Author Interview with KaSonnra Leigh with Giveaway

Please let us know a bit about yourself and your book.

My name is KaSonndra Leigh. I was born in Charlotte, NC (race car capital of the southeast). My parents moved to the City of Alchemy and Medicine, North Carolina when I was young so I don’t remember living there. I live in an L-shaped house that my sons and I have remodeled to mimic an Italian villa. It’s like you’re driving down the street in a laid back southern neighborhood and then…wham! There’s this pinkish reddish brown house sitting there. It was a bold move. But my neighbors appreciate it, though. My book is one of many treats I have ready to pump out for my readers in 2012. I have a total of 3 novels that will be released in 2012. When Copper Suns Fall is not the first novel I’ve written. It’s the one that has proven most controversial (unique voice, cross-genre, multi-cultural). So I began with this one first. The sequel, When Silver Moons Rise, will have its cover reveal in February and be released in late spring. I’m really excited about the warm reception that the world of Copper Suns has received. Thank you so much everyone as the journey to get this book into your hands has not been an easy one.

 

 

Why did you choose to write about angels?

Actually, When Copper Suns Fall, is about nephilims and the demons they hunt. Nephilims are half human, half angel. I didn’t choose this story because it was the next fad in tow. When I started working on Copper Suns seven years ago, angels and vampires were still based in New Orleans and people hadn’t jumped on the bandwagon yet. I was inspired by the Prophecy series. And then this wonderful genre called dystopian began to gain popularity. So I said, “what if…” and the Copper Suns trilogy was born. Of course, I just skipped over all of the ridiculously terrible titles I had started out with. I wouldn’t be here interviewing with you today if you had read some of those. Thanks Professor Scollins for setting me straight on that bad, bad first title.

 

Angels seem to be the next big thing since vampires, why do you think this is?

Actually both angel and vampire books, stories, etc. have been around for a long time. Both Anne Rice and Thomas Sniegoski were writing about vampires and angel wars long before True Blood, Twilight, and angel reads such as Hush Hush and the Mortal Instruments. But only recently, these supernatural creatures crossed into the young adult realm. I think that’s what’s making them so super popular these days. The approach is fresh. The plotlines are fast and therefore intriguing enough to dive into. But with that being said, angels exploded onto the scene after Becca Fitzpatrick and Lauren Kate’s novels hit the bestseller’s lists. But the thing is, angel books read differently than vampire books. Some people are turned off by the religious themes found in some of the books. But an angel book without some type of slight religious nod is much like a vampire book without the blood.

 

Tell us about how you pick the names of your characters?

Oh boy. That’s a tough one. My characters like my book titles tend to go through a series of changes. I don’t usually settle on the names until after the book has gone through the final edits. I don’t tend to go for overused. There is one guy name that is so overused right now, that I cringe when I see it. In fact, the lead male in my book had that very name when I first started doing beta reads. One of the major characters in When Copper Suns Fall name changed at the very last second. Like right before release day. It was a razor-eyed beta who saved me from, eh-em, a very embarrassing situation.

 

Do you have a favorite scene or what was your favorite to write?

I do have a favorite scene. I have many of them, in fact. And I like to go back and re-read them every so often. Without turning this into a spoilery interview for everyone visiting today, I’ll just say there’s a scene in the middle that I was very excited to write. It’s between Chela and Faris and a few creatures that will leave you saying…what  the..? But in a really good way, though.

 

Describe When Copper Suns Fall in just 5 words.

A read you won’t forget! Haha 😀

 

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When Copper Suns Fall
YA Dark Urban Fantasy
By KaSonndra Leigh

In fifteen-year-old Chela Prizeon’s city, alchemy is forbidden, and angels hide among the mortal. With a deadly virus ravaging the globe, Chela’s nightmarish memories compels her to experience a past riddled with gloom, and now her brother is infected.

Chela’s only hope is the Caduceans, slayers sworn to protect the last seven Light Keepers and the ancient memories they share. A group led by the sometimes elusive, sometimes infuriating boy who intrigues Chela. But can she trust this boy with the mysterious past, someone who can influence her memories?

