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Guest Post by Cindy

Becoming a Published Author by Cindy C Bennett

Being a writer was always a dream of mine. Because it was so near-and-dear to my heart, I believed it was something that could never be possible. I was constantly making excuses as to why it wasn’t a good time to finish a manuscript: I was too young to be taken seriously, I was too busy, I didn’t have the right equipment for writing . . . the list goes on. What it boiled down to can be summed up in one word: fear. Fear of rejection. Fear of being told I didn’t have the talent to write a good story. Fear of failing.

I began many manuscripts then abandoned them without completion. If they weren’t finished, then I didn’t ever have to try to have them published. It wasn’t until I had teenage daughters, and discovered the wonderful world of Young Adult literature that I found the genre I had a real passion for. I wrote both Geek Girl and Heart on a Chain just for fun, for my daughters. Then one of them said, “Why don’t you publish these, mom?” And I thought: why not?

I self-published Geek Girl in June of 2010, and Heart on a Chain in December 2010. In January Cedar Fort offered to publish Geek Girl. I signed with them in March and they re-published it in December of 2011. That means I’ve had the chance to be published both traditionally, and on my own. Both have their good points and bad points. I kind of like having my feet in both worlds.

Rapunzel Untangled is also being published by Cedar Fort through their division called Sweetwater Books. I’m excited by the opportunity to have another book with them, particularly this one because they’ve done a great job publishing some other fairytale retellings.

Publishing and becoming published is a long road that requires lots of work, lots of rejection, and with all of that, lots of high points. It’s something I’m glad I finally had the courage to try because now I can’t imagine my life without being a writer. Have your own dream? Don’t let fear hold you back. Go for it!

Interview: Cindy C Bennett

As a part of the blog tour I got the chance to do a interview with Cindy C Bennett, the author of Rapunzel Untangled.

1. Welcome to my blog Cindy, I'm honored to have you here with me and my readers today!
Would you like to start by telling us a little bit about yourself so we can get the chance to know you?

Thank you so much for having me! I’m so excited to be on a blog in Sweden. I’m a YA author, mostly contemporary but with a little paranormal or fantasy thrown in here and there. I live in Salt Lake City, which most people know as the place where the 2002 Winter Olympics were held. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, and have two sons, two daughters, two daughters-in-law, and two dogs. I love to write (of course), read (when I get the chance), and ride my Harley Davidson motorcycle.

2. Can you tell us something about your inspiration to write this book?

I already had it in my mind to write a series of short stories based on classic fairytales when my publisher approached me asking if I’d like to write a Snow White retelling. I agreed, then due to some confusion, another author was offered the same. So they asked if I’d like to write a different one. Rapunzel had been on my mind, so I chose her story to tell—though very differently than any of the classic tales. My Rapunzel’s story is a bit darker and has a completely different twist than any others.

3. Have you always wanted to be a writer or did you wanted to become something else when you were younger?

I’ve wanted to be a write for as long as I can remember. In fact, my mom found a story I wrote when I was 12. It’s hilarious though I’m sure at the time I found it quite romantic. My dream was cemented when I was in grade 9 and my language arts teacher had us do a “10-minute writing” each day where he’d write a subject on the blackboard, then give us ten minutes to just write. I looked forward to that every day. I lose myself in writing—always have. It took me years, though, to get up enough courage to actually try to do it professionally rather than just for my own personal pleasure.

4. What part was the hardest one to write in the book and what was more easier to write?

The easiest was the first part of the book when Rapunzel first begins talking to Fane on Facebook. Those scenes came very easily to me for some reason. The most difficult was toward then end when Gothel really begins to unravel and her insanity becomes apparent. I didn’t want to make it too obvious, nor not obvious enough. Those scenes and the scenes with Vedmak were the most challenging for me.

5. What do you hope the readers will take with them from this amazing book?

Well, thank you for calling it amazing! J I’d love it if readers take away some hope, that if someone as repressed and naïve as Rapunzel can find the strength to escape a horrible, and seemingly hopeless, situation, that they can rise above their own challenges. In all of my books I try to make my heroines strong and courageous with the desire to rise above their circumstances.

