Author Interview With Shelley Wilson Plus #Giveaway

I am delighted to welcome Shelley Wilson to Me, My Books and I today to talk about her YA fantasy trilogy, The Guardian Series. You’ll also get the chance to win a signed copy of Book 1 in the series so keep reading…

Shelley Wilson’s love of fantasy began at the tender age of eight when she followed Enid Blyton up The Magic Faraway Tree.

Inspired by Blyton’s make-believe world, Shelley began to create her own stories, weaving tales around faeries, witches, and dragons. Her fantasy books blend a love of the supernatural with strong female protagonists.

Shelley’s non-fiction work is rooted in a passion for helping women to believe in themselves and become strong, motivated individuals. Can you spot the common thread between the two genres?

As well as writing, Shelley is an obsessive reader and book reviewer. She lives in Solihull in the West Midlands, UK, with her three teenage children, a black cat called Luna, and a fat fish. Shelley describes herself as a teetotal, pizza-loving, Facebook addict with a preoccupation with list writing. She would love to live in the Shire but fears that her five-foot-ten-inch height may cause problems.

Find out more:

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Hi Shelley,

Firstly can you give us a quick introduction to The Guardian Series?

The Guardian Series is a young adult (YA) fantasy trilogy. It starts off in a small town in the UK and then swiftly moves through various gateways to other realms. Our protagonist, Amber Noble, is swept up in a quest to save her best friend from a demon realm. She meets a host of characters along the way, some good, some bad, some cute! She has always had trouble believing in the supernatural but when it’s trying to kill her and her friends she begins to believe – and fight back.

Landed with a destiny she doesn’t want and powers she can’t control, Amber’s one goal is to reunite her family and return home, but her friends, guides, and the magical characters she meets along her journey have other ideas. She must first save her friends, fight for a faerie queen, and vanquish the biggest evil the realms have ever known. It all comes to an explosive conclusion in book three – but will it be the happy ending Amber is hoping for?

How did you come up with the titles?

The initial story idea came to me when I saw an image in a magazine. The picture was of a spooky headstone in a cemetery with three hooded figures. All of a sudden I had these characters chatting in my head and talking about ‘Guardians’. When I began to plot book one these Guardians were going to be supernatural soldiers who defended the town, of course, once I started writing, the characters took over, and my Guardians became the bad guys who lived beneath the tombs of the old church – Guardians of the Dead.

In book two I introduce dragons to the story, and so Guardians of the Sky had a nice twist to it. As well as the winged saviours who love to breathe fire over any unsuspecting bad guy, I also have my faerie characters. Both the male and female fae are warriors, but only the female have wings and can launch themselves into the air to attack from the skies.

Book three is set in the Lost Lands of the necromancers and the title, therefore, became Guardians of the Lost Lands. The guardians in this book, however, are two-fold, the necromancers and demons who are defending their home, and Amber and her friends who are fighting as guardians of the realms.

I love the atmosphere of the covers. Who designed them and why did you go for those particular designs?

Thank you, I adore the covers and receive so many compliments about them. I can take no credit whatsoever for these particular designs. I work with an incredible publishing partner, Blue Harvest Creative, who produce award-winning covers for authors across the globe. I send over my synopsis and let them work their magic. I have total faith in them. I can’t wait to see what the final cover will be when we launch in November 2016.

Which of your characters would you like to meet in person and why?

I’m sure many writers’ are invested in meeting their main characters, but for me, I would have to say that I’d love to meet Tom, one of my secondary characters. I love this guy! He developed quite by accident and took to his role with charm and honour. In book one he is kidnapped by the guardian soldiers and so his part is not a big one, which was always the plan, however, he creeps under your skin at the start, and suddenly you find you’re missing him and willing Amber to save Tom in time. He refers to Amber as ‘cutie’, and I could hear him rolling the word over in my mind. He’s like the Xanda to Joss Whedon’s Buffy!

What makes The Guardian Series stand out from the crowd?

