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Friday, August 10, 2018

The Girl on Camera by Morgan Dun-Campbell

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This is my stop during the blog tour for The Girl on Camera by Morgan Dun-Campbell. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 6 till 26 August. See the tour schedule here.



The Girl on CameraThe Girl on Camera

By Morgan Dun-Campbell

Genre: Thriller

Age category: New adult, Adult

Release Date: March 14, 2018









Blurb:

Reality TV is about to get real...



"Are you ready to win the heart of the nation? Compete with seven other contestants for the cash prize? Change your life forever?"



Twenty-six-year old Rory Stevens is thrilled to be selected as one of eight contestants for new reality show: The Retreat.



However, on the second day of filming - during a televised broadcast from the show's host - all power shuts off with no explanation: leaving the contestants, quite literally, in the dark.



Completely stranded, it is now up to Rory and her seven companions to figure out what is happening.



And then one of them disappears...



For fans of Naomi Alderman, Dave Eggers and John Marrs.




You can find The Girl on Camera on Goodreads



You can buy The Girl on Camera on Amazon

Excerpt #1:
He leans forward again, and shakes his head. ‘I knew this would happen.’
‘Knew what?’
‘That you couldn’t go through with this. And you see, this is your problem. You’re acting as though you need to make some grand gesture, because this,’ he jabs his finger down on the tablecloth, ‘this is the risk. You and me, moving in together. And you can’t handle it. Because you never take risks. You just keep your head down, hope for the best. You’re scared of getting out of the comfort zone, and you always have been. All this talk of doing something spontaneous, seizing the moment – you know what? It’s all bullshit. I know you. You’ll attempt to try something new, maybe go to a cookery class on your own where you have to share a mixing bowl with the person next to you, and in a couple of weeks or so, when you’ve gotten bored of trying to find a new hobby, you’ll call me. And we’ll have wasted a perfectly good evening right here, right now. This is a Michelin restaurant, you know.’ He opens the menu again, scanning his finger down the options. ‘The mushroom risotto is supposed to be delicious.’
I can’t take this.
‘David. Please. You aren’t listening. Nobody is, that’s the point.’ I draw my chair out noisily, people from other tables glance over momentarily, before resuming their conversations. ‘I feel like I’m being suffocated. And if you can’t take me seriously, then we shouldn’t be together at all.’
I am gathering my handbag, when to my alarm, he reaches over and seizes my arm.
‘Rory. If you really are being serious, then I hope you remember this moment, over the coming weeks and months. We have a good thing, here. I can’t guarantee I’ll be there for you if you end up sorry for what you’ve wished for.’
‘I’ll be fine. Please let go of me.’ I steel my voice, waiting for him to let go.
His eyes darken, and he presses his lips into a thin white line.
‘Fine.’ He promptly lets go. I gather my handbag, brush strands of hair away from my face.
‘I’m sorry, David. I know you think this is just some momentary freak out, but it isn’t,’ I tell him. ‘But I’m sure you’ll make someone else very happy.’ He slowly shakes his head, then points at me, a strange smirk on his face.
‘Remember this moment. You’re always running, dear. Too scared to take a risk.’
*
By the time I get back to my flat after hailing a taxi, the emotions of the night have caught up to me. I pace the room, David’s words fresh in my mind. Never before has it felt so like a cell.
Too scared to take a risk? It wasn’t the reaction I’d expected from him at all.
I make myself a mug of Earl Grey, then sit at my laptop. Has it always been so quiet? The ticking of the wall clock is my only company.
I check my emails.
And there it is again. That one, tantalising message, staring at me from my inbox.

Bored of everyday life? Dream of being rich? Famous?

My mouse hovers over it. Of course, it could easily be a Trojan virus. But so what if it is? Isn’t that a risk that I am taking, David?
I click on the email.

THE RETREAT: A REALITY SHOW WITH A TWIST
Big Brother? Too tame. I’m A Celebrity? Outdated. What do we want? A cutting-edge new show to push the boundaries!
In five weeks, Channel 10 will be broadcasting our brand new show The Retreat live to the nation – will you be the one to seize the opportunity of a lifetime?
Eight contestants, four male, four female, will be carefully handpicked and taken to our secret location. The experience will include group tasks for the contestants – which may result in punishments or rewards – and a cash prize of £50,000 up for grabs – as well as earning the heart of the nation.
Do you dare to audition? Can you entertain an audience? Have you got a game-plan for the cash prize?
Auditions are being held in London on the 25th of September, as well as the 1st of October in Manchester the following week: click below for post code and directions.

