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FAE20KGiveaway

Hey there! It’s Sarah Fae here from FaeBooks.co.uk. Today I’m

celebrating! I am celebrating not only reaching 20,000 followers, but now over 25,000 followers!

I’ve teamed up with a bunch of authors, crafters, bloggers and more and together we’re bringing you this awesome event! Squeeee!!!!

I just want to point out that this is another INTERNATIONAL giveaway of mine. So nobody gets

excluded! Always awesome, right?

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… Oh yes, it has a hashtag!
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An Interview With Catrina Barton

Today, I am interviewing the talented author, Catrina Barton. She’s here to tell us about her new novel, Dangerous Temptation. Look for a sneak peak after the interview.

Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?

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I’m happily married, mother of two hyper boys. Avid reader and reviewer. I adore nature, though I have to watch how much sun I get, because the sun gives me horrid migraines.

Would you tell us a little about your novel?

I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of shape-shifters since I first heard about them as a young kid. I chose tigers because they are my fave animals.

I noticed in your title that it has “Tiger Shifters”. What’s the difference, if any, between shifting and classic lycanthropy?

Lycanthropy is usually tied to a curse, such as werewolves shifting on full moons. The Caspians are not cursed. They can shift at will, though I do mostly follow the Asian mythology about it being to exact revenge.

Your cover says “A Caspian Novel”. Would you tell us about the rest of the series?

Thanks for asking. I’ve already got the second novel plotted out, just need to iron out a few kinks, and flesh out the MC’s love interest, the third one is shaping up as I finish ironing out the second one’s plot. The series as a whole will consist of many different shifters, each with a unique clan name, for instance my bear shifters are the Urasuians, and so forth. I plan to avoid werewolves, but if I used them they would be the Timberians. Each clan also controlls a different elemental power.

How old are your MCs?

Kaitlin is 17, though more mature than most that age because of how she grew up and what she has faced. Cadmon is well over 200, but appears in his early 20’s.

Why YA? (Young Adult)
Once I started reading YA I couldn’t stop {still can’t, lol} I love how face paced, yet deep the plots are and how fascinating the characters are.

What triggered the growth of this story in your mind?

I’ve always wanted to write about shape shifters {particularly the tigers} After researching shifter myths from all over the world, I found the Celtic and Asian mythologies fascinating and the story started playing through my mind.

What’s been the most difficult part of writing this series?

Creating unique mythologies tailored to each clan.

Your cover art is pretty awesome. Who did it? Dangerous Temptation Cover

Thank you. My hubby did it. he’s fascinated with 3D graphics and has practiced them over the past four years. Writing is my thing, 3D art is his. I told him the idea I wanted, and he played with it until we agreed on this cover. I adore how the tiger head appears above the steam of the water.

What made you decide to publish independantly rather than traditionally?

I like controlling each aspect. I know exactly what I want my stories to be about and don’t want to have to mold them to someone elses ideas.

Anything you know now that you wish you knew before you started?

That it’s more along the lines of NA {New Adult} than YA. Makes a huge difference in marketing aspects, and the types of audiences I need to reach.

You can get your copy at Amazon and Smashwords.

An exciting sneak peek at Dangerous Temptation:

“I’m not afraid of you.” Kaitlin stroked his scarred cheek.
“You should be.” His hand cupped hers, heat pouring into her skin. Cadmon pressed it firmly against his cheek. He nuzzled it, before pulling it away.
“You’re not a monster.” She licked her bottom lip. “You’re… beautiful.” She ran a finger along his squared jaw line.
“Men aren’t beautiful.” He held her fingers away from him, staring from them, into her eyes. “What have you done to me?” Confusion etched onto his face.
“I could ask you the same thing.” She swallowed, and tugged her fingers away from him, rubbing them down the side of her jeans, hoping to chase away the electric currents tingling her skin.

Know Me Better III

It’s that time again.

From I Am A Reader, Not A Writer:

Each week I will pick 5 questions to answers.

