Hello friends and welcome to an exciting week here at One Guy's Guide to Good Reads. For the next week, my beautiful bookish soul-mate, Christina Marie from LuLo Fangirl and I will be hosting an incredible new feature series to get everyone PUMPED for UtopYAcon in Nashville, TN next week!
After WEEKS of deliberation, Christina and I have hand-picked FIFTEEN of our favorite authors attending UtopYA and will be spotlighting one each day for the next 7 days. These posts will include an interview with 15 special guests, ranging from seasoned literary vets to first-time debut authors. Each post will also feature a quick spotlight of the authors latest or upcoming works. You are not going to want to miss out on this awesome series!
Each day Christina and I will feature a different author on one of our blogs and will be cross promoting between the two. We really want to get the word out to all of our readers. As a special incentive, we are offering an exclusive UtopYA giveaway for a signed book from ANY participating UtopYA author! How exciting! We can't wait to share this awesome series with you all and look forward to an awesome time in Nashville!
7 DAYS UNTIL UTOPYA
Day One: Meet Becca Vincenza
Becca Vincenza lives in wonderful Michigan. She has a love for Skittles, rainbows, Star Wars, and reading about hot men. When she’s not wearing her author hat, she’s working to pay off her student loans for her recently acquired English degree. She recently released the two books in her Rebirth Series and is set to release the third at the end of the year.
FIND BECCA VINCENZA
Intro to Becca Vincenza:
Oh Becca. Becca, Becca, Becca. Late last summer I saw a blog post from my friend Liz long promoting Becca's upcoming novel at the time. Being on a huge paranormal kick at the time, I rushed over and got myself a copy that very day. After absolutely devouring Stolen, I contacted Becca and a beautiful friendship was born. Four full lengths novel later, Becca is at the top of my list of New Adult romance. She really has it going on. Plus, she totally rocks the indie author life! A former blogger herself, Becca and I often rant/rave about the bookish world together. She's one amazing lady and I'm telling ya, if you pick up one of her novels, you will not be disappointed!
Let's learn a bit more about Becca and her work:
Recent Release by Becca Vincenza
Colette had known all her life that she was half human and half werewolf. She had no expectations of a life filled with love and adventure.
Everything changed on her 21st birthday. A curse cast by witches centuries ago set things in motion, things she could have never imagined. A past that Colette has no clue about has come back to steal her away.
When Hunter, her destined but very unexpected mate, arrives, she is at a complete loss. She must learn to forget an old love and how to make room for a new love.
The curse is being recast and Colette must stop it in order to save the wolves, all the while finding who she really is.
This is a New Adult, there is some subject matter not suitable for those under the age of 18
**$0.99 FOR A LIMITED TIME**
I just finished this one and IT IS INCREDIBLE!
Excerpt from Hexed Hearts
Regardless, I wasn’t the only one with a hard childhood. Taken I didn’t know why Hunter’s eyes were his wolves always there might be more to his story. I wasn’t the only person in the world that had trust issues.
“Okay,” I whispered, looking up at him.
Then the completely unexpected happened.
He smiled. Full, all his teeth dazzling, clean and white, it lit up his face like it lit up his eyes. He was positively gorgeous when he smiled. Something in me sighed with contentment. If he smiled at me like that every day, I knew I would never need anything else. He kissed me one more time before heading off.
“I’ll know your secrets, Hunter,” I whispered quieter than a werewolf could hear, feeling thrilled about how the night went and excited to see where we were headed. I leaned back against my door where Hunter had dropped me off.
Hunter stopped and looked back at me with a questioning look on his blissful face. I couldn’t get over how wonderfully different he looked with that smile.
“What?” he asked, pausing. I widened my eyes. Had I spoken my last thought out loud?
“Nothing. I’ll talk to you, um…later.”
I turned to my door and almost smashed my face into it thinking I had managed to open it. I struggled for a second more before I slipped in and breathed a heavy sigh of relief.
Exclusive UtopYA Interview with Becca Vincenza
1. Tell us about your experience with UtopYA. What's your history with UtopYA and why do you attend?
My experience with UtopYA? Well I went last year, hahaha. I was planning on going checking it out, and deciding once I got a couple books under my belt I would actually go as an author. I was afforded an amazing opportunity because of Carlyle Labuschagne, had been offering up an amazing giveaway to have a spotlighted …spot at her table at UtopYA. Against all my terrible luck somehow I won! *Trust me I was just as shocked* I had followed the Con the year before as just a blogger, wishing I could go to something so amazing. So imagine how excited I was that I was going to be part of it, even if it was a small part. My first and foremost reason for going that year and this year, is I get to meet up with all these amazing people who I see online, who I talk to, who I love and adore. And of course, books. Omgiod….books.
2.What is your favorite Nashville attraction and why? If this is your first time attending UtopYA/visiting Nashville, what are you most excited to see?
Umm, does the tattoo parlor I visited considered an attraction? Hahaha, other than that pretty much I go for the Con. I know that people just love this city, and it’s a huge thing but for me the most exciting thing for me while I am in Nashville between June 17th – 22nd is the people inside the hotel. I am excited to see that tattoo parlor again, though.
3.What makes UtopYA different from any other book convention/signing?
Pfft that is a loaded question. UtopYA for me is on a whole different scale then the signings I do here in MI. I love going to the library ones, and others here in MI but sometimes I feel so out of my element, we are all story-tellers through and through, but at UtopYA, it’s like coming home. I get to see my family from across the country, I get to visit with people I know who love the same genre of books as me, and yeah…its coming home for a weekend.
4. When not attending the conference, where will you be spending your week in Nashville?
Hahaha in my hotel room? I really don’t have any other plans than the conference to be honest. Once you’re there it’s like why would you ever want to leave? Unfortunately for me personally, I have to get back to reality once Monday hits, I could only get so much time off of work.
5. What are you reading right now?
Oh a wonderful book that is the third in an even more awesome series, the book is called Scion by Kelly Oram, the series is Supernaturals. So amazing! I can’t wait to read it non-stop…just need to find time, I seem to have lost it again.
6. What are some of your favorite summertime reads? What recs do you have for your readers to check out this summer?
That’s a mean question! I don’t want to leave anyone out, but the ones that usually come to mind are well really anything by Janelle Stalder – she is one of my go-to authors, she has a wonderful YA Fantasy Saga out, and she has a NA Dystopia series, and Contemporary Series as well, she has it all. If you are a huge paranormal fan such as myself: Kelly Oram’s Supernatural series (first book is called Chameleon *wink wink*), ooh!!! Melissa Haag has a wonderful Beauty and the Beast retelling coming out this summer (trust me that needs to be on everyone’s must have list). I think I need to stop otherwise I will never stop going and then I am going to end up having to re-read all these books.
7. What can we expect next from you?
Well while I type this out I am finishing up my last edits with my editor for my book called Hexed Hearts. I have been working on this baby-monster for the last couple months, I am thrilled that it will be out very, very soon! *I hope out now depending on when this is posted XD* After that I am sort of debating between two. Hunter’s Heart which is the companion piece to Hexed Hearts or Burned the next in my Rebirth Series.
Quick, don't think!
-Favorite summertime beverage? Coke *cries because I have recently gave it up* OHH OR APPIE JUICE!! ß yes Appie Juice
-Favorite Ice Cream flavor? Cinnamon *yes it’s a thing, and YES ITS AMAZING*
-Favorite part about summer? Well I normally would say time off, but I recently graduated to official adult status so…no more of that haha. So the freedom that summer seems to give people.
-Favorite 'song of the summer’? Um…currently I am obsessively listening to Uma Thurman by Fall Out Boy so I am going with that. Hehehehe <3
Alright readers, that's all I have for you today during our UtopYAcon Author Spotlight Series! I hope you've learned a lot about our featured author, Miss Becca Vincenza! She's one amazing lady and I cannot wait to meet her in real life next week!
Don't forget that Christina is also hosting an amazing spotlight over on her blog today, her first guest was Mrs. Heather Lyons (you guys all know how much I love Heather)! Click the LuLo FanGirl banner below to check out Christina's post!
Be sure to enter the giveaway before you leave! You won't want to miss another surprise guest tomorrow! Until next time, Happy Reading!