Sunday, June 26, 2011

It's a BETWEEN Giveaway Bonanza!

If you haven't already picked up a copy of Between, here's your chance to win one! In fact, you have TWO chances because giveaways are going on now at Free Book Friday and also at Book Reader Addicts!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Is Pottermore really going to be More?

The Twitterverse has been abuzz with news of J.K. Rowling's new site, There was a big mysterious build-up when everyone was speculating about what it could be. Now there's a video out there and a registry where you can sign up for the site, which will be launched in October.

The video is pretty cool, with book pages that turn into spiders, owls and trees. Kudos to the graphic artists who put that together! During the video, J.K. explains that Harry Potter ebooks will be available for purchase.

I was surprised, to be honest, that Harry Potter ebooks have not been available yet. I can't say that I've ever looked for them in electronic format since I have them all in hardback (as does, arguably, a large percentage of the population). Still, I would have assumed they'd be available for Kindle or Nook if I'd gone looking. That's like having a huge blockbuster movie that never gets released on DVD. Shocking!

Bloggers are kicking around what this might mean to the ebook business and whether Amazon will capitulate to allowing Kindles to accept epub formats.

It's all very fascinating from the standpoint of watching giants wrestle, but I want to know what's so MORE about Pottermore.

She says in the video that she's been hoarding additional Harry Potter things and will reveal them as part of the site. Okay cool, but is that worth getting all excited about? I love HP, don't get me wrong, but for all the buzz, I really want PotterMORE. New, exciting tales of adventure like only J.K. can do, right? That's what would be MORE for me.

As it is, they are collecting (I'm sure) millions of registrations so have a direct link to their customer base. Marketing jackpot, really. I'm going to wait and see. I'll willingly eat the sorting hat if it turns out to be The.Most.Awesome.Site.Ever. I hope it does. But for now, I need a little MORE.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Blurbs Made of Awesome!

You know how sometimes a book will list quotes from other authors or reviewers? I've been compiling a list of awesome blurbs from recent reviews of Between and thought I'd share them with you!

Mixed with delicious smoking-hot scenes and total tear-jerking moments, family and personal relationships are examined, feelings voiced, insurmountable grief exposed and pain, loss, love and desire are all experienced. Between has it all. - The Tales Compendium

Best love story I've ever read. Sad, beautiful, funny, sexy, perfect. - Steph Short N Sweet

Absolutely the sweetest story and I shed quite a few tears along the way... I can't wait until the sequel comes out to see what the future holds for Lindsey and Aiden.- Snowdrop Dreams of Books

This is a truly enchanting story and not to be missed in any way, shape or form. - Magic of Reading

From page one this book draws you in and holds you there.- Were Vamps Romance

A beautiful and emotion journey that will definitely pull at the reader's heart, make you fall and connect with the characters to the end.- Seeing Night Book Reviews

Between is very different than what I am used to reading. Sometimes, like in this case, different is a WONDERFUL thing. - Middle of the Road Reviews

With the brilliant scenes that Tefft creates, I can actually picture this story being made into a movie.- Books Make Me Happy

I absolutely adore this book, I've read it twice already and will probably go back for a third helping! It made me smile, it made me cry and it gave me hope that we're not alone.- Thoughts, Musings and Broken Promises

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Author Spotlight: Kurt Chambers

When I first met Kurt (on Twitter), he introduced himself as "Kurt from England" to which I replied, "I'm Cyndi from America." I still call him "Kurt from England" 'cuz it cracks me up. It's great having a friend across the pond, especially when he gave me a crash course in British swear words on Facebook. *grin*

He recently did a great interview with Annie McMahon's daughter on the Dutch Hill News blog, so I asked if he'd be so kind as to interview with me as well. Lucky for you, he said yes!

Tell us a bit about yourself.
Okay, where should I start? I live in the south east of England, about thirty miles north of London in the leafy county of Hertfordshire. I'm married, I have three children, and I'm a very young granddad with three grandchildren. My kids made me a granddad at forty one. Nice! LOL I love it really. My wife is my childhood sweetheart, and my best friend. We have been together for about twenty-eight years, and known each other since we were in junior school. We used to walk home together from school when we were about eight years old. I have always lived in the same town, in the same area as where I grew up. I like to think I'm quite a happy-go-lucky person, and hardly ever take things seriously. I hate being an adult, kids have way more fun. I'm so jealous :) 

How long have you been writing? Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I only started writing when I was in my mid thirties. I never imagined in a million years that I would be a writer when I was younger. Because I wasn't very good at reading or writing, I used to see it as a chore. I know that sounds a bit of a strange thing for an author to say, but it's true. I always liked the idea of writing a book, but I never thought I could do it. I used to think that was the kind of thing clever people did, who have degrees in English and creative writing. Then one day I decided to write a novel. It seemed like a good idea at the time. LOL Little did I know just how much was involved. 

