Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Test of Time Blog Tour and Author Interview

Nicole Zoltack's book, The Test of Time is out! Check out the blurb and links and then find the book!

BLURB:
Katia jumps at the chance to go to England with her best friend after Rose ditches her deadbeat boyfriend. While walking through the market, she spies a large mansion and recognizes the guy out front as her high school friend Tony. Just as they start to reconnect, Katia passes through times and lands in the arms of Lord Landon, who looks like Tony but certainly doesn’t act like him.

Soon, Katia learns that this 1815 is different from the one in history books. Trapped in a parallel world, Katia struggles to not fall for Landon but his charm proves too much for her. Just when she is about to confess her love for him, Katia travels through time yet again.

The course of love never did run smooth and if Katia can’t figure out and master the test of time, she’ll never see or friends again, or worse, never be reunited with Landon.

Add it on Goodreads!

And now for the interview...


What is your favorite color?

Red. When I was little, I went through phases and liked all the different colors best at one point (except for brown and yellow) but I've settled on red. Ideal for a romance writer, right? ;)

When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing short stories when I was 5-6. I started my first novel during class in sixth grade. I didn't seriously start writing until after I quit my job when I was 8 months pregnant with Nicholas. I haven't looked back.

Is being a writer a curse or a gift?

Both! I get cranky if I haven't written yet. I just have so many stories I want to say and the characters' voices in my head don't shut up! But I love the magic of writing and creating words and it's something I both have to do and love to do.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you so much for the support, the emails, everything. I write for you. And to keep sane, but mostly for you. :)

What has been the best compliment?

I wrote a horror short story for an anthology (still waiting to hear if it will be accepted) and an early reader said it read like a Stephen King short. I was so shocked and pleased and every so often, I reread the email. Feedback like that, it's gold. Impossible to believe, but amazing all the same.

Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and  Read a Book!


BIO
Nicole Zoltack loves to write in many genres, especially romance, whether fantasy, paranormal, or regency. When she’s not writing about knights, superheroes, or zombies, she loves to spend time with her loving husband and three energetic young boys. She enjoys riding horses (pretending they’re unicorns, of course!) and going to the PA Renaissance Faire, dressed in garb. She’ll also read anything she can get her hands on. Her current favorite TV show is The Walking Dead. To learn more about Nicole and her writing, visit http://NicoleZoltack.blogspot.com.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Darkness by Elizabeth Arroyo

From Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Carly Lopez suffers from post-traumatic stress, though the “post” part technically doesn’t apply…not when the killer is still out there.

As the only survivor of the killing spree that left four dead girls in its wake, Carly fails to unearth her buried memories of that day and is consumed with guilt. After a year of silence, the killer is back, and Carly will stop at nothing to catch him.

With each new death, Carly’s reality shatters, propelling her deeper into the darkness where the dead haunt her—but where the truth lies. Her only firm grasp of reality is Hunter Jackson, whose mysterious overprotectiveness of Carly forces her to doubt the reason behind her guilt.

But Hunter has a secret.

And when Carly discovers a horrible truth, she questions her involvement in the murders. Was she directly responsible? Did she help the killer? Carly soon learns that finding answers may mean risking more than just her sanity.

My Take:

Holy. Cow. First, my reader (my brain not my device) has been faulty all year. There is a "stack" of books on my kindle waiting for me, but every time I tried to sit down and read I just couldn't. After revisiting some of my favorite novels, I decided to give the stack another try. This was at the top.

I wasn't sure what I expected, but I couldn't put this book down. I started it Tuesday afternoon and grudgingly put it away to sleep. It was the first thing I thought of in the morning, but I made myself play mom and go to the gym first. Then I rushed home to finish it before showering. Good thing no one was home. :)

Carly broke my heart. This is going to sound weird to anyone who is NOT a writer, but her problems with reality intruding into real life are so close to how out of control I feel with my own imagination. (Please don't lock me up!) Luckily my dreams don't involve dead girls and scary tall men hovering around to claim their prize.

Hunter is the perfect bad boy/good guy/hero hunk. I guessed his secret fairly early (I read a lot of suspense novels!) but it didn't harm my enjoyment of the read. There were plenty other things waiting to twist around and slap me in the face. And Hunter is dreamy!

Arroyo has grown as a writer. I've also read one of her first books The Second Sign. I enjoyed it, but there were times I felt confused by a change in tone/style that threw me out of the story. This book didn't have that problem. The flow was great, the book well edited and easy to get carried away in. It could be this was just more my style, but...Loved it!

I give Darkness by E. Arroyo a solid 4.5 and highly recommend it if you like mind games and on the edge of your seat concern for the characters. 


