Sunday, July 28, 2013

Plain Fear:Forgiven

If you have read the Bible than you are familiar with the story of Samuel. However I bet you did not know the other version of the story. The one that goes where Samuel killed his brother, Jacob because he was not himself. He was something else. Someone people call these creatures blood suckers, undead, or vampires.



Samuel is trying to come to grips with his actions. However he better watch himself as he has a stalker. One that wants to turn him into one of them.



I have read several books by this author. Yet Plain Fear: Forgiven is the first of the Plain Fear books I have read. The idea of vampires and a biblical story I admit are not something I would ever think I would mix or that I would say in the same sentence.



Well after reading this book I have to say the two worked out alright. Because of the type of book it was the vampires were not portrayed too evil or too blood thirty. In fact the few scenes that there were of killings was quick and painless with no gore. The whole book was quick read. This is usually a very good thing but it seemed like it was really fast because details were glossed over. The good versus evil piece was there in the story but I don’t think either side prevailed over the other. This was an alright book. Not a favorite of them from this author.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hollywood Strip Blog Tour

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A young Midwestern girl moves to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune only to find success is more than she bargained for.

Callie is a plucky young woman who knows exactly what she wants: fame, fortune, and a fabulous career as a Hollywood actress. A starring role in an unlikely hit movie and a romance with a sexy, chart-topping singer brings her instant notoriety. But in the City of Angels, overnight success is a breeding ground for money-hungry leeches and privacy-robbing paparazzi. She quickly discovers life as an on-the-rise starlet is not as glamorous as she once envisioned.


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Shamron Moore became fascinated with Hollywood at a young age. She counts Ava Gardner, Greta Garbo, and Sharon Tate as early inspirations. In 2000, she left her home state of Michigan for the excitement of Los Angeles. Over the course of nearly eight years, she appeared in various international print publications, commercials, television shows, and feature films. She left the industry to focus on writing, one of her lifelong passions. Many of her experiences in Hollywood served as inspiration for Hollywood Strip. She has since written a sequel and is currently penning her third novel. You can visit Shamron at www.ShamronMoore.com .

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Friday, July 19, 2013

'Vampire Vic' Blog Tour + Kindle Fire Giveaway

Would you give up donuts...for blood?


Fat, balding accountant Victor Thetherson hoped becoming a vampire would turn his life around. But Victor can't stomach confrontation and gets queasy at the sight of blood. Instead he gets it from the blood bank, diluted in bloody Bloody Marys. The result: a vampire who doesn't bite, and a man who gets no respect.

Victor's slacking staff mockingly calls him Vampire Vic. Victor's boss amuses his wife by intimidating Victor on video. His ex makes him stay out late while she entertains boyfriends in the house she insists they continue to share. One night it finally boils over, and Victor bites someone. And then another...and very soon, he's no longer visiting the blood bank.

Muscle replaces fat, and his comb-forward widow's peak takes root. Victor basks in newfound attention and respect, at the office and at home. But real vampires get hunted, and as the transformation reaches the tipping point, Victor must decide how much he's willing to sacrifice for the power of the vampire.

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Fat, balding accountant Victor Thetherson hoped becoming a vampire would turn his life around. But Victor can’t stomach confrontation and gets queasy at the sight of blood. Instead he gets it from the blood bank, diluted in bloody Bloody Marys. The result: a vampire who doesn’t bite, and a man who gets no respect.







Victor’s slacking staff mockingly calls him Vampire Vic. Victor’s boss amuses his wife by intimidating Victor on video. His ex makes him stay out late while she entertains boyfriends in the house she insists they continue to share. One night it finally boils over, and Victor bites someone. And then another…and very soon, he’s no longer visiting the blood bank.







Muscle replaces fat, and his comb-forward widow’s peak takes root. Victor basks in newfound attention and respect, at the office and at home. But real vampires get hunted, and as the transformation reaches the tipping point, Victor must decide how much he’s willing to sacrifice for the power of the vampire.







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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Big Year for Lily (The Adventures of Lily Lapp #3)


Book Summary
ily Lapp's family has settled into their new home in Pennsylvania, but life still holds big changes and big steps for Lily. Good changes, like once again living close to her beloved cousin and best friend, Hannah. Bad changes, like a mean girl who plays tricks on her. And no change at all where Lily would most want one--Aaron Yoder sits near her in school and relentlessly teases her. Surprises are in store for Lily as she learns, with Mama and Papa's help, to manage the ups and downs of growing up Amish.


The third of four charming novels that chronicle the gentle way of the Amish through the eyes of a young girl, "A Big Year for Lily" gives children ages 8-12 a fascinating glimpse into the life of the Amish--and lots of fun and laughter along the way. It combines Mary Ann Kinsinger's real-life stories of growing up Amish and the bestselling writing of Amish fiction and nonfiction author Suzanne Woods Fisher. With charming line drawings in each book, this series captures the hearts of readers young and old.   Review by Aspen, age 10

I love love love this book!! I wish I could meet Lilly and have fun with her! She would be a cool sister to have. Please keep writing these books :-)

Love Aspen


“Available July 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”




Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Countdown City


Hank Palace is unemployed. It is no wonder as the world is about to end in seventy seven days. The only crimes people are committing are the ones where they are stocking up on food. There is someone though that wants Hank’s help. A friend of Hank’s has asked Hank to help find her husband. He went missing.


Countdown City is the second book in this trilogy. To be honest, I was excited to read this trilogy. I thought it was something different and liked the concept of a pre disaster as I have read many post disaster stories. The first book was alright but there was something there that made me want to check out book two. If I had to say what makes this book it is Hank. He is like the only good guy left on the planet. Plus I like that even though the world is going to end in seventy seven days that he still cares about his job and helping people. Yet, despite this I still have not found myself glowing with excitement over these books. I did like book two a little better than book one.

The rest of the characters are unmemorable. In fact I can not tell you their names or what they do. Thus this was hard as it made the mystery aspect of the story pretty dull and thus the story made for some slow reading. Not a lot of action taking place in this book. Other than the world deteriorating more and more as people prepare for the end.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Fiend

Chase and his friend, Typewriter are just chilling shooting up and smoking drugs. Just another day for them. That is until Chase sees a little girl outside tearing a dog apart with her teeth. At first Chase thinks he is hallucinating from a major high but than he realizes that what he is seeing is real. The girl has spotted Chase and is walking towards him with blood and dog hair hanging off her. Chase grabs Typewriter and they run upstairs. Typewriter ends up bashing the girls head in with an actual typewriter. This is when Chase and Typewriter realize that a zombie apocalypse has started. Chase must save his girl KK.



