Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015! + BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY!

Happy New Years Eve!





Lots of things happened this 2014. Some were bad and some were good. To me, I felt as if this year could have been better and it some what disappoints me. I had so many things I wanted to do this year and some of it never even happened whether it was because of time or something else. But, in 2015, I want that to change. Even though I had some bad moments this year, I also had a lot of great things happen. I started a new style of martial arts, I started my own blog, I lost a few pounds, I bought more books, I had 12 amazing authors come to my blog, my mom published three books, and a lot of other great things happened.

In 2015, I want to accomplish a lot. Here are just a few of the things I want to accomplish.


1. To get better at math. My god, you have no idea how much I hate it. But, as surprising as this might sound, I also like it. I love my English teacher, history teacher and science teacher. My math teacher..she means well. I need to put 100% of my focus on Math because, well, it's pretty important if you want to become a chef.

2. Fit into a good sized jeans! I'm actually not ashamed of my legs or butt, but it wouldn't hurt to lose a few pounds just to fit into that perfect pair of jeans. You know the ones I'm talking about. The dark colored jeans, the ones that fit tightly against your thighs, and make your butt look like a piece of delicious candy. In about two or so months, I'm getting those jeans!

3. Get out more. You have no idea how much I hate being at home all the time. I hate seeing girls my age out and about with their friends and doing girl things. Being in Mexico and with my dad needing a hernia surgery, I know we can't get out a lot. But, I would love nothing more than to head down to the pool with either a book in my hand or my mom's laptop just to write up a quick blog post. I'm the type of person that love different sceneries, whether it be by the pool, the balcony, or the bookstore. (I'm definitely loving the bookstore one!)

4. Upload my cooking website! AH! I've almost got everything set up and I'm so excited! It's taken me a long time because I didn't know which website I would want to post it on. Wordpress, Weebly, Blogger or a few other ones I could find. I finally choose to have Blogger and I actually like it. I love the header, and how the layout turned out. I'm also coming out with an online store connecting to my cooking website! I'm hoping to have it up by mid January or the first of February. Fingers crossed!

5. Lose some weight! This year, I've learned that if you sit around and watch favorite shows like The 100 (MY GOD IT IS AMAZING, BY THE WAY!) and drink hot coco, you don't get a six pack. I don't know..something about science? I'm not a fat teenager. I workout and  I have some control to food. But, when your mom is waving two marshmallows in your face because it's your birthday, who the heck are you to say no?! 



6. Expand my blog more. Six months ago, my only follower was my sister. Now fast forward six months later, I have 82 GFC followers and 97 Bloglovin followers. W-O-W! The support from you guys has been amazing, so from the bottom of my heart..thank you! I hope in 2015 I will be able to expand it even more and I hope to share it with all of you guys! 

7. Buy more books! Can I get a yes on that? I'm already saving up the money to buy at least 50 books from the bookstore. That is not even a joke.. ;) 

8. Go up to Canada! My family and I are wanting to move up to Canada and I hope this year we get to go and look for the place we want. Even with the excitement in me, I'm still nervous. I've never gone on a plane before and well..I'm moving to Canada. Need I say any more? 

9. Have the time to write more. Writing has always been apart of me and it makes me sad that this year, I haven't written as much as I wanted to. I am currently trying to write a full length novel, (12 chapters already!) but so far, that's all I've got. I tend to write more when it's either a short story or a poem. Hopefully this year I can get my fingers working on that full length! 

10. To be happy and care free. That's the one I really want to focus on. Sometimes I tend to fill my head with negativity and I hate it. I want to feel happy and not give a crap anymore and this year, I hope to do just that. 





It's also my birthday today! What an exciting day to have your birthday on, isn't it? Turkey is almost done and I can't wait to have dinner! To celebrate my birthday and the new year, I'm hosting a giveaway! :) 








Here's to new beginnings with old, loyal friends, to being young and reckless no matter what your age is, to writing your own love story, in the most spontaneous moments, to being brave enough to dream big, and turning those dreams into reality. Here's to knowing yourself a little bit better and loving yourself a little bit more. Here's to you.

2015.

A new book with 365 blank pages. 

Let's write a bestseller!



Happy reading!


Merry Christmas from Sassy & Dangerous!

Happy Thursday! 



                                                       Hello my fellow bookworms! 



Can you believe it? I can't! The year just flies by so fast..  I've already finished my Christmas wrapping and now, I'm just going to sit back, read, eat turkey and enjoy my two day break from school. :) It literally feels like a Sunday, but it's not. Weird, haha! 