6. Which is your favourite book you have read so far?

That’s a tough one because there are soooo many amazing books out there. My most recent favorite is a short story by Jamie Canosa called Our Own Worst Enemies, which is a sort of zombie romance—but I promise it doesn’t come close to being the story you think it might be.

7. What is your favourite book memory?

Being in elementary school and having read-a-thons, where we could bring snacks and soda pop and blankets and pillows to school, and just read for a few hours without having to do any schoolwork.

8. Do you prefer to read a book before watching the movie? Why/Why not?

As a general rule I do prefer to read the book first. With the exception of two movies, I’ve yet to see a movie that can live up to the book. The only two movies I like better than the book are Stardust (novel by Neil Geiman) and The Notebook (novel by Nicholas Sparks).

9. Did you listen to music when you write this book and if so what music was it?

No, I didn’t. As much as I love music, I write better when I’m surrounded by noise. I’m usually in my living room with the dogs, kids going in and out, and the TV on.

10. What will you do next?

By the end of February I’ll finish my Cinderella and Swan Lake short stories to finish up the five “Enchanted Fairytales” that will be in the anthology (I’ve already written the first three: Beautiful Beast, Red and the Wolf, and Snow White). Then I’ll finish the sequel to Immortal Mine as well as a sci-fi book (my first) that I’m writing with two other authors tentatively title The Collaborative. I’ll also be teaching a course in marketing at the Teen Author Boot Camp held at a university here in Salt Lake for aspiring teen authors, ages 13-19, and doing “Authorpalooza” at a local Barnes & Noble bookstore with about 40 other authors in a massive book signing.


Rapunzel Untangled Blog Tour

A Girl Trapped in a Mansion . . .
A Mysterious Old Woman . . .
The Boy Who Will Change Everything . . .

Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C Bennett

Fab Fane Fannigan: Are you saying you live at GOTHEL MANSION??? The Gothel Mansion?

RG: My mother calls it Gothel Manor, so maybe that’s different?

Fab Fane Flannigan: No, Rapunzel, there’s only one that I know of. It has to be the same. Are you telling me the truth here?

RG: Yes, of course. Is it weird that I live here?

Fab Fane Flannigan: No, not weird, just . . . never mind. So you live in the tower?

RG: Uh, the tower? I don’t know. Is it a tower?

Fab Fane Flannigan: Yes, it is. I know where it is. I’ll be there Friday at 8.

Rapunzel sensed the difference in his tone. Something wasn’t right.

Fab Fane Flannigan: Rapunzel, promise me one thing.

RG: Okay.

Fab Fane Flannigan: Don’t Google your house.
Rapunzel is not your average teenager. For one thing, she has a serious illness that keeps her inside the mysterious Gothel Mansion. And for another, her hair is 15 feet long. Not to mention that she’s also the key to ultimately saving the world from certain destruction.
But then she meets a boy named Fane, who changes all she has ever known, and she decides to risk everything familiar to find out who she really is.

Filled with romance, adventure, and mystery, Rapunzel Untangled is one story you won’t want to put down. Discover the true meaning of love and friendship in this modern twist to the classic fairytale.
My thoughts:
I have just finished this one and it was amazing.
A Rapunzel story you maybe ain't read before.
If you loved the story about Rapunzel when you was a little child you may just love this
version of her.
The English in this one is easy to understand and it is in modern as you can see in the blurb.
Without talking about how amazing this book is and the fact you have to read it I will stop now.
As you can see isn't this my ordinary way of doing a review but I hope you
will find that this is okay too.
Rate: 5 out of 5 :)
Rapunzel Untangled from Sweetwater Books February 12, 2013. Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at a bookstore near you!
Join the giveaway below for your chance to win one of many great prizes, including a Nook and an MP3 Player! (Domestic only. For international giveaway click here.) Nothing required to win other than signing in.

