Friday, April 11, 2014
Mud Vein by Tarryn FisherThe long awaited release of Tarryn Fisher's Mud Vein has finally occurred, the long weeks of trembling anticipation are now ended. Those who were eviscerated by the landscapes of the heart so deeply and deftly created in the Love Me With Lies Series won't be disappointed by this sonorous and soulful journey down the murky rivers of remembrance, regret and (maybe?) redemption.
Who's That Girl?
Here's what Tarryn says about herself: "I am a real life villain, truly. I drink sick amounts of Starbucks. Most of the time my hair smells like coffee. I was born in South Africa, and lived there for most of my childhood. I moved to Seattle just for the rain. Rome is my favorite place in the world so far, Paris comes in at a close second. I read and write more than I sleep. When I was eleven, I wrote an entire novel about runaway orphans, using only purple ink. I am addicted to Florence and the Machine and will travel to see concerts. I love scary movies and giraffes. I spend way too much time on Facebook. Meet you there?…" What Tarryn leaves out is that she's a passionate and loyal friend, full of dark humor and wit, spontaneous, soulful and so intense it's almost frightening being close to her. Almost.
You can find and follow her here:
Tarryn's Author Website
An Intimate and Amazing Interview with Tarryn!
I can't tell you how delighted I am to have Tarryn here in the interview chair here at dear old Still Seeking Allies blog. I've been a fan, a devotee, a stalker, even, since first reading The Opportunist, way back in the summer of 2012 (my Goodreads review is here, btw, if you're interested, it's an amazing read). Without further ado, let's fire up the Iron Maiden and get this inquisition (oops, I mean interview!) started , SSA style!
Thanks for joining us, Tarryn! One thing I love about you is your sophisticated and sexy sense of style (I'm still recovering from those leather pants you wore in New Orleans, just so you know!) In addition to your awesome outfits, what would you say is your favorite accessory?
I love wearing leather cuffs.
Ed. note - whoa, not messing around, kicking it off with a bang! I agree, they look awesome on you, and remind me of your rockstar status, and your prowess with a bow and arrow. Katniss could so learn some things from you, girlfriend!
Who is your favorite villain?
Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series
Ed. note - Hmm, interesting, mud bloods, mud vein, I'm seeing a theme of purity and defilement, maybe? And of Slytherin style ambition which maybe needn't always be evil. but yeah, sometimes it just is.
How about some intellectual insight into your 5 favorite books of all time?
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (all)
Ed. note - Okay, I'm not going to call you on your last choice being of the "I wish for three more wishes" category. I love that each of your choices has such a strong "voice," as well as amazing characters and narrative. It's one of the things I love about your work, the way the poetry pulses through the propulsive narrative and character creation. And, gentle reader, did you know that the title "Gone With The Wind," is from a poignant poem by the 19th century Decadent Movement poet Ernest Dowson? I love the poem, it has kind of a Tarryn-esque vibe, honestly, full of yearning, lost love and deep but painful memories. Dowson had a knack for memorable lines - "The Days of Wine and Roses" is from another of his poems.
So, after all the anticipation for Mud Vein, have you got anything for us to look forward to? What are you working on now?
My tan and my quads...and maybe a YA series
Ed. note - Count me as extremely interested in all of the above! (Not in a creepy way, no, of course not!) The YA series will be awesome, and consistent with some of your favorite 5, above. I know I'm excited now to hear more about that!
I know you've been to quite a few book signings over the past couple of years, do you have any horror stories to share?
Not with the readers. Hanging out with the authors after hours is another story. Rebecca Donovan has the energy of a six year old girl. She once tried to get me to jump off the roof of a building.
Ed. note - I've had the very great pleasure of meeting you at a couple of signings, and can attest to your gracious acceptance of over the top reader enthusiasm. For fans, seeing you hanging with people like Rebecca is all part of the amazing experience of those events.
Some of your ideas are pretty out there (like Caleb's amnesia in The Opportunist, just for one example) How do you come up with those ideas in general? Do you jot them down when they come to you? Are you in a crowded coffee shop or in a quiet environment when you formulate your thoughts?
I really don’t know. I think that maybe I was born full of ideas. They just all sit there waiting, until it’s their turn.
