Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ten Things You May Not Know About Ellie Garratt + A giveaway!

I am *so* excited to be a stop on Ellie Garratt's blog tour for her newest release- a collection of nine frighteningly dark tales - which is my favorite kind of story. Welcome, Ellie!

Thank you for hosting me, Jadie. I’m thrilled to be spending the seventh day of my Passing Time Blog Tour with you.

When I first started blogging back in early 2010, and had no real idea of what I wanted to write or even why, one of my favourite activities was taking part in ten things lists. To take part you were usually tagged by another blogger and asked to reveal ten things about you others may not know. Nowadays I tend to avoid tags because of the amount of time they involve, but I thought today I would re-visit one of my favourite ways of passing time.

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me:

1. I've had four surnames in my life but not been married once.

2. I shared my birth surname with one of the most famous writers in the world. We also like writing in the same genre.

3. The first story I ever wrote was about an intergalactic hooverman who cleared space debris. Needless to say, it sucked.

4. I love post-it notes. If I see some I’ve not used before, I have to buy them.
5. I have a crush on Professor Brian Cox, who I think is a modern day Carl Sagan.

6. When I was a child all I ever wanted was a Millennium Falcon and some storm troopers. Unfortunately, I got Barbie.

7. I still use Word 2003. I’ve never been able to get on with any later editions.

8. I’ve never read Harry Potter.

9. I wrote my first novel on a Brother word processor over 15 years ago. Each chapter took up a whole floppy disc.

10. I wish I had known I wanted to be a writer 20 years ago.
So, can you guess which famous author I once shared a surname with? Are you shocked by any of my admissions? Do you share any with me?

Book Blurb:

Nine dark fiction stories that may just give you nightmares.
A man lives to regret Passing Time. A father will do anything to save his son in Expiration Date. An author finds out her worst nightmare is back in The Devil’s Song. A woman gets more than the claim fee when she takes out vampire insurance in Luna Black. In Dining in Hell, the Death Valley Diner becomes the wrong place to stop. A serial killer wants to add another file to his collection in The Vegas Screamer. In Eating Mr. Bone, an undertaker could meet an unfortunate end. A con man meets his first ghost in Land of the Free. And will truth finally be set free in The Letter?

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About The Author
A life-long addiction to reading science fiction and horror, meant writing was the logical outlet for Ellie Garratt’s passions. She is a reader, writer, blogger, Trekkie, and would happily die to be an extra in The Walking Dead. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and online. Passing Time is her first eBook collection and contains nine previously published stories. Her science fiction collection Taking Time will be published later in the year.

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Ellie, thank you again for spending time with us today! I share #10 with you. I wish I'd followed my heart and majored in creative writing and/or English in college. The upside: I love where I am in my life, so I can't regret any decisions I've made along the way. Good luck with Passing Time. I can't wait to read it!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Giveaway, review, and a stop on the blog tour for "Deadly Kisses" by Kerri Cuevas

First thing's first - the Deadly Kisses' official summary:

Aiden Grant is seventeen, has a killer kiss, and a boss who used to be President, back in the old days. You see, Aiden is a grim reaper and his kiss welcomes the newly dead. But Aiden’s pleasant grim reaper lifestyle is in jeopardy. And it’s not only because Honest Abe keeps throwing out history lessons with reaping assignments, just to confuse him. It’s because Aiden’s next assignment is to reap the soul of Bee, the only girl he has ever loved.

When Aiden’s kiss of death fails, intertwining their souls, Bee is still very much alive and they are both in trouble. The ancients want Bee, who has special powers of her own, and they’ll do anything to get her.
Some rules are meant to be broken—even if that means Aiden must bargain with his own soul to save Bee. Who knew the afterlife could get so complicated?

My thoughts, beginning with a summary of my own: Aiden Grant is your typical teenage guy: loves music, not a big fan of taking orders, and has a crush he has no plans of discussing. There’s just one problem: Aiden’s dead. Not glittery, vampire undead, but dead-dead, a decaying reaper of souls, black cloak, scythe, and gondola to boot. The life he left and the eternity he’s fated with collide as his boss, none other than past-president Abraham Lincoln, tests Aiden by ordering him to take the soul of Bee, his aforementioned secret crush. But things don’t go as planned. Not only can she see him, but she also fights back, leaving their souls, and their lives, in a twist. They only have seven days to figure out how – and who – will survive.

My favorite aspect was main character Aiden Grant: he has depth without being morose, and even though he’s no longer living, he pays tribute to his memories in a way that feels natural and not overdone. Deadly Kisses has the feel of a Cassandra Clare read, but set to an upbeat tempo – with a guitar solo somewhere in the mix. Cuevas weaves a tale as grounded as it is fantastic, with an ending that entices the reader to stand side by side with Aiden and his allies – both living and dead alike.

GIVEAWAY! There's also a giveaway for a copy of Deadly Kisses and some killer swag! Enter using Rafflecopter here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway About the author: Kerri Cuevas was born and raised in Rhode Island. She moved to New Hampshire with her husband, three kids, cats and a rabbit named Hercules in 2005. When she's not writing, she's chasing chickens on her small farm or searching for the ultimate mac-a-cheese recipe.

Kerri went to college for Early Childhood Education but now writes books for young adults full-time. Her storytelling stems from watching too many horror flicks as a teen, but she no longer needs to sleep with the lights on.
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Monday, March 11, 2013

Summer's 600 follower celebration + giveaway!

My fantabulous editor, Summer, has reached 600 followers on her spicy, savvy blog, and she's giving away a copy of my book to celebrate! Here are the deets:

Summer Ross at My Inner Fairy is having a 600 follower giveaway from March 11-15th.
Prizes include an e-arc of Moonlit and signed book swag -OR- or a signed print copy when the novel releases (winner’s choice). The winner will also receive a 15 dollar gift card from Amazon.

There will only be one winner- chosen by Random.org on Saturday March 16th at 9am posted on Summer’s blog.
All you have to do to enter is post a comment on Summer’s blog and be a follower of my blog (yes we can – and will – check.)

Feel free to spread the word!!