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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Synopsis:

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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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

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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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Tour and Interview: Raven

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

RavenTitle: Raven [The Legends Saga #2]
Author: Stacey Rourke
Publication Date: May 26, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal
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Synopsis:

An infamous love, destined nevermore,
For death could not claim, the enchanting Lenore.

Cursed by the malevolent spirit of the Headless Horseman, Ireland Crane ventures to Manhattan in search of a way to break her soul crushing bond. Instead, she discovers the lines between fact and fiction are blurring once more. Croaking ravens. Telltale hearts. Could the works of Poe be coming to pass with handsome Wall Street Midas Ridley Peolte as their unwilling target?

She walks the Earth, a plague on mankind,
searching for he, her rotted heart doth pine.

Together, the two unknowingly release a dark force death itself could not tame. Surrounded by the unrelenting violence and mayhem they’ve unleashed, Ireland feels her control over the Horseman slipping. Before the beast within consumes her, she and her crew must follow the clues of the dead to right a centuries’ old wrong. Will it be enough to sate the Horseman’s appetite?

Hell hath no fury like a ghoul scorned.

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Interview:

I am SUPER excited introduce all of you to Stacey Rourke! Stacey Rourke is the author of the Gryphon Series and is now back, and here, to talk about her new series, The Legends Saga!

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

Thank you so much for having me here!

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

Gladly! I live in Michigan with my husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. I love to travel, have an unhealthy shoe addiction, and consider myself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in my head.

What inspired the story for The Legends Saga? Did you know you were going to write an entire series from the get-go?

My love of the classics inspired me! I have been obsessed with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow since childhood. The teenage years brought on my appreciation of Poe. Retellings are quite the craze right now and it was my honor to put a fresh spin on the amazing works of Irving, Poe, and the mystery author(s) that will appear in the final book. I’m also hoping that after reading my books people that may not be familiar with the classics may want to check them out! As to the series element, when I started Crane I contemplated making it a standalone, but I enjoyed it so much it demanded to be part of a series. Who was I to argue?

Depending on the author, sequels are either harder or easier to write than the first book. How was writing Raven for you? And how was writing this book similar or different from writing Crane?

It was completely different and proved quite a challenge. For Raven I had to submerge myself in all things Poe; his life, his works, his madness. Needless to say it was a ghoulish—and incredibly twisted—endeavor. Be that as it may, I enjoyed the entire process and am very proud of the end result—even if it is darker than any of my other books!

What was the publishing process like for this series? Any advice for aspiring writers and others who are trying to get their work published?

I publish all my works through Anchor Group Publishing, a small press. The crew there handles cover creation, editing, and formatting and ensure each of my book babies put their best foot forward. For aspiring authors I stress the importance of all those elements! Ask yourself, if I found this book on a shelf would I pick it up? If the answer is no, make the needed changes. You need to grab readers from the first time they gaze at that cover and engage them with a quality blurb.

When new ideas strike in the middle of a WIP, how do you deal with it?

Sometimes as I’m writing, the story will veer off in a direction that surprises even me. I love those moments, because that’s when my characters seem the most “alive” to me! As long as it works with the plot, I roll with it!

For all the readers out there, could you name the top three books you think everyone should take a chance on?

Crane and Raven- of course! LOL!

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion –I loved the movie, the book was even better. A zombie in love. How can you go wrong with that?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn-this book blew my mind. I could NOT put it down!

Aside from reading and writing, what do you do in your free time? Any odd hobbies?

Odd hobbies? Is stalking pretty shoes on the Internet and ogling them in stores considered odd? Because I do both of those things—a lot.

 

My final question: What is your favourite word?

Persevere; it’s the only way to succeed in life.

 

Thank you so much, Stacey Rourke, for taking the time to answer our questions! Extremely excited to read Raven!

Thank you so much for having me! I hope you enjoy Raven!

Buy Link for Raven [#2]:
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About the Author:Stacey

RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013

Stacey Rourke lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction  and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. Mark your calendars! Her latest literary adventure, Crane, will release May 26, 2014. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this thrilling Legends Saga, as well as other literary projects.

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  • Ebook copies of the books 1 & 2 of The Legends Saga
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Author Interview: Kate Scott

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Welcome to one of today’s stops for the 2014 Debut Authors Bash, hosted by YAReads!

I am SUPER excited introduce all of you to Kate Scott! Kate Scott debuted in February with her stand alone, young adult novel Counting to D and she is here today to talk to us about it!

