Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Vesik Series Tour

 
Title-Days Gone Bad

Series- Vesik # 1

By Eric R. Asher

Genre- Urban Fantasy

Goodreads-
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18364963-days-gone-bad?from_search=true
 
My name is Damian Valdis  Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We've vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing an old darkness, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I’ve faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings, and … damn, I need a vacation.
 

 
Excerpt 
Foster’s howl shattered the night. It grew into a scream as his body began to glow. Swirls of orange and red flickered into being around him, spinning faster and rowing thicker as he called on the wild fae. A swirling sphere of color like the storm clouds of Jupiter swallowed the van and Foster with it. The entire scene burst into a nova of flame and I closed my eyes against the light, the blast of heat hitting me like a desert wind. Foster’s scream fell silent. I heard his sword slide out of its sheath as he stepped from the smoke and flame. His body and wings were covered in soot, but no burns marred his flesh.

The smell hit me as the wards were dissolved by the fa
powered flames. The stench of burning skin and hair was overwhelming. I stepped away from the inferno, blinked a few times, and followed Foster into the garage.

“What will the authorities find?” I said.

“Nothing but a burned out van.” Foster’s voice was dead, his knuckles stark white with the pressure he put on the hilt of his sword.



Can you share your idea of the perfect soundtrack to ‘Days Gone Bad’ with us? 

Open Hand – Her Song

Open Hand – You and Me

My Chemical Romance – The Ghost of You

My Chemical Romance – Cemetery Drive

Brand New – Luca

Paramore – Misery Business

Evanescence – Tourniquet

Murder By Death – One More Notch

Senses Fail – Rum is for Drinking, Not for Burning

J.S. Bach – The Cello Suites (performed by Yo-Yo Ma)
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Title-Wolves and the River of Stone

Series- Vesik  # 2

By- Eric R. Asher

Publication Date- October 22nd, 2013

Genre- Urban Fantasy
 
Philip, Zola’s boyfriend from one hundred and fifty years ago, is not nearly as dead as we thought. I really wish he was. Not only has he kidnapped Zola, but he’s raising an army to scour humanity from the earth. Hopefully the local werewolf pack will help. What could possibly go wrong?
 
Excerpt 
I eased the bullets into my six-barreled pepperbox one at a time, forgoing the speed loader in the name of intimidation. Lewis’s eyes went wide and locked onto the gun.“Where is she?” I said. I took a deep breath, the Missouri River beside us masking every other scent aside from the decay of the blasted zombies. The shadowed tree lines hid us from the nearby population of Saint Charles.

Lewis shook his head.Two days ago we learned Philip was still alive. Yesterday his servants kidnapped Zola. I didn’t know why they took her, but she didn’t go quietly. The Watchers would be using a spatula to clean out the alley where she was  Taken.“You sicced your zombies on us?” I said. “A fairy and a

necromancer?” I glared at Lewis. “I find myself ... irritated.”
Lewis held up his hand and started to speak.

I Holstered  the pepperbox under my arm and wrapped my hand around the shield rune on my staff. A flowing glass surface sprang to life as a thread of power wound into the wood and metal.

“Don’t even think about it,” I said.

Despair washed over Lewis’s face. He was breaking, and I could see it.
 
 Can you share your idea of the perfect soundtrack to ‘Wolves and the River of Stone’’ with us?
 
Absolutely! Music has always been a large part of my life. I grew up in orchestra, playing the cello. I’ll list out some of the band and album names, and then the tracks I actually listened to while writing several of the scenes. There were many, many
more, but I’ll keep the list at a reasonable length. :)

My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
-The Sharpest Lives
-Famous Last Words

Matt & Kim - Grand
-Good Ol’ Fashion Nightmare
-I’ll Take Us Home
-Daylight

Senses Fail - Still Searching
-The Rapture
-Negative Space
-The Priest and the Matador

AFI - Decemberunderground
-Miss Murder
-Kiss and Control
-The Killing Lights

Mazzy Star - So Tonight That I Might See
-Fade Into You
-Into Dust

J.S. Bach – The Cello Suites (performed by Yo-Yo Ma)

 

 


About the Author


 

Eric is a former bookseller, guitarist, and comic seller currently living in Saint
Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is not writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a small avalanche of Transformers.
Facebook- www.facebook.com/ericrasher

Twitter- www.twitter.com/ericrasher

Website- www.daysgonebad.com

Goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6936822.Eric_R_Asher


 Author Interview - Book  Bliss
 
-Every author has had a struggle, from plots not working, to publishers not being interested, what has been your greatest challenge on your journey to writing? Do you have any advice to share on how you surpassed the challenge?

