Book Trailer ‘The Fallen Stars’ by Stephanie Keyes

Hello everyone! I am very excited about hosting the Trailer Reveal today for fellow Love A Happy Ending Lifestyle author, Stephanie Keyes’ second book, The Fallen Stars.

Read on for more information about the trailer and the book!

The Trailer

The Book

The Fallen Stars by Stephanie Keyes

The Fallen Stars by Stephanie Keyes

Release Date: April 12th, 2013 |

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When all is lost, he will have to make the ultimate decision.

Kellen St. James was just your average seventeen-year-old prodigy, until he eighty-sixed the Lord of Faerie and proposed to the Celtic Goddess, Calienta. But then everything in Kellen’s life gets turned upside-down when he and Cali end up on the run from a seriously irritated group of faeries. The worst part? They have zero idea why they’re being hunted.
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Book Review of Jigsaw Pieces by Carol Hedges

‘He had been part of my everyday life. I hadn’t liked him much, nobody had liked him much, but he’d been there. Now, I’d never see him again.’

Annie Skjaerstad had been searching for her identity since being uprooted from her native country of Norway. With a spiky personality winning her no friends, and family members suddenly torn out of her life, she is left seeking comfort from a growing intrigue into the stories of fallen war heroes.

But one day, a boy from her school unexpectedly commits suicide, changing things forever. Confused by the tragic tale of someone she knew, Annie soon finds herself conducting her own investigation into his death.

What she uncovers will bring her to a dark and dangerous place, as suddenly – her own life is put at risk.

My Thoughts

Aimed at the YA market this book touches on some of the darker issues faced by society through the eyes of teenager Annie.

I thought that the teenage characters were believable and realistic. Annie coming from Norway gave it a different slant which was nice – I felt a lot of empathy for her, a teenager on the outside, not really fitting in with her peers, just rubbing alongside them.  She had a different outlook and perspective on the events throughout the book which was refreshing.

I also liked that there was a sub-plot to the story which again touched on social issues but in a caring and thoughtful way – I found Billy’s story very touching.

Jigsaw Pieces is a coming of age book, the events of the last year at school having a big impact on Annie’s life.  I really appreciated the ending to the novel, it felt the right thing for Annie to do in order to move on.

Links for Carol Hedges

Carol’s Blog http://carolhedges.blogspot.co.uk/

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/carol.hedges.779

Twitter : @carolJhedges

An Audience with an Author … Darlene Jones, ‘Embattled’

Yesterday saw the launch of ‘Embattled’ by Darlene Jones

Today Darlene is my guest blogger and gives a summary of her novel

Em’s life is taken over by beings “out there somewhere.” They’ve chosen her to be their agent on Earth, to make the changes they want for the planet. Flung into battle, Em has no idea what is happening to her or why. She just knows that strange words are coming out of her mouth at the most inopportune times, and that she often has blood on her hands, literally.

As for the celestial beings controlling her? Well they have a few problems of their own. Yves, her controller, is a rookie on his first assignement. Of course he messes up.

And let’s not forget the love triangle! Two humans, one supreme being…!

EMBATTLED will appeal to any reader who loves a good adventure love story that has elements of the magical and enough depth to provoke thought and discussion of current issues in our society.

EMBATTLED by Darlene Jones  www.emandyves.com

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/EMBATTLED-ebook/dp/B005ZLLR4M/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1321841288&sr=1-1

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/102614

Darlene has her own blog and  is also on Twitter and Facebook

Darlene is also a Featured Author with Love A Happy Ending

The Traz – Eileen Schuh

The Blurb (as per Amazon UK)  Katrina is thirteen, wealthy, grieving, and alone. But she is more than that. She’s intelligent, beautiful, and intrigued by the dangers of street life.

Shrug’s a giant of a man with a voice of thunder and eyes of granite. He has tattoos, The Traz gang patch, and a motorbike. When he asks Katrina if she wants a ride, she makes a decision that will change her life forever.

Katrina quickly discovers the violent side of life on The Traz compound. However, there is no way for her to escape until she meets Chad—an undercover cop with rich brown eyes, a gentle chuckle, and a plan to rescue Katrina from the clutches of the gang. However, there’s a problem.

Somebody is keeping dangerous secrets from them both.

My Thoughts – I enjoyed reading The Traz, although initially I was a little uncomfortable with how young Katrina was but maybe that’s because I’m a parent myself and was looking at it from an adult point of view, rather than that of someone who could more closely relate to Katrina in age.  That doesn’t mean, however, that adults won’t enjoy or even benefit from reading The Traz as much as the YA audience.  Through the story line, it addresses some interesting social issues, bringing to life some ambiguous and complex characters with realistic dialogue.

The plot is intriguing with some twists and surprises along the way and although it reaches a conclusion, I wasn’t quite ready for it.  However, the door has been firmly left open for more novels in the series and it will be interesting to see the characters develop further.  I definitely want to know more about them and what happened next.

Eileen Schuh is on Twitter as well as having her own blog and website

Eileen is also a member of the Famous Five Plus group

The Traz is Eileen’s second novel which is available in Kindle and paperback.

An Audience with an Author … Stephanie Keyes

Yesterday saw the launch of Stephanie Keyes’ debut fantasy novel, The Star Child and Stephanie is here today to give us an insight into how she works.

The Tools Behind The Star Child

Hello to all of you! Sue, just let me say that I am thrilled to be a guest on your blog today. Thank you so much for having me!