DISCLAIMER: Boring people need not apply

There’s a video link, too. Caught up in the moment, I go ahead and click on it.
At first the screen is black. Then there is the scratching noise of a match being struck across the sandpaper edge of a matchbox, and an orange flame flickers on screen. Two slender fingers with purple nail polish are illuminated by the glow. The hand moves forward and a stunning woman’s face comes into view, with high cheekbones, light blue eyes and white blonde hair. She wears dark purple lipstick to match the nails.
‘Guys, I’ve got a secret,’ she whispers, and the flame flickers some more. Her eyebrows are raised high, and her breaths are short and fast. I assume frightened excitement is what she is going for. ‘But I haven’t got much time,’ she carries on, and she looks to the match for a moment. ‘This is the hottest show around and word about it is catching on fast. We are ready to make television history. We just need you.’ She is so mesmerising, I get that impression radio DJs are always trying to perfect, that she really is speaking just to me.
The flame is getting ever closer to her hand.
‘Are you ready to win the heart of the nation? Compete with seven other contestants for the cash prize? Change your life forever? This is a once in a lifetime chance. But you need to be in it to win it. Ever felt like spicing up life?’ I think of the spiced candles rack. ‘Are you ready to take a risk?’ Now I’m getting goose bumps.  ‘Great, cause we’re waiting for you,’ I almost expect her to finish the sentence with my name. ‘So hurry up, before it’s too –’ just when the flame is almost touching the skin of her thumb and index finger, she blows out the match. A second later THE RETREAT appears on screen in white, and flickers, lines and blotches covering the screen, like an old-fashioned film reel.

So here I am. Filling out an application.
As I say, and as David agreed, I don’t take risks.
But there’s a first time for everything. After all, what have I got to lose?




Morgan Dun-CampbellAbout the Author:

Morgan Dun-Campbell lives in London. She has an MA (Distinction) in Creative Writing and Publishing, has participated in two Arvon literary writing courses, and has worked as an intern for numerous publishing houses, including Penguin Random House and Bloomsbury. The Girl on Camera is her first novel.



You can find and contact Morgan Dun-Campbell here:

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Interview with Morgan Dun-Campbell


1. What is your favorite part of this book and why?

One of my favourite parts is definitely the beginning of chapter five, when the live launch of reality show The Retreat is happening. The contestants are being introduced to viewers watching at home – and the reader – via replaying the two minute video blogs they recorded during the audition process. I really liked this way of conveying a glimpse of their personalities before Rory meets them all, and how it becomes clear why they were each chosen. There’s the “former celeb”, and the “overly emotional one”, and the “cool mysterious one”, and so on.
Also, I like the scene when the power shuts off, as it follows a heated moment for one of the contestants, where they saw a glimpse of someone from the outside world – who could be in real danger. Except, rather than being able to help, they’re stranded with this group of misfits.


2. If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

I’d spend time with either Rory, Adam, or maybe Jess. Sure, Jess is cloying – hence why the meaner contestants pick on her – but she’s also very good-natured. Adam is hopefully a captivating character to read, as he is intended to be. Still, he can be selective with who he does or doesn’t warm to. Rory is the character I’m probably most like, in the way that she’ll try to keep the peace via any means necessary, and has a sense of humour about any given situation, no matter how dire. But, she’s no saint, either. Although she redeems herself eventually, Rory does have a bit of a selfish streak. Still, she’s a good person overall, and would probably be my top pick. I can visualise us on a spontaneous outing to Brighton (small English city by the seaside). I think Rory likes visiting different cities now and then, for the anonymity. Also, it’s slightly adventurous, but not reckless – and she’s not the biggest risk-taker. Plus, she’d enjoy locations that remind her of her childhood.


3. If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?


This is such a tough question! There are so many books I adore. I’m going to interpret this question as, which book I would choose, based on which book’s style of writing is closest to what I am trying to achieve with my own. So, for example, I wouldn’t choose a literary fiction book, because my writing is more likely classified as commercial fiction. I am also really interested in dystopian fiction, so perhaps I would choose Dave Egger’s The Circle. The combination of a headstrong female protagonist, and an alternate reality which isn’t too far from our own, is exactly what I hope to achieve via my own writing. My novel The Girl on Camera is slightly dystopian, and the novel I am currently working on is too. Not surreally so, they are still grounded in reality. I am hoping both novels seem a little like an episode of the TV series Black Mirror.


