Meet The Characters Blogfest

Welcome to the Meet the Characters Blogfest!

Readers, get ready for a whole month of some of the most interesting, hottest, attention grabbing characters in today’s YA, NA, Romance, Horror, and Paranormal fiction! 
 
All month long I’ll be introducing readers to amazing characters through character bios, artwork, interviews, and contests. Check out the schedule below from what you’ll find each day this month. 
 

That’s Not All…

We’ll be having some fabulous contests, each of which has it’s own giveaway. Readers will get to vote on the characters, and one lucky voter in each contest will win a copy of the book the Winning Character comes from. The character giveaways will include: 
 
Hottest Guy Contest (10/4)
Feistiest Girl Contest (10/11)
Cutest Couple Contest (10/18)
Steamiest Couple Contest (10/25)
 
There will also be one MAIN GIVEAWAY starting today where 1 LUCKY WINNER will win a prize pack of 40 books from some of today’s hottest new authors. Additional winners will be chosen to receive runner-up prize packs as well. Scroll down and enter below! 
 

SO, WHAT CAN YOU FIND EACH DAY?

10/2 — Character interviews with Zadie Stonebrook (My Sister’s Reaper – Dorothy Dryer),            Tizzy Donovan (Laid out and Candle Lit – Ann Everett), Kristi Becker (A Plain                  Wish – Cyndi Lord), Zander Roth (Wicked Hunger – DelSheree Gladden)
10/3 — Character Bios from Kristi Becker (A Plain Wish – Cyndi Lord), Bryan Sullivan                    (Arcadia’s Gift – Jesi Lea Ryan), Brandon James (Love and Other Games – Aria                  Kane
10/4Hottest Guy Contest (Stop by and vote for your favorite!)
 
10/7 — Character Surprise Posts from authors RH Ramsey and DelSheree Gladden
10/8 — Character Artwork from The Other F Word (Susan Stec) and Wicked Hunger                    (DelSheree Gladden) 
10/9 — Character interviews with Kate Everett (A Slight Change of Plan – Dee Ernst),                  Jean (In Polester Pajamas – Catherine Dougherty), Ben (Twenty-Five – Rachel                    Hamm), Vanessa Roth (Wicked Hunger – DelSheree Gladden)
10/10 — Character Bios from Kassia (Ice Magic), Maze (The Ballerina and the Fighter –                    Ursula Sinclair), Lucien (Smoke, Wings, and Stone – Marijon Bradley)
10/11Feistiest Girl Contest (Stop by and vote for your favorite!)
 
10/14 — Character Surprise Posts from authors Kara Leigh Miller, Sharon Kleve, Linda                  Budzinski 
10/15 — Character Artwork from On a Wing and a Dare (Linda Ulleseit), Invisible                            (DelSheree Gladden)
10/16 — Character interviews with David Corbin and Jon Reyes (Sign of the Throne –                    Melissa Eskue Ousley), Rosie (In Polyester Pajamas – Catherine Dougherty),                        Ketchup (Wicked Hunger – DelSheree Gladden)
10/17 — Character Bios from Nadia (love and Other Games – Melinda Dozier), (Karin                      Gastreich), (HL Carpenter)
10/18Cutest Couple Contest (Stop by and vote for your favorite!)
 
10/21 — Character Surprise Posts from authors Stephanie Wardrop, Lucy Crowe, Ana                    Blaze
10/22 — Character Artwork from Haunting Joy (Lena Goldfinch) and The Destroyer                        Trilogy (DelSheree Gladden)
10/23 — Character interviews with Rachel Blackstone (The Relcutant Medium – GG                        Collins), Nell (The King Series – Tawdra Kandle), Arcadia ( Arcadia’s Gift – Jesi                  Lea Ryan), Olivia & Mason (Invisible – DelSheree Gladden)
10/24 — Character Bios from (Karin Rita Gastreich), Sam and Cole (Fate War: Alliance – EM                    Havens)
10/25Steamiest Couple Contest (Stop by and vote for your favorite!)
 
10/28 — Character Surprise Posts from authors Susan Stec, Shauna Roberts, Lisa                          Cresswell
10/29 — Character Artwork from My Sister’s Reaper (Doroth Dreyer), Twin Souls                            (DelSheree Gladden)
10/30 — Character interviews with Nathan Shaw (Reflection – Kim Cresswell), Nia (In the              Winds of Danger – Linda Ulleseit), Jayden or Merch (dark Night of the Soul – EM                Havens)
10/31 — Winner’s Announcements!!!
 

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My Addiction

Welcome everyone who’s part of the Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon!

Hello. My name is Marijon, and I’m a serial reader.

Yes, that’s right. I read books that are part of a series. I read stand-alone novels too, of course, but give me a few interesting characters, and I’ll follow them anywhere.

It started when I was young. Nancy Drew. She and George and Beth… I wanted to be a girl detective. I wanted to drive a little red roadster. I wanted loyal friends who would help me solve mysteries. Nancy’s books were always on my birthday list, and my Christmas list, because I knew there would always be a new one right there on the horizon, and I wanted them ALL.

Then…Little House books. Oh, Laura! Oh Mary! I couldn’t believe that there was a real END to their story. So, as an adult, I went beyond the original books and read every biography and/or non-fiction book I could find about the real Laura, and her daughter Rose. I still have the originals. In hardcover. And sometimes, when it’s cold or rainy, or I’m feeling down, I’ll read all of them. In order. In one long, tea-soaked sitting.

