Blogger Book Fair! Meet Sydney Logan

As part of the weeklong Blogger Book Fair event, I want to introduce you to Sydney Logan today!

Sydney Logan Bio PicSydney is an Amazon bestselling author and holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. With the 2012 release of her first novel, Lessons Learned, she made the transition from bookworm to author. Her second novel, Mountain Charm, was released in July 2013. She is also the author of two short stories: “Mistletoe Magic,” available exclusively on Amazon Kindle, and “Stupid Cupid,” which is featured in the Romantic Interludes compilation.

Sydney has a very unhealthy obsession with music, and her iPod is filled with everything from Johnny Cash to Eminem.  When she isn’t reading or writing, she enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her front porch at her home in East Tennessee with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.

Please visit her on the web at http://www.sydneylogan.com

Now it’s time for the “Not-Your-Average-Author QA”…

  • In what part of the country do you live? From what part do you originate?
    I was born in Texas, but I have lived in Tennessee since I was a year old.
  • Do you have siblings? Where do you fall in the pecking order and do you think it’s influenced your life?
    I am the oldest of five children. It’s influenced my life in that I have a major mother hen complex. I want to take care of everyone and be the peacekeeper.
  • How did you meet your best friend?
    I met my best friend in college.
  • When did you begin writing?
    I’ve written songs and short stories since I was in elementary school, but I just started publishing a year ago.
  • What has surprised you most about the process of being published?
    I was not prepared for the business side of things. I spend a lot of time promoting my book. Learning how to balance that with writing and editing has been a challenge.
  • Is writing your “day job”? If not, what else do you do?
    I’m a librarian.
  • What Jelly Belly flavor is your favorite?
    Black Licorice – (*editor’s note – I had to pause here to allow sufficient time to digest this. I didn’t think ANYONE else liked the black licorice ones. Okay. Shock processed. Do continue…*)
  • If you sat down at a bar at this moment, what would you order to drink?
    Something non-alcoholic
  • What was the last book you finished?
    Take What You Want by Jeanette Grey
  • What has been your favorite writing project to work on?
    Probably Mountain Charm. It was my second novel, so I felt more confident and had a better idea of what to expect when it was time to edit.
  • Are there any characters – yours or another author’s – that have stayed in your head after you’ve finished their book?
    Hazel Grace and Augustus from The Fault in Our Stars, Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web, the boy from The Giving Tree, Hank from Exotic Music of the Belly Dancer . . . this could be a long list! 🙂
  • What performance would you drop everything to see if it came to your town? (Band, artist, opera, ballet, whatever…)
    Adele, Miranda Lambert, Alison Krauss, Mumford & Sons, Kasey Musgraves . . . (again, another long list!)

Mountain Charm Blurb:Mountain Charm resized (2)

“True love and sweet whispers, till death do us part;
Send someone to love my Appalachian heart.”

At the age of thirteen, Angelina Clark followed in the footsteps of her ancestors by casting an Appalachian love spell, which promised she would blossom into a beautiful and gifted woman who would find her true love. A young Angelina had been thrilled to participate in the sacred ritual, but through the years, her father’s untimely death and her mother’s failing health have shaken Angelina’s magical faith to its core. As her twenty-first birthday approaches, she refuses to practice her supernatural gifts and no longer believes in the love charm.

That is, until Dylan Thomas arrives on her front porch.

Dylan, a Nashville writer, travels to the mountain town of Maple Ridge to unearth the family’s supernatural secrets. While her clairvoyant mother is convinced that Dylan is her daughter’s soul mate, Angelina refuses to see the nosy reporter as anything more than a nuisance.

Despite their constant bickering, sparks fly.

Dylan admits he feels strangely drawn to Angelina and is in no hurry to leave Maple Ridge or publish his magazine article. Fearful that his emotions are being influenced by the spell, a stubborn Angelina struggles to fight her own budding attraction to the reporter.

The two inevitably grow closer just as her mother’s health begins to deteriorate, and Angelina is faced with the possibility of selling the family’s music shop to pay the mounting medical expenses. Desperate to help the woman he loves, Dylan explores his own family tree and finds support from an unlikely source. Can he finally prove his love is real—spell or no spell?

