Blog Tour: Soul Possessed by Katlyn Duncan

I am so happy to be on Kierney Scott’s blog today for my Soul Possessed Pre-Release Blog Tour! Today I am going to introduce you to two of my main female characters in The Life After trilogy along with some *spoiler free* excerpts from the first two books in the series.

Allegra “Ally” Greene was one of the first characters to pop into my mind when I started developing the idea for this series. In Soul Taken she is a seventeen-year-old girl who has everything she has ever wanted. She is feared and respected by her peers and is also drop dead gorgeous. But when Ally’s soul is stolen, another main character steps in to protect her body until it is found…

Maggie is the narrator of the trilogy. She is a strong and independent soul, who has been Soul Collecting (transporting souls from the Living Realm to the After Realm) for over a century since her death at seventeen. She has no memories of her human life but that starts to change as she spends more time in Ally’s body. Maggie discovers her and Ally have more in common than she could have ever imagined.

These characters were so fun to write and also quite challenging. They are both strong characters but in significantly different ways. I hope you enjoy reading their story as much as I enjoyed writing them!

I am hosting two giveaways below. The international giveaway is for a $25 Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk gift card. All you have to do is pre-order Soul Possessed and email me your pre-order confirmation at duncankatlyn@gmail.com and you are automatically entered! The second giveaway is for U.S. only and it is an eBook of Soul Possessed from Amazon.com. Good luck!

Thanks for having me Kierney!

Release Date: October 28, 2013
Publisher: Carina UK
Series: Book 2, The Life After Trilogy
Genre: YA Paranormal
ISBN: 9781472044556
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Life after Life

Now Maggie has been given the chance of her after-life to become a Guard, nothing will stand in her way. Not even the undeniable attraction she feels for her trainer and past love—Jackson. But when the battle between Shadowed and Guard begins again which side will she choose?

When her boss, Felix, partners Jackson and Maggie up with Ally and Cooper to investigate terrifying Shadowed activity, she doesn’t think it could get any worse. Jackson and Cooper barely tolerate each other and this time, Maggie isn’t just proving her loyalty to the Guard during one mission…she has a side mission too. One so secret and so dangerous she can’t tell a soul…

Excerpt:
“Margaret!” Gemma shouted with glee. “Come out of there, I know you are trying to scare me!”

I watched the young red-haired girl put her hands on her hips, trying to
be brave. She scanned their father’s study, narrowing her eyes. The
fire roaring in the hearth was the only source of light in the room,
casting dark shadows across the furniture.

Maggie hid behind her father’s chair, in silent wait for her prey.

“I’m going to tell Mother!”

Maggie’s little hands tightened on the chair but she didn’t make a
sound. I walked over to her, watching her mouth twist up into a sly
grin. She was the older of the girls, but she protected her sister
fiercely, proclaiming she was the only one who could tease her. Gemma
hated when Maggie played games, but it thrilled Maggie no end and I
could feel excited anticipation roll off her in waves.

Gemma’s bravery faltered as she stepped forward toward the overstuffed
armchair, expecting her sister to jump out at her at any moment.

But Maggie waited. She had incredible patience, but I sensed that part
of it was stubbornness and a desire to test boundaries. Her head poked
out from behind the chair just as Gemma turned toward the love seat. I
watched as Maggie slowly came out of her hiding spot and charged at her
sister.

Gemma let out a scream but Maggie covered her sister’s mouth with her hand.

Both girls collapsed on the floor, Gemma’s muffled squeals threatening to break through Maggie’s tiny fingers.

“Shh,” Maggie cooed.

Gemma managed to wrestle her mouth away from Maggie’s hand. “I hate
you!” Her indignation faltered into a fit of giggles and Maggie quickly
joined her.

As she helped her sister up from the floor Maggie said, “Gemma. You need
to always expect the unexpected. You can’t go through life being scared
all the time.” Even though Maggie was a mere nine years old, she spoke
as if she’d lived lifetimes before. It was one of the things that drew
me to her more than any other Prognatum I’d watched.

Maggie took a handkerchief and wiped her sister’s cheeks.

“A lady wouldn’t do that to her sister,” Gemma said, finally relaxing.

“I don’t want to be a lady,” Maggie stated firmly. “I want to see the world and not just make babies for the rest of my life.”

Gemma shook her head. “That’s what we are supposed to do. That’s what Mother does.”

Maggie’s indignation flowed through her and into me. I knew Maggie was
born to follow through with her Prognatum duties, she just didn’t know
it yet. It was rare for a Prognatum to want the Guard position but
Maggie would be thrilled when her father revealed it to her at
seventeen.

As Maggie reached down to help Gemma up from the floor she whispered, “It’s not for me.”

Gemma wrapped her sister in a tight hug. “I will love you either way, dear sister.”

Maggie rested her head against Gemma’s shoulder. “I love you too.”

Release date: June 4, 2013, Carina UK
Series
: Book 1 in The Life After Trilogy
Genre
: YA Paranormal
ISBN
: 978-1-472-01709-3

After-life just got a lot more complicated

Maggie is a Soul Collector. It’s her job to transport souls from the Living Realm to the After – but during a mission to find a stolen soul, she ends up stuck in a teen mean girl’s body. Trapped, Maggie’s soul is catapulted into Ally’s life – and the human world she hasn’t experienced for one hundred years. But, as a descendant of the most powerful beings in the After, Maggie must rescue Ally before the girl’s soul dies…

To survive, Maggie must uncover devastating secrets – because with one soul taken by a terrifying enemy, Maggie’s could be next!

Excerpt:
I knelt down again next to Ally and reached out to touch her skin. Even though the sensation was unpleasant, I could feel her pulse as it rapidly declined.

“No,” I moaned.

I looked up again to see if any of the Guard could help, but no one was around.

I looked back down at Ally. Her face was paling by the second. My soul started to tingle. I leaned closer to her body, reaching my hand out to touch her face again, when her arm moved toward mine.

I jumped back.

Heather pushed through the crowd. “Did she just move? Did I see her move?” Streaks of black mascara ran down her cheeks.

A ringing sensation tickled my ear and I tuned in to the True Soul’s presence. I looked at each human. The True Soul was close, but who had it? They all seemed equally shocked at the tragedy.

An uncomfortable pressure in my chest drew me closer to her body.

My soul slanted toward hers until I was practically on top of her. I helplessly watched my hand morph and stretch toward her body. “What the—?” I tried to pull back but the strength of whatever was happening had other ideas. My hand disappeared first, then my arm, then my torso.

But before I could call for help, my world went dark.

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Excerpt:

I knelt down again next to Ally and reached out to touch her skin. Even though the sensation was unpleasant, I could feel her pulse as it rapidly declined.

“No,” I moaned. I looked up again to see if any of the Guard could help, but no one was around.

I looked back down at Ally. Her face was paling by the second. My soul started to tingle. I leaned closer to her body, reaching my hand out to touch her face again, when her arm moved toward mine.

I jumped back.

Heather pushed through the crowd. “Did she just move? Did I see her move?” Streaks of black mascara ran down her cheeks.

A ringing sensation tickled my ear and I tuned in to the True Soul’s presence. I looked at each human. The True Soul was close, but who had it? They all seemed equally shocked at the tragedy.

An uncomfortable pressure in my chest drew me closer to her body. My soul slanted toward hers until I was practically on top of her. I helplessly watched my hand morph and stretch toward her body.

“What the—?” I tried to pull back but the strength of whatever was happening had other ideas. My hand disappeared first, then my arm, then my torso.

But before I could call for help, my world went dark.

About the Author: Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.

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Mint Meringue Recipe

 One of my favourite hobbies is feeding people. I know every diet guru in the world will tell you that food is not love, but my friends, sometimes it is. When I want to tell my neighbours I appreciate them, I bake them cookies. When my friend found out her boyfriend was cheating, I baked her a pie. Why? Because it was a heartfelt way to tell her I care. And pie is delicious.

Tomorrow I am having missionaries over for dinner because I can’t stand the idea of people being away from their families so I cook for them. Anyway, I need a nice light dessert to serve with my stodgy American main (sloppy Joe’s) and I remembered mint meringues. They are light and airy and taste like wee gifts from heaven.  

