Friday, September 28, 2012

Spotlight on LM Preston's Release Day Party Guest Host Lindsey Sablowski


Hello Muses and Fallen Friends,

    As I prepare for a huge weekend to celebrate the re-release of the Lost Immortals and LM Preston's party on facebook, I want to take time to say thank you for supporting me over these past nine months since I began my journey as an indie author. The support of my bloggers, readers, and all the many new friends that I've made humbles me. As a result, I strive to do the best work I can for all of you.

     Finally, Dark Seraphine's release date has been moved up to October 16th. I've already received many many emails asking about it and wanted you all to know. No worries. You have the newly supercharged Lost Immortals to keep you entertained until then. Big Smile.

     Now on to our guest post for the day. Author Lindsey Sablowski answers a few questions about her book Cursed With Power. Check her segment out at the party this weekend!

4 Questions from Author Lindsey Sablowksi about her book 

Cursed with Power.


First off I want to thank KaSonndra for letting me stop by her blog! Secondly, a huge thank you to the mastermind behind this blog tour and talented author of The Pack-Retribution, Lm Preston.

1. Team Alaire or Team Leal?  And have you decided who Celestria will choose?

I’m all for Team Alaire.  There aren’t enough guys like him in the world today, and it’s nice to know that somewhere out there a guy has a woman’s best interests at heart.  However, as for Celestria’s choice... That’s a secret I can’t tell.  I mean I could tell you, but then Celestria would kill me.  You’ll have to read the books to find out!

2. Was Cursed With Power your first book that you tried to get published? Are you glad this is the first book that is starting your career?

Actually no, Cursed With Power wasn’t the first book.  My first book was The Magic of Light, which I spent four years querying agents and publishers about.  While I loved and will always love the characters in the book, it honestly isn’t something that would have ever been picked up by a publisher.  The book wasn’t all that unique; it was a story about magic, and unfortunately it was a difficult one to keep up with considering the overwhelming amount of characters.  I don’t regret writing that book or spending four years with it because it taught me a lot, but alas it isn’t something that will ever leave my shelf and arrive in a bookstore near you.

I am very pleased that Cursed With Power ended up being my first published book. I always wanted a book that I felt would represent me and start my career off well, and this book I honestly dedicated all my time and focus into.  I spent hours of the night and early morning bolting out words, and in the end I’m so grateful that Old Line took a chance on me and the book so that at last we have a home. More importantly, I’m glad Celestria and the others finally are able to tell their story to the world.

3. What makes Cursed With Power unique or different from other fantasy books on today’s market?

Cursed With Power is unique because it isn’t focusing solely on “good magic vs bad magic.”  These “Dark” magicians we always hear about in fantasy, and whether they’re named evil wizards, dark sorceresses, or dark magicians, they unfortunately have always been looked at as the antagonists.
This story twists that.  Celestria narrates the story, and readers are going to discover that when you’re reading from a Dark magician’s point of view everything isn’t quite as we always thought it seemed.  You’re going to see the magical world in its entirety -and that is both in fantastical and dark ways.  Perhaps the greatest part of this is that the readers have the choice to decide for themselves who the real antagonist is.

4. What is the sequel of Cursed With Power about and when can we expect to read it?

The upcoming sequel is titled Punished With Destiny. Since CWP is part of the Magicians series, there will be five books in total -each one being told from a different perspective.  This time the story focuses on Leal Irvine (whom you meet in Cursed With Power), but now we are finally able to see into his life.  You’ll see sides of him Celestria didn’t see, and interestingly enough, the book is split into two parts. The first part is a year before Leal and Celestria met, giving readers an opportunity to see Leal’s involvement in Destin. This will also be the first physical appearance of Esmour, Destin’s leader. Esmour is mentioned throughout the first book, but now we finally meet the man behind the legacy he left behind.
As for part two, that will start off from where Cursed With Power ended.

In the first book, Leal said, “I’m sick of playing nice.” Now it’s time for us to find out why. Who is this handsome young man, and why does he carry the burden of so many secrets? We’ll be entering into the journey again to see who will make it out alive.

As for when to expect the book, I plan on finishing it in six months and sending it to my publisher.  March 2013 doesn’t seem that far away, but it’s a plan I’m dedicated to working toward.

To read more about Alaire, Celestria, and Leal on their journey for survival in Cursed With Power, visit my personal blog: lrenees-fictionalwriter.blogspot.com

Don't forget to tune in tomorrow for LM Preston's facebook release day party. The party will take place here: http://www.facebook.com/events/337549946331607/ I'll be hosting the 12pm slot. My topic, as always will involve a theme based on my love of the strange, odd, and unusual. 

Also the fabulous facebook group called the Young Adult Teen Readers will showcase my newest release the Lost Immortals and my upcoming release Dark Seraphine, a YA Paranormal Romance, beginning on October 3rd here: http://www.facebook.com/YaTeenReaders

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Seraphine Muse Welcomes Brooke Watts DelVecchio Blogger and Moderator for the NTOFYA Goodreads Group

Hello Muses and Fallen Friends,

      Today we continue with our ode to the fearless ladies behind one of goodreads' largest group dedicated to bringing you the best reviews about the fearless lives of today's youth, the Never Too Old For Young Adult gang. Today I have yet another multi-tasking woman who supports both indie and traditionally published author with a certain signature style that sets her apart.

     You generally can spot her posts once you see these words somewhere in the comment section: EEP! EEK! and EEEEEP (emphasis on being super excited). Without further hesitation I'd like to introduce Brooke Watts DelVecchio, moderator of the Never Too Old For Young Adult Group.

Everybody please give our guest a huge round of EEEPS!!! LOL



My name is (Brooke DelVecchio). And I am a blogger! 

My blog is called The Cover Contessa


Where were you born and where do you call home? 
I was born in Brooklyn, NY. I currently live in North Eastern NJ (where I said I would NEVER live, because when you’re from Brooklyn you NEVER move to NJ! LOL!)

How long have you been blogging? 
I’ve been blogging about six months.

What is the name of the book you most recently blogged about? 
Seers (Seers #1) by Heather Frost

What did you think about the cover? 
The cover is nice, although I don’t think it adequately captures the book, but that’s just my opinion.

If you could ask the Author 3 questions what would they be?

