Blog Tour for Escape from the Past by Annette Oppenlander – Author Interview

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Escape from the Past Escape from the Past by Annette Oppenlander

Genre: YA historical fiction with a twist of sci-fi

To be released: July, 2015

When fifteen-year-old nerd and gamer Max Anderson thinks he’s sneaking a preview of an unpublished video game, he doesn’t realize that 1) He’s been chosen as a  beta, an experimental test player. 2) He’s playing the ultimate history game, transporting him into the actual past: anywhere and anytime. And 3) Survival is optional:  to return home he must decipher the game’s rules and complete its missions—if he lives long enough. To fail means to stay in the past—forever. Now Max is trapped in  medieval Germany, unprepared and clueless. It is 1471 and he quickly learns that being an outcast may cost him his head. Especially after rescuing a beautiful peasant  girl from a deadly infection and thus provoking sinister wannabe Duke Ott. Overnight he is dragged into a hornets’ nest of feuding lords who will stop at nothing to  bring down the conjuring stranger in their midst.

 Escape from the past is ranked #1 in hot new teen fiction, medieval. Amazon.com Hot New Releases: The best-selling new & future releases in Teen & Young Adult Medieval Historical Fiction 

Author Interview:

What got you writing?

Three events led to my fiction writing career.

  1.    In 2002 I decided to interview my parents about their childhood growing up during World War II. Their memories were amazing and I wrote the first rough short stories.
  2.    In 2005 I began working for a PR/advertising firm and found that I loved writing as a profession.
  3.    In 2009 I attended a short story workshop at Indiana University and that’s when I got serious.

In short I found writing made me happy and gave me a tremendous sense of satisfaction.

What is your writing routine (word count, chapter goal, etc.)?

I write most days, including the weekend. I don’t have a word count or a chapter goal, but I’m happy when I put down 1,000 – 2,000 words.

What gave you inspiration for Escape?

In 2012 I visited Castle Hanstein, one of the best preserved medieval ruins in Thuringia, Germany. As I explored the 15th century structure, climbed the tower and took in the view, I felt as if the walls were talking to me. In one of the preserved rooms I read about Knight Werner who’d saved a beautiful woman from nasty Duke Schwarzburg. This sounded like an amazing background, so Escape from the Past is based on Castle Hanstein’s history in 1471.

The second part to his story are my two boys who are avid gamers. There were times when I resented their playing because they’d ignore me and the world around them. So, I imagined what would happen if a computer game became real.

Did you change a lot in the process, or did you seem to have the plot in tact as you got from 1st to final drafts?

I’m a pantser, so I create a story as I go. I typically know the beginning and the end. There were quite a few changes in the story from first to second draft, especially the first chapter.

What about sequels and other projects?

The sequel, Escape from the Past – The Kid has just gone to the publisher and will be released in Winter 2015/2016. It’s based on the histories of Billy the Kid and the Warm Springs Apaches in 1881 New Mexico. Here is a little blurb:

In book two of Escape from the Past Max tries to return to his love and his best friend, Bero, in medieval Germany. Instead he lands in 1881 New Mexico. Struggling to get his bearings and coming to terms with having been misled by Dr. Stuler’s evil computer game, he runs into Billy the Kid. To his amazement Billy isn’t at all the ruthless killer, history made him out to be.

Trouble brews when a dying Warm Springs Apache gives Max a huge gold nugget to help his sister Ela escape from Fort Sumner. Shopping for supplies Max attracts the attention of ruthless bandits. Before Max can ask the Kid’s help, he and Ela are forced to embark on a journey to find his imaginary goldmine.

Other projects are the third book in the Escape series in which Max returns to Hanstein, a story about a white farm kid and his black slave friend set during the American Civil War, and a historical romance set during World War II in Germany.

Hobbies? Anything else we should know about you?

I do love my old mutt, Mocha, so we take daily walks. I also love to travel which I believe is a must when writing historical fiction. I typically visit all the places I write about, so I get the feel right. I guess that’s sort of hobby and work combined. Of course, I also read a lot, usually two to three books at a time.

About the Author: 

Oppenlander

Annette Oppenlander writes historical fiction for young adults. When she isn’t in front of her computer, she loves indulging her dog, Mocha, and traveling around the U.S. and Europe to discover amazing histories.
“Nearly every place holds some kind of secret, something that makes history come alive. When we scrutinize people and places closely, history is no longer a number, it turns into a story.”

Book Blitz for Opening the Veil (New Sight Book 1) by C.L. Clark

Opening the Veil (New Sight Book 1)
Release Date: 03/21/15
177 pages
Summary from Goodreads:
When Cassie agrees to go on a date with her gorgeous new neighbor, she doesn’t expect the night to end with a glimpse into eternity. Within twenty-four hours she discovers not only are young women being brutally murdered around her beloved town, but an ancient evil is using her new neighbor like a puppet to do the killing. 
 
Knowing the police won’t believe her without solid proof, she makes it her mission to find the evidence they need. Add to that how her cat has started talking to her, along with seeing ghosts around town, and it’s no surprise that she’s beginning to question her sanity.This is the first book in the New Sight Series – paranormal series about a young woman whose eyes are opened to the hidden world around her and her compulsion to help the dead seek answers and justice.

Imaginatively entertaining with light humor and a quickening pace, C. L. Clark’s interesting new twist on paranormal fantasy is a book series that readers will not want to pass up.

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Excerpt from “Opening the Veil”

I suppose I was more than a little distracted when my new neighbor started chatting me up and I didn’t, at first, even realize he was talking to me. I heard him talking as I was grabbing my purse and fumbling with my key fob to engage the lock and alarm, but for some reason I was sure he was chatting up someone in the car next to me. Of course, that was only until I turned and realized that he was not just standing in my way to the complex, but facing me with a questioning look on his incredibly handsome face. Literally, that was the first thing that went through my mind, “Wow, he’s like model gorgeous”. Thank heavens I didn’t say that out loud or the entire embarrassing exchange would have been mortifying on a much grander scale.

“I’m sorry,” I said, unable to stop myself from grinning, because the child-like questioning look he had was completely out of place on a face where I am certain was usually held smoldering looks on Calvin Klein underwear ads. “Were you talking to me?” I could not escape the feeling that I was coming across like a total idiot.

“Um, yeah,” he replied with sudden doubt and uncertainty; it was obvious he didn’t get that sort of response from women very often. “I was just introducing myself and, um, yeah.” He recovered quickly and slid back into what I guessed was his usual aplomb and then stuck his hand out at me.

The strangeness of my entire day accumulated at that one moment, leaving me staring at his hand hovering right in front of me for a full five seconds before it even occurred to me that he wanted to shake my hand. Feeling like the complete and utter fool that I was presenting myself to be, I slid my hand into his as I looked back into his eyes and knew that he could see the red glow warming my cheeks by the change in the grin on his face. Yeah, this he was used to from women. Could this day be any worse?!?

“Hi, I’m Scott.” He was all confidence and control now. “I just moved in beneath you and thought I’d introduce myself.”

Wait for it. . .

“You’re beneath me?” Yup, I said that. In most normal circumstances I can handle my side of a conversation. I can even sound like I’m not a complete basket case and on occasion impress the opposite sex with my witty repartee. Not this time. “Oh. Wait a minute. I didn’t mean . . .” See, normal is light years away from this day.

“No, it’s cool.” This guy was totally in his element as a languid smile melted over his face which, under different circumstances, would have had me melting at the knees. However, this time I just wanted to run for my apartment and drown myself in my bathtub. “I know what you meant.” Flash of that smile again.

I let go of his hand then, realizing too late that I had held on entirely too long. If I were made of metal, the sudden sound of my eyelids crashing together and the rest of my face scrunching up would have echoed like a massive wreck in the parking lot.  Not unlike my ego at that very moment. I sighed and shook my head.  There was no recovering at this point, there was only accepting defeat and removing myself with as much haste as possible.

“Wow, I’m obviously not ready for prime time. So, on that note,” I started to edge around him, “welcome to the neighborhood.” I slipped the rest of the way past him without making eye contact and made a beeline for my apartment.

No joke, I was never a more consummate airhead in all my life. I have never swooned at the sight of a guy before and certainly never right in his face like that. I was beside myself with shame and, quite frankly, sheer amazement. Mind you, it’s not like I was looking for Mr. Right or even considering the notion of jumping back into the dating pool at that particular juncture in my life. I needed to get myself better established before I risked swimming in the deep end, so it wasn’t the idea of blowing any chance I might have dreamed of having with the guy. No, it was sheer mortification at the way I lost, no, more like willfully flung, my dignity, grace, and ability to appear like a calm, cool, and collected young woman of business smack dab in that guy’s face.

About the Author

C. L. Clark has been a lifetime resident of the Twilight Zone – seeing every day occurrences and banal objects through slightly skewed, dark, and creepy glasses. The question usually on her mind is “What if?” followed by any number of strange ideas which quickly become stories that must be shared.
When asked about where her story ideas come from, she usually smiles mischievously and remarks, “My fingers have a mind of their own.” Often found peeking under rocks, wandering through graveyards, and poking her nose into abandoned haunted houses, she has a particular love for black cats, breaking mirrors, and running with scissors.


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Cover Reveal of Break The Spell by A.M. Bostwick

Break
The Spell
Release
Date: September 2015
Fiery
Seas Publishing, LLC
Summary
from Goodreads:
Alone. On the run. Until she came along.

 

 

When Allison Evans walks out of high school the last day of her senior year,
she has no idea that her carefully guarded life is about to unravel.
Ethan Knight is on the run. Accused of dealing drugs and armed with nothing but
a bad reputation and his motorcycle, he takes refuge for the weekend inside the
old high school. Thinking no one will find him and no one does.
Until Allison. Panicked and left with no other choice, Ethan takes her captive.
It should be a nightmare, but together, both of their lives take an unexpected
turn. It’s time for them both to stop running from their problems. 
About the Author

A.M. Bostwick writes Middle Grade and Young Adult novels. Her debut middle grade
novel, The Great Cat Nap, earned the 2014 Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature
Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. An early draft of her young adult
novel, “Break the Spell,” was a finalist in the 2013 Wisconsin
Romance Writers of America Fab 5 Contest. She took third place in the 2014
Rochester Writers’ Summer Writing Contest for her flash fiction piece, “Paint
the Stars.” She holds degrees in both art and earth science. Her young
adult novel, “Break the Spell,” is forthcoming in September 2015 from
Fiery Seas Publishing. A.M. Bostwick lives in northern Wisconsin with her
husband, dog and thrill-seeking cat.

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Book Blitz for The Guardian, A Sword & Stilettos by Kristin D. Van Risseghem

 
Check out the promo event for Kristin’s Young Adult Fantasy debut.
 
Series: The Enlighten Series #1
Release date: May 20th 2015
Publisher: Kasian Publishing
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Synopsis via Goodreads:

Zoe Jabril could be just another 17-year-old girl attending parties with her friends and checking out cute guys—except her best friend is a Guardian Angel, and the boy she crushes on is a Nephilim, half-angel, both sent to Earth to protect her. A high school classmate happens to be a trendsetting shopaholic fairy. And now there’s a new werewolf in town. 



Zoe has to deal with her feelings toward Shay, who spreads a strange electrical current through her body every time he touches her. Now Zoe is under constant attack from demons, trying to kill and stop her from fulfilling the Prophecy: a girl will be born who will unite the Enlightens to battle evil. Then on top of that, between boring homework and drama with girls at school, she has to control new found talents if she’s to prevent the devil from escaping Hell.



In order to do so, Zoe must devise a kick-ass plan ASAP or watch everyone die, because she’s running out of time. She turns eighteen in two months—the date Armageddon kicks off.

