Saturday, June 29, 2013

Review: Breaking Glass by Lisa Amowitz

Breaking Glass by Lisa Amowitz
Published Date: July 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Genre: YA

The Story: On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he’s not sure whether they’re real or if he’s losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself.

My Review: I really enjoyed reading this book!  I read Shards first (its the first chapter with illustrations) and then launched into Breaking Glass.  I loved the play on words, especially with the title, the main character's name is Jeremy Glass.  This book is dark and twisted, and you don't know what exactly is going on. 

If you're looking for something different, and want to be kept on the edge of your seat, pick up Breaking Glass! You won't be disappointed!

 

Friday, June 28, 2013

ASHES ON THE WAVES by Mary Lindsey Blog Tour



Welcome to the last stop on the ASHES ON THE WAVES blog tour! I'm thrilled to be a part of this tour. Mary Lindsey is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.

***ABOUT THE BOOK***

Release Date: June 27, 2013
Publisher: Philomel


A sexy gothic romance based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee”

Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of Dòchas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him—until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam’s fate is changed forever.

With Anna, Liam finally finds the happiness he has always been denied, but the violent, mythical Otherworlders, who inhabit the island and the sea around it, have other plans. They make a wager on the couple’s love, testing its strength through a series of cruel obstacles. But the tragedies draw Liam and Anna even closer. Frustrated, the creatures put the couple through one last trial—and this time it’s not only their love that’s in danger of being destroyed.

Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling poem Annabel Lee, with references to many of his other works including The Raven, Mary Lindsey creates a frighteningly beautiful gothic novel that glorifies the power of true love.

Perfect for fans of Lauren Kate’s Fallen series, Kendra Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood, and Kelly Creagh’s Nevermore.

***Find ASHES ON THE WAVES and Mary Lindsey Online***


***My Review*** 

As I mentioned earlier, Mary Lindsey is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I couldn't get enough of her last novel, SHATTERED SOULS. I devoured that book. So I was not even the least bit surprised that I loved ASHES ON THE WAVES. But it wasn't as simple as loving it. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. It was creepy and eerie and fantastic in all the best ways. 

Bases on the poem "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allen Poe, this novel is nothing short of brilliant. I loved every single detail of Liam's curse and Anna's denial. I felt pulled in every direction by their tale of true love, almost as if the waves from the ocean and the Otherworlders were calling to me as I read. Each chapter unveiled another gripping piece to their story, keeping me glued to the exquisitely written words well past my bedtime. 

Each chapter begins with a small bit of other poems written by Poe, which only added another level of wonderful creepiness to the storyline. The lines of the poetry seemed to help increase the tension throughout. Told from the point of view of Liam and, surprisingly, that of Muireann. Reading from Muireann's, a rather important selkie in the story, point of view was a treat in and of itself, but it was Liam's point of view that really pulled me the most. His pain, and acceptance of that pain, was tangible and real. 

Even more real, however, is the raw emotion that comes off the page when Liam sees/hears/speaks to Anna. Having been an outcast most his life, Liam doesn't exactly have a lot of friends of experience with social interactions and certainly not romance. But it's obvious right away that his feelings for Anna run deep, and they have always have. I loved seeing their relationship unfold in both the small bits revealed about their past together, and in the development of their love as I read along. 

I could go on and on about how much I loved this book, but I'm terrified I'm going to ruin something for you. So let me just say this: if you are a fan of gothic loves stories that are beautifully and imaginatively written and promise to give you chills late into the night, then pick this book up. It's fantastic and one that deserves a permanent place on your bookshelf. I know it will hold a special place on mine! 

My Rating:


 



Thursday, June 27, 2013

Release Blitz: Choke by S.R. Johannes


Suffocate #1 in The Breathless Novelette series

Suffocate is the first novelette in THE BREATHLESS series. It is a 15,000 word young adult thriller that combines the dystopic and science fiction genres.

For centuries, the world outside the Biome has been unlivable. Today, marks the first time anyone will attempt to leave the suffocating ecosphere. Eria is not worried because her scientist father has successfully tested the new Bio-Suit many times. 

It's a celebratory day until something goes horribly wrong. In the midst of tragedy, Eria uncovers a deep conspiracy in her perfect bubble. If those responsible find out what she knows, they won't stop hunting her until she takes her last breath.

