First off, a quick note that while the big Labor Day giveaway ended yesterday (stay tuned for winners), I’m part of a new Women of Fantasy giveaway hosted by Storytellers Unlimited and Booksweeps. My contribution is ROYAL STREET, but as you can see, there are 35 fantasy novels being given away, plus a Kindle Fire! You can enter by clicking here now through Sunday (but why wait?).
Another quick housekeeping note: The weekly Reader’s Choice giveaway will be here tomorrow, along with last week’s giveaway winners.
Now, please join me in welcoming author Kelly Meding to the site today! I know Kelly from her great Dreg City series, and she’s here today touring ORACLE, the first book in her new Project Files duology.
About the Author: Born and raised in Southern Delaware, Kelly Meding survived five years in the hustle and bustle of Northern Virginia, only to retreat back to the peace and sanity of the Eastern Shore. An avid reader and film buff, she discovered Freddy Krueger at a very young age, and has since had a lifelong obsession with horror, science fiction, and fantasy, on which she blames her interest in vampires, psychic powers, superheroes, and all things paranormal….Three Days to Dead, the first book in her Dreg City urban fantasy series, follows Evangeline Stone, a paranormal hunter who is resurrected into the body of a stranger and has only three days to solve her own murder and stop a war between the city’s goblins and vampires. Additional books in the series, As Lie the Dead, Another Kind of Dead, and Wrong Side of Dead, are available in both digital format and mass market paperback from Bantam. Books five and six, Requiem for the Dead and The Night Before Dead, are published in digital and paperback by Smedge Press….Beginning with Trance, Kelly’s MetaWars series tells the story of the grown-up children of the world’s slaughtered superheroes who receive their superpowers back after a mysterious fifteen-year absence, and who now face not only a fearful public, but also a vengeful villain who wants all of them dead. Trance and Changeling are available now in both digital format and mass market paperback from Pocket Books. Tempest and Chimera are available in digital format only via Pocket Star. All four books can also be purchased as a digital bundle.
Before we hear from Kelly, let’s take a look at the book!
ABOUT ORACLE: Dr. Dean Frey is a man of science. His lifelong desire to create a better future for mankind has led him to the prestigious, and highly mysterious, Wilderness Institute of Scientific Research & Technology, as the head of their Robotics Engineering department. Building on the research and designs of others before him, Dean’s own genius culminates in the successful creation of Anthony—the first fully-automated, free-thinking android prototype. And now Wilderness wants to sell Anthony to the military….Unwilling to allow his achievement to become weaponized, Dean reaches out to a former Wilderness employee with the resources to help him steal Anthony and relocate them both to safety. He’s put into contact with the very secretive Nick and Olivia, who ask for one simple thing in return: trust us, no matter what you see or hear. Blind trust isn’t in Dean’s cautious nature, but he has no other choice….For telekinetic Olivia, rescuing a fellow Psion from a life of imprisonment and experimentation is one of her favorite things. Being paid is nice, but she’ll do the job for free, if it means giving Wilderness the finger. When Olivia’s reclusive mentor solicits her and her telepathic partner Nick’s help in smuggling a very special Project out of Wilderness, they jump at the chance to infiltrate their former home and do some internal damage to the institute that created them….With their combined knowledge of the facility, breaking Anthony out of Wilderness should have been easy—but Olivia learned a long time ago to never underestimate her enemies, or the lengths they’ll go to retrieve what’s theirs. And this time, the price for stealing the Project may be more than she’s willing to pay.
And now let’s subject Kelly to the “Preternatura Q&A”–
Give us the “elevator pitch” for your latest work?
A bumbling robotics engineer joins forces with two uniquely-powered fugitives to protect his self-aware android prototype from nefarious government forces seeking to weaponized it.
What is your favorite scene in the book?
My favorite scene is one that still makes me laugh out loud for how literal it is. Anthony, the self-aware android prototype, has to be programmed to do everything, from how to walk and respond to inquiries, to simple human things like how often to change his clothing. And when a literal android runs out of clothing to change into…well, funny moments happen.
Hardest scene you’ve ever written:
The hardest scene I’ve written is actually in the conclusion to this series, Lazarus, which I hope to release later this year. I can’t tell you much about it without huge spoilers, but it’s a heart-wrenching scene in the rain, near the end of the book. I wrote it years and years ago, but it’s still a powerful moment.
What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?
So many things! I’ve been reading a lot of true crime lately, so I have one called “Perfect Victim” waiting to go. Also “Fed Up,” which is about the rise of childhood obesity in America. On the fiction side of things, I need to finish reading the rest of the stories on “Pangaea,” a shared-world anthology by Crazy 8 Press that posits what the world might be like if the continents never separated.
Favorite book when you were a child:
The Little House on the Prairie series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I read those books until the covers began to tear apart, and I still have my original copies.
Book you’ve faked reading:
Wuthering Heights. I was supposed to read it for my AP English class in high school. I read the Cliff’s Notes instead. (Suzanne: fist pump! I also faked this one.)
Book that made you say “I wish I’d thought of that!”
Anything Stephen King ever wrote.
Book you most want to read again for the first time:
Watership Down, by Richard Adams. I read this for the first time in seventh grade, and I’ve read it countless times since. I wish I could read it for the first time as an adult, just to see if the story would affect me differently.
Favorite book about books or writing:
It’s probably a bit cliché at this point, but Stephen King’s “On Writing.” His journey is unique to him, but the book contains a lot of great advice to new and existing writers. Also “Self-Editing for Fiction Writers” by Renni Browne and Dave King. Knowing how to self-edit is, in my opinion, absolutely necessary for writers. If writing is a craft, then this is a tool you need in your author kit.
Next up in the conclusion to the Project Files duology, Lazarus, which ties up some of the loose threads from Oracle. I also have a short story appearing in “Pangaea, Volume 2” from Crazy 8 Press (not sure when that will release). I’ve got some other project ideas in motion, to keep me going into 2017.
Thanks, Kelly! I also have a dogeared set of Laura Ingalls Wilder books in my shelves. Okay, readers, queue up for a chance at a $5 gift card and tell us: What was your most dogeared childhood read? If I read anything more than the Little House books, it was Heidi (yo, Grandfather!).