#Review The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa – Blog Tour

#Review The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa – Blog Tour

#Review The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa – Blog Tour

#Review The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa – Blog Tour

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Published by Harlequin on 2014-05-01
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Young Adult
Size: 304
Format: Hardcover
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PJV Rating: 4 Stars
VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.  MONSTER Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie. In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.Includes an exclusive excerpt from the first book in Julie Kagawa's highly anticipated new series, TALON.

PJV Quickie: I have to preface this review by stating that this book was one of the hardest books to read! But, not because of any issues with writing or plot. No, just because Kagawa brought me down paths in this book that I didn’t want to go on. She’s evil, I say! That, being said, I thought it was a great end to a series, even if it did torment me through the entirety of the book. If you haven’t picked up Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series yet…well, what I’m thinking is rather rude, so I won’t write it down…

Review: Allison Sekemoto, Jackal and Kanin are on the hunt for the monster Sarren and he is leaving surprises at every turn. Corpses are strewn along their path in a horrific and macabre game. Sarren is toying with the trio and his biggest game, the three of them have no clue about the rules. Through this entire ordeal Allison has to deal with her building hunger, her grief and the temptation to let her own monster take over. And when she finally faces one of her biggest fears…things come glaring into perspective.

To review this title properly I would give away too many spoilers. So, I’m going to try and keep this as vague as possible. Let me just reiterate my quickie. Julie Kagawa left us with one hell of a cliff hangar in THE ETERNITY CURE (Book 2) and she doesn’t make things easy at the start of this novel. You go through a good bit of time not knowing about plot threads, until things finally come to a head during a battle royale…and then the thread closures are not like I had planned them in my head. The evilness of authors…chalk it up to her thinking outside the box!! Egads!

There was a lot of gasping and then putting the book down – I’m telling you, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever read! I just couldn’t do it – I couldn’t face what was going on in the novel! Yes, I know! I’m a total whiner…but it was too hard! The more I read, the more distraught I became, until I just couldn’t function. I think my husband took my Kindle away from me at that point. He hid it somewhere – and it is all Julie Kagawa’s fault. Luckily, I have a few eReaders…

Can you tell this novel made me an emotional train wreck? Yes, it did. The conclusion to this series was not how I had envisioned, white clouds and fluffy bunnies, but it was one hell of a ride. One ridiculous, traumatic, emotional and angsty ride. Damn.

I did take issue to some things in the novel, there were points when the underlying message of Monster vs. Humanity was driven home way too much. One of the characters got introspective at one point, that whole – I’ve experienced a Trauma, so I must react in a moody and self-destructive way, until finally I see the light because of _________.  While, real types of reactions, these tend to drive me crazy in books. I was also so distraught at one point that I wanted Allison and Jackal to get it on…it was a fleeting moment of insanity brought on by a certain characters suicidal tendencies….I got over it. But, yes, I’m scared mentally because of this series.

Join my crazy…read the books. FTW Vampire Dystopian angst!

Recommendations: You must read the first two books for this to make any sort of sense. You gotta love you some apocalypse fiction too…it’s a gritty nasty world of blood and guts and violence. Mature teens recommended. Just because there is a lot of bitey bitey, ripping throats, marauding bikers…that sort of thing.

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About Julie Kagawa


Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish and the odd eel.

To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time.

Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all-time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian shepherd who is too smart for his own good and the latest addition, a hyperactive Papillon puppy.

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4 Stars

Author Q&A with Zoey Derrick

Author Q&A with Zoey Derrick

Author Q&A with Zoey Derrick

Author Spotlight on parajunkee.com

Please welcome Zoey Derrick to Parajunkee’s View.


Book Name: The Reason Series
Release Date: 02/21/2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Adult


Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

You know, it’s funny. I can write a book, I can write a blurb and sometimes I can write a blog post, once in a while anyway. But every time this question comes up, I draw a blank. Deciding what you might want to know, what you might not want to know. What is To Much Information. *giggles*

So hear it goes… I am 31 – nearly 32 (shh) and I am a full-time single mom. My son, who never lets my life get boring, is eight, he’ll be nine in April (They grow up so fast). He is in third grade and LOVE’s Minecraft, though I can’t think of an 8 year old this day in age who doesn’t.. but we were talking about me right? Well, I have essentially retired from a career in mortgages where I’ve spent the last thirteen years of my life. I live in Glendale Arizona – yes it is hotter than hell in the summer, but worth it every day in between, there is something about the smell of blooming cacti and the desert that is beyond appealing. I was born in Des Moines, Iowa. Raised in and Graduated from Apple Valley High School in Apple Valley Minnesota. My Best Friend and I have been friends since 6th grade. (I can’t believe she’s put up with me for so long. *smooches*). I moved to Baltimore where I met my now ex-husband and then in 2006 I moved to Phoenix/Glendale.

Give-Me-Reason_coverAReMy life is bland, boring, and otherwise uneventful, which is why I write – keeps my life fun, exciting, and allows my own fantasies to come to life.

Too much information? :-)

In your own words, tell us a little bit about your book?
The Reason Series is a four book miniseries about a woman named Vivienne who has dealt with more than any one girl should have to face in her lifetime. She’s faced neglect, abuse, homelessness, and poverty. She’s hit rock bottom, working in a dinner to barely make ends meet when she meets a man who wants to help her, but for a girl who’s been on her own for so long, accepting that help is harder than she thought.

When her past comes back to harm her, literally, the man so determined to help her, is there once again. Only now she’s realized her mistakes and wants to make things better for herself and the life she is living.

Mikah is sweet, caring, loving and an Angel.

Can you tell us about the characters in your book? Who is your favorite?
Oh boy – I’m not sure I have a favorite because I love them all.

Vivienne – my fiery tiger, with long bright red curly hair down to her butt, I love for the fact that she is strong and determined and I LOVE her for the fact that she is a level headed girl, who realizes some of her biggest mistakes could have been prevented.

Give-Me-HOPE_eBookSMikah – Well what can I say about Mikah, he beautiful (duh!) sexy, smart, rich, easily lovable, and last but not least.. He HAS WINGS! *swoon*

So in their own way they are both my favorites – couple them with the cast of supporting characters and Vivienne and Mikah become even more lovable.

Who is your favorite?

What makes your book different from other books out there in the same genre?
The Reason Series is different then a lot of the books out there today. Sure Vivienne is poor and Mikah is wealthier than most men, but Vivienne is strong willed and determined too, making her the not so virginal heroine.

While The Reason Series is a romance, above all else, there are twists and turns that pull Mikah and Vivienne into an angelic life they never knew existed. Which isn’t something you see every day.

I also enjoy the fact that their love grows before the passion. While this story gets steamy, it takes a long time to get there.

What led to you going “indie”?
Being in Indie author is amazing and I have no intentions of changing that fact in the near future. I went Indie because, like many authors, I hate rejection and more importantly, I had no idea where to start. I began reading Indie Published books and realized that there was an alternative to traditional publishing and that was a golden ticket for me.

Give-Me-Desire_eBookSBeing an indie author means that I have complete control. I work hard for what I love to do and I can write anything I want for me, myself and of course my beautiful readers.

Is Writing your full time profession?
Writing is now my full time profession. Though I was not forced into it full time, I was handed an amazing opportunity when I lost my job last year in September. At the time I’d just released Give Me Reason – Book 1 in the Reason Series and things were looking good. I had a tight publishing schedule that included publishing Give Me Hope – Book 2 and Give Me Desire – Book 3 by the end of 2013. Being uninhibited from having to work 8 hours a day, be out of the house for 10, and then having all the family things, has allowed me to be able to write longer, write harder and work faster to produce the stories that I love to write. It has also given me a larger opportunity to mingle with my friends and fans.

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



honestly I do and I don’t. My process is pretty much – Write it now, fix it later. Stories present themselves to me. While my debut novel, Finding Love’s Wings, I had to work for, it didn’t come to me the way I thought books should come to an author, but I had ideas in my head about what I wanted from my characters and how they would respond to one another.

Give Me Reason – Book 1 in this series presented itself in such a way that I was forced to write it down. I was forced to get it out of my brain because it was nagging at me from the moment it hit me. So I wrote it, morning, noon and night. At work, at home, on my phone while I was away, you name it, I wrote it. The subsequent books in the series however, took some more thought process and planning. I usually tend to know the end result a book and I write to get to that point.

