Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Heaven Liegh Eldeen Author Interview & Best of 2011 Hop


BookNerd Interview
Best of 2011 Giveaway Hop

Best of 2011? Wow this list can take a while. But here are a few of many books I have enjoyed this year. You may choose ONE book that's pictured below.









Have an Amazing Happy New Year!



Heaven started her writing career two years ago after being challenged by a relative to write something different than the barrage of vampire novels on the market. With her ‘Oh, Yes I can!’ attitude, determination and support from her family, she completed her first novel The Demon Side, releasing this October. When she’s not kissing owies, climbing Mount Dishmore, or obsessing over her Facebook book page, you can find her at the computer revising or editing one of her five works in progress. Having lived in many states, she has now settled down in California with her husband, her son and a beta fish named Barry. 


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Tell us your latest news.

I am currently celebrating the success of my first novella The Demon Side and the close completion of the sequel, The Human Side.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Three words? That’s it? Okay I think I can manage that. I’d say dork, goofball, and twisted describe me the best.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grow up?

I wanted so much to be a United States Marine slash history teacher. Though those plans fell through I have a much better job as a homemaker slash writer. Heck, I’m happy I got the slash!

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

There are two very dear friends I consider to be my mentors though we don’t write the same genres. I don’t know what I would do without Benjamin Russell and Katie Harper. They’ve been a huge source of encouragement, support, and education. I love them dearly!

What inspired you to write this particular book? Is there a story about the writing of this novel that begs to be told?

My husband loves horror flicks. I absolutely hate watching scary movies. I do okay with the slasher films such as Friday the 13th and Halloween. However, movies that deal with the unseen, ghosts, and entities, flip me out! It doesn’t matter that I know the movies are completely fake and improbable. I can’t help but run through my house, turning on every light, screaming for my husband to hold my hand while I relieved my bladder during a commercial break. Of course, the jokester my husband is, never resisted cracking a few jokes about what a pansy I am or attempts to scare the poo out of me on our way back to our recliners.

Tired of pranks and jokes, I built a self-defense mechanism in my head. I keep my eyes on the television but send my brain into La-La Land. Well, they have scary monster in La-La Land too. Lucky for me, I set the rules for that amusement park.

Short story longer, one evening I snuggle into my hubby as he turns on what is not just a scary movie, but the worse kind of scary movie, one about demons and ghosts attacking you in your sleep. How do you defend against that? You can’t. So, my defense raises and off goes my brain to stand in line at the tea cups, when suddenly a Demon stands in line behind him.

Being the cordial little guy, my ball of pink spaghetti happens to be, he strikes up a conversation with the mortifying beast. Next thing I know, Rahovart, Etta, John, Alastor, The Arches and Rene are at the snack bar, stuffing their faces with nachos, sucking down lemonade and trading stories back and forth while I sit in the background typing every word that passes between them.

If you could introduce Rahovart to any character from another book, who would it be and why?

I would have to have him sit down with Leonard Farraday from my novel The Vineyard House Chronicles. I think he could teach him a thing or two about proper manners toward women. And if Leonard won’t listen, well we have an idea of what Rahovart can do to him.

What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about The Demon Side?

The Demon Side (in a way) is my diary. It was never meant to be published. My husband stumbled upon it one day while cleaning up the computer and passed it on to some family members. After a few hard pushes from them I submitted to Decadent Publishing and the rest is history.

What was your favorite chapter to write and why?

That’s a hard one to answer. If I narrow it down to one I would have to say my favorite chapter to write is the final chapter. It gives you a great feeling seeing everything come together. Not to mention how much fun I had a blast researching books on warfare for the huge battle scene.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?

Every character in the The Demon Side has a large piece of me inside of them. Etta embodies my innocence, John symbolizes my strength, Rene is my ignorance and Rahovart is the demon inside of me.

When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?

When people ask if my mother-in-law is my actual mother, I always say yes. Though we haven’t always seen eye to eye and had a rocky start to our relationship, over the years we’ve grown quite close. She’s just one of those people you wish you had for a mother until she’s mad at you and then you’re happy you have another one.

Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?

The Demon Side is book one of a three novel series. I am currently putting the finishing touches on the sequel The Human Side.

What are your current projects?

I have seven other novels I am currently working on. My next series has already entered the editing stages so you’ll find more exciting tales from me very soon.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?