Accepting the fact not everyone is going to like your book, and that’s perfectly okay. These days I am grateful to everyone who has taken the time to read my book. Even if they didn’t particularly enjoy it, I’m glad they gave it a chance. The best advice I can give when it comes to readers not liking your work is to think of your favorite book. The greatest book you’ve ever read that’s verging on a flawless masterpiece. Go look up the reviews on that book. You’ll still find the negative commentary because we all like different   things.

-Authors all have their own schedules and quirks when writing a novel. Some like a certain room in the house, others a certain time of the day. Do you find yourself writing better under certain circumstances?

My office at home is beside our reading nook. We keep two barrister bookcases with signed and hard to find books by our favorite authors and it’s inspiring to me, having those books close by. I also love to visit the locations I write about to experience the area firsthand.

-Are any of the characters in your novels based on people from your life? Care to share any that are?

No, they really aren’t. There are small pieces and quirks and personality traits I’m sure have been influenced by people I know, but no character is intentionally based on any one person.

-If you were to get stuck all alone with any one of your characters, which one and why?If I could pick one, I’d probably have to choose Aeros. The old pile of rocks must be full of stories.
-Do you recall  how your interest in writing originated?I’ve always enjoyed making up stories, which I can only guess came from my love of reading. I had some fantastic teachers in high school always urging me to pursue writing. It wasn’t until about 2005 when I realized I really wanted to sit down and write an entire novel.

-If you could have any view while writing, what would it be?

Sitting in a dark area of the country, without light pollution, and the night sky spread out in all its glory. I’m quite fond of astronomy.

-You're forced to only read one book for the rest of your life- what is it?

Black Sun Rising by C.S. Friedman. It has long been my favorite book, and I don’t see that changing in the near future.



Top Ten influences in your writing
 
There are many authors that have inspired me with their incredible creativity and prose:David Drake

C.S. Friedman

Neil Gaiman

Melanie Rawn

Patricia Briggs

Tad Williams

Robert Asprin - Myth Adventures was one of the earliest series I loved growing up.

Holly Lisle - Her blogs and guides on writing taught me a great deal about the craft.

The libraries in Saint Louis that enabled me to take so many wonderful adventures as a child.

The passionate teachers I had who helped instill a love for literature.
 
 
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My Review Of Both Books
 


Days Gone Bad (Vesik, #1)Days Gone Bad by Eric R. Asher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

***** I received an ARC copy for an honest review *****

I have to say I felt in love with this book, this book is very bloody, gory and has some scenes that made me seat on the edge of my seat , I love the characters and how this book turne out to be.

I Love the character of Damian Valdis Vesik, now Damian is thirty year old he is the owner of Death's Door, thats a shop that caters to the dark art, he is also a necromancer so he could communicate with the dead also he could se auras and ghost.

Damian has a sister name Sam, now Sam she's a vampire and she was the victim of a brutal attack by a rogue vampire, and she has accepted her fate and is living her new life as the best that she can.

I have to say that I laugh at some of the part of the characters. you really need to read this book, and I cant wait to read the second book of this series.

I really enjoy reading this book, but what can I say I love everything that has to do with the supernatural, and this book is so full of it I want to say THANK YOU AUTHOR ERIC R. ASHER for introducing me to this amazing characters and this awesome book.



Wolves and the River of Stone (Vesik, #2)Wolves and the River of Stone by Eric R. Asher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

***** I received an ARC copy for an honest review *****

OMG Holy Smoke I just finish reading this awesome book, when I read the first book ( Days Gone Bad), I love it but this one I love it even more, I am gone keep this sweet and short since I dont want to give anything away.

I love the characters love the story and of coursed I love anything that has to do with supernatural, meaning demons and other evil things, just love it.