1. What was your inspiration for writing this story?

2. Do your characters talk to you and tell you what to write or do you come up with it on your own?

3. If you had a theme song for this book, what would it be?

Can you name one of your favorite chapters?
Chapter 31 because that’s where the first kiss takes place and it is just perfect. Also, it’s a light hearted chapter because much of the book you’re feeling the characters’ struggles and fear.

What was you most favorite character and why? 
It’s a toss up between Toni and Patrick. Toni is so funny. I laugh at everything he says. But Patrick is RAWR sexy and just so sweet and loveable. And he cares so much for Kate and wants to protect her. It’s hard not to like him.

If this book was part of a series, would you read the next book?
It is part of a series and I will definitely read the next one. I can’t wait, actually.

Was this a book you were asked to review or did you buy it?
I received the second book in the series, Demons (Seers #2), for review and I hate reading books in a series out of order. SO I figured I should read this one first. Glad I did. I am pretty sure I wouldn’t have really understood the second book, although I have not read it yet. But that’s just the feeling I get. I’ll let you know!

Have you written a book yourself or are you planning to in the future? I have not written a book. I’m not much of a writer, to be honest (even though my first major in college was English). I’m great at non-fiction type of stuff. But that’s not what I would want to write if I did choose to write. I don’t have any plans to do anything in the future. I am helping a few friends with their writing. You never know what’s going to happen, tho!

What genre is your favorite and why? I love the young adult genre, specifically things paranormal. I think I like this genre because it’s not as involved as some adult novels. I can sit back, relax and just jump into the worlds and not have to worry about keeping so many things straight in my head. I work and I’m a mom to three little kids, I don’t have time to “think” about what I’m reading. I just want to read it and be brought to another place to enjoy myself. Does that make sense?

If you were shipwrecked on a desert island what 3 books would you want with you? 
Oh, this one is hard! Hmmm…I would say these: Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (because I can NEVER get enough of Daemon), Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi (because this book just rocked my socks), and Lacrimosa (Requiem #1) by Christine Fonseca (because Christine is just such a poetic, lyrical writer, I get lost in her stuff

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet? 
In person, Chrsitine Fonseca. I am friendly with her and we chat in emails, over Facebook and on Goodreads, but I would love to sit down and have lunch with her. She’s just totally awesome sauce!

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover? 
All of the above. I just love books. I have a ton of digital books (probably about 1000). But, there is NOTHING like a physical book. I love to hold them and smell them. I love hardcovers just for their heaviness and feel in your hands. Plus, they tend to maintain their shape whereas paperbacks, well, once you break the spine I feel like they are ruined. However, I won’t exclude buying a book because it only comes in paperback if it’s something I really want. A good example are Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books. They only come in paperback, and I NEEDED them on my shelf, so there they are, in all their paperback glory!

Where do you prefer to buy your books? 
Amazon, because I am a Prime member and shipping is free. But, I do love to take myself to Barnes and Noble once in a while. And there’s this store in New York City called Books of Wonder, one of those independent stores, that I just LOVE.

Have you ever read a book more than once?
Besides children’s books??? LOL! The only one I know I have read more than once is Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. I did my Junior college thesis on this book, so it’s something I had to read a few times to make sure I had it all down ;)

Is there a particular movie or TV series that you preferred over the book version? Not that I can think of. I do love the Harry Potter movies. I think they did a great job with them considering how much material they had to condense into a little two hour movie. But I never prefer movies over books.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)? 
I read more than one book at a time! So here’s what is on my plate now:

Demons (Seers #2) by Heather Frost – ebook Resistance (Saga of the Setti #2) by Stephanie Judice (beat reading for this so it’s a word doc) Here by Ella James - ebook What book are you about to start reading? Do I really need to add more? LOL! I will be receiving Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout (due to relase September 18th) in the mail this week (I won a contest and got to choose a book so the blogger pre-ordered from Amazon for me, which means it might be here the day before because they are KNOWN to do that! EEK!).

What book do you know that you will never read? The sequel to J.M. Darhower’s Sempre (Forever). Try as I might have, I could not like this book at all (despite all my friends telling me how great it was). Also, the sequels to Rippler (Ripple #1) by Cindy Swanson. It has such potential, but the writing, well, it’s just not there. If you want to know my reasons, feel free to look at my reviews on Goodreads.

Are there any new Authors that have grasped your interest recently and why? Heather McCorkle. I received a book of hers for review and I immediately loved the writing and the theme. It was historical fantasy, not my usual, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was sort of like a prequel to the rest of her Channeler series, so I really want to read those. Also, Julie Reece. She wrote Crux. What an AMAZING book. She can write!!!

Have you read a book that you would like to rewrite the ending of? The ending of Forever (Shiver #3), Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) and Bloodrose (Nightshade #3). For Forever, I just felt like it was incomplete. Left open to so much open to interpretation and I know the Steifvater has no intention of writing anything else for it (I am meeting her on September 19th, so perhaps I will have to pick her brain about it). For Mockingjay, I just feel it was rushed. For Bloodrose, only because I lost a character I really loved so much. But I do know that Cremer could not have ended it any other way, so I kind of accept that one, even though it made me want to throw my Kindle across the room! LOL!

What are your thoughts on book trailers? 
Some I like, some I don’t. They really need to be done well to capture the feeling of the book. I don’tthink they are necessary, though. At least not for me. I barely read the blurb of a book because I don’t want to ruin anything for myself and like to go into books without preconceived ideas.

Do you have a favorite book cover? 
Chose up to 3 if you like. OMGosh I’m sitting here trying to pick only three and it is SO hard!!!! ACK! Hmm….let’s see:

1. Transcend by Christine Fonseca, it’s just hauntingly beautiful

2. Crux by Julie Reece, the art is just amazing, plus I read one of her blogs where she showed how the designer created it, so that just made me love it more

3.Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

I could list SO many more! I am such a sucker for a beautiful cover!


Okay, We all Know What's Up in the Next Section Right? 



Do you ever blog in your PJ’s? Absolutely. Isn’t that a requirement of any blogger?

Sleep in or get up early? Get up early. I am an early bird. I can get so much done in the first few hours of the morning!

Pet peeves? Poor grammar, people who leave their blinker on, people who smack their gum.

What do you want Santa to bring you? Don’t laugh, a Jacob Barbie Doll ala Breaking Dawn Part I. LOL! When I took this out of my stocking I fell over laughing. My husband is such a smart ass and he knows I’m a huge Jacob fan, so there you go! LOL! I wonder if I’ll get Emmet this year, because I love him, too!

