MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR DEBBIE MANBER KUPFER!

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MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR DEBBIE MANBER KUPFER!

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I’m Debbie Manber Kupfer and my main series is YA urban fantasy. I also like to dabble in short stories in different genres including horror, sci-fi, comedy and children’s. Oh, and I also write puzzles for magazines and published a book of logic problems with my son.

Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?

P.A.W.S. is the story of a young girl, Miri, who receives a silver cat charm from her grandmother on the day before she dies. Little does she know but the charm holds a special magic that saved her grandmother from the Nazis and brings Miri into the secret society of P.A.W.S. (The Partnership of Animagi, Werewolves and Shapeshifters.)

If always been fascinated by the idea of shapeshifters, but…

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And the Winners Are …

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Thanks to everyone who came by during YASH.

Here are the winners of the Rafflecopter:

Jessica Walters – audio book bundle

Marisa Fort – ebook bundle

Stevie – signed book marks

Liliana – ebook from D.R. Perry

Jennifer Elise Rodriguez – signed paperback from Rebecca Jaycox.

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YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Team Purple

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SEVEN contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the PURPLE TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a blue team, a pink team and a green team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the purple team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
 
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by October 7th, 2018, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
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Today, I am hosting A.G. HOWARD on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

A.G. Howard is the #1 NYT & International Bestselling author of several young adult retellings and spinoff novels, including her gothic Alice in Wonderland Splintered Series, and RoseBlood, a Phantom of the Opera inspired adaptation. Stain, A.G. Howard’s latest gothic fairy tale fantasy inspired by The Princess and the Pea, hits shelves Jan 15, 2019.
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After Lyra—a princess incapable of speech or sound—is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories, and raises her in an enchanted forest . . . disguised as a boy known only as Stain.

Meanwhile, in Lyra’s rival kingdom, the prince of thorns and night is dying, and the only way for him to break his curse is to wed the princess of daylight—for she is his true equal.

As Lyra finds her way back to her identity, an impostor princess prepares to steal her betrothed prince and her crown. To win back her kingdom, save the prince, and make peace with the land of the night, Lyra must be loud enough to be heard without a voice, and strong enough to pass a series of tests—ultimately proving she’s everything a traditional princess is not.

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

Ever want to know what inspires a writer to get into the right mood to write fantasy. Well, A.G. uses music and as a treat is sharing her exclusive playlist with you. Here’s what she says:

My Stain playlist contains instrumental ballads, dark fantasy tributes, and fairytale titles, along with ethereal and gritty vocals. Each song was chosen for its emotional impact and the ability to set an enchanting or gripping fantasy mood.

Here’s a screenshot of the first ten titles:

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To check out the 70+ song playlist via spotify: follow this link. If you can’t access spotify, a list of the songs linked up to YouTube is also available there. I hope you enjoy my audible inspirations!

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And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by authors in the purple team. To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is the meaning of life –

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. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the purple team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

But wait there’s more! To celebrate YASH I got together with some of my favorite authors to offer a giveaway. Click on the rafflecopter for a chance to win oodles of prizes including ebooks, audio books and signed bookmarks from me, an ebook from D.R. Perry and a signed paperback from Rebecca Jaycox.

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CONTINUE THE HUNT
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! CHANDA STAFFORD
And one more thing — here’s a freebie for everyone! Grab a free copy of my story of a young girl and an evil green fairy, RAMORA,
from Book Cave.
Plus for this week only grab a copy of P.A.W.S. on Kindle for just 99 cents.
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Announcing YASH fall 2018

I’m excited to announce that once more I’ll be participating in the awesome Young Adult Scavenger Hunt along with a whole slew of amazing YA authors and hey I’m on purple team … and purple’s my favorite color.

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TEAM PURPLE

A.G. HOWARD–C. J. REDWINE–CARLY ANNE WEST–CHANDA STAFFORD–CHELSEA PITCHER–CHRISTY SLOAT–DEBBIE MANBER KUPFER–ERIC LINDSTROM–JC WELKER–JESSICA RUDDICK–JULIA DAY–JULIE ESHBAUGH–KRISTY CENTENO–MACKENZIE FLOHR–MADELINE DYER–MELINDA R. CORDELL–OLIVIA HINEBAUGH–S.A. LARSEN–SHANNON A THOMPSON–STEVIE RAE CAUSEY

The YA Scavenger Hunt begins October 2nd and ends on the 7th. Never joined the hunt before? It’s easy. You can start on my website or on the YA Scavenger Hunt website the day of the hunt and then you hop from blog to blog completing one team at a time adding up secret numbers as you go. When you’ve finished one entire team, you enter the total of all the numbers you found for that team on the rafflecopter on the YASH website to try for the grand prize which is one book from every author on that team. You can stop there or try for every team on the hunt. There are loads of giveaways since most authors do their own as well so mark your calendars. The hunt begins soon!

