INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS FLASHBACK: BLOG TOUR – In the Mind of Revenge

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ABOUT THE BOOK

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“Mine is a tale of pain, hate, lies, murder, injustice, vengeance, and love unreturned. It began much like yours; a hopeful innocent born to a world of endless possibilities. But my journey has rarely been paved with opportunities of light. Confronted by those who sought to eclipse what light I had found, the darkness came for me. Wrapped in its intoxicating embrace, I have risen
from the dead to reclaim my dignity and the life that was taken from me. I have begun my journey into the mind of revenge. Revenge for me. Revenge for those like me. Those who are shamed.”
In the Mind of Revenge , book one of T he Shamed Series , takes a deep look at how monsters are born. Set in a society that glorifies “normal” and demonizes different, this dark tale takes its readers on an emotionally wild ride of vengeance, murder, pain and desperation. Though the reader is warned by its main character, Shame, not to develop an attachment, the first person
narrative combined with Shame’s uninhibited vulnerability makes it nearly impossible not to do so. Raw, vivid, honest, fastpaced and beautifully vulgar, In the Mind of Revenge is sure to have you emotionally twisted from beginning to end.

INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR

What initially got you interested in writing?

I’ve always enjoyed it! I became acutely aware of it when I was in 5th grade; we had a prompt to write a story where repetition was used effectively. I had been playing a lot of Frogger at the time, so I wrote a tale of a very resilient frog, determined to cross the street no matter how many times he got squished. We had to read the stories out loud, and by the time I was halfway through, I had to whole class repeating, “Hop, hop, hop!” with me. Anyway, my teacher pulled me aside after class and said, “One day you’re going to write a novel, and I can’t wait to read it.” Boom, an author was born.

How did you decide to make the move into becoming a published author?

It’s been a dream of mine to write a book since that day. The seed was already planted! After I had written about eighty pages of “In the Mind of Revenge” (titled The Shamed at the time), I thought, “Eighty pages is too far to call this a short story hobby. Let’s go for gold!” Or something like that; my brain isn’t necessarily that peppy.

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

Obviously, I want them to have an enjoyable reading experience, whatever that means to them. For me, it’s usually being so engrossed in a story I lose time and feel transported into the world the author has created. I also think there are some important social messages on gender and how we treat people who are different. Shame also presents some interesting internal debate for readers that I’ve enjoyed getting feedback on.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

There isn’t anything I don’t find rewarding. If I had to pick, I’d say going back and reading something I wrote and totally not remembering I wrote it. It’s a cool, out of body experience that reminds me I’m capable of more than I think.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

Not having enough time to do it! I’m not a full-time author yet, so balancing a full-time job and finding time to write can be challenging.

What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?

Begin the begin! I think a lot of people wait until they have everything just right, or they have the right equipment, or their less busy. There will always be a reason not to start, something else you could be doing, and someone who will think it’s a bad idea. You can’t finish if you don’t start.

Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?

I travel abroad once or twice every year; most recently I went on a cycling trip around Lake Konstanz, which is on the border of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. It was a beautiful trip, and I’ll definitely be doing another one!

What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?

You can find me almost everywhere!

Personal site: http://livhadden.com (check out my author advice blog, From Liv’s Desk!)

Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/livhadden

Facebook: http://facebook.com/livhadden

Instagram: http://instagram.com/humanauthor

Twitter: http://twitter.com/liv_celese

Snapchat: livhadden

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Debut novelist Liv Hadden has been writing ever since she was a little girl. But, it wasn’t until 5th grade when her teacher said she’d one day write a book that she started taking it seriously.
Her Shamed series began in college, when Hadden employed her writing as an outlet for her feelings during a serious bout of depression. After a brief,
yet impactful first night of writing, she dreamt of a shadowy figure, tormented and demonized by their own mind and realized this was the shadow of pain
that hurting people everywhere felt.

She woke from her dream feeling more energized that she had in months, picked up her computer and began to write. “I felt if ever there was a story
inside me and a character worth taking the leap, it was Shame and this story,” says Hadden. “This one in particular is personal in nature, and perhaps the
very reason it’s so close to my heart.”

