Monday, April 30, 2012

Author Interview: C.L. Causer, author of Power Within

Hey guys!

Today we had the pleasure of interviewing C.L. Causer, author of Power Within. Here's a little about Power Within:
Charlotte 'Charlie' Gordon wants nothing more, than to be a normal girl. But having a near death accident as a child, she finds out that she has powers. After accidentally electrocuting her sister and blowing up her mother's kitchen, she suppresses her powers for ten years. Unknowing that there are more people like her out there. A lot more. 
That is until a secret group of them try and hunt her down because of her unusual abilities. Forcing her family into hiding, she goes on the run. Having to learn about her powers and her past, she meets many new friends along the way. But you can't run forever. She learns that someone has betrayed her to the very people she is running from. ~ Courtesy of Goodreads

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I'm not very good at talking about myself, so I will just give you some facts! I live halfway up a small mountain just outside the Mountain range Snowdonia in North Wales. Though I went to school and lived the longest periods of my life in England, my home is Wales. I love the sea. One day I wish to take a scuba instructor course in Bali or Thailand. I listen to far to much music. If I ever feel ill or depressed I read Harry Potter. Despite being in my early 20's, they are still my comfort books. Mulan is probably one of my favourite films, after The Goonies, Labyrinth and Hot Fuzz. If I could move anywhere in the world, it would probably be Canada or Alaska. Somewhere where the mountains and the sea co-exsist. And I collect snowglobes...

How did you come up with the idea for Power Within?

Reading the dozens of Marvel Comics out there that I loved reading as a child. Truthfully, I was more into the art than the story lines (but I'm a sucky artist) but the idea gripped me that these people develop powers and they are instantly "Well, now that I'm indestructible I have to save the citizens!" *hands on hips, looking to the skies* And I'm just like, yeah, okay. Because that's the first thing you would think about. Not. With Charlie (the Main Character from Power Within) you see her struggle and her thought process about her new powers. And I would imagine it would be a struggle. Especially if you think you are alone.

In Power Within, Charlie discovers she has a secret power. If you could choose any power to have, which would you choose and why?

How can you ever choose one!! I think it would have to be invisibility. Well that, or teleportation. You can be anywhere in the world in half a second. But then again, Charlie's power is pretty awesome. I'm not going to say what it is though.... you have to find out!

What was the best part of writing Power Within?

The actual writing part. I spent a ridiculous amount of time researching looking at things like the human biology and limitations, the New York/New Hampshire coastline and even the first class cabin of an airplane. It felt great just to sit down, with my book of well researched notes, and to actually begin writing. Once you start, it just pours out of you.

While writing Power Within did you discover any writing tips or techniques that helped you?

What I said about the research was pretty accurate. I research everything because there will always be someone out there who has more knowledge than you on a subject you are writing about. For every book/story you have in the process of writing, give it a notebook (I currently have 13 notebooks) and fill it will notes, research, drawings, even celebrity pictures of who you think your character is going to look like. So when it comes down to beginning the writing, it makes things so much easier.

Thanks so much for talking to us today, Chantelle! Great advice. I'm definitely going to try that notebook thing :)

Check out Power Within at these great websites!


Friday, April 27, 2012

The #DaemonInvasion is Coming!


Hey guys!

If you haven't heard about the Daemon Invasion, here's what it's about, straight from Jennifer Armentrout's blog:

The beautiful and uber cool models, Pepe Toth and Sztella Tziotziosz, who grace the Lux covers, will be joining us in the United States!  You heard right.  They are flying here, from Hungary to spend a few days as Daemon and Katy! While they are here, they will be working with Vania, from VLC Productions (the team behind Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments, Melissa de La Cruz, Kimberly Derting, Moira Young, Kami Garcia and Margret Stohl, Hillary Duff, Lauren Destefano, and many, many more authors’ book trailers), to film book trailers for the Lux Series.

During the filming in Atlanta, they will be accompanying Entangled, VLC, and me on tour! What does that mean? You get to meet them. In the flesh. They will be participating in the signings and events. At those signings, we’ll be giving away signed (by Pepe and Sztella and, not as exciting, by me) posters, photos, and other swag. There will also be meet and greet events you can join in on.

At each signing, there will be advanced copies of Onyx given away!

And to top things off (as if this isn’t enough, but we don’t do anything small), there’s something very, very exciting in the works! It involves advanced copies of Opal, water, and a little destination known as the Bahamas.

I am not kidding.

