So in the pictures above you can see what books I'm giving away! Now I would go ahead and list them all but I'm PRETTY sure that you all know how to read LOL.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
So in the pictures above you can see what books I'm giving away! Now I would go ahead and list them all but I'm PRETTY sure that you all know how to read LOL.
Joining us today is author MJ Smith! I'm so excited to have her here today! She'll be doing a guest post and Q&A....also she'll be giving away an AUTOGRAPHED copy of her new book "FOREVER YOURS"!
Summary: (from Amazon)
Author M.J. Smith's Forever Yours is an engrossing and sweeping saga of a novel about love, war and bittersweet reunions. Europe is torn apart by World War II and a feisty and beautiful heroine, Liz, answers the call to battle as a pilot in the Royal Air Force. Philip, her childhood friend and superior in the air force, is in a position of authority to stop her, but Liz is determined. Before she leaves on a dangerous reconnaissance mission, the two share a passionate night and Philip proposes, giving her his grandmother's ring. Liz's plane goes down during her mission in enemy territory while Philip is sent to train with an elite team of paratroopers. The two discover other loves during their time apart, each thinking the other is lost forever. Will these two star-crossed lovers find each other or will a war that has destroyed so much destroy the greatest love each has ever known?
Q&A With MJ!
me: First off, tell us a bit about yourself.
MJ: I was born in New Brunswick Canada. I love history and romance. Forever Yours is my first novel.
me: What inspired you to write "Forever Yours"?
MJ: Many things influenced my storyline. My love of history and fascination for this time period mostly inspired me. And World War II was also part of stories my maternal grandparents used to tell me as a child. So I guess it was only natural for me that one day I would write a romance story set in war time England and France.
me: Was there a ton of research involved in writing a historical romance?
MJ: Yes there was a ton of research involved. I wanted to make sure I had my facts straight. Above all, I wanted the reader to truly feel through my story as if they were back in time.
me: Who is your favorite Character in the story and why?
MJ: My favorite character is without a doubt the heroine Liz. She's feisty and determined. And nothing stops her from getting what she wants. She's a bit like me I guess(laughs).
me: Can you tell us a little about your upcoming novel?
MJ:My upcoming book is called A Soldier’s Vow. It takes place during World War I Europe where an American female photographer meets a handsome Canadian soldier. My manuscript is in the editing process but it should be out during the winter.
me: Last but not least...where can we find more of your and your work?
Website http://jackiemsmith.weebly.com/So how can you win an autographed copy of "Forever Yours"? Well I'll tell you! (contest ends on my birthday! January 25th! Open to US residents only)
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I currently have eight books out, two cookbooks and six children's titles. I am definitely a children's author first and foremost, the cookbooks just sort of happened, when my late Maw-Maw Dorothy passed away, I realized a need to collect her recipes and share them with others, her own family was a mixture of New Orleans folks and Acadiana folks, and a real variety of Louisiana flavors, Creole & Cajun alike. That resulted in my first cookbook "Jambalaya, Crawfish Pie, Filé Gumbo." But the children's books are what I have a true drive and passion for creating. Not only did I adore Seuss and Silverstein but I also loved Sendak, Prelutski and Lionni.
Yes, 2010 will be a busy year for me. First, in February "Knee-high to a Grasshopper" comes out, it is a book for preschoolers. It's the story of Stella Stinkbug and her point of view concerning the BIG, huge world around her, and how she as an itsy-bitsy baby bug relates to and fits into that world. It is illustrated by Lori Walsh, who also illustrated my book "Louisiana State Bird Pageant."
Then in April another children's title "The Crawfish Family Band" comes out, it's the story of Cayenne Crawfish and his siblings Tee-Jangle & Cheramie, along with their parents Papa Jeaux and Mama Claire, they tour Louisiana in their old bus, playing at various festivals around the state, including the Crawfish Festival in Breaux Bridge, of course. The book is illustrated by New Orleans artist Cherie Langford, and it has been so much fun working on this project with Cherie!
