New Release Alert! The Boy Who Fell from the Sky

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New Dystopian Novel for Young Adults

Highlights Climate Change Threat to Future Generations

JuleOwenAuthor Jule Owen has spent her working life in high tech. Her new novel, The Boy Who Fell from the Sky, explores the paradox of living in the age that will likely see the introduction of miracle technology, find a cure for cancer and prolong human life, but that may also see civilization as we know it destroyed by climate change.

The Boy Who Fell from the Sky is the first book in The House Next Door trilogy, a series of three science fiction, dystopian, time travel novels for young adults. They are set in 2055, in a world ravaged by climate change and are adventure stories with a serious message about the future we are making for ourselves.

Jule Owen said, “It’s the big issue of our times. There’s a huge scientific consensus about the fact that climate change is man made and that it is likely to massively disrupt our lives, but the majority of people don’t care about it. Frighteningly, young people, who are likely to suffer the most in the future, are not all engaging with the issue. I love books like the Hunger Games and Divergent. They are exciting but they also make you stop and think and I wanted to try and use the genre as a way of getting people to talk about what’s coming. I used time travel, because it allows my main character, Mathew, to live through the impact of climate change over time.”

In The Boy Who Fell from the Sky, The world is falling apart in 2055. Another flood has devastated London and it’s the eve of the First Space War. With the city locked down, sixteen-year-old Mathew Erlang is confined to his house with only his cat, his robot and his holographic dragons for company.

Desperate for a distraction from the chaos around him, Mathew becomes fascinated by his peculiar and reclusive neighbor, August Lestrange. Mathew begins to investigate Mr. Lestrange, turning to the virtual world of the Nexus and Blackweb for answers. But as he digs deeper, Mathew realizes that Mr. Lestrange doesn’t seem quite human.

When Mathew accidentally finds himself trapped in Lestrange’s house, he opens a door and falls four hundred years into the future—a week before the end of the world. Unwittingly, he starts to destabilise the course of human history.

A 1984 for a new generation, The Boy Who Fell from the Sky delves into a future where climate change and technology have transformed the world. It is the first book in The House Next Door trilogy, a young adult dystopian

The Boy Who Fell from the Sky will be available on September 30, 2015 on Amazon and in bookshops on October 30, 2015.

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Author Interview — C.D. Gorri

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C.D. Gorri!!

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BB& B: Christine, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Christine: I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Montclair State University. I attended Catholic school from grades K-12 and photo 1am the youngest of six daughters born to Italian immigrant parents.

I currently live in my home state of New Jersey with my husband, my children, and my dog.

It has always been my dream to be an author and I am proud to say I am currently writing a teen/YA paranormal fiction series. My eBooks, Wolf Moon: A Grazi Kelly Novel, and Hunter Moon are both available online.

BB & B: I thought the story was very well done and I’ve read a lot of paranormal, but I have to admit most of my reading has been in the Adult genre. I’m curious why you chose to go with Young Adult?

Christine: I chose to write Young Adult lit for a number of reasons, the one that comes to mind first is I am a huge fan of YA books. I love the whole coming of age story line that sort of goes hand in hand with YA fiction. When you start with a character who is a child or a teen there is so much room for growth on a personal level and in the story line that the possibilities are endless. It just made sense to me that if I wanted to write a supernatural story this is where I should start.

Also, I’m a mom. I wanted to write something my children could read and identify with a little bit. My ten year old is my biggest reader and I didn’t want to write anything that I would have to tell her she couldn’t see until she was much older. It also gave me a built in test group for my ideas! LOL

WolfMoon2 (1)BB & B: Wolf Moon is your first novel. How long was this story brewing inside of you before you began to write it? How long before you decided to publish?

Christine: I have always wanted to write. Grazi, my main character, has been whispering in my head for years. It finally took a very long and cold winter last year for me to come back to a short story I had written about her (about ten thousand words) and turn it into a short novel.

The night I published Wolf Moon on Smashwords I was completely giddy with excitement. I was only looking to see how it would work and I was honestly thinking about waiting a month or so to do it, but then bam, one click later and it was done. I haven’t looked back since.

BB & B: I got a chuckle a few times reading about Maria Graziana’s school experience in a Catholic School. I went to one too and it certainly brought back some memories. Can you tell us what inspired you to pick this setting for Grazi’s character?