I invite you to share your answers to these questions as well. You can share them as a comment on this post or share them on your own blog and link up to this post.

This post goes up sometime during the weekend. I “TRY” to get it up by Saturday morning but life happens all to often so there are no guarantees!

Let’s get to this week’s questions, eh?

What story does your family always tell about you?

What kind of music do you like?

Would you rather have money or fame?

Do you celebrate Easter? If so what is one of your traditions?

Best April Fools Day Joke you have done or someone has done to you?

What story does your family always tell about you?

So many. Usually about how “bad” I was. One is how I’d disappear on my mom in the clothing store and scare the “daylights” out of her. Hey, those weren’t racks of clothes on hangers! They were doorways into other worlds filled with all sorts of strange beings, or they were doorways to the lands of my favorite cartoons.

What kind of music do you like?

I have an eclectic taste in music. I like stuff from Beethoven to Eminem, From Abba to ZZ Top. This is part of the playlist I listen to on Spotify as I write. There are over 700 tracks on the whole thing. 😀 Feel free to follow it. You can also see it to your right. —->

Would you rather have money or fame?

Fame. When you’re famous, you can easily get money. Not so much the other way around.

Do you celebrate Easter? If so what is one of your traditions?

I do not celebrate Easter.

Best April Fools Day Joke you have done or someone has done to you?

Best April Fool’s prank was on my friend Mikey’s sister and mom. With the aid of a drama club make up artist, we staged a scene in his house so it seemed like he’d killed me in a fit of rage, and needed his family to help him to hide my body. Farts are funny. Causing someone to fart in terror is even funnier.

Now it’s your turn!
Share an answer to one or more of these questions as a comment or post your answers on your blog and link up here! If you are posting on your blog you can grab the linky to include with your post if you would like to do so.

Book Fever

Vonnie’s Reading Corner

Deco My Heart

Writing Christian Novels

Closkot

Smoking Hot Books

A Nanny’s Literary Musings

By Candlelight

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Know Me Better II

So, here we go again. Another 5 questions from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. This week’s questions are:


What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you?
What is most memorable about your high school years?
Have you ever gotten up early for a “black Friday sale”?
Were you named after anyone?
Would you bungee jump, skydive or something similar?

Let’s get to them, eh?

What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you?

The kindest thing anyone has ever done for me? Wow. There have been a few, so, I’ll go with the most recent. Earlier in the month, I traveled to Tampa, Florida. A friend’s friend (an I think love interest) allowed me to crash at his place while I was there to hang out with my friends. If he reads this, Thanks again, Anthony.

What is most memorable about your high school years?

There were a few, but I’ll go with my most favorite memory: Graduation. I absolutely hated high school. You know, I think school is the only place where it is a bad thing to be intelligent.

Have you ever gotten up early for a “black Friday sale”?

Heh. No. I don’t like shopping. I’m certainly not gonna get up early to take part in a holiday dedicated to it.

Were you named after anyone?

Technically, I was named after everyone born before me. Think on that for a few seconds. Okay, non-smartass answer: My mom named me for two of her best friends.

Would you bungee jump, skydive or something similar?

You’re asking a guy with acrophobia if he’d skydive, or bungee jump. Are you out of your fecking mind?! Wait, what do you mean, I promised? Oh. Right. Yeah, I promised someone important to me that I would skydive with her.

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I invite you to share your answers to these questions as well. You can share them as a comment on this post or share them on your own blog and link up to this post. If you are posting on your blog you can grab the linky to include with your post if you would like to do so.

