Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Q&A with Gemma from the Protector Series by Tressa Messenger

Today I have the pleasure to feature a new release by ones of the authors from YA at Heart Book Tour, Tressa Messenger.

I want to congratulate Tressa on the release of 'Protect Us', the third novel in the Protector Series, and I hope that you enjoy my Q&A with one of Tressa's characters... Gemma!  (You know how much I love character interviews!) :)

Q&A with Gemma from the Protector Series

Hi Gemma! Tell us a little about yourself. How old are you? Where are you from?

Gemma: I am 17, almost 18. My family is from all over but I grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Tell us about your father’s job. Do you like what he does? Why or why not?

Gemma: My father's job is a secret but I guess I can tell you a little since it's just us girls. My father is called a Protector. He fits the... ummmm... bad guys. It's the coolest job ever; I am so joining the order when I turn 18.

Would you say that your live a normal teenage life? Do you go to school? What is your usual day like?

Gemma: *Laughs* Normal? What's that? The only thing normal about my life is that I go to a public school and pretend to be normal. My parents are very protective, with good reason, so after school I usually go straight home. My best friend Alice knows nothing about me and my family life, but that is the way it has to be.

Do you have any hobbies?

Gemma: I don't really have any real hobbies. Alice and I like to go to the beach and the mall, but when I'm home I train with my uncle Michael.

Tell us about your crush.

Gemma: OMG, I can't believe I'm about to say this. I am obsessed with this boy in my class named Ford Chase. He is so cute.

What are your thoughts on vampires?

Gemma: Vampires? You know about them? The race itself isn't bad. My grandfather was full-blooded vampire and ran the Brotherhood Order in this part of the country. There is good and bad in everyone. But Rogue vampires made the choice to live the way they do.

Answer fast!
Favorite food? Pizza
Favorite color? Purple
Perfect date? 
Any date with Ford Chase
Dream Job? Being a Protector

If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?

Gemma: That I have to hide who I really am from my friends.

Thanks for stopping by, Gemma. :) 

About 'Protect Us'

Anna-Marie and Alessandro work hard to provide a stable life for their only child, Gemma. The child that was bestowed to them by their goddess Ameretat for reasons still unknown. Like Alessandro’s mother did to him, Anna-Marie works diligently to protect her special daughter and lead her away from following in her father’s footsteps in becoming a Protector. Weeks before Gemma’s eighteenth birthday Gemma has a magical night with a boy, Ford Chase, who just may have been “the one”. They laughed and danced and kissed under the moon light, that is before he was forcefully taken from her by a Rogue. Gemma desperately chases after them, but to no avail. Heartbroken and angry Gemma vows right then and there, despite her parents pleading, she will join the Protector order on her eighteenth birthday and avenge Ford’s death. No one could have foreseen the events that would ensue there after and little by little the gifts that Ameretat blessed Gemma with become apparent and are far more than anyone could ever imagine.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Ordering Autographed Books

If you want a Daniele Lanzarotta autographed book for yourself or to give to someone, you can order them through www.danielelanzarotta.com or through the links below.  If you order on or before December 19th, there is a chance that you'll still get it before the holidays (books are being mailed within 24 hrs by priority mail).

Thanks in advance for your order and Happy Reading! :)

Books by Daniele Lanzarotta

Monday, December 10, 2012

Sins of the Fallen is here!

Hi everyone!

I'm excited to announce that Sins of the Fallen is already available on RSP Launch Pad (signed copies), Kindle and Nook

If you are new to the series, the first book (Wide Awake) is  only 99 cents on Kindle until Christmas!


I hope you join me this week to celebrate the Sins of the Fallen release.  On Tuesday, there is a launch party on Facebook with giveaways from me and other authors as well.  To join this event, please click this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/446857392042178/?fref=ts 

I hope to see you there!  Other blog stops will be posted on this event's page as well. 

