Checkmate Boxed Set by Kennedy Fox + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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 Title: Checkmate Boxed Set

Series: Checkmate Duet (Travis & Viola)
Titles Included: Checkmate: This is War & Checkmate: This is Love

Author: Kennedy Fox

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Trope: Enemies to Lovers
Photographer & Designer: Sara Eirew

Release Date: April 5, 2017

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 Synopsis

Travis King is the worst kind of asshole with good looks and enough confidence to last two lifetimes.

Viola Fisher is a goodie two shoes know-it-all who prefers fictional love stories over her own.

The only thing they have in common is their mutual hatred for each other.

She’s had a secret crush on him since she was ten but Travis has always made it very clear the feelings aren’t mutual. He’s cruel, crass and takes every opportunity to get under Viola’s skin. She’s smart, beautiful, and too good to be true. Hating him is her religion but needing her is his.

Although Viola loathes his very existence, against her better judgment she let him into her bed. Her sexy curves and filthy smart mouth make Travis want her even more and although she’s succumbed to his manwhore ways, she’s determined to not let that change a thing.

Too bad he has other plans.

Viola’s always been off-limits, but Travis is determined to keep crossing that line. She can try to push him away, but he always gets what he wants and he’ll do anything to prove he’s done playing games.

Until then, they’ll play by their own rules to see who will win the biggest battle yet—love or hate?

Checkmate.

*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*

Excerpt

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Watching Viola’s cheeks turn bright red gives me a thrill every time. She’s easy to rile up, even easier to embarrass. She pretends to hate me, but let’s be honest, there’s hardly anything about me worth hating. Even when she was just ten years old and we’d just met, I could make her blush without even speaking.

I work out every chance I get, eat right, and work my ass off both in and out of the gym. When I’m not working out or at my job, I enjoy other types of recreation.

Currently her name is Rachel and she’s basically salivating at the mouth as she waits for me to give her what she’s begging for.

I give in, of course.

I’m a guy after all.

When we’re both sated and panting next to each other, I clean up and pull my boxer shorts back up. She curls her body around mine and places a quick kiss on my shoulder. “Are you kicking me out now?”

I look over my shoulder and give her a sympathetic grin. “Sorry, babe. No sleepovers.”

That’s not entirely a rule set in stone, but I prefer to sleep alone. Especially if there’s no chance of morning sex the next day. I get up at five a.m. and head to the gym before I have to be to work at eight.

“All right.” She gets up and searches for her clothes. Once she’s dressed, she grabs her purse and walks over for a goodbye kiss. “Call me later.”

“Sure.” I escort her out of the house and kiss her once more before shutting the door. I spin around and nearly run over Viola as she passes in the hall.

“Aw…another victim released. How sweet of you.”

“They aren’t victims if they’re willing,” I retort matter-of-factly.

“Well, they’re airheads if they are.” She continues walking to the kitchen and reluctantly I follow.

“You sure sound pretty envious.”

“It’s not. It’s pity. There’s a difference.” She opens the fridge and reaches for a bottle of water.

“Trust me…she’s not feeling any amount of pity right about now.” I lean up against the doorframe and watch her take a long drink.

“If not pity, then definitely regret. Or perhaps she’s wondering where the nearest clinic is so she can get tested.” She takes another pull of her water and ignores my glare.

“Just because a woman likes sex, doesn’t make her an airhead. But you wouldn’t know that would you? Not when you keep your V-card hostage like it’s a million-dollar diamond.”

“For the hundredth time, I’m not a virgin!” she retorts sharply. “Just because I don’t spread my legs as much as a gymnast, doesn’t mean I’m a prude.”

“Well it sure as hell doesn’t make you a delight.”

She tosses the bottle out and steps toward me, shoving her shoulder against me as she walks past. “Knowing how to use your dick doesn’t make you a god, Travis.”

I spin around and face her as she walks away. “You speak as if you know from experience.”

