GIVEAWAY AND VISIT WITH GLYNNIS CAMPBELL,”PASSION’S EXILE”…

IT IS OUR PLEASURE TO WELCOME BACK HISTORICAL ROMANCE AUTHOR, GLYNNIS CAMPBELL TO MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE TODAY!!

WELCOME GLYNNIS!!

Good morning Glynnis and welcome to My Book Addiction and More…

 

MBA&M: Tell our readers a little about Glynnis Campbell and your other pen names?

 

GC: First, thank you for the invitation—I love talking to fellow reading addicts.  Most people are surprised to find out about my checkered past!  In addition to romance writing, I’ve been a ballerina, a film score composer, a singer in The Pinups—an all-girl CBS rock band, a typographer, and a voice-over actress for MTV’s “The Maxx” animated series and the video games Diablo and Starcraft.  I’ve been writing historical romance for a little over a decade as Glynnis Campbell, Sarah McKerrigan, and Kira Morgan.  I live in L.A., and I’m married to a rock star (but I grew up in a little town with no stoplights, and my rock star husband was my high school sweetheart)!

 

MBA&M: What made you decide to write historical romances? Especially, “Passion’s Exile”?

 

 GC: I’ve had a lifelong love for towering castles, trusty swords, and knights (and damsels) in shining armor. As a girl, I read Howard Pyle’s King Arthur and Robin Hood books till they were in tatters. History lets me create larger-than-life characters, and I love doing research. I was inspired to write “Passion’s Exile” when my kids were studying “TheCanterburyTales” in school. I decided it would be fun to set that kind of traveling-in-an-entourage story inScotlandand work a romance into the journey.

MBA&M: Have you always wanted to be an author and what made you want to be an author?

 

GC: Writing always came naturally to me, but I never really considered it as a career option (possibly because I was busy being a ballerina and a rock star?) until I’d finished writing three books and decided to share them.  What keeps me writing is insatiable curiosity about the world and the past and a desire to go on adventures with my characters and my readers.

MBA&M: What are the challenges in writing with two other pen names?

 

GC: My husband tells people he’s on his third wife.  Seriously, the hardest part about having pen names is losing touch with loyal fans.  No matter how many announcements I make, there are always readers who don’t realize I’m still writing, just under a different pen name, and I know they’ve been left behind.  It was the publisher’s choice to give me a nom de plume, and though it was with good intentions, I’m very glad to be able to return to my real name.

 

MBA&M: What where the challenges in writing “Passion’s Exile”?

 

GC: I almost painted myself into a corner with “Passion’s Exile”!  I placed my hero and heroine, Blade and Rose, in the middle of a pilgrimage with twenty other people, staying at male-female segregated manor houses.  Blade has a faithful sidekick, and Rose cares for a crippled falcon.  Finding a time and place for them to be alone to, ahem, rendezvous was almost as frustrating for me as it was for them!

MBA&M: How do you feel your writing has changed in the years since you wrote your first novel?

GC: My writing has become more fast-paced, because reading has become more fast-paced.  Readers are very good at painting mental pictures from a few well-placed brush strokes—they don’t really need or want to know where every tapestry, flagon, and sword was manufactured—so there’s less need to fill in all the blanks for them and more time to spend on the action and dialogue.  I’m also writing more accessibly, I think, without sacrificing authenticity, by using a bit less dialect, which most people find difficult to read.

MBA&M: Out of all the books you have written, including your other pen names, what is your favorite and why?

GC: This is truly as hard as picking out your favorite child!  Honestly, it’s usually whatever I’m working on at the moment, and currently I’m very excited about “Passion’s Exile.”  Blade, a self-exiled mercenary, is one of the darkest heroes I’ve written, and pitting sweet, fresh-faced, convent-bound Rose against him was endlessly entertaining.  It was also a treat to have a big ensemble of colorful supporting characters to write for.

 

MBA&M: If you could step into one of your books, which would it be and why?

GC: I almost DID step into “Passion’s Exile”!  I considered making the heroes’ journey—a 10-day pilgrimage from Stirling toSt. Andrews—for research.  It didn’t quite work out (though my author friend Lauren Royal and I commandeeredRoslinCastlefor a few days, which was a blast).  I think it would be fun to tag along as one of the pilgrims, walking through the beautiful Scots countryside, staying in medieval manor houses, sampling hard cider and meat pies, telling stories, and watching Rose and Blade’s romance unfold.

MBA&M: Which character in “Passion’s Exile” do you think you most identify with? Why?

GC: I most relate to Blade’s sidekick, Wilham.  I think probably all of us have a friend or relative who’s on a self-destructive path, and there’s nothing we can do for them except give them our love and support.  That’s what Wilham does for Blade.  Though he gets frustrated with Blade’s self-loathing, he is loyal to a fault and stands by him through thick and thin.

MBA&M: Now, Glynnis, please tell our readers where to find you, your other pen names and where to find “Passion’s Exile”?

GC: “Passion’s Exile” is available as an ebook now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble!  And watch for new ebook Author’s Editions of my backlist—My Champion, My Warrior, My Hero, Lady Danger, Captive Heart, Knight’s Prize, and Danger’s Kiss—coming soon.  If you don’t have an e-reader, don’t despair.  You can download FREE Kindle and NOOK software from Amazon and Barnes & Noble that allows you to read books on your computer or smartphone.

 

          Glynnis, do you have anything else to add?

GC: The single best way an author can succeed is through word-of-mouth and recommendations from friends.  I’m so grateful to avid readers like you at My Book Addiction who spread the good word and allow me to continue writing and taking you along on my adventures!

