Author Interview: Kilingiri by Janna Gray+ Giveaway

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Book Title: Kilingiri
Author: Janna Gray
Release Date: May 21st 2013
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction, Romantic Saga, Saga
Publisher: GMTA Publishing, LLC
Presented by: As You Wish Tours
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INTERVIEW WITH JANNA GRAY

If you had to describe yourself using three words, they would be?

I’d like to think people find me an approachable, loving and loyal person.

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?

I’d like Nina to meet Camilla from the Langani Trilogy by Barbara and Stephanie Keating. They are both expatriates with feisty characters and big hearts, they’ve made some pretty big errors of judgment but learned from their mistakes and they have warm, affectionate natures. I think they’d get on famously and would become good friends.

What are you doing when you’re not writing?

Until 2011 I squeezed my writing time between teaching and running the house. Now that I am a lady of leisure I have time to meet friends for lunch or attend functions – I still get a massive kick out of being sociable during school hours – and like all women I love to shop but not necessarily buy as I swear clothes’ sizing in Dubai is way off kilter! I go to the gym but not for pleasure. To me there is nothing worse that walking nowhere for miles on a treadmill, getting hot and sweaty but I want to be a fit and fab granny when my sons get round to having children. I love cooking (another reason to go to the gym) and reading, swimming without getting my hair wet and catching up with friends.

Can you share a favorite quote from KILINGIRI with readers?

I have several but this is my all-time favourite: ‘Nina my sweet, if a mother and father can love more than one child, why do you find it so difficult to accept that a child can not love more
than one mother and father?’

What inspired you to write this piece?

Kilingiri started with the thought … what must it be like for priests to fall in love and want the whole package – the love and companionship of a wife, passion, sex and family life and children. I then went on to consider the Catholic Church’s reasons for refusing to allow her clergy to experience the blessings which the majority of us want and need in our lives and question whether the church has the right to expect celibacy as nowhere in the bible is it stated that priests should not marry and have families of their own. It seemed like a good premise for a story so I went for it.

If you were deserted on an island and could only have one thing with you, what would it be and why?

Sunblock. Who wants to end up like a wrinkled raisin?

If you could have any superpower in the world what would it be?

Patience! I want everything to happen yesterday!

What time of day are you most creative?
 Mornings are good for me. I’m wiped by about 9.30pm and fall asleep in front of the tv!

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BLURB

1968, Srinagar, Kashmir and Nina is devastated by the death of her new-born baby girl.
Sister Angela and Father Michael at the mission hospital step in to nurse Nina back to health
but when the friendship between Nina and Father Michael turns to love, Michael makes a
decision which will resonate through the years.

It is 1981 and in Kinsale, Ireland, Nina, devoted to her son Joshua, lives a loveless existence,
but a chance encounter changes everything. Michael is back in her life, he leaves the
priesthood and happiness is within their grasp.

But when past and present collide, their whole world is turned upside down.

Only by facing the consequences of what has gone before, can Nina and Michael embrace
the future.

Janna Gray guides us masterfully through this poignant story of love, loss, betrayal and
hope.

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AUTHOR BIO
Janna Gray grew up in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and was educated at boarding schools in
Kodaikanal, South India and Derbyshire, England. She trained to be a teacher in London
where she met and married her husband Simon. His job took them to Singapore, Hong Kong
and Thailand where she raised two sons, worked at British and International schools and
wrote articles for newspapers and magazines.

Currently living in the UAE, Janna was the Senior Mistress (a title which caused much
merriment among her colleagues!) and Head of Pastoral Care at Repton School before
trading her marking pens and report cards for the world of writing novels. She enjoys
travelling and sailing and had a love-hate relationship with exercise until she discovered
the joy of Zumba where the trainers turn a blind eye to her inability to remember dance
sequences. She sings in the shower and with choirs, has an allergy to golf and recently
discovered the allure of oils and acrylics – a delightfully messy way to express her inner
artist.

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Author Interview: Kilingiri by Janna Gray+ Giveaway

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Book Title: Kilingiri
Author: Janna Gray
Release Date: May 21st 2013
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction, Romantic Saga, Saga
Publisher: GMTA Publishing, LLC
Presented by: As You Wish Tours
Add to Goodreads

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INTERVIEW WITH JANNA GRAY

If you had to describe yourself using three words, they would be?

