Guest post: Series Playlist by Jus Acardo, author of ALPHA, Book 3 in The Infinity Division Series

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If there was a soundtrack for my life, it’d be diverse. Everything from Elvis – I can’t help falling in love with you to Five Finger Death Punch – Battle Born. Other than books—and food—music is my thing. Oh. And animals. And the outdoors…

I have a lot of things.

When I think about my husband, it’s Vain – Without You. He played it for me one of the first few times we hung out. When I hear Loudon Wainwright – Dead Skunk—yes, I have this on my phone—I think of the trip Hershey Park when I was a kid. There was a skunk, a Nun, and some candy bars. Don’t ask.

When I hear Muse – Supermassive Black Hole, I think about vampires. Playing baseball.

You know you do, too. No one’s judging.

But music is more than inspirational for me—it’s essential, an integral part of my writing process. Scenes play out in my head like a movie. And everyone knows all good movies need a killer soundtrack. The right song can help set the appropriate mood and put me in the headspace that I need for a particular scene. Anything from a high-octane chase scene or blood pumping epic battle, to those tragic backstory moments or heartwarming, awe inspiring declarations of love.

I have playlists for each book, many scenes, and most characters. Usually I start off with a few general songs. Ones that fit the overall mood of the book and the picture I have of it all in my head. From there, I add as I go along. As relationships develop, the list continues to grow.

Each of the three main couples in the Infinity Division series have their own song. Usually it takes me most of the first draft of a book to pick the perfect one, but when it came to this series, I had songs chosen for all three couples right after the first draft of the first book!

Infinity – Kori and Cade: Hozier – Take me To Church

Omega – Noah and Ash: Hailee Steinfeld Ft Zedd – Starving

Alpha – G and Sera: Stone Sour – Song #3

Each character had their own playlist, but also a key song. Something that, to me, embodied their personality, situation, and/or struggles. Since the books are all told from different points of view, these songs helped me get inside the head of each narrator.

Kori: Raise Hell – Dorothy

Cade: Dangerous – Shaman’s Harvest

Noah: Do I Wanna Know – Arctic Monkeys

Ash: Roots – In This Moment

G: Bury Me With My Guns – Bobaflex

Sera: Supposed to be – Icon For Hire

Dylan: Bad Man – Bobaflex

I can’t fathom living—or working—without music. I’d be utterly lost. What about you? Do you have a particular artist or song that’s your go-to? What’s your current fave?

**You can view the entire playlist for the Infinity Division series here!**


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Sera has no memory of her life before. Before captivity, before experiments, before the only lifeline she had was the voice of a boy in the cell next to hers. Before G.

G wishes he could forget everything before Sera brought him back to life. Forget his memories as a ruthless mercenary on an alternate version of Earth. Forget that he was part of an experiment simply known as Alpha.

Now on the run from their captors and in need of an antidote to save his life, G and Sera’s clock is ticking. And they’ll have to gamble everything on the bond they forged in captivity if they want to survive.

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Jus Accardo spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food. Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.
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Interview: Richard Dee, author of ANDORA PETT AND THE OORT CLOUD CAFE


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Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

I picked Sci-fi because I thought that I’d be able to get away without doing any research. I reckoned that as it hadn’t happened yet, you could just write any old stuff and get away with it. Oops! That was mistake number ONE (of many!).

As I tried to write my first novel, I realised that you needed to have a thorough knowledge of the present to write about the future. You have to have a proper grasp of the basic science that underpins the fiction.

Once I started researching, instead of seeing it as a chore, I found that I loved taking a known fact and stretching it into a plausible future. It led me to more than just one story, I saw opportunities in everything. And not just in Sci-fi, I also write Steampunk, finding old-tech ways of doing modern stuff can be just as interesting as flying across the Galaxy.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

I’ve always loved reading, as a form of escape from reality. A few words can transport you to a world in your head and I envied the power of those who could create a universe in a few sentences. I always thought books were so much better than film because you could choose how to interpret the words, rather than have to accept someone else’s idea of what it all meant.  

The logical conclusion was to invent my own world, rather than make one from what someone else had written. And I guess that’s where it all started. There is a certain delicious power in creation and a genuine feeling of guilt and remorse in destruction.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

I like to make everything logical, leaving no holes in the background. A good story needs a solid basis in fact and a realistic setting. I like to get ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The only difference is that they’re not doing them here and now.

