Fresh Start September – Jay Kristoff Interview!

Posted on 15 September, 2012 by Faye - 2 Comments

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Hey Guys!
I really hope you’ve been enjoying Fresh Start September so far! Don’t forget, if you want to go back and look at other posts, just click the graphic to the right *points* and it’ll take you to all the links!
Today I am bringing you a lovely interview with the awesome, spectacular and hilarious Jay Kristoff whose debut novel Stormdancer has been released in Australia and in the UK, and will shortly be released in the US.
Hope you enjoy his interview!


Published
13th September (UK)
18th September (US)

Publisher
Tor UK
Thomas Dunne Books

Pages
352 (HB – UK)
336 (HB – US)

Buy the book: Amazon UK, Amazon US, TBD, B&N

Add this book to your TBR list on Goodreads

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A DYING LAND
The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.
AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST
The hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger—a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.
A SIXTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.
But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.


How amazing does that sound? I hope you’re nodding your head and saying aloud; pretty damn amazing! If you are, check out this awesome interview with the author of this swell book!


What did you do when you first got the call to say that Stormdancer had been picked up by a publisher?
It was a little drawn out, because Stormdancer sold at auction. I got told we had an offer before Christmas 2011, and that was awesome – I got drunk on Christmas day for the first time in my life (hey, my Auntie bought me a bottle of bourbon, gimme a break) But very soon we had two other houses bidding on the book, so it all became very surreal very quickly. I’d wake up each morning and there would be a new email from my agent with a new offer (which was a really nice way to wake up every day). The whole auction took about a month to complete – book auctions aren’t these big swanky affairs like I imagined them to be, they’re basically just a bunch of emails flying back and forth.
On the day we actually decided which house we were going with, I played air guitar for about ten minutes (furious solo), called my folks and said “guess what?”, and then got stonkingly drunk.
And I know I sound like a lush now, but it’s all coincidence, I assure you.

Were there any disagreements between you and your editor while you were editing or did you both agree on the things that needed to be changed?
A couple of minor ones, but nothing earth shattering. My editors were great – working through the book with Pete (Thomas Dunne/SMP) and Julie (Tor UK) was an amazing experience – they’re both incredibly sharp and bring slightly different sensibilities to the table. It really felt like a collaborative experience. I’m just about to start working on book 2 with them – can’t wait.

Is Yukiko based on anyone you know?
She’s probably an amalgam of a bunch of the awesome, strong women I’ve known in my life. But nobody definitive – I couldn’t point to anyone and say “you’re Yuki”. But I can definitely see a bit of myself in Buruu, her griffin.

Could you tell us anything about the world in which Stormdancer is set? Where did the inspiration for it come from?
Stormdancer’s setting is a nation teetering on the edge of ruin, inspired by the Japanese samurai age. Shima is an imperium built on the backs of fantastical technologies – sky-ships and motor-rickshaw and thunder-rail, defended by noble Iron Samurai in lumbering suits of power armor. But Shima is being slowly consumed by the very technologies that once made it great. Fields of blood lotus flowers are cultivated for the fuel that drives their machines, but that same flower is killing the earth and everything on it. The magical beasts of legend are dead or gone, the air is choked with toxins, and a blast-furnace sunburns in a blood-red sky.
It’s not such a nice place.
The inspiration for it is all around us. The things we’re doing to this planet we live on and the creatures we share it with. And I don’t want to sound like some rabid environmentalist on a soapbox – Stormdancer is first and foremost an adventure story and a telepathic girl and her best friend, who just happens to be a two-ton griffin. But the book does kinda hold up a dirty mirror to our own planet and what we’re doing to it.

Do you collect anything? If so, what is it?
I’m a collectible card game nerd. I’m playing A Game of Thrones at the moment. My living room is littered with the damn things. My wife hates them :)

In life there are people who love exercise and those who detest it, would you call yourself a sporty person or do you prefer to sit in front of a computer writing?
I’ve always been terrible at sports. I hate exercise. Hate it with the fury of a thousand suns. It bores the crap out of me. But I force myself to work out every night, because sitting in front of a computer writing all day and night is a good way to get unhealthy.
The cool thing is I’ve got a dog who I have to walk or else he loses his tiny mind. So I just take some weights with me while I walk and dutifully lift them up and down as he runs around whizzing on things.
We must look pretty odd, now that I think about it…


I would like to take a moment to thank Jay Kristoff for answering all of our questions and for giving me the chance to host him for this event. We hope you enjoyed getting to know this author a little better – I know I have!


