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The Birth of Bryant Adams August 15, 2017

Today is the day! The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days has arrived. I am so thrilled to share this story with the world!

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Bryant is the first first-person novel of mine to be released, and Bryant’s inner voice is a bit like mine. A thing which shocks my husband at times. Yes, if I don’t know people’s names, they are given designations like rainbow cat lady in my head; yes, I do believe I have guardian angels in Manhattan; and yes, I do often think This is how I die. Usually while I’m climbing a crazy mountain, but you get the point.

Ever wanted to grow a five-story tall flower in central park? How about fight a deadly battle under the subway tunnels of Manhattan? 

Don’t worry. I never wanted to either. But if you’re ever being chased by ladies made of mist and you have to save the girl with the sparkly eyes you’ve never had the guts to say actual words to, there’s an app for that.

I found a magic cell phone, opened an app I shouldn’t have, burned down the set shop for my high school’s theatre, and it was all downhill from there. A drag queen seer who lives under a bridge is my only hope for keeping my mom alive, and I think the cops might be after me for destroying my dad’s penthouse.

But it gets better! Now I’m stuck being the sidekick to the guy who got me into this mess in the first place. It’ll be a miracle if I survive until Monday.

To celebrate the release of Bryant Adams, there is a super awesome Facebook party running today from 4:30pm-7:30pm that is jam packed with guest authors and prizes. And if Facebook isn’t your thing, there is currently a Goodreads giveaway going on as well! You can also get a sneak peak of the first chapter of Bryant Adams here.

So please join the party, spread the word, and read about Bryant’s adventure, because if my little life amuses you, just think of the havoc I could wreak with a magical cell phone.

 

 

A Drag of an Issue August 11, 2017

Okay…I need to be a human for a second.

There’s this whole thing with authors where you’re never supposed to respond to a negative review. It totally makes sense. You’re not going to change a reader’s mind once they’ve decided they don’t like your work. All responding to them is going to do is make you look unprofessional and open the flood gates to internet trolls.

But here’s the thing. I just got a review on a book that hasn’t even been released yet, and the reader thinks my book is “transphobic.”

Frist off, I’m not transphobic. I’m all for everyone’s right to live life as one’s truest self. Second, the character they think I’m misgendering isn’t transgender but rather a drag queen.

My first thought was that maybe I had somehow implied that said character was transgender, in which case my reference to her being occasionally and originally male would be terrible. I thought I had been clear that the character was a drag queen, but maybe I had missed something. Then I reread the book blurb. (more…)

 

Missing the World December 9, 2016

If you had to leave the world, what would you miss the most? Not your friends and family (they can come with you); you have to leave the world itself. Fields and streams, mountains and oceans, even blizzards and thunderstorms must be left behind.

Would you miss the scent of salt coming off the ocean? Maybe the victorious feeling of summiting a mountain? Maybe it’s busy streets and rock concerts that you would pine for.

Nola Kent grew up without any of those things. Kept safe from the dangers of a failing world behind glass walls. (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…)

 

News and Ideas! September 9, 2016

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Bum ba da dum bum ba bummmmm!

The news is officially official! I have signed a contract with Curiosity Quills Press for a new series! The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days is set to be released in summer 2017!

Megan O’Russell’s THE TALE OF BRYANT ADAMS: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days, pitched as a tongue-in-cheek take on Harry Potter meets Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, in which evil shadow-cloaked monsters and mist ladies track Bryant Adams through the streets and tunnels of Manhattan all because of a magical cellphone that burned down half his school, most of a penthouse… and a trash can, until it increasingly looks like surviving the weekend might take more magic than even the pyromaniac’s dream phone can provide.

And I’ve had a brilliant idea for the release of the next book in The Tethering Series, The Dragon Unbound. (more…)

 

The End is Nigh March 29, 2016

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I have a confession to make. I’m a terrible blogger. I’ve been getting distracted, missing posts, and now I’m going to make excuses for it.

First, I went to Thailand, and here is a beautiful picture by means of apology for that time away.

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And then I came back all inspired to work on new books and projects and to a new publishing contract. I have stories that aren’t true buzzing through my head, and they’ve led me away from the stories that are too amazing to need exaggeration.

But I do have good news that is currently giving me a nervous breakdown. I’ve almost finished writing the first draft of the final book in The Tethering series.

Take that in for a second. Almost completely finished writing the fourth and final book in The Tethering series. Close to writing the final words about Jacob Evans and Emilia Gray. Blood has been shed, and loved ones have been buried. Battles are happening, and once they’re over, the books will be, too. There will be no more stories to be written. No more kisses to be stolen. It’ll be done. The characters will either be dead or left to soldier on out of reach of my laptop. (more…)

 

Christmas Adventure December 23, 2015

Telling children that your fate in the Christmas play is to have been burned alive is bad. Really bad. But let me tell you how I came close to that crowning moment of inappropriate-for-children glory.

It was a few summers ago when I was playing Maleficent in a children’s theatre production of Sleeping Beauty. I had the whole Disney-style costumes complete with the horns. I became a dragon and had a terrible death scene on stage. I mean, you have to do it up right for kids’ shows.

With the theatre company I work for you do a Q&A after every show. One day a child asked what my horns were made of. I answered in the most clear and child friendly way I could think of.

“You know how inside of your teddy bear there’s fluffy white stuffing? Well, that’s what my horns are made of.”

The children were horrified, thinking that I had somehow snuck into their homes and gutted their beloved teddy bears. I only meant that they were light and fluffy. I didn’t say it was teddy bear guts. But it didn’t matter. I was a teddy bear killer. (more…)