Wednesday, 30 July 2014

PROMOTION & INTERVIEW - ISOLATION BY DENISE R STEPHENSON

Title: Isolation
Author: Denise R. Stephenson
Publisher: Mill City Press
Release Date: 1st April 2013

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"Isolation" depicts a bleak but recognizable future in which the fear of contagion reaches a fever pitch as a bacterial epidemic catapults the US into an apocalyptic crisis. Touch is outlawed. Mothers like Maggie bind their infants' hands, terrified they might slip fingers into mouths. Gary, a Sterilizer, uses robots to scour the infected, avoiding all contact with human flesh. Trevor, the Chief Enforcer, watches, eager to report any and all infractions. One inadvertent touch will change all of their lives.


AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Why is Isolation on a blog tour?
Every writer wants to travel the country giving readings. Well, maybe not, but I’d love to. I enjoy public readings a great deal; it’s something I’m good at. My undergraduate degree is in Radio/TV Communications. When I prepared to publish Isolation, I was told in multiple ways, by multiple sources, human and otherwise, that I would need to build a platform including Facebook, Twitter, and other internet outlets to spread the word. For months I considered how to best spend my limited publicity dollars. When I found Virtual Author Book Tours, the idea of a blog tour wove those threads together. While I don’t get to actually read, I get exposure to a variety of readers and settings. This is my last stop and it’s been an interesting and exciting ride.

Do you work another job as well as your writing work?
Writing is my life, but my primary job is running a writing center at a college. I’ve done that for more than 20 years. I’m not sure I’d have written a novel if I didn’t want to challenge myself to encounter the same fear that my students face everyday when they have to write the 3-, 5-, or 10-page paper for any number of classes.

Do you have anybody read your books and give you reviews before you officially release them? ie. Your partner, children, friends, reviewers you know?
My partner reads everything! He gives better feedback than anyone I know because he’s encouraging and curious. I also belong to a writing group and have a variety of friends and colleagues who are willing to read my work. I invited many to read my novel before publishing it.

Where do you get your book plot ideas from? What/Who is your inspiration?
 I don’t plot. Ideas develop. They start as small, character-centered seeds and grow. Isolation’s inspiration came from the flu epidemic of 2009 and the surrounding changes of behavior, like the ubiquity of hand sanitizer. But it’s when lines get stuck in my head that I know I have to follow a lead. With this novel, that was: “And laying a finger aside of his nose.” The familiar line came with the idea of face-touching being outlawed. That set the stage.

 How do you come up with Cover Designs for your book/books? Who designed the Cover of your books?
I’ve had two designs for the cover. The first was used for my Kickstarter camaign. For that, I talked with a couple of different aritsts to brainstorm possible cover ideas. Then I developed one of those ideas in collaboration with others; one of my staff took photos with me in a laboratory on campus and another designed the cover. 
The second cover was designed by Alan Pranke at Mill City Press, my publisher. The concept didn’t change, but the color palate was reduced and refined to increase the sense of doom.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
The title emerged in the midst of the process. A friend asked what my working title was. At the time, I was walking on a beach in Kauai and with only a brief hesitation, I said, “Isolation.” It was a subconscious force that brought that name to mind. In the coming months and now years, I can see multiple reverberations in the novel of how that title fits. I’m always pleased when my subconscious steps up and does the heavy lifting.

 How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
 Many ways. I see names on signs that I like. That happened for at least three characters, though the signs were in disparate places: Iowa, Honolulu, San Diego. Other times I search for a name with a particular ethnic or national flare. And still other times, the names appear as I write and I don’t question it. Most characters names remain stable, though I have changed a few on occasion. For example, my character with OCD, Trevor, the Enforcer, was named Numerovsky. When his OCD developed into a counting tick, I decided the name was too metaphoric, so I searched Russian names and changed it to Kashnikov.

Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
Mostly my characters evolve. So I don’t consciously give them traits. Sometimes, a trait emerges and I do research, as I did with Trevor. As a teenager, he was a tattle-tale. As an adult he clearly had OCD. I didn’t want him to be too stereotyped and I mostly know OCD as a kind of light-hearted joke used among friends who like things neat. So I read up on the disorder and watched a documentary to learn some of the complex ways it manifests as well as how those afflicted feel about it as opposed to those who live with them. That gave me what I hoped was enough detail to give him traits that would ring true for readers.

What genre would you place your books into?
Genre is harder than one might think. I don’t follow a formula and therefore, this novel doesn’t fit neatly into the larger established categories. Isolation is definitely a dystopia, but it’s also a bit sci-fi, apocalyptic, and medical thriller.
Many people think that writing a dystopia must be depressing, yet I have found it anything but. I’ve loved creating this world and during this tour appreciated how many bloggers have enjoyed it as well. When readers ask for another book, especially more from these characters, it’s extremely encouraging.

Where can readers find you?


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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

BOOK BLITZ - WHERE YOU ARE BY ALLA KAR

Title: Where You Are
Author: Alla Kar 
Release Date: 07/29/14
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Genre: New Adult

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Got boy problems? Call Laney Scott. She's good for advice, a shoulder, or a swift kick where you need it. When her roommate Bethany gets her heart broken, yet again, it's Laney to the rescue. But Laney's harboring a secret. She's nursing her own broken heart. She and her friends come up with a plan to break Aiden and set it into play. Laney wants Aiden to pay for what he's done to Bethany. She will make him fall in love with her, so can break his heart.

Laney's ex-boyfriend Lachlan Hems is back in Florida, still Australian and sexy as hell. His best mate Lucas is getting married, and he is in town for the show. He just didn’t realize Laney would be there … in another guy’s arms, or that seeing her again would have such an effect on him. After the incident in high-school, he vowed to never care for her again. But sometimes fate has different plans.

When Laney’s resolve crumbles, Lachlan is the only one that can put her back together again.

Where You Are is the start of a three-books new adult series from Amazon and Barnes and Noble bestselling author Alla Kar.



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EXCERPT
I’m almost clear of the hallway when I hear my name. I turn on my heel. Heather is frowning from the lounge doorway. Her long black hair is perfectly straightened. I hope she gets a medal for her hair today, because that would be the only reason I’d forgive her for unplugging my coffeepot.
She pouts her pink-coated lips and curls her finger for me to come closer. “She’s crying again.”
Damn it. I don’t have to ask. I know it’s Bethany and I know why she’s crying. It’s the same damn thing every week. Sighing, I walk into the lounge. A few girls surround her, patting her back and trying to calm her down. It’s not going to work, because she’ll be in the same position next week. She glances up over her long lashes and slender nose. Her strawberry blond hair is messy and hangs loosely down to her breasts. “I just—I just don’t know what I’m doing wrong. It’s like every time he sees me coming, he goes the opposite direction. What do I do—” she breaks off in a fit of sobs.
I’m thinking of a million different ways to escape when Heather claps her hands loudly. “I know. Laney—why don’t you help her? You helped me with Todd. You got him to ask me out in two days. You could help Bethany.”
Oh, the agony. I don’t know if I could stand two minutes in a room alone with her. I give her a small fake smile and shrug. She looks like the damn cat off of Shrek, with her wide eyes and trembling bottom lip. If I say no I’ll look like a major bitch. “Who is it this ti—?” I stop myself.
She wipes her nose and tries to straighten her hair. I want to tell her that’s not going to work, she needs a brush, but I keep my mouth shut.
“Aiden Sims.”
And the heavens opened up and released the hottest male specimen to come to Jacksonville University. Well, that’s what he thinks anyway. Aiden is the playboy of our small university and he plays his Abercrombie-model good looks to his advantage. I grumble under my breath and pull my strap up my shoulder to keep it from falling.
“Have you had sex with him?”
A few of the hovering girls gasp. Oh, get over it. Bethany shakes her head. “No, we haven’t.”
“Great. That means you still have a chance to get him.”
“Wait,” a redheaded girl says from the corner of the room. “You’re telling me that if we’ve had sex with a guy, and he hasn’t committed, we’re screwed?”
I nod. “Pretty much. You’ve never heard why buy the cow when the milk is free?”
The redhead scoffs. “How do you know so much about this stuff, and who made you queen?”
Rawr. Someone hasn’t had their panties down lately. Heather raises her index finger and rolls her neck; that’s how I know she’s going to tell someone off. “She knows exactly what to do when it comes to getting guys. I’ve been with Todd for five months.”
Red shakes her head. “But why don’t you have a boyfriend then, Laney?”
A long, hard pain starts to build in the depth of my stomach. My eyes feel funny and my heartbeat is heavy in my chest. I will not think about him. No, I refuse. “No one has interested me yet.” Which is almost true, no one at this college has been worth my time. But that’s not the real reason. Red grabs her coffee and sways out of the room. Please, bring me back that coffee!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I go by Alla Kar. I live in the Deep South with my husband, Chihuahua and pit-bull puppy. I love to bring southern gentlemen, alpha males and all things new adult to life. I am an Amazon Best-Selling Author! 

