18th Birthday Giveaway LOADS to win!!

I was meant to do a giveaway for my 18th birthday which was the 23 August but not everything had arrived for me to host it. Soo Now that everything has arrived I can put it up and 1 lucky person will be veerrryyyy lucky to win ALL this listed below!! Good-Luck :)

A BIG masive enormous THANK YOU to all the authors who have contributed to this giveaway I really appreciate it, It means so much. Thanks!!

Books:
1x Signed Copy of Sherry & Narcotics by Nina-Marie Gardner
1x The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (Just a Taster)

Swag:
1x Signed Sherry & Narcotics Postcard
1x Signed Tiffany King Meant to Be small card
1x Signed Leah Cypess Nightspell Bookmark
1x Signed Leah Cypess Mistwood Bookmark
1x Katy Towell Skary Childrin Bookmark
1x The Dark Days Of Supernatural Bookmark
1x Quickreads Bookmark
1x Lacey Weatherford Of Witches & Warlocks Bookmark
1x Lacey Weatherford Business Card
1x Signed Lacey Weatherford Of Witches & Warlocks Postcard
1x Signed Lacey Weatherford Of Witches & Warlocks Postcard
1x Lacey Weatherford Of Witches & Warlocks Books Postcard
1x Lia Habel Dearly Departed Postcard
1x Jana Oliver The Demon Trappers Sticker
2x Handmade Bookmarks

*NEWLY ADDED*
1x Jayne Fordham Business Card
1x M.D Christie The Sight Book1 in The Glamour Series Bookmark
1x Signed M.D Christie The Sight Book1 in The Glamour Series Postcard


Ebooks:
The Phoenix Group: Rising- Colin Andrews
Encrypted-Lindsay Buroker

IF I reach or over 125 Followers on my blog I will also add a Surprise!! Hmm. . . . ;)

Please be aware that I may be adding to the list above as I am waiting on more things arriving. :) Good-Luck!!

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If you are under the age of 18 you cannot recieve the signed copy of Sherry & Narcotics as it has explicit content in it. BUT you can recieve everything else listed above. Sorry for any inconvience.

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This Giveaway will end in 18 days! . . . . September 14th 2010

GOOD - LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Interview with Terri Giuliano Long Review of In Leahs Wake & Giveaway


About the Book: 
352 pages
Published October 26th 2010 (first published October 1st 2010) 
2011 BOOK BUNDLZ BOOK CLUB PICK
Recipient of the CTRR, Reviewer Recommend Award

 The Tyler Family had the perfect life  - until sixteen-year-old Leah decided she didn't want to be perfect anymore.

While her parents fight to save their daughter from destroying her brilliant future, Leah's younger sister, Justine, must copt with the damage her out-of-control sibling leaves in her wake.

Will this family survive? What happens when love just isn't enough?


Review:

In Leah's Wake is such a brilliant unique story on how a teenage girl starts changing and rebelling against her parents, such as drinking and doing drugs are just one of the many things you can read about in this fantastic book.

I thoroughly loved reading it page to page and will read it again as I literally couldn't put it down. It shows readers how a family copes with everyday situations and even has a real-life feel to it. I enjoyed how it switched from character to character telling us what they were thinking and how they were felt.

I was shocked to discover In Leah's Wake is Terri's first ever novel!! You will not be disappointed when reading this book. It's a short review as nothing more I say could give it justice for how amazing it is and how amazing the author is.



Terri Giuliano Long grew up in the company of stories both of her own making and as written by others. Books offer her a zest for life's highs and comfort in its lows better than anything else can. She's all-too-happy to share this love with others as a novelist and as a writing instructor at Boston College. She blogs about writing and the writing life at www.tglong.com/blog.

Interview:

First things First, Can you tell readers abit about yourself?

