Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Black Orchid by Abigail Owen Giveaway & Interview

Title: Black Orchid
Series: Svatura, Book Four
Author: Abigail Owen
Publication Date: May 23, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Adelaide Jenner feels nothing... she is completely numb inside. Her te'sorthene, her fated love, abandoned her and joined their enemy. On that day her sister turned off all Adelaide's emotions in order to save her from a heartbreak that could push her over the edge of sanity. But great power wielded without compassion or love can only lead to pain.

Nate Pierce believes Adelaide used her extraordinary powers to deceive him all these years. So he destroyed a relationship he thought to be false and hungers for revenge. Now, Nate serves Maddox. He is unaware that his new leader is using him as a pawn in a bid to enslave all Svatura.

The only hope of finally defeating Maddox is for Adelaide and her sisters to combine their growing powers against him. But the the key to a Svatura's power is the heart, and Adelaide's is still missing.

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Author Bio
Award-winning author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado and raised in Austin, Texas. She now resides in Northern California with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe. 

Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by obtaining a degree in English Rhetoric/Technical Writing. However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.


Where are you from?
We moved around a bit in my early years - Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas. I consider myself a Texan, having lived there since I was eight, and had generations of family there since the Texas Revolution.

Tell us your latest news?
In the past four months I've released two books. Andromeda's Fall is the first book of my new Shadowcat Nation series. And Black Orchid is the fourth and final book of my Svatura series.

When and why did you begin writing?
I've been writing all my life. I wrote stories for a long time. I started my first book when I was about twelve. It's my escape, my stress relief. Some people run, or play sports. I read and write. 

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I've always considered myself a writer. But I will say that it's felt more "official" since I started self-publishing and interacting with readers who aren't my family.

What inspired you to write your first book?
I'd been trying to finish a book for years - started at least ten, maybe twenty that never finished. Blue Violet was the first book I finished. I'm not sure why. Perhaps because it was my first paranormal, rather than contemporary. Perhaps because I found a heroine I really wanted to see finish a book.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I'd say I'm fast paced and fairly no nonsense. I like to focus on the characters most of all, and especially enjoy dialogue.

How did you come up with the title?
I decided I wanted a title that meant something on its own. I eventually landed on flowers. In the Victorian era, flowers were given meaning. Each book title in the series means something for the book. Black Orchid means magnificence, love, beauty, refinement, reflection, great power and absolute authority.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Love - a lover or a family - conquers all. It defeats fear, grows abilities, and even slays dragons.

How much of the book is realistic?
The settings are realistic. Beyond that, not much. 

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Some of the settings or likes and dislikes of the characters are my own. But as a paranormal romance, this book is primarily imagination based.

What books have most influenced your life most?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte helped me realize that classics could be interesting. 
The "Thrawn" series of Star Wars books got me into Science Fiction.
Summer Rainfall by Kerry Allyne got me into Harlequin romance.
Harry Potter showed me incredible world building and how to do a series right.
How Green Was My Valley makes me cry every time, to this day.
I could go on and on...

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Lucy Monroe. She is a very successful contemporary romance and paranormal romance writer for multiple publishers like Harlequin, Kensington, etc. She's awesome and does exactly what I want to do.

What book are you reading now?
Tamed by Rebecca Zanetti
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I recently started reading Kristin Miller. Really like her world building.

What are your current projects?
I'm in the editing phase on Sarai's Fortune, the 2nd Shadowcat Nation book. I'm also working on a new ghost-based paranormal romance set in small-town Texas.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My eight-grade English teacher, Mrs. Gunn. She believed in my writing skills enough to get my into competitions and move me into the Advanced classes. I ended up majoring in English. Changed my life.

What would you like my readers to know?
If you're looking for a pure escape and some really fun, strong characters then we definitely like the same books. And I love writing them.

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Giveaway: There is a giveaway for this tour. A $40 Amazon/B&N Giftcard or a Book Depository shopping spree of the same value, plus the first three books of the Svaturaseries will be given away as digital copies. 

Open Internationally. Ends 7/7. Void where prohibited.

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