Author Interview of Amaris Chapman featuring Prevailing Life

Author Interview of Amaris Chapman featuring Prevailing Life


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Maggie is a teenager with a secret. The strangest part of her life isn’t that she works in a graveyard—it’s the fact that her best friend is an Angel named Dina. They have lived thousands of years together, but as a mortal, Maggie must die, leaving Dina to find her in each new life and start again.

Someone has been setting fires, and the town is ablaze—literally. Someone or something is fueling the flames, and one of the suspects is the devilishly handsome Justin. With the memories of past lives coming back to her and Justin vying for her attention, Maggie may get more than she bargained for.

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About the author:

Amaris lives in Canberra, Australia. Since a young age she has written Young adult fiction in order to give her characters a voice and ensure her stories end with a bang.

Currently working as a Librarian she enjoys reading fiction about strong heroines with kickass attitudes who don’t laydown and surrender in the face of a fight.

Excerpt:

I felt as weightless as if I were made of light. I gasped and felt us drifting, and then the cool salty smell of ocean air washed over me. I looked down. We were sitting on the rail of a lighthouse overlooking the small dots of light, which marked a town nestled in the hills. Then I looked up and gasped. Stretched out above us was a vast expanse of glowing sky, each star as bright as a lamp sweeping across a great black expanse. My mouth fell open as I gazed in wonder at the universe stretching out above me. How was this possible? The sky felt unlimited.

“Where are we?” I asked still gripping her hand and holding on to the rail as tightly as I could with the other my face turned up to the pale moon above us.

“We used to live here. This is the tower you were talking about.”

I looked back at the twinkling lights, which ran from the water’s edge and up what looked to be, in the dark, a hill surrounded by mountain terrain.

“This is the town from the fire painting you are making.” I could make out the main street, which snaked through the hills. The line of lights at the bottom must mark the dock and jetty, which had doubled in size from the time that Dina remembered it in her painting.

“But this is in another country. We came here, my family and I, when I was little. It took us a day to get here by plane.” I looked at her in awe. Knowing she was an angel was one thing; I had even seen the ghostly shape of her wings. But to be at home one minute then, as fast as I could think it, be in another country almost sitting in a sky that seemed to just envelope us was unbelievable.

“I’m light, remember?” she said, her strong voice hushed by the wind that raced up from the waves. “I travel as light and air.”

“But I’m not, how did…no, I don’t care. This is incredible.” My voice trailed off as I took in the true magic of where I was. No lights obscured the sky, and the stars stretched out in a blanket of white light above us. Dina closed my mouth with a finger under my chin. I laughed but didn’t take my eyes from the sky. In all my life I had never seen anything so beautiful. My blocked head and fever forgotten, I sat surrounded by the sounds of the ocean and air crashing together. It was as I shivered that I remembered I was ill.

“I’ll be back in a moment,” Dina said.

Before I could ask what she was doing she had launched herself from the railing. I rocked forwards to catch her in a reflex and almost fell from the narrow rail. As I watched, the light shape of her body rose, the ghostly outline of her wings bright in the night sky. Her light darted to the town so fast she looked like nothing more than a reflection in the lighthouse’s turning lamp. I watched until the town’s lights swallowed hers then gazed out over the sea.

From my seat, I could hardly make out the white of the waves breaking on the rocks at the base of the small island the lighthouse stood on.

A wave of fear swelled in my chest as I looked down. My blood left my face and rushed to my heart. I took a deep breath to calm myself, telling my body that it was being silly and that Dina wouldn’t have brought me here if I could have fallen. My body rebelled; my pulse quickened, and I could feel my heart pounding in my chest. I fought to keep breathing, taking deep breaths to try to calm myself. I knew I should just look up or close my eyes, but I was too scared that if I looked away it might somehow make me fall. My hands tightened on the rail, the cold metal biting into my palms. In my head I called out to Dina to hurry up and get back. I couldn’t bring myself to look up and see where she was. My body was rigid, even the cool wind that had been soothing just moments before now threatened to knock me from my perch. My thoughts scrambled, as I imagined myself falling and smashing like porcelain on the rocks. I could see my body lying broken below, the waves knocking me off into the sea.

Top ten things you don’t know about me:

1. Cotton or Silk?

A: Cotton. Silk is fun but not very practical.

2.  Champagne/beer/wine?

A: None of the above they all make me shudder, I drink spirits or nothing.

3.  Plotter/pantser

A: Full pantser. I have tried to plot and it goes well until I start writing and it goes out the window in the first chapter.