So here are a few of the things I especially love about my Louisiana...Blue Crabs, Brown Pelicans, Crawfish Boils with friends and family, a pirouge ride down Bayou Teche, early morning walks on the levee along river road, the red seeds of a magnolia, Spanish moss, the Evangeline Oak in St. Martinville, Cajun Dance Halls, New Orleans streetcars, poboys, muffulettas, Maw-Maw's Gumbo (better during a cool snap), the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge, Cane River Christmases, Cajun storytellers, Mardi Gras, Zulu Coconuts, Satchmo, Marie LaVeau, Jean Lafitte, Justin Wilson, Mahalia Jackson, LSU, The Saints, The Hornets, The Ragin' Cajuns and a few thousand other things but I'll stop with that!
We play Franklin and Lafayette,
You’ll wanna dance! You wanna bet?
And if it rains we're not upset,
We Crawfish don't mind getting WET!Another town, another show!
From Algiers Point to Westwego!
On to Crowley and Carencro,
Down to Houma and Thibodaux.We’re in demand! Hey don’t you know…
Seems like we’re always on the GEAUX!
The jumbo shrimp sure cut a rug,
As blue crab dance The Jitterbug
The oysters like the songs so well
It’s hard to keep them in the shell
Here are the names of the songs on their first CD
(1) The Gumbo Song
Thibodeaux Turtle had less than three weeks to get in shape before the river road race.
Each morning Robicheaux Rooster went jogging with him.
Each afternoon Bastille Bullfrog helped him as he lifted weights.
Each evening Nanan Nutria fixed him healthy meals like okra gumbo and low fat red beans and rice.
By the day of the river road race, believe you me, Thibodeaux Turtle was ready!
Animals from all over the Louisiana bayou country came to watch Thibodeaux and Boudreaux’s race.
Odelia Opossum read the rules and described the course.
“Attention, everybody. The race will begin when I ring this big silver bell. The five-mile course follows the levee and is marked by bright orange balloons. The first one to reach the finish line will be the winner. Runners, take your mark, get set, GEAUX! Odelia Opossum rang the big silver bell.
Boudreaux Bunny bounced out of sight before Thibodeaux Turtle had so much as taken his first step. The crowd clapped and cheered as Thibodeaux inched forward, slow and steady.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (August 1, 2009)
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever
Sunday, December 27, 2009
But Markus has a little son, and is going through a terrible divorce..... or so he says. He is rough and gruff with her, at least initially. Alorea finds herself trying to attract him desperately, but cannot break through his self-imposed distance. And there are seemingly insurmountable problems of language, culture, society, and family differences - in addition to their being from different planets.
It seems as if the Fates continue to bring them back together, no matter how hard they think they should remain apart. And together they must suffer and survive too many terrible surprises, especially from those who would destroy them both. Only the growing strength of their caring and desire for each other will see them through. Though this is only if they can somehow reach the others true self.
In a cold alien world of dry and barren landscape, can anyone find warmth and happiness? Will the power of love still be possible for humans and aliens? This novel hopes to find out.
I had an awesome week! My mom rocks...I must say!
For Christmas presents I got...
-Under The Dome
-City Of Glass
-Soul of the Wildcat (autographed!) from http://annavivian.blogspot.com/ Along with some awesome swag
-Shiver from Life After Jane and the No Kill Book Shelter (can't wait to read this one!
-Some awesome swag from Mundie Moms celebrating the release of Bree Despain's "The Dark Divine"
AND last but not least.... (from my mom)
-The Edward barbie doll!
-Awesome A-Z bookends!
Saturday, December 26, 2009
So Here is some info on "The Survivors Club"
Which is the safest seat on an airplane? Where is the best place to have a heart attack? Why does religious observance add years to your life? How can birthdays be hazardous to your health?
THE SURVIVORS CLUB Each second of the day, someone in America faces a crisis, whether it's a car accident, violent crime, serious illness, or financial trouble. Given the inevitability of adversity, we all wonder: Who beats the odds and who surrenders? Why do some people bound back and others give up? How can I become the kind of person who survives and thrives?
The fascinating, hopeful answers to these questions are found in THE SURVIVORS CLUB. In the tradition of Freakonomics and The Tipping Point, this book reveals the hidden side of survival by combining astonishing true stories, gripping scientific research, and the author's adventures inside the U.S. military's elite survival schools and the government's airplane crash evacuation course.
