Tuesday 6 August 2013

Authors Are Rockstars Tour: Heidi Kling Guest Post & Signed Postcard Giveaway!

Why is Heidi Kling a Rockstar, you ask?

First, Heidi is more than just an amazing author, she's an awesome person, too! She happens to be one of the easiest and funniest people to talk to. You can often find her on Twitter, talking away about her favourite things...including TV shows, like The Vampire Dairies (which she'll mention a bit in her post ;D haha), and she's very welcoming and includes everyone in the conversation. Second, she's a Rockstar because of those amazing writing skills that I already mentioned, and she's very open to trying out new, intriguing ways to share her stories with her readers. :D

While her first YA book, Sea, was written the traditional publishing way, her newest series, The Spellspinners of Melas County, is something new entirely. She's one of the authors for a publisher called Coliloquy and her books are what you would call "interactive fiction" meaning that the base of the story is there, and so are the choices, but you get to make the decisions that lead the main character through the book.

The first book in her new series, Witch's Brew, was actually the first interactive book I'd ever read and I loved it! Heidi crafted a story that makes you feel in control, but also takes you on an effortless journey with the main characters, Lily and Logan. She also created two characters that you really want to know more about...and in the sequel to Witch's Brew, The Gleaning, the story just got even better!

So, Heidi is a rock star to me because she tells amazing stories, she's incredibly friendly...and I love that she loves her "guilty" (or not so guilty :P) TV pleasures just as much as I do! ;D

Now onto Heidi's fantastic guest post, where you can see just how much of a Rockstar she really is...I've also left the topics that I gave her in the post and put them into italics just so that you could see the very difficult choice I gave her. ;)

Guest post choice between these three topics:
  1. Creating a modern "choose you own adventure" (i.e. interactive fiction)
  2.  Vampire Diaries (since I know she's a huge fan of the show like I am...and I'm open to this being whatever she wants)...maybe as an inspiration post, or guilty/not-so-guilty pleasure, or hot YA book dudes on screen maybe...seriously whatever Heidi wants to do works for me ;D ----frankly this doesn't even have to be about TVD anymore, could just be any of the ones mentioned in general. The idea kind of exploded haha
  3.  Reading & Writing YA

Hi! Thanks so much for having me!

You have put me in a terrible position of choosing between telling you more about my Spellspinner Series and its interactive choices and writing about DAMON and TVD?! How can you do this to me?!

To protest such cruel and unusual punishment I will touch on both.

What I love about writing my Spellspinner Series for Coliloquy is that I get to explore Lily’s choices. Does she want to follow hot warlock Logan into the woods or be a good little witch and return to her coven meeting? In life I often find I want to do both. I’d like to be both “bad” and “good”. Be the one who is both admired for her fine moral convictions and the girl who is envied for taking risks. In real life, we don’t get to go down both paths, but in Witch’s Brew and The Gleaning and (sekrit titled) Spell 3 YOU DO.

Which leads me, inevitably, to Vampire Diaries and the love triangle between between Elena, Damon and Stefan. Remember the scene where Elena comes down the stairs after the most recent bloody conflict and Stefan pulls her into his secure arms and, though she’s happy to be there, she glances up and sees Damon staring into her with THOSE EYES? YOU KNOW she wants to break free of Stefan and run to him yet also wants to stay in his safe arms.

Elena has to make the hard choices and choose one over the other.

Lily…sort of gets to have her man-cake and eat it too.

(I can’t believe I just wrote man-cake.)

Thanks so much for having me and I hope you gobble up Spellspinners 3 (witch launches soon!)

:) Heidi 

About Heidi Kling: 

After earning her BA in Literature & Creative Writing Literature from UC Santa Cruz and finding her voice in YA, Heidi went on to earn her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School. She has directed and written children's theatre on both coasts and lives with her husband and two children in Palo Alto, CA.

Author Links: Goodreads | Website | Twitter | Tumblr | Facebook

If you haven't yet had the pleasure of reading any of Heidi's books yet, you need to check them out. Below, I've provided a bit of information and some goodreads links so that you can add them too your ever-growing to read list. ;)
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Still haunted by nightmares of her mother's death, fifteen-year-old Sienna Jones reluctantly travels to Indonesia with her father's relief team to help tsunami orphans with their post traumatic stress disorder-something Sienna knows a lot about. Since her mother's plane went missing over the Indian Ocean three years before, Sienna doesn't do anything if it involves the ocean or planes, so this trip is a big step forward.
But the last thing she expects is to fall for Deni, a brooding Indonesian boy who lives at the orphanage, and just so happens to be HOT. When Deni hears a rumor that his father may be alive, Sienna doesn't think twice about running away with him to the epicenter of the disaster. Unfortunately, what they find there could break both their hearts.
A compelling summer romance, Sea marks the arrival of a stunning new voice in YA.

Witch's Brew (The Spellspinners of Melas County #1)
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The Spellspinners of Melas County is a fantasy YA romance series about a witch, a warlock, and their fight for their forbidden but prophesied love.

Once soulmates, the witch and warlock covens of the California coast have been estranged for a century. Raised to hate each other, their teenagers meet in the Solstice Stones, a magical battleground where they draw energy from each other to maintain their balance. 16 year olds Logan and Lily have spent years training for their first Stones…only to discover just days before that the enemy may not be what either of them had thought.

In Witch’s Brew, Lily is torn between her feelings for Logan and her coven’s need to know who—or what—he is. The young lovers race against time, their distrust for each other, and the powerful influence of their elders to unravel the mystery of their pasts before their future is destroyed.

This is an Active Fiction title
"Active fiction" is a new type of e-reading experience that allows the reader and the author to interact with each other and the text in new and different ways.

In Witch’s Brew, Lily and Logan's fate is already decided, but Heidi explores several different possible pathways for how they get there. She shares scenes that wouldn’t normally fit in a book format and gives readers more precious moments between the two young lovers. As the series progresses, you'll see some normal narrative forms, interspersed with smaller scenes, alternate points of view, and a lot of "what if" scenarios.

And it's sequel The Gleaning:


You can also find my review for The Gleaning here on my blog.

- US Only
- 2 Winners will receive signed Spellspinners Postcards
- Winners will be chosen using Rafflecopter, contacted via email and will have 48 hours to claim their prizes before new winners are drawn
- Ends August 31st at 11:59 PM (MST)


Authors Are Rockstars
Tour Kick-off Posts at Fiktshun, Two Chicks on Books and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
Rachel Vincent stops at Fiktshun
Page Morgan stops at Two Chicks on Books
Andrea Cremer stops at Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
Leigh Fallon stops at A Soul Unsung
Dawn Metcalf stops at Kaidan’s Seduction
Kim Harrington stops at Stories & Sweeties
Amanda Sun stops at I am, Indeed
Cecily White stops at A Dream Within A Dream
Katlyn Duncan stops at Two Chicks on Books
Katie McGarry stops at Bewitched Bookworms (also on 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30)
Karen Ann Hopkins stops at A Bookish Escape
Lisa Burstein stops at Jenna Does Books
Corinne Jackson stops at NightlyReading (Priscilla)
Hannah Moskowitz stops at Book Jems
Jennifer Banash stops at Bittersweet Enchantment
Miranda Kenneally stops at Book Nerd Canada
Jessica Spotswood stops at Fiktshun
Robin LaFevers stops at Once Upon a Twilight **Awaiting new tour date.**
Katherine Longshore stops at A Glass of Wine
Amy Butler Greenfield stops at The Eater of Books!
Cat Winters stops at Carina’s Books
Dan Wells stops at Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
Elana Johnson stops at Fire and Ice
Joelle Charbonneau stops at The Book Cellar
Lisa M. Stasse stops at Downright Dystopian
Mike Mullin stops at Paranormal Reads
Ammi-Joan Paquette stops at Word Spelunking
Amanda Hocking stops at Just Another Rabid Reader
Chloe Neill stops at Avery’s Book Nook
Anna Banks stops at Icey Books
Shannon Messenger stops at Musings of a Blodger
Gabrielle Zevin stops at YA Romantics
Heidi Kling stops at Burning Impossibly Bright
Amy Tintera stops at Emily’s Crammed Bookshelf
Dan Krokos stops at Step Into Fiction
Heather Anastasiu stops at Shortie Says
J.A. Souders stops at Little Read Riding Hood
Jennifer Rush stops at The Book Hookup
Becca Fitzpatrick stops at The Reading Geek
Cynthia Hand stops at Kari’s Crowded Bookshelf
Leah Clifford at Me, My Shelf and I
Wendy Higgins at Reading with ABC
Suzanne Lazear stops at What the Cat Read
Gina Damico stops at Lili Lost in a Book
Jodi Meadows stops at That Artsy Reader Girl
Renee Collins stops at Book Labyrinth
Sarwat Chadda stops at Bookalicious
Sherry Thomas stops at Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf
Cinda Williams Chima stops at Tsk, Tsk, What to Read? (Shelley)
Sarah Ockler stops at Katie’s Book Blog
Jennifer Echols stops at In the Best Worlds
Kimberly Sabatini stops at Just a Booklover
Chelsea Pitcher stops at The Phantom Paragrapher
Jennifer Castle stops at Confessions of a Bookaholic
Jenny Han stops at Blog-o-rama
Kasie West stops at Fic Fare
Julie Cross stops at Turning Pages
Lauren Miller stops at A Book Obsession
Elizabeth Norris stops at Shiirleyy’s Bookshelf
Myra McEntire stops at Jenuine Cupcakes
Kami Garcia stops at Bookalicious
Sophie Jordan stops at IB Book Blogging
Kathleen Peacock stops at The Book Belles
Jordan Dane stops at Paranormal Book Club
Laura Toffler-Corrie stops at I’ll Tumble for YA
Michelle Zink stops at Fiktshun
Aimee Carter stops at Never Too Fond of Books
Lesley Livingston stops at Emilie’s Book World
Talia Vance stops at BookPics
Tessa Gratton stops at Lisa Loves Literature
Josephine Angelini stops at Books As You Know It
Jackie Morse-Kessler stops at Chapter by Chapter
Claudia Gray stops at Realm of the Sapphired Dragon
Cara Lynn Shultz stops at Tar Heel Bibliobabe
Danielle Ellison stops at Tater’s Tall Tales
Sarah Beth Durst stops at Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
Scott Tracey stops at The Fake Steph Dot Com
Brittany Geragotelis stops at Book Mark Belles
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Bethany Griffin stops at The Bookish Brunette
Mary Lindsey stops at Nocturne Romance Reads
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Sarah J. Maas stops at Fictitious Delicious
Susan Dennard stops at The YA Sisterhood
Chloe Jacobs stops at Readers Live A Thousand Lives
Rachel Harris stops at We All Make Mistakes In Books
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Kady Cross stops at Fiktshun
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Jus Accardo stops at NightlyReading (H. Lee)
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T. Michael Martin stops at The Reading Nook Reviews (Elliot)
Alexandra Monir stops at The Bo0ki3
Trisha Wolfe stops at Bookish Things and More
Mary Gray stops at Say It With Books
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Michelle Gagnon stops at The Princess of Storyland
Julia Karr stops at Mostly YA Books Obsessed
Debra Driza stops at Justin’s Book Blog
T.M. Goeglein stops at Read-A-holicZ
Tiffany Truitt stops at Book Loving Mom
Mari Mancusi stops at Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile
Gayle Forman stops at WinterHaven Books (Crystal)
Megan Miranda stops at Chick Loves Lit
Nova Ren Suma stops at Lost At Midnight Reviews
Marni Bates stops at Alexa Loves Books
Robin Mellom stops at My Guilty Obsession
Elana K. Arnold stops at The Book Barbies
Liz Coley stops at Inspiring Insomnia
Sarah Guillory stops at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands
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Ann Redisch-Stampler stops at Living in a Bookworld
Claire LaZebnik stops at Owl Always Be Reading
Jennifer L. Armentrout stops at Mundie Moms
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Melissa West stops at K-Books
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Allison van Diepen stops at Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
Christine Johnson stops at Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf
Simone Elkeles stops at Fiktshun
Maria V. Snyder stops at Two Chicks on Books
Karsten Knight stops at Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
Tour Wrap-up Posts at Fiktshun, Two Chicks on Books and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

What did you think of Heidi's post?
And what do you think makes Heidi a Rockstar?


  1. Awesome post from Heidi! And thanks so much for being a tour host!


    1. It really is an awesome post! ;D Damon definitely approves. haha You're welcome! And thank you for having me on the tour! :D

      Hugs back!
      Ambur :)

  2. Great interview. I haven't read any of your books but I do love reading about witches and warlocks and everything that's magical.

    1. Glad you enjoyed Heidi's guest post...not interview, sorry if you were confused about that. :P You should definitely give Heidi's new series a try then, I think you'll enjoy it! :D

  3. I just read her Sea novel and it was just beautiful. Fell in love with her writing style. I haven't yet read her new series but definitely interested. Lovely post :).

    1. Sea really was beautiful! I loved it, too. :) Her writing style is just as wonderful in the new books, too. I'm glad you enjoyed it Emilia, and you've also made me want to reread Sea. ;) haha

  4. Great post! I love the idea of the new books. I used to adore the Choose Your Own Adventure books when I was a kid.

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed Heidi's guest post! :D They're fantastic, and if you loved Choose Your Own Adventures, I think you'll like these ones! :D


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