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Saturday, 20 July 2013

Author on a virtual Book Tour - come and take a peek


VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR OF 

CHERYL ALLEWAY

Today I'm excited to welcome an author from Canada, Cheryl Alleway, to my blog on her wonderful virtual Book Tour.







*First let's meet Cheryl and find a little about her background. 
*Then I'll give you a brief on her latest book plus show you her fantastic cover.. 
* We'll have a chat with Cheryl and find out some of her secrets.
*Finally you can have a peek at Cheryl's book trailer.

ENJOY....


AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY - brief
Cheryl Alleway was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. She is a lover of the outdoors, which provides her with the inspiration to create her stories and bring her characters to life. Her desire is to bring some insight to her readers, to open them up so they feel the depth of her thoughts and in turn heals her within. Ms. Alleway's first love is medieval fiction, but beware: many different adventures lurk within her portfolio.


OF BLADE AND VALOR BY CHERYL ALLEWAY
In the midst of war torn Scotland, a baby girl is born to Jacob Douglas and his young wife. The conflict between the English and the Scots breeds trials of loyalty that tarnish the landscape, while Jacob teaches his strong-willed child the skills she will need to face her uncertain future. Behind the veil of war, villains pillage their land, pilfer what is not theirs and do not fear retribution for their deeds. There is none strong enough to make a stand; no one, until Deb Douglas. Keeping  her father close to her always, he radiates a courage that motivates her fight for freedom, for love, and for her land. Deb rallies those she meets to join her cause, which frees the secrets from her past that have been buried for many years. While destiny is all-knowing, Deb never backs down and faces it all with the courage of a man and the heart of a Scot!



INTERVIEW WITH A CHERYL
Are you a full time author or do you have another job as well and if so how do either of these fit in with writing time? 


I write in the evenings and weekends and any other time I can find! It is my favourite part of the day, but I also work within the public school system here in Ontario. Currently, I am in the elementary system and work in one of the offices at one of our schools. It fits in fine because the time away from a story makes me long to get back to it. It’s like a good relationship. Absence makes the heart grow fonder! This is what helps me to stay fresh and excited when I grab the keyboard. There will be a day however, that I hope I am writing full time. At present, things are working for me as well, but I think as life changes, my writing schedule will change.

Do you write on your novel daily or do you try to have days off? 
It depends on what is happening that day. I usually try to spend time writing every week. I find if I get away from an idea for too long, I may lose the adrenalin. I do take days to spend with family and take care of life in general, but my lap top is never very far from me. I often write things down from my dreams or from something that sparked an idea from the day. Living where I live, we have big open bodies of water, mountains and forests. I can’t help but be inspired by the world around me. There are many times where I am writing for hours without realizing it and then there are times where I must take care of other business. No matter what, each writer finds a balance. It is different for everyone.

What are your best tips of how to create a fighting scene? 
I believe that fight scenes have to have movement. Because the reader cannot see it as on a movie screen, there must be description, content and exciting use of words. I close my eyes when I write them. I have studied martial arts and I use my own experience of adrenalin, contact, pain, physical power and fear to help me. I have sparred at tournaments and then watched others as they took on their opponents. This is a big part of where it comes from for me. I know what it feels like to face someone one on one, but for battle scenes where there are many involved, I like to have more than one scene going at a time. It is my impression of the confusion of an actual battle. They seemed to have been an ironic mix of organization, chaos and horrible visuals. Many victories and losses occurred all at once and then thepain of loss would set in. It was a cruel time and I try to mix my own tangible experience with my impression of what it would have been like. For anyone no matter what they draw from, I would say keep it moving and keep it real, but make sure there is emotion included. Real people feel when they fight, no matter who they are; whether it is pain, power, remorse, victory or devastation. Fight scenes are done over and over again. Try to make yours individual to you and what you want the reader to feel. 

Do you feel the sadness if you have to write a sad scene?
Absolutely, I will be very honest when I say I cried many tears writing Of Blade and Valor. Even before I sent it for publishing, I cried as if I was seeing a child go off to school. When the character hurts, it is me hurting and putting it on the page. There is a lot of my own life within the pages that even I did not see until reading them back. It truly does become a part of you and emotion is a great fuel for any writer. 

