Category: Interview

Jun 27
{Interview+Giveaway} The Woman in the Photo by @AuthorMaryHogan

{Interview+Giveaway} The Woman in the Photo by @AuthorMaryHogan

What’s the story behind THE WOMAN IN THE PHOTO?  How did the book come to be? I first had the idea for this book 24 years ago! I’m not kidding. In 1992, my husband, actor Robert Hogan, was in an off-Broadway play called On the Bum, also starring Cynthia Nixon and Campbell Scott. The play was set in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, several years after the epic flood. The characters talked about a “lake in the sky” which piqued my curiosity. A few days later, I went to the library to read about such strange geography. That’s when I read the real story of the Johnstown disaster. Wow. I was blown away. What a great story! I held my breath for 24 years worrying that someone would write my book before I got a chance to. There are other books out there about the flood, but nothing like mine.  How did you conduct your research for the book?  Are any of the characters in the book inspired by real-life people? While on… Read more »

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Jun 11
{Interview+Giveaway} The Du Lac Chronicles by @MaryAnneYarde

{Interview+Giveaway} The Du Lac Chronicles by @MaryAnneYarde

“An evocative, timeless saga of love and betrayal” Tony Riches, author of The Tudor Trilogy  Amazon #1 Best Seller in Young Adult Medieval Fiction Today I have author of The Du Lac Chronicles, Mary Anne Yarde here to tell us a little bit about herself and her book! Check out the interview and then enter to win a copy of this post-Arthurian book for yourself! Where did you grow up? I lived in a small Somerset village surrounded by fields and woods. My parents owned a smallholding, so it was not unusual to find ducks in the bath or sheep wandering in and out of the kitchen! I remember when I was little, the school I went to had a ‘dress-up as a nursery rhyme character’ day – the obviously choice for me was Mary had a little lamb. I don’t think the teachers were that impressed when I turned up at school with a real lamb on the end of a lead! What were you like at school? I… Read more »

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May 03
{ARC Review+Interview with Myself} #SquareRootofSummer by Harriet Hapgood @hapgoodness

{ARC Review+Interview with Myself} #SquareRootofSummer by Harriet Hapgood @hapgoodness

Today I have a very different interview for you guys. I have an interview with myself. I answered these questions back in February of 2016 and then I answered the same questions in April. I thought it was such a cool idea to see if/ or what changed, and how. This Is Who I Am Now What Brings You The Most Joy In Life? Feb/March 2016: Seeing my boyfriend and family on the weekends. May 2016: Vacation time! I am planning my summer vacation trip to the mountains in July and also a camping trip in November and even though they are far away, I love planning for trips because it gets me even more excited for them. not much has changed here. In feb/march I was really excited for my weekend plans. I was totally working for the weekends, and now I am excited for planning my longer vacations that are coming up. haha What Are You Reading? Feb/March 2016: Obsidian by Kimberly Loth May 2016: Love Charms and… Read more »

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Apr 26
{ARC Review+Interview+Giveaway} Weekend with her Bachelor by @Jeannie_Moon

{ARC Review+Interview+Giveaway} Weekend with her Bachelor by @Jeannie_Moon

Describe Weekend with her Bachelor in a tweet (140 characters or less) Brought together by a winning bid, Gavin & Ally have one weekend to see if old sparks can turn into new flames. What are your favorite kinds of books/tropes to read at the moment? I’m a sucker for second chance romances and give me a good secret baby story, and I’m a happy girl. Tell us something about a character from the book that we wouldn’t have known. The character of Vivi actually based on a real person, and author friend of mine, who is also named Vivi. She talks very fast and likes to keep people organized. What is the most fun part of the writing process for you? I love fleshing out characters. Building them from the ground up and making them breathe. After that I love revising, especially when I have feedback. If we had an author talent show, what would your talent be? I build amazing heroes. I’d totally win the event. Weekend with… Read more »

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Apr 04
{ARC Review+Interview+Giveaway} Nightstruck by @JennaBlack @torteen

{ARC Review+Interview+Giveaway} Nightstruck by @JennaBlack @torteen

Describe Nightstruck in a tweet. (140 characters or less) Ordinary teenage girl tricked into opening gate to a malevolent world that takes over Philadelphia every night. What is something we would be surprised to learn about Becket? Becket knows how to fire a gun. She figured it would be “lame” not to be able to fire one when her father is the police commissioner. Her knowledge of firearms comes in handy more than once over the course of the book. What are some of your bookish pet peeves at the moment? This goes for books, movies, and TV—I get tired of scenarios where one character is keeping a secret, and then just when that character has nerved him- or herself up to reveal it, it comes out accidentally. It’s supposed to create tension, but because it’s done so much, you know from the moment the person in question decides to keep the secret that it’s going to be revealed by someone else and create drama and angst. What is one… Read more »

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Mar 16
{Interview+Giveaway} Holding out for a Hero by Victoria Van Tiem @VVanTiem_author

