Saturday, 9 August 2014

Blog Tour + Interview + Giveaway - A Slither of Hope by Lisa M. Basso

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Publication date: August 5, 2014

Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.

Author: Lisa M. Basso

Rayna struggles to piece her life back together, but hiding in plain sight from the police, the SS Crazy, and the Fallen isn’t a foolproof plan—something Kade, the World’s Worst Roommate, reminds her of everyday. The late nights of failing to teach Ray how to protect herself against the Fallen are getting to Kade, changing him in ways he doesn’t like, and after a family emergency sends Ray back into Cam’s arms, Kade decides he’s had enough. News of Rayna’s resurfacing brings both angels and the Fallen to San Francisco by the dozens, all eyes scouring the city for the girl with the gray wings. Rayna will need both Kade and Cam’s help to ensure her family’s safety, navigate the new dangers and enemies springing up all over the city, and manage the surprises that arise with her new set of wings.

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About the Author:

Lisa M. Basso was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She is a lover of books, video games, animals, and baking (not baking with animals though). As a child she would crawl into worlds of her own creation and get lost for hours. Her love for YA fiction started with a simple school reading assignment: S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders. When not reading or writing she can usually be found at home with The Best Boyfriend FiancĂ© that Ever Lived ™ and her two darling (and sometimes evil) cats, Kitties A and B.

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- First, I’d like to take the time to thank you for participating in the blog tour and hosting me today. 

When did you start writing? 

- I first started writing at around thirteen. I wrote off and on through High School. It was nearly ten years ago when I decided writing was it for me. Since then I’ve been dedicating almost all my free time to doing what I loved. 

What makes you want to write? 

- First, I love to write. Second, my characters. I love putting them through their paces, see what horrible things I can do to them, and letting go—seeing how they react. Following their journeys alongside them is something so amazing it never gets old, no matter how many stories I write. 

Do you ever get writer's block and what do you do to get over it? 

- I get hampered with writer’s block at least twice per project. A good way I’ve found to stomp that dreaded writer’s block into submission is to try something different. It can help to jump ahead in your story to a part you’re really excited about writing (maybe a kissing scene or a scene with a good amount of action), and then come back to the scene that has been giving you problems with new eyes. Go for a walk, clear you head and get your blood pumping. I do a lot of good thinking in the shower. Sometimes I take a recorder in with me and make myself talk out the issue and list a bunch of different options. Or take a real day off. When I was stuck on a scene for A Slither of Hope, I took time off and went to a concert. While the band was playing, I looked out at the crowd around me, enveloped in the music, and knew I found a solution to the scene I was having trouble with. 

Do you have a special way of going about writing? 

- I like to plot as much as I can before doing any actual writing. Ideally, I’d plot the whole book then get to writing, but this job isn’t always ideal. Usually, as long as I have the first third of the book plotted, I can start writing, then, once I have a better feel for the story and the characters I’ll go back and finish plotting.

As for writing, I do my best work in the morning. I have a part-time day job, so I write in the afternoons on the days I work and on the days I don’t, I try and write at least until one or two in the afternoon. When I’m in writing mode, I usually take a lot of naps. It helps the brain recharge.

Editing is a whole different animal, but I try to treat it the same as writing, knocking out as much as I can as early as possible. 

What are your hobbies? 

- I’m a huge geek, so when I’m not writing, I’m usually reading, catching up on some of my favorite TV series, movies, and, of course videogames (on the PS3 and PS4, naturally). 

How did you choose the character names for the Angel Sight series? 

- The names of the angels and Fallen were all researched from actual angel names. The main character, Rayna, who goes by Ray, was named because I wanted her to be a ray of light. 

Do you have any works in progress? 

- Currently, I’m working on edits for the third and final book in the Angel Sight series, and when I have a few spare minutes, I’m polishing a fun, dark contemporary fantasy which I’m hoping to use to hook an agent. 

Who is your favourite character in A Slither of Hope? 

- There are a few really surprising characters (and some interesting changes to a few of the returning characters) in A Slither of Hope. My favorite would have to be the new bad guy who lives to stir up trouble and has fun doing it. I won’t mention his name. All I can say is that his name begins with the letter L (and he’s awesome!). 

Where did you get the idea for the Angel Sight series? 

- The first time the idea to write about angels and Fallen angels came to me, I knew I wanted to make it as different as I could. I knew their wings would be different colors, and that their choices and personalities wouldn’t be just black and white, but shades of gray (no, not that kind of shades of gray). It was when the idea of adding a heroine that wasn’t quite crazy but also not
quite sane (depending on who you talked to) to the story that everything started coming together. After that it was months of hard and fast plotting and writing—then several more months of rewrites. 

What was your favourite part of writing A Slither of Hope? 

- Without giving too much away, I would have to say writing (and reading) the new point of view in the book. The new POV character is spontaneous and a bit of a riddle. I hope the readers enjoy reading this new POV as much as I did writing it. 

What are you currently reading? 

- I’m currently reading Killer Instinct by S.E. Green. I’m only a few chapters in so far, but I’m really liking it. It has a YA female POV Dexter kind of vibe. Love me some dark young adult lit! 

What is your favorite book? 

- This is a question I can’t answer. One cannot have a single favorite book—or at least I can’t. There are too many great books out there, so I’m pleading the fifth. 

Who is your favorite author? 

- There are so many great authors out there, and I don’t have one favorite. Maggie Stiefvater, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Jeri Smith-Ready, Keri Arthur, Tahereh Mafi, and John Green are some of my favorites, but picking just one would be impossible. 

What is your favourite film? 

- My favorite movie is a classic. Gone With The Wind. Scarlett O’Hara is the ultimate scrappy heroine who did whatever it took to keep moving forward. I love her for that. Plus the romance is swoonworthy. 

What is your favourite TV show? 

- For me favorite shows depend on what season it is. Game of Thrones is fantastic, so are Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead, and Vampire Diaries. As long as there’s drama, action, and a touch of romance, I’m in. 

Quick-fire questions: 

Chocolate or ice cream? - Ice cream!
Paperback or ebook? - Both are awesome, but there’s something about holding a physical book in your hands that can’t be beat.
Dogs or cats? - Cats. I have two, Kitties A and B, and even though they are a handful.
Go out or stay in? - Stay in. I’m definitely a home body.
Summer or winter? - Oooh. Tough one. Normally I’d carve my own path and say fall, but since this summer has been beyond awesome so far, I’ll say summer.

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