Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Few Are Angels by Inger Iversen : Interview & Excerpt

YA Paranormal

After a fatal hit and run accident, Ella Monroe fears that she’s lost more than her beloved parents. Horrifying visions of a past life and a disturbing voice in her head have psychiatric professionals convinced that she’s lost her sanity as well. But when Kale--a dark and handsome stranger with a mysterious past--reveals the true meaning of her visions and the tremendous power she wields through them, Ella must come to terms with the devastating truths of her own past, while eluding an ancient Dark Prince who seeks to control not only her future, but all of mankind’s, by means of abilities that Ella is only beginning to understand.

Enter the shrouded world of an age old battle between an ancient race known as the Immortals and their bitter enemy Laurent, the so-called Dark Prince, who commands an army of half-breed vampires known as Chorý. Both sides have been desperately searching for the prophesied emergence of the Arc, a clairvoyant with unparalleled power to recall the past and a soothsayer with clear vision into the future.

The Council of Immortals has sworn to protect the Arc, whom they have identified as young Ella Monroe, a college freshman from Virginia living quietly and unaware of her powers or her past. But a renegade Chorý has other plans for the protection of a girl he has loved through the ages. Can Kale convince Ella of who she is, what she is destined to become, and what he once meant to her? Is he truly the best protector to shield the world from the devastating misuse of her powers that Laurent is bent on controlling? Or will the forbidden love they share and Kale’s cursed condition as a retched and hated Chorý be used against them both?

This paranormal romance told from the heroine’s perspective builds in intensity and intrigue to a finale you won’t see coming. Heart pounding action mixed with heartwarming friendships and heartbreaking romance will leave you breathless and begging for more.

“I want to untie you, but I don’t want to regret doing so. Can we agree that everyone will behave?” I looked at Kale, but all I received was a shrug and another grumble.

Jace’s blue eyes were glued to Kale. “Ella, when I am untied, I will do whatever I can to take you back to the Council. I won’t have this creature infect you.”

Kale straightened up and moved closer to us. “Over my dead body.”

Jace’s slow, chilling smile revealed his white teeth. Though it was beautiful, it freaked me out.
“Then it should be easy, Nosferat, seeing as how your heart no longer beats.” Jace looked at Kale as if he would attack the first chance he got.

At this rate, I would never be able to get Kale and Jace to work together. Maybe Kale was right. We might be better off fending for ourselves against Laurent.

“You mistake the fact you are still alive for weakness on my part, but I warn you that as soon she sees you are not a necessary factor for her survival, I will finish what we started years ago, Vesco,” Kale spat, with such malice that halfway through his words I turned around to face him, not at all liking what I saw. His face was now plagued by hard lines, and his eyes, though they were always dark, were darkened with loathing. I hardly recognized him. I didn't want to believe Kale would truly kill Jace or anyone for that matter.

“Stop, Kale, you wouldn’t,” I whispered. I searched his face for the Kale I knew. I understood the Council and vampires were enemies, but I couldn't see Kale killing Jace. It was probably my naivety that pushed the idea that Kale was harmless.

“Yes, he would, Ella,” Jace said, pulling my attention back to his blue eyes. “It’s what he is—a murderer fashioned only to steal what humans cannot live without and to spread his disease. He was created by the Dark Prince. No matter how long he tries to deny his nature by drinking from rats and squirrels, he will always be a threat to you and all others. Even more so because he can walk in the light.

What does your significant other and family think of your writing career? 

            I love this question because recently my boyfriend returned to his first love, photography. He and I used to get into heated debates about an artist’s process and how important it is. I have what I like to call “Hermit Mode” where I like to hide in a dark room and write. It drives him insane, but I need that time to get my ideas on paper and out of my brain before it explodes and I don’t even let my cat in the room with me. J Now that he has gotten back into the art of what I like to call “capturing still memories” he understands the process and how delicate it can be. My family is wonderful. They miss me during hermit mode, but they completely understand.  

What are you passionate about these days? 

            Autism. For a while we were concerned about my nephew, Jayden, because we thought that he had a form of Autism. I didn’t know anything about Autism and that worried me, so I studied up on it a bit. When we learned that my nephew didn't suffer from it I was a bit upset with myself. I didn't know anything about it until it was thrown in my face and that’s a hard way to learn about something so serious. I love Autism Speaks; it’s a great learning tool and a great way to raise money for a cause if you only have time to give and not money.  

