Monthly Archives: June 2015

RACHEL MARKS: I WROTE DARKNESS BRUTAL WHILE WAS RECOVERING FROM CHEMO

Rachel Marks debuted among the Amazon bestselling list early in June with the first part of her trilogy Dark Cycle – Darkness Brutal. For the second week in a row the novel is pat of Top 10 and engaged a lot of fans of YA genre. The story already gathered a fine amount of positive feedback with average 4.4 Amazon stars. Land of Books is proud to welcome lady Rachel Marks as our next guest.

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– What is your book Darkness Brutal about?
DARKNESS BRUTAL is my debut novel and it’s about a teen boy named, Aidan, who is trying to save his sister, Ava, from the demons trying to hurt her. He has a few very unique abilities and he’s hoping they’ll help him protect her. But they’re journey takes an interesting turn when Aidan ends up under the wing of an enigmatic con artist who runs a paranormal detective agency.
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LISA MONDELLO: ALL MY BOOKS ARE FILLED WITH A LOT OF EMOTION

Western and Romance combination gave amazing result in Texas Hearts series by Lisa Mondello. Our next guest is NY Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is very productive writer who also presented to the genre fans another series – Dakota Hearts, Fate with a Helping Hand and Summer House. Let’s welcome Lisa Mondello at Land of Books.

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– Lisa, what the readers will find in your Texas Hearts series?
– I write stories on all sensuality levels. I’ve written Christian Romance for Harlequin Steeple Hill, traditional/sweet romances for Avalon Books and steamier books through self- publishing. Texas Hearts was originally published by hardcover/library publisher Avalon Books. When the rights to the books reverted to me, I self-published them and chose to keep the books traditional. Since Avalon Books published romances meant for family entertainment, much like movies on the Hallmark Channel, there is no sex in any of the Texas Hearts books. But that doesn’t mean they are short on story. All my books are filled with a lot of emotion, lots of struggles between the hero and heroine, and a satisfying happy ending. I don’t make that happy ending easy for the hero and heroine to get! Read the rest of this entry

HEATHER WARDELL: KEEPING TRACK OF PEOPLE IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN SERIES

Heather Wardell is the author behind the Toronto Collection series. She worked as software developer and computer teacher before turning to a successful writer. Her next book Fifteen Minutes of Summer was published on June 4. We’ve got a chance to speak with our next guest for her latest novels.

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– Heather, Fifty Million Reasons and Plan Overboard are your last two parts of Toronto Collection. Did you imagine at the beginning that the series will continue with success for so long?
– I definitely did not, although I’m delighted! I released the first book in the series, “Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo”, as a free download back in 2008 (it’s still free and can be picked up on my website or at any retailer) and with each new book I’ve reached more readers. “Fifty Million Reasons” is the 13th book in the series and it recently reached #22 at Amazon and #5 and Barnes and Noble, my best results yet!
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KC DYER: THE SALES OF FINDING FRASER HAVE BLOWN ME AWAY

KC Dyer’s Finding Fraser found its place in Kindlle Amazon’s bestselling list last month. The novel got positive reception with more than 230 reviews with average 4.3 stars. Our next guest loves to write her name with small letters. You will understand why in the following interview.

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– Lady Dyer, what the readers will see in your book Finding Fraser?
– This story is for everyone who has fallen for a character in a novel. One of my readers wrote that it is for everyone who has taken a child to find Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross, or looked inside the back of a wardrobe for a secret door. We all love characters in books — and in this story, Emma Sheridan just takes the action we would all love to take to follow her dreams.

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– How did you decide to write the story?
– I got the idea one day on my way to meet a friend for a coffee-shop writing session. When I told her the idea, she laughed — and so I decided to go for it!
– What was the biggest challenge during the write up process?
– This is my 7th published novel, but it is my first for grown-ups and my first to be independently published. I am literally learning something new every day with this process.
– Tell us something more about your main characters? Are they 100% fiction or it’s close to someone from your real life?
– 100% fiction. Of course, I take inspiration from people around me — friends and strangers alike. There are bits of lots of them in my characters, but each character is uniquely fictional, in the end.
– How much time you need to finish a book and to publish it?
– It totally varies with the book. The writing is definitely the fastest part. I can usually write a book in 9 months to a year. I wrote one of my books in 6 months. And I am working on a series of five novels right now that I started in 2006.
– Would you tell us more about your An Eagle Glen Trilogy?
– The Eagle Glen trilogy is made up of SEEDS OF TIME, SECRET OF LIGHT and SHADES OF RED. These books make up the story of Darrell and her dog Delaney — time travellers who are out to right some very personal wrongs. Darrell has lost her father and part of her leg in a car accident, and she would do anything — ANYthing — to stop that terrible event from ever having happened. She ends up travelling back in time to plague-ridden Scotland, Renaissance Italy and Reformation England in order to try to put things right in her own life.
– Who are you?
– I’m a writer who spends more time in my imagination than in the real world, often. When I’m not writing, I like to read, run and walk in the woods with my dog.
– What are your writing habits?
– As often as I can. I try to move my work forward in some way every day. A great day for me is 1000 good words and a 5 k run.
– Are you satisfied by the sales of the books?
– Writers always crave more readers. It is a point of connection for us. I have to say that the sales of FINDING FRASER have really blown me away. Emma has really connected with her readers!
– Do you have plans for your next novel and would you unveil something about it?
– Well, I’m trying to wrap up this giant time-travel steampunk epic I’ve been slaving over for years. Let’s just say it has automatons, wormholes, death, disaster and world-changing choices all wrapped up in between the covers of a single, special book. My goal is to have the whole thing — all 5 volumes — finished by 2016!
– How you promote by the best possible way your book?
– My books have all been best promoted by word of mouth. When readers love a story, they share!
– What was your reaction when you saw Finding Fraser in Top 20 of Kindle Amazon Bestselling List?

