Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Review: "The Car Thief" by Theodore Weesner

''The Car Thief is a poignant and beautifully written novel, so true and so excruciatingly painful that one can't read it without feeling the knife's cruel blade in the heart.'' --Boston Globe



A very special thanks to Erika Anstead for sending me "The Car Thief" by Theodore Weesner!



Plot:

Hailed by The Boston Globe as "so poignant and beautifully written, so true and painful, that one can't read it without feeling the knife's cruel blade in the heart," The Car Thief was first published to enormous popularity, and sold over half a million copies. Alex Housman is a kid who at the age of sixteen has had fourteen cars, harbors many hurts, and seems to fade into his environment while raging inside. His father is an alcoholic, losing his grip on life even as he wants the best for his son. The Car Thief explores the love Alex and his father share, in a tremendously poignant story that is filled with unusual triumphs.

Review: Moving and emotionally packed, "The Car Thief"is a coming of age story that grasps you by the heart and takes you on a journey that won't let you go easily: you get to live first hand the emotions that Alex Housman goes trough as a teenager who deals with the struggles of youth and the heartbreak of family issues.

After being caught stealing cars, Alex Housman is sent to a detention home. When released, he's sent to live with his father, a never present alcoholic man, who loves his son, but is unable to express his feelings. As a reflection of this situation, you witness a struggling teenager who dwells in a complex life, going from being an adrenaline junkie who steals by no apparent reason, to a deppressed teenager who feels abandoned.

Weesner's extraordinary sense of life is an exquisite contrast with his simple yet emotional writing, and as a result, "The Car Thief" is a story you don't want to miss.

Find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Coffe Shop: Interview with Lauren Hunter & Review


Hi everyone! I'ts been way too long since my last post. 
However, I'm back! And I'm bringing along with me Author Lauren Hunter and her awesome novel, The Coffee Shop.





Welcome Lauren! Please tell us a bit about yourself and your work! :)

I write stories where romance is the driving force of the novel, but I don't limit myself to just one genre. There is nothing wrong with that, but I have so many ideas and they are always going off in every direction. I have ideas for romance novels in the regency, paranormal, angel, ghost, and contemporary genres. I also write short stories and poetry and have had my poems published in anthologies from England, Holland, and the US. A number of my poems have appeared in The International Library of Poetry's anthologies, from which I received the Editor's Choice Award and was published in The International Who's Who of Poetry 2004. The Coffee Shop is not the first book I have written, it's the fifth of six so far, with a regency trilogy contracted for publication, and I am hoping to place my other novels as well.

How did you come up with the idea of your book, The Coffee Shop?

Now that's an interesting question because I woke up that morning fully intending to start in on a horror novel I had all plotted out (under another pseudonym), but the moment I awoke this idea literally popped into my head out of nowhere, like they always do. I had recalled something I had heard a long time ago and thought it would make a great book. As I lay there thinking on it I kept tweaking the story here and there, and in very short time I had my idea for The Coffee Shop all plotted out in my head.

I immediately started in on it and 19 days, and 85,000 words later, I had finished it. When I start into a novel I go into what I call a creative zone. As soon as I get up I start straight in on my writing and keep going until I am too tired to sit up anymore. I can't wait to get to it and hate to leave it. It is so exciting that you can't wait to find out what will happen next. It is very much like being right in the middle of a novel you don't want to put down.

As authors we all have our own way that we approach a project. Some literally make it up as they go along, all the way to the opposite extreme of plotting out every scene in vivid detail. I fall into the middle somewhere. I have the story summarized and I know where I want my chapters to go, but as to exactly what the characters do or say is unknown to me until I write it. I will start the chapter with an opening sentence and from that I know how the other character will react, what they will say or do, and then how the first will react in turn to that. From there the scene literally takes on a life of its own. I have an idea where I want the chapter to go, so I will steer it along in that direction. But for me it's a lot like reading someone else's book as I can't wait to find out what will happen next, and what they will say next. And sometimes a character you had never intended to be more than a side character suddenly takes on a very important role within the story and the story takes another path altogether.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Yes, and yes. You would be surprised how as authors we pull on life experience in our writing. That is not to say works can't be entirely imagined, as I am certain many authors do, especially fantasy, but even then conflict and interaction can be based on personal experience as a basis from which to work. I must say it makes it much easier to write, and adds an air of authenticity to parts of the story, being that it is fictional with smatterings of moments you've seen and experienced sprinkled in.

