Author interview: Micalea Smeltzer (“Second Chances” + ” Trace + Olivia” series)

Hey, guys! Guess what I have for you! An ah-mazing interview with an ah-mazing author, Micalea Smeltzer. I’ve read and loved her ‘Second Chances’ series and the first book in the ‘Trace + Olivia’ series, so you can imagine how excited I am about this interview. Thank you, Micalea, for accepting my invitation and for such a great interview!

Hope you, guys, will like it! 🙂

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1.Hello,Micalea!It’s a pleasure to have you on my blog. Would you like to tell us something about you,please?
Oh, gosh. I’m a really boring person. There’s not much to tell. Hmmm…I used to want to be an actress when I was little, but being super shy kind of dashed those dreams. 😉
2.Would you tell something to us about your book?
Which one? Haha. I’ll go with Finding Olivia… it’s about Trace and Olivia who meet by chance, and through Olivia’s Live List they become friends and fall in love along the way. 
3.How did you come up with the story?
Funnily enough, I got the idea for Finding Olivia one day when I was on my way home and someone got a flat tire. The whole first scene played out in my head and it went from there.
4.When did you start writing?
I didn’t start taking writing seriously until I was 14 and I never thought about doing it as an actual career until my senior year of high school, when I realized I’d never ben happy doing anything else. But honestly I’ve always been a story teller. Before I knew the Alphabet I used to draw scribbles and tell who ever would listen, the story in my head. 
5.Who or what inspires you?
My characters are what inspire me. They make me want to tell their story.
6.Which is your favourite book series or book?Why?
Oh gosh. This is hard… I have so many favorites. I’d have to say The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski. That book really grabbed me. I loved the whole premise and how Cam and Andrew gradually fell in love.
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9.Which is your favorite movie?
I don’t watch a lot of movies or TV, so I don’t have a favorite.
10.What advice would you give to someone who wants to publish a book?
Don’t give up and believe in yourself. And do your research. Whether your hoping to be traditionally published or going the Indie route, research is key.
11. What kind of music do you like?
Everything, really, I don’t stick to just one genre.
12.Did you ever want to be a mystical creature?
I don’t think I ever wanted to be one myself, but it would be pretty darn cool if they were real. Life sure would be a lot more interesting. 😉
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13.How and when did you decide that you’d like to publish your book?
Two years ago, I was pursuing traditional publishing when I got sick. And when I say sick, I mean on my death bed sick. I was 18 and I thought I’d never live to see my books read by others. Luckily, they found out what was wrong with me and I got better. My dad suggested looking into self-publishing through Amazon. I basically told him to take a hike. But that planted the seed and I got to thinking. I had read many self-published books that I LOVED. And thought, Hmm, I can do this. So, I went for it and it’s been the greatest experience of my life. I’m living my dream and I’m thankful for that every single day.
Do you have a message for my blog’s followers?
Live your life to fullest and make every moment count.

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Awesome interview, right? It was a real pleasure and honour to interview Micalea! 🙂

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: Pepper Winters (“Tears of Tess”)

Today I have the great pleasure to introduce an amazing author to you. Her name is Pepper Winters and if you’ve read my reviews this summer, you probably know her and her awesome book. Pepper wrote ‘Tears of Tess’, one of my favorite books I’ve read this summer. You can find my review here. I love this book and I can not wait to read the sequel, “Quintenssentially Q”. I already miss Q. 😉

I was very happy when Pepper accepted my interview request. I hope you will like this interview as much as I do! 🙂

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

It’s awesome to be here. Thanks so much! 

Sure, um, I’m not a very interesting person. On the outside I look sweet and innocent, but in my mind it’s completely dark and pretty gruesome at times. J I like being a conundrum.

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

Tears of Tess is my debut and I like to think it’s a story about redemption and finding the perfect other, even if fate sometimes seems to have a sick way of bringing you together. Tess is a very strong heroine, and Q, well I don’t know how to describe Q. He’s delicious, he’s dark, he isn’t quite human in his desires.

3.How did you come up with the story?

Tess came to me very strongly. I just went along with the ride. I didn’t really come up with it. Q evolved from a horrid anti-hero with no redeeming qualities to someone who is deserving of a women like Tess. I like to think they belong together.

4.When did you start writing?