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SERIES PROMOTION & MY REVIEW - ELEMENTRIS - THE VANGARETTA CURSE BY CHRISTINA MOBLEY

SERIES PROMOTION
THE VANGARETTA CURSE
Title: Elementris
Series:The Vangaretta Curse
Author: Christina Mobley

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There are people born in this world with a powerful connection to the earth itself...
They have an unbreakable and extraordinary bond. Every seven years, five people are born on the same day, at the exact same time. The elements bind them; earth, fire, wind, water, and spirit. They call them, Elementris.
Ava Vangeretta is seventeen years old and different. Unlike most born of the element, she was born alone. She has the power of all five elements. Ava is the first True Elementris to be born in many years. As her eighteenth birthday approaches she is faced with a choice. Give up this rare gift and live the normal life she has always craved or accept it and challenge the current True Elementris in a battle to the death! 
Ava's past haunts her as she struggles to decide. In her present, the seasons are colliding together, storms are destroying lives, and love is a dangerous curse. The current True Elementris is behind it all and she will do whatever necessary to keep Ava from making it to her eighteenth birthday. Ava's decision threatens the lives of the two people she cares about most. Can you choose between love and friendship?
Get ready for the storm......


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Title: Exposure
Series: The Vangeretta Curse
Author: Christine Mobley

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Hidden behind a continuous storm, in the heart of the Bermuda Triangle, there is a secret and powerful place. Element Island’s mysteries are as great as its beauty. Ava Vangeretta’s life changed forever after she arrived on the island; she became the True Elementris.
Now Ava is faced with a new challenge. The powerful gifts protected by those born of the element could be revealed. Temptation gives new life to an old curse, danger draws near, and the lines between friend and enemy are blurred as secrets are revealed. Ava will do whatever it takes to protect those she loves, but can she prevent exposure?


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Title: Eruption
Series: The Vangeretta Curse
Author: Christina Mobley

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When you love someone more than yourself, protecting them is all that matters; it is all there is... 

Snow one minute and blazing temperatures the next, horrific storms everywhere, and Ava has no idea what’s causing it. Desperate for answers, she turns to the past. An ancient diary reveals the truth about Element Island and the true origins of those born of the Element. Everything she thought she knew is wrong. Destiny is coming for her unborn child.

Ava’s fairytale has quickly turned into a nightmare. No one can be trusted. Friendships will be tested, and lives will be lost. As nature and destiny collide, a child that will change everything is born. The eruption will mark the beginning and the end, and the battle has just begun.


