Author Interview

Guest Post: Holly Cupala

Holly Cupala


  • Tell Me a Secret (July 1, 2010)
Buy the book: Amazon|Indiebound|Powell’s|Barnes & Noble

Tell me a secret, and I’ll tell you one…

In the five years since her bad-girl sister Xanda’s death, Miranda Mathison has wondered about the secret her sister took to the grave, and what really happened the night she died. Now, just as Miranda is on the cusp of her dreams—a best friend to unlock her sister’s world, a ticket to art school, and a boyfriend to fly her away from it all—Miranda has a secret all her own.

Then two lines on a pregnancy test confirm her worst fears. Stripped of her former life, Miranda must make a choice with tremendous consequences and finally face her sister’s demons and her own.

In this powerful debut novel, stunning new talent Holly Cupala illuminates the dark struggle of a girl who must let go of her past to find a way into her future.

Join Holly on a tour of Seattle and get an insiders look at the actual places that inspired some of the sites in the novel!!

I loved it Holly!!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!! 

Check out this TWO CHAPTER PREVIEW!!!
Visit Holly’s Tour tomorrow at Daisy Whitney’s Blog!

TELL ME A SECRET Tour Contest Entry Rules
  • Leave comments at any official tour stop or Holly’s blog throughout the tour! Each comment counts as an entry .
  • Tweet about the tour <@hollycupala> and tell us what you think!
  • Post about the tour, then leave a comment at my blog with a link.

Each week’s prizes will be announced at Holly’s blog the following week!

What can you win!

  • Signed copies of TMAS each week
  • Awesome TMAS t-shirts
  • Music that inspired the book (Splashdown! Universal Hall Pass! Symbion Project!)
  • TMAS Journals
  • Bookmarks, buttons, and handmade magnets (made by me!)
  • Lots of other cool stuff, and prizes at individual blogs

(*Open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only except on designated tour dates.)



Just Some News…..

There is an AWESOME contest going on at Zoe Marriott’s Blog!!!

Look at all this cool stuff you can win!

A signed and customised copy of The Swan Kingdom
A signed and customised copy of Daughter of the Flames
Pretty bookplates, signed by me
Chapter One of Shadows on the Moon – the first few pages of this are already on my website, but this will be the full first chapter, which no one but my editor and agent have seen
Playlist CD of my writing music
Various other goodies

Help out some of the schools damaged by the Nashville floods!

You can find more information about what to donate and why at Rebecca Brothers’ Blog

Help Candace of Candace’s Book Blog and her book drive to bring books to the reservation!

Book Review

The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells

The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells

Release Date: June 1, 2010
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 304
Source: Publisher
Challenge: 2010 Debut Author Challenge
Interest: Debut Author
Buy the Book: Amazon|Indiebound|Powell’s|Barnes & Noble

After getting dumped by her boyfriend, sixteen-year-old Mia Gordon is looking forward to spending a relaxing summer in the Hamptons with her glamorous cousins. But when she arrives, her cousins are distant, moody, and caught up with a fast crowd. Mia finds herself lonelier than ever.
That’s when she meets her next-door-neighbor, Simon Ross. Simon isn’t like the snobby party boys her cousins seem obsessed with; he’s funny, artistic, and utterly adventurous. And from the very first time he encourages Mia to go skinny-dipping, she’s caught up in a current impossible to resist.

First off I just want to say that this book was not exactly what I was expecting. I guess with a title like “The Summer of Skinny Dipping” I was expecting a care-free, silly, fluffy kind of read….. but this novel is something much more. If I had to describe it in simple terms…. I’d say it’s a bittersweet story of self discovery.

Honestly within the first fifty pages I wasn’t really sure if I was going to like this book or not. A girl and her family heading to spend the summer with her extended family……whom have perfect and beautiful daughters the same age as the main character…… the main character feeling left out among her perfect cousins…. it felt like I’d read the story before. But then something changed.

Somewhere in the next twenty pages I was intrigued. Mia’s voice grabbed me. And the rest is history.

I did find Mia annoying at first constantly begrudging herself because she wasn’t more outgoing like her cousin, because she wasn’t stick thin like her cousin, because she wasn’t as beautiful as her cousin… but slowly but surely Mia started to change, there were small things I noticed at first, Mia began to realize that things aren’t always as perfect as they seem on the surface. Including how she saw herself.

Simon was a pivotal component of the story. I loved the development of their relationship, it seemed much more realistic than some relationships I’ve read. But Simon is much more than just Mia’s love interest.

The Summer of Skinny Dipping was also extremely well written!

I’m still not sure what I thought about the ending……

If you are looking for a summery type read, with deep message, then this novel should be on your summer reading list!


Author Interview

Character Interview: Gwen from Other by Karen Kincy

Karen Kincy



Seventeen-year-old Gwen hides a dangerous secret: she’s Other. Half-pooka, to be exact, thanks to the father she never met. Most Americans don’t exactly roll out the welcome mat for Others, especially not the small-town folks of Klikamuks, Washington. As if this isn’t bad enough, Gwen’s on the brink of revealing her true identity to her long-time boyfriend, Zack, but she’s scared he’ll lump her with the likes of bloodthirsty vampires and feral werewolves.

