Friday, 31 October 2014

Month9Books Birthday Bash Celebration and Giveaway, featuring Kit Forbes!



Hi guys, welcome to Month9Books Birthday Bash! We’re so excited you’re all stopping by! For my stop I'm hosting the awesome Kit Forbes!!
This is going to be an awesome event with many tour stops featuring our authors! The full schedule is below and make sure to stick around for the EPIC Giveaway taking place!

Here’s a quick note from Georgia McBride, owner of Month9Books!

“Month9Books is turning 2 this year and I could not be happier. We are living proof that if you have a dream to write, create and inspire, you should follow that dream and let nothing keep you from realizing it. Thank you to all the readers, writers, agents, partners and friends who have made this possible. We write for you.

--Georgia McBride, Publisher and Owner of Month9Books”

While all of the posts are from our authors that have books out already we also want to look forward to some of the 2015 titles we can’t wait to share with you!
We have a ton of sequels coming as well as new books from awesome debut authors and we’re so excited to share them all with you! We have something for everyine from every genre from Sci-Fi to Fantasy to Paranormal and Horror!

Here’s a slide show of some our 2015 books!





As I said, I'm hosting Kit Forbes today. Here's a little about Kits' book before we get to the interview.


About the Book
Title: SHADOWS FALL AWAY
Author: Kit Forbes
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Pages: 300
Publisher: Month9Books
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Goodreads/Amazon/Barnes & Noble



Mark Stewart is one incident away from becoming a juvenile delinquent, and his parents have had enough. They ship Mark off to London, England, to stay with his eccentric aunt Agatha who is obsessed with all things Jack the Ripper. After a strange twist of luck, Mark is struck by lightning, and he wakes to find himself in 1888 Victorian London. His interest in a string of murders Scotland Yard has yet to solve make him a likely suspect. After all, why would a young boy like Mark know so much about the murders? Could he be the ripper they've been searching for? Convinced the only way to get back home is to solve the murders, Mark dives headfirst into uncovering the truth. Mark's only distraction comes in the form of the beautiful Genie Trembly, a girl who is totally out of his league and who may have already caught the attention of the infamous ripper. To save her, he'll endanger both their lives, and risk being trapped in the past forever.

**Doesn't that sound awesome!!! I know I can't wait to read it :) Kit was kind enough to answer some questions for me so I hope you enjoy the interview


Hi Kit. Thanks so much for stopping by Book Lovers Life. Before we start can you tell us a little about yourself.
Real life is pretty boring and there isn’t much to tell. ☺ I work in retail and am he mom of two daughters and mini herd of cats.


1) Shadows Fall Away sounds amazing. Where did the idea come from and why did you focus on Jack The Ripper?
I’ve always been fascinated with the mystery surrounding the identity of Jack the Ripper. It began as wondering what would happen if  modern policeman got stuck back in Jack’s time. But that version got stuck and I couldn’t unstuck it. The idea kept nagging at me through the years and I occurred to me that maybe my detective could be the semi-delinquent son of a policeman and mark was born,


2) What kind of research did you have to do and did you find out anything interesting about Jack the Ripper?
I’ve always been interested in learning about Victorian England so I had some background. Most of the research involved the details on the crimes and such.
3) How long did it take to write Shadows Fall Away?
All together? Years and years if you count from when I first came up with the main characters and general idea. But from the do-over to finish  A few months.


4) Was it originally called Shadows Fall Away?
Yes and of course it was before I realized a few other things had “Shadows Fall” or “Shadow Falls” in their titles.
5) What is your writing process like?
It is a scary and magical thing. Most times scary like yanking teeth that won’t come unstuck and sometimes magical when the words pour out.


6) Do you have any writing habits or quirks?
Not that I’m conscious of. But if you ask my critique group they’ll probably have a huge list.


7) What is the best and worst part of writing?
It ties back to #5. When the words don’t flow, it’s tough, but when they do, it’s exciting and fun and time flies.


8) If you were a character in your book for a day, what would you do?
Probably cower in a corner mumbling “There’s no place like home…”


9) And finally describe the book in 5 words.
Snarky, mysterious, fun,  suspenseful, romantic

Now a quick fire round!!!


Favourite drink : Coffee
Favourite food:  This week: Pizza
Favourite colour:  Red
Favourite movie/TV series: The Originals
Favourite place:  The library


Thanks again Kit for taking the time to answer my questions. I really appreciate it.

