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Books I Love: Ender’s Game

When I’m not writing, I make sure to spend some quality time with books–because my love of reading is what sparked my love of writing in the first place! Here are some of my favorite gems, originally posted on my review blog.

Ender’s Game (Children reach a new level of ankle-biting dangerous)

This is one of those books I can’t believe I never read when I was younger. Fascinating from the start, but with a life changing story and morals, Orson Scott Card outdid himself with Ender’s Game. It’s fascinating how he manages to blend youth and age seamlessly. While Ender starts at only six and when he becomes the commander, he’s only eleven, the person you follow is wise beyond his years and the juxtaposition between following an adult mentality versus the occasional childlike things he does or says is jarring. The futuristic world is so cleverly created and integrated into the story line and Ender’s story, as he’s manipulated, used on whim and eventually rises above it, is a timeless tale.

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Meet the Writer Wednesday- Pippa Jay

Let’s celebrate all of the lovely writers out there working hard to provide you with wonderful stories to read! It’s not easy work in the slightest, and each Wednesday we’ll take some time to get to know the person behind the pen.

Today let’s welcome Pippa Jay!

487970_396457363750310_1481028755_n (640x640)nTo kick off things, what’s your favorite quote about writing?

It’s not really a writing quote as such but more a personal motto (and by coincidence the motto for a multi-author blog I belong to). Never give up – never surrender! Commander Quincy Taggart from Galaxy Quest.

I love Galaxy Quest! Now when you’re working on a story or coming up with something new, where do you get your inspiration from?

Pretty much everything. I mean, I’ve had inspiration for a space battle from a piece of paper hitting the windscreen of my car or funny dialogue from my kids. Mostly my inspiration comes from dreams, music, image sites like deviantart or stock image sites, books, TV and films, but really anything can spark it off. A complete YA dystopia story popped into my head while taking my daughter to her first music concert, sparked off by me watching the crowd file into the stadium and wondering what would be the best escape route in case of a zombie invasion. So yeah, literally anything.

When you’re working with characters for so long, it’s easy to get attached–just like real people! Do you have any you feel like you could write forever?

Ooo, I don’t like to pick favourites! Don’t tell the others, but I guess it would be Quin from Keir. She’s been with me the longest, starting out as a new companion in a Doctor Who story I wrote in 1990. She’s the character most like me, or the me I wanted to be as a teenager, and I have so many adventures with her in my head that I’ve yet to write down that sometimes I think I might explode! I certainly have enough that I could write about her probably for the rest of my life.

Coming up with all these different settings, you must have a place in mind you’d love to travel. Where would you go?

Right now hubs and I have been talking about a trip to Louisiana. He’s been reading a lot of books set there, and I wrote one I set in a made up Louisiana town, relying heavily on research and knowledgeable friends, since I’ve never actually been there. So now we both have a hankering to visit.

What’s the next big project in the works?

After Keir‘s release I’ll be working on the sequel – Keir’s Fall – and a side story set between the two. I’m hoping to have Keir’s Fall out by the end of the year, and the side story soon after. I’ve been promising the sequel forever – since Keir first released in May 2012 – but so many things happened to get in the way. My publisher rejected it, then another that took it on had to close before it was published. So it’s taken over three years to finally be able to deliver it to readers, so I’m really excited about that.

Any favorite shows on air?

Doctor Who. Without question.

Us Whovians are all around : ). What about on the book front? Any recommendations?

I’ve been really struggling to get in reading time in the past year, but five of my recent favourites have been Spark Rising by Kate Corcino (post apocalyptic), Inherit the Stars by Laurie A Green (SciFi romance), My Name is A’yen by Rachel Leigh Smith (SFR with quite a paranormal feel), Rulebreaker by Cathy Pegau (f/f SFR), and Angel’s Keeping by Brantwijn Serrah (f/f angel erotica).

Now my favorite question–what’s your astrological sign?

I’m a Leo, though I always say I’m more like the cowardly lion from The Wizard of Oz than a typical Leo.

When you’re reading a book, are there any huge pet peeves that’ll cause you to put it down?

I cannot stand heroes portrayed as jerks unless they are redeemed or given a huge shake up really quickly. But the biggest thing that will get me dropping a book is repeated typos/grammar issues.

Where can readers find you and your books?

You can stalk me at my website, or at my blog, but without doubt my favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.

 

Website – http://www.pippajay.co.uk

Blogs –

Adventures in Scifi – http://www.pippajay.blogspot.co.uk

Spacefreighters Lounge – http://www.spacefreighters.blogspot.com

Romancing the Genres – http://www.romancingthegenres.blogspot.co.uk/

SFR Brigade – http://www.sfrcontests.blogspot.co.uk/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/pippajaygreen

Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5054558.Pippa_Jay

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Pippa-Jay-Adventures-in-Scifi/114058821953752

Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/pippajaygreen/

Google+ – https://plus.google.com/u/0/101080630877126516448/posts

Wattpad – http://www.wattpad.com/user/PippaJay

Amazon page – http://author.to/PippaJay

All Romance eBooks – http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=Pippa+Jay

Newsletter – http://eepurl.com/IKX7b

Keir (1)

Blurb:

A demon waiting to die…

An outcast reviled for his discolored skin and rumors of black magic, Keirlan de Corizi sees no hope for redemption. Imprisoned beneath the palace that was once his home, the legendary ‘Blue Demon of Adalucien’ waits for death to finally free him of his curse. But salvation comes in an unexpected guise.

A woman determined to save him.

Able to cross space and time with a wave of her hand, Tarquin Secker has spent eternity on a hopeless quest. Drawn by a compulsion she can’t explain, she risks her apparent immortality to save Keir, and offers him sanctuary on her home-world, Lyagnius. But Quin has secrets of her own.

When Keir mistakenly unleashes the dormant alien powers within him and earns exile from Lyagnius, Quin chooses to stand by him. Can he master his newfound abilities in time to save Quin from the darkness that seeks to possess her?

Book One of the Redemption series and part of the Travellers Universe. A science fiction romance novel previously released by Lyrical Press Inc. 7th May 2012, Keir is a Readers Favorite Contest Awards Finalist 2012​, HOD RWA Aspen Gold finalist (3rd place)The Kindle Book Review’s 2013 Best Indie Book Awards semi-finalist, and a 2012 SFR Galaxy Award Best May to December Romance winner.

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As always, thanks for joining us on Meet the Writer Wednesday! Tune in next week for a new writer!

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Solid Ground Under Contract!

My sci-fi romance short, Solid Ground, has a home now! Boroughs Publishing has accepted it as part of their Lunchbox Romance line!

Check out this spiffy publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

They’ve been absolutely wonderful so far, and I can’t wait to start working with them. Super excited to share this story with you, it’s short, but saccharine sweet, and the theme’s sure to tug some heartstrings.

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Snatched Release Day!

Celebrate with me! Jupiter Gardens Press has officially released Snatched, my YA post-apocalyptic novel!

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When Kara was ten, the shifters took her parents.

A year ago, they took her best friend Hunter.

And now, the night before her first military strike against those monsters on the surface, the shifters take the only person she has left: her little sister Lizzy.

The snatched don’t come back. That’s what Kara’s believed her entire life, but the first person she finds above ground is the best friend she thought lost forever. Turns out, the higher ups lied. Other colonies are out there, hell even folks who toughed it up above. If anyone knows how to get her sister back, these people would. However, unless she can rally these surfacers into an army, one girl with a shotgun won’t survive long against the very creatures that overturned her world.

Buy it here: http://jupitergardenspress.com/shop/snatched/

or on Amazon: Snatched

And don’t forget to add it on Goodreads: Snatched

 

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Excerpt From Snatched

Never before viewed sneak peek of my new novel: Snatched

“Lizzy” I called while walking towards our main room. My fingertips brushed against the bumpy wall for guidance as I groped my way towards the light. Maybe she’d passed out for the night. The kid worried so much that she’d had bags under her eyes since she turned seven.

I entered into our main room. Three candles burned on our makeshift table, a wooden board we slapped onto two flat stones. The old table that dad made had broken, and Lizzy and I did what we had to. My forehead crinkled as I frowned. She usually waited up for me. My fingers swept the tabletop, collecting dust on the tips, but my eyes hadn’t failed me. She’d left no note, either. Worry burrowed in the back of my mind, dug its teeth in, and tore small bits of my composure away. I grabbed one of the candles and stalked towards our shared rooms, ignoring the hot drip of wax along my fingers.

She had to be asleep. That was the only explanation. The candle light cast hulking, mutated shadows all around me, and the reddish tint made my skin glow, turning the dirt floors the color of molten steel. I pressed my ear against the door, straining to hear any form of noise. Our house rang with the hollow sound of silence.

I grappled with the knob, my palms slick with sweat, but managed to push the door open. Our dirty clothes cluttered the floor, because neither Orris sister had inherited a cleaning gene. The dresser drawer hung open a crack from when I’d pulled out the vodka earlier. My cot’s sheets drooped along the floor, the same messy way I’d left them. The gnawing feeling grew, and my mind buzzed with a too-familiar panic. Lizzy’s cot lay empty.

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News, News and More News

So, I’ve got some solidified STUFF coming out, most likely this year.

Snatched, a young adult sci-fi novel which will be published by Jupiter Gardens Press

(Involving post apocalyptic battles against shifters–teleporting emotionless humanoids))

 

and

 

Poisoned Apple, a contemporary Snow White novella which will be published by Decadent Publishing

(Snow White’s a goth, Prince Charming’s a jerk and her family’s even worse)

 

Plenty of reasons to stay tuned!