Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Blog Tour Stop & Interview with Sydney Logan for Mountain Charm!

Summary of Mountain Charm:

“True love and sweet whispers, till death do us part;
Send someone to love my Appalachian heart.”

At the age of thirteen, Angelina Clark followed in the footsteps of her ancestors by casting an Appalachian love spell, which promised she would blossom into a beautiful and gifted woman who would find her true love. A young Angelina had been thrilled to participate in the sacred ritual, but through the years, her father’s untimely death and her mother’s failing health have shaken Angelina’s magical faith to its core. As her twenty-first birthday approaches, she refuses to practice her supernatural gifts and no longer believes in the love charm.

That is, until Dylan Thomas arrives on her front porch.

Dylan, a Nashville writer, travels to the mountain town of Maple Ridge to unearth the family’s supernatural secrets. While her clairvoyant mother is convinced that Dylan is her daughter’s soul mate, Angelina refuses to see the nosy reporter as anything more than a nuisance.
Despite their constant bickering, sparks fly.

Dylan admits he feels strangely drawn to Angelina and is in no hurry to leave Maple Ridge or publish his magazine article. Fearful that his emotions are being influenced by the spell, a stubborn Angelina struggles to fight her own budding attraction to the reporter.

The two inevitably grow closer just as her mother’s health begins to deteriorate, and Angelina is faced with the possibility of selling the family’s music shop to pay the mounting medical expenses. Desperate to help the woman he loves, Dylan explores his own family tree and finds support from an unlikely source. Can he finally prove his love is real—spell or no spell?
A story filled with love, friendship, family, and just a hint of Appalachian magic, Mountain Charm will leave you spellbound.

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Interview with Sydney Logan

I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with Sydney Logan about her book and her life.

Describe your journey into publishing.

My journey isn’t a traditional one. I had been writing online for about four years. One of my readers just happened to work for my publisher. She asked if I’d ever considered publishing. I had thought about it, but I’d never been brave enough to actually submit something to a publisher. She encouraged me to submit a synopsis and first three chapters of my original novel. After that, I was offered a contract.

What song(s) would be on the soundtrack for your book? (click here to go to playlist on YouTube)

Blue Clear Sky by George Strait
Landslide by Stevie Nicks
Part of Your World from the Little Mermaid (if you read the book you’ll see why)
After the Storm by Mumford and Sons
Atlas Hands by Benjamin Francis Leftwich
You Want to Make a Memory by Bon Jovi
Be Still by The Fray
If I Didn’t Know Any Better by Alison Krauss

If your book was to become a movie, who would you cast as the main characters?

Nina Dobrev or Alexis Bledel as Angelina 

Sean Faris or Darren Criss as Dylan

Tell us something unique about you (that can’t be found in your author bio).

I am horribly addicted to Candy Crush! Actually, that’s probably not too unique since everybody seems to be playing it! Hmm . . . I collect lighthouses and love to watch reruns of the George Lopez show.

Who is your fictional character crush (Movie, TV, Literary)?

Movie – Noah Calhoun from The Notebook; TV – Nicholas Brody from Homeland; Literary – Edward Cullen from Twilight

Tell us a little about your writing process. Any pre-writing rituals or routines?

I don’t really have any rituals or routines. I don’t outline at all. As much as I love music, I can’t listen to it while I’m writing unless it’s instrumental. Even then I have to be careful because music can really influence my writing.

Is there ONE thing that you HAVE to have near you, on your desk, or in the room while you're writing?

My iPhone. LOL!

How do you connect with readers? Do you really like it when they contact you?

I’m on Facebook and Twitter all the time. I update my website regularly and offer giveaways pretty frequently, which are fun and a great way to thank readers for their support. I love when my readers contact me!

How did you choose the cover of your book?

Very early in the process of writing it, I began looking for possible covers. I probably looked at a thousand pictures and saved them in a folder. As I continued writing, it was easy to delete some of the possibilities. I’m not crazy about people on my covers, but I found this silhouetted couple. The fact that they were walking a dog made it perfect! I showed a few of my favorite choices to Jada D’Lee, and she loved the couple and dog, too. It was the perfect choice.

Writing and editing can sometimes be exhausting. How do you relax?

I don’t relax enough, but when I do, I play Candy Crush or play my piano.

If you could offer one piece of advice to a prospective author, what would it be?

Be prepared for the “business” side of things. Promotion and marketing are constant and necessary. Just be sure to balance it with your writing!

Do you have any future projects in the works?

I just signed a contract for my third novel. :)

Here is a personal question. What do you and your husband do for fun?

Honestly, he works six days a week, so we don't have the chance to do a lot of "fun" things, but we're both such homebodies that we're content to just be home with each other. That's fun to us.

How does he feel about your books? Is he part of the creative process?

He absolutely encourages my writing and reads the books once he can hold it in his hand. He's definitely not an ebook kind of guy! I sometimes bounce ideas off him, but, like most guys, he tends to like books where things explode or people die, so the romance genre isn't really his thing.

Quick Fire Questions

McDonalds or Burger King? McDonalds
Coke or Pepsi? Coke
Book or Kindle? I love both, but there’s nothing like holding a book in your hands.
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
Favorite dessert? Anything with fruit
Favorite book as a child? The Giving Tree
Favorite book now? The Notebook

I can't thank you enough for taking the time to talk with me! I love your books and I wish you all the best with Mountain Charm. I look forward to seeing what you have in store for us next!!

Author Bio:
Sydney Logan is an Amazon bestselling author and holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. With the 2012 release of her first novel, Lessons Learned, she made the transition from bookworm to author. Sydney has a very unhealthy obsession with music, and her iPod is filled with everything from Johnny Cash to Eminem. She is also the author of two short stories: “Mistletoe Magic,” available exclusively on Amazon Kindle, and “Stupid Cupid,” which is featured in the Romantic Interludes compilation. When she isn't reading or writing, she enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her front porch at her home in East Tennessee with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.
Her second novel, Mountain Charm, is slated for a summer 2013 release.

Visit Sydney’s website by clicking the picture

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