When I was writing The Star Child, I used a few tools that worked for me. I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about them a little bit today. Admittedly, there are other approaches out there that might be more efficient, but these worked for me the first time around and I wanted to share them. I am also including feedback on whether or not I’d keep that approach for my next book. Here is my top five:

  1. Brainstorming session. So what does that mean? Well, we all have different styles and approaches that we like to use. For me, it was very important to start getting my initial ideas on paper or verbalizing them to my husband immediately. Once I got the concept formed in my mind, then I was constantly able to consider different angles within the storyline, even when I wasn’t writing. I would repeatedly arrange for these little pow-wows, so I could bounce ideas off of others.  Keep it or pitch it? Talking through my ideas is a big part of who I am, so I would definitely keep this approach. There were also several ideas that wouldn’t have worked if I’d chosen them.
  2. Index cards, index cards, index cards. I read an article once that recommended this. I took index cards and wrote down what would later become the chapters, on individual cards. I also included a basic premise around what was supposed to happen in each chapter.  Keep it or pitch it? Pitch it. I tend to lose pieces of paper and I once lost the index cards for about two months. I’ll probably go with a software-based approach next time, like a Mind Mapping tool.
  3. Use a quality writing software. The Star Child was written entirely in Microsoft Word, which was frustrating most of the time. The challenge that I experienced was that I would forget where I’d left off. Plus, I was running a Linux operating system on my laptop and using Word through a Virtual Machine and it started to crash after the file got over a hundred pages or so. Later, I invested in Scrivener, so it was much easier for me to work in than Word. Keep it or pitch it? I will definitely work with Scrivener again. However, I’d take the time to do some training on it first. With The Star Child manuscript it messed up all of my indents and I had to redo them. Horrors!
  4. Text To Speech Software. A friend of mine recommended this and I loved it. There are tools built into Windows and Mac OS that allow you to have your manuscript read to you aloud. In Mac you can create an M4P of the reading and put it on your MP3 player, iPhone, etc., via iTunes. I created the M4P and then edited in free software called WAVPAD to break each chapter into individual M4Ps. Then I loaded them onto my iPhone and listened to them while I read the manuscript at the same time. Keep it or pitch it? Keep it! This helped me identify so many errors in the manuscript before it went to editor, Kit Domino. In the end it was a major time saver. Just listen to it when you are very awake – the voices are a little robotic.
  5. Invest in a good laptop or personal computer.  The Star Child was written on a Sony Vaio with a keyboard and touch pad that were not highly conducive to writing of any kind. So I saved up and bought a Macbook. Now being a bit of a gadget freak, I’ll admit to going a little overboard pricewise here. Macs are extremely well made, but expensive. You don’t necessarily need to spend a fortune to get a great computer. Regardless of what you choose, make sure and test out the keyboard first. The keys should be easy to reach and have a light touch, meaning you don’t need to work to press the buttons. Keep it or pitch it? I will definitely stay with my Mac for my next book – I just love it.

So those were just a few of the tools that I found most valuable when writing The Star Child.

What tools do you use when writing? Tell us about them using the Comments section below. If Stephanie picks your comment, you could win an Amazon gift card! Only comments posted on December 16th are eligible.

The Star Child is available on;

Amazon Kindle US http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006GADZ1Y

UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Star-Child-ebook/dp/B006GADZ1Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1322888380&sr=8-1

Barnes and Noble

Nook http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/stephanie-keyes

Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-star-child-stephanie-keyes/1037031019?ean=9780615566290&itm=2&usri=stephanie+keyes

About the author:

When Stephanie isn’t writing, she works full time as a Corporate Educator and Curriculum Designer. She holds a M.Ed. from Duquesne University and an undergraduate degree in Management information Systems from Robert Morris University. Stephanie is a clarinetist, saxophonist, and vocalist, and is always making music somewhere at sometime. She credits her loving husband of ten years and her two sons for the completion and publication of the Star Child.

Find out more about Stephanie at:

http://www.stephaniekeyes.com.

Friend her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephanie-Keyes/150860604966160

Follow Her On Twitter: http://bit.ly/jjneXg

The Star Child – Stephanie Keyes

When seventeen year old Kellen St James graduates from Yale University he  finds himself in a position where he can make his own decisions and choices.  One of these choices includes going to Ireland and staying in his beloved Gran’s cottage which he has inherited and where he learns the truth surrounding his mother’s death.

For the past eleven years, Kellen has been visited in his dreams by Calienta and whilst he is at his Gran’s cottage he discovers that Calienta is more than just a dream.  He also learns that he has a huge responsibility resting on his shoulders, one that he knew absolutely nothing about and could not have begun to imagine what this would be.

Kellen and Calienta embark on a journey into another world, one of gods, faerie, wild dogs, angels, demons and more; moving across times and lands, battling not only for their own survival but for something far greater where defeat is not an option.

Up until this point I had never read a fantasy adventure before, so it was with some trepidation that I began The Star Child.  It was very different to my usual stuff but I found the adventure to be captivating and exciting.   Stephanie Keyes has an comfortable style of writing and creates a fantasy world that you can easily buy into and I found myself really involved with Kellen and Calienta, worrying for their safety, enjoying the development of their relationship and hoping that it would be a successful outcome for them.

So for anyone who enjoys fantasy adventures, The Star Child should definitely be on your reading list.

As part of her promotional tour, Stephanie Keyes will be visiting my blog on 16 December where she will be chatting about ‘the tools’ behind her writing.

The Star Child is available for download now at Amazon Kindle 

UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Star-Child-ebook/dp/B006GADZ1Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1322888380&sr=8-1

US http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006GADZ1Y

You can find out more about Stephanie Keyes at   

http://www.stephaniekeyes.com.

Friend her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephanie-Keyes/150860604966160

Follow Her On Twitter: http://bit.ly/jjneXg