Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Pack of Lies by Staci Weber & Sara Dailey: Interview & Excerpt

YA Paranormal

Seventeen-year-old Allison Wright is convinced she’s losing her mind. Uncontrollable mood swings, hot flashes, and the urge to punch anyone who gets in her way are suddenly becoming everyday occurrences. Before her erratic behavior gets out of hand, Allison’s mother finally comes clean about her dark secret. Mom is a werewolf, and soon Allison and her brother Aiden will suffer the same fate. When Allison reaches her breaking point, the family leaves their life in Texas to move to Red Ridge, New Mexico where they rejoin the pack that Allison’s mother left behind almost 20 years ago.

Unfortunately, not everyone in Red Ridge is thrilled about Allison’s arrival, especially when she attracts the attention of the very handsome, very taken, soon-to-be alpha, Cade Walker. Little does Allison know, her mere presence is causing a rift in a once unified pack. Not only has Cade been forbidden from being with Allison by his father, the pack’s alpha, Cade’s girlfriend, Kendall Stuart, will stop at nothing to get Allison out of the picture. Well on her way to becoming the next alpha’s mate, Kendall expects to rule the pack by Cade’s side even if it means teaming up with a rogue werewolf with an agenda of his own. Determined to get rid of Allison permanently, when Kendall and the rogue join forces, all hell breaks loose and no one in the pack is safe, especially not Cade and his true mate.






“I picked up on a scent that stopped all thought, all movement, leaving me standing completely still, breathing in a smell that I would never forget. A mix of earth, and musk, and honeysuckle, and sandalwood filled my senses leaving me with a need, a need to find this thing that was suddenly making me salivate, suddenly making me ache with desperation.
    Without hesitation, my nose hit the ground as I began to track the enticing smell. I didn’t look up. I didn’t stop moving. I didn’t stop to think about what I might find. None of it mattered. I needed to find the source of that wonderful scent.
    In the near distance, I heard a rustling in the brush, which ceased the mission that had held me spellbound. I stopped dead in my tracks and looked around, spooked by what I might find, but what I saw was the last thing I expected.
    Peering out from behind a tall oak, a wolf was watching me. We just stood still, staring at each other, neither of us moving a muscle. His amazing green eyes were in sharp contrast to his deep, dark fur. He was a much bigger wolf than me, strong and lean, and the glint in his eyes told me that he was no ordinary wolf.”



SARA DAILEY AND STACI WEBER – INTERVIEW FOR THEIR YA PARANORMAL  PACK OF LIES, BOOK ONE OF THE RED RIDGE PACK


Hello. Welcome! I am so pleased to have you visit me here today.  I’ve been looking forward to chatting with you both.  Ready to get started? How did you start your writing career?


We had been teaching next door to each other for several years and had been reading YA novels like crazy. Staci came into work one day and told me (Sara) that she had a dream about a boy who became an angel. She asked if I wanted to try to write a book about it. I was taking a writing class at the time and the final assignment was to either write a short story or the first three chapters of a novel. So, I jumped at the chance to have a partner to write with. From there, our first novel, Sinful, was born. It didn’t turn out too much like the dream, but it was about an angel, and it was that dream that sparked the idea to write. It took about a year, but before we knew it, we had actually written a novel! I don’t know if either of us actually believed we would do it, but we just kept working at it and finally did it.

What was your first sale as an author? 


Our first sale was actually our first novel, Sinful. It came out in November of 2010. It’s a YA paranormal romance, as well. We were very lucky to have our first novel that we had ever written published. It is in print and e-book, so go to saraandstaci.com and check it out!

Who is your favorite author?


We both have a lot of favorite authors, but we can definitely agree that John Green is one of the greats! He creates the best characters, and his books never fail to entertain. He knows how to truly bring his characters to life and is a master of his craft. His books can make you laugh out loud and cry, which is the true testament of a good book.
 
Tell us about a favorite character from a book.


Sara – I have two favorite characters, and they are both from John Green books: Margo from Paper Town and Tiny from Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Both characters are so spirited and funny. Margo is a girl out for revenge, and she couldn’t have done a better job at it. Tiny is gay teen who is completely okay in his own skin. He made me laugh out loud several times.

Staci – This is a hard question! Okay, I’m leaving my genre here. My favorite character is Nicholas Gautier from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series. (Not the 14yr old in the Chronicles of Nick, the 30ish Nick) Nick is funny and sexy which is always a winning combination. Not to give too much away, but Nick fights and kills the bad guys before realizing that he is quite possibly the baddest of the bad.

Tell us about your current release.


Our current release, Pack of Lies, is Book One in the Red Ridge Pack series. It’s a YA paranormal romance about a werewolf pack in New Mexico. Our main character, Allison, is turning into a werewolf, but when her new “wolfy” behaviors become too much for her to control, her mother decides to move the family back to her old pack’s estate, and Allison meets the wolf of her dreams. Unfortunately, he is already taken by Kendall, a girl who will do anything to keep him and her position in the pack. Kendall teams up with a rogue werewolf with an agenda of his own, and does her best to try to destroy Allison.


Tell us about your next release.

Our next release is book two in Red Ridge Pack series and is currently untitled.  Allison’s brother Aiden is the main character in this book and just like Pack of Lies, it will be full of lies, secrets, romance, and danger. We are having fun writing it, and we hope it will be out sometime in September.

When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?


We try to get together once a week and get some writing done. Then, we each edit and revise what we have written on our own time. Once we get several chapters into a manuscript, sometimes we split up the chapters and try to write some on own. For example, in our current release, I wrote quite a bit of Kendall and Allison’s part, and Staci wrote a lot of Cade’s chapters. But the majority of it, we do together by passing the computer back and forth. As for day or night, really it’s whenever we can find the time. We both work as teachers and have husbands and kids at home, so sometimes it’s tough to fit it all in.

 
What is the hardest part of writing your books?


Definitely, staying motivated and finding the time. Staci is always full of ideas, so we have all kinds of novels we would like to write, but it’s hard to find the time to write the one we are writing. We both love writing and are so glad that we work so well together. I’m not sure that either of us would be motivated enough to do it on own, so we are lucky to have each other.

You can find our book at www.BoroughsPublishingGroup.com.

Thank you, Laurie for having us here to do this interview.



Both Sara Dailey and Staci Weber are avid readers, English teachers, friends, wives, and soccer moms. They have been teaching together for the past eight years, and writing together for four. Pack of Lies is the second young adult novel for this duo. You can visit Sara and Staci’s website at www.saraandstaci.com.

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7 comments:

Joanne said...

This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the interview and excerpt.

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Sara and Staci said...

Thanks for having Staci and I on your blog. You did a fantastic job with all the graphics. It's beautiful!

Sara

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Gale Nelson said...

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Molly said...

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