The 2nd novelette in the series, CHOKE, is scheduled for June 2013. The 3rd, EXHALE, is scheduled for Winter 2013
 



Choke, #2 in The Breathless Novelette series

When Eria escapes her home in the Biome, she uncovers more about her
features and specifications as a HumaNot. Following her father's
instructions, Eria embarks on a journey into a dangerous and unpredictable world.

Along the way, she encounters a young rebel, Dirk, 
who explains he's from the Anarchy, an underground human resistance rising up against the BOTs--advanced man-made robots gone wild. Together, Dirk and Eria battle underground serpents, desert dingos, sand storms, and advanced Bots that are always hot on their trail. As they become closer, Dirk reveals his hatred of machines, forcing Eria to hide the secret of what and who she really is.

When the truth of her identity comes out, Eria is forced to become the very thing she hates the most.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Interview & Giveaway: Lisa Amowitz author of Breaking Glass

 
 
BREAKING GLASS by Lisa Amowitz
Published Date: July 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Genre: YA

The Story: On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he’s not sure whether they’re real or if he’s losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the truth or become the next victim himself.

ISBN: 978-1937053383
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Author bio:
Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot.
When she hit her teens, she realized that Long Island was too small for her and she needed to escape. So she went to college in Pittsburgh. Go figure.

On leaving college, Lisa became a graphic designer living in New York City. She eventually married her husband of a zillion years, had two lovely children, and was swept away to a fairy tale life in the Bronx, where, unbelievably there are more trees and wilderness than her hometown. She can see the Hudson River from her kitchen window.

Lisa has been a professor of Graphic Design at her beloved Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly seventeen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.

BREAKING GLASS which will be released in July, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014, along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. LIFE AND BETH will also be released in the near future, along with graphic novel style art.

Free download of SHARDS, which is an illustrated preview of BREAKING GLASS

***Interview***


What's the craziest writing idea you've had?
Oh, that’s easy. Two summers ago I became obsessed with the Revolutionary war hero, Nathan Hale, after stumbling upon a plaque that indicated he was hung at age 21 on what is not the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The plaque was on the outside of a Banana Republic. Instantly, I decided I needed to write about Nathan and a modern day counterpart. I plunged myself into research, even visited his birthplace in Connecticut. I am still fascinated by the actual historic figure, but my attempts to turn his story into a contemporary young adult urban fantasy fell totally flat!

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?


That’s actually tougher! I’m running out of space on my shelves and I am not much of a collector of objects because I live in an apartment, so—I guess I’ll go with the Fellowship of the Rings, because that would be worth a small fortune.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

That I am an only child. After all the wacky stories I tell people, that seems to surprise them the most.
How long do you generally let a story idea ‘marinate’ in your brain before
you start the book?


They seem to marinate for years until a character starts talking to me and telling me I must write them or they won’t leave me alone.
Who or what inspired your last book?

The last book I finished is a paranormal murder mystery set in the Catskill Mountains, so I would say the Catskill region itself inspired me. The main character just kind of showed up in a fishing boat with his guitar and dog, had a vision of a skeleton at the bottom of the lake—and I started writing.
If you were President for a day, what is the first thing you would do?

Probably turn completely gray, like most presidents do, realize I could get nothing done, like most presidents do, then get the White House chef to cook me three amazing meals. Then I’d watch a movie in the private screening room after taking multiple pictures of myself behind the Oval Office desk and posting them to Facebook. Yes, I have big dreams and I am idealistic, but being president is not being king.
What hidden gem do you have in your bookshelves?

Great question! The Color of Water by Ann Spollen.
What book do you love that doesn't get a lot of hype?  

I loved the Kneebone Boy, by Ellen Potter. But I am also going to list the books of my critique-mates — Kate Milford’s two books The Boneshaker and The Broken Lands, as well as my other good friend Christine Johnson’s book The Gathering Dark and Heidi Ayarbe’s Wanted.

About how long does it take to write a book?


That varies. This year has been my worst writing year ever. I’m writing at a snail pace because of all the book promo things I am doing (like this guest post!) and I do a lot of cover design. But I wrote Breaking Glass in six months, but even that was uneven-- last half  was completed in two weeks. I wrote the draft for Vision in a single month. So once I get down to it, I can really pump it out.
What made you decide to write in this genre?

