Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Blog Tour and Review: Ciao by Bethany Lopez

Release Date: August 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace
Author Information: Blog / Twitter / Facebook
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Available Formats:
Other Books:
Ta Ta for Now!, XOXOXO
Purchase: Amazon
Melissa has had a fantastic summer hanging out with her friends and making new ones. Life as she knows it will change when they all come together to begin their sophomore year at Dearborn High. Connections will be made and friendships will be tested. Will Melissa’s family and friends be able to help her through the challenges she will face in the upcoming months?
Ciao is the third installment in the Stories About Melissa series, and this book is just as fun and fluffy as the others! Melissa still has a flair for the overdramatic, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about her daily life and boy problems.

My favorite aspect about this book was how Lopez managed to blend together some funny moments with some serious ones. As Melissa grows older, her voice also holds a greater level of maturity, and Ciao introduces more somber moments of life, from heartache to how it feels to lose someone close to you. Through these hard times, it is easier for the reader to really get to know Melissa, and I felt like I had a much better appreciation for who she is and how she thinks.

Melissa’s story does not end with Ciao, though! The fourth book in the series, TTYL, is due out sometime in early 2013, and I cannot wait to read more about Melissa’s adventures. Maybe some boy drama will finally be resolved?? :) 
A Great Escape

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ten Fun Facts about Kailmeyra Series

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Ten Fun Facts about Kailmeyra

#10: The character Edna is actually named after my mom, but her personality and euphemisms are
taken from memories of my grandmother, and her physical features are fashioned after my greatgrandmother.

#9: In the first draft, the beginning was darker and Nora’s home was originally located on Black
Mountain in Kentucky.  However, after driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina I
knew Edna had found a new home. I loved that at dusk the mountains take on a blue hue, which is
symbolic for Nora’s energy. 

#8:  Nora’s hazel eyes are really my daughter Kate’s. I’ve always been able to tell how Kate feels by the
color of her eyes. If she’s feverish, her eyes are bright green, when she’s upset they become darker, and
when she is extremely happy they are the most beautiful amber brown.

#7:  The portal is a lake because biblically water symbolizes purification.  As a literary device, water is
used to symbolize change and is often present in a plot’s turning point. Between the Biblical and literary
symbolism, I couldn’t pass it up.

#6: The Dokkalfar and the Alfar are a part of mythological folklore.  With the obvious symbolism of dark
and light, the Alfar and Dokkalfar seemed a great fit for the story.

#5: The explanation of how the Dokkalfar evolved came from a desire to parallel the ramifications of
what happens when we blindly seek power without looking at long term consequences.

#4: I already have Michael and Edna’s one perfect day in my head, and I plan someday to write a novella
about it.

#3: The jeweled-toned eyes are symbolic of the characters and their personality traits. If you’d like to
read more about them, click here (http://thelightofasteria.blogspot.com/2011/10/question-of-daywhats-up-with-jeweled.html )

#2: Rena, Corina in real life, is actually my best friend of some twenty plus years. She is the only true-tolife character in the book. Rena’s looks, mannerisms, feistiness, and, most of all, her ability to bring joy
to the darkest of situations are all because of a spunky gal from Chicago.

#1: When I first started looking at names for the lead male character, I wanted something that was not
only symbolic for the book but symbolic for me as well. The name Gavin was perfect. We learn the
significance of his name in The Secret of the Keepers, so I’ll not give it away. But, personally, Gavin was
the name of my first literary crush.  When I was fifteen, I re-read Celeste De Blasis’ The Proud Breed until
the pages literally fell from their spine.  It’s the only book I’ll never read again. Over the years, I’ve
become afraid that life’s experiences will have tainted the way Gavin Ramsey comes across, and I’d
rather keep my perception of him just the way it is. :-)   

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Blog Tour and Author Interview: The Light Series

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Interview with Jennifer DeLucy

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

JD: Ever since I was old enough to understand what writing was, I have been doing just that. I can remember jotting out poems and short stories from a very young age, and then attempting to write books by the time I was a teenager.

Where do you get your ideas and inspiration for your characters?

JD: This might sound a bit odd, but I believe that inspiration comes from a place we can’t even fathom, call it the universe, God, fate, what have you, but I’m pretty sure everything we create comes from a much bigger picture—including characters in books. So, some mysterious ethereal force plus a lot of interesting life experiences gives birth to a character, which is kind of a mini psyche born of your soul.

Creepy, huh? *wink* Or, you know, I could just have a reeeeally active imagination.

What books have most influenced your life?

JD: Wow. What a loaded question. It’s like asking you to choose between children, but here goes.
As for romances, Jane Eyre is my favorite, hands down, because it is so very real and so very heartbreaking, but the character of Jane is so zen. She’s so wise for someone so young, but she’s not afraid to stand up for herself, to be passionate about what she wants, and that’s a good example of a woman for any era.  As for fantasy, Harry Potter is number one on my list. JK is tops, as far as I am concerned, because she writes purely, authentically, from the heart. There is no pretension in the Harry Potter Series. It’s just beautiful writing and depth and heart, and that’s what I strive for.

What are you reading right now?

JD: I’m reading a book about a writer on a sort of spiritual journey across Europe. It’s called Aleph, by Paulo Coelho.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

JD: Oh, easy! I’m also a musician, and when I’m not writing books, I’m writing/performing music. In fact, each of the three books in the Light Series has its own soundtrack song (you hear excerpts in the book trailers.)
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