This will be epic.

Aare you excited? I am! This tour is going to be so, so much fun, and I’m so thrilled that Pepe and Sztella are a part of it. We owe them a huge thank you and a giant welcome making the 16 hour flight to meet the readers of the Lux Series.  You!

Daemon Invasion Signing and Event Schedule
June 8th
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA
3:00pm
June 10th
Barnes and Noble
St Johns Town Center
Jacksonville, FL
3:00pm
June 13th
Barnes and Noble
Waterford Lakes Town Center
Orlando, FL
3:00pm
June 14th
Barnes and Noble
The Palladium at City Place
West Palm Beach, FL
4:00pm


There are several #daemoninvasion street teamers out there and if you want to join a team to win exclusive prizes, search down the #daemoninvasion hashtag to join one of the teams! 


I just joined Emilie from Emilie's Book World's Street Team for the Daemon Invasion. I'm so excited to be part of it. And there are still spots open, so if you want to join you can find out more about it from Emilie's blog HERE. Or just EMAIL Emilie to join our Street Team!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Guest Post: David Morgan, author of The Boo Hag

Today we have the pleasure of talking to David Morgan, author of The Boo Hag. Here's a little about The Boo Hag:

Lenny Petrakas is worried about her skin. Not the way you're thinking. Not like that at all. While most people spend time concerned about dirt and elasticity, temperature and moisture, Lenny has a more pressing problem. Something is after her. Something evil that won't stop until it has peeled every last inch of skin from the teen's body. And then, it may end her misery quickly, or it may dump her body in the woods. Let infection and dehydration run its course. 
Lenny is just your normal sixteen-year-old girl. Was. Was just your normal sixteen-year-old girl. Quiet and polite. Petite. Introspective, but not to the point of isolation. Loyal? Fiercely so. Outstanding? Noteworthy? Different? No, no, and no. Or so she thought. What started as an eerie feeling, a certainty that someone had been in her room while she slept, has spiraled into something far worse. Something was in her room. Something that finds her highly different, extremely noteworthy, and intensely outstanding. 
Game over? Wrong. Lenny's a fighter, and she isn't about to lie down and take what's coming to her. Enlisting the help of her best friend, a not-so-secret admirer, the hottest guy in school, one odious cheerleader, and a paranormalist teacher, Lenny is facing her fears head on, in a battle she knows can only end in death.

And now, David is going to tell us a little about his scariest experience!

I never intended for The Boo Hag to be a scary book. That may sound stupid when you read the synopsis, but I’m serious. Even now, I have a hard time wrapping my brain, which is admittedly small and difficult to wrap, around the idea that I might be creeping people out. I am, all jokes aside, the least well-equipped person I know for writing a scary story. In my mind, a writer needs to be immune to the fear he or she is inflicting upon the reader. Immune to fear, I am not.


It started early for me. As a five-year-old, I spent a peaceful night of sleep tucked clandestinely behind my parents’ bedroom door, safe from whatever haunts flitted about my room. I was afraid of aliens, sure they were headed to my bedroom window to whisk me away for scientific experimentation. The list of things that terrified me is endless really. If you can think of it, at some point in my life I have probably been afraid of it. Burn victims? Check. The elephant man? Check. Little people? My sister’s bedroom closet? Going down at night by myself to get a stuffed animal that sat right at the foot of the stairs? Check, check, and check. No joke, the list could go on for hours. I once saw a baby with progeria, a disease that makes people age faster than normal, and was convinced that she was going to crawl into my room when I was sleeping. What she would have done there once she made it in is beyond me, but her mere inevitable arrival was enough to have me tucked firmly beneath my blanket, palms sweaty, praying for relief.


It’s gotten better. Marginally. I’m an adult. A grown man. But still, after watching an episode of The Walking Dead, I am sometimes wary of going down into my basement alone. I mean, I’ll do it, but I don’t like it. And I make sure the lights are all on. And I constantly whip my head around to make sure there are no zombies on my tail, poised to eat my flesh. I have an unhealthy fear of things, and I don’t think it’s normal.


