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About the Book:

Title: The Average Girl
Author: Angelina Goode
Publisher: Beach Blanket Publishing
Pages: 228
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Being average can lead to wonderful things…

Olivia Fowler, helper of the star-struck, runs a successful business helping average people meet celebrities in everyday ways. Flawless at what she does, the celebrities don’t have a clue they’re part of a pre-planned meeting. Business is booming and Olivia knows everything there is to know about Hollywood’s famous and their behavior. Her clients trust her because she is just like them, not famous.

But when Olivia accidentally meets the super-famous Alexander Young at the grocery store, her world is flipped upside-down. She can’t possibly resist those charming eyes and sexy arms. As their romance blossoms, Olivia learns she may not know as much as she thought she did about celebrities and their ways.

Then Olivia’s most important and loyal client requests to meet Alexander. Suddenly, Olivia is forced to choose between her love and her business.

Will Olivia be able to keep her booming business a secret from her soon-to-be boyfriend? Will her clients still trust her if she is no longer the average girl?

The Average Girl

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Book Excerpt:

I sit quietly at the Starbucks on the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevard, pretending to work on my laptop. Two tables away from me and next to the condiment counter sits my client, Sarah, drinking coffee and pretending to read a book. This is our second day at this Starbucks and we have already been here for forty minutes. I am beginning to wonder if we should re-evaluate our plan.

Suddenly a wave of hushed excitement spreads through the store. Everyone’s eyes are glued to the swinging front doors as Ryan Scott strides through with his shoulders back and chin up. Everyone’s eyes, that is, but Sarah’s. She looks at me without turning her head, and I give her the tiniest of nods before spinning back around to stare. She responds to my nod by feigning interest in her Jane Austen novel.

Great Sarah! Keep calm. I know you want to burst inside, but play it cool.

Ryan’s eyes quickly scan the room. Before they return to the menu board, they briefly linger on Sarah, the only person who appears not to notice him. He orders his grande latte with a double shot of espresso and leans smugly against the counter with his arms folded across his chest. He appears to be staring into space, yet every few moments his eyes fall back to Sarah, who has still not looked up from her book.

The barista calls his name, and he pauses to make sure everyone hears it before he reaches for the drink. When he turns around, Sarah is beginning to pack her things, leaving the Austen novel on the table. He heads toward the condiment counter for his regular three sugars. Just as we had rehearsed, Sarah stands up, still focused on packing up, and he tries to pass her. He stops for a moment, Sarah blocking his way.

Thank goodness these celebrities are creatures of habit. It makes my job so much easier.

“Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t see you there.” She breathes calmly as she speaks to him. She slings her navy-blue Coach bag over her shoulder and smiles, her head leaning to the side, her eyes soft.

“That’s all right,” Ryan responds. He stands waiting for her to move but blocks her exit. He half smiles at her.

 “Okay then.” Sarah glances toward the door behind him, still smiling.

“Oh, now I’m in your way,” he declares as he steps aside and watches Sarah move toward the door. “Wait, hey, your book!”

I exhale. The one contingency worked as planned. Should be easy from here on out, as long as she sticks to the script.

She stops and turns back, hiding her smile. Ryan stands there, holding her book in his hands. “Jane Austen, huh.” He smirks. “I’m shooting a movie based on one of her books next month.”

“Oh, you’re an actor. What book?” she asks, pretending not to know.

Pride and Prejudice.” He seems intrigued by Sarah’s indifference. “Well, here you go—” He ends his sentence by fishing for her name.

“Sarah,” she finishes for him.

“Sarah,” he repeats, revealing a slow, sexy smile, “maybe we can have a cup of coffee next time.” He holds out the book but is not loosening his grip.

“Yes, maybe.” She takes the book from him, and he lets her. “Thanks.” Then she is out the door. Ryan turns and grabs his three sugars, looking around the room again to make sure everyone is still watching. Before he finishes stirring them in, I am out on the street and dialing Sarah’s cell number.

“Wow! That was unbelievable! I can’t believe it worked!” she cries.

“You were awesome! Did you see the way he looked at you?” I ask.