With THE SURVIVORS CLUB, you can also discover your own Survivor IQ through a powerful Internet-based test called the Survivor Profiler. Developed exclusively for this book, the test analyzes your personality and generates a customized report on your top survivor strengths.There is no escaping life's inevitable struggles. But THE SURVIVORS CLUB can give you an edge when adversity strikes.
So do you want to win? Well here's what you have to do......
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This Contest will end on January 15th
So...Todays Featured Blogger is Nicole from Bless Their Hearts Mom (http://blesstheirheartsmom.blogspot.com)
Nicole will be telling us about her blog...(which I love to visit...she has some neat stuff!)
I would LOVE to tell you my blog is a Mom Blog or a Craft Blog or a Blog about Louisiana or a Food Blog or a Book Blog, etc. BUT the reality is it’s all of the above.
As my Mother taught me when teaching me to cook: you add a little of this, a little of that, some of this and some of that, add some love, and waa-la your recipe will always come out right. When you’re a Mom you wear a lot of hats and have to delve into a lot of different things on a daily basis, so my blog is just a reflection of the things that I delve into in my life as a mom, and it seems to have struck a chord with my followers, as they're still taking this blogging trip with me!
My blog is Bless Their Hearts Mom (http://blesstheirheartsmom.blogspot.com). I know it's a weird title, but anyone who is from the South will be going, uh-uh, not so weird! When I was originating the blog, I thought it was going to be all rants or such, so the Southern phrase for " they just don't understand because _______ (fill in the blank)" seemed pretty logical! Once I added the vintage postcard header to the blog, the idea of bringing something old and making it new clicked with everyone, so I kept the name!
And since Nicole Lives in Louisiana she's going to tell us what she loves about it!
Why do I love Louisiana? First, let me say I am NOT a native. I was California born and bred (with a Yankee and Southern grandparent on both sides- color me CONFUSED), but Daddy is from the Northshore and they retired back here. As an only child I decided it was time to move back here (I went to High School in New Orleans) to be around my family. The slower pace is welcoming, as is the MUCH lower housing costs!
But the thing that has always appealed to me about Louisiana (and really the South in general) is the love of a good party. It doesn't matter what the occasion is, Southerns will make it a rockin party/festival. AND you can BET there will be some of the best food you've ever eaten there! There is a special feel- it's like we're all one big (way extended and way way dysfunctional-HA HA) family at the local festivals. I've met some pretty interesting people at them and some have turned into lifelong friends!
Louisiana has such a dichotomy of things to do- you can relax and chill, or 'do the sights' and learn a whole lot while you do. Louisiana's history is entrenched in it's soul, and it's always there reminding you that the state truly IS a melting pot, whose cultures have taken the best from each other's cultures and make the state a gumbo of nothing but good stuff.
And it doesn't hurt that the Saints are playing pretty well this year. Like we needed an excuse for another party? NAH, but we're gonna have a super one!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself...how long have you been writing? What made you decide to base your books in Louisiana?
Well, either I'm older than dirt or I've lived a lot in the time I've been on this planet because there always seems to be a lot to tell! Aside from my writing, I own two businesses and am the founder of Literacy Inc, a non-profit organization whose mission is to fight the growing rate of illiteracy in America's teens. I'm also the president of Mystery Writers of America's Southwest Chapter, president of the Horror Writers Association, and president of the Writers' Guild of Acadiana. I'm a licensed death scene investigator and have been a paranormal investigator for over fifteen years. Oh, and most importantly, I'm Mom to three adult girls. J As for writing, I started playing around with short stories when I was in the second grade, but really didn't get into serious novel-length work until nine years ago. The reason my books are based in Louisiana is because I know the land, the culture, the language, and the people as well as I know my own name. That said, it would be more difficult for me to write about a people or culture NOT from Louisiana! I think anytime a writer has intimate knowledge of a subject, be it a culture, place, or thing, and uses it in a story, that story winds up 'ringing' true to a reader's ear, which, in my opinion, is a crucial element in good storytelling.
