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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Two chances to win an e-copy of Cicada this week!

The first is over at Tina’s Book Reviews April Indie Spotlight where Tina has hosted me for an interview. :-)  Pop over there and show her awesome blog some luuvvv!

The second is over at twimom101 book blog Shower of Books Giveaway Hop where Mandy’s got a terrific giveaway of several books!  Don’t forget to show her blog some luuuvvv, too!

I love my readers! <3

Happy Friday, Peeps!

Two chances to win an e-copy of Cicada this week!

The first is over at Tina’s Book Reviews April Indie Spotlight where Tina has hosted me for an interview. :-)  Pop over there and show her awesome blog some luuvvv!

The second is over at twimom101 book blog Shower of Books Giveaway Hop where Mandy’s got a terrific giveaway of several books!  Don’t forget to show her blog some luuuvvv, too!

I love my readers! <3

Happy Friday, Peeps!


Coffee or Tea: “Sweet Iced Tea,” Everett smiled. “Blair’s grandma makes the best!”

Winter or Summer: “Summer. That’s when the bugs are out!” Everett’s eyes were wide behind the thick lenses of his glasses as if the interviewer should have instinctively known the answer.

Classic or New Music: “Classic music, I guess. Willie Nelson’s my favorite. Although, I’ve discovered a new group recently,” he shrugged and scratched is head.

Magic or Reality: “Without a doubt, the answer is Magic. There are different types of magic, you know. On one hand you have the magical fireflies that light up the night. On the other, you have intelligent beings from other planets. What? Why are you looking so quizzical at that statement? Of course there are aliens in outer space!” He looked at the interviewer as if the person had lost her mind.

Twilight or Harry Potter: “Harry Potter, of course!” Everett snorted and pushed his glasses up his nose.

Movie or Shopping: “I prefer going to movies at The Grand with my friends…especially with Blair. We share a bucket of popcorn, and sometimes we talk during the movie. Yeah, movies with Blair are the best,” Everett smiled and a hint of a blush flashed across his cheeks and nose.

Cat or Dog: “Well, I prefer bugs. But if I have to choose between the two of these, I would choose a dog. Blair could always use a dog at the ranch with the cattle. In fact, I’ve been meaning to get her a puppy for quite some time, but I haven’t. Maybe for her birthday this year,” he pulled a tiny notebook from his back pocket and scribbled a reminder on the small calendar inside.

Day or Night: “Can I choose both? Yeah, I’ll choose both.” Everett leaned his chair back slightly and rested against the wall with his hands locked behind his head. “Next question!”

Audiobooks or Music in the Car: “Music in the car. Well, I don’t have a car, but I like listening to music when we’re cruising around in Andrew’s truck. I’m saving up for a moped, though,” he yawned and looked at his watch.

Tattoos or Piercings: “Neither. Look at me. Do I look like someone who would have a tattoo or piercing?” He snorted a laugh as he held his arms out to prove he had no tattoos.

Truth or Dare: “I’m not easily scared, so I choose dare,” a broad goofy smile crossed his face. Then he looked at his watch again and stood up. “Well, I’ve gotta get to work at Kroger or I’m gonna be late. Thanks for the interview,” he shook the interviewer’s hand and left the room. Just like that.




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.  


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Cicada Book Blog Tour Stop #9: Character Tweets at Ashley Suzanne’s lovely book blog! Ever wonder what the main characters in Cicada would tweet about? Here’s your chance to find out! Pop on over to Ashley’s blog and show some love! Once you’ve left your comment, don’t forget to come back here and enter it in the rafflecopter form for THE GRAND PRIZE! Just click on the tab to the left labeled GRAND PRIZE! ♥

Review : Cicada by Belle Whittington


Cicada

Today I am bringing back my little helper reviewer Tammana! She has a great review of Cicada by Belle Whittington which she just adored! So keep reading for her fabulously fun review!

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.

Cicada by Belle Whittington is an out of this world book. She doesn’t drag on the story, keeping it a continuous mystery. With more and more surprises along the way.

Blair is a normal girl with normal friends and family, until one summer when something totally bizarre and Definitively not human happens. Something that will change her life forever. And keeping a secret is the key to survival to this mystery.

At first i thought the book looked so interesting cause the cover did, and least expected that it would be about aliens. I kept reading and as i progressed the book got more interesting. I rate this book 5 stars and can’t wait to show my friends and my family about this book.

~Tamanna

Blog Tour: My POV of Cicada by Belle Whittington


Paperback
Published September 13th 2011 by CreateSpace(first published July 14th 2011) 
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. —Goodreads
  
Rating:

My POV
I was not expecting such a big story from such a small book. The gorgeous cover deceived me a little because  this 198 page adrenaline pack story was about aliens in a small Texas town near Houston (my home town). I’ve always been terrified of aliens after seeing Fire in the Sky so this book was on the scary side for me but you will not find the book in the Horror section in the bookstore. I would say its more of a YA Thriller with a pocket full of romance.

