Wednesday, 12 December 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop!


There are the books everyone has heard about: Twilight, Hunger Games, Fifty Shades of Gray. But what about all those books written by people you've never heard of? Some of them are treasures, just waiting to be found, and that's what this blog hop is all about: the books you might not have heard about, but that you might end up loving.

This blog hop is like a game of tag. One author posts and tags five other authors who link back to their website the next week and tag five more authors! If you follow the blog hop long enough, you're bound to find some books you'll love! Maybe you even discover a book that ends up being the next big thing.

I was tagged by Caitlin Ricci. You can learn more about her by visiting her awesome website (HERE).

This blog hop includes ten questions to help you learn more about an author's current work in progress, so here's a little info about my current project:

1: What is the working title of your book?
Well, I am working actually on two. They are the conclusion to my Watchtower Series called Icelands and Siren Song.

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
Icelands is the end of one particular story line, started in Over the Rainbow and carried on throughout the first three books. Where did that idea come from? I wanted our heroes to try and overcome the prophecy, I wanted to try and think they have suceeded...only to figure out that prophecy has a way of coming true regardless of what you do...guess that makes me mean...

For Siren Song, I couldn't resist the siren mythos...I have always thoughts sirens were just a brilliant idea and I wanted to use the idea for a long time but didn't know where to put them. Then I added dragons in the mix, a broken hero, his true destiny (mate) and a long forgotten family legacy...I just couldn't help myself.

3: What genre does your book fall under?
M/M for both of the books fall into the scifi/fantasy category...including romance and happy endings because regardless of how much angst I put into the stories, I am a romantic at heart and I don't write anything without a happy ending.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Errr...I don't know? That's a tough one because finding an actor that matches exactly the image I have in my head is next to impossible...I am always in awe when they make a film out of a book and actually find an actor where you go: yes, it's him! (or her!).

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Icelands: trading one hell for a different kind.
Siren Song: Going home should come with warning labels since you never know what you might find!

6: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Due to personal reasons, the Watchtower Series is no longer available throught the publisher I was with for the first three books. I thought about finding a different publisher for either the series or for the remaining two unpublished books, but then I decided against it. Every new publisher would edit the stories to their liking, which is their right, but I like the stories as they are. With only two more books to go, I decided to make all availble as self-published. 

Icelands will be published as promised in January. I am currently in talks to get a brilliant cover for it. Once that is done, it will be live. Siren Song should be available earlier than the original date, which was scheduled for April, but I am not sure exactly when. The other 3 titles are already available on amazon and allromance. More details are on my website (HERE).

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
For the first book in the series, Over the Rainbow? All it took was to look at her. She is Belze, the talking cat in my stories. About a week later, the first story was done.

Siren Song took a bit longer since I had to find the perfect headspace for a seasoned warrior. This story will be the story of Raphael, King James' trusted friend and leader of his knights. It was fun, but took about a month to have it sort of ready for editing.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Hm...One day I would love to write books as good as some of my favourite authors but I am nowhere near their genius. So I'd rather not mention them...I don't want you to go and compare me to them! LOL.

9: Who or What inspired you to write this book?
See cute cat above! She is real...(or was, poor thing vanished) but I swear to you, she was talking too! She was the snowball which started the whole thing!

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I always think readers might get just as excited about me when reading about a world where magic is real, where dragons roam freely and where there are cute wolf shifters to be had. Plus, travelling among the stars, portals to distant worlds, isn't it fun when magic and science is combined?

Happy Reading!

Here are the authors I am going to tag for week 26, starting on 19 December (sorry, I know there should be five but I only found two):

Lexi Ander: HERE.

Casey Holloway: HERE.

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