Pandora’s Key by Nancy Richardson Fischer (Review & Interview)

Posted on 24 June, 2012 by Faye - 2 Comments

Hi Guys! So today I’m hosting the absolutely fabulous Nancy Richardson Fischer as part of her blog tour for her book Pandora’s Key. The first part of this post is a review of her book and the second part is an interview with her. Hope you enjoy it! At the bottom is also a list of all the other stops on the tour, don’t forget to pop over to those to follow the tour on!

Author: Nancy Richardson Fischer
Publisher: Self Published
Published: November 18th 2011
Pages: Unknown
Format: Kindle
Source: Smashwords Download 
Add it: Goodreads, Smashwords


Summary: (from Goodreads)

When everything you believed about yourself is a lie, how do you unlock the truth…

Evangeline Theopolis has nightmares about the violent deaths of women she has never met. Her single mother, Olivia, suffers delusions she can’t hide. And Malledy, a brilliant young man, may have a disease that will leave him paralyzed and insane. Their lives are about to collide. 

On Evangeline’s 16th birthday her mother gives her a necklace with an antique key charm—a family heirloom, though no one knows what the key unlocks.

Everything changes. Her mom is hospitalized. Her godmother attempts murder. An ancient Order tries to kill Evangeline, and a lethal sect to kidnap her.

Nothing makes sense—especially Evangeline’s own face, which has morphed from geeky to eerily stunning; the ancient key that feels strangely alive against her skin; and the magical abilities she begins to possess. 

Evangeline must use her wits and supernatural powers to fight her deadly adversaries and discover her true identity. But can she accept who she really is and save the world?
four out of five hearts

A little trepidation.
This is a book that has taken me a while to get around to reading. The reason for this started out to be just because of university work but then, during that time I spent a lot of time communicating with the author and really started to like her. This made me wary when it came to her book because I didn’t want to not like it and have to write a negative review when I admire her so much – she has helped me a lot more than I think she realises in the past few months – and so, it is with relief that I write this review today after having read her book and enjoying it immensely. It was an interesting read that really caught my interest and made me want to know more. I loved the way it was set up and I cannot wait to read the second book in this glorious trilogy.

It’s all in the history.
I loved the concept of this story. I haven’t read many books that focus on mythology or use it within their story but I’ve always been quite fascinated by it. Ever since I had to study greek theatre for drama, I’ve always found it an interesting topic. I am letting you know this as I cannot say outright whether the details in Pandora’s Key are true or correct but I did find them to be incredibly imaginative. I loved the way that she used the mythology at the beginning of the book. She set the tale up perfectly so that even those with no knowledge of the gods and goddesses were able to understand what was going on. This obviously appealed to me.

I enjoyed where the story went, how it played out and the differences between the characters. I loved all of the different sub-plots that were going on underneath it all and felt that they really brought everything together. I feel that Nancy did a brilliant job of putting enough information out there for her readers without making it boring but also without revealing too much too soon. There was a lot of mystery going on within the pages that really helped to keep the attention of the reader. And the suspense was riveting and really kept the reader wanting to read more to find out what was going to happen next.

The cast play an important role.
I adored the characters in this book! For me characters really help to bring a story to life and I could really believe the characters in this book. I found Evangeline, E, to be a really refreshing character to read. She wasn’t a vain character and had little self-confidence, even when her beauty was visibly shown in the mirror. She had a lot to think through and had a lot going on in that little head of hers. I felt that she got stronger as the book went on and I can see her becoming a level-headed protagonist who protects the ones she loves, while also being protected herself. There were times when I wanted to grind her head for the way she was behaving but that’s just because she acted in opposite ways to how I would have in those situations!

I found Malledy really fascinating and I liked the way that his illness was depicted in the book. I liked his journey and the way he saw the world and how Nancy really made you think when it came to him. I was surprised at how much I liked his character actually. But really it was Rafe that I really liked. He was so kind and protective and so clearly in love with E that it made my heart ache when she just didn’t see it. I liked that he worried about her and tried to help her, but that he was also protective of his mother. A great character that I enjoyed reading about and could really imagine being alive and kicking.

And the critic cries out.
Overall this was a really well written novel. Nancy has a way with words that really pulls you in. I loved her writing style and found it really easy to read. It wasn’t too confusing – although the beginning was a bit of a battle but only slightly and once you’re in, it gets to be worth it – and it was just an easy and enjoyable read. I liked how everything flowed together, I loved how E really pulled the story along but wasn’t just a protagonist who let things happen to her, she had a little backbone in her! I think it was a brilliant set up to what could be an amazing and creative trilogy and I am really looking forward to the release of the second book. I would recommend this book to anyone who like books with greek mythology, anyone who likes a good YA heroine, a lovely and talented author and someone who likes a bit of mystery, suspense and action. Really I just think you should all go and read a copy right now!

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And now! Interview time!


Hello Nancy and welcome to A Daydreamer’s Thoughts! Let’s start off with something easy, tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you would like your readers to know.

How about three truths and a lie?

1.  I know how to walk on a tightrope, juggle, and ride an elephant.

2.  As a kid I slept with the covers over my head AT ALL TIMES because I was afraid of vampires attacking my neck.
3.  My first kiss with with a guy named George who had braces and had just eaten a bag of Dorritos (bbq flavor)
4.  I bow hunt and can take down an elk from 100 yards

Readers! Comment below with your guesses on the lie! Moving on, how long have you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve written stories, poems and bad jokes since I was a kid.  When I went to college, everyone told me that I needed to find a career because writing was a hobby.  So I did… and I was MISERABLE.  I got my first book when I was 23 years old – a sport autobiography about legendary gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi – and my hobby and passion became my career.  Bela once told me that he never tried to mold his gymnasts after an existing gymnast – that he always tried to create a unique talent because otherwise his gymnast would never be quite as good as the original.  I try to apply that to my writing career.  Good or bad, I’m attempting to be original and unique:-)

I definitely think that’s a good idea! And as you’ve been writing for so long, I wonder, when you’re not typing away at the keyboard coming up with new ideas, what do you do?
When I’m not writing, which involves LONG periods of sitting in one place, I try to be as active as possible.  I have a Vizsla named Boone, and he’s an insanely active dog, so that helps.  I also LOVE kitesurfing, skiing, cycling, and pretty much any adventure my husband suggests:-)

So now we know more about you, what about your novel? What is it all about?
At its core, Pandora’s Key is about choosing to become the hero in your own life’s journey.  Regardless of the fantasy elements in Pandora’s Key, Evangeline’s life isn’t that different from the rest of ours.  Her story is about coming to terms with who she is, accepting that truth in all its forms, and then charging forward and crafting the life she chooses to live despite the obstacles thrown in her way.  Obviously, Evangeline’s journey is extreme, but I would hope that everyone who reads her story would take away the idea that we each have certain attributes and gifts and if we don’t take control of our own lives and shape them, then we’re just along for the ride… and we have more power than that!

