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Author Interview: Lindzee Armstrong, MISS MATCH May 8, 2015

I have a fun author interview today with Lindzee Armstrong. She is celebrating the release of her latest book (a contemporary romance), Miss Match. But, before we get to the interview, a little about the book!

MISS MATCH is finally here! I’m so excited to share the rest of Brooke and Luke’s story with the world. To celebrate, it’s on sale for $0.99 this week only. Sale ends May 10th!

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About MISS MATCH
Billionaire CEO Luke Ryder doesn’t want to hire his best friend, Brooke, as his matchmaker. Not when he’s been in love with her for eight years. Too bad she doesn’t see him as relationship material and is engaged to another man. If the matchmaking company she works for closes, Brooke is out of a job, and Luke is out a best friend. There will be nothing stopping her from moving to Italy with her fiancé. And Luke isn’t about to let that happen.

Brooke’s dream career may be crumbling, and she will do anything to keep Toujour in the black. Even recruit Luke, America’s favorite bachelor, as her next client. Surely his perfect smile and swollen bank account will send clients swarming to their doors. But when matching up Luke works a little too well, Brooke wonders if she’s with the right man. Maybe she should finally forget Luke’s playboy image and admit he’s changed. All Brooke has to decide is if she’s willing to risk her heart.
Because I’m so excited about this book–and to celebrate Mother’s Day–the short prequel novella, Meet Your Match, will be FREE on kindle from May 6th – May 10th. So you can get both the novella and novel for less than a dollar, this week only! Get your copies before the prices go up! And I hope you enjoy Brooke and Luke’s story.

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Now, for our interview!Lindzee Armstrong

(Sticking with questions using the letters from the book title)

Miss Match:

M is for Matchmaking: What drew you to, or gave you the idea of a matchmaking agency?

A few years ago, I saw this commercial for a reality television show about matchmakers. That’s where my initial idea was sparked. I watched the show, and really wasn’t impressed. I thought “I can come up with something way better than this!” and started working more and more on my idea. The show was canceled after only a few episodes, and I don’t even remember the name of it. But I’m glad it was around for a little while or I might never have written this book!

A is for Advice: What life advice would each of your main characters give someone?

I think Brooke’s life advice would be “learn to trust others, even if you get hurt.” Luke’s life advice would be “don’t let fear stop you from making the right choices and decisions.”

T is for Trials: Without spoilers, what do you think you characters have learned through the trails they have gone through?

It’s tied closely to their advice, I think. Brooke learns to trust others, especially men, and to not let her past affect her future. Luke learns that some things are worth taking risks and fighting for.

C is for Continuing: Will this be a continuing series? What will be your ‘continuing’ works (next books)?

Yes! There’s already a prequel novella to the series, Meet Your Match. It tells the story of how Brooke and Luke meet in high school, and can be read before or after Miss Match.

The No Match For Love series will continue for at least two more books, but I’m guessing many more. Book two is tentatively titled Objectionably Matched and will overlap the timeline of Miss Match. That’s Andi’s story. And Book three is Not Your Match, and will be Zoey’s story. It’ll take place a year or so after Miss Match. I’m also hoping to write a few more novellas for this series. The possibilities for this series are really endless! I’ll keep writing on it until I run out of stories to tell.

H is for Hobbies: What are your favorite hobbies?

Wow, hobbies…what are those? 😉 Writing and reading used to be my hobbies, but now they’re my job, and between work and family there isn’t time for much else. But I am a total TV junkie. I love reality TV, dramas, comedies…anything with really compelling characters and an interesting plot. I also enjoy playing the piano, although I rarely have time for that. And I LOVE to travel. We traveled a lot while I was growing up, and my husband and I are doing our best to give our children those same experiences.

Thank you, Lindzee, for visiting with us today! I loved this book (and the prequel novella!). I will be looking forward to the other books in the series too. 🙂

 

 

Author Interview: Sara Burr, UNDERGROUND ROSE January 30, 2015

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Today I am featuring a brand new release from Sara Burr. It is an upper-middle grade/young YA fantasy about witches called UNDERGROUND ROSE. You can find it here. I also have a fun interview with her that we will get to. But first, the book.

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After her surprise discovery of a mystical gift, fourteen-year-old Rose Wilson thinks her life is ruined. It turns out she comes from a long line of gifted women, and despite her protests, Rose’s mom ships her off to her grandmother’s house to spend the summer learning about her family’s well-hidden secrets. To make matters worse, Rose is expected to carry out this tradition alongside her mousy, bookworm cousin, Megan. What a waste of a summer.

With some effort, Rose and Megan manage to find common ground and by the time they get home, they’re working together to adjust to their new life. But everything is turned upside down again when their families are exposed by witch hunters who call themselves The Witches’ Hammer. With killers on the loose, their tiny town isn’t safe anymore. Rose’s entire family is fragmented and forced to flee through a network of hiding places, dubbed The Witches’ Underground Railroad.