“Trust me. The walls are thin. The entire neighborhood knows from experience,” she calls over her shoulder.

“So are you saying I should be sorry for knowing how to use my dick?”

She freezes and turns toward me. “No, you should be sorry for anyone that falls for your shit that gets them into your bed in the first place.” She presses her lips together in a fake smile and walks down the hall and back to where Drew is still playing his game.

I don’t know what her problem is, but I’m determined to find out.

It’s already ten o’clock, and I have a long day at the office tomorrow, but I can’t get Viola off my mind long enough to fall asleep.

This never happens by the way.

Okay, well, maybe it does. Only when she gets under my skin, which happens to be all the damn time.

But you can’t blame me. She’s always perfect and proper, never wrong and always knows the answer to everything. She’s that annoying smart kid in class that always fucks up the grading curve for everyone else. The one that wears modest clothes but somehow always ends up looking sexy as fuck.

On the outside, Viola Fisher is the poster child of innocence and purity. But I know better.

Viola Fisher has tattoos and a right hook that could make any grown man cry.

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About the Author

A secret duo of romance authors team up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox who share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!

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The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead Paperback Release & GIVEAWAY!!!

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Hi Everyone!

I’m so happy to share The Glittering Court paperback release with all of you. I first fell in love with Richelle Mead’s writing after a friend suggested Vampire Academy to me. The rest was history after that. The Glittering Court is an amazing book. I hope y’all enjoy reading it and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for one of TEN copies available! Thank you to Chelsea and the wonderful people at Penguin Teen!

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GLITTERING COURT SUMMARY:
Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

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RICHELLE MEAD is the #1 New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series and its spin-off series, Bloodlines. Originally from Michigan, she now lives in Seattle, Washington.

Giveaway!!!

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of ten (10) copies of The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (ARV: $10.99 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on March 28, 2017 and 12:00 AM on April 5, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about April 7, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Spotlight & GIVEAWAY! Organize Your Way: Simple Strategies for Every Personality by Katie & Kelly McMenamin

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Stressing over the mess? Discover YOUR personal organizing style—and stay organized forever!
Organization isn’t one-size-fits-all. Different people need different solutions. Fortunately, Katie and Kelly McMenamin—the organizing gurus behind PixiesDidIt!®—have found the key to making organization stick, with strategies that work for every personality.

Whether you’re OCD or a little less fastidious, Katie and Kelly will help you discover your organizational style, using unconventional approaches or sticking to what already works. Along with personality-based solutions for every space in your home, they offer advice on solving strife between different “PixieTypes.” So you can keep the stuff you love . . . and the peace!

Top Ten Pixie Tips 

1. Knowing who you are is the key to organization mainly because if you’re pretending to be someone else, it’s hard to remember where that pretend person put something!

2. Change is hard, so be honest about organizing tasks. People who never hang up their coats in a closet, probably never will; get a coat rack and call it a day.

3. Perfect isn’t real. Magazine perfection is styled by a professional whose job it is to make everything perfection for the millisecond it takes to snap a photo.

4. No shame, no blame! You liking clear, spotless surfaces doesn’t make you OCD (it’s not a personality disorder), it’s your personality type.

5. Later Box It. When you can’t part with a useless item, store it away in a box and revisit that box in a few months (a year), whatever you missed keep, whatever you forgot … dude, let it go.

6. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Change is hard (see #2!) so if storing TP right next to the toilet works for you, do it, but for heaven’s sake try to make it look nice—unless you live alone on Antarctica then who cares.

7. Organizing at its core is about retrieval. Period. Can you easily find and get things when you need them. Everything else is an argument about aesthetics.

8. One-step solutions are golden. Hanging up your coat is a five-step process whereas popping it on a hook is one-step. Light bulb (at least it was for us!)

9. Be loud & proud. So, you write important To Do’s on your hand in a pinch. Who cares? Don’t apologize, defend it and tell any scolds where they can go.