A great message to have in a book. So, what inspired you to write a trilogy around the greek mythology surrounding Pandora?
As a kid I adored Greek myths.  They’ve colored my perception of life.  And every once in a while I’d wonder why Pandora was blamed for basically ruining Mankinds’ perfect world, when it wasn’t even her idea to create the Furies or release them (darn you Zeus!).  I started wondering how I might change the myth of Pandora in order to reshape everyone’s perception of the world’s first woman… and how I might do that in the present.  I decided to create a line of desdendants… and then my imagination took over and I just ran behind trying to collect all the ideas!  By the time I had figured out the first book in my trilogy, I realized there were more to follow so I just kept writing:-)  And I have to admit, it’s going to be hard to stop after the third book…

Uhoh! I wonder if it’ll suddenly transform into a series! I’m curious though, was there a character that you loved writing the most?
Hands down, Malledy.  I’m a sucker for the bad guys because they’re so interesting!!  And BTW I don’t think Malledy is evil… just misunderstood and a victim of his disease… and if he were still around, I, for one, would give him a second chance ;-)


He is a great character! Moving onwards, I have to ask, when writing this story, was there a song, book or movie that inspired you?
Anything creative inspires me to be creative, too.  Nothing specific inspired Pandora’s Key, but I will say that I chose Evangeline’s name from the actress Evangeline Lily who starred in the TV show Lost.  That character was so complex, empathetic, misunderstood, and kick-ass, that I thought E deserved her name.

Oooh, nice tidbit there! Love little tidbits! Changing topic again but, some writers write their stories chronologically while others just write where the muse takes them, how did you write Pandora’s Key?
Definitely chronologically.  I knew where I was going to start, and I knew where I wanted to end and between the two I let events unfold.  There were definitely missteps… but that’s just part of writing.  I had to get rid of or rewrite a ton of chapters, but that doesn’t mean writing them was a waste of time.  Anything that ultimately gets you where you want to go is worth the effort.

I couldn’t agree with you more! Which leads me perfectly into my next question. Pandora’s Key is the first book in a trilogy, do you know specifically what will happen in the next two books or will it lead its own life?
Book Two, The Key to Tartarus, is already written.  So I know EXACTLY what’s in store for Evangeline, Raphe, Tim and Olivia.  And I can tell you it isn’t pretty!  As for Book Three… I’m conjuring it this summer.  For me, conjuring a book means just letting my mind flow and wander.  I read a bunch of books that have nothing in common with my own, I watch a lot of movies, and I imagine different scenarios – especially when I’m riding my bike.  That’s not to say I don’t already have the seed of an idea and know who my characters will be for Book Three… it’s the setting and the stakes I’m still figuring out:-)

Sounds great, I hope it goes well! I’ve gotten this far without mentioning it and I feel I should now, so this year at BEA you won the indie award for YA fiction, how do you feel about that?
Pretty great:-)  And thanks for mentioning it!  Anytime an indie author gets some recognition it’s a big win, some validation that your book has universal appeal, and an all around wonderful feeling.

Yes, I would definitely agree to that. I therefore feel it necessary to ask, is there anything you would say to readers who aren’t sure whether to read your book or not? Any words to help hook them in?
If you love Greek mythology, a twisted, complex plot, empathetic characters, a kick-ass heroine, and a story that keeps you guessing, then please do give Pandora’s Key a try!


And finally, do you have any advice for any aspiring writers out there?
Keep writing.  Seriously.  The difference between being a writer and being someone who talks about wanting to be a writer is WRITING!!  And the more you write, the better you get and the easier the words will flow.  Forget about waiting for the muse, don’t worry about if what you’re typing is great, just put it down and keep moving forward.  Anyone can be a writer if they’re willing to put their butt in the chair, let their imagination free, and write:-)

and a quick fire round;

ebooks or hard copies?  
Ebooks.
day or night?  
Day (I’m still afraid of the dark)
reading or writing?
Both
paper or computer?
Computer
tea or coffee?
Diet Pepsi – but don’t tell my husband as he thinks I’ve quit
favourite book of the moment?
The Sparrow
most memorable book?
A Wrinkle in Time

Thank you Nancy for answering my questions today! It’s been lovely to get to know you better! If you’d like to know more about Nancy, you can find her on Goodreads, here.

Also, for your viewing only, here is a picture of Boone; here.

To follow the rest of this book tour, check out these stops;

June 21 – Elemillia – Book Reviews, Fiction Reflections, N’ More – http://personalliterarybookfrenzy.blogspot.com
Review, Interview, Bio, Excerpt

June 22 – Reviews By Molly (http://reviewsbymolly.com) excerpt

Review

June 24 – Faye – A Daydreamer’s Thoughts, http://xxdaydreamer21xx.blogspot.com – review and interview

June 25 – Elizabethhttp://dailymommysurvival.com – review

June 26 – Pragya – Reviewing Shelf – Author bio/ excerpt/ guest post

June 27 – Maghon Thomas Happy tails & taleswww.magluvsya03.wordpress.com – Review/character interview

June 28 – Aleksandra – My blog: http://ds-of-a-little-bw.blogspot.com/ (Divine Secrets of a Little Bookworm).review, author bio and an interview

June 29 – Suzanne F – Paranormal Book Fan http://paranormalbookfan.blogspot.com – Author Bio and Excerpt

June 30 – J.A. Beard – Interview


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Posted on 24 June, 2012 by Faye - 2 Comments


Letterbox Love #8

Posted on 23 June, 2012 by Faye - 10 Comments



Letterbox Love is a new meme that was created by Kristy, Laura, Carly, Lynsey, Emma and Leanne and is being hosted on Lynsey’s blog, here.

The logo on mine is not the actual one. I made this myself before I realised a graphic had been made already but I love mine so I’m keeping it.


I’ve had another fairly busy week in terms of books this week – gotta keep that TBR pile growing, don’t we? I’m really looking forward to all of my new reads this week and kind of wish I had super human powers to read through books faster than I do now! Haha.

bought

Dreams by Daniela Sacerdoti; I am going to be truthful here, I hadn’t heard of this one until very recently. It was a part of The Book Depository’s 24 hour sale and it appeared at a time when I was on the computer and before I know it I had clicked the buy button. It was really cheap and it sounds amazing. If you’ve read this one, what did you think?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgensern; This one has been on my radar for a while so when I went into Waterstones and it was one a buy one, get one half price deal, I just couldn’t resist. I am so looking forward to reading this because I have heard such great things about it!

