Missed Connections - Getting the Words Out (3)

A weekly post about writing and life in general

I'm gonna level with you--2013 was a bad year for blogging. I don't pretend to speak for anyone else, just me. Not only was I in a pretty solid reading funk most of the year, but I reviewed almost nothing! I also lost a lot of momentum on the podcasts I had wanted to record and publish. I really feel bad about these connections I failed to make, and with your help, I hope I can mend them.

I actually had 3 podcasts recorded in the last year that I really had a hard time editing. I live next to a freeway, which doesn't help--no matter what I try to do to block the sound out of my apartment, I can't get these crazy noises off the recordings. I've even tried recording in the hallway with towels and other dampening contraptions to help muffle the sound, but I need something better than a makeshift recording booth. To be honest, I don't have any fancy equipment, and the non-fancy equipment I do have is breaking down (I am actually typing this entire thing without a "k" key). 

So I feel really terrible, because these awesome authors spent time talking with me, and I never ended up posting their interviews :( I might still transcribe and post them. I also missed one post for a book I was supposed to promote in October. Sometimes, I know I should just admit defeat. I have written to these authors to apologize. I don't think I will be doing any interviews or podcasts again until I figure out how to a) record them without all the fuss and noise or b) how to not spend 30 hours editing a 30 minute podcast. 

For now though, I really want to pass on some of the promised, but missed, publicity on to them. I hope you take a second to peruse their books, add them to your Goodreads shelves, and follow them on their social media channels. For your part, you could win their books!

I will choose two winners -- yes, two! -- and the giveaway is open internationally. The winners can choose 1 book apiece from any of the titles featured below. For Ilsa J. Bick's Ashes trilogy, they may pick any of the three books (Ashes, Shadows, Monsters).

Read on for more info, and please do check out the authors.

The Planet Thieves is the first thrilling installment of a new middle-grade series by Dan Krokos.

Two weeks ago, thirteen-year-old Mason Stark and seventeen of his fellow cadets from the Academy for Earth Space Command boarded the SS Egypt. The trip was supposed to be a short routine voyage to log their required spacetime for summer quarter.

But routine goes out the airlock when they’re attacked by the Tremist, an alien race who have been at war with humanity for the last sixty years.

With the captain and crew dead, injured, or taken prisoner, Mason and the cadets are all that’s left to warn the ESC. And soon they find out exactly why the Tremist chose this ship to attack: the Egypt is carrying a weapon that could change the war forever.

Now Mason will have to lead the cadets in a daring assault to take back the ship, rescue the survivors, and recover the weapon. Before there isn’t a war left to fight.

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A Trick of the Light by Lois Metzger

Mike Welles had everything under control. But that was before. Now things are rough at home, and they’re getting confusing at school. He’s losing his sense of direction, and he feels like he’s a mess.

Then there’s a voice in his head. A friend, who’s trying to help him get control again. More than that—the voice can guide him to become faster and stronger than he was before, to rid his life of everything that’s holding him back. To figure out who he is again. If only Mike will listen.

Telling a story of a rarely recognized segment of eating disorder sufferers—young men—A Trick of the Light by Lois Metzger is a book for fans of the complex characters and emotional truths in Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls and Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why.

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A Thunderous Whisper by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Ani believes she is just an insignificant whisper of a 12-year-old girl in a loud world. This is what her mother tells her anyway. Her father made her feel important, but he's been off fighting in Spain's Civil War, and his voice in her head is fading. Then she meets Mathias. His family has just moved to Guernica and he's as far from a whisper as a 14-year-old boy can be. Ani thinks Mathias is more like lightning. A boy of action. Mathias's father is part of a spy network and soon Ani finds herself helping him deliver messages to other members of the underground. She's actually making a difference in the world.

And then her world explodes. The sleepy little market town of Guernica is destroyed by Nazi bombers. In one afternoon Ani loses her city, her home, her mother. But in helping the other survivors, Ani gains a sense of her own strength. And she and Mathias make plans to fight back in their own unique way.

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Monsters (Ashes, Book 3) by Ilsa J. Bick

The Changed are on the move. The Spared are out of time. The End...is now.

When her parents died, Alex thought things couldn't get much worse-until the doctors found the monster in her head.

She headed into the wilderness as a good-bye, to leave everything behind. But then the end of the world happened, and Alex took the first step down a treacherous road of betrayal and terror and death.

Now, with no hope of rescue-on the brink of starvation in a winter that just won't quit-she discovers a new and horrifying truth.

The Change isn't over.
The Changed are still evolving.
And...they've had help.

With this final volume of The Ashes Trilogy, Ilsa J. Bick delivers a riveting, blockbuster finish, returning readers to a brutal, post-apocalyptic world where no one is safe and hope is in short supply.

A world where, from these ashes, the monsters may rise.

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Follow Ilsa's publisher on Twitter and visit her website at www.ilsajbick.com