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Hello&Welcome back, Joey!

 

Bookworm’s Nook: Would you like to share a bit about yourself?

Joey Pinkney: Thank you so much for inviting me to be interviewed for Bookworm’s Nook, RH. I really appreciate it.

My name is Joey Pinkney. My love of books lead me to promote books, authors and publishing companies to a global readership using my growing digital footprint in social media. I do author interviews and book reviews for my main website JoeyPinkney.com. The “JoeyPinkney.com 5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Author Interview Series” is over six years old and counting and features authors of various genres and levels of experience. They talk about the story behind the story.

I recently started a new book promo service at JoeyTweets.com which harnesses my huge following on Twitter to connect readers with books and with authors that they may have never heard of.

I’m also an author of short stories and essays. I have a few interesting works-in-progress that are under wraps. (What “author” doesn’t, right?)

Oh. I’m a nerd. And I love chocolate. A lot…

BN: Do you remember your favorite places to read throughout the years?

JP: The airplane is not my favorite place to read, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that as the “most productive” place to read in terms of reviews. What would normally take about 8 man hours to complete, I can do during a 5 hour flight, including layovers.

I’m trying to think of places that had the best ambiance for reading throughout the years. I can’t think of any. Do you know why? Because reading can be so engrossing. Once a story gets good, the world around you dissolves. I’ve burned food or just left it sitting in the microwave. I’ve overfilled bathtubs. I’ve unknowingly agreed to stuff from my kids because I wasn’t really listening. I’ve missed bus stops. I’ve came to and left from the last stop on the Metro in DC only to have to go up a stop and switch trains, come back and actually GET OFF.

I like to lie back and flop around like a single sock in a dryer while I read. So shout out to all of the couches, beds, closet floors, loveseats and futons I’ve lied on while reading. If I didn’t mention you by name, charge it to my mind and not my heart. (Whatever that means.)

BN: How much attention do you pay to book covers? What attracts you, what do you consider a turn-off?

JP: Some book covers are really “book art.” When I look at book covers, it’s not always to see if I want to read the story. I look at them to take in the art that the graphic designer put into the world. I try to reverse-engineer how the graphic designer achieved a certain effect. I mentally critique whether the font type, size, color and placement came together to easily get across a message consistent to the feel of the story.

When I look at book covers, I drink in the color schemes. Sometimes whether the colors match or not on a book cover attracts my attention before I actually realize the words and images on the cover. Hues, tints and shades can take an average-looking layout on a book cover over the top and make it resonate with you. I recently helped Burnita Bluitt promote her book “Quiver of the Pure Heart” through JoeyTweets.com That book cover is a perfect example of how imagery and color schemes can come together to make a book into a piece of visual art.

Sex sells. A “beautiful” woman on a cover can catch my attention, but not completely for the obvious reason. I also look to see if the woman fits the story or if she is just eye candy. It’s a turn-off to see scantily clad women on book covers (stay with me) that don’t match the women they are portraying in the story. I hate it when there’s a luxury car on the cover, but the main character drives something mundane and run down.

A true test of a book cover’s power is its ability to catch the eye of a reader who is scrolling through a sea of book covers. One book cover whose imagery and layout stood out to me while I was scrolling through Amazon is “When She Woke” by Hillary Jordan. A black background. A White woman with red-tinted skin. Simple, thin white letters. The visual made me ask, “What is this book about?”

BN: I read a great meme about “e-books versus paperback” … do you have a preference, or do you think it is silly that people can’t simply agree that both are great in their own way?

JP: As an avid reader and a professional book reviewer, I have come to prefer ebooks. They are more convenient to me because I can fit a library and a half into a Kindle app. And the Kindle app is much lighter than a ton of paperbacks. That Kindle app is on my phone, my tablet, my laptop and my computer. Being able to search for a specific word to find a particular passage to review is very handy when writing about a specific aspect of a story. So, for me, practicality can be found in ebooks.

