Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Blog Tour Interview and Giveaway: Whispering Woods by @Brinda_Berry

Today we're joining the Whispering Woods blog tour by interviewing author Brinda Berry. Let's get to know Brinda and find out more about her young adult paranormal thrillers. Don't forget to enter the rafflecopter at the end of the interview.

Welcome to We Do Write, Brinda. Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi! Well, I love to write fantasy, romance, and intrigue. If I can wrap all that into one story, I’m satisfied. I write YA, NA, and adult books. I’m obsessed with good books, fine chocolate, and Scottish accents.

I'm obsessed with those things too! *fist bump* How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since I was a kid, but I got serious about it five years ago.

Tell us about the Whispering Woods series. What’s the story about?

The series is about a seventeen-year-old girl who discovers an ability to sense dimensional portals. Lucky for her, the dimensions also introduce her to a couple of swoonworthy guys. Unlucky for her, romance is never easy and interdimensional politics can be deadly.

How did the idea of the story come to you?

I listened to a podcast about synesthesia, a sensory overlap condition. I was blown away by all the mysteries of it and what we may not know yet. I wondered what would happen if a girl could sense a lot more than we normally sense in the world.

Do you have a critique group/partner or beta readers, or do you self-edit?

I have critique partners and beta readers. Most of my critique partners at this point (since Book 3 of the series) are part of the gang. It’s a group of talented writers who all critique for each other.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I’m a Plotster—blend of the two. It’s taken a while to get comfortable with what works best for me.

What’s the hardest part of writing for you?

Editing. I’d rather scrub toilets than edit. But like cleaning toilets, it has to be done or you end up with a nasty product.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

I guess eating all I want and not gaining weight doesn’t qualify…OH, WAIT. I just thought of one. I want to be able to jump into some of my favorite books and hang out with those characters. Fictiongirl.

Sounds cool to me! What's the weirdest thing you've googled?

Like most writers, I’ve googled things I don’t want to admit. Most of those things involve techniques for murder.

Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ...

reading or listening to an audiobook. I have a day job and drive a couple of hours a day. I listen to a lot of books.

Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.

I dedicated Watcher of Worlds to my husband. He doesn’t hear enough thanks from me. Yesterday, he bought groceries and did all the household errands so I could write all day. Also, my readers rock. Sometimes a reader sends me a note about a story and how much he or she liked it. Then, I remember why I do this.

And finally, where can people find you and your books online?

You can find me online at the following sites:

You can find my books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Book Depository, and many other online stores.

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Review: Creators by Tiffany Truitt

 Creators, the third book in Tiffany Truitt's dystopian saga of love, loss, and survival, Tess' story delves further into questions that matter not only to a young woman trying to survive in a world that has decided her kind is worth less than nothing, but resound in modern daily life as well: what does it mean to be a family, what makes someone human, how does love change a person, and what exactly is this thing called womanhood, and how can or should it define one. Interestingly, Creators probes myriad faces of womanhood from political, emotional, and social perspectives, all within the context of a world in which pregnancy, as often as not, is a death sentence. 
As with many books that deal with women's sexual roles set in post apocalyptic patriarcal dystopias, Creators deals heavily with issues of bodily autonomy, reproductive rights, and consent in a way that, at times,  reminds me of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Truitt has an interesting way of addressing the social programming and propaganda that conditions people who are systematically being abused into not even realizing they're being abused through the kind of rape culture Tess observes as a direct result of the health crisis facing pregnant women in Tess' world.  In dealing with Tess and her father's relationship, it put me in mind of Dearly Departed, while raising the question, once again, at what point does one's responsibility to one's blood family stop, and their wider responsibility to one's species begin? Aside from the social justice issues which permeate Creators, Truitt writes with momentum and energy, propelling the story from one confrontation to the next. 

Of course, as Creators is the third book in the Lost Souls trilogy, you'll want to start with Chosen Ones, work your way through Naturals, and finish with the unexpected and rather breathless plot twists in Creators. Yes, I'm admitting that I was surprised, and it was good to be surprised. 


