INTERVIEW WITH NIKKI BROADWELL, AUTHOR OF THE WOLF MOON

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Hello, L.M. David interviewing Nikki Broadwell author of The Wolfmoon. This interview is part of a Blog Tour conducted by Saskia Book Services. Because this is part of a tour, the usual blurb will not be added.

Welcome Nikki. Let’s begin with a little background information.

Q.  Tell me about yourself.

A.  I live in Tucson, AZ, love the outdoors and hiking with my dog–my husband, dog and cat  travel to Portland, Or. in the summer since we moved from there a year ago and miss the rain! I pretty much write full time, working on another book featuring a peripheral character in Wolfmoon Trilogy as well as a story about a shape-shifting coyote inspired by the desert.

Q.  What is The Wolf Moon about?

A.  I call it a Celtic fantasy because it takes place in a parallel world somewhere in the Highlands of Scotland and features the Celtic pantheon of gods and goddesses. It is a story spanning three generations of strong women who are waiting for a prophecy to be fulfilled. It is a quest, a romance and a coming of age story starting in 1984. The last book, The Wolf Moon, is a stand-alone story that takes place in Scotland in 2009. Simply put it’s the story of a modern woman thrust into a magical realm that is being taken over by dark forces and it’s her job to rectify the problem!

Q.  Since The Wolf Moon is the third in a trilogy, would you give a brief description of the other two books: Moonstone and Saille The Willow.

A.  The Moonstone is the story of Maeve’s (protagonist in The Wolf Moon) mother, Finna who is newly pregnant and has left her husband. Catriona, Finna’s mother, shows up out of the blue (Finna thought she was dead) and tells Finna she needs to have her baby blessed by the moon goddess–and so the story of the Otherworld begins…Twenty some years have passed when Saille, the Willow begins–it’s the story of Finna’s baby grown up and some very strange happenings that point to a future she didn’t choose. And along the way she falls in love!

Q.  Tell me about the character Maeve Lewin.

A.  Maeve is a twenty-four year old modern woman living in Milltown, Mass, who has a job in an art gallery. She’s been told that her mother is dead and knows nothing about her relatives living in Scotland which leads to a lot of anger toward her father, Alex.

Q.  The character Harold seems a bit ominous. What is his character like?

A.  When The Wolf Moon begins, Maeve and Harold have become lovers. He’s an accountant who has quit his job and feels restless and uprooted with no direction to his life. His plan to join Maeve in Scotland for the New Year puts him directly into the unfolding drama.

Q.  Where did you get your inspiration for The Wolf Moon?

A.  The series began from a prompt in a writing class and basically wrote itself!

Q.  Which character was your favorite?

A.  I like all the characters…I have a few peripheral ones who make me laugh, like Duncan, a man who is in The Moonstone and also featured in The Wolf Moon

Q.  Which character was the toughest to create?

A.  Probably Brandubh, the main antagonist who is a priest gone bad. I felt that I had to find his motivation and explain it in order for him to be believable.

Q.  The character Maeve first appeared in Saille the Willow. How has her character evolved in this book?

A.  She starts out as a somewhat naive woman and has to grow in order to fulfill her destiny.

Q. What is your favorite genre and why?

A.  I love fantasy because it is so freeing to write! I also read a lot of fantasy and enjoy visiting imaginative worlds that take me away from this one. When I write I’m also taken away and sometimes feel as though I’m reading rather than writing!

Q. What is your current work in progress?

A. The main one is called Temple of the Moon and features Gertrude, a fairly important character in Saille as well as in The Wolf Moon. This new story is told in the first person and is a fantasy/romance that takes place in a made-up world in the year 2450. I’ve also started a desert story, as I mentioned earlier, featuring a shape-shifting coyote who wants to be human and falls in love with a woman…

Q.  If you could be one of your characters in The Wolf Moon, which would it be and why?

A.  I might want to be Airmid, the healing goddess, since she lives in the woods and gathers herbs and knows all about them–plus she has powers and presides over a healing spring that brings the dead back to life!

Q.  What about your series do you believe will draw readers to it?

A.  The books are character driven and the story is intriguing and ‘a page turner’, from what I’ve heard from several readers–And it is  woman’s story with strong female characters. Several love stories weave their way through the narrative. I would say anyone who enjoys fantasy with these elements will like the books.

Q.  Do you have any advice for writers looking to get published?

A.  Get your book edited!

L.M. David: That concludes this interview. I have been authorized to offer a FREE eBook copy of The Wolf Moon to one of my blog readers. This offer is good 6/20/2013 only. If you would like to have a chance at receiving a copy, please post a comment at the end of the interview. The winner’s name will be passed on to Saskia Book Services and they will contact you with instructions on how to claim the prize.

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Author’s Bio:

Nikki Broadwell is a full time writer, working on a sequel to Wolfmoon Trilogy and another desert southwest story when she isn’t walking her standard poodle or doing yoga. Her interest in fantasy started when she first learned to read, Alice in Wonderland being one of her favorites. She and her husband of over thirty years live in Tucson, Arizona, moving to Portland, Oregon for several months in the summer with their dog and Eesa, the cat.

Author Links:

Amazon Paperback: Wolf-Moon-Book-Wolfmoon-Trilogy/dp/0615765009/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1371737005&sr=1-2&keywords=nikki+broadwell

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Nikki Website http://wolfmoontrilogy.com

INTERVIEW WITH LINDSAY PRYOR, AUTHOR OF BLOOD SHADOWS – BLACKTHORN BOOK I and BLOOD ROSES – BLACKTHORN BOOK II

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Welcome. This is L.M. David and today I am interviewing Lindsay Pryor, author of Blood Shadows – Blackthorn Book I and Blood Roses – Blackthorn Book II. I especially like having Lindsay here because this is a genre that I absolutely love, vampires. With the exception, that is, of Preston. I would love to eject him into a realm occupied by the Cybermen from Dr. Who.

