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Today I have the pleasure of sharing another awesome cover reveal with everyone.





Erika BeebeMarissa HalvorsonKimberly KayJ. Keller FordL.S. MurphyDanielle E. ShipleyAnna Simpson

Release Date: December 2, 2013

Target Reader: Young Adult (anthology)

Keywords: Contemporary RomanceFantasyFictionRomanticScience FictionUrban Fantasy

Back of the Book:

What if today never ends?

What if everything about life—everything anyone hoped to be, to do, to experience—never happens?

Whether sitting in a chair, driving down the road, in surgery, jumping off a cliff or flying … that’s where you’d be … forever.

Unless …

In One More Day, Erika Beebe, Marissa Halvorson, Kimberly Kay, J. Keller Ford, Danielle E. Shipley and Anna Simpson join L.S. Murphy to give us their twists, surprising us with answers to two big questions, all from the perspective of characters under the age of eighteen.

How do we restart time?

How do we make everything go back to normal?

The answers, in whatever the world—human, alien, medieval, fantasy or fairytale—could, maybe, happen today.

Right now.

What would you do if this happened … to you?

I’m going to have to check this one out!

More information: J. Taylor Publishing

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Never Let A Manuscript…

“You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you’re working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success – but only if you persist.”

Isaac Asimov

Dr. Isaac Asimov, head-and-shoulders portrait,...

Dr. Isaac Asimov, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing slightly right, 1965 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Fantasy World Building — Thanks to Star Wars and Legend.

Star Wars. My first taste of being transported into another world. I owned everything related to those first three movies. The books, the action figures, I think I even had the soundtrack. I was utterly mesmerized by that world. I owe a lot of my writing desire and curiosity to George Lucas. But I was pretty young when Star Wars hit the screen. Too young probably to start creating worlds with anything other than my vivid imagination. I hadn’t started writing stories at that point.

English: Opening logo to the Star Wars films

English: Opening logo to the Star Wars films (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Until the movie Legend came out. And then it was all she wrote. I was hooked. That movie, now somewhat of a cult phenomenon, changed the way I viewed the world (I was young, give me a break), and it triggered in me the desire to not only start reading fantasy and sci-fi like a fiend, but to start writing it.

(Give it 14 seconds)

What inspired you to walk the writing path?

Why Fantasy?


Why fantasy? To the non-writer and writer alike, this seems a current question. With the popularity of Twilight, everyone believes that if you write in this genre it’s because you are hoping to jump on the gravy train. As if writing fantasy or paranormal is as easy as riding a bike. Well, some people never learned to ride a bike…. Writing fantasy isn’t easy. Nothing in writing is easy.

I don’t write in this genre because it’s trendy or popular or whatever other hack reason people may think up. I write in this genre because I read in this genre. Always have. It’s what I like. I also like Science Fiction. These types of books are engaging and transporting. They take us from our living rooms and place us in other worlds. Worlds we could never have imagined. They allow us to see things we would never have seen otherwise. There is magic in fantasy.

I could sit down and write in another genre. I could write endless emails about random things, essays, etc. if I chose to. I choose YA fantasy.

It’s very difficult to distinguish yourself within this genre anymore. So many ideas (most) have been heard and done, and done again. Finding original or unique material is almost laughable. We try to take these ideas and spin them in a different way—take readers down a different path. Show them something they haven’t yet seen.

So why write Fantasy when it’s one of the most popular, and therefore, hardest genres to break into? Because we write what moves us, what drives us. We write what wakes us up and rattles us with ideas. The ideas that make us pound away at the keyboard or put pen to paper. The ideas that won’t let go.

Ten years from now, the hottest thing going could be books on space travel and distant galaxies. That doesn’t mean we shift gears and attempt to write about something just because it’s hot (well…you shouldn’t do that anyway).

We should stick to our guns and write what we have a passion for, what we love. I write fantasy because for me, there is no greater genre. For me it is magical.

What genre do you write in and why? Do you think everyone jumping on the YA bandwagon helps or hurts the writing industry? More titles = More selection OR not so much?

Love to hear your thoughts!