Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Meet Andrew Orozco - Dancer/Model/Actor

For those of you who are not familiar with Andrew, he played “Parody Sam” in The Hillywood Show‘s “Eclipse Parody“. He’s also modeled for the 2011 21st Century Skins Native Men’s Calendar. And most recently, Andrew has signed on as a vampire in the movie adaptation for the new age young adult novel: Of Light and Darkness, by Shayne Leighton, and Decadent Publishing.

Of Light and Darkness is available for purchase in eBook and paperback formats on Amazon and other online merchants.
WHO IS ANDREW OROZCO?  Andrew is a Model, an Actor, and a Dancer. Not necessarily in that order though.
I met Andrew at an autograph signing event in North Carolina for the book OLaD - Of Light and Darkness by Shayne Leighton (If you like YA vampire reads this is for you – go buy it, and read it before the movie comes out). My son and daughter wanted a photo with the men from OLaD (Michael Welch, Johnny Pacar & Andrew). We had to squish in a small corner behind a table and in front of their folding chairs to do this. I tripped over a chair and Andrew's arm immediately went around me to steady me. Whew! Thanks, nice to meet you. Haha.
Andrew as Sage's red carpet date
Andrew is a sweetheart and all around nice guy. Talking with him felt like catching up with an old friend. He is funny, warm and inviting. Ladies he is 25 and single, but don’t hold out. Boo Boo Stewarts youngest sister, Sage totally has dibs on him! (If you don't know who Boo Boo is - he played Seth in Twilight's Breaking Dawn). Go to the 2:20 mark of this video here to see Sage smile at the mention of Andrew.
In talking with him, I found out Andrew has many layers. There's much more to him than meets the eye. We discussed a lot of things, but here are the highlights:
Andrew, what is your heritage? I'm half Pima of Salt River, AZ and half Mexican.  
How did you land a spot in the Hillywood show parody of Eclipse? I was waiting line at a Twilight premiere and Alex Meraz’s fan site person approached me and started to talk to me. (Next thing he knew he was working on a 2 day production for the Hillywood parody of Eclipse. Here is the link for that here). 
I heard you appeared in the 21st Century Skins Native Men's Calendar? How exciting! Yes, I'm in there as well as Kiowa Gordon (Twilight’s Embry Call).  
How did the role in the dark fantasy feature film, OLaD (Of Light and Darkness) come about?  I was approached by Candace Cheree the Producer of the film.

Have you had the chance to read the OLaD book yet? Reading it now, as well as the manuscript.

Were you a fan of Twilight in the beginning? Not at first, my ex-girlfriend dragged me to go see it. (He wished it would have had a bigger budget to make a better movie). However, after seeing the past couple of Twilight films he's become a fan! Welcome to the dark side, Andrew! :) His response to Breaking Dawn Part 1 - "It was awesome! The end were Bella died and it was all crazy, that was my favorite."
Speaking of Twilight, Michael Welch is staring in OLaD with you, and last month you got to work with him on set for the video/movie trailer. What was he like? He is awesome and down to earth. Serious actor. Funny guy. Good people. It was great to watch him on set; he is more of an Improv actor. I learned a lot watching him.
Where can fans find you on the Internet? On my facebook page.
Your latest profile pic on facebook is absolutely stunning. (The one up top). Can you tell me about that photo shoot? The photographer was probably one of the best I’ve worked with. It was a short photo shoot. He took all of five minutes and the photos came out great. His name is Kyle Carrillo.
You obviously keep in shape, what is your workout regimen like, and do you adhere to a strict diet of any kind? Being borderline diabetic I have to stay away from sweets. I try to work out every day. Sometimes at the gym, and other times with a Pilate's ball.   
Can you tell me five things that fans might not know about you, Andrew Orozco? 
  • I was jumped and beat up pretty badly when I was younger. My father said no more, and as a result I was in martial arts for six and half years, and I’ve been in cage fights a few times.
  • I sing, play guitar and piano. (When I asked if he was any good, he said “Yeah, I think so.” Here at 5:20 on the video you will get to see him play piano, and then you can decide).
  • I like to do magic.
  • I like motorcycles, and own one.
  • I was part of a local dance group. (Andrew is an awesome break dancer. I've seen photos and video floating around the Internet).  
His mother is very proud and supportive. Sadly his father passed away last year. His father was his biggest fan and cheerleader. This is what he said about remembering his father: “When I do things now, I put more into it, and I work a little harder to honor his memory and support”.

