I have been promising this for weeks. Needless to say, I’ve been a bit behind schedule. But it is here!!

Over the past two months, I’ve read all of the published ToG novels (The Assassin’s Blade through Empire of Storms) and loved them all! I don’t know why I waited so long to start this series.

Maybe I was afraid of the hype… who knows.

Anyway, I haven’t posted any of my reviews yet, but they will be going up soon (probably in the next week or so, but you probably know by now that I’m terrible at staying on schedule) . In the meantime, you have this awesome giveaway to enter!

Here’s what you can win:

(And please forgive my less-than-adequate photo taking skills….)


You can win all of these goodies and a hardback of the next ToG book: Tower of Dawn!! (ToD will be ordered from Book Depository and sent directly to winner)

Let’s take a closer look at what you stand to win:

  1. IMG_3410This beautiful 18×18″ pillow from BookishStuff on Etsy! The case is super soft and the pillow is very plushy! The art on it features a Stag silhouette with a dark forest behind it, and a starry sky and a quote inside of it.  It says:

    the Stag, the Lord of the North. So the people of Terrasen will always know how to find their way home. So they can look up at the sky, no matter where they are and know Terrasen is forever with them.

  2. IMG_3412A one-of-a-kind handmade Journal from KleeTreasures on Etsy! This beautiful journal is hand painted and has a cute bookmark with a yellow star charm and a spiral of stars charm.
    The art on this journal features the Stag of Terrasen surrounded by a golden circle with a crown on top!
    It is small enough to be carried around in your purse or pocket!
    Also, this came all the way from Australia!! (I think that’s really awesome)
  3. A gorgeous metal stamped necklace from Bookish IMG_3413Adventures on Etsy! This necklace is silver colored and says:


    It also has a little heart charm off to one side!
    This necklace will make such a cute accessory with any outfit!
    You can check out Bookish Adventures on Instagram here!

  4. A 13×13″ Tote Bag from Society6 (this is the only thing not donated IMG_3411for the giveaway, but when I saw it I was like “ahh this is so cute! I need to include it in the giveaway!”)
    The artwork features a gold dream catcher on a black background with stars and has the quote:

    The world will be saved and remade by the dreamers.

    Just so you know, that is my favorite quote from the books!!

  5. A Hardcover of Tower of Dawn (ordered from Book Depository, as said above)

How to win:

*This giveaway is going to be open to anywhere that book depository ships!!

To win, just enter the rafflecoper giveaway below!

Rafflecoper Giveaway

Good luck entering the giveaway!

The giveaway ends on September 11th, 2017 and the winner will be emailed the following day!

And keep an eye out for the upcoming reviews of the Throne of Glass series!!

Thanks for reading!!



Summer Vacation Book Tag- Original!

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I’ve done it! I have made my first original book tag!

The theme of this tag is Summer Vacation because (duh) its summer. I tried to make the categories as summer themed as possible, and I hope you like them as much as I do!

first day of summer

A New Book You Have Been Waiting To Read

30313265Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

This book, guys. This book is SO GOOD! I luckily didn’t have to wait as long as some people to read this (because I received an ARC), but even waiting for the ARC to come in the mail felt too long! This book, which takes place in the summer, is so cute and romantic, and a summer read that you definitely do NOT want to miss!

And, guys, it’s out now. So what are you waiting for?

(Read my review here)

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A Book That Leaves You Wanting More

30038855Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

I did not want this book to end. It was beautiful and heartbreaking, and as soon as it was over I just wanted to go back and read it over. Honestly everything about this book was so perfect. The only thing I would change about this book would be to add some kind of epilogue to find out what happened next. This is another summer-must-read!

(Read my review here)

portable fan

A Book Where The Romance Is *On Point*

jjjBeyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beard

Man oh man. This book was so adorable. This is yet another summer must-read that absolutely swept me off my feet. It was so romantic that it almost killed me. ALL THE FEELS WHERE THERE. ALL OF THEM. And seriously guys if you are looking for an amazing summer romance that supernatural elements, look no further. This is the best one. The end.

