Blog Tour: I Wish by Elizabeth Langston [Interview + Giveaway]

An attractive guy that grants you wishes?

Today I would love to introduce I WISH by Elizabeth Langston. Spencer Hill is holding a wonderful blog tour and I was given the chance to interview Elizabeth Langston. I WISH releases tomorrow (11/18); with an awesome protag and a cute guy who grants wishes, I do hope you check this book out.

I WISH by Elizabeth Langston

Paperback: 312 pages
Expected publication: November 18th
ISBN: 1939392233 

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What Lacey needs is a miracle. What she gets is a genie with rules.

Lacey Linden is hiding the truth of her life—a depressed mom, a crumbling house, and bills too big to pay. While her high school classmates see a girl with a ready smile and good grades, Lacey spends her evenings seeking ways to save her family. On a get-cash-quick trip to the flea market, Lacey stumbles over a music box that seemingly begs her to take it home. She does, only to find it is inhabited by a gorgeous “genie.” He offers her a month of wishes, one per day, but there’s a catch. Each wish must be humanly possible.

Grant belongs to a league of supernatural beings, dedicated to serving humans in need. After two years of fulfilling the boring wishes of conventional teens, he is one assignment away from promotion to a challenging new role with more daring cases. Yet his month with Lacey is everything that he expects and nothing like he imagines. Lacey and Grant soon discover that the most difficult task of all might be saying goodbye.

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Elizabeth also answered a few questions I had for her. So without further ado, I welcome Elizabeth Langston!

1. How would you explain I WISH in a six word sentence?

Lacey needs Grant more than wishes.

2. What gave you the inspiration for your novel?

My daughter had a friend in high school with an absent father, alcoholic mom, and four younger siblings. This girl became the hub of her family. She went to school, worked a waitressing job, took care of the kids, and kept everything from falling apart. When their car broke down, my daughter became her chauffeur for a while.

I thought this young woman was amazing. She was on track to be a superstar in high school and college, yet she put it all on hold for her family. I remember thinking that it would be so nice if she had a little magic to make all of her problems go away.  And the idea for I WISH was born.

3. Lacey finds her music box while browsing around a flea market; do you go to flea markets? If so, what is the most memorable thing you have found?

Not in North Carolina. But my family travels a lot—and wandering through flea markets or bazaars is something we do on vacation. It’s a great way to discover what’s important in the places we’re visiting.

I usually try to buy a pair of earrings at flea markets. Each time I put them on, I’m briefly reminded of that place. But if I had to pick a single memorable thing, it would be a set of wind chimes made with ceramic birds. When the wind blows, I remember and smile.

4. The first thing I noticed on your website were the words ‘Magical Realism’ and its definition. What draws you to the genre and what has your experience been like incorporating it into your YA novels?’

My day job is in computer software. We’re logical, scientific, and orderly. When I’m not at work, I want to escape into things that can’t be explained. My favorite TV shows have often featured people with a twist of something magical in their midst of their ordinary worlds. Bewitched. Twilight Zone. Medium. Right now, it’s Elementary because I love how Sherlock has this eerie ability to perceive things the rest of us can’t. It also intrigues me to think how much of a burden a supernatural power must be.

When I started writing, I tried realistic fiction, but it didn’t work for me. I finally figured out that I had to be fascinated by stories before readers could be. So I turned to my love of magical realism, and it just fit.

My debut series is Whisper Falls. On Goodreads, it’s classified as time-travel, but I really wrote it as magical realism.  The heroine is Susanna, an indentured servant living in the completely realistic world of 1796. The hero is Mark, a teen athlete living in the completely realistic world of now. The heart of their story is how they create a real relationship through a magical fracture in time.

I WISH was the first YA novel that I wrote (although it sold after Whisper Falls).  The heroine Lacey needs help, so I send her a genie. But Grant acts as real—as nearly-human—as possible, because that’s more interesting to me than absolute power. It forces Grant to consider the true value of his powers—when it makes sense to use them and when it does not.

