Harry Potter bookmarks – GIVEAWAY!!!!

Da da da…ati citit bine!! Am terminat in sfarsit si al doilea set si vreau sa le dau intr-un concurs. Primul set l-am facut cadou cuiva drag, iar al doilea este pentru voi! Sper sa va placa!!

Toate cele 4 semne de carte vor merge la un singur castigator ales prin random.org !

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Becoming Bryn – Blog Tour – Angela Carling + Giveaway

Today I’m so happy to be part of the  „Becoming Bryn – Blog Tour”!  I’m happy to host Angela Carling, author of the books Shackled and Unbreakable Love. She did a guest post for my blog!

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I’m so excited to be here on Roxxa’s fabulous blog to share a post about my latest book, BECOMING BRYN!

For months, Jesse has been envious of her twin sister Bryn and even has a crush on Bryn’s gorgeous, popular boyfriend, Quinton. When Jesse awakens from a coma to learn that everyone thinks she is Bryn, the option of actually taking over her sister’s life is beyond tempting, but there’s a downside. She’d have to give up Ethan, her best friend and the only person she trusts. Could she actually live as Bryn for the rest of her life? And if her family and friends found out, would they ever forgive her?

At one point in Becoming Bryn, Jesse finds herself in position where she has to choose between the boy she’s dreamt of and the boy who has been her best friend, even in her darkest times. The question I pose today is, will she choose Quinton or Ethan? An even better question is who would you choose for Jesse? To help you decide, I’ve written five things about each boy. Let me know who you think is the best person for Jesse.

Introducing(the oh so hot) Quinton.

quintQuinton is:

1. Athletic

2. Wealthy (he drives a black hummer)

3. Popular at school (he makes all the girls swoon)

4. Fun. Quinton is always up for a good time.

5. Determined. Quinton always knows what he wants and usually get it.

& Ethan

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  1.  Funny. He has a great sense of humor and always jokes around with Jesse
  2. Kind. Even when Jesse accidentally throws up on his shoes, he doesn’t get angry.
  3. Involved. He’s always dragging Jesse to help with some committees or school activities.
  4. Smart. Ethan knows what he wants for his future and has the grades to go to a good college.
  5. Hard working. Ethan works in the ice cream shop with both Jesse and Bryn and let’s just say it gets hot enough to melt the ice cream some times

So there they are, five tidbits about each boy. Who will Jesse end up with? You may be surprised!  Thanks for stopping by. Let me know what you think of Becoming Bryn. Can’t wait to connect with you on:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Angela-Carling/302628969749080

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Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/list/5331346.Angela_Carling

Twitter @angelacarling

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Book Blog Tour : FIREFLY by Belle Whittington! Guest Post + Easter Egg Hunt + Giveaways!

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I’m very happy to be a part of this book Blog Tour hosted by Books & Broomsticks, and I hope you’ll like my post! As part of the promotional tour, I have a fun guest post written by the author and some giveaways!

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 From Goodreads:
  “The darkest days are ahead of us,” Andrew whispered as the drape of shadows slipped away, allowing Blair to awaken. And in her heart of hearts she knew it was true. The unmistakable signs were all around her, growing within her. She was becoming something more than human. All she could do was accept the inevitable.
“I’ve become a freak … an alien. I no longer belong to the human world,” Blair told her true love, and he held her close, determined never to give her up.
“I’d stay in this darkness forever as long as I could be with you. Wherever you are … that’s my home.” Everett meant every word. In fact, he’d willingly give up his own life to protect the girl he’d always loved.
But there was a storm brewing … a firestorm so strong and catastrophic that it could keep them apart forever.
That storm roared into town wearing a brown leather bomber jacket and riding a motorcycle.
Ash was like a secret in human clothing … a dangerous secret. Everything about him was mesmerizing – right down to the swirls of ink that flowed over the smooth muscles across his chest and around his arms. Being with him was like playing with fire.
Blair knew all about playing with fire.
She knew something else, too. A small quiet voice deep within whispered that she really would be separated from everyone and everything she’d known and loved. Because some secrets run too deep.

