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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Clutch by JA Huss/ SupaGurl Tours-GIVEAWAY

 

  

In 2152 the avian race is on Earth looking for something stolen from them decades ago – their genetics. At the center of the search lies the Rural Republic; a small backwards farming country with high hopes of military domination and a penchant for illegal bioengineering.

19 year old Junco Coot is the daughter of the Rural Republic’s ranking commander. She’s the most foul-mouthed, wildly unpredictable and ruthless sniper the Rural Republic has ever trained. But when her father’s death sparks a trip into forbidden places, she triggers events that will change everything she knows to be true.

As an elite avian military officer, Tier’s mission is to destroy the bioengineering projects, kill Commander Coot’s daughter, and return home immediately. There’s just one problem. Junco isn’t who she claims to be.

With no one to trust, not even herself, Junco must confront the secrets of her past and accept her place in the future, or risk losing herself completely.

Clutch – Book One
YouTube Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz0PWDGoTJY

Interview with J A Huss:

Thank you for joining us today Ms Huss and for sharing your thoughts.   (soft applause) 


How long have you been writing?
I started writing non-fiction about four years ago. I’m late to the party because I went to school to be a scientist and honestly, that takes up a lot of your time. But I ended up quitting my PhD program because it just started to seem – well boring. And not worth all the things I had to give up in order to get those three letters after my name.  So I quit with a Master’s degree and took a part time job. In order to supplement my income I started to write science curriculum for homeschool parents. I’ve been a homeschool mom for about twelve years now, so suddenly writing became my life. Ever since I was a little girl I had always wanted to write a novel, but it wasn’t until 2012 that I decided to make it happen.

What Authors have inspired you?
I am inspired by all authors that touch me with their characters.  Mostly it’s science fiction these days, and honestly I think this comes from reading Madeleine L'Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time series and Robert C. O’Brien’s Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH when I was ten. That’s when I really started to think about stories with a science slant to them and it was exciting.

But Jane Smiley wrote a literary book called Horse Heaven that had racehorses as major characters and that started me down the road to understanding how this character development thing worked.  I have an undergraduate degree in equine science so I love, LOVE, love that book, but it’s also the epitome of a character-driven novel and I’ve read it dozens of time just trying to figure out how she pulled it all together in the end.

If you could spend an afternoon with any one author, who would it be? And why?
Writers are odd people so I’m not sure I’d actually like my favorite author in real life. I can imagine us fighting over politics…but I’d still be thrilled to meet him…Richard K. Morgan.  He’s my current favorite author and actually his Takeshi Kovacs series was a major influence on the creation of Junco Coot, the main character in my new science fiction series, I Am Just Junco. I wanted to explore what it would be like to be a soldier who was as hard and ruthless as Kovacs, except from a young female perspective. I think we could fill up an afternoon chatting about that and stay away from the other junk.

Do you blog? Blog spot addy?
I do blog but I hate blogging. I’m trying to get over it because I know that if Richard K. Morgan would blog more I’d read his blog all the time, but he must hate blogging too, because his updates are few and far between.  So I try to think about people who would want to know more about me and what I’m doing because of the books I write. It’s hard to imagine, but that’s why I blog. So that people who want to know more will find me accessible.  You can read my blog here: http://jahuss.com/

But beyond that author blog, the I Am Just Junco series has its own blog where the characters all show up to chat about all sorts of topics. This is where I hope the fans will end up and that’s why I have the website (I Am Just Junco Dot Com) as the subtitle on the covers. You can check out what the team is up to here: http://www.iamjustjunco.com/

 What is the biggest reward you have received since being published?
The biggest rewards have so far come from my non-fiction works – about once a week I get a nice e-mail from a mom telling me how I’ve touched their lives with my science curriculum.  It’s weird because you don’t normally think of science as touching people like that, especially a textbook. But homeschool is stressful and I try to make science something the parents never have to think about.  I love hearing from people and making that connection back to my work. I hope Junco, even with all her faults, comes across as a character who struggles with right and wrong and where she fits into the world. Someone who is just trying her best with the hand she was dealt, and someone who makes mistakes - because we all have that struggle. So in the future, e-mails that come from readers who can relate back to Junco will probably be the most satisfying thing about being a published fiction author.


