Monday, July 29, 2013

The Inevitability Of Stars Interview with Kathryn R Lyster

A modern-day Romeo and Juliet set amongst the beauty of Byron Bay and the grind of Sydney.

Rip and Sahara have always been together. Primary school friends to high school lovers, their ties to each other are as intertwined and inescapable as the roots of the Byron Strangler Fig. But like that same tree, the tendrils of their love are beginning to stifle and choke, and soon, Sahara finds she must leave — moving to Sydney to pursue her career as an artist.

In Sydney, Sahara draws the attention of Sean, a charismatic entrepreneur, and is quickly drawn into his expensive and glamorous world — so very different from the quiet, simple place of her youth. But even as she creates a new life, and a new version of herself, Sahara cannot seem to leave Rip behind.

Back in the Byron hinterland, Rip moves to a working farm to recover from the wounds Sahara left. It's here that he begins to understand his past and reimagine his future. But as Rip rebuilds, Sahara unravels, losing herself in Sean's shiny, but meaningless world and plagued by visions of her previous life and lover.

Heartbreaking and haunting, The Inevitability of Stars is a poignant novel about the burden of fate, the viscosity of reality and the resilience of love.

Expected publication: August 1st 2013 by MIRA
Interview with Kathryn R Lyster.

Hi Kathryn, tell us a little about yourself?
I live in paradise! In the hinterland around Byron Bay, close to rainforests, and the ocean in a big old house with beautiful friends, surrounded by orange, mango and papaya trees. We’re going to get into the veggie garden soon. There are four cats at home – Layla, Milo, Miley and Lily – such characters and they bring a whole lot of laughter with their antics. I love animals so it’s great to have them around. 
What Inspired you to write The Inevitability of Stars?
I suppose I’ve always been fascinated with the resilience of the human heart and so many of my formative years were defined by romances-gone-wrong, heartbreaks, the usual ups and downs of love that we all go through. And yet there is a hope that one day it will turn out right. This quality inspired me. Also, it’s hard being young and trying to work out who you are and where you fit into the world. I wanted to write a book that people could relate to, a story that captured what we go through finding our way.
Will it be a series? (I certainly hope there is a next book)
Ooh… I would love to keep writing about Rip and Sahara. I’d say watch this space. I have a feeling there could definitely be more in store for these two lovers.
Which of your characters is your favorite and why?
Rip is my favourite. He’s sensitive and courageous and I wish he existed in real life, just so I could know him!
Where and when do you like to write?
Whenever the inspiration comes. At the moment I have a writing room with a gorgeous old wooden desk. It is so full with art, all my mementos, photos, special things, cards, flowers, stones I’ve collected, feathers, some animal statues and lots of candles. I am so grateful for this little room, it’s tiny, but perfect. I can close the door and disappear into this little bubble. It’s good for writing time and also thinking time. Sometimes I go in there just to daydream.
What advice do you have for someone just starting out?
Trust the process. As a budding writer – no matter what comes out, it’s important. It will lead you to where you need to go. So often people get stuck because they judge what initially comes out, they want it to be a certain way and then this criticism stops the flow. I have written so many thousands of pages of this very book that don’t exist anymore, but they were all an essential step along the way to the finished novel. We have to be free with our creativity, before we can be specific with our words.
What was the hardest part of writing for you?
Honestly, nothing. I love writing like some people like chocolate. I am so happy when I write. Days spent floating in my imagination, languishing in the sun, writing for hours with lots of tea. I could do that every day of my life.
I love the cover who made your cover?
Thank you, I’m so glad you like it. People have responded so positively to the cover. The designers at Harlequin came up with that and I was so thrilled to see how beautiful it was. Those designers are geniuses, they captured the story so well. It’s an amazing feeling when things in life turn out even better than you hoped for.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
There’s a box of old journals in my parents garage going back to when I was about ten years old. Those early ones are filled with pages and pages about how cute I thought Jon Bon Jovi and Brad Pitt were. A little cringe-worthy, but all through my teenage years the diaries kept coming. That flow very naturally merged into story writing. Always with an emotional content though. I have always written about what matters to me, how I feel about the world (even if it was just Brad Pitt!)

How long did it take you to write your first novel?
My first novel took six or seven years, with some big six and month stints when the project was abandoned. Definitely a long journey.
What is your work schedule like when you're writing? Anything in particular you like to do? Listen to music.... Watch the surf?
My writing schedule is my ultimate dream life. Writing takes priority, I don’t have to work on anything else, and I can just focus on creating. There is something so freeing about that, like life becomes a permanent holiday. I retreat a little from social engagements, sleep in, do yoga, write all day and well into the night. I have to get out and walk on the beach, see the horizon, get some perspective. I read magazines for the same reason, to break the bubble and then come back fresh. That’s also mixed up with some hardcore dancing sessions to loud music when I can’t write another word (yes, jumping around in my room!), going a little stir-crazy at times, treating myself to coffee, and feeling utterly blessed.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?
That the time spent not writing is just as important as the time spent writing. One fills you up with life, the other empties you of everything you’ve collected from the world. You need one to have the other.
Your favourite place to write is…
Do you read your star signs?
Absolutely. But if they predict doom I discount what I’ve just read. That’s probably cheating, but I like to keep my head filled with positive expectations.
Where can readers stalk you online?
On facebook at The Inevitability of Stars page and The Harlequin website:
Ok some fun flash questions...
Unicorns or Horses
Both!! I gave away my beautiful palomino horse, Spirit, last year, but there’s a big pearly white unicorn on my writing desk to remind me of him.
Cold or hot
Hot, I loathe being cold…
Surf or pool
Surf, surf surf.
Night or day
Milkshake or smoothy
Green power smoothy
Cake or biscuits.
Cake – but only so I can eat the icing off the top!
Tea, coffee or softdrink
Coffee, but I try not to drink it too often. I love tea, but often wish it was coffee.
Thank you so much for stopping by today Kathryn and answering my questions.
Keep your eyes peeled readers for my review coming August 1st. I have read this book and really enjoyed it .

Fearless by Eve Carter Cover Reveal

Fearless by Eve Carter
Series: Jesse, #2
Publication Date: August 28th 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary


I am strong, because I’ve been weak. I’m fearless, because I’ve been afraid. I’m wise, because I’ve been foolish.

Life is looking up for Jesse. With expert help from Chase, his injuries are healing and he makes preparations to enter the Pro motocross circuit again. A decision that could force Niki to make a difficult choice.

Kenny starts chemotherapy treatments but his bar, Rookies, is hurting from the lack of attention and lack of customers. As Jesse and Niki work to find a way to keep the bar from going under, life throws other obstacles in their way. From a manipulative dad and flirtatious step mom, to news from home about Jesse’s mother, that lands them in New York state in search of answers from the past. Dark secrets that were never meant to be revealed.



I am a true romantic at heart and with a modern contemporary erotic twist to my romance novels, you had better fasten your seat belt, as the ride is always fun, exciting and fiery.
Living in Southern California, but a mid-westerner at heart, I find plenty of inspiration for my books in my own exciting life. I have always loved the arts and as a young girl, I took dance classes and spent the summers reading books from the local library. Fascinated with the written word and its power to guide the imagination, I started writing short stories and later took Creative Writing classes in college. I graduated from The University of Iowa with a B.A. in Journalism and an M.A. in Higher Education. I also have a Teaching Credential from Chapman University in Southern California.


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Alison's Awakening - Anna Daye Book Blitz & Giveaway

Alison’s Awakening


Anna dayE


Can a passionate night with a coworker give her the confidence to pursue the man of her dreams--her boss?


Alison Connolly has always followed the rules—a fact that has helped her excel at her job, but hasn’t done much for her personal life. When a dirty-talking, sexy coworker makes a move while they're working late, the rules don't stand a chance.  being with the man she really wants—her boss—or will it give her the courage to show him that his star employee is better after hours       
Will the erotic dalliance in the conference room ruin her chance of ?
Contemporary Erotic Romance/Erotica
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Release Date: 06/28/2013
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Author Anna Daye:
Anna Daye lives in the desert with her husband and pets. When she's not wrangling cats or her husband, she is writing romantic fiction with a spicy edge.
She is a staunch believer in happy endings and unicorns. One of these things is definitely true.
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 I relaxed at the familiar tone, but only slightly. “You scared me, Daniel.”
“Did I? That’s because you’re so tense. Jumpy.”
He was probably right, but his hands on my shoulders felt good, too good. He rubbed slowly but with perfect pressure. A soft moan escaped my lips.
I knew I shouldn’t—it wasn’t proper—but I couldn’t help but lean into his massage. The pressure on my tense muscles felt so amazing. And it was wonderful to be touched.
Then his hands were gone. I blinked and pushed down the sudden feeling of loss. Half the lights in the conference room flickered off, leaving the room only dimly lit.
“Can’t really work with the lights off, Daniel,” I said, keeping my tone light.
“You work too much,” he replied.
I shivered at the low tone in his voice. Did he sound husky, like our small touch had affected him, too? No. That wasn’t possible. He had plenty of women chasing him, and he’d slept with more than his fair share from the rumors I’d heard. Such a small touch wouldn’t affect a man like him. Especially not with someone like me, a mousy woman at least a couple of years older than him.
“Well, these reports won’t finish themselves.” I kept my tone as light as I could, but couldn’t help the slight catch in my voice.
“There will be time enough for those after.”
“After what?” I turned to look at him, blinking in confusion as he pulled off his tie and tossed it on the conference table.
“After we both relax a little.” The shadows in the room cast his face in an odd light, making his grin seem more dangerous, his eyes darker.
“I don’t know what—”
“Stand up, Alison.”



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