Saturday, October 13, 2012

Forged by Greed by Angela Peart: Character Interview & Excerpt : Bewitching Tour Stop



Their choice had been taken away long before they were born.
Two Seattle 16-year-old Shape Shifters, Jatred and Jasmira, are torn between following their hearts and protecting the order of the world. The path of the star-crossed lovers leads only to destruction.
The ancient Shape Shifter Races—the Winter wolves and the Summer leopards— live among humans and fit perfectly into modern life, while keeping secret societies with their own laws and traditions.
Two Goddesses, Crystal and Amber command their respective Races. One is on a quest to tilt the scale of power to her side. The other will never let it happen, even if it means sacrificing Jatred and Jasmira’s love.
The Amulet commissioned to bring stability into the world remains hidden and concealed with the help of advanced technology. Jatred is the guardian of the Amulet and key to the Goddesses’ conflict.
When the forces of nature are disrupted, earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions rake the world.  The Goddesses go to war and summon all their Shifters to join in the conflict. Jatred and Jasmira must fight not only for their love but to protect the future of both Races and humankind.

“We are in the Summer Realm? How the hell did you get me here? I’m a Winter Shifter.” Jatred shot up to his feet.
“Relax. It’s only an illusion, remember? The Amulet did this.” Jasmira looked at him, dazed.
“No, no and no! This is not happening. Get me back to the Human World, J. Now! I’m serious. Get me out!” His eyes flicked around. “Get me out before Crystal finds out. Don’t you understand?” he shouted, frantic. His heart raced, and his blood pounded in his ears.
Jasmira felt like someone just dumped icy water over her. She was confused, but fought to stay focused. She had never seen Jatred panic before, and this sobered her. “Okay,” she whispered. Her mouth was trembling. “But I don’t know if I can. The Amulet… the Goddess.”
She squeezed her eyes. Her breath was shaky and shallow. Her body shimmered in and out, taking on an ethereal appearance then becoming physical again.
“J, what are you doing?” Jatred whispered, frightened. “Look.” His eyes slid to the Amulet dangling down from her fist. The blue stone shone, lit from the inside by a pulsing source of light.
Jatred gripped Jasmira’s hand. This time his fingers didn’t go through like they did before, when she appeared as an illusion. Her body was solid again. She held onto the chain halfway between the jewel and the clasp. The clasp flew open. One side of the chain encircled his wrist. The other part snaked around Jasmira’s wrist. Unexpectedly, it bound them in a vice-like grip. The metal felt as cold as a sheet of ice. They both yelled and tried to pull free, but it wouldn’t budge. 
A spiraled script became visible on the jewel’s edge, the symbols shone like liquid gold. The teens frantically tried again to yank their hands away. The runes kept crawling around the gem, barely touching its surface.
“What’s going on? What is this?” Jatred growled. A sudden gust of wind tousled his hair.
“I don’t know. What does it say?” Jasmira shrieked. A storm broke around them. The wind became so strong, it made them stagger. They struggled to stay on their feet, turning their faces away from the wind to breathe.
“The letters look almost Arabic, but that’s not it.” Jatred tugged on the chain once more, this time with both hands.
Jasmira momentarily lost her balance, but regained it quickly. She shouted over the storm, “Stop pulling. It’s not working. Concentrate on getting back to the Human World!”
“What? How—”
“Just do it!” Her features twisted with horror. Sweat trickled down her back, and she shook with panic.
They tore their eyes from the lazily spiraling runes and looked at each other. Jatred saw the Summer Goddess in his peripheral vision and turned his head. But she wasn’t there. A cold fear crept on his sweat-covered skin. He swore and squeezed his eyes. His uncle’s smiling face came to his mind. Jatred whispered hastily, “Imagine someone from the Human World.”
Jasmira concentrated on Penelope’s features, and felt a rush of hot air over her face and body. She heard Jatred grunt in pain, and everything went still.    

Today we're fortunate to welcome the hero of Forged in Greed, Jatred.  Let's find out more!

Where do you dream of traveling to and why?

Oh, man! Are you kidding? I have a long list: Greece, Italy, Norway, Chile, Galapagos, Egypt, Morocco, Amazon rainforest, and many more.