10. There’s no best way to organize—just the best one for you!


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Bio: Katie McMenamin and Kelly McMenamin are sisters, professional organizers, personality-type experts, and founders of PixieDidIt! Their business is an outgrowth of buttoned-up hedge fund analyst Kelly spending 30-odd years trying and failing to get her messy older sister Katie, a writer, to be more organized. Countless fights ensued until they had an idea: What if there is more than one way to organize? Today, they spend the bulk of their time organizing for clients, writing for their website, and giving talks on how to organize according to your personality type. Kelly lives in NYC with her husband and three sons and Katie lives in their hometown, the Land of Champions, aka Cleveland, OH, with her husband and three daughters.

Bookburners by Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty, & Brian Slattery: Author Spotlight

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headshot_gladstoneMAX GLADSTONE has been thrown from a horse in Mongolia, drank almond milk with monks on Wudang Shan, and wrecked a bicycle in Angkor Wat. Max is also the author of the Craft Sequence of books about undead gods and skeletal law wizards—Full Fathom Five, Three Parts Dead, Two Serpents Rise, and Last First Snow. Max fools everyone by actually writing novels in the coffee shops of Davis Square in Somerville, MA. His dreams are much nicer than you’d expect. He tweets as @maxgladstone.
headshot_dunlapBefore joining the Bookburners, MARGARET DUNLAP wrote for ABC Family’s cult-hit The Middleman in addition to working on SyFy’s Eureka. Most recently, she was a writer and co-executive producer of the Emmy-winning transmedia series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and co-created its sequel Welcome to Sanditon. Her short fiction has previously appeared in Shimmer Magazine. Margaret lives in Los Angeles where she taunts the rest of the team with local weather reports and waits for the earthquake that will finally turn Burbank into oceanfront property. She tweets as @spyscribe.
headshot_laffertyMUR LAFFERTY is the author of The Shambling Guides series from Orbit, including the Netfix-optioned The Shambling Guide to New York City and Ghost Train to New Orleans. She has been a podcaster for over 10 years, running award-winning shows such as I Should Be Writing and novellas published via podcast. She has written for RPGs, video games, and short animation. She lives in Durham, NC where she attends Durham Bulls baseball games and regularly pets two dogs. Her family regrets her Dragon Age addiction and wishes for her to get help. She tweets as @mightymur.
headshot_slatteryBRIAN FRANCIS SLATTERY is the author of Spaceman Blues, Liberation, Lost Everything, and The Family Hightower. Lost Everything won the Philip K. Dick Award in 2012. He’s the arts and culture editor for the New Haven Independent, an editor for the New Haven Review, and a freelance editor for a few not-so-secret public policy think tanks. He also plays music constantly with a few different groups in a bunch of different genres. He has settled with his family just outside of New Haven and admits that elevation above sea level was one of the factors he took into account. For one week out of every year, he enjoys living completely without electricity.
© 2017 Max Gladstone, with permission from Saga Press

Tour Schedule

Bookburners Created by Max Gladstone: Excerpt

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Episode 1: Badge, Book, and Candle

