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”:

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Description:

“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: Tijan (author of ‘Carter Reed’)

Good evening, guys! I’ve good news for you: Tijan (the author of “Carter Reed” and “Fallen Crest High” series) agreed to do an interview for my blog! How awesome is this? Thank you, Tijan, for agreeing to do this!

You can find out more about her books on GoodReads.

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

I never know what to say for this question. Haha. I’m usually pretty private with personal questions, but I will say that I began writing later in life. It was after college and I started posting all my works on Fictionpress.com. I had to teach myself how to write!

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

Carter Reed is a darker-themed book than most. It starts with a gruesome scene and goes from there. Emma does something that could make her hunted by a mafia family so she has to reach out for help from the rivaling mafia family. The guy who she needs help from is also a childhood friend, famous in his own right because of his looks and mafia connections. When she connects with him again, Carter’s main goal is to protect Emma.

 

I don’t know if I should say anymore without giving things away. 🙂

3.How did you come up with the story?

I was trying to sleep one night and the beginning of the book came to me. I bolted out of bed and started writing notes.

4.When did you start writing?

Not until after undergraduate school. I had never written creatively before and I had been told that my academic-type writing was bad so writing a novel had never ever entered my mind. I just started one time at my family’s lake cabin and it clicked for me after that.

5.Who or what inspires you?

Humble people inspire me. Anyone who doesn’t think they are ‘better’ or ‘superior’ to others inspire me.

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

I’m not a huge JK Rowling fan. I’m not a diehard Harry Potter fan, but I really enjoy her books. I grew up reading Nora Roberts, under her penname JD Robb. I used to inhale her books.

7.Which is your favorite movie?

Please don’t be disappointed with my answer, but Elf. I just love that childlike sense of humor. I think it’s the only movie I can watch over and over again. Most other movies will eventually get old for me, but not that one.

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

Write. Write. Write. Write. Write. Etc. Get my drift? Haha. Keep writing and keep learning. The other advice would be not to get involved with being competitive with other authors. There’s always going to be other books coming out. There’s always going to be a book better than yours or worse than yours, but just focus on your books. Make yourself proud by what you put out, then no one can tear you down.

9. What kind of music do you like?

Fast techno or dark, brooding music. Otis Taylor. I recently found Jack Savoretti and I love him. Otherwise anything Rachel Rabin will put out. I think she’s a new artist because she doesn’t have many songs for purchase.

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

I don’t know about mystical creature, but I would love to be able to fly. I’ve actually dreamt about it and I loved that feeling.

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

I never considered it until I saw an article about someone who had published a bunch of books and got a publishing deal. That gave me hope.

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

I hope you enjoyed this? Not really, just a huge thanks for any who have purchased or supported my writing.

 

Interesting interview, right? If you have any message for Tijan, please leave it in a comment! 🙂

Author interview: J.A. Huss (“Rook and Ronin” series)

Hi guys! Happy November! This is my favorite month after December and I am really excited because we are starting it in a good way, with an awesome interview with an ah-mazing author: J.A. Huss. She is one of my favorite authors from this summer and her series, ‘Rook and Ronin’ was a series I devoured!

Guys, this is an awesome interview! I love Julie’s answers and I really hope you’ll like it too. Thank you so much, Julie, for accepting my interview!

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

I really hate this part! I never know what to say.  I’m a reformed scientist turned fiction writer.  I love my job and I’m very lucky that I get to make up stories for a living.  It’s pretty cool.

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

I have two book series out – one is a new adult romance called Rook and Ronin and the other is a new adult science fiction series called I Am Just Junco.  They could not be more different, they are polar opposites as far as plot and tone go.  The Rook and Ronin series is a little slow and sexy, while the Junco series is almost thrilleresque in pacing and very violent.

My newest book is Panic, the last in the Rook and Ronin series.  This book is actually like a happy medium between the earlier Rook books and the Junco books. It has some thriller stuff, some suspense, some violence, and some romance. So I guess I mashed it all together with Panic.

3.How did you come up with the story?

Rook and Ronin came about on accident when I was looking for a cover for a book I actually never released. It was pretty smutty so I needed some sexy image to go on the cover and I got the idea for Ronin’s character when I started wondering if the models in these pictures were really “feeling” the moment as far as the lust goes, or if they were faking it. I decided that the really great images have models that were at the very least, enjoying themselves. So that’s how I got the idea for Antoine to be a studly erotic photographer and Ronin to be the male model he used to turn the female models on for photoshoots.

4.When did you start writing?

I started writing non-fiction in 2006 and I published almost two hundred science workbooks for homeschool families. I have a master’s degree in science so that’s how I figured I was qualified to write non-fiction.  Then I ran out of topic ideas and decided to give science fiction a try in 2012. That eventually led to the Rook and Ronin romance series about a year later.

5.Who or what inspires you?

Real life events. I almost always get my plot ideas from real life.

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

My favorite books change as I read new ones, but I have massive love for The Edge of Never, Shatter Me series, The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, and a hard-core military sci-fi series about a guy named Takeshi Kovacs. I like complicated books that have a twisty backstory, so most of my books have that too, even if you don’t immediately realize it.

