Back in March, I was on a mission to declutter and reduce my possessions, and I ended up with a pile of awesome books that I think more people need to read. I considered doing a giant giveaway and annoying the post office workers, but lately, I've been scolding myself for not being more giving consistently. I decided I'd do a giveaway for each book and spread it out over time.
I'm joining yet another monthly feature created by Michael D'Agostine of A Life Examined. This one is called Flashback Friday (click the link to see the other participants since the html doesn't want to work for me. D=) and it's about, you guessed it, flashing back to previous blog posts. Some might call it lazy, but Michael calls it giving love to old posts that never got the attention they deserved. We all have them too. A brilliant post that got, like, one comment. Boy, that stings. I thought it'd be fun to participate in because I have new followers and I don't expect them to go back through years of posts. Hopefully, you like this month's pick. It's about the dreaded insta-love trope.
Yes, you heard right. You get a cookie for this. Just let me shove it through the computer speakers... Crap, it's not working. Okay, let me amend this. You clicked this so in YOUR honor *I* will eat a cookie for you. Trust me, it tastes delicious.
All silliness aside, I do have a favor to ask. May 24th is Brothers Day and since my YA, Being Human, has a theme of brothers, I thought I should do some promotion to coincide with it.
Back when I published Being Human in 2011, my writing friend, MB Mulhall, made these mock posters for Vampire Forces. One of the things I love about movies is the details that go into creating the world. I always imagined if Being Human was a movie, there would be these kinds of details put into putting the story on the big screen. Vampire Forces would have badges that IDed them and they would have posters in places like schools reminding people that vampires were dangerous.
Shhh, don't tell, MB. She didn't ask me to do this but I am. >.> This is what she gets for giving me an ARC to review. =P It's been ages since I've blogged a book review too.
Given I'm a supernatural creature junkee, I enjoyed this story. Vampires, werewolves, demons, and more! But, also, it was an interesting premise. We've had humans raised by the undead, but never had that human have a job running errands for the supernatural creatures. That gave the story a unique twist and allowed the glimpses into the world Ellie lives in we might not otherwise get if she didn't have to walk a couple of hell hounds or take Selkie pelts to the dry cleaner.
I'm not a big fan of Valentine's Day, so of course I'd sign up for Sarah Foster's bloghop! Since it fell on the 3rd Monday of the month, which I designated as my monthly promo day, I had to decided to combine the promo post with the blog hop. Now, it's just a matter of who to drag to the party...
In the end, it only made sense to these two characters come. Which brings us to the first question Sarah posed.
I really don't do enough shameless promotion on this blog. Mostly, I like to talk about other things regarding writing and my life. People don't like constantly being hawked to as it is, so I'd rather just be myself. A slick salesman I am not.
But it's Cyber Monday and I thought I'd get in on it with some book deals I hope you can't resist.
The other week, KT Hanna released her second book. I was all "HOORAY! CONGRATS!" and RTing links. About a week later while checking my email, I noticed one from her discussing a guest interview. Hmm, I had sent the questions but never got the answers. After a few more emails, she got me her answers.
1)Let’s start with the basics. Tell us a bit about yourself and what makes you tick.
I’m originally from Australia and met my husband in a computer game called EverQuest 2. I play the guitar, piano, and flute, write songs and stories, have two corgis, a cat, a gorgeous little toddler, and an awesome husband.
The first two books in my The Domino Project series are available through Amazon. My stories usually have several weird things about them, because I love writing weird stuff. Singular words are my most common spark for stories. And I think that’s about it!
I'm always excited when a writing friend has a book release. Even more so when it's their debut novel. Today is Connie's first book birthday for her novel, The Poison in All of Us. If you like Young Adult and historical stories, this should be right up your alley. It's only 99cents right now too! (I bought it. Hard to pass up a deal like that. =D)
Congratulations Connie! *throws confetti*
One of my big goals in 2015 is to publish my novella series, Path of Angels. The series is providing many tough questions. One I've been bouncing around is using a pen name for it.
Path of Angels isn't young adult. The characters are older, the youngest being 18 at the beginning of book one, so it's more New Adult or Urban Fantasy. And unlike my young adult stories, there is actual sex or sexy time fun. (I'm not against young adult novels including sex, but I got tired of reading so many YAs that had main characters obsessing about it. So when I wrote Being Human, there is nothing sexual in Tommy's "romance" with Sunlight because I didn't want to add to the pile of stories making it seem like sex was the magic key to make relationships work*. Also because Tommy's a vampire and doesn't have any blood so that makes it kind of hard for a certain body part to work.)
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