About the Author:

Eelizabeth-langstonlizabeth Langston lives in North Carolina, halfway between the beaches and the mountains. She has two teen-ish daughters and one husband (a geek like her). When she’s not writing software or stories, Elizabeth loves to travel with her family, watch dance reality TV shows, and dream about which restaurant ought to get their business that night.

Elizabeth’s debut novel WHISPER FALLS released in November 2013. Its sequels, A WHISPER IN TIME released in April 2014 and WHISPERS FROM THE PAST released in October 2014.  Her new series begins with I WISH in November 2014. Learn more about her at www.elizabethlangston.net.

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Rafflecopter Giveaway (Ends 12/01)

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  • (1 winner) Grand Prize: Signed copy of I WISH, $25 e-book gift card, copper bracelet, swag, temporary tattoo (US & Canada)
  • (2 winners) 2nd prize: copper bracelet, swag, temporary tattoo (US & Canada)
  • (30 winners) 3rd prize: swag & temporary tattoos (international)

Tour Schedule:

November 17 – Bumbles and Fairy-Tales (guest post), Books As You Know It (interview)
November 18 – RELEASE DAY!!! Branwrites (interview), K-Books (guest post)
November 19 – (Lost in) Believing in Books (interview), The Cover Contessa (guest post)
November 20 – Jessabella Reads (interview), Books Complete Me (review)
November 21 – Shersinghzn (guest post)
November 22 – Lovely Reads (guest post)
November 23 – Crossroad Reviews (review), Stuck In YA Books (guest post)
November 24 – Letters in the Sand (review), Beauty and the Bookshelf (guest post)

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Blog Tour: Deep Blue by Jules Barnard [Interview]

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Summary:

When Cali Morgan kicks off her perfect post-college summer in Lake Tahoe, she has everything she ever wanted: acceptance into a top law program, a gorgeous boyfriend, and an incredible summer planned with her best friend.

Confident about her place in the world, Cali makes it her mission to be her friend’s wingwoman and help her meet guys. What Cali doesn’t count on is running into Jaeger Lang, one of her older brother’s high school friends, or the sparks that fly when she’s around him.

Jaeger has changed, and it’s not just the added height and muscle. There’s something about him that’s deep and a little scarred. In spite of the changes, Jaeger becomes a top pick for her friend—if Cali can keep her hands off him.

But when Cali’s boyfriend dumps her and her carefully laid plans begin to unravel, she finds herself questioning what it is she truly desires. In the midst of doubts about her future, one thing is very clear: she wants Jaeger for her own. The question is, has her friend already fallen for him?

On my stop of the tour, I was lucky to have an interview stop and feature Jules Barnard!

1. How would you explain your novel in six words?

Fun, friendship, heat, drama, tents, naughty-fishing-scene.

2. Where did you get the inspiration for Deep Blue?

I worked in Lake Tahoe as a cocktail waitress one summer during college. Though the characters in Deep Blue are more interesting than I was, and okay—not at all like me—I used nuggets from that summer in Tahoe to build Cali and Jaeger’s story. Deep Blue is a New Adult romance about Cali and Jaeger’s journey together, but Cali’s job at Blue Casino is like a secondary character. A loving, brooding, pain-in-the-ass secondary character that walks along with Cali as she falls for her first true love and makes daring choices that pull her life in new directions.

3. Do you write to music? Are any parts of your novel inspired by songs?

Yes! I write the drafts of each novel to a playlist that I listen to over and over. I create the playlist before I begin writing and choose songs that make me feel strong emotion to get me in the mood for the story I have in my head. When I edit the manuscript, I have to turn off the music, because editing is much harder for me than drafting. I need every neuron focused during editing!

No specific section in Deep Blue is inspired by a song, but there are a couple of songs in my Deep Blue playlist that really got the creative juices flowing. For some reason, Don’t You Worry Child (Radio Edit) [feat. John Martin] by Swedish House Mafia was one of them.

