Saturday, September 28, 2013

A "Killer" Good Read. . .

It's every author's wish to have that one book that sets them apart from the rest!  It's our hope to write something that is going to take off and readers enjoy.  Well, Mello & June is happy to report you've come to the 'write' blog because we're presenting two authors who have achieved just that!
If you're a fan of  Showtime's Dexter, I recently read a book that gave me the same thrill as that show!  This is such an awesome book and it's gaining much speed on Amazon and the reading community.  After having read it, I see why that is!  And, what author doesn't want to achieve over-the-top book sales on Amazon?  Would it surprise you to know Mello & June has such an author to visit us!  She is one of Amazon's Top 100 bestsellers.  It was such a pleasure to read  one of her books, which I plan to read more!  She has an array of novels out there doing very well.  And we're happy she agreed to be interviewed by us!
If this wasn't enough to get you excited, wait until you read about their books and what makes these authors tick, plus what makes them so unique and unstoppable!  What a great group of authors we're presenting this weekend!  Get your download fingers ready and hit those buy links and join their fan pages!  Keep it Right Here!  We couldn't be more proud of their accomplishments! 
So without further ado, drum roll please! 
Proudly Present
Authors, John Cassian and Sibel Hodge 
Serial killer Samuel Knight abducts and murders an unfaithful woman named Ashley Monahan -- before returning to his regular, obsessive pursuit of "love." His latest object of affection is FBI Unit Chief Kathleen Underwood, a beautiful yet odd FBI agent assigned to catch a serial killer named The Greek Death.  

Knight uses his FEMA credentials to insert himself into her investigation, and finds to his surprise that Agent Underwood is attracted to him -- since she doesn't know yet that he himself is The Greek Death.

But when Agent Underwood finds Ashley Monahan's corpse, all bets are off -- and Knight finds himself in a race against time to either frame someone else for the murder, run away, or let Agent Underwood catch him!

1. ‘Killing Matt Cooper’ was so well written, I wanted the novella to be an actual novel. Having said that, you managed to shock the reader from the very first sentence in the book. Are you surprised with the success you’re having with this novella? 
I am surprised at one thing. If you read the reviews, most of the men who’ve read the book don’t seem to enjoy it as much as the women in the audience. Given the extreme and explicit nature of the book, I expected men to get a certain satisfaction from it, and for women to organize lynch mobs for my head! I never thought a rape-themed book would become popular among women!

2. In the reading community, I’ve heard lots of fans comparing your book to the show “Dexter,” which I said myself, how does this make you feel, and please explain the differences in your favorable serial killer without giving too much away? 
I somewhat consciously set out to write a story like Dexter. I’m a screenwriter by trade, and so when I initially thought of the story, my concern was that if I wrote it as a movie, it was going to be too much like Dexter. So I decided to write it as a novel instead, and to go very extreme on the explicitness to make it stand apart.  

The biggest difference between my killer and Dexter is that my killer has no code. He’s driven more by impulse than a twisted set of morals.

3. After having read ‘Killing Matt Cooper,’ I immediately began to discover we share a similar ‘warped’ imagination, and I chuckled to myself. I mean that in the highest respect, so tell our readers—how in the hell did you come up with such a great story, in so little pages?
Truth be told I was in a really dark place when I wrote the story. I was feeling very down on myself. I was depressed that the woman I’m in love with was getting married to someone else, and so I decided I wanted to do something that would make me hate her. I was consciously trying to kill the memory of her in my mind by degrading her character in my story. To do so, I decided to go extreme; to not hold back at all; to just pour all my dark thoughts on the page and see where they go. Of course, it didn’t work; I’m still in love with her.

4. What well-known author would you say your writing style is similar to?
That’s a tough one, because I write in lots of different genres. And the thing about writing is, your style has to change to reflect the story. If you’re writing an explicit story, your style needs to be explicit. If you’re writing a children’s story, your style needs to be whimsical. If you write a romantic story, your style has to be sentimental. Style has to reflect the tone and mood you’re going for, so I actively try to change my style depending on the story being told. That being said, I love inserting immature editorial commentary into my work. I’d like to aspire to be Hunter S. Thompson, but I don’t really think I’m anything like him right now.


5. How many years have you been writing?
19 years now. I’m repped as a screenwriter, but not yet as a novelist. We shall see!

6. If you could be any of the characters you’ve invented (with the exception of our Serial Killer -- (chuckle)), who would it be and why?
I would probably be a character named Jack from a different story I wrote. The thing about Jack is, he’s a genius, and a man-whore, and a musical prodigy. He also dresses like a wigger and marches to his own beat, not giving a damn what anyone else thinks. My biggest problem in life is that I get bogged down by what I think other people are thinking. My character of Jack doesn’t give a crap!

