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Release date: November 8, 2014
Publisher: Flux
Genre: Young Adult psychological horror
ISBN: 0738740802

Happy Monday Everyone! Hope you're getting prepared and excited for the holidays. I've got all my shopping done and my gifts wrapped. Just need to do a little holiday baking. Yay!

Follower News

Cherie Reich recently released two new books.
People of Foxwick and Their Neighbors by Cherie Reich is now available in print and electronic formats. The kingdom hangs within the balance. Set over a hundred years, these seventeen fantasy short stories explore the people, creatures, and lands in and around the Kingdom of Foxwick. Purchase on Amazon | Google Play | Nook | Other Retailers.

And Fantasy Uprising: A collection of nine fantastic, spine-tingling  stories. Magic. Mystery. Murder. Heartbreak and Hope. Defeat and Victory. The incredible and the Horrific. Fantasy Uprising delivers a heaping serving of the best in fantasy. Includes Reborn by Cherie Reich, Fireseed One by Catherine Stine, Givin' up the Ghost by Gwen Gardner, The Marquis by Christine Rains, The Alpha by Christine Rains, The Rifters by M. Pax, Neverlove by Angela Brown, The Fall of Shaylar by River Fairchild, and Diamonds and Dust by River Fairchild. Purchase on Amazon / Google Play / Other RetailersSmashwords.

And I have a winner to announce. The winner of NO PLACE TO FALL is Jamie Ayres!

Congrats! E-mail me your address so I can have your book sent to you. Please e-mail me by the end of Wednesday or I'll have to pick another winner.

Today I'm excited to have  Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie here to do a Q&A they wrote up about their new YA suspenseful book CREED. Details of the giveaway will be at the end of the post.

Here's a blurb:
of us went in.
of us came out.
even a shadow of who they once were.

When their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and Luke’s brother, Mike, seek help in the nearby town of Purity Springs. But as they walk the vacant streets, the teens make some
disturbing discoveries. The seemingly deserted homes each contain a sinister book with violent instructions on disciplining children. The graveyard is full of unmarked crosses. Worst of all, there’s no way to contact the outside world.

When Purity Springs’ inhabitants suddenly appear, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of Elijah Hawkins, the town’s charismatic leader who has his own plans for the three of them. Their only hope for
survival is Elijah’s enigmatic son, Joseph. And his game may be just as deadly as his father’s . . .

How does the co-authoring process work for you?  Does each of you take a chapter?  Do you write different scenes?

Trisha:  We write in single POV so it is important the voice is seamless. I don’t ever want a reader to be able to pick out who wrote what.  Because of that, both Lindsay and I have a hand in every chapter, every scene, every sentence. We pass the manuscript back and forth mid-chapter, sometimes mid-scene. I actually just re-read CREED, and to be honest, even I can no longer tell who wrote what.

Do you ever disagree about the direction of a specific scene and if so, how do you resolve it?
Lindsay: Of course! With every book, there are infinite possibilities in terms of characters, direction and tone. So it's natural that occasionally we will have a different vision for a particular scene. But, generally these types of disagreements  resolve themselves quickly. Often we'll both take a stab at that particular scene and almost always, one direction comes out as the winner. 

What was the most difficult scene for you to write in CREED?

Trisha:  Hard question to answer without giving away some spoilers. But there is one particular scene in Creed that totally tore my heart out.  Horrible things happen to good people in CREED, people whose only mistake is making all the smart…all the RIGHT choices. We went back and forth for weeks on whether to include this scene but in the end, no matter how torturous the scene was to write, the book wouldn’t have been the same without it! (Side note…writing scenes like this is when I thank God that I have a co-author aka a second person to process through all the emotions necessary to pull a heart-wrenching scene off.)

Do you have any other co-authored books in the works?

Lindsay: Yes! We have a second co-authored novel, HARDWIRED, releasing in November 2015 from Flux. This is a realistic contemporary sci-fi and we can't WAIT to share more details with you all!

Do you have one piece of advice you would give writers considering co-authoring?

Trisha:  Check your ego at the door.  There needs to be a free exchange of ideas if the process it going to work!

Lindsay: Trust that your co-author has the same goal as you...the best book possible!

Advance Praise for CREED:

“Debut authors Leaver and Currie make an auspicious foray into YA horror...creating a believably desperate and terrifying situation for their characters" ~Publishers Weekly

"Welcome to a town that makes "Children of the Corn" look like child's play."   ~ MTV News

"This is: a straight-ahead, cover-your-ears tale of terror that grows more nihilistic and grueling by the page." ~Booklist

Buy Links:


About the Authors:

Trisha Leaver:
Trisha Leaver graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in
Social Work. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three kids and one rather
irreverent black lab. She is a member of the SCBWI, the Horror Writers
Association, the International Thrillers Writers, and the YA Scream Queens-- a group of nine women who take their horror deathly serious!


About Lindsay Currie: Lindsay Currie graduated from Knox College
in Galesburg, IL with an English Literature degree. She is a member of the
SCBWI, the Horror Writers Association and a contributor to the YA Scream


Trisha and Lindsay have generously offered a copy of CREED for a giveaway. To enter, all you need to do is be a follower (just click the follow button if you’re not a follower) and leave a comment through January 3rd. I’ll announce the winner on January 5th. If your e-mail is not on your Google Profile, please leave it in the comments.

If you mention this contest on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog, mention this in the comments and I'll give you an extra entry.This is for US & Canada only.

Here’s what’s coming up:

On Saturday I'll be participating in the Midwinter Eve's Giveaway Hop. I'll have lots of great book choices for you or an Amazon Gift Card.

