Blog Tour & Giveaway: Binds by Rebecca Espinoza

Blog Tour & Giveaway:

Binds by Rebecca Espinoza

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4.5 Stars!

Ophelia Brands is in a bind and she doesn’t even know it. Literally. Trapped in a loveless marriage and in search of her self- identity, she is kidnapped one day by a revolutionary group that seems to think they have all her answers.  First she finds out she is a Mage. Next, she herself is under a Bind imposed on her by her husband to curtail her powers.  Sad and alone since the day her mother was murdered, Ophelia doesn’t know what to think of these new revelations.  When given the choice of fighting for her people or returning to her old life, Ophelia knows that she will never ever give the second option a single thought. With her new-found people as well as the attention of two very protective and attractive rebels – Reece and Spencer, Ophelia must decide what her future will be.  This means going up against the most powerful Oberon who is also her father in law. As Ophelia learns more and more about her husband and the evil deeds of Oberon, she knows that she must stay with this group and help fight for the rights of the Mages.

 This book was such a wonderful and surprising read for me. I have never read such a unique and unusual story.  Rebecca Espinoza’s writing is so eloquent that there was never a point of confusion for me despite the many levels present in the story. Her descriptions are vivid enough that her characters become realistic and compelling.  Rebecca Espinoza brilliantly wove many allusions to a foreboding that kept me engaged throughout the book. I wanted to find out who Reece and Spencer really are. Why did they go through all the trouble to watch her two years before deciding that it was time to take her? Were the Binds imposed on Ophelia the real reasons behind her acceptance of the falsehoods in her life or was she blinded by being too focused on her unhappy existence? Either way, the causes championed by her new “friends” have given her the inspiration and strength to revert to the woman she once was, with or without her magical powers. At the end of the book there is such an unexpected twist that makes me want to beg the author to hurry up and publish Book 2.

Binds is a story about fairies and magic and supernatural powers.  It is a story about the inherent presence of greed and the love for power in human nature . But most of all, it is a story about the love of a child for her mother, the absolute capacity of the heart to do good and the ever-present search for justice and equality among all of existence, humans and non humans alike. Rebecca Espinoza has done a fantastic job of combining mystery with magic and even a touch of romance. I can’t wait to read more from this refreshingly exceptional new author.

About the Author:

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An Army wife, has lived in 8 different houses and 5 different states in the past 10 years and she can’t wait for the next move. She is skilled in the arts of basket weaving, origami, and bullshitting. She is a book thief and likely to pilfer any she sees lying around in friends’ houses, so keep an eye out if you invite her in.
She currently resides in beautiful Wahiawa, Hawaii (Army wives will get this joke) with her two sons and dog, Tosh.0 (her most favorite person in the world…the dog, not the comedian), and her husband pops in from the field, missions, or deployment every now and then to say hello. She tends towards the sarcastic when referring to herself in third person. Rebecca is a Turtle, are you?

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Reckless Abandon by Andrea Randall

Blog Tour, Book Review & Giveaway:

Reckless Abandon by Andrea Randall

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Book Excerpt:

Before he can respond, the bartender takes the stage and announces Bo. My fingers tingle and I feel slightly dizzy. I notice that Rae is staring at me and am thankful that Regan isn’t. I tilt my chin to the stage to somehow reassure her that everything’s fine. Bo comes out wearing black jeans and a green t-shirt. The green t-shirt he told me reminded him of my eyes. I swallow hard as he sits on the stool and, without saying a word, starts strumming.

Every feeling from the first night I heard him play flies through me like a drunken seagull. I take several deep breaths as he makes his way through his original work, praying that what I’m feeling isn’t regret. The strings, his fingers, the warm bourbon tone kissing the microphone; they’re all lulling me into his presence, his being.

 

4.5 Stars

When Ten Days of Perfect ends, Ember is distraught about finding out Bo’s involvement in an incident that happened earlier on in the story. She turns to Adrian for comfort and tries to convince herself that what she had with Bo was merely a passing fling. She tries to take stock of her feelings and navigates through her rekindled relationship with Adrian while working for the same not for profit chaired by Bo. This doesn’t work so well – it doesn’t take much for her to realize that she is still in love with him. Their relationship takes many twists and turns as they both try to move on from each other. And then it happens: an unimaginable tragedy that leaves them reeling from pain, anger and confusion. Bo and Ember must learn how to endure their heartbreak whether separately or as a couple.

