Horror Author and Award Winning Book Blogger Toni Lesatz is taking over the Literary World!

When I was first beginning my Indie Author career, I knew that I needed someone to help me promote my book and myself. To be honest, I had no idea where to start. I mean, how did you promote yourself? Who did you turn to for such a task? I can’t remember where I’d read about, but someone, somewhere told met to utilize Book Bloggers.

I just started contacting bloggers, praying they’d be interested. It was amazing to me how many of them were willing to read a book from someone they’d never heard of! One of those amazing human beings was none other than UtopYA’s 2014 Best Blogger of the Year, Toni Lesatz.

Toni-profile

Toni Lesatz is a wife, mother, author, blogger, gamer and lover of the culinary arts. Her short stories, Ashes to Ashes and Dead World, are both being published in fall 2014. She is currently writing her debut dark fantasy novel, which she hopes to have in reader’s hands by spring 2015.

Toni’s book blog, My Book Addiction, won the UtopYA Blog of the Year award in 2014. She enjoys promoting authors, and has recently taken on the role of Editorial Director for the Book Hub side of Indie-Visible: Literary Justice For All. If she’s not curled up with a book and a cup of coffee, you’ll find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.

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Toni takes what she does seriously (for her serious face see above photo) and puts her heart into it. I can’t express how thankful that she is a true promoter of artists like me. Did I mention that Toni is also an author? Her first published works can be found in two upcoming anthologies.

Toni

Happy Little Horrors: Freak Show will be coming out October 4th and is published by MD 20/20 (Monique Happy and David Rueblin). Toni’s story is called Ashes to Ashes (Horror). The icing on the cake is that Toni plans to continue writing it into a full length novel very, very soon!

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After Tomorrow Anthology will be coming December 10th and is published by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing, edited by Author Samantha Ketteman. The cover reveal will be sometime in mid to late October. Toni’s story is called Dead World (Post-apoc). This will also be adapted into a full length novel!

Blogger Questions

What made you wake up and say, “I’m going to blog about books!”

– I’ve always been a blogger; I’ve just changed what I blog about throughout the years. I’m pretty certain this is my bloggy calling, though. J

What genre do you enjoy reviewing the most?

– Hmm, that’s a tough question. I’m not sure I have an answer for it. I love reading and reviewing all different genres, and I try to mix things up a lot so I don’t get burned out on one genre. One of my favorites is horror, so I’ll go with that for now.

Is there a genre you haven’t reviewed yet, but want to?

– Nope. Everything I enjoy reading, I’ve reviewed as well.

What hosting site do you use? Blogger, WordPress, other?

– My domain is my own, hosted through an actual hosting company. I have WordPress installed, which I use to publish my posts, but I don’t have a Blogger or WordPress blog.

Are their other Bloggers that you follow?

– Oh, for sure! I follow a lot of blogs on Bloglovin’. Book blogs are where I learn about books I haven’t heard about yet. There are so many books released into the literary wild every week, it’s impossible to keep up with all of them on your own.

How much time does it take you to get one blog post up? Tell us your process.

– It depends on the type of post. If it’s a book blast or another type of promo post, it takes me no more than 10 minutes. If it’s a review, it all depends on how long it takes me to get my feelings out. Some books are easier to review than others.

Do you listen to music while you’re blogging? If so, who do you listen to?

– Not usually. I sometimes have the TV on in the background, but just as when I am writing (books) I prefer silence.

When you’re not being an amazing Blogger, what do you for fun?

– I’m pretty boring on the fun front. I read, write, play with my kids, and play video games. My favorite video games generally involve killing zombies!

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your blog?

– Going to UtopYA! Not only was I on a blogging panel, but I also won Best Blog and Best Blogger of 2014!

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Who created your cute logo?

– Dooni Designs created my logo. My designer had to ask permission to use it in exchange for an ad for Dooni Designs on my sidebar. I love it because anyone can have items made with my little zombie girl on it!

When you first started your blog did you think it would become this big?

– I didn’t. I’ve had successful blogs before, but nothing close to this. I’m so grateful to all of book loving peers out there that have helped to make it a success.

When did you realize that your blog was a full-time job?

– It didn’t take long; maybe a few months.  

You’re also a writer; do you want to tell us what you’re working on?

– I’m working on about six different books. Some are still just ideas floating around in my head screaming to get out, and it’s getting difficult to keep them at bay. My current WIP is a YA dark fantasy novel about a teenage necromancer.

Will you be enlisting other Book Bloggers to help you market your book in the future?

For sure! I’m super grateful that I have such an awesome community of book blogging and authors friends that are willing to support each other.

