Thursday, December 1, 2016

OIBF Key Note Speaker: BJ Sheldon


I am so excited to welcome author BJ Sheldon to Reading For Fun. She will be attending OIBF and be a key note speaker on October 19-22, 2017 in Springfield, MO. I have been lucky enough to meet her in Nashville and I can’t wait to see her again at OIBF.

Hello BJ and welcome! I thought we would begin with your Be Ceaseless movement. Could you please tell us a little bit about it and what inspired you to start it? 
Over a year ago, one of my daughters told me that the song “Keep on Keepin’ On” by Travie McCoy (featuring Brendon Urie) reminded her of me. When I asked why, she said it was because no matter what I’ve been through in my life, I always landed on my feet and kept pushing forward. Without getting into everything that’s happened to me over the years, let’s just say I was fairly certain that my girls thought I was a failure. As it turns out, they thought the complete opposite instead. At that moment #BeCeaseless was born. I have a Facebook page where I post motivational quotes to inspire people who may be going through a rough time. I post positive memes on Instagram using the hashtag #BeCeaseless to encourage others. I even tattooed the word “Ceaseless” on my right forearm as a constant reminder that I can do anything I put my mind to. On those days where I’m feeling down or there are circumstances that are beyond my control, I just have to remind myself that nothing is permanent except for death.


You currently have 4 books out, of those books which one are you most proud of and why?  
I guess the one I’m most proud of is my last one, “Hear the Crickets: Book One of The Gibborim Series”. It’s darker than my previous trilogy, and I’m extremely proud of how it turned out. With each book I’ve written, I tackled topics that got a bit darker and/or harder, but this new series allows me to tackle something completely new – when evil is performed with the belief that it’s the right thing to do. All of the research I did for it gave it an authentic feel. It involves the ancient Book of Enoch and the story behind why God cast some of his angels from Heaven. I took those stories and put a modern, fictitious spin on it. And the story gave me the basis for the remaining 2 books in the trilogy which I’m currently working on as we speak.

Do you have a favorite quote from one of your books? If so, could you share it with us and explain why? 
 I do, as a matter of fact. It’s from Hear the Crickets. The reason it’s my favorite and why it resonates with me so much is because it’s the exact way I feel about my own better half, my husband of 12 years. When we were dating, I wasn’t always willing to open myself up for fear of being hurt again. I also know that I’m not the easiest person to be married to, but he handles it like a pro. I can’t imagine living my life without him and not sure where I’d be today if he hadn’t broke through that barrier. 

“I wanted to tell him that I’d never felt like that before. That he’d somehow gotten past my armored exterior and softened my heart. I wanted to tell him how I’d fallen for him, and I didn’t know how I was going to continue on after he was gone.” – Skyy, “Hear the Crickets”




Are you currently working on another book, if so can you share a little something about it? Is it YA, NA, Adult? What genre? 
I am currently working on book 2 of The Gibborim Series. In fact, I am about 3 or 4 chapters from completing the first draft. Then it’s on to revisions, rewrites, and edits. The best way to explain the series is Buffy Summers meets the movie Legion…without the vampires. It’s a supernatural thriller with a paranormal romance twist. It involves angels, demons, an immortal girl with suicidal tendencies who has a bit of a mouth on her. In fact, she isn’t the most likable character, but I’m having a blast watching her grow and mature as the story progresses. Once this trilogy is completed, however, I hope to begin work on a new standalone. It most likely will either be a fantasy about a girl who discovers an alternate world filled with witches, magic, and evil or a paranormal romantic comedy about a fairy tale gone wrong.
~~Now for a little FuN!~~

Who is your favorite author? Do you have a favorite book that you come back to time and time again? 
My favorite author (currently) is Hugh Howie of the “Wool” series. His writing is interesting and his stories are unique and edge-of-your-seat fabulous. But the book I come back to time and again is “To Kill A Mockingbird”. I get lost in it every time and probably re-read it every few years.

Twilight or Harry Potter? 
Harry Potter…Always.

If you could go to one place, where would you go and why? 
New Zealand. Absolutely, one hundred percent, New Zealand – because after watching all of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies, I can’t imagine going anywhere else. From what I’ve seen and everything I’ve read, it is probably one of the most breathtaking places on earth. And if I go, I’m not just going for a few days or a week. I’d probably stay there for a month with the real possibility that I may never want to come back.

What hobbies do you have that you do to unwind and relax? 
I like to read and watch Netflix. My current binge-watch-worthy show on Netflix right now is the British detective show, “Midsomer Murders”. I used to do a lot of DIY projects with furniture, but I haven’t had much time for that with all of the writing that I’ve been doing, but I’m hoping to get back to it sometime soon.

Would you please share something quirky about yourself that most people wouldn’t know? 
I am a huge nerd and love my fandoms. Supernatural, Walking Dead, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Star Trek, BBC’s Sherlock, Doctor Who. And those are just a few! I also love DC Comic Books, my current favorite being the Cyborg Rebirth. When people first meet me, they don’t peg me for a super-geek, but they quickly learn it probably isn’t a good idea to bring up something nerdy with me since I’ll chew their ear off for hours if they let me.

One last question…it needs to be a good one…

Who is your favorite celebrity hunk? What do you find so smexy about him? 
Without a doubt, one hundred and ten percent, and with every fiber of my being it has to be unequivocally (drum roll please)…Benedict Cumberbatch. It could be the well-tailored suits or his British accent that does it for me. It could be his wavy hair or soldering eyes, as well. It could even be how his looks have grown on me the past few years to the point that I now find him one of the most handsome men in the world. But in reality, it goes far beyond that. My affection for the man goes beyond the mere physical or external attributes that he possesses. He’s funny, never takes himself seriously (look up the video on YouTube where he can’t say the word “penguins”), he is passionate about causes he believes in and isn’t shy about voicing them, and his acting talent is far and above most actors out there today. He can do comedy, dramas, suspense, and even Shakespeare. He can play a scientist, a detective, a cross dresser, and a superhero and can morph completely into those characters and be completely believable in each role. In the end, he could stand in nothing but a paper bag and read the phone book, and I’d buy that movie. Without a doubt.

Thank you so much for taking time from your busy schedule to share your thoughts and work with us. I can’t wait to see you at OIBF!!



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Monday, November 7, 2016

Interview with OIBF Attending Author Tia Silverthorne Bach!

I am excited to welcome author Tia Silverthorne Bach to Reading For Fun. She will be attending OIBF on October 19-22, 2017 in Springfield, MO. I have been fortunate to meet her and get to know her. I’ve read most of her books and to say I am a HUGE fan is an understatement. 
Hello Tia!!! I thought we would start off with a few questions to get to know you better. What or who inspired you to become an author? 
I moved a lot when I was a kid, and reading kept me company as the new girl. Quite frankly, I credit Judy Blume for getting me through the early teen years. I’d also write stories in a worn-out notebook to combat the loneliness.
Which of your books/ series are you most proud of and why?
Such a hard question. Truly, it’s like asking me to pick my favorite child. I’m so proud of all my books, but on any given day, one is my favorite, especially as I’m writing it. My latest, Enchanted Souls, gave me the opportunity to explore the idea of the preordained destination of our souls. 
But Heart Chatter, Depression Cookies book one, will always have a special place in my heart because I wrote it with my mother.

Do you have a favorite quote from one of your books? If so, could you share it with us and explain why?
It’s not so much a quote as a life theme. In my Tala Prophecy series, a battle cry emerged for my main character… with faith, we fight. I truly believe you have to believe in something with an almost unshakable intensity to fight for it. As an example, I will fight hard for my children. No. Matter. What.
You have a book that you wrote with your mother, how was that experience? Could you share a little about the book with us? 
Amazing. I joke that it was like free therapy. We discussed so many things from my childhood and hers while writing, especially since the book is loosely based on our family. In high school, my best friend died from anorexia, and it had a huge impact on me. Plus, my family moved every two to three years, and we explore those effects. At one point during the story, Krista (a thirteen year old struggling to create a sense of self) wonders if people forget about her when she leaves, did she ever really exist?
You also write with a group of authors called the Ferocious Five. What do you like most about being a part of this group? 
Those ladies are my sisters. I adore them all, and they’ve pushed me to write outside my comfort zone and believe in myself. I’m so proud of our collaborative efforts. 
Are you currently working on another book, if so can you share a little something about about it? Is it YA, NA, Adult? What genre? 
I’m working on a new project with the Ferocious Five. I can’t tell you anything yet, except to say I’m super excited about it. In addition, I’m thinking of jumping into NaNo with a story about one of the characters from Enchanted Souls.
~~Now for a little FuN!~~ 

