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‘5 Questions’ Interview With Emily Ann Ward! (@emilyannw)

August 16, 2013 Leave a comment

5 Questions

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Emily Ann Ward to the blog as part of the ‘5 Questions’ with authors interview series!

If you are an author who would like to participate in the series, fill out the questionnaire here! And if you are a reader who wants to suggest an author for the series, just send me an email!


Connection (Le Garde) by Emily Ann Ward

Describe your book Connection (Le Garde) in ten words or less

YA urban fantasy romance about two friends with superpowers

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

I had a dream, actually! I dreamt about two friends who sat together on a math test because when they sat together they knew more.

I worked off of it to make a connection between my two main characters, Aaron and Anna, that resembled an empathic connection but also allowed them to gain knowledge from one another that they wouldn’t have by themselves.

Then I threw some romance and superpowers in there and bam! Out came Connection.

What was your favorite part to write and why?

One of my favorite parts to write was the ending.

The book is less action-driven than other fantasy books – we’ll see lots of action in the next book, but this one was definitely driven by Aaron and Anna’s relationship, and the ending resolves a lot of the struggles they deal with in the book.

I was grinning the whole time. I don’t want to give away any details but I hope readers find Chandler’s party as satisfying as I did!

Do you have a day job? If yes, tell us about it & how it affected your writing?

I’m a full time student studying Linguistics and Social Sciences. I love learning about interesting things that can factor into my stories, especially when studying language and writing dialogue! And learning about social behavior whether in Psychology or Sociology sometimes helps me shape more realistic characters.

I also work part time at the library at my university with Serials and Electronic Resource Management. I can’t say the work itself has influenced my writing too much, but any human interaction can inspire a character or a conversation or a situation in a story of mine.

Tell us about an upcoming book or project you’re excited about

I’m currently writing a YA/New Adult Urban Fantasy set in Paris. Madison is training to be a Guardian, her magical world’s version of a law enforcement officer. When an orb with her father’s magic appears, nearly two years after he disappeared, she goes on a quest to find out who is responsible. Each clue brings her closer to the Head of the entire Department…and further from the boy she’s falling in love with, the Head’s son.

It has been so fun to write and I’m almost finished!

Bonus Question! Fill in the blank: If you like ___, you’ll probably like my book too!

If you like: The Talent Chronicles by Susan Bischoff or Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel, you’ll probably like my book too!


Thanks again for stopping by, Emily Ann Ward! You can learn more about the author via her official website: emilyannward.com, Facebook: emilyannward1, and Twitter: @emilyannw.

 Connection (Le Garde) is available on Amazon (Kindle).

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Free iTunes app Download – Smart Office 2 !

August 16, 2013 Leave a comment

Smart Office 2 By Picsel

FREE TODAY ONLY – Smart Office 2 By Picsel (Save $9.99!)

View, create, edit and share Microsoft Office documents on your iPhone or iPad.

Smart Office makes viewing, creating, editing and sharing Microsoft Office and other documents on the move even easier through a contextual interface; drag and drop editing; sharing to email in original or PDF format; and sharing to Drop box, Box or Google Docs.

PRINTING included! No need to buy a separate Printer app. You can print to thousands of wireless printers from 34 manufacturers including HP, Epson, Canon and Samsung. However, not all printers or network configurations are compatible.

CLOUD FILE ACCESS! Download your files directly from Box, Dropbox and Google Docs.

Manage files using Picsel’s Visual Explorer file manager. See thumbnails of your document in the Timeline view and helpful information in Document Info View. The Smart Office 2 Dashboard is your new hub for mobile office activity.

Our benchmark viewing technology means you can view Adobe PDF, image files, plain text and other standard applications, without losing important content.

Load email attachments, edit and send back while you’re out of the office or in a meeting. Create new documents from scratch. SmartOffice is the only office application that allows you to create documents using a FREE set of preloaded templates.

Smart Office is intelligent, it adapts to your device with UI included in the application developed to know whether you are using a Tablet or Smartphone.

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FREE Audiobooks from Sync YA for Summer 2013! (Aug 15 – Aug 21, 2013)

August 15, 2013 Leave a comment

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It’s back! Sync YA is back to distributing FREE audiobooks for Summer 2013! Be sure to bookmark their website’s schedule of releases, so you won’t miss out on any of your favorites!

Here’s what’s up for Aug 15 – Aug 21, 2013! It’s the FINAL WEEK!