I’ve found that if you put someone in a situation that they’re not ready for, their reactions can be incredible, very often my characters will do more than I plan, or expect.

What do you like to read in your free time?

Anything with healthy doses of action and escapism, it doesn’t have to be sci-fi. I like to discover other independent, self-published authors, people that you won’t necessarily have heard of. Their writing is just as valid and exciting as any, they’ve put as much work in and deserve as much recognition. I like to champion these unknown authors, telling everyone I can about how good they are wherever possible.

What projects are you working on at the present?

I have sequels, prequels and spin-off’s coming out of my ears. I currently have four series, all of which are continuing, thanks to pressure from readers. They are always asking for more or demanding that I explain things that have happened in the current books. I also have several new projects, when I can find the time. My research produces a lot of ideas, some of which become short stories or flash fiction; some make it all the way to full novels.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

I talk to myself, become the characters, act out the scenes. It drives my wife crazy if I forget and do it while she or others are around. I also eavesdrop on conversations in public places, which can be a great source of inspiration (and strange looks).

How many donuts are you capable of eating in one sitting?

As many as are in the box, plus one.

If I gave you a pencil and piece of paper and told you to draw something funny, what would you draw?

Anything I drew would be funny, and unrecognisable. I have no artistic ability, unlike my father, who was very a talented artist and wood-worker.

How many friendships have you ruined because you refused to play a game of Monopoly mercifully?

I’m competitive, but not to that level. If you’re better than me, then I need to try harder.

Do you have a favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

These are not a thing in England, but research (there it is again) suggests that a Thin Mint would be pretty good. I’m a Chocolate Chip type of guy myself, based on what’s available over here.

Finally, and this one is important, so please pay attention What do you think cats dream about?

If we accept that androids dream of electric sheep, then do cats dream of clockwork mice? Can they tell the difference? Is that enigmatic enough for you?

This or That?

Tea or Coffee?    Coffee (Black)

Chocolate or Vanilla?  Chocolate

Vintage or New?  Vintage

Bond or Bourne?  Bond, but only Sean Connery (In TOTAL agreement there!)

Roller Coaster or Ferris Wheel?  Roller Coaster, it’s more lifelike


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Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café

Meet Andorra Pett; with her trusty sidekick, she’s taken over a derelict café. On a mining station. It just happens to be orbiting Saturn!
She’s hoping for a fresh start, away from all the drama of her old life. It’s a chance to relax and start again in a place where nobody knows anything about her or her past.

But the café holds a secret, and secrets have a habit of coming out; whether you want them to or not. And being accident prone doesn’t help. The more you try to pretend that you know what’s going on, the worse it gets.
Andorra’s plans for peace and quiet get lost amid the revelations and skulduggery and she soon realises that the fate of the whole station lies in her hapless hands.
In space, you can still trip over your feet; the question is, will you land upright?

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A native of Brixham in Devon, Richard Dee’s family left Devon when he was in his teens and settled in Kent. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then went to sea and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986. Coming ashore to be with his growing family, he used his sea-going knowledge in several jobs, including Marine Insurance Surveyor and Dockmaster at Tilbury, before becoming a Port Control Officer in Sheerness and then at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich. In 1994 he was head-hunted and offered a job as a Thames Estuary Pilot. In 1999 he transferred to the Thames River Pilots, where he regularly took vessels of all sizes through the Thames Barrier and upriver as far as H.M.S. Belfast and through Tower Bridge. In all, he piloted over 3,500 vessels in a 22-year career with the Port of London Authority. Richard was offered part time working in 2010, which allowed him to return to live in Brixham, where he took up writing and blogging. He retired in 2015, when he set up and ran a successful Organic bakery, supplying local shops and cafés. The urge to write eventually overtook the urge to bake but Richard still makes bread for friends and family. Richard is married with three adult children and two grandchildren.

