Sunday, September 14, 2014

Today, I’d like to welcome my friend and author, Katie Carroll and her main character, Katora Kase, from her YA novel, ELIXIR BOUND. Let’s give a big round of applause for our guests. Katie, I’m happy you were able to visit The Storyteller’s Scroll. We are all anxious to meet Katora.

Katie:  Katora, why don’t you start by talking about exactly what you are up against in your latest adventure?

Katora: “As it turns out, I’ve been lied to my whole life, and by none other than my father. I thought essence was all we produced on the family farm, but I recently found out that Pop, my father, is the guardian of a secret healing Elixir. He called it the greatest healing Elixir ever available to humans, and then he told me I was next in line to become guardian. Now I must travel into the wilds of Faway Forest to fetch the nectar that gives the Elixir its potency…and decide whether or not I’ll become guardian and bind myself to its magic. No easy task!”

Katie: Wow! That must have really thrown you for a loop. What are you feeling now? And please feel free to be candid.

Katora: “Despite the surprise of finding out about the Elixir and the anger at being lied to, I’m excited to be going on such an important quest, though I guess I really can’t go into too many details here…who knows how many people might be seeing this, not a place to be talking about secret missions. Also proud that I have been chosen to lead this quest. And maybe a tiny bit nervous…Faway Forest is dangerous and I have a big decision to make…and there is a certain long-lashed young man going who may prove to be a distraction. I can’t afford to have distractions right now.”

Katie: Oooh…tell us more about this long-lashed young man.

Katora:  “Great Mother! You do know how to bring up the tough topics. Well, his name is Hirsten, but like I said, now is not the time to be dealing with such distractions. I have a mission to focus on.”

Katie: Okay, fair enough. One more question before we run out of time. If you could change any one thing about the world, what would it be?

Katora: The world is full of strange creatures and powerful higher beings who don’t always act in the best interest of humans. I would make it so none of these entities could ever hurt my family. I wouldn’t want my family to live in a bubble or anything like that. What fun would that be? More like I’d want us all to be able to enjoy everything the world has to offer without the threat of being badly hurt or killed.”

Gayle:Thanks so much, Katie for bringing Katora to this fascinating interview. I’m sure my readers are as pleased as I am to meet your main character.

Katie: Thanks for having us, Gayle.

Gayle: “And you are a great sport, Katora. Best of luck on your quest.”

Katora: Thank you, Gayle. Happy to be here.”

Gayle: “And good luck to you, Katie on the launch of ELIXIR BOUND!

YA fantasy
by Katie L. Carroll

Katora Kase is next in line to take over as guardian to a secret and powerful healing Elixir. Now she must journey into the wilds of Faway Forest to find the ingredient that gives the Elixir its potency. Even though she has her sister and brother, an old family friend, and the handsome son of a mapmaker as companions, she feels alone.

It is her decision alone whether or not to bind herself to the Elixir to serve and protect it until it chooses a new guardian. The forest hosts many dangers, including wicked beings that will stop at nothing to gain power, but the biggest danger Katora may face is whether or not to open up her heart to love.

Ebook on sale for $.99 until September 27:

Signed paperback giveaway on Goodreads until September 28:

About the Author:

Katie L. Carroll began writing at a very sad time in her life after her 16-year-old sister, Kylene, unexpectedly passed away. Since then, writing has taken her to many wonderful places, real and imagined. She wrote ELIXIR BOUND and the forthcoming ELIXIR SAVED so Kylene could live on in the pages of a book. Katie is also the author of the picture app THE BEDTIME KNIGHT and an editor for MuseItUp Publishing. She lives not too far from the beach in a small Connecticut city with her husband and son. For more about Katie, visit her website at and follow her on Twitter (@KatieLCarroll) or Tumblr.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Back to School - Harvest Moon - Snuggle Up with Books

With the last days of summer waning, and school back in session, the crisp breezes of fall sneak into our days.  It's time to snuggle up with a good book and for me to get back to my blog.

Starting this month, I will be hosting author's of children's literature to help them promote their newly released books.

Coming next week, Katie L. Carroll, author of Elixir Bound, a YA fantasy from Muse-it-Up Publishing.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Chuck Sambuchino's 16th Lucky Agent Contest and Malificent

Hi writer friends, writers and friends;

It's been a busy two months for me. I just finished a YA contemporary novel, a new genre for me, and I attended the NJSCBWI conference a few weeks ago, where I met new friends and connected with old ones (Patti Brown, Suzi Ryan, Christine Norris, Kathy Temean, Anita Nolan, Virginia Upton and Stella Michel, that would be you. :)

Went to see Malificent and enjoyed the retelling of the classic fairy tale from the evil fairy godmother's POV. I couldn't resist. :)

And after a whirlwind vacation to State College, PA for my husband's class reunion and then straight to Bethany Beach, DE for a week I've returned tanned, reinvigorated and ready to join the writing community's many contests.

I jumped into the parody pool over at Michelle H. Barnes's blog with "You're a Grand Old Frog" and I'm giving a shout out to Chuck Sambuchino's  16th Lucky Agent Contest. Of course, I entered. Fingers crossed!

New FREE contest for writers of middle grade fiction Judged by agent @petejknapp - via @chucksambuchino

Saturday, May 10, 2014

8th Annual Cliff House Writer's Retreat

The Eighth Annual Cliff House Writer’s Retreat held May 2-4, 2014, was another huge success. With such diverse manuscripts, everyone learned something new. We discussed two MG novels, one realistic and one supernatural. Five YA’s— contemporary romance, suspense, historical, steampunk and LGBT.

On Friday afternoon, we brainstormed additions to one member’s final pages, to make a stronger, more effective ending. Her story is headed to her agent and then off to the requesting editors. :)

Friday night, all seven of us enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Peter’s Europa House. Toasts were issued around the table. Four of the seven of us had books published within the last year. J

That night, after brainstorming sequel titles and concepts for one of our MG writers, we had a very deep discussion led by Ruth Knafo Setton, writing instructor at Lehigh University and Roxanne Werner, former editor at Stories for Children.  Needless to say everyone ran home to “SAVE THE CAT!” J

Saturday morning began with ‘sunrise yoga’ led by Milan Sandhu. Once we stretched our bodies we were ready to stretch our minds.


Readings, comments, critiques and plenty of note-taking commenced. After lunch break, we headed back for more. Writers had individual time to write and revise.

Supper was a community effort with vegetarian red lentil soup, various cheddar cheeses and dill crackers, chicken, grape and apple salad, heritage tomato salad, Spanish olives, chicken cutlets, and a large tossed salad dressed with Italian spices, vinegar and olive oil.

We finished up Saturday evening with the last writer critique and brainstormed topics for our next meeting.

Sunday morning, breakfast was a melancholy event, because everyone knew the time to leave was fast-approaching.  
One last round table meeting to cover synopses, queries and pitch lines and before we knew it, it was time to say goodbye.

Lookout world, the Cliff House Writers mean business, and with any luck, more of us will be published this year. J

If you are interested in joining us for a paid retreat in the fall, drop me a line and I’ll forward your information to our Fall Retreat coordinator.