4.  Describe your workspace

A: Either at work (Naughty I know but the ideas flow well when I’m stuck at a desk) or on my laptop at home on the coffee table.

5.  Sports fan or just tolerate it?

A: No toleration in my house. Even my partner hates it. The only sports I will watch are figure skating or diving during the Olympics.

6.  Who is your biggest influence on writing?

A: TamoraPierce. Her books don’t annoy me and that’s saying something!

7.  Favorite food –

A: Hot chips with gravy and chicken salt mmmmm
8.  When did you start writing?

A: When I was 15 I wrote a young adult novel which will never see the light of day. I started writing seriously when I was about 23.

9.  If money were no object, where would you like to live?

A: Somewhere remote. I love scenery and unusual homes. Possibly New Zealand one day.
10.  What’s next for you?

A: Working hard at book 2 which has a title but I’m not telling you what it is, you will have to wait and see.

www.Amarischapman.com

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Book Trailer for Sophie Jordan’s Foreplay

Book Trailer for Sophie Jordan’s Foreplay


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Foreplay Summary:

Before she goes after the life she’s always wanted, she’s about to find the one she needs.

Pepper has been hopelessly in love with her best friend’s brother, Hunter, for like ever. He’s the key to everything she’s always craved: security, stability, family. But she needs Hunter to notice her as more than just a friend. Even though she’s kissed exactly one guy, she has just the plan to go from novice to rock star in the bedroom—take a few pointers from someone who knows what he’s doing.Her college roommates have the perfect teacher in mind. But bartender Reece is nothing like the player Pepper expects. Yes, he’s beyond gorgeous, but he’s also dangerous, deep—with a troubled past. Soon what started as lessons in attraction are turning both their worlds around, and showing just what can happen when you go past foreplay and get to what’s real…

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My website: http://www.sophiejordan.net/newadult/news.html
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Book Blitz for Amanda Strong’s The Awakener w/excerpt & giveaway

Book Blitz for Amanda Strong’s The Awakener w/excerpt & giveaway


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Giveaway Details:

There is an international tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • Clean Teen Publishing eBook of the reader’s choice and bookmark prize pack.   Rafflecopter link is at the bottom of the post.  Good luck!

Title:  The Awakener

Series: The Watchers of Men

Author:  Amanda Strong

Published:  October 2013 by Clean Teen Publishing

Word Count:  approx. 98,500

Genre: YA Mature Paranormal Romance

Content Warning:  Some violence and clean romance

Recommended Age:  14+

Synopsis:

Seeing Micah for the first time in years, fifteen year old Eden wants nothing more than to run and hide, but instead in a moment of sheer embarrassment, she throws her arms around his neck; unaware she just changed her childhood friend forever.

With eyes’ opened to the realm of angels and demons, Micah discovers he has become the Seer, called to save the world from an impending fire.  Shy and awkward, Eden stumbles through high school clueless her guardian angel shadows her every move, keeping her safe while she unknowingly “awakens” others to their spiritual gifts.  Micah will need those Eden touched to complete his mission which began long ago in the ancient City of Enoch and its secret underground temple.

With angels and demons fighting around them, both Eden and Micah must find their own personal courage and faith in order to know what to do for the battle that awaits them, one they must triumph or risk losing everyone they love.

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Excerpt # 3 from The Awakener from Amanda Strong:

Eden assumed she’d have good dreams, she had been asked on her first date today, after-all, but she was wrong.  A dam of nightmares had broken leaving her tossing and turning.  She dreamt of someone in her room, hiding in the dark corner, waiting…watching.

It was so vivid and real, that when the furnace clicked on, she bolted upright in bed, panting and covered in sweat.  She took a deep breath and scanned her surroundings.  Everything seemed normal, still the lingering dream made her uneasy.  She reached for her glasses on the nightstand, but knocked them to the floor instead.

“Crap,” she muttered, not wanting to get out of her warm bed to retrieve them.  Why is it so cold in here, she wondered.  I can hear the heater blowing.

She sat back and pulled her blankets higher, trying to settle her nerves.  She heard a few creaks and the scratching of branches hitting her window.

Those are familiar sounds, she told herself, nothing to be jumpy about.

Something felt off.

She figured it was just being in that half-asleep half-awake state where senses are in overdrive.  She strained to see better, still not wanting to uncover herself to retrieve her glasses.

Why’s it reek in here?  I’m going to kill Brendon, leaving another rotten sandwich in my room.  But it smells like eggs.  He hates eggs…

The sulfur-like smell grew stronger.  Tugging her blanket over her nose she felt something bump her bed.  She froze.

