Friday, October 26

Tour: As I Close My Eyes




As I Close My Eyes
Book #1
by Sarah DiCello
genre: historical YA with a time travel twist
Publisher: Taylor Street Books














Purchase here: Amazon paperback | Amazon kindle


~ Book Description ~

You know you are alive, but what if you are dead?
 Danielle Grayson is a beautiful, intelligent young woman in present-day Georgia, but when she closes her eyes, she becomes someone else in a different time, one hundred years earlier in fact.
 Danielle's other life is as entrancing and romantic as her current one, and the contrast between the lifestyles is intriguing and enlightening (they didn't have iPods in 19th century USA, apparently), but what starts out as being dreamlike soon becomes real and strangely familiar.







About the Author:
 
 
 
 
Sarah DiCello is new to Taylor Street.
She writes fantasy / romance and;lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. She graduated from Shippensburg University with a degree in Communications/Journalism.
 
This is her first novel. Look for the sequel to "As I Close My Eyes" Christmas 2012
 




Tuesday, October 23

Tour: Path of Needles / Interview




Path of Needles
Author: Hannah Kollef
Series: Paths series
Publication Date: October 12th 2012















Purchase here: Amazon


~ Book Description ~

When 17-year-old Kat Finnegan is warned in a Brooklyn alleyway that her father is going to disappear, she shrugs and walks away. The next morning her father is gone--leaving behind a booby-trapped apartment and a mystery that has slept for a thousand years.

To get him back, Kat and her twin brother Roger will have to unravel the secrets behind the Rose Queen--the fairy queen who ripped apart reality and stitched it back together, transforming the Fey into the memories known as fairy tales. They will also have to come to grips with their emerging powers and discover why they are known to the magical world as "The Truth" and "The Lie."

Hunted by demons and treacherous Fey, Kat and Roger follow the Queen's trail from Manhattan to Newark. But neither the Queen nor her curse is what they expected, and more is at stake than their father's life--and theirs.

Path of Needles is the explosive first book in the Paths series: urban fantasies littered with deadly fairy tales, tangled romance, and heartbreaking betrayals.




* * *   Goodreads Giveaway  * * *
 

 

~ My Interview ~

 

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself ?
 
Hi! My name is Hannah, and I'm the author of two young adult novels. My latest, Path of Needles, just came out this month--which is why I am here, on this lovely blog, promoting the heck out of it. Other than that, I love to travel, and have actually just signed up to teach English in Prague starting this winter. It should be an adventure!

 2.One of your favorite quotes:
 
This one, right here:
 
"What I'm feeling now, this is love, right?"

"I don't know. Is it a longing? Is it a giddy stupid happiness just because you're with me?"

"Yes," she said.

"That's influenza. Watch for nausea or diarrhea within a few hours."

-Orson Scott Card
 
 
Isn't that just perfect?
 
 
3. What book are you reading now or just got done reading?
 
I am currently reading "The Alienist" by Caleb Carr. So far it's pretty good. That being said, I've only read about the first 20 pages!


4. What does your family think of your writing?
 
I am extraordinarily lucky. My family loves that I'm a writer, and is extremely supportive. This comes in handy when I need money for things like food.  Actually, they are just unbelievably supportive in general. For instance, when I walked up to my mom three weeks ago and told her that I wanted to go to Prague and teach English, she replied: "Good. It's about time you went to a country I actually wanted to visit."
 
She's referring to the three month study abroad I did in Japan. It was an interesting experience. I can now say that I've accidentally wandered into the red light districts of three international cities.


 5. What do you think makes a good story?
 
If you start to read something and can't stop until it's finished; if you find yourself chanting just one more page long after you should be asleep; if, after finishing the story, you can't help but think about it; if ten years later you can still remember precisely how that story made you feel. I'd take any of those.

 
6. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
 
Nope! Not a clue, really. I mean, I like to create things. And I'm good at writing. Somehow, that merged into becoming a writer. I will say that the compulsion to write- the feeling that if I don't, I'm going to run off a cliff with boredom/ennui/existential crises- helps push me along. 
 
