AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Underneath Everything by Marcy Beller Paul

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Underneath Everything
Marcy Beller Paul
Expected publication: October 27th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
YA > Romance | Contemporary
 
 
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Mattie shouldn’t be at the bonfire. She should be finding new maps for her collection, hanging out with Kris, and steering clear of almost everyone else, especially Jolene. After all, Mattie and Kris dropped off the social scene the summer after sophomore year for a reason.
But now Mattie is a senior, and she’s sick of missing things. So here she is.
And there’s Jolene: Beautiful. Captivating. Just like the stories she wove. Mattie would know; she used to star in them. She and Jolene were best friends. Mattie has the scar on her palm to prove it, and Jolene has everything else, including Hudson.
But when Mattie runs into Hudson and gets a glimpse of what could have been, she decides to take it all back: the boyfriend, the friends, the life she was supposed to live. Problem is, Mattie can’t figure out where Jolene ends and she begins.
Because there’s something Mattie hasn’t told anyone—she walked away from Jolene over a year ago, but she never really left.
Poignant and provocative, Marcy Beller Paul’s debut novel tells the story of an intoxicating—and toxic—relationship that blurs the boundary between reality and fantasy, love and loyalty, friendship and obsession.
 
 
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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

 

1. Hi Marcy!! Thanks for stopping by on the blog!! We’re so excited! To start off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 🙂

Hi! So excited to be here! A little about myself: I now live in the same town I grew up in, which also happens to be the setting for UNDERNEATH EVERYTHING. I have a serious obsession with tennis, both watching and playing. I’ve done the highest bungee jump in New Zealand. And I sang a capella in college.

2. Your debut novel, Underneath Everything tackles love and friendship and fall into the YA Contemporary genre. I was wondering though if what other genres do you want to venture in?

I love to read and write YA because at that time in your life, when you’re a teenager, you are still experiencing so many things for the first time. You are still finding your place. And the experiences you have as a teenager inform the decisions you make for the rest of your life. I can point to specific days/relationships/moments from my teen years that still affect me to this day. As of right now, I can’t imagine writing anything else.

As far as genre within the YA world—I love contemporary, but I’ve also been reading some amazing magical realism, speculative fiction, and psychological thrillers. Since I’m drawn to reading those stories, I figure I may be drawn to write one or more at some point in the future.

3. How would you introduce your main character, Mattie, to us? And Jolene? Did you have a particular muse for them?

Mattie is map-collecting high school senior who thinks she wants control over her life but really wants to lose it.
Jolene’s beauty, imagination, and twisted tactics have given her control over almost everyone, except for the people who count the most.
I did have a muse for Jolene, yes. And the more people I spoke to, the more obvious it became that almost everyone had a Jolene in their lives.

4. How did the whole concept of the book materialized in your head? Is there an event or a person or something that sparked the plot? 🙂

The first draft of this book told the story of a traditional love triangle. The girl friendship was a subplot. But when I read through the story during revision, the scene between the two girls was more interesting and intense to me than anything else in the manuscript. I revised the entire book around that scene until the whole thing was about a toxic girl friendship in which one girl was nearly consumed by the other.

5. The title and the cover of the book is really eye catching, how did you decide it? And will you change anything if you could? (Is that Mattie or Jolene in the cover?)

Thank you! I came up with the title, so I can take credit for that—after I wrote the manuscript I went through and picked out some lines I liked, and a friend and I agreed this was the best and most fitting for the title. But I didn’t have very much control over the cover. My agent and I saw one cover from the publisher before this one, and we all agreed it didn’t fit the book, mood or season-wise. Then they sent us this one and we were thrilled. I wouldn’t change a thing! As for who it is on the cover, well, it’s sort of a mix of the two characters, which is so fantastically appropriate for the book, it makes me giddy 

6. What is the hardest thing you ever did while writing Underneath Everything? Can you share a bit of your experience?

 

The most difficult part of the writing experience of UNDERNEATH EVERYTHING was making myself look some really uncomfortable truths in the face. I would write a scene that was difficult—one where a character was taking some sort of abuse, for example—and just when I thought I’d gotten to the bottom of why the character allowed it to happen, I would realize there was something more honest and real beneath that, if I forced myself to see it.
That, and rewriting the entire second half of the novel and revising the entire beginning to focus on the female relationship (and that was all before I got an agent!).

