The Book Blogger Buzz Tour –  What trends do you want to see next in book blogging? + Kindle Fire #Giveaway

The Book Blogger Buzz Tour – What trends do you want to see next in book blogging? + Kindle Fire #Giveaway

For today’s Book Blogger Buzz Tour I have the wonderful Jannelle of Jannelle Reads!
I had the pleasure of meeting Janelle at RT2014 and she is definitely a blogger to know! The fact that she is a chef and includes great recipes with her book love makes my day, since I’m a foodie along with being a book lover…how can you not be? :D
Jannelle will be discussing on the tour today:

What trends do you want to see next in book blogging?

Hello everyone and thank you, Rachel, for having me on your blog!

So today we are going to be talking about which trends I would like to see next in book blogging.

Honestly, what I really want to talk about first is the trend I feel like we will be seeing next in the book blogging community – book vlogging.

What is vlogging, exactly? Vlogging is a video blog (you can find these all over YouTube). The most popular vlogs you can find are usually of the comedic and beauty variety with followers in the millions – it’s insane! These people become “YouTube famous” from the amount of subscribers they have on their channels.

Recently, I stumbled upon the book vloggers who call themselves, “book-tubers.” I have become semi-obsessed following their different channel updates which can vary anywhere from book reviews to bookshelf tours. I even wrote an entire blog post of my favorite YouTubers which you can find on my blog, here. 

Not only do I believe that is this the next big thing in book blogging but also what I want to see next in the book blogging community. Because – let’s be real people – the masses love television – I love television. Anything visual and pretty (or, let’s face it, gruesome) is what everyone wants to watch/read/be a part of. Book vlogging also has appeal because it creates a more personal experience for the audience. Since reality TV came into our lives, we have become infatuated with “behind the scenes” news and videos of what people are doing when they are not on camera or on camera but at home. We’re nosy, people!

And if we are honest with ourselves, the only time that books begin to get a mass following is when there is a movie adaptation made from said book because this is what attracts the masses.
I like it when some bloggers/writers say that they don’t worry about being heard; they write to simply write. Well, props to them for their love of anonymity but I want to be heard. We write for those words to be read and we speak so that our words are heard.

By going on the vlogging route, we can almost guarantee that we will be expanding our audience -  win!

It is also a lot more practical for the everyday person to watch/listen to something while they are taking care of anything else – cooking, cleaning, etc. It takes time for people to sit down and read something and people are trying to save as much time as possible while trying to make the most out of every second.
In this and most every aforementioned aspect, vlogging>blogging. The only problem? Thousands of people are trying to create their own channel and therefore, their own following. Slowly, this is becoming the next big thing and trying to find a unique voice will become progressively more difficult as time passes. The solution? Start vlogging – now!

What trends do you think we will be seeing next in book blogging and which would you like to see?

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July Buzz Tour Schedule

07/01/14

Mama Kitty Reviews appearing on Me & Reading

Topic: Reading for Enjoyment vs. Reading for Reviewing – the difference in the reading for enjoyment and the toll that reading review copies had done to our hobby.

07/02/14

Me & Reading appearing on Contagious Reads

Topic: Why are you a reader?

07/03/14

Raw Books Online appearing on Delicously Wicked Books

Topic: What I look for in the book blogs I follow

07/04/14

Reading is my Treasure appearing on Jenna does Books

Topic: What YA has taught me / how it has affected my life

07/07/14

Chapter Break appearing on Reading with ABC

Topic: Ten reasons you CAN’T read and you are dying on the inside.
07/09/14

Contagious Reads appearing on Reading Black & White

Topic: Organization tips and tricks
07/10/14

Second Run Reviews appearing on Bibliognome

Topic: Books you feel need more attention. A top ten list. Tell why you think they need to be read by everyone.
07/11/14

Fiktshun appearing on Once Upon a Twilight

Topic: Rant: Things you wish others would stop “judging” other book bloggers on
07/14/14

Bibliognome appearing on Chapter Break

Topic: You’ve been asked to write a short story starring a gnome character, what would the gnome be named and how would the story go?
07/15/14

Gwynn White appearing on Reading is my Treasure

Topic: What last books in a trilogy or series do you wish you had never read? Why?
07/16/14

Reading with ABC appearing on Ali’s Bookshelf Reviews

Topic: Your Favorite Blogger Moment. Recount it.
07/17/14

Reading Black & White appearing on My Midnight Fantasies

Topic: What are those wonderful things you see in other blogger’s reviews and think are wonderful? Or what do you like to see in other blogger’s reviews?
07/18/14

