Thursday, June 11, 2015

Countdown to UtopYA Author Spotlight Series Day Three: Meet Liz Long

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!

Happy Reading!


Day One: Meet Liz Long

Liz Long

Liz Long, indie authorLiz Long is a ridiculously proud graduate of Longwood University with a BA in English. Her inspiration comes from action and thriller genres and she spends entirely too much time watching superhero movies. Her fabulous day job as a social media editor includes writing for a publishing company in Roanoke, VA.
Her first book, Gifted, is the first book in the Donovan Circus series, where superpowers meets the circus. Burned is the second adventure. Her standalone book Witch Hearts, is a story about a serial killer hunting witches for their powers. All titles are available at Amazon on Kindle and paperback, Barnes & Noble for Nook, and iBooks.

Find Liz Online

Intro to Liz Long:

I don't have words enough to describe my bookish love for Liz Long. I met Liz Long by complete chance at last years UtopYA public signing and looking back, it was probably my favorite part about the signing. It only took me long enough to see the circus decorated tent to realize that Liz was my kind of people. With six full length novels under her belt, Liz has quickly become one of my all-time favorite authors. Not only is she an incredible author, she's a great lady all the way around. I know my life wouldn't be complete without our daily convos. She's been such an amazing supporter of mine and it's an honor to call her one of my best bookish friends!

Let's learn a bit more about Liz and her work:

Recent Release by Liz Long

Grace had finally gotten used to her new afterlife as a “Made” – a Reaper who used to be human. When Made Reapers and souls begin disappearing, however, Grace and her mentor Tully suspect demons. Grace’s worst fears are confirmed when her living family is threatened.

She’ll have to break every rule in the Reaper book to save them, including using a little magic to become temporarily human. With the help of Tully and her witchy friend Tessa, Grace goes undercover to save the fates of kidnapped souls – only to discover that demons aren’t working alone. Betrayal and distrust runs deep and Grace discovers that sometimes even Reapers are prone to humanity.


This was one of my favorite reads of 2014, IT IS INCREDIBLE!

Also by Liz Long


 Did you guys know that Donovan Circus is one of my all time favorite series?

Exclusive UtopYA Interview with Liz Long

1. Tell us about your experience with UtopYA. What's your history with UtopYA and why do you attend?

Last year was my first year at UtopYA. I attended because I saw an opportunity to grow and learn, focus on my own writing and marketing. It also turned out to be a crazy awesome networking opportunity as I'm now the PR Coordinator for the entire event! I attend because of the people - the kind, funny, passionate people who are as crazy about reading and writing books as I am. Go for the panels, stay for the friends.

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?

I actually lived in Nashville for a few years and grew attached to a few places there. The Predators hockey games are always fun, but I particularly love hanging out in East Nashville with all the hipsters, good food, and entertainment. Not quite the rowdy downtown scene, but I've done the tourist-y stuff plenty of times :)

3.What makes UtopYA different from any other book convention/signing?

I think, personally, it's the camaraderie. You get to mingle with authors of all walks in life, at every level. Not only do you get to learn and hone your craft (especially important at conferences like these), but there's always a lot of fun to be had even if you're just walking through the lobby and see several new friends!

4. When not attending the conference, where will you be spending your week in Nashville?

I'll be seeing a few friends that still live in the area.
5. What are you reading right now?

I just finished reading keynote speaker Lauren Miller's 2 books, FREE TO FALL and PARALLEL. I highly recommend them both!

6. What are some of your favorite summertime reads? What recs do you have for your readers to check out this summer?

I, of course, think you should check out all the great writers that will be selling their summer reads at UtopYA! ;)

7. What can we expect next from you?

New cover reveal for all three books in the Donovan Circus series coming soon :) As well as the fourth in the series due out this fall, fingers crossed! And plenty more on the horizon, that I can promise!

Quick, don't think!

-Favorite summertime beverage? Lemonade!

-Favorite Ice Cream flavor? Always chocolate.

-Favorite part about summer? More daylight hours.

-Lounging on the beach or summer road trip? Road trip (if I had to pick).

-Favorite 'song of the summer’? I'm gonna cheat here and say "any song by Dave Grohl" although I'm digging new Mumford & Sons album!

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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, Mrs. Liz Long! She's one of my best bookish friends and I can't wait to see her again next week!

Don't forget that Christina is also hosting an amazing spotlight over on her blog today, her first guest was Mrs. Casey Bond! 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!


1 comment:

  1. Fantastic interview, guys! I ADORE Liz. Can't wait to see her :) WRITE ON!