Wednesday, October 17, 2018

New Release: You Do You

Today we are celebrating the release of You Do You, the sixth book in the New York Times bestselling I Just Want to Pee Alone series, which has tackled a variety of topics since 2012 – including parenthood, relationships, and the cult of female perfection – all with a broad range of voices, from the cynical, to the ugly-cry, to the outright hilarious.

YOU DO YOU is a love-fest for the females in our lives. This is a book for anyone in middle school to middle age.

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Synopsis:

This year has shown us that the future is decidedly female. While raising daughters has perhaps never been simple, it is growing more complex by the day. In a parenting age that often tells young girls that they are somehow “less than,” one award-winning publisher decided to assemble a collection of voices to celebrate the girls in our lives. These are those stories.

You Do You is the sixth book in the New York Times bestselling I Just Want to Pee Alone series, which has tackled a variety of topics since 2012 – including parenthood, relationships, and the cult of female perfection – all with a broad range of voices, from the cynical, to the ugly-cry, to the outright hilarious. YOU DO YOU is a love-fest for the females in our lives. This is a book for anyone in middle school to middle age.

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Official Blog Tour: The No-Good Nine

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Welcome to my stop on the No-Good Nine blog tour! I am so glad I got to be part of this tour! I’ve recently set out to read more middle-grade books, and I’m excited to share it with you!

The No-Good Nine

The No-Good Nine by John Bemelmans Marciano
5 out of 5 stars.

They’re mad, they’re bad, and they’re about to ruin Christmas!”

Book Description: No kids get coal in their stocking these days. Do you know why? It’s thanks to The No-Good Nine! Pittsburgh, 1931. When Peter awakens on Christmas morning to find his stocking full of coal, he is outraged. After he finds the Naughty List, which contains the names of some other children who received no gifts, he decides they should band together and journey to Santa’s workshop to plead their case, as well as play with the toys intended for the Nice children. The ragtag band of misfits sets out on a series of wild misadventures as they travel by train, truck, dog sled, and boat, encountering thieves and bootleggers, in order to reach the renowned Toy Factory only to accidentally burn it down. More slapstick capers follow before the No-Good Nine extricate themselves and set out to find their next great adventure.


I was sent a copy of The No-Good Nine by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Release date: October 16, 2018.

The No-Good Nine is one of those books that grabs you from the start, and all you can do is enjoy the ride! I loved reading this, and even as an adult I was easily able to enjoy this middle-grade book! It was fun to meet the cast of characters  with names like the Liar, the Brat, the Cruel, and so many more! The No-Good Nine once the ‘nine’ are introduced, they are soon presented with a problem that takes them all the way to Santa’s Workshop in the North Pole. What they find isn’t what they expected at all, and I loved see the characters deal with problems and learn to get-along along the way.

 


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About the Author:

John Bemelmans Marciano collaborated with Sophie Blackall on the middle-grade novel The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield as well as on the Witches of Benevento series. Continuing his grandfather’s legacy, John wrote and illustrated Madeline at the White House, Madeline and the Old House in ParisMadeline and the Cats of Rome, and Madeline Says Merci.

 

 

Spotlight: Trickery (Curse of the Gods #1)

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Trickery

(Curse of the Gods #1)

by
Jaymin Eve (Goodreads Author),
Jane Washington (Goodreads Author)
Willa Knight: Dweller. Slave. Non-magical being.

In Minatsol, being a dweller means that you are literally no better than dirt. In fact, dirt might actually be more useful than Willa. Her life will be one of servitude to the sols, the magic-blessed beings who could one day be chosen to become gods.

At least her outer village is far removed from the cities of the sols, and she won’t ever be forced to present herself to them… Until one small mistake changes everything, and Willa is awarded a position to serve at Blesswood, the top sol academy in the world—a position that she definitely did not earn.

Under the sudden, watchful eye of the gods, she will be tasked to serve the Abcurse brothers, five sols built of arrogance, perfection and power. They are almost gods themselves, and under their service she is either going to end up sentenced to death, or else they are going to ruin her so badly that she will wish for it.

Either way, she is in trouble.

This is a full novel, 90,000 words. Book 1 of 5 in the Curse of the Gods Series

Monday, October 15, 2018

My Monday

-Sigh- What a week. Well, it’s not been all bad, but it’s been busy, and messy, but productive I hope?

Well I’ve mentioned before about raising rabbits, well we’ve come to a decision to sell most of our current stock to do some house maintenance in the basement/garage where they live, and to build a better system for cages to streamline cleaning and feeding so my family (mostly my sister) can care for them while I go back to school. Oh yeah, I haven’t mentioned, I’m going back to school. I’ve found a place where I can study Wildlife Rehab and Wildlife Biology which is my dream job (aside from book related jobs! ;D)

But at what cost? It’s looking less and less likely that my family will be going on the mission trip to Jamaica next year, which honestly I expected would happen, but I would have loved to go. If we get another chance, I plan to really consider it, but it just isn’t practical right now. There are too many things that need worked on around the house and we really need to focus on that before doing anything else.

So I really want to start school next semester, but since we are having to pay my old school to release my transcripts and won’t be finished paying until February, I need to talk to the office of the new school and see what they suggest. Still I did what I could for now, and my mom plans to take me for a tour in the next few weeks.

So a lot’s going on, we are having to clean the house from top to bottom and get rid of anything we don’t need so that we can get the house repairs that we haven’t been able to afford before now that we have a little help dealing with the mounting bills and have a little money each month that we can save up. We still need to use it wisely, but it’s nice to finally be getting somewhere.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sunday’s Spotlight: The Boneless Mercies

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The Boneless Mercies

A dark standalone YA fantasy about a band of mercenary girls in search of female glory.

Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies—girls hired to kill quickly, quietly, and mercifully. But Frey is weary of the death trade and, having been raised on the heroic sagas of her people, dreams of a bigger life.

When she hears of an unstoppable monster ravaging a nearby town, Frey decides this is the Mercies’ one chance out. The fame and fortune of bringing down such a beast would ensure a new future for all the Mercies. In fact, her actions may change the story arc of women everywhere.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

AudioTour: Invincible (#2)

Author: C.A. Gray

Narrator: Melissa Thom

Series: Piercing the Veil Trilogy, Book 2

Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing

Released: Sep. 07, 2018

Length: 8 hours 12 minutes

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

The Shadow Lord rises again seeking a weapon of ultimate power.

Peter Stewart is a dead ringer for the legendary King Arthur, and because of that, everyone in Carlion believes that he is the Child of the Prophecy, destined to destroy the Shadow Lord. But Peter doesn’t want to be a hero; all he wants to be is left alone.

Lily Portman also fits the prophecy. Having spent her entire life as an orphan and a misfit, Lily would love nothing more than to be the Child of the Prophecy, so she envies Peter…but she’s also developing a crush on him. And it seems to her that he couldn’t care less.

Isdemus and the Watchers believe that it is only a matter of time before Peter’s twin brother Kane betrays them all and frees the Shadow Lord. The winner of the war to come depends on who has the legendary Philosopher’s Stone – the only problem is, it has been lost since the days of Arthur. With the help of a skeptical anthropologist, the Watchers attempt to decode the ancient treasure maps that lead them to the heart of Egypt and the dawn of time. Meanwhile, Lily and Peter discover that Peter holds the real key to the mystery…but will they be too late?

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By day, C.A. Gray is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD) with a primary care practice in Tucson, AZ, and she writes medical books under her real name (Dr. Lauren Deville). She lives with her husband, with whom she maintains a facetiously contentious movie review blog, and travels as often as they can get away. When not writing or seeing patients, she does yoga, drinks red wine while eating dark chocolate, and consumes audiobooks like there’s no tomorrow!

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Melissa has over 17 years’ experience as a voice actor, broadcaster, presenter, entrepreneur & communications consultant. Always fond of spinning a good yarn, she has an English Literature degree & studied acting at Bristol Old Vic & The American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco. Melissa kicked off her career in 1999 as station voice at Surf 107.2, Brighton. She went on to host breakfast for the GWR Group and Sunday breakfast on Galaxy 101 for Chrysalis. Numerous gigs for major brands followed, including Heineken – where she was the main voice for their ‘Found @ Thirst’ annual Caribbean DJ competition for over 4 years. Current clients include Google, Facebook, The Economist and Late Night Tales – a series of artist curated compilation albums.