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MY REVIEW

Title: Elementris
Series:The Vangaretta Curse
Author: Christina Mobley

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There are people born in this world with a powerful connection to the earth itself...
They have an unbreakable and extraordinary bond. Every seven years, five people are born on the same day, at the exact same time. The elements bind them; earth, fire, wind, water, and spirit. They call them, Elementris.
Ava Vangeretta is seventeen years old and different. Unlike most born of the element, she was born alone. She has the power of all five elements. Ava is the first True Elementris to be born in many years. As her eighteenth birthday approaches she is faced with a choice. Give up this rare gift and live the normal life she has always craved or accept it and challenge the current True Elementris in a battle to the death! 
Ava's past haunts her as she struggles to decide. In her present, the seasons are colliding together, storms are destroying lives, and love is a dangerous curse. The current True Elementris is behind it all and she will do whatever necessary to keep Ava from making it to her eighteenth birthday. Ava's decision threatens the lives of the two people she cares about most. Can you choose between love and friendship?
Get ready for the storm......


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INITIAL  THOUGHTS
Not sure whether this one is aimed at young YA or older YA. Am looking forward to reading this one, as I haven't read or heard of this author before and I love discovering authors that are new to me

MY REVIEW

I received an e-copy of this book directly from the author in exchange for my honest review.
The cover is eye catching with the close up of the face and colourful flowers. I'd say the face belongs to Ava as she also has flowing red hair. Ava is a special young woman, as she has special abilities, some see them as a gift such as her Aunt Avalene and her friend Sherri. Unfortunately for Ava, her mother believes them to be a curse. Ava's mother literally dumps Ava on Aunt Avalene and goes away and gets on with her own life. In the beginning she writes Ava letters but that soon stops. Ava is an Elementris. An Elementris is one of five people born on the same day and the same time. Each Elementris has their own power. the five powers/gifts (or "curses" according the Ava's mum!) are Earth, Fire, Wind,Water and Spirit. 
Ava has a really big decision to make by her 18th birthday. She can accept her powers, or have them taken away for good. Ava's problem is made more difficult as she is not just a "normal" Elementris, Ava is has the gift of all five elements which makes her a True Elementris. A True Elementris is rare, in fact there is only one other called Lareina, who is Queen.  Queen Lareina and her guards called "Lareina's Clutch" are not very nice. You either agree with Lareina and how she rules or you are disposed of. Lareina also has conections with The Waevern and their leader Draken.The problem is regardless of what decision Ava makes, Lareina will want to kill her, and will likely get The Waevern involved too.
Initially Ava thinks the choice is simple she can get rid of her powers and live as she always has at Aunt Avalene's house. In fact things have looked up recently in that the boy she's had a crush on for as long as she can remember has dumped his cheer leading girlfriend and turned his attentions to Ava.
There's danger, betrayal and mystery all mixed together. So Ava has realised that regardless of what she chooses as a life direction, magic or no magic she still needs to learn the magic to be in with a chance of defending herself against Lareina and her Clutch (guards).
After much soul searching, speaking with Alec (a Lareina's Clutch guard who wants to protect Ava), her Aunt Avalene and the rest of Aunt Avalene's circle of five, Ruby, Sherri, Greta and Mr John. 
It's a combination of something awful that happens in the area that Aunt Avalene's house is, and feeling helpless when her best friend Brea, asks her for help. Brea's mothers on off boyfriend has returned once again (like a bad penny) and is soon beating her mother and threatening to poison Brea. All this end's with Ava deciding to learn her powers and confront Lareina for the title of Queen. Lareina is so bad that there is a small movement within the ranks of Lareina's clutch, and those who live on Elementris Island. Then just as you think Ava has made her decision, along comes news of The Vangeretta Curse to cast doubts in her plans.
I enjoyed the book, it was interesting though I did quickly guess some of the later "surprises" before they happened. This book, and particularly the two main characters reminded me of the Seer's Series by Heather Frost. Ava and Alec and their relationship reminded me of Kate and Patrick.
The only niggle I had was a formatting/editorial one where some of the words are stuck together or in the wrong order or just extra to the sentence. Which they have probably been taken care of in the book that is available to purchase now. It didn't affect my enjoyment of the book as a whole.
So did I enjoy the book?Yes I did enjoy the book. Would I recommend the book? Yes I would recommend the book. Would I want to read more of this series?  I would like to read more in this series, to learn more about the Elementris, the island, as well as the relationship between Alec & Ava. I'd also like to learn more about The Waevern. Would I want to read other titles by this author? I would definitely take a look at any title written by this author.


