Interview with Christine Potter

me and elvisWhat do you love about being an author?

I love writing.  I love getting a scene down on paper, complete with everything: who’s fiddling with the focus ring on her camera, what it actually felt like to sit in a seat at the old Fillmore East (where the best rock and roll bands played in New York City in the 60’s), what it’s like to have your first sip of wine.  I love dissolving into writing.

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

Hmmm…I’d gladly eat anything Meg Murry’s mother (from Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time) felt like heating up over her bunsen burner.  I think I’d just like to sit at the Murry family’s dinner table, and have a little chat with Meg and Charles Wallace.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

The characters in Time Runs Away With Her are 16 years old in the year 1970.  Bean Donohue, the time traveler, is a green-eyed redhead, and her true love Zak has silvery blonde hair that reaches down his back—sort of a very young Johnny Winter, although not quite as pale! Assuming I had the funds to do it, I think I’d want to cast unknown actors, young folks who were in high school themselves.

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

Sexy leads, for sure!!  I have a sort of vampiric character (not a real vampire, though) in the sequel to Time Runs Away With Her.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

If I had a time machine, I’d be in it all the time. I write time travel! My books are set in the Hudson River Valley of New York State, and I’d love to see that in Colonial times—and also in the late 19th Century, when the one percent of that time built their huge mansions.  I love old houses!

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

I wish someone had told me to trust love more.  I don’t know whether I’d have believed the advice or taken it, but the older I get, the more I know that love is the strongest force in the world.

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?bookart

Perhaps I’d be a Hogwarts-educated wizard.  I always liked the way Molly Weasley does housework without working up too much of a sweat. A wand would be useful.  Also, I don’t love driving cars, and I have to do that all the time! Magical transportation sounds much nicer.

Where do you write best?

I am blessed with a really pretty office.  It’s on the bottom floor of our very old and haunted house.  Our place was built in 1740, and I think the room I’m in was added in the mid eighteen hundreds.  I have an old-school desktop computer that I write on, and a view of a creek and the woods.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

I’m a big music fan. I DJ, sing classical and folk music, and I especially love to listen to and read about rock and roll.  Just finished Patti Smith’s second memoir,  M Train.  I love her spirit!  The woman rides her life like a pirate sailing a ship.

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

I’m actually a poet, as well as a YA novelist.  I have two poetry collections: Zero Degrees at First Light, and Sheltering in Place.   I switch back and forth between the genres a fair amount.  I think I’d like to experiment a little with New Adult books; it’s an interesting genre with a little more freedom to be frank.

Where can fans find you online?

I’m very findable on Facebook personally (https://www.facebook.com/christine.potter.543), and there’s a page dedicated to Time Runs Away With Her: https://www.facebook.com/beanstravels/

My blog is called Time Travels, and it’s here: http://chrispygal.weebly.com/

Book Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

7402393Synopsis:

Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she’ll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters’ laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

About the Author:

Andrea Cremer is the author of the internationally bestselling Nightshade series. She spent her childhood daydreaming and roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. Before she wrote her first novel, Andrea was a history professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. In her books, she strives to bring together her two passions: history and fantasy. Andrea now lives in New York and writes full time.

To contact Andrea, please visit, andreacremer.com

My Review:

Nightshade proved to be an excellent start to a YA trilogy. I do prefer first person narrative, so for me, it made the storyline that much more emotive. And I loved the world building – the Guardians and Keepers and Seekers were interesting and ripe for plot twists and revolution.

From a writer’s perspective, there were a lot of characters introduced in the first 30% of the book (I read it oNightshadeUKn Kindle) which made it difficult to keep track at first. There was also the courtesy feat of giving each character a flash of the spotlight in the secens they were in, which did frustrate me a bit: For example, in one scene they are all round a table and it takes an age to get to the point of the scene as one character has to cross and uncross their legs while another drinks milk from a straw, and another stares too hard at something, etc. I’m being un-neccesarily pedantic here, but I’ve seen this a lot recently, Laurell K Hamilton’s new book had page after page of showcasing what all the characters in the scene were doing to the point I just wanted some of them to die quickly so I could read on and get to the plot! Nightshade doesn’t go that far, but it certainly could have been edited down whilst still character building.

The front cover of the book that I bought was not the one above, but a much more boring and sedate one (to the side) I’ve never been sure as to why publishers insist of different covers for different countries – surely consistency of branding is what is important, especially readers are even more international these days. Needless to say I much prefer the one I put up the top of this post, compared to the one below – what do you think?

Overall I’d give Nightshade 4 out of 5 stars, I have bought the others so hope the story continues to be original and interesting.

 

Interview with Jen McConnel

Jen McConnel-0034Tell us about your publishing journey…

I’ve been writing for most of my life, but in 2011, I decided to seriously pursue publication for my work. I self-published my first novel in 2012, which was later acquired by Bloomsbury Spark and re-released in 2013, and my first YA novel came out in earlier this year from Month9Books. My career is absolutely hybrid; I’ve got works with small presses, digital first imprints, and large presses, and I plan to self-publish again in the future, too. It’s a great time to be a writer; there’ve never been more options, and that’s wonderful! 

What do you love about being an author?

It’s so incredibly cool to be able to tell stories. I love playing in my fictional worlds and getting to know my characters! Meeting readers is really awesome, too; I particularly love visiting middle and high schools and connecting with young writers. 

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

I’d love to sit down with Scarlet O’Hara, although we’d probably get into a fight; two strong, opinionated women in one space would either be amazing or disastrous! I’d like to eat whatever she would want to serve. Knowing her, it would be decadent and delicious! 

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

You know, I never know what to do with that question! I honestly haven’t cast any of my novels, but it would be amazing to see them brought to live on film or TV! 

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

Classic monsters. DRACULA is one of my favorite books to re-read each fall!

 If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?Daughter of Chaos

 I’m a total history nerd, so it’s nearly impossible to pick just one era. I guess if I knew I could get home whenever I needed, I’d love to pop back to the days of the last Cleopatra and get a glimpse of the fall of Egypt. I’ve always been obsessed with ancient Egypt! 

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

 Just keep writing. Seriously, there’s very little stress in my life that won’t melt away if I keep writing and keep practicing yoga.  

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

 I’d love to be a witch, ala Practical Magic, because, come on! Who doesn’t want to be that cool? 

Where do you write best? 

I tend to fast draft, and lately I’ve been drafting on my laptop at my dining table. When I dig into edits, I work best on my desktop. Sadly, I’ve never been able to write in a coffee shop, although I do love a good Starbucks break whenever I get the chance! 

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

I just finished STOKER’S MANUSCRIPT by Royce Prouty, and I loved it! It was a great gothic read, particularly for fans of the original DRACULA. 

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

Since I write in a lot of genres, I don’t really know how to answer this question! I write YA paranormal, contemporary, and gothic, and I write NA contemporary, mystery, and paranormal. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to try my hand at Sci Fi, but I’m not an avid Sci Fi reader, so I wouldn’t even know where to start!

Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she also holds a MS in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  When she isn’t crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches college writing composition and yoga. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.  Her fiction titles include DAUGHTER OF CHAOS (YA), THE SECRET OF ISOBEL KEY (NA), and the upcoming BEAUTIFUL CURSE (YA). http://www.jenmcconnel.com  to learn more.

 Connect With Jen:

 Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest | Facebook | Blog | Website |

 

Interview with DelSheree Gladden

DelShereeGladdenPortraitTell us about your publishing journey…

My publishing journey has had a lot of ups and downs. In the beginning, I couldn’t get a publisher or agent to take me seriously. I ended up independently publishing my first four books before signing with a publisher. I’ve worked with four different small publishers over the years, but I now only work with one, Limitless Publishing. The other relationships did not work out and I ended up publishing the majority of my books on my own, which has worked well for me. In the future I plan to keep all of my YA books independent

What do you love about being an author?

I love getting to interact with my readers. It’s so fun to hear their reactions, get their feedback, and hear about their lives and what they’re doing. You meet so many neat people as an author!

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. I loved the Anne books and movies and a child, and now I’m sharing them with my daughter. She was such a fun, strong, brash, and lovable character. I’d love to meet her!

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

I’ve thought about this many times! For Van I’d choose Saoirse Ronin. For Zander, Alex Pettyfer. Ivy goes to Mila Kunis. Ketchup would be Tom Welling (although he’s getting a little old to play a teen now). Oscar would be Ryan Gosling.

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

Blood hungry monsters, definitely.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

The 1930s. I love the hairstyles, clothes, and music of that time!

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

Learn how to let things go. There are so many things that are not worth getting worked up over, but it’s a hard skill to master.

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

A wizard. I suck at languages, so I’d probably be terrible at spells, but it sure would be fun!

Where do you write best? Wicked Hunger GOLD

Upstairs in my office, with Supernatural playing in the background, lol! Actually, I mainly watch Supernatural while I’m editing.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

The Pearl, by John Steinbeck. It was interesting, but depressing. He’s a great writer, but I don’t think I can read too many of his books at once.

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

I would love to be able to do graphic novels, but I just haven’t developed the patience necessary for the animation side of it. Some day…

Where can fans find you online?

  1. Website: http://www.delshereegladden.com/
  2. Blog: http://www.delshereegladden.com/#!blog/c21ua
  3. Pintrest: http://www.pinterest.com/delsheree/
  4. Google+: https://plus.google.com/+DelShereeGladden/posts?hl=en
  5. Youtube/Vlog: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvhRQvJy3KJhllsepnX6ogQ/videos
  6. Radio Show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/aspecialkindofcrazy
  7. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDelShereeGladden
  8. Twitter: https://twitter.com/DelSheree
  9. Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/DelSheree-Gladden/e/B004G9V2C6/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1412786487&sr=1-2-ent

 

 

Interview with Katlyn Duncan

7060690Last time we spoke you’d just released Soul Taken (first in the trilogy) can you can give us an update as to what has happened to you since?
Wow, so much and it’s been just over a year. I finished up my contract for The Life After series, getting the next two books out in 8 months and I’ve signed another contract with Carina UK and fulfilled two of those books, a New Adult contemporary romance called ‘This Summer’ and it’s novella sequel, ‘This Christmas’
Will there be any more books in this series?
I have ideas for other books that I’d love to write in the series but I think I’ll be taking a break for a bit.
Tough question…is there anything, looking back, that you would have changed in the three books?
There are definitely some things I’d love to change about the books, but overall I’m happy with the outcome.
What are you working on at the moment?
A new YA paranormal 2-book series with Carina UK.
What’s the one question, in interviews, that you dread being asked?
There actually hasn’t been a question that I haven’t wanted to answer this far, so that’s a pretty good sign!
How has being an author changed your life?s
The only difference would be deadlines. Now I write for those instead of fluffing around.
If you were to be trapped in a TV show, which would would it be?
Once Upon a Time. I love that show and even though it’s in “our world”, magic exists which I think is awesome.
Halloween is rearing it’s spooky head – will you be dressing up this year? And if so, as what?
My friend hosts an annual Halloween party so I will definitely be dressing up but I haven’t picked a costume yet!
What is the most common reaction you get when you tell strangers that you are an author?
Most people are curious about it and think it’s an accomplishment. And usually they ask how I find the time to write.
Where online can we keep up to date with your books?
I keep my website up to date, sometimes more than my other social media accounts, so that would be the best place to learn about my previous and upcoming books!

Interview with N.W. Harris

NW-HarrisTell us about your publishing journey…

It has been long road up a steep hill covered in ice and filled with potholes, lol. I started taking my writing seriously about ten years ago, started working toward publication. While writing my first novel, I joined the SCBWI and found a critique group filled with writers in the YA genre. We critiqued each other, and my novel evolved and became more polished. I optimistically started querying agents and publishers, and received hundreds of rejections. I kept polishing my book and my query and also wrote other novels and queried them. Eventually, I found a small publisher in Canada that took my first novel and published a second one for me as well (The Joshua’s Tree Trilogy). I was happy to be published, but wanted a better publisher, one that could sell more books. For that, I needed a better book. So, I took all that I’d learned along the way, and a year ago, I wrote The Last Orphans. I found my awesome new publisher—Clean Teen Publishing—because one of my critique group friends, Jennifer Anne Davis was published by them and was very happy with their performance. I queried them while in Maui on vacation during last spring break and had a contract in hand by the time I got home. It’s been a wild and wonderful ride!

What do you love about being an author?

I consider myself an artist. I like to paint, sculpt, build, anything that allows me creative outlet. Writing is the ultimate creative outlet for me. Like many artist, I’ve always dreamed of making a living by being an artist. I love that writing has the potential to fulfill that dream. I also love that I can create something that is will last forever. Someone might read and love my novels five hundred years from now—kind of makes me feel immortal.

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

I’d have dinner with Captain Nemo in the library of the Nautilus. We’d eat whatever his submarine’s galley had on the menu that evening, as long as we’d just paid a visit to one of his undersea forest to harvest it. I’d love to fill him in on what has happened in the world since the late 1800s and see what he thinks of the future.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leadsThe-Last-Orphans?

Shane would be done by Zac Efron—I know he’s a little old, but I think they could make him look young enough to fill Shane’s role, and he looks the part. Or a younger actor that has the same look.

Kelly would done by Dianna Agron.

 Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

I’ll take my vampires sexy, please!

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

The 1950s. I think it must’ve been a time full of hope, and lots of great writers were getting published then. I’d love to visit with some of them and see what they were like at that exciting time during their careers.

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

Hard to say. But I can say that the advice I was given at a young age and wished I’d followed sooner was “Do what you love, and money will follow.” My dad used to say that all the time.

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

Dang! That’s a tough one. I guess I’d be Super Man (I know he’s an alien, does count). Why? Well first off, he’s super. He can do so much of what other supernatural creatures can do, and I doubt he could be taken down by a vampire or a zombie or anything like that. Also, I love how honest and nice he is. Such an admirable character in my opinion.

Where do you write best?

No place in particular. I move around while I write. Sometimes I start in my bedroom and when I get bored I move to another room in the house. I’ve also been known to write in the car (not while driving), at coffee shops, in restaurants, and just about everywhere else. When my children were little, I’d take them to the museum or the zoo, put the laptop onto of the stroller canopy, and write while I pushed them around.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

Red by Jennifer Anne Davis. I loved it and gave it a five star review. The True Reign series takes place in a midlevel setting, and I’ve always loved books set in that time. Also, there’s sword fights—love sword fights! Oh yeah and dueling brothers, an evil king. Need I say more?

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

I like military stories, Tom Clancy stuff. Not sure I’d be good at writing it, but I grew up in a military family and was in the Navy for six years. I’ve started a story about a submarine captain who starts trafficking drugs, but it’s a long way from being finished. I really like what I’m writing now, and I’ve got so many YA stories banging around in my head and in rough drafts in my computer, not sure I’ll ever find time for anything else.

Where can fans find you online?

Just about everything with nwharrisbooks in the title is mine.

www.nwharrisbooks.com

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorN.W.Harris

https://twitter.com/nwharrisbooks   @nwharrisbooks

nwharrisbooks@aol.com

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Interview with Vicki L. Weavil

Vicki Weavil 11Tell us about your publishing journey…

All my life I’d said, “Someday I’ll write a book,” but while I’d written a good bit of poetry and some short stories over the years, I’d never finished a novel. So in the fall of 2011 I decided I should write one novel, just to prove to myself I could.

That goal turned into an adult science fiction novel and its sequel (the first two books in a trilogy) and while those two manuscripts are currently “on the shelf,” they did give me the impetus to write my third book, which became CROWN OF ICE.

I wrote and edited CROWN in the fall of 2012 (long before I knew that there was going to be a film called FROZEN, by the way) and began querying it in January 2013. At that time I also entered a few contests, such as the twitter pitch contest, PitMAD. While I did receive several partial and full requests from regular querying, it was the contests that connected me to my agent, Jennifer Mishler of Literary Counsel. She requested a partial that turned into a full and then an offer of representation. Another contest brought CROWN to the attention of my publisher, Month9Books, who offered on the book at the time I was talking to Jennifer. So it all came together in the spring of 2013!

By the way, Month9Books just acquired my Young Adult Scifi, FACSIMILE, and its sequel in a two book deal, so you will see more of my books coming out over the next few years. 

What do you love about being an author?

I love the ability to create characters and worlds and actually share them with others. It’s a unique opportunity to express my thoughts and feelings—in a format that forces me to reexamine them. I’ve learned so much through reading; I just hope one of my books will someday touch another person’s heart and mind the way so many books have touched mine. 

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

It would have to be Francis Crawford from the Lymond Chronicles – an amazing six book historical series written by Dorothy Dunnett. (First book in the series is titled GAME OF KINGS). Francis is my ultimate brilliant, talented, attractive, book boyfriend!

Since I don’t eat beef, pork, or chicken, I’d have to say we’d share a seafood feast, accompanied by some lovely vegetables. And chocolate. There must always be chocolate. And wine! 

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

I always have trouble with this question because I’d actually prefer “unknown” actors to be cast. (Well-trained actors, but nobody famous). On my Pinterest board for CROWN OF ICE, I do use some photos of actors, but that is more based on appearance than the total package of appearance, voice, etc. However, feel free to check it out — http://www.pinterest.com/vickilweavil/crown-of-ice/ 

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

I like monsters to be monsters, so I prefer the blood hungry versions. The original Nosferatu is still one of the best vampire films, in my opinion. I do understand the attraction of the sexy immortal, but I still want a real edge of horror with my vampires, because otherwise they are just humans who live a long, long time (and can’t accompany me to the beach on a sunny day). 

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?17925759

Oh, so many… As a lover of art, I think visiting Italy during the Renaissance would be amazing, but I also love Fin de Siècle Paris (for the same reason).  I guess I’d really just like to be The Doctor’s next companion and travel throughout all time and space in the TARDIS. (Surely that can be arranged??) 

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

Don’t let fear of failure keep you from trying.

I’ve always been something of a perfectionist, so I used to avoid doing things if I thought there was a strong chance I might fail. However, there was a turning point in my life where I decided to attempt something regardless of the consequences, and it is one of the best things I ever did. After that, I was willing to take more chances—like trying to get published! I wasn’t so afraid of failing anymore, because I’d learned failure is not forever, and that, in the end, it is more disappointing not to try. 

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

A mermaid, because I’ve always loved swimming and the water and wouldn’t mind living in the sea (if I could breathe underwater, of course!) 

Where do you write best? 

I need to be working on my computer, at a desk, and by myself. Everything else is negotiable. 

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

I just finished reading BOY, SNOW, BIRD by Helen Oyeyemi. It’s listed as a fairytale retelling, but it really just pulls motifs from the story of Snow White while examining other issues, such as family, race, and gender identity. Brilliantly written, if a little distant in tone, it’s well worth a read. 

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

I adore adult mysteries—particularly those with complex characters and psychological aspects, like those written by Ruth Rendell (who also writes as Barbara Vine) and P.D. James. I love their examination of the human condition and the fallacies (and strengths) of human nature. Unfortunately, I’m not sure my writing skill set is a good fit with the mystery genre. However—referencing that “not fearing failure” thing—I may attempt it someday!

Where can fans find you online?

 

Website/blog: http://vickilempweavil.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VickiLWeavil

Author Page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VickiLempWeavil?ref=hl

Tumblr: http://vickilweavil.tumblr.com/

and http://snowqueenthyra.tumblr.com/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7091425.Vicki_Lemp_Weavil

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/vickilweavil/

 Buy Links for CROWN OF ICE:

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Crown-Ice-Vicki-L-Weavil-ebook/dp/B00LKBSZBY/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1410869923

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crown-of-ice-vicki-l-weavil/1119979004?ean=9781939765437

ITunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/crown-of-ice/id896773524?mt=11

Indigo:  http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/crown-of-ice/9781939765437-item.html?ikwid=crown+of+ice&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

Kobo:  http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/books/crown-of-ice/TYxtxGO0Wk2aWMcYVbPcYA?MixID=TYxtxGO0Wk2aWMcYVbPcYA&PageNumber=1

 

 

Interview with A. L . Waddington

Enlightened author pic 2Tell us about your publishing journey…What do you love about being an author?

I started out with a very small publisher back in 2011 who originally published Essence, EVE series, Book 1. A little over a year later, I was picked up by Booktrope Publishing where Essence was rereleased last January with a new cover. The second book, Enlightened, released in April and the third book, Perception is releasing next month. Booktrope also publishes my With Honors series under their Entice genre with me writing as Addison Winters. They released the first book in that series, What I Really Learned in College, in July. The second book in that series, Making the Dean’s List, is set to release this December.

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

Scarlet O’Hara from Gone with the Wind (my all-time favorite book & heroine) and we would dine on a traditional Southern feast complete with numerous deserts.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

For Jackson my daughter is convinced, can only be played by Douglas Booth

For Jocelyn…I honestly have no clue

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?20799156

I am a huge Anne Rice fan, so I have to go with her beloved Lestat who is a little of both.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

I’m not honestly sure. I would probably say the late nineteenth century that I write about in my EVE series. I’ve always loved the styles, the mannerisms, and the gentlemen of the Victorian era.

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

Write for yourself and don’t worry about offending others. In other words, don’t censor your writing to please the masses.

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

Not so much a supernatural creature, but rather a mutant, I would love to have the same powers or gifts as Professor X in the X-Men. It would have made college sooooo much easier!

Where do you write best?

I do the majority of my writing in my living room surrounded by a household of teens with either the television or music blaring. If I had to wait for silence to get any work done, I’d never make it past the first paragraph.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

11 Through 20…The Next Ten Commandments by Don Stuck II. It’s a philosophical piece about how to live a well-rounded life. It’s witty, humorous, and relates to real-life scenarios that we’ve all experienced at one time or another. I highly recommend it. I absolutely loved it!

19279000If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

As I mentioned earlier, besides my YA fiction series, I also write an erotica series, the With Honors series. Obviously, the two series are drastically different from each other and each serves as a great reprieve from the other.

Where can fans find you online?

~For the EVE Series

~www.facebook.com/A.L.Waddington

~Twitter: @eveseries

~www.goodreads.com/A.L.Waddington

~www.alwaddington.com

~For the With Honors Series

~www.facebook.com/AddisonWintersAuthor

~Twitter: @SexyAddison

~www.goodreads.com/AddisonWinters

~www.alwaddington.com

Buy Links:

~Essence, EVE series, Book 1

~Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Essence-EVE-Book-L-Waddington-ebook/dp/B00HV53LXK

~Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/essence-a-l-waddington/1104779900?ean=9781620152058

~Enlightened, EVE series, Book 2

~Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Enlightened-EVE-Series-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00J8OLGUW

~Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/enlightened-al-waddington/1118965944?ean=9781620153543

Perception, EVE series, Book 3Perception, book 3 cover

~Releases October 21, 2014

What I Really Learned in College, With Honors series, Book 1 (writing as Addison Winters)

~Amazon: amzn.to/1oXJJrn

~Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1119956811?ean=2940149823727

~GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23123044-what-i-really-learned-in-college

Making the Dean’s List, With Honors series, Book 2 (writing as Addison Winters)

~Releases December, 2014

Book Spotlight: Keepers of the Innocent by Kristy Centeno

22452507Synopsis:

Demi Redding has used her powers to vanquish demons for years, but when one shows up next door she will be forced to set both her experience and instincts aside to battle a war that has nothing to do with magic, and everything to do with matters of the heart.

As a Keeper of the Innocents, Demi’s load as a guardian reduces with only one charge to take on at a time. However, when her new foe proves to be a force she can neither see nor find, she has no choice but to doubt the so-called good intentions of the stranger one door down.

Rhyzel Connor is not your average neighbor by any means. The red specks of color in his green eyes alone sets him apart and his demonic heritage makes him an easy target. Because of who he is he can’t afford a mistake that will result in his demise, but the fact that he knows way too much about Demi quickly raises the suspicion veil over him.

There is a mission he must complete, and secrets he must fight hard to keep, but the biggest hardship he must face will be forfeiting his life in order to save Demi’s.

Book Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22452507-keeper-of-the-innocents

Buy Links:

Amazon | Barnes and Nobles | Kobo | Createspace |

About the Author:6580510

Kristy Centeno is an author of paranormal romance, young adult, new adult, horror, and contemporary romance.

She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. In her journey to create memorable reads, she has delved into several genres, creating fictional characters meant to entice readers and captivate the mind.

She is currently working on finishing off the Keeper Witches series among other projects, which include sequels to her published work. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.

Website: http://booksbycenteno.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KristyCenteno

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/KrissyGirl122

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/KristyCenteno

Blog: http://therightbook4u.blogspot.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/kristycenteno

Linked In:www.linkedin.com/in/kristycenteno/

Skillpages: http://www.skillpages.com/kristy.centeno

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Book Review: Into the Fire by Ashelyn Drake

17452685Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Cara Tillman’s life is a perfectly normal one until Logan Schmidt moves to Ashlan Falls. Cara is inexplicably drawn to him, but she’s not exactly complaining. Logan’s like no boy she’s ever met, and he brings out a side of Cara that she isn’t used to. As the two get closer, everything is nearly perfect, and Cara looks forward to the future.

But Cara isn’t a normal girl. She’s a member of a small group of people descended from the mythical phoenix bird, and her time is running out. Rebirth is nearing, which means she’ll forget her life up to this point—she’ll forget Logan and everything they mean to one another.. But that may be the least of Cara’s problems.

A phoenix hunter is on the loose, and he’s determined to put an end to the lives of people like Cara and her family, once and for all.

About the Author:

Ashelyn Drake is a New Adult and Young Adult romance author. Her debut NA title Campus Crush is now available. She also write YA and MG paranormal under the name Kelly Hashway. Drake is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency. For more information about Ashelyn, visit her website at ashelyndrake.wordpress.com.

My Review:

Well, this is the second book about a Phoenix that I’ve read and I must admit that they are a fertile and interesting paranormal aspect. This is YA and definitely ticks all the boxes. I loved the extras added top this lore (I won’t go into them for fear of spoiling the book) and the whole thing was simply a pleasure to read.

From a writer’s perspective, it was written first person from both the girl and the boy’s POV, which usually I hate, but it really worked here and I actually found that it was more interesting this way. My only grips is that it had the whole ‘imprinted’ thing, which I always feel is a bit lazy, as it instantly makes a couple with a strong bond, rather than the reader going on this journey with the characters.

The front cover is beautiful, although the girl doesn’t overly look like Cara, she described as blond with red streaks? This is starting to become a pet peeve with me, when front cover artists don’t read the descriptions of the main characters. It’s a shame, just a change of hairstyle and this would be an amazing cover.

Overall, I’d give Into the Fire 5 out of 5 stars – nothing’s perfect, but this is nearest damn at – for both teen and adult readers.

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