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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Bloodlines and Torment Book Trailers

Guest Post With Lindsay Anne Kendal Author of Bloodlines and Torment

Hi Guys and Gals,

Thank you so much for having me. My name is Lindsay Anne Kendal, although my friends call me Linz. I’m the author of the Bloodlines Trilogy. Bloodlines is now available, and the second in the series, Torment, will be available from November 1st.

I always get stuck when asked to do a blog post, I never really know what to talk about and I don’t want to bore people. So I thought I would think about some of the questions people ask me regularly and answer one of them.

A lot of my friends say to me “Linz, where did that story come from? What must go on in that head of yours?”

This kinda makes me laugh to myself, and some people do think I’m weird. Well the truth is... I am, and I’m proud of it. I’d hate to think people thought I was a ‘normal’ person lol. I love everything gothic, weird and wonderful, scary, supernatural and fantastical. It all fascinates me and has done since I was young girl. My friend and I used to go to the local video rental store every weekend and rent as many horror films as we could, then sit there in the dark watching them. We did it for so long, and saw so many films that sadly these days, nothing scares me or her. I now spend most of my time laughing at horrors.

I have some very strange beliefs too. I have so many of them that I couldn't possibly start to tell people on here. Some baffle my friends and they look at me like I’m crazy, but hey, I believe what I believe. I listen to very heavy metal music, I love Cradle of Filth. I’m not keen on the screaming, but the music is just amazing and a massive inspiration to me. It’s so hellish and haunting. When I listen to their songs I get lost in a world of fantasy. My stories play like movies in my mind, and then I go and write everything down. The song ‘Her Ghost in the Fog’ gave me the inspiration for the fight scene at the end of Bloodlines. It’s an amazing piece of music.

I think what freaks people out the most is the fact that I love nightmares. They’re brilliant. Your probably thinking, this girl is messed up, but... my nightmares can act as inspiration. If they frighten me, then great, since there isn’t much that does. It also, to my mind, means it could frighten others. It’s my goal to one day write a novel that will scare the hell out of even the toughest people, so keep the nightmares coming.

This is the only insight I can give people into how my mind works and why. It’s a mix-up of strange, horror, weirdness all rolled into one. But I think when you write in my genre, you need to be a little bit mixed-up and weird.

My Links are as follows.

Lindsay Anne Kendal

Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lindsay-Anne-Kendal-
Book trailers http://www.lindsayannekendal.com/apps/videos/

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Book Trailers for The Dark Age and The Great Collapse (Survivors of the Pulse) by Jeff Horton

The Pulse Experience: The Dark Age (Survivors of the Pulse) by Jeff Horton Guest Post eBook Giveaway!

Please permit me to begin by saying thank-you for allowing me to be a guest author on After the Book, and for giving me an opportunity to discuss my novel, THE DARK AGE!
Have you noticed, as I have, the many post-apocalyptic movies that have come out of Hollywood over the past several decades? During the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty-first century, apocalyptic stories became increasingly popular, particularly at the box office. Movies like Mad Max, The Day After, Independence Day, Armageddon, Deep Impact, and 2012, just to name a few, have captured and held our imagination. I know that I've always been fascinated by apocalyptic thrillers, and I suppose many other people have as well. Apocalyptic stories in which the world is threatened and the unlikely hero finds himself in the right place at the right time to make a difference, and post-apocalyptic thrillers in which the protagonist is in a position to change the world for the better, have always inspired me, and helped me to realize how so very small many of my everyday concerns in life really are.

There have been a number of programs on television over the last few years, which examine possible outcomes should a specific global, catastrophic event occur, and how humanity might recover. There have also been experiments where people attempt to live as prehistoric man did, without the benefit of modern conveniences. While it certainly would be difficult to thrive or even survive under such conditions, one of the experiments I saw offered hope that humanity would be able to survive.

I didn't necessarily set out to write a post-apocalyptic thriller when I started writing The Dark Age, but it soon turned into one. As I did research for my first novel, The Great Collapse, and my second novel, The Dark Age, I was astonished to learn how vulnerable our national infrastructure and our civilization itself are to powerful electromagnetic pulses and solar flares. In 2008 a report requested by Congress and was completed by the EMP Commission. It confirmed that the threat of a single nuclear warhead detonated high in the atmosphere somewhere around Kansas was real, and that it could potentially take out the United States' national power grid.