Monday, 28 July 2014

DOUBLE COVER REVEAL - BREATHE & SHIMMER BY ELENA DILLON

Title: Breathe  
Author: Elena Dillon 
Series: Breathe  
Genre: Young Adult Romantic Suspense

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Jasmine’s life wasn’t normal for a 16 year old girl. It hadn’t been normal since the murder of her older sister, Daisy, two years ago. Her life had been changed forever. The monster that murdered Daisy was never caught. That was the reason her family decided to move away from their hometown in Southern California, to start over. Hopefully in a place where the last name Rourke wouldn’t bring on staring or judgment or morbid curiosity.


In Lafayette, Louisiana things are quite a bit different but in a good way. Good manners, Cajun accents and a whole lot of Southern Hospitality all make her think things are going in the right direction. On top of that the most gorgeous boy she has ever met is interested in her. Her new friends are better than she could have hoped for even if she is worried about what they might think when they find out who she is. Life would be perfect if odd things didn’t keep happening. Creepy phone calls, texts, and flowers in her locker start adding up quickly to something terrifying. Could the Monster have followed them to Lafayette? Was he coming after her this time? Maybe she was just worrying unnecessarily…or not.


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Title: Shimmer 
Author: Elena Dillon
Series: Breathe Series
Genre: Young Adult Romantic Suspense

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Chandler Raines and her “dad” are on the run. Never staying in one place for very long. It’s just not safe. When they arrive in Lafayette, Louisiana, Chandler quickly realizes this is the place she wants to call home. Friends, a cute boy, and competitive cheerleading have her taking dangerous risks to have the life she always wanted. Risks she promised she wouldn’t take. When her lies catch up to her, a decision has to be made. Stay or run? Will the evil that’s chased them for the last four years catch up to them? When Chandler’s past comes screeching into the present she’ll have to sacrifice everything to keep what she loves safe. But will it be enough?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I have had a love of books for as long as I can remember. I got in trouble as a kid for staying up too late on school nights, reading. I'm a nerdgirl and proud of it. I've been writing my whole life but only recently decided to come out in public with it.  
I write Young Adult love stories because as my husband would tell you, I never matured much past fifteen. There is nothing better to me than a good romance with an amazing hero, throw in some creepy suspense and I'm in.
I write from my home office in Southern California with our English Bulldog, Brutus to keep me company. To hear about him, my writing experience and read some outtakes of my stories check out my blog at elenadillon.com.
I love to chat with other readers and writers.







BOOK PROMOTION & AUTHOR INTERVIEW - HAVOC'S CRY - VICTORIA NOVAK: PARANORMAL DIVISION

Title: Havoc's Cry
Series: Victoria Novak: Paranormal Division
Author: Loren Weaver

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The only living Sorceress, Victoria Novak, finally earned a peaceful, normal life. But with one howl on a full moon, her whole life crashes back into paranormal chaos. The FBI show up to recruit her to the Federal Paranormal Division, the very first all paranormal police force and she can’t decline.
Tori must train a new team of special agents in paranormal etiquette in the middle of solving a crime that’s leaving ravaged bodies twisted into grotesque shapes. Caught in the middle of a werewolf fight for dominance, Tori can’t let personal emotion interfere with solving a crime. Until the crime becomes personal.
With her life spinning into chaos, the real question is how far is she willing to go to answer Havoc's Cry.


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AUTHOR INTERVIEW

What is your name, where were you born and where do you live now?
My name is Loren Weaver. I was born in Dallas, TX, but moved around a lot as a kid. I’m currently living in Quito, Ecuador for a few years for my job. It’s a big change from Atlanta, GA (which is where I lived for 12 years and call home).

Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I’m actually an engineer for an oil company as my day job! I have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, so that’s more my “occupation” whereas writing is what I love to do.