Ali’s Bookshelf Reviews appearing on Second Run Reviews

Topic: Your Biggest Blogger Fail. Recount it.
07/21/14

Parajunkee appearing on Midnyte Reader

Topic: Are you creative or just depressed? A mental survival guide for bloggers.
07/22/14

Delicously Wicked Books appearing on Stephanie’s Book Reports

Topic: After Fifty Shades. What’s the next big thing?
07/23/14

Stephanie’s Book Reports appearing on Raw Books Online

Topic: What trends do you hope are popular next in Romance/Erotica?
07/24/14

Janelle Reads appearing on Parajunkee

Topic: What trends do you want to see next in book blogging?
07/25/14

Midnyte Reader appearing on Harlequin Junkie

Topic: Audiobooks vs. …regular books?
07/28/14

Jenna does Books appearing on Fiktshun

Topic: Hardcover vs. Paperback
07/29/14

Once Upon a Twilight appearing on Gwynn White

Topic: Rant: Things you wish other book bloggers would stop doing
07/30/14

My Midnight Fantasies appearing on Mama Kitty Reviews

Topic: My favorite animals to read about in fiction – or my favorite paranormal shifter characters and why.
07/31/14

Harlequin Junkie appearing on Janelle Reads

Topic: Dealing with your first negative review from an author you’ve enjoyed connecting with on social networks.

 

Fifth Avenue Trilogy #BlogTour

Fifth Avenue Trilogy #BlogTour

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PJV Quickie: The Fifth Avenue Trilogy is an interesting concept in storytelling: 3 books, 3 authors, 1 story arc spanning the length of the 3 books.  I liked how each book had a different “feel” to it, not just a different couple as main characters.

Fifth Avenue Trilogy #BlogTour Caitlin Crews, Kate Hewitt, Maisey Yates
TEN YEARS AGO ONE DEVASTATING NIGHT CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR AUSTIN, HUNTER AND ALEX. NOW THEY MUST EACH PLAY THEIR PART IN THE REVENGE AGAINST THE ONE MAN WHO RUINED IT ALL.

Book 1: Avenge Me by Maisey Yates
Austin Treffen was born into a world of privilege, but behind its gilded doors lies a corruption so sordid New York's elite would never believe it—especially as his infamous philanthropic father is at its core! With everything he believed in shattered, how can Austin take down his father—risking his family name and those he loves—without any proof?

Until one earth-shattering night with Katy Michaels unlocks not only their deepest, most passionate desires but also the key to bringing Jason Treffen's reign to an end. But with an intense sexual attraction that combines a heady mix of exquisite pleasure and sublime pain, will they satiate their thirst for revenge and each other…or lose themselves forever in the darkness?

Book 2: Scandalize Me by Caitlin Crews
Hunter Talbot Grant III, sports figure du jour, wealthy beyond measure and disreputable by choice, has cultivated a reputation that masks the shadows of his past. When the opportunity to ensure financial destruction for Jason Treffen arises, he can't refuse. But first he must shake off the woman sent to tame him!

Zoe Brook, PR agent extraordinaire, never fails to transform a tarnished star. And Hunter's no different. Except there's a catch. Beneath their scorching mutual attraction, Zoe has a secret, she's also been on the wrong side of Jason Treffen, and she has as much of a taste for revenge as Hunter does!

Book 3: Expose Me by Kate Hewitt
The third and final step to revenge in the fifth avenue trilogy. Alex has the power…

With ruthless determination, Alex Diaz has risen up from his deprived roots to become the head of a global media empire. But he has one last thing to achieve…avenge his friend by destroying the man responsible for her death, Jason Treffen. With stunning talk-show host Chelsea Maxwell about to interview Treffen live on TV, this is Alex’s chance.

He’ll use her show to exact a very public revenge—and seducing Chelsea, if needed, would certainly be no hardship. But he underestimates Chelsea and the attraction between them, and as their relationship deepens, Alex realizes that to annihilate Treffen could also shatter the life that Chelsea has built to protect herself….
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Series: Fifth Avenue Trilogy
Published by: Harlequin, Presents
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Suspense
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Review: This trilogy is the story of 3 friends, Austin, Hunter, and Alex, who want to avenge the death of their good friend, Sarah, who committed suicide 10 years ago. Each book is told from the POV of one of the men, and they are told in a (mostly) continuous timeline, with each main character accomplishing one part of the plot to bring down the man responsible for Sarah’s suicide.

