Thursday, January 9, 2014

Vision of Shadows (Vision #1) by Vincent Morrone: Interview, Excerpt, Reviews


 



Today is my stop during the blog tour for Vision of Shadows by Vincent Morrone. Vision of Shadows is published by Entranced Publishing. This blog tour runs from 30 December till 19 January, you can view the whole tour schedule on Vincent Morrone his website.



INTERVIEW


How do you describe your writing style?

I go by the SSS writing style. Sweet, Sarcastic and Scary.

I tend to like characters who are snarky and who are often offbeat and/or quirky. I also like dealing with emotions. When my wife read Vision of Shadows, she told me it was the first time she’s read a book where she’d cried within the first few pages. I considered that a big complement!

I like to get a reaction to whatever is on the page. Whether you’re crying or laughing out loud or shaking your fist at the character that you’re hating.

Plotter or Pantser? Why?

Plotter. However, nine times out of ten, I am wearing pants while doing it.

I used to try and pants it. I’d have a general idea of what I wanted and sit there and start to let it pour out. What resulted was great, until I got to a point where I didn’t know where to go.

Now, I plot out the major plot points. I refine them before I begin. I know where I start, where I end and the basics of how I get from point A to Point Z. I do best when I know the scene I want to write next and I play it out in my mind.  

Pantsing sounds cooler, but it just doesn’t work for me. I still leave a lot of elements to work out as I write, but I need those plot points. And no, they aren’t written in stone. 

Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?

No, I use my real name. I thought about it. Growing up, I always envisioned a cool pen name like Jonathan Wolfe or something like that. When it came time to decide, my wife and kids convinced me that since this had been a lifelong dream I should use my name, so I could see it on the cover.

I did consider the name JD Vincent for a while. Those are my daughter’s initials. I may regret it, as I’m not fond of my first name. (Hey Vinnie! Vinnie Boombatz! My cousin Vinnie!) But I did want to see my name so there would be no doubt that I wrote that! 

Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?

Sometimes, yes. It depends on the scene and my mood. I’m a huge fan of the band KISS, so I’ll often have them playing. Sometimes I go Country with Brad Paisley or Carrie Underwood. Barry Manilow is fun too and sometimes Beethoven. Right now, as I write these answers, I’ve got Hall & Oats playing.

What are your favorite TV shows?

I grew up on Star Trek and I still consider myself a Trekker. My favorite show on right now is The Walking Dead. I also really love Agents of Shield, Big Bang Theory, Good Wife, Criminal Minds, Sleepy Hallow and Grimm. And Monk was my hero!

Are the names of the characters in your novels important?  How and why?

There are 2 families featured in these books. The Blackburn’s and McKnight’s. The Blackburn’s have traditional names: Mark, Simon, Greg Etc.  Where the McKnight family tends to choose very unique names: Payne: Varick, Archer, Blas√©.

My main character is Bristol Blackburn, not a normal name for a Blackburn, which is important. (But I’m telling you why.)

Because of this, whenever I had to name a character, I’d start googling unique names.

Payne is my favorite. I saw that while trolling baby name sites and saw it. Two women used it for their sons. One of them said she liked to introduce him as her little Payne. I was hooked and had to use it. That sort of inspired the whole unique name thing.

What is the next big thing?

I just signed with Entranced for the sequel to Vision of Shadows. It’s called Vision of Serpents. That should be out right after my birthday, in late May. The Vision series is set for 5 books.  Book 3 is called Vision of Sacrifices and it’s with the editor, pending approval. Book 4 is one of my many WIP’s (Works in Progress) and it’s called Vision of Sacraments. The final book, which has a basic outline, is tentatively called Vision of Darkness. All titles are subject to change except for Vision of Shadows.

In addition, Entranced also contracted a stand-alone book called Just Breathe, a New Adult Romance with a little edge to it.

I’ve also got a WIP that I’m calling the Gerry Fisch Project, (Yes, it will be renamed.) Sort of like the Three Stoogers meets Supernatural.

I have one called Perfect, which is still in its infancy and put to the side for now. Plus a whole bunch of other things rattling around in my head.

Not much else going on in there, but there’s plenty of stories!




Vision of Shadows (Vision #1)

by Vincent Morrone


Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance

Release Date: December 30, 2013



Blurb:

Is Bristol Blackburn about to meet the love of her life...or her killer?

After the death of her parents, Bristol Blackburn's life is thrown into chaos and she's forced to move to Spirit, a small town where shadows are stirring. As she learns to navigate her new school and figures out how to keep her psychic abilities secret from her family, Bristol comes face to face with the boy who makes a regular appearance in her dreams: the gorgeous, possibly deadly, Payne McKnight. Soon she’ll find out if Payne will be the love of her life, or the end of it — and she has no idea which possibility scares her more.

And that's not even the worst of it. Strange shadows are haunting her dreams, and they're up to something that could put Bristol and the lives of everyone she loves in jeopardy.



Excerpt
 

        “I’ve never met anyone like you before in my life,” Payne said.

        Now it was my turn to grin. “Yeah, girls who talk to ghosts are rather unique.”

        “That’s not what I mean,” Payne insisted. “You’ve never told anyone about your secret before, have you?”

        I didn’t answer, but I didn’t need to.

