Peering into . . .

the inner workings of Alison Miller Woods

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!

final_MIssMatch_CVR_LRG

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.

To find out about future releases in the No Match for Love series, sign up for my newsletter on my website!

website | Facebook | Amazon Author Central | Goodreads | Pinterest

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

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alison @ 12:08 am
Tags: , , , ,

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.

UndergroundRose_453x680

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!

Sara Burr

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.

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Tsu

 

Book Feature: HAVEN WAITING by Tifani Clark January 12, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alison @ 12:10 am
Tags: , , , , ,

Haven Waiting Cover (1)

 

Last August, I had the chance to interview Tifani Clark about her book, Shadow of a Life (interview here and you can find the book here).  It was the first book in her Soul Savers series.  Well, today I am featuring the second in the series, Haven Waiting! (You can find it HERE.)  

The book:

Fifteen-year-old Jamie Peters is a Soul Saver. She helps ghosts finish their business and move on. When a mysterious map comes into her possession, she knows a new adventure is waiting. With the help of her friends, Peter and Camille, she follows the map. Her friends hope to find treasure, but Jamie suspects there is more to the map than riches. She never imagined the map would lead her to Haven—and a book of spells.

Haven Mills was accused of practicing witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials. Unlike the other women hung during the trials, Haven wasn’t as innocent as she claimed to be. In one moment of weakness and desperation, she did something sinister—something that has been bringing evil to the world for centuries.

Jamie promises to help Haven, but the reality of what that promise entails comes back to haunt her as she fights not only for Haven’s soul, but for her own as well.

 

That sounds awesome! It is definitely going in my ‘to read’ pile. 🙂

A little about Tifani:

Tifani - Author Photo

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 mysteries 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.

Where to find her: 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tifaniclark

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TifaniClark

Haven Waiting Blog Tour (and Tifani’s blog): http://tifaniclark.blogspot.com/2015/01/haven-waiting-blog-tour.html

 

 

 

 

 

Book Feature: OBSIDIAN THREADS by Charlie Pulsipher December 14, 2014

Front

Today I am featuring the second book in The Lost Shards series (Young Adult, Sci Fi/Fantasy) by Charlie Pulsipher entitled Obsidian Threads. I am actually reading the first book in the series, The Crystal Bridge (On sale for $.99 right now) and I am fascinated by it. I am loving the characters, the story line, and world building. So I am really looking forward to getting this book too! Here is the synopsis:

Rho has awakened. Its acolytes will tear worlds apart to release their deity from its prison. Any hope of Rho’s defeat lies with two people lost in a strange universe. Kaden and Aren must learn to harness all their unique gifts if they are to rival the god of darkness reborn.

They will not fight alone. A brilliant geneticist, a furry dwaro, two less than friendly elves, dragons, and a spunky red-haired computer stand with them. But if Kaden and Aren fail to reach their full potential, all of reality will be devoured until nothing remains but Rho.

 

(Yay!) You can find this awesomness HERE

Charlie Pulsipher

 

Author Bio: Charlie Pulsipher is a were-hamster and lemur enthusiast living in Southern Utah with his lovely wife and neurotic dog. He writes sci-fi and fantasy, and sometimes both at the same time. He’s obsessed with surviving the inevitable zombie-pocalypse. It’s coming. Tell your friends.

 He spends his time away from the keyboard hiking and camping in stunning Southern Utah. He also enjoys woodworking, painting, drawing, and pretending to have super powers.

He neglects his twitter account.

 His velociraptor impression is worth seeing. Ask him to show you. It just may be the coolest thing about him.

(I have actually seen the velociraptor impression and it is full of awesome!)

You can find him at these places: 

www.charliepulsipher.com

https://www.facebook.com/charlie.pulsipher

https://twitter.com/charliepulse

 

Book Feature: ENDLESS by Jaclyn Weist December 5, 2014

I love young adult books and I adore fairy tale retellings. I am excited to feature a friend’s new book today and am looking forward to reading it!

EndlessCover-Final-

Sydney lives her nightmares every night. While other teenagers are dreaming of boys or traveling to exotic places, she must run a staircase with no beginning or no end, or a terrible debt will never be paid.

Just before her seventeenth birthday, the dreams change. She is no longer alone.

