I am freaking out now! I can’t believe that I got picked to be involved in this event and to be working with non other than ” BELLE WHITTINGTON”
I know I signed up for this event, but I didn’t actually think that I would be paired, this sort of thing just doesn’t happen to me!
Sorry for the freak out! Now that’s out of my system we can get on the what we need to and tell all you authors’, readers and most of all the general public all about this Indie-Credible author that is – BELLE WHITTINGTON.
I just wanted to share a quick song with ya’ll (look at me, picking up on Belle’s american Twang). The pointer sisters song “I’m so excited” this song was OUR mantra song, our inspirational song whilst creating this Indie-Credible post for Ya’ll
So this is the Schedule, so please keep tuned and make sure to check out the other stops too ❤
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Monday, September 2, 2013
Addison Moore – Heather @ SupaGurl Books
Jennifer Collins – Ren Reidy @ A Little Bit of R&R
Sophie Davis – Angela Pratt @ I Feel the Need, the Need to Read
Jennifer Miller – Chandra Haun @ Unabridged Bookshelf
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Chelsea Fine – Maliha Khan @ Anonymous Interests
Marianne Morea – Syreeta Eli @ Hardback Book Hotties
Marquita Valentine – Alyn Love @ Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Ali Cross – Shannon O’Donnell @ Book Dreaming
S.R. Johannes – Kate Tilton @ Kate Tilton’s Blog
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Chris Buecheler – L.T. Kelly @ Lucy’s Lit Lovin’ Blog
Mary Ting – Mindy Fangedmom @ Forbidden Book Reviews
Stacey Marie Brown – Amy McGlone @ Turn the Page
Amos Cassidy – Laura Greenwood @ A Reader Lives A Thousand Lives
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Christi Snow – Shauni @ Bodice Rippers
Megan Curd – Jodi Murphy @ Butterflies, Books and Dreams
Jennifer Sights – Jodie Pierce @ Jodie Pierce
Susan Quinn – Kelly Fox @ Kindle and Me
Allie Brennan – Peggy @ Le Book Squirrel
Jennifer Snyder – Denice Cordero @ Books Mystify
Friday, September 6, 2013
Ella J. Phoenix – S.M. Boyce @ S.M. Boyce
Cindy C. Bennett – Alexandra Lindé @ Lexie Laser
Michele G. Miller – Megan @ Paper Book Princess
Tawdra Kandle – Lauren K. McKellar @ Lauren’s Written Word
Melainie Rose – Crystal Allmon @ Out There Reviews
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Teresa Lynn Tolles – Lori @ Contagious Reads
Alyssa Rose Ivy – Jackie @ No Bent Spines
Cindy M. Hogan – Chelsea @ Book Blogger Paradise
Jenni Moen – Dani Sanchez @ Just Booked
Michelle Madow – Becca @ BS Book Reviewers
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Amber Kallyn – Noemi Stude @ Wild Wordy Women
Thomas Amo – Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms
Claire Riley – Shauni @ Tea and Book
Jessica Scott – FranJessca @ Book Lovin’ Mamas
Michelle Muto – Alice Ramos @ All Things in the Cloud Sweet
Monday, September 9, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Tiffany Carmouche – Makayla @ Makayla’s Book Reviews
Kit Rocha – Ellen Widom @ The Book Bellas
Jill Cooper – Mami Jarman @ Word to Dreams
David James – Lynsey Newton @ Narratively Speaking
Amy Maurer Jones – Erin Lindsey @ Paws & Print
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Andrea Heltsley – Grace Fonseca @ Grace Books of Love
Devri Walls – Donna & Melanie @ Book Passion for Life
Juli D. Revezzo- Caroline Clemmons @ Caroline Clemmons
K.A. Last – Toni Lesatz @ My Book Addiction
M.R. Merrick – Danielle Young @ Consuming Worlds
Friday, September 13, 2013
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Angeline Kace – Catarina @ Reading and Things
K.A. Tucker – Jamie Birdwell @ Alphas, Authors, Books, Oh My!
