Book Tour + Author Interview: Mind Virus

Welcome to the Mind Virus Book Tour, hosted by Roger Charlie!~

Title: Mind Virus
Author: Charles Kowalski
Publication Date: July 1, 2017
Genre: Mystery Thriller
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Synopsis:

Robin Fox, peace-loving professor of world religions, wants only to leave his dark past as a military interrogator behind him. But when an unknown suspect tries to disperse a deadly virus in downtown Washington, Fox is unwillingly drawn back into the shadowy world of intelligence.

The FBI and CIA automatically suspect Islamic terrorists, but Fox digs deeper to discover the far more frightening truth: a global conspiracy to eradicate all religion from the face of the earth.

From Washington to Jerusalem, from Rome to London, Fox must use all his wits in a perilous race to stop a psychopathic mastermind from unleashing worldwide devastation.

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Interview:

What is the theme of Mind Virus?

Mainly, that the fanaticism that leads to violence can be found anywhere, whether among religious believers or nonbelievers, and the will to seek peace and understanding can also be found anywhere.

How do you develop your plots and characters?

Everything begins with “What if…?” In this case, the question was, “Everyone is always talking about terror in the name of religion; could there be terror in the name of atheism?” From this question flows the rest of the plot and the characters. It was easy to develop Robin Fox; he’s the person I might have been if my life had taken a slightly different turn. As for the other characters, they may be loosely patterned on a real person, or a composite of several. If a minor character doesn’t seem sufficiently well-developed, I ask myself: if I were an actor, how would I play this character? How would I see the story from his or her point of view, since in our own minds, we’re always the central character of any story we appear in?

Tell us about your background. What made you decide to pursue writing?

I’ve been writing stories ever since I learned to write, and finished my first (unpublished) novel at the age of 17. I write fiction because my mind naturally frames things in terms of stories; that’s how I try to make sense of complex issues. I also find that, especially on controversial and polarizing issues, the best way—perhaps the only way—of getting people to see an alternative point of view is through story.

Tell us about the challenges of getting your book published. How did it come about?

It was indeed a challenge. The manuscript won more than its fair share of awards and nominations, and agents and editors found the premise intriguing, but not enough to sign, possibly because they felt the story was too controversial to make it past a risk-averse editorial board. But after dissipating my savings in writers’ conferences, I finally met—on a Twitter pitch fest, of all places—an editor willing to take a leap of faith, Susan Brooks.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Forget what they say about “write what you know.” Write what excites your imagination, and the knowledge you need can be acquired. And if a story grabs hold of you and won’t let go . . . tell it! Pay no attention to the inner voices that say “this is no good” or “no one else will be interested in it.” Believe in yourself, even when it feels like no one else does. To paraphrase Florence Foster Jenkins, people may say you can’t write, but never let it be said that you didn’t write.

Do you have a day job in addition to being a writer? If so, what do you do during the day?

I teach English at a university in Japan. Living abroad adds an extra layer of challenge to the writing process. I often feel somewhat out of touch with contemporary American culture, and research that for a U.S.-based writer would take only a simple trip to the local library, or a call to a local expert, for me requires careful planning and considerable expense. But on the other hand, field research in exotic locations is easier, and living at a distance from my native culture gives me a different perspective from writers who are immersed in it.

What are some of your favorite authors or books?

Of course, I took some inspiration from the big names in the genre, like Lee Child. Tana French showed me it’s possible to write genre fiction with a literary flair. Dan Brown, Daniel Silva, and Jeffrey Small paved the way for thrillers with religious themes. Barry Eisler and Barry Lancet showed me it’s possible for Japan-based authors to produce books with worldwide appeal; I’m hoping the same will prove true even for one who isn’t named Barry! And the list wouldn’t be complete without Leo J. Maloney, who ever since our chance meeting at Killer Nashville has been very generous with his time and expertise and always gave me a dose of encouragement at just the time I needed it.

Thanks so much for your time! We look forward to your upcoming projects!

About the Author:

 

Charles Kowalski is almost as much a citizen of the world as his fictional character, Robin Fox, having lived abroad for over 15 years, visited over 30 countries, and studied over 10 languages. His unpublished debut novel, Mind Virus, won the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Colorado Gold Award and was a finalist for the Adventure Writers’ Competition, the Killer Nashville Claymore Award, and the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Association literary award.

Charles currently divides his time between Japan, where he teaches English at a university, and his family home in Maine.

Mind Virus is scheduled for publication by Literary Wanderlust on July 1, 2017.

Other novels and short stories by Charles Kowalski:

“Let This Cup Pass From Me”

“Arise, My Love”

“The Evil I Do Not Mean To Do”

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Book Blitz: In the Hope of Memories

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Welcome to the In the Hope of Memories Book Blitz, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours!~

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Title: In the Hope of Memories
Author: Olivia Rivers
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Release Date: March 21, 2016
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Synopsis:

Hope is dying.

