Giveaway + Author Interview: Life, Love, & Lemons by Magan Vernon [Book Tour]

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love, lifeLife, Love, & Lemons by Magan Vernon 
Publication date: August 20th 2013 
Genre: YA Contemporary

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Book Description:

When life hands you lemons, sometimes you have to say screw the lemons and bail.

Seventeen-year-old Bentley Evans had it all. Then her Dad got laid off.

Now she has to move across town to a small apartment and leave her life of luxury for public school and a job at the local burger place. Just when her world seems like it’s crumbling she finds solace in the unlikely punk boy next door, Kai Stone. But as their relationship blossoms, a jealous ex-girlfriend and a secret to tell that threatens to bring disaster back into Bentley’s life.

READ AN EXCERPT:

“You know I’m pretty sure that all that’s involved in high school dancing is just dry humping and swaying back and forth,” I said as Kai helped me move my parent’s couch back.

“Well, I don’t want to dry hump or just sway back and forth,” he said with a big grin on his face before setting the couch down.

“We don’t have to do this right now either. It’s a Sunday morning and all.” I walked over to the front of the couch, not taking my eyes off of him.

“Homecoming is Saturday, and the only dance I know is the Hokey Pokey.” He shrugged. “Besides Mom and my sisters are at small group and your parents can sleep through anything, so why not now?”

“Okay.” I let out a deep breath and opened my computer. “But you really didn’t take any kind of dance classes? I had ballroom dancing freshman year in gym.”

“Bentley, I’ve gone to public school all of my life. The only dance we ever learned was line dancing when I was in grade school up in Wisconsin, and I’m not doing that at Homecoming.” He laughed.

I started up the song and set my laptop down and stepped in front of Kai, putting my right hand up toward him. “I definitely don’t think there will be line dancing at Homecoming,” I said, putting my hand in his.

“And you make fun of my music?” Kai asked as the song crooned through the speakers on my laptop. I put Kai’s right hand on my hip, and then placed my left hand on his upper arm.

“This is Sinatra, I really don’t think there is anything to be making fun of, and besides I don’t think we could really do ballroom dancing to punk rock.”

“I’m sure we could try.” He smiled and kissed my forehead.

I rolled my eyes. “Okay,  now that we have the arm position it’s time to move our feet, and if you step on my bare feet I am going to punch you.”

He playfully hovered his foot over mine, so I pinched his arm. “If you don’t behave then I’m switching the music to country.”

He let out a big sarcastic sigh. “Fine.”

“Okay, so left foot then right foot then together,” I said as we moved in unison.

“Then right foot goes back and then the left foot meets it.”

We moved together doing a few box steps. It felt kind of silly to be dancing in my pajamas in the living room.

“You know, I really don’t think that anyone is going to be doing the waltz at Homecoming,” I muttered

 I looked up to see him mouthing ‘left, right, together’.

“Well what do people usually do then?” He looked down at me and stopped mouthing the words.

The Sinatra song ended and a slower punk rock song played, one that Kai had actually put on my computer.

“Usually…” I put both my arms around his neck. “It’s kind of more of a close, swaying motion.”

“Oh.” He wrapped his long arms around my waist and pulled me as close as I think two people can get when one was over six foot and the other was barely over five foot three.

“Like this?” He swayed slowly back and forth.

“Usually it’s not some sort of a giant dancing with a midget.” I laughed.

“Fine then.” He bent at his knees and picked me up off of the ground, so that my legs were dangling in the air while he continued to sway back and forth. “Is that better, shorty?”

I wrapped my bare legs around his waist. “Now it is.”

I leaned in and ran my tongue along his bottom lip, tracing the lines of his lip ring.

“I don’t think that’s part of the waltz.” He smiled and pressed his forehead to mine.

“It is now.” I kissed him, pretty hard, since he fell back into the couch with me still in his arms.

Maybe I should have taken him up on the night alone instead of Homecoming. It felt so good to just be in his arms, and the kissing wasn’t so bad either. I could forget about the world every time that Kai kissed me. It was like his lip piercing had some kind of magical powers that just made all my problems disappear as long as we were kissing.

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About Author:

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Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.

AND HERE IS MY INTERVIEW WITH MAGAN!

Writing Questions:

 

What inspired Life, Love & Lemons? It was 2010 and I was deep in the hunt for a home for my New Adult book that nobody wanted back them (You can’t sell college aged characters they said), so my friend gave me the idea to write a book about a girl who has everything and then her dad gets laid off so they have to move to a crummy apartment. I said it was stupid and then wrote it and fell in love with it.

 

How often do you write? I try every single day during my lunch hour at work and before bed.

 

How long did it take to write Life, Love & Lemons? 3 weeks on the first draft and editing took a few years because it was shelved for awhile.

 

Have you always enjoyed writing? Sometimes writing can be a chore. Okay, editing is a chore and so is writer’s block.

 

Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what? I make a Pandora playlist for every one of my books. This one had a lot of Plus 44.