The one thing I love about reading YA fantasy novels is the pace. Teenagers don’t have time for waffle, they want to be thrown straight into the thick of the action and swept along on a wave of action and adventure. I’m very fortunate to have three teenagers under my roof who I can ask for advice on scenes and pace.

At just over fifty-thousand words per book, my Guardian Series is full of action, with plenty of twists and turns, and a host of loveable characters, and yet they can be read quickly. I write them short and punchy because that’s the kind of person I am in my day to day life. Always on the go and never leaving myself enough time for recreation, I am drawn to the quick read – so I chose to write the book I was looking for.

Why did you choose to write in this particular genre?

I have been a fan of fantasy, mythology, supernatural, and paranormal for as long as I can remember. I can vividly recall the first time I read the Hobbit and the emotions I felt as I joined in with the quest in my head. Going back even further I relished my time spent up Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree with Moon Face and the gang.

Creating other worlds, crafting strange creatures, and blurring the boundaries of normality fascinates me. The young adult fantasy genre gives me a platform to do all of this.

Which book is your favourite and why?

Out of the three Guardian books, I would have to say the third, Guardians of the Lost Lands, is my favourite. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing this series and fell in love with all the characters. I even made myself cry on a couple of occasions! When I was writing book three, I was struggling with my depression and anxiety; this is something I’ve had for many years but due to a recent illness it had pushed its way to the forefront. Instead of letting it beat me, I channelled all my emotion into my writing. Book three goes much darker than the first two books, and Amber comes close to losing the plot – something I could relate to at the time. It was hugely cathartic to write my way through the worst of it, and it pushed the characters to make decisions that they might not have done if the cloak of darkness wasn’t hanging over them.

Sounds exciting! What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Oh dear! This is the kind of question that makes me realise I have no life! As well as writing books, I also review them. I’m a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team and spend the majority of my spare time with my nose in a book. If I’m not writing or reading then I love spending a few hours with my adult colouring books – it’s a perfect form of meditation for me.

I love going to the cinema or watching films at home with a large bowl of popcorn, and I am fascinated with old buildings and castles, so I’m quite happy wandering round a pile of ruins.

Snow or sun?

Sun, definitely sun!

Breakfast, lunch or dinner?

Can I say all three? I love food! Okay, okay, IF I have to choose, I’ll say dinner – you can’t beat a large deep pan pizza!

Any last words for your readers?

Thank you. It sounds so feeble – two small words – and yet I wish I could shout them from the highest building. If it weren’t for my readers picking up my books and then taking the time to leave me a review on Amazon, or interact on my Facebook page or Twitter, then I wouldn’t keep writing. The comments, giggles, photo swaps and recommendations mean so much. I don’t think a reader who interacts with an author can ever understand just how special they are. So, THANK YOU!

I’d also like to offer my thanks to you, Kate, for allowing me to run riot on your beautiful blog. I hope you and your readers enjoyed learning about my writing journey and books.

Absolutely my pleasure Shelley, thank you for answering my questions. I particularly enjoyed finding out about your favourite book and how your own life experiences affected your writing!

Now check out the books:

Guardians of the Dead (Book 1)

“One girl holds the key to an ancient pact that could destroy the world…

When sixteen-year-old Amber Noble’s dreams begin to weave into her reality, she turns to the mysterious Connor for help. His links to the supernatural world uncover a chilling truth about her hometown and a pact that must be re-paid with blood.

As her father alienates her, and the Guardians take her best friend, her true destiny unfolds, and she begins a quest that will see her past collide with her present.

Drawn deeper into the world of witchcraft and faeries, it is only at the end of her journey that she realises how much she could lose.”

Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com

Guardians of the Sky (Book 2)

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“Can one girl sacrifice herself to save the one she loves…

Following their daring escape from the demon realm, Amber, and her friends become caught up in a war between good and evil. They must join forces with the Queen’s warriors to overthrow a malevolent force that has spread across Avaveil, the land of the Fae.

