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Sherry D. Ficklin – Guest Blog & Giveaway

Today, it’s my pleasure to welcome debut author Sherry D. Ficklin to SVR! Her first Paranormal YA novel, Foresight, is out now and she’s been kind enough to come by to guest blog and offer up an autographed copy of Foresight and some swag to one lucky commenter. ( Read my review ) Let’s be sure to give her a warm welcome. 🙂 


Monster Mash



Firstly, I’d like to thank Sidhe Vicious for having me today. I’m a huge fan of the blog and being able to bring my debut YA Paranormal Fantasy here is just about the coolest thing ever. 
What I decided to talk about today is trends in YA literature. I have some friends who just came back from RWA (which I’m not actually a member of and don’t attend). One thing they discussed, apparently, was the what’s hot and what’s not in the paranormal genres. 


1. Vampires 

Though, there was some debate on this one. One agent said it was “dead again” and another called the fanged ones “timeless” which just goes to show that what one person loves, another will hate. There’s no pleasing everyone, especially agents. 

2. Fallen Angels 

I have seen many of these recently, but I don’t know if I quite agree with this. I think there’s still lots of room in the mix for a well done Angel story, but I would like to see something new, something that puts a twist on what everyone else is doing with them. 

3. Werewolves 

Sorry, my furry friends. You are so over. (Except for you, Bree Despain. You just keep putting out those books) 


1. Faeries 

Yes, the fair ones are making the rounds again. Who doesn’t love a good Faerie tale? 

2. Greek Mythology 

With movies like Clash of the Titans and the forthcoming God of War, is this a huge shock? Nope. 

3. Zombies 

Really? I guess so. Not a huge surprise. They are looking for good Zombie books that put a new twist on the old ideas. 

Other huge trends right now are Steampunk (think Dr. Who) and Romance (think Perfect Chemistry). 

Why is this important? Short answer, it’s not. If you (like me) love vampire books, that’s not gonna change just because fewer are being published. “Trends” are crap and writing to a trend is stupid because it takes so long to write and publish a book that by the time you made it to the shelf, the trend would be over anyway. 

So, then why did I write a Greek myth/Faerie story? Because I love them. Passionately. And when I wrote this book, 3 years ago, I had a hard time finding someone to publish it because all anyone wanted was a vampire story. Yep. Thank goodness my publisher had the foresight (no pun intended) to give FORESIGHT a try. 

Monsters will never fall out of favor totally. We love our monsters. We need our monsters. But they do seem to cycle around. So you tell me, what monsters would you like to see more/less of? 

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go work on my Zombie/Steampunk/Romance. Have a great week everyone, and Happy Reading! 


Thanks Sherry! 


Giveaway Details: 

Sherry Ficklin has been gracious enough to supply an autographed copy of Foresight, book one in The Gods Of Fate trilogy and a reversable book tote with some swag such as buttons, pens and a beaded book thing to giveaway to one of my readers! Contest is open to Everyone. 

Ask Sherry a question about the book, about writing, or about the paranormal elements she discusses in her guest post!  

For one entry: Please leave a comment with the answer to the question.  (+1 entry)  

 For extra entries:   

  • Subscribe to my blog, Sidhe Vicious Reviews, through the links at the top right hand side of the blog, and let me know in your comment. Be sure you verify your subscription through the email you’ll receive or it won’t count. (+1 entry)
  • If you’re already subscribed, you’ll receive two extra entries, but be sure to let me know in the comments if you’re an old follower. (+2 entries)
  • Post a link to this contest on your Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, GoodReads, LibraryThing, or on your blog and send me the link either in the comments or by email and you’ll get an extra entry for each place you add a link to. ( add 1 entry each for  however many links you’ve done)
  • Follow me on Twitter, Add me as a friend on FaceBook, GoodReads, MySpace, Chapters Community or LibraryThing. (add 1 entry each for however many places you followed/friended me)
  • Contest is open to Everyone  and will run through September 10th until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on September 11th. (That’s my birthday! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than for one of my readers to win a great book & some cool swag)
  • Please leave your email addy in your comment for me to contact you if you’ve won, but post it like wilmaflinstone(at)boomshakalaka(dot)com so you don’t get any spam. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new winner will be drawn from the eligible comments. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Good Luck everyone! :)

(I should also mention that if you’re leaving me a bunch of links in your comment, do not panic if it doesn’t show up right away. It just automatically gets held for me to moderate, which I will as soon as I’m online. :D


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  1. I’m always looking for new series and authors who write about vampires. Paranormal is my favorite genre to read!

