Friday, March 28, 2014

Blinded by the Light Blog Tour: Author Interview

For this part of tour I was very excited when Ms. Kipling agreed to let me interview her for her book Blinded by the Light. To read my review of the book Click Here. After the interview I will provide the links to where you can purchase the book. 

      




 1.)  What four words would you use to describe “Blinded by the Light”?

A blindingly good read!

       2.)    What inspired you to write this story?

I grew up in the UK in the 80’s when we felt that there was a real threat of nuclear apocalypse. So I’ve always been a little bit obsessed by how the world might end and most of my writing focuses on this. My friends joke about the emergency supplies I keep under my bed . . .because, well you never know when the Zombie hoards might attack. Personally I feel that I’ll have the last laugh when I’m safely barricaded in my bedroom eating tins of cold beans while my friends become zombie food.

For a long time I’ve also been concerned about how much influence corporations have on the government and how they use this power to their advantage.  I started to think about what would happen if a corporation had the power to take control of the country and what the consequences would be. This really set the tone for writing the trilogy.

           3.) At the beginning we see how MaryAnn had everything that she could want and within a matter of time everything that she knew was taken from her. Throughout the story she had to go through changes and transition from what she knew to what she knows now. What kind of transitions did you go through while writing “Blinded by the Light?

I think the most important transition for me is that I went from someone who wrote in secret to a published author. When I first started writing I didn’t discuss it with anyone in case they asked to look at my work and it wasn’t very good. Finally I plucked up the courage to tell another writer friend and her enthusiasm just blew me away. It really gave me the encouragement I needed to continue.  Once I got over the nerve-wracking embarrassment of showing my writing to friends and family I had to face the prospect of publication and my book being read by complete strangers.

      4.)   What inspired or what  methods did you use to create the themes of the “Echos” “Deltas” and “Alphas”
In the UK we still talk about the class system and it’s something that has always seemed slightly ridiculous to me. I think that if we see ourselves as belonging to a specific ‘class’ it just creates greater divisions in society and gives people a reason to distrust each other.
I wanted the society in Blinded by the Light to reflect the class system, but to be even more divisive. The system I chose; Alpha, Bravo, Delta, Echo is based on the phonetic alphabet which is often used by the government, military and in business. In the Union Trilogy this is how the government classified people to determine who was eligible for the cure to the Sandman Virus. For example Alpha are the people who have enough wealth to pay for the cure.  Bravo was deemed as having the essential skills needed to help society to survive (Doctors, scientists, engineers, politicians).  Delta was the people who had natural immunity but were not wealthy or skilled, they were used to perform menial tasks. Echo was not deemed important and left to die.
      5.)    What was your favorite part about writing your story? (non spoiler J)

My favorite part of the story was actually the most annoying. I’d just finished my first draft of the book and was feeling incredibly pleased with myself. One evening I was driving home down the M1 after finishing work. It was dark and lashing down with rain so the conditions were pretty horrible.  Peter one of my characters, appeared in my head and sitting beside him was a cute looking dog that I’d never seen before. So I asked (mentally. . not out loud because that would have been plain weird), ‘where on earth did that dog come from?’ at which point Peter replied that he’d always been there. I’d just never seen him.

So, I continued my drive home feeling a little bit grumpy that I was going to have to rewrite part of the book to include a dog. Then the weirdest thing happened; when I read back through the draft copy there were holes in the story that Flash Gordon, the dog, fitted into perfectly. So he really had been there all along, I just hadn’t noticed that he was missing. He was my favourite character to write; but then who wouldn’t love writing about a dog that likes to wear dress up and is named after one of the greatest action hero’s ever? Now I can’t imagine the story without him.

     6.)   What should we expect from the next book in the trilogy?

In the next book we return to find that MaryAnn is living on the Outside. At the end of Book 1 she was left with a decision to make, and in Book 2 we explore this a little bit further. We’re also introduced to a new character, Charlotte Swift, who’s 13 and has lived on the Outside her whole life. Part of the book is written from her POV which was interesting, as by this point I’d grown used to having MaryAnn’s voice in my head and Charlotte is a very different character to write.

In brief, Book 2 features a road trip, (I love, love, love road trips: snack foods, good tunes, appalling map reading . . .its the best adventure in the world,) more doggy dress up, even more caves and secret hideouts, a scary re-education centre and much much more.

     7.)  What advice do you have for aspiring authors? 

