Thursday, July 21, 2011

Interview with Karsten Knight




I got the chance to interview Karsten Knight, author of Wildefire. It was tough to come up with some questions for him but he was able to tackle them with ease and provide me with some amazingly real answers. Here's a little bit about Karsten:

Karsten Knight has been writing since the age of six, when he completed his first masterpiece: a picture book series about an adventurous worm. In the two decades that have followed, Karsten worked as a proofreader, a bookseller, and a college admissions counselor before finally deciding that his true calling was as a volcano goddess biographer. He resides in Boston, where he lives for fall weather and football, and is on a far-too-successful quest to visit every restaurant in the city.
                            
bio info taken from Karsten's website: http://www.karstenknight.com/p/about-karsten.html 

Here are the questions that Karsten answered for me!

1. Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that story/idea?
Well, after I divorced my Polynesian volcano goddess ex-wife…Oh wait, I’ve used that joke before. It came from two things. After scrapping a few drafts of a first chapter, this one line popped into my brain: “Ashline Wilde was a human mood ring.” Out of that, this character—this voice—quickly evolved of this spitfire teenager who was both impulsive but also firmly loyal. While I continued to try first chapters, an old friend of mine introduced me to Pele, the Polynesian volcano goddess, and I knew I had a perfect match for the story that was evolving.

2. What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write(do you have a favourite spot or time to write)? Do you set a daily writing goal?

Whenever I try to explain my typical work day to friends who have 9-to-5 jobs, I usually get blank stares. Basically, I finally accepted that I don’t do my best writing until the afternoon, so now I go to the gym every morning for a few hours to get my blood pumping and my brain synapses firing. I try to write 1,000 to 2,000 words a day between the hours of 1pm and 1am when I fall asleep, but there’s a lot of social media mixed in there—facebook, twitter, blogging.

As for where I write—I have a beautiful, 18-square foot desk with a beautiful view of my street…yet I find myself restless and constantly change positions in the house. I take my laptop everywhere: the couch, the porch, the kitchen table, and sometimes even sprawled out in my bed when I’m feeling really lazy.

3. What’s the best thing about being an author?

I get to make things up for a living. I don’t know how to summarize it any better than that.

4. What advice would you give aspiring writers?

I always struggle with this question, because I feel like people always say the same things. “Be a lifelong reader.” “Never give up.” “Write every day.” “Learn to cope with rejection and persevere.” Blah blah blah. But I think the best advice is to always make sure the stakes in your story are constantly increasing. Think of a story like a boiling pot. You need that spark in the first chapter for the fire to catch, but after that, you want to keep slowly turning the knob, cranking up the heat. By the end of your novel, the story should be boiling over the sides.

5. What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? And how would you answer that question?

“High heels or flats?” Depends on my mood and how tall I feel like being.



There you have it guys! A little look into the mind of Karsten Knight! Be sure to check out his book WILDEFIRE which is officially released on July 26, 2011. And be sure to check out my review for WILDEFIRE here on my blog! http://msilvabooks.blogspot.com/2011/06/wildefire-review.html
 
 
 
Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summer Surprise Giveaway Winners!








Thanks to everyone who entered the Swag giveaway, you guys committed to the contest like real champs lol and after a whole month you can now change your pictures and 3 of you will be a swag bag richer for it!

Thanks to Kailin for donating all these amazing prizes and remember even if you didn't win today, check out Kailin's books today! Get your copies at amazon.com and read some amazing stories. :)

Once again here are the prizes available:

***PULSE BAG***


Includes: Signed PULSE book 1, T-Shirt, and Bookmark


***DESIRE BAG***

Includes: Signed DESIRE book 1, T-Shirt, and Bookmark


***BEAUTIFUL BEINGS BAG***

Includes: Signed BEAUTIFUL BEINGS book 1, T-Shirt, and Bookmark

Random.org was used to select our winners. Here are the prizes and the winners of each prize!