I’m going to mention up front that this has been one of the best books I have read in 2013 (with TLS of course). I read this book first as a Beta for Andrea and then twice more as the versions were being finalized and finally published. The emotions evoked in me by her writing have not changed between the first and last times I have read this book. Reckless Abandon is Andrea Randall’s break out work. There is so much more feeling, intensity, pain and love that have been rolled up into such a wonderful conclusion to Ten Days of Perfect.

There are a host of reasons for the effect that this book had on me. Andrea Randall has taken the characters to a whole new level.  It is a coming of age story in which the characters are catapulted into the depths of despair as we wait with bated breath to see how they survive. Bo and Ember cease to become perfect in the reader’s eyes. They are flawed and fallible, they thrash and flinch from their grief, they react in undignified ways. The cast of characters from Book 1 are back, and they each provide different layers to Bo and Ember’s story.  The author also takes her time to develop each character’s personal healing process and the consequences of each one’s actions. Oftentimes, misfortunes can either make or break a couple and Bo and Ember are not immune to the outcome that this heartbreak has on their bond.  Their agony is so heart wrenching and at times hard to swallow, but it gave them substance and integrity. It made them feel real in my eyes.  Andrea Randall also has an extreme talent for writing songs and poetry. The story is so full of these sweet words and verses one can’t help but feel these expressions as if they are leaping out of the book and into your heart. And the romantic scenes between Bo and Ember – they are electrifying, sizzling, achingly tender and romantic.   Andrea Randall’s words drown you with a sorrow so intense, it makes you fear that each time they are together may be their last.

As I stood with a  group of people getting ready to go to dinner the night before the Chicago Author Event last September, I realized I was standing right next to Andrea Randall. I saw a shy, quiet lady who had just published her first book. I turned to her and said, “hey, you’re Andrea Randall. I loved Ten Days of Perfect and Bo.” She has called me her First Bo Fan ever since. And she might still be shy (although not after you get to know her) but she is certainly no longer a new  and emerging author. Andrea Randall has come into her own. With her words, with her characters and with her writing. Congratulations, Andrea Randall!

About the Author:

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I started writing poetry long before writing fiction. I firmly believe Poetry is a solid foundation for all other forms of writing. It taught me that a single word can make or break the world.

I write fiction because my characters have a story and they want me to tell it.

I hope you enjoy the pieces of my soul that I share with you.

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Blog Tour, Book Review, Author Interview & Giveaway: Breaking the Wrong by Calia Read

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Author Interview:

Breaking the Wrong

by Calia Read

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4.5 Stars!

Emilia Wentworth is living with a broken heart . She is determined to seek revenge from those who caused her family’s pain three years ago. Hence the creation of a Burn List. Within Emilia’s list is a carefully planned plot to bring those involved to a justice designed by herself, her brother Aniston and her sister, Eden. They are waiting for this moment to happen, and Macsen Sloan’s name is on it. Emilia is tasked with putting this scheme into action. She moves to Macsen’s school to be close to him. Although they had never met before, there is an instant attraction between them that feels so natural. What Macsen doesn’t know is that Emilia has motives that she intends to accomplish. Neither of them had ever counted on falling in love.

This book is Calia Read’s second installment in the Sloan Brothers series. It is a stand-alone book although we get to catch up with a few of the main characters from her first book, Every Which Way. The story revolves around the circumstances that lead to the couple’s budding romance and how their respectively damaged pasts contribute to the hopelessness of their relationship. Calia Read is an articulate and eloquent writer who successfully establishes an emotional connection to the main characters so early on in the story. I remained engrossed in wanting to peel back the layers of each page to arrive at their revelation. Macsen and Emilia both harbor an insufferable guilt for events that happened in their lives but each has taken different paths to gain their own redemption. While Macsen suffers in quiet acceptance, Emilia is out to exact retribution. When their worlds collide, they must find a way to bury their pasts and move forward with each other.

