Thursday, October 8, 2015

This or That with Lea Nolan, author of ILLUSION

Thanks so much for having me, Leandra! I’m so happy to visit and introduce you to Illusion, the third and final book in my Hoodoo Apprentice trilogy, which is out nowI’ve also got a great blog tour giveaway for you, but first I’ve got a few questions to answer…

1. Morning writer or night writer?

Definitely night, or more accurately early afternoon-through-late evening. I’m not a morning anything! I’ve got rheumatoid arthritis so I need my sleep to keep flare up at bay. But I’m also a mom with school-aged kids so I have to accept the harsh cold reality of getting them to school on time and picking them up in the afternoons. Besides hauling my butt out of bed before the sun rises, it also means it’s often not possible to write at my preferred times. I do my best to cram in words as best as I can, and I also rely on my awesome husband to handle kid duties a few afternoons and evenings a week so I can catch up when necessary.

2. Pizza or cheeseburger?

Despite living in Maryland now, I’m a Long Island girl at heart. Pizza all the way, especially if it’s got a nice thin crust that cracks when you fold your slice in half. Oh, now you’ve got my mouth watering!

3. Ice skating or bowling?

Um…can I pass? LOL I’m not great at either, and usually embarrass myself when I try. Do you have any idea how humiliating it is to have your five year old throw fewer gutter balls that you do? Trust me, it’s not pretty. *sighs* Okay, since I have to pick one, I guess I’ll say ice skating, except my version is more like ice crawling or ice baby stepping.

4. Physical book or ebook?

I read both but I’ll admit I appreciate a physical book more, and seem to absorb it far better than an e-book.  There’s something about holding a book in my hand, and flipping the pages with my own fingers, that helps me connect more deeply with the story. It’s the same with taking notes or doing research. I find I grasp information more readily and have better retention if I handwrite my notes onto paper and use a highlighter on the most important passages instead of reading off a computer screen or typing it into a computer. 

5. First draft lover or revision lover?

I’m a revision lover for sure. For me, completing the first draft is just the first start of the book’s journey. The real story takes shape under the various revisions when you can get some distance from the work and begin to see the larger themes at play. And while my need for revision has reduced over time, I still go through at least two or three before the book is final. 

6. Romance or thriller?

This is a hard one because I actually really like both. So I guess I’ll hedge my bets and say it depends on my mood. Sometimes you’re in the mood for suspense, and other times you just need to be swept off your feet.

7. And because you've so graciously played This or That with us, put a This or That question here for the readers to answer!

Oh, that’s an easy one! Okay, French fries or potato chips? I myself am seriously addicted to Baked Ruffles cheddar and sour cream chips. I taste one chip and the next thing I know, I’ve downed the whole bag. 

Things aren't always as they appear…

New school. Cross-country move. Broken heart. If only these were Emma Guthrie's worst problems. Instead, she must battle a trio of enemies--human and spectral--who may or may not have joined forces against her and everyone she loves. All while pretending to be over Cooper Beaumont, her ex-boyfriend and true love, to shield him from her arch-nemesis's revenge.

Worse, when the fight escalates, Emma is tempted to use black magic, which will endanger her soul. As her enemies close in, join forces, and fight with new and dark magic she's never seen before, Emma must harness the power within her to fulfill an ancient prophecy, defeat a centuries-old evil, save her family, and reclaim the only boy she's ever loved.

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And here are the gorgeous new covers for the first two books in the series, Conjure and Allure:
And now for the giveaway, a super awesome Illusion Blog Tour Prize pack. The Grand Prize includes a $25 Amazon gift card, a custom Hoodoo Apprentice tote which features the gorgeous new covers, and six authentic hoodoo spells from the Lucky Mojo Curio Company. There’s also a second prize $15 Amazon gift card, and a third prize $10 Amazon gift card. So what are you waiting for? Enter below to win!

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Thanks so much for having me. This was a lot of fun! Best of luck to those who enter the giveaway!

Lea Nolan is a USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance and YA. Her books for young adults feature bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. She also pens smart, witty contemporary stories for adults filled with head-swooning, heart-throbbing, sweep-you-off your feet romance. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, she loves the water far too much to live inland. With her heroically supportive husband and three clever children, she resides in Maryland where she scarfs down crab cakes whenever she gets the chance. Learn more at her website, or follow her on FacebookTwitter, Instagram or Goodreads


  1. I love the interview style here--two choices for everything. Very fun! And how cute is that tote bag? I had my Piper Morgan circus cover made into T-shirts for an event and now I wear them out around town. People always stare at the cover but they don't know what to make of what the heck it is!

  2. Thanks so much for hosting this stop on the Illusion blog tour! :)

  3. Lea, you've just given me so much inspiration! Looks like I either have RA or Lupus; not fully determined yet. But one thing that is: I ache all the time, and the mornings totally puff. I get so down on myself when I don't feel like sitting in the chair to write in the mornings. And like you, I have two school-aged children, plus two in college (one living home). Thanks for sharing your struggles with this part of your writing life. Now, about this book - totally awesome! The cover is just awesome and so is the premise. All the best to you!

  4. Great covers and they sound great!

  5. ok I have to admit I stopped reading at LONG ISLAND GIRL to comment! yay I am a LI girl too!! the books sound amazing. And to answer the contest question: I'd probably rid the world of illness, and homeless animals would get amazing homes (sounds very miss America lol but true)

  6. These covers are GORGEOUS! I am definitely a french fry girl... they are my favourite food group! And let's see, for the contest question... I think I'd like the ability to cast a peace spell. I could diffuse any situation and would always be in demand for peace talks and at Black Friday shopping sprees.


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