Friday, January 20, 2012

Unfurl by Cidney Swanson -- Blog Tour!

Today, I have the privilege to be a part of the Unfurl Blog Tour. Unfurl is the third book in the Ripple Series. The author, Cidney Swanson, happens to be a super groovy chick. I've heard wonderful things about this series. (I happen to adore every book cover in this series. Don't you?)

Here's Cidney




Love in a Minor Key 

While my main characters are the ones who wake me early in the morning and keep me tossing and turning at night, there are days when I find myself a bit seduced by the charms of a minor character.

Like Sir Walter de Rochefort.

Ah, Sir Walter, you relentless tease. Of all the characters in my Ripple series, he’s the most likely to show up inside my head with a mission to tell me what he’s thinks of something. Anything. The dinner I cooked. The dinner I didn’t cook. The danger in which I’ve placed him in a current chapter. His opinions on American culture. Or American slang. Or American vegetables. Or American _________. (You fill in the blank—he’s got lots of opinions about all things American.)

Whereas my other characters (major and minor) skedaddle the moment I finish writing for the day, Sir Walter refuses. He hangs around unseen and unexpected like the invisible man he is. And then he ambushes me at absolutely ridiculous moments with his Gallic wit and accent (which is remarkably sexy, considering he’s old enough to be my . . . er . . . never mind—too hard to calculate.)

His complete devotion to France and all things French just kills me. He’s so certain that his country has already pronounced the last word in everything from fashion to dining to automobiles. I mean, really? (“Absolument, my dear,” he replies. Absolutely.)

There’s the fact he can cook a mean cassoulet, dispatch an armed villain, and perform surgery all within a few hours. There’s his loyalty to Mickie, Will and Samanthe. There’s his ability to take a trivial experience (a day at an amusement park) and draw out of that lessons for living life with more compassion. Or with a willingness to sacrifice one’s own life for the good of others. Um, gosh, Sir Walter. Maybe I should be grateful you hang around so much. Maybe it will rub off on me.

So, in a few minutes when I step away from my desk for the evening, I’ll be keeping an ear out for my French friend. I’m reheating take-out pizza. I’m sure he’ll have something to say about that.

What minor characters have you fallen for big time?

Sir Walter invites you to enter the giveaway below, of which he approves, and in which he is an important if minor character.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Green by Karly Kirkpatrick

I had the pleasure of reading this most excellent novel many months back. I loved it. And now you can read it, too!

The Announcement

Karly Kirkpatrick and DarkSide Publishing are excited to announce the release of Kirkpatrick’s third novel, the edgy YA contemporary romance, THE GREEN.
The Book
How far would you go to save your dream?
Seventeen-year-old Ariceli Pisa is a senior at the prestigious Cambridge High School and has her sights set on Northwestern University. She's a cheerleader, a member of the National Honor Society...and a drug dealer. That's not the only secret she has to keep from her best friend Naomi--she’s also madly in love with Naomi’s ex-boyfriend, James Bartlett. Trying to balance her life at Cambridge High with her new demanding job keeps her teetering on the edge of disaster.
THE GREEN is available in ebook format at the following retailers for $3.99:
Also available on Amazon UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.
For more info about Karly and her books, check out www.karlykirkpatrick.com and www.darksidepublishing.com.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Someday Famous YA Author - Cory Putman Oakes

We have the pleasure of meeting a super-awesome author, who also happens to be an Indelible. Today, I introduce to you Cory Putman Oakes, Q and A style.

About Cory

Cory Putman Oakes was born in Basel, Switzerland, but grew up in Novato, California and attended Marin Catholic High School. She then spent three fantastic years at the University of California at Los Angeles before graduating in 2001 with a B.A. in Psychology. In 2004, Cory graduated from Cornell Law School with a Juris Doctorate Degree and her husband, Mark (the first was the intended consequence of attending the school, the second was a bonus). Since then, she has been an associate at a big law firm, taught business law to undergraduates at Texas State University and written several books for young people. Cory now lives in Austin, Texas with Mark and their beautiful daughter, Sophia. In addition to writing, Cory enjoys reading, cooking, running, and hanging out with her family and pets.
THE VEIL is Cory’s first published work.

