Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Blog Tour, Author Interview, Guest Post and Giveaway--> Light Chronicles #1- Shadow Fire by Kimber Leigh Wheaton

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Shadow Fire (Light Chronicles Book 1)
Author: Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Publication Date: February 24, 2014
Pages: 310
Genre: YA / Fantasy / Romance

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BLURB:
Ashlyn – a free-spirited teenager whose peaceful life is shattered when the village elders honor her with a perilous quest to recover a stolen relic.

Zane – a jaded mercenary, torn by his undeniable desire for Ashlyn and the dark secret that could make her hate him forever.

Delistaire – a malevolent sorcerer driven by an insatiable lust for power.

All three are bound together by an ancient relic supposedly infused with the power of a Goddess.

Shadow Fire – adventure, passion, secrets, and betrayal

As Ashlyn and Zane race to stay one step ahead of the evil lurking in the shadows, their passions are ignited and their bond strengthens. But will they find the relic before Delistaire? Or has their entire quest been orchestrated from the very beginning by a madman in pursuit of ultimate power?


*Each installment of the Light Chronicles is a standalone story.



PRAISE:

"This book contains monsters, magic, majestic creatures, and a evil guy that wants to destroy the world. If you love hot guys.....Zane is all that plus a few tricks up his sleeve. Just read it!" Venture ~Amazon Reviewer

"Adventure, magical creatures, fun characters, and romance make this book a perfect read for all ages." James ~Amazon Reviewer

"I thought the writing was strong; it had me turning the pages quickly to see what would happen next. The characters were engaging and the dialogue well-written." Lisa Temple ~ Goodreads

"Oh, I truly loved this one! Shadow Fire, by Kimber Leigh Wheaton, is a snappy, sassy, sweet, all-that-kind-of-awesome-and-then-some YA read. I couldn't put it down." ~Sasha Hibbs ~ Amazon Reviewer


Favorite Quotes:

The villagers will be awaiting my return, skulking in the shadows, desperate to catch a glimpse of the walking dead girl. ~Ashlyn

After all, love conquers nothing but fools. ~Delistaire

Perhaps you shouldn’t have chased the poor pirate all over the ship shooting light daggers at him. ~Zane

How would you like a tour of this grand vessel, my angelic beauty? I’ll show you my favorite trysting spots. ~Taranis



AUTHOR BIO:
Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a bestselling YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance.
She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs, four cats, and lots of dragons. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals.
Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!)


She currently lives in San Antonio, TX but has been somewhat a rolling stone in life, having resided in several different cities and states. 
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Interview
Q1. Tell us something about yourself. 
I was born in a suburb outside of Chicago and moved to San Diego when I was twelve. Theater was a very important part of my life. Besides acting and singing, I was a voracious reader. I went to college at UCSB and majored in Philosophy. Piece of advice- don't major in Philosophy.

Q2. In one sentence, what is your book about?
Ashlyn is chosen by her village to go on a deadly quest to recover a stolen artifact infused with the power of a Goddess and is gifted with a hot mercenary as her bodyguard.

Q3. What inspired you to write this book?
My inspiration for this story came from playing a few too many RPG video games—it's quite apparent in the plot.


Q4. Do you have a specific writing style?
       Light on description and heavy on dialogue. Probably has something to do with my theater          background.

Q5. How did you come up with the title?
      Shadow is the name of Ashlyn's wolf companion. In addition, Shadow represents the darkness pursuing her. Fire is the one magical element Zane and Ashlyn have in common, and they are stronger together than separate. Hence Shadow Fire.

Q6. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
      Yes, and I'll let Ashlyn tell you: "Live everyday like it's your last. We are responsible for shaping our own destinies. I thought being chosen was the worst thing that ever happened to me, the end of my life. After you read my story, you decide. Was being chosen the worst or the best thing that could have happened? I know my answer…" -taken from Ashlyn's character interview.

Q7. What was your technique when planning your plot and characters?
      My technique involves lots of meditating. Outlining doesn't work well for me. I can't seem to follow an outline. I like to daydream about my characters, get to know them, place them in different scenarios. By the time I start writing, I know the characters quite well and also the basic plot points. Sometimes the characters take me for a wild ride, changing the plot and going off in a whole new direction. But I suppose that's part of the fun.

Q8. What do you love most about writing?
    I love creating something from nothing. I also love taking a bare bones manuscript and turning it into something better. Making the characters in my mind come alive on paper is exhilarating.


Q9. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Shadow Fire is romance heavy. I love lots of romance in books I read, but based on reviews some readers seem to like a bit less. While I love Ashlyn and Zane to death, they do have a tendency to get so wrapped up in each other they forget everything else around them. I'd probably tone it down a bit (not much mind you, I am a romance writer after all).

Q10. What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?
I made Ashlyn an ace archer, and it's been a long time since I used a bow. I spent some time researching the correct terminology. In addition, I went to the local archery range and tried out several different bows before choosing the recurve bow for Ashlyn. It was a long road from starting the manuscript to publication, filled with rejections and suggestions. There were a few times when I considered throwing in the towel and querying my next novel. However, I've never been a quitter so I persevered.

Q11. Do you see writing as a career?
That would be my goal, yes. It certainly isn't an easy career choice, and pay can be rather spotty.

Q12.Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Moving forward when writer's block hits can be difficult. There's nothing worse than staring at a blank screen, willing words to appear to fill it up. I keep several projects going at once. If I hit a roadblock with one, I work on another.

Q13. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding the courage to share it with the world. Every time I give it to someone to review, I worry. Will they like it? Will they hate it? Will they trash it with a snarky review? It can be emotionally draining.

Q14. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Writing isn't easy, and it doesn't get any easier after publication. Honestly I'm not sure if it ever gets easier. If you love writing, then do it. Don't let rejections or bad reviews stop you. It's important to keep moving forward. Learn from the past but don't dwell in it.

Q15. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I appreciate each and every one of you. For without you, there would be no reason for me to write. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to read my book. I love to talk books so feel free to contact me. So if you'd like to chat, pop on over to my author blog: Kimber Leigh Writes. My contact info is there.

Q16. What are your current projects?
Stolen Moon, a standalone sequel to Shadow Fire is expected to release August 19, 2014. I also have a YA paranormal romance, Tortured Souls, releasing July 14, 2014.

Q17. Where can people find you on the Internet?
Kimber Leigh Writesmy author website
@Cymberle –Twitter
Once Upon a YA BookYA/NA book review blog

Q18. What’s next up for you, writing-wise?
I am currently writing a new adult romantic suspense called Elaborate Lies which takes place at my alma mater, UCSB. I'm also working on edits for a YA urban fantasy, Bitter Envy, which will release late 2014 or early 2015.


Guest Post- My Writing Process by Kimber Leigh Wheaton

I have a very temperamental muse. Try to get her to perform on a schedule and she'll disappear for days at a time. I learned that the hard way. When I first started writing, I set aside a certain time frame and sat at the computer. I've never been so unproductive in my life! I was lucky to get three pages written and most of it was drivel. My husband calls scheduled writing 'being organized'. But for me, the schedule made me feel like a trained seal balancing a ball on my nose. Perform now! And here's your fish…

After months of trial and error, I finally found what works for me. Writing is done in three stages: planning, first draft, and revisions. I don't use an outline. Tried it, didn't work for me. My planning stage is a free association exercise, similar to what I learned in the theater. I load up my iPod with songs that make me think of the plot and characters I plan to create. Once that's done, I meditate to the music. There are times when I've been accused of napping when I was actually hard at work in a fantasy world.

By the time I start phase two, I know my characters quite well. I also have the basic plot elements down. My first draft is very rough. The goal is to get the entire story down quickly. Much of my first draft consists of dialogue. At this stage, the manuscript tends to resemble a screenplay more than a novel.

Phase three is my favorite. Taking a skeleton manuscript and turning it into a novel is exciting. I don't have any set amount of revision passes. Some chapters need more love than others. I'm a bit meticulous when it comes to spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Mistakes drive me crazy! I've been known to proof a manuscript until my eyes cross, and then make one more pass just in case.


So, now my shiny new manuscript is ready for… more revisions with my editors. These edits can be a bit harder since someone is trying to help make my story better, and I might not always agree with their vision. But eventually these rounds of edits come to an end, and I have a lovely ARC galley in my hot little hands. What's next? After a night of celebration, I start the process all over again.




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