As her powers grow, Amber is faced with the real possibility that she is a danger to the ones she loves. Her full strength is yet to be tested in a way she can’t comprehend.

Dragons, faeries, and humans stand side-by-side as they are drawn into a cunning battle of magic and surprising revelations. Can Amber survive long enough to see her dreams fulfilled?”

Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com

Guardians of the Lost Lands (Book 3)

Cover coming soon!

“Amber’s final quest could claim her soul, but it’s a journey she must make.

The evil that lurks in the Lost Lands threatens to infest the realms unless Amber, Redka, and Connor can destroy it. But Amber is more concerned about her father’s safety as he is held captive by the wickedness that terrorises them all.

Amber faces isolation and mistrust from her friends as they travel across land and sea to meet their most dangerous foe.

Will she be able to stay true to her destiny as the last Oracle, or will she be tempted by the darkness? The fate of the realms is in her hands.

Amber’s final quest will be her most terrifying yet. This time, it will be deadly.”

Release Date – 11th November 2016

GIVEAWAY

The author has very kindly offered one lucky Me, My Books and I reader the chance to win a signed copy of Guardians of the Dead (Book 1)!

The giveaway will run for 3 weeks until 22 July 2016 and all you have to do to enter is click the link below and follow the instructions…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

(Please note, Me, My Books and I will not be responsible for posting the prize to the winner)

Good luck!

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Summer Nights at The Moonlight Hotel

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 24 March 2016

“The Moonlight Hotel sits on the shore of England’s best-loved lake, Windermere, exuding vintage glamour.
 
Lauren loves the hotel, for hidden inside its faded walls is the key to her most precious memories. So, along with her best friends, Cate and Emily, she signs up to a new dance class in its gorgeous ballroom. They aren’t going for the men, they’re going for a laugh – although a little romance wouldn’t hurt . . .
 
But then a chain of events off the dance floor puts their friendship to the ultimate test, and makes Lauren question everything she holds dear.”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for sending me this book to read and share my thoughts. It initially appealed to me because of where the storyline was set – I love the Lake District! Reading about places I’ve actually been gave me a sense of familiarity and enabled me to visualise everything so vividly.

It was easy to become caught up in Lauren’s life. There was a wonderful camaraderie between her group of friends that was endearing (and kind of made me want to join them). Her job as a primary school teacher was hugely entertaining, especially her attraction to fellow teacher, Edwin.

There was a blossoming relationship that I correctly predicted quite early on but the fact that I’d guessed where things were heading didn’t affect my enjoyment of the process one little bit. Every new revelation simply made me smile even wider!

The author’s style of writing was light and humorous which meant that it was really fun to read – I love a book that can make me giggle out loud. It wasn’t all fun and laughter though, there was a touching moment which took me by surprise and brought tears to my eyes. I suddenly found myself looking at things from a completely different perspective.

Another more serious branch of the storyline centered around revenge of a devastating kind. I felt that this was particularly relevant to today’s world of social media and I applaud the author for putting it in the spotlight!

This was an addictive read filled with characters who were easy to take to heart. I can’t give it anything but 5 stars.

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR

Jane Costello was a newspaper journalist before she became an author, working on the Liverpool Echo, the Daily Mail and the Liverpool Daily Post, where she was Editor. Jane’s first novel, Bridesmaids, was an instant bestseller. Her second novel, The Nearly-Weds, won Romantic Comedy of the Year 2010. Jane lives in Liverpool with her husband and three young sons and she is currently working on her next novel.

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BUY THE BOOK

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The Butterfly Dawn Blog Planner From Jera’s Jamboree And GoodwinDZN

Planning is a vital part of running a blog of any kind and it’s a subject that I’ve seen mentioned many times on social media. Everyone seems to have their own way of doing it but if you want to make life easy on yourself then the sensible solution is to buy a ready-made Blog Planner.

