Sunday, May 17, 2020

Interview with Author Samantha Hastings

Hello Book Pals , Welcome to my latest book blog. I had so much fun with Miranda Asebedo interview the last time, that I really want to do more Q & A interviews with other Authors . I felt so lucky when Samantha Hasting agreed to do a Q &A with me. So I feel so happy and bless to be able to share this blog with you all. I also want to thank Samantha for doing this interview with me.  So before  you get to read the interview, I just really want to share information on how to find Samantha Books for you to read. 

 Lets begin with a few facts like Samantha Hastings is a Victorian Author published by SwoonReads. She currently has two books that are victorian base. The first one is "The Last Word" which is now available. The Second is The Invention of Sophie Carter which is coming out in July 2020. Below I will list short summaries for each book. 

"The Last Word": 

Where one story ends, another begins.
1861. Miss Lucinda Leavitt is shocked when she learns the author of her favorite serialized novel has died before completing the story. Determined to learn how it ends, Lucinda reluctantly enlists the help of her father’s young business partner, Mr. David Randall, to track down the reclusive author’s former whereabouts.
The Second book is coming out in July 2020.





"The Invention of Sophie Carter"


1851. Bounced from one begrudging relative to another their whole lives, orphaned identical twins Sophie and Mariah Carter have always relied on each other for love and support, even though the sisters couldn't be more different. 

So now that I have shared some facts and book information about  Samantha work with you, I think it time to get to her great Q & A interview which I hope you all Enjoy.  Ps I also will put links for Samantha work down below for ordering.




Samantha Hastings Interview: 

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always considered myself a writer. I wrote my first YA book when I was 12 years old and it was entitled “Beehive Basketball”. Writing has always been part of my life.
What comes first, the plot or characters?
With each book it is different. For The Invention of Sophie Carter, the characters came first. I knew that they would be twin sisters and the plot was woven around them. Because I placed them during the Pre-Raphaelite painting movement, I knew that they had to be redheads! Sophie’s personality was the easiest to write, but Mariah secretly stole my heart. 
What was your favorite part, and your least favorite part, of the publishing journey?
My favorite part of the writing journey is holding a completed book in my hands. The tactile-ness of holding a piece of you, there’s nothing quite like it. My least part my least favorite part is always revision. But revision and editing is where your book goes from scrawling’s on a page to something readable.
What do you hope your readers take away from your books?
Jane Austen wrote, “let other pens dwell on guilt and misery” and I think what she meant is that her books are to bring joy to her readers and I hope the same thing. I hope that when you read my books that you will leave them happier and more hopeful.
If you had to describe Sophie and Mariah in three words, what would those three words be?
Sophie: brash, decisive, and imaginative
Maria: artistic, thoughtful, and tender-hearted
What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book?
That the Great Exhibition of 1851 had the first public toilets. Such an important detail had to be included in the book!
What was the highlight of writing this book?
The highlight for me is the relationship between the two sisters. I have two older sisters and they mean the world to me and I love seeing that support and loyalty come out on the page.

I wanted to thank you all for reading this interview with the amazing Samantha Hastings. I love her answers to these amazing questions. I hope you all also check out all of her work because she is so talented. Like I said earlier I will have links below for Samantha Books and all of social media information. Hope you will come back soon for the next blog interview or review. Thanks for your time.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

A Murderous Relation Review


Hello fellow lovers of Veronica speedwell and welcome to my newest blog about Deanna Raybourn "A Murderous Relation". This is the fifth book in the series and it arrived in the world on March 10th, 2020. Of Course, this is the latest best in the Veronica Series and I honestly am ready for the next book. So I hope you enjoy this review and check out the series. I honestly think everyone can enjoy this series right now. So let's get to another review

This book has introduced us to another great Stoker and Veronica Mystery. While Lady Wellie introduces us to a mystery involving Veronica's family yet again. Those people always seem to meet Trouble, Hum. We also are giving more background information on other characters, we have met. Veronica and Stoker, of course, go on another great chase thru-out England. We once again meet the Irish Rebellion of that time and learn of the Victorian ways in all things. Now on to my thoughts regarding everything in this book.


Let's start with how much I admired Veronica, for trying to stand up for herself in this series. She finally tells tries to tears herself away from the constant narcissistic family she knows. Although not for long because after a while other people change her mind. I understand this so well. It took me a long time to turn away from toxic family and to understand they only want to know me when it was good for them. I see Veronica dealing with this a lot. It's not easy to fix this type of situation. So I was proud of Veronica when she does it. I also love how Veronica still can love, because she seems to fall more in love with Stoker thru out the book. Veronica is one of my ultimate favorite characters simply because she is so independent, so strong and always willing to help others who don't even deserve it sometimes.


Where oh where do I begin with Stoker. Stoker amazes me by how he can be offended by the world, yet be such an English gentleman of his period. He does have a  great heart towards ladies even more so. He is what I wish most men would strive to be in this world. He comes off a cold heart towards people until he realizes their true intent. Then he goes above and beyond to be the most amazing hero. I do believe he likes to save others even if it bites him in the arse from time to time. Stoker is just an amazing person.