 As she journeys to the sea, Rose learns more and more about who she really is. The closer she gets to her destination, the more danger she encounters, until she is forced to make the ultimate decision: follow her family’s edict of non-violence and become an orphan, or save her mom’s life.

Oh, fun! And how about a really cool moment from the book:

A pool of blood already surrounded Amber’s head, and she was as pale as a ghost. Her breathing was shallow and labored.

Rose started parting her wet hair, little by little, trying to find the wound. Finally, after the longest minute of her life, she found it. The wide cut was right on the crown of Amber’s head – how could she have missed that? – and it was bleeding fast.

Fighting not to gag at the metallic smell, Rose put her hands on the slippery gash and pushed, like the lady said, but the blood just seeped through her fingers. The bleeding wasn’t stopping. Was she doing it right?

Feeling completely helpless, she began to sob.

She didn’t dare leave Amber again to go back to the phone.

“I don’t know what to do!” she cried out. “Help,” she croaked, knowing no one could hear. “Please help.”

Suddenly, she felt something strange happening, deep inside her chest. A comforting warmth, like hot chocolate on a freezing cold day, heated her from the inside out. It spread and expanded from her chest, bubbling and tingling like a fizzy drink, growing like wild morning glory vines, covering every part of her insides.

Was it coming from her heart?

It grew until she felt like she couldn’t contain all that heat for one second longer. Then, when she thought she might just explode, the heat-vines raced down her arms. An effervescent mixture of blue, pink, and purple light exploded from her hands, and surrounded Amber’s head like a quivering, transparent cocoon.

Rose sucked in a breath and blinked in disbelief.

She was frozen – afraid to move or even breathe. She stared with her mouth agape, her emerald eyes wide, as the bleeding slowed.

What the heck is happening? she thought. Is this a dream?

She didn’t understand what she was seeing. Was it … magic?

The glimmering cocoon continued pulsating from her fingertips, surrounding Amber’s head. Rose didn’t dare let go, for fear of undoing this miracle.

Then Amber started to stir.

This was not something Rose wanted to discuss. What kind of a freak would Amber think she was? Reluctantly, she removed her hands.

The vines of warmth snapped back into her, like a recoiling measuring tape. Then, the peculiar sensation was gone. No more heat. No more colors. She looked at her hands in a mixture of awe and disgust.

What was that? she asked herself.

She didn’t know, but she was glad it was over.

A few short seconds later, Amber opened her eyes. Her face so pale her freckles looked three dimensional and her icy blue eyes were even more clear than usual.

Now, for the interview. As usual, I like to ask questions based upon the letters in the title of the book.

UNDERGROUND ROSE

Underground:  In the book, Rose has to go ‘underground’ to hide from some dangerous people. If you had to go underground, what three things would you take with you and why?

My family. I could never run away from the bad guys without them.

My Kindle. ‘Cause Rose was bored the whole time. She played a lot of cards. My Kindle has a lot of books on it that I’ve never had time to read.

My laptop. So I could keep on writing. I go crazy if I don’t write. Also, Facebook and Pinterest, although I guess it would be really hard to stay anonymous if you were using social media. Maybe I could just be a lurker.

R is for “Relationships: What types of things (without too many spoilers) do your main characters learn about their relationships with others?

Well, I think Rose learns that she’s too quick to judge, not just people, but their intentions and emotions. She learns a lot about empathy and how to see what’s under the surface.

I think Megan learns to put herself out there more, and to speak up for her own needs better.

And I think Amber learns to be there for Rose, when it’s always been the other way around. She’s always leaned on Rose, and it’s nice to see that switch toward the end of the book. It makes Amber more powerful and Rose more vulnerable.

 

O is for “Origins” – What is the story behind this story? How did you come up with the idea for this book?

I had this job working in a call center and it sometimes got kind of boring in between calls, so I brought a notebook and started writing just for fun. I knew the three main characters, Rose, Amber, and Megan. And I knew that the story would start when Amber had an accident and Rose discovered her magic by healing her. But I didn’t know what would happen next.

So, I wrote what I did know; it took me three chapters. At the end of those three hand-written chapters, I went to bed one night, and while I was trying to go to sleep, it just came to me. Two words: Underground Railroad. And I knew the rest of it from there.

 

S is for “Struggle”: What sort of things do your main characters struggle with and did you learn anything about yourself as they worked through their struggles?

Yes, it mirrors my life a lot. My characters continually thought they were free of their struggles, only to be struck down by adversaries again. During the time that I wrote this book, and again the time I edited, my life was very much like this. I am happy to say that we all finally came out on top.

