Monday, December 23, 2013

Blog Tour: The Longest Night by Alyxandra Harvey (giveaway)

This virtual book tour is presented by Bewitching Book Tours.
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Welcome to The Wormhole and my stop on the tour.
It is my pleasure to feature Alyxandra Harvey and The Longest Night.
Alyxandra has stopped by for an interview:

? How many jobs did you have before you became a writer?
A gazillion. And now you see why I never went into maths. I volunteered for an archaeologist cleaning artefacts, I worked at the Body Shop and selling movies in a mall. I also made jewelery, had my own bead shop and used book store. 

? How long does it take you to write a book? 
Anywhere from 6 months to a year. I have one book I’ve been writing and rewriting since for almost 20 years.

? Do you have a routine that you use to get into the right frame of mind to write?
I love writing routines but I ignore them just as often as I use them. I like writing in notebooks. Having a cup of tea. Taking a long walk if I’m stuck. Napping. Napping has to be my favourite!

? Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters?
My characters tend to pop into my head as they are and then I write the book to find out more about them.

? How do you decide what you want to write about?
Sometime I have a few ideas and I try to write them all until one sings the loudest. Or until it makes me feel a little insane.

? What is the first book you remember reading by yourself?
That is a great question! But I have no idea! French is my first language and we moved to Ontario when I was 5. I remember reading the Cat in the Hat but I don’t remember if it was my first English book or not.

? What are you reading right now?
 I have moved a few books up on my TBR: finishing Holly Black’s Curse Workers series and I’m always eagerly anticipating the next Eloisa James!
? What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I go for long walks in the fields with my giant dog, watch movies, make art, and of course, read.

? What is your favorite comfort food?
Mashed potatoes. And my mom’s apple pie.
? Who would you consider your favorite author and why?
I have several favourites: Terri Windling, Charles de Lint, Laini Taylor, Holly Black, and Mary Oliver. They all have such a great sense of place, quirky characters and delicious vocabulary.

Fun random questions: 
  • dogs or cats?  dogs.
  • Coffee or tea? both! but vanilla tea especially and gingerbread lattes
  • Dark or milk chocolate? milk
  • Rocks or flowers? flowers. unless we’re taking standing stone circles!
  • Night or day? night
  • Favorite color? plum
  • Crayons or markers? markers
  • Pens or pencils? pens
More about the author:
Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners.
She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women’s rights, and ice cream.

The Longest Night: Drake Chronicles: Book Six
Alyxandra Harvey

Genre: YA Paranormal, YA vampire
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Date of Publication: Dec 17/2013
Word Count: 20 000

Book Description:
The Winter Solstice—the longest night of the year—is the perfect holiday for a vampire family to gather. But this year, Lucy and Nicholas and Solange and Kieran get unexpected guests. And they haven’t come to deliver presents . . .

Giveaway- 10 Kindle copies of “A Killer First Date”, Drake Chronicles E short
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