Tuesday, April 22, 2014

**GIVEAWAY** Bridget Blackwood Interview-Rising Shadows

There's many satisfying aspects of bringing to my readers authors and their works, but an especially satisfying thing is bringing into the spotlight local, St. Louis authors. We may not be NY but we have a great stable of authors and I'm happy to introduce you to Bridget Blackwood. She's going to chat with us about her debut novel, Rising Shadows, in her new paranormal romance World of Shadows series.
Bridget has generously offered one luck commenter (Internationally) an e-copy of her novel Rising Shadows and an e-copy of her short story Winter's Kiss.
See below for giveaway details.
Enjoy the interview –– Take it away Bridget!

  • ISBN-13: 9781494891756
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 2/6/2014
  • Pages: 226


Rachel Ryan wakes up with no knowledge of where she is or how she got there. Thrown into a world she thought only existed in myths, she finds more questions than answers. Shape shifters, faeries, and vampires hide in plain sight among humans.

Bridget is offering one e-copy of each
Rising Shadows and
her short story Winter's Kiss
to one lucky entrant (open internationally)
please use the Rafflecopter form below to enter
Thanks Bridget
Good Luck!

Please welcome to The Reading Frenzy a St. Louis Author Bridget Blackwood who writes paranormal romance. She’s here today to talk about her debut novel in her World in Shadows series.
Hello! *waves enthusiastically*

Bridget Hi! Welcome to The Reading Frenzy. Tell my readers about Rising Shadows.
            Rising Shadows is a series that sprung from the question “What would it be like for supernatural creatures to integrate with humans?” I didn’t feel they would come out and announce themselves unless they were forced somehow. Rachel Ryan is the heroine of Rising Shadows and she’s the match that sets off the powder keg. As a psychically enhance human, Rachel doesn’t quite fit in with normal humans or the supernaturals  . She has her own set of priorities and all these pieces of the chess board are moving into position for a major event.

Bridget you also have a short story in the series that’s out now Winter’s Kiss and you’re offering it for free until May 31st. Tell us how we can get the read.
            Winter’s Kiss is my apology to fans for pulling a fast one on them at the end of Rising Shadows. The fate of a minor character is left seemingly in peril. I received an alarming number of emails and messages with people really upset that 1) the character was dead and 2) I didn’t give them a proper send off. I felt I had some explaining to do. Winter’s Kiss is a continuation of Rising Shadows in that you really need to read RS before WK.  Winter’s Kiss is not the whole story for these two main characters, they’ll get a full length book later in the series. Think of it as an appetizer that sets up the action for them.
            The distributors won’t let me sell it for free so you have to contact me. How to get it- email me BridgetBlackwoodAuthor@gmail.com

Tell us how the novels in the series will be connected.
            Each book will feature a main hero and heroine’s story. The cast of characters stays relatively the same but who’s in control of the main plot changes with each book. The series is about a supernatural community coping with inner turmoil and the aftermath of going public. They’ll need to be read in order to get the full experience.
Bridget according to your bio you started writing your series in self-defense.
Can you elaborate on that for us please?
            I’ll probably sound crazy but I’ve got people living in my head. They aren’t all loud and obnoxious but even the quieter ones are impatient to tell their story. It was a relief to finally get Rachel and Bastien down on paper, one pair of voices no longer screaming in my ear. At the moment I have six characters all vying for my attention while I write book two. I have enough imagination for me and a small army. Without an outlet I might seriously go bonkers, LOL!

That statement above sort of sounds like you’re an accidental author. Did you fall into the profession, if so how?
            I didn’t seriously think I’d ever publish. I started writing Rising Shadows five years before it was released. I was hung up with giving birth to my second child, taking care of my new infant and toddler, then moving houses, having another baby, etc. I was busy. My youngest is almost two and life slowed down enough I had free time again. I still didn’t think I’d ever publish. I ran out of reasons why I couldn’t publish and decided why not?

You also say that you’re a hopeless romantic and a sucker for happy endings.
Are happy endings important in your novels too?
            Happy endings are essential. I don’t do cliffhangers and I always go for the happy ending. People read books to find out what happens. At the end of my book when everything is resolved, I want the readers to leave satisfied and on a positive note.

Bridget what do you like to read?
            I’m a romance junkie. I read a lot. My Goodreads accounts shows I’ve read over 2550 books with no evidence of stopping.

Bridget thanks for taking the time to chat with me today. Good luck with the book and the series! Will there be any events/signings you’d like to announce?
            I’m on a blog tour with Bewitching Book Tours until April 25. Readers can enter a contest to win a signed copy of Rising Shadows or one of three chainmail charm key chains inspired by Rising Shadows.

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I'm a hopeless romantic and a sucker for love stories with a happy ending. I grew up in East Texas, where I met and married my high school sweetheart. Together we moved to Southern Illinois and have called it home for over a decade now.

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  1. Thanks for having me on the blog, it was fun, and sponsoring the giveaway.

  2. Yea for supporting local authors, and I love that the characters are living in her head. This sounds good, and it's always a good sign when fans are engaged enough to email and demand answers..LOL

    1. i Kim, thanks for the comment. I know I loved that part of her interview answer, it makes for a great visual :)

  3. Looks interesting!! I like the added supernatural elements to a romance -- makes it more intriguing in my opinion! :)

  4. hmmm…I like paranormal romance because…idk I've been obsessed with all things paranormal since Buffy and it's just carried over and Built through the years. Reading is my escape from reality.

    Thanks for the chance!

  5. for the different creatures