Unwritten Melody Blog Tour

Hello  lovelies!

Today I’m excited to share in this blog tour and tell you all about a lovely new book. ❤

 

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Does breaking free require breaking the rules?

Cassie Gilbert lives every day in the shadows of her deceased mom’s rebellion. But now that she’s seventeen, she finds herself longing to break away from her grandmother’s suffocating rules, experience what it’s like to be a regular teenager, and fulfill her songwriting dreams.

James Russo, former American Spotlight contestant, escapes to small town Willow Creek, SC hoping to flee from his tarnished past. When a school project pairs him with the shy principal’s granddaughter, he’s determined to get to know this Emily-Dickinson-obsessed and typewriter-using girl. His plan? Convince Cassie to co-write songs for his demo album.

As Cassie gets to know James over “project meetings” (more like opportunities to match her lyrics with his melodies), she becomes intrigued by his sense of adventure and contagious passion for music. But soon, his past becomes exposed. Cassie’s left to wonder—did she make the same mistake Mom did by falling for the bad boy?

Then, Grandma’s control pushes her over the edge. Cassie must choose between remaining in the chains of yesterday, or delving into her own freedom by completing the melody her mom left behind.

 

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© “Unwritten Melody” Excerpt – Written by Tessa Emily Hall – Published by Clean Reads

 

“Why are you staring at the keyboard like that?”

“Like what?” James’s question lurches me back into the present moment, out of the thoughts that had me buried as he played our song for the second time.

A broad smile expands across his face. He rests an elbow on the keyboard and tilts his head. “Like it’s a cheeseburger and you’ve gone days without food. Like it’s a positive magnet and you’re the negative. Like—”

I laugh. “Alright, I get it.” My smile fades, though, because how could he tell? When James brought the song to a close, I couldn’t tear my gaze away from the keys. It’s mesmerizing, how the dance of his fingers can breathe life into a melody.

“Let me guess—you wanna play?”

I plop my head against the back of the leather chair and fight the so-called magnetic attraction. “I can’t.”

He shifts on the bench and turns toward me. “What do you mean, you can’t?”

“Just another one of Grandma’s absurd rules.” I tell James about the white baby grand piano at our house—how he was the first to play actual music on it since Mom passed. How, for my entire life, the piano has served as a constant reminder that my dreams were not within reach. “Any time I’ve asked permission to take piano lessons, Grandma’s refused.”

But I’ve always wondered what would happen if I could play. If I were allowed, would I pour my emotions, longings, and thoughts into music, just like Mom did? Would I be a natural, if I learned how to play?

I often wondered if Mom’s legacy could, somehow—through the mysterious power of music—live on through me. And if the melody she’d begun on the music sheet could find its completion through me.

“Come on.” James scoots to the edge of the bench and pats the space beside him. “Let me at least teach you the chorus to The Other Side of the Road. It’s simple.”

That magnetic attraction he referred to? It’s doubled in size. And for the first time, someone—a famous musician—is offering to teach me a chorus on the piano.

My feet plant themselves onto the ground, but it takes an extra dose of effort to stand. Not because I don’t want to, but because Grandma’s voice booms in the back of my mind, all the times she’s forbidden me from going near our piano.

The floorboards squeak as I shuffle across the worn rug then lower myself onto the bench next to James. I’m not sure what’s more terrifying—sitting so close to James Russo, or finally being taught to play piano.

But my hands stay glued to my lap. It’s as though the keys are alcohol, and if I take a sip, I’ll become drunk on its melody; my fingertips will be stained with the music notes, and I’ll come home reeking with its fragrance.

James’s azure eyes stare down at me, inches from my face. “Follow my lead.” His fingers curl around my hands, and with the gentlest touch, he places them on the keys. His left arm wraps behind my back, over my shoulder, until his hand is clasped on top of mine.

My heart flutters at our closeness, at the way his presence is a warm shield from the brisk air in this music room. I inhale a deep breath, almost intoxicated from his overpowering cologne and the fresh-out-of-the-wash scent of his sweater. And during the brief moment of him aligning my fingers along the keys, nerves mount, causing my chest to constrict. Who knows how many rules of Grandma’s I’m breaking right now?

But when he places his fingers onto mine causing me to strike the first note, a soothing peace washes over me and calms my nerves. I feel myself relax as he guides me through the brief chorus.

“It’s only two chords.” James’s voice sounds deeper than usual, his breath tickling my cheek. “But it’s the same for the entire chorus.”

I don’t even know what he means by that. All I know is I’ve tasted this indulgence, and there’s no way I can resist the magnetic pull from this moment forward.

 

 

Giveaway

unwritten-melody-quote7-2Enter for your chance to win the Unwritten Melody Prize Pack! Two winners will be selected and announced on Tessa’s blog the final day of tour (Friday, December 9th) and will be notified via email.

 

 

 

 

This prize pack includes…

  • E-copy of Unwritten Melody
  • Signed paperback copy of Purple Moon
  • Unwritten Melody mug, filled with goodies
  • Unwritten Melody swag, including a bookmark, pen, and poster
  • Starbucks mocha flavored instant coffee
  • Free Unwritten Melody: Page-By-Page Secrets PDF
  • Handmade journal
  • Typewritten thank you note

 

*This giveaway is open to the US only 

 

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About Tessa

 tessa-emily-hall_headshot1-2Tessa Emily Hall writes inspirational yet authentic YA fiction to show others they’re not alone—and because she remembers the teen life like it was yesterday (or a few years ago). The debut novel she wrote at 16-years-old, PURPLE MOON (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas) was a Selah 2014 Finalist. Her second novel, UNWRITTEN MELODY, releases with Clean Reads November 2016. She’s the Founder of PursueMagazine.net, a magazine that inspires teens to embrace their calling. Tessa also enjoys helping writers achieve their dreams through her internship at Hartline Literary Agency.

