Friday, 29 November 2013

Author Interview and Giveaway : Slide by Michelle Congdon

Hi Everybody. Finally it’s time to publish the most awaited interview with Author Michelle Congdon
The following Interview was taken as a promotional tour for Slide arranged by B00k R3vi3w Tours the questionare was set by me(Sanchit Bhandari) & Aihik Saha(Our Content Creator). Before taking you through the interview let me tell you something about her..

About the Author

Michelle Congdon resides in Sydney, Australia. She has a Dalmatian named Jett, who to this day continues to hold an 8 year grudge against her after she had to leave him with her parents when she moved to the big city- this only proves animals are much like their owners. Michelle enjoys reading books of all sorts of genre's, watching way too many movies and TV shows (and Disney cartoons), singing out aloud to her favorite hits and going on adventures involving food and travel. Michelle is loud, talks a lot and shares an ever-growing list of fictional husbands with a friend. From when she was a small girl, she has always had an overactive imagination and has tried to put it to good use by sharing her stories with anyone willing to listen..

And here goes the interview

  • Tell us something about your book?
  • Slide is the first in the Broken Series and it is very, VERY steamy! I just hope you all like it!!!
  • What inspires Your hyperactive mind to dish out such feisty novels?
  • Haha, that is definitely the right word to describe my mind! I don’t know really. Both series I have written have started from dreams and then gone on from there. I just know I love strong heroines and alpha heroes with a cheeky side :-)
  • I came across about You that You have a fictional list of Husbands. Have you endowed some of the qualities of these Men in the character of Ryan Fox?
  • Oh, I love all my fictional husbands! A friend of mine was actually the inspiration for Ryan’s character (whose name also happens to be Ryan), and his personality is a mixture from several characters off my favorite TV shows (including a cartoon!)
  • You seem to share a very intimate relation with music. Do the characters in Your new novel Love the same?
  • Music is such a strong influence in my life. I don’t do favorites (it’s too hard to pick) and I usually listen to whatever it is that I feel on the day. I made a playlist of songs that helped me to write Slide but I never really added it into the writing, except for the one song right at the end, but I wont give too much away yet :-)
  • How much does the characters in Your novel reflect You or people You know in Your real life?
  • I can’t say they do. I think Ryan is pretty much the type of guy I so desperately seek, haha. I call him my Mr. Perfect. He has the right amount of everything! Meanwhile Connor, Evangeline’s older brother, is the type of guy I always wished was my older brother. (I don’t have one but I remember growing up wishing that I did.)
  • When you shape the events in the story do You get into the character and decide the course of events or do You shape them in a prepondered architechture? (Are you a Plotter or a pantser?)
  • Most of the time the main characters occur to me in dreams, so their personalities are generally already established. Mind you, I write a scene a certain way but the stronger characters tend to make their own rules and do what they want. With Slide, I’d go over a scene in my mind and then Mr. Fox would say something much wittier, so I’d then have to go back and re-write it all.
  • Can you share any interesting event that took place while writing the book?
  • While most of Slide is the work of fiction, there are definitely a few scenes that were based on small events in my life. There is a certain scene involving Ryan’s dog almost biting him. When I was younger, I was holding my cousins dog in my lap. My cousin leaned over and tried to grab my attention by tapping me on knee. When he did Toby, the dog,jumped up and snapped at him for some unknown reason, almost biting him on the hand. My cousin did NOT find it funny at all, while I couldn’t stop laughing. The only difference was that Toby was a tiny Chihuahua while Ryan’s dog is a giant Bloodhound! I’ve also used a couple of references like, Will and Grace (my girl friends and I used to watch that show religiously growing up!) and the elephant reference. I LOVE elephants.
  • How is The Broken Series different from the Moon Light Series?
  • The Broken Series is a New Adult, contemporary romance series and the Moonlight Series is an Urban Fantasy Young Adult. I love both series but at the moment it’s the characters from Broken that are more demanding.
  • How many books are their going to be in broken series?
  • I’m not too sure just yet. Ryan is very demanding and wants a book of his own in his POV, so that has just added another to the series. Each book will feature different characters (some you have yet to meet and others that appear in Slide) At the moment I have 4 or 5 in mind.
  • You are an inspiration to a lot of people around the world, is there anyone who inspires You in particular?
  • Fellow Indie Authors, definitely. I’m still relatively new to the industry and so many Indie Authors have been so helpful in helping me through the journey. I couldn’t thank them enough. :-)
  • When did your tryst with literature?
  • I’ve always loved literature but it wasn’t until 2 years ago that I decided to try my hand at writing. I’ve fallen in love with it!!!
  • What was the first story that you wrote, can you share it?
  • Before I wrote the first Moonlight Series, I wrote another Urban Fantasy YA story that involved a group of young magical teens in a hidden town. I loved the story and still plan to publish it one day, but for now, I’m kept busy with the Broken series.
  • What are your upcoming projects?
  • I’d like to try and the third book from the Moonlight Series published but I feel as so the characters from the Broken Series are far more demanding. So It looks like Book #2 & #3 of the Broken Series and also #1.5 Ryan’s POV of Slide.
  • You have travelled a long journey from being girl next door to a world renowned author how does it feel?
  • It still feels very strange to know thatstories I have written from the heart areout there availablefor everybody to read and examine under a microscope.
  • What do you think is the best way to come out from writers block?
  • I’m not sure. I haven’t suffered from it … yet (fingers crossed!)
  • Any message you want to give to your readers?
  • Just that thank you so much for all your ongoing support and I hope you enjoy Slide as much as I enjoyed writing it. :-)

10 Things you may Know About Me

  1. I am left handed, but use my right hand to do most things except to write.
  2. I can recite Disney’s the Lion King and Aladdin word from word (including the songs).
  3. I am addicted to video games and wish I had more spare time to play them.
  4. I won “Aussie of the Month” in primary school but was sick that day, so my sister had to go up in the middle of school assembly and get the award.
  5. I have a gluten intolerance but I’m always naughty and eat things I shouldn’t. I suffer the consequences every time.
  6. I am scared of balloons. I can’t pop them. I can’t be near anyone blowing one up. Sometimes I will attempt to blow them up but will only go to half-size.
  7. I enjoy listening to classical music
  8. I am very passionate about animals and plants, and struggle to even squash a cockroach.
  9. I have a strange fear of any kind of electric shocks (including static electricity) and also irons if it is in someone else’s hand and I am near by?!? (Yes, as in the object you use to straighten out your clothes.) I don’t know where either fear originated. What I can say is I cried like a little girl when my friend was messing with me and chasing me around with a small Taser gun. When he realized I was well and truly frightened, he decided to stop. Haha.
  10. I have a scrapbook and a large corkboard filled with favorite memorabilia that I have collected from my life.

Slide by Michelle Congdon

After surviving a horrific car accident that claimed the lives of her mother and brother, Evangeline made a promise to herself to never go back to the city filled with the memories of her tragic past. But when her estranged father suddenly falls ill, she has no choice but to return to New York and to the life she spent twelve years trying to avoid.

Since the accident, heiress to the multi-billion dollar Montgomery Empire, Evangeline has always feared the media attention that comes with having the Montgomery name and would immediately give it all up if it meant the chance to bring back her loved ones. Delicate and camera shy, the last person she should have on her mind is a type of guy like Ryan Fox.

Witty, extremely arrogant but undeniably good-looking are only a few words Evangeline can use to describe the New York Yankee’s hot-shot. The notorious bad boy― well-versed at playing the game both on and off the field― isn't fazed about the media circus following his every move and couldn't be anymore different to the quiet, shy girl that she is. So, what does a guy like him see in somebody as messed-up as her? And although everything about Ryan screams trouble with a capital T, why can't Evangeline seem to stay away? It's not until they're away from the cameras that Evangeline begins to see the real man hiding behind the cocky facade- one that's hurt and haunted by a dark and terrible secret.

What will happen once Evangeline finds the courage to reveal what really happened on the evening her mother and brother died? And how will she react when she finally learns the truth about Ryan's chilling past? Will baring their deepest secrets bring them closer together or will it tear them apart and have them sliding into darkness all over again?

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