Give-Me-Love_eBookSWho are some of your favorite authors?
I’m not sure we have enough time for this list… I adore Debra Anastasia (Poughkeepsie), Sylvain Reynard (Gabriel’s Inferno), Marata Eros (The Druid Breeders), Jennifer Probst (The Marriage Bargain), J.R. Ward (Black Dagger – who doesn’t love the BDB?), Sylvia Day (Crossfire Series) Jamie McQuire, Colleen Hoover, Tina Reber.. I could go ON and ON and ON – but those are just a few of who I love!

What are you reading now?
Right now.. I am between books actually. Though I did just finish The Beauty Series by Georgia Cates (Beauty from Pain, Beauty from Surrender, & Beauty from Love) Great GREAT Series. Plus I finished Interview With A Master by Jason Luke, amazing stuff.

While I write Paranormal and Contemporary romances, I read a lot of Contemporary, Paranormal and some good ole fashion Erotica

What advice can you give to struggling writers?
Never Give Up!

I know that it is hard, really hard, when you realize how badly you want something and being a writer you have to be passionate about what you do to do it day in and day out, but keep at it. Keep Writing! Then when you think you can’t write anymore, write some more. You wouldn’t be a writer if you didn’t have a story to tell, no matter what the genre, no matter what the content, you have a story to tell. Tell that story, and never give up.

About the book:
The REASON Series

The Complete Collection

All four books in Zoey Derrick’s

Best-Selling Paranormal Romance

Give Me Reason

Give Me Hope

Give Me Desire

Give Me Love

Vivienne Callahan has known only hardship. As if growing up with an alcoholic, drug addicted mother wasn’t traumatic enough, she’s escaped from her physically and verbally abusive boyfriend only to struggle every day to make ends meet as a waitress in a Minneapolis diner.

Along comes Mikah Blake…

Find out more about Zoey Derrick and The Reason Series here:

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It is from Glendale, Arizona that Zoey Derrick, a mortgage underwriter by day and romance and erotica novelist by night, writes stories as hot as the desert sun itself. It is this passion that drips off of her work, bringing excitement to anyone who enjoys a good and sensual love story.

Not only does she aim to take her readers on an erotic dance that lasts the night, it allows her to empty her mind of stories we all wish were true.

Her stories are hopeful yet true to life, skillfully avoiding melodrama and the unrealistic, bringing her gripping Erotica only closer to the heart of those that dare dipping into it.

The intimacy of her fantasies that she shares with her readers is thrilling and encouraging, climactic yet full of suspense. She is a loving mistress, up for anything, of which any reader is doomed to return to again and again.

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Author Q&A with Stacey O’Neale

Author Q&A with Stacey O’Neale

Author Q&A with Stacey O’Neale

Author Spotlight on parajunkee.com

Please welcome Stacey O’Neale to Parajunkee’s View.


Book Name: The Shadow Prince (Mortal Enchantment, 0.5)
Release Date: 03/25/2014
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult


Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m the author of the upcoming MORTAL ENCHANTMENT series. I’ve spent the last six years as a book blogger. My blog is the Fantasy Book Addict. I also spent three years as a publicist. I love social media and spend too much time on twitter talking about books and fantasy TV shows. I’ve been reading comic books since I was a kid and I occasionally watch cartoons (don’t judge). ;-)

Oh, and I love Nerds candy. Only the purple and pink pack.

In your own words, tell us a little bit about your book?
After spending most of his life in the mortal world, sixteen-year-old Rowan is unexpectedly asked to return to Avalon where he will be crowned the king of the elemental fire court. But when he arrives, his ruthless mother insists he must complete a secret mission before he can ascend to the throne: kill the half-human, half-elemental princess of the air court. Rowan will ultimately have to decide if the ends justify the means.

Can you tell us about the characters in your book? Who is your favorite?
It’s hard to pick one character. I love them all for different reasons. But, since the novella is about Rowan, I’ll talk about him.

He’s a very complicated character. In some ways, he’s an antihero. He gets put into a position where he has to make difficult decisions. Regardless of his choice, there will be consequences. It changes him in good and bad ways. He’s a fighter. I love him. :-)

What makes your book different from other books out there in the same genre?
The novella is free. Does that count? ;-)

Here are a few things:

It’s about elementals.
It takes place in both the mortal world and Avalon.
Unlike the series, the novella is written from a male point of view.
It’s a twist on several aspects of mythology.
It’s dark at times, but also centers around love and friendship.

What led to you going “indie”?
I spent three years as a publicist for two successful small publishers. During that time, I’d gotten to know several talented editors, cover designers, etc. Ultimately, I decided I wanted to work with people I was comfortable with. People who I knew would allow me to play a large role in the production and marketing process.

Is Writing your full time profession?
I write full-time which is wonderful! I feel very lucky.

Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?
I get my best writing done during the day. I must have coffee. Oh, and there’s one last thing. My nerd flag will be flying high after you read this. I have a Yoda toy sitting on my desk. I always have him beside me with his lightsaber in hand like he’s ready for battle. I don’t know why but I think he brings me good luck. :-)

Who are some of your favorite authors?
I read a lot. My auto-buys include Richelle Mead, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Melissa Marr, and Veronica Rossi.

What are you reading now?
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi! I absolutely love this series and recommend it to everyone. I recently met Tahereh at a signing. She’s really funny and sweet.

What advice can you give to struggling writers?
Join a writing group and find a critique partner who isn’t a friend or family member. These are the people who will help you reach your goals. This is a tough, competitive business. Having people in your life who support you is invaluable.

Also, NEVER GIVE UP! If this is your dream, don’t let anyone or anything stand in your way. Work hard and you’ll make it. :-)

About the book:
This prequel novella is FREE and available on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble!

Every sacrifice has consequences.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he’s capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?

Find out more about Stacey O’Neale and The Shadow Prince (Mortal Enchantment, 0.5) here:

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Photoshoot-21 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 staceyoneale.com.


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Author Q&A with Tellulah Darling

Author Q&A with Tellulah Darling

Author Spotlight on parajunkee.com

Please welcome Tellulah Darling to Parajunkee’s View.


Book Name: My Life From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy Book Three)
Release Date: 03/20/2014
Genre: YA romantic comedy, Greek mythology, Young Adult


Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Avid reader, global traveler, tap dancer, and equal opportunity heckler of the world at large. I’m also a former screenwriter who decided to pursue my passions of YA lit and romantic comedies by switching to writing novels. Also, my first kissed sucked so my stories are my way of compensating.

In your own words, tell us a little bit about your book?
My Life From Hell is the final instalment in the journey of Sophie Bloom, teen slacker who gets a kiss from a bad boy at midnight and discovers that she’s Persephone, Goddess of Spring, saviour of humanity in the battle between Zeus and Hades, target numero uno, and totally screwed.

The three books in the series thematically explore Sophie’s journey through power into empowerment. Book one, My Ex From Hell, is all about the idea “emerge.” Sophie learns of her new goddess powers and has her entire reality flipped upside down. My Date From Hell moves into “growth.” Sophie feels like she’s competing with her goddess self and all the expectations and relationship baggage that comprises. Until finally, in My Life From Hell, she enters her “bloom” phase and truly comes into being. It’s my take on girl power. But all kidding aside, I believe empowerment is a really important aspect of adolescence and I wanted to explore it through the twin lenses of literal power and teendom.

Can you tell us about the characters in your book? Who is your favorite?
My main character, Sophie Bloom is my favourite. I love smart, mouthy girls and Sophie is both. Even if she doesn’t give herself enough credit. She’s incredibly loyal, feisty, and has no limits on how hard she’ll fight when she believes in something – or someone.

Her wacky gang is rounded out by her best friend Hannah, the beautiful science geek. And Theo – aka Prometheus, her other best friend and mentor. I find a lot of YA stories have protagonists who have no friends. That’s valid, but my friendship were so important to me at that age, and they are to Sophie as well. She doesn’t hide anything from her friends – for better or for worse.

Of course there is also Kyrillos, Prince of the Underworld and Son of Hades. The bad boy who jumpstarts Sophie’s goddess powers with a mind-blowing kiss and was also, she learns, the great love of Persephone’s life before someone murdered her sixteen years ago. Feeling like you’re in a love triangle with yourself is a wee bit complicated and frustrating.

What makes your book different from other books out there in the same genre?
The humour. First and foremost, this is a romantic comedy that happens to be set against a Greek mythology backdrop.

What led to you going “indie”?
For many years, I was a working screenwriter. That’s an industry that moves very slowly. Once I decided to switch to novel writing, I wanted the ability to connect with readers far more quickly than the traditional model. Indie publishing seemed like a good fit at the time.

