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The Morning Star: Book Tour and Author Interview

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Check out the all the blog hosts and tour dates HERE.

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Publication Date: January 10th, 2013
Publisher: self-pub
 
Being the daughter of Lucifer keeps seventeen year old Dawn Belial busy. For almost her entire lifetime, she has been trying to think of a way to free her Archangel mother, Michaela, whom her father has held captive for centuries. She’s also attending high school – balancing trigonometry, history, and recruiting souls for her father along with her wicked half-sister, Venus.There has been no time for love until she meets mysterious Gabriel, a British exchange student. As they fall in love against their will, she discovers a startling secret about him, and a shocking connection to her mother that changes everything.

Interview with Amy:

1. Where did you get the idea for The Morning Star?

It’s been simmering in my mind since 2005, coincidentally with the release of Twilight, but before I

heard about it.  I wanted to write a love story between the daughter of Lucifer, and at first, with an

archangel.  Then I sat on it for a year and decided to go with the concept of his daughter falling in

love with the son of an archangel.  Then the whole “Romeo and Juliet” thing came about, warring

families, forbidden love.  I just wasn’t sure why Lucifer and this Archangel would be quarreling, so I

sat on it for another year, developing the characters in my head.  During that time I came up with the

whole “Cinderella” aspect with the wicked step-mother (Lilith), and her “succu-spawn” half-sister

Venus.  I started researching about angels, were there any female ones?  All I could find was that

they were neither he nor she, so Michaela came about as the lone wolf, so to speak.   It all just bled

from there 🙂

2.  I understand you are working on the sequel Equinox, but are there any other books planned in

the series?

Yes, I am planning on it being a trilogy only at this point.  If it gains momentum and I find that I

haven’t yet finished telling Gabriel and Dawn’s story, I will end it with a fourth, or a novella, but as of

now, it’s three.

3. On Goodreads, you say you have 12 other books in the works, OMG!  Are you writing all of these

at the same time, or are they just ideas for later?

Currently, I am writing on 3 others besides Equinox right now — a chick-lit/rom-com/mildy-sleazy/

rom-com/romance with a twist called “Catching Frogs”  that I am shooting for a mid-April release.  I’m

also writing a horror-comedy and a sci-fi aquatic thriller that keeps getting pushed to the back

burner.  I actually started writing that one before TMS, and really need to finish it!  The others have a

chapter written, and include another young adult novel, an erotica one, a dystopia political

apocalyptic thriller , a mystery, and one I am really looking forward to writing, a “Sex in the City” type

of novel, but from a guys point of view!

4.   Do you have any writing quirks (other than writing an insane amount?

I have quirks, period!    I do write better either very early in the morning, say at 5:30 am, and have to

eat a brownie with coffee, or very late at night with a glass of Malbec and some cheese bread.   And

if I get stuck on my story, I close it and start working on one of my others 🙂

5.  Do you write while listening to music?  Any song in particular that you listened to on repeat while

writing The Morning Star.

Always have Spotify or iTunes on.  Three songs that were on constant repeat for inspiration were I’ll

follow you into the dark, by Death Cab for Cutie, which is Dawn and Gabriel’s theme song, Oh What

a Thrill, by the Mavericks, just because they are my favorite band, and Dawn and Gabriel’s first kiss

almost happen during that song at their concert, and Poison and Wine, by the Civil Wars because it

is so haunting and heartbreaking!

6.  Anything else you’d like your readers and fans to know about you?

I am probably the most ridiculously goofy person I know, and have no shame!  If someone was to

dare me to do a solo flash mob to Gagnam Style in a crowded mall, no questions asked, I would do

it.  I have no problem making an ass out of myself!   I fronted a country band a few years ago and we

had an internet hit in Europe.  My first real job was as a police and fire dispatcher in Los Angeles,

and I even was an extra on a episode of “Rescue 9-1-1”  William Shatner was a cool guy.  Oh yeah,

and I’ve been a movie extra also, dating myself here — if you ever watch “Great Balls of Fire” at the

very last scene where he’s singing “Wild One”, you can catch me in my blonde hair and bouncing

green scarf on the bottom right of your screen!    I’m a descendant of Marie Antoinette.  She’s like my

great , great, great, great aunt on my moms side.  And also on my mom’s side, my great grandma

was a lover of Nicholas II of Russia.  True story!  Looking back, I’ve had quite the colorful life, and I

haven’t even used all the crayons yet!

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Author of debut young adult novel, The Morning Star. Currently working on the sequel, Equinox, as well as a chick-lit, rom-com, slightly sleazy and funny story with a twist, Catching Frogs. And, because I’m loco in the roco, I’ve got about 12 more on the back burner. When I’m not writing I can be found kayaking, hiking, ninja-training, traveling, and taking a ferry over to the San Juan Islands to search for the elusive creature known as the “Orca.” I also am constantly adding ridiculous wants, needs, must-see’s and do’s to my ever expanding bucket book.
I covet a delicious malbec with a rare steak and make a killer salsa.

Mini Read-a-Thon!

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I, along with many other YA book bloggers, am joining with My Shelf Confessions for a mini read-a-thon! I have a HUGE TBR pile, that just continues to grow, so I thought why not?! Here are the books I hope to read over the next few days…hope I can do it!

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Deadly to Love by Mia Hoddell

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There is a love that is so dangerous, so powerful, so intoxicating that it embraces your heart and smothers your mind until it leaves you defenceless.

Serena knew that but still, it didn’t stop her. His name was Kai. He was the most beautiful, irresistible man she had ever encountered. Their attraction was too compelling to fight and she knew she would go to the end of the world beside him. That is love.

However behind the allure was hidden a deadly secret – a secret that threatened her fragile life… But secrets best left unsaid never remain hidden forever. When Kai reveals his true identity, she is exposed to a frightening world she had no idea existed. Controlled by powerful Elemental forces her life is placed in mortal danger.

Unbeknown to them, their lives have been entwined from the beginning and it leads her to discover an even greater secret about who she really is. As the pieces begin to unravel and death becomes a reality, Serena is forced to decide what is more important…her love or life.

 

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Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading and her preferred genre is Young Adult, Paranormal Romance. Before 2009, Mia wouldn’t even pick up a book and was more interested in sports. However she finally found some novels that captured her interest and developed a love of both reading and writing. Mia began with poems and after getting two published in separate anthologies she moved on to short stories. Although she enjoyed this, Mia found she had too much to tell with too little space, so later on she created her first series The Wanderer Trilogy and from there other ideas have emerged which she hopes to turn into novels as well. Elemental Killers is her second series and book two will be out soon.

Thanks to Amy for hosting me on her brilliant blog and remember to check out Deadly to Love and the rest of the tour stops here: http://miahoddell.blogspot.co.uk/p/tour-schedule.html!

Gotta love some good teasers. If these don’t make you rush out and read Deadly to Love, I just don’t know about you!

  • I knew they would get it out of me at some point but at that moment I liked that it was just something I knew. As soon as I told them, they would want details and I wasn’t ready to give them yet. ~Page 56
  • I watched him as he ran towards the chaos, gun drawn and ready. When he was nearing the row of houses another man and woman ran out to join him. ~ page 195
  • “Well as you can hear, I’m not dead and not planning on being so any time soon. Yeah the weather’s weird but it’s not like we can do anything but wait it out I guess,” I lied. ~ Page 250
  • “What? Why? How does she even know where this house is?”

Kai had made his way back to the sofa but instead of wrapping his arms around me he sat facing me, his back against the armrest. ~ Page 267

  • I shut my eyes to block out the inhuman stares and the unnatural light.

Fear had taken over my body. ~Page 342

Anyone who knows me, is versed in my love of music. Here’s Mia’s soundtrack–check out the cool tunes!

Deadly to Love Playlist

Author Links

Blog: http://miahoddell.blogspot.com

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mia-Hoddell-Author/421368247889610?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MiaHoddell

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/miahoddell

Buy Links:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Paperback (Lulu) and will be available on Amazon soon

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Eyes of Ember Blog Tour

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Joclyn is in hiding, hunted by the man she still desperately loves. Ryland is gone, his mind erased; no memory of Joclyn remains, but Joclyn’s heart desperately begs her to hold out hope. Meanwhile the black-eyed monster that possesses him attempts to kill her over and over again.

