Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Blog Tour: The Light Keeper Series By Kelly Hall @authorkellyhall @GHBTours #Giveaway

The Legend of the Light Keeper
The Light Keeper Series #1
By- Kelly Hall
Genre- YA Paranormal

After a hurricane destroys her home, Lily Jordan is ready for life to get back to normal. That would be easy if her mother's recent engagement hadn't landed her in a house along Southeast Texas' most haunted ghost road. The secluded scenic road is steeped in rich history and legends, but when Lily is given an old diary on her birthday, will she find that those legends hold more for her future than she's bargained for?

With the help of new friends, Hunter and Owen, and forbidden love, Talon, will she uncover dark secrets from the past and find the key to her own gifts? Is it fate or circumstance that brought Lily to her new home? Normal gives way to the paranormal in book one of the Light Keeper series where mystery and suspense keeps you guessing until the very last page.


The Secret of Strange Waters
The Light Keeper Series # 2
By- Kelly Hall
Genre- YA Paranormal

Unfortunately for Lily Jordan, being a Light Keeper doesn't come with an instruction manual, but neither does being sixteen. While learning to use her powers, she's confronted with unforeseen obstacles and forced to break her own rules in order to save her circle of friends.
With her mom's wedding on the horizon, will misinterpreted visions create new enemies who could threaten Lily's exposure? Will death and heartache ruin the big day? For Lily, the answers only lead to impossible decisions. Does she embrace her powers or abandon them for false normalcy?
Kelly Hall's second book, The Secret of Strange Waters, proves paranormal powers aren't always a blessing.


Author Interview-

What inspired you to write The Secret of Strange Waters ?

After finishing the first book in the Light Keeper series, The Legend of the Light Keeper, I knew the story wasn’t finished. I didn’t set out to write a series, since I was really just writing for fun and for myself. The characters just had more to say and I have no choice but to listen. They can be a pushy bunch. Next thing I know, I had a series.

When or at what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always wanted to create things whether it be art with paints, chalks, and fabric or art with words. When I was about three, my grandfather gave me an old coffee can filled with markers and pens, most of them dried up. It wasn’t so much the gift, but that it was the ONLY thing he’d ever given me. He was not in my life much, so when my Dad and I showed up at his house for a visit, I think he felt compelled to give me something and that’s what he had. I took it home and got a tablet and started to draw. I created a little cartoon golf ball which was a circle with stick figure legs. In his hand he held a little golf club. I named him Mr. Golfball and showed him to my mom and told her all about him and how he lived in the hole on the golf course. Now, mind you, I was three, almost four, and my family didn’t live near or have any interest in golf, and I wasn’t able to write the words in my head, but the story was still there. My mother was extremely impressed and gave me lots of praise. I’ve been creating art and stories since.

What is the earliest age you remember reading your first book?

I don’t remember a specific book, but my mother used to take me and my sister down to the closest public library during the summer. I was only about four, but my sister was about 12 and she had a library card. You could check out up to six books, so my sister, would let me get a book or two I liked on her card. When we got older, and she could drive, she’d take me herself. My favorite book was Bunnicula. I loved those trips.

What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

I love paranormal, paranormal romance, mysteries, and some horror, but I’ll read anything that has great characters and a nice plot. I also enjoy true crime novels and biographies.

What is your favorite book?

That’s an impossible question, like choosing a favorite child. Ha! I don’t have one favorite, but many. I think it’s easier to say I have a favorite series, but even then there are a few. I love JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, but I’ll keep it YA and say The Mortal Instrument Series. Those two are my very favorites.

You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

That’s like choosing a favorite child too. It’s impossible. I love JR Ward, for her attention to detail and how interwoven her stories are and how deep her characters are. I also love Cassandra Clare for her descriptions and characters. She really paints a beautiful picture with her words.

If you could travel back in time here on earth to any place or time. Where would you go

and why?

It’s probably going to sound boring, but I’d like to go back to when my grandmother and her sister were younger, and learn about them and their adventures and see what life was like then for them and what this area was like back then.

When writing a book do you find that writing comes easy for you or is it a difficult task?

It comes fairly easy. It’s a long process, but I think once I’ve met my characters and have them lined out and familiar, and know my basic plot, they just take over. I think it’s harder to shut them up at times. My biggest challenge lately is time management and finding time to write.

Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

I do, I have a little miniature chihuahua, who is very old and grumpy and a cat that is about a year old. I rescued him from under my house at the end of last summer, when he was just a wee lil kitty at about 3-4 weeks old. Even though I love him, he’s earned the nickname Jerk Face, because he’s the meanest cat I’ve ever known.

What is your "to die for", favorite food/foods to eat?

I love seafood, and I think my very favorite thing to eat is seafood gumbo with shrimp and crab, buttered crackers, and hushpuppies. The food I miss most is my Daddy’s cat head biscuits and egg gravy with bacon for breakfast.

Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?

Write and write for yourself. Don’t get hung up in rules, just get the story out and get it finished. Then, get an editor. It’s so important and you’ll learn tons from them. Open yourself up to advice and remember, we never stop learning.  Also, connect with other authors in a writing group and actively participate. Give and give back. Don’t give up! There are so many publishing opportunities and options today that we didn’t have years ago, so look into all of them.

About the Author-
Kelly Hall was born and raised in Southeast Texas, and lives in a small town just a stone's throw from the ghost road where her Light Keeper series is based. When she's not busy writing or spending time with her husband and two sons, this self-proclaimed creative junkie dabbles in many different forms of art, including cake decorating and mixed media. Learn more about Kelly at authorkellyhall.com .




Unknown said...

Thank you for the interview, it was lots of fun! I appreciate your support and thanks so much for featuring me today!

~Kelly Hall

bookbunny68 said...

This is a new author for me. Never heard of egg gravy....