I’m also the editorial director on the Book Hub side of an Indie author site called Indie-Visible: Literary Justice For All. We’re hoping to launch it on November 1st. I’ve assembled an awesome team of the most badass book bloggers to help promote Indie authors. There will also be a PubHub side, which will offer services from editing and formatting to premium book covers and educational services to help raise the standards and visibility of Indie authors.

Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

– I fangirl over tons of authors. I spent a great deal of time fangirling at UtopYA.

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Hands down, what is your favorite book of all time and why?

– There’s no way I could ever pick one book. I do make lists of my favorites every year, though. In fact this year I started a Pinterest board of my 2014 favorites.

What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone?

– I would LOVE to see Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon turned into a movie.

What about a book turns you away?

– Awkward pacing, poor grammar, characters that I can’t relate to, and situations that are completely unbelievable.

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it? How does this work if you’ve promised a review on your blog?

– First, I don’t guarantee reviews. That fact is stated in my review policy. If I can’t finish a book, I generally won’t write a review – unless I feel like it’s really important for other readers to know why I couldn’t finish it.

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

– I’m a bonafide book whore 😉

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

– I prefer to read ebooks. I don’t like anyone (including myself) touching my paperbacks.

 

Random Questions

Favorite movie?

– Shaun of the Dead

Favorite TV show?

– A lot! The Walking Dead, Supernatural, and Hemlock Grove to name a few.

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

– Shrimp and pasta

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

– Crème Brulee

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

– Ben Lee, Coldplay, Incubus, Dashboard Confessional, Paul Oakenfold, Matthew West

What’s your hidden talent?

– Procrastinating

What is your dream vacation?

– I would love to hop in a decked-out RV with my husband and travel everywhere the road leads us.

Toni UtopYA

 

Contact Information:

Blog: My Book Addiction http://mybookaddiction.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tonibookaddict

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Toni_BookAddict

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/13706669-toni-my-book-addiction

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mybookaddiction/

 

 

 

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Adult Paranormal Romance Author, K.J. Coakley and her Otherworldly Enmortals Series

I first met K.J. Coakley at the TNVAE in Knoxville this past summer. If you were unable to attend that event then you truly missed out on a lot fun! I was walking around, trying to meet all of my fellow authors before the doors opened and the first thing I noticed was the cover for Kairos. It is absolutely beautiful!

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I had to know more about this book and the author who wrote it! That is why I am so glad that K.J. decided to join me on my blog today.

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Author K. J. Coakley lives a life where she plays many roles…as most women do when they are a wife, mother, and caretaker of two rowdy dogs. But when she’s not working her nine to five gig, or spending time with her family, she can be found glued to her laptop where she loves to create worlds with sexy alpha males and brazen heroines. She is also an avid fan of heavy metal and rock music, and regularly attends music festivals.

Coakley received an Associate degree in Business Administration from Walters State Community College, and a Bachelor of Business Management degree from East Tennessee State University. Her debut novel Kairos is the inaugural installment of a new paranormal romance series.

Author Questions

When did you realize you wanted to be an author?

I have been writing since I was a small child. My mother has so many poems and short stories stock piled in her attic that I’m sure it’s a fire hazard. So, if I had to put a number on it, I would say that I decided to seriously write when I was 25. I was a sophomore in college at the time and taking a creative writing course that sparked my old imagination to life again. That was when I began writing the Enmortals Series.

 In what genre do you write?

Adult Paranormal Romance

 Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to?

I’m tinkering with a Contemporary Romance novel, but haven’t finished it yet.

 What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?

I am what most refer to as a “quilter”. I write my stories in sections and then piece them together when I’m about 70% into it. I never outline. I never write on paper. But, I use WriteWay to section out my books into Chapters, Acts, and Scenes. This keeps me organized.

 Who are you writing inspirations, famous or not?

I love Sherrilyn Kenyon, Karen Marie Moning, and Diana Gabaldon.

 How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)?

I have to research heavily for my books. There is Norse mythology in my books, Finnish translations, Gaelic translations, and overall Scottish historical data research. Not to mention, I had to study the Templar Knights and Joan of Arc extensively. I also watch Ancient Aliens for ideas on how to intertwine myth and reality into my series.

Back cover of Kairos

Back cover of Kairos

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?

I usually need silence to write, but if I’m writing a steamy scene…Nine In Nails and Deftones are my go to bands. I also listen to different types of heavy metal for fight scenes and overall mood setting.

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?

I love to travel and go to music concerts. My husband and I are heavy metal junkies and you can find us traveling throughout the summer to music festivals. As a family, we like to take our boys to amusement parks and we go to the beach several times a year since my parents live in Florida.

