Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Long Live Dead Reckless by Safari Spell @SafariSpell @XpressoTours

Long Live Dead Reckless
Safari Spell
(Long Live Dead Reckless #1)
Publication date: July 19th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Talor Gardin may be a princess, but her life is no fairy tale.

A year ago, her mother died and her father burned down their house. Now with a father in and out of a mental ward, she’s working a minimum wage job to finish her last semester of college. To make matters worse, she gets itchy every time a guy makes a move on her. The itch could be anything, really: a desire to escape her haunted hometown, a financial windfall, the name of some vampire…or all the above. Whatever the reason, she thinks the answers are written in the freckle constellations of her cute new coworker, Sage Talis.

Sage is the quiet, polite type with plenty of secrets – like fangs and a price on his head – and Talor can’t figure out what makes him so irresistible until she hears him sing. But when cryptic letters appear on her wrist, Talor is thrust into a world where fantastic creatures lurk just below the skin, strangers keep calling her a princess, and everything she’s been through is nothing compared to what’s coming.

Guest Post:

How did you come up with the idea for Long Live Dead Reckless?

Well, it wasn’t a dream or pulled from a headline or anything like that. It all started with a simple conversation on a couch with my husband. About a year after we got married, I was working as an advice columnist for an online newspaper. While it was fun and paid the bills, it wasn’t exactly fulfilling.

I hadn’t attempted writing a novel in at least a decade by then, not since I was a teenager and still had a ton to learn about writing. But even back then I knew I loved telling stories, I just didn’t know how to write a novel. I was talking to my husband about that one day and he said, “Well, why don’t you make me a vampire?”

It was such an off the wall idea that I found it hilarious! He’s funny, shy, and sweet, which are kind of the opposite characteristics you imagine when you think about vampires, right? We were laughing about the absurdity of it all and I suggested he could be the singer of a vampire band because he was actually in a rock band in college called Dead Reckless. I meant it as a joke, but then we both looked at each other with these big eyes and cried, “Long Live…Dead Reckless!”

I nearly jumped out of my skin with excitement to start getting the story down. I wrote the first few chapters overnight. I couldn’t stop writing once I started! Before I knew it, I had written around 8k words. Since I had a blog, I decided to share the first chapter on there to see what people thought.

Turns out readers loved the quirky characters and when they started asking for the next chapter, and then the next, and then the next…I knew I had something special. I spent five years on it and published Long Live Dead Reckless in July 2016. The sequel, For the Ages, came out less than a year later, and somehow here I am prepping the final novel for publication this summer. I never imagined that a silly suggestion from my husband would turn me into the author of a series, but I’m so glad it did!

Author Bio:

Safari Spell is a native of Albany, Georgia. She has a BA in Journalism from Valdosta State University. She currently lives in North Georgia with her husband, hilarious daughter, and a backyard jungle harboring all the dinosaurs everyone thinks are extinct. Her dreams include chasing autumn around the globe, owning a wallaby, and riding a camel for at least nine seconds.



Giselle said...

Thanks for hosting today, Nancy! :)

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