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Interview: Lisa Kessler

Published 23/10/2012 by supernaturalreadingaddict

So I had the honour to interview Lisa Kessler for her blogtour!!! I’m so excited about this, so I won’t keep you waiting any longer: Give a warm welcome to Lisa Kessler

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m married with two grown kids.  Music was my first love. I’ve performed in many operas and musical theater productions as well as released two music CDs.  When I’m not writing, I’m usually singing… J

 2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I wrote late at night for fun for years, but it wasn’t until I visited a palm reader in New Orleans that I ever thought about publishing my writing.  She finished my reading and before I walked out the door she asked me if I was a writer.  I said no, and she smiled and told me I was going to be a famous writer one day! LOL  Six months later I had the first draft of my first novel, Night Walker, written!

 3. What comes first? The story, the charater(s) or the idea for the novel?

Usually it’s an idea that I can’t get out of my head.  The characters come to life shortly after that and then I’m off and running, typing like crazy on my keyboard! LOL

 4. What would be your favorite pastime activity, when you are not writing?

I love to sing, and I also enjoy watching movies.  I’m anxious to see Hotel Transylvania and Cloud Atlas looks interesting too!

6.  Are there any writers out there that have inspired you?

Yes! There are so many writers who have been kind to me and helped encourage me on my journey!  Kelley Armstrong and Angie Fox definitely helped keep me going!  And when Night Walker finally sold, they both gave me cover blurbs for the book!  They rock!

7.  Can you tell a little more about your book: Night Thief and the Night Series ?

Night Thief is actually a prequel to Night Walker. After I wrote Night Demon, I really wanted to go back and see Kane & Rita fall in love. They played a big role in Night Demon and the demon was very tough on them.  It was fun for me to go back in time and see their happy ending…  I hope readers will enjoy it too!

Night Thief also gives readers a peek at the differences between Night Walkers and vampires, so if you’ve read Night Walker, this book will make the Night Series world much bigger and give you a little tease about the Night Demon who awakens in the next book.

8.  What inspired you to write this story?

After I wrote Night Demon, I was really attached to Kane & Rita and I wanted the chance to let them tell their story and watch them fall in love.

How did you do your research for this story?

My son’s high school choir toured Belgium and France, and I was lucky to accompany them!  Seeing my son sing inside the Notre Dame cathedral was amazing!  And it gave me lots of super research for setting Night Thief in Paris.

 9. Which character did you enjoy writing about the most and why?

Tough choice!!!  I loved writing Rita because while she was a thief, she still managed to have her own moral standard.  She also had good reasons for her actions.  But I also LOVED writing Kane because he always seemed to know what to say! LOL  He made me swoon a few times while I wrote the book! J

 10. If you could have dinner with one of your characters who would you choose and why?

I think I’d probably choose Calisto, just because I would love to hear him talk and then watch him play the grand piano. It’d be a pretty fun dinner!

 11. Do you get a lot of responses from your readers?

I do! I’m pretty sure I have the coolest readers in the world! LOL  And it’s funny, when I get down about something it’s like a message goes out into the world and a reader chooses that exact moment to email me or send me a facebook message to let me know they read my book again, or let me know a character touched them… Or beg me for the next release date! LOL

 12. Can you tell us a little more about your street team: The Night Angels?

The Night Angels are a group of book lovers who help spread the word about my books all over the world!  We have fun in our facebook group and they get insider information on upcoming releases, new covers, etc.  Plus they’re super supportive and fun to hang out with!

If you enjoy the Night Series and my short stories, there is always room for another Night Angel!!! J

 13. What are you currently working on?

I’m working on a new contemporary paranormal titled, You Slay Me…  Think Angel/Buffy and Supernatural tv shows combined together into a paranormal romance book!  It’s been SO fun to write! J

 14.Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?

Thank you SO much for buying my books and telling your friends about them!!!  As a brand new author, it is tough to reach readers so they can find me, so every person who tells a friend is the BEST!!!  You rock!!! J

Thank you Lisa for this wonderful interview! And now for the real fun, here is the link for a giveaway, where you get the chance to win a copy of Night Thief! Click the link to go to the giveaway.

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Scroll down for my review of this amazing book!

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Review: Night Thief by Lisa Kessler

Published 23/10/2012 by supernaturalreadingaddict

Title:               Night Thief ( a night series novella ) 
Author:          Lisa Kessler
Pages:             Kindle edition didn’t give me pages
category:      Paranormal romance
The story:
After the fall of the Mayan civilization, Kane, an immortal Night Walker, has taken refuge in France for over 800 years. The modern world holds little interest for him until the night he meets the Golden Thief and is robbed of much more than his pocket watch.

 

Marguerite Rousseau is living a double life. By day she is the assistant to an eccentric French artist, Antoine Berjon, and by night she dons elegant evening gowns to woo French dignitaries before lifting their wallets.

 

Sparks ignite when Kane captures the thief, but Marguerite harbors a dark secret that could ruin them both.

( Taken from Goodreads )

The view of a book addict:

Wow! That’s all I have to say at the moment, I just finished this book and I love dit. I told myself that I would only read one chapter every day. I managed to do that for a couple of days but of course here came a moment I couldn’t stop reading.

I’m glad I didn’t stop! I just love Kane, he’s so dreamy and I would love to meet a man like that. Of course I already knew of the Nightwalker world because I’ve read Night Walker. Just like this book, this novella just takes you into a beautiful world were you get the feeling that you’re the heroine of the book and you get swepped away by a prince on a black horse in this story ( to be honest I’ll pick a black horse over a white one anytime! ).

Just like Night Walker I loved the writing style and the fact that you get the full story through the eyes of Kane and Rita. This way you get the chance to get to know both characters. As mentioned before I loved Kane but I also loved Rita, I would love to have her as my best friend I think you won’t get bored with her.

The verdict of a book addict:

A great novella, I would have loved to read much more about Kane and Rita.

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Interview Lea Nolan

Published 17/10/2012 by supernaturalreadingaddict

I’m so excited for this, as part of the Conjure blogtour I had the opportunity to do an interview with the author Lea Nolan! So give a warm welcome to her and enjoy the interview!

Thanks so much for having me, Annabel. I’m so pleased to be here!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a wife and mom to three youngish, school-aged kids. I grew up in a small town on Long Island, New York and was always near the water. After my husband and I settled in Maryland, we both missed the water so much that we decided to move to a town that’s closer to the Chesapeake Bay. Our community has its own private beach off a river that feeds into the Bay. I love going to dock side restaurants to eat crabs, which are a Maryland specialty.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

After I read Twilight. It reminded me of how powerful first love can be and inspired me to try to write. I started writing and though I wasn’t very good at it, I couldn’t force myself to stop. So I kept at it and wrote and re-wrote, chipping away at that first book. When I finished it (the first time) I decided I was a writer. Of course, I reworked that book six times and still haven’t published it, but that’s okay because it taught me how to be a writer.

What comes first? The story, the character(s) or the idea for the novel?

For me, a plot point comes first. Something sparks an idea and it grows in my head until I figure out a few of the major story milestones and the ending. Along the way I get a general idea of who the characters are, but I don’t really get to know them until I start writing. Then they spring to life and surprise me with the things they say and do.

What would be your favorite pastime activity, when you are not writing?

Unfortunately, as a mom, wife and writer, I don’t get a lot of free time. But when I do, I love to read, make jewelry and knit. I also love yoga but I haven’t done it in a while, but it’s my New Years Resolution to get back into it.

Are there any writers out there that have inspired you?

There are so many talented writers I’ll probably miss a few but here’s a short list: Markus Zusak is simply amazing. He inspires me to stretch my writer’s muscle to craft striking prose with a distinctive voice. I’m not worthy of course, but that’s the whole point of being inspired, you have something to work toward! I also love Maggie Stiefvater’s beautiful prose, and adore Tera Lynn Childs and Kiersten White for how bright and witty they are. Alyson Noel’s paranormal/fantasy elements and voice also inspire me. And of course, the queen of all is JK Rowling for bringing bequeathing something truly awesome to the world.

Can you tell a little more about your book: Conjure?

Three kids discover a hidden 18-century pirate treasure and unwittingly unleash a wicked flesh-eating curse that only hoodoo magic can break. It takes place in the South Carolina Lowcountry which is one of the most beautiful and romantic places I’ve ever been.

What inspired you to write this story?

Believe it or not, the story idea came from a fast food kid’s meal bag. There’s a place here called Chick Fil A that prints educational facts on the bags. We’d just gone through the drive-through and my daughter was reading the notes and asked, “Mommy, did you know pirates used to send messages in a bottle?” No, as a matter of fact, I hadn’t known that. As I drove down the road I wondered, why would a pirate need to send a message in a bottle? An answer popped into my head: Maybe his ship and crew were cursed. But what could he have done to land in such trouble? The questions and answers snowballed and before I knew it, I had to set aside the novel I’d been planning to write this one instead.

Which character did you enjoy writing about the most and why?

I love writing them all for very different reasons. Emma is loosely based on my oldest daughter and I adore how strong and brave she is. Cooper is just about the perfect guy I could imagine so of course, he’s hard to resist. I really admire his strong moral code. Although some people might take issue with Jack (for reasons which, in his defense, are not entirely his fault!) I really love him. To me, he’s the quintessential jerky brother and he makes me laugh. And of course, I’m crazy about Miss Delia, the hoodoo root worker who takes Emma on as an apprentice. She’s shrewd, tough and I wouldn’t want to cross her!

If you could have dinner with one of your characters who would you choose and why?

Can’t I have a dinner party with all of them? No? Oh, okay! Well, then I’d pick Miss Delia. At 97 years old, she’s the sole repository of ancient knowledge about hoodoo charms and spells that have been handed down for fifteen generations. I’d love to pick her brain and learn just a smidgen of what she knows. And then I’d like to sit in Emma’s art studio and watch her draw and paint because I’m sure she’d create a masterpiece.

Do you get a lot of responses from your readers?

As a debut author, I haven’t had a lot of interaction yet, but the little I have had has been wonderful! I love to hear from people on Facebook and Twitter and will always do my best to respond.

I know you have your own street team: The Apprentices can you tell us a little more about it?

Yes, I do! It’s been so nice because people have come to me after reading Conjure and offered to help promote the book. But more than that, it’s a great way to get to know enthusiastic readers better. I thought hard about how I’d want to set up a street team. Some street teams award points for various tasks but that was too much for me to manage. Instead I created a Facebook group called The Apprentices that anybody can join. I post links to blog posts and giveaways and people can tweet or Facebook about them. Also, if people want to distribute bookmarks or other book swag to libraries, local schools or book clubs, I’ll send out materials for them to distribute. In return, street team members will get access to deleted scenes from Conjure, special sneak peeks at the other books in the series and other perks. Also, they’ll be entered to win a special monthly giveaway just for street team members.

What are you currently working on?

Allure is the second book in the series. Things get darker and more creepy. If you thought the flesh-eating curse was spooky, you’ll love what happens next. But I don’t want to spoil it, so no more details!

Is there anything you would like to say to your readers?

Thanks so much for reading Conjure and for caring about the characters and their plight! I’d love to hear from you so if you’ve got a question you can post it here and I’ll answer you in a video, or of course you can chat me up on Facebook or Twitter. I’ll do my best to answer them all without giving out any secrets from the next book.

Thanks again for hosting me, Annabel! This was wonderful.

~Lea

Thank you so much Lea for taking the time to answer my questions. So here’s a little more about this wonderful author:

Lea Nolan couldn’t read until the third grade. After a lot of hard work she finally got the hang of it and devoured any book she could find with a shiny Newberry Award sticker on the cover. Today she writes the stories she sought as a teen—smart paranormals with bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance and a sprinkle of history. She holds degrees in history and women’s studies concentrating in public policy and lives with her heroically supportive husband and three brilliant children in Maryland.

