Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year!!!

So as I get all reflective about the end of 2011 (this occurs briefly before much vodka drinking- tee hee hee),  I wanted to share a few of my favorite bookish things about this past year...
  1. Blogging:  I just started at the end of October, but I am loving it!  I especially love the community of other bloggers, authors and avid readers I have encountered in this journey.  I really appreciate all the friendship and support!!!  Thank you!
  2.  Great new authors:  Since getting my Kindle, I've discovered so many incredible indie authors.  These small publisher or self published authors have talent to rival those big names out there.  Some of my favorites are Cambria HebertJ. A. Belfield, Shannon DermottTammy BlackwellQuinn LoftisChristie Rich and Charlotte Abel.
  3. Discovering great series other people love:  You know, those series everyone else is talking about and you find yourself wondering what all the fuss is. My favorite I found are:  Night Huntress and Mercy Thompson.
  4. Great discoveries in websites:
                    Goodreads:  I've been on Goodreads for a few years, using it to keep track of what I read
                            & wanted to read;  only in this past year have I started joining discussion groups and
                            writing detailed reviews;  I've learned so much through the other Goodread members.
                    RazOrbill:  Great new site for social networking with other bibliophiles.
                    Twitter:  Yup, hard to believe it, but I only just startedtweeting a few days ago.  I've already
                            met so many great people!  (@knowntoread)
                     NetGalley:  Amazing site for "professional readers" aka those who review/recommend books. 
                             Reviewers sign up and can request ARCs from various publishers.  Yay!  Free books!

It's been a great year!  Looking forward to an amazing 2012!!!
Happy New Year!!!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Beg for Mercy (Cambion #1) by Shannon Dermott

Everyone dreams of that first kiss. Of that magic moment when your lips finally meet those of that special person you’ve waited your whole life for. A little awkward, a little scary, a little hot and every bit amazing. We speculate that the whole world will shake and time will just stop. No one, however, ever imagines that kiss to bring Death himself knocking.

Sixteen year old Mercy Moore's life just got more complicated. The kiss that originally could have meant she would finally have a boyfriend now was the kiss that could have very nearly ended his life. A small detail her mother conveniently never told her will take her life for an abrupt u-turn. Dating, no love, was now completely and utterly impossible. And the boy well, that boy would never be the same.

But life, however cruel, goes on. Far too soon for her taste, Mercy finds herself at a senior party with the elite students of her school and her best friend. And of all things, playing a stupid game that could very well mean the death of someone in that small room. If it were not for her best friend, the hottest guys in school, and a small need to fit in, she may have been able to escape the disaster that was to come. Her worst nightmare, her personal curse, her very life, only gets dangerously worse.

Genre:  YA Fantasy
Rating:  * * * * *
My Review:
I want to jump and down and squeal excitedly to express how much I loved this book!!! It ranks with the likes of the Twilight and Mortal Instruments series. Mercy is a very likable main character who is finding her way and making lots of mistakes in the process. As I relish a good love triangle, there's some great guys involved from which Mercy must chose. Every character has depth and the dialog flows nicely. The romance, mystery and action are all fast paced and leaves you guessing through to the end. There's a few unanswered questions that undoubtedly were left to be answered in future books. This is a must read and I cannot wait for the next book!!!

Cover Art:
I'm not a huge fan of the cover art for this one. It always bothers me when the models used for YA fiction look too old to fit the characters or target audience. Also, the whole naked thing seems a bit risque for a YA book. So where I LOVE the book, I'm just "eh" about the cover.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Instinct (A Holloway Pack Story) by J. A. Belfield

Instinct (A Holloway Pack Prequel) 
by J. A. Belfield

Expected publication: January 1st 2012 by J. Taylor Publishing

Find it at Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Description:

Werewolf Sean Holloway treats the village marketplace like a sexual buffet, though his charm does little to win over his latest entrée of choice. Whether because of Jem Stonehouse’s unique scent, her headstrong nonchalance, or the fact he is forbidden to see her by his pack’s rules, Sean wants her. 

