Friday, November 30, 2012

Interview Questions with Michelle Turner






INTERVIEW TIME WITH MICHELLE TURNER OF REVIVING BLOOM!
 THERE IS ALSO A GIVEAWAY SO SCROLL ON DOWN AFTER THE INTERVIEW.


1.      What are 3 things that will not be found on the internet about you?
My weight (no-one other than me and my doctor need to know that), my first pet’s name (most common security question so I’m not gonna share that with y’all), my exact address ( if you don’t already know it, then you don’t need to know it.)
2. What are 3 things that you need to get your morning going?
The snooze button to shake off the last little bit of sleep, my tooth brush and a cold drink (I’m not cool enough to be one of those coffee loving people.)
3. Do you happen to have a favorite author?
I don’t have one author that is a favorite. I have several that I love to read.
  
4. Where did you get your inspiration to write your book?
I’d been reading a lot of werewolf/shifter stories and one night the idea came to me. It all revolved around the wolf pretending to be a stray dog and not revealing himself to his mate until she needed saved. The idea hounded my thoughts for months before I finally broke down an outlined out the characters and wrote the lake scene.
5. What is the hardest part of being a writer?
I find editing the hardest. It is so easy to miss the grammar mistakes and such when you’re going through 60,000+ words.
6. What is the easiest?
Developing my characters and writing out their stories. When the characters feel like old friends who are dictating their stories to me to share with the rest of the world how can it not be easy and fun. 
  
7. What made you decide to become an author?
I’ve always seen writing as my outlet and I finally felt like I had a story other people would enjoy reading.
8. Tell us a bit about your book for those who have not read it yet.
Reviving Bloom is the story of Bloom & Pike. Pike is a wolf shifter who is trying to come to terms with the loss of his father and his new position as Alpha when he comes across the scent of his mate, Bloom. Bloom knows nothing about Pike’s world and for a year she’s been trying to deal with losing the only parent she’s ever known, her dad Michael. By pulling her into his world they dig up old secrets that had been kept from her and to get all the answers they have to search out the mother who abandoned Bloom at birth.
9. What's with the cover photo and why did you chose it?
The wonderful Stephanie Mooney did the cover. I went in not knowing how I wanted it to look at all, so she asked me about the characters and about one of my favorite scenes and she created my beautiful cover from that.
10. What book are you reading now?
I just finished reading Leave Me Breathless by Cherrie Lynn and I’m getting ready to start Susan’s Summer by Maddy Edwards.
11. Will we see another book by you soon?
I’m currently working on a YA book titled Promised. I’m hoping to have it finished and out by the spring and then I’m going to start on the follow-up to Reviving Bloom.
12. Were any of your characters inspired by people in real life?
Not fully. I may have used bits and pieces of my friend’s personalities, but none of my characters are completely modeled after one person.
13. Have you thought about writing a different genre?
I already am. Promised has taken me away from paranormal for a little while and so far I’m loving writing it, but I can’t wait to dive back into my shifter world.
14.  Any advice for anyone wanting to be a writer?
If you find inspiration hits you write it down. It may lead to nothing or like me it could lead to your first book.
FUN QUESTIONS:
1. 3 things that make you happy?
My family, chocolate, and a good book
2. 3 things that make you upset or mad?
Seeing my son cry, when people make moronic assumptions about stuff they don’t really understand, and liars.
3. If you were stranded on a desert island, who would you want to be stranded with? 
My husband and son. You didn’t say I only had to choose one and I can’t picture my life without either of them.
4. What is your favorite show?
I have become addicted to Sons of Anarchy and since it’s a new addiction I’ve had to go back and catch up on the past seasons.
5. What is your favorite book that you could read over and over?
Anything by Kristen Ashley. That woman can write a bada** like no other.
6. What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
Read. I always have my kindle or a book within reach.
7. Favorite food?
  Chicken (fried, baked, with noodles, I love it anyway I can get it.)
8. Favorite drink? Alcoholic or non-alcoholic.
 Diet 7-up
9. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
I’d be happy anywhere as long as I have my husband and son by my side, but Ohio will always hold a little piece of my heart.
10. The new cool thing now that we read about is vampires and werewolves, angels and demons. Which would you pick and why?
Werewolves! I like seeing how the different authors handle the pack situations and whether they go along with the true mates that you find in many werewolf books. Plus who doesn’t love a hot alpha male. 
Thank you for taking time to be interviewed.