My lovely blogging friend Shaz from Jera’s Jamboree has collaborated with the very talented GoodwinDZN to come up with a Blog Planner that not only looks great but covers a huge range of planning requirements for any type of blogger.

FYI: Goodwin DZN is a graphic design business which has for the past four years designed graphics for indie musicians which includes all promotional material (logos, covers, posters, t-shirts etc) and pitches for a radio station in London.

Introducing the Butterfly Dawn Planner…

Butterfly Dawn Planner

Shaz very kindly sent me a free download of the planner so I could see for myself how useful it can be and I have to say, they really have covered everything. It’s useful for both my book blog and my family blog – it helps me feel in control!

The best part for me is that you can print out the planner (and specific pages) again and again. Some pages you might even want to laminate and write on with a dry wipe pen so you can reuse them.

There are a few pages which are available as a free download (see below) and the full planner is available to download digitally for just £4!

So what pages can you find in the Butterfly Dawn Planner?

Blog Mission Statement

Whether you are new to blogging or an experienced blogger, everyone needs to make plans for what you are hoping to achieve.  You will be able to keep your mission at the front of your planner to remind you of the message you want to share with your audience, whether you are on track with what you were hoping to learn and if your goals have stayed the same or changed.

Monthly Editorial Calendar

The place where you can see your month ahead at a glance and plan your posts.  Dates are blank for you to complete. Print out one for each month or laminate and use a dry wipe pen.

Checklist

Want to see your tasks for the week in one place?  Use the checklist for tasks and the day of the week they need to be completed by.

Daily To Do List

Prioritise your tasks with due deadlines and check whether the task is in progress.  Space for you to note anything you need to do before tomorrow.

Download this page for FREE here

Thought Shower

Use this blank mind map to capture those thoughts when you’re spending creative time planning for future content. Print out for each session or laminate and use a dry wipe pen.

Content Planner

Plan your content with requirements, notes and ideas, preparation and value to your readers.  Is this a collaborative post? Sponsored? Affiliate?  Deadlines, tags, and categories can be recorded.  At a glance you will be able to see where you are in the process of planning your content.

Archive Planner

Why would you need a record of your archives?  The Archive Planner has been included for those evergreen posts from your archives that with a little updating can be re-posted to a new audience.  On this page you will be able to record information such as the original date of the post, what you need to edit and why you are re-publishing.

Pitch List

Have you made pitches to brands?  Here’s where you will record the information, including the date you contacted the brand.

Weekly/Monthly/Annual Statistics

Whether you want to keep a track of your analytics (subscribers, page views, bounce rate, social media etc) on a weekly or monthly basis there is a page to complete for both.  From the start of the week/month to the end you will be able to track where you are towards your blog goals.  Most stats are already on this page but there are blanks for you to add your own.  Transfer your monthly statistics on to the annual page for an overview of the bigger picture.

Butterfly Dawn Planner

Twitter Monthly Statistics

Easy to complete, keep a record of your followers, tweets, impressions, profile visits, mentions and tweets linking to you. Use these statistics to make goals and achieve them.

Facebook Tracker

Running a campaign?  See at a glance the impact of your Facebook post.  How many likes, shares, comments and shares did the post you’re tracking receive?  What was the reach?  Use this to keep your goals on track.

Expenses and Earnings

In most planners you will find these basic accounting functions on separate pages but in this planner you can track your finances with a running total. Record your earnings and expenses and you will be able to see at a glance the financial health of your blog.

Ads/Sponsors Tracker

Record on this page the start/end date of the ads on your blog as well as the revenue and if you have been paid.  You might not be accepting ads at the moment but you might consider it in the future.

Affiliate Tracker

Keep a record of the affiliate programmes you have been accepted on and use when planning your content.

Giveaway Tracker (1)

The Giveaway Tracker records the purpose of a giveaway funded by you (ie; you may have a goal for increasing your Instagram followers and decide to use a giveaway for entrants to do this action to enter). Use the tracker to organise your giveaway with the title of your post, what you are giving away, start/end date as well as the details of the winner and more.