He set his hand on the book’s cover. Sal hadn’t noticed before how the leather
was discolored: most of it matched Perry’s skin, but a crimson bloom spread beneath his
fingers. She heard a sound she couldn’t name: a footfall, maybe, or a whisper, very soft.
Goose bumps chased goose bumps up her arms.
“Perry, who are the Bookburners? Do you think someone’s following you?”
“I thought you didn’t want to know.”
 She leaned over the couch, over his shoulder, and checked through the blinds.
Street still bare. Red Toyota pickup. Honda Civic. Garbage. E­Z Carpet Cleaner van.
“Please, Sal. They would have nabbed me on the way. They did not. Ergo, I
wasn’t followed.”
“What the hell is going on?”
Someone knocked on her door.
“Shit,” Perry said.
“Jesus Christ, Perry.” She grabbed her phone off the living room table. “Who is
that?”
 “Aiden. Probably.”
 “Mister Brooks?” The man on the other side of the door was unquestionably not
Aiden—too old, too sure, too calm. An accent Sal couldn’t place twined through his
words. “Mister Brooks, we’re not here to hurt you. We want to talk.”
“Shit,” Perry repeated, for emphasis.
Sal ran to her bedroom and returned with her gun. “Who are you?”
“I’m looking for Mister Brooks. I know he’s in there.”
“If he is, I doubt he’d want to see you.”
“I must talk with him.”
“Sir, I’m a police officer, and I’m armed. Please step away from the door.”
“Has he opened the book?”
 “What?” She looked into the living room. Perry was standing now, holding the
book, fingers clenched around the cover like she’d seen men at bay clutch the handles
of knives. “Sir, please leave. I’m calling 9­1­1 now.” She pressed the autodial. The line
clicked.
“Stop him from opening the book,” the man said. “Please. If he means anything
to you, stop him.”
 “Hello. This is Detective Sally Brooks,” and she rattled off her badge number and
address. “I have a man outside my apartment who is refusing to leave—”
Something heavy struck the door. Doorjamb timbers splintered. Sally stumbled
back, dropped the phone, both hands on the pistol. She took aim.
The door burst free of the jamb and struck the wall. A human wind blew through.
Later, Sal remembered slivers: a stinging blow to her wrist, her gun knocked
back against the wall. A woman’s face—Chinese, she thought. Bob haircut. Her knee
slammed into Sal’s solar plexus and she fell, gasping, to the splinter­strewn carpet. The
woman turned, in slow­motion almost, to the living room where Perry stood.
He held the open book.
His eyes wept tears of blood, and his smile bared sharp teeth.
He spoke a word that was too big for her mind. She heard the woman roar, and
glass break. Then darkness closed around her like a mouth.
© 2017 Max Gladstone, with permission from Saga Press

THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher: 10th Anniversary Release – Giveaway

 

Hi Everyone! Today I’m featuring the 10th anniversary edition of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I was given this book by my #TBTBSanta last year and loved it. It’s so moving and really makes you open your eyes. I’m so glad she gave it to me to read. I hope you you give this book a shot if you haven’t read it yet. If you have read it, go get this new and wonderful edition! Below is a little synopsis, the extra content in the 10th anniversary edition, and a giveaway!

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Synopsis:

You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play. 

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

New Content Info:

The #1 New York Times bestseller and modern classic that’s been changing lives for a decade gets a gorgeous revamped cover and never-before-seen additional content, including:
  • An introduction from its award-winning author, Jay Asher;
  • The until-now-secret alternate ending for Hannah and Clay that almost was;
  • Early notes and ideas of how the story came to be;
  • Deleted scenes;
  • And more!

GIVEAWAY!!!

Enter for a chance to win one of five (5) hardcover copies of the 10th Anniversary Edition of 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (ARV: $18.99).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on December 27, 2016 and 12:00 AM on December 28, 2016.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about January 2, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

 

Reading Challenges 2017!

Oh hey blog! Bet you thought I forgot about you. Nope, just that time of year where I have no spare time. In light of today’s horribleness (election woes), I’m going to try to do something positive about next year. I’m going to join two reading challenges hosted by some lovely ladies.

First up, Rock My TBR, hosted by the amazing Sarah over at The YA Book Traveler. For this challenge, the goal is to read 1 book a month that is already on your TBR. No ARCs allowed. My TBR is a mile long, so I don’t think this will be a problem. I’m really excited about this challenge and hope to have fun with it. Now I’ve seen a lot of people post the books they plan to read, I’m not going to do that. Mostly because I have over 150 books I’d like to read and narrowing it down now is just too hard. If you’d like to join here’s the link!

The second challenge I plan on participating in is, Flights of Fantasy, hosted by the wonderful Alexa & Rachel. I never thought I was a big fantasy reader, but after looking at my shelves I discovered I actually have a lot of books that would classify as fantasy! So I’m going to pledge to read 10 fantasy books this year. Being as I only read about 50 books a year I think 20% is a big chunk to carve out for fantasy. The only bonus about this challenge is that those 10 books will count to Rock My TBR! You too can join Flights of Fantasy here!

