Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fated (Vanguard Legacy) by Joanne Kershaw - Review, Interview, Character Cast & GIVEAWAY!!

"No matter the cost, someone must defeat the darkness."

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*I was provided a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. 

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series!!
This is book 3 in the Vanguard Legacy Series, and we see Elora attempting to picking up the pieces from her battle against the Darkness with her sister. She has lost so so much!!! I wont get into details if you haven't read the first two books. But let me say this, I cried through the last two chapters of Book 2!
Elora is such a strong person, but who can think she wouldn't be? She was Fated to save the world.... from her own family!
I really am saddened by the loss of characters in this one. I really felt like Elora lost a piece of her soul at the end of Book 2-however she is pushing through all the while kicking the Darknesses's butt!!! The newly introduced characters did help a little to mend by broken heart! 
I highly recommend this series to you as your next choice for reading!
I do suggest that due to some violent themes and content that you use caution for younger readers. 
Elora’s quad leader
He has a little bit of a crush on her (okay, a big crush!), but he’s professional enough to not let it interfere while she is his subordinate. He’s a big softy at heart. Marcus is driven by the work, and takes losses personally. His quiet and calm demeanour means that he counterbalances the craziness inside Elora’s head and it allows her to do her job properly.
Plus, he’s hot, which helps!
Elora’s new quadmate.
Clara is determined to be the best Vanguard she can be. Like Elora, she has familial expectation to live up to, and she has requested a challenging assignment to allow her to do that. She is an open book for Elora, and they have a lot in common.
Another of Elora’s new quadmates! Patrick seems to have a lot on his plate and Elora often wonders if there isn’t something else going on. He’s the strong, silent type, but he has the best interests of his team at heart. A real man’s man, Patrick can be counted on to make the tough decisions.
Elora’s new Vanguard Superior. He can’t replace the man she lost in the past, but he does a pretty good job! Of course, it turns out that he has a history with her mother, because which Vanguard doesn’t have a relationship with Nina? Right?

Elora looks just like she does on the covers of the books, because no other person can do that now!
If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?
First, that all the dreams my children have come true. I just want them to be happy and healthy (and that the teenage years aren’t too awful!). Second, that more and more people fall in love with this series! I love to interact with fans and am so eager to hear what they have to say about Fated! And third—this is tough—I guess that I just want to write new things, different things, and still be able to teach, because I love my ‘proper job’!
Given unlimited resources, what would be your ideal writing environment?
I guess, I would love a small hut at the end of my garden. All I really need is a wireless connection and my music, so I don’t need much beyond that! Windows—so I can see the children while I work!
Where do you actually write?
Either on the sofa, wrapped in a quilt my mum made for my when I was sixteen, or at my desk in the playroom (which is actually our conservatory, so is either roasting or freezing with no real in between!). Our cat is usually curled up next to me and it’s always late – so dark.
How long does it normally take you to write a novel?
Five to seven weeks is the usual timescale. It’s the only time I have in between school terms. This is the first draft, of course. Depending on the availability of my editing team, it can take another eight to ten weeks to edit, but that is far less intensive. (Well, now I don’t make all of the awful mistakes I made before my awesome editor, McKenna Gardner, got her hands on me!)
What are your inspirations?
I read a lot of YA literature, which made me realize more and more that I wanted to write my own—that I could write my own! I write for my children as well. I wanted to show them that anything is achievable if you work hard enough. If I can inspire them to go after their dreams, then I have done something  right in terms of parenting!
How did you come to write this particular book or series?
The series started many years ago, when an unexpectedly free summer holiday gave me time to just put fingers to keyboard and hammer something out. The series came about because my publisher, Xchyler, took a chance on me. They saw the diamond of my story in the rough of my first novel and were the best support I could have asked for. Honestly, Fated exists because of the incredible editing team at The X.
What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it?
I knew what had to happen in this novel. The hardest part was knowing that the right ending, the ending that had to happen, was going to upset people. As part of the process, I wrote an alternative ending, but it was such a disappointment to read. I hope that my readers can see why it has to end the way it does, and the come and interact with me to discuss it. 
(Bet you’re all intrigued now, aren’t you?)
What is your writing drive? The power that keeps you going when your writing gets difficult?
I think that because my time is so limited, that is my drive. I don’t have the time to get stuck or lose focus—I just have to get on with it! It does help that there’s been a long gap between books, so there has been time to write the story in my head before I sit down to type it. 
It makes the whole process much quicker.
How did you come up with the title?
When I signed on with Xchyler Publishing, part of that was an agreement for the full series. When we were getting ready to release Foretold, we brainstormed titles in series. With all three of books already penciled out, the titles had to link them together. 
Honestly, I think my editor in chief came up with the titles!
Name one entity that you feel supported your writing, outside of family members?
My friend, Karen Banks. She might as well be family, but isn’t! She supported the books from the very beginning, encouraged me to submit to publishers and agents, and has generally been my cheerleader! I don’t think that the series would exist without her. I wrote the second novel (in its original form) for her as a Christmas present. She spent the whole of her Christmas Day that year sat on her sofa with the book and an editing pen! Her husband didn’t complain once.
What is your favorite late night snack while writing?
Sweets, biscuits, chocolate, crisps. Pretty much anything! I’m not a very healthy snacker.
 What was the most surprising part of writing this book?
I don’t think anything was surprising. The novel had been planned out for over three years, and I’d been writing it in my head for two of those years, so writing the novel was actually the easy part!

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