In The Great Collapse, it is an EMP attack and a solar flare knock out power worldwide, causing civilization to collapse within months. Unlike an EMP generated by a nuclear detonation, however, the EMP attack and the solar flare renders it impossible for anyone anywhere on the planet to rebuild the technology so vital to our society. With most of humanity no longer possessing the know-how to safely live off of the land, it is a struggle just to survive. Now fast forward five-hundred years and you'll find yourself in The Dark Age, which is set in a world where humanity survives by the sword, the bow, and the arrow, while secretly hoping that a legend about the Great Oracle is true and that civilization will one day return to the Earth. The Dark Age is a story about self-discovery, perseverance, and self-sacrifice, all in an effort to save the world from a fate worse than death.

Hopefully, you will find as I did that The Dark Age paints a stark, yet intriguing and hopeful vision of the future, where heroes must work together in order to offer mankind a brighter tomorrow.

Find Jeff Horton on the internet:

Website at http://www.hortonlibrary.com.
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Author.Jeff.Horton,
Twitter, http://twitter.com/#!/Jeff_Horton
Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4478744.Jeff_W_Horton!

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The Dark Age (Survivors of the Pulse)

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Jasmine Denton eBook Giveaways!

Jasmine Denton Interview

Thank you for taking the time to be here with us today. We are very excited about your visit and learning more about you, your writing and your books.

Thank you for having me! I’m excited to be here :)

Becoming a published writer is a huge goal, when did you realize that that is what you wanted to do? 

I was ten when I started writing with the dream of being published, and then eighteen when I started pursuing publication.

How long did it take you to get published?

 Four years, which in hindsight, isn’t very long considering the nature of this business. At the time though, it seemed like it took forever.

Has another author or book inspired you write a specific genre? 

Yes, L.J Smith and Alyson Noel both inspired me to write in the paranormal genres.

What are your favorite and least favorite genres to both write and read?

I love a good book with a paranormal element. I don’t really have a least favorite, but there are genres I’m not interested in, such as chick lit and apocalyptic.

How important would you say that being a reader is to being a writer? 

I’d say it’s crucial. Could you teach Driver’s Ed if you’ve never driven a car? By reading, you get to a) support other authors b) learn new techniques c) increase your vocabulary and d) stimulate your imagination. Not to mention, reading’s fun :)

Do you review books? 

Not yet, but I have been considering volunteering at a few review sites/blogs I’ve come across.

I know that many authors today utilize other authors while they are writing their books as critique partners. What is your process for editing your books? 

Most of the time, I edit a manuscript as I go and then hand it over to my sister, who is also a writer, or another close writer-friend of mine for feedback.

Are you a part of a critique group? 

Unfortunately, no.

Where do you draw your inspiration to write from? 

All over. Books, TV shows, spooky ghost stories and folklore. Mostly I draw from folklore.

Do you listen to music while writing? 

Yes, I find it soothing.

What kinds of music is the most helpful to you when writing? 

It depends on the book. If I’m writing horror, I listen to creepy instrumental but if it’s a romance, I’ll have some Skillet and Taylor Swift, and Plumb is a must for any book.

Has writing gotten easier for you now that you are published? 

Good question. Hmm....at first, it made things a lot easier. I turned in somewhere around four or five books within six months (one of them was coauthored) but after a certain point, things got a lot harder. I started thinking, “man, my publisher’s really going to get sick of hearing about these books” LOL. I’ve been in kind a rough patch as far as writing goes, I have three or four open projects that aren’t going anywhere. I’ve decided to focus on my Curse of the Sea series for now and keep working on that until it’s finished.

How long does it generally take you to write a book?

If things go well and my muse loves me and I pull 12-20 hour shifts, I can complete a first draft in three weeks to a month. If things go rocky, it can take up to a year, but that’s usually if I’m not working on it every day.

What was your inspiration to write Saving Hannah

My publishers love for its prequel, Inner Demons. That, and I just fell in love with the main character, Caine, and wanted to give his love interest her own story that revolved around her more than him. Hannah was a character from Inner Demons that I wanted to develop more.

Is there a book trailer for your books? 

Yes, you can find it on my YouTube channel. www.youtube.com/jasmineldenton

How much research if any did you put into writing Saving Hannah

Not much, actually. In this book, a main character is released from jail so all I needed to research was that process and the charges he faced.

Do you believe that the setting of your books was as vital in the telling of your stories as the characters themselves were? 

Absolutely. If you play your cards right, the setting itself becomes a character. You can use it to mirror or contrast the characters and the situations they’re in. That’s something I enjoy doing. I always put a lot of work into my settings; it’s one of my favorite parts of writing.

