SCHISM by Laura Maisano

It’s been a long time since I’ve featured a new book here on, and I can’t think of a better way to get back in the game than with a spotlight on the first book by Laura Maisano. If you like urban fantasy, interdimensional travel, that sort of stuff, then you don’t want to miss this. This book looks so good, I’ve already bought my copy. While you’re here, don’t miss out on the rafflecopter giveaway about a third of the way down the page.

SCHISM (Illirin Book One)
By Laura Maisano
Art therapy hasn’t done squat for Gabe
Jones. A thousand sketches of his fiancée can’t bring his memory, or her, back
to him. Nothing on Earth can. His past lies in another dimension, a world just
out of sight.
student on campus, Lea Huckley, unknowingly shares Gabe’s obsession with the
fourth dimension. The monsters from the other side attacked her parents and
fled, getting her folks locked up in the loony bin. Proving this other world
exists is the only way to free them. Lea and Gabe strike a deal to help each
other, and together they manage to open a door to the world of Gabe’s true
origin. She’d use him for proof—if she didn’t already care too much.

While Gabe tries to reconcile his feelings for
Lea and his rediscovered memories of his fiancée, a much more sinister plot
unravels. He uncovers his history just in time to become the unwilling lynchpin
in a conspiracy to start a war. His memory holds the secret to the final riddle
the would-be conqueror needs to get the upper hand. Gabe must protect the
riddle at all costs, even if that means leaving Earth, and Lea, behind forever.


Lea packed light. Other than her phone’s GPS and a flashlight, she kept a small
notepad, her lucky pencil, and the thermometer in her cargo pocket. She didn’t
need to find data, now she needed proof.
She led the way down the alley where skyscrapers blocked the glowing moon and the lamps
from the highway. Yellowed fixtures above each back entrance threw faint cones
of light onto the cement, like holes in Swiss cheese.
Lea checked the coordinates on her phone while she walked, and the little red arrow
crept closer to the flag icon she placed to mark the interaction point.
Gabe spent his time surveying the area for anything that might be a danger. He kept
fidgeting behind her and turning around every few seconds, a twitchy meerkat on
“We’re only between buildings. It’s not the end of the world.” Lea checked her phone
again to make sure they were headed in the right direction.
He glanced over his shoulder. “I still don’t like it. It’s night, people do get
mugged, you know.”
“The statistics of that are so low. We’re really not in any danger, considering the
population and how many times that sorta thing happens.”
He shifted uneasily behind her. “Whatever, we’re raising the chances by being out
here at night.”
Lea rolled her eyes. “I’m not missing this opportunity.”
“I know that. Neither am I.”
They came to a cross section behind two major offices where the loading docks and
dumpsters sat for both of them. A stream of water trickled down the concave
cement into the large sewer grate. Old garbage left a fume hanging around, and
the humidity only made it worse.
Lea double- and triple-checked her coordinates, cross-checking with her notes.
“This is it. Within I’d say, a fifteen foot diameter, low to the ground.” She
shoved the phone in her cargo pocket. “Perfect.”
“How long?”
“Roughly ten minutes.”
Ten minutes may as well have been six hours. She paced back and forth, her sneakers
scuffing the gritty pavement.
Gabe continued to keep a watchful eye out for muggers or vagrants. What a dork.
She snickered quietly. For someone who didn’t know his own experiences, he sure
seemed paranoid. She watched him standing straight, darting his eyes to the
entrance and even up to the windows above them. Watch out bad guys, Gabe’s on
to you. She smiled and turned to see what looked like heat waves rising from
the cold cement. Crap. The interaction had already started.
“Gabe…” She waved him over next to the loading dock.
This interaction provided no shining lights or obvious movement. Not much stood out
visually, except maybe the air glistening like summer heat waves if she
squinted hard enough, but her digital thermometer found the coldest point.
“Here,” she whispered, not wanting anyone or anything on the other side to hear. She
stretched her arms forward, and Gabe did likewise.
“On the count of three.” She waited for him to nod. “One…two…three.”
They both reached through the interaction point and grabbed at
the thicker air. Nothing. They tried again, pulling, grasping, and making any
sort of motion to trigger a rip. Finally, Gabe leaned in and pulled out at just
the right angle, because the light tore across like a jagged line. Lea grabbed
the edge of it and tugged, opening the tear wider until they both fell through.

About the Author

Laura has an MA in Technical writing and is a Senior Editor at Anaiah Press for their YA/NA
Christian Fiction.
She’s excited to release her debut YA Urban Fantasy SCHISM, and she’s finishing up the sequel UNITY.
Her gamer husband and amazing daughter give support and inspiration every day.
Their cats, Talyn and Moya, provide entertainment through living room battles
and phantom-dust-mote hunting. Somehow, they all manage to survive living in
Texas where it is hotter than any human being should have to endure.
Check out her blog at
Twitter: @MaisanoLaura


Interview with Jimena Novaro: Author of Blue Rabbit

Today I’m doing a blog swap with Jimena Novaro. I read her book, Blue Rabbit, and asked her some questions about it. You can find them and her responses below. Then you can hop (sorry about the pun; my brain said stop, but my fingers wouldn’t listen) over to her site to read my answers to her questions about Unveiling the Wizards’ Shroud by clicking here.

