Author Interview Every Inferno Tour

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Interview time! Today I’m interviewing Johanna Parkhurst, author of YA mystery “Every Inferno”. My questions are bolded, Johanna’s responses are in regular font.

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

TIME. TIME. For years I’ve been trying to get somebody to invent me a time-stopping device, so I can write for hours on end and still keep up with the laundry. But nobody’s coming to my rescue on this. (Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?)

Can you give us a short synopsis of Every Inferno?

I’d love to! For fun, I’m going to try giving you a “three word” synopsis, since that seems to be all the rage in book talks these days.

Dreams. Discovery.

But if learning about a book in three words isn’t your cup of tea, the book description can give you a little more detail. 😉

What inspired you to write this book?

That’s actually a bizarre story. I had a dream one night about a boy climbing out of a window because of a fire in the background. The dream ended up inspiring the initial premise for Every Inferno (though the window piece eventually got cut).

Lots of people have asked me why I decided to bring the topic of sexual identity into this book. Several years ago, when I was bringing more and more literature with LGBTQ characters into my middle school classroom, a principal I was working with made the following plea to me: “Please don’t just bring in stories where the gay kids get beat up and bullied and commit suicide all the time. I feel like that’s all kids see these days. I want them to know that not everyone’s story is like that.”

I’m not saying these types of stories shouldn’t be there, and neither was my principal. These stories are vitally important to those teens who need to see the worst possible consequence of this type of behavior. They are also vitally important to those teenagers who have had such an experience and need to know they are not alone. But when I was writing Every Inferno, I decided I wanted to create a high school that leans more towards the end of the spectrum of acceptance and inclusion. And so I created the character of McKinley, a gay 16-year-old who enjoys huge popularity in his high school.

 

How many hours per day do you spend writing?

Not nearly enough, that’s for sure. I usually aim for a minimum of one, but because of Life, I often lose writing time during the week and end up doing what I call “binge-writing” on the weekends.

Name your top five favorite books.

I could never possibly choose! I love so many books. To Kill a Mockingbird is probably my all-time favorite. I once wrote a blog about YA books that I think should be read by everyone, regardless of age; you can check that out here. I’ve read a lot of books put out by Harmony Ink Press, as they’re the publishers of Every Inferno. They put out some wonderful stuff, and I highly recommend checking them out.


What are you working on now?

I’m in very early stages on my newest project, so right now there’s not too much to say about it. I will say that it’s got the first female main character I’ve written in quite some time, and right now she’s a blast to work with. I hope we keep getting along so well.

About Every Inferno

EveryInferno-400x600Title: Every Inferno

Author: Johanna Parkhurst

 Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, LGBTQ

Depressed. Defiant. Possible alcoholic. These are just a few of the terms used to describe fifteen-year-old Jacob Jasper Jones. Lately, though, JJ has a new one to add to the list: detective. He’s been having strange dreams about the fire that killed his parents ten years ago, and he thinks he finally has the clue to catching the arsonist who destroyed his family.

A murder investigation isn’t the only thing the dreams trigger for JJ, though. They also lead to secret meetings with his estranged sister, an unlikely connection with a doctor who lost his daughter in the fire, and a confusing friendship with McKinley, a classmate of JJ’s who seems determined to help him solve the mystery.

All JJ wants is to shake the problems that have followed him since that fire, and he’s convinced he must catch the arsonist to do it. But as JJ struggles to find the culprit, he sees there’s more than one mystery in his life he needs to solve.

 

Author Bio

johannaparkhurstJohanna Parkhurst grew up on a small dairy farm in northern Vermont before relocating to the rocky mountains of Colorado. She spends her days helping teenagers learn to read and write and her evenings writing things she hopes they’ll like to read. She strives to share stories of young adults who are as determined, passionate, and complex as the ones she shares classrooms with.

Johanna holds degrees from Albertus Magnus College and Teachers College, Columbia University. She loves traveling, hiking, skiing, watching football, and spending time with her incredibly supportive husband.

 

Links

Amazon page: amazon.com/author/johannaparkhurst

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7370437.Johanna_Parkhurst

Website: http://www.johannaparkhurst.com

Twitter: @johannawriteson

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Book Excerpt Skin Deep

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Excerpt time! Today I’m sharing an excerpt from M/M contemporary romance “Skin Deep”.

Book Excerpt

Liam checked his hair in the small mirror tacked to the inside of the locker door as the other employees trickled out of the room to start their shifts. He pushed the locker closed to join them and spun the combination lock determined to pretend Eric was nothing but a piece of furniture. He didn’t intend to stick around for a conversation.

“Your name’s Liam, right?” Eric asked from the opposite side of the room as the last co-worker disappeared into the hall.

Apparently, he was too late. “Yes.”

“Should I call you that or do you prefer ‘Angel’?”

The name slapped his heart into a gallop and he jerked his gaze to Eric. No one had called him Angel for over six months. He hadn’t missed it.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.” He swallowed, his voice an almost breathless quiver that didn’t sound convincing even to him.

“Sure you do.” Eric smiled and opened his locker. “You’re that hot kid on the porn site. I’ve been a fan for a long time. It’s nice to finally meet you.”

His palms were slick with sweat as he tried to pretend he really didn’t have any idea what Eric was talking about, stuffing them in the pockets of his pants to hide the trembling.

“That’s not me.”

“I have to admit, you look smaller on the screen but I guess they wanted it that way.” Eric ignored the denial.

“What do you want?” He glared at him fed up with the conversation.

“Nothing at the moment, though I wouldn’t mind hooking up later if you have the time.”

“I’m seeing someone.”

“So?” Eric shrugged and hung up his coat. “I’m not talking about a date, just a hook up. Nobody has to know. Consider me a dress rehearsal for the next video. You’re still doing those, right? I’d hate to think you gave that up to work here.”

“I’m not interested.” He ignored the comment.

He wasn’t going to get into a discussion about his non-existent porn career with a guy who only liked him for his ass. He knew the type. They never listened.

“What?” Eric glanced his direction. “You don’t do it for free?”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about and even if I did I’m not interested.” He said again with enough conviction to sound believable.

Eric raked him with a lustful stare that made him shiver.

“Yes, you do. I’d know those pretty eyes anywhere…and that fuckable mouth. It’s you so why don’t you drop the act, Angel.”

“Don’t call me that.”

“Fine…Liam.” Eric pushed his locker closed and stepped closer to stuff a piece of paper between two of the buttons on Liam’s dress shirt before striding toward the door. “That’s my number. Call me.”

SkinDeep_500x750Title: Skin Deep

Author: DP Denman

Genre: M/M contemporary romance

Liam Newman escaped an abusive past to start a new life with Justin, the man of his dreams. Unfortunately, the old life refuses to stay buried. When a fan of his porn star persona appears, he’s forced to reinvent himself in a surprising new career. Will it give him the new start he craves or lead him deeper into the life he’s trying to leave behind?

Author Bio

DP Denman writes character-driven gay romance about survivors. Her stories are real and intense but always resolve in the type of ending that makes readers want to start the book all over again. She is from the Pacific Northwest and bases all of her stories in Vancouver, British Columbia, a city that is dear to her heart.

In her spare time she is a dedicated gay rights activist fighting for those who have been marginalized and abused. To that end, 25% of the royalties from every book go to support LGBT charities.

Links

www.dpdenman.com
https://twitter.com/dpdenman
https://www.facebook.com/dp.denman
http://dpdenmanauthor.blogspot.com

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Giveaway

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Cover Reveal Party Rouse Me

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We’re hosting the cover reveal for contemporary romance “Rouse Me”. Take a look at the cover…

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About the Book

Alyssa Summers is not the kind of girl who cheats. Sure, she’s prone to over-indulgence. She spent years spiraling out of control before she checked herself into an eating disorder clinic. But she’s under control now. She spends her days locked in the prison of her apartment, waiting for permission from her fiancé, Ryan, to resume her acting career.

And then she meets Ryan’s business partner, Luke Lawrence. Tall, handsome, and disarmingly direct, Luke is the perfect temptation. There’s something so appealing about him, and it’s not just his big, brown eyes or his hard body. He’s witty, confident, completely apathetic to her engagement.

Alyssa knows Luke is after more than friendship, but she can’t resist his pursuit. The more time she spends with him, the more she wants him. But Ryan has done so much for her. How could she betray him? Even if she wants Luke more than she’s ever wanted anything. Even if this is the first time, in so long, that she’s wanted anything at all?

 

Author Bio

Crystal Kaswell is a novelist and screenwriter who writes love stories for grown ups. When she isn’t writing, she’s drinking tea, playing board games, or riding her beach cruiser around Los Angeles.

 

Links

Book Page:

http://www.crystalkaswell.com/rouse-me/

Mailing List Sign Up

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Twitter

https://twitter.com/CrystalKaswell

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/crystalkaswellwriter

 

Giveaway

The author is giving away eBook copies of “Rouse Me”. Fill in the form below to participate!

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Author Interview with Elise Stephens

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I’m interviewing Elise Stephens today, the author of YA Fantasy “Forecast”. Welcome to my blog, Elise. My questions are bolded, Elise’s responses are in regular font.

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

There is a quote by Thomas Mann that says, “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” This is true.

Working up the discipline to write every day takes a lot of endurance and determination. Then, when I encounter a roadblock for a writing project, I can’t get up and leave it because I’m committed to finishing the project. Also, there are a million things in my life that would like to have access to my time and take away the time that I have for writing, and I have to constantly say “no” to things I’d like to do or people I’d like to see.

So, ‘writing’ is the general answer to this question, but finding the strength and making the time to write is, more specifically, the greatest challenge.


Can you give us a short synopsis of Forecast?

A fifteen-year-old boy embraces the magical ability to see the future in order to save his family.


What inspired you to write this book?

My own worries about how much I can’t control, or even see, the future were a major part of the inspiration. Most of us know that the wisest thing to do is live in the present, enjoy the moment, and take each day as it comes. But we can’t seem to actually do that.

I thought if I could give someone their wish to see the future, would it really be as good as it seemed? I gave 15-year-old Calvin that desire, and gave him access to a magical door that is supposed to give him all the foresight he craved. Then I showed how crazy his world became. It was so much fun. J

 


How many hours per day do you spend writing?

It’s a tricky balance. Before my son was born, I wrote and edited about 3-4 hours a day, sometimes more if I hit my stride or had a deadline to meet. Now that he’s almost one and settled into a routine of naps, I can usually write around 2-3 hours a day, if I utilize his naps fully. His grandma also helps with him once a week too—and my writing and I both thank her hugely for it!

 

Name your top five favorite books.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

What are you working on now?

I’m currently writing a children’s fantasy about a twelve-year old boy living in 1950s Ireland who discovers a dragon egg. It has monsters and secrets and mysterious happenings and singing in it. I have a soft spot in my heart for dragons, especially baby ones!

Forecast

Forecast Elise StephensTitle: Forecast

Author: Elise Stephens

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Calvin isn’t a teenager, not really; instead, he’s spent his life trying to protect his mother and sister from his alcoholic father. Calvin keeps a knife close and sleeps with one eye open, even years after his father has left the family. A summer vacation spent at their late grandfather’s estate promises him and his sister the chance to leave their problems behind.

Instead of blissful freedom, they find the old house harbors secrets at every turn, like a mysterious stone door in the forest with rumored powers to give its entrants the gift of future-seeing. When Calvin faces the return of his seemingly-reformed father, he throws himself through the door to receive the gift of foresight. But the door offers more doubt than certainty, and the future he sees is riddled with disturbing confusion. With a revenge-obsessed lawyer hunting him down and a secret society out to control him, Calvin must figure out how to stop what he’s started before he loses what he holds most dear.

As he battles the legacies of his past and the shadows of his future, Calvin must accept help from unlikely sources, give trust he never thought possible, and learn that the greatest challenges lie not in the things to come, but in the present moment.

Author Bio

Elise StephensElise Stephens received the Eugene Van Buren Prize for Fiction from the University of Washington in 2007. Forecast is her second novel. Her first novel Moonlight and Oranges was a quarter-finalist for the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Her short fiction has appeared in the Unusual Stories anthology, as well as in multiple journals.

She lives in Seattle with her husband where they both enjoy swing dancing, eating tiramisu, and taking in local live theater.