As a bonus part of the event we are giving everyone the chance to win some prizes donated by our wonderful participants and ourselves! These include:

  • 2 winners of Strange Chemistry ARC packs, each pack including a copy of Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings, The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke AND Katya’s World by Jonathan L Howard (courtesy of Strange Chemistry)
  • 1 winner of an eBook of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris (courtesy of Entangled Publishing)
  • 1 winner will receive a paperback copy of Speechless by Hannah Harrington – US/CAN only
  • 1 winner of a hardover copy of 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues (courtesy of the author)-US only Enter here
  • 3 winners of a book of your choice from any that has been featured in Fresh Start September (each courtesy of the hosts)

The giveaway is INTERNATIONAL and will run until the end of the event (30 September). Remember to follow the Twitter and Facebook pages of the prizes you want to win, for example, to be eligible to win the Strange Chemistry Prize, you must follow them on Twitter and Facebook. Good luck!

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Posted on 15 September, 2012 by Faye - 2 Comments


Fresh Start September – C. J. Redwine Interview

Posted on 2 September, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments

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Hey Guys!
So on the first official day of Fresh Start September we are hosting the wonderful and amazingly talented C. J. Redwine, this is also doubling as her third stop of her blog tour! (Banner below).
I was lucky enough to have a chance to read an ARC of her book Defiance and I have fallen in love with not just the book, but the brilliant author behind it all. So it is with delight that I have her here today with an interview for you all!
First of all though, let’s tell you all a bit about Defiance.


Published:
September 6th 2012 (UK)
August 28th 2012 (US)

Publisher:
Atom (UK) 
Balzer and Bray (US)

403 pages (UK Paperback)
416 pages (US Hardback)

Buy the book: Amazon UK, Amazon US, TBD, B&N

Add this book to your TBR list on Goodreads

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.


Intrigued? I certainly was! Now that you know more about the book, are you ready to get to know the author a bit more as well? Here’s the interview!


 Some authors use structures and plots when they write their books but a few write with only a mere outline in mind, was Defiance a heavily plotted book or a simple idea taken a long way?
 I like to have the big milestones in place before I write so that I have something to aim for. I think through the game changing moments at the ¼, ½, and ¾ mark and then write toward those. Almost everything that happens in between those points comes as a complete surprise to me as I write.

Defiance is your first book to be published, how many novels have you written before that are sitting on the “dusty shelves”?
Defiance is the fourth novel I wrote. My third novel is an adult urban fantasy, and I’ll be publishing that next year. The other two? Yeah. Never seeing the light of day unless I need a hefty doorstop. :)

So many books feature monsters that need to be battled, what makes your monster different from all the others?
The monster in my book is an underground version of the Leviathan. He’s a blind, fire-breathing, wingless dragon who tracks his prey by sound. At any moment, he can tunnel up from beneath you and … that’s that.

If your book had a soundtrack, who would some of the artists be that it would feature?
One Republic, Red, Evanescence, In This Moment, and Hans Zimmer.

 

If you had to run a marathon – or hey, write a novel! – for a charity, what charity would you choose?
If I had to run a marathon for charity, I’d have to collect bets on how far from the finish line I’d be before I collapsed and asked for a peach tea and a visit from Johnny Depp to restore my equilibrium. :) But the charity I’d choose is Both Hands, an organization that helps adopting families fundraise for their adoption by doing a work project on the home of a needy widow. My husband and I adopted our daughter from China two years ago, and we did a Both Hands project, and it was life-changing for everyone involved.

If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Oh, wow. *thinks* I’d have to say fruit smoothies w/protein powder in them. I was going to go with my first love and say lemon bars, but even *I* couldn’t survive on lemon bars for the rest of my life.


I want to say a big thank you to C.J. Redwine for participating in Fresh Start September and allowing Melissa, Daphne and I to bring you this interview.
A Review of Defiance will appear on this blog today or tomorrow.


As a bonus part of the event, we are giving everyone a chance to win some prizes donated by our wonderful participants and ourselves! The prizes include:

  • 2 winners of Strange Chemistry ARC packs, each pack including a copy of Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings, The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke AND Katya’s World by Jonathan L Howard (courtesy of Strange Chemistry)
  • 1 winner of an eBook of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris (courtesy of Entangled Publishing)
  • 3 winners of a book of your choice from any that has been featured in Fresh Start September (each courtesy of the hosts)

The giveaway is INTERNATIONAL and will run until the end of the event (30 September). Remember to follow the Twitter and Facebook pages of the prizes you want to win, for example, to be eligible to win the Strange Chemistry Prize, you must follow them on Twitter and Facebook. Good luck!
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Posted on 2 September, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments


All The Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them – Interview!

