Crimson Frost (Mythos Academy #4)
Pub.: December 24, 2012
For a moment, a face flashed before my eyes—the most hideous face I’d ever seen. No matter how hard I tried to forget what had happened, I saw him everywhere I went. It was Loki—the evil god that I’d helped set free against my will.
I should have known that my first official date with Logan Quinn was destined to end in disaster. If we’d gotten into a swordfight, or been ambushed by Reapers, I’d have been more prepared. But getting arrested mid-sip at the local coffee hangout? I didn’t see that one coming.
I’ve been accused of purposely helping the Reapers free Loki from his prison—and the person leading the charge against me is Linus Quinn, Logan’s dad. The worst part is that pretty much everyone at Mythos Academy thinks I’m guilty. If I’m going to get out of this mess alive, I’ll have to do it myself…
Yep, I'm still working on fixing up our new home but I'm almost done, so I should be online again after the new year and getting to work on my Falling Away edits and get it out to you guys by Valentine's Day. :) Anyways, on to the giveaway!
What's up for grabs? Anything you want! You can choose a book(s) of your choosing at the Book Depository or an ebook(s) through your ereader platform up to $20!
So yay! This is the second year one of my books have been named Best I've Read! Last year it was my urban fantasy novel Metamorphosis (The Immortal Archives #2) and this year my YA fae fantasy Dust (Of Dust and Darkness #1) got that honor, SO THANK YOU! :)
If you don't know what Best I've Read is, it's a compilation of ten blogs that get together, name the best books they've read this year and spotlight them for you. Most of the novels chosen are by traditionally published authors, so it always amazes me how they manage to get their publishing companies to offer up so many giveaways!
My host for the event is Books Complete Me, and my guest post went live this morning, where I'm offering an INT signed paperback/bookmark giveaway, and listing my own Indie Best I've Read list. If you'd also like to check out the schedule for all the sites, head over to Best I've Read and check out all the amazing authors and giveaways that'll be going on this week!
If you haven't checked out Dust yet, go to the official home page here! And ebooks are now available in Brazil and Canada through Amazon!
Who-hoo! November is one of my favorite months. The leaves are turning and falling, and it's the beginning of the Holiday Season, which is my absolute fave! For those of you interested, Falling Away is most definetly gonna be written by Thanksgiving like I had planned, and will soon be in the hands of my beta readers. Blog tour sign-ups will go up in December, so if you wanna participate and haven't read Falling In Between yet, pick up a copy and get to it! :)
Also, You can tell by the pic to the right that I had planned on participating in NaNoWriMo. Don't know how well that's gonna go over since I'll probably be doing mostly editing. But I do plan on working on Catacombs next, so maybe I'll get a little writing done afterall.
As for the rest of the year, things are gonna go a little slow here at the Crazy Dream blog. I'm moving cities at the end of the month so it pretty much cripples me to get anything done these last two months of the year. So bear with me if I'm a little late getting a post up (like this one!).
Anyways...here are last month's winners and November's giveaways. Also look at my header text to see which Writer's Block giveaways I've got going on.
Fangs: Levina G - she chose Black City
Fur: Judith-Pamela A - she chose Rift
Fey: Jessica J - she chose Dust
Grand Prize: Kelly F (signed copy & $25 Lush Gift Card)
November's Giveaway: (US only): Actually, this month I'm going to be doing a Cleaning the ARC Shelf giveaway instead. You can learn more about it here. Due to shipping costs, it's still gonna just be for US mailing addresses.
Wanna win a book to have in time to read over the Christmas holidays? Then read on!
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So it's time to do a little winter cleaning. I've got lots of older copies of my books collecting dust on the bookshelves. Some of these are ARCs, some are proofs, and some just have older covers. I'm gonna tier these books so you know what you're getting into.