Okay, let’s get started.

Q.  Tell me a bit about yourself.

A.  I’m a British paranormal romance author and creator of the Blackthorn series. I’ve been writing for about thirty years but was first published six months ago after being discovered by my publisher (Bookouture) through Harlequin Mills and Boon’s New Voices competition. Readers and editors voted me into the final in both 2010 and 2011 with the first two books of the series.

I’m a part-time special needs teacher and live in the South-West of England with my husband and our house rabbit. I have a passion for animal welfare, films and am addicted to TV shows such as The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Dexter, and Being Human (UK).

Q.  Your book, Blood Shadows – Blackthorn Book I, is about a society where vampires are third class citizens. What conditions do they live in?

A.  To give you some context first, when the third species ‘outed’ themselves to humankind, a new segregation system was put in place. ‘Locales’ replaced previously divisible villages, towns and cities. Every locale is made up of four districts, each district spanning out from the nucleus where the ‘third species’ reside and are contained. Each district is divided by guarded borders that become increasingly secure the further away from the nucleus they are.

When the new system was set up it was with the agreement that, once the third species proved themselves not to be a risk, a merger could ensue. Because of prophetic whispers of a vampire uprising, this has never happened.

The Blackthorn series is based around one such locale consisting of Blackthorn, Lowtown, Midtown and Summerton. Blackthorn is the polluted, over-populated, rotten core of that locale. The vampires (and the fewer numbered lycans) who are forced to live there are given the dregs in terms of location, provision, opportunities and rights. It is also used as an overflow system for law-evading humans deemed unfit to reside elsewhere. It’s an extremely dark, lethal and violent place.

Q.  Caitlin Parish is part of the Vampire Control Unit. What is the primary function of the Vampire Control Unit?

A.  Once the new system was set up globally, each locale was assigned a Third Species Control Division (TSCD). This is the centre of law enforcement responsible for overseeing third species matters. The Vampire Control Unit (VCU) is just one division. It’s an elite and specialist field involved in tracking and convicting known vampiric law-evaders or those with detrimental influential power.

Q.  Describe Caitlin Parish and her role in Blood Shadows – Blackthorn.

A.  Caitlin Parish works for the Vampire Control Unit both as an agent on the street but also as a shadow reader (I will talk about that in a moment) in the interrogation room. She’s a young woman in an all-boys’ world in terms of the job she does, so she’s got to be strong, resilient and, in many respects, outdo everyone else just to prove herself worthy. She’s a workaholic and a loner – but then she’s seen the day of her death coming for a long time.

At first, Blood Shadows can come across as “a vampire agent hunting a bad vampire” scenario, yet it’s anything but that. I’ll spoil it if I disclose too much here. Basically, you just need to know that Caitlin has lost her parents to a mysterious creature both within seven years of each other. She’s convinced she’s next which is why she gets embroiled with master vampire, Kane Malloy.

Q.  Kane Malloy is a master vampire. What is he like?

A.  Kane is top of the VCU’s most wanted list. He’s dangerous, focused and, according to readers and reviewers, shockingly sexy. He’s anti-the system, but his true agenda remains uncovered until later in the series.

Master vampires are different to other vampires because they’re dual feeders – they feed on blood and energy. More powerful than other vampires, they don’t adhere to the laws of the Higher Order (vampire royalty). Needless to say, he’s the thorn in the side of anyone who wants to control him.

Q.  Describe the ability to read shadows which Caitlin has.

A.  Shadow readers are humans with an innate ability to read and interpret third species’ shadows. Shadows are the third species equivalent of souls. As well as basic DNA, it’s what differentiates them from humans.

A shadow reader can access the inner workings of a shadow like a recording of past actions and events, thus allowing them to search and analyse information. They need a pulse to unlock what is contained because a heart beat releases concentrated energy to make the contained recordings more vivid. Shadow readers are used in the interrogation room by the Third Species Control Division as a last resort to convict those trying to evade justice. It’s a very invasive technique so is only used if a detainee refuses to co-operate or if their confession conflicts with evidence.

Q.  In the second book, Blood Roses – Blackthorn Book 2, how has the lives of vampires changed?

A.  The series doesn’t work like that. Each of the first four books focuses on a different couple whose forbidden love is going to have major consequences for the future. The couples and their actions become increasingly interwoven as the series progresses, with the fate of the third species and humankind dependent on the decisions they make.

Q.  Leila, in Blood Roses, is a rare and powerful witch. Tell me about her.

A.  Leila lives in the privileged, human-only elite district of Summerton. She was brought up prejudiced against vampires and their imminent threat of overthrowing human power. Her grandfather brought up her and her two sisters. He was the holder of several prophecy books that foretold of the vampire uprising – so she’s had insider information.

She’s a witch – or an ‘interpreter’ to be politically correct – and as such, can read the archaic languages that her grandfather’s books are written in. On top of that, she also has a rare blood strain that makes her a serryn (more of that next).

Despite her serryn nature, she has shied away from fulfilling her role, refusing to have anything to do with vampires. There’s a lot behind that but, again, I won’t disclose it here.

Q.  Describe the “serryn” ability.

A.  A serryn is a witch and a temptress whose blood is poisonous to vampires. They’re incredibly dangerous and seductive and, on chemical level, attract and tempt vampires to bite. They’re not a particularly pleasant species, not caring whether they kill males, females or the young. The more vampires they kill, the more addicted they become until that’s all they can focus on.

