Monthly Archives: October 2013

Astraea Press October Book Release Party

Please join me October 30, 2013

6 – 8 p.m. CDT

for the Astraea Press October Release Party

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**Nook Giveaway**

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While you are waiting for the big event,

be sure to check out my redesigned website

http://www.AriellaMoon.com

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Spell Fire, Book 3: The Teen Wytche Saga, is featured today on author Felicia Rogers’s blog.  http://feliciarogersauthor.weebly.com/1/post/2013/10/spell-fire-by-ariella-moon.html Spell Fire Back Cover Blurb New school. New friends. New reputation. High school sophomore Ainslie Avalon-Bennett works hard to hide her Crazy Girl … Continue reading

Ariella Moon Q & A Today at the Astraea Press Book Club

Please join authors Jeff Salter and Ariella Moon

at the Astraea Press Book Club on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/groups/319805601428268/

10 a.m. until noon PDT

October 28, 2013

We’ll be happy to answer your questions about writing, spell casting, 

publishing, and more.

 

 

Spell Fire, Book 3: The Teen Wytche Saga

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My third book released yesterday from Astraea Press!

Can two people forge a future when their secret pasts collide?

Blurb

New school. New friends. New reputation. High school sophomore Ainslie Avalon-Bennett works hard to hide her Crazy Girl past. But as long as her best friend’s disappearance remains unsolved, she can’t shake the depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder that once landed her in a mental ward.

Ainslie’s tenuous control over her life shatters when her warring parents ditch her at Christmas. While they take a cruise to “work things out,” Ainslie must spend the holiday in Palm Springs with her aunt and uncle, owners of a struggling Mystery School and occult store. Plunged into the world of fire fortunes, dragons, entity eaters, and an ailing spell book, Ainslie is well beyond her comfort zone. Then she meets a boy who spikes her pulse and calms her OCD.  But will she lose him once he discovers her past? Or will his deadly secret, hidden in plain view, be their undoing?

Excerpt

I found a patch of sunlight where I could sit with my back against the wall and pulled out The Scarlet Letter. I kept my head down while Uncle Esmun arrived and took his seat. Years before Sophia’s disappearance and my descent into the rabbit hole, I had sat in on a few of Dad’s business meetings. I knew the protocol. Be quiet and inconspicuous. Don’t interrupt the adults; they have important business matters to discuss. Only these adults were discussing the tarot cards they had drawn from a deck in the center of the table.

I tried to concentrate on Hawthorne’s book, on Hester’s vengeful husband who’d practiced medicine under an assumed name. But Hazel was telling the rest of the group she had just returned from Cornwall, England and had brought each of them a gift. I wondered what it could be. Seashells? Photos of quaint cottages?

ʺI have a pixie for each of you.ʺ

Right. Like you could get those past customs.

ʺHow nice of you, Hazel,ʺ Aunt Terra said.

I thought back to what I knew about pixies. Weren’t they supposed to be a) extremely troublesome and b) not real?

Hazel sashayed up to each Board member, starting with Cerelia, and acted like she was putting a pixie in their hands or on their shoulder. As she progressed around the table, some members oohed and aahed as if she was a three-year-old showing off a crayon drawing. When she approached Evie’s grandmother, the tote vibrated, rattling the glass table. Hazel faltered, her expression uncertain. She dropped back, and the rattling stopped. Brimstone smells hissed through the closed zipper. Cerelia shrank back.

Evie’s grandmother pointed a warning finger at the tote. ʺStop it. Don’t be rude.ʺ

My jaw dropped. Thor glanced at me, then flicked his gaze back to the tote. It stopped emitting smoke.

Uncle Esmun rubbed his nose. Hazelʹs head wobbled as if she were figuring out her next course of action. She still cupped her hand as if she carried an invisible pixie.

Hello! Did you not notice the real magical object in the room?