 

What kind of books do you like to read? Has this effected the type of

books you like to write? I love New Adult right now. My first book I ever wrote was actually a horrible legal thriller and while I love reading legal thrillers, I can’t write them for the life of me.

 

Fun Questions!

 

If Life, Love & Lemons was made into a movie, who would you cast as

the main characters? I think Jordan Pruitt would make a great Bentley and possibly Drake Bell for Kai.

 

If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why? This is a hard one. I actually get to meet Chelsea M. Cameron in December and I’m uber excited because she is my Twitter wife and critique partner and I just love talking to her online.

 

Favourite type of fizzy drink? (Or any drink if you don’t drink fizzy things.) How can I choose just one? My husband got a Soda Stream for father’s day (to make homemade soda), so I seem to have a new homemade soda every day

 

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors out there? Don’t’ give up. It sucks some days. People will get published that have books you think are terrible. People will become best sellers before you. But as long as you keep pushing and never stop loving it you will get there.

 

Would you like to say anything to your readers? I love all of you. Thank you so much for taking a chance and picking up my books.

 

And lastly, do you have any other exciting projects coming up? (That

you can tell us about lol )

 

What don’t I have coming up? For sure I have The Only One (the companion to The Only Exception) coming October 15th and November 1st is my Christmas Novella (Off The Market) with the 12 NA’s of Christmas. Then hopefully something in January J

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Interview with Karolyn James!

Hey guys! Really sorry for the lateness of this post! It’s currently 2:00PM here in England! I was really busy this morning and didn’t find the time the type this up! Better late than never! Here is my interview with Karolyn James, author of The Brothers of Rock series. Some information about her books will be added after her interview!

Karolyn James is an award winning / bestselling romance & erotic romance author. She has been published over 100 times and reached the bestseller list on Amazon!

Author Links:

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What inspired All Access?

Well, first, the Brothers of Rock series was inspired by me wanting to create a romance series with some sexy men who are rockstars and follow their lives off stage. All Access, which features the lead singer of Chasing Cross, Johnnie, was inspired by the idea someone meeting someone famous and they don’t realize it. Johnnie is attracted to Jess but even more so when she honestly know who he is.

How often do you write? 

I write every single day! This is my full time job and my career. Seven days a week… even on my birthday and even on Christmas. I do have a schedule to keep myself from losing track of time and the real world though – lol!

How long did it take to write All Access?

Well, the concept took months to flesh out. I had to come up with the band, the stories, etc. But to actually write All Access… I’d say a month. I had a great outline and a great head start in my mind.

Have you always enjoyed writing?

YES. YES. YES! From the time I was a little one, I was writing stories.

Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what?

I listen to music depending on my mood. I like background noise for the most part so I’ll leave the news on in the morning. Then switch to the radio or jump on my iPad and pull up an app and pick something random. Usually indie music or something with no words does the trick.

What kind of books do you like to read? Has this effected the type of books you like to write?

I LOVE ROMANCE! Lol! And yes, that’s what I write. But I read it all… Christian romance, rockstar romance, paranormal romance, sexy werewolves, contemporary. I keep my plate full. 🙂

If All Access was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters?

  Wow, what a cool question… let me see here… I can see Johnnie being played by… someone like Ryan Gosling because, well, it’s Ryan Gosling! Lol! 🙂

As far as Jess goes… I can see Jess being played by someone like Scarlett Johansson… someone with that beautiful face and innocent vibe.

What is your favourite type of cookie? 

 Chocolate chip!

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors out there? 

WRITE until you can’t, then write some more. Study the market and find a place in it. Follow your heart, and write.

Would you like to say anything to your readers?

I LOVE my readers! And they know it. I keep my doors open meaning I’m active on Twitter, Facebook, on my blog, via email… I love hearing from readers and talking to readers. Without them, this series would haven’t had life. J

And lastly, do you have any other exciting projects coming up?

I am in early talks of a major collaboration with another bestselling author. She writes new adult and we’re looking to mix things up a little! AND I’m very close to getting things worked out to extend Brothers of Rock beyond the original five book concept. I’m SO excited for the rest of this year! 🙂

***For fans of Nashville the TV show and Bella Andre, the BROTHERS OF ROCK series is dramatic, sexy, romantic,and entertaining. It sizzles!***

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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.

Jess is caught off guard when a sexy stranger buys her a cup of coffee and asks her to sit with him. He’s mysterious, nice, and even though he says the right things at the right time, Jess can sense that there’s something hidden about him.

As Johnnie sits across from the beautiful woman, he can’t believe she doesn’t recognize him. Everyone does. It comes with the territory when you’re the lead singer of one of the hottest bands in the world, Chasing Cross. With one more show to go before taking a small break in touring, it feels like luck is on Johnnie’s side. That is, if he can find a way to tell Jess who he is, without scaring her off.