Yes, I miss the smell of the books. I miss being able to thumb the outer edge of the pages and go to a specific place in the book. I miss the book cover being right there. But I don’t miss pages falling out. I don’t miss the awkwardness of trying to carry a bunch of books in a backpack. I don’t miss cringing when I unintentionally put a Dorito stain anywhere on or in a book.

I’ve come across quite a few people who are extremely passionate about paperbooks to the point where any love expressed towards ebooks is met with indignant comments. I’ve been sucked into a few debates after stating I preferred ebooks. I think that it is silly to get emotionally charged to the point where you have to argue or put somebody down, directly or indirectly. It’s not that serious. I’ve had people actually want to argue with me about the virtues of paperbacks over the evil ebook empire. I can’t. I like both.

The most important thing the printing press did for authors was make their literary expressions available for mass consumption. That’s all ebooks are doing: taking stories and making them digital as opposed to inked on paper. Readers read. They may have preferences, but a real reader will read a good story because it’s good first and foremost. A quality book in digital or paper format is still a quality story.

BN: How has writing changed the way you read?

JP: Writing has caused me to read more like a writer. I look at the way the author uses literary effects or flat-out good storytelling. I read to discern whether or not the dialogue and the narration supplement and complement each other. I look at misuse of words that can be mistaken for misspellings.

Writing has done something else to the way I read. I read with more respect. It takes a lot of time and effort to write, edit and publish a full-length novel. Even if an author’s story is low quality, I respect the fact that it’s published. There is a lot to be said about that. Yes, self-publishing has become fairly easy. No, everyone shouldn’t publish just because they can. But a published author is the one who stopped thinking and started doing.

However, I know so many highly-intelligent, unpublished authors who obsess over quality to the point where they are stagnant. They don’t want to publish because other authors are putting out “trash.” They are afraid to publish because they aren’t good sales people. All of these reasons lead to many great stories not being seen and read because of over-thinking.

BN: Do you have a favorite genre, or do you like to explore any and all books?

JP: I wouldn’t say “any and all,” but I’m definitely open to a wide range of genres and subject matters. Doing book reviews has exposed me to many books that I may have never taken the time to explore on my own. If I had to choose a genre, it would be Urban Fiction. A great Urban Fiction book has sex, violence and drugs, but it also has a compelling story.

With that said, I’m more open to a “compelling story” than partial to a particular genre.

BN: Have you ever found a book so disturbing, that you couldn’t finish it, or had to leave it and come back?

JP: Yes! I read and reviewed a book a few years ago that caught me totally off guard. It was about a young man figuring out that he was homosexual during a time when he was in a relationship with a woman. This characters experiences with the different gay cultures was unsettling at times. The author’s intent was to teach people about different gay lifestyles and activities while also teaching people what to look out for with men on the downlow or sexual predators that focus on boys.

I interviewed the author prior to reading the book. The interview didn’t give any impression that the book would be so graphic. Since I was paid to review it, I wanted to finish it to give a thorough and honest review of the whole book. I had to stop a few times to give myself room to deal with the images and situations that were presented. I wrote the review based on the quality of the book and not my personal preference.

BN: What question would you ask your favorite author, if you had the chance to ask only one question?

JP: There are so many great authors out there. From great personalities to great storytellers. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite.

If I could gain access to someone considered to be “one of the greats”, I would pose this situation and see how that author would answer:

If you had a choice, would you take a lot of money for writing books you didn’t like to write? Or would you take less money and huge readership who respect you for writing the books that are in you?

BN: Who are some of your favorite supporting characters? Antagonists?

JP: This is a great question! We get so wrapped up in the hero and/or the heroine that we tend to forget the little people who really make the stories pop: the supporting characters.

Off the top, Gabby from “Where Did We Go Wrong?” by Monica Mathis-Stowe. Oh man… If scheming was beauty, she’d at least be Miss America if not Miss Universe. It was a thoroughly guilty pleasure to watch her scheme and plot against her two best friends, of all the people in the world.