Hope Jackson has lived her short life to the fullest, but her four closest friends are dangling on the brink of disaster. Right before dying of a rare heart condition, Hope sets up a scavenger hunt across New York City using her graffiti art. The directions she leaves her friends are simple: Solve the clues hidden in her art, and they’ll solve the problems haunting their lives.

Hope is dead.

Two days after her heart fails, Hope’s friends are thrown together:

Aiden, her best friend, whose plans to attend college have been scattered by his OCD.
Kali, her foster sister, whose last ties to sanity are as razor-thin as her anorexic waistline.
Erik, her high school crush, whose success as an athlete is based on a lie with no end in sight.
And Sam, her online pen-pal, whose perfect life exploded into chaos in the aftermath of a school bombing.

Together, the four teens take to the streets of New York to complete Hope’s scavenger hunt and fulfill her dying wishes. But in order to unravel the clues hidden in Hope’s graffiti, her friends will need to confront their personal demons head on.

Hope is within reach.

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Author Interview:

1. Can you tell us a little about your new book?

Absolutely! “In the Hope of Memories” tells the story of Hope, a young, eccentric graffiti artist who’s stuck in the foster system. When Hope gets diagnosed with a terminal heart condition, she realizes that her four best friends are on the brink of ruining their lives, and that they might fall apart once she dies and isn’t there to support them anymore. So Hope uses her graffiti art to create an elaborate scavenger hunt that’s meant to “fix” her friends so she can die in peace and know they’ll be alright without her.

2. Do you have a favorite character?

Asking authors this question is like asking a parent who their favorite child is. So my answer is Aiden, because I am terrible enough to actually pick favorites. Aiden is intensely logical, loyal, and moral. He’s a total sweetheart, and I see him as being everything that’s right with the world. But since he has OCD and an autism spectrum disorder, the world sees him as being “wrong,” just because no one else understands him. As an author, writing Aiden’s character was both a heart-warming and gut-wrenching experience, and he’ll always be a favorite of mine.

3. What genre is “In the Hope of Memories?”

That’s a very good question, and since the book stretches across lots of different YA genres, everyone from my agent to my author friends can’t quite figure out the answer. However, I think my critique partner managed to sum it up pretty well: “It’s like if a Colleen Hoover book had a baby with The Breakfast Club, and that baby was given a huge dose of shitty luck and LSD.

4. Are any of the characters from “In the Hope of Memories” based off yourself?

Nope, definitely not! I’m a very reserved person, so the thought of sticking myself in a book for all the world to see is… horrifying. That being said, my characters ended up with a few of my own quirks. I can’t tell the difference between right and left, just like my character Erik, and this causes all sorts of shenanigans when someone has to give me driving directions. And like my character Sam, I also enjoy wearing The Flash t-shirts when I use my wheelchair, because irony really is the best medicine. Also, my laptop named Vladimir makes a cameo appearance in “In the Hope of Memories.” (R.I.P. Vladimir.) But, aside from tiny quirks like that, none of the characters or events in the book are based on my real life.

5. Is “In the Hope of Memories” connected to any of your other books?

Yes, in some ways, it definitely is! While the plots don’t directly intertwine, if readers look carefully, they’ll find references to my other books within the pages of “In the Hope of Memories.”

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About the Author:Olivia

Olivia Rivers is a hybrid author of Young Adult fiction. Her works include the independently published novels “Frost Fire” and “In the Hope of Memories,” along with the traditionally published novel “Tone Deaf” (Skyhorse 2016.) As a certified geek, she enjoys experimenting with new publishing technologies, and her online serials have received over 1,000,000 hits on Wattpad.com. When Olivia isn’t working as a writer, she’s a typical teen attending college in Northern California. Olivia is represented by Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary, and nothing thrills her more than hearing from readers.

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Debut Author Bash – Author Interview: Lauren James

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Welcome to one of today’s stops for the 2015 Debut Authors Bash, hosted by YA Reads!

I am extremely excited to introduce all of you to Lauren James. Lauren is here today to talk about her debut novel, called The Next Together!

23266378Title: The Next Together [The Next Together #1]
Author: Lauren James
Publication Date: August 20, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi Romance
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Synopsis:

How many times can you lose the person you love?

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different…

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Interview:

Hey, Lauren! Welcome to Between Printed Pages, we’re so happy to have you here today.

It’s so great to be here!

Before we start, would you like to tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m 23, and during my final year of university I got a book deal! I wasn’t really expecting to be a proper writer, as I only ever wrote as a hobby, so now I’m taking a “gap year” while I work on being a proper author. The Next Together was published in the UK and Australia in September, and is due to be released in 2016 in the USA, Turkey, Brazil and Germany.

The Next Together is what I like to call a “reincarnation romance”. It follows the various lives of Katherine and Matthew as they meet and fall in love throughout history. There are timelines in the recent future and distant past, and each time a mysterious being is tracking Kate and Matt’s relationship, and making sure they fall in love and save the world in every life….

What was the inspiration for The Next Together and what gave you the jump start to begin writing it?

I’m not really sure where the idea first came from, actually. I’ve been thinking about a couple who are reincarnated throughout history since I was about sixteen. I always wrote about them during Creative Writing assignments at school! It stuck with me long enough for me to actually start writing the full novel when I was eighteen.

I noticed that you’re background is in the sciences, so why writing?

My grandfather was a scientist, so ever since I was little I wanted to follow in his footsteps. I think that it really helps creativity to study something different, so you get a wide range of experiences to draw from. I’m actually writing a science fiction thriller right now inspired by a special relativity problem I was assigned as coursework for uni (no, seriously. I am!). The Next Together also features university students who meet when they are paired for experiments in a science lab, something I was doing myself when I wrote it.

I always loved reading and writing, but I never really thought being a published author was something people could do until they were in their thirties or forties! Luckily I was brave enough to try and get published anyway, and proved myself wrong.

Also, any advice for other aspiring writers?

Find out what makes your writing unique and own it. Be completely shameless about it in your query letter. If you love the zombie cats in your novel, make sure they are front and centre in your query. You need to find an agent who loves your book as much as you do, and spending months crafting the perfectly written query letter isn’t going to do that – but maybe persuading them to read the book with the promise of zombie cats might.

Within The Next Together, which character was your favourite to write and why?

I adore my two main characters Kate and Matt. They are like my babies, who are also both really similar to me (is that weird? I think that’s weird!). I love them for all their ridiculousness and occasional stupidity. Kate is very bossy and confident, and Matt is a little more shy and contemplative. He’s also completely in awe of Kate. They’re such a pair that I don’t think I could choose between them!

Among the different years and centuries you wrote about in the novel, which one would you want to live in the most? Why?

Probably 1745. I’m a big fan of regency romances and there’s something so romantic about carriages and ballgowns. I doubt I’d be able to survive without hot showers and shampoo though, so I’d visit 1745 and then live in 2039!

What are three songs that describe The Next Together?

I am 100% convinced that all of these songs were written about The Next Together:

Love Story by Taylor Swift
Centuries by Fall Out Boy
Pompeii by Bastille

(You can listen to all of these songs in my playlist here)

 What are three books you believe everyone should take a chance on?

Lirael by Garth Nix
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susannah Clarke

 Aside from reading and writing, what do you do in your spare time? Any unusual hobbies?

I swim as often as I can, and I love embroidery. The real, secret answer to this is probably: tumblr.

Last, but not least, what is your favourite word?

At the minute I’m a big fan of cantankerous. I also like scathing.

Thank you so much, Lauren, for taking the time to answer our questions! Congratulations on your debut release! We’re extremely excited for the sequel!

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Lauren James is 23, and graduated in 2014 from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied Chemistry and Physics.
Her first novel The Next Together, a YA reincarnation romance, is out now with Walker Books in the UK and Australia, and will also be published in the USA, Germany, Turkey and Brazil. The Last Beginning will be published in Autumn 2016. You can find her on Twitter at @Lauren_E_James or Tumblr at http://lauren-e-james.tumblr.com.

Giveaway:

Open for the UK. We’re giving away one (1) signed copy of The Next Together by Lauren James!

Contest ends December 25, 2015 at midnight EST!

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Book Blitz: Gingerbread Man Serial

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Welcome to the Gingerbread Man Serial book blitz, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours!~

GingerBreadMan_BoxSet_CVR_MEDTitle: Run Run Run, As Fast As You Can, You Can’t Catch Me [Gingerbread Man Series]
Author: Lee Strauss
Genre: New Adult, Science Fiction, Suspense

Synopsis:

FRINGE meets CASTLE in this New Adult Sci-fi Mystery Suspense.

College girl meets boy online.
A killer targets girls like her.
She’s next on the list.
The boy wants to save her.
She thinks it’s him.

It’s worse than they both think.

RUN RUN RUN is the first part of a three part episode – Gingerbread Man – in the romantic suspense series, A Nursery Rhyme Suspense by Amazon best-selling author Lee Strauss. 

Episode release dates:
Run Run Run – December 31st
As Fast As You Can – January 7
You Can’t Catch Me – January 14
Gingerbread Man (ep 1-3) complete – January 28

Interview:

How did you get the idea for A Nursery Rhyme Suspense Series? 

My husband and I were in London researching for a couple of books in my romance series, and while walking around we started talking about the story idea that led to Run Run Run. I wish I could remember exactly what triggered the idea, but unfortunately, that tidbit is lost. It was sometime later that I decided to work with the Nursery Rhyme theme.

Why are you writing it in episodes and not just one long book?

Short answer: The story suits the episodic format. Each episode is told in a different manner and isn’t streamlined enough to flow as one narrative. Think about how TV shows work. Long answer: See my guest post blog on Why Serials?

What genres do you write?

I write two main genres. Science Fiction/Dystopian with strong mystery, suspense and romantic elements. A Nursery Rhyme Suspense and The Perception Series fit here. I also write Contemporary Romance, primarily The Minstrel Series, which is set in the singer-songwriter world.

You also write under a pen name?

I do. I write lighter YA fantasy as Elle Strauss

Tell us a bit about your person life.

I was born in a suburb of Chicago. I split my time between Kelowna, BC Canada and Dresden Germany. I’ve been married for 27 years and have four grown children. My husband is a musician and works a lot in Europe, which is why we live there for half of the year.

How long have you been writing?

I’m a late bloomer. I didn’t start writing until my early thirties.

Are you a cat or a dog person?

Definitely cat.

What are you working on next?

I’m working on Row Row Row Your Boat, the next installment in A Nursery Rhyme Suspense, and as Elle Strauss I’m working on the 5th book in The Clockwise Series.

Where can we find out more about you and your books?

Everything you’d like to know about my books and how to follow me on social media can be found at leestraussbooks.com

About the Author:ElleAuthor

I write mixed genre Romance, most recently The Minstrel Series.

I also write fun, lower YA fiction (time-travel and fantasy) as ELLE Strauss. I divide my time between BC, Canada and Dresden, Germany and enjoy drinking coffee and eating chocolate in both places.

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Tour and Interview: Chandrea: The Return of the Avatar Queen

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Welcome to the Chandrea Book Tour!

I am extremely excited to introduce all of you to Marlene Wynn. Marlene debuted this past September with her novel Chandrea: The Return of the Avatar Queen, and today, she’s here to talk about it!

Hey, Marlene Wynn! Welcome to Between Printed Pages, we’re so happy to have you here today~

Thanks!  I’m really happy to be here today!  Thanks so much for having me!

Before we start, would you like to tell us a little bit about yourself?

Well, I’m originally from Utah and now live in Virginia Beach.  Though I do have a day job in the benefits field, I hoping one day to be able to become a full time author.

As a debut author, you must be extremely excited (and nervous) about getting your work out there. What/Who inspired you to start writing?

Its strange…Initially, I wasn’t inspired to write the story so much as I felt challenged to simply write.  Not to brag, but I’ve always known that I am fairly decent with the written and spoken word.  But, when I attempted to draft documents for work, my bosses always red-lined 90% of what I wrote before I was allowed to send things out.  It was extremely frustrating to me, as I knew that there was nothing wrong with what I’d written…it was just too long and had too much extraneous detail for them.  One day I found myself at my computer just wishing I could write something for pleasure instead of business.  Something where length and extraneous detail were not only accepted but encouraged!  And, from that, Chandrea was born. (:

What was the publishing process like for you? What is your advice for others who are trying to get their stories out into the world?

Research, research, research.  You can never know enough!  Which is better for you?  Traditional publishing or self publishing?  Why are they different?  Which one will make you happier in the end?  That answer will be different for each author, and only you can answer it.  Don’t make any rash decisions that will haunt you years from now.  Get the facts then make an educated decision.  For me, it was self publishing all the way.  Why?  Because I didn’t want possibly wait years to see if some stranger would tell me my book was “good enough”.  I didn’t want to give up my rights to my book.  And, I didn’t want to work for years to fine tune a story only to get a pittance of a royalty.

Who is your favourite character in Chandrea and why?

Ayden started off being a “mini-me” to Leilah, a sadistic and cruel man.  But, as I wrote his story, it became clear that I was missing out on an amazing and completely different story line.  One where he is faced with an extreme challenge, something that will change his very life, and what choices he makes to compensate for that.  Ayden was the “buried prize at the bottom of the box” for me. (:

If you could name the fan base for your series, what would you name it, and why? (ex. Whovians, Shadowhunters, Beliebers (I had to toss that last one in))

I haven’t thought that far ahead (LOL), but on short notice, “Averillian’s” comes to mind, as the series is called The Averill Series.  But, I’m always open to suggestion! (:

Last, but not least, what is your favourite word?

Fantastic!

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions, Marlene Wynn! Congratulations on your debut release! We hope to see more from you soon!

Thanks again for having me!  I really appreciate the opportunity!

22605642Title: Chandrea: The Return of the Avatar  Queen [Averill #1]
Author: Marlene Wynn
Publication Date: September 22, 2014
Genre: New Adult Fantasy
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Synopsis:

Chandrea Averill thinks she’s just like any other normal young woman. But, on the day of her 23rd birthday, her life changes forever.

Surrounded by magical creatures, dangerous sorcery, and insidious political intrigue, Chandrea desperately wants to return to Earth and the only life she’s ever known. But, the longer she stays, the more she realizes that she may be the only one with the power – both magical and political – to save the people of Lyrunia. Will she find the courage to remain and fight for her home world?

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Marlene Wynn is a Utah native – fondly referred to as “Utonian” by a friend.  She transplanted herself in 1992 from the majestic Rocky Mountains to the beachy shores of sunny Virginia Beach, Virginia and has been there ever since.  Though she has worked in the Benefits field for several years, she finally worked up the courage to chase her dream as an author.

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  • A set of character trading cards

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Blog Tour and Interview: Wishes

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Welcome to the Wishes Blog Tour, hosted by Author Sidekick !~

wishes coverTitle: Wishes [Legacy #2.5]
Author: Molly Cochran
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Fantasy
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Synopsis:

Eager to party, Katy Ainsworth and her friends go on a lighthearted “fairy hunting” expedition, expecting little more than a good time. But when Katy actually encounters one of these magical creatures (in the guise of a cynical, sarcastic teenager) who insists on granting her new master’s every wish, Katy’s world turns upside down until everything she knows seems to be tumbling in a terrifying and uncontrollable freefall.

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Interview:

I am excited to introduce all of you to Molly Cochran! If you haven’t yet read any of her books, you definitely should. Author of The Forever King and Legacy series, Molly Cochran is here today to talk about her new novella, Wishes.

Hi, Molly! Welcome to Between Printed Pages, we’re so happy to have you here today~

So glad to be here!

Before we start, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Okay, let’s see… I was born in Japan. I’ve lived in Paris. My major in  college was Fiction Writing. I went to baking school after college (which gives you some idea of how much a degree in Fiction Writing is worth). I worked in publishing in New York for a time. I’m a perfume slut.

What was the inspiration for the Legacy series as a whole? Why did you decide to write a novella for the series?

My inspiration was Wal-Mart. I read that Wal-Mart banned its employees from wearing pentagrams (the five-pointed star that is the symbol of Wicca), and that made me wonder what would happen if a Wal-Mart were built in a town populated by witches.

How is the publishing process for the novella similar to or different from the publication of the main novels of the series?

It’s exactly the same. With a traditional publisher like Simon & Schuster, everything takes a really long time. An e-novella like WISHES takes less time than a printed hardcover novel, but it’s still months of editing, copyediting, proofreading, getting a cover, etc.

How did you get to be a published writer? Do you have any advice for aspiring writers who hope to, one day, get their work published?

I began as a ghostwriter on a men’s action/adventure series. I think this was excellent training because I learned to write action, which is difficult, by having to do it all the time. Plus, as a ghostwriter, you can make mistakes without having your reputation ruined. In the beginning of your career, celebrity isn’t always the best thing.

Apart from reading and writing, what do you do in your free time? Any unusual hobbies?

I cook. I do yoga. I have a dog, which is like having a child. And I wish writing novels was just about reading and writing. There’s so much publicity stuff we all have to do, especially with YA literature—signings, interviews, talks—whatever it takes to get readers to notice you and your work.

What’s your favourite part of the writing process?

Revision. Once the first draft is done, the work becomes fun. The revisions are what transforms your novel from a shaggy plot into a real book.

For all the readers out there, do you have any books you think everyone should take a chance on?

Yes. WISHES. Read WISHES. If you don’t love it, I’ll give you back your two bucks.

Last, but not least, what’s your favourite word?

I was going to say “vestibule”, but I’ll be serious here. My favorite word is YES. “No” is a good teacher—it shows you boundaries, points out your mistakes, tells you where danger lurks… but YES feels so good. When an agent takes you on… YES! When an editor buys your manuscript…YES! When you make the Times Bestseller List… YES, OH YES!

Thank you so much, Molly Cochran, for taking the time to answer our questions! We’re super excited to read the novella!

I am, too! Let me know how you like it!

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About the Author:Molly Cochran

Molly Cochran, author of the teen paranormal romances LEGACY and POISON, has written 26 published novels and four nonfiction books under her own name and various pseudonyms. Her books include New York Times bestselling novels GRANDMASTER and THE FOREVER KING, coauthored with Warren Murphy, and the nonfiction DRESSING THIN, also a NY Times bestseller. She has won awards from the Mystery Writers of America (Best Novel of the Year), the Romance Writers of America (Best Thriller), and the New York Public Library (Outstanding Books for the Teen Age).

SEDUCTION, the third installment in the Young Adult LEGACY series, is scheduled for release on December 2, 2014 from Simon & Schuster. Two novellas in the series are also coming in 2014: WISHES, due April 29, and a Halloween novella, REVELS, tentatively scheduled for September release.

Molly has lectured extensively and has taught writing at the college level as well as at a women’s prison (where she was NOT an inmate). She also writes a blog on writing technique which appears on her website.

She lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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Giveaway:

WISHES, an e-novella companion to the Legacy series, is available now. Molly is giving away a signed copy of LEGACY to the first 15 people that send us a link to their review of WISHES. Use the form below to claim yours!

Tour and Author Interview: Betwixt

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Welcome to the Betwixt Blog Tour, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours !~

B1CoverTitle: Betwixt [Betwixt #1]
Author: Melissa Pearl
Publication Date: November 5, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Young Adult
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Synopsis:

Beautiful, wild-child Nicole Tepper is hit by a car and left for dead. But when she wakes the next morning, Nicole finds herself in bed without a scratch. Perhaps she was more intoxicated than usual, as her mother is giving her the silent treatment and her friends are ignoring her as well.

Things take a turn for the weird when Nicole soon discovers she is actually hovering between life and death. Her body is lying in the forest while her spirit is searching for anyone who can hear her. Unfortunately the only person who can is Dale Finnigan, the guy she publicly humiliated with a sharp-tongued insult that has left him branded.

