Blogger Alert – Parajunkee

Blogger Alert – Parajunkee

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in Blog Events, Blogger Alert, Book Reviews, Interviews | 2 comments

So in light of Exiled going free on Friday, and some other things that came up, I had to postpone this a few days, but today it is postponed no more! May the awesomeness that is Parajunkee be unveiled. I had the pleasure of being introduced to Parajunkee through Twitter earlier this year (If you haven’t noticed, I meet all the greats on Twitter, so you should be there), but I’d been captivated by her work for quite some time. Parajunkee is not only the great talent behind this websites design, but a ton of other ones as well, not to mention she’s done some phenomenal book covers. But it’s not only her talent as a designer that had me interested in spotlighting her for the month, it’s what she gives back to the book blogging community. Parajunkee Designs is amazing, but Parajunkee’s View is something else entirely. A whole website dedicated to not just book reviews, but author blog tours, promotion, and giveaways. And let’s not forget the blogging advice that people flock to her for, or the special topics she runs each week that encourage and help other bloggers develop their sites. And lastly, my favorite part is when she hosts discussion posts. Parajunkee has built such an audience that these posts draw people in from all over the blogosphere to become involved. She isn’t afraid to take on touchy topics, and she always tries to work from both sides of the argument. Parajunkee is a gem in the blogging world, always helping others and truly offering something back to the community she is a part of. I’ve invited her here today to be assaulted with ridiculous questions, and to spotlight what I believe is an incredible contribution to the book and blogging community. The Interview   1.    Let’s talk Parajunkee design first. When did you figure out this was something you loved, and what made you decide to turn it into a business? This is a long answer. How does one define a life path? I actually have a degree in Graphic Design, it was a last minute switch, when I realized a degree in English Lit really only had one possible viable outcome – teaching. With the English / Graphic Design mix I was quickly sucked into corporate Marketing, or what I would describe as the seventh circle of Hell. Imagine Devil Wears Prada, but instead of just one boss/client, you have about five. The funny thing was I really loved putting together marketing plans for clients, designing their campaigns and conceptualizing new products. But, in a Marketing Department, or at least the departments that I worked within, it was never the clients, it was always the other co-workers that made things very stressful. It was just a very cut-throat industry. You are only as good as your latest greatest idea. Not to mention, the moment a company does...

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Blogger Alert – Fiktshun

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Blogger Alert, Book Reviews | 8 comments

Sometimes you come across a blog or website that really draws you in. What draws one person in might be completely different than another, but when it comes to Rachel from Fiktshun, for me, it’s her voice. The voice of a writer is the same thing that draws me to read a book after sampling a few pages. Whether or not the premise interests me is of course, important, but it’s not nearly as important as the voice. Not for me. Voice is precisely why I’ve been begging Rachel to write a book and publish it. For me personally, there is something about the way she writes. Her voice literally pulls me in, and it’s that voice that has pushed me to buy so many different books that I in no way have time to read right now, but they’re on my bookshelf nonetheless. Rachel was a blogger I met a few months after I published my novel. I’d had my eye on her and her website for quite a while, but I was extremely nervous to approach her. How could I possibly ask someone to read and review my book that obviously has such immense talent? Her gift intimidated me to say the least. I don’t remember the exact conversation, but I had gotten involved in a chat on Twitter with her and a few other bloggers, and I felt a good vibe, so I decided to go for it. To my surprise, she already owned my book and was planning on reading it in the coming months. I was ecstatic about this, but for some reason, knowing she already owned my book made me even more nervous. When she posted her review of Exiled, it blew me away. You can find it here, and you NEED to read it. If not this specific review, than one of her many others. They’re poetic, there is a depth to the way she writes that brings a smile to your face, and you can literally feel her passion when she writes about how much she loves a book. It’s magical. Rachel has half a dozen or so blogs that she operates and tends to regularly. They each have their own purpose, and I have a true love for all of them. They’re at the top of my TBR list every time I open my Google Reader. I want to start this interview by saying thank you to Rachel for agreeing to take part in this, and I’m happy to announce that today is the day we all get to learn a little bit more about her.   Interview   1. You’re favorite genres to read are Paranormal and Urban Fantasy of both the YA, and non-YA variety. From this genre, tell us your favorite type of Fantasy creature, why they’re your favorite, and what book represents this creature the best...

