Addicted to Heroines Blog Tour–Interview with Samantha LaFantasie, Author of Heart Song

What is the Addicted to Heroines Blog Tour about?

The tour is all about the heroines of fantasy and why we love them or simply just can’t get enough of them. Five authors have come together to do character interviews with their leading lady, guest posts, discussions on Goodreads, as well as prizes and giveaways.

I am woman hear me roar…woof! Heroines have long held the most exciting roles in fantasy and real life. I am proud to welcome and interview one I know.

Meet the Author: Samantha LaFantasie

 

It’s a wonderful opportunity to be included in something like this. I feel so honored. Here is a little bit about me.

Name

 Samantha LaFantasie

Hometown

 I was born in Wichita, Kansas but currently live in Derby, Kansas

Author of

HS

 and coming soon, Made to Forget, Nepherium Novella Part One, as well as, Fated, An Ithia Novel, Book One

Why I like reading fantasy

 I like reading fantasy because of the way it stretches the imagination and takes me to different worlds. I love how it is an escape from reality.

Why I like writing fantasy

 I like writing fantasy for very much the same reasons I enjoy reading it. It’s a part of me. My mind works in fantastic ways and with fantastic ideas. I love the stories.

Fantasy books/authors I enjoy

I always have to give credit to a couple of authors who instilled in me the desire to read, and they are Margaret Weiss and Tracey Hickman. They’re the authors of the Dragonlance Chronicles.  Until them, I read because I had and very seldom because I wanted to.
When I was in High school, I thought I would grow up to become
A number of things.  First three were, teacher, actress, and singer.  They all changed routinely with how I felt.  Still do.

I’ve been writing since

 I want to say I wrote my first story, a rendition of Aladdin, when I was in 1993. It was written for my mom on an old typewriter. From there I wrote songs, poetry, and many years after, stories.

My greatest accomplishments so far as a writer

 I want to say that my greatest accomplishment is the fact that I wrote a book and published it. It’s a dream come true for me. To have positive reviews and see how well it has been received is even more of an accomplishment.  Being including in a career that involves my favorite authors is just icing on the cake.

Who are the other participating authors?

The mastermind behind the tour is Alesha Escobar.

Author of The Gray Tower Trilogy.

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Devora Fox.

Author  of The Lost King.

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Francene Stanley.

Author of Still Rock Water.

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Cecelia Robert

Author of Truly, Madly, Deeply You.

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When is it?

Starting February 1st through the 10th

Where can it be found?

By visiting http://www.heroinestour.blogspot.com/

You’ll find out what’s going on and when and even have the chance to participate in some awesome giveaways and snatch some fantastic prizes!

Also, stop by our Facebook page.

Realm Play–New Author Blog

I would like to take this time out to thank all my followers and fans. This is also an invitation to check out my new author’s blog on WordPress titled Realm Play at realmplay.wordpress.com

I created Realm Play as a mainstay for my novel series, upcoming projects and to journal my journey so far. Thanks for taking the journey with me! Feel free to interact on the T.O.O. Throne of Olympus Fan Page, browse around and get to know the characters, the myths and their realms. Let me know what you think and if any of you have tips on how I can make the site better, please let me know. Suggestions are welcome!

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As for A Novel Perspective, I will continue to post on this blog. And sorry I haven’t been posting much lately, but with the release of T.O.O. and recovering from a nasty stomach bug…been swamped. Hope Realm Play will make up for some of the lost time and it will updated and more content added as it becomes available. Thank you guys so much for reading my posts, your support means a lot to me.

~ A.M. Day

The Night the Lights Went Out in Fantasy

It was a cold November day. The tiny animals were scurrying in the yard and down the street to add to their stockpile of winter goodies. And the bird’s nest perched on high above our front door looked a bit fuller. I made a mad dash to my friend’s home for our early Thanksgiving, food-filled foil pans in hands. My stomach was queasy and I was a little shaky…low blood sugar, I thought, since I hadn’t had more than a few cups of coffee earlier in the day.

Within the next couple of hours, my heart was racing, vision blurred and the wrenching in my gut was relentless. The comfort of my home was not going to be enough to end the chaos swirling inside my body. And then it happened! I will spare you all the gory details. But know that I thought my chances of ever publishing my debut novel or any novel had passed right before my watery, squinting eyes.

Nooo, there’s so much left to do, I moaned as I lay on the bathroom floor. Lucidity was somewhere in sight, I just couldn’t see it. I was one more round away from another battle with Murphy (the Law, not the man). That was the night the lights went out in fantasy for me (literally), I passed out. When I woke, I really thought it was the end. There was no light in the tunnel. How on earth could I go on writing in a genre that clearly hated me? I might’ve boycotted fantasy! In fact, I might’ve given up writing fantasy all together…okay, so I’m still recovering from that bug.