About Kit:
Kit Forbes has been a lover of books, history, and all things paranormal for as long as she can remember. She lives in Western Pennsylvania with her youngest daughter and an assortment of cats who give new meaning to the world bizarre.

Giveaway Details:
(1) New Kindle with touchscreen (US only) loaded with all our Month9Books titles. US Only.
(1) Paperback prize pack of 5 Month9Books Titles. US ONLY.
(2) eBook Prize Packs of 5 Month9Books titles. International

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Meet the Authors and amazing host Blogs!
All posts will be live on October 31st!

Jessica Arnold will be hosted by Read for your Future
Vanessa Barger will be hosted by Pretty Little Pages
Lisa M. Basso will be hosted by In Vogue with Books
Sarah Bromley will be hosted by A Book and A Latte
Steve Bryant will be hosted by Jump Into Books
Brynn Chapman will be hosted by A Backwards Story
Nicole Conway will be hosted by Two Chicks on Books
Scott Craven will be hosted by Books and Ashes
Ty Drago will be hosted by The A P Book Club
Dorothy Dreyer will be hosted by Her Book Thoughts!
Dorothy Dreyer will be hosted by Oops! I Read A Book Again
Jennifer M. Eaton will be hosted by Book Briefs
Kit Forbes will be hosted by Book Lovers Life
Janice Gable Bashman  will be hosted by All Things Urban Fantasy
Amanda Gray will be hosted by Aspiring Joy
Kelly Hashway/Ashelyn Drake will be hosted by Book Geek Review
Elizabeth Holloway will be hosted by Tales of a Ravenous Reader
Missy Kalicicki and Abi Ketner will be hosted by Once Upon A Twilight
Nicola Marsh will be hosted by ReadWriteLove28
Georgia McBride will be hosted by YA Sisterhood
Jen McConnel will be hosted by A Dream Within A Dream
Jackie Morse Kessler will be hosted by Dark Faerie Tales
Beck Nicholas will be hosted by The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club
Michelle E. Reed will be hosted by Doodle's Book Reviews
Heather Reid will be hosted by Bookish Things & More
A. Lynden Rolland will be hosted by Fiction State of Mind
Kristal Shaff will be hosted by Chicklit vs Fantasy
Pab Sungenis will be hosted by Classy Cat Books
Rachel Tafoya will be hosted by Jessabella Reads
Vicki L. Weavil will be hosted by Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

Tracy Tam: Santa Command by Krystalyn Drown Blog Tour and Giveaway!



Title: TRACY TAM: SANTA COMMAND
Publication date: October 22, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Krystalyn Drown


Tracy doesn’t believe that Santa can deliver all of those presents in one night with out a little help from science. A flying sleigh can only be powered by jet engines, and Santa’s magical abilities can only be the result of altered DNA. In order to test her theories, she sneaks onto Santa’s sleigh and ends up at Santa Command, the place where a team of humans monitors Santa’s big night. When Tracy attempts to hack into their computers, she accidentally introduces a virus to their system. As a result, three states get knocked out of sync with the rest of the world. Before the night is over, Tracy has to fix time and help Santa finish his deliveries. And she has to do it all with Santa’s magic, which she doesn’t believe exists.

Link to Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20657877-tracy-tam?from_search=true
     
Purchase Links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Chapters Indigo! | TBD | IndieBound | iBooks

Guest Post: 


Random #5 – All I Want For Christmas Is…
Authors Xmas Wish List
When I was a child, I wrote every year to Santa. A few years ago, while going through my grandparents' cedar chest, I discovered a letter from when I was 6.



I remember being crushed that he didn't send it back to acknowledge that he had gotten it, but I did get the Kelly and Elly dolls.
As an adult, my list has changed a lot.
My list for this year is:

  • A raincoat. I live in Florida, aka that peninsula shaped swamp. How is it that I don't own a raincoat?
  • Footie pajamas. Some things haven't changed since I was 6.
  • Trapeze lessons, because I'm addicted.

Something practical, something childlike, and something adventurous. It pretty much sums me up and what my lists are like now. Although, I'd still like that Sweet Treats collection. Are you listening, Santa?



ABOUT KRYSTALYN DROWN:


Krystalyn spent thirteen years working at Walt Disney World in a variety of roles: entertainer, talent coordinator, and character captain. Her degree in theatre as well as many, many hours spent in a dance studio, helped with her job there. Her various other day jobs have included working in zoology at Sea World, as an elementary teacher, and currently as a support technician for a website. In the evenings, she does mad writing challenges with her sister, who is also an author. Krystalyn lives near Orlando, Florida with her husband, son, a were cat, and a Yorkie with a Napoleon complex.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter Facebook | Goodreads

Giveaway Information:  Winner will be drawn November 21, 2014
·        Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Tracy Tam: Santa Command by Krystalyn Drown (INT)

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Morganville Vampire Web Series!

Morganville: The Series
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 24, 2014


Morganville: The Series Revitalizes Vampire Genre Just in Time for Halloween
Rachel Caine’s Snarky Vampires Perfect for Geek & Sundry’s October Line-up


Geek & Sundry: Rachel Caine is adapting her Morganville Vampires books – fifteen (15) total – for a hilarious fright fest of a web series. Each episode of the first season is expected to be 8-12 minutes long, bringing the entire season to about an hour and is freely adapted by Rachel from the first novel – Glass Houses. The first season will begin airing on Geek & Sundry October 27th with a prime schedule planned out… the hope is that the first season finale lands on Halloween day.


Thanks to a passionate fanbase who fully supported the Kickstarter project (and whose funds were then matched by Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry), Morganville Vampires: Book Series became Morganville: The Series and utilized one of the fastest, most innovative platforms for upcoming shows. Through the expansive reach of Youtube, Rachel’s fans can enjoy the show without the long wait that comes through traditional television and also, reach a worldwide audience faster. All around it made the most sense for a book series of this size and caliber.


Even though web series are seen as non-traditional formats, the casting process and scouting for film locations remains normal. Auditions were held in Dallas, LA, Austin, New Orleans and some digital (to give fans of the books a chance at the spotlight too). Rachel wrote all the character monologues for the auditions. The entire show ended up being filmed on location in Dallas, Texas in four separate venues, including a coffee shop, a turn-of-last-century Victorian home, a hospital, and a university. Nearly every episode ends with Rachel’s infamous cliffhanger endings!


Switching from book to film writing was easier than Rachel expected. The very first thing she did, ended up setting the stage for the adaptation process and made it easier for her to focus on the story she wished to tell. Rachel says, “The first thing I tried to do, since I wrote the book in 2006, was to write down everything I remembered from it without re-reading it. That was fascinating, because what I wrote down was really the core story, and that turned out to be what needed to be told in the show. So while I did go back to the book, I did it for the purposes of review, not inspiration.”


Fans might be wondering how a 10-day- shoot in April 2014 could possibly yield a story they recognize, Rachel is confident the series delivers and explains, “For practical purposes, you can only have so many characters in a show with this running time, so some characters from the novel, while really interesting, ended up not being central to the plot (like Miranda). However, I did think it was important to introduce Myrnin, who is a fan favorite character, into the mix early, so he makes a short appearance this season.”


To find out more, check out these sites for the scoop on Rachel Caine, The Morganville Vampires Books and Morganville: The Series.




Watch the trailer below:




Morganville: The Series – The show stars fan favorites Robert Picardo as Oliver (Star Trek: Voyager) and Amber Benson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) as Amelie, as well as Lindsay Seidel (Claire), Jordan Taylor Farris (Shane), Haileigh Todd (Eve), Ben Easter (Michael), Nikki Donley (Hannah), Afomia Hailemeskel (Monica), Jessi Mechler (Gina), Taylor Murphy (Jennifer), Gregory Connors (Brandon) and Chase Ryan Jeffery (Myrnin). It is directed by Blake Calhoun, known for his award-winning and groundbreaking digital series Pink and Continuum, the show was filmed on location in Texas on a Blackmagic camera.


Episode 1 -- Glass House




Episode 2 -- Bite Me 



Episode 3 -- Sucks to Be You 



Episode 4 -- High on Life 



Rachel Caine –  is a fictional character herself … a pen name of writer Roxanne Conrad. Since 2003, Rachel has written in the adult Urban Fantasy genre (the Weather Warden, Outcast Season, Revivalist and Red Letter Days series) as well as in Young Adult fiction (the Morganville Vampires series and award-winning novel Prince of Shadows). She is the author of more than forty novels and many short stories, and is regularly featured in anthology collections, most recently the Charlaine Harris edited Dead But Not Forgotten.


 
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