The Blending of Genres by Elana Johnson ( Guest Post / Giveaway)

 Today I would like to welcome author of the Possession series Elana Johnson who will be talking about blending of genres and a giveaway of her latest release Surrender.

The Blending of Genres
by Elana Johnson

Okay, so I've noticed the blending of genres a lot in books lately. One I’m really looking forward to is Natalie Whipple’s TRANSPARENT, which was “pitched as X-Men meets The Godfather, in which an invisible girl has to stop her dad – an infamous crime lord – from ruining her life.

This is science fiction, as the invisibility comes from a radioactive pill the population was forced to take during the Cold War. And it’s paranormal, because the pill caused a paranormal thing. And it’s YA contemporary. And it sounds brilliant.

I’ve seen more and more books like this, with a blending of fantasy and paranormal, or science fiction and paranormal, or even all three.

And I’m a fan.

My series, which began with POSSESSION last year and continues with SURRENDER (out this past June), combines the paranormal with science fiction and dystopian elements. The Thinkers in my “all-good” government are in control of the population because they have a paranormal ability to read minds, see the future, influence others with by simply speaking, or manipulate technology.

In SURRENDER, I expanded the paranormal abilities to include sensing another’s emotions, controlling the elements, and even the simple act of touching. I loved merging those powers with the super-techy elements of gadgets and electronics, as well as weaving it into a society that accepts both the paranormal and the advanced technology as normal.

It’s been super-fun to write, and I hope readers have found it enjoyable to read.

About the author:

 Elana's work including POSSESSION, REGRET, and SURRENDER is available from Simon & Schuster wherever books are sold. She is the author of From the Query to the Call, an ebook that every writer needs to read before they query, which can be downloaded for free on her website. She runs a personal blog on publishing and is a founding author of the QueryTracker blog. She blogs regularly at The League of Extraordinary Writers, co-organizes WriteOnCon, and is a member of SCBWI, ANWA and LDStorymakers.

She wishes she could experience her first kiss again, tell the mean girl where to shove it, and have cool superpowers like reading minds and controlling fire. To fulfill her desires, she writes young adult science fiction and fantasy.

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About Surrender:
 Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.

All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn.

Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque…. 


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