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Interview + Book Tour: Finding Paradise

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Title: Finding Paradise
Author: V.P. Ortiz
Publication Date: Sept 24, 2016
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis:

Mila Quinn is ready to finally move out of the college dorms into an apartment with her longtime boyfriend, Ethan Lowe. But when Ethan reveals a big secret, her world is suddenly turned upside down, stirring up old memories of love and loss. Completely torn apart, she boards a plane to Hawaii to escape for the summer.

Even though Mila wants to spend her time in paradise in isolation, fate has other plans when it drops sexy local Gage Madden in her lap. Hesitant at first, she agrees to let him take the reins on her island exploration. As Mila discovers the wonders of Oahu with Gage, it becomes harder for her to fight the budding attraction between them.

But behind the curtain of island adventures and undeniable chemistry, trouble is brewing where Mila least expects it. Secrets begin to bubble to the surface that could destroy her all over again. Will Mila find her paradise? Or will she leave Hawaii with another broken heart?

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Interview:

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

Thank you so much for having me, Alicia! This is actually my first author interview, so I’m super excited that I can have it here at Between Printed Pages!

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

Sure! I’m a long-time reader, first-time author. I fell in love with reading at a very early age – say, around first grade or so. Unfortunately for me, writing novels isn’t my “day job.” I actually work in the legal field as part of a litigation support team. I’ve been asked why I write romance novels instead of crime or lawyer drama novels if I know the legal field so well. The answer is simple: to escape! Haha! Who wants to work all day, then come home and write for a few more hours about work? No, thank you!

Aside from being a reader and a writer, I’m a mother to two awesome kids and a wife to a very loving and supporting husband. They are really the reason why I feel so inspired to follow my dream of being an author and to never give up!

What was the inspiration for Finding Paradise and what about the story called to you?

My husband and I eloped on the island of Oahu in Hawaii over ten years ago. He had grown up on the island (his dad was in the Army and was stationed there for a few years) and we decided to have a wedding/honeymoon in one. The minute I stepped foot off the airplane, I fell in love with Hawaii! From the culture to the food to the scenery to the lifestyle, it was all so mesmerizing. Fast forward nine years, we went back to Oahu for a family vacation with our children and, as expected, I fell in love all over again. There is just something about Hawaii that is special and I wanted to share that with others so they can see and feel the same things about Hawaii that I do.

It’s interesting because a few months after we returned from our Oahu family vacation, I decided to write and publish my first novel. I wrote about six chapters worth of another story, but always had the Hawaiian islands in the back of my mind. They were haunting me in the most beautiful way. So I pushed that novel aside and mapped out a new idea that transformed into Finding Paradise. I wrote Finding Paradise in a way that the love story of Mila and Gage were almost secondary to Mila discovering Hawaii in the same awestruck way that I did so many years ago.

Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?

JUST DO IT! No, I’m not plugging the Nike brand, though if they paid me to, I wouldn’t turn it down. My advice is to just do it! Go for it! I know it’s a scary concept – to open up your heart and your work to the world. And I will tell you right now: not everyone is going to love your novel. But that’s okay! You’re not writing for everyone else. Not for your significant other, not for your neighbor, not for your frenemies (though I get the innate urge to rub your accomplishments in their face). Write the novel because it’s your dream, not theirs.

Like Gage says in Finding Paradise, “You have to leap if you want to know how it feels to fly.” It’s so easy to find a million reasons why you can’t do it, but you will never know the amazing feeling of being a published author if you don’t try.

Finding Paradise is a self-published book, which is a whole new ballgame when it comes to writing novels. You are now not only the author, but you are also the publisher and the marketing team. I’ve started a blog on my website, www.vportiz.com/confessions, called Confessions of a New Author. This blog is a series of my adventures in writing that I hope can calm some fears and maybe even inspire some aspiring writers to take the next step and publish their novels. I’m hoping to put up some new content on the blog after my next novel is published this spring.

Within Finding Paradise, which character was your favourite to write and why?

Honestly, I would’ve thought it would be Mila because we share so many of the same personality traits. But it turns out that I loved writing Aunt Sophie and Baylee! Probably because I based those two characters on two people that I know personally. Aunt Sophie is based on my best friend’s mom, who is witty and sharp while having the gentlest heart I’ve ever known. And Baylee, oh Baylee, she is based on one of my work besties. A crazy, fun soul who is just as vulnerable as anyone, even though she tries to hide it. It’s so funny because the inspiration for Baylee was one of my beta readers and after she read Finding Paradise, she said she LOVED Baylee. I told her, “Well, of course, you did. You two are the same person!” Both Aunt Sophie and Baylee were such fun characters to write. I loved their dynamic together and separately with Mila. They were a big part of Mila’s journey.