 
7. What led you to write this book?
 
Path of Needles began with a blackout. We'd lost power at home, and I was sitting in the dark trying to ignore my little brother who, bereft of television, had turned to pissing me off for entertainment. My father had gone out into the storm to try and talk to the policeman down the street, and I was struck with an idea for a story. I saw two siblings, twins, fighting in the dark while they waited for their father to come back from a neighbor's house. Something burst open the door; the siblings ran, and it pursued them. When they hid in their bathroom the sound stopped being strange and became the clip-clop of horse's hooves.
 
I found my journal and wrote the idea down by the light of a candle. This scene made it into the first draft, but was changed drastically by the time I switched the setting to NYC and added the fairy tale component. When Path of Needles was published it had disappeared entirely but the feeling of that scene remained. Kat and Roger are those siblings, stumbling in the dark, chased by a nightmare they can't really understand...


 8. How did you come up with the title?
 
One of the strongest elements of this story are the fairy tale allusions I added throughout the book. The path of needles is from an older version of Little Red Riding Hood. Titled The Story of Grandmother, this tale begins with Little Red on the road to the woods. Once there, she is faced with a choice: does she travel the path of needles, or the path of pins?
 
I brought this motif into Path of Needles. Kat is guided by the needles as she continues through the story. They reappear a few times, showing her the way to the next key to the mystery around her. It seemed appropriate to name the book after the path.


9. Do you work with an outline, or just write?
 
I do a hodgepodge of things. I'll start out just writing, then I'll stop, go back, and add/delete/change. Most of the time I end up writing out a timeline for the backstory, and keep a file folder on Scrivener of deleted scenes, notes, and random ideas that pop into my head. The best work comes after the first few drafts are complete. That's when I get those nice finishing touches. Often I'll see a symbol that needs to be fleshed out, or an inconsistency that I didn't notice the first go around. I guess it's an evolving process. 
 
 
10. Can you tell us about the challenges you faced while writing your first book?
 
Patience! Good god. The urge to rush through a transition scene in order to get to the one I had in my head was almost overwhelming. I've had to teach myself to slow down and not give into the lazy little voice in the back of my mind.


11.  What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
 
How much work is needed on the marketing and promotional side of things! When I decided to self publish, I don't think I quite realized how much of my time would be diverted from writing towards business. It's a necessary evil, but sometimes it's a little frustrating. Luckily a lot of what I consider promotional work is fun. Like doing guest posts and author interviews, for example ;)


 12. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

 My favorite chapter in Path of Needles was chapter 17: What Lies at the End. This is the chapter that reveals the big twist I'd been holding onto. The scenes in this chapter were some of the first I'd imagined when I began to write the story. It was so exciting to finally put it all down on paper. It was also fun to write because I was imagining how my readers would react. I basically led everyone on a bit of a goose chase for the first part of the book. Now you get to the end, and the world is turned on its head once more...that kind of story was always my favorite to read. I can't tell you how cool it was to write one myself.
 
 
13. What are your expectations for the book?"

 I'm trying to keep them low! Haha. I think this is a great book, and the start of an interesting series. With the website, I tried to expand on Path of Needles, and to bring in artists and musicians as well as my own writing, which I think is kind of innovative and should make for interesting reading. That being said, I'm self-published, and at this point in the game I have a good understanding of just how steep the hill ahead of me is. That's not to say I can't, or won't, climb it, but it's going to take awhile. Until then, I'll keep doing what I do: writing for the sake of writing. I am so fortunate to have a career that I love. For now, that's enough.
 
 
 
 

About the Author:

 
 
 
 
Hannah Kollef was born on the anniversary of Genghis Khan's death. She believes this is responsible for her poor table manners and love of pillaging.

Hannah earned her BA in Japanese and Political Science at Washington and Lee University. Upon graduating, she decided to pursue writing and published her first novel, "To Wake the Shadows." In October 2012 she published the first in her new Paths series, titled "Path of Needles." She also launched her new website, hannahkollef.com, a multimedia collaboration with input from a variety of talented musicians and artists.

​In addition to her novels, Hannah has been published in various magazines including In General magazine and Hometown Quarterly. She also works as a freelance copywriter, editor, and social media consultant for several small businesses. She lives close to New York City.
 