I’d like to think people find me an approachable, loving and loyal person.

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?

I’d like Nina to meet Camilla from the Langani Trilogy by Barbara and Stephanie Keating. They are both expatriates with feisty characters and big hearts, they’ve made some pretty big errors of judgment but learned from their mistakes and they have warm, affectionate natures. I think they’d get on famously and would become good friends.

What are you doing when you’re not writing?

Until 2011 I squeezed my writing time between teaching and running the house. Now that I am a lady of leisure I have time to meet friends for lunch or attend functions – I still get a massive kick out of being sociable during school hours – and like all women I love to shop but not necessarily buy as I swear clothes’ sizing in Dubai is way off kilter! I go to the gym but not for pleasure. To me there is nothing worse that walking nowhere for miles on a treadmill, getting hot and sweaty but I want to be a fit and fab granny when my sons get round to having children. I love cooking (another reason to go to the gym) and reading, swimming without getting my hair wet and catching up with friends.

Can you share a favorite quote from KILINGIRI with readers?

I have several but this is my all-time favourite: ‘Nina my sweet, if a mother and father can love more than one child, why do you find it so difficult to accept that a child can not love more
than one mother and father?’

What inspired you to write this piece?

Kilingiri started with the thought … what must it be like for priests to fall in love and want the whole package – the love and companionship of a wife, passion, sex and family life and children. I then went on to consider the Catholic Church’s reasons for refusing to allow her clergy to experience the blessings which the majority of us want and need in our lives and question whether the church has the right to expect celibacy as nowhere in the bible is it stated that priests should not marry and have families of their own. It seemed like a good premise for a story so I went for it.

If you were deserted on an island and could only have one thing with you, what would it be and why?

Sunblock. Who wants to end up like a wrinkled raisin?

If you could have any superpower in the world what would it be?

Patience! I want everything to happen yesterday!

What time of day are you most creative?
 Mornings are good for me. I’m wiped by about 9.30pm and fall asleep in front of the tv!

20130628-152921.jpg
BLURB

1968, Srinagar, Kashmir and Nina is devastated by the death of her new-born baby girl.
Sister Angela and Father Michael at the mission hospital step in to nurse Nina back to health
but when the friendship between Nina and Father Michael turns to love, Michael makes a
decision which will resonate through the years.

It is 1981 and in Kinsale, Ireland, Nina, devoted to her son Joshua, lives a loveless existence,
but a chance encounter changes everything. Michael is back in her life, he leaves the
priesthood and happiness is within their grasp.

But when past and present collide, their whole world is turned upside down.

Only by facing the consequences of what has gone before, can Nina and Michael embrace
the future.

Janna Gray guides us masterfully through this poignant story of love, loss, betrayal and
hope.

20130628-153038.jpg
AUTHOR BIO
Janna Gray grew up in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and was educated at boarding schools in
Kodaikanal, South India and Derbyshire, England. She trained to be a teacher in London
where she met and married her husband Simon. His job took them to Singapore, Hong Kong
and Thailand where she raised two sons, worked at British and International schools and
wrote articles for newspapers and magazines.

Currently living in the UAE, Janna was the Senior Mistress (a title which caused much
merriment among her colleagues!) and Head of Pastoral Care at Repton School before
trading her marking pens and report cards for the world of writing novels. She enjoys
travelling and sailing and had a love-hate relationship with exercise until she discovered
the joy of Zumba where the trainers turn a blind eye to her inability to remember dance
sequences. She sings in the shower and with choirs, has an allergy to golf and recently
discovered the allure of oils and acrylics – a delightfully messy way to express her inner
artist.

Author Links: Facebook    Facebook email    Goodreads    Amazon US    Amazon UK    Website    Twitter   Blog
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Cover Reveal: Wicked Hunger

Book Title:Wicked Hunger

Series: SomeOne Wicked This Way Comes

Author: DelSheree Gladden

Release Date: July 9th

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Length: 95,000 words/240 pages

Publisher: GMTA Publishing LLC

Presented by: As You Wish Tours

SYNOPSIS

Vanessa and Zander Roth are good at lying. They have to be when they are hiding a deadly secret. Day after day, they struggle to rein in their uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering in order to live normal lives. Things only get worse when Ivy Guerra appears with her pink-striped hair and secrets. The vicious hunger Ivy inspires is frightening, not to mention suspicious.