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Friday, 18 April 2014

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: The Night House by @RachelTafoya @month9books @chapterxchapter

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The Night House by Rachel Tafoya

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Bianca St. Germain works at a Night House, a place where vampires like the aristocratic Jeremiah Archer, pay to feed on humans, and she doesn’t much care what others think of her. The money is good, and at least there, she’s safe. Bianca also doesn’t care that the Night House is killing her. All she cares about is: nauth, the highly addictive poison in vampire bites that brings a euphoria like no drug ever could.
But when Bianca meets James, a reclusive empath who feels everything she does, for the first time, she considers a life outside of the Night House and a someone worth living for. But Jeremiah has decided to keep Bianca for himself; he won’t allow her to walk away.
As she allows her feelings for James to grow, she struggles to contain nauth's strong hold on her life. If they are to have a future, James must make her see what she's worth, what she means to him, before Jeremiah and nauth claim her for good.
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Publication date: December 9, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Rachel Tafoya
Rachel TafoyaRachel Tafoya studied creative writing while at Solebury School and was published in their student run literary magazine, SLAM. She attended a writing program for teens at both Susquehanna University and Denison University, and the Experimental Writing for Teens class and Novels for Young Writers program, both run by NY Times bestselling author, Jonathan Maberry. Rachel is the daughter of crime author Dennis Tafoya.
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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Book Blast: Shadow Fire by Kimber Leigh Wheaton

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Ashlyn – a free-spirited teenager whose peaceful life is shattered when the village elders honor her with a perilous quest to recover a stolen relic.

Zane – a jaded mercenary, torn by his undeniable desire for Ashlyn and the dark secret that could make her hate him forever.

Delistaire – a malevolent sorcerer driven by an insatiable lust for power.

All three are bound together by an ancient relic supposedly infused with the power of a Goddess.

Shadow Fire – adventure, passion, secrets, and betrayal

As Ashlyn and Zane race to stay one step ahead of the evil lurking in the shadows, their passions are ignited and their bond strengthens. But will they find the relic before Delistaire? Or has their entire quest been orchestrated from the very beginning by a madman in pursuit of ultimate power?

Each installment of The Light Chronicles is a standalone story.

Praise for Shadow Fire

"This book contains monsters, magic, majestic creatures, and a evil guy that wants to destroy the world. If you love hot guys.....Zane is all that plus a few tricks up his sleeve. Just read it!" Venture ~Amazon Reviewer
"Adventure, magical creatures, fun characters, and romance make this book a perfect read for all ages." James ~Amazon Reviewer

 "I thought the writing was strong; it had me turning the pages quickly to see what would happen next. The characters were engaging and the dialogue well-written." Lisa Temple ~ Goodreads

 "Oh, I truly loved this one! Shadow Fire, by Kimber Leigh Wheaton, is a snappy, sassy, sweet, all-that-kind-of-awesome-and-then-some YA read. I couldn't put it down." ~Sasha Hibbs ~ Amazon Reviewer

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When we reach the deck, everyone stops to stare at me. Trying to ignore the blatant curiosity, I follow Hanna down the aft stairs to the brig. Zane and Taranis occupy cells across from each other. They're both sitting on the floor glaring daggers at each other. Hanna hands the key to me and slips away. Inching closer, I'm careful to remain out of reach of the two prisoners. As soon as they see me, both men jump up and start talking over each other.

"Ashlyn! How are you feeling, Love?" Zane asks.

"Ashlyn, my fiery angel, you are a ray of sunshine in this dank prison!" Taranis says.

"I'm gonna let you both out, if, and only if, you promise to behave," I threaten. Both men nod their agreement. "That means no fighting. It also means we never, and I mean never, speak of what happened last night." When I get no argument, I free Zane first and then Taranis.

"Do you even know what happened last night?" Zane asks, taking me into his arms. I stand rigid in his embrace, not sure if I'm ready to forgive him quite yet.

"Only what Hanna told me," I snap at him.

"I saved your virtue from this raving lunatic," Taranis says, pointing at Zane.

