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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Author Interview: Rebecca Hamilton

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Hey Everyone!!! Today I will be having my first ever author interview with Rebecca Hamilton author of my favorite book The Forever Girl (my review). 

The Forever Girl is special to me, it is the reason I started reviewing books and got the idea of entering the blogging world and this is the story that induced my thirst to read more novels without looking for any big names attached to them. 

To celebrate the success of her first book The Forever Girl Rebecca is having a month long celebration ongoing- FOREVER GIRL MONTH. She has planned out awesome events for the entire month. More details at her blog.

Now onto the Interview. (I am so excited :D )

Me: Hello Rebecca!!! Please Tell us something about yourself.
Rebecca: I LOVE Tacos. As in, I could eat them every day and never get sick of them! My favorite combo is chicken and blackbean tacos :)

Me: Describe The Forever Girl in 10 words.
Rebecca: Here are some words reviewers have used to describe The Forever Girl: Whimsical. Funny. Tantalizing. Extraordinary. Captivating. Wonderfully-written. Mysterious. Impressive. Romantic. Intriguing.

Me: What was your Inspiration for The Forever Girl?
Rebecca: I often find my inspiration in people I know, but I think story-wise a lot of my inspirations comes from shows like Charmed and movies like The Craft and books like The Crucible.

Me: While bringing The Forever Girl to life what was the most challenging part?
Rebecca: Rewriting is always the most challenging part of bringing a story to life for me, especially in a story as complex as The Forever Girl. All the small things work together in a story like this, and any small change has a rippling effect

Me: And what was the most fun/favorite part?
Rebecca: I think the big "twist" was the most fun! I love when a character that seems so unassuming can take over a story like that, and I hadn't seen it coming as I was writing!
(Me: The "twist" really fun. I loved it while reading.You executed it so well :) )
Me: While writing the book with which Character you had the most fun?

Rebecca: Thalia is one of the most fun characters to write. She's just the right amount of equal parts insane and insecure and selfish to really make a well-rounded bad guy!
(Me: I liked her character I just want li'l bit more on her. While reading the book I felt like I didn't got much time to connect with and know Thalia)

Me: Why did you decided to go Indie? And How is your experience so far?
Rebecca: I had a lot of close calls with major publishers that never came through and I just wasn't in love with any of the smaller publishers or what they had to offer. So I decided to just go for it myself, after some encouragement from "fans" I had at the time. I'm really glad that I did! And in doing so, I found my agent and snagged some publishers overseas. Now The Forever Girl is being translated in different languages, such as German and Hungarian, and I couldn't be happier! Also, through all of this, I have met some amazing people I might not have met if not for having published myself.
(Me: Yay!!! Congratulations on reaching overseas. :D )

Me: Any Suggestions for authors who are deciding to go Indie?

Rebecca: Yes! Take the time to put the work into your story. Don't let not having a publisher slow you down. Find an editor, have a beautiful cover designed, learn some things about marketing, and GO FOR IT!

Me: If offered a deal from a traditional publisher in future will you accept it?
Rebecca: Absolutely! My agent is still looking for the right American publisher, and in the meantime I have already accepted contracts from Harlequin's "Darkiss" in Germany and IPC books in Hungary!

Me: When did you first realized that you wanted to an author?
Rebecca: After I wrote my first book! It was a bucket list item at first, but once I finished The Forever Girl I knew I had found my "career" (aside from being a mommy). Now I'm in it for the long haul!



Me: What are you currently working on? Can you share a little of your current work with us? 

Rebecca: I'm working on book 2 of The Forever Girl series called COME THE DARK. A preview of the first chapter can be viewed here

(Me: I am really excited for the 2nd book. Have waiting for it since the day I finished book 1.) 



Me: You ever thought of changing anything in The Forever Girl after it was out in the market? 

Rebecca: Actually, I DID! I changed the beginning half of the story to tighten up the pacing!



Me: Have you ever experienced a writers block? 

Rebecca: Nope, but I get frequent editor's block. Or maybe I'm just procrastinating!



Me: What is your writing style? (I mean do you first plan out everything and then write or go with the flow or something else)

Rebecca: I've done both! I prefer to just write as I go, because I write faster that way, but I edit faster when I plan first, and I hate rewriting so keeping rewriting to a minimum helps!



Me: How do you relax/decompress?

Rebecca: Television! I don't watch TV often but when I do it successfully puts me to sleep every time :)

(Me: Same pinch >.<)



A little fun with This Or That :D

Tea or Coffee? COFFEE -- but with lots of flavor and whipped cream, etc, to the point it's not really coffee anymore. I love hazelnut cafe con leche best :)

Soda or Juice? JUICE

Vanilla or Chocolate? CHOCOLATE

Halloween or Christmas? CHRISTMAS

Summers or Winters? WINTERS IN FLORIDA, SUMMER EVERYWHERE ELSE :)

Sunny Day or Rains? SUNNY!

eBooks or traditional? TRADITIONAL.

Vampires or Werewolves? VAMPIRES.

Romance or Thriller? THRILLER

Charles or Adrian? CHARLES


Me: Thank you very much Rebecca for the Interview and also for giving us such a fascinating world in The Forever Girl.


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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Book Blast: Cherished by Lakshmi Menon




Synopsis

Grishma, accompanied by her father and four month old baby, boards the train to Delhi to join her husband Praveen. She decides to give him an unexpected visit. Little does she know that her journey will end in havoc to her life. 19 years later, Grishma's daughter Jyothi, longing for her father's love and support, determines to search for him, despite her mother's strong protests. Will Praveen accept her as his daughter?

This is the story of Jyothi's pursuit of parental love, which she considers as her legitimate right.






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Excerpt:

As soon as the bell rang Jyothi became nervous.  All this time it seemed an eternity before she could meet her father in person, but now when the time has really arrived she was not sure about her feelings.  Was she afraid of meeting the unseen father for the first time? Was she eager to meet him now? Was she angry with him for leaving her alone with her mother, all these years?  Unknowingly, her eyes brimmed with tears.

She walked with Vidya and Meena to the gate. She could hear her heart beating fast. She spotted a new handsome face behind the gate, a few feet away, standing alone from the crowd - a tall figure, with a smile, holding a Reader’s Digest in hand, and looking at her.

"My baby!” he whispered, at the moment their eyes locked. All her fears vanished. Like a magnet Jyothi ran to him and said, 'Papa' and clung to his extended arms as though she was a little girl who was running away to a safer place to hide. For a moment, she forgot about the surroundings, and tears rolled down her cheeks.  After a minute or two, she recomposed and released herself from his embrace.  Her father wiped away her tears as her friends still watched the emotional scene and wiped their tears of joy.  She never thought she could run to him with absolutely no hesitation.  The other girls of the College also wondered at this unusual happening in front of the College gate.

 Jyothi had hundreds of questions to ask her father, which she had been preparing for a long time to ask him. However, now it seemed there was no need for words to communicate with him at least for a while, standing with the man whom she couldn't call Dad all these years, and whom she secretly loved and  worshipped.  

As though as a second thought, she smiled at her friends whom she had left ignored for a while in the presence of her long lost father. "Papa, meet my friends Vidya and Meena. They’re my best mates, who had always assured me that I'd be able to meet you one day,” she proudly turned to her father.

"Hello children," he gazed at them with a smile.

"We're glad that Jyothi has got her father now,' said Meena.



About the Author:

Born and brought up in Kerala, Lakshmi Menon, after her primary education, moved to Karnataka where she did her graduation(BA)  and courses in Journalism and Creative Writing.  Even while working  with a prestigious medical institution, she continued her passion of writing on her free time. Her short stories, articles, children’s stories and travel articles have appeared in magazines, newspapers, anthologies and on the internet.  She has authored a novel “The Second Choice” and few children’s books. In Malayalam too, she has written a serial novel  and a few short stories. Travelled widely and settled in Bangalore, Lakshmi is  the Founder and Editor of the popular eMagazine Induswomanwriting.com, which  showcases the work of both the amateur and published writers.



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Friday, November 15, 2013

Cover Reveal: Journey to Landaran by Judy Goodwin


I'm excited to reveal the cover for the YA Fantasy, Journey to Landaran by Judy Goodwin.  This book is scheduled to release February 1st, 2014.

This stunning cover was designed by  Katt Amaral.

Book Description:

Aidah and her twin brother Tavish have always had a knack for getting into trouble. From pie stealing and pranks to hunting for magical creatures, they have always escaped notice in their tiny mountain village.

Until now.

