Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Hey!

Hi guys,

You may have noticed that for a while there I deleted this blog (maybe about two months). That's because unfortunately, I just don't have the time to manage this. However, after the past couple of weeks hearing from some of you, I realize that there are interviews and things on here that you still want to be able to check out so I brought the blog back. I figured this way those authors I got the chance to interview still have their books here for people to find, and all those pesky links I peppered throughout goodreads.com throughout the four years this blog was running still have a review to take people to.

HOWEVER

I do not see myself posting reviews or anything to this in the near future. Again, I'm only bringing it back because a few people asked what happened and wanted their reviews up again. Every once in a while I might try and post a review or so, but for the most part, if you're interested in following what I'm reading, you can follow me on Goodreads.com. I've also put it on the right side bar so you can check all my current reads and what I rated them.

I will continue to post my reviews on Goodreads! Thank you.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Author Pamela S. Canepa Interview

Hi guys!

I've got another author interview!!! Read below for more information on her books and how to check them out! :)

I've got the blurb here for one of her books, Detours in Time, as well as a cover image for you guys to check out! Directly below that is the interview! It isn't mentioned, but this author and these books can be found on Goodreads and added to your shelves! :)

Blurb:

Feisty Tabatha, a struggling artist, and Milt, an awkward Science professor, set off on a journey to the future. What was supposed to be fun soon turns quite intense when they make discoveries about their future selves and end up on other “detours.” The two set events into action that may save one life, yet destroy another. Can these friends of completely different mindsets agree on a course of action? Can Tabatha stick to Milt’s rules of time travel? Both Milt and Tabatha struggle to witness and not participate in a place and time that is not yet their own.

Amid the backdrop of a future that reveals great wonders and horrors, Tabatha and Milt must resist the temptation to use discoveries from future technology to aid them when they return to the present. Detours in Time starts as a fantastic escape and grows to present many moral dilemmas and surprises that can either destroy the strongest friendship or bring two people closer.



Science Fiction author, Pamela Schloesser Canepa, author of the Made for Me series and the newly released, Detours in Time.

 

1.) When do you usually write?  S
 
ince I am still employed as a teacher, I write mostly on the weekends, holidays, and during the summer, unless an idea is buzzing in my brain, which means I will stay up late and write when the spirit moves me.  When it hits, I try to make the most of it!

 

2.) What made you decide to start? 
 
I started writing stories and poems as a kid.  My mom received a Mother’s day poem when I was eight, so of course she has encouraged this habit all along.  I’ve always loved reading, so being a voracious reader probably inspired me, and being a teacher of English means I have studied a lot of writers.  I love to write for fun most of all: fun, emotional release, and the thrill of inventing something with my imagination.

 

3.) Tell us a little about your book that can't be found in the blurb. 
 
This quote says a lot about the main characters in Detours in Time, my most recent release, and sets the mood:  “He was twenty years her senior, but from his childlike curiosity and goofy sense of humor, one wouldn’t know it, and they got along very well.  Of course, traveling back in time and meeting his twenty-two-year-old-self did not help matters for Pinky at all.” 

This book also takes place in 1997, from which my characters travel to the future.  Exploring the 1990s brought back many fond memories for me, and it helped me imagine doing everything differently.  It was also fun to write of a time when people had to call each other or walk over to their friend’s house if they wanted to see them.  My female lead doesn’t even own a computer!  Imagine!  It was great fun writing about her reaction to the technology they discovered when traveling to 2047.

 

4.) Who was you're favorite character to create, and why? 
 
I love most of my characters.  Today, I think my favorite is Pinky, a.k.a Tabitha.  She’s young, independent, outspoken, and stubborn.  She has strange eating habits, like my mother.  I always tell her not to skip meals. She is also set in her ways, when you think she would be the open-minded one in my story.  However, she has a strong moral standing.  I also love her style.  😊  it was fun creating that as well.

 

5.) Who was you're least favorite (or most difficult if you can't choose!)? 
 
George Mahoney.  He is pretty evil.  I only touch upon him in this book, but he will return in a future book.

 

6.) What made you choose this genre? Are there other genres you hope to try your hand at eventually? 
 
Writing in sci-fi helps me release a lot of anxieties.  I have long been a fan of sci-fi and the ethical questions it raises, as well as the perilous situations it puts characters in, forcing them to emerge as true warriors.  As far as other genres, yes, I hope to publish the paranormal genre.  It’s another genre where there are endless possibilities.  As a true worry-wart, I have often pondered the what-ifs of many situations.  What if my plane crashed?  You can see that question through positively as well; what if my plane crashed and my adrenaline surged enough for me to lift one side and rescue several passengers?  Think about it, people have done impossible things.  Why?  Because there are so many possibilities in this world.  My favorite quote ever is very comforting to me:  “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” – by William Shakespeare, Hamlet.  What this means to me is that this world around us is not all there is.  There is so much more.  I love to dream of something more.  Don’t get me wrong, I was raised as a good, Christian girl, but all of these possibilities out there only comfort me; they do not shake my faith at all.  When I have felt low in my life, it always made me feel better to think of things that were once considered impossible.  My favorite inspiration in nature is the flying squirrel.  Imagine the day he first discovered he could fly!

 

7.) What is your writing method like? 
 
Oh, this question is hard to answer.  I get overcome with ideas.  I used to get hit with ideas, and then sit down to write later (key word), remembering none of them.  Now, I make notes on my check register as I’m out and about.  I remember having conversations at parties, years ago, and someone would say, “You should patent that idea.”  Well, guess what?  I forgot all those ideas.  I didn’t think like a writer, I thought like a dreamer.  You have to put the dream to pen and paper.  I don’t want to lose ideas anymore!  I’m in my late forties and finally a published author.  This could have happened sooner.  That aside, I would say I am not too organized, though I am researching ways to get better organized.  I’ve started doing makeshift outlines for my writing.  I am also reading about story arcs.  So I think I will get more organized.  My method is also a little bit of a 5 tab method.  There are five tabs or more open on my computer sometimes.  I am also trying to work on that. 😊  Oh, well.  Life is short.  Sometimes I want to do it all.  However, I know when to close some of those tabs so that I can get at least one thing done!

 

8.) If you were stranded on an island with one of your characters, who would it be and why? 
 
I’d love to be stranded with Milt.  He is brilliant, with a child-like sense of curiosity.  I think he could be happy anywhere, and we’d be able to distract our minds from any discomfort.  I imagine the things he would say when we are looking up at the stars at night.  I am sure the view of a night sky would be wonderful on an uninhabited island.  He is sort of a man-child, but he is smart and could help us find food, water, shelter, etc.  He is pretty patient, too.

 

9.) Tell us where we can find your book(s), and more information on your work.   
 

 

10.) Is there anything else you would like to add?   
 
There will be future publications within the next year, to include a sequel to Detours in Time.   Sign up for my newsletter at my website listed above, or please follow my blog or author Facebook:  http://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com blog,  http://bit.ly/2l1pqvF (Author Facebook).
 
Thanks, Pamela!
 
Hope you all enjoyed the interview! Questions and comments welcome! :)

Friday, June 9, 2017

Bad Things Play Here Release Day!!!!!!!



Hey guys,

My Paranormal Romance book, Bad Things Play Here, came out today!!! *Woot* Woot* I'm going to leave a few links below where you can purchase the book in either paperback or ebook form, as well as the blurb in case you've missed it!

I've also got another author interview coming at the end of the month, so keep checking back! ;)

Here are the links, as promised:

Amazon Kindle Edition: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071WVZLC9

Paperback Edition: https://www.amazon.com/Things-Play-Here-Chani-Feener/dp/1547026960/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1497026804&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=bad+things+play+here+chani+lynn+feener

Smashwords Edition: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/729135

Please find and add the book to your TBR's on Goodreads, and be sure to leave a review once you're finished reading! Here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35394784-bad-things-play-here

In case you want to read it again, I'm going to leave the blurb here for you guys! :) As always, questions and comments welcome! Please let me know what you all think, and go grab your copy now!!! ;)

Blurb:

You can’t escape destiny…

Piper Anesidora hates her last name, and the Reaper and demon infested life that comes with it. For centuries, her family has been tasked with protecting Pandora’s Box, and ensuring it’s never reopened. That’s why five years ago she ran away, hoping to build a normal life, one of her own choosing. And it worked. For a little while. But now her brother has been taken by Orpheus, a malicious soul who’s escaped from the Underworld, and if that isn’t bad enough, he’s also stolen the box. The sooner she finds her brother and stops Orpheus from unleashing hell on earth, the better. Piper wants nothing more than to return to the mundane existence she’s created for herself. That is until she’s partnered with the one guy capable of making her crave more. She’s always been told giving into sin is wrong, but her ancestors clearly never met Lust.

You can’t resist temptation…

Reece Luben takes intimate knowledge to a whole new level. As the Greek god of lust, he has a long standing reputation to uphold as a playboy, despite the fact he’s grown bored with the game. It’s been centuries since he’s cared about someone other than his maenads, so he passes the time getting people to shed their inhibitions. As one of the few beings who can sense Pandora’s Box, Reece has no choice but to help Piper find and stop Orpheus, even though he’s avoided her family since the start of his second life. But the feisty Anesidora woman makes him feel things he’s long forgotten, and what starts out as one night giving into desire turns into another…and another. What happens when the god of lust decides he’s changing the game and playing for keeps?



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Groovy Author Interview!

Hi guys,

I've got another author interview for you! Groovy Lee was nice enough to answer some of my questions about her books! Here's the interview, and a link to her Goodreads.com page so you can check some of them out for yourselves! She writes clean Suspense, and Romance Suspense.

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7014495.Groovy_Lee



1.  When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

A.   Although I’ve been writing all my life, I decided to get serious about it during my Harlequin-Silhouette Romance phase. Those beautiful love stories inspired me to want to become a romance author, too.

2.    What was the first book you ever wrote? What was it about?

A.   A romance novel, of course—LOL!  And it was about the usual romantic formula of conquering obstacles that get in the way of finding true love.

3.    Pick a favorite character of yours that you’ve written? Why are they your favorite?

A.   That would have to be Piper Banion from my first Suspense novel, ‘Cause She’s A Good Girl. That’s because she and I are a lot alike, and we’ve gone through similar hardships in life. Her mom was very abusive and told her often that she did not want her; she had to teach herself how to survive in life; she has a best friend that people mistake for her sister; she has a big, kind heart, and faces any problem in life with strong determination. (I like to think that’s me, also)

4.    Pick your least favorite.

A.   Piper’s abusive mom, Connie.

5.    Tell us something about your book. Preferably something that’s not already in the blurb.

A.   A Body Resurrected is a Thriller/Romance/with a bit of Sci-Fi woven into the storyline. Although it centers around two visitors from outer space, the story is really down-to-earth suspense, and about how far love can span the universe. It encompasses a strong female heritage that’s passed down through generations. There’s also a wonderful close-knit, protective relationship between the protagonist, Tina, and her grandmother, Bitsy.

6.    What do you do when you’re not writing?

 A. Music is my second love. I also try and catch up on my love for reading; I crochet; and tend to my garden. And if tennis is on, I’m glued to the television the entire season.

7.    What made you decide to write in this genre? Have you thought about trying other genres?

A.   I was hooked to Harlequin and Silhouette back in the day. So I love writing about the passion between a man and woman as their lives journey through obstacles towards a Happy-Ever-After. I write Suspense because I love edge-of-the-seat plots, and I tend to combine them at times. Even though I can add a bit of Sci-Fi into one of my storylines, I can’t write a book along the lines of Prometheus or Aliens. I don’t know if I have the know-how to write outside my preferred genres. If my writing imagination doesn’t take me into those worlds, then I would be no good at writing them.

8.    Do you get writer’s block?

A.   I’ve never met Mr. Block yet, and I sure hope I never do. But if he ever tries to sneak upon me, I’ll relax, empty my mind, and emerge myself in my other hobbies that makes me happy and will spark my imagination.

9.    Are you a plotter? Or do you like to write on the edge of your seat?

A.   My stories are often sparked by something someone says, or a song. I don’t really sit and think how to come up with the next book. I just write what my characters tell me to; and they will not let up until I get it right. So, I guess I’m an edge-of-seat kind of writer.

10.  Are there any social media sites/blog/website we can visit to get more information about current and upcoming projects?

A.   Thank-you for asking. Here they are:

          http://www.groovylee.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

https://www.facebook.com/Groovy-lee-2...
                
 11. Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you and/or your writing?

A.   I’d like to mention that I’m a clean writer. My books are not full of graphic violence, gory descriptions, or graphic sex. And I’d like the readers to know this in case they open one of my works and are expecting one thing and are disappointed. I really love writing and taking my readers on a journey that evokes all kinds of emotions. Please feel free to contact me at any of my social sites, I’d love to hear from you and talk about books or whatever.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Cover Reveal + Blurb...

Hey guys!

I mentioned yesterday that I was doing a cover reveal and giving the blurb out over on the author blog! If you're interested, it's posted and here's a link:

http://tempestchani.blogspot.com/2017/05/cover-reveal-blurb.html

:)


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Upcoming...

Hey guys,

I've got another author interview coming hopefully sometime next week so check back for that! If you've been following me on Goodreads, you know what I've been reading! If you want a quick catch up, check the sidebar at the right! It'll show you the most recent reads from my Goodreads shelf and my ratings! :)

In other news, I have a book currently in the works and am hopefully doing a cover reveal tomorrow! Please head over to my author blog to see it and find out more! Thanks! :)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

J.M Leduc Interview + Paperback Giveaway

Hey guys, I've got anther author interview/giveaway for you! This one is for author J.M Leduc, and his series Sinclair O'Malley! There will be three winners, all of which will receive PAPERBACK copies of the first two books in the series, SIN and Painted Beauty!


Here's the blurb for the first book:

Recruited by the FBI straight out of Quantico for her intelligence and attitude.Released by the bureau for the same reasons. Now, they need her back! Six girls have washed up along the Florida Keys and four agents are dead. The bureau’s only chance is a rogue agent who flies by her own wings. It is said, “Fight fire with fire.”The bureau knows, “Fight sin with SIN.” SIN. Her name says it all: Tempting―Dangerous―Deadly

And a link to the Goodreads.com page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24579699-sin

For the second:

Back with the FBI, Sinclair “Sin” O’Malley has promised that this time she’ll play by the rules.
After a body is discovered lying on the sands of Miami Beach, she’s called in to lead the investigation. As the body count begins to rise, Sin soon realizes that she must dissect the killer’s MO by entering into a dark, twisted mind.
Sin must go head to head with a madman whose artistic vision is clouded by a nightmarish past. A killer who lives by the belief that, “Nothing gets in the way of the art.”
Pieces of the horrific puzzle link back to her friend, Charlie, and a case he solved forty-three years earlier. As confusion muddles her confidence, Sin must remind herself of the person she truly is: A righter of wrongs, an advocate for the underdog . . . the Pearl Angel of Death.
When dealing with madness, one needs to be mad. Laws must be set aside. “Rules were made to be broken.”


* * *
 
Remember, three of you will win copies of BOTH of these books in PAPERBACK! The giveaway is at the bottom of this post, so don't forget to enter, but first, find out more about the author, these books, and the characters with this interview!
 
 
1.)    When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always been an avid reader, but unlike many authors, I was never fond of writing when I was younger. In my mid-thirty’s, I underwent a bilateral hip replacement which was life changing. While recovering, I began to write as a cathartic activity; by putting my feelings and frustrations on paper, I was able to release them. That’s when I found my passion.
2.)    What was the first book you ever wrote? What was it about?
The first book I wrote was Cursed Blessing, originally titled The Endowment. The idea for the book was a mashup of subjects I was reading about at that time. One was the Fountain of Youth, which had me thinking about the “what ifs.” At that same time, I was reading an article on Noah’s Ark and the biblical account of the flood. It stated that before the flood, people lived for hundreds of years and there was never a mention of sickness. After the flood, man’s life-span was much shorter and sickness and suffering were present. These thoughts flared my imagination. What if before the flood, an herb flourished on the earth that allowed people to live healthy lives for hundreds of years, and after, the herb was gone. In the story of Noah, it says that he knew he had found land when a dove returned with an olive branch. But, what if it wasn’t an olive branch but the last remaining branch of the Herb of Life, and Moses was told that the herb needed to be passed down to one individual, from generation to generation, but never consumed, and if it was, Armageddon would occur. The book begins with the person who is in possession of herb dead and the herb missing. All that’s left is a cryptic message.
 
That was the premise and my diving off point for the beginning of the book. Cursed Blessing started as a spark of imagination and ended up becoming a four book series: The Trilogy of the Chosen and Cornerstone.


3.) Pick a favorite character of yours from the book(s) you're offering in the giveaway? Why are they your favorite?
That’s an easy one, the title character, Sinclair (Sin) O’Malley.  I always wanted to write a strong female lead who was fiercely independent, intelligent, and beautiful, all while harboring some past demons yet to be conquered. Sin became all that and more.
 
4.)    Pick your least favorite, or if this is too hard, pick one that was the most difficult to write/capture.
I’m not sure if I have any least favorites, but as for hard to write, I can think of two. The first would be Sin. As a male, it was hard to write a strong female without her becoming cartoonish. I needed to keep her feminine, yet give her an attitude that would and could stand up against anyone, regardless of gender. It’s like walking a tightrope. I need to keep her on that fine line to keep her realistic and appealing to all readers.
Looking back, the character who was the hardest to write was, Ash, the antagonist in the second Sinclair O’Malley book, Painted Beauty. Ash does some vile things, yet I wanted readers to be sympathetic to the character, at least in a small way. That was hard.

5.) Tell us something about your book. Preferably something not in the blurb.
Every book starts as a single seed of an idea. With Painted Beauty, it started with a song I couldn’t get out of my head. A song, whose lyrics I wanted to incorporate into the MO of the villain. Due to copyright laws, this wasn’t possible. But with every roadblock, new paths are forged. The changes gave the book a direction and depth I never would have thought of.

6.) What do you do when you're not writing?
I’m the Assistant Academic Dean of a nursing college. Although, to be truthful, if I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing. I never leave home without a small notebook and a pen. Sometimes ideas come at the strangest of times and in places that spark an idea or plot shift. I’m constantly writing down ideas and taking pictures with my phone.
 
7.) What made you decide to write in this genre? Have you thought about trying other genres?
I’ve always enjoyed reading suspense, so it seemed natural to write in the same genre.
 
8.) Do you get writer's block, and if so, how do you get past it?
I’m happy to say that I don’t ever get writer’s block. I’ll get to certain points in a manuscript where I’m not sure which direction I want to go in, or I might decide that the direction is wrong, and I have to go back and make massive changes, but I don’t “blank out.” I usually have more than one project going at once, so if I’m stuck, I’ll either switch to the other project or change my physical location, and that usually sparks my imagination. I find that a change in location helps me a lot. Sometimes I write at home, but I find my imagination gets fired up when I’m in a crowded coffee shop or a library.
 
9.) Are you a plotter, or do you like to write on the edge of your seat? As in, do you like to just go with the flow when you're writing, without a set idea of where each chapter is going?
I have tried to outline or plot, but it doesn’t work well for me. It takes me a while to get into my characters’ heads, but once I do, they tell me where they want to go and how they’ll act/react in certain situations. I like to think of this type of writing as “liquid writing.” It’s like a mountain stream, as the water flows down the mountain, it will change directions depending on the obstacles in front of it.
Writing without an outline/plot takes longer, but I think the results are worth the extra time. Steven James, one of my favorite authors, once said, “readers want to predict how a book will end, but the want to be wrong. They want to be surprised.” Writing in a fluid or liquid manner allows for those twists.
 
10.) Are there any social media sites, or a blog/website, we can visit to get more information
        about current and upcoming projects?
Thank you for asking. J You can find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/J-M-LeDuc-259333374080003/?ref=bookmarks and on Twitter at @JMLeDuc1
I also have a website, although I’m not as good at keeping current as I should be. Hopefully this interview will help me be more diligent. The website is www.jmleduc.com
 
11.) Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you and/or your writing?
Your questions have been quite thorough, so I think we covered most topics. The one thing I don’t think most readers know is how important book reviews are to authors and publishers. Reviews don’t have to be long and intricate. Just a short note saying how much they enjoyed the book is fine. The last thing I’d like to add is that I enjoy interacting with readers, and I welcome their questions and comments.  I can always be contacted on Facebook or Twitter, and there is a contact page on the website.

Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank you, Chani. It’s been a pleasure talking with you, and I encourage everyone to subscribe to your blog.
http://tempestchani.blogspot.com/
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, March 27, 2017

Dennis Meredith Author Interview + Giveaway

Sorry I haven't had the time to post any new reviews lately! If you're curious what I've been reading, please check out my Goodreads! I keep that pretty updated because it's easier. Also, don't forget that there are still 11 hours (as of 3/27) left for the YA Sci-Fi giveaway two posts down!

I've got another author interview and giveaway for you guys! Dennis Meredith answered a few of my questions, and has generously offered up 10 ebook copies of his book, The Cerulean's Secret! I've included the cover image, and the blurb below, and like always, everyone gets a daily FREE entry, so be sure to enter at the very bottom of this post! :)

Blurb:

Somebody has stolen the most beautiful cat in history!

It’s 2050, and the Cerulean cat, with its mesmerizing iridescent blue fur, is the ultimate genomic engineering triumph of the high-flying company, Animata.

Animata reaps massive profits creating and selling a marvelous menagerie of animals—including exotic crosses like cogs, dats, snurtles, alliphants, hamakeets, and feather boas. Its ultra-rich clients, however, clamor for the really spectacular specimens—dragons, unicorns. . . and now the Cerulean. The stunning cat had promised to bring billions of dollars from a corporation, a private collector, or an exhibitor.

Swept up in the theft is naïve young Timothy Boatright, a wanna-be writer and New York cabbie. He inadvertently picks up the thief and the nabbed Cerulean. The cops suspect he’s a partner in the crime.

