Saturday, November 9, 2013

Author Spotlight- Brooke Page


Brooke Page is a newly Independent author of Conklin’s Blueprints. She and her husband live with their two children in the suburbs of Grand Rapids, Michigan. When she is not writing or spending time with her beloved family, she enjoys using the pottery wheel and reading. For more projects and insights on upcoming books and events, please visit Brooke Page on Facebook (, and follow her on Twitter, (BrookePage05). Brooke Page would also love to hear from you via her email address if you have any questions or comments about her books,

Author Spotlight
1.      When did you first begin to write?
I started writing at a very young age.  I always kept a journal and would write songs.  I had notebooks of notebooks filled with all kinds of random thoughts, I even had a few stories about boy band members (Haha…I err…can’t believe I just admitted that)!  I actually burned a lot of them when I was in high school because I was embarrassed.  I regret that big time now.  I didn’t start writing for fun again until Tyler and Becca’s story overwhelmed my brain, which was this past January.
2.      Why do you write?
Writing is the only way I can clear my thoughts.  Sometimes my brain goes into overdrive and I can’t focus on anything, and once I start writing everything starts to smooth out.  Plus it’s the perfect therapy.  Writing Conklin’s Blueprints has helped me greatly mentally.
3.      What was the inspiration behind your book?
 I think it originated from a dream I had.  In the book the main character has a moment where she finds herself and totally lays into everyone who took advantage of her.  I do that a lot in my dreams and worry they were real!   And of course my muse J He is always my hero.
4.      Where do you write?
I typically write in bed once my kids go to sleep.  My wonderful husband puts up with my typing until the wee hours in the morning and my side lamp.  Sometimes I will set up shop on my kitchen table, and other times at my gym.  I will work out for an hour then go write in the lobby while my daughter is in the daycare.
5.      Who is your writing inspiration?
My husband, hands down. 
6.      What inspires you while you’re writing?
Sometimes I listen to music.  All summer I listened to Christmas music because I was writing a story that takes place around Christmas time.  My husband thought I was crazy.
7.      Where do you see yourself in five years with your writing?
Hopefully STILL writing!  I have tons of ideas in my head that I cannot wait to get out of my system.  I hear about how authors get burned out and I don’t want that to happen to me at all!  I am really excited about the book idea I have in my head after the Conklin’s Blueprints trilogy.
8.      If you could co-write with anyone, who would it be?
Co-writing would be hard.  But I would say the all-star romance writer E.L. James…I could use some advice on my intimate scenes.  And she is pretty freaking awesome!  Jamie McGuire would be second in line, I adore her as well!

Guest Post:

Hello!!  My name is Brooke Page!(*waves*)  besides making up total swoon worthy book boyfriends (cough cough~Tyler Conklin~Cough cough).  Curious who Tyler Conklin is?  Don't fret!  My Facebook page is having a contest to pick out a pretty face to match the stunning alpha male from my debut novel, Conklin's Blueprints, and you can help!  Go ahead, I know you like to look at pretty faces!! is where the party's at!
  Thank you to Book  Obsession Reviews for letting me stop in and say hello!   For more about me and my crazy self check out my spotlight on these ladies blogs!  😘

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Author Spotlight: Amber Skye Forbes

1.      When did you first begin to write?
I first began to write at eight, when I was in second grade just journaling. I had this voracious need to start writing stories, and I can't even tell you why. I guess it was just in my blood. I have a relative who is published, so perhaps I got it from him. My brother also used to write stories, but his passions began to move elsewhere.

But I didn't start seriously writing until I turned fourteen, which is when I seriously began considering publication and researching how to go about doing it, like finding agents, publishers, writing query letters, and all that jazz. Of course, my first book was a wreck, which is the sequel to When Stars Die, The Stars Are Infinite. Obviously, TSAI is much better than it was, as I've matured as both a person and writer.

