Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Interview with Cole Dyami. You're Welcome Ladies.

After asking on social media, it was pretty clear who people wanted to hear from. However, I had a lot of different characters brought up who I'd thought be great candidates to interview. Therefore, I will be doing these character interviews maybe every week or every other week. At the end of this post, I'll announce who will be the next character to be interviewed! :)

Also, I was recently interviewed by the lovely Briana Morgan who is a fellow writer and good friend of mine. You can read the interview HERE

 So without further waiting, I give you the one and only Cole Dyami. *insert fangirl screams here*

Me: Hello Cole! Welcome to my blog!

Cole: Thank you very much. It's a pleasure to be here.

Me: So, first things first, what do you consider home to be? This can be a place, a person, a memory, etc.

Cole: This may sound lame, but wherever love is, that's where I consider home. While I love my family and my tribe, the only place I feel truly loved or most like myself is when I'm with Adeline. She's my home.

Me: Well, that's precious. So, is Adeline your girlfriend, then?

Cole: Yes, she's that and my very best friend.

Me: Have you ever had a girlfriend before her?

Cole: Well, there was this one girl my freshmen year of high school, but it didn't last but a few months. That was back when I went to school on the reservation.

Me: What's her name? What happened? 

Cole: Her name is Kelsey and it was sort of a mutual break up. We're still friends for the most part. Although I haven't had much time to really hang out with anyone from my old school besides a few people.

Me: So, what's your greatest fear in life?

Cole: That I would live a life full of regrets. I want to live a life that I can look back on in 70 years and be proud of. 

Me: Who do you most admire?

Cole: Again, at the risk of coming across as lame, I'd have to say Adeline. She is strong, courageous, humble, beautiful, and definitely someone I admire most in the world.

Me: That is not lame at all! It just proves you're in love! Moving on, if you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?

Cole: I would want to be able to fully forgive myself. There are things I have done in the past that I wish I could take back. I still find it extremely difficult to forgive myself. 

Me: What was it like growing up with only your Dad and two half-siblings?

Cole: I'm sure it was very difficult for my father, Paco, but for the first half of my life, it seemed normal. I was happy, but as I got older I realized what it meant that my siblings and I had different mothers. I'd do anything to have my Mom back. It hurts and I don't always understand why my Mom had to die. It's a weird feeling, missing someone I've never even met.

Me: Speaking of your sister and brother, why do you think there is so much tension between you and Elsu? You seem to have a great relationship with Chenoa.

Cole: Yes! I am very blessed to have such a great relationship with my sister. She truly stepped into the motherly role while I was growing up and I am forever grateful to her. As for Elsu, it has always been hard. I don't think he really hates me. Just probably taking this whole "older brother bullies younger brother to build character" a little too seriously.

Me: What is your favorite childhood memory?

Cole: I was five years old and my Dad had finally agreed to take me fishing. I had been begging him for days and he finally decided I was old enough. He took me out on his boat and taught me how to hook a line and be patient enough to wait for a fish to bite. We ate turkey sandwiches and drank root beer all day. It was one of the best days I can remember. 

Me: Last question. What's your favorite color?

Cole: Green. It reminds me of the forest, which is one of my favorite places to be.

Me: Well, thank you so much for answering some questions for us today!

Cole: Of course! 

Well, there you have it ladies. You got your interview with the beautiful Cole Dyami. I believe I will be doing another one of these character interviews for next week. And the lucky fictional character who has no choice but to participate is *drumroll please*.....Paco Dyami!! (You're welcome, Keri.)

See you all next time! 

Monday, June 24, 2013

My Favorite Books of All Time. OF ALL TIME!

Yo, I'm a let you finish, but I got to tell you my favorite books of all time. OF ALL TIME!

Too soon? No? Maybe? Never mind....

So, I've decided to post a list of my favorite books. These are good to read if you are waiting for my second book, "Morning Glory." More updates to come on that as I know more! :D

This are my favorite books of all time that I have ever read. They make my eyes and heart so very happy. I hope you also read them and enjoy them like I have!

                                     "Old Magic" and "The Guardians Of Time Trilogy" by Marianne Curley 
I think most people know about my unhealthy obsession for this author and her work, but she of course made it to the top of my list. I absolutely adore these novels. They are all young adult paranormal romances that deal with time travel and history. They are so good in every way. If you haven't read them, then you are missing out. Go buy them now. No, but really. Do it.

