Belle Whittington

Belle WhittingtonSerial daydreamer, Inkslinger, Author of YA Paranormal Novels, Shopaholic, and Professional Nerd.

Join me as I begin my journey to publication. Here, I will post articles of interest, blogs, and interviews pertaining to Indie Publishing.

Check out a sample of my novel, CICADA, posted on my "About My Writing" page. I've also got some CICADA short stories posted here, as well.

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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! 

Interview Questions:

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!

Click here to read the rest of the interview and show Tiffany’s blog some luuuvvvv! <3

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Please enjoy this special guest post from YA author Belle Whittington!
Cicada Holiday Companion Story
By Belle Whittington
            Christmas 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.
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For my loyal readers: I won’t be accepting Amazon’s offer to join their KDP Select Program. I refuse to limit how my readers are able to access the books that I write for them. I appreciate all of my readers…whether you prefer reading print, kindle, nook, kobo, mobi, etc. I will keep Cicada and all my future books as available as possible for you. :-) Thank you for reading!

~Belle

Congratulations to Kelly!

She won a shiny new e-copy of Cicada for her entry on twimom101 book blog…a lovely blog by Mandy! :-)

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!

Go here to read the rest and show Carole’s blog some love! <3

Review: Cicada by Belle Whittington

Cicada by Belle Whittington
Series: Cicada (Vol 1)
Release Date: September 13, 2011
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 220
Source: ebook provided by the author
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.


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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Review: Cicada by Belle Whittington

Cicada by Belle Whittington
Series: Cicada (Vol 1)
Release Date: September 13, 2011
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 220
Source: ebook provided by the author
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.


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.

Click here to read the rest of the review…

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Today,
Assortments brings to you a Book Excerpt from

Cicada
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“Living, existing, and dying are all relative,” he pressed the soil over the box with his foot, tamping it down.
“What does that even mean?” I stood at the edge of the cement‐covered grave.
“It means that things are not always what they seem,” Everett pulled me into an embrace.  “But there is something that is what it seems.”
“What is that?” I was stunned by how strong his arms felt around my waist.
“How much I love you, and how far I’d go to protect you,” he removed his sunglasses to reveal the blue eyes that I was accustomed to seeing.
“Protect me from what? We took care of those monsters … remember?” The last word soundedineffectual as it found its way off the tip of my tongue.  He pulled me tighter against his chest, and a surge of electricity grew between us, distracting me from what I was saying.
“That’s for me to worry about,” his lips pressed against my forehead.  He moaned softly and kissed the tip of my nose.  “My lovely firefly,” his lips hovered above mine.  “ I’ve thought about doing this for along time,” he whispered, his breath brushing against my lips.
I’d never been kissed … not on the lips, anyway.  In my usual manner of thinking through things, I quickly created a checklist of what I should do next.  The checklist went up in flames as his lips met mine, and, as if I’d always known what to do, I kissed back.
Lifting myself on my tiptoes, I moved my hands up the lines of the smooth newly‐formed muscles on his back and over his broadened shoulders.  His lips covered mine, and I twined my arms around his neck.  As if the sheer, tangible electricity growing between us wasn’t enough, a brisk gust of wind blew across the floor of the darkening forest and encompassed us in a whirlwind, creating a wall of leaves that whirled around us. His kisses gentle yet longing, comforting yet voracious, spoke more than I love you.  My kisses followed his lead as my lips parted and beckoned for more, ignoring that my heart was warning me that his kisses were saying goodbye.
Goodbye? my mind asked my heart.  I opened my eyes to look into his, hoping I would find a different answer.  His eyes were still closed, his lips still covering mine with kisses.
The whirlwind, still encircling us, was twinkling with the light of hundreds of fireflies.  I gasped, and when Everett removed his lips from mine, I could see a sky full of stars.  He pulled me closer against his chest as I looked from side to side, realizing we were no longer standing on the forest floor, but hovering among the treetops, surrounded by millions of twinkles in the darkness.”
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Cicada by Belle Whittington

Cicada
By: Belle Whittington
Released: July 14, 2011
Source: Author
Purchase the Book: Amazon

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.” (Summary from goodreads.com)

Belle Whittington’s Cicada is the story of Blair and her group of best friends who discover something one summer night that isn’t human. Blair and her friends become involved in a dangerous mystery that they must keep a secret in order to survive.

