Wednesday, November 13, 2013

WONDER GUY by Naomi Stone

WONDER GUY by Naomi Stone
A light urban fantasy romance

BLURB
Greg Roberts has been in love with the girl next door since they were both twelve, but Gloria Torkinson is engaged to marry someone else. Greg can only respect her choice in the matter - until his fairy godmother pops in with a different idea. As a mysterious, masked superhero Greg can appear to Gloria in a whole new light and win her love. But super-heroing is trickier than Greg knew, creating its own problems and uncovering inimical forces in his world that he never suspected. He'll have to discover the true hero in himself before he can set things to right and win at love.

EXCERPT
“Let go.” He plucked at her arms, still clenched around the cherry stem. Gladly she released it, turning at the urging of his hands to transfer her hold to him. She clasped her arms around his neck, and in the instant her eyes met his, looking out from behind his mask, she forgot her fear and her weariness. A bolt of exhilaration shot through her, an inexplicable joy.

Gloria grinned, letting the world drop away below them. She hardly registered how they’d shot into the sky, leaving mosquito hordes far below. She might never have this chance again. The belly dancers of the world might surround him as soon as they returned to earth, the way they’d done when he’d stopped that rogue elephant in Uptown. She’d have to go back to her life and her work and responsibilities. Right now this magnificent man’s arms wrapped tightly around her and his gaze stayed locked with hers. For the moment he was hers.

His masked face drew close, his breath warm on her mouth. Gloria leaned in, brushed her lips across his chiseled, slightly parted ones, thrilled as they softened and opened beneath her light touch. She bore down, parting her own lips to kiss him in earnest.

Oh Lord. If they weren’t already up among the clouds she’d be flying now. Who knew a kiss had the power to unlock such a rush of sensation, become a whole new dimension of delight? It had never worked that way before. His mouth met hers with equal fervor and with a tenderness melting her from crown to toes.

AN INTERVIEW WITH NAOMI
-What book and/or experience made you want to be a writer?

I don't think any single book or experience is responsible for it. It's not so much wanting to be a writer, as having the inner writer there all along, needing a way to get out. I was making up stories and acting them out, sometimes with the help of my neighborhood friends, before I ever learned to read. When I did learn to read, I devoured books by the dozens and simply came to see the pages of books as the natural home for the products of my imagination.

Maybe no one is born a writer, given that we aren't born knowing how to speak, let alone read or write, but I think people can be born with a proclivity to imagine adventures and to live in worlds of make-believe. Learning to speak, and read and write gives us the tools to share the worlds of our imagination with one another -- and that's pretty darn cool.

-What genres do you write?

In addition to my odd brand of Romantic Urban-Fantasy Lite, I also write dark fantasy for middle-grade readers under another name. I don't want readers to get confused over what to expect from Naomi Stone, but my stories do come in a couple different flavors. The Fairy Godmothers' Union stories, of which Wonder Guy is the first full-length novel, are rated PG and have a light, sweetly romantic flavor. Spirited and the Team Guardian novellas are a little sexier and have an emphasis on action and adventure.

-For aspiring writers, any tips?

-Write.
-Read what you wrote.
-Solicit feedback from other writers who will understand what you are aiming for and be able to tell you whether or not it's working.
-Rewrite.

Once you get this process down, you'll be well on your way.

-What’s your favorite book/genre to read?

I'm a very eclectic reader and go through phases of reading romances, mysteries, science fiction & fantasy, historical novels… even non-fiction. I love the romances of Nora Roberts, Robin Carr, Jayne Krentz and more, but my favorites tend to combine elements of romance with fantasy and science fiction. This makes Lois McMaster Bujold a favorite, with her sophisticated space operas peopled by well-developed characters and portrayals of the relationships among them. And I loved Joan Vinge's The Snow Queen, which took the essence of the fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson, preserving its theme of undying love but transplanting it to a context of well-realized science fictional world-building.

I don't have quite the scientific background to match these feats, but in my own work I aspire to do as good a job of balancing the elements of romance with those of urban fantasy. I've had feedback from both romance fans and science fiction fans who tell me I'm doing it right.