Tier One: ARCs
Covers: In Progress / Not Final
These books are true ARCs and will contain grammatical errors in the story. Also, none of these have the final cover on them. Ordained in particular has a lot of errors because it was my first book and I was totally wet behind the ears. So if lots of mistakes bother you, I don't suggest you enter to win one of these. Also, I remember going in and making minor changes, but they weren't significant enough to alter the story. Falling In Between has some mistakes, but not nearly as many as Ordained. Metamorphosis is actually the final copy inside, but the outside cover was in progress, so I decided to stick it in this tier.
***If you win one of these, I'd appreciate it if you'd just throw it away when you were done.***
Tier Two: Almost Final Copies
Covers: Final, But Not Perfect
All of these have the final copy inside, but have covers that I didn't want to give out to winners. Ordained's cover had a dark print run and wrong font on 'one'. Metamorphosis was printed on a thinner paper, making the book thinner, so the spine bled over the front a little. The same thing happend to three of the Dust books; the fourth had a dark print run. Both of the Falling in Between books had lines mysteriously show up on the sides of the spine.
This week on the Writer's Block we have cool chic Alexia Purdy, author of Reign of Blood (and so many others). Binge reader. Coke addict. Like's to freak out her kids. :) Let's take a few to minutes to get know this rabid vampire creator.
What was your favorite book as a kid? Wait til Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn
If you were stranded on a desert island what is the one book you couldn't be stranded without? Gone with the Wind
What is your favorite genre to read and what makes it so awesome? Contemporary Literary Fiction- Cuz real life stories are the best.
Tell us your favorite author. Which book is your total fave from that author? I'd say it's a tie between Cassandra Clare The City of Glass and Alice Hoffman- The Third Angel
Any pet peeves you'd be willing to share? I hate it when people cut in line and don't say please. AND are clean freaks. Sorry, no one is THAT perfect.
If you could meet any dead person, who would you choose? Any particular reason why? Emily Dickenson. I want to know what she's like, what goes on in that head of hers.
If the Earth suddenly became uninhabital, would you rather live under the sea or in space? Under the sea.
What was your most favorite pasttime as a kid? Going to the Flea Markets with my dad or traveling around in our car with my family.
Take us through a typical writing day for you. Do you have anything quirky - like you have to have a certain pen to write with, or the desk laid out in a particular manner, does it need to be raining, do you require a certain food/drink/candy to work by? Will you have an absolute meltdown if the atmosphere isn't what you like? I need my laptop, lapdesk, coke, some sort of candy (starburst, sweettarts, kitkat, mambas) to munch on and lots of music. I don't have meltdowns while writing.
What do you do when you experience that lovely problem called writer's block? I read. I binge read. Like, lots.
When you were little, what did you think you'd be when you grew up? A writer, a nurse, and a dancer. I did all three.
What is the craziest dream you've ever had? I was in some weird line with my two oldest kids, though they were little at that time. We were being shuffled along some sort of line that sent us to our deaths. Yeah, I have morbid dreams.
If you could live anywhere in the world you'd like, where would that be and why? Italy, anywhere in the country because it's beautiful and not here.
Do you have a secret obsession you'd be willing to share? I am a book hoarder. Enough said. What food/drink would absolutely devastate you if they stopped production on? Coke. The actual Coke. Yes, I'd be so withdrawing.
Did you do anything special to celebrate your first book release? No, I just jumped up and down and ran around like a freak. My kids were weirded out.
Which is your favorite fairytale? King Thrushbeard
Which book are you most looking forward to reading this year? The Clockwork Princess, though it might be coming out next year, not sure.
Which do you prefer: ebook, hardback or paperback? I prefer, at the moment, ebook, though I still love paperback/hardbacks.
This or That Underworld or Twilight
Original or Remake - Not sure, depends. Sweet or Salty
Drama or Comedy Fantasy or Romance Spring or Autumn Michael Jackson or Whitney Houston Dirty Dancing or Footloose Movie Theatre or Loveseat Tea or Coffee Rain or Sunshine
Skiing or Surfing Tree House or Man Cave
Choose a challenge...if you dare! Write a sentence using all these words: Katniss, duct tape, shard, bread, explosives, rooster: The duct tape stuck to the shard of explosives that had already gone off all over the place made Katniss trip over the rooster, sending her bread flying. You know...I think you're the first one to attempt that question! :D
REIGN OF BLOOD BOOK TRAILER!