Then I'm off until January 5th when I'll be back with an interview with debut author Lee Kelly and a giveaway of CITY OF SAVAGES, her futurist YA thriller.

Wednesday that week I have a guest post by debut author Maggie Hall and a giveaway of THE CONSPIRACY OF US, her YA thriller.

Hope to see you on Saturday! And Happy Holidays to you all!


L. Diane Wolfe said...

If you can't tell who wrote what now, then you did it right.

Stephen Tremp said...

Co-authoring sounds like it would be hard. I have enough trouble writing solo let alone working with someone else. Best wishes to you and your continued success!

Bish Denham said...

Creed sounds like a powerful story. I've twitted!

Karen Lange said...

It's nice to meet Trisha and Lindsay! It's always interesting to see how collaborative projects work for various authors. An author friend and I are working on a project, so I like to compare notes with others and learn all I can. Wishing them all the best.

I'll pass on the giveaway for now. Have a great week!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

*Raises hand for Creed*

My daughter is interested in this one! She signed up to be part of an ARC promotion, but I guess didn't get picked because we never heard anything about it. I'm sure she'd still love a copy!

Jessie Humphries said...

I've always wanted to co-author something! Thanks for all the helpful advice. I can't wait to read this!

Cherie Reich said...

Thank you so much for mentioning People of Foxwick and Fantasy Uprising, Natalie!

Creed sounds awesome! Congrats to Trisha and Lindsay! I admire people who can co-author because it's harder than writing a book by yourself.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sometimes those difficult scenes end up being the best in the book.

Jenni said...

I've always thought co-authoring would be fun, but to try and keep in the same voice throughout--that'd be tough. Great tips! Congrats, Lindsay and Trisha! Congrats also to Cherie and the Fantasy Uprising authors!
(Please count me out of the giveaway as this sounds too scary for me.)

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Co-authoring, fun and a challenge. Creed sounds great.

cleemckenzie said...

I'd love to try co-authoring. Writing can be terribly lonely, and I see this as a way to lessen that loneliness. I loved hearing how they work out the details of creating the story so it's seamless.

Christine Rains said...

Congratulations to everyone! Co-authoring definitely requires trust. Wonderful interview.

Emily R. King said...

Creed sounds like it was a wonderful collab for both of them!

Jemi Fraser said...

Co-authoring sounds challenging and fun! :)

Michael G-G said...

Sounds wonderfully creepy! Put my name in the hopper.

Rosi said...

One of my CPs and I wrote a children's poetry collection (not yet published) and it was quite a process, but, honestly, when I look back at the poems, there are some I can't remember which of us wrote them. I keep saying I'm not going to enter any more contests for books, but I have a niece who loves to be scared, so I Tweeted. (https://twitter.com/rosihollinbeck/status/544747086147645440) Thanks for a chance to win.

Anonymous said...

That is interesting how the co-authoring works, especially since you want to keep the same voice. I've been seeing this around and it looks fantastic. Thank you for the giveaway. sharif(at)sharifwrites(dot)com

Christina Fiorelli said...

LOVE how they decided to include the difficult scene where characters did all the right moves but it still ended badly.

And it's always so interesting to see how co authors work!!

GFC Christina Kit.

ccfioriole at gmail dot com

thank you so very much :)

Christina Fiorelli said...

I tweeted! https://twitter.com/christinafiorio/status/544780282919141376

GFC Christina Kit.

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bison61 said...

Creed sounds like a wonderful creepy book

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Greg Pattridge said...

Co-authoring would be so difficult for me, but maybe some day I'll give it a whirl. Great interview though, and this sounds like a page turner.

Danielle H. said...

You must have found the right chemistry to co-author! congrats! It sounds like you really put yourself into your writing--emotionally draining, but so effective. I will share on Facebook--thanks for the giveaway!

Mart Ramirez said...

What a great cover!! Sounds awesome! Love that you both co-authored together.

Susan T. said...

I am so wanting this book! I love horror and this one sounds perfectly creepy! I can't imagine how difficult it is to co-author but many of my favorite authors are actually two authors writing using one name.
I tweeted: https://twitter.com/suekitty13/status/545016495915270145

J Lenni Dorner said...

Very cool. Congrats. Looks like some great writing!

Mentioned on Twitter and FB.

DMS said...

So excited for Cherie! :)

I have been hearing good things about Creed. I loved learning about how Tricia and Lindsay co-wrote their book. My co-author and I do the same thing! Best of luck to them.

Tammy Theriault said...

Hi Trisha and Lyndsay!! Congrats. And I have my fantasy book set on my kindle. totally excited! ((hugs Natalie))

Kristin Lenz said...

Good for you, Natalie - shopping finished and now you can enjoy your holiday baking. I'm still in the middle of everything.

Congrats to Trisha and Lindsay - It was interesting reading about the co-authoring process. Save this giveaway for a suspense/horror fan - I'm too scared!

Gwen Gardner said...

Loved to hear about your process, Trisha and Lindsay. It's very unique. How fun to be able to throw ideas around with someone. Congrats on your new book.

Hi Natalie! *waves* Hope you have a great Christmas (((hugs)))

Tyrean Martinson said...

I enjoyed learning about your process. I think it's really interesting that you both work on the book scene by scene. I think that could create a great deal of freedom and continuing momentum in any project. Congrats!!!

Merry Christmas to both of you, and Natalie too! (Big HUGS)

M Pax said...

That's a book I'd be interested in reading. Will make a note. Congrats to you both and wishing you all a wonderful holiday.

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Donna K. Weaver said...

Congrats to Trisha and Lindsay. I'll say that premise sounds creepy. *shivers*

Rachna Chhabria said...

Trisha and Lindsay, congrats. Co-authoring must be super difficult? I would be very scared to try it out.

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