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Countdown Time!

Fall is always a busy time of year for me. School/work/kids sports…but this year I have three uber fun things to count down for!  Here they are in order of occurrence:

1. Penned Con

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This is my 4th year attending this event and it is, by far, my favorite signing to go to. It’s hosted by one of my besties and her husband Amy and Rick Miles, and all of the profits from the event go to a local St. Louis Charity: Action for Autism. Their son has autism and they wanted to find a way to give back. What better way than to get the book community together!

Check out that author line up! It’s a huge two-day event that is likely to bring in over 1,000 readers! Plus, it’s not just a signing…oh no. It’s a conference too. They have kick-ass Keynote speakers, panels for authors and readers alike, a PJ party, a casino night, a DJ dance party, awards, and three-course meals! Not to mention it’s a weekend that I get to see so many of my online friends, meet fans and make new connections. I have so much fun with it that I’m actually flying out early so I can help set up. Wanna learn more, you can do so here: https://pennedcon.com/ 

2. Netherworld Releases

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This release has been literal years in the making. It was set to come out in 2014, but, well…that’s a long story. A story some of you know if you’ve followed the blog. Suffice it to say, this baby has been through hell and back. After many re-writes and character tweaking, we are ready to release it into the book world. If you follow me on Facebook Amy and I are releasing new information about the book every Thursday leading up to its release. If you aren’t following me and would like to, you can do so here: Facebook Author Page

Wanna pre-order your copy? You can do that here:

3. Books in Vacationland

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October 14 from 10:00-3:00 in Portland, Maine

I’m really excited for this signing. There are so few that happen in my own home state and this is only a few hours away! This is an opportunity for me to touch base with some of my favorite local authors and to meet some out of state ones traveling to our beautiful state to do so. If you’re local and wanna come say ‘hi’ you can find out more about the event and tickets here:

If you’re driving down and wanna pre-order a book to make sure I’ll have what you want on hand, you can do so here.

Phew! So much coming up! I think I need a nap. Hehe

 

Danielle Bannister, author and busy-bee

 

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Author Interview: Amy Miles & Danielle Bannister open up about Netherworld

While Amy Miles and I wait for our beta readers to finish with their first look at Netherworld, we thought it might be fun to share a short interview we did with each other about what co-writing a book together was really like. We tried to think of questions people might want to know.

First things first…how did the two of you meet? You’re not even in the same state!

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Danielle: It was back in 2011. I had just released my first book, Pulled and I was looking for bloggers/readers to read and review it. I came across Amy’s blog. At that time, many moons ago, she used to do reviews in addition to write. She liked the book and we friended each other on Facebook. We started chatting about writing, and it turned into daily conversations.

Amy: Man that was a LONG time ago. I can’t believe we’ve been friends since 2011. Time sure flies by! Now we can’t go a day without gabbing to each other.

Amy writes primarily fantasy books. Danielle writes primarily real world, romance driven novels. What made you think to combine the two genres?

Amy: Most fantasy books contain romantic elements. I’ve read and enjoyed all of Danielle’s books in the past and knew that she’d be a huge asset when it came to creating that romantic thread that I sometimes overlook because I’m too amped up to jump into a suspenseful battle. Netherworld is a great blend of both of our skills.

Danielle: Even though we write in different genres, we’re in a lot of the same circles just because of being indie authors. I’ve always wanted to try fantasy, but I really didn’t have the courage to try it. Sooooo much world building and coming up with ridiculously massive back stories. That was a skill Amy had with her books and I wanted to yolk some of her skill that way. I’m not sure which one of us suggested that we should try working on a book together, using each other’s strong suits, but we decided to give it a whirl. I don’t think either of us thought it would take us as long as it did to happen, but that’s another question haha.

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This is just a FEW of Amy’s titles!

What has the co-writing process been like since you live so far apart?

Danielle: Amy and I both have very different ways in which we go about writing, as all writers do. We find what works for us and go with it. So trying to figure her process and blending it together with mine took some getting used to. Add into the fact that we weren’t often in the same room together at the same time when writing. Often we’d be writing at different times from the other, on different chapters within the same document so our outline became a HUGE piece of what we used. I had never outlined prior to this book but when you have two different authors, you HAVE to know where the story is going.