First, before anything else, I'm a wife and mom. I enjoy nothing more than hanging out with my family. They make me laugh - and they bring tremendous joy and teach me so much! I also love to walk, hike, climb. For an amateur, I can hold my own in the kitchen. everyone in out family loves to travel. My bio says that in another life I might have been an international food writer - that really is true.

Professionally, I lecture at Boston College, where I've taught creative and nonfiction writing for 15 years. I've also written copy for marketing, advertising and public relations, edited technical articles for trade journals, and edited a small trade magazine. In Leah's Wake is my first novel. I'm currently at work on a second.

Have you always wanted to be an author? Or have you had other career wants?

Until high school, I planned to be a visual artist - a graphic artist or painter. At heart, though, I've always been a writer. As a child, I entertained myself by making up stories and acting in my own improvisational plays. In high school, I took an advanced writing course, I loved the class and began writing for the school paper. One day, brazenly, I walked into the office at the town paper and asked the editor for a job. At first, I covered sports and other high school news; soon, I was given my own column. I was sixteen. That column was my first paid writing job. I earned about a dollar a week - and I knew then that the only job I'd ever want would be as a writer.

What was it like when you first saw and held your book in your hands?

Amazing! This is it, I thought. It's a real book. As I tend to be a worrier, the initial excitement gave way to anxiety. I worried about whether people would like my work, if the book would sell, if If finish the next. These concerns are normal, I think. Your book is your baby, and In Leah's Wake is my first. You want your baby to live in a perfect world, or if it falls, to land gently. Of course, no one cares about your baby the way you do, so you do your best to accept fate graciously and try to keep the demons at bay. :)

What has your writing journey been like so far? (i.e when and why did you start writing, any struggles along the way?)

For most of my writing life, I wrote nonfiction - news stories, PR and marketing copy. In 1998, I received my MFA in Creative Writing, and I wrote In Leah's Wake for my graduate thesis. I loved ever minute, from the heady feeling of finishing the first draft through the lengthy process of revision. In 2006, In Leah's Wake was under contract with a call publisher. Shortly before launch, for a number of unforeseen reasons, the contract fell apart.

I spent the next few years in limbo. I believed in this book. I'd received so much encouragement over the years, from agents, editors, readers, writer friends-I'm grateful, truly grateful to all of them-that I had a hard time letting go. For years, I tried to revise. Eventually I realized I was writing in circles. The book had changed, but it had gotten no better. Reluctantly, I put it away.

Last year, after several false starts, I finally gained traction on a new novel, a psychological thriller called Nowhere to Run. Like In Leah's Wake, Nowhere is a family story at heart. I hope to finish the new novel this fall.. I knew I'd need a platform, and hoped that self-publishing In Leah's Wake would help me build one.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

In general, I get inspiration from watching and listening people, hearing their stories. As a young newspaper reporter, I had written a series of feature articles about families with drug and alcohol-addicted teens. The moms talked candidly about their children, their heartbreaking struggles. Those stories stayed with me.

Our daughters were teenagers when I wrote In Leah's Wake, Like most families, we had our challenges, though, thank goodness, they were not remotely akin to the problems the Tyler's face in the book. As a parent, I knew how it felt to be scared, concerned for your children's welfare and future. Those feelings coupled with stories I remembered from the families I'd written about, became In Leah's Wake.

Can you tell us what a normal writing day is like for you?

Ideally, I would blog in the morning and either write or edit my work-in-progress from early afternoon until dinnertime. This schedule doesn't always work. Things come up - I have business issues to deal with or email that needs to be answered. During crunch time at school, when I'm busy editing and grading studens' papers, my own work falls by the wayside. For six months, marketing In Leah's Wake, I've neglected Nowhere to Run, my novel-in-progress, and I'm eager to dig in again.

When I first sit at my desk, especially if I haven't written in a while, I often feel blocked, the editors on my shoulders heckling: A writer? Are you crazy? Nine times out of ten, I dig in; the writing may be choppy at first, but eventually I regain fluidity. If the demons are too loud to ignore, I read. Like meditation or yoga, reading settles my mind, calms me. Soon I find my mind wandering to my story, and I can't wait to start writing.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Most of my stories are about family. I see families and communities as connected - as the Dostoevsky says in the piece I quoted in the epigraph, we're all responsible for each other - and I feel that the actions and behaviours of one affect all. For this reason, I often use multiple points of view. We tend to live and remember shared events differently, from our individual perspective. By using multiple points of view - sometimes overlapping scenes or events - I hope to show this. I also hope, by showing thoughts and motivations, to give readers insight into all the characters.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Believe in yourself. To deal with rejection, boot your computer, day after day, when it seems as if no one cares, the stars are misaligned - to indie publish in a world that still privileges the traditionally published - you have to believe in yourself.
Writing is a lonely profession. Most of the time, we're alone with out work. That loneliness can wear on you, and cause you to question yourself. A community of caring writer friends, supporting and encouraging you, can make all the difference.
Hold onto your dreams. You can make them happen. don't ever give up!

Why should people read In Leah's Wake?

In Leah's Wake tells the story of a family in collapse. Sixteen-year-old Leah, a star soccer player, has led a perfect life. When she meets bad-boy Todd, attracted to his independence, she begins to spread her wings. Drinking, ignoring curfew, dabbling in drugs-this feels like freedom to her; her terrified parents, thinking their losing their daughter, pull the reigns tighter. Unfortunately, they get it all wrong, pushing when they ought to to be pulling, and communication breaks down. Soon, there's no turning back. Twelve-year-old Justine caught between the parents she loves, and the big sister she adores, finds herself in the fight of her life, trying desperately to pull her family together.

In Leah's Wake looks at family and community dynamics. When problems arise, the fallout affects everyone. The Tyler family is far from perfect, but they love and care deeply about one another. Readers often note that they connected with these issues and found the characters compelling, so the book tends wo generate emotional responses from readers. This, I think, makes it a great book for book club discussion.

Jodi Picoult fans often say the book reminds them of hers. I'm not sure she-or I- would agree, but we both write topical family stories. And it's a lovely compliment.

Brag Facts: In Leah's Wake is the recipient of the CTRR Reviewer Recommend Awards and is also the Book Bundlz 2011 Book Club Pick.

Out of the many things I love about In Leah's Wake, One of the front cover, Can you tell us to designed it?

I paid a small press that works with indie authors to do the design. I selected the photo of the empty swing. It conveys the sense of loss that runs through the story, yet, because the swing is in motion, there's also hope. I also like the colours-against, the hopefulness of the summer green sets the tension of the empty swing in relief.

In Leah's Wake, Leah falls into a world of drugs, sex and wild parties, It's something really quite fragile in a way to write about did you find it herd writing and expressing about it in a way you wanted it to come across?

Parents, in wanting to do right by their children, place tremendous pressure on themselves-and each other-to raise perfect kids. These expectations and judgments affect everyone, parents and children, in the family and in the community. When a child rebels, life becomes harder, edgier. To write about these issues, I had to step back, look at the situation from various perspectives, imagine the family's life through this lens, then give each character strong motivations and allow their interactions play out.

The common thread in my body of work is that decent people, often with the best intentions or motivations, sometimes behave badly or do the wrong thing. This interests me-it's certainly the case with In Leah's Wake. For readers to like, or at least understand, your characters, you, the author, must like and respect them. That requires suspending judge,ent, forgiving their mistakes, and seeing them through.

Author What?

Night Owl or Early Bird?
By nature I'm an early bird. For most of my life, I've been up by 6 a.m. These days I often work into the night, trying to stop on top of things, so I tend to wake later.