I love creepy dark settings with secrets and possibilities—places that have stories to tell… so what else WOULD I write?

Thanks for having me on Books Complete Me!

Thanks Lisa for answering my questions!  I'm curious to see the one with the Catskill Mountains!  I know so many stories from there!

***Giveaway***
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(2) signed ARCS
(1) original work of Breaking Glass related art created and signed by the author.







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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Review & Interview: One by LeighAnn Kopans



ONE by Leigh Ann Kopans
Published Date: June 2013
Publisher: self
Genre: YA Sci Fi

The Story: When having two powers makes you a Super and having none makes you a Normal, having only one makes you a sad half-superpowered freak. It makes you a One. Sixteen-year-old Merrin Grey would love to be able to fly – too bad all she can do is hover. If she could just land an internship at the Biotech Hub, she might finally figure out how to fix herself. She busts her butt in AP Chem and salivates over the Hub’s research on the manifestation of superpowers, all in hopes of boosting her chances. Then she meets Elias VanDyne, another One, and all her carefully crafted plans fly out the window. Literally. When the two of them touch, their Ones combine to make them fly, and when they’re not soaring over the Nebraska cornfields, they’re busy falling for each other. Merrin's mad chemistry skills land her a spot on the Hub's internship short list, but as she gets closer to the life she always wanted, she discovers that the Hub’s purpose is more sinister than it has always seemed. Now it’s up to her to decide if it's more important to fly solo, or to save everything - and everyone - she loves.

My Reivew: I LOVED this book.  I love the fact that LeighAnn Kopans shows it's ok to not be like everyone else.  At least that's one thing I got out of it!  In this world, being different could spell disaster.  But how can a One survive in a world of Supers and Normals?  Check out ONE to find out!!  There's so much I could tell you about this book, but then I'd end up spoiling it for you!



About Leigh Ann Kopans: Raised on comic books and classic novels, Leigh Ann developed an early love of science fiction and literature. As an adult, she rediscovered her love for not only reading, but also writing the types of fiction that enchanted her as a teen. Her debut novel, ONE, is about a girl with only half a superpower, the boy who makes her fly, and her struggle to make herself whole. Leigh Ann, her husband, and four children live in Columbus, Ohio. When she’s not immersed in the world of fiction, you can find her obsessing over the latest superhero movie or using her kids as an excuse to go out for ice cream (again.)

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***Interview***

Thank you so much for inviting me for an interview today. I’m so excited to be here – this blog is incredible!

Why do you think books are being made into movies?

I think that maybe our culture is starting to see the entertainment value in literature, which is awesome! It’s great that deeply thematic and symbolic books like The Hunger Games are being gobbled up by mainstream popular culture. I just hope that it brings more people back to actually reading the books, and realizing what a satisfying experience reading can be, and how different it is from seeing a movie. Get the best of both worlds!

What would be your super power?

To never need to sleep. Think of all I could get done! All the books I could write! All the Pinterest crafts I could do! How clean my house would be, and how in shape I’d be!

How did you know you wanted to be an author?

The first time one of my Critique Partners said she really liked a story of mine, and I had that thrill of sharing a narrative I’d created and having someone find enjoyment and meaning in it, I knew. There’s just nothing like pulling a story out of thin air, and having someone else love it!

What book are you looking forward to this year?

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, and it came out just a few days ago! Can’t wait to get time to read that!!!!

Which authors have influenced you most?

Madeleine L’Engle, definitely, because she believed in writing stories with lots of meaning and importance for children. She thought that kids could understand some deep things better than adults could, and I’ve always loved and respected that, my whole life. I think she was a big influence in me wanting to write YA.

And authors like Kristin Cashore, Maggie Steifvater, and Isaac Marion, who craft such lyrical, rich prose that I want to swoon – I hope I capture their influence, too.

Where do you write?