In the spotlight with Miracle Austin

And interview with the awesome Miracle Austin.

Nerd Fest

If you been hanging around Nerd Fest over the past couple of months there’s no doubt you’ve seen Miracle Austin, an artist who great talent is only surpassed by her incredible personality. Today we’re putting this talented woman in the spotlight. Check out her great interview and feel free to drop a question or comment of your own.

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James Chisum: Miracle I have to admit I very excited to interview you today. For the handful of Nerd Fans that don’t know you how would you best describe yourself?

Miracle Austin: First of all, James, I want to thank you so much for giving me this amazing opportunity. Means more than you’ll ever know.

Okay, back to your question…

I’m a giver with boundaries and love empowering others.

By day, I work as a medical social worker; I work with non-dementia and dementia residents/families in a rehab long-term care facility.

I’m…

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Giant P.A.W.S. Sale!

Giant P.A.W.S. Sale

Hey folks, it’s almost the end of summer here. Hey, my kid actually went back to school last week. Anyhow seems like a good enough time as any for an awesome huge P.A.W.S. Sale. So starting today you can pick up ALL 4 books in my series for a steal!

P.A.W.S. – 99 cents/99p

Argentum – 1.99

Umbrae – 1.99

Londinium – 2.99

PLUS Come out and hang with me tonight at 8pm ET online at the I love YA Book Event on Facebook for some fun games and giveaways.

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Meet YA author, Megan O’Russell

Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome prolific writer, Megan O’Russell.

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  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Megan.

I am a Young Adult author with three series currently available: Girl of Glass, The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, and The Tale of Bryant Adam. I’m also a blogger at LifeBeyondExaggeration.com and the playwright/lyricist for Princess Camp: The Musical.

  1. When did you first start writing?

I first began seriously writing about seven years ago. I was in a show where I was really miserable, and I needed an outlet to keep me sane. Writing became a normal part of my life, and now I can’t imagine giving it up!

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

Madeline L’Engle is my all-time favorite author. I grew up reading her books, and they really shaped how I associate with fantasy. My more recent obsession is Leigh Bardugo. Her Six of Crows series is impeccable.

  1. What inspires you to write?

I really love storytelling. Bringing an audience into a world they haven’t experienced before is a truly amazing thing.

As for bits of inspiration that actually float into stories, those come from everywhere. I once made my husband stop at a gas station for twenty minutes because I couldn’t think of the right words to describe the way the flag was hitting the flagpole. I have a huge case of wanderlust, so things from Thailand, Ireland, and tons of other places both in and out of the United States have wiggled into my books.

  1. Tell us about your latest release?

Boy of Blood is my most recent release. Book two in the Girl of Glass  series, Boy of Blood dives deeper into a mid-apocalyptic world of chemically-induced vampires and explores the end of the world from the point of view of the privileged one percent.

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  1. I see you write both fantasy and dystopian. Do you have a favorite of the genres? And what is the main challenge when switching hats so to speak?

I love dystopian and fantasy, but if I had to choose one genre to write in for the rest of my life it would have to be fantasy. There are just too many enticing possibilities to give up magic and new lands.

The hardest part about switching genres for me is the subtle change in voice and mood. Finding first love while the end of the world is looming is a very different story to be told than finding love at a masquerade of fairies.

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  1. So when you’re not writing you do musical theatre I see? What has been your all-time favorite role?

That’s a tough one.

If I had to pick just one it would have to be Mavis in Stepping Out because who doesn’t love a play with tap dancing?

  1. If you could play any role what would it be?

I would love to be anyone in Come From Away. The music and story are both so compelling, I would be honored to be any role in that production.

  1. So what’s next? What are you working on?

Right now, I’m editing a new Young Adult manuscript for my agent, editing book two in The Tale of Bryant Adams, and working on the script for a new children’s musical. It’s a lot to have going on, but I am having a ton of fun.

  1. How can readers connect with you?

You can find me on my website: https://www.meganorussell.com/

Blogging my little heart out: https://lifebeyondexaggeration.com/

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ORussellauthor

On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8061709.Megan_O_Russell

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MeganORussell

On Instagram as: ORussellMegan

And all links to audio clips from my lyricist work can be found at: https://www.russellcompositions.com/shows-music