Desperate, Nicole has no choice but to haunt Dale and convince the freaked-out senior to help her. Will he find her body before it’s too late? Or will the guy who tried to kill her with his car, beat him there and finish her off before anyone finds out?

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BeforeTitle: Before [Betwixt #0.5]
Author: Melissa Pearl
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
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Synopsis:

Dale Finnigan is a teenage rebel; he lives for parties, girls and joy riding in stolen cars. In spite of his uptight parents’ constant warnings and lectures, he continues to run wild. His crazy lifestyle is the only way he can live and feel free… Until his reckless behavior takes him down a path where there is no going back.

In this prequel to BETWIXT, find out who Dale Finnigan was before he became known as“scar-face”—the unassuming hero everyone underestimates.

WARNING: This book is intended for mature teens due to coarse language and mature content.

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BeyondTitle: Beyond [Betwixt #1.5]
Author: Melissa Pearl
Publication Date: October 20, 2013

Synopsis:

Have you ever been so in love with someone, but not had the courage to tell them?

Nicole Tepper is that girl. She loves her boyfriend Dale, but fearing rejection, keeps her feelings buried deep. She can’t even let on how heartbroken she is when Dale begins applying for colleges thousands of miles away from her; never even whispering a word about how much she wishes he would stay close.

But, when Dale is rejected from Columbia University in NYC, due to a police record that follows him wherever he goes, Nicole soon discovers that love can drive her to do things she never thought possible.

There’s more than one way to say, I love you and Nicole Tepper is about to prove to Dale that she loves him beyond all common sense.

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Interview:

Hey all! I am SUPER excited to introduce all of you to Melissa Pearl! If you haven’t yet read any of her books, you definitely should. Author of the Time Spirit Trilogy and The Elements Trilogy, Melissa Pearl is back with her series Betwixt.

Hey, Melissa! Welcome to Between Printed Pages, we’re so happy to have you here today~

Thank you so much for having me. It’s always a privilege to be interviewed on someone’s blog.

Before we start, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am a mother to two beautiful boys – six and two – and the wife to a gorgeous middle school teacher. He works at an international school in China, so we moved from my lovely New Zealand to China just over a year ago. It’s been an experience, to say the least ;)

I write when my youngest is napping or at morning kindergarten. I love every aspect of creating a book and am a very happy camper when tucked away in my office hanging out in an alternate reality.

What was the inspiration for Betwixt? What sparked the idea to write novellas for this series?

The inspiration for Betwixt came when I watched a movie called, Invisible. It saw it years ago now and thought the premise was spectacular. I just didn’t like the way they ended it. I decided one day I’d write a story with the same premise and give it an ending I liked. I sat on it for about four years before I finally came up with something that was different enough from the movie to be original.

I never intended to write the two novellas that go with Betwixt, but I had so many readers asking for more of Dale and Nicole that I came up with these two stories to sandwich Betwixt. It was so awesome to go back into their world. I’m so glad I chose to write the novellas :)

What was the publishing process like for you? What advice do you have for aspiring writers and others trying to get their work published?

I have been published for just over two years now and it’s been really challenging, but SO satisfying. I am still learning new things all the time about marketing and business. It’s the one aspect of writing I don’t love – the marketing, but it’s a necessity and as I figure out what works, I’m starting to enjoy it more.

My advice to anyone trying to get published is to first make sure you have a quality product to sell. I did an online writing course for two years, which helped my writing immensley. I have also read many books on good writing practice. It took me about 5 years to write something worthy of publishing. I use editors and criqituers to help make my work shine and I would never publish anything without having multiple eyes look over it first.

If you want to be treated like a professional in the writing world then you have to act like one. Build up a good name for yourself. It can take some time, but I have decided that a slow and steady build up of my career is a good way to go. I feel like I’m really establishing myself as a trustworthy author.

As an aspiring writer, I often find myself with too many ideas and get sidetracked by them when I’m in the middle of a WIP. How do you stay on track with your WIPs when new ideas come knocking at your door?

I have that happen to me all the time. It’s usually about half way through the first draft and my brain decides to play with totally unrelated storylines. I just jot all those ideas down in a document. As soon as I’ve noted my ideas down, I can put it out of my head and focus on my current WIP. This document that I speak of has over 90 story ideas I have yet to write. I know I won’t get to all of them, new ones keep coming and taking the place of the old ones, but there are a few gems in there that I’m determined to write eventually :)

What’s next for you? Any new projects on the table?

Yes – I have two projects that I’m currently working on. Both will be published by Evatopia Press, which is something I’ve never done before. I’m really enjoying collaborating on these projects.

The first is The Masks Series. A four book series about a girl who is given the ability to read people’s emotions. She can see things that others cannot and it opens her up to a world of secrets she’s not prepared for.

The second is a two books series – I Know Lucy and Set Me Free. This is the story of a guy who falls in love with the mysterious new girl at school, only to work out that she’s not who she appears to be. He so badly wants to trust this girl, but how can he do that when he keeps finding out things about her past that prove she’s a lying thief?

