Blog Tour: Spells & Sorcery by S. Usher Evans

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Hello, bookworms! Welcome to my stop of the Spells & Sorcery blog tour! I read and reviewed the book back in August for #ARCAugust and enjoyed it, and I love promoting authors and their books in any way that I can!  🙂 My stop of the tour is an author interview. Learn more about the book, the author, and the inspiration behind the main character Lexie. Don’t forget to check out the giveaway!


About the Book


Title: Spells & Sorcery
Series: The Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, #1
Author: S. Usher Evans
Pub. Date: October 2016
Pages: 230

Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Description:

Lexie Carrigan thought the weirdest thing about her was she preferred watching documentaries and reading the newspaper to reality TV and Twitter. But on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, her aunt and sisters drop a bomb–she’s magical.

Now the girl who never made waves is blowing up her nightstand and trying to keep from wreaking havoc on her school. When a kind stranger shows up with all the answers, Lexie hopes he’ll be able to help her control her newfound powers. But Gavon may not be as kind as he seems, and soon Lexie finds out that being magical is the least weird thing about her.


About the Author

S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit.

Evans is the author of the Razia series, Madion War Trilogy, and Empath, published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.

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Author Interview

I love doing author interviews! There are times where I really struggle with the questions to ask, but it definitely helps when you know a little bit of the author and can relate to them or their books. I absolutely loved this interview with Sush, so without further ado – on with the interview!  🙂

If you could have one magical power, what would it be?

The ability to retrieve objects from wherever. I would never leave the couch—or lose anything—again.

When I first saw the cover for Spells & Sorcery, I immediately got the Wizards of Waverly Place song stuck in my head. If you could give Lexie a theme song – what would some of the lyrics be?

Oh man, that’s hard. I’m not a song-writer. Probably something like “All I wanna do is study American history, but now I gotta figure out this mystery. Why is everyone acting so weird, is my past worse than I fear?”

Credit to the Rhyming Dictionary.

I also got a lot of vibe from other television shows – Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Charmed, for the sister’s and female cast element; Buffy the Vampire Slayer, strangely, for the “coming into the gift” element – but what was some of your inspiration for Lexie and having a cast of predominately all female characters? Was this intended, and does it lead into further books in the series?

I came up with Lexie when I was thirteen, and I was into Harry Potter and anime. I write female protagonists because I am female, and that was my default for a number of years (creatively, I’m starting to branch out into the dudebros and people unlike me). I always wanted sisters, so that’s why Lexie got sisters, and I’ve always thought that magic more readily associated with females.

I tend to write stories about people and relationships first, then perhaps deal with the world around them. For Lexie, she’s going through that strange period in her life where nobody really understands the deep well of activity happening beneath the surface, and she lacks the ability to effectively communicate what that is. Hence the secrecy, the fighting, and the clinging to someone who even remotely acts like he gets her. I’ve noticed that it resonates with a lot of teenagers, which was my target audience.

You were an IT consultant – that’s awesome! I’m a web developer, and it seems that a lot of authors come from the technology field. I know you left that world behind to start writing, but do you think if you weren’t a writer, you’d still be doing technology related job(s)?

If I weren’t a writer, I’d be dead. That sounds dramatic, but I denied my creative side for a long time because it wasn’t the “right” thing to do. Now I fight tooth and nail to retain that identity because it took so long to grab hold of.

That being said, I do utilize my IT and project management background to manage my website and business. Having the skills to be able to do *almost* everything is key to being a successful self-publisher.

If you could give words of advice to new writers, what advice would you give?

Recently, my favorite bit of advice is to love your voice. It’s such a simple concept, and something that tripped me up for a long time. Love the way you tell stories, and you’ll be able to move past the general ick factor and into the real problems of the manuscript.

You were recently at DragonCon. Do you ever go to cons just for yourself, and if so – what is your favorite that you’ve attended?

I do a LOT of conventions for the books, but to be honest, I don’t really like the scene. I’m not much for big crowds and walking around and buying things I don’t need (related: I’m mentally sixty). My preference are outdoor concerts where I can sit on the beach and drink a beer and enjoy life.


The Giveaway

There are two giveaways for this tour! Both open internationally:

– This is an individual blog giveaway. I will choose a winner no later than November 11 and prize will be sent out after November 15. An active email is required.

Blog Tour: Wake the Hollow by Gaby Triana

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Hello, my bookworms!