With the Caduceans aid, Chela races to defeat her rivals, to unearth dark family secrets, desperate to find a cure…only to discover the glutovirus is far more than a simple disease.

In this haunting debut, KaSonndra Leigh offers an escape into a world as intriguing as The Mortal Instruments and a story as chilling as Enclave. Full of celestial creatures, fascinating villainy, high-stake choices, and a secret romance, When Copper Suns Fall, is a fresh and original urban fantasy—with a dystopian twist—that will take readers on an unforgettable adventure.

About the Author:

KaSonndra Leigh lives in the City of Alchemy and Medicine, North Carolina. She likes to write about teens doing fantastical things in magical worlds. Her two sons have made her promise to write a boy book next.

She holds the MFA in creative writing, and loves to play CLUE, Monopoly (the Indiana Jones version), and Pandora’s Box (good writer’s block therapy). She lives in an L-shaped house with a garden dedicated to her grandmother. It has a secret library complete with fairies, Venetian plastered walls, and a desk made out of clear blue glass.

When Copper Suns Fall is her debut novel.

www.kasonndraleigh.com 

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Interview with Author E. Van Lowe with #Giveaway

Please let us a bit about yourself and Earth Angel.

I’m a fun loving writer who likes putting his female protagonists in dangerous yet romantic situations. I grew up in New York City, moved to LA to go to graduate school, and wound up staying in California.

Megan has a lot to deal with in Earth Angel. After saving both herself and her mother from becoming Satan’s bride in Boyfriend From Hell, she now faces both heaven and hell coming after her and the angel she loves.

What was your inspiration for this series?

It didn’t start out as a series. Boyfriend From Hell started out as a one-off, but I found so much interesting data while doing my research on angels that I knew I wanted to see these characters again. Now there’s four books in the series. I have the third, Heaven Sent, all laid out.

Who is your favorite character to write and why?

In this book it was the demon, Ibwa. The personality of the demon was not in the outline, but when I started writing the character emerged. He was a lot of fun to write.

Do you have any writing necessities? Food or location?

I like writing in the dining room because it’s so close to the kitchen, where I can jump up and grab a snack. But I don’t really have any necessities. I don’t like to write in the same location all the time. I like a change of scenery.

Who is your favorite author?

As far as YA goes, my favorite author is Jerry Spinelli for the awesome novel, Stargirl.  However my favorite author of all time is J.D. Salinger. I read his nine stories in college and was hooked on the way he crafted character and emotion. In Pretty Mouth And Green My Eyes I literally cringed at the end of the conversation. The entire story is conversation, and yet so much is going on beneath the surface. I try to do that. I’m sure most times I don’t succeed, but I try 😉

Earth Angel
By E Van Lowe
Genre: Paranormal YA
Book 2

Heaven Can Wait!

Just because Megan Barnett recently defeated Satan, has a fantastic new best friend, and has won the love of deliciously handsome, Guy Matson, doesn’t mean her troubles are over. Far from it. For Megan doesn’t realize it, but in her possession is a powerful weapon, a weapon sought after by both angels and demons and everything in between. They will do ANYTHING to get it.

In E. Van Lowe’s humorous, romantic and thrilling sequel to Boyfriend From Hell, Megan winds up in a gripping life or death battle to save herself, the boy she loves, and all of mankind from unthinkable evil.

Megan Barnett has recently defeated Satan, found a fantastic new best friend, and has won the heart of deliciously handsome, Guy Matson. But that doesn’t mean her troubles are over. Far from it. For Megan doesn’t realize that she is in possession of a powerful paranormal weapon, a weapon sought after by both angels, demons and everything in between.

In E. Van Lowe’s romantic yet thrilling sequel to Boyfriend From Hell, Megan finds herself in a gripping life or death battle to save the boy she loves, and all of mankind from unthinkable evil.

