Author interview: Whitney Barbetti, author of “Ten Below Zero”

Hello, my dear friends! Today, 14 February 2015, Valentine’s Day, I have a small surprise for you!

I have arranged an interview with the author Whitney Barbetti, the one that wrote Ten below Zero, an amazing book which I have read (and loved!) this year. If you remember, I’ve posted the review a few days ago. If you don’t remember it, you can always read it here. Be aware, please, that the review is written in Romanian since… well, 90% of my readers are from Romania. I will try to translate the review in English these days, so everyone could read it.

Whitney accepted my interview request (thank you again, Whitney!) and today I have the pleasure to offer you an interview with her! I am very excited for it and I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂

But first, let’s take a look at “Ten Below Zero”:



“In here,” he said, pushing on the skin above my heart, “you’re ten below zero. And you’re closer to death than I am.”

My name is Parker. My body is marked with scars from an attack I don’t remember. I don’t want to remember. I choose to live my life by observation, not through experience. While people are laughing and kissing and connecting, I’m in the corner. Watching them live. I’m indifferent to everything, everyone. The only emotion I feel with any kind of depth is annoyance, and I feel it often.

A text message sent to the wrong number proves to be my undoing.

His name is Everett, but I call him rude. He’s pushy, he’s arrogant, he crowds my personal space, and worst of all: he makes me feel.

He chooses to wear all black, all the time, as if he’s waiting to attend a funeral. Probably because he is.

Everett is dying. And he’s spending his final days living, truly living. In doing so, he’s forcing me to feel, to heal. To come face to face with the demons I suppressed in my memory.

He hurts me, he fulfills me, he completes me. And still, he’s dying.

The book can be bought from Bookdepository.

Now that we all know what one of her books is about, let’s see the interview.

1.Hello, Whitney! It’s a pleasure to have you on my blog. Would you like to tell us something about you,please?

I live in southeast Idaho, a land of potatoes and windmills.

2.Could you please tell us something about your books?

Ten Below Zero is my standalone novel. He Found Me and its sequel, He Saved Me are about Andra, a runaway, who unexpectedly falls for Julian.

3.Describe “Ten Below Zero” in five words, please.

Here’s what I hope: poignant, emotional, thought provoking, romantic.

(I can assure you, Whitney, that your book is exactly these things. 😉 )

4.How did you come up with the story for “Ten Below Zero”?

Ten Below Zero is based on true people and a true story. I felt like I ripped a piece of my soul writing Ten Below Zero.

5.When did you start writing?

When I was probably ten years old.

6.Who or what inspires you?

Really rich, evocative writing.  Stephen King, Tarryn Fisher, and a whole slew of great poets. I particularly love William Faulkner, Poe, Shakespeare, and more modern: Christopher Poindexter, Mary Kate Teske, and Tyler Knott Gregson.

7.Which is your favourite book series or book? Why?

I have so many, but The Bible stands out among them all. There’s a lot of poetry in the Bible and I’ve never been unable to find a verse that speaks to me when I really need it.

8.What other things do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy baking, cooking, reading, watching terrible television. 😉

9.What advice would you give to someone who wants to publish a book?

Never stop writing, and always be true to yourself. Accept that you will never please every single reader out there.

10.What kind of music do you enjoy?

Mostly alternative, but I love classic rock too.

11.What are your future plans?

I’m going to keep writing! I’ll write until I’ve worn the pads of my fingers.

Do you have a message for our readers today?

If you are reading a book that is easy to put down, chances are it’s not the book for you. Don’t waste your time reading literature that doesn’t set your soul on fire.


Ok, people! This was Whitney Barbetti for you! Hope you all enjoyed this interview. Please give us your thoughts in the comments below.

You can contact Whitney and learn more about her by checking out her website.

Author interview: Karolyn James ( ‘Brothers of Rock’ Series)

Everybody, please welcome Karolyn James on our blog! She is the author of the ‘Brothers of Rock’ series. If you haven’t heard about this series yet, please see the cover and read the blurb of the 1st book below:


With ALL ACCESS, a contemporary romance series begins that explores, life, love, and music. Join the five band members of Chasing Cross as they find that there’s more to life beyond the stage.


Jess is caught off guard when a sexy stranger buys her a cup of coffee and asks her to sit with him. He’s mysterious, nice, and even though he says the right things at the right time, Jess can sense that there’s something hidden about him.
As Johnnie sits across from the beautiful woman, he can’t believe she doesn’t recognize him. Everyone does. It comes with the territory when you’re the lead singer of one of the hottest bands in the world, Chasing Cross. With one more show to go before taking a small break in touring, it feels like luck is on Johnnie’s side. That is, if he can find a way to tell Jess who he is, without scaring her off.
After her best friend begs her to come to a concert, Jess finds herself standing in the middle of a crowd. The lights are off, music begins, and the crowd erupts in cheers. She doesn’t know much about the band, but that’s all about to change. When the lights come on, Jess can’t believe her eyes. The lead singer of the band is the man from the café.
Plucked from the crowd during the show, Jess makes her way backstage. The encore may have ended on stage, but the real show is just about to begin. Johnnie’s passion quickly turns to romance but the more time he and Jess spend together, the more things get complicated. Johnnie has a big decision to make about himself and the band, testing his loyalty and love for the music, and when Jess’s dreams start to come true, she starts to realize that true love exists, but it’s not always an easy path to take.

Sounds very interesting, right? Now that you’ve read about the first book, you can click here  and see all the books that Karolyn wrote. 🙂

We prepared an amazing interview for you for today! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

1.Hello,Karolyn!It’s a pleasure to have you on my blog. Would you like to tell us something about you,please? – I am a lover of everything romance. Romantic books. Romantic movies. Everything! I read it, I write it, I watch it all the time. I believe in love at first sight and I believe that love does take tons of work. I love creating stories that can be fun, flirty, and complicated.


