Book Tour w/Giveaway: Manifesting Destiny by M Pepper Langlinais



Manifesting DESTINY
(Changers)
M Pepper Langlinais
Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy
65K, Evernight Teen Publishing


Sixteen-year-old Cee has a hopeless crush on her best friend Marcus. Unfortunately for her, he’s gay. In the wake of Marcus’s older brother leaving home to join the Aerie, Marcus has become increasingly distant. When Cee discovers she has a troublesome dragon named Livian living inside her things grow even more complicated. 


Marcus urges Cee to go to the Magi to have Livian removed, but the more Cee becomes attached to Livian, the more she questions the decision. Should she change her natural self for the crush who will never love her anyway?

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Excerpt:
Heat spread through her. Cee’s face elongated, her arms extended, her nails formed into claws, and her feet became suddenly very heavy. The bony spires erupted from her shoulders, and Cee was compelled to double over to allow the wings to grow.
Throughout, Cee fought the urge to resist, though her instinct was to do just that. She wondered what she looked like, caught a glimpse of red scales, and realized her eyesight had become sharper. All the details of the trees around her impressed themselves upon her brain: the cracks and flakes in the bark, the saw-tooth edges of the leaves, and every little spot and insect thereupon.
How big was she? Cee realized she was at eye level with the middle of the trees. She looked down and saw her friends pushing themselves even harder against the trunks, making way for Cee’s—or Livian’s, she supposed—tail as it snaked by.
Yes, we’re very pretty, said Livian impatiently. But we don’t have time for showing off just now.
The massive wings began to move, slowly at first, gathering speed that put the force of the helicopter’s artificial wind to shame. Cee realized she had no control over what was happening. It was all Livian, and she was housed inside him, somehow, along for the ride.
It was equal parts thrilling and petrifying, bursting through the treetops and being free of gravity. Cee would have liked to spend more time experiencing it, but there was the helicopter, like a massive black bug, and Livian went right for it.
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About the author:
M Pepper Langlinais is an award-winning screenwriter, produced playwright, and author. Her latest novel CHANGERS: MANIFESTING DESTINY, first in a new YA fantasy trilogy, is now available from Evernight Teen. 
M holds a Master of Arts in Writing, Literature and Publishing and a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film. She has a love of Shakespeare, having both performed and taught his work, and has also interned on Hollywood film sets. M worked for Houghton Mifflin and Pearson before deciding to devote her full time to writing (and occasionally parenting). She lives in Livermore, California with her family, cat, and hamster. Find out more about her and her books at PepperWords.com.


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Comments

  1. Q: She has a dragon living inside her? What made you think of that?

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    1. My kids joke that I'm a dragon in human form. So I decided to explore what that might be like.

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    3. Sorry, not sure why all my comments are coming in twice.

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  2. Love the cover. How did it come about?

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    1. Evernight Teen uses artist Jay Aheer (and you can hire her freelance, too, btw). She contacted me and said she was thinking of trying something "different" for the cover, something not typical of the genre. I was a little nervous, but this book IS different, and I love that the cover shows that in a way. Instead of looking for a model that looks like Cee, the silhouette with the dragon inside is perfect. And I love that it's white instead of black. I think Jay did a fantastic job.

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  3. Sounds intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. What's your tip for new authors?

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    1. Remember it doesn't have to be perfect the first time. Just get a draft done and then worry about fixing any problems. Don't slow down to fix as you go. And be sure you don't write in a vacuum. Find critique partners, a writing group, beta readers—good ones, ones you trust to give you the right information, ones that are honestly trying to help and support you. The source *does* matter. I recommend Absolute Write as a great place for information and support. Finally, don't query until it's ready. You'll be eager to send it out because you want to be finished, but it's almost always too soon. Do it right, no matter how badly you just want to move on to the next step.

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    2. Remember it doesn't have to be perfect the first time. Just get a draft done and then worry about fixing any problems. Don't slow down to fix as you go. And be sure you don't write in a vacuum. Find critique partners, a writing group, beta readers—good ones, ones you trust to give you the right information, ones that are honestly trying to help and support you. The source *does* matter. I recommend Absolute Write as a great place for information and support. Finally, don't query until it's ready. You'll be eager to send it out because you want to be finished, but it's almost always too soon. Do it right, no matter how badly you just want to move on to the next step.

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  5. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    The book sounds amazing!

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  6. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

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  7. Great excerpt and thanks for the giveaway

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  8. Cee's life is so complex and I'm sure there will be no easy answers to her life problems. I'm interested to see how she goes about dealing with everything.

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    1. Thanks! I was working to give the heroine a diverse set of problems and complications. This book is really about depths of friendship and what it means to stick by someone even when they're not what you want or expect them to be. And on the flip side, it's about being true to yourself and not changing because others pressure you to do so. In this story, they live in a really smoothly run society. It isn't some terrible world like in so many dystopian stories. The question for Cee is whether it's worth it to her to upend that world. No one wants to be the person to change things when nothing is broken. No one wants to be the person to ruin the world.

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