They tend to be loners, disconnecting themselves from any family ties. Leila, however, is something of an anomaly because of her convictions.

Q.  Caleb Dehain is a vampire with a dark past. What is his character about?

A.  Caleb is shrouded in a lot of mystery through the story, including his motivations of why he’s the way he is. He can come across as very sinister, cruel and manipulative. Caleb used to be a serryn hunter and that makes quite a merciless and brutal character, but he has his reasons. He’s extremely powerful and influential in the Blackthorn underworld.

He’s forced to bring Leila to Blackthorn to save his dying brother. He immediately suspects what she is, but can’t kill her straight away as he wants to. The story unfolds from there.

Q.  Of the two books, which character is your favorite and why?

A.  I get asked this a lot. I honestly don’t have a favourite character and couldn’t even begin to choose. I love them all for very different reasons.

Q.  In a world such as this, where werewolves, witches, vampires, and humans all share the same planet, what was the hardest part while writing the first two books in this series?

A.  The world creation has been fairly straightforward. I started creating the series and Blackthorn itself over sixteen years ago, so it’s second nature now. I know it better than I know where I live.

I think the challenge has been more since publication. I originally wrote the series for myself, so I had to rethink about the execution of the stories and the overall series development when I knew the books were going to be published. Because I know the world so well, I had to think carefully about getting the balance right between revealing what needs to be revealed and when in the series and, in many respects, writing backwards to link all the books together seamlessly. Also, I have to keep each book as a standalone for anyone who reads the books out of sync whilst not constantly repeating myself for avid readers.

Q.  What about this series will appeal to readers?

A.   Can I cheat on this one and just include some review quotes? I think they sum it up better than I can:

Blood Shadows is intense and dark, unlike any other vampire novel I’ve ever read…The Blackthorn series is urban fantasy dynamite.” ~ GraveTells

“There is a ton of sexual tension throughout the book, and the sex scenes are HOT. It’s passionate and intense. Weaved around the emotional romance is an amazing plot. It has a complex storyline with twists and turns. You won’t be able to put this book down, and you’ll be wondering what is going to happen up until the last page.” ~ Paranormal Opinion

“Blood Shadows blew my mind not only because the characters were emotionally intense and complex, but also the plot was a perfectly carved creation that’s twist and suspense kept me speechless.” ~ Seeing Night Book Reviews

“If you’re looking for a new PNR series that has a dark world and complicated characters, then you’ll want to grab a copy of this.” Fiction Vixen

“Everything is so well formed with its own history and culture that it really feels like I’m living in Blackthorn whenever I’m reading…five stars aren’t nearly enough to even begin to cover it.” ~ Marked by Books

“This concept is creative and different from other paranormal books I’ve read lately.” ~ My Paranormal Book Review  

“I am officially addicted to this series. Why, you ask? Because Lindsay Pryor is my kind of fearless author. She isn’t afraid to “go there”, to create characters and situations that challenge me as a reader.” ~ The Demon Librarian

“Lindsay J. Pryor…writes paranormal romance mixed with urban fantasy the way I like it – clever world-building, intense characters and no easy options for them to take.” ~ Nocturnal Book Reviews

Q.  Will there be more in this series following next book Blood Torn?

A.  There most definitely will be. I’ve been signed for three books at the moment – both Blood Shadows and Blood Roses are out now and Blood Torn will been out in the Autumn. But, as I’ve mentioned, there are more to come.

Q. What advice would you give writers just starting out?

A.  Write first and foremost for yourself and love the stories you create – that’s what will keep you unique and authentic. It’ll also help retain your passion for your stories through the long, challenging and demanding road to publication.

L.M. David: Okay, well that does it for this interview. Thanks, again, for stopping by and doing the interview.

Author’s Bio:

Lindsay J. Pryor is a British Paranormal Romance author who writes dark, intense, multi-layered stories set in the dystopian world of Blackthorn.

Blackthorn really captured the imagination of Lindsay’s publisher as a fantastically vivid and complex world, one which readers will utterly lose themselves in. She paints this multi-layered world effortlessly, and uses it as the setting for intense forbidden romances.

Combining sizzling passion and dark, sinfully seductive vampire heroes, Lindsay J. Pryor’s writing is an exciting new find for those who love paranormal romance and urban fantasy. If you’re a fan of J.R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kelley Armstrong, Christine Feehan, Kresley Cole or Felicity Heaton then you’ll love Lindsay J. Pryor’s books too.

Following the critically acclaimed Blood Shadows, Blood Roses, book two in the Blackthorn series, was launched 26/4/13. Blood Torn will follow in the Autumn of 2013.

Her first three books have been signed by Bookouture. The Lorella Belli Literary Agency are representing translation and audio rights.

Lindsay has been creating stories since she was nine years old, when she quickly decided that fantasy was more interesting than reality. She thought she’d grow out of it but hasn’t yet.

Her writing was first discovered through Mills & Boon’s New Voices competition, where she was a finalist in both 2010 and 2011.

When not writing or teaching, Lindsay indulges her fascination with mythology and is a supporter of animal welfare. She’s Welsh but lives in the South West of England with her husband and their rescue bunny.

Author Link:

www.lindsayjpryor.com

INTERVIEW WITH TINA LEONARD, AUTHOR OF HOTTER THAN TEXAS

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Hello, this is L.M. David. Today I am interviewing Tina Leonard, author of Hotter Than Texas series set in a small town of Pecan Creek. Tina, welcome to my little nook in the attic. I thank you for bringing the photos of the hottie women from your books. We plastered them on the wall downstairs and security says Preston, our resident vampire nuisance, hasn’t left the room since they were posted. Nice.