I started writing Tess in July 2013, but I started writing a bunch of other stories which completely sucked four years ago. I can still remember the moment I woke up one morning and turned to hubby and said, I’m going to write a book. It was random, but I’m so glad I chased my dream.

5.Who or what inspires you?

Everything inspires me. Travel. Food. Music. Watching people. I have a notepad with me at all times and jot things down. I’ve just come back from a trip away in Thailand and I came away with a perfect story line for a new book I’m working on called Last Shadow.

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

I don’t really have a favourite as I have such diverse tastes. But I would probably have to say my favourite writer would be Laini Taylor and her series Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Her writing is gorgeous.

9.Which is your favorite movie?

Princess bride is an all time love, and I also really like classics like Jurassic Park and Matrix. Plus rom coms of course.

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

Write and write and write some more. Don’t publish your first draft. Get critique partners. Hire an editor. Never scrimp on your cover. 🙂

 

11. What kind of music do you like?

All depends on the scene I’m writing. Sometimes depressing to get into the headspace of my character, sometime passionate, sometimes upbeat. I go with the flow. 🙂

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

Yes. I would love to have wings so I could fly and no longer have to pay for airplanes to go on holiday. 🙂

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

I wrote Tess knowing I would publish it. I started the first draft on the 2 July 2013 and pressed publish on the 28th August 2013. I was only able to do that from spending years learning my craft and working 14 hour days to get it done. Not to mention a super supportive husband

 

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

Just a message of huge thanks for liking my work, for sharing my words, for the messages, and love they send my way. I love each and everyone of them and I’m honoured to share some space on their kindles and bookshelves.

Thank you, Pepper, for this great interview!

Guys, do you like this interview? We’d like to know your opinion about the interview and about the book- if you’d like to read it or if you’ve read it. 🙂

 

Author Interview:London Casey (The Boys of DownCrash series)

Today I’d like to welcome London Casey on our blog!!! She’s the author of the “The Boys of DownCrash” series. We prepared an interesting interview for you. But first, please check out her series here.

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1.Hello,London!It’s a pleasure to have you on my blog. Would you like to tell us something about you,please? – My real IS London. I love to write. I always have and always will. I’ve been really lucky to be able to get into the new adult genre and have enjoyed the success of my series, The Boys of DownCrash. I also enjoy chocolate, the beach at night, and rain.

 

2.Would you tell something to us about your book? – The Stronger, Safer Kind is the first book in The Boys of DownCrash trilogy. The series follows the band – DownCrash. The first book follows lead singer, Tripp, and his soon-to-be romance interest, Scarlett. The story revolves around hard decisions and past decisions that can change anyone’s life.

 

3.How did you come up with the story? – I actually used some of my own experiences in life in this series. I’ll be honest, some of it was hard to write… but well worth it to see on paper.

 

4.When did you start writing? – At a young age. The second I could write I sentence, I wrote!

 

5.Who or what inspires you? – My readers inspire me now. The fan mail, the Tweets, the Facebook stuff… it’s amazing to interact with readers.

 

6.What advice would you give to someone who wants to publish a book? – Read a lot of books… write a lot of words… and never give up on the dream. Ever.

 

7. What kind of music do you like? – I like anything. I’m always open to new music and actually enjoy trying to find new bands and new sounds.

 

 

8.How and when did you decide that you’d like to publish your book? – The second I started The Boys of DownCrash, I knew it had to be published. The concept was too real, the story was too good… and the world just kept coming and coming, the story coming to life!

 Great interview, right? Please leave a cooment here and tell me your opinion about the interview and about London’s series.

‘Uninvited’ Blog Tour: Author interview

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Uninvited by Leah Spiegel and Meg Summers
Series: South Hills Sidekicks #1
Publication date: February 11th 2012
Genre: Humorous YA Chick-Lit

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When Alley started her senior year at Upper East High in the South Hills area, it was supposed to be the usual drag of hanging out with people who spent more on one outfit than Alley did on her entire wardrobe. That was until Kirsten, a girl in their clique, suddenly goes missing and the only people who seem to care are her friends. All evidence leads to the new comer Shane, a cocky and self-pretentious person in Alley’s opinion, but the police seem uninterested so she and the rest of the girls start a little investigation of their own. But they are nowhere closer to finding Kirsten than when they started and now they had the police’s attention; just not in the way they expected. The girls have to start over and discover that maybe it wasn’t an outsider who took Kirsten, but someone within their own clique who has something to hide; a secret that just might have gotten Kirsten killed.
 