Along the same lines of scheming characters is India from “V.I.P.” by Azarel. She was the ultimate hustling groupie, but she wasn’t the smartest. Flawed and evil made for a great mix that made for a better book.

Simony Chiavary from “An Emotional Affair/Intimate Rivalz” by LaMont Wright is another powerful supporting character whose presence made a great story even greater. Sexy, exotic, intelligent and dangerous, Simony is that woman that would catch your eye whether you are a man or a woman. Amidst all that, she was just wanted to love and be loved…

Last, but not least, one supporting character that made a deep impression on me was Paula from “A Whisper to a Scream” by Elissa Gabrielle. Paula was Queen’s, the main character, best friend. Paula was Queen’s voice of reason during a time Queen simultaneously dealt with an abusive ex-boyfriend and her conflicts with dating a man outside of her race. I loved Paula’s no-holds-barred conversations with Queen. I had a crush on her while reading that book. Without her, the story wouldn’t have had nearly as much of an impact on the readers of “A Whisper to a Scream.”

BN: Have you ever absolutely adored an author, gotten to know too much about them or watched the writer in interviews, and been completely turned off? Even from reading their books?

JP: Yes.

BN: Whatcha’ workin’ on?

JP: I have a few writing projects in motion that I’m excited about. I’m going to keep them under wraps until they are almost ready to be published. I’ve been jinxed by announcing working titles and plots publicly, so I’m going to be quiet until I put the work in to finish these stories. Maybe I can come back and be interviewed about one of these upcoming publications.

BN: Do you have any excerpts you would like to share? (From books that are currently available, or works in progress.)

JP: From the short story “Like Father, Like Son”, featured in “Soul of a Man: A Triumph of My Soul Anthology”:

When I first met Mary, everything was cool between her and I. Andre made it obvious from the very beginning that he wanted his mother to have no parts of me. But what little man did? I wasn’t offended. In fact, I gave a silent ovation to his desire to protect the only person that had protected him. I never felt provoked to challenge his bond to his mother. Simply put, I was a stranger invading his space.

I went from courting Mary to actually marrying Mary. I proposed to Mary after church one hot Sunday afternoon in July. All of her family and friends present in the parking lot praising the King of Kings and appraising the engagement ring. Six months later, we married with those same family and friends in that same sanctified church. Hands down, it was one of the best days of my life even though Andre practically ignored me.

I remember hugging him and praying that God help him come to accept me as the man I was. In time, I wanted him to realize that I seriously loved his mother and had the same love for him. He showed no signs of appreciation. Instead, he pushed the buttons on his new Game Boy Pocket that he successfully begged Mary for.

I understood that position when he was a little boy. I gave him room to figure things out. He had to get used to having a father-figure after eight years of just having a mother. I took the lead and remained the adult. I didn’t embarrass him in front of his friends, I never laid a hand on him that wasn’t warranted and I never talked down to his mother during our disputes.

Over the years, the tension continued to build. At sixteen, Andre was where he was at day one: I was still a stranger invading his space. Despite all that resistance from Andre, I continued loving Mary like there was no turbulence, by the name of Andre, interrupting our relationship. I struggled against the strain of juggling life with an enamored wife and an egocentric son.

From “Swiggers”, featured in “Independent Author Index Short Story Compilation, Volume 1”:

Theodore Roosevelt Washington, known to everyone as Teddy, sat up from his sleep with a grunt. He squinted his elderly eyes at the analog clock perched on a shelf across the room, trying to see through its dusty face to the time.

He glided his thin, knotty fingers over his nightstand until his fingertips bumped into his glasses. He was pretty sure it was about three or four in the evening. That was about the time he usually got up from his noon nap.

“Dang, 3:47,” he exhaled. “Let me go see what these jokers are up to.”

Teddy sat up causing his bed to squeak and creak under his shifting weight. He rocked back and forth while rubbing his knees to warm up his old bones before standing.