About the Author:
 
Michelle is a 28 year old native Ohioan. Go Buckeyes! She lives with her husband and son. When she isn't spending time with her family or working you can find her with her nose stuck in a good book. On October 3, 2012 she released her first book as an independent author, Reviving Bloom.
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Reviving Bloom by Michelle Turner


Reviving Bloom


Synopsis:
Bloom was abandoned by her mother at birth, but thanks to her dad she never once felt unloved. When he is killed in a car wreck, leaving her without any close family, she spends a year mourning him. She feels as if her heart has been cut out of her chest and nothing is left but an empty hole that she doesn’t think will ever heal. Then one night after work she finds a wounded dog in the woods behind her house and takes him in, not realizing he’s more than just some stray dog but a wolf shifter, who happens to be her mate.

Pike is getting over the loss of his father by running full force away from his responsibilities. He’s getting ready to go back to face his new position as the Alpha of his pack when he catches the scent that can only belong to his mate.

When Bloom finds out she may not be the normal human she always thought herself to be, she’s forced to search out the woman who abandoned her at birth.


Excerpt:
“Pike, I’m far from perfect,” I sigh, hiding my face back behind the door under the pretense of gathering the cooking supplies. I hear him hop down seconds before I feel his arms wrap around my waist.
His lips pressed to my ear and he whispers, “In my opinion you’re perfect and anyone that disagrees will have to answer to me.” Moving his mouth farther down to the crook in my neck he breathes, “Though you should know this little freckle right here might be the reason you are so perfect.” Then he takes my breath away by planting those deliciously kissable lips right on that freckle. I grab the counter in front of me and slam my eyes closed, praying for him to only move those lips if he’s going to take them from my neck to put them on my mouth, and for the first time since this madness began I thank the lord he can read my thoughts because he spins me around and gives me exactly what I was praying for.
He starts gently but when I throw my arms around his neck digging my fingers into his raven hair his lips become demanding and I part my lips so he can join his tongue with mine. We can’t get close enough, can’t get enough, and in that moment I feel fairly certain I’ll never be able to get enough of this man in my arms. His kisses taste sweeter than hot chocolate, chocolate chip cookies, and hot fudge sundaes combined.



My Review:

I received this book from the author to give an honest review.

I really enjoyed the storyline and the characters. There was one character in the book that reminded me of my best friend not only by them both having the same name but the way they acted. My best friend's name is Bonnie and the way the character Bonnie (in the book)  was written out, it sounded just like my best friend. The sweetness, and attitude sounds just like my best friend, I would think the author knew my best friend if I didn't know better lol.

There were many parts in the book that had me laughing and one part that had me cringe.
The giggly parts are as followed:
1.When bloom is in the bathroom having a conversation with herself about laying in the same bed as Pike, she realises that maybe he is listening. To find out why he would be listening you have to start reading.

2. Another giggly moment was on page 138, and the conversation is between Bloom and Bonnie.
"And Bloom if you even get a tingle in your gut about me, being mated to anyone, take some pepto and get rid of that tingle fast."
"I can't take pepto to get rid of a gut feeling Bon."
"Have you ever tried?" She asks with her hand on her hip as she watches me seriously.
Well no, I admit.
"Then you can't say it won't work. Pepto helps with a lot of stomach issues, gut instincts might be another to add to the list."

3. At the end with the two characters Bonnie and Tucker and the start of their story. I can definitely see a lot of them in book 2!

I loved how Bloom and Pike had nicknames for each other. Pike's being Tennessee and Bloom's being Darlin' it is just sooooooo cute!

Now I was a little skeptical on Bloom's full reaction to the news Pike told her. She seemed to take it all in stride, and I didn't expect that, nor did I expect her to freak out like in other books, so that was a plus. I guess I expected her to be more surprised and ask a lot more questions. That was the only thing out of the whole book that kind of bothered me.

I love reading about shifters, and Reviving Bloom was a wonderful read. Great story, great and lovable characters, humor, romance, action and of course hot shifters. All put together made an amazing story. I can not wait for book 2. Where this book left off has me really wondering what is going to happen next. I know it will be just as amazing as this one.

