Young Adult Summer Scavenger Hunt: Secret Word

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Young Adult Summer Scavenger Hunt: Secret Word

Young Adult Scavenger Hunters—thanks for stopping by!

If you’re here for the young adult summer scavenger hunt, you’ve come to the right place. Hopefully, you’ve already visited the stop ahead of me, Debbie Manber Kupfer. I know you’ve got lots of stops to make, so we’ll keep this one short. My secret word is further down so keep reading…

For those of you having problems finding it, as the rules stated, my secret word is in bold type and all caps. It’s in the text of the post itself, so just keep reading this post and you’ll find it.

Book Banner for Alchemy Empire books #1-3

As part of the scavenger hunt, I’m doing a giveaway of my own. If you enter, you’ll have a chance to win 1 of 10 box sets (ebook format) of my Alchemy Empire series #1-3.

And one lucky person will also win the grand prize—a handmade steampunk journal made by yours truly. This journal is blank inside for writing or art, and the cover is a steampunk-themed mixed media collage.

Steampunk mixed-media altered art journal

I’ll do the drawing on June 8th, the day after the scavenger hunt ends.

By entering, you’ll be signing up for my mailing list. You’ll also receive a free novel, If Two Trains Leave At Midnight, a young adult contemporary romance with a bit of humor and a bit of magical realism.

If Two Trains Leave At Midnight 3d book cover

High school senior Cate Morely secretly wants to be a writer, but her parents are pushing her toward math and science. When she has to hire her own math tutor, she turns to middle-school nemesis Gavin Blake, who is now a geeky-cool math genius in college. She’s surprised to find how much in common they really have, but their budding romance is threatened when secrets get revealed. It might take a Dungeons and Dragons group, a steampunk larp (Live Action Role Play) date, a British celebrity heartthrob, and a giant, invisible talking swan (yes, really) to help this word nerd and math geek find the solution to the trickiest equation of all—each other.


I’ve got other goodies too, for those who choose to stay on my list—digital art pieces I’ve created, news on other promotions and giveaways, and excerpts from my other novels. My newsletter comes out 4x a year, and in total, once the initial email series is done, you’ll hear from me maybe 1-2 times a month. I respect your privacy and do not share or sell any email addresses.

If this giveaway sounds like something THAT you’d like to be a part of, take a minute to enter the giveaway at the link below before heading to N. M. Howell’s page!

>>>>> I Want To Win Steampunk Books and Journal! <<<<<

 

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Young Adult Fiction Summer Scavenger Hunt Coming June 1-7, 2017!

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Young Adult Fiction Summer Scavenger Hunt Coming June 1-7, 2017!

I’m so excited to be joining about 140 other young adult authors for a mega scavenger hunt June 1-7, 2017! The details and rules are below, but basically, you collect key words from a post on each author’s page and that makes a secret “legend” that you’ll submit to be entered for a grand prize–a $500 Amazon gift card.

Along the way, most of us are also holding our own giveaways and contests, too. I will be doing a drawing for an ebook box set of all three Alchemy Empire books to 10 winners who join my Wildwood Missives email list, as well as a grand prize to one of those winners for a handmade (by me) steampunk journal. This grand prize is a package worth $70.

Steampunk mixed-media altered art journal for the 2017 summer young adult fiction scavenger hunt

I’m sending this altered-art, mixed-media steampunk journal to one lucky scavenger hunt participant!

Here are the full rules and the list of participating young adult authors–scope them out before the scavenger hunt starts!

In June, the Alliance of Young Adult Authors is sponsoring a massive young adult scavenger hunt. This is a chance to meet some new authors, grab a bunch of free books, and sign up to win a whole bunch of epic prizes!

RULES

Each author will be given a special keyword, which will be bolded and all caps like this: BUTTERFLIES.

All you have to do is visit all the author’s sites in this order, write down the special keywords to discover the short story, then enter the giveaway with the completed secret legend HERE.

There will be one main giveaway for the main prize, but most of the participating authors will also have smaller giveaways for free books, amazon credit and author swag, so make sure you read their post carefully to see what else they’re offering while you’re on their site for the keyword.

