Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Blog Tour with Giveaway: Across the Darkling Sea (Magicfall #1) by K. Ferrin


Book info:
Title:  Across the Darkling Sea
Author:  K. Ferrin
Publication date: November 12th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:
Across the Darkling Sea is the first book in the new serial fantasy series Magicfall, by K. Ferrin!
Magic is forbidden in Brielle, but that never stopped Evelyn. Until Now. Because Evelyn has discovered she is magic, and now she is running for her life.
Her only hope is on an island cloaked in shadow, an island of dark magic and even darker beasts. An island warlocks call home.
Evelyn’s friends have turned against her, her own mother tried to kill her, and the place she calls home has banished her. Hidden away in the belly of a riverboat, a stowaway, her journey begins.

Across the Darkling Sea is book one in a serial series. Each book is roughly 50,000 words or about 150 pages. To emphasize, this is a serial series, meaning it’s one story that stretches across multiple books.

Author Interview:
1.  What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start?  Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)?  If you plan it out, how do you do that?  Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?
 

At the very beginning, a story might be nothing more than a piece of dialogue that comes to mind (as is the case with Across the Darkling Sea) or an interesting character. But by the time I sit down to start writing, a know the general arc of the story from first page to last, whether that story will fill a single novel or a string of them like Magicfall.
I do not plot out every detail of every scene though. If you think of a story like a map, some people plot out to such detail it would be like a detailed city map with every road and building named and numbered. I don’t get this detailed. But I know the general landscape of the story. I know who my main and secondary characters are, I know their arc over the course of the story, and I know the main plot points from beginning to end. I know, generally quite clearly, how the story will end. But there are gaps, things I don’t know, how a particular scene might play out or what will force a character to take a particular action.
To continue with the map analogy, my map would have some very detailed sections, while other areas are simply labeled with vague descriptions of “mountains” or “rivers”,and some areas may even be labelled with a cautionary “here there be dragons”.
I have two very large white boards in my office that I use to track the story. I use whiteboards because no matter how much I plan things out in advance the story will always evolve as a write it. A whiteboard allows me to easily change something on the fly, to make notes to myself about changes I need to make earlier in the story because of something I change now.


2.  How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?

 
I get ideas from all over the place. Across the Darkling Sea began as a random bit of dialogue that popped into my mind one day. I might read a story in the news that triggers an idea for me, or see something in a movie that lodges in my brain, an inconsequential nothing in the film I’m watching, but something that could grow into a very cool story all on it’s own with a bit of creativity.
I’ve got four book series sitting on my back shelf right now. The source of the ideas for each of them include: a line of dialogue that randomly popped into my mind, a bit of a lyric from a song (“It’s a new day. It’s a bright day. Even when you stand in the dark.” by All American Rejects), a dream (this one was weird, I dreamt the entire story and most importantly, I REMEMBERED IT!), and a pant-less flight to Tokyo (seriously, I’m not kidding.).

3.  How long have you been writing?

 
 I’ve been writing my entire life, but I’ve been writing seriously and for publication since 2013.
 

4.  What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
 
Write. Sit down, put your butt in the chair and write. Regularly. Maybe not every day, but definitely every week. Get a million words down on paper or in a collection of files. Yes, I said a million. It’s a bit of cliche, but it’s no less true for it. If you want do be great at something you need to do it a lot. Over and over and over again, even when you want to throw it all out the window.
If you’re serious, I’d also tell you to start building a community now. Start blogging if that’s your thing, or start building a social media platform now. While you are still practicing. It will pay off when you finally are ready to hit the ‘go’ button, whether you choose the indie or traditional publishing route.


5.   What are your favorite:

 
Books/authors/genres:
I am a fantasy lover through and through. It’s my first love, followed by sci fi and action/adventure. Some of my favorite fantasy authors include Robin Hobb (I adore her Liveship Traders books), NK Jemisin (Fifth Season is awesome), Neil Gaiman (Ocean at the End of the Lane… damn), and VE Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic).
 