This is also my blog's first Christmas! WOOHOO! *happy dance* I'm going to be sad when I have to take the Santa hat off of Sassy though! Yes..I've called the girl in my banner, Sassy. Why? Because I can! :D 

To be honest, I don't want much for Christmas. I just want the person reading this to be healthy, happy, and loved! Wishing you happiness, love and books! 






A Darker Past (Darker Agency #2) by Jus Accardo | Review |

Happy Tuesday!


I finally decided to start reading this book, and even though I wasn't a fan of the first one, I got to say, Jus Accardo definitely caught my attention in the second book! Continue scrolling to read the review! 


Title: A Darker Past (Darker Agency #2)
Author: Jus Accardo
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal
Release Date: November 11th, 2014
Publisher:  Entangled Teen

MY RATING: 5 stars
The past is Darker than they thought...

Between helping her mother with the Darker Agency and laying the smack down on monster baddies, Jessie Darker puts the “normal” in paranormal. But lately, things have gotten a little crazy...even for a smart-assed half-demon teenage girl.

For starters, Jessie’s been contracted into fifty-five years of annoying servitude. To a demon. Then there’s Lukas Scott, her sexy new boyfriend. Once the former incarnation of Wrath, he’s been going through some...uh, changes. Like residual anger. And trading chaste hangouts for lusty make-out sessions.

But it’s when Lukas and Jessie accidentally release a Very Nasty Demon that things get really bad, setting into motion a chain of death and mayhem that threatens both Earth and the Shadow Realm. Jessie has exactly four days to fix it...before all of Hell breaks loose.


 When I read the first book in the series, Darker Days, I didn't quite like it.  But, Jus Accardo has finally won me over! It was a fast paced, action filled plot and I couldn't put the book down. The author managed to make the characters more likable for me.

I felt as if Jessie wasn't the same as in the first book, an annoying, obnoxious teenager. I actually enjoyed reading about her! I enjoyed reading her witty, sarcastic and sometimes giggle-out-loud comments. I also enjoyed reading the romance between Lukas and Jessie. There was more of it than in the first book, which made it even better! 

A Darker Past was a thrilling sequel and I can not wait to read the third book! 



Jessie: In the first book, I didn't like the way Jessie was. She was judgemental, she cussed like it was her job and she ignored her mother's and everyone else's warnings. But, in this book, I actually enjoyed reading about her. There were moments where I would giggle out loud and I loved that. I kept thinking that the author developed her characters even more and I'm impressed!  

And of course, every girl loves to read about the romance! I thought it was perfect. It had a bit of extra flare than the first book, with what was happening with Lukas, but man oh man did that bring a smile to my face! 





Lukas: Do I really have to say much about him? I can sum him up in three words. Mine. Mine. Mine. He is definitely on my book boyfriend list of 2014. He was the sweetest thing EVER. 

He protected Jessie throughout the entire book and I couldn't help turning my Kindle off and just staring at the wall..before jumping up and down like crazy. He's perfect, okay? Don't judge me! 


Valefar: I'm sorry, but if I have to choose between Lukas and Valefar, I want this guy for Christmas. Santa, I hope you're reading this! This guy had me cracking up almost every time he made an appearance and ARGH, I wish the author would make a novella about him! 



Overall, this book did not leave me disappointed! I enjoyed every minute of it and I can not wait for the third book! 

I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who is interested in young adult paranormal romance! You will not be disappointed!


Happy reading and happy holidays!








The Way Of The Wombat: The Quest for Gray Ironbark COVER REVEAL!

Happy Monday!


Wow, it's only two more days till Christmas! Who's excited?! *raises both hands* I think the only thing I'm excited about is the food. I'm pretty sure a chef's dream is making Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner!

I'm excited to share with you guys the cover reveal for A.M. Strickland's latest book, The Way of the Wombat: The Quest for the Gray Ironbark!


Title: The Way of the Wombat: The Quest for Gray Ironbark
Author: A.M. Strickland
Genre: Children, Adventure
Release Date: February 2nd, 2015
Publisher:  WhomBatz

PRE-ORDER LINKS! | Amazon |

Which Way would you follow?

When Laz, a young wombat, goes from playing a game with his friend Kita in their idyllic tribal village to witnessing the nightmare of a Tasmanian devil attack, he reacts in the only way he can: he fights back. He accidentally kills a devil while trying to save his sister, but his sister is still taken captive. To make matters worse, the tribal elders banish Laz, Kita and Zeeg—the three youths who fought back—for failing to follow the way of the wombat.

