A few quick housekeeping notes…
I’m being interviewed at The Romance Dish today, talking about gators and, well, gators. Stop by if you get a chance. And a reminder that Jean Lafitte will be hijacking this blog beginning on Monday and running through November. It will give me a nice break and God only knows what he will have to say! Check each weekday to get the day’s links for the BLACK DIAMOND and then the BELLE CHASSE blog tours!
Today, however, join me in welcoming author, my agency mate, and all-around cool person Hayley Stone. Hayley’s here to subject herself to the infamous “Preternatura Q&A” and talk about her brand new book, COUNTERPART, released yesterday (10-11) by Hydra/Random House. Read on about how to win a copy of the first book in the Machinations series.
ABOUT HAYLEY: Hayley Stone has lived her entire life in sunny California, where the weather is usually perfect and nothing as exciting as a robot apocalypse ever happens. When not reading or writing, she freelances as a graphic designer, falls in love with videogame characters, and analyzes buildings for velociraptor entry points. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in German from California State University, Sacramento. Counterpart is her second novel, and a choice for Amazon’s Best Sci-fi and Fantasy Books of the Month for October.
ABOUT COUNTERPART: The high-intensity sci-fi thriller series that began with Machinations continues as reincarnated insurgent Rhona Long faces off against the one enemy she can’t outwit: her own clone. The machines believed their extermination of the human race would be over as quickly as it began. They were wrong. As the war against extinction intensifies, people are beginning to gain the upper hand. …Commander Rhona Long understands survival better than most. Killed in combat, she was brought back to life using her DNA, and she’s forged a new, even more powerful identity. Now the leader of the resistance, she’s determined to ensure the machines are shut down for good….But victory is elusive. The machines have a new technology designed to overcome humanity’s most advanced weaponry. Despite Rhona’s peacekeeping efforts, former nations are feuding over resources as old power struggles resurface. Worse, someone inside the resistance is sabotaging the human cause—someone who, from all appearances, seems to be Rhona . . . or her exact replica.
And now let’s put Hayley under the microscope!
Give us the “elevator pitch” for your latest work?
In the aftermath of an apocalyptic robot uprising, reincarnated insurgent Rhona Long struggles to contend with the worst disaster to ever hit McKinley base, ultimately leading her to face off against the one enemy she can’t outwit: her own clone.
Describe your favorite scene in the book? Why is it your favorite?
There’s a chapter fairly early in the novel where crap starts to go down, and Rhona and Zelda team up to deal with it. It was great getting to write this scene where two women—often at odds with each other—set aside their differences in order to help one another survive. It also gave me a chance to show a more compassionate, albeit still practical, side to Zelda’s character. The scene itself carries a lot of emotional weight for other reasons, but their cooperation exists at its heart.
What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?
The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milan has been floating around the top of my TBR pile for a while. Additionally, Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson, which I’ve heard good things about.
Favorite book when you were a child:
Any of the novels in the Jedi Apprentice series by Jude Watson, but especially the one where Qui-Gon goes rogue, because nothing says “I am a fallible Jedi Knight” like flirting with the Dark Side and gunning (lightsaber-ing?) for the person who murdered your loved one.
Going back even further, I had a children’s book on tornadoes that I reread a lot as a kid, back when I harbored dreams of being a storm chaser. I’ve always been fascinated by natural disasters.
Your five favorite authors:
Margaret Atwood; George R. R. Martin; Kameron Hurley; Philippa Gregory; Liane Moriarty
Honorable mentions: Alyssa Wong, Audrey Niffenegger, China Mieville, Jude Watson, and Jennifer Foehner Wells
Book(s) other than your own for which you’re an evangelist:
God’s War by Kameron Hurley, The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, and for some lighter space opera fun, Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells.
Book you most want to read again for the first time:
This is going to seem kind of odd seeing as I mostly read adult SFF, but Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. Such a fantastic book with a complicated main character, engaging plot, and perfect execution of the premise.
Favorite book about books or writing:
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. A must-read for all writers.
Hopefully book 3 of the series! I also have a sci-fi short story that I’m trying to find a home for, a completed weird Western novel I’m passionate about, and several fantasy ideas I hope to work on in the near future.
Thanks, Hayley! I haven’t read the Anne Lamott book so had to immediately search it out. So…here’s the question to win an ebook (any format) of the first book in Hayley’s series, MACHINATIONS: If you had to face your own clone in battle, which of your own weaknesses would you exploit in order to win? Um….and because I can’t think of an answer to that myself, you also can say, “It would be a tie”!