When did you first consider yourself as a "writer"?
I wrote my first ‘novel’ at age 11. Looking back now, it’s terrible! But, I still go back sometimes and reread it to see how far I’ve come as a writer. It’s about a girl and her dragons.

Did it take a long time to get your first book published?
I finished my first book, Havoc’s Cry, in 2010 and it didn’t publish in eBook form until 2012 and not in paperback form until 2014! So, yes, it’s pretty spread out!

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarise it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Havoc’s Cry follows Victoria Novak, a take-life-by-the-horns kind of sorceress dedicated to bringing justice to the paranormal underworld.

How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
Totally depends on the book! I can usually write the first draft in two months, if I’m focused on it and my ‘real job’ doesn’t interfere too much. But then there are draft iterations and editing and proofreading and all that process. So, in total, about six months. Probably. Maybe. Hard to tell?

Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
Havoc’s Cry is the first book in the Victoria Novak: Paranormal Division series. 
Book two is called Archangel’s Salvation and releases about August 2014. 
Book three is called Shadow’s Lament and has a tentative release date of November 2014. Book four is called Tiger’s Peace, and that one’s not finished yet!
I’ve also finished Seeing The Invisible, which is about Trinity Reeve. She can turn invisible. That one’s in editing stages. Plus, I’m in the middle of a second draft of Unspoken, which follows Dakota Riley, a mute girl with touch magic and her super-strong brother.

Do you have a favourite character from your books? and why are they your favourite?
Of course, I love Tori. She’s such a firecracker and very fast on her feet, both in a fight and with her witty humor. But I have a special soft spot for Trey, her werewolf best friend. He’s absolutely gorgeous, fiercely protective, yet his favorite past time is drinking sweet tea on the couch while watching a good movie. He loves to roll the windows down in his old pickup and sing country music at the top of his lungs, slightly off key.

Where do you get your book plot ideas from? What/Who is your inspiration?
I actually get them from reading. I find a (usually minor) subplot in my current book and extrapolate, change, extrapolate, change… and wah-lah! New book. I like to think just before bed when my mind is kind of asleep and I’m half dreaming. Some of my best ideas come to me then. And sometimes, they’re just weird.

Do you have anybody read your books and give you reviews before you officially release them?
My mother reads and edits all my books, over and over again. She also gets those weird phone calls at strange times like “I’m totally stuck! Let me explain this to you so I get it straight in my head. Oh idea! Bye!”
My best friend also reads/edits them for me. I’m looking to expand my beta reading circle, but so far, no luck!
 (Both myself & my daughter (Rai29BookReadNReview) have Beta Read before and enjoyed the experience, so you can always get in touch providing we have the time to squeeze it in we will)

Do you gift books to readers to do reviews?
Sometimes (or, often). Reviews are the crutches of a new book, so they’re super important!

Do you read all the reviews of your books?
So far, yes. Maybe someday when I’m rich and famous *cough, cough* I won’t have the time; but for now, it’s all “Oh look! A review!” *commence happy dance*.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I actually write until the title comes to me. My titles (for this series at least) are all based on characters in the books, so it depends on who seems to play a starring role in Tori’s investigation. That’s who gets the title. And I usually have a quote to match. Yeah, I’m a geek like that.
For example, Havoc’s Cry is from the Shakespeare “Cry havoc! And let slip the dogs of war.” And Trey’s nickname is Havoc. See what I did there?

How do you come up with characters’ names in your books?
I am a name junkie. I collect names. I have lists of them everywhere. I’m the last dork in the movie theater because I’m reading the credits to scour for new names. Then, when I create a character, I pick a name that reflects that character’s personality and background. I mean, you can’t name a thousand year old vampire “Mikey,” it so doesn’t work!