Greece because there is an awesome rock climbing in Meteora. And in Kalymnos. In fact, my uncle and I are going to climb in Kalymnos next summer.

There are also cool walls in Italian Alps, the Pulpit Rock in Norway, and Las Torres in Chilean Patagonia. Well, Galapagos, and the other spots are just totally cool. I’ve never been there.

Who is your favorite author?

Again, I don’t think I could say there is just one author that rocks. I read Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher, John Flanagan, Michael Grant, Michael Crichton to name a few. Oh, I love manga, and Naoiki Urasawra is the best. 

What was the scariest moment of your life?

(Chuckles and shakes head) Sorry. That’s actually… well… (exhales loudly). It still freaks me out to even talk about this. But okay. Two worst moments: one when I fought the Garhanan in the Winter Realm, and then my Goddess froze me. Man, she was pissed. But even worse was the battle in the In-Between. That still gives me the nightmares. I mean, I will always have nightmares because of that.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A firefighter. My buddy’s father was a firefighter. We were really little when he went to New York to help out with the 9/11 cleanup.

What group do you hang out with in school?

The Winter Shifters. We always stick together, in school and outside. Although things are changing now, after the ten-thousand-year mark, and all of the Shifters—the Winter and the Summer—are getting close.

Do you play any sports?

I’m not into group sports. You know my buddy, Erik? He’s our quarterback. He’s really good at it. But I prefer to rock climb with my uncle, or swim, go kayaking with him. Skateboarding is the only think that I can remotely consider a group sport. (laughs)

What are you passionate about these days?

(Looks out of the window, quiet for a few moments) Jasmira. She’s so cool. You know, she stuck by my side even when I didn’t remember her, after the Winter Goddess erased all my memories about her. I still don’t remember anything from our past. I never will, I suppose… but she makes things better. And I can trust her… with everything.

Angela Orlowski-Peart was born and raised in Poland. She describes herself as “European born, American by choice”. She was just seven-years-old when she decided to learn English to translate her favorite Polish fairytales.
Angela is a Young Adult fiction writer. She completed her first YA paranormal romance novel, Forged by Greed, which is scheduled for publication on September 20, 2012. It is the first book in The Forged Series. Angela writes in multiple genres, including paranormal, fantasy, urban fiction, sci-fi, and short stories. She is a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Western Washington Chapter (, and several authors’ and readers’ networking groups on Linkedin and Goodreads.  
Angela loves reading good books almost as much as writing them. She can’t decide which is her favorite season—summer or fall. She speaks with Polish accent, but loves listening to the Southern drawl.

She is passionate about watercolor painting, fashion—especially stilettos, rock climbing, environment, and organic food and gardening. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband, two children, and a very independent and chronically curious cat.
Angela can be found HERE:
Next few stops

October 13 Interview
Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews

October 14 Interview/Review
Crazy Four Books

October 16 Interview
Blooding Book Reviews 

October 17 Promo


2 Prize packs featuring a replica of Penelope's (Jasmira's best friend) necklace (note: this is not the Amulet, featured on the cover) , Jasmira's (the female protagonist) poem for Jatred (the male protagonist) handwritten by the author on a pretty paper , and an ebook copy of Forged by Greed (mobi or pdf format)

2 Prize packs featuring a replica of Jasmira's necklace (note: this is not the Amulet, featured on the cover, Jasmira's (the female protagonist) poem for Jatred (the male protagonist) handwritten by the author on a pretty paper , and an ebook copy of Forged by Greed (mobi or pdf format)

2 Prize packs featuring replica of Jasmira's lucky bracelet, Jasmira's (the female protagonist) poem for Jatred (the male protagonist) handwritten by the author on a pretty paper , and an ebook copy of Forged by Greed (mobi or pdf format)


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Sabryy said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

Thank you for hosting me :-)

flchen1 said...

Thanks for the great intro--looking forward to reading more about your stories!

Stephanie Grace said...

Wow! The excerpt certainly has me begging for more! Thank you for hosting this giveaway... Which Giveaway God should I bribe to win? LOL.

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