9.Which is your favorite movie?

I have a lot – Tombstone because I love Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday.  The Last Samurai because of the love story mixed in with the mystique of the samurai warrior and the beautiful scenery. But I also like funny movies like The Fifth Element – this movie tricks you into thinking it’s simple and stupid, but it’s so brilliantly directed and written and edited that you almost have to watch it over and over to get all the jokes.

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

Write about what you know, write books you want to read, and write a lot of them if you want to make money. It’s not easy to make a living selling books but it’s a hell of a lot easier now than it used to be.  Find a successful author that you admire—then do what they do in terms of release schedule and marketing.  Also, read a lot of the popular books out there to know what’s selling and find a great editor – they really can make all the difference.

11. What kind of music do you like?

I like a lot of different music. Right now I’m listening to The Naked and the Famous – I LOVE them. A lot. They are on repeat and have been for about two weeks now.

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

No, not really. I’d like to live a thousand years in the future and be some kind of human cyborg hybrid though. I think that would be very cool. 🙂

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

My first book was planned as a trilogy and I wrote all three before I released them. I started writing Clutch on January 3, 2012 and released the trilogy on October 1, 2012. It took me about four months to write the first book, then two months for the second and third.  The fourth book actually took the longest, six months—that trilogy turned into five books and a novella because I wanted Junco to have a HEA and I just couldn’t find it.  LOL… She has a terrible life so it took a lot of words to get her to her happy place.

But now I write a book about every six weeks or so. I try to release something every month to keep fans happy and keep Amazon interested in me. If Amazon ignores you, which they tend to do if you take too long to publish a new book, your sales will drop dramatically.

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

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about me and my books!  And thank you SO MUCH Bianca!  I really appreciate all your enthusiastic support!

Awesome, right? 🙂

Let’s show some love to Julie! Please leave a comment here and tell us your opinion about the interview and about Julie. Also, would you like to read her books? 🙂

Author interview: “Carys Jones” (Sunkissed)

Hi guys! I have a new interview for your today. A great one, in my opinion. 😉

Today I am happy to introduce Carys Jones, the author of ‘Sunkissed’, on our blog! Her books sounds really interesting and I really like the interview! Here we go!

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

Hi, thank you so much for having me : ) About me…let’s see, well I’m twenty seven but extremely young at heart. I still have duvet days watching Disney movies and am addicted to YA books. I live in Shropshire which is in central England and very rural and quiet. I have two guinea pigs called Don and Roger, named after characters in Mad Men, and a crazy dog called Rollo who always sits on me when I write.

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

Sure! Sunkissed is a twist on the vampire story. It follows Dawn Summers, who at 17 is dying and the only salvation is in the form of a mysterious doctor who enjoys blood letting… I don’t want to give too much away, but there is a love triangle and a chase which lasts over a hundred years.

3.How did you come up with the story?

I’ve always been a fan of the vampire genre. I love True Blood and the Vampire Diaries (forever team Damon) and wanted to write my own version of the myth. I took all the elements that I loved but then subverted them. In my story the female is the vampire, trying to find her way, but she also isn’t a normal vampire, she hides a deadly secret. It was a lot of fun to write and I hope people enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

4.When did you start writing?

When I was very young. Almost as soon as I started to read stories, I realized that I wanted to create stories of my own. I started out creating little magazines full of short stories, then I progressed to novellas and then ultimately started writing my own full length fiction. I really like the thought of being able to take someone out of themselves; to have them get lost in a story. I think that when you read an amazing book there is something magical about how it pulls you in.

5.Who or what inspires you?

Anything and everything. If a go out walking with my dog, I’m often inspired by the landscape I live by. I’m surrounded by great hills covered in luscious greenery which never cease to spark my imagination. I’m also an avid reader and a film geek. When you watch or read something great, it makes you aspire to try and reach that greatness yourself. 

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

That’s a tough one. I’ve read so many amazing books. If I had to pick just one favorite it would have to be Little House on the Prairie for sentimental reasons. I read the story many times growing up as I loved how it managed to transport me from a rainy day in England to the vast open plains of America. More recently, I adored The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I was unwell through my teenage years so the book really resonated with me and made my cry on more than one occasion as it so accurately captured the fraught desperation of being young and doomed.

9.Which is your favorite movie?

Again, so hard to choose! Grease was always a firm favorite with me. I still know all the songs and whenever it’s on I have to watch it and it never fails to put a smile on my face! I also really love The Breakfast Club, it is so iconic and reminiscent of how hard, wonderful and fleeting being a teenager can be.

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

Get some thick skin. It can so crushing to hear that someone doesn’t like your work but this industry is subjective. What one person doesn’t like, another might love. Try not to take in the negative comments and hold the positive ones close. You always need to be very patient, more publishing houses need at least six months just to assess a manuscript.

Whatever you do, don’t stop writing. Write because you love it, not because you’re determined to see your name in print.

