge in Lena Brown’s, “Every Breath You Take.” – Aaron Smith gives us a loner musician called to save his classmates from an enemy only he can see in “A Kiss at the Threshold.” – Jenny Peterson’s heroine gets much more than she wished for on her prom night and 18th birthday in “Tonight, You’re Mine.” Frightful, fun and unforgettable.

Here’s what two of my awesome friends have said about the anthology so far…

“Prom Dates to Die For is a deliciously dark collection of prom-gone-wrong stories guaranteed to keep you curled up on the couch until you reach the end.” ~ Amanda Ashby ~ author of Zombie Queen of Newbury High and Fairy Bad Day

“Prom as you’ve never imagined it, with five talented authors unleashing their paranormal best in this memorable, page-turning anthology. Appearances by a dark angel, a ghost, a soul stealer, a demon hunter and a time portal help make Prom Dates to Die For a guaranteed pleaser for young adults and adult readers alike!” ~ Tina Ferraro, author of Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress and The ABC’s of Kissing Boys.

PROM DATES TO DIE FOR will be available in print and ebook. Pre-order your print copy today at the following links:

Buzz Books USA
Amazon

Thank you for your support! Stay tuned for a short excerpt of “Darkness Becomes Him” and details on giveaways and blog tours with Buzz Books USA!

The Orchard: A memoir by Theresa Weir

The Orchard by Theresa Weir.

Reading Theresa’s story was like reading about someone I didn’t know. The writing was so involving and exquisite that I had to stop reading, telling myself this is a real story. These events happened to someone. Someone I’ve known for years.

The truth is I’ve never met Theresa in person. We’d become friends on-line. And like many of her on-line friends, I’d learned bits and pieces of her life, learned some of her likes and dislikes, read her wonderful books, and now reading The Orchard, I felt I didn’t know as much about Theresa as I had thought. In fact, turning every page I felt like I was invading her privacy.

But she is sharing her private story with everyone. And I can’t tell you how incredibly brave that is.

I told her before I read the memoir that I was worried about crying. And knowing what the outcome would be, I thought I would get through it without shedding a tear. But once I reached the near end, I felt uncontrollable sadness.

I couldn’t not cry. I couldn’t stop myself from feeling.

If my husband hadn’t been next to me, I would have cried harder than I had in a long time. You reach an age where you learn to hold back your emotions, and as it was I let the tears roll down my cheeks as I wiped them with my hand. Again and again.

Even now I feel like I shouldn’t be sharing Theresa’s secrets, and I’m not. Yet this is the experience you will receive from this memoir. As if you’re sharing in her past, like you were there, watching over her shoulder all those years as she speaks to you about innocence lost, love gained, cherished, and pain endured, while the apple farm surrounds every aspect of one woman’s family in a way that is never forgotten…just like the memoir The Orchard.