Saturday, December 24, 2011

Interview with Author Monica Leonelle & Kindle Fire Giveaway

Boy do I have something exciting and fun for you today!    An author interview & a contest
for a KINDLE FIRE...are you interested yet?      

I had a chance to ask Monica Leonelle author of the new novel in the Seven Halos series Silver Smoke a few questions.  I'm excited to share with you just what Monica had to say.

Who is your favorite author?  Do you feel like your writing style is similar?

One of my favorite authors is CS Lewis, who write the Chronicles of Narnia. My writing style is not so similar but the Chronicles of Narnia definitely inspired my Seven Halos series (which Silver Smoke is the first book in). The similarities include that there are seven books in each, that there is a fantasy world (in my book, the fantasy world lives just under the surface of the real world) and that both books touch heavily on good and evil.

What was your inspiration for this book?  How long did it take for the book to come together?

Inspiration comes from everywhere; with Silver Smoke, I really wrote it a bit like a TV show, like The Vampire Diaries or The Secret Circle. There is a deep mythology that can be hard to keep track of at times, but it all comes together and makes sense by the end. The first book is a completed story arc on its own, but still such an introduction to the series-- readers definitely seem to want to know much more about the Hallows and the Nephilim. Luckily, there are 6 more books!

Do you prefer to work alone or collaborate with others?

I prefer to work alone... haha. I'm not opposed to working with others, but right now I have a lot of my own ideas and need to get them out in my own way. I think once I've honed my craft much more, I will be a better collaborator and more able to work with another author at my level to create something better than either of us could create on our own. The whole point of collaboration is that the sum of the parts is more than the parts themselves... right now, I worry that it could be less until I get a few more books under my belt.

What is your favorite part of this book?

I think my favorite part might be Rykken and Brie's relationship. It's really subtle and sweet. I think both characters have a lot of growing to do, but the initial chemistry and the seeds of a true, everlasting romance are there. That said, you can't count them paired yet. There are a few new characters in the upcoming books that stir things up.

Monica Leonelle thank you for hanging out with us today at the Zoo and good luck with your new book!

 To celebrate the release of a new novel to the Seven Halos series, author Monica Leonelle is doing a Kindle Fire giveaway for Silver Smoke, the first novel in the series! Silver Smoke is the highly-rated (4.8 stars on Amazon) debut novel about the Hallows and the Nephilim, the descendants of archangels and humans. Here's a description of the book:


Brie van Rossum has fame, fortune, and beauty, but there's one thing she doesn't have--the name of her mother's supernatural killer.
The Hallows, descendants of the archangels, don't think Milena was murdered.. but can Brie trust them when their government, the New Order, wants her dead?

She'd better figure it all out soon...

... because when Brie finds out who she really is, the hunt will begin.

And Milena might not be the only casualty.

Like mother, like daughter...

Contest dates:

December 15th thru December 31st (a little more than 12 days, but who's counting?)

Easy ways to enter:

  1. (3 entries) Blog about this contest and forward a link to (see copy + paste instructions for the contest below)
  2. (3 entries each) Share a sentence about the book with your Facebook or Twitter followers, and include a link to the book on Amazon or Barnes and Noble (you pick). One entry per social media account per day during the contest. Forward a screenshot or link of your sentence+link to The links are available below:
  3. (10 entries each) Write an honest Amazon and/or B&N review of Silver Smoke and send a link to


Grand Prize Winner: Kindle Fire (or cash-equivalent Amazon gift card)
2nd Place (two winners): Kindle Touch (or cash-equivalent Amazon gift card)
3rd Place (three winners): Kindle (or cash-equivalent Amazon gift card)
Special Bloggers-Only Winner* (for blogger entrants - must enter via the web form): Kindle Fire (or cash-equivalent Amazon gift card)

Winners will be selected using on January 1, 2012 and announced on How To Be An Author by January 2, 2012.

*To enter the Bloggers-Only drawing (in addition to the regular drawing), you must forward a link to your post to AND add your name to this bloggers-only email list (not for promotional purposes... just an easy way to distribute promised items):

GOOD LUCK Everyone!