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Amalie Howard – Waterfell 
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Another book by Amalie Howard comes out on January 7,2014 called The Almost Girl. You can preorder through Amazon

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Rotten Pumpkin – David M. Schwartz and Dwight Kuhn
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Rebecca Munsterer – Kat Mcgee & The School of Christmas Spirit
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At the end of this book a recipe for CandyFruit by Celebrity Chef Tom Colicchio and Umber Ahmad’s Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery 🙂

 

 
 

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Q&A with Amalie Howard of ‘Waterfell’

You released your first book “Bloodspell” in 2011, which led to an impressive five book

publishing deals. How the heck do you have time to write so much, and what does it feel like to

have your work recognized in such a great way?

I am so incredibly grateful that my wonderful editors saw something they loved in my books

and wanted to publish them. All three of my upcoming novels—WATERFELL, THE ALMOST GIRL,

and ALPHA GODDESS—each brings something different and unique to the table, so I’m really

excited that readers will get to sample such a diverse range of what I have to offer as an author.

As far as writing so much, I’m very lucky that I’m a fast writer, so once I get an idea in my

head, I just go. I plot a basic outline of my expectations, and then I let the story take me on its journey.

And as I always say to my teen creative writing classes, writing is like homework. You have to make

time for it and be diligent about doing it.

 

What will fans of “Bloodspell” like best about your upcoming titles?

Fans of BLOODSPELL will enjoy meeting some very special new characters and being

introduced to completely different worlds—figuratively and literally, especially in THE ALMOST

GIRL. In WATERFELL, I was particularly excited to share my love of the ocean (I grew up on an

island) and surfing! I also wanted to explore the myth of the sea monster and shift it from something

terrifying into something beautiful … enter the mysterious world of the Aquarathi!

I’ve always been fascinated by quantum mechanics (even though I was hopeless at physics in

high school) and the possibility of alternate universes. In THE ALMOST GIRL, I was able to explore

that and more in this book, like the whole concept of nature versus nurture and whether we evolve

differently based on harsher environments. I think this book will take readers on an interesting journey.

In ALPHA GODDESS, I wanted to explore some of the stories I’d been told as a child. I also

wanted to share some of my experience with readers. My father comes from a long line of Hindu

priests, so these myths were a large part of my childhood. The Ramayana is a particularly beautiful

love story, and while my novel is a work of fiction, I really enjoyed crafting my version from such an

inspiring mythology.

 

Your next release, “Waterfell,” departs from the world of vampires and witches but stays in the

realm of fantasy and science fiction. What do you like about those genres?

Clearly, I love escaping reality. Fantasy and science fiction have always been my true loves.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a great contemporary novel as much as anyone, but getting lost in a an epic

fantasy world or meeting characters from other planets who have superhuman powers is icing on the

cake for me. I like being able to push the boundaries of reality, to create mind-boggling ‘what if’

scenarios … for example, with WATERFELL, what if sea monsters really did exist? And what if they

were a species from another planet hiding on ours? And what if they could shift into human form? With

science fiction and fantasy, the possibilities are endless.

Like all of your books so far, “The Almost Girl” features a strong, independent female character

as the protagonist. What do you hope readers learn from her?

I’m a huge fan of strong female protagonists (that said, I do have a novel with a strong male

protagonist so I’m not gender-biased). I do like strong protagonists on the whole, but I also do think

there has to be character growth that is transparent and meaningful to the reader. No one’s going to

relate to a character who stays the same. With Riven from THE ALMOST GIRL, I love that she has to

dig deep down to embrace her emotions. A soldier first, she’s so hard on the outside but still vulnerable

on the inside—I really connected with her struggle to just let go of all her rules and be a girl. We build

so many walls to keep from being hurt that we don’t allow ourselves to connect with others. I love that

she was brave enough to trust her heart. In the end, I’m hopeful that readers will empathize with Riven

and learn, as she does, that humans are born to feel, and that being open to life and love doesn’t make

you weaker … it makes you stronger.

 

“Alpha Goddess” is your take on an Indian mythological tale. Where did you first hear about it?

Although ALPHA GODDESS is a work of fiction, a lot of my inspiration for the characters and

the world-building in this novel is based on Hindu mythology. My father is a second generation

Brahmin (priest class in traditional Hindu society), so Indian mythology was an integral part of my

childhood and religious education. Fascinated by stories and legends of various Hindu gods who

incarnated as avatars to avert human tragedy, I wanted to write an epic story that encompassed some of

the Hindu mythology elements I enjoyed as a child, like the Ramayana, the story of Rama and Sita. Of

course, ALPHA GODDESS is my own invented take on another reincarnated version of these

characters, and does not actually exist in Indian scriptures.

 

You are quite the world traveler. How do you incorporate the cultures you come across into your

writing?

I love meeting new people and exploring different cultures. I really believe that traveling the

world has helped me to craft my characters, especially the ones that aren’t human (whom I have to

invent). How do they evolve? How are they different from regular people? How are they the same? I

enjoy using elements and facets from all the different cultures I’ve interacted with over the years to

develop compelling scenarios and create robust characters in my writing.

I also like to include some of my favorite cities in my novels, for example, Paris and New York

in BLOODSPELL, San Diego, California in WATERFELL, and Fort Collins, Colorado in THE

ALMOST GIRL. Although a writer can research anything online, writing about a place I’ve actually

been to helps me to picture scenes and places more vividly. It allows me to create more authentic

descriptions, so that my readers can feel like they are there, too.

