Monday, April 30, 2012


Hey, Friends! Welcome to my stop on the Capture blog hop! This is a blog hop for the release of Brina Courtney's new book, Capture! Not only this, but it is my first blog hop EVER! So exciting! Even more, this is going to be my first GIVEAWAY ever! And my first guest post on my blog ever! Yeah, today is a big day! So, let's get right to it, shall we?

For this blog hop, I asked Brina to write me a post about her inspiration for her books. Things that inspired her for everything - the plot, the character names, and anything else she deemed worthy of telling us. I know I always wonder about where these things come from - especially the character names. So, let's see what she's written for us, yes?

Under the Influence: A guest post by Brina Courtney

I wish I had some sort of elegant tale to tell about why I chose to start writing, or what makes me what to write. But really and honestly, there isn’t. I just love to write. I’ve always created characters in my own world, though most people call them pretend friends when you’re a child. I guess for me, letting my imagination run wild is easy.

Research has influenced this set of books most, due to the fact that many believe in cryptozoology, including myself. Lots and lots of time spent online and in the library help to develop Shay and her kind. But then there is music, always floating through the air like whispers on the wind. Music is what makes words flow on paper for me. I listen to mostly mellow artists like Adele and Sarah Bareillis.

I can’t say that any of the characters are like people I know, except for Shay. There’s a lot of me inside her. So much of my own internal monologue comes through in my writing. I have this kind of secret quirky side that she seems to adore. What can I say? I like a girl with a ‘tude! I’m all for a strong heroine someone who is a bit odd but likeable. I would like to think, just like myself.

The setting came to me just as Shay did, in the dark of night. Just a whisper of an idea. And the story unfolded much of the same. I’m lucky to have my imagination, and hopefully, if I’m lucky, the imagination of my readers goes with me.

Thank you for that post, Brina! I definitely understand what you're saying. Especially about Sara Bareillis - I love her! (This is where I randomly start singing a random lyrics from one of her songs . . .)

Now it's time for the GIVEAWAY! Yes, the moment I know you have all been waiting for. There will be TWO giveaways happening here. one for the entire blog hop, and one just for me. What can we win from the whole blog hop? We can win A $15 Amazon giftcard (INT) and two signed paperbacks of Reveal (not INT). For this giveaway, the winners will be chosen by comments! **BE SURE TO LEAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS TO CONTACT YOU IN YOUR COMMENT, PLEASE**

Now, for MY giveaway. I will be giving away ecopy of Reveal and an ecopy of Capture to one lucky winner! All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter! For any extra rules or anything, check my giveaway policy located in my POLICIES tab at the top of my blog. Now go ahead, enter!
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  1. Sounds like an awesome book! Love the cryptozoology part, it just makes everything more exciting!! ;D

  2. Searched them much. cover. love.

  3. Interesting guest post. I have never heard of cryptozoology - so I have to go see what that is! Thanks for helping get the word out about these books. I had not heard of them before this hop, but they sound good.

    kherbrand at comcast dot net

  4. cryptozoology is so interesting! And is such an fun thing to work into a story. I Love the outcome of her books and cant't wait for #3!

    michellejoy07 (at) hotmail ( dot) com


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