Giveaway Tracker (2)

This tracker organises your sponsored giveaways.  As well as recording information from the funded giveaway you have the option of adding the company, their website and contact.

Linky List

If you take part in linky’s regularly it can be hard to keep track on who you are going to link with and when.  Use this page to record the linky name/website, what day of the week and the host’s social media information.

Contacts

Keep a record of your contacts in one place.

Download this page for FREE here

Passwords

If your planner isn’t leaving your home then you might want to use this page for recording your passwords.  However, for security purposes, remember that it should be kept secured.  Only use it if you’re confident you are the only person with access to your blog planner.

There are also two specific pages just for us book bloggers…

Books To Read

The majority of book bloggers have huge towering ‘to be read’ piles.  Use this page to record the title, author, genre, publisher, source (did you purchase it? was it gifted? Is it a review copy?), is there a deadline? Date finished reading. Use the tick box for adding to your schedule, when your review is drafted, when the review is scheduled and published and shared with social media. Straightforward recording but it might save you from missing out that all important novel you should have been reading.

Download this page for FREE here

Butterfly Dawn Planner

Blog Tour Tracker

Blog Tours are usually booked up in advance so keep yourself organised with this simple recording page.  Note the date, publisher, PR contact.  Did you say you would review? Or host a guest post? Take part with a Q&A?  Use the tick box.  Write your notes and then use the tick box to record where you are in the process.

There are also two Yearly calendars (2016 and 2017) for those of you who want to see the year at a glance.

If this design isn’t quite your thing, never fear because there are plans for alternative designs in the future and they’re happy to take suggestions so if you are a blogger with a niche and would like specific pages created for you, get in touch. It’s definitely worth keeping an eye on the website.

Do you use a blog planner? Is the Butterfly Dawn Planner everything you’ve ever dreamed of as a blogger? I’d love to hear from you.

 kate1

Not Okay Cupid by Heidi R. Kling

Publisher: Entangled: Crush

Publication Date: 11 January 2016

“Her wicked revenge, or his wicked heart…

Hazel McCallister loves her life. Perfect grades. Perfect best friend. Perfect boyfriend. Until her perfect boyfriend cheats on her with her perfect best friend. Now Hazel’s in free fall—until her best friend’s brother, Felix, gives her the perfect idea. Reclaim her power by taking revenge on her cheating ex.

Felix James loves his life. Casual relationships. Loads of surfing. He’s as drama-free as they come. But he can’t stand by when his sister steals her best friend’s boyfriend, and the dude insists it was Hazel’s fault. So Felix vows to help turn Hazel into a girl her ex can’t resist—so then she can break his heart.

With an alliance in place, Hazel’s revenge is all but assured. But with each piece of payback, she feels a stronger attraction to Felix, even though revenge will turn her into a girl Felix could never be with. And soon Hazel has to make an impossible choice: revenge…or Felix, the boy who’s stolen her heart.”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook. This was another book where the blurb caught my attention and made me want to know more.

Once I started reading, the first thing that stood out for me was the young feel to the storyline. The writing style matched this beautifully so that I could almost imagine I was right there alongside the characters.

The cheating scene was uncomfortable to read and left me with mixed feelings – pity for Hazel but also pride for the way she handled it. What followed was fast-paced and entertaining. Revenge gone right!

The banter/chemistry between Hazel and Felix was lots of fun to read. The two of them simply exuded sexual tension.

For me, the only thing I would change would be the overuse of certain words/phrases. I found myself rolling my eyes when the same saying was repeated over and over which is a shame because I loved the storyline.

Not Okay Cupid was a fun and sweet read. Highlighting the fact that sometimes life plans can change for the better! It gets 4 stars from me.

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR

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BUY THE BOOK

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Deal Breakers by Laura Lee

Publisher: LAN Fiction LLC

Publication Date: 1 September 2015

“How were they supposed to know that one night would change everything?

