You know I just love my ladies over at Dark World Books- so let me show you what they’ve given us today!! 🙂
The Corvids – Book One: Autumn Tour
The Corvids – Book One: Autumn
(The Corvids #1)
The Corvids is a four-part paranormal romantic suspense series. Delve into the depths of darkness, magic and love in this murder mystery/coming of age quartet!
Arabel Spade, a young girl living in the strange and mystical land of The Corvids, determines to solve a brutal series of murders using her unique paranormal abilities. Through her perilous journey, Arabel learns about herself, the dark secrets which stain her family history and the passions and rigors of first love.
Amazon – Smashwords
Everyone needs a little horror with their paranormal 🙂 this is not on the lighter side of things. It’s deep, it’s dark, it’s scary and yet there’s a great story wrapped up in here too! It’s kept me on my seat and hesitant to turn out all the lights. Ok maybe not leaving the lights on, but only because I enjoy that sort of thing 🙂 and then you get some very cool paranormal aspects and it’s a great adventure!
Arabel is your main character and she is dead set on finding out what happened to her family. No amount of magic, gypsies, fairies, whatever will deter her from getting to the bottom of it. I liked her character. She’s smart, she’s strong, she’s loyal and she’s very determined- which spells courage to me! She’s got a really rough road ahead of her while she’s trying to figure everything out. This is definitely gunna appeal to our mystery readers.
The murder scenes are graphic which I think is the whole point and it was interesting to me to see how things are unfolding. I will say you should be prepared for that seriously huge cliffhanger- but I’m also a fan of those because it makes me want to read the next book even more. I’m just dying to know what’s gunna happen!
And then there’s cool things like riding in horse carriages and having spirits around. The writing is so different from what I normally read which is refreshing, especially since I liked the story! Plus, it’s got some romance! See, I told you there’s all kinds of cool going on here. I’m definitely going to pick up book two because I have every intention of finding out what is coming! 4 SCARY MAGICAL PAWS from me!!
I just want to thank you again so much for taking the time to answer questions for my blog!
My pleasure!! Thanks for having me on your blog 🙂
WELCOME!!! First, tell me a little about your book and why you wanted to write this particular story….
“The Corvids – Book One: Autumn” is a book that naturally evolved on its own. I really don’t plan my books; I prefer to let the story reveal itself, and I literally “watch” what’s going on in my imaginative brain, and then I describe it. So, I almost feel as if I can’t take any credit for wanting to write this particular story! That being said, I was told by someone to ‘write what you know’ and somehow, the tale of Arabel Spade was born.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
I have always written, and have always known. Some periods in my life, however, it was clearer than others where my true heart lay. I was distracted by acting for many years, and then consumed by my career as a talent agent in the Vancouver film & television industry. Luckily for me, I found my way back to nurturing my creativity and am gratefully sharing the results.
What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
My first book was “I Raid”, which I wrote in three months while living in a studio apartment in East Hollywood that was basically the size of a large closet. I was incredibly inspired by moving to L.A., and “I Raid” is very much a tale of life in Hollywood, but not, however, the glamorous side! I believe my love for the City of Angels is apparent in the book, but the seedy, desperate and disenfranchised elements I witnessed at the time also make a definite appearance.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
All of the characters in my novels – and their stories – are grounded in my own emotional experiences, but I tweak them to adapt them to the needs of the story and the individual voice of the characters. I do, however, use my fantastical imagination when delving into the lives of heroin addicts (I Raid) and necromancy (The Corvids)!!
How do you chose when/which characters die in your books?
The story informs me and the characters tell me…but that’s not to say they’re actually happy about their imminent demises!
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I usually stick to my stand-by faves when I am writing, for some reason, so I haven’t discovered many new authors lately, but I do have Woman Chased By Crows by Mark Strange waiting for my attention and it looks great!
Who do you look up to as a writer?
The list is long so I can’t include everyone but here’s a nice cross sample: Jeanette Winterson, J.D. Robb, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, Phyllis A. Whitney, Margaret Laurence, Leonard Cohen, Alan Ball, e.e. cummings, Jane Urquhart, Nora Roberts – and many, many more!
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
No, I am very content with how it turned out 🙂
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Being disciplined enough to write every day is my biggest challenge. However, when I do start writing, hours fly by before I notice any time pass at all, which is amazing.
What book are you reading now? Or what genre? My followers love author’s opinions!
I am currently reading “Delusions In Death” by J.D. Robb (the alter ego of Nora Roberts). This book is part of the “In Death” series, which revolves around murder mysteries and takes place in the year 2060 in a futuristic vision of our world. The heroine of the series, Eve Dallas, (and her hunky billionaire husband, Roarke) are incredibly fantastic characters and I am so hooked on the series that I have to read the newest ones the minute they come out!
Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
The cover for “The Corvids – Book One: Autumn” was created by the lovely and talented Tina Nicole Hibbs, and based on a very amateur-ish mock up that I provided.
Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
I learn about myself, actually. Through the voices of my characters, I am able to glimpse into my own subconscious, see where my focus is, and through the telling of their stories, I am able to ascertain what is truly important to me. Basically I am refining my own value system.
If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?
“Sexing The Cherry’ by Jeanette Winterson! My favourite book of all time! Magical, mystical and potent, this book is pure poetry and grace in motion!
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for taking the time to investigate my work; happy reading! 🙂
Author Guest Post
Leaving Film/Lisa Brown
The film industry is a fickle mistress.