 
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About the author:
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Although we moved down to North Carolina several years ago, we’re originally from the Pittsburgh area. (That’s why a lot of our characters either live in the Burgh or reference our hometown football team, The Pittsburgh Steelers.) And yes, we even have the Southern accents to show for it now. Although Megan’s is considerable thicker, Leah still can’t understand the locals.

We are known as ‘the sisters’ among our neighborhood; when actually we’re probably really known as ‘the sisters with the Yorkies’. Our pups, Skippy Jon Jones and Captain Jack Sparrow, were given long names to compensate for their small size but not their large personalities.

If Leah’s not glued to her electronic devices, AKA her Kindle Fire and various laptops, you can find her training ‘the attack dogs’, running on the treadmill while conceiving the next great book idea with the Dave Matthews Band, Muse, Florence and the Machine, The Lumineers, and Pink (just to name a few) blaring out of her earphones.

If Megan’s not glued to her electronic devices AKA her iPad and Nook Color, you can find her teaching fourth graders, swimming marathon style at the pool, or cuddling with ‘the attack dogs’ as she watches Duck Dynasty, Gold Rush, Scandal, Person of Interest, Morning Joe, etc.

Leah graduated from Edinboro University with a BA in Art Education. Megan received her teaching degree from Edinboro University and Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Technology from Grand Canyon University.

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Interview:

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

 

My sister, Megan and I are working on our fifth book so far in the past year. As she often says, she likes to shoot them out like Skittles. We have two adorable Yorkies: Skippy Jon Jones and Captain Jack Sparrow. Although they don’t help edit in the true sense of the meaning, they keep our feet warm while we do.  

 

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

 

Four hysterical girls who find themselves in mayhem wherever they turn as they try to find their missing friend, Kirsten, themselves  and one mysterious, hot guy who couldn’t be more annoyed by their plight to do so.

 

3.How did you come up with the story?

 

I was brainstorming over different plotlines that would make for a great love story at first since that’s what inspires me the most. I was trying to think of different scenarios where the lead girl and guy characters had to feel conflicted about liking each other and for some reason this plotline popped into my mind. As the four girl characters, who are friends developed it became about their crazy, hysterical antics as well.

 

4.When did you start writing?

 

I started writing the summer leading into my eighth grade year at middle school. I came across it sort of accidentally but once I got the writing bug, I couldn’t stop. I remember searching the house for anything to write on once I ran out of paper like on the back of my sister’s math homework. But in high school I focused on my developing drawing abilities so I put writing to the side for a while until college when I submitted an art review to our school paper, The Spectator. They had said at the time that it was the best review to come out of the art department in a long time. I remembered this because people in my art class gave me a standing ovation, yet I struggled to excel at art which was ironic! I didn’t start taking my writing more seriously until after college where I wrote two small novellas. Once my sister Meg, the avid reader in my family, had gotten her hands on it, she asked me for more and I’ve writing every day since.  

 

5.Who or what inspires you?

 

I was inspired to write my full length novel after reading The Twilight Saga, way back before they were even movies. Stephenie Meyer made it look so effortless that I thought I could write my own. I quickly discovered it’s not as effortless as it seemed. LOL. 

 

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

 

And because of that the Twilight Saga is my favorite series.

 

9.Which is your favorite movie?

 

I have several but I was a huge River Phoenix fan so Stand by Me and Sneakers would be up there. I also like Blue Crush because I can relate to it. I love all the Jason Bourne movies as well as the Batman Man and Iron Man ones as well.

 

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

 

There is so much I’ve learned that I would love to share! First, your path isn’t going to look the same as someone else’s. Sometimes an agent isn’t a good thing for you, it all depends on your personality and what you want out of writing. I’d also say keep the faith and hold yourself to a higher standard than you normally would. If someone doesn’t like your book, it’s okay, because someone else may love it! So don’t respond to haters, in the end you’ll feel better about yourself from rising above it. Lastly, make real connections and friendships with your fellow bloggers, because they can make miracles happen when other doors close!

