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Laura Pauling | Tag Archive | Pugalicious Press
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Contests, workshops, and news galore! Have you heard?

I love seeing the burst of creativity that is exploding on the Internet from writers I’ve known for the past couple years and ones I’ve recently met.

It’s awesome!

First, we have a writers’ chat tonight (Wednesday) on the Indelibles blog. It’s not on Twitter. Most of the Indelibles’ authors will be there to answer questions on indie and self-publishing. Just lurk or come with your questions.

Second, Addison Moore signed a contract with Twentieth Century Fox! They plan to make her Celestrial Series into a T.V. series. Huge news! I’m so incredibly happy for her and even though she’s eaten sushi to celebrate – I’m just doing dancing to celebrate! Ew. Raw fish.

In the anthology arena, not only do we have IN HIS EYES being prepped for our Valentine’s Day release but Pugalicious Press is open to submissions for a YA anthology. Check them out!

In the way of online workshops there are some incredible ones coming up. Ali Cross is holding NinoCon on Saturday Feb. 4th. She’s accepting queries now to be critiqued by one of the presenters, Elana Johnson!

Susan Sipal, known for her love for Harry Potter and analyzing the writing behind it, is offering a month long workshop for 10 dollars based on her book: A Writer’s Guide to Harry Potter. I’m sure you won’t regret it! The adventure begins on Monday, Feb. 6th! Sign up now.

Don’t miss out on The Bookshelf Muse and their anniversary contest! Critiques and books from the Indelibles! Don’t miss it.

Okay, I’m almost done with the good news. Many of the Indelibles have books fresh off the press!

Rival Demons by Sarra Cannon is released Friday the 20th but it starts with Beautiful Demons. If you love the HEX HALL series, you’ll love this one too.

Michelle Muto’s DON’T FEAR THE REAPER

Karly Kirkpatrick’s  THE GREEN.

Lots of great stuff here. Hope you find something useful! Anything I missed? Add it into the comments!

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Countdown of my favorite books – part 3.

So let’s look at some middle grade. There are lots of cute books for this age group I enjoy but seem more for kids. Then there are some that speak to all ages. And both of these next books fit that bill. The first one you’ve seen recently on my blog. The story has stayed with me.

NOWHERE GIRL by A.J. Paquette

The writing in this heartfelt and moving story had me clicking my Kindle – fast! It is a book for the ages – all of them! Beautiful prose. Exciting action. Suspense.

THE CASTING by Joyce Shor Johnson.

There might be a reason you haven’t read this story yet – that’s because it’s not out. I beta read this story for Joyce and I loved it. Similar to NOWHERE GIRL in the heartfelt journey, the high stakes, and the inner story! Why don’t we hear a bit more from the author!

1. What’s the history behind The Casting, in the writing of it…etc?

THE CASTING started with a conversation about the Bronze Age with some friends about 10 years ago. Then it became my MFA thesis. I sold it once, but that fell through and now I’m publishing it through Pugalicious Press.

2. How were you able to weave the technology of ancient bronze casting with a character people will care about?

Robyn has dreams and aspirations like any twelve year-old. She needs to make hard choices, the ones that will affect her entire life. So weaving in the history and art was all about illuminating this time in history. I spent a week in Ireland exploring the areas that I wrote about, which really helped with he details. I spent time with a metal smith and watched her work and visited a real foundry. The story just seemed to flow. I love the art of traditional crafting and I love technology. So it was the natural progression of the things I love.

3. What are you currently working on?

I am working on a new middle grade novel that has to with another ancient technology, glass.

4. Why Pugalicious Press? In a few sentences.

Because I like the philosophy behind the press and being part of the team that Pugalicious offers. If you go to their website, they say, “We want our books to be a creative collaboration between authors, artists, designers and editors.” I like this concept and I am so thrilled to be a part of this collaborative effort.

5. What’s your muse? What do you do to find inspiration?

I’d like to say I dig into my own timeless preteen and teenage angst and explore those feelings. But, I look at my children and incorporate what they are experiencing right now, today, and see that so much of the emotions and experiences are the still the same as when I was a kid, except for the technology. I also teach high school, so I get a ton of good stuff there!

Thanks Joyce for answering my questions and putting yourself out there!

