This was such a great privilege and honor. And, one of the most fun interviews I’ve ever done. I got to dig deep on a very personal level. My thanks to Annette Rochelle Aben. **When you click on the link, scroll down to my name. The names are in alphabetical order by last name.** via Tell […]
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Today my guest is Ellie Collins, author of Daisy, Bold & Beautiful. It’s a young-adult novel about a middle-grade girl who finds inspiration in a Greek goddess for dealing with everyday challenges such as friendship and peer pressure–and it’s proudly published by Fresh Ink Group. Ellie’s mother, writer Stephanie Collins (With Angels Wings) is very protective of her participation in all kinds of media, so it’s a treat to have both here today in person! First, the book blurb, then an interview with the young novelist herself!
D.J. and her dad moved far from the small town and only home she ever knew. Now she’s starting middle school in the city with kids she’s never met. She tries to make friends, but they all appear to be slaves to screen time. D.J. just likes to garden, nurturing plants, watching them grow and thrive. It seems she’ll never find a way to fit in, but then she awakens in a gorgeous garden where she meets Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She must be dreaming; her new friend can’t possibly be real—and what could she know about getting along with gamers? D.J. really needs some ideas, or she might never find her own place in a complicated world.
Meet Ellie Collins!
What is your book about?
It’s about standing up for yourself. That’s the message I got from Persephone’s story, and that inspired me because it’s so important to know what you like or what you need and make sure that happens for you.
Which character is most like you?
I think I’m most like Hudson. First of all, we’re both all about our sport. He’s all about soccer, soccer, soccer, and I live at the gym and my life is all about gymnastics. We both really like to be funny, too. I’m happiest when I can make other people smile. Go ahead! You know you want to! AH – THERE IT IS! 😊
Why did you choose Persephone, out of all the Greek God/ess’?
I love that she’s the goddess of spring and summer, which is all about life and growth, but at the same time she’s strong enough to put up with living with Hades and all his doom and gloom.
Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?
I guess writing from my mom, but I think I got storytelling from my dad. When he puts me to bed, sometimes he brings our pug up onto my bed and moves the dog’s front legs around as he pretends that Pugly is telling a tale about being the King of Puglandia or Master of all Pugdom. I love helping him make up those funny stories and I love the awesome voices my dad uses when he’s telling them. They’re so fun!
How long have you been writing?
I’ve just written for school like everybody else, until this past summer. One day my mom was yelling at me to get off electronics. I asked her what I should do (because REALLY – what is there to do that’s any fun other than electronics?!), and she said I should write a story. I asked her what I should write about, and she said, “Well, you like Greek mythology, right?” That’s where it all began. This book was a lot of fun to write, so now we’re working on another one.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
It was hardest coming up with the characters. My mom told me to decide on characters, then to write everything about them – what they look like, what their families are like, where they live, what their personalities are like – EVERYTHING. It was fun, but it was hard to think up all those details.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I really liked coming up with the story. Once I decided on the message I wanted to share (stand up for yourself), I had fun making up a story that would show that lesson.
What inspires you?
Lots of stuff! This book was inspired by Persephone, but there’s so many awesome things in the world that inspire me – music, art, my friends, cool stuff I find on Youtube, games… the whole world is full of inspiration!
How did you get to where you are in your life today?
By making mistakes and learning from them.
Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work? What impact have they had on your writing?
Well, there’s my mom of course. She helped me a ton on this book. I told her the story I wanted, what I wanted the characters to do and say and stuff, but she helped to make sure the writing made sense (like, my sentences started with capitols and ended with periods and stuff). She also helped me to describe things so they would sound the way I was seeing them. An author I really like, though, is Erin Hunter. She writes the Warriors series. OMG, I love those book! She just has such a way of making you feel like you’re THERE and seeing all that’s going on.
Do you participate in Nanowrimo?
Ummmm… I guess not. I don’t know what that is.
Do you plan on writing more in the future? If so, what kinds of books?
Oh yeah; I definitely plan on writing more! I’m working right now on planning out the second book in the series. This one will be about Aphrodite. I don’t know exactly how many books I’ll write, but I want a whole, big series of books about Greek Gods and Goddesses. I might write other books sometime, too, but I’m not sure right now what they’d be.
Finally, who is your favorite character in this book?