2.Would you tell something to us about your book? – All Access follows the lead singer of rock band, Chasing Cross. It’s the first book of five featuring Chasing Cross… and the Brothers of Rock novels go beyond the five of Chasing Cross.


3.How did you come up with the story? –  I had two visions… first of a band and how they live off stage. How they function, travel, fall in love. How they deal with the past demons and current ones. Then I had a vision of a sexy rockstar in a café and a woman doesn’t recognize him. There’s instant attraction.


4.When did you start writing? – When I was very young. I used to read and write all the time. The stories weren’t good but I consider it practice for today!


5.Who or what inspires you? – Life and love inspire me. It does all the time.


6.Which is your favourite book series or book?Why? – Wow… right now I’m really into Marie Force and Karen Kingsbury. Like I said, I love romance! I love the tone of each author and how they both inspire and explore true love.


9.Which is your favorite movie? – You know, I have to go super cheesy… I’d be stuck somewhere around a Nicholas Sparks move like A Walk to Remember or just go with Pretty Woman. I love that movie!


10.What advice would you give to someone who wants to publish a book? – Take your time. Write slow. Love every second of it.


11. What kind of music do you like? – I like it all. But writing Brothers of Rock, I listen to a lot of rock. I also listen to classical sometimes when I write. It’s soothing.


12.Did you ever want to be a mystical creature? – Not really – lol. I’m good with being a human. I think we’re complicated enough. J


13.How and when did you decide that you’d like to publish your book? – The second I came up with the Brothers of Rock concept, I wanted this. I got the five books approved and after the success of the first two, the series is now going through book ten! Of course, six through ten will follow a new band.



Do you have a message for my blog’s followers? – Thank you reading this interview! I hope you take a second and check out the Brothers of Rock series. Not to mention all the other amazing romance books I have out and will be coming out!


Great interview, right? Tell me what you think about it in a comment! 🙂


Author interview: Nathan Squiers

I’d like to welcome Nathan on our blog!

Nathan Squiers is the author of many books. Among them is ‘Noir’ ,which gained a lot of favorable reviews. I am very excited to interview Nathan today. Hope you guys will like this interview as much as I do!


1. Hi,Nathan! It’s a pleasure to have you on my blog. Would you like to tell us something about you,please?


Absolutely! I’m an all-star Olympic athlete hailing from the coasts of Japan and surviving off a strict diet of white rice, green tea, and ginger root.



Nobody bought that one, huh?


*sigh* Fair enough. In actuality I’m a pretty average geek—loving superhero comics, paranormal horror movies, and Japanese anime/manga—with an above-average compulsion to depict my innermost thoughts/ideas for the entertainment of others (and, on occasion, the discovery of self).


2. Would you tell something to us about your book?


“Noir”, book #1 of the Crimson Shadow series, represents a dark period in my life. At that time, I was getting more and more into comics and manga as well as action/horror movies like The Crow and the Underworld and Blade series. Because of all of those elements, “Noir”—as well as all the books of the Crimson Shadow series—are a hybrid of that dark mentality and a great deal of gritty & violent supernatural battles between paranormal beings.


3. How did the story come in to your mind?


I actually had started “Noir” as a self-destructive outlet; a sort of “creative” suicide letter. Originally, the piece was just supposed to roll as a short story, having the series’ protagonist Xander Stryker dwell on his own self-destruction as he reminisced on the horrors of his childhood. However, as I depicted Xander’s struggle, I found myself wanting to see him succeed where I’d felt that I’d failed, and in some way achieve some persona validation. Because I had to focus my thoughts on why Xander would want to live—want to fight against his own self-hatred—I inadvertently forced myself to do the same. I guess in many ways “Noir” was a projected fantasy of what I felt I wanted to achieve, but, after all the years of edits and rewrites, it took off into something far more complex than I’d ever expected.


4. When did you start writing?


I think I actively started writing as a hobby when I was 12 or 13, but I didn’t consider it as anything other than a means of venting morbid and angry thoughts. After starting the piece that would become “Noir” when I was 14 and it began to gain momentum, I started to see writing as something more. Once the book was “done”—the original manuscript took five years, but I’ve been doing re-writes & edits for over a decade before it was first published—I began to consider the prospect of becoming a full-time author and, from then on, strove to do just that.


5. Who or what inspires you?


I don’t recall who I learned this from (a fact that saddens me to no end, as it’s really a beautiful lesson), but I was told a while back that one of the secrets to any art is to allow everything to be a source of inspiration. Aside from being blessed with an abundance of mentors in my life, I’ve also been granted both a great deal of beauty—experiencing wondrous adventures in fantastic sceneries and meeting great minds—as well as more than my fair share of misery. And while many would opt to take the good and forget the bad (or even go so far as to let the bad linger on their minds and regret or even resent it), I was taught that it is these experiences that make for the truly compelling stories. Yes, there is a great deal of inspiration to be had from other books as well as from movies and comics and art and whatnot (like I said, the whole damn world is TEEMING with inspiration waiting to be harvested), but when one is in the business of telling stories then a strong and captivating sense of conflict is the main focus. For this reason, while I most certainly get inspired by music and movies and fantasy novels and mythology, I’m more eager to take in life so that I can reflect those experiences.


6.Which is your favourite book series or book?


The “favorite” questions always trip me up. I always find myself hard-pressed to whittle away and my loves to offer up just one, but, as this is—of course—the challenge being presented, I’d have to say that my favorite series is the Nightlife series by Rob Thurman. Though there are many other series and novels out there, this particular series speaks both in tone and in plot that keeps me drooling for more.




Paranormal/supernatural butt-kicking. Well established characters with equally well established chemistries. Massive doses of mythology with ample dashes of unique interpretation therein. An inspired combination of horror and violence.


In a word: awesome 😉


8.Which is your favorite movie?


I’m hard-pressed to try and pick. I’m a horror fanatic and an action movie junkie, so movies like Blade and Underworld make me a happy geek (I’m not sure if I can pick between the two >_< ).