If you could plan the perfect holiday, what would it be? One where I don’t do any of the work and just sit around and watch others scurry! We do Christmas at my house every year, because it’s my oldest’s birthday. While I love not having to leave the house to travel on that day, I really do think that I would be so much more relaxed if I didn’t have 30 people in my house. Honestly, my perfect holiday would be to go away somewhere. One year, we went to Disney for Mother’s Day and that was just the best. Everyone catering to me and I was in my favorite place on Earth (this holiday is very hard for me for reasons I won’t get into here).

How often do you blog? I put up at least one blog a day. I do interviews on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The other days are usually reserved for blog tours, cover reveals

How many books do you read in a month - roughly? 6-10 depending on how busy I am and how much I like the books.

Favorite color? BLUE! (A popular choice this week) :D

What are 5 items you never leave home without.

1. Wallet

2. cell phone

3. keys

4. some kind of lipgloss/lipstick/chapstick product

5. tissues

6. hand cream/sanitizer

Oops, that’s 6…bad me! LOL!

What is your most favorite electronic gadget? My iPhone

Favorite book character or film character crush. Yes you can pick 2 :)

1. Daemon from Jennifer’s L. Armentrout’s Lux series

2. Will Herondale from Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series

A character you love to hate in what book/TV show or movie. I love to hate Warner from Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series. He’s cocky and creepy, but I am drawn to him for some unknown reason. It bugs me, but I think she did that on purpose! LOL!

Cats or dogs? Both, I love all animals!

White wine or red? It depends on what I’m eating and my mood!

What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed? I watched Thor not too long ago. I am a big fan of action movies such as this (anything Avengers, Terminator, Transformers).

What scares you? Something terrible happening to my kids.

Where can we STALK you? Oooo…stalkers, YAY!

My blog: http://thecovercontessa.blogspot.com/
My facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/brooke.watts.delvecchio
and also https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/The-Cover-Contessa/253040261482933

My Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7295635-brooke-the-cover-contessa

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bhwrn1

Other: bhwrn1@gmail.com – this is where I have all the authors and other bookish type people contact me

Thanks so much for having me on your blog, KaSonndra! This was a lot of fun

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me and allowing us a glimpse into your blogging world.

That's all for today folks! Be sure to check out the LM Preston spotlight page for details on the upcoming release day party for the Pack Retribution this weekend! Your bloggerly host (aka Me) will be one of the segment leaders. 

Yours in Prose,
KayLeigh




Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Spotlight on Brittany Carrigan Owner of the Cover and Everything in Between


Hello Muses & Fallen Friends,

     I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend and took plenty of time to enjoy the weather if you're here in North Carolina like me. Or I hope that you took time to enjoy life with those who matter most. Today we continue with our spotlight on Bloggers and Readers from all over the world. Today I have yet another fascinating pioneer of the multi-tasking arts with me. She's part fearless promoter of indie authors, blogger, writer, editor, and family girl. She has also been there for me with every single new release that I've had so far. Her reliability and honesty sets her apart among the growing pool of reviewers and supporters of literary endeavors. So I'm honored to return the favor for her. Please welcome Brittany Carrigan.

My name is Brittany.  And I am a blogger!  My blog is called The Cover (and Everything in Between...)



Where were you born and where do you call home? 
Tucson, AZ/Cripple Creek, CO

How long have you been blogging?
Almost a year

What is the name of the book you most recently blogged about?
Final Life by Rose Garcia

What did you think about the cover?
I liked it. The eyes were mysterious and made me wonder what was going to happen in the story line.

If you could ask the Author 3 questions what would they be? 
Hmm… 1. What inspired the Red Desert? 2. How did the story line come to you? 3. What are you coming out with next?

Can you name one of your favorite chapters? 
Oh goodness. Umm. No? I liked the whole book.

What was your most favorite character and why?
Probably Trent. He is so sweet!

If this book was part of a series, would you read the next book?
I don’t believe it is, but I would definitely read more from the author.

Was this a book you were asked to review or did you buy it?
I volunteered to review it for a blog tour.

Have you written a book yourself or are you planning to in the future?
No. Possibly, you never know what the future holds ;)

What genre is your favorite and why? 
Paranormal. It’s fun to “get away” with them. Contemporary fiction just isn’t different enough for me to escape from reality.

If you were shipwrecked on a desert island what 3 books would you want with you?
1. My combined copy of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
2. Finding Atticus by Tom Ryan.
3. The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said by Robert Byrne

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
There are numerous… I can’t name just one… Stephen King would have to be near the top though

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
I like ebooks for short stories. I read them on my phone when I’m out and about. I like paperbacks when I’m at home. I work at a computer all day so it’s nice to have a book in my hand at the end of the day.

Where do you prefer to buy your books?
I buy them pretty much anywhere.

Have you ever read a book more than once?
Yes. Several, actually.

Is there a particular movie or TV series that you preferred over the book version?
I don’t watch much TV and I can honestly say that one doesn’t come to mind. I usually like the book better.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
I’m editing The Man Painter by Melissa Turner Lee, so I’ll have to add Word doc to the list ;) I’m reading The Angry Woman Suite by Lee Fullbright in paperback and Chameleon by Cidney Swanson in ebook.

What book are you about to start reading?
After “The Angry” it will be The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin. After Chameleon it will be Unfurl by Cidney as well.

What book do you know that you will never read?
Hmm… None that I can think of?

Are there any new Authors that have grasped your interest recently and why?
Rose Garcia (her book, Final Life, is ah-mazing), Rae Hachton (LOVE her writing style), Chelsea Cameron (LOVE her story line)

Have you read a book that you would like to rewrite the ending of?
Not yet ;)

What are your thoughts on book trailers?
I’m not really for or against them. I’ll watch them, but they usually don’t sway my opinion of wanting to read the book.

Do you have a favorite book cover? 
Chose up to 3 if you like. There’s too many to list!

Do you ever blog in your PJ’s? 
On the weekends, yes.

Fun Tidbit Time...You Know It...


Sleep in or get up early?
I wish I could sleep in! I have 2 pups that wake me up at the buttcrack of dawn every morning.

Pet peeves?
Over confident people. (DITTO) It’s one thing to be comfortable with yourself, but when it reaches a level of douchebaggery, little man syndrome, etc, I just can’t handle it LOL.

What do you hope Santa brings you this year? 
The usual…a book, some candy, beef jerky, fruit

If you could plan the perfect holiday, what would it be? 
All my friends/family just hanging out, munching on a yummy home cooked meal.