Without giving away any spoilers, what would you say was the most challenging part of Saving Hannah to write? 

Getting Hannah to open up to Caine again. I don’t want to give away too much, but in Inner Demons, Hannah was sort of...burned, I guess is the word. And now, she has trouble trusting him and wants nothing to do with him, even though she needs his help now more than ever.

What was your favorite part of Saving Hannah to write? 

Again, it’s tricky not to give away spoilers, but I’d say the best part was having Caine released from jail and return to Tree Hollow. In Inner Demons, Caine was a very angry young man, and when he loses his temper, he shape-shifts into a monster (think the Hulk, I guess, even though I’ve never seen/read about him). In Saving Hannah, Caine has his temper under control and he’s the level-headed, well-adjusted character. It was fun. I didn’t realize how strong he could be until I gave him the chance. (:

I search through babynames.com and a book on baby names until I find something I like. Usually the meaning of the name has a lot to do with why I choose it.

How much input do you have in the cover art of your books? 

I have a lot of input if I need to give it, but most of the time, I don’t. Karen Fuller is very good at designing the covers. I think the most changes I’ve asked for have been for the fonts.

Would you like to share any news with our readers about any upcoming books or projects? 

Yes, actually. The second book in the From the Damage miniseries, Coming Clean, will be out this October. The series is coauthored with my sister, Genna Denton and revolves around six teenagers who’re forced into group therapy together. Chaos, drama and romance ensue on their path to mental health. And of course, there’s an everlasting friendship formed between the members and their troubled counselor.

Which of your two most recent books would you say was your favorite to write and why? 

First one is Soul of the Sea, because I was able to create a supernatural race of merman-like undead creatures and that was really fun. Also, because it’s the start of a series and I have a lot of exciting things planned for it. And the second, I’ll have to say Coming Clean because those characters are developing nicely and taking on lives of their own. It’s always fun to see a book do that.

Are there more books in the Inner Demons series planned? 

As of now, no, but I wouldn’t be opposed to coming back to the characters again. I’d like to finish up my other two series (Curse of the Sea and From the Damage) first though.

How can readers relate to your characters? 

I try to make my characters well-rounded. They don’t always make the right decisions, but deep down there’s something good and pure about them. In the Inner Demons series, it’s Caine’s resilience and Hannah’s faith. In Soul of the Sea, it’s Mykaela’s determination to make her town a better place. My From the Damage series is full of flawed characters, but at the end of the day, they’re always there for each other.

What if anything do you want readers to take away from Saving Hannah after having read it? 

Everybody deserves forgiveness, even if they’ve done horrible things.

Readers are always looking for signed swag. Do you have any bookplates or bookmarks that they can inquire about?

I wish. As of now, I’m all out of singed swag, but I can give away some e-books. I’ve got two copies of Soul of the Sea and Saving Hannah that I’d love to put into the hands of some readers. Haven’t read Inner Demons yet? That’s okay, because I’ve got a copy of that one, too. (:

We already know that writing is a great love of yours, can you tell us more about your other hobbies and interest? 

You mean there’s more to life than writing (: Who knew? LOL

What is the name of the one book that you love so entirely that you believe that everyone should read it? 

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Have you come across an author recently that you feel that the rest of us book lovers should keep an eye out for? 

This might sound kind of cheesy because she’s my sister, but Genna Denton is showing a lot of talent and potential. She’s been writing her first novel on her own and it’s really good, I can’t wait to finish reading it.

Where can readers purchase a copy of Saving Hannah (and your other books)?

They’re available wherever books are sold, and on the publisher’s website. www.worldcastlepublishing.com

What format are your books sold in? 

Paperback and eBook.

Where can readers get in touch with or follow you?
Blog: jasmineldenton.wordpress.com
Twitter: @jasmineldenton
email: jasmineldenton@gmail.com
Website: jasminedenton.webs.com

Are you willing to be contacted by other bloggers about interviews or guest posts? 

Absolutely! I love doing interviews.

Can other bloggers contact you about hosting giveaways on their blogs? 


Do you have a link to a "frequently asked questions" page? 

Not yet.

Aside from marriage proposals, are there any types of questions that you will not answer for readers? 

Haha. No, there’s nothing I wouldn’t answer.

And lastly, a question for fun. Why is the sky blue? 

Haha. Cuz green would look weird (:

Do you as an author have any questions for our readers? 

Yes. What makes you call a book your ‘favorite’?

Thank you for the great interview. It was very fun for you to visit, and thank you for  your very generous eBook giveaways!

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