2000 Facebook Likes Giveaway!

Hey, everyone! 🙂 I’m just reposting this here, in case anyone who follows me here isn’t on my Facebook page. Because I recently hit my next milestone of 2000 likes, I’m giving away some prizes in an awesome contest! You can win an ARC of Creator of Shadows, before anyone else gets a look at it, AND you can also win a $20 Amazon Giftcard to spend on whatever books you like! 😉

 

Here’s what’s on the post, which  you’ll find pinned to my Facebook page here.

 

I’m going to leave this giveaway up for the next two weeks, so everyone has a chance to take part. To take part, here’s what you need to do…

1. You must have read at least one of my books to take part in this contest.

2. Leave me a review on Amazon or Goodreads (either is fine, but Amazon reviews are super helpful!  )

3. Leave a link to your review here in the comments! (Or here on my blog comments)

And that’s all there is to it! It can be a review you’ve left in the past too, it doesn’t matter whether it’s from a few months ago, or a brand new one.  The names of all contestants will be put into a hat, and two lucky winners will receive an ARC, and one lucky winner will get an ARC and the $20 Amazon giftcard, drawn on the 10th May 2014!

*Rules/Disclaimer* This contest is open to followers of this page only, and can be from anywhere in the world. This promotion is in no way associated with, administered by, or endorsed by Facebook.

 

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Dying To Remember Volume 2 of the Station Series By Trish Marie Dawson–RELEASE DAY!

Today we not only have the lovely Trish Marie Dawson over at my blog (as well as many others), but she’s brought an excerpt and a giveaway along with her! So sit back, grab your tea or coffee, and settle in to find out more about this Amazon best-selling author’s newest offering….

The next installment in The Station series by Amazon Bestselling Author, Trish Marie Dawson, takes readers on another lively journey through the after-life adventures of eighteen year old Piper Willow.
Piper has new challenges to overcome, new names to learn and is faced with a new Station occupation. Did she make the right choice – choosing to stay at the Station and become a Volunteer? Does she really want answers to the questions that never leave her mind? How did the Station come to be? What lies beyond? Who is Andurush and what, exactly, does he want with Piper?
She must ask herself once again if she has what it takes…but this time it isn’t about saving lives, it’s about discovering what lies beyond death. Would you want to know?

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And now an awesome excerpt!

If I thought the exceedingly happy mood that has me perched atop my favorite velvet throne would last very long I’m mistaken after I enter the Ones building. Niles is standing near the counter talking to Laney. I know the moment I see him that he is there to give me news about my volunteering status. Poof goes my throne.
“Hey, Piper. You really are a popular girl today,” says Laney with a tight smile.
“I guess so,” I try and laugh but it sounds more like a vocal seizure.
“Piper, I came to collect you,” Niles says, all business.
“Collect me?” I try and laugh again, but the sound is simply unpleasant so I snap my mouth shut to avoid any more verbal diarrhea, and nod a goodbye at Laney while moving back outside with Niles.
I allow my eyes a few seconds to readjust to the brightness around us. He places an arm loosely around my shoulders as we begin walking and says in a comforting tone, “Before I tell you where we are going and who we will be speaking with, I need you to understand you aren’t in trouble. You’ve done nothing wrong, okay dear?”
I don’t trust my voice so I only nod.
“I’m taking you to see the Mentors and…” he pauses to glance around us, and only when he seems satisfied that no one is close enough to hear, he continues, “…and the Keeper.”
I don’t know what this means. The look on my face must further establish my confusion but Niles only nods and continues to usher me around the fountain, which is currently teeming with teens of all ages, until we reach the Staff building.
Finally, just as Niles opens the door in front of us, I find my voice, “What’s the Keeper?”
“I can’t tell you, but you will see, don’t worry, dear. Remember, you aren’t in trouble, okay?”
We walk down the empty hallway and go through a door into a room that looks nothing like the one where Mallory and I met for the first time in person. This staff room is shaped more like an oval, with no corners on the walls and there are no tables or chairs. The center of the floor dips down a good two feet, creating a sort of recessed bench that matches the curved shape of the room. This is where the Mentor’s sit in a circle. I get over my intimidation of them instantly as my eyes widen at the sight of the other person sitting with them. A man at least a good foot taller than anyone else stands and nods at me. His clothes appear to be all white but it’s hard to tell at first, because the man is glowing.