For instance, a few weeks ago I was asleep when, at a little after 4 am, my wife tapped me and insisted that she heard someone in the house. Did I fly into action? No. No, I did not. Now, usually, fear or not, I would have run to my daughters’ room at the smallest of sounds. I would, and I have, but this morning was different; the girls were across the street at a sleepover with their aunts. All the living creatures in the house were in my bedroom, and I had no intention of leaving. My wife urged me to go check it out, but I insisted, through chattering teeth, that it was just the house settling. Houses do that right? Of course they do. But then we heard a footstep in the hall by our door. Man, that sucked. I wanted to send my wife to check it out. I mean it. It didn’t make sense for me to go out there; I didn’t even have a weapon. I do have a nice, solid flashlight that sits by my bed now, but at the time it was in the closet downstairs.


…Can I just say that, as I am writing this, I heard a loud thump over my head upstairs? I did. It wasn’t so scary though because it was followed by a short sleepy cry, and I guessed correctly that one of my daughters had fallen out of bed. That’s it. I just thought it was funny timing…


Anyway, back to me in the bedroom. So, I was looking for weapons down by my bed and all I have over there are like paperback books and somehow less imposing items. In the end, I don’t even know if I took anything with me, but I did finally make it out into the hall, heart pounding. I flipped on the light and was relieved to find nothing more than an empty hallway, but I didn’t really feel that relieved. I mean, there was that footstep, so I was still freaking out. Muscles clenched tightly, ready to pounce on the intruder, I stepped into my girls’ room and hit the lights. And came face to face with…my two-year-
old. She had woken up in the wee hours and wanted to come home. My sister-in-law had gotten her back into her bed in near silence. But near silence wasn’t enough to stop me from dispelling any notion that I wasn’t afraid anymore.


See what I mean? Do I laugh in the face of fear? No, I do not.


Instead I inflict frightening situations on my characters and see how they deal with them. That idea was at the heart of the beginnings of The Boo Hag. It wasn’t everything, but it was important. The idea of Lenny, a normal, sweet girl, who gets to face something horrible and prove how incredibly tough she is, was in place well before her actual nemesis was decided upon. And I’m happy with how it turned out. Lenny proves to be the anti-David Morgan when it comes to all things terrifying.


Thank you so much for the spot on your blog. I hope I didn’t take too much of the pretty out!


-David


Ha! Thanks so much for sharing your scary story with us, David. Guess you wouldn't stand a chance against the Boo Hag, huh?

David's Contact Info:

David's Blog: writerunsolicited.blogspot.com
Twitter: @davemorganbooks
Email: davemorganbooks@gmail.com

And check out David's book, The Boo Hag, to find out some of the scary experiences Lenny goes through.



Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (6): The Peculiars


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.


This weeks teaser comes from The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry. Be sure to watch out for this one coming May 1st 2012. It's pretty awesome so far!

"'Philosophically speaking, I am opposed to humiliating a female.' Han-jee crossed his massive arms. 
'Not your philosophy'n again, Han-jee. Don't matter what you think. We don't stand for no freakishness here.'" {The Peculiars, ch. 29}

*All quotes are from an unfinished ARC. Any quotations may differ from finished copy.*

Monday, April 23, 2012

Author Interview: Michael Drakich, author of The Brotherhood of Piaxia

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Drakich, author of The Brotherhood of Piaxia. Here's a little info on Michael's book:
Years have passed since the overthrow of the monarchy by the Brotherhood of Warlocks and they rule Piaxia in peaceful accord. But now forces are at work to disrupt this rule from outside the Brotherhood as well as within! Follow Tarlok, Savan and Tessia as their paths intertwine, with the Brotherhood in pursuit and the powerful merchant’s guild manipulating the populace for their own end. ~ Courtesy of Goodreads

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a father of three - my daughter Brooke, and two sons Miles and Erik. I lived my entire life in the most southern city in Canada in Windsor, Ontario. I’m a career Realtor for thirty-two years and now embarking on a second career as a writer.

You said that you don't have any writing degrees or awards, just a deep rooted love of writing and reading. What first inspired that love? Was it a particular book, a teacher, or did you just always know you wanted to write?

I’d say I became an avid reader at the age of ten. I’ll never forget the first serious novel I ever read, Moby Dick. In time, my tastes changed to mostly science fiction and fantasy. Throughout my teens I was probably reading a book a week. As the years passed, my life focused more on work but about ten years ago I found a renewed passion to read. It was only six years ago I made the decision to write. Believe me, it has been a long hard challenge. I needed to learn from scratch. In time, through four different workshops, hundreds of crit exchanges and countless hours in front of my computer, I believe I have evolved to the point where my work can appeal.

How do you market your work? What avenues have you found work best for you?

