BBF: Stranded With Author Liz Long

Blogger Book Fair: Day 3


For those of you just finding your way to my blog for the BBF, welcome! Feel free to head over to my regular website to learn a bit about me and my writing and to enter a chance to win a digital copy of my first two novels in the Alex Crocker series, Unforeseen and Unveiled


First, though, grab a frozen (deserted) island beverage, and come chill with author Liz Long.

10 things I would need if I were stranded on a
deserted island – Liz Long

1.  My
laptop – though I don’t think I’d have electricity once the battery dies. Does
a spare charger count as two things?

2.  My
Kindle – same concept with that battery thing, but still. You gotta read on the
beach!

3.  Journal/pen
– you know, for when the laptop dies.

4.  The
biggest bag of Skittles you can find (but only because chocolate would melt in
the island sun)

5.  A razor.
If I’m getting sun on my pasty pale skin, I’m going to have smooth legs,
dammit.

6.  Actually,
could we make that a big shower kit? A slight cheat, sure, but a girl’s gotta
stay clean for when she gets rescued.

7.  Toilet
paper. You know you don’t want to use palm tree fronds.

8.  At least
one change of clothes (it doesn’t have to be a prom dress – gym clothes and
flip flops are kind of my go to in real life, anyway!)

9.  Books –
yeah, I know I said Kindle already, but at some point that sucker’s gonna die.
If I only get one, I’d go with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but I’d
really prefer the entire box set.

10. If I can’t bring my dog (because obviously the food
and stuff would put me over 10 things), I want to have a photo of my dog.
Because really, his face cheers me up anytime – like say when I’m stranded on a
deserted island.


About the
Author:

Liz Long is lucky enough to have a dream career in magazine publishing as
an editor and writer, yet still have time to create adventures on the side. If
you catch her staring off into space or talking to herself, don’t worry – it’s
just her imagination at work.

Liz graduated from Longwood University with a BA in English, though her
professors might be disappointed to hear she reads more fantasy fiction than
literary novels. She also loves action and thriller genres. Her books probably
won’t change your life, but she hopes they steal you away from reality for a
while. 

Her newest release, Witch Hearts, will be for sale on Amazon on
April 30th. Her first book, Gifted,
a Donovan Circus Novel
, is also available for paperback and Kindle on Amazon.

To learn more
about Liz, visit her website: http://lizclong.com

 

Author Links:

Website: http://lizclong.com

Twitter: (Handle: @LizCLong) https://twitter.com/#!/LizCLong

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/lizclongauthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/LizLong

GIFTED


Even in a world of freaks, being a Firestarter is considered a dangerous Gift.

Lucy was born with the ability to create and control fire. She longs to leave the human world for one filled with Earthshakers, Transporters, and Chameleons, to name a few. When she rejoins the circus, it’s everything she hoped it could be—new friends, a potential love interest or two, and a place where she can be herself.

When troupe members begin turning up dead, however, Lucy is suspected of foul play. She must not only prove her innocence but also realize the full extent of her power. To find the real murderer, she must uncover the truth behind her father’s fiery legacy while figuring out whom to trust within her new circle. Little does she know the history of the Donovan Circus and its enemies might actually destroy the entire gifted world. 

GIFTED LINKS:

Amazon (ebook): http://www.amazon.com/Gifted-Donovan-Circus-Novel-ebook/dp/B007VT34J2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1336675611&sr=8-2

Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13601567-gifted


WITCH HEARTS

How does a witch stay safe if
a killer can get through her protection spells?

Witches like Ruby and
Courtney can take care of themselves. So when Courtney is murdered, Ruby’s
world crashes to a halt. The only thing keeping her grounded is the return of
Courtney’s brother, Cooper. He seeks revenge, but Ruby wants to help other
witches stay alive. To do that, she’ll have to reunite with her old coven’s
High Priest, who also happens to be her cheating ex-boyfriend.

If that wasn’t awkward
enough, when the killer gets too close, Cooper temporarily moves into Ruby’s
place while a police officer tails her every move. Cooper’s presence distracts
Ruby as they fight their desire against their need to stay safe. Then Courtney begins
to haunt Ruby’s dreams and secrets are spilled, things from Cooper’s past that
could get them both killed. The killer continues to stalk Ruby and the more she
discovers, the more she fears she won’t be able to keep her heart in her chest.

Purchase links:

Amazon (ebook): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CIKKEV0

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17616067-witch-hearts

WITCH
HEARTS Special Excerpt

       Cooper
and Ruby hopped on his bike and drove back to her place. She even managed to
peek out from beneath her helmet to see the city whip past her in a blur. When
they finally came to a stop, she untangled herself from him – albeit a tad
regretful about it – and handed him back the helmet.

       “Thanks
again for everything tonight. I know it wasn’t the most fun you could have, but
I want everyone to be safe,” she said.

       “I
understand. I’m glad I went, too. I don’t want anyone else in danger. Plus, you’re
good company.” He stood up as he said it, hooking the helmets on his bike.

       “You
don’t have walk me in or anything. I don’t want to keep you any longer than you
need.”

       He
snorted. “You’re not keeping me from anything. I want to do it, but especially
because I want to make sure you’re safe.”

       Ruby
bit her bottom lip. Her nerves fluttered a bit at the thought of a possible
goodnight kiss. She could hardly believe how immature she sounded in her head.

       It’s
your best friend’s brother. This is Cooper we’re talking about
, a
voice in her head screamed at her.

       Another
voice spoke up. Yeah. It’s Cooper. And your thoughts about him have
never been exactly brotherly. 

       Shaking
both voices away, she swiped her key fob by the entrance door and Cooper held
it open for her. They took the stairs up to the second floor and walked around
the corner to her apartment. Ruby stopped as soon as she saw her door.

       “Something’s
wrong,” she said.

       “What?
How can you tell?” He looked up and down the hallway.

       There
was a barrier when I left. Remember I checked, put my hand on the door when we
left? My spell was in place.”

       “There
was a soft glow on the door,” he said absentmindedly, as though remembering.
His eyes narrowed and Ruby could see his veins throb in his neck as his jaw
tightened.

       “Only
witches would be able to see it, but it’s not there.” Ruby took a few steps
forward, placing her hand on the door, which was now simply cool and wooden.
She retrieved her key and turned the lock, but Cooper stopped her.

       “I’ll
go in first.”

       He
swung the door wide open; he held his hands up in case of a fight or a spell,
but silence greeted them. Cooper did a quick sweep of the apartment while Ruby
waited in the entryway. He returned with Aziza in one arm and a letter in his
hand.

       “This
was on your coffee table,” he said grimly. “Aziza was hiding behind the couch.
She hissed until she realized it was me.”

       Ruby
took the note from him. As she opened it, Cooper stood beside her to read over
her shoulder.

       “Not
all witches are equal. Some are born with extraordinary gifts; anyone can
practice, but few are truly powerful. You are one of the lucky ones, Ruby. I
apologize about your friend Courtney. She was powerful, but nowhere near your
capabilities. I’m afraid that in order for my powers to thrive, yours must come
to an end. I’ll be seeing you very soon. –X

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