Hiya, lovelies! So about a month ago I made this silly video for my author friend, Stacey Rourke — she had a release party and there was a lot of craziness going on with her Gryphon Series. Anyway, there was a little competition between authors and my video won. WOOT! Stacey and her team gave me a blog tour as a prize, and it's been scheduled to run from January 14-21, 2013. What a great way to start off the year!
*A huge thanks to Stacey Rourke and Jenn Swiger from Phenomenal Reviews for hosting this upcoming blog tour. You're awesome, ladies!
To go along with the blog tour, I'll be including a Rafflecopter giveaway. Remember to share, Share, SHARE on Twitter and Facebook on a daily basis to increase your chances of winning as soon as the tour begins.
LE GIVEAWAY PRIZES:
✮1st PRIZE: Signed copy of Creatura and Creatura Pen, Bookmark, Coin Bag, Lipgloss, "Property of Dahveed" Dog Tag Necklace
Hello, readers! Today it's my pleasure to welcome my guest, Adrian Lupşa, author of Necessary Evil. Be sure to check out the giveaway below!
Adrian, can you tell my readers and me about how it is that you began blogging and writing, and the point at which you decided to publish your book?
Ever since I can remember I loved literature, reading and especially writing, making up my own stories, stepping into a fantasy world of my own. When I was 12 years old I got a computer that changed my life. From that moment I knew what I wanted to be, what I wanted to do, so here am I - student at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science at Ovidius University of Constantza.
In February 2012, I wanted to have a blog and I chose Blogger services and published a few posts that were in the Computer Science & IT domain. I was thinking if this is going to be a success I will have an advantage when I finish college. Unfortunately, I found it very difficult to promote my blog, so I switched to Wordpress. There, I started to write about different things from my life and thanks to the news feed (a facility that Wordpress has) the blog’s popularity grew quickly. I continued posting and my work became more and more appreciated. I was doing something I like, I was writing about the things I love.
When I was in high school, I wrote some poems and short stories, but I never published them. I regained the interest in writing when I met a person who was reading a lot of books and I remembered the old times. After I began to blog, I thought that it would be great if I could write a short story and an idea just popped in my head. I wanted to publish it somewhere on the Internet and find out the opinion of the people around the world. In a week it was done, but the result was not the one I expected. I felt that something was missing, so I decided to write a “real book” — a novel. I think it took me about one month to write it and two others to translate and edit the manuscript. The novel was originally written in Romanian, but I heard about the Amazon KDP Services and I knew that this was a great opportunity to launch my book abroad. My family was skeptical about this service (how in the world something can be free?), but the good thing is that I heard about a lot of self-published authors that had success and I gave this service a try.
I remember that before publishing, my sister wanted to read my book and I gave her a copy of the manuscript. She read it in a few days and she started to ask me a lot of questions and I knew that this was a good sign. Now she is waiting for the second book of the series because, in Necessary Evil, some things remain unsolved.
Currently I am supposed to work on the second book, but I started a short story and I wrote about 6.000 words and I’m only at the beginning of the story, so I will probably end with another novel. This is going to be a very busy year for me, because I have the graduation and I still want to blog, write, read and have a life in the same time, but I have to keep myself on position, to give the best I have.
ABOUT THE BOOK: At almost eighteen years, Christine considers herself an adult, a grown woman, with her own principles and ideas about life, ready for every challenge that she would have to face. Or at least this is what she thinks. When her parents go on a business trip, Christine decides to invite the most handsome boy in school in her house. After a party with her friends, strange things start happening in the Taylor’s house. The girl tries to find out what is going on and in the same time wants to have a normal life along with her friends. Christine discovers a connection between the silhouettes inside her house and the dreams she has lately, but will she be able to regain peace knowing that she must release a greater evil? ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Adrian Lupşa currently resides in Romania with his family. He is a student at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Constantza, but in his free time he enjoys reading and writing. Adrian had written short stories since he was a child, but encouraged by the many authors with whom he came in contact, he decided to face the world and write his debut novel.