PULSE (PULSE, Book #1)




PULSE SWAG BAG

The winner of the Pulse bag is: MISTY NICHOLSON-PRICE



Desire (Desire #1)



DESIRE SWAG BAG


The Winner of the Desire Bag is: KATRINA WHITTAKER


Beautiful Beings (Beautiful Beings Series)



BEAUTIFUL BEINGS BAG


The Winner of the Beautiful Beings Bag is: ALICE PRIDAY
 
Congrats to all our winners! All winners please email me your mailing address so that I can send them to Kailin for your prizes. msilvabooks@live.com
 
Again, thanks to everyone who entered and stay tuned to The Bookshelf for more contests!
 
Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Friday, July 15, 2011

Spellbound Review



Spellbound by S.L. Ross

Book one in the Immortal Island Series.

May Contain ::SPOILERS::

 Spellbound follows the story of Sarah Daniels. When Sarah is asked to house sit by her parents she gets upset. The old house creeps her out. It's located on an Island outside of the city and growing up there strange things always happened in the house. As Sarah makes her journey to the home she comes in contact with some strangers that don't seem too strange to her. She experiences visions and when one of them reveals one of the strangers, Sarah doesn't know what to think.

When contact with this stranger; whose name is Chase, causes Sarah to get another vision, one of the past, Sarah is in awe. Chase's touch is shocking and sends tingles all the way through her body. Who is this man?

As the attraction between Sarah and Chase increases, she discovers the truth of who he really is. Chase is a vampire. When Sarah realizes that the Island she once called home is actually full of Immortals she's thrown into a world she can barely understand. When Sarah also realizes that she's actually an old soul, born multiple times over the centuries she questions the love Chase has for her. Is he in love with her or what she once was?

With Sarah having so much knowledge of the Other world she's now in a dangerous position. When others start coming after her, she must protect herself and the ones she cares for, but she's not being attacked just for her knowing too much...Sarah isn't who she thinks she is.

What do they want with Sarah? Will history repeat itself? Spellbound is a fast read that leaves you hanging at the end.

Spellbound was a great story. The Concept was great and the characters are detailed, the only problem I had with the story was the writing style. I have a hard time reading stories that are completely proper. I like when a story flows wells and is written in the way people speak. When words like do not and cannot are used instead of don't and can't it cuts the flow of the story for me and makes me pause in the line of thought. I understand that Chase is suppose to speak like that but with Sarah being from the modern world i think it would have fit better if mordern speech was used. 

The end was very sudden, crazy cliffhanger leaving a lot of questions and anticipation (just the way i like a story), it makes you wonder what is going to happen to Sarah and Chase in the end. Will it all work out? Will Sarah remember who she once was?

If you like a fast paced book, with love, action and heartache and a quick read Spellbound is the book for you.

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Betrayed Review


May Contain ::SPOILERS::



Betrayed by Ednah Walters.

Betrayed is book 2 in the Guardian Legacy Series.

Betrayed is a great continuation to Lil and Bran's story. Just when you thought things couldn't get more dangerous and more complicated, Lil finds her way into trouble once again.

Lil is adjusting to her new life as a guardian. As a powerful Psi and the only one able to control the most powerful weapon known to nephilim (the Kris Dagger) Lil is a force to be reckoned with. As she goes through training to increase her abilities and to learn to wield the dagger with minimal pain and effort she
discovers some new challenges in the process.

Just as Lil feels like her life is becoming as normal as it could possibly be she begins to get phone calls from her father Valafar. He warns her of someone betraying her and that she cannot trust the ones closest to her. He also tells Lil that Bran is keeping things from her, and when Lil tries to cut ties with Valafar, he uses any means necessary to get in contact with her even if that means putting one of her friends at risk.

As Lil tries to figure out why Bran is being strange and pushing her away, Lil comes to realize that Valafar may be right. Should she trust her father? When Lil finds out the truth behind why Bran is avoiding her, she does whatever she can to help him even if it means going to her father for help. Lil must overcome her fears, and question the motives of everyone around her in order to find the person that has betrayed her.

Can she truely be the chosen one and bring conflicting sides together once and for all or must she choose a side herself; even if it's the side of evil, in order to save the ones she loves.

Betrayed was fast and action filled. As you fly through the pages all you can do is guess the outcome of events and be surprised at the twists that unfold. A great read, Ednah Walters does it again bringing a world of guardians to life.

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf