Friday, 27 March 2015

Q & A with Author Kerr-Ann Dempster

Beneath Scarlett Valley
Scarlett Valley #1
by Kerr-Ann Dempster

Cassidy Daniels has had enough.
She hates being a Furor. First, there is the hellish rage that storms through her veins, then there is the gnawing guilt and the nightmare. All she wants is the escape that Death promises. Unfortunately, her sister wants Immortality and she needs Cassidy's help to get it. When they arrive in Scarlett Valley to find the Source of Immortality, Cassidy's heart and head become tangled up with the locals. But there are pretenders everywhere, with dark pasts and even darker plans.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published August 4th 2014 by Ink City Books


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Read It & Read Date:  March 29, 2015




Kerr-Ann Dempster was born in Jamaica, where she spent her adolescence writing and performing plays. After moving to the United States, she earned her bachelor's degree in Marketing from Loyola University, Chicago. She then worked as a Flight Attendant, and a Visual Operations Leader. She now resides in Chicago, IL and Traverse City, MI.


 
                                 Q & A with Kerr-Ann Dempster

Q:  Tell us a little bit about your main character.
My main character, Cassidy, is a Half-Furor. Furors are volatile creatures, pushed to kill by the fiery rage in their veins. Cass hates being a Furor. She battles with guilt,loneliness, and a terrible case of depression. Many of her emotional wounds are self-inflicted because she denies herself friendship, love, and forgiveness. She is also a bit of a push-over and a coward.

But throughout the novel, readers get to witness Cassidy's awakening. She becomes a whole new creature because she learns to love, chooses to forgive, and grows a spine.

Q:  In your opinion, what makes a good, strong female character?
Flaws

Relatability

Strength

I hate perfection. Humans are deeply flawed, but these imperfections make us beautiful. Plus, they toughen us up for life’s many battles. Writing strong females with relatable flaws and experiences allow readers to bond with characters and be inspired by their strength. I am bothered by those who believe the physical display of strength is the only one that matters. Strength comes in many forms. In BSV for instance, Cassidy is supernaturally strong, but it is her emotional strength that is reshaped and honed throughout the book. While many don’t realize it, love requires strength. So does forgiveness and being happy.

Q:  Who designs the covers for your books and what is that process like for you as an author?
Damonza designed the cover for Beneath Scarlett Valley. I had stalked his website for two years, so I knew he was the right designer. He did not disappoint. The process was interesting. I had no idea what I wanted, but I had a long list of things I did not want. His team made it easy by asking a ton of questions about the book, keeping in touch, and most of all, listening. In then end, Damonza delivered a cover that captured the themes and mood perfectly.

Q:  Describe your ideal writing spot.
To write well, I need silence. It doesn’t matter where I’m sitting/standing, give me a noise canceling headphone, something to write on, and I will write.

Q:  What is the best advice you have been given?
It can be fixed.

Q:  Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
I prefer paperbacks. I purchase many ebooks, but only the amazing ones end up on my bookshelf.

Q:  If you could have any superpower, what would you choose and why?
Flight. It has been a long, cold winter. I would love the ability to fly off to Jamaica for a week without paying those pesky airline fees or listening to my seat-mate drone on about his cool new gadget.

Q:  What book are you reading now?
I just finished The Cleansing by Danielle Tara Evans


Monday, 23 March 2015

Under My Skin by Shawntelle Madison

Under My SkinUnder My Skin by Shawntelle Madison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was pleasantly surprised by Under My Skin. It was a little slow at the beginning, but it quickly kicked into gear. Any book that has me screaming, laughing, crying or a combination of the three is a winner. Shawntelle Madison has created an interesting dystopian story that I fully enjoyed.

Tate Sullivan has dreams of getting her degree to help her family. She lives in a small town where life is hard. Like all sixteen year-olds, Tate is required to take the Water-bearer test. This test is to see who will be the next in line to serve the Guild, which is comprised of the rich, elite and governing officials. Who wouldn't want to be a part of the Guild? Tate is quickly thrust into a world she doesn't understand or want to be in. Can she find a way out before it is too late?

Tate was taught to value life and to help others. Her new life goes against everything she was taught. Can she stand tall or will she crumble under the pressure? I enjoyed reading Tate's transformation for the timid, self-conscious girl to a young lady who is willing to stand up for her self and others. This story had me on the edge of my seat. I am looking forward to see what happens next.

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Thursday, 19 March 2015

King's by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

King's (The King Trilogy, #1)King's by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

King's by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff is one dark, suspenseful read. There are dark, dangerous men who are alluring, then there are those who are just plain scary. King straddles the line between the two. He exudes power, authority and complete control over everyone and everything he comes in contact with. Mia Turner does not stand a chance when she seeks King's help to find her missing brother. There is a price for his services Mia might find too high...is her brother's life worth her own. How can King ask Mia to turn her life over for her brother? Can he really find her brother?

