{Interview+G!veaway} Clockwise by Elle Strauss

April 25, 2012 Giveaways, Interview 6


Today I have an interview with Author Elle Strauss! And a cool giveaway too! If you would like to read my review of Clockwise you can find it HERE 🙂

About you as an author:

Me: Thank you so much for being here today! When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Elle: I was already in my thirties when I decided to pursue it seriously.

How long does it take you to write a book?
It depends on the book, but generally between 3 and 6 months

Do you have a routine that you use to get into the right frame of mind to write?
No. Sometimes I’m editing, sometimes I’m promoting and marketing and sometimes I’m working on new writing. It just depends what needs to get done.

Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters?
Who really knows the answer to this question? No, really?

How do you decide what you want to write about?
This kind of goes with the last question. It depends on what idea I’m mulling over and if I decide, yeah, I need to explore this.
About you as a person:

What books have most influenced your life?
Pride and Prejudice, Sophie’s Journey, the Bible

What is the first book you remember reading by yourself?
I loved the Reddy Fox series by Thornton Burgess. From there I moved on to Nancy Drew.

What are you reading right now?
I just finished Vanish by Sophie Jordan

What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Besides reading? Hot Haitha Yoga, hiking, and hanging out with friends and family.

What do you think makes a good story?
A beginning, middle and end with strong character and story arcs that include mystery and tension.

Who would you consider your favorite author and why?
Wow, that’s a hard one. I know so many who are living, so I’m going to play it safe with a dead one. Jane Austen.

What book, if any, do you read over and over again?
I’m not really the kind of person to read books more than once (though I broke that rule with Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier) because I have such an enormous to be read pile.

 Casey Donovan has issues: hair, height and uncontrollable trips to the 19th century! And now this –she’s accidentally taken Nate Mackenzie, the cutest boy in the school, back in time. Awkward.
Protocol pressures her to tell their 1860 hosts that he is her brother and when Casey finds she has a handsome, wealthy (and unwanted) suitor, something changes in Nate. Are those romantic sparks or is it just “brotherly” protectiveness?
When they return to the present, things go back to the way they were before: Casey parked on the bottom of the rung of the social ladder and Nate perched high on the very the top. Except this time her heart is broken. Plus, her best friend is mad, her parents are split up, and her younger brother gets escorted home by the police. The only thing that could make life worse is if, by some strange twist of fate, she took Nate back to the past again.
Which of course, she does.

Find Elle Strauss Here: http://www.ellestraussbooks.blogspot.com

There are a few different giveaways going on: 
1.  You can enter to win a copy of Clockwise on theGoodreads page until 4/30.  You can also purchase it for $0.99 during the tour.

2. One of my followers will win an ecopy of Glimpse by by Stacey Wallace Benefield. (this prize is provided by elle. Thank you Elle!) To enter this giveaway just fill out the rafflecopter below the tour schedule.

3. Each of the tour stops are giving away a different book! Here is the schedule so you can enter them all.

Clockwise Tour Schedule
Monday, April 23, 2012:
Chapter by Chapter: review with excerpt and giveaway Exiled by RaShelle Workman
Love of Books: dream cast guest post and giveaway of Running Wide Open by Lisa Nowak
Speculating on SpecFic: review and giveaway of Watched by Cindy Hogan
Buried in Books: review and giveaway of Tangled Tides by Karen Hooper
Some Like It Paranormal:  review and giveaway of Sleepers by Megg Jensen
Tuesday, April 24, 2012:
Good Family Reads: writer’s cave guest post and giveaway of The Green by Karly Kirkpatrick
BookSpark: review and giveaway of Beautiful Demons by Sarra Cannon
Wednesday, April 25, 2012:
Book Briefs: author interview and giveaway of Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefield
The Cozy Reading Corner: excerpt, review and giveaway of Become by Ali Cross
Bookworm Lisa:character interview and giveaway of Open Mindsby Susan Kaye Quinn
Novels on the Run: excerpt and giveaway of Land of Corn Chips by Angel Carlie
Fictional Distraction: review and giveaway of The Secret of Spruce Knoll by Heather McCorkle
Jaclyn’s Musings: review and giveaway of The Veil by Cory Putman Oakes
Thursday, April 26, 2012:
JJ iReads: review and giveaway of How to Date an Alien by Magan Vernon
Endlessly Bookish: character interview and giveaway of Bound by CK Bryant
Into the Hall of Books: Excerpt and giveaway of Clockwise by Elle Strauss
Friday, April 27, 2012:
Comfort Books: review and giveaway of Destined by Jessie Harrell
Saturday, April 28, 2012:
A Tale of Many Reviews: Final Stop and Grand Prize giveaway
          (all titles provided by Elle and Elle’s sequel, Clockwiser)


Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Zellie Wells has a devastating crush on Avery Adams, the son of her mom’s high school sweetheart. At her sixteenth birthday party, held in the basement of her dad’s church, she finally finds the courage to talk to him. Turns out, the devastating crush is mutual. 
As Avery takes her hand and leads her out onto the makeshift dance floor, Zellie is overwhelmed by her first vision of his death; shocking because not only are they both covered in his blood, but they’re old, like 35, and she is pregnant.
Afraid to tell anyone about the vision, (she’d just be labeled a freaky black magic witch, right?) Zellie keeps the knowledge of Avery’s future to herself and tries to act like any other teenager in love. When they get caught on their way to a secret rendezvous by her mom and his dad, they are forbidden to see each other. Convinced that their parents are freaking out unnecessarily, Avery and Zellie vow to be together no matter what. They continue their relationship in secret until Zellie learns that their parents are just trying to prevent her and Avery from suffering like they did. The visions are hereditary, they’re dangerous, and if they stay together the visions will come true Now Zellie must choose between severing all ties with Avery, like her mom did to prevent his father’s death, and finding a way to change Avery’s future.

I am so jealous! I want to read Glimpse so bad! Good Luck everyone 🙂 




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6 Responses to “{Interview+G!veaway} Clockwise by Elle Strauss”

  1. Giselle

    “A beginning, middle and end with strong character and story arcs that include mystery and tension.” Sounds easy, right? Teehee. Great interview this sounds like a great book!

  2. passant

    thanks for the giveaway and awesome tour!!!
    i cant wait to read all the books!!
    email: passantelashram[at]yahoo[dot]com

  3. Vickie

    I literally just finished reading Clockwise yesterday. Actually, it’s what I was doing all day! I really enjoyed when Casey tripped! I like that time period. It was a great book! You all should definitely look into reading it!!
    I’m not going to enter because I already have a copy of Glimpse but good luck to everyone else!!

  4. Dynie

    Glompse is a strong book that camptures your attention at the very beginning. Thanks for the giveaway.

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