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Blogger Alert – The Bookish Babe

Blogger Alert – The Bookish Babe

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 in Blogger Alert, Book Reviews | 11 comments

Andrea Thompson, also known by me as the #MerVamp and occasionally #QueenOfTheGrassSack, has agreed to be the first on my new monthly feature spotlighting authors and bloggers. Why is this a special moment for me? Andrea was actually the very first book blogger who agreed to review Exiled – and it was an amazing review. Her review broke new ground for me. Not only was it my first review, it was my first 5-star review. Want to read this special review? Check it out here. Naturally, I didn’t just pick Andrea because she gave me my first review. I picked her because I think she’s a wonderful a person and I love her website, The Bookish Babes. Andrea has an approach to book blogging that I admire. She’s not afraid to review a book she doesn’t like, but when she does, it’s done in the most respectful manner. She goes out of her way to link her readers with a positive review that challenges hers, and she only ever states a respectful and honest opinion that is her own. Not only is Andrea a great book blogger, she’s also an incredible supporter to indie authors and one of the sweetest people I’ve met. Andrea was one of my first friends when I joined the world of Twitter, and we’ve had many conversations that are far too ridiculous to explain. Most of them fall into the “you had to be there” category. I’ve personally witnessed Andrea helping people who are both new to Twitter and to blogging. She shares her experiences and helps out wherever she can. She’s kind, generous, and a true gem in the world of books. She’s an all-around wonderful person who brings a smile to my face regularly. As such, I’ve invited her here today to bring one to yours! So without further ado, I give you the one, the only, THE MerVamp.   The Interview 1. Name the first book you fell in love with; that first story that sucked you in and didn’t let go. Tell us what story sparked your passion for books?  The first book I remember loving was Little House in the Big Woods. I was six. I’ve reread that series so many times, I’ve lost count. I also loved Sweet Valley Twins. In high school, I had an awesome librarian who would hand me book after book. You could say we were kindred spirits when it came to our love for books. The two that stand out are Rebecca and The Thorn Birds. The number one book, for me, is To Kill a Mockingbird. 2. You have a passion for reading, that much is clear, but book blogging is time consuming and a lot of times it feels like a full-time job. Tell us what makes it all worthwhile for you and why you love it. I feel that the time and effort is...

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Authors Are Rockstars

Authors Are Rockstars

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in Author, Blog Events, Book Reviews, Publishing |

Okay, I had posts planned for this week, but I opted to skip writing them so that I could focus on my book. Sunday isn’t far away. But the book  now has a title, which will be revealed soon! But today, me not posting is a good thing, because it gives you more time to check out the Authors Are Rockstars event that started today. Wicked book bloggers Fiktshun and Two Chicks On Books have put together a huge, month long event that highlights some incredible authors. Do not, I repeat, do not miss out on this. Great posts and wicked giveaways! Tour kicks off at Fiktshun with Karsten Knight, and Two Chicks On Books with Jus...

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Static Interruption

Static Interruption

Posted by on Jul 16, 2012 in Author, Blog Events, Book Reviews, Protector Series, Writing | 1 comment

We interrupt today’s blog-cast to bring you an interview with me! Oh, and a paperback giveaway too. The lovely, wonderful, and superb, Fikishun, has interviewed me! She is so damn awesome, that she has decided to offer not one, but two sets of my paperbacks  for giveaway on her blog. That’s right, two winners will get copies of both Exiled AND Shift courtesy of…. On top of that, she’s announced there will also be a new, one-of-a-kind, never before seen interview on her blog next week. With who you ask? Well you’ll have to check out the interview to find out, but it may involve two of my favorite...

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Winners, Interviews, and Some Other Stuff

Posted by on Jul 10, 2012 in Author, Blog Events, Book Reviews, Protector Series, Random, Writing | 2 comments

I wanted to say a quick ‘thank you’ to everyone who entered to win a signed copy of Exiled, and/or an eBook. The turnout was great and all winners have been contacted and confirmed. You’re packages will be going out later this week! Today I’m featured on Obscured Vixen with an author interview containing some questions I haven’t answered before, and with that, is a review of SHIFT! I have to say that it puts a huge smile on my face to see the response to people who are enjoying this series. Draft one of Book 3 is roughly 30% complete, and although things have been really crazy for me lately and I haven’t had as much time to write as I would like, the story is really coming along and I can’t wait to share it with you. Last week there was another 5-star review for Exiled via Asheley at Into The Hall Of Books. This review made my week, and I was happy to see she enjoyed it so much.  As for titles…I know some people are tired of hearing ‘book 3’ and want to know what it will be called. I’ve been going back and forth on this for a little while now, and I thought I had it picked out. It wasn’t 100%, but I was confident this would be the one, and then some new ideas popped into my head and now I’m indecisive again. There are a few fitting titles for this story, but one of these really represents the story better, and I’ll know which one once the first draft is done. Also, once the title has been selected, I’ll be getting a jump on the cover. Brainstorming the design is one of my favorite parts of this process. There is something really spectacular about giving your book a face. It’s a representation of the magic inside and I love it. For me, it’s when the process becomes real, and I know I’m going to be holding my book in my hands very soon. That feeling just doesn’t get old. That’s it for me, for now. I’ll have some more serious blog series posts coming up in the next month, but for right now, I’m a little sporadic. I’ve gone down to part-time at my job for the summer, and since that means staying at home with the kids, I haven’t figured out a schedule just yet. When I do have time that isn’t already devoted to something else, I’m using it to write…or occasionally play Skyrim *ahem* so once I get a schedule in place, I’ll be posting a little more often. Happy...

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