E is for “Exciting: What is the most exciting thing for you about your book and the story or the process of it coming about?

They say writing is a form of wish fulfillment. I completely agree. The places that Rose visits in the Underground Railroad are places that I fondly remember from my childhood. Although I am not from Washington or Oregon, I had a lot of family there and spent many happy summers there.

In between the first draft and the second, I got to visit the Oregon Coast for the first time in many years. After I left, I was online looking at real estate. Circumstances made that an impossible dream, but I’m happy that Rose ended up there.

Thanks, Sara! (I LOVE the Oregon coast too…) 

Here is a little about Sara and where to find her. Happy Reading!

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Sara has been entranced by the written word for as long as she can remember. The daughter of a school teacher, she fell in love with books as soon as she could read them. She wrote her very first story, about a girl who ran away and hid in her cousin’s lilac bush, when she was just eleven. Although her stories have grown more complicated and less petulant since then, Sara still loves to entertain kids with her words.

When she isn’t writing, Sara has a big family to keep her busy: a husband who is her other half, and four children who are wonderfully individual. They live next to a beautiful lake in a tiny town with no street lights. Sara spends lots of time taking care of little superheroes. She likes to camp with her family, enjoys traveling, and hopes to see the Northern Lights someday.

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Author Interview: Tifani Clark SHADOW OF A LIFE August 18, 2014

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I have another author interview today! Today we are visited by Tifani Clark, the author of “Shadow of a Life” (Soul Saver Book 1) — a ghost story based upon the mysterious real life story of the ship Mary Celeste. So, first the cover and a bit about the book:

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Jamie Peters plans to spend the summer before her junior year with her nose stuck in a book—not saving lost souls. Usually the girl that blends into the crowd, Jamie’s world is turned upside down when a mysterious ghost begins to follow her.

But Sophia isn’t just any ghost.

A hundred years earlier, Sophia’s disappearance sparked a national mystery that remained unsolved. Jamie knows the legends surrounding Sophia’s disappearance, but she never dreamed she would find out what really happened . . . or that her family might have had something to do with Sophia’s disappearance.

Determined to set Sophia free, Jamie blows the dust off her family’s past and unearths clues to discover what she must do to save Sophia’s soul. She enlists the help of childhood friend—and secret crush—Peter Ashby as she sets off on a dangerous quest to find a missing map. Spending the night in a graveyard, crawling through a dilapidated barn, and staring down the barrel of a gun aren’t enough to deter Jamie from helping Sophia. But can she find the answers she needs before another ghost gets revenge on her and Sophia?

 

You can find the book here on Amazon or here on Barnes and Noble

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Tifani Clark grew up on a farm in southeastern Idaho (yes, that’s where they grow all the potatoes) as the middle of five children. She had a lot of space to imagine and daydream and often pictured herself as a character in one of the many books she read. She was habitually found pretending to be Scarlet O’Hara. Tifani loves mystery and hates it when one goes unsolved. She is married to the love of her life and is the mother to four fabulous children. When not writing, she enjoys playing the violin and piano and traveling to new places. She especially enjoys visits to national parks and places of historical significance.

Tifani can be found here: http://www.tifaniclark.blogspot.com/

 

 

Now to our interview, based upon the book’s title.

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S is for Setting:  Can you tell us about the setting for your book and why you chose that place?

          Shadow of a Life takes place in Marion, Massachusetts. The setting for this book was an easy decision for me. Since the book is based on a true story, I chose to focus on the town where the real Sophia Briggs lived. I did a lot of research about the town in an effort to make it as accurate as possible. I even got a close-up look at the town thanks to Google Earth! Some of the places the characters go are real (like the cemetery and the library), but the restaurant they frequent is fictitious.

H is for  Hobbies: What are your favorite things to do?

          I have all kinds of things that I enjoy doing. Sometimes it just depends on the day. I play the violin and piano and I have a couple of violin students. I obviously enjoy writing, and reading is just as great. With my family, I love to travel. We want to visit all 50 states and we’re doing pretty good so far.

A is for Advice: What piece of advice would Jamie, Peter, and Sophia each give?

          Jamie: “Ordinary people can do extraordinary things.”

          Peter: “Life’s an adventure. Hang on and enjoy the ride.”

          Sophia: “Always have hope in the future and never give up.”

D is for Danger: Your main character, Jamie, has to face some dangerous things. What would she say she is most afraid of?

          Failure. Jamie isn’t afraid of things like spiders, and snakes, and heights…and ghosts. She lacks confidence in herself and is terrified that she won’t accomplish what she set out to do. As the book progresses, her confidence builds and she is able to overcome that fear of failure.

O is for obstacles: What sort of obstacles do your characters overcome (without spoilers) and what do you feel you learned from writing their journey?