"Then you decided to take it for yourself!" Zane yells back at him. "Did you not hear me?" I shout. Pulling myself from Zane's embrace, I back up and glare at both men. "No speaking of last night. Period. End of discussion."

"Yes, Love," Zane replies.

"Yes, virtuous virgin," Taranis replies.

"Taranis!" I release a menacing growl, and wince when my right eye starts to tic.

"Yes?" he asks, eyes full of mock innocence.

"Run," Zane says. Taranis listens to Zane's advice and takes off up the stairs to the deck with me hot on his heels.

About the Author

KimberKimber Leigh Wheaton is a YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs and four cats. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Her house is filled with dragons, though she does lament that they are the porcelain, non-flying variety. Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!) Her debut novel, Shadow Fire, is the first book in The Light Chronicles series. Watch for book two, Stolen Moon, a standalone sequel, coming soon.  

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Dorothy's Dream Team

So, I decided to start a street team.

What's a street team? According to Wikipedia: A street team is a term used in marketing to describe a group of people who 'hit the streets' promoting an event or a product. 'Street Teams' are promotional tools that have been adopted industry-wide as a standard line item in marketing budgets by entertainment companies, record labels, the tech industry, corporate brand marketers, new media companies and direct marketers worldwide.

What does this mean for authors? Participation in an author's street team usually consists of tweeting, retweeting, sharing on Facebook, blogging, spreading word-of-mouth promotion, handing out flyers, requesting the author's books from local book stores, etc. Members are asked to participate in cover reveals, blog tours, commenting on promotional posts, and basically helping the author out in a promotional venue.

And I've decided to start one. I don't know how much it will help, so this is very experimental for me. I already have a few members, and I would love to add some more, from those who have great social media reach to those who simply tell a few friends to check out my books. Every little bit helps, right?

I've decided to call my street team: Dorothy's Dream Team

Interested in joining my team? I'd love to have you! Members of Dorothy's Dream Team get special access to my secret group on Facebook. They will get sneak peeks, advance notice of special events, and occasional special swag and goodies provided by yours truly. Top promoters get a mention in the acknowledgement page of my third book (and future books, too, I hope).

To become a member, fill out this form, and I'll contact you soon.

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Happy Book Birthday: The Looking Glass by Jessica Arnold @jess_s_arnold @month9books

Today we celebrate the book launch of THE LOOKING GLASS by Jessica Arnold, published by Month9Books. Check out this creepy-sounding young adult paranormal, and make sure to come back on April 24th to read an interview with the author.

The Looking Glass
by Jessica Arnold

Find the diary, break the curse, step through The Looking Glass!

Fifteen-year-old Alice Montgomery wakes up in the lobby of the B&B where she has been vacationing with her family to a startling discovery: no one can see or hear her. The cheap desk lights have been replaced with gas lamps and the linoleum floor with hardwood and rich Oriental carpeting. Someone has replaced the artwork with eerie paintings of Elizabeth Blackwell, the insane actress and rumored witch who killed herself at the hotel in the 1880s. Alice watches from behind the looking glass where she is haunted by Elizabeth Blackwell. Trapped in the 19th-century version of the hotel, Alice must figure out a way to break Elizabeth’s curse—with the help of Elizabeth's old diary and Tony, the son of a ghost hunter who is investigating the haunted B&B—before she becomes the inn's next victim.

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Happy Book Birthday: House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple @nataliewhipple

Today marks the release of HOUSE OF IVY AND SORROW by Natalie Whipple, published by Harper Teen. This one definitely goes on my TBR list.

House of Ivy and Sorrow
by Natalie Whipple

Josephine Hemlock has spent the last 10 years hiding from the Curse that killed her mother. But when a mysterious man arrives at her ivy-covered, magic-fortified home, it’s clear her mother’s killer has finally come to destroy the rest of the Hemlock bloodline. Before Jo can even think about fighting back, she must figure out who she’s fighting in the first place. The more truth Jo uncovers, the deeper she falls into witchcraft darker than she ever imagined. Trapped and running out of time, she begins to wonder if the very Curse that killed her mother is the only way to save everyone she loves.

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