4. Are your characters based off real people or did they come entirely from your imagination?


Entirely from imagination. At least, as far as I know – unless my subconscious thinks otherwise! Truthfully, The Girl on Camera is one of my oldest novel ideas, which first came to fruition when I was thirteen. It was the second novel I seriously pursued – having started the first few chapters of novels since the age of eleven – and has always been one of my favourite novel ideas I’ve ever come up with. It’s one of my ‘originals’, and in many ways, is stronger than some of my newer ideas – perhaps I was more imaginative as a child. As far as I can remember, none of the characters have ever been based on real people. Many of their names changed over the years, though. Rory’s name changed a few times. But characters like Adam, Freddie, Mariah, and Honey Summers pretty much remained the same.


5. What made you want to become a writer?

It’s been my main passion since the age of seven – though I do remember the day I officially decided I wanted to be a writer. I was seven years old, and my mum was driving me back from school after parents’ evening. She’d had a long conversation with my English teacher, Mrs Webber, about a story I’d written which had really impressed her. I still remember being in the car on the way back – that was when my mum drove an old-fashioned 2CV. Staring out of the window deep in thought, I officially decided that ‘author’ would be my future career.
Ever since then, it has more or less remained my main passion. There was a time, around the ages of 11 – 16, when I was equally passionate about drama. In fact, there is a chapter in The Girl on Camera where one of the contestants, Freddie, lists all his near-misses on his pursuit of an acting career. And they’re all mine, in real life! Being a part of the ITV Television Workshop, being cast in a daytime movie about WWII alongside Sir Ian McKellen – which was never aired as it was deemed too depressing – and almost getting a small role in Eastenders and Casualty (and also Skins). However fortunately, I didn’t develop an unhealthy obsession, like Freddie. Probably because I was already content with my other calling: that of being a writer.


Giveaway

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of The Girl on Camera. Five winners will each win a prize bundle including a signed copy of the book The Girl on Camera, a bookmark, and a small box of Celebrations. Giveaway is UK and US only.



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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Into the Darkest Night by Cassandra Giovanni

Today is the cover reveal for Into the Darkest Night by Cassandra Giovanni. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.



Into the Darkest NightInto the Darkest Night (Chaos Theory Duet #1)

By Cassandra Giovanni

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Age category: Adult

Release Date: 18 September 2018



Blurb:

I was born a child of the Elite; destined to live a life of privilege in Sun City.

With one decision I gave it all up.




Ana Jacobs knows the Elite and their depravity all too well. She was one of them once. Her father was a member of the Inner Circle and head of the Trinity funding the corruption of Sun City. When he learned she knew the names of those he'd hidden so well, he turned his back on her; had her kidnapped and tortured to protect his secrets.



When she escapes the island and learns of her father’s death at the hands of a knife-wielding vigilante called the Nightwatchman, she returns to Sun City, vowing to use her knowledge to protect the city. As a city cop, she blends into the background, and no one suspects her real motives.



Levi Bennett knows where Ana’s been. He's also an Elite, but where Ana was sent to the island, he ended up there by accident. While Ana buries herself in her work and stopping the flow of illegal drugs and weapons into the poverty-stricken Blue District, Levi covers his pain by partying and spending his trust fund on buying bars and restaurants.



Thrown together by Levi’s constant pressing of the limits, the two can’t deny the connection they share through their dark pasts.



Their demons are one in the same, but some demons can’t be tamed.




Into the Darkest Night


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Book Excerpt:
I’ve been on patrol for two hours, and the most exciting thing I’ve done is help an elderly woman find her car.

“507 located at 222 Star Avenue, White District. Complaint regarding noise.” Comes over the radio, and I can’t help but smile as I put my siren on.

“10-4. Officer 2239 responding.”

The smile disappears from my face as I realize where I’m going. I swear to myself as I turn my sirens off and get out, looking up at the glowing sign.

All the Right Moves.

Of course, Levi Bennett’s bar would have a name like that. The music pulses so loud that the building is practically shaking. I grit my teeth before heading inside. I expect some sort of rave, but when I can actually make out the music, I realize it’s country.
It’s still way too loud, and when my eyes lock on Levi’s, I have a feeling he did it on purpose.

“Someone call the cops?” he shouts over the twang of the acoustic guitar as he comes around the bar and smiles at me. “Or did you just miss me?”

I blink in rapid succession at him, but his smile doesn’t fade. He leans back against the bar and then signals to someone behind me to lower the music.

“I told you the music was too loud,” a voice says from behind me, and my body tenses. “I told him.”

The person stops next to me, and then their mouth drops. “Ana?

Robbie Bisson. Levi’s best friend. My ex, and the last person to see me alive before I disappeared.

The awkwardness only spreads when a woman comes up and wraps her arms around Robbie’s back before putting her cheek on his arm.