Christine: Well, it is a small world indeed! I am a Catholic schoolgirl myself and I wanted to use some of my own experiences in my book. There is something universally true in all schools I think, from the linoleum to the weird teachers and stuffy principal that we can all identify with. It is also an environment that doesn’t see much light in the world of fiction and I thought, why not? My kids go to Catholic school, wouldn’t it be cool to write about something I know and they know and share it with the world?

Also there is Grazi herself. She was raised by her Catholic grandmother and it just made sense for her character to have grown up going to Church and attending Catholic school. The same Catholic school her mother attended and where she met her future husband, Grazi’s father. I guess I could argue if they hadn’t gone there, they never would have met, and the story would not have been possible.

BB & B: Can you give us your favorite scene or quote from Wolf Moon and what inspired this particular scene/quote?

Christine: That is almost like asking me to pick my favorite child! LOL Seriously though, I don’t think I have a favorite scene or quote. I love all of my characters, yes, even the bad ones! I would have to say I am a big fan of Grazi’s and am rooting for her all the way! But the deeper into the series I go the more the other characters surprise me and I am sure they will surprise you too. Grazi is not the only one I feel deeply connected too. Ronan, Angela, and even Julianna have some growing to do in books 2 and 3 and without giving anything away I can tell you they are just fascinating to write.

BB & B: I am truly curious what lies ahead for Grazi. Without giving away any spoilers, can you give us a little sneak peek into the next book?

HunterMoon (2)Christine: In Hunter Moon, book 2, we pick up right where book 1 leaves off. Grazi knows she is a Werewolf and becomes aware that there are things that go bump in the night. Things that seem to want her dead. She embarks on a journey of self-discovery, learning more about her heritage and her parents’ lives and deaths. She makes new friends and her relationships take surprising turns. Grazi’s character also learns that not everything is as black and white as the Hounds make it. In fact, she will help them realize what they have been ignoring for years. Demons are stirring and they want the world.

I am currently working on Rebel Moon, book 3, in it, Grazi must learn and decide for herself who to trust. She learns more about her role in the upcoming battle for dominion over the world and she must decide how and if she will fight. In her personal life things are getting complicated and Grazi comes to see that love comes with a responsibility that she had never realized. Darkness comes for her in the shape of a boy-faced demon and Grazi must resist him in order to find the strength she needs to continue the fight. In the end she will find that when she has her friends by her side she is stronger than ever.

BB & B: What can fans expect from you in the future?

Christine: I am planning at least two more books in Grazi’s series as well as a possible spin off series. I am just fascinated by Grazi’s universe and have plans to expand and build upon it.

BB & B: Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Christine: Yes. Write. Don’t stop writing. When you think you are finished, write some more! It is easy to say I will start tomorrow, but don’t wait. There is never extra time or enough time. Just write wherever and whenever you can. And for those who ask you what your real job is just remember this is a real job. If you treat it as such you will get it done. Good luck and never give up.

BB & B: Any last words you’d like to share about Wolf Moon or the series?

Christine: I just want to say thank you for hosting me here and thank all of you for taking the time to read this! And if you are looking for something with a little fang and a little fur to read, give Grazi a try. I think you’ll like her.

Be sure and look for me, C.D. Gorri, author of the Grazi Kelly Novel Series.

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Thanks and happy reading!
“del mare alla stella,
~C.D. Gorri

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Author Interview — Tara Ellis

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Tara Ellis!!

taraellisAuthor Tara Ellis lives in a small town in beautiful Washington State in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys the quiet lifestyle with her husband, two teenage kids, and several dogs. Having been a firefighter/EMT, and working in the medical field for many years, she now teaches CPR and concentrates on family, photography and writing young adult novels.

BB & B: Can you tell us a little bit about what inspires you and how those inspirations led to crafting your novel, Bloodline: Forgotten Origins Trilogy Book 1?

Tara: This is actually a hard question. I remember when I first decided to become a writer. I was eight years old, and had just typed out my first short story on our old typewriter. I was already an avid reader, and the feeling I had when I created my own world was exhilarating… and it still is.

When it comes to what inspired me to write Bloodline, I would have to say first,bloodline_TaraEllis that it’s my longtime love for science fiction. It’s something I’ve always turned to when I have a need to escape for a little while. In the year or so leading up to the creation of Bloodline, I had been getting more into conspiracy theories and ancient alien/Egyptian tales. Not that I necessarily believed any of it, I just got a kick out of reading about it. Stuff like that makes you wonder, and perhaps broaden your perspective of the world around you.