Me Before You by JoJo Moyles; Again, this is a new title that was brought to my attention recently. The lovely Lucy from ChooseYA mentioned it to me in passing last Saturday so when I saw it in the same offer as The Night Circus, I simply had to buy it, didn’t I? It looks really interesting and I can’t wait to dive into it!

loan

Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman; If you do not know yet, Malorie Blackman is one of my all-time favourite authors. She’s one of the authors who really got me into reading (along with J. K. Rowling, Phillip Pullman and Jacqueline Wilson) and I have always admired her writing. Recently I realised I haven’t read a fair few of her titles and this just happens to be one of them. With the sequel on its way, I figured I should give it a try! 

for review

On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves; This one sounds so amazing. I already feel heart-broken from the summary and I can just feel that this book is going to grab me unexpectedly. I am looking forward to diving into this one so much! Thank you so much to PenguinUK for sending me this book for review!

Fallen, Torment and Passion by Lauren Kate; I am one of the very few bloggers who hasn’t read the Fallen series yet! I got Fallen out of the library a while back but never got around to reading it before I had to return it. Thankfully Lauren from RHCP came to the rescue and sent me the first three books in this series for review and I am definitely looking forward to reading this series – possibly even back to back!



That’s all I got this week!
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Posted on 23 June, 2012 by Faye - 10 Comments


Behind The Blog #7 – Colour Up My Life

Posted on 21 June, 2012 by Faye - 6 Comments

Behind the Blog is a meme to help bloggers connect their life and interests to the content showcased on their blog. The co-hosts, Faye, Kathe, and Melissa will provide a different topic, idea, or question every week that bloggers can relate to themselves and the books, films, or other media they find interesting!  

Did you know that colors have meanings attached to them? Some say that a person’s favorite color can be indicative of their personality or things that they are striving for in their lives. What is your favorite color? Do you think that the meaning behind your favorite color reflects your personality or something that you are trying to achieve? What is your least favorite color? 

In relation to books: What are some books you’ve read that have good use of color? Are there any films you’ve seen where color plays a major role in the plot?





I love colours. I love the way that colours reflect moods. The way you can use colours to symbolise so many different things. Being a film student and having a passion for art house films, the use of colours is something that I have learnt about. Red, for example, can be used to mean danger, it can be a warning or it can be used to mean love, passion or even anger. Just one colour can change the entire mood and atmosphere of a film and therefore, I feel that it could quite possibly be true that a favourite colour may be indicative of a person’s personality. But I also feel that this theory may be as useful as horoscopes.

Nonetheless, I do like the idea behind the theory and therefore I am taking the time to tell you in this post about my favourite colour and what I think that means about me; if it means anything at all.

For as long as I can remember I have had an ultimate fascination with the colour blue. Not dark blue but light, pastel blue. For me it represents calm. The ocean, the sky, the ever-expanding abyss. I’m not sure why blue is a calming colour but when I see it, when I look at the colour, I can almost feel its calmness. I know that sounds absolutely insane but I honestly don’t care. I think I love it so much because when I see it I’m taken to the ocean hitting the beach or a cloudless sky. It reminds me that there are good things in the world, we just have to stop and remember the beauty of them all.

What I cannot fathom is how blue describes me. I am certainly not a calm person. Or rather, I’m not always a calm person. I’m calmest when I’m on my own either reading a book or writing or watching something. I find an inner peace and I am just me. Calm, happy, at peace. But around others I can become hyper, over-active and simply crazy; definitely not calm. As I write this, I have actually realised that my personality is a lot like the ocean. Sometimes it is at peace, slowly lapping up at the shore but then there are days when it is violent and aggressive (I have angry moments, unfortunately), and then other times it’s simply fast-flowing and moving but isn’t calm or aggressive.

Other interesting things about me that have something to do with colour;

Interesting Fact 1;
I have bluey-green eyes. When I was younger, like the rest of the world, I was born with blue eyes and they stayed that way for a fair few years until eventually a shade of green arrived. Every now and again I’ll look in the mirror and swear I have blue eyes, while other times I can tell that there is definitely a green tint to them. I don’t know if this is, in anyway, connected to my favourite colour or my oceanic personality but it is a fun and interesting fact for you, isn’t it?

Interesting Fact 2;
When asked what my favourite colour was when I was eleven years old I said yellow. I do not remember why anymore but this answer was the reason my shared room (with my little sister) was painted yellow and red. (her favourite colour was red). Obviously these colours complimented each other, more than blue and red would have, and I wonder if I had known this and had simply said yellow was my favourite colour so no arguments were had. (let’s face it, I doted on my little sister).

Interesting Fact 3;
When I was sixteen I had a fascination with the shade, black. Everything I had, wanted or loved was the colour of darkness. It was my pretend “goth” stage, I suppose. But yes, I had black notebooks, black necklaces, I yearned for black hair… it was all the rage, y’know. But eventually I realised how dark the colour was and my light blue pushed it away and took centre stage again. (I do still have a tendency to prefer black over white though).

Interesting Fact 4;
Two colours that I cannot stand are bright luminescent orange and puke-shaded green. Orange hurts my eyes and reminds me of the fruit that I can’t stand to eat and it’s just a horrid looking colour. Green is one of those colours that I like in certain shades but find displeasing in others. Greens that remind me of puke or other yucky bodily fluids are unattractive and I have never quite understood why people love the colour so much.

So there we have it, four interesting facts about me that relate to colours, aren’t you glad you know me just a little bit better?
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In relation to books I’m going to be really boring again this week and relate it all back to Harry Potter.

If there was one book that I always associated colours with, it was this series. Red for Gryffindor, Blue for Ravenclaw, Yellow for Hufflepuff and Green for Slytherin. For me these colours shaded my life growing up. Red for the brave, Blue for the smart, Yellow for the loyal and Green for the evil. Not great, I know, but that was just how I saw things for a while.

Aside from this, I can’t really think right now that any other book has really brought a colour to my mind. At least, not right now, but I’ll probably remember after this has gone live and I’ll be hitting my head on the desk. Oh well!

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With films… there are just so many films that I have watched that use colour so brilliantly. But here are two directors’ films that I really want to highlight.
I love the way Zhang Yimou uses colour in his films.

  • Hero was amazing. With vibrant colours all over the place, it was so easy to see the symbolism that he was trying to get across.
  • Raise the Red Lantern was a spectacle. Red was the prominent colour throughout and it signified danger, life and vibrancy. It was a great point of interest for me.
  • Curse of the Golden Flower was astonishing. The colours were so bright and brilliant and meant so many different things. I simply loved it so much!


I also love Tim Burton’s use of colour. He may use the same style all the time but I love it.

  • Sleepy Hollow is one where he really uses the low tones and red blood splatter effectively. I loved the way it looked.
  • Edward Scissorhands was stunning. He really managed to create great contrasts of colour in this film.
  • Alice in Wonderland was spectacular. It wasn’t the best adaptation in the world but there is no denying the vibrant colours in this film. I loved it, it was dark yet bright all at the same time!


