Interview ♥ Giveaway with Sheenah Freitas, Author of the Zincian Legend Series

Genre: YA fantasyRelease Date: March 13, 2012
Kaia disappeared for five years. Now she's back and her planet is on the brink of war.
The new "Numbers" program, created by the Tueors' leader, tracks and isolates demigods. Kaia's friend, Catrina, refuses to take part, and that makes her the most dangerous Number of all.
It's Kaia's duty to gather and protect the treasures of the gods. But neither the treasures nor Catrina are what they appear to be.
As the day a dire prophesy foresees draws near, will Kaia reverse the gears of fate, or will everything she's ever loved be burned away by the flames of war?



First and foremost  I am veryyyy happy to have Sheenah, who is a super awesome friend and author here on FireStarBooks today. I had a blast!

INTERVIEW TIME!!

Who is your favorite author and is you writing style similar to theirs? 
J.K. Rowling~! I just want to visit Hogwarts forever. I seriously doubt my writing style is similar to hers, but if anyone ever compared my work to hers, I would die happy and demand that quote be engraved on my tombstone.

When naming your characters, do you give any thought to the actual meaning?
I think I give too much thought into the meaning of names. I’m constantly pouring through name meaning websites and books and trying to figure out if it’s a good match or not. And then there are the rare occasions where I just pick a random and just go with it.

How do you get started with writing a story (as in, how do you start developing the story, how do you get inspired for it)?
I think I tackle writing a book like animators tackle making a movie. Or at least, that’s how it feels sometimes. I have my outline and then I start drafting. Sometime during the draft phase, I make storyboards of scenes complete with sketches. To see how my characters look and the blocking involved visually helps me make a scene richer (or at least I hope it does).

What are your current projects? 
I’m currently working on the last book in my trilogy. I usually work on one novel project at a time, however, an opportunity came along where I’m also working on an Alice in Wonderlandproject with one of my author buddies. So balancing the two projects has been interesting, to say the least.

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Interview ♥ Giveaway with Sheenah Freitas, Author of the Zincian Legend Series

Genre: YA fantasyRelease Date: March 13, 2012
Kaia disappeared for five years. Now she’s back and her planet is on the brink of war.
The new “Numbers” program, created by the Tueors’ leader, tracks and isolates demigods. Kaia’s friend, Catrina, refuses to take part, and that makes her the most dangerous Number of all.
It’s Kaia’s duty to gather and protect the treasures of the gods. But neither the treasures nor Catrina are what they appear to be.
As the day a dire prophesy foresees draws near, will Kaia reverse the gears of fate, or will everything she’s ever loved be burned away by the flames of war?



First and foremost  I am veryyyy happy to have Sheenah, who is a super awesome friend and author here on FireStarBooks today. I had a blast!

INTERVIEW TIME!!

Who is your favorite author and is you writing style similar to theirs? 
J.K. Rowling~! I just want to visit Hogwarts forever. I seriously doubt my writing style is similar to hers, but if anyone ever compared my work to hers, I would die happy and demand that quote be engraved on my tombstone.

When naming your characters, do you give any thought to the actual meaning?
I think I give too much thought into the meaning of names. I’m constantly pouring through name meaning websites and books and trying to figure out if it’s a good match or not. And then there are the rare occasions where I just pick a random and just go with it.

How do you get started with writing a story (as in, how do you start developing the story, how do you get inspired for it)?
I think I tackle writing a book like animators tackle making a movie. Or at least, that’s how it feels sometimes. I have my outline and then I start drafting. Sometime during the draft phase, I make storyboards of scenes complete with sketches. To see how my characters look and the blocking involved visually helps me make a scene richer (or at least I hope it does).

What are your current projects? 
I’m currently working on the last book in my trilogy. I usually work on one novel project at a time, however, an opportunity came along where I’m also working on an Alice in Wonderlandproject with one of my author buddies. So balancing the two projects has been interesting, to say the least.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? 
I think it was just a natural evolution of my love of reading. I just started writing something one day with really no reason behind it, but just because I wanted to.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? 
Here’s a scene I wrote for the Alice in Wonderlandproject. As a little preface about it, something drastic happened (as they always do) and Alice (her actual name is Arisa) has just discovered that her best friend and crush is on the verge of death after he saved her. And Dinah is the equivalent of the Cheshire cat:
“Cheng?” she whispered.
He slowly opened one eye and tried to move. An agonized groan passed his lips.
“Don’t move yet,” Alice said. “Help is coming.”
“Arisa,” he whispered as he focused on her face.
She traced her finger along his palm, careful not to touch the sides of his hand. “Don’t talk,” Alice said. “Dinah, go tell them!”
The cat nodded and disappeared.
“I’m so sorry, Cheng.”
He coughed. “Everything hurts. Where . . . where’s my father?”
“I’m sure he’s—” She turned toward the bait shop, but it was gone. There was nothing but broken glass and splinters where the building once stood. Her bottom lip quivered.
“He’s what?” Cheng attempted to look up but sucked in a sharp intake of air and let his head fall back.
“Don’t! You have to save your energy. As soon as they come for you, I’ll look for him,” she promised. Tears began rolling down her cheeks.
“Stop that,” Cheng said. He coughed. “Never let the bullies see you cry.” He forced himself to reach up to brush away a tear.
In that moment, Alice was able to see just how bad his condition was. His entire back side was scorched, black, and peeling. Blood seeped from the fissures in his skin. Alice felt her soul twisting inside her body. She knew she needed to be strong for his sake, but the tears kept coming. He had always been the one who knew how to comfort her when she had been hurt by the snide remarks of others who never understood her imagination. Young and old alike just couldn’t believe that there was a world where buildings touched the sky and nobody could talk to plants; whether or not he believed her, she didn’t know nor would she ever know. Even though he had received a bloody nose on more than occasion, he had never allowed anyone to label her as crazy.
“Arisa, come closer,” Cheng wheezed. “I . . . I have something . . . to tell you.”
She wiped away her tears and knelt closer to his face. His voice was getting weaker, but she could do nothing except stay by his side. She placed her palm against his.
“You have to . . . find that place you’re always . . . talking about.”
“I’m staying right here with you—always.”
“I’ve always wanted—” Cheng winced “—to go there with you.”
“We still can! Just hold on!”
“Come closer. Please.”
She knelt down until their noses touched. He leaned up ever so slightly and kissed her. Her eyes grew wide, but she didn’t dare pull away. His lips were cool, but comforting; they felt natural against hers. She leaned into him, allowing him to rest his head back down. After a moment, she pulled away a fraction.
Cheng gave a small grin. “I’ve always wanted to do that my ‘Noble Sand.’ We’ll see each other . . . in the next life. Or maybe that world of yours.”
She shook her head. “You can’t leave me!”
He gave another shallow breath. “I love . . . you . . . Ali—”
His hand dropped away from hers as his eyes became vacant.
“Cheng?” Alice yelled. “Cheng!” She placed her ear near his mouth but couldn’t hear him breathe. “Cheng!” She grabbed his shoulder and shook him. “CHENG!”
She felt fur touch her cheek.
“Alice,” Dinah said gently, “he’s gone.”
She stopped and looked down at the body. “He can’t be gone! He said . . . He said he loved me,” she whimpered.
“He’s always loved you.”

What was the hardest part of writing your book? 
Starting it. I thought that writing a first book was hard until I tackled the sequel and then learned that sequels are harder than the first one. There was a lot of decision making. How should I start it? How much should I recap? Does any of the ideas that I have right now even make sense with the first book?!

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 
I just adore my readers. Like seriously, they’re just the greatest thing ever. I hope that I’ve entertained them and I hope that they’ll continue to read the stories I’ve written for them.

Fun Questions: 😛
Who is your OTP (from any fandom)?
One OTP that I have that is canon: Usagi and Mamoru from Sailor Moon
One OTP that is NOT canon: Meiling and Syaoran from Cardcaptor Sakura
I have many, many OTPs. :3

Favourite TV show right now?
Once Upon A Time. 😀

3. Who is Kuroko Tetsuya?
4. Favourite character from KnB?
5. When was Kuroko born?
6. At what episode (include exact time) did Kuroko first appeared on KnB?
Note: I, Ashley, was being a troll ;P

One thing that you can’t live without?
Anime! I need it in my life!

If the cosplay god can grant you a wish, what will that one wish be? 😛
Wigs. I know nothing about wigs, so I’ve never worn them. I need the cosplay god to like give me an assortment of fantastic wigs with care instructions.

Will you watch Cicak man with me???
Please. We’ll have a party at my house and invite Lynn. 😀



Thank you Sheenah for answering all the questions, even if some were very stupid xD!


About the Author
A neek at heart, Sheenah Freitas has a love for the whimsical and magical. She looks to animated Disney movies and Studio Ghibli films for inspiration because of the innovative twists on fairytales, strong story structures, and character studies. When not writing, you might find her in a forest where she’s yet to find any enchanted castles.



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Interview (Vlog Style)♥Giveaway: The Savage Blue by Zoraida Cordova


A storm is coming…

The ocean is a vicious place. Deeper and darker than Tristan could have imagined. Beneath its calm blue surface, an ancient battle is churning —and no one is safe.

In the quest for the Sea Throne, Tristan has already watched one good friend die. Now he must lead the rest on a dangerous voyage in search of the trident that will make him king. But while Tristan chases his destiny, the dark forces racing against him are getting stronger, and the sea witch of his nightmares is getting closer.

Battling sea dragons and savage creatures of the deep, Tristan needs his friends’ support. But they each have their secrets, and a betrayal will force Tristan to choose between his crown and his best friend Layla — the only girl he’s ever loved.


Hiiii! Today I am sooooo honoured to have Zoraida stopping by for a Q&A session, what’s cooler is that she did it in a vlog form!! Awesome! If you didn’t know, I loooovee The Vicious Deep (the first book in the series), I myself did a horrible vlog review of it….aha…go check it out if you want here. Anywhooo~ Let’s get started with Zoraida 😀

Interview


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Interview (Vlog Style)♥Giveaway: The Savage Blue by Zoraida Cordova


A storm is coming…

The ocean is a vicious place. Deeper and darker than Tristan could have imagined. Beneath its calm blue surface, an ancient battle is churning —and no one is safe.

In the quest for the Sea Throne, Tristan has already watched one good friend die. Now he must lead the rest on a dangerous voyage in search of the trident that will make him king. But while Tristan chases his destiny, the dark forces racing against him are getting stronger, and the sea witch of his nightmares is getting closer.

Battling sea dragons and savage creatures of the deep, Tristan needs his friends' support. But they each have their secrets, and a betrayal will force Tristan to choose between his crown and his best friend Layla — the only girl he's ever loved.


Hiiii! Today I am sooooo honoured to have Zoraida stopping by for a Q&A session, what's cooler is that she did it in a vlog form!! Awesome! If you didn't know, I loooovee The Vicious Deep (the first book in the series), I myself did a horrible vlog review of it….aha…go check it out if you want here. Anywhooo~ Let's get started with Zoraida 😀

Interview


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Interview♥Giveaway: Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland




Title: Vengeance Bound
Author: Justina Ireland
Publisher:Simon & Schuster for Young Readers
Release date: April 2, 2013


The Goddess Testmeets Dexterin an edgy, compelling debut about one teen’s quest for revenge… no matter how far it takes her.

Cory Graff is not alone in her head. Bound to a deal of desperation made when she was a child, Cory’s mind houses the Furies—the hawk and the serpent—lingering always, waiting for her to satisfy their bloodlust. After escaping the asylum where she was trapped for years, Cory knows how to keep the Furies quiet. By day, she lives a normal life, but by night, she tracks down targets the Furies send her way. And she brings down Justice upon them.

Cory’s perfected her system of survival, but when she meets a mysterious boy named Niko at her new school, she can’t figure out how she feels about him. For the first time, the Furies are quiet in her head around a guy. But does this mean that Cory’s finally found someone who she can trust, or are there greater factors at work? As Cory’s mind becomes a battlefield, with the Furies fighting for control, Cory will have to put everything on the line to hold on to what she’s worked so hard to build.



Interview with Justina Ireland

Please share with us a little bit about Cory and what readers can expect from the main character.

J.I:Cory is pretty much a hot mess. Her real name is Amelie, but since she’s on the run she has to use an alias, and she’s kind of lost herself. She’s lonely but also not good at making genuine connections with people, mostly because she has to hide such a large part of her life. So she lives a very fractured existence: normal life by day, the Furies’ vengeance by night.

Vengeance Bound is really about Amelie reconciling those two parts of herself, and deciding who she wants to be: an agent of the Furies or a normal girl with normal interests? And really, can she even benormal?

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Interview♥Giveaway: Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland




Title: Vengeance Bound
Author: Justina Ireland
Publisher:Simon & Schuster for Young Readers
Release date: April 2, 2013


The Goddess Testmeets Dexterin an edgy, compelling debut about one teen’s quest for revenge… no matter how far it takes her.

Cory Graff is not alone in her head. Bound to a deal of desperation made when she was a child, Cory’s mind houses the Furies—the hawk and the serpent—lingering always, waiting for her to satisfy their bloodlust. After escaping the asylum where she was trapped for years, Cory knows how to keep the Furies quiet. By day, she lives a normal life, but by night, she tracks down targets the Furies send her way. And she brings down Justice upon them.

Cory’s perfected her system of survival, but when she meets a mysterious boy named Niko at her new school, she can’t figure out how she feels about him. For the first time, the Furies are quiet in her head around a guy. But does this mean that Cory’s finally found someone who she can trust, or are there greater factors at work? As Cory’s mind becomes a battlefield, with the Furies fighting for control, Cory will have to put everything on the line to hold on to what she’s worked so hard to build.



Interview with Justina Ireland

Please share with us a little bit about Cory and what readers can expect from the main character.

J.I:Cory is pretty much a hot mess. Her real name is Amelie, but since she’s on the run she has to use an alias, and she’s kind of lost herself. She’s lonely but also not good at making genuine connections with people, mostly because she has to hide such a large part of her life. So she lives a very fractured existence: normal life by day, the Furies’ vengeance by night.

Vengeance Bound is really about Amelie reconciling those two parts of herself, and deciding who she wants to be: an agent of the Furies or a normal girl with normal interests? And really, can she even benormal?


For those that haven’t read VENGEANCE BOUND, what can you tell us about the Furies?

J.I:The Furies are a device from Greek and Roman mythology. They were called the Erineyes in Greek mythology but the Furies are their more recognizable name from Roman mythology. They were most notably used for punishing those who killed their mothers and fathers. The Furies even hunted Zeus after he killed his father, Cronus. All of this plays into the Furies in this book.

My Furies have lost their third, Alekto. So to compensate they inhabit the minds of women. Amelie is just their latest host.


Of course, female readers are always interested in the potential ‘love interest.’ What can you share with us about Niko?

J.I:Niko is an adorable slacker. He’s unmotivated and kind of a loner even though he has a dedicated group of friends. He doesn’t really go for Amelie at first, but when he starts to scratch the surface of her personality he finds that there is something about her that intrigues him. We’d all like a little bit of excitement in our lives, and Amelie does that for Niko. It’s the hint of danger and mystery around her that really pulls Niko in.


What is your favorite scene or was your favorite to write? Don’t forget to tell us why.

J.I:Kissing scenes are always my favorite to write, because, you know, KISSING. There’s a scene where Niko and Cory/Amelie have their first real moment, and it was probably my favorite. I love adding in some awkward moments between characters. Especially if it leads to kissing.


Is there anything in the book that readers may not pick up on or something you would like readers to walk away with after reading?

J.I:Eh, I’m of the mind that if there was something in the story that readers didn’t pick up on then I failed as an author. The words and story have to stand on their own, good, bad, or otherwise. I really just hope people enjoy Amelie’s story and don’t leave disappointed.


What is next for you as a writer that you can share?

J.I:My next book is entitled Promise of Shadows and is due out March of 2014 with Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. It’s about a girl, Zephyr, who is a Harpy. She accidentally kills the minor god who murdered her sister, and that sets off this huge chain of events that has her taking on a pretty important role in her community of paranormal creatures. It was a lot of fun to write, and I really loved pulling in more of the Greek Mythology element this time around than I did with Vengeance Bound.