Well, here’s to 2017 being a better year than this sh*tshow of a year and to reading more books already on my shelf!

Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromly – Spotlight & Giveaway!

Trouble Makes a Comeback is being released today!!! I haven’t had the chance to read my ARC of the book yet, but I did read book one in the series and really enjoyed it. Below I tell you why! (spoiler free)

I recently read Trouble is a Friend of Mine which is the first book in Stephanie Tromly’s Trouble series. I was told it had hints of Veronica Mars, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, & Sherlock Holmes. It certainly didn’t disappoint in those aspects. I loved the overarching mystery of who kidnapped Digby’s sister & the main mystery of who kidnapped a local teen. Digby reminded me of Sherlock in how he processes information and interacts with others. Zoe is the new girl in town who just wants to leave. Digby is the only person who will talk to her, so she quickly gets wrapped up in his antics. I enjoyed most of the secondary characters as well, Henry was my favorite of them all. He’s Digby’s childhood friend and current high school football star. I loved the dynamic between all the characters, but mostly Digby, Zoe, and Henry. Overall I thought Trouble is a Friend of Mine was a great book and it really made me look forward to book 2, Trouble Makes a Comeback! I can’t wait to dive back into the mystery of Digby’s sister & meet up with Zoe, Digby, & all the other characters.27209370

Below is the synopsis:

A whip-smart, screwball noir mystery—with snappy prose, wry humor, and breakneck dialogue—this sequel to Trouble Is a Friend of Mine is perfect for fans of Veronica MarsSherlock, John Hughes, and Carl Hiassen.

After a fall semester of fiascos: getting arrested, then kidnapped, then blown up in an explosion (all thanks to the weird but brilliant Philip Digby), Zoe Webster is looking forward to a quiet spring. Now that Digby has left town, she’s finally built a regular high school life for herself. She’s dating Miles, the alternate QB; she knows girls she considers friends; she’s learning to enjoy being normal and semi-popular. Which of course is when Digby comes back: He’s got a new lead on his missing sister and he needs Zoe’s help.

Suddenly Zoe is tussling with a billionaire arch-villain, locking horns with armed goons, and digging into what makes the Digby family tick, even as she tries to navigate the confusing and emotionally fraught world of high school politics and locker-room drama. After all, it’s hard to explain Digby to a boy like Miles, especially when Zoe isn’t sure how she feels about Digby herself—or how he feels about her.

Now that Digby’s back, get ready for another hilarious whodunit filled with razor-sharp dialogue, ridiculously funny action, and the most charismatic, dynamic duo you’ve ever met. And just try to stay out of trouble.

We dare you.

GIVEAWAY for a set of both books!!!

Enter for a chance to win one of three (3) sets that include a paperback of Trouble is a Friend of Mine and a hardcover copy of Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromly (ARV Per Set = $28.99 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 9:00 AM Eastern Time on November 22, 2016 and 11:59 PM Eastern Time on November 28, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about December 1, 2016. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
Thank you Penguin Random House for the review copy of Trouble is a Friend of Mine & Trouble Makes a Comeback!

I Hope You Forgive Me – Giveaway

 

I have to say, this project sounds so amazing. I really look forward to participating and sharing my stories. I hope everyone that does participate finds solace and sees that they are not alone. A more detailed description of the project is below.

I HOPE YOU FORGIVE ME, is the newest project by the author of Hello, Liza Wiemer. IHYFM is a website that asks teens and adults to anonymously share moments from their teen years they wish they could ask forgiveness for but have never had the courage to, until now.

All stories shared are anonymous – no telling details save for details you provide are shared publicly. The goal is the bring people together and help today’s teens realize they are not alone by reading the experiences of others. To encourage people to share and talk about I HOPE YOU FORGIVE ME, Liza is offering up an amazing prize – 3 $25 Amazon gift cards that will be given out just in time for Holiday shopping.
LINKS:
Giveaway: 3 – $25 Amazon Gift Cards

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I look forward to reading everyone’s stories and hope you have fun sharing.

Bury the Living by Jodi McIsaac: Interview & Giveaway!

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Synopsis: Rebellion has always been in the O’Reilly family’s blood. So when faced with the tragic death of her brother during Northern Ireland’s infamous Troubles, a teenage Nora joined the IRA to fight for her country’s freedom. Now, over a decade later, Nora is haunted by both her past and intense dreams of a man she has never met.

When she is given a relic belonging to Brigid of Kildare, patron saint of Ireland, the mystical artifact transports her back to 1923—to the height of Ireland’s brutal civil war in. There she meets the fascinating stranger from her dreams, who has his own secrets—and an agenda. Ripped from her own time, Nora now has the chance to save the ones she loves… and to alter the entire future of Ireland.

Interview:

1: You’ve written books in a range of genres; which is your favorite and why?

I wish I knew – then maybe I could stick to one! I do have to say I’m in love with historical fiction at the moment. I adore doing research and finding out about lives lived long ago. Sometimes I wish I could just research for a living.

2: I love that Bury the Living is set in Ireland, how much research did you have to do for it?

So. Much. Research. I read every book I could get my hands on, obviously. (Thank goodness for inter-library loans). I also watched documentaries and movies and listened to Irish history podcasts. I interviewed Irish Catholic women who had grown up in Belfast during the Troubles to get a better understanding of what it must have been like for Nora. I talked to humanitarian aid workers who had worked in Sudan (Nora grows up to become a relief worker in Darfur), and poured over UNHCR manuals about how to properly set up a refugee camp. I asked experts in the Irish Civil War to read my early drafts and correct my errors. And, best of all, I spent two weeks in Ireland doing on-the-ground research, including an amazing tour of Kilmainham Goal

3: What made you want to write a historical fiction/time travel book?

My first series, The Thin Veil, is based on Irish mythology. While researching those books I couldn’t help but learn more about Irish history, and I was completely drawn in. The more I read, the more I wanted to write about it, but I couldn’t nail down a particular time period. And so I decided to write a time travel series so that I wouldn’t be limited to just one era. At first I planned to start the series with the Easter Rising of 1916, but then I saw the heartbreaking film The Wind that Shakes the Barley and was so moved that I decided to focus on the Irish Civil War instead. The more I dug into it, the deeper I wanted to go. I wanted to tell the stories of these people and make them come alive. Besides, the Civil War is a perfect launching pad for a time travel series because it has its roots in the centuries-old conquest of Ireland by England, but also reaches into the future as the instigation behind the modern-day Troubles in Northern Ireland.

4: What is your writing process and how long did it take for your first draft of Bury the Living to be completed?

I start with the germ of an idea, and then hit the research. This usually helps me nail down what exactly I want to write about and come up with plot and character ideas. After I have a pretty good understanding of the time period or situation, I start outlining. Every scene goes on a Post-It note and up on my office wall until I have the book roughed out, then I use the software Scrivener to start writing! Because I outline pretty thoroughly, my first drafts don’t take very long. I think I wrote Bury the Living in under three months. But then there are a few months of edits!

5: Where do you like to read and write?

I have an office in my home that I work in every day. In the mornings I work at my standing desk, then in the afternoons I move to my sitting desk if my legs are tired. As for reading, I love curling up in the corner of my sectional sofa, a cup of tea balanced precariously beside me.

Quick Fire Questions:

Favorite color? Green.

Favorite band or artist? U2.

What book are you currently reading? Daring Greatly by Brené Brown.

Ice cream or cake? Ice cream.

Favorite fall drink (or drink in general)? Hot rum Canadienne. Mmm.

screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-11-07-49-pm ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Already an accomplished writer, Jodi McIsaac is the author of several novels, including A Cure for Madness and the Thin Veil Series. She grew up in New Brunswick, and after abandoning her Olympic speed skating dream, she wrote speeches for a politician, earned a graduate degree in global studies, spent a few years as a fundraising and marketing executive with non-profit organizations in Toronto and Vancouver, which then morphed into her own copywriting business.

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BURY THE LIVING excerpt:
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On Monday morning Nora walked to school with a couple of friends. She tried to nod and laugh in all the right places as they nattered on, but her mind was fixated on the bags of cocaine stuffed deep into her rucksack. She’d decided there was no point in dumping it, not when she could still make a fair sale of it. Then her family wouldn’t have to wait to leave town. She’d sent a message to Ernie Farrell, saying she’d sell him the lot at half price. He’d been Robbie Grady’s only competition in this part of town. There was no way he would say no. Then it would be out of her hands.

At the lunch break she waited in the stacks at the library, just as she’d promised to do in her message. The Irish-history section, which was always empty. She read the titles with interest while she waited. Her school, like many others, preferred to focus on European and world history. Irish history was too controversial, to close to home. But Eamon’s love for it had rubbed off. He was always throwing obscure bits of history into their conversations or telling her about great battles and chieftains who’d lived hundreds of years ago. She’d soaked it all in—a sparkling vision of Ireland that was a sharp contrast to her own bleak reality.

Nora waited the entire lunch hour, but Ernie never came. Had he even been to school that day? She hadn’t seen him. Maybe he was sick. Maybe he’d chickened out after hearing about Robbie.

She left the library and headed back to class. She was late enough that the hallways were empty. Then she heard heavy footsteps behind her. She glanced back and stopped dead in her tracks. Paddy Sullivan was standing in the hallway, grinning at her.

“Hiya, Nora,” he said.

“What the hell are you doing here?”

“Ach, don’t be like that, Nora. We’ve some more questions for you.” He jerked his head toward the front door.

“I’ve answered your questions,” she said, clutching her rucksack close to her stomach. “Youse said you’d leave me alone.”

“Things change. C’mon. Let’s go.”

“I’ve got to get to class. I’m late.”

“We’re on the way to see your brother. Don’t you want to come?”

Nausea swept through her. He was bluffing, sure he was. But what if he means it? “I told youse to leave Eamon out of this! What do youse want him for?”

“Ernie never showed up to your little meeting, did he?”

Nora felt faint. “I just…wanted to talk to him.”

“Uh-huh. Seems you didn’t take our warnings seriously. Now come on. We don’t want to make a scene here in the school, do we?”

Nora felt as though her legs were embedded in the ground. All she could do was stare at Paddy, unable to move, while the world spun around her. She had to ditch the bag, somewhere, somehow.

“I…I just have to…I have to use the bogs first,” she stammered.

“I’m sure you can hold it,” he said. His hand clamped on to her arm, and he marched her out of the side door, where a car was waiting. She shifted her rucksack to one hand and prepared to drop it in the bushes, but he grabbed it.

“For a petty criminal, you’re pretty daft, Nora.”

“Wait, please, you don’t understand— ”

“You’ve got balls, I’ll give you that. Thought you’d just pick up where Robbie left off?”

“No! I was just trying to get rid of it, I swear.” Nora tried to wrestle herself from Paddy’s grip, panic building in her like a smoking volcano. “Don’t take me to Mick. You can have the coke—it’s worth a lot of money.”

“Mick’s interested in something far more useful to him than coke,” Paddy answered as he stuffed her into the back of the car. He got in the front seat, then turned around. “I think he’ll be wanting to make a deal.”

Nora drew back against the upholstered seat, horror spreading across her face. “He’ll not…be wanting…”

Paddy grinned again. “To pimp you out? Is that what you’re afraid of? You’re an attractive girl, Nora, but Mick’s not like that. He’s a decent lad.”

“Then what?”

“You’ll find out.”