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

I’m excited to be here!

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

I tend to keep myself very busy and always have a million things going on in my life. I’ve always loved making up stories, so even though publishing is new to me, writing isn’t. In addition to being an author, I’m also an engineer, and a mentor to at-risk-youth. Basically, I enjoy adventure in real life, and when real life gets dull, I make up fiction.

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

That’s a tough question to answer, because making up stories is something I’ve always loved. My uncle was a professional artist who passed away a few years ago. Even though we create in very different mediums, he was probably one of my biggest inspirations. He proved to me that creative people can actually make a career out of creating things.

18518158How has your life contributed to Counting to D? Why did you believe that this story had to be told?

Sam, the main character in Counting to D, is dyslexic. I am also dyslexic, and it is definitely not an accident that my first novel has a dyslexic main character. I’ve always felt that dyslexia isn’t accurately depicted in fiction and wanted to share an honest account of the teenage dyslexic experience. That being said, this book is still very much fiction. It’s just fiction with a personal touch.

What is your writing process like? What was the hardest part about writing Counting to D?

I’m definitely a pantser. I’ve tried outlining, but it just doesn’t work for me. When I’m drafting, I tend to write very fast, which is fabulous, but then I need to spend A LOT of time revising. Making sure all the various scenes that pop into my head actually fit together into something resembling a plot is probably the hardest thing for me. Well, that and spelling. I’m a very bad speller. But that’s what copy editors are for.

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

I had a well-respected literary agent for about two years before I opted to pursue indie-publishing. Figuring out how to get books in brick-and-mortar stores without a traditional publisher is a challenge, but I’m still very glad I opted to go the indie route. The publishing world is changing a lot, and authors have the option to gain a lot more artistic freedom as a result.

So I guess my advice for pre-published authors, is don’t be afraid to dream big and imagine your own publication path. It doesn’t have to be the same dream as you had a decade ago, because the publishing landscape today is very different than it was even a year ago.

What are three songs that describe Counting to D?

I Wanna Be Like Me by Sara Bareilles

Tell Me a Story by Phillip Phillips

Underdog by Imagine Dragons

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

Counting to D, The Evolution of Emily, and … Just kidding. The problem with this question is that the world has way more than three fabulous books!

I’m going to say My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen, and Wintergirls by Laurie Halts Anderson. Those are three of my favorite books, although they are only three books on a very long list.

Aside from reading and writing, what do you do in7276965 your spare time? Any unusual hobbies?

I love camping and hiking, although that isn’t very unusual. I’m also a big fan of video games, and jigsaw puzzles. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my friends and family.

Oh, my husband collects rusty metal. That is definitely unusual! I don’t want to fully claim this hobby for myself, because it’s way too easy to make fun of, but I do own a century old steam powered tractor. So yeah, maybe I’m a bit more eccentric than I like to pretend.

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

Life. Because the only value words have is their meaning and life is my favorite thing.

Thank you so much, Kate Scott, for taking the time to answer our questions! Congratulations on your debut release, and we hope to see more from you soon!

You won’t have to wait too long. My sophomore novel, The Evolution of Emily, is coming out this November.

Thanks again for having me here today; it was a lot of fun.

Author Links:
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Buy Links:
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To commemorate Kate Scott’s debut and success, we’re also hosting a giveaway!

Open internationally. We’re giving away 1 ebook of Counting to D by Kate Scott!

Contest ends September 30, 2014 at midnight EST!

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Tour & Interview: Battle Not With Monsters

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Welcome to the Battle Not With Monsters Book Tour, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours!

21841838Title: Battle Not With Monsters
Author: Overton Scott
Genre: Thriller
Publication Date: March 8, 2014
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Synopsis:

Victim?

Neen Ford is a loner, drifting from town to town, working as a security guard and teaching martial arts. One hot night in Dallas, she witnesses the brutal murder of a Ukranian prostitute and becomes the killer’s next target. Neen’s never backed down from a fight, but she’s never tangled with a human trafficking ring before. Until now.

Hero?

Naïve young women are being trafficked into the United States by Russian criminals. Someone needs to help them. The police are trying, but they’re not moving fast enough for Neen, who is now being stalked by a man who enjoys inflicting pain.

Vigilante?

How far will Neen go to save herself? How far, to save three young women from a life of fear and despair? And what price will she pay for battling the monster? There’s a thin line between hero and vigilante – will she cross it?