I have four small children, so I write EVERYWHERE! On my phone while cuddling them on the couch while they watch TV, on my netbook set up in the kitchen while they eat dinner, on my desktop in a little office when I can get time here or there. My netbook comes with me everywhere, so when I have a down 20 minutes at work (I work 4 out of 5 days a week) I can pull it out and start typing – my favorite places to do that are the coffee shop and the dead-quiet library. But really, I can write anywhere -  I’ve even written paragraphs while waiting at a stoplight. I love my smart phone.

What is your favorite scene in your book?

That’s such a cool question! It’s all of chapter 8, actually – the first scene in the book that I wrote. It when Merrin and Elias realize how their powers really affect each other.

What is the next book on your to be read pile?

Abandon by Elana Johnson. I read and loved the first two in the series, and I NEED to know how it wraps up.

How did you come up with your title?

It’s always been sort of obvious to me – One is the name of what the main characters are, and also what defines their main problem.

What is your favorite munchie food?

Ohhhh man. That’s tough. I love love love chips, but they’re bad for my waistline (why is life so unfair???) So I switched it up to low-fat popcorn while I edit TWO, because I’m SUPER munchy while I’m editing.
 

Thanks again for inviting me – I loved your questions, and loved answering them more! You are fabulous.

Thanks LeighAnn!!  And can't wait to check out TWO!


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Friday, June 21, 2013

Review: Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis

Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis
Published Date: July 2012
Publisher: Euterpe
Genre: YA

The Story:

There are worse things than death, worse people too.
The "talk" was bad enough, but how many teens get told that they're a goddess? When her mom tells her, Persephone is sure her mother has lost her mind. It isn't until Boreas, the god of winter, tries to abduct her that she realizes her mother was telling the truth. Hades rescues her, and in order to safely bring Persephone to the Underworld he marks her as his bride. But Boreas will stop at nothing to get Persephone. Despite her growing feelings for Hades, Persephone wants to return to the living realm. Persephone must find a way to defeat Boreas and reclaim her life.
 
My Review:  Wow.  I loved learning about Greek mythology in school. But Kaitlin Bevis' book Persephone brings all that lore into another world for us to understand!  And Hades, definately doesn't sound like the typical guy we might picture.  Oh, and don't worry, you won't get lost while reading!  Kaitlin Bevis makes it real easy to follow all the different gods and goddessses.  If you haven't looked into this book, but was looking for a new romance read, pick it up!
 
 
 
 
About the Author: Kaitlin Bevis spent her childhood curled up with a book and a pen. If the ending didn't agree with her, she rewrote it. She's always wanted to be a writer, and spent high school and college learning everything she could so that one day she could achieve that goal. She graduated college with a BFA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and is pursuing her masters at the University of Georgia. Her young adult fiction series, "Daughters of Zeus," and her short story "Siren Song" are available for purchase in ebookstores everywhere. She also writes for Athens Parent Magazine, and truuconfessions.com.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Review: Charley by Donna Seim

Charley by Donna Seim
Published Date: September 2013
Publisher: Peter E. Randall Publisher
Genre: MG

The Story: Charley is based on the true story of a twelve-year-old boy living in Boston in 1910. Suffering from abandonment he winds up on the steps of an orphanage. Charley, blessed with a beautiful voice, joins the traveling choir. When his hopes are all but dashed, he sings his way into a family in rural Maine.

My Review: This is such a cute and heart warming story.  Charley doesn't want to leave his older brother or younger brother and sister, but when his dad leaves to find work, his older brother tells Charley that they need to go to the orphanage.  After the choir director finds out Charley can sing very well, he joins the choir who travels all over the east, in hopes of finding homes for the children. 

This story also breaks my heart, with knowing even now, children are hoping to find a family to call their own.  I had a hard time reading it, only because it brought tears to my eyes, and it's really hard to read while you're crying.  But I love this story!  Donna Seim paints a picture and you imagine you're there in Boston, or in Maine.  You can hear the language of the time too. 

