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Interview with author Amber Forbes

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I’ve recently added another book to my TBR Goodreads list. It is WHEN STARS DIE by Amber Forbes. Along with the fact that the book’s description sounds fascinating, Amber’s interview reveals that the story is sure to be a good one. I am certain that her entertaining personality shines through in her writing as well 🙂 After you enjoy her interview, take a look at the links for her social media pages as well as links where you can purchase her book. She also wanted me to let you know that you can currently enter to win a copy of WHEN STARS DIE on Goodreads.

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Me:  Amber, your author bio on Amazon amused me and made me smile. Any time I read a snippet of something that you write I sense a quirky sense of humor behind the author. How does your personality play into your writing?

Amber:  My writing itself isn’t quirky at all. It’s in fact very dark. There are no snarky characters in my book, When Stars Die, and there are really no quirky characters in it, either. It’s a dark book, through and through, from Amelia, to the romance, and to everyone and everything else. While I have a sense of humor, I also have bipolar disorder and really struggle from the depression aspect of it—and depression can create a lot of dark thoughts. So my writing often stems from the darkest times in my life. The sequel to When Stars Die, however, does contain snark and a few quirky characters. That book is called The Stars Are Infinite.

Me:  What inspired you to write WHEN STARS DIE?

Amber:  Oh, goodness, there is no one point of inspiration for this. I know a lot of authors get inspired by a lot of external things, but the only external things that inspired me were my desire to fervently write about witches, and then to write about witches in a convent. Everything else just spewed from my imagination—and, no, I don’t have a muse. I don’t believe in a muse. Perhaps there were some external things that perhaps inspired the complex world found in WSD, but I can’t currently think of anything. After all, I started this book at fifteen.

Me:  It sounds like dancing is an important part of your life. Tell me a little about this.

Amber:  It sounds so cliché, but I wanted to do ballet because of the movie, Black Swan. A lot of ladies started ballet because of that movie, but the difference between me and most of them is that I’ve stuck with it because I knew it wasn’t going to be easy when I started it. A lot of people heard about how Natalie Portman started ballet for the movie, and they had this misconception that she did most of the dancing when she did not. She learned ballet in six months, and even though she danced every day and had hours of other physical exercises, it takes WAY more than six months to dance at a professional level. But I’ve been doing ballet for two years and have been en pointe for about one year and a half. I can ALMOST do just about everything en pointe. It is one of the hardest things I have ever done, but also one of the most rewarding things, and it gives me the confidence to take on just about anything.

Me:  Write a short synopsis of your future autobiography ten years from now. What do you see yourself doing?

Amber:  Amber Skye Forbes has spent her life writing stories for young adults that have ranged from paranormal to fantasy to literary contemporary. She still continues to write for young adults and has little interest for writing in other markets. She has also been doing ballet for fifteen years, and while she will probably never dance professionally, she still enjoys much of what ballet has to offer, including pointe work. Every year she has danced in her studio’s production, The Roar of Love, and has danced a myriad of roles in this production. She has also worked many jobs in publishing, most of them internships, from editing to formatting to publishing, and continues to maintain her literary magazine, The Corner Club Press. Her current jobs are writer, private tutor, and freelance editor. She is married to Jeff Ferreira, is insistent on remaining childless, and considers her cats her children.

Me:  What makes your book, WHEN STARS DIE, stand out from other books in the same genre?

Amber:  One reviewer said that if you’re expecting another Twilight re-hash, you’ll be in for a surprise in my book because Amelia is no Bella Swan (Stephenie Meyer, however, is largely successful for a reason, and for that reason alone, I do consider her a good writer even though I don’t like her books). The romance in WSD is dark and is arguably romantic, but it’s incredibly dark at the end. I also have a new take on witches that doesn’t exist in any other book. My witches are birthed from the Seven Deadly Sins that their parents commit on a continual basis. They also don’t have special magical abilities. They simply create fire, and that fire is merely to mark them as a witch. Of course, this fire is more powerful than at first glance, but most witches cannot control their fire. It is uncontrollable, and for that reason, it brands them as a witch and makes them known to anyone and everyone for whoever happens to see a witch cast fire. I also know people are tired of romance in paranormal, but I started this book at fifteen, well before the paranormal craze took off, and it has always had the romance aspect in it—and I wasn’t going to change that just because it became trendy.

Me:  What do you like best about the main character in your story, Amelia?

Amber:  I love that Amelia is determined and loyal, and while she bears a lot of darkness, she uses that darkness to push her forward in order to achieve her goals, especially at the end of the book, when she really feels like giving up.

Me:  I would like to interview “Amelia” for a minute. Amelia, why should WHEN STARS DIE be the next book that readers pick up to read?

Amber:  (Amelia:) I honestly wish they wouldn’t because I’m terrified of people getting to know me and my life. I wish Amber hadn’t written anything about me because, frankly, everything that happens to me is terrifying. I see things and hear things that no one else does. I bear the dark secrets of others. I have done horrible things and have betrayed people I didn’t mean to betray. While she describes me as loyal and determined, I feel anything but.

Me:  Describe your dream vacation.

Amber:  My dream vacation would be a tour around Europe. I lived in Italy when I was very, very young, and I do have some memories of living there, even though I was only like two or three. But I remember it being a very beautiful place, and it seems like anywhere you go in Europe is going to be much different geography wise. In America, I feel like everywhere you go just looks the same—except for like the exceptional landmarks. Otherwise, it’s Wal-Marts galore and fast foods restaurants lining every street.

Me:  What can readers look for in the future from you? Any projects in the works?

Amber:  I am working on the sequel to When Stars Die, The Stars Are Infinite. This will have a new main character. Amelia will still be in it, but she will be playing a lesser role; however, her role will be major again in the third book.
I am also working on a contemporary fantasy currently titled, When Heaven Was Blue. This is about Gene White, a boy living with treatment-resistant depression, who finds himself in the hands of a puppeteer and doll maker after being rescued from a suicide attempt.

Me:  Favorite Book? Favorite Movie? Favorite Dessert?

Amber:  The Fault in Our Stars, The Lion King, and Haagen Daz White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle.

WHEN STARS DIE blurb:

Amelia Gareth’s brother is a witch and the only way to save her family from the taint in his blood is to become a professed nun at Cathedral Reims. However, in order to become professed, she must endure trials that all nuns must face.

Surviving these trials is not easy, especially for Amelia, who is being stalked by shadowy beings only she can see. They’re searching for people they can physically touch, because only those they can touch can see them. Amelia soon learns why she is being stalked when she accidentally harms her best friend with fire during the third trial. Fire is a witch’s signature. The shadows are after witches.

Now Amelia must decide what to do: should she continue on her path to profession knowing there is no redemption, or should she give up on her dream and turn away from Cathedral Reims in order to stop the shadows who plan to destroy everything she loves?

Follow Amber at:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AmberSkyeForbes

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AmberSkyeF

Blog:  http://amberskyeforbes.wordpress.com/

Webpage:  http://amberskyeforbes.com/

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18387010-when-stars-die

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/When-Stars-Amber-Skye-Forbes/dp/0989312879/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383515711&sr=8-1&keywords=amber+skye+forbes

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Review of EDGE OF TRUTH by Natasha Hanova

EdgeOfTruth.indd  I am excited to present a review of EDGE OF TRUTH by Natasha Hanova. Since I have published my own book I have loved getting to know other authors. It’s hard to believe that when I began my own publishing journey four months ago I didn’t know any other authors, and now there are several authors who I am happy to call a friend, this includes Natasha Hanova. Of course, once I get to know an author, I am compelled to want to read his or her book. I got to know Natasha the opposite way. I found her book first and then got to know her 🙂 I had added EDGE OF TRUTH to my Goodreads to-read list, and then contacted her to review it. My policy is, I’ll only review a book if it’s one I actually want to read, and EDGE OF TRUTH sounded fantastic!

