Beware the Little White Rabbit

Coming soon to an e-book near you: Beware the Little White Rabbit, a celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

This April, join Leap Books on this curious exploration of madness, tea parties, Cheshire grins, moments of terror, fantastical settings, romance, and of course, mayhem!

This select group of talented authors is united by their passion for all things Alice and will delight you with their take on what really happened down the rabbit hole. Beware the Little White Rabbit releases on April 14, 2015.

BewareCover Our menagerie of tale-spinners includes:

Laura Lascarso (that’s me!)

Charlotte Bennardo

C. Lee McKenzie

Christine Norris

David Turnbull

Jacqueline Horsfall

Medeia Sharif

Tom Luke

Jessica Bayliss

Crystal Schubert

Holly Odell

Jennifer Moore

Liam Hogan

On a personal note, I cannot wait to read the contributions of the other authors in this sure-to-be-awesome re-envisioning of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic.

Interview with Judith Graves

JudithGravesPlease join me in welcoming Judith Graves, an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and author for an interview about her newest installment of her Skinned series, which launches today with LEAP books.

Describe your favorite scene from Skin of My Teeth: Volume 1. Why is it your favorite?

Actually, there are two scenes I love in SOMT: Volume 1 – both are linked [at the end of this interview]. There’s the moment Eryn discovers Alec and Wade have been fighting, and then, through a bonus scene made available at the end of Volume 1, we get to see that fight play out from Alec’s point of view.

This is the first time I’ve offered “extras” like this, where the reader is able to access multiple character viewpoints, at key moments in the story, to give insights and (maybe!) reveal a few secrets. Up to now, Eryn is the main way we experience the world of Redgrave. It’s fun to get behind the scenes and see things unfold that she isn’t privy to.

SOMT sounds like a steamy romance. What do you believe is the key to writing a good love story?

Conflict. Passion. High stakes. I love it when characters with opposite beliefs, dreams, or fears are thrown together to reach a similar goal/outcome. Then it’s just a matter of letting them push and pull at each other, and watch the sparks fly.

Why do you choose to write YA? or What’s so special about YA?

I write in several genres, as well as for adults – and I’m working on a few middle grade projects, so I’m comfortable writing for just about any readership. However, young adult fiction is my go to. It’s where I can settle in and tell a story quite organically – without stressing over the tone/voice.

It’s also what I read the most. So…maybe you write what you read?

Would you describe SOMT as a survival story? 

I guess. Sure. 😉 Eryn certainly battles for her life in each book, but what she’s really surviving is the process of discovering who and what she is capable of becoming, and just how far she’s willing to go.

What three words would you use to describe Eryn?

Snarky. Vulnerable. Badass.

SOMTfinalV1aThanks so much, Judith, for the great insight into SOMT and your writing process. Now, for all you readers out there who’d like a sneak peak, visit SKIN OF MY TEETH EXCLUSIVE BONUS CONTENT!

Buy it on    Amazon     Barnes & Noble     KOBO

For a little more about SKIN OF MY TEETH, read on…

HOW TO PLAY

· draw a card from the deck
· kill or be killed
· and if you’re lucky, repeat…

Hidden agendas, deep, dark secrets, and monsters lurking around every locker. It’s business as usual at Redgrave High for Eryn and her crew of paranorm hunters – they plan to capture and cure Brit’s brother from his tormented existence, Eryn is reunited with her father’s beta, and Redgrave’s origins are revealed.

Although the two guys vying for Eryn’s heart just might have to up their game. Enter hot, wolven guy stage left. Is he the one Alec’s blood magic foretold? He is, if Eryn’s knocking pulse has anything to say about it. The tale-tell sound is driving Wade mad. But it’s Eryn’s move, and everyone is holding their breath.

A little healthy competition soon becomes all-out survival of the fittest as the crew are pitted against a pack of demons trading souls – for keeps. The student population is enamored with a new card game, Boroughs Quest. Kids are desperate to get their hands on gilded cards from a mysterious expansion deck, but when they do…

It’s all fun and games ’til somebody dies. 

Skin of My Teeth: Book 3, Vol 1

somt1Congratulations to my friend and editor extraordinaire Judith Graves who’s first e-novella of three launches on December 23.

HOW TO PLAY
· draw a card from the deck
· kill or be killed
· and if you’re lucky, repeat…

Hidden agendas, deep, dark secrets, and monsters lurking around every locker. It’s business as usual at Redgrave High for Eryn and her crew of paranorm hunters – they plan to capture and cure Brit’s brother from his tormented existence, Eryn is reunited with her father’s beta, and Redgrave’s origins are revealed.

Although the two guys vying for Eryn’s heart just might have to up their game. Enter hot, wolven guy stage left. Is he the one Alec’s blood magic foretold? He is, if Eryn’s knocking pulse has anything to say about it. The tale-tell sound is driving Wade mad. But it’s Eryn’s move, and everyone is holding their breath.

A little healthy competition soon becomes all-out survival of the fittest as the crew are pitted against a pack of demons trading souls – for keeps. The student population is enamored with a new card game, Boroughs Quest. Kids are desperate to get their hands on gilded cards from a mysterious expansion deck, but when they do…

It’s all fun and games ’til somebody dies. 

JudithGravesJudith Graves has multiple young adult novels and short stories published with Leap Books, Orca Book Publishers, Compass Press, and, under the pen name, Judith Tewes, is also published with Bloomsbury Spark. In addition, Judith is an award-winning screenwriter and playwright, writes freelance articles for literary magazines, and facilitates writing workshops for both adults and young adults. She lives in northern Alberta with her husband and three crazy labs.