Colour?
Gold

Book?
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

Author?
The short story writer Andre Dubus wrote some of the most thoughtful, moving stories I've ever read. Although my work pales in comparson, his stories influenced mine. Jessica Treadway , winner of the Flannery O'Connor Awards for Short Fiction for her latest collections, Please Come Back To Me, writes haunting, stunningly gorgeous family stories. Primly short story writers, both in my mind, are grossly under-appreciated. Most readers I talk with don't know who they are. That's the business, unfortunately; still, it feels terribly wrong that such brilliant work reaches the hands of so few readers. I also love Susan Straights elegant work.

Film?
Amadeus.

Random Fact?
I'm addicted to chocolate and shoes, and I have absolutely no sense of direction.

Terri's Official:
Twitter: @tglong

Giveaway:

Terri has very kindly offered 3 lucky readers the chance to win a copy each of In Leah's wake & an In Leah's Wake Bookmark!! How awesome is that?

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Interview with Jana Oliver and Review of Forbidden The Demon Trappers

Forbidden (The Demon Trappers, #2)

Hell has a plan for Riley Blackthorne . . .

Riley's beginning to think being a demon trapper isn't all it's cracked up to be. Her dad's been stolen by a necromancer, her boyfriend's gone all weird and she's getting warm and fuzzy feelings for someone who's seriously bad news. It's tempting to give it all up and try to be normal, but that's not an option. Because the demons have plans for Riley. And they're not the only ones.

About The Book:
Paperback, UK Edition, 416 pages
Published August 5th 2011 by Macmillan Children's Books
ISBN 0330519484 (ISBN13: 9780330519489)
I recieved my copy of Forbidden from the publisher.
Read my review of Forsaken The Demon Trappers #1 (Click Here)
First things first. Jana Oliver has again wrote an amazing book in The Demon Trappers Series. In Forsaken she had me hooked with Riley's story and now in Fobidden I'm obsessed with it. So here's the list Riley made at the end of Forsaken on a crisp white napkin.
Find Dad
Bust Holy Water Scam
Save the World
Do Laundry
Buy Groceries
At the end of  Forbidden Riley is able to stroke out 3 things on the list! 1. . . 2. . . 3. . . YAY! Loads of Cheers!! Okay  but now we have the other two things on the list. . . Bust the Holy Water Scam. .  well she's nearly there so *Fingers Crossed* and save the world. . . Yep Crossing everything for that!!

So to a less nicer topic Ori you asshat! (Stole the saying from Riley) I mean why oh why did you have to turnout to be bad? I didn't particularly want him to be with Riley cause there's a guy perfect for her which everyone knows not thinking about anyone in particular. . . *CoughBeckCough* Bit of a sore throat!

Simon . . . Harpers apprentice, Riley's sweet, caring, nice, boyfriend. . . turned psyso!! He really know's how to make a Demon Trapper feel special. . . by pouring a bottle of Holy Water over her. . . Like what was he thinking? Well clearly he wasn't due to the Ori being a jerk!

Beck. . .  Can I just say his name again? Beck! Caring . . . loving . . . Protective . . . Strong. . . Beck! He really is perfect. . .  for Riley!! At the end of Forbidden were meant to think that he dobbed out Riley to The Demon Hunters but I don't think that's the case as he when Riley answered the phonecall he was about to apologise! So Riley and Beck are so gona get together in Forgiven. . . which is out in 2012. . . Que tears! If they don't end up together . . . they will in my head.

We saw a different side to Harper in Forbidden he opened up a bit to Riley after Ori had killed the Garde Five that killed her father. It was nice seeing a bit of his story. I was interested to know more.

Stewart. . . I love him! That's all I can say really! I like the relationship between him and Beck as he's knows about Becks feelings towards Riley. .  as he says 'push your personal feelings aside' when Beck goes to see him at his house when Harpers there as his wee place has gone to ruins cause of Grade Five.

I'm a massive fan of Witches so I loved seeing Ayden casting the speel to summing Rileys Father.

Lucifer. . . was staring at us and Riley right in the face!!! I mean the wee hints through the book made it so obvious at the end.