This book had me seating at the edge of my seat, in this book Zola gets kidnapped by her boyfriend, Phillip who is also a necromancer but he is a dark one, he wants to bring all kind of eveil to this realm, and we all know that some of those eveil and humands dont get along to well, and on top of everything alse he is raising an army, thats when Damian comes in with his friend Foster to save Zola, and they get to save her for a short time, and thats when Foster introduce the werewolves, and they agree to help him out in the battle against Phillip.

I really enjoy reading this book, but what can I say I love everything that has to do with the supernatural, and this book is so full of it I want to say THANK YOU AUTHOR ERIC R. ASHER for introducing me to this amazing characters and this awesome book.

Cant wait to read more from this author.

Cover Reveal A Perfect Mistake

Title: A Perfect  Secret Series, Book # 2

By: Zoe Dawson

Releasing December 9 , 2013

New Adult/ Adult Contemporary/ Mystery

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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18302011-a-perfect-mistake?from_search=true
 
 
 
 
How can they have a future when their past is based on a lie?

The perfect preacher’s daughter, Verity Fairchild, has something that only she and God know about and she wants to keep it that way. Her mistake was easy to keep secret when she was out of town, but now that she's come back to Hope Parish for the summer, she comes face-to-face with the guy responsible for it all. Boone Outlaw nearly ruined everything for her and despite the fact that he's now working at her father's church, she's determined to stay as far away from him as possible.

Boone Outlaw doesn't understand Verity's anger towards him. He barely knows her. In high school she was Holy Mary Verity and she was off limits - except in his dreams where Verity seems way too real. Most of the time he was wasted in high school, not the type of boy Verity would ever look at twice, but he can’t shake the feeling that something might have happened between them. He’s going to break his own rules to get the answers he needs straight from Verity.

What will Verity do when she finds something in Boone that she never knew existed and her perfect mistake is the only thing that could stand between them and their happiness? Will she sacrifice Boone to keep her secret?

About the Author
 
Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic mystery,  urban fantasy and paranormal novels. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart.

You can find her at the following links:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Blog | Goodreads | Newsletter
 
 
 



'The Heart of a Woman' Blog Tour





Title: The Heart of a Woman
 Author: Jennifer Gunn
Genre: Poetry
Release Date: Oct. 26, 2013

Blurb:


From a very young age, poetry infused her soul, refusing to let her go.  Imbibed with words that filled her up and thrashed inside.  While the surface was calm, underneath there was a heart as big as the ocean, fluxing and flowing all around her.   

Come join her, as she opens her heart to you, one page at a time. 


About the author:

Jennifer Oneal Gunn is the single mom of two kids, a writer, and a partner in a publishing company. She writes Horror/Dark Fantasy, with such titles as Mystik Legends and Devil’s in the Details (which can be found at the link below.) She’s ‘studied’ the art of how to write the dark stuff for over twenty years now and loves every minute of it. Reading and writing the macabre is a passion living within that will never die.

Her latest release is another Poetry anthology she’s written. The name of it is, The Heart of a Woman. It’s filled with the emotions we share as women, the strength we have, how we try to rise above our pain.

Connect with her:

Amazon Author’s Page: http://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Oneal-Gunn/e/B00C0JCQ2O/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1376809571&sr=8-1

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Writer.JGunn.is.a.Legend

Jen’s Writers Blog: http://jenswritersblog.wordpress.com/

Authors Den: http://www.authorsden.com/jennifergunn

@WriterJGunn on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/WriterJGunn

Website: http://jenniferonealgunnauthor.weebly.com/

Release Day Event For Her

Her Release Day Event Synopsis You know her side of the story, now learn his. "It was useless. I felt branded beneath my skin by a girl who left without even saying goodbye." When Will Price was assigned a partner for a sixth grade class project he had no idea she would become his best friend. After years of friendship, she eventually became so much more. Then, one day she left with no explanation. Will’s life shattered right before his eyes and he was left alone to pick up the pieces. Floundering, Will must figure out a way to carry on, to find a way to exist without her. Seven years later, a chance encounter leaves him desperate to get her back. He has one week to make her his again. Not everyone gets a second chance with the love of their life and Will is determined to never lose her again. Meet the Author updated carey heywood picNew York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. I make up stuff and write it down. Here are some things that make up who I am, in no particular order; Books, Swedish Fish, Rivers, Kids (I have some), Husband (I have 1), Dog, Wuss, Reader, Elephants, Mermaid Shows, Belgian Chocolate, Plastic Rings, Fizzy Water, Abs (I don't have them...well yes, I have them but they're nothing to look at I meant Abs that I like to look at), Twitter (@careylolo), Making up Words, Chair Dancing, Old Movies, Cartoons, Belgian Waffles, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, People, Kayaks, Screen Porches, Laughing, Colored Paperclips, Junky Green Laptop, Golden Rule, Falling in Love, Jumping in Puddles, Spellcheck, Windy Days. Social Links
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Book Title: HER Author: Carey Heywood Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date: October 26, 2013 Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
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Her (Him, #2)Her by Carey Heywood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

***** I received an ARC for an honest review *****

Wow I just finish reading this book and I have to say I love it way more than the first book (HIM). this story is not what I was expecting, I though I was gone read the same book but just from his point of view, and wow I was so wrong about it when I was reading this book I kept thinking what's that in the first book.

I love it how in this story its start from the moment he met Sarah and how in this book their is no chapter about the past just like the first book, in this one it will tell you everything that Will was thinking, I really enjoy reading this book I felt in love with it, I love the characters.

Will and Sarah is a story about the love that they have for each other, that is so strong that even with the years that past by they still love each other, and give each other a second chance at love.

In this story you get to see how strong Will love is for Sarah, I love it how you get to read about Will and how turn on he always was for Sarah, I really like how Will stayed loyal to the feelings that he has for Sarah how he think that if he go out with another woman he feels like he cheating on her when he really is not.

I love it how they become friends when the teacher pair them up for a school project, from their they got to know each other and they end up being best friends, love it how they get to see each other from awkward early teen, to comfortable seniors in high school, and when they see each other for the first time after seven year, that they get to see how grown up they became, and still love each other.

I just love will he is such a sweet heart that he know what he wants and he is gone fight for it. Oh and let me just say they where so much sex in this book that I was not EXPECTING it just made seen Will as a horny teenager LOL but I love getting in side of his head.

I want to thank Author Carey Heywood for introducing me to this amazing characters and this awesome book, I hope that when you read it that you get to enjoy it and love it as much as I did.

Tour 'A Sleep so Dark'

 
 
Title- A Sleep So Dark

By- Inara  Scott

Genre- YA

Expected Publication Date- October 7th, 2013
Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18516874-a-sleep-so-dark
 
 
Haunted…

After watching her mother die in a car accident, sixteen year-old Tandy McIntyre is plagued by violent dreams. Terrified to sleep and losing her grip on reality, she agrees to attend an experimental group retreat with Dr. Robert Gillman, an expert in lucid dreaming. Trapped…
In the bitter cold of a Colorado winter, Tandy follows Dr. Gillman and his enigmatic son Cade as they lead a group of troubled teens into the wilderness. There, Dr. Gillman claims he will teach them to control their unconscious minds and master their dreams. But when the dreaming and the waking collide, will Tandy ever be safe again?

Don’t Fall Asleep…
 
 
 
 
About the Author-  
  
 
 I read my first romance when I was twelve, hiding in a storage closet Among  hat boxes and old shoes. When I was in high school, I wrote a my first novel, a pirate romance called "A Wild and Stormy Passion." (The heroine was the pirate, in case you're wondering.) Since then, I've written young adult novels and romance in almost every category. I am a dabbler and an emotional sponge. I can't read scary books or anything with an unhappy ending.  I reserve the right to love country music, puppies, true love, and happily ever after. I review books I want to share the word about. Life's too short to read something you don't enjoy!
 
 
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My Review  5  Stars
 
***** I received an ARC of this book for an honest review *****

Holy cow I don't even know how to write a review for this book wow I am speechless. first this is the first book that I read from this author and I love it.

When I started to read this book I was not EXPECTING to read what I read, it just made me think twice about my dreams or my nightmares, it made me see a whole different world, I love the characters they where very well developed, the story
just kept playing with your mind, I really did not know when it was a dream or when they ware awake, it made you keep guessing who was the good guys or who was the bad guys, it got to the point where they all kept doubting against each
other, and who to trust.

I really enjoy reading this book, this story had me seating on the edged of my seat this story has  murder, mayhem, and a twist on of supernatural, and I love every single minute of it I couldn't put the book down and end up reading it in one day.

The story is about Tandy McIntyre, Tandy is sixteen years old she is having trouble sleeping, she is having nightmares or let me just say that she is being hunted, everything started after she witness the death of her mother, Tandy started to fell on her school and on everything around all cause she was to afraid to fall sleep, she tried everything to stay awake in to her father gave her a choice, that's when she decide it to go to a experimental group retreat with Dr. Robert Gillman who is  an expert in lucid dreaming and OH WHAT WAS THAT FOR.

I really did enjoy this book I want to say AUTHOR INARA SCOTT THANK YOU for introducing me to this amazing world of your book and this awesome characters, hope that when you read this book that you get to enjoy it to the fullest and fall in love with it just like I did.
 
 
 


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Title: The Heart of a Woman
Author: Jennifer Oneal Gunn
Genre: Poetry
Release Date: October 26th!

Connect with Jennifer:
Jen’s Writers Blog: http://jenswritersblog.wordpress.com/
@WriterJGunn on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/WriterJGunn

Stealing Fire

 
Title- Stealing Fire
By-Susan Sloate
Expected Publication Date- late August 2013
 
 

Blurb-

“How do you recognize your soulmate?

In glittery 1980’s Los Angeles, Beau Kellogg is a brilliant Broadway lyricist now writing advertising jingles and yearning for one more hit to compensate for his miserable marriage and disappointing life.


Amanda Harary, a young singer out of synch with her contemporaries, works at a small New York hotel, while she dreams of singing on Broadway.


When they meet late at night over the hotel switchboard, what begins will bring them each unexpected success, untold joy, and piercing heartache ... until they learn that some connections, however improbable, are meant to last forever.

STEALING FIRE is, at its heart, a story for romantics everywhere, who believe in the transformative power of love.”


STEALING FIRE was a 2012 quarter-finalist in the amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
Contest.
 

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Excerpt #1
 
Six-year-old Amanda wandered over to the table and picked up the album cover. The name of the show, The Life and Times, was printed in bold letters across the top, with a pencil sketch of a black top hat and neatly folded white gloves in the middle. A splashy yellow sun, its rays streaming diagonally, filled the rest of the cover. She forgot about it, though, as the record began to play.
     She loved it instantly.
 
     “Again, Mommy, again!” she said excitedly when the first song ended.
     Her mother shook her head. “Listen to the rest first.”
     Amanda sat down on her favorite soft footstool near the big brown rocker and listened. She loved it all.
     There was one song especially that she liked. It was about blowing bubbles. She didn’t understand the verse, but she sang along with the chorus:
“… Bubbles bursting, bursting bubbles …
Breaking dreams with every blow.
I’ll remember each dream burst
Till the final bubbles go.”
     She didn’t really understand the song, but it seemed sad to her.
     As with most show scores, Amanda asked to hear the record again and again. A few months later her older sister Josie, tossing a ball carelessly around the room, smashed the record.
     Amanda cried and asked her mother to please buy it again, please. Her mother explained regretfully that the show had been a `flop’ years before. There were no copies around, and Josie hadn’t meant to smash it; it was an accident. “Stop crying now, Amanda,” she said sharply.
     She listened to her mother and stopped crying. But she never forgot the song about bursting bubbles.
 