Did you write as a child or did you come into your talent as an adult?
Actually I think I was quite young when it all started. My father worked in local television when I was a baby. He was always a very creative person and even though he is retired, I believe I picked up on that. I later on became a graphic artist and have participated in local plays. My time is divided differently now, but I have written two small plays as fundraisers for local museums. They were both set in the 1800’s and we had a great cast of volunteers to bring them alive; great fun. As well, we have fine artists in our family (my grandfather in particular whom I never met) and so writing, art and acting have always been a part of my life. I started writing little poems and stories when I was quite young. There are many small bits, poems, songs and full length stories in my portfolio. I remember making up stories in my room to entertain myself. My toys were the characters and I had a ball entertaining myself. In high-school my friends and I wrote and illustrated cartoons to sell to our friends and so this has been a big part of my life. College came and my classmates were always amazing, eclectic people who inspired me to continue with the creative path. I took a turn from graphic arts and made my way more into writing. It is only as an adult that I found a need to bring the larger stories to life and finally put imagination to the page to bring Of Blade and Valor to life. I started it nine years ago and although I have others in production, Deb stood out and she captured my heart. Thus, my first published piece was born. Writing itself has been with me for as long as I can remember, but serious work has been in my life for about fifteen years now.

What is the time period setting of your latest book?
I have set the story in the 1300’s. It is one of my favourite periods in Scottish history. Its rawness and its tumultuous political story intrigue me. I have tried to create the story of Deb around actual events during this period. Much of it is my impression from personal study of the times. I love history in general. It fascinates me when I see what life has become and what it was like for our ancestors. The world is a grand and amazing place. How could we not be curious of the past as writers? It is the driving force for many of us as we try to recreate a time and place that could have been. We attempt to bring it to life for others to discover.

Do you prefer to write as a series or one off books?
Without giving too much away, I do have book two started to finish the story and answer more questions as to what happens with Deb’s life. I do have others though that are one offs as well. One in particular I have discussed with my publisher. I hope to keep the readers interested whatever I do, but they will be the ones who help me decide in the end. I do write what is within me, but if there are readers who desire more of one character, how could I disappoint? I shall await the signs that tell me what adventure to take everyone on next! I can say that there is plenty more where Of Blade and Valor came from! For now, I would like the readers to meet Deb and take the journey she has taken me on. 

Do you like to use lots of subplots or do you think this just confuses?
Well, to tell you the truth, I do like subplots and flashbacks for that matter even though many do not. I believe it fills in many blanks for some readers, but it has to be done in a way that is not convoluted or that pulls the reader away from the actual story too much. That can be annoying. If done well, it can really add colour to the story that is going on in the present. It also helps to remind the reader that there is more to the character’s life than just that moment in time. To me, I think it gives their life and story more validity. Some may argue this with me, but I stand my ground on the idea that subplots including flashbacks can create a full picture. They just can’t be overdone or you do risk confusion. 

Can you tell us a little about one of your sub plots in your latest book? 
What is the relationship of the protagonist and the antagonist in your latest book? Being the protagonist in Of Blade and Valor, Deb is faced with many challenges, but the main antagonist at the beginning of her story is that of Gully MacDonell. It is truly good versus evil. He takes much from her including her dignity and her young husband. He is pure evil and her contempt for him grows as time goes on. Gully is an overbearing, spoiled, violent man but he ironically pushes Deb to find who she truly is. It is a true irony that I believe happens in our real lives constantly. The negative influence by the dark characters in our lives seems to eventually lose out to our survival instincts. We find our strengths through hardship they push us through and this is the intent with Deb’s character versus Gully’s. I needed to show that she was a survivor; someone who took on those who would attempt to bring her down. It is the bane of her character and thus Gully needed to be someone who was totally out of control; someone extreme to prove to us that she had what it would take to bring us through the rest of the story. Otherwise, she would not have been valid to the reader. She may have come across as a ‘superwoman’. I needed her to be real; to hurt; to fear, but then to conquer it to create someone whom the reader would believe could take on the rest of the challenges in the story. I suppose I was trying to have her earn her strength and courage so that the readers would trust her as a real person.