Mysteries have some great series. They aren’t a continuous story, which is good in some ways, but there are usually a group of recurring, crime-fighting characters that I can read about over and over. My first serial detective was my mother’s favorite – Nero Wolfe, with his trusty sidekick, Archie Goodwin. I have all those books, most of them on hardcover, and I have, at least twice in my lifetime, read all forty-something books, all in order. Same with the Spencer series. And don’t forget Richard Jury and Melrose Plant.

The ones that really have me hooked are the fantasy series. Maybe it started with The Dark is Rising. Or the Narnia books. Or Phillip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials.’ And of course, Lord of the Rings. These older series are a real joy because all the volumes had already been published, so I could just read them all.

Then came The Hunger Games. I had to wait for that last book. That was ugly.

And let’s not forget the Harry Potter books. It wasn’t just the fact that I had to wait for the next book. When I knew the date that the new book was being released, I had to time my re-reading perfectly – I’d begin with The Sorcerer’s Stone, and read each volume so when the new book hit the shelves, I could pick it up and dive right in.

What? Wait – didn’t everybody do that? You mean there are people out there who would read the new book without reading all the previous books first? Yeah, sure – and I bet when a new HP movie came out, they didn’t have an entire marathon that lasted all day and night before going to see it.

Hmph.

Some series I had to give up on – the Robert Jordan books I couldn’t take after a while. Too much of the same thing, I guess. And there are some that I’m literally praying about – please, God, let nothing happen to George R.R. Martin until he has finished The Song of Fire and Ice, because if I don’t find out what happened to Jon Snow, I’m going to be really upset.

Books in a series have to have something more that just a good story to hold you – although, of course that’s important. The quest, the journey, the prize on the mountaintop…you want to know what happens next. You need to know if the good guys win.

But for me, it’s the characters that really hold me, keep me coming back again and again. Characters who are real and honest and human, even if they exist in a world that can only be seen in the mind. I will never go to Hogwarts, or the Shire, or Ardry End, but I know those places. I know who lives there, what they look like, what they like for dinner. I’m so familiar with them because I didn’t just read about them once – I’ve read about them time and again.

The characters are like friends. Family. And even if I know what’s going to happen next, there’s such an emotional connection to them, that I always feel a brand-new rush of – whatever. Like when Dobby dies. It gets me every time.

So yes, I’m a serial reader. And if there is a twelve-step program out there for someone like me, I don’t even want to know.

I wouldn’t read it any other way.

HEY!! Thanks for stopping by! How do you qualify for my giveaway? Sign up for my newsletter! Here’s the link – http://www.marijonbraden.com. Anyone who signs up between 9/16 and 9/22 will also be eligible. I’ll give away bookmarks to ten winners, and a signed paperback copy of Smoke, Wings and Stone to one winner. This is an international giveaway. Good Luck!

Moving forward…

So – a young singer/actress named Chloe Golden is going to be doing the audiobook for Smoke, Wings and Stone. I found her through ACX – of course – and her audition kicked serious butt. I hope to have the audiobook available up by November, and by then (hopefully) the second book of the series will be close to finished.

The second book finds Sara at Juilliard, so I’m planning a field trip there in the next few weeks so I know what the heck I’m writing about. I also introduced a demon named Ted – things are looking good for book 2.

The reviews are coming in slowly, and are pretty good so far – even on Goodreads, and as we all know, they take their books VERY seriously over there. 5-star overall at B&N, 4.9 on Amazon, and 4.08 at Goodreads. Hoping to do a few more giveaways this month. And I even had some sales!! Yay me!!!

Baby steps

The signing at the Lake Hiawatha Library yesterday was SO much fun – a bunch of friends came by and bought books, and some total strangers came by and bought books, and I had a great time.  Of course, I totally forgot about taking pictures, so just imagine me, sitting at a table with a purple tablecloth, surrounded by adoring fans, okay?

Lined up a few more reviews – should see them in the next few weeks.  Bloggers have been very generous with their time and energy, and I’m really grateful.

And – THIS IS EXCITING _ I have two great pieces of fan art posted to the Gallery page.  Thanks Clara and Gregg!! If you have any gargoyle related artwork, or Smoke, Wings and Stone related artwork, send them over and I”ll post them.

Month 2 and counting…

The good news – a wonderful review at Random Musings of a Curious Mind – http://blog.jmarkafghans.com.  Thanks to Julie!

The giveaways are over, and the winners have been notified.  Goodreads was HUGE – almost 1000 people entered!  By the way – three 5 star ratings over there at Goodreads.  A great start!

Bad news – was on vacation and completely slacked off.  Stalled at 15K words on book 2.

But I bought another gargoyle (at Disney World ! Who knew?) so I should start getting inspired any minute now.

…still waiting…

Ahem…first official post…

Well, the book has been out one month.  So far, a 5 star review from the blog Teen Blurb, and another 5 star rating on Goodreads. I’m pretty happy with that.  Two giveaways going on – one on Goodreads, and another as part of the blog tour.  I’ve got about another ten or so reviews lined up, as well as a few author interviews, character interviews, and a list of my Top 5 Comfort Foods.  I think we’re doing pretty good so far.