After her best friend begs her to come to a concert, Jess finds herself standing in the middle of a crowd. The lights are off, music begins, and the crowd erupts in cheers. She doesn’t know much about the band, but that’s all about to change. When the lights come on, Jess can’t believe her eyes. The lead singer of the band is the man from the café.

Plucked from the crowd during the show, Jess makes her way backstage. The encore may have ended on stage, but the real show is just about to begin. Johnnie’s passion quickly turns to romance but the more time he and Jess spend together, the more things get complicated. Johnnie has a big decision to make about himself and the band, testing his loyalty and love for the music, and when Jess’s dreams start to come true, she starts to realize that true love exists, but it’s not always an easy path to take.

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Broken Sound (Brothers of Rock #2) by Karolyn James

The second book in the Brothers of Rock series is BROKEN SOUND, where lead guitarist, Davey, is faced with life changing decisions involving love, family, and as always, music.
 
Rockstars expect women to show up at their hotel room, but when a woman shows up with an infant and tells Davey he is the father, his world is turned upside down. 

Anna is a teacher and part-time waitress, desperate to make enough to pay off debts left to her by an ex-boyfriend who made her life a living hell. When her boss schedules her for an extra shift, he tells her it’s her job to take care of a special guest… lead guitarist of Chasing Cross, Davey. The second Anna meets eyes with Davey, she feels something she’s wanted for a long time. But with someone famous? That’s impossible. Besides, Davey is there with a date.

When Davey returns to the restaurant, sans date, he asks to see Anna. She doesn’t understand what he would want with her. He is a man with a big heart, kind eyes, and the true power that only a real rockstar could have. Then Anna learns the truth of Davey’s life, from his haunted past to his rocky present. Still, she longs to be part of his future.  But when Anna’s own past turns potentially deadly, life and love suddenly collide in a way that could hurt everyone and leave someone dead.

Review + Giveaway: The Color Keepers by Catriona Crehan + Author Interview

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Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon Kindle

The Color Keepers by Catriona Crehan

Publish Date: May 1st 2013

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Book Description:

Hoping to have a good change and good ending to go with it, Emily, a 16- year-old girl from Ohio, has moved to sunny California.

Moving to a new town can be scary, especially a new school. So when Sam, the most popular kid there, looks her way, she can’t believe this is happening to her.

Everything seems to be working out fine. That is, until her mother buys an enchanted mirror by mistake.

Suddenly, Emily finds herself in a whole new world, full of talking animals, magic and more change than she was hoping for.

With the help of her new crush, Sam, and her annoyingly goofy 12-year-old brother James, Emily sets out to save their world and ours.

My Review:

First off I just want to say that I hate really dislike books when the main character introduces themselves. “Hello, I’m Charlie. I’m sixteen. I live in England.” It’s more like a Twitter bio, NOT how you would introduce yourself in real life. It’s a whole info-dump of stuff that we, the reader, don’t really want to know about in the first paragraph of the book.

It’s a personal thing. Moving on.

The Color Keepers is a very original book, full of fantasy elements with wicked queens, along with some romance. Emily is just a normal girl, leading a normal life, going to a normal school, when her Mother brings home a mirror for Emily’s room. On the first night that the mirror is in Emily’s room, she gets sucked into a world inside the mirror…

Some parts of this book where choppy and I had to re-read several passages to keep up.

During the book, I felt sorry for Emily’s little brother Jamie. I have a brother his age and I know how annoying they can get, but Emily was quite mean to him at times and constantly belittles him.

Let’s get Romantic…

There was a slight romance in The Color Keepers. Emily moved to a new school and met one of the popular kids called Sam. [This part annoyed me.] As soon as Emily laid her eyes on Sam, she went all gooey and wasn’t really sure why he was talking to her. It wasn’t even lunch and already Emily thinks she’s [quote] “falling in love.” Get a grip!

Overall, thought it was a very original novel with a proper “quest” included! Emily let the story down a little by being a little moody at times. (Teenagers!haha!lol!)

[Did anyone else get the Sam and Emily part? From Twilight? Dear Catriona, was this intentional? Are you a secret Twi-hard? Well, obviously I must be if I noticed that!]

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My interview with Catriona!

1.What inspired The Color Keepers?

Actually, the inspiration stemmed from a dream I had back when I was only fifteen years old.

I had woken up after what I classified then, as a nightmare, but after I thought about it more, it made a REALLY cool story. So I thought if I started to write my dreams down it might form one big book. I took bits and pieces from a lot of my dreams, but the overall story was from that specific one 🙂

 2.How often do you write?

I write almost every day. I’m married and on top of my other job, I don’t really have a lot of time to write as much as I would like.

 3.Have you always enjoyed writing?

Yes, as a matter of fact, I was a songwriter before I started writing stories. I had been a singer/songwriter and was going to sign with “Interscope Records”. I ended up not going through with that process due to conflicting beliefs between myself and my managers. It must run in my family as my grandfather is the grammy award winning Latin recording artist, Alberto Vazquez. My mother is also book cover artist Phatpuppy Art 🙂 You can still hear my music and writing over at http://www.catiesings.com

4.Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what?

