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Published 29/07/2013 by supernaturalreadingaddict

So as a huge Harry Potter fan myself I just had to participate in the Confessions of a Harry Potter fan blog tour. So here is my interview with the author of the book Confessions of a Harry Potter fan: Give a warm welcome to Thomas Sailer!

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

I am  almost  26 and live in Burgenland, a  state in Austria. I have done the usual stuff, school, working, and then attending university and finishing with a Bachelor degree in 2011. Besides that, I have been a very busy member of the virtual Harry Potter fandom, working my way up from among the many millions of HP fan all around the world to a recognized name within the HP scene. Further, I have published 3 books: “Der Freizeitpionier”, “Die Wuestenpflanze” and of course “Chronik eines Harry Potter Fans”, which was translated and published in English as “Chronicles of a Harry Potter Fan”.

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

The wish to become a writer came to me  several times. First in 2003 when I attempted to write a fact book with the title “What is Art?”. Around that time I also began writing a story that was supposed to become a book, but stopped after a few pages. Then, in 2007, I wanted to write again and started writing a manuscript. It did not take long until I gave up, but I kept the word file saved.

It wasn’t until the autumn of 2009 that I started to write continuously. Indeed, it began with the idea to write down all my experiences from the online Harry Potter fandom. Due to university work, I had to interrupt writing soon. But then, I found the manuscript from 2007, suddenly had a great idea for how to continue the story and decided to finish the novel. That’s why “Chronicles of a Harry Potter Fan” became my third book instead of my first one.

So basically, 2009 was the year when I started writing.

3. What came first? The story or the idea for the book?

Considering that my book is an autobiography, the story came long before I had the idea to write a book about it; it took pretty much  5 years from the initial happenings to the finished book.

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

When I am not working, I enjoy things like meeting my friends or going on short trips. I also love to listen to music or go for walks in the nature. I love the forests, meadows and fields! Oh naturally, and did I say yet that I love old cars? 😉

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

Joanne K. Rowling, of course! She has inspired me in many ways. I got so incredibly much work from the Harry Potter story, which would not exist without her. I also like her writing style a lot. And last but not least, her incredible success story is an awesome inspiration for an ongoing writer.

6. Can you tell a little more about your book: Chronicles of a Harry Potter fan?

“Chronicles of a Harry Potter Fan” tells the story of my years of lasting activity in the Harry Potter fandom.

It is not fictional; it is a collection of memories. It is about my incentives, my activities and my success story in the international Harry Potter fandom. The action starts when I began to become a fan of Harry Potter back in 2004 and then quickly proceeds to my beginnings in the online fan community and all the things I did to work my way up.

It tells the story of many unique projects with other HP fans, of hopes and dreams and of all the many steps it took me to become a recognized name in the HP fandom.

7. What inspired you to write this book?

Basically, the book was a product of frustration. Back in 2009, I was unhappy with a lot of things. For me, this time was like falling deeper and deeper into a hole.

One evening, I had the thought to write down my memories of the work in the HP fandom, to make sure the fandom won’t be forgotten. And that didn’t just give me incentive to start writing; it was the beginning of a new, much more positive chapter in my life also.

8. What experience did you enjoy writing about the most and why?

Actually, there were plenty of experiences which I enjoyed, both to have them and then to write about them.

But  I decided to dedicate an entire chapter to one experience: the birthday project for Emma Watson back in 2008. I was the head of the DA at that time, an registry of over 50 Harry Potter based fan communities, and we decided to create a wooden keepsake box for her 18th birthday.

This was probably not the most work intensive fan project which I have ever led, but it was the first time that my organisation managed to contact Emma’s father personally. When I heard that we had actually got a reply of him , I was beyond happy. It was a very special moment in my time in the fan community.

9. If you could have dinner with one of the persons you met who would you choose and why?

Phew, that one is tricky. You know, I have met so many awesome people during my activity, many of whom I think it would be great to have dinner with once, that it would be really unfair for all the others if I chose one of them now.

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

Actually, sometimes I do. Although, having published my first book in December 2011, so around 1 ½ years ago now, a real fanbase hasn’t yet built up around my work. At least not when it comes to my first two novels, which are published in German only.

However, things look a bit different when it comes to “Chronicles of a Harry Potter Fan”.  Thanks to the fact that, till this day, I do have a very good reputation in the international Harry Potter fandom, there have been plenty reports about the release of the book; even when it was initially released in German.

11. What are you currently working on?

Currently, I focus on information methods about my books mainly. I do have several ideas for further books noted down, but haven’t yet started working on any. Having published 3 books till now, I think it is more important at the moment to inform potential readers about them than to publish a fourth book without pauze.

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

Yes, of course! First: people, always chase your dreams and never give up. Deciding to take a step for others rather than yourself not seldomly means a step into the wrong direction.

And second: if you decide to read my books, I really hope you will enjoy them and get a lot of inspiration from them! J

Blurb:
For many years, Thomas Sailer was active in the virtual Harry Potter fandom: After he had developed a huge fancy for the story in autumn 2004, he started to help out on the renowned fan portal ‘Emma Watson Empire’ the next spring; and it did not take long until he advanced to the site’s representative.

Two years later, he founded the ‘Knight Bus’, a widescale directory for Harry Potter websites. And finally, he even tried to mobilise fans from all countries by means of an organisation.

During his years as an active member of the fan community, he has accomplished quite a lot and made contacts to fans and website owners from all over the world. However, what he has basically intended with his activity, did not happen to become real.

In this book, he talks about his work in the international fandom, his motives and how the Harry Potter story has influenced his life.

When first released in November 2012, the original German version of the book caused a stir within the fan community: Although it has never been on a bestseller-list, there appeared to be several reports about Thomas Sailer’s story on many fan based websites from all around the world.

 If you want more information about the author of this book you can visit his official website:
Official Website
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Moonlight by Lisa Kessler Launch Party!

Published 15/07/2013 by supernaturalreadingaddict

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To celebrate the release day of Moonlight the first book in the moon series I’m posting all the info about the book and the author of this wonderful book! First of all let me show you the beautiful cover:

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About Moonlight, book 1 in the Moon series

Rancher Adam Sloan is more than meets the eye. As the heir to his Pack, the sexy werewolf’s biggest challenge is keeping his kin’s true nature under wraps. But a group of jaguar shifters threatens to reveal the pack, blasting into town killing humans in plain sight. And when he smells one at the local diner, his standing orders are to take her out.

Lana Turpin doesn’t realize she’s a moving target. Raised in the foster system, she only knows that she blacks out during the new moon and wakes up without remembering a thing. But now she’s being tracked by some strange organization that wants her back–even though she’s never stepped foot inside their compound. And the stranger across the diner is watching her like an enemy.

It should be a simple mission for Adam, but when he touches the frustratingly beautiful Lana, his inner wolf howls…mate. Now, the two must find and stop the people who hunt her…and Adam must keep his own family from killing the only woman he will ever love.

“A fabulous read. Lisa Kessler is an up and coming author to remember!”

Sherrilyn Kenyon #1 NYT Bestselling Author of the Dark-Hunter Series

Here are the links to get your hands on a copy of this wonderful book!

http://www.amazon.com/Moonlight-Moon-Series-Entangled-ebook/dp/B00CGFGS3A

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/moonlight-lisa-kessler/1115161574

If you would like to add this book to your list on goodreads just follow this link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17834401-moonlight

And if you never want to mis any news about the Moon series you can join the facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/MoonSeriesLisaKessler

About the Author

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Lisa Kessler is an award-winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for best Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror, and many other awards. Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award. Lisa lives in southern California with her husband and two amazing kids. Visit her at:

http://Lisa-Kessler.com/

https://twitter.com/LdyDisney

https://www.facebook.com/LisaKesslerWriter

Facebook Launch Party

Everyone is invited to celebrate with Lisa and she has lots of goodies to giveaway today from 4pm – 9pm Pacific.  https://www.facebook.com/events/187606244735773/

Giveaway

To celebrate the Moonlight launch day, Lisa’s giving away a $25 Amazon gift card, a bullet necklace that’s just like Adam’s, and more!

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Review: Moonlight by Lisa Kessler

Published 08/07/2013 by supernaturalreadingaddict

Title:                   Moonlight 
Author:              Lisa Kessler
Pages:                 300
category:           shifters, urban fantasy

The story:

Rancher Adam Sloan is more than meets the eye. As the heir to his Pack, the sexy werewolf’s biggest challenge is keeping his kin’s true nature under wraps. But a group of jaguar shifters threatens to reveal the pack, blasting into town killing humans in plain sight. And when he smells one at the local diner, his standing orders are to take her out.

Lana Turpin doesn’t realize she’s a moving target. Raised in the foster system, she only knows that she blacks out during the new moon and wakes up without remembering a thing. But now she’s being tracked by some strange organization that wants her back—even though she’s never stepped foot inside their compound. And the stranger across the diner is watching her like an enemy.

It should be a simple mission for Adam, but when he touches the frustratingly beautiful Lana, his inner wolf howls…mate. Now, the two must find and stop the people who hunt her…and Adam must keep his own family from killing the only woman he will ever love.

( Taken from Goodreads )

The view of a book addict:

Another great book by Lisa Kessler, I love the way she writes and introduces us to her characters. They really come alive when you start reading her books.  This book is no different although I had to get used to shifters as main characters and not vampires haha.

The story just picks you up from the first page and puts you down after you’ve read the epilogue. But it leaves you craving for more of the story, I really wanted to know what would happen next for all the characters and their pack.

The storyline was unique for me, I haven’t read a book like this before so that made me want to read it even more. I loved the characters in this book, even the bad ones. Because the way Lisa writes her books you even get the chance to learn more about the bad guys  So you really get to know their motives and that makes them  human and not just an evil character.

The verdict of a book addict:

This was another great read by Lisa Kessler! I can’t wait to read more about the shifters.

Total of Ratties:

ratting system 5 rats

 

Review: Lamment the fearie queen’s deception by Maggie Stiefvater

Published 02/07/2013 by supernaturalreadingaddict

Title:                   Lamment the feary queen’s deception    
Author:              Maggie Stiefvater
Pages:                 325
category:           Faeries, young adult

The story:

Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She’s about to find out she’s also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen’s sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren’t so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn’t exactly what she had in mind . .

( Taken from Goodreads )

The view of a book addict:

First of al let met tell you, I just love everything Maggie writes so when I started reading this book I had a feeling I would really love it.  She didn’t dissapoint me, because I did love the story.

I don’t read many fearie books to be honest, so I don’t have much to compare it to. But what I loved about this book is that it took place in this world the whole time. Deidre never had to travel to the world of the fearies in this book.

Of course the whole love story between Deidre and Luke is something we’ve read before but that dind’t bother me at all. I really liked their story.

The verdict of a book addict:

I absolutely loved this book! And I’m curious about the second book.

Total of Ratties:

ratting system 5 rats

 

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