Consuming Worlds Blogging Anniversary

Consuming Worlds Blogging Anniversary

Posted by on Jul 27, 2014 in Blog Events, Blogger, Interviews, Matty Says, Random | 3 comments

So my fellow blogger and author, Danielle with Consuming Worlds is hosting her Blogging Anniversary today, and I can’t tell you how honored I am to be a part of it. She’s doing something special this year, and rather just promoting authors and books she enjoys, we’re digging a little deeper. Today we’re talking about ourselves as people, not just writers and creators who have uncontrollable alter-egos that like to make up stories. Today we get real, and I dig deep. I wanted to really contribute something true and honest to this post, and I had to go under the skin for it. There’s no fluffy sparkles or humor in today’s post, but it’s real, it’s honest, and it’s the side nobody gets to see from the other side of the monitor. So let’s head over to Consuming Worlds and check out my guest post in celebration of Danielle’s Blogoversary. And congratulations to her on how far she’s come in this short time. When I first met Danielle she didn’t have a blog, and now she’s celebrating an anniversary, as well as her first recently published book, Guided. Happy Blogoversary,...

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Not So Secret Santa – Author Exchange

Not So Secret Santa – Author Exchange

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Author, Blog Events, Interviews |

Matty says go check it out! Today I’ve been fortunate enough to be invited into a pretty cool event. The Not So Secret Santa Author Exchange is where some book bloggers have come together and exchanged favorite authors, in an attempt to help spread the word about authors and books that others might not know about. I was very luck and came to be paired up with Book Groupies, so if you want to check out a new interview and some of the other great authors involved, go check it...

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Author Alert – Angela Orlowski-Peart

Author Alert – Angela Orlowski-Peart

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Author Alert, Interviews | 1 comment

It’s a new month, which means we’re back with a brand new Author Alert for May. Today I’m happy to bring you, Angela Orlowski-Peart, a Polish-born author, who at the age of seven, learned English to translate her favorite fairytales. Now residing in Seattle, Angela has published the first book in her Young Adult Paranormal series, Forged by Greed. With the sequel and a few other publications due out later this year, I wanted to bring Angela on the blog and see if she can handle 11 questions of DOOM! It is my prediction that she will survive the interview, but she will not leave unscathed!   The Interview   1. Let’s start out easy. Tell us about Forged by Greed. What inspired the series, and what’s at the core of it? What’s FBG all about? Ah, the Forged Series characters and I have been living in this imaginary world for a while now. They have started to talk to me a few years ago, first posing as different characters, and then finally revealing their true personalities. Forged by Greed has started as a Middle Grade novel, but that was a short-lived attempt. Two protagonists—Jatred and Jasmira—decided they are much more mature than the eleven-year-olds would be. The story takes place in present day Seattle, where two Shape Shifters Races, the Winter wolves and the Summer leopards, live well-hidden among humans, perfectly fitting into modern life. Both Races are organized into secret societies, governed with the help of their own laws, rules, and traditions clearly outlined in each Race’s Accords. Two powerful, ancient deities—the Winter Goddess, Crystal and the Summer Goddess, Amber—lead and watch over their respective Races. And there is this extremely powerful Amulet, which existence and magical abilities are known only to a very few. It remains concealed by the means of the latest technology. Jatred, the guardian of the Amulet becomes key to the Goddesses’ conflict. The Universe is… delicately speaking, finicky, and so every ten thousand years the Human World suffers the effects of the Universe belching out its powers. When the forces of nature are disrupted, earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions rake the world.  The Goddesses go to war and summon all their Shifters to join in the conflict. What happens next? Two protagonists, Jatred and Jasmira of course have to step in and fight for their love and to protect the future of both Races and humankind. 2. You’re website’s author bio states you’re passionate about fashion, specifically when it comes to stilettos. My wife has a similar shoe obsession, and I just don’t understand it. Can you enlighten me a little? What is it about shoes that get women so excited? Let me use an example. Imagine a pair of sexy stilettos on your wife’s feet. Now imagine her wearing a pair of clunky, old flats. In both scenarios, she’s slowly circling around...

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Blogger Alert – Ash @ Smash Attack Reads

Blogger Alert – Ash @ Smash Attack Reads

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Blogger Alert, Interviews | 5 comments

I’m a pretty straight shooter and I’m not going to lie, I did some fan-girling when Ash agreed to come on the blog. I know it really should be fan-maning, but that just doesn’t have the same ring to it. I assure you though, it was totally manly…but I digress.                                                                             Ash over at Smash Attack Readers is one of my                                                                                         favorite bloggers. And one of my favorite things about her blog is the World Building Wednesdays, where she invites authors to talk about World Building (one of her favorite aspects of a novel). She always has a full line-up of posts on her blog, and has become so busy she now works with a team of reviewers on her site. So now that she’s agreed to be my Blogger Alert for the month of May, I get to do one of my favorite things, and turn the interview spotlight on a blogger. Let the DOOM begin!   The Interview   1. For the sake of starting out simple, tell us how you got involved with blogging, and what made you decide to start your own site? I’ve actually been blogging for about 15 years. I started out a personal journal on LiveJournal and moved to Blogger. My friend back home, Brooke, was really involved in blogging and reviewing books about 5 years ago. I’ve always had a love for reading so I became really interested in this new world she introduced to me. I noticed my personal blog started to become overrun with bookish posts, so I decided to take the plunge in 2010. I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for almost 3 years. I sometimes feel like I just started. 🙂 2. As a busy blogger, sometimes you lose the opportunity to read what you want, when you want. You have a stack of books to be reviewed that is constantly staring back at you, and you have commitments that you’ve made to them. Now, sometimes we pick up a book that sounds interesting, but later we put on our shelves because we’re not in the mood for it. I imagine this is the same thing that happens with review books, only you don’t always have the opportunity to put them aside. So tell me, are there any books you had to read because of a review deadline that ended up taking you by surprise and completely...