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Interview:
I am SUPER excited introduce all of you to Overton Scott! Overton Scott debuted in March with his stand alone, thriller novel Battle Not With Monsters and is here today to talk about it!

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

Thanks for such a warm welcome! I’m happy to be here, too.

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

I was an attorney and corporate executive before I turned to writing. I like the writing gig much better. I can work in my pajamas and nobody cares. I live in the Midwest, but I’ve spent time on both coasts and a number of years in Dallas, where BNWM is set.

We understand that Overton Scott is a pseudonym. Was there any particular reason you decided to write under a different name?

I’m traditionally published under my own name, in a completely different genre (historical fiction). I wanted to separate the two series I write. I’m beginning to think this pseudonym thing is more trouble than it’s worth, and at some point I may combine my output and lay claim to it under one name.

What inspired the story for Battle Not With Monsters? Also, is there a message in this story you want readers to grasp?

The same thing serves as inspiration for all my books: strong women. I like to write female protagonists who battle societal expectations and their own demons. Neen Ford, my heroine, is an example of that. She’s more comfortable practicing roundhouse kicks with a bunch of guys than having an actual conversation with one of them. Things are changing rapidly, but society still frowns on women who want to do typically masculine things, like fight. I hope the message of BNTM is that each individual has to follow his or her own path, with honor and courage.

What was the publishing process like for this book? Any advice for aspiring writers and others who are trying to get their work published?

BNWM is a self-published work, so the process is simple compared to the traditional publishing route. Let me give you a few examples of how they differ. My last book was delivered to the publisher in December, 2012, and finally hit stores in February, 2014. I finished BNWM and had it uploaded to retailers within a week of its completion. I have no control over cover design on my other books, but I hired my own designer for BNTM. Most importantly, I receive only 15% royalty on my traditionally published books and the price is set by the publisher. For BNTM, I’m getting 70% of the price, and I determine the price. A traditional publisher would never agree to set the price for a book at $2.99. There are advantages and disadvantages to each method. I plan to do both.

As for advice, I can only offer the following: write, rewrite and rewrite again. Be persistent and believe in yourself. Care about the process, and not publication. If you are published, realize you’ve been very lucky. Stay humble and keep writing. Then rewrite, etc.

What is your writing process like? Did anything change for this book?

I’m a planner, not a pantser, so the first thing I did was prepare a scene by scene outline for the book. That took a few weeks, as simultaneously I was doing some background reading on human trafficking, the Dallas area, and martial arts. Once I had an outline I started writing. I typically try to do 1,000 words per day. That doesn’t sound like much, but do it every day for three months and you have a novel. Then the hard work begins. I’ll read the novel 6-10 more times, starting with a “big picture” read to be sure there aren’t holes in the plot, to see if characterization is consistent, to determine if scenes should be added or deleted. Then I start drilling down, until finally I’m reading to be sure every word is the right word. I hate this part, particularly because no matter how many times you read the novel, you’ll always miss something.

For all the readers out there, could you name the top three books you think everyone should read?

Just three books? Really? I’m going to cheat. Here are three authors writing thrillers with female protagonists that I think everyone should read: S. J. Bolton, Taylor Stevens and Karin Slaughter.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Would you ever want to set a book there?

The one place I’m dying to go (and probably would end up doing just that if I went now) is Egypt. And absolutely I’d set a novel there.

My final question: What is your favourite word?

Marmoreal – of, relating to, or suggestive of marble or a marble statue, especially in coldness or aloofness.

Thank you so much, Overton Scott, for taking the time to answer our questions! Extremely excited to read your novel!

My pleasure. Thank you for having me. I hope you enjoy the book, and that you’ll check out the first Neen Ford short story, Dead Wasps, available at Amazon, B & N and Smashwords. And anyone who cares to talk to me can reach me at neenford@gmail.com or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/scottneenford).

About the Author:

Overton Scott is the pseudonym of a national bestselling author. Overton is interested in a lot of themes covered in the Neen Ford stories: martial arts, the warrior ethos, personal responsibility, and the concept of justice. Like Neen, Overton doesn’t think that the guilty should escape punishment on this earth. Unlike Neen, Overton prefers to write stories rather than take the law into his own hands. It’s just as morally satisfying, but less dangerous.

As you are reading this, Overton should be working on the next Neen Ford adventure. But he’s probably at the gym, shooting or wasting time looking at funny pictures on the internet. You can contact him at neenford@gmail.com, if you’d like to discuss any aspect of the Neen Ford stories.

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