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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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Interview with Cheyanne
What inspired you to write a book about super heroes and villains?
This story is kind of boring…I was at home sick one day and ended up catching a marathon of all 3 Spiderman movies. By the end of it, I had decided I would write a story about a girl super hero. It took me a couple of years to write it though; I had always considered myself a contemporary author so I was a little scared of fantasy.
How did you come up with your version of heroes and villains?
I wanted a race of super humans instead of the usual human-who-gets-powers story. I really liked the idea of villains having a genetic disposition to turn evil, and thought it would be even better if my main character had this problem.
How did you go about writing the main character?
I had to have a lot of mental chats with Maci before I could write her.  Maci can be a bit stubborn (which anyone who’s read the book will know, haha) and when I wanted to write her story in a way she didn’t like, she’d get pissed and refuse to tell me what really happened. Eventually we got on the same page, and I had a lot of fun writing her.
Do any of the characters resemble you, or people you’ve had in your life?
I’m proud of myself with this book because I didn’t use any inspiration from people in real life with these characters. But I will say that Crimson is the sort of person I’d love to be. ;-)
Who are your favorite hero and villain (not from your book)?
My favorite villain is The Governor from The Walking Dead. He’s terrifying and insane and that’s a perfect combination for a bad guy. My favorite heroes are a tie between Batman, Harry Potter and Katness Everdeen.
If you were a super hero or villain what would your power be?
If I’m a Hero I’d want the ability to fly. If I’m a villain, I’d want super strength and the ability to manipulate people (either physically or mentally) into doing what I want them to.
What is your favorite past time?
The busier my life gets, the more I appreciate a good nap. I also love Zumba dance fitness classes. Don’t let this trick you into thinking I’m a good dancer. I’m not.
If you could give any advice to your fans what would it be? 
Do what you like to do because you like to do it, not because you think you have to. Don’t compare yourself to others because their journey is not yours. And always: be nice to everyone. It just makes your life a whole lot better.
Have you ever considered the name Bex for a book?…....Cause you totally should ;)
Consider it done! (Look for it in Powered book 2) :-D
Powered was AWESOME!  Going into it I started off a bit slow.  But once all the real action started I couldn't put it down!  I definitely fell in love with the main character Maci.  Probably because of all the similarities there are between me and her.  We are both stubborn, we both are control freaks, if something doesn't go our way we get angry and maybe a little bit violent, and we don't open up to people very good....oh and neither of us particularly like to cry and be seen as weak.  So some people may not like Maci very much.  I could see why.  The supers world is one that I've never been to before!  It was definitely fresh from all the genres that are getting thrown around today.  It brilliantly thought up and executed.  It was funny (like dude seriously I totally LOLed for sure)!  ;)  Even is a hotty.  Kind of how I imagine my BF.  Doesn't put up with my attitude (because Even didn't put up with Maci).  And he fought back.  But he was also much more mature.  Powered was a fun read and I'm SUPER (Hahaha get it?) excited for the next one!  It's been on my mind since I finished the first.  I can't wait to see what Cheyanne brings!  ;) 
I RATE THIS BOOK:  4/5 cups of coffee!  Now go get a copy. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Review of The Liberator by Victoria Scott


The Liberator

By: Victoria Scott

 

 

Overview

 

Dante has a shiny new cuff wrapped around his ankle, and he doesn’t like that mess one bit. His new accessory comes straight from Big Guy himself and marks the former demon as a liberator. Despite his gritty past and bad boy ways, Dante Walker has been granted a second chance.

When Dante is given his first mission as a liberator to save the soul of seventeen-year-old Aspen, he knows he’s got this. But Aspen reminds him of the rebellious life he used to live and is making it difficult to resist sinful temptations. Though Dante is committed to living clean for his girlfriend Charlie, this dude’s been a playboy for far too long…and old demons die hard.

With Charlie becoming the girl she was never able to be pre-makeover and Aspen showing him how delicious it feels to embrace his inner beast, Dante will have to go somewhere he never thought he’d return to in order to accomplish the impossible: save the girl he’s been assigned to, and keep the girl he loves.

 

Review:  I wasn’t a big fan of Dante Walker himself when reading The Collector.  I thought he was rude and way to stuck up.  In The Collector my favorite characters were Charlie, and Red.  Both characters are funny, and bring their own quirk to the story!  Not, The Liberator.  This is something SO much different!  Dante had me wanting more and more of him!  His character matured a lot more in the second novel and he was more vulnerable and sensitive.  But he ALSO NEVER lost his swag.  I was so jealous of Charlie.  Haha!  We are introduced to the Aspen in The Liberator.  I LOVE HER!  I especially loved the relationship Dante and Aspen formed.  First going into it, I was kind of worried he might fall for her.  Instead, Victoria surprised me by giving them more of a brother + sister feel.  It was something special; I think Dante really needed to make his character.  Aspen is strong mentally and physically!  She totally KICKS BUTT!  Though, she sometimes acts like she doesn’t care, her past always keeps her tight and ready to fight for her loved ones. 

The story took me up and down so much, I felt like I was on a rollercoaster.  This, personally I think is a good thing!  I NEVER knew what to expect!  That is saying something; I have the annoying ability to see things through!  The only thing I saw coming was who Kraven crushed on.  But enough said there ;) the plot was written perfectly.  The way Victoria designed Hell, well let’s just say it scared the fuck out of me!  But also made me want Dante more!  Victoria’s description of Hell really puts into perspective the tragedy and horror Dante has gone through, and you a horrible gut feeling throughout the chapters that involve the journey in Hell.  I don’t think I have ever thought about what I imagine Hell to be like.  Or even Heaven.  So reading Victoria’s portrayal really opened my eyes to the terror it brings, and how scared of it we should all be.  Creating those feelings, Victoria then leads us through Hell, and with that feeling I had, it made the story more real. 

The book really took me up and down and is filled with EVERYTHING!  From excitement, to dread, to hope, to laughter, to crying, to bliss, to sorrow.  There was action, witticism, tragedy, terror, and love, all packed into this one novel!  I loved it!  Tori did a WONDERFUL job!  I literally have gone back to read my favorite parts six times!  I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE WARRIOR TO COME OUT!  I must try to talk Tori into giving me an early copy because I feel like there is an empty hole in me!  The ending of The Liberator was just TOO MUCH!  Total cliffhanger!  Tori loves to torture me!  I NEED the last one!  NOW!  Haha!  I definitely recommend everyone to read these books!  Tori herself is awesome and I LOVE chatting with her! 

I rate this book:  5/5 cups of coffee!  :D Love you Tori! 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Irving Launch Party with Mary Gray


Irving Book Launch for Dollhouse Asylum

By:  Mary Gray

Last Friday I attended the launch party for Mary Gray’s first novel, Dollhouse Asylum.  It was SUPER fun and Mary just happens to be the sweetest person EVER!

Mary: Well… I’m not sure about THAT but thank you!! You are pretty dang awesome yourself.

There was cake and cupcakes with the cover of her book on them!  A table was set up to purchase a copy of the book (or look at it if you already bought one).  Beverages were next to the cake for you to wash down that SUGARY frosting.  The cake and cupcakes were very cool, though!

Mary: About the cakes: I called around EVERWHERE to find someone who would A) do an edible image and B) actually listen to what I wanted done. These two requirements proved to be quite difficult! In the end, though, my friend suggested I try Albertsons and I’m so glad I listened, because the baker there was the sweetest, most capable thing. Need a cake decorator? Try Albertsons in Lake Worth. (I sound like a commercial, don’t I?) Also, that punch was so good! I was nervous about it! It was a compilation of cinnamon, sugar, cranberry juice, orange juice, lemon juice, and Seven-Up. I actually came home straight away and made another batch because, frankly, I’m in love with it.

Once everyone took their seats, Mary began her presentation with the book’s trailer.  Link to trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7l_Fm486gM

 

Mary: If anyone ever wants to make a trailer like this, be warned that it took EONS to make, but was so fun, and rewarding. I was blessed to find actors who were willing to try anything.

After the trailer Mary explained what inspired the love behind the story, by presenting animated GIF’s to demonstrate the different kinds of love.  She used movie clips from: Cleopatra & Mark Antony, Rumple & Belle, Heathcliff and Catherine, Casablanca, Pride and Prejudice, Lars and the Real Girl, V for Vendetta, Peeta and Katniss

It was all very cool, and made you come to a realization of what love can be.  Perfectly executed Mary Gray! 

Mary: I’m glad it worked for you, Bex, because it is what I want people to walk away from my book knowing: that selfish, unhealthy love MUST be escaped.

Then, Mary read us a summary of her writing and editing process with Danielle.  Oh my… it is a LONG process!  Not excited for that part when I become a writer!  But in the end you get a book you wrote published, so I guess it’s worth it!  ;)

Mary: Yes, the process was painful, but it makes the finished product all that more precious.

Next, Mary invited everyone to look under their chairs for a “pick me” piece of paper.  The people with the best costumes (favorite tragic literary character or couple) come up and introduce who they are and why they picked that person.  There were some AWESOME costumes!  My personal favorite was Princess Buttercup and Wesley from Princess Bride.  Mary herself was dressed as Cleopatra and her husband and kids came up dressed as Cleopatra’s family.  It was ADORABLE!   Prizes were handed out (by Alex and me) for best costume, how far you came, and how many friends you brought! 

Mary: We had vampires, a girl in a steel corset, Lois Lane and Clark Kent, Pocahontas and John Smith, Aphrodite, Persephone, Daisy Buchannan, plus others. It was so fun seeing what everyone dressed up as.

Mary took questions from the audience, then she wrapped up and we all chatted for a bit!  She signed everyone’s book and gave everyone a chance to talk to her! 

Mary: Not to mention the fact that my wig wouldn’t stay on my head by the end of the presentation or during my signing. As part of my Cleopatra costume, I wore fake eyelashes. (Note to self: this is a dangerous combination.)

 
It was tons of fun, and I’m so glad I went!  Had a blast!  Mary is so awesome!  Everyone who hasn’t read her book definitely needs to 

I left a bit earlier than I wanted to (not being a legal driver and all that happens often).  But it was ok because I got to see her Monday at the Grand Prairie public library!  This was totally fun!  :D  So glad I got to meet her and talk to her! 

Mary: I’m so glad you could make it, Bex! And thanks for writing up your synopsis!

 

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