Straining to hear anything in the profound silence, she was completely paralyzed by fear, seeing only smeary black shadows.  Don’t panic, don’t panic.

Her bed rocked as something pushed on her mattress from below.   She screamed hysterically but to her horror, no one came bursting through her door.

Is Brendon playing some kind of sick practical joke? 

Gritting her teeth, she threw the covers aside, forcing her legs off the side of the bed determined to jump down.

An icy breath hissed on her bare skin from below.

Shrieking, she pulled her legs in, burying herself in the blankets. Someone was in her room, under her bed, and just like her dream, that person was going to hurt her.  She bit her quilt as tears splattered down on her arms.

It was silent.

This doesn’t make any sense.  Am I still dreaming?  This is just a nightmare.  I’m just imagining things, she consoled herself.  It’s cold in my room, the mattress’s springs are probably popping… she stopped short.

Something dragged across her carpet at the same time her bed shook. A low, unmistakable growl came from underneath her; a wet, gurgling sound.  She screeched so hard her throat felt raw.

A black silhouette rose beside her bed.

About the Author:Amanda Strong

Born in Dekalb, Illinois, Amanda Strong has called Utah, Arizona, Hawaii, Virginia and now New Mexico home. Amanda has been spinning tales since she was a child. Her family still remembers finding young Amanda with her bright pink glasses, hiding in random corners of the house while scribbling away in one of her many spiral-bound notebooks. You could say that some things never change since Amanda is still writing today. Amanda began her writing career when she uploaded The Awakener, her first full-length novel, on Wattpad where it received over 430,000 reads in four weeks. She was blown away and humbled by the reader support and feedback she received. Because of The Awakener’s success as a non-published book, she was asked to talk on 1400 KSTAR about her story.

In September 2013 Amanda Strong signed with Clean Teen Publishing for publication of The Awakener, which is scheduled to release in late October of this year. The Awakener is the first book in an all-new young adult paranormal romance series called: The Watchers of Men.

When Amanda isn’t writing, you can find her chasing her three rambunctious children around the house and spending time with her wonderful and supportive husband. On some occasions you can still find Amanda with her not-so-pink glasses, hiding in a corner reading her favorite young adult fantasy novels or working out only to blow her diet by eating ice cream.

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Entangled Teen October Releases!!!! Giveaway, too!

Entangled Teen October Releases!!!! Giveaway, too!


Today we’re celebrating the release of Entangled Teen’s October books! Read all about them and enter to win the giveaway below!

Allure by Lea Nolan

Worst. Summer. Ever.

Emma Guthrie races to learn the hoodoo magic needed to break The Beaumont Curse before her marked boyfriend Cooper’s sixteenth birthday. But deep in the South Carolina Lowcountry, dark, mysterious forces encroach, conspiring to separate Emma and Cooper forever. When Cooper starts to change, turning cold and indifferent, Emma discovers that both his heart and body are marked for possession by competing but equally powerful adversaries.

Desperate to save him, Emma and her twin brother, Jack, risk their lives to uncover the source of the black magic that has allured Cooper and holds him in its grip. Faced with the horror of a soul-eating boohag, Emma and Jack must fight to resist its fiendish power to free Cooper long enough to join their strengths and face it together, before it destroys them all.

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Made of Stars by Kelley York

When eighteen-year-old Hunter Jackson and his half sister, Ashlin, return to their dad’s for the first winter in years, they expect everything to be just like the warmer months they’d spent there as kids. And it is—at first. But Chance, the charismatic and adventurous boy who made their summers epic, is harboring deep secrets. Secrets that are quickly spiraling into something else entirely.

The reason they’ve never met Chance’s parents or seen his home is becoming clearer. And what the siblings used to think of as Chance’s quirks—the outrageous stories, his clinginess, his dangerous impulsiveness—are now warning signs that something is seriously off.

Then someone turns up with a bullet to the head, and all eyes shift to Chance’s family. Hunter and Ashlin know Chance is innocent…they just have to prove it. But how can they protect the boy they both love when they can’t trust a word Chance says?

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Evanescent by Andria Buchanan

Trapped in the deadly land of Nerissette, Allie has all but given up on any return to the mortal realm. Unless she can find the two elusive artifacts that have the power to get her and her friends back home.

But she’s got even bigger problems as the newly crowned queen of Nerissette: she must unite her people in the midst of a civil war and capture the Fate Maker—the evil puppet master responsible for the conflict—before he can find another army willing to return him to power.