Devyn has life all mapped out. She just needs to accomplish one more thing before graduating college and becoming a full-fledged adult—lose her virginity. And who better to assist her than her best friend, Riley?

Riley is the self-proclaimed king of fling. His college years have been filled with meaningless hookups until the one night that ruined him for all other women. The one night he spends with his best friend, Devyn. Right before he screws it all up.

Balls to the wall, baby!

Now five years later, Riley is determined to atone for his mistakes and prove that he can be the man that Devyn deserves. Little does he know that Devyn’s been keeping a secret from him all these years. A big secret. Now he has to figure out how to win back the only girl he’s ever loved while navigating the pitfalls of her unexpected revelation.”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook. The blurb really jumped out at me and made me want to know more!

With a fast pace from the start and throughout, I was quickly and easily pulled along with the storyline. Devyn was very likeable and, in his own kind of way, so was Riley.

Scenes of unburdened college life were mixed with moments of vulnerability and I liked this sensitive side. The mixture of the two combined to make it unputdownable!

There was tension of all kinds and even a few comedy moments that I hadn’t been expecting. Add to that plenty of twists and turns to make this an all-round enjoyable read.

Deal Breakers epitomised sexy escapism in my eyes, it was a quick and easy read that was impossible to put down. I’m giving it 5 stars.

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR

Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page

BUY THE BOOK

Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com

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Author Interview With Elle Field

I am delighted to welcome Elle Field to Me, My Books and I today to talk about her latest release, B-Side, and as always with my interviews a few other things too!

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Elle Field writes romantic comedies, and is the author of the Arielle Lockley series and Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not. She grew up in Yorkshire, then moved to Scotland to study International Relations and Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews. Elle now lives in London with her boyfriend and their cat. She’s a massive fan of sunshine, giraffes, The Killers, Audrey Hepburn movies, playing Scrabble and tea. Oh, and reading, of course!

You can read my review of Elle’s Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not here.

Find out more:

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Hi Elle,

Firstly can you give us a quick introduction to B-Side?

B-Side is a spin-off book in the Arielle Lockley series, and it’s a lot grittier than the books that are told from Arielle’s perspective. In B-Side it’s Etta telling us how it is – she’s a jazz-singing addict trying to balance her dream of getting a record deal with looking after her godmother, which puts her in a situation she finds impossible and has her reaching for more and more pick-me-ups.

(B-Side sits between Lost (out now) and Found (out August 9th, 2016) in the Arielle Lockley series)

How do you decide on names for your characters?

I have no idea! Usually they just pop into my head, and they always seem to be on the outlandish side, which I find quite fun. In Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not, for example, you’ve got Geli (short for Angelica), Tiggy (Antigone), Theodore, Calvin, Glinda and Jeeves (his surname), to name a few. It’s quite the collection of names!

Who designed the cover and why did you go for that particular design?

All my covers are all illustrated by the same person, a man called Will Duffy. I wanted something eye-catching that stands out – which is why the titles and my name are in bold lettering with the distinctive swirl – but the background and images are always in soft pastel colours that fit the genre perfectly. I always include an element from the story for the image. The cover for B-Side, for example, features a record player and vinyl as music is Etta’s passion.

I’m a big fan of your covers Elle, they’re very pleasing on the eye!

What do you hope readers will learn from B-Side?

That there are two sides to every story, and that you don’t necessarily have to love, or even like a character to enjoy their story. B-Side will give readers not only a tantalising glimpse into how others perceive Arielle, but will also reveal titbits about Felicity and her fascinating life.

Can you give us any clues about what is going to happen in the next book?

Found Arielle Lockley series Elle FieldFound ties up all the loose ends, so you’re going to find out why Piers let Arielle be a kept woman for so long, what’s troubling Ob, and also see if Etta and Arielle manage to put their differences aside… There are two weddings to look forward to – well, two weddings are getting planned; they both might not happen – and also some old characters will make an appearance. I hope readers will love the final – sobs! – Arielle book.

UK readers, you can pre-order Found here and US readers, here.