About the Author
Justina Ireland enjoys dark chocolate, dark humor, and is not too proud to admit that she’s still afraid of the dark. She lives with her husband, kid, and dog in Pennsylvania. Vengeance Bound is her first novel.


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Interview: Eliza Green, Author of Becoming Human

Two worlds. Two species. One terrifying secret.

In 2163, a polluted and overcrowded Earth forces humans to search for a new home. But the exoplanet they target, Exilon 5, is occupied. Having already begun a massive relocation programme, Bill Taggart is sent to monitor the Indigenes, the race that lives there. He is a man on the edge. He believes the Indigenes killed his wife, but he doesn’t know why. His surveillance focuses on the Indigene Stephen, who has risked his life to surface during the daytime.

Stephen has every reason to despise the humans and their attempts to colonise his planet. To protect his species from further harm, he must go against his very nature and become human. But one woman holds a secret that threatens Bill’s and Stephen’s plans, an untruth that could rip apart the lives of those on both worlds.

Interview
1. What’s your favorite part of a book? 

The part where you get to know the characters. No matter how interesting a book may be, I feel very little when I start reading it because I don’t know anyone. It’s that moment when you peel back the curtain and see into their lives.

2. When naming your characters, do you give any thought to the actual meaning?

The name has to be appropriate for where the character is from. For example, my protagonist, Bill Taggart, is from Scotland and Taggart is a strong Scottish surname. Other than that, not really, but a character’s personality will often give me clues. I might picture him or her in my head and I’ll run a few names over and back. A name has to feel right before I’ll give it to them.


3. What advice would you give to people who “run out of creativity” when writing?

Take a step back and don’t force it. We all hit walls in our creative thinking. It might be simplistic advice, but not thinking about anything can help unlock something. I can have the most interesting dreams. I make sure to write down the ones that make sense. It often sparks another thought.

Exercise is also a good way to think through stuff. A half hour walk allows me to work out a few kinks in a story or organise my thoughts so I can free up some space in my mind. Our daily lives can get a little ‘noisy’ and it can be good to forget about a few things, writing included.

4. How long did it take you to publish your first book, after you started trying?

I started writing about five years ago and finished BECOMING HUMAN in 2009. I submitted it to agents and publishers with little success, so I hired an editor in 2010 because I was thinking about self-publishing my book. She showed me that I wasn’t ready to publish and I still had a way to go to improve my writing. I spent the next two years learning how to write and when I resubmitted to agents/publishers in 2012, I had some very favourable responses but nothing leading anywhere. I decided to self publish because the story had been on my computer for far too long and I didn’t want to wait any longer. I kept addressing my writing weaknesses because there was no way I was going to release the book unless it was right.

5. How did you come up with the title? 

Using the same process as naming the character. The title had to speak to me, had to fit in with what the book was about. There is a scene in the book where a member of the alien Indigene race talks to a young boy. That was where the idea for the book started, as a short story, and what turned it into a full-length novel that’s also part of a trilogy. The name came about because in order for the alien to convince the young boy to talk to him, he had to become human.

6. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 

Yes. The story is set on a dystopian Earth and examines the reasons why humans can no longer live there: overcrowding, poor air quality. If they’re forced to start over on a new planet, will they learn from their past mistakes or are they doomed to repeat them?

7. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? 

I really loved Hugh Howey’s ‘Wool’. Originally a self-published author, he now has a strong publishing deal. I was impressed with his writing and his strong characters. The story was unusual and I wanted to keep turning the page. When you read such strong fiction, you only want the best for your own writing.

I recently bought Louise Phillip’s debut crime novel, Red Ribbons. She was nominated for ‘the’ Irish writing award in her genre. I’m looking forward to sinking my teeth into it. I love crime books.

8. What are your current projects? 

I’m currently working on the second part in the Exilon 5 trilogy called ALTERED REALITY. The second book will explore the Indigene race in greater detail.

