Monday, October 3, 2011

Author Interview and Giveaway: Joann I. Martin Sowles

Today I'm excited have author Joann I. Martin Sowles on the blog answering a few interview questions about her debut book Laney. I read and reviewed Laney in August. You can see my review here. Before we get to the interview, here's a bit more information about the book:

In a small college town in Northern California, Laney Alexander leads a regular, uneventful life-that is, until the charming and alluring Oliver Knight enters her world. Who is this gorgeous and mysterious stranger? Or, rather, what is he? As Laney's sophomore year of college begins, so does an unbelievable adventure-including a love she didn't know she longed for. She soon learns that Oliver is not ordinary, nor is the rest of his family, including a sister who openly hates her and a brother who will stop at nothing for revenge. As she fights for her life, and Oliver's love, Laney discovers that the fictional world of vampires isn't so fictional after all. Nobody is safe, especially Laney, Oliver's most important priority, and he will stop at nothing to protect her. With her mortality at risk, and a commitment revealed that she, without a doubt, knows she wants, Laney's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn...


Describe your book in five words.
Romantic, suspenseful, intriguing, paranormal, Vampires

What made you want to write a story about vampires?
That’s simple, I have an obsession. LOL! I’ve always been fascinated with vampires so it was just natural for me to write about them.

Where did you pull inspiration from for the main character, Laney?
Laney didn’t come from any one place. She developed over time, and after reading and ton of vampire stories. It seemed the more I read the stronger her character got, and at some point I felt that I needed to get her out of my head and into her own world.

How many books will be in the series? What can you tell us about the next book in the series, Darkness?
I do not have a set amount of books for the series to tell Laney’s story, but I do know there will be at least 4. In Darkness secrets will be revealed, hearts will be broken, and lives will be lost.

This or That?
Early bird or night owl? I’m a major night owl.
Coffee or tea? Tea.
Beach vacation or camping? Beach vacation!
Harry Potter or Twilight? Ooh, this is a tough one…I love the Twilight series but I’m going to have to choose Harry Potter.
Paper books or eBooks? Paper books for sure! eBooks are great but there’s just something about an actual book that makes me very, very happy.

Thank you for the interview and to all who have taken the time to stop by and read it. I invite all of you to visit my website where you can view the first 3 chapters of both Laney & Darkness.
~ Joann I. Martin Sowles,

Thanks for being with us today, Joann!

Joann is also offering up two ebook copies of LANEY for me to giveaway!

Giveaway Details:
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Open to anyone 13 years of age or older
Open internationally
No need to be a follower or spread the word, however both are appreciated!
Giveaway ends Monday, October 10, 2011 at 11:59PM EST

The winners will be chosen by and emailed. They will have 48 hours to respond to my emails or I will chose another winner(s). I will announce the winners on my blog on October 11.


  1. Thank you for this interesting interview and the giveaway! :)
    By the way, I agree with everything Joann just said in the this or that part.:)
    Vicky @ Books, Biscuits & Tea

  2. Laney has very beautiful story. Thank you for the giveaway!

  3. Cool! Im looking fwd to Laney.