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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Interview & #Giveaway: Sweet Oblivion by Bailey Ardisone! #FMBAuthor



Holly: Hi! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself? :)

Bailey: I was born and raised outside Chicago, IL, but currently reside in Florida with my husband of 10 years. We love the warmer weather and going to the beach! My favorite hobbies are reading, writing, watching movies, listening to music. I enjoy spending time with friends, playing games and enjoying outdoor activities. I love dolphins, dragons, castles, and would someday like to travel the world.

Ardisone: Hello! I have been married for 7.5 years and have a dog named Nilla and two bunnies named Zero and Padmé. I am obsessed with the Japanese culture, including Anime and Manga; I love to draw and do anything art-related; I love to take naps; I can't describe how much I love animals - my biggest dream has always been to be a Zoologist; I eat fruit every day - it is like my candy; and I love to travel. Mountains and castles are my dream to live near.

Holly: Do you write an outline before starting a book or just write?

Bailey: I have done both, but I generally like to have an outline or a plan in mind.

Ardisone: No, I don't use an outline. I have ideas in my head of where I want the story to go, but when I am writing it all just comes out of me when in the moment.

Holly: When did you realize that you would like to write and publish a book?

Bailey: I have loved writing since I was a little girl and would write short stories all the time. It has been a dream for so long to actually publish a book.

Ardisone: You can thank my husband for this one. Without him I never would have tried writing or thought up the ideas for Sweet Oblivion.

Holly: Where can we purchase this book?

Bailey Ardisone: Amazon, iTunes/iBooks, Barnesandnoble.com, Smashwords

Holly: Can we expect more novels from you in 2013?

Bailey Ardisone: Yes, we are writing Sweet Escape – Novel #2 of our Sweet Series, with a release of late summer in 2013!

Holly: Do you think you will have a follow up book to this novel or is it just a stand-alone novel?

Bailey Ardisone: Definitely at least 3 in our Sweet Series, but there may be more to the story!

Holly: Why this genre(s)?

Bailey: I love fantasy. You can create ANYTHING you want! I love the never-ending ideas you can imagine and create.

Ardisone: I knew it had to be fantasy because I've always had a burning desire to create a male character like the way he is in Sweet Oblivion - you will have to read it to know what I mean ;)

Holly: Can you tell us a few do’s and don’ts for aspiring authors?

Bailey: Do – Love what you do!
Don’t-
Give up
Do- Find inspiration and use it to the fullest!
Don’t – Give up
Do- Take a break if you need to and come back with a fresh look!
Don’t – Give up

Holly: Which came first for you, the characters or the plot?

Ardisone: The main male character was absolutely first. For a very long time I knew I wanted to create something using the guy I saw in my head, so I went to my sister with my idea and developed what you can read today in The Sweet Series.

Holly: If you could live in the world you have created, would you? If no, why not?

Ardisone: ABSOLUTELY!!! The main male character (Mycah) may just be a figment of my imagination, but if I could make him real...well...what can I say? ;) He is my dream guy. And the world I created in the second book - Sweet Escape - is perfection to me. I would give anything to live there.

Holly: What are some of the pro’s and con’s of being published by a verses being self-published in your opinion?

Ardisone: Pros: You don't have to do everything yourself. It is a LOT of work being self-published. You have to sacrifice a lot of time, and even then you do not make very much money. Cons: You have less control over your book/series.

Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

Bailey: I hope you enjoy reading Sweet Oblivion and will continue to read and enjoy the books in the Sweet Series. I hope that we have created a world for you to immerse yourself in and that it comes to life for you. I love reading books where you totally get involved in the story and everything else in life around you seems to halt or disappear. I hope that The Sweet Series provides that magical distraction for you too!

Ardisone: Your support means the WORLD to us - without it we would not be able to keep writing.

Holly: Are you reading anything interesting at the moment? If so, what is it?

Ardisone: I am about to start The Rush by Rachel Higginson - I am so excited because she is my favorite author.

Random Quickies!


Holly: Pepsi or coke?

Bailey: Dr. Pepper ALWAYS, but if I had to choose….. Coke!

Ardisone: Neither. I'm not a big pop drinker.

Holly: Favorite kind of chocolate?

Bailey: Milk chocolate

Ardisone: I love milk chocolate and white chocolate

Holly: Cats or dogs?

Bailey: Dogs!