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Now, that’s the story I was hoping for! While it’s often the second book that struggles, in this one I felt that the first book could have been better, but this one makes it all worth it! While I enjoyed the first book, it was a bit chaotic at times, and this one is where things finally start to make sense, and fit together. I enjoyed the characters more, the plot flowed smoothly, and the writing was well done.

While I’m not a fan of changing narrators for each book if not absolutely necessary, Melissa does a wonderful job picking up this series. I really enjoyed listen to her as she brought the story to life with character accents and emotion added as she read.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by C.A. Gray. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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In Pattis Imagination

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Blog Tour: Blinding Night

{Review+Giveaway} Blinding Night by Chantal Gadoury @cgadoury16 @parliamentbooks

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Pages: 289
Published by The Parliament House on October 2, 2018
Genres: New Adult, mythology, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
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What if you were the missing piece in one of the world’s most epic legends?

Despite being an art history student, Summer isn’t thrilled to be stuck with her archeologist family all summer in Greece. While the rest of her college friends are posting a million selfies by the pool together, Summer is stuck alone, trying to entertain herself alone in a place where she doesn’t even speak the language.

Upon her arrival to Greece, strange dreams and even stranger shadows seem to haunt Summer, leaving her to ponder the meaning of pomegranate seeds and twisted, darkened faces.

Suddenly, her stay abroad leads to tragic twists, leaving Summer in the arms of a dark stranger, who claims to be the god, Hades, whom she feels like she knows from another life. In a whirlwind through the busy streets of Athens, Summer is seduced to the lowest point of Greece where Hades’ lair awaits…the Underworld. Determined to find out who she is and where she belongs in an age-old myth, Summer joins Hades to discover that the secrets about her past life are beyond anything she could have ever imagined.

I love mythology, and am so excited about this series! While I’ve always been fascinated by stories and legends from around the world, mythologies have always been my favorite kind of story. From ancient religions to modern fantasies I love reading about these characters. This one not only caught my attention, but easily grabbed my interest and I found myself reading it every change I had!

Often times I find books that sound amazing, but don’t always live up to the promise, yet there are those gems that not only provide, but that even go beyond my expectations! This is one of those! I loved the characters, and am so excited to know I can expect more of them in the future!

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/1/2018- PopTheButterfly Reads– Review

10/2/2018- BookHounds YA– Excerpt

10/3/2018- YA/NA Book Divas– Review

10/4/2018- Bri’s Book Nook– Review

10/5/2018- Vesper Dreams– Review

Week Two:

10/8/2018- Such A Novel Idea– Review

10/9/2018- A Bookish Dream– Review

10/10/2018- Book Briefs– Review

10/11/2018- Random Bookish Banter– Review

10/12/2018- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

About Chantal Gadoury

Amazon Best Selling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing.

Since graduation, she has published “The Songs in Our Hearts” with 48Fourteen Publishing, and “Allerleirauh” with Parliament House Press, with future titles to follow. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today.

Writing novels for Chantal has become a life-long dream come true! When she’s not writing, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of DD Iced Coffee, and watching Disney classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, Sister and furry-‘brother’ (aka, puppy) Taran.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Oct 10, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings and was previously hosted by Breaking the Spine.   It was created to show off a future release that you are excited for.

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Greek mythology meets The Little Mermaid in this delicious fantasy novel about a quiet, nerdy girl who meets a mer prince in her bathroom. Perfect for fans of The Heroes of Olympus and the Lux series.

Seventeen-year-old Ellie dreams of mermen. She writes fanfiction about them and spends time in underwater kingdoms in her imagination, trying to escape the sad reality: she is an orphan. And not only that, but she’s bullied every day at school -she’s a nerd, she hates sports, she loves books and she used to be overweight. What’s not to bully?

One day, the bullies go too far. They try to drown her, but at the last minute an otherworldly creature shows up in the water. He keeps her breathing and tells her to live: “How will you be able to save anyone if you can’t even save yourself?”

She thinks it was a dream, but the emerald-eyed merman boy who rescued her appears in her school the next day. Is he really the exiled prince of an ancient kingdom that’s on the brink of utter destruction? And is he asking her to save him? Or is something far more sinister and deadly lurking in the water that surrounds her little Greek town?

