Yay! I love, love, love being a part of blog tours,
especially when a FAVORITE author is involved!!!
So I'm super stoked to share with you today's post that includes
probably the best guest post I've read in a while,
the dets on the latest Holloway Pack book, CAGED
and some GIVEAWAYS! Woot woot!!!
Let's get started, shall we?
Genre: Romantic Urban Fantasy/
For Ethan Holloway, his mission to find a missing werewolf should be simple. Crack a few heads, bust a few chops and the solution always reveals itself. Always.
Not this time.
Ethan’s reputation precedes him, and because it does, someone is ready. Waiting. Unbeknownst to Ethan, he’s about to go down. Hard. Against a foe he never suspected and in a world he never imagined could be real.
What awaits Ethan is a fight not only for his reputation, but also his pack, his female, and his life. If he survives, damage control will become priority number one.
If he survives.
Because even Ethan’s not sure he’s strong enough to take on an entire race all by himself.
Especially one hell bent on exposing who and what he is in the name of sport.
Add it to your Goodreads TBR!
Check out the smokin trailer:
Meet this fantabulous author:
One day, a character and scene popped into J. A. Belfield’s head, and she started controlling the little people inside her imagination, as though she were the puppet master and they her toys. Questions arose: What would happen if …? How would they react if …? Who would they meet if …?
Before she knew it, a singular scene had become an entire movie. The characters she controlled began to hold conversations. Their actions reflected the personalities she bestowed upon them. Within no time, they had a life, a lover, a foe, family … they had Become.
One day, she wrote down her thoughts. She’s yet to stop.
J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, four cats and a dog. She writes paranormal romance, with a second love for urban fantasy.
She also book blogs over at Bookaroo-Ju.Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
Here's that amazing guest post:
Top 10 Favourite Things About Being an Author
Dude! This is a hard list to write. Because usually it’s just a simple case of: I LOVE BEING AN AUTHOR!!!!!! I rarely stall to figure out ‘why?’.
However, just for Danielle, I’m going to analyse the declaration and see if I can get to the bottom of this.
In no particular order:
- My readers. I seriously, truly, love my readers. From the very first readers of my writing ever (my best friend and my sister way back when it was less than stellar) to those I’ve acquired along the way, to my growing gathering of betas, and the new ones who pop up out of the blue and surprise me with their kind words of encouragement ... all of them. I love them all. They’re now a huge part of why I continue to do what I do. ♥
- Getting to be me. There’s some truth in the assumption that every character created holds a little piece of the creator. Well, that’s where the fun comes in. Because instilling in my characters the right to behave however they want, and to say whatever the heck they want, without any kind of retribution for me, is an awesome release. I get to explore all the dark crevices of my mind. All of the taboo ideas I wouldn’t dare vocalise. And, because they’re only in the written word, disguised as fiction, nobody ever questions how insane I really am …. Muhahahahahaha.
- The fact I don’t even have to leave the house to work. It’s awesome. I scan through emails and stuff whilst waiting for the Mini-Me to get ready for school, and then once she’s gone, I head upstairs, get cleaned up for the day, get dressed (in T-shirt or V-neck along with fresh pyjama bottoms—heh), and then once my (tiny bit of) housework is done, I’m set for the day. Plus, my hours are flexible, so if I want to go out, I go out when it suits me. If I want to take the morning off—or, heck, the entire day—and work into the evening instead, I can. If I want to cut my day short because Mr B wants to watch a film, it’s an instant decision.
- Getting to do something I love. As a job, even. I have spent my entire life daydreaming. I’d read books—lots of books—and then proceed to formulate new adventures for the characters I met along the way. I guess, perhaps, it could even be considered that I was creating my own form of what we now know as Fan Fiction—only mine stayed inside my head. When I finally got my act together at the ripe age of 37, and figured out what was in my head should, in actual fact, be getting transferred to paper, it was like a huge valve had been loosened. I suddenly felt freed. I know a lot of authors tend to feel this way when they first start, so it’s no surprise to me that those first couple of years of writing tend to be of the obsessive nature.
