Posted in Interviews

Interview with an Author – Elicia Hyder

I recently won the book The Soul Summoner.  While I wait for the book to arrive, I decided I want to learn more about the author behind the book.  And I want to share this with all of you, of course…

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Elicia Hyder

Which writers inspire you?

Different writers inspire me for different reasons.  JK Rowling is the first to come to mind because, not only is she an excellent storyteller and visionary, she’s just an amazing person.  I also have major respect for a lot of Indie authors who are really making their own dreams come true.  Writers like Amanda Hocking, Hugh Howey, and Andy Weir are easy to look to for inspiration.  So are those who are rocking self-publishing like Mark Dawson and Joanna Penn.

Do you work to an outline or plot, or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?

I prefer to see where an idea takes me, but that’s not very practical… particularly when writing a series like I am.  Lots of planning, plotting, and story weaving is involved.

What is the easiest/hardest thing about writing?

The easiest part of writing for me is coming up with ideas.  The hardest thing is finding the time to write them all!

Do you think the cover plays an important part in the buying process of books?

The cover is the most important part of the buying process.  A book can be the best thing ever written and if the cover stinks, no-one will ever open it to read it.

Any tips on what to do and what not to do when writing?

Don’t over-edit or over-write the first draft.  Just get the book out and onto paper… or a screen (in our digital age).  And don’t neglect to write multiple drafts.  Great books don’t just happen. They are the product of a lot of hard work.

What are you working on at this moment?

I’m currently working on the next book in The Soul Summoner series and trying to get it out for publication.  I’m also writing a new book about roller derby that I’m pretty excited about.


Giveaway!!!

Right now Elicia is running a giveaway where readers can sign up to get The Soul Summoner for free.

Link here:  Get The Soul Summoner free


Bit more about the author:

When I’m not writing, I can be found sipping craft beer in my blow-up swimming pool or beating my children… at Harry Potter trivia.  I am married to a superhero and have two dogs with severe separation anxiety.  I suck at CAPTCHA puzzles and firmly believe that heaven will have heavy metal music!


Her books!

The Soul Summoner Series:

  • The Soul Summoner
  • The Siren
  • The Angel of Death
  • The Detective:  A Nathan McNamara Story

Journey Durant series:

  • To Be Her First
  • The Bed She Made
  • The Journey Durant Deluxe Box Set

 


Have you read any of her books yet?  What did you think?  Let me know…

 

Posted in Book Tags

Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon!!

So, get ready!  For the holiday season of celebration and carols is upon us…  Let’s get those cozy blankets from the back of the cupboards, buy some hot chocolate, mini marshmallows and festive treats….

And bring the cheer…  The Chrismas time is almost here…

Now, on to the good stuff…  Books!!

This is a hosting by Kimberly@CaffeinatdReviever, where you can participate in challenges, win prizes, meet new friends and join the Twitter party.

Challenge:  Read holiday or winter themed books….


Books I would like to read (if there is enough time and between my TBR):

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Posted in Musing Mondays

Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by PageTurner20.  You need to choose a random book on your Goodreads TBR pile and showcase this cover, with the synopsis!  Remember to link back to the original post and creator…

Here’s mine… Couldn’t decide between these two reads!


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Book – Wisteria
Author – Bisi Leyton
Publication date – 15th August 2012
Genre – Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy
Length – 278 pages

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Wisteria Kuti has two options – track the infected around the Isle of Smythe or leave the only known safe haven and face a world infested with flesh eating biters.  But even with well-armed trackers, things go wrong and Wisteria ends up alone facing certain death until she is rescued by the mysterious Bach.  Uninfected, Bach is able to survive among the hordes of living dead.

Eighteen-year-old Bach, from a race known as The Family, has no interest in human affairs.  He was sent here to complete his Great Walk and return home as a man – as a Sen Son.  The Family regards humans as Dirt People, but Bach is drawn to this Terran girl, whom he has never seen before, but somehow knows.

Hunted by flesh eaters, cannibals, and the mysterious blood thirsty group called Red Phoenix, Wisteria and Bach make their way back to the Isle of Smythe, a community built on secrets and lies.


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Book – Shadow Fall
Author – Audrey Grey
Expected Publication Date – 22 November 2016
Genre – Young Adult Dystopian Fantasy
Length – 368 pages

Synopsis:

The asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.