Is Writing your full time profession?
No. I also still teach screenwriting at universities and film schools. I may not feel like writing screenplays anymore, but I still love deconstructing them and helping other writers to find story solutions. For me, talking story is fun.

Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?
The deeper I get into the writing process, the more resentful I become of demands on my time. Like my family having the audacity to want clean clothes, food, that sort of thing. Also, I play many games of online Sudoku with the entirely scientific justification that I am using my critical facilities and therefore, said game will help solve my story problem.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
Neil Gaiman, Karen Marie Moning, Jennifer Crusie, Salinger, Mordecai Richler, Haruki Murakami, David Levithan, Douglas Adams – I’m all over the place.

What are you reading now?
I just finished a re-read of Ender’s Game. Not sure what I’m going to jump to next.

What advice can you give to struggling writers?
Keep reading. Read all kinds of stories. I think that every type of storytelling has something to teach us as authors.

About the book:
To say that Sophie Bloom is at the top of her game with one only week until spring equinox and the final showdown with Zeus and Hades would be, well, lying. The Goddess of Spring feels more like the Goddess of Bzz Thanks For Playing than the savior of humanity. And could her relationships be any more messed up?

Good times.

Sophie is convinced that things can’t get any worse than crawling back to her mother Demeter and begging for help. But she’s about to find out how very wrong she is.

It’s a race against time for Sophie to implement the big battle strategy in the YA romantic comedy/Greek mythology finale My Life From Hell. Love meets comedy with a whole lot of sass in book three of this teen fantasy romance series. Save herself; save the world. Humanity may be screwed.

Find out more about Tellulah Darling and My Life From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy Book Three) here:

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TD-author-photo Tellulah Darling

Sassy girls. Swoony boys. What could go wrong?

1. YA romantic comedy author because her first kiss sucked and she’s compensating.
2. Alter ego of former screenwriter.
3. Sassy minx.

Writes about: where love meets comedy. Awkwardness ensues.

Tellulah Darling is a firm believer that some of the best stories happen when love meets comedy. Which is why she has so much fun writing young adult romantic comedy novels. Her tales span contemporary, teen fantasy romance, and YA Greek mythology, and range from stand alone books to series. For Tellulah, teen romance is the most passionate, intense, and awkward there is – a comedy goldmine. Plus smart, mouthy, teen girls rock.

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Author Interivew – Erica Cameron

Author Interivew – Erica Cameron

Author Interivew – Erica Cameron

Please give a warm welcome to the author of SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE, Erica Cameron

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was born in New York (really close to Sleepy Hollow, actually), but I grew up in South Florida. Which was the wrong place for me to live when you take into consideration my utter distaste for hot weather. I sort of wish my parents had stayed in New York! They didn’t, though, and eventually gave me two younger sisters. All three of us were dancers growing up and most weeks we spent more time at our studio than we did at home. The studio owners watched us grow up and are basically honorary aunts. That’s< how much time we were there. I also used to do musical theater, but the last time I stepped on stage to act or sing was eighth grade, so let’s consider me retired. ;)

After high school, I moved to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University. It took me two solid years of taking a really random assortment of classes to finally declare a major. I still couldn’t really decide, so I picked two—psychology and creative writing—and graduated with a double major in 2007. About six months before graduation, I decided to seriously pursue a career as an author. And that’s when I started collecting the rejection slips and piling up the unpublishable manuscripts. It took me five years to find someone to buy my books. Along the way, I’ve worked as a dance teacher, a hostess, a pizza delivery girl, a pointe shoe fitter, a Starbucks barista, a research assistant for the Florida Center for Reading Research, and a supervisor for Borders. I miss Borders! I was sitting in the back office of Borders when I got the idea that would eventually become Sing, actually.

Still unpublished, I moved back to South Florida in 2011 and got a job at a magazine as a copywriter/copyeditor/digital guru/whatever else they needed me to do. In 2012, I tagged along to Book Expo America (BEA) with my friend Lani Woodland. It was because of her that I attended the party in Tribeca where I met my future editors and sold Sing! It wasn’t until seven months later that I signed with my agent, Danielle Chiotti of Upstart Crow.

