Interview with @ELAdams12 Emma Adams and Darkness Watching



About the Book

ighteen-year-old Ashlyn is one interview away from her future when she first sees the demons. She thinks she’s losing her mind, but the truth is far more frightening: she can see into the Darkworld, the home of spirits– and the darkness is staring back.

Desperate to escape the demons, Ash accepts a place at a university in the small town of Blackstone, in the middle of nowhere – little knowing that it isn’t coincidence that led her there but the pull of the Venantium, the sorcerers who maintain the barrier keeping demons from crossing from the Darkworld into our own world.

All-night parties, new friendships and a life without rules or limits are all part of the package of student life – but demons never give up, and their focus on Ash has attracted the attention of every sorcerer in the area. Ash is soon caught between her new life and a group of other students with a connection to the Darkworld, who could offer the answers she’s looking for. The demons want something from her, and someone is determined to kill her before she can find out what it is.

In a world where darkness lurks beneath the surface, not everyone is what they appear to be…


 Where did you get the first idea for the Darkworld?

I actually made up the demons first, about 7 years ago, and used them in another series which never got picked up. Several years later, I decided to re-use the idea and update it for an upper-YA audience with a university setting. I love writing about alternative universes and invisible worlds, but the Darkworld’s something different because it’s not a place in a physical sense. I had  a lot of fun defining the boundaries of this non-physical world that infiltrates our own.

 Have you had any spooky experiences?

I haven’t, but think it would be fun to spend the night in a haunted house. 🙂

If one song out there could define your book, what would it be?

I listened to a lot of Within Temptation while I was writing the first draft, and I think the one song that really fits well with the series is Frozen.

If you met your main character at a bar, how would you interact?

Hmm…we’d probably both be incredibly awkward to begin with, but then our mutual love of books would hopefully make up for it!

If you could live in any literary universe, which would it be?

I would say Hogwarts, but everyone says Hogwarts. 😉 So, I’d have to go with one of Diana Wynne Jones’s magical alternative universes.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Mainly a plotter, but I do sometimes deviate from my outline if my story is pulling me in another direction. I write the story’s blurb and plot out the background first, but leave room to maneuver if the characters decide to be awkward. 🙂

How has writing changed your life?

I can’t imagine ever not writing. It’s something I’ve done all my life, telling stories and creating characters, and I just can’t think of any way that it wouldn’t be a part of my life, published or not. 

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Write every day. I think when it comes to something like this, you have to really want to do it, enough to make it a habit. Definitely research the industry, get to know other writers. Network on social media. But the most important thing is to keep writing, and constantly work on your craft.

About Emma Adams

Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing fantasy and paranormal for young adults. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also wrote various novels and short stories. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).

Now a reluctant graduate, Emma can usually be found in front of her writing desk. Her debut novel The Puppet Spell, published by Rowanvale Books, is a fantasy tale for young adults and the young at heart, inspired by her lifelong love of the fantastical, mythology, and video games. Emma also writes urban fantasy novels for older teens and adults. She is currently working on several projects, including the planned 5-book upper-YA/New Adult Darkworld series. The first novel, Darkness Watching, was published in 2013 by Curiosity Quills Press, and the second, Walking Shadow, will follow in 2014.


Twitter: @EMAdams12



Review Forthcoming

Interview with @kristenstrassel and Because the Night


About the Book

Sex, Blood And Rock n’ Roll

Immortal Dilemma is the hottest band in the Las Vegas vampire rock scene. They draw insatiable fans from around the globe, thanks to a supernatural attraction called Bloodlust. Tristan craved such an opportunity to fill his empty mortal life, and now he has eternity to earn his place along the legends of rock n roll debauchery.

Callie always feared that Tristan’s excesses would get him into trouble, but she never thought they’d lead him to immortality. To reconnect with him, she must weave her way through a world not only she had no idea existed, but does not welcome her.

Blade turned down a spot in Immortal Dilemma after learning what he must sacrifice for that lifestyle. He finds Callie a refreshing change from the girls in the vampire rock scene. When Callie drags Blade back into the world of Immortal Dilemma, his resistance drives her into the waiting arms of Tristan, who shows her the true meaning of Bloodlust.

But the very things that Callie fights so hard to save are the very things that fight to destroy her.

Interview with Kristen Strassel

 Vampires are a big part of the book. How are your vampires different from the status quo?