There is something to be said about a writer who is able to elaborate in words the electrically charged attraction between two people in the throes of falling in love. Calia Read does this so expertly. Macsen and Emilia’s allure towards each other is nothing short of captivating. The love scenes are hot, but they are also tender and affectionate. Once Emilia gets to know Macsen, she is more sure than anything else that he is not the person whom she thought he was. It takes a certain skill to expose a character’s soul like that. Calia Read accomplishes it hands down.

Breaking the Wrong is a story about two people who learn about forgiveness through their love for one another. It is about the endless capacity of the human heart to provide compassion and understanding, and the undying ties of family and loyalty. Calia Read has opened our hearts to another member of the Sloan family who deserved a chance to tell his story. I can’t wait to meet more of them in the future.

An Interview with Calia Read:

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BBB is so proud to have been able to snag an interview with the beautiful Calia Read! Read on to get to know more about her!

BBB: Congratulations on your second book, Breaking The Wrong. How does it feel to finally be done?

CR: When this book was done, I was SO HAPPY! It was much deeper than Every Which Way and so whatever emotion my characters were feeling, I did. And unfortunately, this book had a lot of sadness and anger. You can imagine how relieved my husband was when this book was done. LOL!!

BBB: How long did it take you to write this book?

CR: Breaking the Wrong took me much longer than I thought. I started in early December and finished late February. I barely met my deadline!!

BBB: Breaking the Wrong is a stand-alone book although it includes the main characters from your first book, Every Which Way. Had you planned to write a second book all along? What inspired you to do so? Did reader reaction to EWW influence this decision at all?

CR: From the beginning, I knew Macsen and Thayer would have their own book. It wasn’t until I started writing Every Which Way that I realized they had an older brother Mathias, and I KNEW he had a story. When I introduced Emilia as Tosha’s mysterious friend, she pulled me in. I HAD to know about this elusive girl! HAD TO! I think that’s my favorite thing about writing, when the characters start to talk and DEMAND what has to be told.

BBB: Emilia’s character is emotionally charged and very conflicted. Tell us your thoughts about her character – what are you favorite qualities about her?

CR: Emilia is A LOT like me. All the quirks I have? She has them too. My favorite thing about Emilia is that she is quiet and somber, and that may put people off, but she’s just so shy, so nervous that she sometimes has no idea what to say. Makes her look snobby but she’s really just unsure.

I was so nervous to write her character out because it was almost like writing down everything about myself that I try to hide.

BBB: The chemistry and sex scenes between Emilia and Macsen in this book – HOT! Where did you learn how to write like that?

CR: LOL! I wanted more steam with this book. That was something I was determined to do this time around. Macsen made that pretty easy, though. He feels A LOT. And those feelings make him a very passionate person.

I wrote those scenes with a wide grin, red cheeks, and my fingers shaking because I was so outside my boundaries. But it was fun to push myself, to see how far I could really go.

BBB: Will there be a third book that will at least touch on the future for Thayer and Severine, Macsen and Emilia as well as the Sloan family?

CR: YES!! So excited about these Sloan brothers. Mathias will have a book, Ruin you Completely that I’m working on right now. His is not really new adult. I think of it as very much ADULT. But his book will challenge me, I can’t wait.

And Thayer will have a story after Mathias’s. I’m not done with him. I thought I was. But he’s been pestering me, or maybe it was the other way around? It was so nice to get to know Mathias better that I started to think about Thayer and what it’d be like to really explore his life and BAM! His story came to life.

BBB: What was the biggest challenge you faced in writing this book?

To NOT fall back on my sarcasm. Severine was a firecracker. She had a sharp mouth and that made her really easy to write. But Emilia really didn’t and it was a HUGE struggle.

Luckily, I had Chris Bresloff as a character and he was my outlet for humor and snark! Thank God!!

BBB: Describe yourself in three words. Go.

CR: Quiet.

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People watcher. (I think we all are. Lol!!)

BBB: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Where and when do you like to write best?

CR: I’m originally from Central Illinois, a small town called Blue Mound. I’m the second of four girls and each of us has a unique name. Thus, starting my love for everything unique!