King is a possessive, controlling man who demands obedience. Mia is not the submissive type. Will she obey his orders? I found King to be both repulsive and intriguing. Yes, his behavior is more than I would stand, but there are reasons for that behavior. What are they? Who is King? What is he? Those are the questions I find compelling. Some of those questions are answered, and I look forward to finding out the answers to the remaining questions in the next book.

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Three Wishes by Debra Dunbar + Interview



Three Wishes
by Debra Dunbar  

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Anessa Books
Number of pages: 229
Cover Artist: Phatpuppy Art


Dar helped his foster sister become the ruler of Hel, and helped her free the enslaved humans from the elves. It’s about time he helped himself – to a fun week of mayhem in the Windy City. Collapsing a few buildings and corrupting politicians is an ideal vacation for a demon in Chicago, but Dar didn’t count on a beautiful angel sabotaging his fun and putting him to work.

Asta is an angelic enforcer, scanning for demons in her assigned territory and sending them to an early grave. Unfortunately, the latest trespasser from Hel has diplomatic immunity - but immunity doesn’t mean she can’t coerce him into helping her track and dispatch the powerful demon that’s been cycling in and out of her radar for the last few days.

Demons are the sworn enemies of every angel, but Asta must learn to trust Dar or the dark presence that is growing in Chicago will spread - and this particular enemy has the skills and knowledge to send human civilization back to the dark ages.

She has one week left as an enforcer before she returns to her heavenly home – one week to catch an elusive monster, and one week to safeguard her heart from the demon who is determined to seduce her to sin.

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 After majoring in English with a concentration in Medieval Literature and Folklore studies, Debra promptly sold out to the corporate world, occasionally writing marketing copy and op/ed articles for a local city paper. By day, she designs compensation programs, after dark she stuffs her nose into obscure mythology, and feverishly writes her novels. A DEMON BOUND is her debut novel.

Debra lives on a farm in Maryland with Sweetie, three sons, and a Noah's ark of four legged family members. She drives an old PT Cruiser, couldn't carry a tune if you duct taped it to her back, and enjoys an occasional cosmopolitan (heavy on the vodka). On a good day, she jogs and horseback rides, hopefully managing to keep the horse between herself and the ground. Her only known super power is 'Identify Roadkill'.

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Q & A with Debra Dunbar

Q:  Describe your ideal writing spot.
A: 
This is going to sound really weird, but I like to write in bars. I always have to vary where I’m writing – the office, the couch, the park, but I seem to really get the story moving when I’ve got a background of waiters, waitresses, bartenders, and the buzz of conversation.

Q:  Who designed the covers for your book and what was that process like for you as the author?
A: 
Phatpuppy Art does my covers. This one was creating using stock images, but my series covers involve a photographer and a model casting call. I love choosing the model, communicating what each cover should convey, and looking through the untouched pictures. Once I’ve selected which photo goes which each book, I work with Claudia at Phatpuppy to discuss backgrounds, effects, etc. The final cover art goes off to Ashley at Bookish Brunette who does my custom typography.

It’s all so exciting. I think I love working through the cover process as much as I love writing!

Q:  How do you keep busy when you're not writing?
A: 
Oh, that’s not a problem! Between the day job and my three children, I’m lucky I have time to shower, let alone write!

Q:  If you could have any superhuman ability, what would you choose and why?
A: 
Flying. I’d save a fortune on gas, never have to worry about finding a parking spot or traffic. The bug situation might be a problem, so I’d probably have to fly wearing a motorcycle helmet.

Q: Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
A: 
I love ebooks because I don’t have to deal with the limited bookshelf space in my house and I no longer have to dedicate a suitcase to books when I go on vacation. There are some books I still love to have physical copies of – cookbooks and my reference books.




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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Earth's Imagined Corners by Tamara Linse: Interview + Giveaway




Earth’s Imagined Corners
The Round Earth, #1
by Tamara Linse
 


Genre: Historical Fiction  
Publisher: Willow Words  
Number of pages: 472  

In 1885 Iowa, Sara Moore is a dutiful daughter, but when her father tries to force her to marry his younger partner, she must choose between the partner—a man who treats her like property—and James Youngblood—a kind man she hardly knows who has a troubled past.  

When she confronts her father, he beats her and turns her out of the house, breaking all ties, so she decides to elope with James to Kansas City with hardly a penny to their names.  