“Yes! I did!” She pauses. “Thank you so much, Olivia. You really made my dream come true. I mean, I never could have done this without you. I’m going to recommend you to all my friends,” she rattles on.

Thrilled that all went as planned, I head back down Santa Monica Boulevard toward my office.

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About the Author

Angelina Goode began writing as a teenager. Though her first works were poems about love-struck teenagers, she grew her craft while earning her degree in Journalism and Creative Writing. A former grade school teacher that loved teaching children to write, she enjoys finding creative ways to present everyday events. Now she primarily writes light-hearted contemporary women’s fiction. She lives in Los Angeles where she enjoys the occasional celebrity sighting and year-round sun.

Angelina started gaining first-hand fan and celebrity experience as a devoted follower of her generation’s boy band. Her experience shifted in college when she interned in the promotions department for a Los Angeles based radio station and for the public relations department of a network television station. There she was able to learn about the ins and outs of promoting celebrities and all the backstage activities that are rarely seen by the public eye. She was also able to observe fans’ behavior from an objective perspective, seeing what it looks like to an outside observer.

Now she combines her experience as a loyal fan attending numerous concerts and meet and greets every year, her brief but educational stint in the entertainment industry, and a highly active imagination to create fiction for celebrity lovers of all ages.

Her latest book is the romantic comedy, The Average Girl.

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Interview With …. 

Angelina. Thanks for being here today. Tell us about you. 
My name is Angelina Goode, and aside from being a writer, I’m primarily a mom. Most of my days are spent like most moms’ are… taking my kids places and just watching them grow up, savoring every moment. While I’ve always known I wanted to be a writer, I also wanted to be a race car driver. I spent many Saturday nights as a young adult at the race track, being a spotter for my dad who raced locally as a hobby. My dream was to be the driver myself one day. But as I got older, the dare-devil in me calmed down and the solicitous part of me took over. Now, I live dangerously by taking tap dance classes and dreaming up plots for future books. I love daydreaming about new stories and am often inspired by smells or witnessing small everyday acts, that my imagination takes and runs wild with.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
It would be incredible to spend the day with Pope Francis. He has found a way to appeal to people of all walks of life and religions. To be able to see what his typical day looks like and have the opportunity to learn from him how to be so open-minded and loving would be life-changing.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
When I was a teenager, my friends and I were huge fans of our generation’s boy band. We would go to their hotel and wait outside in the hopes that we would catch a quick glimpse of them or maybe even get to meet them. We would fantasize about what it would be like to actually know them and hang out with them. But we also knew that being one out of a thousand girls standing outside of a hotel didn’t give us very good odds. As an adult, I’ve had the opportunity to see the same boy band perform. Seeing it from a calmer, more mature perspective got me thinking. What if I combined the passion of a teenager with the maturity of an adult? That’s when Olivia, the main character of The Average Girl, was born. Having grown up in the Los Angeles area, I have come across quite a few celebrities doing everyday things in my lifetime. So I thought, wouldn’t it be neat if there was someone that could figure out where these celebrities shop and hang out, and help their fans casually bump into them, without all the hysteria that often comes with being a fan? That’s when the idea of Olivia’s business was born. As the story evolved in my mind, I realized that someone who helps people meet their favorite celebrities would only be thrown, and completely taken by one kind of guy… a celebrity. That’s where Alexander, the love interest, was born.

What is your writing process? 
I like to stay up into the wee hours of the morning, lying in bed, thinking about what I’m going to write. I think about the characters and put them in different situations, seeing how they play out. The next day, I normally hide in the office with a cup of green tea, in silence, and write until I get it all out.

Tell us about your main character: 
Olivia is a smart, independent, and passionate woman in her mid twenties. She remembers what it was like to be crazy about a celebrity, but is mature enough to keep it contained, for the most part. She is confident and impeccable at her business of arranging opportunities for fans to subtly meet their idols. She can read other people flawlessly, except when it comes to her love life. She is rather clueless in figuring out her own feelings and how people feel about her.

If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why.
I would love to have Emma Stone play the role of Olivia! She’s such an amazing actress and she would play Olivia’s kind confidence perfectly.

