Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Reading in the Sun - Interview with Miranda Liasson & Giveaway


About Miranda Liasson


I'm Miranda Liasson, author of lighthearted contemporary romance.

I won the Golden Heart in 2013 for a story that became my first book, This Thing Called Love, which debuted from Montlake Romance in Spring of 2015. Since then, I've written other Mirror Lake books, small town romances heavy on love, family, and the hard choices we all sometimes have to make.

I also write lighthearted contemporary romance for Entangled Indulgence.

I write romance because I love stories about the experience of being human, and love is the universal experience we all share. I also unapologetically love stories that have happy endings and make me laugh. I hope my stories make you laugh a little, too.

P.S. I love to hear from readers!

Thanks so much for checking my books out and hope you enjoy!

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You can check me out at www.mirandaliasson.com, where I blog every Saturday. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter if you'd like to be informed of my new releases. And check out my Facebook author page (www.facebook.com/MirandaLiassonAuthor/) and my twitter feed (@mirandaliasson) where I always post my latest giveaways and news.
 
Books by Miranda Liasson

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Interview

1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’ve been writing stories since I was twelve, but I pursued a career in the sciences and took up writing seriously about nine years ago. It took me seven years to become published!

2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?

Life got a lot simpler for me after the Kindle was invented! I used to tuck books everywhere in my suitcase, unable to decide which ones to read! Now I just pile them all in my Kindle, no muss or fuss. I love romances, women’s fiction, literary fiction, books on writing…I read all kinds of genres.

3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?

Sitting on the beach under and umbrella with a book and a cold drink, looking up every once in a while and watching the ocean and all the people having fun.

4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?

I love to bike! We have beautiful Metroparks with bike trails here in Ohio and on a sunny Saturday or in the evenings,you’ll often find me there.

5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?

I love stories about families and friends, heartwarming but a little bit heartbreaking too. And with humor.

6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?

I would be Louisa Clark from Me Before You so I could meet Sam Claflin! Oh, wait, that’s mixing the book and the movie, isn’t it, lol!

7. What's your favorite reading spot?

I often sit outside my kitchen porch door and sneak in a couple pages while dinner’s cooking! And I read in bed almost every night before going to sleep.

8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?

I love the South Carolina beaches. The sand is perfect, the beaches are wide, and the marshes are beautiful. And it’s hot and sunny! What’s not to love?

9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?

 Eh, you know, I love lightheartedness but I feel it needs to be tempered, like life, with more serious matters. I can’t really find the lightheartedness in my books unless my characters also experience some other not-so-good things in life as well.

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

I am working on a series of Greek brothers who were separated as children and find each other again as adults, who also find their lives and loves in the fictional town of Mirror Lake, Connecticut. The first one is out in December, CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU. I just saw the preliminary cover and it is GORGEOUS. I wish I could show you! It’s a very emotional story, but funny too.

Giveaway

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One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will win a signed copy of This Loving Feeling by Miranda Liasson.

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The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. Please add withloveforbooks@gmail.com to your list of approved email addresses. All of our giveaways are international.

Reading in the Sun - Interview with Sarah Govett & Giveaway



About Sarah Govett

 
I read law at Trinity College, Oxford. After qualifying as a solicitor, I set up my own tutoring agency, Govett Tutors, which specialises in helping children from all backgrounds.

I have also written for children’s television. I have two young children, and live in London with my stand-up comedian husband.
 
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Interview
 
1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
 
My name’s Sarah Govett, but you know that already! I’m the author of The Territory that came out last year with Firefly Press. I live in London with my two young girls and stand-up comedian husband. I used to be a lawyer, then a tutor, now a writer. Third time lucky!
 
2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?
 
My favourite books to read at any time of the year are ideas based sci-fi. The likes of Wyndham, Christopher, Atwood. That sort of thing.
 
3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?
 
It would involve water and wildlife – maybe a strolling along the river with my husband and girls, next to some sheep, followed by a long picnic (on a picnic rug with properly nice food). And we’d all be wearing white linen.
 
4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?

I love craft – from painting to sewing via a bit of woodwork. I used to design and sell my own t-shirts and once made a pair of leather sleeves that I think are fabulous but my friends are not so sure about!
 
5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?
 
The Territory is a dystopian thriller that also serves as a critique of Britain’s highly pressurised education system. The inspiration for that came from running a private tutoring agency for the last ten years and seeing first hand how results are as much determined by type of school as natural intelligence and how logical subjects are elevated above more creative ones.
 
6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?
 
I have just finished the Mistborn trilogy and would love to be Vin (after she develops her powers). Burning metals, mind controlling crowds and leaping over castle walls sounds awesome.
 
7. What's your favorite reading spot?

I have two young children so at the moment the only reading I get done is in bed with one eye already closed. We’re moving house though and the plan is to build a window seat in the new kitchen. One that can fit a curled up person + book. I’ve been dreaming about it for months!

8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?

I love Abruzzo in Italy. Sandwiched between mountains and the sea it is absolutely stunning and not completely tamed.
 
9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?

I am always drawn to dark stories rather than sunny ones, but like any form of writing, the most important thing to do is actually sit down and type something. A lot of people talk about wanting to be an author, but it takes discipline and commitment to actually produce a book.
 
10. What can we expect from you in the future?

The Territory, Escape (book 2 in The Territory series) is out this October with FireflyPress. I’ve also just finished a completely different YA book, which I’m about to take to publishers so fingers crossed!
 