-What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever written?

I'm especially fond of both my full-length novels for different reasons, but my favorite of the moment is Unmasking - the most recent short story in the Fairy Godmothers' Union series. It completed the newest story collection, More Wishes. Unmasking is more personal in some ways than other stories I've written, set as it is at a big fannish convention. I've been a science fiction fan for years and have attended many conventions over those years, but this is the first story to draw on that experience and I had a lot of fun writing it.

ABOUT NAOMI

It all started when my parents had to go and teach me to talk. Then they sent me to school where I learned to read and write. I learned to read and pretty soon I fell in love with books and stories. I loved fairy tales and tales of magic from the very start. Even before that I loved to daydream; I daydreamed myself into adventures with my favorite TV characters. I dreamed up adventures crossing time and space on my own, meeting characters out of history and stories. Books gave me the sense that there was a home waiting for my daydreams, a place where they belonged.

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But really…
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Are people really interested in author bios? I think it's more fun to offer up half a dozen bio-bits -- four true and two false -- and see if people can guess which are the truth. We can choose a winner for today's prize from among those who get it right!

1. Naomi Stone is married, with two kids, and living in Bloomington, MN.
2. Naomi Stone's husband is purely imaginary, but really hot.
3. Naomi Stone has hopped a freight train.
4. Naomi Stone has piloted a hot-air balloon.
5. Naomi Stone has hitch-hiked from coast to coast through the USA & Canada.
6. Naomi Stone is an accomplished visual artist & filk* singer.
*That's not a typo. Filk singing is the folk-singing of science fiction fandom.

Comment with which four you think are true!

Check out Naomi’s website. Follow her on Twitter @NaomiStone0RWA, and connect with her on Facebook.

Buy links for WONDER GUY are at Lyrical Press.

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Hey readers,

I want to be rescued by a super hero…or maybe I want to be a superhero…or maybe I just want to fly…. They all sound pretty cool.

Want more from Naomi and WONDER GUY? Follow the tour here.

Leave a comment for a chance at the overall tour prize.

Naomi will be awarding a Somewhere Rainbow, a Jewelmark wearable-bookmark by Craftswoman, Laramie Sasseville featuring carnelian, citrine, blue Amazonite, blue zircon, to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. The Jewelmark has an extra-long ribbon, allowing it to double as an ascot.

And don't forget to vote on which of Naomi Stone's bio-bits are true and which are false for a chance at a free download card for her previous release, Spirited, awarded at every stop.

Here are those “facts” again. Which four do you think are true?

1. Naomi Stone is married, with two kids, and living in Bloomington, MN.
2. Naomi Stone's husband is purely imaginary, but really hot.
3. Naomi Stone has hopped a freight train.
4. Naomi Stone has piloted a hot-air balloon.
5. Naomi Stone has hitch-hiked from coast to coast through the USA & Canada.
6. Naomi Stone is an accomplished visual artist & filk* singer.
*That's not a typo. Filk singing is the folk-singing of science fiction fandom.

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8 comments:

  1. I guess 2, 4, 5, and 6 are true.
    Love hearing from someone else about books they have enjoyed. I'm a long-time reader, too. Is there really life without books?

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    1. Hi, Kate, thanks for playing, and commenting! There may have been life before the first book - Gilgamesh - but how would we know?

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    2. Guess that's what those stone tablets were for--hard to get a whole book onto one, though.

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  2. Life without books ... sigh. That would be hard.

    Naomi, I just love the Fairy Godmother-superhero connection. That is so original!

    I really like what you said here: "I think people can be born with a proclivity to imagine adventures and to live in worlds of make-believe." That is so true!

    I guess 2, 3, 5, 6!

    --Greta

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    1. Hi, Greta! Thanks for participating! I'm glad to know all my friends with a proclivity for imaginary adventures. :)

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    2. Greta, you guessed correctly. I've never piloted a helicopter - not that I wouldn't like to. And you are the winner of the Kit 'N Kabookle daily give-away!

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  3. I think 2, 3, 5, and 6 are true.

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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