Monday, January 26, 2015

Who IS the Fairest of All?

Mirror, mirror on the wall.
Who's the fairest of them all?
It's the lovely and talented Miss Marissa Meyer, of course.
If you've been around Dream Weaver Novels on Blogger for any amount of time, you know I'm a HUGE fan of twisted fairytale author Marissa Meyer. I was so excited to meet her at a conference in Seattle a couple of years ago that I made a complete derp out of myself. And to put the cherry on the fangirl sundae, I asked to sit with her at dinner. Unfortunately, we ended up on opposite sides of the table from each other and could barely hear each other over the murmurs of all the other attendees around us. Dinner was served, but my eyes just kept wandering back to her lovely young face. And that's exactly what it was...I couldn't get over how young she is. Well, she caught me looking at her and gave me an awkward smile and a little wave. So of course, derp that I am, I went to wave back....and promptly dropped the knife in my hand onto my plate with a resounding clatter. My face glowed crimson and we both giggled a little...I'd have liked to crawl under the table for the night. But hey, she remembered me and has been so wonderfully gracious to do a couple of interviews with me on this blog. (Rapunzel, Rapunzel Let Down Your Hair & NYT Best-Selling Author Marissa Meyer)
Well, the fair Miss Marissa has her most recent novel, Fairest: Levana's Story, coming out on January 27! I emailed her for another interview, but I know she's crazy busy, what with being a NYT Best-selling Author and all, and may not have the time and freedom this time. But that's all good. My fondness for her goes beyond her visits with us and I will gladly promote her and her books either way. And, she's got lots going on too, so let's get started!

Marissa Meyer is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and three demanding cats (Calexandria Josephine, Stormus Enormous, and Blackland Rockwell III), who go in and out, in and out, about eight hundred times a day.
As Zelda
She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. Her favorite non-bookish things include Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, re-watching episodes of Firefly, and playing all manners of dress-up.
She may or may not be a cyborg.

First of all, of course, there's Marissa's new book Fairest: Levana's Story. It launches on January 27. Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story—a story that has never been told … until now. Marissa spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from WINTER, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

Join Marissa in Tacoma, WA, for the epic launch party hosted by King’s Books and the Tacoma Public Library.
Tuesday, January 27 @ 6 p.m.
Olympic Room, Main Library
1102 Tacoma Avenue South
Tacoma, WA  98402
(253) 292-2001

She's published by MacMillanUSA and has an amazing blog with all kinds of fun stuff for fans and soon-to-be fans to do, see & read. And here's just a few:
You’ll find exclusive background information on Marissa’s books, free downloads, fanart, and more! Check back often, or sign up for the newsletter (located on the CONNECT page), to always be in the know about fun Lunar Chronicles extras, and all things, all the time, all Marissa!
A taste of her story-telling in Marissa's Short Stories
There are Discussion Questions Yes! She has group discussion for all of her books! How cool is that?
She even has foreign editions of her books and tons of extra fun stuff!

So, if you love fairytale mashups, great fantasy reads, or you're in firm contact with your inner nerd/geek, you can connect with her here:
 For up to the moment updates on contests and drawings

I hope you'll all join me in showing support to Marissa and her books.

Cinderella, obviously
Little Red Riding Hood
As always, thank you so much for stopping by to visit! I hope you're finding some great authors to follow and books to read from these interviews. Up next is the incredibly intelligent Miss Tam Linsey! We'll be discussing her novel Botanicaust.
Thank you again & again!
And as always...
Dare to Dream!!!

Sunday, January 18, 2015


Yada Yada Yada!
You know I always say how excited I am to present a new author here. And I am. Every single time. And today's guest is no exception. I just learned something about her that I didn't know before...good reason to do these interviews, right? Today's guest is the lovely Miss Rainy Kaye, author of Summoned AND a USA Today Bestselling Author.

 Meet Rainy Kaye!
Rainy Kaye, welcome to Dream Weaver Novels on Blogger! I loved your book Summoned and had to get in contact with you after I read it. Can you tell readers a little about the book, please?
Thank you! I wrote SUMMONED to take a break from a 9 book series that has been in development for several years. The only goal I had for SUMMONED was for it to be steamy and full of personality, but I wasn't sure if I would really publish it. An agent saw it on Twitter, and it was under representation before it was even finished. A few months after release, it was added to the PANDORA boxed set which reached the USA Today Bestseller List. Who knew!
Wow! That is exciting for any author. Since I'm a devoted fan, I'd love to know more about what comes next. Any new releases? Or plans for new books?

Oh, yes. STIFLED (Book 2) should be out in March of this year. SHATTERED (Book 3) is about halfway done, and then there will be a fourth book, SABOTAGED, to wrap up the series. The prequel novella AXIOM was released in November '14, and there might be one more novella, but nothing in stone with that yet.

Who is your favorite author both in traditional publishing and indie?

Just one? That's so difficult to choose. Of course, I love many of the giants, but I also adore Kendare Blake, Rebecca Hamilton, Natasha Larry. . .Seriously, just one? :) 

Rainy Kaye is an unusual name. Is it a pen name? If so, how and why did you choose it?