4. If Deep Blue was turned into a movie, who would you cast?

Oooh, wouldn’t that be awesome! I would cast Jennifer Lawrence as Cali, because Jennifer has a fun, outspoken personality like my heroine, but she’s also down-to-earth and funny. Of course, she’s also a phenomenal actress, so there’s that as well. My hero, Jaeger, is tall and muscular, but he’s also intelligent, modest, and artistic. I think Channing Tatum would be a great Jaeger. For Gen, Cali’s best friend, I’d have to go with Emma Watson. Check out my Pinterest Deep Blue Dreamcast board. I’m totally technology challenged when it comes to Pinterest, so I don’t have a fancy link, but this should get you there: http://www.pinterest.com/barnard1231/.

Thank you so much for having me on Believing in Books! Please visit my website www.julesbarnard.com to learn more about Deep Blue and the second book in the Blue Series, Blue Crush, out May 27th, 2014.

About Jules Barnard:

JulesBarnard_edited-265x300Jules Barnard is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended UC Davis, whose college landscape often finds its way into her New Adult novels. She has a Master’s degree and spent many an hour running statistical analysis, until she realized her favorite part of the job was writing reports. She decided to cut out the math and add in some hot guys, and so began her career as a novelist.

Jules is a Northern California native living on the coast with her husband and two children. She has no impulse control around cupcakes and credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.

Deep Blue Links! Amazon Barnes & Nobles Kobo

Author Links: Website Twitter Facebook

Also, enter in the DEEP BLUE giveaway over on Jules’s website! Don’t forget to check out all of the other stops on the tour!
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Blog Tour: Over the Rainbow by Brian Rowe [Interview & Giveaway]

Welcome! You are at the third stop of Brian Rowe’s newest novel, Over the Rainbow. Today, I give you a wonderful little interview with Brian himself. That’s not all; we also have a giveaway to celebrate!

Title: Over the Rainbow
Author:  Brian Rowe
Expected Release Date: August 6, 2013

Summary

Zippy Green never meant to fall in love with a girl, but when she does, her ultra-conservative father tries to send her to anti-gay camp. At the Kansas City airport, however, she hides inside a giant suitcase and sneaks onto an airplane headed not to the camp, but to Seattle, where her online love Mira lives. Halfway through the flight, the plane barrels out of control and crashes into the ground, knocking her unconscious.

When Zippy awakens, she finds that most of the passengers have vanished. She doesn’t know what’s happened, but she’s determined to find out. She begins a quest on foot toward Seattle, and along the way, she meets a teenager with a concussion, a homeless man with a heart condition, a child without a shred of bravery, and a terrier named Judy. Together the group discovers that more than two-thirds of the world’s population have mysteriously disappeared. But that’s only the beginning…

All Zippy wants is to find her Mira, but before she can she has to contend with two outside forces. The first is her homophobic father, who does everything in his power to keep her from the girl she loves. And the second is extinct creatures of all shapes and sizes, including living, breathing dinosaurs, which have replaced the missing population.

About the Author: Brian Rowe (from Goodreads)

Brian Rowe is a writing fiend, book devotee, film fanatic, and constant dreamer. He’s written nine novels, dozens of short stories, five feature-length screenplays, and hundreds of film articles and essays. He is one half of the blog Story Carnivores, where he reviews the latest in books and film. He is currently pursuing his MA in English at the University of Nevada, Reno, and is hard at work on his next novel.

Now, I was lucky enough to have Brian answer a few questions for me! A huge round of applause for Brian, everyone (:

1. Describe your book, Over the Rainbow, in six words.

Modern re-imagining of Wizard of Oz.

2. What inspired your idea for the story?

I really wanted to tell a full-blown YA action fantasy story with a gay protagonist at the center of it all. I feel like there’s a lot of gay young adult “issue” books, but not enough where a gay teenager is thrown into the middle of a story that would normally be reserved for a heterosexual protagonist. I also really wanted to write an adventure story with dinosaurs, as well as a modern update of The Wizard of Oz. So what did I do? I decided to throw all these elements into one book, and such became Over the Rainbow.