Ardisone: Both

Holly: Favorite movie?

Bailey: The Lord of the Rings (yes all 3!)

Ardisone: Nothing can top Lord of the Rings

Holly: Favorite color?

Bailey: Green

Ardisone: Midnight blue

Holly: Favorite book or author?

Ardisone: Rachel Higginson is my favorite author

Holly: Have you ever been out of the state where you live?

Ardisone: Ohhh yes. I have been in every state in the Midwest and east part of the country. I have yet to venture West, but hope to very soon.



Title: Sweet Oblivion
Author: Bailey Ardisone
Published: December 30th, 2012
Word Count: Approx. 107,000 words
Genre: YA Romance/Fantasy
Synopsis:
sweet adjective ˈswēt a : pleasing to the mind or feelings
​obliv·i·on noun ə-ˈbli-vē-ən, ō-, ä- 1: the fact or condition of forgetting or having forgotten

Have you ever wanted to forget? Nariella Woodlinn has. Many times. Especially when her already frustrating life gets turned upside down by a mysterious boy who randomly shows up in her small town and she can’t seem to understand anything about him, despite how much she tries.
Nari hates everything about her life except for her best friend Rydan, but now that they’ve been separated during their senior year of high school, she has to learn to make new friends without him. When strange, unexplainable phenomenon start becoming an everyday part of her life, Nari struggles to come to grips with reality. And with love.

Naminé has responsibilities. Duties. It is her obligation to fulfill all that is asked of her by their King. But when a glimmer of hope is introduced to her by a prisoner she tends to and it means life or death for her and her people, she does all that she can to turn that hope into reality and finally end the vicious war that has been ensuing since she was born. Even if that means keeping it secret from her King. Even if it means carrying out the biggest betrayal against the King ever seen during her time.

She has hope. She will fulfill her duty. She will not let her people down.

Some secrets are best kept in Oblivion.



But in that short, torturously way too short, second that I got to look at him, something odd stuck out in my mind. He was effortlessly balancing a sharpie on the tip of his left index finger, looking very bored. Too bored. Hmph. 
I refuse to succumb to the charms of a man just because they speak in an alluring accent and look completely devilish. And hot. That will be the last time I ever let myself fall prey to his cunning tricks.
… I hope.
As the novelty of surprise wore off the longer I sat listening to Mr. James go on and on about whatever, I couldn’t shake this eerie feeling that started creeping up my spine. For whatever reason, the new guy was beginning to freak me out. I had this strange alarming sensation in my gut, as if telling me he was dangerous. But all of it was nothing compared to what I felt out in the hallway after class ended.
I had slowly stood up to gather my things, hoping that everyone, and I mean everyone, would leave and I could get to my next class without speaking to anyone. Or at least one particular person.
But as soon as I walked out the door, he was there next to me, making me almost jump to the roof like a cat with my hair standing on end. He looked amused and wore a very adorable smirk. He had backed me up against the lockers, pinning me with only his aqua eyes and as he leaned down, both hands in his pockets, I stood there trapped by my own wonder at what was about to happen. But all he did was lean into the left side of my hair and took a long inhale of breath through his nose, like he was smelling me.
“Mmmm” was all he moaned, before he gracefully skipped backwards like a mountain lion and walked away, leaving me now completely and utterly freaked. What the heck was that? That had to be the creepiest thing I have ever experienced.
And hottest.
But I refuse to acknowledge that part. 
I began to dread going to anymore classes today, afraid he would be there. It all came to nothing though, because it turns out, I didn’t end up seeing him again the entire rest of the day. Thank the Lord! Something was finally going my way.
            The next day, I was too afraid to walk into Literature. I stood there at the door, hand over my heart, trying to calm my nerves down. I don’t know what it was, but something about that guy has me frightened. I asked Zaylie and Desmond about him, but none of them saw him. Zaylie doesn’t even remember seeing him in class yesterday. That right there had me reeling, expecting to see him anywhere I turned and being the only one who did. If I’m starting to see ghosts, someone please just kill me now.


Bailey Ardisone is a collaboration by two sisters born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois. They took the last names of their two grandmothers and combined them together to form their pen name. They both married the love of their lives and spend their days submerged in books, movies, music, or art and love traveling. Fantasy books and movies have been a huge part of their lives and are obsessed with Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Sweet Oblivion is the first book they have written together and is the first novel of a series.




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