 

When her fingers aren’t flying 116 WPM across the keyboard, Tessa can be found making healthy homemade lattes, speaking to teens, decorating her insulin pump, and acting in Christian films. She writes in a small town nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Southeastern coast. Her favorite way to procrastinate is by connecting with readers on her blog, mailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website.

 

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Blog Tour Schedule

 

Don’t miss the next blog tour stop! Be sure to visit the following blogs on its designated tour date. You can also email tessaemilyhall (at) gmail (dot) com and request to receive the Blog Tour Packet. At the end of the tour, Tessa will send you the downloadable PDF that will contain all of the content from each blog tour stop.

 

Tues., November 1 – Christ is Write

Wed., November 2 – Adriana Gabrielle Writes

Thurs., November 3 – The Depth of My Faith

Fri., November 4 – Sarah Ruut

Mon., November 7 – God is Love

Tues., November 8 – The Bibliophile Angel

Wed., November 9 – Emily Rachelle Writes

Thurs, November 10 – Word Changers For His Glory

Fri., November 11 – Christian Teen Book Reviews

Mon., November 14 – Phyllis Still

Tues., November 15 – In The Bookcase

Wed., November 16 – Girl Meets Publishing World

Thurs., November 17 – Anna Schaeffer

Fri., November 18 – Ramblings of a Writer

Mon., November 21 – Naomi and Books

Tues., November 22 – Reading is My Superpower

Wed., November 23 – Zerina Blossom’s Books

Thurs., November 24 – Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud

Fri., November 25 – Labor Not in Vain

Mon., November 28 – Barbara Bruitt

Tues., November 29 – Katy Kauffman

Wed., November 30 – Jen Pheobus

Thurs., December 1 – Northern Belle Meg

Fri., December 2 – 2Me From Him

Mon., December 5 – Nicole Quigley

Tues., December 6 – The Destiny of One

Wed., December 7 – Catherine Castle

Thurs., December 8 – Rachelle Rea Cobb

Fri., December 9 – Leslie L. Mckee

Blog Hop: Top 10 Spooky Places + A Giveaway

Blog Hop Tour

FOREST OF WHISPERS & CASTLE OF SIGHS

By Jennifer Murgia

October 21 – October 30, 2017

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Top 10 Creepy Destinations !

So this is my little portion of the post where I give you a list of my top ten favourite creepy  destinations. I’m not gonna lie, some of these I looked up for writing this post but the first half were all ones I knew. If they were all ones I knew of prior to writing this post it all would have been abandoned fair grounds and amusement parks so… you know. Though I do promise you you will not reget looking into these creepy destinations either.

 

Abandoned Wizard of Oz Theme Park ( Reopens once a year for ‘Autumn at Oz’ )

– In 1970, two businessmen opened a then-cutting edge theme park in Beech Mountain, North Carolina. Nestled in the mountains, the park was originally opened to keep local ski instructors and workers employed in the summer months.

 

 

Wonderland Amusement Park – Beijing, China

Wonderland was an abandoned and never completed amusement park project located in Chenzhuang Village. Originally proposed by the Thailand-based property developer Reignwood Group, and designed to be the largest amusement park in Asia (to have covered 120 acres ), construction stopped in 1998 following financial problems with local officials, while a 2008 attempt to start construction again also failed.

The site featured a number of abandoned structures, including the framework of a castle-like building and medieval-themed outer buildings. Land was reclaimed by local farmers to grow their various crops while the site was abandoned. People have reported when visiting the site that, sometimes, there would still be parking attendants in the site’s parking lot, presumably to tend to onlookers and curious sightseers that came to visit.

Pripyat, Ukraine

In the 1970s, the town of Pripyat, less than 3 kilometers away from the reactor, was constructed for the plant’s personnel. Once a beautiful town by Soviet standards, its 50,000 inhabitants were evacuated 36 hours after the accident. Today a chilling ghost town, its buildings bear witness to the hasty departure. Dolls are scattered on the floors of abandoned kindergartens; children’s cots are littered with shreds of mattresses and pillows; and in a gymnasium, where teens once trained, floors rot and paint peels. Amidst the surrounding decay, decades after the catastrophe, nature reclaims the town: trees grow through broken windows, and grass pushes up through the cracks in dormant roads that once were glorious promenades – but the town remains unfit for human habitation for hundreds of years to come.

Aokigahara Forest, Japan

Called “the perfect place to die,” the Aokigahara forest in Japan has the unfortunate distinction of the world’s second most popular place to take one’s life. (The first is the Golden Gate Bridge.) Since the 1950s, Japanese businessmen have wandered in, and at least 500 of them haven’t wandered out, at an increasing rate of between 10 and 30 per year. Recently these numbers have increased even more, with a record 78 suicides in 2002.  In 2003, that record was beat with a number of 105 bodies discovered.

Japanese spiritualists believe that the suicides committed in the forest have permeated Aokigahara’s trees, generating paranormal activity and preventing many who enter from escaping the forest’s depths. Complicating matters further is the common experience of compasses being rendered useless by the rich deposits of magnetic iron in the area’s volcanic soil.

Due to the vastness of the forest, desperate visitors are unlikely to encounter anyone once inside the so-called “Sea of Trees,” so the police have mounted signs reading “Your life is a precious gift from your parents,” and “Please consult the police before you decide to die!” on trees throughout.

Valley of the Mills – Sorento, Italy

the Valley of the Mills in Sorrento, Italy was abandoned in 1866. This mill ground wheat, and a sawmill operated nearby as well. The mill was isolated from the sea by the construction of Tasso Square, which raised the humidity in the area and caused it to be abandoned.

