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MEANT TO BE YOURS by Susan Mallery Blog Tour

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In Happily Inc, love means never having to say “I do”…

Wedding coordinator Renee Grothen isn’t meant for marriage. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, plan. But she never could have planned on gorgeous, talented thriller writer Jasper Dembenski proposing—a fling, that is. Fun without a future. And the attraction between them is too strong for Renee to resist. Now she can have her no-wedding cake…and eat it, too.

After years in the military, Jasper is convinced he’s too damaged for relationships. So a flirtation—and more—with fiery, determined Renee is way too good to pass up…until his flame becomes his muse.

Renee is an expert at averting every crisis. But is she finally ready to leap into the one thing that can never be controlled: love?

Q&A with Susan Mallery

 

What was your favorite part about writing Meant to be Yours

Ohhh, that’s a hard question! I love everything about writing romance. The first kiss is still magical to me. The passion, the emotional intensity. It’s a moment that changes the course of a person’s life. When you fall in love, your life is bisected into before and after. Love is transformative, and the greatest pleasure of my life is to write about it.

 

Jasper and Renee in particular were a lot of fun to write because Renee is just such a mama bear when it comes to protecting her brides. She’s a wedding planner at Weddings Out of the Box, a theme wedding venue in the town of Happily Inc. Jasper is a bestselling thriller writer who wants to set his next book at a wedding. Renee’s response made me laugh so loud that I’m pretty sure I scared my pets.

 

Jasper continued. “I thought I could follow you around for a few weeks, learn about the business and—”

 

“No,” she said firmly, as all thoughts of them having another close encounter faded from her mind. “You’re not getting your serial killer cooties on my weddings. I’m a big believer in keeping the energy positive and flowing forward. Do you know what a serial killer would do at a wedding?”

 

He stared at her, his gaze intense. “That’s what I was thinking. I want the serial killer to be a wedding crasher.”

 

“No,” she said firmly. “Just no.”

 

When Jasper goes behind her back to get intimately involved with one of her weddings, Renee vows to keep him from bringing darkness to her bride’s special day.

 

I also adored the animals in this book. In the beginning, Jasper doesn’t trust himself to let a woman into his heart. His simple but profound act of kindness to a dog who needs a home leads to him finally being ready to fall in love. The dog, Koda, is based on a reader’s real-life dog. I gave Koda the same adorable quirks and characteristics that make him special—and I gave Renee the reader’s last name in her honor.

 

Did you find out any funny or interesting facts about wedding planning when writing this book?

 

I have learned that brides and wedding planners are some of the most creative people in the universe. I can’t tell you how much time I spent on Pinterest, looking at pictures from theme weddings. There are some really beautiful themes, and some that are charming and humorous. Every theme uniquely reflects the bride and the groom in the most beautiful way. In Meant to Be Yours, Renee designs several lovely theme weddings with beautiful touches I think readers will enjoy. Here’s a snippet from one:

 

Jim and Monica Martinez were a sweet couple with a fun firefighter theme for their big day. There was a long tradition of firefighters on both sides of the family and plenty of cute touches in the wedding and reception.

 

Monica’s dress laced up the back and instead of white ribbon to cinch her gown, she’d used bright red. The centerpieces were ceramic boot vases painted to look like firefighter boots, filled with red, orange and yellow flowers. There was even a walk-through fountain at one end of the reception area, created with fire hoses, a pump and a lot of engineering.

 

Pay attention to that last sentence because I also discovered that a lot can go wrong when you invite a few hundred people to a party. Imagine a room filled with people who aren’t used to dressing up, plus a fountain made with fire hoses, and a wedding planner who will do anything to protect her bride.

 

Did Renee or Jasper surprise you while you drafted this novel? 

They did! When I started this book, I thought Jasper was the more wounded of the two. But as I wrote, I discovered that Renee’s scars went deeper than I thought. She’s been keeping a secret from her friends in Happily Inc, a secret about her mother that has cost her jobs, friendships and romantic relationships. Just when she starts to feel safe and accepted in her new home, her mother comes for a visit. . .