Really though, all of the films by both of these directors are amazing. Other directors to look out for include Quentin Tarantino, Tomas Alfredson and Wong Kar-Wai.

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Posted on 21 June, 2012 by Faye - 6 Comments


A Little Q+A with Mitt Ray

Posted on 21 June, 2012 by Faye - 1 Comment

Hey Guys!
So today I am introducing you to Mitt Ray, author of Jack the Homework Eater. I will be asking him some questions for you all to read over and enjoy!
Hope it helps you get a better insight into him and his novel!

Hello Mitt, welcome to A Daydreamer’s Thoughts. To start us off, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you would like your readers to know.
Hi! I am Mitt Ray. I love writing children’s and young adult books. I am the author of the books “Jack The Homework Eater” and “Living With Ogres”. I have written a few more books which I will be releasing in the next two months. Most of them are fantasy books which revolve around nature, animals and paranormal beings. 
I write about books, food, networking, poems and life on my blog www.mittray.com. I also give writers, book writing and marketing tips on this blog. I know quite a bit about marketing as I have authored a book on Marketing and I am the founder of two other blogs which focus on Marketing. I like sharing my thoughts and helping other writers with marketing and writing. 

Writing definitely seems like a passion for you, but how long have you wanted to be a writer?
I have wanted to be a writer for a very long time. That’s one of the reasons why my career revolves around writing. When I am not writing children’s books, I am helping my clients by marketing themselves through writing and when I am not doing that I write about social media, marketing and other stuff on my blogs. It just makes me happy when I write something, but nothing is better than the feeling I get while writing a book. When I am writing a good story there’s no other feeling that can beat it. I love sharing my books with people because I enjoy hearing their thoughts about my book.

That’s a lot of time spent writing then! It makes me curious, when you’re not typing away at the keyboard coming up with new ideas, what do you do? 
When I am not writing I play or watch football. I also love to cook. Whenever I get the time to do something fun, I read books or watch television. 

So now we know more about you, what about your novel? What is it all about?

My book’s called “Jack The Homework Eater”. It’s about a boy called Alex whose parents get a new dog, Jack, a British Bulldog. Alex doesn’t like Jack at first as he’s scared of dogs. He does everything he can to avoid Jack. But later Alex starts befriending Jack as he realizes that Jack is not any other ordinary dog, but a homework eater. It’s a children’s book, but adults have enjoyed reading it too as it relates to everyone. 
You can find out more about the book on Amazon where you can buy it for just $0.99. 

An interesting and inspiring sounding story, which makes me ask; what inspired you to write a story set out in this way?
When I was a kid I wanted a homework eater. I thought it would be the perfect excuse for not doing my home work. I felt that everybody else would have wanted it because I had friends who wished they could use the same excuse. I know that even kids these days wish for that too. I felt that even grownups today might have yearned for a homework eater when they were younger as finishing your homework can be a burden sometimes. I felt that there was something there that could be developed into a story.

It is definitely not a pastime for everyone! So, how did you come up with the idea of Jack? Is there a unique story behind it?
One day I wondered if there really are dogs out there that eat homework. I wondered what it would be like to have a dog that eats homework and what my life would be like. And then I thought about making it into a story. I looked around if there was a story on this idea, but I didn’t find any. That’s when I decided to write it.

Nice! It seems like a universal concept, the ever-used excuse of the dog eating the homework! I wonder though, were there any challenging scenes that you felt that you just couldn’t get right?
There’s a bit of mystery in the book and I wasn’t sure if I would get it right because this was the first time I ever wrote mystery. But I was glad it worked out well, as for some readers it was their favourite part in the book. 

Something to keep an eye out for then! Glad it worked out well. Which character in your story did you enjoy writing the most?
I enjoyed writing about Alex a lot. Alex is the boy in the story whose parents bring home the British Bulldog, Jack. His relationship with Jack and his relationship with his mother are something to watch in this story. Of course, you will definitely fall in love with Jack as he’s the homework eater, but you will also like Alex a lot as he’s a really good character and he brings everyone in the story together. 

Sounds great! What about least?
I enjoyed writing about all the characters. All of them play a vital role in the story. 

As it should be then! On a different topic, where do you go, or what do you do, to get the most inspiration when writing?
I make an effort to get a lot of inspiration. I am constantly on the lookout for ideas. I make a note of all of them – sometimes I also make a note of my dreams when I can remember them. I read books and blogs and stories of real-life instances which could help me develop ideas. Sometimes I do a lot of running or something different which can boost my creativity and give me a lot of ideas. 

All great ways to find inspiration! This leads me to ask, are you working on any other books at the moment?
At the moment I am working on the sequel to my book “Living With Ogres”. I really wanted to talk about this as I have just made the book free on Smashwords. You can download if for free by visiting this page on Smashwords. Next month I will also be releasing two more children’s books; one about a boy who is waiting for his dragon egg to hatch and another one about a girl and her pet turtle. 

Sounds great. Now I’m sure all of us want to know, what is living with ogres and its sequel about?
Living With Ogres is about a boy called “Matt” who is forced to work as a slave for a family of ogres “The Steelchilds”. He doesn’t like his life there and he wants to escape. But the problem with escaping is that you need to go travel through a dangerous forest full of scary creatures. It’s a fantasy story about his escape and the adventure he goes through. 
The sequel to it has a vampire and werewolf theme to it, which children and young adults will enjoy reading. It will be a story written for children and young adults specially and will be very different from the usual paranormal romance novels you come across. 
This book is an adventure-fantasy story. I will let you know more about it once I finish writing it and plan to publish it. 

And finally, do you have any advice for any aspiring writers out there?
I would say just work hard. We are in an age where it’s all in your hands. Before you needed to go to a publisher and pitch your ideas to them and hope that they like it and if they didn’t like it that was it. But now you can self publish your books on Kindle, Smashwords and several other sites – you can also create print on demand books. 
You also need to keep in mind that it doesn’t end with writing. You need to make the extra effort to promote your books and get them to your readers. If you work hard you will succeed – you can learn marketing tips from people like Mark Coker of Smashwords, Joanna Penn, etc. You could also study successful indie authors like Darcie Chan and Amanda Hocking. See what they are doing right and depending upon that filter out and plan what will work for you and use it in promoting your books.

and a quick fire round;
Ebooks or hard copies?
Hard copies – I like to hold a book in my hand. I spend enough time in front of the computer already. 
Day or night?
Night – I am nocturnal.
Reading or writing?
Writing – I would love to read a lot, but all my time is spent writing. 
Paper or computer?
Computer – I do use paper from time to time. 
Tea or coffee?
Neither. I like to drink milk – hot chocolate mmmm…
Favourite book of the moment?
White Fang Always.
Most memorable book?*
White Fang again. I’ll never get bored of this book.

Thank you for stopping by today Mitt. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you a little better!