Lily Smith. Levi’s girlfriend, and also his ex, by the looks of this.

Levi looks between Robbie and me, his brow furrowing a shadow over his eyes. They’ve taken on a dark blue that makes my palms moist, or maybe it’s just this whole situation or the heat of the bodies dancing behind me.

“You know each other?” Levi asks.

I blink hard as I try to determine what to say. I cock my head at Robbie as his mouth continues to hang open. It doesn’t appear like he’s able to answer, so I do.

“One summer vacation and a lot of tequila.”

“Oh,” Levi says. His tongue slips over his teeth beneath his lips as he glances at Lily, and then away into the crowd.

“You disappeared shortly after that,” Robbie says, rubbing his neck. “I’m glad you’re okay.”

I want to say define okay, but instead, I nod.

His eyes race over mine, and Robbie taps on the bar. He holds up his fingers, four, he signals. “Tequila, right here.”

The bartender puts the glasses down, each making a sharp clinking noise as they hit the modern concrete counter. Then he tosses the bottle behind his back, over his head and from one hand to the other before tipping it up and filling each glass. The movement makes my stomach turn, and my eyes fall to the clear liquid in the glasses.

Robbie was the last person I drank with, too.

“To Levi and Ana. We’re happy to have you both back,” Robbie says, holding his glass in the air to toast. The offer for a drink reminds me why I’m here in the first place.

“Officer 2239, 10-26 at 222 Star Avenue.” I say into my transmitter, and then looking at the time; “Officer 2239 10-10.”

The response only takes a second. “10-4, Officer 2239.”

“Off duty, now?” Levi says, holding out a shot for me.

I narrow my eyes at him before taking it, and we kick back the burning liquid at the same time. I want to cough, but I don’t. I swallow hard instead.

“So, you and Lily?” I ask, pointing between the two of them as the familiar burn settles into my throat. Alcohol isn’t something I’ve missed, and I watch Levi from the corner of my eyes as he shakes his head when the bartender offers more. It’s in direct violation of everything in his files. My fingers tingle, and I pull them into fists at my sides as I look back to Robbie. He nods, and his nose twitches as he signals for the bartender to fill him up. Lily tucks a loose strand behind her ear and shakes her head to the bartender. She shifts from foot to foot as she stares down at her tan and teal cowboy boots.

“Want to dance?” Robbie asks Lily, and her eyes widen with relief.

“Yeah, that sounds great.”

They disappear into the crowd on the dance floor, and I sit on the stool beside Levi, letting my head roll to my shoulder, so I’m looking at him. “Just happened to get too loud tonight?”

He smirks, watching the crowd sway to the music. “Check the business’ file like you did mine, and you’ll see it happens regularly. Our neighbors just aren’t that fun.”

“Mhmm,” I reply as I lean back.

“So, you and Robbie—how did I not know you?” Levi finally asks, changing the subject.

I raise my eyebrows at him, and his hands are in fists, the smile on his lips gone.

“It was after you went missing— but I was around before that – we’re both Elite, well, were. You were just a tad bit engrossed with Lily from what I remember,” I reply.

His eyes drift to the ceiling. “Ah, yeah—that.”

“It must’ve been awkward coming back to…” I don’t know how to put softly your best friend dating your girlfriend. I don’t understand why my throat thickens as I watch his reaction. I shouldn’t care if it bothers him.

Maybe it’s because I get how lonely coming back is. My toes curl in my shoes at the thought. Loneliness is my only friend.

Levi leans forward, pressing his muscular forearms into his knees. “Just a little bit.” His shoulders lift, and his eyes come up to mine, causing an eruption of tingles up my spine. “But they’re good for each other. I’m not who I used to be, so it’s not like it would’ve worked anyway.”

Butterflies erupt out of dormant chrysalis I never thought would be awakened as his eyes flick over my face. The calculated smugness is gone, and the man before me is part the innocent boy I had a crush on all throughout high school and part damaged man that I feel, stupidly–no doubt–that only I could ever understand.

I turn in the stool, so I’m facing the bar. “Do you have anything that doesn’t taste like Windex?”

Levi laughs as he goes behind the divider. He reaches up to the top shelf lined with expensive looking bottles, and his shirt lifts, showing one of the dimples in his back and a pale scar that travels diagonally from it. My eyes follow the line to a tattoo of a kanji—Japanese character—for a skill I’ve yet to master.

Seishinteki kyōyō: spiritual refinement.

Judging by its placement on his back, he has almost as many skill marks as I do. Not only did Levi survive the same hell I did, but he’s received the same training.

Levi Bennett is a Shinobi—a ninja.

Just like me.




Cassandra GiovaniAbout the Author:

Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. She writes romance books in various genres, including adult romance, new adult romance and teen romance. She also has several kids books. In addition to being a published author, Cassandra is a successful full-time financial marketer. When she’s not making the characters in her head come to life, she either has her bow and arrows or longboard skateboard in hand. She’s happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with their daughter Hope and their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.



You can find and contact Cassandra Giovanni here:

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Emergence by SGD Singh

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Emergence by SGD Singh. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 30 July till 19 August. See the tour schedule here.



EmergenceEmergence (Infernal Guard #1)

By SGD Singh

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: January 30, 2016



Blurb:

Seventeen year-old Asha's days are spent training in martial arts, attending homeschool classes, and helping in the kitchens of a luxurious Miami resort which she seldom leaves. Until the night her grandfather arrives home mysteriously injured, accompanied by a terrifying stranger. Asha begins to suspect that nothing is what it seems when she is abruptly sent to Punjab, India to live with relatives she never knew she had.



Joined by her best friend, Lexi, and her newfound cousin, Nidhan, Asha is soon drawn to an unusual place where the three of them learn that our World is much more than it appears. And there is a good reason people are afraid of the dark.



Meet The Infernal Guard: Shape-shifting Jodha warriors, Seers of various psychic Talents, Healers, Illusionists, and weapons-creating Tvastars. They are the gifted few who fight to protect our realm from demonic Underworlders escaping the seven lower dimensions of Hindu Mythology's Fourteen Worlds.



As the next generation of heroes from around the globe gathers to begin training, Asha discovers true love and a family in her friends and instructors. But something in the darkness knows that she alone possesses the rarest Talent of all. Now Asha must find the courage and strength to risk everything she has gained before a devouring evil like no other The Infernal Guard has ever faced destroys our realm's very existence.




You can find Emergence on Goodreads



You can buy Emergence on Amazon

It’s available to read with Kindle Unlimited.

Excerpt #2:
“What is that?” Asha said.
“Isn’t it obvious?” Lexi blinked. “It’s a bowl of holy water.”
“Oh, of course! And what’s in it?”
Asha leaned on the railing and looked down into the orchard behind Nidhan’s house. She
watched her cousin and Aquila moving between the mango trees as they sparred with marathis covered
in cloth, the sticks making blue and orange blurs through the branches, the sound of their laughter
drifting up to her.
“A stone,” Lexi said, “on which is written the daily password. You simply reach your hand into
the holy water, and if it doesn’t burn off, you’ll know the password. And the next time something tries
to imitate our voices to lure us to our deaths, we will simply say, ‘what’s the password?’ And if they
don’t—”
“Okay, I get it.” Asha turned away from the railing and settled into the chair next to Lexi. “So,
you decide the password? What if you’re...breached, so to speak?”
“I’m glad you brought that up. You see, I much reach into said holy water in order to retrieve
said stone, and only then may I write the password on it. Thusly.”
Asha reached into the bowl and picked up the stone. “Eddie Van Halen?”
“Shh! You can’t just blurt out the password! Now I have to make another one!”
“We’re the only ones here, Lexi. I really don’t think—”
“Exactly. You really don’t think. Underworlder super-hearing hello! Okay, pick it out again.”
Asha rolled her eyes, but reached into the water again. Brian May.
“So, the passwords are guitar players.”
“Yep.” Lexi grinned. “You missed Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Carlos Santana.”
“And we’ll be expected to shout these to each other over walls and such.”
“Let’s hope we won’t have to, Asha. Let’s just hope we won’t have to.” Lexi tried to look
serious, but she was starting to laugh. Asha got the distinct feeling Lexi was actually looking forward to
her next encounter with Vampires.
“I’m sure there’s a very good reason Uma told us not to leave the house after dark.”
And never alone.
“Don’t worry,” Lexi said, tossing her hair. “I can wait until I’m fully trained.”




Later books in this series:

DescentSeverance




SiriGuruDev SinghAbout the Author:

SiriGuruDev Singh lives in New Mexico and Punjab, India with her husband, two daughters, and various extended relatives and animals. She is the author of the YA urban fantasy trilogy The Infernal Guard and Exiled To Freedom, a YA historical fiction novel about India’s bloody Partition of 1947.



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Interview with SGD Singh

  1. What is your favorite part of this book and why?  My favorite part would have to be when Aquila first swoops in as a shapeshifting hawk, attacks the Vampires with style, and is heartbroken that Asha is hurt—I love a melodramatic, romantic moment.
  2. If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during the day?  Limiting myself to characters from Book 1, it would have to be Ursala. He’s too much fun! We’d start the day—night—watching him perform a mind-boggling training session with Kelakha & Aquila. After that, we’d take a snuggly motorcycle ride to somewhere fun to eat, maybe a deserted water park, or gipsy carnival. Then we’d spend the rest of the night playing Heroes & Villains, hanging out around the bonfire in the garden, telling stories, and listening to Asha play music while Himat sings.
  3. If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose? This is like asking what my favorite book is! It’s impossible! Okay, I guess I’ll choose The Complete Sherlock Holmes—that’s available now in one book, so it totally counts, right? I think it would be beyond awesome to have created such a beloved character, and I can read those stories forever and never fall out of love with them!
  4. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination? I wish I could say I know a bunch of super hot and heroic shapeshifting badass Wushu warriors, but they’re all strictly from my imagination. Unless you count an unhealthy childhood obsession with all things Jet Li and Jackie Chan, and what could probably be classified as a girl-crush on Charlize Theron as inspiration.
  5. What made you want to become a writer? Ever since I was a six year old in boarding school in India I’ve loved making up crazy stories, writing plays and forcing classmates to act them out, or drawing comics. But it wasn’t until I grew old enough to recognize once and for all that the end of my life finally outweighed my fear of failure that I wrote my first book—and now I can’t imagine life without the pure joy of writing!

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Everything Under the Sun by Jessica Redmerski


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This is my stop during the blog tour for Everything Under the Sun by Jessica Redmerski. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 30 July till 12 August. See the tour schedule here.



Everything Under the SunEverything Under the Sun

By Jessica Redmerski

Genre: Dystopian/ Post apocalyptic

Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult/ Adult

Pages: 683 pages

Release Date: 28 August 2017







Blurb:

Thais Fenwick was eleven-years-old when civilization fell, devastated by a virus that killed off the majority of the world’s population. For seven years, Thais and her family lived in a community of survivors deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. But when her town is attacked by raiders, she and her blind sister are taken away to the East-Central Territory where she is destined to live the cruel and unjust kind of life her late mother warned her about.



Atticus Hunt is a troubled soldier in Lexington City who has spent the past seven years trying to conform to the vicious nature of men in a post-apocalyptic society. He knows that in order to survive, he must abandon his morals and his conscience and become like those he is surrounded by. But when he meets Thais, morals and conscience win out over conformity, and he risks his rank and his life to help her. They escape the city and set out together on a long and perilous journey to find safety in Shreveport, Louisiana.



Struggling to survive in a world without electricity, food, shelter, and clean water, Atticus and Thais shed their fear of growing too close, and they fall hopelessly in love. But can love survive in such dark times, or is it fated to die with them?




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EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN – JESSICA REDMERSKI – COPYRIGHT 2017

EXCERPT #2: “IT WASN’T SUPPOSED TO BE THIS WAY.”



It wasn’t supposed to be this way. I was supposed to travel with him until he got me out of Lexington City and then I was to make a run for it, kill him if I had to—but I didn’t. I was supposed to stay with these people and leave Atticus to do what he wanted, go where he wanted, without me—but I couldn’t. I was supposed to be afraid of him not only because of the terrible man he was when I first laid eyes on him, but also because he was a man—but I wasn’t. I wasn’t afraid of him.
I was afraid for him.
I was afraid of being without him…
“Thais?”
I looked up; my bottom lip quivered.
“I will wait for you,” I said, trying to be strong. I wiped my tears, swallowed hard and nodded.
Atticus dashed outside, pushing the barn door out of his way. Seconds later he came back with the horse. He tossed the quilt we’d slept on the night in the barn, over the horse’s back. Then he went over to the backpacks, stepping around Rachel’s unconscious body, and shoved everything back inside. He helped my arms into the straps of the larger backpack.
Fitting his hands on my hips, Atticus hoisted me up and set me on the horse; I grabbed a hold of the horse’s reins.
“Stay out of sight of the house,” he said as he fitted the smaller backpack and his jacket between my legs. “And cut through the woods there”—he pointed toward the back of the barn—“that’s west; just keep as straight as you can in that direction, but don’t leave the woods.”
I nodded.
He walked with me outside the barn, stopped to look out at the flat land beyond the highway where those who were coming for us would likely be, and then led me around the barn. The deep woods beckoned me out ahead; I couldn’t help but feel intimidated by them, as if they were some kind of final leg of our journey—or the beginning of my journey alone.
Steadying my breath, I looked down at Atticus once more, transfixed on his intense blue eyes, the sculpted shape and rough texture of his handsome face, and I couldn’t imagine at this point never seeing it again.
“I’ll come for you,” he promised.
Tearing my gaze from his, I faced forward and tightened my grip of the reins.



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Jessica RedmerskiAbout the Author:

Jessica Redmerski is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, international bestseller, and award winner, who juggles several different genres. She began self-publishing in 2012, and later with the success of THE EDGE OF NEVER, signed on with Grand Central Publishing/Forever Romance. Her works have been translated into more than twenty languages.



Jessica is a hybrid author who, in addition to working with a traditional publisher, also continues to self-publish. Her popular crime and suspense series, In the Company of Killers, has been optioned for television and film by actor and model William Levy.

She also writes as J.A. Redmerski.



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Interview with Jessica Redmerski

Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
My characters definitely hijack my stories. Always. Sometimes I feel like I’m not even the one writing, like there’s a ghost sitting behind me, forcing me to move my hand over the keyboard.

Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN was written from the soul, and not because I really even thought many people would read it. I wrote it because I loved it, and because it was a story that needed to be told. I knew going into a book like this that it might not have a large audience, and that was fine, because what was most important to me was that I write a book from the heart. When one is written from the heart, the reader feels it.

Have you written any other books that are not published?
Many. Eight or nine? I really don’t know exactly. But I do know they’ll probably never see the light of day, because I wrote them long ago, and they were awful!

Pen or type writer or computer?
Laptop all the way!

Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to take you away from reality for a while. And for supporting me. I just can’t thank you all enough. I feel so blessed and grateful to be able to do what I love and have the chance to share my heart and soul with everybody else. 😊

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Ullr’s Fangs by Katharine E. Wibell

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Ullr’s Fangs by Katharine E. Wibell. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 25 June till 15 July. See the tour schedule here.



Ullr's FangsUllr’s Fangs (The Incarn Saga #2)

By Katharine E. Wibell

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Age category: Young Adult, New Adult

Release Date: 29 April 2018



Blurb:

According to legend, when the world was young, two gods of war — one male, one female — were destined for each other. Yet Ullr, forever unfaithful, lost the love of Issaura, his true match, and was forsworn. His violent anger and bitter rage grew and intensified, poisoning all creation and humanity.



Now that the Raiders’ long ships have faded from sight, the kingdom of Elysia is beginning to recover from the summer’s war with the brutal invaders from across the sea. Yet darker forces have taken root, forces that can alter the future of the land and its people in unthinkable ways. Seventeen-year-old Lluava must discover the means to prevent her world from collapsing. But in doing so, will she succumb to that darkness?




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Excerpt:

Without moving, Lluava stared out at the stars and felt the cool touch of the breeze on her skin.
“Lluava.” The tenderness in Varren’s voice was something that she had been longing to hear. A smile slipped past her lips as he gently placed his hand upon her shoulder.
Then her anger seared up. Jerking her body away, she snarled, “No. I’m only your partner.” As soon as she said the words, Lluava regretted it. She never wanted to be the cause of the hurt that was written on Varren’s face.
“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean that.”
Running his fingers through his thick waves, Varren sighed. “I know what you want. I feel the same way. But right now, I cannot give that to you.”
Lluava made no move to respond. She watched as the loose curls fell back into place over his forehead.
“I am still betrothed to Illia. Until I have publicly nullified that arrangement, I cannot pursue any interest I have in you other than our military partnership.”
“Will that happen tomorrow? At court?” Lluava questioned hopefully.
“I fear not. This is a delicate manner. No betrothal has ever been revoked. I will not allow Illia’s reputation to be marred by this act. Though both she and I want to be allowed to follow our hearts as common people can, I must deal with the High Council as well as my grandfather. This decision will have repercussions. The whole culture of our matchmaking will change. I have to approach the situation with care.” Varren implored her to understand.
Lluava had not considered the implications. The situation was completely unfair. He was the prince. Why couldn’t he just say he was through and that be it? Why was it so complicated?
To hide her disappointment and her longing, she walked out onto the balcony. Pretending interest in the glowing city below, she concentrated on steadying her breath. When her eyes teared up, she clenched her jaw. Why was she being so foolish? She was seventeen, old enough to act with a level head. Besides, Varren had said he would be with her. She just had to wait. Yet patience was not an attribute for which she was known.
Soft footsteps approached behind her. Lluava’s heart picked up its pace. She felt herself tense and focused her attention on a distant lantern on one of the buildings. She felt Varren’s presence before his touch. Strong arms wrapped themselves around her, pulling her body close. Lluava willed him to hold her tighter. She could feel his heartbeat against her back, the warmth from his skin, his soft breath on her neck.
They stood for a time, Lluava afraid to move and end the moment. Turning her head, she looked at Varren, to memorize every detail softly illuminated by the moon. Dark hair framed his strong yet gentle face; kind blue eyes sparkled like the stars above; her eyes traced his perfectly shaped nose and softly smiling lips. Lips that parted slightly and slowly moved toward her. Stopping so close that Lluava heard the catch in his breath.
Leaning upward, their lips met, fitting perfectly with one another. A warm, tingling sensation coursed through both with their touch. It was so simple, so wonderful. When they parted, Lluava felt as if she were in a dream. There was something surreal about standing so close to this man, her prince, her partner, her….
“Lluava.” Varren breathed her name as if he, too, were testing the reality of having her before him.
She looked into eyes that were filled with unspoken emotion. Finding no words, she waited until Varren could continue.
“I want you to know how much you mean to me,” Varren said, her hands in his. “We will be together.”
Smiling at each other, they leaned in once more.
There was a sharp knock on the door. The mood was shattered. Varren quickly stepped back from Lluava, yet his hand lingered long enough in hers to convey his disappointment.
She watched the formal expression slip back over Varren’s face. Until he nullified his betrothal, this was the last time she would experience his embrace. Lluava could not help but loathe the steward’s interruption.
From the doorway came the hollow announcement, “The king will see you now.”