 

Can you share about what you’re working on right now? 

I’m working on revisions on the next Happily Inc book, a Christmas book that will be out next year. No title yet. It has all of the humor and heartfelt emotion readers love in my books—plus Christmas! I invited members of the Susan Mallery All Access group on Facebook (www.facebook.com/groups/susanmalleryallaccess) to suggest random items for me to incorporate into the story. When the book comes out next year, I’ll share a scavenger hunt list with my readers so they can find the objects as they read. It’s just a fun way for me to stay connected to my readers as I write. 

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SUSAN MALLERY is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women’s lives—family, friendship, romance. Library Journal says, “Mallery is the master of blending emotionally believable characters in realistic situations,” and readers seem to agree—40 million copies of her books have sold worldwide. Her warm, humorous stories make the world a happier place to live.

Susan grew up in California and now lives in Seattle with her husband. She’s passionate about animal welfare, especially that of the two ragdoll cats and adorable poodle who think of her as mom.

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Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon – Blog Tour and Q&A

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The start of a fierce fantasy duology about three maidens who are chosen for their land’s greatest honor…and one girl determined to save her sister from the grave.

In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame.

When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her.

But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.

Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.

Author Q&A

I would like to welcome amazing YA fantasy debut, Kelly Coon to my blog. I’m on her street team, the Skeleton Crew ❤ She answered some of my questions about her inspiration behind Gravemaidens, her writing process, and more. Let’s get started 🙂

Loie: Did Gravemaidens change a lot from the first to final draft? 

 

Kelly: What a good question! As a matter of fact, it DID. I’d say the finished hardcover is close to the 35th draft of this story. I dropped a POV character—the Boatman—and rewrote nearly every single scene from the book. It was a massive undertaking! 

 

Loie: When you’re brainstorming a new project, what do you start working on first? Do you like to research, think about the plot, or work on your characters? 

 

Kelly: I tend to start with my characters, because until I know who they are, I can’t know the plot. The decisions they make in their character arc will change the course of the plot, so I have to nail down what they want, what they need, the ghosts in their past, and the truth that they need to hear. I also need to know things like how they solve problems, how they view the world (because that impacts their voice), who they have conflicts with, and their values.   

 

Loie: Can you give us a hint at what you’re working on right now 🙂 ? 

 

Kelly: Yes! I just finished the last round of developmental edits on the GRAVEMAIDENS sequel (I cannot wait until I get to introduce you to some of the new characters) and am working on a contemporary stand-alone with speculative elements. It’s a daunting book, because one POV is written in verse and another POV is written in prose. =)

 

Loie: When were you first inspired to write Kammani’s story? 

Kelly: I wrote two completely different novels set in versions of Kammani’s world from 2013-2015, but the characters and plots did not work at all. I hadn’t yet gotten to the heart of the story she should be in. So, I scrapped those two novels completely and started over from scratch in 2016 with new characters, a new premise, and a whole new world. I queried it in early 2017 and got my agent, Kari Sutherland, who is amazing, in April of 2017, just a couple of weeks after she read it. =)

 

Loie: When you’re writing, do you need complete silence or do you listen to music?

 

Kelly: I actually listen to white noise for the most part. I’ve written six novels (and much of a seventh) with white noise, but the poetry I’m writing for my WIP has been written to loud, screaming, pulsing music. Haha

 

Loie: What was your favorite part about writing Gravemaidens? 

 

Kelly: There’s one scene near the end of the story where I felt myself let loose. Like I untied all my strings and allowed my imagination to take me wherever it wanted to go, plot outline be damned. This scene is still one of my favorite scenes in the whole book because it’s imaginative and weird and exactly the right fit for that part of the story. 

 

Sometimes writing this book was an absolute struggle, but other times—like that night—it was magic. 

 

Thank you a million times, Loie! These questions were amazing! =)

Loie: Thank you so much for answering all of my questions 🙂 If you’re interested in pre-ordering a copy of Gravemaidens, you can find it here. It releases next Tuesday, October 29th. I’m anxiously awaiting for my own copy to arrive in the mail! 

Until next time,

Loie xo

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Six Goodbyes We Never Said Blog Tour and Q&A

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SIX GOODBYES WE NEVER SAID by Candace Ganger; on sale September 24, 2019

Two teens meet after tragedy and learn about love, loss, and letting go

Naima Rodriguez doesn’t want your patronizing sympathy as she grieves her father, her hero—a fallen Marine. She’ll hate you forever if you ask her to open up and remember him “as he was,” though that’s all her loving family wants her to do in order to manage her complex OCD and GAD. She’d rather everyone back the-eff off while she separates her Lucky Charms marshmallows into six, always six, Ziploc bags, while she avoids friends and people and living the life her father so desperately wanted for her. 

Dew respectfully requests a little more time to process the sudden loss of his parents. It’s causing an avalanche of secret anxieties, so he counts on his trusty voice recorder to convey the things he can’t otherwise say aloud. He could really use a friend to navigate a life swimming with pain and loss and all the lovely moments in between. And then he meets Naima and everything’s changed—just not in the way he, or she, expects. 

Candace Ganger’s Six Goodbyes We Never Said is no love story. If you ask Naima, it’s not even a like story. But it is a story about love and fear and how sometimes you need a little help to be brave enough to say goodbye.

Q&A

Loie: How long did it take you to write SIX GOODBYES WE NEVER SAID?

Candace: Oh, boy! Longer than I wanted! I’ve been writing this story, in some form for about four years!

 

Loie: Can you share what you’re working on at the moment?

Candace: An adult project…that’s all I can say 🙂

 

Loie: Are you a pantser, plotter, or a mix of the two?

Candace: I like to plot but often find myself in a situation I don’t love and then I’ll change it. So, probably a mix of both.

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About the Author:

Candace Ganger is the author of Six Goodbyes We Never Said and The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash as well as a contributing writer for HelloGiggles and obsessive marathoner. Aside from having past lives as a singer, nanotechnology website editor, and world’s worst vacuum sales rep, she’s also ghostwritten hundreds of projects for companies, best-selling fiction and award-winning nonfiction authors alike. She lives in Ohio with her family.

 

Twitter: @candylandgang + @WednesdayBooks

 

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How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne Blog Tour

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How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne

These men are dark, bold, and brave. And there is only one woman who can bring them to their knees…

Famed and brilliant, Lady Alexandra Lane has always known how to look out for to herself. But nobody would ever expect that she has darkness in her past—one that she pays a blackmailer to keep buried. Now, with her family nearing bankruptcy, Alexandra strikes upon a solution: Get married to one of the empire’s most wealthy eligible bachelors. Even if he does have the reputation of a devil.

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Piers Gedrick Atherton, the Duke of Redmayne, is seeking revenge and the first step is securing a bride. Winning a lady’s hand is not so easy, however, for a man known as the Terror of Torcliff. Then, Alexandra enters his life like a bolt of lightning. When she proposes marriage, Piers knows that, like him, trouble haunts her footsteps. But her gentleness, sharp wit, independent nature, and incredible beauty awakens every fierce desire within him. He will do whatever it takes to keep her safe in his arms.

Author Bio

Kerrigan Byrne

Whether she’s writing about Celtic Druids, Victorian bad boys, or brash Irish FBI Agents, USA Today bestseller Kerrigan Byrne uses her borderline-obsessive passion for history, her extensive Celtic ancestry, and her love of Shakespeare in every book. She lives at the base of the Rocky Mountains with her handsome husband and three lovely teenage girls, but dreams of settling on the Pacific Coast. Her Victorian Rebels novels include The Highwayman and The Highlander.

How to Love a Duke in Ten Days Blog Tour Q&A

 

Q: What inspired you to write How to Love a Duke in Ten Days?