Although he was physically sitting in his home, his mind was dead set on sitting in front of Pee Wee’s Market with other dirty old men, drinking liquor, cracking jokes and watching the “pretty young thangs” walk by.

***

“Theodore Roosevelt Washington!” Little Sammy smiled when he saw Teddy approaching their bench. Everyone called Samuel Jenkins, Sr., “Little Sammy” because of his short stature, his baby face and the handsome smile under his neatly manicured moustache. Although Little Sammy was the youngest member of their crew, he was well into his fifties and still worked at the paper mill as a second-shift supervisor.

“Man, get’cho tail in that store, get’cho drank and get on back out here,” Lomax growled. Lomax was as black as tar and as big as a house with a voice to match. Talking trash was the only way Teddy and Lomax communicated. From the outside looking in, they might have been mistaken for enemies.

“Forget you, you ol’…” The crew started chuckling in anticipation of whatever randomness was about to come out of Teddy’s mouth. “Old hairy… Son-of-Kong-looking joker! Y’all remember that movie?”

“I remember it,” Little Sammy said as he laughed.

Before stepping into the corner store, Teddy turned and asked the other men, “What time y’all got to take Funky Kong back to the zoo?”

He beat his chest with his fists as the door slowly closed behind him. Even Lomax laughed at Teddy’s unexpected monkey jokes.

Pete Johnson sat in silence among the crew. Confined to a wheelchair after being injured in the Vietnam War, Pete was the most reserved person in the group. He rarely spoke and started bringing his own pint of Crown Royal to the gathering. Pete Johnson stopped buying his Crown Royal from Pee Wee’s Market since Pee Wee passed away about a month ago. Before his death, Pee Wee sold his store to Abdul, an African Muslim whose father owned the other corner store in the neighborhood.

Awesome interview, beautiful excerpts. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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Bookworm’s Nook

an avid reader’s perspective

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Hello&welcome, Nicole of Willows Author Love

Would you like to share a bit about yourself?

My name is Nicole Dunton. I live in Lafayette, Indiana with my amazing boyfriend, Dustyn. I work part time at the fast food restaurant known as Burger King. When I’m not working for Burger King, I’m running The Book Club (a Facebook group my mother and I created a few years ago), blogging, reading, or working for Moira Keith (I’m her personal assistant). I’m also spending every spare moment with Dustyn. For the most part, I stay pretty busy, but I’m very happy. Here are the links for The Book Club and my blogs (and their Facebook pages):

https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheBookClub2014/

https://www.facebook.com/WillowsAuthorLove

https://www.facebook.com/WillowsBookReviews

https://www.facebook.com/WillowLovesBooks

http://willowsauthorlove.blogspot.com/

http://willowstarbookreviews.blogspot.com/

 

 

When did you fall in love with reading?

When I was a kid, I hated reading. Well I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t like it very much. I preferred watching movies over reading. So my mom came up with a rule. I couldn’t watch the movie unless I read the book first. At first I hated this rule, but as time went on, I started loving it. I wound up preferring reading over watching movies. To this day, I still pick reading over watching movies or television.

 

Do you remember your favorite places to read throughout the years?

I would have to say my favorite place to read is curled up in a huge chair. I don’t really have the opportunity to do this much. It’s amazing when I am able to though.

 

Do you remember the first e-book you purchased?

 

I didn’t remember it honestly. However, I looked it up. The first e-book I ever purchased (in 2011) was called How To Marry A Millionaire Vampire. I got my first Kindle as a gift and one of the first things I did was grab a ton of free books.

 

I read a great meme about “e-books versus paperback” … do you have a preference, or do you think it is silly that people can’t simply agree that both are great in their own way?

Honestly I can go either way. I love my Kindle. It’s so amazing and convenient to have around. However, there is something about reading from a physical book that’s just euphoric. I try to go back and forth between the two. I honestly think everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but I feel that both have their strong suits.

 

Do you have a favorite genre, or do you like to explore any and all books?

I like to explore any and all books. I tend to stick with paranormal, suspense, and young adult though.

 

What book has most inspired you, brought you to tears, or changed your perspective?

I’d have to say both books in the Wyattsville series by Bette Lee Crosby

 

Have you ever found a book so disturbing, that you couldn’t finish it, or had to leave it and come back?

Not so far. I have found books rather dull, boring, or dragging and have set them down and tried them again later.

 

What question would you ask your favorite author, if you had the chance to ask only one question?

Well after going insanely crazy and unable to speak or think from meeting them, I’d ask them how it felt to write their first book. I’d also ask them how it felt when it got published.

 

Are there books that you find yourself revisiting? (Either in your mind or literally picking up the book to reread it again and again).

Every series that I read and got hooked on I have constantly thought about. I also think about stand alone books that I read that I felt weren’t fully finished. I wonder what happened to the characters after the story ended.

 

Have you ever absolutely adored an author, gotten to know too much about them or watched the writer in interviews, and been completely turned off? Even from reading their books?

I have many author friends that I adore. They are the sweetest and I hope with all my heart that they succeed in all they do! They deserve it more than they realize!

 

If you could introduce two characters from two different books you have read, who would they be and why?

I would want the characters in House of Night to meet the characters in Vampire Academy. I know that sounds really crazy but I’ve always been curious to see how Zoey Redbird and Rose Hathaway would interact.

 

Your favorite book to movie adaptation? Your favorite book to television series? What books are you excited to see on the big screen/as a television series?

 

My favorite book to movie adaptation would have to be Vampire Academy. I guess my favorite book to television series would have to be Vampire Diaries. I’m ready to see House Of Night series already!!!

 

Thank you so much, Nicole! Enjoyed your answers, and look forward to chatting, again, soon!

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Bookworm’s Nook

an avid reader’s perspective!

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Hello&Welcome Back, Christy!!

Would you like to share a bit about yourself?

My name is Christy Garrett. I am married to my best friend and have three
wonderful children. I started writing when I got laid off from my job
several years ago due to low back pain. I am currently writing for
Uplifting Families and I am a contributor for several other blogs
including Voiceboks.

Do you remember your favorite places to read throughout the years?

I never was a huge reader until a few years ago when I had to find a new
hobby since some of my other hobbies were no longer an option for me. My husband introduced me to e-books. I ended up downloading the Kindle, Nook,

and another app for reading e-books on my phone so that I could read
anytime and anywhere I wanted even while laying in bed. I would love to
read under a tree while sitting outside but my favorite place to read is
in bed.

How much attention do you pay to book covers? What attracts you, what do
you consider a turn-off?

I am a sucker for a great cover. I am usually attracted to books that have
great covers. I find boring covers harder to pick up. I think authors who
have an attractive cover make their books easily noticeable. Of course, I
do try to read the book intro instead of relying on the cover photo only
because I would hate to miss out on a great book just because the cover is
plain or boring.

I read a great meme about “e-books versus paperback” … do you have a
preference, or do you think it is silly that people can’t simply agree
that both are great in their own way?

I actually prefer ebooks. They don’t take up any room in my house and I
can read them anytime that I want to since I have the apps on my phone. I
also seem to read faster on my phone because the words are just the right
size per page. Plus, e-books allow me to read in the dark.
I do like the smell of a paperback but I try not to buy them unless I get
them free or cheap.

I do buy my kids books. I want them to read and learn how to enjoy reading.

Do you have a favorite genre, or do you like to explore any and all books?

I am usually not picky and will read a book if it sounds interesting. I
have read some great books over the last several years. My collection
includes Christian fiction, vampire, mystery, romance, and humor.

Have you ever found a book so disturbing, that you couldn’t finish it, or
had to leave it and come back?

I actually had to put down “The Shack”. I still haven’t finished the book,
I got to the middle of the book and I didn’t want to find out if anything
bad happened to the girl. I might try to re-read it and see if I can
finish it.

What question would you ask your favorite author, if you had the chance to
ask only one question?

