Category: Interview

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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Oct 21
{Interview+Giveaway} #DontGetCaught @KurtDinan @SourcebooksFire

{Interview+Giveaway} #DontGetCaught @KurtDinan @SourcebooksFire

Describe your book in 140 characters or less? A high school nobody recruits a crew of misfits for heists and pranks to get revenge on the mysterious Chaos Club. #DontGetCaught How did you come up with the idea for Don’t Get Caught? Look, who hasn’t wanted to rob a bank?  Or at least hasn’t thought about it?  I can’t be the only one, right?  Right? So, I suppose Don’t Get Caught is my way of robbing a bank without risking actual jail time because, let me make this clear, I would not do well in prison.  I love capers, heists, and schemes, and while the crew in this novel aren’t robbing banks, they are satisfying my criminal thoughts by doing the teenage equivalent of bank robbery–wrecking havoc in their high school. Tell us about the main character. Max is a high school nobody, a kid who’s smart enough and nice enough to get by, but who doesn’t really fit in anywhere.  So basically, he’s me at sixteen.  But what Max… Read more »

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Sep 15
{Interview+ #KindleFire HD Giveaway} The Sword and Its Servant by @VictorASalinas

{Interview+ #KindleFire HD Giveaway} The Sword and Its Servant by @VictorASalinas

Today I have a pretty exciting post to share. I have author, Victor Salinas here to answer some questions about his dark young adult fantasy series Grauwelt. The first book, The Sword and its Servant was released last year and to celebrate the series, they are hosting a fabulous giveaway exclusive to readers at Book Briefs. 1. What is the Grauwelt Series about? The series is about a great many things: life and death, freedom and rebellion, and choosing between individual fulfillment and the will of others. The Grauwelt series tells the tale of a teenage girl named Einsa who has no memories of her past. She had lived the entire life she remembers in a dark prison, held captive by a wicked species of creatures known as the Löwa. Einsa and a few of her cohorts decide to make a break for it… but it’s a lot harder and more dangerous than they realized. The Sword and Its Servant is the first installment of the multi-part Young Adult fantasy… Read more »

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Jun 07
{Interview+Giveaway} Wilder: The Guardian Series by G.K. DeRosa @vampgirl923

{Interview+Giveaway} Wilder: The Guardian Series by G.K. DeRosa @vampgirl923

Describe Wilder in a Tweet (140 characters or less) Celeste Wilder meets two gorgeous brothers and supernatural hijinks ensue. She discovers a family secret that will change everything. What is the hardest part of writing romance in a book? Making it not sound cheesy! I love romance, but I can’t say that I’ve ever read a romance novel – you know what I mean, the one with a Fabio type guy on the cover. However, any book that I do read has to have some sort of element of romance in it if it is to get my attention. When I read I often find myself skimming through the chapter looking for mention of the next romantic encounter, LOL. So in writing romance, I wanted to make sure I had a good balance of sweet moments and the exciting passionate ones that we all look forward to. It’s all about the build up for me, the “will they or won’t they”. What are some of your favorite genres to read?… Read more »

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Apr 22
{ARC Review+Interview+Giveaway} Paradise City by @CJ_Duggan @HachetteAus

{ARC Review+Interview+Giveaway} Paradise City by @CJ_Duggan @HachetteAus

Describe Paradise City in a tweet (140 characters or less). Paradise City is quintessentially Australian, heavily focused on family, friendships, love and pushing the limits. A sexy, sassy and witty character novel with plenty of twists and turns. What are some traits that you look for in your book boyfriends? There has to be an element of intrigue; discovering who they are is half the fun. Always love a character who can banter with a leading lady, and have amazing tension. Someone who is a strong, loyal male without being an Alpha jerk, because you know what? Sometimes the nice guy does get the girl. What are some of your favourite trends in YA right now? Dystopian, Paranormal, Contemp, Coming of Age: it all depends on my mood but I love them all and like to think that there is always something available for no matter what mood I am in, as long as there is a hint of romance. I adore a variety of YA. Which of your characters… Read more »

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Mar 25
{Interview+Giveaway} Painted Maidens Trilogy by Terra Harmony @harmonygirlit