ANDREW THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND WILLINGNESS TO DO THIS INTERVIEW! I wish you nothing but the best, and good luck in your future endeavours.


Andrew has graciously offered to donate something for a contest. One lucky winner will receive an autographed 2011 21st Century Skins Native Men’s Calendar signed by Andrew and Kiowa, and a signed photo of Andrew himself. Enter below!

#TT - Tuesday Teaser

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read

  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"Every single nerve in my body tingled. Breathe, is what I had to keep telling myself."

-The Legacy of Kilkenny
                              by Devyn Dawson

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

#TT - Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"He was right. No human was ever supposed to know about the hidden cities."
           Of Light and Darkness, by Shayne Leighton

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Keeper Book Blurb - Release date 1/6/2012

The morning of her sixteenth birthday, Billie feels blessed despite the reoccurring nightmare that wakes her. Loving parents, a caring boyfriend, and great friends surround her until an heirloom necklace throws her into a world she never imagined.

“Gifted” with supernatural powers and an unexpected destiny as the Keeper, Billie and a mysterious boy from her past must work together to find answers. But, as they begin to discover feelings for one another, he disappears leaving her to fight evil alone. Her life spirals out of control. She breaks up with her boyfriend, Tony, and alienates her best friends Arianna and Jocelyn to protect them from the truth.

As dark forces pursue her, Billie longs to run away from it all, yet a need to do what’s right compels her to face the future as the keeper of more than her own fortune.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Interview with Artist, Michael Brown


"Shame" by Michael Brown
Born into a family of artists in St Louis, Michael Brown can't remember life before art. He currently resides in Kansas City.
Seeing Michael’s art brings many emotions to the surface. His art is very detailed, you can feel and see the emotion in the subjects he draws. It’s pretty powerful stuff. He has mad talent!...Those are just a few things said of his work.

Michael, thank you for participating in this interview. I’ve followed you on facebook for over a year now, and I can’t quite remember how I found you, but I’m glad I did. I love seeing your artwork, and the daily quotes always give me something to think about. I wanted to be able to share that with others, and here’s my chance.
Do you go by Michael, or Mike? Either is fine, really.
I have to ask, do you enjoy reading? If so, what genre’s?
I thoroughly enjoy reading; I've had a love for books and reading dating back to early childhood. I don't have an exact genre of books that I read, I go across the board, it's really what strikes my interest from biographies, a little bit of fantasy, but not much, really not my bag, give me reality! I generally love my books like I love my ART, rooted in some form of reality! I went thru this phase though, a few years back when I was first homeless and dealing with the trauma of that, by reading Jude Deveraux books. I think I read about 10 of her books. She always wrote strong female characters that started off in conflict with the leading man in the story. Same formula in most of her books but they were entertaining enough to keep my interest, even though her books run close to the romantic novels. Haven't read her stuff in a while though, no more time for it :)
Also, I think her books at the time were a way for me to escape from an over dose of REALITY having to go thru being homeless for the first time. The experience of losing a place to live, your personal items, and generally having your whole home life uprooted rattles the soul and takes some adjusting! Reading books was a way for me to escape in my mind as a child and such as an adult. It was a healthy choice I made long ago rather than latching on to drugs, alcohol and other means people generally use to deaden themselves to certain realities. I have many favorite books for many reasons, those are listed also in my section on facebook, but I'm a huge John Steinbeck fan right now. A friend got me on to him a few months back, In Dubious Battle was my first read of his work and I fell in love with his style of writing ever since, 10 books deep into his stuff.