Mitt Ray is a children’s and young adult author based in Lancaster, UK. He enjoys writing fiction books which belong to the fantasy genre. You can find out more about him on his website. Two of his children’s books you can take a look at are “Jack The Homework Eater” and “Living With Ogres.” 

Posted on 21 June, 2012 by Faye - 1 Comment


A Day in the Life of an Author – Damian Dibben

Posted on 20 June, 2012 by Faye - No Comments

So, the very first thing I have to do on this post is once again thank Lauren Bennett and Random House Children’s Publishers for allowing me to partake in this book tour event. I went along with her and Damian Dibben to Bishops Stortford College where he had an author talk and a book group to participate in. The aim of this post is to present A Day in the Life of an Author; a quick-view guide into what it is like to be an author.

This is a new type of post for me, so I hope that this isn’t too boring or too over-done. 
I also apologise for the low-quality photos, they were all taken on my iPod. 
Foreword; the names of students have been changed for their privacy.

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After making the journey up to Bishops Stortford College, Damian, Lauren and I were greeted in the reception where we were asked to sign in. While we were doing this, the receptionist went off to get us our visitor badges. It was the beginning of our day at this wonderful and amazing school that I viewed in awe.


Upon receiving our badges we were escorted by a pupil to the library, where we met with Rosie, the school’s librarian. She was a really nice person to meet and you could tell that she took her work seriously and really enjoyed inspiring children to read. It was brilliant to see. I can only hope that more schools have librarians and teachers as persuasive as her to get kids into reading at an earlier stage – because, let’s face it, reading is amazing, isn’t it?


While we waited for the hall to be set up and tea to be brought to us, Damian was given the chance to talk to a few of the children who were already in the library having a lesson. It is here where Damian met one student, Tara, who I would easily call one of his biggest fans. She loved the story and the first question she asked Damian was, “when is the next book coming out?”. I can only imagine how inspiring and amazing that question must have felt to Damian, especially as it was the first question he was asked that day. The conversation then turned with Damian asking Tara what she liked about the book. The feedback that he received all seemed incredibly helpful and must have been absolutely wonderful to hear – these children are his target audience, after-all.


Soon enough tea and biscuits arrived and we were being moved to the hall so that Damian could set up his presentation for his talk. As we walked into the hall, a table was set up off to the corner with posters of his book and a pile of his books stacked up, ready to be sold to the children that were interested in the story – who hadn’t already read his book. Damian then went off to talk to the technician to sort out the trailer of his book and the presentation that he had compiled together to go through.


Once it was all sorted, the children slowly started to enter the hall and I was surprised by how many children attended but also happy too. It was nice to see the teachers and librarian trying to get so many people involved in reading. It was also inspiring and lovely to see that a fair few of them already had the book with them as well. I couldn’t shake the feeling of pride and happiness at seeing them all there, ready to listen and engage with an author. It was something that I never had the opportunity to do at my school.


With everyone settled, Damian started the presentation with the trailer of his book (on my review post), a great way to get the kids actively involved with his talk. He then started his presentation but instead of just talking at them, he made sure to continuously engage with them, asking them questions like; “what happened in this picture?”, “does anyone know…”. I was overwhelmed by how much the kids did know and it quickly become noticeable that these children were all bright and intelligent individuals. I think that must have been a lovely feeling for Damian.


As a part of his talk, Damian also read a small passage from his book for the children. This was great as he not only gave them an idea of his writing style but because he put his soul into his words, changed his tone for the different characters and made it as fun as the book is, it really made the children sit up and listen. It must have been great to look up from his book and see that so many of the children still had his utmost attention; there were even a few who had their own copies open and were reading along with him. That was such an incredible sight.


After the passage was read, Damian then replayed them the book trailer, to which they were all happy to watch again. The idea to repeat the trailer once they had more information on the book and how Damian was inspired to write it was a clever technique. While it caught their interest at the beginning, it fuelled their interest at the end. Which lead Damian perfectly into a wonderful Q+A session with the children.


Some of the questions that were asked were really thought-out and incredible and I definitely wouldn’t have thought to ask them myself. It must have been great to hear the questions, to have the chance to answer them but to also see how many children actually had a question to ask as there was quite a few children who sat with their hand up waiting to be asked. Damian listened to every question, repeated them for others to hear and then answered them with charm. He did his best to include everyone in the time that he had but when he still had people with their hands raised at the end, it must have felt amazing. I can really only imagine how great it must have felt to get the kind of questions he was receiving and how it must make his job as an author feel worth it.

It was almost time for the children to go back to their classes so Damian was thanked for his time and then he sat at the table that had been set up for him and the children were told to form in an orderly queue if they wanted their book to be signed. It was amazing to see how many children went into the queue and waited to get their book signed and many of them stopped and spoke to him while he signed the book too. He was actively engaging with his audience and asking them questions about his book and letting them ask him questions too. It must have been great for him but I can also imagine that his hand was hurting a little as there were just so many of them that wanted to get their book signed! That must have been completely overwhelming but also amazing all at the same time.


We were then ushered back to the library where we received a glorious lunch of pizza, fruit and ice cream (I declined the ice cream but Damian lapped it up – we won’t mention the carpet incident…). Once everyone was fed and full, the book group started with Damian asking them questions about the beginning of the book. It was here where the initial feedback on his story was given. The children all agreed that they liked the beginning of the book because it caught their attention, it made them curious and they enjoyed that they were thrown straight into the action. This spiralled into a conversation about the various characters and how well they worked – or didn’t – work in the story. It was clear that the mysterious Topaz generated a lot of interest in the group. Fortunately it wasn’t all good news for Damian, and I do mean fortunately. Little Harriet also gave him some constructive criticism of his work, acknowledging that this is a book that still has flaws but that she still liked it and is looking forward to the next one. It was also shown that some found a few bits confusing but Damian was kind enough to explain these bits again. It had to have been such a great session for him, to hear exactly how the children felt about his book, no beating around the bush and only hearing good things. To hear the parts that didn’t work is essential feedback to an author but hearing it from your target audience is definitely not something that happens every day.

Unfortunately the session had to end as the next class began but before everyone rushed off, Damian once again let the students form a queue and he signed all of the books that he had missed out beforehand. He got some more feedback and conversations flowing during this part too and I am certain that by this point he was truly overwhelmed by the experience. But before we left the building, he signed the poster of the billboard that announced when he would be visiting the school. Just a last something to leave the school with for such a brilliant and endearing day.


Although the day had ended with the children, Lauren, Rosie, Damian and I went to the staffroom and had one final tea (or coffee) and spoke about how the day went. It was clear that Damian had really enjoyed himself, found that the feedback was really great and really helpful and that he was really excited for the release of the next book which is due out on August 2nd. I truly cannot imagine how amazing, helpful and effective the feedback and general greatness of this day must have been for Damian Dibben but I do know that if I ever publish a book and have a day like this, I would end up feeling extremely happy, proud and ready to tackle the upcoming books with fervour and determination. After all, I would now know that I had a small fan-base somewhere and that, that is good enough for me.