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with My Book Addiction and More today!!

PASSION’S EXILE

GLYNNIS CAMPBELL

Publisher:Glynnis Campbell (January 25, 2012)

ASIN: B00726SYAS

Haunted by an unforgivable crime, the once noble swordsman, Sir Pierce of Mirkhaugh, now wanders Scotland as the sword-for-hire known as Blade.  His latest mission—to unmask two assassins among the pilgrims bound for St. Andrews—goes awry when spirited Rosamund of Averleigh joins the entourage, tempting Blade from his solitude and making him believe in redemption.  What he doesn’t know is that Rose is fleeing for her life.  With an abusive bridegroom tracking her, her only hope is to seek refuge as a nun…until she meets Blade, who awakens her passions and destroys her best-laid plans.

*All images and descriptions from the author’s website*

BUY LINKS for “Passion’s Exile”:

Passion’s Exile by Glynnis Campbell

Now – for a limited time – just $3.99 in Kindle Format from Amazon

Passion’s Exile Also Available for $3.99 on NOOK from Barnes & Noble

*For our “Thoughts” on “Passion’s Exile” visit:  http://mybookaddictionreviews.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/passions-exile-by-glynnis-campbell-review/

***GIVEAWAY ALERT***

*Sponsored by the author*

We are offering an e-book copy of “PASSION’S EXILE” by Glynnis Campbell. Giveaway will run from today March 9 until March 16,2012. Open globally.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE AND HAPPY READING!!

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To celebrate Jacquelyn Frank’s return to the NIGHWALKERS series with ADAM…..*giveaway*

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To celebrate Jacquelyn Frank’s return to the NIGHWALKERS series with ADAM, today JACOB, the first book in the series, will be available for Nook and Kindle for 1.79. This will be for one day only. So go forth and tell people and don’t forget to buy yourself a copy of the book as well!

Thank you Kensington!!!

*And thanks to the wonderful people at Kensington we are giving away a copy of GIDEON in print from the publisher. Giveaway open to US and Canadian residents only, No PO Boxes pleases, and if you win at another site you can NOT win the same book twice. To win just tweet this special price, facebook it, or share it some other way and tell us “I shared the great deal!” Good luck. Giveaway is today only! November 4th, 2011.*

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A visit with Donna Grant and giveaway *part of “cancer” week*

Today our guest is author Donna Grant, I’m so thrilled that Donna agreed to be one of our guests for this special ‘week’. Please join us in welcoming Donna to My Book Addiction.

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I love that Wendy and April have dedicated this week on their blog to cancer. I hate that it seems the disease touches nearly everyone in some way.

My father-in-law had prostrate cancer. He found out about it a month before our wedding. The Monday after the wedding he began his treatments, and luckily beat it after an operation and chemo treatments.

For almost 14 years he beat cancer, but toward the end the doctor’s grew concerned that the cancer was coming back. We never learned if it did because he died after following a heart condition and then a stroke while in the hospital.

I’d like to say that was the only way cancer has affected my life, but it isn’t. I remember vividly being pregnant with my oldest when we drove the five hours to visit my brother. He’d suffered through years of having kidney stones that formed too hard to be broken up as most people’s had. He’d gone through so many surgeries that the doctors couldn’t chance doing more.

So, I thought the family was just going for a visit. Imagine everyone’s despair when he announced he’d been diagnosed with leukemia.

There was talk of doing a bone marrow transplant, but my husband wasn’t a match, and I was pregnant. My parents, the doctors said, were too old to be considered, and my other brother had health problems of his own that prevented him from being considered.

My brother lived for another six years before he was taken from us. I came a bit late in my parent’s life as my brothers’ were 9 and 12 years older than me, so at times he was more of a father than brother.

I pray for the day they find a cure for the many forms of cancer. Until then I hold out hope the medicines they’re developing will help everyone.

ForeverMine_300x190I’ll be giving away a copy of my Scottish Medieval novella FOREVER MINE to one lucky commenter! J

Here’s a blurb:

A Highlander bent on revenge…
Braden MacAlister only has vengeance on his mind. It has consumed him since the murder of his family. His every thought, every action is in bringing down the man responsible. Until he lays eyes on Jean.
A lass who dared to challenge her heart…
Jean MacKay’s entire existence is turned upside down when her clan is invaded by Niall MacDougall and he takes her prisoner. Yet, everything changes when Niall and his men are surrounded by The Ghost.
A union of two hearts…
Whispers of Braden MacAlister run rampant through the Highlands, but it isn’t until Jean sees the imposing warrior for herself that she realizes he is the answer to all their prayers. Jean defies everything to stand next to Braden and the love developing between them. But will it be enough to put an end to Niall once and for all?

Thank you again Donna for being our special guest today. And thank you for offering a copy of your great ebook FOREVER MINE as a giveaway. Readers keep in mind today one commenter will also win a “goodie bag” with some bath and body products, a note pad, a few surprises, and a tote that says “fight like a girl”, as well as an ebook copy of ENTANGLED (the anthology where all proceeds go to cancer research). So be sure to comment. And who knows there maybe a few extra books thrown in the goodie bag just because.

Also remember the purpose of this week to remind people to get tested, to talk to your family about cancer in all it’s many forms, please remember to hug your family today, let them know you love them and tell them to talk to their doctor about anything, to ask questions! There are sites where you can get a list of questions to ask. Thank  you again Donna for being our guest and sharing your story with us. You are an inspiration to us all!

*as a note this means there will be 1 winner of FOREVER MINE by Donna Grant and 1 winner of the goodie bag and ebook copy of ENTANGLED, so 2 winners*

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