3. What is your favorite thing about writing? The thing you dislike the most?

My favorite thing about writing is the magical moment that happens sometimes when you get so caught up into the scene that the characters start speaking for themselves, where you as the writer have to type faster and faster just to keep up with the characters’ conversation. I had a lot of moments like this on Over the Rainbow, because I made sure to have the five central characters be well-defined before I started writing them. The thing I dislike the most is that occasional day when the writing isn’t flowing, and the characters’ voices aren’t sounding authentic, and what you hoped would be a 3-hour writing session turns into an all-day affair.

4. What books or authors have influenced your writing?

My favorite author is Stephen King, and I turn to his books, and his excellent non-fiction book On Writing, whenever I get stuck. (I have a reference to him toward the end of Over the Rainbow, can you spot it??) Lately, however, I have turned to the excellent young adult work of gay novelists David Levithan and Alex Sanchez, and these writers have greatly influenced Over the Rainbow as well. And then, of course, there’s the original The Wizard of Oz, which I re-read upon outlining the first draft of Over the Rainbow. While my book has similarities to the classic 1939 movie, there are nods to the book as well. The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite stories ever, and it was so much fun to plant many of its themes and images to a modern day story.

Thank you Brian! It is a pleasure having you on the blog!

Giveaway time! 

There’s a lovely giveaway that goes along with this blog tour (of course it features Over the Rainbow). Now unfortunately, the Rafflecopter will not show up on WordPress. Instead, I have included a lovely screenshot of it for you guys with a link to the actual giveaway.

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Go and enter this awesome giveaway here —->>>>> a Rafflecopter giveaway

And here are some links if you wanna check out Over the Rainbow:

Brian’s Website

Brian’s Goodreads

A big thanks to Brian! Don’t forget to check out Over the Rainbow and the lovely other stops on this tour!

Blog Tour: Ambril’s Tale, The Return of the Dullaith by Wendy D. Walter (Includes Q&A and Giveaway)

Hey guys. Welcome to the blog tour of I would  a recent e-book, The Return of the Dullaith by Wendy D. Walter! *exchanges “hellos”* Now that you guys have met, let me tell you all about this book!

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Summary:

Fourteen-year-old, Ambril struggles with the mystery surrounding her father’s death when she moves back to the mysterious town where she was born. When she accidentally uncovers a secret which threatens to destroy her entire family, she continues her quest, against all odds, to clear her father’s name. But will she be able to claim her magic and and heal the rifts in her family?

Ambril’s Tale, The Return of the Dullaith has received great 4-5-star reviews. Readers are impatiently demanding Book Two, which will be out early Spring 2013.

Sounds pretty cool, right? You know what’s even cooler? Each chapter begins with a beautiful illustration from the author herself above each chapter title. For example, this picture is above chapter one:

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I was lucky enough to be able to ask Wendy some questions about her book.

About The Author: Wendy D. Walter

Writing was an early passion for Wendy. As a kid, she wrote lots of stories, but being shy, they usually ended up under the mattress. When she finally set out to tell Ambril’s Tale, she decided not to write a story but a world, full with her own marvelous illustrations. She considers The Return of the Dullaith as just the curly tip of the fairy boot. Wendy lives near San Francisco with her husband, daughters, cat and border collie. More information about Wendy’s book and art, check her site: http://wendydwalter.com.

1. Before your book, I had never seen the name Ambril; how did you manage to stumble upon that name?

I wanted Ambril to have a name that sounded inorganic and organic at the same time. One of the underlying themes in Ambril’s Tale is about humanity’s struggle to strike a balance between the environment and the technology we create so well.

Ambril Amber + brill, the first is a semi-precious stone and the second, brill sounded fern-like to me. It still does, though it’s actually the name of a fish :~).

I was so proud of my originality…until I googled Ambril and found that there were several Ambrils out and about in the world. I’m still giggling about that! Oh well, I tried!

2. How did you get the idea for your story? Was there anything that ‘sparked’ the idea?

The idea of Ambril’s Tale was born during a move from Southern California to Utah in the middle of a snowstorm. I was 10 years old, and felt like a Martian. I longed for a walking house who might take me back to my easy, sunny home.

Big questions formed in my mind then, questions that just wouldn’t leave me alone…Who am I and why am I so different?…sat across the lunch-table from me. Is this their problem, mine or is it something bigger?…we played a lot of solitaire those first few months. To be honest, these same questions still poke me occasionally. When they began to annoy me, a few years back, I decided to sit down and see if I could get Ambril to answer them for me.

