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

 

 

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Monsters University: Bring Your Scare Face

In 2001, the world was introduced to Mike, Sulley and a pig-tailed, little girl named Boo. I’m talking about the character’s from Disney Pixar’s Monster’s Inc. Audiences fell in love with big guy, Sulley and his sarcastic “Scare Partner” Mike Wazowski. We all laughed when Boo tried over and over to pronounce Wazowski’s last name and failed, adorably. We discovered that Monster’s Inc. was not the place we thought it was and Sully and Wazowski, along with Boo, were the heros to save the day.

But who are Sulley and Mike? What were they like before Monster’s Inc.? What made them the monsters we know and love? In Monsters University we get to see how Sulley and Mike met and how they came to be one of the best Scare Teams at Monster’s Inc.

 

http://www.examiner.com/review/monsters-university-bring-your-scare-face 

 

Monsters University (G, 92 minutes) centers on the one-eyed, little, green monster, Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal, Parental Guidance) as he begins his scare education at MU. He’s a smart, dedicated student who wants nothing more than to work at Monster’s Inc. and become the best scarer their world has ever seen. Then enters James P. “Sulley” Sullivan (John Goodman, The Hangover Part III), the smooth-talking monster that is known for his scare factor as well as his family’s name. As you might have guessed it, these two monsters are at odds from the start.

During one of their most important tests, Mike and Sulley are so consumed with out-scaring each other that they break a Scream Can, which holds a world-record breaking scream, that belongs to none other than the head of the Scare Program, Dean Hardscabble (Helen Mirren, RED). With not so much as batting an eyelash, the Dean kicks both monsters out of the program.

Devastated and unsure of where their educational life is headed, the monsters join forces, along with a few other not-so-scary monsters, and try to win the Scare Games. The games were created by Dean Hardscabble where different fraternities and sororities are pitied against each other to test their team work, knowledge and heart. If Mike and Sulley win, their entire team is allowed back into the Scare Program.

The members of the team have a hard time working together with Mike and Sulley battling for dominance. It becomes apparent that the monsters in the team are not what you would call “scary” at all. There is the multi-eyed and surprisingly stealthy, Squishy (Pete Sohn, Ratatouille), mature student Don (Joel Murray, God Bless America), two-headed Terry (Dave Foley, Vampires Suck) and Terri (Sean Hayes, The Three Stooges), and the sweet, but simple-minded Art (Charlie Day, Horrible Bosses).

After the first leg in the Scare Games, everyone, including them, knows they are going to have to dig deep if they even want a remote chance of winning.

This film is a great family film for the young and the parents who have a special place in their hearts for Monster’s Inc.

A Zombie Love Story? Meet the new “It Guy”, Nicholas Hoult.

Zombies. Love. Zombies in love? We’ve heard it all now. If you grew up watching horror movies, George A. Romero horror movies, then you know zombies just can’t fall in love. They are mindless, soulless creatures whose only desire is to eat the warm flesh on the living. They don’t feel, think, and they definitely don’t fall in love. Still, the zombie genre has come a long, humorous way and that’s why Warm Bodies has the potential to work. At least for this generation of movie goers.

Warm Bodies stars Nicholas Hoult, star of the upcoming Jack the Giant Slayer, as R, the zombie who falls in love with Julie, played by Teresa Palmer (I am Number Four), in a post apocalyptic world where zombies have nearly wiped out the human race. After an encounter with the lovely Julie, R starts to slowly regain his humanity. Young Julie sees the changes in R and tries to convince her father, chameleon John Malkovich, and friends, Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid, Love), and Dave Franco (21 Jump Street) of his transformation. Soon, R and his friends, which includes Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), are fighting along side the humans to save the world from far more frightening creatures, Bonies.

Actor Nicholas Hoult

Actor Nicholas Haul

http://www.examiner.com/article/a-zombie-love-story-meet-the-new-it-guy-nicholas-hoult-1?cid=db_articles

This is proving to be a good year for Hoult. He has come a long way from his About a Boy roots. Hoult, a British born actor, stared in the drama/comedy as a young boy who helps an emotionally immature man “grow up”. This film introduced Hoult as a talent to keep an eye on and for good reason. Since then Hoult has been in a couple of big budget movies including Clash of the Titans with Sam Worthington and X-Men: First Class starting James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. It was in X-Men: First Class that Hoult started dating his co-star (and now ex) Jennifer Lawrence who is having a great year of her own.

Hoult isn’t done yet. In 2014 he set to star with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road. In that same year the second installment of X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, is set to come out. In the film Hoult will reprise his role of the Beast. This will reunite Hoult with Fassbender, McAvoy, and even Jennifer Lawrence who plays Mystique, the shapeshifter. While that has all the ingredients of what could be a drama filled reunion, especially in Hollywood, Hoult and Lawrence have been able to keep things professional and civil. Hoult has been quite the gentlemen in fact by even wishing Lawrence well at the upcoming Oscars.

Warm Bodies hits theaters Friday, February 1, 2013.