Okay, let’s get this interview started.

Q.  Tell me a bit about yourself.

A.  Writing is what I love to do!  It’s never a chore for me, and I’m fortunate that I stumbled into my true calling. I say stumbled but I was writing when I was a child—I just didn’t know I’d ever be published, though I certainly tried from the time I was a teenager!  Besides writing, I love growing organic food, and I consider myself a novice fern collector.

Q.  I read the synopsis of Hotter Than Texas. It sounds like an really interesting read. Is Pecan Creek a place you made up or does it exist?

A.  Pecan Creek is a fictitious town, but I actually saw a pecan farm in a far away place I’m not sure I’d ever be able to find again, which I used as my inspiration for the location.

Q.  What is the town, Pecan Creek, and the townspeople, like in your version of this town?

A.  Secretly sexy on the downlow—but the Most Honest Town in Texas as far as tourists know!

Q.  The main female character is Sugar Cassevechia, love that name. Tell me a little about her character.

A.  Sugar is protective and strong.  She’s been through a lot, and worries about her family.  There’s nothing she won’t do for them.  When Jake Bentley comes into her life, Sugar’s not sure she’s ready for a god-bodied hunk with seduction on his mind, especially this hunk with a domineering mother and a circus of wild-eyed friends.

Q.  Jake Bentley is the male antagonist in Hotter Than Texas. Tell me something about him.

A.  Jake’s brave, he was an excellent officer. Now that he’s served his country, he’s pledged to his pool table and fishing. Until Sugar and her family roll into town. Then his priorities change quickly from relaxation to redheads.

Q.  When doing research on romance novels, Texas seems to be where most writers center their stories. What is it about that state that draws so much attention?

A.  I’m in the middle of writing a 13-book series set in New Mexico, but Texas called to me naturally for the Pecan Creek series. Texas has a reputation for being larger than life.  As a military brat, I’ve been fortunate to see a lot of places—I try to incorporate that in my books.

Q.  What inspired you to write Hotter Than Texas?

A.  The women. I loved the family of three women who pick up their lives and move from Florida to Texas, I lived with them for a long time. It took me four or five years to write the book, and I can honestly say it’s my favorite of all my books to date. I just so related to Sugar, her mother Maggie, and tough little sis Lucy. The Cassavechias have a lot of baggage, and I definitely hoped they’d succeed on their journey.

Q.  When writing a romance novel, what is the hardest part to write about and why?

A.  I couldn’t say what’s hard about writing.  I actually love doing it, so I never conceptualized that something about it might be hard.  Although once a long time ago I was asked to write a book about a child who had leukemia. That was tough.  I won’t do that again.  The research alone was heart-breaking. I would put my head down on my kitchen table and sob sometimes reading about what those kids live with. It’s a pretty helpless feeling.

Q.  You are a USA Today best-selling author, selling 2.6 million books. What book gained you this honor and how did you feel when you learned about it?

A.  I really don’t know which book put me in this category. Those are only Harlequin’s figures, and I work with other publishers as well. I suppose it would be clearer to say I’ve sold 2.6 million Harlequin novels.

Q.  I am in awe of you. Will there be other books in the Hotter Than Texas series and if so, please share some titles.

A.  The sequel to Hotter Than Texas is Hotter than a Summer’s Day.  It’s due out March 2014 if all goes according to plan!

Q.  Romance stories are hot, the steamier the writing, the better. What about Pecan Creek would attract readers the most?

A.  There’s a lot of hot in Pecan Creek! But I think what would attract a reader most to Pecan Creek is how everyone in the town is concerned with their reputations—they’re steeped in southern mores.  One doesn’t talk about sex, but there’s an awful lot of sexy going on.

Q.  If Hotter Than Texas were being made into a movie, who would you want to play the lead characters Sugar and Jake?

A.  I see Sugar played by a younger Sandra Bullock. Jennifer Lawrence would be awesome. Bradley Cooper for Jake! Yummy stuff!

Q.  What are you working on now?

A.  I have several projects in development.  I’m finishing up a long-term series set in New Mexico centered around the Callahan family. Then I’ll begin a Bridesmaids Creek series, which will be four books about baby matches. I’ll be doing Hotter than a Summer’s Day for Samhain, and then I start a Hell’s Outlaws series for Random House Loveswept.

Q.  What advice do you have for writers working on romance stories and looking to get published?

A.  What helped me most was two things:  a support group of writers who were all trying to get to the same place, and reading books on writing.  My friends and family were entirely instrumental in getting me the final boost of confidence I needed to persevere, and reading about other writers’ journeys is a beacon on the dark days.  Beyond that, my best advice is just do it—if you love to write, then write.  I’ve got stacks and stacks of poems and ms’s and proposals that will never see the light of day.  When my dad recently moved, he called and asked me what I wanted done with all the books and projects I’d left behind from my younger years.  I had him throw them all away.  There’s no reason to look back.  Just write.

L.M. David: Well that’s it for this interview. Thank you for coming by Tina.

Tina Leonard: Thank you for having me—I’m thrilled to be invited to your blog!

Author Links:

http://www.tinaleonard.com, www.facebook.com/tinaleonardbooks,

http://www.facebook.com/authortinaleonard, www.twitter.com/Tina_Leonard

Hotter Than Texas Blurb:

Perfection takes time, but desire waits for no man. Or woman…

Pecan Creek, Book 1

With more than one skeleton rattling in her closet, Sugar Cassevechia hopes “The Most Honest Town in Texas” will be the perfect place to start an online business. As soon as her mother remembers the family recipe that’ll get hotterthanhellnuts.com off the ground.

In the meantime, no way is Sugar letting their new landlord get away with renting them a run-down house that’s decorated like a rich widow’s orgasm. Even if he’s the biggest hunk of hot she’s ever laid eyes on.

Jake Bentley would love to do nothing but sit back and be amused as the Cassevechia women unwittingly stir up trouble in his uptight town. But something about them thaws out his frozen rescue complex. Especially Sugar’s long, chestnut hair and sassy mouth.

Right about the time Sugar figures one steamy night in Jake’s bed won’t hurt, another skeleton joins the party in the form of a dead body in the “Belle Watling” room. And Sugar must decide if her family’s reputation—and her own heart—are safe with Jake.

**Warning: No sex in this book. Nope. None. Nada. Honest. Now, if you believe that, the author has an iceberg in Texas to sell you. Better hurry before there’s none left to cool the fevered dreams generated by this book.

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE MOON

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Think you know everything there is to know about the Moon? Think again! Here are interesting facts about the Moon. Some you might already know, and some will be totally new to you. Enjoy!

1. The Moon formed out of the Earth

Scientists now think that the Moon was formed when a Mars-sized object crashed into our planet about 4.5 billion years ago. The collision was so large that a huge spray of material was ejected into space. The orbiting ring of debris gathered itself into a sphere, and formed the Moon. How do we know that this is how the Moon probably formed? The Moon seems to be much less dense than the Earth and lacks a lot of iron in its core. Scientists think that the Moon is made up of the upper crust material, which has mostly lower density, than the composition of the Earth.

2. The Moon only shows one face to the Earth

Although the Moon used to rotate in the sky compared to our point of view, it has been slowing down billions of years. And at some point in the distant past it just stopped turning from our perspective. The Earth’s gravity holds the Moon in orbit, but it pulls differently at various parts of the Moon. Over a long period, gravity slowed down the Moon’s rotation so that it finally stopped, and always displayed one face to the Earth. A similar situation has happened with most of the large moons in the Solar System. In fact, in the case of Pluto and Charon, but objects are tidally locked to each other, so they present only one face to the other.

3. The Moon is slowly drifting away

Although the orbit of the Moon seems nice and stable, our only natural satellite is actually drifting away from us at a rate of 4 centimeters a year. This is happening because of the conservation of momentum in the orbit of the Earth. In about 50 billion years from now, the Moon will stop moving away from us. It will settle into a stable orbit, taking about 47 days to go around the Earth (it takes 27.3 days today). At that point, the Earth and the Moon will be tidally locked to each other. It will look like the Moon is always in the same spot in the sky. Of course, the Sun is expected to consume the Earth in about 5 billion years, so this event may not happen.

4. The Moon looks the same size as the Sun

This is an amazing coincidence. From our perspective here on Earth, but the Moon and the Sun look approximately the same size in the sky. Of course, the Sun is much much bigger than the Moon. The Sun happens to be 400 times larger than the Moon, but it’s also 400 times further away. This wasn’t always the case. Billions of years ago, the Moon was much closer than the Sun, and would have looked larger in the sky. And the Moon is moving away from us, so in the distant future, the Moon will look much smaller than the Sun.

5. The Moon causes most of the tides… but not all

You might know that the tides on Earth are caused by the gravitational pull of the Moon. But it’s not the only thing pulling at the Earth’s water, the Sun is helping out too. This is why we get very high and low tides from time to time. When the gravity of the Moon and the Sun line up, we get the biggest and smallest tides. Did you know that the Moon is also pulling at the crust of the Earth causing it to bulge up? You actually move a few meters every time the Moon is overhead, but you just don’t notice.

6. Gravity on the Moon is only 17% of the Earth

Want an easy way to lose some weight? Take a trip to the Moon and stand on its surface. Since the pull of gravity on the Moon is only 17% the pull of gravity on the Earth, you’ll feel much lighter. Just imagine, if you weighed 100 kg on the Earth, you would feel like you only weighed 17 kg on Earth. You would be able to jump 6 times further and carry objects 6 times as heavy. In fact, you had wings attached to your arms, you could even fly around inside a dome on the Moon under just your own muscle power.

7. The official name for the Moon is… the Moon

I know it’s kind of confusing, but the only real name for the Earth’s Moon is “the Moon”. When the Moon was given its name, astronomers didn’t know that there were moons orbiting other planets. And so they just called it the Moon. Now that we know there are other moons, it all comes down to the capitalization. The Earth’s moon is referred as “the Moon”, with a capital “M”. Other moons are given a lowercase “m” to show the difference.

8. The Moon is the 5th largest natural satellite in the Solar System

You might think that the Moon is the largest satellite in the Solar System. I mean look at it, it’s huge! But there are actually larger moons in the Solar System. The largest moon is Jupiter’s Ganymede (5,262 km), followed by Saturn’s Titan, Jupiter’s Callisto, Jupiter’s Io, and finally, the Earth’s Moon with a mean diameter of 3475 km.

9. Only 12 people have ever stepped onto the surface of the Moon

Only a tiny group of astronauts have ever set foot on the surface of the Moon. These were the astronauts on board the Apollo missions going from 1969 to 1972. The first person to ever walk on the Moon was Neil Armstrong. And the last person on the Moon was Gene Cernan, who followed his partner Jack Schmitt into the lunar lander on December 14, 1972.

10. And we’re going back to the Moon

NASA has been given the mission to return humans to the Moon, and set up a permanent research station. At the time of this writing, astronauts are expected to set foot on the surface of the Moon again in 2019.

If you want to learn more about the moon, check out this website: http://www.universetoday.com/20050/10-interesting-facts-about-the-moon/

SUPER MOON EVENT

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Super Moon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the moon’s disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system. The term “super moon” is not astronomical, but originated in modern astrology. The association of the Moon with both oceanic and crustal tides has led to claims that the super moon phenomenon may be associated with increased risk of events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. However, the evidence of such a link is widely held to be unconvincing

Wonder if the means werewolves will be out and about as well??

INTERVIEW WITH JANINE CALDWELL, AUTHOR OF REMATCH, DOUBLE FAULT, AND SOON TO BE RELEASED, DEUCE

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This is L.M. David. I am interviewing Janine Caldwell, author of Rematch, Double Fault and the soon to be released Deuce. These books are part of Ms. Caldwell’s Vortex series of YA books. Janine, welcome to my little corner which, for the past week, has been without a Preston sighting. He will be back, the nuisance, just don’t know when.

Okay, let’s begin the interview.

Q. Tell me about yourself.

A. I am a mother of 2 young boys and live in Anthem, Arizona with my husband of 15 years. We are originally from California, but moved to Arizona to allow me to stay home and raise the kids. I started my writing career with a degree in English from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo as a foreign trademark/patent application paralegal for a semiconductor company and then later for a San Francisco law firm. It was dry, technical writing, but I wrote screenplays for fun on my downtime. About 6 years ago, leading a youth group for junior high girls, I got inspired by the book we were studying. It was a YA novel meant for young teen girls, and I knew then that I wanted to try my hand at novels. My boys were finally both in school full time and I’ve been working at home on this writing career ever since.

Q. Since this interview is on two books, Rematch and Double Fault, let’s start with the first, which is Rematch. What is this book about?

A. Rematch is the first of 3 books in The Vortex Series. This fantasy romance is told in two perspectives–Trent’s and Cassie’s. Trent Astor is a time-traveling teen who was given his powers to save unsuspecting victims in the past from harm, but when he fails at his mission to save a young girl’s life, he’s forever tormented by his mistake. It’s then that he meets Cassie Moore, a former tennis prodigy, at his new high school when everything begins to change for them both.

Q. Tell me about the character Trent Astor.

A. Eighteen-year-old Trent Astor, AKA Jeremy is the reluctant hero of this series with an extraordinary secret he must keep hidden from the world for his family’s safety. This secret, involving a supernatural power, forces Trent and his younger sister, Lorelai, to be on constant alert, ready to run again. The orphaned siblings move every six months with a new identity so the ones after his power cannot find him. This makes teenage life almost unbearable. Lonely and ultra-private, Trent knows making friends will only put them all in jeopardy. His saving grace is his love for his sister and his music. He’s mastered the guitar and allows himself to perform with local rock bands as long as he keeps them at arm’s length. Trouble is when you have a body and face like Trent, people tend to notice you. But because of the powers he was bestowed with, he knows a normal life will never be in his future. Allowing anyone, especially a girlfriend into his heart, is unthinkable.

Q. The character, Cassie Moore, is an eleven year old who suffers through an horrific shooting incident. Tell me about her.

A. Cassie Moore is the heroine of this story. At eleven-years-old, Cassie was in a horrific shooting that tragically scarred her for life. The once promising tennis prodigy, throws all hope of a future in tennis away, unable to play again after the shooting. As she enters her senior year of high school, she struggles to find herself, her self-esteem at an all-time low. When Jeff Tanner, a football god at her school, wants to date, she’s thrilled until he begins to manipulate her and treat her altogether badly. If she could only somehow recover from her past, she may have a chance to get her groove back. She never imagined that could be possible, though, until she meets the gorgeous new student in her PE class, Jeremy.

Q. How long does it take for Trent to reveal himself to Cassie.

A.  About a quarter way through the first book, after he feels he has no choice but to tell Cassie the truth about who he is and how he’s involved with her past.

Q. How does Trent help Cassie deal with her past?

A. In Rematch, Trent feels he must return to her past and stop her from being shot in order for her to live out the life she was supposed to have. He believes creating this second life for her will be the answer to all her insecurities and that she will return to her promising tennis career.

Q. In the book, Double Fault, which is the second in a trilogy, Trent and Cassie are together and created a parallel universe. What problems has this created?

A. Although Trent believed Cassie’s life would become perfect when he saved her from being shot, this new life proves to carry its own heavy weight of problems. With Cassie playing tennis again, it creates an imbalance to their family. Her little brother, Gavin, ends up being neglected by their tennis-obsessed father, which also divides Cassie’s parents. It leaves Cassie’s best friend, Kelli, to be jealous of her. Cassie also struggles with the choices she made with her boyfriend, Jeff, before she remembered she was in love with Trent.

Q. In Double Fault, a new character is introduced, Lorelai which is Trent’s sister. Tell me about her.

A. Lorelai is not a new character. She is Trent’s only family member and is there for him from the moment their parents died in a car crash. The moment Trent became a time traveler and they had to run away from the orphanage when Dr. Fox began hunting down Trent. Strong-willed and sarcastic, Lorelai is a beautiful, hands off type a girl who is always there to support Trent and help him through difficult transitions from the past.

Q. The character Dr. Fox is portrayed as a dangerous, power-hungry individual. Tell me about him.

A.  We learn about Dr. Fox’s motivation in Double Fault, but the most important thing to know about him is that he wants what Trent has. He wants to be able to travel back in time himself and will do anything to gain that power.

Q.  The third book in this series, called Deuce, what will Trent and Cassie face?

A. The two will now deal with a mashed up version of her first two lives. We are left on a cliffhanger in Double Fault, so I won’t reveal what else Cassie struggles with in Deuce, but let’s just say she becomes even more familiar with supernatural powers than she ever imagined.

Q.  In books about time travel, and paradoxes, how did you deal with changes Trent makes and what changes in the future?

A. Mostly, because Trent changes aspects of only Cassie’s life, it’s her future that becomes altered. These changes touch on the relationships with only the most intimate people in her life.

Q. Which character in both books has presented you with the most problems as far as personality goes?

A.  I would say Cassie. It was a challenge to show how she morphed with each altered world Trent created for her. She certainly becomes a different girl in the end compared to who we meet in the beginning of Rematch.

Q. Who is your favorite character?

A. Hmm, that’s like asking who my favorite child is. I like them all for different reasons.

Q. You are a self-published author. Why did you choose to do that?

A. I began my journey like many others, querying agents and trying to get traditionally published. After many standard rejection letters in which you have no idea if they even read your work, I began to meet other writers who had taken the leap into self-publishing. Once I found my editor, I knew I could do it, too. It was so much more fun getting my work out there for people to read rather than have it sit on my computer, waiting for some agent to make my dream of publishing come true.

Q.  What would you say to a writer who is just starting out and considering self-publishing?

A.  Get to know Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads intimately because you’re going to spend a lot of time with them.

Author’s Bio:

Janine Caldwell was born in Concord, CA and raised in the small San Francisco Bay Area town of Clayton. Four days after her high school graduation, Janine attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and graduated with a degree in English.

Janine now lives in Anthem, AZ with her husband and two sons. As a lifelong literature fanatic, she knew it was only a matter of time before she would become obsessed with writing her own work. With relatives like the Brothers Grimm and Anita Loos (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), she figured fantasy writing had to be in her DNA.

Books published by Janine include Rematch and Double Fault, the first two books of The Vortex Series. The final book in this YA fantasy romance, Deuce, will be released this fall. Janine also plans to publish Visited, a YA coming-of-age fantasy in the next month.

Author Link’s:

www.janinecaldwell.com

www.twitter.com/J9fiction

www.facebook.com/AuthorJanineCaldwell

Book Synopsis:

REMATCH:

REMATCH is the first in  The Vortex Series. Trent Astor is many things—orphan, runaway, musician. But what’s most extraordinary about Trent is that he’s a time traveler. His supernatural gift sends him on missions to the past to save unsuspecting victims from harm. However, when he fails to save the life of a young girl, his life changes in ways he could never have dreamed.

At eleven-years-old, Cassie Moore suffered through a horrific shooting. Tragically scarred from the ordeal, the once promising tennis prodigy was forced to throw away all hope of a future in tennis. Now, as she begins her senior year of high school, the past continues to haunt her. She struggles to find herself, her self-esteem at an all-time low. If only she could resolve the past, she might be able to move on with her life. She never imagined that could be possible until she meets the gorgeous new student in her PE class.

DOUBLE FAULT:

DOUBLE FAULT is the 2nd book in The Vortex Series where Cassie and Trent’s problems have only just begun. As they fight through the repercussions of creating a parallel world, other dangers are lurking. After years of running, Trent and his orphaned sister, Lorelai, sense the dangerous and power-hungry Dr. Fox is close to discovering their whereabouts.

While Cassie fears for Trent’s life, her tennis career hangs in the balance. Caught between her old and new life, she watches her world slowly crumble until it’s a tragic portrayal of all that she used to know. But worse yet, if her secret is revealed, she might lose what’s most dear to her heart.

DEUCE:

DEUCE, the 3rd and final book of The Vortex Series, Janine Caldwell combines fantasy and romance to create a compelling love story of integrity and sacrifice.

In an instant everything changes for seventeen-year-old Cassie Moore. Together she and her time-traveling boyfriend, Trent Astor, battle to survive their next impossible challenge. As they navigate through a third parallel world in which Cassie begged Trent to create for her, the two soon discover no world can be made perfect.

And while they fight through their new circumstances, the universe may just have its own agenda for them both.

INTERVIEW WITH CURRAN GEIST, AUTHOR OF THE SITY

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Hello, this is L.M. David. My blog guest today is Curran Geist, author of The Sity. With the upcoming start of the new season of True Blood, we were able to get Lafayette to do some juju. Must have work because Preston isn’t around, nothing has been tampered with and no complaints from the building manager. Then again, the tires are missing off my car…

Let’s begin the interview. Welcome Curran.

Q.  Tell me a bit about yourself.

A.  I just finished up my final semester of graduate school and I am hoping to be teaching full time this Fall. Writing fiction is my other passion in life and I have been writing since I was 12. I was home educated in a quaint town in Pennsylvania but now I live in NYC. I will always consider myself a PA man though, and I love the outdoors and nature.  I’m about to reach my two-year anniversary with my wonderful wife who has been a rock for me when trying to write my first novel The Sity. A funny tidbit about myself is that I often get mistaken for Jimmy Fallon.

Q.  Set in the genre of Science Fiction, what is The Sity about?

A.  The Sity is really a mix of lots of different genres. I’d describe it kind of like a tossed salad. The lettuce is Sci-Fi, but there’s also horror, fantasy, and paranormal elements tossed into it. This adventure follows the ordeals of a pair of teenagers named Victor and Carina. These two protagonists are blessed with mysterious supernatural powers, which they channel to fight back against the oppression of the Kuljik, an alien race enslaving humans in an extraterrestrial city of sin. This novel is packed with action, romance, and shocking revelations. If you like tales of survival and vengeance, then I think you will dig it.

