Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Interview with Natalie D. Richards, author of Six Months Later

1.  How did you come up with the plot for Six Months Later?

The story was inspired after a creepy dream about falling asleep and waking up months later.  That kind of a dream brings up a lot of really eerie questions for a writer.  I couldn’t shake all of the sinister possibilities and slowly the pieces just fell together.


2.  Do you plan on writing more about Chloe’s life?

Alas, Six Months Later is a one-shot, so there aren’t any present plans for a sequel.  That said, I *DO* have very definite plans for some shorter companion pieces, likely told from Adam’s POV.  If you’re interested, check me out on Wattpad (I’m @NatDRichards there and on Twitter!) where I’ll post news on that as soon as I have it. J


3.  Do you plan on writing more books?

Absolutely!  I’ve already written my next YA Thriller for Sourcebooks, One Name a Week.  It’s a thriller and a contemporary and a vigilante book all rolled into one.  I’m beyond excited about it!


4.  What were some of your favorite books to read as a teenager/YA?

Weirdly, as a teenager, I read mostly adult fiction and I read all over the board.  I enjoyed everything from Dean Koontz,  to Jane Austen, to Kurt Vonnegut (how’s THAT for a mix?!).   I was already fond of books that scared me.  LOL!  Anything Dean Koontz penned found its way onto my pile (Lightning and Phantoms were my favorites) and Stephen King’s Pet Sematary and The Stand were fantastic.  I also loved high fantasy (Lord of the Rings) and was absolutely over the moon about Leaves of Grass. (Walt Whitman)



5.  How did you go about creating the characters (and though I already know where the idea for Adam’s character came from, would you care to share again)?  ;)

John Bender from The Breakfast Club definitely served as character inspiration for Adam.  Not that he’s a carbon copy or I was trying to reinvent Bender (heaven forbid, he is perfect and mustn’t be touched!) but there was something so raw and tragic about that character.  He has so little hope of being good.  I guess Adam is a kid in a very similar situation, but what he does with his situation makes him very different.

Chloe came together in pieces.  I knew she was a daredevil and I knew she had wavy hair.  That was about it.  I got to know her with every page.  Which meant I had to go back and change things that definitely didn’t feel right once I knew who she was!


6.  Do you know if you will be doing any signings or events around the Texas DFW area?

I can’t tell you how much I’d love to come to Texas.  I mean, for reals.  I totally would.  Alas, right now my touring is fairly limited to the local area.  Texas is definitely an area I’m hoping to visit soon.  I happen to know several (wink, wink,  nudge, nudge) COMPLETELY awesome bloggers from that state.


7.  When did you first start writing?

SO young.  Maybe five?  Now, don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t writing novels or even full stories most of the time.  But I was always writing.  Writing about my day or the thunderstorm outside or the wolf I was sure lived in the clump of trees behind my house.  ;-)


8.  What inspired you to write Six Months Later?

The idea of losing six months of your memory with no accident or illness to explain it was completely creepy.  I felt so unsettled every time I imagined it.  I knew it was just the kind of story I wanted to write.



9.  If you could give one piece of advice to your fans, what would it be?

Be true to yourself and as kind as possible to everyone else. 

Also, if I get to talk to my fans here, I have to say thank you.  I’m so honored and privileged to write for you guys.  I mean that.

10.  If you could give any advice to writers and/or future authors what would it be?

Read.  And read some more.  Oh, and hey, maybe read something else.  You just finished a book?  Great! Get a snack.  Then read another one. LOL!

Seriously, though, I think there are four very simple keys to being a writer.

1.      Read a lot.

2.      Write a lot.

3.      Accept that rejection will happen. (usually a lot)

4.      Believe that rejection will not ALWAYS happen. (even if it happens for a long while)

Bex thank you SO much for having me on the blog today.  It’s been amazing getting to know you and I am so touched at the way you embraced Six Months Later.  Thank you a zillion times over!!  So so happy to be here!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Unbreathable Dream Cast

Hey Everyone!  Here is my Dream Cast for Unbreathable by Hafsah Laziaf:


Lissa: I chose Emma Roberts for the part of Lissa.  I LOVE Emma Roberts as an actress and think she could play the part WONDERFULLY!  She never fails to amaze when she is on screen!  She also had the look for Lissa.  When I was reading Unbreathable, from the very beginning I could just see what Lissa looked like, and when I was picking out my cast I KNEW immediately that Emma Roberts was EXACTLY what I thought Lissa looked like!



Rowan and Julian: I chose the GORGEOUS Colin O’Donoghue.  He definitely fits the part looks wise.  But does Captain Hook ever fail looking incredibly sexy!?  ;)  I think he could pull off the softer version of himself for Julian and pull that dark, handsome, beautiful, daring , gorgeous, amazing, Oscar award winning (you get the point), part for Rowan! 


Queen Rhea: I chose Keira Knightley for the part of Queen Rhea.  Again, she is another actress that I just LOVE and think could do an AMAZING job at the role given.  Keira Knightley is beautiful, but she can also pull the side of her that uses her beauty against others.  She can play the evil queen and still be beautiful.  Which I think is an important part in Queen Rhea’s character. 


Slate: I chose Tom Hiddleston for the role of Slate.  It was weired how I picked him actually.  I was randomly searching for actors and actresses on IMDB and I just fell upon him and knew immediately that HE was Slate.  It was crazy!  I just saw it!  So yeah….haha. 


Dena: I didn’t have trouble at all picking the actress I want to play Dena.  I feel like I picked the PERFECT actress.  She reminds me of the way I pictured Dena and she is an AMAZING actress!  She plays every role PERFECTLY and has played such a variety of characters!  She doesn’t have any limits.  I chose…..Hayden Panettiere!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Three days ago, Earth was a rumor, and Lissa was human.


One hundred and fifty years ago, Earth was destroyed, and the remaining humans fled to the dusty red planet of Jutaire, where the only oxygen is manufactured, food is scarce, and death strikes often.

When Lissa's father discovers Earth still exists, she accidentally breathes the toxic air of Jutaire and in one breath, she discovers she isn't quite human.

Her father hangs for his discovery, and Lissa knows the Chancellors will come for her, for she saw the Earth that night too. With nothing to lose, she sets out to expose the truth. It isn't long before she meets Julian, a beautiful boy who can breathe the toxic air like she can - and shows her that the Jute, the original inhabitants of the planet, are more tangled in their lives than she knows.

As mankind races to extinction, Lissa finds out they aren't the only ones in need of Earth, and that the Chancellors are only pawns in a greater game - one where the Jute control everything. Now, Lissa has everything to lose. Earth. Love. The redemption of the human race. And more than anything, her life.

Because the Jute plan to leave Jutaire for Earth, but to get there, they need her. And they'll stop at nothing until Lissa is in their clutches, even if they kill every human in the process.


The race for Earth has begun.






Girl. 20. Sister. YA writer. Reviewer. Book Blogger. Blog Designer. Maybe more than that.

Hafsah began IceyBooks in late 2010 after many months of reviewing for her local library’s teen blog. What started as just reviews has now expanded to interviews, giveaways, cover reveals, and blogging tips.

Aside from blogging, Hafsah is also an author. Her debut YA science fiction novel, UNBREATHABLE, which takes place on a planet much like Mars, releases on October 29th, 2013.

In addition to being an author, Hafsah has been designing blogs and websites since the age of thirteen. In late 2011, she opened IceyDesigns and began professionally designing blogs, websites, print work and providing social media/marketing solutions to clients – both authors and bloggers alike.


Review: You know, I really felt some many things when reading this book.  This is probably one of the hardest reviews I’ve EVER done! 

Unbreathable is original, different, fresh, new, and awesome!  I recommend everyone to give this book a chance!  I guarantee you will fall in love with it!  And if you don’t……there is something wrong with you!  From the moment the action begins you feel a pull that reels you into the story.  From the time you get to know who Lissa is, and the chain of events that follow, you will be brought into a plot that you won’t be able to escape until you reach the end….and even then you want more!  Honestly, it took me I think the first 4 chapters before I REALLY got into the book.  Maybe because by then I knew who Lissa was, and things were falling into place for my understanding.  But that wasn’t a bad thing, it just took me a bit to get into it, which is perfectly normal when it comes to me.  The book jumps right into Lissa trying to steal something she thinks is important, and then we meet beautiful Julian.  From there she starts to explain why she was there and what has happened to her.  That all happened very fast I felt.  But, better fast than slow.  I prefer fast rather than slow, slow just aggravates me.  But it was a bit of confusion for me in the first few chapters.  Again, it also took me the first few chapters before I wasn’t into it.  However, once I was in it…….let’s put it this way…..I was up till 3am!  Once hooked on, I couldn’t get off.  Because I was brought into the plot right away, it was like I’d known these characters for forever!  Like I’d known them for a long time, and here the journey with them really began.  It was awesome!  I know that in some books that just doesn’t work!  But for Unbreathable, it made it amazing!  It didn’t take a whole chapter of explaining who Lissa was, you just knew her.  You understood her.  And I liked that. 


The whole fighting-over-Lissa’s-blood-thing-to-get-earth…..Yeah kind of genius.  The whole thing!  It wasn’t at all what I was expecting.  I mean I know the book synopsis basically says exactly that, but the book was not what I thought it was going to be.  Not that that’s a bad thing.  It was AWESOME!  I just had a different idea of the book in my head I suppose. 


One of the most important things in this book is the theme.  Yes, a very important theme, in my perspective.  From what I perceived, the theme was Love.  Love of course is always important, but I never use that word lightly.  I don’t think anyone ever should.  Hafsah really did an amazing job at explaining love, and portraying it through this story.  Lissa never received the family love every child should have growing up.  Though, she was blinded by her father she grew up with, who in my perspective led her on to believe she was loved by him, but really wasn’t.  Lissa wants to be wanted.  That is something I personally am familiar with.  So, I knew where Lissa was coming from.  Some people, I think, would believe that wanting to be wanted and loved by someone might be a bad thing.  Makes you a little strange and almost thought to be lustful.  But that is not it all.  People who think that probably never experienced not being loved.  Which is great for that person, but for the rest of us it sucks.  Love is described or interpreted as many different things.  But nobody knows love exactly.  Or will ever be able to truly comprehend it.  But Hafsah is the only person I know even begins to sum it up.  Quotation from the book: “I guess, you would know, in your heart.  You wouldn’t be able to close your eyes without seeing her face, hearing her voice, and imagining her smile.  And you wouldn’t be able to leave her, no matter how much you tried.  When you see her smile and laugh and hear her voice, whispering words just for you, it’ll feel like the world is at your feet.  Like nothing could ever go wrong.”  “I-I guess you wouldn’t need to, if she loved you back, you would both feel it, and that itself will bring you together.” “Love is magic.”


Now, while we are on the subject of love….let’s take a moment to talk about Rowan and Julian.  I expect most people are or will be Julian fans….but I am a Rowan fan!  He is just more my type of guy.  Extremely strong, but inside breaking for a reason no one would ever expect.   He would never admit to you that he is a bit broken inside, unless he really loves you.  Will be there for you, but will make you stronger in your own way.  Again, someone extremely strong.  And anyone who knows me KNOWS I need someone strong.  Someone to put up with all my attitude, bossiness, loudness, wittiness, independantness, etc…….lol!  Whereas, I think Julian is a bit more softer.  He will admit his faults more easily but he still wants to be there for you and will do anything for you.  Making you need him even more.  I can’t wait to see which guy y’all like more!  But personally, I am a Rowan + Lissa fan!  Haha!  :D

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