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Mental Health Giveaway Hop

mental health hop

Mental Health Giveaway Hop

March 20th to 27th

Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Reading in Twilight

Did you know?

According to the article in Scientific America: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/in-the-minds-of-others/ Reading fiction can strengthen your social ties and even change your personality? Who knew?

Now, I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just like to escape  for the sake of my mental health. And escaping into a good book is more like medicine than, well,  medicine—if you know what I mean. In the following book, the heroine must overcome abuse and her own mental demons to become whole again. Therefore …

Here’s the New Adult ebook I’m offering:

Want (Want, #1)

Blurb:

Julianne counts the days until she can pack her bags and leave her old-money, tradition-bound Southern town where appearance is everything and secrecy is a way of life. A piano virtuoso, she dreams of attending a prestigious music school in Boston. Failure is not an option, so she enlists the help of New England Conservatory graduate Isaac Laroche to help her.

She can’t understand why he suddenly gave up Boston’s music scene to return to the South. He doesn’t know her life depends on escaping it. Julianne must face down madness from without, just as it threatens from within. Isaac must resist an inappropriate attraction, but an indiscretion at a Mardi Gras ball-the pinnacle event for Mobile’s elite-forces their present wants and needs to collide with sins of the past.

Will Julianne accept the help she’s offered and get everything she ever wanted, or will she self-destruct and take Isaac down with her?

To win: do one or more of the following:

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I will choose one lucky winner at random. Please!!! Leave a comment below with your email address and the type format you’d like if you win! 

That’s it! Good Luck ♥

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Author Interview with Stephanie Lawton

….and here she is !

What a gorgeous cover! Makes you want to read, doesn’t it?

Bio:

After collecting a couple English degrees in the Midwest, Stephanie Lawton suddenly awoke in the deepest reaches of the Deep South. Culture shock inspired her to write about Mobile, Alabama, her adopted city, and all the ways Southern culture, history and attitudes seduce the unsuspecting.

A lover of all things gothic, she can often be spotted photographing old cemeteries, historic buildings and, ironically, the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast. She also has a tendency to psychoanalyze people, which comes in handy when creating character profiles.

On her thirtieth birthday, she mourned (okay bawled) the fact that in no way could she still be considered a “young adult,” so she rebelled by picking up Twilight and promptly fell in love with Young Adult literature.

She has a love/hate relationship with Mardi Gras–where does all that money come from?–and can sneeze 18 times in a row. 🙂

Ms. Lawton will now take your questions …

Q.   When did you first realize you wanted to write?

Not until a few years ago when we moved from northeast Ohio to Mobile, Alabama. I’ve always been a voracious reader and I earned two English degrees, but I focused on nonfiction writing — academic, TV news, and copy editing, etc. I think fiction was a way of working through culture shock!

 

Q.       What books inspired you as a teen? Who are your favorite authors now? 

I was a total nerd, so I stuck to the pieces my teachers had me read. If I liked a certain author, I’d go find more stuff by him or her. I read a lot of Shakespeare, Poe and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Now I read as much YA as I possibly can. My absolute favorite YA author is Cassie Clare, but I also adore Michelle Hodkin, Myra McEntire, Kelly Keaton and Maggie Stiefvater. I’m also a fan of fellow Alabama YA author R.A. Nelson. There’s even a little nod to him and his first novel, Teach Me, in my book.

Q.       How did you meet your husband? Was it love at first site, or did you make him chase you around first?

Oh, jeez, this isn’t a good story. (Sorry, honey!) I was dating his friend, who called me up one evening and dumped me over the phone. (It was the first and last time I’d ever been dumped!) It was totally out of the blue and I was really, REALLY upset about it. So I called his friend and asked him if he knew what the deal was. He said he didn’t and was just as shocked. There was an off-campus party the next night, so I invited him up so we could talk about the situation. Well … I was really low, and there may have been some drinking involved. I kissed him, but decided I just wanted to be friends, so we hung out for a couple months and everybody kept asking me why I wasn’t dating him. Yadda, yadda, he was patient and persistent, my family and friends fell in love with him, so I gave him a chance, and now we’ve been married ten years and have two adorable kids. He’s my best friend. 🙂

Q.       Where do the inspirations for your stories come from? Do you have a muse?

Ideas don’t just hit me — they have to marinate for a while. Want was inspired by a snotty lady at a Mardi Gras parade and the culture shock I was experiencing. My second manuscript was partially inspired by two TV shows and some Mobile history. The story I’m starting now is a result of a little homesickness for rural Ohio, along with another TV show.