Ya Between The Lines
CMash Reads
Book Fever
Bookshelf
Spiced Latte Reads
My Head Is Full of Books
For the Love of Film & Novels
Diantha
Smoking Hot Books
Princess Paperback
Vonnie’s Reading Corner
Happy Little Worker
Everything Ella
Christian Novels
Paranormal Sisters
Shelfspace Needed
Hilda
Romance With A Book
Closkot
Gjam

Update: Looks like a lot of my fellow authors are also afraid of heights. I wonder if they’re connected…

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Hopping Around the Internets Jan 21-Jan 28

I’ve gotten together with a few of my friends to introduce y’all to them and them to you. These folks have entertaining & educational blogs. Here they are:

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HERO-NewMarkets1Kevin is a writer of superhero novels. I enjoy reading his stuff, and his site is a lot of fun to explore. You can find him here. He’s running a contest where you can win a copy of his second novel, H.E.R.O. – New markets (his first one is free).

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19Rebecca is a great lady, and an excellent comedian. Her blog gets me to laugh and brightens my day whenever I read it. You can find her here. And did I mention I get to call her a friend? Feck yeah!

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Firecracker-cupcake-2Vy has a hilarious blog that features recipes commentaries on things that matter to her. Warning, don’t go to Vy’s blog if you’re hungry: you want to go devour cupcakes after reading. Here’s where to find her awesomeness.

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wordpress-banner2-2Lanise is a great author with a herculean task in front of her: writing four books simultaneously. Sheesh. I’m having a hard time with one. Here’s her site. She has some posts about her novels and some other interesting stuff. Go look.

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zeldaFab is another beginning writer with some funny posts. Her’s is the newest blog of all that is here. Go check her out and give some love, eh?

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These folks are all taking part in the blog hop. Click around, get to know them, maybe win some prizes. Speaking of which, I’m offering a critique of a 1,500 word entry. Here’s how it works: Click on the links to go to everyone’s blog. Read an entry other than their hop and comment. Return here, tell me that you did so in the comments below and add a blurb about your work and your e-mail address. I’ll announce the winner on the 28th of this month.

Blog Hop

Okay, I was invited to do this last month, but I forgot all about it (Sorry, Ms. Brown! :-$) It’s a little thing called a blog hop. Evidently, it’s used to get to meet more people (and maybe to boost blog viewership?). I figure it sounds fun, so here’s my stab at it (I’m going to cheat and answer the questions after :-D)

Rules:

***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress)
on your blog
***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop
over and meet them.

Questions:

1. What is the working title of your book?

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

3. What genre does your book fall under?

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

10. What else about your book might piqué the reader’s interest?

Next up, I tag:

[List 5 other bloggers]

1) I have three, or four, in progress, so I’ll give the title of the one that is the closest to being finished: Into The Realm: The Chronicles of Carter Blake, Book 1 (I’ll post a link to the raw version shortly after I create it).
2) The idea of my book came from many places: I’m a big Dungeons & Dragons fan (look), I’m a big video game fan, and I’m a fan of fantasy in general.
3) See above. 😀 (That was easy)
4) Oh, that’s a tough one. Carter would have to be a young unknown, Dearbhaile would be played by either Anne Hathaway or Natalie Portman, Angriz would be one of the following four people: Clancy Brown, Michael Rosenbaum, Sam Jackson, or James Earl Jones. (That’s a lot of links)
5) A 14-year-old book journeys to the Realm of his favorite game and learns everything is not as he believes.
6) I’m going to self publish the whole way.
7) The first draft took me about a year to write. (Wow. I didn’t realize it was that long.)
8) I’d have to compare it to D&D books as well as the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind: Gaming mixed with adult themes. (Note, adult themes does not equal erotica)
9) An event and a person inspired me: Wizards of the Coast told me I couldn’t write a Dungeons & Dragons book, and my then girlfriend, Valerie suggested I write on based on a made-up tabletop role-playing game.
10) My main character is 14 and telling you how his story began. Also, Carter pops up in almost all of my other projects, too.

And now to link to other bloggers:

The young lady who introduced me to this idea.
An awesome gentleman, and fantastic author, who is helping me to improve my writing.
A funny man who is a fellow beginning author.
This blog has helped me go from a mediocre writer to a better one.
The site of a great writer.