Thursday, May 17, 2012

Random Acts of Kindness Week

Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisis are two writers who came up with an awesome idea. Since the industry is experiencing a bit of turmoil, they figured it would be great to spread some good, positive vibes around the cyberspace world. So this week, writers are reaching out to fellow writers, to thank them for their support.

I'm totally on board with this week-long event, and can't say how excited I am to thank all the writers who have totally been there for me throughout my journey.

My shout out of HUGE thanks goes to: Karen Anderson, Susan Bearman, Mary Driver, Rachel Farrell, Susan Finerty, Maureen Hartigan, Patricia J. Murphy, Kathy Neumeyer, Fred Sherwood, Susan Kaye Quinn and Sophia Tareen.

Happy RAOK week writers, you're the best!
I hope we continue to support each other for a freakishly long time.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Spreading the Word

One of the most exciting aspects of being an author is meeting fellow authors and sharing their passion with people I'm connected to. I'm very excited to say I'll be blogging about young adult books quite regularly here, in hopes of giving a huge shout out to everyone about these fantastic authors and the stories they tell.  

In this post, I'm highlighting Susan Kaye Quinn, who has her second book in a Trilogy coming out on May 23rd.   

Check it out!

Coming May 23rd...
Closed Hearts (Book Two of the Mindjack Trilogy)
When you control minds, only your heart can be used against you.

Eight months ago, Kira Moore revealed to the mindreading world that mindjackers like herself were hidden in their midst. Now she wonders if telling the truth was the right choice after all. As wild rumors spread, a powerful anti-jacker politician capitalizes on mindreaders’ fears and strips jackers of their rights. While some jackers flee to Jackertown—a slum rife with jackworkers who trade mind control favors for cash—Kira and her family hide from the readers who fear her and jackers who hate her. But when a jacker Clan member makes Kira’s boyfriend Raf collapse in her arms, Kira is forced to save the people she loves by facing the thing she fears most: FBI agent Kestrel and his experimental torture chamber for jackers.

BOOK ONE: Open Minds
Open Minds (Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy)

Being a fan of dystopian and sci-fi in young adult books this was exactly the type of book I was hoping to fall in love with and absolutely did ...YA readers who love authors like Ally Condie, Veronica Roth, Lauren Oliver and others would be missing out if they failed to pick up Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn. Join Kira on her journey to save her fellow mindjackers and potentially change the landscape of her world forever.”
Danielle Smith, book blogger at There’s a Book

Susan plunges readers into a compelling and frightening world where nearly everyone can read minds when they come of age. The very idea makes me shudder. This is easily one of the best books I've read not only this year, but in recent years.”
Heather McCorkle, author of The Secret of Spruce Knoll

"Susan Kaye Quinn's Open Minds is an edge-of-the-seat YA sci-fi, where 16 year-old Kira dodges psychological bullets from all sides."  — Catherine Stine, author of Fireseed One

Open Minds $2.99 on Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes&Noble, and iTunes

About the Author:
Susan Kaye Quinn grew up in California, where she wrote snippets of stories and passed them to her friends during class. She pursued a bunch of engineering degrees and worked a lot of geeky jobs, including turns at GE Aircraft Engines, NASA, and NCAR. Now that she writes novels, her business card says "Author and Rocket Scientist" and she doesn't have to sneak her notes anymore. All that engineering comes in handy when dreaming up paranormal powers in future worlds or mixing science with fantasy to conjure slightly plausible inventionsSusan writes from the Chicago suburbs with her three boys, two cats, and one husband. Which, it turns out, is exactly as much as she can handle.
Find Susan at, on facebook and twitter.

Susan's other works:  
In His Eyes Anthology (includes Mind Games, a short prequel to Open Minds)
Life, Liberty, and Pursuit (a teen love story)
Full Speed Ahead (short afterstory to Life, Liberty, and Pursuit)