What are you working on next?
I’m working on a romantic comedy about a conservative single mom that is secretly hired to play a Hollywood bad-boy’s new girlfriend in an attempt to improve his reputation. The story is still evolving as I write it. I’m having fun creating a character that is basically the polar-opposite of Alexander in The Average Girl.

What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?
Tell everyone about it. Take every opportunity you can to talk about it with people that are interested. Invite your friends to read your book, and ask them to tell their friends about it. I also think that the more you get your writing out there, regardless of the opportunity, the more people will discover you. Don’t be afraid. Go for it.

What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. It is so well crafted and such a beautiful story. I remember the first time I read it, I kept going back and forth trying to make sense of the time differences. It is such a brilliant concept and executed perfectly. I could read it a hundred times and never tire of it.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I’m pretty good at baking. I like to experiment with ingredients and come up with new flavors and variations. My favorite things to bake at the moment are croissants. When you know all the hard work that went into making them, and how much time they took, that just makes the finished product taste even better.

You are given the choice of one super power. What super power would you have and why?
I would love to be able to become invisible. Just being able to sit in one place without people knowing you are there would not only be entertaining, but informative. You could do just about anything! You could watch a movie being filmed, athletes training, national leaders going about their daily business, someone powerful negotiating a deal, or follow royalty from some country around for a day. Not only would it be educational, but think of all the great ideas for new stories you could come up with.

List 5 things on your bucket list:

In no particular order:

  1. Go to cooking school in Italy for a week
  2. Learn to speak Italian
  3. Visit all seven continents
  4. Spend a month in the countryside writing
  5. Have a book on the NY Times Bestseller list

Where can readers find you on the web?

https://www.angelinagoode.com

Any final thoughts?

Thanks for interviewing me and I hope you enjoy reading The Average Girl.

Book Tour – THE HEART’S JOURNEY HOME

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The Heart’s Journey Home
by Nikki Jackson

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GENRE: Young Adult

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BLURB: It’s summer vacation, and all seventeen-year-old Tori Logan wants to do is hang out with her two best friends, practice her mixed martial arts and go to FBI spy camp. Summer means freedom (mostly from adults) and Tori plans to fill every spare moment of her last summer before graduating from High School with all the fun things she and her best pals can come up with.

Tori, whose mom died of breast cancer when she was young, has always relied on her own strength to get by – especially because her Archeologist father tends to leave her behind with his live-in girlfriend while he gallivants around the world on digs. Thankfully, Tori can take care of herself. She knows exactly who she is and what she wants to do with her life. Her Lakota Sioux grandfather, a former Navy SEAL, trained Tori in self-defense from a young age. Now, as a teenager, Tori excels at mixed martial arts and the use of various weapons. During the summer she will be attending an FBI sponsored Summer Camp which she hopes will lead to her dream job – becoming an FBI serial killer profiler.

With her two best friends at her side, Tori believes she can handle anything. And with summer vacation stretching before them, the trio plans to find plenty of adventure.

But while Tori is determined to be independent, life has other plans for this fierce young woman, and they include coming to grips with some hard – and surprising – truths about both her past and her future.

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EXCERPT

I could really use a belt. Fin thought as he jumped from the porch, bounding over the five steps. Running down the graveled drive at break-neck speed he cursed the fact he was wearing tennis shoes – that along with the baggy, beltless pants was hemming up his stride.

The sound of shrieks and a male voice yelling at him in a foreign language didn’t help the matter. Fin tripped over his own size 12 feet, rolled and got up running. After gathering his wits about him he heard a muffled roar zoom past him followed by a streak of green. He was unsure of what it was but he was too scared to try to figure it out – he was running now – minus the jeans and a tennis shoe.

Fin all but dove into his Camaro thankful he’d left the keys in the ignition and not in his pants pocket. He turned the key and sped down the drive, kicking dirt and gravel in his wake. In his rear-view mirror he could see the crazy man chasing him with the longest, sharpest sword he’d ever seen.

Making it to the end of the drive, Fin did a complete donut, spun the vehicle around in the right direction and then tore off down the street. Tori had grabbed his errant shoe and AJ leaned down to scoop up the jeans, then the two of them tore down the drive after Fin.