Author Interview
 
What would you have done differently if you were the main character of your book?
I WAS the main character in my book! I never could figure out, for the longest time, why I wrote across different genres and dealt with all kinds of different situations. Then I finally realized not long ago that every heroine of mine, on some level, is me. STEALING FIRE’s Amanda is the very young me--and the story of the impossible love affair, while differing in some details, is really the story of what happened to me when I was 25. I did meet a fascinating and magnetically attractive older man who was as drawn to me as I was to him. We did get involved. There was a lot of pain. And the connection did last.
So I’d have to say, I wouldn’t probably have done anything different - because what Amanda does to cope is what I did to cope. It was all I knew how to do.
What was your inspiration behind this book?
As I said, it happened to me--not detail for detail, but definitely the general outline of it. And while it was going on, I didn’t understand what was happening, so because writing things down has always been the way I coped with emotional issues, I started to write these pages--on the typewriter--many years ago. I had no thought that it was a novel. I was just writing to try to understand the situation and to make the pain go away. I ended up with 275 pages, written in wild disarray, with whole sections missing while others were written with no connecting passages. It was too many pages to throw away, at that point, and when I wanted to enter the first Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest in 2007, that was the book that was closest to finished. So I spent a week cutting, rewriting and cobbling together a cohesive manuscript. Earlier this year, I finally polished it and finished it. And here we are.
Why did you become a writer ?
I’m not sure you choose to become a writer; you’re really born with that sensibility, or discover it later in your life. You think in stories and narrative connectives. I just knew that I loved being read to early in my life, loved to read on my own later, and started writing down my own stories around the age of six or seven. It was something I knew I would always do; it was just a part of me.
What I did learn over the years, though, was that I had to trust that the stories I wanted to write were going to have value for SOMEBODY. For a long time, when someone said they didn’t like my ideas, I would just curdle, and hide the work away. It’s ridiculous. At this point in my life, I’m going to trust that there are readers out there who want to read what I want to write, because I want to tell the stories in my heart, whether the publishing gurus think they’ll sell or not. Luckily, we live in a brand-new era for publishing, and it gives me lots more freedom to experiment with my own interests and my own voice.
As a reader and writer I think it is important to get to know your fans and make a connection with them as an author who takes the extra step to hear what their fans think and want in their continued writing is continued success and key to selling more books .Do you agree with that ?
Yes. Writing is an act of communication, and good writing draws a response from the reader. The most urgent response I’ve had from readers usually involves asking me to write a sequel to a certain book. That’s fabulous, because it means they’re so invested in the characters that they want to go on with that relationship. I also learned that readers bring to your book their own experience and point of view. So what you write mildly they may react to as though it’s emotional hot sauce. As long as you’re aware of it, it’s fine.
 
Do you have a favorite author or authors?
 
Tons!
Dick Francis (probably my all-time favorite--the best mystery writer on the planet). Max Allan Collins--meticulous historical research, wonderful stories beautifully written. Noel Streatfeild--best English theater stories ever. Daphne du Maurier--the mistress of mood; fabulous, evocative and romantic. Ayn Rand--brilliant and unique. Robbie Branscum--one of my closest friends ever, and an Edgar-winning writer of marvelous young-adult stories. Simply the best natural writer I’ve ever known. She’s the one who urged me to finish STEALING FIRE; she loved it and wanted to read the whole thing. It’s partially dedicated to her.
 
Other writers have written one or two books I love, but the authors above--I’d read anything they wrote; they’re that good. Newer authors like Nancy Bilyeau, who wrote THE CROWN, kept me turning pages without stopping. And Robin Maxwell writes superb historical fiction.
Do you like to write your books in a continuing series ?
 
Some, yes. Some lend themselves to a series. STEALING FIRE is of necessity a single title; there’s nowhere left to go with the characters after the ending. But in November I’m re-publishing FORWARD TO CAMELOT (with my co-author, Kevin Finn), which is an alternate-history thriller about the JFK assassination. And I’m taking my heroine and a couple of other characters from that book and putting them into a new novel which I plan to publish in 2014. There’s definitely potential for that to go on and on. I’m also working on three series which are planned as series books: all three are for the young-adult market, so we’ll see how they go.
If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why?
 
Jake from MANHUNTING, an early novel by Jennifer Crusie. He takes wonderful care of you, he’s smart and kind and sexy and funny and totally dependable, and for a romantic hero, he’s surprisingly real!
What kinds of books do you like to read in your spare time ?
Historical fiction. Y/A fiction. Mysteries, when they’re well plotted and I can’t figure them out! I also love nonfiction books on history, politics and biography; I learn so much from them. And true crime stories. I know they’re bad for me, but they do fascinate me! I also read a lot of self-help books (which is useful, because I just wrote a self-help NOVEL with my partner, Ron Doades--it’ll be published this fall). I especially like books that use prose well; I HATE trying to wade through a book full of typos and bad usage - life’s too short!
Do you cry  when writing sad scenes?
I cry at just about anything, including Hallmark commercials. Usually I’m too caught up in the writing process to cry WHILE I’m writing the scene, but I’ve re-read scenes that I’ve written years later and choked up. That makes me so happy -- it means the scene works for the reader, which is so important!
Did you have a Cover Designer ?
 