Posted on 5 July, 2012 by Faye - No Comments

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Hey Guys!
So today I am introducing you to the lovely Anne M. Strick, author of All the Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them. I will be asking her some questions for you all to read over and enjoy!
Hope it helps you get a better insight into her and her novel!

Hello Anne, and welcome to A Daydreamer’s Thoughts! Starting off easy, tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you would like your readers to know.
My family background and early history are a touch theatrical.  One of my uncles was a theater  and film director and his wife, my aunt Gale Sondergaard, received the Academy’s created-just- for-her Best  Supporting Actress Award for her work in the movie ANTHONY ADVERSE . I myself, at the age of thirteen, won a scholarship to a children’s acting school and studied for three years.  My husband, Joseph Strick, was a film producer and director, for whom I intermittently worked.  So it’s not surprising that I ended up, for rather a long time, in the movie business.  And wrote two books about it:  ALL THE DOORS TO HOLLYWOOD AND HOW TO  OPEN THEM, and the steamy rival to  SHADES OF GRAY, THE REBEL PRINCESS.

Definitely an interesting background! So, how long have you wanted to be a writer?
I never particularly wanted to be a writer – just found myself having done it, in one form or another, a good part of my life (starting in high  school).

Fair enough! When you’re not typing away at the keyboard coming up with new ideas, what do you do?
I read, mostly, and see movies, and play with friends.

So now we know more about you, what about your book? What is it all about?
My book, ALL THE DOORS TO HOLLYWOOD AND HOW TO OPEN THEM, is a first-ever career guide to largely unknown, high-paying jobs in film and television. The book comprises a series of interviews with those behind-the-screen wizards who make movie magic actually happen.  They tell what they do (what is a grip? A gaffer? A scenic artist?)  how they do it,  how they got their first jobs, and some adventures they’ve had.  The book includes a chart of all the Hollywood guilds and locals,  with phone numbers, e-mail addressers and websites, for follow-up job information.  It’s a uniquely practical careers handbook.

What inspired you to write such a book?
What inspired me to write the book? My growing realization that, if you dream of joining the Hollywood world – or simply need a job –you don’t have to live in Los Angeles.  You don’t have to be young.  You don’t have to be beautiful or handsome. You  don’t  have to  sing or dance or know how to act. You don’t have to write a brilliant screenplay.  You just have to embrace the ordinary, daily skills that most of us already possess -– sewing, driving, gardening, painting,  writing,  reading, carpentry, scavenger-hunting, drawing, and so many more – and knock on Hollywood’s doors (as the people in this book have done.

     I wanted to make Hollywood dreams, and the rich, fascinating behind-the-screen Hollywood world, known by, and accessible to, all of us.

As someone who has worked in the film industry for over twenty years, do you have a great (or inspiring) story to tell us quickly?
I think my most significant (if not precisely inspiring’) moment

was when I got hired, on my third job interview, for the first time by someone other than my husband.  I immediately became a Unit Publicist on the movie THE BORDER, with Jack Nicholson,  to be filmed in El Paso, Texas.  I was both terrified and thrilled.  But it began not only a whole new career, but a great new field of things to write  about.

For you personally, what role within the film industry do you like the most?
If I dad my druthers, I‘d like to be the studio honcho who greenlights really interesting films.

Do you have a favourite director?
I don’t have a favorite director –there are a lot of good ones.

Do you have a favourite screenwriter?
I loved Dalton Trumbo (ROMAN HOLLIDDAY) a number of years ago.  And I like Robin Swicotd (MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA)  today.

What quick advice can you give to aspiring film makers or those who just want to get into the world of film?
If you want to get into the film business – large screen or small – forgive me for tooting my own horn, but ALL THE DOORS really is a terrific and unique  guide to many, many exciting and  largely unknown behind-the –screen  careers. The people interviewed in my book love their work – the travel,  the endless variety, the intriguing people they get to know, the creativity and fun and adventure  -as well as first-rate financial rewards -of the job. And they tell you how they did it.

and a quick fire round;

ebooks or hard copies?
I enjoy both ebooks and hard  ccopies.

day or night?
I  like day for  work and exercise, and night for reading and play.

reading or writing?
I like writing for work and reading  for relaxation.  Gotta have both!

