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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy New Year! Giveaway 1 Autographed copy of TLOK

The Legacy of Kilkenny
book one
by Devyn Dawson

    People ask me all the time about where I got the idea for TLOK.  I knew I wanted to write a book about family and friends, but I needed teenagers to read it.  Yes, the story is about werewolves, and no they aren't like Twilight.  I have absolutely no problem with Twilight's werewolves, I mean seriously who doesn't love them some Jacob, right?  My werewolves have more to worry about than a damsel in distress, that happens to be in love with a vampire and a werewolf.  TLOK is about friendship, and how far will we go to protect a friend?  How far will we go to stand up for what we believe in?  How in touch with our humanity are we really, and what would we do to make sure we stayed in touch with it? 

      My two main characters, Abel Casey and Pru Phelan are beautiful as you can see on the cover of the book.  Abel obviously has a crush on the princess of the pack Pru, but she has her eyes on her bodyguard Oakley.  Abel is a gentleman about his feelings, and realizes that if he is indeed the Great Wolf, he must stay focused.  What is a werewolf story without a vampire?  Arien, he is a perfect male specimen, minus the fact he is an obnoxious vampire that needles Pru at every chance he gets. Now we get back to the question about why I chose this subject, the answer is, they are interesting.  You have the hierarchy within the pack, as well as the lower ranked members, but all together they form a well defined pack.  Isn't that what happens in a family?  Isn't that what teenagers deal with in both their friendships and their family?  Of course they aren't werewolves and vampires, but they have the same rankings.  

    That was a long answer to a short question.  I guess you'll think twice about asking me anything.  I look forward to your comments and I hope to make a lot of new friends.  

    I have some more exciting news, my book Malevolence Book Two, will be out in Jan 2012.  I'm so excited - more info to come soon!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Ascended Blog Hop - by Tiffany King with GIVEAWAY

This is an excerpt from the amazing Young Adult Author Tiffany King.  Her first book Meant to Be (Saving Angels Series book 1) came out early in 2011 and has been a huge success.  Forgotten Souls is the second book in the Saving Angels Series. And the Ascended is the final book in the trilogy.  Keep reading for an excerpt from the book & what people are saying about Tiffany King (I'm saying she is pretty doggone awesome)

Excerpts from reviews of Forgotten Souls ~

King closed the story on a screeching, anti-climatic tone that made me ache for Krista (it was emotionally wrenching). I CANNOT wait to read book three! If there isn't a book three, I will totally stalk her until she writes it! *hatches evil plan* ;) .  ~ adoring fan on Amazon

(See that is one reason Tiffany was held down and made to write the third book.)

Tiffany King has created a world of beauty and grace and it is one to be read late into the night. I would totally recommend it to anyone who loves a good love story, who believes of a higher power and has ever felt a strong bond to a friend. Great book, hope you take the chance to read it, Tiffany King really knows how to create a strong world with 3-d characters. Take a chance on this book, I'm glad I sure did.  ~ adoring fan on Amazon

(3-d characters - how awesome is that!)

Beautifully written and full of heart. I laughed, I cried, I cringed and I could not put it down! ~ adoring fan on Amazon

(I hope she isn't still carrying it around - because she is going to have her hands full with The Ascended)

Are you about to tingle in anticipation???  Okay, but wait - there's more!!! Yes sirree, for being the next contestant on my website you can win a prize.... not any old prize either.  YOU GOTTA LEAVE A COMMENT WITH YOUR EMAIL - I didn't make the rules... oh, well yeah I kinda did.  Okay lovie, you really do gotta leave a comment.  EVERY comment is being pooled with the other blogs on the hop... yup Hop (not the bunny hop silly) - every 3 hops - she is giving away an e-book from the series... but wait!  The GRAND PRIZE will be given to Three people out of all the entries in the tour - it is a AUTOGRAPHED POSTER & BOOK - so love, LEAVE A COMMENT with an answer and your email address -  Do you believe in angels?

I sat up a little confused and saw that the campfire was almost completely out. I squinted my eyes, trying to see through the dim light and after several seconds, I could make out the sleeping silhouettes of my friends. There was a strange buzzing sound that sounded like a radio on a station that had a low frequency.
"Sheesh, we make the worst lookouts," I muttered, sitting up straighter to work out the kink in my back. Shawn sat up next to me looking puzzled.
"Sorry, I fell asleep too," he mumbled, looking down at Sam who had fallen asleep with her head resting on his knees.
"I guess we all did," I said, standing up to throw another stick onto the fire and watched as the flames reignited and lit up the area. I gasped when I noticed that the net was gone and blackness surrounded our campsite. It was as if someone had snuffed out the moon and the stars.
"Hey where's the net?" I asked my friends, taking a groggy step forward. I reached out my hand, confused that the entire net had disappeared on us. I went to take another tentative step forward when I was jerked backward by a hand grasping my arm.
"What the heck?" I asked, aggravated at my brother who had gripped my arm so tightly. I turned to see his horrified expression as he peered out into the darkness beyond me.
Unease flooded through me like I had been doused in ice water. I turned around cautiously, scared that the eyes of a Daemon or something would greet me. I squinted in the darkness, trying to understand what had alarmed my brother. My eyes finally began to adjust and I was puzzled to see that the blackness around us seemed to pulsate as if it was alive. I took a terrified step backwards, finally realizing that thousands and thousands of bugs had filled the night sky around us.
My terror induced scream filled the night air when I realized that the net wasn't gone, but was completely covered with the squirming bodies of every bug imaginable. The weight of their bodies made the netting bow in around us.
Shawn grasped me by the shoulders, pivoting me around to face him as my scream continued to slice through the night like a banshee.
My nightmare had somehow seeped into reality.