All you need is:

2 egg whites

2/3 of a cup of sugar

1 cap peppermint extract

1 drop green food colouring

1 package milk chocolate chips

Beat egg whites until stiff, add sugar, extract, and colouring . Stir in chocolate chips Heat oven to 350F. Drop teaspoons onto a cookie sheet. Put them in the oven. Count to 10 , turn off the oven and leave in overnight. DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR UNTIL MORNING.

And that is it.

 Happy Baking!

Author Interview with Shannon Thompson

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Please welcome the adorable Shannon Thompson. Isn’t she cute?! She is only 21, and she is already published! Colour me impressed!

What does your writing day look like? I’m a fulltime student at the University of Kansas, so I spend my days at school. After I eat dinner, I generally go to a local hookah bar, sit down, and write. It’s become my office. I’ll stay there for 3-6 hours depending on how I feel, and then I’ll come home and continue with editing.

What is the most you have written in a day? Oh! A lot. I haven’t counted, but I know it’s probably in the thousands somewhere. I try not to write more than a few chapters now that I’m a little older. Too much time on the computer hurts my eyes, and I’m leaning how to avoid straining myself.

Do you listen to music when you write? Sometimes, but very rarely. I get very distracted by lyrics, so, if I do listen to music, it’s instrumental.

Who gets to read your work before it is published? Fun fact: I wrote Minutes Before Sunset seven years ago when I was in high school. I’d already had a book published, so those fans got to read the original version a long time ago. But the book has been changed a lot, so it’s fun to talk to them about their experiences reading the first version and, now, this one. However, now my publishing team gets to read it.

If your child told you they wanted to be a writer, what advice would you give them? Write with passion; succeed with self-discipline. You must love what you do, especially on the hardest days, and you need to love how hard you will have to work. It’ll be well worth it if you do.

 

Describe your heroine in five words. Determined. Stubborn. Loving. Learning. Conflicted.

In what way is she most like you? Jessica accepts people for who they are, even if she may not see herself that way. She doesn’t really judge, but it can also lead to conflicting  emotions about people.

In what way is she different? She’s very defensive and has a few moments where she steps over the necessary attitude line.

Did you research this book? Discover anything interesting. Minutes Before Sunset didn’t take a lot of research. But I did a lot of planning. For instance, I have digital maps of all the houses floor plans on my website. That way, scenes were precise from the beginning. 

 If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast in the starring roles? I would insist on an open-casting call for two reasons: I want someone no one has seen before, and I want to give an opportunity to more aspiring actors/actresses.

 

What would is your favourite meal? Calories don’t count. My favourite meal would be so difficult, because I love a variety of foods, but they might not mix. So my favourite foods: baked brie, pasta, blue cheese salads, cream cheese and bagels, steak, mashed potatoes (anything with potatoes), and pie. I love coffee and pie.

What is the most romantic thing someone has done for you? Being there for your partner every day is the most romantic thing any one can do. But I have to admit whisking us away on an adventure for a few days is lovely.

What would a perfect day for you look like? Late start. Two coffees. Cooler weather. And a day full of possibility—to do whatever I want, like hide in a book store and read books I would’ve never anticipated to read that morning.

What accent do you find the sexiest? Spain or Colombian. Like Sofia Vergara. I wish she narrated my life.

Who is your celebrity crush? Antonio Banderas. Unless Humphrey Bogart magically came back to  life.

Name the sexiest redheaded man. Danny Bonaduce. Because he’s hilarious. And who can be sexy without being funny?

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Author Interview with Nina Harrington

 Please welcome the lovely Nina Harrington.  Her book Recipe for Disaster is out now. A romance with recipes, what’s not to love! 

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What does your writing day look like?

Since I am a full time writer working from home some discipline is required so I tend to be at my desk straight after breakfast and work for at least three one hour sessions.

If possible I try to avoid email and the Internet until lunchtime if possible. From 1 to 4pm I focus on social media and in the evenings I read for pleasure.

 

What is the most you have written in a day?

In a 24 session towards the end of the book when I am speeding towards the finale I can write 5000 words. The most I have ever written is probably about 7000 words but that was exhausting and I could not write a word the next day.

 

Do you listen to music when you write?

Yes I like music with a regular background beat when I am writing. This could be classical instrumental such as Baroque or modern trance house music mixes.

 

Who gets to read your work before it is published?

