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Guest Blog Kate O'Leary, author of Twell

 

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Title: Twell and the Army of Powers

Series: The Como Chronicles #1

Author: Kate O’ Leary

Publication Date: June 26, 2014

Genre: YA Dystopian/Fantasy

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Twell lives in the new world of Como, and has always neglected her telekinetic gifts, desiring to be ‘normal.’ Her biggest drama in life is having to be genetically partnered with a boy she doesn’t know or love by her next birthday. Unfortunately she loves her best friend, who loves the girl she hates most, and Twell is left frustrated & heartbroken.

When Twell is requested alongside several other teens to develop her skills for the protection of Como, she reluctantly agrees to the training, and finds herself thrown into all sorts of mental and physical challenges.

Handsome, charismatic Jonaz, is gifted with the power of healing. According to Twell he’s an infuriating prat who delights in provoking her. But first impressions have always been her downfall.

When Como is attacked, life as Twell knows it is changed forever, with devastating consequences. With no choice but to fight, Twell risks her life to protect those who have survived, coming up against unexpected dangers she could never anticipate. Will she survive, and if so will she be matched to a stranger when the one she is growing to love is destined to another?

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Guest Post by Kate O’Leary

Favorite Superheroes/heroines

I’d like to introduce Kate O’Leary, a fellow Melange author. She graciously offered to do a guest post for my site and I’m happy to share her thoughts today.

My favorite heroine is Hermoine Granger. I have adored her unceasingly since J K Rowling made the world a better place by creating the wonderful world of Harry Potter. So. Why do I love her to pieces? Well firstly, she is average looking, and not your usual pretty heroine. She has big teeth and bushy hair at the beginning. That sounds remarkably like me as a kid. Just awkward. And also, having lived in the tropics as an adult, I can totally relate to out of control hair, so she gets my vote for that alone. Of course, she does blossom slowly as she grows up, but she is attractive without ever really trying. She doesn’t dress to impress. She never even flirts, or so much as flashes a leg through those black robes. She gets Victor Krum’s attention without even trying. She is cool because she doesn’t care.

Secondly, Hermione is confident and loyal. Hermione is sure of herself. I never am. I am the most indecisive person I know. But that Hermione, she doesn’t muck around, she makes decisions fast without doubting herself, and then follows through without agonizing over it. As a professional ditherer, that makes her admirable in my eyes.

Her loyalty to Harry and Ron over the years is just plain heroic. Lets face it, sometime Ron and Harry are just selfish inconsiderate jerks. Well, Ron is often flat out rude, while Harry just relies on her incessantly with very little thanks. Ron snogs other girls when we all know he really likes Hermione, and she forgives him. I would have turned him into a toad. Hermione is also very patient with Harry’s self absorption, so she get’s points for putting up with the both of them year after year.

Most importantly though, is that Hermione is both smart and brave. She is no Bella Swan tripping over her own feet, damsel in distress. Over and over she uses her smarts to get Harry, Ron and herself out of danger. She does not scream to be saved when the going gets rough, instead using her tireless learning and education she saves not just her own skins, but Ron and Harry’s many times over. I was seriously annoyed at Harry for being more concerned over Dobby dying than the fact that Hermoine had just been seriously tortured because of him in the Deathly Hallows. She barely got an “Are you an okay”, when it was all over. But does she make a drama out of it? Does she cry, or need to get counseling or go see a psychologist like the rest of us would after having mud blood scratched into our arms? Nope. She just gets on with it, straight back to supporting Harry on his search for Horcruxes. She is Tonka tough. She is my hero, and the type of role model heroine I would be happy to let my future children read about and look up to.

 

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Kate O’Leary, has loved reading and writing ever since she was young enough to try and get through the back of her cupboard into Narnia, or through her mirror into Wonderland! In high school she entertained her homeroom reading out chapters of her first novel ‘Miranda’ about a teenage girls adventures with her horse Rusty.