THE MAP (participating authors)

  1. Cindy Ray Hale
  2. Katherine Bogle
  3. Melle Amade
  4. David Kudler
  5. A.M. Yates
  6. Alethea Kontis
  7. Stevie Rae Causey
  8. Katlyn Duncan
  9. Debbie Manber Kupfer
  10. Meredith Rose
  11. N.M. Howell
  12. Lara Ann
  13. K.M. Robinson
  14. J.A. Culican
  15. Heather Karn
  16. Rob L. Slater
  17. Dylan Keefer
  18. Sarah K. Wilson
  19. L.J. Higgins
  20. Gina Marie Long
  21. Em Kazmierski
  22. Travis Hall
  23. Heather Young-Nichols
  24. Anna Santos
  25. J.L. Weil
  26. Jo Schneider
  27. Rebecca Fernfield
  28. Kristin D. Van Risseghem
  29. Martine Lewis
  30. Tara Benham
  31. Stacy Claflin
  32. Beth Hammond
  33. Erica Cope
  34. Nicole Zoltack
  35. Char Webster
  36. Sabrina Ramoth
  37. T.J. Muir
  38. Raquel Lyon
  39. Beth Rodgers
  40. S.L. Beaumont
  41. Eva Pohler
  42. Melanie McFarlane
  43. Cheryllynn Dyess
  44. Audrey Rich
  45. Amanda Zieba
  46. Sandie Will
  47. Elle Scott
  48. Angie Grigaliunas
  49. Ashley Maker
  50. Mandy Peterson
  51. Audrey Grey
  52. Elisa Dane
  53. Amy McNulty
  54. Melinda Cordell
  55. Monica Leonelle
  56. Claire Luana
  57. Frost Kay
  58. Preeti C. Sharma
  59. Bentz Deyo
  60. April Wood
  61. Lena Mae Hill
  62. Angel Leya
  63. Wendi Wilson
  64. Wendy Knight
  65. Chogan Swan
  66. Tamara Hart Heiner
  67. Norma Hinkens
  68. Patti Larsen
  69. Megan Crewe
  70. Jamie Thornton
  71. Jessie Renée
  72. T.A. Maclagan
  73. Lydia Sherrer
  74. Phyllis Moore
  75. P.D. Workman
  76. J.A. Armitage
  77. K.N. Lee
  78. Angela Fristoe
  79. Rhonda Sermon
  80. G.K. DeRosa
  81. Erin Richards
  82. Ali Winters
  83. Larissa C. Hardesty
  84. Kristine Tate
  85. Debra Kristi
  86. Bella Rose
  87. Cortney Pearson
  88. Jeff Kohanek
  89. Kristal Shaff
  90. Rachel Morgan
  91. Emma Right
  92. C.L. Cannon
  93. Joanne Macgregor
  94. Lindsey Loucks
  95. Farah Kuck
  96. Erin Hayes
  97. Jesikah Sundin
  98. Dorothy Dreyer
  99. Danielle Annett
  100. C.J. Ethington
  101. L.C. Hibbett
  102. Madeline Dyer
  103. Katie John
  104. Nicole Schubert
  105. Rachel Medhurst
  106. Tee G Ayer
  107. May Freighter
  108. Heather Dyer
  109. Jen Minkman
  110. J.L. Gillham
  111. Karen Tomlinson
  112. Kate Haye
  113. Megan Linski
  114. Martina Billings
  115. Jo Ho
  116. Brian King
  117. Inna Hardison
  118. Rachel Bateman
  119. Sally Henson
  120. J.L. Hendricks
  121. A.L. Knorr
  122. T.M. Franklin
  123. Konstanz Silverbow
  124. felisha Antonette
  125. Jake Devlin
  126. S.F. Benson
  127. Laurie Treacy
  128. Emily Martha Sorensen
  129. Leia Stone
  130. T. Rae Mitchell
  131. J. Keller Ford
  132. Kat Stiles
  133. Jessica Hawke
  134. Elyse Reyes
  135. Sophie Davis
  136. Bianca Scardoni
  137. Jenetta Penner
  138. David R. Bernstein
  139. Olivia Wildenstein
  140. Derek Murphy
 Starts June 1st!

Just go through the “treasure map” above to find the keywords and reconstruct the secret legend. Once you’ve got it, enter for the grand prize HERE. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for other giveaways or free books as you search for the keywords, most authors will be offering their own prizes as well!

For rules, updates or trouble-shooting, make sure to check out this main post which will stay updated.

Young Adult Fiction Summer Scavenger Hunt 2017: 1. Follow the map and visit each young adult author's website. 2. Find the secred word and enter more giveaways. 3. Reconstruct the "lost story" to win the grand prize. Get dozens of free books just for playing!

TIMELINE

Authors will post the rules and the full list of participating authors sometime in June, and have their post up and visible on their site/blog, with their keyword, by June 1st. Readers just need to go through the list, find the words, and use the story to enter for the grand prize.

I hope to see lots of you–if you love young adult fiction, this is the scavenger hunt you’ve been waiting for!

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My YA Steampunk Novel, Chains of Silver, is Published!