Stalk Judith at:

https://www.judithgraves.com

Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/user/JudithGraves

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judithgraveswrites

Twitterview with M. Molly Backes, author of Princesses of Iowa

A 140-character limit Twitter Q & A with M. Molly Backes, author of Princesses of Iowa, conducted around midnight on Sept 2, 2013. Yay!
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Laura: With @mollybackes author of #PrincessesOfIowa M, from the Iowa 80 to small-town life, you seem to know Willow Grove intimately. Connection?

Molly: Willow Grove is fictional, but I went to college in small-town Iowa & grew up in small-town Wisconsin. I heart small towns.

Laura: What came first for you, the small-town setting, the character of Paige, or something else entirely?

Molly: Paige came first, but I was living in NM at the time, and homesick for the Midwest, so Iowa was always important.

Laura: Paige is a complex character who grows much throughout #PrincessesOfIowa What do you see as her greatest weakness? Strength?

Molly: Thanks! I think her greatest weakness is her extremely narrow world-view. She is the center of her own universe to a fault. So conversely her greatest strength is her willingness to start expanding her understanding of herself & the world.

Laura: You give a wide array of personalities in #PrincessesOfIowa Who did you most enjoy getting to know throughout the process?

Molly: Of course I love them all, but I think that Nikki is my favorite. She always made me laugh. & Paige’s mom was wickedly fun.

Laura: Does your mother bear resemblance to the mothers of Willow Grove in #PrincessesOfIowa Or, did you know these women growing up?

Molly: I have known some critical mothers! Not my mom, but other women in my family, the mothers of my students…they’re out there.

Laura: You wove many themes in #PrincessesOfIowa bigotry/tolerance, popular/not so, interior/exterior. What was your initial spark?

Molly: The initial spark was the way we label ourselves & each other, & how those labels keep us from seeing deeper, truer selves. Which I think is the thematic umbrella for all other issues: popularity, homophobia, class, race, gender, expectations, etc.

Laura: Confession time: Are you, or have you ever been, a princess of Iowa?

Molly: Ha, that depends on your definition of princess. I once crowned myself the “Rabbit Princess,” but have no idea why. #college

Laura: Lacey is what one might term a “mean girl” in #PrincessesOfIowa How do you feel about this label in general and/or for her?

Molly: I think it’s a popular trope for a reason, but I also believe that every human is far more complex than any trope would allow

Laura: What is your favorite scene in #PrincessesOfIowa? Why?

Molly: The argument between Shanti & Ethan about whether it’s better to do nothing & look cool, or do something & look stupid. It’s a small moment, but it was something that I absolutely believed in, & was proud to put out in the world.

Laura: Shanti and Ethan were v. enlightened throughout #PrincessesOfIowa Now a writerly Q, what are you working on now?

Molly: Oh lord, who knows. I’m battling my way through the jungle of doubt, self-loathing, & procrastination that is a first draft.

Laura: You sound like a writer! Last Q: What would you say to young women on both sides of the #PrincessesOfIowa spectrum?

Molly: Go easy on yourself. Take a deep breath. Be thoughtful. Imagine the kind of person you’d like to be, and work toward that.

Laura: Thank you for letting me Twitterview you! What a great experience to read #PrincessesOfIowa and then be able to ask Qs live!

Molly: Awww, thank you! It was a good exercise in brevity. I could have answered every Q with a paragraph.

April is Open by Jan Godown Annino

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I’m so excited because today I have a guest poem by Jan Godown Annino, who can not only spin a verse, but is also an award-winning author and Florida Book Award gold medal winner for SHE SANG PROMISE, the story of one of my favorite Florida figures, Seminole Tribal Leader Betty Mae Jumper.

Jan is known as Bkseedstudio on twitter

and she invites you to explore her site:  Bookseedstudio

Jan and I, along with award-winning Tallahassee author Adrian Fogelin, will be co-hosting a kid-lit panel in a few weeks…details to come.

Thank you, Jan, for this very generous gift of poetry!

April is Open

In August I remembered August

cow wrangler

at the red barn farm across the road

young August among older August, older August

trussing calves, burning the animal dead, carrying blue ribbons home

A march of men, all august in August

on shining Sydney Road hill

shearing sheep

milking cows

later, “bringing in the sheaves”

Women worked big red barns

bustling back and back again

like spring bees in our forsythia

women in wind-whipped yellow kerchiefs

flap, flap flapping the breeze

kittens mewled

wanting crusted bowls of cream

cringing at open doors of the big red barn, size of a blimp

a world of work steps away from me

June, I remember most

Her smile as I slid up the rivulet lane

to the top of her hill

slogging in wet April to collect eggs, milk, butter

not a regular order but always open for business

the neighborly hand up from my playmate’s mother

Did you folks run out again?

We did, may we have some please?

my city mother, running a house in the sticks

without a way into the village

my father drove the ‘57 Chevy off to the town job

no borrowed farm truck can help

my mother still needed driving lessons

Our little red house perched

on the steep slippery Sydney hill

like an outbuilding of the muddy farm

where every day, every day, every day always

August and June milked

The cows folding legs down

in the moist May meadow

of our back yard

the livelihood of neighbors

my poetry lesson

How now brown cow?”

I never saw a purple cow

The cow’s in the corn”

She walks among the meadow grass

And eats the meadow flowers”

 

Borrowed poetry lines

my mother in a September song

her rhyme time about bovines

Deep in closet shadows

alligator purse and shoes

red peplum skirted suit

veiled velvet black hat

shadows of her Rockefeller Center office life

distant December days

Jan Godown Annino/2013

If you’d like to enter for the chance to win a signed copy of Counting Backwards, send your poem to lauralascarso(at)yahoo(dot)com during the month of April. You might see it posted here! The winner will be announced on May 1.