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Congratulations Lauren M. You are the winner of my giveaway!!

Thank you to everyone that left comments and signed up to follow my blog.

I did get the chance to ask Eric Patten a couple questions about himself and Return to Exile. I love his humor!

Could you please tell me more about yourself?
Well, the “Yourself”—also known as the “North American Meself”–is a large five-thumbed mammal that’s prone to hyperbole and easily distracted, a state that leads to distracted hyperbole. He likes breakfast cereal, burritos, and burrito-flavored breakfast cereals, which don’t exist, but should.
His enemy is the badger.
What inspired you to write this story?
I’m not sure I can point to any particular source of inspiration. Years ago, I had the beginnings of an idea: a group of kids get the powers of their Halloween costumes and go on an adventure to save Halloween. To be clear, this Halloween story is NOT Return to Exile, nor does it bear the remotest resemblance to Return to Exile. The only thing that remains from that Halloween idea, which died a slow and agonizing death, is the name “Sky Weathers.”
I left writing behind for a time in favor of survival, but the idea stuck with me. When I returned to writing years later, I realized that I wanted to write something grander and richer–more heroic and epic–than a simple story about Halloween. I changed the way I wrote, and that changed my focus and made the story better. Many times, inspiration is just hard work in disguise. Return to Exile is full of this type of inspiration.

Where did you get all the creatures from?
Originally, I was planning to use familiar creatures: vampires, werewolves, dragons—those sorts of things. But there were so many vampire/werewolf/dragon books out there, and so many authors writing about these creatures, that I decided I wanted to do something different. I searched through different mythologies and bestiaries looking for creatures, but it seemed like no matter where I turned, someone was already writing about them. So I abandoned the effort. I started thinking about creating my own mythology, like H.P. Lovecraft did with his Cthulhu Mythos. What would it take? What makes a mythology long-lasting? Why do people gravitate toward some creatures in a mythology and not others? As I began experimenting with creatures in my basement (insert mad-scientist laugh here) I realized that what makes most creatures so memorable isn’t what they can do, but what they can’t do. A vampire, for example, is cool mostly because of his limitations—no sunlight, must drink blood, etc—and not necessarily because a vampire can become a bat, which is sort of lame. The same is true when you think of a werewolf. Sure, it’s big and strong, but lots of things are big and strong. What makes a werewolf unique is that it’s affected by the full moon and can be killed with a silver bullet. And dragons? Well, dragons are just cool, limits or not. But by examining these creatures, I was able to build some of my own. The question I then asked was, “in a world where creatures are defined by their limits, who would be king?” That’s when I came up with the Arkhon.
Are there going to be many books in this series?
My goal is six books. The second book, The Legend Thief, comes out on December 4. It. Is. Awesome.
What can we expect from future books?
In the first book, Sky only catches the smallest glimpse of the Hunters of Legend. Future books will continue to explore these mysterious hunters and the terrible role they played in the events leading up to the beginning of Return to Exile. Additionally, Sky will get a broader look at the world at large and the monsters within it as he strives to find both the creatures and the answers that time forgot. All of this is leading up to…well, to something really cool.
What genre do you prefer when reading books?
I read a lot of middle grade books. Of course, the only book on my nightstand right now is The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco. It’s about as far from middle grade as you can get.
I’m an admitted Crazy Cat Lady so I have to ask, Cat or Dog?
I’m allergic to cats. I (or my wife, really, since I’m not much of a “pet person”) own a dog—a black lab/golden retriever mix named Phineas.
And most important, how are you feeling?

Much better. Thank you for asking. I have bad days on occasion—the nerve that got wrapped around the bone spur in my neck is still irritated—but I’ve found some weird stretches that help. Not to mention that the cadaver parts the doctor put in me haven’t taken over my brain yet, so that’s a big plus. All in all, I’m doing much…DESTROY ALL HUMANS…better. Whoa. That was weird.

Thank you so much Eric!

If you are interested in purchasing the book, here are the links.

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I received an email that the form I had set up for the giveaway is not working properly. I’m sorry about that. Please leave a comment to this blog or the original post with your name and contact email and I will enter you on the drawing. For those that have all ready filled out the form or messaged me in some way, you have been entered.

Sorry for all of the confusion. Clearly I’m still working on the bugs of participating in a Giveaway Hop.

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I’m very excited, this is my second giveaway. It has been slow going but I’m getting into the swing of things as a book blogger. This giveaway is being hosted by I’m A Reader Not A Writer, Kid Lit Frenzy, Classic Children’s Books, and Mymcbook’s Blog.

What I have to giveaway is a copy of EJ Patten’s Return to Exile.


Eleven years ago, a shattered band of ancient monster hunters captured an unimaginable evil and Phineas T. Pimiscule rescued his nephew, Sky, from the wreckage of that great battle. For eleven years, Sky Weathers has studied traps, puzzles, science, and the secret lore of the Hunters of Legend believing it all a game. For eleven years, Sky and his family have hidden from dark enemies while, unbeknownst to Sky, his uncle Phineas sacrificed everything to protect them.

For eleven years, Sky Weathers has known nothing of that day.

But on the eve of Sky’s twelfth birthday and his family’s long-awaited return to the town of Exile, everything changes. Phineas has disappeared, and Sky finds himself forced to confront the mysterious secrets he’s denied for so long: why did his family leave Exile on that day so long ago? What, exactly, has Phineas been preparing him for? And, the biggest mystery of all, who is Sky really and why does everyone want to kill him?!

Featuring an action-packed plot that covers the gamut of every monster you’ve never heard of (not to mention weird powers and weapons made out of garbage), Return to Exile–a modern-day fantasy adventure set in our world–is brimming with boy and girl appeal and is a gem for reluctant young readers. And, with a diverse assortment of well-aged monster hunters in the cast, this series will be a hit with adults young and old, as well

I read this a while ago and wanted to share this great book. You can find my review here. This was a great book. I couldn’t put it down and I’m very excited for the next one.

Now, on to the real reason you are all here. This is for the hardback edition of EJ Patten’s book Return to Exile. I would like more followers, but it’s not a requirement. I would rather find a good home for this book than require people to read my blog.

This contest is open to the United States and International. Just enter your name and email address into a comment below. The winners will be drawn on Monday May 14. I will notify the winner via email to get the physical mailing address.  Good Luck!!

Here’s the Linky to the rest of the participants.

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Sorry I’m late in posting this. Congratulations to Judy Cox!! I will get that in the mail today. Thank you to everyone that left comments and are following my blog.

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Well, here is my first giveaway Hop. I’m so excited!!! I’m sorry that I’m late getting this posted.

I have almost finished reading AJ Scudiere’s Resonance. This is a great book, I should have the review posted shortly. I want to share this book with everyone so I will be giving my copy away.

(Excerpt from Goodreads) A catastrophic polar shift threatens the survival of humanity, and two scientists must convince the world the shift is happening-and figure out a way to stop it.

When I think of all the wonderful things in my life, I’m glad that I have the ability to read and the access to all the books I could ever read. I love meeting all the people that have blogs and especially the authors. Thank you for keeping me informed of up coming books, introducing me to authors that I have never heard of, and to the authors for thinking all these wonderful new books that I cannot wait to get my hands on.

To be entered, please leave a comment telling me what you are thankful for regarding books and a way to contact you. Followers are appreciated but not required.

This giveaway is being hosted by Grace Fonseca at Livre De Amour. Check out her page for the full list of participants in the Hop.

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She will be giving anything from a $25 Amazon Voucher to a Kindle Touch. She is doing this to get her novel The Doll out there. To find out more on how to enter this contest, check out J. C. Martin’s website.

I have read this story and it is one creepy thrill ride. Check out my review here. To purchase this book, you can find it at Smashwords.

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Cemetery Dance Publications is having a giveaway. When you promote the giveaway you are entered into it. On October 1, there drawing will be held for $1,000 in free books.  Of course I have to post this every where I can.

Check out Cemetary Dance Publishing for more information.



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Summer Giveaway Hop

OK, I admit that I’ve been slacking. Some days it seems there is never enough time to get everything done.

Last week was the Summer Giveaway Hop and I was busy checking out all the bloggers that participated. I would like to thank the following people for books that I have received:

Christine Cheney of Spartan Heart by author Kristine Cheney for a bookmark.

Cheryl Grey of Mysteries and Histories for Trophies by J Gunnar Grey.

Wayne Zurl at Wayne Zurl Books for A New Prospect by Wayne Zurl.

Shelley Workinger at The Solid Series for Solid by Shelley Workinger.

Amy and Jen at Fictitious Delicious for Audrey by Robin Benway.

Digna Dreibelbis at Autumn Blues Reviews for Bittersweet Summer by Patricia McLaine.

Tammy Gould at News and Reviews from the Heart of the Dragons Den for The Saints Go Dying by Erik Hanberg.

Mariah Overlock at Cedarfort Books for The Last Archangel by Michael D Young.

Thank you everyone. I admit that if the pace keeps up it might be a little bit but I will get these read and reviews posted.

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I received in the mail two more books that I won from The TBRPile K Boardman. I’ve tried hunting down more information for a better Thank You and I cannot find anything. I’m so sorry for this. Thank you so much!!

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I’m a little late in posting this, sorry about that, but it’s still better than never.

I would like to thank Wendy at Minding Spot. I won her Freedom Giveaway Hop. I received three books..

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