Possession Interview

I recently got the chance to interview Annie Oldham the author of ‘Possession’.

1) Why did you start writing?

I write because I love to express myself in words. I’ve always loved to read, and from reading came the desire to create my own stories. And the fun part of this whole author business is that if I want to jump genres, that’s totally fine. I’ve written high fantasy, fantasy, dystopian, and now with Possession, contemporary paranormal.

2) What do you think is most important when writing a book?

Being true to the story. I don’t sacrifice the plot and characters for the sake of sensationalism or easy endings. If you’ve read to the end of The Burn trilogy, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, you should! I’ve had a lot readers tell me either that they 1) hate the ending (it’s so unfair!), 2) love the ending (the only way to end it!), or 3) hate the ending but understand it. To be true to Terra’s journey underwater and on the Burn and what she learned about herself along the way, it was the only ending that appropriately completely her story arc. That doesn’t mean it was easy. But that was the way it had to be.
3) What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
Read! And spend time with my family. And read when I have a few more minutes. My dream vacation would be finding a quiet spot where I could read without interruptions until I got sick of it.
4) On a less serious note, would you rather speak in riddles or not speak at all?
Ha! Not at all, definitely. I worked as a technical writer for several years, and I’m a big fan of saying what you mean and saying it clearly. There’s definitely a lack of that in the world today.
5) Another would you rather. Would you rather write one story about your life or write a million stories that have nothing to do with you?
I’m a very private person. If you’ve read my blog, you’ll notice it’s mostly book-related, and when I do venture into real life, I’ve never given names to my three children or my husband or many details about my personal life. That’s very intentional. When I write there are tidbits of my real life that sneak in: characters that have attributes from people I’ve known, events that have happened to me but are disguised as plot, and things like that. But it’s always just tidbits. I want to keep my personal life as it belongs–personal.
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Arcana Book Tour

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A themed tour through Prism Book Tours.

Arcana

Arcana

by Jessica Leake

Adult Historical Fantasy

Hardcover, 288 pages

November 18th 2014 by Talos

Goodreads

Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London Season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome – or dangerous. Through her late mother’s enchanted journal, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform Arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. The machinations of the fashionably elite are a constant threat, but worse still are those who covet Katherine’s Arcana, seeking the power of her birthright. They could be hiding behind the façade of every suitor, even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood. With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?

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Welcome to Book City
Date: November 11, 2014

Special Report

Spoilers Ahead

Headline
Arcana
Jessica Leake

A romantic, suspenseful, genre-bending debut set in Edwardian London.

Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome—or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into society, Katherine’s family has elicited the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood, a friend and London’s most eligible bachelor, to be her constant companion at the endless fetes and balls. But upon her arrival in London, Katherine realizes there will be more to this season than just white gowns and husband hunting.

Through her late mother’s enchanted diary, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. Any misstep could mean ruin—and not just for her family name. The Order of the Eternal Sun is everywhere—hunting for those like her, able to feed on arcana with only a touch of the hand.

But society intrigue can be just as perilous as the Order. The machinations of the fashionable elite are a constant threat, and those who covet Katherine’s arcana, seeking the power of her birthright, could be hiding behind the façade of every suitor—even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood.

With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?

City Calendar:
This is what happened during the week.
The story is mostly a period romance. It seems to be a stiff upper class society. But we have the little tidbit of Katherine our main girl being a bit magical.
We have action. But mostly romances. Suitors and lovers and happenings.
Not much.
And that’s what happened this week.

Personal Ads:
Katherine.
Oh dearest readers. I am well. And you? I’m married to the lovely Lord-Colin. He is simply divine. We are looking for a sitter for our soon-to-be-born child. (Because we ‘do it’ often enough.)
A bit stiff. A bit flirty. Odd and quirky. Magical. Looking for love in all the wrong, and right, places. Sister to Lucy and Robert. A bit tomboyish. Horseback rider. (Not side saddle.)

Opinions:
I really don’t know what to make of this book.
The speech is quite fantastic. It seems right for the time period. It’s proper and a bit verbose. Exactly how I imagine London all those years ago.
I also like the magic. It was nice. A bit confusing on what arcana was exactly. But still pretty fascinating.
Sadly, the plot is a bit dull. Too much romance. I like the ending. It’s fast-paced and pushing dearest ‘Wren’ to her limits. There seems to be only shameless flirting and rivalries. Of the Society sort.
I dislike Katherine. God. She’s insufferable! She’s a tomboy one moment and a drooling flirt in another. What’s up with you? Goodness. And she’s whiny. Very whiny.
The sexy, heated scenes? Please. Stop. No. I don’t need that. Oh god. Just stop. Right now. Right there. We don’t need to know he’s groping her!
I could go on. And on.

