Thursday, June 9, 2011

Guest Author Interview: Joann I. Martin Sowles + Vampire Bookmark Giveaway

Please welcome today's paranormal guest author Joann I. Martin Sowles.  Joann is the author of Laney: The Brookehaven Vampires.

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

  I began writing about eight years ago. I was really just playing around with the idea. I didn’t believe I could actually write a book. Once Laney planted herself in my head and wanted out I had a moment where I thought to myself, “Would I rather look back at my life and regret that I never tried or be thankful I gave it a chance.” The answer to that is obvious and I’m pretty happy I pushed myself to try. BTW, That original story I began eight years ago has yet to be finished, but it will be. :)

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre? 

  It’s the genre I’ve always read and I’ve always been fascinated by vampires and all mythical creatures.  

EJ:  If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?

  I would love to be one of my vampires or have magical powers like in the Harry Potter series. Could you imagine having all that magic? I’d use it to clean my house like Mrs. Weasley does. :)

EJ:  Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.

I think readers will enjoy Laney’s story because of the of the love story that is involved between her and Oliver. I also think they will enjoy finding their way through the Brookehaven world through Laney’s eyes.

EJ:  If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?

I could see Hayden Christensen as Oliver – It’s that smile and his hair. I have no idea for Laney. My daughter, who is 9, says she’s going to play Laney if it’s ever made into a film/TV show.  Not sure how I feel about that… I could see Bradley James as Carter and Jaime Ray Newman as Professor Amber. I would have to put a lot of thought and research into the rest. I imagine, as time goes by, I’ll discover others I think should fill those spots.

Laney (Brookehaven Vampires, book #1) by Joann I. Martin Sowles

In a small college town in Northern California, Laney Alexander leads a regular, uneventful life–that is, until the charming and alluring Oliver Knight enters her world. Who is this gorgeous and mysterious stranger? Or, rather, what is he?

As Laney’s sophomore year of college begins, so does an unbelievable adventure–including a love she didn’t know she longed for. She soon learns that Oliver is not ordinary, nor is the rest of his family, including a sister who openly hates her and a brother who will stop at nothing for revenge. As she fights for her life, and Oliver’s love, Laney discovers that the fictional world of vampires isn’t so fictional after all. Nobody is safe, especially Laney, Oliver’s most important priority, and he will stop at nothing to protect her. With her mortality at risk, and a commitment revealed that she, without a doubt, knows she wants, Laney’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn…

Don't miss E.J.'s review of Laney: The Brookehaven Vampires here.

Thank you Joann for joining us here today at From the Shadows!

To learn more about Joann I. Martin Sowles and her books, please visit her website.

**Brookehaven Vampires Bookmark Giveaway**

We are giving away gorgeous The Brookehaven Vampires bookmarks to three lucky winners!

To enter, please leave a comment on this post including your email address (so we may contact you if you win).  You do not have to be a follower to enter (though I always appreciate a follow).  This giveaway is open to US and Canadian mailing addresses only.  Giveaway ends June 24th midnight EST.


  1. I would love to win, but also I'd love to have magical cleaning powers!!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  2. I loved the interview, the book sounds amazing. I am an old follower, please enter me.


  3. I'd love to win the bookmarks and while you're at it give me the power to manipulate time! LOL

    Thanks for another cool interview EJ.
    Laurie's Thoughts & Reviews

  4. Thanks for sharing a new read =) I'm always wanting new vampire stories to read. Please count me in for a bookmark. Bookmarks are great reminders of the books we want to read.
    I'm a gfc follower as Tanyaw1224 and an email subscriber because this is a great blog ;)

  5. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest.

  6. I would love to be entered!

    I'm a follower


  7. I have a weakness for all things vampire. This novel sounds like an interesting addition to the genre.


  8. I love Vampires, the books sounds really interesting!


  9. Wow, this looks amazing! Gotta love a new take on vamps. ;) And being a HP witch would be the best! Automatic clean.
    Thanks for the brilliant interview, E.J. and Joann!
    Sadly, I'm in the UK, so I can't take part, but good luck to all you guys who are! :)

  10. Amazing giveaway. I collect bookmarks so I hope I win one of The Brookehaven Vampires ones so I can add it to my collection :D

  11. Awesome giveaway!
    I really want to read these books!


  12. Thanks to everyone for stopping by!
    Good luck with the giveaway. :)

  13. Joann...Book looks wonderful! I'll be adding this puppy to my TBR pile!

  14. i love Laney it's a great book can not wait for book 2.
    Janel Mullins

  15. Count me in :)


  16. VJ
    to win this
    thank you

  17. Looks like a wonderful read. Add me to the group.