My rating: 5 wine glasses



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Interview with Tonia Brown


















About the Author:
Tonia Brown’s short stories have appeared in a variety of anthologies. She has cranked out several books, including The Cold Beneath, Badass Zombie Road Trip, Skin Trade, and the erotic steampunk series Clockworks and Corsets. Tonia lives in North Carolina with her genius husband and an ever fluctuating number of cats. When not writing she raises unicorns and fights crime with her husband under the code names “Dr. Weird and his sexy sidekick Butternut.”


Interview:


1. What are 3 things that will not be found on the internet about you?
 
My exact weight, my middle name, and the name of my teddy bear. Two of those things are deliberately concealed bits of information, and the other just never comes up. Can you guess which is which?
 
2. What are 3 things that you need to get your morning going?
 
Coffee, silence and coffee. Did I mention coffee? Don’t talk to me! I’m drinking my coffee!
 
3. Do you happen to have a favorite author?
 
Neil Gaiman, baby! That man’s words are like chocolate for my brain.
 
4. Where did you get your inspiration to write your book?
 
From a friend’s description of how Sundowner’s Syndrome affected her nursing home residents.
 
5. What is the hardest part of being a writer?
 
Promotion. There is a fine line between selling yourself and smacking everyone over the head and screaming,  “Buy my book!” every chance you get. I walk that line all the time, and find myself on either side more than I want to be.
 
6. What is the easiest?
 
Writing. I know it sounds silly but the simplest thing about this whole gig is the actual writing part. Everything else is the real work. Writing is like recess in kindergarten, while editing and promotions and other stuff is like having to grow up and get a real job.
 
7. What made you decide to become an author?
 
I had a story to tell. Couldn’t be helped.
 
8. Tell us a bit about your book for those who have not read it yet.
 
Sundowners is a backwoods southern horror about the importance of family, the dangers of gossip and the nature of the artistic muse.
 
9. What was the inspiration behind the story?
 
I hear a friend talking about the medical syndrome and I wondered what it would be like if everyone in a small town, not unlike the one where I live, were to start sundowning.
 
10. What's with the cover photo and why did you chose it?
 
Philip R. Rogers is my cover artist. The cover is a direct result of his genius. I love to leave these things in his hands because I know I will never be disappointed.
 
11. What book are reading now?
 
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
 
12. Will we see another book by you soon?
 
I just finished penning a humorous fantasy novel Gnomaggedon. It’s about a beautiful land full of magic and wonder and undead gnomes. Lots and lots of undead gnomes. (And I don’t mean the garden variety!)
 
13. Were any of your characters inspired by people in real life?
 
Oh yeah, that is such a loaded question. I suppose I should confess that the answer is yes and no. I did use people I know, but not in total. I used some folk’s habits or backgrounds, but not their entire personality.
 
14. Have you thought about writing a different genre?
 
Have I? Heck, I already do! I not only write horror, I also write in fantasy, romance, humor, steampunk, scifi, even a bit of erotica now and again. I love just writing the story, no matter where it takes me.
 
15.  Any advice for anyone wanting to be a writer?
 
Read. Rinse. Repeat.
 
FUN QUESTIONS:
 
1.3 things that make you happy?
 
My husband, kittens, music.
 
2. 3 things that make you upset or mad?
 
Idiots, headaches, when my friends hurt.
 
3. If you were stranded on a desert island, who would you want to be stranded with? 
 
My husband. I know most folks would pick a celebrity or someone they admire, but I really do admire and love Mr. Brown. He is the cleverest man I know and never fails to make me laugh. Who wouldn’t want that on an island? (Plus he has already seen me naked and I’ve farted and puked and other bodily stuff in front of him so all of that would be out of the way. What? I’m being serious!)
 
4. What is your favorite show?
 
I adore BBC’s Sherlock, but Dr. Who is still the best show ever made in the last hundred or so years.
 
5. What is your favorite book that you could read over and over?
 
Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman is the only book I have read more than three times. It’s hilarious!
 
6. What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
 
Play video games or crochet.
 
7. Favorite food?
 
Fried chicken!
 
8. Favorite drink? Alcoholic or non-alcoholic.
 
Coffee.
 
9. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
 
There are a lot of places I would love to visit, but I really like where I am living now. North Carolina is a beautiful state. That said, I think it would be cool to live on the moon.
 
10. The new cool thing now that we read about it vampires and werewolves, angels and demons. Which would you pick and why?
 
Werewolves, because out of all of the monsters, they retain the most humanity. Their lot is a terrible curse with little benefit. Their suffering is closest to our own.
 
