Thursday, 3 April 2014

Blog Tour Guest Post & Giveaway - Fireflies & Hope from the Ocean by P.S. Bartlett

About the author P.S. Bartlett

I was born on Valentine’s Day a long, long time ago in South Baltimore, Maryland, less than a mile from Fort McHenry and Federal Hill. I’m the youngest of eleven children. 

I’m a very simple person. I love my life and am always striving to make it better for myself and my family. I write, I draw and I work full-time. I also paint beautiful watercolors with my three year old granddaughter. 

I’ve been married for nearly 19 years and together we have two sons and a daughter. I’d call myself a football fan but I mostly only watch my home team, the World Champion Baltimore Ravens. I love super heroes and Superman has been my favorite since I was a little girl. June 2013 the new Superman movie “Man of Steel” arrives in theaters and it cannot get here soon enough for me. I love cats and I have a Maine Coon named Columbus.

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Guest Post: 10 Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author

1. Unless you’re already famous for something else; rock star, movie actor, professional athlete—you most likely will not sell a million copies of your book—your first book let’s say. For Joe Shmo and P.S. Bartlett and many other authors, being successful takes a good deal of time, good marketing and a great support base. If you’re hoping to get rich quick by being a writer, you may want to get that record deal or Lakers contract first.

2. You have to have either a very good memory or be incredibly organized. Between scheduling writing time, writing your blog, tweeting, running contests, Facebook pages, email addresses, writing your book and not to mention holding down a full time job, keeping house, cooking, cleaning and keeping your significant other from leaving you due to you forgetting not only their birthday but their name, you may have time to pee and walk the cat—I mean dog.

3. It can be a very lonely career. Writers need a lot of solitary time to write. I’ll admit, I’ve been writing and someone will come into the room and most often they will ask that all too important question, “Are you writing?” but occasionally the matter is important to them. Forgive them because they don’t realize you’re right in the middle of taking down an army of giant trolls and when you read back over what you wrote later, try not to get upset with them when your troll has forgotten to do their homework and needs an excuse note for their teacher or they’ve set the kitchen on fire. 

4. People want your swag. If you’re not an author and you’re reading this, no, they do not want your lovely new curtains, they want goodies that show off your books. There is a bit of an investment involved but it’s oh so worth when your fans want something special to go with their books. Bookmarks, buttons, charms and t-shirts make great swag but always remember your fans love your books and they are going to want some swag so you better have it ready.

5. Getting published is as easy as 1, 2, 3 (and other fairy tales). There are literally millions of books on Amazon alone—go look if you don’t believe me. Looks pretty simple doesn’t it? (I’ll be right back I’m rolling on the floor laughing). Even if you become frustrated with the process of querying agents and publishers and decide to self-publish your book, there are plenty of really nice and friendly people waiting in line to take your money and help you do just that—choose wisely. Do background checks if you have to but please be careful.

6. Depending on which genre you write in, you must do your research. Nero didn’t smoke cigars—neither did pirates. I’ll bet you didn’t know that did you? Okay well even if you claim you did, do you have to be 100% historically accurate? Well yes, you should. Of course you can use your imagination to create new scenarios, for instance Abraham Lincoln as a vampire hunter but if old Abe whips out his iPod or says, “Hey, pass the Grey Poupon,” I’m sorry but your more experienced reader is gonna close the book on you.

7. I didn’t know authors were zombies. I’ve learned to accomplish more things while half asleep than some people do wide awake—I think. Well I try. Okay I thought I did those things!

8. Social networking is very important but don’t beg. If you’re a new author, currently writing your first novel or even thinking about it, you better have a Facebook, a Twitter, a Google+ and a blog at the very least or you are already way behind. The irony of all of this is under point number 3. I compare this lifestyle to living like a gopher. In the hole, out of the hole. In the hole, out of the hole. We hide and write and in the next breath, we stick our head out, make a bunch of really cool new friends, say hello to our fans and then run back in our holes. Please, just don’t bombard people with “Over here! Look at me! PLEASE look at me! WILL YOU FREAKING LOOK OVER HERE!!!” Build relationships. Support your fellow writers and above all, don’t steal their golf balls.