New Bedford Orpheum, U.S.A

The New Bedord Orpheum is an old theater and entertainment building located in Massachusetts in the U.S. It was opened in 1912 and closed in 1959 – since then, it has stored tobacco and served as a supermarket. Now, the Orph Inc. nonprofit is trying to raise money to revitalize the building.

Salto Hotel, Colombia 

The Hotel De Salto opened in 1928 near Tequendema Falls in Colombia to serve tourists who came to marvel at the 157 meter-tall waterfall. It closed down in the early 90s after interest in the waterfall declined. In 2012, however, the site was turned into a museum.

Abandoned Military Hospital in Beelitz, Germany

The large complex was built at the end of the 1800s and helped Adolf Hitler recuperate from a leg wound incurred at the Battle of Somme in 1916. Parts of the complex remain in operation, but most were abandoned after the Soviets withdrew from the hospital in 1995.

Hashima Island, Japan

Hashima island in Japan has a wide array of nicknames, including Battelship Island (for its shape) and Ghost Island. From the late 1800s to late 1900s, the island was populated because of the access it granted to undersea coal mines. However, as Japan gradually switched from coal to petroleum, the mines (and the buildings that sprung up around them to support their workers) closed down, leaving an isolated ghost town that reminds some of a ghostly concrete battleship.

The Carlton Villa – New York

The Carleton Villa was built in 1894 for typewriter magnate William Wyckoff as a summer residence and large spot for entertaining. Wycoff’s wife died of a heart attack a month before he moved in, and on his first night in the mansion he suffered a heart attack in his sleep and died. Wycoff’s youngest son inherited the villa after his father’s death, but within a few years the family lost much of their fortune in the Great Depression and the house fell into disrepair.

 

 

About the Author and her Books!

 

shp-author-photo-jennifer-murgia-updated-headshotJennifer Murgia writes moody fiction for teens—from paranormal fantasy (ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE, THE BLISS), to contemporary gut-punchers (BETWEEN THESE LINES). Her latest, FOREST OF WHISPERS, a 17th century historical mystery (about witches!) was a School Library Journal Fall 2014 HOT TITLE, and a 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Literature Award Winner. The sequel, CASTLE OF SIGHS, released October 27, 2015 from Spencer Hill Press. She is the co-founder and coordinator of YA FEST and currently resides in Pennsylvania.

Literary Representation:

Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary Agency ~ amanda@macgregorlit.com

 

 

Connect with Jennifer:

Website: www.jennifermurgia.com

Email: jennifermurgia8@gmail.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.murgia

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JenniferMurgia

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/jennifermurgia/

Goodreads TBR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18506004-forest-of-whispers

 

About the Books:

FOREST OF WHISPERS

Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago . . . and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting.

Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon learns of a legacy she is bound to — one that is drenched in fear, witchcraft and murder — a birthright that stretches beyond the grave to the trees where Rune is no longer safe.

CASTLE OF SIGHS

Some secrets cannot be kept–in life or in death.

Months have passed since Rune has heard a single whisper from her long-dead mother, the great witch of Bavaria. But the absence of one evil has only made room for another. After rightfully inheriting her ancestral home, Pyrmont Castle, Rune settles into a quiet life taking care of two orphans left in the wake of the terrible witch hunt that claimed dozens of lives in the nearby village. As the days grow colder, the castle’s secrets beckon, and something darker seems to have been awakened, as well.

Rune finds herself roaming where no one has set foot in a long time. In the bowels of the fortress is a locked room full of memories that hang like cobwebs–shelves stacked with jars, strange specimens, putrid liquids, and scrolls of spells. Rune is undeniably drawn to what she finds there, and she begins to dabble in the possibilities of magic, hoping she will find a cure for the strangeness overwhelming the castle.

And the key may lie in the dark forest she once called home and the boy she thought she knew.

 

 

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Blog Hop Participants:

 

10/21: EAPL Teens – Top Ten Witchy Reads – Graphic #1

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10/22: Heather – Top Ten Creepy YA books – Graphic #2

            http://yankeedragon4booknerds.blogspot.com

10/23: Penny – Top Ten Creepy movies – Graphic #3

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10/24: Ashley  – Top Ten Creepy YA books – Graphic #4

            https://afterthelastpage.com

10/25: Melissa – Top Ten Creepy Destinations – Graphic #5

            http://melissaseclecticbookshelf.com

10/26: Adriana Gabrielle– Top Ten Creepy Destinations – Graphic #6

           https://adrianagabriellewrites.wordpress.com

10/27: Zachary – Top Ten Creepy YA books – Graphic #7

            http://www.zachsyareviews.com

10/28: Paula – Top Ten Urban Legends – Graphic #8

            http://herbookthoughts.reads-it.com

10/29: Brooke  –  Top Ten Creepy Destinations – Graphic #9

            http://www.thecovercontessa.com

10/30: Kimberly – Top Ten Urban Legends – Graphic #10

            https://booksaremetal.com

Upcoming….

So life has been insane…but here is whats coming up.

 

A photo by Tim Arterbury. unsplash.com/photos/VkwRmha1_tI

So long story short, my computer bit the dust. ( *weeps* ) its why I haven’t been blogging as of late because work has been crazy, my boyfriend was visiting AND I haven’t had the chance to get to the library long enough to actually write up a blog post or two…BUT here I am. At the library writing away and I’m popping in to tell you whats coming up.

 

  1. Sometime in this next week I have a blog hop post for Author Jennifer Murgia and her spooky novels! (Just in time for halloween!) – long story short it was supposed to be done today but see reasons above relating to my computer and now I have no graphics for the post either 😦

2. November 2nd – Unwritten Melody by Tessa Emily Hall Blog Tour

3. Early November (No set date yet) – I’m REALLY excited to bring a music review of a family friends newly released album. Just need some time to listen to the album and write up a post

4. More life posts! 

OOPS! I forgot. Here is a mini interview…

Hello Readers!

So guess who was the horrible blogger and forgot she was scheduled to write a post for Rachelle Rea’s upcoming book? Yeah…me.

So here I am in a desperate sort of panic and also going like this:

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BUT I shall not delay this post any longer my friends! So lets do this thing!

So I haven’t started reading my ARC of Rachelle’s upcoming novel but I’m hoping to start this weekend and I’m BEYOND excited! So this post is just information about the upcoming book  PLUS an interview question and answer (yes, only one. I told you it was a mini interview thing) so yeah. Stick around for some awesomeness here!

 

ABOUT The Sound of Emeralds
What once was blazing hatred has turned to lasting love, but could the union of a wild heart with that of a lady ever result in more than heartache?

With the help of an old friend with uncertain loyalties, Dirk inches ever closer to clearing his name. Gwyneth throws her faith into good tidings and the promise of a future as a family. But an old evil comes to call, just as tragedy rips apart a fledgling truce. Enemies from the past and grief for the future threaten to tear asunder what God had brought together…

As the date of Dirk’s trial approaches, his fate and his family hang in the balance. Will he be proven innocent of Gwyneth’s parents’ murders—or separated from her forever? How much pain does it take to erode a love steadfast?

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachelle Rea plots her novels while driving around the little town she’s lived in all her life in her dream car, a pick-up truck. An Oreo addict, she is also a homeschool graduate and retired gymnast. She wrote The Sound of Emeralds during her senior year of college.

 

LINKS

Website: http://RachelleRea.com Facebook: http://facebook.com/InspiringDaring/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/RachelleRea/ Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/RachelleRea

Instagram: @RachelleDianeRea

Amazon Preorder: http://is.gd/F53u5R

Kindle: http://is.gd/F53u5R

Barnes & Noble: Coming February 15

Books a Million: Coming February 15

Goodreads: http://is.gd/zRI9dg

 

OTHER INFO 

ISBN: 1939023637                                               ISBN-13: 978-1939023636

Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing                           http://whitefire-publishing.com

 

 

Sound of Emeralds

 

So I personally am #TeamDirk but we have a #TeamAnders related question here so lets just do that before I start to weep because Dirk and Gwyn or goals.

#TeamAnders Interview Question:  What would you be willing to do, reasonably, to win Gwyn’s heart?

#TeamAnders Interview Answer: Anything but break her heart. A part of me wants to say I would do anything, and in a way I would. I would. I love her that much that I would break my own heart, but never hers. And if that is what I’m called to do, so be it.

 

So thats it for today! Thanks for reading lovelies!

Adriana G.

Things I Learned From Doing A Readathon

Hello Readers!

Quick side note before I start I should let you know to read all the way to the end of this post. Got some details on an amazing giveaway for you!

My apologies on my absence. Considering what my life is like at the moment, posts my not be done as often for the next bit (just until I can actually get my crap together anyways…At the latest I’m thinking MANY posts will be written during christmas break but up to that point I’ll have some posts here and there.)But today’s post is here! So wait no longer.

So in the midst of my crazy schedule which has consisted of mostly Schoolwork and Art (for school) with a dash or writing, reading, and planning youtube videos (so I can just find a day to film a million and one of them) I found the time to meet up with my bestie and we decided to do a 12 hour readathon. (We were gonna do 24 hours but adult life commitments interfered with that)

It was LOADS of fun and so, I decided to share some things I learned from doing a readathon that you might find helpful if you do one yourself one day.

 

1. Bring MORE books than you will actually end up reading.

The LAST thing you want in the middle of a readathon is to run out of books to read O.O (that didn’t happen to me but its good to remind peoples) So always make sure you bring more books than you think you might need. (I brought 6 books and read 2 and 1/2 of them in the 12 hours)

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2. Have a Timer Going

My friend is a million and one times smarter than me and decided to have a timer going. It was helpful when we stopped for dinner so then we knew EXACTLY where we left off before going and eating dinner or taking a break…or sometimes we got talking so often the timer got paused for that too XD

 

3. Have LOTS of food

Food is good so obviously you are gonna need lots of yummy (and mostly unhealthy) food with you! Its essential.

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4. Take breaks

Yes, the goal is to read for a certain amount of hours without interruptions. BUT taking a break is necessary. Whether its a quick bathroom break or you need to go make a cup of tea or something then just get up, pause your timer, and take a break. My friend and I both found that after about 3 hours our eyes were getting sore and we needed a break so we would just stop the timer and chat for a bit or go make tea, or eat food or something. (at one point I was dancing around the kitchen while I waited for the kettle to boil so I could make tea so yah…) Yes, the goal is to get TONS of reading done but don’t wear yourself out either.

 

5. Tea and other caffeinated/sugary drinks are essential.

Need I say more?

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6. Prepare to beat MUCH discomfort with comfy things!

So my one complaint about this readathon is that I didn’t take into account the beating up my old lady bones would get while doing this. I couldn’t really move for the next few days (More just because I literally have old lady bones and am almost always in pain/discomfort but sitting on a floor for hours on end didn’t help) so plan ahead. Set up an air mattress or stack cushions/ pillows to keep yourself comfortable but I will warn you. As it gets late into the night DO NOT climb into a bed. Or you will doze off. *is guilty cause this happened to me*

But seriously. Ask my friend how often I kept moving around because I couldn’t get comfortable. So prepare for that. Also Pyjamas are good too.

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7. If you are reading books to review, write the reviews as you go!

If you are reading the books to review them (as I did) I suggest writing the review as you go. The reason being because you can compile all your notes and thoughts in one notebook (I have a book review notebook) or something and then you can flesh out more of the review later on. The reason its so effective is because you are going from one book right to another. So if you know you want to review the book, take a few minutes to write out your thoughts or the review as you go.

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So those are the things I’ve learned #’s 1 and 6 are super important in my mind BUT either way I hope you enjoyed it! Have you done a readathon? If you haven’t are you planning one soon? If you have, what are some things you learned while doing one.

 

 

Until Next Time,

Adriana Gabrielle

Also, if you want to spend next NaNoWriMo writing your novel in a castle in France, you MIIIIIIGHT wanna check this out: Write Your Next Novel In A Castle Contest

 

 

Shoutout to my bestie for letting me join in on this readathon with her! ❤

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The Sound of Diamonds Blog Tour || Author Interview

Hello Readers!

Today I am SO happy to be apart of The Sound of Diamonds Blog Tour in which I will be interviewing author Rachelle Rea about her upcoming novel, The Sound of Diamonds, and ask her about her writing process and tons of other wonderful things! What better way to celebrate ones birthday than by interviewing such an amazing author? (Seriously guys, you will want to buy Rachelle’s book.)

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*Note: Book Review Will Be Coming To The Librarian Files on Monday, June 15th*

Hello Rachelle, and welcome to The Librarian Files! To start this off, could you tell us a bit about you?

Hi Adriana! Thank you so much for having me! Let’s see, I’m a debut author with an addiction to Oreos. I drive a pick-up and play country music—Rascal Flatts is my favorite. My curly hair is natural, and I coach gymnastics as well as work at my church. Oh, yeah, and I’m barely five feet tall. 🙂

 

High Five for Rascal Flatts! So, when did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

In middle school, after a friend and I wrote a short story together about twin sisters who rode horses. I thought that was fun so I kept writing stories, which kept getting suspiciously longer and longer.

 

 

That is great! Now, I must ask, can you tell us a bit about your upcoming novel?

The Sound of Diamonds is set in the 1500s. At that time, not only was the Reformation in full swing in Europe, but modern-day Holland was launching the Dutch Revolution because they no longer wanted to be ruled by Spain. My novel plops right there in the turmoil of religious upheaval and political intrigue. And, oh yeah, there’s a guy who wants to save a girl who doesn’t want to be saved. They’re my favorites, even though the history first drew me.

 

 

Where and when did you get the idea for this novel?

I was driving down Central Avenue in my little town on the way to a college class, when I heard a song on the radio. I forget the song but I remember thinking, oh, wow, that sounds like diamonds. Which, of course, is a really strange thought. So I spent that summer writing a book to figure out what The Sound of Diamonds is about.

 

 

Sounds fascinating!…And here I just get my story ideas while leaning over a sink of dirty dishes…*cough cough* Moving on. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes! I hate to give it away, but I will hint that there’s a lot about hope in this story. Through tragedy and heartbreak and the craziness that is life, Gwyneth and Dirk both learn a lot about how to have hope—and where to safely store that hope…

 

 

Is there a way you can relate to your main character?

She’s tall, so not there, LOL. 🙂 Gwyneth actually shares my near-sightedness. I wear contacts—I detest how I look in glasses; but Gwyneth wears glasses all the time. Well, until a certain chapter that I won’t spoil. 🙂 Anyway…yes, there were glasses back then. They were expensive, but they existed. And Gwyneth has a pair without which she can’t see well.

 

 

What is one thing you found particularly challenging when writing this novel?

Gwyneth. She’s sort of a spoiled brat at the beginning of the book. She’s definitely little like me in a lot of ways. I didn’t struggle liking or relating to her, which is good since I’ve spent so much time with her over the last three years! But she was definitely a challenge at times. She knows what she wants and what she doesn’t and that can sometimes get her into trouble.

 

 

She sounds like such a fun character!

Okay, So I myself am a plotter. Did you have an outline for your novel?

Yes and no. I know, terrible answer. 🙂  I did not outline Diamonds. I just sat down and wrote a story that summer. Which caused me headaches when it came time to revise and edit. With Book Two in the series, The Sound of Silver, I created more of an outline up front. With Book Three, The Sound of Emeralds, I outlined even more. Each book happened differently. I’d like to think I’ve settled into a happy place of loose outlining. 🙂 Ask me again after the next book!

 

 

Did you learn anything from writing The Sound of Diamonds? What was it?

I learned a lot of things: that you can have hope when life is hard, that I can finish a whole novel, that Historical Romance is my favorite genre to write in, and that finishing a novel made a world of difference to this heart. I felt like a real writer, and that motivated me to keep with it, invest in the story more, and look into publishing it.

 

 

Besides family and friends, what is one entity you feel supported you through this writing process? 

Without hesitation, I can think of one community of writers who were an amazing support to me. Led by Stephanie Morrill, Go Teen Writers is a group of writers who are both teens and older; I found and joined the GTW community when I was on the cusp of entering my twenty-somethings, but it is still my favorite writing blog to follow. I highly recommend Stephanie’s blog (which she now co-authors with other writers) to any newbie and growing writer, regardless of age.

 

 

Do you have any advice for other writers/authors?

Read. I can’t say that enough. You can’t learn how to fly a plane by watching one glide across the sky, but you learn a lot by watching a sentence soar. So read in your chosen genre—and out of it.

 

 

Do you have anywhere where we, as readers, can stalk-er…I mean find you online?

Fun question. 🙂 I blog and love social media, especially Instagram now that I have a smartphone!

Website: http://rachellerea.com

Blog: http://rachellerea.com/blog/

Instagram: @RachelleDianeRea

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/inspiringdaring/

Twitter: @RachelleRea

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8144149.Rachelle_Rea

 

Thanks so much for having me, Adriana! It’s been fun!

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Rachelle!

 

 

Rachelle Rae

Rachelle Rea plots her novels while driving around the little town she’s lived in all her life in her dream car, a pick-up truck. As a freelance editor, she enjoys mentoring fellow authors in the craft. A homeschool graduate and retired gymnast, she wrote the Sound of Diamonds the summer after her sophomore year of college.

Author Interview: T.A Christensen

Hello Readers!

I am back with another interview! Once again, I apologize for the lack of posts lately… I have finals next week and this week MUST be devoted to mostly studying my brains out. :/ Also, before we get this interview started, if YOU (Yes, you) would like to be interviewed, you can contact me through my ‘Contact’ page and let me know. I would be so glad to have you on my blog!

Now, on to this lovely interview by this amazing author!

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Welcome! So, Tell me who you are and a bit about yourself! 

I’mT. A. Christensen (pen name) I’m a 16 year old girl from New Zealand. I have two brothers, 0 sisters, and I go to a Christian school on the edge of town. I love reading and writing and I play the flute.

 

Do you have a published novel? Or are you still working on a WIP?

No, I don’t have a published novel yet. I’m working on one about a girl by the name of Sarah. She was born with a physical defect and has spent her whole life being bullied and picked on because of it. For this reason she has really low self esteem, so the plot is basically about her figuring out who God is and why He would love someone like her.
I’d say it’s a YA/teen Christian contemporary. Oh, and it’s called Face the Facts.

 

 

Traveling! Do you love it? Why? Where is a place you dream of going one day?Anywhere you want to go or have been? Wether a place where writing research is to be done or story ideas to be discovered OR just for fun 🙂

Yes, I do love travelling! I have been all over New Zealand. I also went to Canada (Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Toronto, and PEI) and the US (just to California) when I was eight, as well as taking a trip by myself to Australia at the end of 2013/start of 2014 to visit a friend of mine. 

One day, I would love love LOVE to travel all over Europe, and while it would be for fun, I’m sure I would discover some new inspiration along the way!

 

What kind of music do you love to listen to? Any specific music or songs you listen to while writing/reading?

I always have to have music on, especially when I’m writing. I’m either listening to my favourite Christian station, which plays everything from worship to heavy metal, or I’m listening to my playlist on Spotify, which features a lot of Tenth Avenue North.
As for specific songs for when I’m writing and reading, as long as I have music on, it doesn’t really matter.

 

Is there a message within your novel(s) you are wanting readers to grasp? A certain feeling you want them to walk away with?

That God loves them, no matter what. That’s basically the key theme and idea in my current WIP, and I want to continue that theme throughout the rest of my novels.

 

It’s story time! Tell me your story! When and why did you start to write? What inspired you to start writing?

I started to write the minute I knew how. I’ve always loved reading, and j mean ALWAYS, and so I used to want to write so that others could enjoy my books as much as I enjoyed theirs. However, my attempts to write previously only ended with a few short stories or an idea just left in midair.
But recently, I read a novel that a friend of mine had written about a girl with the same condition as my character, and I decided that I wanted to try writing about that condition too, which is how I got the inspiration for my current WIP.

 

 

Now, I always feel the need to ask this (and I don’t know why), When it comes to mythological creatures, which is your favourite? Why? (Is this creature more commonly known or not? Any particular myths you enjoy?)

Unicorns. Hands down. When I was between the ages of five and ten, I used to say that rhinoceroses were my favourite animals because unicorns weren’t real and so a rhinoceros was the closet thing to a unicorn, because of the horns.
I don’t know why, I just love them. I guess my parents are probably the ones to blame since they gave me a giant soft toy unicorn when I was five.

 

Which fictional character (of your own) do you feel you relate to most, and why?

Definitely Sarah, because she was initially kind of based off of me! I know that sounds kinda weird and self centered, but its true. I also have the condition that she has, and so I know how she feels when she is moaning about it. Eventually, she just developed into her own person with the complete opposite Meyers Briggs personality type to me, but a lot of the stuff that she says and feels is coming straight from me and my life.

 

Which fictional character (not your own charcater) do you feel you are most liek to/relate to most, and why? (It can be a character from a TV show, movie or book! Up to you!)

Well, in my family we say that I am a combination of Sue and Brick from The Middle. If you haven’t seen it, then basically one is socially awkward and the other never stops reading. Oh, and one of them is really short.

 

Which genre do you like to read? Do you also enjoy writing in that genre? Why or why not?

Mostly anything teen contemporary, a little bit of romance, and some historical.
I write in teen contemporary, so yeah, I do enjoy writing in it, although I’ve never attempted a romance or a historical. I like to write things that I can personally relate to in some way, and teen contemporary seems to be the best way to do that.

 

Are you a plotter or a pantser when it comes to writing? To outline? or not to outline? That is the question.

Pantser! I will write down the key ideas for my novel and then just start writing. Sometimes I’ll even start writing before coming up with the key ideas. I tried planning it out chapter by chapter, but that plan kind of died after the third chapter. And I had already written the first two.

 

When did you write your first ‘story’ and how old were you when you wrote it?

When I was about seven, I wanted to publish a series about Uni the Unicorn. I think I wrote about half a book before giving up. I know I wrote before that as well. Oh, and does having an imaginary friend count as writing a story? I never wrote it down, but I could still tell you all about Jock, who I made up when I was probably about three.

 

What is one (already published novel) you wish you wrote, and why? Is this novel a bestseller? or not as commonly known?

Basically anything by Melody Carlson. She’s such a great author, and her books are so relatable! I just love her novels so much.
I’m not sure how well known she is, since she is a Christian author, but she has won a few awards, so she can’t be too unheard of.

 

Last thing! Where can we stalk-Um..I mean find you online?
(Social media pages, Links to purchase novels(if any), Blogs etc. etc.)

Right now, it’s just me and my blog!
You can find me at http://tachristensenwrites.wordpress.com/

I’m currently doing a 365 day writing challenge, so I post daily!

Thanks for this opportunity!

That’s awesome! Thanks so much for doing the interview!