Social Media links:
Website: http://www.leanolan.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lea_Nolan
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheHoodooApprentice
Group blog: http://honestlyya.blogspot.com/

Review: Conjure by Lea Nolan

Published 17/10/2012 by supernaturalreadingaddict

Title:               Conjure 
Author:          Lea Nolan
Pages:             320 ( on my e-reader )
category:      Young Adult, Fantasy
The story:

Be careful what you search for…

Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry–hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.

When a strange girl appears, bent on revenge; demon dogs become a threat; and Jack turns into a walking skeleton; Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before summer—and her friends–are lost forever.

(Taken from Goodreads )

The view of a book addict:

I saw that I could request an ARC for this book and I got curious about the book because of the beautiful cover I decided to look it op on Goodreads. After reading the synopsis I decided to take a chance and request the ARC, I was so glad when I found the download for this book the next day in my inbox. I started reading this book and I seriously couldn’t put it down.

I just got sucked into the story and the characters, I loved the mystery and all the hoodoo magic! The fact that Emma had to learn everything to save her brother and best friend just made it more exciting to read the next chapter. Will she find a solution for the curse or not? Of course I’m not going to tell you the ending of this book, you just have to read it for yourself.

I loved the writing style of this book, it takes you by the hand and just takes you into an amazing world of magic and curses! It felt like I was Emma and living the story.

The verdict of a book addict:

This is an amazing book! A great first book in a series and I can’t wait to read what’s going to happen in the next book!   

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WWW Wednesday ( Oct. 10 )

Published 10/10/2012 by supernaturalreadingaddict

This is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading, here are the rules:

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

1. What are  you currently reading?

I’m currently reading two books:

Night Thief by Lisa Kessler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

foretold ( Demon trappers book 4 ) by Jana Oliver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished reading Dearly Departed by Lia Habel.  You can find my review here

3. What do you think you’ll read next?

I think I’m going to start reading Prey ( Shifters 4 ) by Rachel Vincent. I started this series a while ago now it’s time to pick it up again.

Teaser Tuesday

Published 09/10/2012 by supernaturalreadingaddict

It’s Tuesday and time for another Teaser Tuesday!! So here are my teasers:

Teaser 1:

Antoine’s home had burned to the ground. All of Paris assumed he’d perished in the fire. Only he and Rita knew the truth. 

From Night Thief by Lisa Kessler, I haven’t finished this book, not because I don’t like it because I love it! But I want to take my time reading it and not finish is too soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaser 2:

They retraced their steps.In time Beck paused in front of te door to a diner, put on his game face and than opened it to allow Riley to  enter first.

From Foretold the fourth book in the Demon Trappers series by Jana Oliver. I love the series and this book is no exception.

 

Review: Dearly Departed by Lia Habel

Published 07/10/2012 by supernaturalreadingaddict

Title:               Dearly Departed 
Author:          Lia Habel
Pages:             451
category:      Zombies
The story:

A sharp, slick, blisteringly paced debut novel, with an unconventional but tender love story at its heart.

I parted the curtains. A skeletal face peered back at me, blackened eyes rolling in sockets seemingly unsupported by flesh. It smiled…

It should be game over for Nora Dearly when she is ambushed and dragged off into the night by the living dead. But this crack unit of teen zombies are the good guys, sent to protect Nora from the real monsters roaming the country and zeroing in on cities to swell their ranks.

Can Nora find a way to kill off the evil undead once and for all? Can she trust her protectors to resist their hunger for human flesh? And can she stop herself falling for the noble, sweet, surprisingly attractive, definitely-no-longer-breathing Bram…?

( Taken from Goodreads )

The view of a book addict:

This book is different from the other zombie books I’ve read, first of all this book takes place in the future but the people decided to live in the past. Second not all zombies in this book are bad, there are zombies fighting for the living. Combine that with a love story and you have a strange but very entertaining book.

The book is different and that just makes it more interesting than any other zombie book I’ve ever read. Yes there is blood and eating people but that’s not the main focus of this book. The heroine isn’t just sitting by like some girl who needs to be saved, she fights for her live. I just loved the whole storyline so it took me one page to get into this book!

I can’t remember I’ve ever read a zombie book like this one!

The verdict of a book addict:

An amazing book with an amazing story! It makes me very curious about the second book in the series.   

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