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Interview with GiselleSimlett – author of Girl of Myth and Legend

– How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since I could hold a crayon … or at least not put it into my mouth. I really began writing seriously when I was 15 – 16 though. That was the time when I thought, ‘You know what, this writing thing isn’t so bad! I like making my own rules, my own worlds.’

– What was your inspiration for GOMAL?

GOMAL? You know, that’s really caught on! I like it.

My inspiration was fairy tales. I loved fairy tales, but wanted something gritty. I didn’t want a princess who existed purely to show how brave the prince was. I didn’t really want a princess at all. I wanted a character who seemed real and who could mirror the reader. That’s when the main character, Leonie, kind of burst into my head and said, ‘FINALLY! Are you going to be the one to tell my story?’ I honestly had no choice but to write it then.

Another inspiration was the theme of immortality. It’s always been perceived as something exciting and wonderful, but what if yo spend your forever in a cage, obeying a master who thought you were nothing but dirt? That wouldn’t be so much fun, would it?

I also wanted to explore loss and grief, but also hope within it. Loss and grief are horrible but necessary feelings. You’re truly alive when you have known them. But one thing a lot of people forget is that in those feelings, you can find hope, you can find light, and I think this is the building blocks between the two main characters.

– What is your writing process? (Do you have a daily word count or page number you aim to reach?)

I have absolutely no process. I write when I want to write, when I have an absolute need to. I know that writers do have goals, but I feel that forcing myself to write makes my narrative stunted and boring. I always write when I HAVE to write. Of course, this does mean that I don’t get my manuscripts finished as quickly as other writers!

What really helps me is music. Never underestimate instrumental music or James Newton Howard!

– How did social media help you with the writing process?

To be honest, I was never big on social media. I hate that it took over everything, but just like music, don’t underestimate it. Without social media, I would not have met BETA readers that I will value until the end of days. Without it, I wouldn’t have been able to connect with other writers with tips and inspiration. I would have never read blogs that helped me understand self-publishing and marketing. Truly, social media is a far bigger help in writing than you’d expect.

– What are some of your favorite books or authors?

By far Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. I also really enjoyed The Inheritance Cycle (Eragon). The worlds are in-depth, the characters are delicious and the plots are unique. In my opinion.

– What are you writing now?

I’m staring on the sequel to GOMAL and the second book in The Chosen Saga – Order of Ashes!

Thank you for the interview! It was great being here 🙂

Girl of Myth and Legend
Release Date: 12/29/15
Summary from Goodreads:
A girl with a past she tries to forget,
and a future she can’t even imagine.

Leonie Woodville wants to live an unremarkable life. She wants routine, she
wants repetition, she wants predictability. So when she explodes in a blaze of
light one morning on the way to her college, it’s enough to put a real crimp in
her day.

And things only get weirder…

Leonie learns from her father that she is last of the Pulsar, a phenomenally
powerful member of a magical species called the Chosen. It will be her sole
duty to protect the Imperium, a governing hierarchy, from all enemies, and to
exceed the reputation of the Pulsar before her. So – no pressure there, then.

Leonie is swept away from her rigorous normality and taken to a world of magic.
There, she is forced into a ceremony to join her soul to a guardian, Korren,
who is both incredibly handsome and intensely troubled, a relationship for
which ‘it’s complicated’ just really doesn’t cut it.

But Leonie is soon to learn that this ancient world is no paradise. With
violent dissidents intent to overthrow the Imperium, and dark entities with
their own agenda, she and Korren find themselves caught in a war where they
will have to overcome their differences if they are to survive.

Dare to dream. Dare to hope. Dare to be a legend.

Book One in The Chosen Saga.

Giselle Simlett was born in England. She
has studied Creative Writing at both Gloucestershire University and the Open
University. She has a diploma in Creative Writing, Language and Literature and
will soon complete her BA Hons Open Degree.

She does not as yet have a degree in the power and responsible use of magic,
but she does have a young son, which amounts to the same thing.

She currently lives in Australia with her husband and son.


