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Title: Bitter Fruits (Eden’s Fall, #1)
Author: Sarah Daltry
Release Date: 12/1/2013
Publisher: Escape Publishing
For fans of dark urban fantasy comes a novel that questions why forbidden fruit is always the most tempting…
A vampire-themed masquerade party isn’t really her scene, but Nora is sick of frat parties and bars. When she meets Alec, the appeal suddenly becomes clear. It’s obvious that they’ve been struck by the same intense mutual attraction, but Alec keeps his distance. Intrigued despite herself, Nora pushes a little deeper — and discovers Alec’s unimaginable secret…
Nora is not afraid of following Alec into the darkness, but the choice is soon taken from her. Someone is hunting her — someone tied to the secret and desperate to see it play out. But when Nora finally meets her aggressor, she finds herself hopelessly drawn to him. She needs to make a choice between the two men, but can she save them both, knowing one is destined to die?
Praise for Bitter Fruits:
“This book is one of the best paranormals I’ve read, and I’ve read a lot. Five stars hands down! I am proud to pass it on to all of you. Buy this book, devour it and enjoy. ”
About The Author:
Sarah Daltry writes about the regular people who populate our lives. She’s written works in various genres - romance, erotica, fantasy, horror. Genre isn’t as important as telling a story about people and how their lives unfold. Sarah tends to focus on YA/NA characters but she’s been known to shake it up. Most of her stories are about relationships - romantic, familial, friendly - because love and empathy are the foundation of life. It doesn’t matter if the story is set in contemporary NY, historical Britain, or a fantasy world in the future - human beings are most interesting in the ways they interact with others. This is the principle behind all of Sarah’s stories.
Sarah has spent most of her life in school, from her BA and MA in English and writing to teaching both at the high school and college level. She also loves studying art history and really anything because learning is fun.
When Sarah isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.
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ABOUT THE BOOK : RUNNING AGAINST TRAFFIC
PUBLICATION DATE: February 15, 2013
GENRE: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Paige Scott spent her childhood shuffled between relatives who ignored her, and her adult life hiding in her crumbling marriage to wealthy David Davenport. When David suddenly thrusts her into a remote, impoverished world, Paige is forced to face the betrayals of her past - not to mention the colorful townies of her present. Unexpected friendships and her discovery of running propel her on a jagged and comical journey toward learning how to truly live.
Gaelen VanDenbergh is a writer, runner, and compulsive list-maker who lives in Philadelphia with her family, a fat cat, and several fish. Her debut novel Running Against Traffic, was a Global Ebook Award nominee, a semifinalist in the The Kindle Book Review’s 2013 Best Indie Book Awards, a semifinalist in the Readers’ Favorite 2013 International Book Award Contest, Indie Book of the Day, June 30, 2013, a 2013 Beach Book Festival Award nominee, and has received a four star review in InD’tale Magazine.
When not writing, Gaelen enjoys reading, running races for charities, and spending as much time in Key West and the Adirondacks as she can.
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Maxine Nunes, author of Dazzled, came by my humble abode via telepathy (okay, a slight exaggeration on my part) to visit Let’s Talk about Books and meet with me and all my sometimes sweet, sometimes demonic little animals. She didn’t even mind a bit of doggie hair on her beautiful suit.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Well, at the risk of sounding like one of those writers who took jobs just so it would look good on her bio, I have done some fun stuff. I was a tree planter in the mountains of British Columbia, a video cameraperson at rock concerts in San Francisco, I even sold the Herald Tribune on the streets of Paris. But mostly now, I write. Journalism for a living, fiction because it’s my passion.
How did you get interested in writing? When did you first start writing?
There was never a time I wasn’t hooked on books, and after college I got a job working for an editor at Random House. I read slush piles, wrote jacket copy, and met many of my literary idols. It was pretty awesome, but I was just 21 and decided to travel around a bit. I managed to pick up the occasional freelance writing or editing gig, and then I got a contract to write ten potboiler romance novels. They paid barely enough to make my rent, so I had to write each one in a couple of weeks. Good thing they were published under a pen name! But whatever their flaws — and there are plenty — they’re still kind of fun to read and have a lot of energy.