Alexia is giving away one ebook copy of Reign of Blood for my peeps. It's an awesome vampire book with a little twist to the types, and you can check out my review here. You can check out all her books at the following sites: Amazon, B&N, Smashwords
Reign of Blood (Reign of Blood #1)
Pub.: April 29, 2012
"Never tease anything that wants to eat you. My name is April Tate and my blood is the new gold. Vampires and hybrids have overrun my world, once vibrant with life, but now a graveyard of death shrouded in shadows. I fight to survive; I fight for my mother and brother. The journey is full of turns that I am quite unprepared for. And I'm just hoping to make it to the next Vegas sunrise..."
In a post-apocalyptic world, a viral epidemic has wiped out most of the earth’s population, leaving behind few humans but untold numbers of mutated vampires. April is a seventeen-year-old girl who lives in the remains of Las Vegas one year after the outbreak. She has become a ferocious vampire killer and after her family is abducted, she goes searching for them. What she finds is a new breed of vampire, unlike any she has seen before. Unsure of whom she can trust, she discovers that her view of the world is not as black and white as she once thought, and she's willing to bend the rules to rescue her family. But in trying to save them, she may only succeed in bringing her fragile world crashing down around her.
"Never tease anything that wants to eat you." Words to live by if you wanna survive in a post-apocalyptic world.
Today on the Writer's Block, we have the spunky Molly McAdams, author of Taking Chances and From Ashes. Man cave invader. Easily distracted by Scottish men. And her pet peeve is how her hubby handles his pet peeve - interesting. Take a coffee break and get to know this cool chick.
Pub: September 1, 2012
Eighteen year old Harper has grown up under her career Marine of a father's thumb. Ready to live life her own way and experience things she's only ever heard of from the jarheads in her father's unit; she's on her way to college at San Diego State University.
Thanks to her new roommate, Harper is introduced to a world of parties, gorgeous guys, family and emotions. Some she wasn't expecting yet, and others she never knew she was missing.
She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with her boyfriend Brandon, and her roommate's brother Chase. Covered in tattoos, known for fighting in the Underground and ridiculously muscled...they're exactly what she was always warned to stay away from, but just what she needs. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both adore and would do anything for Harper, including stepping back if it means she's happy.
Her first year away is turning out to be near perfect, but one weekend of giving in to heated passion will change everything.
Lordy...my chest was constricted for days after reading this novel.
Normally, the school creates the hunters - not the monsters.
Abby Sorrensten likes to play rough. Ripping the horns off the heads of demons, manipulating lightning and setting things on fire with the flick of your wrist can give you a serious rush. So she probably wasn't the best choice for the Order's experimental training program. Thirteen years of isolation, lack of affection and a bruised and broken body from horrendous training sessions creates more than just an exceptional fighter. It creates an evil within - an evil responsible for the several deaths the night she left.
Two hundred years later Abby resurfaces as the very thing the Order trained her to kill: a vampire. A mythical demon has set his sights on the school and only the ordained hunter has the powers to face it. Unbenknownst to the Order, Abby's their precious ordained one and their only chance for survival. As much as she would love to leave them hanging, she's not willing to risk the life of Emily, a fellow friend and hunter also fed up with the organization.
But for Abby, locking herself away in a fortress filled with angry descendents of those she killed causes suspicions and tensions to run high. Abby must learn the demon's weaknesses for battle before the Order learns hers.
The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey : Call of the Forgotten #1)
Exp. Pub: October 23, 2012 TOMORROW!!!
Don't look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them. That is Ethan Chase's unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he'd dare to fall for.
Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister's world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.
Ember (Death Collectors #1)
Pub.: August 29, 2012
What if you knew when someone was going to die?
For seventeen-year-old Ember, life is death. With a simple touch, she knows when someone will die. It’s her curse and the reason she secludes herself from the world. The only person who knows her secret is her best friend Raven.
Then she meets Asher Morgan. He’s gorgeous, mysterious, and is the only person Ember can't sense death from. So when he pushes into her life, she doesn’t mind.
But when unexplained deaths start to haunt her town, Ember starts questioning why she can’t sense Asher's death and what he may be hiding.
Haunted by death with just the slightest touch, it's no wonder poor Ember's become quite the recluse.
Exp. Pub.: October 16, 2012 TODAY!!!
It’s been over six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Alex and Darla have been staying with Alex’s relatives, trying to cope with the new reality of the primitive world so vividly portrayed in Ashfall, the first book in this series. It’s also been six months of waiting for Alex’s parents to return from Iowa. Alex and Darla decide they can wait no longer and must retrace their journey into Iowa to find and bring back Alex’s parents to the tenuous safety of Illinois. But the landscape they cross is even more perilous than before, with life-and-death battles for food and power between the remaining communities. When the unthinkable happens, Alex must find new reserves of strength and determination to survive.
So Ashfall was pretty awesome, with Alex running for his life from the supervolcano that covered his part of the world with ash, so I had pretty high expectations of Ashen Winter. I've had this book forever and kept pushing it off. Not that I wasn't expecting it to be awesome too, but you have to be in the right mind set to read one of Mike Mullin's books, cause the descriptions and horrors within are so spot-on and realistic, it's hard not imagine this could happen in reality any day now, and that's just disburbing...
What was your favorite book as a kid? I was really obsessed with the Little House on the Prairie series. I read a few Anne of Avonlea and Chronicles of Narnia books, and then, of course, the Harry Potter series, but I don’t recall having a favorite. I guess I just loved them all! :)
If you were stranded on a desert island what is the one book you couldn't be stranded without? The Lord of the Rings (in complete trilogy form, which is one book). :D
What is your favorite genre to read and what makes it so awesome? It’s going to be Fantasy for me. I just love hanging out with elves or dwarves, or other creatures that don’t exist. It’s amazing how, if one believes hard enough, they can transport themselves to these other worlds.
If you could meet any dead person, who would you choose? Any particular reason why? J.R.R. Tolkien. Who wouldn’t want to tap into that man’s imagination?
If the Earth suddenly became uninhabitable, would you rather live under the sea or in space? In space, most definitely. If the air/land on Earth is too toxic, why would I want to live under the sea?
If you could live in any time period other than the present, which would you choose and why? I normally respond to this with “Medieval Times,” but I think I’d actually like to live in the Renaissance time period. Everything was a bit brighter and less depressing.
Take us through a typical writing day for you. Do you have anything quirky - like you have to have a certain pen to write with, or the desk laid out in a particular manner, does it need to be raining, do you require a certain food/drink/candy to work by? I absolutely have to have coffee; it’s like putting gas in a car for me. If my tank is empty, you can bet my engine will start, sputter, and go dead. :) Other than coffee, nothing has to be in a particular order on my desk, but I do prefer lighting candles to keep the atmosphere calm.
What do you do when you experience that lovely problem called writer's block? Move past it. If I know what happens ahead of where I’m at, then I’ll just write those scenes and come back to where I stopped. Usually, it works out.
When you were little, what did you think you'd be when you grew up? A princess who lived in a castle. (I still want to buy a castle! lol)
What is the craziest dream you've ever had? I still remember this dream I had as a kid, where I was in the ocean and being chased by sharks. They continually circled around me, and, finally, one bit my leg. Well, in real life, I bit the inside of my cheek (and didn’t know it). So, in the dream, I could taste blood from where the shark “bit” me, and when I woke up, I could definitely taste it, too. Ewww!
If you could live anywhere in the world you'd like, where would that be and why? Scotland or England. My ancestors originated in Scotland, and I’ve always thought both Scotland and England are beautiful countries. But I swear I’m going to own a castle in one of them someday! lol
What food/drink would absolutely devastate you if they stopped production on? Dunkin Donuts coffee.
