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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Wild Child by Mike Wells & Interview w/Mike Wells & A SUPER AWESOME GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!

Sad to say, this is the last post of my blogoversary celebration *crowd boos*. Calm yourselves, please! Luckily, this post is extra extra extra special because I will be opening my anniversary giveaway!!!!!!!!! You'll find all that info at the bottom of the post, but you better not skip! The wonderful Mike Wells and his novel Wild Child have made a stop at Butterfly Feet!!!! :D

Wild Child
By Mike Wells
Publisher: Self-publ'd via Smashwords, 2011
110 pages, Kindle Edition
Date Finished: 16/6/2011
Genres: Young Adult, Coming of Age, Fantasy, Some Adventure, Romance
Briana Fox is the wildest girl in school. She and Kyle have been close for a long time...almost lovers. Kyle is afraid that if he pushes her, he'll have his heart broken and lose his best friend. When Briana discovers a mysterious "power drug" in a cave, two government agents are desperate to find the source and turn Briana into a human experiment. Will Kyle risk everything to protect his love?
~First Line: " 'Let's swim over to the cliffs,' Briana said."
~Last Line: "And then he would walk."

Review: Wild Child was super intriguing. It was pretty short in my opinion, but I'm still glad that Mike contacted me with a review request. Thanks, Mike! :)

Our main character, Kyle, is out on any other day with his best friend Briana at the lake using his dad's boat. While swimming out in the lake, Briana gets run over by a speedboat. She would have died, but somehow she found her way to an underwater cave that held some weird green healing water. The craziness starts here.

The characters in Wild Child were pretty good. They didn't go into great detail, but being that the book wasn't that long, it wasn't a problem. The plot was original. I've never read anything like it' mystical green water that makes you feel wonderful and then wears off? Surely you haven't heard of that before. Mike definitely has a creative and vivid imagination.

Wild Child was awesome, and the ending is/was like no other. You'll be surprised at how the novel suddenly comes to an end. There are so many possibilities at what could've happened! I think you should definitely take the time to read this novel. :)

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And now for the interview with Mr. Mike Wells!!!! Let's all give him a giant Butterfly Feet welcome :P

1. What made you want to start writing?
I suppose I started writing fiction because I think it is fun. You get to go on adventures with your main character and experience everything he or she is experiencing just as if it’s happening to you. Each imaginary journey changes you, too. Psychologists say that the unconscious mind cannot tell the different between reality and whatever you dream or imagine in your mind—the effect on you is still the same. So due my fiction writing, I’ve had quite an interesting life! I’ve been chased across Moscow by the Russian Mafia (Lust, Money & Murder), I’ve rolled underneath a moving freight train and lived to tell about it (The Wrong Side of the Tracks), and I’ve lost my physical body and turned into pure consciousness (A Gift from the Stars). Pretty cool, huh?

2. What was the idea behind Wild Child?
Two teenagers discover a magical “power drug” in a cave that gives people superhuman abilities...but soon the government finds out about it and will stop at nothing to get their hands on it.

3. Can we expect any other works from you in the next few years?
You can expect tons of works from me in the next few years—a sequel to Wild Child, sequels to other books, and more brand new books. Almost all I do right now is write. When I’m not writing, I’m promoting what I write.

4. What are some of your hobbies when you’re not writing?
I love the outdoors and spend lots of time biking, swimming, running, and that sort of thing. I like to stay in shape. Writing is a very sedentary activity!

5. Who are your top three favorite authors?
A difficult question. I’d have to say Thomas Hardy, Sidney Sheldon, and Rod Serling. Serling was a screenwriter mainly, creator of Twilight Zone and wrote most episodes, but had a fantastic imagination and was a phenomenal storyteller.

6. What’s your favorite food on the whole planet?
Sushi. I make it myself now, an Asian friend taught me how.

7. Do you like the word “rendezvous”?
Yes, I like that word because it puts a special spin on the general idea of meeting someone. In writing, you want to use as specific a word as possible in every instance (most of the time). Doing that makes all the difference. For example, if I write, “The meeting took place at midnight” it doesn’t have the same impact as “The rendezvous took place at midnight.” Rendezvous implies something clandestine and a little mysterious, whereas meeting is general and rather flat. When I finish the first draft of a novel, the first thing I do is go through it and replace any general words with more specific ones wherever I think it improves the writing.

8. How can my followers and I keep up with you?
The name I always use is MikeWellsAuthor:

Also, readers should know that I give away a lot of free books. To see what I’m giving away at the moment and sign up to be notified via email, please visit my website:

Thanks so much for interviewing me!

No problem, Mike! And thank you for wanting to come by and participate! :P

And noww...... the moment we've you've all been waiting for.......
THE GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Giveaway prizes:

~Divergent by Veronica Roth
~Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
~SIGNED copy of The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder
~Clarity by Kim Harrington
~Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
~eBook copy of Wild Child by Mike Wells (to each winner)
~The Lipstick Laws SWAG (to each winner)

Winner divisions:

~FIRST PLACE: choice of two books, eCopy of Wild Child, and swag!
~SECOND PLACE: choice of remaining two books, eCopy of Wild Child, and swag!
~THIRD PLACE: remaining book, eCopy of Wild Child, and swag!

Rules of the giveaway:

** Must be 13+ years of age
** US Only (sorry, international folks)
** Must fill out THIS FORM to enter! Comment entries will be deleted.

Now for the fun stuff-- extra entries!!

+2 Old GFC follower, +1 new
+2 Twitter follower (@walkinginsects)
+2 "Like" Facebook page (click here)
+3 GoodReads friend (my profile)
+5 Tweet about giveaway (include link)
+7 Blog about giveaway (include link)
+10 Two comments on a blogoversary post from this week. (Must be on two different posts! +5 for only one comment; for a list of reviews/interviews click HERE.)

You have a chance to have 31 entries total!!!!!

This giveaway ends on July 30th.


Lindsay Cummings author said...

hey girly! GREAT contest, and congrats on the blogoversary! I'm trying to remember if i follow you on GFC or not, I think I do, but I can't get your GFC thing to pull up! i'll stop by later =]

Ren said...

That sure sounds interesting. Too bad I'm in Canada, though. Thank you for the visit :)

Stacey Donaldson said...

Happy Anniversary and congratulations! I'm a new follower, so I guess it's my lucky day since I get to enter your giveaway!!!

GFC follower :-)

Stacey @

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