Young Adult Fiction Cover Reveal – UNTAKEN by J. E. ANCKORN

What a gorgeous cover I have to share with you today! Fellow Curiosity Quills Press author J.E. ANCKORN’s UNTAKEN releases on October 16th! A young adult novel, UNTAKEN is a story of invasion…and being left behind. Here’s the (don’t forget to add Untaken to your shelf!>>>) GOODREADS synopsis:

 

 

It turns out that a real alien invasion is nothing like the Sci-fi shows 14-year-old Gracie loves. Not when it’s your own family who are swallowed whole by those big silver ships. Not if it could be you next.


In her search for her family, Gracie meets Brandon, a high school dropout who would never have been caught dead hanging out with a dork like Gracie before the world ended. Gracie isn’t too crazy about Brandon either, but he has one thing she doesn’t: A plan.

 

Brandon’s uncle has a cabin up in Maine, and If Gracie and Brandon can survive long enough to get there they can hide out until the Space Men pack up their ships and leave. Until the army guys come to rescue them, says Brandon. Brandon is big into army guys.

 

Gracie has to admit that Brandon’s Awesome Plan probably would have worked out great if wasn’t for Jake. They found 5-year-old Jake, laying half-dead under the remains of someone’s ranch house.

 

He’s a good kid, even if he won’t-or can’t- talk. But Jake has a secret, and when Gracie finds out what it is, the fragile new life they’ve started to forge looks set to break apart. When the people you’ve been counting on to put the world back together start hunting you down, alien invaders are the least of your worries.

 

Check out this amazing cover:

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J.E. Anckorn, author of UNTAKEN

J.E. Anckorn, author of UNTAKEN

J.E. Anckorn has been an artist and writer ever since she began to surreptitiously doodle on school supplies instead of learning about practical things, like osmosis and mathematics.

After barely surviving a freak mathematical osmosis disaster, she set out to travel the world, living in New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong before returning to her native Britain- just in time to marry an American and leave for the U.S.A. She still failed to learn anything about osmosis, but did manage to cultivate an accent that is unintelligible to almost everyone. (It happened through a mysterious net movement of information from the outside environment into her brain. If only there was a word for that!)

This led to her development of a new language, based almost entirely on polite yet uncomprehending nods. In between these adventures, she has worked as a toy designer, copywriter, and freelance illustrator. She lives in Boston, with a small grumpy dog, and a large, slightly less grumpy husband.

CALLER 107 Blog Tour – Catch a Glimpse of the New Matthew Cox Title!

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Caller 107 by Matthew Cox is now available for purchase!

Genre: young-adult, contemporary paranormal

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

 

Description:

When thirteen-year-old Natalie Rausch said she would die to meet DJ Crazy Todd, she did not mean to be literal.

Two years is a long time to be stuck between two people that want nothing more than to destroy each other. A tween crush on the larger-than-life jock from a local radio station is the only trace of a once-happy life ruined by warring parents.

Whenever WROK 107 ran a contest, she would dive for the phone, getting busy signals and dead air every time. She never expected to get through, but at least with her best friend at her side, it used to be fun.

Before her parents ruined that too.

Her last desperate attempt to get their attention, falling in with a dangerous group of older teens, goes as wrong as possible. With no one left to blame for her mess of a life but herself, karma comes full circle and gives her just a few hours to make up for two years’ worth of mistakes–or be forever lost.

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MATTHEW COX: Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey. Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it.

And now for a sneak peak into CALLER 107! This excerpt is from CHAPTER 5 of the young adult novel:

 

The hot shower helped her mood; the wall of silence that hung over breakfast and the ride to school did not. Mrs. Mendoza was off that day, and her mother’s culinary efforts were limited to dumping cereal in a bowl and carrying the unopened bottle of milk to the table. Even toast was a challenge. Natalie kept her arms folded and her gaze out the passenger side window. After last night, she wanted to stay as far away from Etan, Kevin, and Cory… even Jason, as she could. That had been far too close. She wondered if they had gotten away. The police cruiser had come in quiet; somehow, she set off a silent alarm. If they got pinched, she had no doubt they would drag her into it. After all, she was the one that set off the alarm.

 
After that night, she wanted―needed―comforting, but the only thing Mother offered was more yelling and derision. She should talk. Why did Mother do that to their family? What happened to the woman that she used to admire? By the time the car squeaked to a halt by the private school, Natalie was crying. She did not look over before getting out. As her boot hit the street, she froze; one hand on the door and her back turned. A sense of something wafted out of the car that made her pause. If Mother apologized for being a bitch, Natalie would fall apart right there―she might even apologize herself, perhaps even hug her. Was she going to say sorry? Come on, Mom, you can do it… please.

 
“Have a good day, hon. Please think about what you’re doing with yourself.”

 
Bitch. Slam.

 
Mother had no idea how shallow she was; much less see what she was doing to the people she supposedly loved. Natalie trudged through the courtyard, clinging to her backpack, ignoring the other kids trickling in just a little late. The massive front door guard offered an honest smile as she shrugged through the metal detector. For him, she managed to brighten up. He was the only one in this entire building that did not judge anyone.

 
“Morning Darius.”

 
“You a’ight?” Buttons threatened to spring off his white shirt as he leaned forward. The security guard hat tilted at an odd angle, balanced atop thick cornrows. “You don’t look so good.”

 
“I’m okay, just a fight with the bitch.”

 
He shook his head. “Y’oughta ‘spect yo’ momma, girl. Y’only get one.”

 
She frowned. “She doesn’t respect herself, why should I?”

 
Darius leaned against the wall, folding his arms with a resigned shake of the head; the stool protested his change of posture with an audible creak. Natalie wandered through the hall, pivoting through the flood of a sudden post-homeroom crowd as she continued on her way to her locker.

 
It had been a week since she had even bothered to open it; the combination took a moment to come back. 3-14-15. Pi… You are such a damn nerd. The door squeaked to the left. You’re better at nerd than you are at street punk. She frowned at the texts and notebooks. For no reason she could think of, the sight of them made her angrier with her mother. What did that lawyer do that made her father break contact? She put a hand on a thick calculus textbook, rubbing her thumb over the spine. She could pick herself up, try to start giving a shit again, but what was the point? A yearlong deliberate slide was a hard thing to pull out of, and repeating a grade would destroy any chance of early college admission.

 

Skipping senior year and going right to college was a prospect her father had been thrilled about; now, he did not even want to talk to her. She dropped a few books into the backpack and pushed the locker closed.

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Guest Blog – Return of the Loving Dead – Current Government Guidelines for the Living Impaired

Current Government Guidelines for the Living Impaired

By Danica Parker-Pierce

Contributor to the Stephen E. King High School Newspaper

 
As civil rights groups across the United States continue to file lawsuits in both state and federal courts, the staff of the school newspaper decided it was time to review the rights which have been temporarily bestowed to the “living impaired” or zombies as most students still call them.

 
However, one of the first things to remember is that if you see a zombie that is not accompanied by a caretaker, you should immediately call 9999 and report the sighting to the zombie hotline.

 
For the first few months following the zombie outbreak, there were no laws covering this problem and the undead could be disposed of on sight without fear of reprisal. However, with the advent of medicine and technology (specifically the development of Mortiphalin), that has changed.

 
The main thing to remember is that it is no longer lawful to “dispatch” an undead person. This was done by destroying the brain of the zombie.

 
According to the new mandate set forth by the federal government, until these legal matters can be settled, the living-impaired have most of the same rights as all Americans. (Technically, they even have the right to vote, but as they can barely hold a pencil, let alone mark a ballot, that issue is really not an issue at this point.)

 
However, not only is “killing” a zombie against the law, it is also illegal to abuse one. This latest ruling came down after it was discovered that zombies were being used in club boxing matches and even being used as piñatas in backyard parties.
As the number of living-impaired loved ones being cared by family members rises, it becomes more and more likely that they will eventually become a normal part of everyday life. Or at least as far as the word “normal” can be used when referring to zombies.

 

The above article was provided to me by Curiosity Quills author STAN SWANSON. It appears in the Stephen E. King high school newspaper. The newspaper, and the school, can be found in the new Curiosity Quills book HORROR HIGH SCHOOL: RETURN OF THE LOVING DEAD.