Who is your favorite author? Do you have a favorite book that you come back to time and time again?
I have so many favorite authors and books. I truly can’t answer this question, but I will admit I don’t re-read books, no matter how much I love them. Why? If I had unlimited time, I would. But there are so many great books I have yet to read, and I put my energy there.
Do you have a hobby that you enjoy?
I play tennis. It’s great exercise and a stress-reliever for me.
One last question...it needs to be a good one...

Who is your most favorite celebrity hunk? What do you find so smexy about him?
Hugh Jackman. And don’t worry, my husband is very aware of my Hugh obsession. Beyond his obvious good looks, he’s so talented. He can do everything from Wolverine (love those muscles and sideburns) to Broadway. And he’s been married to the same woman forever, so he must be a pretty good guy. I’ve never been one to go for the bad boy. I really do like the good guy.
Thank you so much for taking time from your busy schedule to share your thoughts and work with us. I can’t wait to see you at OIBF!!
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Friday, November 4, 2016

Fraud Blog Tour

Title: Fraud
Author: Casey L Bond
Genre: NA Paranormal
Cover Model: Ashley Caruso
Cover Designer: Cover Me Darling
Cover Photography: Nadege Richards of Vellum and Wing Photography
Editor: Stacy Sanford
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb:
Every curse has a beginning.
Every curse has an end.
But no curse is fulfilled without sacrifice.
Someone has been lying to Porschia Grant—someone she loves. And the secrets withheld might spell disaster for her and the world.  Much like curses, lies can hurt. They can ruin everything.
When everything falls apart, is happily ever after even a possibility?
Hunger is deceitful.
Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction. You can find more information about Bond’s books via the following links: 

MY REVIEW:
Author Casey Bond turned me inside out with this book. Just when I thought I knew where the characters were heading, she threw in a twist that disentigrated my world. I consumed this book in hours as my desire for more enticed me to fly through the pages. Each new revealtion pushing me forward for just one more chapter.

My love for these characters flourished as their true colors came shining through during their most difficult decisions. The love and courage they showed is a testiment to the great character building the author has done. It felt like these characters were a part of me and I experienced every painful situation they were forced to endure. My heart shattered only to be mended lovingly back together by the brave and selfless characters. Wow, just wow!

"I'd finally found a reason to live, and even if it was only for the length of her lifetime, I would spend it with her."

I have loved this series from the beginning and book 5 was bittersweet for me. I wasn't ready to say goodbye to Porshia, Tage, Saul, Mercedes and even Roman (LOL), but I also know that there must always be an ending. The author did an excellent job and I look forward to seeing what journey she will take me on next.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

An Ache in my Veins Release Blitz


Title- An Ache in my Veins
Series- Love & Ink # 4
Author- J.A. Howell
Publication Date- November 3rd
Genre- Erotica/ BDSM

Blurb-
Darren never loved anyone like he did, Ash. But Ash was ancient history after she disappeared without a trace. At least that was what he thought until she shows up one day at The Knotted Kneedle.
Suddenly, those old feelings from before... before he was a Dom, before he was anything, come rushing back. The only problem. Ash is engaged and has no interest in rehashing their past and bringing up all the old, painful memories that come along with it.
Unfortunately for her, Darren has never been one to take no for an answer. Not when it comes to the only woman he ever saw a future with. He still loves her and wants her back despite the pain of the past and everything her disappearance caused.
But will Darren's persistence come with reward? a second chance at love? Or will it end the same way it did before... and leave him with an ache he can't ever fulfill?