You mention aspiring authors here, rather than writers, so I’m going to focus on people who want to get published rather than people who write for fun.  Potential authors need to be aware that the road to becoming a traditionally published author can be long and extremely challenging. Once you start to venture down this career path you realize how much competition there is and how many great books there are.

It’s really important that when you approach a publisher that you make sure you present the best work you possibly can. The world of publishing is changing rapidly, there are lots of small independent publishers out there and they operate on very small profit margins. Often they can only afford a small team of staff. This means they have limited time to shape and rework your book. Think of your book like a CV. You wouldn’t send a poorly written, badly formatted CV when applying for your dream job, so why would you send a roughly written draft of your book? It’s a bit like X Factor, when you stride across that stage the judges are looking for someone with the full package: looks, personality and a good voice . . . so make sure your book has all of these.




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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Blinded by the Light by Joe Kipling Book Tour: Guest Post by Joe Kipling and Giveaway

I am excited to be working with Ms. Kipling on this tour. Be sure to check back tomorrow March 28th for the author interview.  If you have not read Blinded by the Light I encourage you to read it. To read my review of Blinded by the Light Click Here. Before I give you more info about her book please enjoy her post as she writes about the moment she knew she wanted to become an author. 



The moment I wanted to be an author . . .
With a last name like Kipling, I think that my future as a writer might have been predetermined at birth. . .  . . well, at least it assured me a good place on the bookshelves.  
Like most writers I’ve always been an avid reader, but unlike many authors I can’t proclaim a life long ambition to be a writer. My dad was a factory worker, my mum a chambermaid, so I anticipated that when I left school I’d get a ‘proper’ job. Being a sensible type of teenager that’s exactly what I did. Unfortunately this means that I don’t have an inspirational ‘eureka’ moment where I realized that writing was my passion. Instead I rediscovered a love of writing in my 30’s while I was simply going about my everyday life.
At school I enjoyed writing and won a couple of story competitions. For reasons that I can’t really remember, somewhere between teenager and adult I stopped writing. It wasn’t until my late 30’s when I started travelling with my job and needed something other than work to fill the long hours spent delayed at train stations and airports that I started writing again.
A few years ago a number of my writer friends decided to take part in a ‘fake’ NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). We’d missed the real event as we’d all been busy in November. I discovered that I thoroughly enjoyed the process of writing every day and it really fired up my imagination.  I continued to write at every opportunity; these were mainly failed attempts at novels. Finally about three years ago I had the idea for the Union Trilogy. This was followed by two years of frantic writing in airports, train stations, taxi ranks etc, until Blinded by the Light, the first book in the trilogy, was complete. Interestingly, I found that two of my earlier failed novel attempts were actually a storyline and back story for book 2 of the Union Trilogy. So its seems that the story had been percolating around my subconscious for a lot longer than I realized.



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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Book Review: Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

Goodreads synopsis: The most tragic love story in history . . .

Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn't anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she's fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she's forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.

"These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume."
—Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare



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The thing that I loved most about reading this book was that it took one of the greatest love stories from Shakespeare and put a twist on the love and the relationship that Juliet and Romeo have against each other. Now I do understand that not a lot of people will like this book because it main story is a classic. However, I liked that the idea was taken from the original story and a personal twist was added onto it. 

Juliet is murdered by her true love Romeo and at the last minute she is saved by the forces of good known as the Ambassadors. She becomes immortal and they recruit her to fight against the Mercenaries which are evil. Romeo is apart of the Mercenaries having murdered Juliet for an immortal life. Over the years Juliet works to save relationships helping people find their soul mate and Romeo fights to keep soul mates from ever being together. Juliet is filled with hate and disgust for Romeo because of what he did to her. Whenever they cross paths Romeo tries to kill her but Juliet escapes because she is forbidden to kill him. This time when they inhabit new body things are different. 

I enjoyed reading Juliet Immortal and as I said, it is very different which is good. I loved Juliet's character because even through the innocence she is brave and still faces whatever she has to face to protect her mission. Even though she harbors hate she puts it aside to fight for what she believes. Romeo has his own demons that he is fighting but can't help himself for how he feels whenever he kills. Apart of him still loves Juliet but because of his part with the Mercenaries, he has loyalty to them. 