How do you react to a bad review of your book? 

            It’s heartbreaking. I realize that not everyone is going to like my work, but it is still hard to take. I have to say that I am working in the tough skin that seems to be mandatory for authors. A fellow writer told me that he has plenty to lend, so I should be good. 

Do you have a Website or Blog? 

            Yes, I do have a website and my blog is featured there too. There is a funny story behind my website. I hired someone to make a website for me and she was going to charge me around two thousand dollars; it might have been more than that but I can’t remember the exact amount. All I knew was that I couldn't afford that so I told thanks, but I would have to pass. I ended up talking to one of my favorite author’s named S.L. Naeole, who has some nice skills with web making. So, she offered to make it for me and she rocked it! She took my favorite colors and colors from the book and flew with it. I gave her carte blanche and look what she created:

Entice us, what future projects are you considering? 

            I have a couple novels that I have been considering and a one that I have already started. The ones that I have started the thought process on are called, Wonder Lust and Ana Noir: Crescent City. The novel that I started a few years ago is called, Dream Walker. Dream Walker is about a Gemma, a high school student who dreams of leaving her home town for a prestigious college of her choice, but gets side tracked when she literally trips over Daniel—a human gifted with powers from fallen angels. Daniel gave his life to the cause of helping the innocent against a group of fallen angels called the Unsighted and he has never done anything but that. Soon, he starts to fall for Gemma and her quiet and independent manner, but realizes that once his mission is over he will have to leave Gemma behind. I also have a short story that is running on my blog called, Running in the Dark.

Since his turning, Trace's job is death— a Watcher. A Watcher is a position that was created to assist the undead to their final resting place without the alerting humans of the vampire race. Whether Trace's job is to witness the death of a fellow vampire or deal it, Trace has learned that being the Grim Reaper just isn't what he thought it would be. After years of killing Trace is ready for a new job, a new life or to just disappear. When Bess becomes his new target after she witnesses the death of fellow vampire Sam and Hope, Trace is ready to eliminate her-- until a strange course of events turns the tables and has Trace protecting Bess from his boss and running for his life.

Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words. 

            Being an author in three words is: amazing, Freeing and Petrifying.

If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?
            I have said this many times before. I think the world should not function until at least noon. I have always slept until noon! I had one job where I had to get up at 5:00 every morning and I hated it. When I went into work I wouldn’t talk to my co-workers until about 9:30 or at least until I had a cookie or two. I’m not grumpy in the morning nor am I sunny and sweet and I think it’s because my brain can’t function that early to make the decision of which to be. J
This last question is one of my own and it’s to fellow Indies and aspiring authors.

Do you realize the shift in power between the writer and the publishing houses?

Well, if you don’t I will tell you why you should. Before, you had to give your manuscript and query letter some big wig and pray that they wanted to take the time to market you to the world. You had to endure countless rejection letters, nights where you question your ability as a writer and times where you thought it was a waste of time and that you would continue to write, but not for the public. Well, that time is over! Thanks to Amazon KDP, Barnes and Noble KDP, Smashwords, Createspace, and more. The READER decides the author’s credibility, and that’s the way it should be. The reader now has access to new books and Indie authors like never before. The power has shifted so much that people like E.L. James and Amanda Hocking that were once told by publishing houses that they weren’t publishing material are now laughing all the way to the bank. Granted, that is just a few in millions of new and indie authors out there, but the ball just got rolling. Given time, we will be introduced to numerous indie authors out there that write on the same level as well known authors and I can’t wait to see it happen. So, don’t give up, get up and write, self-publish, rinse and repeat.

Inger Iversen was born in 1982 to Anne and Kaii Iversen. She lives in Virginia Beach with her overweight lap cat, Max and her tree hugging boyfriend Joshua. She spends 90 percent of her time in Barnes and Noble and the other ten pretending not to want to be in Barnes and Noble.

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Abby Flores said...

Thanks so much for the giveaways.. :D

Abby Flores said...

I like the cover of the book so much>>:D

Gale Nelson said...

thank you for a great giveaway! Gale

Erika said...

It sounds mysterious! Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Great giveaway! Love!

Jen said...

Wow, this sounds very intriguing. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Dianne said...

Wow, I love the cover! And that blurb just lures you in. Thanks for the giveaway!

RoseH said...

great, tnx :D