I had a hard time getting into the first book, Avenge Me, mostly because I didn’t feel like the main characters, Austin and Katy, had any chemistry.  I don’t know if this is because Ms. Yates had the burden of setting up the back-story, or if I just truly didn’t like the characters.   I felt like some of Austin’s actions were almost the same as his father’s actions, arranging things so that she had no choice but to move in with him; it didn’t sit well with me and I don’t think the end justified the means.  I will say that Ms. Yates set up Austin’s father, Jason, as a truly skeevy, detestable villain.

The second book, Scandalize Me, I think is my favorite of the three books.  Hunter is an ex-football star who used to date Sarah and feels responsible for not seeing what was happening to her before she killed herself.  Zoe was one of Jason’s victims, but she was able to buy her freedom, such as it is.  She’s planning revenge and Hunter is part of her plan.  I really liked Zoe and Hunter; they were both so broken from the events in their past and their growth together was sad at times but also hopeful. By the time I got to the end I was waiting almost gleefully for Jason Treffen’s comeuppance.

Expose Me, the last book in the trilogy, provided a solid ending to the story.  I liked Alex and Chelsea: their romance was not pretty – it was fearful and hesitant but ultimately, strong enough to overcome all the obstacles they each had put in place to avoid being hurt.  I knew how things were going to play out with Chelsea and Jason Treffen, but it was so satisfying to read it happen.  My only complaint is that there wasn’t an epilogue to tell us what happened long-term.

Ultimately, even though it got off to a slow start for me, I thought the Fifth Avenue Trilogy was an engaging read and I’m hoping Harlequin will do another series using this 3-book/3-author set up.

Recommendations: Each couple in this series is so different, I think the series will appear to many readers.  They do all have this in common though: if you like your heroes alpha, your heroines tough, and a romance-focused story, I’d recommend picking these up.

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Guest Post: The challenge of writing about a character with a deformity. #Giveaway

Guest Post: The challenge of writing about a character with a deformity. #Giveaway

Guest Post: The challenge of writing about a character with a deformity. #Giveaway

Guest Post from Author Nichola Reilly author of Drowned

DROWNED  takes place in a world where it is truly “survival of the fittest”. On the island of Tides, people are given a space on a platform they stand on when the tides come in based on their worth to society.  The less worthy a person is, the more likely she’ll be placed at the outer edge of the platform, where the tides can sweep her away.

This world values brawn and physical prowess, so I wanted to create the antithesis of that– a character with just about every card stacked against her.  Coe is young, small-statured, physically weak, burns easily, and her eyes hurt in the sun. On top of that, she was also injured as a child and has only one hand, so she’s clumsy, and people call her “bait”, which means worthless. If she lived today, she’d be called the quiet, bookish type. She’s the last person one would expect to survive.

But she has a few surprises up her sleeve.

Despite her weaknesses and the lack of faith the others have in her, Coe is plucky, and not one to back down just because she’s missing a hand. I wanted to make sure that though she has a deformity, it didn’t control her, because honestly? If Coe just sat in the sand and felt sorry for herself, two things would happen: 1) The reader would want to tear her eyes out, and 2) Coe would fall into the ocean on page one and die. Not a really fun book . . . or, er, pamphlet. But now, I feel like she’s the “everygirl”, or at least how I would be surrounded by a bunch of “survivor-types” . . . clumsy and unsure but determined to use my brain to compensate for my lack of brawn.

Other than ensuring that I gave Coe plenty of strengths (though hidden at first!) to compensate for her weaknesses, another aspect that posed a challenge was just the technical aspect of having only one hand. I have to admit, I’ve combed over DROWNED a billion times, and each time, I’d find a place where something “slips through her hands” or where she is holding something with one hand and throwing something with the other.  I had to put a sock on my hand at one point to see how she would use a shovel if she didn’t have two hands to grip it with.  I kept unintentionally switching her missing hand, too, from right to left, which was luckily caught by my fabulous copy-editor!

So while writing about a character with a deformity posed several challenges, for the most part, I think it made Coe a more well-rounded, sympathetic individual.

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No one can escape the rising of the Tides. 

 

Drowned by Nichola Reilly

Publication June 24th 2014 by Harlequin Teen

Coe is one of the few remaining teenagers on the island of Tides. Deformed and weak, she is constantly reminded that in a world where dry land dwindles at every high tide, she is not welcome. The only bright spot in her harsh and difficult life is the strong, capable Tiam—but love has long ago been forgotten by her society.