Which character(s) do you most identify with?

I identify with all my characters, but probably the one that I identify with the most is Chloe. As a Creature from another world who struggles to find her place among humans and in the gap between the two worlds, she bears a striking resemblance to me―a girl who grew up in two different countries, speaking two different languages and belonging to two different cultures.

Are any of the characters based on people you know?

The main cast of characters―Erika, Haley, Dorian, Nathan, Sandra, Riven, and Chloe―all represent different facets of me. The diva tendency, the nurturing instinct, the social inadequacy, the self-sacrifice, the self-repression, the propensity toward obsession, the feeling torn between two worlds… I could practically define myself with those (often conflicting) traits. (Not that I intended that when I first wrote the novel, but I’ve come to realize it since). However, I’d say Nathan is also an amalgam of several different men and boys I know, all of whom are selfless, kind, and might try too hard to take on other’s burdens.

Did you base the Creatures on any other fictional characters?

Technically, Terminators.

Let me explain. One of my favorite shows of all time is Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and one of my favorite aspects of it was its exploration of the human side of the Terminators―their morality, their self-awareness. I guess there’s just something fascinating to me about beings that look human, but aren’t, engaging with and struggling against their humanity.

The Creatures are beings who come into our world in order to find a way to save their own, and the more time they spend among humans, the more human they become, whether they like it or not. Although on the surface they might seem nothing like killer cyborgs from the future, both Creatures and Terminators represent an exploration of what it means to be human.

Where did you get the idea for the unique form of story telling, ie the video clips?

We live in a world full of images. If you take a look at someone’s Facebook page (unless it’s my dad’s, which is empty) you’ll see snippets of their lives―or even their whole life story. When people want to remember something or share an experience with others who weren’t there, they take a picture or film it. I think that images and videos are an integral part of contemporary life, especially that of teenagers, and I wanted to represent that aspect in the book.

Your story doesn’t exactly have a “bad guy,” are there any characters in it you don’t like?

I HATE MASON REDWOOD. I really, truly despise him with all of my being, and getting inside his skin to write from his point of view is one of the hardest things I’ve done (yet). Writing fiction is an exercise in empathy, and empathizing with Mason was like pulling my hair out. (Or should I say “accompanied by” pulling my hair out?)

Guest Post: J. D. Brown author of Athena’s Oracle

Of my September guests, I know J. D. Brown the least. One thing I know is she has a better grip on promoting her books on the internet than I do. If you don’t believe me, take a look at her Facebook Fan Page, where she has almost 900 likes. But I’ve been taking notes, and some of my notes have come from posts J. D. has made on the MuseItUp message board.

But enough about me. Let’s talk to J. D. about book serials, web series, and her newest project, Athena’s Oracle.

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What is a book serial?

Serials are books published in episodes or small chunks such as a chapter. This format allows the reader the unique experience of enjoying the story as the author creates it.

What is a web series?

Web series are episodes that are released on the internet, usually free for readers to access and enjoy.

Book serials were extremely popular in the 1800s and, thanks to e-books, blogging, and the internet, the trend is now making a speedy comeback in the publishing industry!

I invite you to check out my online serial book, Athena’s Oracle. Every 1st of the month, a new chapter is added, completely free for your enjoyment, and will continue to do so until the story reaches its conclusion.

AO mock cover 3 med sizeAbout Athena’s Oracle by J.D. Brown:

Leena’s ‘gift of sight’ secures her place as the next great oracle of Athena. Instead of being groomed for wifehood like other girls, Leena spends her days within the walls of the Acropolis, shuffled around by the clergy and doomed to be a virgin forever. Before her ascension, Leena decides to take matters into her own hands. With the help of her father’s book of alchemy, she casts an incantation calling forth her own personal hero. But when that hero turns out to be a rogue vampyre prince with a haunted past, Leena begins to question if her feelings for him are the work of divine intervention, or a love spell gone horribly wrong.

Athena’s Oracle is a prequel to the novels Dark Heirloom and Dark Liaison, also by J.D. Brown. Set in 4th century B.C.E., Athena’s Oracle chronicles the romance between Leena and Jalmari during the very early trials of their immortal lives.

Begin reading Athena’s Oracle here.

Once Upon a Vampire author pic 2012About J.D. Brown:

J.D. Brown writes Urban Fantasy for MuseItUp Publishing, as well as a monthly “how-to” newsletter column for PDMI Freelance Publishing. She graduated from The International Academy of Design and Technology with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts and currently lives in Wisconsin with her two Pomeranians. J.D. loves paranormal characters; from vampires and werewolves, demons and angels, to witches and ghost. She is a self-proclaimed expert in vampire and Greek mythology. Her writings are often a combination of suspense and romance. J.D. enjoys helping her fellow writers and interacting with her fans and leads an active life on the web.

Follow J.D. Brown on her website, facebook fan page, and blog.