Friday, October 20, 2017

Author Interview with Giveaway: The Girl Who Saved Ghosts by K.C. Tansley


Book info:
Title:  The Girl Who Saved Ghosts
Author:  K.C. Tansley
Publication date: October 17th, 2017
Genres: Mystery, Time-Travel, Young Adult
Synopsis:
She tried to ignore them. Now she might risk everything to save them.
After a summer spent in a haunted castle—a summer in which she traveled through time to solve a murder mystery—Kat is looking forward to a totally normal senior year at McTernan Academy. Then the ghost of a little girl appears and begs Kat for help, and more unquiet apparitions follow. All of them are terrified by the Dark One, and it soon becomes clear that that this evil force wants Kat dead.
Searching for help, Kat leaves school for the ancestral home she’s only just discovered. Her friend Evan, whose family is joined to her own by an arcane history, accompanies her. With the assistance of her eccentric great aunts and a loyal family ghost, Kat soon learns that she and Evan can only fix the present by traveling into the past.
As Kat and Evan make their way through nineteenth-century Vienna, the Dark One stalks them, and Kat must decide what she’s willing to sacrifice to save a ghost.

Author Interview:
 1.  What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start?  Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)?  If you plan it out, how do you do that?  Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?

The pre-writing time is when I kindle the inferno of inspiration. I call it storystorming. It’s usually 1-3 months of serious contemplation and tinkering with plotting. Fleshing out the characters in my mind. Learning their backstory. Uncovering their motives. Following a plot thread to its conclusion and seeing if that’s a route I want my characters to travel. It’s like a Choose Your Own Adventure Book playing out in my mind. When something feels settled, I take notes on that detail—could be on a Post-it, a napkin, a text message I send myself on my phone, but it all gets funneled into a Word document of notes.

Once I do all that, I write a synopsis that is two to three page long before I begin drafting. It is a roadmap for the story and links the beginning to the middle to the end. It gives me big-picture focus as I write, but also freedom to play around with the individual scenes. I daydream the opening scene for a few weeks before I’m confident that I’ve figured out how the story opens.

When I start writing the first draft, I set a 2,000 word a day requirement 5 days a week (about 2-4 hours typing each day). At the end of each writing session, I always write a couple sentences about what comes next. It really helps keep things flowing, so my mind turns over ideas about what happens next all night. In a month, that gives me approximately 40,000 words. I aim for 60,000-80,000 words in a first draft. I give myself 8 weeks to get the first draft done. Then I do a quick read through and polish up major issues.

The first draft gets put aside for at least 2-3 months. Then I come back to it with fresh eyes and do a massive revision before anyone ever sees it.

2.  How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?

 
Inspiration comes from everywhere. It can be a place I visit, a snippet of conversation I overhear, even an interaction with someone. Sometimes other stories inspire me too. 


Lots of times I play the what if game to build out my plot and my world and my stakes. What if my character time-traveled, and what if she fell into someone else’s body, and what if that person didn’t know she was there, but she could eavesdrop on the other person’s thoughts? And what if the longer she stayed in the past, the more time she began to lose and risked disappearing forever?

3.  How long have you been writing?

 
I’ve written poetry and attempts at novels since I was a kid. I wrote my first book from 2000-2002 and I happily keep it under my bed. It’s an experimental memoir, interspersing journal entries and poetry. I did show it to an agent once and she was kind and helpful, but I’m not sure that book will ever be for public consumption. It was something I wrote for myself. 


I wrote my first draft of The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts in 2006 and that was published in 2015. So, I would say I’ve been writing for publication since 2006.

4.  What tips do you have for aspiring writers?

 
 It’s never easy. And it’s rarely fair. So let those expectations go right now and you will have a much happier time trying to get published. Write what you want to write and learn you craft and keep trying. Eventually you’ll find your place.