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My YA Steampunk Novel, Chains of Silver, is Published!

The Newest Addition to YA Steampunk Is Here!

It’s been four years in the making, but I’m now officially an indie author! My first indie book, a YA steampunk novel, Chains of Silver, is now available as an e-book. And don’t worry–my next book will not take four years. Or even four months. I’m hard at work on the second Alchemy Empire book, Claws of Brass. I can’t wait to introduce it to you later this summer.

YA Steampunk for Theater Nerds (And All Geeks–Because You’re Awesome)

All the Alchemy Empire books are set in a world of theater. My fondest memories from college were of being part of the theater group there. I’ve wanted for years to write a novel that combines my love of fantasy and my love of theater. And who could resist theater-themed steampunk?


If all the world’s a stage, then I am utterly screwn…

In the high-stakes world of the theater, stage fright can seriously crank your career, so apprentice Minx Mellor hides her phobia, studying as a technomancer to create fantastic, steam-powered devices.

But when the mysterious serial killer known as The Peacock targets one of their own, Minx can hide no longer. To save the life of the woman she loves like a mother, she teams up with her sworn enemy and a dashing young director whose powerful magic wakes the nightmares she’s kept secret for years.

When disaster strikes, Minx must face the horrors of her past and find the courage to do what she vowed she’d never do again.

Even if it means risking her life as bait to trap a murderer.

From the shadows of cobblestoned alleys and the glittering steampunk world of an aristocracy gone mad for theater comes the first book in a brand new young adult fantasy series about love, the power of creativity, and the resiliency of the human spirit.


Find out more about what YA Steampunk is and about the series and books. If you want to skip right to links to buy Chains of Silver, here you go:

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YA Steampunk Novel Chains of Silver book cover

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Tracy M. Joyce Interviewed Me!

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Tracy M. Joyce Interviewed Me!

Author Interviews Are Fun!

Hey everyone! One of the fun parts about being an author is getting to do interviews with bloggers, readers, and other authors. One of my Wattpad author friends, Tracy M. Joyce, has a terrific blog, and she was nice enough to ask me to do an interview for it. We’ve split it into two parts. This first one is on my books, and part two is the down-low on Wattpad.

So if you want to find out things like…

  • My current TV obsessions
  • The “underground” research I did for the book
  • And a hint about what I’m writing now

 

…check out the interview on Tracy’s blog!

Part 1 of interview with Meredith Rose author of Chains of Silver

Source: Views & Reviews: Author Interviews, Books, Film, TV….whatever!

Part 2 coming soon!!!

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I've Been Tagged in a Wattpad Meme!

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I've Been Tagged in a Wattpad Meme!

This morning, my friend and fellow writer, Mark Leslie (author of the upcoming novel I, Death, which he is serializing on Wattpad), tagged me for the following Wattpad meme, asking for me to talk about my book, Chains of Silver, which I am also serializing on Wattpad at the moment:

1) When and Where is the story set?

Chains of Silver is set in an alternate steampunk world, in the Mercian Empire. It has a lot of flavor of Victorian England, circa 1898 or so, but in many ways it has a very modern feel as well. Some people in this world have magic abilities that let them make extraordinary steam-powered gadgets and technology. Most of the story takes place in the Alchemy Empire Theater, one of the top theaters in the empire, and revolves around the apprentice program there. Some of the theater people have magical abilities that make the theatrical productions feel real to the audience, and that makes theater and other performances extremely popular and addictive forms of entertainment.

2) What can you say about the main characters?

Minx Mellor is the heroine. She’s almost 18 and in her final year as an apprentice. She’s been through some pretty traumatic stuff when she was younger. She has performance magic and technologic, but because of her past, she has a severe phobia of being on stage and being around guys. She’s broken in a lot of ways, but very brave and a brilliant inventor. She hides her weaknesses by being flirtatious and witty. Only very few people, like her best friends, Thea and Raymond, have any idea how much she is hurting. Her nemesis is Delphine Birdwell, who is also in her final apprentice year, and is a gifted acting apprentice. She’s also a bit of a diva and likes to bully other apprentices. Delphine hates Minx, but Minx isn’t sure all the reasons why. But when Delphine decides to try to get the new director of the apprentice company fired, Minx intervenes, making Delphine hate her even more. The new director is Dietrich Wolff. He is only 20 years old, but very talented and has powerful directing magic, which is the key ingredient to making performance magic work. He’s elegant, smart, and seems to see the hearts of everyone around him. Minx thinks he’s extremely sexy, but his magic reminds her of her terrifying past, and so she is scared of him. He’s very kind and gentle toward her, and is also attracted to her.

3) What is the Main Conflict?

