Monday, 31 December 2012

Zombie Reading Challenge!

Myself and my mum (from JeanzBookReadNReview) have decided to host a reading challenge of our own!


Zombie Challenge Rules:
©    Our Zombie challenge will run from the 1st of January 2013 to the 31st of December 2014. 

©    Please take our reading challenge button (code & button above) and post it on your own blog, including a link back to JeanzBookReadNReview. 

©    Please leave a comment on JeanzBookReadNReview's post here with your name and blog url so we know who is taking part. Also we would appreciate it if you don’t just stick to large book publishers, we want to include smaller publishers and Indie authors too. 

©    Any full length book that has Zombies and/or major Zombie/Undead elements will count towards the challenge. If novella's are read you could keep a separate count of those! 

©    Books can be any format (E-Books, Audio, Paperbacks, Hardbacks, Netgalleys, Edelweiss Galleys etc). 

©    Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed. 

©    You may list your books in advance or put them in a final post. If you list them, of course you can be free to change them as and when you wish. 

©    You may move up levels, but not down. So you could sign up low and increase your target as you go. 

©    Sign-ups will be open all year, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year!

©    Don't forget to keep in touch and recommend great Zombie reads to each other, and discuss what we are reading too.

The Zombie Levels are:

Reanimated: 1 - 8 Zombie Books
Newly Undead: 9 - 14 Zombie Books
Corpse Bride: 15 - 20 Zombie Books
Zombie Slayer: 21+  Zombie Books

I am starting the Zombie Reading Challenge at "Newly Undead".

Here is the list of Zombie books I have on my shelves already to choose to read from:

©    Undead by Kirsty McKay (paperback)
©    My Life As A White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland (paperback)
©    Even white Trash Zombies Get The Blues by Diana Rowland (paperback)
©    The Reapers Are The Angels by Alden Bell (paperback)
©    God Save The Queen by Kate Locke (paperback)
©    Feed by Mira Grant (paperback)
©    Hollowland by Amanda Hocking (e-book)
©    Rebirth by Sophie Littlefield (paperback)
©    Flesher by Emily Shore (e-book)
©    Ashes by Ilsa J Bick (paperback)
©    Die For Me by Amy Plum (paperback)
©    The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (paperback)
©    The Death Cure by James Dashner (paperback)
©    Contagious by Emily Goodwin (paperback)

. . . And here is my Zombie Wishlist:

©    Zombies Don't Forget by Rusty Fischer
©    Undead Much by Stacey Jay
©    This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers
©    Deadline by Mira Grant
©    Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
©    The Life Beyond by Susanne Winnacker
©    Horizon by Sophie Littlefield
©    Zombie Blondes by Brian James
©    You Are So Undead To Me by Stacey Jay
©    Hollowmen by Amanda Hocking
©    Apocalypse by Rashad Freemen 
©    Cure by Belinda Frisch
©    Bad Taste In Boys by Carrie Harris
©    Arcadium by Sarah Gray
©    The Scourge by A.G. Henley
©    Rage Within by Jeyn Roberts
©    The Kill Order by James Dashner
©    Through The Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter
©    What Happens In Vegas, Dies In Vegas by Mark Everett Stone
©   Girl Of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
©   Burn Bright by Marianne De Pierres

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Promotion: Clara Claus by Alexandra Lanc

Clara Claus
By Alexandra Lanc

Clara Claus is the first book in the Snowflake Triplet series.

Jack Frost is about to lose everything. After attempting to again destroy Christmas, the Holiday that he hates more than anything, he is threatened with losing his job, and his Immortality. But, he is given one last chance at redemption.

That last chance lands Jack in the North Pole the week before Christmas, in order to help Santa Claus prepare for his busiest night of the year. There, Jack is tasked with the job of “Tour Guide”, in order to show Santa’s granddaughter, Clara, the sights of the Pole.

As Christmas draws nearer, and Jack’s time begins to run out, he finds himself becoming fond of Clara, who attempts to show him the real meaning of Christmas, all while shocking him with her unique view of the world.

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Monday, 24 December 2012

What's Left Of Me by Kat Zhang

ISBN: 9780007476817
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 576

Who would you give up to stay alive?

