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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Blogger On Blogger Interview/Giveaway: AwesomeSauce Book Club



I interview a lot of authors, we all do.  And it is really a lot of fun, right?  But who is it behind those interviews?  You!!!  So now I want to interview you! This post will run every Thursday (give or take a day due to scheduling) until February 13!  Check out the tab up there in my tab index for this feature.  That's where you can check out past interviews and upcoming interviews!

Starting this Saturday I am going to introduce a new feature...that I don't have a name for yet LOL.  So far I'm calling it New Feature.  But it will be more of an editorial type piece focusing on everything from blogging trends, to genre talk, romance, plagiarism and more!  And the New Feature will also have a weekly awesome giveaway with it!  So I hope everyone will join me for those discussions and let me know what you think!

This week I have an awesome swag giveaway along with my interview with Amber from AwesomeSauce!  It was a whole heck of a lot of fun interviewing her, so I hope you like it!  And below is a picture of the swag.  And always, its an INTERNATIONAL giveaway!  Woot!


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AwesomeSauce Book Club
Hello Amber!  Or is this Amber?  Ambers? Welcome to Fictional Candy for the day!!
Hey Liz thanks for having me its just Amber I. today. Amber R. is on vacation.
Now in preparing for this interview, I’ve been scouring your website.  I’ve visited it before, and enjoyed it, but now that I’m going through it more, I really love it!  So what are your favorite parts of your own website?
I love our seasonal designs. But I can’t take any credit for that, that all goes to our amazing blog designer. This is hard one. I guess I just love the fun vibe of the blog. Its nothing serious or professional and when people read it I hope they can see our sense of humor.
Who is your favorite:
This is so hard. So I am just going to pick...
Vampire: Ian from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series
Werewolf: Clay Danvers from Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series
Witch/Warlock: Chess from Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghost series
Demon: Al from Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan series (or is it called The Hollow series?)
And when you aren’t blogging, what the heck are you doing?
I am a mom of 3 kids, oh and a wife. lol So I am busy with those things. My kid are 11, 9 and 4 so they keep me pretty busy. I also do all that fun stuff like cleaning the house, doing the laundry and doing the dishes (without a dishwasher!) I am now also working part time at my local library. I am loving it. I hope to go full time when my youngest goes to kindergarten next year.
If you could only read one genre for the next 37 days, which one would it be?
Paranormal Romance!! I love my creatures of the night and some good ol’ sexin!
I’m a magic fairy, and I’ve turned you into a superhero.  I’m even going to let you pick your name and power.  What is it?
Can I be turned into a magic fairy so I can just grant myself wishes as I please? Okay let me think maybe flying. Because I freaking hate flying because I am not in control. I have trust issues, I really won’t let people drive even if its their car.  So if I could just fly I would never have to worry about it. And people could call me Zoomber. Like Zoom and Amber mixed. lol. This is in no way my official answer. So any fairies out there please don’t grant me this wish, I would need lots and lots of time to think this one over.
What is the very bestest thing about blogging?
I love connecting with other bloggers that share my interest. Its seriously so awesome to find such an awesome community of people who love books like me. Its even more fun that they love the same kind of books I do. Because of bloggers I have discovered so many awesome new books. It’s also exciting when I get to talk to authors. I get so excited when I am in a conversation with an author I love. They are like rock stars to me, and so even if its a quick twitter conversation it still gets me all excited.
And of course, what is the very worst about it?
I guess its just a lot more time consuming than I ever thought. I work on my blog everyday and usually a few hours a day. Its also hard to stay organized. At first I was just overloading myself with commitments, but I have learned my lesson. Well kind of, I am still really busy. Its hard to maintain having a post a day, keeping up with reading, reviewing answering emails, using social networks, commenting and keeping up on my day to day life.
What advice do you have for newbies?
You really should be passionate about reading if you want to start a blog. Don’t think blogging will get you an unlimited amount of free books. I have been doing this for 2 years and still at least 50% (probably more but I am so not doing math right now) are books I have either bought or got from my library. Having a blog is like having a job. Its time consuming and can be difficult but if you have a love for reading its all worth it.
Do you have anything you absolutely won’t review?
Of course. Anything too young I won’t review. Any authors caught acting like fools I tend to stay clear of. I am actually really picky. So this could be a long list if I sat here and really thought it out. I am so bad at categorizing, seriously Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance still confuse me so I can’t really say what exactly I won’t read. But I know it when I see it.
Why are you guys afraid of birds?
Is it all birds?  What about Big Bird?  What did he ever do to you?
Image courtesy of [smarnad] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Birds are just icky. And I can say Big Bird is okay right now but if I ever came face to face with a giant talking bird with that large beak I would probably run away. I won’t even go into pet stores that let those monsters fly around. Here let me tell you a little story..


My Husband brought home a love bird once (the asshat!) So one day I am minding my own business when the mofo escapes its cage. I start screaming. I dive to the floor, crawl to the couch and grab the blanket then throw it over my head. I then run to my room and lock myself in. This all happens in like 5 seconds. I don’t think I have ever moved so fast. Oh and I also left my kids behind to fend for themselves. lol
What exactly, is AwesomeSauce?
Its Awesome but more extreme! In 2007ish I started a facebook book club and I called it AwesomeSauce Book Club, so when I found blogging in 2011 I just kept the name going. Its a cute word I think.
Any parting words for the readers today?
Hello lovelys! Thanks so much for stopping by and reading this! If you are here you should leave a comment so I don’t feel like I am talking to myself. The last interview I did that happened. And yes I am totally sounding like a lametard. I wish I had something cooler to say but I don’t. Oh here I got one I just watched Anchorman so I will say this..

You Stay Classy Readers!
Thanks so much for coming by!!
Thanks so much for having me!

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Blogger On Blogger Interview/Giveaway: AwesomeSauce Book Club



I interview a lot of authors, we all do.  And it is really a lot of fun, right?  But who is it behind those interviews?  You!!!  So now I want to interview you! This post will run every Thursday (give or take a day due to scheduling) until February 13!  Check out the tab up there in my tab index for this feature.  That's where you can check out past interviews and upcoming interviews!

Starting this Saturday I am going to introduce a new feature...that I don't have a name for yet LOL.  So far I'm calling it New Feature.  But it will be more of an editorial type piece focusing on everything from blogging trends, to genre talk, romance, plagiarism and more!  And the New Feature will also have a weekly awesome giveaway with it!  So I hope everyone will join me for those discussions and let me know what you think!

This week I have an awesome swag giveaway along with my interview with Amber from AwesomeSauce!  It was a whole heck of a lot of fun interviewing her, so I hope you like it!  And below is a picture of the swag.  And always, its an INTERNATIONAL giveaway!  Woot!


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AwesomeSauce Book Club
Hello Amber!  Or is this Amber?  Ambers? Welcome to Fictional Candy for the day!!
Hey Liz thanks for having me its just Amber I. today. Amber R. is on vacation.
Now in preparing for this interview, I’ve been scouring your website.  I’ve visited it before, and enjoyed it, but now that I’m going through it more, I really love it!  So what are your favorite parts of your own website?
I love our seasonal designs. But I can’t take any credit for that, that all goes to our amazing blog designer. This is hard one. I guess I just love the fun vibe of the blog. Its nothing serious or professional and when people read it I hope they can see our sense of humor.
Who is your favorite:
This is so hard. So I am just going to pick...
Vampire: Ian from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series
Werewolf: Clay Danvers from Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series
Witch/Warlock: Chess from Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghost series
Demon: Al from Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan series (or is it called The Hollow series?)
And when you aren’t blogging, what the heck are you doing?
I am a mom of 3 kids, oh and a wife. lol So I am busy with those things. My kid are 11, 9 and 4 so they keep me pretty busy. I also do all that fun stuff like cleaning the house, doing the laundry and doing the dishes (without a dishwasher!) I am now also working part time at my local library. I am loving it. I hope to go full time when my youngest goes to kindergarten next year.
If you could only read one genre for the next 37 days, which one would it be?
Paranormal Romance!! I love my creatures of the night and some good ol’ sexin!
I’m a magic fairy, and I’ve turned you into a superhero.  I’m even going to let you pick your name and power.  What is it?
Can I be turned into a magic fairy so I can just grant myself wishes as I please? Okay let me think maybe flying. Because I freaking hate flying because I am not in control. I have trust issues, I really won’t let people drive even if its their car.  So if I could just fly I would never have to worry about it. And people could call me Zoomber. Like Zoom and Amber mixed. lol. This is in no way my official answer. So any fairies out there please don’t grant me this wish, I would need lots and lots of time to think this one over.
What is the very bestest thing about blogging?
I love connecting with other bloggers that share my interest. Its seriously so awesome to find such an awesome community of people who love books like me. Its even more fun that they love the same kind of books I do. Because of bloggers I have discovered so many awesome new books. It’s also exciting when I get to talk to authors. I get so excited when I am in a conversation with an author I love. They are like rock stars to me, and so even if its a quick twitter conversation it still gets me all excited.
And of course, what is the very worst about it?
I guess its just a lot more time consuming than I ever thought. I work on my blog everyday and usually a few hours a day. Its also hard to stay organized. At first I was just overloading myself with commitments, but I have learned my lesson. Well kind of, I am still really busy. Its hard to maintain having a post a day, keeping up with reading, reviewing answering emails, using social networks, commenting and keeping up on my day to day life.
What advice do you have for newbies?
You really should be passionate about reading if you want to start a blog. Don’t think blogging will get you an unlimited amount of free books. I have been doing this for 2 years and still at least 50% (probably more but I am so not doing math right now) are books I have either bought or got from my library. Having a blog is like having a job. Its time consuming and can be difficult but if you have a love for reading its all worth it.
Do you have anything you absolutely won’t review?
Of course. Anything too young I won’t review. Any authors caught acting like fools I tend to stay clear of. I am actually really picky. So this could be a long list if I sat here and really thought it out. I am so bad at categorizing, seriously Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance still confuse me so I can’t really say what exactly I won’t read. But I know it when I see it.
Why are you guys afraid of birds?
Is it all birds?  What about Big Bird?  What did he ever do to you?
Image courtesy of [smarnad] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Birds are just icky. And I can say Big Bird is okay right now but if I ever came face to face with a giant talking bird with that large beak I would probably run away. I won’t even go into pet stores that let those monsters fly around. Here let me tell you a little story..


My Husband brought home a love bird once (the asshat!) So one day I am minding my own business when the mofo escapes its cage. I start screaming. I dive to the floor, crawl to the couch and grab the blanket then throw it over my head. I then run to my room and lock myself in. This all happens in like 5 seconds. I don’t think I have ever moved so fast. Oh and I also left my kids behind to fend for themselves. lol
What exactly, is AwesomeSauce?
Its Awesome but more extreme! In 2007ish I started a facebook book club and I called it AwesomeSauce Book Club, so when I found blogging in 2011 I just kept the name going. Its a cute word I think.
Any parting words for the readers today?
Hello lovelys! Thanks so much for stopping by and reading this! If you are here you should leave a comment so I don’t feel like I am talking to myself. The last interview I did that happened. And yes I am totally sounding like a lametard. I wish I had something cooler to say but I don’t. Oh here I got one I just watched Anchorman so I will say this..

You Stay Classy Readers!
Thanks so much for coming by!!
Thanks so much for having me!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Big Bad Bite: Guest Post/Giveaway with writing team Jessie Lane

Big Bad Bite
Jessie Lane

What would it be like to live in a world where you are considered abnormal to those who are above the norm?

Jenna O’ Conner has been taught her whole life to hide from everyone. Never to let anyone to close enough to know that she would prefer a shotgun for her birthday over of a bouquet of roses. She’s been smothered by her over protective family so that no one learns what she truly is. Which is not human. Nor, is she considered the norm for the supernatural Other community that is benevolent enough to share this world with the humans.

In a desperate attempt to live her own life away from the small town she was raised in, Jenna obtains her dream job as the newest member on the Wilmington Police Department’s SWAT Team. What she didn’t predict was that she would run into trouble her first day on the job, in the form of a deadly, mouthwatering man named Adam McPhee. Who is also not human, but more like a wolf walking around in human skin. He’s determined to figure out exactly what Jenna is, which unbeknownst to him, could very well put her life in danger. He’s also determined to have her all to himself.

As if that wasn’t enough for Jenna to deal with, bad news blows into town. A group of extremist Shifters who think humans are cattle and factions of Others worldwide should stay within their own species - never to intermingle. Chaos ensues. Jenna has to find a way to shut them down, but in the process of trying to do that, discovers things about herself that even she never thought was possible.

Who said the wolf was what you had to worry about?

Welcome to the real world.


Guest Post on the Insanity of Co-Authoring

So what’s it like to write a book with a co-author? Well that’s a very good question. Like everything else in life, this experience, or partnership, has its ups and downs. Luckily it has way more ups than downs though. The following conversation is one example of the many ups Melissa and I have working with each other as we write as ‘Jessie Lane’. We were on chat, and I asked for her help to name a character. The following insanity is the result of that request. Before you read this, in Melissa’s defense, she was half-asleep and medicated for a migraine.

Melissa says: Defend away. But hey, It got the job done…LOL.
(Conversation on Facebook chat)
Crystal - Right now I’m trying to come up with the bad betas name for the Corvus pack. Although Marcus Valerius Corvus was a roman, I was thinking a German name because Corvus took over the area of Germany for his pack in the book.
 Melissa – Peaches.
 Crystal - Bad Mel! Bahahahhaha!
 Melissa - Love Muffin.
 Crystal - A bad dude name is not love muffin.
 Melissa - Oh u mean like bad guys bad.
 Crystal - Yeah! lol
 Melissa – lol. Your mom goes to college.
 Crystal – Goober.
 Melissa -Chester lol.
 Crystal - That’s a dork name. Think bad and evil.
 Melissa – Yogi.
 Crystal - You're smokin’ crack aren't you?
 Melissa - Migraine meds are NICE.
 Crystal - LMAO! Hugh? Gunter? That's a German name.
 Melissa - Hunter punter. Lol. Sorry I’ll be serious.
 Crystal - Silly woman!
 Melissa - Damain
Crystal - Not German. Goober. Hugo? Oh! Kaiser! Do you like Kaiser?
 Melissa - Achmed, Kaiser Sosai! Love that movie. Wait, what we talking about again.....lmao
 Crystal - A German name for the bad werewolf. Get it together woman!
Melissa - Marko
 Crystal - Marko is not German woman! How much of those meds did you take?!
 Melissa - Marko is on the name page I’m looking at.
 Crystal - Your page lied! It’s not German and it's not on my page. Marko is like Italian or something.
 Melissa - Malger, and it said "MARKO: Serbian and Slovene form of Greek Markos, meaning "defense" or "of the sea." Also in use by the Basques, Bulgarians, Dutch, Finnish, Germans, and Romani. Compare with another form of Marko." Radulf?
Crystal - Now read what you just sent me silly. It says right there that the Germans used it, but it is not of German origin. Like I said your page LIED to you, lmao!
 Melissa - shush
 Crystal - rotflmfao! What about Guy? Guy Schwartz?
 Melissa - lmao and u call me a goober?
 Crystal - Why does that make me a goober?!?
 Melissa - Spaceballs. Let the Schwartz be with you.
 Crystal - Whoops. Forgot about that, lmao.

So now you’ve had a look into a day in the life of ‘Jessie Lane’. Melissa and I may want to occasionally strangle each other, but we spend way more time laughing at each other. Regardless of what that conversation shows, I want you to know that we work very hard, and have many serious moments while writing our books (Yeah right!). We hope you enjoyed this example at our supreme goofiness, and before I leave, I’d just like to clarify one thing before it comes back to bite me in the tushy. The only ‘Chester’ I know who’s not a dork is the Chester from Linkin Park. If anybody would like to prove me wrong on this issue, feel free to submit proof in pictures of hopefully hot, half naked men. Thanks guys!


Jessie Lane is the writing team of Melissa Pahl and Crystal Leo. The two sister-in-laws share a passionate love of naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them. Because really, it is ALL about the characters. (They're kind of megalomaniacs - but don't tell them that we said that.) 

     Crystal and Melissa often live half their lives with their heads in the clouds dreaming of alpha military hunks, werewolves and kick ass heroines crazy enough to chase after creatures that they unquestionably should know better than to chase. 

    Their first YA novel, The Burning Star, was released in May 2012. Big Bad Bite is their second novel, but their first adult paranormal romance. They are now working on their next two novels, Walk On The Striped Side and Secret Maneuvers. With these projects underway, they are looking forward to showing the rest of the world their crazy stories, heroes and heroines that often plague their minds until written, and hope you will join them on their journey! 

Social Websites:
Website:http://jessielanesite.blogspot.com/





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Crystal Leo & Melissa Pahl aka 'Jessie Lane'
http://jessielanesite.blogspot.com/

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Big Bad Bite: Guest Post/Giveaway with writing team Jessie Lane

Big Bad Bite
Jessie Lane

What would it be like to live in a world where you are considered abnormal to those who are above the norm?

Jenna O’ Conner has been taught her whole life to hide from everyone. Never to let anyone to close enough to know that she would prefer a shotgun for her birthday over of a bouquet of roses. She’s been smothered by her over protective family so that no one learns what she truly is. Which is not human. Nor, is she considered the norm for the supernatural Other community that is benevolent enough to share this world with the humans.

In a desperate attempt to live her own life away from the small town she was raised in, Jenna obtains her dream job as the newest member on the Wilmington Police Department’s SWAT Team. What she didn’t predict was that she would run into trouble her first day on the job, in the form of a deadly, mouthwatering man named Adam McPhee. Who is also not human, but more like a wolf walking around in human skin. He’s determined to figure out exactly what Jenna is, which unbeknownst to him, could very well put her life in danger. He’s also determined to have her all to himself.

As if that wasn’t enough for Jenna to deal with, bad news blows into town. A group of extremist Shifters who think humans are cattle and factions of Others worldwide should stay within their own species - never to intermingle. Chaos ensues. Jenna has to find a way to shut them down, but in the process of trying to do that, discovers things about herself that even she never thought was possible.

Who said the wolf was what you had to worry about?

Welcome to the real world.


Guest Post on the Insanity of Co-Authoring

So what’s it like to write a book with a co-author? Well that’s a very good question. Like everything else in life, this experience, or partnership, has its ups and downs. Luckily it has way more ups than downs though. The following conversation is one example of the many ups Melissa and I have working with each other as we write as ‘Jessie Lane’. We were on chat, and I asked for her help to name a character. The following insanity is the result of that request. Before you read this, in Melissa’s defense, she was half-asleep and medicated for a migraine.

Melissa says: Defend away. But hey, It got the job done…LOL.
(Conversation on Facebook chat)
Crystal - Right now I’m trying to come up with the bad betas name for the Corvus pack. Although Marcus Valerius Corvus was a roman, I was thinking a German name because Corvus took over the area of Germany for his pack in the book.
 Melissa – Peaches.
 Crystal - Bad Mel! Bahahahhaha!
 Melissa - Love Muffin.
 Crystal - A bad dude name is not love muffin.
 Melissa - Oh u mean like bad guys bad.
 Crystal - Yeah! lol
 Melissa – lol. Your mom goes to college.
 Crystal – Goober.
 Melissa -Chester lol.
 Crystal - That’s a dork name. Think bad and evil.
 Melissa – Yogi.
 Crystal - You're smokin’ crack aren't you?
 Melissa - Migraine meds are NICE.
 Crystal - LMAO! Hugh? Gunter? That's a German name.
 Melissa - Hunter punter. Lol. Sorry I’ll be serious.
 Crystal - Silly woman!
 Melissa - Damain
Crystal - Not German. Goober. Hugo? Oh! Kaiser! Do you like Kaiser?
 Melissa - Achmed, Kaiser Sosai! Love that movie. Wait, what we talking about again.....lmao
 Crystal - A German name for the bad werewolf. Get it together woman!
Melissa - Marko
 Crystal - Marko is not German woman! How much of those meds did you take?!
 Melissa - Marko is on the name page I’m looking at.
 Crystal - Your page lied! It’s not German and it's not on my page. Marko is like Italian or something.
 Melissa - Malger, and it said "MARKO: Serbian and Slovene form of Greek Markos, meaning "defense" or "of the sea." Also in use by the Basques, Bulgarians, Dutch, Finnish, Germans, and Romani. Compare with another form of Marko." Radulf?
Crystal - Now read what you just sent me silly. It says right there that the Germans used it, but it is not of German origin. Like I said your page LIED to you, lmao!
 Melissa - shush
 Crystal - rotflmfao! What about Guy? Guy Schwartz?
 Melissa - lmao and u call me a goober?
 Crystal - Why does that make me a goober?!?
 Melissa - Spaceballs. Let the Schwartz be with you.
 Crystal - Whoops. Forgot about that, lmao.

So now you’ve had a look into a day in the life of ‘Jessie Lane’. Melissa and I may want to occasionally strangle each other, but we spend way more time laughing at each other. Regardless of what that conversation shows, I want you to know that we work very hard, and have many serious moments while writing our books (Yeah right!). We hope you enjoyed this example at our supreme goofiness, and before I leave, I’d just like to clarify one thing before it comes back to bite me in the tushy. The only ‘Chester’ I know who’s not a dork is the Chester from Linkin Park. If anybody would like to prove me wrong on this issue, feel free to submit proof in pictures of hopefully hot, half naked men. Thanks guys!


Jessie Lane is the writing team of Melissa Pahl and Crystal Leo. The two sister-in-laws share a passionate love of naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them. Because really, it is ALL about the characters. (They're kind of megalomaniacs - but don't tell them that we said that.) 

     Crystal and Melissa often live half their lives with their heads in the clouds dreaming of alpha military hunks, werewolves and kick ass heroines crazy enough to chase after creatures that they unquestionably should know better than to chase. 

    Their first YA novel, The Burning Star, was released in May 2012. Big Bad Bite is their second novel, but their first adult paranormal romance. They are now working on their next two novels, Walk On The Striped Side and Secret Maneuvers. With these projects underway, they are looking forward to showing the rest of the world their crazy stories, heroes and heroines that often plague their minds until written, and hope you will join them on their journey! 

Social Websites:
Website: http://jessielanesite.blogspot.com/





BUY LINKS

Crystal Leo & Melissa Pahl aka 'Jessie Lane'
http://jessielanesite.blogspot.com/

Tour:


a Rafflecopter giveaway