Ally Shields…

 Hi Everyone!!! I met a really fun lady tonight and we whipped up an awesome interview. I found out where she hides her chocolate, but I am not ALLOWED to tell you. hahahahahaha.

Please bring your hands together for a very busy Author…. ALLY SHIELDS!!!
1. Hi Ally…. I read a bit on your website about your book. Can you tell me more about it?

Awakening the Fire is a cross genre novel—an urban fantasy, paranormal mystery with romantic elements. The story takes place in a contemporary world where Otherworlders, including witches, vampires, and werewolves live side by side with humanity. My heroine, Ari Calin, is a fire witch and a kick-ass cop for the Otherworld’s Magic Council. Her sworn duty is to keep the Otherworlders and humans from killing or maiming one another. Not an easy job. In this book, the first in the series, a virtual reality drug, a pack of foreign werewolves, and violent deaths hit town about the same time. Ari, with the help of a human partner, Ryan, and a mysterious vampire, Andreas, scramble to discover what’s going on and how to stop the escalating violence before it turns into a supernatural war.

2. Where can we find this book? And by the way, I loooove the cover!

It’s available in several digital formats  and can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks, and other online sites. The print version will be released soon, but I don’t have a firm date.

And I love the cover, too!

3. Maybe I will ask that next. Where or who did you get to do your cover art?

Isn’t it terrific? Annie Melton from my publisher, Etopia Press, is the artist. I couldn’t be more pleased with the final cover.  (I really do dig the work)

4. It sounded to me like you were published through a Publisher…. did I read that right? How difficult was it to make the decision of self publishing over a Big publisher?

I didn’t really have to make that decision, although I considered it. While Etopia is not one of the Big Six publishing houses, it is a regular small press, not a self-pub press. They function like the Big Six except they will consider unagented authors. That’s how I got in the door. I went through the normal submission process of biting my nails for weeks until I learned whether my manuscript would be accepted or rejected.  Once they offered a contract, the cover art, editing, formatting, and placement in the hands of sellers and reviewers became Etopia’s  responsibility. It’s up to me to do the rest of the promoting.

5.  As a fun tradition on Grader Gal books, I have the writers create a short story or poem to be creative and show their talents, by asking you … Where do you hide your chocolate?

Let me tell you straight out there is No Way, absolutely no chance that I will reveal my chocolate hiding place! You should also be warned that I’m the world’s worse poet. And I intend to prove it!

Protecting the Stash

A furtive look, a second one, I tiptoe down the hall;

The floorboard creaks, I want to run; I flatten to the wall.

The chocolate thief is in my house; I hear his careful tread;

I wonder if he’d go away, if I go hide in bed.

But no, I will defend my stash; I shout and grab the vase;

I flip the lights and raise the pot, prepared to smash his face.

He wags his tail, I looked chagrinned, but secretly I’m not;

No thief of any size or shape comes near my choc-o-late.

Terri NOTE: Dang Sooooo close!!! =(   
6. Its harvest time all over the country, What is your favorite Harvest food and your favorite memory of this time of year?

My mother’s pumpkin pie. Hands down. It absolutely melts in your mouth. One of my favorite memories is jumping in the leaves after they were raked into huge piles. I grew up in a small town where we were allowed to burn the leaves. We’d wait until dark, then roast marshmallows for S’Mores in the fires.  (nice, I’m lovin’ this!)

7. What is your favorite Halloween candy and your favorite Halloween costume you ever wore?

I love the mixture of candy corn and dry roasted peanuts. Um, yummy! Favorite costume has to be the year my friends and I dressed as Egyptian slaves and carried the Pharaoh in an elaborate carry chair in the town parade. Luckily the Pharaoh’s head didn’t fall off the dummy until we were passed the judges. We won third prize! Yayayayaya…. I think that is awesome!!!

8. I know you typed this above, but, the question is, Where can your readers find your book?

Purchase links:

Amazon:

http://amzn.to/Nr8jko

Barnes & Noble:

http://bit.ly/RPrJ45

All Romance Ebooks:

http://bit.ly/U25Q0G

And where can we find you on the internet?

I love to hear from readers and can be reached through any of the following:

Website:

http://allyshields.com

Blog:

http://allyshields.com/blog.html

Twitter:

http://twitter.com/ShieldsAlly

Facebook:

http://facebook.com/AllyShieldsAuthor

Goodreads:

http://bit.ly/Qzzp9k

9. Tell us a quick quip about your new books in the works?

I have two more books in the urban fantasy series under contract with Etopia Press, and Fire Within, Guardian Witch #2, will be released on Dec. 14, 2012. I am putting the finishing touches on book #4. When I find time, I’m also working on a thriller series with a female assassin.

10. What one thing sticks with you about the moment you decided to be a writer?

I always wanted to write. I wrote my first novel at age nine, the story of Golden King, a wild palomino stallion. When I finally decided as an adult that  I was going to write full time, I guess my first feeling was relief that I could follow the dream, and the second was terror, wondering how it would turn out. I am thrilled to be doing what I do!

Thank you so much for inviting me to be on your blog. It’s been great fun!

And thank you sooooooo much for joining me on SCARE MONTH…. WooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooOOOOOOOOO hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Thank you!

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