[Archive] Spotlight, Review, AUTHOR AMBUSH & Giveaway with Kelley Grealis_5.20.13
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Spotlight, Review, AUTHOR AMBUSH & Giveaway
LITERAL ADDICTION and Book Monster Reviews are very happy to have Kelley Grealis with us today!
Kelley Grealis was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She has a B.A. in Accounting from Baldwin-Wallace College and a Masters of Businss Administration from Cleveland State University.
She has loved all things vampire since she was a little girl, and it was that passion combined with thirteen years of Catholic schooling, that inspired her to write The Descendant.
Kelley lives in a Cleveland suburb with her husband.
As mentioned, Kelley is the proud creator of The Descendant, THE DESCENDANT VAMPIRE series book #1, which was released on 5/24/13. We’re here to help Kelley celebrate the 1 year anniversary of the release! Book #2, The Search, will be coming soon… :)
For those of you that haven’t yet heard about Kelley’s ‘Vampire Tale of Biblical Proportions’, here is everything you need to know:
Book #1 of THE DESCENDANT VAMPIRE series
Allison Carmichael wakes from a car wreck with no memory of the past three years. She doesn’t recall her husband’s death or how she alienated her friends, and she definitely doesn’t remember anything about her new boyfriend Vincent Drake – a charismatic man with a penchant for rare and unique possessions. In fact, the only things familiar to Allison are her seemingly common ailments – insomnia, lack of appetite, erratic body temperature – which have gone undiagnosed and are worsening.
But Vincent knows exactly who, and what, Allison is – a mortal descendant of the first vampire. He is a vampire who has watched over Allison and her ancestors since the biblical times of Cain and Abel ensuring their secret is kept. Once he realizes Allison’s symptoms are accelerating and transforming her, he’ll stop at nothing to have her.
Allison discovers that she is a descendant and the first of her kind to exhibit signs of vampirism. She must decide between risking her mortal death if she cannot control her symptoms or fully transforming into a vampire and damning her soul for eternity. A decision made even more difficult when Allison discovers that Vincent has manipulated her life, and everyone in it, so that he can have the one thing no one else in the world has – the first descendant-turned-vampire.
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
I keep saying that I hate doing this - making comparisons to other series and shows - but I seem to be doing it more and more often in my reviews lately if the thought strikes me upon finishing a book, only because it just seems like it would be helpful for readers, and references to well known others is a decent way to do it. Obviously this is all just my opinion… With that said, this story had a very Vampire Diaries (the show), meets Twilight (for grown-ups), meets the Marked series ‘feel’ for me. HOWEVER, it was incredibly unique in its history and set up; I’m only referring to the ‘feel’ of the read.
Kelley introduces the vampires in this story as having ties to Biblical figures, and I found that fascinating. In addition, the plot was interesting, and the mystery, suspense and intrigue were well written.
Our heroine begins the book thinking she’s going through a massive mid-life crisis and nothing seems to be filling the hole she feels in her soul. While dealing with that and some major health issues that the doctors just can’t figure out, her life starts to turn upside down and her mercurial moods are affecting things at work and at home. And then things get really good…
She wakes up in the hospital having fragmented memories of both her past and what happened to get her there, but with the help of her best friend and our hero, Vincent, she starts to regain the life she’s lost. Only things aren’t quite adding up the way she thinks they should in her head, and the weirdness just keeps multiplying.
I would love to tell you more but I just can’t without spoilers, so I can only tell you to take the plunge and read The Descendant. A side note: this book is not a fluffy vampire tale. I found myself angry for most of the story, and would say that Kelley can make a reader tap into a character’s feelings of betrayal like no other. ;)
LITERAL ADDICTION gives The Descendant 4 Skulls and would recommend it if you’re a vampire lover looking for a refreshing spin on the norm.
Sounds good, yes!? Make sure you check it out. For now though, in celebration of the 1 year anniversary of the release of The Descendant, we let Kelley take over the site for the day. Let’s see what she had to say…
AUTHOR AMBUSH BY KELLEY GREALIS:
Happy 1st Anniversary to The Descendant – Let’s Celebrate with a Margarita!