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Blogger Fail – M.R. Merrick Drops The Author Alert Ball

Blogger Fail – M.R. Merrick Drops The Author Alert Ball

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Author Alert, Interviews | 15 comments

Today would normally be the day I post April’s Author Alert. The thing is, I usually leave this to the last minute when I know I shouldn’t. It’s always worked out before but this time it did not. After being in the editing cave on Endure for the past two weeks, the month of March slipped away. Left scrambling to get my interview questions together, I realized I forgot to ask the author to be featured on my site! I know, I’m horrible. Now that I’ve reached out to the author and they’ve agreed, I’m a month ahead for May! Hopefully I won’t be leaving it to the last minute again. This leaves me with one of two options. First, I can ask a different author and rush them to get it done. Authors are busy people and I like to take some time to develop the questions. I don’t want to feel rushed and neither do they, so that leaves us with option two, don’t have an April Author Alert. Well that’s not fun, is it? So what’s a handsome Canadian to do? Well, I shall improvise. I’ve developed a third option! I will be April’s Author Alert. That may seem silly, but here’s what I propose: In the comments section of this blog, ask me the question you want an answer to. It can be about the series, about the characters, about me, whatever you like. I shall face the Interview of DOOM, but it will be you asking the question! The only request I have is that if you are going to post any type of spoiler from my books, please put *SPOILER ALERT* before your question so that nothing is given away for any other readers who may not be as far into the series as you. What do you think, something worth playing for? Oooh maybe I could have prizes! Lets get to it.   ******* Questions the comments will be posted and answered here in the update! The Interview 1. From Danielle: How do you choose your beta readers? This is actually a really simple process, or rather, not much of a process at all. It all comes down to the person and my relationship with with, or the ‘vibe’ I get from them. I need someone who is going to challenge me, my book, and what is happening on the pages. I need people I can trust to be honest, but not harsh. I have to feel comfortable hearing “this sucks and doesn’t work,” and yet they need to approach it with tact, supporting their claim so I can see it from their perspective. There are no special qualifications for this role, but essentially I  limit myself to a few people who I trust to help me see the flaws in my story and can help make it the best that it can be. 2....

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Blogger Alert – On A Book Bender

Blogger Alert – On A Book Bender

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Blogger Alert, Interviews | 9 comments

April’s Blogger Alert is pretty special for a number of reasons. First off, Amanda at On a Book Bender is an amazing blogger. One of my favorite things is that although she is involved with so many events and other bloggers, she really maintains independence on her site. She does her own thing and doesn’t pay much attention to the outbursts that we can see in the blogosphere once in a while. Amanda hosts some fabulous discussion posts, hilarious reviews with some of her co-blogging friends, she co-hosts Bout of Books, and well, she’s a busy blogger! What else is so special about this month’s Blogger feature? She just so happens to be my copy editor, a fantastic friend, and a constant supporter of both me and giraffe shifters. As you can see this girl is practically swimming in awesomeness. Because she’s also my editor, I want to link you to her business site too. The reason being is that she offers so much more than just editing for authors and I want everyone to know! If you have a blog, a business, use online media, etc. Amanda has a lot of different features that can help, and some of them are even do it yourself resources she’s developed. I know they’ve helped me and so I need to share the love. Now, let’s see how this giraffe shifter loving, tentacle book obsessing blogger handles the INTERVIEW OF DOOM.  The Interview   1. You’re an active, consistent, and organized blogger. The “About” page on your website even outlines exactly what posts will come when. How do you stick to that schedule and avoid falling into the dreaded “blogging slump?” And if you can’t avoid it, how to you keep your blog rolling with new posts, reviews, and interesting discussions? I think the biggest trick I have to sticking to my schedule is that it is sustainable. I read more books than I review, for example, so I’m always scheduled ahead. But no one is immune to the blogging slump. I went through one earlier this year. This is part of what led me to taking on another associate reviewer. I evaluated how much I could realistically do, stopped doing extra, and got help where I needed it. I have time to make do without an associate reviewer, but an associate reviewer gives me the sanity I need to continue blogging. 2. As an avid reader and talented editor, you have a passion for the written word. Have you ever considered publishing your own work, and if yes, what genre do you think you’d work within? Yes. Giraffe shifter erotica, NA contemporary, or adult urban fantasy. At least those are the current story ideas I have rattling around in my brain. 3. Hypothetical #1 – You’ve been given the opportunity to venture to Canada for an editing conference. While leaving the airport, your...

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