Wednesday, November 3, 2010

'Merryweather Lodge' by Pauline Holyoak interview and giveaway...

First, I would like to apologize to all of my readers and also to my sponsors and any authors who were expecting a post last week. I have been sick and then I couldn't get into my blog. I considered the big Wordpress or another, but as of yesterday they have fixed the issue and I can once again log in to my account. I am very behind in my posts and so I will run reviews and giveaways back to back this week to cover for last weeks "Book Week" and this weeks "Baby Week" and hope that everyone gets a chance to read all the reviews and interviews and enter all the giveaways.
Ok, so with my apologies said and my gratefulness that my log in ability has been restored, lets get right down to the good stuff.

Starting off 'Book Week' with
 An interview with Paranormal Suspense author
 Pauline Holyoak

Merryweather Lodge – Ancient Revenge….
"A Supernatural Thriller that keeps you on the edge."


Welcome, Pauline! I'm sorry we couldn't get together last week (because of me). But now that you are finally here, let's get right to it. What I love most about books, other than reading them,
 is learning about the person who wrote them!!

Which books have inspired your life most?
Ann of Green Gables, would have to be one. The simplicity, beauty and all the emotion, one could not help but feel for the characters. And, Ann Shirley was a lot like me; full of imagination, determination and was always being told to “stop daydreaming” she never let it stop her and neither did I. Stephen Kings Carrie was another. Not so much for the book its self (although it was packed with horror and suspense) but for Stephens sheer determination to get it published. After years of multiple rejections, throwing it into the trash (his wife took it out) he finally got it published. And Whoa! Success. Inspiration, for all you would-be authors. Books by Dr Wayne Dyer inspire me. I call him my “self help, guru.”

What kind of books are your favorite?
I read across genres. I love stories with emotional depth and characters I can relate to. I like to read some self help books. Especially those of Dr Wayne Dyer.

About Merryweather Lodge…What is your favorite part?
 My protagonist would say “when I first met the gorgeous Jonathan McArthur.” I write in first person so I’ll let her speak for me. My favorite character is Auntie Em. She’s a mix of my mom and grandmother.

What was the hardest part of this book to write?
The funeral. It brought back painful memories and made me cry.

How much of this book is realistic?
It is a fictional novel, inspired by my own experiences in a remote little cottage near Stonehenge. A lot of the elements and some of the events in this story are true. After you have read the book, I’ll tell you which ones.

And finally, which questions are you sick of answering during interviews?
Do you spend much time marketing? Hello! You have to market the heck out of yourself and your book, in this ‘author eat author’ world. Years ago publishers would do it all for you but not anymore. Thank you for not asking that question.

It was nice meeting you like this Stephanie.

Back to me: It was so nice meeting you Pauline. Thanks for the get well wishes and even for working with my daughter who was really trying to keep up with my deadlines while I lay sick.

I want to completely agree with you on determination. When it boils right down to it, if you don't have won't go far. I also love self-help and inspirational books. As far as Dr. Wayne Dyer, I absolutely love his daily affirmatons. And how about, 'The Power of Intention' or 'Manifest Your Destiny?' Great books, I can see why he is such an inspiration to you and your writing. It doesn't surprise me that many parts of the book are inspired by your own personal experiences. I sort of guessed as much, but perhaps that was because you are so wonderful at writing in first person :)

Now here are my personal opinions on this wonderful book.

First off, this isn't a typical genre for me, but I loved it, so I will now be reaching out and looking for many more books similar to 'Merryweather Lodge.'

I loved this book! I must say I was a more than a little spooked throughout. I think Pauline was so right on in the beginning of the when it came to a first crush. An innocent girl feeling those types of feelings for the opposite sex for the first time, oh how I remember that!!

Pauline does an excellent job at bringing so many different dramatic events together all at once, which is so true to real life. At least in my life it is. It's never just two or three things that I need to deal with, it's more like eight or nine things that need to be done by yesterday, lol.

OK, enough of my ramblings. You absolutely need to hurry and get your copy of 'Merryweather Lodge.'
Pauline has offered one of my readers their own pdf copy of 'Merryweather Lodge:Ancient Revenge.'

Mandatory Entry: Visit Pauline's website and tell me something that you have learned.
Extra Entries: You may do as many of these as you wish, but ONLY AFTER the mandatory entry is done...or none of the extras will count.Feel free to put all your entries in one comment.
You may also take 2 extra entries for leaving me a total
beneath your email address.
Email address is a must!! I need to be able to easily contact you if you win!!
Example entry:
+2 List specific entry
+5 List specific entry
Email address
Total = 9
(7 entries + 2 for adding them up!!!)
+5 Follow Pauline on facebook. . You could even let her know I sent you... +2
+3 Tell me why you want to win this book.
+5 Follow me on twitter and leave me your twitter name.
+2 Tweet about this giveaway and leave me the link. This may be done every day.
+5 Follow me on facebook and leave me your fb name.
+2 Mention this giveaway on fb and tag me so I can verify it. This may be done every day.
+3 Follow me on GFC.
+3 Subscribe to my blog by email.
+4 Enter another one of my giveaways. You may take +4 for each giveaway you enter!!
+10 Blog about this giveaway and leave me the link.

Contest ends 11/25. Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to reply or I will choose another winner.

Good luck!!

Note: I was not compensated in any way for my opinion to host this review and/or giveaway. I did receive a free pdf copy of this book from Pauline to review. I always give my honest opinion on all items that I review.


  1. Pauline came to Canada when she was 21 in search of adventure! I love that, I am always in search of an adventure and I can't wait to read her book!

  2. Congratulations on your book, Pauline. This is a review to be proud of. I'd enter your contest, but the rules are bit too complicated for my aging mind! I'll let someone else take home the prize this time!

  3. I learned that this is not a serious book. The woman who wrote it is amazing. I thought this would be something for my mother in law but I want it. I want to read more of her stuff as well. +1
    I am adding these up for you. +2
    I sent Pauline a friend request on FB. +5
    I told her why I was friending her. +2
    I want to win to read this book, I wouldn't have found it without you. +3
    I follow you on Twitter. +5
    I tweeted this giveaway.!/lewalk76/status/7894285059883008 +2
    I am your friend on FB. +5
    I shared this on FB.!/lewalk76/posts/176360969056785 +2
    I am your follower on GFC. +3
    I follow you via email updates. +3
    I am in the process of entering: Disney Store GC +4, Gymboree GC +4, The Waiting +4, Miss Lily's +4, No Throw +4, Kael & Kaed +4, and Steri Bottle +4.

    For a grand total of 62 entries. Thanks.