2.      Why do you write?
I write because I have to. I love it, but I really just have to write. It's in my blood, it's probably the only art I'm truly good at (well, I am getting better at ballet), and life would feel pretty dull if I didn't write. I think all people should take up some artful endeavor because, let's be honest, the world as it is, all full of consumerism and crap, takes the life out of just about everything, but art adds life back into this world, which is why I think it's so important that the arts are funded. For example, schools don't need to cut art programs. They need to cut spending for sports teams. But that's just my opinion.

3.      What was the inspiration behind your book?
I get asked this a lot, so I'll just sum it up and say there was no one inspiration behind this book. I will, however, talk about why my book is unique compared to other paranormal romance books with witches, vampires, whatever.

First off, the romance is not your typical romance. You'll have to read the book to find out why. At first, it seems the romance is, but as you near the end, it isn't what you expect at all. Many readers, in fact, were surprised by the ending, so I hope it surprises you too--in a good way.

Second, my witches are not your typical witches with spells and potions and familiars and all that. No. My witches are a blight upon the world--or so the religious text, The Vulgate, says they are. Fire does not exist as magic for them. It exists as a mark that they are witches, and once a witch's fire is discovered, the only outcome is death. But fire is special, don't get me wrong, and you'll have to read When Stars Die to figure out why. Fire is also very, very special in the third book, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

Third, this paranormal romance is much darker than many paranormal romances others have read. In fact, I'd argue it's probably the darkest PR book you may ever read.

4.      Where do you write?
I write primarily in my bed with my electric blanket, but I'll also write in geography class because if I had to pay attention to that lecture, I would stab my eyeballs out. Seriously, the class is that boring, so I have no other choice but to write. In short, geography is a GREAT incentive to write, or to do anything else but pay attention to that class.

5.      Who is your writing inspiration?
I would say John Green and Libba Bray.

6.      What inspires you while you’re writing?
My own imagination inspires me--and, of course, external life circumstances. Books can inspire me too, as well as video games. I was in a psyche ward twice, so, trust me, that is going to inspire A LOT of YA contemporary books to come, as well as a Victorian drama I'd like to write, a story about a boy who gets raped by a girl (because this is inconceivable in our society), among a plethora of other things.

7.      Where do you see yourself in five years with your writing?
I would love for it to be full time, but I'm one of those authors who has to start out small. I'm not an instant success like Stephenie Meyer or John Green, and I'm okay with that. I aspire to be like them, though, and I know that with hard work and dedication and building up my fan base along with my publisher's help, I'll get there. I dream big, and I-will-get-there.

8.      If you could cowrite with anyone, who would it be?
            John Green, hands down, or my publisher, Raymond Vogel. John Green and I could work on a contemporary literary book, and my publisher and I could work on fantasy or something, and he can write ALL the action scenes since those are my least favorite scenes to write.

Bio: Amber Skye Forbes is a dancing writer who prefers pointe shoes over street shoes, leotards over skirts, and ballet buns over hairstyles. She loves striped tights and bows and will edit your face with a Sharpie if she doesn’t like your attitude. She lives in Augusta, Georgia where she writes dark fiction that will one day put her in a psychiatric ward…again. But she doesn’t care because her cat is a super hero who will break her out.

Blurb: Amelia Gareth's brother is a witch and the only way to save her family from the taint in his blood is to become a professed nun at Cathedral Reims in the snowy city of Malva. However, in order to become professed, she must endure trials that all nuns must face.
Surviving these trials is not easy, especially for Amelia, who is being stalked by shadowy beings only she can see. They're searching for people they can physically touch, because only those they can touch can see them. Amelia soon learns why she is being stalked when she accidentally harms her best friend with fire during the third trial. Fire is a witch's signature. The shadows are after witches.
Now Amelia must decide what to do: should she continue on her path to profession knowing there is no redemption, or should she give up on her dream and turn away from Cathedral Reims in order to stop the shadows who plan to destroy everything she loves? 