The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars.  The Silvers will be protected underground.  But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trails for the few remaining spots left on the space station.

When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trails, she won’t just get a chance at salvation for her and her baby brother, Max: she gets to confront the mother who abandoned her in prison, the mad Emperor who murdered her father, and the Gold prince who once loved her.  But it’s the dark bastard prince she’s partnered with that will make her question everything, including her own heart.  With the asteroid racing closer every day, Maia must trust someone to survive.

The question is who?

Posted in Books read

Mini Reviews – 2 Short Stories

Snow White’s Revenge

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Published – 12 July 2016

Review Notes:

  • A short story retelling of Snow White’s classic tale.
  • Here she is portrayed as a strong, independent lady, who wants revenge for her family and land, after the evil Queen takes over.
  • She is imprisoned at a young age by the Queen, then escapes and that’s where her adventure begins.
  • There is some character development, but because this story is short, the pace makes development hard.
  • You also see a bit of magic in this tale.
  • Romance is also a small part of this story and I had hoped to see something new here,  but the essence of the classic tale was prominent in the plot.
  • I’d love to see where Casey takes the tales in the future.

Keep an eye out for her other novels:

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Back by Sunrise

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Published – 20 November 2014

Review Notes:

  • A beautiful tale about family, friendship, love and loss.
  • There is some element of magic here, although you do not expect it at the start.
  • This enhances the plot, rather than distracting the reader, in an unexpected way.
  • Couldn’t put this book down.
  • Symbolism is a huge part of this story.
  • We get subtle hints of the lessons the main character needs to learn.
  • The ending to this exceptional tale gave me chills!

Keep an eye out for his other novels: (there are more)

Posted in Book Tags

The Get To Know Me Tag!!

I found this tag over at MyBookishDream and decided to do this tag myself.  I always want you guys to know me, and as I blog, you will probably learn even more about me.

 


About Me:

Name:  Chrissie
Nickname:  Blommetjie – My Dad calls me that.
Birthday:  1st of June
Star Sign:  Gemini – The Twins
Occupation:  I am a Customer Service Representative

Designed with a snug-fit full page of typography, this print highlights the positive traits that are commonly associated with each astrological sign. A unique medallion in the center features a starry:
Truly who I am…

Appearance:

Hair Color:  My natural hair color is a general brown, however, I recently wanted a change and colored my hair a dark reddish-brown color.
Hair Length:  I have long hair, just past my shoulders, and are growing it.
Eye Color:  A dark brown, but my emotions can sometimes lighten my eye color.
Best Feature:  My eyes, I love my eyes.
Braces:  I’ve never needed to get braces.
Piercings:  Two piercings in each ear.  The earrings I am currently wearing were gifts from my 16th birthday from my parents and my grandmother on my mom’s side.
Tattoos:  I do not have any tattoos currently, but want to get one on my ring finger on my right hand – the word ‘Family’ with a small heart next to it.
Right or Left: Right handed.

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Tattoo I want on my right shoulder…

My Favorites:

Movie:  My absolute favorite movies are the first and second The Mummy movies, however, the third one was not as good.  My recent favorite is Safe Haven.  Surprisingly, my favorite genre is horrors.
TV Show:  This one is extremely hard to answer because there is a fairly large list of loves here.  Once Upon A Time and Grimm is my current all time favorites.  I also enjoy the X-files and Roswell, Once Upon a Time, Hellcats, Gossip Girl, Teen Wolf, Criminal Minds, Haven…  There are so much more.
Color:  Blue, specifically baby blue.  Also green and purple.
Song:  I have never been able to choose one song, ever.  At this moment I’d say it would be Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Rey.
Restaurant:  It would depend on what I am in the mood for.  If I want pizza I’d go to Romans Pizza – thick crust, Regina.  If I want pasta I’d go to Parrots – they have an amazing dish – Penne Bertucci (a lovely pasta dish with chicken, broccoli, parmesan cheese and a white sauce).
Shop:  Any bookstore, obviously, and if there is a sale – I would trample over anyone who gets in my way.  I also like Music Moods, and Musica – for DVD’s and Series….
Books:  I have a whole bookcase full of books.  Right now the Starcrossed series is my all time favorite, by Josephine Angelini.
Shoes:  Boots, ankle, knee high, cowboy, flats, wedge style.  BOOTS!