7. What will readers expect from the romance aspect in this book?

It’s Mattie’s first time falling for someone, so I think readers can expect intensity. They can expect confusion and exploration and shame and ecstasy—you know, the ingredients of all first loves.

8. Did something creepy or funny or even scary thing that happened while writing Underneath Everything?

The funniest thing that happened to me while writing this book was discovering the song Jolene by Dolly Parton. I swear I did not know that this song existed when I named the character or worked on the plot, but the song is absolutely perfect. Actually, I’m going to put it on right now.

9. Are you working on something new already? Do you have a WIP that you can tell us about? 🙂

I’m working on a couple of new things right now, but it’s still too early to talk about them. They are both very personal projects for me, and I hope you’ll be reading about them soon!


 

 

 

 

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Marcy Beller Paul is a young adult author, former editor, and full-time mom who still has all the notes she passed in seventh grade (and knows how to fold them).
She graduated from Harvard University and lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children. Underneath Everything will be published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, in Fall 2015. It is her first novel.

 

 

 

 
   

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The Next Together by Lauren James

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The Next Together

Lauren James

Published September 3rd 2015 by Walker

YA > Romance | Time Travel

 

 

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How many times can you lose the person you love?

 Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

 Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

 Maybe the next together will be different…

 A powerful and epic debut novel for teenagers about time-travel, fate and the timelessness of first love. The Next Together is told through a mixture of regular prose, diary entries, letters, “original” historical documents, news reports and internet articles.

 

 

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Hi Lauren!! Thanks for stopping by on the blog!! We’re so excited! To start off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 🙂

Hi! I’m 22, and during my final year of university I got a book deal! I wasn’t really expecting to be a proper writer, as I only ever wrote as a hobby, so now I’m taking a gap year while I work on being a proper author. My first novel is coming out in September with Walker!

Your debut novel, The Next Together has one of the most intriguing and unique synopsis we have ever read, we’re really curious on how did this idea came to you. Can you share how did the whole concept of the book materialized in your head? 🙂

Thank you! I’ve always had the idea of a couple being reincarnated in my head, since I was about fourteen or fifteen. It kind of grew from that seed over the years until I started writing the book!

How would you introduce your main characters, Katherine and Matthew to us? Did you have a particular muse for them?

Kate is very bossy and confident, and Matt is a little more shy and contemplative. He’s also completely in awe of Kate. I’m really interested in the idea of nature versus nurture- that the environment you are raised in changes you as a person. Every version of Kate and Matt in the different lives varies a little bit, based on the time period. Hopefully that comes across in the book!

Is this the genre you originally want to write? What other genre would you like to try in the future?

The Next Together is ridiculously every genre, almost. It’s a historical drama, a conspiracy theory thriller, a science fiction adventure, and plenty more besides! I think I’m always going to write a variety of different genres, because I’d probably get bored otherwise!

The title and the cover of the book is really eye catching, how did you decide it? And will you change anything if you could?

I left it all up to my wonderful cover designer, Jack Noel, and he came up with the best cover I could have ever hoped for. I did have a bit of input, as I didn’t want a photograph of any models on the cover. I like to imagine characters in my head without pictures! Luckily the cover Jack came up with has silhouettes instead of pictures, and it’s absolutely perfect!

What is the hardest thing you ever did while writing The Next Together? Can you share a bit of your experience?

 

I think the historical research was the toughest! I spent a lot of time reading old books and diaries and making endless notes. It was definitely worth it though – I hope it adds more realism to the time periods.

What will readers expect from the romance aspect in this book?

Oooh! What an excellent question! I think the best answer to this is to tell you that my editor once told me there was too much kissing, and I had to cut some out! Hopefully there’s still lots of kissing, but not too much.

Are you working on something new already? Do you have a WIP that you can tell us about? 🙂

I’ve just finished the sequel to The Next Together, which is going to be called The Last Beginning. I’m really, really happy with it at the minute….but that’s all I’m going to tell you about it for now, because I don’t want to spoil the first book!

Lastly, what’s your three current YA favorites?

Everything Leads to You by Nina La Cour, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, and The Accident Season by Moira Fowley Doyle.


 

 

 

 

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Lauren James is a scientist by day, writer by early hours of the morning. She graduated in 2014 with a first class Masters degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. 

She now lives in the village of Berkswell in the UK.

You can find her on Twitter at @Lauren_E_James, which she mainly uses to fancast actors as her characters and panic about all of the overly ambitious plans she has for her PhD, or her website at http://lauren-e-james.tumblr.com. 

