Monday, 22 October 2012

Afterlife Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY with Willow Cross: Final Stop!

Goodreads Synopsis

When a recently deceased ghost teams up with a vampire who has remained 17 for nearly 200 years, hilarity and chaos ensues.

The day William met Angie, encountering the girl of his dreams was the last thing on his mind. But after a chance meeting in the woods, she seemed to be the only thing he thought about. If he'd known in the beginning that her beauty masked a darker secret and a penchant for finding trouble that was second to none, he might have chosen a different path in the Afterlife.

From the first page of ‘Afterlife’, I laughed out loud “...Balls!...”. This immediately impressed me and gave me that warm fuzzy feeling; the one that tells me that I won’t be disappointed. And hurray, I wasn’t in the slightest.
‘Afterlife’ is a ‘Dark Gifts Series Companion’ short. And as such, it lays out the background and history of a few of the characters that we meet in the novels ‘Birthright’ and ‘Inheritance’ (the latter of which I’m yet to read). Since I have read Birthright, my eyes lit up in joy at the backstories that run through ‘Afterlife’. It really helps to understand the sequence of events and allows us to get to know the characters Angelica and William so much better.
During my reading of ‘Birthright’, I immediately warmed to Angelica’s character, so having this additional knowledge of her in ‘Afterlife’ really helps to form a well-rounded character: one that I truly enjoyed getting to know.
What is refreshing with this short, is that it can be read as a prequel to the series, or, as I have done, during the process of reading Willow Cross’s superb series. Either way, it is substantial to read and enjoy without the prior knowledge that I have. A very enjoyable short!  (Sunday, 27 May 2012)


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Cindy Mucha Barton 
I would like to know which character, out of all your books, most closely resembles you?

That’s really hard to answer.  There is a little of me in each of them.  I guess the closest resemblance to me, other than her age of course, is Sarah Masada from Inheritance.
Terri Wonder-Woman Kinckner 
I see that you're a fan of Karen Moning. Which one of her series' is your favorite?

The Fever series.  It is my firm belief that everyone should have their own Jericho Barrons. ;) 

Teresa Treadway Gabelman 
I am always curious about what makes an author write. What was that one thing that made them think....'I can do this?
I didn’t think I could do this! LOL  To be honest, I’m still not sure I can do this.  At least twice a week I’ll find myself wondering what I am doing and worrying about whether I’m making an absolute fool of myself by even attempting to do it.  I think you come to a place where you don’t really have much choice in the matter.  You’ve published a few things, and you MUST write to keep the voices at bay, to write and refuse to publish those stories seems like a colossal waste of time.  When you reach that destination, there’s no going back. 

MaryAnn Inabinet 
I was wondering what quirks you have when you write, maybe it is a certain outfit or place to go?
It has to be completely silent.  No noise (other than my fan).  And I have to have a lit candle.  For some reason I need the smell.  (Any old scent will do, I just need one.) And I’m most generally in my PJs.

Alaina Moore 
Willow, do you have any strange habits as such that help you get an idea and develop it?
And what's your usual way to go about planning, plotting, and really just developing initial ideas?
When I have an idea, I only fully develop the first scene with a vague idea of where the story will go and what will happen.  I write that scene and the story takes over from there.  There have been numerous occasions where I ‘thought’ something was going to happen and it flipped on me and something else entirely came out.  If you’ve read one of my books and found yourself surprised by a twist in the plot, I can almost guarantee you that I was just as surprised when I wrote it. ;)

Kristina Gehring 
Do you have any superstitions about when/where/how you can/will write? 
No.  I do seem to do my best writing between 10am and 3pm.  (That’s probably because my kids are at school during that time though.)

Melina Turner
I am always curious as I’ve read some of your books, do you research before writing?
How long does it take? Days/months/years? And what do you look for in your researches?
Yes I do research.  This takes place after writing the first scene and then frequently as I go along.  As far as the amount of time it takes, that just depends on how much information is readily available.  Sometimes an entire day will cover it, and other times a week or more is needed to acquire all the prevalent information. 

Krystal Marlein
Do you have any rituals before you sit down to start writing? Do you listen to music or need complete silence while writing?
Complete silence.  I only listen to music when I am in the revision/rewrite stage.  I’ve found that certain musical scores help me add emotion to the piece I’m working on.

Willow Cross fun facts

Favorite food~The kind you eat. LOL

Favorite drink~Coffee/Sweet Tea

Favorite color~Pink

Favorite dessert~Chocolate Chip Cookies

Favorite book~The Hobbit

Favorite movie~Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  (No I’m not kidding.  I love to watch it with my grandchildren.)

Favorite tv show~Supernatural

Favorite band/singer~Evanescence

One place you would like to visit~Ireland!!!

One place you don't ever want to visit~Hell. LOL

What are you working on now?
I’m on a writing hiatus right now, so I’m not working on anything at the moment.  We are about to move to a different house/town so I’ve been pretty busy with that.  I don’t foresee any new working being released until possibly December or January at the earliest.

How do you like to spend your free time?
I try to spend my free time with my family and friends.  However, the concept of ‘free’ time, isn’t one I’m accustomed to having. LOL!!!!
Author Bio:

Willow Cross resides in Arkansas with her husband, two children still young enough to live at home, an enormous cat named Bitsy, and a neurotic dog named Tank. Her home has been known to host the occasional ghost and several of her friends profess to be witches. Although she dearly loves Vampires and Werewolves, they are never invited for dinner.

A huge thank you to Willow and Jessica S who have organised this tour. It's a pleasure having such an amazing and talented author on Bex 'n' Books.
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