Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Guest Post and Giveaway: "Triumph of Chaos," by Jen McConnel

Triumph of Chaos (Red Magic #3)
by Jen McConnel
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books

After the disaster in Europe, Darlena’s starting to get desperate. She knows the only way to defeat Hecate and the other crazy Red Gods is by banding together with other Witches, but is it any wonder she has a hard time trusting them?

With Izzy’s support, Darlena begins making fragile strides toward repairing the mess she made, but she just can’t catch a break. As chaos runs rampant around her, Darlena begins to think that things would be better if she’d never become a Red Witch in the first place. But there’s no way to change the past … is there?

The final book in the Red Magic series brings Darlena face-to-face with impossible odds, and a terrifying choice.

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Purchase Links for the Red Magic Series:

Daughter of Chaos (Red Magic #1): Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

Gods of Chaos (Red Magic #2): Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

Triumph of Chaos (Red Magic #3): Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

Guest Post by Author Jen McConnel: Where I Find My Inspiration

I get my inspiration for my stories from many places, but one of the consistent sources of inspiration in my writing life is my other work. I’m also a teacher, and the students I’ve taught (spanning ages from eleven to adult) have provided me with constant and unexpected inspiration.

When I started teaching, I worked in a middle school, and I thrived on the energy and volatility my students brought with them to class each day. That same energy inspired me to begin writing YA, and I dove into the genre headfirst, just like my students always approached the things they loved. Later, when I began teaching college, my students offered me dual inspiration, helping me shape plots for my NA fiction simply by sharing their thoughts with me in their own writing, and teaching college composition pushed me to make my writing better technically. I’m not a big fan of picky grammar (one of the reasons I’m a writer, not an editor), but as I edited my students’ work, I began to push myself to be more careful with my own craft.

Now that I’m teaching high school, my students are once more offering me the inspiration of adolescent energy, but this time, there’s that beautiful blend of maturity that develops the closer they get to adulthood, and I’m developing a new appreciation for contemporary fiction since many of my students thrive on that genre. Overall, regardless of age, I have always been impressed by the dedication of my students, by their enthusiasm for their various passions, and by the willingness to approach challenges with cheerful determination that many of them exhibit.

I’ve always asked my classes for book recommendations, too, and my students have opened my eyes to some awesome titles over the years. I first read the Percy Jackson series because a student recommended it, and I’ve loved Rick Riordan’s work ever since.

I’m lucky to have the constant inspiration of my classroom to turn to whenever the writing well needs to be refilled, and my teaching and writing have always been linked. I can’t wait to see how my students inspire me next!

About the Author:
A Michigander by birth, Jen McConnel now makes her home in the beautiful state of North Carolina. She writes NA, including the recently released Adventures Abroad series (Bloomsbury Spark), the award-winning YA novel Beautiful Curse (Swoon Romance), and various other works. When she isn’t writing, she can be found on her yoga mat or wandering off on another adventure. Once upon a time, she was a middle-school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.

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Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Triumph of Chaos (Red Magic #3) by Jen McConnel (INT). Contest ends March 25, 2016. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below.

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1 comment:

  1. I would love to win a copy of Triumph of Chaos. thanks for the chance


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