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Love Lessons I’ve Learned from Books

There are many types of love: familial love, friendship, romantic love, love of pets, religious devotion, love of home, patriotism, love of possessions.  The list really is endless.  As a student of Literature at University of Houston, I had the chance to read a wide variety of stories, books, and plays covering all types of love.

Color Author Pic-Belle Whittington (1)For instance, the love of honor is strongly threaded throughout my favorite old heroic poem, Beowulf.  If you’ve had the chance to read it, you’ll know what I mean.  Beowulf is steadfast in his conviction to do the right and honorable thing.  It’s one of my favorite things about that tale.  And not only that, Hrothgar the king of the Danes, loved his people and generously shared rings of gold in his mead hall.  What I took away from these two types of love in Beowulf is that one should be true to his/her morals and ethics and also be kind and generous to team members, fellow country-men, and those he/she leads.

But, I digress… I could talk British Literature all day.

In Hunger Games, the friendship between Katniss and Rue is so touching.  Together, they forge a bond, which they are both willing to keep intact no matter the cost … even if the price is one of their lives.  That enormous price is actually paid when Rue stays behind to create a diversion so Katniss can destroy the cache of goods Kato and his group have accumulated.  Pardon me while I wipe the tears from my eyes.  I can’t tell you how hard that scene made me cry when I read Hunger Games!

I think Ender’s Game contains a good example of familial love.  Ender adores his sister, Valentine.  And even though they are separated for years as he attends training, their love remains steadfast between them.  This, also, was a heart wrenching storyline to read.

Little Women has a strong thread of love of family and home embroidered through it.  And the same goes with Anne of Green Gables.  Of course, in that book, you’ll find love of literature, too.  In both of these, I think what I leaned most about love was that it does not always have to be wild and rampant.  It can be love of comfort and home.  After a long hard day at work or school, isn’t that what we all long for … to go home and be surrounded by our loved ones?

The summer I turned ten years old, I read Where the Red Fern grows and cried my eyes out.  If you haven’t read this book, you should.  It’s the heart warming and heart wrenching tale about a boy and his two prize-winning hunting dogs and how both master and canine are willing to fight to the death for each other.  In the end, one dog dies and the other morns herself to death over the loss of her littermate.  And you’ll cry your eyes out when you read it!

Oh, but then there’s romantic love.  Don’t we all adore it?  In Pride and Prejudice, romantic love doesn’t come on swift wings, but grows as Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy come to know each other more.  It’s a love born out of respect and commonality.  It’s probably my favorite love story of all time.  It’s like the best flavor of cupcake topped with an extra dollop of my favorite butter cream frosting.  Reading it once just isn’t enough!

However, there’s a different type of romantic love in books.  I’m currently finishing up Beautiful Creatures, and the fated love between Ethan and Lena is fantastic.  Their relationship, like most fated loves in books, ebbs and flows until they become inseparable.  I haven’t gotten to the end of this book yet, so I don’t have the final outcome.  But I have my suspicions.

What love lessons have I learned from books?  I learned that no matter how far I roam, there’s no place like home; that loyalty, honor, and patriotism is important; that friends are an extension of family, and it’s important to nurture and protect those friendships; that family and pets love with a love fierce enough to fight and die for me; that the kind of love that springs from mutual respect is the most beautiful of all. And I’ve also learned something else.  I’ve got the most wonderful readers in the whole wide world, and I really mean it when I say, “I love my readers!”

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Maratonul Concursurilor de Primavara / I. Interviu + Random giveaway

Dupa cum v-am spus in posturile precedente, m-am gandit sa organizez un mini maraton de concursuri!

Am ales ca primul concurs sa fie ceva usurel, si anume random. Vor urma concursuri de creatie si alte surprize.

Avem un interviu, realizat de catre Kristin Bailey si un premiu constituit din swag-uri, oferit de catre autoare (ea va va trimite pachetul).

Author Interview

1.   Hello Kristin! Thank you for granting me this interview. I’d like to talk first about your book Legacy of the Clockwork Key. How did this story come into being?