The vampires in Because the Night don’t need blood, but they like it.  The blood is erotic for them. They feed off of energy, which can be good and bad, depending on the energy.  To offset this, some of them turn to drugs and alcohol, which effects them in a human way.

What was your first inspiration for writing Because the Night?

I had a dream! I dreamed about a girl trying to make her way in Las Vegas. The dream left such an impression on me I moved to Las Vegas to research the book. It didn’t get written right away, but my experiences there helped shape the book. Music has always been a big part of my life, and Las Vegas has a great music scene. The more I thought about vampires and rockstars, I realized they had a lot in common.  Sexy, mysterious creatures that play by their own rules.

If one song out there could define your book, what would it be?

WASP–Wild Child It’s an old song that I always loved, but one day I realized the lyrics were basically the plot of Because the Night. Because the Night is a song, too. All the books in the series share their titles with songs, hence The Night Songs Collection.

If you met your main character at a bar, how would you interact?

Callie isn’t technically old enough to go to a bar, but she does have a fake ID. We’d probably wind up sitting at the bar and talking about musicians until they kicked us out.

If you could live in any literary universe, which would it be?

Stephanie Plum’s world! Just so I could crash funerals with Grandma Mazur.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

A little bit of both. I make lists of things that need to be addressed, but they are flexible because I let the characters take charge. They surprise me a lot.

How has writing changed your life?

Writing is the hardest job I’ve ever had.  It’s also the most rewarding.  I’ve learned a lot about myself, and learned to take chances that I probably wouldn’t have before.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Write what you love.


About the Author

 Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross.  She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are.  She’s worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world’s worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and aspiring author.  She loves sunshine, live music, the middle of nowhere, and finding new things to put in her house.  Kristen is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary.

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Twitter: @kristenstrassel
Review to Come

#BEA13 Haul and Highlights

So, my trip to New York wasn’t ideal. My plane tickets were wrong, and it took more than 3 hours to correct them, which lead to me leaving 3 hours late. BUT I made it, and it was wonderful and glorious and all that.

Special shout-outs to the team at Month9 books. Everyone is so awesome and fun and talented. Jennifer Million, Lisa M Basso, Dorothy Dreyer, Heather Reid, Hallie Tibbets, Courtney Koschel, Scott Craven, Shannon Duffy, and of course Georgia McBride. You are all AWESOME.

Check out their books HERE.

BEA is a treasure trove for bloggers. I have never been in a place before with so many beautiful books, piled-up ARCs, and wonderful authors signing their work. (I also got to see Julianne Moor and Jim Carey, so that was kind of cool too). But, the books!




So many awesome titles.

I can’t wait to review them all!


The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather Reid

My Sister’s Reaper by Dorothy Dreyer

Purgatory Reign by LM Preston

Silent Harmony by Michele Scott

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

Stay tuned for reviews and giveaways. I have a few extra ARCs to give away on the blog!

❤ BEA. See you next year!


Indie Services Freebies! MS Evaluation

Hey all.

I recently decided to add some more features to Burning Tree. Beyond author interviews, cover reveals, and promotion, I wanted to expand Burning Tree into more of a resource for Indie authors.

The first is a new bookstore showcasing awesome Indie and Indie pub books. This (I hope) will continually expand to be a way to find books on Kindle/Amazon that are well-written, professional, and enjoyable. If you want to nominate a book for the shop, please leave a note in the comments. Self-promotion is absolutely okay.


The second is copyediting and Manuscript Evaluation services. As a copyeditor, I offer a 1000 word free trial before accepting a project, so that you can be assured that we’re compatible. I’m also looking for more copyeditors to join in to provide quality editing services for affordable prices.

For Manuscript Evaluation, you receive a full report on whether or not your book is “ready” to be published/submitted. This report will focus on a variety of book elements, including character development, plot, and grammar.


To get all of this started, I’m looking for some “guinea pigs.” So here’s the deal: I am offering three free Manuscript Evaluations in exchange for thoughts on the process. I’m hoping to create an affordable way for an Indie writer to get an in-depth opinion on how ready their book is for the “shelves.”


If you’re interested, please email me at with a blurb on your MS, as well as the complete file as a .doc .docx or .pdf attachment. The first three inquiries will receive a free evaluation!


Spread the news to anyone you know who might be in need of such a service, and if you’re a freelance editor, I’d love to hear from you too if you’d like to play a part!


Thanks all, keep writing!