Hey, everyone! Today, Camilla Isley, the author of “A Sudden Crush” is here to answer some of your burning questions!! Voila:
What is the inspiration for “A Sudden Crush?”
Actually, it’s a monkey business. I went to the zoo with my hubby and thought it’d be super cool for one of my heroines to have a pet monkey. The only scenario in which I could see that happening was the strandedonadesert island one… That’s how the whole idea started.
What is your favorite scene in “A Sudden Crush?”
Aw, wow. Mmm, I really love the “spider scene”. It’s the first sparkly moment of the book and I had so much fun writing it. I also love the turnaround point when Jo decides she has to kick life back and be the one who saves herself.
What was the scariest part about writing it?
Ha ha, actually it was taking a plane, still is. I’m worried that by writing about a plane crash I’m sending some bad karma my way. So now when I’m flying, every time there’s a bit of turbulence. I worry the plane is going down and I’ll get what I deserve for writing a comedy about a crash.
What advice do you have for authors on growing an online following?
I think giveaways are the best. Offering free ecopies of books is great because: they don’t cost
anything, they help new readers discover your work, and you give something back to bloggers who have helped you by driving traffic towards their websites… It’s a win-win.
What is the biggest lie you’ve told?
Ok, this is it. When I was thirteen, I was the only girl in my class not to have had her period. I was tired of waiting so I told everyone it came. I even made my mom buy me pads for six months without needing them (sorry mom). I never told anyone. To think that I was actually eager to get my period O.o (Shouryaman: LOL)
What is the best thing that has happened to you?
Getting married to the man of my dreams. Cheesy old me 🙂
If you could be any character, who would you be?
Hermione Granger, because she can do anything with a magic wand in her hands!
Hey, everyone! Today, Erin Lee, author of Nine Lives, is here with answers to a couple of questions I had…here it is:
What was the inspiration for “Nine Lives?”
“Nine Lives” was inspired by my work as a therapist and two sisters who I came across who taught me an eye opening lesson about allegations of sexual abuse. While “Nine Lives” is a fictional story, the idea for the book began with real people.
What was the scariest part about writing it?
Imagining that this can, and does, happen to families every day. Realizing that the damage that happens from false accusations can sometimes never be repaired.
Are there any characters that resemble actual people you know?
I tried to change the characters quite a bit so that it wouldn’t be reflective of the real life clients who inspired the story. However, whenever I write, I tend to steal quirks or characteristics of loved ones to bring life and lovability to my characters.
What advice do you have for authors on growing an online following?
For me, one of the most helpful thing has been participating in author take overs and other events. Cover reveals an other online parties are a great way to get to know readers and network with other authors.
What is the biggest lie you’ve told?
I told myself, for years, that my work as a therapist would make a difference. Stories like “Nine Lives” tell me it’s not even close to that easy.
What is the worst thing that has happened to you?
Losing my daughter (Oh, my gosh…my condolences).
Name a book you wish you would’ve written.
I’m trying to write that one now, and struggling. I am writing a book about a child that sexual abuse did happen to and how she went on to recover and heal from it, or not. “When I’m Dead” is a work in progress and difficult to write because I have to put myself into my character to write from their point of view. I often go to bed sad and scared, as the character does.
About “Nine Lives”
Three teenage sisters didn’t mean to destroy their family…
Sisters Laina, Faith, and Sadie Nelson know they are to blame. There was no way to predict how their lives would shatter with just a few lies—but they did, and now they fear the pieces are too
many to pick up.
Had their parents let them leave, their father wouldn’t be behind bars…
The girls just wanted to escape from their hyperstrict home and start lives of their own. If he’d
just allowed them to spread their wings, their father wouldn’t be serving thirty years for a crime he didn’t commit.
Sometimes you have to be creative to get your way, but creativity’s not always what it’s cracked up to be.
With the lives of nine siblings hanging in the balance, what will it take for the girls to admit their deceit and recant their tales of abuse? And if they do, will there be any room for forgiveness?Family and friends are left to question everything they know about the legal system, social services, marriage, and family.
