Friday’s Featured Author: Megan O’Russell

Today’s guest is YA author, Megan O’Russell, isn’t new to Living the Dream. Her books, The Tethering and Siren’s Realm, temporarily unavailable, are among the best YA fantasy I’ve ever read. I sincerely hope she plans to release these books again since I enjoyed them immensely.

Today, Megan gives us a look at her latest release: The Tale of Bryant Adams:
How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days, a new young adult urban fantasy.

Bryant Adams cover

Ever wanted to grow a five-story tall flower in central park? How about fight a deadly battle under the subway tunnels of Manhattan?

Don’t worry. I never wanted to either. But if you’re ever being chased by ladies made of mist and you have to save the girl with the sparkly eyes you’ve never had the guts to say actual words to, there’s an app for that.

I found a magic cell phone, opened an app I shouldn’t have, burned down the set shop for my high school’s theatre, and it was all downhill from there. A drag queen seer who lives under a bridge is my only hope for keeping my mom alive, and I think the cops might be after me for destroying my dad’s penthouse.

But it gets better! Now I’m stuck being the sidekick to the guy who got me into this mess in the first place. It’ll be a miracle if I survive until Monday.

Don’t miss the Goodreads giveaway running through August 31st. Readers can enter to win a paperback copy at:


The Birth of the Story:

The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days had a very interesting origin that had very little to do with magic and a lot to do with being cold.

I love hiking. There is nothing better for coming up with new ideas or unraveling tricky plot problems than climbing. Having the simple task of putting one foot in front on the other makes it easy to think, unless you’re cold. On one very cold hike in Alaska, I was having trouble brainstorming. My boots were wet, my legs were sore, and my husband said, “Wouldn’t it be awesome if there were an app on my phone to start a fire?”

First of all, that would be amazing. Maybe cheating a little, but you’d never have to worry about being cold again. Second, the possibilities of magic on a phone would be endless. We spent the next eight miles talking about all the amazing magical apps you could include in a phone! Spell reference? There’s an app for that. Instant, magical ball of light? There’s an app for that, too!

A little wit, a little drama, and a touch of madcap magic in Manhattan. The idea of a cell phone containing a magical library evolved into the life and adventures of Bryant Adams, and I am thrilled to share his story with all of you.

About the Author:

Megan O’Russell is a native of Upstate New York who spends her time traveling the country as a professional actor. Megan’s current published works include YA series Girl of Glass and The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days as well as the Christmas romance Nuttycracker Sweet. 2018 projects include The Chronicles of Maggie Trent: The Girl Without Magic and book two in the Girl of Glass series Boy of Blood. For more information on Megan O’Russell’s books, visit


Curiosity Quills Press:


Twitter: @MeganORussell

Visit for contact details, review copies, photos, and an author bio.

Best of luck with this one!



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