Monday, August 22, 2016

Interview with GL Wilson, author of Campion's Choice

An exclusive interview

with author GL Wilson


Doodles, doodles everywhere congratulates author GL Wilson on the release of Campion's Choice, Book One! Let's welcome him on the blog for an interview with DDE today. Read on!


1. What inspired you to write Campion's Choice?

Firstly, hi Aparna and thanks for having me along to your blog. It's a great way to find out about new books! So, what inspired me to write Campion's Choice. Well, two things - blurry photos and my love of fantasy. Blurry photos got me thinking about what if a picture could predict the future or reveal the secrets of the past? The next thing I knew I was writing about aliens!


2. Can you give the readers an idea about what they should expect in Campion's Choice?

Well, first off, readers can expect a good, fast paced, entertaining story. What else? Although my books is a fantasy - yes, there are aliens - you should expect to meet real kids (Jack, Tia and Liam) who just happen to be caught up in strange events.  Expect to ask yourself what would you do if you had a coin that gave you super powers and found out that we are not alone in the a universe.  Expect mystery, humour and adventure. 


3. Do you decide the character traits before you sit down to write the book/series, or as you write?

It's fifty-fifty. I like to plot and plan books very carefully but, when the writing starts, you have to expect the unexpected. Some of my characters surprise me as much as they surprise my readers. They do things I just did not see coming! (Especially Ursula and Max Strang). 


4. Can you tell us what kind of research went behind the book/series?

I've been lucky enough to travel a lot and the Campion Quartet takes place all over the planet. Tia, Jack and Gidean find themselves in India in Book Two. For Book One I did a lot of research into meteorites. Did you know that all the gold and precious metal on Earth were brought here by meteorites? Also, Campion's Choice is set in the City of Cambridge which means all of my time wandering the streets, or visiting friends who work at the famous colleges and having dinner at High Table is actually research. 


5. If you had to pick one favorite character from the book, who would you pick and why?

It's a hard choice. Elvis or Clamp. I feel very affectionately towards both of them. I want people to laugh at hem.  But, given that I was a teacher I have to admit my favourite character  has to be Clamp. 


6. Tell us about some of the biggest challenges you have faced in your writing journey till now.

The biggest challenge has been to have your writing admired but never quite pulling off a real success. I had an agent for years and spent hours with editors and at publishers working on books that either never saw the light of day or sold in reasonable, but not great, numbers. At the end of the day books have to make money. Constantly being told you are a good writer isn't enough and sometimes doesn't put food on the table. However, if you are a writer, no matter what setbacks come along, you have to keep writing. 


7. What is your writing routine like? 

Write in the winter. Research in the summer. I can't bear to be inside on sunny days. Equally writing is the only thing that gets me through English winters. 


8. Do you have any rejection stories to share? 

I sent out a manuscript and a top agent asked to see me. I drove across the country to Oxford and waited patiently outside the great man's office. He called me in. 'Geoff,' he said, 'you are a really good writer. The trouble is, this story isn't for me. Go away and find your story.' 
That was it. I shook his hand and left to find my story. 


9. What's next? 

Campion's Change - Book Two in The Campion Quartet. 


10. Lastly, any special thoughts for the readers? 

I have always believed that to give people words is to give them the world.  The Campion Quartet is a journey around the world. Hop on board and enjoy the ride.





Campion's Choice:

How to take a picture of the future

(Book #1)

by GL Wilson


Published: February 22, 2016
Publisher: Independent, Self-published
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy





Coins that have magical properties. Aliens. Scorpions. Attempted murder. Elvis alive and well and driving a moped. What more could you want? Mystery, adventure, fantasy? Look no further. Step right up and enjoy the show. This is Campion's Choice.

Jack Campion was just an ordinary thirteen year old kid - well, maybe not that ordinary, not after the Dadster's accident - so ok, ordinary or not, the last thing he was expecting was all that whooshy stuff in the air raid shelter.

And Tia Cole had a normal thirteen year old life - with her blind, piano playing mum and her irritating younger brother - and she was not expecting to end up, in a wood, fighting for her life against every animal that has ever wanted to eat a person.