When I first started seeing this book being promoted I really wanted to read this book. One because it was a zombie book. Two because it was promoted as being humorous. So my conclusion is after reading this book…that there are zombies, there are some funny toilet bowl humor lines, and drugs can help you survive a zombie attack.



First off I had no problems with the humor. In actuality it did put a smile on my face. The other aspects of this book that I did like were the zombies. They are flesh-eating maniacs. Also, the fact that the zombies giggle is really creepy. I mean it is bad enough to fend off a zombie who sees you as it’s next snack but to do so while giggling will give you chills up your spine.



Ok so the issues I had with this book were the characters and the story line some. I don’t know if me as the reader was meant to like Chase, his friend, and his love interest but I did not like or even care for them. I understand the effects of drug use and that it can really mess with your brain and though process and thus this is why it seemed like Chase was so whinny all the time but still it is a zombie attack, which means…no rules. Typewriter seemed to be tougher than Chase. Than there was the romantic relationship between Chase and KK. I must have missed something as I did not feel any connection between them. KK in fact was hung up on another guy and Chase’s feeling for her seemed more stalker like. Lastly, I wanted more fighting scenes with the zombies. More blood and gore is always better.

The Moon and More

Emaline would rather be on the beach than helping her sister and family run Colby Realty. At least Emaline has her cute boyfriend, Luke. All the ladies want him. They have been together so long that their families have joked that they will be married.



Emaline’s plans for the summer however involve applying for college, getting to know her biological father, hanging with friends, and learning who Theo is. Theo is one of the summer renters. He is much more mature than Luke and he likes Emaline.



I was ready for a fun, light-hearted summer, beach read. Unfortunately I did not find what I was looking for in this book. Yes, the story was light and fluffy but it did not really have any meat to the storyline. With the characters there was no connection. No one made me like them or really want to be their friends. When it came to the two guys...Luke and Theo…I choose neither. Luke was childish and Theo was a bit of a snob. The reason I did not feel anything for Luke besides what I already said was because Emaline and Luke were already getting towards the break up stage of their relationship.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

A summer blockbuster in The Entity Within!

Zoe and her grandmother have moved to Vamptown. It is not like Zoe had any choice. They had no where else to go. Besides that Zoe did not even know that they were moving to Vamptown. It is just that witches and vampires do not really mix. They are like oil and water.



Damon is the head of security in Vamptown. His number one priority is to make sure there is no trouble. Zoe and her grandmother have barely moved in and already they are getting on Damon’s nerves, especially Zoe. He has not felt something for someone in a long time. However he is not about to make the same mistake twice in trusting a witch. The last one he killed.



The Entity Within is the second book in the Entity series. You don’t have to read the first book, Sleeping with the Entity. These books can be read as stand alone novels. However I have to tell you that I have book one and after reading this book, I am going back and reading it. While there were characters from the first book that appeared in this one, they did not take anything away from me enjoying reading this novel. In fact, this is part of the reason I want to read book one. Also for your information I started with book two because it sounded more appealing.



The sarcastic banter between Zoe and Damon was great. I could not get enough of it. I almost could have done without the romance involving Zoe and Damon. Not that it was hot between them. So what do you get when you have mix a witch with a vampire and than throw in the mix Zoe’s familiar, Bella, a black cat who has a sassy tongue on her and Zoe’s grandmother and you get a summer blockbuster in The Entity Within!

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Moon Rock

Book Summary
When Elliot takes his grandfather's moon rock, he’s not really stealing it, just borrowing it for further study. But the rock launches him into an adventure beyond his wildest imagination — in fact, it launches him clear to the moon! That night, Elliot awakes in Great Nidor, a city built in the deepest crater on the far side of the moon — a place where wickedness corrupts hearts and bodies, time can be twisted for good or evil, and wonder floats down every street. A civil war is raging between the Librarian and the Defiers. The Librarian rules over the Wings of the Past, Present, and Future. There’s a problem, though: he’s unable to open the Wing of the Future, where the most dangerous knowledge is stored, knowledge that will help him defeat the Defiers. Only Elliot can get the magical key that unlocks the Wing. But can he find it? And will the Wing of the Future help Elliot save his mother and his home from a terrible fire?


Review by Aspen (age 10)

This book is about a boy, Elliot, whose house burned down the night he snuck out to look at the stars. While Elliot's mom is in the hospital, he will stay with his Grandpa that he didn't even know existed!! Grandpa has a moon rock. When Elliot messed with it he enters a new world!!



To be honest there were some parts of the book that I didn't understand. But overall this was a fun and exciting adventure book. I really enjoyed the pictures! They helped tell the story and were super cool.



Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa


What would you do if you received a letter from a friend telling you that they are dead and that they have planted clues all over for you to find? Well that is exactly what happened to Mr. Constable. He received that said letter from his friend, Tomomi “Butterfly” Ishikawa. Mr. Constable goes on this treasure hunt accompanied by his imaginary cat.



Where to start with my review of this book? How about…Be warned as you just might need to book an appointment with a psychologist after reading this book!



It is not that I have anything bad to say about it but it is just that this is the type of book that you have to digest for a while after finishing it before attempting to put your thought down on paper. This is because this is exactly the type of book that Mr. Constable wrote. One that gets into your mind and plays tricks on you. It will have you feeling both confused but intrigued at the same time. I know I was but in a good way.



Mr. Constable is the real talent here with his genius mind. Although reading this book I also thought that Butterfly was a good storyteller as well. It takes a creative mind to lead someone on an elaborative treasure hunt across Paris and spanning to New York City. Also, there was one last star in this book and that was Cat. Yes, he may be imaginary but he had personality.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mrs. Pochoda’s Visitation Street is an instant classic that will have you devouring this book in a matter of a few hours!

June and Val are best friends. They are practically inseparable. June however is boy crazy. June wants to do something fun and Val suggests they take her raft and float in the river. June and Val go rafting but something happens and Val is washed ashore. One of Val’s teacher’s Jonathan finds Val and takes her to Fabi’s store. The police are called. They go searching for June but neither she nor the raft are located.




Jonathan starts a friendship with Val. Fabi seizes the moment to make his store popular with June’s disappearance. Lastly there is a boy named Cree who is trying to get out of town and make a better life for himself and his mother but with the disappearance of June, he finds himself a suspect.



Wow, this book is a must, must read. It is not to be missed. If you do not read Visitation Street than you will be one of the uncool people. Mrs. Pochoda’s Visitation Street is an instant classic that will have you devouring this book in a matter of a few hours! From the very beginning I was hooked but I did not know just how much until the story really started after Val was found washed up on shore and June is considered missing. From this point on it was all about the characters, the environment and the story. Without the great diverse characters than the story would not have been half as good.



