Cover reveal! I AM FOREVER, the sequel to What Kills Me

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You’ve been asking. Now, here it is!

Introducing I Am Forever, the sequel to my debut novel What Kills Me. I’m so grateful to Liliana Sanches Davis, the brilliant artist who is in charge of creating the gorgeous face of the adventure series. (I think I like this cover better…what do you think?)

We worked on this cover together in April. The concept is inspired by a key scene in I Am Forever where Axelia is under attack and discovers terrifying news about her family.

We wanted the same elements from the first: the stormy skies, the fading effect off of her dress.

Check out the teaser synopsis for the second book in the series which is due out in Winter 2013:

The prophecy said a girl would kill them all.

Against an army of vampires, Axelia fought back and survived. Once fated as the destroyer of the vampire race, she is now welcomed into the immortal empire and revered as a god. But she is not safe. The empire is rife with danger and deceit — and Axelia and her companion, Lucas, are caught in the middle of a bloody war.

With everyone’s lives at stake, Axelia must battle to protect those she loves.

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If you haven’t yet read the exhilarating first book, What Kills Me, which has an awesome 4.6 out of 5-star rating on Amazon (184 reviews), buy it here:

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What Kills Me Cover SmallAn ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race. So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive. How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?

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About me: Wynne Channing is an national newspaper reporter and best-selling young adult novelist. Wynne loves telling stories and as a journalist, she has interviewed everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Hugh Jackman to the president of the Maldives and Duchess Sarah Ferguson. The closest she has come to interviewing a vampire is sitting down with True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard (he didn’t bite). She briefly considered calling her debut novel “Well” so then everyone would say: “Well written by Wynne Channing.”

Pay It Forward: A.E. Howard gets hooked on Keith Robinson

Finally, this feature concludes with the wonderful A.E. Howard. So grateful for everyone’s participation this week. If there’s an author that you appreciate or love, send them a note. I’m sure they’ll be glad to hear it!

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I’m paying it forward to a fellow MG writer, Keith Robinson. I recently finished all of his Island of Fog books.

After reading the first one, I was interested in the rest of them. But after book two, I was hooked and lost hours of sleep to finishing the rest of them. I love a good fantasy tale as I think the elements are timeless regardless of whether or not it was written for children. So while Island of Fog is definitely an excellent middle grade fantasy, it’s just a great story, period. Robinson’s world is very well built with lots of detail and intrigue to keep you guessing as you follow the kids on their adventures and discoveries. It’s also very creatively done, and stands out as its own unique world while living pretty solidly in a contemporary fantasy genre.

The characters are fun and well-developed, and Robinson does a good job of living inside the heads of these kids and keeping their reactions and such true to age.

Overall, I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who like fantasy, regardless of age.

Pay It Forward: Michelle Cunnah changed Kate Lutter’s life as a writer

The love fest continues with author Kate Lutter

(Anyone is free to “pay it forward” to an author in the comment section and let them know so they can name someone else and so on, and so on.)

“I recently published my first book, Wild Point Island, and like most authors had no trouble listing in the Acknowledgement section the names of all the people who helped and supported me along the way. For me, it was no problem listing the names. I guess I am what you would call a collaborative person.  Over the years, I’ve worked in several critique and plotting groups and count a lot of writers as my friends.

mc_photoBut if I have to be honest with myself and go way back to the beginning—to the first time I joined a professional writing organization, to the first time I joined a critique group, then I’d have to put Michelle Cunnah at the top of that list. Michelle was the one who reached out and asked me if I wanted to join her group, and after that, my life as a writer was never the same.

She was born and bred in England and was here in the states because of her husband’s job transfer so she had the loveliest British accent. She was the first one in our little critique group to get published with a big publisher – she wrote chick lit and her books 32AA, Call Waiting, and Confessions of a Serial Dater sold well. She modelled for us how to act—that writers were writers — regardless of whether they were lucky enough to have found publication or not.  She understood, even then, how volatile and tricky the business can be. She was never cruel or mean in her critiques, always honest and helpful, even when she was drawing giant black X’s through my abundant wordiness. In truth, she taught me how to write.

The day she moved back to England, I didn’t lose a friend, but I knew that my life as a writer would never be the same. We still write and see each other at conferences. I still dream that she’ll come back to America. She writes young adult now under the pen name Michelle Bradford.  Good writers never die; they just continue to write and inspire.

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Pay It Forward: Beck Sherman toasts “Superwoman” Kayla Curry

I couldn’t agree more with author Beck Sherman’s choice for her “Pay It Forward” pick. Author, organizer of the on-going Blogger Book Fair and all-round great person, Kayla Curry.