Boyfriend from Hell
By E Van Lowe
Genre: Paranormal YA
Book 1

Aww, Hell No!
Fifteen year-old Megan Barnett and her single mom, Suze, have a special relationship—they are friends, close friends, who do almost everything together.
“But come on, guys, she’s my mother… Can I really tell her that while we’re snuggled up on the sofa watching Spider Man Three, I’m secretly undressing James Franco with my eyes? Of course not…”
The special bond takes a turn for the worse when Suze decides to start dating again. She hasn’t had a man in her life since Megan’s father left ten years ago.
Enter two mysterious young men, Megan’s new classmate, sinfully attractive bad boy, Guy Matson, and the dangerously handsome art dealer, Armando. Before long Megan and Suze both wind up in steamy relationships. But neither of the handsome guys is quite what he seems. In fact, one of them is Satan, with his sights set on a new bride. Megan has precious little time to figure out how to stop him. If she doesn’t, either Megan or Suze are quite literally going to HELL.
Boyfriend From Hell is the first book in the Falling Angels Saga from the author of the gruesomely hilarious, Never Slow Dance With A Zombie

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I get to giveaway an ebook set of Boyfriend from Hell and Earth Angel.  To enter please leave a comment with why you would like to win.

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Interview, Giveaway and More with Mahalia Levey

Today, I would like to welcome Mahalia Levey, author of many books in many different genres.  I hope you enjoy the interview and be sure to check the whole post.  There is a lot to see!  

Lisa: Please let us a bit about yourself.

Mahalia: Where to begin….My pen name is Mahalia Levey. I am a mother of three talented teenagers in high school, two girls and one boy. I’ve been writing for publication for just a little over two years. I enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing. I do read all kinds of genres outside of romance.

Lisa: When did you know that you wanted to write for a living?

Mahalia: Never. LOL. I wrote just for myself and then joined a loop of writers. One of my editors found me there and challenged me to give submissions to a publication house a try. I love a good challenge so here I am today. I always feel bad when I say I never had the ultimate dream to be a writer. I fell into it and from there I’ve blossomed and gained so much growth as a writer and a person.

Lisa: That is awesome, a very unique story.  So what genres do you write and why?

Mahalia: I have no rhyme or reason to my genres. The characters pretty much take over my brain, tell me who they are and their story and I pen it. I write a mixture of Contemporary including: Military Romance, Interracial Romance ,African American Romance and one short Cougar novella. I also write an array of Paranormal Romance including: Shifters, Demons, Gargoyles and Fallen Angels. My first BDSM novel is coming soon and I have one Cosmic Sci Fi Romance.

Lisa: You said that you enjoy reading as much as writing.  What is your favorite genre to read?

Mahalia: That is a hard question to answer that’s dependant on my current mood. I love paranormal and BDSM. I could read those forever but sometimes I just want to read old favorites that are traditional romance. The ones I used to nab from my grandma’s shelf or find lost among the new books in the local library. The authors vary; the publishing houses vary as well.  Traditional romance or general fiction. Mario Puzo. Jodi Piccoult and others. A good example would be Creative Writing in College seven years ago. We were given a six page back to back handout and asked to pick one book from the hundreds to read that we hadn’t read before. I had read every book before I hit tenth grade on that list. That fact didn’t surprise the professor so I picked a book to do my essay on by Nicolas Sparks. “A Walk to Remember.” I love that book.

Lisa: I feel the same way, just depends on my mood. You are very well read!  That gives you a lot of context for what has been done and lots of ideas for that to do I am sure.  So I noticed on your website that you work with numerous publishing houses.  Do you find it challenging to work with the number you do?

Mahalia: Thank you for the compliment! Working with different publishers is not difficult. I do have to pay attention to formatting, checking that I’ve formatted to each specific pub’s guidelines. I think in fact that I gain more knowledge about this profession. When you work with a handful of talented individuals you get so many more perceptions. Most of my editorial advice is the exact same. Also by having more publishers, my brand is out there more. I constantly have something out even if it’s a short story. I write different lengths. I like to break up the longer ones with short ones. Change of pace, and when you do short stories you have to write tighter, so it’s a way of keeping on my toes as well as providing a fun and smoking hot read to the readers.

Lisa: Thanks, I never really thought about it meaning your brand was out there more.  What do you enjoy most about writing and can you share with us a bit about your current WIP?

