Hello, Happy Saturday!
Well, as you turn over, stretch and start your day,by reaching for your phone, Tablet, Pad, Netbook or whatever may be used to check out what’s happening on line; I’m glad you stopped by! Today I have very special guests Authors Emma Meade and Courtney Vail!… There will be a spotlight review on Emma Meade’s Night Sighs and a guest post from Courtney Vail of Kings and Queens!(also Ms. Vail’s cool Mind Track!:) So let’s get started:)
Author Emma Meade of Night Sighs
SUMMARY/REVIEW(Novel great for Older teens to adults)
Night Sighs follow Tristan and Alex two lovers that are drawn to one another despite challenges between individual beliefs and outside forces.
Tristan is a vampire, handsome, enigmatic and extremely talented; he is a musician/lead vocalist, who is able to mesmerize his entire audiences with just his voice.Tristan accepts who he is, as a vampire he hunts and fully relishes all that makes up his nature. Alex, human and at the start of the book, she is torn between her humanity and being in love with Tristan and accepting the parts of his nature that disturbs her, the parts that is difficult to reconcile on how humans are to be treated….basically not as food…Also, Alex, enjoys the benefits of her humanity, sunlight and other such sources that Tristan is unable to partake of, but there lies such a passion between the two, a drawing to Tristan that she cannot deny. But deny she must try…and she leaves him…
The next story(There are five stories that make up the book) …time has passed and Alex is drawn to a concert where Tristan is performing, she doesn’t know why, but she is…and it is as if time had stopped and their feelings had never changed. Alex, although living life, seemed to live it under the shadow of the passion and love for Tristan and vice versa, so when they meet in person again, and it is confirmed that Alex is back… Tristan makes a shocking move!
I was taken into the story at the very beginning. There was such raw passion from page one, that there was absolutely no way I was going to put down that book…I read it in one sitting! Just the way Ms. Meade describes Tristan, of course undeniably handsome…beautiful as Alex calls him. That is what he is…and in his own way, although he is a fully grown man, he has an innocence that belies his age and his vampire nature; Tristan has two great loves…Music and Alex…and it appears as the story goes, he’s subject to losing one or the other at various times…Although the passion drew me in, the connection between the two characters kept me enthralled…
I believe the most shocking…and the most apparent part of the book for me...(SPOILER ALERT!!!!)…was when upon meeting again…Tristan, part in anger and retaliation of Alex leaving him….and part in assuring she will never do so again…he instantly kills and turns her….literally, my mouth hung open and I was surprised to say the least…It inhabited such brutality, the way he left her to make the transition into her new life on her own…and it showed the amount of pain he obviously suffered at losing her…As if he had died…(again)
But the book, was beautifully written, moving…funny at times…I loved the references to music and artists…(such as the Boss…Bruce Springsteen!)
I believe anyone that is a fan of the genre, has found a new voice to celebrate in that of Emma Meade…I look forward to what she has in store for us in the future!
AUTHOR COURTNEY VAIL OF KINGS AND QUEENS
Okay guys I want you to help me welcome the fabu author Courtney Vail!
She’s written the cool YA novel Kings& Queens!
Ms. Vail has also written a great guest post…a Character Q&A…too fun! So before we get to that…let’s see what else is on Ms. Vail’s mind! Being a great sport Ms. Vail provided a mind track! so make sure you check that out as well!:)
Each week new updates by Indie authors,who give their time and Mind tracks to Indiewritersreview; Each author gives a snippet of how music added flavor; and at times inspired some of the cool books they write!
This week’s phenomenal Indie author spotlight:
Author Courtney Vail of Kings And Queens! MIND TRACK! indiewritersreview-trailer-stop(click to check out her Mind Track:)
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COURTNEY VAIL writes totally twisted YA and adult suspense. She enjoys braiding mystery, suspense & romance with some kind of weirdness. Her addictions to crazy coffee concoctions, Funny Bones, Ben & Jerry’s, and bacon keep her running and writing. She currently lives in New England with a comedian stud and a wild gang of kidlets.
Kings & Queens Synopsis
Q&A with character Majesty Alistair!
Seventeen-year-old Majesty Alistair wants police to look further into her father’s fatal car wreck, hopes the baseball team she manages can reclaim the state crown, aches for Derek…or, no…maybe Alec…maybe. And she mostly wishes to retract the hateful words she said to her dad right before slamming the door in his face, only to never see him again.
All her desires get sidelined, though, when she overhears two fellow students planning a church massacre. She doubts cops will follow up on her tip since they’re sick of her coming around with notions of possible crimes-in-the-works. And it’s not like she cries wolf. Not really. They’d be freaked too, but they’re not the ones suffering from bloody dreams that hint at disaster like some crazy, street guy forecasting the Apocalypse.
So, she does what any habitual winner with zero cred would do…try to I.D. the nutjobs before they act. But, when their agenda turns out to be far bigger than she ever assumed, and even friends start looking suspect, the truth and her actions threaten to haunt her forever, especially since she’s left with blood on her hands, the blood of someone she loves.
1. If you had to describe yourself in one word, which would you choose?
One word? Really? One? What kind of interview is this? Weren’t you told I’m a talker? One word. Please. Shut me up now. Um, I guess, runner? Yeah, that’s me. In every sense of the word. Yeah, run with that.
2. What is it about Derek that keeps you coming back?
Wow, you mean besides his blue-diamond dazzlers that make me melt into utter stupidity? Just kidding. To a point. It is his eyes, and not the color really, although it’s gorgeous, but rather, the storms they hold. I mean, he’s got it so easy. He lives in a mansion, has a sweet ride and a room the size of Montana, gets great grades, crushes the inside pitches. His dad’s a senator. Everyone likes him. So, why the storms? I mean, my dad recently died and storms are so out for me. I don’t do storms. I don’t do GRIEF. So, what’s up with him? It’s a mystery. One I’ll probably never know the answer to because he’s so freakin’ clammed up. Derek’s an enigma, that’s for sure, and that dazzles me. He’s honest, biting, fascinating, commanding…fleetingly sweet. Every once in a while, I’m lucky enough to catch the sweet, as well as his smile. He has an amazing smile, when he’s compelled to flash it. And yet, those eyes again. I don’t know. I’m tugged to those deep but roped-off pools like to a Siren’s song. Wouldn’t you be?
3. Is there anything about yourself you wish you could change?
Uh, YES! I’d definitely like to be gutsier. I wish, um, that I could just, ya know, leap and take a chance when it really counts…and not merely when I know I’ll win. I win a lot, so I may look like a risk-taker, in essence, but I’m really a chicken. I’m totally terrified of being broken apart, so I do everything I can to avoid any heart and soul demolishers that might dare try it.
4. You are given a trip to anywhere in the world you choose. Where do you go?
Man, are you tryna kill me? Should’ve known this would cut deep. Couldn’t you have asked me about my favorite bands, ice cream, sports teams, anything?
Honestly, the only destination I ache for is yesterday, and there isn’t a plane ticket on earth that can take me there. I spat the rudest words to my dad and slammed the door in his face, hours before he died, and no beach or mountaintop, not even Fenway Park, calls to me like that one impossible trek. It sucks.
5. Tell me something you’re passionate about.
Well, exercise for sure. I run, bike, dance, walk, hike, roll. I’m the type that has to move and be on the go constantly. I can’t sit still for long. Even when I’m on the phone, I’m all over the place, burning tracks in the kitchen tile or my carpet. I’m also a sport enthusiast to the extreme. I’ve chased down players for autographs, worn full face paint and an embarrassing amount of regalia, cranked out the best draft party in the state. I’m a nut. Sports. Nut. Look it up, Google it, you’ll find me there.
6. What is your favorite food?
I know, I know, you’re probably thinking Ben & Jerry’s because I talk about it incessantly, but I really love corn on the cob, mmm, I devour is all summer. It’s bliss in your mouth. Crispy and sweet, buttery and salty, yum, yum. I get kind of selfish when we make it and really don’t like giving up my ears to anyone. I growl like a dog.
7. What’s your favorite thing about Alec?
Hmm. Do I have to pick one? There are so many things I like, it’s so hard to choose. I guess I like that he’s compelled to be sunshine. He’s the first one to defend a friend, or lend a hand or give a word of encouragement. He’s the kind of guy that doesn’t need nudges from girls to get it right. He just steps up the plate, on his own, every time.
8. What would you like readers to know before they read your story?
That I didn’t have anything to do with the baby pig in the locker room!
Thanks so much for having me! I had a blast.
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Happy Saturday Fam:)