(Read my review here)

slip and slide

A Book You Were Excited For But Didn’t Live Up To Your Expectations

18692431Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I had SUCH HIGH HOPES for this book. Its synopsis is amazing. The movie trailer was beautiful (and Nick Robinson *sigh*). Everything was lining up to make this story perfect.

And then FLOP. I was SO SAD. I wanted this book to be amazing. It had all the promises to live up to my expectations. AND THEN IT DIDN’T. *sobs*

(Read my review here)

theme park

A Fantastical Book That Transported You To Another World

21396155The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury


I was no longer in my living room. The end.

Seriously, this is one of the most beautiful and magical books out there. I was transported to a fantastical world complete with jinn and some super adorableness and lots of trouble. If you are looking for a vacation but don’t know where to go: GO TO THIS BOOK!!!

(Read my review here)

thunder storm

A Dark Book That Was Light Up With Streaks Of Beauty

28962906Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

This book is just the perfect mix of darkness and beauty. The book, of course, has a very dark theme, and is riddled with graphic murders and a race to find the crazed killer. But the writing and characters and adorable flirtations just filled this book with streaks of beauty that were just too perfect.

(Read my review here)


visiting friendsA Book Or Series That You Can’t Get Enough Of

8835379Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier

I have read this series time and time again, and whenever I am in a book slump, this is the series I read to get out of it!

These books are so heart pounding and exciting and swoon worthy and adorable. I love the characters so much, and every time I reread this series I fall in love with them all over again!

(Read my review for Ruby Red here, Sapphire Blue here, and Emerald Green here)


So there you have it! My summer vacation book tag. I am going to tag these bloggers:

• Emily @ Caper Reads

• Jordan @ The Heart Of A Book Blogger

• Emma @ The Book Crunch

• Stephanie @ Teacher Of YA

• Angel @ Avid Reader

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

If I didn’t tag you and you want to do this tag, feel free, and leave your links down at the bottom so I can check them out!!


Author Q&A- Tim Heath

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Tim Heath. He is the amazing author of Cherry Picking, The Last Prophet, and The Tablet, and has more books on the way! Read the interview below.


Q: How long have you been writing? Why did you start?

A: I guess I’ve been writing stuff since I was at school (so, erm…. fifteen years plus…) Back then, I didn’t really know where the stories were going. About ten years ago the first real idea dropped into my head – title, characters, premise etc. That’s now how all my ideas come. So about that time I started writing during my lunch hour at work – just over 7 years ago, after moving to Russia, I suddenly found the urge to write regularly, the first draft flowing. I guess the rest is now history!

Q: What inspires your writing? Do you have a muse?

A: I’m not so sure about a muse, but maybe my answer is the same for both of these. It’s my ideas that inspire me. Seeing these mini films in my head (I’m a visual thinker) I really want to do them justice by writing them into novels. Of course, probably making the film directly would be easiest, but maybe one day! So it’s certainly doing the idea justice that pushes me to keep writing.

Q: How much ‘grunt work’ goes into your novels? Is there a lot of research involved?

A: Yes, I would say over the years a lot of grunt work has gone into them, not only by myself, either! I have a great team of pros who help me get it from second draft to publication. I do research quite a bit, plus use experts I can ask questions to, usually giving them copies of my latest draft to read and feedback on.

Q: Where is the strangest place you have come up with an idea?

A: As they drop into my head (so my part is really just recognizing when it is an idea!) I have no great control over that. The idea for The Last Prophet came to me as I walked down the hallway of our new rental flat about a month after moving to Tallinn. Sometimes ideas come when I’m in bed – I think it’s those moments between sleep and awake when the mind is quite creative. So one time (for something I’ve not written, yet) I was a little unwell so went to bed to rest – until an idea came, iPad open and notes taken, now fully awake, no chance for the rest I’d needed.

