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Author Megan Thomason

Megan Thomason lives in paradise aka San Diego, CA with her husband and five children. A former software manager, Megan vastly prefers writing twisted tales to business, product, and marketing plans. When she isn’t typing away on her laptop, she’s reading books on her phone—over 600 in the last year—or attending to the needs of her family. Megan’s fluent in sarcasm, could potentially benefit from a 12-step program for road rage, struggles with a Hot Tamales addiction, loves world travel & fast cars and hates paperwork & being an insomniac. Daynight is Megan’s first published novel, but fourth written one.

Interview

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Future. We have historic descriptions and pictures to bring the past to life, but no equivalent for the future. Will it be like a sci-fi movie, dystopia, fantasy or something completely different? I’d like to know. And given all the technology advances in the last 20 years, imagine what it will be like 100 years from now!
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
What I’d like: waffle with whipped cream and strawberries. What I eat: ProMax energy bar.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m targeting a summer release for the sequel to daynightarbitrate. In addition to the daynight series, I’m working onB*Lies, a story about a girl who makes the decision to run from her abusive father. If time permits, I’ll also do a re-write on the romantic comedy trilogy I wrote prior to daynight: the thin veil, the thin line, and thin skin. Although I love the stories and characters, I’d want to get the writing up to my current standards before publishing.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I have had lots of great experiences… earliest was getting a starred review from BlueInk Review. But most recently,daynight surpassed 50 reviews on Amazon.com (with a 4.6 average rating)! As a thank you, I had an up and coming costume designer/producer friend, Emma Connelly, design the fashions described in the book. She exceeded every expectation by doing full color, full character sketches. I just posted them and they are fabulous! Readers can see them here: http://on.fb.me/UqS8Ex 
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Prepare to work hard!
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
For a while, I wanted to be President of the United States and to create my own currency. After that, I wanted to be a brain surgeon (interesting, high income profession), which stuck until my freshman Chemistry class (I promptly dropped and changed majors) :).
How did you know you should become an author?
When a concept got so engrained in my head that I literally could not sleep until I started to plot it out and write.
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
The main character, Lissy, in the teen romantic comedy trilogy I wrote prior to daynight is bullheaded and sarcastic, always wearing her emotions on her face, like me. For Kira in daynight I had to go the opposite route. If Kira were anything like me The Second Chance Institute would have killed her off day one. 
If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
Hot Tamales. Evil things. They should be banned. Bane of my existence.
What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
Catching Fire and (I’ve already pre-ordered a ton of books), Reckless by S.C. Stephens (Prodigy by Marie Lu a close second, but it’s out in a couple weeks so don’t have long to wait)
What was your favorite children’s book?
Tossup between From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (for years I wanted to run away and live in the Met) and The Phantom Tollbooth.
How do you react to a bad review?
I take a moment to wallow in self pity. And then I remember several things:
– I don’t like every book. In fact, I don’t like some very popular books. And a lot of my favorite books and the best classics of all time have negative reviews! No book will ever please everyone.
– In every critical review is a nugget of wisdom that can be used to improve my writing. I’m grateful that the reviewer not only took the time to read, but to share their thoughts.
– The majority of the reviews are positive! I have so many awesome early adopters of daynight that have read, reviewed, and told their friends. I love my readers!
What do you think of book trailers?
Honestly, not much. There are a few really clever ones, but I didn’t run out and purchase the books right after seeing them. The best way to see if a book is good is to download the sample. If the author can’t capture your attention in the first 10% of the book, then it is not worth buying.
If you could leave this world for your “book world,” would you?
Not a chance. I dislike extreme temperatures and can do without an evil regime tracking my every move.
What hidden gem do you have in your bookshelves? 
The Hunger Games first edition book, signed by Suzanne Collins, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson & Liam Hemsworth
What makes your novel standout from the crowd?
Fresh concept. Lots of twists and turns. All characters (even minor) have rich backstories. The Second Chance Institute (totalitarian ruler of the dystopia) presents societal and moral extremes that will make readers think hard about parallels in our own society. Plus, all the key entertainment factors are there: hot guys, complex love triangle, action, humor, multiple bad guys and an interesting world.
Favorite restaurant?
I have lots of favorites since my husband and I go to dinner for date night every week. But, our local favorite is called Kitchen 1540. The chef is extraordinary and lets us order ‘The Kitchen Sink.’ They bring out tasters of almost everything on the menu; 5 per course x 5 courses. There’s enough for a couple bites of each thing. Everything is delicious and it’s way more fun to sample than have a lot of the same thing. As a bonus, the price is a fraction of what we’d pay elsewhere.
What is your view on self publishing?
As both a reader and a writer, I’m overall pro self-publishing, but there are definitely pros and cons.
Pros for readers include more choices and typically faster release dates for sequels from their favorite authors.
Cons for readers include choices overload (with lots of substandard books out there, making reading samples first crucial), and often poorly edited material.
Pros for writers include greater flexibility over timing and schedule, faster release times, and control over decisions.
Cons for writers include increased workload (must promote in addition to writing), less exposure, less credibility, high out-of-pocket costs (cover, editing, professional reviews, promotions, blog tours, etc.).
Do your characters really talk to you?
No, but I dream about them all the time and I often imagine their conversations before I write them.
Where is your favorite spot to write?
In our massage chair!
This or That
TV or Movies? TV
Hot or Cold? Hot
Black or White? Black
Night owl, or early bird? Night owl
Print or Ebook? Ebook!
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Regular or Diet? Diet
Coke or Pepsi? Coke
Horror or Romance? Romance
Action or Drama? Both
Pizza or Pasta? Neither
Skittles or M&Ms? M&Ms
Sweet or Salty? Sweet
Summer or Winter? Summer
City or Country? City
Harry Potter or Twilight? Harry Potter
Gum or Breath Mints? Gum
Spontaneity or Planning Ahead? Spontaneity
PC or Mac? Mac
Beach or Pool? Pool
Shoes or Sandals? Sandals (Flip-flops)
Cats or Dog? Cats
Apples or Oranges? Apples
Cause or Effect? Cause
Heads or Tails? Heads
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Truth or Dare? Truth
Text or Talk? Text
Introvert or Extrovert? Extrovert

