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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

BLOG TOUR!! Fractured Soul by Rachel McClellan


Fractured Soul (Fractured Light #2)
Released: 12 February 2013
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Cedar Fort INC.
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At the Other End:
Llona will do whatever it takes to protect her new found friends and home, but the dark plot that is threatening Lucent Academy, a school that’s supposed to be a safe place for Auras, may be too powerful for even Llona to defeat. This fast-paced tale of love, loyalty, and overcoming the darkness will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page!

Rachel McClellan was born and raised in Idaho, a place secretly known for its supernatural creatures. When she's not in her writing lair, she's partying with her husband and four crazy, yet lovable, children. Rachel's love for storytelling began as a child when the moon first possessed the night. For when the lights went out, her imagination painted a whole new world. And what a scary world it was...

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Sum Up:
I couldn't wait to read this book! I LOVED Fractured Light and held my standards somewhat high for the sequel. I loved every minute of this book. It followed Fractured Light perfectly and the story grew and entranced you in ways you never would have thought of in this book, yet everything fit perfectly. 


Behind the 336 Pages:
ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY LOVE THIS BOOK!

This is the most enchanting series I have ever come across. With the first two books laid out flawlessly, the wait for Fractured Truth is unbearable. Every part of Fractured Soul is remarkable and an indescribable journey for us and for Llona. I found only one fault in this book (to my personal opinion is a slight one), but more of that to come....

We continue off from where Fractured Light ended. Llona is at Lucent Academy with May and we are staring to get familiar with the series again. From reading Fractured Light a while ago, I easily got into this book and back on track with the whats-what and whos-who.

Even though we know those like Llona, May and Christian, we see changes and developments in them as well as meet a whole new set of characters as well that we fall in love with. We see our old favourites go through major struggles and hardships and it tears at our seams, along with showing why we fell in love with these characters in the first place.

It's hard to write this bit without spoilers but I'll give a shot. In this book, Llona has the biggest struggles. We see her go through every change and every phase, as well as her thoughts and actions get us further inside her mind that make us connected with her and what could be called, her 'other side'. It is this inner struggle, what we love Llona even more and want her to overcome this. Her adventurous streak shows clearly again and we love this heroine and her strength and courage to do what's right as well as her plight to uncover the truth.

The pace is good, it picks up when needed to. In the bits where the pace picks up, we find that it doesn't go up by much, but it is enough to get our hearts pumping and butterflies out when called for. It's great, because just after something major happens and the pace slows down, we don't feel like the book is getting really really slow and find it hard to read. It's done in such a way that, you want to keep on reading and reading, even in the bits between all the action! (Although there is a lot of action in this one)

What I really love about this novel, is that we can't seem to guess what is going to happen next. We don't even have time to think about what is going to happen! But sometimes, I found that I guessed something, straight after reading it and then the next sentence revealed what was right, or wrong. This made me get a bigger reaction because of just being able to guess what is going to happen, then to be revealed a moment later.

Ok, so I spoke about the small downfall earlier. I know, this might not make much sense, but when you read Fractured Soul, you will understand what I am talking about. Here goes..... I wish that there was more of a development at the end with Christian. The emotion for Llona, didn't really give it much justice for what happened, I wanted to be able to be completely moved and emotional from this event, but the development of it just wasn't enough and there should have been more. In short, it didn't give the situation justice.
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What's Next:
Fractured Light (Fractured Light #1)
Behind 312 Pages
Released: 8 February 2012
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Cedar Fort INC
At the Other End:
I’m dying, I thought. This was unexpected and not at all how I envisioned my death. I was supposed to die gardening in a flowerbed as a hundred-year-old woman, not as a seventeen-year-old trapped in a lake beneath inches of ice.

Llona Reese is used to living on the run. After the Vykens killed her parents, she knew they would eventually come for her too. She can’t take any chances. But when she starts to make friends for the first time in her life, she gets careless and lets her guard down. Big mistake.