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else - two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbours shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable - Hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

I received an ARC copy of What’s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang for review from HarperTeen, which I absolutely loved reading! The concept of “two souls woven together in one body” and the souls “settling” reminded me a bit of The Host by Stephanie Meyer. I loved reading about both Eva & Addie and their unique personalities and opinions. One of my favourite parts of the book was reading about the other Hybrids, how they compared to Eva & Addie and how they were viewed within their local community, as well as in society as a whole. My favourite character was Eva, because despite Addie being the one “on the surface”, Eva is the one who is more confident, determined and outgoing, mainly due to the short amount of time she has to express herself through their shared body. I love the cover of What’s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang, as it represents Addie & Eva well, as if Addie were without Eva, (or Eva were without Addie), they would feel as if they were only half of who they were supposed to be.

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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Promotion: Reining In by Dawn Judd

Reining In
By Dawn Judd

The Network. Being a vampire in the 21st century is not as easy as one might think, especially when the vampire has decided to become part of society once more. Social security numbers, driver's licenses, and vehicle registrations are some of the every day things that modern day vampires have to get around. After all, government officials start to suspect something's up when the same name pops up over centuries. Gathering some of the most talented people in the world, Khalida has created the Network.

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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Full-Blooded by Amanda Carlson

ISBN: 9780316205207
Publisher: Orbit
Pages: 322

Born the only female in an all male race, Jessica McClain isn’t just different - she’s feared.

After living under the radar for the last twenty-six years, Jessica is thrust unexpectedly into her first change, a full ten years late. She wakes up and finds she’s in the middle of a storm. Now that she’s become the only female full-blooded werewolf in town, the supernatural world is already clamouring to take a bite out of her and her new Pack must rise up and protect her.

I received an ARC of Full-Blooded by Amanda Carlson for review from Orbit, which I absolutely loved reading! As in the prequel, Blooded, my favourite character was Jessica McClain, mainly because of her confidence, stubbornness and personality. I really like the cover of Full-Blooded, as it is inkeeping with the prequel, without being overly samey and it represents the story within well.

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Friday, 21 December 2012

Promotion: Forgotten Fox by Lena Horn

Forgotten Fox 
By Lena Horn

Forgotten Fox is the first book in The Celestial Saga series.

In the world of Temis, where the Familiars have separated themselves from the other humans, eighteen year old Aruna finds herself exiled from home for not conforming to society, something that she did not even have control over. She is thrust into a dangerous wilderness where she is lost and alone. But she meets George, a mystical fox that grows a second tail after an encounter with a vicious animal.

As Aruna searches for a new home, accompanied by her fox, her undeniable destiny lies before them and pulls them into the ancient war of the Celestials, the demi-gods that once ruled the wild.

Even while they are pitted against these higher beings, and a family that Aruna can no longer trust, they continue the search for a place that they can call home, and people that they can call family.

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Author Interview: Lena Horn

Lena Horn has written Forgotten Fox.

1. What is your name and where do you call home?
I’m Lena Horn and even though I’m originally from Germany, I currently call Virginia (near Washington D.C.) my home. But it might not be for much longer as I’m hoping to move to southern California soon.

2. Do you have a pen name?
I always wanted a pen name, but at the same time I like my name. I do, however, use the handle PageBreak a lot online.

3. What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or less words, what would you say?
The book is Forgotten Fox, and it’s a young adult fantasy novel about a young girl who gets exiled from home, finds a mystical fox, and seeks the truth and a new home.

4. Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
Forgotten Fox is the first book of The Celestial Saga. I’m currently working on the second bookThe draft is about halfway done. In addition, I have a basic storyline for the 3rd book of the series.

5. What or who inspired you to start writing? And how long have you been writing?
I started creating stories at a pretty early age and in middle school I started writing (bad) poetry. Then in high school I wrote short stories and a lot of fan fiction. It wasn’t until college though that I realized that writing was not just a hobby for me, but a pure passion that I didn’t just want to pursue, but needed to. I studied both screenplay and creative writing. I’d love to adapt my stories to the big screen one day.

6. Do you gift books to readers for book reviews?
Yes! I love to gift books. I have eBook versions and some paperbacks ready to send out if anyone’s interested in the story.

