Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Birth of the Bacchae by Stephanie Mirro - Book Tour + Giveaway

Birth of the Bacchae
Immortal Relics Book 1
by Stephanie Mirro

Urban Fantasy 

"Vampires, Immortals, Bacchae—they’re all the same. The name may change, but
their appetites never do."

Ever since archaeology student Serafina Finch found an ancient Roman
amulet on a dig in Italy, she's been having dreams. Strange dreams
that leave her with an eerie sense of foreboding. But between a busy
college schedule and a boyfriend she's hoping to marry, she doesn't
have time for strange.

Then a mysterious cult takes an obsessive interest in the artifact.
Serafina finds her life in chaos as she's thrown into the
supernatural world, where Immortals and witches alike claim ownership
of the amulet. 
Her amulet.

As her connection to the amulet grows, she discovers a dark secret about
her past. Serafina realizes she must protect the powerful relic at
all costs--even if it means losing one of the people she loves

Invisible. Powerful. Immortal. We are Bacchae.”

BIRTH OF THE BACCHAE is a New Adult Urban Fantasy novel exploring the
origins of vampire lore in a modern setting. Where do the stories
come from? How were vampires created? Do they still exist today?

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What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
Neil Gaiman, Anne Rice, Jacqueline Carey, Stephen King, Charlaine Harris, Anne McCaffrey, Tamora Pierce, L.J. Smith

If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
Is it too obvious to say Harry Potter? J.K. Rowling captured the hearts of MILLIONS of people around the world and created a world and cast of characters that help real kids get through their own tough times. It would be my ultimate dream to be able to speak to readers that way.

Advice they would give new authors?
Just finish it. It’s the advice I received from my mentor, Martin Wilsey, in my writing group, and it’s the advice other successful authors have given as well. You can’t edit a blank page. Don’t worry about how it sounds while you’re writing it. Write crap. Write “he did this, then she said this.” Whatever it takes to finish. Once your story is written, that’s when the real magic happens.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Sit down, shut up, and write. (i.e. stop making excuses!)

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Oh, this question is fun. As a female, it can be difficult to write men as they are instead of how I want them to be.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
1.5 months for the first draft. Although technically it’s over ten years because I started a million times before this last year. One year ago, something just clicked in my brain, and I sat down and wrote my book. Sounds easy, but the 15 years before that were frustrating as hell. It was just my time.

Do you believe in writer’s block?

Yes and no. I don’t think I’ve experienced true writer’s block to be able to say whether it exists or not. But I’ve gotten stuck many times. I’ve been in slumps or not known where to take a scene or wanted to throw my computer across the room. I even avoided writing a scene for months because it would mean the book was finished-finished. But I find the best solution to those issues is to focus my time elsewhere: I write another story I’ve been dying to dive into; I work on marketing/social media tasks (like this!); I read a book in my genre or on writing; I watch YouTube videos from other authors, learn from the masters on MasterClass, or watch a TV show. If I’m dying to finish something but I’m feeling stuck, I’ll print it out and edit on paper. It’s amazing how such a simple thing can trick your mind into making magic.

Stephanie Mirro's lifelong love of ancient mythology led to majoring in the
Classics in college, which wasn't quite as much fun as writing her
own mythology stories as she did as a child. But that education,
combined with an overactive imagination and being an avid fantasy
reader, resulted in a writing career.

Starting her days with coffee and ending them with wine means Stephanie can
usually be found juggling household chores, keeping the kids alive,
and trying to write, edit, publish, and market the stories that haunt her dreams.

Born and raised in Southern Arizona, Stephanie now resides in Northern
Virginia with her husband, two kids, and two furbabies. This thing
called "seasons" is still magical.

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