Vanessa’s instincts are rarely wrong, so when they tell her that Ivy’s appearance is a sign of bad things to come, she listens. She becomes determined to expose Ivy’s secrets. Vanessa tries to warn her brother, but Zander is too enamored with Ivy to pay attention to her conspiracy theories.

One of them is right about Ivy … but if they lose control of their hunger, it won’t matter who is right and who is wrong. One little slip, and they’ll all be dead. !!!!!

BLURB

Vanessa and Zander Roth have spent their lives battling an uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering that will either gain them limitless power or lead them to their deaths.

 

AUTHOR BIO

DelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually teaching yoga, coaching gymnastics, reading, painting, sewing, or working as a Dental Hygienist. Her works include Escaping Fate, Twin Souls Saga, and The Destroyer Trilogy. DelSheree’s newest series, The SomeOne Wicked This Way Come series, follows Vanessa and Zander Roth, siblings with an uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering that will either gain them limitless power or lead them to their deaths.

Cover Reveal: Perfecting Patience

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Title: Perfecting Patience
Author: Tabatha Vargo
Release Date: July 22, 2013
Genre: New Adult / Contemporary Romance
Presented by: As You Wish Tours

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Sometimes happy endings are just the beginning of an even harder road.

Although her aunt and sister believe she should get help to deal with her past demons, Patience believes the only thing she needs is Zeke. When he comes back into her world, her life couldn’t be more perfect. Except old demons pick the worst time to surface, and once again their happiness is threatened. Help was never a necessity, but Patience finds out that love isn’t always all you need.

Zeke’s dealt with a lot in his life, but nothing could prepare him for watching the person he loves fall apart. Patience is different, she’s not the girl he came to love. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to get her back, but a budding music career and his own demons seem to keep getting in the way. How can you help someone else when you can barely help yourself? Once again Zeke is faced with deciding between his future and the future of Patience.

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Excerpt

Turning in his arms to face him, I took in his softly sleeping face. His mouth was slightly open and his long dark lashes relaxed against his high cheekbones. Running a finger down the side of his face earned me a deep husky moan. It was the sexiest thing I’d ever heard. His facial hair felt like warm velvet against my cheek as I leaned in and pressed a tiny kiss on the corner of his mouth.

I backed away, expecting to continue to watch him sleep, but he followed me up with his eyes still closed and started to kiss me. Again he moaned when I allowed him access and he slipped his tongue into my mouth. Flipping me onto my back, his naked body covered mine. The white sheet tangled around our bodies as he pressed himself to mine.

His hand worked its way up my side brushing against my breast and I released a tiny sound into his mouth. His hand continued its journey until he rested it against the side of my neck. Tattooed fingers dug into the hairs on the back of my neck as he invaded my mouth with Zeke sweetness.
Pulling away, he gazed down at me with sleepy eyes and a lazy grin.

“You woke us up.” His voice was rough with sleep.

I wrapped my arms around his neck, “Us?”

Looking down between our bodies, he looked back up at me with a smile as he pressed his hips into mine. Hard heat that pushed into my thigh and I lifted my hips for more. He smiled down at me and shifted the hair out of his eyes.

“Yes… us. I’m okay in the morning, but the prick downstairs will take a jab at you if you wake him up.

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AUTHOR BIO
Tabatha’s been writing since she could pick up a pencil. Her first publication was a little poem in her elementary school paper, from that point on she was hooked. When she was a teenager, she traded in her girly magazines for personalized writing notebooks.

At nineteen, she met her own personal prince charming and writing took a back burner for a while. She’s now married to that prince and the mother of a beautiful seven-year-old princess/rock star. Once her daughter was born, writing came back into her life, and she finished her very first novel, Wicked Fate, in May of 2009.

She’s now pursuing her English degree and she hopes to one day teach while continuing to write.

