Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Storm Grant, author of Few Are Chosen visits BF10

Few are chosen, but Bitch Factor 10 was-- for a Riptide Blog Tour visit from Storm Grant, author of the highly-amusing Few Are Chosen. Today, Storm is the guest poster, telling us how " you know you're a writer..."  Storm has also included a blurb from Few Are Chosen and there's a contest, too! So be sure to look for contest details towards the end of this post.










You know you're a writer when...

So there I am, skipping along behind the dogs at the dog park, delighted the ice is finally gone so I don't have to watch my footing, and--down I go. Goodbye, ice. Hello, mud.

I get home and toss the muddy jeans in the washer, then spend several minutes examining and describing my poor raw knees to myself. Why?

There are poor raw knees in a scene I need for my current work-in-progress.

Now that I've embraced raw-kneehood, I guess I should put some disinfectant on them. It's a dog park, who knows what was in that mud? Ewww!

I’ve done some weird-ass things to get info for my books. Please, please, please never ask my husband about that sex scene for GYM DANDY.

The 300-year-old converted monastery I stay in each year in Mexico? I spent several nights scaring the other tenants by wandering up and down the four flights of stairs in the dark so I could give my Grim Reaper an apartment in Hell for SCYTHE DOES MATTER.

My latest release, FEW ARE CHOSEN from Riptide Publishing, is my first YA. I spent so much time spying on teens at the local mall that I worried Mall Security would have me arrested. But I realized they were the same horribly self-conscious, attention-hungry, insecure kids that we were back in the 1970s. Just less pot and more iPods. Or maybe that’s just me.

In order to figure out what cultural references kids would get, I gathered my teenage nephews plus their girlfriends and read them a page of questions. Oddly, they can hum the theme but don’t know Jaws, they know that a repeatedly descending fist coupled with a squeaky noise means death-in-the-shower but have never heard of Psycho. And despite repeated watchings of Zoolander, have no idea who David Bowie is. Huh. Kids today.

Now I’m embarking upon a new writerly quest—I want to write a mystery. It’ll still be a funny, creature-filled bonanza, but it will follow the mystery structure. So now… I’m going to need to murder somebody so I can describe it from the murder’s point of view. Any volunteers?

What crazy things have you done to get realism and good description in your writing?

Storm Grant (also writing as Gina X. Grant)


BLURB:

FEW ARE CHOSEN by Storm Grant

Sparks fly between virgin teenage demon hunters when the Chosen One turns out to be… the Chosen Two?

Apprentice warrior Blake St. Blake is the Chosen One, raised by an ancient order to defend the world against evil. Well, maybe not the whole world, but at least his neighborhood in downtown Detroit.

When a dreaded reflux demon is sighted in a local cemetery, Blake is sent off to his very first battle, armed with his sword, his super-senses, his black leather duster, and a few well-rehearsed one-liners.

But another Chosen One gets in Blake’s way—an apprentice wizard named Shadow. While the boys argue about who’s the more chosen of the two, the demon escapes.

Blake wants to be angry, but it turns out he and Shadow have a lot in common. Besides, Shadow’s pretty cute, and Blake can’t help but think that the wizard’s skills (and hands and lips and other bits) might make the perfect complement to his. Blake and Shadow are brave enough to challenge the reflux demon in a second battle, but will they have the courage to tell each other how they feel?

Title Details
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-937551-22-3
eBook release: Feb 20 2012
eBook formats: pdf, mobi, html, epub
Word count: ~12,000
Page count: ~40
Heat Wave: On-screen, mildly explicit love scenes
Type: Standalone
eBook   $2.99    



Contest details:

Play The Name Game for FEW ARE CHOSEN and win a copy of ALL THREE of these entertaining books from Storm Grant’s backlist: Gym Dandy, Shift Happens, and Tart and Soul. (Two full-length novels and a novella!)
1. What is Shadow’s real first name? ___  ___  ___  ___
2. What is Shadow’s mentor’s first name? ___  ___  ___  ___  ___
3. What is the name of the Order that raised and trained Blake? The Order of the ___  ___  ___  ___

How to enter: DO NOT POST YOUR ANSWERS! Instead, to qualify:
1. Email your answers to the three questions, above, to storm.grant@gmail.com.
2.  Then post a comment to this blog stating that you’ve emailed your entry.

You may enter once for each stop on the blog tour, thereby increasing your chances of being the grand prize winner!
One grand prize winner will be selected March 5th.
Blog tour, details here.










4 comments:

  1. Thanks for letting me stop by on my whirl-wind blog tour. Don't forget to enter the contest to win my backlist!
    ~ Storm

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  2. Lady Gaga would be just a pile of tin foil with freaky earrings without David Bowie. Wow. Great to see you here! I'll have to think about what crazy things I've done. It isn't that there are none, I've just blocked them out.
    Cheers!!

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    1. I never thought about David Bowie's influence on today's entertainers, but you're right. Cher, too.

      I wonder if my nephews know who Cher is. o.0

      ~ S.

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    2. Oooh, I don't know, Storm. I think it's ok for the Cher knowledge to skip a generation (or two, hehehe)

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