 

11. What kind of music do you like?

 

I like all kinds of music, if I could actually sing, I’d probably be singing at every bar in the surrounding area. I love it all but I have to give a shout out to The Dave Matthews Band first, since they were the inspiration for my other series Foolish Games. Right now, I’m really liking Florence and the Machine, Pink, Fun, Imagine Dragons, Muse, but have also liked in the past Coldplay, Pearl Jam, and Phish. As a child I loved Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gay. My parents always had music playing in the house so I also loved The Beatles and Bob Segar. The one singer I wish someone would have exposed me to was Johnny Cash. He’s a great storyteller!  

 

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

 

No, human was good enough for me:) Unless becoming the first girl to play professional baseball counts? Then yes, yes I did.

 

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

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

 

After spending years of writing, my sister and co-author, Megan and I went over draft after draft of the first book we released, Foolish Games. We worked on it for so long that we had over six thousand pieces of paper of revised edits stacked in piles around the computer area. After working on it for an entire year, we decided that it was ready to be released.

My message would be, if you enjoyed the book Uninvited or any of the South Hills Sidekicks Series than pass it on either by word of mouth to a friend or add a review to Goodreads. We are grateful and appreciate all of our fans!! Thank you again, for having us!

 

I absolutely love this interview! If you do, too, please tell me in a comment! 😀

 

Blog Tour: “Beyond Earth” by Arlene Lagos

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Title:  Beyond Earth

Author:  Arlene Lagos

Published:  June 24th, 2013

Word Count:  45,700

Genre:  YA Science Fiction Fantasy

Recommended Age:  13+

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Hidden in the fabric of our own galaxy are five planets, anchored to Earth and thriving with life. When young Adaminia walks through a doorway and onto another planet, she learns the truth about her destiny. She must locate the other six warriors and unite their shared power in order to fight off the growing darkness set to destroy their existence.

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 Book Trailer:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2IyOtVOyug

About the author:

Arlene Lagos

Lagos has written poetry, stage plays, screenplays and short stories for over 20 years. In addition to writing the Beyond Earth Series she also has twelve award-winning short stories published in the Giant Tales anthology. “Beyond Earth” is Book one of the series. “Beyond Planets” and “Beyond Time” will be coming out later this summer. Lagos currently resides in Massachusetts with her husband and their daughter.

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Interview with Arlene:

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

I’m a mom, a wife, and a writer; a lover of singing, fine wine, travel and movies! I’m originally from Massachusetts but have lived in NYC, Los Angeles, Rhode Island, and Charleston, SC. I’m now back in Massachusetts where I grew up!

 

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

Beyond Earth is a book about a girls’ journey to becoming a woman; a girl learning her destiny, following her path, finding her strength; and in the midst of it all learning about real love and true friendship. This book is about yearning to know the truth, not just firing first and asking questions later.

3. How did you come up with the story?

 

The story was a way of me escaping from something painful. I wanted to escape into another world where things where better then what was going on around me at the time. I used writing as a way of healing. Then as it progressed I started wondering what would happen if there were suddenly planets discovered with not only life, but other humans living on them? It just snowballed from there.

 

4. When did you start writing?

I’ve been writing my entire life. Poems and then songs; short stories and then plays and then screenplays and now novels. I just have so much going on in my over-active imagination, I really never seem to run out of ideas!

 

5. Who or what inspires you?

Anyone who has ever put themselves out their to follow a dream that not everyone believed they could achieve inspires me. You have to do something everyday that scares you if you want to truly live life to its fullest, and don’t listen to the haters because they have nothing to offer you but a seat next to them on the bus to pity town.

 

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

I really loved Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. I became so immersed in the characters and the history. It was so unbelievably fascinating I couldn’t put either of them down. I didn’t ever want it to end.

 

9. Which is your favorite movie?

I love so many of them that I couldn’t pick just one. Movies to me are based on the mood I’m in. I could totally Geek out to “Grease” one night and then find myself completely immersed in “Where the Buffalo Roam”.  I have a side to me that could watch “Anchorman” and “Old School” over and over again because they are so darn funny; but every Christmas I watch “Love Actually” because I find it so touching. When I’m in a mood for some sarcasm I can watch any Bruce Willis movie.  As far as recent movies go, I think Silver Linings Playbook was really well done. The writing was great, the acting was wonderful and I was moved by it. It felt real.