For all the readers out there, could you name a few books for us that you’ve read and absolutely loved?

So many!!! I’ll just name a few otherwise we’ll be here all day :)

I’ve always liked a variety so I’ll just list the first few that pop into my head.

I’ve just discovered Anna Cruise who has fast become one of my favorite NA atuhors. I’ve loved all her books. Maverick was the first of hers I read and I think that’s still my favourite.

I also love Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles and just the other day I finished Wild Cards, which was brilliant as well.

The Hunting Lila books by Sarah Alderson

The Mark of the Lion Trilogy by Francine Rivers (I’ve read those so many times now)

And I’ll make this my last… The Chesapeake Bay Series by Nora Roberts

Apart from writing, reading, and being awesome, what do you do in your free time? Any unusual hobbies?

I love to sing and I’m a member of an adult choir at my husband’s school. I love to play the piano. I’m a total movie freak so watching those always makes me happy. I also love to cross stitch – not the little ones, but the massive ones that take months to do and look like paintings when they’re up on the wall. I like to do that while I’m watching TV. I find it really relaxing and therapeutic.

And of course I love hanging out with my three fellas ;)

Who are your top 3 favourite authors (dead or alive) and why?

Oooo – another tough question…

Francine Rivers, because she knows how to write stories that can make me cry.

Dee Henderson, because she knows how to combine action, suspense and emotion really well.

Anna Cruise, because her books are so easy to read and totally enthralling. I find them really hard to put down.

What about your top 3 musicians/bands/groups and why?

Only 3? Too hard :D LOL.

Casting Crowns – I have every one of their albums and I love them. The messages in their songs really speak to my heart and they have a really great sound as well.

I love movie soundtracks – both instrumental and singing. I have a lot of albums from movies – Pitch Perfect has been my latest purchase that I’ve listened to endlessly.

I am a very eclectic music lover. I listen to basically everything and find joy in all of it – from 80s rock ballads, to punk rock, to classical, to swing, to Broadway musicals, to funk, to pop, to heavy metal. I love it all. Music is good for my soul. So as you can imagine, picking three is super hard, but the name that’s popping into my head right now (probably because I was listening to her just yesterday) is Ella Fitzgerald. Her voice is like melted chocolate. I love it.

Last, but not least, what is your favourite word?

Haha! I’ve never been asked that before. What an excellent question!!!

Let me think…

Man – this is hard! There are so many words I love.

Let me settle for SPORADICALLY. I learnt that word when I watched the movie Clueless years ago and I remember loving the sound of it. I immediately added it to my vocabularly :)

I also love a good SQUEE when necessary ;)

Thank you so much, Melissa Pearl, for taking the time to answer our questions! Super excited to read the new novellas!

Thank you again for having me. Your questions were so brilliant and I had such fun answering them. I really hope you enjoy the novellas.

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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has produced four more books and has a YA fantasy trilogy coming out this year. Unknown and Unseen (The Elements Trilogy) out now!

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”.

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Giveaway:

We’ve got two giveaways for you ~ The first is a tour wide giveaway! Open internationally, enter to win a paperback copy of ALL THREE Betwixt books (i.e. Betwixt, Before, and Beyond) and/or a $25 Visa Gift Card!

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The first giveaway ends on date listed on the rafflecopter.

The second giveaway is for an ebook copy of the Betwixt Omnibus (all three books again, but ebook version). Open internationally, all you have to do is tweet about the tour, the interview, and/or the giveaway, linking them back here! Then, paste the link in the comments below with your email ~

The second giveaway ends December 20, 2013. The winner will be emailed shortly after midnight.

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This is what you win !

Tour Schedule:

December 9th
Buried Under Books >> Review Omnibus (Betwixt + Novellas)
Mostly Reviews >> Review Omnibus (Betwixt + Novellas)
Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, and Romance >> Guest Post
Pink Polka Dot Book Blog >> Review Omnibus (Betwixt + Novellas)
Between Printed Pages >> Interview

December 10th
The Busy Bibliophile >> Review of Bewixt
Literary Meanderings >> Review of Bewixt
Mom With A Kindle >> Guest Post
Reader Rising >> Review Omnibus (Betwixt + Novellas)

December 11th
Library of a Book Witch >> Review of Bewixt
We Do Write  >> Interview
Pieces of Whimsy >> Review of Bewixt + Excerpt

December 12th
What’s Beyond Forks? >> Review of Betwixt + Top 10 List
Sassy Book Lovers >> Excerpt
Book Sniffers Anonymous >> Review of Bewixt
Contagious Reads  >> Review Omnibus (Betwixt + Novellas)
Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews >> Interview

December 13th
New Adult Addiction >> Review Omnibus (Betwixt + Novellas)
Krista’s Dust Jacket >> Review Omnibus (Betwixt + Novellas)
Word to Dreams >> Review of Bewixt
Panda Reads  >> Review of Bewixt + Excerpt
I ♥ Bookie Nookie Reviews >> Review of Betwixt + Top 10 List

Author Interview: L.M. Augustine

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Welcome to one of today’s stops for the 2013 Debut Authors Bash, hosted by YAReads!