I had read The Hunger Games a year before, and my daughter was fourteen, so these influenced my choice to try first person POV, and to keep it a clean read. It was important to me that my daughter be able to read it, without causing any embarrassment.

I’m a stickler for a good story. I spent much more time thinking about and researching the plot lines than I did writing it.

BB & B: What made you choose Egypt and an Egyptian lineage for your characters’ bloodline?

Tara: How could I resist? I knew I wanted to tie in an ancient virus from the past to the present, and I wanted the main character to be unique. I started with Alex. Making her half Egyptian took care of both needs. I didn’t know how much that was going to matter though, until I got quite a ways into the outline. It just all came together and gave me chills!

BB & B: I happen to be watching Ancient Aliens the same time I was reading your book. Call it synchronicity, but the topic was about global pandemics having an alien origin. Needless to say, the impact between your book and the TV show made me totally paranoid. Given your medical background and the obvious research you’ve done about ancient meteor impacts and theories, what do you think the chances are, that something similar could actually happen in our real world?

Tara: Don’t you just love it when stuff like that happens? I think my husband thought I was a bit…odd when I started writing these books. I don’t think he bought into the whole idea until I had completed Heritage and started getting back some good reviews. Then, he happened to be watching what was probably the same show that you’re talking about. It came out a good year or more after I had published Bloodline. He called me into the room and told me to watch it, seeming a bit surprised at some of the similar themes. I just grinned.

I think it is VERY possible. Here, I’ll add to your paranoia. Read this article: http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/05/world/europe/siberia-giant-virus-discovered/

It’s about the giant Pithovirus that was recently discovered in Sibera. Notice the publication date of March, 2014….almost a year after Bloodline’s original release date. They suspect this bugger is about 30,000 years old, and this is what scientist have to say (from the above article)

“…The discovery of Pithovirus shows how incomplete our understanding of microscopic biodiversity is when it comes to exploring new environments…”

And the potentially bad news: “…the reemergence of other viruses is no longer the domain of science fiction”

~France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

How about that? Now, they’re not claiming this giant virus came in a meteorite, but here is an article from Time magazine in 2011, where they talk about a published paper that discusses the possibility:

http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2057461,00.html

Some people believe it…some do not. I say….what if?  🙂

BB & B: Without giving away any spoilers, can you give us your favorite scene or favorite quote from Bloodline? Why is this your favorite?

Tara: Towards the end, there is a climactic scene where Alex comes to terms with some things. It’s funny you asked for this, because there was a recent review posted on Goodreads, where the reader chose this scene and quote to use in their review…and it’s my favorite, too.

“But what the creators of the virus don’t understand is the human desire to fight for our freedom and our value of life. To simply be alive, isn’t enough…I finally realize that our greatest gift, and weapon, is love. I mean, who can ever win against something as powerful as that?”

~ Alex (Bloodline: Forgotten Origins Trilogy, Book 1)

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It’s one of my favorite scenes in Bloodline, and my favorite quote, because I think that it’s at this point where the reader realizes how invested they are in both Alex and the story. That they both matter to them. At least, that’s my hope. As the author, that’s what it meant to me. I already liked my story and all of the characters, but at that point…I felt that tug, so that I knew I was invested. I had to see Alex through to the end of her story, and that meant writing the next two books.

BB & B: Bloodline is the first book in the Forgotten Origins Trilogy. Can you give us a snippet of what’s next for Alex in Books 2 and 3?

Tara: I have a confession. As much as I love Bloodline, I think that I grew as a writer, so I believe Heritage is a better book. Bloodline was the first full-length novel I ever published and I did and still do, have a lot of growing to do.

heritageHeritage is a bigger story. It’s 20,000 words longer than Bloodline and I do quite a bit more character development. This is where the dystopian setting starts, and I guarantee you that there are some twists in the plot that you will NOT see coming! Alex has some new, even bigger challenges and personal obstacles to overcome. Just as I grew as a writer…her character grew, too.

Descent is my favorite book of the three. At 95,000 words, it’s truly an epic tale. There are more characters, storyline developments, war, and death. The Forgotten Origins Trilogy isn’t your typical Young Adult story. I feel very strongly about that. It doesn’t hinge on a love interest (although there is one), but on a back-story that’s so intricately woven, that even though you don’t see it coming…it all makes such perfect sense at the end that you feel like you just got of a good roller-coaster!