When Jem is nothing but flippant toward his advances, he pursues her with vigour, stealing moments alone with her without a libido-driven agenda.

The new and heady experience for him drives their relationship beyond romantic interest, and straight toward love.

That is, until Jem learns the truth about Sean’s heritage. Knowledge of the existence of werewolves leads to only one outcome: death.

In this prequel to Darkness & Light, we are taken back in time, to the very beginning of Jem and Sean’s love-across-the-centuries relationship.

Did it end there? Or did Sean defy his own pack to save the woman he loves?

Genre:  Paranormal Romance
My Rating:  * * * * *
My Review:

This is such a beautiful novella; historical, paranormal and an epic love story all in one.  As a prequel, it's not something that needs to be read beforehand nor does it need to be read after the first book.  It's amazing as a stand alone story without the support of the series (other than you'll be left wanting more!).

The story is told from Sean's point of view and it is so well done.  Belfield's descriptive writing immerses you in the story until you can feel the forest around you.  The plot moves quickly and pulls you along on the roller coaster experience of falling in love.  I did not put this book down except to feed my kids (they fussed until I conceded).

I loved Jem's character.  Especially in her first few conversations with Sean, she is so witty and strong.  You know that she feels this crazy pull towards Sean but she's cautious until he earn's her trust.  Then she loves with total abandon.

J. A. Belfield's a talent you should definitely experience this new year!

Cover Art:
This cover is as beautiful as the story!  The monochromatic color scheme gives a sense of being bathed in moonlight.  The details are perfect ... did you see Sean's shadow? 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Darkness & Light and Fated Encounter by J. A. Belfield

by J. A. Belfield 
Goodreads Description:

Jem Stonehouse, a housewife with a neurotic husband bent on keeping her in line, dreams about werewolves in, what she believes, is a bid to escape boredom.

Sean Holloway is a werewolf, living a charade within the human race, whose mind drifts to a bond he shares with a woman he hasn't met--at least, not in this lifetime.

Apart, the two are safe but live unfulfilled lives.

Together, they'll become prey to rival packs just as they have been for hundreds of years.

When their worlds collide, and not for the first time, instinct takes over. Dreams become reality. Futures are uncertain. To keep history from repeating itself, Sean must teach Jem about his heritage, convince her of her role, and win her love.

Can Jem accept her destiny before it's too late, or is her inner wolf buried too deep to save her future with Sean?

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Rating:  * * * *

My Review:

I loved this story.

Honestly, I was a bit leary when I realized Jem was already married when she meets her soul mate. Being a happily married girl, I would have a hard time accepting the idea of her leaving her husband for another man, but Belfield does a great job of making Peter, the husband in question, horrible enough that merits Jem leaving him with or without Sean in her life.

Jem really grows and develops as the novel progresses. The Holloway pack loves and nurtures Jem, allowing her to discover her true self. Their support allows these changes, which do occur rather quickly, to seem natural.

There's a couple of times when I found myself thinking, "wouldn't it have made more sense if Jem just...." I can't really call these story flaws as there's many times when I actually do do something that doesn't make the most sense.

I loved Jem and how her pack cherishes her. I liked Sean, but his character felt slightly flat to me. I plan on reading "Fated Encounter" which reads from Sean's point of view. I think that will help me connect more with Sean.

Overall great story of which I can't wait to read more.

Cover Art:
I love this cover.  It's perfectly reflects the book and it's an amazing piece of art.  It's the kind of thing I would want as a tattoo.

by J. A. Belfield

Goodreads Description:

One glimpse. That scent. There. Right there. Could it be … her?

The female within Sean Holloway’s dreams is real, and he intends to see her face even if it means hiding behind a women’s lingerie rack to do it.

With curiosity burning too hot for him to ignore, Sean turns an ordinary family errand into the chance of a lifetime only to be interrupted time and again.

In this companion piece to Darkness & Light, see Jem the way Sean saw her for the very first time.

Just how close is Sean willing to get before he’ll take fate into his own hands?

Enough to make the impossible come true … maybe.