What are your favourite and least favourite parts of promoting your books?

My favourite part is the book tour. It’s so much fun hanging out with book bloggers, and it’s a real pleasure, too. The worst part is balancing the promotion – telling people about the new book is obviously super important, but it has to be done in a way that you’re not bombarding and boring people. It’s difficult to do when you’re mostly sat at a table writing the next book and don’t actually have any amusing non-book anecdotes to share!

Do you think your writing style has changed since your first book?

Definitely! Nowadays I spend more time on the first draft and less time editing, whereas when I first started out I could bash out a poor first draft quite quickly, and that draft would need a whole lot of rewriting to get it up to scratch.

What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?

Books! A world without escaping into different worlds and other people’s lives? It doesn’t bear imagining.

Tea or coffee?

Tea, please! A quite milky English Breakfast tea works for me.

Morning or night?

Night. Though, actually, I’d plump for afternoon over morning and night, if that was an option!

Any last words for your readers?

Thank you so much for adoring Arielle like you do. Since the last book in the series is out in August, I do hope you give my new characters a chance when I release my next book!

Thank you so much for answering my questions Elle, it has been a pleasure having you on my blog. I particularly enjoyed finding out how your writing style has developed!

Now check out the book:

B-Side Arielle Lockley series Elle Field

Publisher: Self Published

Publication Date: 17 May 2016

“What do I honestly know about the music industry? I’m just another idiot with a dream who is naive enough to hope that I might be the next big star.”

“Etta Millhouse has always had big musical ambitions to match her big voice, but she’s also got three very big problems – the addiction she won’t admit to, her godmother’s illness that she can no longer ignore, and her godmother’s useless business partner (who she wishes she could ignore).

Keeping an eye on Arielle’s poor business decisions is the last thing Etta wants to do when she’s offered the chance to record a demo with a top producer. But, a promise is a promise, even if it has her reaching for another pick-me-up… And then another. And then one more.

When the secret she must keep for her godmother, Felicity, sends her drug habit spiralling out of control, can Etta battle her demons in time and make her dream happen? Or, will her music career be over before it’s even begun?”

Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com | Goodreads

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The House of York by Terry Tyler

Publisher: Self Published

Publication Date: 19 October 2015

“Widowed single mum, Lisa Grey, and wealthy businessman, Elias York, are young and madly in love. A recipe for happiness? But Lisa is marrying into a complicated family. Her new sister-in-law doesn’t want to know her. Middle brother Gabriel’s marriage suffers under a cloud of infidelity and gambling debts, while the youngest, Richard, keeps his dark secrets well hidden—and his wife suffers in silence.

Lisa and her mother are bonded by their powerful intuition, but dare not voice their fears about York Towers—or certain members of the family…

Love and loss, abduction, incestuous desires and murderous intent form the basis of this compelling saga in which horrors float just beneath the surface, to bring forth a shocking outcome.”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and share my thoughts. I have previously read and enjoyed some of Terry’s other books (reviews here) so I was looking forward to this one.

When I found out that this storyline was about a modern-day family but loosely based on events that took place during the War of the Roses, I was intrigued. I think it gave the book an extra twist of reality.

There were parts of Lisa’s life that I could really relate to and I feel this helped me connect to the storyline quicker than normal. In particular was her greatest ambition to be a wife and mother – it’s not often I hear others admit to that (although I’m happy to admit it to anyone who wants to know), even in books! This is something that stands out for me about Terry’s writing, it’s refreshingly honest and easy to read.

The complexities of York family life, and all their vices, were beautifully described and created vivid pictures in my mind. Each character brought something different to the storyline and held my interest completely.

There were some scenes of an uncomfortable nature but, in my opinion, the author handled them carefully and with skill.

A completely unexpected twist towards the end literally left me sat there with my mouth open and goosebumps on my skin.

This was a fascinating read with a fab set of characters who stayed on my mind even when I wasn’t reading! An easy 5 stars from me.

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