On top of it all, Allie is just a normal teenager. Her feelings are growing for the guy she’s certain is her true love, and balancing her personal life while being the queen isn’t as easy as it sounds. Allie must learn the true meaning of bravery, love, and kinship, regardless of the world—and danger—around her.

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Sidelined by Kendra Highley

After being pushed to excel her entire life, high school basketball star Genna Pierce is finally where she wants to be. University scouts are taking notice, her team is on its way to the state tourney, and Jake Butler, the hot boy she’s daydreamed about since ninth grade, is showing some definite interest. When he asks her out and their relationship takes off, Genna believes things can’t get better.

Then, it’s over.

A freak accident ends her career before it’s even begun. Her parents are fighting more than ever, her friends don’t understand what she’s going through, and she’s not sure who she is without basketball. And while he tries to be there for her, Genna doesn’t understand how Jake could ever want the broken version of the girl he fell for.

Her life in a tailspin, Genna turns to the only solace that eases her pain: Vicodin.

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Promo Blitz for Keeper of the Lost Souls (Keeper Witches #1) by Kristy Centeno

Promo Blitz for Keeper of the Lost Souls (Keeper Witches #1) by Kristy Centeno


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Title: Keeper of the Lost Souls (Keeper Witches #1)

Author: Kristy Centeno

Genres: Young Adult Romance

Categories: Action/Adventure

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Release Date: 6/13/2013

Word Count/Length: 376 pages

Book Blurb:

Bryn McCaskey is young, naïve, and can talk to ghosts…

Like her mother and grandmother, Bryn comes from a breed of witches called The Keepers of the Lost Souls. Their main purpose is to guard those spirits who are permanently or temporarily grounded in the world of the living. Handling supernatural creatures is something which comes naturally to Bryn, however, dealing with people is a whole different story.

As her 18th birthday approaches it’s time for her to take on her first assignment. Bryn is forced to confront her inability to communicate with others in an effort to save the one soul that can mean the difference between life and death for mankind.

Johnny Shaw is a lost soul with a personal vendetta against witches…

A vendetta he has carried on even after death. As much as he hate’s them he must join forces with a keeper witch, in order to stop a century old threat. When fate brings them together, not only will they be forced to learn how to work as a team, but they will have to depend on each other to stop an evil witch carrying a six hundred year grudge!

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Excerpt # 1Keeper of the Lost Souls Cover

Before entering the property, I’d made sure I was protected and no amount of demon magic could’ve bypassed that spell. Unless of course, the demon happened to be hundreds of years old. This wasn’t the case, however— of that I was sure. A demon looking to destroy a witch wouldn’t wait so long to finish her off, especially when she was already down. With that in mind, I lifted my bruised body off the ground and stared ahead of me.

“Well, isn’t that something.” Yes, I was pissed. And yes, I wanted whoever or whatever attacked me to know it, too. “You must think yourself really tough because of that surprise attack. But I’ll tell you one thing, you’re not really original.”

When I received no response, I hurried to add, “Come out and fight me like a man.” I was unsure of what I was dealing with, but aware of the fact that somewhere ahead of me there were a pair of eyes on me. I could feel them practically peeling my skin off. “You want to battle? Then show yourself and let’s get to it! I’m not afraid of you.”

“Go away, witch!”

He knows I’m a witch? How? None of my previous charges could tell and even after I told them who I was and why I was there, they still had a hard time believing me.

“You waste your time by coming here.” That voice was as angry as any I’d ever heard.

“I’m not so sure about that.”

“Get the hell out of here,” the voice demanded.

“And if I don’t?”

“Leave! Or I’ll make you leave!”

Author Bio:KC

As a child, she used to lose herself in an imaginary world by the means of a good book. Now that she’s all grown up, Kristy gets to create her own fictional realms and make them come to life in ways that most readers might not expect.

She’s always had a passion for writing but never had the opportunity do so until now. After trying out numerous options, she realized that writing was what she loved the most so when she found herself with some free time on her hands, she decided to pursue her passion. As it turned out, her very active imagination helped her achieve her goals of creating believable plots with some ordinary, and some not so ordinary characters that helped the stories move along in one way or another.

As she keeps moving along in achieving her dreams of becoming a published author, she divides her time in between her four children and her very understanding husband.

Author Links:

http://www.kristycenteno.net

http://booksbycenteno.com

http://www.facebook.com/KristyCenteno

http://www.twitter.com/KrissyGirl122

http://www.goodreads.com/KristyCenteno

http://therightbook4u.blogspot.com

http://www.amazon.com/author/kristycenteno

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