Loving Literature Awards 5 Stars to The Academie!

Book Blogger Chelsea Jade, lover of young adult literature, recently reviewed The Academie. Jade explains, I review books the majority being young adult, I rate these books out of 5 and is based on if it gripped me, how well thought out and wrote it was and how well developed the characters were. About The Academie, Jade says, Imagine this, you finally finish school and move on to college, you finally think all that drama is behind you. That is until the government set up The Academie. Allie is 19 and couldn’t have been more happy that that chapter of he life
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Academie Deleted Scenes

The first draft of The Academie was 50,000 words longer than the final version, and began before Allie entered The Academie. In fact, it began about year earlier (hence the extra 50,000 words), while Allie was off at college and her brother, Matthew entered The Academie. Some of the early material was slow and really needed to be cut; other parts needed to go when I decided to cut everything before Allie began at The Academie, but they were things I loved and hated to see go. I’ve started posting the deleted scenes on The Academie website. If you are
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The Academie 2nd Edition Cover Reveal

Along with second book in The Academie series, a second edition of the first Academie book is scheduled for release later this year. The new edition will feature a discussion guide as well as preview chapters for the second book, but the main reason for its release is improved formatting for both print and ebook. (Besides this kick butt cover of course!) Until then, the first edition is still available via Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com.
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Bringing My Writing to a Boyle

I love literature that bends, distorts, twists, or otherwise rips reality apart. But ultimately, I just love great writing. And even though what I write normally has some kind of paranormal or science fiction element to it, one of my biggest, if not the biggest influence on my writing is TC Boyle. Since I play and record music, my desk is cluttered with speakers, a mixer, and a digital audio workstation. But despite the lack of space, I have two books that I always find room for: a pocket dictionary, and a collection of TC Boyle short stories. For reasons
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George Orwell: The Gateway Drug

In high school, none of my English classes required me to read 1984. We did read Animal Farm my senior year and I secretly loved it, but never once did I consider picking up anything that wasn’t assigned unless it was about rock n’ roll or some Star Was adventure. The truth of the matter was that I loved English class, but the thought to read this stuff outside of class never once crossed my mind. And I made it all the way to the end of my undergraduate degree before this changed. I think it was my birthday, and
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Inspired by Who

When I was somewhere around eight years old, I was introduced to The Doctor. My parents were having their carpets cleaned, so my sister and I were ushered over to a neighbor’s house for a few hours. They were good friends of my parents, and over summer vacation we would visit with them daily, but very rarely were we ever allowed inside their house. Most of the time we met under the shade of an old pine tree that marked the border between yards. I was a bit nervous. Usually when the neighbors were around, so were my parents. The
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Coming Soon: The Armageddon Factor

The United States is no longer a democracy. Taken over by an extremist religious group, universities, grade schools, businesses, and shops are being shut down in preparation for what they believe is the end of the world. Every US citizen is being recruited by this new government to fight what they are calling “The Battle of Armageddon.” Anyone who protests is sent to prison and ultimately, to their death. Seth and Jace, two college students, were protesting the closing of the last university when they were erroneously arrested for the murder of the daughter of a man known as “The
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A Tribute to Ray Bradbury

It was the future: 1999, back when the 2000s promised flying cars, silver jumpsuits, Y2K, and Jeston’s-like fare. For me, however, I was being introduced to the past. It was then that I went to hear a man named Ray Bradbury speak. At the time, I hadn’t read any of his work, but I sort of recognized the name. I thought it might be interesting to go and see a famous author give a talk, and I had to attend at least one public speaking engagement as a requirement for a theater and film class I was taking at the
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The Academie’s an Amazon Best Seller!

The Academie hit Amazon’s list for top 100 in children’s science fiction kindle books repeatedly this week. I didn’t think to take a screen shot of it until late in the game (the list updates hourly), but the lowest it hit was #80. It may not be #1 (yet), but it’s pretty exciting to see it listed above a James Patterson novel! Thank you to everyone who has purchased and enjoyed The Academie. I truly love writing stories and can’t wait to share the sequel with you. I’m also working on an audio book, reader’s discussion guide, and a sampling
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