League of Strays Blog Tour: Character Excerpt + Author Interview + Giveaway

Today it is my stop in the League of Strays Blog Tour. We have a review (read here) Excerpt, interview and a blog tour giveaway from the author.

The Book: League of Strays
Series: Stand Alone
Pages: 288
Published: 1st Oct 2012

When a mysterious note appears in Charlotte’s mailbox inviting her to join the League of Strays, she’s hopeful it will lead to making friends. What she discovers is a motley crew of loners and an alluring, manipulative ringleader named Kade. Kade convinces the group that they need one another both for friendship and to get back at the classmates and teachers who have betrayed them. But Kade has a bigger agenda. In addition to vandalizing their school and causing fights between other students, Kade’s real intention is a dangerous plot that will threaten lives and force Charlotte to choose between her loyalty to the League and her own conscience.

Character Excerpt: Kade Harlin
“What happened to your parent?” Nora jumped right to the point. She was either refreshingly direct or hopelessly tactless, I hadn’t made my mind up yet.

“Just your typical nasty divorce,” Kade said, reaching for a bag of potato chips. “You know, spiteful custody battle. Lawyers who pay off their law school debt with my future inheritance. That sort of thing.”

“His uncle owns the building. He lives upstairs,” Richie said. 

 “It was ludicrous, all the time my parents spent arguing over who wouldn’t get me,” Kade told us. “But my uncle said as long as I didn’t throw any loud parties or burn the place down, I could crash here.”

I was so stunned I had to tell myself to close my mouth.

“He’s the perfect guardian because he leaves me alone,” he added.

About The Author


1. Have you always been a writer or did the writing bug strike at a certain age? 
 I believe that writing is a gene that can be handed down. My grandfather and grandmother were writers, too. For me, it struck early, although I lost sight of it a few times as an adult. I wrote awful short stories on my mother’s typewriter, often stolen story lines from The Brady Bunch episodes. My daughter, age 11, writes 1,000 times better than I did at her age. My older daughter is too busy with homework to tell but she did finish a 50,000 book in one month last year. I’m pretty sure they have the gene, too! 

2. How did you come to write about this particular genre?
I didn’t chose contemporary, the plot chose me! I also like to write paranormal, although my next book that I’m working on is also contemporary, so maybe I am leaning in that direction. I do like exploring what my teen characters might do in a situation that could be real. I’m into human behavior and why we do what we do.

3. Did you have any significant high or low moments while writing the book/series?
This was the first book I ever wrote, so my writing wasn’t very good originally. It took a long time to find an agent and then a publisher. But I’m very persevering, and I refused to give up on it. I revised and revised and revised until it was polished enough for print. As for the high moments, this book gave me chills when I wrote it, which is always a good sign. 

4. What is your favorite part of the writing process?
When I get into the zone and seem to channel the characters. It feels like they are speaking through me. I don’t even feel like a writer at those times, but more like a secretary.
5. What else are you working on? 
 My next book is about a girl whose mother abruptly moves them out to California. She needs to unveil the secrets and lies that shroud her family, including the reason why her mother told her that her grandmother was dead. What she discovers could alter history and everyone she loves. Oooh, I’m having fun writing this one! 

Thanks for hosting me on your site, Siobhan!


This Giveaway is from the author, we are just hosting it.

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  1. Sounds amazing!! It is on my to-read list. x

  2. Thanks Miss. Lucinda! I hope you enjoy it. Vicky, I am so excited about this next one that I almost can't finish it. Weird!


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