As an Aura, Llona can manipulate light and harness its energy. But if she wants to survive, Llona will have to defy the Auran Council and learn to use her power as a weapon against the Vyken whose sole desire is to take her light. Now she’s caught in something even bigger than she can understand, with a power she can’t wield, and no one she can trust, except, just maybe, a mysterious stranger.

Read my ARC review of Fractured Light!

Fractured Truth (Fractured Light #3)
Released: February 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Cedar Fort INC

Now for a special surprise!
GIVEAWAY!!

This novel was received for review via ATOMR Blog Tours. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Book Blogger Spotlight

Hey my peeps!!

If you haven't heard of Rainy Day Reads' meme, Book Blogger Spotlight, you should go and either sign up or go and get an inside look at who your favourite bloggers are!

And guess what! I was featured on Sunday!!!
So if you want to find out how I became a book blogger and all my favourite little things, then click on the Book Blogger Spotlight image below!






Thursday, 21 February 2013

COVER REVEAL!! Spirit by Shauna Granger

At The Other End:

Not even a guardian angel is more powerful than Death.

Always careful to watch out for others, Shayna put too much trust her abilities to keep herself safe and has been cut down by crazed man. Now she is trapped in the land of the dead, watching as her two best friends suffer the consequences of her death; their powers are fading and soon they will too. Shayna is desperate to return to the land of the living to save them from a similar, cold fate. To save her friends Shayna must turn away from the Light and, in doing so, sacrifice her wings.

But the longer Shayna stays among the dead, the further she slips from sanity. If Shayna cannot find her way back she will be condemned and lost forever among the restless souls of the dead. With nothing left to lose, she will do whatever it takes to fight her way back, with or without her wings.


Finding The Time:
30 April 2013



Shauna GrangerAuthor Bio:


Like so many other writers, Shauna grew up as an avid reader, it was in high school that she realized she wanted to be a writer. Five years ago Shauna started work on her Elemental Series and released the first installment, Earth, on May 1, 2011. When not reading and writing, Shauna enjoys cooking and playing hostess whenever she can.





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Are you ready? Do you want the cover? I want the cover!
Well from this cover you're going to want to read it a whole lot more! I know I want to!



Spirit (Elemental #5)
By Shauna Granger


So....... What do you think?! Does it live up to your expectations? Is it LOVE? Or do you think something more suited should've been done?



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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Interview! Colette Freedman, author of The Affair


At the Other End:

After eighteen years of marriage, Kathy Walker has settled into a pattern of comfortable routines—ferrying her two teenagers between soccer practice and piano lessons, running a film production business with her husband, Robert, and taking care of the beautiful Boston home they share. Then one day, Kathy discovers a suspicious number on her husband's phone. Six years before, Kathy accused Robert of infidelity—a charge he vehemently denied—and almost destroyed their marriage in the process.


Now Kathy must decide whether to follow her suspicions at the risk of losing everything, or trust the man with whom she's entwined her past, present, and future. As she grapples with that choice, she is confronted with surprising truths not just about her relationship, but about her friends, family, and her own motivations.


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Author Bio:
COLETTE FREEDMAN is an internationally produced playwright, screenwriter, and novelist who was recently named one of the Dramatist Guild’s “50 to Watch”.

Her play Sister Cities (NYTE, 2009) was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe and earned five star reviews: It has been produced around the country and internationally, including Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur) and Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle). She has authored fifteen produced plays including Serial Killer Barbie (Brooklyn Publishers, 2004), First to the Egg (Grand prize shorts urban shorts festival), Bridesmaid # 3 (Louisville finalist 2008), and Ellipses… (Dezart Festival winner 2010), as well as a modern adaptation of Iphigenia in Aulis written in iambic pentameter.

She was commissioned to write a modern adaptation of Uncle Vanya which is in pre-production and has co-written, with International bestselling novelist Jackie Collins, the play Jackie Collins Hollywood Lies, which is gearing up for a National Tour. In collaboration with The New York Times best selling author Michael Scott, she wrote the thriller The Thirteen Hallows, (Tor/Macmillan) The play version of The Affair (Kensington) is touring Italy next month.