 

So, thats it for the interview today! Remember, if you want to be interviewed, don’t be afraid to contact me! I don’t bite, I promise! I’m a friendly dragon I can assure you. I don’t like being mean to people.

 

Until Next Time,

Adriana G.

Author Interview: Rachel Day

Hello Readers!

I am bringing you another interview from a real good writer friend of mine! Who is it? Well I’ll let her tell you 😉

 

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Hello and welcome! To star, Tell us who you are and a bit about yourself!

I’m Rachel Day and I’m from the beautiful country New Zealand. I live in a little farm house with my six younger siblings. I like drinking coffee & tea, going to the library, and drawing pictures. Plus I’m proud to say I’m a 90’s kid (end of 90’s. Still counts though)

 

Do you have a published novel? Or are you still working on a WIP?

I am not yet published. In fact I have only been writing for a year. I am currently working on my NaNo project Clandestine. I am in love with this project. And there is no way I can put it down now.

Clandestine is the first book in the Neverland Trilogy. Its based in a city a millennium after a great apocalypses/war. The city is the only living settlement, there is nothing out beyond the haunted Neverland. Within the city there lives four races: Inferno, Luminosity, Shadow, and Iciest.

The genre group I would put this into is: Speculative fiction, dystopian YA, (with a mix of Sci Fi, and fantasy)

 

Traveling! Do you love it? Why? Where is a place you dream of going one day? Anywhere you want to go or have been? Wether a place where writing research is to be done or story ideas to be discovered OR just for fun 🙂

I have never been out of the North Island. My dream is to travel one day. I want to go to Europe to see castles and Churches. But more than anything I want to go to New York. First I want to go find the location of Agloe from Paper Towns. And I also want to go see the abandoned Bennett College (Halcyon Hall) in Millbrook. Both of these locations are in New York.

I want to go to Millbrook, cause its a (sneak peak) Location for the second book in the Neverland Trilogy, Halcyon.

 

What kind of music do you love to listen to? Any specific music or songs you listen to while writing/reading?

When writing I listen to artist such as: Ellie Goulding, TigerTown, Broods, The Civil Wars, Lindsey Stirling, Birdy, and Paper Kites. Plus I like to listen to instrumental movie soundtracks.

I have a different taste in music. But I love all these bands and artist! Their music is just so beautiful. And I can listen to them for hours (wait a second… I do listen to them for hours)

 

Is there a message within your novel(s) you are wanting readers to grasp? A certain feeling you want them to walk away with?

I’m a very deep writer. So all my work has deep compelling meanings (I don’t know how I do it)
For the Neverland trilogy I have a quote that sums it up “No matter what we breed, we still are made of greed.” -imagine dragons
Simply the meaning comes down to human depravity. We are never going to be able to create a perfect race. We are so fallen inside.

The other is that; I want my readers to walk away with knowing that nothing is ever what you see on the surface. Adding to the walking away part, I don’t want them to forget what they just read.

 

It’s story time! Tell me your story! When and why did you start to write? What inspired you to start writing?

Reading. I suppose that was the kick start. Especially after reading the Hunger Games. But after finding the genre I liked to read, I started to get the urge to start writing that.

I started properly write last year (2014) before then, I could hardly put my thoughts down on paper. But after doing NaNoWriMo, my writing skills shot sky high.

 

Now, I always feel the need to ask this, When it comes to mythological creatures, which is your favourite? Why? (Is this creature more commonly known or not? Any particular myths you enjoy?)

Recently I have not read as much fantasy, so I’m not very knowledgeable about all the creatures and magic (I still love fantasy though)
But I’m going to have to say Mermaids. I’ve always loved mermaids. Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to be one, and I still do. (still a child at heart)

 

Which fictional character (of your own) do you feel you relate to most, and why?

I relate to Iris the most. She is my inner being, (does that sound weird?) any how, she is so much like me, so I can relate to her more than any of my other characters that I have created.

 

 

Which fictional character (not your own charcater) do you feel you are most liek to/relate to most, and why? (It can be a charcater from a TV show, movie or book! Up to you!)

Katniss from the Hunger Games. Cause when she volunteered to save her sister, I would have done the same thing for one of my sisters (I think about it a lot) And I know deep-down, that I can be as strong as Katniss.

 

 

Which genre do you like to read? Do you also enjoy writing in that genre? Why or why not?

I like reading Dystopian, Sci Fi… and I love writing in that genre. I like the fact that I can create a world after this one. I just like the thought of “what is going to happen after this time?” So in a way, its like creating a none real future.

 

Are you a plotter or a pantser when it comes to writing? To outline? or not to outline? That is the question.

I’m a plotter. I like to have planned out everything before hand, such as: world building, list of characters, plot, etc.

 

When did you write your first ‘story’ and how old were you when you wrote it?

I wrote my first story when I was about 6 or 7. I made it into a little picture book. I still have it… haha its really cute actually.

 

What is one (already published novel) you wish you wrote, and why? Is this novel a bestseller? or not as commonly known?

Hard one! Maybe Divergent. Cause I love those books. (still need to read the third one, so no spoilers!)

 

Last thing! Where can we stalk-Um..I mean find you online?
(Social media pages, Links to purchase novels(if any), Blogs etc. etc.)

Well since you bought it up. I am on twitter @Queenie_Rachy (if you follow me, I will give you a follow back) I’m also on Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/RachyDay1998/)

And last but not least, I have my beloved blog Stained Glass Windows. (http://rachywriter.blogspot.ca/) I do a lot of writers rambling, talking about my books, and I’m also planning on doing book and movie reviews.

 

So thats it! Thanks Rachel for doing this interview and thank you for reading it!

 

Until Next Time!

Adriana Gabrielle

 

Author Interview: Brett Michael Orr

Hello Readers!

So, yesterday blogger and writer, Brett Michael Orr interviewed me on his blog and in turn I offered to interview him! T’was quite fun! Hope you all enjoy it!

