Friday, March 20, 2015

*Tour Stop & Giveaway*
"Cursed by Fire" by Danielle Annett!

Cursed by Fire Tour

Cursed by Fire
(Blood & Magic, #1)

~Author: Danielle Annett

~Designer: Mae I Design

~Released: January 28th, 2015

~Length: 157 Pages

~Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

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It has been six years since the Awakening and peace in Spokane, Washington is still tenuous at best. The vampires and shifters are all vying for control of the city and the humans seem to be the ones suffering the consequences, or so it seems.

Aria Naveed has spent the last two years of her life fighting to make the many wrongs of the world right, but soon finds out that the humans aren’t as weak as they appear and may be a more terrifying foe than any of the other races combined.

When a stranger rolls into town with trouble on his heels, Aria finds herself trapped in the middle of a battle that could cost her more than she has bargained for as a fight for justice turns into an unexpected fight for her life.

Danielle Annett is a reader, writer, photographer, and the blogger behind Coffee and Characters. Born in the SF Bay area, she now resides in Spokane, WA, the primary location for her Blood & Magic series.

Addicted to coffee at an early age, she spends her restless nights putting pen to paper as she tries to get all of the stories out of her head before the dogs wake up the rest of the house and vye for her attention.

~ Connect with Danielle Online ~

By Danielle Anette

Was it difficult to go from being a blogger to an author and blogger? What's the biggest/most difficult change you've experienced?

What a great question and what a difficult one to effectively answer but I promise I'll try my best. It wasn't all that difficult to go from being a blogger to an author initially. I wrote my book and then did all the little things like editing, distribution ect, to get my book out there which was a lot harder then it sounds but in the grand scope of things, it was the easy part. 

Being a blogger first set me up for having an established following and an established relationship with a lot of readers and reviewers which should have made things easier. What made that difficult though is that I had to then go and ask my peers if they'd read my book and boy did that get awkward sometimes. My book isn't for everyone. I totally know that but can you imagine the feeling of asking a blogger friend to read and review and hoping that they wanted to and if they did, that they didn't think your book was crap because then I put them in the position of "breaking it to me". Its a bit nerve wracking, the stress behind it all. 

What I can appreciate though having been on the blogger side of things is where most bloggers are coming from with their feedback. I actually really enjoy critical reviews that provide constructive feedback. I take them as an opportunity to strengthen my writing so I'm not easily offended and those who have provided critical feedback that I know, I've actually thanked. 

The most difficult experience that I had not anticipated though is how down right mean some people can be. I was shocked. You see comments on social media all the time about authors being bullied or readers being mean in reviews. While I've never been bullied, I have experienced the mean side where some people go off about my book, jumping on another reviewers band wagon without ever having read my book which absolutely sucks. I've realized that negativity for some reason gains a lot more exposure than positivity. I have many more glowing reviews than bad ones but its the bad ones that have miles of comments and likes. I've learned that sites like Goodreads are not meant for authors, they are for readers and I now avoid them like the plague so I don't get sucked into the never ending comment streams. As a blogger, it's difficult to stay away. I have to go post my own reviews and hop offline before curiosity digs to deep to go look at my own. Its a big ole pain but honestly, it is so worth it. I love my book. I love where I know the series is going. If JK Rowling can get a 1star review then heck yes, so can I, and I take it all in stride.

       The light began to fade from his eyes as I crawled across the floor in an effort to reach my father. My nails were raw and bloody as I struggled to carry myself closer to him, digging into the rough wooden floors with each drag of my body.
“I’m coming,” I panted in between breaths. “Just hang on, Papa, I’m coming.”
I woke gasping for breath, drenched in a cold sweat, clutching the hilt of my dagger as if my life depended on it. I frantically looked around the room in search of our attacker while also taking stock of any injuries. I was perfectly whole. 
“It was just a nightmare,” I told myself, though that did little to ease the ache in my chest over the remembered pain. I miss you so much. 
       Rubbing my hands over my face, I pushed back the wet, loose tendrils of hair that had escaped my braid during my fitful rest and returned my dagger to its resting place beneath my pillow. Taking another deep breath I registered a hint of smoke. 
       My eyes roamed over the room, frantically looking for the source of fire. 
       “You have got to be kidding me!” 
       I untangled my body from the sheets, tripping and falling into a heap on the floor before I was able to crawl out of my covers and retrieve an old shirt. I frenziedly swatted at the bedroom curtains with the old t-shirt but the flames continued to rise. Deciding there was no other choice, I ripped the curtains from the window and rushed to the kitchen. 
       Throwing the curtains into the sink and turning the faucet on all the way, I watched as the flames were snuffed and steam began to rise. The curtains ruined.
       Turning the water off, I allowed my body to slide down the smooth wooden cabinets until my bottom met the cool tile floor. I folded my arms across my knees and rested my forehead against them. Closing my eyes I took several deep breaths, my heart still racing from the effects of the recurring nightmare. This was getting out of hand. I had thought the nightmares were fading, but something was bringing the memories back with a screaming vengeance and this was the third time this week they’d plagued me. I missed my parents but it’d been over six years now. They weren’t coming back and I needed to let it go. My subconscious needed to let it go and I needed to let Daniel’s death go. Not the case, no, I wouldn’t let that go. But his death was affecting me in ways I couldn’t allow to continue.
       I breathed deeply in an effort to calm my nerves. Small tremors racked my body, the nightmare had shaken me more that I’d like to admit. My skin was covered in a fine sheen of sweat. A physical reminder that I needed to relax before I accidentally caught something else on fire.

By Danielle Anette

How did you come up with the idea for this story?

I’m not entirely sure to tell you the truth. I think when I decided I wanted to write something this story just popped into my head because it was one I wanted to read myself. Overtime it took shape and changed drastically but the idea itself more of less popped in out of nowhere.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Finding the time to write is difficult. Between my day job, my blog, my home life and beautiful daughter, it all adds up. Time is something I definitely wish I had more of.

What are your current projects?

Currently I’m working on Book 2 in the Blood & Magic series, and a side PNR project that is just beginning to take shape.

How did you come up with the idea for this story?

I’m not entirely sure to tell you the truth. I think when I decided I wanted to write something this story just popped into my head because it was one I wanted to read myself. Overtime it took shape and changed drastically but the idea itself more of less popped in out of nowhere.

When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing passively about two years. I was just playing around with an idea and slowly it began to take shape. Only within the last year have I taken my writing seriously though and really buckled down to finish a book.

Where do you find your inspiration?

I find my inspiration at the Library. There is something entirely exciting about walking through a room filled with books and looking at all of their covers that just inspires you to write more.

Tell us something that people would be surprised you know how to do.

I crochet. I feel like it is a grandmotherly habit but I learned when I was young and recently finished a baby blanket for my niece.

What research did you do for Cursed by Fire?

I actually did a lot of research and I spent a lot of time at the library looking up anything I could find on paranormal events and creatures. One book I found extremely useful was The Natural History of the UnNatural World by Joel Levy. It detailed so much for me. There was a particular section regarding the Lycantrophy virus (Lyc-V) and how it reacts similar to the HIV virus and how it is transferred from one organism to another. It was really quit interesting.

~Tour, Giveaway and images organized and provided by the author.