Monday, May 18, 2015

The Violet Hour by Andrea L Wells w Giveaway!

The Violet Hour (The Violet Hour, #1)

The Violet Hour
The Violet Hour Series 
Book One
Andrea L Wells

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Infinity Publishing
Date of Publication: May 11, 2015

ISBN: 9781495805868

Number of pages: 309
Word Count: 70,000

Cover Artist: Pixel Mischief Design

Book Description:

Still shocked over her mother’s mysterious death, California socialite Logan Keller is handed a one-way ticket to her long lost roots in Wyoming where love, deceit and danger await. Though she could forget everything staring into Luke Callahan’s eyes, Logan is quickly thrust into a fight for survival.  Taking fate into her own hands, she begins unraveling the dangerous deceptions that abound at every turn. Her father is keeping secrets and Luke is keeping more. But Logan is keeping the biggest secret of them all.

The Violet Hour is a page-turning captivating twist of young romance and the supernatural.

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Author Interview
First, tell me a little about your book :)….
The Violet Hour is not just a coming of age novel, but really for anyone on the cusp of something new and dangerous and looking for the inspiration to hold out for one more fighting day. My idea was to capture that unique experience --those rare moments in life where everything that comes after will be defined by that event. Most people in those moments describe it as fate, as if they have no control. If there was one belief I wanted to share with others it is that you never have no control, there is no fate… you have the strength to change the course of your own future, even if it involved werewolves.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
Most people can't remember not being able to read because once you learn how; it changes your entire frame of reference. You never reconnect with that person you were before. Likewise, I don't remember ever not being a writer. It changes the type of human being you are and like breathing; it is always on in the background. I write constantly. Every movie, every conversation, each new book, song on the radio or place I visit, my writer's brain is paying attention, weighing new angles and wrapping words around each experience. Writing is a way of existing. It wasn’t until about six years ago, though, that I started sharing my writing with a very few select people as I began committing the words to paper for what we now know to be, The Violet Hour.

How do you choose when/which characters die in your books?
If it breaks my heart but I can't stop toying with the idea, I kill the character. Is that too harsh?! Book #2 is nearly completed except for the parts where I have to decide if I’m going to kill off a particular character. I try to put a lot of thought into all of my options before making such big decisions.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
YES! But first, you need to know that I will read anything. If you let me run wild in a bookstore or library, my go-to is Young Adult and more specifically Paranormal Romance. But I will read ANYTHING – especially if someone recommends it to me. JB Salsbury is not really “new” parse, she actually published her first novel about two years ago, but nevertheless, she’s new to me and I’m in love with her Fighting Series.

Who do you look up to as a writer?
Anyone and everyone who writes! I know that might sound all cutesy-cliché, but it’s the honest truth. I respect and support anyone willing to pursue any passion – but those especially in the Arts. I can always find the good in anything; be it your painting, poem, sculpture or novel – I support you having enough passion to follow through.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I would have published it sooner. Through this experience, I have learned that being an author is about owning that right. An author isn't a title bestowed upon you when you publish a book, write a poem, or earn an English degree. No one knocks at your door with your business cards and announces that you have now become an author because you achieved some mark. When you accept that you are an author, that you deserve this, the writing process becomes much easier.

What book are you reading now?
I'm reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. It is a classic, but a classic fatal romance. Why such an extremely long classic, you might ask? Because a friend told me to. She read me this line, "I've always loved you, and when you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.” It speaks to me on a billion different levels. I almost immediately started reading it. 

Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
The cover was designed by Amanda with whom is a - remarkable, and unparalleled in her professionalism - graphic artist. As soon as I established the concept that this would be a 3-book series, I have had a vision for what the covers might look like. After about two emails I conveyed that vision to Amanda, and less than a day later we were looking at the finished product you see today. I am so deeply in love with my cover and can’t wait to get started on Book #2 with her very soon.

If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
My favorite character is easily Logan Keller. On the outside, she seems like the popular girl that everyone wanted to be in high school, but on the inside she is the most humble, fair, and loyal character in the novel. If there is one person that is the solid moral center and who always sticks to her guns, it is Logan. I guess of all my characters, she’s probably the one that is most like me. Her actions/reactions are often exactly how I would act or react in the same situation.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to learn a little bit more about me and also doing me the extraordinary honor of reading my novel, The Violet Hour. I’m so looking forward to doing this again for Book #2 in the not so distant future!

About the Author:

The Violet Hour Series has been begging to escape Andrea’s subconscious for more than five years.  Focusing on a wonderful career, handsome husband and two beautiful children by day, she began feverishly penning the series by night.  Now a full-time writer, Andrea debuts The Violet Hour.

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