Tuesday, 27 May 2014

LITTLE MISS EVIL COVER REVEAL!!!

YIPPEE!!! It's here it's here it's here!

Our cover is officially out and we have a new author website. Check it out here:

kristyandbryce.com

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Blog Tour: Our Writing Process

This week, we've been tagged by the amazing Marie Langager for the Writing Process blog tour. Marie is a YA science fiction & fantasy writer and her book "Beyond Our Stars" is out from Bloomsbury Spark. You can be buy her awesome book here and stalk her on her blog here: www.marielangager.com

To participate in this blog tour, we need to answer four questions about our writing process. 

1)     What am I working on?


"Hall Monitors". It's a MG buddy-cop story about two middle school kids, Chloe and Andy, who get partnered up as hall monitors. Andy dreams of being a real-life action hero, but his rule-breaking partner Chloe couldn't care less. But when a pair of real-life criminals attempt to break into the school during a stake-out, Andy and Chloe find themselves in the middle of a deadly robbery plot. Andy must figure out how to work with the reluctant Chloe and become the action hero he’s always dreamed about before the bad guys rip them to shreds.

2)     How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Our stories all have snarky, quirky characters who view the world in a very strange way. This allows them to get into some sticky situations so we can sit back, point at them, and laugh.

3)     Why do I write what I do?

We like making people laugh and we have fun doing it together. 

4)     How does your writing process work?

Basically, Bryce just bangs his head on the table and I just scream at the page until the story writes itself. Easy Peasy. 

Wait, what did you say? That's not how writing works? Okay, fine. 

We actually do a lot of ping-ponging back and forth. Since we're huge engineering nerds by day, we like to plot the heck out of everything. Plotting is key to getting our scenes right, but we also spend a lot of time figuring out what makes our characters tick. After we figure out the plot and characters, Bryce writes a skeletal first draft, then I fill in the details and polish. This involves a lot of crying, self-loathing, and bashing our heads against the wall until the thing somewhat resembles a readable manuscript. 

That's it! 

We'd love to hear about your writing process, so tell us about it in the comments below.

Monday, 21 April 2014

COVER REVEAL: DIVINITY by Michelle L. Johnson

Today, I'm squeefully excited to reveal the cover of Michelle L. Johnson's new release, DIVINITY (Spencer Hill Press/Sep 2014)!

Check out the story blurb:
"When Julia climbs into a flaming car to save a trapped child, she's left wondering why either of them survived. Then she learns that her father is the Archangel Gabriel, and that she is half human, half Archangel. With guidance from Michael, the most powerful Archangel, Julia sets out to discover her own history and explore her angelic powers. But her journey is cut short when an evil force, invisible to human and angel alike, tears her world apart.
Now Julia must fight through her despair, harness her newfound gifts, and risk her very soul to stop the A'nwel and protect the family she never knew she had. What she doesn't know is that Archangels have secrets too."
 
Archangels? Angelic powers? Fighting evil forces? Yes, yes, and HELL YES! I can't wait to get my hands on this book and read the ever loving crap out of it. 

And with a cover as awesome as this, how could I resist?


Seriously, this needs to be a poster in my room right the heck now. I've already marked the release date of September 23, 2014 and, in the meantime, I'm off to follow Michelle on Twitter at @MJsRetweet, and stalk her on her website at www.michelleljohnson.us.
 
No pressure or anything...but please MARK YOUR CALENDARS! This book is going to be EPIC!!!
 

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Review: Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros

Hi internet friends! Today, I'm super excited to review "Full Measures" by Rebecca Yarros!





BLURB

Twenty years as an army brat and Ember Howard knew, too. The soldiers at the door meant her dad was never coming home. What she didn’t know was how she would find the strength to single-handedly care for her crumbling family when her mom falls apart. 

Then Josh Walker enters her life. Hockey star, her new next-door neighbour, and not to mention the most delicious hands that insist on saving her over and over again. He has a way of erasing the pain with a single look, a single touch. As much as she wants to turn off her feelings and endure the heartache on her own, she can’t deny their intense attraction.

Until Josh’s secret shatters their world. And Ember must decide if he’s worth the risk that comes with loving a man who could strip her bare

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As soon as I saw the words "army brat" and "soldiers", I wanted to read the heck out of this book. Knowing that Rebecca is a military wife, I expected this story to be emotional and authentic, and this book did not disappoint.

While reading this book, I cried a lot, smiled a lot, swooned a lot, and then cried some more. I was basically an emotional wreck.


Like this, but with slightly less upper lip hair

I was so impressed that Rebecca was able to put me on such a wild emotional roller coaster without giving me the slightest bit of emotional whiplash. That's good stuff.

