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D. A. Roach

I’d like to welcome YA fiction author D. A. Roach, 

who as it happens just released her latest book, Rarity

today.  Check for the link at the end of the interview 

to get your copy!

IDI – I’m sure you’re busy with the release of your book so I truly appreciate the
 time you’ve taken to chat with me.
DAR – I’m happy to.
IDI – Who’s your target audience? What aspect of your writing do you feel targets
that audience?
Rarity

Rarity
DAR – I mostly write books for late teens-30’s. My stories usually encompass that awkward transition between teen and adult.  I, personally, grew up a lot emotionally in college.  It’s an interesting time in life with so much change and insecurity…it;’s like giving an artist a blank canvas with paints in every color – the possibilities are endless to create an interesting story.

IDI – If you could meet one character from a book, who would it be and why?
DAR – Evan Mathews from The Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan. He is the most supportive boyfriend ever created. Emma has some pretty deep and dark issues she is dealing with and Evan is the sun in her cloudy world – radiant, reliable, and comforting. The world would be a better place if we were all married to an Evan Mathews.
IDI – If you could give your main character a million dollars, how would he/she spend it?
DAR – My character (from my latest book, Rarity,) would give a portion to her mom’s bills (she adores her mom), some would be used for her college tuition, and the rest would go toward researching a cure for the rare disorder her boyfriend is diagnosed with.
IDI – How has your writing evolved from when you began as a writer to now?
DAR – My writing has changed a lot since becoming an author.  People who have read all my books comment on how my writing has improved from book to book.  I’m considering reworking my self-published titles and submitting them to the publishing company to see if they want to publish them.  But it’s a dilemma, does the band KISS (2015) look at their first album (1973) and consider reworking it?  If they are doing that I’d tell them to leave it be – it’s classic.  But despite this argument, I  will modify some of my previous self-pub stories to breathe new life into them.
IDI – Have you ever wanted to give up? What stopped you?
DAR – No, no quitting yet.  I’m still learning.
IDI – What’s the most important thing you’ve learned about writing? How has this helped you as a writer?
DAR – Focus on the storytelling, don’t fixate on the errors.  Editors can fix the errors or at least point them out to you.  
IDI – What’s the best advice ever given to you, and by whom?
DAR – Honestly, it’s a quote, “Leap and the net will appear.”   by American naturalist John Burroughs.  It’s easy to worry and try to plan for everything but sometimes it’s best to take the leap and trust it will be alright.
IDI – What advice would you give to new/unpublished authors?
DAR – Only read the 4  & 5 star reviews, let them encourage you to write more rather than dwelling on the negative.
D.A. Roach

D.A. Roach
Also, seriously consider a traditional publisher.  It’s raised my bar and helped me put more effort into my book and strive for the best.  And I’ve met a ton of other authors which provides a great support system & a wealth of tips and information.
IDI – What do you do when you’re not writing?
DAR – Reading! I also advocate  for a rare disorder, pull weeds, listen to music, and watch horror movies (Exorcist, The Ring, and The Shining are my favorites).
IDI – How important are your reading habits to your writing habits?
DAR – Reading is very influential to my writing. When I immerse myself in a story I am aware of how the author builds the characters.  Do they take us through the daily mundane tasks to help us live in the character’s shoes?  Do they use dialogue?  How do they get us to care for the character?   I also enjoy uncovering how an author starts their book.  When someone walks into the bookstore and picks up a book, they look at the cover, title, read the book sleeve, and then start the first chapter.  If the author does not get the story rolling quick enough, you lose a sale. So reading influences my writing by providing me with examples of what works…and what doesn’t.
IDI – Can you tell us three interesting things about you that you’re sure we don’t already know?
DAR – I was a retail pharmacist years ago and hated it.
I did not begin reading for pleasure until after college (my parents were immigrants from Lithuania and since reading in English was a challenge – we did not have many English language books.
I spent 10 days in Japan during high school as an exchange student,  I lived with a Japanese family in the countryside it was an amazing culture and experience. I am still fb friends with the host girl who was my age.
IDI – Thank you so much for joining me today. I wish you the best of luck with your new release.
DAR – Thanks for having me.
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Title: Rarity
Author: D.A. Roach
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Brogen Mathers can’t deal with teen drama…

As an empath, she is constantly bombarded with other people’s energies. Despite coping techniques taught by her psychologist mother, it’s often too much to bear, forcing her to avoid most activities a typical high school junior would enjoy.

Jay Wilken won’t let his past define him…

A dead mother and an alcoholic father brought Jay to Stanton, but he doesn’t want pity. His good looks, charisma, and friendly nature quickly win over the whole student body, but he has his eye on one girl…Brogen.

