Interview: The Devil’s Game by S.L. Pierce & Maren Kaye

The Devil's Game by S.L. Pierce

The Devil's Game by S. L. PierceTHE DEVIL’S GAME

by S.L. Pierce & Maren Kaye

Published June 29th 2011 by Pierce-Kaye Books

Is a stranger who stalks your stalker a friend or your worst enemy? Rachel Pendelton is determined to break from her small town past and stake out a new life for herself with a dream job in the big city. But hard work and determination are no match for whoever is working against her. When anonymous gifts show up, she’s flattered. When they appear in her locked apartment, she starts worrying. What can she do when everyone she turns to for help looks suspicious? What she doesn’t know is that a game has begun. A game with rules as baffling as they are deadly. A game that will pit her against the criminally insane. And only one can finish alive.

interview with the authors: s.l. pierce & Maren Kaye

Lisa: Where did the idea for The Devil’s Game Come From?

S.L.: The idea came while I was people watching at Starbucks. I saw a couple where the man seemed really into the woman but she did not seem to feel the same way. So I started thinking about him stalking her (my dark writer side) and then I thought about how I was watching them and what if a stalker stalked a stalker.

Lisa: Who was the hardest character to write?

S.L.: For me the hardest character was Patient X. It’s not so easy to keep everything about a character secret but still keep you interested in them. Maren: I agree, Patient X was challenging. I also had a hard time working with Carl. He morphed several times throughout the process, but now I think he’s my favorite character. Maybe because I spent so much time with him.

Lisa: The easiest?

S.L.: Probably Dr. Pike – we just took whatever a therapist might do and then went to an extreme. Maren: Rachel was inspired by one of my kids, so that was the easiest for me. My kids have always been very independent, which is a good thing, but I have to admit, it was fun feeling like I had some control. Even if it was only in my mind.

Lisa: Did you always want to be in an author or was there something else you dreamed of?

S.L.: I spent 10 years getting a PhD in engineering so there was that, I guess. But I never really loved it once I started working. That’s when I started dreaming about becoming a writer. Maren: I never thought I could write, I always struggled in English class. My spelling is very ‘creative.’ I fell into a job as a newspaper photographer when I was 23 and was fortunate enough to have an editor that demanded everyone in the department write. I was too young to know any better so I did what the big scary boss told me to do. I owe him so much.

Lisa: What is harder for you writing or editing?

S.L.: Definitely writing. I find it so much easier to fix an idea than to create the story. Maren: Ditto for me, although and think S.L. is the creative one as far as thinking up new ideas.

Lisa: Tell us about your publishing story.

S.L: Maren and I had started working on the The Devil’s Game last September, but things had stalled with the holidays, kids, life, etc. and we were having a hard time getting motivated again. So, in February, I decided to test the self publishing waters with a book of two short stories I had written called The Hate. Of course I thought it would instantly be a hit (insert laughter). It wasn’t, but it was exciting. And, more importantly, I felt the potential self publishing had. It motivated me to start working on The Devil’s Game, and I think that, in turn, motivated Maren, which motivated me even more and, well, you get the idea. We finished the book in May, had it edited in June, and published on June 31st.

Lisa: Who inspires you on those rough days?

S.L.: Maren – that’s one of the reasons we are so good together. When I’m ready to call it quits, she tells me how great the story is or she comes up with some great new direction which then inspires me. Maren: Same for me! There is no way I would have finished a book without her encouragement. Also, I think knowing someone is depending on you makes all the difference between should I write or should I do something else important, but unfulfilling like dishes and laundry.

Now some quickies:

S.L.’s answers: Dog or Cat? Dog – always Coke or Pepsi? Coke Almond Joy or Mounds? Neither! Mac or PC? PC-I’m used to it. Laptop or Desktop? Laptop-Starbucks here I come Spring or Fall? Fall Movies or TV? Movies Black or White? Black – I have four kids!   Maren’s answers: Dog or Cat? Prrrr… I’m all about low maintenance Coke or Pepsi? They both give me the hiccups Almond Joy or Mounds? Almond Joy Mac or PC? The artist in me loves Mac, the part of me that likes to buy food and clothing prefers PC Laptop or Desktop? Desktop, I need a giant screen to be fully content. Spring or Fall? Tough call. In North Carolina spring is better, mainly because the bugs haven’t hatched yet Movies or TV? Movies, but then TV satisfies my inner addict better. Black or White? Black, it goes with everything


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Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall (Hex Hall Series #1) by Rachel Hawkins: Book CoverHex Hall by Rachel Hawkins 

            • Pub. Date: February 2011
            • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
            • Format: Paperback , 352pp
            • Sales Rank: 17,715

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father—an elusive European warlock—only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

My Thoughts:

Rachel Hawkins created a story that is something that almost every teen can relate too and that is being different and not really understanding who you are and where you fit.  I really enjoyed the fact that the spell Sophie cast to arrive at Hex Hall was really one that she thought was going to help someone and make her fit in some place, not easy for a witch to do. After moving around so much, one might think that Sophie would be happy to be in one place but yet again she just doesn’t fit in. It is here at Hex Hall that she finally learns who her father really is and that only makes her even more different than the other students.  Not only is she a black witch but her father is the head of the Council, that sentenced every student to this school until they are eighteen, including Sophie’s roommate, who is even more of an outcast because she is a vampire.  The other black witches try to get Sophie to join their coven, but she wants nothing to do with it.  When Sophie finds one of these girls almost dead, all fingers point to her new roommate.  Sophie is determined to clear her friend.  Sophie is going to learn a lot more than she excepts before she solves this mystery and might get her heart broken along the way.

For me, this book started a bit slow but then it picked right up and I could not put it down.  I can remember times when I was a teen that I felt just like Sophie so it was very interesting for me to see how she was going to work some of her issues out and how she would handle the truth about what she really is.  Rachel Hawkins did a wonderful job with creating a story that plays with your emotions and keep you guessing from chapter to chapter.  My favorite single scene in Hex Hall  was when Sophie is trying to use magic to make her All Hallows dress and it keeps turning out horrible .  It made me laugh out loud.

My Rating:

4 Penguins.  I wish I was using half ratings though as it would be 4.5.  The only real reason why is that the story started slow for me.  That doesn’t mean it will be the same for you so check it out!


Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Should be Reading 

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Going Bovine by Libba Bray: Book Cover Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Can Cameron find what he’s looking for?

All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.

Teaser Page 33

Mom teaches English comp, single-celled organism level, at the community college.  She could be teaching a challenging English lit class somewhere good, but she never finished her dissertation or whatever it is that you need to become a bone fide PhD.  Mom has trouble finishing stuff.  The house is crowded with half-scribbed-in crossword puzzles, books with bookmarks in the middle, bags of knitting, scarves she got halfway through and then abandoned.

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