Q.       What does an average day look like for you? Can you take us through your routine?

“Woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head … ” Beatles? Anyone? *sigh* I’m up early to get the kids fed, dressed and out the door to drive my son to school. That’s followed by grocery shopping or errands, and then home to check email, Facebook, etc. After about ten minutes of that, my daughter usually jumps on me and we spend the day together. Then we pick up my son, I make dinner, my husband comes home, and I get an hour to myself (to shower, write, read, whatever) with the bedroom door locked. We get the kids ready for bed, read stories, say prayers, and then I have about two hours to write. Glamorous, eh?

Q.       What speaks to you and why, Scottish castle, New York penthouse, or rustic, California beach house?

All of them and none of them. The history nerd in me would love to explore the Scottish castle; the adventurer in me would love a posh New York pad; and I can’t live without being near the water, so a beach house is appealing, too. And yet–this is going to sound weird–I don’t like to travel. Someday, though, I’d love to have a beach house on Dauphin Island, Alabama, right on the Gulf of Mexico.

Q.       What do you see as the next big trend in YA?

That’s a tough one. We’ve seen vampires, zombies, werewolves, angels (fallen and otherwise), dystopians … I think we’re going to see a lot of genre-bending and blending. I’d love to see more well-written YA horror.

Q.       What are you working on now?

I’m currently querying a fast-paced Southern ghost story, but it also could be magical realism, soft horror, paranormal, with a small thread of LGBT. It’s a total mutt. And I’m starting a contemporary story that blends in some semi-apocalyptic stuff, basically boy v. nature. I don’t want to give away any more. 🙂

Q.       Do you have any pets? Can you tell us how they joined your family and what they mean to you?

Sadly, we only have one cat now. We had two — Romeo and Juliet — but Romeo is now scratching in the litter box in the sky. Oddly, Juliet seems happier without her Romeo. We also had a Newfoundland mix, but she too is barking at birds in heaven. We have a few fish that no one pays attention to, and I’m considering naming our dust bunnies. 🙂

Thanks so much for joining us today, Stephanie. It was great having you.

For more information on Want or Stepanie Lawton, please see below:

Blog: www.StephanieLawton.com
Website: www.WantTheNovel.com
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13432648-want
http://www.facebook.com/#!/StephanieLawtonWriter


What’s happening hotstuff?

Hey everybody!

Lots going on, lookee here …

The nice folks on Good Reads Group, Never Too Old For Y. A., have been nice enough to ask me some questions. You can catch my interview here: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/911510-june-interview-with-julie-reece

One of my favorite bloggers (In the universe? Yes, that’s right.) ran a flash contest and let moi pick the winner. Here is the winning entry! http://networkedblogs.com/yed3d Take a look at her blog while you’re over there, she’s freakin’ awesome!

Friend and talented Writer Stephanie Lawton’s YA novel, Want, is coming June 7th. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13432653-want

I will interview her here on June 5th, but until then, Want is in a cover war, voter here: http://tantalizingillusions.blogspot.com/2012/05/cover-wars-oppression-vs-want.html

Ain’t it purdy?

J Taylor Publishing is offering the awesome novel Darkness and Light (with the fancy schmancy new cover) http://bookarooju.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/cover-rereveal-darkness-light-by-j-a-belfield/ for just .99 for a short time with bonus content.  Get over there people! (FYI: This is an adult novel) http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/blog/?p=857

Yummy awesomeness

 Gifted writer and friend Jocelyn Adams is hosting a giveaway. I love me some free stuff, people! Jocelyn’s amazing story The Undergarden leads the pack in the soon to be released Tidal Whispers along with Claire Gillian, Julie Reece (okay, yeah that’s me) and Kelly Said. You can enter to win a copy here …  http://joceadams.wordpress.com/

Good luck!

Available June 4th Check out the reviews on Good Reads!

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13410587-tidal-whispers