"Belle Whittngton gives an old subject a different twist drawing the reader into a world of ancient beliefs in today’s time. I am looking forward to the next book in the series." ~Cindy at Guerilla Wordfare
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"Cicada" and I are having a fantastic time in Italy with the lovely Lucia!!!! Come check out her review of “Cicada” and see what were talking about while we tour the cobblestone streets of this lovely country! ♥ (Google will translate from Italian for you :-))
First off, let me just say how much I appreciate Tiffany for having me over to her lovely blog for a cup of hot tea and a chat!
How did you come up with the idea for cicada?
That’s a really good question! There were actually a lot of little things that came together to form the idea for Cicada. For instance, there really is a suspicious-looking building across from the drive-in. And there really is a small forest that looks extremely spooky and haunted…especially at night! And…there really is an old storage facility that has an odd number of bunnies living withing the confines of the chain-link surrounding the property. But it goes farther back than that!
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Please enjoy this special guest post from YA author Belle Whittington!Cicada Holiday Companion StoryBy Belle WhittingtonChristmas in our small, inconsequential, southeast Texas town is usually a cold and rainy time of the year. In retrospect, the snow and sleet that covered everything, including the haunted forest, in a blanket of white must have been a harbinger that everything was about to change. However, at the time we thought it was a good omen. At the time we thought that all the sadness of losing our father and brother would finally disappear and we could recall the memories of Christmases past without shedding tears or hiding the pain under a pillow at night when all the rest of the world had fallen asleep, dreaming of sugar-plums and Santa Clause.And so we filled Sprinkles with the spicy, sweet aromas of Christmas, drawing in customers with candy canes painted on the front windows and strings of twinkling lights swirling around the shrubs in front of Mom’s bakery. Giant gingerbread men dangled from the branches of the Norfolk pine tree that Andrew had bought at the Willis Boy Scout Christmas tree lot, and strands of popcorn and gumdrops adorned the tree, forming giant Ws from the blinking star on the top to the piles of the deceptively-wrapped empty boxes stacked beneath the decorated boughs.
Thanks so much for joining me, Belle! I’m very excited to host you on my blog. So let’s get down to business!1. I really liked the originality of Cicada. How did you come up with the subject matter? Have you always been interested in aliens, or were you just inspired one day?Thank you! I aimed at making Cicada a unique sci-fi/paranormal experience for readers. I wanted it to be a breath of fresh air for those who are tired of reading the same story told in a different way.I’ve always been interested in science fiction and aliens! For as long as I can remember, I’ve been intrigued by the idea of intelligent life existing somewhere among the twinkling stars in the sky. As an avid daydreamer, I get inspiration from all sorts of places. And many of the places I mentioned in Cicada actually exist…only under different names, of course. :-) Even the haunted forest exists!Growing up in Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas, afforded me summers full of adventure with my friends. I call on those adventures and memories a great deal for my YA stories. Cicada has a lot of the energy of those childhood adventures spun throughout. One of them is something that actually happened to me when I was thirteen years old. I was on one of my adventures in the woods with my dog, Dusty. We made our way through the woods to a neighboring pasture and crawled through the barbed wire fence. When we got to the top of one of the rolling hills in the grassy field, I realized I was standing in the middle of a giant circle imprinted in the pasture grass. No one had ever told me about crop circles at that time in my life, so I just thought it was an odd occurrence that there was a strange circle in the tall grass. Now that circle is forever memorialized in a YA novel, Cicada!
Belle Whittington and casting Cicada
One of the biggest joys of writing fiction is getting to know the characters as they form themselves into personalities that seem real and almost tangible. Once a writer has gotten to the point that his/her characters are more than fiction on the page, finding an actor or actress who could fill their shoes is like searching for treasure.
The lovely Ashley posed the question of which actors/actresses could fill the parts of the characters in Cicada. It was, indeed, a fun exercise in choosing who could fill in for whom!
And here they are!
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Published Date: July 14th, 2011
Finished Date: November 20th, 2011
Source: For Review from Author
The Blurb from Goodreads: Summertime had always been carefree and fun for Blair Reynolds and her friends—until they came upon something that was not human. As the group of friends band together in a fight for their lives, Blair’s true love becomes something more than human…something unnatural. And their existence relies on their ability to keep a secret.
The Review: Cicada is one of them novels that before you start, you know nothing about. Even before reading the blurb….it doesn’t really give you an insight of what the story is actually about. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting but boy was I shocked when I found out.
