I’m happy to be a part of the book tour for Broken Wings by Cameo Renae, put together by Jaidis Shaw of Juniper Grove Book Solutions. I have an excerpt, a fun interview, and a very cool giveaway for you. Read on and enjoy.
The Midway has refused to send help, so they are left to seek out the only other who can stop Lucian.
A perilous quest sends Emma and a few Guardians into the Underworld, where the unimaginable abide, to beseech the Prince of Darkness himself. Lucifer.
Now, they must endure the deadly levels of Hell, which not one … mortal or immortal … has ever survived.
Prepare for love, loss, and the unexpected.
“Wake up! It’s Kade! Hurry!” A panicked voice yelled, yanking me from my sleep. I sat up, breathless, my heart frantically beating. I was trying to focus, when suddenly, all the lights clicked on.
Malachi was at the front door yanking it open. Dominic and Alexander ran to assist him. As soon as the door swung open, Kade fell limp into Malachi’s arms, and all I saw was red. Dominic and Alexander pushed around them and ran down the tunnel with their weapons in hand.
“Kade? Kade? Hey man! Are you with me?” Malachi said, shaking him. He quickly carried him to the couch across from me. Kade’s only answer was a groan, but his eyes remained closed.
“What the hell happened to him?” I gasped, frozen in place. He looked like he was badly injured.
I suddenly snapped myself from terror in front of me, and jumped up off the couch. I knelt at Kade’s side and held his hand in mine. It felt very cold and weak. Then a most horrifying realization hit me like a brick.
I was touching him, and there was no heat… no surges… no feelings of euphoria…nothing!
“Oh my God! Something’s wrong with him! He can’t die, right? Tell me he can’t die!”
She loved reading from as long as she can remember, and it was C.S. Lewis’ – Chronicles of Narnia – which sparked a fire in her soul and made her want to create her own wondrous, magical worlds and characters to go on adventures with.
Her published books are In My Dreams (A YA Paranormal Romance Thriller), Hidden Wings (Book #1 in the HW Series), Descent (A HW Series Novella) and Broken Wings (Book #2 in HW Series).
One day she hopes to find her own magic wardrobe, and ride away on her magical unicorn… until then… she’ll keep writing!
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CameoRenae or @CameoRenae
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/Cameo-Renae/e/B004X2PEH0
The Writing Life Interview with Cameo:
Why do you write within your chosen genre?
I write in the young adult genre because I haven’t grown up yet. haha I just love the age. It’s the age of fun and exploration. It’s the age of decisions and setting up for the future. There is so much you can do within the young adult genre.
I also love writing paranormal/fantasy because it’s the easiest for me, and really…anything goes. I have a hard time writing just a simple love story and staying in the real world. I need adventure, suspense, mystery, magic, and a little romance. It’s just a lot more fun to write…for me.
Do you outline first or take an idea and run blindly?
I am one of those crazy writers that doesn’t outline. I take an idea and run with it, and the magic happens as I start writing. (I blame the characters. haha) I DO know how the story ends, and most of the things that need to happen for it to end, but I don’t write it out. What I do is try and analyze everything as I write, and make sure that the plot and characters are solid and have a real story to tell.
What do you find the easiest to write; the beginning, middle or end? Why?
Oh gosh…the beginning and the end are the hardest for me, so I guess I’d say the middle. Once you start flowing and you have a general direction of where the story is headed, it’s so much easier to write. I always get stuck on the beginning and end because they are both so critical to keeping a reader interested.
Do your characters sometimes surprise you with their behavior? Or do you always have complete control?
Another…OMG moment. My characters ALWAYS surprise me with their behavior, and I am sad to say that I don’t have much control over them. They are the reason why I don’t outline. Whenever I do, they change it all up. So rude! lol
What is the biggest challenge for you in writing from the opposite gender’s POV?
I think the biggest challenge is trying to get into their head and figuring out how a male would say or react to something, and make it feel real.
Do you edit as your write? Or do you write an entire rough draft before doing any edits?
I do edit as I write, and think that is why it takes me so long to finish a story. If something doesn’t sound right…I have to fix it right there. Sometimes it drives me mad that my brain won’t just allow me to move on, but dang…I guess I just have to go with the flow.
How do you decide on your book’s title?
In My Dreams was pretty much an easy title for me because most of the story happens in the main characters dreams. Hidden Wings was my husband’s idea. I seriously had the worst titles for that one. I was stumped. I explained the whole story to him, and he gave me the name Hidden Wings. I loved it from the moment it left his mouth. Descent and Broken Wings were very easy titles which were within the stories themselves. I still have no clue what title I’ll be giving book 3.
Do you set your books in real locations or do you make them up?
I set most of them in real locations, but once I head into other realms…it’s all made up. I have a children’s fantasy novel coming which is set in a total made-up world.
Have you ever received a negative review? If so, how did you handle the criticism?
Oh, yes. I’ve had my share of negative reviews. My first negative review really crushed me. I knew that I would eventually get one, but I don’t think I was ready for it. Over time, I realized that not everyone has the same tastes and will like my stories, and I am totally fine with that. I take the negative reviews into consideration (unless they are the horrible ones that bash the author and have no explanation of why they didn’t like it). If there is something that I can learn or change to make my writing better…bring it on! I want to continue to learn and grow as I write. There are some negative reviews which gave explanations of why they didn’t like the story. I keep those in the back of my mind while I write, and try and fill in the areas that need fixing. I love writing, and I love the continuous process of learning and growing and hope it will be a long-lasting career for me.
Now on to the giveaway!
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
• GRAND PRIZE: Signed print copy of Broken Wings and bracelet inspired by the book.
• Second & Third Place Winners will receive an eBook set containing a copy of Hidden Wings, Broken Wings, and Descent
Giveaway is International.
To enter, please use the Rafflecopter form below:
Follow the tour to learn more about Cameo and her writing:
Broken Wings by Cameo Renae:
- July 1st – Bianca @ Bianca2b (Book Review)
- July 1st – Katrina @ Kindred Dreamheart (Book Review)
- July 1st – Alexia @ Alexia Purdy’s Blog (Spotlight)
- July 2nd – Nely @ She Writes Again (Spotlight)
- July 2nd – Avery @ Author Avery Olive (Interview)
- July 3rd – Darcia @ A Word Please (Interview)
- July 3rd – Darian @ Into the Worm’s Hole (Book Review)
- July 3rd – Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts (Spotlight)
- July 4th – Buffy @ Buffy’s Ramblings (Book Review)
- July 4th - Sabrina N. @ The Book Town (Book Review)
- July 5th – Laurie @ Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews (Interview)
- July 5th – Alex @ Alex’s Reads (Book Review)
- July 8th – Katy A. @ Book Dream Land (Character Interview)
- July 8th – Christina @ Intoxicated By Books (Book Review)
- July 9th – Sarah @ Literary Meanderings (Spotlight)
- July 9th – Candy @ Just Me, Myself, and I (Book Review)
- July 9th – Pauline @ The Readers Realm (Book Review)
- July 10th – Tracey S. @ YA Book Addict (Book Review)
- July 10th – Amber @ The Wonderings of One Person (Book Review)
- July 10th – Elora, Marie & Layna @ Lunar Haven Reviews and Designs (Spotlight)
- July 11th – Sabrina @ Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace (Book Review/Tens List)
- July 11th – Jaidis @ Juniper Grove (Excerpt)
- July 12th – Amber G. @ Lady Amber’s Reviews (Book Review)
- July 12th – Gabby @ What’s Beyond Forks? (Interview/Book Review)
Thanks for reading.
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