Movies/TV Shows:
Just finished up with the current season of Game of Thrones of course, which I absolutely adore. I don’t watch much TV though.
On the movie front, I love pretty much anything from Studio Ghibli. The first Guardians of the Galaxy was completely awesome. One that many won’t have heard of, which is such a shame, is called Turbo Kid. Don’t let the title fool you, this is not appropriate for little ones!
 

Music
All Rock all the time. Alternative stuff.
 

Food/Writing snack
Sunflower seeds. I’ve snacked on them as long as I’ve had teeth. Also Pickles. But not together. Pie is my favorite food group.
 

Social Media Site
I live on Pinterest, but I’m also regularly on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Author Bio:
K. Ferrin spends her days surrounded by engineers, technology, and humming machinery, but her evenings are steeped in magic, myth, and adventure. She writes fantasy, loves gardening, and eats way too much pie. She lives at the foot of the Colorado Rockies with her husband and two pooches.
Her novels include the stand alone YA fantasy novel Magicless, as well as Across the Darkling Sea, and A Dying Land, the first two books of a series. You can find her online at www.kferrin.com.



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Release Day Blitz: Love Profound (Cowboys and Angels #2) by Kelly Elliott

     

I write about love, but I’ve never experienced it. Sure, I’ve been with guys that I cared about. Even thought I found ‘the one’. He turned out to be the frog and not the prince.

A few Frank Sinatra songs and a wildly handsome cowboy who calls me Darlin’, will have me second guessing everything I ever thought I knew about love.

Does happily ever after really exist…or is it only something I write about in books?

Love Profound is book two in the Cowboys and Angels series.

     

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About the Author:
 Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings. Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few. Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012. Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings. To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website. www.kellyelliottauthor.com

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Top Books On My Fall TBR





Top Ten Tuesday is sponsored by The Broke and The Bookish.

 
I went a long time between these, and now two weeks in a row!  I guess they're just topics that are ones I had the time and interest in doing.  This week I'm picking the top books I'm looking forward to getting my hands on and hopefully reading this fall.

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There wasn't a cover for the third book in the Ad Agency series yet, so I just added it this way.

Are any of these books on your Fall TBR?  What books would you suggest I add?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Review: Madness by Zac Brewer

Book info:
TitleMadness
Author:  Zac Brewer
Genre:  YA contemporary, suicide
Release Date:  September 19th, 2017
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Source:  ARC traded for on Twitter
My rating:  5 stars

Synopsis:
New York Times bestselling author Zac Brewer delivers his most honest and gripping novel yet, about a girl who believes she’s beyond saving—until she realizes the only person who can save her is herself.

Brooke Danvers is pretending to be fine. She’s gotten so good at pretending that they’re letting her leave inpatient therapy. Now she just has to fake it long enough for her parents and teachers to let their guard down. This time, when she's ready to end her life, there won’t be anyone around to stop her.

Then Brooke meets Derek. Derek is the only person who really gets what Brooke is going through, because he’s going through it too. As they start spending more time together, Brooke suddenly finds herself having something to look forward to every day and maybe even happiness.

But when Derek’s feelings for her intensify, Brooke is forced to accept that the same relationship that is bringing out the best in her might be bringing out the worst in Derek—and that Derek at his worst could be capable of real darkness.


My Review:
What can I say except for that once again, Brewer has blown me away.  This was a book that I could barely put down.  I picked it up, and blew straight through it. Well, except for last Friday.  I was having my own down day, just all kinds of things going wrong in my world, I'd ran out of my own medicine for my depression, and so I had to put the book down and take a break.  That's not to say that it is a depressing book, it's just that the feelings of the main character, Brooke, and her thoughts, just were hitting too close to home at that moment in time.  But once I got my meds taken on Saturday, and things started getting back to normal, I was able to pick it back up and get right back in.  And Brooke's life also started looking up at the same time.  That's not to say it was smooth sailing for her on the road to recovery, or that she was fully recovered by the end of the book, but you could see her healing and deciding that maybe she did want to live.  That maybe there was something or more than one thing that was worth living for.  

