Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Rift Healer Guest Post and Blog Tour

rift healerRift Healer

Rift Healer is the first installment of the 'Forest Magic' series, a Young Adult Fantasy/Romance set in Central and Western Massachusetts.
After a minor earthquake, the enchanted forest in Bidwell, MA, is infested with monster-spewing rifts. Gisele Westerfield's great nephew, the gifted Micah, and his distant cousin, Selena, arrive to assist. Together with Gisele's summer students, twins Haley and Lacey, they will try to heal the magical forest.
Much to the consternation of the beautiful Selena, Micah identifies Haley as The One whom he'll share his future. But after witnessing a terrifying display of Micah's Gift, Haley cools to his advances and unexpectedly discovers her own Gift-- she can heal the earth.
Monsters, mayhem, and teenage angst follow the small group as they confront evil in the forest and a dangerous prediction that 'one will fall'. Will they heal the rifts in time? Can they save the unicorns? And is Haley really destined to be with Micah?

dianeAuthor Diane M. Haynes

Diane has lived in Massachusetts all her life where early on, her artistic talents were fostered, though her skills as an "excellent report writer" were often noted in previous employment.
On her brother Rick's birthday, November 16, 2004, seven months after his death, she woke from an amazing dream which would not fade. She outlined the dream, made a few quick notes and days later produced a 12 page short story. After deciding her story was interesting but incomplete, she began writing her first novel, using her dream as its climax. She now believes the dream to be a 'Spirit Gift,' sent by her brother.
Diane continues to reside in Central MA with her husband and a very naughty Basset Hound named Basil and his new adopted sister-Basset, Ruby, both of whom cleverly wreak havoc on the Haynes' formerly well-ordered lives. She spends her time writing, reading books about writing, talking about writing, painting with watercolors, antiqueing and attempting to train a very reluctant Basil and a willing, but highly comedic Ruby.

Lightning round: this or that?

Vanilla or chocolate?

Edward or Jacob?
Oh, Edward--I'm a cougar, not a pedophile

Hockey or soccer?
Boston Bruins

Ebook or paper?

Salty or sweet?

Beach or mountains?

Phone call or email?

Early bird or night owl?
Early bird

Dog or cat?

Messy or neat?
SO messy

Ninjas or pirates?
--If a fairy godmother told you could be put into the world of your favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why?
I would love to be dropped into Hogwarts, but 24 hours would never be long enough!

--Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)? 
I must have tea in order to write, but I'll listen to most music. Some of my favorite is written and performed by Christopher Caouette; Dragon Wind, FaerieLore, Eye of the Dragon...

--If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Not sure why, but I'd like to be invisible.

--Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?
So much to do: I like to make my own jewelry, paint with watercolors, play with the dogs, hang out on Facebook, create fairy houses, make miniature gardens, go to movies, read. So little time...

--What is one thing you would tell your 15 year old self?
"Don't worry, someday really cool people will think you're cool. Oh, and you'll find your soul-mate."

--Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers.
Thank you so  much for your support. I had a blast creating my little enchanted forest and I'm so happy others love it too.

--How did you get the idea for the story?
I had a dream about three kids sitting in front of a treasure chest in a meadow. The crystal filled chest was surrounded by pale orbs of light which I knew to be fairies. One of the orbs landed on a little girl's cheek, making pink circles on her face. She was delighted and so was I. After writing a 12 page short story about it, I decided to try writing a novel using the meadow scene as its climax.  

--Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with?
Most: Gisele Westerfield, my elderly herbalist and 'Keeper of the Forest.' I think she'd be lots of fun--she has great wit and sarcasm. Least favorite: Selena, who is absolutely beautiful, but incredibly jaded and spoiled. I think any conversation with her would be unenlightening, probably centering on petty grievances.

--Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates?
I'm working on Necromancer, which is largely told from Micah's point of view. A major character will be killed off--twice.

--What book(s) is your book’s “cousin”? (Similar set-up or style) 

I'm not aware of any books similar to Rift Healer. I have polled others and have been told there is none. A little exciting and disappointing at the same time.

--What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read?

I love YA fantasy/love stories like Shiver, the Sookie Stackhouse series and Twilight. The Harry Potter series is a modern classic. And sadly, no. I don't have much time to read.

Diane M. Haynes

Author of YA 'Forest Magic' series, 
RIFT HEALER, published March 30, 2012. FINALIST in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, 2013.

and Best-Seller SIROCCO, published Dec. 4, 2012. (#38 on Amazon's Top 100.)
by Crescent Moon Press.

Guest Post Info
Micah, from Massachusetts, is nearly 17, Intelligent, handsome, Gifted, powerful, and loves this pretty girl Haley with all his heart. He would die for her--and almost does.

This or that: If you want to do from a character’s point of view, please give a “bio” for your character (name, age, interests, if paranormal their abilities and “stats”)
Vanilla or chocolate?

Edward or Jacob?
He's a guy. These people don't interest him.

Hockey or soccer?
Hockey--rough & tumble.

Ebook or paper?
Ebook, definitely.

Salty or sweet?
Both, chocolate covered pretzels.

Beach or mountains?
Mountains..and forest.

Phone call or email?
Phone calls.

Early bird or night owl?
NIght owl.

Dog or cat?

Messy or neat?

Ninjas or pirates?

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  1. Thanks Brandi for being a stop on my Book Tour--what a great blog! I will west and share on Facebook. Thanks for the opportunity to connect with your readers.
    Blessings of the Forest!

  2. That was 'Tweet' and share! Stoopid auto-correct!


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