2. In your bio you mention your grandmother...was she an inspiration in your writing? I know I have heard MANY stories growing up. Especially, like you wrote in "Family Inheritance" , of the "treateurs".
My grandmother was an inspiration in many aspects of my life. She was a no-nonsense, hard-working woman, who told it like it was. When she told a story, it was never fiction. It was always an accounting of something that had actually happened to someone in the family years earlier, and more times than not, those stories included the supernatural. She told those stories with such passion, her hands gesturing for emphasis, her eyes widening or narrowing to punctuate a point, that I'd sit at the foot of her rocker spellbound, not wanting the story to ever end. When I wrote Family Inheritance, which does revolve around a treateur, I wrote from experience because my grandmother was a treateur, as was her mother and her mother's mother. She was indeed one remarkable woman!
3. Can you tell us about your latest work or any work in progress(what we can look forward too?)
I have quite a few works in progress at the moment. My next book comes out mid 2010 and will be the third book in a trilogy I'm writing with Heather Graham. The working title of that book is WOLF'S BANE, and it's set in the heart of New Orleans. 2011, on the other hand, will be flooded with books. I have six scheduled to be released that year. The first three will be from a trilogy called Ghost Trackers, and the main character in each book scheduled for that series (GHOST BOX, 1313 ROYAL, and ZOMBIE ROAD) is a female paranormal investigator named Tess Bienville, who's driven to find out the truth about the life after death after her four-year-old son is murdered. From all indications, even before the first book is released, it looks like the publisher is interested in making this a series instead of a trilogy, which means there should be many more Ghost Tracker books to follow those three. On the heels of Ghost Tracker, I have another trilogy that will be released by another publisher. This one's called The Grimoire Trilogy. It's also set in New Orleans and involves triplet sisters who are master witches, and each sister is responsible for a certain sect of underground creatures that thrive in the city. Vampires-werewolves-and zombies. And, yep, these are going to include sex.
Last but Not Least: Can you tell us what you love about living in Louisiana?
That's the easiest question of all. Being Cajun, my love for Louisiana has everything to do with its people, our culture, the heritage that has been carried down for generations. I've traveled this country many times over, but have yet to find a more hospitable, generous, hard-working, and fun-loving people. Whenever someone asks me to explain what a Cajun is, I always tells them that the essence of a Cajun can be summed up in five Fs. ---Faith, Family, Friends, Food, and Fun. That is my heritage. It IS the jois de vive that makes us so unique to the rest of the country, and I wouldn't trade my culture or heritage for all the riches in the universe.
Can you tell us where to find more of your work? Places to purchase your books? Website? Fan pages?
You can find my work in any brick and mortar bookstore or online store, like Amazon. To find me online, there are a few places you can visit:
Here is Deborah's BIO:
People often ask if I consider myself to be an author or a writer. My answer is always the same. Neither. If I consider myself anything at all, it’s a storyteller who happens to write her stories on paper.
My love for storytelling came from my grandmother, who, in my opinion, was the best tale-spinner on the planet. I remember sitting at the foot of her rocker, utterly spellbound as she told story after story, all of them fact, not fiction mind you, of supernatural events that some uncle, aunt, or cousin had encountered ‘back in the day.’ Being Cajun, it was only natural that her entire body played a part in the telling of the tale. Her hand gestures were emphatic, her eyes widening or narrowing for effect, her entire body tensing and leaning forward as she reached the spookiest part of the tale. I remember wishing I could be just like her.
Second to the love of my grandmother’s stories was my fascination with words and their meaning. Even as a kid, I thought it was important to use the perfect words when conveying anything of importance, especially emotions. Little did I know that those two loves would steer me towards writerdom.
Growing up, I didn’t have aspirations of becoming an author. In fact, aside from a few short stories written out of boredom in grade school, the thought of being a writer never crossed my mind. Instead, I dreamed of being an astronaut, Superman, a nun, a bull-rider, a singer, and a teacher. It wasn’t until life had me well in the grips of adulthood that the storytelling urge overtook me, and I started penning tales.