The reason I mention the environment or location is because it also played an important part in this book. It was like I could see everything from Fadi’s store to the bar that Jonathan hung out at to the river where June and Val floated on with the raft. The multiple voices from the characters and their points of view allowed me to step into that person’s shoes. I can not wait to read the next book from this author

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Finding Colin Firth

Bea is still recovering over her mother's passing. So you can imagine the surprise she gets when she receive a letter. The letter tells Bea that she was adopted. Bea decides to learn about where she came from.




Veronica regrets giving up her newborn daughter for adoption years ago. She works as a waitress in a diner. She is famous for her elixir pies. She teaches classes to people on pie making. Two of her newest students are widowed, Nick DeMarco and his daughter, Leigh.



Gemma has just received the biggest shock of her life. One that will change it forever...she is pregnant. Gemma should be happy and she knows that her husband will be overjoyed. However Gemma can not bring herself to be joyed or to tell her husband. She decides that a road trip to clear her mind will do her some good.



I have never read Pride and Prejudice. Although I have read several books loosely based around this story. Most of the books I just could not get into. So why would I try reading Finding Colin Firth? Well because I liked the concept of the book. I can tell you that I did like this book. Nonetheless As much as I enjoyed reading this book, I will still probably never fully understand the hype around Colin Firth aka Mr. Darcy.



I have to say that my favorite out of the three ladies was Veronica. She seemed so genuine and warm. She was comforting like her specialty elixir pies. The other two ladies, Bea and Gemma were nice also; it just took me a little longer to grow connected towards them. However all three ladies had good stories to share.



The romance between Veronica and Nick was sweet. Nick's daughter, Leigh is precious. I am glad that Nick and Veronica found love again. While I was a little bummed that there was no actual recipes of any of Veronica's elixir pies in the back of the book it does not matter as you can have fun making your own elixir pies.



I think that the way Bea went about getting to know Veronica was the best. It drew them closer to each other. The reason that I did not get close to Gemma in the beginning was even though I can understand her anxiety about having a baby, I could not see what she would just leave town and her nice husband without telling him first that she was pregnant. In the end I did like Gemma.

The People of Forever Are Not Afraid

Yael, Lea, and Avishag are friends. As the years passed Lea became the outcast. Yael and Avishag survived the death of Avishag’s brother. Although nothing will compare for these three woman than spending time serving in the Israeli Defense Forces.




This book will have you thankful that you are alive and are not a female living in Israel. I did have the idea that I was going to join the Air Force and become a pilot and stay for ten years and then retire. I would have been in my mid thirties and then gotten married. Well my plans did change. I did not go into the military however I did visit the Air Force Academy and stayed there for two weeks to get the experience and visited NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) back before 9/11. Not to say that my little experience makes me an expert and I am very grateful to all the service men and women who do serve.



I am still fascinated by military and thus have read many military themed books. This is why I was interested to read this book. I thought that Ms. Boianjiu gives a good voice to the three women in this book even if that was not her true intent based on an interview question in the back of this book. It was funny however as I thought that I would like Lea the less but I ended up liking her the most. The second person that I liked was Avishag and thirdly, Yael. Yael the least because after a while I got turned off by her constant flirting.



Ms. Boianjiu did nice job giving me a visual of what the three women experienced while fighting. At times although with this detail comes a slow pace in the reading which is what did happen to me. A good, strong showing for first time author Shani Boianjiu

The Favor

Janelle and her son, Bennett have returned to care for Janelle’s Nan. She is expected to live only a few months. This puts Janelle within a stone’s throw from Gabriel “Gabe” Tierney. She has not seen Gabe since the day in the woods when a favor was made and she left town and did not look back.




Gabe can remember that day and he is not about to easily forgive Janelle. However the longer she stays the harder it is to stay mad.



I have read many books by Megan Hart. All of them good but they were all erotic novels. So I have to say I had my reservations about reading this book. I did not know what to expect and if the author can write a good book that his not erotica. Well after reading this book I can rightfully say that Megan can write just as good book other than erotica.



As the story unfolded I got a good clue as to what tragic accident happened that day in the woods involving the Tierney brothers and Janelle. A sad accident that luckily does have a happy ending. I like that the romance connecting Janelle and Gabe was mild. This surprised me but at the same time was a good surprise. I was expecting the sparks to really fly. Even though Gabe could be a jerk at times, I still liked him. Overall a fine book. This book deserves a spot on your bookshelves

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

William Shakespeare's Star Wars




So you have heard of remixes in the music world but how many of you are familiar with mash ups in the books world? Yes, there is such a thing as mash ups. In the case of this book author Ian Doescher took a famous writer maybe you heard of his name…William Shakespeare. Then Mr. Doescher took another beloved movie series, Star Wars and he mashed the two together and you get William Shakespeare’s Star Wars...a romping good time!




While I am sure both Mr. Shakespeare and Mr. Lucas never imagined themselves sharing a book together (more Shakespeare then Lucas I believe) it still makes for good reading. I like Mr. Doescher’s attempt at poetry even if was not the greatest. I can just picture Mr. Shakespeare rolling over in his grave. Oh, the great tragedy.



This book is not meant to be taken seriously or at least I did not take it that way. I knew before reading it that I was going to be in for some good humor. I would like to see this book made into a Broadway play now that would be rockin. Well maybe not but I will give you a brief scene between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan fighting before Vader kills Obi-Wan and then you decide if this book would make a good or at least interesting Broadway play.



Obi-Wan:



And yet thou canst not win, I’ll warrant, Darth.

For if thou strike me down, e’en now, e’en here,

I shall more great and powereful become

Than e’er thou hast imagin’d possible.



Vader:



I tell thee plain: thou shouldst nor have return’d

Tides

Noah and his sister, Lo are visiting their grandmother for the summer. Noah is excited as he got an internship with Professor Foster. The professor is big on biology. Noah is hoping to use this to his advantage to learn all that he can. What Noah did not picture was himself in a room with tons of boxes sorting and filing papers.




All Lo wants to do is draw and paint. However she is obsessed with her weight. Noah is concerned for Lo’s health. Noah and Lo both will get the summer of a lifetime when Noah rescues Mara out of the ocean. You see Mara is a selkie.



I have not read many selkie themed books. I wonder why that is as I think these books are just as important as the mermaid ones. Yes, in an essence mermaids and selkies are kind of the same. Also you might be say “Who cares” both are not real. Well that is besides the point.



Thus this is the reason why I chose this book to read. I wanted to read more about the selkies. Which I did like the author’s take on the selkies. She really did talk about the selkie legend involving their skin and how if someone possessed the selkie’s skin then the selkie was a slave to that person. Thus there were a lot of marriages.