Q: Tell me a little about your books Cherry Picking, The Last Prophet, and The Tablet. What were the original ideas behind them? Which was the hardest to write?

A: How do I not make this a very long answer! Amazon will give you the blurbs, so I don’t need to repeat that here. Cherry Picking, being the first, was the big adventure for me into becoming an author. There was no pressure, though total vulnerability in releasing it. It’s done well, and after a recent tweak in marketing, has been a regular in the top 20 in the US in the conspiracy thriller chart! It also once made #2 in the UK on the mystery chart as well as recently hitting #3 in the US.

The Last Prophet, therefore, had a little pressure – now I had a readership.

The Tablet combined what I felt was the best bits of both previous novels – most are say this is my best one yet, and with it just take 13 days for the first draft, was certainly my quickest one yet!

I can’t really reveal the original ideas behind them as these are what makes the stories readable, not knowing what the idea is until you come across it. I love books and films with depth, so write that way too.

Q: Are you working on any writing projects now? If so, what can you tell me about them?

A: Yes, I’ve always got two projects on the go as one time. Novel 4 (written in first draft form already and my first sequel) is called The Shadow Man, and it builds on events and a character, by the same name, that emerged from The Last Prophet novel. The draft is sitting on my book shelf next to me – it’s good to leave it several weeks/months and move on, so that the editing process can be a little more subjective.

I have today, in fact, started on my latest project. It’ll be a series of three novels coming under the series title of The Hunt, and book one is called The Prey. Picture The Hunger Games in the real world, with Russian oligarchs etc….lots of fun. I actually managed 6,650 words today, so if I keep that up, could rival The Tablet as the quickest one written! I’ve very excited about this series and hope to deliver something special. It’ll be the next three books I write, I think, potentially over the next two years, unless I really do write it in one month, and then maybe it’ll be less time.

So, watch this space!

Q: Which of your characters is most like you? In what ways?

A: I don’t know really, I didn’t (knowingly) write them with me in mind. You’d have to ask my wife, see if she can spot anyone!

Q: If you could have a brainstorming session with any author in the world (alive or dead), who would it be and why?

A: Oh, interesting question. Actually (I know he’s not exclusively a writer) but would love a session with JJ Abrams and see what came out of that!

Q: What has been the biggest challenge in your writing career? What have you done to overcome it?

A: I guess just making sure I get on with actually writing. I plan well now (my whole year is planned 12 months in advance, with what I should be doing each day – I’m ahead of schedule at the moment, which is great).

As writing in a long term investment, it can be easy to get discouraged or distracted. I’m far from getting this one totally sorted, but have found extra motivation to really press through this year.

Q: What is something you want the world to know?

A: Know that God loves you and that he’s helped me to write books that I’m sure you’ll all enjoy! ☺

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Author Q&A- Ian Jackson

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing I. D. Jackson, the author of Deadly Determination and Dead Charming. He is currently working on his next novel, so if you haven’t read his books yet, now is the time to catch up!


Q: When did you start writing?

A: I began writing as a child. Whenever we had people around my parents would wheel me out as the ‘party trick’ and ask their friends to come up with a character and a situation and I would be expected to create a fascinating story on the spot…I was about 6 they tell me! My first books were adventure stories written when I was about 10 and passed among my friends and family – unfortunately none survive, but I can still see and ‘feel’ them in my mind…. yes, I’m strange!

Q: What inspires you to write? Do you have a muse?

A: You know what I don’t, but probably should. Psychology and human nature fires my imagination to write.

Q: Tell me about your books Deadly Determination and Dead Charming. What were the original ideas behind them?

A: My interests lie in psychology and I’ve always been fascinated how seemingly normal people can be affected by an event or perhaps another person in their lives which then drives them on to commit heinous crimes. A germ of a story began emerging in my mind that eventually went on to become my first novel, Dead Charming which was greeted with critical acclaim. Deadly Determination is the second book (not a sequel) and carries through these themes. Both novels are crime thrillers with a twist that will take the readers breath away.

