Thursday, December 12, 2013

Welcome the Spectacular Stacey Rourke

Stacey Rourke is such a talented author, and a wonderful friend of mine. She is a positive force in the writing community who supports all authors, and puts her heart and soul into writing fantastic stories.

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I am the author of the YA Fantasy Gryphon Series and the nonfiction autobiographical I'm Not Crazy, I'm on Lupron; a Journey Through Infertility. I live in Michigan with my husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, drooly dogs. I loves to travel, have an unhealthy shoe addiction and consider myself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in my head.

Tell us about your books?

If you like lots of action mixed with snarky humor along with fantasy melded into a realistic backdrop then I am totally your girl!

Tell us about Anchor Group?

Anchor Group is a traditional small press with a plethora of insanely talented authors under our label. I just so happen to be the owner of the company.

Which character in your book is most like you?

I like to think Celeste, but I worry I'm kidding myself. I'm probably more like Rowan, a smart mouth that immensely enjoys rum.

Who inspires you?

Creativity inspires me in any form. Music, movies, books, any outlet that can engage me and evoke a strong emotional reaction I am deeply inspired by.

What are your 5 favorite books?

Oh geez! That's tough! I LOVE the Hunger Games Series, Warm Bodies, the Casteel Series by VC Andrews, the list goes on and on.

What is your favorite genre to write in?

Fantasy! I love the endless possibilities of it!

How did you get started writing?

I have been writing since I could put crayon to paper in elementary school. Honestly, it's as much a part of who I am as my height and eye color.

What words of wisdom would you impart on aspiring authors?

Read, read, read, READ! It was Stephen King that said "Only by reading can a writer acquire the tools they need" and that is absolutely true. To know what works and what doesn't you have to read as many different types of books in various genres as possible.

Do you need special conditions to get in the writing zone?

I used to. I had a whole ritual to get myself in the right state of mind. It's not really necessary anymore. I think that comes with experience.

Who are your 5 favorite authors?

I can't narrow it down to five! Especially since Anchor Group has over twenty mind-blowingly talented writers!

What would you like to say to your fans?

Thank you for all your support. I would be exactly nowhere without you! As long as you keep reading them, I'll keep writing them!

Favorite Color:

Favorite Food:
crab legs

Favorite beverage:
sweet tea

Dream Vacation:

Dream Car:
one that isn't a piece of crap like my current car

Favorite time in your life:
 Every day since my babies were born

Favorite holiday:

Favorite non holiday tradition:
Our annual trip to Disney World 

Favorite Holiday Tradition:
Reading T'was the Night Before Christmas to my kids right before bed on Christmas Eve.

Favorite Holiday Song:
Christmas Island by Jimmy Buffet

Best song of all time:
Paradise by the Dashboard Lights by Meatloaf

Best movie of all time:
The Avengers

Favorite TV show:
changes all the time!

Favorite writing snack:
I don't snack while I write!

Make sure to check out Stacey's Amazing Gryphon Series

All 18-year-old Celeste Garrett wants is to head off to college and make those fun, yet ill-advised, choices college kids are known for. And maybe to spend some time with the hot cameraman she just met. Instead, because of a pact her ancestors made in the 17th century with a mythical creature, she has to save the world.

While normal kids are slamming energy drinks and cramming for exams, Celeste will get her adrenaline rush fighting a fire breathing dragon. She wants to meet friends in the quad to exchange lecture notes, but first she must exchange blows with a shapeshifting demon on the rooftop. Life isn’t always fair for a superhero, but at least she doesn’t have to do it alone. With her brother and sister as sidekicks, they alternate between saving lives and getting on each others’ nerves. Together the trio encounters unspeakable odds, mystical forces and comes face-to-face with an image that will haunt them forever—their grandmother in a leopard print bikini.

"Okay, little side note here. If a psychopathic killer asks if you want to see a trick, say no. That’s the smart thing to do. I, on the other hand, responded, 'Bring it'."