Oh, and before you all rush off. I should mention that this day must have been amazing for Damian but it was also really enjoyable for me as well. It was my first author event and I just truly enjoyed myself. Damian is a great, talented guy and it was such a pleasure to meet him. Of course, I wasn’t going to spend all day with him without getting my own copy of The History Keepers: The Storm Begins signed.



If you haven’t read this book yet, I urge you to go and do so! Also, I hope that this has opened the eyes of some aspiring writers and established authors out there to what it is like when you help to keep your audience active and engaged and how important it is to go out there and meet the people who are reading your work. They love it, and I am guessing that you will too.


Faye

Posted on 20 June, 2012 by Faye - No Comments


The History Keepers: The Storm Begins by Damian Dibben

Posted on 20 June, 2012 by Faye - 5 Comments

Author: Damian Dibben
Publisher: Random House Children’s
Published: September 1st 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 455
Source: Review Copy from Publishers
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon, The Book Depository

Summary: (From The History Keepers)

When Jake is kidnapped by strangers on a stormy London night he discovers his loving parents have been leading a double life and are now missing, lost somewhere in history. He is plunged into a world of secret societies, dangerous double agents, and a terrifying countdown to oblivion. Transported by a Spanish galleon back to 19th century France, he finds himself in the headquarters of The History Keepers – a remarkable league of time-travelling special agents. The History Keepers preserve the true course of history against those who would change it for their own gain, such as the diabolical Prince Zeldt. Driven by a sense of adventure and a desire to reunite his family, Jake makes the most thrilling – and dangerous – decision of his life.


four out of five hearts

A Foreword.

I was going to write this review as soon as I had finished the book, as I should really do for every book I read and review, but I held out because well, I got busy for one and two because I knew that I would be going with Damian Dibben on one of his days on his book tour. (more on this to appear tomorrow) I am now sitting here writing this review thankful that I waited because I feel that my review would have been incomplete if I had posted it before. The day I spent talking with, listening and watching Damian has fuelled a lot of this review, and so has a lot of the feedback that I heard. While how I felt about this book, and the words of this review, are completely my own, the last paragraph will be full of how other people found his book (from my memory because I didn’t record it). I hope that this will help to give a bigger and better picture of The History Keepers: The Storm Begins for you all.


An interesting concept that was really compelling. 

In all honesty, I was hooked on this book from just the synopsis but I feel I should make a note here about why. I did not like studying history in school, not because I found it boring but because I found it difficult. Remembering all the different dates, names, and events just wasn’t something that came naturally to me but I was still fascinated by the subject. (Film history in my first year of uni is still one of my favourite subjects). I love the idea of what went on before us. I love historical films and plays but I have never really found a history book that really grabbed at me. Then I read this synopsis and I knew that it sounded like the perfect book to me. Time travelling is definitely an intriguing concept in itself but the way that Damian portrays it within this book was astounding, creative and truly captured my attention. With the synopsis bringing me in to the story, the story itself spoke volumes within me. It was fast-paced, action-packed and so compelling that I found it extremely hard to actually put it down.

Jake Djones is your ordinary fourteen year old boy, until he learns that his parents are missing but not just in modern day, but somewhere, anywhere, in history. They work for an organisation called The History Keepers who travel through time to keep history the same as it has always been known. Jake is quickly thrust into a world that he struggles to comprehend but a very curious nature, a strong, protective and passion filled heart compel him to surge forward and go above and beyond what is expected of him to save his parents. I loved Jake. I liked how he didn’t listen to orders and did what he felt was right, I loved that he followed his heart, that he was smarter than he gave himself credit for and I just enjoyed the journey that he took himself on. Nothing that happened was because someone ordered him to do it, but more because he was ordered specifically not to. He took control of the situation and I loved that about him.

Coming in second. 

I also adored all of the secondary characters. Topaz was mysterious and alluring and I wanted to know more about her. I loved Charlie and his parrot and his intellectual nature but my favourite young agent was definitely Nathan. A boy so obsessed with fashion, he worries about it even when they’re in the middle of danger. He was the comedic relief throughout the novel and I very much enjoyed laughing at the jokes he provided throughout the story. I also really loved how he automatically switched to being in charge, of taking everything on his shoulders when it was needed. He may have been light-hearted most of the time, but when it mattered, he had the ability to behave in the best way. It really made his character better. I also adored Jake’s aunt, Rose. She had an energetic, lively nature and had a warm-filled heart too. Jupitus Cole was mysterious and a character you felt you needed to be weary off and I loved that about him. It made me want to know more about him. Jake’s parents were both great too and I just wished we could have spent more time with them – but I have a feeling we might in the upcoming novels! I honestly cannot wait to read more about this characters and the next journey’s that they set off on. I also felt that the age range between the different characters really helped to make this book more universal, I could imagine adults and children alike truly enjoying this story.

The story itself was so brilliant. There was never a truly dull moment, the pace always seeming just right and keeping the reader intrigued while still filling in all the basic background information that was needed. I loved where the agents ended up, I loved the journey that they took, the twists and turns that they had to deal with and just the character and relationship development that occurred throughout the novel. I also thoroughly enjoyed the counter-balance between action and comedy and how well it was dealt with within the story. But really, the best thing about this novel is the concept of time travel and how it happens. The way that anything that happens in the past will still affect the future as they know it, how they age at the same pace no matter what era they’re in and that everything happens as they’ve heard about it in the history books. While Topaz, Jake, Charlie and Nathan were all born centuries apart, they’re still all roughly the same age – a unique and creative concept that I just truly enjoyed. I am incredibly excited to see where they will all head to next – or rather, what will happen to them on their next adventure.

The Children’s Perspective 

As promised, this last paragraph will be a quick look at how readers of the target age for this book found the book. It was told that it is a book that has a great, hooking beginning and really grabs the reader into wanting to know more. It was fast-paced, thrilling and exciting and they all just wanted to know what was going to happen next. They loved the variety of characters and everyone had their own favourites. It was also noted that the ending was done well as it left the reader with just enough to keep them sated but left a lot of things up in the air, allowing the trail of mystery to make them eagerly await the next book. In honesty, their feedback was amazing and outstanding and it really opened the book up to me in a way that I hadn’t seen it before and I know that it is a book, and series, that many will grow to love and adore.

Finishing Up 

All in all this book is a great adventure book that is full of action and comedy, suspense and mystery and really manages to grab the reader. It is never dull or boring, always spurring the action onwards at a fast and captivating pace. It is a book that I would easily be able to read over and over again and would recommend (if I haven’t already) to many people, if not everyone. It is universal in its themes and its address, and I truly believe that children and adults can fall in love with this story. While reading it, I was often reminded of J.K. Rowling and the way she writes and the journey’s that her characters take (especially the first few books) and I find that the magic and mystery in The History Keepers is just as imaginative and creative too. This is a book that you definitely don’t want to miss out on reading.