A YA dystopian novel, EDGE OF TRUTH, is centered on Rena Moon, a teenage girl who is going through the day-to-day motions of school and her monotonous internship while attempting to hide her supernatural abilities. For those who aren’t familiar with the new dystopian genre, think Hunger Games, a futuristic, post-disaster, new-world sort of story. Rena isn’t happy with the governmental system and dreams of one day making enough money to move away to a better city. She’s not afraid to break a rule here and there and acknowledges that she won’t stay in her cookie cutter life forever.

After stepping a little too far out of the boundaries, she unceremoniously meets Nevan, who ends up being her saving grace. It doesn’t hurt that she’s had a major crush on him forever, and it almost seems too good to be true that the guy she’s dreamed about is suddenly a central part of her life. It doesn’t take long for the reader to discover why she likes him so much. Not only is he completely good looking, but he’s also talented and has a great personality.

Even though Rena likes him, she is leery of trusting anyone with her huge secrets. In the current government, it is not okay to have supernatural abilities. Those who display unique gifts tend to disappear, and that makes it difficult to put too much trust in anyone. She has also discovered a way that may one day break her free from her preordained future. She wants to open up to Nevan completely but is understandably hesitant.

I love the characters in the story, even the supporting characters like Rena’s best friend, Blaze, and Nevan’s adorable sister, Chai. Each character has unique personality traits that are cleverly developed and help to carry the story. EDGE OF TRUTH was a fast-read, page turner, and as I was reading it, I kept wondering if there was going to be a sequel because I didn’t want the story to end. In fact, as soon as I finished the story, I had to contact Natasha to ask her if she had plans for a sequel. I won’t reveal what she told me, but I will say that any future books this talented writer publishes I will definitely be reading!

Enter the rafflecopter link for a chance to win your own eBook copy of EDGE OF TRUTH and click on the links to follow Natasha on Facebook and Twitter. I’ve also included a Goodreads link so you can add EDGE OF TRUTH to your own to-read list 🙂

Blurb:

Citizens who report to work on time, obey the Overlord’s laws, and stay off the Synbot’s radar, live long lives. Long, dull, monotonous lives.

It’s not a bad plan for someone with a hidden, emotion-based ability to trigger earthquakes. In a world pitted against her, sixteen-year-old Rena Moon strives for a life beyond working herself to death at the factory. Seeing an alternative, she risks selling relics from the forbidden lands at Market. It becomes the worst decision she ever made. Someone kidnaps her best friend in exchange for the one thing that would end her oppression.

Driven by loyalty, Rena and seventeen-year-old Nevan Jelani, soulful composer, green thumb extraordinaire, and the secret love of her life, plot to rescue her friend and reclaim her salvage. Still, the thought lingers whether Nevan is a true hero or another thief waiting for his chance at her loot. Events spin wildly, deepening Rena’s suspicions and pushing her limit of control. With more than her chance for freedom at stake, she must decide if she’s willing to kill to protect what’s precious to her. For once, the Overlord isn’t holding all the power, but can Rena live with being reduced to what she’s trying so hard to escape?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorNatashaHanova

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/NatashaHanova

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Edge-of-Truth-ebook/dp/B00D6QMR4C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379106003&sr=8-1&keywords=edge+of+truth

Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/edge-of-truth-natasha-hanova/1115469946?ean=9781938404597

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Review of EMPATH by HK Savage

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Review for EMPATH (The Empath Trilogy #1) by HK Savage

I recently began a series of author interviews on my blog, and now I am excited to introduce my first book review. I recently finished reading EMPATH by HK Savage. The first in a YA trilogy, I am thrilled that I selected this book to review. I don’t often read a lot of other books while I am in the middle of writing my own, but now that I’ve read the first, I can guarantee that I will be reading the next two in the trilogy. If you like the book TWILIGHT, by Stephenie Meyer, then you will absolutely love this story!

With that said, I need to give you a warning of the book first. There are a few similarities to TWILIGHT. There’s the main girl, Claire, who is friends with a vampire and a werecat. Yep, that’s right, not werewolf, but werecat. Sounds funny perhaps, but it’s cool in the story! Other similarities? You’ve got vampires who are super-fast, they like fast cars, and are quite beautiful. Oh, and for all of my True Blood fans out there like myself, they use “glamour” 🙂 So, understandably, I was slightly hesitant when I began to read the book, wondering if this was going to be a knock-off of TWILIGHT. It didn’t take long, however, to get over my comparison of the two books. I was soon completely drawn into the story, and the similarities between the two books couldn’t have been any different.

The differences? While I’m still on the subject of comparing the books (I feel I need to for those readers out there who undoubtedly will), there were some definite differences that made me completely enjoy EMPATH more. Don’t get me wrong, I love TWILIGHT, but I personally find Bella Swan’s character to be a bit annoying at times and I felt that I could relate a lot more to Claire. Another point that I enjoyed a lot more was that the vampire and werecat are actually capable of being friends with both Claire and each other, a novel concept, everyone can be friends.

And so now, here’s where the story totally branches out and becomes unique. The title of the story, EMPATH, stems from the fact that Claire is supernaturally gifted with EMPATH abilities. For those who aren’t familiar with that term, it means she can completely “feel” how another person is feeling. Not just sympathize or empathize but truly, 100% feel the other person’s emotions. This was the original reason why I was drawn to read the story, because Claire reminds me of a character who could be in my own book, INDIGO INCITE. The two stories are VERY different from each other, but Claire is definitely someone who would have been friends with the main characters from my book if they were introduced 🙂 If you liked INDIGO INCITE, you’ll definitely want to put EMPATH on your “to-read” list.

Claire isn’t perfect, she has flaws, which makes her likeable and relatable. Her boyfriend, James, on the other hand, really is perfect. So, for those who are looking for a great book boyfriend to escape to in a good book, he’s your guy. He has an awesome job, is totally gorgeous, is VERY old-fashioned and believes in treating a woman the way she deserves to be treated, with respect. Really, there is nothing not to like about him! However, be warned or be excited, however you want to view it, there are a few entertaining bedroom scenes. There is definitely nothing inappropriate or scandalous, it’s as basic as possible to still be considered a bedroom scene. So, for those who might be concerned, it’s definitely a YA book, but I would say toward the older age range of YA.

The book was written in first-person POV from Claire’s perspective and it made the story a fast, easy read. I really enjoyed how her character developed throughout the story. By the end, she definitely has discovered who she is and has found herself. As the story develops, Claire discovers the true extent of her abilities as she risks everything to help her new vampire and werecat friends. The story kept me in suspense up until the end, and I wasn’t ready for it to be over. I love the characters and I am looking forward to reading the next two books in the trilogy!

Since EMPATH was published in 2010, HK Savage has written and published several more books. Once you’ve read EMPATH, and of course you’ll have to follow up with the remaining two books in the trilogy, BONDED, book #2 and SECRETS, book #3, you’ll want to discover her other books. I will attach a link to her Goodreads page so that you can see everything this amazing author has to offer.

Summary

Claire is an empath living a life of self-imposed exile. Off to college, all she wants is to disappear. But a chance encounter with Stephen, a boy with his own secrets, leads Claire to understand that her curse is a gift. And when Claire meets James, a vampire, their gifts connect and form a bond the vampire world has not seen for three hundred years. No one can guess where it will take them or how it will change them both.

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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4522217.HK_Savage

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Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Empath-Book-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B004OR1G0S/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1376973231&sr=1-1&keywords=empath+hk+savage