Oh without question Away by Breaking Benjamins sums up The Demon Side practically word for word. However, I have a huge playlist that helped me write and inspired come of the scenes. Here’s the link to the The Demon Side YouTube playlist. 
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8911D9246E5154A4&feature=mh_lolz

What question are you never asked in interviews but wish you were?

I have done quite a lot of blog interviews so I have been asked about everything from my favorite color to what type of underwear is under my clothing. The only question I can think of, that I’ve never been asked is about my educational background.

Which author would you love to co-author a book with?

Hands down, Katie Harper. The woman is a riot and some of the things she says and writes will have you literally laughing your butt off, trying desperately to not tinkle in your pants.

What book are you reading now?

I’m reading a very naughty book, Unshakable Faith by Lisa Worrall, that a friend sent to me for the holidays. It is by far not a genre I am a ‘fan’ of but the author is such an incredibly talented writer. I can’t help but to look past the fact that she writes M/M romances and just appreciate the gripping, sensual tales she spins.

What do you normally eat for breakfast?

Eat? That’s the one thing I really don’t do much of. I never feel hungry for the most part. I can go days without eating if my husband and son would let me. I only eat dinner because my husband forces me.

What are 4 things you never leave home without? 

I will never…ever…never leave without my sunglasses, IPod, Pepsi and keys. They are my essential survival items. You see me without one, it’s best not to talk to me because I’m probably in a bad mood about forgetting it. Heck, I always have those on me in the house.

What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed?

OMG! I have fallen in love with Once Upon A Time, Grimm and The Walking Dead. I set alarms to remind me when they’re on.

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?

My husband does catering on the side so I have two refrigerators. In one you’ll find most drinks such as mochas, Rockstars, Pepsis and Capri Suns. In fridge number two, you’ll find everything from pudding cups, veggies, tortillas, eggs, and the steak I pulled out for dinner tonight.

Where can your readers stalk you?

I’m an internet junkie so you can find me just about everywhere! But, I’ll make it easy for you so you don’t have to worry about stepping on my garden as you hide in the bushes.

Available at:
www.decadentpublishing.com
www.amazon.com
www.smashwords.com
www.bookstrand.com
www.allromanceebooks.com


Follow us on:
www.heaveneldeen.com
www.heavenliegheldeen.blogspot.com
www.facebook.com/thedemonside
www.twitter.com/thedemonside.
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Every kid has problems. Every kid has even more problems when they move to a new home. But when a kid with problems moves to a new home that has a Demon living inside it—look out!

Etta’s world is about to spin out of control when she encounters her new roommate—and Rahovart, that ancient trickster, is in for a few surprises too. So don’t mind all the crashing and rumbling; that’s just the normal noise Angels and Demons make when they’re fighting an epic war in the attic.

One thing’s for sure: Etta and Rahovart will have to go through Hell to Heaven and back again before that old Victorian home in Quantico Town finally quiets down…


You can purchase The Demonside at these following retailers.
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And now, The Giveaway. 
Thank you Heaven for making this giveaway possible.



2 Winners will receive one e-book of The DemonSide by Heaven Liegh Eldeen.


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47 comments:

  1. Hi,

    sorry to bother you but is there a form for the best of 2011 giveaway or do we have to enter by a comment ( with which info)

    thanks you a lot

    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. My holidays were "nice" I go with the word nice because.....is you can believe this, They were BOOK LESS! I didn't get one book.....even my secret Santa did not come through. Bah Humbug.....I have instead chose to focus on making my New Year bright. Hope yours was fantastic!
    veltara(at)yahoo(dot0com

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  3. My holidays were great. Only downer was that my hubby had to go back to work....

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  4. Thanks so much for the chance. Seems really good. I had a great holiday.Got loads of books :)

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  5. I have the Demon Side on my kindle. This book is one of my surprising reads for this year. Surprising because I wouldn't normally read this genre and even more surprising because I seriously couldn't put it down. Heaven is one of the best new writers out there!

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  6. My holiday was great, any time I get 2 extra days off with pay can't be bad.

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  7. My Christmas holiday was great, but glad to be back to work. It's less work to be at work :)

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  8. Fun but very very tiring! Now I need to get my energy back to celebrate new year's! =D

    Happy new year!

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  9. My holidays were okay, my dog kept getting sick so, having to follow behind her and clean up put a damper on things.


    moiraethefatesATgmailDOTcom

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  10. My holiday was amazing i spent it with my friends and family and we opened our gifts at midnight

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  11. My Christmas was full of family and fun!
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

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  12. My holiday was great, but I'm glad it's over lol. How was yours?

