Music Monday — I’m Reading a Book

I’d been trying for awhile to find the perfect song to link with Elle Casey’s anniversary promotion, and I found it just in the nick of time (Thanks to Janette Rallison’s blog.)

So, what’s the deal with Elle Casey’s anniversary. Well, she generously put together a promotion of indie authors and their books — over seventy books to be exact — to celebrate the publication of her first book one year ago.  That’s some seriously good karma. Readers  can enter to win in here. Some are paperbacks, most are e-books, and you’ll need to read the fine print if you care about which is which.

I’ve read, or intend to read, a number of these.  The list below is by no means comprehensive, but only meant to give you a feel for what’s available over at Elle’s site.

Adriana Ryan — World of Shell and Bone — a dystopia featuring feminism gone wrong. Two words: read it.

Amanda Brice — Codename Dancer — Clever.  Dancing with the Stars meets Gallagher Girls

Dalya Moon — Smart Mouth Waitress and Broken Shell Island — Quirky and whimsical, just like the author

Shana Norris — The Boyfriend Thief — a super cute contemporary romance.

Tina Ferraro — The Starter Boyfriend.  Her books are fun, and bonus points because this one has a mannequin character, like My Wishful Thinking.

Here’s a couple more to think about. These are authors that I really, really like and I’ve read some of their books, but not the ones in Elle’s promo:

Sibel Hodge — I’ve read adult books by her and she’s got a children’s book It’s A Catastrophe.

ME Purfield — Is darkly funny. A Black Deeper Than Death is the featured book.

Plus there are a lot of other popular authors that I haven’t read their books yet:  Dannika Dark, Imogen Rose, Sarra Cannon, Samantha Young, TS Welti.

And, of course, Elle Casey’s books, which aren’t part of the giveaway, but she’s been busy over the past year and you can see her complete list of titles here.

Certainly, I’ve left authors off this list and there’s no ill will or editorializing about it. There’s just no way to mention every single book or author that’s participating in Elle’s ginormous promotion, so here’s the link, again. And now for this silly, but widely viewed video. Apologies if you’ve already see it.


January 14, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. 3 comments.

An interview with Dalya Moon

Over the next month give or take, Grace Lightbourne, the Angel-in-Training main character from my new novel Winging It!, will interview quite a few authors on this blog.  It’s been incredible to get to know some of these writers a little better, and I hope you’ll stop by every day or every couple days or every week to get to know them too.

Today, Dalya Moon has stopped by for the very first interview by Grace, which should let you know what a brave soul she really is!

Dalya’s novel Poke is the story of  Zan, a teenage boy with a talent for discovering any girl’s secrets. If he asks a girl to poke her finger into his navel, he gets a psychic trip to Secret Town. Zan never likes what he finds.When he meets mysterious, beautiful Austin, with her waist-length hair and mature laugh, he wants to get acquainted with her the slow way. Austin, however, can’t resist her curiosity, and when she pokes her finger into Zan’s belly button, he sees … nothing.

Austin dashes out of Zan’s house and out of his life, leaving Zan heartbroken and confused. To find peace, he must unravel the secret of his power. Is it a gift, or a curse? How can Zan love someone with no future? How can he not?

Poke is a fast-paced story about Zan’s adventurous summer, as he battles witches, experiments with astral projection, and discovers the secret of his strange power, all to be with the girl he loves.

Recommended for: older teens to adults (some mature content)

Book length: approximately 50,000 words or 142 pages

Everytime I read the description of this book or look at Dalya’s cover it makes me smile.  How could anyone not be intrigued about witches, astral projection and navels?   Let’s get to know Dalya…take it away, Grace.

Hi, Dalya! Your Muse must be doing a great job inspiring you.  What’s the next project they’re helping you out on?

My Muse is a real task-master, so I’m working on three books simultaneously.

Three? Seriously? One seems like it would be an awful lot of work, and I tend to, um…avoid that. If at all possible. So, with three books you must have a lot of characters.  Which one are you most like?

If there were a boring character, perhaps a writer on a laptop in the background of a scene, that would be me. If she has curly hair, then it’s me for sure.

On a deeper level, there’s a lot of me in every character, even the boys. My character in Poke, Zan, is sensitive like me. I know that’s not a traditionally “masculine” trait, but when I think about his background and his powers, and how that would affect a person, it seemed right.

Boy, do I ever know how tough powers can be!  So, will you tell me — what’s your favorite book of all time?

Pass. (I don’t have favorite anythings.)

No favorites? Awww, that makes me a little sad. Well, we’ll just skip ahead. In your opinion, what makes a guy character swoony-worthy?

Smoldering eyes. Yes, definitely the smolder, preferably on every page.

Well, if you ask me—which I know you didn’t—but it sounds like “smoldering eyes” is a favorite thing! ;D

Now, if you could go to a rock concert in Heaven, maybe with smoldering eyes guy, who would you go see? (*hint* you have to pick someone who is dead)

Trick question! Would the real rock-n-rollers be up there?

Of course they’re there, silly.  Heaven wouldn’t be any fun without rock music, right? Singing, dancing, et cetera–oh, that reminds me–confession time. What’s your biggest writing sin?

Bragging. Oh, am I supposed to be all coy and say I’m a “perfectionist” and I spend too much time getting everything just right? Would you believe me if I did?

Yes.  ; D

My biggest sin is telling people when I’ve finished a marathon writing session of 5,000 words. I’m just excited, but it drives other writers crazy, and I really shouldn’t do it. By the way, I wrote 2,000 words yesterday.

Oh, that’s great!  My roommate Mercy is a super good student so I’m kinda used to that overachiever thing.  So, if you can be disciplined like that, are you more of a rule follower? Or do you rebel?

I’m a first-born child, so my inclination is to follow rules. However, they’re the rules I made up for myself, and include such diverse things as don’t go to bed angry, and don’t have candy for breakfast.

Those are veeery interesting rules, which makes me curious, what — other than your Muse, of course — inspires you?

I’m inspired by nature and beauty and the dark side of human nature. When I was a little kid, my favorite book was about a witch who made blueberry pancakes.

Hmmm…I’m not completely sure, but blueberry pancakes seem almost like candy for breakfast, yes? And, how awesome that you love nature! Me too. So, what themes do you write about or what do you want readers to take from your books.

I don’t consciously work in themes, but they do emerge. If I could help people, one at a time, to remember to floss, I’d be happy. Flossing is really important.

Argle, bargle. *pulls string from mouth* Absolutely. Well last question Dalya…is there anything you’d like me to mention to your Guardian Angel? ‘Cause I totally have contacts.

Thank you for opening my eyes at the right times, and for giving me a strong sense of dissatisfaction when I was not on my proper path.

Aww. That’s very nice and, really, that’s what we’re supposed to do. I’ll be sure to pass it along and it was wonderful to meet you. 

Hey Everyone!  You should follow Dalya’s don’t go to bed angry rule, because it’s a good one. And, you should also check out her books on Amazon.

Poke on Amazon:

Or get to know her better here:

Web site:


Thanks, Grace.  Hope everyone will stop back by tomorrow for an interview with Emily Ann Ward.  and one more housekeeping note.  For the next two days 4/12 and 4/13 Winging It! is priced at 99 cents, so if you’d like to help Grace earn her wings (and save two bucks) click here.

April 12, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . author interviews. 2 comments.

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