The Deltona Event

Sunday, February 26, 2012

So, I promised pictures of the Paranormal Plumes event in Florida last month and here they are. We had such a great time meeting with readers and students.

I was in a group with the lovely M. Leighton and Laura Elliot while speaking at the High School. The kids asked a lot of great questions and prompted us to talk about things we hadn't originally considered. Needless to say, it was an interesting day for us.

That night we held a meet and greet/ signing at the High School and had the opportunity to interact with the students one on one. We had a wonderful turnout and I must give props to those who worked so hard on the event. Mary from the high school reading department, Tiffany King, and Carol and Adam Kunz were amazing in all that they did.

So, now, on to the fun part! The pictures!!! :) All of these photos are courtesy of Abby Bloom.

Introduction at the Middle School

I got to sit next to the spectacular Abbi Glines. Note my starstruck expression. (Yes, you may feel jealous.)

Yep. That's me signing with a sprained and bruised wrist.

The high school event. (And one of my best friends that came to support us!)

The Goodies! (Little bags of candy blood [liquid lollipop] and candy fangs. Yeah, I'm weird.)

The adorable Fisher Amelie

The spectacular Tiffany King

The lovely Laura Elliott

The talented Abbi Glines

The dynamic duo of C.A. Kunz (Carol and Adam)

The wonderful Shelly Crane

The fabulous Courtney Cole

The creative Amy Jones

The Paranormal Plumes in all of our wacky glory!

I also have to mention the lovely Autumn from Autumn Reviews. She was such a sweet and friendly person! She even helped me set up my table! How awesome is that? If you haven't checked out her site, you should. I  check out her reviews and often find myself adding books based on her recommendations. 

That's the Deltona event in a nutshell. It was a complete blast. I loved getting to talk with the students, the teachers, and readers. I also loved getting to spend time with some of my very favorite authors. If we're in an area near you then you should definitely come out and say hi! 

The cool thing about being an author? Getting to chat with other authors!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Have you ever wanted to sit down with an author you love and ask them questions? Sarah Ross and I recently sat down and had an awesome chat about everything from writing tips to our new books and even the crazy antics of our characters. And we’re sharing it with you!  So grab a front row seat and live vicariously for a bit!
**Be sure to enter the rafflecopter at the bottom of the interview for your chance to to win each author's book!**

Sarah:  So Nichole, you have two books out now. Since I'm working on my second book, tell me: what was easier about book two versus book one? Writing? Editing? Less stress?

Nichole: I learned a lot through the editing process of book one, which helped me write a better second book. Technically, it was easier to craft sentences to convey what I intended. Less newbie fumbling.

You're working on a book that is completely different from your first. Has it been difficult to switch gears?

Sarah: I thought that it would be, but it really hasn't. I've enjoyed the change of pace and the voices of the new characters. I didn't get as burned out as some authors do because it was completely fresh. And I agree, the writing/pacing/structure is so much easier with book two.

Nichole: I think you're right. As much as I love my Dark Betrayal Series and the characters, I'm looking forward to concentrating on some of my other writing projects.

Sarah: You're working on a new series too, right? What's it about?

Nichole: I don't have a finalized blurb at the moment, but I can tell you that it is completely different from the world Ree and her friends inhabit. It's set in the beautiful Bahamas and the title is Flukes. You will have to use your imagination from there.

Sarah: Ohh, that sounds enticing! I can't wait to read it!

Nichole: What about your new project? What does it involve?

Sarah:  My second novel is Echo of an Earth Angel, and it's about a fallen angel with healing powers. I hope to have it released in April.

Nichole: Oh! Angels are very popular right now! What is it that draws you to that type of paranormal creature?

Sarah:  I think it started when I read Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. I hadn't read a lot of angel books before that, but it blew me away and hooked me into the whole concept and idea.

My new book is set in my hometown of Pittsburgh. Since you're in Savannah, do you think that using that as the setting helped enhance the story? Or will Flukes be harder since you're not as familiar with the location?

Nichole: I think that living in Savannah and writing a book in Savannah was a big help. I understood the way the city is laid out, the weather, and what the buildings all looked like. Plus, Savannah has a creepy past that is still noticeable today.

I've been to the Bahamas once before, so I think that it won't be as hard as writing about somewhere I've never been. Flukes needed to be set in a tropical climate and I love the laid back, comfortable vibe down there.