Links

http://www.elisestephens.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3413344.Elise_Stephens
https://twitter.com/elisestephens
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorEliseStephens

Amazon : amzn.to/1uYoAxK

Barnes & Noble: bit.ly/1wolB4h

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19192975-forecast

Giveaway

There will be a tour-wide giveaway for a $10 Amazon gift card, a               long with these books:

Charis: Journey to Pandora’s Jar (by Nicole Y. Walters)

A Kingdom’s Possession (by Nicole J. Persun

Doublesight (by Terry Persun)

Always and Forever (by Karla J Nellenback)

Moonlight and Oranges (by Elise Stephens)

 

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Cover Reveal 5 Easy Chocolate Pieces

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We’re hosting the cover reveal today for erotic romance (gay/BDSM) “5 Easy Chocolate Pieces”.

Here is the gorgeous cover…

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About the Book

Troy Pettifer, a broken-hearted chocolate shop worker, isn’t sure what to do next when Richard Belden, a controlling but handsome sadist, walks into his life and gets him on his knees. Richard is nursing his own heart that was broken by a man who betrayed him and the entire BDSM community. Troy’s friends start fixing him up with vanilla guys, but for Troy to fulfill desires he didn’t even know he had, he’s going to have to embrace the beautiful leather man within.

Website: http://www.darkhollowspress.com/#!5easychocolatepieces/c1fln
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LTENBAW

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Author Interview The Unknown Sun

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I’m hosting an interview for the book tour for “The Unknown Sun”. My questions are bolded, the author’s responses are in regular font.

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

The hardest part is translating what is in my head to paper. I see, hear, feel every inch of my stories in my mind like a movie, but something always feels like it gets lost when it’s written down. The colors aren’t exact, there’s not quite the right word for an emotion a person is feeling, etc. The written word feels so lacking at times!

Can you give us a short synopsis of The Unknown Sun?

Seventeen-year-old Moira is haunted by the accidents that claimed her parents and sisters. When a strange boy who seems to know too much about her past attacks her, Moira fears death will come for her a third time. She is rescued by twins Airi and Belamar, the winged heirs to the throne in Skyfall, and taken to safety in their world.

But Skyfall is dying, and the gods who had created and protected Airi and Belamar’s world have been missing since the Great War. Moira, Airi, and Belamar must find a journal left by the twins’ deceased mother, Tanari, that tells of a prophecy that must be fulfilled to find the gods known as The Unknown Sun so that Skyfall can be saved.

Deeper, darker, secrets unravel around the three friends as a revolution threatens their quest and the boy who tried to destroy Moira on Earth hunts them. Tanari knew more than she had let on, and within her journal a story is more than it seems, the past foretells the future, and a far-reaching plan is unveiled.

Why did Tanari reach across time and space to entrust a simple human girl with saving Skyfall? Who are the mysterious “Four” mentioned in the journal? And why does another god want her, and The Unknown Sun, dead?

What inspired you to write this book?

A dream I had when I was about 13. I mulled over it, plotted, it planned it, breathed it, for a long time. I’ve always loved fantasy…angels, demons, dragons, magic, etc, but even then I knew I’d have to do a lot of growing up before writing such a big, deep, and complicated story (the overall 3 book story arc). So I waited until I was worthy.

How many hours per day do you spend writing?

About 3. I work full time and have a family, so I write when my boys go to bed. It makes for slow going, but I’d rather go slow and get it right then go fast and create crap.

Name your top five favorite books.

Oh, so hard! I love so many! I am a rereader. I reread everything. But to narrow it down (in no particular order!) I’d have to say The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien, A Wrinkle in Time by L’Engle, Beauty by McKinley, Sora’s Quest (and entire series) by Shreffler, and For the Roses by Garwood.

I can go on forever. I love far more than just five books!

What are you working on now?

Currently I am writing book 2, Pillars of Light, the continuation of Moira, Airi, and Belamar’s quest to find not only a missing god, but the truth about themselves and why Lenos is out to destroy them all. The Unknown Sun is the book with the questions, Pillars of Light holds all the answers, and the third book, The Fourth Dawn, will have our heroes deciding and acting on those answers to save not only their world…but the entire universe!

 

The Unknown Sun

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Author: Cheryl Mackey

Genre: YA Fantasy

Seventeen-year-old Moira is haunted by the accidents that claimed her parents and sisters. When a strange boy who seems to know too much about her past attacks her, Moira fears death will come for her a third time. She is rescued by twins Airi and Belamar, the winged heirs to the throne in Skyfall, and taken to safety in their world.

But Skyfall is dying, and the gods who had created and protected Airi and Belamar’s world have been missing since the Great War.Moira, Airi, and Belamar must find a journal left by the twins’ deceased mother, Tanari, that tells of a prophecy that must be fulfilled to find the gods known as The Unknown Sun so that Skyfall can be saved.

Deeper, darker, secrets unravel around the three friends as a revolution threatens their quest and the boy who tried to destroy Moira on Earth hunts them. Tanari knew more than she had let on, and within her journal a story is more than it seems, the past foretells the future, and a far-reaching plan is unveiled.

Why did Tanari reach across time and space to entrust a simple human girl with saving Skyfall? Who are the mysterious “Four” mentioned in the journal? And why does another god want her, and The Unknown Sun, dead?

Author Bio

2014headshot2Cheryl lives in Southern California with her husband and 2 sons. She is a Document Specialist with a mortgage company during the day and a writer during the night!

She has a MFA in Creative Writing and enjoys games, reading and, of course, writing. She currently has a flash fiction story published online at The Prompt Magazine.

Her favorite genres to write and read is YA Fantasy closely followed by YA Paranormal and she would love to dabble in Steam Punk and Dystopian.

Links

Author Website: http://www.writezalot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/writezalot

Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/writezalot

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22025179

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K1EL76Q

Author Interview Hurry Home

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I’m interviewing The Misfits today, the author duo behind “Hurry Home”. My questions are bolded, author’s responses are in regular font.

1. What is the hardest part about being an author? 

M: For me it is remembering that the book doesn’t have to be perfect the first time around. I will spend a half hour to forty five minutes trying to write one paragraph because I can’t get it perfect. I tend to forget that that’s what editting is for.

A: My mind has so many ideas in it that writing them down would be the hardest part.

2. Can you give us a short synopsis of Hurry Home? 

M and A: Hurry Home is a supernatural story about the importance of friends, family, and being human.

3. Is this a part of a series, or a stand alone?

M and A: You really never know what could happen in the future.

4. How many hours per day do you spend writing? 

M: I average about 2-3 hours per day, sometimes more.

A: I average about five hours a day, sometimes more and sometimes a lot less.

5. What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours? 

M and A: I can’t choose just one book out of my favorite series, but that series is the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead.

6. What are you working on now? 

M: I am currently working on a series about a princess from another world. She had her memory stolen from her and was sent to live in our world for her own protection. The story is about her getting those memories back and returning to take her rightful place on the throne. 

A: I am working on a futuristic dystopian story about lack of privacy in America. In this novel there is no privacy between people and their government. The main character – Zeppelin- gets drafted into the privacy department of the government and learns all the secrets they are hiding.

About the Book

hurryfrontSeventeen years after Johnathon Parker murdered her mother, hybrid witch, Emmalyn Evans, gets sick of her father’s overprotective, distant ways, so she runs away in search of adventures with her aunt and uncle. Along the way, she meets charming, handsome, dark warlock, Nik Baker who has a troubled past and harbors dark secrets. Together they embark on an adventure of their own and soon become close. But with Emmalyn’s homicidal grandfather and overprotective father on their tail, and Nik’s many secrets hanging over them, how can they enjoy their great adventure? And will Emmalyn make it back to her father in one piece, or is history doomed to repeat itself?

Author Bio

Angie is a 17 year old High School Graduate.  She met Mary through Fanfiction and they bonded over their love of books and British TV. She lives in sunny San Diego with her parents and two out of three sisters. She is the third child out of four. She loves God with all her heart and goes to Summit Christian Church! Angie is also a sound technician. She will be going to Dream Center Leadership Study next year.

Mary is a beautiful 26 year-old woman. She lives in Toledo, Ohio Writing has been her passion since she was in Elementary school. She started by writing plays for her favorite anime, Sailor Moon, and things developed from there. She is an avid reader with too many books to even fit on her bookshelf. Her tastes in music varies, but she is always open to trying new things. She is the second of four children and has a niece and nephew she loves with all her heart.

Links

Website: Misfitauthors.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Misfitsieres?fref=ts