What I could have done without in this book was the girl and girl romance involving one of the elder selkies when she was a young girl and Lo’s eating disorder. Neither of these events I felt really have to do with the book or added to it. Otherwise I did feel that this was a good first book by new author, Betsy Cornwell.

Mila Ferrera’s SPIRAL + Giveaway





Nessa Cavanaugh, psychology student, knows how to stay on an even keel. Despite the urging of her mother and her academic advisor to get a life and have some fun, “all work and no play” sums up her plan to survive her grueling internship year at a children's hospital. She doesn't want to end up like her father, whose constant ups and downs broke her family, and avoiding unnecessary emotional entanglements is a must.




Then she (literally) runs into Dr. Aron Lindstrom in the middle of her disastrous first day on the job. The attraction is instant—and terrifying. Nessa knows she should stay away—especially when she finds out he has a reputation for being a player—but Aron is brilliant, intense, and as sexy as they come. When he challenges her to take a chance on him, her plans to stay focused on work start to crumble.



But what begins as passion takes on a dangerous edge, becoming an emotional roller coaster that’s frighteningly familiar. As things spiral out of control, Nessa must decide whether she should hold on for the ride or run … even if it means leaving her heart behind.     Spiral is available for purchase at B&N and AMAZON.

Mila’s Biography


Mila Ferrera lives in New England, where she has a family and a job and does various normal, everyday things, all while plotting novels in her head. She has a passion for writing new adult/adult romance featuring psychological twists and tortured heroes. Her own psychology internship involved plenty of consultation, but alas, no sexy Swedish doctors, which is why she had to make one up. SPIRAL is her first novel ... but it won't be the only one for long.



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Monday, July 8, 2013

MY EDUCATION + Giveaway


Regina Gottlieb is no stranger to the rumors about one of her professors, Nicholas Brodeur. Rumors that talk about Nicholas giving himself a hand job to the reading of couplets by his female students or that Nicholas laughed so hard he fell off his chair in the movie theater watching a film about rapist, Roman Polanski.


None of these rumors deter Regina from Nicholas. Not even his pregnant wife. If anything it just makes Regina more interested in him. Things get crazy when Regina gets close to Nicholas and his wife. Regina’s actions and the education she receives in life and the bedroom will make her the person she turns out to be in fifteen years.

I wanted to check this book out because it sounded outside of my norm and I like expanding my reading genre. Plus I was not offended by the fact that this book might falter on a heavy/dark reading material and some deep sexual experiences. If these two things are not your cup of tea than you should not check this book out.

Ok, so I really, really wanted to like this book more then I did. It looks like lots of people enjoyed this book. Unfortunately, this book did not do it for me. There were a lot of descriptive details in the beginning that I really struggled to see past. So the book was a slow read for me. After a while I had to put the book down and throw in the towel. I do however appreciate the raw, stripped down look that the author gave to Regina, even if I did not care for Regina.

Reprinted by arrangement with Viking, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from My Education by Susan Choi. Copyright © 2013 by Susan Choi

Since arriving the previous week I’d kept hearing about a notorious person, and now as I entered the packed lecture hall my gaze caught on a highly conspicuous man. That’s him I declared inwardly, which of course was absurd. It was a vast university, of thousands of souls. There was no reason these two kinds of prominence—scandalous noteworthiness, and exceptional, even sinister, attractiveness—must belong to the same human being. Yet they had. The man was Nicholas Brodeur, though I knew it for sure only later.

That first time seeing him, even before being sure who he was, it was already clear that his attractiveness was mixed up with a great deal of ridiculousness. He wore a long duster coat, in the heat of September. His filthy blond hair stuck up and out in thatchy spikes from heavy use of some kind of pomade, as if it were 1982, not ’92, and he wore Lennon shades with completely black lenses, as if it were outdoors, not in, and overall, in his resemblance to a Joy Division poster, he comported himself as if twenty and not, as I’d come to find out, almost forty. Still he was the best-looking man, by a league, in the room and certainly the best-looking man I had seen in the flesh to that point in my life. I hadn’t yet lived in one of the world’s great cities, where such specimens congregate, but even now that I have, he still ranks. And he must have realized; there was in his posture a kind of inverse vanity, a suggestion that he engaged in his sartorial ridiculousness out of some impatience with the effects of his beauty. He stood alone at the back, his feet away from the wall and his shoulders slumped against it. An ambiguous expression that was not quite a smile slightly lifted the sides of his mouth. His hands remained stuffed in the duster’s deep pockets. The inappropriate hoodlum charade seemed to chide anybody who stared, as I did.

Casper was the only fellow student in my program I’d managed so far to befriend. When he arrived and dropped into the seat I had saved him, I directed his eyes to the man. “Oh my,” Casper said. “Do I want to f**k him, or just be him?” Just being him did seem the lesser risk.

I’d been inoculated against the villain Brodeur before I’d even enrolled. On my visit to campus the previous spring, my informational coffee with a second-year poetry student had been interrupted by a timorous and blushing undergraduate whom the second-year had caught in a fervent embrace, and then presented to me portentously as someone “any woman considering coming here needs to talk to.” In the course of preparing her senior thesis under Brodeur’s direction, the undergraduate had been victimized by him, in what precise way it would victimize her further to ask her to relate. The result, thus far, had been a petition demanding his firing, but the second-year was confident that far more severe retribution would follow. This was only the most recent petition, and the most recent of his sexual crimes. He was rumored to ask female students to read Donne to him while he lay on the floor of his office, in darkness, it was presumed masturbating himself. He was said to recite bawdy couplets referring to breasts while directing his gaze in the classroom at actual breasts. He’d attended, at the repertory cinema on campus, a screening of a late-career, poorly received film by Roman Polanski—the rapist—and unlike the rest of the solemn, censorious house, there to sharpen the critical blades, he’d apparently laughed so hard as to have literally fallen from his seat onto the floor. Amid all this baleful intelligence it came as a superfluous footnote that his relations with his wife, who was also a faculty member, were obscure and chaotic.



A Conversation with Susan Choi


Q: Your previous novels deal with high stakes: the Unabomber, kidnapping, wars overseas,
terrorism. Did you find writing MY EDUCATION, a story that deals with more typical problems of passion, ambition, and love, to be a different experience?


A: I did, in a good way. For all three of my previous books I did tons of research into twentiethcentury history, and politics, and ideology, and loved immersing myself in abstruse and challenging material, and then after finishing A Person of Interest I had another baby (my second) and the very thought of research just made me pass out. I realized I wanted to write a book about people being young and falling in love and behaving stupidly, and that I probably didn't need to do research for that. Now my kids are older and I'm getting sleep again at night and I'm back to doing abstruse research! But this book was a great change for me.