Do you like to listen to music when you read or write? Tell us a few of your favorites. Sometimes, but the majority of the time, no. Favorites? Safetysuit and Tokyo Hotel. Their lyrics are poetic, in my opinion.
Which is your favorite fairytale? Beauty and the Beast. As a child, Belle reminded me of myself.
Which book are you most looking forward to reading this year? I have so many ARCs to finish reading this year. I’m backed up so much, it’s not even funny. I’m sure the publishers are like, “Gahhh. What’s wrong with this girl?” But next year, I’m skipping ARCs and focusing on the 650+ books I own. :)
Which do you prefer: ebook, hardback or paperback? I like all three, actually. I guess, for convenience, e-books are the way to go. You can continually add to your e-shelves and never have to worry about running out of room. At least, for a while.
This or That Underworld or Twilight Original or Remake Sweet or Salty Drama or Comedy Fantasy or Romance
Spring or Autumn
Movie Theatre or Loveseat
Tea or Coffee
Rain or Sunshine
Choose a challenge...if you dare!
Write a sentence using all these words: joker, fireball, backpack, sticker, hula hoop: The last time I pressed a sticker on my backpack, the joker hurled a fireball through my hula hoop.
(Oh, my God. What am I doing?)
Write a sentence using all these words: wolf pack, mirror, pop rocks, cuckoo clock, Edward Cullen, hairspray: Edward Cullen looks at himself in the mirror and uses a cuckoo clock to spritz his hair with hairspray every time the wolf pack eats pop rocks.
(Wow, I need to stop.)
Write a sentence using all these words: lovebirds, Twizzlers, fireworks, Ferris wheel, turtle: Two lovebirds take their pet turtle on a Ferris wheel, while eating Twizzlers and watching fireworks color the blackened sky.
(Okay, this was better. lol)
Go to http://madglibs.com and fill in a mad lib using people, places, etc from one of your books. Copy and paste here to share with us. Don't forget to tell us which book you used!
Okay, I’ll go ahead and use Silver Moon. In keeping with the “Romeo and Juliet” theme, I’ll do the R&J Prologue Mad Lib, using these words: werewolves, Hartford, werewolf, lovers, magic, magical, transform, 6, golden, eyes, linger
Here it is:
Two werewolves, both alike in dignity,
In fair Hartford, where we lay our scene,
From ancient werewolf break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life;
Whole misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their magic bury their parents’ strife.
The fearful passage of their magical love,
And the continuance of their parents’ rage,
Which, but their children’s end, nought could transform,
Is now the 6 hours’ traffic of our stage;
The which if you with golden eyes attend,
What here shall linger, our toil shall strive to mend.
Well, that worked out quite well after all. lol
Rebecca has a ton of books, so check out the full list at her website or GoodReads.
Exp. Pub: October 9, 2012 TODAY!!!
Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City's two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents' sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place. Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection—and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city—including herself.
Wowsers. It's been a few months since I read a book this awesome.
Aria wakes up to learn she OD'd on Stic, a drug made from Mystic power that, depending on the provider's essence, can be strong enough to kill you. Along with the memory of actually taking the drug, goes all her memories of a trysted love affair with Thomas, the son of her family's sworn enemy. Her family says she loved him enough to defy all their beliefs, but now the two families are willing to reconciliate, with their marriage bringing a divided city together. There's a third party, the Mystics, on the rise threatening to bump them off their high horses, and they're desperate enough to allow this union to occur, if it'll mean keeping their lavish lifestyles. The Mystics are humans with magical essences that can allow them to do some pretty amazing things, like pass through solid walls, shapeshift, manipulate molecular structures, etc, and the normal humans fear their power. Law requires the Mystics to be drained of their power twice a year, which is then used to fuel their city and create an illegal drug called Stic. But a lot of Mystics remain unregistered and hidden beneath the city, but should they all come together to vote for their candidate, their population could easily outnumber the nonmystical folks. And the two families know this.