Hadden has her roots in Burlington, Vermont and has lived in upstate New York and Oklahoma, where she went to college at the University of Oklahoma, and earned her degree in Environmental Sustainability Planning & Management. She now resides in Austin, TX with her husband and two dogs, Madison and Samuel and is an active member of the Writer’s League of Texas.
Incredibly inspired by artistic expression, Hadden immerses herself in creative
endeavors on a daily basis. She finds great joy in getting lost in writing and seeing others fully express themselves through their greatest artistic passions, like music, body art, dance and photography. “I get chills when I have the great privilege of seeing someone express their authentic selves,” says Hadden. “I believe it gives us a true glimpse into the souls of others.

INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS FLASHBACK: BLOG TOUR – Sleight of Hand

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As the epic Weir Chronicles continue in this third installment of the series, rebels poison Ian and it’s up to Rayne and Patrick to find a cure before their friend succumbs and Earth’s fate is left in the hands of adversaries intent on taking control of the planet. To obtain answers, Rayne must travel to
an alternate world where few survive as Patrick unearths the secrets of the rebels and discovers a truth that shatters his beliefs about the Weir and the future of Earth.

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INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR

What initially got you interested in writing?

For me it was two-fold. A creative outlet, and a way to express my feelings and emotions, when I was a teenager. Ironically, I never kept a diary or journal like so many of my friends. It was terrified to reveal myself in such a raw and vulnerable way, even if no one saw it but me. It was easier to use characters and plots in fantasy or science fiction worlds to express, and have the guts to say, what I never felt comfortable doing.

How did you decide to make the move into becoming a published author?

In spite of the positive feedback I received from my creative writing professor and my writer’s critique group, I continued to lack confidence in my work. I entered my first novel, FADE TO BLACK, in the Colorado Gold Writing contest through the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. I was looking for their valued, detailed feedback and because I needed the experience of writing summaries for my novels. I placed as one of five finalists out of hundreds of entries in my category! That was the pivotal turning point and showed me that if I worked hard enough, I could go all the way.

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

Escape. Excitement. The joy of reading. An urge to keep turning the page even though you really need to get to bed. That is what I love about reading great books. Getting lost in unique worlds, falling in love with characters, caring about them. Most of all, forgetting about your troubles and woes, even if it’s just for a few pages at a time.

At the heart of my series, I draw back the curtain on the power we have over others and wielding it responsibly, whether it’s to protect the planet or to treat others with kindness and respect.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

The control over my characters and worlds that I don’t have in life. I am a prime example that when you are surrounded by darkness, you should turn your face to the heavens and reach for the stars. My stories and novels are my stars. They are better than therapy.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

Staying fresh and unique in your worlds and with creating your characters. There are millions, perhaps by now billions, of books out there in the world. Keeping yours unique can be quite the challenge.

What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?

Write what you love and what you know. Don’t try to copy the latest fad or what’s popular. It’ll be on to the next thing by the time you’re ready to publish. Also, get expert advice and be open to criticism. If you want to improve your work, you first need to improve yourself as a writer.

Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?

I love to cook and putter around in my garden. In fact, I have a fun blog on my website, A Cook’s Guide to Writing. I equate creating things in the kitchen to developing a story or novel with simple analogies. Check it out!

What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?

Catch up with me and my work on my website. www.sueduff.com While there, make sure you sign up for my quarterly newsletter to get the latest news about the series and more!

Follow me on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/sueduffwriter

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sueduff55

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Email me at: sueduffauthor@gmail.com

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author Sue Duff

Sue Duff has dreamed of dragons and spaceships before she could even read, so it’s only natural that she now combines both fantasy and science fiction as her favorite genre. Having written since high school, Duff never took it seriously until a skiing accident laid her up for an entire summer and she turned on the word processor to combat the boredom. A couple years later, her first urban fantasy novel, Fade to Black , was one of five finalists in the
RMFW Colorado Gold Writing Contest and in 2015, Duff’s writing earned her the PEN Award.

She is the second oldest of six girls with an avid reader mom and her dad, the family’s single drop of testosterone in a sea of estrogen.
By day, Duff is a dedicated speech-language therapist at an inner city school district, a career she pursued much in part to her aunt who got her hooked on stories of the profession when Duff was younger. She is passionate about the work she does and regularly works to help those students that need it the most.

Sue is a member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and T he Pikes Peak Writers. She calls Colorado home and when not saving the world one page at a time, she can be found walking her great dane, getting her hands dirty in her garden, or creating something delicious in her kitchen.

Check out her blog, A Cook’s Guide to Writing and other musings on her website.