Chosen: Werewolf Academy Book 7 – The Finale

Werewolf-Academy-7-cover-200x300Cheree Alsop’s conclusion to her Werewolf Academy series: Chosen vibrated my soul with strains of the Cannons from Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.  Chosen is the 7th book in this powerful series that splays real world prejudice and bigotry open with a blast while entertaining with paranormal fantasy that is not for the faint of heart.

Alex knew choosing the path of the lone wolf wouldn’t be easy, but challenging Jaze Carso for the chance to bring the Werewolf Academy to the public would prove to be much harder. Alex has to decide how far he is willing to go to give werewolves the life he has fought for. Will his trust in humans become the biggest mistake of his life, or will his hope in humanity prove that selflessness can change prejudice? Alex has bled for both sides; now is his time to challenge whether those sides will do the same for him.Everything Alex has fought and bled for comes together in this final book in the Werewolf Academy series. New threats arise, an old enemy resurfaces, and the bond of love is tested to the extreme in this gripping conclusion.

Cheree Alsop has published 30 books, including two series through Stonehouse Ink. She is the mother of a beautiful, talented daughter and amazing twin sons who fill every day with joy and laughter. She is married to her best friend, Michael, the light of her life and her soulmate who shares her dreams and inspires her by reading the first drafts and giving much appreciated critiques. Cheree works as an independent author and mother, which is more play than work! She enjoys reading, traveling to tropical beaches, spending time with her children, and going on family adventures while planning her next book. Cheree and Michael live in Utah where they rock out, enjoy the outdoors, and never stop dreaming.

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Interview with YA Author of The Penny Project: Betsy Love

penny-project-coverBetsy Love just released her newest YA Novel: The Penny Project. Reading this brilliant story requires an abdominal binder to hold your sides in from laughing so hard plus mop and bucket to clean up the tears. Betsy has graciously answered some interview questions about writing.

Margaret: What writing skill do you feel is most important for authors with a YA audience? Explain.

BetsyThe most important thing to remember when writing for teens is that you need to speak their language. They tend to have a “lingo” all their own. When I write my YA novels I make sure that I read it to teens and get their feed back. I’ll ask them questions like, “How would a 17 year old guy say this?” The other thing is to read, read, read in the genre you’re writing in. That goes for Romance, Mystery, Historical as well as Young Adult.

MargaretWhich author/authors is/are your favorite/s to read and why?

Betsy: When I read Stargirl, I was so touched by Jerry Spinelli’s story and his writing that I knew one day I wanted to write a story like that, one that would have a huge impact for change. Margaret: Is there a particular experience you had that provided the inspiration for this novel? Please tell us about it.

Betsy: The Penny Project is indeed inspired by a true story. When I heard the story I knew I had to write a story around that premise. Many of the incidents in this book are taken from some of the “dumb” things kids have done. My model for Penelope is Spencer Moore, a young man I had as his 9th grade English teacher. (See the dedication in the front of the book). Spencer is truly an inspiration to all who know him.

Margaret: Of the three novels you’ve written which is your personal favorite and why?

Betsy: That’s a really hard question to answer. It’s like trying to pick out which one of your children you like the best. Each of my books has something unique that I love. For Identity it was the whole idea of mistaken identity (who doesn’t love Shakespeare’s mischief with such plots?). With Soulfire I had a passion for this particular story in the Book of Mormon. I love the strength of my main character to stand for what is right regardless of the “popular” beliefs. The Penny Project was a story that would NOT get out of my head until I put it to paper. Because I couldn’t get the story down fast enough, it only took me six weeks to write.

Margaret:  Tell us about your current WIP? Genre, when we can expect to see it on the shelf.

Betsy: I am such an eclectic writer! My next story is a YA Urban Fantasy. It’s nearly complete and you should see it out sometime in November. Thanks, Margaret for this delightful interview!

Margaret: It was my pleasureReaders can find more information about Betsy Love and her books on her website at http://www.betsylove.com and blog at http://betsyloveldsauthor.blogspot.com/.

Author Angela Morrison Gives Back

sing me to sleep coverThe first two parts of Angela Morrison’s M+L Forever Blog Tour at this site focused on her writing education and processes as well as her publications and marketing experiences. The week we will see how Angela is a great example of an author who gives back to her community. Margaret: With Sing Me to Sleep you support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). I’ve seen that you are a member of Writers Unite to Fight Cancer. You are a great example of a philanthropist. Why do you support these causes and do you support any other charitable organizations?

Angela: I donate to humanitarian relief and educational efforts around the world through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I often get approached by bloggers for signed books for literacy and other causes. A blogger in the Philippines held a huge auction to give to earthquake victims, and I donated books and critiques. I’m always happy to appear at fundraising events free of charge. [Read more…]

Part 2 Angela Morrison Author Interview

CaymanSummer_Cover copyToday we continue the interview with Angela Morrison as part of her M+L Forever Blog Tour and contest. Last week we discussed her MFA education and writing process. Today we discuss her publishing and promotion experiences.

Margaret: I see that two of your books are published by Penguin Razorbill and the other two are not. Explain how you made the decision to self-publish and the process you went through to do that.

Angela: A week before SING ME TO SLEEP (March 2010) released, my editor called me and told me she was leaving Razorbill–that Friday. Razorbill had the sequel to TAKEN BY STORM, UNBROKEN CONNECTION, under consideration. I had a very stringent option clause with them. That Monday I got an email from her boss, the publisher at Razorbill, rejecting it. My agent was at a loss what to do with it. We agreed [Read more…]

Interview with Award Winning Author: Angela Morrison

Takenbystorm_Cover_frontToday our guest is author Angela Morrison as part of her M+L Forever Blog Tour. She wrote the YA novels: Taken By Storm Saga, books 1 2 & 3 as well as Sing Me to Sleep, 2010 Goodreads Choice YA Nominee.

Margaret: How has belonging to Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) helped you in your writing career?

Angela: I should be their poster child. I’d still be wandering around lost without SCBWI. I joined them when we lived in Canada. I’d published a short story in THE FRIEND magazine and felt I was ready to be a member. You don’t have to be published to join–many members aren’t–but I didn’t know that. I devoured their Bulletin and went to a local conference. Then I went to their annual conference in LA. I found a brochure for a low-residency MFA program on a table of freebies. I picked it up and noticed all the faculty had MFA’s from Vermont College. [Read more…]