Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tell me About it Tuesday! Welcome Kathleen S Allen!

Today I am welcoming fellow Gypsy, Kathleen S. Allen. who's here to talk to us all about a few wonderful YA books

How to be Almost Famous in Ten Days, which is a brand new release!

Book two, War of Fei, was released in February!

Thanx for stopping by and letting me interview you, Kathleen!!!!

Q. Do you do any special research for your novels? 
Yes, I research as much as I can if I don’t know the subject or setting. 
Q. What made you pick your particular genre? 
I like to read YA so I thought I’d try and write in that genre. 

Q. What are you working on right now? Can you tell us about it? 

Yes, I have a new book I am starting, it’s about a teen and her mother who inherit a cottage on the coast of England and after they go there to live, the teen finds a mysterious box filled with secrets. That’s all I’m saying for now. ;)

Q. Do you ever hit the wall or find you've written yourself into a corner? How do you turn that around? 

Many, many times. I will sometimes write myself into a corner so to speak and it’s either because I missed something important or misconstrued a character’s motivations. I have a worksheet I found  called, Untangling Story Knots that I use. I’d tell you where I found it but I didn’t write it down. Anyway, the first thing you do is draw a line down the center of your notebook paper. On the left you list the story elements you must keep and on the right you list themes, characters, and plot points. Next you link them together with lines. Make notes as you draw the lines to make connections, if there’s a spot where there’s a connection that doesn’t fit, and the line is loopy in order to be logical then that is a trouble spot.

Okay...enough with the business questions! How about some fun stuff. You know, just between the two of us.

Q. The opportunity to go on a surprise vacation arises. You have 90 minutes to pack and get to the airport. Where will you go and what will you pack?

That’s easy. Ireland. I’d pack pants, T-shirts, comfortable shoes, my iPhone and earphones and my laptop. Oh, and my passport. It should all fit into my backpack. On the way to the airport I’d download a bunch of books with my Kindle app so I’d have something to read on the plane. 

Q. Are you more likely to be spotlighted on the TV show Hoarders or Fashion Police? 

I don’t follow fashion and I wear whatever I feel comfortable in so probably the latter one. I don’t hoard anything except books. LOL. 

Q. If they make a movie about your life, who do you want to play your part? 

Someone fabulous of course. 

Q. Tell us one thing about you that might surprise us...it can be a secret...we won't tell. :)

I’ve lived on both the west coast and east coast and I prefer the east coast attitude. I’m more of a east coast kinda person but I love the warmth of California. 

Tell us about your new releases! 

HOW TO BE ALMOST FAMOUS IN TEN DAYS, a YA contemporary released March 16, 2013 from GypsyShadow Publishing.  17yo Cassie feels invisible, especially next to her model gorgeous BFF. When she finds a book of rules on how to be famous in ten days she decides to follow the rules, along with her BFF’s help. Sometimes the results are humorous, sometimes serious, and sometimes almost disastrous.


Seventeen-year-old Cassie Cee feels invisible because she’s a double-digit size. She finds a book in a secondhand bookstore that she hopes will change her life. Her best friend’s brother wants to make vlogs about how she is following the ten rules she found in the book, why she is doing it, and how she feels about being invisible for his school project. She agrees, but only if he promises no one but his college advisor will see the vlogs. He promises, but a friend of his posts them online and they go viral. When one of the "famous rules" puts her best friend, Rachel in a dangerous situation, Cassie makes one last vlog and Chuck posts it online. But emails begin arriving from other girls who have felt invisible, and she realizes she has to own up to being "the real Cassie Cee."

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WAR OF FEI, book 2 of the Lore of Fei series published by Muse It Up Publishing, released Feb. 8, 2013. 

WAR OF FEI is the book where the faeries battle the humans who stole their land of Fei in order to get it back. Along the way Ariela, the main character who is a wingless faerie, discovers a secret in the Book of Lore that makes her doubt her alliance to her fellow faeries.

Ariela discovers a secret about the Veil of Enclosure that makes her doubt the alliance to her own race. 


The faeries are ready to declare war on the humans who threaten to take away Fei, the land of the faeries. They enlist the help of the elves who do not trust either the faeries or the humans. The cost of war almost proves too much for the faeries as more and more of them are lost in battle. Will it be enough to win their hard-earned freedom or will the battle be lost forever?

I gave the signal, and the dragons rose. The elf archers readied their bows pointing the arrows toward the opening. I hoped none of them would shoot me by mistake. Gerfin stood beside me. Both of us had our swords at the ready.

“Here they come,” shouted the other guard. Balen, along with several of his men broke through the treeline. Behind them came small dragons with talons extended. They resembled great large birds about to pluck their prey from the ground. The dragons hissed and cried as they neared.

“Now!” I heard Balen yell. His men stopped right before the west entrance with wide-legged stances, slashing swords at the dragon-birds that cried out as blue-black blood poured from their wounds, staining the ground.
“Keep going,” Balen called.

More of his men came out of the trees, converging on the dragon things. They knocked the warriors off and in quick thrusts, left them lying dead on the ground. I noticed Balen had a cut on his cheek that bled. He turned to me.

“Stay your course, faerie. There are more behind us. Do not let them breach the opening!”

I nodded, crouching down low. The dragon things circled around and around without their riders on their backs as if they could not decide what to do.

Earh landed Tashie who bellowed at her. She jumped off, sprinting toward the opening. Tashie hovered near Ariela. It seemed neither Tashie nor Earh wanted much to do with each other.

“Earh, shoot straight,” I commanded.

Instead of shooting through the opening as I thought she might, she ran through to the other side. She shot an arrow into a dragon-like bird. It hit the ground with a thud, dead. She readied another arrow as fast as she had shot the first, in a quick succession. The others were flying, and then they were not. She inclined her head to me. I grinned back at her. Tashie gave a bellow as more men flew through the trees.

I rushed through the opening, so did Gerfin and the other elves on dragons. Ariela shouted something behind me. The blood rushing in my ears would not allow me to hear what she said. Balen, Gerfin, and I were now the front line, standing in front of the opening. I half expected to see Kel ride through next, but he did not. Another handful of men were all we could see. We fought hard, sending them back through the trees to where Balen’s men could vanquish them.

My legs ached from standing, my hand hurt from a slash; sweat pouring off me blinded me. Still, I held my ground. Most of the faeries had flown through the opening to help with the fighting. Our size had grown from only a handful to a large group of fighters.
Balen placed a hand on my arm. I almost swung at him.

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Find Kathleen:

Twitter: @kathleea
Author Central page: amazon.com/author/kallen


  1. Wow, deff worth reading! THANK you SSB!!!

  2. Great interview :-)
    I'll be checking this out!

  3. Both books sound great. I haven't read a YA book in a while but I'm really interested in War of Fei, love paranormal :)

  4. Oh these books both look great!!!! I am totally interested in War of Fei!!!! I love Faeries!!!

  5. I love your interviews. And both books look fun.