1-5 scale and what it means:
1: I couldn’t even finish it / just plain bad
2: I hope I didn’t pay for this / disappointing
3: I didn’t hate it, but it was still missing something / forgettable but inoffensive
3.5: On the line between good and ok / like, not love
4: Solid mind candy / worth reading
4.5: So very close to perfection! / must read
5: I could not put it down and I’m still thinking about it! / a true treasure

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Test of Time Cover Reveal!

It's a double post day! If you are looking for my IWSG post, click HERE.

Hi, everyone! This is Nicole Zoltack. I've written a bunch of romances, a lot in the speculative realm, and finally wrote a time travel romance: THE TEST OF TIME. And I adore the cover. It's beautiful. Wanna see it? Sure you do!


I could not be happier with it. What do you think of it?

BLURB:
Katia jumps at the chance to go to England with her best friend after Rose ditches her deadbeat boyfriend. While walking through the market, she spies a large mansion and recognizes the guy out front as her high school friend Tony. Just as they start to reconnect, Katia passes through times and lands in the arms of Lord Landon, who looks like Tony but certainly doesn’t act like him.

Soon, Katia learns that this 1815 is different from the one in history books. Trapped in a parallel world, Katia struggles to not fall for Landon but his charm proves too much for her. Just when she is about to confess her love for him, Katia travels through time yet again.

The course of love never did run smooth and if Katia can’t figure out and master the test of time, she’ll never see or friends again, or worse, never be reunited with Landon.

So I'm sure you're dying to know the release date and luckily it's not that far away! 
THE TEST OF TIME releases September 9th! 
Be sure to grab it on the 9th! :D

Add it on Goodreads!


BIO: Nicole Zoltack loves to write in many genres, especially romance, whether fantasy, paranormal, or regency. When she’s not writing about knights, superheroes, or zombies, she loves to spend time with her loving husband and three energetic young boys. She enjoys riding horses (pretending they’re unicorns, of course!) and going to the PA Renaissance Faire, dressed in garb. She’ll also read anything she can get her hands on. Her current favorite TV show is The Walking Dead. To learn more about Nicole and her writing, visit her blog.

September IWSG--Naked With a Spider and a Can of Hairspray

Okay, I might have a tiny insecurity when it comes to spiders. Many of my nightmares consist of me
"waking up"  trapped by webs while all the little spiders chant to bring on the monster spider to eat me. My poor hubby has been woken by my screams many times over the course of our marriage.

The other day I was in the shower when I noticed a giant spider exploring my bathroom. My first thought was, "Kill it!" My next thought was, "I'm not wearing shoes!"

Then the debate started. How long can I stay in here? Would it be better to let it disappear or try to find something to throw at it? I finally ventured out of the shower, ran to the cabinet and grabbed my hairspray. It's all I had! I'm spraying and shrieking as it tries to get away. For safety, I got back in the shower so I'd be separated by the glass door while I waited for it to stop moving.

Let me tell you, hairspray is NOT a good spider killer. It did slow down enough for me to get to my closet and shoes, blessed shoes!

What has this to do with writing?

There are so many times during the writing process that have me feeling exactly like I'm standing naked with a spider and only a can of hairspray to save me. Each of us has these vulnerable moments.  All we want is throw something and run, but we have to think things through. Try something. And if it doesn't work we have to try something else.

Maybe this is during plotting, drafting, revising, querying, whatever. It happens. The point is, we do something about.

Why?

Because we're writers.

I'm in one of those phases. Every time I pull out Talia's sequel I'm trapped between "I love these characters!" and "this plot is crap." Time to take a good hard look at what I've got, what I've been trying to do, what really needs to happen and then come up with a new plan. Because this isn't working. My hairspray tactic here is to work on other stories--which by the way are coming along nicely! But the rest of the Sendek Saga needs to be written and sent out into the world.

Someone want to toss me a shoe?

Happy writing this month!



Purpose of IWSG: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. I'm currently #92.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Time to write, but watch out for word crimes!

Last week I shared some of my kids favorite videos. It was a great way to be here AND be there. You know what I mean? I could still dabble in blogging during that crazy first week of school. That week is over. We are mostly settled into our new routine, and it's time for me to get back to writing.

I've read over my draft of Talia's sequel. I even sent it to a friend begging her to muddle through it and tell me:

  • what's interesting
  • what's boring
  • what unanswered questions from book 1 do you still have

If any of YOU have read The Magic Wakes, what unanswered questions do you have? Now is the time to tell me so I can answer them in the next story.

All of this is in the hopes I can revise like crazy while drafting book three and four in the series. Hopefully I won't commit any major word crimes during the process. :)

Just in case you've missed it...




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