Can anyone really be trusted?
Can a family heal in the wake of false allegations, broken promises, and betrayal?
Or is it too late…
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About the Author
Erin Lee is freelance writer and therapist from Southern, NH. Lee’s work has appeared in
journals and magazines since 1995. She’s received numerous awards from the New England Press Association for her work as a journalist. “Wave to Papa” is her second novel. Lee is publishing “Crazy Like Me” with Savant Books and Publications, LLC, to be released in summer 2015. She has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and works with children and families in crisis.
More of her work can be seen at www.authorerinlee.com. Limitless Publishing: http://www.limitlesspublishing.net/authors/erinlee/
The Proving by Ken Brosky
It’s been 100 years since the Specters invaded Earth. Like ghosts they haunt the planet, devouring any human being foolish enough to venture outside of the last remaining protected cities. For some humans, venturing out isn’t a choice–it’s an opportunity to prove yourself to your clan. But when a coterie of New Adults undertaking a mission deep in Specter territory discover a terrible secret, they quickly find that everything they’ve learned may be wrong … and Earth is in grave danger.
Suddenly, the area all around her began to glow, as if some sinister light was slowly coming to life. Thin pine and tupelo trunks were painted in a fiery red light, bright enough that each tree cast a bloody shadow. The creature was near. She ran left, thinking about her family and blinking away stinging hot tears. She hoped to see them again. She hoped to tell her husband and her daughter how much she loved them both. Her body, numb, expected death at any moment but she refused to give in. Ahead, she could see an end to the forest. And something else . . .
A fence! An old fence whose links were being pulled earthward by heavy vines with thick stalks and fat, crescent-shaped leaves. And beyond the fence: a dim pool of white light illuminated a squat building at the far edge of a barren lot. The building must be an emergency supply depot, no doubt running solely on stored energy from the solar panels attached to the roof, slanted up at the sky. The depot would contain emergency equipment and maybe some kind of weapon. It would have a communication system, too.
She could jump the fence. She could take one step on the constrained chain links and reach the top and hop over. She could reach the building. She could survive. She’d carried a child in her womb for nine months, seven days and an additional fifteen excruciating hours of labor. Her back had endured. Her legs had endured. This pain she felt in her shins now? It was nothing. It was an annoyance.
She could do this. She could send a warning.
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Hey, everyone! Today, I’m here to present an interview I did with Victoria Kinnaird, the author of “Fake It.” Here are her responses:
How did you start your writing career?
I started writing when I was 15 and was fairly certain I wanted to be a writer. I was lucky enough to be accepted to a small programme at a local university that specialised in journalism and creative writing. I started writing the book that would go on to become my debut novel in 2008, while I was still studying. When I finished that book in 2013 (life kept getting in the way), I was in conversation with a few different publishers but I felt they weren’t really ready to publish a YA novel with a bisexual lead character and an all male teen love triangle. My friend Adam introduced me to Linna Drehmel who is published by CHBB and she helped me submit to CHBB. Now we’re 3 years in to a wonderful working relationship and I’m about to release my 4th novel!
Tell us about your current release.
“Fake It” is a bit of a departure for me, because I’ve strayed from my paranormal roots into contemporary romance. I’ve always wanted to write a book about musicians, because music has been such a big part of my life for so long. So really, “Fake It” is my love letter to rock and roll. It’s about kids who love music as much as I do and who find themselves through creating and sharing music.
Tell us about your next release.
After “Fake It”, I’m returning to the universe I created for my Red Sun Rises series. My next book will be “Jasper Hart: Shadow Killer”, which is a spin off novel based on one of the characters from the RSR books.
Has someone helped or mentored you in your writing career?