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career?

Signings and conventions. I love meeting my fans and it never gets old listening to them talk about my characters.

Who created your amazing cover art?

Kari Ayasha from Cover to Cover Design is re-doing the cover for Kairos. We’ll be re-launching that in mid September. She is also designing the cover for Metanoia.

Is there an artist, book blogger, editor or anyone else that you want to give a shout out to?

Jenny Sims from Editing For Indies

The ladies form Smexy Fab Four: For managing my street team and just being wonderful women to work with.

Iris: For being an amazing VA.

And mad props to my fantabulous street team ladies at Coakley’s Angels. Sarah, Vanessa, Reagan, Melissa, and Bambi…you ladies are awesome.

Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel.

I just finished Metanoia, An Enmortals Series Novel (Book 2). It’s the second installment to The Enmortals Series and picks up exactly where Kairos ended. In this book all of your questions from Kairos will be answered and new questions will arise.

Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Hands down, what is your favorite book of all time and why?

I can’t name just one so I’ll name series instead.

Fae Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

Dark Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone?

Outlander was just made into a series, so I’m pretty good right now on that subject.

As a reader, what about a book turns you away?

Bad editing

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it?

I always finish them unless the editing is so bad that I feel like launching my kindle across the room. That’s happened a couple of times…but it’s rare.

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

I read anything with a romance undertone.

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

Ebooks

Random Questions

Favorite movie?

Lord Of The Rings

Favorite TV show?

Outlander

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Chicken Fried Rice

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

Alpine chocolates

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

Avenged Sevenfold, Apocalyptica, Metallica, Seether, Chevelle, Tool, A Perfect Circle, The Black Keys…the list goes on and on. When it comes to music I have a great love affair with anything rock and heavy metal. But, if I had to pick one band…TOOL.

What’s your hidden talent?

I’m wicked with a compound bow.

What is your dream vacation?

Scotland and Ireland

Contact Information:

Author Name: K. J. Coakley

Blog: www.kjcoakley.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorkjcoakley

Twitter: www.twitter.com/@authorkjcoakley

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/authorkjcoakley

Book Links:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kairos-an-enmortals-series-novel-k-j-coakley/1119726422?ean=2940149689101

http://www.amazon.com/Kairos-An-Enmortals-Series-Novel/dp/1496039874

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kairos-enmortals-series-novel/id889338542?mt=11

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/447750

 

 

Author Janae Mitchell brings Southern Charm to the YA Paranormal World

I found my best friend at the Tennessee Valley Author Event in Knoxville. From the moment I walked over to her wonderfully decorated table I knew this tall, beautiful girl, with a purple streak in her hair, was going to be my BFF for the rest of the day. You know what, she was. We had breakfast together and traded books at the end of the event.

Janae and I at the TNVAE in Knoxville, TN.

Janae and I at the TNVAE in Knoxville, TN.

The friendship soon spilled over into Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. It didn’t take me long to figure out I was a good judge of character and I had chosen my best friend wisely. For example, she’s a huge Harry Potter fan, she was obviously a fan of purple (hence the highlight in her hair) and loved YA Paranormal. To me, that solidified the friendship and I knew that I wanted Janae Mitchell on my blog. 

 

Janae Mitchell

Janae Mitchell

Janae has been a writer since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Her genre of choice was poetry and short stories—until now. After falling in love with so many books over the past decade, she decided that she wanted to write a novel of her own and bring life to the characters that haunt her mind. It wasn’t until 2012 that she pursued that passion and started on her first YA novel. 115,000 words later, For Always was born.

Having grown up in an historical Dandridge home that was used as slave quarters during the Civil War, she experienced several things that couldn’t be explained. Due to these events, she sought out and joined an investigative team called Eyewitness Paranormal. Her interest in ghosts and the unexplained, combined with her love for telling a story, made writing the For Always series inevitable.

Janae was born and raised in East Tennessee, where she currently resides with her husband, two children, and their hairless dog, Slick. In her spare time, she likes to read, play tennis, and spend time with her family on the lake.

For Always

For Always

Author Questions

When did you realize you wanted to be an author?
Well, I used to write short stories as a kid just for fun. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I actually took that desire to tell a story and ran with it, which led me to my first book series, For Always.

In what genre do you write?
Young Adult, mainly of the paranormal variety. I’ve got a bit of a fascination with ghosts.

Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to?
I’ve been asked to write fantasy, which might be cool.

What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?
Since I don’t even like writing a grocery list out, I only freehand important notes that I don’t want to forget. I don’t outline, either, but keep telling myself that I need to. I tend to play out scenes in my head while doing random things and then sit down and write them out later… while listening to SiriusXM; I can’t write in silence.

Who are you writing inspirations, famous or not?
Hmm… that’s a tough one. I tend to pull stories and characters from thin air. Sometimes I’ll let my characters have certain characteristics of those around me, even myself on occasion, or I’ll incorporate some random memory into the story. But for the most part, music is my inspiration. Certain songs set the mood and help build the characters and storyline in my head.

For Now

For Now

How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)?
The For Always series involves a character (Beau Brogan) who lived in the late 1800’s early 1900’s, as well as some Latin, all of which I know nothing about. So, for that story, I had to do a bit of research to make sure I was getting it right and not letting Beau eat popcorn before it was invented or saying phrases that weren’t relevant to his time.

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?
Most definitely. As I mentioned before, music is a big inspiration and I’m listening to it right at this very moment, actually—my all-time fav, Prince. When I’m forming stories in my head, I usually listen to my iPod. Crossfade is a band that’s usually on my most-played list. Certain songs inspire certain scenes and I’ll focus on those when I need to. I’ve even mentioned a few those songs in my books that they helped to inspire.

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?
When it’s not too hot and humid in this southern heat, I love to play tennis. And when it is too hot and humid for that, we’re on the lake. I also love to read, of course, which is my winter sport.

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career?
Oh, my… there seems to be so many. I’m trying to think of when I actually busted out in my happy dance. I guess when I signed my first publishing contract, which is always a big deal. I also get extremely excited when people like my books; the fact that there are people who call themselves my fans and say they fangirl over me is amazing. (But I can’t bring myself to call them that… to me, they’ll always be my readers.)

Who created your amazing cover art?
Eden Crane Designs

Is there an artist, book blogger, editor or anyone else that you want to give a shout out to?
There are SO many bloggers I could mention that I hate mentioning just one. Bloggers and reviewers are the ones who put our books out there in the public eye, and usually without getting anything in return. I love bloggers!

Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel.
The final installment in the For Always series, “For Eternity”, is my next book that’s coming out, but I don’t have a release date yet. Until then, I’m working on a bit of a spin-off novel from that series, which will incorporate a character that isn’t mentioned until the epilogue of the last book… and that’s all I can say about that. *insert evil grin here*

For Eternity

For Eternity

Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?
Oh, mylanta… just letting all the possibilities dance through my mind made me shiver. I’d have to say, without a doubt, that I’d completely geek out over J.K. Rowling. I might even drool just a bit. It would be embarrassing.

Hands down, what is your favorite book of all time and why?
Harry Potter—all of them. The way the story unfolds from beginning to end is absolutely genius, in my opinion. I’m so glad to be a part of the HP generation.

What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone?
Books are always better, however, I really enjoy watching film adaptations of them… unless they royally screw them up and they’re nothing like the book—then I just get pissy. I’d love to see Jennifer Armentrout’s Lux series be made into a movie, which if I’m not mistaken, is in the works.

As a reader, what about a book turns you away?
If the book doesn’t play out like a movie in my mind or just doesn’t make sense, I can’t do it. I also don’t like over-writing, which sometimes inhibits the flow instead of adding to it. Being a southerner, I also don’t like bad southern dialect from authors who obviously aren’t southern.

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it?
I’m not a trooper lol. I’d have to be bored to the point of doing something stupid and dangerous to finish a book I didn’t like—reading a bad book is better than going to jail.

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?
I’m partial to YA paranormal, but tend to like all paranormal, as well as contemporary.

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?
Both. If the e-book is awesome, I want the hardback.

Random Questions

Favorite movie?
Of course I love the Twilight and Harry Potter movies, but if we don’t count those, I’d have to say it’s a tie between Labrinth and The Goonies.

Favorite TV show?
Ghost Hunters & Ghost Adventures

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A Blondie from Applebees

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?
I’m not big on candy. (For dessert, see above answer.)

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.
Crossfade, SafetySuit, Hinder, and Prince.

What’s your hidden talent?
If I expose it, it will no longer be hidden.

What is your dream vacation?
Spending a week with fellow author/adventurer Josh Gates (with my family in tow, of course) exploring some of his favorite locations.

Contact Information:

Author Name: Janae Mitchell

Blog: www.JanaeisWriting.blogspot.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JanaeMitchellAuthor

Twitter: www.twitter.com/Janaeiswriting

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/JanaeMitchell

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/Janaeiswriting

Book Links: http://www.amazon.com/Janae-Mitchell/e/B00GSG0XES/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1