Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Aurora Sky Cover Model Interview


 
It is my great pleasure to introduce you to a truly remarkable young woman. She is the face of Aurora Sky and a beautiful person inside and out. Please welcome Gabriella!

Aurora is an only child – what about you? Siblings? Youngest? Oldest?
I am second in line out of five children, I have two sisters (one older, one younger) and three little brothers. I love them all to death, but I'll be honest, sometimes they drive me so crazy that I envy Aurora for not having any!

Do you like to read? What kinds of books? Ebooks or paperback?

I love to! I don't think there is anything I am more passionate about, my whole bedroom looks like a library exploded inside.
I generally don't pigeonhole myself into one genre since my interests are very diverse, but I've been reading a lot of fantasy novels and older science fiction novels lately.
As far as my position on Ebooks vs paperback, I don't think I'll ever be able to hop on the e-reader bandwagon. I own a first edition Nook that I received as a gift, but I have a major soft spot for curling up with a worn out, much loved favorite and a cup of tea.

What’s modeling like? Do you ever feel like you’re playing a character?
It's definitely hard work. Some days you're shooting in 40 degree weather in clothes better suited for a hot summer day, others you're at a shoot for eight hours straight in impractical wardrobe and uncomfortable poses with frequent re-touching and few breaks. There's also a LOT of waiting involved (that's where a good book comes in handy!)

Despite the not so glamorous bits though, it's really a lot of fun. I've met many wonderful people and been fortunate enough to experience things I wouldn't have had I not become a model. 

Some days I do feel like I am playing a character, I've always firmly believed that models are actresses without lines and it's our job to make the viewer believe they know what kind of person we are and what experiences we are having just by seeing a photograph. 

We create this fantasy world for people, and it's definitely not anything like my real life.



What do you love about the (modeling) profession? Not love?

I love that every time I walk on set I get to forget about all of the stresses in my everyday life and just let go. When I'm in front of the camera it stops being about what paper I need on my boss's desk by Friday, whether or not my best friend and I are still fighting, and if I remembered to pick up milk on the way home last night. Modeling allows me to take a break from being myself for a little while and become a canvas for my client as well as getting to play pretend as some really sweet characters (like Aurora!)
There are drawbacks though, it's a give and take for sure. One of my biggest pet peeves about the industry is the idea that models are these living, breathing, images of perfection; it gives us waaaay too high a standard to live up to without Photoshop and it often results in self-consciousness about how we look without a stylist working on us for 4 hours. I will be the first one to admit that I have bad breakouts from time to time, horrible hair days, and huge bags under my eyes when I've been piggybacking work and photo shoots all week.
I hang out in McDonald's in my sweatpants, glasses, and no makeup on a regular basis, and people who have seen my photos are always shocked at the difference. We're not perfect I promise!

Describe your feelings on love.
It's a beautiful thing, but it can also be equally painful.
Loving someone is a selfless act.
Loving someone means forgetting your own self-serving behaviors and caring for another human being unconditionally, romantic or otherwise. It's terrifying when you think about it though, giving someone a piece of you that is so easily shattered, and trusting them that they won't.
I've been through a lot in the past few years after a broken engagement, and a painful recent relationship, so I don't think that I'm ready for a romantic kind of love any time soon, but the love I receive from my friends and my son is a feeling without equal and I can't imagine life without it.

What characteristics would the perfect man possess?
Secretly being Ryan Gosling?
Okay, okay, you can have a real answer. I don't think I have a set of requirements for perfection in a man, other than being imperfect.
Imperfections are beautiful, and I can't stand people who pretend not to have them. Embrace your quirks and individuality, they're what make you who you are!
As long as you respect me, are honest with me, and can tolerate my crazy (and often impractical) artistic endeavours, then we're cool. Of course if you happen to play an instrument, possess a strong love of thrift stores and antiquing, and are willing to drink tea, read books, and watch old British movies in the rain with me, you'll probably get first pick.
 

If you were a superhero and could choose one special ability or power, what would it be and why?

Hmmmm...that's a tough one! I think if I ever had the opportunity to choose, I would probably want the ability to time travel.
I think there is so much to be learned from the past, and so much I would have loved to experience throughout history (primarily much of the art and musical culture from the 40's through the 80's, as well as the women's rights movement).
On the same token though, I'm glad I'll never have the chance. It'd be too tempting to re-write past mistakes and I feel like those are the most crucial parts of what make up who we are.

Tattoos are really popular in fiction right now. Do you have any and what do they mean to you?

I have a Celtic love knot on my right bicep, I had it done shortly after my son came home from his two month stay in the NICU. It's a very personal piece for me and I actually intend to add onto it once I am done with modeling. It symbolizes both the love I have for him as well as the love that brought him into this world and will eventually become the starting point of a sleeve of tree bark and flowers dedicated to my roots, family, and heritage.