Welcome to my stop of the Wake the Hollow blog tour! This is a book I have been eyeballing for some time, and I was happy when I got accepted for the tour!  🙂 I love stories like these, even though I don’t read them all that often. Much more ghost story than mystery/thriller, but a great combination of both!

Check out my review for Wake the Hollow, read the first chapter for yourself, and enter the giveaway for custom Halloween bracelets made by the author! Until then, just remember, “spooky things just come with the territory.”  👻



Title: Wake the Hollow
Author: Gaby Triana
Pub. Date: August 2016
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Description:

Forget the ghosts, Mica. It’s real, live people you should fear.

Tragedy has brought Micaela Burgos back to her hometown of Sleepy Hollow. It’s been six years since she chose to live with her father in Miami instead of her eccentric mother. And now her mother is dead.

This town will suck you in and not let go.

Sleepy Hollow may be famous for its fabled headless horseman, but the town is real. So are its prejudices and hatred, targeting Mica’s family as outsiders. But ghostly voices carry on the wind, whispering that her mother’s death was based on hate…not an accident at all. With the help of two very different guys — who pull at her heart in very different ways — Micaela must awaken the hidden secret of Sleepy Hollow…before she meets her mother’s fate.

Find the answers.

Unless, of course, the answers find you first.


I don’t usually give out five star reviews all that often. However, Wake the Hollow touched me just the right way and is completely deserving of five stars! It kept my attention since the first page, and kept me wanting to read more. The ending warmed my heart in just the right way, too.

It was a mystery/thriller, but not with the typical plot in most mysteries. Even with a who-done-it element, it didn’t really feel like one. Mica was on a mission to find answers about her mother and what her mother – in addition to another woman – was trying to tell her, but it didn’t revolve around Mica hunting down clues on how her mother died.

Believe it or not, I have never read nor seen any Sleepy Hollow adaptations. As far as all of the references and what-not go, I went into this book completely blind. Thankfully, everything was descriptive and full of details that I wasn’t reading and needing much explanation elsewhere on things.

There were some things that were a little predictable, but it didn’t ruin the plot for me because there were still enough twists and turns along the way that made up for anything that was predictable. Some of the scenes had me sitting on edge waiting to see what would happen.

Mica’s character annoyed me a little bit. I know she had just lost her mom and she moved back to Sleepy Hollow to take care of the loose ends, and her father is a little missing in action and she doesn’t have anyone in town other than Bram – so she’s a little emotional and under a lot of stress. Just something irritated me . . . felt like she cried over every little thing. Her character was portrayed (read as) a strong and semi-independent young woman, but some of her actions were everything but.

The little “love triangle” of sorts between Mica, Bram, and Dane was actually pretty interesting to read. I have no idea why, but I like petty things like that. Bram’s dedication to Mica was so innocent and childhood love, that I was kind of leaning toward them. However, Dane was always there for her when she needed him.

The Hallow Eve scene was probably my favorite scene, and the other scene’s with the Headless Horseman were some of my favorites also. Sleepy Hollow is definitely a town that has a lot of history and past, unspoken words and stories. It actually makes me really want to visit! Just to feel that chilly vibe that I got from the book but in real life!

Definitely a fast paced book with some chills and thrills, twists and turns, and a hidden truth worth digging up.


Excerpt

Follow me, please. The woman’s smoky silhouette hovers over me again.

Leave me alone. I cover my eyes, though I can still see her swirling shape through my fingers.

She floats closer, wringing her misty hands. You mustn’t ignore me, Micaela. You must come with me.

Stop, I won’t go with you! I hate that I can never see her face clearly. Why won’t she leave me alone? Wake up!

A long screech rips me from the hazy dream. My eyes fly open, and my hands grip the first thing ahead of me for balance. Seats. Plastic. Brakes hiss to a stop. A drunk old man asleep in a window seat opposite mine stirs. Where am I? The Metro-North train…that’s right. We’ve pulled into Tarrytown station. 11:28 p.m. I almost slept through my stop.

For the full excerpt of the first chapter, visit Entangled Teen.