If only Clamp hadn't mentioned the Deathstalker. If only the Nomas had found the meteorite. If only Gidean St-George wasn't such a pain in the neck. Things might have been different.

But they weren't different. So expect the extraordinary - expect Aliens, magic coins, sabre toothed tigers and the occasional bit of walking through walls. That way you won't be disappointed.

This is Jack's story - just don't tell Tia.



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About the author




G.L. Wilson is a children's author and playwright.

And he taught English. (But is not fussy about starting sentences with And).









Saturday, August 20, 2016

Outfit Giveaway & OOTD | Dreamy White Chiffon Tops c/o Zaful

Dreamy White Chiffon Tops

c/o ZAFUL





Here's another OOTD post! I ordered these two chiffon tops, some jewelry and a T-shirt dress (styled in an upcoming post) from Zaful, two weeks ago. Yup, the order took two weeks to reach me. Not bad.





I ordered both tops in size M. But this one seems to be fit for a size XS person on the shoulders and upper torso. I know it totally ruined the look, but I had to wear a thin black T-shirt underneath for the pictures (I prefer dressing up modest). I guess if you, dear reader, are a size XS person, you might be able to totally rock this outfit. As for me, I might probably not wear it at all. No matter how much I love love love the design, the detail and the material. Oh well *sobs*


This layered chiffon top I LOVE. The fitting, the material, the snowy color... everything is so perfect. Plus, it is so SOFT! I am going to really enjoy styling this with different combinations of trousers, chinos and skirts! What do you think?


Here's a closeup shot of the neat embroidery detail. I love how soft the embroidery thread and the fabric are.








Get the looks


Spliced Openwork White Chiffon Dress/Top here
Embroidered Round Neck Bat-Wing Sleeve Chiffon Blouse here


MORE White Tops
here


What do you think? Tell me your thoughts in the comments down below. Follow me on Instagram for exclusive sneak peeks and updates!



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Thursday, August 18, 2016

$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway | Thirty-Four Going on Bride by Becky Monson

Thirty four Going on Bride

Thirty-Four Going on Bride

by Becky Monson





Julia Dorning is about to lose it. Between her over-the-top wedding that her sister, Anna, took upon herself to create, and the under-staffed popular bakery that she runs, she can barely find time to breathe.

All Julia ever wanted was a quaint wedding on the beach with family and friends. But now Julia has to contend with not only her sister's plans, but those of her future mother-in-law, as well. Not wanting to step on anyone's toes, especially her mother-in-law's, Julia just goes along with it.

She can only take so much, though, and when her newest employee, Kate, makes things harder at the bakery, Julia has to find a way to simplify her life.

Can she do it or will she end up a basket case? Find out how she does it in this hilarious conclusion to the Spinster series!


About the author

Becky Monson
By day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her debut novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last... but it probably won't.





Praise for the book


"My favorite of the series!"
- Author Jennifer Peel

"Becky Monson did it again!"
- Amazon Reviewer

"It’s rare that I want to give a book six stars, but this is certainly one of them."
-Blogger Connie Fischer, Bookworm2bookworm





Excerpt


“Pick it up, Julia! You can do this!”

I’m in the seventh circle of hell.

“Come on! Let’s move faster!” My sister Anna yells over the construction that we’re currently passing. As expected, we get a few whoops and whistles tossed at us from the workers. Pity flattery, I’m sure. Well, maybe not for Anna, but certainly for me. There’s absolutely nothing attractive about me right now.

To start, I don’t know if I’ve ever sweated this hard in my life. I look like I’ve taken a shower fully clothed. I’m sticky and perspiring, and it’s not even that hot outside. It’s a typical day near the end of May in Denver, Colorado. How did I let Anna convince me to do this? Oh that’s right, there was no convincing. She forced me. “It’ll be good for you,” she had said, lying through her devil teeth.

At this point I don’t know if my lungs will ever be the same. They actually ache with pain. And then there’s the ache in my calves, and really every other part of my body. Whoever thought of running as an extracurricular activity should be shot. A form of torture, yes. Exercise? I’d rather get a tooth pulled without Novocain.


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Ends 9/1/16

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