May 27, 2014

#Tour & #GuestPost of Blackness Awaits by Norma Jeanne Karlsson with #Giveaway

Blackness AwaitsThe Blackness Series #2Author: Norma Jeanne Karlson
As he enters the room looking like death personified, lifeless and haunting, she knows…blackness awaits.Aaron Kavanagh is not to be trifled with. He’s powerful, commanding, fierce and currently homicidal. The only thing that matters in Kavanagh’s world is Shannon Kelly. She’s the beat of his heart (yes he has one) and the peace to the fury that constantly simmers within him. Without her, his life is empty and barren. Someone took what is his and he’ll stop at nothing to get her back. Dylan Kellerman is lost. The love of his life has been ripped from him, leaving a tattered tortured shell of a man. On the brink of murderous insanity he must battle to find Shannon, even if she hates him. Dylan has betrayed her and he knows she won’t forgive his indiscretions. None of that matters now. All that matters is finding her. As long as she’s safe Dylan can continue to live a sad wasted existence without her by his side. Shannon brought Dylan back to life, without her in the world he’ll cease to exist. Shannon Kelly is gone. Stolen from her home and loved ones, she must now fight. Fighting has never been an issue for her, but this is a new opponent that she isn’t prepared for…her past. When every reality she thought she knew is called into question, Shannon learns her life isn’t what she thought it was. With the promise of a future with Dylan stolen from her before her world implodes, Shannon must rely on the family that has protected her for the last thirteen years to come for her. She won’t win this fight on her own…Shannon is going to lose.

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About The Author
Blackness Takes Over is Norma Jeanne’s debut novel. What began as an homage to the home town of a homesick Midwestern girl, unfolded a story of love, danger, humor, and trust. She’s currently working on her untitled sophomore effort. We can’t wait to see what thrilling saga she leads us through next! Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Norma Jeanne recently found herself relocating to the United Kingdom. Now living in Belfast, she took hold of the opportunity to kick the 9-5 job for a chance to become an author. The best part: working from her home office, she gets to spend more time with her cast of crazy characters (written and real). In her free time Norma Jeanne is a voracious reader and consumes books as readily as meals. She is a people watcher by nature and uses her experiences in life, observed or otherwise, to build the worlds and characters that thrive in her books. A believer in the strength of the human spirit, Norma Jeanne writes the stories of people that persevere when all appears to be lost.“Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” –Dylan Thomas

Guest Post
1. Why did you write this story?
2. What was the cover process?
3. What is your writing style?

My writing style is very conversational. I write in first person and feel most comfortable writing this way. My characters don’t spend a lot of time in their heads because I detest rumination. I like to think that my readers can get the gist within a few sentences not a few pages. I enjoy writing dialogue that reads the way a conversation would sound. I use a lot of contractions and colloquialisms because that’s how we speak in real life. I find when I read dialogue that isn’t representative of speech I feel dragged down by it or I make the adjustments in my reading without thinking.

I use parentheses to denote thoughts from characters. Those moments where you say something or think something that may not quite be what you want; I use parentheses as a dose of real. I do this mostly because this is how I function as a person. I go into a store and the sales person asks, “How are you today?” Typically I’ll respond, “Good,” but maybe my brain is thinking, “Crap-tastic!” I like adding these bits and pieces to characters. It shows you a little sliver of their inner workings and usually some snark.

My writing can also be very clipped and short. This again goes back to first person writing and having lot of dialogue in my books. Conversations are often swift back and forth volleys that lead to a quick pace. This is what I prefer to read so it’s what I write.

When I write I sit down and let it flow. I don’t outline or snowflake or use any other method. I typically have a character in mind and I write their story from beginning to end without stopping or going back through until I finish. This leads to very fast writing for me. Blackness Awaits took me three weeks to finish my manuscript. I’ve just completed book three’s manuscript in the Blackness Series and it took me two weeks. I’m currently writing book four and have about 50,000 words after 4 days of writing. So yeah, I’m like a bullet train when I’m behind my keyboard.

I hope you enjoy reading my books that have a strange style, lots of dialogue, a quick and snarky pace and are produced at lightning speed! Happy Reading!!

5 Winners will receive an  E-Copy of  Blackness Takes Over by Norma Jeanne Karlsson.
2 Winners will receive a Signed Copy of  Blackness Takes Over by Norma Jeanne Karlsson.
3 Winners will receive 4GB USB flash drives by Norma Jeanne Karlsson.
7 Winners will receive Postcard and Bookmark by Norma Jeanne Karlsson.
4 Winners will receive Sticky Notes and Pens by Norma Jeanne Karlsson.
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