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Take A Seat. Get Strapped In. Let's Go For A Ride:


1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
You may have seen my plays or read my other book. I’ve had a great deal of plays produced. My play Sister Cities has been performed all over the world and I cowrote The Thirteen Hallows with New York Times best selling author Michael Scott.


2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
It’s a combination of unbelievable excitement and a sense of loss. I’ve spent a year working on the book, living and breathing with the characters and now they’ve gone out into the world. (I’ve also just finished the sequel, so the sense of loss is doubled.) But I’m happy that I’ve done everything I can do, now I just have to hope that people read it and like it.


3. What inspired you to write this novel?
I’m fascinated by infidelity. We live in such a Puritanical society which stresses monogamy. I’ve always believed it was possible to love more than one person and I explored that concept in The Affair. And Affairs are universal – every culture, every age – but what is unique is how people “manage” their affairs. Sometimes the fallout is incredibly destructive, but it can also be surprising and life affirming.


4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?
For this book, I’ve been incredibly fortunate because the reviews have been so positive, but I’m fine with bad reviews. Everyone has an opinion and some people just aren’t going to like my stuff, and that’s okay. I was an actress for years and learned to let bad reviews and rejection roll right off of me. It was the perfect preparation for being a novelist. If you don’t have thick skin, you should not be a writer.Some writers read the bad reviews, others don’t. I tend to read everything. If a negative review has a good point, I’ll take it on board, but if its just a snarky slam, I’ll ignore it.


5. How long was the writing/planning process?
It’s quite different for every book. There was a lot of research that went into the book and then it almost seemed to write itself, particularly because I know these characters unbelievably well. The longest I’ve ever worked on a book was three years; the shortest, three months.


6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?
I loved the cover from the second I saw it. I’m a big fan of negative space and white covers. I think it’s stunning. I like that it shows the Charles River so it immediately places the reader in Boston before they even open it.


7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?
I have just completed the sequel to The Affair and I am now working on a novelization of my play Sister Cities. There are a couple of film projects floating in the background.


8. Top 5 books
~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s 100 Years of Solitude

~ Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder

~ Harper E. Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird

~ John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath

~ Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451


9. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?
Anything by Ann Patchett, I think the woman is brilliant. She has such a beautiful grasp of the language and I am incredibly jealous every time I read her because it just seems impossible to write that well.



10. Why read your novel?
 I think The Affair captures the nuances of relationships, both the bad and good. It reveals what makes people tick and what propels the choices we make. People who have affairs are not bad people, they just make bad choices. I wanted to show that not all choices are black and white. Read my novel if you have ever been in a relationship and had your own questions, concerns, issues...it might offer additional insight. So far, the response has been fantastic.





Friday, 15 February 2013

Coverday Friday 26!


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Kristen DayAuthor Bio:
Kristen Day is a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity.  She loves all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky.  She’s been told she sees the world through rose-colored glasses, but she prefers to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something she can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?). 

She is the author of the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA trilogy, which includes FORSAKEN, AWAKEN (Oct 2012), and CHOSEN (Winter 2012).  She loves all books, but really enjoys writing young adult, paranormal romances.  She’s loved to write for as long as she can remember.  Her first published work was her poem RED in second grade (you guessed it - it was a poem about the color red - life altering, right?) that won her 5 gold stars and a spot in her elementary school's poetry book. That's when her addiction to the written word officially began.  She was the only kid in fifth grade that actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. Go ahead and laugh - its okay.

When she’s not writing she’s making jewelry, painting, feeding her addiction to sweet tea, watching the Discovery Channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with her amazing husband. She was born in Boone, NC and graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Marketing in 2001. 


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Forsaken (Daughters of the Sea#1)
By Kristen Day
At the Other End: Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you…



Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitmans three years ago. 

Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her.
Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and a dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity. 

Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendents of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.

But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love. 

She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesized to be a part of. The fate of all the descendents will forever depend upon it.