She likes strong, intelligent women, Dylan O’Brien, and things with plants on them. These are her favourite books: http://www.myindependentbookshop.co.uk/Laurenelizjames

 

 

 

 
   

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Bone Deep by Kim O Brien

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Bone Deep
Kim O’Brien
Expected publication: May 19th 2015 by Spencer Hill Press
Paperback, 242 pages (paperback)
YA > Contemporary

 

 

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Spending the summer on an archeological dig sounds like fun, and it would be, if Paige Patterson didn t have to work for her dad–the man who walked out on their family. Luckily, her best friend Emily Linton is also interning for her dad. The summer takes on a romantic possibility when she meets Jalen Yazzi–the super attractive son of her father s project manager. But then Emily vanishes. As the police struggle for answers, Paige sets out to find the truth. What was Emily doing alone in the ruins the night she disappeared? Did she see something she shouldn t have? The search for Emily brings Paige and Jalen closer together, but it also unlocks long hidden crimes and dangerous mysteries. As Paige digs deeper into Emily s disappearance, she realizes that uncovering the truth may cost her everything–even her life.

 


Hey readers, let’s welcome Kim O Brien today! She answered some interesting questions about her novel, Bone Deep. Don’t forget to say Hi on the comments section and enter the giveaway.

 

THE INTERVIEW:

 

Hi Kim!! Thanks for stopping by on the blog!! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 🙂

 

Hi Paula, thanks for having me! I grew up in the suburbs of New York City and was absolutely crazy about horses. My mom and I worked at the stable to pay for my lessons. A former Olympic rider took an interest in me and gave me his ex-Event horse, a Thoroughbred named Pops. We competed in many horse shows, including the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden. After college I took a job with IBM, and while working full time, went back to school for my MFA in writing. I began writing fiction in my spare time and it quickly became a passion. I’m married, have two beautiful daughters and a four-legged friend named Daisy.

 

Bone Deep seems so different from your previous books. How did this idea came to you?

 

While on vacation in Arizona, I visited Montezuma’s Castle, which is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. I became fascinated by the story of the Sinagua Indians who lived there, spent years learning how to farm the desert, and then mysteriously vanished. When I looked up at the ruins and saw the empty windows staring back at me, I got goosebumps. There was something so ancient and scared about the place. At the same time, it was a place that would not give up its secrets easily.

 

Describe your main character, in 5-7 words for us.

 

Loyal, creative, brave, private, stubborn, curious, intelligent.

Your book cover is really creepy and it seems fitting, how did you decide the cover?

 

 My wonderful editor, Vikki Ciaffone and I brainstormed some ideas – she wanted to highlight the archeological aspects of the story, and I really wanted graphics (not people) to convey the dark tone. Christa Holland (Paper & Sage Design) did an awesome job of coming up with the design. As soon as I saw it, I loved it. Thank you Christa!!!

Who is your favorite character to write? and the not-so-favorite one? Can you share us why?

Paige’s mother was difficult to write. She loves Paige but she’s inherently selfish. She wants her daughter to be happy and successful but doesn’t trust that Paige can make the right decisions for herself. She’s more of a materialistic person and not as accepting as she should be. I loved writing Paige’s story – she had much to say and so many feelings to resolve. Emily’s voice came more easily however. She is one of those unfiltered people who are unafraid to say anything, do anything. At the same time, Emily has her secrets

Is there something weird, funny or even a scary thing that happened while writing Bone Deep?

Well, I looked at a lot of X-rays of my spine, so bones were definitely on my mind while writing this. I needed surgery to fuse my back and knew I’d be laid up for a while, so it was a race to get this book finished before that happened.  

 What will readers expect from the romance aspect in this book?

Hopefully the readers will fall in love, just like Paige does. They’ll also be a few surprises along the way.    

Are you working on something new already? Do you have a WIP that you can tell us about? 🙂

The next novel is tentatively titled “The Darkest Place” and is about a seventeen-year-old aspiring dancer who fears she’s fallen for the wrong guy when she becomes the target of a stalker and discovers the link between herself and the deaths of three other girls.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Perlmutter

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Kim O’Brien grew up in an old Victorian house in Bronxville, NY. Her mother loved telling her bedtime stories, especially ones about the ghost in their attic. Kim not only believed the house was haunted but also fell in love with books and the art of storytelling.

At Emory University in Atlanta, Kim earned a B.A. in psychology. She then attained a M.F.A in writing from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. She worked for many years as a writer, editor, and speechwriter for IBM before becoming a full time fiction writer. She lives in Texas with her husband, daughters, and four-legged friend Daisy.

Kim is the author of eight inspirational romances and seven non-fiction children’s books. She loves to hear from her readers and can be found at www.kimobrienbooks.com/, Facebook, and Twitter (kimobri).

 

 

 

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW: The Blast by Sarah Perlmutter

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The Blast
Sarah Perlmutter
Published December 15th 2014 by Sarah Perlmutter
200pages (paperback)
YA > SciFi | Dystopia

 

 

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After a series of blasts force Beatrice Hicks and her family into their prepper bunker, they emerge to discover they are among the survivors of a nuclear apocalypse. Fighting against rogue groups and coping with deaths are just some of the adjustments Beatrice must make to survive, but how will she maintain her humanity after the blast?
Praise for THE BLAST:
“This is the most impressive and heartfelt apocalypse story I’ve ever read in my life!”
“A real tour de force… [It’s] refreshing to have a YA book which focuses on the important things in a person’s life – family, love and death.”
“What a beautiful story. A wonderful look at the human ability to survive, rebuild, and grow through survival.”
“One of the best post-apocalypse stories I have read.”
“This book easily stacks up against my favourites and has an originality that many books seem to lack these days. [The] writing style is impeccable and this book is utterly breathtaking!”

 

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Hey readers, let’s welcome Sarah today! She answered some interesting questions about her novel, The Blast. Scroll on for an Excerpt and the giveaway!

 

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What inspired you to write The Blast?

 

I was in the middle of the second book of a trilogy I’m writing, when I realized that the world wasn’t complete enough. Beatrice was a main character in the trilogy, but I didn’t know enough about her past or how she became the person I was writing in the trilogy. I decided to begin writing a prequel to my trilogy with Beatrice as the main character, so that I could fully understand some of the characters in my trilogy as well as the world in which they live.

 

How did you develop the characters in The Blast?

 

I developed the characters based on who they needed to become in the trilogy. Beatrice, Eleanor, Todd, and Ben all grew and changed in the book based on that. Some characters were developed to help motivate these changes, like Henry and the Smiths. Characters like Jacob and Mr. Timmons were included to help explore themes in the novel, while characters like Drew helped me to flesh out the community the characters build throughout the book.

 

What’s next for you and the characters?

 

I hope to continue getting The Blast out there, and I continue to write my trilogy. I’m currently writing the third book, which will definitely be tough to end. I’ve been so immersed in the world of The Blast and the other books, it will be more bitter than sweet to leave it. The first two books of the trilogy are currently posted on Wattpad, where The Blast is a featured book and Watty Award winner. If you’re interested in checking them out, definitely connect with me on Wattpad @SarahPerlmutter. As for the future, I am seeking representation and hoping to traditionally publish the trilogy. However, I’d love to self-publish again if necessary. It’s been such a positive experience so far!

 

The Excerpt..

 

There’s a moment in everyone’s life when they realize that there’s no turning back to their childhood. When they realize that they have at once graduated to adulthood. From what I knew about life before the blast, this moment looked different for everyone. Whether it was getting their first job, getting their driver’s license, having their first kiss, graduating high school, graduating college, buying a home, or having a child, one thing was constant throughout: This moment hardly ever happened to 10 year olds.
Standing with the gun in my right hand and the knob in my left, I knew there was no turning back. Henry and Ellie could last another day, but my childhood was gone. So I swung the door open like I knew I had to, and charged.
I dove beneath the kitchen table for cover, but quickly realized the shots weren’t coming from inside. They were just outside the window, in the yard. I crawled over the sticky floor, dried blood lifting onto my palms, until I reached the back door and crept into the sunroom.
I remembered what my mom told me: I had to be brave. I took a breath, and imagined it wasn’t real. This is a game, I told myself. Just a video game or something. So I opened the door just enough to slip my body through and let myself outside.
Freezing cold from the darkness mixed unevenly with burning gusts from the flames, and everything was shadowed in Halloween colors. From our back patio, I saw past the cornfield and across Route 30, and I had to catch my breath at the sight of it: an entire hillside of houses and businesses swallowed in flames. The only thing that spreads more quickly than panic is fire, and our entire community had been consumed in both. In the light of the fires, I could see black outlines of people running and looting, their shadows stretching their misdeeds over the highway.

 

 

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Sarah Perlmutter

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Sarah Perlmutter is the Wattpad featured author of THE BLAST, a young adult post-apocalypse novel. 
Outside of the young adult genre, Sarah has published poems and flash fiction through Mash Stories, Millennial Garbage, the Pittsburgh History and Landmark Foundation, and the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project.

When she is not writing, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and cat, cooking food that is far too spicy, making arts and crafts, and teaching high school English.

For more information about Sarah and her writing, check out her website.

 

 

 

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INTERVIEW + EXCERPT: Court by Cat Patrick

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TITLE: Court
AUTHOR: Cat Patrick
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: October 23rd 2014
GENRE: YA
 
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For more than 400 years, a secret monarchy has survived and thrived within the borders of the US, hiding in plain sight as the state known as Wyoming. But when the king is shot and his seventeen-year-old son, Haakon McHale, is told he will take the throne, becoming the eleventh ruler of the Kingdom of Eurus, the community that’s survived for centuries is pushed to the limit. Told through four perspectives, Court transplants us to a world that looks like ours, but isn’t. Gwendolyn Rose, daughter of the Duke of Coal, is grudgingly betrothed to Haakon — and just wants a way out. Alexander Oxendine, son of the Duke of Wind and Haakon’s lifelong best friend, already grapples with external struggles when he’s assigned to guard Haakon after the king dies. And commoner Mary Doyle finds whispers in the woods that may solve — or destroy — everything, depending on your bloodline.
Money. Love. Power. Community. What’s your motivation?

 

 

Q&A with Cat:

 

Where did the idea came from?

After writing The Originals, I wanted to write something from multiple character perspectives. Around that time, I was thinking of my home state of Wyoming. A friend had recently driven through, and I thought about how people who aren’t from there don’t really know that much about Wyoming—it could be its own world, hiding secrets. It could be its own kingdom.

Out of all the 4 perspectives, which is the hardest to write?

Surprisingly, the boys’ voices came easiest. (And there used to be two more!) As for one POV being more difficult than the others, I think the real challenge was developing each voice individually with only a heaping handful of chapters per character.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

Any craft grows with practice, and I hope that I’ve become a more controlled writer as I’ve published more books. I’m definitely more of a risk-taker than I was in the beginning, as well.

What 5 things would you like readers to know about you?

That I’m the greatest mommy in the world. (Say my children.)
I love, and am inspired by, wind.
I can kill it at Dance Central on Xbox.
I share a birthday with one of my siblings.
I once met Muhammad Ali.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I feel like I’m still discovering Washington state—and my daughters are young—so I’m settled for now. Later in life, I’d entertain the idea of living almost anywhere. I love discovering new places.

Writing mentors

I find inspiration from every good book I read. I’d recently finished Justin Cronin’s The Passage as I was getting going on Court, and it inspired me to be more thoughtful about description of landscapes, for example.

Favorite books to movies

The Hunger Games series, The Fault in Our Stars and Perks of Being a Wallflower are some of my favorites. Non YA, I think the Gone Girl adaptation was one of the best I’ve seen.

Advice for aspiring authors

From one of my six-year-old daughters: “Think of something that happened to you. Touch and tell across pages. Write a quick sketch so you don’t forget. Then write the words.”

I’m not kidding. She just said that.

For me, I think the most important thing is to just do it. I hear from people all the time: “I want to publish a book.” And they haven’t written the book yet. Also, unlike my kiddo, I purposely don’t write down book ideas—or sketch them. If I forget them before it’s time to write then you’ll forget them before it’s time to read. 

 

 

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HAAKON

Before he was the enemy, James Haakon McHale III was just a seventeen-year-old in what most people knew as the state of Wyoming, wishing he was somewhere other than the predawn forest with a rifle in his grip.

“It’s colder than moonlight on a tombstone,” Haakon muttered, blowing on his fist. His thick-soled boots swish-thumped on the hard earth as he skillfully avoided twigs, rocks, and low branches.

Alexander Oxendine—youngest son of the Duke of Wind, wide receiver, video game button masher, and Haakon’s best friend—laughed into his collar. It could’ve been mistaken for a cough.

“It’s colder than a whore’s heart,” Alexander said, his tone cautiously low. They were the youngest members of the hunting party, and were only allowed to take part because of their rank. Haakon could think of a thousand superior privileges.

He glanced around to make sure none of the other men were paying attention—especially his father. Smirking, he said, “Colder than a polar bear’s balls.”