May is my favorite character. She’s fun, energetic and always the life of the party. She spreads sunshine wherever she goes. She makes up ah-MA-zing high-five’s for all her friends (with really cool added moves like butt waggles and jazz hands). And she ROCKS at Overwatch, which is also PRETTY awesome!
Welcome to the first ever ALL ABOUT THE SPONSORS BLOG HOP! These kind members of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB (RRBC) donated their support during the 2017 conference, in the way of gift card and Kindle e-book donations for our Gift Basket Raffle. They supported us and now we are showing our support of them by pushing their book(s).
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What a way to spend Christmas Eve! Thirteen-year-old Aimee is sick and missing her dad, who died in a car accident last year. While the rest of her family are outside playing in the snow, she is alone by their Christmas tree. Aimee sighs as the tears begin to fall. She wishes she still believed in Santa Claus. Then she could ask him to change the last year. Yeah, right, she thought. She turns away from the tree, and falls asleep. Later that night, Aimee awakens to a strange noise.
Clink! Clink! Clink!
Her fever must be higher than she thought, because she can’t believe what she is seeing running down her purple blanket! But everything happening to her is very real, including the fact someone wants her dead. Aimee is thrust into a world of magic, wonder and greed. Her journey takes her from her snowy rooftop, to the streets of New York and the North Pole with the promise to return her father to her family. Who could she trust when things aren’t always what they seem?
D.L. Finn is an independent California local, who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 relocated with her husband, kids, dogs and cats to the Sierra foothills in Nevada City, CA. She immersed herself in reading all types of books, but especially loved romance, horror and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, being surrounded by towering pines, oaks and cedars, her creativity was cradled until it bloomed. Her creations vary from children’s books, young adult fantasy, adult paranormal romance to an autobiography with poetry. She continues on her adventure with an open invitation to her readers to join her.
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Today’s blog features guest Flossie Benton Rogers, “SPOTLIGHT” Author from Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC), answering questions about Mind Your Goddess and her Witchfae series of novels. Please be sure to leave a comment or question for Flossie below. So, let’s meet Flossie!
Why do you write paranormal romance?
I have always loved fairy tales, and mythology is a passion of mine. Paranormal romance allows me to play around in the various mythological pantheons. It’s like an ice cream cone piled high with delicious flavors and chocolate sprinkles on top!
What made you decide to write a series?
As I wrote the first book, two secondary characters made it clear they had a story to tell and wanted their own book. This was the Goddess Epona and her dark Guardian of the Between, Eshigel. They are the stars of the third book, Mind Your Goddess. With each book, new characters introduce themselves to me and want their story told.
What is the Wytchfae world like?
The Wytchfae world brims with dimensions parallel to our own. Some are welcoming, others dangerous and forbidding. Still, through the darkest night and the fright of unchained chaos, love will always shine.
Other than the fae world, what do the books in your Wytchfae series have in common?
All of the books in the Wytchfae series are romances but also are paranormal dark fantasies– think urban fantasy combined with true love. Each book has a different hero and heroine, although some characters occasionally cross over to make cameo appearances. Each book of the series features fae time travel and horses and is an action-packed adventure.
Why did you set Mind Your Goddess in the 1920s?
The era has fascinated me since childhood when I watched an old tv show set in that time. It was called Margie and starred Cynthia Pepper, who later went on to appear in an Elvis movie. (She was the only actress who kissed a blond Elvis.) In the Roaring Twenties women took the reins in their own hands and drove the chariot. I love the peppy energy and the slang such as bee’s knees, meaning wonderful. There’s even a gin cocktail called Bee’s Knees. I actually tried one in Orlando last year, and it was splendid!
Speaking of reins, why do you have at least one horse in each book so far?
Horses play a large role in history and mythology. Not only are they primary transportation, they also symbolize movement and change. A romance novel is all about those concepts.
You also have time travel in each book. What’s up with that?
The Wytchfae world is composed of a multitude of fae realms, each parallel to our own human earth dimension. The supernatural fae beings travel to various time periods much as we go on vacation. Such travel is achieved through the services of a mystical time singer who unravels the threads of time.
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Thanks for visiting today, Flossie Benton Rogers!
Thought I’d made it through this winter without getting sick. The horrible flu everyone has been talking about somehow evaded me. People all around were sick, sometimes for weeks, but I just kept going apparently unaffected by it all. Until last week. I noticed on Monday that I was extremely tired. Odd because I’d gotten […]