A:  I’ve always been one of those women who have enjoyed fierce female friendships. I think that soulmates, even for heterosexual women, can be just as necessary with other women as with men, and a real hero must not just love and respect you, but also your tribe. I wanted to write a series where historical heroines could truly have it all, education, dreams, businesses, wealth, genius, revenge, hot sex, AND true love. Where the sacrifices were made on their behalf instead by them, and where their heroes learn to lift them up in all ways, heal their pains, calm their fears, become their best friends, and protect them with what I hope is a great balance between alpha hotness and progressive sensitivity. 

 

 

Q: Is there one thing you would like readers to take away from this story?

A: That’s tough because I packed a lot in there! I would say the one thing from this book, specifically, is that happiness is attainable against the odds, even when overcoming the worst that people can do to one another. Even though I’m a grown up and a cynic, I still like to write books that remind me that true love conquers all, because that love can come from so many people. 

 

 

Q: Can you describe your typical day writing this book?

A: This book was especially difficult for me to write, so I spent a great deal of time in my bathrobe. I would get up, my fantastic husband would make me coffee, I’d call my critique partner and we’d do a bit of brainstorming, and I’d write and rewrite for hours, stress, cry, throw things, walk the dog, eat, snack, eat some more, facebook way too much, and then finish under word count, binge a tv show or a book until I stared at the ceiling into the wee hours. Oh, and there was drinking in there at regular intervals.

Glamorous, I know!

 

 

Q: Describe the hero and heroine of How to Love a Duke in Ten Days in three words each.

A: The Duke of Redmayne: Wary. Wounded. Wicked.

Lady Alexandra Lane: Brave. Brilliant. Beautiful.

 

 

Q: What is the one thing that the heroine, Alexandra, can’t live without?

A: She cannot live without her two dearest friends in the entire world, Miss Cecelia Teague, and Lady Francesca Cavendish. They literally buried a body for her, and would defend her to the death.

 

 

Q: What was your hardest scene to write in How to Love a Duke in Ten Days? Your favorite?

A: As with many (most) of my novels, the prologues are the hardest to write, and read, I suspect. Usually I take the characters to the very edge of their breaking point, often times pushing them over so they have what seems like insurmountable conflicts to overcome both internally and externally. So, for this book, Alexandra’s assault was the most difficult thing to get through, and boy did I enjoy being able to help Piers put her back together, because he was just the perfect hero for her. Tender, empathetic, a good sense of humor, and a large dose of protective alphaness.

 

 

Q: Why do you write historical romance? 

A:  I’ve always romanticized the past. I can’t help it. I love the pace and the aesthetic, the gowns and the suits and the manners and the manors. I love to do historical research and it’s so fun to see how much we are influenced by the past and how, even though so much has changed through the centuries, people really haven’t. Also, it’s fun to play with language, mystery, and sex in a time when a scandal was still possible. *wink.

 

 

Q: Is there another particular author that inspires you or that you enjoy reading? 

A: There is a LIST! I would say in historical romance, though, it’s always always Lisa Kleypas. She has a grasp on the characterization of historical folks that I can never hope to attain. I’m just in awe of her every word.

 

 

Q: Where do you go or what resources do you use to make sure your novels are historically correct? 

A: I love to find books about a time period at B&N or my local bookshops. I go to Harper’s Bazaar for fashion, and a slew of Victorian references for the time period. I do read blogs and sometimes consult with historians and experts.

 

 

Q: Did you learn anything surprising while researching for this novel?

A: Many things! I learned how truly difficult it was to attain an education as a woman as little as a hundred years ago. It’s really incredible how far we’ve come in a century. 

 

 

Q: What do you do when faced with writer’s block, if you ever are? 

A: Oh man. I often am. I usually try to shake it loose with a brainstorming conversation with a few friends I have who always seem to be able to unstick me. I rely heavily on the creativity of others as well as my own.

 

 

Q: How did you feel the first time you realized one of your books was a big success? 

A: I didn’t believe it. It seems surreal every time I truly realize that a story I wrote entertained another human. Let alone more than one. I’m like… they paid to read it? WHAT? 

 

 

Q: What’s next for the Devil You Know series? 

A: I’m especially excited for the next book ALL SCOT AND BOTHERED because it’s about Alexandra’s best friend the curvy vicar’s daughter, Cecelia Teague. She inherits London’s most infamous and successful brothel, and one imposing, surly Scottish enemy along with it. She and Lord Ramsay, the Lord Chief Justice with an axe to grind against her establishment, can’t be in a room together without the sparks flying. I can’t think about this book without smiling.

 

 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to add?

A: I hope you enjoy this trio of roguish redheads as much as I enjoyed writing them!

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Collateral Damage by Taylor Simonds TAKEOVER TOUR

Collateral Damage by Taylor Simonds

Publisher: The Parliament House

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Book Synopsis

Power. Courage. Invincibility. The marks of a true hero.

 

Meg Sawyer has none of these things.

 

Meg has never stopped a moving bus with her bare hands, been bitten by a radioactive insect, or done anything moderately resembling saving the world. She doesn’t have to. She’s a background citizen, a nobody, one of the swarms of faceless civilians of Lunar City–where genetically enhanced superhumans straight out of the comics have thwarted evil for years.

 

For as long as the Supers have existed, Meg has had one goal: to not become a casualty in their near-daily battles for justice. And for the last seventeen years, she’s managed to do just that. Sure, her minimum-wage job at the local coffee shop isn’t great, she can’t even leave her apartment without loading herself up with protective gear, and her car was just hijacked to throw at a supervillain (again), but she’s not dead yet.

 

But when Meg accidentally finds one of the city’s perfect, invincible protectors murdered under extremely suspicious circumstances, her whole “innocent bystander” strategy falls apart. After being coerced by his determined girlfriend into a mission to help prevent the deaths of the remaining Supers, Meg finds herself forced into the foreground of a story she never wanted to be part of—one that challenges everything she thought she knew about both her city and herself.

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Q&A with Taylor Simonds

  1. Q: Tell us about your writing process and the way you brainstorm story ideas.

 

A: I don’t know if two books is enough to supply a scientifically justifiable pattern, but pretending it is, here’s the process: 

1) A book premise and ending drop themselves into my head fully formed. I know who my characters are and where they’re going and I have no idea how they’re going to get there. 

2) I pants. I write without an outline. It is bad. “The first draft is telling the story to yourself!” I scream at myself as I write many, many bad words that I know I will delete later. 

3) Somewhere around the 40,000-word mark, I realize that I have made a crucial error in developing one of my lead characters. That personality isn’t right at all. I have to fix it. Wait, I need to change the opening scene to match the characterization I actually want them to have. Wait, none of these characters are right. This worldbuilding is so half-baked. This would make a much better inciting incident. What am I doing? 

4) I move all 40,000 words to a file labeled “WIP Dumping Grounds” and start over from scratch. 

5) I do this three more times until I have 40,000 words I don’t hate and then I finish the book, still screaming.

 

  1. Q: When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?

 

A: I have to know who my characters are before I start writing, or the story will never get written—I’m the world’s worst pantser, so all I ever know going into a book is who my book is about and where they’re trying to get to. For COLLATERAL DAMAGE I had a set of references for each character to use as a template for if I got stuck (Meg was Mia Thermopolis x Veronica Sawyer x Darcy Lewis x Haruhi Fujioka, for example, mixed with a few friends I know in real life). I feel like if I can understand my characters on as many levels as possible—what they want, what they fear, what they’re trying to accomplish, who or what raised them, how they connect to others, how they talk and move—they’ll become as familiar to me as real people. And if I let them act like real people, they’ll naturally make choices that create the plot.

 

  1. Q: Where is your favorite place to write?

A: DISNEY WORLD RESORTS. I’m so lucky that I live so close to them. I work from home as an editor most of the time and if I had to stay in my bedroom all day I’d go crazy, so my favorite thing to do is go work at one of the themed hotels. It makes me feel like I’m on vacation, and it’s so easy to be inspired when every aspect of the Disney brand relies so heavily on thematic storytelling. My top three spots are Beach Club, which makes me feel like I’m on a cruise ship, Wilderness Lodge, which makes me feel like I’m on a writing retreat in the woods, and the Grand Floridian, which is just fancy.

 

  1. Q: Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

 

A: Yes! COLLATERAL DAMAGE is a play on the superhero genre, which I’m a huge fan of, so there are Easter eggs and references all over the place. No real names or exact details are used, of course, but they’re clear enough for a potential fellow nerd to be like “Wait, this feels like Spider-Man. That’s a Flash joke. That thing covered in gemstones they just walked past in the vault is totally the Infinity Gauntlet.” Stuff like that.

 

  1. Q: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

 

A: I prefer each book to stand on its own! One of my favorite concepts is “leave the reader wanting more, not needing more.” I’m an advocate for letting books work on their own as a self-contained unit; I don’t like it when a story ends with all of its ends still loose. I shouldn’t have to buy another book to know how the first book’s conflict wraps up! I think of it as a TV series—you know how each season typically has a central theme, antagonist, character arc, collection of new characters, etc.? By the end of the season, almost everything that has been presented should have reached a conclusion—but then the last episode will hit you with a tease that there’s more to come, like the camera shift to the looming Upside-Down after the school dance scene at the end of Stranger Things. I prefer books in a series to work in the same way—when a reader picks up a book, they’re being invited on a journey, and it’s unfair to the reader to cut that journey short. Without giving anything away from the end of COLLATERAL DAMAGE, there is definitely room for a sequel eventually because it’s superheroes, but I don’t think anyone would feel confused or infuriated if this was the only book in this world that ever got written. I like to put bows on things!

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Hook & Crown by Nicole Knapp TAKEOVER TOUR

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Publisher: The Parliament House

Book Title: Hook & Crown

Q & A with Author Nicole Knapp

Q: Who are your favorite authors?

A: My all time favorite authors are Sarah J Maas, Tahereh Mafi, Stephanie Garber and J.K. Rowling

Q: What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?

A: Rowling I used to really dislike the Bronte sisters, but as I read their novels again at an older age I really enjoy them now.

Q: What is the first book that made you cry?

A: The Fault In Our Stars, I was a mess reading it.

Q: Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

A: I would much rather be original than cater to a specific audience. I want to gain my own readers by standing apart from the crowd.

Q: Tell us about your writing process and the way you brainstorm story ideas.

A: Honestly, my writing process is a mess. I jot down random ideas all the time and mull them over until inspiration strikes, then I take it from there. I tend to end up with a lot of not finished writing projects.

Q: Out of the protagonists you’ve written about so far, which one do you feel you relate to the most?

A: I really relate to Elena from Hook & Crown. A girl trying to find her place, sick of relying on relationships to make her happy, but a hopeless romantic deep down. I put a little of myself into all of my heroines.

Q: When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?

A: Typically I have a good idea of who I want them to be, but as I write, and the story takes shape, the characters do change a bit. I like to start off with a good base of who they are and let them grow like a real person. I feel that makes them more real and relatable.

Q: What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

A: Fallen by Lauren Kate or Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. Those series don’t get enough love and are great books!

Q: What is your favorite childhood book?

A: Peter Pan, of course!

Q: Have you ever gotten reader’s block?

A: Absolutely! I go through times when I read 3 books in a week, and other times where I won’t touch a book for months. It’s a vicious cycle.

Q: Where is your favorite place to write?

A: I like to write on my couch, in the middle of the night. That’s when I do my best work.

Q: What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

A: Writing a male character is definitely tough! The hardest part is writing from their POV because I truly don’t know how they think sometimes, and I don’t want them to sound too feminine.

Q: How do you select the names of your characters?

A: I keep a list of names that I like, and I pick from that.

Q: Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

A: I love using bits of my real life in my writing, or bits from conversations I’ve had with people in real life as dialogue in my stories. The only people who would ever notice are the ones who were there for the event or conversation.

Q: What was your hardest scene to write (without giving spoilers of course)?

A: The scene inside Skull Rock in Hook & Crown! It took me forever to get it just right. Switching between the three characters POVs and making the timing of all three line up was tough! Plus it is a major scene in the book and it needed to be perfect.