 

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The first book in the young adult Horror High School series, Return of the Loving Dead (by Araminta Star Matthews and Stan Swanson), is now available through Amazon or your favorite bookstore. You can also visit the official Horror High School blog at http://horrorhighschool.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stan Swanson – Co-author of HORROR HIGH SCHOOL: RETURN OF THE LOVING DEAD (first in the series!)

Bio: Stan Swanson is coauthor of Horror High School: Return of the Loving Dead along with Araminta Star Matthews. Published by Curiosity Quills Press, Return of the Loving Dead is the first book in a new series about zombies, teen romance, the mystical occult, and the nature of true love.

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Araminta Starr Matthews – Co-author of Horror High School: Return of the Loving Dead

Bio: Araminta Star Matthews is an author, educator, and instructional designer in Central Maine. Born a ginger to a pair of geek parents (one, a lover of all things Stephen King, the other a tabletop gamer and Tolkein-fan), Araminta has always been a bit of an odd duck. Her books typically feature strong, young women who are brilliant, clever, funny, and weird. Her books include Blind Hunger, Write of the Living Dead, Before Black Mask, Before Weird Tales, and The Warehouse. Her notable shorter works include “Bark of the Covenant,” in One Night Stands, “The All-Consuming Hunger of Love” in Dark Moon Digest, “Under My Skin” in Zombies Need Love, Too, and “Every Time a Bell Rings,” in Slices of Flesh. She lives in Central Maine with her miraculous dogs, Devo the whippet and Crivens the Jack-Chi, and her partner, Abner Goodwin.

 

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Much thanks to Stan Swanson for stopping by today. And congratulations to him and Araminta Star Matthews on the release of the first book in the Horror High School series. I wish them the best of luck with their series!

 

Young Adult Fiction – The Stars in Our Fault

Is it even a fault to feel forever 18? If my worst fault is that I have never grown up, I’m a very happy camper indeed. I blame young adult fiction. It’s an escape that can place me immediately into my teen years simply by reading.

Remember the old days when you had to be courageous to read teen fiction. I can still remember being in my thirties and reading the teen stuff at home so nobody else would know my preference. I refer to that time as the dark ages. Thankfully, with the advent of digital books comes a greater ability to hide what one is reading. I can now read young adult fiction on the subway, in the street, at Starbucks. It’s liberating!

Wait? I also relaxed the way I feel about YA fiction. Frankly, I don’t give a damn who knows what I’m reading. Life is too short to worry about things like that. I’m a proud YA reader…I celebrate YA whenever I can. Some of my favourite authors are YA writers. John Green, Hannah Moskowitz, Victoria Schwab, David Levithan. I read these authors and it makes me want to be a better writer.

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Oh yeah…I’m a YA author too. To thine own self be true. I can’t be ashamed of what I read. I also write it.

Why am I writing about YA fiction like it’s a dirty little secret? I’m sure if you’re a fan of YA you don’t feel this way. What I’ve noticed though, is that some of those who are not fans (few and far between these days) actually have a lot of negative things to say about the market. I recently witnessed a few people making disparaging comments about the fact that THE FAULT IN OUR STARS had a rocking opening weekend at the box office. “An unknown young adult movie!?” Really? Unknown? John Green is perhaps one of the most celebrated authors of our time. I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that. Of course, I can also be counted in the league of the Nerdfighter…so maybe my opinion doesn’t count?

John Green is not only writing some of the best young adult fiction on the market. He is also changing the world. And he is getting teens (and adults) into the mindset that they too can change the world. It’s all good. Do I want to hide the fact that I’m reading his book? Hell, no.

 

 

There is a lot to love about YA fiction. If it’s a fault to be in love with young adult literature, it’s a fault that is filled with the gloriousness of stars! (-:

If you are looking for something to take in at the movie theatre this weekend, look no further. The Fault in Our Stars was just as incredible on the big screen as it was on the page. Of course I went on opening night! I waited a long time to see a John Green story make it to the big screen. Dear Hollywood: My next wish is to see the incredible LOOKING FOR ALASKA on the big screen. Please make it be so. (-:

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