Dec 12, 2014

Sassy's X-Mas Bash - K.K. Allen! - Interview and Giveaway!

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Title: The Summer Solstice: Enchanted
Author: K.K. Allen
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Release Date: June 10th, 2014
Publisher:  Self-Published

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After Katrina "Kat" Summer’s mother dies a mysterious and tragic death, Kat is hurtled into life at Apollo Beach. Her estranged and cryptic grandmother Rose fills Kat with legends of her Ancient Greek Ancestors from which the Summer family descends. Kat’s world begins to unravel as secrets from her heritage are exposed – secrets that her mother purposefully concealed.

Leading to her birthday, the day of the Summer Solstice, Kat becomes frightened when enigmatic visions and disturbing dreams haunt her. When her visions become reality, her fear turns to terror as powerful forces threaten the lives of those around her.

Amidst the turmoil, Kat meets Alec Stone, her gorgeous neighbor, who becomes her sole solace in an evocative world of mythological enchantment and evil prophecies that lurk around every corner…

Title: The Equinox (Book #2 in the Summer Solstice Series)
Author: K.K. Allen
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Release Date: December 11th, 2014
Publisher:  Self-Published

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Katrina Summer finally comes to terms with her enchanted skin as she is challenged with an evil that threatens the Solstice settlement of Apollo Beach...

At a private gathering on Summer Island Kat meets an entire secret society of Enchanters – and other mythological descendants of a different breed. The gorgeous Valli sisters appear forcing Kat to take a deeper look into her new existence. And when Arabella, the youngest of the sisters, befriends Kat, she learns the most disturbing Summer family secret of all.

To escape the lurking dangers of the Equinox, which brings outrage and heartbreak to the entire town, Kat accepts a job at the Island Grille where more trouble brews as her handsome, yet brooding co-worker, Johnny, makes life even more challenging. Meanwhile, Kat struggles between her lingering and undeniable attraction for Alec, the secrets that she is forced to keep from him, and a betrayal that sends them on separate paths.

Mysterious deaths, signs of pollution rising in the Bay, and discoveries of the Equinox's motives stir up an entirely new and frightening adventure as Kat finally discovers that being an Enchanter holds a responsibility worth killing for...

#1.Why do you write? 

Oh gosh, I don’t think I ever had a choice! As a kid I buried myself in books the moment I was able to read. And as soon as I got ahold of my mom’s ancient typewriter (with the hard to push buttons and the thing you have to slide to move to the next line!) I was teaching myself how to write books. I learned to type at a very early age by taking picture books and copying the letters onto my typewriter sheets (smile). 

Good memories. I remember when a Children’s Books Author came to our school I told him I was a writer because I copied books that were already written. Haha. I know now the strange look he gave me was fear that I was learning the art of plagiarism at a very young age. I assure you I have outgrown that phase of my life.

#2. If you could visit any fictional place, where would you go?

I’m showing my YA roots here, but the first thing that comes to mind is Sweet Valley! I was obsessed with those books as a kid and wished that it were a real place. I wanted my neighborhood to have a Dairy Burger where I could congregate after school with my friends. To this day I respect the wholesomeness of that series. One day I’d like to write a middle grade series and form a fictional world along the same lines as SVH. 

#3. What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve received? The worst?

The great thing about the Indie Author community is that most of us are supportive of one another. We are also very honest, which I love. I’ve been told that my marketing is too light and fluffy (I’m always afraid to give away too much about my book), and in the beginning (during editing) I was more of a ‘tell vs. show’ writer. I’ve worked on that a lot and have improved. So now, the biggest compliments I get are on my character development, world building, and my imagery storytelling. I love it! As for the worst advice…someone once told me that my first story had too much suspense in it, as in, they weren’t getting the answers they wanted quick enough. I respected that criticism but at the same time I disagree. 

My first book is about world building and introducing the characters. Katrina (my protagonist in The Summer Solstice: Enchanted) is going through a lot in the beginning of the book. And we’re dealing with characters that have very different personalities and they are all learning how to cope with one another. I think the suspense in the first book is absolutely necessary. However, I believe this same reader will be very pleased with Book Two, The Equinox, which comes out on December 11, 2014. 

#4. What is your favorite thing about the holidays? 
Holidays, especially Christmas, are the absolute best! It’s a great excuse to get together with family and friends and just enjoy in one another’s company. My Christmas music starts up the weekend before Thanksgiving; that’s when my decorations go up too. I want Christmas to last as long as possible. I’m especially excited this year because my son, who turns three in January, is beginning to understand the traditions of the holidays. He’s very excited for his elf (Elf on the Shelf) named Buddy to visit him this year. 

#5. What authors, books, or ideas have influenced you?

Nicholas Sparks has a beauty in his words and such a charismatic way of portraying relationships while sticking true to his timeless stories of simplistic, yet heart-wrenching love. He is a genius in my eyes and his books are number one on my auto-reads list as I call them; as soon as his books hit the shelf you know I’ll be reading them. I’ve studied his On Writing section of his website, which is such a great tool for new authors. I’m also a YA fan so I devour stories from popular authors such as Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, John Green, and so on.

#6. Do you have any upcoming projects you want your readers to know about? 

Oh yes. I just announced the release date and cover for the follow up book in the Summer Solstice Series. This one is called The Equinox and it picks up not long after the end of Book One. In this story we get a deeper look into the mythology that I created and the characters involved. I also introduce some new characters to the mix that I am SUPER excited about. If you’ve read The Summer Solstice: Enchanted then you know that it leaves readers with some questions.

 What is the Equinox and what to they want? What happens with Alec and Kat? Where is Kat’s father? Why is Rose so distant with Kat? Is there more to Kat’s mother and why she kept Kat away from her family? And where did Kat’s pendant go after the mysterious boater rescued her? All of these questions and more will be resolved in Book Two. 

My name is K.K. Allen and I am the Paranormal / Urban Fantasy Author of the Summer Solstice series. The Summer Solstice: Enchanted and The Equinox are now available at Amazon. I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii but raised in Seattle, Washington. I currently live in Central Florida. I've always had a passion for reading and writing and have done so every day since the young age of 12. 

Writing has even transitioned into my Media Industry career where I wear many hats, copywriting/scriptwriting included. There's just something about telling a story that drives me in everything that I do. Whether I'm creating a content outline for a website, or pulling together assets to write to, or even putting together a video production, it's all about the storytelling. I hope you all check out the Summer Solstice: Enchanted and I look forward to connecting with you!

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