But her nightmares don’t end when she wakes up. Her stepmother and stepsisters threaten to ruin everything she holds dear. She must protect the secret that both she and her father have magic or they will use it to their advantage.

As Sydney learns to control her magic, what seemed impossible before—escaping her stepmother and those ever-present stairs—is now at her fingertips. When she learns the ultimate plan of her evil captor, Sydney must stop her at all costs, or she will forever be trapped inside her nightmares.

 

Yay! Sounds fun. The book, not the nightmares. 🙂 I even have a little excerpt for you:

Dad came to my room to say good-bye before he left. He promised that everything would be perfect and he’d be back as soon as he could. What he didn’t see were the looks of death I was getting from Julie and her daughters, who were standing behind him.

As soon as he was out of sight, they all turned on me. Julie ordered me to repaint Kaylee’s room and give Sarah a manicure. I kept silent, hoping the days would fly so I could get to my party. Unfortunately, time didn’t obey, and seemed to drag on forever.

I was also ordered to clean the entire house from top to bottom before I could go to bed. … I just kept telling myself that all the cleaning was to help my dad, and not because Julie made me do it.

It was past midnight when Julie finally gave up making me use toothpicks to clean out the edges of the stove and around the tile. She sent me to bed with a promise that I would be doing the same thing the next day.

 

You can find the book here:   ENDLESS

And you can find Jaclyn here: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jaclynweistauthor

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jaclynweist

Blog: http://www.gatesofatlantis.com

Jaclyn Weist

 

 

 

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

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alison @ 12:10 am
Tags: , , , ,

Tifani Clark Blog Tour Banner

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:

Shadow of a Life Cover

 

 

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

Tifani - Author Photo

 

 

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.

Shadow of a Life

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! 

 

 

Book Feature: FRACTURED by Karen J Hoover August 4, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alison @ 8:25 am
Tags: , , , , ,

Fractured Blog Tour Banner

 

 

I am featuring a YA fantasy book today that I loved. The take on the fae and the mythology of it was a fun, unique twist. The heroine, Sianna, is damaged, scarred, brave, and amazing. I am hoping to feature an interview with the author sometime soon and you will get to hear more about this book, but for now–just know that you really want this book! 🙂

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00023]


Book title: Newtimber: Fractured
Author: Karen E. Hoover
Release Date: June 21st
Tour Dates: July 15th – August 15th
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Trifecta Books
Tour Host: Silverbow Promotions 

 

Book Synopsis: 

 

There was absolutely no way a black dragon hovered outside of

Newtimber. Sianna rubbed her eyes, but the dragon was still there, clutching a round object that looked

like a spotted egg. And then the egg fell, hitting the ground like an atomic bomb, sending out waves of a

slow-moving fog that distorted everything it touched.

 

The citizens of Newtimber change. The old man down the street

stretches into a screaming tree. Sianna’s skateboarding friend, Matt, transforms into a giant green

dragon. Pegasus. Sirens. Griffins. Vampires. Zombies. Creatures from the myths of every culture come to

life through the people.

Even Sianna changes, her skin becoming stone hard, and she gains

the ability to travel from the human realm into the dimension of the fae, using it to free her father from

prison and enlist his aid in battling the evil bent on taking over the world.

 

One person to heal a family, a town, and save the world. It seems an

impossible task, but with the help of her new friends, it could happen.

 

Right?

 

Get your copy of the book now! 

 

~ Amazon ~ B&N

Goodreads  ~ 

 

~ About the author ~

 

Karen E. Hoover has loved the written word for as long as

she can remember. Her favorite memory of her dad is the time he spent with

Karen on his lap, telling her stories for hours on end. Her dad promised he

would have Karen reading on her own by the time she was four years old … and he

very nearly did. Karen took the gift of words her dad gave her and ran with it.

Since then, she’s written two novels and reams of poetry. Her head is fairly

popping with ideas, so she plans to write until she’s ninety-four or maybe even

a hundred and four.

Inspiration is found everywhere, but Karen’s heart is fueled

by her husband and two sons, the Rocky Mountains, her chronic addiction to pens

and paper, and the smell of her laser printer in the morning.

 

Follow Karen! 

 

 

~ Get The Sapphire Flute (The Wolfchild Saga, Book One) by Karen, FREE! ~

 ~ Amazon

~ B&N ~

 

 
%d bloggers like this: