4.04.2011

Shades Of Atlantis Blog Tour

Today I join some great blogger friends to host a stop on the SHADES OF ATLANTIS blog tour. Before I get to my portion of the tour, here's all the tour info and book info.

 
Win some lovely things! There are four giveaways going on:  1) Signed copy of Shades of Atlantis, a lined spiral notebook with SoA cover, bookmark, keyring, SoA 2011 calendar, and SoA mug. 2) Signed copy of Shades of Atlantis, a lined spiral notebook with SoA cover, bookmark, keyring, SoA 2011 calendar 3) TWO e-book copy of SoA

All you have to do to win: Leave a comment on each blog stop. The winners WILL be checked and chosen by Random.org  from the final blog April 19. You do not need to be a follower of ANY blog. Open internationally.

Blog Tour Stops:

April 1: Mundie Moms
April 2:
Once Upon A Twilight 


Since the death of their parents, Triona Pryor and her brother, Ben, have lived with their aunt and uncle in Camden, Maine. Now in her senior year of high school, Triona loves her family and friends, but she has always felt that she didn't quite fit in...in Camden, or anywhere else.

Enter Caleb Wallace, the devilishly handsome man who has recently moved to Triona's small town. While their attraction to each other is instantaneous, it also proves to be dangerous...and deadly.

When tragedy strikes, Triona flees to London for solace and to start her life anew. It's there she discovers from an unlikely source that her family has been keeping secrets from her - secrets about not only her birthright, but her ultimate destiny as well. Armed with this knowledge, Triona finds herself thrown into a whole new world and into a battle to save the lives of everyone she loves.


I have for you today a character interview. It was a hard decision because the book is full of great characters. But I picked my two favorite characters: Ben and Amanda. Ben is Triona's little brother and Amanda is her best friend. They were awesome characters, especially Ben. I found him very, very lovable. Enjoy the interview!

BEN:

What are you feelings toward Caleb?
Complicated. I still feel Caleb was spineless back when he and Triona got together, but Triona loves him so I make an effort. At least he admitted that he messed up. Triona thinks everything is cool between us now, but I think it’s safe to say Caleb and I have some unresolved issues.

How did you feel when you found out about not being human?
My first reaction was excitement. I wasn’t shocked about the physical change. It came kind of natural to me. It’s difficult to explain. You know when someone asks a question and the answer is on the tip of your tongue? Well, it was like remembering the answer. It was something there all along. It took a few weeks to get my head around the birth right stuff.

When did you fall in love with Amanda?
Aww, you had to go there. Haha. I think I should probably put a disclaimer here — Guardians recognize their soul-mate by scent. It’s love at first sight for all of us.

I was five and Amanda was six when we met. I used to tease her just so I could see her cheeks burn and she always had a smile for me. Then when we got older… this is going to sound creepy, there were nights I would lie awake knowing she was in the next room with Triona having a sleepover. I could hear them giggling through the walls. It was just like awakening as a Guardian, I just knew Amanda was the missing piece of me right from the start.

What's your biggest fear?
Loosing Amanda or Triona. I’m pretty strong these days but that’s my Achilles’ heel.

What is something you want us to know about you?
I’m a big softy, but you really don’t want to get on my bad side. I don’t forgive easily.
Since you're pretty much immortal, what are some things you would like do with that?

What are some things you want to do with your longer life?
I’m not immortal and I don’t have a death wish, so I tend not to act as if I am. We live a lot longer than humans and are hard to kill but not impossible. Put it this way, you won’t find me jumping out of airplanes without a parachute anytime soon.

Our future is still a little unsettled. Caleb and Samuel began unraveling our history almost straight away but there is still a lot about who we are and what we are meant to do that we don’t know.  Eventually I would like to travel. I would really like to do something with all this money we have now. We can’t spend it all. Right now I’m not thinking further than being with Amanda.

What's the best memory you have with Triona? The worst?
The best is probably going to sound like the worst but it really isn’t. After our parents died and we moved in with Carmel and Lewis, I went through a phase where I couldn’t fall asleep alone in a room without waking up screaming. For six months Triona sat by my bed and held my hand until I dozed off.

The worst was the day she convinced me to take the boat out after the fire. I should never have agreed to it. She thought she had me fooled but she didn’t. I knew she wasn’t okay.

Some would call you a sidekick, what would you say to that?
Sidekick? Ha! Who are these people? Kick ass maybe but not a sidekick. Of course coming from Triona’s point of view it might look that way. When I tell my story you will see a whole other side to me.

Anything else you want us to know?
Yeah, I haven’t forgotten what Zeal did.

AMANDA:

What did you think when Triona and Caleb got together?
I was really happy for Triona when they finally got together. It was great to see Triona so happy with him and it was obvious Caleb adored her. I felt bad for telling Ben everything that happened with Caleb when he first got to town. I think it colored his opinion of Caleb negatively. I wanted it all to work out for Triona so badly. I guess Ben is a better judge of character than I am. Do not tell him I said that.
What is something you want us to know about you?
I make the best cookies. I’m a lot more ambitious than people give me credit for and the idea of living for 400 years is scary. On one hands I’m excited to see how the world changes, on the other hand I can’t envisage the future at all. I’m still trying to get used to the idea.
When did you fall in love with Ben?
It’s hard to know. We were friends for a long time and I fought him all the way on taking it further. I couldn’t make sense of my feeling for him. I hated being away from him and it was weird because Triona is my best friend. Ben was her little brother. I used to get so angry when all the pretty girls at school followed him around like love sick puppies.

One night, when I was sixteen, I went out with this guy, Jack, from school. Ben was hiding behind the hedge outside my house. He wasn’t exactly stealth about it. The date only proved I had no interest in Jack or anyone else for that matter. When I got home Ben was still waiting. I went right up to him and kissed him for the first time. I think I loved him all along. He really didn’t need the Guardian stuff to win me over. He’s thoughtful, funny, smart, incredibly loyal and he loves his family. I know I doubted him a few times over the years but Ben has proved he will never let me down.

How was living it in London?
I loved living in London but I hated being away from Ben. At home, I’m the baby of the family. I have two older sisters. My mom cooked and cleaned. My parents paid the utilities. I think I found my independence in London. I got a job, I loved the classes I went to, and I made some friends. Triona paid for the apartment but I paid toward food and bills.

It was rough being away from Ben especially during the time we didn’t speak and seeing Triona spend so much time with John. John is a great guy.

I don’t have any bad memories of London, but after everything that happened I wanted to go home. My only regret about London is that I didn’t see more of it. We’ve been back since and I still didn’t get to do the tourist thing. Maybe next time.

What's the best memory you have with Triona? The worst?
The best memories with Triona are with Jennifer too. We used to have sleepovers and sit around in our PJs laughing and eating junk all night. We actually had one recently to cheer Jen up. She’s been having a tough time lately.

After the fire, that was bad.

What are you most looking forward to in life?
I’m looking forward to building a life, no more secrets. There are a lot of possibilities now.

What's your role as Triona's best friend?
I’m not sure I have a role, I’m mean it’s not like I’m playing a part. I’ve never thought about it like that. I guess I will keep doing what I’ve always done. Point out when she messes up with my passive aggressive behavior, haha, and be there for the good stuff, and the bad stuff. It’s a big relief knowing everything is out in the open between us now.

Anything else you want us to know?
I meant it when I said Caleb will have to deal with me if he messes up again.

Now you want to the read the book, right? Good thing we're doing some giveaways!  Good luck with the entries and have fun visiting all the blogs!

24 comments:

  1. I've been all over Europe but not England yet. I would love to visit London sometime.

    Vivien
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  2. I love the interview with the characters! It just makes me want to read this book all the more! I'm so excited about this book!!
    shannonjean14(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Wonderful interviews!! This made me love both of them SO much more!! I am extremely excited for the sequel now! Ben takes it from here, not Triona's voice from what I think. Oh, I hope so!! How sweet...and creepy...that Ben was waiting for her after that date? hahaha I'm also wondering if there is some foreshadowing here that Caleb is going to mess up again? Oh crap....

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  4. "Kick ass but not a sidekick". Ha ha! You tell 'em, Ben. I loved his history with Amanda from when they were kids. Great interviews!

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  5. Great interview!! Looking forward to the book.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  6. I'm going to do the tour and at the end read the book. This is just foreplay, teasing me until I can't stand it then I'll break down and read the book.

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  7. I'm so excited about this book. Can't wait to read it!

    amanda at lettersinsideout dot com

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  8. I love getting to know the characters better! Thanks for a great interview and post. :0)

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  9. Ben and Amanda are very interesting characters!!! Great interviews.

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  10. I love characters interview. Amanda and Ben sound like fun characters, can't wait to read the book!

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  11. I bet it was hard to pick just 2 characters as your favorites!

    the girl on fire
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  12. I certainly enjoyed the interviewing.

    marypres@gmail.com

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  13. Thanks for the review! This book sounds amazing.

    Rachel Leigh
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  14. What a great idea to do a character interview, it really brings the characters to life for me.

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  15. Interesting character interview. Thanks for posting this; can't wait to read it!

    cc932005 at hotmail dot com

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  16. Okay, this was adorable. I've wanted to know more about Ben and Amanda and it was fun to hear when they fell in love. So cute!

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  17. Thanks for the character interview! I love reading it and can't wait to meet the characters myself when I read the book!

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  18. I'm really looking forward to learning more about Ireland and it's history.

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  19. Thanks for the review!
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

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  20. Yes, I want to read this book!
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. Love the character interviews, gives me a little glance into the characters and makes me want to read this book even more :)

    june111(at)att(dot)net

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  22. Great interview! I can't wait to read this book.

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