9.What advice would you give to someone who wants to publish a book?


Publication should really be the last focus in the entire process. Getting the manuscript finished and polished to perfection is the goal, and once that’s been achieved the publication tends to sort itself out. Best advice that can be offered: write and keep writing 😉


10. What kind of music do you like?


My taste in music is spread pretty far across the board, but I’m a hard-rocker/metal-head/punk to the core, so I tend to gravitate towards those elements. When I’m writing I can’t listen to anything with English lyrics, so I always have my writing playlist—which is comprised almost entirely of Japanese rock and metal—to serve as my soundtrack. I’m especially partial to Dir en Grey and D’Espairs Ray (the J-rock icon, Gackt, is also a guilty pleasure of mine).


11.Did you ever want to be a mystical creature?


Always (still do too :-p ). Don’t necessarily care what kind, long as I can be non-human & gnarly   lol


12.How and when did you decide that you’d like to publish your book?


When I realized that it was entertaining and meaningful for more than just myself.


Do you have a message for my blog’s followers?


I’ve never liked to call my readers “fans”—I feel it’s a belittling term—and, as “The Literary Dark Emperor”, I’ve come to refer to those who enthusiastically follow my work as members of “The Legion”. I thank everybody for joining me on your blog today and hope they’ll all do me the honor of considering themselves beloved members of The Legion.

Awesome, right?!

Thank you, Nathan, for accepting this interview! 🙂

‘The Tyrant King’ Blog Tour: Author guest post

Title: The Tyrant King (The Peasant Queen 2)

Author: Cherie Chesley

Genre: Fantasy

Tour Host: Lady Amber’s Tours


Book Description:

Krystal’s peaceful life as queen of Fayterra is shattered when a stranger arrives with a connection to Jareth that threatens to change everything. Soon her loved ones are threatened, her people are under attack, and Krystal must face a devastating loss. As the future becomes bleaker and the mystery continues to unravel, Krystal’s enemies will learn just how far she will go to defend the people she loves.

About the author:


Currently blissful working mother of 5. Married to a fantastic, amazing, supportive man. I love to read, I love to write and I love taking pictures (though my skill is debatable lol).







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Guest post:

Looking back, writing and reading have always gone hand in hand for me. My best scores in school were for the papers I’d write and turn in to my teachers. I had a lot of teachers give me great encouragement for my writing “talent,” even going as far back as 3rd grade.


But I thought I wanted to be a teacher. Even then I knew there’s no money in writing. 😉


My dream, my secret dream from about 9th grade on, though, was to be a writer. I wanted to write stories and stay home and raise my kids. Teaching is a fine and noble profession but it really wasn’t for me. I recognized that in high school, when I was quiet, shy, awkward, and angry. I didn’t know anyone and I’d rather be alone anyway so what was the point in making friends?


Can we say antisocial?


So, at lunch, when the other kids would sit and talk and laugh with their friends, I would pull out my folder and write. I did this every day, even writing at the end of a class period if I had a few minutes. There was a story swirling around in my head and I wanted to get it out.


I will never forget the day I flipped over the page and wrote “pg 100” on the top. I paused, flabbergasted. I’d really written 99 pages of a story? Seriously?


But this story was private, secret. It also proved therapeutic. I only shared it with my friends. My family had no idea for years that I was writing—had written—a novel. That first one was long hand and took me a year and ten months—282 pages. I have no idea how many words because there was no way I was going to go back and count them.


That was when I first began to consider becoming a professional writer. It was 1991.


I started on the sequel my junior year but got hung up about halfway through the book and never finished that draft. I did, however, write several poems and short stories during my high school years and into my late teens. I understood that I needed to write a lot in order to get good, but I didn’t really understand all the ins and outs of writing—or revising. And don’t even get me started on editing.


I nursed my desire to publish my books through high school graduation, work, and getting married and starting a family. While I made half hearted attempts at submitting queries to agents and publishers, I still hadn’t done the work required to actually have a manuscript worth publishing. What I was sending them was rudimentary and very first-draft-ish.


2006 rolled around and I experienced some frightening personal changes that forced me to make a decision. What was I really doing with my writing? Was I really going to publish, or just talk about publishing? Was it time, or past time, to get a “real” job?


By that time I had learned some things about editing and rewriting. My work had improved by leaps and bounds beyond that high school kid who wrote a pen entirely out of ink. But my book wasn’t done being revised. And I would go through two more publishing contracts before landing one that actually resulted in a published novel.


Now I’ve stopped fighting the part of my inner self that needs to write. I’ve accepted and even embraced that this is part of who I am, not just something I do.


My only real worry is that I won’t live long enough to tell all the stories in my heart.

‘The Edge of Darkness’ Blog Tour: Book review&Author Interview

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The Edge of Darkness

After a tragic accident, Araya Noelle is left with a constant reminder that nothing is forever.

She is forced to give up her chance to be the youngest dancer accepted into Julliard & taking over their high society school by a graceful storm of determination is no longer an option. Instead of dwelling over her loss, she accepts the new future she’s been dealt. In a world as black as hers, there’s no room for bitterness, no time for regret. Sheltered from the outside world, Araya has become suffocated by a life she has no control over. Until Ryland Dare comes crashing into her life.

You don’t know true darkness until you’ve felt light…

Like a firecracker, showering her with colorful sparks of freedom, Ryland quickly sweeps Araya away from her grey existence. For the first time since the accident, living in darkness is no longer something Araya wants to do willingly. Unleashed by the shadows of her reminder, being with Ryland, Araya touches light. Together they will learn what it’s like to feel alive for the first time.

At the edge of darkness, a ray of light, will dare them both to HOPE.

DARE them to LOVE

DARE them to LIVE

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I was provided with a free copy of this book for the blog tour. Thank you, Melissa!
Reading ‘The Edge of Darkness’ felt like riding a roller coaster of emtions. This book made me sad, happy, angry or even in love. The best thing about this book is that it makes you feel. It makes you feel like you are one of the character. It makes you feel alive in the book.
I have to recognize that I’ve always wanted to read one of Melissa’s books and when I signed up for this blog tour I was fangirling inside. And when I received my copy of ‘The Edge of Darkness’ I was so happy that I jumped in my bed.
Oh my, let me cry a little. I am sad and happy at the same time. Happy because I read such an outstanding book and sad because I finished too early. I read it in 2 days and I wasn’t reading to say Goodbye to the characters. I really need a sequel right now! *Ryland,I’mGonnaMissYou*
I feel in love with Melissa’s writing style from the start. It has something so beautiful and poetic that it made me jealous. I’ve always wanted to write like this. To be able to bring my characters alive, to make my readers fall in love with my writing. Melissa did it. She made me fall in love with her book from the start. It’s easy to read her books- her writing style is fluent and has an outstanding musicality.
Her characters? Bring it on! Oh, I loved their personalities, how alived they felt to me. I love how different they are from each other and how easy it’s to love them. My favortie character? I can’t decide between Araya and Ryland. They are just… flawless and so good for each other!!
Let me say that as a violinist, Julliard is one of my dreams. So one I saw it mentioned there, in ‘The Edge of Darkness’ I felt joy. I’d love to study there, but I think this will remain a dream.
The story is so sad in the beginning! I felt so sorry for Araya and for her situation that, even though I wasn’t very linked with her I wanted to cry! I can’t even imagine how horrible it must be to lost your dream.
In the scenes when both Araya and Ryland were present my heart melted and I even laughed. I loved how funny Ryland is, how caring and lovely his peronality is.
Let me go back to my corner and cry over this book. I.WANT.MORE.!
This is a book that definitely teaches you something: Never give up!
Everything about ‘The Edge of Darkness’ it’s outstanding: the cover, the characters, the story, the talent of the author… this is a book that should be published by the biggest publishers around AND turned into a movie!
Definitely one of the best reads 2013 brings to us. 6 stars out of 5!

About the author:

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Melissa Andrea

I find it hard to sum up my

life in a paragraph, but I’ll try.

  I am the author of Flutter, The Discover Series! Reading

has always been a passion for me, and writing as instinctive as breathing.

Every inhale is an idea; every exhale a creation.  The only thing I do better than writing you ask? Making beautiful girls. My daughter’s will always be my greatest accomplishment.

I was born in Denver, Colorado–but I will always think of sunny Arizona

as my home. I don’t have a big family, but I’m close with my sister, brother

& my mom. My mom is my hero, my inspiration, and I couldn’t have asked for a

more amazing person to be raised by.

4 things you should know about me: I’m very girly, but I can get down and dirty

with the best of them. I adore the color pink and things that sparkle

(including vampires), I am a firm believer that chocolate cures ALL and I like

even numbers (hence 4 things about me, not 5) Okay, maybe I cheated a little

with my list, shhhh.


1.Hi,Melissa! It’s a pleasure to have you on my blog. Would you like to tell us something about you,please?

Hi Bianca! The pleasure is all mine, thank you so much for having me! A few things about myself? Hmm, I’m very girly! I love pink and sparkles and make-up and I was appropriately blessed with 3 gorgeous girls! I’m loyal to a fault. I will always be there for my family and friends! Lately I have been on this cursing kick, why, I don’t know haha. I’m very stubborn and that sometimes makes me extremely sassy so proceed with caution :))

2.Would you tell something to us about your book?

I love The Edge of Darkness characters! All of them, well most of them :)) I’m in love with the storyline and the fresh twist included in the book – Intrigued yet?!

3.How did the story come in to your mind?

Honestly, I started this book YEARS ago and I had only written the first chapter to it, but I don’t remember what inspired me to write it :/ Maybe I should have listed that I have the worst memory EVER in the about me part of the interview haha.

4.When did you start writing?

In middle school. I wrote a short children’s story about an ant who wanted to travel the world and I actually won a contest for it.

5.Who or what inspires you?

My girls! First and foremost they inspire me to reach past my insecurities, past my fear, past my hopes and dreams and touch the impossible. My mom and my husband. The rest of my family. They are my biggest fans.

6.Which is your favourite book series or book?

Ahh, that’s like asking if I favorite daughter and I don’t! I love them all equally and I love books equally. Plus they don’t like it when I play favorites :))


8.Which is your favorite movie?

Sleeping Beauty! I LOVE that movie!

9.What advice would you give to someone who wants to publish a book?


My favorite question and I will have the same answer every time! Always believe in yourself! Don’t be your own worst enemy! It’s very easy to psych yourself out. So step back, read a book, eat some ice cream, watch a movie – do anything to relax your mind & then try again. Don’t give yourself limitations, writers know no such thing.

10. What kind of music do you like?

I listen to all kinds of music! As long as it has a good beat or lyrics I can relate too, I’ll listen to it. Whether it be from the Disney Channel, to One Direction (1D GIRL!!) or Pitt Bull. I will listen to pretty much everything. However there is always an exception and that would have to be hardcore rock or what I consider noise with no purpose (IMO)

11.Did you ever want to be a mystical creature?

Yes! I would LOVE to be Sara in Flutter!

12.How and when did you decide that you’d like to publish your book?

The second I wrote the first word in the story :))

Do you have a message for my blog’s followers?

I love you guys!! Thank you so much for supporting and reading, whether they’re my books or books in general!! Keep supporting Bianca, because she is the sweetest person ever and she like One Direction!!

Awww, Melissa, thank you! That was sweet!

People, read her book as soon as possible! She’s an amazing author, with an amazing book AND! She likes One Direction! xD


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‘Blood Rush’ Interview: Author interview

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Blood Rush
The Books of the Demimonde, Book 2

Ash Krafton

Genre: urban fantasy

Publisher: Pink Narcissus

Date of Publication: May 14, 2103

ISBN: 9781939056016

Number of pages: 353

Word Count: 94000

Cover Artist: Duncan Eagleson



Sophie doesn’t believe in happily ever after. These days, she’d settle for alive after sunrise.

