Thursday, March 28, 2013

Fraction of Stone--Kelley Lynn

I met Kelley through Fraction of Stone and fell in love with her writing instantly. Emotional, adventurous, and beautifully detailed, this story has it all! Before we dive into Fraction of Stone, let’s get to know Kelley a wee bit more J

Kelley is an engineer by day and writes, sings, paints, plays a bazillion sports, runs half marathons, and conquers trivia by night. If you looked up Renaissance woman in the dictionary, this is what you would see . . .

So my first question, my dear Kelley, is how do you accomplish so much?
Well, as my coworker likes to say, I’m an orphan. J Meaning I don’t have a family of my own yet so I get to decide what I want to do with my time. It also helps that I don’t spend a whole lot of time on the internet, watching TV or movies. (Just ask anyone about my movie knowledge. It’s nonexistent J)

One more thing about Kelley is that she has the most positive attitude on the planet. What is something that lifts your spirits and gives you strength?
Music. Definitely. My mood is so attached to music it’s crazy. Music also really helps me get in the mindset to write as well.

I’ve had the privilege of reading much of your writing (and it’s all brilliant!), can you share a bit about what you have on the horizon?
Sure! I’m about to go on sub mission for a YA Science Fiction. (solo project) Jenny Morris and I have been on sub for a bit with our YA Contemporary (fingers still crossedJ). And Jessica Salyer and I are just going on sub to agents for our YA Fairytale Parody. (New fingers crossedJ). So I don’t go insane, I’m writing a YA Thriller. Because waiting is torture! J

Favorite thing in your work bag/purse? Nook
Favorite place to hang out online? Oh Gosh. I don’t really. But sometimes I use facebook J
Favorite comfort food? Ice cream, pizza, sushi, cohocolate. And, and, and, haha.
Favorite smell? Rain
Favorite shoes? Running shoes
And now on to Kelley’s stunning release, Fraction of Stone . . . 

Fraction of Stone by Kelley Lynn
Release Date: March 21st, 2013 by Sapphire Star Publishing
Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Description:

Wind tunnels, torrential rains and earthquakes tear apart Casden. The cause of the world’s imbalance is unknown, but the mounting occurrences suggest there’s little time before life ceases to exist.

Rydan Gale and Akara Nazreth are the only humans with the ability to wield magic. The tattoo on their necks and the discovery of an ancient book, dictate they are the key to the world’s survival.

But the greatest obstacle for saving mankind isn’t the bizarre creatures, extreme betrayals and magic-fearing men hunting them.

It’s that Akara doesn’t believe the world is worth saving. 

About the Author:

Eventually the day came when the voices in Kelley Lynn’s head were more insistent then her engineering professor’s. So instead of turning to her Thermodynamics book, Kelley brought up a blank page on her computer screen and wrote. Somewhere along the way she became a Young Adult author.

Kelley was born and raised a Midwestern girl. She’s not afraid to sweat and fills her free time with softball, soccer and volleyball. (Though you probably don’t want her on your volleyball team.) She occasionally makes guest appearances as a female vocalist for area bands.

You can find Kelley hanging out at her blog, titled in her name, as well as the group blog she shares with her fellow critique partners, Falling for Fiction. Kelley is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.

Kelley Lynn's Links: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Bit by the bug!

Instead of talking about an insecurity today, I'm going to share a tiny celebration. I've been bit by the writing bug and it feels GR-R-REAT! 

Bee Writing on LeafIt's been a while (uh, more than a while) since I've had a thought lasting longer than two seconds, a healthy immune system, and a smidgen of energy left for myself. 

But the other day, my brain began solidifying from the mushy state I've muddled through for the first half of the school year. My energy returned after nearly a month of catching every germ known to mankind from my darling students. My house was somewhat clean and oraganized. My kids weren't screaming bloody murder, actually they were playing Wii . . . together. And basketball season has (mostly) ended. Life is good. 

I think I'll enjoy this bug bite for a while.

Happy writing :)