11. What kind of music do you like?

Anything cheesy! This year I went to see Michael Buble in concert and last year it was Britney! I love music that makes me feel good, something where I just have to get up and dance! I like music to be fun, my favorite songs are always the ones which remind me of a girls night out with my friends.

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

I went through a wanting to be fairy phase but didn’t we all?

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

As soon as it was finished. I loved the story and just wanted to share it with other people. When I get a positive review it means the world to me as I know that someone read and enjoyed something that I worked so hard and ultimately, someone enjoying it is what matters most.

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

Hello! If you like the sound of Sunkissed please check it out. Also, feel free to stalk me in digitally through Twitter @tiny_dancer85 or facebook; https://www.facebook.com/CarysJonesWriter I also love to hear from people and am never too busy to respond to messages.

Awesome interview, right? I personally love it. What do you think about it? I want to hear your opinions so spill it out!! 🙂

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:

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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.

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

 

7.Why?

 

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

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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:

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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).

Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4363379.Cheri_Chesley

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cheri-Chesley-Author/117640374915557?ref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Cheriwrites

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cheri-Chesley/e/B004J1QOSS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_4?qid=1369789035&sr=8-4

Blog: http://www.cheri-chesley.com/

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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.

‘Today Only’ Blog Tour: Author interview

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Today Only by D. Love

Published: May 11, 2013

Editor: Lizzy Ford

Cover Designer: Airicka Phoenix

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Blurb: In life, there are times you are granted a miracle. It may not be the one you wanted exactly, but it will be the one you need. It will prepare you for the next step in your journey and help you learn to accept the life you are given, even if that life can be heartbreaking.

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Excerpt:

Rye’s POV

My time here is dwindling. Everything around me – my body, the transition from winter to spring, the height chart marking the growth of my daughter, Emily – reminds me that the hourglass that is my life has only a few grains of sand left.

It’s my first thought this morning. I awoke early for a fundraiser, the Big Walk for March of Dimes. I start off with my daily routine. I jump in the shower, trying not to notice how much the droplets of water hurt my skin. The sting is too much this morning. I get out quickly, dry off and throw my hair in a simple ponytail at the base of my neck. I catch my reflection in the mirror and stare at myself for a minute.

Just a little longer? So I can watch Em grow up?

My mirror doesn’t have an answer for me.

“Come on, Em!” I call to my daughter. “Get your shoes on, before we’re late.”

I turn away from the mirror, then hurry into the living room and grab Emily by the hand.

“You ready Em?” I ask. Whatever dread or fear I feel in front of my mirror fades at the sight of Em’s beautiful blue eyes. 

She looks up at me with the biggest smile, and exclaims, “Yes!”

We hop in the car and head towards the Walk. My daughter’s eyes are glowing. 

“Mama, this is going to be the best walk ever,” she almost squeals in excitement. The innocence of my little angel never fails to humble me.

She doesn’t yet understand that this might be my last Walk with her. 

“Yes, honey, this is going to be the best walk ever,” I agree. 

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1. Would you like to tell us something about you,please?
A) First and for most I am a career woman with a beautiful family. I’m also  a huge supporter of books and authors and enjoy nothing more than to help others whenever I can. On the side, I am a budding author trying my feet in the vast waters of publishing.
2.Would you tell something to us about your book?
A) Today Only is a contemporary romance that is close to my heart. It is very heartbreaking if you let it be, however, I would like to think that it can change your perspective on life, love and death.
3.How did the story come in to your mind?
A) Today Only was written in my heart, it just need to be on paper.
4.When did you start writing?
A) Around Nov of last year
5.Who or what inspires you?
A) My inspiration comes from a variety of people. Mainly for those who have actually experience life in this same situation. The ones who have fought and maintain strength. The ones who have suffered through alongside a love one.
6.Which is your favorite book series or book?
A) I never say what is my favorite, because their are too many out there. However, I have always wondered why Phoenix Rising by Lisa Morgan, has not became a NYT Best Seller yet.
8.Which is your favorite movie?
A) I loved P.S I love you. Did you see the smile of the guy from Ireland OMG
9.What advice would you give to someone who wants to publish a book?
A) Believe in your in yourself. It may sound so redundant but its the greatest power of all.
10. What kind of music do you like?
A) All music, if it has a note I love it.
11.Did you ever want to be a mystical creature?
A) Oooo I would love to be half fairy and half werewolf. That way I can use my fairy dust to play jokes on my friends, then use my wolf speed to run fast hahaha!
Do you have a message for my blog’s followers?
Of course, always support, share and love. Most people do not realize one “like” or one “comment” can provide so much support for your blog. The most simpliest acts can be the greatest support!

‘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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Review:

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.

Interview:

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 :))

7.Why?

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

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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 Gravetells.com. 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

Facebook

Twitter

Goodreads

Interview:

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 (www.pinknarc.com). 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 (http://www.melanierawn.com/books/Golden_Key.html).

7.Why?

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 http://www.QueryTracker.net 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 http://www.querytracker.net. 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.