9. Not everyone likes you and once you’re published, they may like you even less. As we strive to write that perfect, wonderful book that of course everyone wants to read and it miraculously gets published and we’re deliriously happy and sharing our happiness with anyone who will listen on every social media site and at every cocktail party or barbeque we attend, there is someone or someones lurking and guess what—they don’t like you, never did and they’ll be mean to you. They’ll give you anonymous bad reviews or say not so nice things about your book—since it is of course the source of your happiness. The answer to this is very simple. Write them into your next novel and kill them. Done.

10. People will like you and they’ll love your book. The most incredible feeling you get when your book is published and you start receiving feedback from complete strangers as to how good or even great it is will blow you away. Besides the birth of my children and grandchildren, giving birth to my first novel and holding it in my hands for the first time was nothing short of euphoria. Within its pages or gigabytes lies your blood, sweat and tears. It’s an asexual reproduction of your deepest thoughts and your wildest dreams, and you don’t need an epidural or puff puff blow to bring it into the world — however, a little shot of tequila or in my case RumChata to welcome its arrival never hurt anybody.

Release Day: April 3th, 2013
Genre: Historical Fiction / Paranormal / Historical Irish Fiction

Book Description:
However peculiar Ennis Whelan has been for the first six years of his life, not until the day he found the bird, did the degree of his strangeness become so tangible.

Dr. Owen Whelan and his wife Sarah, both Irish immigrants, have been living the American dream, as well as raising seven bright and expressive children. Their youngest Ennis, however, has since birth, been a bit of a mystery.

Ennis was always small, meek and frightfully odd but there is so much more to him than anyone could have imagined. His sister Teagan grows increasingly suspicious of his behavior but their mother dismisses her claims, until the day he starts healing people.

When Ennis ultimately reveals the gift of sight, he questions his father about visions of his past, including his voyage to America in 1844. Owen prayed he’d never have to share those tragic memories but he will share them, when he realizes he has no choice. Ennis’ life may depend on it.

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Hope from the Ocean
Release Day: May 30th, 2014
Genre: Historical Fiction / Paranormal / Historical Irish Fiction

Book Description:
When Owen Whelan revealed his secret, he was set free from a haunting past and an uncertain future for his son, Ennis. However, in order to know the true depths of his heart, first we must follow him all the way back to a dirt road on a chilly and bitter spring dawn in Ireland. Behind the locked doors of his memories and hidden beneath shame, hunger and eventually escape, we learn the true meaning of the proverb, “There’s hope from the ocean but none from the grave.” Owen’s journey will teach him that sometimes you have to cross that ocean not only to survive but to finally find love, life and become the man worthy of your own admiration and respect.

There are turning points in life you cannot come back from but if you’re brave enough, you can begin again.


10 Kindle or ePub copies of Fireflies and Hope from the Ocean up for grabs.

Ends April 23 (midnight GMT).

International giveaway.

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Book Blast & Giveaway - Fortune Cookie by Josi Kilpack

Fortune Cookie
Fortune Cookie

Sadie Hoffmiller has always liked things to be just so. A place for everything and everything in its place. Order over chaos. And of all things Sadie should be able to control, her own wedding is at the top of the list.

With the big day just three weeks away, Sadie is busily adding the final touches to her wedding plans but the arrival of a mysterious letter from San Francisco changes everything. The only person Sadie knows in San Francisco is her older sister, Wendy, whom she hasn’t seen since their mother’s funeral nearly fifteen years ago.

Sadie has faced off against murderers and criminals in recent years, yet the possibility of reconnecting with her sister is both overwhelming and frightening. Sadie soon discovers, however, that the letter is just the beginning when Wendy’s world turns out to be a place of unanswered questions, twisted truths, and more than one person with a motive for murder.

The more Sadie digs into her sister’s past, the more she places her own future at risk.

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About the author Josi S. Kilpack

Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and accredits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then.

She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Her novel, Sheep’s Clothing won the Whitney Award 2007 for Mystery/Suspense. Lemon Tart, the first book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series was a finalist in 2009. Josi currently lives in Willard Utah with her husband, children and super-cute cat.