Do you find reviews useful?
In time, I will know I am sure, but for now, my intent with this first book is to share my adventure with the readers. Reviews can be given from any number on the scale and every writer faces them. I believe they will be useful, but they will not sway me from being the writer I am. True creativity must be subjective on some level; it is the quality of that creativity that will then be judged by some. I believe a book is like a fine piece of artwork. You finish it, you hang it or present it for the world to see and then you hope that others find enjoyment and inspiration from it. This is the dream of every artist whatever their artistic tool may be. To be an artist is to be judged. It is the nature of the process, but it is not pleasant to have someone disembowel your work. The creative process requires a part of you to be within it. Thus; artists of all kinds are faced with that vulnerability each time they present their work. Useful or not, I believe we all must be who we are and never allow others to sway us from our creative path. It is the very reason for being a writer or an artist; to show others who you are and what you have to offer. The rest comes as it does and we hope it is kind or at the very least, respectful.

Cheryl's Address: http://allewaybooks.com

ISBN: 978-1-304-12182-0 (Paperback)

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

One Woman's Quest Website

AUTHOR WEBSITE

I'm happy to inform you that my Author Website is now expanding (link above).

I have a reasonable introductory page:
Link to book trailer
Brief outline of text plus Index
Author Biography

Page 2: - Published Books
At first you can go into the page with just the blurb & book cover
Then you have the opportunity to go into each book with more detail of a brief synopsis plus links to where published and how much to buy

Page 3 :- Aarabassa
Here I will have pages within in alphabetical order. On each one there will be the name of places, events, time laps etc and brief descriptions. Done to B,

Page 4:- Characters and Creatures
The layout is much the same as page 3 but details of characters and creatures you will come across in the series.

Page 5:- Link to this blog - so you can have the best of both worlds

Not many pictures on yet but I hope to add them ... eventually.

If you have a minute please pop along and see how I'm doing. All comments very welcome. 

Sunday, 14 July 2013

New Website for Fantasy Book

I've done it at last ... Created, or attempted to create, a new website dedicated to my fantasy series Aarabassa World.

It is the only way I can summarise all the detailed information of characters, creatures, geography and time span of this world.

So far I have filled a couple of pages but I have BIG plans to expand. This will be a site that will eventually contain every scrap of information that any of Aarabassa readers ever wanted to know about this fantasy world.

Sounds good doesn't it ... well it's still a baby so it has to mature yet. Fancy having a quick peek? Follow the link and I'll see you there. Let me know what you think if you have a chance.

onewomansquest website

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Whoops

Due to my daftness I ran the blog tour for 'of Blade and Valor' a week to soon. I'm just so keen to show the world this wonderful book. As a result of being so daft I have now taken the post down and release it on the 20th, as originally planned.

Those lucky enough to have had a quick peek will know it's worth the wait. So for your diaries I'm hosting the book tour of Cheryl Alleway on the 20th.

By the way I'm in the middle of a house move so I know you'll all understand my scatter brain. 

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Paranormal Fantasy Book Tour

A warm WELCOME to Steve Cypert for joining my blog today on his adventurous virtual BOOK TOUR.

I invite you to read a little about his latest book Scapemaker and then a brief bio about the man himself. In our interview we asked him some questions to delve a little deeper.

GIVEAWAY: So you want to win a free e-copy of SCAPEMAKER = EASY - all you have to do is leave your contact details in the 'comments' and I'll pass them on to the main host to enter you into the 'hat'.



  Scapemaker by Steve Cypert
Matthew is the son of Mr. Nicholas Namely, a local high   school teacher. But unbeknownst to Matthew, his father is a dreamscaper whose classroom is connected to the dream-world. From his classroom, his students enter the halls of Scapemaker, a dream-world high school for young dreamscapers.

Following a couple of heartfelt tragic events, Matthew is compelled to investigate the unbelievable mysteries surrounding those events and is propelled into a whole new world. Matthew and his mother, Mae, are soon coerced into moving across the country for his father's strange medical needs. While attending his new school, Matthew comes to know the secrets that Daedree, an annoying girl from his former high school, has locked away. Matthew also meets Amber, a beautiful enigmatic girl who leads him to Mr. Xoner's classroom. While there, he learns the art of dreamscaping (which has been in the Namely bloodline for thousands of years).

Matthew will come to know of Nox Celare, otherwise known as The Sandman, who is after a special element called Magineum. Neck deep in skinwalkers, sandsleepers, zombies, soul feeders, ghosts, dream-world criminals known as “night terrors” and more, Matthew learns he is in over his head. Matthew must not only solve the mysteries surrounding those tragic events, but he will also have to protect the Magineum with his life and find a way to be with the one girl of his dreams. Filled with secrecy, mystery and a forbidden tangle of young love, this new life will lead Matthew to unbelievable characters with the most extraordinary abilities he could never have imagined.