Finally, on Thanksgiving Day, I worked and worked on the computer to upload my novel for Kindle e-book edition with the hopes it would be ready in time for a “Black Friday” release. Already behind by several hours to meet the 12-hour deadline from review to live, my novel was born in both paperback and the e-book. *wipes sweat from brow and passes out for a couple hours sleep*

Some of you might think I was a little batty about the whole book thing, but this would’ve been one more setback in a series within the last several months that would keep my book from living outside my flash drive. I am pleased to announce that the first in this modern-day twist/Greek myth, urban fantasy series The Throne of Olympus Book One: Blood Bond is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle edition. 🙂

Big Thanks to all of you who continued to support me through this trying time!

New Writers Beware–Don’t trust the one with the shiny apple!

“Thanks, but no thanks.” 

This is a phrase I find myself saying more often than I care to. As an indie author, it can be a challenge to find the right people for your team. Your team may consist of:

1.) A graphics person for that “just right” cover look.

2.) A proofreader/copywriter to crisp up pages and catch errors.

3.) Someone to format the final manuscript.

4.) A marketing person, if you’re not doing it yourself.

5.) And depending on how busy your schedule is, someone to make sure all these things are running smoothly, so that everything will be ready-set for your projected release date.

But, buyer, BEWARE! There is always some damn wolf in sheep’s clothing, some traveling salesman handing out snake oil or some soft-spoken old lady holding that shiny apple, tempting you, ready to pounce and offer you bells and whistles for the low introductory price of your first born in the end (metaphorically speaking).

I have heard plenty of first-timer horror stories and nightmarish experiences, my own included. In fact, my nightmare only recently ended. And finally, after months of promised release dates, my book will release at the end of November 2012. And if I have to cut the paper to proper trim size and write the words out, in ink, by hand for that to happen…so be it. Okay, that last part might be a little dramatic and desperate.

Sadly, desperation and eagerness makes that shiny apple that more appealing. And when someone offers additional services (I call these offers of grandeur) for something not listed as part of their expertise…RUN! I say that with love. Oh, and experience. True seasoned pros in the field will take on a project that they specialize in–no extras. For that, they will usually point you in the direction of someone who can meet your needs and deadlines.

Disappointment plagued me for the past four months because I believe in giving people a chance to express their creative sides and I still do. The only difference now is that I know when to say when. From this point on, I will treat my work like a body on an operating table–each organ is delicate and every member on my team must be at their surgical best.

In my case, I was refunded for an unfulfilled service. That didn’t make it better or right. Friends cheered me on and told me I was lucky to get a refund because it could have been a scam. Well, in my eyes, it was a scam. When you hire someone to do a job and both parties agree on terms and you’re less than a few weeks out to release your debut novel, it can be crushing. And that it was!

Quitting for no apparent reason to me is never an acceptable option, especially, at the very end of a project. If the person you hire is not willing to see it through and offers up non-sense excuses for why they can’t or won’t fix what they did wrong usually means they are in over their head. RUN! If they try to make you believe that’s the way your book should look or they try to convince you those are industry standards, but you know in your gut it’s wrong…RUN! This is when you can see that they really didn’t know what they were doing to begin with–LESSON LEARNED!

It’s never too late to avoid making these mistakes. READ THE FINE PRINT! If something is not listed under their specialty, no matter what extras they offer you…even if it’s free, say “Thanks, but no thanks” or “I already have someone working on that for me.”  READ BETWEEN THE LINES! Harsh or degrading criticism in the comment panel from a proofreader/copywriter, unwanted suggestions about your characters ages, names etc. and comments about scenes from your story that are blatantly in the story, but the  proofreader misses it, are all unprofessional and signs to flee.

Some of you might be thinking, “she sounds a little bitter.” I’ll own that! But my bitter levels have come down considerably as I think about the taunting, cowardice email that was sent to me, offered up as an “I quit.” I felt like the jilted ex. My phone calls went unanswered. Now I just feel like the somewhat wiser newbie. And while I don’t really believe in bashing others so much, I do believe in standing up for myself and speaking out against those who mistake me for a doormat.

Don’t give up or give in. There is a solution, a lifeline, dangling close by. You just have to be willing to stand on faith and grab it.

Remember, this is the work you slaved over and poured your heart and soul into–no one should be allowed to take even a tiny portion of that away from you.  So new writers beware and don’t trust the one with the shiny apple because you just might bite into a worm.

Have you experienced something like this? Would you like to share your story? Please do so! It can help someone going through this now.

New Release Review–Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic

REVIEW by A.M. Day
Don't Judge a Book By Its Magic by Kate Policani
Cast inside a world (literally) that she never knew existed, eighteen-year-old Colleen Underhill must quickly adapt to and learn how to survive her new, magical life and her new, magical college, SPRU. And she has to do it without her family around for support. Colleen, values intact, offers up her aversion to casting spells of any sort the very first day of classes. She navigates inside more of the unknown after seeing power shoot from her fingers with the realization that her old life is just that. Her new life is filled with secrets, hot guys, Work Study, brewing romances and magic. All of this because she stumbled upon a mysterious book at the library.
Kate Policani captures some of the slightest details that one could easily miss. Even those tiny human habits we have. Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic was written in delightful prose. Kate’s wit was spot on. A definite, entertaining read that leaves you wanting more.
~ A.M. Day

Pass the Links #3–An Author’s Gratitude

A Pass the Links series

Paying it forward with more Twitter author links.