This is an interesting question. I first tried the old tried method of searching for an agent. No luck. Then I managed to secure a traditional publishing contract with a small publisher. My initial reaction – I’m on my way! Then reality bit. Leaving the marketing to them was disappointing. So now, with this latest novel, I’m going the self publish road. I’m trying a number of different approaches, but all of it is fairly recent (since March 15th last month) so the jury is still out as to whether they are effective. But having marketed real estate my entire career and having an Honors business degree behind me, plus my experiences with my first novel, I think I have a better idea on what I need to do.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What did you learn from it?

This is the thing that I am most proud of. I never considered any of the criticisms as tough, they were all constructive. I took to heart each and every issue pointed out to me as a change needed. This novel, The Brotherhood Of Piaxia, is a good example. It was actually the first novel I ever wrote. When I made the decision to begin writing I sat down and began on this work on Monday, February 20, 2006, at 5:23:53 PM. Ten months later I was done. Boy, was I a proud papa. I quickly discovered, it was crap. Enter all the workshops, two other novels, a number of short stories and novelettes and I came full circle. It was time to try anew and I did a complete rewrite. All the advice and suggestions I had received along the way had finally paid their dividends.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

I like to think of the lead character Jason Nesmith in Galaxy Quest. “Never give up, never surrender!” It has to be a passion. No matter how difficult the road may become, as long as you keep moving forward, keep honing the craft, and keep writing – it will come.


Thank you, Michael, for the fantastic advice. It's always so interesting to see how an author got their start.

Check out Michael's novel The Brotherhood of Piaxia at these great websites!


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Twilight vs. Tangled: The Proper Reaction

Hey guys!

I had to post this because, like it says, it is the PROPER REACTION.

I. Can't. Seem. To. Stop. LAUGHING! Ahahahaha!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: HarlequinTEEN
Publish Date: April 24 2012
Rating:



In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.  
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.  
Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.  
Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.  
Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.  
But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for. ~ Courtesy of Goodreads

The Immortal Rules is book one of Julie Kagawa's new Blood of Eden series. And it is fantastic! I've only read the first book of The Iron Fey series (because I have this strange aversion to all things fey) so I can't say for sure if The Immortal Rules is better but I can tell you I thought it was just as entertaining. Julie Kagawa writes her worlds so beautifully, you feel like your traveling along with the characters, but in the world of The Immortal Rules, that is sort of scary. Because, while The Iron Fey was creepy but beautiful, The Immortal Rules is downright terrifying. Kagawa's vampire/zombie rabids make The Immortal Rules one of the scariest books I've read this year, right behind Courtney Summers' zombie thriller THIS IS NOT A TEST.

I hate when I read a book that I think I'm going to enjoy because of the story, and then the main characters end up ruining the book because they're annoying or stupid or unrealistic. I did NOT run into that problem while reading The Immortal Rules. Man, I loved Allie! Like, LOVED her! This is one bad*** chick! A tough human girl turned strong vampire girl, who wants to help others. As a human, she couldn't do much to protect her friends. As a vampire she's stronger, faster. She can protect the people she cares for from those that would harm them. My favorite parts of The Immortal Rules all involved Allie, her katana and a horde of rabids. Anyone who will face down a hundred zombies armed with only a sword to rescue her friends deserves some respect.

And I sort of adored Kanin, Allie's vampire sire. He was so stiff and calm and cool all the time, but I think that just made me like him more. It made the smallest hint of humor from him a thousand times funnier. Kanin was Allie's rock throughout the book, especially after she struck out on her own. His advice and training helped her get through every situation she found herself in and helped her make better choices throughout the story. He had a definite Obi-Wan thing going on.

In a lot of ways The Immortal Rules reminded me of The Host by Stephenie Meyer. One of the last free groups of humans, wandering the wilderness, to escape the vampires who have taken over the world. A vampire girl hiding out with them, pretending to be human. It's just got a similar feel to it. It also feels similar to Blood Red Road by Moira Young. It's got the same sense of adventure that BRR has. The Immortal Rules is one of those books that you'll pick up and just never want to put down!

The Immortal Rules is one of my favorite books I've read so far this year. With every page I turned I just enjoyed it more and more. If you enjoyed Kagawa's Iron Fey series you will enjoy The Immortal Rules. If you love vampires, zombies, or just dystopian novels, you'll enjoy The Immortal Rules. Basically, just read The Immortal Rules. Trust me, you'll enjoy it!


Check out The Immortal Rules at these great websites!