{Interview+Giveaway} Painted Maidens Trilogy by Terra Harmony @harmonygirlit

How would you describe The Painted Maidens books? This is a three book, young adult fantasy series. Eco-fantasy, actually. There is plenty of action, some gore, some romance (which gets steamier as the series goes on), and it is definitely unique to anything you’ve read before. A young maiden (the youngest of her species, actually), Serena, is caught going beyond the borders of her kingdom to The Dry. As punishment, she is assigned to be the Werewolf Liaison which puts her in The Dry semi-permanently. She must contend with the hostile werewolf clan that has a long-standing, bloody history with the maidens. There are plenty of twists along the way and I have to say this might be suited toward those that enjoy the dark fantasy genre. How did you come up with the idea for the series? Really I just wanted to write about dragons. I still kind of do but I might be over the whole ‘scaly creatures’ thing by now. As I was running through dragon imagery… Read more »

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Mar 16
{Interview+Quiz+Giveaway} Numbers Game by @RebeccaRode

{Interview+Quiz+Giveaway} Numbers Game by @RebeccaRode

Check out this cool Numbers Game Quiz Here: https://www.playbuzz.com/authorrebeccarode10/what-is-your-numbers-game-rating%EF%BB%BF Q: Will you tell us about Numbers Game? A: Absolutely! In the New Order Republic of America, 16-year-olds are given a Rating, a number that encompasses what they’re worth to society. It determines their career, living conditions, and potential partners. This is the story of Treena, who gets a different Rating than the one she earned. She decides to fight for what is rightfully hers, determined to get her boyfriend back in the process. Meanwhile, she meets Vance, a mysterious prisoner-turned-soldier who has his own agenda. When someone tries to kill Treena—twice—they uncover a dark conspiracy that risks much more than Treena’s Rating. Q: Great. You probably get this question a lot, but the concept is so unique that I have to ask—where did you get the idea for Numbers Game? A: I love this question! My husband sent me to the bank to finalize the loan on the truck he was buying. I looked at my credit score and thought… Read more »

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Feb 24
{Interview+Giveaway} Twisted by Holly Hook @hollyannehook

{Interview+Giveaway} Twisted by Holly Hook @hollyannehook

Twisted is the first book of the Deathwind Trilogy, a new young adult and teen paranormal romance series. The second book, Torn, is also available. Book Three of the Deathwind Trilogy, Unleashed, will be released in Summer of 2015. 1. Describe Twisted in a Tweet. (140 characters or less) Allie’s tornado chasing trip changes her forever in a way she never expected… 2. What kind of research did you do in preparation of Twisted? I watched lots and lots of tornado videos on Youtube and of course read everything I could about these storms.  I’ve always had a fascination with tornadoes which helped me begin the book in the first place. 3. Tornado Chasing is kind of a “daredevil” type hobby. Are you a daredevil as well or more cautious? It depends.  A big part of me would like to try that.  However, I’m scared to death of icy roads and get sick at the thought of driving on them. 4. What were some of your favorite YA books from… Read more »

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Feb 16
{Interview+Giveaway} Sanyare: The Last Descendant by @MeganPHaskell

{Interview+Giveaway} Sanyare: The Last Descendant by @MeganPHaskell

1. Describe your book in a tweet. (140 characters or less) Choice: make friends with the enemy dark elves or be executed for treason. She’s innocent, but Rie must break the law to prove it. 2. Do you have a specific writing style?  I’m not sure you’d call it a style, so much as a philosophy. In Sanyare, I tried to create a fantasy world where real people could live, work, and breathe. My protagonist is grounded in the daily life of the realms, and I’ve tried to incorporate some of the economic realities of the different worlds. But with all of that, I think my writing is tight and concise. I don’t waste words and I keep the story moving. 3. What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?  The short answer is time. I’m a stay at home mom, so writing Sanyare took a long time. You’ll often hear advice from indie authors who say you should write fast and publish often… Read more »

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Jan 16
{Interview} With Author F. T. Camargo

{Interview} With Author F. T. Camargo

Although you are Italian/Brazilian living in Sao Paulo, what prompted you to set your story in Manhattan and other parts of the world? I find New York such a great, democratic and multicultural city for the book to begin. I’ve been going to New York since I was 16 and I know the city well. I’m a travel addict and since we live in a globalized era, I decided to use different countries I have traveled to around the world in the book. As you will notice I distinctly describe each and every City, because I always do the research. In your description of each city, including Manhattan, that your characters travel to, your description of each city is so clear I feel as the reader you have been there. Have you? Do you travel to each country where your stories take place? As I mentioned earlier I have been to all the cities in my book and heavily researched Peru. I will keep traveling to all the cities in my future books…. Read more »

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