Elizabeth Sharp – Christine Marquette @ My Bookopolis
Kait Nolan – Jamie Johnson @ Fantasy Book Chick
Pendragon Inman – S. Cu’Anam @ Cu’s Author Spotlight
Monday, September 16, 2013
Penelope Reece – Lori @ Romancing the Dark Side
Katie Hayoz – Melanie @ Little Read Riding Hood
AnnaLisa Grant – Jacqueline Driggers @ The Book News Journal
Elle Chardou – Mari Brown @ Keeping it Real Book Blog
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Phoebe Lane – Jen Smith @ Random Jendsmit
Kandy Kay Scaramuzzo – Sue London @ Writing Insight
Ashley Lavering – Justine Vandale @ Shelves of Books Blog
Elle Strauss – Calla @ Read Books and Live Green
Wednesday, September 18, 2012
Priya Kanaparti – Francine Soleil Pinpin @ The Bookworm in Boots
Karen Hooper – Jennifer @ Boricuan Bookworms
Elyssa Patrick – Jackie @ No Bent Spines
Bailey Ardisone – Mary Smith @ Book Nerds Across America
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
RaShelle Workman – Kendall McCubbin @ Book Crazy
Kendall Grey – Jamie Degyansiy @ Addicted to Heroines
Felicia Tatum – Kris Seek @ The Book Beacon
Beth Michele – Melanie Kozak @ Mommy’s Late Night Book Up
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
Renee Peterson – Meagan @ Inside the World of Books
Laura Elliot – Casey Peeler @ Hardcover Therapy
Jessie Lane – Charlotte Lynn @ A Novel Review
Heather Killough-Walden – Author Amelia Hutchins @ Erotica Book Club
Boone Brux – Shawnie Nicole @ Book Pages & Dripping Ink
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Sarah Ross – Brianna Lee @ Brianna Lee Book Reviews
Lila Felix – Mandy Hessong @ The Book Mom’s Reviews
Heather Self – Kathryn Grimes @ TSK, TSK, What to Read?
Dani Hart – Michele G Miller @ Author Michele Miller Blog
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Sarah Dosher – Tess Watson @ My Pathway to Books
Rebecca Rynecki – Natali @ Pretty in Pink Books and Reviews
Liz Long – Becky Paulk @ Book Bite Reviews
J. Elizabeth Hill – Jasmine & Megan @ The Book Groupies
Friday, September 27, 2013
Sean Hayden – Jessica @ Jess Resides Here
L.M. Augustine – Jessica Baker @ Just a Book Lover
J.L Bryan – Kelsey Wentworth @ Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf
C.A. Kunz – Tamara Beard @ Tamara’s One Stop Indie Shop
Chelsea M. Cameron – Nat @ Seeking Book Boyfriends
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Shannon Dermott – Holly Harris @ Words Fueled by Love
M.E. Franco – Charity Parkerson @ The Sinner Author
Jason Letts – Tiffany Riach @ Book Infatuation
C.J. Ellisson – Melanie Marsh @ Fang Freakin’ Tastic Reviews
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Monday, September 30, 2013
S.M. Boyce – Mandi Kaye Ottaway @ Never Too Fond of Books
Magan Vernon – Amy Logg @ The Reading Realm
Jen Wylie – Azahara Arenas @ Living in Our Own Story
Chelsea Camaron – Carrie Stadtler @ Books, Coffee, and Wine
Be sure to check out the International Giveaway that is going on throughout the WHOLE event!
Anywhoooo back to the lovely author that is Belle Whittington.
Here’s a little about Belle:
Belle resides somewhere north of Houston, Texas in a small inconsequential town with the smallest most inconsequential name. There in the shady reaches of the pines, elms, and oaks, she daydreams of adventures and secrets that she weaves throughout her stories. She studied literature at University of Houston and is quite sure that she has the best readers and fans in the whole wide world.
• Website: http://www.bellewhittington.com/
• Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BelleWhittington.Author
• Tumblr: http://bellewhittington.tumblr.com/
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorofCicada
• Authorgraph (for free e-book autographs): http://www.authorgraph.com/ authors/AuthorofCicada
• Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/authorofcicada/
Inspiration Playlist of Belle’s:
• Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/bellewhittington
• Spotify: Monarch Inspiration Playlist
Where my books are sold:
Paperback & eBook:
• Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/belle-whittington
• Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/bellewhittington
Just when we think Belle can’t get anymore Indie-Credible she shared with me a little piece of AWESOME info…..not only does she support OTHER authors, she helps promote them too and has a WHOLE pinterest board FULL of author autographs, check it out:
Here’s two she so very kindly did for me ❤
I want to share not ONE but TWO Indie-Credible book trailers by Belle Whittington
Summertime for Blair Reynolds and her friends had always been carefree and fun… until the summer they happened upon something that was not human. As they band together in a fight for their lives, Blair’s true love becomes something more than human. Something unnatural. And their survival depends entirely upon their ability to keep a secret.