 

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

Do it. There’s enough out there that you can do it yourself now. Don’t wait for approval, just get out there and do it. Don’t ever let anyone make you second guess yourself!

 

11. What kind of music do you like?

I love all kinds of music as long as its good! My favorite band is Aerosmith which you can tell by my chapter titles that I pay homage to them. I also love Etta James, Susan Tedeschi, Aretha Franklin, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Sarah Brightman, Lou Reed, Macklemore (Oh how I love Macklemore) and Joan Jett! I grew up in the Guns N Roses, 80’s hair band era and I’m not ashamed to say I still have a place in my heart for all those bands!!!!!!

 

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

I never ever wanted to be a creature, but I’ve always wanted to be able to fly. It just seems like it would be so much easier than standing in the airport line waiting to take your shoes off. Oh, and way cheaper!

 

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

When I first started writing it was as I said before, a way of lifting me out of a very bad place. When I finally finished- which I didn’t think I would- I sat and thought, what now? It just seemed to make sense to do the research and see what I would need to do to get it published. Now I can’t even imagine why I never did this before! I’ve written so much and just let it collect dust!

 

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

Don’t EVER let someone talk you out of our dreams, and they will try. You are here for a reason and your voice matters. Live life to the fullest, follow your heart and don’t ever let anyone try and tear you down. We are all a piece of the puzzle.

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.

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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! 🙂

 

2013 Summer Author Blitz: Interview with Steven E. Meltze

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Please everybody, welcome Steven on our blog today! He’s the author of many books. Among them is ‘The Zombie Monologues’, a very interesting book.

Today we will talk with Steven in an interview. ❤

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1.Hello, Steve!  It’s a pleasure to have you on my blog. Would you like to tell us something about you, please? – Sure, I’m a corporate lackey by day, which makes it no surprise that I think about zombies during my free time.  If I had free time.   

 

2.Would you tell something to us about your book?  Yes, the idea is that in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, a psychiatrist realizes that zombies still have their original thoughts and memories, but they just can’t get to them.  He puts a zombie in a lab and shoves a probe in his head, and figures out he can talk to him.  Once he can talk to him – he is a psychiatrist, after all – he wants the creature to feel good about its unlife, so he starts therapy.  That sort of works, but he decides a social setting is what the undead really need, so he puts a bunch of them in a room, hooks them together in series, and starts zombie group therapy.  And you have to know zombie therapy can’t possibly end well.  It’s all about the apocalypse from the zombies’ points of view.   

 

3.How did you come up with the story?  It started with a random email chain with several of my dark-humor-oriented friends.  Something like, “so a zombie walks into a psychiatrist’s office…” and built from there.  We were giggling maniacally as we kept the jokes running for a month or two, and then I developed a narrative thread around it. 

 

4.When did you start writing?  If you mean ever, then when I was thirteen I used to write a page a day (by hand on big ruled notebook paper) of a fantasy novel where a friend and I went through a mirror to another world.  Correct spelling and grammar need not apply.  If you mean this novel, hm, I think around the beginning of 2010. 

 

5.Who or what inspires you?  My daughter’s energy and love for life inspire me, as does just about every writer who writes something I find worth reading… and there are many of them.  See next question. 

 

6.Which is your favorite book series or book? Why?  I do have all my most beloved books arranged on my bookshelf by rows of favorites, and based on careful scrutiny I’d probably have to say Foundation by Asimov is my favorite, although it has absolutely nothing to do with zombies..  That was the first book I can remember reading (I was eleven? Twelve? Thirteen?) that created a world so real and so thorough that I truly lost myself in it.  Lord of the Rings, Illuminatus, and the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Douglas Adams and H.P. Lovecraft were all in the running, although I read mostly steampunk now.  Hurm. 

