Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spotlight, Author Interview, and Giveaway: The Shadow of the Unicorn II by Suzanne de Montigny

About the Book
Title: The Shadow of the Unicorn II: The Deception
Author: Suzanne de Montigny
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy / Tween Fantasy 

Ulysees’ breath was ragged, and his heart filled with terror when they galloped toward the herd pursued by an enraged Icarus.

How did the Legacy of Azaria transform into the world fear it has, the unicorns barely existing hidden in the depths of the forest? Why is Icharus, the Great Stallion, so cruel and ruthless? And who is Jaresh, the invisible being who takes away their powers? Angry, the young colt Ulysees and his friend Téo rebel, following an abandoned trail where they’re discovered by humans. Now the entire herd must make an exodus. But Ulysees discovers there’s more danger then just humans when he meets a giant creature who warns them of impending doom…

Interview with Suzanne de Montigny

What inspired you to write this book?
The truth be told, I wrote the first version of it when I was 11 years old. It was supposed to be a class project to write a ‘story’. I got carried away and wrote an entire novella. Then years later, I found it in an old box as I was cleaning the basement and threw it in the blue box. Then, a couple of days later, I thought I should at least read it. Of course, being in Vancouver, by this time, it had been rained upon, so I had to dry it out first. When I finally read it, I was floored and knew I had to do a full novel-length version of it. That one book grew to three. The Shadow of the Unicorn II: The Deception, is the second of the trilogy. The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy is the first. The inspiration? I just love horses.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I get up at the crack of dawn, write before my two boys have to get up, write after I drop them off at school, and then when I pick them up again, it’s all about them.

What is your favorite thing about writing?
I tell people it’s like reading a really good book except you’re writing it. I’m a pantser, so I don’t usually know what’s going to happen until I write it. Then the characters take over and I’m pulled and yanked along by them.

Who are your favorite authors?
Lucy Maude Montgomery, Kurt Vonnegut, Amy Tan, and Kit Pearson.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
My two boys and I are avid violinists. We especially like fiddling. But we also love snowboarding. Then there’s Buddy the dog.

What is your next writing project?
I’m about four chapters into the third of The Shadow of the Unicorn trilogy. This one is called The Revenge, and the bad guy is a unicorn! I also have recently completed a teen paranormal novel called A Town Bewitched that I’ve submitted. Keeping my fingers crossed. 

Author Bio
Award winning author, Suzanne de Montigny, wrote her first novella when she was twelve. Years later, she discovered it in an old box in the basement, thus reigniting her love affair with writing. A teacher for twenty years, she enjoys creating fantasy and paranormal for tweens and teens. She lives in Burnaby, B.C., Canada with the four loves of her life – her husband, two boys, and Buddy the dog. 

Five Fun Facts About Suzanne de Montigny
  1. I talk to my bichon frisé like he’s a normal human being. And yes, Buddy does answer back. (Funny how my mouth moves while he talks!)
  2. When my son took up skate boarding, I thought I’d be the cool mom and learn it too. Unfortunately, I ended up on my back and paying a visit to emergency.
  3. My two boys and I fiddle. (But they’re way better than me!)
  4. My favourite season is autumn so I can kick the leaves when no one’s looking.
  5. My husband says I snore so loud it wakes him up.
Book Trailer Links:
The Shadow of the Unicorn II: The Deception. http://youtu.be/xZgQSBowrFE
The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy. http://youtu.be/St9OsyK974o

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Book Blitz with Two Giveaways: Royal Date by Sariah Wilson

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Royal Date by Sariah Wilson
Publication date: March 3rd 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance

This Cinderella didn’t plan on a prince . . .

Kat MacTaggart is a girl who has a plan for everything—including her holiday ski trip to Monterra with her best friend. Everything is going according to plan until she finds herself careening out of control down a mountainside and being rescued by a guy who looks like Superman’s hotter Italian cousin.

HRH Prince Nico is intrigued by the woman he saved on the slopes and her refusal to date him. He offers Kat a deal—let him show her his country and he’ll pay her to write articles that will help Monterra’s tourism industry. Kat agrees, but given her past and lingering distrust of men, she has one condition—absolutely no kissing.

Thanks to the claims of a jealous British noblewoman and the schemes of a meddling paparazzo, Kat’s rule doesn’t seem to be a problem at first. But the more Kat gets to know Nico and the people around him, the harder it is to remember her keep-your-distance plan. Should she stick to it or risk everything for a chance at happily ever after?


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Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane, never climbed Mt. Everest, and is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soulmate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters--which is why she writes romance. She has published five happily ever after stories. She grew up in southern California, graduated from Brigham Young University (go Cougars!) with a semi-useless degree in history, and is the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children. She currently lives with the aforementioned soulmate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster that is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers).

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