Do you decide on character traits (i.e. shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
I get to know my characters really early. For a lot of them, I write short background stories for relevant events, or I write summaries that tell me about the character. I list traits, family life, habits, occupation, likes and dislikes, physical descriptions, hobbies, life shaping memories, and everything I can think of. Then, when a character has to make a decision, they’re more real to me and I can predict what they’ll do. For example, it’s important that Trey is a werewolf (duh). So, I have about a 10 page story from his point of view that describes how he became one. I know that he likes to camp, can’t shoot long range, that he can’t stand jalapenos, and how he feels about monkeys. You kind of get the drift?

Do you have a basic plot/plan for your book, before you actually begin writing it out? Or do you let the writing flow and see where it takes the story?
Totally think it out! Since I write crime novels, I have to know who the bad guy is, why they did it, and how they did it. I have to know who the team will investigate (wrongly) and how they’ll find the bad guy. I treat my villains with respect, and they have their own character summaries just like anyone else. They’re integral to the plot, so I have to know them too. Besides, it’s no fun if the mystery is too easy!
That’s not to say that it always goes according to plan. And sometimes, the best conversations and emotional moments happen in-the-moment. Sometimes, that changes the path of the book. My characters are real people (in my head) and sometimes, like darn well want to make their own decisions, sheesh.

Have you ever based characters on people you know?
I don’t like basing characters on real people. What happens when bad things have to happen to a character that I named after my best friend or my sister? How do you explain “Oh, sorry sis, but the character that I named after you? She died a bloody death at the hands of vampires. Too bad!” Yeah, so not going there.
Although, funny story. In book two, we meet Gage. I wrote this character a while ago, and he’s actually one of my more favorite characters. He’s a fire witch, and he’s stubborn and rash. Except, my sister started dating a guy named Gage (after I wrote the character). He’s totally nothing like my character Gage. It’s become really confusing!

Which format of book do you prefer, ebook, hardback, or paperback?
I love a good hardback novel. They feel good in your hands and look good on the shelf. There’s weight and importance to a book like that, something to inspire real love. But I travel a lot for my job and am away from home more often than at home. Because of that, my eReader has become my new best friend. Otherwise, I’d have to carry a suitcase just for books. Which I might actually do.

Do you think ebooks will ever totally replace printed books?
Nope. There’s nothing like a good book in your hand. And when I got copies of Havoc’s Cry in paperback for the first time, I literally went running through the house, screaming at the top of my lungs, and dancing with joy. There’s no feeling like it.


Do you have a favourite genre of book?
Urban fantasy! I love those crazy supernatural things that don’t really happen but are set in today’s world. What life could be like if …. Vampires existed? Magic was real? Dragons walked among us? So many choices!

Where can readers follow you?
Website & Blog: www.lorenweaver.com 
Twitter.com/readlorenweaver
Facebook.com/authorlorenweaver
Plus.google.com/+lorenweaverauthor

COVER REVEAL - TAINTED ENERGY - ENERGY SERIES BY LYNN VROMAN


Title: Tainted Energy
Series: Energy Series # 1
Author: Lynn Vroman
Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Formats: E-book and Paperback
Publisher: Untold Press
Cover by: Sean Hayden
Editor: Jen Wylie
Expected Date of Publishing: Winter 2014

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For seventeen-year-old Lena, living in the trailer park with the rest of town’s throwaways isn’t exactly paradise. Dealing with a drunken father who can't keep his fists to himself doesn’t help matters either. The only good thing in her life, other than track, is the mysterious man who visits her dreams, promising to find her.
When a chair burns her arms, Lena chalks it up to stress-induced crazy. Yet as bizarre incidents escalate, even being crazy can’t explain it all away… until one day dream guy does find her.

 Tarek lost Lena seventeen years ago after she was accused of treason and marked Tainted. He finally discovers her reborn on Earth into a life of suffering as punishment for her crime. However, someone else has already found her… and wants her dead. Willing to sacrifice everything, he fights to keep her safe so she can live the only life she’s ever known—even if that life doesn’t include him.  


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Lynn Vroman lives in the Pocono Mountains with her husband, raising the four most incredible human beings on the planet. She writes young adult novels, both fantasy and contemporary.


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