Blog Tour Stop: Guest Post with J.J. Bonds & GIVEAWAY!
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Crossroads (Crossroads Academy #1)
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As if high school isn’t miserable enough, try being uprooted and dropped fangs first into an uptight prep school where everyone knows your name and they’ll stop at nothing to uncover the secrets of your past.
When Katia enrolled at Crossroads Academy she knew things weren’t exactly going to be easy. The sole heir to the worlds’ most powerful vampire, her presence was bound to cause a stir. But nothing could have prepared her for this. Whispers follow everywhere she goes. So does trouble.
But Katia will do her time at Crossroads. After all, she’s only enrolled at the prestigious school for pure blood vampires to fulfill a promise to her Great Uncle Aldo. Tucked away in the Green Mountains of Vermont, Katia hopes to shed the demons of her past and focus on her education. Raised blissfully unaware of the entire vamp world, she’s got a lot of catching up to do.
As Katia learns more about this dark society and her own legacy, protecting her past becomes increasingly difficult. Bodies start turning up in nearby Rutland and Katia is sucked into a twisted web of danger and deceit. Haunted by nightmares she can’t explain and a thirst for blood that is never sated, Katia will do whatever it takes to keep her past buried. What choice does she have? Exposure will shake the Elder’s Council to its core and likely result in a death sentence at the hands of the Linkuri.
Nothing at Crossroads is what it seems and Katia’s secrets may be the darkest of them all.
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Where J.J. Writes
In a perfect world, I’d have a great office with beautiful purple walls, a sparkly chandelier, a fluffy white rug, and a cushy desk chair where I could spend my days and nights writing in uninterrupted bliss. Unfortunately, that perfect writer’s lair exists only in my imagination. And since I live in the real world (most of the time), I have to make do with my real world situation.
I work full time in the highly demanding world of retail, so finding time to write, let alone a quiet place, is a challenge. I tend to write whenever and wherever I get the chance. In fact, Crossroads actually started as a way to pass the hours in some of my less stimulating MBA classes. I began outlining the story in my night classes and fantasizing about the characters– who they were, how they’d react in different situations, their unique qualities– all the really down and dirty stuff! I made pages and pages of notes and none of them had anything to do with the prof’s lecture (although he didn’t need to know that). Then I actually began writing the story in lieu of writing my term paper and it was fun. Eventually I had to push Crossroads aside and write that paper (which I got an A on, in case you were wondering), but when my father was diagnosed with cancer, I decided to take a risk and finish the manuscript. I wanted to be doing something I loved, something I was passionate about.
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Once I made up my mind to finish the manuscript, there was no stopping me. I wrote with fervor. Over the weekend I would sit for hours at my dining room table, neglecting my ‘real’ work and drafting the story. In truth, it came far more easily than I might have imagined, in part, I think, because I’d already spent so much time outlining. I knew the characters and their stories. I just had to get them out. Or maybe it was my intense desire to move to a more comfortable chair. You will note that my dining room table is all wood and I can assure you (as will my rear) that the chairs are no different. No cushions = one numb derriere! Still, I’d sit there until my muscles were stiff and my husband was begging me to take a break for dinner.
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My other favorite writing spot is the couch which I like to affectionately think of as ‘Big Red’. The problem? Big Red is right in front of the TV with the instant gratification of MTV and all of my other guilty little pleasures. The other problem with writing on the couch? Two four legged interruptions who simply do not understand the writing process or the need for quiet time.
What I quickly figured out was that I could write anywhere: at home, the airport, in bed, by the pool, even on my phone when I had an idea that had to be captured. As long as I followed the story and wrote from the heart, the words just kept coming.
Maybe someday I’ll have the office of my dreams, but for now, I’m just thrilled to be able to be doing something I love!
For this tour stop, one lucky commenter & member will win a digital copy of Crossroads.All comments count towards the Kindle Giveaway.
- For the Giveaway – Be a Member and Comment to Win (tell me in the comments how you followed)!
- One random comment will be selected to win a digital copy of JJ Bonds Crossroads.
- All comments will be counted to win a KINDLE FIRE with a Crossroads Gel Cover. No need to double comment.
- Collect Clues along the tour for a chance to win
- Comment at each tour stop for extra chances to win
- Tweet and use #crossroadsbooktour for extra chances to win along with random drawings to win digital copies of the book
- Collect clues to find the final entry to win the Kindle Fire
- Contest will run January 10-30th. Winners will be selected January 31st
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