Katie French, author of “Eyes Ever To The Sky”

Jun 26, 2013 by

Eyes Ever To The Sky

Eyes Ever To The Sky

 

I’m very pleased to welcome Katie French to my blog. She is a fantastic young adult author whose books I’ve enjoyed reading. I admire her work for her fresh concepts and fast paced plots that keep you turning the page. Hi, Katie. I’m delighted to have you here and glad that everyone will get to learn a bit about you and your books. So tell me about your new novel . . .

 

How did you get the idea for “Eyes Ever to the Sky”?

The inspiration for this book came as I was waxing philosophical about the paranormal romance genre. It seemed a lot of people were writing in it, but the content, characters and settings were staler than the bread crusts I find under my son’s bed. I love the idea of combining romance and science fiction, my two favorite things, but I wanted to do it in a very different way. The idea popped in my head for a modern day Superman/ Louise Lane story. It’s morphed into something a little different, but hopefully super hero fans and romance fans won’t be disappointed.

 

I love your male protagonist, Hugh :) Who is your favorite character in the book?

Thanks! I love Hugh, too, but I’d have to say Cece is my favorite character. I work with at-risk teens during my day job as a high school counselor. Cece is my tribute to the tenacious, but down-on-their-luck teens who come in and out of my office everyday. They are every bit as caring, tenderhearted and fierce as she is and they deserve to be honored for their strength in the midst of such adversity.

 

Readers of what other YA books would enjoy “Eyes Ever to the Sky”?

Readers who liked I am Number 4 would like this book, or even, heaven forbid, Twilight fans. I’m not afraid to say I loved Twilight when it first came out. Sadly, the sexy vampire troupe has been buried under a sparking tombstone, so many writers are now afraid to claim it as a comparable book. My book is a lot different than your typical paranormal romance, but readers of that genre should enjoy it because the elation of first love, coupled with the real horror of facing your deepest fears, are all there. Plus some kick-butt fight scenes.

 

You have another YA book called “The Breeders”, which one was more difficult to write? 

The Breeders was harder to write because when I started it I was still a fledgling writer. I spent eighteen hard months on The Breeders taking it through at least a hundred drafts.  Eyes came easier. It is a little lighter, a little more fun and a little more character driven. I fell in love with my characters for Eyes and they basically wrote the story for me.

 

What are you working on right now?

I am working on a sequel for The Breeders. Wanna hear about it? Sure you do. The Believers (The Breeders Series, Book 2) They’ve escaped the Breeders, yet their journey has just begun.

On the road back home, Clay, Riley and her family are captured by a savage group of huge, but mutated men. Their destination: the Citadel run by the seemingly psychic religious prophet, the Messiah. Somehow he knows their secrets. He wants them to join his group of believers, but only if they’ll drink the baptismal water and swear allegiance.

But, there’s something wrong with the water. Something wrong with the people. If they can’t figure out what, they’ll become one of them and become a believer forever.

Katie, that sounds like a fitting, exciting continuation to The Breeders. I’m very glad you could be with us, and I wish you luck with all your titles.

Thanks for having me, Ingrid.

 

Author Bio

 

Katie French

Katie French

Katie French imagined herself an author when her poem caught the eye of her second grade teacher. In middle school she spent her free time locked in her room, writing her first young adult novel. Though her social life suffered, her love for literature thrived. She studied English at Eastern Michigan University, where she veered from writing and earned an education degree. She spent nine years teaching high school English. Currently she is a school counselor, doing a job that is both one of the hardest things she’s ever done and the most rewarding. In her free time she writes, reads great books and takes care of her two beautiful and crazy children. Visit her at www.katiefrenchbooks.com

 

For those of you interested in Katie’s books, you can find them in amazon. But I also have a special treat for 2 lucky people. An eBook giveaway!!! Please enter and experience a new author without risk or worry. On the other hand, if you can’t wait to get your hard on “Eyes Ever To The Sky.”  It is only 0.99 cents today!

 

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“The Guys Are Props Club” – Cover Reveal

May 18, 2013 by

I’m so thrilled to share the cover to my sexy New Adult novel The Guys Are Props Club. The couple on the picture is perfect for Maddie and Sebastian–especially Sebastian (Oh, my!) I love it, and it makes me so much more excited about my book coming out next month. Working on this novel was extremely fun, and I feel readers in this new, hot genre will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Most of all I hope Sebastian makes everyone sigh the way I do every time I picture him ;)

 

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During her senior year in high school, Maddie Burch promised herself not to ever fall for a cute guy – or any guy – again. Cute guys are players and not to be trusted, a fact she learned the hard way when her first boyfriend ran her heart through a paper shredder. Two years later, her promise is still intact, and she’s determined to make it through college without falling victim to another creep. She has her job, school and The Guys Are Props Club to keep her mind and hormones in check.

