Saturday, 29 June 2013

Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki - Release Day Blitz

This book probably has to be one of the most anticipated indie releases this year and i am so excited to be a part of the release!

So, what is Branded about you ask?

Title: Branded
Author: Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki
Release Date: June 28, 2013
Genre: Mature Young Adult, Dystopian
Blitz Host: Lady Amber's Tours

Book Description:
Twenty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best.
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home.

Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain.

Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.
The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me.
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter.
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.

Now let's find out about these two lovely authors, shall we?

Abi Ketner Is a registered nurse with a passion for novels, the beaches of St. John, and her Philadelphia Phillies. A talented singer, Abi loves to go running and spend lots of time with her family. She currently resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with her husband, triplet daughters and two very spoiled dogs.

Melissa Kalicicki received her bachelor’s degree from Millersville University in 2003. She married, had two boys and currently lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Aside from reading and writing, her interests include running and mixed martial arts. She also remains an avid Cleveland sports fan.

Abi and Missy met in the summer of 1999 at college orientation and have been best friends ever since. After college, they added jobs, husbands and kids to their lives, but they still found time for their friendship. Instead of hanging out on weekends, they went to dinner once a month and reviewed books. What started out as an enjoyable hobby has now become an incredible adventure.

You can find out more and get in contact with Missy and Abi at the following links:

website and blog

Branded is being released on 28th June! And there's a special release week price offer!

I can't wait to pick up my copy this weekend and get a paperback copy when it becomes available.

To get you ready for the release, you can watch the trailer for Branded here

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Interview with Airicka Phoenix

I've wanted to interview Airicka for a while now, and i've finally had the opportunity today! Thankyou Airicka for taking the time to sit down and answer my questions. Let's take a look inside Airicka's mind shall we?

1. Firstly, in your bio it says you would love to take a look inside Stephen King’s mind. Do you have a favourite Stephen King novel?

That man is a genius! I think my favourite of his would have to be, Bag of Bones. There were a few others like Salam’s Lot and Dreamcatcher.  As I said, the man is absolutely brilliant.

2. I was watching Under the Dome last night, a show based on Stephen King’s 2009 novel of the same name and noticed something similar to a plotline in Games of Fire. Did this book inspire Games of Fire?

No, actually. I actually never got around to finishing Under the Dome, but I did watch the show as well last night and I know which part you’re referring to. But no, Games of Fire was inspired while I was writing Touching Eternity. It was originally supposed to be a simple contemporary, boy meets girl, falls in love, etc. The suspense and murders came as a surprise even to me.

3. How do you approach each new project?

With a lot of determination and planning. I write mountains of notes before I jump into any book. I like to know where I’m going and how I plan on winding up there. Granted, a lot of the time the stories like to take their own turns, like Games of Fire, but so long as I have a clear picture in my head, I’m good to go.

4. Lets talk Octavian. Firstly, that boy is HOT, secondly I want to push Riley out of the way and call him mine. Where did the inspiration for this series, Sons of Judgment come from?

Octavian’s Undoing, believe it or not was meant for an anthology I got asked to participate in. The theme was being turned into something supernatural for the first time. It was supposed to be under 3K, but two days later, I had 300 pages and it was still growing. By time it was edited we were standing at 600 pages.

5. I noticed there’s a bit of the Gaelic language in Octavian’s Undoing. Did you have to do a lot of research before writing this book, Gaelic, selkie lore etc?

I did! I absolutely love the Gaelic language. I love Irish accents and Ireland plain and simple. I spent over a week doing online searches and making calls to all manner of places asking for information on Ireland myths and lores. I wanted it all to be as close to the stories as possible with my own unique twist.

6: Can you give me a spoiler to an upcoming book?

One of my upcoming novels is Touching Fire, book #2 of the Touch Saga. It will be released this summer so I’m really excited. As for a spoiler…

[…] “Stop touching me,” I gasped, cotton-mouthed, half-crazed by the possibility that he might take me seriously.
“Why?” His breath fanned over my dry and already parted lips.
I opened my eyes, surprised to find them closed. “Because I won’t want you to stop.”
The band of steel around my waist tightened until I was supported only by him, by his arm, his chest, his heat, his scent… God, I was home! My fingers curled into the soft material of his fresh, clean shirt. He must have changed, but it was yet another black t-shirt.
“I can’t.” His lips wrote each word against mine in the caress of butterfly wings.
My bones liquefied. I nearly fainted.
“Why?” The single word was a mere movement of my lips.
His free hand shackled my chin, guided my face up, held me prisoner to eyes much too animal to be human. “Because I don’t want to stop.” […]

 Now for a bit of fun:

Chocolate or strawberry? What is this strawberry business you speak of…??? :P

Fuzzy socks or slippers? Slippers! Fuzzy socks tickle my toes and I hate being tickled. LOL

Wine or spirit? Neither. I actually don’t drink anything stronger than coffee.

Coffee or tea? Tea. Coffee sits weird in my stomach, not that you wanted to know that, but there you go. I like oversharing. :D

Dogs or cats? I’m going to say cat, but that’s a secret that my dog can never know about.

Winter or summer? Summer!!! I loathe the cold. I’m a sucker for heat. The hotter the better.

Read the book first or see the movie, then read the book? I will always read the book first. I like sitting there and thinking, Ha! That was in the book, or wait a minute… that’s not right!

A message from Airicka: 

Thank you, Laura, for having me pop in and chat with you for a bit. It was wonderful to meet your readers and I look forward to chatting with you again soon. <3