Faye


and, because I found it fascinating, here is the trailer;


stick around today for another post about this book!

Posted on 20 June, 2012 by Faye - 5 Comments


Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)

Posted on 19 June, 2012 by Faye - No Comments

Director: Josh Radnor
Written By: Josh Radnor
Production Co: Paper Street Films
Release Date: March 3rd 2011 (US)
Format: DVD
Source: Lovefilm
Add It: IMDB, Amazon, Play


Summary: 
Captures a generational moment – young people on the cusp of truly growing up, tiring of their reflexive cynicism, each in their own ways struggling to connect and define what it means to love and be loved.

four out of five hearts

I have been wanting to watch this film since I first saw a trailer for it the year it was entered into the Sundance Film Festival (last year). I was hooked, I thought it seemed captivating and thrilling and interesting and it had Josh Radnor in and so I was completely sold. Unfortunately, as it was only a festival release, it was never released in cinemas here in the UK so my wait was made even longer. Then, finally, I find that it has been released on DVD! I was so happy and instantly added it to my rental list and was even happier when it arrived on my carpet. And the best part about all of this, it did not disappoint.


To get an understanding of why I liked this film so much, I feel it necessary to explain that I adore art house films. I love films with depth, that leave a message, that force us to ask questions or films that simply manage to leave a mark on our souls. I love blockbusters as much as the next person but honestly, most of the time, I would happily go to see an art house film over a blockbuster movie. I just feel that they have so much more to say. Happythankyoumoreplease definitely had a lot to say and I really enjoyed the message that it left; the point that it was trying to get across.

The performance by Josh Radnor was really good, very different from his character Ted in How I Met Your Mother, but for me it was the secondary cast that really blew this film away. Michael Algieri acted brilliantly as a young lost chid who was clearly having issues at home. My heart went out for him and I loved the way he just took on the role so well. I would definitely think that this boy is someone to keep an eye out on. Malin Akerman was also amazing in this film and I really felt for her and everything that she went through. I loved how strong her character was in spite of everything and I love how feel the film dealt with everything that she was going through. Kate Mara played her part well and you could really feel how she felt about Sam but didn’t really know how to deal with it. A stunning performance by all the cast overall.

The storyline was amazing. It didn’t have a generic blockbuster ending and it wasn’t even a film that had a specific arch but it was a film that had a theme, a message to get across to the audience and it really managed to do it. I loved the idea that love comes in many forms, sizes and places and sometimes without us even realising it’s right in front of us. I loved the way the stories came together and yet were completely separate all at the same time. It was truly captivating and lovely and filled my insides with goodness and happiness and some kind of hope that had been missing. I enjoyed the narrative of this film and I would quite easily recommend others to watch this film.

Written and Directed by Josh Radnor, this is his first film, and I am glad to sit here and tell you all that it was a brilliant debut into the film writing and directing world. It may have had its flaws here and there but it fit well together, had an amazing script and really was just a great watch that I would happily view over and over again. He has got a new film coming out this year called Liberal Arts and this also looks like it’ll be worth watching and I, for one, will once again be waiting on tender hooks for this to come around. 

And because the trailer is what got me hooked in the first place, I am now adding the trailer so you can all view and hope to watch this film soon.

Faye

Posted on 19 June, 2012 by Faye - No Comments


Blogspiration #14

Posted on 19 June, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments

Blogspiration is a weekly meme hosted by GrowingUp YA & Saz101. This meme was created to help spark inspiration among bloggers, readers and writers alike. An inspirational quote/picture/video is posted weekly, on the day of the authors choosing, so that it may inspire creativity, conversation & just a little SOMETHING.
This was late this week, but hopefully people don’t mind too much!
And I’m busy too, so hopefully people won’t mind the lack of words here too.
Then again, I think this picture speaks a thousand words, doesn’t it? 
This is why books are so amazing. What else manages to pull you in so deeply that you completely forget your surroundings? 
I love books, I will never stop loving books. 
They are my salvation.

Faye

Posted on 19 June, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments


Cover Reveal – Gone At Zero Hundred 00:00 by C.R Hiatt

Posted on 18 June, 2012 by Faye - 1 Comment

Hi Guys!
So today I am revealing the awesome cover for Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00. Doesn’t it look intriguing? What are your thoughts on it?
Blurb:
Sydney Marie McSwain and her pal, Cody Beck, team up to take on a secret club called The Devil’s Door where members are branded with the tattoo of a devil and call themselves The Privileged Ones.

Sydney Marie McSwain – a tomboy who yearned for a father.

Cody Beck – a wannabe filmmaker, wisenheimer and flirt.

Jaden White – the star who led the high school hockey team to two championships, and was now on the A-list for NHL scouts.

Sydney Marie McSwain loves her mom, Anna – a private investigator in the coastal city where they live – but they had a major issue between them. Anna refused to give Sydney the identity of her father. On the day of her high school graduation, they were battling it out, once again. An hour later, Sydney, Cody and Jaden were at the local café, and watched as Anna was gunned down, and it was broadcasted on live TV.

Faced with immediate responsibility, Sydney and Cody agreed to take over the agency, only they changed the name to McSwain & Beck. At the same time, Sydney convinced Sutter Beach Detective, Ace Carter, to help her track down her father.

Out of the blue, a model walked in and hired them to follow her step-brother. While Cody was busy editing a trailer to solicit new clients, Sydney settled into her lemon-yellow pickup to do surveillance, and wound up staking out a secret club called The Devil’s Door whose suspicious members wore the tattoo of a devil.

That same night, Sydney received a call from one of her mom’s former clients, only the client was gunned down at the location where they agreed to meet. The mysterious discovery of a DVD revealed the possibility that teenagers were being abducted, only nobody reported them missing.

On the hunt for the victims, McSwain & Beck were chased by men in ski masks, nearly gunned down by members of a cartel called the outlaws, Sydney’s precious pickup was broken into; then the step-brother they were hired to follow, was found dead and Sydney was the number one suspect.

If things weren’t bad enough already, they had to figure out how to crash a red-carpet Mardi Gras bash being held on a private cruise ship, before it sailed off into the sunset, where they just might meet the devil, himself.

Now, the clock was ticking…

And time was running out…

How was she ever going to find her father, now?

“Their lives were in the hands of two 18 year-olds…”

Title: Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00
Genre: YA action-mystery thriller
Published: March 30, 2012
Author: CR HIATT
Websitehttp://www.crhiatt.com/
Blogmcswainandbeck.com
Twitter: @mcswainandbeck
Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/CRHIATT?bookmark_t=page

So… who else is now looking forward to this book?

Posted on 18 June, 2012 by Faye - 1 Comment


Blogger Spotlight – INTERVIEW!