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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Author Interview & Giveaway - Safe & Sound by T.S. Krupa

Safe & Sound
Author: T.S. Krupa
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 1, 2014
Publisher: Advantage Media Group
Pages: 312
Language: English
Format: eBook & Paperback

Book Description:
When great love is lost forever, what does it take to find the courage to move on?

When Jill met Jay Greenfield she knew she had found her forever love. Together their lives were perfect. But when a tragic accident takes Jay’s life, this young bride is left to pick up the pieces. With support from her two childhood best friends, Lanie and Stella, Jill attempts to piece her life back together.

Meanwhile, in the process of settling the estate, Jill learns that her husband was not quite the man she thought he was. She finds herself transported to the small beach town of Oak Island, North Carolina. But the fairy tale ending she envisioned no longer exists. She must face the reality that Jay is gone as she finds herself having a chance at love one more time.

Safe & Sound follows the yearlong journey of love, loss, friendship, and conquering the unexpected.

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About the author T.S. Krupa

T.S. Krupa was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Raised in a Polish household with a blended American culture, she is fluent in Polish. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Franklin Pierce University,where she also played field hockey. She earned her Master’s from Texas Tech University and plans to graduate with her Doctor of Education from North Carolina State University in 2014. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and her dog. Safe & Sound is her first novel.

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Author Interview

1. What inspired you to write your first book? The book came from two different events in my life. 

The first was a conversation I had with my husband. We were creating our wills (morbid, I know) and had a lot of questions. Questions, like what happens to a young couple when one of them passes away? If you live far away from home do you bury someone where you currently live? The second was after a family vacation to Oak Island, NC. It was so peaceful and rejuvenating that I knew my character's journey would end on the island.

2. Do you have a specific writing style? 

I have a very straight forward writing style. I do very little outlining on paper before hand instead most of my story has been outlined in my head before I sit down to write. Then I sit down put some music on and write. On good days it hours before I look up, on bad days I get distracted after an hour. 

3. How did you come up with the title? 

I had several different versions of a working title but none of them spoke to me or 'felt' right while I was writing. When I finally got to the last chapter, which finds Jill alone in her bedroom, I wrote the lines 'safe and sound' and it connected with me as the title of the novel.

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

The message that I hope connects with readers is to not take advantage of what you have right now and enjoy it because every day is unexpected. That loss is hard and everyone grieves differently but after weathering the storm it makes you a different but hopefully stronger person.

5. How much of the book is realistic? 

I think the entire book is realistic. It's set in Greensboro, NC and Oak Island, NC which are real locations. Also my characters deal with real life situations and emotion. When I first wrote the novel I had several queries about it being a memoir and it was classified wrong. So the story is made up but realistic within the realm of make-believe.

6. What book are you reading now? 

I am reading, 'David and Goliath' by Malcolm Gladwell. 

7. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? 

I am so new to the author world and the entire community has been so welcoming that my reading list has grown ten fold of all the authors I have connected with both new and established. I can't wait to read work by them all!

8. What are your current projects? 

I have a new story that I will hopefully start writing at the end of spring when my schedule calms down a little bit. It's a completely new book with new characters. 

9. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? 

I learned that editing is the most important step of writing the book and also takes the longest!

10. What were the challenges (research, psychological etc) in bringing your story to life? 

Each story has different challenges and in this story it was making sure that the emotion was real and the audience would be able to connect with it.


A signed paperback copy of Safe & Sound is up for grabs.

Ends April 22 (midnight GMT).

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Cover Reveal: Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Alexander

Love and Other Unknown Variables
Release Date: 10/07/14
Entangled Teen

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About the author Shannon Lee Alexander

Shannon Lee Alexander is a wife, mother (of two kids and one yellow terrier named Harriet Potter). She is passionate about coffee, books, and cancer research. Math makes her break out in a sweat. Love and Other Unknown Variables is her debut novel.  She currently lives in Indianapolis with her family.

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Author Spotlight - Slayersoul {Wattpad}

The Awakened Magic (Light Seeker 1)
Genre: Teen Fantasy

Wattpad Book Blurb:
One young witch

One wrong spell

Three evil wizards

Her whole world is shattering around her. And her parents are suffering from her mistake. Will she be able to save them? Is she really having visions of the past or has she finally lost her mind?

If that isn't enough, two different guys from two different worlds are vying for her attention.

Can she overcome the absolute chaos that is now her life?

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1. Please tell the readers a bit about yourself.

Hi, my name is Reshma and I am the co-author of The Awakened Magic (TAM). I am very lazy and some of my passions are reading, writing and watching YouTube videos.

Hey, my name is Dhruvi and I am the other co-author of TAM. I am someone whose plan is to wing everything through life. 

2. What types of books do you write?

Fantasy, Teen Fiction and Dystopian novels.

3. How many books have you written?

TAM is our debut novel and we have plans to write a lot more...

4. What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?

R: the movie I am looking forward to is Divergent and the book is the next novel in the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead.

D: the movie is Need for Speed and the book is In the Still Blue by Veronica Roth.

5. What type of books do you enjoy reading?

R: Teen Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Dystopian and Classical English Literature.

D: Everything Reshma said and Biographies.

6. If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?

1. Laptop with Wi-Fi.
2. Infinite sustenance.
3. And a bed.

7. Are you considering a sequel?


8. What inspired you to become a writer?

R: In Year Nine, my English teacher made us write stories and that is when I realised that I couldn’t only read, but I could become an author too.

D: I loved reading books and I wanted to become an author so I could put myself in the shoes of the authors of the books I read.


My feet moved in sync to the rhythm of the music. Despite the fact that I was dancing with Sir Roberts, a perfectly handsome gentleman (someone who any young woman would kill to dance with), my heart ached for another. The cheery music drove to a climax and the gentleman in front of me bowed as I, in return, curtsied. 

I was hoping to return to my assigned seat but, however, Sir Roberts did not want to leave me. He was rambling continuously about himself (as if I would even be interested in such a pompous and arrogant man!). My body was there beside Sir Roberts but all my mind could register was the breath-taking creature striding towards me. 

My stomach fluttered with butterflies as his eyes locked on mine, his intense gaze leaving me stray and weak. Next to me, the man babbled on, oblivious to my lack of attention.

I lowered my head when he stopped in front of me, my hair hiding the furious heat that spread to my face and my dress securing my heart from jumping out.

“Pardon me for interrupting, Sir Roberts. But may I steal this lovely maiden away from you?”

My head snapped up at his boldness. As I blushed harder, Mr Arthur Malum led me away from the bewildered and gawking Sir Roberts.

Mr Malum placed a hand at the small of my back and silently guided me towards an exit in the back. When we reached a big, oak tree on the river bank - far away from the ball- he turned and faced me. 

“God, you are beautiful!” he said, taking my hand in his.

I blushed.

“Thank you, Mr Malum.” I said, my head low.

“Ma belle. I keep telling you. Call me Arthur. If you don’t who else is going to?” he whispered, raising my chin with his other hand, so I had no excuse but to look into those beautiful green eyes.

“Arthur.” I said, smiling.

“I love you.” Arthur blurted out, his eyes sparkling.

My eyes widened and a warm glow developed inside me.

“You do?” my voice quivering.

He nodded.

“I love you, ma belle. From the second I set my eyes on you, I have fallen in love with you.” he declared.

We were standing quite close to each other now. 

“So, now the question is, do you love me?” He was holding both my hands.

I could not trust myself to speak so I nodded and smiled as a breath-taking grin split across his face. He leaned towards me and I closed my eyes, anticipating his next move.

“Whoa!” I sat upright, holding my backpack tight to my chest and ready to use as a weapon.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Book Blast & Giveaway - Killer Within by Jeff Gunhus

Killer Within
Killer Within by Jeff Gunhus

Arnie Milhouse is a murderer. A millionaire with dozens of kills in his past and no one the wiser. But when his name surfaces in connection with the death of a D.C. call girl, Arnie knows it’s only a matter of time before the FBI puts the pieces together. As he makes plans to disappear and leave his life in Annapolis behind forever, he meets a beautiful, mysterious woman who takes an interest in him. The perfect final victim. He can’t believe his luck.

Only luck has nothing to do with it. Allison McNeil has returned to Annapolis, a city that she promised herself she would never come back to, not while the cruel memories of her time at the United States Naval Academy still haunt her. But she’s willing to do just about anything to get close to Arnie, even if it means having to face down the demons of her past. Her plans work and soon she and Arnie find themselves locked in a dangerous dance of seduction and betrayal. But Arnie isn’t the only one who carries a secret and the dark truth about Allison McNeil makes a final confrontation between them inevitable. Neither of them know it, but they're on a collision course that only one of them will survive.

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Killer Within Excerpt

Arnie Milhouse never considered himself much of a hero. Even as his fingers flexed around the Bic pen he was about to jab into the neck of the man in front of him, he still had his doubts.

Twenty minutes earlier, when he first walked into Rocco’s Convenience and Liquor, the place seemed to stand a good chance of living up to the promise of its name. There was plenty of liquor and not another soul to mess up the convenience of it all. The empty store wasn’t especially unusual for ten-thirty on a Tuesday night. Friday would have been a different story. Workers trading their paychecks for cheap whiskey and smokes; old ladies down to get their Quik Pick lottos; high school kids pimping beers off whoever looked least likely to care about the law. But this was a Tuesday and everything was quiet at Rocco’s.

Arnie shuffled to the back of the store, curling his toes to keep his ill-fitting slippers from sliding off his feet. Vaguely, he wondered if he ought to have put on his shoes before leaving the house. He shrugged away the thought when he reached the wall of refrigerators in the back of the store. He opened the door and pulled out a milk jug. White flakes coated the plastic where past spills had dried, but the expiration date was still a respectable five days away. It would do.

He stood at the counter to pay for his milk, shooting for the minimum acceptable amount of interaction with the acne-tortured teenager brooding behind the cash register. The kid’s face made him think too much about his own awkward adolescence for him to make eye contact for too long. He caught himself running his fingers over the pockmarks left from acne so bad it made him stay home from school some days in embarrassment. He remembered the jokes from other kids, the sympathetic looks from teachers, the tut-tut of the dermatologist who never found a way to help him. He felt a surge of anger at the kid for dredging up those painful memories. Arnie preferred to forget those days. Not that things were much better now.

“What’s that?” the kid asked.


“What’s not better now?”

Arnie hadn’t realized he’d said anything. “Nothing. I wasn’t talking to you.”

The kid rolled his eyes and told Arnie how much he owed. Arnie handed over some cash and waited for his change, taking in the space around Rocco’s cash register. It looked like a million other places; the yellowy laminate surface stained and chipped away, rows of ninety-nine cent packets of herbal supplements, a display of Harley-Davidson lighters, walls of breath mints and racks of chewing gum. 

Boring and expected. But then again, what in life wasn’t?

Arnie hadn’t always felt that way. Like any young man, he had once been full of expectation, ready for the road to rise before him in a never-ending adventure. Ready to make his mark. Slay dragons. But none of it was meant to be.

Things had started out in his favor. He was good-looking, filling out and growing into his own during college. He possessed a work ethic and was wicked smart. Even Mensa, the society of high IQs, had been impressed by his intellect and sent him a document to print out certifying that he, Arnie Milhouse, was a damn genius.

You’re so smart that you’re stupid, was his wife’s favorite line, a battering ram that smashed into him the second he had the poor taste to feel good about himself. Problem was, she wasn’t wrong.

He over-analyzed every decision he faced, seeing too many paths to ever choose a direction. This made him indecisive and a chronic second-guesser. It was his nature to not only see faults in others, but to constantly point them out without filter. This critical nature coupled with a lack of any social skills made normal relationships all but impossible.

So, he’d sought refuge in the certainty and the infallibility of math and computers. Over time he turned meek and timid. He didn’t stop to realize the mouse he had let himself become until it was the only thing he knew how to be. He was disgusted with the man he saw in the mirror, but it was the hand life had dealt him.

Then the door to Rocco’s Convenience and Liquor opened and life took an unexpected turn.