 
About the Author: Charley is award-winning author DONNA MARIE SEIM's second middle grade novel. Her first novel, Hurricane Mia, was praised as "a 5 star young reader's book that should be in every library, every classroom, and every home," by Readers' Favorite Book Reviews. Donna is the author of two picture books, Satchi and Little Star and Where is Simon, Sandy? Donna holds a BSSW in social welfare, and a MA in Special Education. Donna lives in Newbury, Massachusetts. SUSAN SPELLMAN is a fine artist and illustrator who resides in Newburyport, Massachusetts. She illustrates for Highlights magazine and has illustrated more than thirty titles for children since 1979, including: Mabel Takes a Paddle, by Emily Chetkowski, Draw History, the Civil War, by Nancy Clayton and Pinky & Bubs' Stinky Night Out, by Frankie Spellman.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Book Blitz: Triangles by Kimberly Ann Miller


Triangles
by Kimberly Ann Miller
Release Date: 06/18/13
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Summary from Goodreads: 
A cruise ship. A beautiful island. Two sexy guys. What could possibly go wrong?

In the Bermuda Triangle—a lot.

Hoping to leave behind the reminders of her crappy life--her father's death years ago, her mother's medical problems, and the loser who’s practically stalking her--seventeen-year-old Autumn Taylor hops on a ship with her sister for a little distraction. When she wakes up in the Bermuda Triangle, she fears she's gone nuts for more than one reason: that loser’s suddenly claiming they're a happy couple... a hot guy is wrapping his arms around her and saying "Happy Anniversary"... and suddenly, she’s full of bruises, losing her hair, and getting IV medication. Autumn visits the ship's doctor, hoping for a pill or a shot to make the craziness go away. Instead, she's warned that these "alternate realities" could become permanent.

She just has to ask herself one question—how the hell is she going to get out of this mess?



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***Excerpt***
“Are you all right, honey?”

I opened my eyes. An attractive young woman with red hair and brilliant
green eyes was looking at me. What I thought was salt water from the
ocean must have been tears because my face was the only one nearby that
was wet. I glanced at her concerned expression and smiled. “Yes, thank
you. I’m fine.” I swiped away a tear with my finger. “Just…everything’s
fine.”

She stepped closer and lowered her voice. “This cruise will change
your life. Nothing will be the same when it’s over, but it will be worth it.
You’ll see.” Her emerald eyes twinkled, and she nodded her head once.

I forced a laugh to be polite. “Thanks. Enjoy your cruise.”

What a weirdo. What did that even mean? How could a cruise change
my life? I moved from my spot to avoid more weirdness from her and
found a less populated area at the back of the ship. New York and New
Jersey disappeared behind us as we charged toward Bermuda and away
from the mess my life had become.

A cloud covered the retreating sun, sending shivers through me. A
white-haired lady dropped her purse and lots of change tumbled out. A
penny hit my foot and landed on tails.

My cell phone buzzed. I pulled it from my pocket. I had thirteen
messages and thirteen texts. How would Nisha survive the next five days
without hearing from me? I took care of the messages and told her I’d call
her when we got back to Jersey.

Even though I was not very superstitious, a bad feeling crawled into
the pit of my stomach and took up residence.


I knew what I was leaving behind, but what was I floating toward?


Kimberly Miller received Bachelor's degrees from Georgian Court University and Rutgers University and a Master's degree from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is an avid reader and particularly enjoys true crime and young adult novels. She grew up in New Jersey and currently resides in Monmouth County with her husband and three cats. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel to sunny islands where she snorkels by day and stargazes by night. She always takes her Nook with her. 


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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Review & Interview: Dragonfly by Leigh T. Moore



Dragonfly by Leigh T. Moore
Published Date:
Publisher:
Genre: YA

The Story:
Three bad things I learned this year:
-People you trust lie, even parents.
-That hot guy, the one who’s totally into you, he might not be the one.
-Things are not always how they appear.

Three good things I learned this year:

-Best friends are always there for you, even when they’re far away.
-That other hot guy, the one who remembers your birthday, he just might be the one.
-Oh, and things are not always how they appear.

Anna Sanders expected an anonymous (and uneventful) senior year until she crossed paths with rich-and-sexy Jack Kyser and his twin sister Lucy.

Pulling Anna into their extravagant lifestyle on the Gulf Coast, Lucy pushed Anna outside her comfort zone, and Jack showed her feelings she’d never experienced... Until he mysteriously withdrew.

Anna turned to her internship at the city paper and to her old attraction for Julian, a handsome local artist and rising star, for distraction. But both led to her discovery of a decades-old secret closely guarded by the twins’ distant, single father.

A secret that could permanently change all their lives.