The first person to read my work is my editor.

 

If your child told you they wanted to be a writer, what advice would you give them?

Read, read then read some more. And if you have time spare, read. And read everything in every genre and format until you find what you love.

 

Describe your heroine in five words.

Fiery, lonely, scared, passionate, talented.

 

In what way is she most like you?

Tall auburn haired girl who loves to cook for her friends and enjoys a glass of Italian red.

 

In what way is she different?

I would never allow my family to dictate how I live my life and I would take better care of myself.

 

Did you research this book? Discover anything interesting.

I made sure that all of the food recipes work and also investigated the dynamics of Italian family firms when it came to inheritance and commercial law.

 

 If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast in the starring roles?

For my heroine Bunty Brannigan I think Ashley Judd would be terrific. As for my lovely Fabio? How about Raoul Bova

What is your favourite meal? Calories don’t count.

My favourite meal in the world is the charcoal grilled fresh sea bass served in a harbour front taverna in the Ionian Islands washed down with a fruity white Italian wine. Dessert would be crème brûlée and raspberries.

What is the most romantic thing someone has done for you?

My husband agreed that I could give up my high pressure day job, which was well paid with a good pension and benefits package, so that I could realise my dream of being a writer. I did not have a contract or connections but I knew that was what I wanted to do with my life.

What would a perfect day for you look like?

Writing all morning. Networking with the amazing community of writers in the afternoon and then cooking and a glass of wine on the patio on a summer evening. Gorgeous.

What accent do you find the sexiest?

The New Zealand accent is terrific closely followed by the Australian.

Who is your celebrity crush?

Ryan Gosling is a terrific actor.

Name the sexiest redheaded man.

[ can I pass on that one?]

 

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 About the Author Nina Harrington grew up in rural Northumberland, England and decided aged eleven, that her dream job was to be a librarian because then she could read all of the books in the public library whenever she wanted!

Many years later she took the bold decision to take a career break from working in the pharmaceutical industry to realise her dream of being a fiction writer. No salary. No contract – but following her heart.

As of December 2012 that decision had put over 820,000 copies of her romance books into readers hands. Some of these books have won international awards.

Nina loves to read both suspense and contemporary romance, and is still a total fan-girl when she meets her favourite authors at book-signings and conferences.

When she is not creating stories, which make her readers smile, without the aid of pharmaceuticals, her hobbies are cooking, eating, enjoying good wine, and talking, for which she has had specialist training.

Nina currently writes contemporary romance for the Harlequin KISS line and romantic mystery for Carina UK.

 

Nina Harrington

My Website:  http://www.ninaharrington.com

My Blog: http://ninaharrington.wordpress.com

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How Perfect is Your Life Quiz

HOW PERFECT IS YOUR LIFE?

 

Take this quiz to see if you’ve got it all…

 

  1. 1.       Your favourite summer tipple is:
    1. Champagne dahling. Always champagne.
    2. The new Blackberry and Elderflower Pimm’s – it’s delish!
    3. The Sauvignon Blanc from Aldi is a steal at £4.69 a bottle and got a really good review in The Times.

 

  1. 2.       Your morning routine includes:
    1. Hitting the gym hard. It really kick-starts the brain.
    2. Grabbing a pain au raisin and a skinny latte on the way to work.
    3. UN-style negotiations with your toddler about the correct consistency for Weetabix.

 

  1. 3.       For your summer holiday this year you will be:
    1. Heading for some Tuscan sun.
    2. Going on a last-minute city break.
    3. Camping in Cornwall – the kids love the freedom and it’s character-building for them to learn to put up a tent in the rain.

 

  1. 4.       Your work outfit is:
    1. A pair of Blahniks matched with that on-trend dress you saw in Marie Claire
    2. Your new top from ASOS
    3. T-shirt, jeans and Converse trainers – it’s what all the school-Mums are wearing this season.

 

  1. 5.       The last place you had a date was:
    1. At that chi chi Michelin-starred pop-up restaurant overlooking the Thames.
    2. Last Sunday at our local gastro-pub – a long lunch with the newspapers – bliss.
    3. The local Wetherspoon’s – the wine is excellent and the food is surprisingly good. Really!