How often do you blog? 
Almost every day.

How many books do you read in a month - roughly? 
Oh goodness. In a good month, 15 or so. In a busy month, 4. I try to read at least one a week.

Favorite color? Blue

What are 5 items you never leave home without.
Purse with wallet, lotion (I’m addicted to B&BW), phone, chapstick, and my dayplanner

What is your most favorite electronic gadget?
My heating pad. There’s nothing better than crawling into bed after a long day and reading while it relaxes my stresses away ;)

Favorite book character or film character crush.
Yes you can pick 2 :) Book: Cayden, Unforgiven by Cat Miller. Film: Riddick, Pitch Black.

A character you love to hate in what book/TV show or movie.
Oh goodness. Umm… Fritz, The Man Painter by Melissa Turner Lee

Cats or dogs? Dogs. I’m allergic to both, but less so to dogs

White wine or red? White, sweet

Coffee or tea? Tea (with honey)

Favorite food? Anything spicy

Vanilla or chocolate ice cream? Both!

What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed? 
Fast 5, Sherlock Holmes 2

What scares you? Poisonous thingys (snakes, spiders, etc) The non-poisonous ones don’t bother me.

Where can we STALK you? 


My blog: http://thecoverbybrittany.blogspot.com/
My facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/brittany.t.carrigan
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cover-and-Everything-in-Between-Reviews-and-Editing/203377923079323
My Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5589854-brittany
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thecoverbybritt
Other: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100902135541567747942

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me and allowing us a glimpse into your blogging world.  Join us tomorrow when we have yet another gorgeous moderator of the fabulous Never Too Old For Young Adult Group join us. Brooke Watts DelVecchio aka the Cover Contessa will talk about her life as moderator, blogger, and most important reader of all things Young Adult.

Yours in Prose,
KayLeigh


Friday, September 21, 2012

Cover Reveal for the Lost Immortals by Your Bloggerly Host

Hello Muses and Fallen Friends,

     As promised I wanted to share news on a couple of my new and upcoming releases. If you've been following my authorly travels then you'll know that I recently released Hacienda Moon, a Gothic Romance. Well guess what my friends? It recently hit the Amazon bestsellers list. WooHOO! I have all of you to thank for helping me to achieve such an amazing feat. As a writer and mom, I'm truly amazed and humbled by you all.

     If you've followed my career since I first started publishing under my indie label TriGate Press then you'll know that I've come a long way as a writer. There were some bumps, oopsies, edit jobs from hell, release day blunders, you name it. With that being said some amazing things happened as a result. If you didn't get the chance to see it then I'd like to re-introduce the newly titled, recharged cover and package for the Lost Immortals Book One. The fabulous photo used in this cover was taken by the Michelle Monique (see the post under my archives for more on her work).


The Lost Immortals Book One
by KaSonndra Leigh

It has been fifty-five years since the angels of the Apocalyptic War attempted to wipe out humanity. Now a new nation has been built where alchemy is forbidden, and angels fear for their lives as they hide among the mortals. 

The city’s leaders share one view on the ancestors of angels: shoot first, no questions. 

When her twin brother falls into a strange coma, sixteen-year-old Chela Prizeon vows to discover her role among these exiles, the royal angels known as the Lost Immortals. 

Chela’s only hope lies with the mysterious, but infuriating leader of a rebel group. But can she trust this boy, someone who can control her dreams and her heart. 

Escape into a world filled with celestial creatures, fascinating villainy, high-stake choices, and forbidden romance.


Author Sarah J. Carr Recently Interviewed me about this Process

Tell me about yourself. What’s a day in your life like?

First, please excuse my typos and any choppy sentences I may use on here. I’m all for having fun today and would like to save getting edited for later. :D 

Well, I’m strange and odd in case you haven’t already heard. LoL I have two boys (the X-Men-yep! Both of their names start with an X) a cat, 2 dogs (one that’s possessed by a human spirit, a stubborn one) and a guinea pig. So a day in my life is SUPER busy!

When you were a child, what was your dream occupation?

I wanted to be a vet! LOL I know. Somewhere I took a wrong turn at Albuquerque, right? (Had to check the google dictionary for that one). 

Describe an incident in your life that’s helped mold you into the person you are today. 

My grandmother’s passing seven years ago. I kind of thought she’d be around forever. It still hurts, but she taught me how to appreciate the beauty in words.

Who are your favorite authors?

I have too many. I’ll name a few. Traditionals—Anne Rice, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and the late, but great Octavia Butler. Indies/small presses—J.A. Redmerski and Abbi Glines (a facebook friend and southern gal like me…hehe)

What are you passionate about?

Too many things at once! LoL But mostly I’m passionate about waking up to discover what new thing there’ll be to make me excited that day.

What would I find in your couch cushions?

Your worst nightmare will come true if you look inside my couch cushions.

What’s your biggest fear?

Too many to prioritize. LOL 

It’s 10:00 on a Friday night. Where are you?

I’m out partying with my actor friends as we wait for the latest star to arrive! Okay, so maybe that’s a bit extreme, but I am a writer. We make things up sometimes. :D

What sets you apart from other writers?

That most of my 2-star review readers are now my friends. I bet some people are saying… ‘Horrors! It’s an indie that talks to her 2-star people without posting arguments all over facebook and goodreads?’ 

LoL It happens and when it does you get a revised book like you wouldn’t believe. 

We’re in a bar and I’m buying you a drink. What’ll it be?

For sake of my YA readers, I have to play it safe and say Bahama Mama. But that’s another literary lie. LoL

What are you currently reading?

I’m reading about 20 books at once. 

How do you deal with rejection?

 See the favorite drink question for that answer.

Where did the idea for your novel come from?

My grandmother told me to ask the flowers about the angels. So I did. 

Do you have advice for aspiring writers?

Read, write, develop iron skin (tough doesn’t cut it anymore. Think Titanic) and start the process all over again.

What is the toughest criticism you’ve received as an author? 

That I need to go back to grammar school and buy a pair of new glasses while I’m at it. Yes, somebody actually wrote that my glasses are too ugly to be a writer. LOL 

P.S. I’m not friends with that reviewer, btw.

What does your main character think about you? Would he or she want to hang around you as their author?

My main character, Faris Toulan, is super sexy. Wanna see what he looks like? Then go check out a pic of him on my pinterest folder for the Lost Immortals. He’s odd like me so we’d probably hit it off. LoL 

Who would play the starring role(s) if your book became a movie?

So glad you asked this one:

Faris Toulan – (Jonathon Trent)

Seth Alton – (Sam Claflin) I claimed him before the Hunger Games people did. 

Chela Prizeon – Heather LeBas- the model on the new cover. She’s perfect! 

If you had to choose one…which song would sum up your story?

Teardrop by Massive Attack and Furious Angels (but I said one song, right?) Sorry. 

Would you like to say anything to your readers / fans? 

Thanks so much to you all for turning the Lost Immortals (subtitled When Copper Suns Fall) into the novel I always knew it could be. Yeah, the criticism was tough, and the reviews on the first edition were harsh; but in the end, I produced the book that everybody always knew it could be.  

Where link-wise can your readers / fans stalk you?








There'll be a release party at YATeenreaders on September 30th! Also, stay tuned for news on Dark Seraphine's a YA Paranormal Romance and its upcoming release day. Next week, we'll continue spotlighting our bloggerly divas and authors alike. Have a great day!




Thursday, September 20, 2012

Spotlight on J.A. Redmerski Author of the DarkWoods Trilogy

Hello Muses and Fallen Friends,


      Today I have yet another exciting guest visiting the Muse today. This lady is also one of the many hybrids that will be visiting us this month. She is both blogger and best-selling author. On top of all that she has also become one of my newest friends. I am happy to share her interview and book spotlight with you all today. So, without anymore babbling and extra word count, allow me to introduce the author of those the author of those incredible Dark Woods Trilogy novels, the Mayfair Moon and Kindred, by Ms. J.A. Redmerski. 


Interview with Author & Blogger J.A. Redmerski


SM:  Do you have a specific writing style?

I love to write in first-person POV because I love dialogue and because first-person is almost like being able to write the entire book in dialogue. First-person narrative is much more personal than third-person and I believe it helps readers connect with the protagonist on a deeper level. It's like reading straight from their diary or something and gives the reader an in-depth experience into the character's mind.

SM: What are your current projects?

Right now I’m working on the third book in The Darkwoods Trilogy titled THE BALLAD OF ARAMEI, but I’ve also been working on a contemporary romance novel that has no supernatural elements at all, which is a first for me! But I’m enjoying it a lot. 

SM: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

It’s really a toss-up between Anne Rice and Neil Gaiman. I love Rice’s deep, descriptive style and Gaiman’s unique ideas.

SM: Who designed the covers?

The lovely Michelle Monique did the covers for my Darkwoods Trilogy and the artist for my novel, DIRTY EDEN, is Daniele Serra.

SM: What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?

I am OCD when it comes to getting details as accurate as possible when writing about existing places. In KINDRED, for instance, I did a lot of extensive research on Portland, Maine (right down to the brick color of some existing buildings, etc.) and also timed my scenes throughout the book with the accurate phases of the moon in 2012 (because that book takes place in 2012). I know that I probably didn’t get everything right and it’s impossible to when you haven’t actually been to a place you’re writing about, but Google maps and the internet really make it closer to possible than ever before.

SM: What is your favorite type of food?

Sushi!

SM: Who is your favorite book boyfriend?

I can’t say or my other book boyfriend might find out! (Smart Lady. Especially since book boyfriends come equipped with swords and hot tempers these days. Yikes!)

SM: Do you have a song that you'd consider the theme for your novel?

Howl by Florence and the Machine





Thanks so much for taking the time to visit the Seraphine Muse today. I am a HUGE fan of this author's. As an angel book lover, I'm picky about vampire and werewolf novels. But Isaac, oh dear sweet Isaac Mayfair has won my heart. Uh-oh. I'd better be quiet. There are other book boyfriends reading this today! :D

Purchase the Mayfair Moon: http://www.amazon.com/Mayfair-Moon-Darkwoods-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B006UMIJOG

Purchase Kindred: http://www.amazon.com/Kindred-The-Darkwoods-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B008N6Z2DS

Purchase Dirty Eden:  http://www.amazon.com/Dirty-Eden-ebook/dp/B007J6U2NI

Author Website  http://jessicaredmerski.com/

Tomorrow I have a special overdue treat for you. There'll also be details of an exciting new contest that will be held during the re-release party for the Lost Immortals at the Young Adult Teen Readers group on facebook! Stay tuned!
xxHugz

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Seraphine Muse Welcomes Sylvia Hientz Moderator of the Never Too Old for Young Adult Group


Hello Muses and Fallen Friends,


     Today we have yet another outstanding contributor and tireless pioneer of the literary community visiting with us today. I'm especially excited about today's guest because she is known for her dedication and support of indie authors and publishers. She gave my debut novel one of the first and most heartfelt reviews it has ever received. Her reputation as a goodreads reviewer is outstanding. And you haven't seen a Pinterest list until you follow this little lady's boards. You will get addicted. Trust me. It happened to me. The list for this moderator is endless. But most of all she's a beautiful wife and the mother of two very gorgeous young sons who all live in the Western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. I am honored to introduce the Never Too Old For Young Adult Group moderator, the fabulous Sylvia Afarian Hientz. 





My name is (Sylvia Hientz aka Heinzypop) And I am a blogger!  I am also a Moderator for the Never Too Old For YA Books on Goodreads and Facebook


SM: Where were you born and where do you call home? 
I was born in Auburn, a suburb in Western Sydney, Australia.

SM: How long have you been blogging?  
I've been a GR moderator for a year now.

SM: What is the name of the book you most recently blogged about? 
Transcend by Christine Fonseca

SM: What did you think about the cover? 
I loved the cover, it was beautiful and haunting, just like the story.

SM: If you could ask the Author 3 questions what would they be? 
What inspires you? What keeps you continuing to write, even when there is so much negativity? and What would you be doing if you weren't writing?

SM: Can you name one of your favorite chapters? 
Not at the top of my head.

SM: What was you most favorite character and why? 
Ien Montgomery, the young composer. He was so tortured and full of torment and suffering, I really feel a connection to a character like that. The tortured souls are always my favourite. Don't ask me why, but I want to help them. 

SM: If this book was part of a series, would you read the next book? 
Absolutely, it was stunning.

SM: Was this a book you were asked to review or did you buy it? 
I was graciously asked to review it by the author herself. 

SM: Have you written a book yourself or are you planning to in the future? 
Yes, I am dabbling here and there, but nothing concrete. 

SM: What genre is your favorite and why? 
I reading PNR, Fantasy, Dystopian, Sci-Fi, YA and NA, Contemporary and Historical Romance, Literature…I basically love reading them all, though Horror is my least favourite.

SM: If you were shipwrecked on a desert island what 3 books would you want with you? 
Hmmm, this is a difficult one, just three. There are so many, but I would have to say Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Bronze Horseman by Paulinna Simons and The Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare.


SM: Is there an Author that you would really like to meet? 
Ummm, yes, B.C. Morin and KaSonndra Leigh :)  SM: Aww Shucks. I'm blushing. :D

SM: Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover? 
I love paperback's. I grab all my favourite books and series to have placed on my shelf, but I love the convenience of an ebook.

SM: Where do you prefer to buy your books? 
I love going to the bookstore, but I mostly buy online via book depository for paperback's and Amazon for ebook. 

SM: Have you ever read a book more than once? 
Oh, yes. I often visit them more than once, like seeing an old friend. 

SM: Is there a particular movie or TV series that you preferred over the book version? 
The Vampire Diaries is a much better TV series than the books ever were. 

SM: What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)? I'm currently reading Seduced in the Dark by C.J. Roberts and it's an ebook (mobi format) 

What book are you about to start reading? Hmm, not too sure, I've got too many books to read, but I'm wanting to pick up The Mayfair Moon by J.A. Redmerski, it's one of our Book of the Month reads. 

SM: What book do you know that you will never read? 
Paranormalcy series. I tried desperately to read the first book, but I couldn't read on. 

SM: Are there any new Authors that have grasped your interest recently and why? 
B.C. Morin, author of Mark of the Princess. She weaves an amazing story full of rich characters that sweep you away to another place. Julie Reece, author of Crux. She is a wonderful writer and is a great friend of our group. So is Christine Fonseca, who is a poet if you ask me. They all write such unique stories that take your breath away.

SM: Have you read a book that you would like to rewrite the ending of? 
Um, yes Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. It wasn't satisfying enough for me, though we all know what war really does to a soul. And, Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer. That book just KILLED ME, that's all I'm going to say. 

SM: What are your thoughts on book trailers? 
I really love watching them. They give you an insight as to what the story is about, though sometimes I would rather read the book first, then watch the trailer. I don't want my perception of the story and characters to be imbedded in my mind. 


SM: Do you ever blog in your PJ’s? 
Yes LOL

SM: Sleep in or get up early? 
Umm, with young kids I'm up early. 



SM: Pet peeves? 
Reviewers who trash an author and a book. Yes be objective and write an honest review, but no need to go on a 'hate campaign' about a book. State what you like or don't like, don't trash or get personal.




SM: What would you like Santa to bring you? 
A great circle of friends through GR and FB LOL She already has this. :D




SM: If you could plan the perfect holiday, what would it be? 
Oh I would travel through Europe, it's always been a dream of mine. 




SM: How often do you blog? 
Everyday, which irk's my hubby. 




SM: How many books do you read in a month - roughly? 
It really all depends on the month, but I would average between 5 - 10 

SM: Favorite color? 
Ooh I switch from black to red.

SM: What are 5 items you never leave home without? 
My iPhone, wallet, keys, children and coke.


SM: Favorite book character or film character crush.  Yes you can pick 2 :)
Just two, I have more than that but my all time favourite crush is a TV character called Dean Winchester (Mr Jensen Ackles)..ask anyone, you all know how obsessed I am with him. As for Character, it's a toss between Will Herondale from Infernal Devices series, Ash the Winter Prince from The Iron Fey Series and Alexander "Shura" Belov/Barrington from The Bronze Horseman. I really can't choose, I can name more if you like, Brennus from Mark of the Princess, Faris from When Copper Suns Fall, Patch from Hush Hush, are you going to stop me now LOL 
SM: We all LOVE gushing over book boyfriends! We won't dare try and stop you! LOL


It's Tidbits Time: A Taste of a few, well, yummy things Sylvia enjoys...



A character you love to hate in what book/TV show or movie. 
I loathe Shay from the Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer. 

Cats or dogs? Dogs

White wine or red? None, I don't like alcohol 

Coffee or tea? Tea, please

Favorite food? My mum's cooking :D, though I love Risotto.

Vanilla or chocolate ice cream? Chocolate, please.

What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed? I watched 21 Jumpstreet the movie and couldn't stop laughing my head off it was hilarious. 

What scares you? My children being in any sort of danger. 

Where can we STALK you? 

My facebook page: Never Too Old For YA Books 
My Goodreads page: Never Too Old For YA Books 
Twitter: (Sign the Petition to get Sylvia on Twitter. hehehe) 
Other: http://pinterest.com/heinzypop

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me and allowing us a glimpse into your blogging world.  You are a wonderful person, a great friend, and the literary world would not be the same without  you. 

Join us tomorrow when J.A. Redmerski, bestselling Author of the Dark Woods Trilogy, joins us at the Seraphine Muse. We have all kinds of fun treats in store for you so make sure you come back!



Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Please Welcome Emma Michaels Author and Founder of the Writer's Voice Blogspot


Hello Muses and Fallen Friends,

    Today I have part one of a visit from a girl who is both a talented author and the owner of one of the web's fastest growing online resources for writers. Her name is Emma Michaels and I'm extremely excited about having her on my blog today. Not only did she allow me to join her roster of talented authors that contribute to her blog, but she also works tirelessly to make sure aspiring writers and even readers have freshly updated content to review on a daily basis. So without further hesitation, I now hand the floor over to Emma Michaels.





My name is Emma Michaels and I am the founder of The Writers Voice which hosts an amazing team of authors from around the web.

You can find us at http://OurBooksOurVoice.Blogspot.com



Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in Los Angeles, CA but now call Washington State home.

How long have you been blogging?
My personal blog started in 2009 and I haven’t looked back!

What is the name of the book you most recently blogged about?
My own current release, Owlet, coming up October 13th! Before that I believe it was Dehumanized by Michael Loring and Insight by Jamie Magee.

What did you think about the cover?
For Owlet, I love it… in fact. I created it thanks to having already been the current cover artist for Tribute Books when I submitted :-p I also did the cover for Dehumanized but for Insight by Jamie Magee, I absolutely LOVE the cover. I remember the original and have a definite preference to this one.

If you could ask the Author 3 questions what would they be?
I would ask Jamie what past historical figure most inspired her, what her current favorite band is and to describe that moment when she knew she wanted to write a novel.

Can you name one of your favorite chapters?
Yes. I absolutely loved the third chapter. The pacing is so fantastic that I just couldn’t put it down!

What was your most favorite character and why?
I am tied between Landen and Drake :-p

If this book was part of a series, would you read the next book?
YES.

Was this a book you were asked to review or did you buy it?
I was given a copy but not to review. I also ended up purchasing it because I prefer to read kindle editions.

Have you written a book yourself or are you planning to in the future?
Yes, I have written two series and have a few more novels in the works. My ‘A Sense of Truth’ series is published with Bokheim Publishing and my ‘Society of Feathers’ series (first book coming out this October 13th!) is published with Tribute Books.

What genre is your favorite and why?
I love the category YA but in terms of genres I would have to say fantasy. There is just something about a good fantasy novel that sweeps me off my feet.

If you were shipwrecked on a desert island what 3 books would you want with you?
The Bible. It is long and has tons of parables and things that would be thought provoking so I wouldn’t go mad. Can I sound the Harry Potter series as one book? I guess I would just have to hope they come out with all of them in one collectable volume :-p Third would be Eona, I am in the middle of reading it and if I didn’t get to finish I would always want to know how it ended. I can’t stand leaving a book I have really enjoyed unfinished.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
Many. I am especially curious about Dia Reeves. I love Bleeding Violet and would love to get to meet the author behind it. There are also so many others! I would love to meet my fellow The Writers Voice authors!

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
Kindle e-books. I find that reading e-books from the Kindle app on my iPad has not only saved time but also frees up my hands so that I can enjoy a great story while also doing something else at the same time. Even if at intense moments I forget that anything but the book exists. :-p

Where do you prefer to buy your books?
Amazon. I used to be local indie bookstores all the way but then they all shut down and now I would have to drive well over an hour and a half to even get to a large chain book store so digital has really made a difference.

Have you ever read a book more than once?
Yes. Many times. I love to reread novels I enjoy. I have reread each of Tamora Pierces books who knows how many times, I reread the Harry Potter series, The Fault in our Stars by John Green is also the type of book you just read over and over again and cherish every word.

Is there a particular movie or TV series that you preferred over the book version?
Don’t say a word. Movie won.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
Eona by Alison Goodman in Kindle e-book.

What book are you about to start reading?
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey or the anthology Enthralled.

What book do you know that you will never read?
I can’t think of a book I wouldn’t at least give a shot to. It would have to be something that I would find offensive.

Are there any new Authors that have grasped your interest recently and why?
Many, though especially Michael Loring, who made his debut this year.

Have you read a book that you would like to rewrite the ending of?
I would say yes except I feel like it would be wrong, if the author wrote it then it is the ending to the story they have told and I like having the endings they choose be unadulterated. Recently I heard about an author who was asked to change the ending because of who her main character was going to end up with and I just didn’t like that choice. I feel like having it changed took away from the story; it was no longer the true ending but a contrived one.

What are your thoughts on book trailers?
I love them. I have a playlist for them on YouTube and try to keep up with the latest fads and the publishers who put them out, especially for YA novels.

Do you have a favorite book cover? Chose up to 3 if you like.
The unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray and Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld.

Do you ever blog in your PJ’s?
Yes. I love PJs… I would spend all day in them if I worked from home... oh wait. I can. Why don’t I buy more PJs? I can’t believe I just realized this. I could have night PJs and day PJs!

Sleep in or get up early?
Get up early.

Pet peeves?
Hate and any type of clear dismissal of the feelings or emotions of others.

What did Santa bring you?
Santas forgot about me. It was sad. But luckily, my fiance’s mom didn’t and cooked a Yule log which chocolate and mocha frosting. :D


If you could plan the perfect holiday, what would it be?
I have always wanted to go to Europe or Asia. I think any vacation would really be more of an adventure for me. I am not very good at sitting still and just relaxing which is why I haven’t take a vacation so far.

How often do you blog?
There are posts on The Writers Voice daily, my personal blog gets daily posts around releases and then posts about 4 times a month on off seasons.

How many books do you read in a month - roughly?
Wow. Anywhere from 23 to 1 depending on how much time I have and how many I can afford.

Favorite color?
Pink (Wonderful Choice, hehehe)

What are 5 items you never leave home without.
My inhaler, my iPad, some water, my fiancé and for some reason I almost always keep a banana in my purse just for incase. I remember someone commenting on it and I always wish I had responded with a comment about never knowing when you will run into a flying monkey but hadn’t thought of it soon enough so told the truth, I worry someone will get hungry.

What is your most favorite electronic gadget?
My iPad. I can work on my cover art the way I love to, using a stylus the way I have always used a pen and have my book collection at my finger tips.

Favorite book character or film character crush.
Uhhhh… this might sound weird but I don’t get book crushes. I am one of those girls where if a guy is taken then they are completely off limits to even think about and since I am taken and planning on staying with said person the rest of my life I tend to view everyone else differently. He is like my other half and even fictional men probably couldn’t live up to how well we work together.

And Now Some Other, eh-em Tidbits about Emma

A character you love to hate in what book/TV show or movie.
Umbridge… she almost ruined the color pink for me.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs

White wine or red?
Red though I don’t drink alcohol very often. Maybe once a year or so I will try one glass of something new.

Coffee or tea?
Tea (green, earl gray, lady gray, peppermint or English breakfast tea)

Favorite food?
Chinese food. Especially hot and sour soup.

Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?
CHOCOLATE! Yummmmm.

What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed?
Doctor Who. I love that show.

What scares you?
Rejection, deaths of those I love and that my health might one day completely fail unexpectedly.

Where can we STALK you?

My blog: http://OurBooksOurVoice.Blogspot.com  or www.EmmaMichaels.com
My facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/emma.michaels.90
My Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4104941.Emma_Michaels
Twitter: @EmmaMichaels


Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with the Muse and allowing us a glimpse into your blogging world. And thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of the the talented Writer's Voice Group.

Thank you for having me! It was a pleasure and I loved the questions!!!

Emma will return next week for an author interview where we'll be highlighting her books. Tomorrow get ready for visit #2 from the Never Too Old For Young Adult Group's lovely moderators when Sylvia Afarian Hientz will be dropping by to talk about her life as one of goodreads' top reviewers!

