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The Crete Blockade May 1, 2018

Filed under: Tales of Travel — meganorussell @ 11:30 am
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I present you all with a mystery.

The husband and I are currently putting the finishing touches on our trip to Greece and Italy. Because that’s what you do as soon as you finish living on a bus for seven months: you go travel more.

Things were going really well as far as trip planning, but then we got an email cancelling our flight from Crete to Venice. Which is weird. I mean, I’ve had flights changed, or been merged onto a later flight. But they just canceled. Sent an email saying, “Oops, you’re on your own to get off of Crete.” (more…)

 

Just a Gig April 27, 2018

Filed under: Tales of Humanity's Imperfections — meganorussell @ 12:30 pm
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I learned a very important lesson a lot of years ago. A job, no matter how beloved and how consistent, is nothing more than a gig.

What can a gig do?

  • Pay you
  • House you
  • Provide artistic fulfillment
  • Allow you to excel in your field
  • Maybe—if you’re super lucky and found a unicorn job—give you health insurance

Those are all pretty great things. I mean, food and housing are vital to life. Assuming you’re working in a field of your choice, getting a chance to work is great, and delving deeper into your profession is excellent.

But here are the things a gig can’t do: (more…)

 

Sunday Surprise: Megan O’Russell’s New Book, Boy of Blood April 22, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — meganorussell @ 11:48 am

Getting to know Nola Kent.

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It’s my pleasure to welcome Megan here to Living the Dream this morning. This dystopian and fantasy writer has long been a personal favorite. Megan’s here to tell you about her new book, Boy of Blood, the second book in her Girl of Glass series. Take it away, Megan.

What is the difference between a secret and a lie?

It seems like a silly question, but it is one that haunts Boy of Blood’s Nola Kent.

Boy of Blood: Blurb

After Nightland’s vicious attack on the domes, the safety and perfection of the world within the glass has been contaminated. Desperate to rebuild, outsiders are allowed into the domes to help, breaking the cardinal rule: outsiders and Domers must always be separated. But the city is in shambles, crumbling into chaos without the Vampers of Nightland to keep order, and one name is carried on the wind: Nola.

Clinging…

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The Terrifying Trailer April 17, 2018

Filed under: Myths and Legends — meganorussell @ 11:30 am
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I learned a thing about myself the other day.

I’m afraid of truck trailers.

I discovered this while backstage at a show. We were in a tiny venue where the semis the set travels on were pulled up to one of the quick change stations. There wasn’t a door between us and the trucks. The trailer doors were wide open and pointed right at us as we changed.

These gaping metal voids made the hairs on the back of my neck prickle, and at first I thought maybe it was just because there were shadows in the trailers that looked a little spooky. And then I realized modern media has taught me to be terrified of empty semis!

There are really only three purposes to semis:

1) You’re an evil dude ferrying illegal immigrants across the border. You’re inevitably going to leave the poor immigrants locked in the back too long, and the police are going to arrive just in time to save the smallest child while the other sixty people you have trapped like caged chickens die. (more…)

 

A Maize April 13, 2018

Filed under: What Doesn't Kill You — meganorussell @ 11:30 am
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Once upon a time, the husband and I decided to go to a corn maze between performances on a two-show day. This was before we lived on a tour bus, so we had our own car and the maze was less than fifteen minutes from the theatre.

It was a beautiful fall day, and the farm hosting the maze was great. There was apple cider and apple cider donuts. We blithefully headed into the corn maze, ready to spend a fun twenty minutes winding our way through the corn.

About forty minutes later, we realized the maze was bigger than we had imagined.

Fifteen minutes after that, we realized we hadn’t seen anyone in a long time and didn’t really know which way the front of the maze was supposed to be.

We had to be at the theatre for the evening performance in a half hour. Subtract about fifteen minutes for getting from the maze to the parking lot and driving from the farm to theatre and…we were potentially very screwed.

We considered squeezing between the corn stalks to try and find our way out but, not knowing what direction we wanted to go, trail blazing could have landed us on the far side of the farm with no better clue which way our car was (the husband and I were late to the iPhone party, so no compass to be had).

When we had ten minutes left to find the car if we were going to make it to the theatre on time, we finally had to call the stage manager. (more…)

 

A Bloody Sequel April 10, 2018

Filed under: Hi-Ho the Glamorous Life — meganorussell @ 10:28 am
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Today is the day! Today is the day!

Boy of Blood has been sent out into the world!

Boy of Blood Cover
After Nightland’s vicious attack on the domes, the safety and perfection of the world within the glass has been contaminated. Desperate to rebuild, outsiders are allowed into the domes to help, breaking the cardinal rule: outsiders and Domers must always be separated. But the city is in shambles, crumbling into chaos without the Vampers of Nightland to keep order, and one name is carried on the wind: Nola.

Clinging to Jeremy, Nola struggles to find a way to exist in the domes, turning her back on all she learned in the city. But when one of the outsiders brings the dark secrets of the domes to light, the line between survival and murder blurs against the spectre of the dying world.

Can Nola follow the dark path laid out by the domes? Will the dangers of the night become her new sanctuary?

Boy of Blood is book two in the Girl of Glass series, and I am thrilled to be continuing Nola’s journey. Boy of Blood may find Nola back in the domes, but the danger is closer, the darkness more bloody, and the romance heating up.

To celebrate the release, I’m hosting an amazing Rafflecopter with a grand prize of a Kindle Fire 7 pre-loaded with some great Dystopian reads. (more…)

 

A Week to Remember April 7, 2018

Filed under: Hi-Ho the Glamorous Life — meganorussell @ 11:00 am
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It has been such a great week, I had to add a special weekend update!

Girl of Glass is currently on sale for $0.99. And, this is a huge and, it moved all the way up to number 50 in its category and to 456 on the Young Adult Fiction store on Amazon.

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I’m so utterly thrilled!

To be listed next to such huge books and authors is just amazing! Rick Yancey and Suzanne Collins! What a dream!

The sale is going to end very soon, so if you want to grab Girl of Glass for $0.99, head on over to Amazon now before time runs out!

And for all of you who have already purchased Girl of Glass, thank you from the bottom of my heart! This has been an amazing week, and all of you have been a part of it!

What a thrill!