Now as for the writing, I can't stress this enough Deanna is a soul-stirring poet. She has given us the most intense and thought-provoking books ever by writing Veronica Speedwell Series. I urge everyone to read these books because not only are they great Victorian Mysteries but they also make you think and they discuss modern problems that also exist in the Victorian Days. I am obsessed with Deanna Writing and will always support anything she writes because she can express thought that everyone in the most simple but thought-provoking way. You have to read her books to understand what I am trying to say in this paragraph because I do not do her work justices.

I thank you all for reading my blogs especially right now. I urge you to go get all five of Veronica Speedwell books and binge them. I will have links to my other Veronica reviews and books down below to pick up. Thank you again for your time. Please follow me and Deanna at all of the social media listed below.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Deanna Raybourn is a 6th-generation native Texan. She graduated with a double major in English and history from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Married to her college sweetheart and the mother of one, Raybourn makes her home in Virginia. Her novels have been nominated for numerous awards including five RITAs, two RT Reviewers' Choice awards, the Agatha, two Dilys Winns, a Last Laugh, and three du Mauriers. Her Lady Julia Grey novels are currently in development as a television series in the UK and she launched a new Victorian mystery series with the 2015 release of A CURIOUS BEGINNING, featuring intrepid butterfly-hunter and amateur sleuth, Veronica Speedwell. Veronica's most recent adventure is A PERILOUS UNDERTAKING (January 2017), and book three, A TREACHEROUS CURSE, was published in January 2018. Further books in the Veronica Speedwell series are contracted through 2020.



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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Author Interview with Miranda Asebedo

Hello, my Bookish Peeps,

 Its a great day for a new blog and boy do I have one for you. This is my very first Author Interview Blog and I am so excited. First I want to say Thank you to Miranda Asebedo for suggesting we do this interview and thank you to Love, Writing, Life blog for providing these questions to bloggers. This first Interview introduces us as the reader, to one of my all favorite Authors Miranda Asebedo. Miranda is the author, of The Deepest Roots and A Constellation of Roses. A Constellation of Roses is set to Release in November of 2019. I will also be doing a review for "A Constellation of Roses in November so be sure to check back, But now is the time to read my very first amazing Author interview with the Talented Miranda. 

 So I am going to list each question and give you Miranda answers below. I hope these questions don't come off as boring because to me they sounded different and not typical repeat questions given to Authors. I tried to focus more on Miranda as an Author instead of the books. I sincerely hope you all enjoy this blog. I also hope more people will want more blogs like this, so let me know, please.




Questions:

1)What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk is?

  • 1. I would say my most interesting writing quirk is that I really need something to drink and music playing while I'm writing. I drink a lot of tea in the mornings, especially Earl Grey, but in the afternoon I almost always switch to Diet Pepsi. My caffeine intake is probably way too high! I also always have a playlist for whatever I'm working on, so having headphones is essential to me. Sometimes I spend embarrassing amounts of time just making a playlist for a WIP because I've convinced myself that it's a necessity.                                             

2)How do you deal with the emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story?
  • 2. I am not ashamed to say that I've cried while writing before. And I'm not much of a crier in general. Writing can be really difficult if you have to put yourself in the headspace of a character who's going through a hard time, so I let myself grieve when I need to. After a particularly rough chapter, I might take a Netflix-break and binge watch something really light and humorous to get myself out of the dumps!

3)What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book? 

  • 3. The most surprising thing I discovered while writing A Constellation of Roses is how much I love the word "just." When we got to edits, my editor suggested very gently that I search the manuscript for the word "just" and I discovered that I had used it over two hundred times. Yeah. That's how much I like it. I just do! (Get it?!)

4) Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special?

  • 4. I really love Auntie from A Constellation of Roses. She was a lot of fun to write because she's this old woman who really doesn't give a damn about what anyone else thinks, so she gives her unfiltered opinion about everything from cute guys to overcooked spaghetti. I would love to put her in another book! She still makes me laugh. 

5) What are you reading now?

  • 5. I just finished an ARC of Amanda's Sellet's debut, By the Book,  which is out from HMH in May 2020. It's about a girl who uses her fictional heroines like Elizabeth Bennett to navigate the new social scene she finds herself in when she gets transferred to a public high school. It's hilarious and poignant, and I know teen Miranda would have loved it!




6) What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

  • 6. I really fell in love with Katniss from The Hunger Games. She was fierce and unapologetic and followed her gut, and I've always been inspired to write characters like that. I like characters who make mistakes and learn from them, get up when they've been knocked down, and who ultimately would do anything for those they love. Also, Hunger Games cemented my love for YA books.

7) Favorite quote (doesn’t matter the source)?

  • 7. "Shoot for the stars so you at least clear the trees." This is probably my personal motto and my advice for all aspiring authors.

8) Favorite book/story you have read?