The Roses and Fosters are your typical mob families, controlling illegal substances and influencing laws, and show no hesitation in putting a bullet in the head of a Mystic for absolutely nothing. They like to play God, but Aria is nothing like them. She tries desperately to remember her past and figure out how Thomas could possibly be the man that wrote the love letters she found tucked away, and soon finds herself navigating the back streets where Mystics dwell. Aria is on the hitlist of a lot of rebel Mystics, and soon finds herself at their mercy, only to be rescued by a dark and gorgeous Mystic named Hunter, who always seems to be in the shadows watching over her. There's an instant attraction she can't explain, with his presence always makes her feel safe and comfortable. It's not until she learns Hunter's true identity that she realizes Thomas isn't the only guy from an opposing family that she could've had a secret, forbidden relationship with. But in a world where her every move is watched and double agents are everywhere, Aria's lost in the mix, trying to decipher who's telling the truth and who's spinning nothing but lies.
Gotta say Mystic City had me wrapped up from beginning to end, and I was forced to lose half a night's sleep cause I just couldn't put it down. Mystic City has it all: forbidden love, lies and deception, family betrayal up the wazoo, and magic and danger around every corner. Lawrence's world is easy to picture and I still keep seeing neon green lights when I close my eyes. If this isn't on your list of must-haves this year, you're seriously missing out. Buy the hardback peeps, cause it deserves a permanent place on the bookshelf.
ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley for honest review.
UPDATE 10/16/2012: Ordained is now free at Amazon. To see all the links you can get Ordained for free, go here. If you've purchased previously and don't have the current cover, delete and pick up again. Ordained went through additional editing last year, so you probably have an earlier edition.
So I've been wanting to make Ordained, the first novel in the Immortal Archives free for awhile, and unfortunately, I can't do that by myself. In order for it to be free on a permanent basis, Amazon needs to know it's being offered free elsewhere. It's quick and simple.
***If anyone knows how to get Barnes and Noble to make a novel free, please comment below, cause I haven't quite figured that out yet. But you Nook people can download the epub at Smashwords for now.***
So I've (sorta) been working hard on Falling Away (Falling #2) - the sorta is because I'm a month away from moving between cities, I have a husband and a terrible two, and I've been dealing with all the work of running two blog tours within a month of one another. But don't worry! I still plan to have Falling Away ready for release next Valentine's Day. And I'm having so much fun writing it, I thought I'd share a teaser - something I've never actually done before.
Who here is a Chance/Evan fan? <raises hand - although I kinda love both, and I'm sorta like their mother, so my opinion is moot> Who here is wondering why I referred to him as Chance/Evan? (if you raised your hand on that, you need to catch up and read Falling In Between) :P Go here to see the official home page for the Falling novels (and check out my dream cast).
So who here wants to see why Evan and Robert meet? Well, you're in luck. Keep reading.
If you were stranded on a desert island what is the one book you couldn't be stranded without?My daily planner – I wouldn’t last a week without it . .
What is your favorite genre to read and what makes it so awesome?There are actually two genres that I especially enjoy. One is comedy, particularly satirical, edgy, wry—David Sedaris comes to mind. I also enjoy a great story woven around a supernatural element, even more so if the author has included enough realism and authenticity in the characters, location, and background to suggest the story is based in fact, even raising the possibility it could be true.
Any pet peeves you'd be willing to share?Folks with overflowing baskets of food clogging up the “Ten Items or Less” lane in the supermarket. Seriously, there’s a reason those lines are so short . . .
If you could meet any dead person, who would you choose? Any particular reason why?Most dead people these days seem to be zombies . . . I think I’ll stay inside for a while and wear a metal helmet.
If the Earth suddenly became uninhabited, would you rather live under the sea or in space?Let’s see… in space I’d face meteors, sun flares, and the risk of being captured and tortured by patrolling aliens. Under the sea, I’d have to deal with a pesky coating of salt covering everything, constant maintenance on the protective shell, and having to be on the lookout for a passing great white when I’m out for my afternoon swim. Tough call . . .