Author Bio and Links

Trish was born and mostly raised in San Diego, California where she lives now with her family and pets. She’s been writing short stories and poetry since high school after an obsession with Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’. After over fifteen years of crazy dreams and an overactive imagination, Trish began her first book ‘I Hope You Find Me’ in December of 2011. When Trish isn’t writing, she’s homeschooling her amazing daughter and mildly autistic son, reading whatever she can get her hands on, or enjoying the Southern California sun. As a strict Vegetarian, Trish holds a special place in her heart for animal rights and dashes into the backyard weekly to rescue lizards and mice from her mini-lab/cocker spaniel mixed dog, Zoey…who is always getting into some sort of trouble.

Trish’s Author page on Facebook
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NOW THE BEST PART! You can grab your own copy of ‘Dying To Remember’ from Amazon! And that’s not all–you can also enter the giveaway by clicking the link below! Thanks for stopping by everyone! 🙂

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From Where I Stand Blog Tour–Guest Post From Rob Zimmermann!

Good morning everyone! I’m happy to welcome the awesome and talented Rob Zimmermann over to the blog today, to take over as part of his book tour for his début book of poetry, From Where I Stand! So without further ado, grab your coffee or tea, get comfy, and I’ll hand over….

 

Rob's Author PicRobert has been writing poetry since the eleventh grade. His writing started as impulsive rambling, but soon became a passion. A few years later he attended SUNY Potsdam where he received a B.A. in Creative Writing.
His main focus is poetry, but at times you can find him dabbling in short fiction. Robert has also created the blog A Life Among The Pages, where he posts his writing as well as book reviews.
When he’s not reading or writing, Robert enjoys spending time with his dog, Deuc. Deuc ran out of the woods in August 2011 and they have been inseparable ever since.

 

Blurb

From Robert Zimmermann comes From Where I Stand, an emotional debut poetry collection. Zimmermann explores strained parental relationships, loss of life, and the despair associated with grief. Alongside these darker themes, he delves into the small areas of life that often go unnoticed but become the hope we are searching for.

From Where I Stand Cover

Discussion
Poetry: Fiction or Non-Fiction

When I started paying more attention to the way books are classified on various sites, something strange hit me. My observation may be because poetry is the main discipline in which I write, but either way I think this is an interesting subject to bring up.

Poetry: should it be classified under Fiction or should it be labeled Fiction-Fiction? When I look on the Amazon book listing, poetry falls under:

• Fiction > Poetry (in Kindle categorization)
• Literature & Fiction > Poetry (in “normal” book categorization).

When looking at this, you see it’s at least consistent for the two ways books work on Amazon (Book and Kindle e-book). But is poetry REALLY just Fiction?

Let’s take a look at a few other booksellers online for a second. Over on Smashwords, poetry is also listed under Fiction. And guess what Barnes & Noble has it under…you probably guessed right. B&N has it under Fiction & Literature.

What do you all think? Which “label” would you place on Poetry? I’d like to open this up for discussion in the comments below. I’d also like to stir the pot a little by stating my view on this topic.

I feel that there is enough variety in poetry to warrant its own category on the same level as Fiction and Fiction-Fiction. And if that can’t happen I feel that most poetry could easily go under Fiction-Fiction.

Why is this? For those who read poetry regularly enough, I think you can back me up when I say that more often than not, a poet is writing words that border on being considered a memoir. Whether it’s an autobiographical poem or based on an event that was witnessed, I think more real life goes into the poems than Fictional elements.

This isn’t always the case. I’ll openly admit that. Who’d really argue that Paradise Lost is based strongly on fact? (Please, don’t start a religious tangent here.) There are poems that fall clearly on one side of the spectrum and poems that fall on the other. Yet, there are also poems that blur the lines and don’t have a clear home in either camp.

Where does my book, From Where I Stand, fall in all of this? I would consider my poetry to be Fiction-Fiction. It does have fictional elements in a few poems, but the main focus of the work is autobiographical. Yet, when you look for it on any site, you’ll find it under Fiction.

I don’t feel that it’s misleading a reader, exactly. I think it’s more that poetry becomes hidden if it’s under the vast expanses of Fiction. I also think that if it were under the Fiction-Fiction umbrella only, not enough readers would bother for it there. I personally rarely look under the Fiction-Fiction section of e-bookstores. Based on this, I wouldn’t expect many other readers would either (at least those in my group of acquaintances).

One last thing to consider when you think about your own stance in this matter. When I’ve walked into numerous bookstores, whether it was a Borders, Barnes & Noble, or any of the great used bookstores I frequent, Poetry has ALWAYS had its own section just like Fiction and Fiction-Fiction. So why does this change when labeling books online? It’s much easier to organize online considering there’s no need to consider where to place that extra bookcase for the poetry books.