    Comment by Teresa W. | August 30, 2010 | Reply

  2. Hi Sherry!
    congrats on your release – it sounds really interesting! what are you currently working on? another Greek myth/Faerie story?
    wish you all the best, Ina

    +old subscriber

    Comment by Ina S. | August 30, 2010 | Reply

  3. I’m with you Teresa, I LOVE vampire books.

    Ina, I’m finishing up the third book in this series and working on both a MG Fantasy and an adult Paranormal Romance (see:vampire book)

    Comment by Sherry | August 30, 2010 | Reply

  4. 2- I am an old subscriber via email with honu_369 at yahoo dot com

    Twitter @lll808
    Goodreads Chasity
    Book Blogs Chas

    hmmm… I dont see the FB link.

    Contact me: lllinthe808(at)gmail(dot)com

    Aloha Sherry!=)

    I just read my first ever Steampunk Romance. It was a novella but it is the prequel to a series by Meljean Brook. I am forever hooked and love it. Do you think Steampunk will explode in the coming months/years? Seems like it’s building hype.
    Also, have you heard of any great zombie romance books out there? I enjoy romance in my novels and I have a hard time thinking of zombies in that context. But if there is a highly recommended title I would definitely indulge myself.

    Thank you Sherry for the breakdown post!=) and the giveaway!=)

    Comment by Chas @ LLL Reviews | August 30, 2010 | Reply

  5. =) Sorry, I forgot to click to notify me of comments. Here goes another comment!

    Comment by Chas @ LLL Reviews | August 30, 2010 | Reply

  6. LOL!!=) one more entry for linking contest via sidebar!=)

    Comment by Chas @ LLL Reviews | August 30, 2010 | Reply

  7. Hi Sherry! 😀 I LOVE Greek myth/Faerie stories, and I can’t really wait to read yours! Where did you get inspiration for thi trilogy?

    I’m an old follower.

    Thank you for the amazing contest!

    Giada M.

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

    Comment by Giada M. | August 30, 2010 | Reply

  8. I forgot my answer to the question: what monsters would you like to see more of?

    Aliens! There are so many possibilities to create an interesting story with them.

    Comment by Giada M. | August 30, 2010 | Reply

  9. I’m pretty good with how things are now! There are books written about pretty much every creature 🙂

    Hi, Sherry! I was wondering, do you think the cover of your book does a good job of showing what the actual book is about?

    I’m an old follower through email.

    Comment by Chelsea B. | August 30, 2010 | Reply

  10. I love vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters and anything uncommon.

    Comment by Doreen R | August 30, 2010 | Reply

  11. I subscribe by email.

    Comment by Doreen R | August 30, 2010 | Reply

  12. Subscribe by email….2
    old subscriber

    Comment by Doreen R | August 30, 2010 | Reply

  13. tweet

    Comment by Doreen R | August 30, 2010 | Reply

  14. Facebook link!/profile.php?id=100000384250939

    Comment by Doreen R | August 30, 2010 | Reply

  15. Follow on twitter
    doreen riopel

    Comment by Doreen R | August 30, 2010 | Reply

  16. Sent in facebook friend request.
    doreen riopel

    Comment by Doreen R | August 30, 2010 | Reply

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  18. I am an email subscriber and follower. Sherry what made you decide to become a writer? What suggestions do you have for me where to begin if I want to try to write a book? I love reading books very much. I enjoy it alot and I can spend hours just reading. I would appreciate any suggestions.

    Comment by Victoria Zumbrum | August 30, 2010 | Reply

  19. +2 Already a subscriber
    +1 for comment.

    It is always good to see new blood in the writing world and I hope Sherry finds success.

    I must take issue with here putting Dr Who as steanmpunk and I think she will probably get a lot of comment from fans of that genre !


    Carol T

    Comment by Carol Thompson | August 31, 2010 | Reply

  20. Chas: I am waiting to pick up Clockwork Angel today. I can’t wait. I am a huge fan of steampunk and I think we are going to be seeing it quite a bit in the next few years.

    Giada: I’ve always loved mythology. I really wanted to tell that kind of story but in modern time with a tough, smart, modern MC.

    Comment by Sherry | August 31, 2010 | Reply

    • I agree Sherry! The genre is making is appearance and WOW what an appearance it is! I am reading Meljean’s Iron Seas series! THe prequel is amazing! I will be reading Clockwork Angel as well!