I listen to it occasionally. I use it to help me write emotional scenes or maybe battle sequences. However, I can’t listen to it too much, because the words get distracting and I lose my train of thought 🙂

 5.How long did it take to write The Color Keepers?

It was a very long process. I wrote the first draft in all of 3 months, but the rewrites as I matured became much more intricate. It ended up being something that took me 4 years to finish completely.

6. What kind of books do you like to read? Has this effected the type of books you like to write?

I love reading pretty much anything. The only things I can’t get into are any psychological thrillers. Reading different books definitely doesn’t effect my writing style though. I love reading a variety of different things… from “Fifty Shades of Grey” to “Lord of the Rings” so it doesn’t really apply.

7. If The Color Keepers was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters?

I love this question, I would definitely go with:

Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) for the main character of Emily.

Her crush, one of our fighting heroes “Sam” would be played by Josh Hutcherson ( The Hunger Games).

Her goofy little brother, Asa Butterfield (Hugo).

Last but not least, the amazing Crow Queen, played by Liv Tyler!

8.Do you have any advice for aspiring authors out there?

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something! It’s all up to you! Write your heart out!

9. Would you like to say anything to your readers?

I really hope that you enjoy “The Color Keepers” and I hope to see you back again for any possible sequels and other endeavours 🙂

 10.And lastly, do you have any other exciting projects coming up?

I do! I am currently writing the sequel to “The Color Keepers” and am also working on something quite amazing ( don’t want to spoil it). It’s TOTALLY out of my comfort zone, so it could be a while before you see it! 🙂

 

About Author:

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A review copy of this book was given to me as part of the tour hosted by Girls *Heart* Books Tours.

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Book Review: The Masters Book by Philip Coleman + Author Interview

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Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | MuseItUp

The Masters Book by Philip Coleman

Publish Date: March 15th 2013

Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

Genre: Part Thriller / Part Paperchase (ages 12 and up)

Source: Received via the Author

Book Description:

In 1482 Mary, the last Duchess of Burgundy, lies on her deathbed in a castle in Flanders. She is only 24. In her final moments she makes a wish that, 500 years later, will threaten the lives of a boy and a girl living in Brussels.

The Master’s Book is the story of Sean, an Irish teenager, just arrived in Brussels to a house that is also a crime scene. Together with Stephanie, his classmate, he finds an illuminated manuscript, only for it to be stolen almost at
once.

Where did this manuscript come from? Who was it originally made for? Is there a connection with the beautiful tomb Sean has seen in Bruges? Above all, why does someone want this book so badly that they are prepared to kill for it?

My Review:

5 out of 5 Goodreads Stars

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! I connected with the characters and I was kept guessing right until the end.

The Master’s Book opens with Sean, the main character, moving to a new house with his family in Brussels. His mother is sceptical seeing as someone died there fairly recently. I know I would be!

Sean meets a girl at school, Stephanie, and they become friends and she later helps him find out who took the manuscript. There is a lot of action in this book, people are killed, and Sean and Stephanie where almost kidnapped. There was never a dull moment reading The Master’s Book.

The whole idea was very clever. Mary the Duchess of Burgundy was a nice twist, along with trying to find out who this manuscript belonged too and why it was in their house to begin with.

Sean was a bit bratty toward his sister, but I guess that’s just him being a teenager 😛

Like famous five but with only three of them, no dog, and Wikipedia. Hmm. Okaaay?

Overall, this is a book recommended for ages 12 and up, but anyone who enjoys a good thriller should defiantly pick up this book!

Interview with Philip:

1. What inspired you to write The Masters Book? 

I lived in Brussels for 3 years when my children were growing up and I wanted to re-capture that very exciting time through the eyes of a young teenager. Hence the origin of the hero and narrator, Sean. My children, in the European school had many stunningly beautiful mixed race classmates and these were the inspiration for Stephanie, the heroine.


2. How often do you write?

When I have a project ongoing I try to do a bit every day, although family and work commitments often get away. I’m just back from a big 3-week meeting and haven’t written anything now for nearly a month.


3. Have you always enjoyed writing? 

I wrote in my teens and then I often dreamed about taking it up again but didn’t do so until I was in my late forties, when I was inspired after reading Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. I do enjoy it when I get a rhythm and a flow going but it can be frustrating when you get “stuck”.

4. Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what? 

Sometimes I do – mostly quiet classical music, such as solo piano pieces, chamber music or Baroque music. Easy listening, such as Pink Partini, is also good. Wagner is out, even though I am a fan!

5. How long did it take to write The Masters Book? 

The initial draft took about three months, due to a bereavement that interrupted the writing. After that, revisions and total reqrite took place on and off over several years.

6. What kind of books do you like to read? 

Almost everything! I’m a bit too cynical for some romantic novels but other than that I read all kinds of fiction including literary, crime and young adult. I also like reading non-fiction, especially history.

