Monday, March 16, 2015

The Damned by October Weeks Blitz W Giveaway!

The Damned
The Damned
October Weeks

Genre: Dark urban fantasy

Publisher: Evernight Publishing

Date of Publication: March 12, 2015


Word Count: 69,000

Cover Artist: Jay Aheer

Book Description:

Eight years ago, slayer Tuck Houston lost two of her closest friends to a Damned vampire named Josef Dragos—a beast who traded the sun for darkness and blood. She’s been hunting him since the day she walked into the carnage he created. But Josef has hidden himself well in the underground, from both slayers and other vampires.

When slayers around the globe start disappearing in a familiar pattern—Josef’s pattern—she’s put on the hunt. And despite the painful memories and very real threat to her future that come with tracking him down, Tuck is certain of one thing: she is going to make Josef  Dragos wish he’d never been born.

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Tuck Houston casually strolled through the front doors of the ritzy hotel with a warm smile on her face, her hoodie and jeans soaked through from the rain. “Wasn’t expecting the downpour,” she said as she neared the front desk, cringing a bit inside as her boots left a bit of mud on the carpet.
The clerk chuckled as he regarded her. “I don’t think anyone was—forecast didn’t say anything about rain.”
“Damn weathermen can’t be trusted.” She laughed as she made her way to the elevator and clicked the button.
“Apparently not!”
When the elevator doors opened a few moments later, she said, “Have a good night.”
“You as well.”
When the doors opened again, she made her way to her quarry’s room, letting herself in with the key she’d obtained the day before. Digital keys were much harder to obtain than the old metal keys smaller hotels or motels used. She’d charmed the male clerk into giving her a key so she could surprise her “lover.”
The room was empty, of course. As he’d done the night before, her target was having a “drink” at the bar before retiring to his room, courtesy of some idiot human. Even the Damned couldn’t kill everyone they fed from—got suspicious after a while, to humans and slayers.
 Walking across the high-end hardwood floors spread over the entire room, Tuck sat herself down on a chair, kicking her wet boots up on the edge of the bed and placing her pure silver knives on her thighs, which had been sheathed at her waist under her hooded sweatshirt. They weren’t her favorite weapons, but they were best for close contact.
She’d been tracking Samuel Bellows for a little over six weeks, from Boston to San Francisco—the city she was now in. He was responsible for the killing of seven little girls, drinking them dry of blood then abandoning their bodies in the woods. She could practically taste his death on her tongue.
But those girls were not the reason she was after him. His power had lingered at the scenes of several missing slayers—she planned on having a nice, bloody chat with him about that.
Footsteps jarred the quiet about twenty minutes later. Samuel’s footsteps. No human would have heard his steps, but she was more than human—slayers had a predators’ hearing, and she clearly heard the delight in his gait. He had a new target, he had human blood on his tongue, and—she smiled to herself—he had no idea what was in his room.
The key card slid in the lock, the door clicked, and into the darkness of the room came Samuel Bellows—five-foot-ten, a bit heavyset, and reeking of glee.
He was a dead man.
She held her position patiently as he turned on the lights. The look of surprise in his gray eyes when he saw her was so comical that she actually laughed. “Good evening, Samuel. The name’s Tuck Houston. But you can call me Ripper, if you’d like.”

My Review
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Author Interview 
First, tell me a little about your book J….
Thank you for having me on your blog!
The Damned is about a vampire slayer named Tuck Houston. She’s currently on the hunt for a vampire named Josef Dragos. Eight years ago he took two of her closest friends from her, and now she finally has the chance to make him pay for his deeds.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
I’ve always loved reading, and I think that played a big part in me wanting to become a writer. I wrote my first book in the first grade, about polar bears! LOL When I was writing another story, in the second grade, I was the only student who used quotation marks when someone was having a conversation without being told to. Again, that has to do with my love of reading. After that, the love of writing never went away.

What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
I wrote my first full length book when I was thirteen. It was a story about an eighteen year old girl who was half vampire, half werewolf. I actually still have the story on my computer because I keep hoping I’ll go back to it and be able to revise and publish.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Sometimes real life experiences do make their way into my stories, but most are all from my imagination. I’ll take those experiences that do make their way in and change them as needed for the characters and environment they’re in.

How do you chose when/which characters die in your books?
That’s always a hard thing to do, but I’ve done it in more than one book. Normally I know who is going to die at the beginning of the book, but in one instance I didn’t see it coming. Once I know which characters are going to be in “the scene”, it’s a matter of which character’s death will have the most impact for the overall story.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I absolutely love Rinda Elliott! I just finished her Norse YA trilogy and adored it. She also has an adult UF series that I love as well J

Who do you look up to as a writer?
Too many to name! But Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Clive Barker for horror. Terry Brooks and JRR Tolkien for fantasy. A few more are Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, and Lilith Saintcrow.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
No. I’ve spent a little over six years getting this book to where I wanted, and it took a lot of revisions! But in the end, I absolutely love how it came out.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Action scenes. I have a really hard time writing them because what’s in my head doesn’t quite come out the same way on paper. Those scenes are where I spend a majority of my time revising and editing.

What book are you reading now? Or what genre?
I am currently rereading the Demons of Oblivion series by Skyla Dawn Cameron.

Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
Jay Aheer! She is so awesome—I love it J
All I did was fill out a cover art form with what I saw for the cover and she did the rest.

Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
Most of what I learn from writing my books comes from my research. For instance, with The Damned I had to find the perfect sword for Tuck, and I learned all sorts of awesome things about ancient swords. From how they were made to which culture used them and if it was a preferred weapon.

If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
As hard of time as she has in this book, I’d have to say Tuck J

Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?
The Demons of Oblivion series by Skyla Dawn Cameron (four books are available now, starting with Bloodlines). Narcisstic vampire Zara Lain is wickedly awesome!
Rinda Elliott’s Norse YA trilogy (starts with Foretold), and the Beri O’Dell series (first book is Dweller on the Threshold).

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for giving Tuck a chance! And I hope you enjoy reading her story as much as I loved writing it J

About the Author:
October Weeks

October Weeks is a dark fantasy/horror writer and a reader with too many books and not enough shelves!

She lives in Vermont. Autumn is her favorite season—October and November are her favorite months.

Loves: reading, writing, movies (horror, sci-fi, and fantasy especially), taking walks, fishing, and family

Obsessions: Lindt dark chocolate and the SyFy Channel (Haven!).

Tour giveaway 

$10 Amazon Gift Card