Q: How much ‘grunt work’ went on behind the scenes of writing your novel?

A: Many hours of research as well as interviews with detectives, coroners and some criminals – fascinating stuff.

Q: You have written articles for magazines such as Concept and Style Guide. How is this process different than that of writing a book?

A: When I wrote for magazines and newspapers it was a job to be completed, whereas now I get to write about things I’m interested in – thrilling crime!

Q: Did your days as a local magazine and sports program publisher help you in your quest to publish your novels?

A: Surprisingly not – the contacts I have through publishing magazines are completely different to novel writing and literary agents – like chalk and cheese really.

Q: What is some advice that you wish you had received when you began writing?

A: Start pitching your book as soon as you’ve written the first three chapters and have a tight synopsis ready for the rest – literary agents and publishers only want to see the first three chapters anyway and will base their decision on your writing style and the synopsis of the book.

Q: How has becoming a published author changed your life? Has it always been your goal?

A: My life hasn’t particularly changed as such. I love the fact that I have two books in print, but it wasn’t one of my ambitions as a young man.

Q: You got married to your wife, Susie, not to long ago. Has she read your books? Does she like them?

A: Yes, she has. She helps me as I go through reading chapters and commenting on characters and plot-lines. I think she enjoys the creative process and she says she likes the books…but then she has to really!

Q: What is something you want the world to know?

A: Labels are dangerous and anyone can work to improve their psychological imbalances, however severe they are. I believe in redemption for everyone when they are ready and I hope that readers identify with, and even feel sympathy for, some of my darker characters.

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Author Q&A- Ruthanne Reid

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing an amazing and inspiring self-published author; Ruthanne Reid. Ruthanne has been writing since she was eight, and her dedication shows. Her book, The Sundered is out now!