And yes, readers, Baylee will have her own story coming soon! That will be a fun book to write!

What are three songs that describe Finding Paradise?

I have a Spotify playlist specifically for Finding Paradise at https://open.spotify.com/user/vportiz_books/playlist/3loOrvQKy3c6XXStWk4zVj. I listened to this playlist pretty much non-stop while I was writing Finding Paradise. Most of the songs are sung either by native Hawaiians or are sung in the Hawaiian language. Such beautiful melodies that take you to the islands and make you never want to leave!

I love all the songs on the playlist, but if I had to pick three, they would be:

  • Simple Love Song by Anuhea: This song is what I consider to be the anthem for Finding Paradise. The words accurately describe everything that Mila felt for Gage and I love Anuhea
  • Falling by Keahiwai: These Hawaiian singers capture what it feels like to fall in love in paradise in this song.
  • Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole: This song is so important to me. Not only does it appear in a great scene in Finding Paradise, but it is also the wedding song that my husband and I chose. It’s a gorgeous rendition by a Hawaiian legend.

I heard that you have some ideas for your next book! Can you tell us anything about them?

YES! YES! YES! I am so excited to exclusively announce my next book on your blog!

Damaged Property is slated to be released this spring, though the exact date is currently tentative. It’s the story of a broken woman, Talia, and her chance meeting with a ridiculously hot Albuquerque Police Officer, Dante, who has demons of his own. Even though they fight it, fate throws them together and they learn to work together to fight their pasts before it catches up with them.

Where Finding Paradise was bright, fun, and sweet, in contrast, Damaged Property is much darker and sensual. The heat between Talia and Dante is unimaginable and you’ll find yourself caught up in their sexual tension, biting your nails and waiting for them to give into each other. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions with an ending that you’ll need to read to believe!

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

I read across all genres of novels, so my answer to this may seem a bit odd. But there’s something for everyone.

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover: This book BLEW ME AWAY! I wasn’t so sure about it when I first cracked it open, but I was stuck on a six-hour flight home and that was the only book on my Kindle. By the time my final plane landed in my hometown, I was literally in tears. So perfectly written by my favorite author. My goal in life is to bring Colleen Hoover to tears with one of my books as she did to me with her book.

The Project Eden series by Brett Battles: The first novel in this series, Sick, captured my attention and refused to let it go until the conclusion of the series six books later (seven books total). I’ll admit, I’m a secret lover of doomsday and apocalyptic novels, but many books I’ve read fell short of what I was looking for. Project Eden was what I was looking for!

The Pact by Jodi Picoult: Oh my gosh, this book was incredible. It was the second book I ever read by Jodi Picoult and it was the one that turned me into a lifetime fan. I love that Jodi Picoult can make you question your own morals that you thought were set in stone before opening the book. What you thought, in the beginning, is never what you think about in the end.

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

Most days, I share the same hobbies as my three fat cats: sleep, eat, and complain. But, when I can actually talk myself into it, I love to go running outside when the Colorado weather allows for it. I’ve run two half-marathons, a few 10K’s, and an obstacle course race.

But if we’re being honest here, I love to dance and lip sync. I’m not talking about professionally. I’m talking about acting out my own music video when no one is around. Sometimes in the mirror. Sometimes in the kitchen (best place to spin in my socks). Sometimes in my office at work when the door is closed and no one is watching. It’s weird, I know. But it’s fun. In my head, I’m a superstar!

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

Peculiar. I like the way it rolls off your tongue, especially if you have some sort of accent. Everyone says it just a little bit differently and I love that. Plus, I tend to describe myself as peculiar and whenever I do, no one ever disagrees with me. Sort of peculiar, isn’t it?

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions! Congratulations on your debut release! We’re extremely excited for Finding Paradise, and we’re looking forward to reading Damaged Goods!

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V.P. Ortiz lives, works, and breathes in sunny/snowy/beautiful Colorado with her loving husband, their two beautiful children, and their three fat cats. While her home may be in the Rocky Mountains, she left her heart somewhere on the island of Oahu, where she plans to retire someday in a tiny house with an avocado tree and free-range chickens. Besides reading any book in sight, her hobbies also include eating, dancing, lip syncing, and occasionally running until her husband has to pick her up eight miles away because she got lost and has a leg cramp.