Q: What was your inspiration for this novel?


A: Apart from wanting to avoid research, I was actually inspired in a very specific way by a book that
I love, Allan Hollinghurst's novel The Line of Beauty. I haven't been more enthralled, and admiring, of a novel in I don't know how long. And something about the way that book opens, with Nick in a bookstore thinking about a much older, more powerful man that he knows, and being so full of youthful moxie and naievete, brought an opening scene, fully realized, into my mind. That's happened to me a couple of times, and it's thrilling: you know there's a novel, and that you've found the entrance, but you have no idea what it contains.


Q: You currently teach at Princeton University and both MY EDUCATION and your last novel A Person of Interest feature professors as their protagonists, so it’s safe to assume you are well versed in the culture of academia. How does your experience in the world of academia play out in your fiction?


A: I think I'm less well-versed in the culture of academia than poorly-versed in anything else. Esoteric worlds are hard to resist in fiction, and academia can be pretty esoteric. If I had more experience with the esoteric world of the CIA operative, or the mafia don, I'd definitely write about
that. But I am a professor's daughter, and I guess that's bequeathed a certain compulsion on my
part to keep poking around in that region.


Q: Motherhood impacts the relationship between Regina and Martha over the entire course of the novel; in the end, it seems to be one of the primary means through which they absolve the past. How have your own children affected your writing and your perception of the world?


A: Only totally. Parenthood has completely rewired me. Things that used to enthrall me now bore me, and things I never used to notice now obsess me, and that's just one aspect of it. I think a lot,
now, about children's lives. Much of what happens to Regina in this book, to my mind, is that she realizes that children are people.


Q: Being a love story, what kind of tropes of romance were you wary of? What did you hope to bring to the table with this novel?

A: I always saw this first as a story about being young. It is a love story, but the love story is a vehicle for exploring the youthful innocence, and selfishness, and unsustainable craziness of being a young person in love, and of being a young person in general. I think this novel is my way of coming to terms with my not being particularly young anymore.


Q: For Regina, any contemplation of sexual identity seems to be on the backburner. Did you have
any intentional reason for refraining from that sort of discussion?

A: Identity politics are very popular with Regina's classmates, but they're just not a part of her
being. I'd be dragging the story into didactic territory, and maybe turning it into one of the dreary,
insincere term papers Regina writes, if I had her sitting around contemplating her sexual identity,
when everything about this situation is equally unfamiliar to her: Martha isn't just a woman, she's
married, she's a mother, she's much older and more accomplished than Regina. For Regina the
entire relationship is singular and unprecedented. She doesn't think, 'Oh, I'm a lesbian,' any more than she thinks, 'Oh, I'm a home wrecker.' She's just insanely in love - a condition that makes it hard for her to do much clear thinking at all.


Q: What are a few of your favorite love triangles (or rather quadrangles, to be most accurate to MY
EDUCATION) in literature, TV, or film?
A: I think we're talking about a love square consisting of two equilateral triangles sharing one side. I actually had to draw a picture just now, to figure this out. I can't think of other examples of this particular geometry although I'm sure there must be some. I do love the triangle, as who doesn't.

Two of my favorite books of all time, The Great Gatsby and The Age of Innocence, feature famous triangles. I also love the sad and quiet triangle at the center of J.L. Carr's magnificent short novel, A
Month in the Country. The menage, a different arrangement altogether, can be very endearing. I loved
April Ludgate and her gay boyfriend and his gay boyfriend, on Parks and Recreation. I was sad when
she dumped them, but they certainly deserved it.


Q: What do you think of Chaucer and the body of literature Nicholas teaches? Was this of particular interest to you when you were a student, or did you do the research for the sake of this novel?

A: As of this writing, I know less about Chaucer than Regina did when Nicholas hired her as his teaching assistant. I just wanted a subject matter that felt as far as possible from the groovy poststructuralist stuff that Regina was studying.


Q: Do you have anything else in the works or projects on the horizon?

A: I am back in the throes of a research obsession, but I don't know where it will lead me, if anywhere. Once I spent a year researching pirates, and then I wrote American Woman, which takes place completely on land. So I will have to wait and see.

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Love at High Tide

Darcy Trent is on a vacation in Ocean City, Maryland with her friend, Trina. She deserves it after spending eight months writing her dissertation in Africa. Trina and Darcy go for a swim in the ocean. The cold warm takes Darcy’s breath away but it is the hunky guy that really does it for Darcy. Darcy’s rescuer is named Cooper Hudson. There is an instant attraction. Darcy’s vacation has just gotten better. Now all she has to do is try and keep herself from getting killed with her friend, Trina.




I have read several books by this author and enjoyed them. I had so much fun with Darcy and Trina and all the trouble that they found themselves in. They were like the wannabe Nancy Drew and friend. They were not that good at investigating but it made for entertaining reading with funny laughs. What I was not laughing about was Darcy and Cooper’s romance. It was hot. I think that Darcy needed to go into the ocean again to cool off, only I don’t think that Cooper would be any help as he would be right behind her cooling off as well. If you are planning a trip to the beach, a summer vacation, or just relaxing in the sun, you have to make sure that Love at High Tide is in your bag or on your reading device. A fun read not to be missed!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Playing Tyler



Tyler is smart yet he is also caring. He visits his brother, Brandon in rehab. Tyler’s dream is to go to the Air Force Academy. He already is one step closer being a member in the Civil Air Patrol. However Tyler knows his dream will stay just that…a dream. That is why when Rick, Tyler’s mentor in the Civil Air Patrol offers Tyler a chance to assist him with a new video game and the chance to make his dream a reality he jumps at the chance.


Ani may be in high school but she is a super whiz. She created her own video game. Tyler and Ani meet and form a connection. Soon Tyler and Ani realize there is more than meets the eye with the video game, especially when Tyler’s brother, Brandon goes missing.
I was really amped to read this book. I have read a few role playing or virtual gamer books and enjoyed them. It is like a double feature…reading a story within a story. Sadly this book did not live up to the hype that I had set for it.

It was missing the virtual world element that includes action and intriguing characters. While I did like Tyler and Ani, I was not fully invested in them. I might have liked Ani better. She seemed to have more depth and was smarter. I do have to give up however to people who are as smart as Ani and Tyler that they can creative video games with just their little pinkie. Also, I felt that the romance story line felt forced. Like Tyler and Ani needed to form a romantic bond in order to hang with each other. This book would have been better if there had been more action, not so much dialect, and the story had spent more time in the virtual game world.


