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The Elementalist by Melissa J. Cunningham Book Tour, Interview, and Giveaway

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Title:  The Elementalist
Series:  The Ransomed Souls Series #2
Author:  Melissa J. Cunningham
Published:  March 3rd, 2015
Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing
Genre:  YA paranormal romance
Content Warning:  Violence and minor language
Recommended Age:  14+
Synopsis:  Deceased Alisa Callahan thinks nothing could be worse than watching the boy she loves move on in his life without her… until she is ripped from her less-than-peaceful existence in Elysium to be trapped… in someone’s else’s body.
Seventeen-year-old Claire Balister wants only one thing. To master the art of Elementalism. To accomplish this, she must learn to control a damned soul. Her old classmate and suicide victim, Alisa Callahan, is the perfect candidate. But when the spell goes wrong, Claire finds herself in the worst possible situation… sharing her body with an unwanted guest.
Everything swirls out of control when Alisa learns the terrifying truth about her entrapment. Her only hope rests with a boy who can’t remember her, his past, or more importantly, who he really is…
One of the bad guys.

She cursed under her breath. It could only be one person, she chose to ignore him, but the banging continued. She glanced at the clock. Five minutes left. She had time to quickly tell Jamie to leave.
Claire hurried across the hall and into her room. Unlatching the window she let it swing open.
“Jamie, I can’t talk right now.” She tried to shut the window, but he blocked her efforts with his arm.
“Wait. You don’t even know why I’m here.”
“It doesn’t matter. You have to go.” She pushed on the window harder, but instead of backing away like he would have in the past, Jamie climbed inside. He stood in her room as she stared him down, her jaw clenching.
“I don’t have time for this!” she yelled, and ran back into the bathroom, slamming the door behind her and locking it.
Three minutes were left on the timer.
“Are you okay?” Jamie asked from the other side of the door.
“Damn it, Jamie. I need you to go away!”
“Are you sick?”
“Argg!” She refused to explain. It was none of his business. Why wouldn’t he just leave? She could hear him on the other side, his feet shuffling.
“I’ll just wait in your room then. I want to tell you something important.”
“Just go home!” she yelled, counting down the seconds. Thirty, twenty-nine, twenty-eight…
“I saw that guy come over here. I saw him come into your house, Claire. I have a right to know why he’s here. I know he’s not here for your mom. I saw her leave.”
Claire gritted her teeth, refusing to be baited by his jealousy. He was watching her house now? She’d known he would be like this if they got too serious, and now she regretted their budding romance.
“After the other night, I have the right to know if you like him. I mean—”
“Oh my gosh, Jamie!” she screeched. “I don’t. Have. Time!” Fourteen, thirteen, twelve.
Jamie’s fist banged against the door in frustration, and Claire jumped, startled, her heart racing from more than just this intrusion and the timer flew from her fingers into the bathwater with Brecken. Face up, it continued to count down, even under the water. Five, four, three.
“Is he in there with you? Oh hell, Claire. Please tell me he’s not in there with you.” The defeat in Jamie’s voice was almost her undoing. She was already two seconds over the limit.
With shaking hands, she grabbed Brecken by his T-shirt and tried to pull him up, but he was much heavier than she’d anticipated, due either to dead weight or the water in his clothes, maybe both, and he fell back under the water causing waves to spill over the side of the tub and drench her shoes.
She screamed in fright, because the spell only protected him for exactly ten minutes.
“Claire? What’s going on? What happened? Water just came under the door!” Jamie pounded on the other side, his hammering like thunder in her ears, her complementing shrieks producing the perfect storm.
Grabbing Brecken behind the head, she sat him up in the tub, but he was slippery and hard to hold. His head lolled forward and water spilled from his mouth and nose. “Brecken! Wake up!” she screamed, trying to slap him to awareness, but the only thing her struggles did was make him slip out of her grasp and back under the water.
“Jamie!” she screeched. “Help me!”
The door burst open one second later.