About the Author

Gaby Triana is the award-winning author of six YA novels — Wake the Hollow (Aug. 2016, Entangled), Summer of Yesterday, Riding the Universe, The Temptress Four, Cubanita, and Backstage Pass, as well as thirteen ghostwritten novels for best-selling authors. Originally a 4th grade teacher with a Master of Science in Elementary Education and ten years teaching experience, Gaby earned Teacher of the Year in 2000, wrote her first novel, Freddie and the Biltmore Ghost, then left teaching to launch a full-time writing career. She went on to publish young adult novels with HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, win an IRA Teen Choice Award, ALA Best Paperback Award, and Hispanic Magazine’s Good Reads of 2008. She spends her time obsessing about Halloween, Christmas, and Disney World, as well as hosting parties, designing mugs, making whimsical cakes, and winning costume contests. When she’s not writing, she might also be watching Jurassic Park movies with her boys, posting excessive food pics on social media, or helping run the Florida region of the SCBWI. Gaby lives in Miami with her three sons, Michael, Noah, and Murphy. She has one dog, Chloe, and two cats—Miss Daisy, and the reformed thug, shooting survivor, Bowie.

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Giveaway

  • One (1) grand prize winner will win a Halloween bracelet personally made by Gaby Triana + $20 Amazon giftcard.
  • Seven (7) additional winners will win a Halloween bracelet personally made by Gaby Triana.

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Blog Tour: Crossing the Barrier by Martine Lewis (Review)

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Hi bookworms! Welcome to my stop on the Crossing the Barrier blog tour. I don’t read a lot of contemporary anymore, but I like mixing it up every once in awhile and I’m glad to be involved with this tour!  🙂 Read my review and read about Breaking the Mold, book two in the Gray Eyes series, and be sure to enter the giveaway for Crossing the Barrier!


About the Book + Review


Title: Crossing the Barrier
Series: The Gray Eyes, #1
Author: Martine Lewis
Pub. Date: March 2016
Pages: 380
Format: eARC
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Description:

High school student Malakai Thomas, star wide receiver of the varsity team, collides with band member Lily Morgan on his way to football practice. As days go by, Malakai cannot get the petite clarinetist out of his head. Lily Morgan can feel everyone’s emotions. She loses her ability to shield herself against them the day Malakai runs into her. Now she must try to maintain her sanity in the emotional jungle that is high school, as well as deal with her growing feelings for Malakai. Can Malakai get over the social stigma and his own internal struggle to be with Lily? Is Lily’s secret too big to accept, even for him?


The Review

I actually liked this book a lot more than I thought I would. I knew it was a contemporary – which I generally have to be in the mood to read – with a supernatural type twist. At first, I thought that it would be heavily laden with a religious undertone. I was pleased when it wasn’t. It was easy to get into and was a pretty fast read. However, the writing of the book was a little dry and bland – basic, in a way. There were a lot of phrases and moments that were repetitive.

It was a very cute read, though. I don’t read contemporary much and romances even less. I really liked that Malakai and Lily are in high school but their relationship wasn’t one of those “I can’t go a single moment with you!” that a lot of authors portray in high school romances. They were into their own things and spent time apart. Although, I wasn’t entirely crazy about how Malakai always had to make himself out to be the bad guy for not being there for Lily. She’s a strong girl, she didn’t need someone protecting her.

Lily’s mother was a complete and utter bitch, and I just couldn’t understand why Lily would continue to subject herself to that even if the house was technically hers. I mean, it’s not like she could’ve done anything about it until the courts decided anyway. So why not take up the offer with her uncle? Then towards to end, she did exactly what she kept saying she wouldn’t do.

The only complaint that I have about Crossing the Barrier is that it waits until the very last few pages to even hint at a twist. Yes, Lily is an empath and it’s her secret but it’s not exactly a secret to those closest to her and the reader already knows all about it. However, there’s another twist and it took the entire book to even catch a glimpse of it! It makes the reader want to keep reading just to find out what this twist is, and then completely lets you down.

I have no desire to read the other books in the series, even if they sound interesting.


Breaking the Mold (The Gray Eyes, Book #2)


Title: Breaking the Mold
Series: The Gray Eyes, #2
Author: Martine Lewis
Pub. Date: September 2016
Pages: 351

Description:

A girl stuck in her father’s mold.

Olivia Kendall looks forward to her senior year of high school. But her world is shaken when a new boy walks into school, a boy she cannot help but be drawn to. But her father’s ideas for her life don’t include Alex.

A boy with a gift, desperate for a real home.

Alex Parker begins his senior year in yet another school. The only person he looks forward to seeing again is Olivia Kendall, a girl he knew in second grade, a girl who never made fun of him. One touch, and he knows what he’s suspected all along: there is something unearthly about their connection.

Can the two stay together despite Alex’s secret, despite a town that seems to conspire against them?


About the Author

Martine Lewis is a forty something who was born and raised in the French speaking province of Quebec, Canada. She spent her childhood looking forward to her summer vacations at the farm, which were a nice escape from the suburbs where she lived.

