Thursday, July 24, 2014

Author Interview: Fallen by Laury Falter

Guardian Trilogy
Book 1
Laury Falter

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Audeamus LLC
Date of Publication: April 1, 2009
Number of pages: 274 pages


Book Description:

Fallen - the first book in the Guardian Trilogy...

Maggie is unaware of the terrifying fate that awaits her. It isn’t until she lands in New Orleans for a full year at a private high school and her unknown enemies find her does she realize that her life is in danger.

As a mystifying stranger repeatedly intervenes and blocks the attempts on her life, she begins to learn that there is more to him than his need to protect her and that he may be the key to understanding why her enemies have just now arrived.

PRFL would like to extend a very warm welcome to Laury Falter, author of Fallen. Laury, to begin, can you tell us where you're from, and what inspired you to become a writer?  
I was born and raised in Southern California, and yet I've always had a deep appreciation for the south, so much that when I developed my idea for Maggie and Eran's romance there was no better place to set it than in New Orleans. Oddly enough, I never read romance while growing up. My favorite author was Stephen King. Horror. Strange that I would end up writing young adult romances. I suppose that's where the paranormal/fantasy parts come in.

Can you say that your journey to publication was difficult? If so, what were the hardest moments to get through?
Yes and no. I don't know of a single author who would say it has been easy. My manuscript was rejected repeatedly by agents and publishers alike. When I ended up putting it Amazon and my books became bestsellers (one of which outranked a Stephenie Meyers Twilight Saga book in Amazon sales for a duration) I felt proud…and stunned. The publishing part was a challenge. On the flip side, the actual act of writing the book was effortless. Writing was my release after my day job, a place where I could escape to another world with danger and romance.

How do you overcome i-suck-at-this, that little voice in your head that tells you your writing isn’t good enough?
Okay, so there is a tendency in me to flick the owner of that little voice aside, off my shoulder and out of my life. Unfortunately, I never do. I don't overcome it. I listen to it. If it's telling me this there is a reason for it, or so I figure. At that point, I go back and rewrite. 

What is your dream vacation?
First, I know how corny this sounds. Most authors, I'm assuming, would rather take a break from their novels/characters. I, on the other hand, am a bit odd. I would absolutely love to travel to the locations where my characters have lived out their fictitious lives. Many of the places where my characters have lived, fought, and died truly exist. I've researched those places in depth via books, travel guides, historical accounts and references, Google Earth, etc. But to visit those sites, would be awe-inspiring. This was definitely the case when I visited New Orleans and conjured up the plots for the Guardian Trilogy and the Residue Series.

Describe your writing style in five words.
These are the descriptions my readers have given so I'll pass them along…Fast-paced, action-oriented, reflective, sexy, page-turners.

What movies are you currently excited to see?
Maleficent (as I'm told it has excellent character development) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (since I read it was a magnificent war drama) . Most movies I watch are in relation to what I write (fantasy, good romance, action).

What are you currently reading?
My own work, actually. I'm writing the prequels to my Guardian Trilogy and have been re-reading the first three books (Fallen, Eternity, and Reckoning) to ensure the plots, characters, etc fit into the patchwork that is a series.

If you weren’t a writer, what other careers would you pursue?
I'd dedicate my time to helping animals.  The truth is, though, I don't foresee myself ever giving up writing entirely.

If you could create a holiday of your own, what would it be called?
A pirate holiday in which treasure hunts were replaced with trick-or-treating and everyone had to use pirate lingo like "Arrrgh" and "Blimey, blistery weatha'"

For people who haven’t read your novel, how would you summarize the plot?
Maggie is unaware of the terrifying fate that awaits her. It isn’t until she lands in New Orleans for a full year at a private high school and her unknown enemies find her does she realize that her life is in danger.
As a mystifying stranger repeatedly intervenes and blocks the attempts on her life, she begins to learn that there is more to him than his need to protect her and that he may be the key to understanding why her enemies have just now arrived.

What are two of your pet-peeves?
Whistling (I know it's a reflection of happiness, but it pierces the ears) and traffic (that one is self-explanatory).

To you, what makes a good story?
A good plot and interesting characters. Without those, all you have are a lot of pages filled with pointless words.

What usually turns you off about a story?
When it keeps giving away the teasers too early on.  I've never been able to finish a book when the author has created an enticing side story only to reveal the conclusion a few pages later. Very frustrating.

If you could collaborate with any author, who would you choose, and why?
Aaron Sorkin. Put simply and firmly, his dialogue is the best I've ever encountered. Ever.

What is on your night stand?
Oops, I don't have a nightstand. J

What is your favorite book?
Of all time? Besides mine? Just joking. The Bridge to Terabithia. It was the first book I read that made me cry.

Thank you so much for joining us today, Laury. We really enjoyed the visit. Good luck and great sales with Fallen

About the Author:
Laury Falter is a bestselling author of young adult romantic suspense and urban fantasy. She has three series out: the Guardian Trilogy, the Residue Series, and the Apocalypse Chronicles.

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Book Spotlight: Glimpse of Darkness by Nicole Delacroix

Glimpse of Darkness 

Volume 1: Chronicles of the Cursed
Nicole Delacroix

Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy

ISBN: 1497335930
ISBN: 978-1497335936

Number of pages: 367
Word Count: 68183

Cover Artist: Javier Charro 

Book Description:
Charlene (Charlie) Bennett is a simple waitress in the wilds of Hyder, Alaska whose father has just gone missing. Isolated and alone, her fathers' disappearance is nothing new to her, but this time things are a little different.

For starters, there is a handsome stranger, Daniel that has come to town and while Charlie has never taken more than a passing interest in strangers, she has an immediate and intense attraction to this one. Secondly, she's soon to find out that this stranger isn't what he appears. He's about to throw Charlie's entire world into a major upheaval.

Now Charlie has to decide if she believes this strangers' incredible story and follow Daniel or if she wants to stay in the only home she's ever known for an uncertain future and an absentee father. As she comes to terms with what Daniel shows her, she realizes that he's the only true thing in her life and leaves everything she knows behind to follow the handsome stranger.

About the Author:

Nicole Delacroix was born in Frankfurt Germany to a German mother and American Military father. Her parents instilled in her a deep love of the written word and a profound respect for literature in all forms. So it's little wonder that from the moment she could first write she knew that writing would always be a part of who she is. From short stories to dabbling in script-writing, she passes her time with her day job as an IT professional but feverishly writes well into the night. Her passion for literature encompasses many different genres but her heart beats true with fantasy and science fiction. She's fiercely loyal to friends and family and is eagerly awaiting the day when she can move to London England, her childhood dream.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Book Spotlight: Destination TBD by JB McGee and Nicole Andrews Moore

Destination To Be Determined
The Traveler Series
Book 1
J.B. McGee and Nicole Andrews Moore

Genre: Time Travel
Length: 25,000 words (novella)

About the Series:
Emmy London is a private investigator by choice and a time traveler by chance. Her super secret ability enables her to go back in time to solve mysteries, but not change the past. The one caveat is that she can't use it for personal gain; the one mystery she can't solve is that of her past.

Follow Emmy as she tests the limits of her curse, writes her own rules, and learns that 'not-a-dates' can become relationships she never wanted all the while drinking lots of coffee.

These sexy humorous mysteries can be read as standalone novellas even as the characters evolve.

About the Book:
Life has never been easy for Emmy London. Raised in foster homes, she learned to never get too comfortable, to never let anyone in. When her classmate, Chloe Oliver, disappeared at the tender age of five, so did she. From that moment on, life was never the same. She kept a secret and kept her distance from everyone.

With the twentieth anniversary of Chloe's disappearance looming, Mr. Oliver sought Emmy's assistance, asking her to revisit the past in order to give him the closure he so desperately needed. As a private investigator, she was accustomed to facing unpleasant situations and sifting through others' lives. Unfortunately, this time to do that, she had to face her own.

Soon, she herself is being followed. A handsome stranger insinuates himself in her life. Everything she believed and thought she knew is called into question beginning with…can she turn her curse into a gift?

Her mission is clear, her destination is to be determined.

About the Authors:

We're special needs mothers who write sexy, humorous, and suspenseful romance novels.  J.B.McGee was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina. She is the mother of two beautiful children and a stay at home mom/entrepreneur. She finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2006. During her time studying children's literature, a professor had encouraged her to become a writer. In 2011 it was discovered that both of her children and her husband have Mitochondrial Disease, a disease that has no cure or treatments. Being a writer allows J.B. to remain close to her family, work on raising awareness for this disease and to lose herself in the stories that she creates for her fans. J.B. McGee and her family now reside in Buford, Georgia. She is an Amazon Top 100 bestselling author of her debut series, the 'THIS' Series. She is represented by Stacey Donaghy with Donaghy Literary Group. Her books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple, and Smashwords in ebook, paperback, and even some audiobooks. The German translation for her debut novel, Broken, will be available July 1, 2014, through Amazon Crossing. 

Nicole has been an author since 2011, but it was after the birth of her daughter, Kenna in January of 2012,
that she was determined to make it a full-time career. As the fourth smallest preemie in the world, Kenna’s medical needs would prevent her from ever going to day care. A fan introduced her to JB McGee, who became her mentor and best friend. They have been working together ever since, but The Traveler Series is their first collaboration. For fun, she spends time with those she cares about, cooks, reads, writes, and especially lives to travel. The current travel goal: visit every Margaritaville. Three down! (Eleven to go?) Her writing can also be found on Shine, where she is a Shine Parenting Guru and an award winning Yahoo! Contributor on YourWisdom as the relationship and dating expert. In addition, she has been published by McClatchy News in their syndicated papers. Her books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple, and Smashwords in ebook, paperback, and even some audiobooks.

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