Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Blog Tour + Guest Post + Giveaway - Ignite the Shadows by Ingrid Seymour


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Ignite The Shadows by Ingrid Seymour (Ignite The Shadows #1)
Published by: HarperVoyager
Publication date: April 23rd 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Marci Guerrero is one of the best teen hackers in Seattle. However, she’d give up all her talents to know she isn’t crazy.

Marci feels possessed by what she perceives as shadowy spectres that take control of her body and make her do crazy things. While spying on the clandestine group known as IgNiTe, she’s confronted by the leader, James McCray. His presence stirs the spectres inside her brain into a maddening frenzy. Her symptoms and ability to control them don’t go unnoticed by James, who soon recruits her and shows her the awful truth.

Half of the world’s population is infected by sentient parasites. They bind themselves to the human brain and replace the pathways for all thoughts and actions. The creatures then morph their hosts into grotesque monsters with extraordinary strengths. Winged, clawed, fanged half-humans become living nightmares. Now Marci wishes she was crazy, because the truth is worse.

She’s infected.




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My Publishing Journey or How I Became a Published Author

It was a long time coming, but last year I finally got a traditional book contract *swoons to the floor*

My deal consists of a 3 book contract with Harper Voyager UK. Ahhhhh, pinch me, pinch me! Seriously! I still can’t believe how awesome that is. If somebody had told me I’d accomplish this when I started writing 8 years ago, I would have rolled my eyes and said “Get outta here!”


Yet, the hard, hard, hard work paid off, and here I am with the release of the first book in my latest YA Sci-Fi novel, Ignite the Shadows, and the other two yet-untitled books releasing in 2016 and 2017.

Now to the how . . .

This all started in October 2012 when I saw a tweet saying that Harper Voyager was going to open submissions—first time in ten years—to unagented authors. Me, me, I thought at the time. Though, not anymore, because now I have an agent. Halleluiah!

So, I hurried over to check out the post and since I had a manuscript that fit the guidelines, I sent Ignite the Shadows on. With that done . . . I promptly proceeded to forget all about it. Yep, that’s right. I submitted my ms, then never looked back, never checked the sporadic status updates the folks at Harper were blogging about. Not even once. Not that I didn’t think my ms had a chance. I’d just endured that much rejection.

Rejection the ugly, muse bashing monster . . .

Yep, rejection made me apathetic. Once I lost count of how many of them I’d gotten—both from agents and publishers—I just stopped holding my breath and believing it would ever happen. Send and forget became my coping mechanism to all the angst of waiting. There’s only so many times one can get excited about a full request to then wait and wait and wait . . . check one’s email and bite one’s nails and wait and wait for . . . a rejection or worse . . . no answer at all. Disheartening, to say the least.

And oh my, am I grateful for my Send and Forget approach? Because, I tell you, if I had known that—for one year and five months—my manuscript was under consideration, I would have died of congestive stress disorder, or something equally horrible.

Instead, on February 24, 2014, I opened my gmail account and received the most amazing surprise of my life: an email from my now editor Natasha Bardon, telling me she was interested in my book.

Understandably, I screamed.

Understandably, my family thought I’d fallen down the steps and cracked my skull open.

Now, I run around smiling like an idiot every time I remember that my novels are being published by HarperCollins.

Yep, dreams do come true and that’s a HUGE deal.
 




AUTHOR BIO

Ingrid Seymour is the author of IGNITE THE SHADOWS (Harper Voyager, April 23rd, 2015). When she’s not writing books, she spends her time working as a software engineer, cooking exotic recipes, hanging out with her family and working out. She writes young adult and new adult fiction in a variety of genres, including Sci-Fi, urban fantasy, romance, paranormal and horror.

Her favorite outings involve a trip to the library or bookstore where she immediately gravitates toward the YA section. She’s an avid reader and fangirl of many amazing books. She is a dreamer and a fighter who believes perseverance and hard work can make dreams come true.

She lives in Birmingham, AL with her husband, two kids and a cat named Mimi.


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