(Don’t forget! Feel free to “pay it forward” to another author in the comment section and let them know so they can name someone else and so on, and so on.)

6442931Kayla Curry is Superwoman. No, she really is. How she balances being a mother of two young children, turning out so many amazing books and short stories, and organizing what is fast becoming the online “place to be” twice a year if you’re an author, blogger, or reader, I can’t even fathom. And the cherry on top is that she’s a good person. A while back I expressed my sadness over receiving a negative review and Kayla said something along the lines of this: “There are people in the world who don’t like chocolate.” My doubts lifted, sure to return another day, but gone for now, thanks to Kayla. 

So I’d like to ask all BBF authors and bloggers to raise your heavily caffeinated beverage of choice and toast: To Kayla! Without whom we’d maybe have been a little more rested this past weekend, but our publishing endeavors would be a lot less fun.”

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revampBeck Sherman’s cover reveal is happening now over at DyingToWrite. The second book Goodbye Nothing is a chilling New Adult Horror Thriller in the same vein as Dexter and American Psycho and will be out September 3rd.

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Pay It Forward: Peter Dawes dedicates her next book to Jesse Fortunato

The Blogger Book Fair continues today with more shout-outs. I’m offering my blog as a platform for scribes to share the love for other scribes. That’s right. It’s a lovefest all week! (Feel free to “pay it forward” to another author in the comment section and let them know so they can name someone else and so on, and so on.)

Today, I have the pleasure of hosting Peter Dawes on the blog (who got some love on the blog yesterday via Noree Cosper).

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Jess Fortunato, author of The Sin Collector

“As an indie author, I have the pleasure of knowing several very talented (and extremely underappreciated) wordsmiths. But if there was a writer who deserved a Pay It Forward feature the most, it would be my good friend Jessica Fortunato. Many of us have the pleasure of knowing enthusiastic fans, and brothers in arms who are gracious enough to bring others up into the limelight with them. Jess, however, has been both for me.

When she first got ahold of my Vampire Flynn books, her enthusiasm for the series made me smile inside; that sort of smile you get when you fulfill your purpose in this world as a creator. She provided two of the most honest and yet, passionate reviews I’ve ever received and was the first person to openly pay homage to elements of the stories I worked hard to convey. What’s more, her review of Rebirth of the Seer gave me an idea for a novella that my partner and I have started working on, centered on a minor character named Julian. I already have it planned to dedicate the book to her. Continue reading

Pay It Forward: Noree Cosper sends her love to Peter Dawes

I’m so pumped for Day One of the Blogger Book Fair which consists of 200 bloggers and authors, sharing their love for the written word!

Authors are generous, kind, humble folk. So I’m offering my blog as a platform for scribes to share the love for other scribes. That’s right. It’s a lovefest all week! (Feel free to “pay it forward” to another author in the comment section and let them know so they can name someone else and so on, and so on.)

Today’s Pay It Forward begins with fantasy and horror writer Noree Cosper!

“I first met Peter Dawes on Twitter. We were involved in a discussion about whether vampires had outworn their welcome in fiction. We both agreed they hadn’t but missed the times when vampires weren’t such pansies (ok maybe neither of us said that exact word, but it was implied!) If vampires had to be humane, we wanted to see a struggle for that humanity. Dawes stated that The Vampire Flynn was one such creature. So, I picked up the series. I was amazed at the world I entered.

I became good friends with Peter. Recently, Peter came out with her true name. The author, Jules admitted she’s been writing under her character’s name for some time. Though, some of us thought that she was still a he. I admire her bravery for revealing the truth. So, my Pay It Forward is to Peter Dares/Jules. You make one hell of a team. You can find more about Jules at The Man Behind the Curtain. Continue reading

What dreams are made of: Christie Rich’s Dreamscape is out!

Dreamscape is the first book in the Netherworld series by Christie Rich.

Read the blurb:

Every night before Amelia falls asleep she makes a wish to dream of him – the man who calls her to their beautiful private oasis, her sanctuary where she is free of her greedy landlord’s threats. But tonight, he will not call Amelia to him. Tonight, another man will step into her world to claim her. Tonight, Amelia’s shattering reality will crumble – and disappear into the Dreamscape…along with her freedom.

When Amelia dreams tonight, her nightmare becomes her new world where Seth is her captor and anything is possible…except escape. Seth needs Amelia to break the curse that binds him to the Dreamscape. He must convince her that she was made to free him, that she was made to join him.

For if he fails, he will never escape his prison, and he will lose Earth to the Netherworld where the evil Erobos wait to consume the human realm and everything in it. If he fails, Seth will lose the one thing that matters to him: Amelia.

Visit Christie’s blog for an excerpt and to see the book trailer!

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