Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Redemption Tour Stop 6: Aurelia's Top Ten Challenges for Headstrong Characters



1.    Assassins. When you have a mind of your own, people seem to want to kill you.

2.    Vultures. AKA unwanted suitors with lots of power and very little hair.

3.    Sisters. Always a challenge, whether one is headstrong or not. But Aurelia’s sister definitely belongs on this list.

4.    Stepmothers. Like we haven’t all read enough fairy tales to know this. And I admit that Aurelia’s stepmother bears an unfortunate resemblance to the fairy tale stereotype. Aurelia would really prefer that her stepmother did not. But that’s just not the way life turned out.

5.    Cowardice.


Check out the rest of Aurelia’s top 10 at Emily’s blog, Falling For YA!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Redemption Tour Stop 5: Miz Writer Lady


From Jean at Miz Writer Lady:

“It was one of the things I had forgotten about Anne Osterlund’s storytelling: her ability to sucker punch you with emotions. Being the end of a trilogy, emotions were running rampant as Aurelia and Robert face impossible choices and worse, their own feelings. Anne Osterlund brilliantly crafted a story that wove together themes of duty and love . . .

Check out the rest of Jean’s review for Redemption, as well an brand new interview by yours truly, on her Miz Writer Lady blog!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Redemption Tour Stop 4: YA Book Nerd


From Jennifer at YA Book Nerd:

“I liked watching both Robert and Aurelia come into their own. I liked the strategies, the defiance, and the determination . . . A fantastic ending to a wonderful trilogy."


Check out the rest of Jennifer’s review for Redemption on her YA Book Nerd blog!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Redemption Tour Stop 3: YA Bibliophile Review


Check out Heidi’s review for Redemption on her YA Bibliophile blog! Also Redemption is now available at Barnes & Noble on the following page:



From Heidi:

As I said, I read Aurelia before I started blogging regularly. I was immediately captivated by the characters. I read Exile as soon as I got my hands on it in 2011 and have been dying for Redemption ever since! It was so great to finally find out what happens with Aurelia, Robert, and all of Tyalt.

The thing I love most about this series is Aurelia herself.

To read the rest, visit Heidi’s blog at YA Bibliophile.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Redemption Release: Today is the day!

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Redemption hits bookstores today. Aurelia, Robert, and I hope you enjoy their third and final story. Today is also the second stop on the Redemption Blog Tour. Check out Danica Page’s from Taking It One Page at a Time.


To purchase Redemption:


It is also available through iBooks.

From Danica Page:
Redemption by Anne Osterlund. Finally!!!!
Fellow Page Turners,

I'm thrilled to be part of today's blog stop for Redemption by Anne Osterlund. Anne Osterlund has been one of my favorite authors for years, and I'm super excited to share my thoughts with you about her latest book. It was absolutely incredible. What a great ending to a great series! Definitely check out this series and just this author in general. 
To read the rest of her five-star review, go to Danica’s blog: Taking It One Page at a Time.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Redemption Blog Tour: An Early-Morning Character Interview



Come on, Aurelia. It’s time to go to Live to Read!” I call to the heroine of my first complete series.

She is hovering at the top of the stairs. She has actually been dressed and ready for the first stop of our blog tour—in honor of REDEMPTION, the third & final novel of the Aurelia Trilogy—since about 4:00 a.m.  Aurelia is the only participant in the tour who is a morning person.

Though if you ask her, she will probably tell you she has been prepared for her own personal blog tour her entire life.

“I’ve been ready,” she says. “Robert is the one who is dawdling.”

Robert is more nervous. 


Read the rest on the first stop of Aurelia & Robert's Redemption Blog Tour at Live to Read.
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Monday, September 26, 2016

In the Villain's Mind


I’m generally not a fan of scenes told from the villain’s point-of-view. I don’t like being there, in the villain’s head. I find that it gives away a lot of the tension within the novel—knowing what the villain is plotting. And, again, I don’t like being there.

This is, no doubt, close-minded of me. And you have to be careful, as an author, not to close your mind to possibilities. Because, eventually, you are going to have to break down that wall.

The problem with ignoring the major villain in Redemption is that—if I tell this story only from the main characters’ perspectives—the villain doesn’t get to walk onto the page until the climax.

And that’s a problem. A big one.

Because even though the villain has caused all kinds of havoc, it just doesn’t seem like a big deal if that character doesn’t show up for the build-up.

So after writing not one, but two full drafts of Redemption, I realized that—kill me now—I was going to have to actually climb into the villain’s head. And let this character talk to the reader . . . several . . . times within the story.

This was really quite creepy. I mean, you never know what might happen to you in the villain’s head. He or she might just chop you up with a letter opener or something. (You think I’m joking, but I’m not).

Spending a whole week—much less a month—climbing into the villain’s head was just not how I was planning on spending one of my summers.

But the book is oh so much better for it.