"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen 
I am a hardcore Austen fan and I am not ashamed. I love everything about this book and often reread again and again. Austen does a romance justice and I aspire to be like her. Oh, Jane. If only you were alive today for me stalk.

                                            "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini 
Oh. My. Gosh. This novel literally punched me in the face. It was so good. No, but really. This book is insanely well written that I laughed, cried, laughed again, and cried even more. If you haven't read this beautiful book, then you haven't lived life.

                                                             “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte
I love both of the Bronte sisters, but this novel is one of my absolute favorites. It is so beautiful and tragic. It is one of those novels I can read again and again. LOVE!

The movie is good too! However, my heart will always remain with the novel. Oh, Mr. Rochester. If only you were real! 

"Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers 

I think it's clear that I love Jesus and therefore would like to fall in love with a man who does too. This romance novel showed me that it is possible. Francine Rivers' words and truth of the Gospel changed my perception of true love and what it is all about. I cried throughout this novel, loving the characters and seeing myself in them. This book is a must read for any follower of Christ who is looking for a man to lead her closer to God. Although it is fiction this love story will ignite of flame to know Christ more intimately so that you will be able to perceive the right man from the wrong man. LOVE. THIS. BOOK.

Well there it is. My list of my favorite books of all time. Go read them. NOW!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Dream Movie Cast List: Forget Me Not

Alright, I know it's not Wednesday yet, but I will be having a very busy day tomorrow, so I thought I'd go ahead and post what I was going to post anyway. So, here you go!

I have been asked this question a lot and I recently did a blog post for a friend of mine this past February about who I would cast in my dream world as the characters from Forget Me Not. I will leave the link to the original blog post HERE for you all to go read. However, I decided to go into more detail and even cast more characters than I had the first time. So here goes. 

I will begin with the beautiful and charming Cole Dyami. I'm sticking by my original pick, Tyler Posey,  however, I also think BooBoo Stewart would also make a good Cole. Both are great actors and I think they could play the shy and sweet boy hiding a terrible secret while at the same time falling in love while also dealing with the legends of their tribe. Wow. That's a lot. 

I think either actor would make a good Cole. Let me know if you agree or if you have a completely different actor in mind in the comments below! 

Tyler Posey looking adorable. 

BooBoo Stewart in a barn somewhere. 

Next we have the beautiful, yet painfully insecure Adeline Jasely. She is probably the hardest character for me to try to cast. She has such a distinct look in my head that it's really hard for me to pick a specific  actress to play her. After much research I find that Kaya Scodelario looks the most like the girl in my head. I think she would make a great Addie. And she's British. So she's pretty much perfect. 

 Next is the one and only Chenoa Dyami. She's beautiful, spunky, and sees the bright side of things no matter what. For this beloved character, I think that Roseanne Supernault would be a fabulous Chenoa.

Next is the infamous and stubborn Elsu Dyami. I loved my first pick for this character and I'm sticking to it. Eddie Spears, if you ever read this....PLEASE BE ELSU. I mean, if you want. 

Next is Paco Dyami and I can't think of a better Native actor than Gil Birmingham. He is talented, fabulous, and would make a great Paco!

When I first searched for the actress to play Emma Jasely, Adeline's crazy and overprotective older sister/legal guardianGemma Arterton was the perfect actress in my opinion. 

Next is the loving, yet annoying Henry, boyfriend to Emma. He is silly and good comic relief, but he does annoy me a little too. Sorry Addie.

Another fabulous character who is near and dear to my heart would have to be Enola. And I think that Tantoo Cardinal would play a wonderful Enola.

So there they are. My wish list dream cast for Forget Me Not. Please let me know if you like the actors chosen or let me know who you think would make a great character in my series. I hope you all enjoyed this fun post. 

I also have some GREAT news! My publisher just emailed me the contract for Morning Glory. That means it is that much closer from being in my head and into your hands...that sounded kind of weird. Well, you know what I mean. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

I know, I know....It's been too long.

You don't have to tell me twice. I get it. I've been away from the blogging world for WAY too long. But I promise this will change. Starting now. I am going to make a vow to you, my lovely readers. So here it is:

I, Allison, vow to update my blog AT LEAST twice a week. For real. It's happening. I'm making a vow to you and to myself to update this blog every Monday and Wednesday. I promise.

So, now that that's out of the way, let's get on to bigger and better things. I know many of you are waiting ever so patiently for the sequel to Forget Me Not, Morning Glory, and very soon your patience will be rewarded. Just trust this process and look forward to the next novel.