When a pack of werewolves chooses the national forest behind Gwen’s home as their new territory, the tensions in Klikamuks escalate–into murder. It soon becomes clear a serial killer is methodically slaying Others. The police turn a blind eye, leaving Gwen to find the killer before the killer finds her. As she hunts for clues, she uncovers more Others living nearby than she ever expected. Like Tavian, a sexy Japanese fox-spirit who rivals Zack and challenges her to embrace her Otherness. Gwen must struggle with her own conflicted identity, learn who she can trust, and–most importantly–stay alive.

Today I have a special interview with Gwen. Gwen is the main character in Karen Kincy’s debut novel Other. Thanks so much Gwen for stopping by!

So Gwen, you’re a shifter, right? What exactly does that mean? Can you take any form you want

Yeah, I’m a shifter! And as far as I know, I’m the only half-pooka out there. I inherited the power to change into any animal from my biological dad, who I’ve never met. Of course, some animals are easier. My default form is a black horse with yellow eyes, just like those stories about pookas appearing on dark, misty nights along deserted roads, though I don’t go around tricking travelers and dumping them into ditches. I’ve got better things to do. Not including those sudden cravings for grass and sugar cubes.

Are all shifters born, like you?

Of course not. You can’t forget all those werewolves out there who got bitten. I’m not sure whether werewolves can have babies or not, which is kind of a creepy thought, but I do know about bloodborn. It must suck to be minding your own business one day, then have a werewolf bite you and change you forever. Though of course a lot of those werewolves aren’t so innocent, since they started out as criminals bitten by other criminals. But I digress.

What do you think about the werewolf pack that just moved into town?

To be honest, I’ve never really met that many Others like me, so it’s kind of exciting that there’s a big number of them in my backyard. But obviously I’m not too thrilled that they’re werewolves. They tend to do everything but lie low, killing livestock and scaring neighborhood kiddies, which is bad news for the rest of us Others. The nightly news is already having a field day. So is the overzealous sheriff here.

Are you allowed to tell people that you are a shifter? Do your friends know?

I’ve spent my whole life pretending to be 100% human, rather than 50% something that scares the crap out of most people. My family knows, of course, but I’ve only told one of my friends. That would be Chloe, the owner of a bread and breakfast called Bramble Cottage in downtown Klikamuks. She also happens to be a dryad, a tree spirit from Greece, and a whole lot older than she looks. Nobody else knows what I am, not even my boyfriend, Zack, but I’m definitely going to tell him. As soon as it’s the right moment.

What would be the right moment to tell your boyfriend that you are Other?

Good question. Zack comes from a really conservative Christian family, and I’m afraid they have some old-fashioned ideas about Others. Don’t get me wrong, his religion isn’t the problem. He even has a brother who’s training to be a pastor, and we get along great. But I’m just afraid that he won’t look beyond the stereotypes spread by people who like to take biblical phrases out of context and use them against Others.

What do you think about the cute Japanese boy who works at the book store?

Well, off the record, I do think he’s cute. But don’t tell anybody. I mean, I’m not exactly single. That certainly didn’t keep this guy—his name’s Tavian—from flirting with me to a ridiculous degree. Turns out that I already knew him online as this artist who loves to draw weird fantastical creatures, especially foxes dressed up as humans. I think Tavian is a little odd. Maybe not in a bad way.

Is there any way to tell that a person is an Other by looking at them?

Definitely not always. You could be the only human in a room full of werewolves, vampires, and faeries and never know it. Though there are some Others who just can’t help it. Mermaids, centaurs, and whatnot. I actually saw a centaur at the grocery store the other day! He was just buying produce, but everybody gawked at him. Even my dad, because obviously living around me hasn’t accustomed him to weirdness yet.



In My Mailbox (85)

Welcome to In My Mailbox! You can find out how to participate and the “official” details on the IMM page.

IMM is a meme I started here at The Story Siren with some inspiration from Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.
The idea behind IMM was not only to put new books on your radar but to also encourage blogger interaction. IMM explores the weekly contents of my mailbox & books bought. And sometimes other fun goodies.

Anyone can participate in IMM and you are not limited to only sharing books that arrive via your mailbox. You can also share books that you’ve bought or books that you’ve gotten at the library.

I won a cool t-shirt from the Picture the Dead blog! It is two sided, I took a picture of the back! It’s too cool! Can’t wait to wear it! I love t-shirts! Catherine Clark also sent me a bunch of bookmarks! Love bookmarks too!


Blood Feud by Alyxandra Harvey

For Review: 

The Season of Risk by Susan Hubbard
Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales
The Agency: The Body at the Tower by Y.S. Lee
Heart to Heart by Lurlene McDaniel
Meanicures by Catherine Clark
Rocky Road Trip by Catherine Clark

That’s it for me this week! Some great titles to dive into!

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