– Total shock! This is my first best-seller. FINDING FRASER sat at number one for at least three days, and hasn’t dropped out of the top five in Romantic Comedy since its release. It’s been SO exciting to watch!
– I love your web page. How you came up with the idea to make it like a dark castle?
– Ah — so glad you like it! That is the closest image I could get to how I see Blackthorne House, which is the setting for the series I am working on right now. The site is going to change a bit in the future, though. The house needs a little freshening up! =)
– Why you are writing your author name with small letters?
– I like the way it looks. I’ve always done it that way!
– Ask yourself a question?
Okay… So, hey, kc, why would you choose such a uncertain and subjective occupation as writing? Are you nuts? Well… my favourite thing to do is read, and my second is to write. I can’t make much of a living with either, but I get to do what I love, so really? I might be nuts, but I have the BEST job in the world.

To learn more about kc dyer check out her Web page
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Take a look at her books:
Finding Fraser
Shades of Red: An Eagle Glen Trilogy Book
Seeds of Time: An Eagle Glen Trilogy Book
Secret of Light: An Eagle Glen Trilogy Book
A Walk Through A Window
Ms. Zephyr’s Notebook Facing Fire

LIZA UNGER: I HEARD VERY EDGY MALE VOICE AND STARTED CRAZY LOVE YOU

The New York Times Bestselling author Liza Unger published her latest novel Crazy Love You in February. “Hard to stop reading”, “Fast-paced psychological thriller” and “Mystical and mesmerizing,” are just few of the positive opinions about the book.
With 13 titles behind her our next guest is well established name in the thriller genre. We are honored to have her in the following Land of Books interview.

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– What is your book Crazy Love You about?
– I do a notoriously bad job telling people what my book is about. The publisher on the other hand does a pretty good one:
Darkness has a way of creeping up when Ian is with Priss. Even when they were kids, playing in the woods of their small Upstate New York town, he could feel it. Still, Priss was his best friend, his salvation from the bullies who called him “loser” and “fatboy”… and from his family’s deadly secrets.
Now that they’ve both escaped to New York City, Ian no longer inhabits the tortured shell of his childhood. He is a talented and successful graphic novelist, and Priss… Priss is still trouble. The booze, the drugs, the sex—Ian is growing tired of late nights together trying to keep the past at bay. Especially now that he’s met sweet, beautiful Megan, whose love makes him want to change for the better. But Priss doesn’t like change. Change makes her angry. And when Priss is angry, terrible things begin to happen…
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ALICE QUINN: I LOVE TO LAUGH

The French author Alice Quinn made her English language debut with Queen of the Trailer Park. The official release of the edition was on June 1. The novel was part of Kindle First Choice program and found its place among Top 10 bestselling titles for May. Just one day after the premiere we are very happy to introduce to Land of Books audience our next guest. Let’s say welcome to Alice Quinn.

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– Alice, what is your book Queen of the Trailer Park about?
Queen of the Trailer Park is telling the story of a young woman, Rosie Maldonne. She is outspoken and sexy. She’s also unemployed, and with three children and a cat life is a little tough. The four of them—well, five, if you count the cat—live in the South of France, in a run-down trailer near a vacant lot. They are living thanks to her part-time waitressing job and a little help from the state.
Rosie things are finally turning around when she meets handsome police officer Jérôme—until she realizes that his appearance coincides with her friend Véro’s disappearance. Then something even stranger happens: Rosie finds a package with a crazy amount of money in the trash can of a fast-food joint. With so much going on, Rosie has some big questions: Where is Véro? Is Jérôme too good to be true? Who put all that cash in the trash? And what happens when they want it back?
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AMAZON TOP 10 BESTSELLERS: MAY 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins sets another record in our monthly rankings. The novel is standing solid on the top for fourth consecutive month. Once again the thriller was challenged by Amazon First Choice’s titles and once again the bestseller maintained the championship place with strong showing in the second part of May.
We’ve got some interesting new titles in the ranks and few others are once again in the chart.

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