Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Hutchinson Publishing
Date of Publication: 10/20/2014
Number of pages: 200
Word Count: 60,000
Cover Artist: Andrea Garcia
Seraphina Cross is unexpectedly thrown into this crazy, spiritual world of Angels versus Demons. Never did she expect to meet Nate who was just a figment of her imagination until last week. Now she finds herself moving in with him because of her innate responsibility to protect her loved ones from harm.
Finally beginning to feel at home in her new house and with her new relationship. Nate begins training Sera in all that she can do, surprising even himself at times.
Just when she is starting to feel safe and powerful, the Devil finds a new way to attack her at her most vulnerable.
When her dreams are no longer a gift, can Sera control the powers needed to defeat what's coming before Lucifer fulfills his promise to her?
About the Author:
Sheena is a born and raised New Yorker, even her writing can't seem to hide her hard sarcasm. She claims destiny has lead her back to her true passion for writing.
She constantly strives to be a positive role model and writes stories that empower and inspire. Sheena always roots for the underdog, believes in love at first sight, and that everyone should have their happily ever after.
While God is currently still writing her love story, she continues to put all her effort into her writing as she is constantly getting new inspiration.
1.) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I'm a born and raised New Yorker. I'm very creative person, I love to paint, draw, knit, scrapbook and obviously write! I eat way too much junk food. My blood type is Starbucks. I drive like a maniac. And finally, I don’t have a serious bone in my body—I’m all sarcasm and humor.
2.) What do you do when you are not writing?
Daydreaming about my characters! And in between daydreams I work nights as a Medical Receptionist.
3.) When did you first start writing and when did you finish your book?
I've always liked writing, I was always one of those weirdos that preferred essays to tests. I've always kept some sort of journal, but it wasn’t until Jan 2013 that it started to manifest into a full on story line. By December 2013 my first book was up on Smashwords.
4.) Do you ever experience writer's block?
Oh yea, it's the worst! Sometimes you just have to take a break. You can't force something that's not there. Sometimes that’s where my best ideas come from. If I didn’t Awakening wouldn’t have the Psychic scene or her first date with Jack. Even Initiation I needed to walk away from for a few weeks to get some ideas together.
5.) What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
My favorite chapters to write in Initiation were the ones from Jack's point of view. It's so refreshing to get out of Sera's head and see things from a different perspective. That and the fact that he is a very interesting character, I don’t want to give anything away for those that haven't read Awakening, but you get a glimpse into how he sees the world.
6. ) How did you come up with the title?
I love titles, I love one word that can evoke some kind of emotion. I originally wanted it to be self-titled: Seraphina, but apparently someone beat me to it (I hear it’s a very good book as well btw) So I added a subtitle. I thought "The Awakening" was pretty ominous and then "Initiation" indicates she's going to have to overcome some things.
7.) Do you base your characters on people you know?
Seraphina I wanted to portray how I was feeling at the time and ultimately to give myself some hope for the future. Amanda, however, is based on my best friend Miranda. (Super creative with the naming don’t you think)
8.) If Yes, did you tell them?
Well, after all my friends read it, they kind of guessed who Amanda was based off of.
9.) What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an Author? What has been the best compliment?
Toughest is definitely hearing I'm a poor writer. I'll admit I'm not the best writer, but I feel like I have a pretty strong story. It's fairly different from what's out there and I like it. The best compliment is hearing that anyone loves my story. It warms my heart.
10.) Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you for reading & spending time in my head! I love every review, every like, every share, means the world to me. I would literally be nothing without you.
Wow.... just wow!
I started reading this one and I had to stop myself from reading and message Sheena to tell her how much I was laughing about some of the character interactions.
We pick up right where book one leaves off and we have Nate and Sera really working hard to fight the evil that is taking over the town. Sera learns about herself, about her powers and she learns more about Jack.
Jack, Jack, Jack.... oh my. You HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!!
I refuse to spoil anything for you, but there are some AMAZING reveals in book two, and in true Sheena Hutchinson fashion- we are left with a cliffhanger. Don't worry, I messaged her about that too!
It's few stories that get you so involved hat you literally feel for the characters, I was laughing, and getting nervous... and of course I gave up a nights sleep to read it.
You wont regret reading this series!
It's enough to make you believe in Angels.
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