Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Blog Tour/Interview/Giveaway: 'Til Death Do Us Part by T. Michelle Nelson

Title: 'Til Death Do Us Part
Author: T. Michelle Nelson
Series: Lily Drake #2
Release Date: April 24, 2013
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
ISBN13: 9781939590046
Format: Paperback, 200 pages
Genre: Adult, paranormal, urban fantasy, romance
Source: blog tour
With a doting husband and a new job training a vampire military, Lily Drake was living up to the prophecies of being the best. Her life was seemingly perfect, until tragedy strikes bringing her a loss she's not sure she can endure.

The hard-working super mom / vampire slayer, Lily Drake, has just learned problems still exist even after you become immortal.

As everyone knows, even if you find your soul mate, you don't always get a happily-ever-after. Lily may have found temporary happiness being a newlywed, but the honeymoon is over. When she finds her husband going out for late night bites with another woman, Lily has to fight to try and regain what she wants most, love and a happy family.

If Lily thought being a single mom was hard, she’ll find being married can be a bloody mess.
T. Michelle Nelson
T. Michelle Nelson is a native of Benton, Kentucky and a graduate of Murray State University holding a degree in Education. Currently she resides in picturesque Mount Vernon, Ohio, which is also the setting of her Lily Drake series. The first book in the series, Life and Death of Lily Drake, is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Kobo, and your other favorite online bookstores in paperback as well as e-reader formats. The second book, 'Til Death Do Us Part, is being released by Inkspell Publishing in April of 2013 and currently, T. is working hard to finish her third book.

When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her singing out of key while playing Rock Band with her husband and son, watching B-Horror movies or wrestling with her two ill-behaved fur babies, Buddy Perro and Bunchie.

T. Michelle Nelson: Website | Blog | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Buy 'Til Death Do Us Part: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Inkspell Publishing
1) When was the moment when you decided that writing would be your gig for life?
I’m still not sure I’ve decided that. I love to write, and I probably always will, but there are so many things I want to try. I know that the Lily Drake series probably won’t be my last, and there are still several novels left that I’d like to write about Lily. So now that I think of it, I guess it is a lifetime gig, because it will take at least that long to write everything that I have in my head! To answer your question . . . this moment, right now.
2) Do you like to plan your story out or write by the seat of your pants?
I’m a total pantser. I’ll be lying in bed and an idea will come to me, and I’ll jot it down, but then when I start writing, things always take a different turn.
3) What inspired the Lily Drake series?
I love the whole vampire genre, but I felt there was a need for a heroine that was more relatable to people like me. Not a peppy eighteen year old, but a mother with responsibilities, a job, a mortgage and a little bitterness. Lily isn’t your typical main character. She has quirks and flaws.
4) Are there bits and pieces of Lily's character that you could totally relate to, or other parts that are your polar opposites?
I totally relate to Lily. In every situation I still the poor girl in, she reacts in the exact way I would. It’s not always the best way, or the most rational one, which I think makes it sometimes funny and more realistic.
5) Was there a particular message you wanted to impart from the Lily Drake series to readers?
Actually yes. In so many romance novels, the female main character waits around for the hero to come save her. Lily, of course, is human in the first book and our male heroes are vampires who have the abilities to fight and extra strength, yet Lily doesn’t wait around for a man to come to her rescue. She’s tough on her own, and I wanted to write about a woman who was inspiring in that right.
6) Can you tell us a bit about your next project, or is it top secret? (Plays ominous music in the background)
Well, it’s no secret I’m working on Book Three of the Lily series. I will give you a bit of an inside peek though! Part of the book will be taking place in Western Kentucky. Lily is on the run with Keaton and has found refuge in a small town. The entire book won’t be set in Kentucky, however. Lily will be forced to return to New Orleans and take care of some unfinished business.
7) What are you reading right now?
Actually, I hardly have time to read, but currently I’m rereading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Within the next few years I’m hoping to travel to Scotland and this book really began my fascination with that area.
8) What are some of your biggest bookish influences?
This will probably make no sense, but Edith Wharton and Margaret Mitchell are my two favorites… ever. I love the sense of vulnerability Wharton wrote into her main characters, yet didn’t portray them as weak. And Scarlett O’Hara? Come on, best character ever. I literally laughed throughout that entire book at her antics. I’d never read about a protagonist who had such flaws as Scarlett, but still made you root for her on every page.
9) What are three things that one may not necessarily know about you? (Could be as mundane or as crazy as possible.)
1. I sleep every night with Vicks Vaporub under my nose. It’s an addiction.
2. I’ve been a vegetarian for almost 27 years.
3. I never listen to Motley Crue on the radio in my car. I’ve had three accidents, all to Motley Crue songs.
10) What advice would you give to a budding writer?
Don’t give up. You most likely will get criticism, bad reviews and rejections. Assume it is because your work isn’t for everyone (or it helps me to think that some people are just plain stupid). Write because you love it and throw yourself into your story. It will show, and it will be worth writing.
11) Oh, no! A fire in your house! What are the three things you'd immediately grab? (Kids, don't do this at home. Follow the stop, drop and roll rule.)
Besides my family (which includes my dogs) . . . 1. My plastic fish my dad bought me for my first Christmas.
2. My purse, because my life is in it, including a flash drive with all my work.
3. My makeup bag. No one needs to see what I look like when I chisel this stuff off.
And because Ms. Nelson is so awesome for saying my interview is fun, she gets all my fangirly feels. *hands all fangirly feels over*

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