Fall 2019 YA Scavenger Hunt! Team BLUE

Posted in Uncategorized on September 30, 2019 by Austin Aslan

BlueF2019(1)Hi! You found your way over to Austin Aslan during the Fall 2019 YA Scavenger Hunt! Congratulations. You probably arrived here via C.M. Boers. Awesome. (And my Team Blue #YASH host is Heather McKenzie. Check it out!) If you happen to not know what the heck I’m talking about, Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. And if you’re experiencing any technical glitches, don’t worry, Glitch Happens. Go here for some tasty medicine.

Now, without further ado…let’s YASH!

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AND NOW NOW, without further ado-do, here’s the  MAIN EVENT! I’M HOSTING Lori M. Lee!

Lori has provided me with the following awesome bonus material for this year’s YA Scavenger Hunt. She’s featuring the opening page for her short story in COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES. She’ll really excited for people to read it!

 

STARLIGHT AND MOONDUST Excerpt

According to the locals of Little Nova, a witch lived in their woods. They said she brewed potions, cursed trespassers, and grew her garden on the bones of sacrifices.

Hlee Khue knew better, though. Niam Tais wasn’t a witch; she was a shaman.

Every Wednesday and Friday, Hlee took the trail that wound through the woods north of town. The trail eventually led to a small house guarded by lawn sculptures and a brood of chickens, where Hlee delivered a hearty dinner prepared by her mom, with plenty left over for the next day’s lunch. It was the duty of the tiny Hmong community in Little Nova to look out for Niam Tais, as the woman lived alone with no children to care for her.

Niam Tais had lost her father and brother in the war and then her mother to sickness in the jungles of Southeast Asia. The history of tragedy and frantic escape were the shared stories of all refugees. But how Niam Tais came to be here, in Little Nova, was a different kind of story entirely.

When Niam Tais was a young girl, she’d woken from her bed, driven from the sweat-damp sheets by the humidity and the bright face of the moon through the window of her family’s hut. She’d wandered down to the riverbank and fallen asleep at its shore to the gentle shushing of the water. The next morning, she brushed moondust from the creases of her clothes as her thoughts grasped for the vestiges of a dream about a man in shining robes and a string of white stones against his brow.

It was a sign, the village elder decided, that she’d been called by the spirits to the revered duties of a shaman.

Some years later, after the war had displaced her halfway around the world, she fell asleep with the moonlight full against the backs of her eyelids and dreamed again of the Moon Emperor. In the dream, he shot an arrow across the night sky, a streak of brilliant silver, and beckoned her to retrieve it. As in her childhood, she’d obeyed the calling and ended up in the sleepy town of Little Nova.

What Niam Tais did after that wasn’t clear, and Hlee had never been satisfied by the open ending. Instead, she couldn’t help but wonder if the story hadn’t yet found its conclusion.

 

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Exciting stuff, Lori! All right, fearless hunter, off you go… But before you scurry off to visit the next author on the hunt, Tera Lynn Childs, please feel free to peek around my entire site for a while and follow the links to my two YA survival-disaster sci fi novels, THE ISLANDS AT THE END OF THE WORLD and THE GIRL AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD, and my new TURBO RACER series with HarperCollins, TURBO Racers: Trailblazer. Book Two: Escape Velocity, drops in Feb of 2020.

Please leave a comment below, let me know you stopped by!

And please be sure to follow me on twitter, tumblr, instagram and facebook to follow my adventures in real time!

MOVE ALONG FOLKS, YOU’VE ONLY GOT A FEW DAYS TO GET THROUGH THIS!
Please continue your delectable YA Scavenger Hunt by visiting the next lovely author: Tera Lynn Childs Go! Do it! DO IT NOW!!!

Another Checkered Flag!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 4, 2019 by Austin Aslan

When is a book finished? For me: today! I just turned in my final comments on the “first pass” of TURBO 2: Escape Velocity. I probably won’t get another look at it before a physical copy is mailed out to me.

In all honestly, I had a TON of fun writing this book. Getting a fresh look this week at the final, final draft was extremely satisfying. It’s a smash-bang of a sequel, and I may even be more fond of it than the original offering. It’s as close as I’ve come yet to writing, much less publishing, a mystery novel, with fabulous whodunit notes and a great hook and numerous clever twists and turns that’ll keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat throughout. I’m really proud of it.

If you haven’t picked up something of mine yet, I might suggest this book. It’s fast and furious and fun, with more rewards than a typical, forumlaic sporting event tale. Comes out in February, but you can pre-order it now. If you pre-order it through Brightside Books in Flagstaff, you can ask them to have me sign it before it ships to you. Otherwise, there’s always Amazon or your personal favorite brick and mortar retailers…

Meanwhile, I may need to celebrate. Serious question: what’s your favorite SMOOTH, LIGHT-BODIED red wine with lots of surprising NOTES and LAYERS and a nice clean FINISH?