One last thing Justine, the reporter that Beck has. . .  relations with there's something not right about her that's obvious but I'm not sure if she's working for The Demon Hunters. . . and for the press. . . I was even thinking what if Ori did what he did with Simon as a way of distracting Beck so he could get with Riley. .  .OR even if she'll be in Forgiven

I can't wait for Forgiven to read more about Riley Anora Blackthorne. . .  and Beck. . . <3 And the rest of The Demon Trapper family :)

All in All: Forbidden The Demon Trappers is another unique brilliant story told by magnificent author Jana Oliver. You will not be disappointed when reading this as Jana keeps you on the edge of your seat begging for more.

Interview with Jana Oliver

How did you come with the idea for The Demon Trappers?I have been fascinated with the idea of Heaven and Hell being rivals in a cosmic game of chess ever since I read GOOD OMENS (Sir Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman). When the opportunity arose to write a young adult novel about that very subject featuring a teen heroine, I was all over it.


Are you a Night Owl or an Early Bird Writer?I’m an afternoon sort of bird. I get up about eight in the morning, but the bulk of my writing occurs sometime after noon. I go to bed at a decent hour (about eleven) because I’m SO NOT A NIGHT OWL. I have author buds who write until three or four in the morning. I’d be typing gibberish if I tried that.

ATM everyone is wanting to read about Vampires, Werewolves, Angels and of course Demons, Why do you think many readers are drawn to fantasy based books?
The neat thing about fantasy stories is that you can transport yourself to another world, into someone else’s life and forget about your own life for a time. Since circumstances aren’t that great for a lot of folks at the moment, “escaping” inside a book is a good thing. I think that’s why dystopian stories are so popular now––they’re a way of saying “hey, life isn’t as bad as that”.

Riley has three guys in her life, Ori, Simon and Beck. Everyone who has read the book have their favoruite guys for Riley. Who's yours?
I love them all. Each has their own charm, their own strengths and their own reasons for wanting to be with Riley. Some of those reasons aren’t exactly as they appear. My favorite is Beck, but Ori comes in a strong second. Simon is so sweet, but he’s got some serious issues (not that the others don’t) that he has to address.

I love the thought of Riley and Beck ending up together and I know many others do to. Why do you think fans of the book want her with Beck instead of Ori or Simon?
 
Probably because of the chemistry between Backwoods Boy and Princess, as they call each other. You can just see the sparks flying. That tension was there from the first scene they had together. Beck is a very complex guy reminds me of an onion (or an ogre ala Shrek) with all those layers. Riley has to keep peeling those away to see what’s underneath. We all know he’s a really cool dude who has some nasty personal demons. It’ll take Riley time to come to grips with what that means in relation to her, and the other two gents in her life.

Do you have any favourite authors or books?I read a lot of different types of books. In the YA genre I’m fond of Jeri Smith-Reader’s books (SHADE and SHIFT). In the urban fantasy section I heart me some Jim Butcher (Harry Dresden Series) and Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels Series). I recently fell in love with Ben Aaronovitch who writes a series that could be described as the love child of Harry Dresden and a London Met. Cop police procedural. 


Is there any advice you can give to aspiring authors out there? 
It’s a rough and tumble business and there are a ton of folks out there who want to be published. The best advice I can give is to work on your craft every day. Write (and finish) your first story, be it short or long. Then write another. With each subsequent novel/short story you’ll get better at shaping those words into something someone might want to read. Network with pro authors, join writers’ groups and have other folks’ critique your work. If you have “committed persistence” you’ll get published one day.

I would like to thank Jana for taking the time out and answering some questions.
Jana Oliver's Official

Website: http://www.janaoliver.com/
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Twitter: @crazyauthorgirl
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The Demon Trappers Websites:

UK: (Click Here)
US: (Click Here)
German: (Click Here)

To american fans Soul Thief is released this month!! Ahhh I know!! (Aug. 30 2011)

Check out the video I made for The Demon Trappers Series.
I do not own the pictures or the music.

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