Posted on 17 June, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments

Hey Guys!
So I’m finally going to let you all get to know Kathe a bit more! In my opinion she’s super amazing and lovely, but here’s the evidence of that, so you can all see it too!
Without further Ado;

Tell us a little something about yourself!

Hi, Faye. Thanks for having me! :) Well, I’m a senior in university, currently taking up a major in Psychology and a minor in Japanese Studies. Despite the diversity in my courses, I can proudly say that, above all, I’m a writer type; I work for the university newspaper and yearbook, and, besides helping out with psychological research for different organizations, I’m also a buddy to a foreign exchange student. Fun times!

How long have you had your blog?
I started my blog in February, so I’ve been around for more than four months. It’s not too long, admittedly, but that’s fine with me. I’m learning that it’s difficult to balance my academics, extracurricular work, and my book blog, after all, so I’ll take my time learning the ropes. I’m planning on posting more frequently if possible, so wait for it. Once I get going again, I won’t disappoint! :)
Do you enjoy running your blog?
Oh, yes, I do! I have to admit that it makes me nervous and slightly stressed sometimes, especially since right now I’m incredibly behind on everything book blog-related (as I’ve been away for weeks; the other week, for example, I was in Japan), but I’m very grateful that I had the opportunity to begin at all! It might take me a while to become very regular and to get the hang of things, but I’m hopeful. :)
When you started, did you ever think that it would end up the way it has?
Well, I still consider myself a noob, or newb, or whatever you call it. I don’t have as many connections or reviews as other bloggers do! However, I’m amazed that I have a small following, a group of bloggers with whom I interact (and I love them!), and the dedication not to give up on my little blog. I can’t wait to make it grow!
Is there an interesting background story to the name of your blog, if there is, tell us!
Well, I wrote about it in a Behind the Blog post, but basically, well, 2012 started badly. A health problem came up and it kept me from doing many of the things I wanted to do—right in time for my (mini) quarter-life crisis, too! Ah, timing. To make a long story short, I made my blog’s name Good Lit and Green Tea because I love good literature… and because I’m only allowed to drink tea. Green tea’s best. I do cheat every now and then though… ;)
As we’ve got this far without mentioning it, why not tell us a little something about your blog, what you post, how it runs, who you cater to, etc.
Basically, my blog is a straightforward book blog. I’ve posted mostly reviews so far and am open to book tours, but I haven’t participated in any of the latter yet. :) I try to post a book review once a week!
Since I haven’t done much besides reviews (and memes) so far… Well, though I’m an emotional person and have strong feelings towards things, I make sure that my reviews are influenced by formalism. I want to have solid reasons for my opinions. I think anyone is free to comment on or to follow my blog, but I really want an audience of thinkers. I want to discuss books with people, not just recommend them. :)
Do you participate or host and blog memes? If you do, which is your favourite?
Well, I love Blogspiration by Sarah and Kristin but I don’t post as frequently as I should. I haven’t had much time to find things I find fascinating or inspiring! 
I do co-host a new meme with Faye (I love you!) and Melissa: Behind the Blog. It’s a meme that allows bloggers to talk about themselves… and while it does cater to book bloggers, who tend to keep their lives separate from their blog (which is fine, but we need to know how reviewers tick in order to understand why they think so and so!), it’s open to other types of bloggers as well!
What about blog tours and blog hops? Have you ever or do you ever want to participate in them?
I’d love to participate in blog tours, but I haven’t had the chance to do it, yet. I hope someone will invite me soon! As for blog hops, they’re not a priority, but when I have enough time, I’ll give them a go.
What is the best book you read in in 2012?
The good thing about having a book blog is that it’s motivated me to read more. In 2011 I hardly read anything! This year, though… The Book Thief. Oh my god. I was totally going to overlook it forever until one of my best friends pointed it out to me. After I read it, ugh, I was a changed person. It made me laugh, cry, cry some more, cry about life, cry about… Yeah, it was fantastic. I have yet to find something better!
Has there ever been a book that you haven’t been able to finish? If so, what was it? And why couldn’t you finish?
I can’t leave a book unfinished. I have to finish everything I start. However, sometimes I just want to burn a book or tear pages off it or stomp on it… and that’s a bad sign. I won’t even go into the House of Night series anymore. I’m never going back. Ugh.
What is your favourite book genre?
While I absolutely love fantasy, historical fiction is probably my favorite genre ever. I don’t know when my love for it started, but it’s been going on ever since, and I couldn’t be happier.
Quick Fire Round
ebook or hardcopy?
Hardcopy! Admittedly, once I have a large collection of ebooks, I’ll probably appreciate my Kindle more (and really use it), but when I have hardcopies, I feel a connection to the books that is diminished when I read them digitally. Then again, I’m a bit old school. I’ll get used to ebooks eventually!
ya or adult?
They both have their pros and cons, but I love YA. Maybe being so busy makes me long for the straightforwardness of teenage life and love… or, I don’t know, I just like them. (I’ve read that YA doesn’t refer to the genre, but to the audience, which is true. There are so many themes and topics and settings tackled in the “genre”!) 
I’ve told a good friend that I’m not rushing my reading “adult” books for the sake of acting my age. I’ll take my time with YA. I do read adult books when they catch my eye, though.
vampires or werewolves?
I’m completely torn here. I’ve loved the idea of vampires since forever, but since becoming more of an athlete, I’ve learned to appreciate the transformation and abilities of werewolves. I suppose I like reading about vampires more, but I wouldn’t mind being a werewolf. Let’s stick with that!
chocolate or vanilla?
Chocolate. Hands down. I’ve always loved chocolate. Vanilla cannot hold a candle to it!
harry potter or twilight?
Harry Potter. Did you even have to ask? ;)
four or peeta?
Oh, dear. Well, Four can protect me, of course, and I love the fact that he’s brave and clever, but there’s something about Peeta that I can’t help loving. Forgetting all rationality, I think I’ll go with Peeta. I need that type of person in my life!
series or single?
It depends. Some books are better left as standalone novels, while others need the exposition granted by series contracts. (I seem very indecisive, don’t I?) I think they’re tied in my head. I love both types. It is always nice to have something to which I can look forward, though. :)
blogger or wordpress?
Sometimes WordPress irritates me to no end, but I prefer it to Blogger. It feels cleaner somehow, even if there are fewer opportunities to customize a WordPress blog.
And finally,
Is there anything else you would like to say about you or your blog?
I’d like to apologize for writing so much. I promise it doesn’t happen often! (Lies. Hahaha!) I guess I just want to thank you for reading through this incredibly long post, and, hey, I hope you’ll check out my blog sometime. It’ll be alive and kicking (again) soon, I promise!
So there you have it guys, the wonderful Kathe! Now, if you’re not following, make sure you go do that right now! :D

Posted on 17 June, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments