After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel Blog Tour

Novel Reaction is excited to be part of the After Obsession  by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel Blog Tour. Here is a little information about each author:

Carrie Jones

Carrie Jones likes Skinny Cow fudgsicles and potatoes. She does not know how to spell fudgsicles. This has not prevented her from writing books. She lives in Maine, but she grew up in Bedford, NH where she once had a séance with cool uber-comedian Sarah Silverman. Her house was terribly haunted. Pencils would randomly catch fire. Not good.

Carrie Jones is the author of the Need series, you can read Novel Reaction’s reviews of Need, Captivate, and Entice

Steven E. Wedel

 was born on April 28, 1966, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, but we moved to Enid, Oklahoma, within two years of my birth. I grew up in Enid, graduated from Enid High School in 1984, and will always consider that little city on the plains my home town.

Rather than go to college after high school, I got married and went to work, spending 10 years working in machine shops in Enid and Oklahoma City before rethinking my decision and going to college. I earned a BA in journalism, with a minor in English, from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1999, then went on to earn a Master of Liberal Studies degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2004; my emphasis was on creative writing.

I currently live in a suburb of Oklahoma City with my wife and four kids. I work as an English teacher at an independent school district in OKC.

Steven is the author of The Werewolf Saga.

I thought I would post a couple of interview questions from both authors that I thought were interesting, I didn’t provide the interview questions but the personalities of each author shines through.


Q: What reaction do you anticipate from your loyal fan base regarding this collaboration? Is it something they’re going to like? Will they pity you for what you’ve endured? Or will they simply ignore it?

STEVE: Hopefully Carrie’s fans won’t feel the need for pity. No residents of Maine were harmed in the creation of this book. Not physically, anyway. I think my fans will like it. I know my students will, and I’ll be thrilled to have a book school librarians will make available to high schoolers.

CARRIE: I hope they like it despite the fact that there are no pixies. They will all probably fall in love with Alan, the main character that Steve created, the way I did. Oh my gosh! You think they’ll ignore it? Hold on. I have to go panic now.

Q: Artistically speaking what did each of you contribute to this book? How is it different than the usual novel you write?

STEVE: Well, the most obvious answer is that the book is written in alternating points of view between Aimee, Carrie’s character, and Alan, my character. Carrie’s writing is very much character driven and very feminine. She sees a lot of detail that I tend to gloss over. I’d say this novel is much richer in detail and tone than anything I’ve done previously and I blame Carrie for that.

CARRIE: It is much quicker, much more plot-driven, and has a lot more testosterone in it. Steve puts a really man energy into his chapters and he’s so good at dialogue and flow. I was really lucky to write with him.

Q: Carrie, you are known for strong young female characters instrumental in solving their own problems, much like you allegedly gnawed through the chains and escaped Wedel. Has the revolving point of view used in After Obsession diluted the strength of Aimee, the female protagonist? And Steve, you are known for your horror and your detail. Did you find it hard to tone it down for this book?

CARRIE: No. I think by seeing her actions through Alan’s eyes it actually makes her stronger.

STEVE: In YA, even demons have to watch their language. Actually, the scary elements aren’t that toned down from my solo novels. And, I guess I’ve mellowed with age, because I’m not including as much graphic content in my other books as I used to.

Q: Carrie, are you suffering from Stockholm Syndrome? Would you collaborate with Wedel again, or are you simply glad to be free? Steve, have you moved on to bigger and better authors to torment?  What are your states of mind as After Obsession moves closer to publication?

CARRIE: I would love to experiment again, if he still wants me.

STEVE: Bigger and better? That would be hard to find. I’d write with Carrie again in a heartbeat. Maybe I wouldn’t even have to use that old black magic next time.

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Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey Blog Tour and Interview

Novel Reaction is very excited to welcome Alyxandra Harvey as part of her blog tour for Haunting Violet.

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.

Among her favourite books are ‘The Wood Wife’ by Terri Windling, ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte, and of course, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. Elizabeth Bennet is her hero because she’s smart and sassy, and Mr. Darcy is, well, yum.
Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with husband and their dogs. She likes cinnamon lattes, tattoos and books.


NR: In Haunting Violet, Violet assists her mother in conning people into believing they were being visited by ghosts, where did you get the specific tricks used by them?

AH: I researched a lot and then made quite a few of them up myself or altered them. Bellows were used, but I had Violet’s Mom strap them under Violet’s petticoats which was my own personal version. I researched which chemicals could be thrown into fireplaces to create colorful flames and thought long and hard about how to hide things in a Victorian parlour!

NR: Did you try those tricks out to see if they worked, and if so, any funny or disastrous results?

AH: Happily I did not have to pluck chickens bald to see if their feathers would look like snow!  I did throw salt in the fire place to see what would happen (you’d have to use quite a bit for it to be really dramatic) and we hired a medium to come to our house. My husband has always been interested in ghost hunting so I got to play with his EMF and sensor gadgets but that was more useful for my modern day paranormal I have coming out in 2012/3 than Haunting Violet.

NR: Will we get to visit Violet again in future novels?

AH: I hope so! I wrote the first draft of a sequel years ago because I couldn’t help myself but it’s uncontracted so no promises. If the readers want it though, it’s definitely a possibility!

NR: Haunting Violet is a historical novel, which is very different from your contemporary set Drake Chronicles series, how did writing in a historical time period compare?

AH: I love historical fiction and historical fantasy so it was a real pleasure to write Haunting Violet. I actually wrote it before Drake Chronicles. I’ve always felt more comfortable writing historical fantasy than modern-day…but now my favorite is definitely a combination of the two! (Like in Blood Feud)

NR: On Novel Reaction each month we do a books to movie challenge where we read the book and watch the movie and discuss it. Which is your favorite book to movie and why?

AH: A great question!

Pride and Prejudice, of course, has to be high in the list. I do love a little Mr. Darcy. But Elizabeth Bennet has to be awesome.  I’m even pickier about her portrayal!

And I adore the Harry Potter movies. The feel of them, the flavor of the books they maintained, everything. And I’d love it if the set designers wanted to come and redecorate my writing studio. That would be brilliant.


Thank you so much Alyxandra for stopping by and sharing with some more information on Haunting Violet, your new historical paranormal young adult novel (and that is a mouthful). 🙂 I am also a huge fan of the Harry Potter movies and can’t wait for part 2 of The Deathly Hallows to come out next week. Alyxandra is the author of The Drake Chronicles, a paranormal contemporary ya series with the fourth book Bleeding Hearts scheduled to be released in November of this year (I am really looking forward to it, I am totally team Nick and Lucy!!).

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The Guardian by Margaret Mallory Blog Tour and Giveaway

Novel Reaction is excited to be a part of Margaret Mallory’s The Guardian blog tour.

Margaret Mallory surprised her friends and family by abandoning her legal career—and her steady job—to write novels. At long last, she can satisfy her passion for justice by punishing the bad and rewarding the worthy—in the pages of her novels, of course.   She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two college-age children. She would dearly love to hear from readers. You can contact her via her website at

The Guardian is the first book in the Return of the Highlanders Series, about four cousins as close as brothers.

Return of the Highlanders:

The Guardian (Ian)

The Sinner (Alexander) (November 2011)

The Warrior (Duncan) (May 2012)

The Chieftain (Connor) (November 2012)

You can read more about the true tales behind the Scottish Historicals by Margaret Mallory, Kira Morgan and Sue-Ellen Welfonder in We <3 Scotland here.


Margaret was kind enough to share with us Five Fun Facts about herself:

1. Margaret’s old boyfriend married Xena, the Warrior Princess.  (The actress, that is.)

2. She lived in Nigeria in West Africa when she was in 7th and 8th grades and went to boarding school there.

3. She visited Forks, Washington before Twilight was a glimmer in Stephanie Meyer’s eye.

4. The red-haired women in her family are up in arms over the fact that none of the heroines in her first three books has red hair.  To keep the peace, she has pledged that the next twelve heroines will all be redheads.

5. She met her husband at a going away party for someone neither of them knew.  She still does not know why he was there.


Thank you Margaret for sharing with us, being a Scottish red-head myself (okay, most of it comes out of a bottle but when I was little I was a red head) I appreciate a red-headed heroine. 🙂

Thanks to the Forever Publishing I have an advance reader copy of The Guardian for one lucky winner. The rules:

  • Must be US or Canada only.
  • Contest ends May 10th.
  • One entry per person.
  • To enter leave a comment.


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Blog Tour Interview with Elizabeth Hoyt and Giveaway

Novel Reaction is excited to welcome Elizabeth Hoyt as part of her Notorious Pleasures Blog Tour, the second in the Maidenhead Lane Series.


Elizabeth Hoyt is a USA Today bestselling author of historical romance. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in central Illinois with three untrained dogs, two angelic but bickering children, and one long-suffering husband. Please visit her websites for chapter excerpts, book extras, and author appearances:


NR: You addressed the little discussed rampant problem of gin drinking by the lower classes in Notorious Pleasures, what led you address this topic and why?

EH: Chaos is an interesting setting for any story. Because of the gin problem in Georgian London there was enormous social and political upheaval. In very poor areas like St. Giles whole families became addicted to gin which led to prostitution, high crime rates, etc. The crime rate became such a problem, in fact, that the nobility noticed and started trying to legislate gin, though it took decades before anything meaningful was passed in Parliament.

NR: Do you think we will see Lady Hero’s brother, the Duke, brought down by love?

EH: Why, yes, yes, we will. 😉

NR: Will you give us a hint of what to expect in Silence’s story, Scandalous Desires?

EH: Hmmm, well I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say that “Charming” Mickey O’Connor is the hero. Here’s a preliminary blurb:

Can a pirate learn that the only true treasure lies in a woman’s heart? Widowed Silence Hollingbrook is impoverished, lovely, and kind – and a year ago she made a horrible mistake. She went to a river pirate for help in saving her husband and in the process made a bargain that cost her her marriage. That night wounded her so terribly that she hides in the foundling home she helps run with her brother. Except now that same river pirate is back …and he’s asking for her help.

‘Charming’ Mickey O’Connor is the most ruthless river pirate in London. Devastatingly handsome and fearsomely intelligent, he clawed his way up through London’s criminal underworld. Mickey has no use for tender emotions like compassion and love, and he sees people as pawns to be manipulated. And yet he’s never been able to forget the naive captain’s wife who came to him for help.

NR: At Novel Reaction  each month we do a books to movie challenge where we read the book then watch the movie, which is your favorite Book to Movie, and which is your least favorite?

EH: Oh, easy! Favorite: the Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice, least favorite Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey, Jr. I actually loved the movie—because RDJ!—but as an adaptation of Sherlock Holmes? Um, not so much.


Thank you Elizabeth for stopping by and giving us some hints of what we can look forward to for the characters from The Maidenhead Lane Series.

Thanks to Hatchette Publishing I am able to give away three copies of Notorious Pleasures. The Contest ends Feb. 12th.

The Rules:

-Only residents of the U.S. or Canada are eligible to win
-No P.O. Boxes, please.
-Winners are subject to the one copy per household rule, which means that if they win the same title in two or more contests, they will receive only one copy of the title (or one set in the case of grouped giveaways) in the mail.

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