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Authors wanted to know what Readers think…

Hi Everyone,

A couple of months ago, Amy over at So Many Reads asked me if I could help her out with an Author Interview project. I was intrigued, so of course I agreed. Amy had numerous authors send her questions that they wanted to get readers’ opinions. Amy then gathered a group of various readers, ranging in age, genre-interests, reviewers and non-reviewers to answer said questions. I was happy to participate. She then posted her findings in a two part series on her blog. Below you will find links to both sections. I hope you find the series as fascinating and as fun as I did.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

 

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Oh Autumn, Where Art Thou?

Hi Everyone,

Well it feels like it has been forever since I have been on here and it has been. Seems my wretched summer just keeps going, but hopefully there is an end in sight. Yesterday and today the weather has been nice down here, my family is even considering opening up the windows to let a little fresh air in. Today is the first time in ten days that I have been on the computer and I have read (and am responding to) several marvelous emails.

So where have I been? Well, two Fridays ago, my dog had a 15 minute seizure, in which he stopped breathing during the first few seconds. He has since been placed on phenobarbital and a new routine of scheduled morning meds and scheduled nightly meds has taken place. Between the stress of everything happening on the home front, that little flu bug that I thought I had in the beginning of this month, turned into a wicked case of chicken pox last week, and I am just now recovering.(This is seriously the first day that I have been on my computer, and yes, I was having withdrawals.) Of course this all played out, while my mind was recalling the events of September 11, 2001 and September 11, 2008, the day in which I was diagnosed with ITP. Needless to say, it has been an emotional roller coaster this past week.

What can you expect with the cooler air and the changing of the seasons? Well, you can expect more reviews, more author appearances, etc! Starting today, after I finish responding to all of the emails, I will post my latest review, then the new segment starts. Each week, there will be author interviews posted here on Wednesdays or Saturdays. Readers can expect to find a variety of authors from every genre, some from The List, some not. Authors, if you are interested in being interviewed, contact me, so I can add you to the schedule. I hope you all will enjoy!

Thank you all again for your continued support. I appreciate it and I hope you will celebrate a new season with me, here on Ariesgrl Book Reviews.

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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New Page Added!!!

Good Morning Everyone,

I am excited to announce a new page that I added… Author Appearance List!!! This will be a page that will contain the dates of any upcoming events in which an author will be featured here on the blog. As of right now, there is two dates listed, but be sure to check back in a few days as there more dates will be added. Any and all authors are welcome and the events can range from a guest post to a blog tour stop. I hope this will be a fun and exciting addition to the Ariesgrl Book Reviews blog. Yet another way for readers to learn more about authors and interact with them, plus there might be a giveaway or two included.

All of this coincides with a major milestone that was reached. The blog hit over 10,000 all-time views yesterday!!! Thank you all for your support. I greatly appreciate it. So this new aspect is hopefully a way to say, THANK YOU!!!

Have a wonderful day!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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And the Winner Is…

Hi Everyone,

I want to thank everyone who participated in the contest. I appreciate it! I also want to thank T. C. Harrelson for conducting the interview and giveaway. Thank you!

The answer to the question was d. It!

So the winner is…Dana Zalesky!!!

Congrats to Dana! Please contact me for info on how to receive your free copy of The Beast of Macon Hollow!!!

Thanks again to everyone!

I will be back later today with reviews.

Have a wonderful day!
Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Welcome Author T. C. Harrelson!!!

Hi Everyone,

Author T. C. Harrelson is hanging out here today and participating in an interview. Gain some insight into his story, The Beast of Macon Hollow. Plus, take a guess at one of his favorite books for a chance to win your very own copy!!!

 

 

  • Hi, Cris. Can you tell the followers here a little bit about yourself and your book?

Hello, Nicole. First, let me say how pleased I am to be with you today. There’s nothing I like more than talking about good stories. Now, about me. I grew up in the late seventies and early eighties, a period that was rife with good storytelling both in print and on celluloid. However, I began to write only about five years ago. Before writing, I exercised my creativity through drawing, painting, building, and (an attempt at) music. But when I tried writing, it opened my eyes to new possibilities. Endless possibilities, I should say. I found I could create whole worlds and populate them with characters and circumstances—the town in which they live, who they love, who they hate…everything! Even down to the weather they’ll have a particular day. It was a very satisfying feeling.

  • What was your inspiration behind The Beast of Macon Hollow?

A few years ago, my wife and I were talking about the Beast of Bladenboro—the legend of our hometown. She suggested that I try my hand at writing the story behind the legend. However, once I started, the Beast had other ideas. It soon began to reveal layer after layer of its history and personality until a totally new story emerged. Maybe one day I’ll revisit the original beast and tell its tale.

  • Did you have specific stories/books/shows that encouraged some of the characteristics of your main characters?

As I wrote Beast, the characters emerged as themselves. So, to answer your question, no. The characters in The Beast of Macon Hollow aren’t based on characters in specific stories, books, or shows. However, as I wrote for Will Shepard, some of my own characteristics certainly manifested themselves.

  • This book ends with a sense that there could be up to six more books. Is this a possibility? What are you working on now?

I’m working on a couple of ideas, one of which is a 2-3 book series that will continue the Beast story arc. The series will take Will Shepard in a totally new direction. Some new characters will be introduced and we’ll revisit some old favorites. I have big plans for these books, so stay tuned!

  • Growing up, did you read a lot of paranormal thriller books?

(laughing) Oh, yes…almost exclusively. I loved to read and I read almost anything I could get my hands on. But my favorite genre was paranormal, whether it was contemporary authors like Stephen King and Dean Koontz or masters like Poe and Lovecraft. I liked the thrill of a good supernatural story (and still do). Like many of the entertainment industry’s authors, screenplay writers, and movie directors, I read Famous Monsters of Filmland. In case you’re not familiar with it, FM was a pulp magazine filled with behind the scenes stories of both modern and classic horror and science fiction movies and the men who brought them to life. Like many others, I owe a debt to editor Forrest J. Ackerman for introducing me to the genre and feeding my imagination for so many years.

  • Do you feel that we as a culture are more open to reading this kind of storyline and accepting of others’ differences or do you feel like our world is still set in Macon Hollow times?

Thankfully, we are not trapped in Macon Hollow. I think we’ve come a long way in the past 10-20 years. The world is now flat; the giant leaps we’ve taken in communications alone has opened doors to cultures around the world and leveled the playing field for any country who would like to contribute to the world of entertainment. For instance, I can live in small town Bladenboro (one stoplight for those of you who are wondering) but interact with people in India and China. I couldn’t say that twenty years ago.

  • If you came face to face with The Beast and it took the form of your greatest fear, what would it look like?

(Sighs) Boy, I have so many… I could be super shallow here and say ‘spiders.’ I hate the spindly-legged, hairy, …well, you get the point. Or I could go with a really deep answer and say ‘failure.’ I’ve always held myself to a high standard, setting the bar higher and higher when I succeed and beating myself up pretty badly when I don’t. But, I’ll compromise and go with ‘demons.’ Anything from the spirit world scares me into a stupor. I can’t see it…I can’t control it… and, by definition, it’s just unnatural.

Book Giveaway Question:

  • My all-time favorite author is Stephen King. He’s a master story-teller who (lucky for me) writes within the paranormal/horror genre. I’ve read all of his books.

For a free, signed copy of The Beast of Macon Hollow, what is my favorite seventies/eighties-era Stephen King novel?

a. The Stand

b. Pet Sematary

c. Salem’s Lot

d. It

 

I want to thank T. C. Harrelson for conducting this interview and offering a giveaway! For your chance to win, leave a comment with your guess. Contest will run until Monday, February 25, 2013 at 11:00 am EST. All the people who guessed correctly will be entered to win. I will use Random.org to pick the number of the winner. The winner will be announced Monday afternoon. Good Luck!

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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And The Winners Are…

Hi Everyone,

     Thanks again to everyone who participated in the interview/giveaway contest with author Lindsey Beth Goddard. It is time to announce the winners… Congrats to Bob G. and Amy Biggs!!! Please contact either myself or Lindsey via email with your contact info, so she can mail you your copy. Thank you again to Lindsey Beth Goddard for participating in this interview and offering a giveaway.

      On another note, I have really enjoyed adding the author interviews/giveaways to this site. I think it provides a nice way for readers to get to know these authors. So thank you all very much! I am currently a third of the way into book number 22 from The List, so the review should be posted in a few days. I will keep you all updated. It is seriously warm in South Carolina, so whatever the weather is like you, I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Welcome Lindsey Beth Goddard!!!

Hi Everyone,

      Earlier this week, much earlier and I apologize for the delay, author Lindsey Beth Goddard honored me by agreeing to an interview. I am pleased to announce that she will also be giving away two copies of her book, Quick Fix. So please join me in welcoming Lindsey Beth Goddard, and then comment with your guess at the answers to the bonus questions, for your chance to win.

1. Hi Lindsey. Thank you for taking time to conduct this interview. I was wondering if you could tell the followers here about your writing.
Hi, Nicole. I’ve been writing for a very long time. Some of my school teachers took notice of my knack for writing and encouraged it. If you spoke with any of my old math teachers, they might say I was prone to dozing off during class, but not the English teachers. They always loved me. I got my first story published in a small-press magazine at the age of fifteen. I was paid one contributor copy, and I was in love! Life has kept me busy, but I’ve made an effort to write and submit stories the past four years, just to get my name out there. I will publish a novel (or possibly a novella) within the next two years. I’m bouncing around ideas for it as we speak.

2. You write horror stories, and the book I am reading is a collection of short stories. Do you prefer a short, tangible fear or a long, mysterious fear?
I love them equally. I am a book worm, and I tend to alternate between short story collections and novels. What people don’t realize is that their favorite episodes of Masters Of Horror, Fear Itself, Twilight Zone, and Tales From The Crypt are based on short stories. There is power in short pieces. Novels are great, too. They allow you to live inside the story much longer.

3. You dedicated this book, Quick Fix, to your children. Are they allowed to read your books, or will they have to wait until they are older?
No, they aren’t. Quick Fix isn’t too bad on the adult content scale, but its predecessor, Respect For The Dead, is chock-full of 18+ subject matter. I haven’t had any terrible feedback, but a few people have told me they were a little shocked! Respect For The Dead is available on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Respect-Dead-Lindsey-Beth-Goddard/dp/0615567797/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353897076&sr=8-1&keywords=respect+for+the+dead

4. The horror genre is not something most people get involved in. How did you start writing terrifying stories?
I’m not sure! When I was nine, I wrote a story about an evil princess who let her villagers live in poverty while she kept all the riches. Thieves attacked the village, looking for something of value. The villagers pointed them toward the castle and allowed them to kill the princess. The guards, having been badly treated as well, did nothing to stop it. This is heavy subject matter for a nine year old! Perhaps I was always destined to write horror!

5. I feel I must mention scary movies, so were you always a fan of them growing up?
Yes, and I was scarred by a few of them. Not “scared” with one ‘r’. I mean mentally scarred! I watched them too young. I was insanely curious. I just HAD to see them! I don’t let my kids see R rated movies yet. Horror is my favorite genre of movies and books, but it must be age-appropriate, because I certainly saw too much growing up. My favorite movies were Pet Sematary, The Changeling, Tales From the Crypt, Carrie, Child’s Play, and Night of the Living Dead. I have new favorites now that I’m older, but we won’t get into that, or we’ll end up with a mile-long list.

Bonus Questions:

1. Freddy, Michael or Jason?

 

2. Who’s your favorite bone-chilling author?

a. Stephen King

b. Clive Barker

c. Thomas Harris

d. Ray Bradbury

 

I want to thank Lindsey Beth Goddard for agreeing to do this interview and giveaway and for demonstrating extreme patience with me as I had delayed the original posts. As for the giveaway, same rules apply. Leave a comment with your guess at the answer to either/both question(s) and the names of the people who guessed correctly will be placed into a hat and a random name will be drawn for each question. The giveaway will end Monday night at 7pm est. Thank you all and in the mean time, please go check out her website.

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

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It is Friday!!!

Hi Everyone,
 
     How are you all? I have had a crazy-emotional week at home, which led to it now being Friday and I haven’t posted in a few days.

So here is a quick update of what is happening or will happen:

The bad:
1. The Barnes and Noble website is having issues again. I add my reviews to books, but it doesn’t show them. If I go to resubmit my review is denies it, because the site has saved my original review. I know back in August several authors and reviewers were having some trouble with the site and so I wanted you all to be aware that it appears to be acting up again.

The good:
2. I will be posting my review of book #20 in a couple of hours. I had written a couple of days ago, but family priorities took over and I promise it will be typed and posted today. Thanks for your patience.

The excellent:
3. I have been honored to conduct another author interview. Later tonight I will be posting my interview with author Lindsey Beth Goddard. You will want to come back and check out this interview, as there will be a couple of giveaways up for grabs!

   It will be a busy Friday here at Ariesgrl Book Reviews! How is your Friday/Weekend plans looking? Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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