          My characters find themselves in a few tricky and dangerous situations. Probably the biggest obstacle that the living characters have to overcome is to actually believe in ghosts and a different reality than they’ve ever lived before. The ghost characters have to put their trust in those who are living and that is kind of hard for them.

W is for  “What next”: So what is next for you? Do you have other books in the works?

          The first sequel to Shadow of a Life is finished and in the editing phase and the second sequel is in the planning stages. Hopefully it will be completed by the end of the year. I’ve finished a couple other books (Young Adult Suspense) that I’m getting ready to market as well.

Life  If you had a chance as a ghost, to do one thing that you didn’t get an opportunity to do in this life, what would you pick?

          Good question! This one made me think. Hmm… I want to see the world. I am fascinated with history and culture and life. I would have to say that I would use my “ghost powers” to travel the world and see things from a non-tourist view. It’s easier to truly experience a new culture when you don’t have tourist written across your forehead.

 

The book looks really interesting, I’m excited to read it. Thanks for being here today Tifani! 

 

 

Author Interview: Shauna E. Black, FURY OF THE STORM WIZARD June 6, 2014

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Today our special guest is Shauna Black, featuring her middle grade historical fantasy, Fury of the Storm Wizard. First the cover and the back blurb about the book:

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A Storm is Brewing

In Silver Valley, an unusual string of mining accidents has locals whispering of dark magic. When the marshal sent to investigate goes missing, his young assistant Boone turns to Jesse and Eliza for help. But Jesse is a new mage with raw magic, and Eliza is hiding a secret. The three must learn to trust each other before the valley is destroyed and they are ripped away from everything they hold dear.

 

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Shauna E. Black fell in love at an early age. Her first romances resided on the shelves of the mystery section in the library. She went through The Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew, and Sherlock Holmes before someone introduced her to The Chronicles of Prydain. This sparked an enduring love for wizards, dragons, magic, and all things fantasy that Shauna still enjoys today. She always has her head in the clouds and her nose in a book.

Naturally, her love for reading evolved into a desire to create, and she became a writer. When she was a young teen, her English teacher made the mistake of offering extra credit for original short stories, and was suddenly swamped with Shauna’s writing. Dutifully reading each story (at least, she wrote encouraging things in the margins), this teacher inspired Shauna to follow her dreams, leaving her with a warm spot in her heart for all English teachers.

Today, Shauna still keeps a box in the attic full of early manuscripts, most written in pencil on lined paper. She lives in the high desert of the southwest with the other loves of her life: her husband and four children. She likes to drag them along on springtime hiking adventures to the many Anasazi ruins near her home, where she finds inspiration for her writing. She also likes to bake bread, do anything artsy, and travel to exotic locations to collect wind chimes.

And now, based upon the title of the book, our interview questions with Shauna:

 

S is for Setting: Where does your story take place and what is special about this location?

Fury of the Storm Wizard is a historical fantasy that takes place in the late 1800s in a Colorado mining town. I chose this location because my ancestors worked the silver mines in that area. Although my novel’s town has a different name, it’s based on the mountain community of Lake City, Colorado. I love the mountains and the greenery and the lake in that area, but my character doesn’t like it so much. He’s from Kansas, so he feels boxed in by the mountains all around him.

T is for Trials: What are some of the things (no spoilers) that your characters learn through their trials?

Jesse is the main character. He has a lot of difficult things happen to him in a short amount of time. When his mother dies, he is struck by lightning that gives him powerful wild magic he can’t control at first. Then, his father moves them from the Kansas prairie to the Colorado mountains. He starts to really overcome these trials when he meets Boone (a dragon who can transform into a human) and finds out Boone has gone through similar things, but doesn’t let them get him down. Jesse overcomes his own trials with the support of his family and friends, and learns that he is worthy of being loved, in spite of his mistakes. That knowledge helps him to have courage when he most needs it.

O is for Origins: How did you come up with the idea for this story?

I went to a writing conference where the speaker talked about a line popping into her head that started her first novel. It inspired me. I went home mulling over her talk and all of a sudden a line popped into my head: “Sometimes your mother really does know best. She always said I would come to a sticky end. Of course, my mother was a two-headed dragon.” Along with the words, came a picture of a dragon tangled in rope, hanging over an abandoned mine shaft. I wrote it first as a short story, but discovered that I loved the characters so much that I was compelled to turn it into a novel. Through many revisions, that first line was eventually cut, but Boone still gets tangled in rope over a mine shaft somewhere in the middle of the book.

R is for risks: What would your main characters each say is their greatest risk they have undertaken? How about yours?

When Jesse tells Boone about the huge weight of guilt he carries over the death of his mother and the harmful things his magic has done, he makes himself vulnerable. But he’s rewarded for finally opening up when he and Boone become friends.