Not one that I work with again and again. But I really appreciate all the hard work put in by all the graphic designers on my books; they make such a difference!
 
Who is your fictional boyfriend or girlfriend crush ?
Probably one of Judith McNaught’s heroes from her 80’s books (the 80’s were a good era, let’s face it--lots of good movies, good books and good music!)
If you were able to dine and have a one on one with your favorite writer/author who would it be ?
 
I think I’ll choose someone who’s not known for writing, though he did write his autobiography (so that counts, right?) Desi Arnaz--the man who produced I LOVE LUCY and invented the TV rerun--is one of my heroes, and his life was amazing. He’s the person I’d most like to dine with. And his autobiography, titled A BOOK, is just terrific, and surprisingly humble.
Do you re-read your favorite books ?
 
ALL THE TIME! I still have a full set of Nancy Drew mystery books, along with Connie Blair and Donna Parker (fans of these old series will know what I mean). Wonderful stuff! I also constantly re-read the books I bought as a child in the Scholastic Book Club. I’ve read them so much I can repeat all the words without reading them. But I always get something out of reading them again.
Do you ever get in a reading slump like your readers do ?
Not sure I know what that is. Do you mean reading too much of the same genre, or the same subject or author, and getting tired of it? Sure. I just put it down and go on to something else. Believe me, at any given time I’m always five to ten books behind in what I plan to read!
 
What is the funniest book you ever read ?
 
TWO LUCKY PEOPLE by Tony Kenrick. I picked it up at a supermarket checkout counter in 1981 and just roared with laughter when I read it. And I’ve re-read it at least every six months since then. WONDERFUL stuff! Have no idea why that never became a movie!
About The Author
Susan Sloate is the author or co-author of more than 20 books, including Realizing You(with Ronald Doades), a recent self-help novel, and the 2003 #6 Amazon bestseller, Forward to Camelot (with Kevin Finn), which took honors in 3 literary competitions and was optioned by a Hollywood company for film production.

She has written young-adult fiction and non-fiction, including the children’s biography Ray Charles: Find Another Way!, which was honored in the 2007 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards. Mysteries Unwrapped: The Secrets of Alcatraz led to her 2009 appearance on the TV series MysteryQuest on The History Channel. Amelia Earhart: Challenging the Skies is a perennial young-adult Amazon bestseller. She has also been a sportswriter and screenwriter, managed two recent political campaigns, and founded an author’s festival in her hometown outside Charleston, SC.

Stealing Fire was a Quarter-Finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and combines autobiographical experience with her lifelong love of the musical theater. She is proud to be distantly related to Broadway legend Fred Ebb, the lyricist for Cabaret,Chicago, All That Jazz and New York, New York.
 
Visit Susan online at http://susansloate.com.

 

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Stealing Fire by Susan Sloate
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**** I received an ARC for an honest review ****

Ok let me just say that this is the first book that I read from this author.

This is the type of book that I was not expecting but I end up like in it, This book is about May-December romance, fill with passion, regret, suspense, tension, conflict and a unexpected delights. I really enjoy this book so much I couldn't put the book down.

I love the characters, and love it how this story turned out to be.

Stealing Fire is a love story that will go to well with all romantics at heart. I have to say this book had me on a emotional roller coaster ride, reading through everything that the characters where going through at the moment.

Amanda Harary is a young idealistic singer who has dreams of appearing on Broadway, while she has a day time job in a hotel in New York City. she is thoughtful, self-sacrificing, and humble but she has a little problem she has stage fright.

Beau Kellogg is a brilliant lyricist but now he is reduce to writing advertising jingles. He is old, angry and he was a jerk but Amanda saw him charming, and that's when he decide it that he was gone be a better man for her.

I really enjoy this book and I hope that when you read it that you get to enjoy it and fall in love with it as much as I did. THANK YOU AUTHOR SUSAN SLOATE for introducing me to this amazing characters and this great book.