Legacy of the Clockwork Key began when I saw a picture of a steampunk raven that someone had created. I was fascinated by it, and I wondered who would put the effort into creating it and why.  I remember being in the car and seeing a large crow fly overhead and then I began to think about how amazing it would be if a mechanical bird could imitate a live one.  At that point my secret society of inventors was born.  I’ve always loved Victorian children’s literature, and I thought it would be fun to create a story that reflected the sweeping sense of whimsy and adventure of those classic books.

2.  What was the most challenging aspect of creating this character of Meg?

14377566_130305020000Meg is an extremely challenging character to deal with as an author. I knew first and foremost, in order for her to be convincingly brave enough to face all the enormous physical and mental challenges I was about to throw at her, she’d have to be exceptionally bold and really intelligent. The problem was, I had placed her in a time where being a bold and intelligent female often landed one in an insane asylum. Consequently, Meg is very constrained by her social position as a young women who has a certain sense of herself, but no means to act on it at the moment. The rashness that she needs to break through her social constraints and seize the reins of adventure can give her a harsh edge to her personality.

I didn’t intend to use a Zodiac sign as a strict personality guide, but I had to choose a birthday for Meg to make some of the timeline work out. It turns out, she’s and Aries through and through. She tends to shoot first and aim later.

The benefit of this is that Meg starts out in book one as a fairly flawed character. She’s naive, she’s stubborn, she jumps to conclusions, and she can be pushy. That has given her a lot of room to learn and grow through the course of the three books, and I’ve had fun seeing her mature into a composed and powerful character by book three.

3.  How did you approach the research needed for the book?

I tried to take the research one step at a time. First I did a lot of general reading on the Victorian era, and even broke out a lot of my favorite Charles Dickens novels to gain a sense of the contemporary language of the era, and also for setting details. I did a lot of reading on how households were run, and the rolls that servants had to play. Once I felt I had enough of the big picture in place, every time I needed a specific detail for the book, I looked that up individually to make sure it fit into my setting, and also that it was plausible. Looking up slang terms in particular was very interesting.

4.  What are your current/future projects?

I am currently writing book three, and it is fun to finally bring all the big picture pieces of the story together. I’m not thinking too much ahead of that, but I’d like to write something with a boy as a protagonist sometime in the future.

5.  If you had to be one of your protagonists, who would it be?

I can be really mean to my characters. I don’t think I’d want to be any of them. I put them in danger and injure them frequently.  I think if I had to be anyone, I’d be Oliver, just because he lives a fairly charmed life, unless I’m causing him immediate physical pain.

6. Who are your favourite writers and why?

I love Jim C. Hines, his fantasies are fun and his characters are fantastic. I love Julia Quinn novels because she writes such fun romance, and I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter books.

7.  What was the book that most influenced your life — and why?

Honestly, it was probably Black Beauty by Anne Sewell. I think it started my life long obsession with horses, but I think reading a book as a young girl written from the perspective of an animal, then following along through much of the joy, heartbreak, and abuse that animal suffered, left a mark on my spirit that can never be erased. Through my life, I have never doubted that animals have thoughts and feelings and I continue to try to live my life in a way to help as many animals as I can.

8. What are your 5 favorite books —and why?

I love Frankenstein, because it is thought provoking. I love Harry Potter because it is so much fun. I love Lord of the Rings for the world building. I really adoreGoblin Quest by Jim C. Hines because it is hysterically funny and touching at the same time. And I love Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson because it is one of those books that everyone should read.

9. What is the greatest challenge you have faced in your career as an author?

I’ve had some fairly serious writing setbacks that at the time seemed „career ending.” Picking myself up and recovering from those took a lot of mental fortitude. I guess in that way, I’m a little like Meg. I can be really stubborn and I don’t like to give up.

10. Describe your writing room PPanther-photo

I’m going to be moving soon, so it’s really a mess at the minute. I have a tiny desk in our greatroom. There’s a futon behind me, and some bookshelves, and the pool table down here. Mostly I’m staring at a messy desk and a blank wall in our cold basement. It’s not very glamorous. There are certain whimsical things in the room though, like this animation cell replica of the Pink Panther.

