Cover Reveal: Whisper’s Edge by London Cole


Those of you who loved Whisper Walker by London Cole will be happy to hear that the second book in the series, Whisper’s Edge, is due for release in early fall 2012. I’ve heard a whisper that it may be out as early as late September.

The Whisper books are a young adult dystopian paranormal series. London has been kind enough to share a sneak peek at the cover for Whisper’s Edge and also the new cover for the first book in the series, Whisper Walker.

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Whisper’s Edge
Book 2 in the Whisper series
by London Cole

Drake and Kelsie quickly discover life won’t be quite the same after getting their new abilities, but they hope everything will settle into a sort of normalcy. It doesn’t take long for them to realize it’s not the kind of normal they were hoping for.

When Kelsie joins Drake for a routine Hunt, they end up stumbling upon an underground bunker that hasn’t been opened in nearly a century. When they meet a far-too-friendly ghost, it should be their first indicator to leave things alone and get out of there. Never ones to resist the opportunity for excitement or mystery, they end up in a situation that could cost them dearly–threatening not only everything they’ve worked for, but their very lives!

Drake’s world is turned upside down. A mysterious new girl seems intent on capturing his heart, but that’s not all she’s after.

Kelsie faces betrayal by the one she holds most dear, only to meet someone new who could change her entire existence; past, present, and future. If only she can stay alive long enough to find out the truth…

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Whisper Walker
Book 1 of the Whisper series
by London Cole

After turning seventeen, orphan Drake Adair discovers he can see ghosts when he falls into a pit of human remains while running for his life. What he doesn’t realize is that he’s stumbled onto his destiny.

Kelsie Blake, Drake’s roommate and closest friend since she fled her filicidal father, has secrets. Secrets she keeps even from Drake. Sneaking outside the Gates into the wild, she risks everything for a little excitement. Her lies now threaten everything she cares about most in her life.

Drake unearths a plot by an enemy Guild to tear apart life as he knows it. The very people closest to him may be pawns in the grisly scheme, leaving Kelsie and Drake with no one to turn to as they struggle to find answers before it’s too late.

Set eighty years after World War III, Kelsie and Drake pair up to protect the only life they know in a harsh and unforgiving world. They must each come to grips with his abilities, her secrets, and their mixed feelings for each other. Will they make it? Or will the very foundations of their lives be ripped from beneath them.

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London Cole is a YA Paranormal author living in East Texas, US. When he’s not writing or outlining he can be found doing laps in his pool, playing a rock concert, or any of a variety of outdoor extreme sports.

London’s debut Whisper Walker is a Dystopian Paranormal based on the island he was raised on, Whidbey Island. Only, it’s the island eighty years after the Third World War, and everything is a lot different…and a lot meaner.

The followup to Whisper Walker is Whisper’s Edge and will be available in early fall 2012.

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Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Interview: London Cole – Whisper Walker

Joining me today is London Cole, author of the young adult paranormal dystopian novella Whisper Walker. Set eighty years after WWIII, this story will draw you in from the very first page with action, adventure, and mystery.

“After turning seventeen, orphan Drake Adair discovers he can see ghosts when he falls into a pit of human remains while running for his life. What he doesn’t realize is that he’s stumbled onto his destiny.

Kelsie Blake, Drake’s roommate and closest friend since she fled her filicidal father, has secrets. Secrets she keeps even from Drake. Sneaking outside the Gates into the wild, she risks everything for a little excitement. Her lies now threaten everything she cares about most in her life.

Drake unearths a plot by an enemy Guild to tear apart life as he knows it. The very people closest to him may be pawns in the grisly scheme, leaving Kelsie and Drake with no one to turn to as they struggle to find answers before it’s too late.

Set eighty years after World War III, Kelsie and Drake pair up to protect the only life they know in a harsh and unforgiving world. They must each come to grips with his abilities, her secrets, and their mixed feelings for each other. Will they make it? Or will the very foundations of their lives be ripped from beneath them.”

Pauline: Was being a writer something you always wanted to do? How did you get your start?

London: Well, I’ve always been a big reader. As a kid, I would take any fiction book I could find and go climb a tree, reading the book while hanging upside down. I was more fascinated with the idea of the author’s and their lives than becoming one myself.

I first really got my start when I was in Jr High. I was homeschooled and forced to take this history class with a bunch of other homeschoolers (it sucked). In that class we were given the task of journaling a week in the life of whatever project we were given. Mine was the Lusitania and the day she was sunk. I had so much fun fabricating what it must’ve been like to go down with the ship and the teacher really thought I had something. But after that class, I didn’t think about writing again for a long time.

Pauline: Okay, I seriously won’t be able to pick up a book for a while without picturing a kid hanging in a tree!

What was the inspiration for Whisper Walker?

