December 26, 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Welcome to this blog hop.
What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way that readers can discover new authors, because with bookstores closing and publishers not promoting new authors as much, we need to find a way to introduce readers to authors they may not see in their local bookstore.
I’ve been tagged by J.W. Thompson, author of the Evil Series. Thompson’s award-winning thriller his newest release, Rusty Steele, pits Thomas Steele against the CIA and a terrorist cell. The Company wants Steele to retire, but the rusty agent still has a few tricks up his sleeve. Can he stop the terrorist from smuggling a dirty bomb into the United States?
So now it’s my turn to answer the 10 questions about Touching Evil as well as some insights into the process, from characters and inspirations to plotting and cover decisions. You’ll find the five authors I’ve tagged at the end of my blog hop post.

1. What is the working title of your book? Touching Evil
2. Where did the idea come from for the book? The opening scene (which is always where I start) was inspired by a not-so-nice news story about someone losing their fiance.
3. What genre does your book come under? Urban fantasy
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? I actually have a couple of posts with my dream cast: The main character (Leila Marx), the guys (Garrick and Conner), and the supporting cast.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Touch clairvoyant, Leila Marx is trying to overcome a personal tragedy while discovering that she is not the only supernaturally gifted one out there.
6. Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency? Self published. 
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? This one took about three months.
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld Series or Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Novels with Sookie Stackhouse
9: Who or what inspired you to write this book? A back injury and a very encouraging critique group. After sharing the first chapter in a writing workshop, I was encouraged to continue working on it. When I was forced to take it easy for several weeks after surgery, I finished the novel. But then it sat on a shelf for almost two years while I wrote my young adult mermaid series.
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Leila is a likable protagonist struggling to overcome a personal tragedy. I think a lot of readers will be able to relate to her.
Below you will find authors who will be joining me by blog, next Wednesday. Be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPs and New Releases! Happy Writing and Reading!


  1. I am entering the contest for Touching Evil. I am guessing this is where we are supposed to leave the comment. I want to say thank you for being part of the blog hop and for reviewing the book. It is so nice to read multiple reviews so that you can really get a feel for the book. It sounds amazing and I can't wait to read it!

    1. Hi Alisa! Sorry, I didn't see this comment until now. Thanks for your compliments and I hope that you get a chance to read Touching Evil soon! I'd love to hear what you think. :)


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