Peep Rep: That sounds scary...or painful. Not sure which. What's it about?
Liza: We'll get to that, but first, I want to tell you about the prize.
Peep Rep: Oh, I love prizes!
Liza: One randomly chosen winner will receive a $50 gift card for Amazon or B&N.
Peep Rep: How do I win?
Liza: There's a rafflecopter. You just follow it's instructions.
Peep Rep: But what if it wants me to sell it my soul?
Liza: I seriously doubt that will be one of the requirements, but if it is, I'd advise skipping that one.
Peep Rep: Wow! You really do care for me.
Liza: No, I just don't want a demonic Peep Rep. You're annoying enough as is.
Peep Rep: Perhaps we should focus on the book.
Liza: For once, we are in accord. You'll love this cover, because it is gorgeous!
Soul Slam - Soul Force Book 1
by Allie Burton
A sixteen-year-old on her first heist to steal an ancient Egyptian amulet inadvertently receives the soul of King Tut…and the deadly curse that comes with it.
And Olivia is not alone at the museum.
A member of a secret Society, Xander believes it is his place to inherit King Tut’s soul and justly rule. He knows nothing about the society’s evil plan to control the world or the curse. Now, he must deal with the female imposter who stole the amulet.
Xander convinces Olivia they must form a temporary partnership. The two teens develop a connection, and together they must figure out how to end the curse before it turns deadly. On the run, unable to touch because of the curse, and dealing with a male soul inside her female body, Olivia must learn to trust Xander.
As the mystery surrounding the amulet unfolds, Olivia and Xander start to fall for each other. But is love enough to save them and the world from destruction?
(from the end of Chapter 1)
Crawling ninja-style out of the sarcophagus, my black gym shoes hit the ground without a sound. But inside, a screech built up in my lungs and released on a heavy exhale, the scream so loud it sounded like an alarm. “Aiyeeeeee!”
Xander and the old man froze.
I lunged at the case, swooped in, and grabbed the amulet.
A jolt rocked my body. Pain rocketed up my spine, but I held tight to the prize. Clutching the piece in both hands, I hit the concrete floor like a football player making a catch, and kept rolling.
“A girl.” Xander’s surprised voice rose on a high note. “What the…Tut.”
“Grab her!” The old man spoke in English.
“Touch her?” Xander sounded horrified like I was the slime of the world. “I can’t.”
“She’s got the amulet.”
I tried to get to my feet, but the pulsing inside threw me off balance. I crashed back onto the floor. Pain seared my fingers and heat rushed my veins.
My body jerked. My head spun.
Something slammed into me from the inside, like it was in my body trying to get out. Back and forth I jerked. A powerful energy thumped from my ribcage to my stomach and back again.
I trembled from head to foot. My vision blurred. Images swam before my eyes—a blue river, golden statues, Egyptian pyramids, deceit, and death.
“What’s going on?” The sound coming out of my mouth warbled. “Am I dying?”
This felt worse than the time I had pneumonia with no medicine, or the time I broke my arm and Fitch duct taped it…
Fogginess seeped into my consciousness. If I blacked-out they’d steal the amulet, leave me to be caught, to go to prison, to face Fitch’s wrath.
Whatever was inside me ignited like a nuclear bomb. My skin could no longer contain my insides. I’d explode into tiny pieces and scatter across the museum floor.
“It’s happening… To. Her.” Jeb’s voice was faint as if coming from a distance, but I saw his shoes through squinted eyelids.
“But it’s my right. My inheritance.” Xander stomped his sandaled foot near my head. “My destiny.”
“It’s too late.” Jeb’s voice curled like a sneer with extra hatred. “The transfer has occurred. This stupid girl is now in possession of King Tutankhamun’s soul.”
Peep Rep: Wow! This sounds like a great book. Let me find the links so we can all buy it!
Peep Rep: I want to write like that. Do you think she'll take me on as an apprentice?
Liza: Well, let's ask her. Allie, Peep Rep wants to be a Young Adult author. Any advice you can give him? Oh, look. She has sent a blog attachment.
Making of a YA Writer
Young adult writers come from all different backgrounds and age groups. I know young adult writers who are scientists, teachers, computer experts, and advertising executives. They work full time, go to school, and take care of kids. At one point, I did all three at once.
Young adult writers are all different ages, too. From seventeen to seventy, I fall somewhere in the middle J, all young adults writers must be young at heart.
They must have fond memories of their youth or harsh experiences that need to be told. Blending story ideas and memories into a new wonderful tale.
They must have access to teens. Whether through their own kids, the classroom, or just hanging out at the mall.
They must have a love of first love. Holding hands, that first kiss, confirmation that your crush likes you, too.
They must understand teen slang, but not use it in their books. Popular terminology changes so quickly by the time you write it down, it’s old.
Most importantly, they must love the young adult genre. Books, television shows, movies, fan fiction. Young adult writers must soak up as much of the genre as they can. Loving the genre makes the task is easy. And it doesn’t seem like work at all.
Of course, that’s not what I tell people. I tell them I’m researching for my next book.
What are some of the things you love about the Young Adult genre?
Thank you so much for hosting me today!
Liza: Thank you, Allie, for being such a fine guest.
Peep Rep: I've found out more about Allie!
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Allie didn’t realize having so many jobs would become great research material for the stories she writes. She has been everything from a fitting room attendant to a bike police officer to a professional mascot escort. She has lived on three continents and in four states and has studied art, fashion design, marine biology, and advertising.
When her kids asked, “when are you going to write a story we can read?” she switched from adult novels to Young Adult and Middle Grade and hasn’t looked back.
Allie is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Romance Writers of America including the Young Adult, Dallas Area Romance Writers and Heart of the Rockies chapters. She is also a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Currently, she lives in Colorado with her husband and two children.
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