I’m very lucky to be part of the CHBB family. The owner of the company, Sarah, is one of the most generous, open minded and supportive people of all time. When I was pitching the first Red Sun Rises books to various publishers, there was a lot of interest but some companies were reluctant to take a risk on a YA paranormal romance that was led by a swearing, smoking, bisexual boy. Sarah didn’t bat an eye – or if she did, she hasn’t told me about it! Linna Drehmel was one of the first people to ever read The Red Sun Rises and of course, she pointed me in Sarah’s direction so she’s had a massive impact on me. Then you have Rue Volley, who’s the head of branding and cover design at CHBB. She’s been responsible for all of my book covers and is always pushing me to think bigger and be a better writer. When I told her I want my own Netflix Original series, she didn’t think that was crazy! I owe them all so much.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
As stupid as it sounds, the hardest part for me is finding the time. I’ve never really struggled with plotting or characterisation, just getting me to sit still long enough to get some words down is the biggest issue!
What are your favorite TV shows?
I have really diverse taste when it comes to music, films and TV. Right now my favourite TV shows are: Daria, Sherlock, Breaking Bad, Mr Robot, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Gossip Girl!
Title: Fake It
Series: The Keswick Chronicles Book 1 Author: Victoria Kinnaird
Published: January 23rd, 2016 Publisher: Encompass Ink Teen
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance Content Warning: Minor adult language Recommended Age: 14+
Synopsis: Jack Daveyson grew up with a guitar in his hands and his head full of melodies. Ten years after writing his first riff, he knows exactly what he wants to do with his life – graduate high school, escape Wayville and
hit the road with his band, Forever Fading Echoes.
But it’s a bit hard to launch a band without a singer. Enter JJ Keswick.
JJ is everything Jack isn’t: rich, confident and popular. He also happens to be one of the best singers Jack has ever heard.
Jack reluctantly lets JJ into his band and into his life. The spark between them in the practice studio grows into something neither of them were expecting – a love that threatens to tear their lives apart.
International bestselling author Victoria Kinnaird is proud to introduce you to The Keswick Chronicles, a YA rock’n’roll romance.
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Pack your guitar, pull on your band tee shirt and turn up the volume – it’s time to meet your new favourite band.
About the Author:
Victoria Kinnaird is 28 years old and lives in Glasgow, Scotland. She graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2009 with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Journalism, Creative Writing and English Lit. Victoria has been writing since she was 15 years old. She loves rock music, and 11 of her tattoos are related to bands that she loves!
Victoria’s debut novel “The Red Sun Rises” was released in September 2013 by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. The
groundbreaking novel, which was praised for featuring an all male teen love triangle, became an Amazon international bestseller on release day. The couple at the heart of the story, Eren and Corbijn, were nominated for the Young Adult and Teen Reader’s Book Couple of the Year award in 2013 and were the only gay couple to be featured.
“The Red Sun Rises” was the first book in The Red Sun Rises Trilogy. The second book in the series, “The Red Sun Rises: Fire and Ash” was released in March 2014 and went on to win The Kindle Hub’s Best YA LGBT Book award in 2014. “(Birth) Day of the Dead” a standalone novella from The Red Sun Rises universe, was released on November 1st 2014.
The last book in the series, “The Red Sun Rises: Seven Letters” was released by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing in March 2015. The book went on to become an international bestseller, hitting #1 on Amazon UK’s YA LGBT chart on release day.
Victoria’s next release will be “Fake It”, a YA rock and roll romance and the first book in a new series called “The Keswick Chronicles”.
The characters from “Fake It” made their first appearance in “The One and Only”, a short story featured in Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly’s Fractured Fairy Tales Anthology. The anthology was released on December 3rd, 2014. “Fake It” will be released on January 23rd 2016.
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Hey, everyone! Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Skyler Patterson, the author of The Last Kraken. He’s hilarious (and talkative in a good way lol), so make sure you aren’t eating anything right now or you’ll choke 😛 Anyway, here it is:
Q: What was the inspiration for your The Last Kraken?
A: My inspiration for The Last Kraken happened before I even decided to become a writer. I had watched Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. There was that scene where the Kraken destroyed a ship. I was like WOW! Why doesn’t someone do something with that creature. And then I thought nothing of it again. I wasn’t even thinking about writing, or becoming an author or anything like that at that time.
Q: When did you start writing?