I always would love to know what inspired them to write their books

Who are some of your favorite supporting characters? Antagonists?

I don’t really have a favorite supporting character or antagonist. I have
read some great books from Rhonda Ramsey, LynDee Walker, DelSheree
Gladden, and many others that had some great characters.

Aww, thanks!!! Have you ever absolutely adored an author, gotten to know too much about
them or watched the writer in interviews, and been completely turned off?
Even from reading their books?

I usually don’t go watch any interviews or researched an author unless I
am looking for more books.

Favorite book to movie adaptation? Your favorite book to television
series? What books are you excited to see on the big screen/as a
television series?

Movie Adaptation – I liked the “FireProof” book and movie. They were very
close together.
Television Series – I haven’t read any books that were part of a tv
series, maybe one day.
I am looking forward to seeing Heaven is For Real, I read the book several
years ago and loved the story. I plan on seeing it as soon as it comes out
on Redbox.

Always fun chatting with you, Christy!! Thank you for stopping by. Please, stop by, again, soon!

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Bookworm’s Nook

a writer’s perspective


Hello and welcome, DelSheree Gladden!

 

Would you like to share a bit about yourself?

New Mexico has been my home for most of my life. I grew up in a little tiny town with one stoplight. My husband grew up in the next town over (where we live now) and our two kiddos love being near the many, many cousins. I have eight YA novels published and I work as a Dental Hygienist with the public schools during the school year. My novels include, Escaping Fate, Twin Souls Saga, The Destroyer Trilogy, and my newest book, Wicked Hunger.

When did you fall in love with reading? 

I’m not really sure. I’ve loved reading as long as I can remember. The library was one of my favorite spots as a child, and yes I do realize that probably makes me a huge nerd! I can’t even tell you how much babysitting money I spent on books as a kid 🙂

When did you fall in love with writing?

My curiosity about writing started when I was little, but I didn’t actually try to write something until my early teenage years. Those first attempts were pretty lousy, but I’ve worked hard to develop my writing skills and learn from other writers.

Do you ever find yourself more connected with the darker characters/antagonists in the books you read?

There are definitely times when that happens, not because their actions or decisions appeal to me, but because the darker characters have the potential to be incredibly deep characters. As a writer, you can take experiences that have affected you or people you know negatively and use them to build a damaged or disturbed character. It can be a fascinating experience to think about how a person’s reactions to bad situations can shape who they are.

If you could introduce two characters from two different books you have written, who would they be and why?

The first character would be Milo, from The Destroyer Series, because he was such a challenging character to figure out and write. The emotions and desires that motivated his actions were complicated and not always what I wanted him to do as a reader, but as a writer I knew it was the only way for him to go.

The other character would be Ivy, from Wicked Hunger, because she is a character whose whole life and all her decisions are dictated by a set of beliefs she holds to absolutely. To her, there is no other choice, but as the series progresses she will find that her world is not as black and white as she thinks it is.

Many authors are avid readers — how can writers separate inspiration from imitation, cultivate their craft, and mature into their own artist?

I read an article once about an author, who before he began to write, would refuse to read anything but his own work for months to avoid sounding like someone else. Personally, that just doesn’t work for me. I get a lot of inspiration from other writers. I’m not necessarily talking about their stories inspiring my books, although a word or phrase occasionally sparks an idea. It is more the style other writers employ, the way the describe characters or weave a backstory into the main plot. When I read, it’s not just to enjoy the story, but to learn from the writers as well.

I think in the beginning, a lot of writers do imitate authors they love, but it’s a way of learning. That is how most painters begin as well, re-painting the masters. The more writers write, the more they’ll discover their own style and voice.

Do you have any recurring themes in your novels?

It’s funny, because I never really thought about this before I was asked a similar question by another blogger and I had to look at my books more closely. I was surprised when I realized there was a recurring theme, and it was that we all have the ability to make our lives what we want no matter what forces are trying to push us in a certain direction.