Praise for Night Chill:

"...unforgettable, exceptional debut. A primitive ritual and an ancient secret threaten a family's safety in this heart-pounding tale of horrific madness, Guaranteed to trigger night sweats along with a childlike, irrational fear of the creaky attic, Jeff Gunhus's Night Chill will not disappoint horror fans." - Foreword Clarion Reviews - 5 STARS

Gunhus delivers a taut supernatural thriller...the powerful Nate Huckley terrifies, and the assorted cast of human antagonists add to the white-knuckle tension. All the chops of an action-packed horror tale." - Kirkus Reviews

"A masterful storyteller with an eye for eccentric detail...Gunhus exhibits a distinctive style typically found in seasoned authors like Dean Koontz and Stephen King." - Clarion Foreword Reviews 5 STARS

About the author Jeff Gunhus

Jeff Gunhus is the author of the Amazon bestselling supernatural thriller, Night Chill, and the Middle Grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book of the series, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His book Reaching Your Reluctant Reader has helped hundreds of parents create avid readers. Killer Within is his second novel for adults.

As a father of five, he and his wife Nicole spend most of their time chasing kids and taking advantage of living in the great state of Maryland. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel. If you see him there, sit down and have a cup of coffee with him. You just might end up in his next novel.

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Fool for Books Giveaway Hop - Book of Choice or Amazon Gift Card

Fool for Books Giveaway Hop
April 1 - 7th

Several blogs are taking part, so there's lots of amazing gifts to be won. Check out the rules of the other blogs. I will choose a winner within 5 days following the end of this contest. I will contact the winner via email. Winner will also be announced on this page.


My giveaway is for a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a Book of Choice (up to $10) from The Book Depository.

Ends April 7th (midnight GMT).

Contest is void where prohibited. Entrants must be 13 or else have parent or guardian’s permission to enter. Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected. The winner will be posted on this page after the winner responds. Winning entries will be verified for authenticity.

BOTM - A Nightmare's Fate {Wattpad}

A Nightmare's Fate
Author: Alicia17b
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Wattpad Book Blurb:
When Raven loses her fiancé, her world falls apart. Having lost the love and light in her life, she struggles to find a way out of the darkness. Her friends band together to try to get her back in the game, feeling again and possibly loving again. However, Raven's attempts at blind dates fail and she's left alone for a time until a stranger steps into her life and turns her sadness around. But everybody has their secrets; will her new beau's pull her even further into darkness?

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1. Please tell the readers a bit about yourself.

Well, I'm almost seventeen years old and I've been writing since I was twelve. Funny enough, I've always hated reading and writing, it wasn't until my older sister pushed me to read and . . . I loved it. Even though I'm a slow reader and sometimes, it tends to bore me, I really do love going into a whole new world. I've never really had a home, I've lived on the road most of my life since I've been to forty-seven states in all of America, due to my mother's job. But even though I hate leaving behind friends and packin' up, I can't say I hate moving to somewhere new. I love traveling. I aspire to become a professional photographer and I do want to take writing to a new level (publishing), but I do need a job for the payments.

2. What types of books do you write?

I write all kinds, just not fan fiction or romantic werewolf/vampire. But I love all the other genres, so when it comes time, I will be writing all other genres. However, at the current moment, I'm writing a drama/non-teen fiction/romance

3. How many books have you written?

Since I've began writing: About seven or eight. On Wattpad: Two. My best: One.

4. What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?

I'm looking forward to reading Allegiant, since I haven't gotten a chance to buy nor read it, even though I know the ending. I'm looking forward to see Divergent, Frozen, and Mockingjay part 1.

5. What type of books do you enjoy reading?

All kinds. From horror, to historical fiction, to romance, to action.

6. If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?

1. My iPod that never runs out of battery
2. A hot guy.
3. My computer that will get internet access anywhere. :3 Hahaa, I wish.

7. Are you considering a sequel?

Considering, yes. The book is longer than I would have expected, so either A) if it gets published, which I know will be a long shot, it'll have to be in two books - however, I already know where to end the first. Or B) if I can't get it published for it to be in stores, I will probably just keep it as one long book. But the first book will be called A Nightmare's Fate and the second, A Fate's Nightmare.