A story filled with love, friendship, family, and just a hint of Appalachian magic, Mountain Charm will leave you spellbound.

Enter to win Mountain Charm!

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Purchasing: 

Website:                      http://www.sydneylogan.com/2013/06/buy-books.html

Amazon:                     http://www.amazon.com/Sydney-Logan/e/B0096LZK90/

B&N:                          http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/sydney-logan

TWCS:                        http://ph.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/authors/detail/41

Also available through iTunes, Kobo, & Books-a-Million

Social Media Links:

Website:          http://www.sydneylogan.com

Goodreads:      http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5787300.Sydney_Logan

Facebook:        http://www.facebook.com/SydneyLoganAuthor

Twitter:           https://twitter.com/SydneyALogan

Pinterest:         http://pinterest.com/sydneyalogan/

 

Blogger Book Fair! Meet Penelope Reece

Today I’d like to introduce Penelope Reece, author of Sing for Me and Phantasma. Penelope writes in the YA and paranormal romance genre, and has been nice enough to answer some questions for me today! Be sure to check the bottom of this post, too — Penelope has included a coupon for a discount on Phantasma!

Read below for Penelope’s answers to my not-so-standard QA!

In what part of the country do you live? From what part do you originate?

I was born and raised in Southern Indiana. After moving to South Korea for three years, I decided to come back home. I suppose that means: born a Hoosier, die a Hoosier. (Secretly I wish my husband and I could move to Europe).

Do you have siblings? Where do you fall in the pecking order and do you think it’s influenced your life?

I have an older brother, so I was the jealous second child. Growing up it seemed (to me, it wasn’t actually like this) that my brother got everything and got to do everything. Though, this also meant that I was the “baby” of the family and was treated thus. I hate to say it, but now that I am in my twenties, I am still being treated as the “baby.” It makes things difficult at times because my mother still likes to know where I am and what I am doing.

How did you meet your best friend?

I met my best friend in marching band. We remained close during high school and throughout college. However, since she moved to Japan we don’t talk to one another as often as I’d like.

When did you begin writing?

I began writing when my mother first let me play on her old typewriter when I was in elementary. Since then I’d written off and on. However, it wasn’t until high school that I actually started to write.

What has surprised you most about the process of being published?

The readers and reviews. I worried a lot about that. I still do actually. But seeing the good reviews makes me feel so indescribably elated. It’s such a great feeling to know someone liked your work.

Is writing your “day job”? If not, what else do you do?

If by day job you mean spending every waking moment writing, then yes, writing is my day job. Though I do tutor as well.

What Jelly Belly flavor is your favorite?

Ouch. I don’t like jelly bellies. Never did. Though I do have a major sweet tooth.

If you sat down at a bar at this moment, what would you order to drink?

Yikes again! I don’t drink either nor do I go to bars. But if I did I would just order a plain old Coca Cola. (*Editors Note: I forgive Penelope for not drinking. She doesn’t have children yet. Just kidding. Kind of. Also, they have Coke at bars? Oh, yeah… to mix with the rum, I suppose…)

What was the last book you finished?

I read a lot. So much so that I can’t really recall what I recently finished. My brain has been pretty focused on my new manuscript. I will tell you what I’m reading now and that is Jane Eyre. I love classic literature, especially gothic.

What has been your favorite writing project to work on?

Each project has been my favorite while working on them. With that in mind, my newest project is obviously my favorite. It’s very gothic with lots of dark rainy days, mystery, words spoken on the wind. I absolutely love it. I grew up reading gothic romances and have always wanted to write my own.

Are there any characters – yours or another author’s – that have stayed in your head after you’ve finished their book?

Mr. Darcy. Always Mr. Darcy. But Rochester is slowly overtaking him. Above them both however is one Sir Percival Blakeney, the scarlet pimpernel. Without him, there’d be no Zorro, thus no Batman.

What performance would you drop everything to see if it came to your town? (Band, artist, opera, ballet, whatever…)

Phantom of the Opera.

Give us a couple of your favorite lines from your WIP…

I can’t say these are my favorite, but I wanted to leave the reader with something.

“That floral bouquet was like death to me. Beneath that sweet musk, I could smell the putrid odor of dirt and rot.”

phantasma-front-kindleAbout Phantasma:

Good school, nice friends, and a loving family. Alphie Brewster’s life seems perfect except for one growing problem. She’s plagued with vivid nightmares, and is haunted by a forgotten past. And it’s only getting worse.
The day she finds a mysterious necklace, Alphie wakes to see a ghostly figure leaning over her bed. Now she’s got an even greater problem. A six foot four inch tall eccentric spook, named Noer, who has to possess her in order to stay in this world. He fills her with fire while slowly draining her energy as if she were a Duracell Battery.Now her problems only seem to be escalating. The more she learns about Noer, the more she starts to remember her childhood. One that should have stayed buried and could very well tear her apart.

About Penelope:

Penelope Reece, Penn for short (b. 1984) is an author living in Central Indiana with her husband of two years and her tiny Pomeranian, Kodi. She graduated from Indiana University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in English. She then went on to spend nearly three years in South Korea where she taught English in a private academy. It was here that she met and married her husband in June of 2010. They recently moved back to the States in March of 2012.

DCIM100MEDIA Penelope’s been writing ever since her nerdy high school days where her joys were limited to marching band and day dreaming. Her other joys include reading, crocheting, snuggling her little Kodi-man, and watching comedic TV shows such as Parks, the Mighty Boosh, and the IT Crowd. She also enjoys watching Korean dramas, listening to her husband sing. As well as being hyper and annoying her husband as much as she can.

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The Blogger Book Fair

bbf2Howdy guys! Over the next week, I’ll be hosting seven phenomenal authors who are all taking part in the Blogger Book Fair with me.

You can learn more about this fun event on Facebook and Goodreads.

For 4 days in July over 30 authors will be running discounts and doing giveaways on over 50 books! You’ll be able to find them by going to the Blogger Book Fair site: http://bloggerbookfair.blogspot.com/

Please check out the great authors hosted here and at the other sites and events participating in the book fair. You can learn about some great new books, and enter to win them!

Behind the Scenes

I know things have been quiet around here lately — at least in terms of me actually doing any blogging. I’ve been doing a lot of hosting and talking about other peoples’ books!

Summer is in full swing at our house, and that has meant that my writing pace has slowed considerably. Most of that is new schedules with summer camps and afternoon swim lessons and family outings in the kayaks or to the pool. I’m a creature of habit and I thrive on routine. And my routine has been interrupted! And that’s about to be an understatement. I’m taking the tiny boys on a cross-country trip to visit all of our friends and family in our home state (California). The hubs has to hold down the fort (and work) while we’re out gallivanting around, but I’m hoping to distract the little people with enough fun and frivolity that they won’t miss their dad too much.

Men and Martinis is with the publisher for a content edit. Since this is their first full read through since a major (MAJOR) revision this spring, I’m waiting on pins and needles for reactions. Other than emails that the new opening is great, I have no idea what they’re thinking about it all, so I’m trying to be patient, not stalk them to see if they mention it on Twitter, and generally play grownup. Since that’s off my desk until mid-August, I’ve been writing the first draft of Redemption Red, the second book in the Wine Country Romance series. My plan is to publish this in late August or early September… and I’m super excited, because when it launches, I’m rebranding the series with hot new covers for A Rare Vintage, too!

So I’ll be working on my trip. On my teeny tiny laptop, which will take some getting used to. I’m totally spoiled at home, where I sit at my big grownup desk with a 27″ screen in front of my face. My laptop screen is only 13″, so it’s an adjustment. But I’m looking forward to quiet nights after the boys are exhausted from running around, sitting on a patio with a glass of wine and my book. I’ll be in the mountains for a week at one point on our trip, so hope to pound out most of it up there… Of course, all of this depends on the cooperation of tiny and unpredictable people, so we’ll see. I’m definitely not planning to get anything done on the plane. That will be six solid hours of tantrum mitigation activities. Snacks, Leapsters, movies, crayons, trips to the bathroom… argh.

I have some things scheduled for the blog while I’m away, so I’m not leaving you with nothing… in fact, there’s a very fun event coming up that I’m taking part in – the Blogger Book Fair! Should be fun! Click the button on the right side of my blog for some more info on that…

Enjoy the rest of your summer… I’ll be back in August!

Announcing the Blogger Book Fair

Check in to the Blogger Book Fair,
and book your trip to far away places!

July 22-26, 2013

Authors and Book Bloggers,

Sign ups for the July 2013 Blogger Book Fair will close on June 15 at midnight central time, so get your registrations in to participate!

As of 5/31/2013, we have:

Authors: 89
Books: 233
Bloggers: 14

If you haven’t yet registered, you can find all of the information on the Blogger Book Fair page.

  1. Check out the Code of Conduct
  2. Fill out either the Author Sign Up form or the Blogger Sign Up form (Deadline June 15)
  3. Kayla will match everyone with hosts and send out this information to you after sign-ups close
  4. Check out the events–all authors are eligible to participate in the events, and if you have an event you’d like to host, just fill out the simple Event Sign Up Form–all of this information can be found on the Events! page (Deadline July 8).
  5. If you’re interested in hosting a giveaway to drive traffic to your site, sign up via the Giveaway Sign Up form (Deadline July 15).
  6. And if your book will be FREE or $0.99 for the duration of the Fair, you can sign up on the Free and $.99 Book Sign Up Forms (Deadline July 15).

Events:

as of 5/31/2013

Art Fiction Gala hosted by Lucie Smoker

Does your fiction promote the visual arts–through featuring an artist, painting, sculpture, performance art, etc? Then, consider entering Lucie’s Art Fiction Gala.
The Art Fiction Gala is a virtual celebration of fiction that highlights the visual arts. Dress up in your finest, pick up some friends–a bottle of wine–and sample mind-blowing fiction that crosses the line between literary and visual art. Plus a gallery of art featuring reading.
More information & entry instructions

Three Wishes hosted by Kirstin Pulioff

Introduce your characters to the world.
Kirstin Pulioff invites you to ask your main character, “If you found a magic genie lamp, what would be your three choices?
More information & entry instructions

Flash Fiction Challenge II hosted by Thomas Winship

Get ready to exercise your flash fiction muscles.
For the Flash Fiction Challenge II, Thomas Winship will provide an opening line.
From there, entrants will craft a flash fiction piece of approx 500 words. Entries will be displayed on Thomas’ blog Vaempires during the BBF, spread out evenly across the five days, in order of receipt.
More information & entry instructions

Snapshot Synopsis Contest hosted by Fel at The Peasants Revolt

Challenge: chisel your synopsis down to 50 words or less.
Voting will be open throughout the fair for visitors to vote on their favorite Snapshot Synopsis.
More information & entry instructions

Reader’s Choice Awards hosted by Sherri at Shut Up & Read

All books registered for the Blogger Book Fair are automatically entered into the running for the Reader’s Choice Awards. Voting will be open from July 22 to July 25.
More information

Indie Soap Box Files hosted by Shah Wharton

Take a turn on the Soap Box.
Shah invites speculative fiction writers to write a guest post about being an indie (or hybrid) writer.
More information & entry instructions
Restrictions: Speculative fiction writers only

Monster Menagerie hosted by Noree at Trip the Eclipse

What’s your favorite monster or supernatural creature?
Feature your creature in a flash fiction piece (500-800) words to be featured on Trip the Eclipse. Visitors will vote on their favorite piece.
More information & entry instructions

Ways to Help:

Blogger Book FairDonate to the Blogger Book Fair via the BBF Donation Fund. To help get the word out about BBF, we would like to place ads on Facebook, Goodreads and other places, but to do, so we need a little help. We’d also like to have some BBF sponsored giveaways, so money donated would also go toward prizes. NO MONEY WILL BE KEPT BY ANY ORGANIZER OR PARTICIPANT.

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