Q AND A

1. The description for your debut novel, The Veil, sounds so mysterious and exciting. Please tell us a little about it and what inspired you to write it.

Thanks! The Veil is actually set in my hometown of Novato, California (which is near San Francisco). A lot of the locations in the book were inspired by places I used to hang out when I was in high school – like Jest Jewels (the awesome jewelry store), the Headlands, and Ghirardelli Square. But most of the other things in the book – like the Annorasi, the special powers, and the really hot guy – those were all things I made up. There was definitely nobody like Luc in my high school – but I always wished there was!

2. OMG! You're an attorney! Wow. Do you still practice? If yes, how do you find the time to do it all? If no, what made you decide to leave that field?

Leaving the law was a very difficult decision! But I knew I wanted to write and I didn’t have time to do that when I was practicing full time at a law firm. I taught business law at Texas State University for a while, and I was better able to balance that schedule with writing. But now-a-days, writing and taking care of my daughter (who is almost 2) take up pretty much all of my time.

3. Why YA?

The books that I really fell in love with – the ones that made me want to be a writer myself – were all YA books. I read a lot of Tamora Pierce and Robin McKinley when I was young and basically I wanted to be them when I grew up (or their main characters – I would have been happy growing up to be Alanna or Harry too). I think that’s still where my mind goes when I sit down to write – back to the books that inspired me. I would love to make someone feel that way about my books one day!


4. I read on your bio that you were born in Switzerland. How cool is that? Have you gone back to visit? If yes, what's one thing you find shockingly different about life in Switzerland vs. America?

My parents are American but they lived in Switzerland for a short time, to have an adventure before they settled down. We moved back to the US when I was just a couple of months old. I’ve been back to visit a few times – it’s so beautiful there!

The only cultural difference I really know of (aside from the fact that they are really, really good at making chocolate) is that the Swiss are, in general, more reserved than Americans. Specifically, they do not squeal over babies in public, the way Americans do. After I was born, my parents thought there was something hideously wrong with me until they landed back in the US and people finally started telling them how cute I was. (Or maybe I was hideous for those first couple of months? I guess we’ll never know . . .)


5. List the top five of your top ten favorite things. ;) And/or what is one question that you want someone to ask in an interview, but they haven't. Then, answer it.

1. My family (my hubby, my daughter, my dog and two cats)
2.That moment while reading (or writing) when you say to yourself, “OMG this is going to be good.”
3. Chocolate
4. Feeling that I am organized, on top of things, and ahead of the game (this almost never happens!)
5. A good meal with old friends and a great bottle of wine.

Thank you, Cory, for spending some time with us today!

THE VEIL 

Seventeen-year-old Addison Russell is in for a shock when she discovers that she can see the invisible world of the Annorasi. Suddenly, nothing is as it appears to be—the house she lives in, the woman who raised her, even the most beautiful boy in town all turn out to be more than what they seem. And when this strange new world forces Addy to answer for a crime that was committed long ago, by parents she has never known, she has no choice but to trust Luc, the mysterious Annorasi who has been sent to protect her.

Or so he says . . .


To find out more about Cory, check out her blog, Facebook, or Twitter.

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, January 14, 2012

and the winner is...



Thank you for participating in the Indelibles On Fire Blog Hop Giveaway. We are so excited at the number of people who entered. If you missed the announcement on who won the Kindle Fire, you can check it out on the Indelibles blog. Congratulations!

I was so happy at the number of people who showed interest in my novels. The emails to the winners have been sent. So, if you haven't received an email, you should notify me. Why, you say? Because everyone who entered my giveaway will be awarded the book of their choice. Yay!

