Monday, May 18, 2015

The Violet Hour by Andrea L Wells - Author Interview & GIVEAWAY


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



About the Violet Hour Series: 
This wasn’t the way Logan thought she’d spend her senior year.  Wyoming was nothing like her Hollywood home, and starting a new school filled with unknown faces would make it much worse.
It sucked.
And then she met Luke.
He was different.  Reserved and quiet, but confident.  Recklessly handsome, but dangerous.  He stood out.
He was also a werewolf.
The more she learned about him, the more she found herself in danger.  Luke could only do so much to protect her as the truth of her past comes to light and threatens everything she thought she knew.
The Violet Hour Series is a story of painful loss, forbidden love and finding one’s way against the odds.  When destiny makes its demands only the strongest will fight back.







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.

Teaser:

For a moment, I felt like I was on a plane taking off.  My ears plugged up, then began popping while my breaths were low and quick as if the oxygen supply was diminishing.  I felt light-headed, but not like I was going to pass out.  It was as if my senses were paralyzing me, trapping me in my own skin.  All I could do was sit there and continue to watch my father’s lips move but unable to hear his words.  My thoughts echoed the word, “…werewolf.” 

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Excerpt:
I sat up and pulled my knees in close to my chest.  Electricity flared in the air as Luke inhaled.
“You know, Logan, you’re not who I expected you to be,” he said, taking a long thought-filled pause.  “I thought the next twelve months were going to be hell living with a California socialite, but you’re pretty amazing.  I guess I owe you an apology.”
“So, it’s a good thing that I’m nothing like you expected?” I asked.
“It’s a really, really good thing.”
As I started to smile back he craned his neck to look away from me.  His eyes focused.  Something black flashed across the road but I was more scared by Luke’s reaction.  The warmth had vanished from Luke in a heartbeat.  The object stopped moving toward us when it got to an opening between the trees.  Even though I could feel Luke’s concern, I leaned forward toward the window, curious.  It was a wolf – a really big wolf, staring directly at us with bright green eyes.  It was close enough I could see quick breaths escape into the crisp rain-drenched air.  I was startled when the engine roared to life.  Luke threw the car into reverse, and I nearly slammed into the dash as the sound of gravel scattered everywhere.  He quickly jockeyed around and pulled back onto the road heading home.  I kept my eyes on the wolf until he was no longer in sight.
“Was that a wolf?” I asked.  Everything happened so quickly, I had to be sure.
“Yes,” he spit.
“I’ve never seen a wolf before – that thing was huge.”
Luke immediately turned to look at me with an expression that I couldn’t begin to read.
“What’s going on?” I pressed, puzzled.
When he looked toward the road and didn’t answer, I knew my question needed to be more specific to get results.
“Why are you freaking out?  It was just a wolf.”  I was worried.  He had gone from warm and comforting to moody and distant over such a small thing and I second-guessed how quickly I had fallen for him.
“Because I need to get you home, it’s getting late,” he muttered, failing to control his tone.
“That doesn’t make any sense, Luke.  I have no curfew and you flaked as soon as you saw the wolf.”
“Wolves are dangerous.”
“We were in the car,” I countered.
“Doesn’t matter.” 

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.




 



















Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I'm passionately outspoken, loyal, and a hopeless romantic that is continuously falling in and out of love with books. I’ll read anything (feel free to jump on my website or social media pages and send me your recommendations for my next read!) but my go-to, of course, is Young Adult Paranormal Romance. I’m a super laid-back, go-with-the-flow kind of chick. I change my hair color with the seasons. I love to dress-up in sharp business attire but 99% of the time, you’ll find me wearing holey jeans, black Chucks, $1 vintage tees from thrift shops and nerdy Ray Ban glasses. 
What do you do when you are not writing?
I dream about writing! Writing is as much a part of me as breathing and there really isn't a time that I'm not writing. Just last week I called my husband while driving (hands-free, of course) and made him write down a paragraph that came to mind for Book #2 in The Violet Hour Series so I wouldn’t forget the words before I got home. I’m one of those people that keep a notepad on my nightstand because I often wake up with thoughts and ideas that need to be penned.
When I do take a break, you’ll find me taking care of my amazing little family and enjoying life.   
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book!
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.
Another way for me to answer this question would be to tell you when I started sharing my writing with others. About six years ago I began committing words to paper which is now formally known as, The Violet Hour, but have always been, and always will be, writing.  
Do you ever experience writer's block?
I once decided a certain character was going to ‘Location A’ instead of ‘Location B’ in Book #2 of The Violet Hour Series. That tiny decision halted a writing process that was 30,000 words in and sidelined me for several months. I didn't want to look at the book, talk about the book, or even edit previous work. All of my steam and enthusiasm for Book #2 evaporated overnight. It was truly devastating. 
Finally one day, for some reason – I’m not really sure why, I thought to myself, ‘…why not send them to Location B instead?’ Moments later I plugged in the flash drive, opened up the document where I last left off nearly 6 months prior and began writing again as if nothing ever happened.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
There is absolutely a favorite scene from each book in The Violet Hour Series.  It’s hard for me to really talk about them without spoiling everything because each one of my favs is definitely the meat-and-potatoes of that particular book. 
But, I’ll try to be super vague for you: In The Violet Hour, it was Chapter 24. In Book #2, it was the Epilogue and in Book #3 (I can’t give an exact chapter number yet since I’m still writing) I assure you, it’s the scene we’ve all been waiting for. Was that vague enough?! 
How did you come up with the title?
The Violet Hour is a metaphor for not just a coming of age moment, but 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 describe those moments 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.  
Do you base your characters on people you know?
Oh yes, I most certainly am inspired by people I know but all of my characters are a little too bigger than life to be based off of a real person. I would love one day to feature a real person in one of my novels as a supporting character. Not a celebrity, but a family member, friend or a really awesome fan. It’s an idea I've always had and intend on doing but just have not had the right opportunity in my writing come up yet.
 What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
I received a letter from a literary agent years ago who was very interested in The Violet Hour but felt the manuscript did not pick up pace quick enough and ultimately passed on the piece. I was so disappointed. While writing, I had researched various successful novels that also had slow pacing and decided it was a technique that I was deliberately going to use because I wanted my reader to be hooked before too many twists and turns. Nevertheless, I thought about that criticism for close to a year and then finally threw out the first three chapters and started over from scratch. It was tough to walk away from so much hard work but looking back right now, I’m so thankful that I did. 
What has been the best compliment?
I’m not one to search for compliments or need validation because for me, it’s more about support. No matter the art, venture or path, it’s extremely important to me to support those I care the most about. So, the best compliment/most important support I’ve received through the writing process with The Violet Hour Series is from my husband as well as my best friend. Any other compliments/support is so immensely appreciated and just icing on a cake that is already layered with so much love. 
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you to each and every one of you for taking a moment to learn a little bit more about me and giving me the extraordinary honor of reading my debut novel, The Violet Hour. I look forward to doing this again with you for Book #2 very, very soon!

Chocolate or Vanilla? 
Chocolate Vanilla twist cone – Ice cream is my obsession.
Day or Night?
Oh my goodness – night. It’s 11:51pm as I’m answering this question.
Rain or Snow?
RAIN.
Mac or PC?
PC and preferably HP
Coffee or Tea?
Green Tea
Dogs or Cats?
Wolves
Morning Person or Night Owl?
Can I be a Night Wolf instead, please?!






1 comment:

Andrea L Wells said...

THANK YOU so very much for your post and support!! Great interview too.. even though I was terrified to answer questions about myself!! ;-)

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