12 Days of Morganville Madness Blog Tour Schedule & GIVEAWAY!



Hey guys!


Who's psyched about the upcoming release of Black Dawn by Rachel Caine?!

Well, to get you even more psyched we're announcing the schedule for the 12 Days of Morganville Madness Blog Tour! And guess what? Each stop on the tour will not only be reviewing one book from the Morganville series, but they're also giving away a copy of that book! And we're also giving away a copy of Glass Houses, Book 1 of the Morganville series, along with a Black Dawn bookmark!

Be sure to SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM of this post to ENTER for your chance to WIN Glass Houses! And follow the tour for your chance to WIN the other books in the series, including Black Dawn! Good Luck!

Here's the TOUR SCHEDULE:

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Review: Until Next Time by Amy Lignor


Title: Until Next Time
Author: Amy Lignor

Publisher: Tribute Books
Publish Date: Feb 1, 2012
Rating:

How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?

Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.

When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.

From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart. ~ Courtesy of Goodreads

Until Next Time by Amy Lignor is the first book in The Angel Chronicles. I want to say that enjoyed this book, and I did to an extent, but I did have a few problems with it, as well. From insta-love to confusing narratives to vague plot points, Until Next Time just didn't strike home for me the way I think it could have.

The biggest mistake Lignor made with Until Next Time, was not taking a little more time to develop her characters. Everything in the novel moved too fast. No matter what drama or danger surrounded the characters, I just didn't care, because I never got to know them. If I don't know them, how can I care about their problems? There was a chapter or two in the beginning of the book where I started to care about Liz, but then it felt like everything started to happen all at once and I didn't have time to care about who Liz or Jason or anyone else was.

I'm not a huge fan of insta-love, which is why I just couldn't understand Liz and Jason's relationship. They'd known each other for fifteen minutes before he kissed her. It wasn't chemistry or attraction or whatever you want to call it. It was just pure insta-love. And I get it, they're souls were connected and all, but sometimes in order to believe two characters are in love, I need to see them fall in love. You can't just tell me, "Okay, they're in love now." That doesn't mean anything without the actions to back it up.

There was a whole supernatural element to Until Next Time that I wasn't expecting. I mean, sure the book's about angels possessing human bodies in order to learn about life on earth, but I wasn't expecting Liz's "gift". It made the story just a little bit confusing. Sometimes I wasn't sure if what was happening was Emily's doing or Liz's body's. Even after finishing the book, I'm still not sure if it was the angel's gifts or if Liz herself had some sort of power.

Some parts of the book just made absolutely no sense. I'm not sure if Lignor intended it that way or if poor editing is to blame, but it made an already confusing story much more confusing. At one point, Liz is about to ride away on a horse with a boy, Jason. He asks her her last name and she tells him and then he tells her his name and then it says,
"A smile danced on her lips as she fell into a peaceful slumber." {Until Next Time, Ch. 12}
What? Did she just go to sleep on the horse before they even left town?! She'd just woken up twenty minutes earlier. Why would she go to back to sleep on the horse? (That one little bit just bugged me so much. Sorry if I'm ranting.)

Anyway, I've always hated books where whenever something bad, good, or intense happens to the heroine, she faints. Well, almost everyone in Until Next Time feels like fainting at some point or another. It makes no sense to me. People don't just faint all the time. Maybe if they're out in the hot sun for a long time without food or water they might faint. But you don't faint from "seeing the passion in your lover's eyes"! That's just ridiculous. And if Liz did faint from something so trivial than she has no business being called "strong". And Jason passed out because Liz left him a goodbye note? What? Get out there and find her, don't take a nap! Does anyone know what the word strong even means? Because it doesn't mean "Hey, something bad is about to happen. Instead of stopping said bad thing, I think I'll just pass out until it's all over and done with."

Sending Matt and Emily to Earth to learn about humans just seems incredibly mean to me. The entire time I was reading, I was intrigued, don't get me wrong, but I kept thinking "Why?!" The angels don't ever give any real explanation for why Matt and Emily must be tormented. They usually just talk in circles. Like, "When your on earth you won't remember your an angel and everything you've been taught, but your responsible for everything you do down there so choose wisely." Those poor kids! They were dropped into the bodies of people who didn't want to live any more. How can they possibly make any good decisions if all they have to work with is their bodies memories? Aren't they basically just being set up for failure? That's kind of what it came across as. Like they were test dummies for some great experiment (which I guess they sort of were, actually). But still, sometimes I felt so bad for Matt and Emily it made me want to punch an angel!

All in all, Until Next Time is an interesting read, but it could have been done better. The writing was confusing and I felt like certain things, even simple things, could have been explained or described in a much clearer way. But towards the end of the book I did finally get into the story. And, even though it felt rushed and a little confusing, it was still intriguing enough to have me flipping pages late into the night. I'd recommend Until Next Time to anyone who likes angels (the angels in this book are kinda awesome, by the way!) and is looking for a quick read.

Check out Until Next Time at these great websites!


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (5)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

This week's teaser comes from The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols. Currently, my sister Taylor is reading this book, but I thought I'd post a teaser to get myself psyched for it.

"'Why is Carter on your case about kicking? He's the quarterback, and he acts like he's never heard of your position. There's something else going on between you, isn't there?' 
'Yeah. It's kind of hard to explain.' 
'Try. It's getting weird, and I'm getting tired of teaching Carter football.'" {The One That I Want, pg. 175}


Monday, April 16, 2012

Author Interview: Debbie Davies, author of Any Love But Mine

Hey guys!

Today I had the privilege to interview Debbie Davies, author of Any Love But Mine. Here's a little info about the book:
Look but don't touch has never been more true... 
The gods forbade her to love, but love is a powerful force. Acacia has been created purely for Eros' pleasure but discovers within moments of being summoned into his presence that he has no interest in her whatsoever. Rejected, she is banished to Earth to serve as Eros' minion with the task of promoting the blissful state of love among all those around her, a state she must never indulge in with a human being herself on pain of immediate destruction. And then comes Josh, someone whose power of attraction over Acacia is so intense she will find it utterly impossible to resist him. But is he human? Is he a god? Or is he a trick of the gods? And what would happen should they kiss? ~ Courtesy of Goodreads
Sounds interesting, right? Now let's let Debbie tell us a little more about herself and her awesome book!

Any Love But Mine is based on Greek Mythology. What is your favorite Greek myth and why?

My favourite myth is the one that inspired me to write the book and that is the myth of Eros and Psyche. Its my favourite because underneath everything that happens to them its just so romantic!

If I was to meet Acacia in real life, what should I expect? Is she wild and carefree, like the gods, or quieter and more subdued?

Acacia is wild and adventurous but she isn't carefree, she can't be with how many people are trying to control her life and with the weight of an impending war between the worlds resting on her decisions.

Acacia has been forbidden to love, yet she still falls for Josh. In your own opinion, what is it about love that would make someone like Acacia risk her own certain destruction for it?

I think Acacia is willingly to risk it all for Josh because she feels some deep embedded attraction and need to be with him but also she has been made to give this gift of love to so many that she wants to take some of it for herself - she is a little bit selfish. Also she hates the life she has, she was never wanted by Eros so she doesn't see why she should do as she is told just to please him.

If you could pick your dream cast for Any Love But Mine, who would you choose?

My friend and I have done this quite often and here are the ones we can pick;


Acacia - I've never been able to pick anyone!!!!!







Allana - Zooey Deschanel


Hercules - Kellan Lutz


Hades - Jared Leto



While writing Any Love But Mine, we're there any major changes in the story from first draft to finished copy? Or did you pretty much know how it was going to turn out from the get go?

Well its name changed from 'All love leads to war' to 'Untouched' to 'Forbidden to love' to what it is now 'Any love but mine'. The story also changed it began as a sort of light hearted cupids confessions type of diary and I decided against that and created The Erosians and the story kind of told itself from there.

Thanks so much for talking to us today, Debbie. And I totally love your cast choices for your characters! I'd totally watch that movie :)

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Socialpunk Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY!

Hey guys!

Today we 're excited to post an excerpt from the science fiction novel, Socialpunk by Monica Leonelle as part of the Socialpunk Blog Tour! There's also a giveaway, so remember to ENTER at the bottom of the post! Here's a description of Socialpunk:
Ima would give anything to escape The Dome and learn what’s beyond its barriers, but the Chicago government has kept all its citizens on lockdown ever since the Scorched Years left most of the world a desert wasteland. When a mysterious group of hooded figures enters the city unexpectedly, Ima uncovers a plot to destroy The Dome and is given the choice between escaping to a new, dangerous city or staying behind and fighting a battle she can never win.

Here's an EXCERPT:

Twelve cups of water sat on the table, four for each of them. Next to each cup sat a pill—yellow for fat, red for carbs, blue for protein, and green for vitamins. 
Vaughn took the red pill, ripped it in half like a pack of sugar, and poured it into his cup. He set his cup into a contraption on the table and it whirled and hissed. When the machine finished, the cup had a pink, swirly liquid inside. 
Nahum looked at the four cups in distaste. 
“Not up to your standards?” Vaughn asked, shooting his drink. He swallowed the mixture in one large gulp. “I would get you something else, but we’re rebuilding our hash. We can’t afford real food, plus it’s bad for you anyway. Extremely difficult to maintain a balanced diet.” 
“Synthetic food can’t cost that much,” Nahum countered. He grinned. “We had it in our little fake world, at least.” 
Vaughn chuckled. “Synthetic food is even worse for you than real food. Shortens your life. We stopped eating that stuff at the turn of the century. It gave people long-term hyperactivity, which can kill you. LTH took out a lot of the population, kind of like cancer in your day, except a bigger deal because the population had dwindled so low already. Plus, people live indefinitely now.” 
Nahum’s nose twitched as he laughed. “People don’t live indefinitely.”
But Vaughn looked genuinely surprised. “Of course we do. Have you seen anyone who looks over the age of twenty-five to you?” 
“What does that mean, though?” Ima asked out of curiosity. “How could you live indefinitely? You may not look older, but you still age.” 
Vaughn grinned. “Like I said before—there’s a lot you don’t understand about this world.”

Monica Leonelle is a well-known digital media strategist and the author of three novels. She blogs at Prose on Fire (http://proseonfire.com) and shares her writing and social media knowledge with other bloggers and authors through her Free Writer Toolkit (http://proseonfire.com/free-writer-toolkit).

Thursday, April 12, 2012

SALE! Torn by Ashley S. Morgan

Hey guys!

Just wanted to let everyone know that Torn by Ashley S. Morgan is on SALE now for $0.99! Check out our interview with Ashley HERE. Here's a little about Torn:


Isadora Rivers feels trapped. Her small town high school is suffocating her. Another day of wannabe gangsters, dumb jocks, and Barbie clones, and she'll just lose it. Her keen emotional sensitivity is to blame. She sees through all of the poser behavior to the pain and insecurity simmering just below the surface, and it's overwhelming. She feels like she's literally drowning in other people's emotions. 
This same sensitivity, however, makes her a great actress. Suffocating or not, her high school is one of the top arts schools in the country. Acting is not only her passion, but it also looks like her way out. If she can just score the lead role in the school play, she might get herself noticed by a Hollywood agent. But she's got a strong reckless streak, and it keeps getting her in trouble and jeopardizing her chances. 
Riding her bike at top speed, she swerves in front of a car and nearly gets hit. The driver, Tristan Blake, turns out to be the mysterious new boy at school. He's rebellious, broody, and wise beyond his years. He's also devastatingly gorgeous. From the moment their eyes meet, Isadora is irresistibly drawn to him. But as soon as he enters her life, things go horribly wrong. She begins having disturbing visions full of unimaginable glamour and unbearable darkness. He knows things about her he shouldn't. And he's somehow so familiar. As he at turns pulls her close, and then pushes her away, Isadora feels like her heart is being twisted and torn. 
She soon discovers that her whole future is in jeopardy, and her only hope is to stay away from Tristan. But how can she turn away from the only boy she has ever loved? As a harrowing event looms closer, one that threatens to rip apart her psyche, Isadora must reach deep inside herself and find the strength to change her own destiny. But is she strong enough to do it?

Think it sounds good?



Author Interview: Brian Rowe, author of The Vampire Underground

Hey guys!

Today I had the privilege of interviewing author Brian Rowe about his recently released novel, The Vampire Underground. Here's a little info on the book:

16-year-old Brin Skar hates everything to do with the supernatural, so the obsessive film geek isn't happy when she discovers that her junior year Film class at Grisly High is devoted to the horror genre. She's even more disconcerted when she learns that six groups in the class will be writing and directing their very own horror movies.  
Brin and five classmates travel to Bodie Ghost Town in California to shoot their creepy film, but they soon find themselves fighting a real terrifying threat when a clan of mean, bloodthirsty vampires emerge from beneath the surface and start attacking the group. The teens, headed by Brin and the egotistical director Anaya Frost, have no help from the outside and become outnumbered by the vampires a hundred to one.  
But when Brin meets Paul, a helpful and smoldering vampire outcast who's had enough of his shameful life, she realizes he might be the only key to her survival. ~ Courtesy of Goodreads

Sounds pretty awesome, right? Well, let Brian tell you a little more about his characters and The Vampire Underground's own special (non-sparkly) brand of vamps!

In The Vampire Underground Brin is a film geek, but she hates horror movies. What is your least favorite horror movie of all time and why?


Unlike the main character of Vampire Underground – Brin – I love horror movies, always have and always will. My favorite horror movie of all time is John Carpenter's Halloween, so naturally my LEAST favorite horror movie of all time has to be Rob Zombie's 2007 remake of Halloween. While I adored Zombie's The Devil's Rejects, I hated his Halloween remake so much that for the last few years I try to forget such an atrocity exists. There's only one Halloween, and that's the Carpenter original!

There are a ton of books, movies and even TV shows about vampires. What made you decide to write a book about them?


I know it may not have been the most original idea in the world to write a novel about vampires. I know that vampire books have been a fad in the YA world these last few years, especially because of the Twilight books. But while the word, "Vampire," is in the title of this novel, I'm much more interested in the human characters than the vampire ones. The Vampire Underground is merely the first of seven books, in which my main characters, Brin and Ash, fight against various supernatural baddies, from vampires, to zombies, to demons, to werewolves, to aliens. This is JUST the beginning. For at least four years now I've had the idea of a group of teens who go to a spooky ghost town to make a movie and discover that creatures live underneath the ground. In the last year I came to the decision that the creatures should be vampires. And I really liked the idea of bringing back SCARY vampires. The vamps in this story are not sparkly and lovable; they are out for blood, and ONLY blood!

How are the vamps in The Vampire Underground different from other popular vampires in books and movies? Do they have any unique traits?


I introduce some of the unique traits of the vampires in The Vampire Underground in this first book, but other traits are going to be revealed about them in future books. In this first book we learn that a large clan of vampires hibernate in the mountains of Bodie, California during winter, and then live along the Pacific Coast during the warmer months of the year, when they come out of the darkness, and search for blood. One of their unique traits is that stakes can't kill them; the only way to put them down is to remove an essential part of their bodies (and it's not the feet!). Another strikingly unique trait about the vampires is revealed at the very end, which I won't reveal here. Mainly, as I said before, I wanted to bring back the terrifying elements of vampires, and put my human characters in real danger.

Which of the characters in The Vampire Underground do you most relate to?


There are elements of me in all of my main characters. I have a lot in common with Brin– her name is just one letter off from mine, obviously! -- and while Anaya has a hot temper, her desire to direct their movie is something I can definitely relate to. Dylan, a character that will be explored more in future books, is very much me, and Mr. Barker, the Film teacher, is someone I'll probably become about ten years from now. But the character I MOST relate to has to be Ash — the quiet film nerd. I love writing this character, and look forward to putting him into more adventures as this series of books progresses!

What are a few books or movies that influenced you while writing The Vampire Underground?


I'm watching movies and reading books all the time, and certainly many influenced me while I was writing The Vampire Underground. My dad showed me a terrific horror movie when I was younger — The Hills Have Eyes, written and directed by Wes Craven. Many elements from that film make their way into my story. I've always been fascinated by throwing a group of teenagers into an unusual setting where even more unusual things happen, and that's certainly what happens in Vampire Underground. My favorite vampire movie of all time is an oldie but certainly a goodie — Nosferatu, directed by F.W. Murnau. Not only is it one of the most effective horror movies ever made (and silent no less!), it features no doubt the scariest vampire ever put on celluloid. The vampires in Vampire Underground are not, with one exception, pretty; they are large, pale, mean creatures of the night, and I wanted them to have the physical traits of Nosferatu. Finally, I definitely wanted an element of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, my favorite TV show of all time, in The Vampire Underground. While the main character Brin doesn't appear to be a warrior in the novel's opening chapters, she really comes into her own during the book's second half. And while she may not be Buffy, she's got what it takes to annihilate all the monsters in her path!


The Vampire Underground is on sale for the Kindle now on Amazon! And check back this summer, when Brin, Ash, and others battle ZOMBIES in the second installment of my Grisly High series, The Zombie Playground!


Thanks so much for this interview! I hope you all enjoy my book!!


Thanks so much for talking to us today, Brian.

Follow Brian on Twitter here. And everyone go check out The Vampire Underground! How awesome does it sound?

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