watching or filming?
I love both watching and filming – particularly the getting-paid part of filming.

paper or computer?
I can’t manage without my computer, but I print out endlessly.

tea or coffee?
Coffee in the morning, and tea in the afternoon.

favourite book of the moment?
Many memorable books.  Among them, THE LAST OF THE JUST (don’t recall the author) many years ago, and THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS, by Isabel Wilkerson. A great book! Favorite book of the moment is Edith Wharton’s THE HOUSE OF MIRTH.

favourite film of the moment?
I keep enjoying THE PATRIOT and BRAVEHEART .   On the other hand, CONAN THE BARBARIAN , on which I worked, remains a hoot. And I was enchanted by Woody Allen’s MIDNIGHT IN PARIS.

Thank you for talking with me today Anne, it’s been a pleasure to learn more about you and your book!

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Anne M.Strick has spent over twenty years in the movie industry. She has worked for Universal, Warners, Paramount and EMI, as a Unit Publicist, Project Coordinator and National Publicity Director, and with such Hollywood legends as Jack Nicholson, James Earl Jones, Sean Penn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Lynch and Dino De Laurentiis, among many others.

She has been a Congressional speech writer, published articles, theater reviews, short stories, two non-fiction books (one an international best-seller), two novels, and the highly praised (“remarkable”) critique of our adversary legal system, Injustice For All. Born in Philadelphia, educated at Bennington College and UCLA, she lives in Los Angeles.

Posted on 5 July, 2012 by Faye - No Comments


Getting to Know Alicia Brewster and Don’t Call Me Angel

Posted on 26 June, 2012 by Faye - 3 Comments

Hi Guys! So today I’m hosting the wonderful Alicia Brewster as part of her blog tour for her book Don’t Call Me Angel. Just for you lot I have interviewed her to help you get to know her and her book a little better. Hope you enjoy it! 

Hello Alicia, and welcome to A Daydreamer’s Thoughts! Starting out with the basics, tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you would like your readers to know.
I like reading, writing, long walks on the beach, rainy days, sunny days, and weekends. I’m a big fan of weekends.

Weekends are great! So, how long have you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve known I wanted to be a writer for about six years, but it took me several years to get up the motivation to actively pursue it.

And I bet you’re glad you finally did! Now you’ve pursued it though, I’m curious, when you’re not typing away at the keyboard coming up with new ideas, what do you do?
Besides my day job, of course, I read a lot. I often pick up hobbies for several months at a time–Tae Kwon Do, jewelry making, spinning. I like to keep my mind and body occupied.

So now we know more about you, what about your novel? What is it all about?
Don’t Call Me Angel is an urban fantasy novella about a fallen angel, named Six, who just escaped from Hell. At 120 pages, this first book is not a full-length novel, but the others in the series likely will be. Six sees things differently than most people, partly because she’s bitter about having been forced into Hell, and partly because she’s new to Earth and discovering it for the first time. Throughout the series, we’ll see her make a lot of mistakes while finding her way.

It definitely sounds interesting. What inspired you to write a novel about angels and demons?
We see a lot of books in urban fantasy about angels, but they seem to focus on a point-of-view character other than the actual angels. I wanted to delve into what it means to be a fallen angel; I’d think the experience of being cast out of heaven would be pretty traumatic, and that’s what you see in this novella.

I like the idea behind this! I have to ask, as this is your debut novel, how have you felt the journey has gone since the release?
It’s been wild! I’m currently working on a few other writing projects, but I’ve had little time for them in the past month with all the promotions for this book. I finally received a finished copy of my book in the mail yesterday. I just kept staring at it!

In your opinion, what is the most rewarding thing to happen to you as an author?
I had a book published. :)

That’s so amazing! So, diving deeper now then, who is your favourite character in your novel?
Other than the two main characters, that would probably be a minor character who appears only twice in the book. He’s an unnamed monster who Six refers to in her head as Red Eyes. Red Eyes has sharp teeth and liquid red eyes, with no pupils or whites. He hits on Six in a bar, and for some odd reason, she finds him creepy!

Antagonists can often be hard to get right, can you tell us a little bit about your antagonist – without giving too much away, of course!
Hmm, there’s not much I can tell you without spoilers, except what’s already in the book blurb. Sorry!

No worries, we understand! I am wondering though, when you were writing this novel, was there a specific place that helped give you inspiration? (a coffee shop perhaps)
Not for me. I wrote whenever and wherever I had the opportunity. Mostly, that was at home in front of my television, with the volume turned super low. But I can work anywhere. Bits and pieces of my manuscript were stored remotely on Google documents, so that I could add to it from my mobile phone when I was out and about.