THE CASTING is on Kickstarter right now. You can donate small amounts of money or large amounts in exchange for prizes, one being the book! You only pay if Joyce reaches her goal. If this books sounds interesting, head on over and watch the trailer and find out about it! I loved it and can’t wait to hold a copy in my hands and see it on my shelf!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/joycejohnson/the-casting-an-ancient-adventure

And continue to share your count down of favorite books in the comments!

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HAPENNY MAGICK-What if trolls were to invade your village?

Welcome author Jennifer Carson and her soon-to-be-released middle grade novel! She’s a friend, crit partner, and an incredibly gifted artist and writer. You name it, she can do it. Read on to find out about HAPENNY MAGICK and Jennifer’s decision to fund her project with Kickstarter.

UPDATE: HAPENNY MAGICK HAS BEEN FULLY FUNDED! YAY!

As the tiniest Hapenny, a race of little people, Maewyn Bridgepost spends her days from breakfast to midnight nibble scrubbing the hearth, slopping the pigs, and cooking for her guardian, Gelbane, who never spares a kind word. As if life as a servant isn’t bad enough, Mae learns that Gelbane is a troll—and Hapennies are a troll delicacy.

Years ago, a spell trapped Gelbane in Mae’s village. Ever since, Gelbane has been chiseling away the magic spells that guard the village and now Mae’s community is destined to become a smorgasbord for half-starved trolls.

Tell us a little history behind the story.

Hapenny Magick began its literary life as a picture book manuscript, which is kind of funny, because so did To Find A Wonder! I wonder when I’m going to learn that I’m long winded? Anyway, I had asked a writing friend, who is a picture book author, to look it over. I kept thinking that something was missing–it just wasn’t right. And she said, “It sounds like the synopsis of a longer story.” The lightbulb went on and three years later, here’s Hapenny Magick. Thanks, Deb!

How did your love for the Renaissance and Middle Ages develop?

I’ve been enamored with these time periods since I was thirteen. That fall was the first time my parents took my to the Ren Fair in Michigan where I grew up. It became a tradition after that to go on my birthday. I love the richness of the language and the fact that, before REAL scientific methods were introduced, anything was possible.

Why the decision to publish through a small start-up small press?

I tried for a couple of years to find a traditional publisher that would pick up HAPENNY MAGICK and run with it, but deep down I knew this book wasn’t meant for mainstream media. There were no farting dogs, butt cracks or vampires. The story unfolds like a classic fairy tale and the market for these kinds of books right now are seen by the mass media as too slow to gamble on. Mass media outlets are great, don’t get me wrong, but they tend to not take risks and to produce the same kind of media message over and over again–the “payday” message if you will. That’s why we have not just one CSI but three. HAPENNY MAGICK isn’t a trendy book. It is a classic story that I’m hoping will become one of your favorites.

I went through a small press with TO FIND A WONDER and I could have gone back to that same press and published HAPENNY MAGICK, but I decided to give it a shot myself. I had the art connections and a husband that was supportive of the idea. I just needed the money to get the project through its final stages, and that’s where Kickstarter.com came in.

What exactly is Kickstarter? I’m curious.

Kickstarter is a site where people can support the arts and invention through donations that earn them rewards from the creators of the projects themselves. And the great thing is, when you pledge your support, if the project doesn’t meet its funding goal, you don’t pay. So you aren’t donating to something that may not come to fruition.

You can check out my Kickstarter site here:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jennifercarson/hapenny-magick-a-story-with-humor-and-heart

Thanks, Laura, for having me on your blog and for helping me spread the word! I’ve got 6 days to go to meet my goal!

Laura again. I’ve read this story from the first draft to the final. It’s a whimsical fun story filled with danger and magic. The illustrations through out the story are incredible. I’m buying one for niece. And for myself, of course.

And did you know that your donation will buy you copy? Pretty cool. Her first middle grade book, TO FIND A WONDER, is for sale on Amazon. The Kindle version is only 2.99! Check it out.

Please check out Kris Asselin’s blog for more information on Pugalicious Press. They are accepting submissions!

Here’s an illustration in progress from HAPENNY MAGICK.

And here’s the cover with Jennifer’s hand crafted doll of Maewyn, the hapenny.

Thanks Jennifer for sharing your work. I hope you get this book fully funded because kids are going to love it!

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