Here’s the link to MY review of Cicada: https://endlessreading.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/review-cicada-cicada-1-by-belle-whittington/
Want to see what other’s are saying about this book:
“I couldn’t help enjoying the unbelievably realistic characters featured in Cicada, who each appeared to come to life and crawl out of the pages.” ~ Wendy, A Cupcake and a Latte Book Blog
“The author did a fantastic job of creating the setting for this story and reading it at night spooked me out… A tale with a lot of twists and turns that will keep you wondering…” ~Valerie, Romancing the Book Blog
“The darkest days are ahead of us,” Andrew whispered as the drape of shadows slipped away, allowing Blair to awaken. And in her heart of hearts she knew it was true. The unmistakable signs were all around her, growing within her. She was becoming something more than human. All she could do was accept the inevitable.
“I’ve become a freak … an alien. I no longer belong to the human world,” Blair told her true love, and he held her close, determined never to give her up.
“I’d stay in this darkness forever as long as I could be with you. Wherever you are … that’s my home.” Everett meant every word. In fact, he’d willingly give up his own life to protect the girl he’d always loved.
But there was a storm brewing … a firestorm so strong and catastrophic that it could keep them apart forever.
That storm roared into town wearing a brown leather bomber jacket and riding a motorcycle.
Ash was like a secret in human clothing … a dangerous secret. Everything about him was mesmerizing – right down to the swirls of ink that flowed over the smooth muscles across his chest and around his arms. Being with him was like playing with fire.
Blair knew all about playing with fire.
She knew something else, too. A small quiet voice deep within whispered that she really would be separated from everyone and everything she’d known and loved.
Because some secrets run too deep.
Want to see what other’s are saying about this book:
“The realizations some of the characters made and the suspenseful situations they faced definitely took the intensity and interest level up a few notches. Cicada was a unique and thoughtful story. And if the intensity continues to build, the sequel, Firefly, should be an enjoyable ride.” ~Andrea, The Bookish Babes Book Blog
** I’m currently reading this book, so my review will be up shortly **
Short Stories By Belle:
Cicada Holiday Short Story:
Cicada Valentine Short Story:
Author Interview – What Makes Belle Tick 🙂
What do you aim for when writing a book/series?
I think my biggest goal is to keep the world and storyline as true to the characters as possible. For instance, my books CICADA and FIREFLY are set in Willis, Texas. So, there are lots of things, including their dialogue, that would be true to people of the same age in this part of Texas. That’s also true when it comes to their basic beliefs, etc. So, I strive for authenticity for my characters’ sake. It’s their story, after all. I’m merely the storyteller.
Do you have a Publisher/Agent?
No. I’m a true Indie Author, so I’m my own agent and publisher. However, things are growing so quickly for me that I will soon need to find an agent.
When you write your books do you have a set reader in mind? I.e setage group? Certain sex?
That’s a really good question! While my books are written for upper YA and NA, I think I mostly have in mind anyone who would like to read a good story, no matter their age. I’d like to think my books would appeal to any gender. But it’s hard for me to tell, because all the characters reside inside my imagination.
Where do you get your ideas from? That’s if it’s ok to share of course.
My ideas sort of present themselves to me, if that makes any sense. That takes a lot of daydreaming. Oh, how I love daydreaming! I live sort of half-in-half-out of a daydream. Everything around me has a sort of magical haze to it. To me, all the world and everyone and everything in it is fair game when it comes to inspiration. People-watching (one of my favorite pastimes) is an excellent way to get inspiration for character personalities. Music, of course, helps me with mood-setting. My stories sort of play themselves out in my mind like a movie on the silver screen. I merely write down what I see as I’m seeing it. In my style of writing, I never get writer’s block, because I’m not really “making the story up,” it arrives already formed with living, breathing characters and history.