I can sometimes yell at people when I’m in the middle of writing and they distract me, do you have any bad habits when you’re writing?
Sometimes I forget that I need time to relax and unwind, which can be bad for my stress level. I go to work and type all day for work stuff. Then I come home and type stuff for my current manuscript. I occasionally experience days of burnout where I just can’t get anything done.

And finally, do you have any advice for any aspiring writers out there?
You can do it. Just do it. (And then have it thoroughly edited.)

and a quick fire round;

ebooks or hard copies?
ebooks
day or night?
day
reading or writing?
writing
paper or computer?
computer
tea or coffee?
tea
favourite book of the moment?
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
most memorable book?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Thank you Alicia for talking with me today! It’s been great to get to know more about you and your novel!
If you would like to know more about Alicia and her novel, you can find her on her website, here, on twitter, here, and on goodreads, here.


Faye

Posted on 26 June, 2012 by Faye - 3 Comments


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


Faye

Posted on 24 June, 2012 by Faye - 2 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


Chatting to Anthea Carson

Posted on 9 June, 2012 by Faye - No Comments

Hey Guys!

So today I am introducing you all to the charming Anthea Carson, author of The Dark Lake. She has been interviewed for you all – I hope you like her answers!

Without further ado;

Hello Anthea, welcome to A Daydreamer’s Thoughts! Let’s get the basics out the way, shall we! Tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you would like your readers to know.
I’m a tournament chess player, chess coach and chess author, a mom and a writer. I write fiction as well, and have written several novels, two of which are published. My chess book is called “How to Play Chess Like an Animal,” my young adult fiction is called “Ainsworth,” or “Ghost Dancer at Tucker’s Grove.” One is paperback, and the other is a Kindle book, but they are essentially the same book. I have a degree from the University of Colorado in Philosophy, and I live in Colorado with my husband and two children.

Sounds fascinating and the Chess geek in me is proud right now. But what I’m sure everyone wants to know is, how long have you wanted to be a writer?
I have always wanted to be a writer, since I was a little kid. I’ve always loved to read, and was fortunate enough to have very educated parents who steered me in the direction of focusing on the classics, such authors as Dickens, Dosteyevsky, Hardy, Proust, and so forth. My love of reading eventually translated into writing efforts.

It’s always helpful when your parents are willing to guide you down the path you want to go! As you’ve wanted to be a writer from a young age, when you’re not typing away at the keyboard coming up with new ideas, what do you do?
I play lots of tournament chess, read lots of books, and love to spend time with my kids. I live near the mountains, and love to hike. I also love to travel, and I have a desire to research the back stories of Faulkner’s many great novels in Mississippi, and write a blog about my efforts. Http://www.stalkingfaulkner.blogspot.com

So now we know more about you, what about your novel? What is it all about?
My novel is called The Dark Lake. I would call it an existential ghost story. It’s about a girl/woman who lives in the past. She is in her forties, but seems to be stuck somewhere in her teens. Some past event haunts her mind. Her therapist tries to help her find out what it is. It seems to have something to do with a party, and a car that went in the lake.

Oooh. Sounds really intriguing! I’m curious though, what inspired you to write a story in this genre?
I was inspired to write in the genre because I love the Twilight Zone, and The Sixth Sense. I also love books in this genre: Lost Girls, by Andrew Pyper, The Other, by Thomas Tryon, At Some Forgotten Door, by Doris Miles Disney. I also love haunting fairy tales about ghost women who wander the lake.

And with that answer, I simply have to ask; would you say there was anything unique about this story to really pull the readers in? What makes it stand out?
I think the ghostly fairy tale aspect pulls readers in, and of course the question of what happened at the party, and the car at the bottom of the lake–but remember–if you read this book, that it is a part of a trilogy.

Duly noted! And how long did it take you to write this story?
The original story was written in three weeks, but the editing and revising took years.

Wow. That’s brilliant! With that thought then, were there any challenging scenes that you felt that you just couldn’t get right?
There were many challenging scenes, challenging aspects to this story. The story goes back and forth in time, which can be confusing. Some readers pick up right away what’s going on, others don’t like to be confused. I say, you can’t please everyone, but perhaps coming to the point of being able to say that has been one of the challenging aspects of this book–letting go of pleasing everyone and just being willing to let the book be a bit confusing. Another challenge was the character Gay. It was difficult to be clever enough to write her dialogue. I wrote a character smarter than I am. Fortunately I had hours to try and think of the witty one-liners she can come up with on the spot.