Yours in Prose,
KayLeigh

Monday, September 17, 2012

Spotlight on the Zombie Always Knocks Twice by E. Van Lowe


The Zombie Always Knocks Twice
E. Van Lowe
Hollyweird #1

Genre: YA Paranormal
Publisher: Imajin
Cover Artist: Ryan Doan

Kindle ebook: 978-1-926997-74-2
Trade paperback: 978-1-926997-81-0

Page Count: 177 pages

Book Description: 

Hollywood California, Swimming pools, movie stars… and now the risen dead

Hollywood can be a difficult place to grow up, especially if you’re Kristine Golden, a fifteen-year-old necromancer with a sworn duty to lay the risen dead back to rest and no desire to be in the movie business.

When handsome deadie Alex Romero swaggers into her life, Kris must keep her promise, despite her growing feelings for him.  If that’s not enough to give a girl a headache, a murderous zombie comes knocking at Kris’ door, rocking her world and threatening her family.

Can Kris solve the mystery of the rampaging zombie before someone else winds up dead? Or will the walking dead take over Hollywood and turn it into… Hollyweird?








Short Excerpt


The man coming up the block toward us in the hooded sweatshirt stopped directly in our path, about ten feet away.  The hood dropped revealing his face.  The hair on the left side of his head had been shaved off revealing tiny bits of bony white scalp.  Huge staples held his crooked jaw in place.  There was a large indentation in his forehead from some sort of blunt force impact.  His left eye was covered with a milky, white cataract, and the right drooped unnaturally into his cheek.

My breath caught yet again.  Standing before us was a zombie.

‘LEAVE US ALONE!” the zombie screeched.  Then he took off on a dead run and plowed into Alex with the impact a freight train.

Just great, I thought.  Hollyweird—where the dead come out to play.

  Zombies aren’t what the movies make them out to be—slow moving, brain dead, brain suckers.  They’re the result of a raising gone bad.  They can be strong, and fast, and very dangerous.   Also, a bite from a zombie won’t make you a member of the living dead, although I’m sure it must hurt like hell.

The one that plowed into Alex was almost six feet tall and about seventeen years old.  He hit Alex with inhuman force, propelling him backward. They slammed into a parked car that seemed to explode on impact.  The twisting metal and shattering glass sounded like a horrible automobile accident.  The car was totaled, and Alex was embedded into the passenger side, like a toy soldier into a wad of Play Doh.  

“Oh, God!” I screamed.  

Alex’s eyes were closed.  He wasn’t moving… but the zombie was.  He peeled himself away from Alex and the wreckage.

“Zombie!” I called at the top of my lungs.  “I command you to tell me who raised you and what you are doing here.”

The zombie faced me, a puzzled look on his distorted face.  It dawned on me he hadn’t known I was a necromancer until then—not that it made a difference.  He wasn’t bound to me so he didn’t have to answer my questions.  I was bluffing.

“LEAVE US ALONE!” He screamed in response.  He started for me and a wave of fear rippled my gut.

“I command you to stay back!”  I called, but my voice was cracking, my words lacked conviction.  I took a few shaky steps backward.  The zombie continued toward me.
Just then the sound of twisting metal snagged both our attention.  Alex’s eyes were open, and he was separating himself from the wreckage.  He shed the automobile with the ease of a snake shedding an old skin.  He began advancing on the zombie.

“What’s going on down there?”  We all looked up and saw three men, all Johnny do-gooders, running up the block in our direction.

“Leave her alone,” one of them called.

The zombie looked from the advancing men to Alex and me.

“Hhhhh!”  Hot breath hissed angrily at us.  Then he took off past us like a deer, bounding up the block.  By the time the men reached us he was nowhere in sight.

“You ok?” one of them asked.

“Yes.  He… attacked us?”

“What the heck happened here?” Another of the men asked.  He was staring at the twisted pile of metal that used to be a Buick.

Before I could open my mouth, Alex launched into an explanation.  “My girl and I were out for a stroll, and he was taking a sledge hammer to that car when we happened upon him.  Guess it was some kind of vendetta.  And when he saw us he decided to add us to the list.”  The lie flowed from his lips effortlessly.

“Hey, aren’t you on that TV show?” the third man asked.

Alex smiled.  “The Beloved.  Yes.  You watch it?”  

“No, but my girlfriend does.  She can’t get enough of you vampire guys.”

Any suspicions the men may have had about our presence on the street or Alex molesting me immediately vanished.  Alex was a bona fide Hollywood star.  I guess they thought all stars were boy scouts.  Where have they been?  

Several minutes and three autographs later the men were gone, and Alex and I were walking back to the party.

“You told that lie like you do it all the time,” I said.

“I’m a dead person among the living.  I do do it all the time.”

That wasn’t what I was talking about, but I didn’t push it.  He seemed annoyed.  I guess being attacked by a zombie wasn’t an everyday occurrence for him either.

“If it makes you feel any better, I memorized the car’s plate number.  I’ll take care of the damage,” he said, his words softening.  

“Thanks.  That does make me feel better.”  I wanted to hold my tongue, but I couldn’t.   “So, you have any enemies who’d want to send a zombie after you?”

“I don’t have any enemies.  I’m a lover not a fighter.”  The annoyance was back.
“Maybe you loved the wrong woman.”

“I’m dead.  I can’t love any woman,” he replied.  The words were seething with anger or pain.  I couldn’t tell which.

“He said ‘leave us alone.’  Who’s us?” I asked.

“I don’t know!”

 He was getting agitated again so I dropped the subject.  But not without noting there was more to Alex than he was telling me.   A vindictive zombie had been set loose in Hollywood.  It was something I needed to look into along with the deadie from the diner.  My, my, I was suddenly a very busy girl.











About the Author:


E. Van Lowe is an author, television writer, screen-writer, playwright and producer who has worked on such TV shows as "The Cosby Show," "Even Stevens," and "Homeboys In Outer Space." He has been nominated for both an Emmy and an Academy Award. His first YA Paranormal novel, "Never Slow Dance With A Zombie," was a selection of The Scholastic Book Club, and a nominee for an American Library Association Award.  His Best Selling novels, “Boyfriend From Hell” and “Earth Angel,” are the first two books in the Falling Angels Saga.  “The Zombie Always Knocks Twice” is the first book in his Hollyweird series.
E lives in Beverly Hills California with his spouse, a werewolf, several zombies and a fairy godmother who grants him wishes from time-to-time.

http://evanlowe.com   

http://vanlowe.blogspot.com/  

@evanlowe  

http://www.facebook.com/author.e.vanlowe