What was your most favorite pasttime as a kid?I loved to roller-skate. I still remember my first pair of skates—clunky metal frames with heavy cast iron wheels that required a key to tighten the tongue-grips around the tops of my shoes. But even when shackled with six pounds of metal on each foot, there was nothing better than skating around the block, swinging my arms for balance, and feeling the “skip” of the concrete sidewalk expansion cracks. When I was older, my mother took my sisters and I to the indoor roller rink, where I discovered full-shoe skates, pom-pom laces, smooth wooden floors, and “ladies choice” skating dances. I was hooked!
Take us through a typical writing day for you. Do you have anything quirky - like you have to have a certain pen to write with, or the desk laid out in a particular manner, does it need to be raining, do you require a certain food/drink/candy to work by? Will you have an absolute meltdown if the atmosphere isn't what you like?I’m most productive in quiet surroundings, so if there are motorcycles revving in the street, boomboxes blaring through the walls, or children (of any age) having hissy fits, my focus and creativity go right out the window. Curiously though, there are a couple of noisy distractions that get my juices going—the soft, rumbling thunder of a summer rainstorm and the throaty moans of the couple next door getting it on.
What do you do when you experience that lovely problem called writer's block?I have three strategies to boost me out of a “nothing’s going on here” state of mind:
1. Cleaning the house (surprisingly, scrubbing the shower is a real motivator,
2. Going shopping, but only if it’s during the week and I don’t have to fight the crowds or traffic, and
3. Heading to my closet and pulling out a dozen pair of five inch heels and an armload of sexy dresses, then trying on each combination in an effort to decide what I’m going to wear on Saturday night (my husband likes this method best)
When you were little, what did you think you'd be when you grew up?When I was young, I was sure I could find a way to work on board Jacques Cousteau’s Calypso—thanks to the Discovery Channel. Then I wanted to be a tour guide in the south of France. In my teens, I briefly toyed with the idea of being an international call-girl, but then what girl hasn’t? Frankly, I’m still looking for a few good ideas . . .
Do you have a secret obsession you'd be willing to share?Unfortunately, it’s no secret. I’m a shoe whore. No kidding, my husband thinks my collection is obscene, and I actually dress from the shoes up, giving priority to heel height and level of discomfort. Some days, my feet really hate me . . .
Did you do anything special to celebrate your first book release? Yes, but after the clip was banned from YouTube and I was threatened with eviction, I made a promise with my family not to discuss it . . .
Tell us your favorite quote. “Wherever you go, there you are." I just can’t fault the logic . . .
Which do you prefer? ebook, paperback or hardback? EBook for the convenience and fun factor, paperback for the tactile fix, hardback to keep my desk from wobbling.
This or That
Sweet or Salty: Definitely sweet. I’m talking about the kind of sweet that makes your teeth disintegrate just thinking about it.
Drama or Comedy: Comedy every time. If you can make me laugh, I’m your biggest fan.
Fantasy or Romance: I have to improvise a little here: Romantic Comedy – just seems to be a more realistic representation of life (thankfully!)
Spring or Autumn: Autumn – crisp air, red and golden-hued leaves, cashmere sweaters, crackling fireplaces, pumpkins on the front porch, hot apple cider – damn, it’s time for a road trip to Vermont!
Michael Jackson or Whitney Houston: The dance moves of Michael, the voice of Whitney, and the wardrobe of both
Walter Mathau or Jack Lemmon: Gotta be Jack Lemmon – smart dresser, logical thought patterns, analytical organizer, well-groomed, great dancer. He’d have to take care of that sinus issue, though.
Dirty Dancing or Footloose: Dirty Dancing. In fact, the dirtier the better.
Loveseat or Movie Theatre: Loveseat! Nothing sits between me and my man when we’re watching a great movie except a tub of buttered popcorn.