Be watching for Undertow, Book 2 in the Dragonfly series, coming July 18!
 

My Review:  I loved this book!  It's so cute, and realistic!  Leigh T Moore has written a beautiful story, where things aren't how they appear.  Two guys who have feelings for the same girl, and that girl loving both guys!  I ate up this book, and I don't want to give many spoilers, but it's a good thing that the second books is coming out soon!!  I don't think I could have waited longer to know what will happen to Jack, Lucy, Anna and Julian. 

If you're looking for a good summer read, pick up Dragonfly! 

 


DRAGONFLY EXCERPT:

Falling in Love Changes Everything…


“C’mon,” Julian said, helping me stand. “Let’s blow off this party and catch a movie or go to Scoops. This isn’t our scene.”


I shook my head. “I just really want to go home.” The tears were trying to start again. “Can I just go home now?”


“Sure,” he said, holding my cheek. I took a limping step, and he stopped. “Does it hurt to walk?”


My leg was throbbing. I nodded, looking down, and before I realized what was happening, he was lifting me in his arms.


“Julian, wait,” I held his shoulders. “I’m too heavy!”


“It’s okay,” he said, walking on. I sighed and leaned my head against his shoulder. I didn’t feel like fighting. Gentle pressure against my temple, and he’d kissed me. “You’ll get over this,” I heard him say under his breath.

 

ABOUT LEIGH T. MOORE:

Leigh Talbert Moore is the author of the popular young adult romantic comedy The Truth About Faking, its companion The Truth About Letting Go, and the mature YA/new adult romantic suspense novel Rouge, a Quarter Finalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.


She is an award-winning journalist and editor, who has also worked in marketing and public relations for many years. Her writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the southeast and Midwest U.S., and she runs the popular writing-craft blog That’s Write.


A southern ex-pat and beach bum, she currently lives with her husband, two young children, and one grumpy cat in the Midwest.


Read excerpts of her books on Wattpad and Figment!

***Interview***

Hi, guys! Thanks so much for having me here today and for helping me spread the word about my new book Dragonfly! I’m so excited to share it with readers! J

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?

Hard one! Hmm… I like having a good mix of smart and funny people, so #1 on my list would have to be Tina Fey. Plus she’s a great writer, so that’s a huge bonus! Then Bill Murray, because he’s so quirky and hilarious. Of course Jennifer Lawrence because I’m convinced she’s my long-lost little sister. We need to put those pieces together. Then I’d invite Sophia Vergara because I bet she can keep a party going, and finally Wes Anderson. I’m a huge fan of his movies, and I want to pick his brain.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

Umm… ummm… Hmm. This is a very hard question. I guess Audrey Hepburn, because she’s so gorgeous and classy… or NO! Marilyn Monroe. Maybe she could tell us what really happened that night…

Any other books in the works?

For now, I’m working on the last two books in the Dragonfly series. I want to tell you SO badly what happens in them, but that would be majorly spoilery. So I can’t. But Watercolor (#3) is going to be love-story gorgeous, and Mosaic (#4) is going to be kind of … tense and good.

What is your dream cast for your book?

I wrote Dragonfly in 2009, so my dream cast is horribly out of date. What I’m doing is inviting readers to send me their dream cast collages (leightmoore@gmail.com), and I’ll post them all on my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LeighTalbertMoore) with their names. Maybe everyone can vote and the winner will get a prize. We’ll see how many people play along! J

What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

Just keep swimming! This is a hard, hard business, and persistence is key. Get you a trusted group of writer friends, who can challenge you and support you, and stick with it! And above all, be kind and supportive of each other. Everyone has their own path to follow! J

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?

Honestly, I’m happy where I am right now. This really is the best time to be a writer!

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?


I think all my characters have a little bit of my personality in them. It’s kind of inevitable, I think. But they’re all such mixtures of all kinds of things—movies I’ve seen, people I’ve known, other stories I’ve heard. Does that make sense? J

Who or what inspired you to become an author?

My mom kept telling me I’d be an author when I grew up. I always argued with her that I wouldn’t—I didn’t think I could stick with a story that long! But she ended up being right. Moms usually are! J

What is your guilty pleasure?

Chocolate! I LOVE expensive, dark chocolate. Mmmm…

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