As for me, probably the greatest risk I’ve ever taken is in publishing this book. I hope that doesn’t sound cheesy. 🙂 I’m naturally a very shy person, so the idea of putting myself out there in the public eye as a published author is a pretty daunting one, for me. You kind of bleed your heart and soul into writing a book, so it’s also frightening to offer that up as a sacrifice to the critics out there in the world. Will anybody like it? Will they rip it to shreds? I’ve dreamt of being a published author all my life. When I went through a bout with cancer a couple of years ago, I decided that I would no longer let my fear keep me from realizing my dream. But as I was going through the process of getting the book ready for publication, I kept having these little panic attacks. So I would listen to a song my kids like called Go by the McClain Sisters, and there’s one line that says “Don’t be scared, just go!” I would repeat this mantra to myself and try to overcome my fears. It also helped to remember that I had already done something really hard, in overcoming cancer, so I knew I could do this publication thing. I like to visit schools and talk about that with the kids, let them know that they can have courage and overcome things in their lives that seem hard.

M is for magic- I love magic. How does the magic work in your world. Accessible to few or all? Does everyone know it exists?

One of the characters in an earlier incarnation of Fury of the Storm Wizard said something to the effect that magic always comes in a traumatic way, when life deals a potential wizard a rough blow. For example, when Jesse’s mother dies, he’s hit by lightning that sparks the magic already inside him. Then the new wizard has to learn to control this wild magic. So, magic can do wonderful things, but it’s also very powerful and dangerous and requires a strong will to master, in addition to training. A trained wizard, or mage as I call them, works magic by using glyphs—like petroglyphs or hieroglyphs. They get this training at a place called the Veiled Canyon, which is similar to Mesa Verde, only populated with people who have magic and know about it. So, magic is hidden from the general population. Boone is strictly forbidden from turning into his dragon form where non-magical people might see him; but of course, he breaks the rules now and again.

Wizards–  What are the Storm Wizards and are there other types?

A thundermage is the “technical” term for a storm wizard, and that’s what Jesse is. It’s one of the most powerful types of wizards because he can control the weather. I based his acquisition of magic on a real live event: the violent tornado systems that moved through Kansas and nearby states in 1896 and were labeled at that time “The Storm of the Century.” By the way, this is the same event that the Wizard of Oz is based on (the tornado that carries Dorothy to Oz). Other types of wizards with specialized powers include terramage, mirrormage, and dragonmage. You’ll have to read the book to find out what they do. 😉

 

Thank you for visiting with us today, Shauna! Fury of the Storm Wizard can be found here on Amazon.

And Shauna can be found here on Facebook or here on her website.

 

Author Interview: Wendy Knight, SPARK OF A FEUDLING March 31, 2014

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Author interview time again! This time, we have Wendy Knight visiting. She recently released the final book in an amazing series of YA fantasy that began with FEUDLINGS. The latest book is actually a prequel. – Check out this gorgeous cover! (and the book blurb)

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Hate can start a war, but a shattered heart can fuel it for centuries.

Everything Ada does is wrong. She’s the daughter of a Duke but she isn’t proper or formal. She prefers the company of her servants—particularly Christian, the boy she’s loved since she was six years old, and his sister, Charity, Ada’s very best friend in the entire world.
Ada isn’t just the daughter of a Duke. No, she’s the daughter of one of the most powerful Edren sorcerers alive, and no matter how strong she is, it isn’t strong enough. Ada will give up almost everything to earn her father’s pride.
Christian has loved Ada since the day his mother became her governess. But two societies are determined to keep them apart—the aristocracy who say a groom will never be good enough for a Duke’s beautiful daughter, and the sorcerers who say a Carules and an Edren can never be together. Christian will do anything to make Ada his—even drive himself to madness.
When Ada suspects her father of hurting Charity and Christian in his quest for knowledge, she is torn between loyalty to him, and a fierce determination to protect them. The division tears her soul and breaks her heart.
The pieces of her broken heart will start a war that can only be stopped by the death of the most powerful warrior alive by the hand of the boy who loves her.

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**Bonus Story –Feudlings in Peace**Join  Ari, Shane, Ada, Christian and everyone they love as they chase their happily ever after.

 

Sneak peek into the book with an excerpt:

He sprinted down the path, into the forest, leaping over huge rocks and tree roots and through streams he couldn’t see but his magic told him were there. He had no idea where he was going, but there seemed to be a tether from his heart to hers — he always knew where Ada was. He ran straight to them, nearly colliding with her father’s guards as he raced through the thick trees.

“What happened to her?” he bellowed, jerking Ada out of Davis’s bloodstained arms.

“She was hit, saving me,” Harrison answered. “Can you help her?”