I think that was definitely a good idea in the end! In the same thread, which character in your story did you enjoy writing the most?
Gay is probably my favorite character, although her appearance is minimal in the first book of the trilogy.

That sounds inviting! Now I’m curious to know about the antagonist. Can you tell us a little something about the antagonist in this story – without giving it all away, of course!
It is sometimes difficult to figure out who the antagonist is. I think it’s Krishna, the friend who is one of the voices that call her from the past, or from bottom of the lake, but one can make an argument that it’s Miriam, the therapist, who tries to force her to see reality.

And finally, do you have any advice for any aspiring writers out there?
Be honest, don’t wear a mask when you write.

ebooks or hard copies?
ebooks only at this time.
day or night?
night
reading or writing?
reading
paper or computer?
computer
tea or coffee?
coffee
favourite book of the moment?
Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
most memorable book?
Gone With The Wind.


Thank you for joining us today Anthea, it has been a pleasure chatting with you!

If you would like to know more about The Dark Lake, click here or to purchase the book on Amazon, click here.


Summary:

Jane wanders the lake in search of the voices that call her from the depths. She just can’t seem to get her life together. She tries to move on from the past. She goes to therapy. She goes to AA. She tries to find a job, and eventually, to avoid jail time, she goes to Anger Management. But she just can’t seem to get past her past.

Her therapist tells her she needs to remember what happened at the party. Whatever happened at the party holds the key. She tries to remember, but it’s hard if not impossible to remember what happened in a blackout. But whatever it is, that’s what haunts her, and if she can just deal with it, she can move on.


But then they start dragging her car from the lake. “Why,” she wonders, “after all this time, why are they pulling her car from the lake?”

Posted on 9 June, 2012 by Faye - No Comments


Introducing J. R. Wagner! + Giveaway of Exiled!

Posted on 8 June, 2012 by Faye - No Comments

Hey Guys!
As promised I am here today with a glorious interview with J. R. Wagner for his newly released book Exiled
I also have ONE copy of the book to GIVEAWAY to one lucky person! Contest is for US participants only, simply fill out the rafflecopter below.

Hello J. R. Wagner, welcome to A Daydreamer’s Thoughts! Let’s start with the basics, tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you would like your readers to know.

I am the husband of a wonderful wife, the father of two wonderful daughters. The rest is just details.

Brilliant! And how long have you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve wanted to be a writer since the first grade.

Okay, so when you’re not typing away at the keyboard coming up with new ideas, what do you do?
I have a day job working with my brother in our family business. I stay healthy by competing in triathlons and adventure races.  I also enjoy working on the landscaping at my house.  I, of course, read as often as possible and enjoy a good movie.

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

Exiled is the first book in a series called The Never Chronicles.  It begins with the main character, James being banished to the sorcerer’s version of Alcatraz –called The Never.  Throughout the novel we follow James as he attempts to escape The Never.  Every other chapter (think ‘Lost’) provides back-story.  It takes a versatile and creative mind to appreciate this structure.  It is not your typical linear fantasy novel.  The payoff as things begin to come together from past and present is much more dramatic and enjoyable (in my humble opinion).  The story is littered with foreshadowing, hints and clues. If you enjoy a book with a little more depth, Exiled is for you.

The concept of this novel seems really interesting, is there a story behind the inspiration for it?
Exiled started with a single scene (the opening scene) and quickly grew from there.  I believe the inspiration came from multiple sources.  Lost certainly had an influence in how I structured the story but I can’t give it all the credit.  As anyone with ADHD will tell you, it isn’t easy to focus on a single task for very long.  When I completed a chapter, I needed to switch gears and write from a different perspective.  So does that mean the layout is a result of my inability to focus?  No.  After I had written the first draft, I considered making the entire story linear but I just couldn’t do it –it didn’t feel right.  I like the challenge and I hope the readers will as well.  The Never –the place where James is exiled, is inspired from multiple influences including Robinson Caruso, Peter Pan, Lord of the Flies and many others.


Yeap, definitely interesting! Can you tell us a little something about the protagonist?
James carries a heavy burden. He has nearly his entire life.  Considering he is expected to be the savoir of his kind, he’s developed into a rather normal fifteen-year-old (normal is relative). There are times when he lets the weight of this burden get the best of him and times when he uses it to empower him.  He is very human in this regard.  It becomes quickly apparent that he cannot escape this burden even when he is banished to The Never.  He must choose to rise or fold under its weight. 