Advice columnist and newly-appointed oracle to the demivampire, Sophie Galen has more issues than a Cosmo collection: a new mentor with a mean streak, a werewolf stalker she can’t shake, and a relationship with her ex’s family that redefines the term complicated. And then there’s her ex himself, who is more interested in playing leader of the vampire pack than in his own salvation.

Becoming a better oracle is tough enough, but when Sophie encounters a deadly enemy – one she never dreamed of facing – it will take everything she’s ever learned in order to survive.

About the author:

Ash Krafton writes from the heart…of the Pennsylvania coal region, that is.

She is the author of the Books of the Demimonde (Pink Narcissus Press).

BLEEDING HEARTS (Demimonde #1) is a six-time RWA finalist and was voted “Reviewer Top Pick” by Ash continues the story of Sophie and her Demivampires in her latest release BLOOD RUSH (Demimonde #2). She’s hard at work (when she isn’t watching Doctor Who) writing the third book, WOLF’S BANE.

Ash Krafton’s poetry and short fiction has appeared in several journals, including Niteblade, Bete Noire, Abandoned Towers, and Silver Blade. She’s a member of Pennwriters, RWA, and Maryland Writers Association. She lurks near her blog and contributes to the QueryTracker blog.

Ash lives with her family and their German Shepherd dog deep in the Pennsylvania wilds, awaiting the day the TARDIS appears in the driveway (the dog most likely keeps the Doctor away. What a beast.)

Until then, she writes.

Find Ash at:

The Demimonde blog





1.Hi,Ash! It’s a pleasure to have you on my blog. Would you like to tell us something about you,please?

I’d love to! I’m a full-time pharmacist, over-time mom, and all-the-time writer. I love reading and writing fantasy (especially urban fantasy) and other areas of speculative fiction. I also have a German Shepherd  who likes to chase bears so I’ll be giving her a bath today. Apparently, chasing bears is stinky work.

2.Would you tell something to us about your book?

BLOOD RUSH is the second installment in the Books of the Demimonde, published by Pink Narcissus Press ( It’s an urban fantasy that explores the lives of my demivampires, weres, and other supes, all through the eyes of a human Sophie Galen. Sophie used to be a normal lady until she manifested as an oracle and healer to the Demivamps. She’s been trying to save them ever since…trouble is, not everyone wants to be saved.

3.How did the story come in to your mind?

The first book BLEEDING HEARTS started with a dream of a dark haired man with emerald eyes and the words “Saving the world, one damned person at a time.” I couldn’t forget the intensity of that dream and had to explore it and write it out in an effort to get it out of my head.

This book was just a continuation of a story I’d learned to love.

4.When did you start writing?

As a kid. I wrote stories and poems, some of which my mom sent in to the newspaper. *blushes* I loved high school English classes because writing was my strength. In college, I studies pharmacy but loved my Lit classes and got a job in the college writing center. I’d even written some pharmaceutical articles before I graduated. However, I didn’t get back to fiction until 2005, when I started filling notebooks with chunks of would-be novels just as a way to keep my brain from turning to mush (my children were very young at the time and Nick Jr and it’s kids’ shows were driving me bananas.) It was then I started to pursue serious fiction writing.

In short: My kids drove me to it.

5.Who or what inspires you?

MUSIC! I find so many untold stories in fragments of lines and lyrics, and in the tones and inflections in a singer’s voice. I love Lacuna Coil, Blind Guardian, Rush, Type O Negative, and Nanci Griffith. You can find pieces of those bands in my characters: Sophie’s delicate vulnerability comes from Nanci Griffith, her emotional turmoil from Lacuna Coil, her strength from Blind Guardian, her intelligence from Rush, and her sarcasm from Type O. J

6.Which is your favourite book series or book?

Favorite book is The Golden Key by Melanie Rawn, Jennifer Roberson, and Kate Elliot. See it here (


This story is the collaboration of three authors who each penned a section of the book–and it is amazing. Doesn’t hurt that one of my favorite artists did the cover.

8.Which is your favorite movie?

Jodhaa Akbar, a Bollywood film. I watch it in subtitles because I don’t speak much Hindi. It’s lush, romantic, and agonizing–and the scenes are breath-taking.

9.What advice would you give to someone who wants to publish a book?

Follow the ABCs of writing: Apply your Butt to the Chair and write, write, write. Every new project helps you to improve your craft. Eneter contests that offer feedback on your entry–see if it’s working with readers. Join the forum at and use the agent listings when you are ready to submit your book. Learn from helpful rejections/criticism and ignore the negative vibes.

And above all things: persevere.

10. What kind of music do you like?

Rock, metal, classical, jazz, and 80’s British pop. I’m well-balanced.

11.Did you ever want to be a mystical creature?

I wanted to be a shadow, lurking a step behind someone. Not anymore–that would be called stalking by today’s definition. *grin*

12.How and when did you decide that you’d like to publish your book?

Back in 2006, I decided that I wanted my novel-in-progress to be more than a hobby–I wanted it to be a book. I had the support of my husband and family and so I joined That was where I began to learn the business of publishing. And, hello? It’s a HUGE business. I don’t ever think I’ll be done learning. I queried agents and signed with one in 2009, I think, then split in 2010 because it wasn’t a successful relationship. I entered contests for the rest of the year before querying publishers directly. In 2011 I started getting some interest and, when I managed to make the finals in several major contests, I ended up with six contract offers. I signed with Pink Narc and I’ve been their minion ever since.

Do you have a message for my blog’s followers?

I’ll say this on behalf of every writer in the world: thank you, each and every reader, who picks up a book and reads. We just want to share a personal product of our imaginations and, for some of us, it was hard to be brave enough to send it out to a world of strangers. Every time you read a book, you validate the work and the effort and the emotions an author goes through to see it published. Read, and know you are loved.


Interview with Michael Balkind!