Check out my review of Forsaken!



Awaken (Daughters of the Sea #2)
By Kristen Day
At the Other End: The sacrifices we make have the power to shift the very fabric of who we are, and ultimately who we are meant to be…


After learning of her true destiny as the intended Leader of the Tydes, Anastasia Whitman must now embark on a perilous quest to the Underworld before the age of eighteen in order to plant the seed of immortality and complete her essence to become a true Sea Goddess. But before she can make her legendary journey, an unexpected new student transfers to Lorelei; initiating a sequence of events that will unravel Stasia’s new life, and test the boundaries of her relationship with the mysterious, dark, and sexy Finn Morrison. The line between the Underworld and the Living begins to blur as gruesome ghosts, morbid reveries, and pure evil haunt her waking hours as well as her sanity. Once the details of Finn’s own startling destiny are revealed, the dangerous secrets he’s been hiding will threaten the very love Stasia believed to be indestructible. As time begins to run out, she will be forced to choose between the one she loves and the destiny she cannot escape. 

Check out my review of Awaken!




Chosen (Daughters of the Sea #3)
By Kristen Day
At the Other End: The essence of who we are lies not in what we have, but in what we are willing to give up. Because in the end, Time and Tide wait for no one.

After sacrificing all that she had, the evil princess of the Underworld is still successful in her bid to tear Finn from Stasia’s life. In the midst of her search to reclaim him, Stasia is summoned to the island nation of Cyprus to take part in an age-old ritual; unveiling the missing pieces of her ancestry and re-igniting an ancient war. As she struggles to both save Finn’s soul and free Carmen’s mind, Stasia’s bravery and determination will be pushed to its breaking point. 

A dark storm is forming on the horizon, and the forces who are vying to destroy her may be much closer than she thinks. Destiny weaves a sticky web of evil, betrayal, and revenge that can only be undone by the purity of love and the soul’s unyielding will to survive. 

In the last installment of the Daughters of the Sea trilogy, the past will collide with the present as Stasia’s future hangs in the balance. The prophecy that paved the way for her new life may indeed be the very thing that strips her of the ones she loves the most.




Why Hello There:
I LOVE this series! and now I LOVE the new covers as much as I love the book. I liked the old covers, but these ones are just so pretty in comparison! Although, with the Awakening cover, you wonder who is at the front. You think that it's going to be Stasia like in Forsaken and Chosen, but then you actually find out who it is and it fits! (if you want to know who, read what Kristen has to say about the new covers below).



The Consideration Game:
I have read Forsaken and Awaken and have loved both of them. Now I can't wait to get my hands on Chosen! You can read my review of Forsaken and Awaken at these links! Pick up this series NOW!


From the Author, Kristen:

My name is Kristen and I am a perfectionist. *blushes and fidgets uncomfortably* Actually, perfectionist doesn’t even begin to explain my neurotic need to have every detail exactly how I envision it in my mind.  I’ll spend countless hours and sleepless nights tweaking and revising until I’m finally content with my new masterpiece.  Needless to say, that obsessive, compulsive behavior sky rockets to a whole new level when you talk about my children...er-books!  I comfort myself in the fact that most great artists and musicians are all one personality away from a padded room, but the simple truth is that I love doing it!

So why, you ask, have I re-imaged all three covers of the Daughters of the Sea series?   The first three covers gave the reader a glimpse of the Daughters of the Sea world and even bring to life a scene from the book itself.  Being a series, I fought to keep the covers similar so that the reader would identify them as one.  The color theme, font, and watermark symbols did that for me.  I was happy with them…for a while. *rubs hands together diabolically*