What can you tell us about Derrick and Annie's relationship? 
Derrick has always been sure of himself, and although driven and successful, a bit of a playboy at heart. That is until he meets Annie. Before that he probably never believed it would have been possible for him to fall in love. But fall he does, and hard. And for the first time he isn't sure of himself, awkward and self-conscious as he initially fumbles along.

Annie, on the other hand, is more of an introvert, a bad relationship leaving her more on the cautious side. Fearful of being hurt again she doesn't want to jump into anything, and she isn't overly anxious to get serious any time soon. But the more time she spends with Derrick the more she starts to feel like she could have the life she had always dreamed of, but never believed could really happen.

What role does Destiny and Fate play in your novel?
I can't go into this in detail or I'll give away the story. I guess what I can say, without ruining it, would be that they are supposed to be together, and that if Derrick hadn't stopped in that particular coffee shop on that day then they would have bumped into each other somewhere else. They were supposed to meet, they were supposed to come together and be together, each giving the other something they didn't realize they needed.

Why did you choose to write about a recurring dream about love?
 
The idea literally popped into my head and I immediately fell in love with it. That the dream occurs the way it does, offering a forewarning and insight into what can be, allows him to see that what he wanted doesn't always turn out the way he thought it would, and that perhaps it is better to leave well enough alone. Trying to change things isn't always the best thing to do.

I know every author has a favorite part or excerpt of his or her book. Can you share yours with us?
You know, I've never thought about that before. I guess I am not like the rest in that respect. I have never gravitated to any one part of a story as my favorite. There will be certain scenes that will stand out in my mind, mainly because they are extremely emotional or shocking, but as to a favorite...I don't have one. I can share an excerpt with you but I wouldn't say it is my favorite part of the book.

There was a rap at the door. “Your hot chocolate is ready.” “Thanks, I’ll be right down.” There was a pause. “You sure you’re all right?” “Why do you keep asking me that?” “Oh, I don’t know. I can hear something in your voice.” “In my voice? What are you, part dog or something?”  
Derrick  chuckled.  “There might be a girl from college that may just agree with you on that.” Again there was a pause. “May I come in?  “Actually, I was about to get dressed.”

“So, you’re saying you’re not decent?”

“No, I’m wearing a bathrobe.”

“Well good, because I’m coming in. “No, Derrick…” But he had already opened the door, and setting the cocoa aside he came over standing before her as she sat on the bed.

“Okay, now I know something’s wrong. Annie, why didn’t you tell me how bad you hurt yourself?”

“It’s not that bad. I’m not about to make a big deal out of nothing.”

“You don’t need to be brave for me. If anything it’s really important that you be as honest as you can, with both yourself, and me, about this. I don’t want you doing any more damage because you are trying to force yourself to do something you shouldn’t be.”

“All right, I’ll admit, my ankles are a little sore. I must have stretched the muscles or something.”

“It looks like they are a lot more than a little sore.”

“Well you know what they say. A sprain is a lot more painful than a break. Although that would obviously depend on the break. But I’ve sprained something, and I’ve broken something, and I’d have to agree with that assessment, the sprain was much more painful. But as far as that goes this isn’t even that bad.”

“Pain is our body’s way of telling us we are hurt.” Derrick looked concerned.

“You do realize you sound like Mr. Rogers?”

“Those people that feel you have to be in pain to accomplish something.” He shook his head.

“Well, I’ll agree with you on that score.”

“If they hurt you need to stay off them. You don’t want to make it worse.”

“You can’t be serious.”

“Well, look at it this way, by using them while they’re sore you will probably lengthen the time it takes for them to heal.”

The idea of experiencing what she was now for any longer than she absolutely had to, was not an appealing concept, to say the least. “I’ll try to take it as easy as I can.”

“Try?”

“Well I am not going to spend the remainder of the weekend in this bed.”

“No need.”

“What are you saying?”

Before she had a chance to reply, Derrick had slipped one arm beneath her knees, the other around her back and under her arms.

“Whoa! What are you doing?”

“Well, I would have thought that was obvious.”

“Oh, you have to be kidding me.”

“What makes you think that?”

“You are not serious.”

“Completely.”

“What? So, you’re going to carry me everywhere?”

“Pretty much.”

“Oh now that’s just too much!”

