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Next Big Thing Blog Hop! The Birthright Series: Anomaly (post 1 of 3)

Last week I was perusing Twitter and happened across a tweet from a fellow writer, Aeriela Bronson, who is participating in this cool thing called THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP. Aeriela writes, “I sort of look at a blog hop like this: If a chain letter and a treasure hunt had a baby it would be a blog hop!”—which is the perfect way to sum it up.

The way it’s supposed to work is that you (the writer), or me in this case, is/am supposed to answer the ten questions posed to me about my book(s) and then tag five authors/writers at the end of my post so that they can share their own fantastic awesome with the world. In this case, I’ve tagged one author at the bottom of my post. When I reached out to people the general reaction I received was this:

Um. Uh. Why?

A few people reminded me that Christmas is coming up very soon and asked if they could participate in January. Well, probably. But um. It’s going on now. A few more declined because they felt their projects weren’t ready for this kind of promotion. Well, anyway, this was me like yesterday:

Oh, hell no!

In the end it doesn’t really matter because the spirit of the blog hop is to just get the word out there about awesome new books and characters and authors. And to make up for my total lack of a social circle (really, it’s true), I’m answering questions to three of my projects (in three separate posts through out the day.) I’m totally unconcerned with putting the pony on display too early. So, here goes…


What is the working title of your book?
THE BIRTHRIGHT SERIES: ANOMALY (#1)—currently in edits

I’m hoping for a release date of mid-March

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Back when I was living in New Orleans one of my favorite things to do was to walk around Audubon Park uptown. The park is unique (in my assessment) in that to the west stately homes back up to the park. Most properties have a fence and gate for easy access to the park. To the east, the homes face the park. Like, their front porches actually butt up to a walking path which is on park grounds. It’s super cool. Anyhow, I found myself imaging the kind of family that would live in such a home. Sometime shortly after vampires entered the picture—and then hybrids and shifters and other creatures of folklore—and eight versions of the tale later we have arrived at a first draft.

What genre does your book fall under?
New Adult Urban Fantasy

What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?
A college senior finds herself slowly turning into a vampire—a process which baffles those around her.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Lindsey Shaw to play protagonist Eliza Landry

Emma Stone to play badass sidekick Brigid Reilly

Keri Russell to play fledgling vampire Kate Landry

Henry Cavill to play vampire assassin Luke Conrad

Will your book be self-published or agented?

How long did it take for you to write your first draft?
I don’t even want to talk about it. I started on the first version back in 2009 and a few versions later (EIGHT!) I finally got the storyline right. The eighth—and frickin’ final—version of ANOMALY was started in March 2012 and completed during NaNoWriMo, so roughly eight months.

What else about your book might pique the readers’ interest?

If you like _______, you might like ANOMALY:

  • Murder mysteries
  • Snark and sarcasm with a touch of gore
  • Tiaras (okay, there’s no tiaras, but really, who dislikes tiaras?)
  • Supernatural series (there’s ten books in The Birthright Series)
  • Complex love stories
  • New Orleans
  • Characters with bite (literally!)
  • A great deal (remember how I’m going to self-publish? That means you won’t be paying $10 for an e-book. Promise!)

Here’s a sneak peek from a scene I’m kind of in love with:

“I want you to kiss me,” I said, surprising myself. Luke’s feral smile faded for a moment as he stared at me as if he was looking into my soul. I felt his smile stretch the length of my body. He leaned down and pulled my chin up with his hands. He bent his face low and ran his nose up from the tip of my chin along my jawline. I sucked in a sharp breath trying to hold in my warring emotions. I was scared but not because he was a lethal vampire and he was so close to a major artery. I was scared because this moment could have been the beginning of a broken heart. At some point, once I had gotten settled in my new life, whatever that even meant, Luke would leave. Over his long life he had surely loved a lot of women and lusted for many, many more.

“Stop thinking,” he said as his nose slid slowly up my jawline and I heard him inhale deeply. I gulped and froze in place.

“I’m not,” I said. It was a total lie and he knew it. He placed a gentle kiss at the back of my jaw.

“I have lived for a very long time, I have loved many,” he said. I shut my eyes and softly shook my head.

“No,” I said. I didn’t want to hear it, not a single word but he sshhh’d me into silence. I didn’t want to hear about the women or his history. I wanted to start new and pretend he was as green as I was. But that wasn’t the case, was it? He was gentle but clear—this was his time to talk, not mine.

“I’m not promising you forever, I’m promising you right now,” he whispered as he moved up and kissed the outer shell of my ear. He ghosted his nose along my cheek and over my nose, laying feather light kisses along the way. “No past, no future, just present.”

Thanks for reading (post one of three) in THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP!

I’m tagging…

Adrianne James

If you want to get in on the blog hop, there’s still time. Just pop over and shoot Adrianne an e-mail so she can tag you!


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