I’m so excited to have an interview with Michael Balkind, the author of ‘Gold Metal Threat’, a book that I read in its very early days. I loved the book so an interview with him is very exciting for me. Thank you, Michael!

  1. Hi,Michael! It’s a pleasure to have you on my blog. Would you like to tell us something about you,please?

Hi Bianca, thank you so much for this interview.

A little about me –

I have to describe myself first, as a family man; my kids and my wife are my life (oops – and also our dog, Bode.) Next, I am an author. As far as that is concerned, I am not happy unless I have worked on one of my writing projects for at least a little while every day. It doesn’t matter whether I’m writing, marketing, or working with my cover artist or an editor – it all gives me satisfaction. I am also a big fan of many sports and an avid golfer and skier.

2. Would you tell something to us about your book?

I have three books published, another in the final stages of editing, and yet another that’s about 70 percent complete. So far, except for one, my novels are all murder mysteries with a sports theme. As they say, write what you know, and I know mysteries, as well as a thing or two about sports and, well… a little about murder, but don’t worry, not first hand.

Combining my passions for mysteries and sports has made writing a lot of fun and fairly easy for me. Well, at least the first drafts have been easy, after that, the editing is all extremely difficult. But, without all the editing, I wouldn’t let my work be seen by anyone.

Sudden Death is a suspense novel that was endorsed by James Patterson & Clive Cussler.

Dead Ball is the sequel to Sudden Death and is endorsed by NY Times bestseller, John Lescroart.

Gold Medal Threat is the first in my young reader’s series – it is endorsed by NY Times bestseller, Tim Green. And, Bianca – correct me if I’m wrong, but I think you know someone who loved the book enough to write a cover blurb, too? Yes folks, Bianca read the manuscript and wrote the wonderful cover blurb below! Thanks Bianca! J

3.How did the story come in to your mind?

The idea for my first novel, Sudden Death, came to me while I was writing a non-fiction piece about a business loss I was going through years ago. I had written about 100 pages when I took a break to watch the “grass grow” on television – yes, I’m talking about watching a boring golf match. The tournament ended in a sudden death playoff and, the concept for Sudden Death hit me – hard!

The premises for Dead Ball and Gold Medal Threat were each born from ideas in Sudden Death.

The idea for my current project, The Fix, a college football gambling story, was brought to me by my co-author, Ryan Burr. Ryan is a host on the Golf Channel (after 7 years as an ESPN TV Anchor.) He liked my first book enough to endorse it and asked me if I’d write The Fix with him. I loved the concept of the story and gladly accepted. The Fix will be released very soon. (We also have serious interest from a Hollywood movie producer that we are working with.

4.When did you start writing?

About 12 years ago after losing everything (financially) I had in a bad business partnership; I fell into a bit of a difficult mind state (some might call it depression – I prefer to think of it as the jump start of my writing career.) Having always wanted to pen a novel, I began to write about my misfortune. About 100 pages in, as cathartic as the writing was, my own story began to bore me. Luckily, I took the break that I mentioned above to watch some golf on TV, and even luckier, the tournament ended in a sudden death playoff.

5.Who or what inspires you?

My inspirations seem to change as I age. I was informed on facebook, by an old friend who I grew up with, that I told him when we were in 3rd grade that I was going to write a novel one day. My first “real” inspiration to write a novel hit me when I finished reading Robert Ludlum’s, The Bourne Identity. I have many “favorite” books and authors, but there was something in that book that really sparked my creative fire.

6.Which is your favourite book series or book?

Uh oh! Tough question. How does any avid reader answer that?

So many come to mind, but two that stand out are:

The Bourne series by Robert Ludlum

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.


Jason Bourne is a powerful character; smart, strong, and relentless, yet definitely not flawless. And the dilemma that Ludlum creates for him in is like no other.

I am in awe of Ken Follett, who over the years has completely transformed his writing genre. His earlier books like Triple, Eye of the Needle, and Key to Rebecca, were espionage filled thrillers, and now he writes epics of historical fiction. Pillars of the Earth, World without End, then Fall of Giants have all totally captured me. With Pillars of the Earth, I felt that I was working alongside the builders as they constructed a tremendous church in medieval England. Having never really enjoyed historical fiction I am amazed at how enraptured I become when I’m reading one of Follett’s epics.

8.Which is your favorite movie?

While I love to go the movies and forget that the world exists for a few hours, I really don’t think I have a favorite. My taste in movies has changed over the years.

As a young kid, I loved James & the Giant Peach (I will always love it.)

Then, in my teens, movies like Monty Python and the Holy Grail and most James Bond flicks struck my fancy.

I also loved Brian’s Song

My latest favorite has to be Argo. It was excellent.

9.What advice would you give to someone who wants to publish a book?

First the obvious, if you’ve already written your first draft, then it’s time to edit, clean, polish, and edit again, and then again, one or two more times. Don’t do it by yourself, have others, preferably professionals, edit your work. You can never do enough editing!

Then the dilemma every new author seems to face (me included) is how long to pursue the traditional publishing route before turning to Indie (self-publishing.) I published my first two books traditionally, and now I am going the Indie route. While there are positives and negatives to both, I have found that I prefer having more control and earning more from my hard work. The only problem with the self publishing world is too many new writers publish their work before it’s ready. Edit – edit – edit!!!

10. What kind of music do you like?

Lots – Rock, Jazz, Classical, Reggae, (we just got a new car with satellite radio, and as I was switching the stations, I fell apart laughing when I tuned into a Reggae station called – Joint. While I don’t partake in the green stuff, I absolutely love the music.)

I usually prefer to write in a quiet room, but sometimes I like Jazz playing quietly in the background.

11.Did you ever want to be a mystical creature?

What do you mean, want to be? I am one – isn’t every artist? J

12.How and when did you decide that you’d like to publish your book?

In third grade. Of course I hadn’t written it yet, but that’s when it all began.

Do you have a message for my blog’s followers?