Amy: We spend a LOT of time on Facebook Messenger hashing out ideas. A lot of times I would come up with some brilliant plan that would leave Danielle banging her head on the desk because I was creating ripples that flowed over into her chapters, but it worked…eventually. I MAY be part of the reason why Netherworld went through seven rewrites haha.

Danielle: So many ripples…She’d get this crazy idea that totally worked, but it meant going back and changing five other chapters! This book took a very unique way of coming to the finish line.

What has been the best and worst thing about writing Netherworld?

Amy:  For me, the best has definitely been seeing first hand what it’s like to compromise and work through varying ideas on a book. I’m so used to just being a panster when I write my own books that plotting in advance and making not only two different POV’s but also two different worlds blend has been amazing to watch. The worst part is definitely going through so many rewrites. Even though I’m thrilled with the end result and all of the added layers of depth that we have added, it becomes difficult to remember which details remained to the final cut. Danielle and I will message each other saying “didn’t we write this already?” only to remember that was three re-writes ago. Book 2 and 3 will definitely be a smoother ride for us now that we’ve got this process down pat.

Danielle: I agree with Amy on the ‘worst’ element. Having to stick to an outline made the desire to follow a road that I normally would follow something I couldn’t do. It forced me to be disciplined. The other negative was the multiple revisions…We had a version of the book done in 2014, but then it got picked up by an agent…the agent wanted revisions…then we parted ways with the agent…let it sit dormant and said, you know. We have this book done and waiting. Why don’t we publish it? When we re-read it, however, we saw ways we could improve upon the original 2014 version (we had both grown as writers) and so that meant yet another round of revisions! Hahaha The best thing has been being collaborative with Amy. I think we’ve both learned so much about each other’s writing style and method and learning how to incorporate those styles into one project has been eye opening.  

Who is your favorite character from Netherworld and why?

Danielle: I get to write the humans for this book so I tried to make each of them different from the other in honest ways. I love to write characters that are broken, if only in their own eyes. Some people think of characters that start a book as such are weak. What’s fun for me, as a writer, is to help these characters find their strength throughout the course of a novel. I want to go on their journey of self-discovery. This book focuses mostly on Devlin’s journey after some tough news in his life. Other humans will get their turn as the trilogy continues. Having said that, the most fun one to write so far has been Seamus. He’s Devlin’s side kick. He’s a bit of some comic relief but also has a troubled past so he’s fun to write.
Amy: That is a really hard question to answer since I have the pleasure of writing both Taryn, our heroine and Aed, our cocky prince of the Netherworld. Both have strong personalities, are fiercely loyal and are totally badass. Those are the three things I love most in fantasy based characters. But I’d have to say that I really love Taryn. She’s going to go through a pretty major character growth process over the span of this trilogy and it’s going to be fun watching her realize that letting herself love doesn’t make her weak. It actually makes her stronger.

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Netherworld will be releasing in October. You can pre-order at ibooks here.

Other platforms coming soon.

You can check out all of Amy’s work on her website at: https://amymilesbooks.com/

 

Got a question we didn’t answer? Let us know in the comments!

 

Danielle Bannister, author and interviewer

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Exciting News!!!

I’ve got a secret to share! One I’ve been holding onto for about a year now. Today I get to spill the beans. I have a new book to do a cover reveal for! One that people who know me thought was long dead and buried. Confused? Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

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Back in 2013, my writing friend, Amy Miles and I were ready to release a book into the world that we co-authored. We had spent about a year or so, working on making this book work. Not easy to do when you live several states away. We were determined to do it though. We had an idea. She wrote fantasy then and I wrote romance. Could the two worlds collide? Could a human fall in love with a fantasy character? Why not? The story was born.

About a year later, we had everything set to release. Some of you probably remember reading about said book way back then. It was during a Facebook release party when we were approached by an agent. They wanted to represent our book, but only if we pulled it from release. Apparently, publishing houses don’t want to release a book that is already out. Go figure! So with three days before our release, Amy and I had some tough choices to make.