7. If the Masters Book was made into a film, who would you cast as the main characters? 

That’s a tricky one, since the leads are teenagers so they would probably be début actors. There are lots of talented Irish actors in their early teens who could play the part of Sean. Perhaps Quvenzhané Wallis could play Stephanie, when she’s older. I amiagined Isabelle, another lead character, as looking like Julia Roberts so there’s one part taken care of.

8. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors out there? 

Don’t give up! But at the same time don’t labour too long over a project that isn’t getting the reception you want because you risk demotivation. If you write for young adults, as I do, well-meaning people will try to encourage you be reminding you of JK Rowling’s story but that is so exceptional that you have to put it out of your mind.

9. Would you like to say anything to your readers? 

I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I nejoyed writing it. I’d love you to write to me and tell me what you thought, even if it’s not what you think I want to hear. And I have a (little) surprise for those who do write to me!

About Author:

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Philip Coleman has lived and worked as a biologist in four countries, including a sojourn in Brussels that inspired this story. Currently he lives in France and works for a conservation NGO based in Switzerland. Apart from writing, his hobbies are reading (fiction and history), painting, cinema, cooking and enjoying Alpine scenery. He has a grown-up son and daughter (and no, their names aren’t Sean and Maeve!).

‘Some Like it in Handcuffs’ by Christine Warner – Review + Author Interview + Excerpt

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Today is my review for Some Like It In Handcuffs and an interview with the author, Christine Warner. Tour Host: Buy The Books Tours.

Some Like It In Handcuffs

Christine Warner

Genre: Light-hearted Romantic Suspense with Humor

Published: March 20, 2012

Received:

Ebook copy provided by Buy The Book Tours.

Rating:

3 out of 5

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 Book Description:

 Sunny Kennedy, the only female in a family of blue blood male detectives, is determined to prove testosterone isn’t the only qualification required to solve a cold case. Handcuffed while undercover then taken to the precinct by an attractive detective, her domineering family demands she work with Detective Judson Blackwolf, or she’s off the case. 

Judson Blackwolf thinks women in law enforcement should work behind the scenes. The prospect of working with his Captain’s sexy daughter doesn’t thrill him. He only agrees in hopes of solving the murder of his one time mentor’s daughter. Once the case is over, he’s moving to Montana to heal his wounds from the loss of his last partner.

 

 

Book Links:

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My Review:

Today is just a mini-review because I have bloggers block. But a few paragraphs is better than nothing, right?

Personally, I liked Some Like it in Handcuffs more than I did Two Timing the Boss. I wasn’t just interested in the romance, I wanted to know how the case ended. Who killed Karina?

Sunny was a very cheerful girl, but what annoyed me about her was that she completely made the wrong assumption with Judson and almost shunned him. She didn’t even bother to ask? It’s very annoying and unneeded for when this happens in books.

Judson had an interesting back story, which I won’t tell you about because SPOILERS!

Overall, I think Warner writes very steamy love scenes and I was surprised by how well she wrote the policeman – bits. The earrings Watson! (Had too.)

Author Interview 🙂

1. How long did it take you to write Some Like it in Handcuffs?

Some Like it in Handcuffs was the first manuscript I ever wrote, so it took me close to a year to complete. Mainly due to the fact that as I was writing, I was devouring books on craft and when I’d learn something new, I’d go back to the starting point of the story and apply everything.

The fun part about writing is that it’s a constant state of learning and improving.

 2. How often do you write? 

I try to write everyday. That doesn’t mean I am always adding to a current wip, it can mean I will write blogs, answer interview questions, or outline a future project.

3. Have you always enjoyed writing?

Always. I have had an affair with the written word—actually words in general—since I can remember.

 4. Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what?

I wish I was one of those lucky authors who could listen to music when they wrote, but I’m not. I prefer to have peace and quiet when I work. The most noise around me is my dogs snoring at my feet or my cats purring on the back of my chair.

 5. What kind of books do you like to read? Has this affected the kind of books you like to write?

I love contemporary romance—always have. So this definitely affects the type of books I like to write. I also enjoy true crime novels, but I have no desire to write one 🙂

 6. If Some Like it in Handcuffs was made into a film, who would you cast as the main characters?

I have a huge crush on Gerard Butler…so he could play Judson Blackwolf and I’d be happy. As for Sunny Kennedy for some reason I think of Angelina Jolie—although she’s a bit older than my character. Of course we’d have to do her up in a blonde wig, but I could easily picture her having the spunk and sass that Sunny has.

 7. If you could meet any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

As I mentioned earlier, I love true crime and I have a favorite true crime author. Ann Rule. I’ve read all her books and love her writing style and the fact that she really investigates the stories she writes. Going so far as to meet the victims families and friends. I’d love to sit down and have a long chat with her. She’s had such a long an interesting career.