Frustrated and adrift, the three friends embark on a quest through red rocky deserts and deep eucalyptus jungles to discover their own way. With a cheerful koala warrior as a guide and a wise platypus as their trainer, they hope to survive long enough to find a legendary weapon that could save their tribe and Laz’s sister from the devils. But danger lurks around every tree…







AdriAnne Strickland was a bibliophile who wanted to be an author before she knew what either of those words meant. She shares a home base in Alaska with her husband, but has spent two cumulative years living abroad in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

While writing occupies most of her time, she commercial fishes every summer in Bristol Bay, because she can't seem to stop. Her debut YA sci-fi/fantasy, WORDLESS, launched in 2014 from Flux Books. THE WAY OF THE WOMBAT is her first foray into the world of middle grade fantasy adventure.





                                                     Connect with AdriAnne Strickland! 

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Book Blog Tour: Wearing the Cape by Marion G. Harmon!

Happy Thursday!

It's almost the weekend! Can I get an Amen?! I am five books away from completing my goal of reading 35 books this year. I'm so going to make it! ;)


Today, I'm here to talk about Wearing the Cape by Marion G. Harmon, so sit back, relax, and continue to scroll for the excerpt!


Title: Wearing the Cape
Author: Marion G. Harmon
Genre: Young Adult, Adventure, Fantasy
Release Date: July 1st, 2011
Publisher:  Createspace

BUY LINKS: | Amazon | B&N  |
WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPERHERO?

Hope did, but she grew out of it. Which made her superhuman breakthrough in the Ashland Bombing, just before starting her freshman year at the University of Chicago, more than a little ironic. And now she has some decisions to make. Given the code-name "Astra" and invited to join the Sentinels, Chicago's premier super-team, will she take up the cape and mask and become a career superhero? Or will she get a handle on her new powers (super-strength has some serious drawbacks) and then get on with her life-plan? In a world where superheroes join unions and have agents, and the strongest and most photogenic ones become literal supercelebrities, the temptation to become a "cape" is strong. But the price can be high-especially if you're "outed" and lose the shield of your secret identity. Becoming a sidekick puts the decision off for awhile, but Hope's life is further complicated when The Teatime Anarchist, the supervillain responsible for the Ashland Bombing, takes an interest in her.

Apparently as Astra, Hope is supposed to save the world. Or at least a significant part of it.

Wearing the Cape is a 300-page superhero novel for anyone who ever loved comic-book heroes, and wonders how they might behave in the real world.


I was driving east on the Eisenhower Expressway when the Teatime Anarchist dropped the Ashland Avenue overpass on top of me, using enough C4 to bring the whole southbound span down at once.

My day had started normally enough. I gulped coffee and grabbed scorched toast, exchanging kisses with Mom on the way out the door. The September chill nipped around the edges of my coat and at my legs, making me glad I’d worn tights under my skirt. Driving one-handed, I scanned my schedule with the other: I’d be playing Mom’s Girl Friday at the gallery, getting ready for Thursday night’s foundation event. Julie had texted; she planned for us to take the University of Chicago by storm our first year, and wanted us ready by Orientation Week. We’d ruled Oak Park High till graduation, and she didn’t see any reason our college years should be different.

I passed a gray Suburban and the red headed munchkin in the back seat waved at me while her mom talked business on her hands-free cell. I stuck out my tongue, making her laugh, and my epad launched into Julie’s new call theme: the U of C fight-song. Wave the flag of old Chicago—

Bang.

Overhead explosions shattered my thoughts and I looked up to see blooms of blasted concrete and falling bridge. I screamed and ducked, lost control. The car slid. A flash of yellow and I hit something hard. I screamed again at the second, world-ending shock as falling roadway flattened my car. The tires blew. The buckled roof hit my head and flying glass stung my face as my vision exploded in fireworks. Choking off the scream, I found myself lying stretched across the front seat, the gearshift digging into my stomach, in smothering darkness. I tasted blood on my tongue.

Alive. I was alive.

The car roof pushed down, inches above my head as I lay there in the dark, my seat belt cutting off my air. Lightheaded, clawing blindly, I unbuckled but still couldn’t breathe without choking. Cement dust. Pulling my coat open I yanked my sweater up, taking shallow, sobbing breaths through the wool and fighting to think around the rising fear.

Twisting around, I cautiously felt my legs, wiggled toes. Nothing broken? Emergency kit under seat (thanks Dad!). Pen light—I almost wept with relief.  Broken epad, damn it. Still, breathing okay, not bleeding out. Help. Help would come.

But would it come in time?

What about the munchkin and her mom? Were they under the road now? Could they wait, if they were alive? I choked on panic as thick as the dust. I had to get out. I had to know. They had to be alive.

Gasping, pulse pounding, I pushed against the roof above me and felt something deep inside me change. Cold fire ran through my bones. I shrieked and my next breath filled me with the whole world. Tearing through the crushed roof of my car, I heaved aside the chunk of roadway above my head as easily as clearing cheap drywall, stood, blinking at the disaster around me, and saw what had saved me; I’d slid into a huge earth moving machine traveling in the next lane and it shielded me.  Around us, cars had fallen with the span and lay broken among shattered chunks of road and twisted steel frame. Dust-clogged air carried the smell of spilled oil and gas, the first bite of burning rubber.  A white sedan screeched to a sliding stop at the north end of the broken bridge. The world went far, far away as I looked at my shaking hands, unable to believe what I’d just done.

Oh God. Oh God.

I pushed the screaming panic down. Okay. Deal now, freak later.

I started digging.




Marion G. Harmon has read and written all of his life (well, ever since first grade). He finished his first novel, Wearing the Cape, in 2010, and after failing to find an agent who knew what to do with a superhero story, decided to self-publish (mainly so he'd stop rewriting the book). 

He published through KDP and Createspace in mid 2011 with some success; Wearing the Cape earned a 4.5 star Amazon rating and spent most of 2012 ranked #1 in its Amazon category. Marion has since written four more novels set in the same world 

(Bite Me: Big Easy Nights, Villains Inc., Young Sentinels, and Small Town Heroes), astonished each time at the enthusiastic response of his readers. He is currently working hard on a sixth book, this one also featuring Astra and company, while polishing the plot of his deeply unserious space epic, Worst Contact. Really.



                                                      Connect with Marion G. Harmon! 




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I Like Big Books & I Can Not Lie! #BookHaul!

Happy Monday! 


Today has been very nice and peaceful. School was the same, frustrating and also fun..sometimes. My favorite teacher would have to be my English teacher because she isn't uptight like the rest of them. She likes to make jokes and get the kids laughing  which is needed because diagramming and knowing how to identify a word can be hard sometimes! 

Then I spent about two hours out with my parents and sister, doing a bit of shopping. Sometimes it can be fun, but sometimes it's not. Tourists have yet again arrived from the cruise ship and it can be hectic at times because of how many people are out and about.

But, nothing makes my Monday brighter than buying dozens of books! 



DIGITAL BOOKS


A Million Suns and Shades of Earth by Beth Revis



I already have the first one in the trilogy, but me being the stubborn one, I wanted to wait till I could find the paperback or hardcover editions. But, I've waited almost a year now, and I just couldn't wait any longer! 


Serial Hottie by Kelly Oram & Destined by Aprilynne Pike



I couldn't resist buying Serial Hotties because first of all, look at that cover? Doesn't it just draw you in? And I am in love with the synopsis! For Destined, it is the fourth book in the series of Wings, and I've read the other three, except this one. I'm thinking of reading the entire series again because I read them such a long time ago, and I'm hoping I can review them once I'm done! 


The Boyfriend League & Caribbean Cruising by Rachel Hawthorne



These two looked like something I would  enjoy, especially Caribbean Cruising. With a cruise ship in view from my balcony, I will definitely feel like I'm on it!  


Snowed In by Rachel Hawthorne & The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram



Yet another Rachel Hawthorne book! I couldn't resist a gorgeous cover like that! Plus, it's Christmas. I need at least one or two Christmas books to read! The Avery Shaw Experiment looks like a good one and I hope I'm right! It's quite pretty though, isn't it? 


Being Jamie Baker #1 & #2 by Kelly Oram



Aren't these covers gorgeous? I wish my bookstore had these so I can place them on my desk! I guess till I move to the US, it's going to have to stay in my Kindle bookshelf! I'm excited to read these. I've read a lot of great reviews on it and I like the idea of the books. 


The Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond and Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram




It seems as if I'm going on a Kelly Oram book shopping spree.. I've also read lots of good reviews about Cinder & Ella and I hope I like it as much as everyone else did! The Girl on a Wire had me the minute I read the synopsis. It's a pretty cover too! 