The five main characters, Blair, Andrew, Everett, David and  Natalie go through some major changes during their summer before leaving to college. This book is written in Blair’s POV and she is one year younger then her brother and friends and while they are all graduating she is moving up to senior status as fall comes around. The summer starts off just the same an any other in their usual meeting spot at the drive in when you get the suspicious feeling that not all is what it seems in this small community. Buildings start to look suspicious, people are acting a little differently, animal are being skittish, crop circles are mysteriously appearing, and the “haunted wood” holds many surprises for this Texas town.

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Cicada

Today I’d like to welcome a fun group a young friends from Cicada, who are here to answer my questions, get ready for some interesting answers!

SNR: What is your ideal summer vacation? With friends or family? 

David interrupts the rest of the group by saying, “I’ll answer this one.”  Then he puts his arm around Natalie and says, “Best vacation would be me and Natalie on a tropical island.”
“I’d like to go on a trip to the Congo for bug collecting,” Everett said while pushing his glasses up.  “With friends would be the most fun…if I could get them to come along.  What about you, Blair?  Would you go?”
“Try and stop me, Bug Boy!” Blair giggled and elbowed Everett in the ribs.
“My perfect vacation?  All of my friends, the ones sitting here with me today, and my family on a camping trip in the mountains.  I think that would be the perfect vacation,” Andrew answered, smiling at his friends.

“What David said,” Natalie answered, smiling and gently laying her head on David’s shoulder.
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Want to get to know the main character, Blair, a little better? Here’s an enlightening interview with her and Trini!

  1. Sand Dollar or Shark Tooth:  “I think I’d prefer a sand dollar,” Blair answered, her voice low and thoughtful. 
  2. Deep Space or Ocean Deep:  “Definitely deep space.  Although, I’m not really sure why…” she twisted a tendril of her light brown hair around her finger and bit her lip. 
  3. Bar-B-Que or Fast Food:  “Bar-B-Que!  At my grandparents’ ranch!  There’s nothing better in the world than Grandpa’s brisket and Grandma’s banana pudding!” she giggled.  “You’ll have to come to the next one.  I’ll send you an email when we plan one,” Blair scribbled the interviewer’s email onto the palm of her left hand. 
  4. Cicadas or Mosquitoes: “Cicadas are the little lullaby bugs that sing me to sleep in the evenings,” Blair smiled.  “You know, there’s a parallel in the Cicada’s life cycle that can also symbolize change.  Or so my friend, Everett, tells me. Well, maybe he’s a little more than a friend.” 
  5. Cupcakes or Brownies:  “My mom makes the best cupcakes in the world at her bakery.  Have you been there?” Blair asked the interviewer.  “It’s called ‘Sprinkles’ and it’s the best place in Willis for bakery items.” 
  6. The Drive-In or Theater: “Definitely the drive-in with my friends!  We pile into the back of my brother’s truck and hang out until the place closes sometimes,” she said while checking her text messages on her cell phone.
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The {Teen} Book Scene has put together an awesome tour for my little YA book, Cicada!  Wanna join in the fun and festivities?  Here’s the schedule:

Cicada by Belle Whittington
March 12-24
Coordinated by: Kari

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Monday, March 12: Trini at A Book Lover’s Review(Character This or That: Blair)
Tuesday, March 13: Jen Howell at Late Bloomer Online(Author Interview w/ Book Line Answers)
Wednesday, March 14: Jen Larkin at Larkin’s Book Bloggers(Review)
Thursday, March 15: Kristen T at Seeing Night Reviews(Multicharacter Interview)
Friday, March 16: Vickie at Me, My Shelf and I (Music Post)
Saturday, March 17: Ashley S at Ashley Suzanne (Review)

Monday, March 19: Patricia at Patricia’s Particularity(Character This or That: Everitt)
Tuesday, March 20: Nicole at Books Complete Me (Author Interview)
Wednesday, March 21: Trini at A Book Lover’s Review (Review)
Thursday, March 22: Ashley S at Ashley Suzanne (Character Tweets)
Friday, March 23: Jen Larkin at Larkin’s Book Bloggers (Author This or That)
Saturday, March 24: Kristen T at Seeing Night Reviews (Review)

The lovely Cathy Keaton has written a thoughtful review of Cicada.

Care to check it out?  Pop over to her awesome blog.

Today is the day of luuuvvv!  So I wanna spread some love all around to my lovely readers! :-)

Here are some current giveaways for chances to win Cicada and other goodies!:

I wish everyone lots of love, happiness, chocolate, and good books!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

~Belle

Congrats to Grace! She won a shining, sparkly e-copy of Cicada on Books to the Sky’s awesome blog! <3

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

Post by Tiffany

Congrats to Donna who won a spanking new e-copy of Cicada on Yara’s awesome blog! <3

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 and show Tiffany’s blog some love! <3