The more I did my homework and the more I drooled relentlessly over the newest covers from Amanda Hocking, Josephine Angelini, and Alyson Noel, I decided to up my game. *cracks knuckles and loosens neck* With a stubborn streak the size of Nebraska I also decided I was going to create my own covers using the same process as the pros.  After holding a friend hostage until he spilled any and all information he learned from his graphic design degree, I jumped off the proverbial cliff.  Fake it ‘til you make it, right?
Knowing I would have a back cover for print, I decided to feature the symbols and objects that hold so much meaning throughout the series on the back and use the front to draw the reader in.  I also kept the same font and added some swirls because, well, I like swirls.  All YA/PN book covers have a certain ‘aura’ about them; mystical, brooding, and downright magical.  They immediately elicit a longing from the reader to lose themselves in that world of enchantment (I know they do for me - hence my enormous to-read list).  I wanted to present a teaser to the potential reader while still embracing the essence of my characters; poke and prod at that place in the reader’s heart dedicated to fairy tales and magic curses.

I tire of the girl-in-prom-dress-inevitably-lost-in-a-forest cover because many come across as a little generic.  I definitely don’t want generic, so I sought to find images of girls that oozed the personality of that particular character within the book - not just another tortured soul.  Forsaken’s cover shows us the main character, Stasia.  You can almost feel the crushing power of her internal struggles and pain, but her immense inner radiance and strength also shine through.  Awaken features Nadia in all her glory - evil, arrogant, and hauntingly beautiful.  Chosen sums up the last book of the series for me with its touch of romance and sweet surrender.

All in all I am very happy with the new covers and I was so excited to share them with everyone!  Let me know what you think!


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Check out all the covers!


Forsaken (Daughters of the Sea #1)        Awaken (Daughters of the Sea #2)             Chosen (Daughters of the Sea #3)





Bookmarks!

I made these bookmarks with the new covers featured on this post! These bookmarks are exclusive to this post, not even in the tab yet!




What do YOU THINK of the covers? Would YOU READ this series?







Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Featuring.... The Unfortunate Tale of Little Mary Jenkins by F.W. Adams


At the Other End:

Sam and his three best friends, Nick, Jeff and Scout, find themselves in the middle of a hot boring, summer.

Looking for something to break the boredom, they escape into the dark desert behind Sam’s humble double-wide trailer with a cooler full of sodas with plans to have a night of fun around a bonfire in a secluded clearing. 

Surrounded by darkness and the strange sounds of the dark desert night, Scott tells the tragic story of little Mary Jenkins and an innocent game of hide-and-seek—gone terribly, terribly wrong. 

What happens when a not-so-friendly neighborhood rivalry ends in tragedy? Vengeance from the dark, dark beyond. 







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Author Bio:
I am F. W. Adams: husband, father, mountain biker, road biker, snowboarder and abecedarian author.  When not working to pay the bills or playing with my family, I can be found in random places, scribbling ideas and thoughts on scraps of paper that eventually find themselves into the stories I write--some of which make it past my very capable and often brutally honest editorial staff.




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Monday, 11 February 2013

Interview! Barbara Morgenroth, author of Flash.

At the Other End:
She’s been pretending to be 18 for so long, it feels like the truth.
When the only way for 15 year old photographer, Kip Chanin, to earn a living is as paparazzi, she can’t say no. Kip’s first photo is of Alex Milne, the handsome and volatile young actor. That one photo changes both their lives. Kip finds herself challenged to be a better photographer, a better daughter and to be a better friend. For someone used to getting by on her own, this could be Kip’s biggest lesson. The second biggest--You do what you have to in Hollywood to survive









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Author Bio:

Barbara was born in New York City and but now lives somewhere else. Starting her career by writing tweens and YA books, she wound up in television writing soap operas for some years. Barbara then wrote a couple cookbooks and a nonfiction book on knitting. She returned to fiction and wrote romantic comedies.

When digital publishing became a possibility, Barbara leaped at the opportunity and has never looked back. In addition to the 15 traditionally published books she wrote, in digital format Barbara has something to appeal to almost every reader from Mature YAs like the Bad Apple series and the Flash series, to contemporary romances like Love in the Air published by Amazon/Montlake, and Unspeakably Desirable, Nothing Serious and Almost Breathing.

