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Monday, July 15, 2013

Interview & GIVEAWAY with author AM Hudson

Interview & GIVEAWAY with author AM Hudson

Hello everyone! Welcome back again! WE have two fabulous posts today and this is the second. Who doesn't love an interview and GIVEAWAY? No one! So check out the post with this great author and don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY before you leave today. And want one more thing? Of course you do! You can download this book for FREE! Whoot whoot! We all love FREE reads. I think sometimes they get put on the back-burner and we get to them when we can; especially these days when we have digital technology and e-readers that can hold so much data. But I guarantee that after you read the blurb and excerpt from this book, you will not be waiting to read this one! I am completely hooked from the excerpt and really want to find out more. So let's do that! Please allow me to introduce to the blog:


A.M. Hudson loves her life in Australia and, despite wishing it would snow at Christmas, couldn't imagine living anywhere else in the world.
She fell in love with her husband at just sixteen, and since then, has added three boys to the mix.

A. M. prides herself on writing the shocking, the depthy and the highly-emotional subjects other writers steer away from. She addresses the uncomfortable with conviction and enjoys taking stories down dark paths.

Some of her heroes are Stephen King, Walt Disney, Hamish and Andy, Muse and 30 Seconds to Mars, and with influences like these, one can only imagine what stories will unfold.

When she's not writing, A. M. reads books, watches movies and chats with fans on facebook.

You can find out more about Ms. Hudson in the following places:

**Dark Secrets, Book 1**
Genre: paranormal romance

**Book Trailer**

How can you be attracted to a guy who just said he wants to kill you?

Ara-Rose asks herself the same question. She’s been torn away from her old life, thrown into a new one in a new country, and in the midst of death, heartache and depression, she finds herself in love with a vampire—one who kills people with his teeth!

But the vampire is forbidden to fall for this human, and at the point Ara-Rose decides she can’t live without him, he pulls away and leaves her falling back to the darkness he woke her from. She will be caught up in a century-old feud among brothers, and the fight for love becomes a fight for her life.

The only question now is whether her beloved vampire will find her in time, or leave her to face a destiny he triggered with their first kiss.

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How has your life changed since becoming published?
Well, I make more money. Ha ha ha ha. And I guess people respect my occupation now, and actually stand back and let me write, instead of tossing it off as some silly hobby I do in my spare time.

What is your typical day like?
I wake, take my kids to school then come home and make a coffee. If it’s a ‘good writing’ day (as in my brain actually wants to write), I sit at my desk, with a cat or two beside me, and write until I need to eat. If it’s not a good writing day, I go for a long walk or catch up with a friend for a coffee. And I’ve just started watching a lot of TV series as well, like White Collar. It’s a good distraction. I rarely do housework.

Love White Collar. Matt Bomer is delicious! Tell us a little about your current release: The book we’re touring is Dark Secrets. It’s the first in this romantic paranormal vampire series. Ara moves to a new country under tragic circumstances and finds herself falling in love with the first boy she meets. This has tragic consequences of its own, and not just because the boy she now loves is a vampire. But the plot goes a little deeper than a girl fighting to love a man who is a killer. There is an age-old feud going on beneath it all, and Ara and David have no idea that they are just a small part in the original vampire’s greater plan. Throughout the series, you will cry, laugh, hate Ara beyond words, and think she is the worst protagonist ever. And at the end of the 3rd book, you’ll find yourself loving all that is annoying about her, and losing sleep just trying to get your head around the plot.

Any upcoming projects you would like to tell us about?
Too many. I’ve just found out I’m having baby number 4, so all series projects will go on hold for a bit after the Dark Secrets series is finished, but I have a few singular, stand-alone titles I’ll be releasing in that time.

Congratulations! I remember Entourage Entry Four ~ I just had number seven so it was a while ago. Does it ever annoy you when people ask you if you know what causes that? Argh! Duh! I started telling them that I obviously have the skill mastered. *nods* How do you keep in contact with your readers?
Facebook, email, blog comments. You name it, we do it. And we have chat groups as well. I even have a team of fans that read all my first drafts and tell me if they hate it.

How does that work? Does anyone really say they hate it? What is your favorite thing about this book?
Oooh, um, so many things. I love the heartache. My favorite part is at the end when David says, “All dreams eventually die.” Oh, God! That is crushing.

What’s next for Dark Secrets?
The 4th book, Lies in Blood. You can actually catch the first three chapters under a hidden link on my website.

Any special quirks or habits when writing?
I pull funny faces based on the emotions of the scene. My little boy once asked me why I looked so angry. I had to rearrange my features and force a smile, and then just tell him I make faces when I write.

Ha! Cute! How do you celebrate when you finish a novel?
By telling myself to get back in there and get writing. I have a poor record of celebrating success. It’s something I need to change about myself. But I do usually have a small moment of smiling stupidly and perhaps even exhaling loudly.

Success should not go unnoticed. Celebrate! What are you reading now?
Any favorites you tend to go back to? No. I never read a book twice. I just can’t bring myself to. I wish I could. Right now, I’m reading “Imagine” by Jonah Lehrer. It’s about the creative process.

Was there something in particular that gave you the idea for this series?
Not really. I just loved vampires, and couldn’t really find any books out there that had everything in it I wanted to happen. So, I wrote one.

Well done! What about David and Ara made you want to put them together?
Fate. Seriously. I originally wrote a character called Mike, who would be the vampire. But for every scene with the vampire in it, I just kept writing the name David (who was supposed to be the human BFF). In the end, I decided to listen to my heart and let David be the vampire. He chose Ara all on his own.

*Le sigh* A woman after my own heart. I vamp addiction started with The Lost Boys. You just took me back. Any advice you’d like to share for aspiring writers?
You have to write bad to write good. Write as if you plan to share it with no one, and once you’re done, you may surprise yourself at how good it actually is.

Great advice! Tell us one thing that readers wouldn’t know about you.
Most people don’t know I’m Australian.

Fabulous! We have some good Aussie friends. I love hearing the differences between Australia and the US. Some you would never expect. What is one thing you know now that you wish you had known when you first started writing?
Don’t edit right after reading a bad review.

Oh noes! I could see where that would be a bad move to make. I f you could travel back in time, where would you go and who would you meet?
I’d go back to my youth, meet myself and tell myself it’s all going to be okay—and to never let go of the dream.

Never ever ever!!!!! Do you have any other hobbies or interests besides writing? Singing. I’m very good at singing. I also like to paint, but get very little time these days.

Now I want to hear you sing. I am willing to bet you are good. And can I tell you how long my scrapbooking supplies have been untouched? Love the kids but I miss my hobbies. Salty or Sweet?

Alcoholic or Non-alcoholic?

What is your favorite drink?

The best! Favorite place you have ever visited?

Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?
You only fail if you give up.

Truth! M&M’s or Skittles?
M & M’s

E-reader or Paperback?

Thank you!!! Long hair or short hair on a guy?

Do you have any hidden talents?
No. lol

Liar! You are a mom of almost four. *whispers* Special talent number one … check. Caffeine or Decaf?

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Flowers or chocolate?

Are you a night person or morning person?

Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance?
Both, equally.

Now how about a little taste of DARK SECRETS?

By reading any further you are stating you are at least 18 years of age.
If you are under the age of 18, it is necessary for you to exit this site.

An alarm clock set my mind on wake; its incessant bleeping stirring me before I was ready. But the sun, usually always up at this hour, was missing. I blinked a few times, thinking maybe my eyes were still closed, and as my breath came back hot against my own lips from a flat surface right above me, I jumped suddenly. Dread filled my lungs out, making my world sink backward. I placed my hands in desperate layers over the sides, the top, the base of this space I was laying, folding my toes down, pushing against the hard there, making my head hit the firm surface above it.
Hello,” I called, but my voice came back dead absorbed by the wood it fell against. And the tiny box got hotter and smaller around me, my shoulders folding in, narrowing my lungs.
They thought I was dead.
I felt my heart—placed my hand right over it to see if it was beating, but I couldn’t feel it—couldn’t feel the wound on my neck or my wrist or anywhere. They’d healed. They were healed and I was in a box.
Panic rose.
A chain of fierce screams burst suddenly from my lips, blocked only by the forcing drive of each blow of my elbow, my knee, my foot being cast down on the solid surrounds. “Please don’t leave me here.” I scratched the wooden roof, my fingers splintering. But I didn’t care. “Please. Please, God. Please.”
I coughed out suddenly, the air leaving my lungs in a vulgar bark, fine particles of earthy powder spiking the back of my throat. The box compressed my shoulders on both sides, stopping my lungs from expanding, denying me the breath of relief I fought for.
I stopped moving then. Stopped kicking, breathing, everything, and laid perfectly still, listening to the flow of dirt rain down in a heavy pile over my ponytail, cooling my head through the strands of hair.
The first rule in this situation would be to not panic. But my chest moved in quick hitches. My fingers balled up so tight my thumb cut my hand, I was sure, and I couldn’t stop the thoughts entering my mind, things David told me—vampires, buried alive for seven days. They survived. They lived through that, tortured, alone, unable to breathe.
David!” I bent my knee to the highest angle it could achieve and jammed my foot against the floor, pushing on the lid of this coffin, thrashing about like a beetle caught on its back. “Ahh!”
Ara,” a muffled voice came gloriously through the wood then, thick with grief.
I’m in here!” I screamed. “Mike. Get me out. I’m in here.” I banged on the roof, making the dirt pile grow. But I didn’t care. Mike was there. He’d get me out. He’d—
Just squeeze my hand,” he said, cutting off my thought. “Please. Just once. That’s all I need.”
Mike. I can’t,” I screamed. “I can’t get out. I’m in a box.”
I waited, listening, but this container seemed to be soundproofed—from the inside. I tried to sit up, to move, to struggle against the pine confines, but the dirt formed a mound under my head as I lifted it, pushing my nose closer to the lid, arching my neck at an awkward, unnatural angle. And panic returned with a layer of sweat, turning the dirt to mud around my temples and nose. “Oh God.” I looked up, shutting my eyes tight. “Please. Please get me out of here.”


When you read a book, do you ever leave a review? Do you review only if you liked it, or are you happy to tell everyone how much and why you hated it?

See? Totally pulls you in. Gives you very little, but more than enough to hook you and leave you wanting more. Love it! So what did you all think? Your feedback is always welcome so be sure to leave a comment below. And how about Ms. Hudson's question? What are your thought on reviews?

I want to thank Ms. Hudson for being her today and taking the time to answer all of the interview questions. And I always love seeing you all hopping in! I hope that you enjoyed your time spent here today! Did you enjoy what you experienced here today? Well don't forget to download the book! And be sure to enter the GIVEAWAY before you go. You have nothing to lose except a chance to win! I wish everyone a fabulous day. Best of luck to all who enter the contest and I will be seeing you all soon. But until then ...


  1. I just started writing reviews. So far I have only done it for the ones I like but that is mostly because most of the time if I don't like it, it is just personal preference. Things that probably only matter to me.

    Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

    1. Hi Eva! Great to see you again! I used to write only the reviews for books I enjoyed, but then I started writing them for everything I read and I ended up attracting readers because of components I mentioned that I disliked. You just never know how your review will effect others - good or bad. Writing any review is great though. It is one of the best ways to support authors that you enjoy! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. Best of luck to you in the GIVEAWAY! :)

    2. It's funny about reviews that highlight the negatives of books. I usually always choose a book based on bad reviews (as well as cover and blurb). I get intrigued to see if I'll agree or not. Most of the time, I end up wondering what on earth the angry reviewer was talking about. Lol.


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