I cannot wait to hear what you think about Sins of the Fallen, so please, stop by to tell me or leave a review.  I always read them! :) I hope that you enjoy Sins of the Fallen and it's characters.  Be prepared to fall in love with Hunter even more. ;)

Here is what reviewers are saying about Sins of the Fallen:

"There are a few twists to this book that will leave you with your mouth hanging open...  Loved the book a lot and I can’t wait for the last one because holy cow the end killed me!" 
- Starry Night Book Reviews

"There is a beautiful balance of drama and action. As always, there are twists and turns that you don't see coming and will keep the pages turning!" - Book Purses 

Happy Reading!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Announcements and Giveaways!

Hi everyone!

I have so many cool announcements to make that I decided to break them down into more than one blog post.  Today, I will focus on the ones with awesome giveaways!

The first announcement is something that I'm very excited about and that is the launch of YA at Heart Book Tour.  YA at Heart was formed by 5 YA authors, including Devyn Dawson, Natalie Star, Crystal Cattabriga, Tressa Messenger, and me.  We are planning a lot of cool events for 2013 and we are looking forward to meeting a lot of readers!

In the meantime, we have a giveaway with great prizes over at the YA at Heart Book Tour blog.  Please stop by and check it out.

The second giveaway is from my awesome editor, Michelle Johnson.  Michelle and two other authors launched a blog called, 'New Stories, Old Book', where I'll be guest blogging on December 14th.  They are currently giving away 3 Amazon gift cards for $20.  Click here for details. :)

The last giveaway is from my publisher, Rocket Science Productions, which includes one Wide Awake ebook and one Imprinted Souls ebook (among others).  To enter, please stop by the Rocket Science Productions blog.

This is it for now!  More coming soon, including information on audiobooks, purchasing signed copies for Christmas gifts, and a little something about the book that I'm currently working on, Insatiable - A Mermaid's Curse.

Happy Reading!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sins of the Fallen Sneak Preview

Hi everyone! 

Sins of the Fallen (Academy of the Fallen 3) will be available in less than a month and I already can't wait to work on the next book in the series.  Sins of the Fallen was an emotional roller-coaster and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.  Here is a sneak preview and information on how to pre-order your signed copy.  Enjoy! :) 



I wish I could go back to when life was simple; when I didn’t have to make choices that so many lives depended on.  In a way, I could.  I had the option of leaving and never looking back, but I knew in my heart that I would never be able to live with that choice.  I also knew I would never be free from the beings that haunt me.
I sat in the library of the Academy where I had arrived just days before.  I was supposed to be thinking things through before I gave Clarissa, the angel in charge of this Academy, my final decision; but my decision had already been made the moment I was given my options.
Things got much worse at the other Academy.  Daniels, my biological father, trapped Benjamin and another demon in there with the haunted and fallen angels, but we all knew that it was only a matter of time before Benjamin took over.  Benjamin is my half-brother, and unlike me, he is not the offspring of an angel, but of an incubus.  The other demon in there with him is Hannah, a succubus who I don’t even like to think about.
Clarissa told me that as much as they needed me, this was not something I had asked for, and besides, I had my free will.  I could go back to my life, with my human parents and sister.  Clarissa said if that was my decision, they would do everything in their power to keep me and my family safe.  The alternative was for me to stay and help them take the academy back from the hands of my insane father, after all, you have to be insane to love and want to help a demon.  If I chose to do that, I would have to stay away from my human family for a long time.  Revenge would be inevitable and it was just not safe for me to go back to them. 
If I stayed, Clarissa assured me that they would be watched over and they would be told that I was in boarding school.  That part, I didn’t like…. The thought of them giving my parents something unreal to believe in worked like a spell, and it really creeped me out to have someone mess with their minds like that.