There are like 105 episodes so you may want to start watching now before there are too many:
Just bought season 5!!  Eeeeppp!!!!

How am I doing currently:

Feeling:  Lazy, it’s quiet at work and I’m wishing I can just go home now…
Single or Taken:  Single – happily so, for now.
Eating:  Homemade mini pizzas with different toppings.
Thinking about:  Writing a book and taking part in the NaNoWriMo challenge in November.  I haven’t yet decided whether I will be able to make time to actually keep up with that much writing yet!
Watching:  Season 2 of Once Upon A Time – want seasons 3 – 5 now!!!
Wearing:  Bootleg jean, black tank, a tribal cardigan in black, white, and blue, and black wedges.

 

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My Future:

Want children:  Yes, hopefully, one day I’ll meet my future husband and have two kids.  Boys preferably.
Want to be married:  Yes, and I’d want a relationship like my mom and dad has.
Careers in mind:  Freelance writing, blogging and writing novels (working hard towards this dream career.)
Where you want to live:  Scotland or Ireland.  Maybe somewhere in Canada.  Still looking at a few place, want to visit these places before I decide.

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The Trinity Library, Dublin, Ireland…  Yes, please!

Do you believe in:

God:  Yes
Miracles:  Yes, for sure!
Love at first sight:  Nope, I believe that the strongest relationships are built on a strong friendship.
Ghosts:  Yes
Aliens:  No, not at all.  But it’s an interesting theory.
Soul Mates:  Yes
Heaven:  Yes
Hell:  Yes – I am drawn to the Greek version, which is mythical, but so intriguing.
Kissing on the first date:  Depends on the date, but I’ve never kissed on the first date yet.
Yourself:  Definitely!

 

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Always!

There you have it, me in a big nutshell…  Anything more you wanna know?  Leave me a comment, k?

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I’d like to nominate:

TeacherOfYA
Jazz@SwooningOverFictionalMen
Melanie@MelToTheAny

Posted in Writing

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Movie – Prompt Challenge

This is not something I’ve seen yet, and I am so interested in seeing what I can come up with for this one.

The original post was done by Don’t Judge A Book By Its Movie 2016 Blog and I got nominated by Word Junkie 427.  Please check out both these blogs, they are so unique and fun to read and explore…

Basically, how this works is, the blogger chooses a prompt for the nominees (there needs to be three) and they need to write a story based on, and including, that prompt.  The original prompt was:

“A couple of teenagers are crouched down, hidden in the shadows of a grimy viaduct. Searchlights are sweeping the streets, searching for them. They are out beyond curfew. Write up happens next.”

So, my prompt is:  

“I sunk your battleship.”, I whispered into the night.

So, let’s start…


Mom has locked herself in her room again.  I shuffle to the table, sit down and watch as another strike falls just short of my ship.  “Nope, sorry.  You’re still missing.”, I smile.  I’ve never had such a winning streak, before tonight.  I look intently at my board, certain I know where to place this peg.  I look up triumphantly.

“I sunk your battleship.”, I whispered into the night.

After that, my mom found me and started yelling that this is no time to be playing with my imaginary friend.  But he wasn’t imaginary and he was so mad when she said that.  He yelled!  I covered my ears with my hands, trying to block out the awful sound.  She was flung clean across the room, hitting the far wall with a loud thud.  I closed my eyes.  I didn’t want to see what happened next.

She was screaming, my mom…

That is the last thing I remember of that night.

Afterward, I was woken up by a policeman.   There was blood on the far wall and a small hand print, that was all I saw before he covered my eyes and led me outside. They never could explain what had happened that night.  The hand print was not mine.  All they knew was that there was no way that I could have done all that…

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I want to find out what could have happened that night.  I studied criminology and paranormal activities, but nothing has been able to successfully explain that night.  I recently requested the old case file again and finally received the confirmation.

I walk up the stairs and into the dimly lit police office.  To the clerk at the front desk, I say:  “I’m here to see Detective Reece.”
“And your name is?”
“I’m Mary, Mary Whitemore.”
“Just a moment, please.”

“Miss Mary, you’ve grown up to become a beautiful young lady.  Give me a hug.”, Detective Reece has gotten gray and reminds me of a loving grandfather.  “Hallo, Detective.  How is it that, now, on the 15th anniversary of my mother’s death, that I get to see her file?  I have been asking for years now…” “I dunno kiddo, I was just as surprised as you were, when the confirmation came through.  Seems someone wants you to know, I guess.”

We head down the hall, catching up on general things.  We turn right into an interrogation room.  “Sorry bout this, this is the only open space we have.  You mind?”, he shrugs, knowing I wouldn’t mind in the slightest.  What I wanted was in the box on the table, waiting for me.  “No, thank you.”, I smile at him dismissively.  “I’ll leave you to it.”, with that he turns and stalks out, closing the door behind him.

Inhaling deeply, I lift the lid off the box.  A small cloud of dust floats up.  I peek inside and, taking another deep breath, I pull out the first thing.  In a small evidence bag is my mother’s favorite necklace – a tiny gold heart with a red crystal inside dangles on the chain.  Suddenly my knees give out, and I fall into the chair positioned behind me.  My breath hitches.  I thought this was lost.  I didn’t even know she was wearing it.  Why would she?  This belonged to my older sister, Lucy, who drowned when I was 4.

An instant pain flashes through my head, dislodging an old memory.  I must have just turned 4.  There is birthday candles, sixteen of them; Lucy is blowing them out.  I reach my hand towards the cake, but she slaps it and I start crying.  Mom yells at her, asking why she did that, but she just smiles and shrugs.

Then another, more painful, pain shears into my head, doubling me over with its intensity.  We’re at the lake, having a picnic on the bank.  Mom receives a call and gets up to answer it. Lucy wants the last cupcake, but I got it first.  She is mad, grabbing for it.  I scream and push her, and she pushes back harder.  I topple over and fall into the river.  Mom turns and sees me fall.  She saved me.

After she made sure I was okay, she sprinted to Lucy, grabbing her by the arm and dragging her into the lake.  She was pushing her head under the water. NO!  I ran to her, trying to get her away from Lucy, but I was too small to do anything.  She died.  Mom killed her!

I open my eyes, tears streaming down my face.  “Now you see why I had to do it?  She was drunk that night and she was going to hurt you.  Just like she hurt me…”,  I look up, startled.  She is sitting on the table, my imaginary friend.  “Lucy?”


I’d like to nominate:

Jill@RantAndRaveAboutBooks
Drew@TheTattooedBookGeek
Gretchen@ChicNerdReads

My prompt:

A little girl is terrified of the monster under her bed, but what she doesn’t know is that the monster under her bed protects her from the real monsters – her parents!

Start with:  “Mommy!  Help me…”

Posted in Books read

Broken Leaves of Autumn

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Book – Broken Leaves of Autumn

Author – Eli Hai

Publisher – Unknown

Genre – Contemporary Romance

Rating:

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Disclaimer: This book was sponsored by Ebookpro and gifted to me to provide an honest review. In no way does this affect my opinion or reviewing process.


First off, the cover is beautiful, a real autumn-inspired cover. This is what drew my attention to the book.

This was a somewhat slow read since I’ve yet again stepped outside my preferred genre for this one. This story focuses mostly on religion – specifically Ultra-Orthodox Jewish and Christian religion and what happens when these religions mix. There are strict rules to follow and a lot of things that can never happen.

The pace is quite slow with this story and there are a lot of plots to follow and keep track off (it’s not hard though).

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We mainly follow the story from the point of view of Jeff, who leaves his hometown to move to Brooklyn, in search of a better life for himself. He meets Ahron when he arrives in Brooklyn, who helps him get on his feet and invites him into his home and world. We also get a point of view later from Arhon’s life. And we see a different world through Rivka, Ahron’s youngest sister.

The book’s plots in respect to each character seemed, at first, very vague and somewhat disconnected but develop slowly.

The writing in this book is superb! The way scenes are put to words is almost poetic and creates this tangible image of the surroundings. It really sucks you in…

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We get a lot of insight to the Jewish religion and touch on the relation between religions. This was really well portrayed…

I would recommend this novel to people who want to learn about religion and want to immerse themselves in these surroundings. Overall, a slow, but well-developed read!