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Friday, April 19, 2013

Spotlight and Author Interview - Deadly to Love by Mia Hoddell

Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1)
Mia Hoddell
ISBN: 9781291319170

Genre: YA/Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/Romance

There is a love that is so dangerous, so powerful, so intoxicating that it embraces your heart and smothers your mind until it leaves you defenceless.

Serena knew that but still, it didn't stop her. His name was Kai. He was the most beautiful, irresistible man she had ever encountered. Their attraction was too compelling to fight and she knew she would go to the end of the world beside him. That is love.

However behind the allure was hidden a deadly secret – a secret that threatened her fragile life... But secrets best left unsaid never remain hidden forever. When Kai reveals his true identity, she is exposed to a frightening world she had no idea existed. Controlled by powerful Elemental forces her life is placed in mortal danger.

Unbeknown to them, their lives have been entwined from the beginning and it leads her to discover an even greater secret about who she really is. As the pieces begin to unravel and death becomes a reality, Serena is forced to decide what is more important...her love or life.

What people are saying:

“I read this book in one sitting as I just couldn't put it down. The story line was original, intriguing and made you feel like you were part of the action. As well as this there were many twists and turns that kept me hooked and the book was really well written with a solid plot. The book didn't reveal everything straight away which was great as it left in suspense right up until the end.” ~Lucy M 5/5
“I found that it's surprisingly original concept was quite common in real life but not so much in books. I found it a delightful read that I will look forward to reading in the future. And the new cover! Marvelous.” ~ Kathy H 5/5
“All I can say is WOW! This book was amazing and different. I love the twist and detail she used I was instantly pulled in and felt like I was there with the characters.” ~Brianna 5/5

Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading and her preferred genre is Young Adult, Paranormal Romance. Before 2009, Mia wouldn't even pick up a book and was more interested in sports. However she finally found some novels that captured her interest and developed a love of both reading and writing. Mia began with poems and after getting two published in separate anthologies she moved on to short stories. Although she enjoyed this, Mia found she had too much to tell with too little space, so later on she created her first series The Wanderer Trilogy and from there other ideas have emerged which she hopes to turn into novels as well. Elemental Killers is her second series and book two will be out soon.

Where to find Mia:

Hi Mia! Thanks for stopping by and answering some questions today!

Tell us a bit about yourself (something that's not in your bio):
I love writing and always have weird ideas floating around in my head. On the rare moments where I am able to switch off though I enjoy photography so will go walking around the countryside/forests near my house. As well as this I am studying Drama, English Language and Modern Domestic History as A-levels (thankfully in my final few months) so my life is pretty hectic at the moment.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
At the moment my exams come first so I have to balance my writing around that. I try and do a bit every day but timings vary. Usually I work best at around 10pm until 3am as it’s peaceful with less distractions. As to where I write, that changes often. I get bored stuck in one place so need a change of scenery every now and then. If it’s nice weather I may write outside, otherwise I move from room to room.

Do you have any pet peeves?  If so, what are they?
My biggest one is time keeping, I hate being late or not meeting deadlines.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I either go out to take pictures, manipulate ones I’ve already taken, read, review or may do something sporty. Usually though, the last one doesn’t make it past the thought process anymore.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I’m good at netball and running (100m & 200m) and have competed at a regional level in both although I only play for fun now as I don’t have the time to train.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover? Why?
I think I will always prefer paperbacks, it feels as if I have got more for my money and that I actually own something. As well as this, they are easier for me to read and I like being able to hold/bend them. Ebooks are growing on me, especially for review purposes and convenience when out, but I would always choose a paperback if I had the choice.

What are you currently reading, or what did you recently finish?
I’m currently re-reading Frozen Fire by Tim Bowler. I’ve enjoyed this book every time I have read it but with the Deadly to Love tour, exams, reviewing and writing I am finding myself struggling to get back to it.

Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
It depends on how I am feeling, I’m not a morning person so it may take me a few hours to get around to it if I can be bothered but sometimes I don’t see the point to it so leave it.

What are three things you never leave the house without?
My iPod (for music and books), phone and some kind of food

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
In Deadly to love there are certain bits that are based on real life experiences or that I researched by doing them, however you will have to read it to find out what they were… Also, I always try and base certain aspects of characters on people I know as it helps me relate to them more.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
I don’t think I have a favourite really. The book is written from Serena’s POV so I connected with her most but I think I had the most fun when Jack and Alanah were involved as they are a bit more unpredictable in their personalities.

How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?
Again, I don’t think I really have a least favourite. I dislike Ian most but I have written his character to try and gain that response so it’s hard to decide who is my least favourite. Kai did cause me the most trouble though as I just couldn’t find a name for him.

What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read?
I try and read most days but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to fit in. Normally I read to relax and take a break from writing so I think I will always be able to do it. Some of my favourite books include: Ringmaster, Cat Royal series and Dragonfly by Julia Golding, Skulduggery Pleasant books by Derek Landy and Girl Missing by Sophie McKenzie.

If a fairy godmother told you could be put into the world of your favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why?
I would probably pick one of the Skulduggery Pleasant books as they are action packed, include magic and I love the characters because they have a quick wit and make me laugh.

If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
Julia Golding because she is my favourite author of all time and got me into reading, Derek Landy because he seems like a funny guy in his writing (even his acknowledgments make me laugh) and finally Rachel Vincent because I love every book she has written.

How do you get past writer’s block or distractions like the internet?
I’ve never really been faced with writer's block, however I do get distracted by the internet a lot. I’ve had to start switching my wifi off while I get into writing but after half an hour I am fine.

Favorite book from childhood?
I didn’t really start reading and enjoying it until I was fourteen. The book that hooked me though was The Diamond of Dury Lane by Julia Golding.

Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
I tried it once but I ended up falling asleep so have never repeated it. Generally once I am awake I can’t stay in my PJs, it just makes me feel tired.

Do you have any pets?  Got pictures you'd like to share?
I have two cats at the moment and love them to bits, although they are total opposites; one is incredibly needy and loving while the other is just a grouch. You can see one of them in my picture (the grouchy one) and the other looks exactly the same just smaller.

Name a place you'd love to visit someday?
Since visiting the Bahamas in 2003 I’ve always wanted to go back there but in general I want to travel to as many places possible.

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Um…Well I’m still learning the ropes and figuring things out but the main thing I would say is write because you love it and it makes you happy. There are days where I question why I put myself through some of the stuff I do but when I go back to writing I am at my happiest.

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
If you have read or taken a chance on my work thank you, I appreciate the support!

Speed Round:
The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less:
The Elementals – Beautiful, Majestic and Deadly…
We need them to be able to survive, but what happens when we can no longer live with them?
Pen or pencil?
Milk, white, or dark chocolate?
Milk or white
Dogs or cats?
Pie or cake?
Plotter or pantser?
Coffee or tea?
Hot Chocolate
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Controlling all of the elements

Thanks so much for visiting, Mia!  It was nice to have you on the blog today!  :)

Thanks Reanna for hosting me on your amazing blog!

Remember to check out Deadly to Love and the rest of the tour stops HERE!

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