Mahalia: Word weaving. I enjoy the use of words to convey a story full of description and a lot of emotion. I try to layer the characters deeply and to bring real life issues from my different ethnicities and a deeper purpose. The imagination is a wonderful tool along with life experience. I also enjoy researching and observing people. The first part of my second novel Merikano’s Fury is where the heroine is walking inNew York Citywatching how each person is missing out on what’s happening around them due to their technological devices.  Which WIP? I have about four at one time. Right now I’m working on Only Skin Deep an interracial romance. I’m about half done with it. I’m also working on Hakan the second in my Demonic Prophesies Implied Trilogy and Wrath the Fallen Book One.

Lisa: How do you keep track of all of that?

Mahalia: My editors keep me in line! Kidding. I sort of have a system. Most of my genres are at different publishers so it’s easy to keep them separate and know what needs done next.

Lisa: Sounds interesting.  Do you have a favorite book that you have written?

Mahalia: Not Since You just released and it’s my favorite. I finally brought my very first heroine to publication. I had over two thousand pages and used none of them. I’d scope and get overwhelmed so we started with the crucial parts of her and what led her to that point. The short story is a rekindled romance full of the drudge of owning up to your screw ups and moving forward instead of ducking out of life and taking the cowardly road.

Lisa: Congrats!  It must feel great to accomplish that.  If you could tell my readers anything what would it be?

Mahalia: Thank you so much for the compliment. It felt great to bring her and her family to publication. Now what would I tell your readers? To broaden their scope of reading. There are some fantastic jewels waiting to be read and to look for the hidden meaning in a story a life lesson of sorts.

Lisa: Great advice – now I have a couple of quick fun questions for you.

Mahalia: Shoot!

Lisa: tea or coffee

Mahalia: Decaf coffee

Lisa: TV or Movies

Mahalia: Movies

Lisa: Country or City

Mahalia: Country

Lisa: Snow or Rain

Mahalia: Rain

Lisa: Day or Night

Mahalia: Night

Lisa: Ice Cream or Cake

Mahalia: Ice Cream but melted

Lisa: Thanks!  I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy writing schedule to give us a peek into your work.

 

Mahalia: Anytime! Now for the good stuff. I am part of a charity group called Authors Helping Harry that goes on sale next Wed. I don’t have a link yet but please check out my blogsite www.mahalia2010.wordpress.com I’ll have information for this Charity soon.  I’d love to give away a copy of Not Since You to one reader who comments.

AUTHOR MOMENTS BLURB:
“Britain’s Kindest Kid”, Harry Moseley, is more than a nice kid with a big heart; he’s a real life hero. An eleven-year old hero with an inoperable brain tumor who has raised over £500,000.00 for Cancer Research UK.
Joining Harry in his quest for research funds, are an amazing group of 18 romance writers, along with a wonderful cover artist/graphic designer, who have come together to support Harry, and his charity: Cancer Research UK.
“Author Moments” is a collection of essays written by these talented writers. As a bonus, each author has included an excerpt from one of their current, or upcoming, releases.
From the New York Times bestselling lists to the writer who is just beginning their quest, you will find this anthology filled with generous writing advice and anecdotes. It won’t matter where you are on your road to publication or even in your life journey, Author Moments will fill you with love, laughter and a renewed hope that all things are possible when you care enough to come together and make a difference. Like real life hero, Harry Moseley.
The Authors Helping Harry invite you to pitch in and help Harry find a cure simply by purchasing a copy of this wonderful anthology.  

 

 

 

Love is Worth Fighting For

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Blurb: A moment of reckless passion changed S’Niah Donovan’s life. As her family’s healer, she’s coveted, and as the only female in three generations, she’s overprotected. Personal tragedy takes her faith and hope in one fell swoop, unfairly harming the one man who’s brought nothing but joy to her darkened life.

Mason Donovan loves two things, music and his mate. The complicated woman wove an unbreakable spell around his heart and then shattered it with her desertion. No longer human, unable to leave her as she did him, he sticks around, in the shadows, learning his new craft and how to tame his beast. Three years later, enough is enough. He now plans on using every trick of magic to bring his wayward mate back into his life

 

Excerpt

 

“S’Niah Murielle Donovan.”

Her name and the loud banging on the door broke apart their conversation. Sin looked at Reina and groaned.