Rating:  * * * *

My Review:

This was so sweet!!! Definitely something to read after, not before, "Darkness & Light." In my review of "Darkness & Light," I had mentioned how I hoped "Fated Encounter" would help me connect with Sean better. It absolutely did. I just wish there was more, lots more.

Cover Art:
I wish they would have stayed with the black and white graphic feel of the first book's cover.   This one's nice, but keeping an on-going theme within a series tells potential readers that these books belong together.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Guardian's Kiss (Samantha Brand #1) by Jamie Dougherty

by Jamie Dougherty

Goodreads description:

Take a step into this world of Angels, Demons and a little something in between. A touch of faith and trust. And a woman finding her true strengths and doing anything she can to protect those around her. Ultimately finding out more about herself and her soulmate than she could have ever imagined.

What would you do if you had the survival of mankind weighing on your shoulders?
Would you face your true identity? Or would you run and hide?
When Samantha’s sister is infected by a deadly virus, Samantha and her twin must face their deepest secret. One that they have kept their entire lives. When they are rescued by a handsome soldier Trent, Samantha senses something in him she feels she can trust.
Little does she know, he has secrets, not even she could have prepared for. Will her destiny take her down the path that will save the human race?
Or will it be too late?
With ethereal gifts and a Guardian to watch over her, Samantha must remember who or what she truly is to save those she cares for the most.

Genre:  Paranormal Romance with some Science Fiction elements

Rating: * *

My Review:
This was a hard one to rate.  The story has great potential.  Read the description, it's amazing and I loved the genre blur of taking the paranormal element of angels and adding the sci-fi element of a zombie virus unintentionally made by the government.  But in the end, the story just fell flat for me.  I was sometimes confused about what was happening and it took the characters explaining what happened to another character later in the book to clarify things for me.  I liked Samantha, but overall I couldn't get invested in any of the characters.

The Guardian's Kiss and it's author could benefit from a publisher's guidance.  From some author interviews I've read, it seems that an involved publisher will nurture a story with "good bones" and enable it's author to develop it into a great read.  This book has "good bones" and could absolutely be a great read, but it's not there yet.

I gave this book 2 stars.  It was a hard decision, but I have to feel good about recommending a book to give it a 3 or above and I simple can't suggest this book as it stands. 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Frey by Melissa Wright

Frey by Melissa Wright

Goodreads description:

Frey thought her biggest problem was figuring out who the dark haired stranger was. Unaware of those that pulled her strings to gain the power she unknowingly held, she was led astray.

But they couldn’t have known the events it would set into motion, that happenstance would destroy the pawns in their game, that Frey would escape before judgment, that she would stumble across the one person who could sabotage everything and reveal their motives.

A past she doesn't remember, a council that aims to watch her to burn, and an intriguing stranger who's been assigned her watcher, she is nearly hopeless. Until she discovers a secret of her own and it changes everything. Bound by those who feared her, she fights alongside a group of strangers to regain her mind, her memories, and her magic.

When the balance of power is shifted, she has what she needs to gain freedom from the bonds that keep her from her true self. If only she knew who to trust.

Rating: * * * * *

Genre:  YA Fantasy

My Review:

This story is told completely from Frey's point of view. It's very effective as much of the book deals with the mystery surrounding Frey. It's extremely frustrating for a curious bird as myself, but not bad frustrating, it's more like being tickled: aggravating and fun at the same time.

As the story begins, the lack of information is just annoying. Frey is just going along with her normal daily activities giving the reader no sense of setting. I found myself re-reading the description hoping for a clue, but nope, none.  Later you realize that the author purposely leaves so much ambiguity.  I'm not sure how I feel about this.  It made me concerned about how the rest of the book would progress.

Luckily for all involved, the rest of the book proved to be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.  I read this in two days because it was so hard to put down after those first few chapters.  The reader is taken on this run-for-your-life quest with Frey, all the while only getting glimpses on the whys and what-fors.  Poor Frey, no one will give her a freaking straight answer, and she is so determined.  I loved her character.  The characters who become part of her journey are also well written and likable.  The whole book is so well written and this is one of those 99cent downloads!!!

