Sunday, April 21, 2013

Giveaway and author interview: Revealing Eden by Victoria Foyt

Releasing tomorrow!
Adapting Eden by Victoria Foyt
Young Adult Adapting Eden Book Cover

In Adapting Eden, Eden Newman must adapt into a hybrid human beast if she hopes to become Ronson Bramford’s mate. She has no choice but to undergo her father’s adaptation experiment at his makeshift laboratory in the last patch of rainforest. But when the past rears its ugly head, Eden and Bramford must abandon camp along with their family and friends. Luckily, an Aztec tribe that has survived with the aid of a healing plant provides them with sanctuary—or do they have an ulterior motive? Too late, Eden realizes she is at the center of an epic spiritual battle between love and war. To survive, she must face her deepest fears or lose everything, including the beastly man she loves.

For Giveaway, the 1st book
Revealing Eden by Victoria Foyt

REVEALING EDEN tells the story of Eden Newman, who lives in a future, post-apocalyptic world where resistance to a deadly, overheated environment defines class and beauty. A month away from her 18th birthday, Eden must mate—or die! If only someone wanted a lowly, white-skinned Pearl, worthless in a world ruled by dark Coals. When Eden unwittingly compromises her father’s secret biological experiment, she is cast out—into the last patch of rainforest and the arms of a powerful beast-man she believes is her enemy, despite her overwhelming attraction to him.Check out the promotional site for the book
About Victoria from her site

interview with Blkosiner's Book Blog

--The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.
Wow, this is hard. Okay, here goes: Eden must not only adapt into a hybrid human-beast to become Bramford’s mate, she must also save him and stop the war to end the world.
--How did you get the idea for the story?
Who knows where my ideas come from? I sure don’t. I simply try to grab them as they float through my mind. For example, I had a solid outline for the sequel to Revealing Eden. But when I began writing, a major turn occurred to me with many new characters and a stronger impetus for what would be book three. This revelation was very exciting, and of course, I followed its lead. In fact, I had to scrap the draft I had begun of Adapting Eden and start again. But it was well worth it!
--Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates?
I’m currently writing the third and final installment of the Save The Pearls series: Freeing Eden. I never imagined I would write a trilogy, but it’s so much fun. While each book must be a complete, standalone story, it is also an act in the overall series, which takes a lot of planning.
In Adapting Eden, Save The Pearls Part Two, Eden Newman must transform from a frightened young girl on the run to embrace all of her power and then some, becoming a goddess of sorts. How fun would that be!
--What book(s) is your book’s “cousin”? (Similar kind of read, set-up or style)
The forbidden romance between Eden Newman and Bramford, the first hybrid human-beast, reminds me of Bella’s attraction to Edward. For example, if beastly Bramford and young Eden were to become lovers, he might kill her. But the Save The Pearls series has such a deep message of anti-racism and of our need to protect the environment. In those aspects, it resonates with the Pure series.
--What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read?

I make time to read, because I enjoy it, and because it keeps my writing muscles limber. As Stephen King wrote in his book On Writing: “You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.” Reading good books inspires me.
Some of my favorites include: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert, Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, Emma by Jane Austen, The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende, The Giver by Lois Lowry.
--Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)? Are there any songs on your playlist- songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote?
I need coffee to get started first thing in the morning. And quiet. The phone isn’t ringing at that time, and my mind hasn’t yet run off in a million directions. The only music I like when I’m writing is the sweet chirping of the birds outside my window. 

--If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
100% kindness, even on the road.
--Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?
I love to walk outside, whether at the beach or hiking in the mountains. Or sometimes, walk through my local park simply to get a tea at the Starbucks at the other end and walk home. I sit at my desk far too often, writing books, or doing endless paperwork, which can make me feel isolated. Walking not only slows down my mind, allowing time to reflect on my life or my characters’ lives, but it also provides much needed physical and emotional balance.
--What is one thing you would tell your 15-year-old self?
Think big! As you get older you will realize that, all along, the world will hold out its hand to you with one opportunity after the next. Some you seized, others you let fall away, because you didn’t think you were enough. So you see that if you had begun your adult life with bigger dreams, you might have had the courage to grab a hold of those opportunities that you later regretted not taking.

--Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers?
I applaud your passion for reading! And thank you for the awesome reviews. It’s so great to hear from you. Please check out the new website, and see what endangered animals you want to adapt:
Lightning round: this or that?
Vanilla or chocolate? 85% dark chocolate.
Hockey or soccer? Tennis.
Ebook or paper? Sorry, paper, but I’ll try soon.
Salty or sweet? Great combo: dark chocolate with sea salt!
Beach or mountains? Both.
Phone call or email? Email.
Early bird or night owl? Super early.
Messy or neat? In-between. 

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  1. This is a new concept, sounds interesting, but I'm curious why she has to become a hybrid. Or do I have the wrong idea of a human beast hybrid? I'm thinking robot hybrid, or DNA hybrid, beast as in ferocious animals? That'd be weird, just to be someone's mate. I understand she has to or she dies but aren't there anymore humnas around?

  2. Another book I haven't heard about. I love finding new books.
    Thank you so much for your generous giveaway prize!! And Thank you so much for a chance to win and for being a part of this fun and awesome blog hop!!


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