Rating 4Stars
Recommend? Yes


Friday, March 21, 2014

Cover Reveal: Fragile Lines by Brooklyn Skye





Fragile Line
by Brooklyn Skye

Release Date: 04/21/14
Entangled Teen
Summary from Goodreads:

It can happen in a flash. One minute
she’s kissing her boyfriend, the next she’s lost in the woods. Sixteen-year-old
Ellie Cox is losing time. It started out small…forgetting a drive home or a
conversation with a friend. But her blackouts are getting worse, more difficult
to disguise as forgetfulness. When Ellie goes missing for three days, waking up
in the apartment of a mysterious guy—a guy who is definitely not her boyfriend,
her life starts to spiral out of control. 



Perched on the edge of insanity, with horrific
memories of her childhood leaking in, Ellie struggles to put together the
pieces of what she’s lost—starting
with the name haunting her, Gwen.
Heartbreakingly beautiful, this
poignant story follows one girl’s harrowing journey to finding out who she
really is. 




About the Author

Brooklyn Skye grew up in a small town where she quickly realized writing was an escape from small town life. Really, she’s just your average awkward girl who’s obsessed with words. Her Best-Selling New Adult debut, STRIPPED, is out NOW! Represented by Bree Ogden of D4EO Literary Agency.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

At Death It Begins Book Tour and Guest Post by Ellie Jefferson




I am so exited to have a Ellie Jefferson as a Guest Blogger at Highway-Y.A! At Death it Begins in book one in her Paranormal Romance Series. Before we get to the info about her book. Please enjoy her post. :)




Playlist


While I wrote At Death It Begins, and In Death's Touch I had a list of songs I played over and over again. I love all these songs and can't listen to them now without thinking about Lendyn and Callum.

1. Lady by the Chromatics
2. Latika's Theme (Slumdog Millionaire SDTRK)
3. One too Many Mornings by Chemical Brothers
4. Love Song For A Vampire (Bram Stoker's Dracula SDTRK)
5. Possibly Maybe by Bjork
6. Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven
7. Feel So Close by Calvin Harris
8. Final Movement by Clint Mansell
9. Don't You Worry Child by Swedish House Mafia
10. Runaway by Yeah Yeah Yeah
11. Reconsider by Jamie xx
12. I'll Take Care of You by Jamie xx (featuring Gil Scott-Heron)
13. Cascade by Tycho
14. Believe Me by Katie Stelmanis
15. I Can't Stop by Flux Pavilion
16. Nitesky by Robot Koch
17. Don't Wake Me by Robot Koch
18. Jupiter by Robot Koch

Song number 2 and 8 perfectly capture the two main characters Lendyn and Callum. Enjoy.
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At Death It Begins
ADIB
Book One
Elle Jefferson

Genre: Paranormal romance

ISBN: 9781484877098
ASIN: B00AUNNJCI

Number of pages: 418
Word Count: 98,184

Cover Artist: Krysa Designs

Book Description:

Lendyn Hughes' grandmother has kept a secret from her for over thirty-one years, who Lendyn's parents are. A devastating break-up following her grandmother's death leaves Lendyn alone, confused and determined to find answers. Armed with only a name Lendyn attempts to unfurl the branches of her family tree never guessing it would put her life in danger.

For over two hundred years Englishman Callum Scott lived a life surrounded by beauty. A life free from all those annoying human emotions. That is until the American showed up. Lendyn flipped his world upside down and put him in the worst sort of jeopardy. He's starting to feel things and a murderer can't afford to feel.





