Category: Interview

Nov 05
{Interview+Giveaway} Watched by CJ Lyons @SourcebooksFire

{Interview+Giveaway} Watched by CJ Lyons @SourcebooksFire

Describe Watched in a tweet (140 characters or less) CJ: Teens blackmailed by cyberpredator with no hope of fighting back–unless they fight together What are some of your favorite thrillers? CJ: Too many to count! But two of my favorites feature teens who become empowered through their struggles: John Hart’s Last Child and Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity. What kind of research did you do while writing Watched? CJ: The research for Watched was wide-flung, everything from what the steering wheel of a vintage Austin-Healy looked like and how the doors opened; to the psychology behind teen self-harm, agoraphobia, pedophilia, psychopathy, stalkers, and arson; methods of arsonists; how cyberpredators work (including reviewing actual case records and transcripts from federal agents I interviewed); and reviewing dozens of real life cases of teens victimized by cyberpredators and cappers. What is your favorite part about writing a thriller? What is the hardest for you? CJ: My favorite part is the ending—I often write the climax first. I love bringing all the loose threads… Read more »

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Sep 02
{Interview} Author Sarah Ashley Jones @sarahashjones

{Interview} Author Sarah Ashley Jones @sarahashjones

Today I have Author Sarah Ashley Jones here for an interview. Sarah is the author of new adult contemporaries and fantasies. Check out some of her books below! 1. Which of your characters was the most fun to write and why? Which was the hardest? Hmmm. I think the most fun I’ve had with a character so far is Hannah in Promise Me This. She’s the main character’s quirky, free-spirited best friend and she basically says whatever is on her mind as fast as she thinks it. She’s got a ton of one liners and weird comebacks that I always think in my head, but never say out loud. As for the hardest, I think that one has to go to Elias in Rebel Souls. He’s an Alpha by force, not by nature, so underneath is all he really cares about other people and it makes his brain a total chaos of right vs wrong all the time. It’s really hard to justify some of his actions sometimes because of it. 2. Do… Read more »

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Aug 21
{Review+Interview+Giveaway} Indiscretion by @1ElisabethGrace

{Review+Interview+Giveaway} Indiscretion by @1ElisabethGrace

This review is for volumes 1 and 2 of the New Adult Serial Romance- Indiscretion. I have had some meh experiences with novellas and short stories lately. I kept picking up shorts that were not well developed, utterly rushed and just weren’t grabbing my attention. But I just needed the fabulous Elisabeth Grace to restore my faith in the novella. And Serial novellas are my favorite kind of short story. I am absolutely LOVING Indiscretion. I just got my copy of volume 3 yesterday and I am already itching to put aside my current book to read it. The chemistry between Chloe and Max sizzles and jumps off the page. I know the deal between them is no strings attached and just something casual, but the way they are around each other is surprisingly tender and beyond wonderful. I am always so blown away with what Elisabeth Grace is able to do with her characters. And what she is able to do in just 70 or so pages in incredible!… Read more »

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Aug 15
{Interview+Excerpt+Giveaway} Beyond The Pale: Dark YA Fantasy Anthology @Nimpentoad

{Interview+Excerpt+Giveaway} Beyond The Pale: Dark YA Fantasy Anthology @Nimpentoad

Today I have Henry Herz, the editor of Beyond the Pale here with us on Book Briefs. Welcome Henry! 1. Describe Beyond the Pale in a Tweet (140 characters or less) BEYOND THE PALE is an anthology of dark/urban fantasy & paranormal stories by master authors like Beagle, Butcher, Brewer, Garcia & Yolen.  2. What are some of challenges of putting together an Anthology? You have to select a theme. Then you have to decide which authors to invite. Then you have to convince them to participate. Then you have to see if they have a story that both matches the theme AND is available for use. Then you have to negotiate contracts. Then you have to acquire, edit, and format the stories. Then you have to coordinate the authors’ PR teams in promoting the book. “Herding cats” is the short version. Lots of work, but lots of fun.   3. What makes Beyond the Pale unique? Without question, my favorite aspect of BEYOND THE PALE is the stellar cast… Read more »

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Jul 31
{Interview+Giveaway} Aizai the Forgotten by Mary-Jean Harris

{Interview+Giveaway} Aizai the Forgotten by Mary-Jean Harris

Today I have Mary- Jean here for an interview about her book, Aizai the Forgotten and then a giveaway of an ecopy of her book! 1. Describe Aizai the Forgotten in a tweet. Aizai the Forgotten follows seventeen-year-old Wolfdon as he tries to find the lost world of Aizai in France and Spain of the seventeenth century. With a beautiful horse he borrows from an astrologer, Wolfdon meets many peculiar people and eventually discovers the portal to Aizai with the aid of a mysterious girl he believes to be a goddess. Once in Aizai, Wolfdon witnesses magic beyond his imagination, but also realizes that there is a deadly secret, something that may involve him more than he could have guessed, and takes him even further on a dangerous mission. 2. What is one thing that we would be surprised to learn about Wolfdon Pellegrin? He has a strange mix of loyalty and disloyalty to his character. You find this out in the book, but he’ll be perfectly alright with ‘borrowing’ books and… Read more »

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Jul 19
{Fun Interview+Giveaway} Just Stay by @MichelleAbbott4

{Fun Interview+Giveaway} Just Stay by @MichelleAbbott4

Get to know Michelle Abbott with this fun interview and facts 10 Fun Facts Favorite Color: Purple Favorite Book: Captive in the Dark by CJ Roberts Favorite Author: I honestly couldn’t name just one Favorite Movie: The Dark Knight and Momento Favorite Actor: Christian Bale Favorite Actress: Julia Roberts Favorite Song: Too many to name, I like love songs Favorite Singer: It varies, right now I like Josh Krajcik Favorite Snacks: Haribo Tangfastics, potato chips, any kind of chocolate Favorite TV Show: Currently, Orange is the New Black Rapid Fire Round Love or Friendship: Love Vampire or Werewolf: Vampire Amazon or Smashwords: Amazon Chick-Lit or Historical Regency: chick-lit Robert Pattinson or Ian Somerhalder: Robert Pattinson 5 Things Your Readers Don’t Know About You 1. I don’t like vegetables; the only ones I’ll eat are potatoes. 2. My favourite alcoholic drink is white wine 3. My favourite board game is scrabble 4. I’m an introvert 5. I have a large collection of teddy bears   To enter, fill out the rafflecopter… Read more »

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Jul 05
{Character Interview+Giveaway} The Prophecy of Arcadia by M.H. Soars

{Character Interview+Giveaway} The Prophecy of Arcadia by M.H. Soars

 Character Interview with Matt I’m sitting at my desk, writing on my diary, as usual, when Melanie comes barging in without bothering to knock. I know it’s her and not one of the boys by the clank-clank sound her heels make on the hardwood floor. Without turning around I ask. “What do you want, Melanie?” She ignores my question and flops on my bed. “Ugh, sometimes I hate my job.” I put the pen down and swivel on my chair to face her. It’s not like we have done much in our “jobs” yet so I don’t understand her complaint. “Please, enlighten me, sis.” “The paper is publishing their annual list of hotties and they expect me to contribute by doing an interview. Can you believe it?” I give her a blank stare. Here I’m thinking she’s referring to our jobs as Alexia’s protectors. I shake my head and turn back to what I was doing before she interrupted me. “Fine. Ignore me. But so you know, I’m supposed to… Read more »

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Jun 30
{Character Interview+Giveaway} IMPERVIOUS by Heather Letto

{Character Interview+Giveaway} IMPERVIOUS by Heather Letto

INTERVIEW WITH FRAN: Hi all! Heather Letto here with a funny story– I sent Fran an email not too long ago, asking if she wouldn’t mind making an appearance for today’s blog stop. She said, sure… if I was willing to throw a few donuts and a Big Gulp into the kitty. So, sitting with me today, fresh out of the Impervious air vents, with a box of Dunkin’s finest in her lap, would you welcome Gen-Four’s most elusive Rebel, Fran Monde. Fran (Waving a chocolate cake donut dipped in sprinkles): Hey. Heather: Do you mind if I call you Fran or do you prefer Frannie? Fran: (Stuffs donut into her mouth and rolls her eyes.) Heather: Great. Fran it is. So let’s start with your hometown, Fran. Although it wasn’t your favorite place, I’m sure the readers would love to hear about the city. What can you tell us about the lifestyle of an Impervieite (and yours before you became a Rebel)? Fran: Well, you might notice as you… Read more »

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Jun 26
{Interview+Giveaway} Bloomsbury Spark’s Six Month Sparkiversary!

{Interview+Giveaway} Bloomsbury Spark’s Six Month Sparkiversary!

Welcome to Bloomsbury Spark’s Six Month Sparkiversary! Bloomsbury Spark is a one-of-a-kind, global, digital imprint from Bloomsbury Publishing dedicated to publishing a wide array of exciting fiction eBooks to teen, YA, and new adult readers. Today I have an interview with some of bloomsbury Spark authors as well as a giveaway for a kindle preloaded with 12 Bloomsbury Spark titles!  Cool, right? What has been your best experience since the release of your book? Ashley Poston: Definitely all the support on Twitter and Facebook! I never thought I’d have so many people out of the blue just tweeting me to tell me how much they loved my story! It means a lot to me. I think every author has one story that’s their “baby” and mine is The Sound of Us. While it’s a very funny, very light-hearted YA/NA crossover (think Fangirl), its tackles some heavy-hitting stuff that’s pretty personal to me. And it’s surreal and wonderful and thrilling to read how much other people enjoyed it! Caroline Dunford: I loved seeing the face… Read more »

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Apr 05
{Interview+Giveaway} Summoned by Rainy Kaye

{Interview+Giveaway} Summoned by Rainy Kaye

  What preconceived notions do people have about being an author? Some people seem to think coming up with concepts is the hard part. Telling me I should write about a guy who does this one thing is not, in fact, “half the work done already”. Now I just say “Great idea!” and bust out with the plotting charts, scene outlines, and character development papers. That usually stops the little hamster in its wheel mid-spin, and I can go back to eating unhealthy amounts of chocolate and making weird faces at the monitor. What is one piece of advice for aspiring authors? Don’t mistake terrible writing with “voice.” I would like to elaborate on this, but that pretty much covers it. If nine of out ten people in the critique group say they have no idea what’s going on in your story, and the tenth person is fascinated with their fingernail dirt, chances are you need to pop open an energy drink and get back to work. What process do… Read more »

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