        “I cannot begin to tell you how touched I am,” Payne said. “Not only that you’re helping me, but also that you trust me. I know how big a deal it is.”

        “It’s not.” I shrugged. “Not really.”

        Now Payne touched my cheek, and my skin tingled underneath his fingers. “It is. Bristol, you’re braver than I am.”

        I looked up into Payne’s magnificently dark blue eyes and saw it. The emotion that I always saw in my Payne loves me dreams. It was the look in his eyes he got when we were making love, or at least would get if we ever did. There was a connection between us that went beyond anything I’d ever known. I knew Payne could feel it, too.

        Payne brought his other hand up, gently caressing both sides of my face. In that moment there was no doubt he would kiss me. I was ready. I didn’t care about anything else. 

        When I heard the laughter from behind me of a little boy, it took me a second to blink back into reality. I backed away, and Payne’s face fell.

        “We’re not alone,” I explained.

        Jared McKnight had appeared, his little dog sitting obediently by his feet, its tail whipping back and forth. Jared had his hands by his eyes as if ready to cover them. A huge smile was plastered on his face.

        “I can’t believe Payne was gonna kiss a girl!”

        I closed my eyes and sighed. Well, he was!

 
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You can add Vision of Shadows to your to-read list on Goodreads

You can find more about Vision of Shadows on the Entranced Publishing website.

Want to chat with Bristol, the main character of this series? Well she has her own twitter account.


REVIEW
4 STARS

Bristol’s life is thrown into chaos after she witnesses an accident that takes the lives of her parents. Able to see and talk to spirits, she is anxious to ask her folks some questions that are haunting her thoughts, but is flummoxed when they do not appear to her.  Moving to the small town of Spirit with an uncle and cousins who are unknown to her is frightening. She fears that they will find out she is a freak, and worries about keeping her secret safe in the boisterous household. Soon she meets Payne McKnight – a boy who she has dreamed about her whole life. The relationship sets strange events in motion and soon Bristol is involved in a blood feud dating back for generations. As she tries to adjust to small town life and questions whether she can fit in at home, problems keep mounting up for the plucky teen.

I loved the overall tone that was present throughout the book. Bristol is a likable girl whom I easily connected with and felt a strong empathy for.  The story kept my attention and I thought the mystery surrounding the evil force within Spirit was particularly creepy and horrifying.  It contrasted spectacularly with the small-town dynamics and basically friendly personalities there.  I especially liked that Bristol’s new family was so supportive and caring. This is a wonderful introduction to what I am sure will be a stupendous series.  The darkness, pain, and suffering these families have endured for generations is balanced by the love, tolerance, and humor that they are determined to keep within grasp. I am looking forward to more adventures and learning more about the curse surrounding Spirit.

This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Reviewed by Laurie-J




Vision of Secrets (Vision #0.5)

by Vincent Morrone


Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance

Release Date: December 2, 2013

Blurb:

Bristol understands secrets. She's got plenty of her own, ranging from the annoying ghost that keeps showing up and attempting to sing Copacabana, (badly) to the visions of a terrifying future that is getting closer each day.

Bristol knows secrets can kill. She's getting flashes of a boy racked with guilt over his secret. And a girl who's prank might lead to someone's death.

Vision of Secrets is a free prequel introduces you to Bristol Blackburn before the explosive events in Vision of Shadows and let's you see how a young girl deals with her Visions of Secrets!
You can add Vision of Shadows to your to-read list on Goodreads
You can download Vision of Secrets for free from smashwords


REVIEW
5 STARS

This fabulous short story was mind reeling! I LOVED it because it was engaging and different, the heroine's voice fresh and funky.  I never saw the ending coming and it stunned me.  Immediately, I knew I wanted to find out more about Bristol and her odd abilities.  It was a no-brainer for me to add Vision of Shadows to my TBR and move it to the top of the pile.

This book was downloaded free.

Reviewed by Laurie-J




About the Author:

Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, Vincent Morrone now resides in Upstate NY with his wife. (Although he can still speak fluent Brooklynese.) His twin daughters remain not only his biggest fans, but usually are the first to read all of his work. Their home is run and operated for the comfort and convenience of their dogs.

Vincent has been writing fiction, poetry and song lyrics for as long as he can remember, most of which involve magical misfits, paranormal prodigies and even on occasion superheroes and their sidekicks.

As they say in Brooklyn: Yo, you got something to say to Vincent?

Check out http://vincentmorrone.com/ where you can learn about Vincent and leave him a comment. You can also connect with Vincent on Twitter https://twitter.com/Vince524 and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Morrrone.

You can find and contact Vincent Morrone here:

- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Goodreads



Vincent also participates in a group blog called YA Rush which consist of YA and NA Entranced authors. You can find YA Rush here:

- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Pinterest



GIVEAWAY!


There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Vision of Shadows.

Here is what you can win:

- 1 Vision of Shadows Pen

- 1 Vision of Shadows Calender

- 1 Vision of Shadows Pen & calender

- 1 Vision of Shadows Pen and calender in a Vision of Shadows canvas bag

- 1 Vision of Shadows Pen, calender in Vision of Shadows canvas bag and an e-copy Vision of Shadows

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1 comment:

Vincent Morrone said...

Thanks for having me on today!!!! I'm looking forward to your review!!!