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or doing something crafty. Or I’m cleaning after months of neglecting my house. 🙂

I write best in a quiet environment, so usually, I’m holed up in my room, in a tiny corner where I have a desk set up.

BBB: Name one book that you enjoyed reading recently and why.

CR: I really enjoyed Children of Liberty by Paullina Simons. Granted, I read it in January. But it’s STILL with me. It was fabulous!! She creates the most amazing stories that making me feel like I was the main character. I swear I age 20 years by the time I’m finished with her books. LOL!

BBB: Any other projects that we can look forward to in 2013?

CR: Hopefully, I can release Ruin you Completely by late summer. And then MAYBE I can release one more book in 2013. Either Lily’s book or Thayer’s! 🙂

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Blog Tour and Book Review: Reckless by S.C. Stephens

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Book Review:

Reckless by S.C. Stephens

5 Stars for the Series, 4 Stars for the Book

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Here it is. I never thought I would be able to pull this off. I had to join this Blog Tour to make my closure a reality. All the months leading up to the release of Reckless, I couldn’t wait to read more about Kiera and Kellan’s story. And then the book was released and I stepped away. My Kindle preorder was downloaded and ready. And yet, I procrastinated. I was the one who wasn’t prepared to face the inevitable truth. I realized that I didn’t want their story to end just yet.

The Opportunist and Thoughtless drew me into the world of Indie authors, writers and books. I have fallen in love with so many characters since then, but Kiera, Kellan, Olivia, Caleb, Paul and Eliza will always have a poignant significance to me no matter how this love story ends.

Reckless begins where Effortless leaves off – the morning after Kiera and Kellan are “married” in their own special symbolic ceremony at Pete’s.  The couple’s bond is strong and secure and Kellan now has a family who has welcomed him with open arms.  Their happiness is no longer dependent upon the approval of others but on the strength of their relationship. The couple maneuvers through the travails of celebrity, a sex tape, a sexy costar and planning a wedding with much success. S.C. Stephens’ point is simply that Kellan and Kiera have grown up.  Kellan finally realizes how much he is loved and devotes all his time to showing Kiera just how much he cares about her. He goes out of his way to make her know that his success as a rock star is incomparable to what he would do to keep her in his life. He now has the unconditional love of his father, a trait that he so ardently passes on to his own family. He has learned the value of forgiveness both for himself and for those who had defined his painful past. This gives Kiera the strength and confidence to stand aside and prioritize his career. She knows that he loves her, she knows that he would never jeopardize what they have for the sake of stardom. Kiera moves through the entire story with a quiet faith and trust in Kellan’s love.

S.C. Stephens’ genius shines through with her creation of two so imperfect characters who have impacted so many readers with both their fallibility and their unwavering dedication to each other .  Both Kellan and Kiera had an unmistakable connection from the first time that they met and the electricity between them has managed to seep through the pages of all three books to captivate an infatuated reading audience.  There was never a moment in the series when Kellan failed to make my heart beat, my pulse quicken and my anxiety level run high. And these were not just in reaction to the steamy sex scenes. Kellan just had a way of loving Kiera that really stole my heart.  When an author is able to manifest these qualities in a character with so much impact, this in itself is the author’s very own success story.

At first glance, the reader may wonder whether S.C. Stephens should have stepped up the angst in this final chapter. I had the same question in mind as I read the book – the two plot lines were minor compared to the heart wrenching back and forth that occurred in Thoughtless. At 50% in, I was waiting for something, anything, to shatter my passive contentment.  It was after the 75% mark that I began to appreciate what the author wanted us to grasp: that Reckless is not about either of them succumbing to the messy world surrounding life on the road as a rock star.  Reckless is about their ability to remain steadfast in their commitment to be truthful and honest with each other and their resolve to remain together forever.  Kellan and Kiera made that promise to each other in Thoughtless, built strength in their connection through honesty and trust in Effortless, and fulfilled their promise of a united and blissful future in Reckless.

“I’m yours, that you can take me anywhere,anytime, anyway. You own every piece of me”

Last year, S. C. Stephen introduced us to amazing individuals who evoked all sorts of conflicting (and inappropriate) emotions so strong that we stuck around to see where their journey would take them. In Reckless, we experience the bittersweet culmination of that voyage. And through all the stopovers, delays and unexpected diversions, they have finally made it home. I’m going to miss Kellan and Kiera more than I can ever express.  But then again, as it is in real life, I have long since learned that endings like these can only lead to wonderful new beginnings.

Well done, S.C. Stephens.

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Blog Tour: T-R-U-E Love Story by Willow Aster, Book Review, Author Interview & Giveaway

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4.5 Stars!

Book Synopsis:

Sparrow Fisher is transforming. No longer dressed up in antiquated clothes and ideals, she is finally trying on her freedom.

Before she moves to New York City, she meets Ian Sterling, a musician Sparrow has dreamed about since she first saw him. The attraction is instant, but their relationship isn’t so simple.

Over a five year span, Sparrow and Ian run into each other in unusual places. Each time, Sparrow has to decide if she can trust him, if he feels the same for her, and finally, if love is really enough.

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Sparrow Fisher lives in a happy home with two loving parents and a boy that she has loved for a very long time She is strong, self confident, soulful and exceedingly witty.  She meets Ian Sterling and falls head over heels in love.  Ian Sterling doesn’t know what hit him either – he wants a future with Sparrow but he knows that he needs to take it slow. Ian is ten years older, worldlier and has a past that is bound to catch up with him at some point. At first, his past is something she is resolved to accept until it collides with her present. It strikes her right in the heart and it kills her. Figuratively of course.

In the next five years, Sparrow and Ian cross paths in the most unlikely circumstances. During this passage of time, their love for each other never wanes. Yet they try to move on from one another knowing that the trust that they lost can never be regained.

We’ve seen this plot before – good girl meets bad boy, they fall in love, he becomes a better person. What makes this book so different from the others? Why did I enjoy reading it so much? How did this same old plot lose me in the moment knowing that there were the usual scenarios that could be played out as the story developed?  I think I have the answer.

It’s the author and her writing.

I still have not figured out why I find it more difficult to write about books that I have enjoyed, books that have moved me. I think that it’s mostly because feeling and thinking don’t always make the best of friends.  This is one of those books that leaves me at a loss for words.  Not every book accomplishes this for me. I am glad to say that this one does just that. Leave it to the author to create such an endearing heroine who is honest, strong, introspective but snarky and sarcastic at the same time.

Willow Aster so eloquently brings to light how it feels to find love and lose it and never recover from it.    Ian and Sparrow spent two painful and agonizing years apart. Their sorrow is real and tangible, brought to life by the deep and tender words that reached out and grabbed my heart from within the pages of the book.  The story is told through flashbacks and memories in the most fluent and expressive manner, one can touch their heartache and sadness as if it were taking place here and now. The bittersweet words of Ian’s letters to Sparrow were songs of love that could soothe even the most shattered of spirits.

My heart broke into little pieces each and every single time they parted. Willow Aster gifts us with an endearing glimpse into the soul of a young girl who grows up through the eyes of her love for one man.

“There is a miracle in the way love keeps enduring….across a million miles.”

True Love story tells of the heartbreaking coming of age of two people who find each other both in the wrong place at the right time, and in the right place at the wrong time. It is a story about growing up and falling in love with the same person over and over again. It is about finding a soul mate, that one true love, and believing that the universe will right itself if you trust in it with all your heart. Most of all, it is a story of forgiveness and of the courage to take the leap and leave the past behind, writing your own future in the stars and never looking back.  If you are looking to be engulfed in a sea of emotion even if just for a few worthwhile hours, look no further. True Love Story is the book for you.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

I am so grateful to Willow Aster for taking the time to do this interview with me.  Read on and get to know more about this wonderful author!

BBB: WOW! You’re first book! And what a wonderful one at that!  How does it feel to finally say you’ve done it? Has it even sunk in yet?

 WA: I don’t think it has sunk in yet! I’m so happy to have finished this book!

BBB: Sparrow’s character is so real.  Why do I get the feeling that Sparrow is lot like you?  

 WA: I did give her some of my weirdness :).  And then gave her a healthy dose of her own.

BBB:  Sparrow is an unconventional heroine in so many ways. I have my favorite qualities of hers which I will mention in my review. What are yours?

WA:  I like that she’s happy with who she is.

