Giveaways, Naomi MacKenzie

Guest Post and Giveaway: The Lodestones Blog Tour with Naomi MacKenzie

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Today we’re pleased to welcome first time visitor Naomi MacKenzie to The Novel Approach. Will Parkinson asked Naomi a few questions, so enjoy and then be sure to enter for the chance to win a $25 Gift Card from Interlude Press OR one of five available e-copies of Lodestones.

Good luck!


WP: Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Naomi MacKenzie author of Lodestones.

Hi Naomi, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

NM: Hi there! Thanks for having me.

I’m a Canadian from the east coast, currently living in the Toronto area and pining for the sea. I’ve been writing for myself since I was very young, mostly poems and short stories. I have several novels on the go at all times, but Lodestones is my first completed novel.

Q: What are your ambitions for your writing career?

A: I would love to someday write full time. It would be a dream come true to have an entire shelf of my own books.

Q: How many published books do you have? Can you tell us something about them?

A: Lodestones is my first published book. It’s a YA novel with a large cast of characters: new friends, old friends, lovers, potential lovers. I think it’s a lot of fun.

Q: Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

A: There are really two main characters in Lodestones: Robin and Charlie. They’ve been best friends since their first year of college, and now going into their final year are starting to realize, or maybe simply admit to, feelings that run deeper. Their relationship is very sweet. They’re affectionate and supportive of each other. Robin grew up in a cold family, and Charlie with just his mom, so they’ve both been a bit affection-starved their whole lives. Neither of them have had a friendship like they share with anyone else. So they’re always learning. But I think they’re better at it than either of them believe themselves to be.

Q: What are you working on at the moment? What’s it about?

A: I have a few things in progress. One is an adult novel about a young woman reconnecting with her outcast uncle after discovering that he is dying. And also a LGBT YA series with supernatural elements. Haunted hotels and all kinds of spooky fun.

Q: Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

A: I usually set a goal of a thousand words per day, but I honestly rarely follow that rule. Sometimes I can’t manage more than a few paragraphs, and other times I will finish an entire chapter or more in one sitting. My muse and my energy levels are unpredictable. I think the most important thing is to work every day, no matter how much I accomplish. It forms a sort of routine. Even if my routine isn’t exactly routine.


Lodestones 1600px COVER-FrontBlurb: On the eve of a new school year, several groups of college students cross paths as they seek out a secret end-of-summer lake party—including Robin and Charlie, two inseparable friends who discover of the course of the twenty-four hours that their relationship is something much deeper than simple friendship.

Buy Links: Interlude Press || Amazon || Smashwords || IndieBound


Author BioAbout the Author: Naomi MacKenzie is a writer and photographer from the eastern coast of Canada. She considers herself a Maritimer first and a Canadian second, or so she told the standardized testing people in essay form during the eleventh grade. She enjoys vegan baking, walks in the woods and, contrarily, hiding from the sun. Lodestones is her first novel.

Where to find the author: Connect with Naomi MacKenzie at her Website, on Twitter, and on Facebook.



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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week!

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Cheers, everyone, and welcome back for a preview of what we have coming up for you in the week ahead. There’s lots of activity to come as we welcome some very special guests and have lots of giveaways to offer along with our reviews and another Flashback Friday feature.

Here’s what’s on tap!


MondayNaomi MacKenzie kicks off our week as she makes the rounds on the Lodestones blog tour

We’ll also welcome author Larissa Ione to TNA today, on the tour for the newest addition to the popular Demonica series, Base Instincts

TuesdayDH Starr joins us as we continue the Countdown Celebration to GayRomLit 2015

Keira Andrews also stops by as she tours the interwebs to introduce readers to her newest novel Valor on the Move

Wednesday – Author Maggie Kavanagh joins us today to talk sequels and romance on her Inner Sanctum blog tour

Edmond Manning also drops by on his King John tour, the newest addition to the Lost and Founds series, so you won’t want to miss that as Mr. Manning always has something interesting to say

Thursday – Today we’ll look forward to having you help us welcome Brad Vance on his Werewolves of Brooklyn tour

Along with Jeff Adams, and he tours to chat about his latest release Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot

Friday – We’ll have author Nico Jaye with us in our next Countdown to GayRomLit guest spot

N.R. Walker will also be with us, as she tours the web in support of her newest novel, Cronin’s Key III

We’ll also be bringing you another edition of Flashback Friday today, and the chance to win an e-copy of one of the featured titles. This week’s category is Speculative Fiction, so stay tuned

Sunday – Finally, to close out the week, we’ll have author Hayden Thorne here with us to introduce The Romeo and Julian Effect


And that puts an end to this sneak peek. Until next time, happy reading!