Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Guest Post & Giveaway: Mary Ting, author of Crossroads

Readergirls is thrilled to introduce author Mary Ting. She has written a totally enthralling novel for young adults entitled Crossroads. Gorgeous angels, mysterious friends, demons,  half-angel half-human beings called alkins, a journey for discovery and lots of romance, this novel has so much going for it and the author gives angel lore her own unique spin. We recently finished reading this book and will post our review soon.
Here is the blurb for Crossroads:

On the same night of her friend’s tragic death, Claudia Emerson encounters another world, Crossroads, through her dream. There, she learns about a mix breed of angels and humans, who possess supernatural powers. Among those with these powers, lies evil, known as the fallen. Mystified by her ability to enter this place called Crossroads, certain that the fallen will be after her, she is assigned a guardian angel named Michael. Aden, the fallen leader, is convinced that Claudia holds the key to help destroy Crossroads. Her dream becomes a nightmare as more secrets are revealed, about who she really is, and the true identities of the people she loves most.

Recently we asked the author what was her inspiration for Crossroads. Here is her answer:

I started writing Crossroads after my grandmother passed away about 3 years ago. When these characters came to life in my mind, along with the character Gamma, inspired by my grandmother, it was a way for me to heal. I decided to start from a dream I had in high school, chapter one. Chapter two is also based on my dream as well. I didn’t think I would have much to write about, but when I made Claudia to be more like me, it was easy. Her first car, her first job, her first experience at camping and her grandmother having a stroke was all part of me. Too bad Michael wasn’t real…lol!!!

Many people like Davin, which I’m really happy about because his character was inspired by my friend who passed away. He was very likable and was a best friend to all his friends. Patty is my friend from church. She is exactly how I described her, social butterfly who knows everything about her friends and fashion. I named Claudia after a student I once had many years ago. I can still picture her face, just like an angel. When I was much younger, I had a crush on a boy name Michael, but his character is based off my husband, protective, romantic, and silly at times. No… he doesn’t have wings…lol!!!

Though I was busy with work, being a wife, a mother, and PTA president, I would always find time to write, even if that meant typing while I was cooking or brushing my teeth. Crossroads was written for a fast, fun reading with likable characters. Many have emailed me to let me know how Crossroads has helped them escaped from their everyday stress. Also, how they’ve connected to this book because of chapter one, having a loved one passed away from a drunk driver. I took on a journey not knowing how rewarding it would be for me. I’ve meet so many wonderful people from all over the world through facebook, goodreads and blog sites. I’ve made everlasting friendship where friendship knows no boundaries. And I have to thank my grandmother who continues to watch over me from Heaven. 

Thank you Mary Ting! 

Giveaway:
Mary has also graciously offered to give one lucky reader a special prize pack: one paperback copy of Crossroads and  a Swarovski heart crystal necklace that is the same shape as the cover of her book. All you need to do is answer this question: Do you believe in angels? One commenter will be randomly chosen. Giveaway ends August 7th at midnight.

Links:
Purchase CrossroadsAmazon paperback/Kindle/Nook
For more on Crossroads: Goodreads/Facebook page  
For more on Mary Ting: her website/Goodreads/Twitter: @maryting

31 comments:

  1. I do believe in angels. I don't think they go around falling in love with people. They are too busy for that.

    valerie(at)stuckinbooks.com

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  2. Hi! this seems a beautiful book. Yes I do believe in a force that can be called angels and protects us, and sometimes can comfort us in a moment os dispair or lack of faith.
    Thank you so much for the giveaway ^^

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  3. What an amazing give away!
    I do believe in angels. In my own way... but I know they are there

    jennimerritt.writing (at) gmail (dot) com

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  4. Thanks for the great giveaway! I'm a GFC follower as audreyclair. Yeah, I do kind of believe in angels, in a round about compliated way. :)
    twigerina@hotmail.com

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  5. I absolutely believe in angels. I think that those that pass out of this life come back to watch over us and that when we meet them again we'll get to know just how much they do for us. Thanks for writing and for the giveaway! wilsondev(At)gmail(Dot)com

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  6. Actually I do - maybe not in categories such as normal angels, archangels, etc. but yes, I think they do exist!

    Count me in if it's international ;-)
    danaan at gmx dot at

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  7. This may sound confusing, but I do and don't believe in angels. I sort of believe in guardian angels...but not exactly normal angels living within our society...
    Anyways, I've been wanting to read this for a while!
    shiirleyyx@gmail.com

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  8. Not angels no but other things like ghosts yes.

    frellathon(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. thanks for the giveaway!!
    yes,i do believe in angels but my theory about them is very much complicated

    if this is international please count me in!

    GFC-Janhvi Jagtap
    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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  10. I don't disbelieve. I know that's not quite the same thing. I want to believe.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  11. I don't think i believe in angels but i think it's a beautiful dream to believe in them. It's for that, that i really like to read about them.

    ellana_(at)hotmail(dot)fr

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  12. Yes, I do believe in Angels, but like Stuckinbooks said I don't think they go around falling in love with people. Thanks for the Giveaway!
    GFC Follower; Sarah E. Cruz

    ebbith0115[at]gmail[dot]com

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  13. I do believe in angels but I don´t imagine them as people with wing. I belive in them in my own way...
    Thank you for the chance to win♥
    Jeanne
    Rathouska(dot)jana(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Most definitely! Angels exist whether we admit it or not :) They don't necessarily have to have wings.... angels come in all shapes and sizes. We just have to be humble enough to recognize them. Thanks so much for this giveaway, please count me in!

    Diana
    lovelygetaway@gmail.com

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  15. Angles..oh yes i beileve in them for sure...all my life..

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

    gfc follower

    vidishamun at gmail dot com

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  16. Oh, I'm one of them. No I don't believe in Angels. But I believe in the force or power where people have inside them. That in difficult times some of them will do the right and they will help the others without any return.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

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  17. great giveaway
    follow via gfc
    drakebdog@gmail.com

    I believe in Angels- I think they look out for us!

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  18. I do believe in angels, and they aren't all goodness and light either. (but some are!) :)

    Artesia at comcast dot net

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  19. Previously I would have answered 'no' to this question (vampires = yes, angels = no), but having fallen madly in love with Castiel from "Supernatural" lately, my answer is now 'yes'. Oh, and if anyone sees Cas around, send him my way!

    nickijmarkus AT y7mail DOT com

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  20. I do believe in angels.
    emilymeimei204 at yahoo dot com

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  21. I know my guardian angel watches over me everyday.
    rickimc[at]aol[dot]com

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  22. I do believe in angels :)
    GFC follower

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  23. I do :)
    xlacrimax
    xlacrimax[at]gmail.com

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  24. Yes; they are the souls of wonderful people who once lived
    girl23rocks at hotmail dot com
    Please include me if this is open to Canada

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  25. I do believe in angels. I think they are all around.

    felecia@twinoaksfl.org

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  26. No, I don't believe in angels. Wish they really existed, though.

    advakramer (at) gmail (dot) com

    (only count me in if international is legible)

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  27. I believe in Angels. I'm not sure they are the same way that they are portrayed in books, but they are around! Thanks for the giveaway, that necklace is gorgeous!

    danceislove27 At gmail DoT Com

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  28. Of course I believe in Angels, doesn't everyone.


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    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
    http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

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  29. I don't believe in angels, but I do enjoy reading about them :)

    ayoung3360@hotmail.com

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  30. Wow, what a great assortment of answers! Thanks for answering and entering everyone.

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  31. Yes, I do believe in angels. They come in the form of kind people, who are willing to help those in need.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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