Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Azure Book Tour: Review + Author Interview + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Azure book tour! I have a quick review coming up, as well as an author interview and a giveaway for a copy of Azure and a $15 gift card. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Azure (Drowning In You)
Release date: September 2, 2013
Publisher: Self
Genre: New Adult Contemporary/Light Paranormal Romance
Series: N/A

A terrible mistake haunts college student Olivia Spencer. To escape the past, she travels to the Mediterranean island of Crete, hoping for the courage to start anew.

By the sea, she meets sexy and enigmatic Kai. But there’s more to Kai than meets the eye — and nobody wants to talk about it. The locals shun him, accusing him of magic. Kai, apparently, belongs to the sea, no matter how crazy that sounds.

Kai isn’t free to be with her or live his own life, and this is how he will stay, unless Olivia can break his curse and save him — in doing so atoning for those she failed in the past.


My Rating: 4 Roses

Lovely, romantic, and with a hint of magic, Azure was a wonderful New Adult romance. I really enjoyed reading this book.

Both of the main characters were great. Olivia was a strong heroine. She hadn't had the easiest time, with her friend's death and a bad breakup with her boyfriend. But, she got through it all. And, she dealt with all the craziness surrounding Kai, determined to be with him. I really liked her. Kai was also great. He has a lot of demons in his past. A boating accident killed his parents and he was the sole survivor. The people of the sea have tried to take him back for his entire life and he's spent his entire life trying to pacify them. But, beyond all that, he was great. He was very sweet, devoted to those he loved, and absolutely adorable. I thought he was great.

The romance was sweet. It built up slowly and realistically. Even though this entire book, and their relationship, happens in the course of just a couple of weeks, it never felt rushed. Olivia and Kai were wonderful together. It was so sweet how absolutely devoted they were to each other. I especially liked how they reunited in the end. It was so cute. And, there were definitely sparks. These two has some serious chemistry. They were a perfect couple.

The plot was well paced. I was kept interested the entire way through. There were some parts, however, that the pace dragged noticeably and made me start skimming. It didn't inhibit my enjoyment of the book, but it was enough for me to knock off a point. But, I still enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was lovely.

Azure was a wonderful New Adult romance. It was sweet, hot, and had a touch of magic. I really enjoyed reading it. Lovers of romance, this is a book you'll want to check out.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
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Author Interview:
Chrystalla Thoma

Greek Cypriot with a penchant for dark myths and good food. Chrystalla Thoma has proven her tendency to settle down anywhere but at home by having lived and studied in France, England, Germany and Costa Rica, before returning to Cyprus two years ago.

Chrystalla likes to write about fantastical creatures, crazy adventures, and family bonds. She lives in Cyprus with her husband and her vast herds of books. She's currently working on a few novels, including a vampire novel set in Cyprus, an epic fantasy trilogy, and a YA science fiction series.


Welcome to Imagine a World! I’m so glad you could be here :)
Hi, very nice to be here. :)

What is the hardest part about writing for you? The easiest?
You start with a tough question... You see, for me the writing itself isn’t difficult. What comes before and after is. What comes before is world building, character set-up, plot planning. I love this part, hard though it may be. I especially love getting to know my characters. I don’t do character questionnaires, but I try to imagine how they look, how the move and talk, what their background is. And what comes after writing the story is fixing – editing – correcting. This is a part I am not so fond of. It’s necessary and I love the end-result, when the story is polished and flowing well. However my favorite part of the whole process is the writing itself because it is the moment I am lost in the story and really “live” it.

If your book was made into a movie, who would you want to play your characters?
Julianne Hough from Safe Haven for the role of Olivia, and Logan Lerman for Kai... because he’s cute. :)

 

What do you do when you get writer’s block?
I have my own theory about Writer's block. I think what it basically means is that you’re stuck because you simply don't know what happens next in your story. It’s not a brain cramp: it’s a lack of concrete direction. Now what does that mean for you as a writer?

If you get Writer's block as soon as you start a story, it probably means you're not sure what the story is about. Write a brief outline, like a summary, of what will happen - by scene if you can. It could be only key-words (“Sue and John fight over dirty dishes. John leaves.”) Then sit down and write your story.

I used to get Writer's block a lot, but since I devised the above plan I rarely get it, if at all, because as soon as I get the brain-cramp, I sit down and try to figure out where the story is going, usually with pen and paper. In most cases it works.

Are there any authors in particular (living or dead) who inspire you?
Many, and favorites change as I read more books! If we’re keeping to the NA genre, I’d say Mimi Strong’s NA books which I’m reading right now. I love her heroines, they are strong and with a great sense of humor.

Do you have any upcoming books you’re working on? Can you tell us a little about it?
Well I am also writing an urban fantasy/paranormal romance NA series, called “Boreal and John Grey” (http://www.amazon.com/Boreal-John-Grey-Season-ebook/dp/B00DC7R39O). Here is the synopsis:

Ella Benson, agent of the Paranormal Bureau, fights the Shades when they cross into our world, keeping everyone safe. But increasingly dangerous creatures are slipping into her city, her work partner has just gone missing, and a mysterious – and, quite frankly, hot — guy saves her life. His name is Finn and, as it turns out, he’s a natural when it comes to fighting the Shades.
When the Gates between the worlds start opening and the elves make a comeback, Ella needs a new, temporary partner. Enlisting the mysterious Finn is a no-brainer, until she realizes he is guarding dangerous secrets of his own.
Together with Finn, and the fate of the world on her shoulders, what’s Ella to do but grab her weapons and figure it all out, one way or another.

Season One is published and now I’m working on Season Two... Ella and Finn are one of my favorite couples. They are both stubborn and have conflicts but love each other very much and there is a lot of hot attraction going on... Can’t wait to get back to writing it!

If you could go back in time (to any time at all), what time period would you go to and why?
I have so many places in time I’d love to visit! Okay, first of all (don’t laugh!) I’d go all the way back to the time of the dinosaurs. I’ve always wanted to see them!!! Otherwise, I’d love to visit Rome at the time of the gladiators (I blame the series Spartacus for this one) and I’d like to visit 19th century Cyprus (where I live) for the purposes of a series I’m planning...

Summer or winter?
Summer

Cat or dog?
Cat!!

Tea or coffee?
Coffee

Book or movie?
Tough one!!! I like both... But books, I guess. So many more possibilities for the imagination.

Bad boy or boy next door?
I’d say bad boy in books, but in real life? My un-tattooed husband who is too good for me.

Thanks for coming!
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Giveaway:
Up for grabs is an e-copy of Azure and a $15 gift card. Open INT. Ends November 24.
Good luck!

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7 comments:

  1. Great review and interview. Thanks for participating.

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  2. Ooh, this looks interesting! I'm intrigued!!

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  3. Thanks for introducing me to a new author.

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  4. thx u for hosting this giveaway :)

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  5. Interesting answer to the writing process question.

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  6. I love Crete and am looking forward to reading a story with that background. It sounds very intriguing! Thank you for the giveaway!!

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  7. I can not wait

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