• Cover Reveal: DISSONANCE by Mariella Hunt

    Dissonance by Mariella Hunt
    I’ve been planning to do this cover reveal for a while now. One of my writing tweeps is releasing a book! The lovely Mariella Hunt is publishing her novel Dissonance soon, and I couldn’t be more excited!

    Here’s what the book is about:

    Fifteen-year-old Allie Grant lives crippled by her illness. Though kept in isolation, she’s never alone: A spirit named Song lurks in the silence of her bedroom.

    When Song reveals its dark nature on the night of her recital, the show ends in tragedy. Verging on death, Allie’s taken in by an uncle she’s never met.

    Julian claims to be a Muse with power over music and answers that’ll heal her. The cure she needs is rare, requiring of him a difficult sacrifice. Allie soon suspects her uncle has a secret that’ll turn her world around.

    But with days left to live, she might fade without learning the truth…like the finishing chord of a song.

    Ooooooh, intriguing! This novel sounds great for anyone who loves YA with a magical/urban fantasy twist. I can’t wait to give it a read and review it on the blog!

    Although Dissonance doesn’t have a set release date yet, it’s coming soon. Be the first to know when it’s released by following Mariella’s website and Facebook and Twitter accounts.

    About the author:

    Mariella Hunt is a writer with a strong love for coffee and guinea pigs. She likes using big words in everyday speech, and keeps journals of quotes from the greats. Most days you’ll find her on a well-loved armchair, reading–or working on one of her many projects. As she cannot stick to an outline, she rewrites way too much.

    How do you think this novel sounds? Are you planning to check it out once it goes live?

    Tweet tweet:

    .@brianawrites wants you to read DISSONANCE, a YA urban fantasy novel by @mariellahunt. #IndieBooksBeSeen (Click to tweet)

  • Interview with Madeline Courtney

    Woman sleeping with Jane Austen book on her face
    Madeline Courtney is a lovely human being.

    I can’t remember when we met, but I know it was on Twitter.

    She is sweet, down-to-earth, and dedicated – no matter what is going on in her life, she makes it a point to update her Wattpad stories regularly. I wanted to get to know Madeline a little better, so I settled in for the following interview with her. By the end, you’ll think she’s as wonderful as I do. My questions are in bold, with her answers right after. Enjoy!

    B: When did you decide that you wanted to be a writer?

    C: I decided I wanted to be a writer… well, I’m not exactly sure when. I wrote my first story in the first grade, but I REALLY got into writing in the sixth grade. I wrote a “book” (28 notebook pages long) about a girl cursed to be followed by a vampire that would eventually kill her. It was way cool.

    B: What are some of your favorite books?

    C: This is a difficult question for me! Right now I’m totally obsessed with anything and everything Jane Austen, so… PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (of course), THE HOST by Stephenie Meyer, and FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC by V.C Andrews.

    B: What’s your writing process like? What about your routine?

    C: I have the weirdest routine. At the moment, I am a full-time writer (at least until the end of the summer. This is the deadline I give myself. After which I will find a full time job – probably at the library or Walmart or something – and write part-time), so I wake up every morning around 9:30. I have my coffee and watch SUPERNATURAL reruns until noon. Then I write from noon to three, AT LEAST. This is my crazy routine for the moment.

    B: What inspires you?

    C: Tumblr photography. It’s beautiful.

    B: What genres do you write in?

    C: I don’t have a specific genre. I can write anything… but I prefer to write fantasy or regency. These are my best genres. Sometimes I like to mix them together and create weird concoctions.

    B: You have quite the following on Wattpad. How did you find out about it? Why do you post your stories there?

    C: I found out about Wattpad through a friend. I wasn’t going to make one at first. I thought it was lame and there was no way anybody would want to read MY stories (boy, was I freaking wrong). I post my stories on Wattpad because it’s a great way to gain readers and make amazing friends. It also allows you to create a cover, which is awesome, and people can sample my writing before deciding if they really like the way I work or not. After all, you wouldn’t want someone to buy something they would end up hating, right?

    B: What do you have to say to anyone who’s afraid to post their writing online?

    C: Post whatever you feel comfortable sharing. If it frightens you, don’t do it. But I highly suggest it myself.

    B: What are you working on right now? Where can people read it?

    C: TRANSPORTED BY AUSTEN! A novel about a woman who finds herself suddenly transported into the Jane Austen novel, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE! Anyone can read it for free on Wattpad.

    B: What are some of your writing goals?

    C: I would LIKE to be able to write at least 3K words a day. That’d be cool.

    B: Where can people find you? (Website, social media, etc.)

    My Twitter, Facebook page, and Wattpad profile.

    What did you think of this interview? Would you like to be interviewed? Let me know in the comments, and make sure to check out Madeline’s work!

    Tweet tweet:

    .@MaddieC123 loves Wattpad, Jane Austen, and writing – check out @brianawrites’ interview with her. (Click to tweet)