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Web of Hearts and Souls – Boxset Sale – YA Fantasy

FREE on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1jhp6IZ

Box set contains 4 novels: Insight, Embody, Image, & See. Insight Some say that dreams are the doorway to the soul. Willow Haywood is no stranger to that doorway. Each night she shares a blissful, silent dream with a stunning blue-eyed boy. With each new moon she is haunted by a painful nightmare shared with a different boy, who’s always hidden by the shadows. In her waking hours she must battle her sixth sense. The one that allows her to feel others emotions as if they were her own. This insight is exhausting and frustrating causing her to draw inward, only trusting her family and few close friends. Oddly, this sense also attracts ghostly images that seem to appear out of nowhere. With a touch, they take her to wherever they may be, allowing her to change their emotion. This alone would cause most to go insane, but Willow filters her aggression by painting, capturing the emotion she changed. One August night a nightmare came days after the new moon. In this dream the shadowed boy marked her wrist with star, leaving her father no choice but to sha re a family secret that would tie all of the odd attributes of Willow’s life together. Now, she has no choice but to outrun the fate that is closing in around her. In an attempt to lure her, the shadowed figure captures her closest friends. In order to save them, she must weave through broken myths, half truths, and the undeniable power of the Zodiac. With each step she takes Willow comes to realize that she has lived before, her path is one that she chose, and this trial is simply the beginning.   Embody Not many Scorpio’s are known for their patience, and Willow Haywood is no different. Her only desire is to love Landen Chambers and redeem the lost souls of Esterious, but the path to that desire is long, dark and dangerous… Before Willow’s life had a chance to balance the sudden revelations and grief she had to endure to get to Chara a disturbing discovery is made. A photo, one that shows Willow blissfully embracing the flawless image of Drake Blakeshire; giving her not only proof that she had lived before, but that she had loved him. Running away from the memory of Drake’s hypnotizing touch, and the prophecy set before her seemed like the logical thing to do. That is, until a dark dream reignites her passion to save the hopeless dimension of Esterious. Willow struggles to find patience – to learn everything she needs to know before she faces Drake again, but her eagerness is dangerous and one step in the wrong direction takes everything and everyone away from her – the only way to survive this trial is for Willow to remember who she is and what she really wants out of this life.   Image There is an ominous darkness; one that is so dense and mind-numbing that you can feel the chills race across your skin as the energy of its hatred hovers near you. They thought that it was over… that he was dead… they never imagined that he was more powerful dead than he ever was alive. The dark dimension Esterious is on the brink of war, the victory Willow had a few days ago is nothing more than a vague memory. With each thought she has, she fights the images of Drake’s dark eyes and his words… his promises. Doubt seeps into her soul as she faces what could be the hardest battle she has faced so far. Every prediction and theory is about to be proven wrong… and the choice before Willow’s heart holds the lives of millions at stake. The question is: will she be able to see through the illusions before her and make a choice… she can live with?   See The heart never forgets… After a tragically haunting night out with her friends Charlie Myers knew that part of her was stolen. She was missing memories. Those memories were sacred. They held the key to her sanity. They told her that the sinister whispers, and the shadows that came to life before her, were not as ominous as she felt they were. They caused her to forget the one talent that allowed her to face the darkness that haunted her every waking hour. They also masked a much deeper bond, the face of the one that had stolen her heart, long before that disastrous night. Her story begins now. Special note to the reader: The INSIGHT series is part of the “Web of Hearts and Souls Universe,” where several series combine into one large story. All series can be read independently or as one. The reading order for the Insight Series: • Insight • Embody • Image • Vital • Vindicate • Enflame • Imperial (Story of the Sovereigns) • Blakeshire (Drake’s Story) • Emanate

About Jamie Magee

 
Jamie Magee has always believed that each of us have a defining gift that sets us apart from the rest of the world, she has always envied those who have known from their first breath what their gift was. Not knowing hers, she began a career in the fast paced world of business. Raising a young family, and competing to rise higher in that field would drive some to the point of insanity, but she always found a moment of escape in a passing daydream. Her imagination would take her to places she’d never been, introduce her to people she’s never known. Insight, her debuting novel, is a result of that powerful imagination. Today, she is grateful that not knowing what defined her, led her on a path of discovery that would always be a part of her.

Trailer Reveal for Girl of Myth and Legend by Giselle Simlett


Girl of Myth and Legend
Release Date: 12/29/15
Summary from Goodreads:
A girl with a past she tries to forget,
and a future she can’t even imagine.

Leonie Woodville wants to live an unremarkable life. She wants routine, she
wants repetition, she wants predictability. So when she explodes in a blaze of
light one morning on the way to her college, it’s enough to put a real crimp in
her day.

And things only get weirder…

Leonie learns from her father that she is last of the Pulsar, a phenomenally
powerful member of a magical species called the Chosen. It will be her sole
duty to protect the Imperium, a governing hierarchy, from all enemies, and to
exceed the reputation of the Pulsar before her. So – no pressure there, then.

Leonie is swept away from her rigorous normality and taken to a world of magic.
There, she is forced into a ceremony to join her soul to a guardian, Korren,
who is both incredibly handsome and intensely troubled, a relationship for
which ‘it’s complicated’ just really doesn’t cut it.

But Leonie is soon to learn that this ancient world is no paradise. With
violent dissidents intent to overthrow the Imperium, and dark entities with
their own agenda, she and Korren find themselves caught in a war where they
will have to overcome their differences if they are to survive.

Dare to dream. Dare to hope. Dare to be a legend.

Book One in The Chosen Saga.

Giselle Simlett was born in England. She
has studied Creative Writing at both Gloucestershire University and the Open
University. She has a diploma in Creative Writing, Language and Literature and
will soon complete her BA Hons Open Degree.

She does not as yet have a degree in the power and responsible use of magic,
but she does have a young son, which amounts to the same thing.

She currently lives in Australia with her husband and son.


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Book Blitz for 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?

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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 Library Jumpers by Brenda Drake

Library Jumpers
Release Date: January 2016
Entangled Teen
Summary from Goodreads:
Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That
is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly
disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia
unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and
transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical
knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the
gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a
dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or
dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds.
Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard,
and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and
her own, before both are destroyed.

Pre-Order Links:

http://chemicalscream.net/entangled/library/

About the Author
Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up
an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at schooluntil
her family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brenda’s fondest memories growing up is
of hereccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her
a strong love for storytelling. So it was onlyfitting that she would choose to write young adult and middle grade novels with
a bend toward thefantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries,
bookstores,and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not
at all exotic (much to her disappointment).


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Release Day Blitz for Dragons Are People, Too by Sarah Nicolas

Dragons Are People, Too
Release Date: 04/28/15
Entangled Teen
Summary from Goodreads:
Never judge a dragon by her human cover…
Sixteen-year-old Kitty Lung has everyone convinced she’s a normal teen—not a secret government operative, not the one charged with protecting the president’s son, and certainly not a were-dragon. The only one she trusts with the truth is her best friend—and secret crush—the über-hot Bulisani Mathe.
Then a junior operative breaks Rule Number One by changing into his dragon form in public—on Kitty’s watch—and suddenly, the world knows. About dragons. About the Draconic Intelligence Command (DIC) Kitty works for. About Kitty herself.
Now the government is hunting down and incarcerating dragons to stop a public panic, and a new shape-shifting enemy has kidnapped the president’s son. Kitty and Bulisani are the last free dragons, wanted by both their allies and their enemies. If they can’t rescue the president’s son and liberate their fellow dragons before getting caught themselves, dragons might never live free again.

About the Author

Sarah is a 30-something YA author who currently lives in Orlando, FL with a 60-lb mutt who thinks he’s a chihuahua. She believes that some boys are worth trusting, all girls have power, and dragons are people too.

She’s a proud member of the Gator Nation and has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, but has switched careers entirely. She now works as an Event Coordinator for a County Library and as a freelance book publicist and author’s assistant. She also blogs at YAtopia and video blogs at the YA Rebels.

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