I was also impressed with the amazing characters. Holy crap. Ember and Josh have so much emotional depth, it's like the freaking grand canyon of feelings or something. Even though Ember had enough reasons to curl into a fetal ball and cry, she manages to pull herself together, stepping up to take care of her mother and siblings. Josh is perfect for her and I love the fact that he had a giant ass secret that I totally couldn't have predicted.  At first I thought Josh came out of nowhere, like some sort of convenient knight in shiny armour. But I was wrong. Once I read further, I was like "ooohh, that's why. It makes perfect sense now." So props to you, Rebecca, for your freakishly good characterization and plotting skills.

Okay, I know I must've said 'emotional' like twenty times in this review, but fuck, that's the awesome sauce this story's made of. It has ALL THE FEELS.

Anyhoo...one of my good friends is a military spouse, and I KNOW she's going to want to read the heck out of this book, so I'm off berate her about how good this story is.

What are you waiting for? Go buy it now!

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Measures-Entangled-Embrace-Rebecca-Yarros-ebook/dp/B00HY03FJM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390912490&sr=8-1&keywords=full+measures+rebecca+yarros

B&N:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/full-measures-rebecca-yarros/1118164789


Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Asian Authors Series Interview

Hi peeps! This week we're being interviewed on our shiny new friend V.T Bidania's blog.

Vong is a writer who lives in southern New Jersey with her husband and two little boys. She spends her days squeezing in writing and reading between driving her boys to and from school, soccer practices and games, and wherever else they need to go.

Isn't she awesome? Yeah, she's so awesome. And just look how cute her avatar is! Boop her nose! BOOP IT!!!


Monday, 25 November 2013

Giveaway: Going Home Again by Abby Cavenaugh

Hey all! I am SO excited to announce fellow author and CP Abby Cavenaugh's print release of her debut book, GOING HOME AGAIN, is here! Yaaaaaay!

So to celebrate, Swoon Romance is giving away 10 signed paperback copies. Sign up for the draw at the bottom of this post. Good luck, y'all!

Going Home Again by Abby Cavenaugh
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Publication Date: August 6th (Ebook), November 25th (Paperback)
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction
Alyssa Jones's high school crush probably never knew she existed.

Twenty years later, when the now-famous pop star returns home to coastal North Carolina, Alyssa gets a second chance to make a first impression on Michael.

On sabbatical from his failing marriage, Michael agrees to an interview with Alyssa, a journalist for the local tourist magazine.

When the chemistry between them ignites, Alyssa and Michael are hit with the harsh reality that he isn't yet free to love her.

With Michael's wife and son still very much in the picture, can Alyssa hold out until he ends his marriage for good?

Or will she risk it all for a second chance with the one who got away?
Purchase Links
Author Detail
Abby Cavenaugh is a writer of romantic women's fiction and YA paranormal. She is a newspaper editor by day, but dreams of someday retiring to the North Carolina coast to write books full-time. She lives near Charlotte with her twin sister, also a writer, six-year-old niece and crazy cat, Gus, and is driven by dreams, Diet Coke and chocolate.

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Sunday, 17 November 2013

WE HAVE A BOOK DEAL!

Well, there's no sense in beating around the bush, so I'll just come out and say it: WE HAVE A BOOK DEAL!!!


Thanks to our ridiculously awesome and hard-working agent Jamie, we have officially signed with the wonderful Spencer Hill Press. We now have a release date for LITTLE MISS EVIL of March 10, 2015! CHECK IT CHECK IT CHECK IT!



So needless to say, we've been partying like it's 1999.
Which apparently, looks like this

We actually got the offer some time ago, way back in July, so we've been sitting on this news for some time now, unable to tell anyone because contract negotiations were still going on. But now, everything's signed, everything's official, and WE. ARE. PUBLISHED!!!

It really does feel like finishing a marathon. Five years of blood, sweat, and crap, but we finally, finally made it. Getting published has probably been the hardest, most frustrating thing we've ever done. Way harder than Engineering school. But was it worth it in the end?

So what have we learned during our tumultuous tear-filled journey? Well, funny you should ask, because we actually did find three key things that got us to the end. Of course, everyone's journey is different, so these may not apply to you, but these were absolutely crucial for us.
  1. You have to write because you love writing. Why? Because this process basically feels like you're getting nowhere right up to the end, and if you write for any other reason (fame, money, recognition, etc.), it's REALLY hard to keep going when it feels like you're not getting any closer. But if you write because you love writing, it doesn't matter how many rejections you get, you'll keep writing regardless.
  2. Surround yourself with people better than you. Over the years, we've assembled a crack team of CPs, all of whom are better writers than us. Many, we're convinced, will rocket to the top of the New York Times bestsellers list. They taught us everything we know, and we will forever be grateful to them.
  3. How you respond to failure will determine if you make it. We wrote a lengthier post on this, so go ahead and check it out, but I'm going to sum it up thusly: In the writing community, rejection is an infinitely renewable commodity. You can either figure out how to harness it, or let it bury you.
So that's it! Our three pearls of wisdom. Hopefully they'll help someone out there.

Now if you'll excuse us, back to partying. 1999 is starting to get lonely.