Sarah: I think you're right. I know for me, writing Awaken was a little harder because I not only had to create the characters, but their whole world. I felt a little like JK Rowling creating Hogwarts! LOL

Nichole: But you did it so well! At no point in your book did I feel like things didn’t flow well or make sense. You had a clear vision of where everything was and how everything worked in your book.

Sarah: Thanks! Now you're making me blush. 

Nichole: It's well deserved praise!

Sarah: I liked the freedom of creating whatever kind of world I wanted, but it was a little overwhelming at first. I think that Echo has flowed so much easier because I know the layout. Do you have personal connections to anywhere in the Dark Betrayal series?

Nichole: Well, the pub that Paden’s family owns is based on one of my favorite pubs downtown- Molly MacPhearsons. The pizza place in the first scene of Mortal Obligation is where I used to go hang out with friends in high school. I guess that a lot of little places like that sneak into the book.

Now, you aren't from Florida. So does writing Echo make you homesick?

Sarah: Not right now! It's way too cold there!

Nichole: HA! We southerners *think* we want snow, but what we really want is a few days of 2 or 3 inches and then want to get on with our lives.

Sarah: But seriously, I do miss home when I write it. Pittsburgh will always be in my heart, but I love living by the beach and can't see giving that up

Nichole: I grew up in Florida and desperately miss the beaches and coast. I think that is one of the reasons I decided to set Flukes in such a tropical location.

Sarah: I'm pretty sure there are a ton of people who will be dreaming of those warm waters and soft sand tonight. We're quite the teases!

So if you had to pick (and you do because I'm twisting your arm): who was your favorite character to write besides Ree?

Nichole: Ow, ow, ow! Anyone ever tell you that you’re mean, Sarah Ross? Sheesh. I can't pick just one. Paden and Roland are tied for very different reasons. I also really enjoy writing my villain. He's like an onion- lots of stinky layers that make you want to cry.

So, let’s turn that around on you. Who was your favorite supporting character to write?

Sarah:  For me, it's Elizabeth. It was so much fun writing what snarky, backhanded thing she'd say next

She made me laugh on numerous occasions.

Nichole: She made me laugh, too!

Sarah: I have got to find more ways to have her pop up throughout the series. She's too good (and bad) not to keep around! I think she and Roland would get along. Do you think?

Nichole: I'm actually giggling, because I can only imagine the things he would say to rile her. I wonder how long it would take before she threw a knife at him.

Sarah: Oh, I'd give it about ten seconds! She doesn't put up with much! LOL. But I'd be highly entertained by watching him try to rile her!

Nichole: You're probably right. Which he would think was hilarious. It would be fun. Maybe we will have a reason to stick them together one day.

Sarah: Oh we will definitely need to find a way to make that happen. It's too funny not to!

Nichole: Too true. Well, I have to go wake up my toddler or she will never sleep tonight. I had a lot of fun chatting with you!

Sarah: Me too! Thanks for chatting. And I’m sure I speak for everyone when we say we can’t wait for the next book in the Dark Betrayal Series!!

Sarah Ross is the author of the YA paranormal book, Awaken.  The Pittsburgh native now lives in Florida with her family and is working on her second novel, Echo of an Earth Angel (due out Spring, 2012). You can find out more about her and Awaken at her Website. Or you can follow/stalk her on Facebook or Twitter. 

Available for purchase at: Amazon, Barnes &Noble, and Smashwords for all other devices.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I'd like to take a moment to introduce you all to an amazing author. Laura Elliott is the author of Winnemucca and 13 on Halloween. And today I have the honor of being part of her cover reveal for her newest novel!


TRANSFER STUDENT is a science fiction Freaky-Friday romance/adventure about two normal teenagers struggling to survive high school and deal with their parents… typical rites of passage. The twist? One teen is an alien from the planet Retha. In a galactic teleporting experiment gone wrong, Ashley, a Beverly Hills High surfing fashionista, and Rhoe, the biggest geek on planet Retha, swap lives. Only by surviving life as their biggest nightmare do Ashley & Rhoe discover their dreams. How far would you go for someone you love?

To enter to win all you need to do is tweet this & follow my blog Laurasmagicday:
Nothing says #ValentinesDay like an alien #romance! TRANSFER STUDENT Cover Reveal! #TransferStudent #teenreads #kindle
The first 100 tweets/followers win!

