Friday, June 15, 2012

Carey and Jen's latest release: ETERNAL SPRING

When fellow YA author and Golden Heart sister, Amanda Brice, first contacted us about contributing to this anthology, we nearly peed our pants!

This was an amazing project and we are so honored to be in the company of 11 other kick-ass YA authors. (Make sure you check out our collective bio at the bottom.) A HUGE THANKS to Amanda Brice and Tawny Stokes for organizing this epic undertaking!!!

ETERNAL SPRING: Flowers, vacation, baseball, prom...what does spring mean to you? From unicorn hunters and teenage exorcists to Egyptian princesses and aspiring ballerinas, this collection of thirteen stories by some of the most exciting authors in Young Adult fiction explores young love and new beginnings during the most beautiful time of the year. *Did I mention the digital version is FREE?*

We thought you would like to know a bit about our individual stories...

CAREY: I love short stories. For me, they are a way to experiment and challenge myself to write in ways I've never written before. "The Vanishing Spring" draws inspiration from three of my favorite things in life: The Twilight Zone, Ray Bradbury, and Philip K. Dick. I also knew I wanted to write a 3rd person, boy point of view and an ethnic character. My husband's extended family is Mexican-American, so I modeled Ty Diaz, and his vibrant heritage, after them.

For the setting, I decided to cyber-explore Chicago. I wanted to juxtapose strong Latino culture against white-bread wealth. La Villita/Little Village and the North Shore suburb of Wilmette made perfect contrasts. As I researched Wilmette's history, I began to picture Ellie Quimby and what her like might have been like in 1872. Once I had the main characters and setting, my eerie romance practically wrote itself. (Cue Twilight Zone music: Doo-doo-DOO-doo! Doo-doo-DOO-doo!)

JEN:  I hadn't attempted a short story in years! But when the opportunity to participate in this anthology came along, there was no way I could pass it up (see, "peed our pants," above *ggl*). Still...dilemma. I already had a full, novel-length story in the works. How could I take time away from that? And what could I possibly write that had a springtime theme?

Ahhh! Of course. Multi-task and draw from my own personal history. The novel I was working on begins in Paris; the downloads folder on my laptop was overflowing with images of the City of Lights. And had I not spent springtime in Paris during a high school trip? Did I not spend an evening wandering Montmartre on my own, shopping for trinkets and chowing on crepe? Setting the short story in Paris was a no-brainer. And once I had the setting, and a concept of friends trying to voila! A story was hatched! 

Read about Jen's swoon-worthy hero Bowie here.

ETERNAL SPRING authors' bio:

Collectively, the thirteen authors in Eternal Spring have published over 90 books, and have received or have been nominated for several prestigious awards, including the RITA, the Golden Heart, the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, the Jasmine, the Maggie, PASIC's Book of Your Heart contest, the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, the Cybil Award for Best Young Adult Fiction, the EPIC e-book Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, and the New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age list. 

"The Vanishing Spring" by Carey Corp

More than a century earlier, Eleanor Quimby tumbled into the water to escape an arranged marriage and disappeared. But was that the tragic end or a brave new beginning?

"1:30, Tour Eiffel" by Jennifer McAndrews

A kiss in the dark will ruin Spring Break and lifelong friendships unless Rachel Healey can prove she is a pawn in someone else's game. 

Download ETERNAL SPRING for FREE: Amazon    Smashwords (all digital formats)
coming soon to B&N for NOOK and iTunes (we hope)...

YOUR TURN: We want to know what signifies spring to you? Leave a comment for a chance to win digital copies of Jen's BRAVING THE TITANIC and Carey's THE HALO CHRONICLES: THE GUARDIAN.


Melissa Landers said...

Awesome! What's better than a free download of short stories penned by award-winning and -nominated YA authors?

Lea Nolan said...

I love this collection! I got it the first day it was out :) So many great authors and so many great stories. And the price is simply Fabu!

Ginger Calem said...

I already have my copy and I can't wait to read through them all. What an impressive collection.

Sybil Nelson said...

I had such a great time being a part of this anthology. Definitely check it out if you haven't already!

Sybil (AKA Leslie DuBois)

Unknown said...

I haven't been to Paris in years, so Jen's story truly took me back. And as for Carrie's, I'm a big fan of weaving history into spec fic, so that was a delight.

Alicia Street said...

Both of your stories swept me away! I had to blink myself back to the real world afterward. I'm honored to part of this anthology with such incredible authors. And thank you, Tawny and Amanda for all your work in making this happen.

Kimberly said...

Wow! You guys are amazing. Your stories sound amazing as well!
Carey, I think ethnic differences between characters is always great. It allows for a deepened appreciation for all the ways we are different. And loved the Twilight music cue. Now I can't get it out of my head. Thanks! Just what I need first thing in the morning.
And Jen! Paris! What's not to love about that? I, too, remember wandering Montmarte and the Sacre-Coeur. As an artist, you must have been in your glory! LOL. I love the idea of friends reconnecting!
Great ideas, my MargaRITA girls! I'm proud to be in your company!

Renee Pace said...

So excited to be part of this YA Anthology. It was a real challenge to write a short story, tying it into my nitty gritty series, but I loved the challenge. And, I've just started to read the other stories and let me write - omg they are all so good! I'm loving it.