  • Sold by Patricia McCormick, read by Justine Eyre (Tantor Audio)
  • Let Me Stand Alone by Rachel Corrie, read by Tavia Gilbert (Blackstone Audio)

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Book Review – I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Search for Sam by Pittacus Lore

August 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Book Description:

Before Number Four, there were One, Two, and Three. Until now we’ve only known that the Mogadorians caught Number One in Malaysia. Number Two in England. And Number Three in Kenya. But all of that is about to change. . . .

In this heart-racing companion novella to the New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series, discover what happened to Malcolm Goode — the one human on Earth who can help the Garde learn the truth about their past and help them save our planet.

No one has seen Sam Goode’s father, Malcolm, since he mysteriously disappeared years ago. Sam had always fantasized that he was abducted by aliens. But that was before he knew the truth: aliens do exist, and some of them seek to destroy our world. That was before he himself became another one of their captives. Now father and son are both missing. . . .

But when a rogue Mogadorian named Adam, who now has Number One’s memories, decides the only way to make up for his past atrocities is to return home and infiltrate the Mogadorian stronghold, he’ll find the key to saving both Sam and Malcolm’s life.

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I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Search for Sam picks up almost immediately from the cliffhanger where The Lost Files: The Fallen Legacies left off. The events in The Search for Sam eventually parallel the last part of The Rise of Nine (the 3rd novel-length book in the series), but it’s not necessary that you’ve read The Rise of Nine first.

In the previous novella The Fallen Legacies, the Mogadorian-with-a-heart-of-gold Adam was left for dead by his father and brother… and since Adam is pretty much the only likable character I’ve met in the series, I was plenty glad that his character survived to live another day. Honestly, if he had died, I would have just given up on the series. The Rise of Nine was so bad, with the surviving Garde continuing to act like spoiled immature idiots and the main Mogadorian villain Setrakus Ra turned out to be so lame. At this point, I’m pretty much only interested in finding out what happens to Adam next.

Adam continues to be a character I can root for, at least, and there’s some interesting developments in this novella about his relationship with the long-dead Garde One whose memories Adam shares after the mind-meld experiment in  The Fallen Legacies. I’m glad that Adam’s character continues to grow and mature, and maybe, he’s also a favorite character of the writers… since he’s really written much better, more defined, than the other Garde characters.

It’s kind of misleading to have titled this The Search for Sam though, since the novella is pretty much still Adam’s story, even though we do meet Sam’s missing dad Malcolm Goode. So, fans of the Sam character may be a bit disappointed since he doesn’t even figure in the story until the very last pages.

At any rate, this one ends in another cliffhanger as to Adam’s fate, and was much too short besides. I really wish that the author (s) had just combined the Lost Files stories into one book, or at least, Adam’s story into one full length novel. His story is definitely the most interesting for me in the I Am Number Four universe.

I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Search for Sam by Pittacus Lore is available on Amazon as a Kindle Edition ($3.99).

You can also get the ebook at B&N, Kobo, Sony and the Apple iBookstore.

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FREE Audiobooks from Sync YA for Summer 2013! (Aug 8 – Aug 14, 2013)

August 8, 2013 Leave a comment

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It’s back! Sync YA is back to distributing FREE audiobooks for Summer 2013! Be sure to bookmark their website’s schedule of releases, so you won’t miss out on any of your favorites!

Here’s what’s up for Aug 8 – Aug 14, 2013!

  • Enchanted by Alethea Kontis, read by Katherine Kellgren (Brilliance Audio)
  • Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, read by Miriam Margolyes (Bolinda Audio)

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Twitter Deal Alert! Refurbished NOOK HD+ 16GB Wi-Fi 9″ Tablet just $119.99 (eBay)

August 8, 2013 Leave a comment

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FREE iTunes Apps : Three Educational apps for kids (From Kids Discover)!

August 6, 2013 Leave a comment

In celebration of the kiddies going back to school, here’s three FREE educational apps!

Constitution by KIDS DISCOVER Ancient Greece by KIDS DISCOVER Cells by KIDS DISCOVER

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AmazonLocal Deal: Free Voucher Worth 50% Off Select Kindle Accessories ($100 Maximum Discount)

August 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Here’s a GREAT AmazonLocal deal! Claim your free voucher worth 50% OFF Select Kindle Accessories at your AmazonLocal page! *Maximum discount is $100.

Enhance your Kindle Fire with stylish accessories. Today’s deal from Amazon.com offers an exceptional discount on designer and kid-friendly cases, headphones, decorative styluses, and more. Keep your device safe and personalize your tablet with today’s opportunity.

  • Voucher will expire if not used toward a qualifying purchase of select Kindle accessories in the Kindle Accessories Store by 11:59 P.M. PST on August 17, 2013
  • Voucher is only valid for select Kindle accessories listed here
  • Ships only to U.S. addresses

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