5.  What are your favorite:

Books/authors/genres: 
 

Books: This is a hard one! These are some of  my favorite recent reads: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, The City of Glass by Cassandra Clare, Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, Invincible by Dawn Metcalf, Ensnared by A.G. Howard, New Moon by Stephenie Meyer, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Last Breath by Rachel Caine, The Awakening of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
 

Authors: Richelle Mead, A.G. Howard, Charlaine Harris, John Green, Neil Gaiman, Cassandra Clare, Rachel Caine, Paige Shelton, Ransom Riggs
 

Genre: Paranormal and Mystery
 

Movies/TV Shows: The Originals, Shadowhunters, Riverdale, Vampire Diaries
 
Music: Florence and the Machine, Imagine Dragons, Tori Amos, Taylor Swift, Amy McDonald, Blind Pilots, Birdy, Bastille, Fun, Ingrid Michelson, Sara Bareilles, Passenger, Garbage
 

Food/Writing snack: I never eat at my computer or when I’m writing.  I find it distracting and prefer to be focused on one thing at a time. 
Author Bio:
K.C. Tansley lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, and two quirky golden retrievers on a hill somewhere in Connecticut. She tends to believe in the unbelievables—spells, ghosts, time travel—and writes about them.
Never one to say no to a road trip, she’s climbed the Great Wall twice, hopped on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, and danced the night away in the dunes of Cape Hatteras. She loves the ocean and hates the sun, which makes for interesting beach days. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is her award-winning and bestselling first novel in The Unbelievables series.
As Kourtney Heintz, she also writes award winning cross-genre fiction for adults.

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Blog Tour: I Hate Myself for Loving You (Scorned Lovers Series) by Simone Harlow

Title: I Hate Myself for Loving You
Series: Scorned Lovers
Author: Simone Harlow
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: October 10, 2017
  
I Hate Myself For Loving You hit all my buttons for a 5-star book.” ~Badass Bloggettes
Rockstar Declan Shaw has everything. The talent that has made him a superstar. Golden God looks that ensures he can have any woman he wants. Money that lets him afford anything he wants. And fame that has garnered him a stalker. So he hires the one thing he doesn’t have. A bodyguard. A sexy, no-nonsense bodyguard who isn’t impressed with his talent, his looks, his money, or his fame.
Former Army Officer Jane Peterson is a battle hardened soldier. She is ready for anything. Even playing his fake girlfriend. What she isn’t ready for is Declan Shaw. The man who hides his caring nature behind his seductive jaded façade. For her failure is not an option. She will wrangle the rock star love God by any means necessary.
What neither one of them counted on was the sizzling attraction between them. One that could jeopardize Declan’s life or expose Jane’s long held secrets.

Once upon a time Simone Harlow decided to write a book. She never understood why she had to write a book she just did. She has a great life. A family that loves her. Friends she can mother. And a dog who thinks she’s his reason for living. (No, really, he told her so.) She should be content. But alas she still had to write that book. So she did, and it was the beginning of an excellent adventure.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

ARC Review: I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin

Book info:
TitleI Hate Everyone But You
Author:  Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Release Date:  September 5th, 2017
Publisher:  Wednesday Books
Source:  ARC received from Publisher
My rating:  4.5 stars

Synopsis:
Dear Best Friend,
I can already tell that I will hate everyone but you.
Sincerely,
Ava Helmer
(that brunette who won’t leave you alone)

We're still in the same room, you weirdo.
Stop crying.
G

So begins a series of texts and emails sent between two best friends, Ava and Gen, as they head off to their first semesters of college on opposite sides of the country. From first loves to weird roommates, heartbreak, self-discovery, coming out and mental health, the two best friends will document every moment to each other. But as each changes and grows into her new life, will their friendship be able to survive the distance?


My Review:
Okay, this book was a lot of fun, hard to put down, laugh out loud fun!  I would be reading this on my lunch break at work, or sitting in a restaurant and couldn't help but laugh as I was reading.  It was definitely more of a New Adult as opposed to Young Adult book.  It is college aged, yeah, freshman year, but it definitely goes into all the sex and drinking and drugs.  The experimenting that many kids do when they go away to college.  

Honestly, I liked a lot of the issues the two characters had and how they were handled.  But personally, I felt like Gen was often unlikable and kind of a jerk to Ava.  Ava was not someone who understood what Gen was going through with her changing or questioning her sexuality.  I feel like I've been in similar situations with friends who were changing because of moving or who they were dating, or whatever.  And for them to not be understanding was hard when I was still trying to be a friend, even trying to understand them.  I get that Gen was also probably dealing with a lot with her issues and what she was going through, but she definitely was being mean in my opinion.  