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YASH Spring 2019 – Team RED!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 2, 2019 by Austin Aslan

Red S19Hi! You found your way over to Austin Aslan during the Spring 2019 YA Scavenger Hunt! Congratulations. You probably arrived here via Candice Robinson. Awesome. (And my Team Red #YASH host is Elle Beaumont, who has an excerpt from my new novel TURBO Racers: Escape Velocity. Check it out!)

If you happen to not know what the heck I’m talking about, Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. And if you’re experiencing any technical glitches, don’t worry, Glitch Happens. Go here for some tasty medicine.

I am DAYS away from making NOT ONE BUT TWO big announcements about new book developments. But I can’t share the info just yet. But that’s okay, just means you’ll have to check back in with me soon! Like, literally, any day! ((You could also follow me on Twitter and get the news drop in real time!)) Anyway, you’re only here right now to grab my number and check out my hosted author’s bonus material anyway, so let’s just skip ahead to that…!

Now, without further ado…let’s YASH!144 (ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FOUR)

 

AND NOW FOR THE MAIN EVENT! I’M HOSTING Mindy McGinnis!

Mindy McGinnis is an Edgar Award-winning novelist who writes across multiple genres, including post-apocalyptic, historical, thriller, contemporary, mystery, and fantasy.

While her settings may change, you can always count on Mindy’s books to deliver grit, truth, and an unflinching look at humanity and the world around us.

Mindy has provided me with the following awesome bonus material, a snippet from the audiobook of her novel, Heroine. Pretty straight forward stuff. Give it a quick read! I mean, er, listen…

 

 

 

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Exciting stuff, Mindy! All right, fearless hunter, off you go… But before you scurry off to visit the next author on the hunt, T.A. Maclagan, please feel free to peek around my entire site for a while and follow the links to my two YA survival-disaster sci fi novels, THE ISLANDS AT THE END OF THE WORLD and THE GIRL AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD, and my new series with HarperCollins, TURBO Racers: Trailblazer, which just dropped in January.

Please leave a comment below, let me know you stopped by!

And please check out my recent photo essays for Gore-Tex(R) chronicling my epic two-month, 800-mile Arizona Trail thru hike. And be sure to follow me on twitter, tumblr, instagram and facebook to follow my adventures in real time!

MOVE ALONG FOLKS, YOU’VE ONLY GOT A FEW DAYS TO GET THROUGH THIS!
Please continue your delectable YA Scavenger Hunt by visiting the next lovely author: T.A. Maclagan. Go! Do it! DO IT NOW!!!

TURBO Racers Audiobook news!

Posted in Writing on July 22, 2018 by Austin Aslan

My new HarperCollins novel “TURBO Racers: Trailblazer” (pub. set for January) is officially being produced in audio formats! I’m ecstatic to announce it’ll be narrated by Ramon de Ocampo, award-winning voice of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” audiobooks.

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Ocampo has been a familiar TV-face for decades, starring on shows from Grey’s Anatomy to West Wing to Hawaii 5-0 and Sons of Anarchy, with roles on Castle, Bones, Law and Order, and several CIS shows, too. TURBO will take place all over the globe, with numerous interesting international characters. Very much looking forward to hearing Ramon bring them all to life!

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Spring 2018 YA Scavenger Hunt

Posted in Uncategorized on April 3, 2018 by Austin Aslan

Hi! You found your way over to Austin Aslan during the Spring 2018 YA Scavenger Hunt! Congratulations. You probably arrived here via Cheyanne Young. Awesome. (And my Team Green #YASH host is Emil Sher. Check it out!) If you happen to not know what the heck I’m talking about, Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. And if you’re experiencing any technical glitches, don’t worry, Glitch Happens. Go here for some tasty medicine.

I can finally share the exciting book related news I’ve hinted at in past YASHes! (Is YASHes a word? It is now…) I have a new series dropping with HarperCollins! I’m so excited about this project and very proud of the completed first novel. TURBO Racers: Trailblazer will become available for purchase on January 1, 2019. The film and television rights have already been swept up. Stay tuned for more deets throughout the year! And check out the official announcement on Publishers Weekly… Such incredible people involved. I couldn’t be more thrilled.

The series follows 7th grader Mace Blazer as he dreams of joining the TURBOnauts, who pilot specialized vehicles that morph during a single race between high-octane roadsters, supersonic aircrafts, and torpedo-fast submersibles. Trailblazer is set for winter 2019, and the second book in the deal for early 2020.

Now, without further ado…let’s YASH!

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AND NOW FOR THE MAIN EVENT! I’M HOSTING Shonna Slayton!

Shonna has provided me with an excerpt from THE TOWER PRINCESS,  a book cover, and a painting of a pomande. Enjoy!

 

FUN FACT from THE TOWER PRINCESS

In THE TOWER PRINCESS, Gressa has a keen interest in herbs. She tries to grow them in her tower, but they don’t fare well because they—like her—need to be outside.

Gressa dries her herbs and keeps them in a pomander, a gold sphere with segments like an orange. One section remains empty for the fabled rowan trees that used to grow in her land, and that she hopes will one day return.

Traditionally, pomanders were used to hold perfume, often in the form of wax. Today, pomanders made with oranges and cloves are quite popular.

Here’s a scene where Gressa is allowed a small plot of land for her precious herbs:

Excerpt

Gressa packed the freshly tilled dirt around her struggling herb plants. “There you go, my sweet woodruff,” she said. “Grow strong here in the shade.” She sat back on her heels, admiring the neat rows of seedlings transplanted from the pots in her room. At least now they had a chance of surviving outside with the common graces of the sun and the rain.

“And what does that one do?” asked Old Anne. “I’m not familiar with it.”

She was pointing to a cluster of deep green leaves with flowers just beginning to bud. Gressa stood and planted her hands on her hips. “According to Axell’s book, this one works well for an upset stomach and for healing wounds. However, what the book recommends most is to dry it and place it in our beds. Its common name is bedstraw. It’s supposed to keep the fleas away.”

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Blurb: Their families didn’t want them to meet, but now that they have, everything has changed.
The townspeople call her the Tower Princess, but Gressa’s life is no fairy tale. She’s never understood why she’s been separated from the rest of the kingdom, but now that she’s older the pieces are coming together.

For too long she’s been trapped in her brother’s scheme to find a way through the magical wall dividing their kingdom in two. She doesn’t expect any help from the prince to the south, even if he did manage to bumble his way to her rescue. If she could pick anyone to form an alliance, it would be the squire she watches train from her window; he shows promise. But, confined to her tower, there’s nothing she can do…or is there?

One day a hole opens up in the Dividing Wall and with it, a chance for Gressa to change everything.

Bio:

SHONNA SLAYTON writes historical fairy tales and is the co-creator of the Fairy-tale Forum group on Facebook.

She finds inspiration in reading vintage diaries written by teens, who despite using different slang, sound a lot like teenagers today.

When not writing, Shonna enjoys amaretto lattes and spending time with her husband and children in Arizona.

Download a free story from Shonna here:  http://shonnaslayton.com/
Add THE TOWER PRINCESS to your Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37769880-the-tower-princess
Follow Shonna on Instagram: http://instagram.com/shonna.slayton/

 

 

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Exciting stuff, Shonna! All right, fearless hunter, off you go… But before you scurry off to visit the next author on the hunt, Steven Dos Santos, please feel free to peek around my entire site for a while and follow the links to my two YA survival-disaster sci fi novels, THE ISLANDS AT THE END OF THE WORLD and THE GIRL AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD. And please leave a comment below, let me know you stopped by!

And please check out my recent photo essays for Gore-Tex(R) chronicling my epic two-month, 800-mile Arizona Trail thru hike. And be sure to follow me on twitter, tumblr, instagram and facebook to follow my adventures in real time!

MOVE ALONG FOLKS, YOU’VE ONLY GOT A FEW DAYS TO GET THROUGH THIS!
Please continue your delectable YA Scavenger Hunt by visiting the next lovely author: Steven Dos Santos. Go! Do it! DO IT NOW!!!

 

NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 4, 2018 by Austin Aslan

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Friends! I have waited, eagerly, for quite a long time to finally confirm this HarperCollins book news! I’m so excited about this project and very proud of the completed first novel. “TURBO Racers: Trailblazer” will become available for purchase on January 1, 2019. Stay tuned for more deets throughout the year! And check out the official announcement on Publishers Weekly… Such incredible people involved. I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Today we’ve lost worlds, filled with people…

Posted in Uncategorized on January 23, 2018 by Austin Aslan

I’m very sad to hear the news today that Ursula K. Le Guin has passed away. She is one of the most sublime wordsmiths you will ever read. Period. She made the English language beautiful, and her stories are more vivid than reality, and often hold more truth. Her creativity was singular. We’ve lost today not just a skilled author, but worlds, filled with people. Pick up “A Wizard of Earthsea” today. Read it. Weep, for her loss, but also at her words. After all, she would tell you: words contain magic.

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