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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Blog Tour: The Holders by Julianna Scott


I've got something exciting to share: We are lucky enough to be a part of The Holders Blog Tour, which meant I got to read the novel early and got to ask Julianna Scott some questions about herself, her writing and of course The Holders. Enjoy!

Author interview
Allow me to introduce you to Julianna, author of The Holders.
Julianna was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and spent the majority of her educational career convinced she would be a musician. However, after receiving her music degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, she realized that she'd been born in the wrong era for her dreams of singing jazz to adoring fans clad in zoot-suits and flapper dresses to come true, and began to wonder if her true calling might be elsewhere.

While Julianna had always excelled in writing throughout school, she'd never considered it a career possibility until about three years ago, when she'd gotten her first story idea and decided to go for it. She grabbed her laptop, started typing away, and has never looked back.


For those who have not yet heard about The Holders, could you give a short summary of the story?
17-year-old Becca has spent her whole life protecting her brother - from their father leaving and from the people who say the voices in his head are unnatural. When two strangers appear with apparent answers to Ryland's "problem" and details about a school in Ireland where Ryland will not only fit in, but prosper, Becca is up in arms.
She reluctantly agrees to join Ryland on his journey and what they find at St. Brigid's is a world beyond their imagination. Little by little they piece together information about their family's heritage and the legend of the Holder race that decrees Ryland is the one they've been waiting for. However things are not as clear as they once were, and everyone is in for a surprise that will forever change what they thought they knew about themselves and their kind.


A lot of people have described The Holders as a new twist to X-Men. How would you describe the novel yourself, in one sentence?
 Hmm… That’s a tricky one. I guess I would say it’s a story about the bonds of family, the power of love, and the strength you can find within yourself if you are brave enough to look.


Becca is very protective over her younger brother and is rather stubborn and determined. In which ways do you recognise yourself in her character?
Well, I am definitely stubborn, and I always think I’m right. ;-) I am also a caregiver and like to take care of my friends and family. To be honest, I think there will always be a little of me in all of my main characters. If I can’t relate to them in some way there is no way I will be able to write their stories.


The Holders is a very interesting story, in different ways. What would its theme song be and why?
This is a hard one for me, because most of the music I listen to is lyric-less. I went to college for music and some of my favorite songs are either classical, or scores to movies. However there is a composer that I found via YouTube when I was looking for music to inspire THE HOLDERS, named Adrian Von Ziegler. He has a ton of amazing stuff out there, but my favorites—and the ones that I feel best suit THE HOLDERS are Crann Na Beatha, Cliffs of Moher, and Celtic Lore.


What books have influenced your life most?
Romance novels, but not for the reasons you might think. In the aspect of reading, I grew up under something of a rock. I had no idea that there were stories out there about love and relationships that weren’t the horrid cheesey $3.99 romance novels that I saw in the supermarket. :-) When I read my first quality romance—which was actually only about 3 years ago—my literary life was changed.


When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Oh goodness, there are times when I still don’t. Insecurity is something most writers have a load of and I am particularly bad when it comes to comparing myself with others. I will try to call myself a ‘real writer’ but it seems to always been subconsciously followed by, “but I’ll never be a writer like her/him/them/etc.”


Do you have any writing rituals?
With two little kids, it’s hard to get into a pattern, and I’ve learned to work pretty much anywhere and whenever I can. The only thing I absolutely require is quiet. I can’t have the TV on or music playing, or anything like that, or it is impossible for me to concentrate.


What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to read, but that is probably a given. Otherwise I love spending time watching TV with my husband, cooking and baking, and being crafty.


If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
Not sure, but it would still be something creative. I love making things, whether it’s food, or crafts, or sewing, or art—I love to create!



So, what do you think? Will you be reading The Holders? I'd love to hear!





Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Blog Tour+giveaway: Cover reveal - Insight series


Author Jamie Magee has just released the third novel, Image, in her YA PNR series called the Insight series. Along with the release of the Image Jamie has put the first two covers in the series through a makeover. They are soooo pretty! Check out the covers in this post and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post where you can win all three books.


Insight:

Some say that dreams are the doorway to the soul. Willow Haywood is no stranger to that doorway. Each night she shares a blissful, silent dream with a stunning blue-eyed boy. With each new moon she is haunted by a painful nightmare shared with a different boy, who’s always hidden by the shadows.

In her waking hours she must battle her sixth sense. The one that allows her to feel others emotions as if they were her own. This insight is exhausting and frustrating causing her to draw inward, only trusting her family and few close friends. Oddly, this sense also attracts ghostly images that seem to appear out of nowhere. With a touch, they take her to wherever they may be, allowing her to change their emotion. This alone would cause most to go insane, but Willow filters her aggression by painting, capturing the emotion she changed.

One August night a nightmare came days after the new moon. In this dream the shadowed boy marked her wrist with star, leaving her father no choice but to share a family secret that would tie all of the odd attributes of Willow’s life together. Now, she has no choice but to outrun the fate that is closing in around her.

In an attempt to lure her, the shadowed figure captures her closest friends. In order to save them, she must weave through broken myths, half truths, and the undeniable power of the Zodiac. With each step she takes Willow comes to realize that she has lived before, her path is one that she chose, and this trial is simply the beginning.


Embody:

Not many Scorpio’s are known for their patience, and Willow Haywood is no different. Her only desire is to love Landen Chambers and redeem the lost souls of Esterious, but the path to that desire is long, dark and dangerous...

Before Willow’s life had a chance to balance the sudden revelations and grief she had to endure to get to Chara a disturbing discovery is made. A photo, one that shows Willow blissfully embracing the flawless image of Drake Blakeshire; giving her not only proof that she had lived before, but that she had loved him.

Running away from the memory of Drake’s hypnotizing touch, and the prophecy set before her seemed like the logical thing to do. That is, until a dark dream reignites her passion to save the hopeless dimension of Esterious. Willow struggles to find patience – to learn everything she needs to know before she faces Drake again, but her eagerness is dangerous and one step in the wrong direction takes everything and everyone away from her – the only way to survive this trial is for Willow to remember who she is and what she really wants out of this life.

Jamie's bio

Jamie Magee has always believed that each of us have a defining gift that sets us apart from the rest of the world, she has always envied those who have known from their first breath what their gift was. Not knowing hers, she began a career in the fast paced world of business. Raising a young family, and competing to rise higher in that field would drive some to the point of insanity, but she always found a moment of escape in a passing daydream. Her imagination would take her to places she'd never been, introduce her to people she's never known. Insight, her debuting novel, is a result of that powerful imagination. Today, she is grateful that not knowing what defined her, led her on a path of discovery that would always be a part of her.

Also check out Jamie's facebook page.
Giveaway:


Friday, October 28, 2011

Drink Deep Blog Tour, Interview and Giveaway



Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can't tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times haven't been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lay low for a bit, and let the mortals calm down.

That's when the waters of Lake Michigan suddenly turn pitch black-and things really start getting ugly. Chicago's mayor insists it's nothing to worry about, but Merit knows only the darkest magic could have woven a spell powerful enough to change the very fabric of nature. She'll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who's behind this, and stop them before it's too late for vampires and humans alike.


Drink Deep is the fifth book in Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill. This is hands down my favorite vampire series, and Merit is one of the most kick-ass heroines ever. Drink Deep will be released on November 1, 2011, and I am so freakin' excited to see what will happen next. As part of the Drink Deep blog tour, I have gotten an interview with Mallory Charmichael, sorceress and Merit's best friend.

Nina: With your love of all things paranormal, were you happy to find out that you are a sorceress?
Mallory: I wouldn't exactly say "happy." I mean, I am what I am, and I guess there's no point in complaining about something I'm already shoulder-deep in, but it definitely wasn't something I handled very well. I'm woman enough to admit that.

Nina: If you could have gone back to the days before you found out about your powers, and before Merit was turned, would you?
Mallory: *Thinking* Honestly, I don't know. According to the Order, I'd already had some of my powers even when I was young, I just didn't know about them. And I wouldn't have met Catcher, which I can't even think about. But life would be simpler, wouldn't it?

Nina: How do you feel about working for the Order in the future, without much choice of your own?
Mallory: I definitely don't have the feelings Catcher has about them. He hates them, because he thinks they're naive and that they didn't handle his issues very well. They've been okay for me so far, I guess, but who knows what the future will hold. I haven't really found that the folks in charge of things are ever really all that good at it.

Nina: Can you tell us something surprising about Merit from your days as roommates?
Mallory: I guess you already know she likes chocolate? *grin* I will say she snores like a lumberjack. A giant, hulking lumberjack. But don't tell her I said that! Thanks for having me today!

Drink Deep Giveaway
We are giving away a copy of Drink Deep to one lucky reader. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post telling us which fictional character you would like to interview and why. (Because well, I would love to hear your answers!) The giveaway is open to readers from all countries that The Book Depository ships to, and you can check this list to see if your country is included. Last day to enter is October 31.