Wow, talk about buying some books! At the moment, I'm saving up some money for when I head down to the bookstore, so, stay tuned for that book haul! 

What about you guys? Have you bought any books recently? Will you be picking up any of the ones I mentioned above? Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to hear your thoughts! 



Happy reading!


Sassy's X-Mas Bash Wrap Up!

Happy Sunday!



W-O-W. I still can't believe the amount of support people have shown for this bash! 

I want to thank all of the authors who participated and everyone who has taken the time to support them, and taken the time to comment on the posts.  

I hope everyone has found tons of new books to read during the holidays as well! 

Don't forget, the MEGA HUGE giveaway ends on December 31st, so you have plenty of time to enter! But don't wait too long! ;) 



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Sassy's X-Mas Bash - Meradeth Houston! Interview & Giveaway!


Don't forget, head on over to our kick off post to enter our huge Christmas giveaway! You just might be the lucky winner for a $10 Amazon gift card and 1 out of 13 YA books!






Title: Surrender the Sky
Author: Meradeth Houston
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: May 1st, 2014
Publisher:  MuseItUp Publishing

BUY LINKS: | Amazon |
Gabby lives by two unbreakable rules: don’t expose her kind, the Sary, and don’t fall in love—too bad some rules are made to be broken.

When Gabby’s most difficult charge accidentally shoots her in front of a class full of students, the event exposes her carefully hidden identity. She shifts from looking like a normal teen to her secret Sary form, revealing her wings and the existence of her kind—immortals who try to keep people from committing suicide. Her incident attracts the attention of the next leader of the Sary, Jassen, who offers her an impossible bargain: she can keep her wings if she makes amends with those who know the truth.

Things get more complicated when a rebel Sary, intent on exposing them to the world, starts interfering with Gabby’s work. And there’s no denying her attraction to Jassen, who is torn between his duties and his heart. With threats at every turn and her immortality on the line, Gabby has to find a way to save the Sary or surrender the sky forever. 

Hi Meradeth! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! Let’s begin, shall we? 

Thanks so much for hosting me! 


#1. How did you get started writing?

I started writing when I was pretty young, mainly because I was reading some books that I loved and was struck by the though that instead of being disappointed by not finding other books in the genre, I could try my hand at my own. Cheap and easy entertainment ;) I didn’t start thinking about publication until much, much later—but that’s a whole other story!

#2. What is your writing day like? 

I work full time (or really, more than full time) as a professor, so my writing days are few and far between. Mostly I have a writing hour, or few minutes . But during the summer, if I’m lucky, I get full days to head to my favorite cafĂ© (or Starbucks—it depends on which has seats near a window), and settle in with tea, a cookie, my headphones, and my laptop. That’s heaven!

#3. How do you brainstorm ideas? 

Ideas tend to hit me out of the blue from just about anywhere. I keep a list on my phone so I jot something down really quick. From there, I might hand-write a few pages of notes before I dig into a new project.

#4. What is your favorite thing about the holidays? 

Seeing family is wonderful, but also getting to sleep in! Seriously . I’m not a morning person and hate going to bed early, so being able to stay up as late as I want working on whatever I want is just lovely. 

#5. What advice would you give to new writers?

This is a hard question, really. Part of me is all “be really positive and inspirational!” and the other part is “I wish someone had been more honest with me when I first started”—especially with the reality of how many books you’ll sell, etc. But, to balance them as best I can: Write as much as you can! And be sure to learn how to finish projects . It’s really an awesome business, filled with wonderful people.

#6. Do you have any upcoming projects you'd like your readers to know about?

I just released my fourth novel, An Absence of Light, and sold my fifth, Travelers, which will be released by Bookfish Books next year. Both are lots of fun (I think, at least, but I’m probably biased!). 


Meradeth's never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her: 

>She's a Northern California girl. And now is braving the cold winters in Montana.

>When she's not writing, she's sequencing dead people's DNA. For fun!

>She’s also an anthropology professor and loves getting people interested in studying humans.

 >If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she's terrified of heights.



Connect with Meradeth Houston!


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Happy reading!


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

Don't forget, head on over to our kick off post to enter our huge Christmas giveaway! You just might be the lucky winner for a $10 Amazon gift card and 1 out of 13 YA books!




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

BUY LINKS: | Amazon | The Book Depository |
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

BUY LINKS: | Amazon |
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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