No More Goddesses by Kim Baccellia – Interview & Giveaway

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KimAbout Kim Baccellia:  When writing No More Goddesses, Kim Baccellia watched almost all of Audrey Hepburn’s movies and learned to love this famous icon.  She went on to watch and read all she could on Audrey.  She has always had a secret desire to travel to Egypt and visit the pyramids.  The closest she’s come to fulfilling this dream are her younger sister Autumn and Egyptian-national brother-in-law Eihab, who were kind enough to share some things with her, including a Hathor sistrum and some incense.

Kim’s other works include Crossed Out, a YA paranormal, and a YA multicultural urban fantasy, Earrings of Ixtumea.

A member of YALITCHAT and RWA, Kim is writing book two in the Goddesses series.  She’s also revising a New Adult multicultural suspense adventure novel.  She lives in Southern California with her husband, son, and two parrots.

Interview 

1. If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

Hands down Mother Theresa.  To me she was a perfect role model of helping the poor and needy.
2. One food you would never eat?

Beets.  I never liked them as a kid.  The texture, consistency is totally disgusting.
3. Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

I’m currently working on book two of the goddesses series.  I’m also going over a revision of an edgier YA suspense/thriller set in the near future.
4. Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

Having teens send me ‘thank you’ notes.  Love it.  Also loved having my YA paranormal Crossed Out be part of a high school’s book of the month piece.  The librarian followed it up with a Skype visit.  Totally loved during this!

5. What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?

My favorite book when I was a child had to be Sara Crewe and Island of the Blue Dolphin

My favorite book when I was a teen had to be The Insiders and anything by Judy Blume
6. Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?

Love Story by Taylor Swift as it reflects the romance Jordan fantasizes about.
7. When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

I wanted to be a journalist and travel the world.

 

8. Who are your favorite authors of all time?

I love Ellen Hopkins for her courageous portrayals of teens dealing with sensitive subjects without being preachy.

So many more: Marlene Perez, Linda Singleton, Ilsa Bick, Tessa Gratton, Alyson Noel, RLFevers just to name a few.  I continue to find more favorites.
9. Favorite Food?

Sweet Pig deep pan pizza
10. Favorite Candy?

Peppermint Patties
11. What’s your favorite season/weather?

Fall.  I love the crisp weather that’s not too hot or cold.  I love all the holidays including Halloween which is my favorite!

 

12. What is your guilty pleasure?

Getting a facial.  Love them.

 

13. Pets? – childhood or adult

I love animals!  As a child I had boxer dogs, cats, frogs, birds, lizards, and rabbits.  As an adult I’ve had parrots.  Sunni, our sun conure, is 22 years old.  I’ve had him since he was a baby parrot!
14. Where do you write?

Depends.  When I take son to his satellite campus(I homeschool through a charter school) I go to either Starbucks or a nearby library and just write.  I also schedule time to write in nearby library’s quiet room.  When I’m home I write in my writing loft.
15. What words or expression do you overuse?

Like.  Once when I was student teaching, my master teacher documented how many times I used that word.  Let’s just say it was almost 100 times!

16. What is next on your to read list?

Smoke by Ellen Hopkins.  This book follows Burned which I totally could relate with.  I sobbed when I read this book.  That’s how powerful Ellen’s books are.
17. Craziest thing you ever ate?

Escargot on a dare.  It actually tasted pretty good until I realized what it was.
18. What makes your novel standout from the crowd?

The voice.  If it doesn’t grab me within the first few pages?  I put it aside.
19. Most embarrassing moment?

When I attended BYU in Provo, Utah one winter I was running late to class.  I rushed but didn’t see a patch of ice inside the building.  I slipped and my wool skirt went over my head as I slid all the way down the hall.  Thank goodness I was wearing tights!  Still, I was totally horrified.

20. Favorite restaurant?

Cheesecake Factory

TV or Movies?

Movies
Hot or Cold?

Hot
Night owl, or early bird?

Night owl
Print or Ebook?

Print
Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate
Regular or Diet?

Diet
Coke or Pepsi?

Coke
Horror or Romance?

Romance all the way!
Action or Drama?

Drama
Pizza or Pasta?