7. You’re becoming quite the hit on Amazon and Goodreads, which is absolutely amazing and so well deserved.   So. . .please tell us, what is your next move and what more can we expect from this up-and-coming author?
I’m just going to keep writing and hope for the best! I’m amazed at all the reviews I’ve gotten, and also amazed at just how much marketing work an author needs to do.    No one ever tells you that in writing school!
SIDE NOTE:  My mom discovered this book on Goodreads and became a fan, and she suggested it to me, and after I read it, I, too, was a fan!  You will be hooked immediately!  Trust me, Readers, this is an OUTSTANDING BOOK!  You will want to Download this!  It's very inexpensive.  Good price for a great book!
Most sixteen-year-old girls are obsessed with their looks, but Jazz Hooper's obsessed for a different reason. After a car accident that kills her mum, Jazz is left with severe facial scars and retreats into a dark depression.

Fearing what will happen if Jazz doesn't recover, her dad makes a drastic decision to move them from England to a game reserve in Kenya for a new start. And when Jazz finds an orphaned leopard cub, it sets off a chain of events that lead her on a two year journey of discovery, healing, and love.

"A percentage of the royalties from the sale of this book will be contributed to Panthera, a leading international conservation organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the world's big cats, plus other wildlife conservation groups." -- Sibel Hodge, Author

Sibel Hodge is the Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author of Fourteen Days Later and Be Careful What You Wish For.  She has 8 cats and 1 husband. In her spare time, she's Wonder Woman! When she's not out saving the world from dastardly demons she writes an eclectic mix of romantic comedies, mysteries, thrillers, children's books, and non fiction. Her other books include My Perfect Wedding, The Baby Trap, The Fashion Police (Amber Fox Mystery), Voodoo Deadly (Amber Fox Mystery), The See-Through Leopard, How to Dump Your Boyfriend in the Men's Room (and other short stories), It's a Catastrophe, Healing Meditations for Surviving Grief and Loss, A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey, and A Gluten Free Soup Opera.

Her work has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008, Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009, Runner Up in the Chapter One Promotions Novel Comp 2009, nominated Best Novel with Romantic Elements in 2010 by The Romance Reviews, Runner Up in the Best Indie Books of 2012 by Indie Book Bargains, and Winner of Best Children's Book by eFestival of Words 2013. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the Top 40 Books About Human Rights by Accredited Online Colleges.
1. How long have you been writing? 
Ever since I was old enough to scrawl my first word, which was Halibaaaaa, I knew I wanted to write books. OK, so the word didn’t actually make sense, and it might take a little longer for me to string a whole sentence together, but that didn’t put me off. I was going to write a novel and no one would stop me. After discovering the wonderful world of books, I thought I’d have a go myself, and remember scribbling down stories whenever I had a spare moment. Shame I was only six, and there was no way anyone would publish a book with “I Want Big Girls’ Knickers” in the title.

When I was about 17 I started writing my first novel, but I never got further than the first 3 chapters. I started another one about 5 years later. I'd hate for them to ever see the light of day again! I got the idea for my debut novel 7 years ago and I haven't stopped writing since.

2. Who or what inspires your stories?
Anything and everything. A book I've read, a film I've seen, a snippet of conversation, something that's happened to me or friends, subjects I feel passionate about. It's that "what if that happened" moment. Plus, I have a crazy imagination.

3. Do you use a writing formula for constructing your storylines?
No, I'm more of a pantster than a plotter. Most of the time I don't have a clue what I'm going to write until I start. I know the beginning and end, but that's about it. I love seeing where the characters take me. And then they start having conversations with me in my head!

4. What part of the writing process do you like/dislike?
I love getting the first draft completed because you know most of the hard work is already done and it's just the editing process that comes next. But reading through the manuscript about twenty times when editing can get a bit tedious.

5. What advice would you give to other authors trying to break into the industry?
Follow your dreams. Write what you love and your passion will shine through in your work. Read a lot of different books to find out what works and why. Write to hone your craft, even if it's only a few words a day.

6. If you could be any of the characters you've invented, which one would it be and why?
Amber Fox from my Amber Fox Mystery series. She's funny, kick ass, and sarcastic, but she's also got a vulnerable side.

7. Who is your favorite author or authors?
Tell us why? I've got loads! Sophie Kinsella, Marian Keyes, Catherine Alliott, Gemma Halliday, Ian Rankin, Kathy Reichs, Thomas Cook. I could be here all day!

SIDE NOTE:  I read The Diary of a Sex Slave and became hooked and a huge fan of Sibel's.  She's an awesome author!  You will definitely want to check out her books, if you aren't familiar with her work! 
Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author

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