Nope, not a pen name! There's a really long, boring story about how the name came to be, but I'm morally opposed to boring stories. ;) 

I've seen the question 'What book most influenced your life?' But I always wonder, what book/books most influenced your writing?

It seems silly, but the book that influenced my writing more than anything was The Giver by Lois Lowry. I don't write children's books, and outside of The Giver I don't think I ever lost sleep over any of her other books. But that one really sparked the "I want to do this!" fire as a kid, and it never went away. 

One of my all time favorites is The Giving Tree. And I just found out it's celebrating its 50th birthday! I had absolutely no idea it had been around so long. It's a great timeless children's story, about the heart of a giver. I gave a copy to a friend of mine who reminded me so much of that willing tree. So, what book is sitting on your nightstand right now?

The Everything Guide to Music Theory. My music genuis friend, Scott Haskin, suggested it to me, but I haven't cracked it open yet. Need more coffee! 

Any great/helpful websites you've found for indie authors?

Free Kindle Giveaway is my latest favorite. I get so much amazing promotion through it. 

For Fun Questions
I like to keep interviews fairly short and have a little fun at the end. Any indie authors you'd like to give a shout out to? 

So many of them! The ones mentioned earlier, plus Kiersten Fay, Kosta Angelou, there's just too many. 

What group did you hang out with in high school?

I was homeschooled, so that sort of ends that discussion, doesn't it? I hung out with troublemakers, mostly, and still do. ;) 

Me too! I knew there was reason I like you! Do you have a favorite quote or saying?

My motto is, "I need more coffee." Does that count? 

Absolutely! Speaking of which, I need to warm mine up again. What is one thing about you that is odd or quirky? Something that might surprise people who know you?

While I'm not a fan of Disney, I love The Lion King. Yep. No shame.

Nope! No shame here! The stage of The Lion King was amazing! Besides, quirks make us more human and more interesting. Anything else you'd like for readers to know? 

You guys rock! 
USA Today Bestselling Author. 

Thank you so much for visiting us today.

Rainy Kaye can be found at the following sites:

My review of Summoned
Author Rainy Kaye now has a new fan. I loved her jinn book Summoned. It is well-written, fast-paced, intriguing (I lost a few hours of sleep) and original. I was actually expecting it to be a YA book, just based on the guy on cover...what can I say? I do judge a book by its cover. So when the 'steamy' scenes began to play out I was bit caught off guard. But honestly, even those scenes were so well-written...a challenge to many Adult/erotica writers. All the scenes were honest and believable. If I could add neon lights and flashing beacons onto my 5 star rating, I'd do it in a heart beat. Nice job, Rainy Kaye!

So there you have it! The magnificent Miss Rainy Kaye! So please stop by and check out her books.
Thank you one and all for being here again!
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And as always...
Dare to Dream!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Isn't it cool!
It seems I've been on a bit of a hiatus. That wasn't the plan, it just kinda happened. So what have I been doing without you? Well, I've just published the first anthology under Dream Weaver Novels. Nine other indie authors from around the world joined me in writing short stories in the dark paranormal genre. So now, we get to present to you....**drum roll**....Gates of Erebus: Dark Paranormal Short Stories! 

Dark Paranormal Short Stories by indie authors from around the world. These stories will take you from the most timid of shadows to the pitch black of hell—or the darkness of a murderer’s heart. You’ll find stories that will make you smile, and a couple that are downright gruesome. 

I'm feeling a bit like a proud Mama at this moment. This is a great bunch of authors from around the globe, so you get the flavors of England, Scotland, Australia and, of course, the USA. Please pop over and get a copy today...oh, and by the way, 100% of all the proceeds will be going to global charities. This quarter's charity is Reading is Fundamental.

The KDP free promo went very well. And I realized sometimes it's more than just number of downloads, but the ranking that's so important. So, even tho we didn't get to 1000 downloads, the combo deal and Breaking Normal were in the top 7 in the teen action/adventure category, and in the top 34 for paranormal/urban fantasy. Can't complain about that one little bit. 

Of course, if you missed it, the individual books are only 99 cents each. Here's the links just in case.

What? You don’t have a Kindle? No problem. Kindle has an app you can download for free and read right on your phone, tablet or computer. Kindle Reading Apps -

I'm a current member of Rave Reviews Book Club, and recently they asked for short story submissions for their first anthology. So, of course, I had to join in on the fun! I submitted two stories and both were accepted into the project. So here's the info on another great collection of authors.  

 Here are some of the Rave Reviews: 
*Authors were looking at, and showing us glimpses of their lives through their various eyes that it became a kaleidoscopic of colorful words painted in poetry, and prose.
* ...the submissions were hauntingly beautiful for me to read. Congratulations to all the writers--masterful job!
* What a wonderful collection of short stories in such a variety of genres. Every reader will find a tale to sink themselves into for a brief moment.

Yes, I remember. This is the place that hosts all the great indie authors. I haven't forgotten the mission. And the next one up is an author I fell in love with while reading her book Summoned. I'm very excited...ok, when am I not excited about introduce Miss Rainy Kaye in the next post. Until then...
Dare to Dream!