 

 

  1. 6.       The person you most admire is:
    1. Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada
    2. Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids
    3. Sue from Outnumbered

 

 

  1. 7.       Your ideal man is:
    1. Don Draper in Mad Men
    2. Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid, Love
    3. Phil Dunphy from Modern Family

 

  1. 8.       Your most treasured possession is:
    1. My new Chanel ‘Lego’ bag – yes, it’s real.
    2. My tablet.
    3. Sleep.

 

 

ANSWERS

Mostly A’s You’ve got the job, the designer handbag, the lifestyle, but Don Draper is never going to settle down. It’s time to break-free of that ‘material girl’ mould.

Mostly B’s You’ve nearly got it all. Keep going and remember to take the odd risk. Everyone makes mistakes, don’t they? The trick is to learn from them.

Mostly C’s It’s all about balance. Don’t forget there’s a world outside your front door and just because you have children, doesn’t mean you can’t have a life.

Verdict: It’s Not Quite Perfect for us all! Join Emma and Rachel as they search for perfection in their own lives.

 

                                          Not Quite Perfect by Annie Lyons is out now published by Carina!

ISBN: 9781472017123

Available from Kindle, iBooks, Kobo and all eBook retailers

 

About the Author

After leaving university, Annie Lyons decided that she ‘rather liked books’ and got a job as a bookseller on Charing Cross Road, London. Two years later she left the retail world and continued rather liking books during an eleven-year career in publishing. Following redundancy in 2009 she realised that she would rather like to write books and having undertaken a creative writing course, lots of reading and a bit of practice she produced Not Quite Perfect. She now realises that she loves writing as much as coffee, not as much as her children and a bit more than gardening. She has since written another novel and is about to start work on her third. She lives in a house in south-east London with her husband and two children. The garden is somewhat overgrown. One day she hopes to own a chocolate-brown Labrador named John and have tea with Mary Berry.

 

To find out more about the author visit:

http://www.carinauk.com/annie-lyons

http://www.facebook.com/annielyonswriter

Twitter @1AnnieLyons

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Author Interview with Amy Bird

Please welcome the talented Amy Bird! I am getting a late start this morning because I was up far too late finishing  her debut novel Yours in MIne. No spoilers here, but it was totally worth the dark circles under my eyes today! Once you have read it, please tell me your thoughts on Anna.  I am desperate to talk about the book with people, and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone.

 

What does your writing day look like?

I’ll wander around in my pyjamas and have a sit down breakfast with a cup of tea, so my brain can get used to the day and digest any ideas from dreams. Then, once I’m fully power-showered and dressed, I’ll go out for a quick walk round the block – the movement gets the ideas circulating in my brain. Once I’m back, which is probably around 10am (ok, 10.30), I’ll sit down at my desk and fire up my laptop, stare out at the garden for a short while, then start to write. At some point in the afternoon, I’ll realise I’ve done my best creative output for the day, and I’ll maybe do a bit of research instead, which tends to draw out new ideas for the next day.

What is the most you have written in a day?

I generally write a couple of chapters a day. If I’m doing particularly well, it might be four chapters.

Do you listen to music when you write?

Absolutely not! I can’t stand any noise when I write – it interferes with my concentration, and the rhythm and mood of the words in my head.

Who gets to read your work before it is published?

My lovely husband  – he also writes, and is a big film buff, so gives useful structural feedback – and my super editor, who gives intelligent and thoughtful suggestions for revisions.

If your child told you they wanted to be a writer, what advice would you give them?

‘Go on, then.’

And I suppose I ought to say something responsible too, like: do an English degree, experiment with lots of different forms, get some real world experience and reliable income by doing another job for a bit too.

But ultimately the key thing is to sit down and write.

 

Describe your heroine in five words.

She wants her life back.

In what way is she most like you?

Kate is a lawyer and so am I, in my other life. I suppose I also have her spirit of inquiry about new ideas, a strong sense of self and her ability to put up a fight when the stakes are high.

In what way is she different?

I don’t have any plans to exchange identities with anyone right now.

Did you research this book? Discover anything interesting.

I spent a lot of time exploring the concept of identity, in particular visiting a great exhibition at The Wellcome Trust and reading a lot of Jean-Paul Sartre and other works about identity and existence. For researching the character of Anna, Kate’s nemesis, I read the excellent ‘The Divided Self’ by R.D. Laing. That had some important insights about how inner logic can deny external scrutiny.  