London: I had a random memory pop into my head where I remembered playing a game of “Assassins” with my friends at night in high school. We were playing at an old concrete fort leftover from WWI and I was getting chased by the assassin. I fell into a pit and couldn’t see, though I could feel debris all around me. I imagined that I was surrounded by bones, etc. So when that memory popped into my head, the very first scene of Whisper Walker was born, though it has gone through many changes since.

Pauline: Thank goodness for that pit! (Hope it didn’t hurt too much 🙂 )

Did you do any special research for the story?

London: I had never considered writing a YA Paranormal dystopian before. Once I decided to, I bought a bunch of books in the genre and genres similar. I wanted to know the feel they had. That was the main research I did.

Pauline: Now that’s my kind of research!

Is there a particular scene, or character, or other aspect of Whisper Walker that’s a particular favorite of yours?

London: I love Kelsie’s first fight scene. It’s probably my favorite part of the book.

Pauline: You’re stuck on a deserted island with ONE thing to eat – day in and day out. What is it?

London: Oh, crap. Toughie. I want to say grilled chicken, since it contains like everything you need to survive. But that’s boring. I’m going to go with fish and chips. Yes, I’m counting the package deal of them as one. 🙂

Pauline: LOL. Works for me…anything with “and chips” should be consider a package deal!

Do you write every day or on a set schedule, or just when the muse strikes you? Any writing quirks?

London: I write every single day. Even if it’s only a couple hundred words (though it’s normally a thousand or more). I find that the more consistently I write, the more my creative juices flow. The whole line of thinking “I write only when my muse strikes my fancy” is a load of bunk. If I waited till my muse showed up, I’d still be writing the first chapter. Sure, when the muse pops up, it’s great. When it doesn’t, who cares. I write anyway.

Pauline: Do you plot everything out or are you a “pantser”?

London: I started as a pantser. I thought outlining harshed on my creative flow. But then it came time to rewrite my first manuscript. Total nightmare – subplots everywhere, a through-line that was hard to follow, etc. Starting then I became more and more of an outliner. The more detailed of an outline I make beforehand, the less rewriting and revising I do later. It’s all around easier. I’m finding I have a hard time functioning without an outline now. It’s like that first day of college when you wake up without parents around. With no one to tell you to get up, you might not do a thing that day. My outline is like my boss. It tells me what I need to get done, and when I need to do it.

Pauline: What’s the most unforgettable thing you’ve ever done or has happened to you?

London: I’ve had so many of those situations that they all blend together. Probably the one that sticks out the most is when a couple of girls came up to me after my band played a gig and gave me a hug while crying their eyes out about an acoustic song I’d sang/written and told me how much it’d meant to them.

Pauline: Multi-talented – nice!

What books do you have available to-date?

London: Whisper Walker is it, right now. Though the sequel is coming along strong.

Pauline: Are your books available as print, ebooks or both? As a reader, do you prefer ebooks or paper?

London: The ebooks are available as of April 9, 2012 on Barnesandnoble.com and Amazon. The print version will be available within two weeks, though I don’t have an exact date for it yet.

As a reader I’ve gotten to the point (I never would have thought I would say this) that I prefer ebooks. I know, I know. I’m ashamed.

Pauline: I was an early convert to ebooks and never looked back! 🙂 Now I buy two or three times (at least) as many ebooks as I ever bought print books and only buy certain special books, autographed, in print.

What are you working on now?

London: The Whisper Walker sequel, and two other projects that I’m very excited about.

Pauline: Any advice for aspiring writers?

London: Sit down and write. Don’t wait for the mood. Don’t say you don’t have time. We all get the same 24 hours in a day. It’s how you use it that counts. I work fifty-sixty hours a week at my day job and still find time to be in a band and write books. So stop talking about doing it and just do it.

Pauline: Good advice for anything. 🙂

What are your favorite things to do when you’re not writing?

London: Write/play music, fish, mountain bike, rock climb, backpack, pretty much anything outdoorsy and non-redneck. Oh, and find new breweries.

Pauline: Is there anything else you’d like to mention?

London: Um, I’m really hungry and it’s 3 am and I have to be up in three hours. Yeah, that about sums it up.

Pauline: From the sounds of it, you have to be up that late to get everything done!

Where can we find out about you and your work?

London: My website: http://www.londoncole.com
Follow me on Twitter: @londoncoleYA
My book is available at Amazon and will soon be available at Barnes & Noble and in print.

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Thanks so much for joining me here today, London,
and thank you all for stopping by to visit!

 

 

Interview: Leah Spiegel – Foolish Games


Leah Spiegel is joining me today to talk about her book, Foolish Games. This YA romantic suspense novel is an exciting romp across country as Joie Hall gets drawn into love and danger while following a rock band on tour.

 

Pauline: Was being a writer something you always wanted to do? How did you get your start?