Q: Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

A: I would love for my books to connect to each other! Obviously, not ever single book I wrote, but the current ones I’m working on, yes.

Q: As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar?

A: A cat for sure! Loves naps and lounging in the sun, kind of a jerk sometimes, and nocturnal. Me all the way!

Q: If you could tell your younger writing self-anything, what would it be?

A: Start writing seriously sooner.

Q: How many hours a day do you write?

A: At least 3, mostly at night, but also throughout the day. Sometimes as much as 8 hours a day on a good writing day.

Q: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

A: Too many!

Author Nicole Knapp

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Book Synopsis

You’ve heard of Neverland and its inhabitants… Fairies, pirates, mermaids and a boy who didn’t want to grow up. But you can’t always believe the stories.

 

Elena Hart arrives in London, bound for a new boarding school operated by her estranged uncle. A fresh start is exactly what she needs. But when strange things begin happening, things she can’t explain, she begins to wonder if she has lost her mind.

Until the night a strange girl appears in her room, claiming to be a fairy from Neverland, come to take her to the fantasy world at the request of its ruler.

Skeptical, Elena refuses. But the following night, a young man with strange green eyes appears, and though she tries to resist his charms, something about him draws her in and Elena is whisked away from the world she knows, to a world she always thought was make believe.

But when she arrives in Neverland, it is nothing like the stories and Elena realizes that she must figure out for herself who the true heroes and villains are.

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Blinding Night Audio Tour & Author Interview

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Publisher: The Parliament House

Book Title: Blinding Night Audiobook

Series: Blinding Night Book #1

Purchase Links: https://adbl.co/2Y5bBAj

Author: Chantal Gadoury

Narrator: Dollcie Webb


Synopsis

What if you were the missing piece in one of the world’s most epic legends?

Despite being an art history student, Summer isn’t thrilled to be stuck with her archeologist family all summer in Greece. While the rest of her college friends are posting a million selfies by the pool together, Summer is stuck alone, trying to entertain herself alone in a place where she doesn’t even speak the language.

Upon her arrival to Greece, strange dreams and even stranger shadows seem to haunt Summer, leaving her to ponder the meaning of pomegranate seeds and twisted, darkened faces.

Suddenly, her stay abroad leads to tragic twists, leaving Summer in the arms of a dark stranger, who claims to be the god, Hades, whom she feels like she knows from another life. In a whirlwind through the busy streets of Athens, Summer is seduced to the lowest point of Greece where Hades’ lair awaits…the Underworld. Determined to find out who she is and where she belongs in an age-old myth, Summer joins Hades to discover that

the secrets about her past life are beyond anything she could have ever imagined.

Author Q&A

Loie: How do you go about revising your novels? Do you edit as you write? Do you have multiple drafts and send them to beta readers?

Chantal: Usually I write one draft and then start my editing process. It’s never wise to edit as you write (though, sometimes I do that) – as you’re spending more time editing, then actually writing. It’s better to just get everything down, and then go back and fix things. I might end up with 2 or 3 drafts, but often times I’m working in a Google Doc, so “drafts” often change to just “updates.” And no – under contract, I am not allowed to share my manuscripts once they’ve been signed to the company – so beta readers aren’t allowed. (Which in all honesty, is perfectly fine with me. I completely trust my editors.) Of course, I might share a paragraph or two with my writing friends or my family, just to get an opinion or to gush about my characters, because I love them so much! But having a contract with a company, keeps your manuscript more in-house, and less likely to be shared and “released” early. 

Loie: Can you share a bit about what it was like to have your book turned into an audiobook?

Chantal: Of course! I’ve been extremely lucky to be working with the oh-so-talented Dollcie Webb, who helped bring my book, “Between the Sea and Stars” to life via audiobook. So this time around, everything was more fluid and I knew what to expect. We actually have a really great working relationship – and we work as a team to make the audiobook. (Everyone’s experiences are a little different!) Dollcie will record the chapters, and actually send them to me to listen and catch any odd pauses or missing words/sentences, or anything that just doesn’t sound correct. I have to say, the experience is so rewarding and I love listening to each chapter. By the last 5 chapters, I had become the reader (instead of the author lol) and was on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what would happen. It’s exciting to write, of course. But it’s even more exciting to hear your work be brought to life. Each time I’ve heard Dollcie read my work, it feels so . . . strange to know that I’ve written what she’s reading. (It’s this, “Wait, I wrote this?!” sort of moment!) 

