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2nd Blogoversary – Part 2 with Rosamund Hodge

Hey everyone! If you missed part 1 of my blog’s 2nd anniversary, check it out here where I interview Emil Ostrovski author of The Paradox of Vertical Flight! Today I have the wonderful Rosamund Hodge who wrote one of my favorite Beauty & the Beast retelling, Cruel Beauty. Before we get on to the interview, here is a little bit about her…


I love mythology, Hello Kitty, and T. S. Eliot. My debut novel is CRUEL BEAUTY, a YA fantasy where Greek mythology meets Beauty and the Beast.





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Q: One of the things I loved about Cruel Beauty is the way you mixed Greek mythology with Beauty and the Beast. Was it difficult to intertwine them?

No, actually, because the parallels between Greek mythology and Beauty and the Beast were what inspired me in the first place. When I was a kid, one of my favorite myths was the story of of Cupid and Psyche. Briefly—an oracle tells the king he has to sacrifice his daughter to a “monster.” But the daughter, Psyche, isn’t devoured by a beast as she expects; instead, the wind carries her to a strange palace with invisible servants who tell her that she is a bride. And every night her husband comes to visit her—but he forbids her to see his face. When her jealous sisters persuade her light a candle anyway, she discovers that he’s Cupid, the god of love. But because she broke his command, he becomes a prisoner of his mother Venus, and Psyche must complete a series of impossible tasks—ultimately going to the Underworld—in order to free him.

As much as I loved the story of Cupid and Psyche, I never planned to write a retelling of it. In a way, it felt too perfect: what could I add? Then a few years ago, I read the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon, which is basically a half-and-half mix of Beauty and the Beast with Cupid and Psyche. (The girl marries a polar bear, who turns out to be an enchanted prince trying to escape the princess of trolls.) Suddenly I realized that all three stories were the same story, working itself out in different ways. And that was the birth of Cruel Beauty.

Q: Your favorite quote from Cruel Beauty?

“He made his choice, and lief or loath he shall have it until the end of time.”
(I have, no joke, been waiting to use the phrase “lief or loath”—an archaic way of saying “willing or unwilling”—since I was fourteen years old and read it for the first time.)

Q: Who is your favorite Greek mythology character?

It’s hard to pick a favorite, especially since a lot of characters in Greek mythology are not exactly likable. But I’ve always liked Cassandra, the prophetess who’s been cursed so that her predictions will never be believed. Because she always knows what will happen and can’t change it, her position in the story is like the audience’s, and that’s a fascinating dynamic to me.

Q: Random fact about Cruel Beauty?

My inspirations included fairy tales, mythology, T. S. Eliot, and C. S. Lewis . . . but also Gene Luen Yang’s brilliant little comic book Prime Baby. I can’t tell you why, because it’s a spoiler for both books; just read it. You won’t regret it.

Q: I read on your website that your new book, Crimson Bound, will be out next year! Could you describe it in 3 words?

Swords. Guilt. Nightfall.

Thank you so much for your time, Rosamund! Make sure you follow her on the interwebs!
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2nd Blogoversary – Part 1 with Emil Ostrovski

Hey guys! So my blog just turned 2 years old today. That’s really crazy. I just want to thank everyone – authors, bloggers, my followers, viewers, publishers, and my parents (for buying me books haha). I also want to thank those who comment on my blog posts. I know it’s time consuming to read AND write a comment so I really appreciate it. This past year has been a crazy journey…I’ve had a lot of reading and blogging slumps and I even considered to just stop blogging because sometimes I would get really lazy to type up a post. I decided not to because I know I’ll regret it. I think it’s better for me to go on a hiatus instead of quitting. Anyways, I decided to contact the authors whose books have impacted me and I’m so glad that they agreed to do an interview even though they are busy…so thank you so so much!

Today I have Emil Ostrovski, author of one of my favorite books, The Paradox of Vertical Flight! He is such a great writer which is why I wanted to interview him, and I’m so glad he said yes! Before we get into the interview, here is a little bit about him…

Emil Ostrovski

14290962I’m twenty-three.

Rather than give you a witty, self-deprecating account of the trials and tribulations of my twenty-three year old, suburban, upper-middle class, went-to-a-girl’s-liberal-arts-college life, I’ll admit that I haven’t really done anything much worth reading about.

So in lieu of providing you with my biography, I will recommend that you read Desmond Tutu’s. Here.

Why Desmond Tutu?

Well, I’ve always liked his name.

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Q: Welcome to Little Book Star, Emil! I noticed on your website that you also write short stories. Do you prefer writing short stories as to a novel?

I like writing short stories better. They’re less of a commitment (I have literary add and major commitment issues), and if you want, you can write short stories about recurrent characters or places and get an effect very much similar to that of writing a novel or novella. A novel, by contrast, is necessarily a massive project, and as such, it weighs heavily on you psychologically. Unfortunately though, it’s virtually impossible to make a living off writing short stories, so I concentrate my efforts on novel writing out of financial necessity and a rare streak of pragmatism.

Q: How would you convince a person who hates reading into becoming an avid reader?

Look, obviously, as a writer, reading and writing are very important to me. People, for whatever reason, are pretty universally drawn to stories. If someone hates reading, I’d be tempted to say they just aren’t reading the right things, and I would encourage them find a book or story or publication that appeals to their interests. I would also say that books expand our imagination, our sense of what’s possible, they enlarge our understanding of other people and of the world we inhabit together. That said, everyone’s different. Not everybody has to be an avid reader. You’re alive once. If it genuinely makes you happier to climb mountains or skateboard or do jumping jacks on the roof of your house at 3 a.m. while singing Ella Fitzgerald’s Somethings Gotta Give in a tone-deaf bass, then go for it.

Q: Would you rather read or write for the rest of your life?

Good question! Read, probably. Because if I’m not reading, I don’t think I’ll be able to write anything that’s worth anyone else’s time anyway. Besides, reading is a lot more fun than writing.

Q: What’s your favorite word? Mine’s lackadaisical (such a fancy word for being lazy haha).

Haha, lackadaisical is a good one! Mine is apotheosis. 🙂

Q: Random fact about The Paradox of Vertical Flight?

The original title was “To Grandma’s House With Socrates.” The Spanish title translates to “Socrates’s First Trip/Voyage,” and the German title is, “Where there’s some time…”

Thanks so much for interviewing me, Leigh!

All the best to you!

Thank you so much for your time, Emil! Make sure you follow Emil on the interwebs!
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{Tour Stop} Again by Brandy Jeffus – Review + Interview + Giveaway

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Again Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: May 15, 2013
Length: 166 pages
Source: (author) review copy

From recess buddies to high school sweethearts, Eli Stone and Bonnie Jinks were constants in each other’s lives. Although young, their relationship had withstood the test of many teenage tribulations. Marriage and a happy ever after were in their future plans.

One alcohol fueled mistake rips them apart. Bonnie ends up on the road with her new boyfriend while Eli joins the military. It seems as if their lives would never intersect again.

A near fatal accident brings them together and their chemistry is undeniable. But will the pain of the past keep them apart? Can they make their love work again?


Again is about second chances. This book is told from Bonnie’s point of view. The two main characters, Eli and Bonnie are high school sweethearts who have been together for 5 years. They’ve had their ups and downs and there was a point where one of them cheats. Just like the characters in the book, I had my ups and downs with Again. I’ll start with the downs.

I didn’t really like the writing style. There were random flashbacks inserted in the chapters which made me confused at times. This book also did not have a smooth pacing. I feel like the story was rushed since it’s a short book. Since the story was rushed, there wasn’t also that much character development. There’s a little bit of character development, but I wasn’t attached to them. I just didn’t like the decisions that they made; they were just so abrupt and unrealistic. I know that the focus of the story is about Eli and Bonnie’s relationship, but I didn’t like how it was about them 24/7. The author didn’t even mention the characters’ age. I’m guessing they were in between 21-26 years old. There also wasn’t a lot of supporting characters; it was only Bonnie’s mother, Bonnie’s mother’s boyfriend, and the “bad guy”.

What I did like is the unexpected scenes that happened in the book. I also like how Bonnie’s mother was very supportive of Bonnie & Eli’s relationship and that she sees Eli as her son. I really liked Eli’s character. Although he has flaws, he’s very caring, thoughtful, and funny at times.

Overall I did enjoy reading it. I read it in one sitting and despite the rocky pacing, it was a fast read. I recommend it if you’re up for a fast contemporary read.

3 of 5


Brandy Jeffus has been writing stories since an early age. She would dictate them to her mom who would type them out on a typewriter.

She is a mother to two precious children and lives in North Texas, but she’ll always consider herself an East Texan, hailing from the Rose Capitol of the World, Tyler.

Q: Welcome to Little Book Star! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a born and bred Texan girl that uses the terms “y’all” and “Fixin to” daily. I’m a Mama and Wife and those have been some of my toughest jobs ever! I’ve always loved to read and write.
Q: What are your top 5 all time favorite contemporary books?
Before I fall by Lauren Oliver, A Time To Kill by John Grisham, Sierra by Taylor Dean, 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher and Bleachers by John Grisham
Q: Who are your top 5 favorite authors
John Grisham, Taylor Dean, Lauren Oliver, James Patterson and Pitticus Lore

Q: What or who inspired you to write your book?

I would say, probably my own relationship while I was in high school. Love like that is pure and magical, scary and crazy and I tried to capture that with Bonnie and Eli.

Q: Why did you choose to write a contemporary book? Why not a fantasy or dystopian book?

I guess because I was comfortable with it. I have some dystopian ideas, but my fear is holding me back. Maybe one day! I like to read fantasy, but just never could write it.

Q: What advice can you give to aspiring authors?

Don’t give up! Don’t worry about numbers. And you will cry when you get that proof copy in your hands, so have some Kleenex ready!!

Thank you so much for your time Brandy!



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