 

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AUTHOR BIO:

Ever since she was young, Nikki Jackson has loved reading and the way that books allow you to journey on wonderful adventures without ever leaving the comfort of home. She decided at a young age that she wanted to become a writer to enable others to experience the magic of books—and The Heart’s Journey Home is the result.
In addition to writing, Nikki Jackson is a contract worker for General Motors. She and her husband currently live in the Detroit metropolitan area.

Links
The Heart’s Journey Home Blog is currently under construction and will be online soon.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Hearts-Journey-Home-California-ebook/dp/B01551MLZA
Twitter – https://twitter.com/journey4home

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GIVEAWAY

Nikki Jackson will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

Enter to win a $25 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway

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INTERVIEW

Tell us about you
I’m always challenged trying to figure out where to start when someone asks this question.  Do I start with I’m Black, female, have gray hair in my dreads.  Do I say I’ve been on a few mission trips with my church to places like China, Thailand, Peru and Pakistan. I could say I’m married, lost my only child almost two years ago, I’m a contract worker for General Motors.  It’s weird isn’t it how we can sum up so many years of life with written sound-bites?  Notwithstanding the aforementioned I think I’d like people to know me as a writer. A good writer.  A great writer.  A writer with a career that endured.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Probably fear.  What if I miss something exciting?  Is there something earth-shatteringly important I could be doing that will be left totally undone if I don’t show up and do it?  Am I leaving anything behind that will leave a mark or an impact?  There was a time when I thought it was my kid.  My husband and I raised our son Trey with values and ethics and a moral base.  We wanted him to love and care about people regardless of what color they were.  Like any parents we believed he would be an asset to society and a wonderful citizen, he would be the best of us to leave behind.  Well he died.  The day after Christmas 2013 he simply didn’t wake up.  Wow.  So what do I do now?  I just don’t want to leave this planet with nothing left behind to show I was ever here.  Trey was our only child so the line of my husband and I will go no further.  When we’re gone we’ll really be gone.  That’s a crazy thought.  So fear probably inspires me to get out of bed each day – that and the desire to leave something behind.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
Wow, this is a good question.  It would probably be Anne Frank and I would have just this one question.  How did you keep from hating?  Here you are hiding from an entire nation of people who want you not only dead but you and your people exterminated off the face of the planet.  You’re in 24/7 hiding and in danger of being found any minute.  Whatever teenage hopes and dreams you imagined for your life have been dashed against the rocks, your future appears bleak to non-existent and you have the crazed audacity to say – “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.”   I would spend the day trying to get into this teenager’s head.  I’d want to know the mind and the heart that can go through what she went through and not have it taint her and make her angry and bitter.  I’d like to talk about her diary and her inspiration for writing it.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
The Heart’s Journey Home is a series following the life of the main character Tori Logan and her relationship with her two best friends AJ and Kalea.  She’s 17 and is still mourning the loss of her mother (she was 7 years old at the time).  Her father is a millionaire archeologist so he’s away from home a lot on digs leaving Tori at home with the live-in girlfriend who she barely tolerates. Book one of the series – California Blend Summer Vacation introduces the story, the characters and the major and minor plot lines.  It’s a thick book (700+ pages) yet I assure you the reader is getting their money’s worth.  There are twists, turns and revelations involving Tori that the reader gets to see before Tori does. Things aren’t necessarily what they seem.

Tell us your writing process
I write long hand on yellow legal pads so when I’m in writing mode I’ve always got a pad with me.  I write everywhere – any spare moment I can grab I’m writing.  I work full-time, I’m married, I have a dad I have to check up on, all this life is competing for my time so I have to factor writing in.  I get to work an hour early to write.  I eat lunch at my desk so I can write.  I get up early on Saturdays and go to Panera Bread where I write till about noon.  I do missions with my church so I did some marathon writing on the 20 hour plane ride to Thailand, the 6 hour plane ride to Peru and the 9 hour van ride to New York.  The process is to write – anywhere and everywhere.