Do you have a favorite book you could read over and over again?
I'm not big on reading things over no more than I am big about doing anything I've enjoyed in life over again. I know there is a natural tendency for us as humans to overdo things as far as what brings us pleasure. But I have found that over indulgence in anything can not only ruin your appetite for a thing, but kill the original feeling for the experience. So for me, one read is enough, there are other books and experiences to have with the next read!
When did you first start drawing? And when did you know you were good at it?
I don't remember when I first started drawing cause as a child, everyone is an artist. Before you learn how to write, you learn how to draw, right? I have 10 other brothers & sisters, and all of them were artists before me. So growing up ART was part of my DNA from the get go. I was surrounded, all the time by art made by older brothers & sisters. I can't remember a time when ART was not part of my life. There wasn't a definite age, as soon as I was able to pick up a marker or crayon, I was an artist!
I got encouragement from my family throughout my childhood that I was good at ART, again for me, it wasn't a matter of recognizing whether I was good at it or not, it was something I did to express myself because that was the example set before me. You just know when you are gifted at certain things and not in other; you don't necessarily have to be told these things. I think as children we are very intuitive about things and we are more in tune with ourselves, as we get older, if we don't learn to protect that natural gift we are given, we dull our senses and dummy down to fit in with the rest of society. This is something we are taught to do at a very early age, something I always resisted too! Thankfully, my mother was a strong and interesting woman who raised her kids to celebrate their individuality, I soared with her support!

At what point in life did you realize you could go public with your art work?
I think I was 10yrs old when I had my first serious art showing, and my brother Sylvester Brown Jr. bought my first painting of a horse running on a moonlit beach :) In my junior year of high school, I participated in Commercial Arts in a trade school for my final two yrs. I learned that I could make a career out of being a full time artist. I got my first start as a business man in my senior year when I was graded by my teacher for doing portrait drawings for the teacher staff and students, he ran out of things to teach me, I excelled in the class! Graduated top of my class and I was set on doing ART for a living, took me 15 yrs though before that was a reality!

What inspires you to draw? Do you have any kind of rituals you do before (or during) a piece?
What inspires me to draw is the human experience in all its various states of BEING! People's stories & experiences are a constant reservoir of inspiration, plus I'm inspired by beauty in its many forms as well! No special ritual for working on ART other than the fact that I MUST have music to listen to while I draw. Not only does MUSIC take my mind off what I'm doing but it inspires the art as well. I get lost in the music and draw, the only way for me to work! I can't draw with anyone looking over my shoulders or total silence, must be MUSIC!
Are all of your subject’s real people? If so, how do you find them? 
All the subjects I draw are real people for sure, it is one of the main reasons I draw it, cause it's based in reality! I find a great deal of them or they contact me thru facebook. This site has been a wonderful site for connecting with people all around the world. I'm currently working on a 5 collage portrait of a friend of mine who lives in Australia that I met and stay in contact with on facebook. His father recently died from cancer, he was the only living parent in my friend's and sister's life growing up and he lost his mother at 6 months. So all he has ever known as a parent is his father who passed away a few days after his 60th Birthday. He was given the news about his father's illness a week before he was scheduled to come back from a 3 month world trip he took. He spent the final two weeks at his father's side, his father's life touched many people, and thus the inspiration to do the 20x30" portrait that has to be shipped off in time for a December memorial service in Melborne, Australia. It's a big job, but when it comes to art and the inspiration, no matter the cost I will do it if I feel strongly about it. The ART as a whole doesn't make me a lot of money, without the help of soup kitchens, free programs that take care of my basic needs and shelters; I could not survive as a business. My needs are small so I'm able to make do with any kind of money I get from the ART which is infrequent. I make just enough to keep me hanging on, like an addict! Once you make your own money, your own way, off the labor clock, it is very addictive. It's like being let in on a secret life that most are unaware of and which spoils your viewpoint to how you have to make a living then. For me ART is more than a way to make money, it is truly a way of life and for better or worse; I'm in this thing for life! No turning back, no going back to part-time or secular work, I make the situation work cause it has to work, no other alternative. It is by choice as well as by WILL!

Your artwork depicts many things; love, religion, emotion, drug use, homosexuality, patriotism, sensuality, and much more. Is there any one thing you won’t draw? Why or why not?
Back in the day, when I was more of a religious person & quite frankly a politician, there were many subjects in ART I wouldn't dare touch, such as the homosexuality that is now evident in my ART! Everything in ART for me is a process of change; you have to be that way in order to be relevant in ART. As I grew and changed my perspective on things and chucked a great deal of my religious conditioning growing up throughout the years, I became more open, less fearful of the good opinions of others. To let things naturally take place creatively and spiritually both at the same time as an artist & person has been a process, to where now, I don't think there is anything I would not draw if the subject matter interests me. It's no longer a matter of will this drawing or subject matter offend someone else's belief or religion. It's more of, is drawing this picture necessary or relevant to what I believe or how I currently see things, that's all!