I want to say Thank you to all your followers. First, for reading this interview – Second, for just being a reader. Most authors write because it’s our passion. I would probably write novels even if no-one ever read them. But, I truly love having my work enjoyed by readers of all types. Nothing makes me happier than when a new reader/fan tells me they loved on of my books.

One of the best things a young reader recently told me at a book signing was that my books have turned him into a reader. He said that he never enjoyed reading before, but after he read Sudden Death he realized that it wasn’t reading he didn’t like, it was just the books that he had to read. The fact that I have helped even one young adult realize that reading can be fun, fills my heart with joy!

I hope you’ll all read my books, especially Gold Medal Threat, my latest book that Bianca wrote the cover blurb below for.

“Gold Medal Threat is one of those books that puts a big smile on your face and makes your day better. I truly recommend it to everyone, at every age. I bet my grandma would love it too, because you can’t dislike a book like this. It’s so much fun! I loved it!” Bianca M. Calin


For more information about me and my writing, please visit my website:

You can also join me on facebook at:  Michael Balkind – Mysteries & More


Oh, I just love this interview! Don’t you? Show some love to Michael! He has an amazing giveaway on his author Facebook page. Take a look here:



‘Love and Relativity’ Blog Tour: Author guest post

Title: Love and Relativity

Author: Rachael Wade

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Tour Host: Lady Amber’s Tours

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Love, life, and happily ever after? It’s all relative.

Marine biology student Emma Pierce lives in paradise—geographically speaking, anyway. Stranded on Sanibel Island, Florida, she works at a nursing home by day and spends her nights dodging the island’s infamous bad boy, Jackson Taylor, at her favorite karaoke bar. Trying to heal from the loss of her sister and a failed relationship she rerouted her life for, she’s ready to graduate and finally leave Florida behind.

When a run-in with Jackson and his rowdy crew goes sour at the bar one night, sparks fly and irreversible damage is done. It’s no secret that Jackson loves to get underneath her skin, but this time he’s gone too far. Now all he wants is to earn her forgiveness before she’s gone for good, but their ideas of closure—and the future—are enough to keep them worlds apart.

This is a stand-alone title but coordinates with The Preservation Series:

Preservation (Book One, Available Now)
Reservation (Book Two, Available Now)
Declaration (Book Three, Coming 2013)

Author bio:

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 Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of The Preservation Series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the upcoming sci-fi series, The Keepers Trilogy. When she’s not writing, she’s busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. Visit her at and, or come chat with her on Twitter via @RachaelWade.


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What inspires you to write?

So many things can inspire an author to write. Personally, my biggest inspiration comes from music and film. Iwatch a lot of indie and foreign films, and they always give me great ideas. Most of all, they help me focus on character development and to get in touch with each character’s emotion. I always call music my writing fuel, because it often helps me visualize scenes before I write them or while I’m writing them. It helps set the tone, the mood, and the emotional impact of the scene and what I want the characters to do. Simple, gritty films can really influence my writing, and so can huge, epic movies, like the Lord of the Rings movies. Visually, those films are so beautiful and they really remind me of the beauty in the world and the constant battle between good and evil. Other inspiration for my writing comes from nature, being outdoors, and the people that come in and out of my life. Everyone leaves a fingerprint on my life in some way, and I always find use for those influences in my novels. Many of my characters are inspired by real people–people I’ve known my whole life, and people who I’ve only met once and never spoke to again. I draw from everything and everyone, and most of the time, the inspiration is unpredictable. I’m just along for the ride.
Rachel is giving away 2 eCopies and 2 print copies of ‘Love and Relativity’. If you’d like to enter, click here.

‘Renegade’ Blog Tour: Author interview

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Title: Renegade (Heven and Hell #4)

Author: Cambria Hebert

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Publisher: Cambria Hebert

Format: Print and Ebook

Release Date: May 3, 2013

The Heven and Hell series

Before (A Heven and Hell prequel)


Between (A Heven and Hell companion)


Bewitched (A Heven and Hell companion)


Beneath (A Heven and Hell companion)


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Renegade blurb:

The conclusion to the Heven and Hell series.


I’ve been beautiful. I’ve been ugly. I’ve died. I’ve been brought back. I’ve had abilities awakened within me. My strength has been tested. My beliefs have been tested.

Yet I stand.

What’s next when you’ve pretty much experienced it all?

The end.

Sam and I are picking up the pieces. We’re trying to come to terms with all we’ve lost. And as much as I would like to hide my head, ignore the reality I live every day, there is no forgetting.

Riley is in hell—I’m still not sure of his agenda. My mother’s past haunts me. And Kimber… Kimber is being herself. Cole sneaks glances at Gemma and she returns them when she thinks I don’t see.

But I do.

When Beelzebub escapes he brings his war to places I never thought he would. Earth. Maine. Home. Now everyone and everything is at risk. This has become bigger than my circle of friends. This has become bigger than me. I have to finish this. I have to find a way to stop him, to finish this war.

I just pray we will all be left standing in the end.

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 Author bio:


Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series and the Death Escorts series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting


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1.Hi,Cambria! It’s a pleasure to have you on my blog. Would you like to tell us something about you,please?

Sure! Thanks for having me here! I was raised by wolves on a mountain in West Virginia – its why I write fantasy… Okay, not really. In fact you won’t catch me in the woods – especially in West Virginia… well that’s not true either. I grew up in MD near WV and I did attend a few partes in the mountains, but I never ventured into the woods alone… I kind of wish I would have. Who knows what kind of werewolf hotness I would have been devoured by – I mean met.

More about me: I don’t like scary movies (they are scary), my favorite show is Vampire Diaries. I like to shop. I like to eat cereal. I would rather have coffee than food most days. I love animals (especially dogs) and I am married to a Marine.


2.Would you tell something to us about your book?

Renegade is the final book (book 4) in the Heven and Hell series. It’s kind of the final battle between Heven and her greatest enemy (Beelzebub in Hell). I wanted it to be a throwback to the first book in the series but only amped up a bit.