Cicada is a mysterious and captivating story that I read in just a couple of hours. Blair is an interesting protagonist who hangs out with her older brother and friends. She is tough and will do anything for the people that she loves. I enjoyed the friendship that Blair shared with her brother, Andrew, and her friends. I especially loved the relationship that Blair shared with Everett, the sweet yet geeky guy who is fascinated by bugs.

Cicada instantly captured my attention and this book was not what I was expecting but in a good way…

Click here to read the rest of the review…

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 ……………………………… My Thoughts ……………………………… In Short
- Cicada had a new and unique paranormal creature- I enjoyed Belle’s writing- The main characters were well developed- I felt the romance wasn’t necessary- This is an imaginative story
In Long
Cicada has one of those blurbs which doesn’t really give much away so you find yourself starting a book which you don’t really know much about and have no idea where the story might go. I didn’t even really know what paranormal creatures were involved in this.

I did expect some kind of paranormal story but not necessarily the one I got. When I realised what the book was about I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get into it so was relieved when Belle quickly thrown us into the story.

Go here to read the rest of the review…

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Belle Whittington is not only lovely but she is also hilarious, so I am delighted to be able to feature her this week on Once Upon A Time as I love her to bits! She is the author of the book Cicada, for which you can see my review here and also enter the giveaway to win a copy. Without further ado, I have you over to Belle. Enjoy!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

First of all, I’d like to thank the lovely Hannah so much for having me over to her wonderful blog for a nice cup of tea and a really fun chat! Hannah is such a terrific person to get to know, and we’ve definitely exchanged some fun emails over the past few weeks! I’m really excited to be able to get to know your readers and to share a little about my little YA novel, Cicada, and me!

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.

Click here to read the rest of the interview and see the unofficial playlist…

Click here to enter the giveaway and read the review…

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Thank you to everyone who has entered! I have selected a winner: Congratulations to Katie of Book Bowl   Be on the lookout for Belle’s email
Here’s what Katie has won: Cicada Belle Whittington Released July 14th, 2011
Goodreads / Purchase
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.
          

Want to know what I thought of Cicada? If you didn’t win, make sure to head on over to the purchase link to get your very own copy. Only 2.99$ for the Kindle. Click here for my review.

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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 Jessica 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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The wonderful Beth Revis, author of one of my new absolute favorite books, Across the Universe, has launched a 19-Book Giveaway over on her beautiful blog!  In order to qualify to win 19 autographed YA books, there are a few tasks to be completed.  One of those is to write about book for which you are most thankful.

Well, for a Literature major, this is no easy task!  I dearly love Beowulf! And then there’s Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse Series.  Oh, my!  I can’t forget about Harry Potter…all of the series!  After all, I’ve wished for so long to be as beloved and brilliant as JK Rowling!  In fact, many times I’ve pined wishing that it had been me who’d written that series!  But…alas…

Still, I’ve chewed my nails and shuffled through volumes of books, anthologies, well-loved paperbacks, and even remembered to caress the lovely cover of the Holy Bible, which I love above all books.  But this isn’t a contest about which books are most holy.  This is a contest about which book has made the most memorable impression…the one I will always remember.

And then it hit me.  I’m most thankful for A Wrinkle in Time.  And I’ll tell you why.  I was sort of an awkward, outsider type of a kid in the sixth grade.  I had practically glowing florescent red hair, and my parents would not even consider allowing me to wear makeup, so my eyelashes were invisible.  I stuck out like a sore thumb…and not in a good way, either. 

A Wrinkle in Time is the first book I remember that offered me a magical door into which to disappear from the harshness of reality.  When I opened the cover to that paperback book, everything around me became invisible, and I found myself in a warm, cozy, welcoming place full of mystery and magical creatures.  It was lovely.  I even recall sitting in my sixth grade Language Arts class tenderly stroking the cover, wishing I could just crack it open and read one paragraph more without getting into trouble with the teacher!

In retrospect, I think it was A Wrinkle in Time that planted the seeds of love for sci-fi and YA.  This little book touched my heart when I needed it most and helped form me into the writer I am today.  And for that I am most thankful.

Want to enter the giveaway?  Click on the image below or the link in the first paragraph to go to the giveaway page and read the complete instructions.

Many warm thanks to the wonderful Beth Revis for offering this giveaway! :-)