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  13. My holiday was wonderful. Very busy and crazy- but lots of laughs and good times with family and friends. Great giveaway! Thanks!

    ~Jess
    http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com/

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  14. It was nice. We had a quiet day at home. I make a point of visiting relatives before Christmas and then enjoying time with my husband and kids.

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  15. Big Thanks in participating and hosting this giveaway!! It's so hard to believe that 2011 flew by so fast! I'm still in awe about it and that it's about to be 2012 *_* lol
    I hope you have a safe and rewarding New Year!!

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  16. I am so glad you all seemed to have had a wonderful holiday. It is hard to believe the year is almost over. I look forward to 2012 though. Thank you all for your comments and tweets. I wish you could all win a copy of my book. I hope you'll definitely put it on your to buy/to read list. Have a great New Year!

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  17. My christmas was great! I got everything that I wanted but the best part was watching my son open the gift that he really wanted. He was just vibrating with excitement when I was taking it out of the packaging. It was awesome!

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  18. I don't celebrate Christmas but I'm enjoying the break!

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  19. My Christmas Holiday was one of the BEST! My dad spend his Christmas with us this year and I'm really glad with that because he works abroad and he only gets to come home every year and this year became so lucky because his employer had let him to spend his vacation during Christmas. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. Mine was nothing special. I stayed at home with my parents and sister, doing the usual things.
    Thank you for this chance! :D

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  21. We had a nice quiet Christmas with our family of three. We had a great time. :)

    GFC: MidniteEcho75
    FB: Midi Nightwind

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  22. Spent with my family :)

    GFC - Cayce

    cayce006 at yahoo dot com

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  23. Christmas was very good. Happy holidays.

    jennifer k

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  24. I asked my husband to sum up Christmas in one word. He said Drama, I said Chaos. It was not good.

    GFC: LisaILJ

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  25. Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway op!

    Christmas was very nice, thank you. I hope yours was as well!

    GFC follower robertsongena

    Gena Robertson
    robertsongena@hotmail.com

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  26. I had a great holiday because I spent it with my family.

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  27. christmas was awesome :) I relaxed with my fiance after exchanging gifts :)

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  28. My mom and I had a nice Christmas we stayed home and watched tv. We had gone out to dinner 2 days before with family.

    jmesparza821(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. It was great! The ham this year was the best part. :D

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  30. This Christmas was great! It was our 5 month old daughter's first Christmas and both of our girls got really spoiled! My hubby and I also got a little spoiled (new tablet) :P and for New Years... I think we're just gonna stay in for the night & have a few drinks... haven't really had a CRAZY New Years Eve in about 4-5 years I think LOL

    I wish you all a very Happy New Year and good luck to everyone who enters this giveaway!! *hugs*

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  31. My Christmas was fantastic! I had all of my kids home and I got a Kindle Fire!

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  32. Noisy, kids are home and making themselves heard...lol

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  33. my holiday was very quiet. but i had fun :)
    thanks for the giveaway

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  34. This Christmas, I'm home alone, everyone else are going out of town or staying with their friends. So I clean up, organized, put up decorations, then read books while eating some cookies while watching Christmas celebration on TV. It was actually fun to have a cozy, relaxing time for myself. The next morning my family come and we had a nice lunch. :)

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  35. I had a quite Christmas with my mom very nice! Thank you for the great giveaway!

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  36. My Christmas holiday was a good one. I spent the Eve with relatives and then was home on Christmas day. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Year to you!

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  37. My Christmas holiday was peaceful and restful and I feel refreshed and ready to take on the new year:) I hope your went well, too!

    Sarah

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  38. Christmas was amazing!!! We just moved back to our home state and had a big family Christmas that we had missed for the last 4 years!

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  39. Christmas was amazing as we had a lot of family home for the holidays


    HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire was my favorite book of 2011.
    GFC- Lisa Richards
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    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

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  40. My Christmas Holiday was great!!I am on a vacation with my friends at that time and enjoyed a lot :)

    Happy New Year!! :) and Thanks for the international giveaway!!

    sweety225(at)rocketmail(dot)com

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  41. Holidays were boring....nice giveaway

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  42. Awesome! Thanks!
    holidays are still going for me...very lazy, not looking forward to going back to school!

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  43. Holidays were great. Not looking forward to going back to college though :(
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  44. The Christmas holidays were nice. Cozy and warm, spent with family, and my new daughter-in-law, who I love so much!

    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway chance!

    Gena Robertson
    robertsongena@hotmail.com

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