Tea or Coffee: Strong coffee, with a splash of cream or Bailey’s, whichever is handy
Tree House or Man Cave: I’ve always liked sitting on the highest bough of a tree. That way I could see them coming.
Choose a challenge...if you dare!
Write a sentence using all these words: love birds, twizzlers, fireworks, ferris wheel, turtle. Tugging at the elastic in his new turtle-neck sweater, Bobby sucked on his last two strawberry twizzlers, wondering how the love birds sitting in front of him on the ferris wheel could remain so oblivious to the blazing fireworks lighting the night sky.
Jaye is giving away one Kindle version of The Possibilities of Amy. Just fill out the Rafflecopter, or pick up a copy at Amazon. And be sure to check out my review here!
The Possibilities of Amy
Pub: March 17, 2012
Amy is the ultimate trophy girl—gorgeous face, killer body, and a vivacious personality. But there’s something else about her, something that makes her even more special. Amy is new. A transfer student from out of state, she’s starting her senior year without knowing a soul. And that means she’s up for grabs, available.
Infatuated from the moment he sees her, David is determined to meet Amy, and if the fates are willing, to spend the rest of his life with her. But his shyness prevents him from approaching her—until his friends devise a contest to determine who will be the first to prove their manhood by seducing her.
This coming-of-age story about high school dating and relationships contains mature language and situations, and is best suited for a Mature/Adult reader.
Dave thinks he's just fallen in love...with the new girl Amy. The moment he sees her, he knows she's the one for her. So when his friend Pete decides to make Amy his new conquest, Dave will be forced to step out of his comfort zone if he wants a shot at making her his.
Thanks to all the authors that participated in this fantastic giveaway!
AIRBORNE by Constance Sharper: Ann-Marie W.
BEAUTIFUL BEAST by Cindy C. Bennett: Lacey LL
DARKNESS FALLS by Jessica Sorrensen: Pam R, Samantha A, Kimberly L
DEFY THE STARS by Stephanie Parent: Kassandra F, Ryver M, Wendy HH
DESTINED by Jessie Harrell: Ashley M
DUST by Devon Ashley: Lori DF
EMBER by Jessica Sorrensen: Lisa Z, Becky P, Lori W
FALLING IN BETWEEN by Devon Ashley: Kristin A, Helen B,
THE GUARDIANS by Lily Raye: Katie H, Donna S
HACIENDA MOON by KaSonndra Leigh: Jennifer B, Sherry F, Sandra R
HEALER'S DESTINY by Julee F. Page: Brooke B
HEART ON A CHAIN by Cindy C. Bennett: Rose P
IMMORTAL MINE by Cindy C. Bennett: Molly F
THE IMMORTALS by KaSonndra Leigh: Helaine L, Pam R, Eric T
IT'S A LOVE THING by Cindy C. Bennett, et al.: Karina V
JERICHO SOLUS by Jeffery Moore: Stefana A
KINDRED by J.A. Redmerski: Nicole H
LAST SUMMER by Rebecca A. Rogers: Shadow K, Dee Dee BG
THE LOST SOUL by Jessica Sorrensen: Lauren K, Darlene, Sarah E
THE MAYFAIR MOON by J.A. Redmerski: Michelle LL
MY HEART BE DAMNED by Chanelle Gray: Aprille
ORDAINED by Devon Ashley: Ann S, Amber N
POISON by Dejana Vuletić: Janiera E, Natalie C, Wendy R, Katy A, Temara
RED AND THE WOLF by Cindy C. Bennett: Michelle A
REDEMPTION by Veronique Launier: Monica G
A ROYAL ELF OF ABALON by Anna del C. Dye: Miss Lucinda F
SCREAMS IN THE NIGHT by Cindy C. Bennett, et al.: Shadow K
TAKEN by Kelli Maine: Liz G
TAKING CHANCES by Molly McAdams: Wanda F, Tiffany P
THUNDERSTRUCK by Kelly Libsack: Holly MB, Ann S, Abby M, Danael M, Mandy J
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Teresa T.: she chose FATHOMLESS by Jackson Pearce
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