To make matters worse, the town folk of Sulphur Springs don’t look the same, and her classmates are a little dark in the eyes. There are murders, suicides, reckless skinny-dipping, gratuitous use of Q-tips, and newfound powers that Mikayla must learn to control.
Her past becomes present when a shape-shifter tells her what her true identity is, and how to keep the demons of Hell from nipping at her Converse. Through him she’ll discover who to trust, who to kiss, and how valuable her abilities are to the right beings. Because the evils of Hell aren’t staying down without a fight.
Or without her soul
Hm. My love for writing began with a chair, a detention chair in my second grade classroom corner surrounded by two partitions. We called it “The
Pit” back then. My seven-year-old self spent many a day in that chair for various reasons. Mostly for child related mischief like not coming in from recess or “disturbing” the class with the latest Mighty Morphin Power Ranger moves.
Anyway, whenever I’d go into The Pit, I’d write on the partition walls. I once wrote a butterfly poem that featured only words that began with the letter “b”. I also bashed my second grade teacher by writing and illustrating a complete comic strip called, “The Chicken Man”, which featured his likeness with a beak and flames of chicken feathers coming out of his rear-end. It seemed like a good idea until I was caught.
-What was your reaction when you found out that Watched was going to be published?
-What was your inspiration behind Watched?
A hockey game. I know, I know. But let me explain, Katie. It all started with Triple Play Cheese Fries at Baumhower's. My husband and I sat devouring their cheesy gooey goodness (which, by the way, is in direct conflict with my lactose intolerant situation) while a hockey game played on the flat screen in the restaurant. I’m not a big hockey fan, but they have some brutal fights. Pure madness sometimes how those players tempers can flare.
This case was no exception. One of the players from the opposing team lost their helmet in a scuffle for the puck against the glass, when a hockey stick slashed across his face in retaliation. There was so much blood. And a missing tooth. And for some reason the cameraman decided to pan over the crowd, stopping at a little girl. Her expression was pure horror.
Now, here’s where my thought process becomes a little confusing and twisted to people because 1. At the time of watching this game, I was writing a paranormal novel for my son, and
When they pulled the two apart from fighting, they sent them to the penalty box. They got close ups of both players and you could see this steam rising from their heads because of the sweat and body heat. But since I’m a paranormal-kind-of-girl, I didn't see the same steam everyone else saw rising from their bodies. I saw demon auras. I also told myself that the auras made them beat and harm each other.
And over cheesy fries and a hockey fight, I conjured Watched.
Keep that little tidbit in mind as you read the first chapter.
-The cover is absolutely gorgeous! I want to frame it and hang it on my wall! Did you have any input into the design?
Aww, thank you, Katie. Maybe we could arrange that. And I most certainly did have input. The cover artist was very open to this kind of thing. The designer was amazing, too. She was responsible for that chilling typography. It’s weird now that I think about how much information they needed about my characters and story to come up with a good design/cover. They both did a fab-tab-u-lous job, though! And I knew it was the best representation of Mikayla/the story possible. I love how the girl on the cover looks concerned, troubled, like any moment she might look over her shoulder because something is following her.
-Mikayla has a little bit of an obsession with q-tips. Is there any odd habits that you have?
Sometimes at traffic stops, I rolled down my window and sing very loudly the lyrics of the song I’m listening to at the neighboring car.
Don’t judge me.
-Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
-Is there any other writing projects that you are working on?
Why yes, there is. I’m currently working on a YA project about infected humans invading a rural town in Alabama. It’s a gut turner. Oh, and there’s also the sequel to Watched.
So below are some lines of lyrics from the songs on the album and in blue is a quick explanation of why I think it relates to the book.
Frannie grew up in a nice home.
Luc's always trying to impress Frannie, but doesn't always say the right things.
Maybe I'm shy, I drive an old car
Luc drives a '68 Shelby Cobra GT
But the hardest part is knowing that it won't be her this time
hearts so pure in this broken place
Gabe has the pure heart and believes Frannie does too.
cause we are, we are, we are
who we are, we are, we are
lovers lost in space
we're searching for our saving grace
Till it all runs out
Baby Don't stop now.
I'm all yours
I'm all yours somehow...
Baby don't stop now.
Frannie has a strong power over both Gabe and Luc. They'd do anything for her.
I flashback to the night in your parents yard,
When we drank too much and we talked about god...
Love or Lust, It just adds fuel to the fire
Frannie can say all she wants that she doesn't feel something for Luc, but she's a liar! Oh and Luc's so hot that he pretty much is a fire!
Replay All The Things That I Tried To Say
Would eventually come creeping back around
Luc had been pretty selfish with the whole tagging souls for Hell thing, but then he fell hard for Frannie. So everything came back around all at once.
Right from the start, knew i had to make you mine.
And now I'll never let you go.
Don't they know that love won't lie?
From the moment Luc laid eyes on Frannie he knew there was something different about her.
