Sunday, August 18, 2013

Steel Lily by Megan Curd Guest Post

Title: Steel Lily
Author: Megan Curd
Genre: DysTopian

AVERY PIKE is a commodity. No, more than a commodity. Her existence is guarded at all costs.
She’s a water Elementalist, the strongest of her dwindling kind. She creates steam to provide energy to fuel Dome Three: the only thing standing between humanity and an earth ravaged by World War III. No steam, no Dome. No Dome, no life.
Or so she thinks.
That is, until a mysterious man offers her a way out of having to donate steam. A way to escape the corrupt government of Dome Three. While the offer seems too good to be true, Avery is intrigued.
But when she arrives to her new home, she realizes the grass isn’t any less dead on this side of the fence. Instead, the lies are just hidden better.
…Which means digging deeper.
When Avery enlists the help of her friends to uncover the truth, it may make her wonder if she was better off being a government tool than searching for freedom.
Some secrets are better left concealed, but humankind was never meant to live in a cage. And when you can control the most sought after resource, you can learn to control anything…including the fate of your world.

Guest post with Blkosiner's Book Blog
--Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with? I would love to have dinner with Riggs. He was such a fun character to love and hate. You’ll see when you read the book, but there’s so much more to him. I hope to really let readers get to know him more in the subsequent books.

--Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates? I’m working on STEEL LILY’s sequel, called IRON PENDULUM right now. I’m hoping to have it released by Christmas, if the writing gods allow. No official teasers yet, but I always post little snippets on my Facebook fan page…because I can’t help myself. :)

--What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read? I don’t have a ton of time to read at the moment, but I LOVE reading. Some of my favorite books are the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling, Divergent series by Veronica Roth, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and anything by Dan Brown.

--If a fairy godmother told you could be put into the world of your favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why?
I would pick Harry Potter, hands down. I mean really, who wouldn’t want to go to Hogwarts for a day?

--Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)? Are there any songs on your playlist- songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote?
I need all of the above, haha! I love having coffee, and I go to the two local cafes to write most of the time. I always need music. Actually, as I write this, “Little Lion Man” by Mumford & Sons is playing. I have a lot of different music interests, but STEEL LILY was written with Muse’s “The 2nd Law” album pretty much on repeat. That whole album was written for Steel Lily, I’m convinced!

--If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Flight. Then I could go wherever I wanted! :)

--Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?
I love to spend time with my husband and son, snowboard, travel, and play my xbox. I also have this really bad closet obsession with collecting Starbucks coffee mugs. So…there’s that, too. :)

--What is one thing you would tell your 15 year old self? Don’t be afraid to shoot the ball, and don’t be worried about what anyone else thinks if you miss the shot. I played basketball, and I analyzed every game, wondered if I should shoot or not. If I went back, I’d just gun the heck out of the ball any chance I had. And darn it, I’d play some defense. :)

--Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers?
I just want to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you. There are truly no words to express how much I appreciate you guys. You’re the reason I keep writing. <3 o:p="">

Summer or Winter? Winter. I hate heat! If I could have perpetual autumn with snow nearby, that would be perfect.
Morning or Night? Night. I can’t function before ten am, and even then I need my coffee. However, you’ll find me tweeting up a storm at 2 am half the time.
The Vampire Diaries or The Walking Dead? I DON’T WANT TO CHOOSE! Don’t make me! I love them both. I can’t choose who I love on TVD, but I’m pretty sure it’s all of them…and if Daryl Dies on The Walking Dead, I’m rioting. You heard it here first.
Tea or Coffee? Again…both! But generally I’d choose coffee.
Harry Potter or Lord of The Rings? Harry Potter by default, but I love me some Hobbitses too, precious.
Cable or Internet? Internet. I would DIE without it. Well maybe not…but I’d probably hyperventilate and wonder what to do with all my time if I wasn’t in the tweeting or facebooking vortex of doom. :)
Coke or Pepsi? Coke. No other substitutions. My mom once tried to pull a fast one and get RC. It was awful, and I haven’t recovered yet.
TV shows or Movies? TV shows, generally. I LOVE LOVE LOVE The Big Bang Theory. I think I married a less obnoxious, yet equally smart version of Sheldon Cooper. Don’t tell him I said that. :)
Video Games or Board Games? Video games if I’m alone but I love playing board games with my friends in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. We have a couple friends who have a son (he’s 13), and he plays with us. I have beat that child ONE TIME in a game. I was convinced I should probably retire after that. I didn’t even win the game…I just beat him. It was enough for me. :)
Shower or Bath? Shower generally
Rain or Snow? Snow. Snow, snow, snow. I have a snowflake tattooed on my foot, and I snowboard religiously when time allows. Did I say I love the winter and snow? Because I do. <3 o:p="">
Dr. Pepper or Mountain Dew? Dr. Pepper
Scary or Comedy? Comedy. I used to be a HUGE horror buff…and then Saw II scarred me for life. Never, ever again. Something broke in me that day, so I’m thinking they did their job. Now I’m all about the comedy! I actually just went and saw The Heat, and it is HILARIOUS. Go see it. I love Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. They were phenomenal together.
Latte or Expresso? Either/or. Can I get it in an IV drip?
Tattoos or Piercings? I have both…but I love my ink. I have 8 tattoos, and I wouldn’t be opposed to another.
Snowboard or Ski? Snowboard. That was was easy, huh? :)

BIO: Megan Curd is a graduate of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. While having always enjoyed reading any books she could get her hands on, Megan didn’t begin writing until a friend encouraged her to do so while in college.

When not writing, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves to snowboard and travel to new places, and doesn’t turn down the opportunity to play xBox with her brother and friends when it presents itself.

Megan currently resides in Stanton, Kentucky with her husband, son, and Great Dane named Dozer.



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  1. Great interview, Dr. Pepper all the way! My co-blogger reviewed this and liked this. Thanks for sharing!

    Alise @ Readers in Wonderland

  2. Great interview! I wish I could have Autumn all the time too. It's the best. And living in Harry Potter's world, even if only for a day, would be a dream come true.

  3. Great review! I love the Big Bang Theory, as well! Same with Dr. Pepper, and the night time. :)

    Laureen @ Ms. Bibliophile.

  4. The basketball thing really rings true for me...I would have told my 15 yr ol self the same thing. So many missed opportunities, lol! Great interview!

  5. I love it when YA authors list some YA books as their favorite. I have no idea but it's so cool. I have heard of this book and it sounds really great. Great interview Brandi :)

  6. I'd love to spend the day at Hogwarts too-but hopefully just a normal typical day and not one of the scary dark days.


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