 

7.Which is your favorite movie?  I used to say Cinema Paradiso when asked that question, because I studied film for a long time and I think that movie is the anthem to filmmakers everywhere.  Or it should be.  Now that I’ve mostly moved on from filmmaking, I might say Blade Runner, which I think was way before its time, or Raising Arizona, for reasons I simply can’t explain, or, if I’m watching with my daughter, Wreck-it Ralph.  Man, that’s a great kid’s movie…  

 

8.What advice would you give to someone who wants to publish a book?  Accept the fact that it may need many revisions, but you’ll never get that far if you can’t get the first draft done.  Put real time into plotting out the structure, and come up with a pitch, title, or something else about it that inspires you as you write it.  If it doesn’t amuse or interest you… well, you should be able to figure out the rest…

 

9. What kind of music do you like?  By now you’ve noticed I haven’t answered any of these “favorite” questions with a straightforward single answer, and music will be no exception.  I have about 10 mix CDs (yes, I still live in the 90s) with stuff ranging from Elvis to 80s Electronic music to Indie stuff from the college radio station I used to watch over to songs from Rocky Horror to P!nk.  I will say this, whenever I do make a mix CD, I love slipping movie quotes between the songs.  

 

10.Did you ever want to be a mystical creature? If by mystical creatures you include superheroes, then yes.  Particularly Batman.  Always, always choose Batman.  If that’s not mystical enough for you, and besides, I have to keep my trend of multi-answer answers, I did also want to be a sort of forest caretaker/druid/Puck type creature who could talk to animals and trees, and change into any animal form at any time. 

 

11.How and when did you decide that you’d like to publish your book?  I’ve wanted to publish *a* book, again, since I was thirteen.  As soon as the idea of “the other side of the apocalypse story” hit me, at that moment I knew I was going to publish this one.  

 

12. Do you have a message for my blog’s followers?  If you want to be a writer, write a lot.  When you’re done, read a lot.  Repeat as necessary. 

Now! Steven decided to hold a giveaway on this blog.


What is up for grab?

A paperback copy of ‘The Zombie Monologues’!

If you’d like to win it, please leave a comment here. The giveaway is international and ends on August 6th. One lucky winner will receive a paperback copy of ‘The Zombie Monologues’. 🙂

Steven, it was a pleasure to have you on vmy blog today!! Thank you for answering my question and for the awesome giveaway! 🙂

 

Promo post&Giveaway: ‘Lost’ by M. Lathan

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Lost by M. Lathan
Series: Hidden, #2
Publication date: June 20th 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal

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Synopsis:

Three months ago, Christine Grant found herself, her love, and impossible friends, while losing the memories of the biggest piece of her past.

Now, her powers are spinning out of control and must be tamed by the woman who saved the world, the same woman Christine is predicted to kill in less than a month.

Wanting to punish catty girls was just the beginning. It’s only a matter of time before she discovers that the world is not as safe from her as she hoped it was.

Purchase (Book 1 is currently 0.99c!): 

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About the author:

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M. Lathan lives in San Antonio with her husband and mini-schnauzer. She enjoys writing and has a B.S. in Psych and a Masters in Counseling. Her passion is a blend of her two interests – creating new worlds and stocking them with crazy people. She enjoys reading anything with interesting characters and writing in front of a window while asking rhetorical questions … like her idol Carrie Bradshaw.
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Author interview:

1. Tell us about your latest release.

In Book One, Christine/Leah learned and forgot a lot about herself. In book two, she has to learn to control her powers while her mysterious past continues to unfold … all while she is predicted to kill her new idol, Lydia Shaw. Wish her luck. It was a fun and exciting story to write. I love to see characters develop and Christine definitely does a lot of growing in this book. I hope you guys enjoy it!

 
2. What do you think you’re really good at?

This is lame, but clean well. My mother would tell me that as a child when no one wanted to their chores. She’d say, “No one washes dishes like you. Or no one dusts like you.” Eventually, I became a master at it. I am also a vicious Monopoly player. When the rules are thrown out of the window, I will win. Every single time.
3. What do you think you’re really bad at?

So many things! Mostly, I am the worst singer of all time. The problem is, I always have a song in my heart. And I swear I’m on the right key and my husband will beg me to stop singing. My favorite song to belt out is Falling by Florence and the Machine. The o-o-o-o-o part is my favorite and I butcher it every time.

 

 4. Do you have any tattoos?  Where? When did you get it/them? Where are they on your body?

Yes. I have four stars on my ankle. I got the first one when I was twenty with my best friend. A few months later, I went with my sorority sisters who thought having one star on your ankle was stupid. I had this huge design drawn up with swirls and clouds. I made it to three more stars before I ran out of the chair. It hurt so bad! I couldn’t finish and it is still not finished!
5. Is your life anything like it was two years ago?

No. Everything is different. I live in a different state, have a real job, got married, and got a guardian angel. Change is tough, but I’m adapting well.

 

6. Have you ever had an imaginary friend?

TONS! That was my thing as a child. And I remember them all. My favorite was a purple blob named Ubby. My mom made every one play along . I kind of miss ‘ole Ubby.
7. Do you have any phobias?

Yes. First, let me say I am easily startled so everything scares me. But I am seriously claustrophobic and I hate large crowds. I make one exception because I’m from Louisiana. Mardi Gras.

8. Any weird things you do when you’re alone?

So many. At some point of every day, I do the robot. Without fail. Or when I walk into a public bathroom and I’m alone, I usually do something odd in the mirror like a dance or a karate move. If someone comes in, I walk off and pretend to be a normal human.

 

9. What is your favorite quote and why?

Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is love – enjoy it.

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I like it because it’s simple and true. Life is not one thing, it’s several, and it takes action to actually enjoy it. You can’t sit back and watch it happen. It’s why I finally stopped writing for myself and decided to put my words out there.
10. Which mythological creature are you most like?

My favorite creature is the Unicorn, no question. I don’t know if I am like it, other than that I do feel odd and like a rare breed sometimes. Mostly, I’m just strange, not really special in any cool way. So my final answer is a strange and uncool unicorn.
11. What are four things you can’t live without?

Phone. Laptop. Wireless. Kindle Mobile App. There are many more, but I’ve gone a day without these things, and trust me, it wasn’t pretty.
12. What is your favorite television show?

Sex and the City! No question. I have every season!
13. What is the story of your first kiss?

Oh, God. Okay. 7th grade. Ms. Calvary’s English. Truth or Dare game. I took the dare and kissed a boy in the back of class as she was teaching. Not my brightest moment.
14. What kind of music you like?

Everything.  My itunes shuffle is so confused. One song could be Florence and the Machine, then Jeff Buckley, then Lil Wayne, then Ke$ha. If I can sing or rap along, I’m going to love it.
15. Do you like to dance?

Love to. Now, the question is, do other people like to see me dance. You’d have to ask them. To me, it doesn’t matter what it looks like, as long as you’re having fun.
16. Can you describe your dream home?

Easy. The main home in Book One. Classic Louisiana. Wood floors, ceiling fans, claw tubs, haunting noises. I picture this home with vines growing on the bricks outside, like it’s becoming a part of the lawn.
17. If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why?

Juliet. To be the symbol of love would be nuts. To me, most characters are based off of her in many books out there. I’d want to be the original love-struck girl.
18. What is the first curse word that comes to mind?  How often and why do you use it?

F-bomb. And a lot. It saves so much time when you think about it. Those four letters mean so many different things such as “Where are my keys? Why did the dog pee on the carpet? When will this traffic clear up?” It’s really efficient to only have to say one word to define so many different feelings.
19. What is your least favorite word?

Ambulance. I can’t say it fast. I typically have to say emergency vehicle so I don’t sound like an idiot. For some reason, I want to put a P in that word that isn’t there.
20. What part of the writing process do you dread?

That part when you want to throw the computer at the wall. Mostly, editing and seeing how blind I am to too/to, there/their, and of/off errors. Then the part after I find those errors and delete the entire scene, add a new one, only to have those errors reincarnate themselves.

 
21. What is your favorite Joke?

Two muffins are in an oven. One muffin says, “it sure is hot in here.” The other muffin turns around slowly with terror in his eyes and says, “Ah! A talking muffin!”

I die laughing every time I think about that.
22 Where do you get your best ideas?

It’s weird, but I feel stories when I’m in a certain setting. Like if I go to an old house, I may think about the kind of person that lives there, their voice, their secrets and lies. I got the idea for Hidden in BIO lab in college years ago. The classroom made me want to write about a girl in one.

 
23. What are you working on right now?

Book Three of the Hidden Series, Shattered. It is dual POV Nate and Chris and my favorite so far. I am also working on character shorts and extras from other characters from Hidden that will be released on my website.

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If you’d like to win an eCopy of this book, please leave a comment here. I will announce the winner on July 20th. Hurry up! 😉

‘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.

Buy Links

 

Amazon: http://amzn.to/161ETTr

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/today-only-derinda-love/1115283732?ean=2940016701103

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/317656

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!