Her first written endeavor was a 200-page handwritten Duran Duran bandfiction which she wrote when she was eleven years old. Of all her written work, this is the only one she no longer has.

All throughout high school, Martine wrote more bandfictions and some original work, then she went to write fanfictions in the Star Wars, Buffy and Harry Potter universes. Her fanficiton in the Potterverse are mostly centered on characters of her own creation and can be found on fanfiction.net.

Following her viewing of Roswell on Netflix in 2012, Martine wrote book two and three of the Gray Eyes Series, then went on to create the Gray Eyes Series universe in which she has been playing ever since. She writes contemporary coming-of-age romance fiction (young adult/new adult) with a twist.

Martine is an avid reader and rollerskater. She loves sushi, hot chocolate on a cold day, and the beach. But what she loves above all else is to curl on her chair with her computer and write more stories for her readers.

Martine currently lives in Houston TX with her two cats.

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The Giveaway

Follow the link to enter to win a copy of Crossing the Barrier on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/199682-crossing-the-barrier.

Crossing the Barrier will be free on Amazon September 1st through September 5th over Labor Day weekend! Go pick up your copy today!

Blog Tour: Ignite the Shadows by Ingrid Seymour – Review and Giveaway

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I am so excited to be a part of this blog tour! When I slowly became a part of the book community again, Ingrid Seymour was one of the first authors that I friended and started talking to. I’ve read four books of hers now (The Morphid Chronicles series, and now the Ignite the Shadows series) and I must say – Ingrid Seymour has very easily become one of my favorite authors! 🙂

This stop of the tour is for a review of Ingrid Seymour’s Ignite the Shadows, the first in the series. A series that draws you in and keeps you wanting so much more. Check it out and enter the giveaway for a paperback copy!


About the Book + Review


Title: Ignite the Shadows
Series: Ignite the Shadows, #1
Author: Ingrid Seymour
Pub. Date: October 2015
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Purchase: Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

Description:

Sixteen-year-old Marci Guerrero is one of the best teen hackers in Seattle. However, she’d give up all her talents to know she isn’t crazy.

Marci feels possessed by what she perceives as shadowy spectres that take control of her body and make her do crazy things. While spying on the clandestine group known as IgNiTe, she’s confronted by the leader, James McCray. His presence stirs the spectres inside her brain into a maddening frenzy. Her symptoms and ability to control them don’t go unnoticed by James, who soon recruits her and shows her the awful truth.

Half of the world’s population is infected by sentient parasites. They bind themselves to the human brain and replace the pathways for all thoughts and actions. The creatures then morph their hosts into grotesque monsters with extraordinary strengths. Winged, clawed, fanged half-humans become living nightmares. Now Marci wishes she was crazy, because the truth is worse.

She’s infected.


The Review

First, must I just say that the cover for Ignite the Shadows is absolutely stunning! It was one of the main reasons I wanted to read this book. Oh, yes, I judge books by their covers hardcore. I am drawn to really grungy looking things. The more I look at the cover now having read the book, I am seeing the relation between the two.

I loved this book on so many levels. All of Ingrid Seymour’s books [that I have read so far] are fast paced, and Ignite the Shadows is no exception. Within the first chapter, I was sucked into Marci and Xave’s complex relationship, and the struggles that Marci deals with when it comes to the spectres.

The character development is perfect. Each character had a purpose, had a role, and had a well developed personality. This is something that isn’t really seen in many books these days. There weren’t any characters that were thrown in just to “fill the space.” Even the antagonist, who only had a few scenes throughout the entire book, had a developed personality that made my skin crawl.

My love for Xave . . . such a beautiful character. I was asked about swoon-worthy characters in a conversation not too long ago, and Xave immediately came to mind. I had just finished the book then, but Xave still came to mind. He’s so naive and innocent; it’s adorable.

I don’t really like male characters in books. They don’t feel real, believable, and they’re so unrealistic. Every once in awhile you do find a gem that has a guy character that isn’t perfect around the edges, that has flaws and insecurities. Xave is that character.

There’s a scene with Marci and Xave after she crawled through the window into his bedroom. This scene, in mind mind, is just so realistic and perfect. It starts the unraveling of their relationship, and it shows his naivity. I’ve been there with boy friends. Then there’s another scene when they’re in the arcade together and this completely unravels the thread of Marci and Xave.