“Well, I guess you have your answer.”

Reina dinged it right on the dot. Chaos erupted in her home. The sound of Havi bellowing added to Lyric’s voice saying her movie was over. Sin cast a surreptitious glance at the door, playing it off as if she didn’t know who was out there. Reina pinched her into action.

“Ouch.”

“Get to that door. I got the kids.” Reina darted into the playroom to handle Havi’s racket.

“Lyric, Auntie Reina will be in in a minute, okay,” Sin called out to her daughter as she headed to her front door, placing her hand on the knob and removing it. Would Mason go away if she pretended not to be home? She stepped back on her tiptoes.

“I don’t have time for games, S’Niah. I know you’re right on the other side of the door.”

He couldn’t possibly. Or had his senses picked up quite a bit more? Sin closed her hand around the knob and opened it up a sliver. “What do you want and how do you know where I live?”

“To talk…and I’ve always known.”

He sounded a bit angry and smelled better than the scone she’d devoured alongside Reina. “I have to feed the baby.”

“Hiding behind him still? Worked earlier, not this time. Let me in.”

“Mason Donovan, you have some nerve demanding I let you into my home.”

“I played things your way once before, Sin. Not again. You can open the door and let me in to talk like civilized adults or I can break it down and let myself in to talk at you uncivilized.”

Sin shut the door with force and wove an intricate ward with her dancing fingertips. Feeling rather smug with herself, she turned, her intention to finish her conversation with Reina after seeing to Havi.

Pinpricks of unease drifted down her spine, her tiger moving restlessly just under her skin, pacing. She sniffed at the smell of magic and turned back at the door to see her ward unraveling quickly. In an effort to keep Mason out, she called upon her best spell and began a second level to shield her from his presence.

“I could do this all night and the next day.” Mason’s voice rang with determination and a hint of arrogance.

Sin cracked her knuckles and sat on the floor Indian style. “Let’s see what you got, or did you forget you gained your magic from me?” Sparks fizzled in front of her. He danced a fine tune, dissolving layers of symbols. Each time he gained entry, she slammed him with another tighter woven ward and smirked though he couldn’t see it.

“You think that after a year of strategy with Roarke and Valerian I couldn’t disable a simple ward?”

“I don’t think it. I know it. You can barely keep up with my talent. You’re good…but I’m better.”

“Sin. I gave Havi a bottle and grabbed two more. Taking them over to my place,” Reina yelled.

“No. Wait. Reina.” Sin groaned.

“Problems? I’ll give you a handicap. As soon as the door shuts and she’s free. You have ten seconds to enable a new ward.”

Sin wasn’t a fool. Yeah, she needed the handicap. He’d grown in capabilities since she last saw him. “Deal.” Her palms sweated profusely. Her back screen door slammed shut, the sound resonating to her anticipating-audible sense. Rewriting the ward took a second longer than she anticipated. At each turn she stumbled to keep it moving, watching it stall on her and break apart into tiny fragments.

The door flew open with a spike of energy that sent shards of ice-cold unease rippling across her body. Mason stepped in and used telekinesis to slam the door shut behind him, and the entire time his scrutinized glare daring her to bolt, to give him a reason to chase.

Sin blinked in rapid succession and licked her dry lips. Her mouth went dry the moment she raked her gaze over his toned body decorated in new artwork. The white tee shirt stretched over his pectorals and the nipple rings he sported. Cargo pants encased his muscular thighs and side view of his ass she’d glimpsed briefly at the grocery store earlier. Now faced with all of him, desire coiled within her, waking the sleeping tiger she’d put into hibernation. On sensory overload, her breath came out in uneven spurts, mimicking her unsteady, palpating heartbeat.

Yeah, he enjoyed her discomfort. Run or stand my ground. There wasn’t time for bubble gum in a dish or some other childish game to help her come to a resolution.

“Boo.” He leaned forward, breaking her concentration.

 

For more from Mahalia:

link to the rest of the Tygara Ambush. Tigers run in ambushes and streaks. http://mahalia2010.wordpress.com/2011/09/15/familia-tygara/

www.mahalialevey.com

www.extasybooks.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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