What do you feel are the biggest challenges facing your generation today?

Oh boy, there are so many. I think a big one is definitely the need for instant gratification that so much of our generation has.
We have been taught that everything is disposable, and in such that everything is easily replaced. As I have grown, I've watched many of my peers fall into the same pattern of prioritizing only the things that will make them happy in the now.
I feel that we've become so privileged in many ways that we undervalue what it means to work for something and truly earn it. The most unfortunate part is that it translates into our interactions with people as well, and we become disconnected in a sense. When you can have everything you want whenever you want it, why would you bother to respect it and keep it around?
 
Aurora Sky embodies the saying that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. What keeps you strong?

Hope for something better.
I have a lot of people in my life lately that love to tell me that I can't do something, or that my attempts will end in failures. As strange as it seems to some, rejection and discouragement have always seemed to propel me further towards success than anything else.
I'm a stubborn, hotheaded Irish girl. If you tell me I can't, I'm going to push back ten times harder to prove to you that I can.
 
One of my favorite quotes "Without struggle there is no progress" rings true here. You're going to get knocked down, and you're going to get knocked down a lot, but if you're going to make it through this life you need to be able to take each misfortune as an opportunity for something better.
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If you are a book blogger who would like to participate in the Cover Reveal of BAD BLOOD (Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, Vol. 3) featuring Gabriella, you can sign-up at Xpresso Book Tours or check back here on January 9th to see the cover in all its glory.
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Aurora Sky, Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, Vol. 1

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Monday, December 16, 2013

STAKEOUT Cover Reveal + Bad Blood Sign Up


Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
 
Don't miss release day. Sign-up for an e-mail alert (if you haven't already). Releasing around January 14, 2014.
 
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Noel Harper got a second chance at life when the government recruited her as an undercover vampire informant. Since the day they brought her back from the good-as-dead, she has wanted to prove herself worthy.

When a member of her investigative unit is murdered, Noel is paired up with a vampire hunter named Dante to spy on a suspect in Fairbanks. The problem? They're not the only ones on stakeout. Taking down murderous vampires is one thing. Dealing with the past is another. But this time, Noel isn't letting fear win. She's calling in help from the other side and discovers a shocking secret along the way.

(STAKEOUT is an Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter novella told from Noel Harper’s POV. Approximately 54,000 words.)
 
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Are you a book blogger? There's still time to sign up for the BAD BLOOD, Aurora Sky, Vol. 3, cover reveal HERE. Or come back and check it out on January 9th.
 
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Aurora returns from boot camp to a new assignment, an unwelcome roommate, and the increasingly amorous attentions of a certain vampire hunter.

College is starting, and so is Aurora’s undercover work at a network of swanky parties known as “Tastings” for high rolling vampires who like their blood laced with fine wine. But Aurora’s not the only one on the prowl. An underground investigation is under way to find out who killed one of Anchorage’s most prominent vampires… and Aurora is a prime suspect.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Aurora Sky Blog Tour and Giveaway

 
Guest posts, excerpts, and reviews. See full schedule here.
 
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Monday, December 9, 2013

Immagica Map Reveal & Giveaway


 

Immagica by K. A. Last
Genre: YA Fantasy/Adventure
Publication: January 31st 2014
Map Illustration: Lawrence Mann LawrenceMann.co.uk  
 

Synopsis:

Immagica

Where anything is possible.

Enter at your own risk.

The night before her fifteenth birthday, Rosaline Clayton uncovers a deep family secret. She receives an amulet from her deranged father, and he tells her she must find the book in order to save him. Rosaline is used to her dad not making any sense, so she dismisses their conversation as another of his crazy rants.

When Rosaline’s brother, Elliot, drags her to their Nana’s attic to explore, they find the old leather-bound book tucked away in a chest. It sucks them into its pages, transporting them to a magical world. Along the way Rosaline and Elliot are separated, and the only thing she wants is to find her brother and go home.

The creatures of Immagica have other ideas. After years of war their land lies in ruin. Using the amulet’s power, they want Rosaline to defeat the dragon and restore Immagica to its former glory. But Rosaline is bound to Immagica in ways she doesn’t understand, and when she discovers the truth about her family, she must follow her heart to save them all.

 
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/book/show/18194824-immagica 

AUTHOR BIO

K. A. Last was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, and moved to Sydney with her parents and older brother when she was eight. Artistic and creative by nature, she studied Graphic Design and graduated with an Advanced Diploma. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she concentrated on her career before settling into family life. Blessed with a vivid imagination, she began writing to let off creative steam, and fell in love with it. She now resides in a peaceful leafy suburb north of Sydney with her husband, their two children, and a rabbit named Twitch.

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