7. How did you come up with the cover? Who designed the cover of your book?
Since Forgotten Fox is my first novel and I wrote it pretty straight out of college, my budget was extremely low and the majority of it went to getting a professional editor. Therefore, the cover was designed by me. I did get very lucky that a friend of mine gave me a picture of a fox that he took and said I could use it however I wanted.

8. Is there anything you would change about your book covers?
I would love to have gotten an illustrator to design a cover for me, which would have featured the main characters, but as it stands, I’m quite happy with how it turned out.

9. Would you have different book covers for different countries?
I never really thought about it. It’d certainly be a fun thing to have. I’m very budget conscious though, and if it were to affect the price of the book, I might not do it. I’d rather keep the price low.

10. How did you come up with the title for your book?
Originally, I had titled the book George the Fox as I had wanted to focus more on George, but as the story evolved, I realized the title didn’t fit anymore. The word “forgotten” fit so many themes in the story that as soon as I thought of it, I knew that had to be it.

11. Is there anything you would change about your book? And why?
No. I worked incredibly hard to write and edit the book and I am proud of the way it turned out. There is always the thought in the back of your head that you need to continue working on it, make it more perfect, and I got close to getting stuck in a loop where I continuously go back and edit, but at some point you have to say stop. You have to believe in yourself that it is not just “good enough” but “great enough.” Well I certainly hope that it is at least!

12. Do you have a book trailer? And what are your thoughts on book trailers?
I don’t have a book trailer, but I do have a video interview on my website. I love book trailers, they often express a mood or atmosphere that the cover or description may not have been able to show. It’s another way of finding readers that may otherwise have not been interested in the book.

13. What is your opinion on ARCs?
ARCs are a great way to garner some early feedback and reviews. I was very happy that I decided to do ARCs since it boosted my confidence that my book was good, even though there were only a few of them as my budget was limited. 

14. Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, hardcovers or audiobooks?
I’m kind of on the fence. I love having an actual book in hand, and hardcover books always feel a little more special than paperbacks. At the same time, ebooks are great because I like the environmentally friendly side of it, and getting a book on the spot for very cheap and within seconds? That’s awesome. I like audiobooks for long drives, but otherwise I don’t listen to them much.

15. Are you a self-published / Indie author?
Yes, I’m an indie author. I’d like to get away from the thought that self-published authors are just people throwing their stories online and hoping to get rich quick. Many of us aren’t! I write with pure passion and I chose to self-publish. I also strove for professionalism in the writing, editing, cover design, and everything else.

16. Have you ever read a book more than once? And if so what was it?
Nope, but I always mean to reread books. You know, when I have nothing else to read, but I always have a ton of books lying around that need to be read.

17. Have you ever bought a specific edition of a book because of it’s cover? (For example a UK, US or Canadian version)
I was tempted back when Harry Potter came out and I saw the various covers. I thought it’d be really neat to have 1 of each.

18. Have you ever read a book just based on it’s cover?
Maybe? I have certainly picked up books and read the back purely because the cover interested me, but in the end it is the description that convinces me.

19. Has the quality of the cover of a book ever put you off of reading it?
I hate to admit it, but yes. I’m getting more into the indie world of authors and seen some very poor cover designs. It gives the impression that the story won’t have effort put into it either. That being said, I do give those books a chance and will often read the first chapter.

20. What is your favourite film based on a book?
Hmm that’s a tough one. I’m often disappointed in the adaptations, but I try to see them as separate ways of interpreting one story.Stardust was a great one, and Romeo and Juliet (1996) the one with DiCaprio and Claire Danes. Ok I’m not sure it counts as a book… but I loved the modernization with the original words from Shakespeare.  

21. What is your favourite book genre at the moment?
Fantasy. I used to read a lot of young adult books, and more recently I’m into heavy fantasy. I guess that’s why I write young adult fantasy? I’ll still read anything that catches my attention, for example, I have a bit of a pirate fascination at the moment.

22. What books have made it onto your wishlist recently? And why?
Do comic books count? I’ve been getting into the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Mass Effect comics recently.

23. What book are you reading at the moment? And in what format?
My friend gave me a hardback fairy tale book from the Brothers Grimm. I find fairy tales fascinating, and I love comparing them to modern interpretations. They really are everywhere!

