Today I welcome author Joey Paul back on the blog. We did a fun interview to celebrate the release of her new book! Check it out below.
How did the idea for your book come about?
I was talking to a friend about our favourite Sci-fi show, and we were throwing ideas back and forth about what kind of worlds and planets the Doctor could come across. My idea was a world where everyone died at 60 resonated with us both, but also gave me the idea for Lights Out. Originally it was going to be a standalone, but as I started writing it, I realised there was no way I could finish it the way I wanted in one book and thus the trilogy was born!
Tell us about how the cover came to be.
My cover designer is also my best friend, she and I wanted to make it clear that the lights, and the colours of the lights mattered a lot to the story, which they do. We already have the whole series planned cover wise, but for this cover we wanted it to just showcase the events and the lightbulbs that told the story of the event itself. I adore the cover and can't wait to see the next two done!
Talk about your main character. Was she based on your own experiences or completely fictional?
Lock was a mixture, but mostly, she's completely fictional. I'm not an amputee, though I did end up in a wheelchair when I was a teen, and while Lock's world is a lot more “equal” there are still parts of wheelchair life that some people just aren't aware of, like cracked pavements and buses not always having the access you need. Lock is a fiery character in that she knows what she wants, what she believes, and what she thinks is right she will follow. I have loved watching her grow through the series and I can't wait to show the world just how different the Lock you first meet in Light Out is compared to the final book.
What influences your writing? Television, movies, music, other books or art?
I'm gonna go with all of the above, though I don't watch much television or movies and I struggle with music because of Auditory Processing Disorder, but I do read a ton. I think it's important to read as a writer, but it doesn't have to be to the level that I or other writers do. You gotta do what works for you. I'm also influenced a lot by just dreaming up situations and seeing how they might work in reality. I've always had a wild imagination, and it's helped with this kind of work!
If you could be any fictional character, who would you pick?
Oh! That's a hard one! I think it would have to be someone like Kinsey Milhone from Sue Grafton's Alphabet series. I adore her and have always managed to re-read the whole series once a year – even though she died a few years ago and the final book is never coming out, which saddens me, but I understand why Grafton wouldn't want people to mess with her fictional world.
What is your favorite book?
Eeek! Oh don't make me choose!! I adore reading, I do, it's something that has got me through a whole ton of hospital stays and moments when I just don't want to be where I am. I'm going to cheat here and say that my favourite book is all of the Alphabet series by Sue Grafton because I can always sink into those pages and feel at home.
Who is your favorite singer?
As I said above, I don't do well with music because of hearing issues, but I do love a UK band called Busted. They were the first band I saw live, and when they split in 2005 my heart broke, but then they got back together in 2015 and it's just like yes! And out of the three, I have to pick Matt Willis.
If you had to make a playlist or soundtrack for your book, what songs would you include?
Hmm...I don't think I could do this myself, it would be something that I'd ask a friend to do. They have much more of a wide range of musical knowledge than I do!
Here’s a question I love to ask! What book have you read that you would love to have written yourself?
Oh! This one really makes you think, doesn't it? I'm not sure, I read so many books, but I do wish one series that I've read that I could've written myself, or at least a couple of the books because it's a US based series, but has the characters (in two different books) come to the UK and she gets SO much wrong! I wish I could've written those so that I could've gotten it all perfect! But that's just me!
LIGHTS OUT BLURB:
Ever since the war ended, the United English Cityships have had equality. The rules are clear. You are born, you live and the day following your sixtieth birthday, you are sent off for your final sleep.
Lock is a firm believer in the system. It means that everyone is truly treated equally. It’s only when she checks in an attendee who claims to be younger than her chip says that Lock starts to realise there may be someone gaming the system.
The problem is the corruption goes higher than Lock could even begin to imagine. As her belief in the world she lives in starts to crumble, Lock finds herself wanting justice for those who have gone before their time.
Can she do it? Or will they silence her before she can get the word out?
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Joey Paul is an award-winning indie author, exploring the young adult genre. She has released fifteen books in total so far, with the sixteenth due out in 2019. Her current works include the "Dying Thoughts" series, which is eight books and the "Lights Out" trilogy, as well as several standalone novels. She writes across genres, with crime, mystery, paranormal, sci-fi and dystopian being the ones most frequently on her list. She is writing her next two books at the moment, having recently finished her last two.
Joey is disabled and a graduate from The Open University with a BA (Hons) in Health & Social Care. When not reading medical textbooks, she enjoys reading crime novels, medical dramas and young adult novels. When she's out and about, she likes looking for Tupperware in the woods with GPS satellites, otherwise known as geocaching. And when she's not doing THAT, she's sleeping! She's 37 and has been writing since she was retired from her job on medical grounds at the age of 19. She plans to write for as long as she has ideas or until someone tells her to stop!