But I also have some fabulous news regarding my literary idol, Marianne Curley. Her latest novel, Hidden, will be releasing in the USA on June 25 and you can bet your pretty faces that I will be all up in my bookstore on that day. And then I may be in a reading coma for the next few days. I. AM. SO. EXCITED.

On another related note, Marianne Curley left THIS amazing review  on Goodreads that you should go read. Like now. Seriously. Go. I'll be here waiting.

Now, that you're back I just wanted to take another moment to remind you of the Blogger Book Fair this July. I will be hosting some amazing authors and there will even be a giveaway of Forget Me Not.

I hope you all can forgive me again for my lack of posts. Life has thrown many snowballs in my face (yeah, in the middle of a Georgia summer. Weird.) and I am slowly but surely getting back to normal. Currently, I am working on the third and final installment of the Forget Me Not Trilogy, Tiger Lily. Writing this final book is both exciting, bittersweet, and sad all at the same time. I've been with these characters for the majority of my teenage years and now onto my twenties. It seems odd that in the very near future, I will have to say goodbye. Maybe that's why I'm prolonging the writing part of this novel. Because when I write that last chapter, pen that last word, and edit the final sentence, it will be over. Cole and Adeline's story will be done and I will have to respect that and move on.

But I'll probably need time to mourn and eat absurd amounts of ice cream. Yeah. That's gonna happen.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Blogger Book Fair 2013: This July

Check in to the Blogger Book Fair, and book your trip to far away places!

July 22-26, 2013

Authors and Book Bloggers, Sign ups for the July 2013 Blogger Book Fair will close on June 15 at midnight central time, so get your registrations in to participate!

As of 5/31/2013, we have:

Authors: 89 Books: 233 Bloggers: 14 If you haven't yet registered, you can find all of the information on the Blogger Book Fair page.
  1. Check out the Code of Conduct
  2. Fill out either the Author Sign Up form or the Blogger Sign Up form (Deadline June 15)
  3. Kayla will match everyone with hosts and send out this information to you after sign-ups close
  4. Check out the events--all authors are eligible to participate in the events, and if you have an event you'd like to host, just fill out the simple Event Sign Up Form--all of this information can be found on the Events! page (Deadline July 8).
  5. If you're interested in hosting a giveaway to drive traffic to your site, sign up via the Giveaway Sign Up form (Deadline July 15).
  6. And if your book will be FREE or $0.99 for the duration of the Fair, you can sign up on the Free and $.99 Book Sign Up Forms (Deadline July 15).


as of 5/31/2013

Art Fiction Gala hosted by Lucie Smoker

Does your fiction promote the visual arts--through featuring an artist, painting, sculpture, performance art, etc? Then, consider entering Lucie's Art Fiction Gala. The Art Fiction Gala is a virtual celebration of fiction that highlights the visual arts. Dress up in your finest, pick up some friends--a bottle of wine--and sample mind-blowing fiction that crosses the line between literary and visual art. Plus a gallery of art featuring reading. More information & entry instructions

Three Wishes hosted by Kirstin Pulioff

Introduce your characters to the world. Kirstin Pulioff invites you to ask your main character, "If you found a magic genie lamp, what would be your three choices?" More information & entry instructions

Flash Fiction Challenge II hosted by Thomas Winship

Get ready to exercise your flash fiction muscles. For the Flash Fiction Challenge II, Thomas Winship will provide an opening line. From there, entrants will craft a flash fiction piece of approx 500 words. Entries will be displayed on Thomas' blog Vaempires during the BBF, spread out evenly across the five days, in order of receipt. More information & entry instructions
Snapshot Synopsis Contest hosted by Fel at The Peasants Revolt
Challenge: chisel your synopsis down to 50 words or less. Voting will be open throughout the fair for visitors to vote on their favorite Snapshot Synopsis. More information & entry instructions

Reader's Choice Awards hosted by Sherri at Shut Up & Read

All books registered for the Blogger Book Fair are automatically entered into the running for the Reader's Choice Awards. Voting will be open from July 22 to July 25. More information

Indie Soap Box Files hosted by Shah Wharton

Take a turn on the Soap Box. Shah invites speculative fiction writers to write a guest post about being an indie (or hybrid) writer. More information & entry instructions Restrictions: Speculative fiction writers only

Monster Menagerie hosted by Noree at Trip the Eclipse

What's your favorite monster or supernatural creature? Feature your creature in a flash fiction piece (500-800) words to be featured on Trip the Eclipse. Visitors will vote on their favorite piece. More information & entry instructions
Ways to Help:
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