I spent two years writing a novel, then joined a writing forum, the Young Adult Novel Workshop, after taking advice from a friend. That's when I discovered just how much I didn't know. :D They took me under their wing and taught me everything I know today. They are the most amazing people I have ever met. I've come a long way since then. I'm now moderating the forum and helping to mentor new authors. It just goes to show, nothing is impossible if you want it enough. 

Why did you decide to write middle-grade novels?
I think the simple answer to that is I have the mental age of a ten-year-old. LOL I love children, they are the funniest things in the whole world. I adore the innocence of young children, it's their most endearing characteristic. I made up a saying that I always use, "The innocence of children is what makes them stand out as a shining example to the rest of Mankind." I try to capture this innocence in my stories. I couldn't see myself writing Young Adult after experiencing having three teenagers myself. All those issues I'm still trying to put behind me. :D Middle Grade is much more fun.

What have you written so far?
So far I have four complete novels, and I have started writing another two more. The first three novels I wrote were a series of Middle Grade Fantasy stories, Truth Teller, The Wrath of Siren and Favian's Law. I have always loved Fantasy from a young age, but not being the best reader in the world, I always struggled with some of the classic tales like Lord of the Rings. I wanted to write this type of story that would appeal to younger children, so that is what I did. 

Unfortunately, after many years in the making, I discovered Middle Grade High Fantasy wasn't the most marketable of books, and I could never find anyone interested in publishing them, despite their popularity among the young readers who read them. So, not to be put off, I wrote a new novel that would be more marketable. That's how Unknown Reality came into being. It's a mix between Fantasy and Sci-Fi. I have just started submitting this novel to publishing agents, so fingers crossed!

The two new novels I'm working on are still in their infancy. The first one is an idea I've had for a long time, The World in Johnny's Back Garden. The original idea was to give children an alternative view of living things through a series of mini adventures shown from the perspective of different creatures. This proved rather difficult, so the story has evolved quite a lot over time. I am still sticking to my original idea, but presenting it in a different way. I have also just started writing a brand new story, which at the moment I'm calling, Teddy. It's a strange story about a boy named Charlie who discovers a talking teddy bear. The story will be loosely based around the concepts of growing up and not believing anymore.

You seem to have a great network of author friends. How did you meet them?
It all started when I joined the Young Adult Novel Workshop. I didn't know anyone in real life that was even remotely connected to writing or publishing. I originally only joined because it was free to join. LOL At the time I didn't realise it was an American site. Once I found my way to the YA forum, I met writers from all over the world in various stages in their writing careers. They introduced me to the writing community through various sources and I have never looked back since. The writing community is amazing! So supportive and friendly, it never ceases to amaze me.

Your book covers are ah-mazing, I must say. How did you get such awesome covers?
Thank you! :) I love them too! One of the first people I met when I joined WDC some years ago was a lady called Dawne Dominique. We became really close friends, she is like a sister to me. We always joke she is my long lost twin. Dawne taught me so much. Not only was she an editor for a few publishing companies, but she is a published author and the most amazing cover artist. She has won several awards on the Preditors & Editors website for her work. As the old saying goes, it's not what you know, it's who you know. LOL
If you could buy property anywhere, what would you choose and why? Price is no object, of course! ;)
Awesome! I would buy a castle then! I love castles. I always visit a castle when I go on holiday, they are so inspirational. I'm a carpenter by trade, so I have always had this dream of buying a derelict castle somewhere on the south coast of England and turning it into a home. Spend my days rebuilding it a bit at a time.

Have you ever been to America? If so, where did you go? If not, where would you like to visit?
No, I've never been anywhere. LOL I've never left the country or even owned a passport. My kids kept me poor. To be honest, I'm not really sure, I don't know America too well. I have always loved the idea of visiting the Inca settlements in South America. I have friends all over your country that I would love to meet in person, so I would love to do a tour.

Are you a socks or barefoot kind of guy? (You thought I was going to say boxers or briefs, didn't you??) Any interesting hobbies?
Hahaha!! I'm a socks guy. It gets cold here in England. :D

I have millions of hobbies, from brewing wine to building telescopes, rockets and rocket launchers. Making websites, playing in rock bands and writing children's books, to name a few. I like to keep busy.

Who are your favorite authors/books?
That's easy. My favourite author is Terry Brooks. I read the whole of his Shannara series, about sixteen books in total. I started reading the first trilogy in this series when I was about twelve years old. 

What are you working on now?
At the moment, I am just starting to write the new novel I mentioned above. It will probably take me about a year to complete, then maybe another six months to edit to a publishable standard. In the meantime, I have started a submission campaign for Unknown Reality. If I can get anyone interested in this novel and get published, I will stand a better chance at getting publishers to look at my Truth Teller trilogy, hopefully.

How can people connect with you?
You can visit my website:

Thanks for the interview, Kurt from England!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Launch Day for BETWEEN!

Today is the big day! BETWEEN is officially launched worldwide. Yay! Please take a moment to check out the awesome blogs and reviewers. Stop by and comment (cuz every blogger loves a comment!). Search "Cyndi Tefft" on Twitter to get links to the reviews being posted so far.

Thank you all so much for being a part of this with me. My heart is full. *sigh*