BLOG TOUR : Dreamthief (Olive Kennedy, Fairy World MD., #1 ) by Tamara Grantham. EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT. INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY
By Tamara Grantham
Olive Kennedy, Fairy World MD. (Book 1)
Release Date: September 1st, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Tour Dates: September 1st – 12th
This is a Crimson Tree Publishing Title
Visiting Faythander is a nasty business. Forget the fairies and unicorns, most people come back with lost memories and mental problems. Olive Kennedy knows. She’s the therapist who treats patients suffering from Faythander’s side effects. Despite her empty bank account, she takes pride in her job as Houston’s only Fairy World medical doctor. She’s never failed to cure a client—until now.
Traveling back to Faythander wasn’t on Olive’s to-do list. But she has no choice. The fate of both Earth and Fairy depends on her ability to stop an ancient being called the Dreamthief. To complicate matters, she may be losing her heart to someone who can’t love her in return. Saving the world, she can handle. Falling in love—not so much.
As if battling the forces of evil wasn’t difficult enough…
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Tamara Grantham was born and raised in Southeast Texas. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Lamar University. After marrying her husband David, she followed him through his training to become a burn surgeon. Tamara and David have five active, sweet, and almost always well-mannered children, ages zero to ten years. Their two pets, June and Chester help to keep the house lively (in addition to the children.)
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BLURB : In the near future, a few young women manifest extraordinary abilities called “Shine.” Each girl’s ability is different. Some develop extraordinary mental abilities. Some become physically strong. Others have powers that defy description. But the world does not embrace these Shines. It fears them.
As professional hellraisers, sisters May and Lillie Wheaton believe they’re prepared for any situation. A client hires them to find her missing daughter and it seems like just another job until they realize the lost girl is a Shine. She’s been captured by New York’s most devious gang, the Xeros. May and Lillie track down the Xeros, but are horrified to learn the gang uses Shines in violent, deadly cage fights. Too late, May and Lillie realize the Xeros are smarter than they expected and, armed with the explosive power of Shines, are incredibly powerful. The lines between ally and enemy, between sister and friend, are about to change–fatally.
BLURB : June Brighton has the ability to hear a person’s heartbeats. On the night of her senior prom, she uses her talent to track down a Reven–a Shine bounty hunter–named Memphis Stone. He’s ruthless, cunning, and smarter than any Reven she’s ever encountered. And as it turns out–he’s also the only Reven who has ever been able to capture her. Almost before she knows what happened, she’s on a boat headed to a Shine “facility.” But she’s astonished to learn that Memphis isn’t after money. His motivations are darker–and much more dangerous. Will an alliance with him save her? Or will she spend the rest of her life as a prisoner–or worse?
BLURB : June Brighton escaped from the Revens–Shine bounty hunters–only to land in a far more perilous situation. Memphis Stone, her captor turned rescuer, takes her from her home in New York into the Arizona desert on a rescue mission, but his explanations leave June with more questions than answers. June develops a growing appreciation for his abilities–not to mention romantic feelings that she didn’t expect. Will her tenuous alliance with Memphis Stone lead to the relationship she’s always wanted? Or will her feelings lead to an even greater disaster?
BLURB : June Brighton has spent her most of life fighting Revens—Shine bounty hunters. But nothing has prepared her for the leader of the Revens, “le Teuer Revenant”—the Ghost Killer. For reasons she doesn’t understand, he wants her blood. With the help of her friend Naomi and her captor-turned-rescuer Memphis Stone, June tracks the Ghost Killer to his plantation home in New Orleans, only to find he was expecting her–and knows her weaknesses. To fight him, June will have to face her greatest fears. And if she doesn’t, she’ll pay the ultimate price.
- How and when did you get started as a writer?
I started writing on September 1, 2010. I remember the date because it was a beautiful day. The leaves were beginning to change, the summer heat had cooled, and my son had started Kindergarten. I was at home with my two youngest, a 3 year old girl and 1 year old boy. I’d overcome the stresses of buying a new home in a new city, and my husband had started his 2nd year of residency. The past year had been pretty brutal. I was a small-town Texas girl transplanted to Tulsa, Oklahoma. I’d never lived so far away from home, and my husband’s 80 hour work weeks were a killer. Luckily, I was blessed to make some friends who were true kindred spirits.
One of these kindred spirits loaned me a book called Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George. It was a fun, creative story, not unlike the stories I’d created in my own imagination. In her bio, the author wrote that she’d written the book while raising two young children and one on the way.
I stewed on this information for a few days. How did she do it? I couldn’t even find five minutes to check my email. How had she done it? And if I were to write a book, what would it be about? Would it have magic? Romance? What would my characters look like? Where would the setting be?
I couldn’t leave all the information stuck in my head. I sat down and wrote a ten page outline about a girl named Ivy who lived on a Texas farm. I called it Forbidden. The story was a mix of Anne of Green Gables meets Tess of the d’Urbevilles, with a little magic and romance thrown into the plot. It never got published, but I still have my hopes up.
After I wrote my outline, I was hooked on writing.
I finished the first draft of Forbidden a month later on October 1, 2010.
- Did you ever get any rejections? If yes, how did you react to them?
Yes. I got many, many rejections. I queried agents for four years, and got a few requests for manuscripts, but never got past that point, until I sent my query to Clean Teen Publishing. Rejection hurts no matter how much you prepare for it, but you have to use that pain to help you move forward, because the moment you stop is the moment you fail.
- How do you usually find your ideas?
Taking walks, driving, reading other books.
- What was the most interesting part of your research for your latest series? Is there something surprising or fascinating that you stumbled on?
I loved researching Viking lore. I find them a fascinating group of people, and learned that many of the things we think about them are really stereotypes. They didn’t wear horned helmets, for example.
- If you could change places with any of your characters for a day, who would it be and why?
Definitely Olive Kennedy. I would love to go to Faythander and see the mushroom forests and mountains, the castles and fairies. That would be the coolest. I don’t think I would ever leave!
- Which book was your favorite to write, so far?
That’s a good question. I’ve just finished my Dreamthief sequel, called Spellweaver, and it was really a cool story to write. It had all the elements I love in a book—adventure, romance, and complicated characters. I’m excited that it will be published in January to see what other readers think about it.
- What was/is the best compliment you have received upon your writing?
That’s also a good question. I think it came from my mentor, William Bernhardt. He’s an awesome writing teacher, but he can also be a tough critic, so when you get a compliment from him, you know he means it. About a year before I published Dreamthief, he told me that my writing had gotten to a point where he felt confident that I would publish soon. And he was right !
- What is the one thing you absolutely can’t live or write without?
Nothing. I have five small children, ages 5 months to 10 years, I’ve moved three times in the last five years, I’ve written on scraps of paper and on ancient laptops—I have to write where and when I get a chance, and I can’t be dependent on anything, or else I wouldn’t be able to write at all! However, I do like to have something to snack on while I’m writing. Chewing gum is a good alternative to eating constantly, so I try to go for that.
- What are the major challenges that you have faced in your career?
The worst challenge is my own self-doubt. Before I wrote my first book, I’d tried several times to write a novel, but always got frustrated, thought it wasn’t very good, and gave up. When I finally made up my mind to write a novel, I recognized that self-doubt would try to take over again, so I was prepared. Still, I have to tell myself that what I write is good, or else I would never finish writing anything.
- What do you advise new writers to do?
Again, I’ll refer to my writing mentor William Bernhardt. He says to, “Write every day.” I think that’s excellent advice. The only difference between new writers and established writers is how many words they’ve written.
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