11. Take us through a typical day in the life of Kristin Bailey.

Most of the day is taken up just being a mom. I have to get the kids to school, feed everyone, clean the house, then if I get some time in the afternoon, I answer emails and try to do interviews and blog posts. Once everyone is asleep, that’s my time to write. I’m a night owl, and I hate mornings. Having the house dark and quiet is best for my concentration.

12. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I hope everyone enjoys Legacy of the Clockwork Key. I had a great time writing it and celebrating invention and engineering. More than anything, thank you for being readers and enjoying books.  If you would like to know more about The Secret Order, you can visit my website at http://www.kristinbailey.com, follow me on Twitter @KBaileyBooks or stop by and „like” my Facebook page.

Happy reading everyone!

Kristin Bailey

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Premiu: pachetul de swag-uri din imagine

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Premiul va fi expediat de catre autoare.

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Castigatorul va  fi ales prin random.org

Reguli: Tot ce trebuie sa faceti este sa imi lasati intr-un comentariu numele vostru si sa imi urmariti blog-ul.

Pentru 1 intrare in plus, trebuie sa anuntati despre concurs pe orice retea sociala sau pe blog.

Interviu cu o autoare: Megan Thomason + Giveaway

Aceasta zi ii este dedicata lui Megan Thomason, autoarea cartii Daynight. A fost foarte draguta si mi-a raspuns la intrebari SIII  mi-a trimis 2 carti si pentru voi. Thank you Megan! (detalii mai jos). Interviul este urmatorul:

171316231. Hello Megan! Thank you for granting me this interview. I’d like to talk first about your book, Daynight. How did this story come into being? 

Thanks for having me! I appreciate it! The story for daynight came about as I was hiking in one of the many canyons of San Diego on a particularly hot day, and I pondered what it would be like if things were so hot that there would be no choice but to switch days and nights. This was the impetus for Thera, the setting for most of daynight. I had fun researching all the various ways this would impact the Theran people–from differing lingo “daymares,” “daygowns, Monnight, Tuesnight, etc.”, to environmental (landscape, weather shifts). The Second Chance Institute, benevolent non-profit on Earth by day, and totalitarian ruler on Thera by night, and their messed up agendas and methods, are purely a figment of my twisted imagination and a result of contemplating what kind of entity would rule the night.

2.  What was the most challenging aspect of creating this character of Kira?
 The most challenging aspect of creating Kira is that she is not like me. If Kira was like me, she probably would have been dead within 24 hours of arriving on Thera. To survive the dystopian conditions set forth by The Second Chance Institute, I had to make Kira more rule-abiding and subservient than I would be. Whereas I wear my emotions on my face, Kira has mastered hiding her emotions behind a poker face and false smile. I’m very impulsive. Kira typically thinks (or over thinks) things through. Kira is fiercely loyal and often naive. I’m more jaded, distrustful, and might have used violence (or at least a strong verbal thrashing) on a couple of the characters had they pulled the same things with me. One characteristic of mine I did allow Kira to adopt is my sarcastic nature, though she uses it more in inner dialogue than her conversations with others.
3.  How did you approach the research needed for this book?

 I did quite a bit of research for daynight. Since Thera’s an inverse earth (land where sea and vice versa; direction of sun shifted) with extreme temperature variations and weather, I did a lot of research to see what the Therans would have to do to sustain life under the circumstances. I also heavily researched test subjects and focus groups to properly develop the SCI and their agendas with regard to the Second Chancers.
4.  What are your current/future projects? Megan Thomason
 I’m targeting a summer release for the sequel to daynightarbitrate. In addition to the daynight series, I’m working on B*Lies, a story about a girl who makes the decision to run from her abusive father. If time permits, I’ll also do a re-write on the romantic comedy trilogy I wrote prior to daynightthe thin veilthe thin line, and thin skin. Although I love the stories and characters, I’d want to get the writing up to my current standards before publishing.
5.  If you had to be one of your protagonists, who would it be? 
 That’s a hard question! I’m not sure I want to be in any of their shoes :). I’m hoping this is a short-term obligation, because I am going to go with Jax Christo. In book one he’s a seemingly minor character, but in reality is very key to everything. He has a unique brand of doublespeak, a killer sense of humor, some very appealing talents, and well… I’ve always wanted to spend a day in a guy’s head to know what they really think about :). If it’s a permanent thing, I’d have to go with my main character from my unpublished trilogy, Lissy. She’s a lot like me.
6. Who are your favorite writers and why?

 Given how many books I have read, that’s a tough question. I like different things about different authors. Immersive world: J.R.R. Tolkien. Dialogue:Jane Eyre. Dystopia: Suzanne Collins, Aldous Huxley and George Orwell. Fun contemporary: Jillian Dodd. Intense romance: S.C. Stephens and Tammara Webber. Drama: Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Every author leaves an imprint.
7.  What was the book that most influenced your life — and why? 
 I have read thousands of books, so very difficult to pick one (The Hobbit, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, The Phantom Tollbooth, Pride and Prejudice, Hunger Games, Crime and Punishment, 1984 each were at various points in time). But, the book I’m probably re-read the most and has had the biggest impact on me is my scriptures. I learn something new every time I read them so, I’ll go with that. 
pride-and-prejudice8. What are your 5 favorite books —and why?
 Hmmm… I never have been a great rule follower, so I’m going to fail to narrow this down to five. I’ve just read too many books, and over time different books have been my favorite. Some of these would include… Pride & PrejudiceHunger GamesThe Hobbit/Lord of the RingsCrime & PunishmentAnna Karenina1984Brave New WorldThe Diary of a Young GirlThe Scarlet LetterOf Mice & Men, and Lord of the Flies. My favorite 50+ reads (of 600+) of the past year can be found here: http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/3493195-my-favorite-books-of-2012, and my favorites of the last couple months would be The Sea of Tranquility, Vain, and The Breeders.

9. What is the greatest challenge you have faced in your career as an author?

I have two big challenges. The first is balancing promoting book 1 while trying to write book 2.The second is processing conflicting feedback.

 Balance: With self-publishing there is no ready staff to take care of the tedious work for you. Every form you fill out to list your book, every promotion you sign up for, author interview you do, or guest post you write takes time. It’s all worth it, because this is how you get exposure! But, this takes a lot of mental preparation, multitasking, and prioritizing. Many things require financial investment in addition to time. During my post Christmas promotion I didn’t sleep more than 2 hours a night for the entire week. And managing promoting one book while trying to write the next PLUS take care of a family… yikes. I still haven’t figured out a good balance that moves everything forward at a steady pace. It is definitely a work in progress.
 Feedback loop: I let a lot of people read early drafts of daynight to get feedback. What I got was conflicting feedback. The girls: more romance, less action. The guys: more action, less romance. The classic lovers: more deep symbolism. Some wanted more detail about Thera, some less. Oversimplified, but you get the idea. I quickly realized that I couldn’t please everyone and I had to go with the balance that felt right to me for telling the story and setting up for future books. So, now I try to look for common threads and address those issues, and realize that no matter what I do, not everyone will like my work. I don’t like every book I read, and so I can’t and don’t expect everyone to like mine.
10. Describe your writing room.
 I will write on my laptop anywhere… in my car while waiting in the pickup line for the kids’ schools (that is where I am writing this!), doctor appointments, sports games or at home. At home, I typically write on the couch in our family room or in our massage chair. Right now our family room is still sporting a Christmas theme. My daughter took it all out… and I’m waiting for her to put it all away. Her deadline is long past :).
11. Take us through a typical day in the life of Megan Thomason.

 I get up at 6:30, help my kids get ready for and then drive them to school (we don’t have school buses or public transportation where we live). Then I write, promote, or work on another project until it is time to pick them up. Occasionally, by necessity, I have appointments or errands to run. After school, I take kids to and from activities (sports, theatre, etc.). I read on my phone while doing any sort of waiting. Hopefully, in the evening I am able to make a homemade meal and spend some time with husband and kids, interspersed with more writing and/or reading. I am often up until 1 or 2am reading or writing.
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Vor fi 2 castigatori

Concursul incepe  azi si se termina pe data de 14 martie.

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Reguli: Tot ce trebuie sa faceti este sa imi lasati intr-un comentariu numele si adresa de email prin care ma urmariti

Pentru 2 intrari in plus, trebuie sa anuntati despre concurs pe orice retea sociala sau pe blog.