Do you have any advice to other writers?
Oh my gosh this promoting is no joke!  You would think the hardest part of being an author was writing the book, no way!  It’s promoting the book.  The Heart’s Journey Home debuted September 12 and I have been promoting it almost every day since.  I kid you not. We self-publishers don’t have the luxury of having a publicity machine like the traditional publishing houses so your sales are dependent on how far you can fling your book.  I would advise a writer to think about promotion while they’re still writing the book and definitely while the book is going through the publishing process.  You need to know your genre and then figure out where that base hangs out.  Facebook your book and ask people to share it on their sites.  Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, wherever your social contacts are. Use social media but don’t depend on it exclusively.  I haven’t had the success I initially though I would with social media.  Look for online book clubs in your genre, most of them have a homepage where they sell ad space and some will even let you up-load your cover and a short blurb for free.  Many of these online book clubs have a newsletter that goes out to their subscribers.  I’ve probably had most of my success targeting my specific genre this way.  Also don’t forget word of mouth.  I have my siblings and my husband promoting my book in their circles and that’s generated some sales.  Lastly, most definitely sign up for a book tour.   I wished I’d done this the first month my book was out but better late than not at all.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
Thinking back I almost can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a writer.  I remember though when it crystallized for me – I was eight years old and had just finished the last book in a kid series I was reading – The Boxcar Children.  I wiped the happy tears from my eyes and proclaimed to the world I wanted to be a writer when I grew up.  Okay, maybe not the world but my seven year old sister Shelia heard me and believed in me.  That’s where it began.

Tell us about your main character:
Tori Logan is 17 and extremely proud of her Lakota and Norse (Viking) backgrounds.  She sees herself as being the product of two strong warrior groups and as such she has a warrior spirit that she feeds into.  Her dad’s a millionaire archeologist and she’s followed him around on many of his out of the country digs.  As a result she’s fluent in various languages and she’s been trained in a number of martial arts in these foreign lands.  In addition, her Lakota grandfather is an ex-Navy SEAL so he’s trained Tori from an early age in the military-type things he’s learned.  As a result of all this Tori feels she’s strong and can handle and take care of herself.  She’s lonely for a parental presence in her life (her dad’s often gone) and she barely tolerates the live-in girlfriend Rachael.  In that Rachael has lived in the home for nearly nine years they’ve forged somewhat of a peace.  Tori loves her two best friends AJ and Kalea.  She’s known AJ the longest, they met when they were bout about 8.  The pair met Kalea when she transferred into their high school.  Though she’s almost three years younger than the pair her geeky sweetness endears her to them.

What are you working on next?
Right now I’m working on book two of the series – A Layover in Doppelganger-ville.  I’m really enjoying it and it gives me a nice break when I need to think about something other than promoting the current book.  What I like about this second book is that it delves into Tori a little bit more.  Due to circumstances outside her control she finds herself in a setting where her lone wolf, independent ways are more of a hindrance to her than a help.  As a matter of fact her attitude can put her and the people around her in danger.  The major task for her is being able to trust and rely on the adults in the setting to take care of her instead of her relying on herself.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
I have to laugh.  Outside of writing, no.  I wish I could sing or play an instrument.  But I don’t have the voice or the tempo for either.  If I could have a special talent, I would want to be able to inspire people to see greatness in themselves.  I’d be like a little fairy flitting around blowing ‘be great’ dust into people’s faces.  I’d hang around and watch as self-awareness came upon them and they charged out of the room to pursue great and mighty things.  I love this about teens, their ability to believe in the greatness within the human spirit.  They’re so unjaded and so open to possibilities and the impossible.  They’re incredibly strong and honest and true.  Some might say well what about the bad teens, the ones who hurt other people and abuse substances and get into trouble?  I have to believe that the good outweighs the bad.  I would not have survived as a Black female in this country if I didn’t believe that – that the good in humanity outweighs the bad.

Who are your favorite authors?
If I had to pick an author I would have to say Stephen King.  I go out of my way not to see any of his scary stuff but he’s my favorite career-wise.  King has written tons of stuff and all of it has been good.  It amazes me that this stuff came out of his head (okay, maybe it scares me a little too).  Through-out his career he’s been consistently good.  I don’t think he’s written a bad or lame story.  He shows up for it all and that’s what I like about him.  He’s straight-up a writer.  He owns his craft and you can see it in the finished product.  I envy that he not only writes books but he pens screen-plays for TV and movies.  I so want that for myself.  To be so fully ranged!  I’m not looking to be a one hit wonder, I want longevity.  I want to be stretched out on my deathbed, two seconds from leaving up outta here and I want to yell out – “wait, one more word…!”

What do you like to do with your free time?
I love going to the movies.  My sister will send out a text blast and about five or six of us will get together and go as a family.  Afterwards we go out to eat and talk about the movie ad nauseam.  I love it. My nephew is just on the edge of his seat waiting for the new Star Wars movie so I know that’s going to be the next big ‘to see’ movie for the group.

Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
I’d seriously love to write a sci-fi series.  Strong teen female lead character and a group of aliens.  I’ve got something in the works in the back of my mind so I will definitely be penning it.  I want to get ahead a couple of books on the current series I’m working on.  If I can manage that then I will definitely start working on the sci-fi series next year.  I’d love to have it published by the end of next year.  That might be ambitious but I think it’s do’able.

Where can people find you on the web?
I have a blog – theheartsjourneyhome.net.  I’m on twitter @Journey4Home and I’m on Facebook.  I’ve never really been one for social media and chatting people up over the computer but I’m getting used to it.  I’ve got friends now in other countries so I think that’s especially cool.

Any final thoughts?
This has been fun, thanks.  To you aspiring authors out there I can’t encourage you enough to keep chipping away at it.  Believe it yourself and your abilities more than you expect or hope anyone else ever will.  Pick a favorite and allow their work to inspire you to carry on.  Write something every day to keep the writing muscle worked out and limber.  Be true to the craft.  Do your best.  To you readers – please support us.  Especially those of us who self-publish.  We’ve put everything and all of ourselves on the line to get our words to you so be gentle.  Give us constructive reviews and encourage us to get better.  This is a collaboration – the reader and the writer. One really couldn’t exist without the other.

Book Tour – Lies Ripped Open

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Lies Ripped Open
by Steve McHugh

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BLURB:

Over a hundred years have passed since a group of violent killers went on the rampage, murdering innocent victims for fun. But even back then, sorcerer Nate Garrett, aka Hellequin, knew there was more to it than simple savage pleasure—souls were being stolen.

Nate’s discovery of the souls’ use, and of those supporting the group’s plan, made him question everything he believed.

Now the group Nate thought long dead is back. Violent, angry, and hell-bent on revenge, they have Hellequin firmly in their sights. And if he won’t come willingly, they’ll take those closest to him first.

The battle begins again.
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Book Excerpt:

I walked over to the second agent, whose back was toward me as he stood a little further into the park, and placed my hand on his shoulder. “That’s enough,” I repeated, but he spun around and all of the breath left my body at once, followed immediately by pain as it exploded across my torso. I glanced down as a shimmering blade of ice was pulled free from my chest. It was covered in my blood. I dropped to my knees and watched as the magical weapon vanished from view. The pain forced me to abandon my night vision, and the darkness once again took control.

The overwhelming thought that bounced around my head was that neither of the SOA agents had been sorcerers. My attacker crouched beside me. “They interrupted me and my prey got away,” his accent was from East London, but sounded slightly different from many of those living in the city. As if he’d been away from here for a long time, and had not quite remembered how the accent was meant to sound.

I glanced up at him, still unable to breathe; the blade had punctured a lung. It wouldn’t kill me, but it would be a few hours until I was back to normal, and without my night vision I could have been staring into Merlin’s own face and I’d never have known.

The man got back to his feet and kicked me onto my back. “I should make sure you remember your time here, but I’m sure your comrades over there will be able to do that better than I could.”

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AUTHOR BIO:

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Steve’s been writing from an early age, his first completed story was done in an English lesson. Unfortunately, after the teacher read it, he had to have a chat with the head of the year about the violent content and bad language. The follow up ‘One boy and his frog’ was less concerning to his teachers and got him an A.
It wasn’t for another decade that he would start work on a full-length novel that was publishable, the results of which was the action-packed Urban Fantasy, Crimes Against Magic.