Having been a fan of the author for a long time, and knowing what all Brewer has gone through in his own life, it was obvious that this was going to be more realistic than many of the similar types of stories you see out there.  But it was realistic in a way that still can give those of us out there with these types of feelings hope, to see that there is hope out there, and that knowing others feel the same way as you, but that you can give it time and work and get past it.  

I'm so glad I found someone to trade me this book, I will be hoping that I can get to "meet" Zac Brewer and get it autographed at some point in the future. While I have met the author before, it was when he was in a different part of his life, and I'm looking forward to meeting him when he is hopefully doing better and feeling more like himself.  

Another great thing about this book and the author is the information he gives at both the beginning and the end of the story about how personal this story really is.  There is also a great best friend story and the romance is good, showing how it can be not so perfect, but can also hide what you think is perfect.

Definitely as I said a 5 star read and highly recommended. 

 

Promo Post with Giveaway: Speed by BB Easton @bb_easton @inkslingerpr

 

Today we have the blog tour for SPEED by BB Easton! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today!

 

Title: SPEED  
Author: BB Easton  
Genre: New Adult Romance  
Release Day: September 11th
 

About Speed

Because BB Easton had so much fun writing her bestselling, award-winning memoir, 44 CHAPTERS ABOUT 4 MEN, she decided to give each of her four men his own steamy standalone! SPEED is the second book in the 44 Chapters spin-off series—a gritty, taboo love triangle overflowing with dark humor and tangible teen angst. It is based on a true story. After her possessive, psychopathic, rage-fueled ex, Knight, joins the Marines, sixteen-year-old BB is left trying, and failing, to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart. It isn't until she meets Harley James—an easy-going, tattooed mechanic with a face as angelic as his habits are sinful—that she learns how to live again. How to laugh again. But will she learn to love again? Over Knight’s dead body.

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I needed something to do. I was going out of my mind checking my phone every five seconds waiting for Harley to call. I’d bitten off all my fingernails, applied and reapplied my makeup, worn a path into the carpet next to my bed from pacing, and smoked at least a pack of cigarettes—and I’d only been awake for an hour. I even called in to work to see if I could pick up some extra shifts. I knew they’d say no, but it was worth a shot. I was so restless. I went from going to school full-time, working part-time, and spending every other minute with Knight to working twenty hours per week and spending the other hundred and forty-eight staring at a TV screen and wondering if I’d ever be able to feel again. Well, I was feeling again. Feeling like I wanted to jump out of my fucking skin. The night before had been more fun than I’d ever had. Don’t get me wrong, I’d had plenty of fun in my sixteen years, but it was always the bad kind of fun. The kind of fun that ended with somebody getting hurt. Or getting into a fight. Or brandishing a weapon. Or getting pregnant. Or vandalizing a drug dealer’s car. Or dying. Or getting arrested. Or going to the hospital. Or having a bad trip. Or puking up malt liquor all night. Or running from Latin gangsters. Or having to walk three miles to Juliet’s house at two a.m. with no jacket. That’s how my nights of “fun” usually ended. And I guess my night with Harley could have ended the same way if I’d gotten busted going twenty miles over the speed limit with beer on my breath. But I hadn’t. Because Harley was an angel. That was the only explanation. Harley was a golden-haired angel delivered to me from the universe to apologize for the utter shit show my life had become after Knight kicked his way into it. The gods must have been like, “Damn, that really went sideways fast. Our bad. Here’s a tattooed, muscle-bound, baby-faced sex machine to make up for it. Oh, and we’ll even gift wrap him in a vintage Mustang. Our treat.” But if he really was a gift from the cosmos, then why hadn’t he fucking call— “Hello?” I almost dropped the glittery Nokia that hadn’t left my hand all morning as I scrambled to answer it. “Hello?!” “Hey, Lady.” The gravely sound of Harley’s voice and the lazy smile I could almost see on his face had me squeezing my eyes shut and pressing my lips together in an attempt to suppress the girlie squeal that was about to burst out of me. “You called,” I squeaked in disbelief. Harley chuckled. “Of course I fucking called. I can’t stop thinking about you.” Blink, blink. “BB?” “Huh?” I cleared my throat. “I’m sorry, you’ll have to leave a message. BB is dead right now.” Harley’s laugh danced through my head and into my heart and tickled my fucking soul. “Is she alive yet?” he asked. “Let me check…nope. You killed her pretty good.” “What about now?” I smiled so big my face hurt. “Um…” “I was really hoping she’d come see me at work today.” “What time?” I blurted out. Shit. Lost my cool again. “Around four? I get off at five, and this afternoon is looking pretty slow.” “Okay,” I said. “I mean, I’ll see if I can reanimate BB by then. She might want to eat your brains, though, so just be prepared.” Oh, good save, I thought, rolling my eyes at myself. Harley chuckled and said, “Tell BB she can eat any part of my body she wants.” I blushed crimson at the innuendo in his voice. “See you at four, little zombie,” he said before hanging up.

