Donovan Circus

Author Excerpts (Video)

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My friend Laura Howard is starting a fun new video series. She, an author, and a book blogger get together on a Google Hangout; the author reads an excerpt from their book (typically the first chapter, I believe) and afterwards, she and the blogger ask questions and offer up their expectations of the book based on said excerpt. Lucky for me, I was her first guinea pig! Laura and I got together with the awesome Tobi Helton of Forget the Housework, I’m Reading book blog to talk about Gifted, A Donovan Circus Novel.

I’ve never done video before, but this was super fun and I’m looking forward to doing more of them. I read a short opener of the first chapter of GIFTED. Afterwards, they asked me questions about the book and I even went into a little bit about the series itself. In case you want to watch this short (11 min) video, I wanted to share it with you!

I’m also interested in doing more videos like these, both with authors and readers, so if you have any ideas and would like to participate, I’m totally game! :)

Celebrate BURNED with a Book Signing at Viva La Cupcake!

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I’ll just go ahead and put it out there: You’re a liar if you don’t like cupcakes. I’m excited to announce Viva La Cupcake will be hosting my second book signing, this time to celebrate the release of BURNED. Each year for Earth Day, Grandin Village closes off the road, shops open up their doors, small businesses set up tents and table, and people are encouraged to walk along the street and talk to all the vendors. I’ll be right on the corner in front of the cupcake shop, so I’m pretty stoked!

Viva La Cupcake makes all kinds of amazing flavors (including gluten/sugar free by request). My favorite is by far the Black and White which is like a Hostess cupcake, though the S’mores, Apple Cobbler, and Blueberry always get me jazzed up, too. At my last book signing at Viva, Pennie (the owner) was kind enough to make themed cupcakes – cotton candy for the circus!

Readers will be able to buy paperback copies of all 3 of my books and since it’s Earth Day, I’ll have a QR code ready for the ebook versions, too! Each purchase (paperback or Kindle) will be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card! I’ll also have some bookmarks and other fun things at the table. If you’re in the Roanoke or surrounding area, I hope you stop by to say hello!

Liz Long Book Signing at Viva La Cupcake
Come celebrate with me!

Character Inspiration: Donovan Circus Lookalikes (Gabriel)

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We’re still going with the celebrity lookalikes for Donovan Circus characters. You can see other lookalikes at the following links for: Lucy SullivanSheffield DonovanFelix Hardy (Gifted) – Medved (Burned).

Today, however, we’re taking a closer look at Gabriel Knight, the bad boy turned reluctant hero. He’s an Empath, which means he can read other people’s emotions. He’s powerful too, in ways and reasons I won’t go into so that they’re a surprise if you ever want to read the series.

Gabriel also happens to be a love interest for our heroine, Lucy, and he’s that cocky type who makes no secret of going after what he wants. The only problem? He drives Lucy crazy, because his personality is both secretive and smarmy, his sarcasm constantly on the surface. He knows he’s hot and it makes him that much more fun to write. Honestly, Gabriel is one of my favorite characters to write because while I love his personality, his backstory really pushes him in becoming a more well-rounded man. Again, I don’t want to give everything away in case you want to read about him yourself, but there is so much more to him than meets the eye. He is the way he is for particular reasons and while he hasn’t always made the best choices (meaning he can be incredibly selfish), he’s doing what he can to make up for his mistakes.

So, let’s get started!

Jason Dohring
Jason Dohring

Jason Dohring is actually a huge inspiration behind Gabriel’s character. I started writing Gabriel long before I ever watched it, but Jason’s portrayal as Logan Echolls on Veronica Mars is spot on. Much like Logan Echolls, Gabriel comes off as a bit of a jerk, but when you peel back the layers and begin to understand what makes him tick, you grow to love him (at least that’s what my readers tell me!). The chemistry between Veronica and Logan is also inspiration, as the dialogue between them is very much Lucy and Gabriel. He’s arrogant and smarmy, sure, but he’s also more passionate and caring than he ever lets on. 

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Luke Mitchell

The moment I saw Luke Mitchell appear on the CW’s The Tomorrow People in his leather jacket and mysterious background, I knew he’d make a great Gabriel. At 28, Luke Mitchell is the perfect age to play him, too. He’s got the look down, with tousled blond hair and just enough scruff to be sexy. I have no doubt he could play arrogant, as he’s definitely got the smartass yet intense personality that comes with being a lone wolf. 

Alex Pettyfer
Alex Pettyfer

Alex Pettyfer definitely looks like Gabriel. I mean, just look at that profile! He’s ridiculously hot, right? There’s a quietness about him that fits with Gabriel’s softer side – in his alone time when he’s avoiding people’s emotions, he tends to take long walks or hide in his camper to read (as opposed to hanging with the boys playing video games).

Garrett Hedlund
Garrett Hedlund

I’m cheating a little because I’ve had only 3 choices for each of my previous lookalikes, but the moment I saw this photo of Garrett Hedlund, I knew I had to include him on the Gabriel list. The blue eyes, the shaggy hair, the scruff, the soulful look…yeah. This guy could totally be Gabriel. He’s beautiful! 

So what do you think, any of these guys strike your fancy to play your favorite loner Empath? Or is there someone else tall, blond, and handsome you have in mind?

Book Trailer: GIFTED, A Donovan Circus Novel

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Told you there’d be another book trailer soon! If you have a minute (a minute and eleven seconds to be exact), I’d love for you to check out my new book trailer for the first book in the Donovan Circus Series, GIFTED. Original music by Jason Long (yep, my husband. Badass, right?).