 8. Would you like to say anything to your readers?

I’d love to truly thank my readers for taking the time to buy and read my books. I know that every author has a unique voice and that they have their own way of weaving a story. Some stories work for some readers and some don’t—so just knowing that they took a chance on my work to give it a try makes me feel honored. Even if they don’t like one of my books, I hope that doesn’t taint their opinion from trying another in the future. So, THANK YOU readers 🙂

 9. One last question, do you have any other exciting projects coming up? (That you can tell us about?)

My third book is releasing with Entangled Publishing in their Indulgence line in June. The title is BACHELOR’S SPECIAL and I’m excited about it. This is another contemporary romance and I love characters, setting and the story and hope readers will too.

I also have a couple of other projects in the works that I hope to send in for submission soon. 2013 should be a very exciting year!

**Hope you have a great year Christine! **

 

About Author:

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Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her husband, three children, one laptop and a much loved assortment of furry friends. Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmetic. A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities. She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines. A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on Facebook, Twitter and her Website.

Excerpt:

“This isn’t how I wanted it between us.” Judson grabbed the neckline of her sweater, dragging her body to meet his with a solid thump. Sunny licked her lips in answer to the question in his eyes. He lowered his head to move his mouth over hers.

Sunny closed her eyes, a small whimper escaping her lips. She didn’t want it like this either, but that wasn’t possible. Unable to resist her attraction she accepted it wasn’t an affair, or a long distance romance she craved, but for him to love her back. It was all or nothing for her. Her heart sank. She accepted this as their goodbye kiss.

With no thought to what was happening upstairs, Sunny rose up on her toes demanding more. Her lips pulsated against Judson’s. When his hand trembled against her cheek in a soft caress she lost touch with reality.

“Judson.” Sunny’s weakened body drifted farther into Judson’s as his fingers glided down her arms, pulling them to her sides where their fingers intertwined. He forced them behind her before his tongue thrust into her mouth.

Their bodies molded together, she heard her own heartbeat and his as well when he curved his fingers around her rear and squeezed.

That’s when the click of the handcuffs against her wrist connected her to the handle of the locked cupboard.
“What the hell…Judson?” She looked up at him, her knees shook, her body still inflamed with fever.

“Like I was saying, you wait here and I’ll go upstairs to check it out. Backup’s already been called, so you’re safe until your brothers arrive.” Judson winked before walking toward the steps to the third level. Once he reached them he turned toward her and smiled. “Gotcha,” he whispered with his notorious grin.

‘The Journey of a Thousand Eyes’ by Kia Garriques – Giveaway + Interview

InnoveraYakovBlitzBannerToday is the book blitz for Innovera Yakov: The Journey of A Thousand Eyes! I’ve also signed up to review this book, we’ll see if I get accepted or not! You can follow the tour HERE.

Innovera Yakov: The Journey of A Thousand Eyes  by Kia Garriques
Publication date: February 14th 2013 
Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Blitz Organised by: Xpresso Book Tours.

Book Links:

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ThousandEyesBook Description:

Be prepared to immerse your self in a world where falling in love could cost you your life and nothing is as it seems.

Innovera Yakov – The Journey of A Thousand Eyes is the first installment in an action-packed fantasy drama where characters with powers of healing and destruction live, love, compete and disappear without a trace while they are being prepared for the Journey.

What is the Journey? What happens to the ones who do not return? What unspeakable, stomach-

churning things can happen to them there?

Even Ayana the Great Healer, Krave ‘The Golden One’ and the powerful Blu Tara are terrified of it.

 

 

GIVEAWAY:

This blog is giveing away one (1) Kindle copy of Innovera Yakov: The Journey of A Thousand Eyes. Open internationally. To enter all you have to do is COMMENT! And leave your email address as that’s how I’ll contact you if you win! Will you pick this book up? Add it to goodreads? Sign up for the tour?

Interview with Kia:

1: Why should we read your book?

Apart from being an action-packed, romantic adventure, Innovera Yakov: The Journey of A Thousand Eyes is a story about the power of love and loyalty. It is about the desire to become stronger, better beings, and the need to accept yourself and to embrace your strengths and talents in order to make the most of the gift of life. It is what most readers talk to me about when they’ve finished reading it. Some of them have even thanked me.

I think there is something for everyone in the novel: adventure, romance and valuable life-lessons.

2: What was your favourite chapter or part to write?

Visualising the world my characters live in. I love mind-mapping that world and thinking of the possible dangers of falling in love in that world, including the terrible jealousies and rivalries that threaten to destroy the ones involved.

3: Do you have any pre-writing rituals to help you prepare for writing different scenes and getting into a character’s mind.

I always write after midnight – around 2 or 3 am – when it is very quiet outside and I imagine that everyone else is asleep. My impulse to write and dream up worlds comes alive around that time.

4: What is next for your writing?

I am working on the second book in the series and I already have ideas for the third and fourth novel.

5: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Follow your dreams. Work for what you want and even in the depths of despair or fading confidence never give up. It is important to believe in yourself because not everyone is going to believe in you. Embrace your gifts. Learn what they are and use them for good. Cherish what you are and don’t let go of that.

About Author and LINKS:

Kia Garriques studied writing and English literature at University and has been a published short story writer since 2009. Her first story “The Invisible Alien Watcher” was published by Micro Horror in 2009 and reprinted by Pill Hill Press in 2011. Innovera Yakov: The Journey of a Thousand Eyes – is her first novel in the ‘Worlds’ series and will be out on amazon mid February. visit www.kiagarriques.com/books to read the first chapter.

 

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Thanks for reading!

Charlie “Star” xx

‘Rising Calm’ by Haley Fisher – Review + Author Interview +Giveaway

Rising Calm 3D Title: 

Rising Calm

Author:

Haley Fisher

Genre:

Young Adult Fantasy

Release Date:

February 14th

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Book Description:

On Cara Weaver’s first day at her new high school—merely the next in a long line of new schools—she meets two senior boys: James Sable and Crispin Calaway. They’re new too; they’ve been at the school just longer than she has, and they’ve never made an effort to reach out to anyone. Until she comes. When her friends find out, they’re awed. But Cara can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to James and Crispin than the two are telling.

As the days go on, everything at her new home seems to be going better than it has in any of the previous cities she’s lived in. She loves her friends, gets a job at a bookstore, and even starts to spend more time with Crispin and James. She’s happy. But all that begins to change when she comes to realize that the two boys she’s becoming close to are hiding something. It’s then that she knows her unexplainable wariness of them has been justified all along. But she keeps it a secret.

Days later, when a stranger accosts her outside a small shopping center, Crispin and James arrive just in time to help her. But they seem know the attacker. And instead of running him off, Crispin and James take Cara away, for her own protection.

With little explanation, Cara is told that she’s important and that she can’t go home until the boys have sorted some things out. In the meantime, Cara’s world is being turned upside down as she finds out that there is more to her life than she possibly imagined.

My Review:

Rating: 3 0ut of 5

After the first couple of chapters, it did seem a little Twilightesque. Heroine walks into school on the first day and immediately she gets the sullen guy talking. Eh? All of the boys seemed to like her straight away. They must all have been in on some secret. All of the friends Cara made thought she was the BOMB. Getting friends back together, and talking to the most HOT boys in school.

I must admit that, I enjoyed the first part of the book more than the second. By the time they were in Lyria, things got cliché and sometimes didn’t quite add up.

Page 209 – James and Crispin have just had a mini battle, blood, guts, the lot, about five minutes ago. Now they’re rolling down hills and jumping through rivers.

They had been in Lyria for about five hours before Cara realised that she had left her little sister with no one at home. I thought that was strange because in the first half of the book, Cara had a very strong relationship with her sister and she was always first in her mind. Okay, granted, Cara had just been transported into a totally different world to the one she grew up on but, ‘Sisters before other worlds…’

Moving swiftly on.

At the beginning of this book, I was sure that Crispin and Cara were going to get together…I won’t tell you want happened, you’ll just have to read the book! Although,

I agree with James, Cara was overly dramatic.

The action took a while to get going. There was a lot of talk about the opposing clan and meetings about if they could trust Cara, which weren’t that interesting, but they never actually fought. (Agreed there was action but had the potential to be more.)

Overall:

Rising Calm contained a dash of Harry Potter with a smidge of Narnia. It was a very enjoyable read, even though I did have some issues with it. I hope that the second book is better (In my opinion!) because these book have so much potential 🙂

~Giveaway~

Five Copies of Rising Calm to win.

US/Canada have choice of ebook or paprerback. International winners will recieve an ebook.

a Rafflecoptor Giveaway

~Author Interview~

Love this interview 🙂

1- What inspired you to write Rising Calm?

Reading. I have always been an avid reader, and as I got into middle school and high school, as I read more, more stories started to form in my head. It could have been a quote or a scene or a character I read about, but I would find that when something happened I would start thinking, “What if this happened instead?” From there came a bunch of vague ideas about story possibilities, and one day when I decided I actually wanted to start writing one of those ideas, actually shaping it into something more, a bunch of the ideas and characters and thoughts all came together into Rising Calm. No one thing inspired me to write it; just my love of reading and hearing and telling stories.

2- How often do you write?

Less often than I should! I try to do at least a little bit of writing every day, whether it’s tweaking already-written scenes to flow better, adding on to some chapter I haven’t yet finished, or furiously typing out an entirely new scene. Some days I have less time than others, and some days I’m less inspired, but I try to write something for about an hour every day.

3- Have you always enjoyed writing?

I’ve always been good at writing. I’ve liked writing stories as far back as fifth grade, and I’ve never had any trouble with essays and school work. But I never really considered how much I liked writing for fun until I was in high school. It always came pretty naturally, but suddenly it was something I found myself doing more and more. Even though I wasn’t always sure I could be a writer, I never found myself wishing I was doing anything other than writing.

4- Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what?

Of course! I listen to music all the time: cooking, cleaning, doing homework, working, and writing. But my musical tastes are all over the charts. I generally listen to indie/alternative rock types. Snow Patrol, The Script, Keane, fun. But a lot of what I’m listening to while I’m writing has to do with what scene I’m writing at the moment. Sometimes I’ll just hit a playlist on my iPod and let it run, but when I sit down with the intent of getting a certain scene right, the songs I choose change. “The Lightning Strike” by Snow Patrol is my favorite for intense/battle-type scenes because of the feeling I think it invokes. “Too Close” by Alex Clare when two characters who should aren’t getting along. “Eyes Wide Open” by Gotye when someone is feeling lost. “Demons” by Guster when a character is angry with themselves. “All the Same” by Sick Puppies when characters are determined to fix something that fell apart. Throw in some Celine Dion and for King and County for emotional scenes… I could go on and on and on.

5- How long did it take to write Rising Calm?

The first time I remember consciously making the decision to write was the summer before my senior year of high school. I’m a sophomore in college now. But all I did then was decide I really liked the story idea, and I had this ancient bulky laptop that I could type on. So I remember jotting down a couple notes and maybe a scene and just shaping the idea further. But I didn’t really start writing it until the next summer, when it became something I just couldn’t get off my mind. It started coming a little more together, until my freshman year of college started and suddenly I knew it wasn’t a story anymore, it was a book, and I had to keep writing. I had it finished by spring. So maybe about a year and a half was spent truly writing it?

6- What kind of books do you like to read?

I think I will forever be on a young adult kick. Since at least middle school, YA fiction and fantasy have been my go-to books. And they still are, especially now that the genre has really taken off. I do enjoy branching from that a little though—it can be refreshing. So some paranormal romance, too, a couple sci-fi books here and there, adult fiction. But I always come back to young adult fantasy, and now especially dystopian.

7- If Rising Calm was made into a film, who would you cast as the main characters?

This is a brilliant question, because I’m one of those fans who can never decide if they’re thrilled or horrified about books I love being turned into films. I expect Hollywood to be perfect if they’re going to dare undertake a story I love, and I keep up with casting almost religiously when I know they’re taking on a book I’ve read. I always like to think I could do it better, even though I know that’s probably not true. That being said, I put some thought into this question. And, based on looks and what I’ve seen of their acting, here’s what I think for my characters:

– With short brown hair, I think Chloë Grace Moretz could be an amazing Cara Weaver.

– Jake Abel for Crispin Calaway.

– And Gaspard Ulliel (though he’d probably have to be younger…) for James Sable.

8- Do you have any other exciting projects coming up?

Well right now my main project is Gathering Clouds, the second book in the Rising Calm series. I doubt I’ll have anything else out before that. But I’ve recently been working quite a bit on an idea for a dystopian book, and I’ve also been playing with the idea of a few shorts to go along with the Rising Calm series from different characters’ points of view. Personally, I’m excited about both of those!

9- Do you have any advice for aspiring authors out there?

My biggest piece of advice would be that I’m a twenty-year-old in Kansas. I have work and school and volunteering and homework and hobbies and a social life, and before all this I had pretty much no idea what I was doing. I’m still there, actually. So if I can do this, you can too. It’s huge and daunting and scary to let so many people into something that’s personal, even if you’re story isn’t directly about you. I haven’t encountered anything that’s much more intimidating than the writing and publishing industry. But I’m right where most aspiring authors are. I’ve been there. And I know I’m not the only good, story-telling hopeful out there. So keep writing, have other people read and edit, take advice, but more importantly, write something you love and that you’d want to read.

10- Would you like to say anything to your readers?

I have readers!! That’s the mindset I’m in right now! Mostly, I want to thank you all. I know that picking up a book by an unknown author is never too high on people’s list of things to do, because your favorite authors are probably churning out books faster than you can keep up (I’m with you there!). So thank you for being willing to pick up my book out of all the books out there, and thank you for reading it. I hope you enjoy it enough to read the rest!

About Author and LINKS:

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I’m Haley Fisher, a college student in Kansas, and I’ve just signed a contract with a company called Silver Tongue Press to publish my first book!

For as long as I can remember I’ve been an avid reader and an aspiring writer, but the step toward actually getting a book published is an enormous one for me. This is a big deal. And, as I’ve been told, the next step to being successful is getting the word out that my book exists.

So, though it’s not in print yet—it’s coming out February 14th—I’d love for people to keep an eye out for Rising Calm. It’ll be the first in a series of books about a young girl who finds out her life and her fate are far bigger than she ever realized. At the risk of giving too much away, the most I can tell you for now is that there is magic, prophecy, new worlds, and a cast of characters who I love to write.

I’ll keep this updated as Rising Calm gets farther and farther along on the path to being published. Until then, I don’t have much else to say but thanks for reading!

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Thanks for reading!

STAR xx