As I mentioned in the email, I'm the type of person who enters contests all the time. Yet, I never win. I'd at least like a gold star, or something, from my efforts, but the win cool stuff fairy never passes my way. Therefore, I'd like to award everyone who took the time and effort to post on my blog during the giveaway something special as a thank you. Your interest in my stories means a lot to me.

If you posted on the blog, but didn't get an email, please do let me know. There were a couple emails that didn't go through.

Thank you, again, and enjoy!


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Introducing The Indelibles

THIS HOP IS NOW OVER. THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED! I'll email the winner of my giveaway this weekend.

Welcome to The Indelibles Blog Hop!


In celebration of our official launch, we are giving away a KINDLE FIRE! If you’d like to start at the beginning of the INDELIBLES ON FIRE GIVEAWAY BLOG HOP, then please start here: http://indeliblewriters.blogspot.com/

If you are already mid-hop, then welcome to your next stop! By following the link at the bottom of this post, you can proceed to the next author (and check out the awesome, individual giveaways we are doing along the way!). If you are entering to win the KINDLE FIRE, don’t forget to make a note of the keyword at the end of every blog post - the words spell out a phrase you will need to enter the contest on the last stop.

Who are we?  Marketing guru Shelli Johannes Wells has teamed up with twenty-four other indie and small press authors to bring you the Indelibles.



“We are indie authors who write middle grade and young adult fiction.
We are dedicated to leaving a permanent mark on the world with our stories and words.
We are The Indelibles.”

Each week, we’ll explore fun, fabulous, and fierce topics for today’s teens, drawing on pop culture and themes from the books we write. Check out our official launch on Monday, January 9th, for fun giveaways at http://indeliblewriters.blogspot.com/. We’ll also be having a “blogger” chat on January 11th and a writer/author chat on the 18th to answer questions about self and indie pubbing. See our blog for details.
  *The hop begins at 12:01 AM EST on Monday, January 9th and ends 12:01 AM EST Thursday, January 12th.
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This is the part I introduce myself. My name is Angela Carlie. I write fiction about young people. Hanging out with my almost thirteen-year-old son and my forever thirty-year-old (ha!) husband, reading, hiking, kayaking, and traveling are some of the other activities I enjoy most.
  We can hangout together too! Just follow my blog, or join me on Facebook.
I'm giving away two of my ebooks this week: Loramendi's Story -- A Lords of Shifters Novel and Dream Smashers. To find out more about these books, click on the titles. If you'd like a copy of either of these books, please comment below. Tell me which book you are interested in and leave your email so I may contact you if you win. I'll enter your name in a drawing and announce the winner on Saturday, January 14th. 
This blog will self-destruct on Thursday, January 12th, at no particular time.
The keyword for the stop on this hop is: WORLD
Continue the hop and visit the next Indelible author here: Melanie McCullough
 Good luck! :) 
 
 THIS HOP IS NOW OVER. THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED! I'll email the winner of my giveaway this weekend.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Someday Famous YA Author -- Lisa Nowak

I've talked about this talented author a couple times before. We met a few months ago while on the Rain Boots Required YA Author Tour. She's smart, funny, and writes awesome stories. She was kind enough to answer a few of my questions about her writing and the Full Throttle series.


A Little About Lisa

Lisa is the author of Running Wide Open and Getting Sideways, a retired amateur stock car racer, an accomplished cat whisperer, and a professional smartass. She lives in Milwaukie, Oregon with her husband, four cats, and two giant sequoias.



A Little About Lisa Q and A Style

1. What inspired you to write this series?

Getting to know the racing community. I was really impressed by this particular subculture of American society. They’re the kind of people who will fight fiercely on the track, then turn around and lend a part to a competitor in the pits. They’re willing to take anybody in as one of their own. Sure, they might think you’re a little odd if you don’t fit the mold, but since you love racing, you’re one of them. Not that they don’t have their rivalries and squabbles. But I guess all families are like that, right? In fact, that’s probably the perfect analogy. The racing community is like one big family. They might not like everything you do, but they love you, and they’ll stick up for you.

2. Who got you interested in racing? Tell us a little about your career as a race car driver.

There wasn’t really any one person who got me interested. I started teaching myself how to work on cars after I took the first one I owned (a ’72 Gremlin) to a shop and felt like I got ripped off. I’ve always been pretty independent (go figure, an indie author who’s independent) and a tomboy, so it was only natural for me to want to know how to work on my own car. That led to an interest in cars in general, which led to racing.

I started competing in the Street Stock division at Eugene Speedway in 1987. That was the community I truly fell in love with. I dedicated my first book to them. My most memorable experience there was rolling my car, and it was more fun than scary, though the repairs afterward weren’t exactly a picnic. After four years, I moved to Hickory, North Carolina because I was obsessed with the sport. Back then, if you lived anywhere but the South, only diehard fans cared about it. I spent almost five years there, racing at Hickory Motor Speedway and Tri-county Speedway, but I wasn’t very competitive. I’d say I spent more time learning how to build cars than driving them. It was a valuable experience, though, because I really came to enjoy the metal fabrication process. In 1995, I moved back to Oregon and raced at Portland Speedway in the Limited Sportsman division until they tore up the asphalt and went to dirt in 2000. They closed entirely the year after that.

These days I sponsor a driver at Sunset Speedway. Last year it was a 12-year-old boy, and next season it’ll be his 15-year-old brother, who took the Pure Stock championship in 2011 before he was even old enough to have a drivers’ license. Being a sponsor is so much less stressful than building and driving a car. Stock car racing can be a fairly high-contact sport, even though it’s not intended to be, which results in a lot of maintenance and repairs. It’s like having a second full time job, only one that takes all your money instead of paying you.

3. Gardening and racing. Two occupations at opposite ends of a spectrum, yet you enjoy them both. One is full of excitement and adrenaline, and the other, well, not. Does one cancel out the other to keep you balanced? What aspects of each do you love the most?

“Balance” is a good way of putting it, Angela. In fact Cody (my MC) talks about that very concept in Getting Sideways, only the “yin” to his racing “yang” is karate. I was just getting into gardening when I was driving, and it did seem to be therapeutic. Now, as a landscaper and a writer, I’ve found that the physical aspect of the landscaping balances the mental aspect of writing. It’s been very helpful to me to have two distinctly different ways to spend my time. When I’m getting too much of the one, I can rely on the other to bring me back into balance.

4. What more adventures are in store for Cody? How many books can we expect from this series?

There are five books in the series, but they’re not all written from Cody’s point of view. After the first two, Jess comes into the picture. She’s Cody’s love interest. Only she’s not really that hot on having a boyfriend, especially not Cody. She mistakes him for a player and doesn’t want anything to do with him at first. As the daughter of an alcoholic, and a girl mechanic struggling to be taken seriously, she has some trust issues. Jess narrates Driven and Redline, which will be published in 2012. The last book, which doesn’t have a title yet, is written from a split POV.

5. What is one question that you'd like to answer that hasn't been asked of you yet? And answer the question.

Why did you write a contemporary realistic boy book? Are you flippin’ crazy?

I guess I probably am. I never thought about marketing when I started this series, I just wrote about a subject that was near and dear to my heart. Writing from a boy’s perspective is a lot of fun for me. There seems to be a fifteen-year-old boy living inside my head, and frankly it kinda sucks because he hogs all the pizza.

Thanks, Lisa!

Thanks for hosting me, Angela. :)

Running Wide Open and Getting Sideways are now available! I know you'll want to purchase them now, so here are the links:

Running Wide Open: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

Getting Sideways: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords

To find more about Lisa, you can check her out on these sites: