Friday, December 19, 2014

Special Christmas Interview with Author Kelly Risser



1. What is your favorite Christmas movie? Is there a reason/tradition behind your pick?

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation for many reasons. I lost count of how many times I've seen it, and yet it still makes me laugh. The crazy family antics. The holiday hopes that become holiday horrors. The uptight neighbors, Margo and Todd. The ball of lights that Rusty is supposed to untangle (ugh...I remember THOSE days!) Aunt Bethany. A wrapped cat. I could go on and on. The first time I saw the sledding scene, I laughed so hard that I cried. It's a must-see every year.

2. If you could kiss anyone under the mistletoe, who would it be??? (Significant others not allowed!)


Four, also known as Tobias...best book boyfriend to screen EVER.

3. What was the best, and worst, Christmas you ever had?

The worst Christmas I ever had was when I was seven months pregnant with my daughter and came down with the stomach flu. I was so sick. I tried going to my in-laws, but my husband had to drive me home. I spent the night by myself hugging the toilet, and opened my presents the next day.

The best Christmas I ever had was the first one after my son was born. He was only a month old, my daughter was almost three, and I was feeling confident in my parenting, so I relaxed and just enjoyed the holidays.


4. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?


Pulling out all of my Christmas ornaments and decorating the tree. So many have personal meaning. It's fun to look at them and remember the event or time either I bought them for or they were given to me for - and the kids love all the Hallmark ones that make noise or light up. I really love seeing the lit tree in the living room. My second favorite thing is the holiday goodies, but that's also my least favorite thing, since I have no willpower! Did someone say sugar cookies?

5. Which character that you've written loves Christmas the most? Worst? Why?


Meara had wonderful Christmas traditions with her mom, but with all the changes in Meara's life, the holidays might be hard for her now. Ula loves Christmas. She has a tremendous joy for life, and I bet she belts carols out as loud as she can (although she might not get the words right.) The boys? Well, Evan likes cozying by the fire place, and Kieran's busy scoping out the mistletoe.


Thanks, Kelly!




Fractured Glass (Young Adult Science Fiction Anthology)
Pre-sale now; release date 12/24/14

What if other worlds existed alongside your own? What if you could travel through them and truly escape reality?

Sloan and Harley Glass were born moments apart; but, despite their differences, the sixteen-year-old twins couldn’t be closer. They’ve held their tongues each and every time their mother has uprooted them—often moving across the country with little notice. They’ve learned to accept change. But what is Mom running from?

They discover they’re travelers—half-descendants of those who can traverse an entire universe of parallel worlds known as fractals. When the past catches up, Harley is kidnapped and taken to one of those distant worlds. Now, Sloan must garner her courage and find a way to rescue her sister. Traversing the worlds isn’t the hard part; it’s surviving the elements and the creatures lying in wait to destroy everything in their path.

Will the Glass sisters be able to save the fractal worlds from the kidnapper, or will everything fracture and crumble around them?


Goodreads Giveaway (through 12/31/14): https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/115826-fractured-glass

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Fractured-Glass-Tia-Silverthorne-Bach-ebook/dp/B00Q3D3OJC/

Where to find Kelly:




Bio:

Kelly Risser knew at a young age what she wanted to be when she grew up. Unfortunately, Fairytale Princess was not a lucrative career. Leaving the castle and wand behind, she entered the world of creative business writing where she worked in advertising, marketing, and training at various companies. Currently, she works full time as an eLearning Instructional Designer, fitting her creative writing into the evenings and weekends.

She's often found lamenting, "It's hard to write when there are so many good books to read!" So, when she's not immersed in the middle of someone else's fantasy world, she's busy creating one of her own. This world is introduced in her first novel, Never Forgotten, and visited further in her second novel, Current Impressions.

Kelly lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two children. They share their home with Clyde the Whoodle and a school of fish.



Thursday, December 18, 2014

Special Christmas Interview with Author Rose Garcia



1. What is your favorite Christmas movie? Is there a reason/tradition behind your pick?

Oh man, do I have to pick just one? I can't! And so, I'll pick three. (LOL) The tear-jerker classic: It's a Wonderful Life, the modern, animated, tear-jerker: Polar Express, and the feel-good and funny Elf. These are my faves because even though they're so different, they each had a profound impact on me. From the depths of despair of George Bailey, to the doubting young boy, and then to the abandonment issues of Elf, it's the journey of these characters that moved me.


2. If you could kiss anyone under the mistletoe, who would it be??? (Significant others not allowed!)


TOM HIDDLESTON!!!!!! No hesitation, no doubt, no regets, and my hubs would totally understand and forgive me. I'm beyond infatuated with Tom. *swoons* Want proof? Go check out my Tom Hiddleston board on Pinterest. I promise it won't disappoint.
www.pinterest.com/roseonprose


3. What was the best, and worst, Christmas you ever had?

The ultimate worst Christmas was the year my parents divorced. I was only 16. Talk about emotional and heartbreaking. To this day, Christmas has never really been the same. (Sad, but true.)

The best Christmas is any and every Christmas with my hubs and my amazing kids. They are the light of my life!


4. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?


Family. Sure, the food is awesome, the drinking is plentiful, and the gifts can be great, but for me Christmas is all about spending time with your loved ones and remembering the reason for the season.

5. Which character that you've written loves Christmas the most? Worst? Why?


Whoa. I just realized that none of my characters love Christmas. Dominique and all those linked to her mission to survive her final life are too busy trying to live. There's no time to celebrate holidays. Even Trent, who lost his parents to an accident, doesn't like Christmas. And Infiniti is Jewish. So there ya go.


Thanks, Rose!



Bio:
Rose Garcia is a lawyer turned writer who's always been fascinated by science fiction and fantasy. From a very young age, she often had her nose buried in books about other-worlds, fantastical creatures, and life and death situations. More recently she's been intrigued by a blend of science fiction and reality, and the idea that some supernatural events are, indeed, very real. Fueled by her imagination, she created The Transhuman Chronicles--a series of books about people who have overcome human limitations. 

Rose lives in Houston with her husband and two kids. You can visit Rose at www.rosegarciabooks.com



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Special Christmas Interview with Author Melanie Dawn




1. What is your favorite Christmas movie? Is there a reason/tradition behind your pick?

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It reminds me of those cold Christmas nights of my childhood, cuddled under a blanket by the fire. I always got to stay up later than my bedtime to watch it. Watching it with my children now brings back so many wonderful memories.

2. If you could kiss anyone under the mistletoe, who would it be??? (Significant others not allowed!)


Channing Tatum. No contest.

3. What was the best, and worst, Christmas you ever had?

My most favorite Christmas was last year. It was the year our family decided to forego gifts and take a mini-vacation instead. We packed up and headed to the beach, staying at an indoor waterpark resort. Even though there were freezing temps outside, we were able to enjoy the water slides and pools inside. It was nice to spend family time together!

My least favorite Christmas was the first Christmas my husband I were married. We decided to start our own traditions by waking up on Christmas morning in our own home. I was so used to waking up on Christmas morning with grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. It was like one big sleepover. With it being just the two of us, it just wasn't the same as waking up in a house full of people.


4. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?


My favorite thing about Christmas is spending time with family and friends. There's just something magical about about the whole Christmas season.

5. Which character that you've written loves Christmas the most? Worst? Why?


Hmmmm, I would have to say that Salem loves Christmas the most. She's such a sentimental person, and now that she has learned to bake so well she spends a lot of time in the kitchen making special treats for her friends and family.

Chris King dreads the Christmas season. He's always been busy with touring and concerts that he misses out on so much with his family, and he feels guilty about it. He wishes he could spend more time at home. Christmas time always brings a certain sadness for him.



Thanks, Melanie!



Where to find Melanie:






Bio:
Melanie Dawn is a thinker, a dreamer, and a hopeless romantic. She's an avid reader who recently discovered her love of writing as well. When her head isn't in the clouds, she spends her time as a jack of all trades to her family. Melanie resides in the hills of North Carolina with her husband, her three children, and her cat.



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Special Christmas Interview with Author Jordan Deen




1. What is your favorite Christmas movie? Is there a reason/tradition behind your pick?

I think I share the same favorite movie with most of those in my generation: 'A Christmas Story'. I watch it every year, quote it more and more the closer we get to xmas and one day, I aspire to own my very own beaver jacket and fra-gi-le award.

2. If you could kiss anyone under the mistletoe, who would it be??? (Significant others not allowed!)


Ohhhh this one is SO easy for me. I'd totally lock lips with Chris Evans, because- well you know- he's hot.

3. What was the best, and worst, Christmas you ever had?

The best xmas I ever had was the xmas right before I turned 16. I had just gotten my permit and my parents gave me a candy apple red Camaro to celebrate. It was amazing and I still miss that car. It sparked my never-ending love of muscle cars.

My worst xmas was the year I turned 7. My family home burned down and we lost everything we owned about a month before xmas. It was a horrible period of time in my life that ultimately led to the divorce of my parents and my mom and I having to live in a panel van for about 8 months and share food. Yes, that was by far the worst xmas I ever had.


4. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?


Family. The best thing about the holiday is that it seems to stop all the drama within the family and everyone is just nicer and we all get together to eat and share stories. It's the best part of the holidays. Plus, I have an excuse to eat pie all day. So, that's always a good thing.

5. Which character that you've written loves Christmas the most? Worst? Why?


I haven't written a character that really likes xmas.... maybe it's time for me to work on a new book!!


Thank you, Jordan!!!





How to find Jordan:


Bio:
Jordan Deen is a Young Adult and New Adult Fiction writer from a small suburb of East St. Louis, Illinois. Her novels are a mixture of urban fantasy, paranormal, and edgy contemporary. In her free time, she loves to read, bake, attend concerts, travel, and play with her two-legged and four-legged sons. She is known for her love of quirky clothes, multi-colored hair and has a fondness for tattoos, high heels and cupcakes. In addition, she is a tech junkie that can be found most mornings and early afternoons on her tablet talking to folks on Facebook and Twitter about books, current events and music.