Saturday, January 7, 2012

Author Interview/Giveaway (INTERNATIONAL)

Hey Readers, 
I had the chance to do an author interview with Suzan Battah and she was kind enough to give out 2 arc print copies of her book and 3 eBook copies. So, 5 People will win! Her book will be released on April 14, 2012 and you will find a list of place to buy her book when it release.
The Giveaway will end on January 28, 2012.  This is INTERNATIONAL

For the winners I will give your email to the author because she will be distributing the books!
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Title: Basatai: Outside In
Author: Suzan Battah
Release Date: April 14, 2012 by Createspace

Seventeen year old, Armani Radnelaq a full blooded BaSatai is plagued by a curse in her blood. A curse created from hate and designed to break the divide between two parallel worlds of Earth and H-trae when Armani's blood is spilled in attack and she dies.

S'teuqoubs have been travelling back and forth across the divide for centuries without trouble. The BaSatai and Guardians monitoring activity and enforcing rules to ensure peace and harmony but if the divide splits and opens, a much greater number of supernatural S’teuqoubs will filter into earth destroying equilibrium which the BaSatai and Guardians will be unable to control. Humanity and the BaSatai will suffer and perish. The parallel divide must remain secure at all costs.

Armani has remained hidden on earth with her adopted father Elijah since her birth. She has been raised in the human way and fights her natural instinct to evolve into a BaSatai. The BaSatai in her requires her to evolve and shift, use her powers and strength. Yet Armani is freaked out by the need to shift. She smokes, has a bad attitude, must deal with aggressive bullies and control her natural BaSatai instinct. Her Guardian with BaSatai Warriors are coming for her. She refuses to accept her fate and doesn't believe any BaSatai should die to protect her.

The blood curse maturing in her veins makes her a target for her enemies. Her Guardian Karhl and an elite BasSatai Warrior Rafael are the first to arrive and prepare her for her crossing over. Her attraction to Rafael complicates her purpose to stay on earth even more. They both insist she fall into line and follow their lead but she is not ready to leave earth just yet...

Author Interview:
1. Where is the current place you reside and can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am 31 years old and live in Sydney, Australia. I love to dance, especially Ballroom and Latin - four pairs of ballroom shoes in my closet. Reading, going to the gym are my favourite leisure activities and spending time with my family and friends. My debut novel Mad About the Boy was released last year, a multicultural contemporary romance. Contemporary Romance, YA Fiction / Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance and Regency Historicals are all genres I write in. I love connecting with new people and doing interviews like these with great bloggers like Janina. I work as a fulltime Executive Assistant and part-time writer.
2. Have you always wanted to become a writer and who or what inspired you to become one?
Yes, from a very young age I enjoyed reading so much and just created stories. My 7th grade teacher gave me the best compliment for a story I wrote. I am passionate about entertaining people and writing is my art. It's my way to express myself creatively. Writing is in my bones, I've always known that being an author and writing novels would be a big part of my life. I've been writing since I was fourteen. A very nice rejection letter when I was seventeen from an Editor at Penguin Australia encouraged me to continue learning my craft. You read about the rejection on my website under Biography.
3. How old were you when you wrote your first book?
My first completed novel was finished when I was sixteen, I had several rejections but one rejection truly stood out for me. I had a very bad experience with a Vanity Press Publisher which cost me thousands of dollars and really scared me when it came to publishing. I was young at twenty-one and very enthusiastic to get my book out there. They went bankrupt shortly after and I was never going to recover my money. This scared me for a while, so I stopped writing for a few years until my Aunty Hilda and Uncle Wadih in Venezuela, also are big fans of mine, and encouraged me to continue to work hard and send out to publishers.
4. Do you take part in the designing of the cover of you book?
Yes I do! And this is the most fun part I think. I work with Kelly McDonald from Melbourne, she and I worked together with ideas to develop the cover for BaSatai: Outside In. She's wonderful and very patient with me, very creative, thorough and professional. I couldn't have asked for anyone better. She works with my ideas and advises what may and may not work. We first met on Facebook. I highly recommend her.
5. Do you have any bad habits that you do while reading?
Hmmm, I lose myself in the book and sometimes don't listen when someone is trying to get my attention but hey I'm reading can't help myself.
6. What is your favourite genre of books that you love the most?
I love anything based around romance but urban fantasy/paranormal and sci-fi hits my number one list to read and write, followed by contemporary and then regency.
7. Are you currently reading any books?
Yes I'm enjoying Halo by Alexandra Andornetto
8. Who are some of your favourite authors?
Richelle Mead, Charlaine Harris, Stephanie Meyer, Sophie Kinsella, Jane Austen, JK Rowling, Johanna Lindsey, Stephanie Laurens and Nora Roberts.
9. Do you have any advice for people who want to become writers?
Love what you do, learn your craft, don't write for money, certainly don't follow trends, write from the heart, use your imagination, network with friends, laugh lots, have a thick skin and don't lose your cool - not everyone is going to like your book (PS take both positive reviews with a cheer and negative reviews on the chin and be thankful that someone read your work)
10. Where will people be able to buy your book?
BaSatai: Outside In will be released on April 14th, 2012 available in Paperback and EBook at Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Itunes, Sony, Diesal, Kobo, Createspace and Lightning Source.
You can also check my website for details on where to buy Mad About the Boy here
11. Do you have any websites? (facebook, twitter, blog, etc..)
I'm also on GoodReads, AuthorDen, LibraryThing
-Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me Janina, very much appreciated.

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  1. awesome giveaway! I entered c:

  2. Thanks for fantastic interview , really inspiring for frustrated writers . I liked you remark . Don't write for money . I would like to get your signed book personally , because I plan to visit Australia in near future . So my congrats best wishes well in advance. Greetings and Love Jarnail Singh

  3. wonderful giveaway thank you very much

  4. So glad you're enjoying this giveaway everyone and goodluck