Pizza
Skittles or M&Ms?

Can I mix them?  Tastes nom
Sweet or Salty?

Same here.  Sweet and salty together=yum
Summer or Winter?

Summer
City or Country?

City
Gum or Breath Mints?

Bubblegum

Spontaneity or Planning Ahead?

Spontaneity is my middle name
PC or Mac?

PC
Beach or Pool?

Beach
Shoes or Sandals?

Sandals
Cats or Dogs?

Uh, after that freaky cat of Jordan’s brother?  Dogs all the way

Facebook or Twitter?

Facebook
Truth or Dare?

Dare
Text or Talk?

Text

 

Books That Made You Want To Become A Writer

Island of the Blue Dolphin.  Loved that book so much as a tween

Bookish Pet Peeves

Head hopping within the same chapter.  Also I’m not a fan of too much telling and backstory right at the beginning of a story.

Places You Would Most Want to Travel To

I’d love to go to Italy to search for my Italian roots.  Also I’d love to go to London, England and Paris, France.  **Book two in the goddesses series takes place in Paris.  I’m hoping to go!

Favorite Snacks

Pretzel M&Ms.  I also love fresh fruit like raspberries, cherries, blueberries, and blackberries.

Favorite Movies/TV Shows

Right now favorite TV shows include: The Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf, Grimm, and old Roswell TV series episodes.

Things you wish you knew before you published

That writing is only a small part of the whole publishing thing.  Then comes the fun part: marketing and promoting your book
Places you would consider paradise

Maui, Hawaii

Places you’d like to take your laptop to and write.

The quiet room at my local library.  Also I’ve written at local Starbucks and Panera.

Books you have in your library.

Earrings of Ixtumea and Crossed Out

Ten tunes you have on your (Music) Ipod, etc..
1. Radioactive-Imagine Dragons

2. Kiss Me-Ed Sheeran

3. Breakfast at Tiffanys

4. Madness- Muse

5. Love Story-Taylor Swift

6. Satellite-

7. Bring Me to Life-Evanescence

8. Here With Me-Dido

9. Born that Way-Lady Gaga

10. Wanted Dead or Live-Doughery

 

 

no moreNo More Goddesses

Jordan Lake discovers an ancient bracelet in her grandmother’s house and uncovers a family mystery that links her favorite actress, Audrey Hepburn, a romantic movie, and an aunt she never knew. Jordan hopes the bracelet will bring her love.
Instead, it brings one nightmare after another, unleashing Hathor, the Egyptian love goddess, who decides it’s fun to mess with the McKnight High School social scene. Jordan holds the key to vanquish Hathor, but will she figure out what it is in time to save her school, one of her best friends, and get a date to the Valentine’s Day dance?

 

 

Excerpt

Heart-shaped posters announcing CANDYGRAMS! 25 CENTS! were

plastered all over campus. It was here, the day I had anticipated

with dread and hope, although it would probably end in disappointment.

As if the guy I drooled over would ever send me one.

I dreamed of the moment anyway. Every night since the announcement,

I had played it all out in my head. I would be so

cool, so sophisticated—just like Audrey Hepburn in Tessa’s Treasure.

If I closed my eyes, I knew I’d go right to that dream, but then

I’d risk being battered by the throng of students bumping and jostling

in the overcrowded hall. Thank God there had never been a

real emergency. Us lowly freshmen would be floor splatter.

Then, like the parting of the Red Sea, the crowd flowed to the

sides of the hall as the star of my dreams, Ethan Taylor, and his

bunch of basketball friends walked down the center, flipping their

heads as if they owned the place. Who am I kidding? They did.

They were McKnight High.

 

 

 

tour giveaway
NO MORE GODDESSES giveaway:
Kim is giving away a NO MORE GODDESSES themed prize package! It includes:
  • Signed copies of NO MORE GODDESSES and CROSSED OUT
  • iTunes $15 gift card (the main character, Jordan, loves Taylor Swift!)
    NO MORE GODDESSES bookmarks
  • a French tote bag
  • Audrey Hepburn buttons (Jordan is a fan!)

 

The contest is open internationally, and runs until September 6.

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