Friday, 18 July 2014

BLOG TOUR! How to Date Dead Guys by Ann M. Noser + Interview

How To Date Dead Guys (Under the Blood Moon #1)
Behind 304 Pages
Released: 15 July 2014
Genre: New Adult, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Buy Me: Amazon
At the Other End:
College sophomore Emma Roberts remembers her mother’s sage advice:  “don’t sleep around, don’t burp in public, and don’t tell anyone you see ghosts”.  But when charming Mike Carlson drowns in the campus river under her watch, Emma’s sheltered life shatters.

Blamed for Mike’s death and haunted by nightmares, Emma turns to witchcraft and a mysterious Book of Shadows to bring him back.  Under a Blood Moon, she lights candles, draws a pentacle on the campus bridge, and casts a spell.  The invoked river rages up against her, but she escapes its fury.  As she stumbles back to the dorm, a stranger drags himself from the water and follows her home. And he isn't the only one.  
Instead of raising Mike, Emma assists the others she stole back from the dead—a pre-med student who jumped off the bridge, a desperate victim determined to solve his own murder, and a frat boy Emma can’t stand…at first.  More comfortable with the dead than the living, Emma delves deeper into the seductive Book of Shadows.  Her powers grow, but witchcraft may not be enough to protect her against the vengeful river and the killers that feed it their victims.
Inspired by the controversial Smiley Face Murders, HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS will ignite the secret powers hidden deep within each of us.
Author Bio:
My to-do list dictates that I try to cram 48 hours of living into a day instead of the usual 24.  I’ve chosen a life filled with animals.  I train for marathons with my dog, then go to work as a small animal veterinarian, and finish the day by tripping over my pets as I attempt to convince my two unruly children that YES, it really IS time for bed.  But I can’t wait until the house is quiet to write; I have to steal moments throughout the day.  Ten minutes here, a half hour there, I live within my imagination.
Like all busy American mothers, I multi-task.  I work out plot holes during runs.  Instead of meditating, I type madly during yoga stretches.  I find inspiration in everyday things:  a beautiful smile, a heartbreaking song, or a newspaper article on a political theory.  For example, a long drive in the dark listening to an NPR program on the SMILEY FACE MURDERS theory made me ask so many questions that I wrote HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS to answer them to my satisfaction.

I’d love to have more time to write (and run, read, and sleep), but until I find Hermione Granger’s time turner, I will juggle real life with the half-written stories in my head.  Main characters and plot lines intertwine in my cranium, and I need to let my writing weave the tales on paper so I can find out what happens next.
Find Ann:
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1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
After a short stint as a Victoria's Secret model (JUST KIDDING), I started writing the Pet Vet column in the local Post Bulletin newspaper. This led to articles in RunMinnesota, the DVM360 journal, and the Wagazine. Last year I participated in several Twitter-based query contests for HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS.

2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?

I'll let you know at the end of July, but I'm guessing something along the lines of "I need an antacid".

3. What inspired you to write this novel?

One night while driving home in the dark, I heard a radio program about the controversial Smiley Face Murder Theory proposed by Kevin Gannon and Anthony Duarte, two retired New York detectives. They believed that a number of college-aged men whose drownings had been ruled accidental due to alcohol intoxication were murdered instead.

Once I got home, I wrote down a page or two of a story that my brain concocted to pass the time on that long drive home. Years later, I found the messy pages in a folder, didn't like a single word of what I'd written, but the premise still compelled me. And so I began.

4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?

This is based on several reviews I've read on Goodreads which I consider out of control mean—and these reviews aren't even of my books. I've been told not to look at my own bad reviews. My first book is due out in July, so this hasn't happened to me yet, but I'm already not sure how well I'll be able to obey that rule.

When I see negative reviews that go ON AND ON for ages, I wonder what is wrong with the reviewer. Do they hate their own life and so take it out on others? Is this a form of cyber bullying? And why don't they have better things to do with their own lives?

My opinion is that a reader has a right to dislike a book, but they shouldn't write a mega-cruel review meant to dismember the body and soul of the writer. Why can't they just say "the narrator had an annoying lisp",  or "I don’t like alien books", or "didn't finish" and leave it at that? Or maybe a one or two line discussion on the issues that perturbed them the most.

Negative reviews shouldn't take as long to read as the book itself. Okay, I'm exaggerating, but you get my point, right?

5. How long was the writing/planning process?

Somewhere between five to ten years.  Isn't that crazy? I'm actually afraid to figure it out for sure.  It's better for my sanity if I just keep this number vague in my head. I don't want to freak myself out that I've spent so long on just one book.

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 LOVE THE COVER!  Alexandria Thompson is a book cover art goddess!

Did I have any book cover ideas?  Yes, and they all sucked (I am no artist). Thank goodness someone else had that job.

7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?

What I really should be doing is making plans for some sort of break, but I'm not sure I know what the true meaning of that word is anymore. I started a so-called "writing break" last September, then read some creepy political article (which shall remain unnamed because I unfortunately can't remember where or what it was that I read) and started my current WIP, a YA dystopian (which I know everyone says no one should be writing right now—go figure). I have 1-2 chapters left. So. Close.

But that isn't my only WIP. Book two of the Under the Blood Moon Series is currently with beta readers. So I hope that HOW TO DITCH DEAD GUYS will be under consideration by Curiosity Quills sometime this summer.

And I occasionally scribble poems about my hatred for Alzheimer's Disease. If this horrid illness has stricken your family, you know what I'm talking about, and I'm sorry for your loss.

8. Top 5 books
  • ANNE OF GREEN GABLES series by L. M. Montgomery (who wants to visit Prince Edward Island with me?)
  • The NARNIA series by C. S. Lewis (because of Aslan and all the other talking animals, of course)
  • HUNGER GAMES series by Suzanne Collins (impressed by the pacing, amazed at the premise, love the characters)
  • THE PRINCESS BRIDE by William Goldman (Or should I say Morgenstern? And, yes, I did read the book—several times, mind you—I’m not just talking about the marvellous movie. As you wish.)
  • LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott (never gets old, always reminds me of my mom)

9. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?
DARK PLACES, GONE GIRL both by Gillian Flynn (because it would mean I was super-power, writing-genius levels of clever)

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green (because I would be directly responsible for making people burst out crying in public places while reading my book…and then indirectly responsible for making these same readers call and b*tch out their friends who told them to read this book—true story, all over the country, I imagine)

The HARRY POTTER series (and not for the money, although that's nice, but more for the fact that I wish I had invented Hermione—I LOVE HER)

Seriously, with these last two questions I could go on forever.

10. Why read your novel?
If you're looking for a little more Alice Hoffman and a little less Jackie Collins in your New Adult reading, HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS will be right up your Urban Fantasy alley.

Not to rip on Jackie Collins. After finishing everything in the children's section of the library, I enjoyed quite of few of her books as a young person, although pretty much all the sultry scenes went fifty miles over my innocent little head. I just didn't get it. My parents caught on at some point to what I was reading, and I switched over to the DUNE series instead (also very good).

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  1. Thanks for the great interview and for helping with my blog tour.
    Have a fun weekend! :)

    1. Anytime! Thanks for answering all my questions.

  2. Ooh, this sounds like a really epic book! I loved the interview too. Toootally agreeing with those ranty negative reviews that are as long as the book! Why do that?? It seems so ridiculous, really. OH and Ann has an epic taste in books there, with The Princess Bride and The Hunger Games. ;)

    1. It does, doesn't it! Especially because that title is epic. Some people are strange. I think most of them are from Goodreads and they just want to get attention and likes.....


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