Q: How long have you been writing? Why did you start?
A: I’ve been writing with the intention of storytelling since I was eight, when I crafted my first masterpiece: a My Little Pony story in which all the ponies were murdered by the snake kingdom except for one single princess pony, who was just so pretty and precious they couldn’t kill her, but adopted her as their own instead.
That’s right. It’s a Mary Sue/My Little Pony/Genocide story. I typed the whole thing on my mother’s typewriter with red ink because I thought it was pretty. Take that, child psychologists.
I do have to note, however, that even this demented early tale shows the seeds of what my current universe became: genre-mixing, dramatic tragedy, and overwhelming cuteness. Oh, dear.
Q: What inspires your writing? Do you have a muse?
A: I don’t have a specific muse, per se; good storytelling is what gets my engines going every time. The format doesn’t matter, either; animated, written, or simply told, a good story is the fuel that drives mine.
I have had favorite characters over the years who showed up in any stories I imagined (Grimlock, Vegeta, Chang Wufei, Severus Snape, Steve Rogers). Weirdly enough, crafting a world around a known character often helped me to suss out the details of that world and its needs. From there, original characters were easier to build – especially since I’d already analyzed just what I loved so much about other people’s characters.
Q: Tell me about your book The Sundered. What was the original idea behind it?
A: I can answer this one of two ways: with the plot “hook,” and with the themes. How about both?
THE SUNDERED is about a young man who has to make a horrible decision: he can either save the human race, or save the aliens the humans enslaved. What’s “fair” in this situation? There’s certainly no easy answer, and in the midst of a world flooded by water that kills when touched, revisionist history and abusive homes, Harry has a lot of growing to do before he can even begin to answer that question.
I touch on the question of what makes a life worthy of survival; of what makes “right” and “wrong” in situations where no one is innocent; and on the challenge of making a “good” choice when no choice comes without heavy consequences.
(It’s a cheerful little tome, really)
Q: What challenges have you faced in your writing career? What have you done to overcome them?
A: The biggest challenge I faced was during the period of time I tried to get an agent. Over and over, I received personalized rejections from literary agents with essentially the same wording: I love this story, but it’s too weird for me to sell because publishers don’t like to take risks. If you could change the story to make it more normal (add a romance, change the gender of the protagonist, change the entire ending, etc.), then I could take you on and sell this book.
My challenge was literally deciding whether to change my story down to the core in order to sell it, or keep it as it was and try to make it on my own.
The last straw for me was an agent who told me he couldn’t possibly represent the book for the same reasons already mentioned, but he really had to know how it ended, and so asked me for the rest of the manuscript AFTER he’d already turned me down.
That told me I had a story worth telling. So I chose to self-publish.
That was one of the best and hardest decisions of my career. The more I’ve marched down this path, the more I’ve realized what a good idea it was for me. It’s not for everyone, by any means; but for someone like me, whose mind isn’t quite normal, it was the only way to retain my writing integrity.
I may still get an agent someday, but now I know enough to do this without compromising my stories.
Q: What advice do you want to give to budding writers?
1. Read EVERYTHING. Read fiction and non-fiction, classics and current best-sellers. Read indie; read how-to books.
2. Learn how to write by thinking about what you read. Learn how to write by writing, and writing, and writing.
3. Forgive yourself. Remember this: EVERYBODY sucks starting out. Absolutely everybody. Ira Glass put it really well in this amazing video that you should go and watch right now:
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners[:] All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. 
But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. 
And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. 
Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
That right there may be the most important advice anyone has ever given a writer.
Q: Did you anticipate how well received you and you books would be?
A: Not even a little – and it must be emphasized that they were not always well-received! No matter what you write, some people will love it, and some people will hate it. That’s okay. That’s normal. At first, when I got a bad review,  I’d honestly flip out a little; it took me a long time to see that everyone’s taste is different, and bad reviews are okay.
Now, the good reviews… those are delicious, gold-coated chocolate. Edible gold, that is. I genuinely had no idea starting out that this book would ever appeal to as many people as it has. It’s been a real encouragement to me. I may be weird, but evidently, so are a lot of others. 😉
Q: Which of the characters you have created is most like you? In what way?
A: There’s a little bit of me in every single protagonist I have.
  • Harry has father issues and has had to reevaluate everything he was ever taught.
  • Katie is so done with the drama of the world she grew up in, and she ran away to New Hampshire. That was LITERALLY me.
  • Grey is fearful and doesn’t want to be a hero; when he finds courage in himself, it’s more of a surprise to him than anyone else.
  • Notte has a gift for seeing all sides of a story, which means he doesn’t always assume he’s the good guy. It’s a sobering perspective I’ve had to grow into over the past ten years
Q: What is one thing you wish you knew in high school?
A: That I didn’t have to please other people the way my folks wanted me to. I felt like my whole world was my family and their acquaintances, but that simply wasn’t true. There are SO MANY people out there, and someone WILL “get” you in time. Keep looking; don’t give up because of rejection. Who you are matters, and who you are is who God made you to be, and there will be other people out there who understand. You just have to find them.
Q: If you could go anywhere in the world in any time period, when and where would it be? Why?
A: Does it count if I pick a time that might not have existed? I’m REALLY fascinated by cryptoarcheology. I want to see the really ancient metropolises of the world – the ones that sank and were lost, or were abandoned so long ago in the jungles that we don’t even realize they’re there without satellite imagery, or the ones that lie hidden under desert sands.
Q: What is something you want the world to know?
A: It’s worth pushing through.
There’s so much trouble and pain in this world that sometimes, it might not seem worth it – but it is. It’s worth getting hurt to try again. It’s worth trusting and fighting and forgiving.
It’s worth pushing through. Don’t ever give up.
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Author Q&A- Alyson Noelle

Today I had the honor of interviewing Alyson Noelle, an internationally best selling author, and one of my person favorites. She has published 21 novels and has many on the way, including Unrivaled, the first book in her new Beautiful Idols series.