 If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast in the starring roles?

Emily Blunt would be Kate, as I think she has the right mix of humour and intensity. Maybe Gemma Arterton for Anna, if she used the same menacing cool as she did in ‘St Trinians’. If one of them isn’t available, maybe Megan Fox, for the sleek, stylish brunette vibe. As for the boys…  A friend made a special request for Ryan Gosling to be in it, so who am I to refuse? He can be Neil. If Robert Pattinson plays Ben, then I guess people will definitely go and see the movie, right?  And he has the correct smouldering quality.

I could SO be a casting director…

 

What would is your favourite meal? Calories don’t count.

Wild boar pasta.

What is the most romantic thing someone has done for you?

Proposed to me on a rowing boat in Norfolk.

What would a perfect day for you look like?

Nailing an excellent chapter in the morning, then a smug country drive with my husband in the sun with a picnic lunch, before coming back home to dinner and wine in the garden.

What accent do you find the sexiest?

Irish. When I was in sixth-form, a group of us from our nice girls’ school planned to go on a post-A-level trip to Dublin. I remember totally melting on the phone when I spoke to a male hostel receptionist. I think it was best for everyone that we ended up staying at home.

Who is your celebrity crush?

*Covers husband’s eyes* I had a definite Clive Owen phase. I defy anyone to watch ‘Children of Men’ and not feel the same.

Name the sexiest redheaded man.

Kierney – these questions! I clearly just need to blindfold my husband before answering any more… *Does so* Definitely Damian Lewis. Yet I somehow failed to see any of ‘Homeland’. I’ll have to treat myself to the box set when I’ve finished the novel I’m currently working on. As motivational tools go, that’s a pretty hot one…

Yours is Mine, a psychological thriller about two women who exchange identities, is available now from Carina UK, the new digital imprint of Harlequin, at http://www.carinauk.com/yours-is-mine and via Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Yours-is-Mine-ebook/dp/B00DP220YY,  Kobo http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Yours-is-Mine/book-u1u9U5e7aUm9JztScFyNOA/page1.html and iBooks. You can follow Amy’s progress at www.amybirdwrites.com, on twitter at https://twitter.com/London_Writer and on facebook at www.facebook.com/amybirdwrites.

 

On her last blog tour stop, http://unhingednavywives.blogspot.co.uk/ on 7 August, Amy will be doing a giveaway of a MIRA goodiebag, filled with some great titles from that Harlequin imprint. So be sure to catch her there!

Interview with Author Annie Lyons

Today I am delighted to welcome Annie Lyons. Her debut novel Not Quite Perfect is out now!

What does your writing day look like?

Children at school, washing machine on (for some reason the sound gets my head in the right place), mug of coffee (the caffeine gets my brain whirring) and a flashing cursor willing me to write. I am now in the habit of writing until lunchtime, doing social media and other bits after lunch and then being a mum from pick-up time…

 

What is the most you have written in a day?

3000 ish words?

 

Do you listen to music when you write?

Sadly no. Just the sound of the washing machine.

 

Who gets to read your work before it is published?

My husband and an elite team of book experts including my mother-in-law and a good friend who likes the same books I do.

 

If your child told you they wanted to be a writer, what advice would you give them?

My daughter already has a much more impressive body of work than I did at the age of eight. As for advice, I would say read as much and as widely as you can – it teaches you a lot.

 

Describe your heroine in five words.

 

I’m in an alliterative mood today so Emma is strong, single-minded, sexy, searching and stifled, whereas Rachel is frustrated, feisty, funny, frazzled and foolish.

 

In what way is she most like you?

 

Emma works in publishing (I did), Rachel has children (I do).

 

In what way is she different?

 

They both fail to see what they have until they’ve nearly lost it, whereas I try to remind myself every day.

 

Did you research this book? Discover anything interesting?

 

I thoroughly researched the drinking and shared the hangovers too (I suffer for my art).

 

 If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast in the starring roles?

 

Emma Watson as Emma and Rebecca Hall as Rachel.

 

What is your favourite meal? Calories don’t count.

 

Roast dinner with all the trimmings and a pudding afterwards, preferably crumble and custard.

 

 What is the most romantic thing someone has done for you?

 

My husband got a copy of Not Quite Perfect printed for me as a publication day present. I cried.

 

What would a perfect day for you look like?

 

Breakfast with the kids, a trip to the cinema if it’s raining or the beach if it’s sunny, a lazy afternoon in the garden with the papers or a book and dinner in the evening with my husband at our local Spanish restaurant. That’s possibly more than one day isn’t it?

 

What accent do you find the sexiest?

 

Cornish. I’m married to a Cornishman and I know which side my bread’s buttered.

 

Who is your celebrity crush?

 

David Tennant

 

Name the sexiest redheaded man.

 

Louis CK. Ok, so he’s a little tubby and nearly bald but funny is sexy and man, is he funny…

 

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Author Interviw with Alana Munro

     Please Welcome Alana Munro to my Blog. Her debut book is out now!

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What does your writing day look like? I try to write when my toddler is having his nap in the afternoon. It is not always easy to find the time with young kids but I am always writing down ideas and inspiration in notepads for a later date. I have a million notepads all over the house!

What is the most you have written in a day? I have been known to sit for full days, my eyes bloodshot from the computer, my head thumping. I wouldn’t recommend that! I think it is wise to take plenty tea breaks and going out for a walk or just taking a warm bath to clear the head before writing more.

Do you listen to music when you write? No I quite like silence, again not so easy with three kids!

Who gets to read your work before it is published? My husband, my parents, my editor.

If your child told you they wanted to be a writer, what advice would you give them? I’d say brilliant but have a few more skills and qualifications to fall back on! Writing is a wonderful outlet. If they can make money from it – brilliant! But I’d certainly recommend they have other options so they can eat.

Your book

Women Behaving Badly – Exposing the Truth about Female Friendship

The book is non-fiction/true stories.

It focuses on the toxic behaviours that can go on between some females such as jealously, competition, power games, passive aggression and much more.

But what is unique about this book is the many deeply personal and often shocking real-life stories of the cruel and spiteful behaviours that I have experienced first-hand.

In this book, I am trying to understand why some women behave so badly. What’s really going on? I am also seeking to shine the spot light on these disturbing and hurtful behaviours. I want other women to come forward and not feel alone anymore.

Plenty readers have already contacted me. Often they feel liberated and thankful that I have been so honest. They thought they were alone in their silent struggles with other women. But clearly from my stories, they are not.

The book also highlights what negative behaviours to avoid and the important questions we need to be asking in order to have happier, healthier relationships with women. Happier relations are possible, however, we must first acknowledge the toxic behaviours in order to protect ourselves.

More information about this book at http://alanamunroauthor.com/

What is your favourite meal? Calories don’t count.

Lasagne, extra cheese on top please! More, don’t be shy with the cheese! A huge glass of red wine, no make that a bottle. Plenty fresh garlic bread to dip into the lasagne.

What is the most romantic thing someone has done for you? A cup of tea in bed just to wake me up. It’s the little things that matter. Grand gestures are great but the little gestures hidden from the world are more special and say a lot more.

What would a perfect day for you look like? I could sleep till about 9.30am, have a relaxed shower, go to the beach, have a long lunch in the shade with fantastic conversation, have some cocktails, nap, and go for a long walk along the beach. Ahhh sounds good!

What accent do you find the sexiest? I would say Scottish or Irish. I am Scottish and married to a Scot!

Name the sexiest redheaded man.

Tim Minchin. He’s erm…not really that sexy but his mind is brilliant, the way he plays with words in his songs – mind blowing and he is hilarious so that makes him very attractive! He’s a genius.

Author Interview with Lindsay J. Pryor

Confession time: I am a total Lindsay J. Pryor fangirl! I  am also lucky enough to say Lindsay is a friend, which means I get to ask her all sorts of things about the Blackthorn series. Yep, I am a lucky girl. Today she stopped by for a quick Q&A. If you have not already read her books, what are you waiting for? She will make you want to get bitten. Image

 

What does your writing day look like?