ABOUT T L COSTA


T. L. Costa is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and has a Masters of Teaching from Quinnipiac University who taught high school for five years before becoming a full-time mom and writer. She has lived in Texas, New York, New Jersey and Spain. Currently, she lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and her website.

Friday, July 5, 2013

MARILYN’S RED DIARY

I am familiar with Marilyn. However I would not say that I know a lot of details about her. In fact if I was to be quizzed, I would flunk. So then why would I read a book about Marilyn? To be honest, if I had not been sent this book to review it then I would not be aware of it and would never have known about it. This would have been a real bad shame.

Marilyn’s Red Diary gives the reader a vivid inside depth look into the “real” Marilyn. This book is a speedy read. I really liked the way it was written with the diary entries. It made me feel like I really was seeing everything through Marilyn’s eyes if not stepping into her shoes. It was sad reading this book as well. Reading Marilyn’s story made me think of another famous blonde, Anna Nicole. Marilyn was a woman with a heart of gold that just wanted to be loved and fell for the wrong guys. Mr. Friedel did a good job with this book and giving Marilyn her voice again.

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Brooke Aarons can't get to college fast enough. Leaving behind her small town life, she intends to transform herself into a brilliant psychologist with no distractions along the way. But when she finds herself on a double date with the school's star football player - and worse, enjoying it - Brooke has to wonder if she's the one who needs her head examined. James Cartwright's easy life, endless bucks, and long line of willing girls should make him a non-starter for Brooke, but as she learns, the psychology behind a bad crush is a whole lot messier of a subject. Maybe Plato was right. Maybe love is a serious mental disease. If so, Brooke doesn't have long to find a cure before James' attention proves to be a terminal condition.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

No Peace for the Damned

Megan Powell


NO PEACE FOR THE DAMNED

Addicted to NA 2013


Magnolia Kelch is no stranger to pain. Beautiful and powerful, she’s spent her entire life at the mercy of her sadistic father and the rest of the Kelch clan, who have tortured her and tested the limits of her powers. After one particularly heinous night that leaves Magnolia nearly dead, she finally sees her chance for escape…

But this first taste of freedom is short-lived when she collides with Thirteen, head of the Network—a secret organization dedicated to fighting supernatural criminals—who recruits her into the group. Even as she’s coming to grips with this new life and the horrific memories that still haunt her, she’s conflicted by her growing attraction to fellow team member Theo and the emergence of new, untested abilities. After months of grueling training, her loyalty to the team is tested when she learns her target is the Network’s most wanted: the Kelch family.

Revenge may course through her veins, but so does the blood of the Kelches. And opposing her family may cost her the thing she treasures most. After all, Magnolia is still a Kelch. And the Kelch are damned.



Questions:

1. Tell us what your book is about in 140 characters or less.

A powerful young woman joins forces with a secret security agency to fight against her influential family's supernatural terrorism.

Your book


1. Is this book part of a series?

Yes. NO PEACE FOR THE DAMNED is the first in the Magnolia Kelch series.

2. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

Chapter 29 was definitely my favorite chapter to write. It was also the very first chapter I wrote. I had that scene with Magnolia and Theo on the couch long before I knew anything else about the characters or the story around them. All I knew was that this incredibly sexy young woman, who felt separate from everyone around her, suddenly felt a genuine, normal connection to someone else. The excitement of that moment overshadowed any other insecurities so that when she revealed her tattoo without thought of the consequences, she revealed an innocence that would otherwise be out of character. That moment shows that more than anything, all she really wanted was to have something – anything – in common with someone else.

3. Who’s your favorite character to write and why?

Definitely Magnolia. The book is told from her point of view so I really get to slip into her mind while I write. I love that she is strong and powerful, terrified and angry, whip-smart and completely naïve all at the same time. I remember very clearly being twenty-two and thinking I was the toughest person in the world with all these life experiences while at the same time feeling more vulnerable and uncertain than ever. It is a wonderful experience to be able to relive those feelings through a character with such unlimited potential.

4. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is special?

Magnolia Kelch is a surprisingly well-adjusted young woman considering she spent the first twenty-two years of life in the torturous captivity of her father and uncle. That’s not to say that she isn’t incredibly suspicious of everyone and everything, likely to shoot first and ask questions never. She is the most powerful supernatural person in her extremely powerful family, but has been victimized her entire life leaving her unsure of what she can really do. More than anything, Magnolia is eager to finally experience a level of independence previously denied her – including feeling all of the emotions that only a truly free person can feel.

5. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

The setting is definitely reflective of my life as Hoosier. And as my father so aptly pointed out, every member of my immediate family has a first name that begins with the letter “M”… although that is where the similarities end between my real family and the Kelches.

6. Leave us with a teaser/quote from your book?

“In that last moment of consciousness I had to chastise myself. I was not supposed to live in this world without violence and pain. And I was an idiot to have ever let myself think otherwise.”


Personal


1. Where were you born and where do you call home?

I was born in Central Indiana and, while I’ve lived in various cities throughout the Midwest, I currently call central Indiana home still.

2. What are three things that make you happy?

Receiving flowers for no reason at all, my son belly-laughing at his hilarious sister, drinking wine at the lake with my husband and siblings – these are a few of my favorite things. ;)

3. What keeps you awake at night?

Worries about my children, finances, the hope of human equality, revisions that feel as if they will never be finished, replaying conversations and what I wish I would have said – the normal stuff.

4. What’s your greatest fear?

I’ve already experienced my greatest fear. Now I fear for my loved ones going through something painful.

5. What’s your most embarrassing moment?

At this point in my life, it takes a lot to embarrass me. However, I do remember back in Junior High School, when I cared as much as anyone what my peers thought of me, performing in the school choir in front of the entire assembly of students with my fly open. I discovered my fashion faux pas because of the boys in the front row pointing and laughing while I tried to remember my dance moves. Good times, good times.

6. What is your most treasured possession?

My wedding ring.

7. What is your favorite smell?

That’s a tough one. I love the smell of my Aunt Jackie’s lotion and my parents’ house at Christmas time. I also love garlic and onions cooking in olive oil and freshly cut wood. There are other scents that I affiliate with certain memories, good and bad, but these are probably the most constant as far as favorites.

8. What is your favorite food?

Is coffee a food?

9. What is your greatest regret?

I’ve thought of this a lot and I really can’t think of one. That’s not to say I haven’t made mistakes – Lord knows the trail of bad choices my life has left in its wake – but I can’t say I actually regret anything. Whatever choices I’ve made in my life, I made them for a reason. I can’t look back and say I’d do anything differently because I wouldn’t want to be anywhere other than where I am.

10. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My children know, without question, that I love them no matter what. There is nothing they could ever do or say or be that would keep me from loving them and they are confident in that knowledge. That is an achievement like no other.

11. One piece of advice to someone who’d like to follow in your footsteps?

Find an agent who is established, knows the industry, and is as passionate about your book as you are. Entering the publishing world, I was so ignorant that I didn’t even know what I didn’t know. Having someone there who knew what was going on and had the patience to work with me, answer my questions, and truly look out for my best interests has made all the difference.

12. What is your favorite word?

Antidisestablishmentarianism.

13. What is your least favorite word?

Can’t.

14. What turns you on creatively?

Being around other creative people. Writer’s groups, reader groups, edit groups – they can both motivate and support the creative flow better than anything else I’ve come across.

15. What is your favorite motivational phrase.?

Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith. – Margaret Shepard

16. What is your favorite positive saying?

Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, then it’s not the end. – Unknown.

17. What is your favorite quote?

Being powerful is like being a lady – if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t. – Margaret Thatcher

18. What is your favorite movie?

I have a ton of favourite movies but these are the three that popped in my head when I read this question:

19. What do you like to do outside of books?

PINTEREST!! But seriously, I love to decorate. And redecorate. Then redecorate again. It’s a stress reliever really, although I think I now have more coats (of paint) on the wall than I do hanging in my closet.

20. What are your pet peeves?

People who judge others can just go away. Slurs, hate words, passing judgment of any kind on someone else – these are all things that just make my ass itch.

Any pets that you would like to tell us about, share a pic?

I was never really a dog person but we have the most incredible Shepard/Chow mix in existence! Tybalt is a 13 year old sweetie who is the most easy-going dog you could imagine. It scares me to think we are coming to the end of his time with us. L

21. White wine or red?

Either one as long as it’s a dessert wine.

22. Coffee or tea?

Coffee.

23. Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream?

I was in the second grade when my teacher asked the class which ice cream flavor was our favorite. It was a truly eye-opening experience for me to realize that there were people in the world who did not prefer chocolate to all others.

24. What do you normally eat for breakfast, or do you skip it and get straight to work?

Breakfast is a must. Usually, I eat turkey sausage and some fruit. And coffee. Must have the coffee!

25. Sleep in or get up early?

If I can make myself get out of bed at 5:00 AM, I can get more accomplished by 9:00 AM than most do in a full day. Definitely a morning person.

26. Laptop or desktop for writing?

Love my laptop.


How you started:

1. Did you always want to be a writer?

Not at all. In fact, it never even occurred to me to be a writer until the day I started writing NO PEACE FOR THE DAMNED. I was all about the business world and making my mark in corporate America. Life, however, had other plans. After years of my children being in day care twelve hours a day, having a husband I saw only on the weekends (if we were lucky), and parents with health problems, I decided it was time for some serious priority adjustments. I left my career to be a stay-at-home mom in 2006. By the end of 2008, I was pulling my hair out and seriously questioning my sanity. I needed an escape as much as I needed an outlet for all my frustrations. January 2009, I started writing about Magnolia Kelch. Now, in 2013, as a published writer, I’m still wondering about that sanity thing.

2. What were you like in school? Were you good in English?

I was very driven in school. I knew from an early age that I wanted to have a successful business management career so I made choices in my studies and activities that moved me in that direction. I was goal-oriented, focused, and determined. Don’t get me wrong, I had a lot of fun (and at times, probably a little too much fun) but when it came to my studies, the only courses I took that didn’t purport my ultimate goal were my English classes. I took every literature class I could, not because I thought it would aid me on my chosen career path, but because I thought they were fun. They were a GPA booster. I never thought I’d actually use those classes outside of school.

3. What was the first work you had published?

The very first work I ever had published was a small (200 word) article on available youth sports in a small local paper. I think I got $5.00.

4. How did you get your agent?

I met my agent at the Midwest Writer’s Workshop at Ball State University in 2009. I was introduced to her through a fellow writer who had read part of my manuscript and knew that this agent was looking for urban fantasy novels. For me, it was love at first sight. I think it took my agent a little longer, though. J

5. How many (if any) rejection letters did you get?

I sent out a total of seven query letters before signing with my agent. Of those, I received three rejections, three requests for further pages and one none response.

6. What was the first book that you wrote (if not this one)?

NO PEACE FOR THE DAMNED was the first anything I ever wrote.

7. What other jobs did you do to support your writing?

I edit and screen online obituary guest books for a company called Legacy.com. It feeds not only my writing and editing needs, but also my morbid side.

8. What would you be doing if you couldn’t be a writer?

I don’t think that’s really an option. I would always write, it’s just a matter of if I’d be paid for it or not.


On writing:

1. Where do you write, and what makes it the perfect place to write? What surrounds you?

I pace while I write, but in those moments when I’m settled enough to actually type, I do so in one of two places: if the children are home, I go in the dining room to avoid little hands and voices.

If the kids aren’t home, I huddle down in my reading nook with my lap-desk. (my husband made the Magnolia’s Corner sign for me. J

2. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand? Or something else?

I write primarily on my laptop but I also keep a pad of paper in my purse at all times just in case I need to get through a scene and can’t carry my laptop with me.

3. Do you find it hard to be disciplined?

Absolutely. Whenever I go to write, suddenly there are a multitude of chores that need to be done before I could possibly concentrate on whatever scene I’m supposed to be writing. It helps so much when I have an actual deadline.

4. Do you lock yourself away, or do you need distraction?

I’m very capable of creating my own distractions so any outside influences need to be kept to a minimum.

5. What are you working on at the minute?

Right now, I am completing revisions on a paranormal romance tentatively called, “Saving Death”.

6. Any secret projects languishing under your desk yet to be published?

Oh yeah. I wrote a fluffy mystery about a nosy stay-at-home-mom with a strange alter-ego that has yet to see the light of day and another paranormal romance that I haven’t even let my sister read yet. But the one I will most likely return to at some point is a post-apocalyptic YA about five schoolmates on a quest to disprove the beliefs of their society. I like that one a lot and would like to go back to it some day.

7. Have you ever had writer’s block? How did you deal with it?

I have and I can’t say I handled it very well. I stressed, convinced I’d never come up with another idea as long as I lived. Ultimately, I found inspiration from other books. I read new books, re-read favorites – paying attention to what I liked and how the other authors handled certain scenes or relationships.

8. Where do the your ideas come from?

Everywhere. Music, movies, books, my friends, life situations, my imagination. You name it, it’s a source of inspiration.

