Thursday, July 16, 2015

Reading Until Dawn: Featured Author Roselynn Cannes


As a Featured Blogger (ahem) for the Reading Until Dawn conference, it is my pleasure and my sacred responsibility to showcase the delightful authors that will be hanging out and playing embarrassing SUPER FUN AND AWESOME games with us in October.  We're not doing panels.  We're not doing pitches. We're seriously not doing serious. We WILL be doing games.

If you've read Alpha Heroes for very long, you know I'm not too into author interviews. I'm not very good at them, to be honest. So just pretend this is a game instead of an interview.  I gave my authors a Mad LibsTM style questionnaire, and here are the results!  (note: truthiness is optional... these are fiction writers after all!)


With us today is Roselynn Cannes, soon-to-be debut author with Fallen, a lit-fic/fantasy hybrid, and already the official pantsless dancer of #RUDC15.

Roselynn, what do you have to say for yourself?  RUDC is going to be a blast!  I can't wait.  Here are my answers to your questions...

1. No one ever beats me at the game of dress up.  I may not win a cosplay contest - because, you know, I have zero arts and crafts skills - but I will literally dress up in costume for any occasion.

2. Please fill in these blanks:
"When I was a kid, and they were picking teams for sportball, I was usually: 
a) picked right away
b) not picked right away
c) one of the captains

Without a doubt, I was picked last.  I trip over my own shadow.  If clumsy were a game, it would be my answer to question number one.

Later in life, I found myself dressing up in costume for adventure 5Ks (think Rugged Maniac, Zombie Run, Spartan Sprint), and I think it was all because of how the sportball teams were picked. (It may also have been because, you know, costumes).  It's all coming full circle.

3. The most embarrassing/hilarious game I ever participated in was Who's the Biggest Pervert (yes, this is an actual board game, and yes I played.  Not in a costume, in case you were wondering).  Everyone was laughing at the fact that I threw a full on child's tantrum because I lost.  Literally. Last. Place.  I'm going to refer you to question number 2, but to be fair, my friends are cray.

4. In an alternate universe, I am George R. R. Martin, only my fabulously successful 700-page epic book is titled "Game of Thorns." It is about how fairy tale princesses are actually the villains in their own stories.  (Cool concept!  Another option: alt-fantasy with psycho, power-mad royal family where everybody dies. And is dyslexic.)

5. Once, my PLP (platonic life parter), Casey, suggested that I do the kick off video for the #RUDC15VideoContest, and I could only respond, GAME. ON.  So, naturally, I dropped my pants on camera.

6. Would you like to play the 5-words game?  YES!!!  Alrighty then!

The 5-words game rules:

Please use the following 5 words in a piece of flash fiction, as long or short as you wish. Don't overthink it!

Then, give 5 words for the next victim, er, interviewee to use. They will have the option to build on your piece or do a stand-alone.

The lovely Chelsea O'Neal challenges you to use these words:
beans, fish, discombobulated, calendar, ambivalence.

Challenge accepted!
The Beauty of the Beast (inspired by the Game of Thorns premise above!)


The smell of baking bread, lentil beans, and fish filtered into Belle’s awareness.  It was the potency of the fish in particular that woke her, and her eyes fluttered open.  Discombobulated, she tried to remember what had happened.  Clearly she was in an alleyway in the market, but the memory of how or why she was there eluded her. 

Fully aware of each and every pebble digging painfully into her, she sat up.  With hands made clumsy by their violent shaking, Belle took a moment to attempt to fight the panic threatening by focusing on the mundane task of brushing off the gravel still sticking to her naked skin.  Despite her efforts, her heart sped up, stuttering over itself.  Her breath sawed in and out of her lungs.  Dirt, and what looked uncannily like blood, caked itself into the creases of her knuckles and underneath her fingernails.  One nail had been broken.  Ripped off all the way to the midpoint and her finger throbbed in acknowledgement.    

She would need to check a calendar to be sure, but she would guess that it had been exactly twenty-nine days since the last time.  The last full moon.  Ambivalence consumed her.  Snaked its way up from her belly and threatened to choke her.  She wasn’t sure if she should laugh maniacally because she might be losing her mind, or sob because she knew for a fact that she wasn’t.

OK, I don't know about you, but I really want to read that....

Roselynn's buy links and previews are not generally available yet, but for you dear readers, we have a bonus!  Here is the tentative blurb for Fallen:
I promise to protect you always.

They crept in under cover of darkness. With the palace under enemy control, Persephone, Princess of Galilae, will do anything necessary to protect those she holds dearest. But when loyalties conflict and not everyone can be saved, what will it cost to keep her promise?

Tell me about the princess, Persephone.

Undefeated, merciless, and famed as a brilliant strategist, for Augustine Sempronius the ends have always justified the means. When the palace fell with hardly any resistance, overtaking the rest of Galilae should have been simple. But the one person his plans hinge on is also the one person cunning and ruthless enough to thwart him.

Intrigued? who wouldn't be! Be ready when Fallen lands in e-readers near you by checking out Roselynn's blog!


Are you registered for Reading Until Dawn Con? 
If not, why not?! Join us for fun, games, snacks and as you've seen, pants-optional dancing.  
Register here, and see you there!

What's that you say? Budget got you down? 
Enter the #RUDC15VideoContest to 
win your hotel room for the conference.
You read that right, I said STAY FOR FREE! 
Hurry, contest ends July 26. Be sure to read all the details for entry.

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