{Interview+Giveaway} Holding out for a Hero by Victoria Van Tiem @VVanTiem_author

Today I have Victoria Van Tiem here, the author of the romantic comedy- Holding out for a Hero. This book has been getting rave reviews, and it looks hilarious, so check it out. I will put links for the book above the interview, and there is a giveaway below for an ecopy of Holding Out for a Hero. Good luck! (P.S. I know it is totally obvious, but my responses are in blue) ————————– Describe Holding Out for a Hero in a tweet. (140 characters or less) Libby survived the 80s. She wished she hadn’t. Holding out for a Hero – 80s fun with surprising depth. #80sIntervention – BookBriefs: #YES! What is a trend from the 80s that you would love to see come back? What is one that you are happy to leave behind? I still love gaucho pants and culottes. A more modern version in classic colors just came out again, so I was quick to grab a few because once they’re out of trend, they disappear and… Read more »

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Mar 11
{Interview+Giveaway} #FROSTEDCOWBOY by Charlene Ross @Rossgirl08

{Interview+Giveaway} #FROSTEDCOWBOY by Charlene Ross @Rossgirl08

Today I have Charlene Ross here, the author of Frosted Cowboys for an interview and giveaway. Be sure to check out Frosted Cowboys, available now! ————————— Describe Frosted Cowboy in a tweet. (140 characters or less) Snarky yet lovable heroine must start over after losing fiancé & job. Dating mishaps, career fumbles & hilarity ensue. #FROSTEDCOWBOY Tell us something about Laney that we would be surprised to learn? She is killer at karaoke. (After a few cocktails.) 3. What are some of your bookish pet peeves? Books that are not well-written, yet are wildly popular is definitely a pet peeve of mine. (Probably has much to do with jealousy.) J I also do not like books that are overly descriptive or use big words just to use big words. I’m not stupid. I know how to use a dictionary, but I have a pretty extensive vocabulary and if I have to look a word up because I’ve never heard of it and can’t figure out its meaning in the context… Read more »

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Feb 16
{Interview+Giveaway} A Bitter Pill to Swallow by @TiffanyGholar

{Interview+Giveaway} A Bitter Pill to Swallow by @TiffanyGholar

Today we have author Tiffany Gholar here to talk about her book, A Bitter Pill to Swallow. 1. Describe A Bitter Pill to Swallow in a tweet. (140 characters or less) She lives in a fantasy world. He lives in a nightmare. When they find each other, they find themselves. 2. Tell us something about Devante and Janina that we would be surprised to learn? Janina’s story-within-a-story, “Psindrome,” is taken from the old version of the book as well as the sequel I outlined for it. The tragedy Devante experiences in his backstory was inspired by an actual event that happened in Chicago that I read about as a teenager and never forgot. I don’t want to say too much more about them because I don’t want to spoil my story. 3. What are some of your bookish pet peeves? My biggest pet peeve as an avid reader of library ebooks is the waiting lists. Whenever a book gets popular you can end up waiting months to read the digital… Read more »

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Dec 07
{Interview+Giveaway} Never Never by Brianna Strum @briannashrum

{Interview+Giveaway} Never Never by Brianna Strum @briannashrum

Describe Never Never in a Tweet (140 characters or less) Trapped in Neverland, in love with Tiger Lily who loves another, obsessed with going home. The story of Capt. Hook What do you think is the hardest part of writing a retelling? I’d say the hardest part for me was that I REALLY wanted to stay very true to the original. I wanted the events of PETER PAN to play out exactly as they had in the original, but to show you a completely different side of things (as well as a whole new backstory), and there were several events from the original that were realllly difficult to write and still portray Hook as the protagonist. So staying true to the original while still spinning it to be your own is tricky! What are some of your favorite fairy tales? (or their retellings?) I love Beauty and the Beast (so say we all), and I have a deep love/hate relationship with The Little Mermaid. (I’m blergghhhh on Ariel, but ADORE… Read more »

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Dec 01
{Interview+Giveaway} A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas @RhiannonKT

{Interview+Giveaway} A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas @RhiannonKT

1. Describe A Wicked Thing in a Tweet (140 characters or less) The story of what happens after Sleeping Beauty wakes up. 2. What do you think is the hardest part of writing a retelling? Finding the balance between the traditional story and your own ideas. I’ve definitely read retellings that seemed to be held back by the need to include certain familiar elements, but if you wander too far from the familiar, is it really a retelling any more? 3. What are some of your favorite fairy tales? (or their retellings?) My favorite fairy tale has always been The Little Mermaid. The imagery really stuck with me, like the description that every step felt like she was dancing on knives… which is a pretty morbid detail for a kid to find compelling, now that I think about it. As for favorite retellings, I have to gush over Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell. It’s such an amazing, magical, emotional book. 4. Did you plan your novel out or did you let… Read more »

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