From best selling and award winning author Stacey Rourke comes the heart-pounding continuation of the acclaimed Gryphon Series.

The turning point of the Gryphon saga is at hand …

Battle looms. Three unstoppable forces prepare to clash in a colossal explosion that could wipe Gainesboro off the map. Fate and a sacred calling have landed nineteen year old Celeste Garrett in the middle with nowhere to run.

Her trust wavers as she uncovers dark secrets of the Council, powerful enough to test her loyalty and turn her against those she swore to protect. Playing to the longing of her heart, a malevolent enemy uses her weakness against her to form an alliance.

With the trumpets of war about to sound, which side will the Conduit choose, and who will be left standing?
RONE Award Winner Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012

Whether she likes it or not, eighteen year old Celeste Garrett has come to terms with being the Chosen One. She knew having a “normal life” would be tricky, between intense training sessions and epic demonic battles, but she didn’t know at what cost it would come. That is, until a dear friend is harmed by the malicious forces hunting her.

Now, she’d like nothing more than to retreat into a hermit lifestyle to prevent anyone else from getting hurt. But startling revelations, amazing new abilities, and mortifying moments in front of insanely hot guys won’t allow time for that. Soon, Celeste finds herself surrounded by darkness and wondering who she can trust—if anyone.


Celeste Garrett has finally found a happy balance in her life as the Chosen One, thanks in large part to a certain hunky Irishman. But if there’s any lesson she should heed since receiving her calling it’s that everything can change in the blink of an eye. Soon a terrible new threat, unlike anything she’s ever encountered, causes her to make a gut-wrenching choice that will strip her of someone she holds dear.

As much as she’d like to have a pity party for one, there’s no time for that now because wedding bells are ringing in Gainesboro! In between dress fittings and rehearsal dinners Celeste will have to fend off attacking demons and leering pirates. As if the Dark Army wasn’t scary enough our heroine is faced with the horrifying trauma of attending a bachelorette party with her mom and watching Grams do Jello shots. Is a walk down the aisle even possible for a member of the Garrett family when the Dark Army is out to destroy them? More importantly, will the Dark Army Glee Club sing at the reception?

Raise your glass to the happy couple, and get ready for a wedding…Conduit-style.


Celeste isn't the only member of the Garrett family whose life changed when destiny called. Every sidekick has their tale and in this Gryphon Series short the spotlight is turned on Kendall, Grams and even Gabe. Get an inside look at the hilarious stress that goes along with being a...sidekick.

Sidekicks...ya can't live with 'em and you'd probably die horribly without 'em.


The call of the sea.

The promise of adventure.

For Rowan Wade, the need to return to his swashbuckling ways is enough to betray the only woman he’s cared for in over three hundred years.

With vengeance in his heart, he’s determined to exact his revenge on those that mutinied against his father.

The arrival of an unlikely ally challenges Rowan’s plans. Her goal isn’t to stop him, but to lead him on a journey of self-discovery to unravel the mysteries of the twisted path that led him to the Dark Army.

Will it be enough to make the pirate shift course? Or will he be lost forever in a rum-induced haze? Hoist ye colors and prepare to set sail with the Gryphon Series’ favorite pirate!


Basal body temperatures. Hormone injections. Invasive procedures - that leave no room for modesty. Tips on “effective positions” from well-meaning grandparents.

When the natural way fails to work these are all added to the so called “fun” process of making a baby. Walk this rocky path to motherhood with author Stacey Rourke as she openly and honestly shares every good, bad, and awkward step of her three-year long journey. Using humor to break through the perils of infertility, she gives the lowdown on all the strange, embarrassing, and heartbreaking aspects. Stacey guides us through an unforgettable path that ends with a kid on each hip and hope for all those suffering with infertility.


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About the Author:

RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012.

Stacey Rourke is the author of the YA Fantasy Gryphon Series and the nonfiction autobiographical I'm Not Crazy, I'm on Lupron; a Journey Through Infertility. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, drooly dogs. Stacey loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of the Gryphon Series as well as other literary projects.

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