When do you feel that you are at your most creative?

At night when I am trying to fall asleep. I frequently have trouble falling asleep, and while I am lying in bed I will run through scenes in my head and work out plot problems. It’s usually when I make the most progress on an idea!

What is your process, from start, to writer’s block, to finish?

When I start a new book, I just jump in and start writing. This first chapter usually gets rewritten many times, but the details usually seem to work themselves out as I write. When I get writer’s block, I switch to a different book and keep whatever was bugging me in the back of my mind. If I really get stuck, I force myself to make a brief outline. Finishing a book is usually the most agonizing part, especially if it’s the last in the series. I’ll spend a lot of time going back over everything to make sure I didn’t forget something or mix up some plot point.

I recently read “Wicked Hunger,” and cannot say enough, how much I loved the novel. Do you have a favorite excerpt you wouldn’t mind sharing?

Absolutely! This is from Chapter 8 of Wicked Hunger when Zander finds out Van has broken one of the rules they live by in order to keep their hunger in check.

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“Tell me nothing happened to Noah! Tell me right now, Van, that you didn’t just ruin everything for us!”

“What are you talking about?”

“Martial arts?” I snap. “Are you freaking kidding me? You know how dangerous that is! What the hell were you thinking?”

“How do you know what I did today?” Van asks quietly.

I falter for a moment before continuing my tirade. “Who cares? What happened today? Is Noah okay? What exactly did you two do this afternoon?”

“Nothing happened!”

“Don’t lie to me, Van!” I warn.

Her growl races through the phone and snaps at me viciously. “I’m not lying. Nothing happened!”

“I don’t believe that. He was teaching you to fight and nothing happened? You really expect me to believe that?” How could she have been so stupid? That was way too big of a risk to take!

“You know, you don’t know everything, Zander,” Van argues. “You don’t know what I’m capable of, either! You think your way is the only way. You laugh at me and think I’m an idiot for having friends and trying to live a normal life. You think I’ll hurt them because I won’t be able to control myself. You don’t know anything about me if you think I’d ever hurt one of my friends!”

A sob breaks through her yelling. “I’m stronger than you think, Zander, and I’m not stupid. I didn’t let things with Noah get out of hand. I paced myself. I was smart about what I let him teach me. Maybe you can’t handle it, but I can have friends and this stupid curse at the same time. I’ve already given up one guy I loved for you. Don’t ask me to do it again.”

She sniffs again, and I know she must be crying. “Please don’t ask me to do that. I just want to be happy for once, Zander. Can’t you understand that?”

I rub my hand over my face and sigh. Most of my anger fell away when I heard my baby sister sob the first time. Right now, all I feel is regret, regret for yelling at her, regret for stomping on her hopes and happiness so often.

“Yeah,” I say softly, “I can understand that.”

What is your biggest inspiration?

As far as writing in general, that would be my husband. He always encourages me and helps me get it just write. When it comes to specific inspiration for my books, a lot of my inspiration comes from local mythology and folklore in New Mexico. This state has such a fascinating history. Some of that history isn’t pleasant, but much of it is beautiful and captivating.

Here is a bit of my review of “Wicked Hunger”:

Van and her brother, Zander, are more than mysterious; they are fascinatingly dark characters, constantly battling horrifying thoughts and urges. Not only are they struggling with cravings revolving around pain, they possess superhuman strength.

This doesn’t begin to explain the layers of fear and intensity in this novel. Every moment I waited and wondered when the gnawing and “hunger” would erupt. I couldn’t stop reading until I found out what, if not human, Van and her brother were. I kept reading, wondering, are they vampires? Werewolves? Extra-terrestrials? For a moment, I wondered, maybe they are human, and they are just plain sick –maybe serial killers?

Wicked Hunger starts in a way, that surprised me. The book is in present tense! It is filled with riveting inner monologue of deeply troubled teenage characters, terrified of what they are capable of.

The book begins with Van, then, we experience Zander, whose portion of the story sent me through a frenzy of emotion. I saw what he saw, believed what he so badly wanted to believe (and I could hardly stand the betrayal he encountered).

The plot thickens yet, again, when the second brother, Oscar and other characters are introduced. The book kept me needing to know more, and even as it has ended, I see the scenes–mild, pleasant moments as well as the graphic thoughts of the characters–in my mind.

I loved the book, and finished it the same night I purchased it. Thanks for sharing the book, DelSheree, and for sharing a bit about yourself! I wish you all the best!!

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Again, thanks so much, DelSheree, for stopping by!!

Bookworm’s Nook

an avid reader’s perspective

Hello and welcome, Christy Garret!

 

Would you like to share a bit about yourself?

My name is Christy Garret, and I am the contributor for Uplifting Families (http://upliftingfamilies.com).

My blog is dedicated to information regarding pregnancy, breastfeeding, parenting, and all things family
related.  The goal of my blog is to help other parents with real life
topics.

When did you fall in love with reading?

I always enjoyed a good book but rarely had the time to read them.  Over the
last few months, I needed another hobby to keep me busy so I finished
reading a few books that I had in my stack.  After finishing those books, I
found some great free books on Amazon to read.

What is your favorite genre?

I love a good book that keeps me interested and has a great story line.  My
favorite type of books are love stories, mystery, or books that are based on
real life situations.

What is your favorite part of reviewing books?

I have enjoyed sharing excellent books with others, why keep them to
yourself if you love them.  Right!

Do you prefer paperback books, e-books or both?

I actually prefer e-books, they take up less room in the house.  Plus they
are much easier to read why on the go.

Do you remember your first favorite paperback book?

My first paperback books that I can remember would have to be the Beverly
Cleary series about Ramona.

Do you remember the first e-book you purchased?

My first e-book that I purchased was “Choosing to See – A Journey of
Struggle and Hope” written by Mary Beth Chapman and Ellen Vaughn.  This is a
must read if you are a parent who has ever lost a child.

What, in your opinion, makes a writer one of “the greats?”

I love authors who can keep my attention during the entire book.  I tend to
choose books by their cover photo, so having a great cover photo that
instantly grabs my attention.

What types of characters do you find yourself relating to more than others
when reading?

I love characters who face real life problems head on and work to resolve
them.

Are there books that you find yourself revisiting? (Either in your mind or
literally picking up the book to reread it again and again).

The Dram Road written by Louise Lawerence is a book that I read while in
college and I have kept the book on my book shelf.  In fact, I re-read it
again a few years ago.  I keep trying to get my daughter to read it because
it is a book that captures your attention and is filled with an action
packed story that leaves you wanting to read more and more.

Has a book ever brought you to tears? If so, what book, and why?

Choosing to See – A Journey of Struggle and Hope” written by Mary Beth
Chapman and Ellen Vaughn is a very touching story.  The Chapman’s choose to
share the story from 2008 when their older son accidently ran over their
daughter.  She didn’t recover from the accident.  It was a sad time but they
choose to see God’s bigger plan.

Has a book ever been so uplifting and inspiring, that it changed the way you
felt or your outlook on life?

I love reading Christian books when I am feeling down and out.  They always
give me a new perspective on life and make me realize that life is worth
living because of the hope found in Jesus Christ.

Do you ever find yourself more connected with the darker
characters/antagonists in the books you read?

I believe that darker characters have a certain role in some books but it
really depends on the story line and what the story is about.  I know that
darker characters have underlying real life issues that need to be resolved.
I don’t really feel connected to the darker characters in a book and often
hope that maybe they can see the difference in a positive character and
change.  But I know this isn’t always possible because people have to change
because they want to.

Think of your favorite book (or one of your favorites):

What songs would you
consider the perfect play list for this/these book(s)?

I love listening to upbeat, positive music.  In fact, my playlist always
consists of Christian music.

 

Thank you so much for sharing, Christy!

Connect with Christy at http://upliftingfamilies.com