Seemingly unable to drop the pretense, Hazel advanced toward the alientologist. He ignored her and scribbled in his little notebook. Thor politely rebuffed her. Both rose at least twenty degrees on my Guy Approval Meter.

I checked my watch. The meeting had started forty minutes ago. Nothing had been accomplished. No one had addressed the tote situation. My face warmed again. I shifted position. Instead of sitting against the wall with my legs straight in front of me, I sat cross‑legged and hunched over my book. A tugging sensation rippled between my shoulder blades.

Thor glanced my way.

The more I thought about how much Aunt Terra and Uncle Esmun must need every cent the store and mystery school could generate, the more energy swelled behind me. Warmth radiated from my face. My whole body felt as if it was glowing. I tried to distract myself by flitting back to my book and my lengthy homework assignment list.

I couldn’t concentrate.

Hazel had reached Aunt Terra and delivered what I hoped was the last pixie. She pivoted and spied me. The energy behind me compacted. It crackled with huge warrior/ninja/dragon chi — alert and ready to strike. The thought of straightening up and backing into it set the fine hairs on my forearms and nape on end.

Thor’s eyes met mine. Our gazes locked, and I swear he did a Zen mind meld. Soothing waves of chi — energy — flowed through me. The brimstone stink evaporated, replaced by the calming scent of lavender and sage.

Hazel’s gaze swiveled from me to Thor, then back to me. Looking buffeted by an unseen wind, she silently returned to her seat.

The corners of Thor’s full lips curved upward. Two urges warred within me — the desire to leap across the room and kiss him, and the urge to arch my neck and breathe fire.

Thor’s smile widened.

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Author Bio

Ariella Moon writes about magic, friendship, secrets, and love in her Young Adult novels, Spell Check, Spell Struck, and Spell Fire, Books 1, 2, & 3 in The Teen Wytche Saga. Ariella spent her childhood searching for a magical wardrobe that would transport her to Narnia. Extreme math anxiety, and taller students who mistook her for a leaning post, marred Ariella’s teen years. Despite these horrors, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis. An author and shaman, she now lives a nearly normal life with her extraordinary daughter, shamelessly spoiled dog, and an enormous dragon.
Connect with Ariella Moon

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http://ariellamoon.blogspot.com

http://www.facebook.com/ariellamoon.author

http://www.goodreads.com/AuthorAriellaMoon

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Kimberly Rae Changes Course with Blue Ridge Setup

Amazon bestselling author Kimberly Rae usually writes suspense about human trafficking. Her brand new book, Blue Ridge Setup, however, is a fun, lighthearted read set in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. Let’s find out more!

ImageWhat is Blue Ridge Setup about?

At its heart, Blue Ridge Setup is a fun read about a young woman getting set up who doesn’t want to get set up. Kayla Madison moves in with her eccentric romance-novelist great aunt, who is determined she and Ryan Cummings would make great characters for her next novel, if only she can get them together! Poor Ryan has no idea what he’s getting into when he agrees to do a landscaping project for the great aunt, who intends to keep coming up with jobs for him to do until her plan works! And of course I love that it’s set in the Blue Ridge mountains, in my own town in fact!

Is the eccentric great aunt based on someone you know?

No, but I wish she was. She’s a riot—kind of what I’d imagine Anne of Green Gables would be like as a senior citizen. =)

Your main character starts having health problems and that plays a big part in your story. Why did you do that?

Most novels don’t have heroines with chronic health conditions. If there is a medical crisis in a book, it gets resolved so the main character can get back to her life as a healthy, productive individual.

As nice as that is, for many it is just not a reality. I was shocked to find out that nearly 1 out of every 2 people in our country has some type of chronic illness, and 96% of those are “invisible illnesses,” meaning the phrase I and others often hear, “But you don’t look sick!” As a person with chronic illness myself, I wanted to read a book with a character who didn’t get magically better, but who learned to live well despite and through her limitations. I wanted a book that said you don’t have to be healthy to have a happy ending.

Kayla’s disease is very rare. Did you have to do a lot of research?