He was already lifting her into his arms as though she was nothing, and she wrapped her arms around his neck as he carried her out the door and onto the balcony. He was wearing a sweater but she could still feel his taut and rippling muscles beneath it. The muscles in his arms flexing against her as he carried her carefully down the stairs. The heat from his body reached through her bathrobe as she held her face close to his, the scent of soap and aftershave wafting up around her as he grasped her tightly to him. Setting her on the sofa next to the fire, he turned his face to hers. For a moment they just stayed like that, holding each other, their lips close as his eyes moved down her face to her mouth.
What books have most influenced your life most?

There is no one book that has been an overwhelming influence on me. I would say it is a culmination of the many books I have read that have influenced me and how I am now experiencing life. As I like many different genres, horror, fantasy, ghost, paranormal, regency, the classics, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Plato, Dante, Homer and so on. As you can see I am all over the place, with each genre or era providing its own unique influence.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Hmm...the thing is that as you are writing it you are formulating how you want it to flow, and how all the pieces will fit together and still have it all make sense. I am always worried I will miss some small inconsistency so I try to be very thorough about every detail to make sure it works within the storyline, that there isn't any conflict or incongruity. So by the time you are done you have pretty much looked at it from every angle, and tried to fit all these ideas together so that you have a finished product that your are pleased with. By the time you are finished it's the way you want it to be.

If the manuscript had been lost and I had to start all over again from scratch it would wind up a very different story. The main story line would remain the same but every scene would be an entirely different conversation about who knows what. I've had that happen where I will write the same scene twice and I am surprised how very different they are.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I never really thought about it. I guess that we should be grateful for what we have.

I realize how that tries to describe life in a very simplistic way, even suggesting we shouldn't want for something more, and that is not what I am saying. But in the context of the story this does apply, and once you've read it you will see what it is I am saying with that comment.  

Definitely check out her book on Goodreads here!!

Xoxo!
Yoly

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Author Interview +Giveaway: Crystal Ward, Author of The Supernova Saga!

 

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Synopsis

Life is full of temptations, choices, and tragedies, but through the struggles, hope and meaning can rise. Everyone is born for a purpose, and for Evania Laylen, that vocation is about to make itself known.

Guilt ridden after the death of her parents, Evania sinks into a deep depression. Living only for the addiction, and the man who saved her, she gives up on life. That is until the enigmatic Desmond Kane enters and shows her the life she was born to live. Thrust into a secret, action-packed world of good versus evil, Evania must rid her life of the addictive temptation, prepare her body for battle, and learn to embrace the possible in a world of impossible.

With her mind littered with choices, rising from her sorrow and accepting the new life could prove difficult, but for a Guardian in training, fulfilling her destiny shouldn’t be too hard . . . right?

Available in Ebook now! Print coming soon!

Interview with the Author

1. Moonlight Beauty Books would like to welcome Crystal Ward, author of The Supernova Saga! Crystal, please tell us about you and your experience as an author.

Thanks, Yoly! Well, I’m 27 and live with my ginormous cat, Princess, in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Until I make it big, ;) I pay my bills by working as a restaurant manager. I’m kinda boring. Couldn’t start a conversation if my life depended on it, but I’m cool with that.  My first memory of writing anything was a story about farm animals. Pretty sure I was eight. ;) When I was in 5th grade, I started writing film scripts. Writing books was the furthest thing from my mind. I continued with that dream until I hit high school, then I joined the drama club and fell in love with acting. My dream changed and I pursued it, but writing was always on the back burner. Obviously, that didn’t work out, but writing didn’t really come back to me either until after I read the Twilight Saga. I know everyone has their opinions of the books, and yes, they are entitled to them, but for me, the books not only entertained me, but they killed the writer’s block I suffered from for years. So, a BIG thank you to Stephenie Meyer and all the agents who said my film scripts were too wordy. Books were the way to go! ;)

2. Your series is called The Supernova Saga. What made you choose such an explosive name?

Explosive name. I love it.  Supernova, of course, is the title of the first book. The saga is made up of four books. I’ve said the other three names before, but not many people remember, so I don’t want to give them away. ;) Anyway, I got the idea for Supernova from a song actually. I was at work one day, trying to think of a title because titles have always been the worst part of writing for me. “Supernova” by RA came on the radio and I fell in love.  The name was so intense, different, and just what I was looking for. PLUS, it fit another part of the book, which shall remain a mystery until it comes out. ;)

3. Please, tell us more about the plot of your series. What are the main themes you explore in the books?

Thank God this isn’t a face to face interview. Whenever someone asks me what my books are about I go stupid. LOL I am the absolute worst at describing them. Okay so, Supernova follows the life of Evania Laylen. It starts almost four years after the death of her parents. She is basically living life as an empty shell. The guilt of her parents’ death has eaten her spirit and destroyed her soul so badly that she becomes addicted to pills. The only person she has allowed in her life is the man who saved her life, Daniel. They have this beautiful friendship that goes deeper than anything they’ve ever experienced. But still, it’s not enough. All Evania wants is to be with her parents again. So, she gives up. Enter the handsome and mysterious Desmond Kane.  He introduces her to the life she was born to live, but never knew existed. He is a Guardian. (Not to be confused with guardian angels. He’s no angel.) Along with the rest of the Guardians all over the world, they fight to keep the peace against a man who wishes to terrorize and basically take over the world. Sounds a little weird, but it’s cool. I promise ;) Anyway, Supernova is all about Evania’s training, learning about the new life, and maybe possibly some romance. ;) But overall, the main theme in the first book is Evania’s growth. She starts out as this depressed, pathetic girl and ends the book as so much more. Everything she goes through in Supernova makes her stronger, mentally, physically, and emotionally. The next two books go through Evania’s life as a Guardian, the hardships, tests, and battles. And of course, some romance. The final book in the saga answers all the questions and we find out which side will win, good or evil.

4. What prompted you to start writing this saga?

You’d never guess. It was my sister’s kitchen window. LOL I mean it! So, okay, I lived with my sister for a few months and in her kitchen/dining room there is this pretty decent sized window. We never had a curtain up and I accidentally pulled too hard on the blinds one time, so it was just open all the time. I should also mention this was when I was going through my Twilight / I love Edward Cullen phase. ;) Anyway, one day, I was sitting at the table, day dreaming about a handsome vampire waiting for me in the woods and BAM! ideas and plots started flowing through me.

5. Are your characters based on people you actually know? If not, what inspired you to write about them?

In Supernova, no one is based on anyone I know, but there are a few other characters in the other books that have been given names of some loved ones of mine.  Well, wait, that’s a lie. There is ONE person in Supernova that is named after someone, but the reasoning is my secret.  Anyway, most of the names, I found on a baby name website. I just looked up a meaning of how I knew that character would be or something “special” they could do and picked a name out of the list they provided.

6. What is your favorite part of the series?

Oh, man. Of the entire series? LOL I can’t answer that without giving something away! I will say it happens in third book. It’s intense, drama-filled, with lots of emotional chapters, and definitely shows Evania’s strength.

7. Best quote from the book is…

My favorite quote from Supernova has to be something Desmond says, “I’ll show you the possible in a world of impossible.” I love it. J

8. If you could actually meet one of your characters, who would it be and why?

Desmond Kane for sure. Without giving anything away, he’s been through a lot. The man has some stories to tell. That, and he’s amazingly good looking. ;)

9. How do you get ideas for writing? Do you set up the mood, listen to music..?

There are a lot of songs that inspired certain plots in the saga. The ones for Supernova are listed on my website. But when I was first starting with it, before I wrote a single word, I’d get all these ideas, whether it be plot points or things one of the characters would say, at random times. If I was at work, I’d have to write whatever it was down on something handy. My purse was stuffed with paper towels, napkins, cardboard, etc with all these little ideas on them. LOL That’s how I rolled. Worked for me ;) As for setting up the mood, I can’t listen to music when I write, but I have to have something on, so I’ll have the television on low or the fan on. I can’t write, or do anything really, in the complete silence LOL I’m weird. I also have to be doing something else. I’d usually have Facebook open. I’d be like, you two fight for a second while I comment on this status. LOL

10. Your top 5 favorite books and authors are…

Oh, man. LOL Okay, I’m counting series’ as one. ;)

“The Twilight Saga” by Stephenie Meyer

“The Immortals Series” by Alyson Noel

“The Fallen Series” by Lauren Kate

“The Keepers” by Monique O’Conner James (And I’m not just saying that because I love her. I LOVED that book.)