Where can people find you online? https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=537334385       
(If you go to the info tab on Michael’s facebook page, he has other business and art gallery links listed).
Last, but not least, can you share with us five things about Michael Brown, that fans might not know.
1)      My full name is Michael Floyd Brown, always hated my name in its entirety. Michael is too plain & common, Floyd is way too country, and Brown is too much of pun for my skin color.
2)      I was born into a family full of artist, all 11 of us are artists, but I was the only one who chose art as a profession instead of a hobby.
3)      I'm the only person in my family of 11 brothers in sisters who has never been married or had any children.
4)      I hate labels of any kind; it is a pet peeve of mine that really annoys me about most humans. We do it without thinking about it and even I'm guilty of doing it more times than I will ever fess up to.
5)      I was also born into the religion Jehovah's Witness. (Although he no longer practices it).
I think ultimately, I would love for the ART to give me financial freedom so I can travel the world, the last big wall to get over! That money wall is a bitch to get over! A dream to have the freedom to go where I want when I want - without the worry of having to take care of my basic needs, and deal with the harsh & hard grip of poverty would be the final act of emancipation for me! I have had to struggle for a long time for the simplest of things and as I go along, year by year, I can see that financial freedom is a very strong possibility for me. I have to just keep plugging away at the ART and what will turn up from that. I will just keep right on till the results come in. FREEDOM, emotional, spiritual, and physically is what I'm always after, not only as an artist but as a person! I think we have far too many rules and things, teachings that enslave us to a life that we don't have to have. If you stay focused on your goals and firm in your steps to whatever you want to do with your life, then ultimately I think you will achieve it, ART has the ability to do all those things for me!

Thank you, for your time, Michael. I wish you all the best! I’ll be seeing you on facebook! 
***Interested in Michael’s art?
If you are interested in purchasing any of Michael's work, or would like to commission Michael to draw a piece for you (based on a photograph that you provide), leave him a message on facebook, or contact him at ptmikebrown@yahoo.com Check his facebook page under the “info” section for pricing. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=537334385




Tuesday, November 15, 2011

#TT - Tuesday Teaser

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

She turned around, sadness in her eyes.
"You're going to ask me to homecoming, aren't you?"
                                                       - Forbidden by Megan Curd

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Interview with a Blogger

Everyone, meet Megan McDade. This is quite the unique interview. Instead of doing the questioning, my guest will be on the other side of things. Megan is a YA blogger from the UK. She is a self proclaimed book addict, and has got to be one of the nicest people out there.

Megan is the owner of the blog site: Reading away the days! This woman does so much for so little. Well, in all actuality she does it all for FREE! Read on to see what I'm talkin' about!


Megan, thank you for being my guest! Can you tell me when you first realized you were in love with books and reading?
Thanks so much for the interview Natalie. I am excited. I have loved reading and books for as long as I can remember. When I was very young I was never one for playing with dolls and Barbies. I remember having this big blue basket full of colouring books, writing pads and books that I would bring everywhere with me. I just loved books! And it continued as I grow up. My mum has always been a big reader, always has her face stuck in a book I think that's where I get it from.


What is your favourite genre to read?
Young Adult is my favourite. I sometimes delve into adult romance fiction books based around the second world war and such (I got that from my mum, she loves those books) But YA is my passion. Anything YA I will give it a try. Although there has to be some kind of romance element to it, I am a sucker for romance!


Do you have an all time favourite book?
Ahhh.... I always ask authors this question and think I can never answer that. The problem is, most of the books I read I love, I really honestly don't think there is a book I have read that I disliked even a little. But if I have to choice, it would either have to be The Harry Potter Series or The Twilight Series. I know typical answers, but its true.