BBB: What inspired you to write TLS? Was it an idea? A memory?  A point you wanted to get across? Every author has a reason for writing their book. What was it for you?  

WA:  It’s a story of forgiveness. I wanted to tell a story of forgiveness that felt like ‘real time’ … not something that was all wrapped up instantly, but that felt more like real life.

BBB:  Can you walk me through your thought process when creating the main characters?  Why a coming of age story between a bright young girl and an older rock star?  

WA:  This is something I know a little bit about. 🙂

BBB: When starting out to write a book, how do you know what your sequencing will be, i.e., flashback vs. present vs. both? I would imagine it being more difficult to write a story in flashback.  

WA:  It was too hard for me to go back and forth in time, so I wrote the first chapter and then went back in the past and stayed there until I caught up. It’s just what worked easiest for me on this particular book. Scrivener is a great writing program to use if you want to just write and then later switch things around.

BBB:  How long did it take you to write this book?  How did you know that you were done and ready to share it with the world?

 WA:  I think it took around 4 months, but was cooking in my mind for years. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to stop tweaking it.

BBB:  Is there a real life Ian?  A Tessa?  Are they that wonderful, spunky and funny?

 WAI have a real life Ian and Tessa. They’re even better.

BBB:  Ian’s Love Letters. Wow.  Do you also have an interest in writing song, prose, poetry? Did writing these notes and letters just come easily to you? It does seem like you have an interest in music as well. Can you tell us about it?

WA:   I love writing anything, but especially songs. It’s a whole different process to write a song versus writing a book, and I need both. A song can feel like an immediate release, at times. And a book can be an endurance test. Both are rewarding when you’re finished.

BBB:  So tell me, did you get as emotional while writing the book as I did while reading it? How emotional did you get?

 WA:   🙂 Yes, I probably did. For some reason, though, not until chapter 27.

BBB:  Tell us a little bit about yourself. When did you know that you wanted to be a writer? When and where are your best times to write?

WA:   I’ve always wanted to be a writer—for as long as I can remember, I have been writing. I just didn’t always feel I could deem myself ‘Writer’, but I’ve been playing the part my whole life. Journals, notebooks, scraps of paper, speaking into a recorder, endless documents. I am learning to write anywhere. I prefer the quiet and being alone to write, but sometimes, it has to be in the middle of chaos to actually finish something.

 BBB:  Do you intend to stick with this genre or are you willing to venture out into other types of fiction sometime in the future?

WA:  I have another book that will fall under more of a literary fiction genre.

BBB:  Any new projects we can look forward to in 2013? What three things are you keeping yourself busy with these days?

WA:   I’m not sure if I’ll publish anything besides True Love Story in 2013, but I will continue working on my latest book. I will be going to a couple of signings—hope to see you there! And third … hmm, well, I need to figure out how to balance keeping up with everything else in my life when these characters take over my mind. They sort of make it hard to get anything else done.

BBB:  Last but not least, do you have any advice you can give to us aspiring writers who more often than not, think we might not be good enough and yet have a pretty good story to tell?

WA:  The best advice I can give is to write, write, write. Never think you’re done learning. The more you write, the better you get. You hear these things, but it really is true. I found my first (unpublished) novel yesterday and can attest to this. Now I can see why those query letters were rejected! But if it’s what you love to do, you just have to keep writing no matter who is or isn’t going to read it.

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Author Interview & Giveaway! Blood For Justice by Kerri Williams

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Blood for Justice is the perfect book to wrap up Claire and Talon’s story of love and loss, redemption and justice.   I enjoyed the book so much I asked to review it both on this blog and also for the Indie Bookshelf. Watch for my full review coming up on the Indie Bookshelf on March 2nd!

I love Kerri Williams. I really do.  When I was first asked to write a review on Book 1 of her Moore Trilogy series (see prior reviews here) I never expected to have a love affair with Claire Moore and Talon Baker. Blood for Justice is the soul of the trilogy. It provides overwhelming depth to the devotion between the main characters that enables the reader to breathe in relief knowing that their love is solid and resilient. It assures us that all will be well and gives us permission to say goodbye to them. For now.

A huge thank you goes to Kerri Williams not only for writing such terrific books but especially for taking the time to do this very OPEN and HONEST interview with me.  I just agreed to be on this lady’s Street Team which simply means that I truly believe in her work! Congratulations, Kerri, I am so proud of you!

Interview with Kerri Williams

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Hi, Kerri Williams! Thank you for joining me today.

KW: Thanks for having me, Nina.

It’s so exciting to share my love for these characters with you and the readers and because I’m so excited I’m willing to gift a pair of sterling silver Batman stud earrings to a lucky winner.

Good luck!

Oh my gosh, READERS! Leave your email address in the comment section and I will pick a random winner for such an awesome gift from Kerri.

BBB:  Wow! The third and final book of the Moore Trilogy! Congratulations on such an achievement! How did it feel as you were finishing the final words of Book 3? Are you happy with the way it ended?

KW: I’m in love with the last line. LOL.

This trilogy has been in the making for over a year and there were times where I wasn’t sure I could pull it off, then there were times where the characters and plot just took over.

As for how it ended…there are some ideas that maybe it really hasn’t quite ended at all 😉

BBB:  What book do you have the most attachment to and why?

KW:  Blood For Justice would definitely have to be the closest to me. Maybe because it was the last one, maybe it’s because she finally has a family and has learnt so much along the way. Oh, and let’s not forget about Prince Charming―that fluffy little guy has my heart.

BBB: What was the most difficult one to write? Was it the last one? Were there alternate endings or re-writes?

KW: Actually, I think it was the first. It was really hard not to have Claire and Talon mend everything right from the get go. They clearly love one another, but I had to make sure their conflict―internal and external―stayed realistic and believable. If they had a HEA from the get go, where would #2 and #3 be.

BBB: What inspired you to write these books?  How did you know you wanted to write a book about a young girl, revenge and the ever healing power of love and family? (this is what I think the books are about, by the way)

KW:  You got it right on the money! Thank God!!

My family all live in the one town, a town of 348 people. TINY! Ten of which is our family. I see a lot of kids come and go in this house with my kids and they’re always surprised at how welcoming we are and how much we all do together. Some of these kids had never just gone out on a family day exploring so we take them with us. There’s so much love to share, why not share it.

Amongst family days, there are your typical rainy movie days where we would lay about, crammed to max in our small house with kids and we watch the Harry Potter series and on many occasion we have sat through a marathon of VERONICA MARS. If you aren’t familiar with this show, it’s about a cool American teenage sleuth. During one of these marathons I realized I wanted to write a story with a damaged teen/young adult who needed love and family like these kids.

Before I knew it, I had plotted out the three books.

BBB:  Can you walk me through the process you had of creating the three parts of the trilogy? Did you know what each one was going to be about?

KW:  Awesome question. (taking big breath) I knew exactly what each was going to be about and their stages.

Hunger For Justice was the intro, the catch up and lead up. It was picking up from a tragic time for Claire and being reunited with the boy she loved but had blamed her for her brother’s death. How can you possibly have a relationship after that? She is alone, feels alone and cannot rely on anyone but herself.  It also introduced Villains and sub-characters while building and rebuilding relationships.

Heart For Justice brought some secrets of her past to the surface which she had buried deeply. She needed to deal with these and Talon and Frank needed to deal with their guilt. This one was building further relationships, finding family in friends. Claire learns a lot in this book about loving and blood isn’t what makes a family all the while trying to find a rapist and bring down the murderers of her father and brother without destroying her relationship with Talon.

BBB: How long did it take you to write each of the three books?

KW:  I have no idea! I wrote them back to back and it took just over  year. I could have released the first one right away and continued, but being a series junky, I just couldn’t do that to my readers. So I waited until it was all done so they could be released close together.

I hate having to wait a year in between. As it is, my readers were hounding me over a 6 week gap. Gawd! I love it though. xx

BBB: I loved the way Books 2 and 3 slowly established the relationship between Claire and Talon in the reader’s eyes. I felt that the buildup helped me to really connect with the characters. Talk to me about how you went about trying to accomplish this.

KW: It is so hard to keep them apart. They want nothing more than be together and yet so much kept them apart. They both had a lot of learning to do before they could make that commitment and not destroy each other. They were very close to doing just that many times.