After school Kate studied Children’s Literature, and her first drafts of Twell were awarded in writing competitions. Kate’s writing interest is firmly embedded in dystopian fantasy, being continually fascinated with future direction of our world and the concepts of free will and moral vs. lawful obligations. Twell’s adventures will continue to explore these ideas in the Como Chronicles Trilogy.

Kate lives in the beautiful Adelaide Hills of Australia, surrounded by rolling hills and wineries and horses, as well as some good rocks to climb when she feels like scaring herself!

Keep In Touch With Kate:

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G. Nykanen's The Point

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Title: The Point
Author: G. Nykanen
Publication Date: May 30, 2014
Genre: Psychological Thriller

Befuddled by her current relationship woes, Nora Reynolds leaves college at semester’s end to drive north of nowhere to her hometown of Iron Bay. Vulnerable and on the rebound, she is the perfect prey for fledgling felon Dane Buchman. Dane takes advantage of the unaware young woman, feeding his appetite for mischief until a rather violent shift in their relationship reveals to him what he’s really been craving. Driven by his new found hunger, Dane feels unstoppable, until former high school rival and town deputy, Doug Sanders, navigates the trail of Dane’s destruction.

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The Point is a dark thriller that will allow you to witness a truly dangerous sociopath wander through madness guided by a treasured family heirloom, and a pensive young woman find her way after discovering, that which doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. With echoes of the Coen brothers’ Fargo, the folksy town of Iron Bay and the nearby north-woods community of Deer Lake are the destinations for Mr. Buchman’s many misdeeds.

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As a big fan of romantic suspense, I asked Ms. Nykanen to fill us in on her Top Ten suspense/thriller movies. Here are her picks:

 

1.  Fargo

2.  Amercan Psycho

3.  Pacific Heights

4.  The Hand That Rocks The Cradle

5.  Dead Calm

6.  Seven

7.  Kiss The Girls

8.  Sixth Sense

9.  The Others

10. What Lies Beneath 

 

 

 

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G. Nykanen was born and raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This small, rural land mass seems to cultivate a wide variety of colorful characters who provide a plethora of inspiration. The Point, Nykanen’s first novel, is filled with nuances of these local characters and the landscapes one might find in the north woods.

Well traveled thanks to her husband’s government career, she has lived in Europe and many of our United States over the last twenty years. She has recently returned home, moving back to her beloved Upper Peninsula where she resides with her husband and three children.

With The Point now completed, she will continue working on her next novel, Accumulation, along with continuing to develop other stories in the works.

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Strangers On A Bus by Rob Manary

 

 

How far can they get on a bus ride anyway?
 
Publication Date: March 29, 2011
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Memoir

If you liked When Harry Met Sally, you’ll fall in love with Robb and Gertrude from Strangers on a Bus…

Robb is crushed by a failed relationship with the love of his life and finds himself unexpectedly on a long bus trip from his adopted home in the U.S. back to his native Canada.

At the first stop in NYC, a girl gets on and so begins a contemplation of life, love, and strange events that will bring tears of laughter and heartache streaming down your face.

Is this girl Robb’s real true love or just a rebound? How far can they get on a bus ride anyway?

This is a true story.

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Robert Manary is an international playboy and man of mystery, with the charm and sophistication of James Bond shaken not stirred with a couple ounces of Cyrano de Bergerac, a dash of Rasputin, and garnished with the rapier wit of Thurston Howell the Third.

That’s how he sees himself, anyway.

The truth is Robert Manary is a construct created to protect the dubious reputation of his Clark Kent like mild mannered writer/puppeteer/the man pulling the levers and breathing life into the Great and Powerful Oz (don’t look too closely behind the curtain).

Manary is an award winning blogger, an erotic romance novel writer, the author of a pretty decent romantic comedy, and for a brief period in the early nineties served as dictator of a small South American country.

Most of that is true.

Manary is also an experimental artist who has no clue how to write an Author’s Bio, and definitely no idea how to end one.

P.S. He is also a shameless plunderer of pop culture.