Friday, April 19, 2013

Author Tag!

I just got Author Tagged!

I loved tag growing up, Lol! Every morning at the bus stop we would play until the bus came. We played freeze tag, TV tag and plain ole tag. Some of my best memories are goofing off those mornings at the gazebo at the end of my street. These days this type of author tag is more my speed...I haven't even had to get up! 

I was tagged by S. Moose. Her debut novel Reaching Out For You needs to be on your TBR. I am looking forward to helping promote it once it's released. Trust me you'll want to follow her :)

What is the working title of your book?

Stages of Grace

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Morbid as it sounds this novel was inspired by a death. I was researching ways to deal with grief when I came across the five stages of grief. It struck me that the death of a relationship could follow the same grief pattern that a person would go through in dealing with the death of a loved one.

What genre does your book fall under?

Women's Literature / Contemporary Romance / New Adult

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Grace (main character) Emily VanCamp
Jon (main character) Josh Hartnett
Kate (you'll see!) Maggie Smith
Ryan (not telling) Bradley Cooper

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
This novel is about the stages and emotions in life Grace goes through while struggling to find happiness in a dying relationship.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

A publisher did make an offer to acquire Stages of Grace but I felt it was in my best interest to remain independent.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

One month, been rewriting since.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Grace, she was in my head telling me her story. I just wrote it all down.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? 

This novel does not have your usual chapter breaks but is instead separated into the five stages of grief. (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance)

I'm tagging:

1. Gareth Young

My favorite Spartan and one of my favorite authors. You can see his Facebook page my interview with him on my blog links here. 


2. Karen Bynum

My only author friend I've met in real life. We had so much fun the first time that we did it again. I am a huge fan of her work and can't wait to read her upcoming novel Becoming. I hope to host her on my blog soon. Her links is below.!/KarenYBynum?fref=ts

Friday, April 12, 2013

Stages of Grace E-Arc Contest Time!

Want a chance to read Stages of Grace before it's released?

Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance...

When facing death, a mourning period is to be expected. But what if it's not a person but a relationship that dies? Grace and her boyfriend Jon have been together for three years. They live together and have shared many beautiful memories. Those memories are what keeps Grace from admitting Jon has changed and is no longer the man she fell in love with.

Afraid of being alone and holding on to something that no longer exists, Grace is a shadow of her former self. Her daily objective is to hide her pain from the world. Then, an unexpected letter sets off a whirlwind of potential life changes. In life, sometimes the hardest thing to do is let go.

To Enter, just leave a comment below. A winner will be selected randomly on Sunday, April 14th 10pm est.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Blog Tour Stop - Mythology by Helen Boswell

          I signed up for Helen Boswell's blog tour because I adore her. Like fangirl screaming and waving hands in the air adore her (maybe not screaming...but hands in the air, yes). I consider Helen a friend. Now don't let that scare you away from reading my review of her book...see when I reviewed her book I just thought she was a cool biologist on Twitter who wore a superhero costume in her avi. It has been since then that I have come to know her as so much more and now call her a friend.

          So I will now gush about why Helen is my amazeballs friend. She is one of the most genuine, caring, and helpful people I have ever virtually met. As an indie author there are things that you need to either learn how to do yourself someone else to do. One of these things is formatting...ugh...friggin formatting. Seriously, I cannot fully express how much I dislike formatting. So, during one extremely frustrating formatting session I tweeted something that probably said I was ready to throw my laptop out the window...blah, blah, something like that. Almost instantly she replies and tells me to email my cursed document to her. She friggin fixed my evil document and is the reason I am typing this blog post on my still  'in one piece' ancient Dell annnnnnnnnnnd paperback copies of my books exist.

         This is who she is, an awesome person, an amazing friend and a kickass writer. Also, I would be remiss if I did not discuss my slight (read obsession) with a character she created. Now, before I introduce you all to him please let me be crystal clear in the fact that I have already called dibs. Yes, I understand I  have a giant book nerd crush on a fictional character. Don't judge!

Here, ahem, is Mr. Jonathan Draper:

It's okay to drool as long as you remember I called dibs...

Dibs...for real...don't get any ideas.

To meet Mr. Draper you'll just have to read the book...

Click below for the Rafflecopter link for a chance to win a copy!!

My Review

(my reviews are short I know, I hate spoilers...sorry!)


          Loved the concept! Demons, I feel like I've read a lot of paranormal and haven't come across a demon character that wasn't just a mindless evil tool of havoc. This author has created this whole new world that neatly fits into the one we already live it. Let me just put this out there, I would not mind being able to see people's auras. How cool would that be? This was a hard book to put down, I would recommend to any of my friends who are into paranormal fiction and anyone into YA romance.

          Again, I acknowledge my review is short...but, if reading long ass reviews is your thing by all means please go out to Amazon to check out the 30 reviews there...23 of them 5 star. You'll see mine, it's the short one ;)

Fanart pics above by the talented Megan Elliott :)