At first the task was frustrating and daunting. Although I saw the story clearly in my head and could have easily told it standing before a million people, writing it without the aid of hand-gestures, facial expressions, or body language seemed impossible. It took a dozen or more false starts before it finally dawned on me…. I could use all those expressions of passion and conviction . . . if I chose just the right words. You’ve got to love how life sets you up sometimes, you know?
I just want to thank you for taking an interest in my work and offering me the opportunity to share a bit of my 'writers' story. And to anyone reading this who has read one of my books, I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you. When you walked into that bookstore or shopped online for a book, you had thousands of books to choose from. Thank you so much for choosing one of mine! J
Thanks again, Kristina!
*****Lastly I would like to thank Deborah for joining us today. I'm such a big fan and I hope that you've been encouraged to pick up one of her books and read!
Summary: (from Deborah's website)
The dark, impenetrable bayous of Louisiana are filled with secrets that can never be revealed and mysterious forces that can never be understood. Nightmares live there. Jessica LeJeune left Louisiana, but she brought some of those mysterious forces with her--and now she's being called back to her Cajun roots to confront a destiny she could not escape and a curse she might not survive.
Jessica's younger brother, Todd, has descended into a world of madness. His shattered mind is now the plaything of an unimaginable evil, an unstoppable entity with cruel plans for both Jessica and Todd. But Jessica is not alone in her battle to save her brother's soul. For deep in the misty bayous, in an isolated wooden shack, lives the one person who is their only hope...
Ms. LeBlanc does a wonderful job of capturing the look and feel of Louisiana in her writing. Being from Louisiana myself I could easily picture the shacks on the bayous, but no matter where your from I think you can imagine it. She just does THAT well with her writing.
I recognized a lot of folklore throughout the story that has been passed on from generation to generation and I'm glad to see someone who was able to capture that and make it into a book we can all enjoy.
The story was full of mystery! I was interested and excited! It didn't take me long to finish because I just didn't want to put it down; it's one of those stories that really pulls you in and keeps you reading. If your into a little bit of superstition, some paranormal, and some serious dark mystery then I recommend that you check out this book!
READ AN EXCERPT: http://deborahleblanc.com/leblanc-familyinheritance-excerpt.htm
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Dead Over Heels
Night World 1 (from Pure Imagination)
Night World Fan Guide (from Pure Imagination)
For Review:Keeping the Feast
Sealed With a Ring
Seduced by a Rogue
The Sweet By and BY
So what did you get in YOUR mailbox? Leave a link or post it here so I can check it out!
Jade Fitzgerald left the pain of her past in the dust when she headed out for college a decade ago. Now she's thriving in her career and glowing in the light of Max Benson's love.
But then Jade's hippie mother, Beryl Hill, arrives in Whisper Hollow, Tennessee, for Jade's wedding along with Willow, her wild younger sister.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Book Blurb For "Magic in the Wind"
But Damon has not arrived alone. Two men have tracked him to Sea Haven, and into the shadows of Drake House, where Sarah hides her own secrets. And danger- as well as a desire more urgent than either has ever known- is just a whisper away...
Book Blurb for "The Twilight Companion"
Everyone's in love with vampires, and if his name happens to be Edward Cullen, then readers of the wildly popular Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer can't help but be crazy about him. For all those who adore Bella Swan, Edward, and the rest of the Cullen family and can't get enough, this companion guide is a must-read and a terrific gift. The series follows an unlikely couple: Bella, a teenager, and her boyfriend Edward, a vampire that has sworn off human blood. But their love is ill-fated--being a vampire, Edward must keep his passion in check, lest he is driven to suck Bella's blood.
With legends, lore, and myths about everything from vampires to werewolves to immortality, a bio of the author, and a ton of insight into the four-book series, this companion guide will give millions of readers the information that they've been waiting for since book one.
Book Blurb for "Heart Dance"
DuFleur Thyme is a scientist who's secretly experimenting with time. She'll allow no distractions from her work—not even from a HeartMate. Meanwhile, Saille T'Willow has sent his HeartGift out into the world in hopes of finding his HeartMate, who, it turns out, is DuFleur.Still, DuFleur wants nothing to do with Saille, especially when she discovers that it was his grandmother who brought about her father's ruin. Unfortunately, her body can't help but submit to the passion he stirs within her. But when a scandal threatens Saille's position as head of the family, will DuFleur stand by his side?
