Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Author Spolight: Lilly Cain and GIVEAWAY!!

The Crazy bookworm is happy to welcome author Lilly Cain. Today she talks to us about her third book 'Building Magic' and she is kind enough to offer a giveaway. Be sure to enter your e-mail address in the comments to enter yourself in the giveaway!


The Thousand Word Hook – Lilly Cain

Thank you for having me here at The Crazy Bookworm! I’m so happy to be celebrating the release of my third book, my novella BUILDING MAGIC from Red Sage Publishing.

All of my stories begin with a germ of an idea which I write down in the form of a loose synopsis or plot plan. I use this to tell me if I am going in the right direction when I am writing. But with Building Magic I had a bit more of an impetus to getting the first chapter down. I intended to enter the Chase the Dream contest. Hosted by Rachelle Chase and Leigh Michaels, the main point of the contest is to achieve a hook within the first thousand words, leaving the reader – be it general reader, agent or editor – wanting more.

Having a hook isn’t a new idea. In fact it is a common property that each author aspires to achieve. But the contest really drove the idea home for me. Despite the fact that BUILDING MAGIC is the third story I have released, it was the first story I sold and I think that it was my new understanding of the importance of those first thousand words that has enabled me to sell more books.

Here is the last part of that original contest entry. What do you think?

“Yer minutes are up, Tina-Tom. Get back to work.” The smoke-roughened voice of her supervisor cut into her wet daydreams. She lowered the binoculars and closed her eyes for a minute. Why again did I take this job? Oh, yeah, the dream of building something spectacular, from design to nails to sliding glass doors. She sighed and gathered her lunch before standing up on the platform. Regulations said she should be having her lunch on the ground, but she, like most of the Irondogs, occasionally ignored the rules for expedience and love of the heights.

She made her way to the corner of the platform and stepped onto the bare rail. She would have to re-secure her safety straps here, no one avoided that rule for long. For the Hell of it, she raised her binoculars to have another look at the studly bean-counter before she had to stash her stuff and get back to welding on the seventh level. By now he’ll be stretching out his glorious muscles, or perhaps, just perhaps today he’ll give in to a little hedonism and stroke his majestic cock for me.

Instead, she frowned as she focused on something strange. It took her a moment to recognize it. Fire! The man’s office is on fire! Then she realized that wasn’t quite what she was seeing. It wasn’t natural. The fire seemed to be following his gestures, moving with him, no, she realized, it was flowing from his fingertips. He was drawing a rectangle in the air with flames. He finished the last corner. She couldn’t help it. She couldn’t look away. Inside the rectangle a picture was forming.

“Holy shit!” she said aloud. Her mind reeled. As she watched, he reached into the burning picture and pulled…something…through. “What is that?” she breathed. All awareness of where she was and what she was doing fled from her mind. He’s a fucking Harry Potter. She leaned forward, tried to focus, and finally took a step closer. Unfortunately, there was nothing to step on.

So, did it hook you? :)
Thanks again for having me here, and in the spirit of the season (yes I am on a Halloween candy high) I’m going to give away a copy of BUILDING MAGIC to a commenter to this post! Don’t forget to leave your email address to be included in the draw!

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  1. Thanks for the interview! I love discovering new authors. Please enter me.

    romancebookjunkiesdanielle at yahoo dot com

  2. What a great hook Lilly! Can't wait to read Building Magic now.
    Roz Lee

  3. Definitely hooked me! Please enter me too :)

    Touch the Night

    angy1380 (at) gmail

  4. Hi Danielle, you're in, thanks for dropping by!

    Thanks paperbackwriter! I had a lot of fun writing this one, and if you want to see the full 1000 word excerpt check it out here

    Hi Angela, thanks for dropping in, good luck!


  5. Yes, yes, yes. I'm hooked, Lilly. No wonder it sold! Congratulations and best of luck,

  6. Hi Bev! Thanks for stopping by! Remember, if you want to be in on the chance for a free book, comment with your emial addy in the body of your comment.

    I will leave this open for comments and a chance to win for another day, good luck!


  7. Great interview! I've been reading depressing memoirs lately and I sure could use something steamy! Please enter me.

  8. Hi Colleen! I know what you mean, I am an eclectic reader and having a change in pace with what you read can be great, especially when you get in a habit of reaching for one kind of book.

    Good luck!

  9. Sounds as a great book! Love the cover.
    Please enter me.

  10. Hi Lilly,
    CONGRATS on the release of your 3rd book BUILDING MAGIC!!! Your original contest entry certainly hooked me, but then you had me with the cover anyways:) I'm sure you have more germs of ideas left to discover for more books.

  11. This looks like a great book! Please enter me in the giveaway.

  12. Hi Lilly,

    I am already hooked on your storytelling and would love to read Building Magic.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  13. Hi Lucy! I love the cover too. :) I've had lots of luck with excellent covers so far.

    Thank you yadkny! And yes, there always seems to be more ideas than time to write them!

    Hi Justpeachy! Good luck!

    Thanks Cathy! Good Luck!


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