Scapemaker will keep you grounded in the real world while at the same time make the fantastical world around it that much more possible and enduring. This tale of young adult paranormal fantasy will keep you guessing and wanting more.
Where you can purchase this book.

About the Author

Steve V Cypert was born in Los Angeles, California.  At twenty-four he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where, two decades later, he continues to live. At age 34 he found and married his beautiful wife, Katie. Today, at age 40, he and his wife still live in Utah with their toddler and Shih Tzu. Steve graduated from the University of Utah in 2003 where he graduated with a 4 year degree.

For as long as he can remember, Steve has loved to come up with creative and far-fetched stories. In 2011 Steve finished his first novel, a work of historical fiction. He wrote Port of Errors in just three months. However, it took him ten years of research, editing and putting the missing pieces together.  In 2012 he wrote a second novel, the first in a series of four. Though, this time it was a YA paranormal fantasy. The title, at first, was The Son of Nicholas Namely, but Steve soon changed it to Scapemaker, which is also the name of the 4 book series. As of January 2013, the outline for the second book in the series was completed.

Steve loves photography. He shot weddings for a few years, but loves wildlife and landscape; he also loves volleyball and hiking; he has a mountain bike, but never rides it; finally, he is a self-professed indulgent and fanatically addicted big screen movie junkie. His favorite color is green. He loves steak and prime rib – medium rare or rare. His “lucky” number is 4. His favorite ice-cream is mint chocolate chip. And he loves horseback riding and country swinging – which he is very good at… sloppy, but good!




AN INTERVIEW WITH A STEVE

What have you published recently?
Scapemaker is my most recent published work. I published it on November 19 2012. Just before that, in the same month, I published a children’s book called Biggle and Bee. I just finished the outline for Soul Feeders (Scapemaker #2), and will begin writing that book within the next few months.
I have also started a new project, a novella called When the Bough Breaks. When the Bough Breaks will be a heart-breaking and tender semi-paranormal drama.
How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?
Many years ago, when I was in middle school, I remember wondering around the playground thinking about the many different combinations and ingredients involved in a good story—in any story. I thought of all the different locations, characters, situations, etc. Each story, no matter how many there are, could be so unique from the next.  It was fascinating to me I don’t know how or why I was thinking about that particular subject—it’s been 3 decades. But I know at that moment I really wanted to be an author.
Where can we find your published writing?
My work can be found on Smashwords, Amazon, Barns and Noble, Goodreads, Kobo, and many other online retailers for both paperback and ecopies.
What is a typical day like for you as a writer?
When I first started writing more seriously, which was about 14-15 years ago when I was single and had no responsibility, I would work a normal job or two during the day and when I got home I would get on the computer and start writing. I only paused to eat. I wrote well into the night and on a many occasions I would still be writing hours after the sun came up. 
Since then I have gotten married and have had a child, so my typical day is not very routine with my responsibilities to my home life. I work from home during the day for an insurance agent, when I can. But mostly I take care of my son while my wife is working at her full time job. I write whenever I have a free moment during the day and in the evenings while my wife spends time with our boy. Right now, marketing and self-promoting Scapemaker has taken all of my writing time and feels more like a full time job. 
What are your favorite characters that you have created? Tell us about them.
Hunter is the name of the antagonist in Scapemaker. He’s dark and has ominous abilities in the dream-world. He smells like smoke and ash and is grimy and looks emaciated, though he is very strong and tall. He loves the smell and the taste of fear and can bring out the deepest fear in anyone.
Daedree is another favorite because she’s so cute and air-headed and na├»ve. She is more “book smart” than “street smart”. She talks really fast when she’s nervous and does not have a lot of self-confidence. However, she will speak her mind when she’s backed into a corner or threatened physically or emotionally and she can definitely hold a grudge.  She also loves a good game of high school football and she loves her little puppy, Duke. She is allergic to cats.
Do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? 
Does doing this help you or bother you?
It’s not so much of an editing issue with me as it is a “This would have been better” or “I would have done it this way” type of thinking or “What if they would have done this”. It doesn’t happen a lot, but I have a very vivid imagination and different outcomes sneak into my thinking at times. It’s not a bother to me. More than anything it helps me refine my own thought process for my own writing. I love to think outside the box. Thinking outside the box really helps with creating better twists in the plot. 
What music do you listen to, while writing?
I don’t like to listen to music while I write. It distracts me. Sometimes I watch adventurous and inspiring movies, but that does hinder my time. Most of the time I love complete silence while I write.
What do you eat while writing?
I snack like no other. I love fruit like oranges, strawberries, grapes or mango. I like celery with peanut butter. I always have a glass of water on the end table by where I sit on the couch with my laptop. I also like toast with jam or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I just snack. But I have to watch how much I take in and make sure the food I eat has no butter, mayonnaise or bad oils. 
Five for Fun:
What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink?  
Orange Juice
What is your favourite cartoon character? 
I love the Tasmanian Devil from the old Loony Toone’s cartoons. However, I have always had a crush on She-Ra as well, from Masters of the Universe.
What is your favourite movie of all time?
That’s really hard to say, but lately I have really loved the Harry Potter series, more especially Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2. However, The Lord of the Rings saga is pretty much neck and neck most of the time. 
A close second to the top 2 movies would wither be Braveheart or the Gladiator. And I can’t help but to mention the Hunger Games, Last of the Mohicans, Stardust, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Best two years, /tommy Boy, What About Bob, Iron Will, The Avengers, Iron Man, Backside, it’s a Wonderful Life, Cinderfella, Clam Bake, Blue Hawaii, the Cinderella Man, Rocky Balboa ,and  Invincible. There are more, but I can’t do that to you.
What do you like to do for fun or just to relax? 
I can watch one movie after another. But I can also spend all day photographing wildlife, zoo life and landscape images. 
Question: Where can we find you on the web?
I can be found on Goodreads mostly. I do have a blog called the Fictioneer on Blogspot as well. 
THANKS STEVE FOR JOINING MY BLOG FOR THE DAY