None at all, well, not for her anyway. I have Addison’s disease myself. I thought about giving her something different but they say you should write what you know, so…

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Did you embellish a little with the health crisis to make it more dramatic?

The opposite, actually. That crisis in the book is from memory, not imagination, including the doctor asking, “Do you give permission for this surgery?”

And me responding, “What happens if I don’t?”

“You die,” he says. Cracked me up! Oh, and her joking with Ryan about the doctor saying sometimes a Central IV goes up instead of down actually happened to me, and the doctor told me he’d fix it tomorrow. Tomorrow! That was an interesting night. =) Goodness, that makes my life sounds interesting.

So did the falling-down-the-mountain-needing-a-shot incident happen to you as well?

Thankfully, no. That’s fiction. However, I have needed my husband to give me those shots on several occasions (poor man, he hates needles), once even on an airplane, which made a passing stewardess quite nervous!

Are any other parts of the story personal to you?

Like Kayla, health problems brought me home from the mission field and took away my sense of identity and significance. And it was one of the best things God ever did for me. I hated it, but I had to learn to stop looking for my worth in what I did. Now, I get to share with others that it is God who gives us worth, and it is not based at all on our level of activity or achievement.

What do you hope readers get out of Blue Ridge Setup?

First, I hope they just enjoy the story. After that, I hope it blesses readers with the reminder that God loves them deeply. If they are in a place where it feels like He has taken away their biggest dreams, they should not despair. His dreams for them are better than anything they could dream for themselves.

Where can readers get Blue Ridge Setup?

You can find it on amazon: http://goo.gl/yLD3zQ . Right now it only has a few reviews. I’d love some more!

Find out more about Kimberly’s bestselling suspense series or her books on living joyfully with chronic illness, or contact her at www.kimberlyrae.com

Writing for the YA Market

At Astraea Press, the rule is clean teen fiction. Publisher Stephanie Taylor created a niche market for teens and adults who want great stories without some of life’s in-your-face realities. Her philosophy particularly resounds with younger teens and middle schoolers who are advanced readers, desire a big story, but aren’t ready for, or who do not want to read edgier fare. As an AP author, I constantly strive to deliver a compelling story with sympathetic and realistic characters. Secrets, and the power they hold over us, is an ongoing theme in my Teen Wytche Saga (Spell Fire, Book 3 releases October 22). I stay within the Astraea Press boundaries, sometimes while protesting loudly. Just ask my long-suffering editor!

Clean teen fiction is hardly the norm. Chuck Wendig delves into YA publishing in his “28 Things (it was 25 but he kept adding) You Should Know About Young Adult Fiction.” http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/06/04/25-things-you-should-know-about-young-adult-fiction/

For those of you with delicate sensibilities, be warned. Chuck uses adult language.

See you next week when I reveal the cover, blurb, excerpts, and more for Spell Fire, Book 3: The Teen Wytche Saga.

~Ariella Moon

http://AriellaMoon.com

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Spell Fire, Book 3: The Teen Wytche Saga to Debut October 22

When I pushed to make the Astraea Press early summer deadline for Christmas themed manuscripts, I never dreamed Spell Fire, Book 3: The Teen Wytche Saga, would debut a scant three months after Spell Struck. For fans reeling from Spell Struck’s can’t-put-it-down plot, take a deep breath, because Spell Fire will launch on October 22nd.

Spell Fire introduces a new cast, new school, and a protagonist running from her past – a past that links her to Evie, Salem, Parvani, and other Jefferson High regulars.

Oh…and there is a dragon.

More next week, including the big cover reveal. (Artist Amanda Matthews has designed another stellar cover!) You can already view my dragon board on http://www.pinterest.com/ariellamoon/dragons/ and next week I’ll reveal a character board  so you can see how I envision the teens who populate my stories.

Meanwhile, happy reading and be sure to post your reviews. I love hearing from my readers!

~Ariella Moon

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