daynight by Megan Thomason

Meet The Second Chance Institute (SCI): Earth’s benevolent non-profit by day, Thera’s totalitarian regime by night. Their motto: Because Everyone Deserves a Second Chance™. Reality: the SCI subjects Second Chancers to strict controls and politically motivated science experiments like Cleaving—forced lifetime union between two people who have sex.

Meet Kira Donovan. Fiercely loyal, overly optimistic, and ensnared by the promise of a full-ride college scholarship, Kira signs the SCI Recruit contract to escape memories of a tragedy that left her boyfriend and friends dead.

Meet Blake Sundry. Bitter about being raised in Exile and his mother’s death, Blake’s been trained to infiltrate and destroy the SCI. Current barrier to success? His Recruit partner—Miss Goody Two Shoes Kira Donovan.

Meet Ethan Darcton. Born with a defective heart and resulting inferiority complex, Ethan’s forced to do his SCI elite family’s bidding. Cleave-worthy Kira Donovan catches his eye, but the presiding powers give defect-free Blake Sundry first dibs.

Full of competing agendas, romantic entanglements, humor, twists and turns, daynight is Megan Thomason’s debut young adult dystopian novel and first in the daynight series.

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Praise

“Sure to win over YA readers looking for a dangerous, dystopian adventure story” —Kirkus Reviews
“Gripping young adult dystopian novel; compelling conflicts; high stakes; powerful narrative; surprises keep coming; strong writing; page-turner; engaging characters; Readers will be hungry for the sequels.”—BlueInk Review (starred review)

“The writing is impressive and the story is a real page-turner. So many twists and turns… I’m hooked… I can’t wait for the next installment to come out…4.5 out of 5 stars”—Self-Publishing Review

“Delicious humor, intelligence, and sparkling dialogue” —Amazon reviewer

“Strangely brilliant and imaginative”—Amazon reviewer

“Grips you from the first page and keeps you wanting more”—Amazon reviewer

“Plot twists kept me reading till late at night”—Amazon reviewer

“Every page a thrilling experience”—Amazon reviewer

“Hooked from the first chapter and could not put it down”—Amazon reviewer

“It’s like a CW fantasy TV show in a book with a really interesting environment.”—Amazon reviewer

“I’m a little tired of dystopian novels, but Daynight has a unique and fresh story line that didn’t have any trouble keeping my interest.”—Amazon reviewer

Blog Tour Giveaway
$50 Amazon Gift Card
Signed copy of Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Signed copy of daynight
Ends 2/7/13

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Tour Schedule

January 22nd
I Am A Reader Not A Writer – Interview
Lust for Stories – Review & Tens List
Crafty Zoo – Tens List
Hardcover Feedback – Interview
Heather’s Book Chatter – Interview

January 23rd
Forever Young Adult – Interview
Waiting on Sunday to Drown – Tens List
Martha’s Bookshelf – Review
Froze8’s Blog – Interview

January 24th
A Dream Within A Dream – Review
Blkosiner’s Book Blog – Interview
WTF Are You Reading? – Tens List

January 25th
A Diary of a Book Addict – Review & Interview
Opinionated Consumer – Review & Guest Post
Emi Gayle – Interview
In Libris Veritas – Interview

January 26th
Cuzinlogic – Interview
Shortie Says – Review
Mom Does Reviews – Review
Magical Manuscripts – Review
Mythical Books – Review
Sab the Book Eater – Review
Paranormal Sisters – Review & Tens List

January 27th
Must Read Faster – Review
Reading Away the Days – Tens List
Reader Girls – Guest Post
leeanna.me – Review & Guest Post

January 28th
Laurie’s Thoughts – Character Interview
Spellbindings – Review & Guest Post
Realm of the Sapphired Dragon – Review
Lena Sledge – Guest Post
I Eat The Books!!! – Interview
Delirious About Books – Interview
Bookworm Lisa – Review & Tens List

January 29th
Ever and Ever Sight – Review & Tens List
Fangirlish – Tens List
Becky’s Barmy Book Blog – Tens List
Sher A Hart: Writing Art – Character Conversations

January 30th
Books, Books the Magical Fruit – Interview
Deal Sharing Aunt – Review & Tens List
Read Your Writes Book Reviews – Tens List
Why Not? Because I Said So! – Review

January 31st
Indie Author How-to – Tens List
Bound to Astound – Interview
Impressions of a Princess – Interview
Blood, Sweat and Books – Review & Tens List
Sher A Hart: Writing Art – Review

February 1st
YA Novelties – Review
A Casual Reader’s Blog – Review
Brooke Blogs – Guest Post
The Itzel Library – Review
Pieces of Whimsy – Review & Tens List