“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

11. Last, is there any advice, question, comment or suggestion you would like to give to our lovely readers?

Everyone says it, but it’s true… Don’t give up! Ever! No matter what people say, follow your dreams and do what you need to do to live your passion. P.S. I hope you love my saga. J

Thank you so much for being a part of my Author Interview series!

I invite everyone to check out Crystal’s links to connect with her and The Supernova Saga!

Giveaway!!

Go over to the Facebook Fan Page (Link is below) and tell Crystal “Moonlight Beauty Books sent me” for a chance to win an E-book copy of The Supernova Saga!

Website- www.thesupernovasaga.com

Facebook fan page - http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Supernova-Saga/180936018622508

Twitter - www.twitter.com/crystaldward

o Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Supernova-The-Saga-ebook/dp/B005LV0J8Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1315525797&sr=1-1
· Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12554936-supernova

Smashwords – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/87124

Barnes & Noble – http://search.barnesandnoble.com/books/e/2940012999955

Publisher - www.fireflyandwisp.com

Love,

~Yoly~

Friday, September 23, 2011

Author Interview: Kristie Cook, author of Promise and Purpose

 

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Promise

When Alexis Ames is attacked by creatures that can’t be real, she decides it’s time she learns who she really is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards their family’s secrets closely. After meeting the inhumanly attractive, multi-talented Tristan Knight, however, Alexis retreats behind her fa├žade of normalcy…until she discovers he’s not exactly normal either. Then their secrets begin to unravel.

Their union brings hope and promise to her family’s secret society, the Angels’ army, and to the future of mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy – Satan’s minions and Tristan’s creators. After all, Alexis and Tristan are a match made in Heaven and in Hell.

Purpose

Lost in despair, Alexis teeters on the edge of an abyss, her lifeline of hope fraying into a thin thread. If it snaps, she’ll plunge into complete darkness. With the help of her son and her writing, she’s been able to hold on. Until now. Erratic impulses, disturbing delusions and her own demonic blood threaten her sanity. When she’s forced to choose between hanging onto hope or letting go to serve her Amadis purposes, she faces a decision with inconceivable sacrifices.

Alexis runs to the one place she thinks will provide answers, only to find herself at the center of another battle of good versus evil, not only with the Daemoni, not only within herself…but also against the worst opponent imaginable. But even if she wins, what will she lose?

Bio!

Kristie Cook is a lifelong, award-winning writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. She continues to write the Soul Savers Series, with the first two books, Promise and Purpose, available now and the third book, Devotion, coming February 2012. She’s also written a companion novella, Genesis, coming October 2011.

Besides writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three teenage sons, a beagle and a puggle.

~Interview~

1. Hi Kristie! We are so glad to have you here tonight! Can you please introduce yourself to us?

Thank you so much for having me! I’m a mother (3 human teens & 2 fur-babies), wife, daughter, friend, business owner and author of the Soul Savers Series. Promise (#1) and Purpose (#2) are currently available. Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella comes out next month and Devotion (#3) comes out in February.

2. What can you tell us about your writing style?

I write contemporary fantasy with a healthy dose of romance. I try to stay true to the character’s voice, so, for example, Promise sounds a lot like YA in the beginning because Alexis is only 18. But she matures, as does her voice, throughout the series. I’ve always been an emotional writer, so my stories tend to tug at the heartstrings. Hard.

3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I was 8 years old and wrote my first story, which was about gnomes. I fell in love with writing and contemp fantasy then.

4. How did you come up with the idea for the story behind the books?

The idea for the Soul Savers Series was a conglomeration of many separate ideas I’d had over time suddenly melding perfectly together. I’d been thinking of angels and demons for years but hadn’t written fiction since college. About the time I decided to start writing for fun again, I was perusing some online forums about popular paranormal fiction and seeing fans say, “I just know so-and-so-hot-hero-creature is real!” and I thought, “Well, if he’s real, so are the bad guys.” That’s when the idea came to me about an author whose supernatural characters turned out to be real and threatened her to stop writing about them or they’d kill her. Then a totally unrelated scene came to mind – the characters in it came so clearly, including their dialogue – and I wrote it down. As I thought more about it, I realized the woman in the scene is my author and she’s somehow connected to angels and demons. The rest just flowed from there.

4. How was the process of naming your books (Promise and Purpose)?

Promise and Purpose were originally written as one book and the title Purpose came to me pretty easily – it’s all about Alexis discovering her purpose in life. I also knew then that each book in the series (7 altogether) would be about a character strength that needed to be discovered, developed or realized for Alexis to accomplish the goals given to her. So each title is a one-word characteristic or attribute that also has a double meaning.

