Thursday, 8 May 2014

Blog Tour + Guest Post - The Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater & Kody Boye

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The Midnight Spell by Kody Boye and Rhiannon Frater
Published by: Permuted Press
Publication date: February 28th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult


Best friends since kindergarten, Adam and Christy have always been the perpetual outsiders in their small town in Texas. The other kids call Adam gay and Christy a witch.

On both counts the bullies are right.

Their junior year in high school seems destined to be the same old same old until Christy decides to cast a love spell for Adam at the midnight hour. The next day an alluring and mysterious boy enrolls at school and sets hearts aflutter, including Adam’s. Meanwhile, Christy’s mad crush on the handsome football player Ian seems to be going nowhere fast and her witch puberty is making her life miserable.

When a great evil arrives in town that threatens everything they hold dear, the best friends realize that finding a boyfriend is the least of their worries. Soon Adam and Christy will have to battle a force of darkness that has killed in their town before, and will again.





Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor), as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog), and other horror novels. In 2014, her newest horror novel, The Mesmerized, will be released by Permuted Press. Dead Spots will be published in 2015 by Tor. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets).  She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dyeing her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes. 
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Born and raised in Southeastern Idaho, Kody Boye began his writing career with the publication of his story [A] Prom Queen’s Revenge at the age of fourteen. Published nearly three-dozen times before going independent at eighteen, Boye has authored numerous works—including the short story collection Amorous Things, the novella The Diary of Dakota Hammell, the zombie novel Sunrise and the epic fantasy series The Brotherhood Saga. He is represented by Hannah Brown Gordon of the Foundry Literary + Media Agency.

You can visit him online at

A Day in the Life of Writing The Midnight Spell
By Rhiannon Frater 

I swore I would NEVER collaborate on a book, yet I ended up doing just that with one of my BFFs on The Midnight Spell. When we conceived the idea together while I was cooking dinner one night, it soon became evident we’d have to write it together. Since it was very easy for us to set our laptops on my dining room table and carry on conversations as we wrote, I decided to put aside any of my misgivings and take the plunge.

So how did that work out? 

Our Work Space

My dining room table became our control center. My cat had fun peering at us over the back of the laptops. Sometimes we’d just brainstorm and retire to our separate workspaces. We’d usually end up chatting on Facebook or talking on Skype if we’d have to sort something out. Toward the end, we ended up at the dining room table every time we worked. It was just easier. 

Our Snack Ritual 

While writing The Midnight Spell, I made a lot of different kind of cookies using healthy ingredients. The most popular was whole wheat peanut butter cookies. I’d usually make cookies before our writing session and we’d end up snacking on them and drinking diet coke (we’re both addicted). 

What We Did For Inspiration 

During this time, we were big fans of the Secret Circle television show and Once Upon A Time. It was fun discussing the magic on the show, but in the end we ended up doing our own thing. 

How We Wrote The Book 

Kody wrote for Adam. I wrote for Christy. We’d alternate writing our sections. While he was busy on his part, I’d do research or take care of the business side of writing. When he was done, I’d read over what he wrote, we’d discuss it, and revise. Then I’d write my section while he did research and that sort of thing. We always read over each other’s scenes and discussed it in detail to make sure we didn’t drop any threads. 

How We Dealt With Conflict 

Happily, we were usually on the same page. If we found ourselves out of step with each other it usually had to do with one of us missing a plot thread or a moment of characterization.

In closing, writing is an intense endeavor, but not extremely exciting. It’s just one person sitting at their desk typing away. But collaborating definitely added a fun new dynamic. It was inspirational and creative to discuss the book as it was being written. Though I was reluctant at first, in the end it was well worth collaborating on The Midnight Spell.