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Blog Tour + Guest Post: Artificial

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Welcome to the Artificial blog tour, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours!~

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Title: Artificial [The Kepler Chronicles #1]
Author: Jadah McCoy
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date
: April 4th 2016
Genres
: New Adult Science Fiction
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Synopsis:

She struggles to feel human.

In 2256, the only remnants of civilization on Earth’s first colonized planet, Kepler, are the plant-covered buildings and the nocturnal, genetically spliced bug-people nesting within them: the Cull. During the day, Syl leaves her home in the sewers beneath Elite City to scavenge for food, but at night the Cull come looking for a meal of their own. Syl thought gene splicing died with the Android War a century ago. She thought the bugs could be exterminated, Elite city rebuilt, and the population replenished. She’s wrong.

Whoever engineered the Cull isn’t done playing God. Syl is abducted and tortured in horrific experiments which result in her own DNA being spliced, slowly turning her into one of the bugs. Now she must find a cure and stop the person responsible before every remaining man, woman, and child on Kepler is transformed into the abomination they fear.

He struggles not to.

For Bastion, being an android in the sex industry isn’t so bad. Clubbing beneath the streets of New Elite by day and seducing the rich by night isn’t an altogether undesirable occupation. But every day a new android cadaver appears in the slum gutters, and each caved in metal skull and heap of mangled wires whittles away at him.

Glitches—androids with empathy—are being murdered, their models discontinued and strung up as a warning. Show emotion, you die. Good thing Bastion can keep a secret, or he would be the next body lining the street.

He can almost live with hiding his emotions. That is, until a girl shows up in the slums—a human girl, who claims she was an experiment. And in New Elite, being a human is even worse than being a Glitch. Now Bastion must help the girl escape before he becomes victim to his too-human emotions, one way or another.

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Guest Post:

Welcome author Jadah McCoy (JM), as well as Syl and Bastion from Artificial! Today, Syl and Bastion will be giving us a peak into their lives before Artificial. Enjoy!

JM: Hey guys! Tell the audience a bit about yourselves!

Syl: Well, I grew up on Kepler in the sewers beneath Elite. Scrounging for food, barely surviving, you know the drill. My life revolves around avoiding those fu—

Bastion: *he covers Syl’s mouth with his palm* Careful, darling. A family blog is no place for your potty mouth.

Syl: *she rolls her eyes, swatting him away* Like I was saying, the Cull come out at night, and we do our best to avoid them. I don’t plan on being eaten anytime soon.

Bastion: *waggles his eyebrows very inappropriately*

JM: And you, Bastion?

Bastion: Me? Oh, I’m boring, really. *he makes a dismissive hand gesture* I live in a metropolis and occasionally pester an old mechanic into partaking in my mischief.

JM: So your homes are obviously very different, then.

Syl: *glances at Bastion* They couldn’t be more different. His is full of bright lights and life, mine is comprised of empty buildings and death. His flourishes, mine is slowly dying.

JM: But both are obviously very dangerous, albeit in different ways.

Bastion: Yes, well, while Syl here turns giant bugs into puddles of guts for a living, New Elite’s monsters are not quite so forthcoming.

JM: I see. And what was life like before you two met?

*they both look away, thoughtful*

Syl: Well, it wasn’t great.

JM: How so?

Syl: A lot of people died…some of them because of me. We were running out of food, out of space…running out of time.

JM: That sounds not so great. Bastion?

Bastion: It was…long and boring. Before Syl, my life was like a moonless night, and then she shot across my sky like a meteor.

Syl: *she rolls her eyes* This is him avoiding the question.

JM: …Did you really just quote Twilight?

Bastion: What? It’s a classic!

JM: Now I think you’re trying to get me off track.

Bastion: I would never. In fact, I resent that.

JM: Back on track! There’s a lot to hate about Elite and New Elite, that much is clear. But what’s one thing you love about where you live?

Bastion: Easy. That there’s still good in my fellow androids, despite all the war, the genocide, the horrors. There are still those out there willing to sacrifice themselves to help other androids, to help Glitches, and even humans.

JM: Syl?

Syl: I guess the mystery…the beauty. There’s so much knowledge out there…about my people, where they came from, all the strange things about them I don’t understand yet. It’s strange to walk into a room, untouched by anything but dust. The person’s shirt still laying across their bed where they took it off last. All their belongings still there. It’s haunting.

JM: I can see that. You must feel like an intruder everywhere you go.

Syl: Sometimes, yeah.

JM: So, I took the liberty of gathering a few questions from your adoring fans!