If there had been time, any time at all, Christian would have paused at that. How exactly had his tiny little Ada saved the giant Harrison? But there wasn’t time. He laid her on the thick grass, searching for the wound. But there was so much blood.

“There!” Davis snapped, jabbing the air above her stomach.

Flames roiled across Christian’s hands and he held them above her, letting the flames soothe the skin before he tried to touch it. They swirled through the air, seeping and mending the broken, charred skin.

“Does she breathe?” Harrison asked, crouching close to put his face next to her mouth.

Christian ignored him. He didn’t care if she breathed or not.

She would breathe, or he would die with her.

“She does.” Harrison sat back, relieved.

“Can you not heal at all? Stop the blood flow from her shoulder!” Christian snapped.

Harrison gaped at him. “We’re Edren. We don’t heal.”

“I’m Carules and I can throw a lirik if need be,” Christian muttered under his breath, but he couldn’t argue with them now.

She moaned.

They all froze in shock, and then redoubled their efforts. Davis jerked his shirt off and held it to her shoulder while Christian’s blue flames leaped and danced from his hands, fighting the poison eating through her body.

“Christian. I knew—” she whispered as her skin healed, leaving only pink burns behind.

“Shhh. Don’t speak. You’re still very weak.” He moved from her stomach to her shoulder, pushing Davis’ shirt out of the way. It was stiff with dried blood and she shrieked when he ripped it from the wound. “Forgive me, dear one,” he whispered, his mouth near her temple, kissing the pain away. “Forgive me.”

“I knew… you would come. I knew you… could heal me.” Her eyes fluttered open, dazed with pain, dark orbs barely reflecting the moonlight.

“Always, Ada. Forever.”

Introducing, Wendy: 

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Wendy Knight is the bestselling author of the young adult series Fate on Fire and Riders of Paradesos. She was born and raised in Utah by a wonderful family who spoiled her rotten because she was the baby. Now she spends her time driving her husband crazy with her many eccentricities (no water after five, terror when faced with a live phone call, no touching the knives…you get the idea). She also enjoys chasing her three adorable kids, playing tennis, watching football, reading, and hiking. Camping is also big—her family is slowly working toward a goal of seeing all the National Parks in the U.S.

You can usually find her with at least one Pepsi nearby, wearing ridiculously high heels for whatever the occasion. And if everything works out just right, she will also be writing.

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Blog: www.wendyknightauthor.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorWendyKnight
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wjk8099
Instagram: http://instagram.com/wendyjo99

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now for our interview, as always, based on the title of the book-

 

SPARK OF A FEUDLING

S is for spells: your characters can do some amazing spells. If you could do a magic spell (not just the kinds your characters can do) what would it be?

Well of course, if I could choose any magic, it would be to end world hunger or create world peace. BUT, pretend someone already did that—I would have a magic that would make sleep unnecessary. Seriously, it takes up so much writing time!

 

P is for problems: What do you feel like your characters learn (without spoilers) from the problems that they face?

They learn that one, destiny might always win but it can still be on your terms. And two, that loyalty, love and friendship will overcome any trial, any evil, against all odds.

A is for admire: What things do you admire that inspire you in your writing?

I have to say, human nature is my biggest inspiration. I know there are so many bad things in the world, but I see so much good, so much strength, caring and love. I want to take those characteristics and capture them in my writing. I try to give them to my characters.

R is for wRiting: (see what I did there? 😉 )  Now that you have finished Feudlings, what are your next projects that we can look forward to?

Haha! I love it. Right now I’m working on a few different projects. I am just starting the final installment in the Riders of Paradesos series, which is about my battle unicorns and the teenagers who help them save the day. I’m also just finishing up a series I am involved in with five other authors called The Gates of Atlantis. My story is about a hybrid banshee who has to learn to embrace both halves of herself to save her brother and help save Atlantis. And I’m about half-done with the first story in a new trilogy—it’s a New Adult urban fantasy called The Soul’s Agent about a girl who is sort of a probation officer for ghosts. She recruits lost souls to fight in her army against demons. And of course, there’s this guy she can’t get over messing up her plans…

K is for kiss: You write some really great romantic relationships and elements in your stories. Who is your favorite couple in literature?

Oooh that’s a hard one! Okay, I’m going with the couple from The Scarlet Pimpernel. One, because I desperately love that story. Two, because I read it when I was in high school, and one scene has stayed with me ever since. When I write a romantic scene, I try to remember how it made me feel—when Marguerite walks away and Percy kisses each place her fingers touched the banister…swoon!

Feudlings: this is the end of a wonderful series, where did you get the name ‘feudlings’ from?

Well, I made it up. I started writing this story, and I was telling my brother about it, and he asked me what the name was. I didn’t have a name. But it was about two feuding sides, particularly, the people fighting—they were my Feudlings. And there was my title!

