January, 2015

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Throwback books

Hey guys! Someone please tell me it isn’t really the end of January already?!?!? Oui, the time just flies by with no consideration, LOL.

Since I’m having time lapse issues I thought it would be fun to do a throwback to some of my favorite books from middle school and high school. These are the books and series that inspired my imagination and to give writing a try (even if it did start out as Ronin Warrior and Sailor Moon fanfiction)

I’ve put together my all time fav. top 10 books and series from my past. Many were written by my hero authors (I included links to those old posts in case you’re curious)

Hero author part 1     Hero author part 2     Hero author part 3

Even choosing just 10 books was so hard for me so I added one other criteria: these top 10 books must also be ones I still own copies of 🙂 Just click the covers to go to goodreads and learn more about these amazing books!

P.S. They are in no particular order because, quite frankly, choosing a favorite, much less a least favorite among these is beyond impossible for me!

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Now that you know some of my favorites, can you see the influence to my writing? LOL. And if you haven’t read some of these, I highly suggest you do! They are far beyond worth it 🙂

Talk next time!

<3 always LH

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Something Wicked Cover Reveal by Carol Oates

Hey everyone! I think it’s perfect that my first post of the new year is a cover reveal for my author friend and fellow Omnific author Carol Oates!

Something Wicked Cover Reveal
New Adult
Cover Reveal – January 6th, 2015

Release date – January 20th, 2015.

At the end of the 19th century, London had become a place where it didn’t matter what you were so much as what you appeared to be.

And now that you’ve got that catching line scroll down for a look at this A-MAZ-ING cover. Omnific sure knows how to do covers 🙂

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Infected by the vampire virus on the streets of Dublin in 1886, the search for a cure brought Henry Clayton to London and to the brink of madness. Salvation and friendship arrived in the form of Dougal, an immortal Highlander with a devilish sense of humor and a love of life.

Amidst turmoil in vampire society, Henry returns to modern day Dublin. The Circle, a cult determined to awaken their Celtic blood god, the first vampire, is once again active.

When Henry meets a young American woman who sees past his human pretense, he fears exposure. However, his fear is overshadowed by curiosity. What is the source of the strange energy between them? Why are vampires stalking her? Determined to find answers, Henry takes Ari into his home and under his protection.

As their connection grows, Henry begins to suspect Ari isn’t what she claims to be. Their shared history may hold the answers to his uncontrollable bouts of rage and thirst. Perhaps, even a cure for his wicked blood.

Sounds good right?!?! I’m not normally much of a historical girl, but this one has me interested. Can’t wait to get my hands on it 🙂

Keep checking back and check out Carol’s pages to learn more and find out when the book goes live!!

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About the Author     

Carol Oates came into the world on Christmas morning, in an elevator. Raised just across the street from the childhood home of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, it was only a matter of time before Carol’s love of all things supernatural would emerge.

She began experimenting with fiction at school and keeps the notebook containing her first unpublished novel in her desk drawer. Over three decades later, all her stories still begin life scrawled on paper.

When not writing, Carol can be found exploring history with her son. Luckily, he shares her love of old buildings, castles, and tombs.

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9 questions not to ask an author

 

Hi everyone! It’s the start of a brand new year 2015! It’s very exciting ;P

I’m just praying the year starts off right with Ohio State beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. #GoBucks

Now that that wish is out there for the universe, I wanted to pass on a funny list of questions that have been floating around the author email list universe the last few weeks. Nine Things Not To Ask a Writer

I have officially been asked all of these, though some I don’t mind as much as others. LOL

What do you think?

1) Have you written anything I’ve heard of?
–This is like asking a plumber if he’s worked on any toilets you’ve
pooped in. Odds are unless you’re quite a well-known author, like John
Grisham or the Kardashians, you’ve haven’t written something they’ve
heard of. Plus, how the hell are you supposed to know what they have and
haven’t heard of? Just say ‘yes’, walk away and delete their contact
from your phone.

2) Are you writing anything at the moment?
–At the moment, we’re talking to you, so no. But we plan on drinking
copiously, then going home to continue writing so that we may one day
answer ‘yes’ to the above question.

3) Are they going to make a movie from your book?
–Again, this presumes you’re published, have a film deal in place, and
all the freaky things that can happen in the Go-Gurt machine of
Hollywood work out so that Tom Cruise is one day being interviewed about
what it feels like to interpret ‘your’ character. So unless this is
currently the case, you’ll have to explain that you have about as much
influence as to whether or not a movie gets made from your book as an
accountant has of rigging the Powerball for you. Once again the safe bet
is to answer ‘maybe’, then follow guidelines from answer #2.

4) Are any characters based on people from your life?
–Odds are, yes. And if not fully lifted from your life, then certain
traits are for sure. But you’re not about to tell them that the main
character’s impotency stems from the confessions of your cousin Paul, or
that the anxious, bed-ridden alcoholic thrice-divorced mess is based on
your aunt Lorraine, so answer ‘maybe’ then ask if you can record
everything they’re saying for possible future use in one of your books.

5) How much money did you get for your book?
–You’d be surprised that, yes, people do actually ask this question.
They’re the same people who, when meeting a friend’s baby for the first
time, jokingly ask the husband, “Are you sure it’s yours?” Simply ask
for their social security number and to see their most recent bank
statements, then laugh and say it’s just for research. And if they’re
stupid enough to give it to you, steal all their money and give it to
The Human Fund.

6) Where do you get your ideas from?
–Since most writers get their ideas from the exact same place–that
netherworld known as ‘I have no idea’ and ‘beats the hell out of
me’–just respond with “from the Internet” and repeat the answer to #2.

7) Can I give you an idea for your next book?
–First off, nobody asked you. Do we walk into your job at the mortuary
and ask if we can touch up deceased Uncle Walter? For some reason,
people think you’re constantly scouring the earth looking for ideas for
your next book, waiting for a stranger to politely offer to lend you the
story of the time they burnt their tongue eating a slice of pizza
because it would be the perfect motivation for your villain’s murderous
rampage in the third act.

8) Will you read my manuscript and critique it?
–Sure! And let me guess–this request comes from your Aunt’s friend’s
son who’s been a corporate lawyer for the last five years but is tired
of the grind and feels he wants to be creative? Never seen that before!
Besides, we’d like nothing better than to curl up on our couch with a
500-page monstrosity written by a complete stranger, which will take
8-10 hours to read, then sit down with a red pen and give you an edit
letter than Maxwell Perkins would have been proud of. Do you realize how
long it takes to read a book? And that writers get paid based on their
output and producticity? Ask this lawyer friend for 10 hours of free
legal advice in exchange and see if he jumps at the office.

9) Have you read those ‘Twilight’ or ‘Harry Potter’ books?
–Because we all know those people who’ve never heard of a single book
until the movie comes out. Tell them that you only read old papyrus
scrolls, that the novel died in 84 BCE, and anyone who participates in
witchcraft or vampiredom should be burned at the stake. (and FWIW you’re
team Jacob)

Hehe, pretty funny right? I got a kick out of this list for a lot of reasons, and I know many authors agree with the sentiments here. Whoever created this question list: Good on ya! #LoveIt

I also decided to extend my Claiming Excalibur giveaway because of the time it will take for my print copies of the books to arrive so you now have even more chances to win the gift card, signed books, or great eBook pack! It’s easy and quick 🙂 Have fun in the new year guys!

<3 always LH

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