But being published doesn’t mean quitting the day job. I did recently leave the magazine, but only because a friend of mine told me about a part-time position teaching English at a live-in drug and alcohol rehab center for teenagers. It’s an amazing job working with some pretty cool kids and I love that I get to be part of something that’s (hopefully) making a significant difference in their lives. Right now, I work there and have an another part time job writing promotional blurbs and materials for a different company. And then I also have my writing work. So, that’s three jobs, for those keeping track. One day I will be able to write full-time, but I’ll scrounge up as much writing time as I can until then!

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

In short : Dreams, demons, girls who don’t speak, and boys with white knight complexes. :D

At length : Mariella has been visiting a dreamworld no one else knows exists since she was eight. She calls it Paradise and she’s in love with the man who brings her there, a man named Orane.

Calease brought Hudson in to the dreamworld at fourteen. For four years, he thought it was as close to heaven as he could ever get. Then it cost him his four-year-old brother J.R.’s life. Hudson wants to destroy the dreamworld and the demons who live there to protect others like J.R., but he has no clue how to get back in. Until a vision points him toward Swallow’s Grove, Mariella’s home town.

Once he gets to Swallow’s Grove and meets Mariella, Hudson realizes that convincing her to help him break into the dreamworld won’t be easy. Mari is determined to stay on the path she’s chosen and fights Hudson every step of the way. With only two weeks to go until Orane captures Mari for good, Hudson has to find a way to cut through the veil keeping Mari from seeing the truth. If he doesn’t, she’s going to willingly throw herself off a cliff she doesn’t even realize is there.

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

I can’t pick a favorite! They’re all my babies. <3

Sing is a dual point of view book, with chapters switching between my two main characters, Mariella and Hudson. They’re both beautifully complex people, but in very different ways. Hudson has been through the wringer even before the book starts, but he’s still an amazingly compassionate soul. Mariella has already been under the influence of the dreamworld for ten years when the book starts and it’s changed her in ways she can’t even see. They’re both incredibly resilient. They’re also strong in very similar ways even though it doesn’t seem like it on the surface.

Surrounding my two narrators is a group of people I’ve come to love dearly. Mariella’s parents Dana and Frank are really supportive and generally cool people and her best friend K.T. (short for Katalina Therese) is intelligent, curious, and tenacious. Hudson sweeps into town with his fairy-godfather-stand-in Horace, a seventy-eight-year-old man whose role in the book kept getting larger with every revision. Like Horace, Dawn’s role was ever-expanding. She’s a legally-blind fourteen-year-old girl who basically runs her mother’s New Age store, a shop called A Stone’s Throw From Normal. Together, these characters inhabit a world I hope readers will come to love as much as I do.

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

I make Smurf jokes? And I somehow smash dreams, parallel universes, demons, music, family, magic, psychology, best friends, New Age stores, classic cars, gemstones, visions, and small towns into the same story. ;)

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

I know some people need a playlist or absolute silence or something else, but I tend to work best with random white noise. Often, I write at Panera or Starbucks. The people around me provide just enough background noise for me to block out without it distracting me. And then sometimes I get to overhear some really awesome (or some awesomely strange) conversations.

There aren’t many processes that apply more than sporadically within my actual writing method. The closest I come is that when I start a new project, I usually just write. No planning, no plotting, no spreadsheets or anything. I take whatever image or character or moment popped into my head and run with it until my mind goes blank. Once I’ve hit that creative dead end, then I start outlining and analyzing and working out the connecting details of the mess I just spewed onto the page. By then, I usually know the characters well enough to predict what they’ll do in certain situations and that makes the plotting process a WHOLE lot easier.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

I go through genre binges. I’ll read a ton of fantasy and then be more in the mood for dramatic contemporaries. After that, I might switch to regency romances before deciding that sci-fi sounds like fun. Mysteries, classics, adult, YA… I read all over the board. So my favorite authors are all over the place, too. Here’s a list of just some of them: Tamora Pierce, Dan Wells, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Brandon Sanderson, Jacqueline Carey, Cinda Williams Chima, Jane Austen, Suzanne Collins, Elizabeth Eulberg, Charlotte Bronte, Simone Elkeles, Ally Carter, Stephenie Meyer, Jay Asher, Georgette Heyer… yeah. I’ll stop there.

What are you reading now?

I am lucky enough to be a member of the OneFour Kid Lit debut group. Part of the fun is taking part in ARC tours of the books coming out this year, so that’s what I’ve been reading when I have the time. So far, I’ve had a chance to read Olivia Twisted by Vivi Barnes, Phoenix Island by John Dixon, The Violet Hour by Whitney Miller, and By the Grace of Todd by Louise Galveston. I’m also really looking forward to finally digging in to Gilded by Christina Farley, which released three short days before my book!

What advice can you give to struggling writers?

Write the story that takes over your soul whether you know the subject personally or not. In my opinion, the book that consumes you has a better chance of making it from your computer or notebook and into readers’ hands.

Try advice other writers give you, but don’t treat it like gospel. Writing is not a one-size-fits-all occupation. We’re a collection of weirdos and our processes reflect that.

Sometimes the paths to publication are all sorts of crooked and sometimes they don’t look the way you’ve been told to expect, but that’s okay. It doesn’t have to as long as it gets you where you want to be.

Mostly, though, don’t go into this business unless you need it. Unless you honestly cannot imagine yourself doing anything else ever. Drafting is hard. Revising on your own is harder. Revisions with an editor are even harder. There’s a lot of hurry up and wait in this business. There’s also a lot of “no.” There’s a lot of frustration and disappointment and stress and anxiety. But there’s also a lot of support and enthusiasm and creativity and kindness. There’s also that moment when you meet a stranger and they say “Oh, really? No way! I’ve heard about that book and I can’t wait to read it!” and, lord, does that moment make up for so many of the downsides to this career. The getting there, though? That’s the part that might take longer than a lot of people are willing to wait.

About the Book

Author Interivew – Erica Cameron

Sing Sweet Nightingale by Erica Cameron

Published by Spencer Hill Press on 2014-03-04
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Size: 320
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Mariella Teagen hasn't spoken a word in four years.
She pledged her voice to Orane, the man she loves—someone she only sees in her dreams. Each night, she escapes to Paradise, the world Orane created for her, and she sings for him. Mariella never believed she could stay in Paradise longer than a night, but two weeks before her eighteenth birthday, Orane hints that she may be able to stay forever.
Hudson Vincent made a pledge to never fight again.
Calease, the creature who created his dream world, swore that giving up violence would protect Hudson. But when his vow caused the death of his little brother, Hudson turned his grief on Calease and destroyed the dream world. The battle left him with new abilities and disturbing visions of a silent girl in grave danger—Mariella.
Now, Hudson is fighting to save Mariella's life while she fights to give it away. And he must find a way to show her Orane’s true intentions before she is lost to Paradise forever.

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About Erica Cameron


Erica Cameron knew that writing was her passion when she turned a picture book into a mystery novella as a teen. That piece wasn’t her best work, but it got her an A. After college, she used her degree in Psychology and Creative Writing to shape a story about a dreamworld. Then a chance encounter at a rooftop party in Tribeca made her dream career a reality.
Erica is many things but most notably the following: writer, reader, editor, dancer, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, Florida resident, and quasi-recluse. She loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon décor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works.
Her debut novel Sing Sweet Nightingale releases March 4, 2014 from Spencer Hill Press. It is the first book in The Dream War Saga.
Erica is represented by Danielle Chiotti at Upstart Crow Literary. However, for subrights inquiries on Sing Sweet Nightingale, contact Rebecca Mancini at Rights Mix. Regarding publicity for The Dream War Saga, contact Cindy Thomas at cthomas {@} spencerhillcontemporary {.} com.

The Giveaway

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Tour Schedule


Week One:

3/3/2014- Bookish Things & moreReview

3/3/2014- Bibliophilia, PleaseInterview

3/4/2014- Lola’s Reviews- Review

3/4/2014- A Backwards StoryGuest Post

3/5/2014- YaReadsReview

3/5/2014- Addicted ReadersInterview

3/6/2014- Once Upon A TwilightReview

3/6/2014- The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan ClubGuest Post

3/7/2014- Seeing Night Reviews - Review

3/7/2014- The Irish Banana ReviewGuest Post


Week Two:

3/10/2014- Chasm of Books- Review

3/10/2014- Lost in Ever AfterInterview

3/11/2014- The Demon LibrarianReview

3/11/2014- Paulette’s PapersGuest Post

3/12/2014- Poisoned RationalityReview

3/12/2014- The Best Books EverInterview

3/13/2014- Spiced Latte ReadsReview

3/13/2014- Dark NovellaGuest Post

3/14/2014- A Dream Within A DreamReview

3/14/2014- Parajunkee’s View- Interview

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