What made you want to jump the boat and write your own books?
I’ve never wanted to be anything but a writer since I learned to read in elementary school. Writing stories is something that has been with me my whole life. Words, to me, are true magic. Once spoken, an imaginary world becomes reality and characters become real entities. There’s always a story of some sort spinning away in my imagination. Not all of them find their way onto the page, but some do.
Do you have any favourite authors out there? Out of the books that you have read, which one has been the most influential/inspirational to you?
Oh, goodness! This is such a difficult question to answer, because I tend to love all the authors whose books I’ve read! I majored in Literature at University of Houston, and I must admit that the authors who’ve had the biggest impact on me would be Shakespeare, Frost, Austen, and the unknown author of Beowulf (which I dearly love!). Of course, I adore modern authors, as well … many of whom have become my friends and colleagues over the past few years. There are simply too many to list!
Your 1st book Cicada in the Cicada series, what inspired this story?
There’s not any one thing that inspired me to write Cicada. I find inspiration in everything around me, and there are a lot of cumulative memories of inspiration from over the years that all culminated in this YA Paranormal Sci- Fi trilogy! However, I will say that I did include a lot of actual places from the town in which Cicada is set. For instance, I pass a ranch on my way home every day (and sometimes night! ), and out in the middle of one of the grassy fields is a small forest of trees with a dense wall of tightly grown underbrush. For years, I’ve imagined that something very mysterious was going on inside that forest, and sometimes at night I’d get creeped out while driving by it! Now readers can get a feel for that forest by reading about the “haunted forest” in Cicada! I also get a lot of inspiration from music. Check out my inspiration playlists on my YouTube channel and Spotify to see what I’m listening to!
Do you have a specific writing style?
Well, I’m not a plotter, that’s for sure. I know the beginning, ending, and a few important things in between. Other than that, my books are generally character-led.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I don’t think I’d change a thing! The story belongs to my characters, so I just write what they tell me to.
Are you currently working on anything at the minute? If so can you give us a sneak peak?
I’m currently writing MONARCH, the third and final book in this series. And, yes! I’ll be happy to share the very first sneak peak here on Endless Reading!
What’s the hardest part in writing a book/series?
To me, the hardest part is finding the time to sit down and actually writing. I guess another difficult thing is trying to give readers what they want while remaining true to the characters and their story.
What advice could you give to up and coming avid writers?
Read across the genres, because you never know from where your inspiration will spring. Write! Don’t stop to edit until you are finished with your story … you’ll lose your momentum. And, most of all, believe in yourself, your characters, and your story. If you aren’t writing what you love, others won’t love it, either.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block?
I don’t usually have a problem with writer’s block, because I’m constantly daydreaming.
What are your hobbies and interests that you do in your spare time? That’s if you get any spare time.
Daydreaming is, by far, my very favorite pastime. I sort of live half-in-half-out of a daydream. Everything’s so much shinier that way! LOL! Aside from that, I love spending time with family and friends and my little dog.
You mentioned on your author page of your website that your earliest writings had science fictional twists and that you wrote poems, would you be able to share one of them poems with us?
I’d love to share a poem with you! How about an autumn poem?
Do you ever wish that you had an entirely uncreative job, like data entry or working in a factory?
Well, I’ve had those types of jobs before … believe it or not. There’s nothing wrong with those types of jobs. They are honest work and are the way many folks make ends meet. But, to me, there’s nothing better than a job that allows me to daydream all day long! And that’s what writing does for me.
Why do you think books are written?
Books are written, because the author would explode if he/she kept the story inside and never put it down on paper. A writer simply has no other choice but to write.
Do you believe in the extra-terrestrial?
Yes. I believe that the universe is so vast that it is quite possible we are not alone. Have you ever watched “Ancient Aliens” on the History Channel? I simply adore Giorgio A. Tsoukalos … he’s the guy with the crazy hair. In fact, his hair has its own Facebook fan page. Yes, I follow it! One of these days, I hope I get to meet him. Anyway, some of my favorite memes have to do with him.
I realize that I sort of got off track there, but I warned you that I’m a complete goofball! In short, I do believe there are extraterrestrials. I believe many of us have seen them an have not even realized they aren’t human.