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Thursday, December 17, 2009
That curiosity culminated in my reaching out to readers via the Internet. Those readers inspired me to finish my book and made me think it may just be good enough to get published.
But at the same time, I noticed a trend of when I picked a book there became certain things I no longer liked to read. True crime and horror appealed to me when I was younger, but once I had kids they became things that gave me nightmares. Romance - historical, regency, contemporary (all flavors) - stopped appealing when I passed my mid-20's and I no longer wanted a man to "save me."
I wanted a heroine who didn't need her partner, but wanted him in her life. A woman strong enough to stand on her own and take life by the throat. I loved the idea of creating my own world and the inherent sexiness of the vampire story called out to me. I had some inklings of how to start a book and where I would set my story, but nothing really came together until I decided to write.
Now it's a hobby and I apply it in a most unusual way - home improvement projects. It's scary (and rewarding) some of the things I've learned to build over the years.
As for the day dreaming - well, the teenage years were exceptionally hard on me. I was teased and picked on growing up and that didn't lend itself to a strong sense of self-confidence in high school.. Books were my place to escape to and daydreaming within their pages became my salvation.
I've proven there is an interest in reading this style of book and have worked to develop a following. But so far the agents haven't wanted to take a chance on my work and I've started to pursue publishers without one.
We'll find out in January if Dorchester decides V V makes the cut in their recent contest -- where right now the book has made Fan Favorite and a spot in the Final Five.
The journey to get published has been one filled with numerous ups and downs. Has it been worth it? Well, I think I'll be better prepared to answer that six months after my book has been released and we can see where it is on the charts ;-)
Why hasn't anyone seen the really hard thing in life is not in finding love but in keeping it? True intimacy, the type depicted in my sex scenes, does not come early in a relationship. It takes time to culminate and grow.
Okay - aside from the hot monogamy, let me get back to the book - a married couple run a vacation spot for vampires in Alaska. The wife is a vampire and the husband is her human mate of sixty-five years. The premise of the book is they try to solve a murder without alerting their randy undead clients.
The whole story is from the female vampire's point of view and I make the journey through her eyes funny and fast paced.
Interested parties can learn more about the status of publication on my website, http://www.cjellisson.com/, read more about my journey to publication on my personal blog http://cjellissondailygrind.blogspot.com/ or if you're on facebook you're welcome to stop by my fanpage and say hello, http://www.facebook.com/c.j.ellissonfanpage.
Thanks again for having me and you honor me in your interest. Wishing you the best success with your blog!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Publisher: Publishing Works (September 30, 2009)
We provide our authors with expert editorial guidance, professional design and production, marketing, publicity and distribution—in other words, The Works!
Monday, December 14, 2009
So apparently my mind has been working overtime. As I was sitting down tonight I thought Hmmmmm.....what about featuring Louisiana bloggers and authors on here? So of course I answered myself...I thought it was a good idea. *shrugs* While I have a few people in mind to start this off PLEASE contact me if you fit into this feature...or know someone who does! Thanks!
***totally unrelated note*** I finished "Dear John" by Nicholas Sparks today and I can't honestly say if I was happy or P'oed at the end of that story. Hmph....I would comfort John!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (October 13, 2009)
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (September 1, 2009)
Moonlight can totally change your life.
And it all starts so simply.
Okay, so maybe Shelby has made a few mistakes with boys lately (how was she supposed to know Wes had "borrowed" that Porsche?). But her stepmother totally overreacts when she catches Shelby in a post-curfew kiss with a hot senior: Suddenly Shelby's summer plans are on the shelf, and she's being packed off to brat camp. It's good-bye, prom dress; hello, hiking boots.
Things start looking up, though, when Shelby meets fellow camper (and son of a rock star) Austin Bridges III. But soon she realizes there's more to Austin than crush material—his family has a dark secret, and he wants Shelby's help guarding it. Shelby knows that she really shouldn't be getting tangled up with another bad boy . . . but who is she to turn her back on a guy in need, especially such a good-looking one? One thing's for sure: That pesky full moon is about to get her into trouble all over again.