What was the biggest surprise that came with being published?
I think the biggest surprise is how people trust you and look to you for answers. I have thousands of people who trust my opinion on things, so it humbles me and forces me to be very careful when they write in with questions. I take that part very seriously.

What has been the biggest hardship in getting published?
Since I am an Indie publisher the hardest thing, believe it or not, was finding an editor that I felt could relate to my story. Junco is not your typical nineteen year old girl and lots of people won’t get her. But my editor, R.J. Locksley, has been on board with Junco’s struggle from the very start and I’m very grateful to have found her.

Status of current WIP?
I’m currently about half-way into the fourth I Am Just Junco book. This one will be called Range and should be out in March or April of 2013.

What’s your favorite book and why?
My favorite book is Woken Furies by Richard K. Morgan. This book is the last in a trilogy about a ruthless killer who comes back to his home planet after hundreds of years of crime and soldiering and gets sucked back into local politics as he carries out a revenge agenda.

I love this book because it’s a deep character-driven novel disguised in an awesome twisty plot and filled with just about every science fiction element you can think of. This is a story about people more than anything, and lots of readers never got that about the book. I try to make my stories the same way in that they are always about the characters, not the action going on in the plot – even though there is a lot of action and a lot of twistiness in my books as well.

Favorite genre to read and to write?
Hands down it is science fiction, but I have a soft spot for paranormal romance. I have a PNR series in the works, although it won’t be pretty and sweet. All my characters have to earn their keep, they might get their happily ever after in the end (because it’s a romance, after all) but they gotta earn it! No freeloaders!

5 most admired people to attend dinner with?
Marcus Luttrell – His personal story is heartbreaking and inspirational at the same time.
Condoleezza Rice – She’s an amazing and driven woman and she plays the piano (like Junco!).
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Richard K. Morgan (I had to slip him in there one more time!)

Are you a cup half full or half empty person?
Definitely half full – life’s too short to be negative.

Background noise or silence when writing?
Background noise - I always have the earbuds in!


Thanks for having me on your blog and I hope you and your readers enjoy the book!
Thank you Ms Huss, we appreciate your time and sharing with us today!   (more soft applause)

My Review:

I read some really good books in October and it appears my luck is holding up for this month as wellWhen I started this book, I thought, oh I'm not going to like this one, but low and behold, I am now questioning why I thought that.  This is a story told by Junco, the main character.  It begins with a funeral followed by action...a lot of action and adventure and the coolest Avian creature I've ever read about.   His name was TierHe looked human except for the shiny green eyes and the black wings that could heal.  I loved how Ms Huss developed her characters; I found them to be complex and believable!

The story progressed quickly and I actually read the book in one day.   Hubby and the dogs left me alone and I read to my heart's content and the conclusion of the book.    The only things that bothered me were the language and the violence level, but in all honesty what would the story have been without it?   It served the purpose.

I'd definitely consider the book adult based on the language and the violence, but if you like sci-fi, action, adventure, lies, and war this would be an appropriate read for you.  I was sucked into the story immediately and enjoyed it immensely.    I'm pretty darned sure I am going to read on in this series.    Books two and three are already out....FLEDGE  and FLIGHT.   Book four will be out spring 2013, (RANGE).   I'm giving this one a 4 wink rating.   Read it for yourself and let me know if you agree!  :D

Author Info:
J. A. Huss never took a creative writing class in her life. Some would say it shows. Others might cut her some slack. She did however, get educated and graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Equine Science. She had grand dreams of getting a Ph.D. but while she loves science, she hated academia and settled for a M.S. in Forensic Toxicology from the University of Florida.

She’s always packing heat and she is owned by two donkeys, five dogs, more chickens and ducks than she can count, and of course, the real filthy animals, her kids. The I Am Just Junco series was born after falling in love with the ugliest part of Colorado and the Rural Republic is based on the area of the state she currently resides in, minus the mutants, of course.




Links :

Author Blog: http://jahuss.com/
YouTube Trailer - CLUTCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz0PWDGoTJY

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Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.


 

2 comments:

Julie said...

Thanks for the allowing me to be a guest on your blog Beth, and I'm so happy that you liked the book. I think Junco has a potty mouth too, BTW... ;) But soldiers, what can you do?

Julie

Beth Cutwright said...

She is what she is! :D