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Friday, October 26

Tour: As I Close My Eyes




As I Close My Eyes
Book #1
by Sarah DiCello
genre: historical YA with a time travel twist
Publisher: Taylor Street Books














Purchase here: Amazon paperback | Amazon kindle


~ Book Description ~

You know you are alive, but what if you are dead?
 Danielle Grayson is a beautiful, intelligent young woman in present-day Georgia, but when she closes her eyes, she becomes someone else in a different time, one hundred years earlier in fact.
 Danielle's other life is as entrancing and romantic as her current one, and the contrast between the lifestyles is intriguing and enlightening (they didn't have iPods in 19th century USA, apparently), but what starts out as being dreamlike soon becomes real and strangely familiar.







About the Author:
 
 
 
 
Sarah DiCello is new to Taylor Street.
She writes fantasy / romance and;lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. She graduated from Shippensburg University with a degree in Communications/Journalism.
 
This is her first novel. Look for the sequel to "As I Close My Eyes" Christmas 2012
 




Tuesday, October 23

Tour: Path of Needles / Interview




Path of Needles
Author: Hannah Kollef
Series: Paths series
Publication Date: October 12th 2012















Purchase here: Amazon


~ Book Description ~

When 17-year-old Kat Finnegan is warned in a Brooklyn alleyway that her father is going to disappear, she shrugs and walks away. The next morning her father is gone--leaving behind a booby-trapped apartment and a mystery that has slept for a thousand years.

To get him back, Kat and her twin brother Roger will have to unravel the secrets behind the Rose Queen--the fairy queen who ripped apart reality and stitched it back together, transforming the Fey into the memories known as fairy tales. They will also have to come to grips with their emerging powers and discover why they are known to the magical world as "The Truth" and "The Lie."

Hunted by demons and treacherous Fey, Kat and Roger follow the Queen's trail from Manhattan to Newark. But neither the Queen nor her curse is what they expected, and more is at stake than their father's life--and theirs.

Path of Needles is the explosive first book in the Paths series: urban fantasies littered with deadly fairy tales, tangled romance, and heartbreaking betrayals.




* * *   Goodreads Giveaway  * * *
 

 

~ My Interview ~

 

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself ?
 
Hi! My name is Hannah, and I'm the author of two young adult novels. My latest, Path of Needles, just came out this month--which is why I am here, on this lovely blog, promoting the heck out of it. Other than that, I love to travel, and have actually just signed up to teach English in Prague starting this winter. It should be an adventure!

 2.One of your favorite quotes:
 
This one, right here:
 
"What I'm feeling now, this is love, right?"

"I don't know. Is it a longing? Is it a giddy stupid happiness just because you're with me?"

"Yes," she said.

"That's influenza. Watch for nausea or diarrhea within a few hours."

-Orson Scott Card
 
 
Isn't that just perfect?
 
 
3. What book are you reading now or just got done reading?
 
I am currently reading "The Alienist" by Caleb Carr. So far it's pretty good. That being said, I've only read about the first 20 pages!


4. What does your family think of your writing?
 
I am extraordinarily lucky. My family loves that I'm a writer, and is extremely supportive. This comes in handy when I need money for things like food.  Actually, they are just unbelievably supportive in general. For instance, when I walked up to my mom three weeks ago and told her that I wanted to go to Prague and teach English, she replied: "Good. It's about time you went to a country I actually wanted to visit."
 
She's referring to the three month study abroad I did in Japan. It was an interesting experience. I can now say that I've accidentally wandered into the red light districts of three international cities.


 5. What do you think makes a good story?
 
If you start to read something and can't stop until it's finished; if you find yourself chanting just one more page long after you should be asleep; if, after finishing the story, you can't help but think about it; if ten years later you can still remember precisely how that story made you feel. I'd take any of those.

 
6. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
 
Nope! Not a clue, really. I mean, I like to create things. And I'm good at writing. Somehow, that merged into becoming a writer. I will say that the compulsion to write- the feeling that if I don't, I'm going to run off a cliff with boredom/ennui/existential crises- helps push me along. 
 