10 Things You Might Not Know About Author, A.R. Conti Fulwell
Angels in Darkness
Relentless refusing to be beaten, Piero Catone is looking for a rematch. Convinced that Lina’s love is the only thing that will save him from himself, he sets off to win her at any cost. Lina, now the Princess Clarice Angelina d’Orsini wife of Lorenzo de Medici, will not be strong armed so easily. When Piero’s plan goes terribly wrong, he finds himself faced with a straight-forward decision: will he follow the light or surrender to the darkness?
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Now Lord of Casatona, Signore Piero Catone does not take well to defeat. After the cloak and dagger trick Lina orchestrated in order to save the prince, Lorenzo de Medici, Piero is not giving up without a fight. Seeing Lina as the only light his life ever had, he sets out to woo a married woman, no matter who or what he tears down in the process. When his aggressive attempt to make Lina run away with him goes awry, Piero barely survives a two-story fall from the Medici Palace balcony. Caught in a coma between life and death, Piero must decide which is more important: fighting or forgiveness.
Fueled by anger and vengeance, Carità DelCuore is out for blood – Medici blood. Bitter and outraged over her father’s unjust imprisonment for crimes he didn’t commit, Carità finds herself in the right place at the right time as the real culprit falls off the Medici Palace balcony, practically into her lap. Doing everything she can to nurse the man back to help in order to get the answers she needs to free her father, Cartià is taken by the nameless man when he regains consciousness. Will she give her heart to a nameless man or will she seek revenge on the Medici’s rendering an eye for an eye?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A. R. Conti Fulwell holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Malone University and a master’s degree in Education from Walsh University. Her storytelling journey began many years ago when her mother showed her the magic of rewriting fairytales. She claims it is the cure for insomnia, or at least it was for her. Influenced the greats – Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, T. S. Eliot, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Amanda resides near Canton, Ohio, and can usually be found curled up with a book, a pen and paper, or behind a camera shooting a short film.
I thought I'd share a few of my favorite books that I've read over and over again. Let me know in the comments if you've read any of these and share your favorite books with me!
Good-bye, Glamour Girl by Erika Tamar. I read this for the first time the summer after 5th grade. It’s a coming of age story about a girl whose family escaped Europe during WWII and she is trying to assimilate in America.
Frida’s Bed by Slavenka Drakulic. This is a fictionalized version of Frida Kahlo’s life. Completely gripping as you see how Frida dealt with constant physical pain and how it impacted her artwork as well as her personal life. An amazing book.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. There’s more than just a forbidden love story here. Tolstoy writes about the time period and manages to work the political climate and economic structure into the book without making it too weighty.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I didn’t appreciate this book when we read it in school, but I fell in love with it when I read it as an adult. The symbolism, Gatsby, Nick, and the way Fitzgerald shows that desperation and longing. Love, love, love.
Life is a Gift by Tony Bennett. The title says it all. I love that Tony feels we keep creating all through our lives.
Hangin’ Out with Cici by Francine Pascal. One of my favorite YA novels of all time. Victoria time travels to see what her mother was like as a kid. The humor in this one is great.
The Crack-Up by F. Scott Fitzgerald. His honesty, his beauty with phrasing, and his humor—it’s all here. What’s not to love?
The Great Mom Swap by Betsey Haynes. (Middle grade novel) One of the characters, Scottie, wants to be an author and I was obsessed with this book as a kid.
Thanks for stopping by! Take a look at this brand-new fantasy adventure story with a hint of romance by author Annie Douglass Lima.
You can download a copy of the ebook for free between July 9th and 11th!
Life as the king’s younger sister should be exciting.
Not for Princess Kalendria. She’s sick of the dissent and of constantly having her family undermined by those who think they could rule Malorn better than King Korram.
Hoping to lighten the mood in the palace, Kalendria plans a ball to celebrate her seventeenth birthday. It doesn’t hurt that their handsome Alasian ally King Jaymin has promised to attend, and she’s been waiting for him to notice her for as long as she can remember.
But unfriendly forces have their own party plans. When Kalendria, Korram, and Jaymin barely survive an assassination attempt, their only recourse is to flee into the wilderness. Tracked by unknown assassins, they must figure out whom they can trust and who is behind the plot. Can Kalendria help her brother reclaim his throne – oh, and catch Jaymin’s attention while she’s at it – before they are all killed and war destroys both kingdoms?
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King of Malorn is book 5 in the Annals of Alasia. But don't worry if you haven't read the others; it will still make sense on its own.
Each of the first four books can stand on its own as well. They each deal with events surrounding the same major political incident: the invasion of the kingdom of Alasia by the neighboring kingdom of Malorn.
Prince of Alasia begins on the night of the Invasion and describes what happens to twelve-year-old Prince Jaymin after he is forced to flee for his life.
In the Enemy’s Service features a girl as the protagonist and tells the story of those who were not able to escape from the Alasian palace when the enemy invaded.
Prince of Malorn begins several months earlier and focuses on the Malornian perspective of the events leading up to the Invasion.