3.How did the story come in to your mind?

Well the first book that started it all is Masquerade – and I first got the idea when I decided I wanted to write a book about a girl who was disfigured. Who thought she was ugly, who didn’t like to look in the mirror and who had something major happen to her that she couldn’t even remember. Then I started to think about how she got disfigured and the story grew from there!


4.When was the very first time when you wrote?

When I was a teenager… maybe 14? I wrote a book about a teenage girl and a music box. I wanted to be just like R.L. Stine. Lol.


5.Who or what inspires you?

Everything! Music, people, movies, TV, people watching. Sometimes just a single word inspires me.


6.Which is your favourite book series or book?

Oh that’s tough. There are just so many great books out there. I really enjoyed the Need series by Carrie Jones. I also loved the Intertwined series by Gena Showalter. I just read Hopeless by Colleen Hoover and that book totally blew me away. I loved the Hunger Games as well.



Because all those books had elements and characters that made them great! Unforgettable storylines, being drawn to the characters and their situations. Hot guys. Lol.


8.Which is your favorite movie?

Gheesh, you ask the hard stuff! Lately my favorites have been Pitch Perfect, the new Spider Man. An all time favorite is How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days. I am dying for Warm Bodies to come out on video so I can watch that. I can’t wait!


9.What advice would you give to someone who wants to publish a book?

Don’t give up. Learn as much as you can about the business. Keep writing. Keep writing. Be realistic and get a support system. And an editor. You need an editor.


10. What kind of music do you like?

All kind except heavy medal (it gives me a headache). Right now my favorites are Maroon 5, Carrie Underwood, The Band Perry, and Ollie Murs.


11.Did you ever want to be a mystical creature?

Hmmmm. Maybe? I honestly don’t remember. I think I more fantasized about being the Beauty in Beauty in the beast. Meaning I got to fall in love with the mystical creature…



12. How and when did you decide that you’d like to publish your book?

Well I wrote several books and then I started thinking that maybe they were good enough to publish. I submitted to publishers and agents and got turned down so many times I lost count at 100. But I kept trying. Finally I got picked up by a small publisher who closed down months later and I decided to go Indie. It’s been a good fit for me.


Do you have a message for my blog’s followers?

Keep Reading! And thank you for supporting authors everywhere (not just me) and for supporting this awesome blog!


I personally love the interview! And Ollie Murs! LOL


Featured Author: Imogen Howson (‘Linked’)

I have the pleasure to feature a new author on this blog!! Her name is Imogen Howson and she wrote “Linked”, a paranormal novel that will be published on June 11th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. I’d love to read the book! The cover is gorgeous and the blurb makes me very curious! Take a look:



Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she’s been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere.

Finally, she’s promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind her hallucinations: she’s been seeing the world through another girl’s eyes.

Elissa follows her visions, and finds a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl—Lin—who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. The twin sister she never knew existed.

Now, Elissa and Lin are on the run from a government who will stop at nothing to reclaim Lin and protect the dangerous secrets she could expose—secrets that would shake the very foundation of their world.

Riveting, thought-provoking and utterly compelling, Linked will make you question what it really means to be human.

Interesting,isn’t it?

I’m very happy to tell you that Imogen accepted to answer some of my questions! Thank you, Imogen! It’s a pleasure to have you on my blog! 🙂

1.Hi,Imogen! It’s a pleasure to have you on my blog. Would you like to tell us something about you,please?

Thank you for having me, Bianca! I write fantasy and science fiction, and I live near Sherwood Forest in England with my family, three cats, and my daughter’s pet snails.

2.Would you tell something to us about your book?

When I was writing LINKED I called it “Telepathic Twins in Space”, which kind of sums it up! It’s about Elissa, who finds out that she has an identical twin she never knew about, and she ends up having to help her escape from their planet’s corrupt authorities.

3.How did the story come in to your mind?

I read an article in a teen magazine about a pair of twins who were telepathic—they sensed when the other one was in trouble. I just loved the idea and decided to start writing about it.

4.When was the very first time when you wrote?

I used to tell myself stories in bed when I was very little, but the first thing I remember writing was a book of short stories called The Dragon in the Teapot.

5.Who or what inspires you?

I’m often inspired by something I see in real life that could be translated into a science fiction or fantasy world.  There’s a landscape near where I live that always looks to me like the surface of an alien planet, for instance!

6.Which is your favourite book series or book?

I grew up reading the Chalet School and the Sweet Valley High series.  I still love them!


Sweet Valley High for its identical (beautiful, blonde, perfect) twins, and for how impossibly glamorous their lives are, not a bit like how my life was when I was sixteen!  With the Chalet School series, I love revisiting the familiar characters throughout the whole series—unlike Sweet Valley High, the characters age, so if you keep reading you eventually see the people you met as eleven-year-olds grow up, get married, and send their own daughters to the same school. I like books that create a whole world to immerse myself in.

8.Which is your favorite movie?

Bring it On. I love teen movies, and this has cheerleaders—how can you beat that?

9.What advice would you give to someone who wants to publish a book?

Read a lot, write a lot, and when you’re ready to look for an agent or publisher, make sure you do a lot of research to find the right one for you.

10. What kind of music do you like?

Anything I can dance to!

11.Did you ever want to be a mystical creature?

I never wanted to be a creature, exactly, but I would dearly love to be able to shoot flames from my fingertips.  In fact, sometimes I pretend I can.

12.How and when did you decide that you’d like to publish your book?

I’ve always hoped to publish eventually.  Writing, for me, is a private pleasure, but it’s also a performing art.  It’s not totally fulfilling until it reaches an audience.

Do you have a message for my blog’s followers?

Hello from England! I hope you all like the look of LINKED, and if you buy or borrow it, I hope you enjoy reading it.  If you do, I’d love to hear from you.


I just love this interview! Please show some love to Imogen! Tell me your opinions about this book or about the interview! 🙂