Title: CicadaAuthor: Belle WhittingtonSource: ebook from author for reviewgoodreads:Summertime had always been carefree and fun for Blair Reynolds and her friends—until they came upon something that was not human. As the group of friends band together in a fight for their lives, Blair’s true love becomes something more than human…something unnatural. And their existence relies on their ability to keep a secret.My Take:Blair is spending one last summer with her older brother and his friends before they all run off to college and their future, leaving her behind to finish senior year all by herself. But the day after graduation changes everything. After inspecting a crop circle on her grandfather’s land, a mysterious flying object comes up and injects a creature from it. The series of events that happen next will forever change the lives of this one group of friends. No longer a carefree summer, but a summer spent figuring out who they are and how to keep each other alive.Loved this book!! It was so suspenseful that I had gripped my nook so hard I thought I would break it. I always enjoy a good romance and this one really delivered at the end. I liked how the relationship grew from a strong friendship into something real. I saw it coming, but was pleasantly surprised with how it all went down. With too many books now days the romance is 'BAM! You’re in love' without laying eyes on someone.
I just finished with Belle Whittington’s debute book Cicada and I so enjoyed it. So today I have her Top 10 answers. I hope you enjoy reading these post as much as I do!Before I dive off into these fun questions, I’d like to thank you very much for having me over for a visit to your lovely blog for a cup of tea and a chat! :-) Many warm thanks! Now…here goes!1. guilty pleasure? So many to choose from! My most common guilty pleasure is Starbucks! A mocha latte with a shot of hazelnut fixes me up just right! :-)2. 1 book you could read over and over? Oh! This is a difficult one! There are so many books from which to choose! I think I’ll choose one of the books I’ve just read. And that would be Hunger Games. :-) Of course, this could change at any time! LOL!3. fictional character you would love to spend the day with? Dumbledore4. one thing you cannot leave the house without? I absolutely must have my cellphone! I’m lost without it! :-)5. fav song/singer? My favorite song is “Bella Luna” by Jason Mraz6. hobby? Reading :-)7. fave movie/actor and or/actress? The BBC version of Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy8. one place you would love to visit? Great Britain <39. fav food? Tex-Mex! Omnomnom!10. fav color? PinkWhat wonderful answers! I also love the Hunger Games and look forward to the movie next year.Don’t forget to check my review of Cicada for a chance to win the ebook.Go get in touch with Belle here…
Today I’m welcoming Belle Whittington, author of the YA novel Cicada, to join my blog with a guest post. You can read my review for her novel HERE. Thank you so much, Belle, for taking your time to write this.Goodreads Summary of Cicada:
Summertime had always been carefree and fun for Blair Reynolds and her friends—until they came upon something that was not human. As the group of friends band together in a fight for their lives, Blair’s true love becomes something more than human…something unnatural. And their existence relies on their ability to keep a secret.I have been daydreaming stories for as long as I can remember. My first recollection of wanting to be a writer was when I was in the second grade, and my teacher, Mrs. Rambin, would have us lay our heads on our desks after lunch while she read us stories full of magic and imagination.
A few days ago I posted a review of an amazing new YA book, the first book in a series, as part of a blog tour hosted by Bree at The Magic Attic. The book is called Cicada, and I loved it. Today the spectacular author, Belle Whittington, has stopped by to share some more info with us about herself and her series!
“I have been daydreaming stories for as long as I can remember. My first recollection of wanting to be a writer was when I was in the second grade, and my teacher, Mrs. Rambin, would have us lay our heads on our desks after lunch while she read us stories full of magic and imagination.
Most of my early writings were stories with a twist of science fiction…even my earliest poems. I remember sitting on the dam of a neighbor’s pond around the time I was eleven, writing a story about space travel. In fact, I still have that little handwritten story. It’s still bound in the same yellow notebook that I put it in way back in the sixth grade!
Review: Cicada by Belle WhittingtonCicada by Belle Whittington
Series: Cicada (Vol 1)
Release Date: September 13, 2011
Source: ebook provided by the authorSummertime 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.
Cover/title: Wow. Colorful. Immediately drew my attention the way the girl was posed.
Review:WARNING: Spoilers are in this preview.
I loved the preface to this book… “So, I ask again. Can you keep a secret? If not, put aside this story. Throw it away. Burn it. Tell no one what lies between the covers of this book. But if you can keep a secret, proceed with caution. And tell not a soul.” My hubby and I took a trip last year to southeast Texas, to the great piney woods during the hot summer days and nights where this story took place, and as I read, I felt like I was THERE again. The author did a fantastic job of creating the setting for this story and reading it at night spooked me out.
Go here to read the rest of the review…
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