Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Book Tour: Rae of Hope Guest Post by Wanita May

The Book or the Movie?

It’s like the age-old question – Which is better, the movie or the book?
And I’m thinking 90% of the time the answer is: the book.

But here’s what I’m also wondering… How often does the reader/viewer actually watch the movie before reading the book? I’m guessing that most of the time the book has been read prior to watching the movie.

-- At least, that’s what I thought when I started writing this guest post. However, as I started to go over books vs. movies, I began to think of other movies I’ve watched before reading the book.

I had no problem remembering the books I’d read first – mainly because most of the movies became franchises or blockbusters (Harry Potter, Twilight, I am Number Seven, etc…)

But then other things started popping into my head… I’d watched The Time Traveller’s Wife and absolutely loved it. So I was so excited to learn it was based on a book. I was also curious how the time travelling could be shown in the book without confusing the reader. Audrey Niffenegger did a fantastic job of showing the tt and then making it come full circle. The movie was good, but the book was SO much better! I wish I could do a time travel or time jumping book like that!

I love Harry Potter, and I love the Harry Potter movies – for me, this one is actually a tough call on which I enjoyed more. I did read the first book after the movie, but then the rest before the other movies came out.

True Blood – enjoy the TV series; have read a few of the book but like the series by far more.

Vampire Diaries – read the first two books, but love the TV Series (might have to do with a very hot looking Damon )

Nicholas Sparks books – didn’t read his books until I’d watched a few of his movies – both are good – not great imo, but good.

I Am Number Seven – loved the first book (did not enjoy the second) and the movie… well I was very pumped to watch it and I really enjoyed it, but it wasn’t the book.

Twilight – the books by far, however Robert Pat as a vampire does make the movies enjoyable to watch

Hunger Games – LOVE the first book… but it’s funny. I was going to make a huge effort to watch the movie first. I held off and half off and then on opening night, I downloaded the e-book version and read it. Silly me, I couldn’t wait. I’ve heard great things about the movie… but I’m thinking the book is going to be better

Narnia – C.S. Lewis series is something I could read a million times and never grow bored of it. The movies that have come out have done a great job at bringing his wonderful writing to life. Reading the books makes me want to watch the movie and watching the movie makes me want to reread the book.

All and all I love reading. And I love watching movies. I love when a reader tells me that they can picture my book as a movie. I hope it happens. Wouldn’t that be awesome? Except, what are people going to say – book or movie?

Now I’m curious what other people think – what do they like better?

Happy Wednesday everyone!

(aka WJ May)

Rae of Hope
ISBN: 9780983129790
Author: W. J. May
Trade paperback 6x9
Pages 248
Price $17.99
Genre: YA Fantasy

About the Book
How hard do you have to shake a family tree to find out the truth about the past?

Fifteen-year-old Rae Kerrigan never questioned her family’s history. That is until she accepted a scholarship to Guilder Boarding School in England. Guilder is an exclusive, gifted school. Rae has no idea what she is getting herself into or that her family’s past is going to come back and taunt her.

She learns she is part of an unparalleled group of individuals who become inked with a unique tattoo (tatu) on their sixteenth birthday. The tatu enables them to have supernatural powers particular to the shape of their ink-art. Both of her parents where inked, though Rae never knew, as they passed away when she was young. Learning about her family's past, her evil father and sacrificial mother, Rae needs to decide if there is a ray of hope in her own life.

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Check out what reviewers are saying

Night Owl Reviews

Ok, I really liked this book! Rae Kerrigan was orphaned at six years old and has been living with her aunt and uncle in New York since the fire that killed her parents. Now fifteen, she is returning to England to go to boarding school. Not sure how she got in, since she did not apply, and with an uncle pushing her to go, she’s a bit nervous about the coming school year. Things get more interesting for Rae when she finds out that the Guilder School is for kids with powers… special powers from a tatú they receive on their sixteenth birthday, and that she will have one too. There were a lot of really likeable characters in this book, from roommate Molly to cute boy Devon along with a cast of others. A twist towards the end of the book kept me guessing. I read this book in one afternoon and couldn’t put it down. I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
~4.5/5 stars

Review from

This was a fantastic read, it is very well written and grabs your attention from the very first chapter, the more I read the more engrossed I became, so much so that I couldnt wait until bed time to read the last two chapters(which is when I usually read, once my little boy has gone to bed!!) I actually snook upstairs to read them whilst my hubby & son where preparing the dinner!! There is only one dissapointment and that is that I will have to wait longer than 7 weeks to see what happens next term............Fans of Harry Potter will love this book!!well done W.J.May but hurry up with the next one!!!
~5 out of 5 stars by Emilymoo

About the Author:

Wanita May grew up in the fruit belt of Ontario - St.Catharines.  Crazy-happy childhood, she always has had a vivid imagination and loads of energy.

The youngest of six -- four older brothers, and sister -- they taught her at a young age to be competitive in all aspects of life.

At sixteen, she began competing in athletics (track and field) and before she turned seventeen, she was representing Canada in high jump.  She continued to compete, breaking Canada's JR High Jump record (1.92m - 6' 3 1/2" for those metric-ly challenged).  She attented University of Toronto, and Kansas State University - graduating with a BS degree in Kinesiology and beginning her Masters in Business.

She is currently married, and the mother of three adorable kids.

After her father passed away in 2009, from a six-year battle with cancer (which she still believes he won the fight against), she began to write again.  A passion she'd loved for years, but realized life was too short to keep putting it off.

Her first book, Rae of Hope - from the Chronicles of Kerrigan - is available Nov 15, 2001 by Mitchell Morris Publishing.  It is contracted as a four book series and available in print and ebook through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords and other online sites.

She is currently represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Wanita is a writer of Young Adult, Fantasy Fiction and where ever else her little muses take her.

Twitter: @wanitajump


  1. thanks for letting me pop by!!

    1. Really a Great Post..

      I like this post.......

    2. Thanks "Watch Movies Online"
      I appreciate it!
      Cheers, Wanita


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