 

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About the Author

BB Easton lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her long-suffering husband, Ken, and two adorable children. She recently quit her job as a school psychologist to write stories about her punk rock past and deviant sexual history full-time. Ken is suuuper excited about it.

 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Release Blitz: Melt by Carrie Aarons






Title: Melt
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: September 17, 2017
Blurb

You scream. I scream. We all scream during … well, you get the point.

After a failed eight-year relationship and a cross-country move, the last thing I’m looking for as a single mom is a new flame. In fact, diapers, walls marked in crayon, and daycare pickup are the only things on my to-do list.

Enter Jake Brady, your friendly neighborhood food truck owner whose dimples and delicacies won’t seem to leave well enough alone. With more popularity than the president, his wine-infused sweet treats have our nation’s capital hooked. He’s spontaneous, smug and all-American gorgeous; a dangerous combination considering he has no interest in taking on the responsibilities that rule my life.

But when we can’t seem to sample enough of each other’s … desserts, things start to get complicated. Jake is biting off more than he can chew, and when I watch him with my daughter, I can’t seem to freeze my melting heart.

Maybe it’s his waffle cone. Maybe it’s his … banana split. Either way, I think I’m in trouble with a cherry on top.







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Author Bio

Author of romance novels such as Red Card and All the Frogs in Manhattan, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoon-worthy, sarcastic characters who won't get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book, and can't imagine a better or more maddening profession.

A lover of good manicures, Riesling and the beach, she enjoys chasing her puppy through the dog parks of New Jersey, or trying to make her husband binge watch the latest Netflix craze.



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Promo Post with Giveaway: The Last Queen (Fairytale Villains Collection #1) by Becca Alexandra

Title: The Last Queen
Series: Fairytale Villains Collection #1
Author: Becca Alexandra
Genre: Fairytale Retelling
Release Date: September 15, 2017

Elise was just a teenage girl with one dream; to become a fashion designer in her hometown in Wonderland. However, she's been lined up as one of the ladies to potentially marry the soon to be King. Things take a strange turn as she finds herself amongst some of the craziest minds in Wonderland, all fighting to get to the top. Elise is trapped in a world where she's a puppet of the monarchy and her dream to become a designer has disappeared along with her family. Find out how Elise became the most feared Queen in all the lands in The Last Queen! 
Becca Alexandra is the author of the award-winning fairy tale series, Haunting Fairytales, and of the upcoming series, Fairytale Villains Collection. 

The Last Queen is book one in the standalone series and is out on September 15th. Check out the Haunting Fairytales Series here:  Book 1: hyperurl.co/TheEnchantedKingdoms Audio: hyperurl.co/AudioEnchanted Book 2: hyperurl.co/JourneyToNeverland Book 3: hyperurl.co/IntoWonderland Book 4 is out November 30th


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