Brogen can’t believe anyone could be so genuinely nice. It has to be an act, right? But when Jay literally saves her from deadly jaws, she has to admit he’s exactly what he appears, and he’s worth risking the potential emotional upheaval.

“Drama” might as well be Becca Grant’s middle name…

Another newcomer to Stanton, Becca’s blonde beauty and abundant attitude shoots her straight to the top of the popularity charts—and she believes Jay belongs right there beside her. Accustomed to getting exactly what she wants, she launches a relentless mean-girl campaign to shake up Brogen and claim Jay for her own.

Everything changes with a devastating diagnosis…

When Jay learns he has a rare and potentially fatal disorder, he keeps it secret and begins to push Brogen away to spare her future pain—which is exactly the sort of opening Becca is waiting for.

As Jay’s well-meaning deception unravels,

Brogen realizes there is much more than her heart at stake… But how far is she willing to go to fight for someone she loves?

D.A. Roach has been telling stories since she was a young girl in the suburbs of Chicago. In college she met the man of her dreams, her happily ever after, and married him 2 weeks after graduating. They have 3 kids together and a pet cockatiel named Gimli. D.A. did not find a love for books until after college. Her parents were immigrants from Lithuania and found tv and radio easier ways to hear stories so they did not do much reading or encourage it. But once she finished college and D.A. had free time, she discovered how amazing it was to get lost in a story. 

D.A. is a full time mom and wife. When she is not doing domestic things (laundry, bills, etc) she is writing, reading, creating mixed media art, and helping beautify her kids’ school landscape. Oh, and she is ALWAYS listening to music. Her favorite authors include Rebecca Donovan, Richelle Mead, Larissa Ione, Stephanie Meyer, E.L. James, and Sylvia Day. Reading great works from authors like these has motivated D.A. to write her own stories. She hopes to make positive changes in the world with her art and writing.

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Dreamer, Book 2 in the Seeker Series now available!

✢ THE SEEKER SERIES 
Author: Amy Reece
Publisher: LIMITLESS PUBLISHING
Genre: YA | Paranormal | Romance | Suspense 
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DREAMER
Author: Amy Reece
Series: The Seeker Series, #2
Genre: YA | Paranormal | Romance | Suspense 
~ SYNOPSIS ~

Meet Ally, a 17 year-old who also happens to be psychic. Oh, and she’s getting more psychic with every passing day, so much so that she’s been sent to Ireland to check in with the Seer Council to see what’s up with her freaky new powers.

Jack is her 19 year-old boyfriend, a former trouble-maker who is back on track and trying desperately to graduate. His plans did not include falling in love with psychic trouble-magnet.

Just last month they worked together to save a friend in deep trouble and ended up exposing a steroid ring at their school. Now there’s a new guy at school who seems just a little bit too interested in Ally for Jack’s liking. And why does Ally keep dreaming about a kidnapping? Last month seems like a cakewalk compared to this semester. Ally’s trying to solve a mystery, but Jack is just trying to keep her alive.


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~ TEASERS ~

~ EXCERPT ~

“Ally? Hey, what’s up? You got real quiet all of a sudden. Not a good quiet, either. What are you thinking?”
I shook my head. “No, it’s nothing. I get it. I understand.”
He looked at me for minute and then sighed. He got up and came around to my side of the booth and took me in his arms and kissed the top of my head. “You’ve got that look on your face. You know, the one that says you think I’m not going to be able to handle any more weird stuff and this is it for us. Huh? Admit it—it’s what you were thinking, isn’t it?” I nodded, trying to keep the tears in. “Okay, look at me.” He pulled my face up to look directly in my eyes. I could stare into his beautiful, deep brown eyes all day. “First, and most importantly, I love you, Ally. I’m in this for the long haul, no matter how freaky things get. If it means I get you, then count me in. You gotta start believing in us, babe.” He stopped to kiss me briefly and thank the waitress for refilling our coffee cups. “Secondly, you’re giving me, and all guys in general actually, way too much credit for deep thinking. When I say ‘what the hell is an oracle?’ that’s all I mean. No hidden meaning. I just want to know what it is. Guys are actually pretty simple and we tend to say exactly what we mean.” He kissed me again and then returned to his side of the table, placing a napkin in my hand so I could mop my face. Poor guy: it seems like all he ever did was watch me cry. I was such a girl. “Now let’s finish eating while you tell me all about this oracle stuff, okay?”
So I wiped my eyes and told him about how the Seer Council had tricked me into believing they were simply a group of innocent little old lady gardeners, but they actually held my fate in their hands. I told him about the last Oracle being stolen away from her people by the Gaulish clan, never to be heard from again. And I told him how the council was very interested in my abilities to see the future and seemed to think it was possible evidence of my oracle-ness or whatever. I finished with, “And they didn’t want to even let me go. They made me promise to come back over spring break and in the summer.”
“Spring break? Ah, Ally, no. I can’t stand not having our last school vacation together. You gotta tell them no, querida. I’ll probably go nuts if you’re gone.”
“Don’t worry. There is no way I’m going back over spring break. I’ll go in the summer as long as it’s while you’re gone to basic training.” I grabbed his hand across the table and rubbed my thumb over his knuckles. I told him what the council had told me about oracles, how they were messengers between worlds or something.
“Ally, what do you think? Do you think you could be this oracle?” He looked at me with concern.
“I don’t know, Jack. I think there’s a lot more to the story than what they’re telling me. I don’t trust those little old garden-seer ladies. I can’t even think about being an Oracle before I know what’s really going on.”
“That was a very Oracle-like thing to say,” he said with a laugh.

