Category: Interview

Aug 06
{Interview+Giveaway} Dead Sexy by Lulu M. Sylvian

{Interview+Giveaway} Dead Sexy by Lulu M. Sylvian

1. Describe Dead Sexy in a tweet (140 characters or less) 140 characters or less is always a challenge, but I’ll give it my best. Dead Sexy is a paranormal ghost romance about a Hollywood has-been hunk and the woman who falls in love with his ghost. (119 characters) But I don’t feel that tells you much at all, let me try again: Hollywood has-been hunk finds a talented illustrator to write him into the perfect life he didn’t have. Life doesn’t give you do-overs, neither does the afterlife. (Too long) Peter Keith wants a do-over. Problem is he’s dead. Illustrator Gillian wants to help him. Problem is she’s in love with him. (124 characters) Can a person become a better person after they’ve died? Gil is pretty sure the answer is yes because she has fallen in love with a ghost. (137 characters) Can you tell us something that we would be surprised to learn about Peter and Gillian? It’s not in the story, but as part of her career in Medical Illustration, Gillian would… Read more »

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Jul 19
{Interview+Giveaway}The Sin Soldiers by Tracy Auerbach

{Interview+Giveaway}The Sin Soldiers by Tracy Auerbach

The Sin Soldiers Tracy Auerbach (Fragments, #1) Publication date: July 23rd 2019 Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult Red compound makes them angry. Yellow exhausts them. Blue drives them into a state of ravenous addiction. The thief Kai knows about the chemically controlled soldiers of the Eastern forces and their savage, deadly nature. When a robbery attempt at Club Seven goes wrong, Kai is captured by a handler and his bestial soldier-boy. She wakes up inside the military base with no idea what happened to her twin brother, Dex. Things go from bad to worse when Kai is started on a drug and training regimen, and forced to take injections of blue compound. The scientists in charge plan to make her into a working soldier who will mine the mysterious power crystals beneath the desert. Kai becomes a victim of the bully Finn, a handsome but nasty soldier whose years on red compound seem to have erased his humanity. Still, she begins to pity the Seven Soldiers, including the monstrous… Read more »

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May 22
{Interview+Giveaway} The Divorce Planner by Angela Lam

{Interview+Giveaway} The Divorce Planner by Angela Lam

The Divorce Planner Angela Lam Published by: The Wild Rose Press Publication date: May 20th 2019 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance When her daughter suggests Darcy Madison attend her ex-husband’s wedding, Darcy enlists the help of her colleague, divorce attorney Victor Costello, to pose as her dashing young date. But when Victor proposes to Darcy at the reception, Darcy forgets they are pretending and says, “Yes!” Between her false engagement to Victor and her daughter’s suggestion to have a double wedding, Darcy falls even further in the fantasy of being a blushing midlife bride. The longer the masquerade continues, the more Darcy starts to wonder what is love and can it last forever in a world where divorce is the only language she knows? Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Kobo —     What inspired you to write The Divorce Planner? Shortly after my year-long divorce was finalized, I wistfully wondered if the process would have gone more smoothly if I had hired someone to navigate… Read more »

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Apr 29
{Interview+Giveaway} A GOOD ENOUGH MOTHER by Bev Thomas

{Interview+Giveaway} A GOOD ENOUGH MOTHER by Bev Thomas

Thank you so much to Bev Thomas for stopping by Book Briefs today to chat about her book, a Good enough Mother, which releases tomorrow. Check out her interview below and then enter the giveaway to try and win a copy of the book for yourself! The protagonist of A GOOD ENOUGH MOTHER is Ruth Hartland, an experienced therapist who specializes in helping trauma victims. You were also a clinical psychologist for many years, and have an in-depth understanding of this world. What made you want to explore the patient-therapist relationship in fiction and how did your real-life experiences inform the novel? In my work, I had always been very interested in grief and loss – powerful emotions that not only underpin the human condition, but frequently find their way into the therapy room. But I was initially reluctant to explore the therapeutic world in fiction, as I didn’t want the focus to be on a patient. It was only when I flipped the concept and made the protagonist a… Read more »

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Apr 03
{Interview+Excerpt} Throw by Rubén Degollado

{Interview+Excerpt} Throw by Rubén Degollado

Why did you write this book? I wanted a book that spoke to my experience as a young Latino and the experiences of my Latino students. The books I tried to give them were either inauthentic caricatures of Latinos or did not speak to the tough reality many of these students face on a daily basis. The one book they did relate to year after year was The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I thought, what if I give them a modern Chicano Outsiders? What if I gave them a novel telling a completely different story about teens living on the fringes of acceptable society, but whose hopes, desires, and regrets were as relatable to my white students as they were to my Latino students? It was something I knew I had to write myself. Is this book autobiographical? The main part of the narrative is completely fiction. However, virtually all the back stories, the memories of the main character, Güero, are from my own experiences and a few are from… Read more »