Ask anyone who tried to earn a living during the ACTRA strike of 2007 and/or the American Writer’s strike of 2007 – 2008. In Canada, a rising dollar also provided a further deterrent to many overseas and U.S. productions thinking of coming to film here; most opted to save production funds by staying in their own countries and spending their money there. Filter in flailing foreign tax credits and you have an industry on the brink of extinguishing itself in the muddy flame of contention and wallowing despondently within the over-zealous glut of reality tv.
The rise in reality tv five years ago was a direct consequence of the aforementioned writers strike in the U.S. and as a talent agent and manager in the thriving hub of Vancouver, BC’s film and television industry, I was watching all of the gains made in previous years crumble before my very eyes.
I started working at a top talent agency in the year 2000 and for a little more than the next decade, I would be consumed by my career. As a talent agent, you are always on call. There are no vacations away from work, paid leaves or sick days. You work through illness, you leave parties and dinners when work calls you, and you manage to shuffle all of your personal time to accommodate your career. It is an unforgiving and ruthless sort of life…and it is fueled by many unforgiving and ruthless people with little joy or creativity inside of them.
But let’s backtrack…perhaps to the time when I still believed that the film industry was a joyous little world full of glitter, glamour and incandescent dreams. Hmm… upon consideration, I think we’ll have to go way back – all the way back – to my earliest years! I started out as an actor and a writer in childhood, doing school plays, community theatre and writing non-stop, mainly poetry, short stories and many laboriously hand-written pages of budding novels.
I went to college and studied musical theatre; I did plays and short films and got myself an agent and auditioned as much as I could. I did alright as an actor, but somewhere along the way I realized that the material ‘out there’ was not as good as I thought it could be. And I decided to start writing my own.
After a stint learning the finer points of screenwriting, I wrote my first feature length project and moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue my dream of writing furiously while lolling about the palm trees. I spent two glorious years in Hollywood, making life-long friendships and immersing myself fully in the life of a ‘struggling writer’. I was part of a writing group which included employees of Disney and Pixar and was headed by Duane Adler, who would soon go on to write “Save The Last Dance”, to much acclaim. Unfortunately, my stay in the U.S. was compromised by the fact that I was a Canadian, and just before the year 2000, I moved back to Vancouver.
And began my journey as a talent agent.
During the years I spent working at two different, top Vancouver talent agencies, I repped many notable entertainers, such as Jessica Parker Kennedy, Carrie Anne Fleming and the late Corey Haim. I booked series leads, series regulars, guest stars and many day players on a huge variety of mow’s, episodics, features, commercials, theatre productions and voice series. I attended awards shows, film premieres, opening nights, walked red carpets and met celebrities: Jason Priestly, Anne Heche, James Tupper, George Strombolopolous, Seth McFarlane, Eric McCormack, Tom Welling, Rick Mercer, Marilyn Manson, Kristen Kreuk, to name a few. Once I had taken on the mantle of being an agent, however, I soon discovered that I was no longer able to focus any of my creativity upon my own writing – all of the juice I had to make things happen had to be utilized in the service of the dreams of others.
It was often very rewarding work, seeing someone talented finally break through to attain a previously unheard of but long-desired level of success, and I have retained many fond memories. But the rewards came at a very steep personal price and after laboring for more than a decade within the uncertain and declining industry, I decided to reclaim my own soul, so to speak, and stepped off into the unknown expanse of writing for a living.
In November of 2011, I began what would become “The Corvids – Book One: Autumn” and I refuse to ever cease writing again. One day, I hope my past and my present will intersect in a fantastically imagined future: my former clients will star in adaptations of my work. And I will produce my own projects, and maybe even direct.
Now that is something to write home about!
Lisa Ann Brown
Lisa Ann has been involved with storytelling and entertainment, in one form or another, her entire life. Beginning her creative journey as both a writer and an actor, Lisa Ann spent many years immersing herself in innumerable books, countless theatre productions and earning a degree in Musical Theatre. Shortly after college, she attended the Vancouver Film School to learn the finer points of screenwriting. This study culminated in the writing of a few feature length scripts and an overwhelmingly potent desire to move from Canada to Hollywood. Once ensconced in East Hollywood however, creative inspiration lured Lisa Ann away from screenwriting and returned her to her original writing intentions: to be a novelist. In three months, Lisa Ann had completed her first novel, I Raid, and there has been no cessation of her novel writing ever since. Moving back to Canada, she spent many years working as a talent agent in Vancouver before retiring from the film industry to focus on writing full-time. Lisa Ann derives great personal satisfaction by delivering her characters through the twisting arcs and unexpected tribulations of their imaginary lives. She strives to keep her readers on edge while enjoying the suspense and surprise of their literary journey. She resides in picturesque Vancouver, BC, Canada where she is happily nestled in between the Pacific Ocean and the Coastal Mountain range.
Blog – Twitter – Facebook – Goodreads – Amazon
The Corvids – Book One: Autumn Tour schedule:
- February 18th | Tina Pollick Blog (Guest Post, Excerpt)
- February 19th | Nomi’s Paranormal Palace (Guest Post, Giveaway, Excerpt)
- February 20th | Reading Renee (Review, Giveaway, Excerpt)
- February 21st | Uncorked Thoughts (Review, Author Interview, Giveaway, Excerpt)
- February 22nd | Happy Tails and Tales (Review, Author Interview, Giveaway, Excerpt)
I’m offering a copy of The Corvids Book One: Autumn, AND it’s international. I would just ask you to follow Lisa’s blog, and to like her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter as well. Let me know how you followed her in your comment and I’ll pick a winner. And yes we will be checking your follow 😉
Thanks everyone and good luck!!! 🙂 Happy Reading and later gators!!