9. Can you share a little of your current work with us? 

Not yet, it’s still in that early stage of writing/editing. I’m happy to share a little from Chapter 1 of BECOMING HUMAN though.

While Bill picked at his food, he quietly observed the crowds of people on the streets outside, rudely pushing past each other, trying to get to the next place. The lessons arising from the old ways had not been learned. Exilon 5 – or New Earth as the residents had christened it – was their future now. Conditions on Earth were so dilapidated that to relocate the entire population had become the government’s only solution.

Presently, there were not enough cities on Exilon 5 to accommodate everyone, the numbers standing at just six: New Delhi, London, New York, Taiyuan, Vienna and Copenhagen. They had kept the most familiar parts of Earth’s urban centres so that people would adapt quicker to their new lives. The first batch of transfers had included doctors, engineers and teachers to help to establish industry before the remainder of the population transferred. The World Government’s extremely ambitious plan was to relocate all twenty billion inhabitants of Earth to Exilon 5 over the next twenty years. Currently, there was a fraction of that living on the exoplanet and well below expected targets.

If the World Government was serious about transferring the entire population, then Exilon 5 needed more cities, more housing – more of everything.


Bill had an ulterior motive for choosing Cantaloupe that day. According to recent reports, there had been sightings of ‘Shadow People’ in the vicinity. Shadow People were what the children called the entities that ventured into certain areas of the cities at night. Although no one had actually seen one up close, they had all reported feeling ‘creeped out’, as if they were being watched. He knew them by a different name – Indigenes. He also knew the creepy feelings the children had experienced were attributable to the static charge the race emitted, that left the air tingling with electricity.

He had been waiting a long time to come face-to-face with one of the Indigenes – two years to be exact. Even though he was officially working as Investigator for the International Task Force, this mission was personal for him. He wouldn’t stop until he found out the truth.

He took another sip of coffee. The caffeine effects were wearing off but his heart was still beating strong and fast. The tremors hadn’t diminished, nor did he expect them to until he finished his job. The other patrons regarded him warily as if he was ‘on’ something, but he was not a city junkie. Nor was he their enemy. He had seen evidence of Earth’s social problems creeping into the new cities. But there were other reasons that made it dangerous to live on Exilon 5. Its residents were only being fed half-truths about their new home.

10. What was the hardest part of writing your book? 

The editing, because I had so much to learn about my style. No, style wasn’t the problem. I had trouble with the other things that make a book sing, like pace, well-positioned backstory, strong characters, hooky endings. My first manuscript was rubbish. My second was okay. My third and fourth were much better. When I thought I had edited my work enough, my editor would say to me “you need to watch out for point of view.” I had to ask myself, how do I even write POVs? So I looked it up, learned it and applied it to my writing. That back and forth editing, where you find something new to work on, took a long time. Now, I understand what I have to do, but when you’re learning it, edits can be very time consuming. I view the last four years as a writing course.

11. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? 

Yes, writing is a long term thing. Nothing happens overnight. Your work will improve with a little patience, reflection and learning.

You need to sell yourself as an author first. Let people get to know you by writing a blog. Set up an author platform and pick two things to start with. I set up a blog, Twitter and Facebook a year and a half ago. That’s all before I published my first novel. I’ve enjoyed the interaction with other writers. This has helped me to become a better writer.


Eliza Green has just released her debut science fiction novel, BECOMING HUMAN and has one Kindle copy of her book to give away. Just leave a comment to be in with a chance to win.


Author Bio

Eliza Green writes down-to-earth science fiction that has stemmed from her life long obsession with science fiction stories.

Eliza has worked in many industries from fashion to sport to finance, but caught the writing bug several years ago and has now released her first novel, BECOMING HUMAN, part one of the Exilon 5 trilogy.

Since Eliza was young, she has always been a fan of science fiction television shows and films and is bringing that love to her new trilogy. She hopes to capture the imagination of readers who shy away fromthe genre with her new novel, set on Earth and Exilon 5.

She is currently working on ALTERED REALITY, book 2 in the Exilon 5 trilogy.

BECOMING HUMAN is available in print and Kindle ebook format (exclusively until mid March). Afterwards, it will be available in several other formats through Smashwords.
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