Book Tour and Author Interview for Skerryvore by Lee Williams

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Skerryvore

By Lee Williams

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Mystery

Book description

Teenage twins Rose and Daniel aren’t allowed phones, computers, even a TV, thanks to their conspiracy-obsessed father. But when the people he always thought were after him actually turn up, the twins realise he wasn’t as paranoid as they’d always thought.

With their dad missing and their house burned to the ground, Rose and Daniel find themselves at the centre of a worldwide conspiracy that stretches back through the ages, involving some of the most powerful and mysterious organisations on the planet.

Why them? Why their dad? The answers to these questions and other, darker mysteries lie beyond the doors of an ancient house called Skerryvore.

These mysteries link the twins to a Dark Age king and queen, to a secret society that stands behind the City of London, and an energy source that links some of the world’s most ancient sites into a network that has the power – literally – to change the world.

Skerryvore is the first book in the Dark Net series.

Author Interview

  1. What is your writing process? Do you aim for a word count daily or maybe just a scene?

No I don’t do either of these. I just do as much work as I can in the time that I’ve got. This could be a whole day (when I’m lucky – rarely!) or a couple of hours in the evening. Balancing creative writing with a job – or two! –  and a family often means that the writing has to take a back seat, as I’m sure many other writers will have experienced. 

  1. What sort of research did you do for this book?

Being a YA fantasy it didn’t require much research at all. Just lots of imagination! 

  1. What are you working on now? Any chance of a sequel?

I’m currently working on my journalism and marketing Skerryvore. I literally don’t have time to write anything else. Skerryvore is the first book in the Dark Net series so yes there is a sequel that I’m dying to write. Unfortunately being able to write it depends largely on the success of Skerryvore to provide me with some extra income to free up some time. 

  1. How did you come up for the idea of your book?

I did something which I would recommend to anyone that is looking for creative inspiration, especially for a children’s book – I sat down on my own in a room and played!

I drew a map of a house, a house that I would love to visit. Quickly the house turned into something which closely resembled Skerryvore in the final manuscript. It had a library that was also a labyrinth, a great hall, a mediaeval tower with a seeing stone at the top, and an observatory atop an old lighthouse on a tiny island attached to the house by a swinging bridge.

The house fascinated me so much that stories just started to evolve around it naturally and soon I had the basic plot for Skerryvore. After that I was hooked!

  1. Just for fun — what TV shows or movies have you really enjoyed (or disliked?) recently?

I don’t get much time to watch TV or movies but I really liked McMafia – a BBC serial about a man who gets caught up in the Russian mafia. A film I loved recently, although it was difficult watching, was Manchester by the Sea. Very powerful and hard hitting – especially for someone who has just become a father.

About the author

I am a journalist and writer living in Dorset, England with my wife and rampaging toddler. I write about technology, innovation, green issues and political commentary for various publications including The Independent, The Guardian, Wired, Private Eye and International Business Times. Skerryvore is my first, and hopefully not last, novel!

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On Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DHZ2YLB
On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40387630-skerryvore

Excerpt

Daniel took a deep breath. It must be right. This must be the last piece in Mr Picketty’s jigsaw that led to the secret of Skerryvore – a sword in a stone. He couldn’t just be imagining this.

He had to have faith.

Daniel closed his eyes and went through the technique Mr Humblestone had taught them for being in the present. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Empty your mind of thoughts. Listen to the sounds around you. What can you hear? He could hear the sound of waves and gunfire echoing around the metallic roof of the chamber. What can you feel? The cold sea air against his face, the hard ground against the soles of his feet, the movement of his ribcage up and down and the beating of his heart inside it. What can you smell? The smell of the sea, the metal and oil of machinery. Now open your eyes. What can you see? He opened his eyes. He could see a sword standing in a stone with no thoughts attached to it, no hopes or fears.

Just a sword in a stone.

He reached out and wrapped his fingers around the cool leather of the hilt. He closed his eyes and pulled.

With a scraping of metal on stone the sword came free in his hand, so easily in fact that he stumbled backwards and fell to the floor dropping it with a harsh clattering noise that echoed around the chamber.

Then, slowly, another sound began to rise and overtake the first. It was a sound that came from all around, like some huge and rusty gate that hadn’t been oiled in centuries. Looking up, Daniel saw that the roof of the observatory was moving, but not in the usual way. This time it was moving outwards and away from the building, like giant hands were peeling it back. The noise roared to a deafening crescendo and Daniel watched in horror as the two sides of the roof leant outwards, balanced precariously for what felt like an eternity, then toppled and fell to the rocks below like two giant petals dropping from a flower.

He was suddenly alone on a windy platform, above the sea, under the night sky.

And behind him something else was moving.

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Guest Post and Blog Tour for What Time is it There? by Christine Potter

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What Time is it There? by Christine Potter

Publication Date:  November 29, 2017

Publisher:  Evernight Teen

Just over a year ago, Bean and Zak headed for colleges two thousand miles apart, promising to write, but to see other people … until Bean fell for the wrong guy and Zak fell off the planet.

Now, Bean’s got two weeks’ worth of Zak’s year-old letters that she still can’t bear to open—and a broken heart. Her new best friend, a guy named Amp, wants her to read the letters and be done with it, but he may have his own reasons for that.

When Sam shows up at Bean’s school unexpectedly and Bean tumbles into the 19th century from the cellar of a ruined church, things start making a bizarre kind of sense. That is if she can just fit all the pieces together again…let’s see–there’s a cult…and the Flying Singing Angel With No Feet…and of course, The Grateful Dead…

EXCERPT

From early in the book. Bean has lost track of Zak at the beginning of the story. They’re
both in college, him in Seattle, she in upstate NY. The year is 1972; Bean’s a
sophomore. She can only see Zak by time traveling back to high school.

I will never, ever forgive myself, thought Bean, and allowed herself to
daydream once more about the gorgeous guy’s shirt she’d seen at Constant
Karma in Stormkill. It was green and blue and printed with elephants walking
trunk to tail. Zak would have loved it…but she had absolutely no idea where he
was. There were rumors he’d dropped out of college, like Sam. Call his mother
and ask? She simply couldn’t!
I bet he found someone else, Bean thought. I went silent and didn’t say
why. He’ll never want to hear from me again. Ever. Downstairs, Tone and
Julia were listening to opera. She shut her door.
She pulled the stack of Zak’s unopened letters out of her suitcase, and even
though they might contain a hint of what had happened, she couldn’t bear to
open even one. Instead, she got out her guitar and began dropping it into an
open D tuning for Joni Mitchell’s Marcie. There was probably a no less
Christmas-y song in the world.
As for Zak’s letters, Bean brought them back to college with her. And
home again at the end of the year. And then back to school for her sophomore
year: still sealed, every last one.

Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36872940-what-time-is-it-there

Purchase Links:

BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

Link to Tour Schedule:

http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-what-time-is-it-there-by-christine-potter/

 Giveaway Details:

  • One (1) winner will receive a paperback copy of all 3 books in the series and a tie-dyed scarf (INT)
  • Two (2) winners will receive digital copies of all 3 books in the series (INT)

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OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES

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Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/14438885.Christine_Potter

 

GUEST POST

The Road to Publication

What Time Is It There is the third book in the time-traveling young adult Bean
series. By the time I was drafting it, I felt like an old hand at writing young adult
novels—well, maybe an old hand…ish. Okay, I’ll be honest. I felt like a sorta-kinda- old hand, and that more on some days than others. The Bean Books were my first published fiction, and writers are incredibly insecure!
The Bean Books (Time Runs Away With Her, In Her Own Time, and What Time
Is It There?) have a sweet story behind them, though. I’d been trying to get Book One, Time Runs Away With Her, into print forever. One of the first people to read it all the way through was Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club. In an enormous flash of good luck, I’d gotten accepted to her weeklong master class at a woman’s writing retreat on an island off Washington State. She liked the very early
draft I showed her, taught me how to write a mean-enough antagonist, and gave me the courage to withstand about eight hundred and fifty million rejections before my heroine Bean Donohue and I finally found our happy home at Evernight Teen.
I got Evernight Teen’s acceptance for that first book while I was on vacation on
Prince Edward Island. My husband and I were actually staying in a cottage that is
owned by the family of Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables. Any writer of YA books has to be an Anne fan, and I couldn’t believe the way my life suddenly felt like fiction! I promptly visited Lucy Maud’s geranium-lined gravesite that July day, and spent a few quiet moments thanking her for the inspiration.

Book Two, In Her Own Time, started as a National Novel Writing Month project,
as did the last of the trilogy, What Time Is It There? November is National Novel
Writing Month, and it’s the perfect time to plant your posterior in a well-designed desk chair and pound the computer keys. Get that book done! The holidays are coming and you’ll be too distracted to revise much until January—which is how it should be. You won’t be able to see the holes in the plot until then, anyway.
Which, I guess, brings me to another point: revision. I didn’t revise every time I
got rejected, but I did revise a bunch. You hear about writers who claim things just pour out of them and it’s all about sitting down to let the words flow. Yeah, you may hear about those writers, but they don’t exist. In the very early stages of writing a book, maybe it’s like that. But the road to publication is not without traffic lights and speed bumps and stop signs. That’s what revision is.
I’ve gotten used to working with the really good editors at Evernight Teen. They
don’t miss much. They don’t let me get away with nonsense. When I get an accepted
but marked-up draft back to work on, I take note of what I can learn from it, and try to internalize that editor’s voice in my head for next time. And I thank all that is good and holy that the road that I’m traveling has led me to write—and publish—The Bean Books.
I hope you enjoy the conclusion to the trilogy, What Time Is It There?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Christine Potter is a writer and poet who lives in a very old (haunted) house on a creek in Rockland County. She has an organist/choir director husband (Ken) and two spoiled tomcats. One of the house’s two ghosts lives in the room behind her office.

Christine’s newest book is a YA time travel novel, What Time Is It There? (The Bean Books, Book 3), newly released by Evernight Teen. The first book in the series is Time Runs Away With Her, and the second is In Her Own Time.

Her two poetry collections are Zero Degrees at First Light (2006) and Sheltering in Place (2013). She has also had poems published in Rattle, Fugue, The Irish Examiner, HOOT, Eclectica, and The Pedestal, among other magazines. Her third book of poems, Unforgetting, is due out this spring from Kelsay Books.

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The Empress Chronicles by Suzy Vitello Cover Reveal

In this dazzling novel from the author of THE MOMENT BEFORE, one courageous girl seeks keys to the past to unlock the future…

When city girl Liz is banished to a rural goat farm on the outskirts of Portland, the 15-year-old feels her life spiralling out of control. She can’t connect to her father or his young girlfriend, and past trauma adds to her sense of upheaval. The only person who seems to keep her sane is a troubled boy who is fighting his own demons. But all of this changes in one historical instant.

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One-hundred fifty years earlier, Elisabeth of Bavaria has troubles of her own. Her childhood is coming to a crashing end, and her destiny is written in the form of a soothsaying locket that has the ability to predict true love. But evil is afoot in the form of a wicked enchantress who connives to wield the power of the locket for her own destructive ends.

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When Liz finds a timeworn diary, and within it a locket, she discovers the secrets and desires of the young Bavarian princess who will one day grow up to be the legendary Empress of Austria. It is in the pages of the diary that these two heroines will meet, and it is through their interwoven story that Liz will discover she has the power to rewrite history—including her own…

Readers of books like Rachel Harris’s MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY will love THE EMPRESS CHRONICLES

Release Day: September 4th 2014

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Published by Division Books

 

About The Author

Suzy Vitello is a proud founding member of a critique group recently dubbed The Hottest Writing Group in Portland, and her short stories have won fellowships and prizes (including the Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Award, and an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship).

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/suzyvitello

website: http://www.suzyvitello.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SuzyVitelloBooks

Twitter: @suzy_vitello