Aug 30
GYDO Wrap-up

GYDO Wrap-up

Anddddd GYDO 2014 is over! WELCOME! All I’m doing right now is compiling all the GYDO posts I LOVE GYDO and I think this was one of the best years of GYDO. Thanks to all the amazing 2014 debut authors for debating and I hope you guys enjoyed it too! *=Interview Underline=Giveaways Rin Chupeco (THE GIRL FROM THE WELL) Lori M. Lee (GATES OF THREAD AND STONE) Sara Raasch(SNOW LIKE ASHES) Bethany Crandell(SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS)* Amy Zhang (FALLING INTO PLACE) Kate A. Boorman (WINTERKILL)* Joy N. Hensley(RITES OF PASSAGE) Rachel M. Wilson (DON’T TOUCH) R.C. Lewis(STITCHING SNOW) Paula Stokes(ART OF LAINEY) Maria E. Andreu(SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY)* Amy Rolland (OF BREAKABLE THINGS) Emery Lord (OPEN ROAD SUMMER) Bethany Neal(MY LAST… Read more »

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Aug 28
GYDO: Anne Blankman

GYDO: Anne Blankman

Guest Post from Daniel Cohen’s Perspective Hello Fiction Freak followers! I’m so excited that Nikki invited me to visit today, and just for all of you I’ve written an alternate version of the initial scene in PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG. For those of who’ve read the book, you know that it starts with Gretchen, the main character, stopping her brother and his friend from beating up a Jewish man in the street. Daniel, an eighteen-year-old reporter and Gretchen’s eventual love interest, witnesses the incident, which inspires him to approach Gretchen with a secret he’s uncovered about her father’s death. In the book, though, we see all of this from Gretchen’s perspective, so today it’s Daniel’s turn. For the first… Read more »

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Aug 27
GYDO: Vicki L. Weavil

GYDO: Vicki L. Weavil

  There’s one major character in CROWN OF ICE (Month9Books, Sept. 9, 2014) who never speaks a word. It’s Luki, the wolf pup my Snow Queen, Thyra Winther, steals from his litter and carries off to her ice palace. She plans to use him as a lure for animal-lover, Kai Thorsen, but Luki ends up playing a much more significant role in the story—and in Thyra’s life.   Wolves get a bad rap in fairy and folk tales. So many stories include a version of the “Big, Bad, Wolf” trope, even in more modern retellings. I find this unsettling, especially given our modern, more scientific understanding of the nature of these beautiful creatures.   Did you know, for example, that… Read more »

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Aug 26
GYDO: Jaye Robin Brown

GYDO: Jaye Robin Brown

    In NO PLACE TO FALL, my main character, Amber Vaughn, has a dream. She wants to sing. And not just at church but on stages. Big stages, music festivals, concerts, with bands, solos, duets, you name it. So when she finds out about the North Carolina School of the Arts, a high school where she can study music, she latches onto the idea that this might be her ticket out of her small town and a way to realize her dream. So with that in mind, I’m going to give you my top ten reasons why it’s important to dream (and also to set goals.)   1. Without dreams, we have nothing to strive for. Seriously, if I didn’t… Read more »

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Aug 25
GYDO: Heather Demetrios

GYDO: Heather Demetrios

  Character Interview How has Nalia changed you? Raif: She made me realize how prejudiced I was—that there can be goodness and beauty and bravery in the face of the greatest evil I’d ever known. She showed me there was more to life than war and the expectations the revolution has on me. Malek: She made me weak. That jinni will be the death of me, even if I am immortal. What is one of your greatest wishes? Raif: The obvious thing to wish for would be that the Djan and Marid jinn win our revolution, that we destroy the Ifrit and keep them out of Arjinna forever. But the wish that keeps me up at night? The one that… Read more »

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Aug 24
GYDO: Andrea Hannah

GYDO: Andrea Hannah

Hi, lovelies! I want to talk to you a little about dreams today. And I mean all kinds of dreams: the ones that float in your brain at night and the ones you pull from the sky during the day. My debut, OF SCARS AND STARDUST, is a product of both kinds of dreams. A few years ago, I was pretty sad. I had moved back home to Michigan, my mom was sick, and my teenaged brother had come to live with me. It was a lot, and it was very fast, and I felt my whole world kind of tipping on its axis and I was tumbling off. So I wrote a book. I’d written a book before, but… Read more »

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Aug 23
GYDO: Mary Elizabeth Summer

GYDO: Mary Elizabeth Summer

The 10 Basic Cons My name is Julep Dupree and I’m a grifter. I’m not exactly proud of it, but I don’t really regret it either. It’s what I do. I fix things for people, and I charge a respectable sum for my services. I’m not in the habit of handholding newbies, but I suppose I need some kind of training guide for the people who owe me favors. If you’re reading this, that means you. So let’s get started. I base every job I pull on one of the 10 basic cons. I twist each con to fit the parameters and goals of the job, but the core concept of the con remains the same. Here’s what you need… Read more »

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