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Thursday, June 26, 2014

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Blog Tour: Awaken - Guest Post + Giveaway

Title: Awaken (Awakened Fate #1)
Author: Skye Malone
Links: Kindle | PaperbackBarnes & Noble | iTunes | Smashwords
Publisher: Wildflower Isle
Publication Date: June 3, 2014

Running away from home was never Chloe Kowalski's plan. Neither was ending up the target of killers, or having her body change in unusual ways. She only wanted a vacation, someplace far from her crazy parents and their irrational fear of water. She only wanted to do something normal for once, and maybe get to know her best friend's hot stepbrother a bit better at the same time.

But the first day she goes out on the ocean, strange things start to happen. Dangerous things that should be impossible. Things to which 'normal' doesn't even begin to apply.

Now madmen are hunting her. A mysterious guy with glowing blue eyes is following her. And her best friend's stepbrother seems to be hiding secrets all his own.

It was supposed to be a vacation. It's turning out to be a whole lot more.

Top Ten Must-Haves for Writing
by Skye Malone
  1. Laptop – because otherwise, no books would get done. I marvel at those who handwrote stories, and my wrists ache for them. I type faster than I can handwrite anything.
  2. Music – to let all the random thoughts and worries in my head go play with the music, and thus give me the space to write (weird, but true).
  3. Headphones – preferably noise-cancelling ones to shut out the world.
  4. A plan – even a tiny one. A sense of where to go next in the plot is vital.
  5. Internet connection – one that I can turn off at will, because if I’m connected to the internet too long, I’ll get distracted again.
  6. My patient husband – to listen to me when I get stuck and allow me to rant about the story till that random moment when suddenly the plot clicks, I cut off the conversation and disappear back into laptop-land again. Really, he is worth more than his weight in gold.
  7. Google – dear God, Google. For researching everything from water pressure to maps of California to pictures of the interior of an ambulance. It’s the flip-side of turning off the internet. I have to be able to jump on Google and check ‘so how far is it from Kansas to California again?’ so that I can get the information and move on with the story.
  8. Tea/Coffee/Caffeinated beverage of choice – to keep me going on the late nights when the characters won’t stop talking, and to cure the mornings that follow.
  9. A window – to remind me what the outside world looks like (because I might not have been out there in a while).
  10. An aquarium – this is optional, but I found it useful (especially for a mermaid story). Nothing like staring at some fish swimming around to relax you and help with creative inspiration.

Author Bio

Skye Malone is a fantasy and paranormal romance author, which means she spends most of her time not-quite-convinced that the things she imagines couldn't actually exist.

Born and raised in central Illinois, she hopes someday to travel the world – though in the meantime she’ll take any story that whisks her off to a place where the fantastic lives inside the everyday. She loves strong and passionate characters, complex villains, and satisfying endings that stay with you long after the book is done. An inveterate writer, she can’t go a day without getting her hands on a keyboard, and can usually be found typing away while she listens to all the adventures unfolding in her head.

Skye also writes YA urban fantasy as Megan Joel Peterson and is the author of The Children and the Blood trilogy.
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