Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Let Me Introduce Megan Curd, Debut YA Author

Lock your doors and windows. Hide your pets. Megan Curd is on the loose. YA Author of a new series of YA Urban Fantasy, her debut book Bridger will burst through your eReaders any moment. Who, you ask, is Megan Curd? Let me tell you.
This is me in front of the Arc of Constantine in Rome, Italy. It was amazing to see all the history, and snowboarding was GREAT! J


I graduated from Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a degree in Intercultural Studies, but before that, I grew up in Dayton, Ohio. I have had the opportunity to travel to South America and Europe and get to hang out with some great young adults. I even got to snowboard in the Alps!

I love to write, but when I’m not doing that, I enjoy spending time with my family, snowboarding, and I’ll play an occasional video game.  Right now I reside in Eau Claire, Wisconsin with my husband, two dogs, and next month, our son! J I grew up loving to read, and the jump to writing was a natural one for me. I hope you enjoy the books I write!


BLURB:  Ashlyn McVean doesn’t believe in fairy tales. That is, until Ashlyn is thrown into the crosshairs of grudges her grandmother created long ago.

After finding out she is one of two people able to cross between faerie realms, Ashlyn is faced with trying to understand her abilities, along with navigating a new relationship with her boyfriend, Liam.

As if being on a centuries old hit list and dealing with crazed pixies isn’t enough, her new abilities mean trouble for Liam. Knowing her new life puts everyone she loves in danger, Ashlyn must decide what’s most important in her life between friends, family, love, and ultimately, realms.

Now, if you're intrigued, and your pets are still locked up. Visit Megan's website and you could win an iPod to celebrate the release of Bridger.

EXCERPT:

Silently, a group of young men came around the side of the house.  They eyed Memaw with what looked like caution.  Before I could call out to see what they needed, their faces took on a hungry look, all of them focused on Memaw.  It was unnerving.  Why were these men so interested in an old lady?
As the men neared her, chains appeared around their waists, ankles, and wrists that hadn’t been there a moment before.  Moving forward in seamless synchronization, they each pulled daggers from their hips and charged Memaw.  She was so engrossed in Chris’ theatrics that she hadn’t noticed the danger.
I screamed for Memaw to look out so loudly it hurt my ears.  Instead of running toward her, I hunkered down, unable to watch them murder her.  Would the men come for the rest of our family after they’d finished with Memaw?  Why was this happening?  Hadn’t we lost enough losing Dad only a few days ago?  Terror flooded through my veins, ice replacing the blood.  I was involuntarily rooted to the spot.
Although terrified to look, the thought of not knowing what was happening to Memaw was worse.  I barely opened my eyes to see the outcome of the men’s grisly attack.  My jaw dropped to the ground at the sight.
Where Memaw once sat, stood a gorgeous woman no older than twenty.  Her golden hair was wild and unkempt; her eyes were black as pitch like mine. Smiling at her assailants, she unsheathed a thin bow and pulled three arrows from her quiver, one for each man coming toward her.  In one fluid motion she released all of them at once, each one finding its mark.  The men fell.
To say I was shocked would be the understatement of the century.  The woman kneeled down and pulled her arrows from the bodies of the men while I crept toward her.  She wiped each one off quickly with the hem of her long, white skirt.  As she stood up, the rim of her skirt came into view.  It was covered in dried blood.  She had probably cleaned the arrows in the same fashion countless times before today.  I tore my eyes away from her skirt to look at her face.
The young woman was no longer there. Memaw stood hunkered in her place.  Still wearing the long, white skirt, Memaw dropped to her knees. She grabbed the man closest to her and pulled him to her chest.  She sobbed uncontrollably over his body.
After a few minutes, Memaw let the man fall to the ground, his shirt covered with her tears.
It was my dad.


If you've made it this far, you must be really interested in this book, so I'll tell you where you can find it. Look here. But be careful.

Lastly, if you'd like to know more about Megan, so you'll know when to hide the pets and lock the windows, check out her responses to these This or That? questions. What planet do you think she's from?

1-sunny or rainy days? Rainy days are perfect for curling up with a book or playing a video game, and they also = snow, and I'm a total snow bunny! :) sunny days, you'll find me floating down the local river with friends, though, so those are nice, too. I guess it depends on the season? Let's go with 50/50. Am I allowed to do that? :)

2-hamburger or cheeseburger? Cheeseburger - I'm in Wisconsin! :)

3-beach or lake? Lake. I want to learn to wakeboard and fishing is always fun. 

4-werewolves or vampires? I'm Team Emmitt for vampires, but I'm still gonna say I like werewolves more. Hello, Jacob. :)

5-socks or bare feet? Bare feet. I wear flip flops in the winter. :)

6-morning or night? Night. I am a total night owl!

7-dance or sing? Neither. I'll make people run if I do either publicly. :)

8-car or truck? Car. I'm a sucker for a fast car. :)

9-paper or computer? Computer. I'd probably not know what to do with myself if didn't have a computer. 

10-country or city? Country for short spurts, but I'm all about being closer to the bigger cities. I lived in Minneapolis, MN for 3 years and loved all the options for things to do...just not the traffic! :)






2 comments:

Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiner's Book Blog) said...

Good thing I don't have pets, and my daughter is used to weird. Come on over Megan.

Charlie said...

Great interview. Learned LOTS about you. :-) flip flops in winter....you sound like my daughter. Brrr. But your writing sounds divine. Very edgy and definitely YA. Great job. Also love the pic. Visited Italy myself last year and loved the history and ruins there. The US is but mere babies with history! Good Luck!
C.K. Volnek