There is a serial killer the press has dubbed “The Peacock” who is murdering theater celebrities across the city. When Delphine and Minx find out that their beloved mentor and the lead actress at the theater, Nadine Fairchild, is the Peacock’s next target, they have to set aside their own hatred of each other and work together to try to save Nadine. They end up bringing Dietrich Wolff into the scheme as well. This forces Minx to confront the terrors of her past and risk trust and even love in order to save the woman she loves like a mother.

The Infectious Phase:

Here are three other Wattpad writers with serialized novels that you really should check out: 1) Tracy M. Joyce, author of Altaica. 2) Denise Grover Swank, my friend and fellow YA author of Here 3) Josh Townley, author of The Scroll of Life Thanks, Mark, this was fun!

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Steampunk Fashion Trend: Is It Gearing Up for 2015?

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Steampunk Fashion Trend: Is It Gearing Up for 2015?

We’re not even into 2014 yet, but there are already predictions about the fashion trends for 2015–and the one that had everyone buzzing was about steampunk fashion. IBM predicted earlier this year that steampunk would be a major retail trend in 2015. They make these predictions apparently by monitoring discussions on social media sites, forums, and message boards. (Does this blog count? I’ll be happy to mention steampunk fashion more often!)

Oh my Dior | it girl fashion blog had an article about it, too, explaining that steampunk fashion won’t make it to the streets right away, but we’re already seeing more and more Baroque and Victorian elements in fashion lately.

If the steampunk fashion trend does take hold, some of us will be really excited. Other people will probably be disappointed. There’s a certain amount of pride, you could say, in the steampunk world–pride that steampunk fashion and steampunk lifestyle is a subculture or even counter-culture. Steampunk fashion is all about innovation, uniqueness, one-of-a-kind handmade, upcycling, Etsy-esque awesomeness.

So what happens to all that homemade goodness if steampunk fashion goes mainstream? That’s what some steampunkers are worried about. They don’t want to lose the heart of steampunk and have it turn into a mass-marketed, commercialized trend–it’s everything steampunk is not meant to be.

On the other hand, a steampunk fashion trend could be kind of fun. It probably won’t last long, so hard-core steampunk followers will have the playground to themselves again soon. But in the meantime, maybe if there’s a rise in interest in steampunk fashion, it could be an opportunity to get people thinking about what steampunk culture stands for: innovation, forward-thinking, optimism, creativity, respect, manners, and a spirit of adventure.

And it could be a great opportunity for people in the steampunk world to allow their world to grow a little larger and welcome a wider array of people. So it’s not necessarily a bad thing at all.

Besides, even if Charlotte Russe and Forever 21 end up sporting steampunk fashion in their stores, Etsy will always be the place to go for the REAL stuff.

What do you think? Is Steampunk Fashion going to be a thing? I guess we’ll see in about 14 months.

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A Word About Corsets

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A Word About Corsets

Steampunk, goth, historical, fairy tale, sexy–we love our corsets! There’s something oddly romantic about the satin-steel-lacing contraption that helps exaggerate all our best feminine curves.

And what about the fantasy of a totally hot someone unlacing it in candlelight…yeah, I’ll have some of that, please!

Some people believe corsets are a sexist invention men created to keep women literally tied up and physically weak. Others say that women drove the corset craze because it showed the difference between women who were upper-class and fashionable, or virtuous, and women who were poor or unstylish, or immoral.

These days, the corset is a symbol of subculture–especially goth, steampunk, or fetish. And the debate over whether it’s safe or healthy to tight-lace a corset is still going on. But that doesn’t stop fashion designers from using corsets in their designs. Even Burberry got in on corsets with their 2013 spring collection.

Most people don’t wear corsets every day, but if you think about it, our culture still has ways of trying to control women’s bodies and make them over into an idealized, fashionable shape. We just do it by exercise and dieting, now. And, sadly, it still creates a class difference because those in poverty struggle to afford healthy food and often don’t have the time or a space in which to exercise.

I think corsets are fascinating, and wearing one is an interesting experience. On one hand, a corset makes me feel regal and sexy. On the other hand, after awhile, it makes my back hurt, and I get tired of not being able to move or breathe freely. I’m glad I don’t have to wear one, especially every day. But once in awhile, it’s so fun!

The female characters in my Alchemy Empire series wear corsets a lot–it’s steampunk, after all. But some of the things they do while wearing corsets is probably not very realistic. However, some modern corset-wearers claim that they can run and jump and do just about anything in a corset–except maybe touch their toes.

If you want to try wearing a corset, check out this article and this one on how to choose a corset. And see this video for the proper way to lace a corset:

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