  • 8. I don't have a favorite book per se, because that would be like picking a favorite child! Outside of YA, I read women's fiction, romance, and mysteries. Lately, I read Jojo Moyes The Peacock Emporium and really loved it!

 9) What famous author do you wish would be your mentor?

  • 9. I'm lucky in that I've gotten in contact with other more experienced authors who have given me great advice, both craft- and career-wise. But I'd love to pick the brains of the Bronte sisters if they were still alive! 

10) Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you?

  • 10. Most people don't know that I used to practice traditional archery, and I was a really good shot! I still have my bow, though I don't use it much anymore. 

11) If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

  • 11. Stubborn, curious, and ambitious!


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I really hope you enjoy this very first Interview, and below will be all of Miranda Information. I will also provide all of the information to purchase The Deepest Roots and A Constellation of Roses. By the way "A Constellation of Roses" has PREORDER PRIZES right now, so go check that out.  I also have a Review coming up November 2019 after the release of "A Constellation of Roses" for the book. Thank you So much to Miranda for giving me this Idea and being the Very First Author I ever Interview, I feel so blessed. 


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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Mid Year Book Freakout Tag 2019

Hello My fellow Book Lovers, and welcome back to a brand new book blog. This is normally a Tag found in the Booktube/Youtube world but I decided I could make a blog of it for you. I seriously hope you enjoy this blog and do your own Video or Book blog using this tag. The tag is the Mid year Freak out Tag for 2019. The Questions are listed below for use.
Questions: 1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019. 2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2019. 3. New release you haven't read yet, but want to. 4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year. 5. Biggest disappointment. 6. Biggest surprise. 7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you) 8. Newest fictional crush. 9. Newest favorite character. 10. Book that made you cry. 11. Book that made you happy. 12. Most beautiful book you've bought so far this year (or received) 13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?


Questions and my Answers

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019::

A1 This is so hard but I would say its Anna Priemaza Fan the fame, which is now avaible for purchase at all bookstores or check out at the local Library. It discusses Mental health and the fame of the Youtube world so deeply and clearly. Its a great book for understanding How fame can change a simple person world especially when it comes to Youtube. Also it discusses gamers and being nice instead of Fake. I love this world. I cant wait till I can reread this book.












2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2019.


A2:Hands down its always a brand new Veronica Speedwell Book by Deanna Raybourn. The 2019 sequel was Dangerous Collaboration that came out in March of 2019. It was the best read of the series. You learn so much about Veronica, Stoker and TempletonVane family in this one.














3. New release you haven't read yet, but want to.

A3: This one goes out to Miranda Asebedo A Constellation of Roses which I have an Arc of and need to read. This is Miranda Second release and I cant wait to get to it.












4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.


A4 The Beautiful By Renee Ahdieh Coming out Oct 2019. It Contains a Historical Vampire filled New Orleans in its pages and I cant wait for its release. I actually should say I cant wait to read it.











5. Biggest disappointment.


A5: I honestly dont have one, Ive been on a role of great books this year.


6. Biggest surprise.


A6: Olivia Hinebaugh and SwoonReads "TheBirds, The Bees, and you and me" which came out Feb 2019. Its amazing book about talks on Teen Sex education in real life and school. I really love this book and I will probably love it for a long time to come:














7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)


A7: Favorite New author; Samantha Hastings The Last word. A historical Fiction novel that came out in July from SwoonReads. I seriously cant wait to read this book. Its going to be a fave because I love Historical Fiction.












8. Newest fictional crush.


A8 goes to Katy Upperman, SwoonReads "How the Light gets In" which is now availble to buy. I absolutely love Tucker, I get all swoony over him.














9. Newest favorite character.


A9: I have so many new favorite characters but for this one I am going to chose Laura Taylor Namey "The Library of Lost things" Darcy Wells. She reminds me of me some what. I sincerely love what I have read of this character so far from the ARC. I want you all to check out this book in October2019













10. Book that made you cry.


A10: This one goes to katie McGarry "Only a Breath apart" which came out in January of 2019. All I have to say is Katie is queen of the feels and discussing real life. I recommend any books by katie especially if you want a good cry.












11. Book that made you happy.


A11: Ive listed some above, its Deanna Raybourn "Veronica Speedwell A Dangerous Collaboration", Laura Taylor Namey "The Library of Lost Things" and Katy Upperman "How the Light Gets In". Funny enough all three books are about big Life changing events.



12. Most beautiful book you've bought so far this year (or received)

A12: Miranda Asebedo "A Constellation of Roses" because I wanted to read this so bad and I won it in a giveaway. It was amazing and I am so beyond grateful, even though its an ARC it means a lot to me.



13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?


A13: "A Constellation Of Roses" Miranda Asebedo, "How the light Gets in" Katy Upperman, "The Library of Lost things" Laura Taylor Namey, "The Widow of Pale Harbor" Hester Fox, "Six Good Byes we Never said" Candace Ganger, and "The Lady Rogue" by Jenn Bennett. These are ARCS I wish to have finish this year. I would like to say thank you to the Authors and Publishers for early Access to these amazing books.




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