First book in the series:

Issaura’s Claws by Katharine E. Wibell

“If they fail to trust each other, the consequences will be devastating. Death and destruction are on the horizon and time is running out.”



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Katharine E WibellAbout the Author:

Katharine Wibell’s lifelong interest in mythology includes epic poetry like the Odyssey, Ramayana, Beowulf, and the Nibelungenlied. In addition, she is interested in all things animal whether training dogs, apprenticing at a children’s zoo, or caring for injured animals as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. After receiving degrees from Mercer University in both art and psychology with an emphasis in animal behavior, Wibell moved to New Orleans with her dog, Alli, to kick start her career as an artist and a writer. Her first literary works blend her knowledge of the animal world with the world of high fantasy.



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Interview with Katharine E. Wibell:

1) Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reins of the story?

Working on the Issaura’s Claws, the first book of The Incarn Saga, I had a very good idea about who my main characters were, the basic plot and the ending. Yet, shortly after beginning to write the story, a character took shape with a personality so strong that I knew he would return later on. Byron essentially wrote himself into a main role.

I know there must be some skeptics that cannot fathom the idea that characters can write their own stories. But for me, this has happened more than once. As I wrote the initial drafts of the four books that comprise the series, t multiple instances have occurred where characters arose from nothing, subplots revealed themselves, and my ideas on how the story should progress veered off into something quite new and unexpected.

I have come to realize that once a story or epic is born, my purpose as the author is to serve as a biographer for the characters I have come to know and love. They tell me their stories and I write them down.

2) Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.

Ullr’s Fangs and its predecessor, Issaura’s Claws, are action-packed books that not only highly entertain fantasy lovers but also deal with topics that are applicable today. You will enter a world where humans exist alongside beings that can transform into animals. These stories follow Lluava Kargen as she is drafted into the military, trains as a soldier, and experiences war first hand. Readers can relate to not only coming of age issues faced by a seventeen-year-old girl and her friends but also open discussions about racism, religious persecution and sexism in society. Villains are not always whom you expect them to be, governments can be easily corrupted, war leaves lasting scars on everyone it touches and not all scars are physical. The world is never black and white. And throughout the pages of these novels a question echoes: does a higher power exist.

3) Have you written any other books that are not published?

Yes. I have completed drafts of the third and fourth books of The Incarn Saga as well as the first book of my next Young Adult Fantasy series. Readers can keep an eye out for them in the coming years.

4) Pen or type writer or computer?

I am a computer person. Computers allow me to jot down all my thoughts quicker than pen and ink as well as easily edit my work. However, I will admit that I make notes, sketches and diagrams on paper, napkins, sticky notes and other surfaces when inspiration hits.

5) Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

As an author, writing the story is just the beginning. Next come revising, editing, formatting, proofreading, and marketing. Surprisingly, marketing requires a huge amount of time. If you enjoy an author’s work and want her or him to publish more in a shorter time span, you can help! Spread the word on social media and by word of mouth. Post reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and other websites. Believe me, I would much rather write a new book than spend time promoting the one I have just finished. So go ahead—pin, tweet, post, review, and like!

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