In the tradition of Willa Cather’s O Pioneers! and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Earth’s Imagined Corners is a novel that comprehends the great kindnesses and violences we do to each other.

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Tamara Linse jokes that she was raised in the 1880s, and so it was natural for her to set a book there. She is the author of the short story collection How to Be a Man and the novel Deep Down Things and earned her master’s in English from the University of Wyoming, where she taught writing. Her work appears in the Georgetown Review, South Dakota Review, and Talking River, among others, and she was a finalist for an Arts & Letters and Glimmer Train contests, as well as the Black Lawrence Press Hudson Prize for a book of short stories. She works as an editor for a foundation and a freelancer.

Find her online at www.tamaralinse.com and her blog Writer, Cogitator, Recovering Ranch Girl at www.tamara-linse.blogspot.com
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Q & A with Tamara Linse

Q:  Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
A: 
My two protagonists are Sara Moore and James Youngblood. Sara’s mother died when she was in her mid-teens, and her father was a colonel for the South in the Civil War. Sara is a pliable person and a dutiful daughter, and so she doesn’t feel the brunt of her father’s rage until events start to unfold in Earth’s Imagined Corners. She’s also always been well off, and so she doesn’t understand what going without money means. James, on the other hand, has been poor his whole life, and that’s why he ended up in the penitentiary. He stole horses because an unscrupulous man tried to take advantage of him. It was just he and his mom all his growing up years, and they were always on the brink of not making it. They are attracted to each other, but then there’s more going on. To James Sara represents prosperity, and to Sara James represents freedom, as her father wants her to marry an unsavory character.

Q:  Describe your ideal writing spot.
A: 
My ideal writing spot is a little Mexican cafĂ© not too far from where I work. When I get a chance, I escape from work for a bit or from duties at home and stop by and scribble in my notebook in the patio side room. I’ll sometimes order nachos and a margarita, and they know me there. They are such great people! Most of them speak Spanish as their primary language, and they are invariably polite and kind. They know what I want before I order, and they leave me alone to get my work done. It feels naughty, this sneaking away in the middle of the day. Perhaps that contributes to my getting things done. It certainly contributes to the sense of emotional space and quietness that’s necessary to get the writing done.

Q:  Who designed the covers for your book and what was that process like for you as the author?
A: 
Because Earth’s Imagined Corners is self-published and because I have a background in art and design, I created the cover myself, with input from designer friends. I invariably do a lot of drafts of covers before I arrive at the final cover. However, this book had a different final cover previously. I thought long and hard and did research and came across a painting that I just loved to use as a basis for a cover. I tried to contact the artist, and he didn’t get back to me, and so I took matters into my own hands. I did the artwork for my own cover. But then, within a month of final publication, the artist did contact me. I let him know that I had created the cover and I hoped he liked it. He was credited in the text as the inspiration for it. He came back wanting an ungodly amount of money for a cover he did not even do. And so I moved on. I designed another cover, the one that became the final cover. I like how the current cover definitely conveys the historical feel, and I like how the wraparond colors of tan, brown, and light blue come together in a package. I was afraid, though, that the print image would be a little boring and convey that the book would be boring. But I’ve gotten past that. I love their expressions. And so I’m happy with how the cover turned out.

Q:  What is the best advice you have been given?
A: 
The best advice I’ve ever received applies not just to writing: Stick with it. Any success I’ve had in life I would credit to my pigheadedness. Even when I probably should have moved on, I kept after it. It took me 13 years to get my undergraduate degree, and I was in almost every college on campus. It took me over 200 queries, two novels written and rewritten, and 11 years to get my agent. It took 15 years and a total creative collapse to get a book into print, and now I have three. We had problems with infertility, and it took 10 years to have kids, and we had to take a creative route and use a gestational carrier. It’s served me well, though there have definitely been times when I wanted to throw in the towell.

Q:  How do you keep busy when you're not writing?
A: 
Oh, you know, the usual! My full-time job is as an editor for a foundation. My husband and I have eight-year-old twins, a boy and a girl. I love to cook and to read, of course. My mom is 91 and I’m helping take care of her. And there’s always the promotion aspect of writing. I love all these aspects of my life, but they tend to overwhelm the actual writing part. It’s so easy just to slip into your assigned role and do these things. Get up, take a shower, go to work, pick up the kids, take them to practices, make dinner, go to bed. You’ve got to really set boundaries if you want to get any writing done.