8. What inspired you to become a writer?

When I first began, I had wrote my poems and songs and short stories on a girlie website called and people would say how awesome it was (although, back then, my stories sucked) and some even got inspired to write themselves because of what I wrote. So to give people inspiration was a huge honor for me, and so I began to write more. I loved how you create a world of your own, your own story and such, it's awesome.

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Book Blitz: Uncovering Cobbogoth by Hannah L. Clark

Uncovering Cobbogoth (Cobbogoth #1)
Release Date: 05/13/14

Summary from Goodreads:

Norah Lukens needs to uncover the truth about the fabled lost city of Cobbogoth. After her archaeologist uncle’s murder, Norah is asked to translate his old research journal for evidence and discovers that his murder was a cover-up for something far more sinister.

When she turns to neighbor and only friend James Riley for help, she realizes that not only is their bitter-sweet past haunting her every step, but James is keeping dangerous secrets. Can Norah discover what they are before its too late to share her own.

Uncovering Cobbogoth Excerpt

Nor? ” James rubbed the sleep from his eyes with the heel of his hand. One look at me, however, and he was wide awake. “What is it? Is it Gram?”

“No. No, not that,” I croaked, guilt rushing through me for causing him more worry.

The panic left his eyes, and he squinted at me.

I shuffled self-consciously. I knew I looked terrible. I’d been up crying half the night after my argument with Uncle Jack about James breaking my heart. Finally, I snuck out my window, climbed down my cherry tree, and headed to the fire station to see James.

“Hey, Riley! Cut the lights, man!”

James glanced back into the dark, communal bedroom where the rest of the night shift firefighters slept.

“Come here.” He took my hand, closed the bedroom door and, in stockinged feet, led me down the hall. A moment later, we were sitting side by side on the stairs. James still held my hand, and I hoped he’d never let go. I watched as he reached into his shirt pocket, fishing around until he found a piece of peppermint gum.

He offered me half. I shook my head, so he stuffed the whole thing in his mouth. Then he turned those kind, piercing eyes on me.

Growing warm under his gaze, I cleared my throat. “I-I’m so sorry to wake you up,” I started. “I hoped you’d still be awake. It’s just . . .”

James mindlessly ran his thumb in circles over my knuckles. I lost my train of thought. Blinking, I took a deep breath and plunged on. “My uncle . . . he wants me to stop spending time with you. I mean, I can still help with Gram and everything, he just doesn’t want us hanging out any other time.” I sucked in another unsteady breath. “But I—I can’t let that happen, James. You’re my only friend.”

James was quiet for what seemed like forever. I prayed he wouldn’t just shrug his broad shoulders and shuffle back to bed.

To my relief, he reached up, rumpling his chocolate curls with his free hand. “Did he give you a reason why?” he asked, avoiding my eyes. I shook my head. “I think he’s afraid you’ll end up hurting me—that you’ll break my heart. You know how protective he is.”

He was silent again, this time longer.

Stupid, Norah! Why had I come here? Why did I think James would even care about this—that it would upset him at all?

Finally, James let out his breath. And the next moment, he was pressing the back of my hand to his lips.

I swallowed my shock. I’d never imagined that his lips could be so warm and soft. The contact sent a shock straight to my heart.

“What do you think?” James mumbled a moment later, still contemplating my hand. “Do you think I could hurt you?”

I wanted to burst into tears all over again. “I don’t think, James, I know. But it would be worth it.”

James chuckled this time, resting his forehead against my temple. “Now that’s a compliment.” I smiled. Having him so close—smelling the fresh peppermint on his breath—was a fierce mixture of agony and ecstasy. They were feelings I’d never imagined I could feel.

“I’d never hurt you, Nor,” James whispered at last, and his breath tickled my neck. “Not really.”

About the author Hannah L. Clark

Hannah L. Clark is the author of the YA fantasy-adventure "Uncovering Cobbogoth." It is the first book in a planned 7 book series. It will be released by Cedar Fort Publishing on May 13, 2014.

Hannah lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with her husband and son.

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