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Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand,
he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly.
They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift.
Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it.
And now for a short introduction of the marvelous mind behind the story of Luke and Sera….
Me: Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
J. Meyers: I don't have a favorite--I can't choose a favorite! I love them all. But I will tell you why I love Luke. I love the strong bond he and Sera share. I love that he's quick to joke and laugh, that he's strong and caring. I love that he's intelligent, loves to banter and makes fun of himself. He'd be a lot of fun to hang out with.
Provided by Author / Goodreads
Provided by Author / Goodreads
I am so extremely happy with my haul this week. I am so thankful to the authors who provided these two great books to me and for all my awesome followers who are helping my blog grow. I can’t wait to see what everyone else got! If you have any comments for me, please don’t hesitate to leave them below. (As soon as I make it to 150 followers I am going to host my first giveaway!!) See you guys later :)
Iconnected mostly with Hortense who had a real vision and sense of compassion for the world around her. I felt like she really did care about the characters that she made contact with and had such a genuine spirit when it came to her loved ones. Eliza was a bit naïve and was harder to connect with, but I loved to be able to see how much her character and courage had grown by the end of the book. Madeline had an interesting background, being a mulatto girl in 1799, but her story became more and more depressing. I felt so sorry for the conditions that she had been placed under for most of her life. And last but not least there is, Caroline. She is someone that all of us can connect to because at times we can all be a little deceptive. She had her eyes on the prize and went after the man she loved and wanted to spend her life with, while letting no one or nothing intervene.
However, I wish Susanne would have allowed Caroline to be a narrator in the story as well. I hated having to solely read about her through Hortense, Eliza, and Madeline. Her character was creatively crafted and she probably had the most dramatic and interesting thoughts out of all the girls :(
Fellow cast member, Stephen Langford, has other plans for Miranda. When he steps out of the backstage shadows and asks if she'd like to meet Shakespeare, Miranda thinks he's a total nutcase. But before she can object, Stephen whisks her back to 16th century England—the world Stephen's really from. He wants Miranda use her acting talents and modern-day charms on the young Will Shakespeare. Without her help, Stephen claims, the world will lost its greatest playwright.
Miranda isn't convinced she's the girl for the job. Why would Shakespeare care about her? And just who is this infuriating time traveler, Stephen Langford? Reluctantly, she agrees to help, knowing that it's her only chance of getting back to the present and her "real" life. What Miranda doesn't bargain for is finding true love . . . with no acting required.
This book has just screamed out to me ever since the first time I saw it on Goodreads! I am an English major so Shakespeare is kind of my life around the University..you can’t get your Bachelor’s in English without being well acquainted with Will Shakespeare :) This book just sounds so amazing because Miranda has such a strong connection with Shakespeare and I am anxious to hear her thoughts on the great playwright! What is everyone else waiting on?
Bethany: I didn't really have any say. It's definitely more girly than I would've gone for, but...that's why I'm not a cover artist. The final copy is gorgeous, it glows and has raised lettering, and deckled pages, just beautiful. And I do like girly covers, myself, I've been known to buy a few books just for their covers, but I was sort of expecting something more symbolic, and something that would maybe not appeal to boys, but not turn them off? So it did take me awhile to get used to the cover.
Me: Tell me more about the Debauchery Club.
Bethany: Well, it was based on 19th century gentlemen's clubs. Here's an educational :) quote from the internet: The nineteenth century was the age of clubs, each with its own building resembling a stately mansion where gentlemen smoked, drank, ate, read (in libraries or news rooms), gambled, played billiards, and socialized among their peers. Members were elected (or not--that is, blackballed) and clubs members often had common political or recreational interests. (http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/england/london/clubsintro/intro.html). Honestly, when I first started brainstorming this book, before the historical setting seeped in, I imagined April and Araby going to a loud dance club. But the Debauchery Club, with it's sort of quiet, genteel debauchery worked so much more for me.
Me: Did you picture Araby as appearing anything like the girl on the cover of your book? What do you think some of Araby's best qualities are?
Bethany: Well, since you can't really see her face...I'd say that yes I did picture her as being very thin, and at least sometimes, elegant, like the girl on the cover. I think Araby's best quality is probably perseverance.
Me: In your writing process how do you go about planning your character's next thoughts, moves, or actions?
Wow! Thank you so much Bethany for agreeing to let me interview you and we are all anxiously awaiting the release of Masque of the Red Death, which is due to release tomorrow, April 24, 2012! Everyone please stop by Bethany’s Website
and check it out!
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