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Interview: Sara Baysinger, author of THE VANISHING SPARK OF DUSK

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Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

I only read adult fiction in high school, so when I sat down to write The Vanishing Spark of Dusk, I wanted to write *that* book that I always wanted to read. When I started shopping this story around, the main feedback I got was that it should be geared toward the young adult market. I had no idea what they meant by that, so I started picking up YA books to see, and, MAN, I didn’t know what I was missing! I read YA book after YA book, and realized they were right. I was writing what I wanted to read, and what I wanted to read was YA fantasy/scifi/dystopia, etc. I didn’t even know half those books were out there. So I guess you could say I didn’t pick the field/genre, it sort of picked me. 🙂

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

My parents are booknerds, and so me and my sisters didn’t really stand a chance. 😉 When I discovered Goosebumps books by R.L. Stine, all the books by Bruce Coville, and of course the Harry Potter books, that’s when I first realized that I wanted to tell wild stories as well.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been *seriously* writing for about ten years. I’d written poetry and journaled long before that, but that’s when I decided I wanted to make a career out of writing.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?  

The hardest part was creating the politics and culture, and being consistent with them throughout the story.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I loved, LOVED creating a new exotic world with fantasy creatures and scifi technology.

Are there underrepresented groups or ideas featured in your book?  If so, discuss them.

I have a few queer characters in The Vanishing Spark of Dusk. I’ve honestly found it hard to find many books out there that represent the queer community without the fact that they’re queer being the main plot. I feel like the more the lgbtqiap (etc) people group are represented in books, the quicker their lifestyles will be accepted and normalized in society.

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?  What impact have they had on your writing?

Tahereh Mafi influenced my writing. When I read her Shatter Me series—THAT’S when it clicked about how to show and not tell a character’s feelings/emotions/actions. Sarah J Maas inspired me to include more queer characters in my book without making a big deal about their lifestyles, but rather showing that they’re just like anybody else.

What did you find most useful in learning to write?  What was least useful or most destructive?

Most useful: Reading. I’ve found that the more I read, the better my writing.

Least useful (And I’m going to get into trouble for this): Rules. I mean, rules are great and necessary, but MAN. They held me back as a writer for SO. LONG. Grammar rules, plot rules, character rules, POV rules, I couldn’t nail any of them down, and was hugely discouraged by them. Then I finally decided to write just for ME and not let the rules hold me back, and this book happened. My advice to new writers is always to just to WRITE the darn thing, and worry about rules later.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer?  How does that affect your writing?

Part time, since I’m a full time stay-at-home-mom. 🙂 It affects me in that parenting really limits my time. I remember before kids, when I had a *normal* job, I could come home and spend the entire afternoon writing with no interruptions. It was bliss. Now with kids, my time is really limited and constantly interrupted by my toddlers. The only way I can get any writing done is to set a chunk of time aside after the kids go to bed, and dedicate it to writing.

What are some day jobs that you have held?  If any of them impacted your writing, share an example.

I taught English in China for  a year, and traveling around China during that time has provided excellent world-building material. I also worked in a baby-wipe-making factory. That hasn’t impacted my writing, I just like telling people I worked there because it’s such a weird job. 😀

What do you like to read in your free time?

I love to read what I write, which is YA fantasy/scifi/dystopia—basically anything futuristic and/or with magic. 😉

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

I read a lot of Christian/historical fiction when I was  teen, so my main inspirations were Francine Rivers with her Mark of the Lion series, Angela Hunt with her Dreamers series, and Lynn Austin with her Fire by Night series. These books moved and changed me as a teen, and made me want to write life-changing stories for others.

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?

The main characters’ names are always important, and especially my main heroines’ names—which often set the theme of my books. I choose my characters names both on the way they sound and their meanings. 🙂

What literary character is most like you?

Can I choose my own?  If so, I choose Lark from The Vanishing Spark of Dusk. I basically fashioned her off of my former self. She’s shy, quiet, and has trouble speaking out or defending herself. A few readers had trouble with her because they want the badass heroine, (And don’t get me wrong—Lark grows into that), but I feel like YA fiction needs more of those quiet and reserved heroines who become strong. We’re not *all* naturally brave, extroverted, take-no-shit-from-anyone type of people, after all.  😉

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

Rome. I would love to visit the ruins that are still standing from the ancient roman empire.

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About The Vanishing Spark of Dusk:

Stand up.

When Lark is stolen from Earth to be a slave on the planet Tavdora, she’s determined to find her way back home to her family, no matter the cost. Placed in the household of a notorious slave trader, Lark quickly learns her best assets are her eyes and ears. And if she’s brave enough, her voice.

Be heard.

Kalen is the Tavdorian son of a slave trader and in line to inherit his father’s business. But his growing feelings for Lark, the new house slave who dares to speak of freedom, compel him to reveal his new plan for the slave ships returning to Earth—escape. Together, they just might spark a change that flares across the universe.

Fight back.

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Sara was born in the heart of the Andes Mountains in Ecuador where she spent her early life exploring uncharted lands and raising chickens. She now makes her home among the endless cornfields of Indiana with her husband and two children…and she still raises chickens. Her dystopian novel BLACK TIGER was self-published in 2016. When not getting lost in a book, Sara can be found gardening, devouring chocolate, and running off the sugar-high from said chocolate. You can visit her online at

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Guest Post: Jus Accardo, YA Author


There’s a saying…write what you know. Obviously I don’t have much experience with demons, extraordinary abilities, or multiverse travel, but I do know a thing or two about being a person. Specifically, a…less than graceful person.

Have you ever wiped out so spectacularly that people have considered erecting a monument in honor of your…uniqueness?

I have. Multiple times.

In most of my books, there’s at least one character who will inevitably trip over the cracks in the sidewalk. There could be a pebble in their path and it’s going to cause them to face plant in the most epic way. That character is me.

Today I’m going to share my three biggest public wipeouts.What about you? Share yours in the comments below!

  1.  The car incident. l think I was 25ish when it happened. My husband had stopped at a red light, in the middle or rush hour traffic. My cousin was in the car behind us, and had left her bag in my back seat. My brilliant idea was to just quickly run it back to her before the light changed. There was plenty of time. Well, I opened the door and tried to get out, but my foot snagged on a plastic bag. The end result was me on my ass in the middle of the road, climbing to my feet to a musical symphony of car horn salutes. In case you’re wondering, yes. I did take a bow.  😉
  2.  That one time, at the bank… I used to work in a Waldenbooks inside the mall. Fridays during lunch, I’d run down to the bank at the other end to cash my check—just like everyone else.One day I decided to take a shortcut by stepping over the divider rope instead of going around it. I didn’t raise my foot high enough, and ended up pulling a gravity defying flip that left me on the ground. Did I mention this was the one and only day I wore a skirt? Everyone saw London and France…. You could have heard an ant fart as the entire population of mall workersstared down at me.
  3.  BEA. So you know that book conference? Book Expo America? Yeah. My grace and poise struck there, too. Picture this. My very first time attending. Hundreds of people milling around. A set of impossibly long stairs heading down to the registration area. Two steps and a single comment from my friend. Careful, you don’t want to fall down all these stairs! The universe has a nasty sense of humor. I put my foot down and missed the third step. I ended up on the landing right before the bottom, bouncing down nearly the entire flight of stairs…. The rest of the day, people kept passing, asking if I was okay. That’s me. Memorable for all the wrong reasons!

The single most important thing I’ve learned living as an incurable klutz? I mean, besides the importance of a good shoelace knot and a pocketful of Advil…. Learn to laugh at yourself. Don’t take people, situations—and most importantly, yourself—too serious.




JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.





OMEGA (Infinity Division Series, Book 2) by Jus Accardo

Audience/Genre: Young Adult/Sci-Fi, Romance Element

Published by Entangled Teen, Entangled Publishing LLC.


One mistake can change everything. Ashlyn Calvert finds that out the hard way when a bad decision leads to the death of her best friend, Noah Anderson.

Only Noah isn’t really gone. Thanks to his parents’ company, the Infinity Division, there is a version of him skipping from one dimension to another, set on revenge for the death of his sister, Kori. When a chance encounter brings him face-to-face with Ash, he’s determined to resist the magnetic pull he’s felt for her time and time again. Because falling for Ash puts his mission in danger.

But there’s more going on in Ash’s alternate universe than either of them knows: a mysterious project called Omega. A conspiracy spanning multiple Earths and revolving around none other than Ash. Its creators would do anything to keep Omega secret…



Interview with Donna Frelick, SciFi Suspense Romance Author

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Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? I loved science fiction as a kid—in any form, books, television, movies. So when I began writing, it was as a writer of STAR TREK fan fiction. I thought it would lead to a career as an SF author, but an early mentor in the field, SF author Ann Crispin, told me I had a talent for writing romance. This was just as paranormal romance was on the upswing and science fiction romance as a mainstream subgenre was in its infancy. But that SF story I’d been working on suddenly worked as an SF romance. Unchained Memory, the first book in my Interstellar Rescue series, was later named a Finalist in the Romance Writers of America®’s Golden Heart® contest for unpublished manuscripts in 2012. It was published last year. Trouble in Mind which launches February 16, was also a 2012 Golden Heart® Finalist.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from? I come from a long line of Appalachian storytellers. It just comes naturally after having grown up listening to my relatives tell stories around the dinner table.

How long have you been writing? I’ve been writing since I could hold a pencil. I wrote Beatles fan fiction as a young teenager. I was a student journalist all through school.

What kind(s) of writing do you do? Currently I stick with SFR and the wide-ranging topics of science, fiction and film reviews of my blog (Spacefreighters Lounge). But I have done a lot of freelance journalism and editing.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?  A strong voice, a sense of place, finely drawn characters and the use of sexuality to express emotional growth.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?  All of my books involve complicated plotlines, but this one in particular was challenging, in that I had to weave the different subplots along a timeline to get everyone into place at the end. Whew!

What did you enjoy most about writing this book? I enjoyed spending time on the alien home world of Minertsa, creating a culture and motivations for the alien “bad guys” of my series. We see a lot more of the “Grays” in this book and yet I still wanted to remain grounded in human emotions and realities.

Are there underrepresented groups or ideas featured if your book? If so, discuss them. The Dineh, or Navajo people are part of the battle against evil at the end of the book. Their spiritual ways are touched upon as the characters discuss a strategy to defeat the bad guys. I did my research and tried hard to be respectful as I incorporated these ideas and characters into the book, recognizing that I myself am an outsider and not privy to the actual rituals.

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work? What impact have they had on your writing? I love all the writers of the so-called New Age of Science Fiction of the 1960s, particularly the women—Ursula K. LeGuin, Joanna Russ, Zenna Henderson and others. Of modern-day authors, I read Stephen King, J.R. Ward, Eloisa James, Christine Feehan, Diana Galbadon and Linnea Sinclair semi-religiously. All of them have shown me by example what good writing is: how to craft a story, how to eliminate unnecessary words and choose just the right ones, how to build worlds and mold characters. At first I had no idea what I was learning. Now I know to pay attention.

What are some day jobs that you have held? If any of them impacted your writing, share an example. I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa in the Seventies. One of my earliest fiction efforts as an adult was a short story called “Close Encounters in the Third World,” about an old woman in a remote village who sees an alien spaceship up close. I still call that one my “helicopter” story, because my efforts to describe the thing she saw in HER point of view led my literal-minded husband to ask, “Is it a helicopter?” No. Back to the typewriter.

What projects are you working on at the present? Book Three in the Interstellar Rescue series is Fools Rush In, the story of space pirate Sam Murphy and Rescue agent Rayna Carver. This one will be set entirely in space, unlike the first two books in the series. I’m hoping my readers will be willing to follow me out into the Great Unknown, especially since Sam and Rayna have made appearances in both previous books. Fools Rush In should be ready for launch by next fall.

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend? Names are a challenge in writing SFR. If you are naming aliens, or their home worlds, you have to choose something that sounds exotic, but remains pronounceable in the English language (for English readers), or your readers will stumble every time they read the name. I’m writing a series, so I have different races of aliens, too, and their “languages” should appear to be somewhat consistent, that is, they should use similar combinations of consonants and vowels. In reality, of course, it’s unlikely we’d be able to translate anything a real alien would say into anything that sounds like an Earth language. But this is fiction, and allowances can be made. There are resources out there, but I haven’t had to use them yet. If I get further into the series, that may become necessary!

If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be? I’m a bear. In the winter, all I want to do is eat and sleep.


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Donna S. Frelick was an RWA® Golden Heart® Double Finalist in 2012 for the first two novels in her SFR Interstellar Rescue series. She lives on 43 beautiful mountain acres in North Carolina with her husband and two talkative cats.

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She couldn’t get him out of her mind— and that’s when the trouble started.

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FBI Special Agent Alana Matheson is good at her job, despite a past that would make even a seasoned agent cringe. She has no time for the outside help the victim’s family has brought in on a kidnapping case, no matter how goodlooking he is.

But galactic tracker Gabriel Cruz is no ordinary private investigator, and the skills he brings to the job will save both their lives. Because Lana and Gabriel are not the only ones seeking an unusual little boy and his mother. Their rivals in the chase are not of this world, and only an alliance built on the bonds of love can ensure that Lana and Gabriel beat the alien hunters to their prey.

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