The only priority is survival.

Until the day their King falls ill, leaving no male heir to take his place. Unrest grows, and for reasons Coe cannot comprehend, she is invited into the privileged circle of royal aides. She soon learns that the dying royal is keeping a secret that will change their world forever.
Is there an escape from the horrific nightmare that their island home has become?

 

Coe must race to find the answers and save the people she cares about, before their world and everything they know is lost to the waters.

About Nichola Reilly

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Nichola Reilly is Cyn Balog’s post-apocalyptic fantasy-writing alter-ego. The first book in her series, DROWNED, will be releasing from Harlequin TEEN sometime in 2014, followed by a sequel, BURIED, in 2015.

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Cyn Balog

Cyn Balog is a normal, everyday Jersey Girl who always believed magical things can happen to us when we least expect them. She is author of young adult paranormals FAIRY TALE (2009), SLEEPLESS(2010), STARSTRUCK (2011), TOUCHED (2012), and her most recent release: DEAD RIVER (2013).e. She lives outside Allentown, Pennsylvania with her husband and daughters.

She also writes under the pen name Nichola Reilly. Nichola Reilly is Cyn Balog’s post-apocalyptic fantasy-writing alter-ego. The first book in her series, DROWNED, will be releasing from Harlequin TEEN sometime in 2014, followed by a sequel, BURIED, in 2015.

 

Find Nichola:

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 The Giveaway

Each tour stop is offering up a copy of DROWNED, and one winner will receive a fantastic Grand Prize Package including the following HarlequinTEEN titles: 2 copies of DROWNED as well as copies of RAIN, THE AFTERMATH, THE DARK WORLD and OCEANBORN.

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Monday, June 23rd – Alice Marvels – Character Interview
Wednesday, June 25th – Parajunkee – Guest Post
Friday June 27th – The Cozy Reader – Guest Post

Monday, June 30th – Chapter by Chapter – Guest Post
Wednesday, July 2nd – Reader Girls Blog – Guest Post
Friday July 4th – Such a Novel Idea – Author Interview

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Graduation Day Excerpt – from the series by Joelle Charbonneau

Graduation Day Excerpt – from the series by Joelle Charbonneau

Graduation Day Excerpt – from the series by Joelle Charbonneau

Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau

In book three of the Testing series, the United Commonwealth wants to eliminate the rebel alliance fighting to destroy The Testing for good. Cia is ready to lead the charge, but will her lethal classmates follow her into battle?
She wants to put an end to the Testing

In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor, Cia Vale, vows to fight.
But she can't do it alone.

This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for - but who will follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk the lives of those she loves--and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal classmates.
Who can Cia trust?

The stakes are higher than ever-lives of promise cut short or fulfilled; a future ruled by fear or hope--in the electrifying conclusion to Joelle Charbonneau's epic Testing trilogy. Ready or not…it's Graduation Day.

The Final Test is the Deadliest!
More About the Book:
Series: The Testing #3
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Size: 304:: More Info ::

Graduation Day

“We can meet after dinner and go for a walk.” He says with a smile. “After our disappearance into Tosu this weekend, everyone already assumes I have a crush on you. This will seal the deal.”
“They don’t know you very well, do they?”
Raffe’s smile fades. “Not many people do.”
A reminder that despite his having passed this test, neither do I.
Shaking off my concern, I return the list to my bag and slide the strap onto my shoulder. “I’ll see you at dinner.”
“Wait,” Raffe says as I head for the door. He disappears again into his bedroom. When he returns he hands me the pulse radio test I designed. “You forgot this. I didn’t listen to the message.”
“I know.” I take the device and carefully set it in my bag.
Raffe folds his arms over his chest and leans against the wall. “What would have happened if I had turned those switches?”

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Joelle Charbonneau -About the Author

Ever since I can remember I loved telling stories. As I grew up, I started performing those stories on the stage. Creating vivid characters and singing wonderfully complex songs were my passion. I graduated from Millikin University with a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance and then continued onto DePaul University for my Masters Degree in Opera Performance. From there I went onto perform across the Chicagoland area in a variety of Operas, Operettas and Musicals. I also started teaching acting classes and private voice lessons to pass my passion along to the next generation.

Not exactly the path you’d expect a writer to take.

I’d never dreamed of writing a novel. But I loved to read. Then one day I had an idea and I started to write. I found my passion for creating characters lived on the page as well as the stage. It is my hope that the characters I’ve created resonate with you and make you smile.