 

Thank you for visiting with us today, Wendy!

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Author interview: Krista Wayment, TRUSTED (middle grade fantasy) March 25, 2014

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We have another fun author interview today: Krista Wayment is here. Her new book, TRUSTED, (Middle Grade Fantasy) comes out this week! (March 27th)

There is also a Rafflecopter contest entry at the end (for a 10$ Amazon Gift certificate)

First, here is the cover and a blurb about the book:

Cover

Renick, the fifth son of a dragon breeder, crashes into an unexpected adventure that challenges everything he thought he knew about dragons, history, and himself.

 

Stranded in the massive Helath forest, Renick meets two other passengers: Thane, a noble training to be a dragon knight, and Lainey, the orphaned niece of a healer. Together they survive an attack by vicious wolves, rescue a baby dragon with a broken wing, and escape from a band of dragon hunters as they make a perilous climb into the mountains. What they discover there will change everything.

 

 Here is Krista Wayment:

author

 

Krista Wayment has been making up stories since she learned to talk. Writing naturally grew out of that. Krista is an avid Fantasy and Science Fiction fan, and a total nerd. She is also a software engineer and loves playing video games. Although, curling up with a good book is still one of her favorite past times.

Author Website: www.kristawayment.com

Book Website: dragonstrust.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Krista-Wayment-Author/223311651035091?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KristaWayment

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5764548-krista-wayment

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20803900-trusted

 

 

And our interview, based on the title of the book: 

 

TRUSTED

T is for Trusted: What can you tell us (without huge spoilers)about the significance of your title?

Hmm, let me see. I can tell you in the world of Dragons’ Trust that dragons, especially young ones have the ability to see to the core of a person. They often give a person a name that identifies they greatest strength. Plyth, the baby dragon gives Renick the name, “Trusted.” There are more layers to the title but they are all spoilers 🙂

R is for reading: What is your favorite genre to read?

Fantasy. I also really love Science Fiction. But my main love is fantasy. Magic, dragons, castles, knights. I love it all.

U is for Unique: What is something that you feel is unique about your characters?

I think that the most unique thing about my character has to do with how they interact with each other and the world around them. Renick is very quiet and strong. He connects with people really easily and feels things very deeply.

Lainey is bright and spunky but has experienced a lot of pain in her life. She has a hard time letting people in but is very loyal.

Thane is brave. And more than just the monster fighting/hero saves the day kind of brave. He could face anything and conquer it, though he doesn’t know that yet. Thane is a protector and will come to the rescue of those he cares for no matter what the danger to himself.

S is for share: Would you share your plans for future books?

Yes. Book 2 of the Dragons’ Trust series is in the works right now. I don’t want to give too much away but it involves a rogue dragon and Thane gets the chance to be a hero. I’m also working on a humorous science fiction series that will probably be released after the Dragons’ Trust series is complete.

T is for trials: What are a few things your characters learn through the trials they encounter and what do you think you learned from their growth?

Renick learns a lot about leadership and trust. He kind of gets thrown into being the leader because he is the one the others trust the most. He also learns to be confident in himself. Renick’s growth taught me that even though we may not want to utilize one of our talents—we are not really our true selves until we do.

Lainey is terrified of dark enclosed places. At one point she is faced with a choice, over come her fear and save a life—or let her fear stop her. She taught me that fear, no matter how strong, is not stronger then we are. Who we are always manages to shine through even the darkest of trials.

Thane learns a lot about companionship and what it is like to care for people who care for you in return (something he hasn’t had a lot of experience with). He also learns about friendship. Thane taught me that sometimes we have to set our pride aside before we can really let anyone in.

E is for exciting: What kinds of things are exciting to you? What are your favorite things to do?

Reading and writing, but that’s a given, right?

I LOVE getting packages in the mail. And I’m kind of a tracking junky. If I order something and it has a tracking number I check the website like 50 times a day. At any given time you can ask me where in the country  my package is and I will know 🙂

The thrill of solving a puzzle or accomplishing something that I have been working on for a while also excites me. I notice this a lot when I play video or board games (I’m a gamer.)

Learning is another thing that I enjoy doing. Mastering a new concept is really exciting to me.

D is for Dragons: (Because DRAGONS 🙂 ) What draws you to dragons, what is your favorite thing about them?

I’ve thought a lot about this lately. When I think of dragons, I think of wise old beings who have lived a lot time and gained knowledge from their experience. They are also beautiful and graceful. I think it is the ability to imagine what a real dragon would be like that draws me to them. Plus, you know they fly and breathe fire which is totally cool! 