To prove his innocence and save the cat, he tracks it down and steals it back. He ends up accused not only of catnapping but murder—fleeing the police, Animata thugs, a greedy drug lord. . . and Big Nasties! Somebody has set these 300-pound genetically engineered assassin-animals—with their three-inch fangs, razor claws, and night vision—on Tim’s trail.

Tim realizes that the Cerulean holds some explosive mystery he must solve to survive and save the cat. He must also save his friends held for ransom—the middle-aged, cat-loving former spy Callie Lawrence and her headstrong daughter Lulu, with whom Tim has fallen madly in love.


The Cerulean's Secret is a fast-paced thriller that projects today's amazing genomic technology into a future of incredible biological manipulation.


* * *
 
I'm a cat person, so this sounds really interesting! Not sure the lengths I'd go to in order to get a blue cat...hmm.....
 
Anyway, here's the interview:
 
1.) When did you decide to start writing?
In high school, I took part in a contest called "Ready Writing," where
you walked into a room, were assigned a topic, and had to write about
it. I just loved writing and knew that's what I was supposed to do. I
knew I would end up writing science fiction because I loved science, as
well.

2.) Out of all of your works, which is your favorite, and why?
I'd have to say The Cerulean's Secret, because it started decades ago
with a simple question "What if there was a blue cat?" that just haunted
me, driving me to write it. It was very satisfying to see that one
question blossom into a richly plotted novel with characters I loved.

3.) Have there ever been any characters who were particularly difficult
to capture for any reason? Any that were very easy to write?
I've had no difficult or easy characters. They just come alive,
sometimes seeming to write themselves. I'll start with a very basic idea
for a character, and let the character grow--with more and more
complexity, personality, and quirks--as the plot unfolds.

4.) Tell us more about the book you're offering up for this giveaway.
What inspired you to write it?
As I said, decades ago, the question "What if there was a blue cat?"
popped into my head. I was working at Caltech at the time, where the
genetic engineering revolution was beginning, as biologists were
inventing machines for sequencing and synthesizing DNA. So, I thought of
the cat as being a genetically engineered creature. And that idea
spawned the idea of a whole future industry of genetically engineered
pets, with this cat being the crowning achievement. And the driver of
the plot was the theft of this amazing cat.

5.) What is one of your favorite books written by another author?
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury has always stuck in my mind. It's such a
haunting idea; of a time when books are burned.

6.) Do you have a website/blog, or any social media accounts where we
can go to find more information about current and upcoming works?
My web site is www.DennisMeredith.com , where you can get information
and sample chapters of all my novels.

7.) What is your favorite genre, and why?
I love science thrillers, because they incorporate real science into
fictional plots, encouraging readers to find out more about the science
behind the novel.

8.) Are you a plotter, or do you like to sit down and just write
whatever comes to you?
When I start a book, I know generally where the plot is going and often
how I want it to climax. I do come up with twists along the way,
sometimes twists that surprise even me.

9.) Tell us something random about yourself.
We just moved to the near-desert climate of southern California, and I
have become crazy about succulent plants. They're like alien organisms
from another world.

10.) Any last comments, or things we should know about you and your
work?
I have more than a dozen novel plots percolating in my brain, so there's
lots more to come!

 
Thanks for answering, Dennis!
 
All right, guys, you know the drill! Enter below for a chance to win an ebook copy of this book! We've got ten copies to giveaway! :)
 
 
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Ashely Earley Author Interview

I've got another giveaway coming in a few days, but first, an author interview! Ashley Earley, author of Alone in Paris, which comes out on April 1st, was nice enough to answer a few questions for me! I'm adding the blurb and the cover below, so you can get an idea of what this book is about, and then straight into the interview!

As a quick side note, don't forget to sign up for the currently running giveaway! Here's a link to make it easier:

http://readinginthewindowseat.blogspot.com/2017/03/x-culletto-interview-giveaway.html

Blurb:

Breathe, Taylor.

Taylor Clay's family isn't exactly perfect. They may look the part with the nice, big house and her dad's fancy job, but that's what's tearing them apart. That, and her dad's sudden recurring drinking problem.
Though her family is close to falling apart, she never wished for something like this to happen. She never wished for her father to drive off a bridge. Especially not while they were on vacation; especially not when her and her mom were in the car with him at the time.
Breathe.

She's devastated after the fact. And it isn't helping that the papers are gossiping about how the pristine lawyer could have driven off the bridge on purpose. And just when she thinks nothing could possibly make things worse, she realizes she's left alone with no relatives to care for her.
So she's alone. Her parents are dead. And she's stuck in the country her family was visiting for their vacation. She's alone in Paris.
Just breathe.

Then Nathan walks into the picture. Funny, snarky, persistent, and sometimes, just flat out rude, he annoys Taylor to no end. He won't leave her alone, but Taylor doesn't know whether or not she should push him away.


* * *
 
1.) When did you first start writing?

I was 14-years old when I started writing. At first, it sort of started out as an experiment. I wanted to see if I could write a book—to see how difficult it was. I ended up loving it and couldn’t stop. I wrote one book after another!

2.) Tell us a little bit about the book you're offering for giveaway. (Preferably something not in the blurb).

I’ll tell you about how I got the idea for Alone in Paris. I got the idea for the book Alone in Paris from a picture. The picture was of a girl sitting next to a small pond. She was wearing a white dress, and more importantly, she was alone. And I just imagined there being the Eiffel Tower in the reflection of the pond.

Since I pictured the girl in the photograph alone, when I started writing Alone in Paris, I had to figure out how she came to be alone. 