I also was not a fan of all the drug use that Gen kind of actually did at the start of the book.  That made me lose some respect for her.  As well as how she behaved with a professor.  In a way, that part of the story might have been a little bit cliche.  You know, the older woman initiates the girl out on her own into lesbianism.  Just a thought.  I could be overthinking it.  

So far I guess you might be wondering why I gave it such a high rating.  Well, I do feel like it was probably realistic even in a lot of the things I didn't like that I mentioned above.  Not only that, but it was hard to put down.  And as I mentioned first thing in my review, I laughed so much at this book. The times their quirky friendship did show through, it was exactly the type of friendship I've had in the past, the kind that I love and makes a great friend.   And I do love the format of telling a story through emails and texts, so that made it good for me as well.

Nerd Blast with Giveaway: Boneyard (Deadlands #3) by Seanan McGuire

Book info:
TitleBoneyard  
Author:  Seanan McGuire
Series:   Deadlands #3  
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date:  October 17th, 2017

Synopsis:
The newest book based on the hit Weird West RPG franchise Deadlands!

Step right up to see the oddities and marvels of The Blackstone Family Circus and Travelling Wonder Show! Gasp at pit wasps the size of a man’s forearm. Beware the pumpkin-headed corn stalker, lest it plant its roots in you!

Annie Pearl is the keeper of oddities, the mistress of monsters. Her unique collection of creatures is one of the circus’s star attractions, drawing wide-eyed crowds at every small frontier town they visit. But Annie is also a woman running from her past . . . and the mother of a mute young daughter, Adeline, whom she will do anything to protect.

Hoping to fill its coffers before winter sets in, the circus steers its wagons to The Clearing, a remote community deep in the Oregon wilderness, surrounded by an ominous dark wood. Word is that a traveling show can turn a tidy profit at The Clearing, but there are whispers, too, of unexplained disappearances that afflict one out of every four shows that pass through the town.

The Clearing has it secrets, and so does Annie. And it may take everything she has to save her daughter―and the circus―from both.

Praise for DEADLANDS Series

A gripping tale of the Weird West, set on the haunted frontier of DEADLANDS, the award-winning game from Pinnacle Entertainment Group.

Excerpt:

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At the head of the wagon train was Nathanial Blackstone himself, owner of the show, reins in his hands as he guided his horses down the trail. Some people believed he never slept at all; that like his circus, he was a shark, and that if he stopped moving, he would die. Others knew that he was flesh and blood like any other man. A born showman, yes, who had no trouble encouraging his own mystique even among the people who worked for him, but still a man. He slept when the show was stopped. He slept in the early afternoons, when the crowds had yet to come in but the work of setting up had been finished. He slept in the space between sentences, where no one needed him to make their decisions for them, where, for good or ill, he could rest.

Rumor was he had a wife somewhere on the coast, in one of the green places where neither man nor beast came a-preying; that he had a child, or two, or as many as four, and that one day, when gray strands started to appear in that great black mustache of his, he’d be sending his trusted right hand to ride for Oregon and bring his eldest back to the show, ready to begin training his heir in the ways of the road.

Rumor also was that he was a clockwork man built by the master of another, fancier show, and that he’d run away from his creator the same way those occasional foundling children ran away from their creators, choosing freedom and uncertainty over captivity and a life where all their choices would come from someone else.

Nathanial Blackstone encouraged the rumors, all of them, no matter how ludicrous. If his people believed him to be a monster or a madman or a maestro, that could only enhance his reputation—and hence the reputation of the show as a whole—in the small towns they rolled through. Their route was a cartographer’s masterwork of trails, roads, and semisafe paths, all connecting the settlements they served. A circus’s map was one of its greatest treasures. Some of these routes, no other show in this part of the country knew. Without maps, the wagons couldn’t get place to place fast enough to make a profit.

Keep moving. Stay alive.
Copyright © 2017 by Seanan McGuire
 
About the Author:
Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn't killed for using her typewriter at three o'clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite.

Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan's anecdotes end with things like "and then we got the anti-venom" or "but it's okay, because it turned out the water wasn't that deep." She has yet to be defeated in a game of "Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?," and can be amused for hours by almost anything. "Almost anything" includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth Muir's Horror Films of the 1980s as a checklist.