 

GreenDragonScale

 

Finally: The contest entry! (click the link)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Twist of Luck Scavenger Hunt March 4, 2014

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Twist of Luck Blog Tour
 
 
 
Every day a different blog will post a question. When you find the answer, send an email to Jaclyn at:   jaclynweist@gmail.com
She will draw a winner each day from those that got it correct. You can find the answers on Wikipedia.
The answers will also be posted the next day on the next post in the tour, along with the next trivia question. Some questions deal with colors of the rainbow. Other questions deal with leprechauns. 
And, of course, at the end of the rainbow, there’s a pot of gold. In that pot of gold will be an Amazon gift card! Those that answer questions by sending her an email will be entered to win the gift card on the last day.
And don’t forget to purchase a copy of book one, Stolen Luck. The great news is that it’s $.99 right now! That link is here
Good luck!!
 

Yesterday’s Answer:
 
Ireland’s flag is green, white and ORANGE.




Today’s Question:
Along with leprechauns, imps play a big part in this book. What is one thing they crave, and how do they try to get it? The prize:
Necklace

Find the answer and tomorrow’s question at:

 http://www.jamesduckett.com

 

Along with the scavenger hunt, we also have a fun interview based on the title of the book! With the first book in the series, we interviewed Jaclyn, the author. This time, we have Megan and Jared, two of the main characters, answering the questions. 

So, Jared and Megan, I have a few questions for you two. I spoke with Jaclyn last time, so now it is your turn to shine:

Twist of Luck

T is for “terror”: In this installment, you take on some pretty frightening things. What is it that you are really afraid of?

Megan: The imp. I hated having it follow me everywhere

Jared: I’m not scared of anything.

Megan: Yeah, right.

Jared (Laughs): Okay, fine. I think it wasn’t the creatures I was scared of. It was more watching Megan doing all these things she shouldn’t have been doing.

Megan (grinning): And this is why I like this guy.

W is for “wishes”: What are the dangers of wishes? Would you advise someone to make wishes or avoid them?

Megan: You have to be really careful with what you wish for. Leprechauns can twist anything you say.

Jared: Yes, watch out for the loopholes. Megan had to word her wishes carefully to get her luck back. It helps to have another leprechaun backing you up, though. We have Henry to thank for that.

I is for “Inspiration”: What inspires each of you to keep going when things are tough?

Megan: My family. We are really close, and while my parents aren’t thrilled with me running around saving the day, I know they have my back. Jared and Beth are pretty awesome to keep me going. When things were the toughest, they were right there to pick me back up.

Jared: I have good friends that push me, and my family is awesome. I’ve been taught my whole life to work hard and do my best. I don’t like seeing Beth or Megan get hurt, so that means I have to step and fight harder.

S is for “secret world”: You guys encounter others who have had interactions with this secret world of Leprechauns and such. Why do you think they do (or don’t) keep it a secret?

Megan (laughs) Would you believe anyone if they told you about leprechauns?  I’m actually amazed at how many people know about this world and don’t say anything.

Jared: I know I didn’t believe Megan when she said something. Part of it is being afraid to be believed, but I also think it’s to protect other people. All this trouble was caused when we got stuck in the middle of the magical world.

Megan: Yeah, sorry about that.

Jared: Hey, you know me. I live for adventure.

T is for “twist”: There are some really cool twists in this story of your experiences. What helps you to handle things when they don’t go your way?

Megan: Having my luck stolen in the first book kind of prepared me for most of it. It’s frustrating but I know I have help — even if I sometimes run into the middle of trouble on my own.

Jared: Sometimes? I think it’s more like all the time. There’s a reason you have fairies following you.

Megan: Hey, I do pretty well before you guys get there. And I think the fairies are part of the problem.

Jared: Good point. I think the biggest thing we have going for us is that we all have different skills that feed off each other. When something is too much for one person, we have two other people that can step up and take over.

Luck:  If you could give a huge pile of luck to someone else, to whom would you give it and for what reason?

Megan: I think I’d give it to my parents. They could use some after everything I’ve put them through.

Thanks for stopping by today, you guys. Good ‘Luck’!

About Twist of Luck: 
 
Megan finally has her luck back and hopes that life will return to normal. Unfortunately, the magical world has other plans. Suddenly, she find she has fairies following her to provide security, dragons become a constant threat, and an imp tracks her every move. As if that wasn’t enough, her luck begins to manifest itself in ways she could never imagine.
 
About Jaclyn:
 
Jaclyn is an Idaho farm girl who grew up loving to read. She developed a love for writing as a senior in high school, when her dad jokingly said she was the next Dr. Seuss (not even close but very sweet). She met her husband, Steve at BYU and they have six happy, crazy children that encourage her writing. After owning a bookstore and running away to have adventures in Australia, they settled back down in their home in Utah. Jaclyn now spends her days herding her kids to various activities and trying to remember what she was supposed to do next.
 
 
 

 
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