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The Privilege of Compassion December 6, 2016

My new YA mid-apocalyptic sci-fi Girl of Glass is now available in eBook and paperback!

If you’re a person who reads, you’ve probably read a dystopian novel. From Hunger Games to Divergent, Lord of the Flies to Maze Runner we’ve seen plagues, corrupt governments, and all sorts of suffering as the world crumbles. But we always seem to look up from the bottom.

The stories of the end of our world are told from the point of view of the bottom. Those who suffer, starve, and bleed. Who fight for every scrap of food and wonder each night if they’ll live to see morning. The ones who the tumbling governments have chosen to abuse or experiment on.

But what would the end of order look like from the top? If you were one of the chosen one percent who were meant to survive, how would you view the decaying world?

Would you be like the rich in the Capital of Panem, seeing the poor as little more than animals that can be killed for entertainment? Would you be a doctor and create a terrible maze to study the ill?

Magnolia Kent can’t stand to see either of those terrible things happen.

girl-of-glass-coverTwo worlds…one glass wall…no turning back.

The human race has been divided. The chosen few live in the safety of the domes, watching through their glass walls as those left on the outside suffer and die. But desperation has brought invention, and new drugs have given the outsiders the strength to roam the poisoned night unafraid – but it comes at a price.

Seventeen-year-old Nola Kent has spent her life in the domes, being trained to protect her little piece of the world that has been chosen to survive. The mission of the domes is to preserve the human race, not to help the sick and starving. But when outsider Kieran Wynne begs for Nola’s help in saving an innocent life, she is drawn into a world of darkness and danger. The suffering on the other side of the glass is beyond anything Nola had imagined, and turning her back on the outside world to return to the safety of the domes may be more than she can stand. Even when her home is threatened by the very people Nola wants to help.

Now Available:         Amazon         Barnes & Noble         iBooks         Kobo

 

Looking at a dystopian world from the point of view of privileged compassion is what began the story of Girl of Glass. What are the moral implications of the survivors? How much pain can you ignore and still call yourself human? But compassion is costly, and when the world is being driven into darkness, touching the shadows comes at a terrible price. Those are the choices Nola Kent has to make.

What would you choose? How much suffering would you be able to watch if you knew you could stay safely away from it? Could you lose the compassion that defines us as humans in order to preserve the human race?

 

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Girl of Glass by Megan O'Russell

Girl of Glass

by Megan O’Russell

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A Hypoallergenic Bubble December 1, 2016

I have allergies. All my life I’ve had allergies. Ragweed, foods, dust, I’m allergic to all of it. It is my destiny.

But a few months ago I went to a new allergist, and she decided to do a blood test. Results came back. On a scale of 1-20, I’m only allergic to trees and that only reads at a four… Lies. Lies and medical deception.

Fast forward to last week when I go back to the allergist because I’ve had four sinus infections in the last year. She tells me to go off all allergy meds for five days before the appointment. It was the longest five days ever. Drippy eyes, runny nose, crackly voice. All things that are super great to deal with while performing a big dance review.

Anywho, I go to the office and the doctor says she really doesn’t know what to do with me because I don’t have many allergies.

(Cue cold-eyed stare of death from me.) (more…)

 

Oops And Awesomeness! November 22, 2016

I’ve been AWOL cause it’s been a week. I am very sorry, guys.

There was tech, and not just any tech but tech for a massive holiday review. Then we helped my mom find a house, which is amazing and has countertops to die for. I’ve crawled back into the editing cave with The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days. And blogging fell to the wayside with doing my laundry and going grocery shopping. Oops.

But in all the stress and noise I have some excellent news! (more…)

 

The Perfect Cookie October 29, 2016

Have you ever had that moment when you realize that something is perfect? Not just really good or exceptional, but perfect. The best that has ever been. No need or room for improvement. Just flawless bliss.

I found that feeling… in a cookie. And not just any cookie. A molasses cookie. I know that sounds weird, but I’m in Amish country right now. That’s like a thing here. I don’t know. They put molasses in everything. Sometimes I hate it. But in this case it was perfect.

A deep brown cookie with a savory taste that cuts through the sweet. (more…)

 

Please Ignore the Irrational Tears October 22, 2016

My doctor decided to put me on a short course of prednisone. No big deal, just a little steroidal help. I’ve been on steroids before, usually there’s some sort of unpleasantness involved. Like my face turning red, or growing insta-jowls, cosmetic things that are annoying-yet-temporary.

This time my face decided it didn’t want to react, so I have become a completely irrational human instead. Not like roid ragey—I’m not mad at anyone, not irritable or anything. I just cry. For no real reason, I cry. So since I can’t think of a fun story to tell without become a human faucet, I will instead enumerate the reasons I have cried irrationally in the last few days.

-I did too many pushups.

-My husband brought me two chicken fingers. (I had asked for said chicken fingers.) (more…)

 

BookQuity October 18, 2016

I have a literary agent! I’m thrilled to announce that I am now represented by Lane Heymont of Tobias Literary!!

For those of you who don’t know why I so desperately wanted a literary agent, I have books out and am scheduled for two more series to be released. Think of it in theatre terms. It’s like going Equity, minus all those things that make me not want to join Equity, but that’s a different post.

In the book world, there are a lot of publishers that you can’t even submit to without an agent. It doesn’t matter if your manuscript is exactly what they’re looking for. No agent, no submission. But with an agent, not only do you get a person who is in your corner, but you can also submit to the big houses. You can get seen first by smaller presses. You have someone to negotiate your contracts. You are BookQuity.

I am BookQuity.

 

Dirty Laundry in the Cozy Café (Rated PG-13) October 12, 2016

This week my husband and I celebrated our thirteen year dating anniversary! Since we’ve been so busy, we decided to keep it low key and had a coffee and chess date at a café one of our friends had told us about. The place was super cool: a C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien themed café. I had a Silver Sea cappuccino and a Reepicheep grilled cheese.

We had brought our own travel chess set, but one of the tables was already set with a Lord of the Rings board and pieces. Just so you know, playing with a themed set is way harder than playing with a normal set. I mean, first of all, the pieces all look super different, which is confusing, and I feel different about sacrificing a pawn when it’s a hobbit. The emotional connotation is just really different.

Things were going really well until the guys at the bar started talking about cats… and their mothers. One of the guys, a gentleman I would place at about fifty said, “My mother was always awful. She said I was just like my father. But I told her, I’m not like my father, I’m not a rapist.” (more…)