I wondered how she came to be alone and thought about it for a while until I came up with the idea about how she came to be by herself and why. However, the story and where it would take me wasn't obvious. I wasn't sure who my character was and where the story would go, and if I could write a contemporary since I was used to writing fantasy. I was struggling to figure out what kind of book Alone in Paris would be.

I wrote the first five chapters for Alone in Paris. But I had been working on another book project at the time, and quickly came to the conclusion that I couldn't write 2 books at once. So, I put it away, only to pick it up again 4 years later. I somehow finished it, and writing it wasn't so bad, even though it lacked battle scenes and scary creatures lol. I've actually written another contemporary book since finishing Alone in Paris.

Here is a link to a blog post to find out more: http://ashleyearleywrites.blogspot.co...

3.) Which character was your favorite to write in this book? Why?

My favorite character to write for Alone in Paris was the main character, Taylor. It’s actually funny, sometimes it was miserable to write through Taylor’s eyes because she is a very broken character that doesn’t know how to move forward with her life. Her sadness consumed me at times. But she managed to pull through and find a way to move forward because of Nathan. Taylor was my favorite character to write because she could pull me into her world and her feelings projected onto me.

4.) Which character was your least favorite? Or, if this is too hard (it would be for me!) which was the most difficult?

The most difficult was actually Nathan, because I did not want it to seem like that he was only there to make Taylor feel better. I didn’t want it to seem like that Nathan was Taylor’s only reason to move on. Taylor is stronger than that. She didn’t need a guy to help her through her struggles; she only needed someone to show her that it was possible to overcome those struggles. I wanted my readers to understand that Nathan was someone that Taylor could count on.

5.) Have you always written in this genre, and do you plan to continue? Or is there a genre you hope to one day try writing?

I’ve always written young adult books. I do, however, write different genres that are involved in young adult; such as fantasy or contemporary, etc. I’ve written a few contemporary books, but my favorite books to write are fantasy/adventure novels. I do hope to move into writing thriller/suspense novels in the future.

6.) If you were stranded on an island with only one other person, which character of yours would you want it to be and why?

I would choose a character from my current work in progress. His name is Devan, and he is so sweet and always there for the people he cares about. I’m really enjoying writing about him, so he is definitely the character I would want to have by my side if I was stranded on an island.

7.) Name one of your favorite books written by another author.

Name only one? That’s tough, but I guess I would have to say Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. He’s just SO DREAMY!

8.) Do you have any other projects currently in the works?

Currently, I am working on writing a series that is set in the Salem Witch Trials. I’m very excited about it! I hope to send the first book out to agents and publishers as soon as the first book is revised.

9.) What inspired you to write this book?

I was inspired to write Alone in Paris by a picture at first (see answer to question 2). I was 14 at the time and only wrote a few chapters before I set it aside. What inspired me to pick up the project again and finish it was several things. The scenery of Paris has always caught my attention and has always been a place I wanted to visit, but the idea of being stranded in a foreign place was what really inspired me. I also wanted to write about raw characters that could come together and find comfort in each other. So, I molded my characters and tried to make them as emotional as I possibly could.

10.) Any other comments, or things we should know about this or any other upcoming projects?

Beware the ending of Alone in Paris. I wasn’t even sure how the book was going to end until I came to the last 2 chapters.
I wanted the ending to be smooth and leave my readers satisfied with how Taylor and Nathan's story came to a close. I also wanted to leave my readers guessing with how things continued between them. I wanted to make it clear that just because the book ended, it didn't mean that Taylor and Nathan's story was over. Their lives continued on beyond Alone in Paris. While there will not be a sequel for Alone in Paris, I wanted to show my readers that my characters' story wasn't over.

11.) Any social media sites, or a website/blog, we can follow to get more information on your work?

Of course! I’m always active and love hearing from my readers and other writers!

Website: www.ashleyearley.com
Instagram: @ashley_earley
Twitter: @ashleyc_earley
Snapchat: @ashley.ace3
Tumblr: http://ashleyearleybooks.tumblr.com
Blog: http://ashleyearleywrites.blogspot.com
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ashleyearleyc
 
Thanks!
 
Remember guys, the book releases on the first!!!!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Interview with Authors of Kinda, Sort Of




Hey guys! I've got another author interview, but this time it's for co-authors! Kate Luke and Rachel Rozet are the authors of the YA book, Kinda, Sort Of, which was published by The Polyethnic Publishing last month! While I haven't had the chance yet to read it myself, the book has gotten some pretty great reviews so far! If you're curious and want to check them out, and/or add this book to your Goodreads shelf, here's a link to make it easier:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34179833-kinda-sort-of?ac=1&from_search=true

Before I give you the blurb for this book, just want to give you all a reminder that there's currently a giveaway going on a few posts down! It ends with the week, so don't miss out on your chance to win a free copy of the YA Sci-Fi book, Understanding the Stars!

Okay, now, onto the blurb for Kinda, Sort Of:

Camryn Moore & Jason Porter. Their names are always kinda said together, in a pair, just like that. After all, they are sort of a pair; always together. But, not together together. They’re best friends, and have been since they were 5 years old. However, in their junior year at Richmond High, these two are always being told to become a couple, or that they are a couple really. Everyone thinks and says so- even the teachers. Kinda sick and tired of the teasing, Camryn and Jason sort of come up with a plan. But, will their plan benefit them in the way they think it will? Or could it leave them both in an emotional mess, with only b r o k e n pieces of a friendship? Together, they find out the hardships of being friends, the kinks in their relationship, and something not noticed before, that could make it all worthwhile… Well… Kinda, Sort of.