I heard the footsteps coming toward me and I already knew who it was.  Hunter approached and sat on the floor, next to me.
“You haven’t changed your mind, have you?” he asked.
I shook my head.
“I didn’t think you would,” he said in a saddened tone.
“Hunter, I told you before, there are too many people involved for me to turn my back on them.  I need to help them.  I need to help Kim.  She is my sister and I’m not leaving her there.”
“Kayla, the others will find a way to help them without you risking your life.  You seem to forget that unlike them, you are mortal!”
I shook my head. “Hunter,  regardless to who is in charge over there, Daniels, or Benjamin, they will take down the wards for me to go in.  This will be faster.”
I could see how frustrated he was. 
“You have no training, Kayla!  We’ll probably just get trapped in there along with the others.”
I smiled at him.  “You know that I won’t be alone, right?”
“Of course you’re not.  I’ll be there with you, but it’s not like I’m trained to fight against them either.”
I sighed.
“What?” he asked.
“I don’t want you to go.” 
I knew if he went, the succubus who had attacked him before would go after him once again.
“You must have lost your mind.”
“Hunter, Hannah is going to target you if you go.”
“I can handle her.”
“Hunter, she already got to you. TWICE!”
“You are not going in there without me, Kayla.  I don’t care how many of the fallen go with you, I still don’t trust them; if you go, I go.”
I stood up and started to walk away.
“Where are you going?” he asked.
“I’m going to give Clarissa my answer… again.  And tell her we both need some kind of training before we go in.  I don’t want to go in there having to worry about a slutty succubus sucking the life out of you.”
Hunter smiled.  “She can’t suck the life out of me, Kayla.  I’m immortal, remember?”
I rolled my eyes at him.  “Yeah, that didn’t seem to stop her from sucking life out of you before.  The only difference is that your life is endless and it made her want you even more.”
Before he could say anything else, I turned around and walked away.
I rushed to Clarissa’s office with Hunter following me.  I knew he wanted to make sure he was going with me no matter what.
Clarissa was on the phone when we stopped at her office door.  She waved us in and rushed to be off the phone.
“Hello Kayla. Hunter. I suppose you are here about your decision,” she said.
I nodded.  “My decision hasn’t changed.”
She looked at Hunter who was shaking his head.
“What about you, Hunter?” she asked.
“What about me?” he asked.
“Is that your choice as well?”
“Kayla’s choice is my choice.  If she goes, I go.”
“Very well.  We can’t go unprepared, so you’ll have time to change your minds if you wish.  Hunter, Xavier will be training you as much as he can to protect yourself from demons and to fight back if you have to.”
“What about Kayla?” he asked.
Clarissa smiled.  “Kayla will receive training of her own.  We were able to locate another Nephilim who grew up in our world until he decided to leave.  He will teach her what he has learned over the years.”
Hunter gave me a concerned look. 
I shrugged.  “We both need training,” I said.  “It makes sense.”
“You’ll just learn the essentials to help us get in the academy, and keep yourself protected as we take control.  If you wish to continue with your training after everything is settled, you can,” said Clarissa.
We both nodded.  I knew I wanted to return home once things were safe, but for some reason I couldn’t bring that up.
“How are things at the other Academy?” I asked.  Last I had heard, Stephaine, one of the angels from this Academy that got stuck in the chaos created by Daniel, was still sending messages about what was happening there.  That was one of Stephaine’s abilities.
Clarissa looked saddened.  “No major changes, but it is only a matter of time before things get worse.  It seems that Daniels has spent a lot of time talking to Benjamin, but we don’t know what about.  The subbucus has just been wandering around.  The good news, if you can call it that, is that everyone else has been hiding in their dorms most of the time. It keeps them out of her way and out of danger.”
“What about Ashley?  Any news?”
“Ashley was sent to live with her grandmother.  Her and the child are protected.”  It still creeped me out that Benjamin had gotten to Ashley like he did.  She wasn’t the most loyal friend at school, but still, no one deserved that.
Talking about Ashley, the other Academy, and even the thought of what everyone who was trapped was going through made me uncomfortable.  I tried to change topics. “Will I be able to call my parents?” I asked.
“Of course,” Clarissa said.
“When does training start?”
“Hunter can start today.  I’m afraid you will have to wait until tomorrow, Kayla.”
I nodded and we both got up to leave her office.
“And Kayla,” said Clarissa.  I turned around to face her.  “Samael, the Nephilim who is coming to help you…” She paused. “Well, you might as well know that he has a challenging personality.”
“That meaning?” asked Hunter in a concerned tone.
“He doesn’t exactly want to do this and I’m sure it will show.”
Hunter looked even more concerned.  “So why is he doing this then?”
“Let’s just say that we helped correct certain mistakes of his in exchange for his help.”
Hunter looked from Clarissa to me.
I shrugged.  “As long as I learn what I need to, I don’t care.”
“Kayla, I don’t know about this,” said Hunter.
“Hunter,” said Clarissa, “You are welcome to watch Kayla’s training whenever you are not busy with yours, and I’ll make sure that is the case during her first training.  As much as I hate to admit it, I’m as concerned about Samael helping her as you are.”
“That doesn’t exactly make me feel any better,” said Hunter.
“I know, but at least in this academy, we are honest and if I think you need to know the truth about anything that concerns you, I’ll tell you.  Unfortunately, as much trouble as Samael is, he’s the only one with the knowledge Kayla requires.”

©2012 Daniele Lanzarotta. May not be reprinted or reproduced in any manner, written, electronic or otherwise without express permission of author.

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Pre-orders for signed copies can be done through the paypal link below or through my website (after Tuesday).  
If using the paypal link below to place an international order, please contact me with your email address.  A shipping fee of $11.99 will be added to international orders. 
Pre-orders for Sins of the Fallen will be mailed by December 11th. If ordering all 3 books in the series, the first two will be mailed within 48 hrs from your order.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

NaNoWriMo Tips

It's that time of the year again.  The time when authors enter National November Writing Month, challenging themselves to write a 50k word novel in 1 month! Is it possible?  Of course!  Are you going to go crazy doing so?  Likely.  Yet, it's a fun challenge and I have a few tips to help you out. 

  • Increase your food budget for the month
Most authors already know that they are not going to cook dinner.  No... It's just not going to happen. You need more time to write, so plan ahead because you and your family will be ordering take-out a lot!  

Now the serious tips... 
  • Setting Goals!
Most nano writers set their goal at 1,666 words a day.  That gives them 50k words for the month.  The problem with that is that you are not counting on those days when you just don't feel like writing.  There is also the fact that you'll likely be much more motivated... and less tired, during the first part of the month.  And you are less likely to run into writing obstables during the beginning of your story.  Set higher goals for the beginning.  Maybe 3k words a day?  You can do it! 
  • Write a general outline before you start.  
Just point out the main events in your story and while writing, don't be afraid to change your outline.
  • Character Development
Knowing your characters before you start writing the story is by far what will help you the most in finishing your first draft in 30 days.  Once you really know them, it all becomes a matter of how they react to the situations that you are putting them in.  
I usually get to know my characters by doing a character profile including personality traits, and I go as far as doing a Q&A with my characters.  Ask them questions about who they are, where they came from, what makes them mad, what are they afraid of, what attracts them in a person...
Give your characters flaws and don't be afraid to let them make stupid mistakes.  No character should be perfect all the time.  Flaws make them interesting and adds to their personality.
  • Write everyday!
Even if you just plan on writing for 5 minutes, write everyday!  There were so many times when I thought I was not in the mood and as soon as I got in front of the computer and started typing, things just came to me.
  • Don't be afraid to write out of order.
If you have a specific scene in mind, write it... even if you have to skip and few chapters and then go back and fill in.
  • NEVER stop to edit while writing your first draft.
I know how tough it's not to do this, but editing while writing your first draft is time consuming and a distraction that you cannot afford when writing a novel in 30 days.  If you think of changes that you want done while writing your first draft, just take notes on what those changes are and where they should go.  The ideal time to implement those changes is while working on your first round of revisions.

Happy Writing! 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Next Best Thing!

It's time for a blog hop!  This one includes a Q&A that reveals a couple of things about my upcoming book, Sins of the Fallen, which will be available on December 11, 2012.  After the Q&A you'll find the link for other authors blogs where you can read about their current release or upcoming book.  These are all authors who I personally selected for this blog hop.  :) 

Before answering the Q&A about Sins of the Fallen, I wanted to thank paranormal romance author Tish Thawer for inviting me to this blog hop.

What is the working title of your book?
Sins of the Fallen

Where did the idea come from for the book?
Sins of the Fallen is the third Academy of the Fallen novel.  The idea for the series was inspired by a character from Imprinted Souls who is a vampire/fallen angel hybrid.  I got more and more curious about the part of her that was fallen angel.  I also wanted to create a new world, something that was my own, and that is how the idea for the Academy got started.

What genre does your book fall under?
Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Here is my list with a few of the main characters:
Steven R. McQueen as Hunter Chambers
Ashley Benson as Kayla
Chris Zylka as Benjamin
Gerard Butler as Mr. Daniels

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
 They are not just fighting to protect humanity… they are fighting to be worthy of each other.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Sins of the Fallen will be published by Rocket Science Productions, who is also the publisher for the previous Academy of the Fallen novels, as well as the Imprinted Souls Series.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Somewhere between 4-5 months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I honestly have no idea.  Academy of the Fallen is very unique.  I’ve read a lot of books about fallen angels and nephilim, and I can’t say that I have read anything like it.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired by one of the Imprinted Souls' characters.  Anne is a hybrid, vampire – fallen angel, and after writing the part about how she became an angel and then a fallen angel, I wanted to explore more of that world.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Sins of the Fallen has very strong female characters.  Kayla has come a long way from the spoiled rich girl and has grown into this role that I believe a lot of readers will love.   Sins of the Fallen also has a new character that I cannot wait for you to meet!  You'll love him. :)


Below you'll find a list of the awesome authors I've tagged for next week! Please stop by their blogs next Wednesday, October 31st to read about their new releases or upcoming books.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Monster Fest, Halloween Sale, and more!

I know that Halloween is not technically a holiday, but I still consider it one.  Not just that... Halloween is my second favorite 'holiday'.  Needless to say, I was looking forward to October and this month is turning out to be even better than I expected!

The month started out with my first visit to Busch Garden's Howl-O-Scream.  It was all fine and fun while daylight was out.  I even made a few jokes by calling a werewolf Jacob.  Then it started to get dark outside and the clowns were out.  I'm good with werewolves, vampires, zombies, ghosts, but clowns... I don't think so.  Clowns aside, it was a great night.  I absolutely loved that they were playing The Lost Boys soundtrack.  I also had my first (well... first and second), vampire martinis at the Open Casket.  It was truly a fang-tastic evening. v--v

The following week I met not just one, but two YA authors, including Devyn Dawson, who wrote The Light Tamer (among other titles), and Natalie Star, author of The Keeper.  I had such a great time meeting them!  We talked about possible multi-author signings, so I hope to have more on that soon. :)

This Saturday, I had the pleasure to attend my first Monster Fest at the Chesapeake Central Library.  I met quite a few new readers who I got to introduce to the Imprinted Souls Series and Academy of the Fallen Novels.  Someone even made me an awesome tag inspired by the fact that my vamps don't sparkle!  (The necklace was a gift from hubby, and no, it's not real blood in there. lol)

I really wish there were more local events like Monster Fest and Blood at the Beach.  They were both so well organized and SO much fun!  I can't wait for next year's events.

Well, those events might be over, but there is a lot more to come!

On October 30th, I will be hosting a Facebook Halloween party from 12-1am EST.  There will be games, giveaways, and more!  You can join the Halloween Extravaganza here: https://www.facebook.com/events/302217463219681/  This event will take place from October 27th until November 1st, and several other authors will be hosting the event at different times.

There is also a sale on Imprinted Souls Novels which is good until the end of the month.  I hope you can take advantage of this sale, and please stop by and let me know what you think of the series. :)

The discount code for paperback is also valid for the Academy of the Fallen novels.

Now back to revising 'Sins of the Fallen'!  Counting down the days until December 11th! I can't wait to share it.  :)