Sawesome Book of the Month and Giveaway

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Welcome to the first ever 
What is SAWESOME? Well its pretty easy actually its what you get when you add
 (a super special thanks to my friend Miss Vain for telling me about such a fun word)
So at the end of each month me and Amber R. will take turns picking our favorite Sawesome Book and we will feature the book (sometimes with an interview, excerpt or something else) and we will also do a giveaway.

Amber I's Pick for February's SAWESOME Book of the Month is...............

Firelight by Kristen Callihan
This Month along with a Giveaway we will also have a fun Interview with Kristen.


About Firelight:
London, 1881
Once the flames are ignited . . .

Miranda Ellis is a woman tormented. Plagued since birth by a strange and powerful gift, she has spent her entire life struggling to control her exceptional abilities. Yet one innocent but irreversible mistake has left her family's fortune decimated and forced her to wed London's most nefarious nobleman. 

They will burn for eternity . . . Lord Benjamin Archer is no ordinary man. Doomed to hide his disfigured face behind masks, Archer knows it's selfish to take Miranda as his bride. Yet he can't help being drawn to the flame-haired beauty whose touch sparks a passion he hasn't felt in a lifetime. When Archer is accused of a series of gruesome murders, he gives in to the beastly nature he has fought so hard to hide from the world. But the curse that haunts him cannot be denied. Now, to save his soul, Miranda will enter a world of dark magic and darker intrigue. For only she can see the man hiding behind the mask.

 You Can Read My Review HERE


As a child of the 80s I’m sure (hoping) you seen Back to the Future, if Doc Brown came up to you in his Time Machine and offered to take you to any year past or present where would you go and why?

Well of course I’ve seen Back to the Future! Probably too many times. Oh man… so hard! Okay, if I had just one choice, I’d go for Ancient Egypt. I would love to see the pyramids and temples when they were new. It must have been amazing!

Firelight has a lot of Beauty and the Beast references is that your favorite Disney movie, if not what is and why?

I love that movie, but it isn’t my favorite. I actually really like Tangled because it’s your classic road adventure romance. J And Flynn/ Eugene is hot! (er… can I say that about an animated hero?)

We don't see Lord Archer’s features for almost the whole book yet I found myself in love with him, how did you do it?

Magic. (g) Actually, the fact that the reader almost never sees Archer’s face was a huge fear for me when I began writing. We readers are used to seeing our heroes. In the end, I realized that the whole point of a beauty and the beast story is that Beauty falls in love with the inner man. So I simply had to show the inner man Archer was and hope readers responded to him as much as Miranda did.

I am sure you've been asked this a lot but how did you come up with Archers "disease"? Or Miranda's talent?

I don’t want to give anything away for those who haven’t read so perhaps a spoiler is in order here. 

Right then. When I first came up with the story for Firelight, I was drawing not only from Beauty and the Beast, but also from the Norwegian tale East of the Moon, West of the Sun. In that story, it is a great polar bear that carried the beauty off. Which got me to thinking about snow and ice. It seemed fitting that Archer should slowly be turning into an icy sort of creature. But then I thought of him having to constantly hide behind masks. He would crave light on his face, which gave me the leap to think that he craved light in general. But what sort of light? The light of souls worked on many levels, so I used that.

Since Archer’s curse was somewhat icy in nature, it seemed natural to make Miranda’s power be his opposite (the yin to his yang? *g*) and thus she became a firestarter.

Since this is for our "Sawesome" book of the month can you share you favorite or most awesome scene in the book?

I don’t have one favorite scene; I kind of love them all. Lol. But I’d probably go with when Miranda and Archer first meet because, in a way, it encompasses the whole of their story. Everything you need to know about their true characters, and how they will relate to each other is there.

Again for our "Sawesome" book of the month can you share your favorite sexiest scene with us?

Ah. Well, while I do like their final consummation –because, hello? FINALLY! (g) – my favorite smexy scene would have to be Archer and Miranda’s, ahem, exchange against a certain alley wall. :D

(Must but in here, I LOVE LOVE LOVE that scene)

Can you tell us something about Miranda or Archer that we did not get to see in Firelight?

One of the scenes that just killed me to cut was of Archer and Miranda fencing together. While the reader does get to see Miranda wheedling her sword, the reader missed out of Archer coaching her. Archer is actually quite an accomplished swordsman, which is hinted at in the prologue. I’m only sorry no one got to see him in action!

Also I think you should know that after reading Firelight I have been in such a reading funk, I just can not get these characters out of my head.. What do you have to say for yourself?lol

Hmm… I suppose here is where I ought to apologize, but I really am not sorry! :D lol!

Thanks so much. I am seriously in love with this book!!

Oh, well, thank you so much for having me on! I had a wonderful time!

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  1. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite movie!! That is where my daughter Ella-Belle got her name from. And I LOVE Back to the Future. I have no idea where I would travel (sorry for the hard question) maybe to the 60s and go to see The Doors in Or back in the 1800s London. Thanks again for the awesome interview. I have to say the alley scene was AMAZING!! I could not get that out of my head. And I am sad that you cut that scene (them fencing) . I mean I love any scene with them together, but that did sound like a fun one.

  2. Great interview! And I'm curious about this book now.
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway.

  3. Sawesome!!! :)
    Great interview!;) I loved Firelight and your interview was fun, great questions!;) Esprcially the deleted scene....and just thinking about the museum scene *sigh* hehe :)
    Keep up the great work girls!

  4. Hi! Thanks for this giveaway! I saw this book on Netgalley, sounds interesting! Great Interview! Can't wait to see Archer's face :P

  5. Fab interview! New follower :-)
    Thanks for the giveaway as well...especially for making it international.
    Greetings from Germany
    _yay_ @

  6. What a wonderful interview! I've had my eye on this book since right before it came out. Thank you so much for the giveaway chance! I'm dying to read it!

    Gena Robertson

  7. GREAT interview...and review! Who can resist a new spin on Beauty and the Beast? I can't! I've been watching reviews on this book for a while...have entered a few giveaways too (no luck unfortunately)and have it on my wish list! Thx for the giveaway op! :)

    barbbattaglia @

  8. I have been hearing such marvelous things about this book and I've had it on my wish list. I'm a big fan of the Beauty and the Beast plot so I know I'll like this one.

    Fun interview! How can we not adore this new site feature of BoTM.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  9. I have wanted to read this book for a very long time. Thank you so very much for your generosity and all the Sawesome fun!


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