Introduce Yourself to our readers
Hi everyone! I’m Lea Nolan, and I write YA fantasy/paranormals. I’m a mom and wife, full-time writer, part-time health policy professor, and occasional health policy consultant. Whew! My debut, CONJURE the first book in the Hoodoo Apprentice Series was released this past October. The second in the series, ALLURE will be out in October 2013.
Tell us a little about your books?
CONJURE features three teens who discover a hidden 18th-century pirate treasure, unleash a wicked flesh eating curse, and must use Gullah hoodoo magic to break the hex before it’s too late. It’s fast paced with lots of action but it’s also got a sweet romance between the heroine, Emma Guthrie and hero, Cooper Beaumont who is the hottest, most perfect guy in the universe.
Is this your first RT convention?
No, it’s my second. I went last year and had The. Best. Time. I had sold my series but it hadn’t been released yet so I thought it would be good to go to the conference to get an idea of how it was structured/what it is like so I’d know what to expect once my book was out. It was a smart decision because now I’ve got a handle on how Teen Day works, what the massive book signing would be like, and how important it is to stop by the bars/restaurants and meet people. And the parties. Oh, the parties! RT is one giant networking fest. If I hadn’t meet so many people last year, I think I would have been totally intimidated this year.
What are you most looking forward to at RT?
Meeting readers! RT has a lot of opportunities to interact with readers and book bloggers, not only in the bar and restaurants, but also in fun reader-oriented activities. I’ll be participating in the Candy and Spoons! event in which Entangled authors, editors and staff will not only give out gobs of candy—who doesn’t love that?—but also play this crazy fun game called Spoons that people literally throw themselves into. And we’ll give away great books and other prizes. The Candy and Spoons! event is Friday, May 3rd at 7:30 pm in the New York B room on the Ballroom Level. Last year the line was way out the door and down the hall so come early to get a seat. It’s a total blast.
I’m also super excited about participating in the Teen Day Author Speed-Reading event on Saturday, May 4th at 5:00 in the Chouteau A&B room on the Mezzanine Level. A whole bunch of YA authors will be there, greeting readers and reading short excerpts of their books. It gives us a chance to sit and chat.
But honestly, I also love to meet and hang out in the bar, lounge, and restaurant. So if you see me, please don’t be afraid to come up and introduce yourself!
If we seen you at the bar what drink would be in your hand?
It’ll be a diet soda or an unsweetened ice tea. I wish I could drink alcohol but I’ve got a ridiculous and very boring alcohol intolerance that causes me to have horrendous headaches after only the smallest bit. Sad face for me. But I happily watch other people drink and live vicariously through them.
Do you have any tips for convention newbies?
Bring a cardigan. No. Bring two. Better yet, bring three. The air conditioning is always on full blast. Also, don’t expect to get much sleep. RT = LOTS of late nights.
Who are you bunking with?
I’m rooming with my bestest bestie, Laura Kaye. She is not only my greatest friend in the world, but she’s also an awesome roommate who doesn’t snore.
What inspired you to write in the paranormal genre?
I love the infinite possibilities of paranormal. Anything can happen as long as you build the world and stick to your rules. I also love the escapism. And who doesn’t love battling demon dogs, wicked curses, and raising the dead? Not this girl.
Tell us about your newest book?
I just finished ALLURE, the second book in The Hoodoo Apprentice Series. It is darker and twistier than CONJURE and takes the series deeper into Gullah mythology and hoodoo magic. It comes out in October 2013 and I can’t wait for readers to read it!
Authors your most excited about meeting?
Oh my gosh, there are so many. And there are a ton of authors I can’t wait to get to know better. I met Alyson Noel last year and totally embarrassed myself with my extreme fan-girling. If I get the chance to meet her again this year, I’ll try not to gush. Who am I kidding? I’ll probably end up being a super dork!
What authors do you hope have tables beside you at the Giant Book Fair?
The best part about RT for YA writers is that they put us all in one area they call Teen Alley. So we’re all together which makes it easier to YA readers to find us. Holy crap. I just realized something: If they arrange us alphabetically, I *might* end up next to Allyson Noel!!! AAAHH!!!! *Flailing around, flapping arms like a crazed chicken!* Note to self: Do. Not. Dork out!
Lea Nolan writes the kinds of stories she sought as a teen—smart paranormals with bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. She’s holds degrees in history and women’s studies concentrating in public policy and works in health policy. She lives in Maryland with her heroically supportive husband and three clever children. Her debut YA novel, CONJURE, book one in The Hoodoo Apprentice Series released in October 2012. You can learn more about Lea on her website, on Facebook, Twitter and on Goodreads. CONJURE is available at both Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
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Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry—hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.
But when a strange girl appears bent on revenge, demon dogs become a threat, and Jack turns into a walking skeleton, Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before summer—and her friends—are lost forever.
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