5. Who is your favorite character in your books so far and why?

Oh, that’s like asking who you’re favorite child is! I really can’t answer. I love them all for different reasons. I love Alexis because she’s like the daughter I never had. I love Tristan because he’s so strong and strives so hard to repent for the most horrible of sins, but his past still comes back to haunt him and he has to deal with that. Oh, and he’s gorgeous. Sophia is one of the strongest female characters I’ve ever known, although we don’t see that much of her yet. I think she’ll end up with her own book, perhaps a novella or a full companion novel. Owen is cute and funny and sweet. The list goes on…I even love the bad guys.

6. What is your favorite excerpt of the book?

Um, I think this blog is rated PG? Yeah, that scene. ;-) But here’s a bit, from when Alexis and Tristan first met:

He smiled and nodded at the front of the room. I tried to focus on the instructor’s lecture, but my eyes wanted to pull to my right. Sitting next to Tristan in class was like driving down a highway parallel to a breathtaking landscape—I knew I should keep my eyes straight forward, but they kept drifting to the side to enjoy the view.

Unable to control myself, I snuck a glance at him out of the corner of my eye. I was shocked to see his face full of pain or anger. I wondered what he was thinking. Was this feminine junk too much for his manly ego? The next time I peeked, though, he seemed perfectly fine. He peered back at me, the gold flecks sparkling.

7. What author or book has inspired you?

I could say – and often do – the typical list of J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Tolkien, etc., but to be honest, every book I read inspires me in one way or another. Sometimes, it’s a side character or a setting or even just a phrase. Other times, it’s the author’s style or rhythm or how she handled a plot twist. And every once in a while, it’s what not to do.

8. Do you have suggestions to help any aspiring fan to become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Write, write, write. It’s the only way to improve your own skills. But also read, read, read. As I just said, you can learn from each and every book. And don’t give up. If this is truly your dream, keep at it until it’s your reality.

9. Last but not least: Is there any comment or question you want to say to our lovely readers?

Thank you for being here and reading this interview. I hope I haven’t bored you to tears. And thank you very much for reading my books. I hope you enjoy them!

Giveaway:

- Got to Kristie’s facebook fanpage and tell her Moonlight Beauty Books sent you for a chance to win an e-book copy of either Promise or Purpose!

You can find Kristie here:

Author's Website & Blog: http://www.KristieCook.com

Series Website: http://www.SoulSaversSeries.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorKristieCook

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/kristiecookauth

Tumbler: http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/kristiecook

Google+: https://plus.google.com/102746226001674797330/posts

~Yoly~

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Author Interview: Jenna Kay, Author of The Seer Society

 

 

I am so pleased to welcome author Jenna Kay to our interview!

1. Hi Jenna! So glad to have you on Moonlight Beauty Books. Can you tell us a bit about you and your writing?

Thank you for this awesome opportunity! First of all my name is Jenna Kay Pridgen, but I go by Jenna Kay. I write YA Fiction/Christian/Speculative Fiction. My goal is to get people thinking about the real supernatural that is happening all around us. I married my high school sweetheart, Rocky, and we've been together for almost fifteen years. We have three children: Ryder 8, Wyatt 6, and Sarah Kay 4.

2. You have a book series called “The Seer Society”. Can you tell us what it’s about?

1 Well, when most people think about Seers, they immediately think about fortune tellers, soothsayers, etc. The Seers I write about are Biblical, though they're not mentioned much in the Holy Bible. The word Seer was replaced with Prophet. Here's a few Seers mentioned in the Bible: Samuel, Gad, Iddo, and Asaph. The best definition of a Seer I've been able to find is that they are the ones who can see into the Spirit Realm and are able to prophesy on what is seen. Other names for Seers you'll see in my books are Ra'ah, which means “to see”, and Chozeh, which means “a beholder in visions”. Of course the Seers I've created in the Seer Society Series can not only see into the Spiritual realm (The realm where the Spiritual Warfare is taking place) but can also fight alongside angels to protect mankind. They are chosen by God to fight the battle between good and evil. They can also have visions and dreams that come directly from God, but they can also receive them from Satan (just like us regular humans!). The Seers must learn to decipher which dreams/visions are from God, and which are from the latter. In the book, The Seer Society is an actual place for Seers to be with other Seers and to perfect their gifts. It's mentioned more in the second book of the series, Broken.