I still teach voice lessons and sing for the occasional professional event. But the rest of my time is spent with my husband and son while dreaming up new and interesting stories. I hope that someday I hear yours.

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Other Books in the Series

The-Testing-Guide-199x300Title: THE TESTING GUIDE (The Testing #0.5)
Release date: May 1, 2013
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Pages: 46
Formats: eBook

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Description…

It’s an honor to be chosen for The Testing. But it’s not enough to pass The Testing. Cia will have to survive it.

The Testing Guide is the short story prequel to The Testing, the first novel in the stunning and epic Testing Trilogy.


The-Testing2-198x300Title: THE TESTING (The Testing #1)
Release date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 352
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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Description…

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same?

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies–trust no one.

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.


Independent-Study-200x300Title: INDEPENDENT STUDY (The Testing #2)
Release date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 320
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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Description…

In the series debut The Testing, sixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies . . . a promising leader in the effort to revitalize postwar civilization.

In Independent Study, Cia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas—and though the government has tried to erase her memory of the brutal horrors of The Testing, Cia remembers. Her attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government’s murderous programs put her—and her loved ones—in a world of danger. But the future of the Commonwealth depends on her.


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  • 3 sets of the complete series, plus a GRADUATION DAY pen and T-shirt – US ONLY
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The Tour Schedule

Week One

June 9th – Nightly Reading – Review

June 10th – The Book Cellar – Guest Post

June 11th – Curling Up With A Good Book – Review

June 12th – Fiktshun – Author and Character Interviews

June 13th – Magna Maniac Cafe – Review

Week Two

June 16th – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Guest Post

June 17th – K-Books – Review

June 18th – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Interview

June 19th – Parajunkee’s View – Spotlight

June 20th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

Interview with Brazen Author Katherine Longshore

Interview with Brazen Author Katherine Longshore

Interview with Brazen Author Katherine Longshore

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I grew up in the very far north of California—so I’m a native Californian, but have never experienced the white sandy beaches and Hollywood glamor so often associated with my home state.  I started college as a theater major (acting and costume design) and finished in Cross-Cultural Studies and Communications.  I traveled for several years—circumnavigating the globe twice (which sounds pretentious, but I just love to use the word circumnavigating!)  I lived five years in England, where I fell in love with castles, royalty and history.

In your own words, tell us a little bit about your book?

Brazen is the story of Mary Howard who at the age of fourteen, married Henry FitzRoy, the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII.  It’s a political marriage arranged by their parents, but Mary sets out to make the most of it.  Because of their youth, they can’t live or even spend much time together, so Mary and Fitz provoke the wrath of the king by going against his wishes.

Can you tell us about the characters in your book? Who is your favorite?

The story of Brazen centers around Mary Howard and her husband Henry FitzRoy, the illegitimate son of Henry VIII.  It also revolves around the literary “brat pack” of the Tudor court, including real historical characters such as Margaret Douglas, Madge Shelton, Henry Howard, Thomas Howard (the younger), Thomas Wyatt and even Anne Boleyn.

Margaret and Madge are Mary’s best friends (please blame history and their parents for giving them all M names!).  They’re all searching for someone to love—and willing to break some rules to do so.  And though I never play favorites (I used to be a preschool teacher!), Madge was certainly fun to write!  She’s irreverent and spontaneous and loyal.  And I just fell in love with Henry FitzRoy—I hope my readers do, too!

What makes your book different from other books out there in the same genre?

I write with a contemporary-sounding voice, so my novels have a modern feel to them despite being set in the 16th Century.  And Brazen, specifically, is different from other Tudor novels because it focuses on the life of someone fairly obscure who could have front row seats to all the drama.

Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?

With my first two books—Gilt and Tarnish—when I finished the first draft, I realized that the first fifty pages were extraneous and I had to cut them.  The story started long after I had started writing.  So with Brazen, I wanted to make sure I started in the right place.  I began with Mary Howard’s wedding to Henry FitzRoy, wrote that first chapter, and got stuck.  For weeks.  The only thing that solved the problem was starting the novel five months earlier during Anne Boleyn’s coronation.  After finishing the draft, I cut those first fifty pages, and the novel begins with the wedding.  This seems to be one of the quirks of my process, and is something I’ve come to accept (though I wouldn’t recommend it!)

Who are some of your favorite authors?

I read a huge variety of genres, so my favorite authors include Hilary Mantel (Wolf Hall), Veronica Rossi (Under the Never Sky), Talia Vance (Spies and Prejudice), and Donna Cooner (Skinny).