9. How do you plan your books? Do you outline or just fly by the seat of your pants?

Both. I usually have a scene or two in mind when I start. From there I’ll plot out different ways the story could lead up to those scenes then expand to create the entire arc. However, any plotting I do is just a potential plan. When I actually start writing, I let the characters lead me in their own directions. Sometimes it sticks with the original plan, other times it doesn’t.

10. Do you know how a book will end as you start writing it?

Not always. I will usually have specific scenes that I really want to happen but I leave the ending pretty open-ended until I get there.

11. What do you feel makes a good story?

Relating to the characters. Like Magnolia, I have had frustrations and feelings of embarrassment when I didn’t know how to act in certain situations. I’ve felt the same defensiveness she feels and remember a point in my life when every other word from my mouth was Fuck. Even though my life has been nothing at all like hers, I understand where she’s coming from because I’ve been in similar situations and felt similar things.

12. What is the hardest thing about writing?

For me, the hardest thing is when I have a scene, or even an entire story, completely developed in my mind. Every detail, every nuance is absolutely perfect in my head. This is a worst-case scenario for me because when the time comes to put the scene into words, I am forced to decide which details are most important in moving the story forward. Do I include the way the wallpaper is peeling in the corners? Does the reader need to know which magazines are on the nightstand? What about the way the heroine’s voice hitches on certain words? When I know everything there is to know about a given scene, picking and choosing which parts to share becomes exceptionally difficult. It’s much easier when I’m less invested in a particular part of the story.

13. What is the easiest thing about writing?

Finding something to write about. The world is a fascinating place. Add in your imagination and the potential subjects are truly limitless.

14. How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Writing a first draft typically takes between three to six months. However, revisions to that first draft can take upwards of years. (at least that’s what it feels like.)

15. Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you have someone to do that for you?

I always re-read and proof my book after it’s completed then have my sister read it before sending it to my editor.

16. What’s it like working with your editor?

Whenever I receive an edit letter or edited manuscript my first reaction is to go into a depression. I immediately think I am the worst writer in existence because if I was any good at all my editor would have sent me a simple email glorifying my novel for its perfection. After a day or so, however, I read the edits again and realize how brilliant my editor actually is. I’ve been fortunate to have editors who really enjoy my books and ‘get’ Magnolia. If there is a suggested change that I really don’t agree with, I’m comfortable enough with my editor to go back and talk through why I disagree. Ultimately, it’s a great feeling to know there is someone willing to improve on my work who wants to make sure Magnolia’s story is told in the best possible way.

17. Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.

I LOVE the covers of my books!! My editor outsourced both covers to an artist who sent us multiple concept possibilities. My agents, my editors and I all gave our opinions on the different concepts and ultimately agreed on the final versions.

18. How are you publishing this book and why did you choose this route?

(*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)

I am publishing through a traditional publisher: the 47North imprint of Amazon Publishing. I wanted to go through a traditional publisher because, quite honestly, I wasn’t prepared to pay any upfront money to get published. I’ve had a good experience, but as I’ve come to learn more and more about self-publishing I would definitely consider going that route in the future, as well.

19. Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?

Definitely. In fact, I have a tendency to write a completely different book while letting one stew, then return with fresh eyes to really get into the revisions. Sometimes I just need a break from a certain character or story.


On books:

1. What are some books that you love?

There are many books that I love and for many different reasons. For the most part, though, I have to say I love book series. I love getting so involved in the characters that I need to keep their story going and find out what happens after the cover closes. There are several series that I read again and again, but I’d have to say that Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series holds a special place in my heart because it was the first paranormal romance series I became engrossed in and the one that introduced me to the genre. (You never forget your first!

2. What writers inspire you?

Janet Evanovich writes so straight forward, her style is definitely something I aspire to.

3. Book for a long journey?

ACHERON, by Sherrilyn Kenyon

4. Book you’d take with you if you were stranded on a desert island?

If I absolutely had to take only one, I’d probably choose the Bible. Not only is it, you know, pretty inspirational, but talk about your array of story lines! If I could take one series, however, I’d take JD Robb’s IN DEATH series. I have every single one (I think she’s up to thirty-six, maybe?) and the emotional investment I’ve developed with Eve and Roarke could probably keep me going for a while.

5. For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I love traditional paper books but have to admit, as someone who suffers from arthritis in my hands, the light weight feel of my ereader makes it hard to justify not using it more often than not.

6. What book/s are you reading at present?

Sylvia Day, ENTWINED WITH YOU

On New Adult

1. What does “New Adult” mean to you?

To me, YA is all about firsts. First love, first time sticking up for yourself, first time trying something new and discovering what is really important to you or who you really are. New Adult, then, takes all those firsts and blows them out of the water. You think you found true love? Well, let’s see what happens when you and your love live in separate states, start separate careers, develop new priorities. You’ve found your moral compass? Great. Now let’s see what happens when those morals have to fight a war in a foreign country or take orders from a boss you’ve never met. New Adult is all about challenges and empowerment. It’s watching characters test what they know to be true and struggle to stay who they believe they really are.


For Fun

1. If you could choose anyone, who would you want to collaborate with on a book?

Janet Evanovich. She just seems so fun.

2. What do you love most about being an author?

Having a legitimate reason to spend so much time in my make-believe worlds.

3. Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?

JK Rowling because, duh, who wouldn’t?

4. What advice would you give to your younger self?

Keep your mouth shut more often.

5. Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?

I would love to meet Johnny Depp. Just to be in the same room with him and maybe, like, touch his arm. That would be amazing, because, you know, he’s Johnny Depp.

6. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Just keep writing. Read books that are similar to what you write, and just keep writing.

7. Have you ever done something silly like gone out in public with your shirt on backwards, or your slippers on, and when realizing it, just said screw it?

I left Home Depot not too long ago, frustrated that the store didn’t have the paint color I’d been wanting. I got in the car, put the key in the ignition and nothing happened. My frustration grew as I tried to force the key to turn. When I slammed my hand on the steering wheel with images of tow trucks racing through my head, I realized that the steering wheel had wood trim. My SUV had a black leather steering wheel. I yanked my key from the ignition and leapt from the car to discover that not only was I not in my car, I had actually been sitting in someone’s cute little green convertible – a car that looked absolutely nothing like my white extended SUV

8. Do you prefer fuzzy or tub socks?

Fuzzy.

9. Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?

Always make the bed. If I don’t make it first thing in the morning, I have to make it before I get in to sleep at night. My husband says it’s slightly OCD but I like to think it’s a cute quirk of mine. J

10. Be honest, how often do you wash your hair?

Every other day, at least.

11. What’s the most blatant lie you ever told?

I’m fine.

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