When myth and reality collide, can love save their lives?

What Are You Reading Wednesday?: October 10, 2018

What Are You Reading Wednesday was created by RhiannaMarissa, and Kendall. The idea is to create a space for book lovers to share, discuss, and recommend the books they are currently reading and loving. All you have to do is answer the questions about your current read and then head over to one of the host’s sites to link up your post! Have fun and don’t forget to check out everyone’s posts as well!


MY CURRENT READ

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The Lost Sisters

(The Folk of the Air #1.5)

Sometimes the difference between a love story and a horror story is where the ending comes . . .

While Jude fought for power in the Court of Elfhame against the cruel Prince Cardan, her sister Taryn began to fall in love with the trickster, Locke.

Half-apology and half-explanation, it turns out that Taryn has some secrets of her own to reveal.

The Lost Sisters is a companion e-novella to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince by master writer Holly Black.

 

 

 

1. Why did you decide to pick up this book–cover or content?

Content! (I loved The Cruel Prince, and can’t wait for more! XD) While SJMaas started my love (obsession?) of Fae, Holly Black stole first place as my favorite Fae author!

2. Who is your favorite character so far, and why?

I have to pick? I love Jude, but there are so many great characters in this series! One of my favorite things is the chemistry and how well they each play off each other!

3. Will you finish this one?

Yes!

4. This book reminds me of…

If anything A Court of Thorns and Roses if only because that was my first real look at Fae.

5. What type of read is this one? (Slow but interesting, cannot put it down…)

It’s Taryn’s take on some of the events of The Cruel Prince, so it’s not as detailed or fast-paced as that, it’s still an easy read, yet has the emotional side I crave as well.

WWW Wednesdays: October 10, 2018

Every Wednesday, we participate in a blog post known as ‘WWW Wednesdays.’ This was originally hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm before moving to Taking on a World of Words. 

You may be wondering what the three Ws stand for. The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Spotlight: The Lost Sisters (The Folk of the Air #1.5)

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The Lost Sisters

(The Folk of the Air #1.5)

Sometimes the difference between a love story and a horror story is where the ending comes . . .

While Jude fought for power in the Court of Elfhame against the cruel Prince Cardan, her sister Taryn began to fall in love with the trickster, Locke.

Half-apology and half-explanation, it turns out that Taryn has some secrets of her own to reveal.

The Lost Sisters is a companion e-novella to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince by master writer Holly Black.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Cover Reveal: Stuck


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Stuck
By Samantha Durante
Coming December 2018…

(Stitch Trilogy #3)
YA Dystopian, SciFi
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3, 2, 1… BOOM.

Things are finally looking up for the Resistance. Sure, Alessa is still processing the revelation that the best friend she’d presumed dead is miraculously alive, though far from well… And her boyfriend is being manipulated under threat of blackmail. But her quest for justice against those behind the systematic extermination of the world population is so close to victory she can taste it.

And then in a matter of seconds, everything Alessa believes in is shaken to the core. Months of preparation are obliterated. The people she cares for most are lost.

But Alessa is still standing. And Paragon must pay.

The odds are grim, but unexpected allies surface in the most unlikely of places: A new pair of citizens still under the colony’s rule who notice something amiss in the latest drama. An old adversary who realizes the error of her ways. And a veritable army of inhuman power and terrible strength, with an insatiable thirst for vengeance. The trustworthiness of each of these factions is yet to be proven, but without many other options, Alessa may have to take what she can get. Especially since the Engineers, never to be outdone, also have a few more tricks up their sleeves…

The long-awaited final installment in the riveting Stitch Trilogy, Stuck will have readers gripping their seats as Alessa and a handful of intrepid survivors usher their harrowing journey to a close, risking everything as they endeavor – once and for all – to set things right.

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Samantha lives in Westchester County, New York with four of the five loves of her life – her husband, son, younger daughter, and cat – and carries her fifth love, her stillborn daughter, in her heart. An avid reader herself, Samantha’s dream is to bring the same delight to readers that other authors have brought to her life. In addition to penning novels and writing candidly about grief, she is also a sometimes freelance writer/consultant – though more often than not these days she’s on full-time mom duty! A former software engineer, Samantha said goodbye to the corporate world in 2010 to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams and lifelong love of writing. Learn more at www.samanthadurante.com.

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Spotlight: Swallow’s Dance

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I wonder if the first day of Learning is always like this – do the girls on the hill always feel the ground tremble under their feet? Leira is about to start her initiation as a priestess when her world is turned upside down. A violent earthquake leaves her home – and her family – in pieces. And the goddess hasn’t finished with the island yet.

With her family, Leira flees across the sea to Crete, expecting sanctuary. But a volcanic eruption throws the entire world into darkness. After the resulting tsunami, society descends into chaos; the status and privilege of being noble-born reduced to nothing. With her injured mother and elderly nurse, Leira has only the strength and resourcefulness within herself to find safety.

Friday, October 5, 2018

New Release: Finding Felicity Book Blast

Can the sweetness of rekindled love temper the bitter tang of murder?

Despite a difficult childhood, Felicity Stilton never gave up on her dreams. Now, as an adult, she and her Golden Retriever, JJ, help special needs children pave the way for their own futures. Everything is perfect, until she gets the one call she never expected to receive.

Officer Darren Willis hates that it falls to him to tell the beautiful and inspiring Felicity her birth mother has taken her own life. Although the case appears to be open-and-shut, the grieving daughter insists something foul is afoot. Will he be brave enough to follow dark clues into the past alongside the one woman with whom he just might want to make a future?

Only Darren believes Felicity’s suspicions and is willing to help investigate what really happened to her long-lost mother. When the signs begin to point to murder, Darren worries Felicity might be next… But should he abandon the case to protect her even if it means losing the woman he loves forever?

Find out if JJ will be able to keep his humans safe as they race to find a mysterious killer and clear her mother’s name. This sweet tale of suspense, intrigue, and surprises is one you won’t want to miss… Order your copy and start reading today!

Finding Felicity is book five in the Gold Coast Retrievers series. Each book stands completely on its own, but you’ll have more fun if you read them all together!

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AudioTour: Intangible (#1)

Author: C.A. Gray

Narrator: Rebecca McKernan

Series: Piercing the Veil Trilogy, Book 1

Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing

Released: July 19, 2018

Length: 11 hours 46 minutes

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Peter Stewart grew up on a unique version of the Arthurian legends taught him by his father, a harebrained quantum physicist who asserts that anything is possible. But Peter disbelieves anything which cannot be scientifically explained, despite a nagging sense that there is more to the world than meets the eye.

Lily Portman is an orphan with a secret: she can see creatures that are invisible to everyone else. These creatures control every human being she has ever met to varying degrees…until she meets Peter and his father.

When a mysterious stranger stages an accident which nearly costs Peter and Lily their lives, suddenly Lily learns that she is not crazy after all, and Peter discovers the truth of his father’s stories…including the existence of Arthur’s ancient nemesis, one who calls himself the Shadow Lord, and a prophecy with implications so profound that it will alter not only the course of their lives, but potentially the fate of the world.

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By day, C.A. Gray is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD) with a primary care practice in Tucson, AZ, and she writes medical books under her real name (Dr. Lauren Deville). She lives with her husband, with whom she maintains a facetiously contentious movie review blog, and travels as often as they can get away. When not writing or seeing patients, she does yoga, drinks red wine while eating dark chocolate, and consumes audiobooks like there’s no tomorrow!

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Born in the eighties, her formative years in the nineties, Rebecca’s taste in music and fashion never really had a chance. Fortunately, you can’t tell these things from her writing or voice over work. Her first novel, Trespasser, is as dark as her neon is bright, and you’d never guess from hearing her that she’s narrating science fiction in nothing but unicorn pants. Currently residing in London, Rebecca is passionate about travel, and has a good- albeit sometimes dubious- ear for accents. She graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a degree in something or other, has a background in musical theatre, a past career in burlesque, and is a classically trained opera singer. Oh, and she likes greyhounds. And wine.

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Okay, so not my everyday read, but I did enjoy this one! It’s an interesting sci-fi/fantasy twist on the classic Arthurian story. Set in modern times, we meet two very different characters: Peter, who ‘has to see it to believe it’ and Lily, who has been seeing things other’s can’t for years, and who knows that there are other forces at work in the world.

C.A. Gray’s writing style is unique, and she has an interesting take on an old classic. Listening to Rebecca reading this audiobook really brought the book to life. I enjoyed her version of the character’s voices, and the emotion she was able to create with her voice!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by C.A. Gray. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Q&A with Author C.A. Gray
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • Piercing the Veil is set in Norwich, England, because that’s where I studied abroad when I was a junior in college. That experience changed my life, and in many ways I left my heart there. Of course much of it is also set in Carlion, the fantasy world of the former Camelot, too. That was more incidental: they’re British and Arthur is a story everyone is familiar with, so it was easy to borrow! Also, I think all of my main characters have aspects of me in them, because I imagine how I would react in a given situation or how I might say something, and I put that in their heads or their mouths. But I suspect I’m pulling all of my characters from experience, whether it be myself, others, or fictional archetypes. You write what you know.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • The most difficult part of the writing process are those days when I have to make myself write, but I’m really distracted by something else. It’s super hard to focus, and I don’t feel like I’m writing anything worth saying, but I do it anyway. This is where my outline really helps – I brainstorm a world and a general gist of the story, and then I outline the story in broad strokes. Next I outline the nitty gritty, down to what happens in each chapter. Then I write from the outline, in roughly 20 page chunks, editing as I go (whether I’m feeling it that day or not). Enthusiasm comes and goes; writing is a discipline, like anything else.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • Audiobooks are the primary way I consume fiction! I listen while I drive, work out, cook, get ready for work, etc. Much as I still love physical books, I just don’t have time to read them anymore.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • I love how Rebecca brings the Ancient Tongue to life!
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    • Assuming I could also come back (I wouldn’t want to live outside my own time forever), I’d go to Regency England because I love the Jane Austen era so much. And I’d go to Renaissance Italy — I’d love to see whether people realized they were in the midst of such a cultural awakening at the time. And I’d go to Israel circa 30 AD, to meet and follow Jesus in person.
  • In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series?
    • All my books are series so far, so I can only speak to that! I tend to come up with epic storylines that are hard to wrap up in a single book. I enjoy series also because it gives me more time to develop the characters and get to know them. But sometimes I enjoy reading a stand-alone book if I’m not wanting to invest as much time, and just want a satisfying ending quickly.
  • What’s your favorite:
    • Food: Flourless chocolate cake or chocolate ganache cake from Trader Joe’s. Basically anything dark chocolate, though.
    • Song: Right now, “Satisfied” from Hamilton: An American Musical.
    • Book: Can I cheat and say the whole Harry Potter series?
    • Television show: Most recently, “Sherlock.”
    • Movie: Again, can I cheat and say the whole Harry Potter series?
    • Band: Artist maybe? Sara Bareilles
    • Sports team: I really don’t care but if you twisted my arm, I’d say New Orleans Saints (a family team)
    • City: Norwich, England
  • Are any of those things referenced in appearance in your work?
    • Norwich is! It’s the “home base” setting in the Piercing the Veil trilogy.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
    • As mentioned before: writing is a discipline, like anything else. You might also think of it as a marathon, rather than a quick sprint… so you have to pace yourself. Create a routine–whatever works for you–and stick to it.
  • What’s next for you?

BOOK ONE

Oct. 4th:
In Pattis Imagination

The Book Junkie Reads . . .

Oct. 5th:
Lilly’s Book World

Adventures Thru Wonderland

Oct. 6th:
Notes from ‘Round the Bend
T’s Stuff
Bean’s Bookshelf

Oct. 7th:
Jazzy Book Reviews

Oct. 8th:
Haddie’s Haven
Writers N Authors

Oct. 9th:
Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm
Smada’s Book Smack

Oct. 10th:
The Book Addict’s Reviews

BOOK TWO

Oct. 11th:
In Pattis Imagination

The Book Junkie Reads . . .

Oct. 12th:
Lilly’s Book World
Bean’s Bookshelf

Oct. 13th:
Notes from ‘Round the Bend

Adventures Thru Wonderland

Oct. 14th:
Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm
T’s Stuff
Writers N Authors

Oct. 15th:
Jazzy Book Reviews

Oct. 16th:
Haddie’s Haven

Oct. 17th:
The Book Addict’s Reviews

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