Bastion: Oh, joy! Let me sum it up for you, love. I don’t dream of electric sheep, I’m not going to tell you a joke, and my joy stick only vibrates if you pay ex—

Syl: *she covers his mouth with her hand, this time* Family blog, remember?

JM: Okay! First question is from Holly. What does Syl find most attractive about Bastion?

Bastion: Oi! These questions aren’t so bad!

Syl: Seriously? What do I find most attractive about Bastion? Hm… Probably the stupid face he makes when he gets his ass kicked and I have to save him.

Bastion: That’s cold, love.

JM: Next question is from Dylan. Bastion, as a Glitch, can you recognize other Glitches?

Bastion: Not really. I don’t have a “Glitch radar,” so to speak. But there are certain places Glitches are more apt to frequent.

JM: Last one. From Teresa, why does android society seemingly follow so many human social conventions?

Bastion: *laughs* I’ll say this: humanity is a hard habit to break once it’s learned. And the vastly superior genetically enhanced apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, my friends.

JM: Very interesting. Well, that’s all I’ve got for you. Thanks for answering questions!

Bastion: No problem. Thanks for creating us!

Syl: *laughs* See ya, boss.

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About the Author:Jadah

Jadah currently lives in Nashville, TN and works in law. When not babysitting attorneys, she can be found juicing her brain for creative ideas or fantasizing about her next trip out of the country (or about Tom Hiddleston as Loki – it’s always a toss up when she fantasizes).

She grew up in rural Arkansas, yet can still write good and sometimes even wears shoes! She did date her first cousin for a while but they decided against marriage for the sake of the gene pool.

Her true loves are elephants, cursing, and sangria – in that order. If you find an elephant that curses like a sailor whilst drinking sangria, you’re dangerously close to becoming her next romantic victim – er, partner.

She cut her writing teeth on badly written, hormone-driven fanfiction (be glad that’s out of her system), and her one true dream is to have wildly erotic fanfiction with dubious grammar written about her own novels. Please make her dreams come true.

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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.

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Book Blitz: Kiss Kill Love Him Still

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Welcome to the Kiss Kill Love Him Still Book Blitz, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours!~

KKLHSTitle: Kiss Kill Love Him Still
Authors: Jamie Blair and Dawn Rae Miller
Genre: New Adult Mystery
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
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Synopsis:

Jackson Landis kept secrets. It’s how he got girls into bed, the grades he wanted, and a reputation for being the life of the party.

But now he’s dead, and no one knows how or why. Especially not the four girls whose secrets he protected. Secrets so scandalous they could cause each girl to lose something valuable. Secrets so dark, someone may have killed for them.

The four girls – a campus drug dealer, an overweight bookworm, a closeted lesbian, and a spoiled princess have one thing in common – they’re terrified the things Jackson knew may not have died with him. As Reggie, Haddie, Val, and Livie try to piece together her own role in Jackson’s death, each girl realizes Jackson had some not-so-pretty skeletons of his own.

Which makes a girl wonder, who really wanted Jackson Landis dead?

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Suspect Profile: Regina “Reggie” Walker

Height: 5’8”
Weight: 117 lbs
Hair: Long, dyed black
Eyes: Dark brown
Demeanor: Sarcastic, aloof
Motivation for killing Jackson Landis: He knew she was dealing drugs.

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Officer McMichaels: Get your feet off the desk.

Regina: Just getting comfortable for this long, boring-ass questioning. How about a cup of coffee?

McMichaels: Did Jackson Landis buy from you?

Regina: Hell yes, how do you think I got my patch?

McMichaels: Your patch?

Regina: My cookie sales patch—wait, aren’t we talking about Girl Scouts?

McMichaels: Laugh it up. You and I both know it’s only a matter of time before we bust you and throw you behind bars.

Regina: Whatever you say, Chief.

McMichaels: Were you under the influence of drugs the night Jackson died?

Regina: High on life. As always.

McMichaels: And Jackson?

Regina: Isn’t that what autopsies are for?

McMichaels: Who do you work for?

Regina: Your dad.

McMichaels: We’re done here.

Regina: I didn’t realize we’d even started.

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About the Authors

Jamie BlairJamie

Young adult author of the Kirkus-starred novel Leap Of Faith (Simon & Schuster 2013), and Lost To Me (2014), featured in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling anthology, Dirty Boys of Summer. Represented by Rebecca Friedman of RF Literary.

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Dawn Rae MillarDawn

Dawn is a Twitter and fashion addict whose favorite things in life are her family, gorgeous dresses, tea leaf salad, and French macarons. She splits her time between San Francisco and Northern Virginia, and is always up for a trip to Paris.

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Tour + Author Interview: Of Sea and Stone

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Welcome to the Of Sea and Stone Book Tour, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours!~

OfSeaAndStoneTitle: Of Sea and Stone [Secrets of Itlantis #1]
Author: Kate Avery Ellison
Publication Date: February 2, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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All her life, clever Aemi has been a slave in the Village of the Rocks, a place where the sea and sky meet. She’s heard the stories about the fabled People of the Sea, a people who possess unimaginable technology who live below the waves in the dark, secret places of the ocean. But she never dreamed those stories were true.

When a ship emerges from the ocean and men burn her village, Aemi is captured, and enslaved below the waves in Itlantis, a world filled with ancient cities of glass and metal, floating gardens, and wondrous devices that seem to work magic. To make matters worse, her village nemesis, the stuck-up mayor’s son Nol, was captured with her, and they are made servants in the same household beneath the sea.

Desperate to be free, Aemi plots her escape, even going so far as to work with Nol. But the sea holds more secrets than she realizes, and escape might not be as simple as leaving…

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Interview:

I am extremely excited to introduce all of you to Kate Avery Ellison. Kate is here today to talk about the first novel of her new series Secrets of Itlantis, called Of Sea and Stone! Hey, Kate! Welcome to Between Printed Pages, we’re so happy to have you here today.

Thanks! I’m happy to be here.

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

Well, I live in Atlanta with my husband and our two cats. I write full-time and I love it. My husband and I are huge geeks. I love to watch sci fi and fantasy TV shows, play strategy board games, and read lots and lots of books.

What was the inspiration for Secrets of Itlantis and what gave you the jump start to begin writing Aemi’s story?

I had the idea about 10 years ago, actually, so I’m not sure exactly what was the inspiration. I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of underwater cities, though, and I’ve always wanted to write something set in a world like that. My previous series, The Frost Chronicles, was set in a frozen wilderness filled with mysterious monsters, and I wanted to work on a series that was pretty different than that for my next series, and underwater/tropical locations felt pretty different!

I understand that you’re into digital art (which looks amazing by the way). How did you start up this hobby? What are your favourite digital design programs and how did you train them to work with you?

I started the hobby when I was a kid—I wanted to photoshop myself into photos with actors, that kind of thing. It was very silly. I also liked making web banners for stuff I was fangirling over. When I was older, I taught myself Photoshop (my preferred design program) using Youtube tutorials and other websites, and now I do all kinds of photomanipulation. I also design my own covers. You can see some of my stuff here: http://werekat12.deviantart.com/

What was the most enjoyable scene in the book to write?

Well, I don’t necessarily want to give anything away by describing it, but basically all of Chapter 29. I could see everything unfolding in my head, and it was epic and made my heart pound to envision (especially since I have a fear of dark, deep water). And there’s a kiss, as well as lots of action. It was actually the first scene I ever imagined from the book before I started writing it, so it’s iconic to me in that sense as well.

If you could choose three songs that describe this book, what would they be and why?

Yellow Light by Of Monsters and Men – this song has a really wistful, dreamy quality to that I think fits some of the settings, particularly the garden spheres in the underwater city of Celestrus, as well as the melancholy Aemi feels as she seeks to escape.

Never Let Me Go by Florence + the Machine – this song pairs well with parts of the scene that was my favorite to write. It has a desperate melancholy coupled with a sweetness that just works for me. It’s a good song for both Nol and Aemi in that scene and in that moment.

Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Lorde – it’s kind of a fitting way to end the book and it has a lot of resonance with me for the entire series and the various factions and enemies that all have different plans for Aemi.

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

Oooh, good question. I have several favorite words. One is “scuttle.” I think it sounds so crab-like.

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions, Kate Avery Ellison! Congratulations on the release of this series! We can’t wait to read it!

Thank you! Hope you enjoy it.

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About the Author:Kate

I’ve been making up stories since I was five years old, and now I’m thrilled to be able to do it as a full-time job. I have an obsession with dark fantasy, dystopian futures, and Pride and Prejudice-style love stories full of witty banter and sizzling, unspoken feelings. When I’m not writing, I’m creating digital art, reading funny blogs, or watching my favorite shows (which include TVD and BSG). I live with my geeky husband and our two bad cats in Atlanta, GA.

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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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About the Author:Professional-Head-Shot1

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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