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Blog Tour Stop: Interview with Jaclyn Dolamore author of Between the Sea and Sky

I am very happy to have author, Jaclyn Dolamore here today. She is the author of Between the Sea and Sky (review here), a young adult fantasy novel. She was kind enough to answer some questions for me about the book and about herself. Check out what she has to say.

A Bookworm’s Haven (ABWH): Can you start out by telling us a little bit about Between the Sea and Sky for those who might not have read it yet?

Jaclyn Dolamore (JD): It’s a romance between a mermaid and a winged guy. And they both love books. But to be together, they have to get around both societal expectations, and the fact that, well, they’re a mermaid and a winged guy.

ABWH: I have heard of mermaids before, but never Fandarsee. How did you form the mythology for this world?

(JD): The winged Fandarsee are entirely my own invention. They were originally inspired by a character from the Elfquest comics, an elf who had his arms shape-shifted into wings, but that was back when I was like, 10. I started working bat-winged folk into my stories from then on. In older stories, they were more of a tribal hunter-gatherer society, but in the world of Between the Sea and Sky I decided to draw from astrology to create the cultures. Air is an intellectual element, so the winged people became scholars and messengers.

(ABWH): Do you have a favorite scene from Between the Sea and Sky?

(JD): It’s either the scene in the vineyard, or the scene in the rain. And I can’t say any more or it would be spoilery. :)

(ABWH): If you could describe Esmerine and Alandare in just three words (each), what would they be?

(JD): Esmerine: Responsible, but dreamy.

Alan: Loyal, but uptight.

(ABWH): If you could be one of the creatures from your book which one would you choose to be and why?

(JD): The Fandarsee, for sure. I’d love to be able to fly.

(ABWH): What types of books do you like to read in your free time? Are there any authors/series that you must have when they come out?

(JD): I actually am not really the type to follow an author faithfully. Which seems a little sad, since I am one, and I hope some people will read my books faithfully! I do have to read Kristin Cashore’s books ASAP, though. I loved both Graceling and Fire. Maggie Stiefvater is another, I don’t have to read her books right when they come out, but I do like to get to them sooner or later. I also really love non-fiction and I’ve always read more non-fiction than fiction. I love reading about history, other cultures and interesting people, and I find it very inspiring.

(ABWH): Is there anything you have to have with you when you are writing?

(JD): A desktop computer and a reasonable level of silence (or music that fits the writing). Dark chocolate and a cup of herbal tea are nice bonuses.

(ABWH): Can you share what you are working on right now?

(JD): I’m juggling two things right now, a middle grade about witches and their familiars, and a sequel to my 2013 YA release, Dark Metropolis. Of course, I can’t really tell you what it’s about because no one’s even read Dark Metropolis. They’re kind of dark, Germanic, romantic horror.

(ABWH): Do you have anything you would like to add?

(JD): Thank you for having me! And if anyone would like some Between the Sea and Sky extras, I posted a series of prequel comic strips at my blog recently, here: http://jaclyndolamore.blogspot.com/

Thank you so much for stopping by Jaclyn. If you have read this book, make sure you follow that link above that Jaclyn included because those comic strips she is talking about are great. :)

Touch Blog Stop: Interview with author Jus Accardo

I am thrilled to have author Jus Accardo with me today. She is the author of Touch (review here), which is a fantastic new young adult paranormal book. The book is on shelves now, so make sure you check it out. Now, onto the interview!

A Bookworm’s Haven (ABWH): Can you start out by telling us a little bit about Touch for those who might not have read it yet?

Jus Accardo (JA): TOUCH is about a seventeen year old girl who will go to extreme lengths to irritate her father. When she runs into a strange boy on the way home from a party one night, she sees an opportunity to do just that but bringing him home ends up turning her entire world inside out. Here is the official blurb:

When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.

Except there is something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she’ll turn to dust if he touches her. It’s not until Dez’s father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there is more to this boy and her father’s law firm than she realized.

Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation, an organization devoted to collecting “special kids” known as Sixes and using them as weapons his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they’re caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe.

A secret Kale will kill to protect.

(ABWH): What was your inspiration for writing Touch?

(JA): There was nothing particular. I got the idea for the characters, and the rest kind of unfolded as I went. I was sitting on line waiting for coffee when I got the idea, so if anything like everything else in my life it was inspired by the fierce need for caffeine!

(ABWH): Do you have a favorite scene from Touch? I personally enjoyed watching Dez try to explain the “birds and the bees” to Kale. ;)

(JA): That was hysterical to write! I have so many favorites it is impossible to pick. One though, is when Kale is in Dez’s room for the first time. I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t read yet, but they’re talking, and there are kissies, and the scene ends with a really sweet statement from Kale.

(ABWH): If you could describe Dez and Kale in just three words (each), what would they be?

(JA): For Dez, I think it would be loyal, fearless, and independent. For Kale, I think dangerous, survivor, and intense.

(ABWH): In Touch, you have characters called “Sixes” that have special abilities. If you discovered that you were a Six, what ability would you like to have?

(JA): I’d love to be able to talk to animals. I’ve always wondered what my dogs were thinking when just sit there and stare. Teleporting would be awesome, too. Confession: I’m terrified of flying. The ability to just pop anywhere would expand my travel abilities. :)

(ABWH): Touch is the first book in this series. Are you a plotter and know the path this story will take? Or do you write and see where the story takes you next without planning it out?

(JA): So not a plotter. I get an idea and go with it. When I started TOUCH, I had no clue where it was going. The characters pretty much wrote the story. I’ve tried to plot in the past, it really screws me up.

(ABWH): What types of books do you like to read in your free time? Are there any authors/series that you must have when they come out?

(JA): I devour paranormal and urban fantasy. I love a good thriller, too. Rob Thurman, Kelley Armstrong, Lili St. Crow, Dean Koontz… Way too many to list. All I can say is, thank God for my nook. We were in serious danger of being run out of the house by my books.

(ABWH): In the back of your book it mentions that you were accepted into the Culinary Institute of America. That is a big accomplishment! You declined however, to pursue writing as a career. Was being a writer something you always wanted to do or did you decide after being accepted?

(JA): It was always going to be food or fiction for me. When I was a kid, I was either in the kitchen with my grandfather or in a corner somewhere with my nose in a book. I’d always leaned more toward writing, but ended up applying to the CIA because it was the more practical of the two. In the end though, writing won. I’ve never once regretted my choice.

(ABWH): Can you share what you are working on right now?

(JA): Right now I’m bouncing between editing the second book in the Denazen series, TOXIC, and wrapping a novella set to come out between books 1 and 2. Hint for all the Kale lovers out there, it’s in his POV.

(ABWH): Do you have anything you would like to add?

(JA): Thanks for having me today! This was a blast :)

If you want to learn more about Jus you can find her on her website here, her twitter account here, her blog here or her facebook account here. And be sure to check out her book Touch!

Interview with Rosalie Lario

Please welcome Rosalie Lario to my blog today!  Rosalie is the author of the fantastic Demons of the Infernum series.  I read and loved the first book, Blood of the Demon (review here) which is available now.  So if you have not read it, go out and get your copy so you can discover this world for yourself!  Okay, onto the interview.

A Bookworm’s Haven (ABH): Can you start out by telling us a little bit about Blood of the Demon for those who might not have read it yet?

Rosalie Lario (RL): Sure! The hero of my story is Keegan. He lives to exact revenge on the evil demon who sired and abused him. When his father devises a plan to bring on the apocalypse, he and his three half-brothers, interdimensional bounty hunters for the Elden Council, are charged with capturing and delivering their father for punishment.

Art gallery owner Brynn Meyers has no idea that her ability to read memories embedded in objects and drain people of their life force means she has demon ancestry. Unfortunately for Brynn, she’s also the key to raising an ancient zombie army, which puts her on every demon’s Most Wanted List.

And no one wants her more than Keegan’s father.

Keegan must protect Brynn from his father by any means necessary, but he’ll have to learn to harness the other half of his genetics—the far deadlier, uncontrollable half—when he starts to fall for the one woman standing between him and the vengeance he so desperately seeks. The one woman he’ll never be able to resist.

ABH: Demons are prevalent in the world of paranormal romance right now, but your demon mythology has a little bit of different spin since they are from a different dimension, not hell, and the brothers in your world are only half demons.  How did you form the mythology for this world?

RL: I knew I wanted to build a broad world, where mythical creatures really exist but they are actually species from different dimensions. I wrote an earlier novel (of which we’ll speak no further; it was crap), and that’s where my world was formed, bit by bit.

ABH: Do you have a favorite scene from Blood of the Demon?

RL: The climax scene in the Valley of the Kings! To have a battle going on amidst all the tombs: it was pretty awesome to write. Of all the books I’ve written, that’s my all-time favorite scene.

ABH: The four brothers in this book are hilarious and have very distinct personalities. We have only seen Keegan’s book so far but still get little glimpses into the lives of the other three, do you have a favorite brother?

RL: I must say I’m pretty partial to Taeg’s smart-assedness. He reminds me of Dean Winchester from Supernatural, and that ain’t bad at all. The guy really makes me laugh.

ABH: If you could describe Keegan and Brynn in just three words (each), what would they be?

RL: Keegan: HOT. Loyal. HOT. Oh, I said already? Okay, I’ll add: Determined.

Brynn: Strong. Smart. Brave.

ABH: On your website you say you were a lawyer for five years before starting to write.  That is quite a career change, are you happy that you made the decision to switch to writing?

RL: Yes! Yes! Hell, yes! Does that answer the question? :)

ABH: You also talk about searching for creatures that go bump in the night on your website.  If you could be one of those creatures which one would you choose to be and why?

RL: Ooh, great question! I think I’d have to go with a shifter, because they’re strong and they can change shape at will. A flying shifter would be nice, like an eagle or an owl shifter. But with my luck, I’d be stuck being something stupid like an insect shifter, LOL.

ABH: What types of books do you like to read in your free time?  Are there any authors/series that you must have when they come out?

RL: It’s probably no surprise that my favorite genre is paranormal romance / urban fantasy. Jeaniene Frost, Larissa Ione, and Karen Marie Moning are on my ‘Must Buy’ list!

ABH: Are you a plotter or a panster? Do you plot your stories ahead of writing? Or do you write and see what happens? (Writing “by the seat of your pants”.)

RL: Both! I’ve found that it actually varies by the story. I do take several weeks before writing to sit down and get to know my characters. I work out a general plot, then try to get it tighter and tighter. Sometimes that will happen, and sometimes it won’t. I work with what comes to me.

ABH: Can you share what you are working on right now?

RL: I’d love to. I recently finished Mark of the Sylph, Book Two of the Demons of Infernum series (Taeg’s story), and I’m now writing Touch of the Angel, Book Three. This one is Ronin’s story and he’s got a lot of obstacles in the path to his HEA.

ABH: Do you have anything you would like to add?

RL: If you like action-packed paranormal romance in the vein of The Mummy, then give Blood of the Demon a try. It’s a wild ride. :)

ABH: Thank you very much for taking the time to be here today Rosalie!  I loved reading Blood of the Demon and can’t wait to read the next book!

RL: Thank you, Meaghan! I’m so glad you enjoyed the story!

If you want to learn more about Rosalie you can check out her website here.  You can also learn more about her books by going to Entangled Publishing website here.  And make sure you check out Rosalie’s book Blood of the Demon!