Short Excerpt: Chapter 1

My hand fumbled through the darkness reaching for Devin. I needed to feel him, know he was there. Something troubled me, but I couldn’t put a finger on what.
A morsel of his flesh beneath my fingers would pacify me. Assure me he was still there. I reached further until my fingers collided with the soft, peach under-flesh of his forearm. I ran a hand across his solid form pausing for a moment to trace a figure eight on the mound of muscle encompassing his shoulder. He had a body fit to be relished even in the troubling hour’s lack of sleep brought.
He purred for a moment before stretching an arm and rolling over to his stomach stifling his rhythmic snoring. I tucked the sheets over him and kissed his golden hair. It was a perfect evening; work failed to interrupt our plans which were a rarity. We went for a moonlit walk along Paradise Cove, an exclusive beach, you had to be a member of to stroll along. This meant no paparazzi to hassle us. 
They were one of many drawbacks to dating a celebrity, but as I admired the contours of his body, there were benefits too. Though maybe tonight had been too perfect. That was silly thinking. We didn’t spend enough time alone for anything to be too perfect.
An eerie flash of red in my peripheral caught my attention. I sat up noticing for the first time the clock on the nightstand was flashing 11:41 over and over. One of the problems to living in an old hotel like the Beltmore … things tended to fizzle out all the time. Last month it was the air conditioning, before that, the hot water. Maybe Devin was right, and it was time to move out of this hotel and into an apartment. I shrugged, I’d debate that tomorrow.
I patted the nightstand for my cell; it wasn’t there. Then I remembered I dropped it on the dresser earlier this evening when Devin had pinned me there to deliver one of his toe curling kisses. Trying to keep quiet while navigating the dark became impossible when I stubbed my toe on one of Devin’s Sketchers and tripped headfirst into the dresser. My hand flew to my mouth muffling a scream that rushed to my lips. Devin stirred but didn’t wake.
Phew. The last thing I needed was to wake him. He was a bit of a grump and once he was awake, he’d have to leave. Work always came first.
Along the dresser, I felt the smooth outline of my phone. When the screen lit up the time was only 2:08 a.m. still early and plenty of time to crawl back into bed and snuggle up next to Devin. Halfway back to bed and my phone started vibrating. There were fourteen missed calls and one voicemail, all of which, came from one number—Emma. Now, I was a bit worried. It’d been a while since the last time I’d spoken with my best friend Emma. 
Emma had this philosophy about calling once and not calling again until you called her back, hence my worry.
I dialed my voicemail, “Wednesday, 12:15 a.m—Lend, its Em call me as soon as you—BEEP.” Em was calling on the other line. Why was I so nervous to answer it?
“Em what’s going on—” I swallowed, “—is everything okay?”
Emma didn’t even get my name out before she broke into sobs. Maybe she and “Mister Perfect” broke up again.
“Hello,” I said a little louder, “you still there?” All I could hear was sniffling, maybe she accidentally pocket dialed me. I debated hanging up and calling her back when a familiar English accent came on the line—Mister Perfect. “Lendyn it’s Zach … I’m afraid I have bad news … there was an accident involving Gigi,” he paused to take a breath as I held mine, “I’m afraid she didn’t make it.”
The room began to spin, and gravity pulled at me. Was I dreaming? This had to be a dream.
Zach’s voice continued, but I didn’t hear anything except a loud buzzing as my legs gave out, and I collapsed to the floor.


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In Death's Touch
ADIB
Book Two
Elle Jefferson

Genre: Paranormal Romance

ASIN: B00IG9USCC

Number of pages: 400

Cover Artist: Krysa Designs


Book Description:

Lendyn Hughes had everything she wanted. A family that welcomed her with open arms and a man who loved her as-is. So what if they were all vampires, love picked you not the other way round. Besides she was half vampire herself.

One brief encounter. One wrong decision took it all away.

Now Lendyn is trying to remember what in the world she’s exactly doing in London, why she’s back with her ex, where she got the bruises covering her ribs from and who the taunting voice in her head is.

I’m sorry. Two words Callum never hated more. They were the two words he’d found on the Dear John note in Lendyn’s room. With one breath she declared her love and in the next breath she left him. Now his future looks bleak without Lendyn to color the way.