Weather:
Sunny with a chance of 50% rain
3/5

Prism Interview for Wren @ Into the Written Word/Welcome to Book City

What inspired you to start writing?

I have a cousin who’s only a few years younger than I am. I come from this big, Irish family, and most of my aunts & uncles are in the military, so I didn’t get to see my cousin very often. But for a short period of time—maybe 3 years?—we lived within driving distance of one another (and by driving distance I mean 8 hours, but that was better than when her dad was stationed in San Diego or Japan). We got to spend every major holiday together, and we’d stay up late into the night telling each other stories—ridiculous romantic dramas of our favorite actors at the time. Eventually, her dad was stationed in San Diego again, and she moved across the country, but one summer in college, we got to spend a whole week together again at our grandmother’s house in Texas. My cousin arrived with a spiral notebook with a half-finished story—she’d written the whole way from California to Texas—and it occurred to me that I could do that, too! I tried (and failed) to write a story in college, but it reminded me of just how much I loved it. Once I got started writing, though, it became a need, and when I haven’t written something in a long time, I literally crave it.
What is your favorite book/series?

Oh this is a hard one since there are so many! Maybe a favorite series from each age range? For MG, it’s definitely Harry Potter. YA would probably be The Hunger Games. And favorite adult series would be the Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn. I’m really restraining myself here…the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to list them.
Who is your favorite author?

Can I name more than one?? You’re a book lover, I’m sure you can understand ;). JK Rowling, Robin McKinley, Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, Brandon Mull, Phillipa Gregory, Cassandra Clare, Suzanne Collins, Maggie Stiefvater, Julia Quinn…I’ll stop there (but I could go on).
List your favorite book characters and why you like them.

Katniss from The Hunger Games because she’s so strong, Elizabeth from Pride & Prejudice because she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind, Mr. Darcy, of course, from P&P because he is so deliciously arrogant…until he meets his match.
Which character, in your book or not, do you like the most? The least?

In Arcana, I love Katherine and Lord Thornewood, but I probably love Lord Thornewood just a tiny bit more because…well, because he’s so charming ;). The least? Katherine’s grandmother. Hateful family members are about 100x worse than hateful strangers. In others’ books, though, I will always, always hate Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter. HATE.
Would you rather write about not having to write for the rest of your life or have amazing ideas you can’t write down on paper?

I’d rather have amazing ideas I can’t write down on paper because I’d dictate them to someone else—loophole!! Muhahahahaha.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Wren!

Or, would you like a special personalized/autographed copy of Arcana? You can purchase one from Fiction Addiction HERE.

About Jessica Leake

AUTHOR

I’m a stay-at-home mom of three beautiful children (two toddlers and a newborn, in fact, so I think you can begin to see why my blog may be a bit neglected) and author of Arcana: A Novel (Skyhorse/Talos, November 4, 2014), my debut historical fantasy with a heavy dose of romance. I have a particular obsession with blending different genres, but almost everything I write has an element of fantasy and romance. I’ve been in love with historical England ever since my first literary crush: Mr. Darcy (I can’t even count the number of times I watched Pride & Prejudice–the A&E version, of course!!) I’m represented by the fabulous Brianne Johnson of Writers House, and I live in Greenville, SC.

Before I was a writer, I worked as a psychotherapist. I spent several years working at a psychiatric hospital in Birmingham, AL, but after my husband graduated as a pharmacist, we moved back to Greenville. I claim Greenville as my hometown now since I spent most of my childhood here, and I’m a proud alumna of St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Winthrop University.

Website – Goodreads – Facebook – Twitter – Pinterest

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Tour Schedule

11/3 – Launch

11/4

MI Bookshelf

Coffee Books & Art

Pieces of Whimsy

11/5

Kelly P’s Blog

Lilac Reviews

11/6

Typical Distractions

A Thousand Words A Million Books

Rose Shadow Ink

11/7

Simplistic Reviews

My Life, Loves and Passion

Wishful Endings

11/9

The Wonderings of One Person

SBM Book Obsession

11/10

My Love for Reading Keeps Growing

Book Enthralled

The Book Lovers’ Lounge

11/11

100 Pages A Day

The Written Adventure

11/12

Beck Valley Books

Katy’s Krazy Books

11/13

My Devotional Thoughts

Avid Reviews

11/14

Dalene’s Book Reviews

Sarah’s StoryLines

Into the Written Word

11/16 – Grand Finale

PRISM

Making the Move

Hey, everyone. It’s Wren here. I’m telling you that I’m making the move over to Blogspot! Yay!

My new blog will be called (not Into the Written Word) but Welcome to Book City. The link is http://wecometobookcity.blogspot.com/

The new blog will have a new format for reviews. I’ll do rants and reviews and read-a-thons on there. I hope you all will join me on my new blog. I will not post reviews on here. I will also move all of my current review onto there. But it will be in the old format.

