Monthly Archives: January 2012

Promising Light blog tour – Interview with the author Emily Ann Ward


As part of the ‘Promising Light’ blog tour, I have with me today, author Emily Ann Ward. She was gracious enough to answer some of my questions. What follows is an extremely interesting interview.

To know more about the blog tour and to visit all the participating blogs, you can go here. I am also hosting a giveaway of TWO paperback copies of Promising Light. This open for US ONLY. You can go HERE to enter.

About Promising Light

Grace began a secret courtship with Dar for the thrill of doing something against her father, the king’s general. She hadn’t planned on falling in love with him. When Dar suddenly leaves her, she searches for answers, reluctant to let him go.

Everyone seems determined to keep the truth from her—until she’s kidnapped by Dar’s family. They’re shape changers who claim she can break a curse set on them ten years ago by the Protectors, a group of noblemen determined to stifle magic in the name of safety.

Torn between two worlds, Grace isn’t sure who to trust. If the curse endures, Dar’s family could die out forever. But to help them, she’ll have to leave behind everything she knows.

Interview with author Emily Ann Ward

Describe your books? What genre would you classify them in?

Promising Light is the first in a fantasy series, The Protectors. Grace is a young noble in a secret relationship with Dar, and when he suddenly leaves, she searches for answers to his mysteries. Weeks later, she’s kidnapped by his family, shape changers who claim she can break a curse set on them years ago. Will she choose to help Dar’s family or will she support the noblemen who think they are doing good by stifling magic?

The series deals with the struggle between the shape changers (also called Avialies) and the Protectors, noblemen who think they are doing the world good. The prequel novellas are about the beginning of the curse and the Protectors’ growing political power, but the tides change in Promising Light and its sequels.

My short stories tend to be contemporary: ordinary people dealing with relationships, love, family, things like that. Passages is a collection of seven young adult stories, and Beyond Home is three short stories for adults, though young adult would probably enjoy them, too. I have a short story in Love, Me, an anthology that will be published February 1st. It’s a romance story between two characters in Promising Light.

My longer works are fantasy and scifi-driven. I love the fantastical and speculative! Finding Fiona is a YA scifi novella about a girl who loses her memory and fears she may be a human replication. Promising Light is the first in The Protectors series about a young girl named Grace who is trying to decide who to help: the shape changers who are cursed or the noblemen who are trying to protect the world from magic.

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Giveaway of 2 paperback copies of Emily Ann Ward’s Promising Light


Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway! The giveaway is now closed and the winner will be contacted by the author!

As part of the ‘Promising Light Tour’ I will be giving away 2 paperback copies of the book to lucky winners. This is open for US ONLY. The giveaway is open till February 15.

$20 Gift Card Giveaway

The author is also giving away a $20 Gift Card: Amazon or Barnes & Noble, winner’s choice. This is open internationally. You can gain entries for each post you comment on with your e-mail and name OR gain five entries by buying Promising Light before February 15th and e-mailing your receipt to emilyannward at yahoo dot com.

About the book:

Grace began a secret courtship with Dar for the thrill of doing something against her father, the king’s general. She hadn’t planned on falling in love with him. When Dar suddenly leaves her, she searches for answers, reluctant to let him go.

Everyone seems determined to keep the truth from her—until she’s kidnapped by Dar’s family. They’re shape changers who claim she can break a curse set on them ten years ago by the Protectors, a group of noblemen determined to stifle magic in the name of safety.

Torn between two worlds, Grace isn’t sure who to trust. If the curse endures, Dar’s family could die out forever. But to help them, she’ll have to leave behind everything she knows.

Giveaway of Two Paperback copies of

‘Promising Light’

How to enter the giveaway:

  1. Your name and email address ensure 1 (one) entry.
  2. Following me on twitter gives you 1 (one) additional entry.
  3. ‘Liking’ my Facebook page gives you 1 (one) additional entry.
  4. Following this blog by email gives you 2 (two) additional entries.
  5. Following me on Networked Blogs gives you 2 (two) additional entries.
  6. Only your name and email are required and ensure you an entry. All others are optional and get you additional entries in the giveaway.
  7. If you are already doing any of the above, just leave your details below, including you  twitter username, Facebook name if different and email you used to follow me, and you will receive the extra entries.
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Giveaway rules:

  1. Only one entry per user.
  2. Giveaway is open for US ONLY!
  3. Entries will be open till February 15, 2012
  4. I will notify the author of the winner, and will pass your email address to her. The author will contact the winner.
  5. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that you receive your book. If you do not receive your book in 30 days, please let me know.
  6. My decision of the winner will be final, I will use a publicly available random number generator to pick the winner.

ABOUT EMILY ANN WARD

Emily Ward is the author of Passages, Finding Fiona, and The Protectors series. One of her first stories featured a young girl whose doll came to life. The rest is history. She spent years writing mainly fanfiction (thank you, J.K. Rowling!), but has since ventured into originality. When it comes to fiction, she writes mainly young adult, contemporary, and fantasy. She also writes nonfiction, ranging from stories of my travels to thoughts on the Bible. Aside from writing, she loves reading, traveling, learning about God, sociology, religion, and Reeses sticks. Currently, she lives in Salem, Oregon with her husband Chris and their cats.

You can find Emily here:

Emily’s Blog    |    Website    |    Amazon Author Page

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You are going to live forever by David Simpson


I think that I am going to live forever (or at least as long as I choose to). I also happen to think that you are going to live forever (or at least as long as you want).

Okay. So I am nuts, right? I must be part of some sort of whacko cult. Or maybe it’s just because I am a science fiction writer who has started to take his fiction a little too seriously?

Are you at least a little intrigued? No? Well, keep reading, because I promise that by the end of this post, you’ll at least have opened your mind to the possibility.

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Raining Mud – An Akasha Series Short Story by Terra Harmony


Author’s Introduction: Thank you for your interest in my writing! The following short story is based on Alex and Susan, some of the main characters from the Akasha Series.  This one is from Alex’s point of view.  Follow the links posted at the bottom to read the next short story and to check out more awesome book review bloggers!

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Somehow when I thought of Afghanistan, I imagined desert, men in turbans, and camels. I was so wrong. Instead, there were treacherous, ice-covered mountains. The men who shot at me didn’t wear turbans; they mostly wore their knitted pokal hats. And the only camel I saw was dead, bones picked clean by a starving village.

It was a horrible place, made more so by constant war. I shrugged off the misery of Afghanistan; it was better than going to foster parents. My mom signed the parental release forms for the military on her death bed; we had no surviving kin.

“Henson! Do you have them yet?”

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Eye Candy by Terra Harmony


In this day and age, when we have thousands upon thousands of reading options at our fingertips, the book cover is often the one and only chance to grab the reader’s attention.  The cover makes the first impression and the book is judged before even getting a chance to present its blurb.  This is especially true with e-books.

When e-readers became popular, many had trouble with the idea of replacing their beloved books with a tiny computer.  How could we possibly forego the smell of a freshly printed book – or even the smell of an old, dusty book pulled from the back of the shelf?  How could we give up the way it feels in our hands, the way it crinkles as we turn the page, or the way it bends exactly to our hands’ size?  Furthermore, what in the heck will we do with our favorite bookmarks?

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