The club was founded by Jessica, Maddie’s best friend. It is a sisterhood of girls who have fallen prey to heartless jerks and who have vowed to turn the tables. Once a semester, Jessica requires members to “do onto others as they’ve done unto you.” Setting the example, Jessica’s next play is Sebastian Capello, a theater major with heartthrob looks and a flair for Latin dance, whose heart she plans to break the way hers was once broken.

What the friends don’t know is that Sebastian is different. Despite his perfect looks and popularity, he’s not a jerk. He doesn’t play games to get his way. Instead, he keeps it real and goes after what he wants with honest intentions. And what he wants is not a bombshell like Jessica, but a down-to-earth girl like Maddie – even if it causes a riff in the girl’s friendship. Even if it means getting Maddie to break her personal vow.

*** Due to language and sexual situations this book is recommended for ages 17 and older.

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How to Create a Website

Aug 17, 2011 by

Create your own website

Create your own website

Some of my author friends have been asking what did I do to create my own website. Some of them have Blogger, WordPress or some other free service, and they don’t like the fact that their site address ends up with extra words tacked in the middle. For instance this site might have ended up as www.fictionBOUND.blogspot.com. Not so nice, huh? They want to know how to have a cleaner name, and if it is difficult to accomplish. Also they wonder what is the cost involved. So I thought it would be good to have a quick post about it.

 

1 – Choose a domain name

This could be as easy or as hard as you make it. At first I thought I would just pick a domain name and be done with it, but the possibilities gave me terrible angst. There are endless choices once you start mixing and matching keywords. I had a long list of names before I decided to go with fictionBOUND.  There are a few things to keep in mind when picking a domain name:

  • Shorter is better
  • Memorable and easy to spell
  • The name suggests the nature of what the site is about


2 – Buy your domain

There are many choices of places where you can buy your domain. Personally, I used GoDaddy.com. It is as easy as making sure the domain name you chose is available and creating an account. Oh and, of course, paying them!


3 – Host your site

More choices! Are you sensing a theme here? Choices, choices, choices. Enough to drive you to tears and give you total paralysis! In my case, I used Hostgator.com. But you can evaluate the different options at hosting-review.com or other similar places. You can buy your domain and host it in the same place. I just happened, at the time, to get a better deal by doing it separately.

After I signed up with Hostgator.com, they sent me an email with my Nameservers. I took those back to GoDaddy.com and pointed fictionBOUND to those. This way GoDaddy would know that my site was being hosted at HostGator. After this it took a day or two for my site to be available. The changes have to propagate throughout the internet. Just try to think of someone in China typing fictionBOUND.com. How is the world does it know where to find it? Yeah, that’s why it takes a few days. Servers got to talk to each other and stuff. They’ve got to learn there’s a new kid on the block, you know.

 

4 – Install WordPress

You can pay a professional web designer to design your site. I didn’t have that kind of money. However, after learning I could use WordPress, shedding the money didn’t seem like a good idea anymore. Mainly because I realized I could get a pro feel for free or for a fraction of the cost, all without the hassle and pressure of finding an affordable, reputable web designer.

WordPress is a free, Web-based software program that anyone can use to build and maintain a website or blog. You can find templates – many free – that provide the basic functionality most authors would need to promote their work and connect with readers. Installing it is easy. Once your hosting is up in running, you log in to your new website and installation is one click away.

 

5 – Choose and install a WordPress theme

I searched all wordpress free templates. There are plenty to pick from. Personally, I chose to pay a little to get a more professional look and feel and support. I used Elegantthemes.com which offers many outstanding templates for an affordable price. Once you choose a template, all you need to do is login to your websites wp-admin and upload the file.

After that you are ready to roll :)

 

So how much did it cost?

 

Item Cost
Domain through GoDaddy (full year)  $9.17
Hosting through HostGator (full year)  $66.72
ElegantThemes (one time)  $39.00
TOTAL  $114.89

 

 

You could do it all for free . . . BUT . . .

. . . having your own domain name gives you credibility. Besides if you through blogger, or whoever else, you don’t really own your site. You are subject to their policies and you can’t sell your blog if, for any reason, it becomes popular and someone offers you big bucks for it ;) Another advantage to hosting your own blog is the added flexibility you gain. This will be crucial if your site grows beyond your expectations.

Now, I must say, I didn’t get up to speed with this all by myself. My friend Clay Burt practically taught me a seminar on the topic. He knows tons about it. Thanks Clay!

Leave me a comment. I’d love to read your thoughts on this.

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