Your father says im not good enough, and
your mother she said that this is just a phase.
I think that we should run away!
Your poison kiss,
Like Satan's daughter's holy lips.
Tell me everything(will be alright)
If you can let it slide
Baby just for the night
Just know that everyone feels broken sometimes
I thought of this when Gabe was trying to convince Frannie that everything was alright and that it wasn't her fault. She's not alone.
The words that came out wrong but you heard me all along
Way out past the smoke and fire is where I'll be,
I've been waiting such a long time for someone to come along, untangle me
This pretty much applies to both Luc and Frannie (possibly Gabe too). They were both misunderstood and when they both came into each other's lives everything changed for the better.
Darkness begins to take me tonight
Good friends bad habits
In the end we're all trying to survive
funny how it never does
trying to make it like it was
it won't work, but i keep thinking
time will make us strong enough
My car got stolen and I'm gonna be late
For work this week, make that the 4th day straight,
But I'm fine with it
you don't have to worry
I’ve been talking to Alice from The Reader Room for a couple months now and she is a complete sweetheart! We talk about music (The Maine!), books of course and school. So one day I got the courage to ask her if she’d like to do an interview with Call Me Crazy. Thankfully she said yes!
1) What inspired you to start a young adult book blog?
I saw so many great book blogs around and it inspired me. For a while I thought “I’m never going to be as good a blogger as the ones already out there” but I gave it a go. It was the best decision I made in 2010 :)
2) What are 3 words that you would use to describe yourself?
Nerd. Ambitious. Optimistic.
Now those are a great three words to be described as!
3) How about 3 words to describe your blog?
Honest. Fun. Friendly.
4) Are there any upcoming reviews, memes, or events that we can look forward to at The Reader's Room?
Well I started a feature called “Read, Review, Recommend” where bloggers share a book review of a book they recommend. I am planning to have a lot more reviews, author interviews and just generally more fun!
I'm participating in it! Such a great idea! Make sure you check it out to see what I’m recommending!
5) Other than reading and blogging, what other hobbies do you have?
I play the flute and I do ballroom and Latin dancing. I am a sucker for board games and TV shows. Oooh and I love baking!
No way! I play the flute too! Ooo ballroom dancing sounds fun!
6) What literary character can you relate to the most?
Hermione Granger. I know, I know. She is just very focused on school work and loves reading (yay) but she isn’t afraid to have a little fun too.
I love that description of Hermione!
Movie: hmm. I apparently I have awful movie tastes. But a favourite of mine at the moment is Easy A.
I love that movie!
TV Show: Goodness. I have too many. Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Criminal Minds, 90210, House. Criminal Minds at the moment though I think.
Yay for Grey’s Anatomy!
Song/ Band: Katie got me into The Maine so I have been listening to them nonstop at the minute. My favourite singer is Taylor Swift though.
Yes! Love The Maine & Taylor Swift!
Book: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
Author: Sarah Dessen and J.K Rowling
"To me, Fearless is not the absence of fear. It's not being completely unafraid. To me, Fearless is having fears. Fearless is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, Fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death."
— Taylor Swift
LOVE that quote!
Make sure you check out Alice’s awesome book blog The Reader Room!
The thing that drew me into Amy & Roger's Epic Detour was definitely the amazing cover and how some pages are set up like a scrapbook would be. There's receipts, playlists and postcards... how fun! I'm so glad these aspects of design were there because I hadn't see any reviews on the book, which usually means I'll bypass it in the bookstore. I'm so glad I didn't pass this one up!
I'm never quite sure what I should say while showing my bookshelf which you'll be able to clearly see in the video. My dog also makes an appearance! So now I give to you my pride and joy... my Bookshelf!
In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy. Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.
What book(s) have you discovered lately from someone's book blog?
1. Unearthly (Unearthly 1) by Cynthia Hand
2. Angelfire (Angelfire 1) by Courtney Allison Moulton
3. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
4. Halo (Halo 1) by Alexandra Adornetto
5. Crescendo (Hush Hush 2) by Becca Fitzpatrick
6. Original Sin (Personal Demons 2) by Lisa Desrochers
7. Heavenly (Heaven 1) by Jennifer Laurens
8. Penitence (Heaven 2) by Jennifer Laurens
9. Absolution (Heaven 3) by Jennifer Laurens
10. The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver
11. Mercy (Mercy, #1) by Rebecca Lim
12. Tantalize (Tantalize, #1) by Cynthia Leitich Smith
"Olivia, Kelly, Christopher, Jason, and Eva have one thing in common: They’re addicts. Addicts who have hit rock bottom and been stuck together in rehab to face their problems, face sobriety, and face themselves. None of them wants to be there. None of them wants to confront the truths about their pasts. But they’ll all have to deal with themselves and one another if they want to learn how to live. Because when you get that high, there’s nowhere to go but down, down, down."