Even Marci is a realistic character with flaws and imperfections. I think Marci is really tough around the edges but is completely breaking down and is looking for love, for someone to be there for her. With the threat of her losing Xave, she’s seeking this out elsewhere. James becomes that father figure that Marci really needed in her life since her mother never really cared.

I like the concept of the spectres taking over Marci and what the spectres actually are. This is an element in a book that is definitely unique. I love that James found Marci and was there to help guide her and inform her on things that she struggled so much with. It’s an added bonus that James is the leader of IgNiTe and the mission of IgNiTe is for a good cause.

There were a few characters that really bothered me. It’s not that I didn’t like them, it’s just that they had some questionable actions. I’m very eager to start reading Eclipse the Flame to learn more about IgNiTe and to get the answers about why certain characters are acting the way they act towards others, but especially towards Marci.

For a book that’s fast paced, intriguing, and leaves you on the edge of seat in suspense and curiosity – read Ignite the Shadows. I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed!


About the Author

Ingrid Seymour is the author of the Ignite The Shadows and Morphid Chronicles series. When she’s not writing books, she spends her time working as a software engineer, cooking exotic recipes, hanging out with her family and working out. She writes young adult and new adult fiction in a variety of genres, including sci-fi, urban fantasy, romance, paranormal and horror.

Her favorite outings involve a trip to the library or bookstore where she immediately gravitates toward the YA section. She’s an avid reader and fangirl of many amazing books. She is a dreamer and a fighter who believes perseverance and hard work can make dreams come true.

She lives in Birmingham, AL with her husband, two kids and a cat named Mimi.

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Giveaway

One (1) winner will receive a paperback copy of Ignite the Shadows by Ingrid Seymour and a $10 Amazon giftcard (INT).

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Blog Tour: Antidote by Taylor Hondos – Review and Interview

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Guys! I am ecstatic and honored to be the first stop on the Antidote blog tour! Not only is it my first ever blog tour, but I’m the first stop on the tour! So exciting! I’ve talked to Taylor a few times in the last few weeks and she is an absolute sweetheart. I love getting to know authors on a more personal level, and Taylor is a person you want to know!  😉

On my stop of the tour, I was lucky enough to get an author interview with Taylor – so continue on to read not only my review of Antidote but also an interview where you can get to know a little about Taylor and little about the inspiration toward the book.


About the Book + Review


Title: Antidote
Series: Antidote, #1
Author: Taylor Hondos
Pub. Date: May 2016
Pages: 224
Format: eBook
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Description:

Life sucks, and then you rot. No one knows how Dermadecatis is contracted, but its existence has changed everything for 18-year-old Lena, in this riveting debut from Taylor Hondos. No contact with other people. Masks must be worn in public at all times. Four months ago men, women and children alike began to rot from the inside out, and the world as we know it changed forever. Life goes on, but now everything revolves around the need to survive and find a cure for Dermadecatis, the disease that Lena Alona’s father discovered. Unfortunately for Lena and everyone else who is desperate to survive, her father’s secrets died when he did.


This was very fast paced and action packed from the very first page. There’s something about a book that starts with a prologue that I really enjoy. I can’t pinpoint why or what, but a prologue pulls you in and in my experience is less likely to be slow and drone on.

It’s no secret that I love apocalyptic and/or dystopian stories. I love reading a story about a world that we have to find a way to survive and thinking about whether I can survive given the circumstances. Antidote had an apocalyptic theme to it, although not in the same sense as most survival stories that we’ve all read. Definitely unique.

I finished this book in just a few short hours and I was thoroughly impressed with the storyline and even the cliffhanger. There were a couple issues that I had – nothing that I couldn’t overlook, since I really liked the overall theme and story itself – that I’ll get to in a minute. I must admit, though, this is one of my top five favorite reads for the year so far.

With the Dermadecatis – no one knows where its origin came from which is typical with any type of apocalyptic/dystopian story. However, Lena’s father had a heavy hand in it and Jared is somehow involved. There were only a few characters that I liked, which is par the course for such a book that has evil intended characters.

I really like Jared. I don’t want to say there was “personal growth” with his character, but you could definitely see where he opened himself up to Lena after awhile. I didn’t see it coming, I thought he would remain in that asshole mode the entire time. Kind of like Gabe – who is still an asshole but did lighten up just a little. I have a theory about Gabe, but no spoilers!  :/

The story starts off from Lena’s point of view and about mid-way switches to Jared’s point of view. It was difficult switching from one to another, especially when Jared’s point of view didn’t really feel like it was from him. It more or less felt like an extension of Lena’s point of view. Which made a lot of things repetitive. I like multi person point of views, but I just wasn’t feeling it from Jared.