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Take A Seat. Get Strapped In. Let's Go For A Ride:


1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
My YA series, Bad Apple has gotten quite a bit of attention. That’s Bad Apple, Burning Daylight and Rise. It begins with a murder and follows Neal Marchal through the next months during which she joins a band and begins performing, is taken in by a family who grows to love her and who she comes to love and she discovers talents that were hidden. Neal also lives with the threat of being killed for revealing a secret.


2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
“Are people going to find this book? Are they going to enjoy it? Is the cover the best representation of the book? Does the description work?” Those questions remain. If you want to please readers, you must be concerned with giving them the best possible experience.


3. What inspired you to write this novel?
I was on my way to becoming a photojournalist with a major in photography at college. After school, I did some news photography but couldn’t get a job doing that so began writing. I’m still a photographer but writing comes first. One day I was emailing my friend and said “What if a young woman had just arrived in Los Angeles and she had to become a paparazzi to support her family? Where would she find celebrities to pap-snap? How many lies would she tell to work alongside men with big telephoto lenses? What kind of trouble could she get in?” I closed the email program and began to write Flash.


4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?
The first thing I say is “What have they gotten right?” There are basically two kinds of bad reviews. 1) the book didn’t appeal to the reader for some reason or 2) they’re being grumpy and my book is the nearest target. If someone says “I read this and it has a lot of spelling errors”, that’s going to be incorrect because I run spellcheck and then Amazon does. It’s very hard to get that kind of error through the system. If they say “I don’t think the content is appropriate” that’s their opinion. I made an artistic choice to tell the story the way I wanted to and they didn’t like it. I can’t please everyone. If the reviewer has given thoughtful consideration and a careful read to the book, then proceeds to explain what they consider the issues in the story to be, then I definitely pay attention to that response. That can be a learning experience.


5. How long was the writing/planning process?
Writing is fast. Thinking is hard. My goal is to create a carefully crafted book in which the characters make sense to themselves and to the audience. I want there to be a balance between the exterior world and the interior world of the characters. I don’t want the story to be all action, nor do I want it to be all reflection.
This takes time. Six months per book at the length I write is about what it takes. If I’m doing a series like Flash and Flash of Light, that’s a little easier because I’m not starting at zero with book 2. I like writing a series, probably because I wrote for television for some years. The story never stops and you end on a cliff-hanger.


6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?
I loved the cover art! Because I created it. The first Flash cover I built entirely in Photoshop using 3-D, then I continued with that method and created Flash of Light. Some months ago I thought “I love it but I’m not sure people understand this is about a girl photographer,” so I found an image of a photographer and created a new cover. I want the cover to represent the book and not confuse potential readers. I still love the original
Flash cover but Flash of Light hasn’t been changed.


7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?
I am halfway through Bittersweet Farm Book 2—Joyful Spirit. It’s a series about a seventeen year old rider who’s falling in love with her trainer and all the complications and losses of her life. Then I will be doing Bad Apple Book 4—Parked. After that there’s something else so this year is booked and I couldn’t be happier.


8. Top 5 books
1) Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
 2)Zany Afternoons by Bruce McCall
3)In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepard
4)The Lone Pilgrim by Laurie Colwin
5)Anything by Jane Austen (sorry but she is really good)


9. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?
Dance With Me by Victoria Clayton. She’s such an accomplished and skillful writer that I aspire to be as precise a craftsperson as she is.


10. Why read your novel?
 Flash is both fun and serious. It can be read for the story or it can be read for meaning. Some of the situations Kip Chanin finds herself in could and do happen to celebrity photographers all the time. What sets Kip apart from the crazy world of Hollywood is her maturity and sensibility. When she takes the first photo of Alex Milne, the actor, that starts a journey for them. Their connection goes much deeper than the photo or the movie making, the publicity or the personal issues of those around them. But Alex is 21 and even if Kip’s been saying she’s 18 for so long it seems like the truth, she’s 15 when they meet. Is this relationship possible? Can Kip and Alex overcome naked starlets, a brother going ‘round the bend, a retro-glam mother and a father whose death was so spectacular people remember it still?