3. How was the first book of the series born and why was it called “Clarity”?

The only way I can answer that is to say it just came to me. I'd felt like God was wanting me to do something else with my life. I prayed for a full year before he answered my prayer. In between that time I suffered a heartbreak...My daddy passed away from lung cancer on January 24th, 2009. I'm telling you the date because God answered my prayer April 24th, 2009. That was the day I started writing. I wrote Clarity a few different times. Actually, at the beginning of this process, the story took place in a totally different area and the characters were totally different. When I felt the first draft just wasn't flowing right I started completely over and got Clarity. I don't know how to explain, except to say it just fell into place and made sense. :)

4. How difficult was the process of writing this first book?

Oh, there were many times I wanted to give up, because the morning I woke up knowing God wanted me to write the only things I read was Star magazines and my checkbook. I have never been a big reader/writer, and I hated school, but when God has a plan miracles can happen—I'm living proof of that one! So yes, it has been tough because I've wandered into unknown territory, but now I feel like I'm on the right path.

5. Have you started working on the other books of the series? What can we expect from them?

Yes. Clarity is the first book in the series and I published it Feb. 2011. Broken is coming out September 1st, 2011. The third book, Masquerade, will be out Winter 2012. There will be at least five books in the series, plus a prequel. I know exactly how the series ends and I'm so freaking excited! I've got another series planned, a darker series, but its still in the works.

6. The book has a quote on the front: “What is unseen is eternal”. What does it mean and why did you decide it should be on the cover?

What is unseen is eternal” comes from 2Corinthians 4:18.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.

For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

That very verse is what gave me the idea, and it totally makes sense. As Christians we believe in Heaven and Hell, so we also believe in angels and demons. What is unseen is the spiritual battle going on every second of everyday. That one verse is the reasoning behind the series.

7. What is your favorite part or excerpt of the book?

There are many, but if I have to choose one I'd pick the beginning of Chapter 11, when Clarity first sees Sam's angel wings:

When I looked up all I could see was the fluffy white feathers of Sam's wings that unfurled from his back. I was so transfixed on them that I reached out and stroked one of them, the texture so soft it was unreal.

8. What author or writer has inspired you?

There are so many, because when I started writing I also started reading every YA book I could get my hands on. YA, Christian fiction, whatever. My all time favorite is Frank E. Peretti.

9. Which are your favorite books and authors?

Too many to write! :)

10. Last but not least: Is there any comment or question you want to say to our lovely readers?

Whatever age you are, from twelve to one hundred and twelve, I believe you can get something out of my books. Like I said in the beginning, my goal is to get people thinking, especially about the unseen war happening around us. I also want everyone to know that they are never alone.

Thanks again for this awesome opportunity and God Bless!

 

Xoxo,

Yoly

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Review: Significance by Shelly Crane

 

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Where can I start reviewing this amazing piece of art?
First, Maggie. The most resounding word that comes to my mind whenever I think of her is relatable. Maggie is a girl we can all relate to. She’s so down to earth and truthful, with all the normal insecurities of a young girl, but with such an empowerment to overcome adversities that make her the perfect primary character throughout the story.
Caleb: A sweet, tender, loving and amazing guy that becomes Maggie’s soul mate on the moment they meet.
There is such a magical connection between them, that one can only wonder as we read: Can people truly fall in love right on the very second they meet? Shelly Crane makes us believe this is true, and not only that, but that it can become a turning point in your life.
Our Maggie has to make some very hard and heartbreaking choices that change everything around her, but ultimately, she shows us love is the only way throughout the pages of this amazing love story plagued with adventure and emotions. It’s simple: Without love, there is no happiness.
This perfect paranormal romance that develops as you continue reading the story with Maggie and Caleb leaves your heart feeling warm inside, and I can guarantee that all paranormal/romance/YA fans will absolutely adore this book!
I can describe it as the perfect mixture between love, mysticism, magic and eternity.
This is a must-read book for every single girl/women/teenager who truly believes in love. And for the paranormal lovers too!
My 5 words to describe it: Love, Eternity, Mysticism, Magic and Sweetness

My rating: 5/5 stars!

Love, Kisses and Hugs

~Yoly~