Thursday, May 26, 2016

April Reading Wrap Up / Book Haul

Here's my April reading wrap up and book haul, kind of late, but that seems to be the norm right now :P You can find the links to my written reviews below the videos.






Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tour Stop: THE LETTER by Willowy Whisper




I'm happy to welcome back Willowy Whisper on blog tour with her new book "The Letter" the second book in The Hills of Innocence Trilogy



SYNOPSIS
First it was just a letter, maybe a joke, a coincidence. Now it was more than that. Now it was a living nightmare, threatening everyone he loved, pulling his greatest fear into a reality . . .
As the letters keep coming, Brock Sumner watches his world shatter at his feet. Building a wall around his heart seemed like the only answer. Is there any other way to protect the woman he loves?
A drunk, with no incentive to change; a runaway, with a price on his back; a young child, afraid in the dark . . .
Will the letters, perhaps, pull their lives together? Or will the killer find a way to destroy them all? 




ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Willowy Whisper is a seventeen-year-old author. Living in the quiet hills of West Virginia, Willow writes novels, short stories, and blog posts. She is a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, and an incurable romantic. 





What was your inspiration for writing “The Letter”? 

I can't say that I really had something specific inspire me. It was more of a case of “I'm gonna write a second book to my series”. So I did. 

Do you have any favorite writing music or specific soundtracks for your books? 

Well...no. But if any music would be amazing to go with my book, it would probably be The Last of the Mohicans (soundtrack from the movie). 

What is your writing process like? Are you a “planner” or a “pantster”? 

When I first started writing, I went with more of a think-of-the-next-thing-as-you-write attitude—and it worked. For a while. My second novel, however, never went anywhere (I never published it or let anyone read it besides my editor) because I didn't have a well-planned plot. Since then, before each novel I make myself a fairly detailed outline—and for the most part, I stick with it. I've found that it works the best for me (although with short stories, I usually go spontaneous). 

Which of your characters would you most like to be friends with? 

If you're talking about just “friends”, Lacey would probably get along splendidly with her author. :) But I'd like to marry Brock Sumner. Too bad I made him up. :)

Which character would you not want to know in real life? 

For the sake of spoilers, I won't mention any names—but the sender of the letters would definitely be a person I would not want to know. 

What is a book you would recommend to anyone? 

The Hawk and the Jewel (by Lori Wick) is probably the best, most romantic book I have ever read, and if I were ever to recommend a book to someone, that would probably be it. 

Anything in the works now? 

Yes (always pretty much something in the works)! Book 3 of the Hills of Innocence Trilogy is in the beginning stages...in other words, the “outline” is all that's been established. I am also writing a short story.  


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Willowy Whisper's Blog: http://willowywhisper.com

Friday, April 22, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Blood Ties Blog Tour Final Day

Well, we've finally come to the last day of the Blood Ties Blog Tour. I just want to thank everyone who participated both the tour hosts and the people who stopped by to read the posts. I had a lot of fun doing interviews and stuff to share a little more about Blood Ties.

Now, since it's the last day, I thought I would do something a little different and made a baking video where I show you how to make the recipe for Lady Mac Cool's apple muffins that appear at the end of the book. So hope you enjoy :P Thanks again so much!



Don't forget to grab a copy of Blood Ties

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Paperback from Amazon

Smashwords Ebook

Kindle Ebook

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Blood Ties Blog Tour: Why Blood Ties in a(n) (Unconventionally) Diverse Book


Well, I scheduled an unexpected stop on my blog because I've had a couple problems getting people to post on time so I thought I would compensate by posting up a semi-rant about the "Diverse Book" craze and why I think Blood Ties fits in in a way that is completely unconventional. 


Why Blood Ties is a(n) (unconventionally) “Diverse” Book


With all the talk these days about the infamous and obviously sought after “Diverse Book”, I thought I would talk about why Blood Ties is a genuinely diverse book in the truest sense—in fact in the way people seem to have forgotten the term means. Everyone seems to think “diverse” means stories about gender equality and making sure we don’t insult “popular” minorities and make them feel bad. Well, screw that, because that’s not what a diverse book should be. And I want to make sure you all understand now that I’m not saying my book is better than everyone else’s, I just am trying to get my point across as to what I feel about the “Diverse Book Dilemma”.

To me a “diverse” book is about throwing different people together and seeing them overcome those differences and interact. Showing different races is definitely part of that—you still see (quote) “diverse” books with this theme on occasion, but people seem to forget that EVERY race is diverse, sometimes even ones within the same country or community. I’m not going to go into the races I think are overdone in “diverse” books but I think every race should be treated the same, in fact, calling any one race diverse seems to be more reverse racism than anything in my opinion.

Blood Ties is definitely racially diverse. Yes, they are all Irish people for the most part, but you also have Faeries, and the ongoing war they have been fighting with the Goblins. The book features interactions between the two races, and even budding friendships. You know what else is racially diverse? Lord of the Rings. What is more racially diverse than Humans, Elves, Hobbits and Dwarves having to work together to get to a common goal?



But there’s another thing that I think people need to take into account when they think of “diverse” books. Personality types. With the popularity of figuring out your Myers Briggs’ type these days, I think recognizing different personality types for who they are and accepting that (or hating their guts in good fun) is also a diverse thing. You no longer have to be a psychology major to understand your introverted friend so in a way, the idea of being one of the more “unpopular” personality types that people don’t understand isn’t such a bad thing any more because it’s one of the few actually good things that we ‘socially accept’ anymore. Whenever I go to write a book I make sure there is a diverse cast of personalities because watching people have to work together who might not get along and how they overcome that is something that makes a book and story richer. Within this category, I think putting in things about mental diseases or psychological wounds, is also something we need to recognize. And again, not the normal ones that we see all the time because they have ‘awareness days’ and world-wide committees that raise money for the awareness thereof. Things like depression, PTSD, and other things of the sort that are almost taboo to think of as actual ‘problems’ and yet need so much more support than half these other ‘mental diseases’. (But that’s another rant I won’t get into.)

So that’s what Blood Ties has, and this is what I look for in a diverse book. Because “diverse” books are no longer “diverse” because they are all about the same bloody things. Let’s try to promote diverse books to be genuinely diverse again by writing stories simply about different people. Nothing drastic, and certainly nothing that will result in a soap box shoved down your readers’ throats, just pleasantly diverse.




Warning: Flaming comments will be doused with the Sacred Waters of Sarcasm—we all have our opinions.


Sunday, February 28, 2016

BLOOD TIES Blog Tour: Day One




It's the start of the blog tour for Blood Ties! I'm going to be visiting blogs and there will be interviews and excerpts and reviews for you to read, as well as a giveaway to enter for a signed copy of Blood Ties and Swag. So follow the tour and make sure you enter the giveaway to earn all the point you can.












Itinerary

February 29th-- Introduction here at Character Purgatory
March 1st-- An author interview over at Reading Anyone
March 3rd-- A Feature at J D R Hawkin's Blog
March 4th-- An author interview over at The Reading Hedgehog
March 6th-- Sunday Snippets at Segilola Salami's blog
March 7th-- A feature over at Raymond Walker's Blog
March 9th-- A "guest" post here at Character Purgatory
March 10th-- A feature and review over at Murray of Letho
March 14th-- A review over at The Road of a Writer
March 15th-- A review and interview over at Ben Writes Books
March 16th-- An author interview over at Amanda McCrina's Blog
March 16th-- A guest post at Roman Masks 
March 17th and 18th-- A review and interview at The Royal Polar Bear Reads
March 18th-- Wrap up here at Character Purgatory


a Rafflecopter giveaway

And as a special surprise to open the tour, I would love to announce the official Blood Ties book trailer! Hope you enjoy! And please follow the tour and comment on this post for more chances to enter the giveaway =)