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Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Invitation to read fantasy book for FREE

Goodreads: Book reviews, recommendations, and discussion

READ FOR FREE  Book 1 Guardian Dragons, Aarabassa World series, if you're a member of Goodreads. I am gradually putting all the chapters on there and hopefully readers will leave comments of their thoughts on my works as I make them available.

I am a writer who believes that reviewers are a necessary writers tool. Both positive and negative comments all have their uses in the creation of a good book. Clearly the writer has to have a good balance of assessment on these comments and is not able to change the entire book dependant upon feedback. However, sometimes these comments can guide the writer to mistakes of grammar, spelling, discrepancies in the story. There are so many useful elements in a review. I love reviewers because they guide me along a blind path.

In summary everyone is invited and welcome to give me their views. For every comment I receive I am happy to provide a FREE e-copy of book 2, Flight of a Changeling, providing you leave me contact details.

Here's the link for the Prologue:-

guardian-dragons Prologue

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Read for FREE

Wattpad Chapter 3 Guardian Dragons

You can now read for FREE:
Prologue
Chapter 1 Preparations
Chapter 2 A Festival Murder
Chapter 3 The Enchanting Healer

I would love your comments on Wattpad and of course your votes of confidence.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

The Wolf Moon Book Tour - dare you visit




Product Details

Today I welcome to my blog the Book Tour of:- 

The Wolf Moon 

(Wolfmoon Trilogy Book 3) 

By Nikki Broadwell

 It is close to the winter solstice when Maeve Lewin’s simple trip to Scotland to re-unite with her mother throws her headlong into a dangerous world.
A prophecy written centuries before seems to describe her as ‘the one’, and despite Maeve’s insistence that this couldn’t possibly be true, her mother and grandmother both agree.
What Maeve doesn’t know is that her boyfriend is part of her destiny, mentioned in the ancient text as ‘the one of noble birth who will stand by her side’. But Harold’s only plan is to join Maeve Scotland for the New Year before the two of them fly home to the States.
The night of the winter solstice brings Maeve face to face with a terrifying reality, but it's Harold’s arrival that forces her to come to terms with the truth. He seems to have lived in this parallel world before and his part in future events has been sealed as surely as hers.
With dark forces hunting her relentlessly and confronted with a fate  she didn’t choose, Maeve must come to terms with her future and somehow find the strength to fulfill the perilous task set before her.

Where you can purchase this book?
E-Book

Other Books by Nikki Broadwell

 Book One                                        Book Two

Where can I purchase these books?