And, does the antagonist have any pet peeves? 
Alvaro is a very complicated man.  We get glimpses into what kind of man but they are fleeting at best. The greatest antagonists hold their cards close. 


Were there any moments in the book that you loved writing? Could you tell us about them?
Yes, there were several chapters where the words just spilled out of me and onto the keyboard.  Chapter seven is a good example.  They seemed to increase as the story progressed –there were many moments in book 2, which I’d written at the same time (It was originally one book but the length was far too long for a first-time-author in this genre and target audience.).


Do you know how many books will be in this series, or are you waiting to see where it takes you?

I truly don’t know where the story will take me.  I have an idea of where James will find himself in the end but how he gets there … that’s still stuck in my brain somewhere. Even my idea for James may not pan out because I always let the story take me where it will.


When your creativity is running low, what do you do to find inspiration again?

I may be considered a creative freak, but I have the opposite problem.  Too many ideas and not enough time to see them through. 

You’re often run writing competitions, do you have one running at the moment? Or if not, when will the next one be?
I currently am running a short story contest.  The deadline is July 10th.  I’ve already got two entries (they usually come flooding in the final week).  Details can be found on my website: www.theneverchronicles.com

And finally, do you have any advice for any aspiring writers out there?

Write every day –something, anything.  Don’t expect to accomplish anything without working harder than you ever thought you could.  It’s a new and exciting time to be an author.  Take advantage of it.  Be on the cutting edge.  Write a blog. Build a following and if writing is something you truly love, keep fighting for your dream. Oh, check out www.figment.com too.


and a quick fire round;


ebooks or hard copies? 
both 
day or night? Insanely 
early morning 
reading or writing? 
writing 
paper or computer? 
computer 
tea or coffee? 
tea 
favourite book of the moment? 
The Knife of Never Letting Go –Patrick Ness 
most memorable book? 
The Hobbit –J. R. R. Tolkien
Thank you J. R, it was lovely to get to know you better! Thank you for talking with me.



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Posted on 8 June, 2012 by Faye - No Comments


We’re Meeting Stephen Zimmer Today!

Posted on 7 June, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments



Hey Guys!

So today I am introducing you all to the wonderfully talented, Stephen Zimmer, author of the newly released Spirit of Fire. He is here today to talk about this book as part of the books tour.
I sent questions along and then he answered them but instead of the normal way this goes, he responded with a video for you all!
So I hope you guys enjoy it – I did! – and to continue following his tour, click the banner above!
Without further ado;
Did you like it?

Thank you so much for watching, I’m sure Stephen truly appreciates it!
To look at his website that he mentioned, feel free to click here.

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Book Three of the Fires of Eden series.

A maelstrom of war engulfs lands resisting the designs of the Unifier to bring about a new order, of a kind that has never existed within Ave.  Battered by a massive invasion force from Gallea, the tribal people of the Five Realms and their Midragardan allies are being driven eastward, towards the sea, while the Saxan lines are wearing down ever thinner on the Plains of Athelney.
Time is running out quickly, as an ancient creature of legend soars through the skies with a brave young Saxan.   They carry the desperate hopes of two realms sorely beset by a voracious enemy. 


Diabolic entities conduct a great hunt, as a malignant darkness deepens across all of Ave.  Exiles from another world must gain refuge, or find themselves ensnared by the long reach of the Unifier.  The very nature of creation itself stands in the balance.

  
It is a time when the honor and fortitude of many are put to the test, and terrible prices are paid for resisting great evils.  It is also a time of awakening for many, old and young alike, some of whom may yet discover the spirit of fire that lies within.

The third installment in the Fires in Eden series, Spirit of Fire is richly imagined epic fantasy with a diverse ensemble of characters that offers a new world to explore for readers who enjoy large-scale tales along the likes of George R.R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, Steven Erikson, and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Posted on 7 June, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments


A Little Q+A with Vincent Lowry

Posted on 30 May, 2012 by Faye - No Comments

Hey Guys!
So today I am introducing you to the talented Vincent Lowry, author of Dreams Reign Supreme. 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 Vince, and welcome to A Daydreamer’s Thoughts! Let’s start with something simple, tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you would like your readers to know.
I was born in New Mexico, and I went to college in New Orleans. Most of my stories involved experiences from these two places. For me, my stories are only credible if I have a good idea about the culture and background of my characters. Research can sometimes help fill the gap when delving into cities I’ve never seen, but nothing substitutes actually living in the area.