To thank my Twitter/WordPress blog followers for taking the time out to read my tweets and blog posts, I’ve compiled a list of their newly released and upcoming novels and writings.

If you follow me and don’t see your name on the list, don’t fret, I will be posting at least 5-10 author releases regularly over the next few months. So keep a look out for your name in my Pass the Links blog posts series. Also, feel free to leave comments with info on your newly released/upcoming novels and writings for me to post. Here is the third list of titles/authors and links below.

Thanks again,

~A.M. Day

NEWLY RELEASED

Head Rush (Disillusionist Trilogy #3) by Carolyn Crane @CarolynCrane

http://www.amazon.com/Head-Disillusionist-Trilogy-Carolyn-Crane/dp/1609288084/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351263724&sr=8-1&keywords=head+rush

Soul Sisters (Soul Sisters Trilogy Vol. 1) by Janiera Eldridge @LazenBeauty

http://www.amazon.com/Soul-Sisters-Janiera-Eldridge/dp/061568310X/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351264087&sr=1-3&keywords=soul+sisters

Spider in the Rain (Creation Shadows) by Sean Roney @seanroney

http://www.amazon.com/Spider-Rain-Creation-Shadows-ebook/dp/B00982Q1RC/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351264326&sr=1-3&keywords=sean+roney

The Black God’s War (Splendor and Ruin Book 1) by Moses Siregar III @MosesSiregar

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Stand-Alone-Novel-Splendor-ebook/dp/B005FC0MX8/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351264436&sr=1-1&keywords=the+black+god%27s+war

Crown of Ash (Blood Skies Book 4) by Steven Montano @Daezarkian

http://www.amazon.com/Crown-Blood-Skies-Book-ebook/dp/B008ZKPD2W/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351264635&sr=1-1&keywords=crown+of+ash

Bitter Harvest (Harvest Trilogy Book 2) by Michael R. Hicks @KreelanWarrior

http://www.amazon.com/Bitter-Harvest-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B009AEIIVK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351264768&sr=1-1&keywords=bitter+harvest

Feral (Godsland Series Book 5) by Brian Rathbone @BrianRathbone

http://www.amazon.com/Feral-Godsland-Book-Five-ebook/dp/B009IAFGXO/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351264914&sr=1-2&keywords=Feral

COMING SOON

The Hoard of the Dodges (Another exciting Quinn Adventure) by Jennings Wright @JenningsWright (Oct. 2012)

http://jenningswright.com/

Ring Girl by A.M. Schultz @am_sch (Jan. 2013)

http://amschultz.com/

Pass the Links #2–An Author’s Gratitude

A Pass the Links series

Paying it forward with more Twitter author links.

To thank my Twitter/WordPress blog followers for taking the time out to read my tweets and blog posts, I’ve compiled a list of their newly released and upcoming novels and writings.

If you follow me and don’t see your name on the list, don’t fret, I will be posting at least 5-10 author releases regularly over the next few months. So keep a look out for your name in my Pass the Links blog posts series. Also, feel free to leave comments with info on your newly released/upcoming novels and writings for me to post. Here is the second list of titles/authors and links below.

Thanks again,

~A.M. Day

NEWLY RELEASED

The Stranger by Chris Martin @TheChris_Martin

http://www.amazon.com/The-Stranger-A-Novella-ebook/dp/B008XQ2Q0U/ref=pd_sim_kstore_2

Zeke by Wodke Hawkinson @WodkeHawkinson

http://www.amazon.com/Zeke-ebook/dp/B008J9DH2M/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1350672820&sr=1-1&keywords=wodke+haw

Trauma Junkie #3 by Tom Hobbs @Tomhobbs

http://www.amazon.com/Trauma-Junkie-Blackout-Blues-ebook/dp/B009JR51EK/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1350672959&sr=1-5&keywords=tom+hobbs

The Road to Gray Lake by David Bain @davidbainaa

 http://www.amazon.com/The-Road-Gray-Lake-ebook/dp/B0095WL058/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1350673073&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=the+road+to+graylake

House of Grey #5 by Collin Earl @CollinEarl

http://www.amazon.com/The-House-Grey–Volume-ebook/dp/B009H77UPU/ref=sr_1_9?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1350673280&sr=1-9&keywords=collin+earl

COMING SOON

Enhanced by Courtney Farrell @CAFarrell

http://www.courtneyfarrell.com

Once and for All by Amy Durham @AmyDurham

http://amy-durham.blogspot.com/