Thursday, June 27, 2013

Book Tour: How (Not) to Kiss a Toad by Elizabeth A Reeves Interview & Giveaway

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy/Paranormal
Number of pages: 314
Word Count: 51,638
Cover Artist: Angela Nelson

Book Description:
Cindy Eller is a witch with a gift for creating decadent desserts highlighting the exotic and spicy flavors of her native Southwest. However, life isn't always sweet for this magical baker. All her life she's been cursed-- every man she's ever kissed has turned into a toad. Love isn't likely to come her way, she knows. 
If that weren't a big enough problem, her 'curse' has come to the attention of the Council of Magic and she may never be able to use her powers. 
Enter the perfect man-- handsome, sweet, and loves food just as much as Cindy does. It would seem to be a match made in Heaven, or is it? 
Cindy isn't the only one keeping secrets. 
With toads, cupcakes, romance, magic and ice cream, life never has time to get dull!

1.  Where did you get the idea for the novel?
I’ve wanted to write a book about a normal everyday witch that anyone could relate to and identify with. I’ve also felt that the Southwest has been rather misinterpreted or underappreciated in the written word—so Cindy Eller was born—a true-to-life Magical baker with a complicated love life.

2.     Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title?
This particular book had at least ten different titles. Finally I took it to the people and lay out all of my ideas. How (Not) to Kiss a Toad was a flyaway favorite. Other possibilities were A Real Toad or even Kissing Toads.

3.     Which came first, the title or the novel? 
The novel was completed and edited before I finally settled on a final title. I have worked both ways, but this time the story was absolutely DONE first.

5.     Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?
Having people I don’t know ask me when the next book is coming out. It makes me realize that I am touching lives in my small way and that my books are being enjoyed enough that people are begging for more.

6.     What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
Debora Geary’s latest! She’s amazing and very ‘real’ and down to earth. I love her books.

7.     What was your first book that you ever wrote (very first one you wrote, not published)?
Wow. That would have to be… my version of the princess in the tower (she was a mermaid no less) that I wrote when I was six. Every character in the story ended up dying.

8.     What is your writing process?
I sit down at my computer and just start writing. It’s fascinating to see where stories go on their own. Usually I will have some sort of idea of where I am heading. Once I get a firm feel for the story I will stop writing and then create a basic outline. The outline will usually change about fifty times as characters take unexpected detours or (occasionally) the story decides to take a ninety-degree turn and change courses on me.

  1. Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Connie Willis, Debora Geary, Anne McCaffrey, Douglas Adams, Sharon Shinn, Lois McMaster Bujold, Jacqueline Carey, Linda Wisdom, Neil Stephenson, Stephen J Gould … can you tell I’m a bibliophile?

10.  At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note? How do you come up with stuff to say? 
I’ve never done a book signing! I would probably write a note if there was any way I could come up with something.

  1. What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m a total and complete recluse. I’m most comfortable at home with my four young sons and my crazy array of animals and my husband. I don’t reach much further than that circle.

12.  How do you react to a bad review?
I had one review tell me that How (Not) to Kiss a Toad was a cookbook and had ruined her diet, so she gave it one star. That one made me laugh hysterically. It just really made me ecstatic that my book had the power to make someone lose their ability to resist sugar! I try to be resilient and learn from negative reviews. The hardest ones to take are when it’s obvious that the reader never even finished the book.
Emotionally, bad reviews can be tough. These books are my babies, after all. I try to learn and grow from the criticisms without letting them get to me.

13.  How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I remember sticking the computer under my husband’s nose and getting all excited. He was like, “Oh. Neat. That’s like 35 cents, right?” LOL! These days he’s much more supportive!

About the Author:
Legend has it that Elizabeth A Reeves was born with a book in her hands and immediately requested a pony. Though this story is questionable, it is true that books and horses have been consistent themes in her life. Born in Massachusetts, she was quickly transplanted to Arizona by a professor father and creativity-driven mother, who is the one responsible for saying "If you can't find a book that you want to read, write a book you want to read."
In her spare time, she likes to knit, weave, hatch chickens, and chase after her husband and four sons.



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