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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…)

 

News and Ideas! September 9, 2016

Filed under: Hi-Ho the Glamorous Life — meganorussell @ 8:03 pm
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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…)

 

An Anticlimactic Achievement December 2, 2015

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Last night, the husband and I finished the read-aloud of my very first first-person novel. For those of you who haven’t read about my revision and editing process before, yes, I make my husband read my projects aloud to me before I consider submitting them. It might be an actor thing, but hearing everything out loud ensures that the words all flow well. And the plus side is you catch a bunch of tiny errors (though instead of through) by reading the story out loud. Your brain can’t gloss over a missed letter as easily if you’re trying to speak or listen to the words you are reading.

But finishing the read aloud of this project was… anticlimactic. It’s not that I didn’t like the story. I think it’s the best thing I’ve written so far, and I’m super excited to start submitting it. But we finished the last page, packed up and headed over to the theatre for our evening performances. I’m not saying that the whole world should stop because I’ve finished editing a project so now it’s ready to go out into the world. But it does feel like something should happen. Like my computer should shoot streamers out the sides. Or the kitchen faucet should suddenly pour Champaign. (more…)

 

A Writer’s Community on YAtopia November 18, 2015

Filed under: Hi-Ho the Glamorous Life — meganorussell @ 5:20 pm
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Guess what, guys! I am now a contributor on the YAtopia blog! And no, my post isn’t a silly story about the time I stuck my head through a banister, a sarcastic haiku, or a list of that awkward moment posts. Though if you want a snarky haiku, please continue to read.

The post is about the importance of an online community for writers. It’s all heartfelt and everything. So check out the post, and don’t forget to like it.

And now for the promised snarky haiku:

My arms are sweaty,
The air holds much moisture,
November Palm Trees

And for you fans of It’s a Wonderful Life:

Suicide Christmas,
A bell rings for angel wings,
Are we happy yet?

 

A Descent into Literary Madness July 25, 2015

Hello everyone! Chris here again. Megan and I wanted to apologize for being absent from the blogosphere for so long. Wednesday kind of came and went around us. You see, this past Tuesday, Megan and I hiked the near equivalent of hiking into and out of the Grand Canyon (elevation-wise). Though, I’d say what we did was technically more difficult as it involved scrambling and scaling some pretty sketchy scree above some fairly intense slopes. It took us almost eleven hours to go up and come back down. Needless to say, we were beat. We’ll post some pictures during another post, but for now, I’d like to talk to you about my wife’s descent into madness.

She’s currently submitting two different novels from two different genres to agents. We’re both hopeful (for one agent in particular), but the waiting game is really difficult. Luckily, we’re finding distraction in the form of helping write a new musical for a company we’ve worked with for the past six years. And whenever we’re not doing that, we’re daydreaming about condos we’d like to purchase. Trulia and Zillow are a little dangerous. It’s a bit of an obsession.

So, that’s where we are in life. Please forgive the lack of posts, and know that we’ll have a great one for you on Monday. In the meantime, Megan will continue to obsess over agents while writing a new novel (one that I’m incredibly excited about), I’ll continue to write my music, and we’ll both be daydreaming about being homeowners. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

 

A Boatload of Book Reviews June 3, 2015

The book review tour has begun! And sweet baby Jesus, it is more stressful than hiking off a mountain to outrun a storm, which I did yesterday.

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And the storm won. I got hailed on, fell on my butt, and may have cried a little.

But still, getting four reviews of your book as soon as you wake up in the morning is terrifying.

So far everyone has been really happy with both books in The Tethering Series and has had wonderful things to say.

“The journey they go on felt like a mixture of Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland, as the adventure is filled with danger and drama and interesting characters they meet along the way.”

So, The Siren’s Realm is like falling down a hole into a world of insanity with nothing but a wand, luck, and love to keep you alive. Actually…a really fair assessment. And I love both books even if the caterpillars freak me out, so I’ll take it! (more…)

 

Comic-Con Coincidence May 27, 2015

The coolest thing in the history of cool things has happened.

My mom is currently living in a city that had a Comic-Con this past weekend. She has a bunch of bookmarks for The Tethering and had nothing to do on Sunday, so she decided to head over to Comic-Con and see if she could pass them out. She finally got to the venue, and there were people crying outside. But she went in anyway and found the door volunteer and asked if she could get a ticket to go inside.

He said, “We’re all sold out. You are going to be one of the criers are you?”

My mom said no. She had just wanted to give out bookmarks for her daughter’s (my) book.

He asked what book I had written, and my mom handed him a bookmark for The Tethering.

Immediately the door dude says, “Oh, The Tethering. I read that. It was really good. I think the second one is out now, but my girlfriend shares her copies with me, and she doesn’t get home for a few weeks.”

Then he took all the bookmarks my mom had to give out to likely candidates of people who would like my book at the Comic-Con!

Guys, I have a reader that I don’t know and isn’t an author! And my mom randomly met him! And he liked my book! And wanted to make other people read my book! Ahhhhhhh!

And if you haven’t gotten your copy of The Siren’s Realm, book two in The Tethering Series, you have about six more days to enter a Goodreads giveaway for a signed copy. Click here to enter, and please share if you can!