24. If you could invite any four celebrities (alive or dead) to your dinner party, who would you invite and why?

Joss Whedon – I love his work. I think I’d get along with him and (only in my wildest dreams) I’d love to work with him on something. He has the best strong female characters.

Jason Statham – because I’m in love with him. And maybe he could give me one-on-one martial arts lessons?

Kate Beckinsale – so that I could convince her to make more action flicks. She’s hot and she’s awesome.

James Cameron – I would like to explain to him how he could have made Avatar better. You know, right before he slaps me for insulting him.

Man this would be a weird dinner party… I hope they get along!

25. Do you have any advice for other writers? And what’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing?
I have various pieces of advice that I’ve taken to heart and I think they can apply to pretty much any writer. “Just write” is probably the best one. Another one that I think especially applies today with books like Harry Potter breaking the tradition that YA books need to be of a limited word count is “a story is as long as it needs to be.”

26. Do you have any hobbies that aren’t related to reading & writing?
I’m a gamer! Sometimes that’s bad because it cuts into my writing time. Whoops! I also love horseback riding, traveling (when time and money allows), playing with my dog, and when I’m feeling lazy I love TV/movies.

27. Where can your readers follow you?

The best place is probably my blog or my facebook fanpage.

Goodreads author page:

Twitter: @LHorn714

Instagram: @pagebreak

Thankyou so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world!

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Promotion: Verita by Tracy Rozzlynn

By Tracy Rozzlynn

If your world suddenly crumbled, leaving you with nothing but heartache, would you risk your life for a chance at a new beginning on a new world?

Brett Bradbury's parents are dead, her boyfriend's a cheater, and her best friend essentially dumped her. Truly alone in the world, Brett agrees to help colonize the newly discovered planet, Verita. 

Now Brett's on a strange new world. She quickly makes friends and starts her assigned job. Verita begins to feel like home, but it's far from perfect. Brett has an overwhelming attraction to Brody, despite the fact that he's entirely not her type. Her colleague, Ryan, utterly hates her for reasons out of her control. And there are creatures in the forest that would like nothing more than to devour everyone for dinner.

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Promotion: The Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

The Summer I Became A Nerd 
By Leah Rae Miller

On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn’t just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.

Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Blooded by Amanda Carlson

ISBN: 9780316225090
Publisher: Orbit
Pages: 66

Blooded is book 0.5 in the Jessica McClain series by Amanda Carlson.

Jessica McClain was born the only female in an all male race. The only problem is - she's no wolf. Called a curse, a witch and the Daughter of Evil by the superstitious wolves, Jessica decides to fight for her freedom, at age nineteen, the only way she can-in the ring. 

When she's brutally attacked right after her fight, is it enough to finally earn her freedom off Compound, or will she be forced to endure the hatred even longer . . . 

I received an ARC of Blooded for review from the author herself, Amanda Carlson, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading! Although Blooded was only a sixty-six page novella, it was still more beautifully written and action-packed, than most other full length, shifter books I have read. From the moment the main character, Jessica McClain, was introduced she became my favourite character, mainly because of her confidence & stubbornness. I really like the cover of Blooded by Amanda Carlson, as it represents Jessica McClain and the plot of Blooded well.

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Monday, 3 December 2012

Cover Reveal: Hover by Melissa West

Hover is the second book in The Taking series and will be released on the 6th of August 2013.

My Opinion:
Although I quite like the cover of Hover, it feels as though it is lacking something special to make it stand out.  Due to the lack of blurb I can't really comment on whether the cover looks as though it is inkeeping with the story, however Hover's cover is inkeeping with the cover of Gravity, the previous book in the series. If I saw this in my local bookstore it would probably attract my attention but I wouldn't necessarily pick it up to buy.

Like the sound of Hover? Add it to your wishlist on Goodreads or pre-order it on Amazon!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Promotion: Breathless by Sophie Jordan

By Sophie Jordan

Breathless is a novella set in the world of Firelight.

For Az, it's supposed to be a fun summer vacation with her family. Nothing complicated. Just a quick trip to test the waters as she prepares for a year on her own. That all changes when she rescues a drowning girl and meets Tate—the most gorgeous human boy she's ever seen. Tate throws her heart, her plans, and her life into upheaval, but the closer she gets to him, the harder it is to hide the secret of what she is.
With no hope for a future together, the last thing that can ever happen . . . is love.

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Friday, 30 November 2012

Cover Reveal: Shadow Of Time by Jen Minkman

Shadow Of Time will be released on the 1st of January 2013.

All Hannah needs is a nice and quiet vacation after her first year of teaching French at a high school. She joins her brother Ben for the summer in their mom’s log cabin in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben’s childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. The little boy from the rez has grown up fast, and Hannah can’t help but feeling more for him than just friendship. 

But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it’s not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams? 

Sometimes, the past has a way of catching up with you.

My Opinion:
Unfortunately, I'm not really a fan of the cover of Shadow Of Time, as even though it's quite pretty, it doesn't seem to be connected enough to the blurb. If I saw Jen Minkman's Shadow Of Time in my local bookstore, it would catch my eye but I probably wouldn't be instantly drawn to it.

Like the sound of Shadow Of Time? Add it to your wishlist on Goodreads!

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Promotion: Eden by Keary Taylor

By Keary Taylor

Eve knew the stories of the Fall, of a time before she wandered into the colony of Eden, unable to recall anything but her name. She's seen the aftermath of the technology that infused human DNA with cybernetic matter, able to grow new organs and limbs, how it evolved out of control. The machine took over and the soul vanished. A world quickly losing its humanity isn't just a story to her though. At eighteen, this world is Eve's reality. 

In their Fallen world, love feels like a selfish luxury, but not understanding what it is makes it difficult to choose between West, who makes her feel alive but keeps too many secrets, and Avian, who has always been there for her, but is seven years her senior. 

The technology wants to spread and it won't stop until there is no new flesh to assimilate. With only two percent of the human population left, mankind is on the brink of extinction. While fighting to keep Eden alive, Eve will discover that being human is about what you will do for those you love, not what your insides may be made of. And even if it gets you killed, love is always what separates them from the Fallen.

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Promotion: Hera, Queen Of Gods by T.D. Thomas

Hera, Queen Of Gods
By T.D. Thomas

Hera couldn't care less what the other gods think, even when it's about her. And it often is. Frankly, Hera couldn't care less about anything, except doing her duty as queen - protecting order and defending the mortal world against any threats. But when the Fates go missing, Hera and a handful of other gods must temporarily become mortal to search the human world for the missing goddesses.

Hera finds that mortality begins to change her. It's not just the loss of her divine powers. She expected that. It's deeper somehow. It's affecting how she thinks, how she feels, what's important to her. And it gets much worse after she meets Justin, who defies every prejudice she once had
about mortals. At the worst possible time, and despite all her efforts, Hera's black-and-white world starts to unravel.

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Author Interview: T.D. Thomas

T.D. Thomas has written Hera, Queen Of Gods.

1. What is your name and where do you call home?
T.D. Thomas
My house :p (in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

2. Do you have a pen name?

3. What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or less words, what would you say?
Hera, Queen of Gods
It is the most awesome book in the world. Go buy it now! Wait. That’s only 14 words. 19. Done.
And, once more, for real this time: when the Fates go missing, Hera journeys to Earth to find them, only to become entangled in a deadly plot.

4. Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
I’ve written the sequel to Hera, Queen of Gods. I’m in the (long) process of editing it.
I’ve also written an unrelated novel, The Order, which I’m also revising. It will be the first in a new urban fantasy series about a girl breaking away from a cult.

5. What or who inspired you to start writing? And how long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing seriously for about four years now, and by seriously, I mean writing and finishing novel-length stories.
I’ve been writing recreationally for much longer though. I even wrote short stories as a child, just for my own entertainment. I fell in love with Greek mythology at an early age: all the epic adventure, gods and monsters, magic. It was so exciting! So imaginative! So much bigger and better the real world! It wasn’t long before I realized I could create worlds of my own. From that came writing.

6. Do you gift books to readers for book reviews?

7. How did you come up with the cover? Who designed the cover of your book?
I hosted a design competition for the cover of my novel through a site called I wound up with quite a few stunning options to choose from. Ultimately, I went with a design from Georgina Gibson. She was amazing to work with. Definitely went above and beyond the call of duty.
Truthfully, I feel I was pretty vague about what I wanted in a cover, other than something eye-catching (of course). I knew I definitely needed a cover that focused on the main character and narrator of my story (Hera), but apart from that, anything was fair game. It was really interesting and exciting to see the varied directions that different designers took. I wish I could have taken them all!

8. Would you have different book covers for different countries?
Maybe. It would depend on whether I had someone knowledgeable to convince me that a certain cover aesthetic wouldn’t be successful in a given cultural context.

9. How did you come up with the title for your book?
Like most authors, it was the product of endless hours of agonizing. :p I think titles are, in some ways, the hardest part of writing a novel. They’re almost as important as the book cover. Some might say even more important. In the end, I went for a very literal title, and to this day, there are times when I’m not entirely convinced that it was the best route to take.

10. Is there anything you would change about your book? And why?
Yes and no. Every time I get feedback on my novel, I consider changing it, but ultimately, my book is the story I wanted to tell, the way I wanted to tell it. It’s my point of view. Some people will understand it; some will like it; others won’t. I just have to make peace with that.

11. Do you have a book trailer? And what are your thoughts on book trailers?
I don’t have a book trailer yet. I’d love one, and I do plan to create one sometime in the future. It’s on the to-do list. :p
I’ve seen some book trailers that are very enticing. I think the idea of a book trailer is a creative way to blend new media (like sound and video) into traditional media (like a novel), especially for those of us who publish and sell online.

12. What is your opinion on ARCs?
I think they’re invaluable. Getting reviews is critical to the success of any book. The sooner, the better.

13. Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, hardcovers or audiobooks?
I actually don’t have a preference, except that I probably don’t use audiobooks very much. When I was little, my parents would play us audiobooks for road trips. But as an adult, when I read, I tend to focus on whatever I’m reading, so I’m not sure an audiobook would work for me. I don’t think I could sit and just listen. I’m too visual and tactile.
That said, I’ve heard of people doing something repetitive (like cardio workouts) while listening to audiobooks. That’s pretty creative! But I guess it depends on how intensely you’re working out!

14. Are you a self-published / Indie author?
I am a self-published author.

15. Have you ever read a book more than once? And if so, what was it?
Most of the novels I own are ones I’ve read countless times. I’ve read the Black Jewels trilogy by Anne Bishop several times, as well as the Belgariad by David Eddings. I think I could cycle through those series endlessly.

16. Have you ever read a book just based on its cover?
The book cover is probably what draws me to a novel first. But I never buy a book without reading the “blurb” on the back cover. Ultimately, that’s the deciding factor. A cover makes me pause, but a premise makes me buy.

17. Has the quality of the cover of a book ever put you off of reading it?
In all honesty, yes. I have a hard time buying a book with a low-quality cover. First impressions matter, especially when there are so many great books out there with brilliant covers. To me, a book cover is kind of like a job interview. Imagine two equally qualified candidates showing up to get a job: one dressed in a well-tailored, designer suit; the other dressed in raggedy jogging pants and a stained undershirt. Who gets the job? The first person, simply because it’s easy to assume that someone who invests in their appearance cares more. As the saying goes, we eat with our eyes, not just our stomachs. What we see impacts our experience deeply, even when it shouldn’t. Book covers matter.

18. What is your favourite film based on a book?
Unfortunately, many of my favourite books haven’t had film incarnations yet. But of course, like anyone in their right mind, I have to say that the Harry Potter movie series was fantastic. It shaped a generation. It certainly had a profound impact on me. Just seeing the effect that a book (and then a movie) series could have on so many people around the world. It was staggering and humbling and moving beyond words.

19. What is your favourite book genre at the moment?
I have, and always will be, a hardcore fantasy fan, both high (classical) fantasy and low (contemporary) fantasy.

20. What books have made it onto your wishlist recently? And why?
I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t yet plunged into The Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin. Definitely on the to-do list the first free moment I get to read.