December 4th Courtney Cole
December 5th M. Leighton
December 6th Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
December 7th Nichole Chase
December 8th Two Chicks on Books
December 9th The Autumn Review
December 10th Shelly Crane
December 12th Jennifer Snyder
December 13th Devyn Dawson
December 14th Laura Elliot
December 15th fiktshun
December 16th Bookish Babes
December 17th Tess Watson
December 18th Megan Duncan
December 19th Hey it’s Fishy
December 20th Abbi Glines
December 21st C.A Kunz
December 22nd Teenage Reader
December 23rd Secret Lives of Fiction Lovers
December 24th Michelle Muto
December 25th Christmas Day
December 26th Amy Jones
December 27th Fisher Amelie
December 29th Sean Hayden

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Interview with Lovie Lacey & Giveaway ARC DEADLY COOL

Throughout my writing process, I’ve had one constant…Lacey. She is not only a Lovie, but she is a friend. Her humor is wickedly dry, as is mine, and together we have a great time. I think you’ll find a touch of her humor in this interview.

The writing process isn’t complete until we share our words with a friend or beta reader. We sit and wait to find out if they liked it or not. Maybe they hate it and don’t know how to tell us it sucks. What if I didn’t make myself clear about letting me know if they liked it? What if they are having a bonfire and using it as kindling? What if……

There are a million what if’s in a writers mind. I’ve decided to ask a couple of my Lovies what they like in a book. I think you’ll find Lacey’s view both smart and witty.

I almost forgot.... I have a giveaway! You heard me! I’m giving away an ARC of Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday. It’s easy peasy to enter, follow the rules on the Rafflecopter. Have a great week! Next week I’ll be interviewing Tiffany King!

Thank you for doing this interview!

1. As a reader, what POV do you prefer? Do you like first person?

I do like stories told from the first person point of view. I also like the third person point of view. I especially like it when stories alternate between the first and third person.

2. In a character, what do you look for? Do you like the damsel in distress? Strong willed characters?

I tend to gravitate toward strong characters. I don’t have patience for the ‘damsel in distress.’ I find characters like that rather boring and predictable. I like characters that have something interesting about them, whatever that might be…something mysterious, an edge, a secret, a dark side. I also want the character I’m reading about to have some redeeming qualities. I want to see the good in this character.

3. What genre has been your go-to over the last year? Why?

Young Adult. Honestly, that’s just what I like to read. I also think there are so many talented authors in the YA genre right now. It’s almost impossible to keep up with all the new releases! My list of ‘Must Read Now’ is so long I don’t even know where to start.

4. Do you have an e-reader? If so, do you prefer ebooks or the kind you can hold and feel the pages?

I have a Nook. I like it. I use it. I do have to say though, I will probably always prefer an actual book. You must realize this is coming from someone who believes she was born in the wrong era. I’m not in love with technology. It’s like this: Technology and I used to be frenemies. Technology and I then decided to be friends. Recently, technology and I decided to start dating. It’s not like we will ever get married or anything.

5. What entices you to read a book? Is it the cover or do you read reviews of books and decide from there?

I wish I could say that I read book reviews like a sophisticated person, but I don’t. I usually look at the cover and think “This is pretty.” I then proceed to read the back of the book/inside the jacket and if I’m interested I read the first few pages, and if I’m enticed I will continue. If I’m on my Nook, I will sample the first chapter. I also have a few friends that like the same kind of books that I like, so we suggest different Authors to one another.

6. Do you write reviews of books and post them on a blog? Do you rate books on Goodreads?

I have rated a few books on Goodreads. I have also done a few reviews on Amazon. Other than that, no. I don’t usually do reviews.

7. Do you read any Indie books? If so, what made you take the chance on them?

I have honestly not read that many indie books, but the ones that I have read I have really enjoyed. What does that say? Maybe I should start reading more indie books? I took a chance on them because I had a good feeling about them and the author.

8. What is your view of the new rage of self published authors?

I think it’s fabulous! If you have the talent and writing is something you want to do then you should do it. That’s why the self publishing is so great because it allows you to have the opportunity to get your work out to the public.

9. Do you give books as gifts for children? Do you look at the illustrations or the message?

I try to avoid children. If I were to give a child a book, however, I would probably look at the message first and make sure it was appropriate for the child. I would then look at the illustrations and at least see if they were mildly interesting so that the child would be somewhat entertained while looking at it.

10. Quick! Other than yours truly, who is your favorite author right now? Last year? High school? Growing up?

Well, other than the fabulous Devyn Dawson, right now I really like Jessica Verday, Cassandra Clare, and Suzanne Collins. I’m also a huge Richelle Mead fan. Her Vampire Academy series is one of my absolute favorite. I’m a fan of the classics. Edgar Allan Poe. Anyone who knows anything about me knows that William Shakespeare is my lover. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde are two of my favorite novels.

Thank you Lacey... you always make me smile.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Book Lover's Holiday Hop Dec 2 - 6

The Book Lover's Holiday Giveaway Hop will run from Dec. 2nd to 6th.
Thanks to Alyson from Kid Lit Frenzy for co-hosting. A special thanks to I am a Reader, Not a Writer for hosting yet another fabulous hop!

There are over 200 entries - so work fast this weekend and enter as many as you can. I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a delightful New Year.

It is super easy to enter and up for grabs is a copy of the 30th Anniversary Edition of Where the Sidewalk Ends and a $10.00 gift card to Books A Million. It is by far one of the best children's poetry books around.