Q. Tell me about the character “Victor”.

A. Victor is a very complex young man. He’s been through intense physical and emotional ordeals, which have taken their toll. With his supernatural powers he struggles between a desire for revenge and also helping those he cares for. So much of his memory has been erased that it’s like he’s living with a huge hole in his heart and mind. This torments him and at the same time drives him to fulfill his destiny.

Q.  What are the Kuljik?

A.  The Kuljik are the race of extraterrestrial beings that rule the place called The Sity. At first, they may seem to be just a completely evil and twisted species with how they treat the humans there. However, not everything is what it seems. Without giving away spoilers, the Kuljik have a much bigger role in the universe beyond tormenting and exploiting humans.

Q.  What makes Zaku sadistic?

A.  What makes you think Zaku is sadistic? Yeah, Zaku does do a lot of terrible things in the book. Although his actions are partly due to greed, they’re also symbolic of the overall callous attitude that these Kuljik have towards humans. He doesn’t see his actions as evil, but rather that he has the right to treat humans in whatever way he pleases. His sadism mirrors the racist attitudes of slavery or even the way animals are sometimes abused by humans.

Q.  Tell me about the character Carina.

A.  Carina is a strong-willed young woman who is willing to stand up for herself and what she believes in. Like Victor, she is struggling to figure out where she came from and how she arrived in The Sity. She believes that she is descendent of a royal bloodline, and it is her obligation to live up to her family’s name and help humanity build anew. She is also blessed with supernatural powers, though why she has those powers may not be what she thinks.

Q.  Why does Medtronik Corporation want to cleanse The Sity of humans?

A.  I don’t want to spoil it for people who haven’t read the book. However, I will put it like this. It’s as if they feel they are untouchable and have been involved in things that they think only them and their cohorts know about. Things go amuck and they’re now afraid of the whole world knowing the truth. What do they do? In this case, they destroy all the evidence, but not until they’ve had one last glorious and demented hurrah.

Q.  How far in the future does The Sity take place?

A.  I am going to have to pass on answering that question. A key part of this story is that the main characters are still trying to piece together their pasts and their understanding of this strange world that they are trapped in. They don’t know what’s happened to Earth or what year it is. I want the readers to figure things out as the characters do. This is a question that will be revealed in later books.

Q.  When creating The Sity, what was the hardest part to write?

A.  When writing this novel, I became very invested in the fates of the characters. They are imaginary, but for me, they are like real people. It’s really difficult to write scenes where really bad things happen to really good people. This book deals with intense and harsh subject matter. Sometimes I cringe a little when I have to put my favorite characters through hell.

Q. What about The Sity will attract readers?

A.  The Sity is packed with violent action and shocking revelations. However, beneath the grit and action, the novel is about people. It’s about people overcoming personal demons and difficult circumstances to understand themselves and their purposes in life. I think this – overcoming internal conflicts – is something that all readers can relate to. Hopefully, readers will become as invested in these characters as I have and will jump on board this rollercoaster ride through The Sity.

Q.  If The Sity were being made into a movie, who would you want to play the main characters?

It’s interesting that you’re asking me this. When I began writing this book, I definitely imagined it as movie. On my website, I am doing a whole series of posts on how The Sity should be “cast”. As for the main characters, I would have Logan Lerman play Victor. He was so great in 3:10 to Yuma. Also, Saoirse Ronan would be perfect for Carina. I would love for the big bad Captain Kreagor to be played by Michael Shannon. Just talking about this is making me excited. A movie needs to happen.

Q. Will there be a sequel to The Sity?

A.  Yes, The Sity is the first book in a planned four book series. I am about halfway finished with the sequel!

Q.  What is your current work in progress?

A.  I’ve been spending most of my time working on the sequel to The Sity. I am very invested in these characters. I want to see their character arcs completed before I move on to other projects.

Q.  The Sity is a self-published work. Why did you decide to do that?

A.  Well, when I first began planning The Sity five years ago, I never meant to publish it. Finishing a novel was on my bucket list, and I wanted to prove to myself that I could achieve that goal and simply write something that I loved. When it was done, friends and family encouraged me to make it available to the general public. Being my first novel, The Sity series is very personal to me. Characters are inspired by people that are important in my life. I really wanted to have control over the content and its unique style, including the cover. I find it exciting to be part of the self-published community, and I’ve met some other really talented self-published authors.

Q.  What advice to you have for writers who are just starting out?

A.  I think it’s really important to remember why you started writing. If you worry too much about sales and what types of reviews you get, it can take all the fun out of it. Personally, I love the process of writing and creating new worlds, and making characters come to life. Hopefully, people will love my novel, but it’s impossible to please everyone. With that being said, don’t take criticism personally. Listen to feedback, reflect on it, and use it to refine your writing and to make your future work better.

Author Bio:

Curran Geist grew up in the quaint town of Schwenksville, PA. As a home educated student, Curran often lived within books and his vibrant imagination allowed him to escape to fictional worlds beyond the tiny town where he was raised. Writing is and has always been Curran’s passion. By the age of 12, he had already begun writing novels. As a teenager, he won multiple youth poetry competitions and started his own independent art newsletter entitled Inbetween Dreams. While studying Religion at Gettysburg College, Curran participated in numerous poetry slams.

Human rights has also always been very important to Curran as evidenced through his experience in the Americorps, with Amnesty International, and at the Museum of Tolerance New York. In writing his first self-published novel THE SITY, Curran Geist has merged his love of science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres with his belief in combatting social injustices.

Curran Geist is currently getting his Master’s Degree to be an Elementary Teacher at Hunter College in New York City.

Author Links:

Twitter: CGeist_thesity

Website/Blog http://thesity2012.wordpress.com

Book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Sity-Volume-Curran-Geist/dp/148183455X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358262759&sr=8-1&keywords=the+sity