What are you reading now?

Throughout my twenties, I read literary novels almost exclusively.  I love novels that make me stop and savor specific sentences.  These days, I read primarily YA—still favoring the novels that have that gorgeous phrasing.  But every once in a while, I go back to my roots.  So right now, I’m reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt—gorgeous writing, a young protagonist (at least so far) and a compelling premise.

What advice can you give to struggling writers?

Write what you love.  Writing a novel is long, hard work.  You have to want to sit down with these characters and this story every day for months—even years.  If you love them, there’s a good chance your readers will, too.

Interview with Brazen Author Katherine Longshore

Brazen by Katherine Longshore

Mary Howard has always lived in the shadow of her powerful family. But when she’s married off to Henry Fitzroy, King Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, she rockets into the Tudor court’s inner circle. Mary and “Fitz” join a tight clique of rebels who test the boundaries of court’s strict rules with their games, dares, and flirtations. The more Mary gets to know Fitz, the harder she falls for him, but is forbidden from seeing him alone. The rules of court were made to be pushed...but pushing them too far means certain death. Is true love worth dying for?

Published by: Penguin on 2014-06-12
Genres: Historical, Royalty, Young Adult
Size: 528
Format: Hardcover
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About Katherine Longshore

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Katherine Longshore grew up on the northern California coast. At university, she created her own major in Cross-Cultural Studies and Communications, planning to travel and write. Forever. Four years, six continents and countless pairs of shoes later, she went to England for two weeks, stayed five years and discovered history. She now lives in California with her husband, two children and a sun-worshiping dog.

The Giveaway

1 winner will receive all 3 books signed – International shipping.
2 winners will receive signed copies of Brazen US shipping Only
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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
6/2/2014- Literary Exploration- Review
6/2/2014- The Anne Boleyn Files- Guest Post
6/3/2014- Romantic Reads and Such- Interview
6/4/2014- Page Turners- Review
6/5/2014- Magical Urban Fantasy Reads- Guest Post
6/6/2014- Parajunkee’s View- Interview

Week Two:
6/9/2014- Gone With The Words- Review
6/10/2014- Tales of the Ravenous Reader- Interview
6/11/2014- Bewitched Bookworms- Guest Post and Review
6/12/2014- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post
6/13/2014- Mundie Moms- Review
6/13/2014- Fiktshun- Interview

Stacey O’Neale explains her Elemental Courts – #BlogTour

Stacey O’Neale explains her Elemental Courts – #BlogTour

Stacey O’Neale explains her Elemental Courts – #BlogTour

Stacey O’Neale tells us about the elemental courts in her MORTAL ENCHANTMENT series.

There are four elemental courts: Woodland (Earth), Fire, Air, and Water.

The woodland is the fey court meaning all the variations of faeries belong here. Their power comes from anything on land like forests, jungles, and even the ground we stand on. They are quite charming and playful, but don’t be fooled. The fey are well-known for their skills on the battlefield. They also provide all the weapons for each of the courts.

The fire court has many different types of creatures like gabriel hounds, ogres, and goblins. They draw their power from anything that can produce heat like fire, volcanoes, and our planets core. Fire elementals are very passionate and fiercely loyal which sometimes gets them in trouble. Their powers are tied to their emotions.

The air court is the least diverse when it comes to creatures. They are mostly different variations of elves because they rarely mate outside of their own court. Their power comes from the skies. They can control the weather and manipulate the air around them. They are what I consider the thinkers and historians of the bunch. Their lifestyle is very simplistic and they tend to keep to themselves.

The water court is made up of water creatures like mermaids, sirens, and sprites. As you’ve probably guessed, they control anything having to do with water. They can summon the water without being in it, but they are much more powerful when they are within it. Out of all the courts, they are the most secretive. They speak to one another telepathically and their queen is known for her psychic abilities.


Stacey O’Neale explains her Elemental Courts – #BlogTour

Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O'Neale

“Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.”
Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.

Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.

To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.

As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more...
More About the Book:
Series: Mortal Enchantment #1
Published by: Phoenix Reign Publishing on May 5, 2014
Genres: YA Fantasy, Young Adult
Size: 292
Format: eBook
More Info Links: Amazon :: More Info :: Website, Twitter, Goodreads

Available Exclusively at Amazon eBook for $2.99 and Paperback for $8.99


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Stacey O’Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she’s not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.
Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.
Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.

 

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