Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Title: Queen of Geeks
Author: Jen Wilde
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, LGBTQ+
Release Date: March 14, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads

Summary:
Three friends. Two love stories. One convention.

Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Queens of Geek, an empowering young adult novel by Jen Wilde, is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

1. What is the biggest influence/interest that brought you to this genre?
Writing romance kind of found me, in a weird way.  Even when I try to write something that I don't intend to be a romance, a love story always finds it's way into it somehow.  So I just go with it.  Looking deeper than that, I'm definitely influenced by all the John Hughes movies I watched as a teen.  The way his movies portray teens and show the light and the dark of life without talking down to his audience . . . just wow.  I always keep that in mind when I'm writing.

2. When writing a book, what is your favorite part of the creative process(outline, plot, character names, editing, etc)?
I really buzz with excitement during the early stages of the creative process.  Brainstorming, plotting, getting to know my characters is just so much fun.  In a really dorky way, it's almost like falling in love.

3. When reading a book, what genre do you find most interesting/intriguing?
I love reading contemporary romance, especially if it's own voices and /or has a queer, diverse cast of characters.  Books about geekiness and fandoms too, obviously.

4. If you could co-author with any author, past or present, who would you choose?
Oh wow, that's a tough one.  Felicia Day is someone I really admire, and her autobiography is one of my favorite books.  I read somewhere that she'd like to try writing fiction one day so I'd love to co-write a geeky YA with her!

5. Have you always wanted to write or did it come to you "later in life"?
I always thought being an author would be amazing, but I just assumed I couldn't write so I never even tried.  In my mid-twenties, I decided to give it a try just for fun, and I fell head over heels in love with it. I haven't stopped since!

Author Bio:
Jen Wilde is a writer, geek and fangirl with a penchant for coffee, books and pugs. She writes YA stories about zombies (AS THEY RISE), witches (ECHO OF THE WITCH) and fangirls (QUEENS OF GEEK). Her debut series reached over three million reads online and became an Amazon bestseller.

When she’s not writing, Jen loves binge-watching her favorite shows on Netflix, eating pizza, traveling to far away places and going to conventions in Marty McFly cosplay.

Jen lives in a sunny beachside town in Australia with her husband and their cheeky pug, aptly named Heisenberg.


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Step by Step by KC Wells

Title: Step by Step
Author: KC Wells
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: March 13, 2017
Cover Photo: Strangeland Photography
Cover Design: Paul Richmond
Summary:
Jamie’s life is one big financial mess, and it really isn’t his fault. However, the last thing he expected to find in the library was a Good Samaritan. He might have been suspicious of Guy’s motives at first, but it soon becomes apparent that his savior is a good man who has been lucky in life and is looking to pay it forward. Guy being gay is not a problem. Jamie’s not interested… or so he thinks.

Guy is happy to help Jamie, and the two men get along fine. But when Jamie’s curiosity leads him from one thing to another, Guy finds himself looking at the younger man with new eyes. What started out as a hand up is now something completely different….


Author Bio:
Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative.

An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….

K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.

And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….

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