Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Glynis Astie knows how to play the game...plus a book giveaway

Today, Glynis Astie is here to celebrate the publication of her latest novel, Gamer Girl, by taking us into the childhood mind of her main character, Meri. She has THREE 
e-books for some lucky readers!

Glynis was last here in 2014 to talk about the first two books in her "French Twist" series. Since that time, a third book has been added! She is sharing some e-book copies over at our 5000 Likes Giveaway.

This Yoda-obsessed, chocoholic mother-of two can be found at her websiteFacebook, and Twitter.

Struck by tragedy at an early age, Meri Palmer escaped into the only world she understood. Within the virtual realm of online gaming, she lived a life filled with mythical creatures and thrilling adventures, where she was strong, powerful, clever, and beautiful—everything she believed she wasn't in real life. As the years went by, her desire to cling to her cherished fantasyland only grew stronger.

But when Meri meets Morgan, equal parts gorgeous and goofball, she begins to wonder if the time has finally come to rejoin the so-called real world. Channeling the bravery of her fairy warrior alter ego, Meri slowly lets Morgan beyond the protective walls she’s built around her heart. Just as she finds a comfortable groove in an uncertain world, Morgan succumbs to insecurities of his own, leaving her lost and confused. Through her battle to regain her equilibrium, Meri will discover that even in reality, things aren’t always what they seem.

Will Meri win the battle raging in her heart and summon the will to rescue her knight in shining armor? Or will she give in to the fear and find her game over?
(Courtesy of Amazon.)

As a child:
What did your character want to be when they grew up?
Don’t laugh! Meri wanted to be a combination of Cinderella and Tinkerbell. Her dream was to be a fairy warrior/princess who would save the world from evil. Her mother was a Disney fangirl, so when she died, Meri found comfort in SpellBound, a role-playing video game which allowed her to exhibit the bravery she craved in real life. Plus, she got to be a fairy warrior—a general to be exact.

What was something your character found funny?
Meri had a hard childhood, since she lost both of her parents by the time she was eight, but she was never at a loss for laughter because of her feisty grandmother. When explaining to a friend why she was never allowed to have a large Christmas tree, Meri said, “Grams wouldn’t let us get a big one. She said it was bad enough she was allowing a fat man in a red suit to enter her apartment unannounced.”

What was your character's favorite TV show?
Meri was more of a video game girl. Her father had every game system known to man and though he died before she was old enough to play along, he left her journals of all his favorite games. Hence, Meri spent her time navigating Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede and Galaga. Ooooh! I almost forgot her beloved Atari games—Adventure and Pitfall.

What was your character's favorite food?
It was a toss-up between 50-50 fries and cider doughnuts, which coincidentally are very high on my list of favorite foods. The delicious combination of sweet and savory from the mix of sweet potato fries and regular fries (topped with cinnamon and sugar, please!) versus a moist, buttery doughnut coated in cinnamon and sugar? You can see why Meri would have trouble deciding.

Who was your character's celebrity crush?
Meri didn’t have one. *gasp* But she had a great affinity for both Yoda and Yoshi—which prompted her grandmother to tell her, “You sure like little green guys whose names start with ‘Yo.’” (Grams is such a hoot!)

What was your character's favorite thing to do?
Other than get lost in her favorite virtual world, Meri enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her grandmother and her best friend, Declan. She cherished the little family she had, even if they spent most of their time telling her what to do.

Thanks to Glynis for sharing Meri with us and sharing her book with our readers!

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Janine said...

We didn't have video games when I was kids unless you mean the kinds at the arcade when I was a teenager. But I was more into pinball back then. My favorite of board games when I was a kid was Operation.

Unknown said...

Thanks for having me to visit, Melissa! I LOVE pinball, Janine -- not to mention I can actually play it as opposed to today's video games. :)

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Unknown said...

I always loved Frogger, Susie! Too bad my frog kept getting squished. :(

Mary Preston said...

I always liked scrabble.

Janine said...

Glynis, I haven't played in probably 25 years, so I don't know if I would be any good anymore. But I sure had fun when I did play and was actually got pretty good. I agree, today's games seem much more complicated. I have no desire to play them.

Unknown said...

Scrabble is awesome, Mary! I have no game, Janine, which wouldn't be a big deal except I am the mother of two boys who LOVE video games. I do the best I can!

Kelly Rodriguez said...

I used to love to play Monopoly.

Unknown said...

Monopoly is one of my favorite games, Kelly!

Anonymous said...

I'd have to say the original Pong. Very challenging,especially when the paddles were small and the ball moved quicker! Jill Broussard; minishoes@msn.com

Unknown said...

Pong! I haven't thought about that in years, Jill. I enjoyed playing that too - even if I missed most of the time. ;)

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Paula said...

She has a large market to cater to.

Unknown said...

My son is also better at chess than I am. I have a lot of work to do! :)