Archive for December, 2013

Virtual Book Tour – Stops #11 and #12

I have a couple of spotlights on my virtual book tour today. The first comes courtesy of Bella Harte Books, a blog run by exuberant reader and young adult author Bella Harte. The second can be seen at Bestseller Books, a site dedicated to bestselling books and books on the rise to bestseller status (not sure if mine fits that description, but hey, I’ll let the masses believe it if they want to).

I want to thank both sites for spotlighting In the Light of the Eclipse to their fans and followers, especially Bestseller Books, a late replacement for a stop that had to be postponed or canceled at the last minute (which one is still unclear, but I am hoping it’s the former and that the review that was going to happen on that stop will still make it in before the tour ends). I will let you all know when and if the stop returns or is officially canceled.

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Virtual Book Tour – Stop #10

Stop by Only God Writes Trees today to see an awesome guest post. In it, I dive into more detail about the acknowledgments that are in the book—who the listed individuals are and what makes them special enough to be included in the book.

I want to thank Nora Romness for the chance to speak about this subject on her blog, and for the spotlight of In the Light of the Eclipse as part of my virtual book tour. Nora is an avid reader who does a lot for children, and judging by her bio, is an admirable young woman with a lot of love to give.

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Virtual Book Tour – Stop #9

My tour today brings us to Cryptic Reads, a book review blog that is more horror/zombie related than anything else. When I first found out this site would be hosting, I wasn’t quite sure why; In the Light of the Eclipse is none of those things. But, if the administrator, Carrie, wanted to review it, then she must have seen something in it that she was interested in, right? It turns out, she did, as her review of the book is great, even going so far as to mention that she’d read it again. I couldn’t ask for much more than that.

I’d like to thank Carrie, and Cryptic Reads, for spotlighting and reviewing In the Light of the Eclipse as part of my virtual book tour. (To read the full review, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.)

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Virtual Book Tour – Stops #7 and #8

I’ve got two awesome stops on my book tour today, both with a guest post that feature a little something about my process in writing In the Light of the Eclipse.

The first stop is at Curse of the Bibliophile, a book review site run by passionate book readers Katie and Satarupa. The guest post they are hosting is called “The Evolution of a Story.” I go into great detail about what goes into the mind of a writer (more importantly, my twisted and insane mind) and how much a book changes from the spark of inspiration to the final product. If you’ve ever wondered how a book evolves (including a discussion on how one of my characters in In the light of the Eclipse went from mere after-thought to a full-fledged character), head on over and check it out. (To find the guest post, scroll down to just after the excerpt.)

The second is courtesy of The Saucy Reviewer, a book blog run by Xunaira J., a writer of children and young adult books. This stop is the one that was postponed from last week and I’m happy to have them back on the tour. The guest post they are hosting is called, “How I Found My Voice,” and is basically just that. It goes into detail about my journey in finding my true voice and not just a copy of another author (or writer), and how that journey ultimately affected the writing style for In the Light of the Eclipse. (To find the guest post, scroll down to just after the blurb.)

Thanks to both of these sites for spotlighting my book and for giving me the chance to let you in on a couple of the secrets behind the scenes of In the Light of the Eclipse, and my writing process in general.

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Movie Mayhem – Out of the Furnace

Christian Bale is a rare-breed; an actor who not only makes you believe in a character so much that you forget that he’s an actor, but a chameleon at that, transforming himself into each and every character in a way that you hardly ever recognize him. There are very few actors who can pull this off, but when they do, they are able to lift the performances of every actor around them as well, helping to bring something out in them that elevates their own style. This level of performance art carries Bale’s new film, Out of the Furnace, hiding the mediocre story under a character-driven asperity. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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Virtual Book Tour – Stop #6

On my tour today is a spotlight of In the Light of the Eclipse at Peace, Love and Writing, a blog run by Philadelphia author Prudence Hayes. If you haven’t joined the tour yet, head on over to the nicely represented spotlight and read the first part of the second chapter (with a link to the entire full chapter), find out where you can buy the book and even enter to win a signed copy. I want to thank Prudence for participating in my tour.

And don’t forget to come back next week when my tour ramps up with several exciting guest blogs and a few more reviews of the book. You won’t want to miss it!

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Virtual Book Tour – Stop #5

Today’s stop on my virtual book tour takes us to Nyxx’s Nook, a book blog by Nyxx Raven, a lover of good books of all kinds. Nyxx was kind enough to conduct a terrific interview that allowed me to discuss my favorite author, some of my favorite characters (both mine and those I wish were mine) as well as allowing me to give a bit more insight into my creative process and where my ideas come from.

But more importantly was Nyxx’s review of the book, which is quite wonderful to say the least. I want to take a moment to say thank you to Nyxx for her time and for being generous enough to take part in the virtual book tour for In the Light of the Eclipse.

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Virtual Book Tour – Stop #4

Today on my book tour for In the Light of the Eclipse, you can enjoy a terrific interview conducted by The Complete Self-Publishing Indie Author’s Resource Site (Wow! What a mouth full). The site helps promote independent authors to the best of their ability, and I want to thank them very much for spotlighting In the Light of the Eclipse and conducting the interview, which will give a little more insight into what I wished I would have known before I started writing, what I like to watch on television, and why I chose self-publishing over the traditional route. (Quick Note: You will have to scroll down past the spotlight to get to the interview).

Also of note: Yesterday I mentioned that a guest post had been postponed (and might be canceled), but it now looks like that guest post will happen in the next couple of days at a different stop. I’ll let you all know when that stop is.

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Virtual Book Tour – Stops #2 and #3

Today I’ve got two spotlights for In the Light of the Eclipse. The first is at Author Rose Wynters blog, the second is at button-the-push. Rose Wynters is the author of several supernatural romance books (which seem to be more adult in nature than my own young adult fantasy) while button-the-push is a general review site for all book lovers run by a fun Aussie-Brit living in Finland named Elisa. I thank them both for taking the time to spotlight In the Light of the Eclipse to their fans and followers.

I was also supposed to have a guest post up today, but that stop was postponed for the time being. I will let everyone know when that stop is rescheduled, or if it is canceled. (I’d like to give a special thanks to Rose Wynters for stepping in at the last minute to fill in for the missing guest post. Very generous and kind, indeed.)

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Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailers

I ran across this YouTube channel this morning and had to share it with everyone out there (not like they need the extra publicity; they already have from one to six million hits per video). Though I’m not sure about a lot of what Screen Junkies puts out, I did watch several of their “Honest Trailers” and they are hysterical. The best one that I saw (of the five or six I did watch… they have plenty more, but I haven’t the time to watch them all…) was the Home Alone Honest Trailer, which points out all of the idiosyncrasies of the film that you probably have never thought of before, such as how bad Kevin’s family really is and the child abuse they bestow upon him. (The Matrix Honest Trailer is a close second in pure enjoyment and number of laughs per minute… or should I say, per second.)

If you have a minute and need a good laugh, check out the Honest Trailers from Screen Junkies on YouTube. Watch the Home Alone Honest Trailer

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