The Nameless Soldier shows how a young Alasian soldier lives through the Invasion but then has to survive and make a name for himself in enemy-occupied Alasia.
In each of the books, main characters from the others make brief appearances and interact with each other at the point where the timeframes and settings overlap.
I also have a short ebook of “interviews” that I conducted with the characters in the other three books. Annals of Alasia: The Collected Interviews is not available on Amazon, but I send a free copy to anyone who signs up for my mailing list (to receive updates when I release new books or occasionally offer them for free).
Annie Douglass Lima considers herself fortunate to have traveled in twenty different countries and lived in four of them. A fifth-grade teacher in her “other” life, she loves reading to her students and sparking their imaginations. Her books include science fiction, fantasy, YA action and adventure novels, a puppet script, anthologies of her students’ poetry, and Bible verse coloring and activity books. When she isn’t teaching or writing, Annie can often be found sipping spiced chai or pomegranate green tea in exotic locations, some of which exist in this world.
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Five years ago today my first novel, True Colors, was released. It was the beginning of a dream coming true and the start of the Landry's True Colors Series. It's been a crazy journey that no one could have prepared me for, but it's so amazing to hear from readers who have been helped from reading about Landry navigating through middle school. Happy birthday little book!
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AlzAuthors are having their 4th anniversary raffle and book sale from June 21-27. I'm honored to be included with these authors.
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Empowered: How God Shaped 11 Women’s Lives (And Can Shape Yours Too)
By Catherine Parks
Empowered shares the lives of eleven remarkable women whose lives were shaped by God in different circumstances. The women featured are: Corrie and Betsie ten Boom, Sophie Scholl, Pandita Ramabai, Charlotte Forten Grimke, Esther Ahn Kim, Elisabeth Elliot, Phillis Wheatley, Joni Eareckson Tada, Fanny Crosby, and Annie Armstrong.
In each chapter we learn about the women’s beginnings, the hardships they faced with trials such as war and suffering, and how they turned to God and were inspired to do great things with His strength. There are questions at the end of each chapter for introspection as well.
Some of the women I was familiar with like Joni Eareckson Tada and Corrie and Betsie ten Boom, but others were new to me and I learned a lot from such as Sophie Scholl, Pandita Ramabai, and Esther Ahn Kim.
The book is geared towards girls 13-18 and this would make a perfect eighth grade graduation gift. It’s inspiring and the questions that went along with each chapter really brought the lessons and messages into our daily lives. I would highly recommend this book for summer reading.
I received this book from BH Publishing and Lifeway in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The Clean Indie Reads I Love Audiobooks young adult giveaway is here and it will run from May 24th-31st. You can enter to win codes for 10 different YA audiobooks! Good luck!
Welcome to the 1-Week Virtual Book Tour for Blackflies and Blueberries (Mysterious Tales from Fairy Falls, #2) by Sharon Ledwith!
About Blackflies and Blueberries:
The only witness left to testify against an unsolved crime in Fairy Falls isn’t a person…
City born and bred, Hart Stewart possesses the gift of psychometry—the psychic ability to discover facts about an event or person by touching inanimate objects associated with them. Since his mother’s death, seventeen-year-old Hart has endured homelessness, and has learned ways to keep his illiteracy under wraps. He eventually learns of a great-aunt living in Fairy Falls, and decides to leave the only life he’s ever known for an uncertain future.
Diana MacGregor lives in Fairy Falls. Her mother was a victim of a senseless murder. Only Diana’s unanswered questions and her grief keeps her going, until Hart finds her mother’s lost ring and becomes a witness to her murder.
Through Hart’s psychic power, Diana gains hope for justice. Their investigation leads them into the corrupt world threatening Fairy Falls. To secure the town’s future, Hart and Diana must join forces to uncover the shocking truth, or they risk losing the true essence of Fairy Falls forever.
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Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Publish Date: May 17, 2019
Publisher: Mirror World Publishing https://www.mirrorworldpublishing.com/
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Escape to the past and have a blast
Sharon Ledwith is the author of the middle-grade/young adult time travel adventure series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS, and the teen psychic mystery series, MYSTERIOUS TALES FROM FAIRY FALLS. When not writing, researching, or revising, she enjoys reading, exercising, anything arcane, and an occasional dram of scotch. Sharon lives a serene, yet busy life in a southern tourist region of Ontario, Canada, with her hubby, one spoiled yellow Labrador and a moody calico cat.
Learn more about Sharon Ledwith at the following online places:
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I am so excited to share with you that Best Friends…Forever? and Landry in Like are now available in paperback! I got so many questions about when they would be in print and they are finally here. It’s so great that these came out just as Landry in Like was given the Literary Classics Top Honors Youth Book Award for upper middle grade books. You can pick up your copies here and complete your Landry’s True Colors Series collection.
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Best Friends...Forever?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFp2fPFbvTQ
Landry in Like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CsGREKFQco&t=6s
Author of the Landry's True Colors Series, the Star Series, Dating the It Guy, & Can Dreams Come True