The pair stifled laughter.

“Than a witch’s—”

“Too easy.”

“Colder than a dead woman’s touch,” Alexander said.

Haakon checked again, dialed down his voice even more, and said, “It’s colder than Gwendolyn Rose’s kiss.”

“Quiet!”

It was Haakon’s father: dictator, fun-spoiler, and—regrettably for his son—the tenth ruler of the Kingdom of Eurus, also known as the Realm, the monarchy hiding in plain sight in the depths of the Democracy known as the United States of America.

Every schoolchild knew the story. In 1670, after Joseph Dyer’s wife died in the Great Plague in London, he brought his five daughters to what would become the United States one hundred years later, seeking a better life. But it soon became apparent that his family would never thrive under strict Puritan rule in New England–which banned higher education for girls and taught submissiveness above all else, and which centered around extreme religious beliefs that were counter to Dyer’s own.

A friend, John Seymour, who was—controversially—married to a Native woman, suggested that they set out together in search of a new home deep within America’s treacherous unknown. Seymour’s wife had been attacked; her family persecuted. Seymour believed that rather than fighting the Natives, they should live in harmony with them.

Dyer, Seymour, and several other men and their families snuck away. After a long and dangerous journey, together they created their version of paradise: a kingdom that blended the best of England with Native cultures. Dyer was thought of as the Father of the Realm, and Seymour’s Native wife, who ensured their survival through tribal relations, the Mother.

Rather than cause a revolution, the founders decided to keep the kingdom secret. Inside the borders of what they’d eventually stake claim as Wyoming, they’d follow their own rules. Outsiders wouldn’t know they were different because they wouldn’t understand.

Outsiders weren’t to be trusted.

Dyer’s youngest daughter, captivated by the ancient Greek she wouldn’t have been allowed to learn in Puritan society, named the new kingdom Eurus, meaning east wind. She pronounced it “air-us.”

“But the winds here blow from the west,” Haakon had asked his father once—before Dad was King James. That was when it was okay to ask questions. When curiosity wasn’t an imposition.

“That’s right, Haakon,” his father had replied, straw between his teeth. They’d gone on a walk together. The sun was setting on an easy day. His dad had pointed toward the eastern horizon. “The wind here does primarily blow from the west, but our founders blew in from the east. That day, the wind changed directions.”

Haakon frowned away the memory of days never to return, and refocused on the trees. He walked as soundlessly as he could in his camo fleece jacket and vintage Levi’s, his rifle nestled in the crook of his left arm, a round in the chamber. He was on the left edge of the group, three rows behind his father. Evenly spaced gaps between them, the men were like migrating geese, locked in formation.

Geese hunting deer.

“Were you drinking last night?” Haakon’s father had demanded on the way to the meeting point that morning. “Is that why you’re so tired?”

“I’m tired because it’s so early that the birds aren’t even awake yet.”

“Good. Because you know what the consequences will be if you start drinking again.” They’d shared the backseat of the armored SUV; Haakon had done his best to preoccupy himself with his cell phone.

“Yes, sir, I know.”

“You need to turn that thing off before we arrive. And when’s your next haircut? You look slovenly.”

Will you just get off my back? Haakon had thought at the top of his lungs. What he’d said, though, was simply, “Yes, sir.”

There, in the forest, Haakon toyed with the idea of raising his gun and shooting King James square in the back of the head. Right there under his hat, just above the rise of his custom down hunting vest. He could do it. Even with the others present, he knew there’d be no trial, no trip to Corby. But offing his father wouldn’t solve anything. In fact, it would make life a lot worse. Because with his father gone, Haakon would be in charge.

Haakon would become the King of Eurus.

The thought made him want to puke.

 

 

 

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THE AUTHOR:

 

Cat Patrick

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Cat Patrick is an author of books for teens. Her debut novel, FORGOTTEN (available now), is about a girl who can remember the future instead of the past, and was praised by NYT bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher, as a “mindbending,” one-sitting read. The book is being translated into 21 languages and Paramount bought the movie rights, with True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld attached to star as the main character, London Lane.

Patrick’s second (unrelated) novel, REVIVED, is about a girl who’s part of a secret government program to test a drug that brings people back from the dead. REVIVED will be available in the US May 2012, and in the UK and Australia Summer 2012.

Patrick lives near Seattle with her husband and twin 3-year-olds, and is afraid of zombies, planes, and zombies on planes.

 

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