Aidah begins seeing visions through her brother’s eyes. He’s a Firestarter, gifted with the Talent to control light and heat, destined to become a Sun Mage in the great city of Landaran. But he doesn’t want to leave without his sister. As storm clouds gather, Aidah dreams of a beautiful man, a frightening man, calling to her.

She fears the truth. That she may developing a Talent of her own, one that will change their lives forever.

The power to read minds. To possess bodies. To travel inside dreams. In the world of Ernid, Spirit is the ultimate power.

Nations will go to war over them.

 Add it to your Goodreads shelf!

Excerpt:

Aidah's movement was too sudden. The branch she stood on snapped, and she fell back, tumbling down the nest towards the brink of the ledge. Tavish reached out and caught hold of her tunic as her legs slipped over the edge.
 
“Grab my arm! Pull yourself up,” he commanded as the fabric in his hand began to tear.
 

She tried to grab for his arm, but her body was turned awkwardly. At least her predicament seemed to have one benefit. The roc, startled by her fall, wheeled away.
 

Aidah didn’t have time to see if there were any other flying creatures down there, such as a few frightened wyrret parents. The tunic tore. Aidah scrambled to get hold of something, anything,. She felt herself falling, and then Tavish’s fingers clamped hard around her wrist, his short nails pinching into her skin.
 

“Sis, don’t move. I’m not secure here. Just stay still and let me pull you up.” She looked up at her brother holding her with one hand, trying to get a foothold or any kind of handhold on the cliff to brace himself in order to pull her back up. The fact she was looking up at him alarmed her--she was truly hanging off the cliff, her shoulders rubbing the hard granite of the edge, her lower body dangling.
 

Tavish found a rock to hold onto and pulled, but while the cords in his neck jutted out and his arm trembled with effort, he couldn’t pull her up even a little before his feet began to slip. She very carefully grasped his arm with her other hand, but still he was not quite strong or secure enough. Aidah’s heart pounded through her rib cage, as fear began to sink in. If she fell, it would be a messy death. Death wasn’t something she ever really thought about, yet here it suddenly was, glaring at her. The two of them struggled, trying to get her up, but it was useless. She swallowed back a moan as tears burned in her eyes.
 
“Gods, if I knew a spell to fix this!” Tavish gasped.
 

His words seemed to trigger something within her. Strength, that was what he needed. If only she could somehow lend him strength . . .
 

blinding pain tore at the base of her skull, and she could suddenly hear Tavish muttering to himself, although his lips were firmly pressed shut. She didn’t have time to listen to what he was saying, however, before a pressure wave suddenly went through her body, traveling from the soles of her feet up through her torso and out through her hands where she gripped Tavish’s arm. As the wave passed, strength left her, darkening her vision. She opened her mouth to scream, thinking perhaps she was dying.
 

With a cry, Tavish pulled hard at her, and she found herself on the cliff again, in Tavish’s arms lying at the very back of the ledge. Apparently he had pulled so hard he’d sent both of them back several paces. Even now he looked ready to do it again--there was no trace fatigue. She, on the other hand, felt pale and sickly. The world spun, and she was afraid her knees wouldn’t hold her up. Trembling, she tried to get up and failed, falling back against her brother.
 

He set her down and got up, brushing snow and dirt from his trousers. “Wow, where did that come from, I wonder? I feel like a fresh ox! I think I could move a mountain right now! Did you do something, Sis?” He paced around stretching out his arms and legs, as if unable to stand still.
 

The world was graying out to Aidah and she found it difficult to follow what Tavish was saying. Her head was pounding with one of the worst headaches she’d ever had. “I don’t . . . think so. Maybe your magic helped you. Can we go home? I’m not feeling so well . . .” The world suddenly tilted and fell into blackness.











About the Author:

Judy Goodwin developed a passion for writing at a young age, creating picture books from the time she

could read and write. She continued this passion throughout her schooling, earning her BA degree in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. In her day job, she works as a technical writer in the healthcare field. She enjoys sharing her love of books and fantasy with her daughter and partner. They live in Gilbert, Arizona, with two Shiba Inu (Japanese) dogs, one wiener dog, and four black cats.

Ms. Goodwin has published short stories in small press and online magazines including Space and Time, Dreams and Nightmares, Alienskin, and Beyond Centauri. With the advent of eBooks and indie publishing, she decided to move into the brave new world of publishing with the debut of her first novel, Heart of the Witch.

Journey to Landaran is her second full length novel, the first installment of the Spirit Mage Saga.





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