A: I started writing in 2013. I had started to read books. I read George RR Martins Game Of Thrones. When I read them all the clerk in the book store said, “Get ready to wait 6 years for another one!” LIFE IS TOO SHORT! I could not believe that. I was like WHO IS HE? And then I researched who he was. WOW! When I saw that an awesome writer like that could disappear for 6 years that could leave something on the table (crumbs). Something for maybe…ME? It was crazy what I did. I felt that instead of waiting for someone to write a book that I love, I should try writing my own! I am willing to try anything once. So I did decide to become a writer. Then the question What to write? I decided to attempt to write a swords and sorcery epic. The Book Of Swords (Amazon/Draft2Digital ) That proved difficult. I stopped writing it. While I waited for the writer’s block to depart, I remembered that Kraken from that film. I however have had NO training in how to write creatively. NONE! When I told friends and family of my plans THEY ALL LAUGHED! Now, I am from NEW YORK USA. However I love all things that are from England and Europe. I decided to write my tale in a UK England type of style. I decided to place the tale in England in the old days (1800’s) I did some research on whaling. And then In Sept 2013 i began to write this book. When I was a few chapters in I brought the chapter “The Kraken Inn” to my school teacher (English Lit) sister. I sat down and read that chapter. Everyone was laughing beforehand. “WHY TRY THIS? YOU HAVE NO DEGREE? LET’S HAVE A
GOOD LAUGH!” I read that chapter and ALL FOLLY CEASED! “HOW THE HECK?! WOW! TAKE IT TO SMASHWORDS!!” she said. By Thanksgiving the book was done! I still can’t believe that my first book can be what this book is. I have been in health care for years working with mentally disabled individuals. It requires thousands of hours writing documenting. Now I am writing books!
Q: When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?
A: When I was writing The Last Kraken I knew that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I love creating stories and characters. I love fantasy fiction!
Q: What scared you the most while writing The Last Kraken?
A: EVERYTHING! I asked myself what if I cannot come up with good ideas to finish this epic story. What if people do not like it? Am I not crazy for attempting this?
Q: What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
A: Yes. Do not be afraid to be bold. Always go with your instinct. When I decided to write a love story friends and family said: YOU ARE CRAZY! The kraken book/Book Of Swords are all action. What makes YOU think that YOU can write a romance? I wrote Revenge Of The Wolf /Romance/action/horror and got FOUR STARS REVIEWS/SALES and fans! Never let ANYONE tell you what you cannot do!
Q: What advice do you have for authors looking to expand their online presence?
A: Take full advantage of Facebook, Twitter, Author pages and book blogs. And take advantage of great book tours like ENCHANTED! They will allow you to concentrate on writing books while they promote your work! The web will follow you if you are consistent and putting out good material.
Q: What secret talents do you have?
A: It may not be a secret anymore due to this book. I can write poetry, and I can write decent songs! I have included both in this book!
Q: What is something none (or very few) of your readers know about you?
A: I was in a singing group way back in the 1980s . “Pretty boys “we put out an album and toured Germany not sell well . we broke up! Nobody knows that! But you now!
Q: If you were a superhero what would your name and power be?
A: Wow! Don’t get me started! I love comics and heroes. I would call myself “Shadowbane.” I would have the powers to camouflage myself and possess some levels of telekenisis! Hmmmm… sounds like a book?
Q: Is there one topic that you will not write about?
Q: What topic would you never write about?
A: I would have to say there is no topic that I would not write about. I feel that there could be a story lurking inside of every topic.
Q: What book do you wish you would have written?
A: That is easy – Bram Stokers’ Dracula!
Q: What is the biggest lie you ever told.
A: Okay once I told this beautiful woman that I was dating that I was a famous recording producer! I told her she should be in a documentary I was making. It was a joke! The poor woman took time off from her job, she purchased a lot of clothes and spent money on an expensive hairdo! When I told her it was a joke she almost broke up with me! Ha! I should not have done that!
There you have it! That story about his girlfriend is PRICELESS! If you want to find out more about The Last Kraken, visit some of these amazing bloggers:
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January 15th: Book Excerpt @ Stormy Night Reviewing
January 16th: Book Excerpt @ Author C.A. Milson’s Blog
January 17th: Book Review @ Indy Book Fairy
January 21st: Book Excerpt @ Illuminite Caliginosus
January 23rd: Book Excerpt @ Mythical Books
January 25th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Rambling Reviews
January 27th: Book Excerpt and Author Interview @ Literary Musings
January 27th: Book Review @ PRATR
January 28th: Book Review @ Books, Books & More Books
January 29th: Author Interview @ Leigh Anderson Romance
About the Author
How did I become a writer? My story could be a book of itself. My journey is as daunting as it is impossible. Yet it is all truth! I have been working in health care for many years. It was when i decided to read books on my way to work that i stumbled upon the possibility of writing. How did it happen? I take the train to get to my job in N.Y.. I had become bored with reading the daily newspapers .It was then that i decided to read a book instead. Mind you, I had not read a book in years! I proceeded to read books by J.R. Tolkien, Anne Rice, Bram Stoker, and George R.R. Martin. I found those books sooo cool! I love fantasy fiction. It was when i became addicted to a certain series; that it happened. I read every book from that series and when i asked the book store clerk when there would be more the man gave me terrible news. “Ha, that guy puts out a book every five, six years. “WHAT?! LIFE IS TOO SHORT”! I could not believe that. It was then that i began to wonder what if i (yes me) could write a book myself. This was a joke to me until i came up in minutes with a plot for a fantasy fiction tale. HOW did i do that!? The plot was way TOO COOL to just do nothing with. And i will not lie. I made every type of mistake one could make in learning how to write. I have had no formal training and i successfully dropped out of college, years ago! (Please do not do this! It did not go well!)That first idea became THE BOOK OF SWORDS, a medieval styled swords and sorcery epic. (Draft2Digital) That book gave me many headaches, before i figured out how to write it!(great e book that it is) So i took a break and wrote: THE LAST KRAKEN,(The complete version on Draft2Digital/Smashwords/iTunes,Only) a tale of a giant, leviathan squid running amok, in the 1800’s England. It was when i was writing that book that i began to realize that i had somehow in only a little more than a year (2013)became an author. I finished that first book. I then proceeded to test a chapter of it on my extra –smart‐school teacher sister Carol. My sister invited me over to hear my tale. My sister did not disappoint me. She gave me many words of encouragement: “Let’s all have a good laugh”! were her words! I read her a chapter. After i read that chapter my sister began to stutter and jaws were dropping everywhere! “HOW IN THE HELL”?! were her words! And then i began to write another book called REVENGE OF THE WOLF. When my friends heard i was attempting this task they said: “You are crazy! All of your books (so far) are about action! What do you know about romance books”?! Who would do what i did?! It was crazy! I decided to become a writer not knowing if i could even do it! I who had never wrote any type of romance before did write that book! And what happened?! Four star reviews! And accolades and something i never had before: FANS! AND SALES! (Enchanted helped!)I can still remember when i was writing REVENGE OF THE WOLF (Draft2Digital/Smashwords/ Apple I‐tunes) when i passed my laptop to a girl i was dating and asked her to read an emotional turning point of this Paranormal/romance/action/horror story. As she was reading it; i was in awe as the woman slowly began to cry! I then spent the rest of that year writing many books. And here i am! I am in this for the long haul. I am now an author and somehow a poet/songwriter. I will now do my best to write many stories that all occur in different settings, worlds and time periods. All will contain my signature of fantasy fiction, Epic action and romance! “My impossible journey just goes to show that one can never truly know what they are capable of; until they give it that one good try! Never let ANYONE tell you what you cannot do! I can be found on Goodreads Author page/Smashwords author page/Facebook Author page. I love to hear from my fans! What’s next?! Romance/Action :REVENGE OF THE WOLF2 (New Series) YA:THE WARPATH OF LOVE, THE BOOK OF SWORDS 2,THE BRAVE CRAB, “211” And many more! I can truly say I LOVE WRITING.‐‐‐SKYLER PATTERSON