About the Author
Cindy C Bennett was born and raised in beautiful Salt Lake City, growing up in the shadows of the majestic Rocky Mountains. She and her husband - who happens to be her high-school sweetheart - raised two sons and two daughters. She's now blessed with two daughters-in-law as well. She developed a love of writing in high school when a teacher introduced her to the joys of escaping reality for ten minutes each day in writing.
When she's not writing, reading, or answering emails (notice there's no mention of cleaning, cooking, or anything remotely domestic), she can often be found riding her Harley through the beautiful canyons near her home. (Yes, she rides a Harley.)

You can find Cindy at:  Blog    Facebook    Twitter    Goodreads

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Review: The Peculiar

The Peculiar (The Peculiar, #1)

Series: The Peculiar #1
Published: September 18th 2012
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Source: Pinoy Book Tours
Genre: Fantasy / Steampunk / Middle Grade
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Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged.

In the faery slums of Bath, Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie live by these words. Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings--Peculiars--and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them.

One day a mysterious lady in a plum-colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley. Bartholomew watches her through his window. Who is she? What does she want? And when Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away, in a whirling ring of feathers, the boy who lives across the alley--Bartholomew forgets the rules and gets himself noticed.

First he's noticed by the lady in plum herself, then by something darkly magical and mysterious, by Jack Box and the Raggedy Man, by the powerful Mr. Lickerish . . . and by Arthur Jelliby, a young man trying to slip through the world unnoticed, too, and who, against all odds, offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belong.

Part murder mystery, part gothic fantasy, part steampunk adventure, The Peculiar is Stefan Bachmann's riveting, inventive, and unforgettable debut novel.

My thoughts:

I thought this was an amazing book and I'm just loving the fact how Stefan has mixed gothic fantasy with murder mystery and steampunk adventure. 

When I got the mail about the blog tour asking if I would like to join this tour and I don't regret my answer at all since it tourned out to be this good:)

Stefan Bachmann had me enchanted while I was reading it and the writing is really good and easy to understand. I think many of you would like this book and that's way there'll be a giveaway (joined giveaway in five countries but also you can win copies of the book by me).

The book in the ending made me a little bit sad but it is good that part 2 will come soon so I can read what is going to happen in it.

If you are like me and likes this mysterious, gothic young adult book you just have to enter the giveaway:)


My grade: 5+ out of 5

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Q&A with Stefan Bachmann


1. Welcome to my blog Stefan. I'm honored to have you here with me and my readers today! 

Would you like to start by telling us a little bit about yourself so we can get the chance to know you?

- Thanks so much! I'm happy to be here. :) Some random things about me: I'm American, I live Switzerland, I'm 19, I wrote a gothic-faery-fantasy called The Peculiar that was released a few months ago from Greenwillow/HarperCollins in the US and several other countries around the world, I like books and movies and traveling in trains, and I'm a classical music student, which basically means I spend a lot of time at pianos trying to learn crazy pieces. 

2. Can you tell us something about your inspiration to write this book?

- I wanted to write a book with all the things I liked in it. At the time (I started writing The Peculiar in 2010) that was folklore, especially the creepy, Brothers Grimm sort, steampunk, and 19th century England. I also loved alternate histories and scary stories, and I wanted to try to combine all those things into a book in a way that felt natural.


3. Have you always wanted to be a writer or did you want to become something else when you were younger?

- I actually wanted to be an architect at one point. I know, what? Unfortunately, it takes a lot of math skills and other things I have in short supply, so I figured I'd better try something artistic. I settled on writing and music when I was around twelve and have been doing them ever since.

4. What part was the hardest one to write in the book?

- I got stuck in the middle. Without giving too much away, Mr. Jelliby, one of the two main characters, has been discovered in places he shouldn't be and is suddenly in grave danger. And I couldn't for the life of me figure out how the villain was going to try to do away with him. Nothing I came up with seemed scary/original enough. I can't say what it was I settled on, but it's on page 212. ;)


5. What do you hope the readers will take with them from this amazing book?

- Aw, I'm glad you think it's amazing. I hope the book will encourage a few people to be peculiar. I think the things that make people different are the things that make people awesome, and if you're going to save the world or do anything big/good/remarkable you may have to step out of line and have people look at you crookedly.


