“Under The Trees” Release Party Prizes

Sep 6, 2014 by

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Under The Trees

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On September 18th from 8pm to 9pm Central Time
I will be helping Ashley Maker celebrate the release of her book
UNDER THE TREES
in an entertaining and interactive facebook event.
Please join here. It will be a tons of YA fun.
While there, we’ll get to know each other, play a few games and several KEEPER prizes!!

 

*** PRIZES ***


Prize#1 ~ One custom KEEPER bookmark and bookplate (US Only)
Prize#2 ~ One KEEPER ebook (INT)
Prize#3 ~ One autographed KEEPER paperback (US Only)
Prize#4 ~ Surprise :) (US Only)

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Meet Bishop O’Connoll

Sep 6, 2014 by

Donna Hosie

Today on the blog, I’d like to introduce you to Bishop O’Connell. He is a fellow author published by Harper Voyager Impulse. I decided to interview him and review his debut novel of my own accord and my opinion here is unbiased and honest.

To share a bit about Bishop, I can tell you that he is a consultant, writer, poet, blogger, computer geek, and member of the New Hampshire Writer’s Project. He was born in Italy, but raised in San Diego, California. A perfect day for him involves a good pint, fish tacos and conversation with friends. He collects swords and kilts and has been known to wear only the latter in public—though I have a feeling he’d like to also wield the sword, if his debut novel, THE STOLEN, is any indication.

After reading his work, I can also tell you that he can write kick-butt action scenes, as well as lovable, less-than-perfect heroes that feel extremely real. You can read my short review on his novel on Amazon or Goodreads.

 
Now, let’s learn a bit more about Bishop and his novel:
 
How does a day in Bishop’s writing life look?
Well, it involves music, which is a must. I have playlists for all my projects that help get me into the right mental or emotional state, to really fall into the story. My writing days are usually long. It can take me a while to get into groove, sometimes an hour or so, but when I get there, I don’t want to stop. I’ve had days where I crank out 10,000 words. It’s just me, my music, some homebrewed iced tea (or if I need a jolt, some Mountain Dew), my computer glasses, and usually my lounge around the house kilt. Yes, I have a “lounge around the house” kilt, every man should.

How did you come up with the idea for The Stolen?
It started with W.B. Yeats poem “The Stolen Child” (which was originally the title of The Stolen). The poem makes the luring away of a human child by faeries seem magical and wonderful. However, I wondered about the parents of that child. It wouldn’t be magical to them. Then I considered the faeries, and what kind of creature would lure a child away from her parents. From there, I considered how it would be if that happened in our world, where faeries, to most people, were just characters in Disney movies. It wasn’t until I’d began promoting the book, and had time to really think about it, that I realized it was really a story about heroes, as you described them “lovable, less-than-perfect” but heroes all the same.

Is The Stolen your first novel? How long did it take you to write it?
It’s my first published novel. I wrote a high fantasy first, it’s actually part of a trilogy and I intend to rewrite it to fit into the American Faerie Tale universe at some point. That first book took me the better part of ten years to finish. In contrast, The Stolen went from short story to full novel in about three months. I was working part time and decided to make the most of my time off. Then I spent three years editing it and shaping it into what it is today.

I’ve read other books about the Fae, mostly YA, but I never encountered Fianna in them. Brendan, one of your protagonists, is a Fian and—although I have a good idea of what he is, I’d like to get the scoop from you? Do Fianna belong to any court? Are they another classification, like pixies? Or did you come up with Fianna? I should probably know this, but alas!
The Fianna are, for the most part, mortals. They’re sort of the Batman of the faerie world; they train to be as strong and fast as mortals can be, and protect mortals from faeries. They do know magic, which extends their life spans, but Brendan is the exception. His parents did something —though no one but them is certain exactly what— to make him stronger, faster, and very long lived. It was all with the best of intentions of course, but, well, the first chapter of The Stolen tells you all you need to know about the downside of what they did. In terms of the Fianna’s place, they are members of the Cruinnigh (Irish for “council”) which is, not to give away too much, a council of various supernatural creatures. The Fianna were granted a place on it because of their interaction with the far and other beings. As a teaser of what’s to come in future books, some other members are: The Aboriginal (Native American and Aboriginal Australian spirits), The Elemental Lords (yes, exactly what you think), The Celestial (use your imagination), and The Dracos (yep, dragons). And though the last three haven’t been heard from in a long time…

Rapid Fire Questions

Kilt or Pants?
Sorry, is there a real question here? Kilt, of course!

Favorite beer?
That’s tough. Guinness, of course, is right up there. However, when I was living in England I fell in love with cask ales, or Real Ale, Theakston being my favorite.

Video games or board games? (I’ve read you’re a gamer)
I like board games, but the computer geek in me loves computer games. I never got into first-person shooters though.

Why “A Quiet Pint”? (This is name of Bishop’s website)
In Ireland there is something called the craic. It’s hard to define, but it’s basically socializing, talking, gossiping, storytelling, and just enjoying others’ company. I’ve never liked loud bars or clubs. I prefer a nice quiet pint with some friends, old or new. Nothing goes better with a pint than the craic.

Thanks for this, it was a lot of fun!

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#PromoteNA Giveaway

Aug 31, 2014 by

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Time for me to #PromoteNA
And what better way than to have a huge G.A.P. giveaway
This giveaway is for people who ♥ sexy New Adult.

 

*** 7 PRIZES ***


Autographed paperback copy of The Guys are Props Club
Autographed paperback copy of Girls are Players
Custom The Guys are Props Club bookmark
Custom Girls are Players bookmark
“G.A.P. Member” key chain
G.A.P. pen
G.A.P. post it notes
 
This contest is international
Must be 18 to enter
Participants will be included in my mailing list
Entries will be verified

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Book to Movie: “The Maze Runner”

Aug 16, 2014 by

I’m a BIG sucker for books made into movies. Actually, I think that may be an understatement. I’m a complete head-over-heels, helpless fool for books made into movies. Yeah . . . that’s better. Anyway, when I hear a soon-to-be-released movie is based on a book, I *have* to read it—if I haven’t yet—just so I can be ready for release date. (Because I MUST read the book before the movie comes out. Yeah, I’m one of those people.)

The Maze Runner

“The Maze Runner” is one I read a while back, one that kept me turning the page with its intriguing premise and action packed plot. So yeah, I’m pretty much ready for release date on September 19th, 2014. Kirkus declares the book “Hard to put down . . . it will leave readers dying to find out what comes next.” And I wholeheartedly agree.

Needless to say, I’m dying to see it on the big screen. ;)

Characters

Teresa and Thomas, the book’s main characters, are played by Kaya Scodelario and Dylan O’Brien, respectively. Kaya has been in a few movies, but nothing really noteworthy, so I’m really curious to see her performance. Dylan, on the other hand, has been in Teen Wolf and I watched The First Time a few days ago, and he was SO cute in that. Therefore, no worries there. I think he will be great as Thomas.

Trailer

If you haven’t read the book, after you watch the trailer you’ll really want to know what’s outside the maze!!



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