Harry Potter is just mind blowing I love being in J.K.Rowlings world. And Twilight the same. (Breaking Dawn midnight showing for me next week he he)


How did you decide to start blogging and why?
I was only introduced to the blog world over a year ago. I saw how bloggers where helping authors out by simply putting a review up , interviewing them, even just mentioning their book, showing them support and I thought that was just awesome. I have always thought people who are creative and can put that down on paper for people to enjoy are awesome, I have a vivid imagination but I can never put it down and make it into an awesome book and I wanted to thank authors for that. So after following awesome blogs for a while I started blogging March 2nd of this year (My best friends birthday) and it has gone from there. Eight months down the line I am still loving it :):)


You have a feature on your blog where you introduce YA debut authors and their books, can you tell us a little about that?
This is one of the best things I love about my blog. I started my blog to help authors get word out there about their books and this was a great way to do it. Every Friday I introduce a new or upcoming YA author and their book. The good thing about it is most of the people I interview for the feature are indie authors. Authors publishing on their own or with small publishing companies. Before I started blogging I don't think I had ever read a book by a indie author. And now some of the best books I have read this year are from Indie authors and they have become my friends. However, I don't want to discourage any authors from wanting to be apart of this feature, you don't have to be an Indie author. The only requirements is, your books is YA and you are a new author!


You recently started doing blog tours for YA debut authors as well, that's great! If someone reading this is interested in being a featured guest on your blog, or setting up a blog tour, how can they contact you?
If anyone wants to be part of my YA Feature. They can go to this link here:
http://readingawaythedays.blogspot.com/p/new-weekly-feature-introducing.html

It has all the info of available dates for the feature and a way to contact me.

Yes, I am excited to say I have started organising book tours for YA debut authors. I did a book tour in the summer for Katie John I really enjoyed doing it. Katie then recommended me to debut author Kiki Hamilton and I am now organising her blog tour in December. I thought why don't I start doing this regularly! A week later I have 6 blog tours down to organise for Jan-March. It is just exciting to me!! I have been asked, do I charge? And the answer is: no. I do it for FREE!! My payment is helping out authors and helping to promote and grow their book and being given a free copy of their book as well is a bonus! So if anyone wants a blog tour organised they can contact me here: meganmcdade2008@yahoo.co.uk


Where can people find you online?

My Blog: http://readingawaythedays.blogspot.com/
My twitter: http://twitter.com/TeamWolf1988
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=hp#!/pages/Reading-Away-the-Days/246705252037557


Okay, last but not least, tell me five things (excluding reading and writing) that people wouldn't know about you!
Emmm....I love studying, I love learning new things, if I could go to college for the rest of my life and keep learning I would (strange I know), I am a natural redhead : ) I heart Glee. I am a massive Gleek!! I am a Youtube addict, I love watching it!! & I am addicted to Bagels LOL :):)
 

No, Megan, thank you!

To show Megan some love, go visit her sites and follow her! She's really awesome! :)

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Next Blog: Meet Andrew Orozco!
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

#TT - Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
  • 
"Everyone looked at him with suspicion. Rephaim hated it, but he understood it. He'd been an enemy."
                           -Destined by P.C. & Kristin Cast (House of Night Series).

Saturday, November 5, 2011

What's in a PEN name?

I love my name... There I said it.

So why wouldn't I use it for my pen name?
I love to hear stories of how and why people got their names. Most of the time there is a story within the story. Some are named after relatives that meant a lot to the family (or the parent who got to pick out the name), some were named after the hero who helped birth them en route to the hospital, some were named so just because it sounded good, some named for a special day and so many more reasons than I could possibly list here.

Me? Well, I was originally Magdeline Lucille (Mom wanted to call me Maggie Lou - and she does on occasion - lucky me!). BTW, those are the names of my paternal and maternal grandmothers. I was born prematurely on Christmas; my due date was close to Valentine’s Day, so yeah, I kinda confused the holidays.

So where did the Natalie part come in?
I have a receipt in my scrapbooking box somewhere that shows my parents changed my name while I was still an infant and they had to pay a whopping $2.00 to do so. Natalie, Natalina, Natalia... there are many varieties and most are a name given to a girl born on or near Christmas. So that makes me a Christmas Star :) Hence the new name my parents gave me; Natalie Star.
I would love to hear how you got your name!