Monday, December 7, 2009
So today we have an interview with Aubrie Dionne! This is the first author interview at this blog!! So excited!
So Aubrie...Tell us little bit about yourself.
I'm a flutist and a teacher in New England. I teach flute at a Univeristy and a local Community Music School. To keep the flute lessons exciting and make the students play with emotion, I tell stories to go with the music. Over the years,my students insisted that I publish my stories, and so here I am today!
What was your inspiration ; how did you come up with "Chameleon's Colors"?
I love the carnival atmosphere! My favorite movie as a child was "The Last Unicorn" and there's a scene at a traveling carnival that has inspired my imagination for years. There's a sense of magic and excitement at carnivals that you don't see in everyday life. I thought it would be neat to write a series of stories featuring a different female performer in the carnival. The next one in the series is Seer's Destiny, about a fortune teller, coming out in 2010. I also have one about a jester, a flame breather, a snake charmer, and a mermaid, all coming out next year!
How long have you been writing and what made you decide to take the step to becoming an author?
I've written all my life. I started my first novel in high school. It was about a flutist that goes back in time to be a minstrel in a medieval court! I started submitting two years ago, and now I have several publications under my belt!
Are there any other authors that you find inspiring or any favorite books that you must have on your shelves?
I love Tad Williams and his fantasy and science fiction series. I grew up reading Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, the Otherland Series, and now I'm enjoying his new series called Shadowmarch. Other authors I enjoy reading are Patricia McKillip, Neil Gaiman, and Sherri S. Tepper. I love books with strong female characters.
And last but not least...What other works do you have out and where can we find them?
My young adult novel, Dreams of Beauty, can be found at http://www.synergebooks.com/. I have two novels coming out at Lyrical Press in 2010, and my other short stories can be found at Gypsy Shadow Publishing.
Thank you for inviting me here today, Kris!
And that's it!
Thanks for joining us today and I hope to get to read more of your short stories!
You can actually win a signed copy of Twilight! Go check her out and get you entries in!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
The winner of Amanda Ashley's "A Darker Dream" is
The winner of Katie McAlister's "Sex and the Single Vampire" is
I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone and thank you for spreading the word about this "baby" blog LOL!
*If the winners could please contact me at ksg_amg(at)yahoo.com with there snail mail addresses I'll get these books out to you this week!
From Aubrie's blog: Ever since she stumbled into her father’s lab and drank a cocktail of his experiments, Kaylee has the ability to change color, blending into her environment like a chameleon. Deemed a freak at school, she runs away and joins the Masquerade Carnival. Her life takes on a routine and she enjoys performing in the shows until one day she falls for a young man hired to help run the rides. Coincidentally, an old, roving gypsy offers to restore her body as it once was to win his heart. Now she must choose between her unique powers or a chance at love.
In the beginning we meet our main character Kaylee, a carnival performer. After reading about a wonderfully descriptive performance in the first paragraph I was caught up in the story. We flash back to Kaylee's past and learn about how she came to be the person that she is today. While in High School she suffers the daily fears of not fitting in until one day she discovers her Father's secret. This is where her life changes forever. ( I won't tell you though...you'll have to read the story!) We are then brought back to present day where we meet an interesting group of carnival performers...an old gypsy...and a new love! Our main character is presented with a difficult choice to make and we follow her along her struggle. Love blooms in an unusual way (this was my favorite part!) hearts are healed and happiness unfolds!
This ebook was sent to me by the author for review and while I'm not normally one for ebooks the cover really caught my attention. I'm so glad that it did!
I will say that I was taken in by Aubrie's writing style from the very beginning. She is descriptive but not overly so. You can visualize the story easily and see your characters as I think she pictures them. It was a fast paced story that kept me interested and entertained the whole time I was reading. For me this was a story of trying to fit in and how sometimes you can only find true happiness when you look within yourself. I thought this was a wonderful short story and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a bit of science fiction mixed in with their reading.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Now on to my entries:
This is one of the angels in St Joseph Cathedral in New Orleans
The fountain in Jackson Square
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Publisher: Orbit (November 1, 2009)