Excerpt: The sound is a dagger scraping crosshatches on a frosted windowpane, its echoes loud in this insensible room I’ve been locked in for the past few days. I want to remedy my fears over the sound, but I’m more terrified of the impending trials that will determine my readiness to be professed in the Order of Cathedral Reims. The trials are the reason I have been locked in here.

Colette sits beside me, lost in knitting a scarf she has been working on for a week—the amount of time we’ve been trapped in here with minimal food, water, and sanity. Her ability to shut out the world with a click of the needles is something I have always envied. For her, the world is nonexistent.

But not for me.

The sound strips my nerves raw, so I tighten my shawl and rise from the creaking mattress. My boot-clad feet meet the floor, and in spite of my stockings, cold still shoots through the soles, hibernating in my bones. Pulling in a deep breath of biting air, I tiptoe over to the door and press my eye to the keyhole that overlooks a bright hallway. The air freezes in my chest. I knew I heard those blasted shadows, the eerie, almost impossible sounds they make whenever their black cloaks trail along the cobbled floors of Cathedral Reims. Sometimes I wonder if they’re witches, people born of the Seven Deadly Sins and considered worse than murderers in the eyes of the law. Then I remember my little brother is nothing like them. They are mere shadows. Mere shadows.

Two of them stand outside the room. I recognize them. The tall one is Asch, and the little one is Sash. I don’t know where I heard their names. Here, in my dreams, in nightmares, or somewhere else.

I wish they would go away. I wish, I wish, I wish. I close my eyes. Open them. They are still there. Why must they be here? Theosodore, our Mother Superior’s lackey, could gather us any moment for the first trial, a trial that will test everything we are made of, and here are Asch and Sash teasing my nerves with their cold, white fingers. But I don’t know what it is about them. They haven’t done anything in the two months since I’ve started seeing them, but their presence makes sharp fear burrow into my muscles and knot them. I believe I’m the only one who can see them. This frightens me. Perhaps waiting for these trials has made me mad. 

Author Spotlight: Olivia Luck

Author Spotlight: Olivia Luck
1.    When did you first begin to write?
I wrote my first romance novel at ten. The main characters went on a date to the beach, it was captivating stuff.
2.    Why do you write?
Writing fulfills a creative itch and takes me away from daily life. I get completely enthralled by my characters, they become apart of my life. I write because if I didn’t, I would go insane dreaming up stories in my head without giving them proper resolutions.
3.    What was the inspiration behind your book?
Like every other novel I’ve started writing, the initial concept behind In Pursuit came to me one night before I fell asleep. The next morning I woke up and pulled out some pen and paper to outline the first book in by hand (I had some serious cramps!).
4.    Where do you write?
            Anywhere that has an outlet for my laptop.
5.    Who is your writing inspiration?
I don’t have a particular person that inspires my writing per say, but the names of my characters come from people that have touched my life.
6.    What inspires you while you’re writing?
Reading other indie authors made me decide to take a stab at selling my own work. I’ve dreamed of being a writer for as long as I can remember, seeing some of my peers gain success from self publishing has encouraged me to take the plunge.
7.    Where do you see yourself in five years with your writing?
My dream of dreams is to write as a full time career. Indie publishing works just fine for me.
8.    If you could cowrite with anyone, who would it be?
No disrespect to my fellow authors that I admire greatly, but I prefer to write by myself. I guess that’s just the introvert in me.

About Olivia Luck
Olivia Luck lives in the middle of America with her loving husband and her overbearing obsession with writing. When she’s not reading, editing, or drafting, you can find her cooking in the kitchen. Her debut novel In Pursuit is coming to an e-reader near you in January 2014.
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TEASER from In Pursuit, coming January 2014 (subject to change)
“I think I’ve been waiting for you my entire life,” he admits.

Me too, this time I respond silently.

“There’s been so much bleakness for so long but something told me not to give up, something pushed me to keep going. Some part of me deep down knew that you were waiting for me before I even met you.”

I wish I could say the same to him, but truly he was the best gift I never saw coming. Now here I am, feeling cherished for once in my life. It’s a surreal feeling that I don’t dare to let go of, at any cost.