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Mar 08
{Interview+Giveaway} Enchantress Undercover by A.C. Spahn

{Interview+Giveaway} Enchantress Undercover by A.C. Spahn

Enchantress Undercover A.C. Spahn (Arcane Artisans, #1) Publication date: March 18th 2019 Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy Adrienne Morales is a hunted woman. Stalked by Voids—people immune to magic—and pursued by a deadly past, Adrienne wants nothing more than to avoid spells and sorcery. Her powers as an enchantress make that impossible. Every few days she must release the magic gathering around her, or it’ll steal her sanity. The only way to stay alive is to practice her magic in secret, hiding enchantments in works of art she sells in her craft store. When a firebreathing psychopath controlled by enchantment tries to burn down her store, Adrienne unleashes her powers to stop him. Unfortunately her battle has a witness—Adrienne’s handsome business partner. Turns out he’s a Void, and sworn to a Union that executes rogue magic users. Worse, the firebreather isn’t the only victim to pop up around San Francisco. Someone is using magic to create monsters and destroy minds, and the Void Union wants them dead. Now Adrienne must… Read more »

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Feb 26
{Interview+Giveaway} The Similars by Rebecca Hanover

{Interview+Giveaway} The Similars by Rebecca Hanover

Rebecca Hanover discusses her Young Adult novel The Similars Please provide a capsule description of The Similars, and a brief explanation of your inspiration for the book. THE SIMILARS tells the story of Emma, who arrives at her prestigious boarding school freshly grieving the death of her best friend, Oliver, only to come face-to-face with his clone. Levi is Oliver’s exact DNA copy, one of six “Similars” joining the junior class right alongside their originals.  A few years ago, the idea of clones arriving at a high school came to me in a flash, and I knew right away it was a story I wanted to read. Since it didn’t exist, I resolved to write it myself!  Have you long aspired to write fiction for young adults? Why YA? I’ve wanted to write a YA novel for ages, ever since I waited in line till midnight at a Harry Potter book release to get my own pair of Potter glasses (I still have them). Though I’ve been a rabid children’s and YA… Read more »

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Jan 24
{Interview+Giveaway} Annelies by David R. Gillham

{Interview+Giveaway} Annelies by David R. Gillham

    ANNELIES is a work of historical fiction that asks the question: What if Anne Frank survived the Holocaust? What sparked your interest in reinventing the life of such a treasured writer? Anne Frank’s story has always been a story of hope, and hope is the common thread of my writing. Especially under conditions where it’s hard to imagine that such a thing can survive. Probably the most famous passage from Anne’s diary is dated in July of 1944, and in it she writes that, even in the face of war and persecution, she still believes in the basic goodness of people. But the question has been asked, could she still have believed this after experiencing the horrors of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen? It is a challenging question, and one, which I wanted to try at least to answer. This novel is my attempt to do so. How did you approach writing about a Holocaust victim? How are you able to provide validity to Anne’s story? As I wrote this… Read more »

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Oct 17
{Interview+Giveaway} Rheia by Cassandra Page

{Interview+Giveaway} Rheia by Cassandra Page

Interview with Cassandra Page, author of Rheia I noticed that Rheia is listed as a fantasy rather than a historical fantasy – is it actually set in Ancient Greece? Not exactly, no. The kingdom of Oreareus in which Rheia is set is inspired by the world of Ancient Greece – from the culture and the aesthetic to the Minotaur, the Minoans and the island of Crete. But I’m no historian, and I took a fair amount of creative license: the steampunk elements of my world, as minor as they are, are the most obvious markers of that. That being said, there was a long time there where my favourite web searches all started with the words “Ancient Greek” and finished with everything from clothes to meals to plant life. Rheia is the first novel I’ve written that isn’t an urban fantasy set in modern day Australia, and I wanted to get the world-building as right as I possibly could. What made you decide to switch genres from urban fantasy? My… Read more »

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Jun 08
{Interview+Giveaway} Going Places by Kathryn Berla

{Interview+Giveaway} Going Places by Kathryn Berla

I am super excited to have Kathryn Berla here today to share her new novel, Going Places. She has stopped by for an interview and there is also a fun giveaway at the bottom of the post, so be sure to enter that! Thank you so much for being here today Kathryn! Describe Going Places in a Tweet (140 characters or less) Hudson chooses homeschooling as a way to coast through his senior year of high school in this coming-of-age, but fate has other plans. What is something we would be surprised to learn about Hudson? You might be surprised to learn that as a child, Hudson had a bottlecap collection and raised orchids. And after college, he became an excellent cook. What was the hardest part about writing Going Places? What was the best part? I’m very protective of Hudson who’s patterned after someone close to me, so the hardest part was allowing him to be hurt. But you can only be hurt if you open yourself to life… Read more »

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