BB & B: What can fans expect from you in the future?

Tara: I tend to be a bit ambitious. So although I kept saying that I was taking descentsome time off from everything when I was done with Descent, I already have my next adventure started. After some research, auditions, and feedback from other authors…I have decided to record my own audiobooks! I’ve done some theatre and so this type of thing isn’t new to me, but I’m excited about it. To really bring Alex to life and literally tell her story myself…how cool is that?

I’m starting with a MG story I wrote last year. Yes, I also have a middle grade mystery series started. The first one is called: The Mystery of Hollow Inn. It’s only 24,000 words long and I already have the first three chapters narrated. I figure I can learn all of the ropes with this book, so I’ll be ready to produce a good product for the trilogy. Be on the lookout for them!

After that, I plan to write another edition in the mystery series, but I honestly don’t know if I can stay away from the Forgotten Origins. It might just succeed in calling me back. 😉

BB & B: Do you have any last words you’d like to share with your fans?

Tara: I just want to say thank you to everyone who has given my story a chance. There are literally hundreds of thousands of self-published books every year. My hope is that my characters and plot are unique enough to stand out. But you know what? As a writer, I already feel successful. I felt successful when my kids first finished reading the draft on Bloodline, after not being able to put it down. I’ve already entertained my family and friends, and because of the amazing opportunity that self-publishing creates, and blogs like yours have given me…strangers have stepped into my world and gotten lost for a little while. That makes it all worth it!

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Thank you Tara for spending time with Books, Blogs, and Bits! Best wishes to you and your continued success.

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Author Interview–Richelle E. Goodrich

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Richelle E. Goodrich lives in Washington with her husband and three boys somewhere in a compromise between country and city living. She has two BA degrees and possesses a wide range of interests in the creative arts.

Untitled-1 copyHer love for writing emerged later in life, first manifesting itself through children’s books geared at entertaining her boys. ‘Eena, The Dawn and Rescue‘ and ‘Eena, The Return of a Queen‘ (the beginning adventures in the Harrowbethian Saga) are Richelle’s first novel-length achievements.

This author will tell you that the greatest thrill of writing is to hear what readers have to say about the characters living within her enchanted pages.

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BB & B: I love this quote of yours, “Courage to me is doing something daring, no matter how afraid, insecure, intimidated, alone, unworthy, incapable, ridiculed or whatever other paralyzing emotion you might feel. Courage is taking action…..no matter what. So you’re afraid? Be afraid. Be scared silly to the point you’re trembling and nauseous, but do it anyway!” (Smile Anyway)

Can you tell us about this quote and what brought out these words of encouragement?

Richelle: Yes, I certainly can.  For the most part my quotes have been inspired by personal experiences and some unpleasant trials.  At times, however, they’ve resulted from a keen fascination for observing and evaluating human behavior.  I like to ‘people watch’, perhaps because I never cease to be amazed by the actions of others.  Smile Anyway FINAL COVER smallest

The quote you mention regarding courage came to me when I was facing a difficult challenge that resulted in taking a stand for what I heartily wanted despite strenuous opposition.  I’m no super hero, I’ll admit.  I cringe at the mere mention of anxiety, fear, and confrontation.  But I’ve learned that courage isn’t reserved for the brave and daring only.  Courage means taking action, period.  And even a timid personality can do that—albeit trembling the entire time.    

BB & B: I love fantasy and magic in my books and you definitely capture these elements so beautifully in your stories.  What inspires you when in the creation of your characters and the world they live in?

Richelle: I’m a daydreamer to the very core.  There are a thousand stories swirling in my head constantly, sort of like an inner library where I slip a book off the shelf almost daily for the purpose of entertaining an untiring brain.

If only I could write—had the time to write—all the adventures and fantasies that play on my mental view screen.  I have my favorites memorized, and I tweak their stories often, hoping someday to jot them down on paper.  I’ve always been this way, passing the time in another world, pretending to be some extraordinary character.  I have to laugh because I actually wrote a quote inspired by this truth:

 “I live in two unique worlds, traveling between both with just the opening or closing of my eyes.”

~Richelle E. Goodrich 

 That’s me.  What inspires these stories—the characters and the worlds they come from?  Well….what doesn’t inspire them?  In other words, just about anything can act as inspiration for me, depending upon what I’m thinking about at the moment.  A mangled tree once inspired an entire book, including the type of life that dominated a fantasy world.  A touching scene from a movie Dandelions Cover smallwas what sparked the idea for my book, ‘Dandelions’. 

Art seems to be a strong stimulation when it comes to sparking stories in my imagination.  I believe that’s because art is so highly interpretive, which means I must draw on my own creativity to evaluate it.  And once the creativity starts to flow, quite frankly there’s no stopping what develops from it.

BB & B: To what extent do your characters remind you of yourself or someone you know?

Richelle: I’m smiling at this question.  I am a firm believer that there is absolutely a portion of the personality of a writer in the main character(s) he/she creates.  My characters are not exactly as I am, but they most certainly do possess solid elements of ‘me-ness’ in them.  They must, because it’s me imagining how they would react and respond and reply to presented stimuli.  And all I have to go on is what exists within my experience; experience that has made me, me.   

BB & B: If you had to pick just one story or one character of yours.  Which or who would it be and why?

Richelle: Hmmmm.  Pick one for what purpose?  Do you want the character that entertains me the most?  Or the one I most relate to?  Or the one that I enjoyed creating most?  Okay, let’s see…

The character that entertains me most is probably Kira the Mishmorat from my stories in the Harrowbethian Saga or ‘Eena’ books.  Kira’s personality is nervy, edgy, and spirited—traits I normally repress.  She speaks at will, behavesEena1 cover boldly, is a striking beauty and an alluring nymph.  I love how she is.

The character that I most relate to would be Annabelle Fancher in ‘Dandelions’.  Not because I have ever experienced the abusive life she unfortunately endures, but because she and I both are dreamers and avid people watchers.  Despite Annabelle’s youth, she makes very astute observations about her peers and many adults.

The character I most enjoyed creating would be Eena, hands down.  That’s because she is me.  I am her.  At least that’s the way I always imagined it when I use to daydream about Eena and her other-world adventures as a high school student bored to death in class.

BB & B: Here’s another quote from Smile Anyway, “A daily dose of daydreaming heals the heart, soothes the soul, and strengthens the imagination.” I just love your quotes.  They’re inspiring and full of wisdom.  I can see that you are about positivity and living up to your true calling and not giving up. 

Can you share with us your tips for staying positive and keeping on course?  I think this can be especially challenging for those of us in the creative field.

Richelle: There are three things that help fuel my drive to succeed.  The first is an easy and simple habit; I do at least one thing daily to get me nearer to my goal.  On a busy day, that might mean writing just one sentence in a developing EENA 3 COVER FINAL smallest copymanuscript.  On a lazy day I might read for research purposes or scribble out an entry on my author blog.  The point is that I not allow myself to become stagnant.  Doing nothing achieves nothing, therefore I take at least one step toward my goal every day, despite how tiny the step.

 Next, I’ve come to realize that where dreams are concerned I have only two choices—give up or keep going.  If I were to give up, that would translate into sheer failure, and I do NOT want to fail.  Therefore, I’ve no other choice but to keep going, to keep striving towards those dreams.

The last habit I rely upon most heavily.  I pray.  I explain to my Heavenly Father what I wish to achieve, and I ask Him for inspiration, guidance, and His hand in making it possible.  And I believe assuredly that He can and will help me.

BB & B: Do you have any works in progress?  What can fans expect from you in the near future?

Richelle: Yes, as a matter of fact; I’m excited about this one!  I’ve begun a new YA book staring a genius boy-gifted girl duo.  They’re coerced by an old Mayan priest into opposing phantom villains who must be stopped at all costs or else…  (Wait a minute.  I probably shouldn’t give the entire story away.)  Anyhow, I hope to have this work completed by the end of the year. 

BB & B: Do you have any closing words you’d like to share?

Richelle: Sure, how about a quote to inspire?  This one is from my recently released book, ‘Smile Anyway’: 

 “Never give up. 
It’s like breathing—once you quit, your flame dies letting total darkness extinguish every last gasp of hope. You can’t do that. You must continue taking in even the shallowest of breaths, continue putting forth even the smallest of efforts to sustain your dreams. Don’t ever, ever, ever give up.” 
 Richelle E. Goodrich

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Thank you Richelle for your time!  Beautiful words indeed!

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