Thanks so much for joining us, Tarryn! Wishing you the very best of success with Mud Vein and that exciting YA project we're looking forward to hearing more about! Whatever you do, wherever you go, you can always count on Still Seeking Allies for support, we love you that much! And now, let's take a deeper look at Mud Vein, and some of the release events going down this week!
And of course, there's an awesome Rafflecopter giveaway!
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Grand Prize: Win a Dream Date with Tarryn Here!
Tarryn is also giving away a grandprize experience – win a date with Tarryn! This giveaway will run throughout April and winner to be announced at Tarryn’s FAN CHAT on April 27th!
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Barnes & Noble
Thanks so much to Tarryn and to the wonderful Christine at Shh Mom's Reading, for hosting this awesome tour! I seriously couldn't have done it without her!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
World Wide Exclusive!
USA Today Bestselling Author J.L. Mac shares the FULL PROLOGUE of her highly anticipated novel Vital Sign! (Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post!)
Find and follow J.L. all over the place!
Vital Sign - Synopsis
Vital Sign - Prologue
Seven Years of Bad Luck
Here's that awesome Rafflecopter, you guys! Win a signed paperback of Seven Years Of Bad Luck, or awesome prizes from Rebecca Shea and Vi Keeland, our other two guests today!
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Vi Keeland shares Chapter 1 of Worth The Chance (MMA Fighter #2) with us! (And don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post!)
Who's that girl?
Find and Follow Vi All Over the Place!
At her own beautiful website, Vi Keeland
And on Goodreads
Worth The Chance (MMA Fighter #2) - Synopsis
It may have been seven years, but I’d know him anywhere. Sure, he’s grown, filled out in all the right places, but his captivating blue eyes and cocky grin are exactly the way I remember. Even though I’d much rather forget.
Liv Michaels is almost there. She’s smart, determined and weeks away from landing the job she’s dreamed about for years. Time healed old wounds, even her broken heart from the devastation of being crushed by her first love.
Meet Vince Stone
Women love a fighter, especially a good one. Lucky for me, I’m damn good. But there’s one woman that isn’t interested. Not again, anyway.
Vince ‘The Invincible’ Stone is every woman’s fantasy…strong, sexy, confident and completely in control. Growing up surrounded by chaos, he’s learned never to get too attached. Love will drag you down. He adores women, treats them well, puts their own needs before his own…for the night anyway. With the biggest fight of his life coming up, his focus should be on training.
When fate brings Vince & Liv back together again, there’s no denying the chemistry is still there. But can Vince erase the old scars their past left behind? Or will Liv hurt him instead?
I don't know a lot about MMA fighting, but I know a lot about reading. And when a book has the kind of reviews that Vi's books do, I know that like a good fight, it will be raw, emotional, deep and satisfying (hmm, that sounds more like something else, now that I think about it, lol). Vi's books (especially and including this one) have amazing reviews from so many trusted reader friends - Desiree, Clista, Sheyla, Derna, Aubrey, Alicia - it's like a flippin' who's who of my trusted book-visers. I'm looking forward to a deeper acquaintance with Liv and Vince - and don't you just know that when a character's nickname is "Invincible," we are probably gonna get some serious moments of wall-crumbling vulnerability, most likely caused by the lips of a lover, not the fists of a foe.
She's gonna leave you wanting more!
And last but no frickin' way least, here's the awesome Rafflecopter Giveaway from Vi, Rebecca Shea, and J.L. Mac, the other two ménage members of Fred's Trifecta of Win!
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USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Shea is showing us some "Undone" Love!
The full prologue to "Undone" is right here, along with an awesome giveaway of a copy signed by Rebecca herself!
Who's that girl?
Rebecca Shea is the USA Today Bestselling author of Unbreakable. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family and her beagle, Miles. From the time Rebecca could read she has had a passion for books. Rebecca spends her days working full-time and her nights writing, bringing stories to life. Born and raised in Minnesota, Rebecca moved to Arizona in 1999 to escape the bitter winters. When not working or writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her sons football games, or watching her daughter at ballet class. Rebecca is fueled by insane amounts of coffee, margaritas, Laffy Taffy (except the banana ones), and happily ever afters.
