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Sunday, January 12, 2014

$25 Giveaway Interview Excerpt ROOK by STELLA MacDONALD @memacdonald35 @toobusyreading

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 Could you be the monster to save who you love? Two women, separated by generations, must leave what they know to start a new life. Seventeen-year-old Kate's senior year is ruined when she's moved from the only home she's ever known. After an isolating month alone in her apartment, school starts, but neither her classmates nor her teacher are who they seem. Kali, a single mother living in the nineteenth century wilds of Montana, is stalked by a malicious past. She fights to keep her daughter safe while her freedom is threatened by her less than benevolent benefactor. Both find love, and with it hope, but that is quickly ripped away as one woman must learn the lessons of the other -- before it's too late to save either.  

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  Praise for Rook:

 "This book also drew me in. I couldn't let go of what was happening and when life intervened and forced me to close my computer I kept looking for a few moments to sit down and read some more.” Brookeworm, a Blog 4 Stars

 "Rook had me hooked from the first page. It all started so mysteriously that I just had to know what it was all about. “ Jannat Bhat, Obsessive Compulsive Reader 4 Stars “Rook is an amazing story that had me at the edge of my seat.” Tee Loves Kyle Jacobson Blog, 5 Stars


Is that him? Is he back? My legs jerked, kicking and twitching me around to face the sound. I managed to roll slightly, knocking against a soft, solid object at my feet. It grunted weakly, and immediately I recoiled as though I had been bitten. Squinting, I stared, willing my eyes to find light in the dark, but there was nothing. The sound of the runner drew closer, as if they would trample me any moment. A dim, swaying light appeared through the trees, burning away the inky edges of the deep shadows. When light and sound were almost upon me, branches above me snapped, spraying me in a shower of dried pine needles and snow.

Monica M  Author Stella MacDonald

Stella is a married graduate student with three boys. Utah is home right now, but the need to wander has extended beyond the fantasy world of writing and into real life. She's lived all around the US and even into the Middle East. The world is really a small place, only made bigger through imagination.  

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Do you have a secret talent?

My parents bought a piano when I was a senior in high school. I sat down, and tada! I could play by ear. To this day, my son will bring me whatever he's listening to, and we'll work out how to play it on my piano. Usually it's  dubstep, so I show him how to bang the beat out, and I'l play while we've got it rocking out on the stereo.

Is there a song that really reminds you of your book? 

Arise! By Flyleaf. It's too perfect!

What was the easiest thing about writing this book? 

The whole story came in chunks. I rode the train to school every day, and there's nothing better for imagination than complete boredom. I then had great beta-readers and an excellent editor.

Is there a word you love to use?

Well, it's a name actually. In Jordan, I had a friend that lived in a neighborhood called Jabel Webda. I don't know why I like to say that so much, but I do! Amman is super hilly, and many of the neighborhoods have â Jabel❠(mountain) in their name. I never did learn what Webda meant.

Any real or imaginary pets?

 We have two old labs, and a dachshund. We had a Great Dane we lost last July, and we were broken hearted. However, last week we got a puppy. So nice to have a baby in the house again!

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  1. I've looked for clues but still can't figure what this book is about. Lol, this just makes me want to read it because I hate not knowing something!

  2. This book seems interesting by the GR write up and I really love the cover. With the weather how its been who doesn't want to snuggle up with a good book?!

  3. Interesting story. Want to find out which one has to learn to save the other.

  4. I am a dubstep fan also and would love to be able to bring that sound to life via piano. Do you have a favorite track? I discovered Flyleaf when Amazon offered a free MP3 (different genre but I enjoy all kinds of sound).



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