Friday, January 29, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
When seventeen-year-old Jane Taylor witnessed her father's death at age seven, something happened to her. Ever since, her thoughts have been consumed by death, going so far as to foresee the ever-changing deaths of those around her.
Sixteen-year-old Emily Taylor always resented her sister’s closeness with their father, who died when she was only six. Ever since she can remember, she’s had the strange ability to read minds, something her father held the key to. Left helpless, she drowns herself in a world of prescription drugs, sending her responsible older sister Jane – who acted as the mother her real mother refused to be – over the edge.
Seventeen-year-old Wes Green was adopted as a baby, left carelessly by parents that clearly did not love him. He moved in next door to Jane, sharing an alleyway window and finding in her a childhood friend that soon turned into his high-school crush. All summer, though, the pain that’s been wracking his body seemed to come with no explanation. He was done growing, was plenty healthy, and worked out regularly as a member of the wrestling team. When senior year starts, though, and the pain gets worse, the changes ahead of him are anything but what he expected, and far to animal for his taste.
When Max Gordon, doomed to be a teenager for the next thousand years, found himself standing above her dying body, he saw in her bright eyes something he hadn’t seen in the nearly one-hundred-years he’d spent roaming Earth. Her father was already dead, but there was a chance he could still save her from the wreck. Jane was her name, and she was only seven, but already she was all he ever wanted. It was his job to bring her back, but it was an act that could have been the biggest mistake of his life.
When four teens enter Glenwood High on an unseasonably cool day in September, no one but Max could understand the future that was ahead of them. Drawn together by blood and friendship, they each hide a dark secret that will soon help to bind them even closer.
When the one face Max hoped to never see again shows up on school grounds – his evil twin brother, Greg – he knows that coming back for Jane was the wrong thing to do. Finding that Greg already knows about Max’s attraction for Jane, Max finds he can no longer hope to leave again, afraid of what Greg will do.
Max has to protect Jane, Jane wants to be normal, Wes wants Jane to love him, and Emily just wants the voices to stop…
And Greg… he just wants everyone dead.
Friday, January 22, 2010
The whole book was inspired by the song "Diary of Jane"
When I was in high school and college, I really loved this song, it spoke to me, begging to tell a larger story. The music video itself lends a good amount of inspiration. See for yourself...
Main Character Names:
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
There is nothing better than to have Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews together, especially when singing about something so essential to life in general. It's a feel good song, one that makes you happy to be alive, hence the title.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
For those of you that have read all three books of the Feather Book Series, you know my rendition of Edgar A. Poe well. I know he was dark, and I know that he was one of the front-runners of the Science Fiction genre (Trust me, I'm right on this) but to me, I always saw a somewhat comedic side.
My character is quirky, funny, strangely addictive and a bit obsessive-compulsive... all the great things that make his role in the Feather Book Series a tall cool glass of water :)
To Edgar A. Poe... he will live forever...
Interesting tidbit: Edgar A. Poe and I share the same numerology, 29/11. This numerology number is special for two reasons.
First: It's a Master Number, meaning we're extra special ha ha. Well, in a way that's true.
Second: The eleven means double creativity, and I bet you can imagine why that part is true for the both of us!
Other 29/11's worth noting would be Leonardo DaVinci, and Giada DeLaurentis from the food network, ha ha. At least those are my favs...
(He's a good lookin old dude, isn't he?)
Dream Within a Dream
by Edgar A. Poe
Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep - while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?
So, I got carried away. I sat down to make a new cover for my editor's new Vampire book, and I got so carried away, that I believe I made the final cover for Knight Angels. I am very excited about this cover. There is a lot going on, but the whole point is that there IS a lot going on in the book. The whole story embodies five lives, all thrown together in a circle of friends, love, and drama. It has the punk feel I'm trying to achieve, and I like it!
Monday, January 18, 2010
NOTE TO AUTHOR: Ideally, Alyson, you should have book four done by next Monday so I can start reading it, hurry up now!
ha ha, I wish...
I'm very drawn to the idea of where the third book is going, it's interesting what she's playing on as far as teen emotion and lethal PDA go (or lack of at this point). If you've read as far as I have, you know what I mean. We've all been there - or are there - in our teens, when we think it's impossible not to be touching some part of our boyfriends body at any given time, and if we are apart from them, it seems like torture...
Yeah, Ive been there... Once upon a time...
So I'm excited for this weeks read, hopefully it's a juicy one!
Ah, nuts... Look, already I've ripped the cover!!! BLAST!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
What I came to understand the other night is that it really IS all about beginnings and endings. We look forward to these things/times in the 'in-between' because the 'in-between' can be somewhat dull...
It's like books, I've decided. In order to hold interest there has to be a hope for an exciting ending, and plenty of small beginnings and endings in between!
It's like celebrating graduation, birthdays especially. We celebrate the end of that age forever, and the beginning of a NEW age. Beginnings and Endings are all that matter, and they are the make or break of any good story, or life!
I was thinking about this while reading Blue Moon by Alyson Noel. In theory, you want the two main characters to stay together and live happily ever after right away, but then there would BE no second, third, fourth... you get my point. It's necessary to create an 'ending' so that we can look forward to a new 'beginning' ... and the cycle continues!
Just think about it, it's true! Anything exciting is either the end of something, or the beginning...
Even eating, cause it's the end of hunger num num...
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Traditionally I write Teen Paranormal Romance, a genre that seems to be gaining steam lately. You can visit my Feather Book Series blog HERE to catch up on all the fun times you've missed along the way!
After finishing with the third and final book in that debut series, I am now narrowing my focus, and diving head first into Knight Angels, a teen tale of magic, romance, forbidden love, and of course drama. The punk undertones of the tale add to the mystery and twists as you the reader follow five teens that find themselves thrown into a world of danger, love, and a good dose of the immortal dead...