Monday, February 23, 2015

Good News and Hat's Off Corner With Kai Strand

Good News


Reunited
Benji Baker is one lucky guy. He was in Australia, about to reunite with a father he hadn't seen in years. Before the reunion, Benji went ocean kayaking where he suffered an epileptic seizure. Proof that fact is stranger than fiction, he was rescued by his father. Neither of the them knew who the other was until later.


Alligators Overhead gets a new look!






















The Hat's Off Corner Welcomes Kai Strand!

Being good isn’t so bad – oh, but it’s so good to be bad.

Excerpt from Super Bad:

Source stepped in front of her, balancing on the edge of the curb. He grasped her shoulders and stared her straight in the eye. “Everything, everyone, will be all right. You have to believe that, Sandra.”
Tears flooded her eyes again. She hated that she didn’t believe him. “I’m scared, Source. I’m afraid Whisper will never wake up. Or that I’ll never walk right again. I’m worried about Mom’s state of mind. I’m scared the world will never right itself, and all this violence will become the new normal.”
Source drew a ragged breath and lightly dragged his thumb across her tear-stained cheek.
Closing her eyes, as though afraid to see the full truth, she whispered her biggest fear. “I’m scared we’ll never find Jeff.”

SUPER BAD The unexpected conclusion to the Super Villain Academy series.

The world is in chaos. Violence and thievery reign. And with the supers still balanced, it’s only getting worse. Without good versus evil, the supers care less and less. In order to restore purpose, the world needs its super heroes and its super villains, but the one who balanced them in the first place is missing.

Sandra’s concern over finding her brother, Jeff, isn’t her only problem. Her pathetic excuse for super powers has left her needing a new ankle. And though she’s still very much committed to her boyfriend, Source, she’s growing unreasonably attracted to Set, the boy who double crossed Jeff by stealing his girlfriend.

When Sandra is taken and held as bait by kids who want to unbalance the super world, it becomes the inciting event that changes things for supers everywhere and forces them to answer the question, “Hero or villain?”
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Super Bad is scheduled for release in June, but there have been whispers of it releasing sooner. Don’t miss out. Subscribe to Kai’s mailing list and be among the first to know.
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King of Bad - Jeff Mean would rather set fires than follow rules. He wears his bad boy image like a favorite old hoodie; until he learns he has superpowers and is recruited by Super Villain Academy – where you learn to be good at being bad. Is Jeff bad enough for SVA?

Polar Opposites - Heroes and villains are balanced. After Oceanus is kidnapped, Jeff learns the supers are so balanced, they no longer care to get involved. Ironically Jeff’s superpowers are spiraling out of control. Will they find Oci before he looses it completely, and will they find her alive?
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About the author:

When her children were young and the electricity winked out, Kai Strand gathered her family around the fireplace and they told stories, one sentence at a time. Her boys were rather fond of the ending, “And then everybody died. The end.” Now an award winning children’s author, Kai crafts fiction for kids and teens to provide an escape hatch from their reality. With a selection of novels for young adult and middle grade readers and short stories for the younger ones, Kai entertains children of all ages, and their adults. Learn more about Kai and her books on her website, www.kaistrand.com.




My Quote for the Day: "Far too many people are looking for the right person, instead of trying to be the right person." Gloria Steinem

Do you think you could ever write a story like the Good News one of today and not be accused of using coincidence? What do you think of Kai's latest book? Great cover, right? And what do you think of Alligators Overhead's new cover? 

52 comments:

  1. That is one lucky dude. And what are the odds his father would save him?
    Congratulations to Kai.
    And awesome new cover for Alligators Overhead! Now the two books match.

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    1. Yes. I like that they seem to go together now.

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  2. Congrats to Kai on her book! And I love your quote. It's something I really need to hear today.

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  3. That is such a cool story about Benji! Wow... I'm all fangirl over your covers, C.Lee! Totally cool. And a big congrats to Kai, again!

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  4. I love the new cover. Both are beautiful.

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  5. That story is so cool--I love freaky coincidences. Love the new cover!

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  6. Alligators Overhead's new cover? Smashing!
    Love the matching covers!
    Congrats to Kai!

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  7. Great new cover! Amazing true story. Congrats to Kai.

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  8. Love the new cover. The books look fantastic side by side. Congrats!
    And congrats to Kai as well.

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  9. Crazy story of coincidence! I love Alligators new look. The series is well covered. Thanks for sharing Super Bad and the giveaway today. Cyber High Five! Good luck to everyone who enters.

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  10. Congrats to Kai!

    Love your new covers, Lee!

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  11. Congratulations to Kai.

    Truth is so weird!

    I love you're new cover. I liked the old one too, it had a nice retro feel to it.

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  12. Benji's story is amazing.

    Congrats, Kai. Seems as though you were destined to tell stories.

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  13. I don't even want to think of what it would take to calculate the odds that of all the people to rescue that young man would be the father he was about to meet. Such things as this are a wonderful reminder that there are just some things that we don't understand... and that's okay.

    I LOVE the old cover but seeing the two covers together make me want to e-hug them both. Very cool.

    And three cheers to Kai for SUPER BAD. I think the cover is awesome!

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  14. The new cover is great, C Lee. Looking forward to reading the new book too. Trying to catch up.
    You're new book is great too, Kai. Another villain book to read. Yay.

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  15. I love the Gloria Steinem quote. Definitely something to try and live by! Kai, best of luck with your new book. And Lee, your new cover is really intriguing.

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  16. Congrats to Kai! Love the new look for Alligators.

    That story is amazing. If I wrote that in a story, I would wonder...will people think I am just being hoaky?

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  17. That's an amazing new cover! I love how the alligators are peeking out of the water.

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  18. What a wonderful story. Such a weird coincidence! Life is more shocking than fiction sometimes.

    Congrats to Kai, and to you on the awesome new cover!

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  19. Wow, truth is stranger than fiction sometimes. Great cover indeed!

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  20. I always enjoy Kai Strand's books. Wow, being saved by your father that you haven't seen in years. Talk about an exciting reunion!

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  21. Good luck to Kai and Super bad! And the new cover is great. Really, it is. Change is good and sometimes you have to do something different to shake things up.

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  22. Love the covers of Alligators Overhead and Super Bad.

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  23. it's a really great new alligator cover... love the upper fonts that they've used!

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  24. That is truly amazing about father rescuing son. LOVE the new cover for Alligators Overhead, nice and sinister. Congratulations to Kai, her books sound interesting, indeed.

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    1. I know what you mean about amazing. Glad you think the change is good on my cover, and I'm wishing Kai the best on her new books.

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  25. I love the quote of the day!!! And cool cover!

    And how weird and cool is the father-son rescue?!?!?

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    1. Thanks, Chris. Some quotes are so inspirational. Glad you like the cover.

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  26. What a way to re-unite. I bet this makes it to the top of the list of best family reunions ever.

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    1. Imagine how they felt discovering they were father and son! Wow!

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  27. I really liked the first cover to Alligators Overhead. Can I ask why you are changing it?

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    1. I liked it, too, but with a sequel I felt the books needed to be alike.

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    1. Just try writing something like that and hear what the critics have to say! :-)

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  29. You always have the best covers! :)

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  30. The story about Benji is incredible! And Kai's book sounds cool.

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  31. Wishing Kai all the best! Thanks for sharing the good news story too. Have a great rest of the week! :)

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  32. Wow, loved your good news fact. Sometime the truth is really strange.

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  33. What a heartwarming father-son introduction! Your new book looks great, and I love how you coordinated Alligators Overhead with it! Congrats to Kai!

    Julie

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  34. What an amazing true story. No, I don't think I could get away with a coincidence like that in my stories.

    I like the new Alligators Overhead cover. Very cool!

    Congrats to Kai. I love how she got started with her storytelling, entertaining her own boys when the electricity was out. That's a neat beginning, especially with her boys as a test group, giving her their feedback!

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  35. I like the new look, Lee! And that's a pretty amazing story about the boy and his dad.

    Grats, Kai!

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  36. Super villains can be so much more interesting than super heroes!

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  37. Fantastic news story. Congrats to Kai. And the new cover is looking good - it goes very well with your new release.

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  38. Amazing news story - I think in fiction it would be hard to pull off without a huge amount of backstory/set-up.
    The new cover is seriously swEEt (imagine a high-pitched teen call-out on the "E")!
    And, congrats to Kai - those books look fun to read!

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  39. Congrats to Kai and I adore your new book cover. It matches better with the second book.

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  40. Benji's story gave me goose bumps! Awesome. Congratulations to Kai. Wonderful cover.

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  41. I got chills reading Benji's story.

    I love your cover makeover!! And congrats on your new release!!!

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  42. Thank you for sharing Benji's story with us. What an amazing story! I still can't stop shaking my head in wonder that the father he had never met saved his life. When coincidences like that happen in real life it is such a turn of events that people can't stop talking about it. In fiction, it is harder to get away with coincidences like that, though they obviously happen.

    I LOVE the new cover! It is so gorgeous looking and appealing. The style and colors are just very well done. The two books look awesome together! YEAH! :)
    ~Jess

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  43. Yay! The covers look nice and matchy-matchy now. :D

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