Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Swoon Romance YA Wednesdays - Life in the No-Dating Zone Book Blitz

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Swoon Romance YA Wednesdays!
This week features
Life in the No-Dating Zone by Patricia B. Tighe.
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Title: Life in the No-Dating Zone
Publication date: December 2, 2014
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Author: Patricia B. Tighe 
After surviving her parents' relationship drama when her older sister elopes, Claire Gardner vows not to date during high school. Now, three years later, Claire is thrust into new relationship drama--her two best friends have boyfriends. Which means Claire is spending more and more time alone. And she's more than a little peeved.
Enter Gray Langley. His year-long crush on Claire's friend Lindsey has made him desperate enough to ask Claire for help. Hesitant at first, Claire agrees--anything to get rid of Lindsey's current evil boyfriend. But as Claire and Gray plot together, an attraction develops, and now she must decide if being with Gray is worth the pain that will come from confronting her parents with the reasons for her vow.
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Patricia B. Tighe
The mother of two grown sons, Patricia B. Tighe lives in El Paso, Texas, with her husband and two dogs. Her love of the written word caused her to get a journalism degree from Texas A&M University in 1980 and an MA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2008. When not writing or reading, she can be found walking the dogs or yelling at the TV during an NFL game. She's also a fan of British TV shows. Top Gear, anyone?

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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

The Last List Blog Hop - Interview with Ilsa Bick

Critically acclaimed author of The Ashes Trilogy, Ilsa J. Bick takes her new Dark Passages series to an alternative Victorian London where Emma Lindsay continues to wade through blurred realities now that she has lost everything: her way, her reality, her friends. In this London, Emma will find alternative versions of her friends from the White Space and even Arthur Conan Doyle.

Emma Lindsay finds herself with nowhere to go, no place to call home. Her friends are dead. Eric, the perfect boy she wrote into being, and his brother, Casey, are lost to the Dark Passages. With no way of knowing where she belongs, she commands the cynosure, a beacon and lens that allows for safe passage between the Many Worlds, to put her where she might find her friends—find Eric—again. What she never anticipated was waking up in the body of Little Lizzie, all grown up—or that, in this alternative London, Elizabeth McDermott is mad.

In this London, Tony and Rima are “rats,” teens who gather the dead to be used for fuel. Their friend, Bode, is an attendant at Bedlam, where Elizabeth has been committed after being rescued by Arthur Conan Doyle, a drug-addicted constable.

Tormented by the voices of all the many characters based on her, all Elizabeth wants is to get rid of the pieces under her skin once and for all. While professing to treat Elizabeth, her physician, Dr. Kramer, has actually drugged her to allow Emma—who’s blinked to this London before—to emerge as the dominant personality…because Kramer has plans. Elizabeth is the key to finding and accessing the Dickens Mirror.

But Elizabeth is dying, and if Emma can’t find a way out, everyone as they exist in this London, as well as the twelve-year-old version of herself and the shadows—what remains of Eric, Casey, and Rima that she pulled with her from the Dark Passages—will die with her

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1)     With being a child psychiatrist do you find yourself doing intense character development?

Oh sure, how could I not?  In fact, that’s one of the things people have said about my characters: that they’re not “deep” so much as multi-faceted and complicated.  That’s the way people really are, and I’ve seen so many troubled folks—people who may mean well but end up doing stupid and terrible things—as well as those people who are truly, truly evil, I bring all that to my writing.

2)     If you were to pick one character from the Ashes Trilogy and Dark Passages to be best friends, who would you pick?

Oh God, that’s so hard because I love all my characters and would hang with them, even the evil ones.  But I guess from the ASHES Trilogy, I’d pick Tom because he’s just so steady and well meaning, ready to sacrifice himself for the greater good.  He’s a kind of anchor, I guess. 

THE DARK PASSAGES . . . that’s just as hard because they’re all so interested and I love the way these disparate characters pull together against evil.  But I suppose I’d choose Rima.  She’s so nurturing and caring.  In a way, she’s a bit like Tom, I think.

3)     The second book in Dark Passages is set in an alternative Victorian London. How come you chose that place?

Well, because in some ways, it was logical because in WHITE SPACE, we learn that this very special device, The Dickens Mirror, allows this crazy writer to pull energy from the Dark Passages.  Then, too, I’d always meant to go there because the inspiration for this series came from a story Kate Dickens once told about her dad: how he’d be writing but then jump up and rush to a mirror and talk to it, become the character he was trying to write.  (In that instance, it was Fagin, I believe.)  Clearly, he was trying to make himself into someone else in that mirror, but then I got to think that what if he actually pulled an alternative him—an alter-ego—from the mirror?  That’s where the inspiration for the actual mirror in both books comes from, and then, of course, following that mirror to a weird alternative London in the second book flowed naturally from that.

I’d originally intended this as a trilogy, though.  We weren’t supposed to stop in London, but my very prescient editor suggested I wrap it up in two books.  Good thing because with Egmont USA going away…well, that third book might never have come out.
4) What is a song that speaks to your current writing?

Well, I don’t listen to tons of popular music—like, virtually none.  I need it to be quiet when I work and even when I’m not working, I don’t tend to listen to music much.   I used to: lots of classical, then Big Band and stuff.  But I find that my mind is usually very full and busy-busy-busy with whatever I’m working on.  So music becomes a distraction and not a pleasure.

Having said that, though—if you mean what I’m currently working on (and not The Dickens Mirror because then it would be easy: Frank Sinatra singing I’ve Got You Under My Skin figures prominently in the book.)

 then I’d pick Leonard Cohen’s Everybody Knows. I just love the bleakness and pessimism, I guess.  

About the Author
Ilsa J. Bick is a child psychiatrist, film scholar, surgeon wannabe, former Air Force major, and now an award-winning author of dozens of short stories and novels, including her critically acclaimed ASHES Trilogy, Draw the DarkDrowning Instinct, and The Sin-Eater’s Confession. WHITE SPACE, the first volume of her Dark Passages horror/fantasy duology, is currently long-listed for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a YA Novel.  The sequel, THE DICKENS MIRROR, will hit shelves on March 10, 2015. 

Ilsa lives with her long-suffering husband and other furry creatures  near a Hebrew cemetery in rural Wisconsin. One thing she loves about the neighbors: they’re very quiet and only come around for sugar once in a blue moon.

Drop by her website,, for her Sundays’ cake and Friday’s cocktail recipes as well as other assorted maunderings; or find her on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter (@ilsajbick), or Instagram (@ilsajbick).

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