Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Godling Chronicles GIVEAWAY

The Godling Chronicles by Brian Anderson GIVEAWAY
Published: August 2012

Ayyy-ohhhh my lovelies!! Hannah is back with another giveaway! This one is particularly special, as there will be THREE winners, and each winner will receive not one, not two, but THREE different books!

Each one is an installment in Brian Anderson's magnificent fantasy series, The Godling Chronicles. I just myself received a copy, and I'm psyched to get started on it!

To keep things brief, and to keep myself from soliloquizing, as I often do, I'll only provide the description of the first novel. There will be links at the bottom of this post if you do feel so inclined to read the synopses of the second and third book as well.

Darkness comes as a new power rises in Angrääl. The Dark Knight has betrayed the Gods and stolen the Sword of Truth, trapping them in heaven. With the power of the sword he can reshape the world and bring death to all who oppose him.

Only one thing stands between the darkness and the liight: Gewey Stedding. Only he has the power to stand against the oncoming storm.

Only he can mend the world.  But only if he can discover his power....

Sounds like fun, no?:) Drop a comment with your name and email address to enter. The giveaway will run for two weeks, from September 7th to September 21st. Be sure to enter in that time! I may even have an interview with the author coming up soon! Stay tuned :D

The Sword of Truth (book one) on Goodreads
Of Gods and Elves (book two) on Goodreads
The Shadow of Gods (book three) on Goodreads

-Hannah

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Plateau: Voices of the Earth GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY of The Plateau: Voices of the Earth by Maureen Dudley!!

Hey y'all! I have another giveaway for you guys! This time we have a book by the lovely Maureen Dudley called The Plateau: Voices of the Earth. Sounds fascinating, no?:)

I have an interview coming up sometime with Maureen herself, as well as a possible Q&A in my Goodreads group Book Junkies! Stay tuned!

In the meantime, let's see what this particular novel is about, shall we?

What if you have half of a second to stop the extinction of the human race? What if that pivotal day to save humanity depends on you saving your own life? Catherine's life and humanity's continued existence depend on her ability and willingness to believe in an altered future timeline with a colony of Earth inhabitants. It couldn't come at a worse time. Catherine's father dies unexpectedly. The pressure of her research and advocacy work adds dead weight to her life's precarious tipping points. Catherine's losing battles includes sleep deprivation. Sleep eludes her, because when it does come, she finds herself repeatedly dreaming about standing on the same high plateau with her greyhound dog Addy, surrounded by plants and animals and insects, and then poof! The living landscape transforms into ash.

We have two copies up for grabs! The giveaway will be running for two weeks, ending on Saturday, August 29th. Just drop a comment with your name and email address to enter!

-Hannah

Friday, August 9, 2013

Octavian Nothing, Vol. 2: The Kingdom on the Waves by M.T. Anderson

Title: Octavian Nothing, Vol. 2: The Kingdom on the Waves
Author: M.T. Anderson
Published: October 2008 by Candlewick Press
Genre: Historical Fiction
Reviewer: Hannah

Synopsis:

Fearing a death sentence, Octavian and his tutor, Dr. Trefusis, escape through rising tides and pouring rain to find shelter in a British-occupied Boston. Sundered from all he knows--the College of Lucidity, the rebel cause--Octavian hopes to find safe harbor. Instead, he is soon to learn of Lord Dunmore's proclamation offering freedom to slaves who join the counterrevolutionary forces.

Review:

This is the second installment in M.T. Anderson's historical fiction "series" (only two books) Octavian Nothing. I've already reviewed the first book, which was stellar. Normally, when reviewing a series, I just review one book and leave it at that. Anything more would be just a reiteration of what was already said.

Not so in this case. Both the first and second Octavian Nothing books are absolutely stunning. M.T. Anderson is one of the most talented authors in the world today, and in my opinion, of all time. His vocabulary is superb, he never pulls cheap tricks or cuts corners; his characters are brought to life like none other I've seen before. Every sentence that Octavian writes is pure poetry--the absolute greatness of this novel vastly surpasses most young adult, and for that matter, adult fiction I've ever read.

I could gush endlessly about how amazing this piece of work is, how incredible an addition to American literature it is. I'd love for this rather obscure novel to get the recognition it deserves. It's more than mere entertainment, and should never be viewed as such. It is, without a doubt, a fascinating, thought-provoking, absolutely stunning masterpiece.

-Hannah

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Stealing Harper (Taking Chances #2) by Molly McAdams

Stealing Harper (Taking Chances #2) by Molly McAdams



Honestly this was a great follow up to Taking Chances. Stealing Harper is a POV (Point-of-View) story that takes place during the exact same story..excpet from a different person's view. In this case, Chase is the telling the story of how he met Harper, and how she utterly changed his world. Now granted I read Taking Chances sometime last year so of course I do not remember all the little gory details, but the author,Molly McAdams, does an AMAZING job linking the two stories. There were times during dialog between Harper and Chase where I thought to myself "This has to be the exact same conversation". Except this time you are hearing Chas'es inner monologue. 

After I finished Taking Chances I was completely Team Brandon. For those who haven't read either stories, Harper is in a love triangle between Chase (the bad boy) and Brandon (the sweetheart). After reading Stealing Harper, OH MY GOODNESS...how could you not love Chase! I am so torn between the two men I can't decide.

For those who have read [book:Taking Chances|15739018] and went through the complete heart break mid way through the book, Stealing Harper has the similar effect even though you know what eventually occurs. That scene is well written and re-breaks your heart all over again.

Molly McAdams is turning into one of my go to authors. Both books I have read by her have earned 5 stars and I sincerely love her writing style. She is definitely an author to keep your eyes on!

5/5 birdies!







"Molly McAdams is from California, yay like me!...But she currently lives in Texas with her husband.She enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and of course long walks on the beach."

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MollyMcAdams
Twitter: www.twitter.com/MollySMcAdams
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/Molly_McAdams
Blog: www.mollymcadams.blogspot.com
Email: molly.mcadams@hotmail.com











Until next time!
<3 Bobbi











Saturday, July 6, 2013

Arabelle's Shadows by Fleur Gaskin

Title: Arabelle's Shadows
Author: Fleur Gaskin
Published: November 2012
Genre: Women's Fiction
Reviewer: Hannah

Synopsis:

Everything in Arabelle's life is coming together. She has confidence, great friends, she's even dating Naak, a  wealthy Thai socialite.

But there are too many models in Bangkok. Arabelle's broke, she can't find an agent in New York, and Neek isn't as wonderful as he first appears. Slowly the SHadows creep back into Arabelle's mind, bringing with them thoughts of hopelessness and despair. The vile Shadows know something Arabelle's refusing to remember and, if she's not careful, they'll use it to destroy her.

Based on a true story, Arabelle's Shadows takes us on a journey through the struggles of growing up, not quite making it as an international model, and attempting to overcome a crushing depression.

Review:

I'd like to thank the author Fleur for providing me with a copy of Arabelle's Shadows to read and review:D

I really enjoyed this book....well, I don't think "enjoyed" is the right word. It's a very painful book--we see Arabelle struggling with lifelong depression, we see her going through various ups and downs, extreme happiness and extreme sadness. It's a book that I think many people can relate to in one way or the other, because no one has a perfect life.

It was a bit confusing to read--we are constantly jumping between various times in Arabelle's life, and it was hard to keep straight what was going on. And the fact that it was written in a somewhat diary format made the events seem disjointed.

I wish the book had been better structured, but overall, I thought it was great, a fantastic look at what depression can do to someone. I HIGHLY recommend Arabelle's Shadows, especially to those struggling with the same problems in their life.

-Hannah

The Year of the Great Seventh by Teresa Orts

The Year of the Great Seventh
The Year of the Great Seventh
by Teresa Orts
Source: ARC Review Copy
Format: Paperback
Expected publication: July 6th 2013 by Drayton Press
 
Goodreads Synopsis:
Sophie has always felt out of step—an outsider, even amongst friends in her high school with all the hype about celebrity culture. Her life in L.A. seems to have been already written for her, but when her junior year starts, it all takes a drastic turn. When she crosses paths with the school's heartthrob, Nate Werner, they fall for each other in a way neither can understand. What they don’t know is that by giving in to their desires, they are unlocking an ancient Egyptian prophecy that threatens to return Earth to the dark ages.

To undo the curse, Nate and Sophie embark on an adventure that takes them across the country. But their quest is not only to save the world as they know it. It is also a fight for their very survival. Behind the scenes, there are those that are counting on them to fail.

My Thoughts:
I see "curse" or "outsider" and BAM! I'm hooked. I have to read the book because I know it'll be entertaining and it'll make me curious to see what curse the character has and how they are going to go about breaking it. Teresa Orts, you definitely did not disappoint!

I'll be honest and say that the cover was the first thing that attracted me to the book. I mean look at it! Then I look at the title "Hmm..wonder what the connection is to the Great Seventh." Then I read the synopsis and curse and outsider were there and I knew I had to read to find out what was going to happen. I haven't read too many books where ancient Eyptian prophecy reigns so that sealed the deal.

One thing that I absolutely loved was that Sophie is into history! Total history nerd! Reminded me so much of my AP US History teacher. SO much alike. I always loved that class because he made it seem so alive and always had the every question I asked and I feel like Sophie is the same. She gets excited about it. Brains and beauty. We don't get stuck with the same type of girl you usually see that is super smart and is a total snob for it or a pretty girl who knows she is and throws it in everyone's face in chance she has. Type of friend I'd be happy to hang out in museums with. Nate, on the other hand, oh what can I say about Nate. He is stuck with this horrendous curse and he's trying to hard to do the right thing but you have to remember that love can't be pushed away. It's just not something that can be done. Even though he's stuck this way he's going to fight and find a way out. I like his determination. It's inspiring.

Don't let the first couple chapters think this is going to be a slow book. Oh no! The Year of the Great Seventh will have you flipping pages so fast people will think you're actually trying to fan yourself! I thought "Oh, I'll read a few chapters and go to sleep." Hah! I got halfway through the book when I noticed the time! THAT'S when I had to put it down and actually go to sleep. And I was getting to the really good parts!

Ok so there's this awesomely funny part involving an eraser that makes me laugh every single time I think about it. Here, I'll be nice and give a tiny bit of it.
"Suddenly, something hit me in the back of the head, bringing me back to the real world. I looked at the floor to find a piece of pink pencil eraser."
 *laughs* Every time!
This book is great! Spectacular work done by Teresa for her first book. Read it!
I've rated The Year of the Great Seventh

Teresa OrtsTeresa Orts studied economics and went on to work in the financial industry. She lives in London with her husband and son and this is her first novel. If you want to know more about her, please visit her website www.teresaorts.com
Buy: 
Author: Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Blog Tour | Love Exactly by Cassandra Giovanni

Love ExactlyLove Exactly
by Cassandra Giovanni
Source: ARC Review Copy
Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Published: June 20th 2013 by Cassandra Giovanni
 
Goodreads Synopsis:
Emma Walker was a writer who'd lost herself to someone else's anger--who had given up on ever feeling like herself again.
Evan Levesque was a rock-god--the one all the woman wanted, but he'd never gotten used to the loneliness between the stage and real life.
With just one cup of coffee they'll begin a journey of self-discovery at each others sides, but can Emma handle Evan's fame while dealing with her own demons? Emma's checkered personal past, a bad relationship that haunts the edges of her memories, threatens to make everything implode on them when Evan takes matters into his own hands.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but your words...they'll destroy my soul--Can Emma handle being put back together and facing who she's become because of it?
GENRE: New Adult>Contemporary Romance
Mild to moderate sexual content
 
My Thoughts:
All those teasers Cassandra posted were not a let down! Love Exactly is spectacular!

We met Emma, a young journalist trying to come with a horrible past and not really succeeding. Little does she know that all she needs is love to help get past her past. I can't say that I that I know what she went through but I can certainly sympathize with her. No one should go through what she did. Many would've let life go completely but she hung in there the to the best of her abilities. Strong young lady, Emma. I really loved seeing her grow past this moron and loved reading her determination to not lose the one person who accepted her. Evan. *melts* Why can't we have guys like Evan in our lives! Such a great character! (I think I have a new book crush!) Some spine tingling awesomeness these two!

Yeah there were a few errors here and there but nothing that would send me over the edge in frustration. More noticeable is Cassandra's growth in her writing! There were huge differences that I noted and gave two thumbs up for! Really fantastic! The only thing that did bug me was that it was very fast paced. I would've liked to have seen it slowed down a bit to really learn more about their growing relationship but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

I have to many favorite scenes to just pick one so I'll let you share them with me. I will say that you HAVE to read Love Exactly! Spectacular summer read and something they well stay with you long after you're done!
I rated Love Exactly:


Cassandra GiovanniAuthor Biography: Cassandra doesn't remember a time when she wasn't writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character's stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. In 2012 she became a published Young Adult author, releasing In Between Seasons (The Fall, #1) and Walking in the Shadows. In 2013 she branched out by using her artistic illustrating talents to publish her first Children's novel, The Adventures of Skippy Von Flippy: Tales of Friendship (Skippy Tales, #1). Cassandra will also release her first New Adult novel, Just One Cup, in the Spring of 2013.

Cassandra is a freelance professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is the owner of Gio Design Studios, a photography and publication marketing company that designs covers and marketing materials for authors utilizing the company's photography. She is currently studying to receive a degree in Marketing. Cassandra is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with the other loves of her life their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.

Follow Cassandra: Website | Blog | Facebook | Goodreads
Buy Love Exactly:
EBook: Amazon | B&N | Kobo
Paperback: Signed + Free Sawg + Free Bookmark +US Shipping | Amazon
 
GIVEAWAY!
**There's a great giveaway as a part of the tour! Don't forget to hit each blog each day for extra entries by searching for the bold term and entering it in the rafflecopter!**
 
 
 

Kevin Hearne: Book Signing Adventures

Hello Readers!

A few month back, I wrote about the Hunted tour (The Iron Druid Chronicles), written by Kevin Hearne, in which I was super excited to attend.  Well this past week finally was the day of the signing! I have to admit it was pretty awesome. I had never been to a book signing before, so I really didn't know what to expect from it. Honestly, I was a little nervous! 

Now the book signing was at this awesome local bookstore called Kepler's Bookstore (Kepler's Bookstore). I had never been to this particular bookstore before but count me as a regular! While I was wondering the store, I got there early :P, I found this amazing table full of autographed copies of books!! Seriously, a whole table full of autographed books.....


Many of the books were titles I recognized, and what is even more awesome is they don't charge extra for autographed books either. 
While searching through this table, I ended up finding and purchasing a signed copy of Beautiful Creatures :] hehe


Ok, now to the main event, Kevin Hearne!

For any fans of the Iron Druid Chronicles, Hearne announced there will be a total of 9 books in the series! wooohhooo!
 The 7th book, Shattered, will be out next April or June of 2014.
He also plans to make an anthology of all the short stories for the Iron Druid Chronicles.

Hearne will also be one of three authors selected to write a novel for Star Wars that takes place after after A New Hope but before The Empire Strikes Back. Apparently, there is a three year gap in the storyline between those movies, Hearne's book will focus on Luke. 

After every one had asked their questions about various aspects of the series, we all had a chance to meet and greet with Hearne AND get our books signed!


Kevin Hearne was amazing to meet because he was so down to earth and personable with everyone. You can really tell he LOVES to write and is not just in it for the money. At one point he was asked about creating merchandise for the series but he simply said no because it was take his time away from writing. Now how awesome is that!

I have said it before, there are so many reasons to start reading this series, but the fact that he is so genuine should be reason enough :D

Happy reading!

<3 Bobbi


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Sacrificed by Jordan Link

The SacrificedThe Sacrificed
by Jordan Link
Source: Publisher
Format: ebook, 180 pages
Published: May 6th 2013 by Entranced Publishing

Goodreads Synopsis:
Emerald Hayden lives in the City of Centsia, a half-winged among the other walkers. She has no family, friends, or food: only a grim future filled with tiresome labor in the upper level’s factories. But everything changes when she meets Dusk, a winged from the place that she previously scorned. He opens her eyes to a new possibility: the possibility of the unity of winged and walkers, of freedom, and of love. Together, they decide to challenge the upper level’s supreme, winged council. But when a friend betrays them, they must choose whether to sacrifice their beliefs and save their own lives, or to remain along the thin line that divides the city in two. Success could mean liberty; failure, death.
 
 
My Thoughts:
Do you crave adventure? How about a bit of romance? And how about some flying scenes with cute winged guys? Hah! Got your attention didn't I!?

You want excitement? Life or death situations? This is your kind of book! Emerald is a cool kind of chick. She has the misfortune of being born a hybrid but does she let that slow her down? Well, ok at first she does but as she grows she realizes that no. Just because you're a mix of two worlds does not mean you can't do anything to help the horrible world in which you live in! Once she picks up steam you can't stop this girl! Really enjoyed seeing her grow along with Dusk in this book. Things are hard in Centsia, but that doesn't mean she has to crawl under a rock and let everything go by. Like I said, a cool chick, Emerald.

Not gonna lie, the beginning was a bit slow and kind of fast all at once. Emerald is wallowing in self pity and then BAM! she meets Dusk and he whisks her away! Handful of chapters in and it starts to pick up! We meet characters that you'll love and some that you won't. There were some parts that became a bit boring that I really wanted to skim over but alas my reader self wouldn't let me. The little bits that weren't though were O.O exciiitttinngg!

My favorite parts hands down were the flying scenes. Although they weren't described in excruciating detail as I would've like them to be, I thoroughly enjoyed reading them! I could imagine what Jordan must've had in her head when she describes said scenes though.

The Sacrificed has everything you're looking for in a book! I am sure you'll like it as much as I did. O.o Maybe even more!
I've Rated The Sacrificed:
 
Jordan LinkAbout Jordan Link:
I am currently contracted with Entranced Publishing for my novel, The Sacrificed, which was released as an E-book on May 6th, 2013. I was also the first place winner of the Jack L. Chalker Young Writers' Contest in 2012 for my short story "The Bubble". I was accepted into the Oh, the Stories They Tell! anthology for my short story "Demon Slayer." The anthology will soon be released on Amazon.
 
Follow Jordan: Goodreads | Twitter | Blog
Buy The Sacrificed: Amazon | B&N
 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Author Interview | Jordan Link

Hello my lovelies!
Today, Friday of all Fridays, I have something special! *drumroll* Ladies and gents, meet Jordan Link!
 
Welcome Jordan to BB&MB! I became very excited to interview you after the first few pages of The Sacrificed!
Wings vs the Wingless. I loved the concept and it didn't fail to captivate. How did the idea for this book come about? *leans in curiously* 
I go through a certain train of thought when I’m trying to decide what to write. First, I pinpoint the genre, which is usually fantasy. Then I decide whether or not it’s going to be dystopian. Dystopian is a favorite of mine, and I decided to use it in The Sacrificed. Lastly, I just let my mind roam.
Emerald, at the beginning, acted just like hybrids do. Scared, she wants to be one or the other but can't seem to relate to either. Was she one of those characters that just started taking and wouldn't shut up until you gave her you're full attention? Have you ever be told that she is somewhat like Hawk Girl? 
Emerald, unlike some of my other characters, was actually rather quiet in my mind. In a bizarre way, her situation can be related to horror movies vs. real life. In movies, the main character screams as loudly as they can when they feel lost. In real life, people grow silent and introverted. I’ve never been told that she was like Hawk Girl, but I can see that now!
Let’s talk about the names. Emerald, Dusk, Zoe. Where did you give up with these names? *quirks left eyebrow* These characters make them so sound exotic, in my opinion. 
The Sacrificed
Love, love, LOVE the cover! I can just imagine dusk flying
over with Emerald!
I always try to relate a character’s name to their personality and appearance. Emerald is unique, and most gems are different in some way. Her eyes also take on an emerald shade. Dusk is soft-spoken, and has a pale/ashen appearance. Zoe’s name was completely different at the start of the manuscript, but I had to change it because of its resemblance to another popular character’s name.
As a young child, did you know you wanted to be writer or was it something that tickled at the back of your brain until you gave it your full attention? 
I suppose I always knew. I read books constantly, and the next book in the series was what I looked forward to. In eighth grade, I wrote my first manuscript, but it was arguably the worst prose ever written.
If there is something that always attracts me, is the thought of people flying with or without wings. *smiles like a dork* Think Angel from X-men and Max from the James Patterson series. Is this the same for you? Why or why not? 
I like the freedom that flying entails. Also, people with advantages over others make for a good dystopian tale. I read Maximum Ride after I finished The Sacrificed, and was relieved that there was little likeness between them. That’s another reason why I write fantasy—there’s a lot of room for variety!
 
You sit down to write. Do you just go off the top of your head and make everything flow or do you go by notes and outlines? 
I do a little bit of both. I plot the main points of the story, the ‘twists’ and the foreshadowing. Then, I fill in the gaps and make ends meet.
 
What were your favorite scenes to write? *whispers conspiratorially* Mine would have to be the flying scenes. 
Jordan LinkI loved the scenes involving Emerald and Dusk, including the flying ones. Their relationship was tense from the beginning, and based on a reader’s perspective Dusk may or may not have not been the one for Emerald. I also enjoyed writing the scenes between Emerald and Zoe, the council assassin. Emerald, a ‘broken bird’ in many ways, placed her trust in the hands of the only person who could hurt her directly.     
 
I love to listen to music while reading. The band that I thought was perfect while I read was Young the Giant. *bobs head to music only she can hear* Was there a song or playlist that helped when writing The Sacrificed? If so, can you share a song or two? 
I’m going to be one of the only authors to say this, but I find music incredibly distracting while writing. I used to listen to the pop violinist Lindsey Sterling during literary jaunts, but I found that the beat of the music rarely matched the tone of the scene. But the scene was still influenced, which was unfortunate.
Thank you so much for stopping by! It was a great pleasure getting to know the mind behind The Sacrifice! 
 
Follow Jordan Link: Goodreads | Twitter | Blog 
 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Broken (Afflictions of the Evolved #2) by Shawnda Currie


Hello readers!
I have missed you all! But now that I am back  I have another awesome book to share with you! But before I get to that, sorry I have been MIA. For any of you who have been following movies, you know that some HUGE blockbusters have been hitting the big screen. Recently my theatre did 11,000 people in one day! 0_o Crazy huh? Anyways my personal favorite currently, Monsters University!
.... ok back to books!


Broken (Afflictions of the Evolved #2) 
by Shawnda Currie


Read from June 10 to 18, 2013, read count: 1
Ebook
Review: Bobbi
Rating: 3/5 birdies

Broken was a great follow up to Altered Revelations of the Evolved by Shawnda Currie! It takes place directly after Altered ends, which I really enjoy in a series because as a reader, I feel like I do not miss anything in between. I always wonder what occurs during that time. Where did the characters go, what did they do. Broken solves that issue!

 Now your most likely thinking, if this were so great of sequel to Altered, then why did I rate it only three birdies. Well, between both Altered and Broken, I enjoyed Altered more. Now I am not saying I didn't enjoy Broken, because I most certainly did! But as a reader, so far Altered is my favorite of the series. I just didn't think Broken deserved the same rating. 

Lacey tends to be over jealous when it comes to Taylor, and while yes I understand why her character might react that way, and in part she has good reason to, it was a little much to the point where it was semi-annoying. However, the relationship aspect between Taylor and Lacey is adorable and makes up for ANY semi-annoying jealously!! Being a sucker that I am for for love stories, I love their chemistry between the two. I look forward to reading the third book!

If you are looking for a quick read, something that is short and easy to get through, with a little romance give this series a chance. It is very entertaining to read :]




Shawnda Currie pictured to the right; lives in Ontario with her husband, 2 sons and 2 cats. She hopes to write an adult novel about the revenge of a scorned woman!


3/5 birdies

Monday, June 24, 2013

Interview with Fleur Gaskin, Author of Arabelle's Shadows!

Interview with Fleur Gaskin!
Interviewer: Hannah

Hey! Hannah is back with that author interview she promised--this time with author Fleur Gaskin! Fleur just released her debut novel Arabelle's Shadows last year, and we've partnered up to do an interview, review, and giveaway!

The Arabelle's Shadows giveaway is still ongoing, but only for three more days, so you'd better hurry if you'd like to enter for the chance to win one of three copies!  Get 'em while they're nice and fresh!:D

In the meantime, it's interview taiiime!

1. Tell us a little about yourself, Fleur.

I grew up in Wellington, New Zealand. I began studying philosophy and psychology at university, but a year in I was feeling trapped so when I got the opportunity to model I jumped at the chance. I was fortunate enough to travel all over the world as a model. I never made a lot of money, but I have books full of beautiful photos and a plethora of life experience. 

After 6 years of modelling I moved to China with my boyfriend (who is now my fiancé.) These days we live in Shanghai with our 2 cats and my own vile Shadows are very much under control.

2. What inspired you to write Arabelle's Shadows?

In the beginning I wanted to show the world what modelling is really like for an average model. There is a lot of injustice in the industry and the models are often taken advantage of in one way or the other. I also had a lot of fun stories to tell.

Then as I started to write Arabelle's Shadows I found that modelling wasn't the story I needed to tell. I wanted to express the journey of depression. How it begins, how depression slowly takes over your mind. What it's like when depression takes complete control and the fact that, if you've been depressed for a long time, those negative thought patterns never really go away. I am hoping that people who read Arabelle's Shadows will come away with more understanding about what depression is, and of it's effects.

3. You were also international model, just like your protagonist Arabelle. Does this, in a way, make your novel semi-autobiographical? 

Yes, Arabelle's Shadows is semi-autobiographical. I wanted to tell the truth. For me the truth is so much more powerful, more fascinating. But this story involves more people than just me and I wanted all the other characters to be unidentifiable. Making Arabelle's Shadows fiction also gave me the freedom to express the emotions of the events without having to worry about times, dates, and minor details. 

4. What gave you the idea to use the Shadows to personify Arabelle's fears?

When I was depressed I always felt like I was at war with my depression. Though my thoughts were very powerful and incredibly painful, a tiny piece of my soul knew that those thoughts weren't true. That's how you can survive depression, by separating yourself from the thoughts, from the disease. It's much easier to fight something you can put a name on, something you can picture. I wish that I'd thought of the Shadows when I was depressed. Then I would've been separate from my thoughts and I could've blamed them, I could've said to my mum, "The Shadows say that I'm a horrible person and that I should hurt myself." Instead I kept all those thoughts inside because I was ashamed of what I was thinking. 

5. Arabelle's Shadows it your debut novel; do you plan on writing more in the future?

Yes I have a new novel that I'm working on at the moment? It is still in the formative stages, as in it's still being created in my head. I'm getting marries at the end of July so I'm hoping that in August I'll have time to actually start writing something down. I'm excited about this book. It's going to be different from Arabelle's Shadows and hopefully much easier to write!

6. What do you do in your down time?

I like being at home with my cats. I cook dinner and I love baking. I like riding my bike around Shanghai. But most of my down time is spent pondering people and trying to understand why they do what they do.

7. Do you have a favorite book or author?

My favorite books have to be the Harry Potter series. I wish I could say something more original, I certainly do read a wide variety of books, but Harry Potter is my favourite. I love the way when you are reading them you leave your own reality and step into Harry's world. You can see the magical creatures, hear the mermaids singing, taste the butterbeer. I also love the theme of good vs evil and that each character has strengths and flaws.

8. Excellent choice! How 'bout a favorite TV show?

The West Wing. The writing is brilliant. You have to pay attention to be able to understand everything that's going on. I learned so much about how government works. It also gives me hope that there are some people in places of power who are working hard to make the world a better place.

9. When did you start writing?

I always wanted to write books. When I was 12 I decided that I'd become the world's youngest novelist. I never ended up writing that book and then I forgot about writing for a time, though I started writing a diary. I was inspired to start writing novels when I was a 22-year-old model living in Paris. I'd just finished reading Wuthering Heights and it suddenly came to me that I could also write stories that evoke emotions in other people.

10. What would you say was your favorite thing about writing Arabelle's Shadows?

Finishing it! I was a very difficult novel to write because it was based on my life. Thinking about my darkest days over and over against was not pleasant. 

11. True dat. A lot of authors have certain times or places they like to write. Do you have any yourself?

I go to a café called Wagas. It has everything I need. It has good food and drinks, you can't smoke there, comfortable chairs, Wi-Fi and it's not too noisy. Most importantly, it's safe enough for me to leave my stuff on the table and go to the toilet. Sometimes I stay at home to write, but I'm much more likely to procrastinate if I'm at home.

12. Do you ever get writer's block? If so, do you have any special tricks to get past it?

Yes I get writer's block. It used to really bother me. I thought I was being lazy, procrastinating for hours. Now I understand that it just means that I need to take a break and let my subconscious work through whatever problems I'm having. When the time is right the solution will simply appear and then you can move on.

13. What advice would you give aspiring writers?

Keep writing and writing, then edit and edit some more. Ask for feedback from anyone who is willing to read your work but don't be disappointed if they don't instantly love it. Take their negative criticisms and use them to improve your writing and make it even better.

14. Anything you'd like to say to your readers?

I really was a fighting elf in the Lord of the Rings movies. You can't see me though, I was one of the shortish elvish extras so I generally played dead.

Why, I dare say, what an excellent note to end this lovely interview on! How can you go wrong with Lord of the Rings? Thank you so much for the interview, Fleur, and congratulations on your marriage next month!

I recently finished Arabelle's Shadows, and I'll be posting my review in due time (couple days, tops), so watch out for it! Again, if you'd like to enter the giveaway, click on THIS LINK. June 27 is the last day to enter!

If you happen to miss the date, or you don't win, don't worry--Arabelle's Shadows is still available on various online shopping sites, including Amazon. If you're interested, drop a comment and I can send you some links about where to purchase a copy of Arabelle's Shadows.

G'day, mates! 'Til next time!:D

-Hannah

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

So I have some good news and...

Hey all!
 
As you can surmise from the title, I have some good news and of course with good news you always have some bad news.
 
 
Me thinking of everything I have to do for this new job!
Some updates first: our blogger, Hannah, is on a month long Internet free hiatus. She may or may not pop up here and there but for the most part she will be out there*gestures to the world*. Exploring the wild, learning how to...do something new. I don't really know. She'll have some posts scheduled and ready for your viewing pleasure so keep an eye out for those. Have fun Hannah!
Catherine, Nitza, and Bobbi also seem to be getting super busy but we'll all try our best
 
Now for the good news: I got a job! Yes! I'll be doing paperwork. And oh what a lot of paperwork! *sighs* I'll learning a ton of new things but I'll know I'll be fine.

The bad news: Yep these next few weeks are going to be crazy as I am learning the ropes of the business. You know what that means. Less time to read and blog! That's why I've been MIA for a while now. I'm working on scheduling my posts so they can be ready for you when the time comes. I'll try to be on as much as I can but it might not be much. At least not for a little while whilst it all gets organized.
 
In the meantime I want to hold a giveaway for all you awesome people who are still hanging in there with us and checking out our blog often. You rock!
Details:
  • 3 winners.
  • International
  • Any Ebook of your choice.
 
 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Arabelle's Shadows GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY: Arabelle's Shadows
Author: Fleur Gaskin
Published: November 2012
Genre: Women's Fiction

'Tis another giveaway, lovelies! This time, we have a dramatic novel about overcoming the overbearing personal demons of depression and loneliness. The author, Fleur Gaskin, has agreed to give away 3 ebook copies of her debut novel.

Everything in Arabelle's life is coming together. She has confidence, great friends, and she's even dating Naak, a wealthy Thai socialite. But there are too many models in Bangkok. Arabelle's broke, she can't find an agent in New York, and Naak isn't as wonderful as he first appears. Slowly the Shadows creep back into Arabelle's mind, bringing with them thoughts of hopelessness and despair. The vile Shadows know something Arabelle's refusing to remember and, if she's not careful, they'll use it to destroy her. Based on a true story, Arabelle's Shadows takes us on a journey through the struggles of growing up, not quite making it as an international model, and attempting to overcome a crushing depression.

Just drop your name and email address in the comments to enter! The giveaway will last two weeks, thus ending at 11:59pm on June 27. Be sure to enter before then!

I also have an interview with Fleur Gaskin coming up, and I will be reviewing Arabelle's Shadows as well. Looking forward to it!:)

-Hannah

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Author Interview | Teresa Orts

Hi all! *waves*
I had the very great pleasure of interviewing Teresa Orts, author of The Year of the Great Seventh recently and she shared some pretty incredible things with me. Trust me you'll want to read this one!

Teresa Orts*In a very bad French accent* Bonjour, Teresa! How are you? Velcome to my blog! I am so happy to have you here vit me! Think I might have mixed up my accents!

*back to my regular accent* Teresa, I have to be honest when I first read the synopsis I became soooooo curious. Let me tell you why, it was VERY mysterious. I've read a ton of books with the Greek mythology interwoven through its pages but not too many Egyptian (if any!) so the interest level skyrocketed! What made you want to write about Egyptian lore?

I’m glad you asked! In this book everything happened by chance. One night out of nowhere, I started typing a short story that turned into this novel. Well, the Egyptian theme idea came to me by chance, too. After I wrote the first 2 chapters, which then was just a short story, I didn’t know where the novel was going to go. I was walking around Central Park and I bumped into Cleopatra’s needle, the obelisk behind the Metropolitan Museum. It piqued my curiosity! Why have a piece of ancient Egypt in the middle of New York City? Then I started researching the origin, and that’s how the idea came about.

I had a History teacher who made me fall in love with History because of the way he explained it and told it. My favorite lessons were always the Ancient Civilizations. *smiles, remembering the good old days* Like Sophie, are you a history buff? Should we take a guess as to which lessons were your favorties?

Ahhahah! There’s got to be something about history teachers. I had one in high school that was the best teacher I ever had. On top of that, every girl in my high school had a crush on him.

He promised to take his ten best students on a trip to visit some of the monuments we had studied, and believe me, there was a lot of competition to get one of those ten spots. I pretty much ignored all my other classes to get one of the ten best grades in the class. I still remember the trip!

When you're not writing spectacular stories, what do you do?

I have quite a few things going on at the moment. I work full-time, have a seven-month-old baby, and exercise often. When I have spare time, I like to hang out with my husband or go out for dinner with friends.

Recently I spoke to the main characters of The Year of the Great Seventh, Nate and Sophie, and the are some cool beans! Are they modeled after anyone or are they pure imagination? (You can find that interview HERE)

Well, they are not anybody specific. Instead, each is a combination of people I have met through the years.

The Year of the Great SeventhIf you could meet any author (dead or alive) who would you fangirl over? *giggles*

When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with a Spanish writer, Lucia Etxebarria. I used to think of her as my revolutionary “Godmother.” I’d love to meet her one day. Unfortunately, I don’t think any of her work has been translated into English.

There really wasn't much of a love triangle. Is there a reason as to why this was so? I'm happy though that there really was no one else messing everything up.

I didn’t plot out the novel ahead of time. Instead, I just wrote each chapter without knowing what would happen next. I didn’t consciously try to avoid a love triangle; I guess I just got to the end and realized that there wasn’t one.

*leans in curiously* Have you ever been to a red carpet event? If you have, was it as you described it in the book?

Glad you asked this question! I have a really cool friend who works for one of the major film distribution companies in London, and she often gives me premiere tickets. Not only that, I get to go to the after-parties and hang out with the actors. I’ve been elbow-to-elbow with Tom Cruise, Antonio Banderas, Sacha Baron-Cohen (could keep going for a while.) The downside is that I’m a chicken! When I’m standing next to them, I never have the courage to introduce myself.

Back to the novel. Throughout my life, a lot of strange things had happened to me, but this one is definitely in the top three. I was doing a girls’ road trip from L.A. to Las Vegas with two of my BFF’s. When we landed in L.A., I was about to start writing the premiere chapter in the novel, and since I hadn’t been to any premieres in L.A., I wanted to check one out. My plan was to take some photos of the red carpet and the fans. I asked at the hotel if there were any happening that night, and they told me that one of the Twilight movie premieres was happening that evening.

I asked my friends if we could stop by to take some photos, and off we went. We got there about an hour before the premiere, and there were about a gazillion girls. I started taking photos of the fans when one of the movie executives came to us and asked if we wanted to go in. We said yes, and he handed us the three tickets. He escorted us through the crowd, removed the velvet rope, and led us into the theatre. Why us, when there were hundreds of people outside – some of whom had even been sleeping in the street – I’ll never know.

Getting back to your question. The premiere chapter is based on that night.

*whispers conspiratorially* A little bird tells me that you have a baby at home and have been able to finish The Year of the Great Seventh. How did you manage that? Did you have a specified time to write or just sat down to jot it all down when your muse started whispering to you?

When the baby arrived, I had lots of drafts, so it was just putting it all together. You spend a lot of time at home in your PJ’s when you have a newborn! I guess it was the perfect way to kill the downtime.

What can we look forward to seeing from you? More Egyptian lore? Or maybe something about werewolves? *chuckles* Or maybe some werewolves mixed with some Egyptian lore!

I’d love to see Egyptian vampires! lol! No, no vampires or werewolves on the horizon. I have already drafted some chapters for the sequel, and it will still have a fantasy element, but I see Nate and Sophie departing from the Egyptian theme. I don’t want to spoil it too much, so I guess you’ll just have to wait and see.

Quick! The Year of the Great Seventh is going to be made into a movie! Who is going to play Nate and Sophie?

I’ve been asked this many times, and my answer continues being the same. When I imagine Nate and Sophie, I can’t think of any actors. I guess in my head they are two unknown actors.

Thank you so much for being here on my blog, Teresa! 

Make sure to keep an eye out for my review of The Year of the Great Seventh next month!


LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...