Q: When did you start writing?

A: Unofficially: In junior high. I wrote terrible, very bad, albeit heartfelt poetry in an attempt to make sense of my parent’s divorce, being bullied, and my general unease in my own adolescent skin. Thankfully, those poems shall never see the light of day, though they did serve their purpose at the time.

Officially: In March 2005 my debut novel, FAKING 19, was released into the world and I’ve been writing ever since. With 21 novels published, 3 in production, and several more in the works, it’s been an amazing 11 years!

Q: What inspires you to write? Do you have a muse?

A: No muse. While I like the romantic concept of a muse, it’s always seemed like such a flighty, intangible, whim-driven thing with a shaky sense of integrity when it comes to showing up at the agreed upon time. As a punctual person, this would never work.

Same goes for inspiration. Aside from the initial spark behind every new book idea, when it comes to the actual writing I rarely feel inspired at the start of each day. Not when there are so many shiny things like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, online shopping, and Gilmore Girls reruns on Netflix vying for my attention. But once I’ve worn myself out with all that, I force myself to get to it, whether I want to or not (usually not). But then, like magic, somewhere in the middle of all the typing inspiration hits, and the next thing I know an entire day has passed without my even realizing.

Q: You have written an impressive 21 novels. Does it ever get easier?

A: Since I’m generally a silver linings kind of gal, I want to be optimistic here and tell you, yes, it most certainly does! But the honest answer is no, it really, truly doesn’t. But maybe that’s a good thing (optimism alert!), because easy tends to get boring, and boring makes me want to run back to more interesting endeavors like watching Gilmore Girls reruns on Netflix. So basically, every time I begin a new book, I stare at page 1 and think: How can I possibly fill this page, much less the 325 to follow? But somehow, word by excruciating word, it manages to come together. And when I reach the end I can’t help but feel like some intangible bit of magic, not entirely of my doing, has just occurred. After a brief but celebratory hiatus, I dive in once more and hope/trust the magic will happen again.

Q: In your Immortals Series, how did you decide what the conditions of the immortality were?

A: Well, it was a bit of a puzzle, really and it didn’t come all at once. But generally, all magic has consequences, and in order to best serve the story it helps if those consequences can get in the way of the protagonist’s goals as much as possible. So it was mostly a matter of figuring out what Ever wanted versus what she needed and then shaping the rules of the world accordingly. Also, I tried to insert a certain sense of logic based on the research I’d done on the subjects of immorality, the afterlife, chakras, auras, psychic phenomenon, etc. that would correspond with the parameters of the world I’d built.

Q: If you could be inside one of your books for a day, which one would it be? Why?

A: The Immortals for sure.

Mostly because of Summerland.

And yeah, Damen.

Also Jude.

And Roman.

Q: Which one of your characters do you relate the most with? Who was the most fun to write about?

A: Most of my protagonist’s contain at least a small piece of me, so I relate to all of them in some way. Alex in Faking 19 was very much like me in my senior year of high school back when I was totally failing myself until I figured out I was the only one who could turn it around. Like Rio Jones in Art Geeks and Prom Queens, I know what it’s like to be the new girl at school and have all the other girls hate you. Like Colby Cavendish in Cruel Summer I once lived in Greece (Mykonos though—I sent Colby to Tinos). Like Hailey Lane in Fly Me to the Moon I was a NYC based flight attendant who longed to be a writer and end up marrying an attorney. Like Ever Bloom in The Immortals I know what it’s like to be drowning in the seemingly bottomless grief over losing your loved ones. And in Unrivaled, book 1 in my new Beautiful Idols series, I used to be cynical like Layla (before I surrendered to optimism), I love shoes as much as Aster, Tommy and I share the same musical tastes, and though I have no idea what it’s like to live a life as gilded as Madison’s, I do have serious closet envy!