“Shut up.” I smiled. “Does this lunch include pie?”


SEEKER
Author: Amy Reece
Series: The Seeker Series, #1
Genre: YA | Paranormal | Romance | Suspense 
~ SYNOPSIS ~
Ally Moran has always just known about things—things she shouldn’t really be able to know… 

Suddenly when she starts having vivid visions about a former friend who is in desperate trouble, the adults in her life think she might hold the key to an ancient mystery. 

Jack Ruiz has a troubled past, but is trying to make a fresh start at a new high school… 

He just wants to keep his head down and graduate, hopefully before he turns 20. The last thing he needs is to get involved with a feisty redhead and her psychic visions. 

While Jack valiantly attempts to keep Ally at arm’s length, she is equally determined to be a part of his life. Who will win this battle of wills? 

More importantly… 

Can this unlikely couple work together to find answers to Ally’s visions before someone gets killed?

The Seeker is Book One is a Series

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~ TEASERS ~

~ EXCERPT ~

It was time to pull myself together and slink out of this bathroom to face Jack; if he was even waiting for me. He most likely lost interest and retreated back to class. I splashed water on my face and tried vainly to tame my obnoxious, curly red hair and exited the bathroom. To my surprise, Jack was leaning against the wall with his hands in his pockets, staring at the ground. He looked up and smiled slightly at me, one corner of his attractive mouth inching higher than the other. His big, nearly black eyes were full of concern as he asked, “You feeling better? I thought maybe you were gonna puke all over the place back there.”
Perfect. Exactly what I wanted him to think of in connection with me: the girl who looked like she was going to puke. “No, I’m fine. I needed to get away from the Wikipedia re-hash, that’s all. Thanks for the escape.” I tried to scoot by him.
He laughed a bit under his breath and reached out, gently grabbing my arm as I passed. “Hey, don’t run off. You looked really upset. I want to make sure you’re all right. Besides, Ms. Gonzalez thinks we’re at the nurse. No need to rush back for more coma-inducing book reports. I’m Jack, by the way. Jack Ruiz.” He pulled me directly in front of him and again examined my face. An intoxicating aroma wafted to me from his warm skin; a sort of warm, spicy scent that instantly became my new favorite. I might have swayed toward him a bit.
“Yeah, I know, Jack. I’ve been handing your papers back all semester.” I struggled to sound unaffected.
He nodded. “You still look really pale, Ally. And you seem a bit unsteady. Sure you’re not gonna puke?”
Really? Why me, God? I stood up straight and gently shrugged off his hand. “Yes. I had a, uh…a moment. I’m okay. Thanks for getting me out of there.” His dark eyes looked like melted dark chocolate. Life is so not fair. On the bright side, he actually knows my name. I wouldn’t have bet on that. I’m not the kind of girl who stands out—well, except for the crazy red hair—or attracts much attention. I’m short and small, wear really plain clothes, and I don’t say very much at school. I have a few good friends and we pretty much fly below the radar and try to stay out of the limelight. I like it that way. High school seriously sucks and I just want to get through it quietly and without a lot of drama. Please, God, life will be better in college.
“So, this is gonna sound pretty weird,” Jack started hesitantly, “but, uh, when it got really hot in the classroom, it, well it kinda felt like it was, uh, emanating from you.” He laughed once, quietly. “That’s crazy, huh?”
Wow. Did he just use the word “emanating” in a sentence? Who does that? I mean, in high school? I wonder what he got on his ACT? I had always had the sense there was more to him than meets the eye, and this cemented that feeling. 


~ ABOUT THE AUTHOR ~

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Amy Reece lives in Albuquerque, NM, with her husband and family. She loves to read and travel and has an unhealthy addiction to dogs. She loves wine and friends, in that order. Stay tuned for the rest of The Seeker Series, coming Summer and Fall 2015


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