HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY, REFLECTION POND!

Reflection-Pond-ebook-1-VanI am so excited today! Finally, after a long wait filled with ridiculous amounts of anticipation, Reflection Pond is NOW AVAILABLE!

Sometimes you find home, sometimes it comes looking for you.

Callie knows a lot more about pain than she does about family. She’s never belonged, at least, not until she falls through a portal into her true home. The beautiful faerie city of Eirensae doesn’t come free. Callie must find her amulet and bind herself to the city, and most importantly, avoid the Fallen fae who seek her life. Seems like a small price to pay for the family she’s always wanted.

Then she meets cynical and gorgeous Rowan, who reads the darkness of her past in her eyes. He becomes Callie’s part-time protector and full-time pain in the ass. He has secrets of his own for Callie to unravel. What they don’t know is that the future of Eirensae lies with them, and the once peaceful city is about to become a battleground for power.

You can get your copy at all the following places:

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All the best,

Kacey

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MEET ROWAN, STAR OF REFLECTION POND

To continue our journey into Reflection Pond, allow me to introduce Rowan, the male main character.

Name: Rowan

Age: 19

Appearance: Longish, black hair, with blue eyes, and a compact, muscular frame. He’d be described as thin and sharp, not bulky. In a perfect world, when Reflection Pond is made into a movie, he’ll be played by Kit Harington (see picture!). I agonized over this choice. My issue is, every male actor who’s perfect for the role is too old. It’s not fair for thirty-somethings (or forty-somethings) to play teenagers. So while Ian Somerhalder and Jared Leto are out, I found Kit. Let’s slap some contacts in his eyes and he’s PERFECT. We have to hurry, though, he’s getting dangerously close to thirty.

Personality: Sarcastic, easily irritated. Fiercely loyal. He wants to belong somewhere, but is afraid he’ll ruin everything just by being himself.

Callie’s first impression of Rowan:

There was a lightness about them and Callie imagined they could move very fast if they wanted. The taller one had wavy, jet black hair that hung to his shoulders, and intense, light blue eyes. His lips twisted into a smirk.

An excerpt from Rowan:

            “I know what you’re doing,” he said, voice bored. “You’ll probably break your ankle.” He knew what Callie saw as she looked up at him; a guy in black jeans and a black t-shirt, a bad boy who didn’t belong and didn’t care. He’d cultivated that image so carefully that sometimes even he believed it. He’d turned so many people away with his hostility that they’d stopped trying to befriend him. Rowan preferred it that way, no obligations, no expectations.

            “Not that you care,” Callie said. Her fingers curled into the wood and tried to find purchase.

            “I’ve seen open fractures, you know, where the bone rips through the skin.” He shuddered. “Nasty.”

            “You’re not helping,” she said through clenched teeth.

            “Oh, sorry. Would you prefer I help the process along, throw you out the window and lament over your corpse? Wax poetic about how your life ended so soon and so tragically? It’s a bit dramatic though, falling to your death just to evade a party. Rude, too, if you ask me, considering all of this is to welcome you back to your rightful home and all that bullshit.”

            Callie groaned. Tension leaked into her words. “I didn’t ask for a party. I didn’t ask for any of this. I just want to go home.”

            “What’s your master plan here?” A pause. He used the break to inspect his nails. “Have you considered how you’re going to get back through the pond? I suggest go go gadget arms or abracadabra.” He held up a finger. “I know. Click your heels.” Rowan frowned as though deep in thought. “Wait—that might not work considering we don’t wear shoes.”

            “Maybe I’ll just die and save myself the trouble.”

            “Well, good luck with that.”

Rowan’s interview takes place just before Reflection Pond begins.

  1. If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?

            Every day is a day to myself. When you’re unimprinted, nobody cares what you do. So, I’d train with the quarterstaff, then spend the rest of the day in the library. If I’m not beating the hell out of something, then I’m reading. I like to keep things balanced.

  1. What impression do you make on people when they first meet you? How about after they’ve known you for a while?

            Obviously, everyone thinks I’m unbelievably attractive. IF they manage to get past that, then they’ll find I’m loyal. Nobody really gets past the first part.

  1. What’s your idea of a good marriage? Do you think that’ll happen in your life?

            Marriage? Why in the world would someone want to be married? That’s a terrible idea.

  1. What are you most proud of about your life?

            My knowledge. People may overlook me, but I’ll always come out on top in the end, because I studied, and they didn’t.

  1. What are you most ashamed of in your life?

            There are a few bad decisions that will haunt me forever. I’ve found that once you’ve done something horrible, that potential is always inside of you. I’m ashamed of my inability to change the past. If I could go back, I’d let it be me instead of her.

  1. If you could spend the day with someone you admire (living or dead or imaginary), who would you pick?

            My foster mother. Just one more day and I’d change everything.

  1. Do you think you’ve turned out the way your parents expected?

            Probably not. They probably hoped I’d be a doctor or something. Instead, I’m the black sheep. The town idiot. I’m really aiming high.

  1. What do you believe about God?

            If there is a God, he’s not paying attention.

  1. Is there anything you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t done? What would happen if you did it?

            Ha. Oh wait, this is serious? I want to belong. If I could do that…maybe—nevermind. Next question.

  1. What’s the worst thing that’s happened in your life? What did you learn from it?

            I killed someone I loved. That never goes away, you can never take it back. I learned that I can’t trust myself and I certainly can’t trust anyone else. I’m always going to try to rectify that mistake.

  1. Tell me about your best friend.

            That’d be Ash. I’m pretty sure he thinks I’m an asshole. I’m also pretty sure he’s right. Ash is cool, though. He’s a teacher, so we spend a lot of time talking about books and our history. He doesn’t treat me like an outsider. I appreciate that.

  1. What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done to someone? Why?

            Really? You had to ask again? See question 10.

  1. What would you like it to say on your tombstone?

            Tombstone? I’m hoping to have my ashes spread in the river.

  1. Describe your ideal mate.

            I like looks as much as the next guy, but I’d really like someone who challenges me. I don’t like slutty girls or the ones who can’t stand up for themselves. Sometimes I’m a jerk, I need someone who will tell me when I’m being an ass.

  1. What are you most afraid of?

            Myself.

  1. What’s the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?

            Home. Not that I really have one, but maybe one day.

  1. What do you like best about yourself? Least?

            I like that I’m able to analyze things from a different perspective. I’m also loyal. What do I like least? Where should I begin? We’ll be here all week.

  1. How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change?

            I’d like to find my amulet, for one, finally be accepted in Eirensae. Other than that, things are okay.

  1. Are you lying to yourself about something? What is it?

            Don’t you know the fae can’t lie? Not even to themselves.

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All the best,

Kacey

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Reflection Pond Coming Soon ImageHello readers and friends! There are a lot of exciting things going on right now, and just in case you’re out of the loop, living under a rock, or disinclined to social media, I have a new book coming April 1st! Reflection Pond is a young adult fantasy and I can’t wait for you to read it.

In preparation for the release, I’ve started a newsletter. People who subscribe will receive advance knowledge of book releases, cover reveals, information, and FREEBIES.

I’m giving away 10 ARCs (advance reader copies) to the first ten people to sign up for the newsletter, but this is only the beginning. My subscribers will be at the forefront of my readership, in other words, I will love you and lavish you with things that others won’t see.

So fill up the form below. I can’t wait to hear from you!

All the best,

Kacey

INTERVIEW WITH JILL KAELIN

Today I am interviewing the lovely Jill Kaelin, author of the upcoming YA paranormal novel, Hunted: Cycle Thirteen, available in digital edition from Inkspell Publishing, August 17, 2013.

The blurb:

8;That’s how old I was when I found out I was special. I was given my rose quartz gem and taught about my past.

13;That’s how many times I’ve lived in this world. This is my thirteenth life cycle as a human.

1;That’s how many seconds it took me to fall in love with Mike. It’s also the amount of time I had to say goodbye to him just before he was killed by Reggie, the hunter that’s been after me for months.

Will Reggie succeed in killing me too, and possibly eradicating the planet of the unicorn race forever?

Yep, you read correctly! UNICORNS! Are you as excited as I am for this book??

Tell us about your writing habits. Are you a carefree pantser or a methodical outliner? What’s your writing space like?

My writing habits are a bit unusual. I work a lot of hours a day so the only time I have to write is in the early mornings. I set my alarm for 4:30 a.m. and use that quiet time in the morning to play with my characters. I’m a “carefree pantser” for sure. It’s interesting how the characters come to life for me and lead me into places I never thought of. That’s my favorite part of writing. My space for writing is pretty casual, laptop on the couch with my feet up and complete silence.