There were a lot of elements that I was able to visualize because of descriptions. It wasn’t highly detailed, but it left enough for my brain to visualize the rest. For instance, the rotting of the skin once Dermadecatis starts taking affect.

I’m ready for Prospect now! I want to know how this saga continues. There were enough twists and turns, odds and ends, and questions to keep you interested!  🙂


About the Author

Taylor is the author of the Antidote trilogy. In 2013, she began studying at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro working toward a degree in English. She enjoys reading and writing instead of doing her homework, and eats Lucky Charms in her pajamas on the weekends. Taylor loves Harry Potter, Sex and the City, and Game of Thrones. She absolutely hates any type of bugs, and loves October and cold weather.

She is currently working on Prospect, the second book in the Antidote trilogy.

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Author Interview

I had the privilege of asking Taylor a few questions about Antidote and a few things about herself. Taylor is such a sweet girl and it was a real pleasure having her answer my questions.

Brittany: I read that you got the idea for Antidote from I, Robot (I adore this movie, by the way) – do you think there could be anything good that comes from becoming a world full of robots?

Taylor: I love that movie. Will Smith always knows how to deliver. I think there would be more harm than good if the world were full of robots. The humans that were left would probably not like to become a robot and therefore, they might start fighting back. I don’t know though, if no humans were left, would there be any issues in our world?! (World peace?!) But there is the option that the robots might turn against each other for power just as humans do. Perhaps the robots would act just like humans… with dangerous, yet cool, abilities. It’s a toss up really.

Brittany: While reading Antidote, I sensed so many other apocalyptic themes (the Dermadecatis side of things) – do you have a favorite apocalyptic TV show/movie or book?

Taylor: I love all things concerning an apocalypse. Not because I want there to be one (lol), but because it’s always cool to see and read about apocalypses. It is so interesting to see what could happen to our world by the choices we make. I am a huge fan of The 5th Wave books. I think that would be my favorite book series in that genre. The Walking Dead is one of my favorite TV shows in the apocalyptic genre! (I would totally die within days of a zombie apocalypse.) And as for movies, I would say Zombieland (Jessie Eisenburg couldn’t save me here either. I think I would even die in Zombieland *cue eyeroll.)

Brittany: I know authors don’t always have a say in their covers and sometimes covers don’t convey the book’s content very well. But I think Antidote came out perfectly. What are your thoughts on the cover, and did you have any say on what you wanted and how it came out?

Taylor: I got really lucky. My cover designer told me to tell her my dream cover for “Antidote.” I did and she delivered above and beyond. I am so thankful that I had a say. It would be absolutely nothing without my cover designer, Ashley Ruggirello who listened to me and valued my input. I am extremely proud of the cover.

Brittany: Gabe was portrayed as an asshole with no feelings – although we all know better than that, since we saw him lighten up. I thought his behavior was his way of preventing himself from getting hurt – what do you do to make yourself look tougher; do you have any weaknesses?

Taylor: Gabe is much more complex than he seems at first. Let’s be honest, he still is an asshole, but he cares for his friends. You’re right though. Gabe wants to look tough at all times. Me? Making myself look tough?! I am probably the weakest person physically! Mentally/emotionally, I would say that I am very strong. I say I will do something, and I always do it. I am very determined and it makes me feel like I can do anything I set my mind to. My weakness is my family. I would do anything for them. (Also books. Books are my weakness. I buy way too many of them…)

Brittany: While Lena and Jared stopped in the gas station, Lena wanted some Twizzlers. What’s your go-to snack when you’re traveling?

Taylor: My go-to snack for traveling is a Take Five chocolate bar. I love chocolate. To answer number four, chocolate is my weakness too.

Brittany: For writers that are just starting out, having been there yourself, do you have any advice that you wish you had known before you started writing?

Taylor: I do have advice for my younger self and to all the writers just starting out.

1) Criticism is good. It is a friend, I promise you.
2) Read a lot of books. Pick out what makes them good and pick out what needs work. You can pick up on your mistakes while reading other work.
3) Write as much as you can and write because you love it.
4) Don’t be afraid of rejection. In fact, let it ignite your fire.


That’s it, guys! I really hope you give the Antidote trilogy a try! I’m so glad I did.

Do you think you could survive an apocalypse? What skills could you bring to the day of destruction/the end of the world? Leave a comment and let me know! I would love to hear what you think, 😀