Find and follow Rebecca all over the place!
Undone - Synopsis
As she chips away at the walls I’ve built for years, I fear those secrets will hold me hostage from love—forever.
Find Undone now on all publishing platforms!
And don't miss Unbreakable, the first book in the Unbreakable series, along with Rebecca's highly anticipated releases Unforgiven (Unbreakable #3) and Evil Lives Here (links to Goodreads, add them now!)
And last but no frickin' way least, here's the awesome Rafflecopter Giveaway from Rebecca, Vi Keeland, and J.L. Mac, the other two ménage members of Fred's Trifecta of Win!
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
It's a trifecta of win here at Still seeking allies, as we're joined by three amazing authors. Today the blog will be visited by three spirited, unchained women bearing teasers and an awesome Rafflecopter!
Rebecca SheaExpect our first visitor, USA Today Bestselling author Rebecca Shea, to float in at around 10am. We'll learn a little about Rebecca, including a sneak peek at the COMPLETE PROLOGUE of her newest release in her "Unbreakable" series, "Undone," and have the chance to win a copy signed by Rebecca herself! We're definitely "keyed up" to have Rebecca here!
extravaganza. No need to run headlong from the spectral embrace of "nothing awesome to read" with this available! It's a #MacAttack and we can't hardly wait!
Thanks so much to our spirited trio, we're delighted to have them here, and to share their gifts! Don't forget to return to experience the mystery, the delight and the joy they'll bring as today's events fulfill the promise of charismatic characters, stupendous storytelling and a richly generous Rafflecopter!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Tattooed Dots by Kimberly Knight. An interview, conversation and getting to know you chat with a really cool author.
I met Kimberly at the NOLA 2014 Author Event. As was the case with almost everyone there, I didn't really get to spend enough time with her (yes, it was crazy, but in an awesome way!) So I took some time, which Kimberly (she prefers Kimberly to Kim, y'all!) graciously shared, to talk with her about her life and her oeuvre. I learned that she lives in the mountains near a lake with her loving husband and spoiled cat, Precious. In her spare time, she enjoys watching her favorite reality TV shows, watching the San Francisco Giants and San Jose Sharks kick butt, crushing candy on Candy Crush, playing computer games like World of Warcraft with Audrey Harte and online poker. Now that she lives near a lake, she plans on working on her tan and doing more outdoor stuff like...watching hot guys water ski. However, the bulk of her time is dedicated to writing and reading Romance and Erotic fiction.
One of the things that fascinate me about our indie author friends is what moved them to write, what led them to start (and more crucially, finish!) that first book. Here's Kimberly's thoughtful response:
I didn’t know I would like writing until I actually started doing it. My friend and I would joke about writing a book and one day, I just started writing. I never thought I would actually publish it--or four books so far! I really wanted to write a book where the lead female wasn’t a virgin and she wouldn’t bolt out the door when shit hit the fan. I have read so many books like that (many of them good), but I was getting tired of seeing the same type of storyline used over and over again and wanted to see if I could write something different.
Tattooed Dots - Video and Purchase LinksTattooed Dots, Kimberly's most recent, is the start of a new series, what's it like? Well, here's a cool video (the link is in the photo caption, you guys!) that conveys not only what it's about, but its vibe and essence.
|Tattooed Dots Video|
Another thing that kind of fascinates me (I'm a fascinatable type, what can I say), is the extra cool connection so many of our indie favorites have with music. The same passion and verve that inform so many musical artists seems to drive our beloved authors, too. Here's what Kimberly had to say about that!
What I listened to while I wrote my first series (The B&S Series), was a little bit of everything. I love Country music, but sometimes I need a little Nickleback or Train. While I wrote Tattooed Dots, I actually barely listened to music. I don't know why, but I just couldn't have it playing. Weird huh? Here's my play lists on Spotify for Tattooed Dots (it's my favorite):
Follow her on Spotify, Kimberly has amazing eclectic playlists for each of her books, I love how much ground they cover, and the emotions they evoke!
Konnecting with Kimberly
Kimberly Knight Kontacts (Sorry!)