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Tell Me Who You Are!

I’m Brett Michael Orr! You can call me Brett, or Brett Michael, whichever you prefer!

Tell me a bit about yourself

I was originally born in Adelaide, South Australia (Down Under), and moved with my family to Queensland when I was four. We’ve been all over the state, from the tropical town of Mackay, down to the tourist Gold Coast and back again. We now live just south of Brisbane.

Do you have a published novel? Or are you still working on a WIP?

I’ve written three complete novels, two of which I am actively working on. The first, PROJECT NEW GENESIS, is a sci-fi thriller that I’m currently seeking representation for, and my current WIP is BUREAU OF TIME, a YA sci-fi that was written for NaNoWriMo 2014. I don’t have anything published of yet, but I try and participate in flash fiction, fan fiction and writing prompts, to continually hone my skills.

Traveling! Do you love it? Why? Where is a place you dream of going one day?

I do enjoy traveling, and I seem to have more English blood in my body than I usually think. I have a longing to visit somewhere like England, although I’ve never traveled overseas. I would like to see New Zealand one day, as they have fantastic scenery, and I’d love to visit the Shire and other Lord of the Rings sets. I also dream of visiting America on my (eventual) book tour!

What kind of music do you love to listen to? Any specific music or songs you listen to while writing/reading?

Well, I listen to several main bands, usually flicking between them depending on the mood I’m in. I listen mostly to Linkin Park, Paramore, Green Day, James Blunt, Coldplay and REM. Imagine Dragons also seems quite promising, and occasionally I’ll listen to more instrumental work (such as the incredible album, This is War, by Cliff Lin.) I also have some Matchbox Twenty and Snow Patrol lurking somewhere on my iPhone. Depending on what mood any specific scene is, will determine what band I listen to.

Is there a message within your novel(s) you are wanting readers to grasp? A certain feeling you want them to walk away with?

This is tough, as each novel tends to have a different core theme. Ultimately I tend to talk about the dangers of overly large corporations, as well as government interference and control; although admittedly, that’s true of almost *every* sci-fi/thriller novel. As for a feeling…I want them to be entertained. Nothing more. I want people to read my books in a single sitting, be caught up in the action, and ultimately left feeling like they’ve just been dragged into a breathtaking adrenalin ride. Some writers might try and shift their reader’s perspective or make them experience an new philosophical breakthrough, but I think the gift of entertainment itself is more than enough.

When and why did you start to write? What inspired you to start writing?

Well, like most writers, I used to write as a young kid. I think some of my first stories were written when I was about five. I learned to read and write before I could actually talk – I’ll always thank my amazing Mum for teaching me all of that by herself. As for actually wanting to be an author, I usually trace it back to Christopher Paolini’s ERAGON. I know many people criticize that book, but I personally loved the Inheritance Trilogy. After reading ERAGON, I was amazed that a fifteen year old boy could become a published author, and I was roughly the same age at the time. It truly inspired me to start writing properly. Since then, I’ve become captivated by the idea of writing professionally, and having my books read across the world. Partly because, as an Australian, I often feel ‘forgotten’ by the rest of the world, and I want to prove that Down Under can produce quality commercial fiction, just the same as Americans can.

Now, I always feel the need to ask this, When it comes to mythological creatures, which is your favourite? Why?

This is…an interesting question. I would probably go for the Chimera – lion, goat, snake, it’s got it all going on with firebreathing to boot. Greek Myths are usually my favorite. There was such an incredible lore to their religion, in-depth and rich with adventure and tragedy. Outside of the traditional Greek mythology, I really like Norse myths – they’re incredibly large-scale, with massive wolves and snakes. Plus, y’know, Thor.

Which fictional character (not your own character) do you feel you are most like to/relate to most, and why?

Ooh, tough question. This one’s really hard. I might be a little biased, especially because it’s my favorite TV show of all time, but I’m going to say Peter Bishop from FRINGE. He’s smart in a down-to-earth kind of way, which is how I hope I come across. Or maybe Richard Castle from CASTLE, mostly because he’s a writer and I love his dry sense of humor. But I’m leaning towards Peter still.

Which genre do you like to read? Do you also enjoy writing in that genre? Why or why not?

I like to read sci-fi or dystopian mostly. I write in YA sci-fi and in sci-fi/thriller. I do try and read outside that genre as well, to learn from other styles and authors.

Are you a plotter or a pantser when it comes to writing?

Hybrid. I actually did a blog piece about this a while ago. I tend to plot major ‘milestones’ that I want to happen, such as large setpieces or core revelations, and then pants the rest. I used to be a full plotter, but I found it was taking too much time, and I was beginning to overanalyze things. So now I use a hybrid, part outline, part pantser. It works for me, so it must be right.

When did you write your first ‘story’ and how old were you when you wrote it?

*clucks tongue*. Hard to say. I was about five-ish when I started writing stories (often with color images). I owe a lot to my Mum, who taught me to read and write all herself, so I did write quite a bit when I was younger. My first ‘story’ was about a private detective who solved crimes (and incidentally, a genre I’d like to explore again one day). It was really a short-story, in common terms, but it was the closest to an actual plot structure that I can think of. I was probably about 6 or 7.

What is one (already published novel) you wish you wrote, and why?

Ah, this is always a great question. I wish I’d come up with the idea for The Hunger Games. It will forever be the benchmark for YA dystopian/sci-fi/thrillers, and in particular, Mockingjay crosses into some elements of my own work.

Last thing! Where can we stalk-Um..I mean find you online?

Well, you can find me on my blog: http://www.brettmichaelorr.com/
If you’d rather follow me on Twitter, you can find me here: https://twitter.com/brettmichaelorr
Plus, I’m also on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Brett_Michael_Orr
Thanks for having me!