Please, I’d love to hear what you all think. Don’t hesitate to disagree either. Just keep it clean and friendly. I think we’ll all learn something from the discussion 🙂

 

LINKS:

Blog – http://alifeamongthepages.wordpress.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/miztrebor
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Robert.Zimmermann.Writer
Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6435657-rob-zimmermann
PURCHASE LINKS:
Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/From-Where-I-Stand-ebook/dp/B00A5AVLO4
Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/From-Where-I-Stand-ebook/dp/B00A5AVLO4
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/253778

AND DON’T FORGET THE AWESOME GIVEAWAY!

Robert will be giving away 5 ebook copies (.mobi, .epub, or PDF) of From Where I Stand at the end of the tour. To enter, please leave a thoughtful comment on this post and be sure to leave an email to be contacted with if you’re a winner.
One comment per person per post, feel free to comment on multiple posts for an extra entry for each. Winners will be gathered together from all the blog tour stops and then chosen randomly.
Giveaway ends December 9th at 12:01AM. Winners to be announced soon after they are selected.

Review and Giveaway of Fey Touched by Erin Zarro

Good Thursday morning to you all! We have a great post for you today. Not only do we have a review of Fey Touched, but also a giveaway to win a FREE kindle copy! The giveaway will be open for three days only, so scroll down and take a look! You can grab your copy of Fey Touched from Amazon US, Amazon UK and at Turtle Duck Press.

 

Two sisters.

Asha is the Queen of the Fey, genetically engineered immortal humans who feed on human souls to survive. But she’s running from her people. When she is found by her enemy, one of the Hunters of the Fey, she expects to die. Yet he’s oddly intrigued by her, and Asha finds herself falling in love with him, hoping she can find safety and the home she’s been seeking. Then she’s kidnapped, and everything changes.

Fallon is a Hunter. She’s looking for her long-lost sister, using an addictive drug to search through the stream of time. Her addiction leaves her dangerously exposed to her enemies but, consumed by her search, she doesn’t care…until her fellow Hunters start dying from a mysterious illness. She is torn between duty and desire, and must find an answer before they all die.

What Fallon doesn’t know is that Asha might just be the key to saving them all, if only she can find her.

And time is running out.

 

Good Points

I love the storyline, first of all. A year ago I really didn’t like the sci-fi genre, but because of books like these, it’s starting to grow on me. And the start of the book sucked me in straight away; the was no immediate back story, just straight into the action, which really hooks the reader. I also like that the world Zarro has created is one of her own fantasy, but it also has elements of our world, giving it a grounded feel. Erin Zarro is a cunning writer, weaving three separate storylines throughout the story that ultimately collide towards the end of the story. The descriptions of both the characters and the environment were beautiful, and gave you enough information without bogging the reader down with long lengths about scenery.

 

Bad Points

I really couldn’t find anything in this novel I would describe as a bad point. This is a fantastic first offering from Erin Zarro.

 

Overall

This is an amazing book. A unique storyline, carefully crafted world, vivid characters…there was nothing I didn’t like about this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone, even if you don’t like sci-fi or fantasy…you soon will. I look forward eagerly to the next book that Erin Zarro will bring us.

I give this novel….5/5 Stars!

 

 

 

 

And now for the giveaway! This giveaway is for ONE lucky winner to win a free kindle copy of Fey Touched, and will be open ONLY until 22nd September! So fill in your details below!

 

ERIN Is Finally Here!

Woohoo! Happy Monday people! Today I have an extra special post for everyone-ERIN IS RELEASED TODAY! That’s right, the sequel to Conner is finally here 😀

 

Erin is the werewolf Queen of Athol Castle. She has no memories of the events of a few months ago, where she believed herself to be a psychologist, and met the enigmatic and charming Conner…

Filtiarn has taken over Conner’s body once more, and is relishing being in control. Cruel and sensual, he decides to work on a plan…to take over humanity. He begins a war…of werewolves against humans. But unknown to him, Conner is fighting against him within his own body, to set things right, and to bring Erin back from her own darkness. He tries to undo a great mistake from long ago, using Erin’s famed sword, Sioctine, as remnants of his own memory come back to him, opening up the present he now lives in.

At the same time, another enemy is using the situation to their advantage, following the werewolves at every turn, threatening to undo everything that Conner is struggling to obtain…

But will he be able to bring Erin back from Filtiarn’s grasp, or is it too late? And will he be able to stop the war against the humans progressing?