Loie: Are there any other Greek Mythology stories you’d like to explore?

Chantal: Yes! I’d actually love to write more of the stories involving the Underworld. Orpheus perhaps. I’d also like to explore Cupid and Psyche. I think in the next book, “Gilded Ruins,” I’m going to do more research into different stories and try to do what I can in weaving them into the narrative. While everything will still be from Summer’s Point of View, I’d like to her to ask the questions to the Gods and Goddesses of Mount Olympus about their own “myth.” 

Loie: Can you share a little bit about Summer and where her character came from?

Chantal: Summer is actually from the very first novel I wrote called, “Seven Seeds of Summer.” When I started writing this book back in my Junior year of college, I wanted to write a retelling of a story that wasn’t already shared often in the market. And I knew that Hades and Persephone really didn’t have a retelling at the time (back in 2009/2010). Ten years later, it’s a different story! Summer started off as being more … me. And I think that’s really true for a lot of authors. We place ourselves in characters in our books. It just turns out that most of my main characters are female, and I get to sneak my own traits and experiences into those characters. Summer is a college student, sarcastic and witty, but loving and kind. While I may not be a college student anymore, I like to think that I can be quite sarcastic, and both loving and kind. She was my first character that I ever wrote, so I think she comes from me in a lot of ways. 

Loie: I love that you are inspired by Kdramas! I read in an interview that Darce is inspired by Kim-Woo Bin 🙂 Can you share some of your favorite Kdramas?

Chantal: Yes! Darce is inspired by Kim-Woo Bin in “the Heirs” and a little from “Uncontrollably Fond.” Both of which I recommend. (Just know Uncontrollably Fond is SUPER sad.) I knew the moment I finished watching that series, that Darce for me – was him. I wanted him to look like him and sort of act like him. So – Darce become Kim Woo Bin! 

Kdramas to watch: Touch Your Heart, Boys Over Flowers, The Heirs, Goblin: The Great and Lonely God, W (THIS IS SUCH A GOOD SHOW), Moonlovers Scarlet Heart (Again, SAD, but SO good) Cinderella and Four Knights, Legend of the Blue Sea, What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim? Where Stars Land, I Am Not a Robot, Strong Woman Do Bong Soon – just to name a few. I have some other favorites that are non-Korean. . . 
Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo: Seasons 1 and 2 (Japanese), Good Morning Call: Seasons 1 and 2 (Japanese) and Meteor Garden (Chinense). I definitely recommend them all! 

Loie: I loved the secondary characters in Blinding Night, particularly Morpheus! Would you ever explore their stories down the road?

Chantal: I really loved Morpheus too. Originally, he was meant to play a much larger role in the novel “Blinding Night,” (by actually being a part of a love triangle with Darce and Summer.) But I had a feeling that many readers wouldn’t really like a love triangle – and it felt a little unfair to Morpheus because I knew I needed Summer to first like Darce, and then fall in love with him. Having Morpheus as a part of that would just make things a little messy. But I did hint that Morpheus harbored feelings for Persephone (and a bit for her) – and I hope to bring a bit more of that into the story as I continue on in “Gilded Ruins.” I would love to give Morpheus a story of his own, and I’ll be interested to know a bit more about him after I write the next novel in the “Blinding Night” series. 

About the Author

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Amazon Best Selling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published several novels including, “The Songs in Our Hearts” with 48Fourteen Publishing, and “Between the Sea and Stars,” “Blinding Night,” and “WinterDream” with Parliament House Press, with other titles to follow. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today. Writing novels for Chantal has become a life-long dream come true! When she’s not writing, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of DD Iced Coffee, and watching Disney classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, Sister and furry-‘brother’ (aka, puppy) Taran.


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