5 eBooks plus autographed postcards will be given away on Friday, January 27, 2017!
We know that the autographed copy is kinda our “thing” here at Free Book Friday but we wanted to make eBooks more available to our readers as well. So, along with the eBook, we’re adding our newly created FBF Postcard that the author will personalize, sign and mail directly to you if you win! Check it out…
About the Book:
Liora Day, half-human, half mess-with-her-and-you’ll-die Damaclan, had been thrown onto a rough path at a very early age. But when she is broken out of a cage by Devren, the young captain of the SS Kratos, she is shown that perhaps humanity does have a heart. The Kratos is set on a mission to rescue fallen surveyors from the Revolutionaries, and Liora is given the choice to follow her Damaclan instincts, or trust Devren’s dark eyes and captivating smile that promise an adventure unlike any she has ever experienced.
Exclusive interview with the author:
1) No matter how many books you write, I’m sure each one has it’s own challenges. How was this book more challenging to write than your others? How was it easier?
This series was my first foray into the world of Science Fiction. I learned so much about the Space Opera genre, including the fact that Star Wars, Star Trek, Guardians of the Galaxy, Dune, and so many others fall into this category. I enjoyed researching and learning about the different theories of space travel, how guns work in the vast emptiness of space, what type of planets can support different varieties of life, and how these may benefit to a working Macrocosm system.
Since I am usually a fantasy writer, I love worldbuilding. The challenge that comes from doing so in a Science Fiction genre is making sure that each element of the world supports all of the others. Races, creatures, and plants must fit into the environment, and there are the dangers and benefits that come along with them. I am now on my second foray into the world of Space Opera and enjoying it even more now that the groundwork has been done!
2) We’d love some of your favorite book suggestions! Can you give us a few and tell us why they’re your faves?
One of my top five favorite books is ‘The Name of the Wind’ by Patrick Rothfuss because I love the way he writes. He has such a way with words that sweeps you into the story and keeps you there, captivated, until you turn the last page. You finish reading one of his books as though you were inside of the story, living the adventures, feeling the pain, sorrow, elation, and growth along with the characters.
Another book is ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ by Alexander Dumas. My imagination was captured by this story from the time I was a young girl. I couldn’t believe everything the main character had to go through, and to see his growth and ability to come out on top after it all was so inspiring. To create such character depth and to be able to feel the emotions flowing from the pages has always been something I have striven to mirror.
I love ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. The inner turmoil, the character conflict, and the beautiful language with which it was written never fails to take me on a journey far beyond my living room. I love Jane Austen’s way with words, and I will forever be enraptured with Mr. Darcy!
The first time I read ‘Crown Duel’ by Sherwood Smith was one I will never forget. Following her characters on their adventures gave me the chance to live other lives, to be a princess, to be hunted, to feel the joys of falling in love, to be struck with the worries of caring for others beyond myself. I love Sherwood Smith’s way of setting a scene, her minute details that give life to the trees and forests. This is one of my go-to books whenever I want an escape from the snow or cold. I recommend it to everyone.
Robin Hobb wrote the ‘Assassin’s Apprentice’ series and forever changed my views of how close a reader to get to the main character. The things he went through, the people who love him and who he loves, and the trials he faces feel so real. I have always appreciated Robin Hobb’s encouragement throughout my own writing journey, and I will be forever grateful that this series swept me away.
3) Is there a soundtrack/playlist for your novel? If so, please share!
Before I begin writing the first word of any book I write, I create a playlist that captures the emotions I wish to inspire with the book. My playlists have a very broad range. That way, if I ever get stuck on a scene, I listen to the song that relates to that scene over and over again until it builds itself in my mind. I have all of my playlists listed on my website at www.chereealsop.com. Here is the list for Girl from the Stars Book 1 – Daybreak:
Dark by Sital-Singh
Heal by Tom Odell
Heartless by William Fitzsimmons
Be Still by The Killers
Run and Escape (Mozaix Remix) by Red
Meter & Verse by Young Guns
All I Want by A Day To Remember
The Last Fight by Bullet for my Valentine
4) How long does it take you to write a book?
I write a book every 2 ½ months. That is from the first word to releasing the finished novel to the public. I have a very tight writing method, excellent beta readers, amazing editors, and very efficient cover designers. Just as it takes a city to raise a child, it takes a full team to publish a book! I love writing and I have a very overactive imagination, so being able to harness these stories and release them to people who in turn seem to enjoy them very much is the best job in the world!
5) What’s it been like to publish traditionally vs independently?
I am a hybrid author, which means that I have a traditional publisher and am also independently published. I have 2 series with my traditional publisher and am very grateful for all that they do, but my love comes from self-publishing. I enjoy the ability to design a book from start to finish, to begin the first word on a page and be the one to hit ‘Publish’ when it is all done. It is a lot of work- a ton of work! But I like being involved with the cover design, the editing, the formatting, and I truly enjoy the ability to finish the book, edit it, and get it out in my own time-frame. Since I release a book every 2 and a half months, there aren’t many publishers who could keep up with me! It keeps my readers happy, I love seeing the responses from them in my inbox and in reviews, and I make sure that every book I turn out is the highest possible quality I can give to them.
About the author:
Cheree Alsop is an award-winning, best-selling author who has published over 40 books, including two series through Stonehouse Ink. She is the mother of a beautiful, talented daughter and amazing twin sons who fill every day with joy and laughter. She is married to her best friend, Michael, the light of her life and her soulmate who shares her dreams and inspires her by reading the first drafts and giving much appreciated critiques. Cheree works as a fulltime author and mother, which is more play than work! She enjoys reading, traveling to tropical beaches, riding motorcycles, playing the bass for the band Alien Landslide, spending time with her wonderful children, and going on family adventures while planning her next book.
Cheree and Michael live in Utah where they rock out, enjoy the outdoors, plan great quests, and never stop dreaming.
Visit Cheree online at www.chereealsop.com.
5 eBooks plus autographed postcards will be given away on Friday, January 27, 2017.
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