I read that your daughter runs a blog “Books & Broomsticks” that must make you proud?
Yes, she has a lovely little blog. She’s been quite busy lately and hasn’t had the time to do the things she’d like on her blog. I’m proud of her no matter what, but I was really thrilled when she decided to start a blog. Bloggers are, after all, the coolest peeps on earth!
Do you have any addictions?
Coffee is my main addiction and favorite vice.
Who is your favourite actor/actress?
Russell Crowe and Christian Bale are probably tied as my favorite actors. Melissa McCarthy would probably be my favorite actress.
Oldies but goodies:
Charlton Heston is my favorite classic actor. Anne Baxter is my favorite classic actress.
If you had to describe yourself in less than 10 words what would you say?
Texas redhead who’s got the best readers in the world.
If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?
A movie of my life would be a cross-over genre of dramatic comedy sci-fi thriller with a dash of slap-stick.
Name one funny trait you have, that you would like others to know?
I get really wrapped up in movies to the point that when something scary happens, I’ll scream! It startles my daughter every time!
Finally, and on an entirely unrelated note, who would play you in a film of your life?
Those who know me are fully aware that I’m a complete and utter goofball. So, I think Melissa McCarthy would be the perfect actress to play moi in a film of my life.
It’s very inspirational of you to include your life experience of the crop circle that you and your dog “Dusty” came across whilst out walking, that experience that you lived will be forever in the world, through your book Cicada.
I think that we all need to put our hands together and give the infamous teacher Mrs Rambin a HUGE applause, for giving you the inspiration to become a writer when you were in second grade! and of course to this Indie-Credible author – BELLE WHITTINGTON –
Autumn Poem By Belle Whittington
So after speaking with Belle and congregating for our post for the last month I have come to the conclusion that Ms Belle Whittington is a phenomenal author, she is heart-warming and says the funniest things. She can put a smile on anyone’s face, just by not saying much, she has a great aura about her, I would Definitely recommend ya’ll to head out after this and invest in Belle’s book. It would be a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the lovely Belle in person, but we will have to wait and see *fingerscrossedforwinningthelottery*
She is the AWESOMNESS of an INDIE-CREDIBLE author and we LOVE her very much!
BUTTTTTT although I have sweet nothings to say about Ms Whittington, I NEEDED to get some dirt on her *EvilLaugh* so I have been in cohorts with not only one of her BETA readers but a close friend to Belle, here is what dirt Brandi has to dish on Belle Mwahh Mwahh Mwahh
“Reading Belle’s stories is like a brand new expensive box of chocolate! I’m like a junkie needing a fix, waiting for Belle to send me the next piece of the puzzle. For those of you wondering, Belle does not write in order, she writes as the story comes to her.
I will admit as a reader, this can be a little challenging, but I’m so invested in the characters and story, that I take what I can get, when I can get it! I’ve been reading Belle’s writing since she began writing Cicada.
Belle’s writing has only become better; the story line is not filled with frivolous and needless information or filler. Every detail she mentions has a meaning and purpose, as she carefully and masterfully constructs the intricacies of the plot.
She reveals the pieces of the puzzle at a perfect pace to keep the reader both satisfied and poised on the edge of their seat, clamouring for more! With each book the story becomes darker as more of the mystery of Blair and her story unfolds. As the books become darker, the action also picks up and this my friends is a very, very good thing.
Another thing I love about this series is that you get a front seat view of how the characters change throughout the story. Blair is not the only one who changes, as events unfold and more information is revealed to the reader. Who is the good guy? Who is the bad guy? The answer to these questions may not be as simple as you think!! In summary, if you are looking for a teeth gnashing, action packed, mystery and suspense filled series that includes steamy kissy scenes, then these books are for you! “
** Blog Giveaway! **
So Belle is offering you a chance as a reader to win an eBook copy of her second book Firefly in the Cicada series, fancy a chance why not enter at the rafflecopter giveaway below:
Thank you all for stopping by my blog today and seeing why Belle not only makes a fantastic author, but as a person, an individual in society.
Before you go, do you fancy a chance at winning some more great prizes, why not take part in the Indie-Credible Facebook Party/Blitz that me, Belle and Brandi will be hosting on Sunday 12am UK time 🙂