Samatha Shannon in Conversation: London Launch of Priory + UK GIVEAWAY!

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Hello, book dragons!

I’m bringing this post to you a little later than intended because life has been super busy *SHAKES FIST*, however, I’m extremely excited to be giving you the inside scoop on the Samantha Shannon in conversation event I attended at the end of February, celebrating her new release The Priory of the Orange Tree!

For those of you that don’t know, Priory is a high fantasy standalone novel that’s loosely based around the myth of George and the dragon, which is pretty freakin’ awesome!

I’m still quite new to attending bookish events and I do get a little nervous about them, but the team at London Waterstones Picadilly made everyone SO welcome, even offering us a free glass of wine. Um, VIP TREATMENT OVER HERE!?!

My friend and I arrived pretty early but the room was already half full, buzzing with excitable energy. When Samantha walked onto the makeshift stage there was a large whoop and a round of applause. Joining her and chairing the interview was Alwyn Hamilton. While I haven’t read any of her novels, I really want to now because she was such a funny and vibrant speaker and really set the tone for the evening!

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A Bookish Treasure Hunt: Have You Got What it Takes?

Hello all, I have something a little bit different for you today!

I’ve always been a fan of treasure hunts, as well as puzzles and games where you have to work clues (I secretly consider myself a bit of a Sherlock, brainiac, crime fighter on the quiet.) 😉 So when I was approached to help host a genius little treasure hunt based around a recently released, intriguing sounding book I was only too happy to oblige.
The basic idea is that several bloggers are presenting one clue on their blog, and that if you, the readers, manage to guess the clues correctly you can submit your answers into a prize draw to win a free copy of the novel. Pretty awesome, huh? I know I’m looking forward to giving it a go and trying to work it out!

So what is this mystery book?

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Author Interview with Michael Cargill: Talking Sociopaths and Going With the Flow!

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I would like to welcome back, Michael Cargill! I first interviewed this guy way back in April when he was promoting his book Shades of Grey – Three short stories surrounding different people and their battle to survive.
Since he was such a joy to interview the first time, I thought I would invite him back again! 🙂 Michael is offering up FIVE FREE copies of his latest book, Underneath, so don’t forget to
enter the giveaway for a chance to win!

So it’s nice to have you back again Michael, and with a full length published novel this time! How did you find the process of writing a novel, different to writing a short story? Was it harder?
It was only harder in the sense that it took longer to do, and the editing process made me feel twice as suicidal as it usually does. Each time I’ve started writing something, it’s ended up longer than the one that came before it. The one I’m working on now is longer than Underneath, and it aint even finished yet.
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Author Interview with Seraphima Bogomolova: Talking travelling and charismatic heroines!

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Everyone say hello to author Seraphima Bogomolova, who is here to promote her new book My Trickster – a novel of mystery, intrigue and discovery. 🙂 She is also offering up THREE FREE copies of her book, so don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win!

Tell us a little bit about yourself? Have you always wanted to write?
I am originally Russian born a romantic city of St Petersburg, Russia. I love travelling and discovering new cultures and countries. I have lived in many places, but the dynamics and urban cultures of such cities as London, New York, Moscow, and Dubai attract me most.
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Author Interview with Tony Talbot: Talking Writing and Tardis USB Sticks!

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I would like to welcome Tony Talbot to Blogs-Of-A-Bookaholic! He is not only an author, but also a fellow blogger! 🙂 He is here to promote his book Eight Mile Island, based around a mysterious elite academy with unusual happenings. He is also offering up ONE FREE copy of his book, so don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win!

Tell us a little bit about yourself? Have you always wanted to write?
I work in an 11-14 school in Leicestershire, UK as an ICT technician…luckily it gives me a lot of time to write when I come home!

I always fiddled with writing when I was teenager – making fake characters for the people I knew, for instance, little things like ‘He was voted best person in the world ever in 1988..’. But I had a dream about a faked Apollo landing in 2008, and my wife said I should write it down or stop bugging her with it. I’d dipped into Stephen King’s ON WRITING a few times before that, but that dream really got me going. Four years later, and I can’t imagine doing anything else with my time anymore. Continue reading

Author Interview with Karen A. Wyle: Talking Choices, Forgiveness and the Afterlife!

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Please give a warm welcome to author Karen A. Wyle, who is here to promote her book Wander Home – a novel which deals with family relationships, death and the afterlife. 🙂 She is also offering up ONE FREE copy of her book, so don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win!

Tell us a little bit about yourself? Have you always wanted to write?
I’m an appellate attorney, photographer, mother, and politics junkie, as well as an author. After living on both coasts for most of my life, I ended up in south central Indiana in 1989, and I’ve lived here ever since. I am the first member of my immediate family to know anything whatever about sports.
I don’t know exactly when I started wanting to write, but by the time I was in 3rd grade, I was writing poetry of a sort, and it was around that time or soon after that I developed the ambition to be the youngest published novelist in history. (I didn’t make it. I was ten years old and in the process of writing my first novel when I heard that some British upstart had beat me to it, at age nine.) Continue reading

Author Interview with William L. Stuart: Talking Elves & Magical Gemstones!

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I would like to introduce you all to William L. Stuart who is here to promote his new book, The Gemstone Chronicles – a fun fantasy tale of magic and adventure. 🙂 He is also offering up ONE FREE copy of his book, so don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win! 

Hi William, tell us a little bit about yourself? Have you always wanted to write?
I am sort of an accidental writer. The book idea actually came from a conversation between my grandson (Aidan) and I while we were out hunting gemstones in the north Georgia mountains. I had done a little research about the “magical” properties of gemstones and we were discussing them when he suggested I write a book about gemstones and elves and The Gemstone Chronicles were born! Continue reading