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About the Author:
Melissa J. Cunningham began writing five years ago when she decided, out of the blue, to enter a community writing contest and won first place. From that moment on she had a new love: Writing. Melissa is a member of the League of Utah Writers. Her past publication experience includes a recurring opinion column called Writing Reality, for her local newspaper: The Leader
Melissa’s first novel: Reluctant Guardian, was accepted for publication through Clean Teen Publishing in August 2013.
When Melissa is not writing you can find her spending time with her family and her horses, cats, dogs and chickens or reading. Melissa is also a local music teacher.

Keep Calm and Answer These Twenty-Five Questions

  1. Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been? Definitely yes! My come from a long line of writers and poets! I used to write music and didn’t start writing until I was about 37 or 38 years old.
  2. What is your favorite color? Don’t have one. Love them all! At the moment, yellow and lavender are my favorites.
  3. Where were you born? Where did you grow up? I was born in Eugene, Oregon and grew up in Utah.
  4. What is your favorite football team? Don’t love football. I love lacrosse, which my kids play. They are my favorite team!
  5. Who is your favorite author? Can’t name one. At the moment, I really love Dan Wells and Brandon Sanderson, but it’s usually whatever book I’m reading that I love. (if it’s a great story and well written)
  6. What is your favorite book? So far, my all time favorite is “The Jester” by James Patterson. LOVE that book and have read it more than once.
  7. What do you do when you are not writing? Since I’m still recovering from Lyme Disease which I had for a few years, I still struggle with fatigue, so I’ll read, watch TV or movies, or just sick with my kids, enjoying their company.
  8. Do you have a day job as well? No, thank heavens!
  9. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Just keep writing. Practice, practice, practice. That will take your farther than anything.
  10. Is being a writer a curse or a gift? A gift. It has saved my sanity!
  11. Where do you write? Lately, on my bed with a laptop.
  12. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write? Most of the time, silence, but there are times I crank up the music to get in the right mood for a scene.
  13. What do you typically drink while writing? Water. LOL
  14. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life? Lyme would be number one. It makes you stupid and forgetful, brain foggy and ditzy. For a while, I couldn’t even carry on a normal conversation. It’s a miracle I have overcome it. Truly.
  15. When did you first start and when did you finish your book? I started The Elementalist in August of 2013 and I finished it January 2014. It took a while because I was sick while I wrote it.
  16. If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts? I’ve thought about this a lot! How fun would that be to have it a movie? So cool! I don’t even know who I’d choose as actors.
  17. What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want to hang out with you? She already does. ;P
  18. How do you market your book? What avenues work best? I use social media mostly and word of mouth. Hopefully the pace will pick up!
  19. What has been the toughest criticism so far? I haven’t had any that I notice. I seldom read reviews and try to stay away from that kind of stuff. It’s toxic. I write because I love it. And I love it when people like my writing. It’s a gift to me, but I don’t expect everyone to like it and that’s okay with me.
  20. What has been the best compliment? That’s easy. It’s anyone writing to me and telling me they LOVED my book and can’t wait for the next one. That is a huge motivation to keep going and a validation that my writing is awesome! LOL
  21. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? Everything has a touch of the real and a touch of fantasy land. A great book always does.
  22. How did you come up with the title? Sheer brilliance.
  23. Will there be a sequel? Yes.
  24. What project are you working on now? The third book in the series, The Undoer. It will be Brecken’s story.
  25. What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer? None that I can think of. You did great! If I had anything to say, I would tell people to share their gifts. No matter what they are. We are all gifted at something and it makes the world a richer, better place to be when we can share what we love!
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Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • A bookmark swag pack, winner’s choice of any Clean Teen Publishing eBook, and a $15 Amazon gift card.
Giveaway is International.

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  2. Yet another book I haven´t read. It seems the list goes on and on… 😉

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