Is there any particular genre that you love more than the others? Why is that?
I do love mysteries and noir. And while I like a good plot, atmosphere and character are what really pull me in are. The way a writer uses language is also really important to me.
Where did you get the idea for Dazzled? What was hardest about writing this book?
I was actually writing something else entirely, and Nikki’s voice and her predicament — her missing friend — came to me all in one piece. The original first chapter poured out in about an hour. And it was so much more fun than what I was working on, I ran with it. As for the hardest thing, a relationship with a novel is like any long relationship. It can be great, but it’s also head-banging frustration, it’s I want a divorce. But you stick with it and you work through it, because it’s really, really worth it.
Tell about your favorite character in the book. What are his/her strengths and weaknesses?
I love Nikki. Okay, I created her, so it’s kind of like bragging about your own kids, but she’s so strong, and so loyal, and has so much integrity — and yet having an intimate emotional connection with a man is a huge challenge for her, one she struggles with and eventually faces.
How do you keep minute character details such as eye color, height, and other small details straight? Do you keep a binder or is there some other writer’s secret you’d like to share with us?
It can get really difficult. Not just physical details, everything. Especially when you put your first draft away for a few weeks so you can go back and edit with a clear eye. I don’t keep a list or anything (maybe I should), but I make liberal use of Search.
Are you a planner/plotter or are you a pantser?
Both. I need to have a structure, an armature to build on. But then you’ve got to run by the seat of your pants too. I think not knowing everything, or ignoring the outline when the story goes somewhere more interesting, keeps it all alive and surprising.
Do you have a certain writing schedule that you try to follow?
Try, yes. Succeed, not always. Write first thing in the morning. Get out and go to the gym or for a hike or a long walk. When I’m stuck, it’s usually a walk, because it somehow helps ideas and solutions to come up out of nowhere. Then it’s back to writing. And unless I’m on a huge roll or a deadline, when the sun goes down, my brain closes up shop.
What are your personal hobbies/interests (besides writing)?
I’m working on my French. It’s not bad, but to become fluent you really need to live in a country for a year or so. Which I hope to do at some point. I also love road trips. When I first came to California, I’d just sort of jump in the car, point it in any direction, and wind up in a surprise destination. Now when I need to get away, I usually head to Big Sur or the desert — where I’ve also set a few scenes in Dazzled.
What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?
Perfect follow-up question, because Nikki’s acting career is going to take her on location to some interesting places that I also have a strong connection to — Paris, Lisbon, New York — and of course, she’ll have to take me along.
Quick fire round:
If you would, please answer these questions as quickly as possible, without giving them a lot of thought. I want the first thought that pops into your head. This is an 18+ site, so first thoughts really are okay.
Favorite activity? Dinner and wine with good friends.
Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate! Dark chocolate.
Favorite food? Melted cheese, on anything.
Favorite book ever? Proust, In Search of Lost Time. Seriously. It’s demanding and it’s dense, but nothing comes close.
Favorite TV show? Mad Men?
Cat or dog? Dog.
Favorite vacation spot? Big Sur or Paris
Vampire or zombie? Vampire, for sure. Nothing sexy about zombies.
Coffee or tea? Chai…addicted to it.
Thanks so much for stopping by; I look forward to devouring Dazzled. You’ll see my review here in the future. I hope you’ll visit again! All dog people (animal people in general) are welcome. We enjoyed learning more about you and your writing process.
We are fortunate to have the lovely Maxine Nunes on our blog today for a personal interview. Her wonderful novel DAZZLED is released today and I encourage you all to go forth and purchase and the seller of your choice. Maxine Nunes will follow, telling us some deep, dark secrets (or not) about herself and her writing process…stick around and find out what she has to say…
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