- How much I can get away with and it claim it as part of my job.
Feel like reading a shedload of books? Dude, gimme a break here, I’m researching.
Feel like watching an action film? Yeah, I’m working—I need to figure out how the body moves when fighting; it’s for a scene I’m writing ….
Have a yen to head into a local forest to sniff trees? No, Mr B, I’m not a weirdo—I need to study the ambience of nature.
“What? You’re on Facebook again? You’re always on Facebook.” It’s called social networking and building a platform. Sheesh. ;)
- Connecting with other authors. I’m not sure how noticeable it is to the non-authors involved in the book world, but when you find other authors you truly connect with, the one-man-ship that is formed is amazing. The support of each other is amazing. Rarely do authors view each other as the competition. After all, authors are just readers, whose love of books has taken that extra step further into creativity of their own—so it stands to reason we can get as excited about the books of others’ as we can about one’s we’ve written ourselves. And even the support from many of the authors out there, who you’re not deeply familiar with, can be just as great.
- The ARCs. The ARCs are always a plus. And I’ll add to that: beta reading. I don’t do as much beta reading for writer buddies as I used to because my time is so much more limited than it once was; however, if I have time, I’ll jump on the chance. Because having the ability to read the work of authors you’ve come to know and respect as friends—ahead of the crowd; ahead of even editors a lot of the time, too—is GREAT!
- The journey of your book becoming something physical and tangible. From the moment the contract is signed, the slow and unfolding process that leads from there to publication is an exciting journey to be a part of. I love waiting like a nervous wreck to see if my editor likes what I have. I love the minutes of plotting and collaborating with my editor until a blurb is formed to the point where we’re both sit back and say, Okay, I’m happy with that. One of the most exciting parts for me is seeing the ideas for my covers for the first time—because that tells me in a nutshell how my novel has been viewed by others. And then finally getting to hold your book in your hands. So, yes, this! All of this. Because writing a novel can be a very lonely business—which is probably why so many of us procrastinate on the Internet—and these moments of teamwork and companionship are what I consider my reward.
- Spending time with my characters. I’ve mentioned already the connection between reading and writing. Any reader out there should understand the awesomeness of connecting deeply enough with a character in a book that they remain with you even as you’re trying to close your eyes of a night, and poke your brain awake first thing in the morning. Now, imagine that connection tenfold, and you should have a vague understanding of the bind between an author and their created peeps. I live, breathe, and love my characters. They are like the exotic parts of my soul that are all mine. An unexplored cave only I’m allowed to truly see. A sun only they’ll only allow me to bask in. That is how personal my relationship with them is. How could anyone not love that?
- Reviews. Yep, I already mentioned my readers, but reviews are separate, because not everyone reviews. To me a reader is someone who reads my books (or any books), and either sits there quietly at home with their thoughts, or tells their friends their thoughts, or seeks me out to tell me their thoughts. A reviewer is a reader and then some. Now, before I go on, let me preface by saying this is not a bash at those who don’t review, because sometimes I don’t feel like reviewing. There is liberation in the art of reading for pure pleasure without having to analyse why you loved a book so much but can be happy in the knowledge that you just did. However, from an author viewpoint, those reviews are my critiques. They help me know where I’ve gone wrong, or right, and which parts of my writing are my weaknesses and strengths. They’re my guidance to improving. They are what help me to grow. So I shall add a huge thank you to all those who’ve ever written me a review for any of my works because you all rock my socks on an epic scale.
Yeah, I think that pretty much covers it. Kind of. ;)
Onto the Giveaway:
1st Prize: Signed copy of Caged, Caged swag pack (see image), $10 Amazon Gift Card
2nd Prize: Caged swag pack (see image)
3rd Prize: 5 runner’s-up will each receive a digi-signed Caged cover