      Comment by Chas @ LLL Reviews | September 2, 2010 | Reply

  21. Chelsea: Well, the original cover was quite a bit different. The publisher wanted something very sleek and streamilne, single image. Since the real myth was Pandora’s Pythos (a greek storage jar) the cover is perfect in that sense. As much as I love it, I loved the other cover too. It simply wasn’t up to me.

    Victoria: I love reading too. But there came a time where I really wanted to write a story of my own. I say, just write. Write something you love, something you would want to read. Often, readers make the best writers. Good luck!

    Comment by Sherry | August 31, 2010 | Reply

  22. Oh, and Chas: I have yet to find a good Zombie Romance. It does sound a bit gross, doesn’t it? But who knows? Maybe someone will come along and turn Zombies on their head. I’d love to see that.

    Comment by Sherry | August 31, 2010 | Reply

    • LOL!! An author who can succeed with making Zombies attractive will earn my respect.=)

      Comment by Chas @ LLL Reviews | September 2, 2010 | Reply

  23. […] the first book in her Paranormal YA Gods Of Fate trilogy is here guest blogging along with a giveaway! Ends September […]

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  24. I am a new subscriber to your blog.

    Re-posted your contest at:



    Follow you at Twitter. My Twitter name is @cherrymischivus.

    We are friends already at GoodReads. My GoodReads name is Cherry Mischievous.

    Sent you a friend request at LiveJournal. My LJ name is mischiefcherry.

    Added you to my friends’ list at LibraryThing. My LT name is cherrymischievous.

    Your MySpace link is not working. Where is your Facebook link?

    Cherry Mischievous
    mischivus101-warrior2 [at] yahoo [dot] com

    Comment by cherrymischievous | September 8, 2010 | Reply

  25. Q: So you tell me, what monsters would you like to see more/less of?

    A: As a fantasy reader geek, I find that my obsessions goes through phases. I had my vampire phase. It was followed by a werewolf phase. Then a dragon phase. Now I think I am on an angel phase. I do not know what triggers them or why. I just know that I find myself wanting to read about them and generally buy books with these themes during those phases. It doesn’t mean that because I’ve passed that phase that I no longer like vampires. I do. But when presented with a vampire book and an angel book side by side on a bookstore I would now buy the angel rather than the vampire. But if my budget allows it, I’ll buy both 🙂 So what does that say? My favourite monster changes over time. Or from time to time. Or depending on my mood. I say, ultimately, it does not matter what monster is out there being published, I’ll read it if it is well written. What matters to me is not the monster, it is the story telling quality.

    Cherry Mischievous
    mischivus101-warrior2 [at] yahoo [dot] com

    Comment by cherrymischievous | September 8, 2010 | Reply

  26. Q: So you tell me, what monsters would you like to see more/less of?
    I would like to see less of vampires. I am very tired of them now!
    Sherry, what are your favorite books?


    Comment by Misha Mathew | September 8, 2010 | Reply

  27. I am a new email subscriber.

    Comment by Misha Mathew | September 8, 2010 | Reply

  28. Added you as a friend on FB


    Comment by Misha Mathew | September 8, 2010 | Reply

  29. I’m actually fine with the amount of vampires, faeries, shifters etc. It means more option when it comes to reading! 🙂

    Foresight sounds really intriguing! I can’t wait to get my hands on it :D.

    +1 answer to question
    +2 old email subscriber (
    +1 twittered about contest:
    +1 twitter follower (vanpham88)
    +1 Facebook friend
    +1 Goodreads friend
    Total: 7

    Thanks for the contest!


    Comment by Van P. | September 8, 2010 | Reply

  30. Hi Sherry, what are your favourite books / authors?

    +1 Subscribed via Google reader
    +1 Twitter follower @aikchien
    +1 Facebook fan [Aik Chien]
    +1 Tweeted:

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

    Comment by Aik | September 9, 2010 | Reply

  31. +1 It’s interesting that you chose Pandora’s daughter as the main character of your book since she is supposed to be the first woman. What made you choose this character from Mythology as apposed to others?

    +2 Old follower (spettolij@)

    +1 Twitter:

    +1 Follower on Twitter (@jmspettoli)

    +1 Facebook friend (Jessica Spettoli)

    +1 Goodreads friend (jmspettoli)

    spettolij AT gmail DOT com

    Comment by jmspettoli | September 10, 2010 | Reply

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