Friday, 10 May 2013

Heavy Metal Heartbeat Blog Tour - Author Interview and Giveaway: AmBear Shellea

Today, I have pleasure in hosting AmBear Shellea and her new book, Heavy Metal Heartbeat, which is Book 2 in the series.  Please make her feel welcome by commenting and/or entering the giveaway at the end of this post.

Heavy Metal Heartbeat Synopsis:

Heavy Metal Heartbeat is one wild ride. Its twists, turns and mind games will leave you breathless and borderline crazy.

This rockin' adventure begins with Ozzie, who has awakened from a harsh brush with death. Just as he thought he overcame all the dangers of his supernatural survival, danger strikes with a vengeance. The news of the kidnapping of a loved one ignites his rage, unlocking a family secret and changing who he is forever.

Now he's in a rush to play hero and savior. There's only problem; What happens if the savior becomes a villain?

Ozzie's friends, with the help of his father, put him to the test to see if he can indeed be the hero that saves the day or the hindrance that gets them all killed. While visiting the in-between he is given the knowledge to overcome his situation. All he must do is embrace who he is. Who is that, exactly?

Turns out when you take a human man with an ancient bloodline, add in slash marks from a Wolf, a bite from a Vampire, the pure love from the woman he loves and piss him off, you get a man no one expected!

Bad Ass Hunter or Uncontrollable Vigilante?


Author Interview:

1.     When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 
In the  sixth grade, we just finished reading A  Midsummer Night's Dream. 

2. How long does it take you to write a book?
It really depends on the story. My fantasy series books took me over a year, but my paranormal series books took me less than twelve months.  

3.     What do you think makes a great story?
Adventure and the unknown. I love to be blown away by a story, blind-sided with surprises I never seen coming.

4. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
Hectic with a large helping of insomnia! I don't have certain time frame when I write like you would with a regular work schedule. The reason being, inspiration doesn't arrive at a certain time.. It usually just shows up and says 'hey I'm here and boy do I have an idea for you!' and you just have to go with it or you will lose it. I have lost some ideas simply because I wasn't at a place where I could jot it down.

5. How do you balance family and writing?
Its a juggling act like any other. Someday's I am Superwoman and others...not so much.

6. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Dreams, music, pictures etc. I don't have one certain thing...That would be too easy. :)

7. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book/s? 
That other authors are some of the most helpful people in this industry and can and will give you a straight answer. In the author community it is common knowledge that if we all help each other  then we will all succeed.

8.     How many books have you written? Which is your favourite? 
I have written four books and a short story for an anthology. I have to say, so far, Revelation is my Favorite.

9. Are your characters based on anyone you know?
No. I didn't want anyone with hurt or angry feelings so I made sure not to base any character on nay one person.

10. Do you have a favourite place you love to write?
Where, is not so much, but by myself with  Rock music blaring is my preference.

11. How hard is it to get published?
Depends. For some it is harder than others. It really depends on what you want and what you're willing to do to make it happen. For me, it took a couple of years before I got my first contract and that was with Devine Destinies for my Fantasy Series. My Paranormal series, I pubbed myself. I am balancing out Traditional vs. Self. There is good and bad with both :)

12. What do your family and friends think about your books?
They are supportive. My best friend went and cleaned off her bookshelf just for my books :)

13. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Well, many things.  I have one daughter planning a wedding and the other is a Junior in high school not to mention the everyday, BUT if I have my choice I tan, get my hair done and hangout with my Besties or my Hubby.

14. Do you have any suggestions to help aspiring writers better themselves and their craft? If so, what are they? 
Never give up no matter what! Always always really listen when someone is offering you ideas or advice.  Remember the people around you are readers too.

15. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Well. Aside from a writer, I just knew I wanted to be famous, ya know, like Madonna or maybe a veterinarian.  

16. What are your favourite books and which authors inspire you?
Terry Goodkind~ The Sword of Truth Series my fav books and William Shakespeare always inspires.

17. For an aspiring writer what do you feel are certain do's and don’ts for getting their material published?
DO edit edit edit for errors!
DO keep sending it to publishing houses if that's the way you want to go
DO ask a lot of questions of anyone in the industry.
DONT give up!
DONT send out shotty work, no one will take your work serious if you don't.
DONT take the easy road!

18. What are you working on now?
Now that Heavy Metal Heartbeat is out and ready for readers, next in line is Stars of Fire, book 3 in the Pedalstem Lillie Series. My fantasy works pubbed through Devine Destinies. 

About The Author:

Although I have always enjoyed writing, the dream to become a writer came when I read A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, in the sixth grade. My early works, not published, were in the form of children’s stories I would read to my two daughters. I divide my days between the real world and the ones I've created. My life and my characters keep me very busy in my Mid-Western scene, where I live with my husband, and my children (both human and furry).

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Other Works by AmBear Shellea:

The Pedalstem Lillie Series (Fantasy Romance)
Chaos Unleashed
Published in 2012 through Devine Destinies

Becoming Strange Anthology
Hell-A Funeral (Story contributed~ Paranormal)
Release date May 15, 2013
Published by Midnight Hour Anthology

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