~EXCERPT~

 
I stumbled into Kieran as a tremor moved through me, the hairs on my arms stood at attention like tiny lightning rods. 
“Do you feel that?” my voice sounded breathless, even to me. 
He glanced sideways. “Feel what?”
“Look.” I held out my arms to him, “I feel strange. Like someone…” I rubbed my slightly numb hands over my forearms and sucked in a breath, as he hooked his head around. I fell into step beside him. “Never mind. It’s probably nothing.”
This happens when lightning’s about to strike, right? 
The heat from the sun radiated off the few cars parked along Boutique Row, their owners engaged in mid-afternoon shopping. Store fronts displayed the new and trendy ‘must-have’ dresses, shorts, and shoes for the spring season. 
I paused to see my reflection. Not a hair was out of place. Thank God.The Coffee Grind’s signature cinnamon dessert scent wafted through the air, and my teeth hurt with the memory of sinking them into it time and again. What I wouldn’t give to be able to park my back end on one of their leather wing-back chairs and crack open a book, while the fire crackled next to me in the original stone hearth.
“Earth to Zoe,” Kieran’s gentle voice broke my trance. He poked my shoulder. “Are you going to order or what?”
My face flamed. “You could’ve ordered for me.” I rummaged through my purple backpack. “You know I get the same thing every time.”
Kieran watched me rub my arms, as he told the cashier, “She’ll also have an ice water.” He tilted his head toward the menu board. “Anything else?”
“Did you order me a chai?” I asked. He nodded. “Cause you know I can’t function without a good cup of—”
“You can’t function with it, either.” 
Then I turned my attention toward the clerk, unsure if I recognized him or not. I hope he doesn’t know me. “Nothing else. Thanks.” I handed him some bills. 
“How’s track going, Zoe?” the clerk asked. 
Damn. 
“Think you’ll make it to State?”
I realized he was a sophomore on the team. Our paths crossed during several meets. He looked thin in his black polo shirt, and I knew a mirror would reflect a similar physique in me, though my lavender sundress tried to disguise it.
I shrugged. “I have fast times, but we’ll see. If I don’t make it this year, there’s always senior year.” My fingertips skimmed the glass display of mammoth muffins and assorted pastries as we moved down the aisle to the ‘Pick-up Here’ sign. A heavy coffee aroma hung in the air. 
A figure in dark clothing with yellow-tipped, spiked hair stared at me from outside the glass entrance door. His eyes narrowed on contact with mine. Chills rushed through my body.
 
About the Author

Kristin D. Van Risseghem grew up in a small river town in Minnesota with her parents and older sister. And after receiving a double Bachelor of Science degree from Winona State University in Paralegal and Corrections, she worked as a Paralegal for various law firms around the Twin Cities for 14 years. Then she left the legal field and is now a Senior Buyer for a technology company.



Currently, Kristin lives in Eagan with her husband and two Calico cats. She also loves attending book clubs, going shopping, and hanging out with friends. She has come to realize that she absolutely has an addiction to purses and shoes. They are her weakness and probably has way too many of both.



In the summer months, Kristin can usually be found lounging on her boat, drinking an ice cold something. Being an avid reader of YA and Women’s Literature stories, she still finds time to read a ton of books in-between writing. And in the winter months, her main goal is to stay warm from the Minnesota cold!

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Cover Reveal of  The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless

The
Glass Mermaid
Release
Date: 07/14/15
Love
Potion Books
Summary
from Goodreads:

Kate



I’m the last mermaid.
I’m back on shores of Lake Erie, but the cold waters are silent. There is
nothing here for me but ghosts and the beach glass that litters the rocky
shore. Long ago, I lived below the waves. Now, I am the sole survivor, and at
long last, my mermaid glamour is leaving me.
Every day, I walk the beach. Every day, I wonder what happened to my people.
The little pieces of colored glass that wash ashore give me simple pleasure.
They are gifts from the lake, reminders of home. I fashion them into trinkets:
necklaces, earrings, bracelets. They are beautiful things. The humans seem love
them.
Every day, I walk the beach. Nothing ever changes, until the day he says hello.
Cooper
I’m dying.
It’s not a question, it’s a fact. The cancer is eating me alive. They told me I
have six months to live, maybe less. I came home, back to Chancellor on Lake
Erie, to die. The sunsets are vivid there, and I will relish every one.
I’ve never seen anything more beautiful than a Lake Erie sunset until I see
her.
All life is fragile as glass.
What would you sacrifice to save the one you love?

About the Author
Romance
author. Cupcake connoisseur. Certified herbalist. Beach bum. Fan of all things Starbucks.
Holistic healing advocate. Surfer girl wanna-be. Lost guru.
Maker of dandelion wine. Counselor. Paranormal buff. Etsy addict. Secretly
Jedi. So not a geek girl. Gifted in sarcasm. Hot wife. Ninja
mom. And now, I’m ready to share a whole head full of witty, mouthy, smart,
lovely, heart-warming, and hot characters with the world. Are you ready?


Poppy
Lawless is the author of the forthcoming series Love & Chocolate releasing
in 2015 and The Glass Mermaid. Poppy holds degrees in English and
Psychology. She is a counselor in the field of mental health and is a trained
herbalist. Poppy’s new series blends the best of romance with a Practical
Magic
 or contemporary Bewitched appeal.

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Cover Reveal of Moonbreeze by Adrienne Woods

Book Details
Title: Moonbreez
Author: Adrienne Woods
Series: The Dragonian Series
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
Release Date: September 2015
ISBN: 978-0-9946641-5-0

Synopsis/Back Blurb

The life or a star-studded royal has not been kind to eighteen-year-old Elena Watkins. With a Council breathing down her neck and a dragon that refuses to accept her as his rider, she must convince everyone that she is ready to rule Paegeia like her parents before her. Bust she has made a promise to her father, King Albert, that she will not go looking for him and free the people of Etan. Elena has promised to never truly fulfill her destiny.

However, situations out of her control will soon force her to confront herself and the evil that seeks to destroy her. Elena must look inside of herself to discover if she can defeat the approaching darkness, be accepted by the people of Paegeia, bring her dragon back to light and fulfill the destiny written in their stars.

Author Bio

 
Adrienne Woods was born and raised in South Africa, where she still lives
with her husband and two beautiful little girls. She always knew she was going
to be a writer, but it only started to really happen about four years ago. In
her free time―if she gets any because moms don’t really have free time―she
loves to spend it with friends, whether it’s a girls night out, or just watching
a movie. She’s a very chilled person. Her writing career started with Firebolt,
book one in the Dragonian series. There will be four books in total, including
a further two to three books, which will be stories that take place within the
Dragonian series. Her other series, Dream Casters, will be released mid 2015. She
also writes in different genres, and her woman’s fiction, The Pregnancy
Diaries, will be published under a pseudonym. And then, she has a paranormal
series by the name of the Aswang series, which will consist of about ten
novels. And if that wasn’t enough, there is another series, Guardians of
Monsters, which will be released in 2016.

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Release Day Blitz for Pretty Little Werewolf by Katie Salidas

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All Giselle ever wanted was a family… who can accept her for what she is, a werewolf.

In a world where supernatural creatures are not out and proud, this has been a problem for 16 year old Giselle. A child of the system, she’s been bounced from home to home for as long as she can remember. As soon as the moon calls out her inner wolf, it’s back into the system she goes.

Against the odds, a new family is found for Giselle. One that may prove the answer to all her dreams and wishes. But this family comes with a deadly secret that could send Giselle six feet under instead of back into the system.

Amid factions of warring witches and werewolves, and deadly curses with no hope for a cure, the way will not be an easy one, but if Giselle can call upon her skills as a lone wolf, she may just be able to unearth the truth keeping her from the one thing she’s ever wanted… family.

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Katie Salidas is a Super Woman! Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, She can get the munchkin off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons. She can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, She still finds the time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). She can do all of this and still have time to write.

And if you can believe all of those lies, there is some beautiful swamp land in Florida for sale…

Katie Salidas resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mother, wife, and author, she does try to do it all, often causing sleep deprivation and many nights passed out at the computer. Writing books is her passion, and she hopes that her passion will bring you hours of entertainment.

You can find out more about Katie Salidas,and her novels at www.KatieSalidas.com

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