Writing what you know is the advice most frequently given, so it’s nice to see it actually happen! I’m curious then, how long have you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I was in high school. I loved the creativity of filling a blank page. I was inspired by the idea that I could do it anywhere, anytime I found the time.

It is such a glorious concept. Those are your words! So, what I’m sure everyone wants to know is, when you’re not typing away at the keyboard coming up with new ideas, what do you do?
Well, I also do a good deal of photography. It is said that a picture says 1,000 words, so for me it’s my way of cheating a little when I want to get my point across right away. Photography also fits in well with my poetry because both my pictures and poems often involve nature. Getting out in the wild (or even just around the city parks) is a great way of relaxing and creating at the same time.

So now we know more about you, but what about your book? What is it all about?
Dreams Reign Supreme is a collection of short stories and poetry. I’ve previously published several of the pieces that appear in the book, and I wanted to combine them together in a way that best entertains the reader. So far the reception has been wonderful! :)

That’s great to hear! It seems like a nice way of doing this, but what inspired you to write a book in this way?
I’ve never seen a book that rotates between short story and poetry. I’ve seen collections that are purely one or the other, but nothing that combines both together, chapter after chapter. I thought this would make a neat book.

I think you’re probably right there! Aside from this, would you say there was an interesting background to your book?
Yes. As mentioned above, most of my backgrounds come from places I’ve seen and experienced at some point in my life. This was far different from my first novel, Constellation Chronicles, because that book was set in space. That’s kinda hard to visit. Haha!

Yes, yes it is. Now we know more about the style of your new novel, who would you say was your target audience?
My target audience is young adults and adults, male and female. It’s a bit too advanced for kids under 12.

And did you have any writing influences for these two novels?
I’ve always admired Carl Sagan, Stephen King, Frank McCourt, Frank Darabont, and Tony Hillerman. They are the rock stars for me.

Some great writers indeed! I’ve gotten this far without mentioning it, but what was your favourite part about writing Dreams Reign Supreme?
My favorite part is seeing the story come alive. For example, Paranormal Lists came to me so easily that I felt I was actually living the life of the main character. That short story was a blast to write. I wish I could say the same about all stories (some of them take a lot of pushing to get through).

Obviously there a lot of different stories in this novel, so how did you go about selecting the short-stories and poems, was it theme based, or other?
It’s a mix. Sometimes it’s theme based, sometimes it’s just the character that comes to me. Going back to Paranormal Lists, it was the main character I saw in my mind before I started writing the story: a psychic burdened with his gifts of foresight.

Sounds absolutely fascinating! Other than Dreams Reign Supreme and Constellation Chronicles, do you have any more books already written, or on the way, or both?
Yes, my third book is a collection of poetry I will be publishing in the next year. My fourth book is a young adult, coming-of-age novel I had actually written over ten years ago. (This was actually the first book I wrote.)

And finally, do you have any advice for any aspiring writers out there?
My advice is to create. To endless write and ignore all pessimism and skepticism. It’s the finished novel/short story/poem that stands the test of time. If you never write what’s in your heart, you’ll never see the true beauty of what you can become.

and a quick fire round;
ebooks or hard copies?

Both. I like ebooks because they are better for the environment, and I like hard copies because sometimes I just need the feel of the book in my hands.
day or night?
I’ve always been a night owl. Maybe this will change in the coming years???
reading or writing? Both. You have to do both. There are no exceptions to this rule.
paper or computer?
Well, a computer spits out paper so… :)
tea or coffee? Iced tea. I get bad migraines if I have hot liquids. It’s very strange, I know…
favourite book of the moment?
Steve Jobs. That was a great read!
most memorable book?
Watership Down. What a book! That’s another author I highly admire!

Thank You Vince, for taking the time to talk with me today! It was a pleasure.


If you would like to know more about Vince you can find him on Goodreads, here

 

Dreams Reign Supreme is a collection of short stories and poetry by Vincent Lowry, author of the acclaimed breakout novel Constellation Chronicles. Readers around the world have praised this collection as “beautiful,” “touching,” and “original.” Fans will be delighted to find Windows on the World, Vincent’s heartfelt poem about his experience in the North Tower of the World Trade Center before its collapse, and The Paranormal Lists, a fictional story about a man burdened with an incredible psychic gift.

Dreams Reign Supreme will move and entertain readers from start to finish.

Posted on 30 May, 2012 by Faye - No Comments