Seanan is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, the InCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn't enough, she also writes under the pseudonym "Mira Grant." For details on her work as Mira, check out MiraGrant.com.

In her spare time, Seanan records CDs of her original filk music (see the Albums page for details). She is also a cartoonist, and draws an irregularly posted autobiographical web comic, "With Friends Like These...", as well as generating a truly ridiculous number of art cards. Surprisingly enough, she finds time to take multi-hour walks, blog regularly, watch a sickening amount of television, maintain her website, and go to pretty much any movie with the words "blood," "night," "terror," or "attack" in the title. Most people believe she doesn't sleep.

Seanan lives in an idiosyncratically designed labyrinth in the Pacific Northwest, which she shares with her cats, Alice and Thomas, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She has strongly-held and oft-expressed beliefs about the origins of the Black Death, the X-Men, and the need for chainsaws in daily life.

Years of writing blurbs for convention program books have fixed Seanan in the habit of writing all her bios in the third person, so as to sound marginally less dorky. Stress is on the "marginally." It probably doesn't help that she has so many hobbies.

Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her novel Feed (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. In 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo Ballot.

Photo Credit: Beckett Gladney


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Imperfect Love World Kindle Launch

Not Her – Julia Bright
Jason Delany Baxter-Scott…the fifth. What a terrible name to have to live up to. There is no question in his mind that he’ll never live up to his parents’ expectations. Baxter, as he is known to his friends, is trying, but when his fiancée dumps him, he has less than an hour to find someone to stand in to meet his demanding mother and father. He knew Heather in college, and she recently sent a note, saying she’d moved to New York. It was a dick move, but he invited her for drinks, only to introduce her to his parents as his fiancée.
Heather is still the same free-spirited woman who challenged him to be his own man in California. She’s nothing like the women his parents’ think he should marry, and that makes her forbidden fruit. He admires her for standing up for herself and never backing down. She’s got spunk and a whole lot more that turns him on and leaves him wanting.

Heather Burke doesn’t put up with BS. She’s worked hard to develop a clothing line that sells in her own high-end boutiques. Her style may be quirky, but she’s business savvy and worldly. When Baxter contacts her, she’s in for a drink or two, but when she arrives, and his parents think she’s the fiancée, the night is turned on its end. Baxter told her story after story about how horrible his parents were so she can’t abandon him, but going along in this ruse may just be the end of her.
Back in California, she lost her heart to Baxter, and this fake fiancée stuff may just take her mind too. When he’s not bowing to his parents’ pressure, Baxter is a decent guy, someone she could see herself with for the rest of her life. She just has to convince Baxter he doesn’t need their approval to be a good man.
When the stakes get high, they both are challenged. Can Heather walk away from Baxter, or will she stay and teach him to fight for himself?      

ARRANGED by FiFi Flowers 
Ireland Dumont loved her life—single with not a care in the world, running her own online concierge company. On the edge of ultimate success, her parents stepped in and arranged a proper groom for her to marry. Giving over to their request, she heads to Vegas to celebrate her last days of freedom.

Meeting a handsome stranger was not on her agenda.
Accepting his marriage proposal was the perfect addendum to her agenda.

Jensen Callum needed a wife for his new business venture with a company that prided themselves on being a family-owned operation. His old playboy status was about to be nipped in the bud by his parents when he returned home from his business trip to an arranged marriage of their doing.

What will happen when Ireland and Jensen’s families find out that they arranged their own marriage venture that wasn’t in the grand scheme of things?      

HOSTILE FAKEOVER by Cary Hart
Up-and-coming artist Bianca Black has her eyes set on one thing, and one thing only: Transforming her late grandmother's building into the gallery of her dreams. All is going according to plan until legal issues arise and a sexy-as-hell club owner gets in her way. Losing the building could leave her homeless, bringing a whole new meaning to starving artist.

Entrepreneur Ford Phillips, always gets what he wants and this time won't be any different. He has spent years trying to buy the old, run-down building nestled between the high rises of Manhattan. Just when he thinks it's within his reach, he finds himself in for way more than he bargained for.

Bianca and Ford must call a truce in an attempt to "fake it ’til you make it." Can these two keep things amicable or will this Fakeover turn Hostile?        


Liar By Stephanie St. Klaire
Fake it until you make it. That was the mantra Cori Dash chanted as she chased a big city dream. The more you tell people you’re on top of the world, the more they believe it – just like they believed the embellished image she sold them with her knock off designer facade. It wasn’t lying if the truth stood somewhere in the middle – and she didn’t get caught.

Dominic Blackthorne owned half of that big city…and a reputation. Rather than dispel rumors or show the world the real Nick, he let his own fake image run free. Until Cori Dash – the only person who told him exactly how it was, even if it stung.

When Cori is faced with her ex-fiance, now engaged to her ex-best friend, it’s game on. In her boldest move yet, she concocts her biggest lie to date by introducing the first handsome stranger that walks by as her new fiancé. Happy to play the part, Nick is already planning the fake wedding of her dreams.

You know what they say about lying – the truth always comes out – and it hurts. Especially when Cori finds out she isn’t the biggest Liar in this game, and she’s been out played.      

Operation Girl Next Door by Casey Hagen 
Trevor Myers knows how to make it big in the business world: a charming smile, connections, and balls-to-the-wall fearlessness. The master of all three, a partnership with his firm is all but in the bag. That is, until his boss dangles it over him, and three coworkers, like a prize on a game show. Trevor will do whatever it takes to lock in what is rightfully his, even if it means calling in a doozy of a favor from his best friend.

 Piper Bradley is on the precipice of making a career-altering decision to expand her dancewear line. Agonizing over the decision, Piper decides to take a trip to clear her head, only to have her brother hamper her plans when he calls her to return a favor for his best friend…Trevor Myers. Owing Trevor for escorting her to her senior prom years earlier, she reluctantly agrees to play his girlfriend for the weekend.

Trevor expects a grownup version of the shy girl toting a sketchpad, not this drop-dead, gorgeous woman who leaves him tongue tied.

Piper decides it’s time to exorcise her long-simmering feelings, once and for all.

Trevor fights the battle waged between his playboy lifestyle and the elemental pull of the girl next door.      

Pillow Talk – Brittany Holland
They say you can't buy love.

But he did... he just doesn't know it yet.

Falling for him was never part of the arrangement.

Neither was sharing his bed.

But I did both.          









Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Mira Gibson
American heartthrob and notorious bad boy, Zach Canning has gone and made the error of all Hollywood errors. No, it wasn’t sticking his foot in his mouth during an interview again, banging an almost underage fan, or even disappearing on another cocaine-and-booze addled bender. It was far, far worse, and now his TV show renewal contract hinges upon his ability to convince his fan base, the Christian Network, and America at large that he’s just as wholesome as his #Blessed character.

Jesus Christ, how?

Enter Abby Gallagher. As Irish-Catholic as they come, complete with flaming auburn hair and a cross dangling from her necklace, her image is perfect. She’s guarding one hell of a secret, however—she’s a virgin and saving herself for marriage.

When Zach’s publicist approaches her with the most unbelievable proposition—to dispel rumors surrounding the famous actor one sexy date at a time—Abby is more than intrigued. She’s been a fan of his show and has watched religiously… admittedly, a guilty pleasure.

What other guilty pleasures could he give her???

But the secret contract she’s presented with not only states she must pose as his girlfriend in the public eye while the paparazzi follow their every move. She must also elope with Zach in two weeks! Non-negotiable, legally binding, with a corresponding gag-order in place and no guarantee of true love…

Can she go through with it? Will she choose a thrill ride instead of love? What if she could have both with the same man?          

READ THE BOOK WHERE THE WORLD BEGINS!

Marry the girl I’ve had a crush on my whole life? Check.

Inherit a hundred-billion-dollar company? Check.

Produce an heir… Wait, what?

I have ninety days to knock up my brand-new fake wife. There’s only one problem—she hates my guts.

And in the fine print of the contract? The requirement that we produce an heir.

She can’t stand to be in the same room with me. Says she’ll never be in my bed.

But I’ve never backed down from a challenge and I’m not about to start now.

Mark my words—I’ll have her begging for me, and it won’t take ninety days.

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About Kendall Ryan
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 2 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine. She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

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