6. Which is your favourite book you have read so far?

- Too many to list. I read pretty much anything, so I'm not even sure. My favourite recent reads have been middle grade fantasies. Splendors and GloomsThe Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, and Summer and Bird. All-time favorites would be The Lord of the Rings, the Narnia series, The Edge Chronicles, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and classic authors like Dickens and Tolstoy.


7. Do you prefer to read a book before watching the movie? Why/Why not?

- I do, but I guess it depends on the book/movie. In general, I think books will always have that special extra that movies never will, because in books there's space for your own imagination and movies are always only the director/make-up artist's/camera-man's imagination being dictated to you. Which can be fun, too (I love movies a lot) but never quite as fun as reading a book and building your own pictures.


8. Did you listen to music when you write this book and if so what music was it?

- I did, at first! Then I got out of it. Now I'm getting back in for Book 2. On Book 1 my soundtrack of choice was Atonement by Dario Marianelli. It's so well-done and very tragic.


9. What will you do next? 

- Finish up edits on the next and final book, The Whatnot, which releases Fall 2013! Second books are hard, but I think I learned a lot from The Peculiar and I'm very excited about this one.

Intervju med R.J. Tolson

Igår kunde ni läsa min recension av Zephyr The West Wind och som en del i denna Virtual Book Tour har jag fått intervjua författaren till denna bok som jag verkligen gillade.

1. Welcome to my blog R.J., I'm honored to have you here with me and my readers today!

Would you like to start by telling us a little bit about yourself so we can get the chance to know you?

- I am a 19 year old CEO, Author, and student. I spend most of my working time studying, doing business, writing, and charity work, while I like to go to the beach, listen to music, read, play soccer/tennis, meet new people, and travel in my free time. I also love a good fantasy movie, learning and speaking different languages, and broadening my horizons through knowledge and experiences.

2. Can you tell us something about your inspiration to write this book?

- A big thing that inspired me to write my book was the idea of hard work beating innate talent. I have friends who are on both sides of the spectrum, some born with natural talent in things like sports or academics, while I have others who have to work constantly to keep up. From this, I came up with the theory that there are people who can be genius of hard work, a key belief that is present throughout the story.

3. Have you always wanted to be a writer or did you wanted to become something else when you were younger?

- For most of my youth, I wanted to be some sort of superhero that could fight evil and protect the innocent. But as I grew out of that idea, I did come upon the dream of wanting to be a writer.

4. What part was the hardest one to write in the book?

- I would have to say that the last few chapters of the book were the hardest. I had so much information, and now a whole story line behind me that opened up hundreds of possible events and paths that I could take with the end of the book that it drove me crazy trying to figure out which one I thought was best.

5. What do you hope the readers will take with them from this amazing book?

Two ideas. I hope that they live with the idea of never giving up, now matter how bad things look, and that taking the time to understand others is worthwhile in life.

6. Which is your favourite book you have read so far?

- I don’t specifically have a favorite book, but rather a series because I loved every book in it so much. Pendragon by D.J. Machale is my all time favorite as of now. 

7. Do you prefer to read a book before watching the movie? Why/Why not?

- I prefer reading the book first because I like to stimulate my imagination by creating and picturing the world, scenes and characters with my own perception. Then I like to see the movie because I can witness the actions of a book in live action form and also compare my own perception to that of the movie director’s.

8. Did you listen to music when you write this book and if so what music was it?

I listened to a lot of different music when I wrote my book. Mainly classical and instrumental pieces taken from a variety of soundtracks like Harry Potter, Star Wars, Chronicles of Narnia and more.

9. What will you do next and can we find your music on Spotify?

I’m currently working on the sequel to Zephyr the West Wind, book 2 in the chaos chronicles. No my music can't be found on Spotify but you can listen to it here.

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