Offtopic: In curand voi da startul unui alt concurs, dar as fi vrut ceva diferit. Ceva de creatie. Sau un mini maraton, in care, participand la mai multe mini sarcini (cu premii) veti fi inclusi intr-o tombola cu premii mai mari. Sau ceva de genu. Nu stiu. Idei?? Si cel mai important lucru: v-ati inscrie la un concurs de acest tip?

Respect Month Blog Tour featuring SHACKLED – Angela Carling + Giveaway

This is the day I’ve been waiting for. February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention & Awareness Month. I’m very happy to be a part of this blog tour and I hope you’ll like my interview with Angela Carling, the author of  Unbreakable Love and Shackled.

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INTERVIEW

1. Hello Angela! Thank you for granting me this interview. I’d like to talk first about your book, Shackled. How did this story come into being? This story was inspired by my sister’s real life experience with a controlling boyfriend. While she was six months pregnant with his child, he once beat her so badly, that he almost killed her. While the events of Shackled are a lot more fun to read about, I wanted to write something worth talking about.

2.  What was the most challenging aspect of creating this character of Lucy? I had to make her innocent but believable. Like most teens, she was inexperienced in love and relationships which made her trusting and vulnerable when her would be Prince Charming came along. At some point in life I think we’ve all had a little bit of Lucy inside of usJ

 3.  How did you approach the research needed for this book? We’d lived through my sister’s experience but most importantly I went out and talked with High School students about their dating experiences. I go to a lot of schools and this gives me a chance to really connect with my potential readers. Of course, also looked on line for resources and stories. They were surprising easy to find.

 4.  What are your current/future projects? I am so super excited about my next book. I’m actually in the final editing stages before I send the manuscript out to be read by publishers. My working title is Beautiful Deception and the story is this amazing journey for a set of sisters. On Halloween night, they switch costumes and after they are in a terrible car accident, they are identified as each other and they bury Brin, but think she is her sister Jesse.  Jesse, who is crazy jealous of Brin’s life then steals her dead sister’s life and of course her incredibly hot boyfriend….at that is where it gets interesting.

5.  If you had to be one of your protagonists, who would it be? Oddly, Nate from first book Unbreakable Love.  While he is downright hot, and does make mistakes, his heart is so pure good and loyal that I would want to take on those traits.

 6. Who are your favorite writers and why?I like Susanne Collins for her tough and candid writing style but I think my favorite YA author is still Meg Cabot. Her work is fun to read and when I’m reading to relax I want fun!

 7.  What was the book that most influenced your life — and why? The first book that really stuck with me is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline LeEngle. She was so outside the box that she fueled my imagination in a way no other book had. The funny thing is, when she tried to get published she was told she was too different and no one would take on her work.

 images8. What are your 5 favorite books —and why?

1. Victoria and the Rogue by Meg Cabot…it’s got this great protagonist that just can’t help but fall in love with and it’s witty!

2. Hunger Games by Susanne Collins…..well let’s face it, you just can’t put that book down.

3. The Hobbit…because that guy knows how to write an amazing tale.

4. The Fault is in our Stars…because it changes the way you see life forever!!

5. The Help….. because I lived in the Southern Part of the United States and saw the prejudice first hand.

 9. What is the greatest challenge you have faced in your career as an author? Time management! Between raising a family, writing and marketing it is crazy busy. Since I can’t give up sleeping at night, I rely on my amazing blogger friends and readers to pass on reviews for my books and keep my fingers crossed. THANKS GUYS1

 10. Describe your writing room. My favorite place to write is my cabin, but since that is two hours from myuntitled house I write in my bedroom most of the time. It is a beautiful room painted the color of the sky on bright clear day.  White shears hang down over massive windows letting me look out on the full green trees we planted six years ago. Plus, that is where my two favorite kitties(see photo below) love to lay on my bed and I find their company….inspirational

11. Take us through a typical day in the life of Angela Carling. Mmmm, I’m not sure my life is that excitingJ Most days it starts out waking earlier than I want to, getting kids off to school. Then I try to get my lazy butt on a bike for some exercise. All this time, I’m probably thinking about my story or someone in the book world I need to contact. After a shower, I often get to eat lunch with my hubby as he works from home. The rest of the day I avoid as much as housework as possible by doing book related stuff including hanging out on twitter with my book friends. Before I know it, it is time to pick up my oldest teenager from school and that means drama is coming home with me. Another hour goes by and my 14-year-old son and daughter who is only ten but thinks she is at least twelve, come home.  I get all the details of the day…who is friends with who and is dating who. Then it is dinnertime. I work to hard to avoid cooking by going out or asking my husband to cook on the BBQ. Then comes homework, mine and theirs.  Mom, mom, mom, I hear until at last, delightful bedtime arrives for my kids.  I try to spend this time with my hubby. Our favorite TV show is Once Upon A Time right now…and finally, finally, I get to sit down in a silent house and write to my heart’s content.  Somewhere in there, I sneak in visiting schools and shopping for food and other things for my family. Occasionally, I get a delicious nap! 

12. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I do, Thanks for the opportunity. My readers are what keep me going. I’m a very soulful writer and when my work makes someone happy, it is just the coolest thing.  For anyone who has taken a chance on my work, thanks. For anyone who has passed on my work as something worth reading….thanks a million times. Also, please feel free to contact me at angelacarling@gmail.com or on twitter @angelacarling .I’ve made some of my best friends that way!!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

1109_Carling_Headshots_034Angela Carling was raised in Palm Springs, California but now resides in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, three kids and five felines. After years of denial, she final admitted, that she is in fact, a hopeless romantic, which allowed her to let down her hair and write her first book, Unbreakable Love. She always eats the frosting of her cake and cookies but leaves the rest, and can be caught singing in public bathrooms just for the acoustics. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. When she is not writing YA novels, she is secretly using her family as Guiney pigs to test what she learned in College.

http://www.angelacarling.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Angela-Carling/302628969749080

ABOUT SHACKLED:ShackledFcover (Med)

After shy, quiet Lucy and her family move from their small hometown in Minnesota to Seattle, Washington, she is surprised when Ryan, the most popular boy at school, asks her out. Soon, she is swept up in a whirlwind romance and her naive and trusting nature allows her to fall head over heels in love with her too-good-to-be-true suitor. Suddenly, Lucy finds herself enraptured by the excitement of her new relationship, leaving her blinded to the warning signs of danger ahead. Can her fairy tale romance last, or will she find that her prince charming is more like a wolf in sheeps clothing?

GIVEAWAY

PRIZES (2 WINNERS):

1 print copy of  SHACKLED and 1 print copy of UNBREAKABLE LOVE

Ends 28th Feb 2013

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RULES:

  • Leave a Blog Post Comment with your full name and the book you choose to win (you can sing up for the both books)
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Extra entries:

  • post this giveaway to any social media or on  your blog +2

Winners will be chosen randomly via Random.org

Winners will have 5 days to respond or they automatically forfeit their prize!

GOOD LUCK!

Have a nice day,

Roxi

Giveaway

Hey! Ce faceti? Asa cum v-am promis azi voi da startul unui concurs cu swag-uri. Organizarea acestuia a fost posibila datorita faptului ca autoarele Janet Fox si Patricia Lynne au fost foarte dragute si mi-au trimis cate un pachetel. Thank you!

Regulile sunt simple:

1. Trebuie sa-mi urmariti blogul prin e-mail si sa-mi lasati un comentariu la aceasta postare cu numele vostru si adresa prin care ati dat follow.

2. Pentru 2 intrari in plus trebuie sa anuntati acest concurs pe blogul vostru (sau FB) si sa imi lasati link-ul.

Concursul se va desfasura in perioada 27.11.2012 – 08.12.2012. Vor fi doi castigatori alesi prin random.org. Acestia vor fi anuntati in data de 09.12.2012

Fiecare va primi cate un plic cu urmatoarele:

  • 2 semne de carte  Sirens
  • 2 semne de carte Forgiven
  • 2 semne de carte Faithful
  • 1 vedere Sirens
  • 1 semn de carte Being Human
  • 1 semn de carte Snapshots

Mult succes! 😀