* * *
 
Ironically, my best friend is a guy, so I totally understand where Camryn and Jason are coming from. But we actually are just friends, and now we're old enough to know to just ignore it. Actually, now we're old enough that people no longer feel the need to try and push us into something else. So that's a plus to growing up, I guess! ;) Anyway, the interview! Kate and Rachel were both nice enough to answer a few questions, and to make it easier on all of us, I color coded their responses. So, Kate is in blue, and Rachel is in purple! Just a heads up, they didn't answer these questions together, so there are times when their responses might seem repetitive! :)


Here we go...


When did you two decide to write a book together, and why?

We were both 13 years old when we decided to write the book together; for us, it was the summer between 7th and 8th grade. (Now we are 10th graders and are now both 16 years old). Rachel came to me with a few paragraphs and this very basic idea of two best friends dating. She said how she thought it would be a cool idea for a book, and wished someone would write it. That’s when I stepped in, and said we should write it. I came up with the character names and descriptions, I wrote our more detailed plot out, and KSO was born.

One night, I had this idea for a story and started writing it down as fast as I could on my computer. Later that night, Kate facetimed me for help on our math homework, and I told her about my idea from a novel. She started giving me really good advice about the story and helped me develop the first chapter. I emailed her the draft for more help and then we decided that we should both work on it as co-authors
 
Are there some complications with having a co-author? Was there ever anything that you guys didn't agree on, as far as the story/plot goes?

For the most part, we didn’t really disagree on the plot/story, which was good. After that basic first idea, I wrote the plot and conflicts, and Rachel liked it, so we went from there. There were some complications with finding time to write together. It was tough when I would set time aside to write a chapter, and Rachel would be too busy to look at it because of our hectic schedules.

Being co-authors definitely had its rough moments. There were times when we were writing that we struggled with compromising on our ideas, but eventually, we created something that we both agreed on. Nothing too big in the story comes to mind, but mainly we would disagree on minor things, like specific similes or descriptions. Overall, it was still really fun to collaborate.
 
Where did you get the idea for Kinda, Sort Of?

As I mentioned above, Rachel came to me with this idea of two best friends dating, and I instantly was hooked. I figured we needed to expand it more than just that, to make for a more interesting story, so I put my thinking cap on and came up with the rest. Looking back, I think I subconsciously used my experiences of having “guy” best friends, and being almost pressured to ‘like’ and or date them, to come up with parts of the story. Although neither Rachel, nor I, have ever exactly dated one of our guy best friends, I know, at least for me, that I imagined what it might have been like if that ever happened.

The story itself came to my mind after reading another romance novel and my own social life. A bunch of my friends hung around boys and were told that they should go out with their guy friends. Sometimes they would complain about it a lot and ask me for advice on how to deal with it, so it helped me spark up a story based around that plot line. I didn’t start that much of the story besides the basic structure before Kate joined in and we built the main characters and details of the book.
 
 
Is this the first book you've written? If not, tell us more about past projects. If so, are you planning on writing again?

This is the first completed manuscript I’ve ever written, although there have been other projects I’ve worked on in the past. It seems as if I have always had a pen and notebook in my hand! Writing stems from something within your soul, I think, it just happens because it’s a part of you. For me, it is the most natural feeling in the world to have an idea consume me, to essentially bring itself to life from my mind. Because of that, and because of the completeness writing brings me, I most certainly plan to write again! In fact, I’m excited to share that I’ve started four actual projects, and am unbelievably happy with how they are turning out thus far!

This is the first book that I have written, and as of right now, I am writing a new novel. It is a whole new premise, so nothing of it relates to KSO. I’m almost halfway done with my first draft, and have mentioned it a couple of times to my friends, but so far, I haven’t really released anything significant about my new project. Personally, I have the plot planned out, my chapters, the characters, and the title, as well as a couple of cover ideas. I’m planning on having it published possibly next year.
 
How long did it take you to write the first draft? Was there ever a time where one, or both, of you had writers block? If so, how did you get past that?

It took around a year to finish the first 16-chapter draft, from when we first started. Now, the book has 24 chapters, and that draft was completed after another year of submissions and feedback. During the writing of the first draft, if one of us ever had writer’s block, we’d simply pass it off to the other to continue.

I’d say it took about 6-8 months to build our first draft. It was relatively short compared to what it is now (KSO now is about 24 chapters with an epilogue, and our first draft was 16). There were times when we had writers block, so that’s when we turned to our peers and asked what they thought the story needed. The advice helped us spark new ideas for future chapters, and when one of us got stuck, the other would continue writing.
 
Who is your favorite character from the book, and who was your favorite character to write? They aren't necessarily the same, but if they are, that's fine!

Huh, this is a tough question! Do I have to pick just one? Haha. I guess I’d go with Jason because he is such a goofball, yet is completely endearing all the same. He is super caring and protective over Camryn, as well as is the model gentlemen (most of the time, lol). Chivalry is something you don’t see very often today, so I like that Jason is always very polite and respectful. Not to mention, he has some inner sass that I just had to incorporate, and is hilarious! Jason is pretty much just, excuse my cliché-ness, the perfect guy. My favorite character to write was probably Camryn. I didn’t know it at the beginning of the process, but I spent so much time in Camryn’s head, so much time of her in mine, she became a part of me. I think that’s why I subconsciously wrote Camryn to be a lot like myself. It wasn’t intentional by any means, but when you are around someone so much, I think something is bound to rub off. Writing Camryn came very easily- she has similar values and interests that I share. I was always daydreaming in class and coming up with scenarios before falling asleep, of her and her life. Camryn is sensitive and strong, and she made a good literary best friend when I needed to take my mind off things. In a way, she’ll always be my first real character that I created, that I loved.

