Guys… I am so excited to share the cover for Bloodline with you today! *Squee!*
Okay, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, can I just tell you how much I love the cover for Bloodline? As the third and final book in the Crossroads Academy series, I knew it had to be something special. Something that would just jump off the screen and grab you, because, you know, that’s totally Katia’s style.
And you know what? Rachel, the creative genius at Parajunkee Design, nailed it! I am in LOVE with this cover.
In fact, I liked it so much I asked her to give Crossroads a new look too! It’s fresh, bold and so Katia. I hope you guys love it as much as I do!
This week, a fellow blogger commented on my blogs’ new look and while I was thrilled that the new design was well received (don’t we all love compliments?), I had a moment of red faced embarrassment. In the rush to make the change from Blogger to WordPress and in figuring out how to use the new format, I was completely remiss in not giving a big, gigantic, over-the-top shout out to Rachel over at Parajunkee Design for doing a fabulous job designing my new look! THANK YOU RACHEL!!! YOU ROCK!!!
Rachel did all of the design work (not to mention all of the heavy lifting to get me from Blogger to WordPress and up and running at my new domain). I can’t say enough about how much I love the new look and how much I appreciate her patience in working with me to get the design just right!
Over the last few months, I’ve had a wee little bit of blogger envy every time I saw one of Rachel’s amazing designs unveiled, but no more! Now I have my very own PJ design and I couldn’t be happier with it!
Q. If you could change the ending of any book (or series), which book would you choose? Why and to what?
I would absolutely change the ending to The Hunger Games. I was disappointed that Katniss basically retired into obsolescence living back in the district with Peeta and raising children. In some ways, I got it, but overall, it just left me wanting more for her. She’d been through so much and inspired so many that it was difficult to accept such a quiet ending to the tale. It made me feel that her spirit really had been broken.
Given the choice, I would have liked to see her take on a greater role in reshaping the Capitol. Katniss wasn’t quiter and returning to District 12 smacked of retreat. I also would have kept Gale in her life (as a friend) despite the obvious changes that severed their friendship. While Peeta was absolutely the right companion to balance her, Gale would have kept the spark alive!
Q. If you could write yourself a part in a book, what book would it be and what role would you play in that book?
Given the opportunity, I’d write myself into The Secret Circle. I read the series growing up and fell in love with the story and the main character, Cassie. L.J. Smith’s tale of witchcraft was a different world for me and I have to be honest and admit that the love story between Cassie and Adam had me on the edge of my seat. I remember not being able to get through the books fast enough!
So aside from the obvious benefit of magical powers, I guess I’d like to see what choices I’d make when confronted with such terrifying power and choosing between good and evil. Not to mention choosing between friendship and true love.
I heard the CW is going to be launching a TV series soon. Maybe I’ll watch, but then again, maybe not. Hollywood has a way of diminishing great stories sometimes.
Q. How have your reading habits changed since you were a teen? or If you are still a teen what new genres are you in love with currently?
My reading habits have changed a lot over the years and I think it’s fair to say I’ve come full circle! In my early teens I read a lot of Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, Dean Koontz and Stephen King. Pretty much anything with a murderous or paranormal twist (although I never would have used the word paranormal at the time).
By the time I graduated, I’d moved on to thrillers and mysteries. I absolutely fell in love with Iris Johansen, Stuart Woods, and Tami Hoag. If they wrote it, I bought it. These books had it all: romance, mystery, suspense. I stuck with these authors loyally for years until my sister introduced me to the world of Stephanie Plum (my first foray into chick-lit) which had me cracking up and catching up since I was late to discover the series.
Eventually though I came full circle and found my way back to paranormal with Kay Hooper’s Bishop Special Crimes Unit series. When I ran out of my own favorite authors to read, I started raiding my younger sister’s book shelf where I came across Twilight and a myriad of other YA novels. I was hooked from the start and haven’t looked back since! In fact, I’ve got three of her books sitting in my book pile right now!
Q. Talk about the book that most changed or influenced your life (was it a book that turned you from an average to avid reader, did it help you deal with a particularly difficult situation, does it bring you comfort every time you read it?).
I’m marginally embarrassed to admit this, but the series that most recently and most heavily impacted my life is Twilight. Not because I’m ‘Team Edward’ or ‘Team Jacob’ or even because I think they’re the most amazing books I’ve ever read. For me, being handed a copy of Twilight brought me back to the world of YA literature and to a love of writing that I’d put on a shelf. Not only had I shifted away from YA literature to read more ‘adult’ books, I was spending more time attending to practical pursuits like paying the bills.
Twilight brought me back to the genre I enjoy most and has been a refreshing change which has also given me the courage to pursue my own writing further.
Q. Let’s step away from books for a second and get personal. What T-Shirt slogan best describes you?
So many t-shirts so little time! If I have to play by the rules (for once) and choose just one, this is the one that describes me best! When I’m not working or reading, I’m blissfully lost in my writing. Of course, if this were really my t-shirt, I’d spice up that cover with some glitter or some other sort of eye candy!
So much for playing by the rules. I had to include this one too because I’m not much of a cook and in my house the word ‘cereal’ is synonymous with breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Q. What do I do when I am not reading?
For me reading is a the big escape so when I’m not reading I’m usually working. And trust me, it’s not nearly as fun as it sounds! 😉 However, I do find my fair share of time to read, so I’m not complaining. I also have another guilty pleasure which is writing. Ask my husband…. I spend most of my waking hours in front of a computer! The only way he can tell if I’m working or writing is by which PC I’m plugged into!
Q. ACK! Your favorite book/movie character (example Hermione Granger played by the Emma chick) just walked into the room! Who is it and what would be your first reaction? You get extra points if you include visual stimulation.
As usual, I’m probably overcomplicating FF, but all of the characters I feel most passionately about right now haven’t moved onto the big screen… yet! And maybe that’s a good thing so that they can live on in my mind exactly how I picture them. Because let’s face it, Hollywood has a way of failing to deliver the goods sometimes.
Now, for my real answer. I’m going to stretch a little and say that I’d love to meet Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games (soon to be played by Jennifer Lawrence). Although I’m not sure that Lawrence is an exact match to the amazing Katniss I’ve created in my mind and although I’m not sure she’ll be able to convey Katniss’s depth or toughness, I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt. My first reaction? To give the girl a hug because let’s face it, if anyone needs one, she does!
Q. In light of the Summer Solstice. Also known as Midsummer…let’s talk about fairies. What is your favorite fairy tale or story that revolves around the fae?
I love questions that make me dig deep! I haven’t thought about fairy tales in a while and I don’t have a favorite per se, but after thinking about it for a while, I’d have to say my top three are: The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Princess and the Pea, and Rumpelstiltskin.
I’ve read a lot of books that have fairies in them, but only one series that had a fairy as the central character: The Dulce O’Neil series by H.P. Mallory. While I loved the first two books in the series and would absolutely recommend them for a light summer read, it would probably be premature to call them my favorite since I have no good basis for comparison. It seems I’ll have to get some good fae books on my TBR list!