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Release Event: The Mirror

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Book Title: The Mirror
Author: Candace L. Bowser
Release Date: June 18, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Horror
Length: 280 Pages
Publisher: GMTA Publishing LLC
Presented by: As You Wish Tours

Blurb:
Adrianna Bristol stood before her grandmother’s antique mirror and stared at the black velvet cloth covering it. She just couldn’t believe her nana was gone. The mirror had hung in that exact same spot for the last twenty years, never once had it been moved from the alcove. Adrianna remembered the stern words of her grandmother when she was a child. Annabel Bristol had told her, “promise me Adrianna that you will never uncover the mirror. No matter what it may whisper to you, you must never remove the cover.” Adrianna laid her hand against the cool velvet which covered the glass. As she walked away the mirror whispered to her, “you belong to me now. You belong to me.” A four hundred year old curse has plagued the Bristol family since the 1600’s. A curse born out of a love so rich and a betrayal so deep, that time itself has no power to stop it. Only Adrianna has the courage to find the truth behind the curse and set her family free. But will the Mirror release its darkest secrets?

Excerpt

​It was cold, raining, and not an ordinary rain by any standard of the definition. The sky grew darker and more morose while the day progressed.
How bizzare the purple backdrop of the horizon is with those dominating and uncanny shades of green; nearly glowing like emerald swashes amongst the billowing black clouds like some warped artist’s canvas. I have never seen a sky so wicked in Bristol Bay.
​The winds increased allowing the day to give way to evening, and the sky’s appearance grew wicked. The moment my plane touched down upon the tarmac I felt a sense of relief. I was finally home and never so glad to see the tiny airport.
The driving force of this rain is making it difficult to see.
Rain was not uncommon in Bristol Bay. In fact, it seemed to rain here more than the sun was given the chance to shine. Growing up in a small town and never having lived anywhere else, I grew accustomed to the strange weather. We all did. It was even expected. A day without rain just didn’t seem right. This rain was different somehow, more dismal and bone-chilling that usual. My phone rang unexpectedly and somehow knew something was wrong. I could hear the tears in his voice before my brother whispered that she was gone. I could not understand how this happened.
​My nana lived a long and fruitful life and died at the age of ninety-five. I could not honestly recall her ever being sick a day in her life. She did whatever she wanted, whenever she wanted and no one would dare to argue with her.
How could she be gone? It was only three days ago I saw her last.
​ As always, she was the picture of perfect health. As I thought about the day I had lunch with her, it suddenly occurred to me how frantic she had behaved.
​“Adrianna, please don’t go to Paris,” she had pleaded. “I don’t want you to leave. You need to stay here, in Bristol Bay where you will be safe.”
​“Oh Nana, I will only be gone for few days at best. This restoration in Paris will not take nearly as long as the last. I only have to sign off on the last few design changes that need to be done and then I will be home. You will see. It will be like I never left,” I told her.
​The days leading up to my flight, Nana seemed uneasy. I could barely initiate a conversation with her before she would burst into tears. I found myself avoiding her for fear of making her cry. She kept to herself, rummaging through old boxes and photographs, rearranging the pictures on the mantle, and talking to herself. None of those things were unusual. Nana was known to stand in front of the mirror and speak to it as if she expected it to answer her. The day my bags were packed to leave I saw her at the bottom of the staircase whispering to the mirror and the old piece of black velvet covering it. Anyone else would have thought Annabel Bristol was senile. To me, she was just being herself.
​I told her I would only be gone for a few days and promised she would be the first one seen when my project was complete. I kissed her good-bye and left her standing in the bay window watching me with the curtains slightly parted. Even when turning the sharp corner at the end of the driveway, she was still standing there in the large bay window with the light cascading over her shoulders from the kerosene lamp. I wondered why she wanted me to remain so badly as I boarded my plane but my thoughts quickly turned to the restoration project and what needed to be completed. It never crossed my mind until my phone rang.
​Could she have somehow known that she was going to die?

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AUTHOR BIO
An avid writer, Candace works nearly every day on one of her manuscripts. Though she predominately composes works of horror, she also writes mystery, suspense, and adventure. During the 1990’s she was a featured columnist for PRS in Kansas City. In 2011, Candace was honored by being voted one of the Top 20 Most Prolific Authors by AKG mag.. Her books are an unusual blend of historical places and events, along with fictional and non-fictional characters, which she seamlessly weaves into the story .Originally from south-central Pennsylvania, she currently resides in Kansas City with her husband Todd.

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