Friday, September 30, 2011

Spirit Seeker by Jamie Haden YA-Interview & Giveaway: Bewitching Tour Stop



Spirit Seeker
By Jamie Haden

ISBN: 978-1-61706-074-8
Price: $14.99
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Young Adult
Available at: www.pillhillpress.com & most other online retailers!

Book Description
Life is strange and difficult for the granddaughter of a shaman. 
Sixteen-year-old Talisa Santiago was born in the desert underneath the full moon in January—the wolf moon. However, she left the desert with her mother when she was a young girl. She remembers bits and pieces of her past but it isn’t until she and her mom move to a remote barrier island off the coast of North Carolina that she feels fate has finally called—secretive and mysterious he stands alone on the edge of the bank. Her friends tell her to stay away; she hears rumors that he is dangerous. Still, she can’t resist Whether Talisa realizes it or not, she knows a thing or two about boys like Jag Chavez. Fate is funny that way. 

For the first time in her life, Talisa meets kids just like her—Native Americans who know the way of the spirit. The closer she gets to Jag, the more she realizes he is hiding a dark secret. He may have the markings of the Thunderbird, but he is named for the powerful Jaguar. Together they embark on a journey that will haunt her forever.
Book trailer links:

Spirit Seeker Mini Excerpt

They are flesh eaters.
They elegantly prowl the earth at dusk, listening to the sounds of creation.
Hungry, they wait for hours to pierce the skull of their prey.
It only takes them a few seconds to reach the brain.
I am now binded to them forever. Haunted by desire.
And willing to do the unthinkable.
For them—I give my blood.
For my lover—I give my soul.


GIVEAWAY

Enter to win! 5 Print copies of Spirit Seeker will be given away at the end of the tour. Enter at every tour stop to increase your chance of winning. You must enter by using the official entry form which you can access HERE.


And leave a comment on the tour stop.


INTERVIEW
Hi!  Welcome. I am really looking forward to finding out more about you and your books. Tell us about your current release.
Thank you for having me today. My new release is Spirit Seeker, a young adult novel about the life of sixteen- year- old Talisa Santiago. Life is strange and difficult for the granddaughter of a shaman. Talisa was born in the desert underneath the full moon in January—the wolf moon. However, she left the desert with her mother when she was a young girl. She remembers bits and pieces of her past but it isn’t until she and her mom move to a remote barrier island off the coast of North Carolina that she feels fate has finally called—secretive and mysterious he stands alone on the edge of the bank. Her friends tell her to stay away; she hears rumors that he is dangerous. Still, she can’t resist. Whether Talisa realizes it or not, she knows a thing or two about boys like Jag Chavez. Fate is funny that way.

For the first time in her life, Talisa meets kids just like her—Native Americans who know the way of the spirit. The closer she gets to Jag, the more she realizes he is hiding a dark secret. He may have the markings of the Thunderbird, but he is named for the powerful Jaguar. Together they embark on a journey that will haunt her forever.

Tell us about your next release.
I have completed the second book in The Talisa Santiago series. Following is the blurb that I just sent to my agent:

Secrets, communications with the spiritual worlds, dangerous desires, and deep-rooted beliefs are the back drop to Illuminate—Alive, she cried, the story of Native American shape-shifters.

Some say the concept of rebirth is simply a metaphor for living a better life, a holier life. For seventeen-year old Talisa Santiago, such a resurrection is anything but a metaphor. It is her reality.
Talisa knows she can communicate with the spiritual world. She is the granddaughter of a shaman and going between two different worldly dimensions is something she realizes she is destined to do. However, what she doesn’t count on is what fate has in store for her.
After surviving the first hurricane of the season on the island where she lives, Talisa learns that her life is in grave danger. She must leave immediately and retreat to live with a secretive clan of Indians on a remote reservation deep within the Great Smokey Mountains.
Her blood brothers, three shifters who have the desires of both man and animal surround her, promising everlasting friendship and protection. Now, Talisa will put her life in their hands, depart from her mother, and begin the journey of a lifetime. However, the majestic mountains hold many secrets and danger lurks in the night. There are evil tricksters everywhere that want her dead. As Talisa falls prey to the confusion of her own burgeoning sexuality, she unleashes an untamed passion that may get them all killed. 
  
Who is your favorite author?
Definitely Dante. I have read The Divine Comedy more than any other book. The second on the list would be Milan Kundera. 

When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?If my daughters are in school then I write during the day. However, if they are home for a break or during the summer then I write at night when everyone is sleeping. Depending on the mood, I am in, I can write for hours on end. Some days I get in a ton of writing, other days, not so much. It comes and goes in waves.

What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?
I am fortunate to have a wonderful support system. My family definitely encourages my writing career. My greatest inspirations are my daughters. I write all my young adult novels for them. 

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
So many people have asked me this question. The truth is that I don’t have critique partners or beta readers. When I am finished with a young adult novel, the first person I show it to is my daughter Alexandria. Of course, all my girls read chapters as I write them, but Alexandria will sit down and read the full manuscript word for word and tell me her honest opinion. 
 
What do you think makes a good story?
Honesty.

What do you do to unwind and relax?
I love staying at home by the pool with my husband and my daughters. Besides writing, my second passion is wine. My husband and I have a few cellars and we cave red wine. I love everything about Burgundy and Barolo.

What makes you happy?
Spending time with my three daughters.

Do you have a favorite quote or saying?
Nosce te ipsum. It is Latin for know thyself. I have it tattooed across my back under my daughter’s initials.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jamie Haden lives in WilmingtonNorth Carolina with her husband and three daughters. Jamie has a Bachelor's degree in philosophy and taught special education in Kentucky and North Carolina. Pill Hill Press will release her young adult novel SPIRIT SEEKER-BOOK ONE OF THE TALISA SANTIAGO SERIES August 26, 2011. Jamie is currently working on ILLUMINATE-ALIVE, SHE CRIED, the sequel to SPIRIT SEEKER.

Important Links:

Author Website  |  Blog  |  Facebook  
 

NEXT STOPS ON TOUR

Oct 3 Guest Post
That Bookish Girl

October 6 Review
Braintasia Books

October 7 Interview and Review
Oodles of Books.




Authors - Book Tours can give your book additional exposure and help you reach new readers.  There are several different plans from which to choose.  There are options available that are ideal for modest budgets.  To find out more, click the image.

Bloggers -  Find out how you can become a Tour Host. To find out more details, click the image.





Disclaimer: This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.   In some cases, I receive free books in return for a review. My reviews always express my own personal opinion. I am not obligated to write a glowing or even favorable review.  I have not received any monetary compensation in return for my honest review. Promotional banners and information was provided through Bewitching Book Tours. I am an authorized Tour Host. 

THANKS FOR LOOKING!

5 comments:

Scorpio1974 said...

Great interview and thanks so much for this generous giveaway opportunity too!!! =)

Valerie Long (Scorpio1974 on GFC)
just.val.1974@gmail.com

Amanda W. said...

This sounds like a great book!
Thanks for the chance to win!!

iarvd@yahoo.com

Renee G said...

Love the interview - This sounds like a great "Halloween" book.
rsgrandinetti@yahoo(Dot)com

Laura H. said...

Thanks for the giveaway! This type of book is not what I usually read but between the interview and book synopsis, I can't pass this up!

Denise Z said...

Thank you for taking the time to share with us today. I think Spirit Seeker sounds like a very intriguing read:)

dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com