Name's are important to me while writing stories. Maybe because my name has a story. I don't know. What I do know, is when I put a character together in my head, I need a name that means something. Once I get the character's personality, characteristics and voice down I do my research on baby name websites and go from there.

My most resent character was born on New Years and so a search for names on "New Years babies" yielded the name Calendula. At first I was like, no. Then it grew on me. Now I can't see her with any other name.

Writer's how do you name your characters? or how did you get your pen name? if you don't write how did you get your name?

I would love to hear!

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Art work by: lucblup on deviantart.com.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Part Two - The Girls

I wrote a YA novel aimed towards teen fans of urban fantasy/paranormal romance. Before my journey started I never thought to ask my target audience what their feelings were towards reading. Well, I decided to find out.
I asked six teens to participate in my little interview. Five were willing (two boys and three girls). The sixth I never heard from, but they might be on Facebook restriction, and we can’t argue with that now, can we?    

Today’s interview is with the teen girls. The girls are from different backgrounds, but have soccer as a common interest.  (To see Part One of this interview with the boys click here).
Jen=Jennifer is in 9th grade and enjoys soccer.
R=Ruby is in 10th grade and keeps busy with; volleyball, tennis, soccer and music.  
J=Julia is in 9th grade and she plays field hockey and soccer.

1. What is your favorite genre to read?
Jen- Fantasy, and romance.  
R- Fantasy, sci-fi, romance, suspense, action/adventure… A little bit of everything. 
J- Suspense with a little romance.

2. Do you prefer stories told in the first person or third?

Jen- First.
R- First.
J- First.

3. Do you prefer a male or female point of view?
Jen- Doesn’t matter much to me.
R- Either, it doesn’t really matter.
J- Male, they don’t over think everything.
4. Good or Bad?
A. Stories that end with a cliffhanger:  

Jen- Bad, unless there is another book after it.
R- Good, especially if it’s the first book in a series.
J- Good, it lets your imagination decide what happens.

B. Stories without "happily ever after" endings:  
Jen- Good.
R- Good, an unfriendly twist that will give mixed opinions.  
J- Bad, it is overused and obvious.
 
C. Love triangles: 

Jen- Good.
R- Good, makes it interesting.
J- Good, it makes things more interesting.

D. Death of a favorite character:
Jen- Bad.
R- Good.
J- Bad. 

5. Do any of the above situations in question #6 prevent you from purchasing a book?

Jen- No way.
R- No.
J- No.
6. Do you prefer reading stand alone books? Or do books planned as a series entice you more?
Jen­- I usually enjoy a series more.
R- Series books.
J- Series, as long as it’s not too long. So, like a trilogy.

7. Hardcover or Paperback?
Jen- Paperback.
R- Paperback.
J- Hardcover.
8. Pretend you had an eReader, would you prefer an actual paper book or an eBook?
Jen- I love my eReader, so an eBook.
R- Paper book.
J- Paper book.

9. With this being the Twilight generation there is a lot of emphasis on paranormal characters these days. Which (if any) would you like to be for a day?
Jen- Shapeshifter.
R- Can I be a wizard from Harry Potter?
J- Shapeshifter.

10. On that note, which of the paranormal characters do you like to read about the most?
Jen- Vampires and Shapeshifters.
R- I guess cool types of vampires, close to Dracula. And wizards, yeah wizards are cool. I actually prefer mythology creatures to paranormal ones.
J- Vampire.
11. Does reading about sex, drugs, drinking, and language in Young Adult stories make you uncomfortable?
Jen- Nope, I’ve read so many books like that, so I am used to it now.
R- None of them do.
J- Sex, yes. Everything else, no.

Thank you, Jennifer, Ruby & Julia for participating and being honest with your responses. As a thank you, I want to offer you the opportunity to name one character each in my next novel. I am currently participating in the National Novel Writing Month. I have plans for a YA novel titled - Decoy.  For those of you who want to follow or friend me for NaNoWriMo you can do so at: http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/participants/natalie-star

***Next blog: What's in a PEN name?
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

#TT - Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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"He fell silent, and slowly lowered the envelope. He stood very still, staring after the boys fading trail of dust, and there was something in Myrnin's expression that woke shivers of goose bumps on Claire's skin."   
                                                             - Last Breath by Rachel Caine.