Interview and Giveaway with Carol Oates

28 December 2010

About Carol:
Carol Oates has never been one to remain still for long. After her mother’s mad dash to the hospital through the empty city streets of Dublin, Ireland, Carol made her debut into the world in the early hours of Christmas morning. Since then her pace has not slowed down in the least.
Carol was introduced to the world of supernatural books when, as a child, her family moved to a coastal suburb of the north Dublin known as Clontarf; famous as the birthplace of Bram Stoker, the prolific author responsible for breathing life into the legendary story of “Dracula.” This stirred in Carol an early passion for reading about all things supernatural. When that passion was combined with a deep interest in the history and folklore of Ireland, as well as an active and vivid imagination, Carol Oates, the author, was born. Carol’s love of writing about anything not entirely “human" emerged, and the premise for her debut novel, “Shades of Atlantis,” came to life.
Carol still lives in Dublin, but spends a great deal of time traveling though the counties of Ireland and Northern Ireland with her partner and her son. When not traveling through the countryside, Carol spends her days at the office and her evenings immersed in the world of legends and mythical creatures

1.       What was your inspiration for Shades of Atlantis?
The main inspiration for Shades of Atlantis comes from my love of Ireland and the heritage.  I do a lot of traveling around the country and spent a lot of time driving by the hill of Tara, one of the main locations. It’s one of my favourite places in the country.  We learned about the legends of old Ireland in school and it was when I was revisiting these legends that the idea for Shades of Atlantis was born.
2.       What motivated you to finish and publish your novel?
I’ve been writing all of my life in one form or another. I love to write. I’ve finished several novel length stories. Some people write for their own pleasure. I write a journal for that, the fiction I write is meant to be shared and publishing is a way to take it to a larger audience. My ultimate goal is to be able to write full time. It hasn’t been an easy road and I do get frustrated. I’m been rejected. Being a writer means having a thick skin and having respect for people in the industry as well as readers  and their opinion while keeping faith in your work. Above all keep writing.
3.       Is there a message you want to get out to your readers through your book?
 Shades of Atlantis isn’t meant to preach, it’s a piece of fiction and it’s meant for enjoyment. There is the Romeo and Juliette element with Triona’s parents. So obviously there is the underlying theme of people being the same all over and everyone should try to respect others and show tolerance.  We are all born, we all die, we all have the capacity for love, forgiveness and hate but it’s up to us to choose what we do with that ability.
4.       What’s your favourite place to think?
My favourite place to think is anywhere I’m alone, the fewer distractions the better. I love long journeys in the car alone. Sometimes when the weather is mild I go to the hill of Tara, bring a coffee with me and go for a walk.
5.       Chocolate? ^_^
Yes, I love chocolate.  At the moment I have a passion for White Mochas.
6.       Do you like the scent of old book pages or new pages?
I have to say I’m a new book girl. Although I do have a couple of old books, normally they are because of sentimental value. For me, there is nothing like the sound of the spine on a book cracking for the first time to discover if the pages have that silky satin feel to them or slightly rougher, heavier pages then being hit by the scent of clean paper and ink. Can’t be beat. 

    Since Carol's from Ireland, and Ireland is the setting of my current novel, I was thrilled! She patiently answered all my questions with detail, and I've learned a lot. And for that, I love her ^_^
  And Carol also generously offered an e-book of Shades of Atlantis of her debut novel, Shades of Atlantis for a lucky winner!

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Review: Entice and cool giveaway!

16 December 2010

 title: Entice
author: Carrie Jones
stars: 3
summary: goodreads
review: Kirthi
pages:  288
recommended for: ages 13+

Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together forever. But that's not quite how things have worked out.

For starters, well, Nick is dead. Supposedly, he's been taken to a mythic place for warriors known as Valhalla, so Zara and her friends might be able to get him back. But it's taking time, and meanwhile a group of evil pixies is devastating Bedford, with more teens going missing every day. An all-out war seems imminent, and the good guys need all the warriors they can find. But how to get to Valhalla?

And even if Zara and her friends discover the way, there's that other small problem: Zara's been pixie kissed. When she finds Nick, will he even want to go with her? Especially since she hasn't just turned. She's Astley's queen.

My thoughts:
  Need and Captivate were both tense, active, magical, and captivating, so that I needed more. I was ever pleased when Bloomsbury asked me if I wanted to review this. Of course I said yes!

  • good setting
  • elaboration on Astley and his life and family
  • Zara's consistent character
  • detailed writing
  • seems as if the story is being stretched out; very long
  • not much "action" 
  • kind of...boring? This ties in with the first Con bullet...

It seems like just a few, but it basically sums up the book. I believe that Entice would've been a good book, had it not been so long. Entice wasn't as good a book as I hoped it to be, but it was still enjoyable!

And thanks to Bloomsbury I have:
  • a copy of Entice 
  • Entice bookmarks (I'll try to upload the picture of how they look like, but my computer is having problems. Thanks
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Holiday Giveaway!

12 December 2010

Thanks to Eric Smith from Quirk Books for sending me a charming e-mail with offering a copy of Pride Prejudice and Zombies to giveaway. It was mailed to me with a letter from Elizabeth (complete with yellow paper and twine). I read it and loved it, and now I'm mailing a copy to you!

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Review: Shades of Atlantis

title: Shades of Atlantis
author: Carol Oates
stars: 2
summary: goodreads
review: Kirthi
pages: 307
recommended for: 14+

Since the death of their parents, Triona Pryor and her brother, Ben, have lived with their aunt and uncle in Camden, Maine. Now in her senior year of high school, Triona loves her family and friends, but she has always felt that she didn't quite fit Camden, or anywhere else.

Enter Caleb Wallace, the devilishly handsome man who has recently moved to Triona's small town. While their attraction to each other is instantaneous, it also proves to be dangerous...and deadly.

When tragedy strikes, Triona flees to London for solace and to start her life anew. It's there she discovers from an unlikely source that her family has been keeping secrets from her - secrets about not only her birthright, but her ultimate destiny as well. Armed with this knowledge, Triona finds herself thrown into a whole new world and into a battle to save the lives of everyone she loves.

My thoughts:
  A supernatural romance. Sounds good, right? I really wanted to read and review this book, so I requested a copy of devoured immediately upon its arrival.
  I read  through it once, then twice to see if I was right. And I was. Shades of Atlantis is a cousin of the Twilight Saga. Oh don't groan! I don't compare everything to Twilight, really I don't. But I have to say it was nearly identical! Look, look:
  • bossy, overprotective hot supernatural guy 
  • needy, clingy "heroine" who's intoxicated by the guy
  • the guy has a totally gorgeous supernatural family
  • the guy leaves the girl for her own good
  • a nice funny guy friend wants to girl and hates the guy
  • the good funny guy gets rejected
  • the hot guy and his family embark on a mission
  • the girl becomes supernatural like her boyfriend
  • the hot guy wants to marry the girl....
AND I'M GIVING AWAY TOO MUCH! But what I'm saying is that Shades of Atlantis is a combo of almost all the events in the Twilight Saga.
 The Pros were:
  • good romantic scenes
  • detailed characters
  • nice writing, detailed and well formed structure.
I think it was disappointing. I was disappointed, really. So why didn't this get a 1? I'm not that mean. It was an 'okay' book, but not a total failure. I enjoyed it, really. Some scenes were amazing and are so quotable. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to quote though, since it hasn't been published.

Should I get a new URL?

02 December 2010

I wanted to change my URL, because I've been getting complaints about my URL. But if I do change it, anyone who clicks on the 1bookblog URL won't be able to come to my blog.

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