If it wasn’t for Ilyan, Joclyn would be dead by now.

Ilyan, the man who once stalked her, is now Joclyn’s protector, the only person she has left. He protects Joclyn from the men who seek to end her life, and all the while, she is haunted by dreams where Ryland begs her to break the bond between them.

Ilyan is there. Always there.

 Ilyan trains and prepares her, teaching her everything she needs to know in the hope that one day she can avenge Ryland, if not protect herself from him.

And then, there is her father.

The man who has never been there is suddenly responsible for everything. And who he is has made Joclyn into something she never wanted to be:

The Silnỳ. 

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About the Author

Rebecca Ethington has been telling stories since she was small. First, with writing crude scripts, and then in stage with years of theatrical performances. The Imdalind Series is her first stint into the world of literary writing. Rebecca is a mother to two, and wife to her best friend of 14 years. She was born and raised in the mountains of Salt Lake City, and hasn’t found the desire to leave yet. Her days are spent writing, running, and enjoying life with her amazing family.

Author Interview

1.  I read the bio you have posted on your webpage. Such a touching story about you and your grandparents! How did you possibly write Kiss of Fire in 18 days? Thank you. It was such a great surprise to give him a book for his birthday. It’s all he talks about anymore. I will be honest with you. I sat down, and quite literally didn’t take my fingers off the keyboard for two weeks. The story just exploded out of me. My kids had a two week movie fest and ate nothing but ramen noodles and mac and cheese (okay, not really – but the crock pot was defiantly my best friend). I thought it was a fluke, but the same thing happened with the next two books, I guess after having been stuck in my head for so long they couldn’t wait to get out either.

2. After writing a rough draft, what is your process? Do you edit immediately or give it a little time? Beta Readers. After the first draft is done I do a quick once over and then send it to three sets of beta reads. They pick it apart and send back their critiques. In between each beta reader set I do more edits, so by the end it is pretty polished. I then send it through two editors. It’s probably a bit more involved than it needs to be, but I really want to present my work with the best face possible.

3. Any writing quirks you have? I have a very heavy theatre background, and because of that I am a bit more of a method writer then I need to be. All through Kiss of Fire I wore hoodies and listened to Styx. With Eyes of Ember I started running more (St. Bernard’s are not very good running companions) and stopped eating meat. I am working on something else right now that has me desperate to cut my hair unnaturally short.

4. Do you still write scripts? Any thoughts to writing a screenplay of Kiss of Fire? I do still write scripts a bit, when I get requests to do so. Kiss of Fire came from a story I had in my head for some time that I could never put into script form simply because it doesn’t translate to a stage production very well. I have quite a few more stories that are in the ‘to write’ pile that will end up being novels for that same reason.

5.  Do you have the entire Imdalind series already written or just planned out? As of right this very moment Eyes of Ember (book 2), Scorched Treachery (book 3), and Burnt Devotion (book 4) are in some semblance of completion. The last book(s) are planned out, but not written as of yet.

6.  What is your favorite line in Kiss of Fire? That’s a hard one to answer without needing a huge spoiler alert! So, let’s go for Romance: “You’re beautiful.” His hands trailed down my arms, their warmth leaving a trail of goose bumps behind them. He intertwined his fingers with mine for a brief second before leaning down, his lips brushing against my hair.

“Your eyes, they are just like diamonds.”

7.  Why do you write in the genre you write? I just write the stories in my head. I started with Kiss of Fire (Paranormal Romance) because it was based off of a story I used to tell my grandmother, and since the book was for her it fit. I have quite a few more stories begging to be written down but they bounce all over the place: New Adult, Young Adult Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Horror. We will have to see which ones translate to paper well, but so far so good.

8. Any advice for writers, young and old? Don’t be afraid to share the stories in your head. Someone out there may just be waiting to hear it. I kept mine locked up for decades. I never should have been scared to share them.

Thanks for answering these questions for me, Rebecca!

Thanks for having me! It was a lot of fun!

Links:

Goodreads

Amazon author

Barnes and Noble

Website: www.rebeccaethington.com

Twitter: Twitter: @RebEthington

Buy Links:

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