Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Interview time =)

What eighteen year old Mac Thorne doesn’t know will probably kill her.

In exactly eight months, five days, three hours and thirteen minutes, Mac has to choose what she’ll be for the rest of her life.

She has no choice but to pick. As a Changeling, it’s her birthright. To Mac, it’s a birthchore. Like going to school with humans, interacting with humans, and pretending to be human during the pesky daylight hours.

Once darkness descends, Mac can change into any supernatural form that exists—which makes her as happy as she can be. That is, until Winn Thomas, the biggest geek in her senior class figures out there’s more to what hides in the dark than most are willing to acknowledge.

In this first of the 19th Year Trilogy, Winn might know more about Mac than even she does, and that knowledge could end their lives, unless Mac ensures the powers-that-be have no choice but to keep him around
Expected publication: October 31st 2012 by J. Taylor Publishing

Now on to the author interview .............

1. When did you begin writing?
I began in 2009, but I didn't write my first YA story until 2010.

2.What inspired you to write your first book?
Boredom. Yes, it's totally true. I wanted something new to do and decided to try my hand at writing. Apparently, I'm half-decent at it, but I'm 100% passionate about it. Why? I can never get bored. Every story is different and made up of different imaginary friends to keep me company!

3. How did you come up with the title?
The title, After Dark, came to me before the story. Actually, the tagline on the cover was the start of a a completely different story — a little snippet that was on a story in 140 characters ... ish. It's what happens 'after dark' (in other words, during the day) that is the crux of Mac's life. It's just perfect for the story. :)

4. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There is a huge message, but it won't be fully realized until book 3 is published at the end of 2013 or beginning of 2014. Ultimately, the message is about responsibility and learning and growing into an adult ... even when you don't really want to.

5. Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
All writers pull from experience, but sometimes, those experiences are imaginary ... things we've lived through or envisioned. They are still experiences (in my mind) whether done or not. The best part is how we manipulate the experience to fit a character's made-up life. So for me, walking into a kitchen to eat is an experience I've had ... but walking into a kitchen with an auto-illuminator and a fairy and vampire at the kitchen table is not one I've ever had. But I can write about it!

6. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in the book?
Not a thing. I LOVE how After Dark has turned out!

7.Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write, write and write more. Don't expect your first book to be your best ... or your last one, either. Just like any sport, writing takes practice. But not just practice ... perfect practice. As a kid, I was always told to practice, but to practice for improvement, not to just practice. Use coaches, guides, mentors, other authors, etc. to help yourself improve. Once you've done all these things, then, you might be ready to go the publishing route.

8. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
One simple thing: Thank you!

Im dying to get my hands on this novel cant wait !!!!


Thanks to Mary Ting for her help in this giveaway . She will be sending one lucky winner a ecopy of her book.

Now to win you must be a follower. Leave a comment below and a winner will be chosen at random on August 1 2012 


Friday, July 20, 2012

Cover reveal

Shift: Firstborn #2
By Raine Thomas
Release Date: August 24, 2012

Book Description from Goodreads:
Having the ability to shapeshift, Sophia is familiar with change. But even she feels the rising tension in her homeland.

A shadowy male and deadly beast reside in their midst. The births of the newest Kynzesti loom. Hostile Mercesti continue to hunt for the Elder Scroll, and a traumatized female is too afraid to use her abilities to stop them.

Topping off Sophia’s stress is Quincy, the male she’s convinced can’t stand her. She rues the loss of their friendship, but can’t figure out how to move past it. She’ll soon learn, however, that mending that rift bears more significance than she ever imagined.

The search for the Elder Scroll takes on unexpected urgency, and Sophia finds herself in a race across the mainland. To stop the Mercesti led by Eirik, she and her companions must get past their differences and unite against them. If they don’t, Eirik will acquire the immense power he seeks, and two of the beings Sophia loves most will die.