Giveaways include free ebooks of TRANSFER STUDENT, Amazon gift cards & weekly surprise gifts that are out of this world!

I've talked with Laura and this book sounds amazing. I loved 13 on Halloween and can't wait to dig into this book too.

Sealed with A Kiss

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Thumping hearts, sweaty palms, cool lips, and my first kiss.

Okay, I could tell you about my first kiss, but the fact is that it just didn’t matter. I let someone kiss me, just to kiss me, and it was terrible. But, I can tell you about the first kiss that mattered. The one that stole my heart and sealed the deal.

Let me give you a little background first. Somewhere close to fifteen years ago, I saw my husband for the first time. My family moved from Florida to Georgia and I was walking across the parking lot of my new high school when I saw a blonde head turn and I caught the profile of someone that seemed familiar. I could tell you that weeks before I moved to Georgia, I dreamt of a blonde haired boy. I could tell you that I knew he would be the one for me.  I could tell you that he had a dog with him in the dream that I would later meet at his parent’s house.  I could tell you all of that, but you wouldn’t believe me. You would think I was making it up. I’m an author after all. I write about paranormal things, for goodness sake. I can understand why you would think I was crazy or pulling your leg. But this is the truth. And maybe, just maybe, this is where my fascination with the paranormal comes from.

So, back to my story. I saw this guy turn and my heart stopped while time seemed to slow down. There, standing in a high school parking lot in backwoods Georgia, was a guy that I had dreamed of months before even moving from Florida. It’s a hard thing to explain, but I’m going to assume that you can understand my shock and awe. I looked at one of my new friends and asked her who that was standing next to the incredibly ugly Thunderbird.

She raised her eyebrow and her mouth turned up into a small smile. “Who? Him? That’s Jonathan. Why?”

Even though my heart was beating quickly and I was questioning my own sanity, I shrugged and mumbled something about him looking familiar. I couldn’t help but look back once more and sure enough there were the same bright blue eyes, blonde hair, and adorable smile from my dream.  I wanted to know everything about him, but at the same time I didn’t feel the need to rush. Something in the pit of my stomach felt secure in knowing that we would end up together. It was more than a crush. The rest of high school passed and we had several moments where we talked, seemed drawn to each other, but neither of us hurried anything.  

Fast forward to our freshman year of college. He lived with one of my best guy friends. We saw each other often, and it was impossible to not want to spend more time with him. He invited me to a movie and we had a wonderful time. We stayed up all night talking, as if we had been saving up everything in our lives to share with each other. Despite all of that, he didn’t kiss me. In fact, he seemed a little shy when he was leaving, but gave me a small hug and said he would call. I wondered if maybe I had misread the signs. We all have our moments of doubt, crazy dreams or not. A few days passed, where we chatted on the phone, but didn’t see one another because of school and work. I took the time to make him a small cake for his birthday and took it to his house on my way to my apartment. He didn’t seem to want me to leave, but I had made up my mind that I was going to ‘make the drop’ and not linger. I was nervous, and didn’t want to seem clingy. I figured the cake was enough.  He followed me outside to my car and we started talking. Again, time seemed to disappear while we talked. It felt like we were on the same page, could finish each other’s sentences. Eventually, he had closed the space between us, and placed his hands on my hips. Our conversation slowed and there were a lot of smiles and quiet jokes.  It was quiet outside, and I swear that I could hear my heart beating. I would swear that he could hear it too. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, our heads drifted together and our lips touched.  It was like something clicked together in my head. There in another person, I had found my match. My soul mate.  I won’t go into detail, (I’m sure that my family is thankful for that) because that moment was meant for just the two of us. And it’s one that I will never forget. We’ve been together ever since, and I can’t imagine a better happily ever after for myself.

 Photo Courtesy of Denise Gonsales

Now, I want to hear about your first kiss! Was it special and magical? Was it horrifying? Awkward? C'mon! I want the juicy details!

Be sure to check out the other stops on the Sealed with A Kiss hop!

February 1st Abbi Glines

February 2nd Tiffany King

February 3rd Shelly Crane

February 5th Amy Jones

February 6th Addison Moore

February 7th Carol & Adam Kunz

February 8th Courtney Cole

February 9th Nichole Chase (Hey! That's me!)

February 10th Fisher Amelie

February 12th Laura Elliot

February 13th Michelle Muto

February 14th Michelle Leighton

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