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Samantha Long

Spotlight Posted on Fri, August 16, 2013 13:23:15

My author spotlight today is Samantha Long an awesome YA author…

Do
you write as yourself or under a pseudonym?
Why?

I write as myself.
I’m not sure why, lol, I’ve just never thought about using a pseudonym.

What
made you want to be a published author?

I’ve always wanted to write.
I would stare at books and know that one day I would have a book up on
that shelf too. It’s a passion.

What
genre do you write in and why?

I write in young adult paranormal because I’ve always been
fascinated with the supernatural. Ghosts, magic, werewolves, vampires. It’s fun to believe that there’s more out
there than we know.

If
you could talk to your 12 year old self, what advice would you give?

Don’t worry so much about what others think. You’ll get a boyfriend. Haha, and you’ll eventually be happy.

Have
any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

Definitely Nora Roberts.
I love the way she writes, the worlds she makes. The relationships between the people seem so
real to me.

If
you are a self-published author what made you take this route and what was your
experience (good or bad)?

I’m self-published. I
picked this way so that I would have more control over what I write and how it
looks. A lot of authors I know are
self-publishing and love it.

How
would you rate your writing?

Oh Lord, lol, that’s a hard question. I’m my own worst critic.

How
do you react to poor reviews of your book?

I get upset for an hour, eat some junk food, cry on my
husband’s shoulder. Then I try to see if
there’s anything constructive in it. If
not, I move on.

What
influences your choice of book covers?

I like covers that are eye-popping and mysterious.

How
do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

Sometimes the house is a mess and dinner is pb&j, lol,
but I try to write after everyone’s in bed or before everyone gets up so I can
focus. Four kids and the noise, I can’t
block it out.

Do
your characters drive the plots of your stories or do you plan out your plot?

I plan out my plot, I’m a definite planner. But sometimes my characters do what they
want.

Do
you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

All. The. Time. I
have very vivid dreams, and the entire Guardian series is actually formed from
dreams I had as a teenager.

Do
you market yourself or pay a professional?

I’m lucky to have friends who are GREAT at marketing. They help me out and give me tips, so I
haven’t had to pay yet.

What
are your tips for editing?

Do it. As many times
as you need. Your book can always get
better. I like to edit and then take a
break to do something around the house so that I don’t burn out and lose
interest. Then I go back to it.

What
inspired you to write your current WIP or current published work?

My dreams. I wanted
to share the Guardian dreams with people and I love to write.

Do
you prefer to write stand-alone novels or a series? Why?

I love to write series because I love to read them. I love to bring characters back and explore
their motivations and personalities more.
Maybe change things around and surprise people.

If
you could change one thing in the publishing process what would it be?

OMG. I hate ebook
formatting. I wish there were people who
did it for free, or a program that automatically does it perfectly.

What
advice would you give to a new author?

Write. Don’t stop, no matter what your inner critic
whispers naughtily in your ear. It’s not
garbage. You can do this.

Share
a favourite quote from your book.

“I thought no one could hurt me worst than she did, but
you proved me wrong.” HIs bitter tone struck her. ” Being connected
to you made the pain a thousand times worse.”

Tristan
to main character Sophie

Name
one person that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Easy. My best friend, Nina. We met in Texas. I let her read it and she loved it. She also was honest with what needed
work. She’s the biggest reason I’m at
this point today. When I wanted to give
up, she wouldn’t let me.

I love everything paranormal too…it’s a great genre to write in and opens up a world of possibilities because as the author we have to create a complete new world. As for editing I share you pain smiley

So let’s have a looksy at her book…

When Sophie moves to Boston to get away
from the people who ridiculed her for her psychic talents, she wants to start
fresh. But when a demon attacks her
study group at the library, she has no choice but to reveal her abilities to
warn the others.

She learns the attacks won’t stop until
she’s dead. To stay alive she joins forces with the other students and a secret
society that has battled the demons for centuries.

The last thing she wants to do is be a pawn
in the war of good and evil. When her visions start showing events from a past
life, she can’t ignore the connections it shows. She has no choice but to acknowledge the
bonds that tie her to the other students, even if some of them refuse, to have
the strength to defeat the demon that hunts them down.

Will she survive long enough to stop the
demons from destroying everything and everyone she loves?

Seriously I would buy this book on the cover alone…well I already have…geeze my TBR pile is getting bigger…and BIGGER…Thank god I have my 32gb Kindle!!!

Buy Links:

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Barnes
& Noble

Stalker Links…

http://facebook.com/SamanthaLongAuthor

http://samanthamlong.com



Love Lost by Maria DeSouza

Cover Reveals Posted on Fri, August 16, 2013 12:48:00

The first thing I have for you all is a cover reveal for Love Lost by Mara DeSouza. It’s her début novel and doesn’t it look awesome??? So for everyone that loves Contemporary Romance you really need to add this to your TBR pile. It’s expected release date is 30th September!!!!

Cover Model is Joe
Marvullo: https://www.facebook.com/joe.marvullo.1?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

Cover
Designer: Rochelle McGrath from Shamrock Cover Designs: https://www.facebook.com/ShamrockCoverDesigns?skip_nax_wizard=true

Photographers: Front
cover is Jubert Gilay https://www.facebook.com/JubertGilayPhotography

Back cover with the rose
is David Massa https://www.facebook.com/DavidMassaPhoto

So who is Maria DeSouza?….


I am a 31 yr old NJ native, not to be mistaken for the craziness that is the NJ Housewives or Jersey Shore! I have two children, who are my life and family that makes me want to scream at times, but I love them. I started my affair with reading and writing at a young age. I loved where books took me, and wished for the day when I would meet my dream boat. (Yes, I referred to my future man as a dream boat. Child of the 80s here!) I grew up on Stephen King, Nora Roberts, and anything my library would let me borrow. I would always grab a notebook and start writing about the books I read because I wanted the story to continue. I never took it seriously until I had a friend a few years ago tell me that I needed to publish my work after I wrote down a short story. My reaction was…yeah, right! The words stuck with me and I was constantly asked, “Did you write more? Are you done?” A back injury put my writing on hold for almost 2 yrs and last year, I found the WIP file and started reading. Then, I started writing and adding to it. That little dream turned story will be my debut novel, Love Lost.

Love can come into your life in an instant, and leave just as quickly….

Jason Straiz is a New York detective working on a case to bring down a major crime lord.
He keeps his life simple. Work. Family. Friends.
Until he meets Selene.

Selene is a lawyer on a mission.
Her goal is to bring down the monster that has been terrorizing her for years.
When she meets Jason, the attraction is intense.
When Selene realizes Jason is after the same person she is, he becomes a complication.
When his case and her mission collide, will her secrets destroy a future they could have together?
Can he handle the truth about her?

Can love truly conquer all or is there a limit?



Stalker Links…and if you go and like her facebook page there’s a giveaway going on!!

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/MariaDesouzaAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mdesouza05

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7082122.Maria_DeSouza