I’m still excited from Suicide By Ghost’s release a few months ago, but I got more news today! It’s honestly the news I hoped people knew were coming every since Creative Aces Publishing signed Jonathan Lopez. Our newest, PRESS START is such a cute story about having fun while healing. I think it’s going to feel like a breath of fresh air for everyone.
Here’s a transcript of the publishing announcement:
PRESS START from Rose Sinclair and Jonathan Lopez, a lighthearted novel pitched as Yuri On Ice meets Pokemon Go, in which Loren, a queer teen with a pension for creative problem solving when it comes to a new augmented reality gamed called Holo Heroes, is set for publication Summer 2020 by us at Creative Aces Publishing.
I have so much to say about Wattpad and I don’t really know where to start. So, let’s start with the news. Bone Diggers was selected to be featured on the website!
I was literally jumping up and down when I was approached for this. Posting on Wattpad has been such a surreal and wonderful thing that is so different than traditional publishing routes. I don’t consider Bone Diggers published. Being published means the end of the writing and editing side. This experience was more like inviting a bunch of strangers along with me as I write, edit, and then in the coming future, publish.
I mean, look at this map. Look at all of you. People all over the world hitting up the internet because they want something new, want something shared with them. Again, and forever, thank you for sharing this with me.
About Undeath & Taxes:
After discovering just how filled with magic, intrigue, and adventure the parahuman world of being an Undead American can be, Fredrick Frankford Fletcher did exactly what was expected–he became a certified parahuman accountant. Myths and legends, as it turns out, are not so great at taking appropriate deductions and keeping their receipts, and Fred is more than happy to return to a life others view as woefully dull, expanding his accounting business to cater to various monsters and their respective financial needs.
Said monsters are, unfortunately, still spectacular at pulling Fred into trouble, though. And despite merely wanting to stick with simple paperwork, Fred once again finds he is going to have to deal with enchanted weaponry, government agents, possessed houses, and one enigmatic dragon’s interest. In the parahuman world, any business can turn deadly, even one as mundane as accounting.
Here is the one negative thing I’m going to say. Feels a little less epic than last time. Now I can spend the rest of the review on things I love! I’ve been in a reading slump. Nothing was grabbing me, that is until Fred came back into my life. I really love Fred and his friends. This time around seems to focus more about their adventures than Fred himself, which really works for Drew Hayes’ episodic style.
I particularly enjoyed Albert this time around. I didn’t dislike him last time, but while reading Undeath and Taxes I keep thinking Albert is a dear, the sweetest zombie around, a cutie pi– ahem. I’ll continue on.
The following is a slight spoiler, so slight spoiler warning and what not. Drew Hayes had urban fantasy down. ‘Need a weapon of destiny? Check out the newest paranormal convention!’ These are literally the ideas that make urban fantasy one of my favorites genres. That seamless merging of fantasy and modern life.
Drew Hayes is an aspiring author from Texas who has written several books and found the gumption to publish a few (so far). He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. in English, because evidently he’s not familiar with what the term “employable” means. Drew has been called one of the most profound, prolific, and talented authors of his generation, but a table full of drunks will say almost anything when offered a round of free shots. Drew feels kind of like a D-bag writing about himself in the third person like this. He does appreciate that you’re still reading, though.
Drew would like to sit down and have a beer with you. Or a cocktail. He’s not here to judge your preferences. Drew is terrible at being serious, and has no real idea what a snippet biography is meant to convey anyway. Drew thinks you are awesome just the way you are. That part, he meant. Drew is off to go high-five random people, because who doesn’t love a good high-five? No one, that’s who.
See Drew talk about himself in first person on his website and twitter.
The Deceptive Cadence blog tour makes a spot with us! Not only is there another giveaway to offer you, but we also have an exclusive character interview for you!
Before this, what have the hardest decision you’ve had to make?
Before going back in time? Um, I’d say travelling so far to go to University. I was scared to go clear across the country, but I needed it after all the drama in high school. I needed a fresh start.
Has your idea of happiness changed after loss?
Yes. I think sometimes we get so caught up with being better, or right we forget the important things. Seeing Austin and Melody dead reminded me of what really matters most; my family and the people I love. I realized that without them, nothing had much meaning.
Is there any slang that you are going to bring back with your second chance? Or dread hearing again?
Ha ha, I don’t know. I do say things that are so out of time though, so I have to be careful not to fall into too many bad habits.
Do you believe in soul mates?
I’m not sure. I don’t think there’s one person out there for anyone, if there was, then what happens if one dies before they meet? Or they never have a chance to meet? Or if they do meet, they’re not in the same place in life and don’t notice each other? I think there are people out there who can become our soul mates if we choose. I mean, if I never chose to move to Perth, I never would have met Austin. I believe our soul mates come from the choices we make, not destiny. Or maybe I’m just thinking too much.
What is your favorite time travel story?
Time travel story… hmm… well, Geri and I like having girl’s nights and watching eighties greats, and Back to the Future is a repeated favorite. Oh, and Bill and Ted is pretty great too.
Before the accident, what would have been your one do-over?
Geri. I love that girl like nothing else. There’s never been a truer friend than her. Even Lyla and Tara don’t quite meet her standard. I missed her every day after we fought, and wished I knew what I did. She’s definitely top priority for my do-over.
Besides the obvious of being given a second change what is your favorite thing about going back?
Seeing my teen years with a fresh perspective! Who wouldn’t want that? Then of course, I’m so excited about falling in love with Austin all over again. Being married is wonderful, but the beginning, when you first start dating, is exhilarating. Everything is new, and full of energy, and Austin was such a gentleman. I was so lucky to have him.
About Deceptive Cadence:
Cadence Anderson has the perfect definition of happily ever after . . .
Until she doesn’t. A freak earthquake shatters her life as surely as her home, taking away everything she holds dear. She wakes in a hospital to find that her beloved husband and infant daughter have been killed, crushed by the earthquake’s wrath. Disoriented, injured, and alone, Cadence refuses to accept the loss. So when a man claiming to be her guardian angel appears and offers her a chance to go back in time to save her family, she doesn’t need to give it a second thought. She accepts.
Thrust back eleven years, she now faces the ordeal of high school all over again. But this time, she’s armed with all the knowledge of her adult life and the determined to do everything better, from preventing the loss of her best friend to avoiding her original, drama-inducing boyfriends. She’s focused solely on Austin, her future husband, and is content to bide her time until she meets him again.
But then James Gordon crosses her path. Cadence wants to remain single, but James has his sights set. He is determined to win her over, and he’s very hard to resist. As Cadence starts to develop unwanted feelings for him, she realizes he threatens to disrupt everything, changing the future and distracting her from her original goal. Now, Cadence must choose: deny the unpredictable and exciting path James offers her, or stay true to the life she had and is trying desperately to resurrect. Second chances are more complicated than they seem.
Deceptive Cadence combines the soaring emotion of a heartfelt romance with the innovative storytelling of magical realism, crafting a uniquely moving, intricate tale about love and loss that asks: what would you do if given the chance to right all your wrongs?
About Katie Hamstead:
Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.
After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dogs.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.
Author Bio: I’m a beginning indie author in my mid-twenties, hailing from Quebec City. I write mostly fantasy and solarpunk, a very cool sci-fi subgenre for which I’ll be co-editing a nice dragon-solarpunk anthology. I published my first novel, Viral Airwaves, earlier this year. When I’m not busy writing or reading, I devote my love to science (I’m a biochemist, cells are cool), squids, and hot air balloons.
What do you identify as? I’m asexual, and somewhere on the aromantic spectrum. Exactly where, I have no idea and don’t really feel the need to know.
Do you have an asexual in your story, if so how do they identify? In the novel I have published right now, I don’t. Although to be honest, the MC’s experiences and the way he interacts with his love interest feel very asexual, but I think that’s because I wrote it how I felt natural. Not canon though asexual, though, and not really mentioned anywhere in the novel.
But! I’m working on a MOGAI-centric high fantasy saga right now, and there’s three of them! Nevian is a (demi)heteroromantic sex-repulsed ace, Larryn is panromantic gray asexual (in the very rarely feels attraction, but feels it strongly), and Jessana (who only appears later in the series) is biromantic asexual. No wait, four, I’m totally forgetting Cal, who’s aro-ace. So, very large crew, with a lot of ace peeps! :3
What did you want to get right about your representation? First I wanted to represent a wide variety of experiences. They’re scattered across the ace (and romantic) spectrum for that reason, among other things. Having many ace characters also helps countering stereotypes. Cal is very outgoing and friendly, whereas Nevian is an apprentice magician that really wants to do nothing more than study.
I also wanted to represent ace folk that are often kind of thrown under the bus. You see a lot of “Not all aces are self-repulsed!” and “Asexuality has nothing to do with sexual abuse!” and while yeah that’s important, I wanted aces who ARE those things or have lived those things. Having many characters really helps with that, because I can both go against the too-typical representation, and also have fully-developed characters for which elements of this “bad representation” are an integral part of their lives. The other thing is that they have different views on how important asexuality is to their lives. Larryn hasn’t even really noticed, because he has a billion things to deal with. Cal fully knows, accepts, and is proud of his lack of attractions (romantic or sexual). Nevian is weirded out and disgusted by everyone’s frequent obsession with sex. Basically what I wanted to get right was diversity even among my ace characters.
Anything else? Gosh I’ve talked a lot about my next project today, but right now I have a solarpunk novel and its prequel novella out! The novella (The White Renegade) is totally free, so you can sample my writing in a feels-intensive story with a bisexual, albinistic hero and his agender and aromantic friend. And Viral Airwaves will be on sale from June 25th to July 10th, for 0.99$. So that’s where you can find my published writing at!