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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 youโ€™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: Whatโ€™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 readerโ€™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: Whatโ€™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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Publisher

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Giveaway

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Prize:

– US ONLY Winner – Set of four Hook & Crown inspired candles from Talking Candles and Hook & Crown E-Book.

 

-International Winner – Hook & Crown E-Book!

To enter:

– Must be following @theparliamentpress @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.

Pick up this book here ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 worldโ€™s most epic legends?

Despite being an art history student, Summer isnโ€™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 doesnโ€™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 Hadesโ€™ lair awaitsโ€ฆthe 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.ย 

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!)ย 

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.”ย 

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.ย 

Loie: I love that you are inspired by Kdramas! I read in an interview that Darce is inspired by Kim-Woo Bin ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!ย 

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. . .ย 
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!ย 

Loie: I loved the secondary characters inย Blindingย 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 “Blindingย 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 “Blindingย Night” series.ย 

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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Tour Wide Giveaway

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To enter:

– Must be following @theparliamentpress @chantalgadouryauthor @daydreamingdollcie and @adornedbyaisha

– Go to @theparliamentpress and click on the link in their bio to enter.

For 1 extra entry share the giveaway image (swipe to see giveaway image) in your IG story and tag author and publisher.

Rules:

-No giveaway accounts
-Must be 18 + or have parents consent
– US only

This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Instagram or any other company.


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Blogging, Book Love, fairy tales, Poetry, writers life, writing, Writing Submission

Fairy Tale Poetry Submission

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Hey friends! Do you write poetry? Have you always been interested in poems? Write a poem based on the 12 Dancing Princesses for Timeless Tales Magazine!

Submission Details

Deadline for 12 Dancing Princesses Poetry: June 9 – 14, 2019. You can send multiple pieces totaling up to 1,500 words. You could also send one poem.

They aren’t looking for poems from the shoes’ perspective or a setting around ballet. They have stories with those angles already. They suggested on their website to mix the tale with elements from Bluebeard or the 12 Tribes of Israel.

For more information about formatting, pay rate, and response time, go here.

Poetry Resources

Check out these articles for some help on writing poems if you’re new to it ๐Ÿ™‚

Top Ten Fairy Tale Poems

5 Ways to Write a Poem

36 Poetry Writing Tips

Happy writing, friends!

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