Leah: I accidentally stumbled upon writing when I was in middle school. Once I discovered the places writing could take me, I was hooked. I remember searching the house that summer for any paper I could find because I had more stories to write than we had paper in the house.

In the early years, I only wrote short stories, but as I grew older my English teachers really responded to my writing. At the time I was torn between drawing, acting, and other creative outlets, but I was by far a better artist than writer in high school.

Still I enjoyed writing very much, and by the time I graduated college I started to think larger in scale when it came to concepts and the length of my stories. It wasn’t until I moved down south about five years ago though that I was actually able to complete my first full length novel about shape shifters.

Pauline: What was the inspiration for Foolish Games?

Leah: I have so many ideas that inspired me to write Foolish Games. By that time I had been following the Dave Matthews Band around for ten years, so I knew everything I needed to know about the backdrop of my scenes and what concepts I wanted to tackle when I wrote it. The idea of three friends following a band around, sleeping in their Volkswagen Van at Walmarts, and basically driving from concert to concert was something I actually dreamt of doing, but couldn’t afford, so writing it was the next best thing for me.

Pauline: I’ve been dying to go on a road trip since finishing the book! Unfortunately, it was the middle of winter so we’re waiting for warmer weather.

Did you do any special research or use personal experience for the story?

Leah: Riley writes reviews for the Grimm Brothers Band in the story which is something I actually had the privilege to be selected to do as a contributing writer by a website linked to official Dave Matthews Band homepage. A site dedicated to posting anything newsworthy about the band.

Pauline: Is there a scene, or character, or other aspect of Foolish Games that’s a particular favourite of yours?

Leah: I have two scenes that I love the most: one involves a meadow and the other involves a stage. But I really love any scene that makes me laugh like the ones between Hawkins and Joie.

Pauline: You’re stuck on a deserted island with ONE thing to eat – day in and day out. What is it?

Leah: I’m not sure I can live off of fruit rollups, but it is a staple in my diet. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that because I’m pretty sure they’re for kids, but I try to eat somewhat healthy snacks which comes in handy when you’re sitting all day and writing!

Pauline: Wow, I haven’t had a fruit rollup in years. We used to buy them in the mega-boxes at the bulk store.

Do you write every day or on a set schedule, or just when the muse strikes you? Any writing quirks?

Leah: I am constantly writing especially when I set out to write a certain story. If anything I have a problem stopping myself from writing and have tried to set a schedule so I’d stop writing, but that only lasted for like a week. When I say that I sat down to write five years ago, I mean like every day. I’m a little obsessed. I guess a quirk would be asking your sister to hide your computer so you can get a break!

Pauline: My computer goes everywhere with me. It would take hiding it to keep me from it but I probably wouldn’t be pleasant to live with!

Do you plot everything out or are you a “pantser”?

Leah: I do a combination of both. I usually have a general idea of where I want a story to go in the first drafts and then let the characters take me through the journey I’ve outlined. Sometimes I find that if I plan too much when I finally write the scene it doesn’t meet the expectations I had in my mind. Sometimes the surprising scenes actually work out better because I didn’t ruminate over them. As for Foolish Games, I edited the story so many times and rewrote most of scenes that it came out very deliberately planned.

Pauline: What’s the most unforgettable thing you’ve ever done or has happened to you?

Leah: I have three. I got bullied my eighth grade year by my entire class and it really showed me what I was made of and how strong I am. The next would be falling in love in for the first time in high school because love is the thing that drives all the stories I write. The third would be, being blessed to have a family who so supportive of everything I do; they are everything to me.

Pauline: What books do you have available to-date?

Leah: Foolish Games, Night Crossers, and South Hills Sidekicks: Uninvited.

Pauline: Are your books available as print, ebooks or both? I was an early convert to ebooks. As a reader, do you prefer ebooks or paper?

Leah: My books are available in both and I love different things about each one. I love how easy it is to access an ebook, but I love the feel of paper in my hands.

Pauline: What are you working on now?

Leah: I’m working on the second book of the South Hills Sidekicks Series. I love the chemistry between Shane and Alley in the second book which rivals that of Hawkins and Joie in Foolish Games.

Pauline: Now that’s something to look forward to! South Hills Sidekicks: Uninvited was a delight to read and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

Any advice for aspiring writers?

Leah: Don’t let anyone get in the way of your dreams and just keep in mind this is your unique journey so it may not always resemble other authors.

Pauline: What are your favourite things to do when you’re not writing?

Leah: Hanging out with my family, listening to music, and shopping!

Pauline: Where can we find out about you and your work?

Leah: I’m on Twitter. @Leah_Spiegel and @leahspiegel
I have a website that I update with relevant articles about what’s new. www.leahspiegel.com
I just started a new blog that I love! www.leahandmeg.blogspot.com

Many thanks to Leah for taking the time to answer a few questions here today. Now I’m off to find a mega-box of fruit rollups! Thanks for visiting and have a great day!