Housekeeping first: my drawing for the free ebook of your choice
had 14 entries out of 70 views: In order, they were E.J., Denise, Alex, Em, Tonja, Andrew, Joy, David, Elise, Cherie, L.G., Morgan, Susan, and Danette. And that's for any ebook which should have a broad appeal to most people. What do I get from this? Well, I think about 20% of the people who read my blog have electronic readers (or prefer reading ebooks). That's interesting, and I caveat that the percentage could probably move up by 5% if you factored in repeat visits (or those who are just swamped by books). Does 25% of blog readers
owning e-readers or reading e-books jive with the national average? I have no idea, but it's food for thought.
Anyway, the winner of the great ebook giveaway is number 7. That person is Joy Campbell.
So Joy, when you read this, just leave a comment below as to what free ebook in the whole wide world (under 10 bucks) you want emailed to you from Amazon (that's Mobi format for the kindle, and I'll send it to your email as a gift). I'm sure I'll get around to pestering you on your blog about it. Alternately, you can choose just a $10 Amazon gift card
if you want to say, buy a book that costs more than ten bucks.
Now, to my interview with Laura Diamond author of YA paranormal sensation Shifting Pride
(I'm putting this up a day early as I don't blog on the weekend). My commentary/responses/questions are written in bold black print.
|Blurb for Shifting Pride: Sixteen-year-old Nickie Leone has proof that|
her missing (presumed dead) father is still alive. Receiving his watch in
the mail is the first in a line of clues bringing her closer to discovering his
whereabouts. But clues aren’t the only new thing in Nickie’s life. There’s the
Memorial Banquet her mother insists she help prepare for, there’s the new
kid/hottie, Xavian, and…well, the growth of whiskers and a tail!
Filled with secrets and a new love of tuna fish, Nickie must partner
up with Xavian (don’t you know he’s a shape-shifter also?) to rescue
her dad before she loses him forever. Oh, and she needs to figure
out how to be a cat, too. This guy on the cover is really good looking LOL-
stares at it some more. *Facepalms
Hi Michael! Thanks so much for hosting me today. I had a lot of fun answering your questions, and hey, you gave me some ideas for the sequel! ;) You're welcome, Laura. I'm good for a few ideas here and there.
Q: How did you hear about Etopia Press?
One of the editors, Rachel Firasek, held a pitch contest on her blog. I’d heard of Etopia through Twitter, but didn’t know they accepted YA submissions until the pitch contest. I submitted my pitch, and Rachel asked for the first chapter that day. Then she asked for the full manuscript!
Q: Just to verify, are you a cat person or a dog person 'cause you seem like a cat person O.o? LOL! I’m probably more of a cat person. I have four: a ragdoll and 3 rescues, but I also adopted a Corgi last spring. She’s adorable and brought me much joy.
Q: If you were the MPAA, what rating would you give your book and why (I asked this question because I have Mormon friends who are 40 and have never seen an R-rated movie)?
You know, at first I was going to say PG…then I remembered the scenes where the characters shape-shifted When they have the time, they prefer to undress first so that a majority of their income doesn’t go to wardrobe replacement. Therefore, because of their, ahem, nakedness, I’d rate it at PG-13.
Q: Does the whole "cats have nine lives" thing come into play in your book? I'm curious because I don't think I could write a werecat book without doing the nine lives thing. Seems almost necessary.
Hmm, that’s a good idea! It may come up in the sequel! ;) No, my shape-shifters don’t have nine lives, but they have extraordinarily long ones—like centuries. They tend to keep their teenage countenance until they find a mate, then they mature. Even then, the aging process is slow. They’re more likely to be killed in a battle than to die from old age, though. They like to fight too much.
Q: How would the cats in your book view the whole domestication of cats, cat shows, and cat groomers of the world?
LOL! I’m not sure. I’ll have to ask. Actually, they’d probably say that they like pets. Nickie tried to help a stray kitty, but got into trouble. Also, some of the shifters in the book may be insulted if someone equated them to domesticated animals.
Q: Are you drawing any connection back to a cat goddess in your book?
No cat goddess in the first book, Shifting Pride
, or in the prequel, New Pride
. However, I’m still developing a sequel and there may be something to that goddess thing. Stay tuned!
Q: What's your favorite book not written by you featuring cats?
I like Rachel Vincent’s Shifting series.
Her MC is in college in the first book, so it’s more new adult or adult urban fantasy, but the cat hierarchy is there…and so is the action! In Nine Lives of Chloe King
, Chloe dies and then develops her feline qualities…kind of harkens back to your earlier question about nine lives. Such a great concept!
Thanks for answering all of my quirky questions, Laura!
For those of you who do not know Laura, here's a little about her:
Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist and author of all things young adult paranormal, dystopian, horror, and middle grade. Her short story, "City of Lights and Stone", is in the Day of Demons
anthology by Anachron Press (April 2012). Another short story, "Begging Death", is in the Carnage: After the End
anthology volume one by Sirens Call Publications. Her Young Adult Paranormal Romance novelette New Pride
and novel Shifting Pride
debuted late 2012 from Etopia Press. She has just signed with Pugalicious Press to publish another Young Adult novel, Zodiac Collector
. When she's not writing, she is working at the hospital, blogging at Author Laura Diamond--Lucid Dreamer
, and renovating her 225+ year old fixer-upper mansion. She is also full-time staff member for her four cats and a Pembroke corgi named Katie.
Wow...you live in a 225 year old mansion! I want to know about that!
Where to find Laura Diamond on the web:
Her Blog is HERE
Her twitter is HERE
Facebook is HERE
Facebook Author Page is HERE
Website is HERE
Amazon author page is HERE
Author’s Den page is HERE
Goodreads author page is HERE
DRAWING: I will be gifting one lucky person who comments on this post with Laura's ebook (it's in Adobe pdf format) New Pride
, which is the jumping off point for this series.
As of this blog writing, Laura's book has six five-star ratings on Goodreads with an average of 4.86 % (that's frickin high). Have a great weekend!