Thank you for taking time to be interviewed.
 
Thanks for having me along!


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Review of Sundowners by Tonia Brown







Title: Sundowners

Author: Tonia Brown

Published: September 30th, 2012

Genre: Horror

Word Count: Approx. 80,000

Cover Art: Philip R. Rogers






Synopsis

Sundowners is a backwoods southern horror about the importance of family, the power of gossip and the nature of the artistic muse. Fifteen years ago, siblings Coil and Cassiopeia suffered an incident in the woods behind their family home. An incident that neither of them can remember in full, that nearly killed Cass and left Coil accused as her abuser, and robbed young Coil of his artistic potential yet boosted his little sister into an almost overnight sensation in the art world. Now, fifteen years later, the self-exiled Coil has been called home to deal with his world famous sister as she suffers from Sundowning; severe and violent personality shifts after the sun sets. In order to cure her, the pair of siblings must come to terms with their old demons, both figuratively and literally. An ancient and terrible horror has risen once more from the backwoods of the family home, and this time it threatens to not only tear their family apart, but also the entire world.


Excerpt:
Naomi eyed the straight razor she’d nipped from Mr. Baxter’s shaving kit. He wouldn’t mind that she used it to cut the donations from the aged, spotted backs, wrinkly thighs and flabby arms of the residents. She reckoned he would be mighty proud to have been so involved. Now it was her turn to make a donation. She still had a few squares left to work into the quilt, but that could wait. This was more important. They all should give their fair share.
She took up the razor and turned it on herself. Naomi cut away her fair share with a few determined slices, not to mention a whole lot of wincing and hissing. Using the corner of the razor, she peeled back the edge of her square, just a bit. She grasped this loose end of flesh and yanked, pulling along the guidelines she had worked into her own calf. The bloody square came away in one piece, then slipped from her trembling fingers with a wet slop to the floor. No bother. A little dirt wouldn’t make it any worse for wear. She planned on washing the whole quilt when she was done anyway.
Lightheaded and nauseated, Naomi picked up her needle and went back to work.
The voice guided her tired hands, assuring her that this was the right thing to do.
For the community.

My Review:

I received this book from the author to give an honest review.

First let me say the cover is amazing! And this book is perfect for Halloween.

Sundowners is a perfect chilling story that will have you turning the pages just to find out what is going to happen next. I actually had to look up the word sundowners because I wanted to know if it was truly part of Alzheimer, and sure enough it is. That freaked me out a bit, because I thought the author just kind of made up the word and what it meant.

This book flowed well together and the plot was great, you didn't feel rushed into reading it. The characters were likable, though the only problem I had was the name Cassiopeia I was very glad that her full name was not used all the time since I would have problems thinking about how to say it.

I loved Aunt Beth. She was one of those funny, tell you like it is type aunts. Now one of the other characters who was minor in this book Bernie the conversations between him and Coil were hilarious.

There were a few chapters that introduced minor characters and what they did just left you chilled. Tonia has a great way of making you feel the gruesomeness in the book which I LOVED.

What would you do if you had no memories of what happened to you and your sister when you were kids? What would you do if you had a muse that could kill you and those around you?
What would you do if you woke up at night with no memory of you drawing gruesome pictures?

Well all those questions have answers in this book!  

I can not wait to read more by this author because she is that damn good! Sundowners was creepy, thrilling, and gruesome. Thank you for the wonderful read.

Wish I could give this book more than 5 wine glasses because it deserves it.


My Rating: 5 wine glasses.

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 Where to find the author:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3160763.Tonia_Brown

http://thebackseatwriter.blogspot.com/?zx=38131005ca62b37a

https://twitter.com/ToniaBrown1

http://www.amazon.com/Tonia-Brown/e/B003Q5E8N6/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_4

Places to buy the book:

http://www.amazon.com/Sundowners-ebook/dp/B009JSLE8G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349533648&sr=8-1&keywords=Sundowners+Tonia+Brown

Monday, November 5, 2012

Tomorrow is the day for Tonia Brown

I will be having a guest interview with the lovely author Tonia Brown on her book Sundowners. So please stop on by to read her answers. The post will broke down into two parts, one being the review I wrote for the book and an excerpt and then another post for the interview. There is a rafflecopter giveaway for you to enter so please make sure you enter in to win! Thank you very much for stopping by.