I am SUPER excited introduce all of you to L.M. Augustine! L.M. Augustine debuted in May with his stand alone, young adult novel Click to Subscribe, while his second book, Two Roads, a new adult novel, was just released August 26th.

Hey, L.M. Augustine! Welcome to Between Printed Pages, we’re so happy to have you here today~

Thank you so much for having me!

Before we start, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m L.M. Augustine. I’m an Author 007, a professional dork, a twitter addict, a dessert lover, among other things. I’m a bit obsessed with writing and reading as well. :-)

17285743As a debut author, you must to extremely excited (and nervous) about getting your work out there. What/Who inspired you to start writing and what sparked the idea for Click to Subscribe?

I’m not exactly sure what inspired me to start writing. I always loved to read and consider myself to be a creative person, so I guess it sparked from there.

Click was actually inspired by… you guessed it… a YouTube video. I was watching one of John Green’s vlogs and he mentioned that two of his fans (one boy and one girl) met online and hit it off so much that they were organizing a real life meet up. At the time, I thought that was so cool. I mean, falling in love through YouTube videos? I didn’t even realized that happened.

Over time, the idea started to develop, and I kept thinking how plausible that could be. I wondered what those two people would have to be like to fall in love over the Internet, wondered what happened to them, wondered what will happen to them. I’m not sure how the rest came about, but the next thing I knew it was midnight and I was scribbling away the first chapter of what would eventually become Click To Subscribe.

What was the publishing process like for you? What advice do you have for aspiring writers and others trying to get their work published?

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I’d been querying agents with previous projects of mine for about a year and a half before I published Click To Subscribe, and I learned a lot about writing and publishing through it. Then one day I sat down and wrote Click To Subscribe and it sort of flowed out of me, and I decided I wanted to self-publish (I never queried this one) because I felt like for this book, it needed to be published my way. Self-publishing has been amazing so far. It’s a lot of work but so rewarding, and the awesome bloggers (like yourself!) and readers have been a great support. I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

I love self-publishing and I think much of the stigma against it is gone–plus money-wise, it’s the best option–but I also don’t think new writers should rush out and do it. I actually encourage you to get involved in the writing community, get on forums, and query agents when you write your first book, because that whole experience, whether it results in anything or not, teaches you so much about writing and publishing and developing thick skin that it’s almost needed if you want to make it in the industry. Then, once you feel like you know the ins and outs of publishing and that your writing is strong enough, I think it’s important to consider your options. There are so many ways to publish–small presses, Big Five publishers, self-publishing–that you have to remember what’s right for you. Do the research and know your goals and what you can and can’t achieve on your own. I don’t think any of these publishing methods is better than the other on their own, without your needs factored in. The playing field has been leveled and unless you’re a lead title with a Big Five, you have an even chance at success in all of these different publishing methods.

All that to say: take your time and develop your craft, then do what’s write for you.

As an aspiring writer, I often find myself with too many ideas and get sidetracked by them when I’m in the middle of a WIP. How do you stay on track with your WIPs when new ideas come knocking at your door?

Sometimes I don’t! I feel that way all the time too, but one thing that really helps is to write down the shiny new idea you’re having, maybe write the first page, and get it out of your head. Then finish your current project and go back to it later.

What’s next for you? Any new projects on the table?

I’m working on something now, actually. I’ve just started it and it’s NA, but I’m really excited about it. That’s all I can say for now. :-)

For all the readers out there, could you name a few books for us that you’ve read and absolutely loved?

The Sea of Tranquility, The Fault In Our Stars, Before I Fall, and Slammed are some of my favorites!

Apart from writing, reading, and being awesome, what do you do in your free time? Any unusual hobbies?

Besides spending my nights as a masked superhero saving the world from crime? I have a goal to eat as many different types of fruit out there as possible. (Don’t laugh! LOL)

Who are your top 3 favourite authors (dead or alive) and why?

I’m a huge fan of John Green, Colleen Hoover, and just recently, Lauren Oliver. :-) I love all of their characters and their voices. Plot isn’t as big of a deal to me; characterization, fun dialogue, and character development as the story progresses are the most important in my mind, and these authors have mastered it.

What about your top 3 musicians/bands/groups and why?

I’m a huge fan of Phillip Phillips, Maroon 5 (I know, I know), and Robin Thicke.

Last, but not least, what is your favourite word?

I love the word “inevitable.” I have no idea why.

Thank you so much, L.M. Augustine, for taking the time to answer our questions! Congratulations on your debut release, and we hope to see more for you soon!

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To commemorate L.M. Augustine’s debut and success, we’re also hosting a giveaway!

Open internationally. We’re giving away 2 ebooks of Click to Subscribe by L.M. Augustine!

Contest ends September 30, 2013 at midnight EST!

Fill out the form below to enter!

Don’t miss the rest of the celebration! Follow the Debut Authors Bash throughout September !

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