Steve McHugh lives in Southampton on the south coast of England with his wife and three young daughters. When not writing or spending time with his kids, he enjoys watching movies, reading books and comics, and playing video games.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hellequinchronicles
Twitter: https://twitter.com/StevejMchugh
Website: http://stevejmchugh.wordpress.com/
BUY LINKS: http://www.amazon.com/Lies-Ripped-Open-Hellequin-Chronicles/dp/1503946401/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1438180555&sr=8-1&keywords=Steve+McHugh

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lies-ripped-open-steve-mchugh/1121648543?ean=9781503946408

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GIVEAWAY

Steve McHugh will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Enter to win a $25 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Author Interview

Steve, thanks for being here today. Tell us about you
I was born in 1979 in a town in South Yorkshire by the name of Mexborough, near Doncaster. My family and I moved down to Southampton when I was about 6ish and I’ve lived here ever since. Fast forward a lot of years and I’m married and we have three young daughters. Oh and a bearded dragon, can’t forget him.

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
As I have 3 young children, I don’t really get a say in whether I want to get out of bed. They’re my alarm clock. Even if that clock is 2 hours before I’d like to get up.

Once I’m actually up though, I just love writing. I love creating stories, and having people read them. There’s nothing quite like it.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
I have no idea. Probably someone like Jackie Chan, simply because he’s done so much with his life he must have loads of interesting stories to tell. And I bet he’s great fun too.

 What’s the story behind your latest book?
The story is that the main character, Nate Garrett, is forced to go back to the city of Camelot after some people try to kill him. Unfortunately, Camelot is where a lot of other people who want to kill him are. It’s the first time we really see what living in Camelot is like. It’s also the first time we see Merlin, and learn about exactly what happened between the two of them that caused such a massive rift.

Tell us your writing process
I usually think about the book for a few weeks before I even start writing, during which time I’m making notes about story arcs or characters. After a few weeks, I start to really make a lot of notes about the book, writing out story arcs, and fleshing out the story. About a month after I’ve started, I’ll sit down and start writing.

That’s not always the way, sometimes I think of something and it takes 6 months to ferment in my mind, sometimes only a week. But I always give it time to breathe before I start writing.

What advice can you give other authors on promoting their work?
There’s an awful lot of promoting that goes on, what works for those people who have already discovered you is Facebook and Twitter. It’s great for people to be able to contact you and say hi, or tell you how much they enjoyed the book.

For getting new people onboard, blog tours work well, but nothing comes close to word of mouth. The very best thing you can get is someone who likes your work and tells others about it. If you can harness that, let me know, because that would be great.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I always enjoyed writing, even as a very young boy. But when I was about 12 or 13 my English teacher at school advised me to read books from various genres that I didn’t normally read, so I went to the local library and picked up David Gemmell, Terry Pratchett and Stephen King. Once I finished them, I knew I wanted to do it myself.

Tell us about your main character:
Nate Garrett is a 1600 year old sorcerer, who used to work for Merlin and the shadowy organization known as Avalon. Just over a hundred years ago, he left and the books are about his life in the modern day as he begins to realize that some people are out there who want to take more of Avalon’s power for themselves.

What are you working on next?
I’m currently writing book 6, and then I’ve got an Epic Fantasy book I’d like to work on.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
Writing books is pretty much my special talent. I’m good at videogames, and I’m a half-decent cook. Oh, and I have 3 daughters so I probably know more about My Little Pony than is strictly necessary.

Who are your favorite authors?
Robin Hobb, John Connolly, Terry Pratchett, Stephen King, David Gemmell, Warren Ellis, and far too many more to mention.

What do you like to do with your free time?
I spend time with my family, read, play videogames, and watch movies. I tend to like to do stuff that I find relaxing. Although spending time with the family can be anything but that.

Tell us about your plans for upcoming books.
Well, Lies Ripped Open came out on 25th August, and there’s nothing else upcoming just yet. I’ve got books to write before I have any idea what’s next.

 

Any final thoughts?
Thanks for having me, and if anyone decided to have a read of my book, I hope they enjoy it.

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