Excerpt: Chapter 1 Book Two

It was a beautiful day for a wedding. The English countryside provided a glorious canvas of green, while butterflies dancing along flowers provided an array of color, and bees buzzing provided the summer tune making it a day cut from a fairy tale. Surrounding magnolia bushes were in bloom, their fragrance carried along the breeze. From Callum’s bedroom window was an excellent view of the gazebo where Zach, his cousin, the brother his vampire life prevented him from having, was about to marry a loud obnoxious American named Emma. Emma wore on his nerves but she made Zach happy so he would learn to suffer her disagreeable ways. 
Decorated in garlands of ice blue roses and white gardenia buds, the gazebo was as lovely as a painting.
Callum’s gaze, however, focused on the gardener pruning evergreens around the gazebo. Every squeeze of the shears flexed the gardener’s biceps. His skin dewed, veins bulging with the exertion wetted Callum’s appetite. Since Lendyn’s release from the hospital, he, along with the rest of his family, had been quenching their hunger from a supply of blood kept in a repository down in the wine cellars within the dungeons below Scott manor.
Sinking your teeth into a plastic IV bag did not bring the same thrill, or relief, sinking into the supple flesh of a neck, or thigh, did.
The gardener put his shears down and leaned against a marble column pressing a hand to his forehead shading his eyes as he looked up towards sky.
Up towards Callum.
Though with his human eyes there was no way the gardener could see this far. Callum watched the gardener’s jugular strain in a thick line along his neck.
Curse his vow not to spill a drop of human blood in honor of today’s wedding. The gardener started to rub at his neck and shoulder beckoning Callum to take a taste.
His blood called to him, sang of it’s sweetness. Callum couldn’t stop his fangs from poking through his bottom lip as he bit down hard. He slammed the window shut, locked it, and pulled the curtains closed. He took another second to get his breathing back to normal.
He tapped his fingers on the doorknob of his wardrobe, his gaze straying back to the window.
No.
He pulled open the doors and gagged at the sickening scent of cinnamon. Marco’s scent. Marco. His cousin and the man responsible for killing Emery, Callum's mother, he was also the man responsible for putting Lendyn in the hospital in the first place. Originally, Callum believed Marco attacked Lendyn out of spite. A means to punish Callum for all eternity, but that wasn’t the case. As ludicrous as it was, Marco was on a mission to destroy everything. Callum’s unhappiness was just an added benefit. 
Marco’s wretched scent continued to hang around attached to the tailored suit he made for Callum. Callum yanked the suit from the depths of his closet and hung it on the door.
Yes, he claimed he’d disposed of it as he’d been ordered to do. Marco’s coup d’├ętat severed all ties to their coven, their family, and in accordance with tradition everything he handled was burned. Callum had never seen Emma smile wider than when she watched every last evidence of Marco’s existence burn to ash, her wedding dress being the last item thrown onto the flaming pyre.
After that she’d become more flippant and rude to everyone, but especially him. Emma’s last injection had been that night and her vampire side was quick in taking over.
He rubbed the suit’s lapel between his fingers which he did every day, every time he examined the suit. He touched every button, rubbed every seam and squeezed every pocket. And, like every other time, he found nothing. Callum steepled his hands together and tapped his fingers on his chin.
Whether it was the way Marco glared at the jacket each time Callum came for a fitting, the cold stare down with Marco right before getting the suit, or the shiver that played down his spine when his fingers brushed Marco’s as he took the suit, he couldn’t say. Whatever instance it was though, made it a compulsion to keep the suit. Callum knew he couldn’t get rid of it because a vital clue hid within the stitching. He just hadn’t found that bloody clue yet.
He sneered at the suit before tucking it back into the depths of his wardrobe. He laid down on his bed rolling over to inhale the scent still lingering on his sheets—lilac.
It gave him chills.
He let go of the sheets and slid from the bed. Better to forget almost moments than try to repeat them. Lendyn consumed his thoughts, his fantasies. If not for continual interruptions from family, one of their almost moments was certain to turn dangerous. Every time her skin touched his he was willing to throw every rule away to never break contact. Worse was that these almost moments could end in blood being spilled; and not his.
He walked over to the wall separating his room from Lendyn’s and ran his hands along it. He couldn't say what he feared more, giving it all, or withdrawing completely. They’d danced along this knife blade so long he wasn’t sure he could do anything without being cut completely.
As much as he yearned for Lendyn, he feared her too. Logic leapt out a window whenever he was in her company. His emotions, which were lacking before, were a torrent now that buoyed to her, rising and falling with her changing moods.
It was disconcerting to be so attached to another. To worry as he did about Lendyn. He’d vowed to never let another person corrupt him, yet here he was utterly at her mercy. He hoped she was incapable of cruelty in sport or else his heart would be crushed.

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About the Author:

Elle Jefferson lives up in northern Arizona with her two beautiful sons, wonderful husband and her German Shepard Dorrie. When she's not reading or writing she's painting or enjoying the great outdoors.

She is currently working on her follow-up to At Death it Begins, In Death's Shadow, and hopes to have it released in early December.


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Tour giveaway

Prize pack 1-  e-books of Temp by Kelly Collins, Broken by K. Webster, Ignite by Tessa Teevan, The Hart Family box set by Ella Fox, Fade In by Mo Mabie, Blind Obsession by Ella Frank, and A is for Alpha by Laurel Curtis.

Prize pack 2- ebooks of A Window to Love & Reclining Nude in Chicago by Fifi Flowers, Push The Envelope and Hit the Wall by Rochelle Paige, Save Me From Myself by Stacey Mosteller, Annie of London by L.A. Rikand, Goodbye Caution by Jacquelyn Ayres and Infamous Ellen James by NA Alcorn.

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