Q:  If you could have any superhuman ability, what would you choose and why?
A: 
You know, my first urge is to say I’d want the ability to read minds. That’s what reading and writing really is ~ getting into other people’s heads and emotions and empathy with other people. Love, really. But then stories are constructed. They leave out parts and embellish other parts. I fear that if I had this superpower I would find out even more of the dark parts of people and I would have a really had time believing in the goodness in the world. Then again, I might just be bored because so much of our time is spent with the petty and the dull and the mundane. But then I can’t think of another superhuman ability I’d like to have. Flying? No, afraid of heights. Superhuman strength? You’d always want to be stronger, and you’d have a huge responsibility. X-ray vision? Not really. Intelligence maybe. I’d like to be even smarter. Or maybe the ability to make world peace. Definitely that one.

Q:  Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
A: 
For publishing or for reading? For publishing, I try to get my books out in as many formats as possible, including paperback, kindle and epub and pdf, and audio. I don’t do hardbacks because they are too expensive for the reader. I also try to get as broad a distribution as possible ~ worldwide. For reading, I used to be pretty wedded to paperbacks or hardbacks, but I’ve really come around, and I’ll buy one format or another depending on what I’m looking for. If I can’t wait, I’ll order kindle. If it’s something I know I’ll love and go back to, I get paperback ~ or if I have to , hardback. Plus I love the Bookbub and Midlist emails because I try a lot of books in digital format that I wouldn’t otherwise because they are inexpensive.

Q:  What book are you reading now?
A: 
Oh, I’m always reading lots of books at one time. That’s because I’m a taster, and I tend to start lots and lots of books before I stick to one and finish it or go back to one I’ve started earlier. But the ones I’m focusing on at the moment are Nancy Peacock’s wonderful but emotional The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson, Len Joy’s American Pasttime, and an amazing biography of the Brontes by Juliet Barker. I’ve also been reading great kids books to my kids: Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The Velveteen Rabbit, and Watership Down.

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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Stolen Hearts by Andrea R. Cooper: Interview + Giveaway



Stolen Hearts
Andrea R. Cooper


Genre: Contemporary Romance Suspense
Publisher: SilverTree Publishing
Number of pages: 265


She stole a cop’s heart… will this thief pay for her crime?

Crystal was raised as a thief, bent on revenge. She uses her talents to target the corporation that destroyed her family and her innocence.

When a handsome undercover cop enters her life, Crystal worries she'll be caught before her mission can be completed - or lose her heart to the one man she can't trust.

Kade lost his partner in Texas and is looking for a fresh start in the NYPD. Catching the thief whose been targeting the Westridge Corp. will help his transfer become permanent.

Will Kade discover the truth, or will he blame Crystal for stealing his heart?


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Andrea writes fantasy, paranormal, historical, and contemporary romance suspense.

Her favorite childhood memories involve creating vibrant characters for her and her friends, then acting out their adventures. She traded in Nancy Drew books for Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie novels at the age of ten.

The love of her life showed her that true love never gives up and rekindles no matter how many times circumstances or others try to extinguish it. Today, she is happily married with two sons and a daughter.

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Q & A with Andrea R. Cooper

Q:  Tell us a little bit about your main characters. 
Sheri, Thank you for having me. 
A:  Crystal has had her childhood stripped from her. Westridge CEO framed her father for their crimes and she’s spent years training to be a thief to prove her father’s innocence. She hasn’t had time for dating or men… until Kade.

Kade is an undercover cop searching for a thief who’s been targeting Westridge’s Board of Directors. He’s drawn to Crystal, but things are not adding up.

Q:  Describe your ideal writing spot.
A:
  Any place with a keyboard. LOL. No, really. I work full-time now (I was a stay-at-home mom for four years which is the hardest most underappreciated job there is), juggle the kids, housework, etc. that when I have time to write, it’s my zen.

Q:  What is the best advice you have been given?
A: 
Writing advice? Get others (not just family) to read your writing. I’ve learned more since I joined a writer’s group and found my wonderful Beta Readers, than I did in years of writing alone.

Love advice? Love is worth the wait.

Q:  How do you keep busy when you're not writing?
A:
  How do I not? LOL. I have three kids (two boys and girl), a husband, full-time job outside of writing – I’m lucky I have time to sleep J On really good days, I squeeze in Zumba.

Q:  If you could have any superhuman ability, what would you choose and why?
A: 
Healing. I just would like to take away suffering (physical, mental, and emotional) from people and let them live full, healthy, happy lives.

Q:  What book are you reading now?
A: 
Don’t you mean ‘books’?  I read several books at the same time. I’ve got The Violet’s of March by Sarah Jio on CD in my car for a book club I’m a member of, T’monique Stephens’ Encore and T.F. Walsh’s Cloaked and How to Love a Jackeroo that I’m Beta Reading for them, and for fun – Redeemed by P.C. and Kristen Cast.


 

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