So, concerning the ending... how do you feel about cliff hangers?  As the book concludes, I got some of the answers for which I had been squirming, but not all.  Again, I'm not sure how I feel about this.  Overall it's a  good thing, but it's kind of like getting a small piece of the perfect chocolate cake.  Sure, you should be satisfied, but really you want more.

Again, luckily for all involved (I'd hate to have to stalk the author and bug her until she finished it), the sequel is out and is only another 99cents: The Frey Saga Book II: Pieces of Eight.  As a matter of fact, I stopped mid-blog to go buy this.  Really, do yourself a favor and just buy both books at the same time.  It will keep you from yelling bad words at your Kindle (hee hee).

Cover Art:
This is a new cover for this book.  The other's nice, but the new one is so pretty I want to squeal (perhaps I do get a little too excited about books and book art).  I wish the model had been photographed in a dress matching the description in the book, but I think that would've messed up the overall coloring of the book and the title wouldn't have popped as it so nicely does here.  Alas, we can't have it all, can we?

Friday, December 16, 2011

And The Winner is......

Congratulations to Tiffany of Newfoundland, Canada!!!!!!

She's the winner of an e-copy of Masquerade!

Yay!!!!  Woo Hoo!!!

Special thanks to our author, Cambria Hebert for offering up a copy for the giveaway.

For those of you who didn't win, you can now grab your very own copy now from Smashwords ... just click here.

Happy reading!!!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My Very First Award!!!!

Okay, I'm blushing!  I really did win a blog award!!!  Wow!!!!  And it isn't even for prolific use of exclamation points (hee hee)!!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you Natshane from "Dreamland: A Teenage Fantasy".  Her blog is absolutely fabulous!!!!  Click on her name to see it and make sure you scroll down where you can see her spectacular background. You must check it out (okay, go do that now, but then come back).

So here is my award....

Isn't it great?!?  Liebster is a German word meaning dearest and the award is given to up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers.  I'm so honored!

Now I get to award 5 of my fellow bloggers this nifty award (okay, I find GFC very iffy and weird, but I do believe all my choices are under the 200 follower mark).  Here's the rules:

In accepting the Liebster Blog Award, the recipient agrees to:

  1. Thank the blogger who gave them this award and link back to that person's blog.
  2. Copy and paste the award to their blog.
  3. Reveal the 5 blogs they have chosen to award, commenting on their blogs to share the news

So now, without further ado .........drum roll please...........
I award the Liebster Blog Award to the following cool and fan-tab-bulous bloggers:

  1. Ana at Book Spark
  2. Veronica at Mostly Reviews
  3. Bailey at Novel Nerd
  4. Jacquelynne at The Hardcover Harlequin
  5. Cassie at Shadow Kisses

Monday, December 12, 2011

Richelle Mead

My main focus in blogging is to share new, less known authors.  That being said, I do read a lot of well known authors and I thought today I'd share with you one of my favorite authors, Richelle Mead.

Here's what her website says about her...

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens.  Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master in Teaching (Middle & High School English) degree from the University of Washington. In the end, she decided writing was the way for her but believes all of her education prepared her for it.
A life-long reader, Richelle has always had a particular fascination with mythology and folklore. When not writing,, she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. Lots of dresses. She is a self-professed coffee addict, fights a constant (and losing) battle with procrastination, and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.

Her series...  Dark Swan
My hands down, yell at the top of my lungs, very favorite of her series is the Dark Swan series.  This is what her website says about the series...

Richelle's Dark Swan Series ... follows Eugenie Markham, a free-lance shaman who battles ghosts and fey that sneak into our world from the Otherworld. When an alarming prophecy suddenly makes her every Otherworldly creature's object of desire, Eugenie must dodge their advances while also fighting a dark power rising within her.

There's so much I love about this series.  First, Eugenie is a tough chick you've got to respect.  I find the whole shaman thing intriguing.  Then she is faced with some pretty startling discoveries about herself she must struggle through and grow as a character. Then there are the men Eugenie meet.  Okay, so a good love triangle is a guilty pleasure of mine.  There's Dorian, a fae king, who Eugenie finds herself working with even though she doesn't trust him at all.  There's also Kiyo (I'd be giving something away if I said exactly what he is) who has also been less than honest and his slightly over-helpfulness makes trusting him questionable.  Both men are quite yummy, but I'm very much team Dorian.  The plot of each book has so many twists and turns you'll find yourself gasping out loud.  I lost a lot of sleep getting through these books. I could not put them down.  The final book in the series is due out December 27, 2011 and will be one I immediately download and read.
A word on the cover art....
I hate these covers.  My husband makes fun of me when I read books with such tasteless covers.  These are the American covers.  I've seen the covers for other countries and they are SOOOO much better.  Why do publishers think Americans have such poor taste?  It's embarrassing.

That being said, get to reading these books so you can be ready when the 4th one comes out on the 27th (click the image to pre-order the kindle edition on amazon).

Vampire Academy
I do love the Vampire Academy series almost as much as Dark Swan.  Here's the website's synopsis:

Richelle's YA series, Vampire Academy, is published by Razorbill Books (Penguin)....  This New York Times and USA Todaybestselling series has won honors from the American Library Association and been translated into 30 languages.  It follows the war between two races of vampires, living and undead. Rose Hathaway, a 17-year old half-vampire, is training to be a bodyguard for the living vampires and finds her life complicated by the dangers that involves, as well as an illicit romance with one of her teachers.

Richelle Mead writes her characters so well that they feel real.  Rose is a fabulous character.  She is loyal, reckless, impatient and smart; she is so flawed but still so likable.  She is surrounded by characters that are as complex and well written as she is.  Dimitri is a mystery.  I'd love to read this story written from his perspective.  Rose and Dimitri's love is one of those epic romances that people will reference 100 years from now.  Each of the 6 books in this series has amazing action and mystery.  One of the books I cried through a good part of it.  I usually hate things that make me cry.  But by that point in the series I was so emotionally invested in the characters I didn't resent all the tears.

Cover art talk...
I'm pretty ho-hum about the covers for this series.  Nothing about the covers or even the book titles really grabbed me.  I'm pretty sure the series was recommended to me, otherwise, I'm not sure I would have read this series.  I'm so thankful for that recommendation!!! 

This is a spin-off series of Vampire Academy with a total of 6 books planned.  Only the first book is out .  Here's the Goodreads description:

      When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning. 
     Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the frieinndship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood. 

I found this first book to be an excellent start to this new series.  I was really excited to see that Richelle Mead is not finished with the Vampire Academy world.  There's an action-packed mystery and some major chemistry.  I'm eager to find out what will happen next.

Cover Art:  These covers are a little better.  I liked seeing Sydney's tattoo, about which I had often wondered and I love the stylized vines that grow from the title.  It was a good idea to mimic the style of the Vampire Academy books.

Georgina Kincaid

This is another of her adult urban fantasy series.  I have only read the first book of the six in this series.  It was very good though I did have trouble getting into the premise of it.  I do hope to read the rest of  them at some point.  Richelle Mead's website describes the series as:

The Georgina Kincaid Series tell the humorous and heart-breaking story of a reluctant succubus who can't touch the man she loves without dire side effects. On top of that, she must deal with Hell's middle management team and the many supernatural threats that come her way.

This is what I said on my Goodreads review back in May of 2010:

This was a real surpirse for me. Its not a book I would've picked up on my own, but it was recommended to me. I found the plot fun and inventive with some good twists. Richelle Mead seems to have a gift for likeable, yet broken, characters.

I do like the covers done in the style shown here.  The mass paperback cover is a bit trashy, but this one is interesting and reflects the book well.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

It's here!!!! Blog Tour Day with Cambria Hebert!!!!!

Woo Hoo!!!!!  Yehaw!!!!!  Yay, yay, yay!!!!!  However you might say it, I think I've expressed how excited I am that Cambria Hebert is joining us today on her worldwide blog tour to celebrate the upcoming release (December 16th, thank you very much!) of her amazing, completely enthralling novel Masquerade.  Now use your imagination and envision me jump up and down and squealing like a tween at a Justin Bieber concert.

What?!?  You say you haven't heard about Masquerade?  Where have you been?  Under a rock?!?  Well, check out my previous post for the complete rundown and my review of this amazing debut novel from  Cambria Hebert.  Below that you can also check out the essentials on Before, the captivating prequel to Masquerade.

So let me introduce you to this fabulous lady.
Cambria Hebert is an author, a blogger and a latte sipper. She has an irrational fear of chickens (EWWW!) and is obsessed with werewolves. She would rather have coffee (Starbucks please!) than food and her favorite TV show is the Vampire Diaries. You can find her stalking the YA aisles of Barnes and Noble with her iphone glued to her hand.  You can also find her online at

So onto the interview.....

Welcome, Cambria, I'm thrilled you could be here today.  Rumor has it you have a werewolf obsession.  When did this begin?  Who is your favorite werewolf?

Yes, I do have a little bit of a problem with the werewolves…. Lol. I really don’t know where it began, perhaps with Beauty and the Beast? He he he. I just remember when Twilight came out and I was like why would Bella want a vampire when that hot werewolf is right there?
My favorite werewolf? Hmmmm. That’s hard! My absolute, hands down, have dreams about – my husband says is the other man in my life- werewolf is the main character in a werewolf series that I actually wrote. The series is not published (yet). His name is Thadd.
But, if I had to choose from another book I would say, Riley from the Intertwined series, Nick from the Need series and yes, Jacob from Twilight.

Well then, I will need to meet Thadd ASAP, because if Jacob comes second to him, he's gotta be quite yummy.

In Masquerade Sam’s favorite drink is bubble tea, wherever did you hear of it? I know many of your readers now want to try this mysterious drink.  Got a recipe?

My readers aren’t the only ones that want to try Bubble Tea – I do too! LOL. No, I actually haven’t tried it but only because I can’t find any Bubble Tea places around here. I DO plan to make it one day soon and try it…. And yes I do have a recipe – there are tons online! (Note: If you make this and it stinks it isn’t my fault. LOL!!) Here is a link to a recipe online that shows you step by step what to do:

When its finished it will look like this:      

I found out about Bubble Tea when I was researching Portland, ME online for my book. I wanted to add real places into the story and I came across Bubble Mainiea that makes Bubble Tea. I thought to myself… “This would be different than having all my characters hitting up Starbucks all the time.” But even still Heven and Kimber hang out at a café. Lol.

There's nothing quite like the smell of a coffee shop.  I hear you are a fellow coffee addict.  Where’s your favorite addiction quenching spot?  What’s your favorite café drink?

Starbucks!!!! Got to be Starbucks! My favorite latte is the skinny caramel machiatto. I also love the pumpkin spice latte and the salted caramel latte. Sad truth: I would probably drink anything with caramel drizzled over it. Lol.

I had the pleasure of reading your books as part of a group read on Goodreads.  Masquerade is such a unique and beautiful tale?  What was your inspiration behind such a story?

I wanted to write a story that people might be able to identify with. I know – how can you identify with a disfigured girl? – I think a lot more than most would think. Have you ever not liked what you see in the mirror? Have you ever felt unsure of yourself? Have you ever had a bad day and just wanted to get through it? I thought that Heven would be a new kind of protagonist. She used to be blond and beautiful and have it all but life changed and she had to change with it. She had to learn to trust herself – accept herself for what she is in the now – not what she wanted to be. I thought of all the people who said they were tired of writing about a perfect girl who gets the perfect guy. So once I decided to write about Heven I thought “how did she get disfigured? What happened to her.” The story grew from there.

What is your favorite thing about your book?

Oh that’s really hard. I love everything about it. I think maybe I would say that my favorite thing is the twists and turns that the story takes. The characters really grow and change and so does their story… I think that it makes it an unpredictable read at times because I think that people expect something when they are coming in and they get something completely different.

Your book is filled with big moments.  There are scenes of great intensity, sadness, action, joy and sweetness.  What’s your favorite moment in Masquerade (if you can say without giving too much away)?

Really? You want me to pick ONE favorite moment? Impossible. Lol. But there is a favorite that I will tell you about…. The scene where Sam and Heven have their first kiss… it’s a little unexpected but completely sweet and I remember getting butterflies in my belly when I wrote it. 

What’s one thing you really want your reader to take away from reading Masquerade?

I just want them to close the book at the end and say “Wow, that was a great book” or “Wow, that really took me out of my on head.”  I hope I created characters that were identifiable and memorable as well.
I've always been intrigued by the writing process.  I know some authors like to outline their novels before writing while others prefer to let the story develop as they type.  What’s your method for developing such engaging stories?

I don’t write from an outline. I usually make notes with a pen in a notebook of ideas and maybe a sequence of events. I also keep note of character descriptions, etc. But mostly it’s a big mess in my head that I usually write out of order then either work backwards or forwards on filling in the gaps between the scenes. LOL. And I really listen to the characters (i.e. voices in my head) because it’s their story I am telling and they know it best.

Which character was hardest to write? Easiest?

Heven was probably the easiest. I felt a connection to her that really helped me get into her head when I was writing her POV. Sam was the hardest. After the first draft of Masquerade was written there were no scenes in Sam’s POV. It was only after I met my editor, Amy Eye, that we decided to add in Sam’s scenes. When I went to write them in I realized I didn’t know him very well…. Sam was a mystery to me! Lol. It took a while but then I got to know him and the scenes started to flow.

I know to be a successful author, it takes lots of support.  Who has helped you most in this journey?

There are a lot of people that have helped me. My husband, Shawn, has been there from the beginning. He has always supported me and encouraged me to write.

What advice to other writers do you have?

Don’t ever stop writing. Don’t ever give up. If you know that writing is “it” for you then keep at it. It isn’t a sprint it’s a marathon. You have to get comfortable in all stages of the writing process – some of them longer than others - and force yourself through the parts that are uncomfortable. And also, don’t take it too seriously. Learn that with every No you get you are getting closer to a yes. If you believe in your writing and your ability to sell your work then other people will too.
Your cover is beautiful.  Tell me about its development and designer.  How much input did you have?  Is the model anyone you know?

Thank you!! Regina Wamba of Mae I Design  is the designer of all 3 of my book covers. She let me have a ton of input on the design. Basically, I told her what I was looking for and she started looking through stock photos. We found one that was similar to what my cover looks like now. But the copyright issues of using a stick photo were a little daunting and no one from the site could give us a definitive answer – so Regina offered to get a model and a make-up artist and take a photo. So she did. I don’t know the model – Regina does. I trusted her to find someone for the job because she is very talented. Then she edited the photos and designed the cover…. She did a great job. The back cover of the book is really beautiful too. ;)

Thanks for having me here today! It was fun!

Thanks, Cambria!  See you tomorrow at for the next stop on your tour.

So now for the giveaway...

Cambria has kindly offered to give one free digital copy of Masquerade to a lucky winner to be chosen at random on release day, December 16, 2011.  All you have to do is: one, be a follower of my blog and two, leave a comment below with your email.  That's it.  Good luck!  In the meanwhile, you should read Cambria's other works (although that won't help you win, it will just keep you entertained while you wait to hear if you are the lucky winner)...


Monday, December 5, 2011

Masquerade Blog Tour Dates

I'm so excited for my very first author interview as part of Cambria Hebert's Masquerade Blog Tour!!!  Make sure to stop by everyone's blog and check of the great interviews and giveaways other's are having.  Cambria is offering an e-copy of Masquerade to one lucky winner here on my blog on the 9th!!!  
Woo hoo!!!!  My very first giveaway!!!!!

Heven and Hell Blog tour schedule...

December 4 – announcing Cambria's giveaways

Dec.16-  Release day. Cambria's blog and Jenn's blog They are hosting a Masquerade Ball and she is giving away a necklace and a stocking filled with merchandise.

Dec. 25 - Christmas