Giveaway

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One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will win a signed copy of The Territory by Sarah Govett.
 
 
 
The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. Please add withloveforbooks@gmail.com to your list of approved email addresses. All of our giveaways are international.

Book Review - Beyond Your Touch by Pat Esden & Giveaway


About Pat Esden


Pat Esden would love to say she spent her childhood in intellectual pursuits. The truth is she was fonder of exploring abandoned houses and old cemeteries. When not out on her own adventures, she can be found in her northern Vermont home writing stories about brave, smart women and the men who capture their hearts.

An antique-dealing florist by trade, she’s also a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the League of Vermont Writers. Her short stories have appeared in a number of publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, the Mythopoeic Society’s Mythic Circle literary magazine, and George H. Scither’s anthology Cat Tales.

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Book review


Review by Anniek
 
Annie Freemont lives in Maine together with her family. Her mother has been kidnapped a long time ago. Her kidnapper is a cruel man and she is held captive in another realm. Annie and her family are searching for a magical flute. There aren't many of them in the world. Even those who have a flute that opens the possibility to go across the veil have to find someone who can play its magical music. Annie and Chase find this person when they're exploring a museum. Annie knows that they need this stranger, but she isn't very happy with the attention this girl is giving Chase.

Chase has spent many years in the other realm, living under the cruel thumb of his father. When he was rescued he had to leave family and friends behind. There wasn't enough time for everyone to go through the veil before it closed again. Chase has had many nightmares caused by all the things that have happened. Together with Annie's family he is working on a way to go back and rescue as many people as he can. This of course especially includes Annie's mother. It won't be an easy task and Chase will need to do everything in his power to be at his best. He needs to train, because this will be one of the hardest quests he will ever have to undertake.

Annie and Chase are attracted to each other and they are exploring their new love. Annie is a young woman who is loyal, strong and confident. When searching for the necessities that will enable her to get her mother back Annie is resourceful and she makes smart decisions. Every now and then she gets jealous of the attention that Chase is giving the new girl and these feelings made Annie feel like a real person to me.

Chase is a man who is easy to love. He is strong, handsome and determined to achieve his goals. Chase had to endure a lot in his past and even though these events still haunt him, Chase isn't afraid to face his fears. Chase is dependable and he's always there for the people he loves. When he is laughing and temporarily forgets everything he went through, Chase shows who he could really be. Both Chase and Annie are very strong characters who have a great chemistry together.

Beyond Your Touch is an interesting story with plenty of mysteries. Every chapter begins with a quote, which adds something extra to the story. The quotes can even have hidden messages that tell the reader more about the story as a whole. I loved this extraordinary detail. Beyond Your Touch is a fast-paced story with great adventures. Because of the large number of twists and turns there is never a dull moment.

I do recommend to read the first book of the series before you start the second one. I didn't read the first book and this gave me a little bit of difficulty to fully get into the story in the beginning. Pat Esden explains more than enough throughout the chapters for you to understand the story, but it will be easier and more fun if you know how it all started. Dark Heart is a great series, which will definitely keep the reader's attention. Because of this book I now can't wait to read more books by Pat Esden.

Giveaway

One very lucky winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.
 

Book Review - Harmony By Carolyn Parkhurst

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Review by Suze
 
Alexandra has problems dealing with her oldest daughter, Tilly. Tilly is brilliant and socially different. Because of being on the autism spectrum Tilly goes to a special school where things aren't going very well. Tilly is now a teenager and her behavior is out of control sometimes, which means they want Alexandra to start schooling her at home. Alexandra finds someone online who can help. His name is Scott Bean, he's a man with a vision and his methods seem to work. She trusts him blindly, which is why she convinces her husband that Scott's Camp Harmony in New Hampshire is the place for them to start over.
 
Camp Harmony is a special camp with a daring construction. The aim of the camp is to take care of the children with special needs with several families at the same time. Being together with others who are in the same situation should help with their care. There will be attention for the siblings as well and everyone is supposed to thrive. Scott Bean's measurements can be a little bit extreme, but running a camp together might actually be fun. Alexandra thinks she's taken the right decision for both Tilly and her other daughter Iris. Will everything work out the way she planned and will the family finally be happy?
 
Harmony is a gripping story about an original topic and Camp Harmony immediately intrigued me. I loved the setting, a beautiful secluded site in New Hampshire. Carolyn Parkhurst describes the place in a detailed and colorful way and it was easy for me to picture this fantastic environment. I liked that she's chosen Alexandra as a narrator for the chapters about the past and Iris for the present. She has also written a few short chapters from Tilly's point of view, which are unbelievably clever. The voices are all completely different and it isn't difficult to distinguish them. It was interesting to read about the family before and after their arrival at Camp Harmony. The significant change in their lives is a turning point in many ways and I couldn't wait to find out if it would bring everything that was being promised at the start.
 
From the beginning it is clear that something is going to happen. There's an undercurrent of tension, which kept me on the edge of my seat. Carolyn Parkhurst writes about people in a wonderful loving and caring way, while at the same time she slowly lets things unravel. The ending surprised me and I really liked it. The amazing setting, Scott Bean's strict rules and the unexpected behavior of all the children at the camp made the story for me. Tilly's uninhibited behavior and smart remarks often put a smile on my face. She's a force to be reckoned with and I loved her from the start. Tilly is delightfully unpredictable and I loved not being able to know what to expect. Harmony is a compelling multilayered story and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this fantastic book.