 

We can only imagine you’re working on something new. Can you give us any sneak peek into the

mind of Amalie Howard and what’s to come?

 I’m working on several different projects. I’ve just finished writing OCEANBORN, which is

the sequel to WATERFELL, and I’ve also just completed a near-future, technological YA

thriller/romance, which has a male protagonist that I’m very excited about. That one is now in the

capable hands of my agent. In addition to that, I have outlined a companion novel to ALPHA

GODDESS, and I am about to start writing the sequel to THE ALMOST GIRL. Lastly, I’m fleshing

out a joint project with another YA writer that’s super secret and under wraps for now. So yes, I’m

busy, but I’m embracing it all (with a lot of gratitude).

 

Stained Review

Review by Ashley Laura Smith

Where do I even begin with Stained? First, I’d like to say how I hands down loved this book. I read it in less than a day. The story was completely gripping and it plays on the emotions the way Fault in Our Stars by John Green. If you loved that book, you’ll most likely love this one. I do have a few warnings for anyone thinking about picking up this book. While I applaud Rainfield’s use of showing Sarah overcoming her victim mentality to save herself and the ones she loves, I caution readers because of the content she chooses to share about Sarah’s abduction. I do believe all of these were important to her story but when I think about my nieces and if I’d want them reading something this traumatic. Even when I was in high school, I think this book would have been hard for me to read because of its content.

I must say I love the divergent points of view of Sarah and Nick- especially after Sarah was kidnapped. Nick’s point of view was definitely needed to keep the story going along at a good pace. I’m slightly annoyed that Nick didn’t even have an inkling about who Sarah’s kidnaper could have been. He’s a smart guy. He should have put two and two together especially since it’s a well-known fact that most kidnapers tend to be known to the family and that most even inject themselves into an investigation. I would have loved to see Nick at least been a little bit more suspicious rather than just being a love sick boy wanting to get Sarah back.

I understood Charlene’s character in some ways because I was picked on as a child for being overweight. I wish that she was in the book more, even though she is mentioned quite often as not being able to cope with coming over. Her character fell flat at some points. One great thing about Stained is there are plenty of characters people could relate to in the book. I wish more books did this with their characters. Though I did like the ending, I wish it had been drawn out past where it left off. I would like to know more about what happened to the characters; maybe see them getting back into the swing of things or a few years down the road.

I loved this story and it really touched my soul. I will fully admit that cried in several parts of this book. At the beginning, I thought that I may not enjoy this story. I’m happily surprised to say that I ended up enjoying this book. I’d love to read a continuation of this book by Rainfield with the characters dealing with the things that happened in this book; maybe even having a trial for her abductor.  Though I caution those who want read this because of the content of this book, but if the reader is comfortable with this subject I think they’ll enjoy this novel.

Also available here: http://www.literarylunespublications.com/stained-review-by-ashley-laura-smith/

Sky’s End Review

First, I’d like to give a warning to any parent before getting this book for your child/teen. This is a very good book but there are quite a few violent scene and also some sexual in nature, the book never actually the act but it does get close to it at points. Also if you don’t want to read- or you don’t want your child reading- curse words, this might not be the best book for you. I must say had I been in high school when I read this, I would have loved it for all of these reasons. I love a book that takes risks. I know most teens in high school get bored by the generic straight to love situation.

I must say, I really enjoyed this book. The first pages were a little hard to grasp, however I was quickly whisked away as the storyline picked up within the first few chapters. I loved that Young didn’t start at the beginning of Cassiel arriving at the academy. It started after she failed the first test and with the second test looming over her head. It was a bit cliché with how if she failed the test she’d get out but ends up getting a second test by the top dogs there. The only reason she failed the test in the first place was because they tricked her.

Something that really did exasperate me about this set up was there had to be at least one girl who was more experienced in battle than she was and was still inexperienced when it came to sex. I understand it setup the story for Cassiel to go after her brother, but who didn’t see that one coming? I enjoyed that they explained all about Thell’eon aliens but it did seem to be a bit of an info dump. I wish Young would have developed more of the briefing instead giving us all this information. However although it remains something to yearn after, I did enjoy her commentary.

Overall, I found the storyline to be so enthralling and I practically inhaled this book. The romantic aspects of the book could have been carried through the entire story, but I do hope that in the second installment it will be revisited. The first perspective in no way hindered the storytelling of this book. It actually added humor and suspense within the storyline. I’m excited to see what Lesley has in store for the second installment!

You can also read my reviews at Literary Lunes Magazine here.

Tonight I spent most of it…

Trying to find good pictures for characters for Bloodstone. Why? I thought it might help get a better feel for them. One thing I found out one thing though, there are very few older men who have long hair and look Native American in their 60s and 70s. 

I’m assuming it’ll be a few years before I get published, I assume, but here’s with some people who are not unknown but their not all over the place either.Image

What is this?

I don’t know what to do with myself now that I have finished my classes, at least tile June. Well, I hate to admit to defeat but Bloodstone took a backseat to school so I didn’t get to 75,000 words. Well, I’m starting again. I’m on chapter six now. And it’s heading in a different direction that I originally thought.

 

I also would like to put a call out to all my writer friends. I’m in need of some beta readers who are willing to critique and help me find mistakes. If you are interested please comment this blog with your email and I’ll get back to you or you can send me a message. I’m not sure if you can but if you can, do it! Haha looking forward to getting some beta readers!