 
7. What led you to write this book?
 
Path of Needles began with a blackout. We'd lost power at home, and I was sitting in the dark trying to ignore my little brother who, bereft of television, had turned to pissing me off for entertainment. My father had gone out into the storm to try and talk to the policeman down the street, and I was struck with an idea for a story. I saw two siblings, twins, fighting in the dark while they waited for their father to come back from a neighbor's house. Something burst open the door; the siblings ran, and it pursued them. When they hid in their bathroom the sound stopped being strange and became the clip-clop of horse's hooves.
 
I found my journal and wrote the idea down by the light of a candle. This scene made it into the first draft, but was changed drastically by the time I switched the setting to NYC and added the fairy tale component. When Path of Needles was published it had disappeared entirely but the feeling of that scene remained. Kat and Roger are those siblings, stumbling in the dark, chased by a nightmare they can't really understand...


 8. How did you come up with the title?
 
One of the strongest elements of this story are the fairy tale allusions I added throughout the book. The path of needles is from an older version of Little Red Riding Hood. Titled The Story of Grandmother, this tale begins with Little Red on the road to the woods. Once there, she is faced with a choice: does she travel the path of needles, or the path of pins?
 
I brought this motif into Path of Needles. Kat is guided by the needles as she continues through the story. They reappear a few times, showing her the way to the next key to the mystery around her. It seemed appropriate to name the book after the path.


9. Do you work with an outline, or just write?
 
I do a hodgepodge of things. I'll start out just writing, then I'll stop, go back, and add/delete/change. Most of the time I end up writing out a timeline for the backstory, and keep a file folder on Scrivener of deleted scenes, notes, and random ideas that pop into my head. The best work comes after the first few drafts are complete. That's when I get those nice finishing touches. Often I'll see a symbol that needs to be fleshed out, or an inconsistency that I didn't notice the first go around. I guess it's an evolving process. 
 
 
10. Can you tell us about the challenges you faced while writing your first book?
 
Patience! Good god. The urge to rush through a transition scene in order to get to the one I had in my head was almost overwhelming. I've had to teach myself to slow down and not give into the lazy little voice in the back of my mind.


11.  What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
 
How much work is needed on the marketing and promotional side of things! When I decided to self publish, I don't think I quite realized how much of my time would be diverted from writing towards business. It's a necessary evil, but sometimes it's a little frustrating. Luckily a lot of what I consider promotional work is fun. Like doing guest posts and author interviews, for example ;)


 12. What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

 My favorite chapter in Path of Needles was chapter 17: What Lies at the End. This is the chapter that reveals the big twist I'd been holding onto. The scenes in this chapter were some of the first I'd imagined when I began to write the story. It was so exciting to finally put it all down on paper. It was also fun to write because I was imagining how my readers would react. I basically led everyone on a bit of a goose chase for the first part of the book. Now you get to the end, and the world is turned on its head once more...that kind of story was always my favorite to read. I can't tell you how cool it was to write one myself.
 
 
13. What are your expectations for the book?"

 I'm trying to keep them low! Haha. I think this is a great book, and the start of an interesting series. With the website, I tried to expand on Path of Needles, and to bring in artists and musicians as well as my own writing, which I think is kind of innovative and should make for interesting reading. That being said, I'm self-published, and at this point in the game I have a good understanding of just how steep the hill ahead of me is. That's not to say I can't, or won't, climb it, but it's going to take awhile. Until then, I'll keep doing what I do: writing for the sake of writing. I am so fortunate to have a career that I love. For now, that's enough.
 
 
 
 

About the Author:

 
 
 
 
Hannah Kollef was born on the anniversary of Genghis Khan's death. She believes this is responsible for her poor table manners and love of pillaging.

Hannah earned her BA in Japanese and Political Science at Washington and Lee University. Upon graduating, she decided to pursue writing and published her first novel, "To Wake the Shadows." In October 2012 she published the first in her new Paths series, titled "Path of Needles." She also launched her new website, hannahkollef.com, a multimedia collaboration with input from a variety of talented musicians and artists.

​In addition to her novels, Hannah has been published in various magazines including In General magazine and Hometown Quarterly. She also works as a freelance copywriter, editor, and social media consultant for several small businesses. She lives close to New York City.
 

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