Saturday, February 6, 2016

Author Spotlight: RP Channing - Thirst: Blood of my Blood

Book Title - Thirst Blood of my Blood

Thirst by R P Channing Cover  

  ~ Kira Sutherland ~   After a near fatal accident (and getting cheated on by her 'boyfriend'), and beating up the lead cheerleader (with whom the boyfriend cheated...), and being labeled as having 'issues' in her school because she, uhm, sees ghosts, Kira is left with two choices:  
  1. Continue her 'therapy' (where she's told the ghost is a hallucination and also gets her legs ogled too often...)
  1. Go to Starkfield Academy, a boarding school for "Crazies and Convicts" (as the social media sites call them.)
  She chooses the latter...  

~ Cory Rand ~

  Cory Rand has not had an easy life. His mother died in a car accident when he was twelve, and so did his mother's best friend...sort of. You see, Janice made a promise to take care of Cory just before she died, and so she lingers. Undead. A ghost that watches out for him.   Brought up in an abusive home, Cory quickly falls into a life of disreputable behavior. After his third offense (which was prompted by a girl, as usual - he has a weakness) he's left with two choices:  
  1. Be tried as an adult and share a cell with a guy named Bubba (he thinks...)
  1. Go to Starkfield Academy, which Cory is pretty sure is run by vampires. But, hey, at least he'll get an education.
  He chooses the latter...   It's at Starkfield that Kira meets Cory Rand, a boy with an insatiable Rage who sees ghosts, too. As well as other things, other things from his past, things that confuse him, things like fire and witches and demons.   Things he's always ignored.   Until now.  


Young Adult Romance Paranormal Romance High School Vampires, Demons, Witches Dark Fantasy Horror

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-1- The Puppy Eyes

My life was perfect. I had the perfect shoes and the perfect friends and I lived in the perfect house. My nails were perfect and my hair was perfect (except on Sundays, it was always windy on Sundays) and I had the perfect clothes. My lips were a perfect red and my hair perfectly straight. My eyeshadow was perfect, my hips were...okay, and my waist...well...also okay. Nothing was wrong in my life. But then there was Jack. Jack was a problem. He needed to go. I mean, when you’re dead, you’re dead! I had told him this endlessly. 
Somehow, Jack didn’t get it. I mean, I felt sorry for the guy. Sure. Being stuck between this life and the next. But just because I found him, does that mean I needed to keep him? I think not! Sadly, when Jack got that look in his eyes, that weary, almost teary (if his tear-ducts worked) look, I melted. I just couldn’t send him away. Not even Jack knew where he would go after he died. Would he, like, die? As in — dead, nada, kaput, finito, gone, no more? Bye bye, sayonara, ciao, hasta la vista baby and all that? I couldn’t have that on my conscience. No way. I lay on my bed, wondering what to do about him. “Jaaaaaaack,” I hollered. “Jaaaaaaack!” Still no answer. “Jack!” Jack...materialized. His eyes rolled down to the ground. He was making those puppy eyes again. “Jack, I told you not to do that. I told you not to play on my sympathies.” His puppy eyes became worse. His skin was gray and, well, dead. “Oh, brother,” I said. “I have to do something about you. 
If mom finds out I have another ‘imaginary friend’ — at my age — well, I’d die of embarrassment. But, like, really die. Not like you.” I wondered about this. Would I die? Was Jack a freak accident, or did all people live on like him? Think of the cemeteries... The idea excited me somewhat. What would you have me do, Miss Kira? “Knock off the Miss Kira crap. I told you it’s just Kira.” Yes, Miss Kira. The dead. There’s just no reasoning. “Fine, Miss Kira it is then.” Rover barked like a lunatic in the garden. No one else might be able to see Jack, but I was sure my dog could. “I have to do something about this,” I mumbled.


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Author Bio

R P Channing started writing three years ago, but never published anything even after churning out over a million words of fiction. Thirst: Blood of my Blood is the first book he dared to publish. When asked why, he said, “Because it’s the first thing I wrote that my wife actually enjoyed reading.” When not hammering away (most literally) at his keyboard, he can be found buried in a book, reading anything from romance to horror to young adult to non-fiction to comedy.  

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Why YA?

Young Adult is the one genre where a writer is pretty much free to do anything he likes. Too many people look at the “Young” part of Young Adult and miss completely the “Adult” part. Young Adult and MG are galaxies apart in content. Young Adult is the one genre read far and wide by almost all age groups. We were all seventeen once (some of us still so), and Young Adult appeals to a market that knows what it’s like to be seventeen. That’s pretty much everyone who reads. The stories deal with issues that we, as a adults, face every day. And it deals with them tastefully. Young Adult stays firmly within boundaries that I feel comfortable with as a writer, without reducing anything in the quality of the story.
  Some of the scariest scenes I ever read were in The Hunger Games. I had chills. And yet, when I move into Horror itself as a genre, I find all the gore to be in bad taste. I lose interest, and I’m even a little repulsed sometimes. Young Adult focuses on the story without getting into excessive details that we don’t really need in order to tell that story. The romance in YA is endearing, gentle, sweet, kind, loving. Who didn’t think Twilight was one of the most romantic books ever written? A Young Adult author has free rein in many genres. He is not stuck too firmly into a classification such as “Fantasy” or “Romance” or “Horror” because YA can encompass all those genres and still remains “Young Adult.” There are people who liked Twilight and yet didn’t like The Host. They are both “Young Adult” but they are also in different sub-genres. I’m working on two stories right now, both in completely different genres, but both “Young Adult.” I’d hate to stay firmly within “Fantasy” or “Romance” or “Horror.” 
With YA, I can move around, I can act freely, I can write what I feel like writing, and write about characters that I look up to and that I’d like to be like. The age of YA characters is a magical age. Nobody likes moping character. Teenage characters don’t mope. They have spunk, verve, sass. In other words, they have all the qualities we find good in people. And what is a story without good characters?  

  Author Q&A:  

  Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?  

  Ironically, it was eBooks that really started me into reading. But these days I can't stand them. I'll take a paperback any day of the week. I'm not much into hardcovers. They're too heavy.  

  What is your work schedule like when you're writing?  

  I'm pretty obsessive about my writing. When I get going on a story, it's hard to get me away from the computer.  

  Do you read the reviews of your book/books?  

  Well, this is my first novel, so I haven't had many reviews to look at. But I wrote a lot of words before publishing, and I've been rejected plenty of times as a writer, so I don't have much of a thing on reviews. I'm well aware that books will appeal to some people and not to others.  

  How long have you been writing and who influenced you?  

  I've been writing for about three years. Influences are too numerous to mention. I'm influenced by every book I read, even ones I don't like. I always try and look for what's good in a book and not what's bad. That way, I can learn the right way to do something.  

  One of your favorite quotes.  

I will remember this, thought Ender, when I am defeated. To keep dignity, and give honor where it's due, so that defeat is not disgrace. And I hope I don't have to do it often.” ― Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game  

  The gadget you can’t live without.

  It's a little portable charger I carry around. Because without it, all my other gadgets die on me.

    Book Title - Thirst Blood of my Blood  

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