In the end, we opted to pull our release and give the agent a try. After all, we wanted to dream a little. Fast forward several years and even more re-writes, (7th times a charm?) we thought the book was dead in the water. We both left the agency and so the title reverted back to us.

Then, last year, we thought maybe we should give it one last go. I mean, we had a finished novel. It seemed silly to just let it sit there unpunished.

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Hard at work? Or hardly working?

Remember when Amy came to Maine for a week to ‘visit me’ in February? We were working on Netherworld, though we didn’t want to reveal it just then. (This was before that ugly couch and coffee table were carried away screaming into the night.) That magical piece of paper Amy is holding was our outline. The sanity that kept two very different minds on track.)

Today, we are thrilled to show you the cover reveal of the new and improved: NETHERWORLD: The Hallowed Realms Book 1.

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Blurb

Taryn

Flatline. The moment when one life ends and the next begins. That’s my cue. And I hate it. Being a banshee is a right pain in the arse. When I’m not ferrying manky old blokes or mental cat ladies through the veil between Earth and Netherworld, I’m training in secret for a war our King denies is coming. But I know better. An army of Lorcan monsters stands ready to breach the walls. If they succeed, the destruction they seek will not be contained to just our world, but to the human world beyond. My only hope is to rely on the aid of a cocky prince with his own agenda. But after a human man captures my interest, will I be able to accept the terms of the prince’s aid?

Devlin

Our paths were never meant to cross. I’m meant to live my human life, unaware of the world that exists beyond the veil. I know about death, sure. My own sister’s life hangs in the balance, holding my own happiness with it. But when Taryn and I collide, my world flips upside down. Nothing makes sense anymore. There are things I shouldn’t be able to see but now can’t escape from. Logic tells me to run as far as I can from Taryn and the horrors of her world but my heart screams at me to follow her to the literal ends of the earth. Even if it means my own damnation.

Links

(As of this posting, the only live pre-order link is on ibooks, but have patience. More platforms are on the way!)

Netherworld is releasing in October!

iBooks- http://bit.ly/NetherworldPreOrder

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Amy and I are busting but to have these to the printer for our signing at Penned Con. If there are some left, I’ll bring some to Books in Vacationland. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until October to read our labor of love.

Once Netherworld is live, Amy and I will be hard at work writing Book 2. The last two books have already been outlined. Now we just need to write them. That’s the easy part! Haha

If you wanna find out more about Amy and what she writes, you can find out more about her here.

You can follow me on the blog or find me on social media to discover teasers and other fun things leading up to the release in October.

Until then, I’m Danielle Bannister, author, and cover reveal surpriser

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Better late than never? Give Away #12 in the countdown to Netherworld

I swear, the days just slip right through my hands!  I don’t know how to stop it! Sigh. Thank you for having patience with me (those of you who are actually following me still on this giveaway countdown to Netherworld’s official release–Aug 5th)

 

Anywho, the winner of the earring pair of choice is……………

 

TIA MILLER!!!!!! Woot Woot!

 

If any one is curious, this was how the poll came out. I have to admit, I was surprised.

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It brings me much comfort seeing it though. Although I know all of these are a factor in your decision to buy a book, it’s nice to know that the actual plot is what you look for first. Gave me the warm fuzzies.

 

What’s up next for a prize?  A short story that I write according to the winner’s ideas. You tell me a name, or a location, SOMETHING, and I will write the winner a story about that.

(Is that a good prize or a lame prize? )

 

To win, just share this blog page and either comment here or on fb that you’ve done it. Easy?  Hopefully.

Here is the obligatory NETHERWORLD teaser image:

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And follow up pre-Order links:

NETHERWORLD PRE-ORDER– ONLY  99 CENTS!

Banshees are forbidden to mingle with the humans.

What happens when she follows her heart instead of the rules?

A new novel by Amy Miles and Danielle Bannister

Releases August 5, 2014

Smashwords: http://bit.ly/1kTQWIF

Ibooks: http://bit.ly/1xWfoyh

 

Danielle Bannister, Author and lame give awayer