About the Author

Nikki’s college education centered on English and Art and she graduated with a B.A. in both. While her children were in middle school she began a greeting card business and then later, when they were out of the house, she began painting on silk, selling her scarves and wall hangings to high-end galleries in California and Oregon .Now she writes full time, working on a sequel to Wolfmoon as well as a fictionalized version of her parent’s life based on journals her father kept during his time as a POW duringWW2.
Having recently located from Portland Oregon, Nikki has become a resident of Tucson, Arizona where she lives on a hill at the base of the Catalina Mountains with her husband, and standard poodle, Buddha and Eesa, the cat.



Are you a full time author or do you have another job aswell and if so how do either or these fit in with writing time?
*I’m a full time writer without a day job, and I am thankful for that!

Do you write on your novel daily or do you try to have days off?
*I usually write daily but there are days when other things get in the way AND I need a day off to regenerate!

Do you go back to published books and want to change them in any way?
*Yes…

What do you think is the most effective marketing is for your books?
*This is a challenge and I’m still working on it—for my paperbacks I think doing readings and placing them in genre similar bookstores is good—but of course that isn’t like selling 1000 kindles—still working on how to get my readers connected with my books!

If you have a ‘baddy’ in your book, can you tell us a little about this character?
*Hope this won’t be offensive to your readers but…he’s a priest gone bad with a sorceress mother!

Is there any romance in your story and if so can you tell us a little about this?
*There is a ton of romance in my book! The protagonist and her boyfriend find themselves confronted w/ a bigger than life predicament and become separated in the Otherworld…there is also a sort of romance between the antagonist (priest) and a woman who comes to the otherworld to help Maeve (protagonist) this one gets a bit dicey though…

If you have to write any fighting scenes, what are your best tips of how you create them?
*My husband helped with the fighting scenes—words to use like sabotage and subterfuge and ways of holding a sword…

Do you ever write sad scenes and do you feel the sadness as you write it?
*Yes I do write them and yes I sometimes tear up!

Did you write as a child or did you come into your talent as an adult?
*I wrote as a child and then wrote a lot in college but nothing serious until the first of these books, which started around seven years ago…

Can you give us a little insight into any fantasy characters in your latest book?
*I invented a race of people called the  Crion—they stand about four feet tall and have upslanted eyes and copper hair—they are the ‘keepers of the wisdom along with another race I made up known as the Amuigh—they are more like a cross between a human and a gorilla…

Is your the world in your book like earth or is it a fantasy world? It is on earth
*Parallel with Scotland (another reality) but has all the earth-like attributes.

What is the time period setting of your latest book?
*It starts in 2009

Do you prefer to write as a series or one off books?
*This one got so long that I had to divide it up! The one I’m working on now may do the same thing…I like series both to read and to write—gives the reader a longer time with characters one connects with.

Do you like to use lots of subplots or do you think just confuses?
* I do have several sub-plots going through the narrative but in the end they all connect.

Can you tell us a little about one of your sub plots in your latest book?
*One of these is the love/hate relationship with Gertrude and the priest who is bent on taking over the Otherworld…

Can you tell us a little about your protagonist and your antagonist and how they relate to each other?
*Maeve the protagonist is actually related to the antagonist who is her uncle. The priest is the twin brother of Maeve’s grandmother (her mother’s mother)

How do you think you would feel if you received a really bad review that seemed justified?
*I can’t imagine it, really—I had this book edited and went through it seven or eight times—if someone just doesn’t like the story then that’s understandable—I know it could be improved-- there’s always room for improvement, but I think it’s a good story the way it stands.

Do you think all readers should do reviews to help the writers improve?
No. I think if someone asks for a review it isn’t the same as a critique and shouldn’t be put into the public as such—if there are things about the story that the reader doesn’t like or a lot of typos and mistakes then he or she can mention them, but not get into writing style or telling a writer how to write…

When you receive reviews do you find yourself influenced to make changes?
I had a recent e-mail exchange with a writer who I respect and he mentioned a couple of things that I will definitely keep in mind—it depends on the review, I suppose—criticism can be done well or it can be just plain mean…

Would you like a FREE e-copy of The Wolf Moon? All you have to do is leave your contact details in the comments and this will be forwarded to the main host of Nikki's amazing Tour.

(Thank you for being a host with Saskia Book Tours)

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

The Wolf Moon

Our next scheduled Book Tour is tomorrow Wed 3 July so why not pop in and read the interview of author Nikki Broadwell telling us about her latest book The Wolf Moon.