10 June 2012

The Quintessential Gemini by Linn B. Halton (Interview + Giveaway).

The Quintessential Gemini by Linn B. Halton.
Audience/Genre : Adult/Contemporary Romance.
Publication : June 7th 2012 by Sapphire Star Publishing.
For twenty-one years, the focus of Katherine Dale’s life has been her work. Love interests and hobbies came and went, but what has always been there for her—her only constant other than her cat delightfully named No. 4—was her nine to five habit. Until she’s replaced.
With her confidence dented, Katherine is angry at life and at herself.

She’s ignored hints of “changes to come” in her horoscope forecasts, written by the wonderful and renowned astrologer, Mark Ainsley-Thomas.

Mark is now an “A” list celebrity in the UK and his new Agent is determined to raise his profile in America, so he has to take on the new, but talented, astrologer James Kingman to help him run his web-site.

Katherine lives her life according to her daily horoscope. When Katherine finds James has been writing her daily horoscopes rather than Mark, Katherine’s life explodes in confusion and, unexpectedly, love as the three lives become inextricably tangled. Insecurity, self-doubt, guilt, stress, and frustration, coupled with village gossips and merciless reporters wanting eye-catching headlines leave Katherine feeling vulnerable and in need of guidance.

Now Katherine has to learn that the stars might be telling her that love is going to feature in her life, but when Katherine finds herself implicated in the headlines ‘Mystic Love Triangle Surprise’ she’s just as surprised as everyone else! None of the men in her life are love interests – so what exactly does fate have in store?

I'm happy to have Linn, author of Quintessential Gemini, here with us today. Thanks to her, I also have an e-book giveaway for you guys following the interview!

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Passionate, enthusiastic and obsessive. I’m a Gemini, so many will identify…. (laugh)!

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

Yes and no. It’s difficult for me to judge, because when I write I take on each character’s mind-set. I’m not conscious of writing on their behalf, I feel more like I am the scribe and I’m simply writing as if I were watching what was happening. There are shades of me in some of the characters, but it’s minimal, the imagination takes off and each is a unique person in their own right. I miss them after I write ‘the end’….

Favourite food?

I love eating out and will eat most things. One thing I could not live without is coffee, I know it’s a beverage but seriously, work would not get done without a strong cup of coffee!

When you wrote The Quintessential Gemini what was your aim?

I wanted to write something that was fun, quirky and romantic, with romcom moments. It’s all about three very intense people who are passionate about what they do and it was based on one simple sentence. ‘What if someone really did live their life according to their daily horoscope?’ It was fun to write!

Which genre do you like reading the most?

I guess my two favorites would be philosophical literary and dark or weird fantasy. But I don't like to genrelize! And I apologize for using that word. I swear I'm not trying to make "fetch" happen.

Any other book(s) in the works? Upcoming projects?

Two more projects this year. The next one is The Restaurant being published by Sapphire Star Publishing on Aug 2, 2012. It’s six individual stories all linking around the The Restaurant @ The Mill. It also has a resident spirit, a Victorian woman named Sarah. It’s about life, love, the baggage we all carry around with us and striving for a happy ending.

What is your favorite quote?

No man is an island, it’s from this poem:

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.
- John Donne

It’s one I’ve loved since a child and with each passing day I realise more acutely the relevance of it!

Name one thing you love and one thing you hate.

I love date nights with my husband, we are both very busy people and making time for each other is essential. I hate drizzly rain because it makes my hair frizz!

If you weren’t a writer what would you be doing now?

Hands-on renovating another property. My husband and I have worked on 13 so far, we feel the current one is our last, especially now I write full-time. We are very happy having settled in Arlingham, which is in the UK a stone’s throw from the River Severn.

I would also like to add a big ‘thank you’ for inviting me onto Kindle & Me, I’ve watched your website grow in complete admiration. It’s a joy to be here and it’s a pleasure to be with someone who is so passionate about books and so professional!

Linn xx

Thanks so much Linn, that means a lot to me! =)

As I was saying, thanks to Linn and Saphire Star Publishing, we've an e-book giveaway of Quintessential Gemini for you today. So happy reading!

Giveaway Terms and Conditions :

  • Giveaway is International.
  • Prize is an e-copy of the book.
  • It's the author/publisher's responsibility to ensure that the winner gets the book, not mine.
  • Giveaway ends on 6/20.

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Linn B Halton lives in the UK, in the small Gloucestershire village of Arlingham, on the banks of the River Severn with her adorable husband and cat with attitude – Mr Tiggs! She writes romantic fiction with a psychic or astrological theme and many of the paranormal events that feature in her books are real life experiences. Linn is also a featured new Author on http://loveahappyending.com/ and Editor of the feature ‘Author & Associate Catch-Ups’ including ‘Reader/Author Team Reports’ on the website’s magazine-style blog.

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  1. I do follow my horoscopes, although I haven't in a while. I like to believe in them but do so with a grain of salt. Sometimes they come true, sometimes they don't. It's still an interesting read.

  2. I am a Cancer. :) I don't really follow my horoscopes, but i like to read them time to time:) And yes this would be my first adult comtemp. :)

  3. I have followed Jonathan Cainer myself for many years and find him to be amazingly accurate. Sometimes if I'm puzzled or can't understand the message coming through, I look back on the forecast a few days, a week or even a month later. Then it becomes clear. When reading forecasts we all tend to interpret them to reflect what we want to happen ... as in Katherine Dale's case in my story. However, Jonathan is truly gifted and has forecast some amazing changes for me throughout my life, things I could never have anticipated. Thanks lovely Anjana, it's a delight to be here and to Na and Jen for stopping by!

  4. I'm a Virgo but right on the Virgo/Libra boundary... personally though I don't pay much attention to them haha, I never find them to be right for me! ;)

  5. I'm a Sagittarian and a selective horoscope believer. I tend to consdier the good bits and usually disregard the bad ones, hee hee. Probably defeats the purpose! I've just started reading TQG and I adore Katherine as a character. What a great opening scene! Congrats to Linn on launching this amazing book and thanks to Anjana for hosting a stop on the blog tour!

  6. Thank you for popping in Nicky and for your lovely words. Why am I not surprised you are a selective horoscope believer - I don't think the stars will have sussed you out yet - mad rockin' lady! You always make me laugh...

  7. I loved reading your answers to the questions in Anjana's interview, Linn. I now have The Quintessential Gemini on my Kindle!

  8. Thanks Janice, it's a great compliment when someone I admire takes time to read something I've written - it's all still one big thrill to me! Lxx

  9. Thoroughly enjoyable post and such interesting answers to great questions from Anjana. Book already on my Kindle. Good luck with both the book and blog tour, Linn. :)

  10. I'm Aquarius - mind wanders off to arty things, but I get there eventually! Fab post! Got Quintessential Gemini. Can't wait for The Restaurant! Good luck, Linn! :)

  11. What a great post ladies! I truly enjoyed it. I'm a cancer and supposed to be sensitive. However tell that to my husband!

  12. He's in awe of you Stephanie! He's cute too!

  13. Thank you Anjana for being a part of my Blog Tour! I've loved being on your website. Lxx

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