Monday, April 08, 2013

Interview and Giveaway

Hey guys! I'm pretty excited to announce I've managed to have an interview with the fabulous Rektok Ross. I absolutely adore this book, Prodigal, and can't wait to shrare it all with you!
Make sure you enter the giveaway!

It was supposed to be Lexy Quinn’s year.

The hard-working wallflower has finally landed the coveted spot as Editor of her school’s newspaper. Then the rug is ripped out from under her when she finds out her mom is sick, and the family is moving half-way across the country to Preston Hills, Texas. Lexy can’t think of a worse place to be than at a school full of snobby rich kids where she’ll have to start all over to get people to notice her writing, or–who is she kidding?—notice her at all.

When the most swoon-worthy boy in town, who also happens to be the jock celebrity quarterback, gives her an exclusive interview, Lexy’s life takes an unexpected turn. Ash Preston is the perfect guy and, even better, he sees Lexy as she wants to be seen. But can she trust him?

PRODIGAL is a different kind of love story, where faith, romance, and God converge . . . and it just might change the way you look at your life.

My Review
Now it's time for the interview!
1.Do you have any other hobbies or activities you enjoy doing?

Absolutely!   I'm really into fashion. Not sure if you can tell but I tend to overly describe the outfits in my books (LOL). I have a lot of friends in the fashion industry and am kind of addicted to shopping. I'm also an avid reader. I probably speed read through about 2-3 books a week and have always been a pretty big book nerd.  I am also obsessed with the Florida Gators (especially their football and basketball teams).  And I love animals. I'm a huge animal rights advocate and am in love with my golden retriever puppy.

2. Do you have a favorite author or book?

Far too many actually! I've always admired C.S. Lewis and think The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe is just a complete literary masterpiece. I'm so jealous of people that can write a powerful allegory like that. I also grew up reading Christopher Pike and devoured his books when I was younger. He's brilliant. Remember Me is my favorite! I could go on and on, there are so many books and authors I love.

3. When did you first realize that you wanted to be an author?

I started writing at a young age. When I was in elementary school I would carry around a little black and white composition notebook and at the time I was really into writing stories about the supernatural (again probably inspired by authors like Christopher Pike, L.J. Smith, and R.L. Stein who were really popular around then and YA before YA was cool). But I never thought I'd try and do it for real. It wasn't until a few years ago that I finally decided, hey, life is short, maybe I should give it a shot and see where it goes.
4. What books are you currently reading or what was the last book you've read?

I'm pretty open-minded and will read just about anything but my favorite thing to read is first-person, young adult romance.  I have a really long commute to work in the morning (yes, I still have a day job!) and I just started the audio version of Beautiful Creatures. I've been wanting to read it for a while and the audio version is pretty cool.  My New Year's resolution this year was also to read the Bible cover-to-cover so I'm slowly reading a few chapters of that every few days or so. Yeah, ambitious I know! And finally, my next book is an action/adventure/survival story so I have been trying to read some books like that for inspiration like The Hunger Games series and Lord of the Flies.

5. Which character best describes you?

Everyone always asks me this! My Uncle actually just sent me a picture of myself as a teenager and asked "is this Lexy?" Ha! He thinks he is so funny!  Lexy and I definitely share some similarities with our love of writing. I also had a lot of complicated crushes growing up and went through a lot of the same family problems Lexy goes through. The spirituality of the book was also quite personal for me to write about. Prodigal has a definite message about faith and belief that I have experienced myself and really wanted to share with others.

6. Do you prefer Brian or Ash?

Wow, that's a tough one! I originally wrote Prodigal as a love triangle and then I realized I myself was too torn between Brian and Ash and didn't want to choose one over the other.  I knew I didn't want to leave my readers in the same predicament so part of what I worked on with my editor during the revisions was stripping the book down to a true linear romance. If you make it through to the end, I think you'll find out who I (and Lexy) wind up preferring. Of course, there may be another book about Lexy left in me and more time later to revisit the choice...

7. How does it feel to have people reading your book?

Incredible. Terrifying. I guess it depends what they are saying about the book when they finish it!

8. Are you planning on writing another book?

Yes! I am about halfway through the first draft of my second novel in the Rektok Ross series. If you visit my website-- you can find out more about what I'm currently writing. The series is about characters who face a life-changing experience that brings them closer to knowing themselves and knowing God. The next book is very different thematically from Prodigal. It's a survival story and is a lot darker in tone, but it still has the signature epic love story that you'll find in all the books in the series. I really LOVE love :)

9. How did it feel to finally finish writing the book?


Wow! I can't wait for the next book, hopefully, I won't faint from all the tension! Keep a look out everyone! You definitely have to read Prodigal!

Now here comes the fun part :)


Win my e-copy of Prodigal by Rektok Ross!

I can give you almost any format, as long as it can be sent through e-mail :)
This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL so everyone can join!
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  1. Hey looooove your interview with the author! I'm so happy you're having a giveaway of the book!!!!

  2. What else would you like to see on my blog?

    As long as I get your honest opinion onthebooks you read tthat's good for me!

  3. Bless you for these international giveaways.

    1. I know how it feels when you really wanna enter a giveaway and then you're so frustrated and sad when it's not international and you can't enter...that's why I host INT giveaways! HOORAY!!!

    2. there will be more after this one right? heh.

  4. Thanks for the giveaway! :D Yeah I agree with Sharon. As long as you give honest opinions :)