21. What book are you reading at the moment? And in what format?
-Brightest Kind of Darkness, by P.T. Michelle (ebook/Kindle format)

22. If you could invite any four celebrities (alive or dead) to your dinner party, who would you invite and why?

- J.K. Rowling
- Stephenie Meyer
- Charlaine Harris
- Suzanne  Collins

The reason is the same for all of these authors. Each of these women has generated a pop culture frenzy with their writing, and I’d love to hear their thoughts on why. Also, I couldn’t imagine anything more valuable to my career as an author than picking their brains on the writing process and their advice for up-and-coming writers. I’d be particularly interested in how they compare and contrast their various styles and approaches.
23. Do you have any advice for other writers? And what’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing?
My best advice, for what it’s worth, is to tell your story. Your. Story. People may love it. People may hate it. People may just ignore it. But if it’s important enough for you to write, it’s important enough to share. And be careful to accept criticism for what it’s worth. Learn from it. Understand it. But don’t apply it blindly to your writing. In the end, it is your story. Your. Story. You have to stay true to your vision. There’s no point telling someone else’s story. They can tell it themselves.
The best advice I’ve received is to never give up. Not every book is an overnight success; in fact, few are. It takes time. It takes a hell of a lot of hard work. Blood, sweat, and tears of the non-metaphorical variety. But it’s worth it, if you can find and appreciate the value in writing for the sake of telling your story and just let the money worry about itself.

24. Do you have any hobbies that aren’t related to reading & writing?
I’m a study in contradictions: I’m an active gamer and a bit of a gymbunny. So, I tend to be plastered to my computer screen playing an online roleplaying game (when I’m not playing or hosting an in-person roleplaying game), or I’m at the gym, working out.
Also,I don’t know if they count as hobbies, but raising 2 puppies also sucks up a lot of time, energy, and attention. And treats.

25. Where can your readers follow you?

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Thankyou so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world!

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Promotion: My Boyfriend Merlin by Priya Ardis

My Boyfriend Merlin
By Priya Ardis

He was a little older than he was letting on. By a few eons...

In this modern Arthurian, 17 year-old Boston high schooler Arriane, aka Ryan, DuLac just found out the guy she's been crushing on, hot biker Matt, is a little older than he was letting on. In fact, he is really Merlin—the Merlin, King Arthur's Merlin, the greatest wizard who ever lived. Frozen in a cave for over fifteen hundred years, he's woken for a purpose. But Ryan's not impressed. Tired of being a relationship loser, she'd rather kick his legendary behind.

Sure, the world has been crazy ever since the sword and the stone fell out of the sky like a meteor. But despite gruesome gargoyles, a deadly new world of magic, and the guy driving her crazy, Ryan knows that family is everything. Will Merlin sacrifice hers to save the world? Will she be able to stop him?

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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Through My Letterbox! 24/11/12

Through My Letterbox is a meme that myself and my mum (from JeanzBookReadNReview) created to showcase the books that we receive and review on our sites. Our meme was inspired by In My Mailbox hosted by The Story Siren & Letterbox Love hosted by Narratively Speaking.

What came Through My Letterbox this week (& last week!) :

Last week, myself and my mum received The Declaration, The Resistance and The Legacy by Gemma Malley for review from Bloombury. I had already read both The Declaration & The Resistance before I started blogging and really enjoyed them!

We also received an ARC of Nexus by Ramez Naam for review from Angry Robot, which I was initially drawn to on Netgalley, because the cover reminded me of the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld!
Nexus by Ramez Naam will be released on the 18th of December 2012.

Last week, myself and my mum received Echo by Alyson Noel, which is the second book in the Soul Seekers series, for review from Macmillan.

We also received Moranthology by Caitlin Moran for review from Harper Perennial, which I read, (& really enjoyed), within three days of receiving it through the post!

Last week, my mum received Remnants by Sam Hill for review from the author himself!

This week, myself and my mum received Zombies Don't Cry by Rusty Fischer for review from the author himself!

We also received an ARC of Hidden by Marianne Curley for review from Bloomsbury. I am really looking forward to reading Hidden, as I have read and really enjoyed the Guardians Of Time trilogy, also by Marianne Curley.
Hidden by Marianne Curley will be released on the 14th of March 2013.

This week, myself and my mum went to The Works and bought The Book Of Blood And Shadow by Robin Wasserman and Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

We also bought the eleventh and twelfth book in The Morganville Vampires series, Last Breath & Black Dawn by Rachel Caine, from The Works.

Today, I unexpectedly received Moonglow by Michael Griffo for review from Kensington Teen!

I also received a lovely cover jacket of the finished book!
Moonglow by Michael Griffo will be released on the 26th of February 2013.

What books came through your letterbox this week?