Here in Ohio, flags are flying on porches, kids have sparklers in hand, and my husband has eaten his weight in watermelon. We’re getting ready to celebrate Independence Day. The YA Indie Carnival is celebrating too with this week’s topic…Fiction Fireworks!
I recall seeing a TV special about the world famous Zambelli family. The Zambelli’s are responsible for some of the most outstanding fireworks displays in the world. On that TV special, they talked about the recipe for creating great fireworks. I wonder if fiction fireworks work the same way.
Let’s take a look at one of the most famous modern fiction couples and talk about what makes them explosive – Edward Cullen & Bella Swan
If I was hungry, I mean super hungry, I couldn’t imagine kissing a Big Mac instead of eating it. Kidding aside, the prospect of impropriety and danger drew legions of fans into Edward and Bella’s romance. Don’t we always want what we can’t have?
This week’s indie carnival topic is Villains. The nastiest nasty I’ve written about has got to be Bov Gammen.
The son of the original boogeyman, Bov certainly lived up to his father’s example. He ruled the Mogdoc Empire with ruthless determination and harvested humans like grapes for their fine wine. Now that he has passed on (death at the tip of a poisoned dagger),
only time will tell if his children, Broo and Brun, will carry on his legacy.
From the mysterious Dr. Halbrook (Dead Radiance by T.G. Ayer) to the cool geekiness of Mr. Ruiz (Ripplerby Cidney Swanson) to the unexpectedly nice Haralthazar, Demon Lord of the 7th Plane (Family Magicby Patti Larsen), Young Adult indie novels contain some of the most interesting models of fatherhood. Continue reading →
Before I begin, I want to thank the many dedicated volunteers who tirelessly work to raise awareness and funds for cancer research through the American Cancer Society Relay for Life events. Even though I’ve been co-finance chair of my local Relay for many years, this year I had the honor of stepping in as luminaria chair. It was a lot of work, but well worth it to see our survivors honored and the loved ones we’ve lost remembered with dignity. The tears shed and the kind words spoken will be locked in my heart forever.
So, enough of the heavy and on to the main attraction. This week at the YA Indie Carnival each author took a paragraph of one of their works and passed it along. In turn, the other authors each gave it a kiss of magic before passing it on. Continue reading →