As for the most fun, that’s a tie between Riley Bloom from The Immortals and The Riley Bloom series, and Nick Dashaway the protagonist from my upcoming MG novel, Five Days of Famous. Placing myself in the head of 12-13 year olds allows me to re-experience the pre-cynical me (before the snarky phase that preceded the optimism surrender) when I had a surplus of confidence and believed myself capable of superhero-type feats. #GoodTimes

Q: Are you currently working on a writing project? If so, what can you tell me about it?

26116460A: I’m working on book 2 in my new Beautiful Idols series. Book 1, Unrivaled, is set for a simultaneous global release in 17 languages on May 10, and I had so much fun writing it, I’m really excited for everyone to read it!

It takes place in the fast-paced world of LA nightclubs, where three teens get caught up in a high-stakes competition and the desperate measures they take to win that make them suspects in a mysterious crime. It’s been compared to Pretty Little Liars meets Scandal, which thrills me to no end!

Q: What advice would you give to a budding writer? What advice do you wish you had gotten?

A: When I was younger, I wished I’d paid less attention to all the people who saw fit to predict what future me was capable of. I wished I’d realized that they were speaking from a place of their own limited vision and failed dreams and that their bleak projections were all about them and had absolutely nothing to do with me.

As for advice, I’d say that if you want to write, then by all means write! It’s really that simple. You may not get published right away, and that’s okay. It took me 2.5 years to get my first book deal, but now I look back on all those early rejections as a test to my commitment and tenacity. There were so many reasons to give up, and at times I declared that’s exactly what I would do. But by the next day, I was back at it, just stubborn enough to keep trying, and I’m so glad I did.

The truth is, there are no guarantees, no 401K, no health insurance plan, and all the logical, well-meaning people in your life will probably do their best to talk you out of it. But if it’s your dream, if entire plot lines and worlds take shape in your head, if characters talk to you on a daily basis, if your dreams involve wearing pajamas and sweating over every word you type on a screen, then you owe it to yourself to give it your best shot and bring those stories to life.

Q: Would you ever want to see any of your books as a movie or TV show? Why or why not?

A: Yes, definitely, a thousand times yes!

So far, I’ve had 17 novels optioned for film, but no movie yet…

Though, I am happy to say that the Soul Seekers was optioned by Cheyenne Enterprises and Traziende films and is now moving forward as a Spanish language franchise, which is so super cool—now I just need to get back to studying my Rosetta Stone tapes! The Immortals was recently optioned by Gil Adler (Valkyrie, Constantine) and Jason Rosenberg and I have high hopes they’ll be able to get something going. And Saving Zoë was optioned by actress/producers Ellen Marano, Vanessa Marano (Switched at Birth), and Laura Marano (Austin and Ally), with Jeffrey G Hunt (Vampire Diaries, Gotham) set to direct. I’m super excited to have the Marano sisters on board because they’re beautiful and talented and perfect to play the parts of fictional sisters Echo and Zoë.

Q: What is something you want the world to know?

A: That after writing 21 books in 8 years and going on countless international book tours (5 continents!), I decided to take a year off. During that year, I traveled extensively, spent time with family and friends, and took time to refill the well as they say. What I didn’t do was write. Not a word (aside from e-mails, twitter, texts, and the like). By the end of the year, I found I missed writing. I missed creating fictional worlds I could get lost in. I missed pondering over themes and ideas in order to challenge and/or determine my own thoughts and beliefs. So, I’m happy to announce that I’m back, and the first book in my new Beautiful Idols series, UNRIVALED, is set for a simultaneous global release in 17 languages on May 10! Also, my new MG, FIVE DAYS OF FAMOUS, will debut on December 13. It’s going to be a busy year, and I’m super excited to return to what I love most—publishing books and connecting with readers! I had so much fun writing both of these stories and I hope readers enjoy them as well!

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Author Q&A- Michelle Hauck

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Michelle Hauck, a chocolate loving bookworm who also happens to be an amazing author. Read the interview below.michelle_h (2)
Q: How long have you been writing? Why did you start?
A: I’ve been writing for about six years and really got started not long after a health crisis was resolved. I’d been feeling poorly for so long without knowing it that the sudden return to health also brought a return of my imagination. I’ve not looked back since. I just love writing.
Q: What inspires your writing? Do you have a muse?
A: I believe the only muse I need is the desire to surprise my audience. I love leaving cliffhangers and taking unexpected turns as you’ll see in my latest epic fantasy, Grudging
Q: Tell me about your book, Grudging. What was the original idea behind it?
Grudging (1)A: I got the idea from the lyrics of a song, Come Along with Me by Vicci Martinez. A city in the desert in peril. But the original scene that popped into my head is one of those unexpected turns, so I can’t be too detailed. 😉 
The book blurb makes it seem about a knight and a witch, but it’s so much more. We see both sides of the conflict. As a favorite review said, Grudging is about more than good versus evil. It’s culture versus culture. 
Q: Where is the strangest place you have come up with an idea?
A: My usually places for ideas are in the shower or when taking my dogs for a walk. Just before I fall asleep is a good time also. Sometimes ideas come to me when I’m vacuuming. Fantastic ideas seem to spring when I’m doing something that leaves my mind free. Then it’s good to have my phone near to quickly text them to myself so I don’t forget! 
Q: You are the host of Query Kombat (#QueryKombat) and Sun vs. Snow (#SunvsSnow). Tell me about these. What are they? What are their goals?
A: #QueryKombat and #SunvsSnow are a few of the yearly contests I host to give writers a chance to find their agent. I host these on my blog and writers email their query letter and first 250 words during the submission window. My co-hosts and I pick the best entries and post them for the agents to come and make requests. I’m always hosting some kind of contest, and I’m thrilled to say the books from these success stories started coming out in the last year. I’ll soon have a bookcase full of them! It’s a great feeling to match a writer up with their future agent, or to hear of a book deal for something that I read as a query letter. The best way to know when I have another contest coming is to sign up for my newsletter over at my blog. 
Q: If you could only have one type of chocolate for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A: Oh my! You don’t pull any punches. That’s so tough. So many choices like Fannie May meltaways and M&Ms. Cadbury Creme Eggs might be my choice. Love those! Either that or just regular Cadbury milk chocolate. I rely on a daily dose of chocolate.
Q: You have an upcoming novel, Faithful. What can you tell me about it?
A: Faithful is the first sequel I’ve gotten to write. It’s very exciting to be granted a trilogy. I’m so thrilled to spend more time with the same characters! So many secrets about what’s going to happen. Of course, things are going to get worse for all of the characters. I can say that we find out more about the witches in Faithful and their culture. And there will be a fifth POV character in Teresa. She’s also a LGBT character. 
Q: You have told me you compete in writing contests. Which ones? How many have you done?
A: It’s been a few years since I entered contests. That ended when I got my agent. Back then I entered Pitchwars and PitchMadness and there were some more which have now stopped running. I heard that I came close to being picked a few times, but never made it into any big contests. I got my agent from a query letter. Kind of strange considering I run my own contests now. But I always say they are for fun, learning about writing, and making connections with other writers as much as the agent requests. 
Q: What advice do you want to give to budding authors?
A: Be persistent is one often heard advice suggestion. I prefer to say something more tangible: read in your genre. Reading newly released books in your genre will help you understand pacing, tone and style. Also get involved on social media and you’ll learn even more. Writing is a craft that has to be learned, just like an other form of art. 
Q: What is one thing you want the world to know?
A: Many of my followers are newer writers who are looking for agents. I would remind them that finding an agent is the beginning of your journey, not the end. There is always another goal on the horizon when you are a writer. Keep aiming for those goals and you’ll do fine.