To keep that pace, I needed to keep their future lessons in mind or it just wouldn’t work, it was like I had to be miserable all the time, so they could be miserable too. Lol.

BBB:  What or who were your inspirations for Claire and Talon’s characters? Do you know someone like them in real life?

KW: I didn’t really have one person in mind for them. It was more like a collage of many. Attributes and emotions that would make a complex yet realistic character. I could use things my husband says, does, hates and likes while catching something I like from a character out of a movie that caught my eye.

BBB: I just had to ask. I had a bit of an issue about the unresolved mystery of where Penny went and the quick resolution of Lilli Volkov at the end. Are we going to hear about these characters or is that pretty much it? Any hope for a Book 4?

KW:  Nina, Nina, Nina. Here is the scoop. Yes, there has been discussions of book four and even a prequel for when Claire and Talon first met before her life was hit so hard with violence and death.

As for Penny, I know I left her open and yes I thought it would be good to have her come back and either make good on what she had done or cause trouble and yes I could have tied her story up with a pretty bow, but I thought how unrealistic it would be that EVERYTHING had been resolved. In life, that isn’t always so. With those things in mind, I kept her story hanging.  Sorry. X

Lili Volkov…*cough, b#@ch. LOl. We are happy to hear what happens with her, as for anything for her story in the future…you just might have to wait.

BBB:  What made you decide not to have a Book 4? I would have loved to have seen them a few years later, babies and all, still kicking some crime a**!

KW:  The brothers were put I place at the age of 17 for some good reasons, like the ‘just in case’ reasons. There is plotting going on in my mind even though I’m in the midst of a different project. But this family keeps coming back to me and wanting to kick some crime butt!

BBB:  I’m your Facebook Friend. I’ve seen the pictures. What’s the fascination with Batman and the Justice League?

KW: Batman is a swooper. He swoops in and saves the day even if it places him in danger and even if it means he doesn’t get his girl and the life he dearly wants. This is Claire to a T. So when Ryan called her a swooper and explained why he thought of her this way, she thought of Batman and from then on dubbed herself as such in light of her situation.

Claire of course didn’t do all this alone, her family contributed and so she dubbed them her Justice League.

Now when I started this group on facebook (which everyone is welcome to join. It’s all fun) it wasn’t publicity for my books. In fact, I have a different group for that. This was just to have fun. I started calling myself Batman, using quotes from my book with my wingman who I then dubbed Robin. From there I dubbed a good friend who can Knit and read at the same time, Wonder Woman. (I mean seriously, you have to be wonder woman to be able to do that) The names dubbing grew and before I knew it I had to create a group.

The Justice League facebook group.

BBB:  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Where and at what times do you do your best writing? What do you like to do in your free time?

KW: I live near Port Macquarie, NSW of Australia and author of five novels base in the towns I’ve lived in, because really, its crap loads easier to embellish on what you already know.

I’m a wife who married her teenage sweetheart. Together since I was sixteen. Poor bugger. LOL

Had children after being told I couldn’t after surviving cancer as a teen. (hubs thinks he’s a super hero for that one). We have Two girls together nicknamed the lollies because they’re sweeties.

Author, who loves to plot while listening to music on the way to my day job and curses because I have to remember it until I get there. I write on my laptop absolutely anywhere, but love the corner lounge where the family watch telly.

Active Blogger and facebooker, because who seriously doesn’t want to know what’s on my crazed mind? :p

Abso-freaking-lute bookaholic of anything awesome and man, there’s heaps! I think every writer is.

 BBB: Any new projects we can look forward to in 2013?

KW: Yep. Always! I’m maybe halfway on a YA novel, NEVER GOOD BYE. Based on a teenage girl who is facing cancer, dysfunctional family, re-kindled love, losing her hair and ability to dance and the high percentage she wont make it out of this alive.

I had cancer when I was a teen and had to face many things in which a teen see’s different to an adult. Since then I’ve had scares and the difference is mammoth when you’re a mother. I used the two emotions and ideas for this novel and can’t wait for it to be released.

It’s not suspenseful, but just as emotionally building as The Justice Moore Trilogy.

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