My favorite character from the book is probably Jason, because he has so many different layers in his personality. I loved writing about his interactions with his friends, his dreams about his dad, and his conversations with Camryn. The way he interacts with different people, to me, really shows how extraverted he is and helps shape is character through many tough situations. Plus, I thought it was fun to write about a boy being a hopeless romantic!

Name one of your all time favorite characters from any book.

This is like the equivalent of asking me which limb I’d like to lose! I have to say Percy Jackson because he was truly my first literary love. He is funny and brave and is an unconventional hero for all the right reasons. Growing up, rereading his story innumerable times, he made me believe that despite anything going on in my life, I could change the world, and be someone else’s hero one day too.

There’s so many to choose from, but right now, probably Olly Bright from “Everything, Everything”. I just connect to him so well.
 
If you do plan on continuing to write, do you intend to do so together?

I don’t believe we will write another book together just because it can be straining on a relationship when you write with a friend, as opposed to another professional or colleague. You take things more personal when you write with a friend, and sometimes you can feel like you’re being taken advantage of, simply because of your dependability.

We both are continuing to write, but no, we are not going to be writing together. The way that we wrote KSO we aren’t able to do now because of the distance between us, since she is now in Indiana while I am in Florida. Also, we developed different stories along the way that we want to try and complete by ourselves. Personally, I loved co-authoring our novel, but I’m excited to find my own individual voice in writing.
 
Tell us a little something about yourself.

I’m somewhat a collage of a person, as odd as that sounds. I’ve been dancing for 12 years, am a black belt in karate, paint and draw, am an avid photographer and videographer, read in excessive amounts, and act as well. Writing has been the constant in my life that I know I will treasure forever, and will keep doing until I physically can’t hold up a pen. I’m good at all those activities I mentioned, but not the best; a straight A student, but nowhere near a prodigy. What I guess I’m trying to get at is that I work extremely hard to be good in those, but writing has always come exceedingly natural. It’s my thing, and I’m thankful every day that it is.

I am a huge movie nerd- always have been. I’m obsessed with monster movies, especially shark movies (both good ones and bad ones). My dream is to create a story that can be turned into film. I love writing romance stories, because I am a hopeless romantic myself, but I’ve always been intrigued to write perhaps a trilogy, or just a stand-alone, dystopian book.  

If you were stranded on a deserted island with one character from your book, which would it be, and why?

Hmm, I would probably pick either Jason or Camryn’s brother, Kyle. Jason, because he’s strong, and could most likely gather food or (attempt) to build us shelter. He also would cheer me up with some jokes. Kyle, because he is very intelligent and level-headed, and could probably figure out a way to get us off the island.

I think being stranded with Kyle, Camryn’s older brother, wouldn’t be that bad. He’s funny, creative, smart, and very protective, so I would definitely feel secure with him around.

Which character was the most difficult for you two write?

Jason was probably the hardest to write at times, simply due to the fact that we are not high school boys. We did our best to make him as accurate as possible, based on what we do know, but have never had the experience-of having a male brain- to write about. That made writing a little bit of a struggle at times, to make sure he wasn’t too “girl-y”.

The most difficult for me would be Jacob, Jason’s best guy friend. There were so many male characters in the book, and I didn’t want to make him too stereotypical for a jock best friend. Also, I didn’t want to make him too much like Jason, or else they would just get muddled together.
 

What is your favorite scene from the book, without giving too much away (I haven't read it yet! No spoilers!) ?

My favorite scene from the book is one of the early moments- when Camryn and Jason go to hang out at the local park. It was one of the first ideas I had, to make the park their special place, because I think we all have a place we associate our best friend with. It is a sacred spot to them, and this is the first glance at how strong their friendship is. It always makes me flashback to the day I met my best friend of 12 years, Taylor, and gives me a warm feeling in my chest. The scene is very innocent and pure, and (hopefully) captures the beautiful gift life provides in a best friend. I know now, living nearly 1,000 miles away from Taylor, that I would give anything to go back to our spot, our park; the root of our friendship. This scene makes me happy and sad at the same time, and I believe there’s something special in that.

My favorite scene would have to be the Thanksgiving scene at Camryn’s house. There’s just so many different characters interacting, and emotions come out, as well as a bunch of humor. I just remember it being really fun to write about.
 
Do you have any social media accounts, or a blog, that people can follow you on?

I have an author/book Instagram account: simply.booked. In my bio, you can also access the link to my website!

Yes, I have two Instagram accounts. My personal is @rachel.rozet, but my official author account is @authorrozet. I mainly use my author one to talk about things I’m reading and news about KSO or my new project.
 
 
If you are planning on writing again, what are some genre's you might be interested in trying out? Or are you going to stick with romance?

I’m interested in trying out more romance, fantasy, and dystopian! Maybe even some sci-fi if I could do it justice!

My new project is romance/teen fiction- the story itself is based on romance, but there are a lot of issues and scenarios I am addressing that gives a sharp sense of reality into the book. I am interested in writing a dystopian, but I’m not sure of a clear concept yet.

Any final comments?

Thank you so much for taking the time to come up with these questions and interview me today; I really appreciate it! For anyone still reading down to this question, remember to never give up on your dreams!
I just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported us and who purchased the novel. I hope everyone enjoys it and falls in love with the story we created!

Thanks, guys!

Okay, there you have it! Kinda, Sort Of is now available at Barnes and Noble, and Amazon, so grab yourselves a copy!

And one last time, remember to sign up for the giveaway! If you're too lazy to scroll down two posts here's the link! Everyone gets a free entry!

http://readinginthewindowseat.blogspot.com/2017/03/x-culletto-interview-giveaway.html