Who or what inspires you?

I’m constantly inspired by my daughter. She has no fear. I want to be her when I grow up.

What are you reading right now?

I am currently reading two books right now. I’m desperately trying to finish City of Bones before the movie comes out. (Doesn’t look hopeful, though.) I’m also almost finished with the Star Child by Stephanie Keyes. She’s another awesome author from Inkspell.

The young adult market is HUGE right now. Why is YA so special to you?

The young adult market is special to me because it’s really what got me back into writing. Here’s a funny story…I live in Florida and there was a year where a series of hurricanes struck our area so naturally, as a teacher, we were off from school due to weather. I was bored so I picked up my daughter’s Twilight book. I couldn’t put it down. We only had the first two books in the series at the time and when I finished New Moon, I was desperate for Eclipse. Being the beginning of the school year, my teacher friends can relate, I was super broke. That’s when I resorted to digging around the house for loose change to purchase the next book and find out what happened. I remember distinctly walking into Wal-mart to purchase the book and wondering how everyone could walk around so normal when Edward and Bella had just gotten back together! We should have been rejoicing! Admittedly, I was a little lost in the world of Twilight.

Hunted: Cycle Thirteen sounds so interesting. What is your favorite part of your book?

So many parts of Hunted were fun to write. I think my most favorite part would have to be where Skye shares her secret with her friend Jules. I think everyone should have a friend like Jules to confide in.

How has becoming published changed your writing and your life?

Becoming published hasn’t changed my life, but it has definitely changed my writing. Just going through the editing process alone taught me so much about writing. I think writing is like life, with more experience comes a greater wealth of knowledge.

What author would you like to have coffee with, and why?

I don’t drink coffee, but I would suck it down in a heartbeat to sit with J.K. Rowling for ten minutes! She is so talented as a writer, but inspiring as a human being, too.

Compare Hunted to other books out there. What kind of readers should snatch it up?

Hunted is unique. I have yet to find a story about unicorns that relates to mine. I hope readers find it that way as well. As for the romance portion of Hunted, I think it relates to a story like Unearthly by Cynthia Hand or Divergent by Veronica Roth. It’s the kind of love that is just meant to be  and you find yourself rooting for the characters to find one another and fall in love. The kind of reader that should snatch it up is a reader that likes a little action, an interesting and surprising plot, and enough romance to keep it heated.

What is your greatest fear when it comes to writing?

I honestly have no fear when it comes to writing. My fear surfaces when it comes to other people reading my writing! Writing is so personal and very subjective. What one person may love another may despise and find boring. But when an author pours their heart into a story as I have in Hunted, it’s frightening to think others may not like it.

Here’s your spot to plug Hunted. Give us something juicy!

Here’s a blurb that didn’t make it to the back of the book:  Enjoy!

As a descendant of the unicorn race, Skye Kelley has specific powers related to the gemstone she received when she was eight years old—rose quartz. This gift soon becomes a magnet for the opposite sex, which she manages to repel until one specific boy changes her idea of attraction. 

 Mike Evans, a prep from another town, notices Skye one night while she’s working at the Hot Topic.  Their lives soon mingle together and Skye finds herself feeling things for him she didn’t think possible.    

 Together, they battle an ancient enemy that threatens to kill them both.  Regnir Vingus, III has dedicated his life to hunting unicorns.  His sights are set on the Kelleys and Skye is his first target. 

 Will their crusade against evil be enough to defend the unicorn race?  Or will the wickedness of Regnir succeed in eradicating the planet of unis forever? 

I want to thank Kacey Vanderkarr for these AWESOME questions and for taking the time to interview me! I hope everyone loves Hunted as much as I do. Thank you!!!

Jill Kaelin is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a degree in elementary education, and Nova Southeastern University with a graduate degree in teaching. She currently lives and teaches elementary school in Florida with her talented daughter Justyce, playful dog Coco, and three cats. She enjoys quiet mornings in front of her computer plunging into the lives of her characters. Her favorite things to do include inspiring young writers, reading paranormal romance novels, and watching her daughter dance on stage.

Can’t wait for Hunted? Get a glimpse into the world Kaelin has created in the free short story, Cycle 13: Approaching Skye.

Preorder your digital copy of Hunted here.

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Congratulations, Jill. I am eagerly awaiting the release of Hunted!