3. Ambril’s Tale, The Return of the Dullaith is an illustrated book. When you wrote the story, did you plan to illustrate it? Or did it the images come to life before the story’s text did?

Great question! Sometimes the images came first, but for the most part, the writing got the ball rolling.

But whichever came first, I must say that I learned a lot about my characters while sketching them. Who knew that Mr. Pinwydden always wore argyle socks? Or that a fanged geranium’s teeth were never straight? Even I didn’t, until I rolled up my sleeves and started to sketch.

4. Which character in your book is your favorite? Why?

Another interesting question, Hendoeth and Betula are characters that simply write themselves, I hardly have time to put spaces in between the words, the dialogue comes so quickly when I write their scenes. They feel like old friends, and boss me around when we are working on a snag in the story, but I love every minute of it!

5. Any advice for aspiring authors?

Stick with it! Don’t give up, steam through to the end, then start again. It’s hard, but try to listen when your early readers critique your book. Especially if you hear the same criticism again and again. Nod, take their words to heart, and make some changes. It’s humbling, and sometimes painful, but in the end, you generally get a better book.

Thanks everyone, if you would like to contact me…

Ambril’s Facebook page
Wendy D. Walter on Twitter

Wendy’s blog:
ambrils-tale.com
Ambril’s Tale, Return of the Dullaith on Amazon
Ambril’s Tale-Return of the Dullaith- BarnesNoble

Some of the Illustrations for Book One are available here:
wendydwalter.com/illustrating

I’d love to hear from everyone,
and thank you Alison!

Giveaway Info

At each blog stop on her tour, Wendy is giving away a prize, a copy of one of her books (paperback or e-book). You can also enter her 12-12-12 Grand Prize Giveaway of a sterling silver pendant of the Tree of Life, and an End-of-Tour Grand Prize Giveaway of a hand-painted gnome, hand-painted by Wendy herself! There will also be some surprise giveaways along the way! Stay tuned!

1) To win a book: leave a comment on this blog post about what you like about magic to be entered to win a copy of Ambril’s Tale: The Return of the Dullaith in paperback or e-book format. Be sure to leave your email address in the comments so we can contact you if you’re the lucky winner. This giveaway ends five days after the post goes live.

2) To win one of the Grand Prizes: Click the link to go to Wendy’s website and enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the page. A winner will be selected on Dec. 12th for the  sterling silver pendant of the Tree of Life. Here’s Wendy’s site: http://wendydwalter.com/blog-tour/. OR you can click on the link here (It will lead you directly to the rafflecopter entry form): a Rafflecopter giveaway

What are you doing? Go enter the giveaway and check out the other stops on this tour! (:

Interview with Gwen Hayes

Gwen Hayes, the author of Falling Under and it’s sequel, Dreaming Awake, has answered some questions for me! I’m a fan of her novels, and I was very happy when I found out I would have an interview with her to put on my blog!

1. What was the thing that sparked the idea for your novel?

Well, Dreaming Awake is a sequel, so the thing that sparked the idea for this novel was more or less… the first book and a contract. 🙂

But I had no idea what to write, at first, because I had originally pitched Falling Under as a standalone book. In my search for the sequel ideas, I only had to look to my characters.

So many times, we read books or watch movies where the hero saves the girl and they live happily ever after…what happens after? And what if the hero didn’t think of everything during the rescue? And what if the heroine needs to save herself? So, I looked to Theia to tell me what happens when your happily ever after is flawed.

2. Did your own experiences and attitude play a role in developing Theia’s character?

Theia is the anti-Gwen in so, so many ways. She makes a lot of decisions that make me want to wring her neck. I have to back away from my laptop a lot or I would insinuate myself into her character to try to fix her–which wouldn’t be true to character. We have a love/hate relationship. I want to hug her and then ground her to her room for a year.

3. A majority of teenage girls would do anything to have Haden; would you date him if you had the chance?

Absolutely not! For one thing…who wants a mother-in-law like Mara?

Just kidding.

I loved writing Haden. He’s complex and twisted and naive and world-weary at the same time. Plus, he knows how to work a cravat.

4. Do you listen to music while you write? If you do, is there any artist or album that is constantly on repeat?

I listen to music while I’m getting ready to write and in between writing, but not during the actual putting down the words. As far as constant repeat, I listened to a lot of Neverending White Lights from Canada for Theia and Haden. And Poe. There is also a cover of “Sweet Dreams” from the Eurrthmics done by Marilyn Manson that really sets the mood for Under.

5. If you could work with any author, who would it be and why?

I would love to collaborate with Joss Whedon someday! He doesn’t write novels…yet…but his screenwriting is amazing. His characters are so rich and unexpected. And his villians….you know it’s good writing when you love the hero, but can’t help but love the villain too.

Interview with Cindy Pon

Cindy Pon, author of Silver Phoenix and Fury of the Phoenix happily answered some questions for me!

1. In Silver Pheonix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia, we see that Ai Ling loves to eat. What is your favorite dish that you have mentioned in the story?

 I do love dumplings but also tofu, which I refer to as bean curd dishes in the novel. Yum!

2. If you could switch places with any character in your book, who would it be and why?

Hmm, probably Li Rong, because he’s such a goof. =D

3. If you could choose any artist to compose an album for your books, who would it be and why?

Gustav Klimt. He is my favorite artist! I went to Vienna, Austria especially to see his originals in the museums.

4. The cover to your sequel, Fury of the Phoenix, has been released. You said that Silver Pheonix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia’s cover is also being remade to fit the sequels cover. Do you prefer the original or the new cover?

I will always love my original cover. It is so beautiful! But I appreciate my publisher redesigning the cover to attract new readers. And I think the Fury cover and entire jacket is gorgeous.

5. Any writing tips?

My personal writing mantra is: You are allowed to write utter poo!

We tend to be our own worst enemies as writers. So don’t let fear or fear of failure and not being good enough stop you from writing. Always challenge yourself with each new writing project. Also read widely in all genres.

Thank you Cindy! I loved having you on the blog (: I love Cindy’s novels and I’m pretty sure you will too! Please check out Fury of the Phoenix’s trailer here. For those of you who have read Fury, Cindy is having a contest on her blog here.

Leave your thoughts below (:

Interview with Breathless Authors

I am really excited to be able to have Ally Condie, Kirsten Miller, Beth Revis, Andrea Cremer and Brenna Yovanoff answer a few questions for the blog! At first, I was supposed to have a video but my camera died 😛 So instead I jotted down quick answers to the questions. Even though it didn’t turn out as planned, it was great talking to the authors! 

 

1. If  you had to choose a character from another YA novel to make an appearance in your book, who would it be?

Andrea: Brigand from Fire (Kristin Cashore)
Beth: Ender from Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
Brenna: Jonah Griggs from Jellicoe Road (Melina Marchetta)
Ally: Flavia De Luce from Alan Bradley’s series
Kirsten: The Baker Street Irregulars from the Sherlock Holmes stories

2. Would you enter the world of your novel if you had the chance?

Andrea: I definitely would.
Beth: *laughs* No, it’s not worth it.
Brenna: I’m gonna have to think about that…
Ally: No.
Kirsten: I live in my world *smiles*

3. Any writing tips for aspiring authors?

Andrea: Read and write a bunch of times. The more you do of both, the more it will help.
Beth: If you are given the opportunity to experience something new, do it. Different experiences will help you in so many ways.
Brenna: Write a story that you are passionate about. Do not be afraid to write the story that you want to tell.
Ally: Have an interesting life…
Kirsten: Exercise butt power. Sometimes you just need to sit down and get it all done, which in turn requires a lot of sitting.

Haha sorry all, I can’t write that quickly! The Breathless Authors were so wonderful to talk to that I’m still in awe that I interviewed them in person instead of through e-mail. And I don’t know about you, but some of their answers made me laugh xD Again, they are amazing people who have written amazing books!

Leave your thoughts below!