It depends on what my priorities are, but if it’s a pure writing day i.e. no social media, interviews etc, I start working through scenes as soon as I wake up. I start writing at around 9 a.m. and work for about 4 hours. I try to remember lunch. I usually work for another 4-6 hours after that. Sometimes I write late into the evening if I’m really locked into a scene. Needless to say, I have an extremely tolerant husband.

What is the most you have written in a day?

About 15k, I think. Actually, it might be more than that thinking back. I’ve had some fairly obsessive writing days over the years – especially during the school holidays. When I’m immersed in a story, I just keep going. It’s a very bad habit.

Do you listen to music when you write?

I use music to think things through or during the editing process to help with the mood and tone. I find it really hard not to home in on lyrics (or stop for drum solos), so tend to work in silence for first drafts.

Who gets to read your work before it is published?

My publisher and editor. New Voices competition taken out of the equation, I’d always been a solitary writer before being published. Now with Blood Torn (book 3), it’s the first time I’ve had an opportunity to work with an editor from the outset. I did wonder how I’d cope. Although I always have an outline, I develop a book on constant backward loops as I write which can make explaining things as I go along quite challenging – especially as my characters like their curveballs. I have a fantastic editor though who is totally on the ball, and an awesome publisher who has a lot of faith in me.

All that aside, I met an amazing writer through New Voices called Amity Grays. After she put out a call for someone to read her work, I responded and we soon became very close friends. When I was preparing to sub Blood Shadows and Blood Roses last year, she offered to read the opening chapters for me. I was extremely nervous but I’m now so thankful I’d said yes because she picked up on several bad habits that I was quickly able to redeem. I owe her a lot.

 

Describe your heroine in five words.

Caitlin (Blood Shadows): Tenacious, brave, independent, determined and lonely.

Leila (Blood Roses): Tolerant, dedicated, intuitive, loyal and resilient.

Sophia (Blood Torn): Impulsive, vulnerable, passionate, feisty and headstrong.

In what way is she most like you?

Hmm. Having re-read the list, I’ve got elements of all three. Saying that, I also share one or two definite traits with my heroes.

In what way is she different?

The way my heroines react to things in my stories is often unlike how I would. The stories would have turned out very differently if I’d been the leading lady.

Did you research this book? Discover anything interesting.

I’ve been researching vampires and other aspects of the paranormal for over twenty years. I’ve always had a fascination with the mystical – I blame my Sunday School upbringing. When you grow up believing anything is possible, it’s extremely easy to slip into my kind of genre. Various elements of my research and how it forms the backbone to my series is on my blog.

If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast in the starring roles?

This is always a tough question because I have such a clear picture of my characters, and I never have anyone ‘real’ in mind when I start writing (I’d find that a bit peculiar and it would put me off). Bookouture did a freakily fantastic job finding my characters for my book covers and Bites. To help out the cover designer, I put some possibilities on my Pinterest boards if you want to take a look.

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What is your favourite meal? Calories don’t count.

Ah, life’s too short to be concerned about calories. I have a passion for Italian food. And anything with garlic in it. And chocolate. Make that lots of chocolate – enough to constitute a meal, of course.

What is the most romantic thing someone has done for you?

It’s always the little things that count. I’m fortunate that my husband has sustained his romantic streak for almost 18 years of us being together. This year he’s organised for us to go to the Minack Theatre in Cornwall to see the stage production of Wuthering Heights for our anniversary. It’s a stunning outdoor theatre set in the cliff side and overlooks the sea. It’s my favourite novel and I’ve never seen it performed live, so cannot wait.

What would a perfect day for you look like?

Wow, the scope! I’m not even sure where to begin. It would involve my husband, a chance to write, good food, a late morning and an even later night, and lots of peace and quiet.

What accent do you find the sexiest?

Irish. Southern Irish is beautiful.

Who is your celebrity crush?

I’ve swooned over Aidan Turner from Being Human (UK) ever since I first saw him on screen. I don’t know anything about the actor so it’s more a Mitchell (his character) obsession, I guess. He’s one of those people who you can glance at and shrug – but then he opens his mouth and moves, and it’s mesmerizing.

Name the sexiest redheaded man.

That’s very specific! Robert Kazinsky when he played Sean Slater in Eastenders. I’ve only just found out he’s now in True Blood. Shame I gave up on the series.

 

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