Saturday, February 28, 2015

Book Tour and Author Interview--> White Swans by Annamaria Bazzi







Kendíka’s second chance at life begins as a nightmare.

Will the eerie eyes always looking down from the sky reveal themselves?

Kendíka challenges the aliens no one has ever seen to bring about a better life for the humans trapped in the surreal Regency world she wakes up in. While getting to know her alien owner, she discovers the aliens aren’t so perfect and have much to learn about humans.

Will Kendíka survive or perish, attempting to make life better for the people living on Regency?





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Excerpt:

Startled by the lack of movement, Kendíka sat up in bed, scanning the shadows in the moonlit room. Perspiration beaded her forehead while her heart pounded against her ribs. The last thing she remembered was sitting in the limousine next to Mr. Vetrano, arguing about her future. He insisted the will mandated her future, not him. Did the pill knock her out? How dare he drug me!
She blinked and, holding her breath, glanced around the unfamiliar room. When her lungs screamed for air, she exhaled then took another deep inhale. What the hell? What happened to the limousine?
Butterflies unsettled her stomach. Her back stiffened. Her heart drummed. Oh, my God! When did I get out of the car or come to this room? Why would Mr. Vetrano bring me to such a freaky place? Fear and the thought of her parents’ death brought fresh tears to her eyes.
She slid out of bed and shuffled her bare feet along the stone floor, hands held out to make sure she didn’t bump into anything hidden by the shadows.
At the opposite end of the room, she could make out a dark blob, which she hoped might be the door. Somewhere along the wall near it, she would find a light switch. She advanced slowly, making sure not to stub her toes. Her fingertips ran along the smooth wood. The handle felt cold. She pulled on the knob, but it didn’t budge. Strange! Her heart missed a beat. Why is the door locked?
With all her strength, she pounded on the door. “Mr. Vetrano?” She paused. “Is anyone out there?” She beat her fists on it a few more times, but when no one came to investigate the commotion, she slid to the floor and buried her face in her hands. Think, girl, think. Standing again, she moved her hands along the smooth walls at the edge of the molding, feeling for a light switch. Why can’t I find it? She tried again…nothing but wall. Why is no one coming?

Fun Facts:

- One of the more challenging items I researched was how to address people. I had been under the impression that I could refer to a duke as ‘My Lord.’ Boy was I wrong! To do so is quite degrading. A duke is addressed as ‘Your Grace’, and he’s introduced as, for example, ‘Charles Emory, the Duke of Deverow.’ Yes, he is one of the leading characters in my book.
- What about the funny little hat maids wore that looked like a shower cap? Well, that’s called a mob hat, and no, it has nothing to do with mobsters and gangsters. It was an essential part of a maid’s uniform.
- Speaking of servants, I had to understand what a footman does versus a butler. A footman did a variety of indoor and outdoor jobs. Important to me were the indoor jobs. Learning that a footman laid out the table, served the meal and tea, and assisted the butler helped me determine what Wordsworth’s duties had to be in the book.
- During this research, I learned that the butler was responsible for household security and most important, the wine cellar. The butler didn’t wear a uniform, but he wore a black cravat instead of a white one so he would not be mistaken for a gentleman.

About the Author:
Although born in the United States, Annamaria Bazzi spent a great deal of her childhood in Sicily, Italy, in a town called Sciacca. Italian was the language spoken at home. Therefore, she had no problems when she found herself growing up in a strange country. Upon returning to the states, she promised herself she would speak without an accent. She attended Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Computers with a minor in Spanish.
Annamaria spent twenty years programming systems for large corporations, creating innovative solution, and addressing customer problems. During those years, she raised four daughters and one husband. Annamaria lives in Richmond Virginia with her small family where she now dedicates a good part of her day writing.



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Here is the cool Interview I had with Annamaria Bazzi. Enjoy! :)


Q1. Tell us something about yourself?

Born in the cold of Michigan, but at the age of five my family relocated for a good six years to Sciacca, Sicily. Returning to the states was hard especially since I didn’t speak English though I still managed to get great grades and attended Wayne State University upon graduating from high school. As a July Leo I love heat, so summer is my favorite time of year.
Q2. So, what have you written?
Published I only have two novels, Incantation paradox, an urban fantasy, and White Swans A Regency World. I also have two short stories, Revelation of Abaddon, an urban fantasy, and A Simple Matter of Justice, a paranormal. At the moment I’m working on the edits of Dragons in the Resistance I hope to publish in the summer. I also have a Christmas novella almost ready that will be sold in a romance box set with other authors in September.
Q3. What genre are your books? What draws you to this genre?
I primarily write fantasy mixed in with science fiction and a pinch of romance for young adults. Magic and theoretical physics have always fascinated me hence I include them in my stories. In the real world almost everyone experiences romance at least once in their lifetime, hence the pinch of romance to make the stories more realistic.
Q4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Not sure I really have one. I enjoy starting with a hero that is a bit weak to show her growth, but have had to change to a strong hero from the beginning because people don’t seem to like a hero that is closer to reality. I suppose readers want to see a character that mimics who they would like to be—strong.

Q5. What do you hope people take away with them after reading your work?

I would like them to feel that justice, good ethics, and morals should always prevail and should be followed no matter who you are.

Q6. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? What inspired you to become a writer?

As a child, I always dreamed of being an author one day. After a twenty-year career in the information system, I decided to open an in-home daycare and write in the evenings.

 Q7. Had you not become a writer, which career would you have chosen and why?

After twenty years in computers I needed a change and if I had not wanted to become a writer I would have tried to open my own little shop selling painted quilted pillows and blankets. Time ago I learned to quilt, and since I love to paint on canvas decided to purchase white muslin to use as my canvas and then quilt pillows or baby blankest around them.
Q8. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Every author wants to be recognized world wide, but the changes of that happening to most is quite small, so I settle for a good number of followers who enjoy reading my stories. As a writer, I want to bring not only enjoyment but also some awareness of what I think needs to change in the world. If in the process I do inspire people to change for the better, I’ll consider myself fully accomplished.
Q9. What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
To be honest, I don’t remember since I started writing little stories down when I was about eight years old.
Q10. Do you write full-time or part-time? Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
I write part time and hope for the day I can do it full time. When I sit down to write I do it in a corner of my kitchen table, in the middle of all family activities. No, it doesn’t distract me, it just makes me feel part of all that’s going on.
Q11. Where do your ideas come from?
Most of my ideas come from problems in the real world and my desire to fix them in a way that makes sense to me.
Q12. Do you ever get writer’s Block? Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Because I work on multiple projects at a time, I don’t really experience writer’s block. If by chance I’m not inspired to work on a particular novel that day, I turn to a different one. I also blog and there’s always a certain amount of research that needs to be done. I’m never just sitting twirling my thumbs.
Q13. What steps do you take to get your books published? (From draft to finding a publisher to finally publishing)
First I need to get the book written. Next it goes to a few beta readers. When it comes back with comments, I write my second draft. Then I put the book away to distance myself from it before I tackle a third draft. Once the third draft is done I go over it again to make sure I stay in the characters deep point of view. At about draft number seven or eight, I send the manuscript to my editor to start working with her on what she thinks will improve the story and getting rid of repeated words and other grammatical and punctuation problems. In the mean time I talk with my cover designer to bring about my vision of the cover.
After the line editor is done with the manuscript everything goes back to the editor for formatting. Once that’s done it comes back to me to make sure no grammatical errors were overlooked.
Publishing an eBook is quite easy and with createspace paperbacks can also be ordered.
As a self-published author I’m involved in every aspect of the publication of my books.
Q14. How do you market your books and why did you choose this route?
I have great problems marketing my books…I just haven’t learned what works for my books. Why self-publish? Because I’m involved with every aspect of the writing, the creation of the cover design and when the books are released. Everything depends on me not a publishing house. I guess it all boils down to control of my own works.
Q15. Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
I don’t really have any to give considering I’m in need of help with this task.
Q16. What are your future plans?

Since writing is something I enjoy so much, I’m going to continue to write young adult novels and also some romance.


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