I will also link my Goodreads, Twitter, and Bloglovin’ onto that account as well as the Feedburner I have.

Thank you.

(I hope that you move with me. I apologize for the inconvenience. Trust me, though. The new format is pretty cool.)

Liebster Award

coffeebooksandotheraddictions.wordpress.com nominated me. (I actually don’t know who this person is…)
The award is for under 200 follower book blogs to get to know the community. (It’s not really much, if you think about it. It’s cool, though.)

1. What book has influenced your life the most?
There should be one? Maybe ‘Anne of Green Gables.’ It is a childhood love of mine.

2. What is your favorite hobby?
Reading totally counts. Right? Karate maybe. And procrastinating.

3. What is something that no one would ever guess is true about you?
How young I am. Don’t ask, though. It’s a secret.

4. Favorite quote of yours?
Uh…
‘Hell is empty and all the devils are here.’

5. Why did you start blogging?
Why? I love books. I think social media is important. Combining these two was simple. And I can’t be a booktuber. Or bookstagramer. Book blogger was the last one to do.

6. If you could spend the day with any person of your choice, who would it be and why?
My best friend Jenna. I haven’t seen her in such a long time.
But. If we’re talking about book characters, Mackenzie Bishop from ‘The Archived’ or Bitterblue from ‘Bitterblue’. They are badass girls I think it’s would be great. They have special strengths. Maybe they could help me strengthen myself.

7. If you had only three wishes and you can’t wish for more wishes, what would they be?
World peace. No more suicides. And books. No…no child hunger not books.

8. Who inspires you?
No one. I am not inspired by people.

9. Can you read multiple books at a time or can you only read one?
I can only read one. But I read ebooks while I read regular, tangible books.

10. What would be your dream super power?
The ability to create anything from my mind in reality.

11. What is the one thing you want to accomplish before you die?
Meet my online friends and hug them and not let go.

I don’t know any small book blogs, actually. I can’t tag anyone… Oh well. If you are a small book blog, I tag you.

Here are the questions if you want to do it.

1) What is your favorite thing to do on your down time?

2) What book inspired you the most?

3) What character looks like you?

4) Who would you bring back from the dead and why?

5) What fantasy world would you want to live in?

6) What do you look for in a book?

7) What’s your favorite thing to do after finishing a good book?

8) What is your favorite type of cookie?

8) Who is your favorite actor/actress?

9) What is your favorite TV show?

10) If you could be any character, who would you be? And why?

Unstrung: Cover Reveal

Young Adult Sci Fi/Dystopian
Date Published: October 17, 2014
   

Book One: Unstrung Series


Lexa Pate, seventeen-year-old thief extraordinaire, has burned a bridge or two in her life. You don’t make a career out of stealing other people’s property without making enemies.

When a risky job goes from bad to worse, Lexa and her adopted family find themselves on Precipice Corporation’s hit list because they’ve accidentally stolen the wrong thing–plans for a new model of genetically-engineered super humans. Now every bounty hunter, cop on the take, and snitch in the city is after them.

Lexa’s world crumbles around her as she fights to keep her family safe even as someone strolls out of her forgotten past. Quinn claims to know who Lexa really is, but can she trust a stranger she met while robbing his boss?

More importantly, does she really want to know what Quinn has to tell her?

Based on the fairy tale Pinocchio, UNSTRUNG takes you into a near future world where the lines between fake and real are blurred, all that’s pristine isn’t always innocent, and being a criminal isn’t always wrong.

Kendra C. Highley

 

Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important cats. This, according to the cats, is her most crucial job. She believes chocolate is a basic human right, running a 10k is harder than it sounds, and that everyone should learn to drive a stick shift. She loves monsters, vacations, baking and listening to bad electronica. If she’s not writing, she’s reading. If she’s not writing or reading, she’s likely a little cranky.

Update: Book Ban

Yay! My book ban is lifted. (It was lifted yesterday. I just didn’t write out an update.)

I have finished ‘The Infinite Sea’ by Rick Yancey. I’ll be writing out the review later on today.

My next read:

‘Day 21’ by Kass Morgan.

Thank you for the wait, and missing blog posts.

Update: Reading Ban

Hey. It’s Wren. I typically don’t do update posts, but I think this is justifiable.

It’s nothing major. Well…kinda.

I’m currently on a reading ban. I have been banned from reading books. If I don’t pull up my grade, I won’t be able to read anymore. I hope this doesn’t discourage anyone from following this blog. Remy is busy as well. He just overloads himself with things these days. He won’t post much either. He’ll try to be on Twitter. I’ll post some random stuff on Twitter.

I greatly apologize to you, dear readers. I will post as soon as my ban has been lifted. (I know this sounds bad, but don’t antagonize my parents. I apologize.)