Time flies! I can hardly believe that one year ago this week, I published my first novel, The Descendant (A Vampire Tale of Biblical Proportions). And in typical Kelley fashion, once that book was published, I wondered if I could do it again. The answer is YES as The Search, Book 2 in The Descendant Vampire Series, will be published later this year.
I was asked to kick off The Descendant Anniversary Blog Tour with a guest post. You’d think that being a writer, I could come up with a topic, but I couldn’t. I kept thinking – what would readers and fans want to know about me? So I asked them on my Facebook author page! The following post contains some topics that my fans suggested!
Why did I become a writer & why did I choose to write about vampires?
I’ll answer the first part of the question here; the second part will be answered in an interview that will post later this week.
I wrote a lot when I was younger, mostly poetry. Somewhere between the 6th and 8th grades I attempted my first novel but I didn’t make it past the first five pages. Fast forward to 2009; it was a combination of events that reignited my passion for creative writing.
In 2009, I was going through what I now call my career midlife crisis. I realized that professionally, what I did for my day job, simply didn’t fulfill me. At that same time, I had just finished reading a popular series of books, the premise of which was so simple that I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it myself. I stewed over this fact for a couple of hours before declaring to my husband that I was going to write a book. And I’ve been writing ever since.
How long did it take me to write The Descendant and what were some major milestones?
June - Started writing The Descendant
December - Finished writing The Descendant. Queried literary agents in hopes one would land a publisher for me
January – March - Received rejection letters from literary agents. Scratched head and realized something wasn’t right
April - Attended writing clinic. Realized I wasn’t the grammar queen I thought I was. Realized I wasn’t formally trained in the craft of writing
May – August - Attended creative writing classes
September - Rewrote The Descendant
October - Rewrote The Descendant
November - Rewrote The Descendant
December - You get the picture :)
May - Hired an editor
June – August - (im)Patiently waited for my edits
September – October - Worked on edits and further rewrote the story
November – December - Queried agents…AGAIN
November – December - Received form rejections…AGAIN
January - Attended a writer’s conference in NYC. Learned startling statistics about my odds of landing a literary agent. Decided to self-publish my book rather than it sit in a drawer and collect dust
February - Hired a graphics designer to create cover. Hired people to format my paperback and ebook files (I’m soooo not tech savvy)
May 24 - The Descendant was published in paperback!!!!
What is my favorite margarita recipe?
A fan asked therefore I shall deliver! This recipe is compliments of Cabo Wabo Tequila (thank you, Sammy Hagar!) & is one of my favorite recipes! Cheers!!
2 oz. Cabo Wabo Reposado Tequila
2 oz. Lime Juice, freshly squeezed
1 oz. Triple Sec
Combine the ingredients in a shaker half filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into salt-rimmed glass.
Thanks for stopping by this leg of the anniversary tour! Check out the tour schedule and I hope to see you at the other stops. I’d love to hear from you, so please leave a comment using the link under the Rafflecopter widget over on the Author’s Corner page!
Have a fang-tastic day!!
Kelley is giving away the following prizes on her tour:
Grand Prize: $25 Amazon gift card & signed paperback of THE DESCENDANT
Runners-up: TWO (2) runners-up will receive an eBook of THE DESCENDANT plus a Descendant can koozie & bookmarks
To enter, find the Rafflecopter widget for Kelley’s Event over on our Author’s Corner page (or at any of the other Tour stops), follow the directions, take action, and mark as ‘Done’.
Good Luck, and as always… HAPPY READING!
Make sure to follow along with the rest of Kelley’s Anniversary tour as well:
5/20- Book Monster Reviews (guest post)
5/20- LITERAL ADDICTION (guest post & review)
5/21 - Wicked Readings by Tawania (spotlight & review)
5/22- Romance Junkies (interview)
5/22- The Reading Cafe (spotlight & review)
5/23- Jocelyn Dex Blog (spotlight & review)
5/23- Musings From An Addicted Reader (spotlight & review)
5/24- Books-n-Kisses (interview & review)
5/24- Urban Girl Reader (interview)
5/25- Paranormal Book Club (spotlight)
5/26- Page Flipperz (Spotlight)