And who is threatening to take over not only the humans, but the werewolves as well?

 

 

But wait, there’s more!

Not only can you pick up a copy today, but you can enter the fun and the contest for LOADS of goodies over at our Facebook event page! 😀

https://www.facebook.com/events/351493858267345/

Interview, Guest Post and Giveaway for What Kills Me!

Good morning everyone! As part of Dark Minds Book Tours tour for What Kills Me by Wynne Channing, I am today’s stop! So enjoy everyone!

Wynne Channing is an award-winning national newspaper reporter and young adult novelist. She loves telling stories and as a journalist, she has interviewed everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Hugh Jackman to the president of the Maldives and Duchess Sarah Ferguson. The closest she has come to interviewing a vampire is sitting down with True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard (he didn’t bite). She briefly considered calling her debut novel “Well” so then everyone would say: “Well written by Wynne Channing.” 

Hello Wynne, it’s a great pleasure to have you here, welcome to my blog!

Thank you so much for having me Miranda. I’m super excited to be here on my book tour!

Your newest novel, What Kills Me, sounds really interesting. Can you tell us more about it?

What Kills Me tells the story of 17-year-old Axelia, who is a normal girl with a not-so-normal destiny. While she is away in Rome for the summer, she falls into a sacred well filled with blood and turns into a vampire. As if that doesn’t suck enough, the vampire empire believes that she is a monster born to destroy them, so she becomes hunted by every vamp in the world.

So what inspired this novel?

During a bout of insomnia, I imagined a girl crawling out of a well covered in blood. This image was what started it all.

Where can we find your novels?

What Kills Me is now on sale for $.99 at Amazon and Smashwords; but you can also find it on iTunes, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

I’m working on the sequel. (If you have a suggestion for a title, I’d love to hear one.)

Do you read books in your genre, or books very different from it?

Because of my job as a newspaper reporter, I read a lot of non-fiction. Sociology. Psychology. Terrorism. Biographies. In my free time, I read contemporary lit.

Why do you write in the genre you’ve chosen?

My teen years were tumultuous. Bullies would stuff my backpack into the garbage and pelt me with snowballs. Books were my escape. I loved them. This is me paying it forward.

What advice would you give to others who wanted to become indie authors?

Finish your book. You can do it. Giving up would be like turning the heat off just before the water boils.

If you could be a character from one of your books for a day, who would you be and why?

Eee. Being one of my characters for a day would not be fun: I’d either be killing or dying. Hmm, which of those would I prefer? If I had to choose, I’d be Axelia for the first 24 hours that we meet her (before her world is crushed). She’s in Rome. She’s just met a handsome boy. Life is full of possibilities. Little does she know… sorry, no spoilers.

You can find out more about Wynne Channing on her blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads. Thank you for being here, Wynne, any parting words?

Thanks again for hosting me. And thank you to all of my readers for their wonderful support and feedback. Love hearing from them!

And now the blog post from Ms. Channing….

I’m so excited to be hanging out with you today. My name is Wynne and I’m a journalist and author of the new paranormal adventure, What Kills Me. A big thank you goes out to Miranda for lending me this space on her blog. She asked me to chat a little about one of my favourite authors.

Asking me about my favourite author is like asking someone what their favourite dessert it. How do you choose? I love them all! Bring on the buffet of sweets!

I admire so many writers. Ernest Hemingway for his economy of words. Rohinton Mistry for his rich narration. Cormac McCarthy for his poetic prose.

Stephen King wrote the first horror novels that gave me nightmares. Jane Austen created the first heroes and heroines that I adored (oh, that Mr. Darcy).

Today, however, I want to talk to you about an author who I loved as a kid: Roald Dahl. Dahl who was born in Wales in 1916 and died in 1990, wrote his first children’s book when he was in his forties.

I couldn’t get enough of his stories. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, George’s Marvellous Medicine. I read them all. They were dark. Grotesque. Violent. Hilarious. The heroes were clever, resourceful children. The villains, evil, disgusting adults. Dahl would delightfully punish his villains. The bad guys got shrunk, poisoned, or turned into mice.

As a grown-up, I thought how horribly unfair it was to make the adults so nasty. (When Dahl’s tales were first published, librarians reportedly slammed his stories for their “lack of taste.”) But as a kid, I thought how fabulous. Here was a writer who was taking into account my perspective. He was truly writing for me. I’ve never forgotten the whimsy, the fun, the horror and the humour.

If there is a fraction of that in my novel, What Kills Me, then I am so happy — and thankful for the early inspiration.

You can grab your copy of What Kills Me from these links;

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Smashwords

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

You can also win a free e-copy of What Kills Me, as well as a signed bookmark with attached butterfly charm! The giveaways are international, and you can also go over to Dark Mind Book Tours for their own international giveaway! To enter, simply enter your details in the form below, and the giveaway will be open until 11th September!

Interview, Review, and Giveaway with Jana Oliver and Foretold!

Happy Humpday all! I am delighted to bring you a VERY exciting author interview and review today, as part of Dark Mind Book Tours…..with none other than Jana Oliver! 

Jana Oliver loves to tell stories for both adults and teens. Her young adult Demon Trappers Series (St. Martin’s Griffin) is set in a dystopian 2018 Atlanta populated by Hellspawn, Deaders and scheming necromancers. The award-winning series is published internationally with editions in eight countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France and Poland. Jana’s foray into time travel and alternate history resulted in the multi-award winning Time Rovers Series (Dragon Moon Press). The series won twelve awards, including the Daphne du Maurier for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, the Prism Award for Time Travel and ForeWord Magazine’s Editor’s Choice for Fiction.

Your newest novel, Foretold, sounds really interesting. Can you tell us more about it?

Foretold is the fourth and final novel in the Demon Trappers Series. The two main characters, seventeen-year-old Riley Blackthorne and twenty-two-year old Denver Beck, are demon trappers and have been through so many adventures fighting Hellspawn while trying to keep the city of Atlanta safe. This is their last big adventure where they must finally deal with the feelings they have for each other while facing the forces of Hell one last time.

 So what inspired this novel?

In the past we’ve had hints as to Denver Beck’s tragic past and in this book we’re finally going to his hometown near Okefenokee Swamp in South Georgia. Where that might sound like a good time, it’s a dangerous trip into his past where we’ll meet some old enemies eager to settle the score.

What books do you read? Do you read books in your genre, or books very different from it?

I read across the genres, but for the most part I’m an urban fantasy junkie so that means I’m enjoying authors such as Jim Butcher, Ilona Andrews, Kevin Hearne, etc. I’m also a dedicated mystery reader so I often indulge in English murder mysteries.

When did you realise you wanted to be a writer? Do you remember what inspired you?

I wrote a few stories when I was younger and then in 1998 someone flipped a switch in my head and I HAD to write. Since I was always making up stories, I figured I’d put them on paper and see what happened.

Why do you write in the genre you’ve chosen?

I don’t really think of genre until I’m done with the story. I might plan ahead to have a young adult hero or heroine, but after that the story just comes out however it wants. It’s after the fact that I figure what genre it might be.

What advice would you give to others who wanted to become indie authors?

Being indie is not a ticket to fame and fortune. I’ve been published by traditional publishing houses and self-published. On the one hand you have professionals editing your book, handling the production, promotion and marketing. If you’re indie you do all that yourself and if you skimp on any one of those parts you’ll hate yourself down the line. However, you will learn the business inside and out, because you are, in essence, the publisher.

Also, building your “name brand” takes time. I’ve been working at it for eleven years. It’s the rare indie author who suddenly hits the big time. I recommend that writers weigh the pros and cons of traditional vs. indie and then choose what’s best for them. That choice might change down the line, but go into it with your eyes wide open.

What is the best part of publishing yourself?

You do have complete control over the book. And on the flip side, that can be a big negative because you’re responsible for everything and if something goes wrong, it’s all on your head. 😉

If you could be a character from one of your books for a day, who would you be and why?

Lady Torin – she’s a necromancer who is fond of single malt Scotch and doesn’t take much guff from anyone.

Where can we find your novels?

They are available in local bookshops and at the online retailers.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

I’m currently working on a couple of book proposals for standalone novels, which I hope to write in the coming year. Both are young adult. I can’t give you details just yet, but both will have my usual action/adventure with a wee bit of romance as well.

You can find out more about Jana Oliver on Twitter (@crazyauthorgirl), Facebook, Goodreads, and her UK Demon Trappers’ website/blog and at her Jana Oliver website. Thank you for being here, Jana, any parting words?

Thank you for having me by!

 

Foretold

Stand by as Riley Blackthorne prepares to kick some serious demon butt for the last time in this thrilling, dramatic and sexy conclusion to THE DEMON TRAPPERS series. Riley’s always known that Denver Beck had a chequered history, but she’s not prepared for what it actually means to be in love with a guy with this many dark secrets. Now that he’s finally admitted to himself that he’s in love with her too, there’s no more hiding the truth about his past. And as it turns out, fending off a demon apocalypse is nothing compared to what’s to come. . .

Where to purchase Foretold:

Amazon UK

Waterstones

Book Depository

Good Points

Now I would like to start by saying I have never read any of Jana Oliver’s previous books in this series, but the first few pages got me hooked-now I have to read the others.  The first thing that gripped me was the main characters. They were strong, well-defined and interesting. I wanted to know more about them immediately, and the dialogue between them was realistic and flowing. I know that some people can hate it when a Scottish character speaks too much ‘stereotypical Scottish’. I disagree, I have lived in Scotland, and some people do use these kind of words a lot! I love it personally when characters have accents written in, it really helps me to hear their voice. The writing was crisp and vivid, and the action scenes (in my humble opinion, one of the hardest things to write) were fantastic, and built the drama up. I loved the overall idea behind the storyline (in this book, and presumably the others, of ‘demon-trapping’), and thought it was original and well-written.

Bad Points

That I need to read the rest! Although that is really a bad point to me. 🙂

While I thought that the main characters were vivid and interesting, some of the secondary characters felt a bit lacking. At time they seemed almost as though they had been put in some of the situations purely for the benefit of Riley, and it would have been nice to see a little more of them doing their own thing-but perhaps this has happened more in previous books? I also felt a little squeamish as the loved-up couple began talking more about their future together further towards the end of the book in such deep terms. The main character, Riley, is quite young, and I’m not sure I would have had that kind of conversation at that age.

Overall

This was a great book that I truly enjoyed reading. I will have to go back and read the rest of the series now, in order to know how it ended where it did! This book was wonderfully written, and kept me bouncing along from page to page. I wouldn’t say it was an amazing book, because of the issues I raised above, but it was definitely a great book I would happily read again.

I give this novel….4/5 Stars!

Now for the giveaway! The part you’ve all been waiting for. Jana Oliver is kindly offering the choice of 1 copy of any of her Demon-Trappers series, in either ebook form or printed copy! (one choice only, please state this) The giveaway will be open until 29th August. There will also be a huge giveaway over at Dark Mind Book Tours, so don’t forget to check it out!

The giveaway has now ended-thank you to all who entered, the winner will be announced shortly!

Interview, Guest Post, and Giveaway with Christi Goddard!

Well, have I got a treat for you guys today! As part of Dark Mind Book Tours, the lovely Christi Goddard has a stop on my blog! We have not only an interview, not only a guest post, but also a giveaway of her novel, Four in the Morning, as well! Enjoy!

Christi was born in Arlington, Texas in the early seventies. Her earliest memories are of seeing Jaws and Star Trek: The Motion Picture in the theater. The first was a bit much for a pre-K kid to take, and the second has much to do with what has inspired her imagination. Her father is a bit of a nomad, and they moved a lot when she was a kid. She inherited this trait, and has lived many places and been just about everywhere in America. She hit puberty in Colorado, got married in Las Vegas, had her first child in Kansas, her second in Illinois. She returned to Texas just shy of turning thirty and has been there ever since. Books are Christi’s first love, followed closely by movies. She loves to be told stories, and for most of her literate life, she’s been a storyteller as well. Christi is in her thirties, a mother of two awesome teenage girls, and a geek on many levels. Comic books, Victorian manga, science fiction, fantasy, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Star Wars, and renaissance festivals are her greatest loves. She lives in Waco, Texas (keep Waco Whacko) with her family and lovable dog, Nelly. She has a cat named Snape who is black, full of bad attitude, and thinks he runs the place. He was deftly named.

Hello Christi, it’s a great pleasure to have you here, welcome to my blog. Your novel, Four in the Morning, sounds really interesting. Can you tell us more about it?

This is always the hard part for me because I feel like anything I’ll say will spoil the many surprises that happen. In an attempt to be brief, Kathleen makes a deal with someone she despises, and that one decision is the catalyst for her life crumbling apart. People disappear and a boy winds up dead, and it’s not long before the police suspect her of foul play due to circumstances. As things start to derail for her, a magical creature shows up, and he needs her help with something. In return, he says he’s going to help her solve her problems as well.

So what inspired this novel?

I’d left a comment on another blog’s post regarding things we did in our youth. I’d said to them I used to write poetry for a boy to give to another girl as his own, and the blogger replied with, “Sounds like material for a book,” or something along those lines. It took a couple days, but eventually the story started to form in my head. Granted, what happens in my book is a far cry from what happened in my own experience.

What books do you read? Do you read books in your genre, or books very different from it?

I read all kinds of books. I’m most interested in fantasies, though not often high fantasy. I’m a huge Dean Koontz fan and I love a lot of the classics like Lord of the Flies1984Watership Down, etc. I’ve developed a love for manga recently as well, which is Japanese comics.

When did you realise you wanted to be a writer? Do you remember what inspired you?

I’ve been a writer since I was little. I remember winning some manner of writing contest when I was in elementary school many, many years ago. The reward was meeting an author and visiting a greeting card manufacturing company. I don’t remember who the author was, but I remember the trip to Leanin Tree. For a long time after that, I wanted to be a greeting card writer.

Why do you write in the genre you’ve chosen?

Because I write what I know. I don’t know how to be an adult yet. The only stories that inspire me are stories about kids who are just trying to make it through the world and deal with things as best they can, even when the adults are sure they aren’t ready.

Where can we find your novels?

I believe the best place to get a copy is on Amazon.com since it can be ordered as an e-book or printed copy. It’s also available on other sites like Barnes&Noble and iBookstore.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

I have another book coming out this winter called, Lesser Evils, and it is the first book in that series. It is very different from, Four in the Morning, and I am very excited about it. There’s all manner of magical creatures, time travel, fighting, and plot twists galore.

Two by Day, the sequel to, Four in the Morning, is slotted to be out in the first half of 2013. It’s not your typical manner of sequel in a few ways, and it introduces many new characters. I’m looking forward to the feedback on that one.

Great having you here, Christi.

Now all of you lovely people read down her guest post, along with the giveaway!

So, I love making people laugh. I’ve always been a storyteller, and I much prefer telling stories than talking about myself. So, in this compromise, I’m telling stories about myself (or family members). This time, I proudly present my youngest daughter’s most memorable embarrassing moment—for me.

We lived in a small town in rural Illinois, but this is no excuse for what happened. I am a white woman, I have many friends of color, but at the time—when my daughter was 4—her education about the varieties of the human race was limited to what she saw on television.

A habit she had for a long while was to ask people if she could go home with them. Friends that visited, people in the gas station, police officers that pulled me over for speeding—yeah, anyone was fair game, and each episode highly embarrassing. I was positive each person asked to save my child from her boring home thought that I beat her with spatulas and tied her up in the basement.

One deceptively beautiful day, I took this attention-starved child to the grocery store. Like any good mother, I let her ride in the cart to keep track of her because she LOVED it. I was minding my own business in the cereal aisle, wondering why I could never find chocolate Malt-O-Meal anymore, when my child says quite loudly to the man passing by, “Are you black?”

Yes. Yes, he was. He was also giving me a look like I was the wife of the Grand Dragon of the KKK. In my defense (and hers) our community had very few people of color, so she had never encountered someone of a different race, except on the television, as I mentioned.

I gave him an apologetic smile, and then said to my blonde-haired, blue-eyed, pale-as-clouds daughter, “Yes, honey. Don’t pester him. He’s trying to shop.”

Telling my child to be quiet was like telling Brando to put the ice cream down.

“Can I go home with you?”

Ah, yes. Her most favorite question was asked, and again the wave of awkwardness puddled around my feet. “Honey, I said to leave him alone. I’m sorry, sir.”

I tried. He gave me a dirty look. He started to walk away. My child, to really drive home the point that I deserved the Crappiest Mother of the Year Award, started to cry and said, “You scared him off. I wanted to go home with him. He’s BLACK!”

In the middle of a grocery store. Remember that, parents of lil tikes, the next time your child starts to act up in a store, a restaurant, a theater—they could start screaming things that REALLY embarrass you.

Kathleen Hayson thinks her biggest problem is her mother. The only runner up—her mouth. With a wit sharper than her mother’s perfectly manicured nails, her clever remarks create more problems than they solve.

But it’s not her clever remarks landing her knee-deep in trouble. This time, Josh Colby is to blame. Kathleen’s former childhood friend has become the school’s most stuck up jerk. Before, she’d have told him to piss off and write his own stupid letter to the town slut/minister’s daughter. Now Kathleen’s escalating problems at home force her to reevaluate how flexible her principles are. She agrees to write the controversial letter Josh has requested.

Enter Rigel, a smartass magical creature who invades her room one night, promising he has come to help. When a boy Kathleen hates turns up dead and her mother goes missing, the letter becomes a key piece of police evidence—implicating Kathleen. As she fights her way out of a web of lies, the trust she has in those closest to her shatters. In the end, she’s pushed to a terrible choice: who lives, and who else dies.

You can pick up your copy of Four in the Morning from Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. But just below, you can also enter to win a FREE e-book copy! (You can also win a paperback copy over at Dark Mind Book Tours!)

 

This giveaway has now ended, and the winner has been notified. Thank you to everyone who entered!

Giveaway of Fractured Light!

Morning all! Yay, we have another giveaway! As part of Dark Mind Book Tours, I am today’s stop for a giveaway of Fractured Light, by Rachel McClellan! You can win a copy of this awesome-looking book, absolutely free!

Llona Reese is used to living on the run. After the Vykens killed her parents, she knew they would eventually come for her too. But she never felt ready to face them—until now. Defying the Auran Council and everything she’s been taught, Llona must learn to use her power over light as a weapon if she wants to survive.

A few reviews from fractured light on Goodreads; “I was not expecting such a fantastic read! Almost instantly, you fall in love with Llona and are thirsty to find out more about her and her abilities.

Fractured Light was a beautifully written piece of work and I look forward to reading the next in the series. ”

This novel is an exciting, refreshing YA paranormal read and I can’t wait to read more from this author

Rachel McClellan was born and raised in Idaho, a place secretly known for its supernatural creatures. When she’s not in her writing lair, she’s partying with her husband and four crazy, yet lovable, children. Rachel’s love for storytelling began as a child when the moon first possessed the night. For when the lights went out, her imagination painted a whole new world. And what a scary world it was…

You can purchase Fractured Light here from Amazon.

And here from Barnes and Noble!

Please fill out the form below for your chance to win an e-book copy of this book! The giveaway will end on 24th July, when one lucky winner will be drawn! 😀

Review of Evanescence by Alexandra Pelaez

Sometimes she’s Mercedes Strand; daughter of wealthy business owners, high school senior, star student, occasional gladiator in a one-sided mean girl brawl, and founder of the most successful women’s charities in the country. Other times she’s Countess; a master of cyberspace and code who helps abused women in ways Mercedes never could. But there’s no need to worry about developing MPD or anything because helping others is the ultimate goal. No matter the cost to herself.

Shadow isn’t like Mercedes. Apart from the fact that he’s a five-hundred-year-old vampire, he knows there is no escape from the torment and oppression he and his fellow Outcasts suffer under the ruthless elites of vampire society, yet hopes for something better. It’s a fool’s hope, so it doesn’t matter if he fatally provokes the elites even as he does their bidding. But the latest assassination attempt aims to deprive him of more than his life. Ambushed, tortured, and left for dead, his sense of honor is delivered the coup de grace when he nearly drains the life of an innocent girl to save his own. 

However, he soon discovers she’s more than just innocent. She knows what the elites will do to her if they find out she foiled their plans, and makes clear her desire to fight. A desire that’s infectious…along with her.

I was given this book to review by the author, to show alongside her giveaway. It was quite an enjoyable read, of around 50,000 words, and I’ve put up the good points and the bad points.

Good Points

I quite liked the characters. The main character, Mercedes, got on my nerves a little bit, as she was so goody-two shoes. But the author did inform me that she purposely wrote her this way for irony. I love Alexandra’s imagination, the storyline had so many different things going on, and there was a lot of action! I also liked her creature that she made up, the ‘Evanescence’ of the title. I thought her character descriptions were very vivid as well, which helped to really show what each character was like, even their most secretive thoughts.

Bad Points

I found the formatting of the book a little strange. Instead of using ***** for a scene change, the author used three ‘x’s, which unfortunately made the book seem less professional.  She also used the character’s names at the beginning of each section for them; although this a minor point, I just prefer it when each character is introduced using their story, so that I can work it out as I read. I also thought it was a shame that while the author built up the book and the storyline brilliantly for at least two thirds of the book, the ending seemed very rushed, as if the author wasn’t sure how to end the book.

Overall

I thought this was a very enjoyable read. Although the characters seemed stilted at times, and the action jumped too fast towards the end, it was a pretty good read. I would have liked to have seen this written out a little longer, perhaps into a full length novel, and I look forward to seeing more from this author.

I give it……3/5!

Click here to go to Alexandra’s interview and giveaway! >> https://writermirandastork.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/interview-and-giveaway-with-alexandra-pelaez-draft/