Welcome to the first stop on the Half-Black Soul Blog Tour!
This blog tour is so celebrate the upcoming release of Half-Black Soul, the second book in the Alexa Montgomery Saga by HD Gordon.
Check out my review of book 1 Blood Warrior HERE
Book 2, Half-Black Soul is due for release January 31st and I'm going to do an exclusive cover reveal for Book 2.
Are you ready?
Isn't it beautiful? I love this cover. It's so different from Book 1 but I think it's really elegant and pretty. I was hoping to have a review for it up on this post but I know HD is still working super hard on it so hopefully I will have a review posted for you soon.
So I have two more exclusive things to share with you today.
The first being an interview with HD Gordon herself.
Hi Heather, thanks for joining us on K-Books today. When did you know wanted to be a writer?
Hmm, well, I can honestly say that I have been writing for as long as I can remember, but I think it began with my love of reading. As a child, I would come home from school every night and read aloud to my mother, who would be reading her own book, but was patient enough to define certain words for me or stop to explain something when my comprehension wasn’t up to par. She introduced me to all types of books, books that were well beyond my reading level, and helped me to understand and appreciate the beauty of them. I spent a good portion of my childhood doing this with her. I became obsessed. I found myself wanted to create written work of my own, so the reading sessions turned into writing sessions. As my mother would read, I would write. I made her listen to every crappy poem and story I scribbled down. She would tell me that my words were amazing, even though I assure you that that was rather generous on her part, but her encouragement and praise made me feel special; happy, though not even those words can describe it. To this day I call her with material and make her listen to my babble. To this day she still believes in me.
Did you take personal experience and adapt it into the book?
Oh, certainly. Well, if you’re asking if I know how to kick everyone’s butt and have super hot guys falling all over me, then, no. But, I think that every story stems from some personal experience or another. When I come to a part in the book that involves pain and misery, I try to recall a time when I felt pain or misery, and the same with all emotions. As humans, we tend to believe that others don’t know or understand our battles and struggles, but they do. We may have different experiences, but we all feel when certain things happen. I try to take people back to those moments.
I personally loved Blood Warrior, where did the idea for the story come from?
First, let me say thank you! You couldn’t give me a finer compliment.
I have to tell you, I began this book because I have always been a huge paranormal lover. When I say huge, I mean that when I was into Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I carved chopsticks into stakes and carried them around with me. I was never a princess or a ballerina for Halloween, I was a leprechaun or a demon. I will be honest and say that I got fed up with reading novels that I felt were written and published because the people who sell books wanted to cash in on a trend, and were compromising the genre as a result. I wanted to write a book that I would want to read; to tell a story that I wouldn’t be disappointed with. Blood Warrior was born of that.
My favourite character has to be Kayden, where was your inspiration for him?
Ah, yes, Kayden. When you write a book, you get the opportunity to build characters as you see fit. Kayden is the man I would build if God called me up to heaven and told me to have at it. I wanted him to be strong and smart, handsome and humble. I also wanted him to be able to put up with a hard-headed girl like Alexa, because we happen to share that trait. Most of all, he had to be loyal, as this is one of things I personally hold in high regard. Alexa needed someone to look out for her, whether or not she will admit it. And, let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want a man like Kayden looking out for them?
Alexa is such an awesome heroine and she's totally kick-ass, did you want a strong lead female character and where did you get the idea for her?
Some of Alexa’s traits I took from myself. Ironically, they are probably the weaker parts, but I felt they were essential in balancing her out. But, mostly, she is everything I wish I could be. She’s strong and loyal, and has a true sense of what is right and wrong. Throughout the story, I tried to put myself in her shoes and imagine how I would react in those situations. This is a secret, but originally, Alexa was a thirty-something year old werewolf. I got twenty thousand words into that story and decided to start over. At twenty three years old, it was easier for me to become a character who was seventeen, rather than a character who was at a point in her life I haven’t reached yet. Also, YA has always been one of my favorite genres. At seventeen, we are still finding ourselves, and there is so much room for emotional growth. I hope that the readers will enjoy watching Alexa grow up, because she will be forced to whether she wants to or not.
In this book I love both of the guys in the love triangle which is very unusual for me, did you intend for it to be difficult for readers to pick teams?
Ha, no, that wasn’t intentional. Again, I just wanted to tell a story that I could lose myself in, and okay, having a couple hot guys chasing after my main character was appealing. I mean, come on, ladies, if you could write your own life story, wouldn’t you want that too? Jackson was built around the idea of a best-guy-friend I never had. His accent, clothing and demeanor are taken from some of the guys I grew up with in Missouri. He was one of the first characters that came to me once I got going on the book, and he stuck. I fell in love with him, as I did my other characters. Like a true first love, he just decided to stay.
Do you have any authors that really inspired you?
Oh, yes. My idol would have to be Stephen King. My all time favorite book is The Shining. The way he digs into the characters minds is an ability I hope to gain with much, much more practice. But, many other authors inspired me as well, too many to name, in fact. As a child, I was obsessed with Edgar Allen Poe. I would read his stories and poems and try to emulate his style. But, I love and respect all writers. I learn from all of them. If not for them showing me the way, I’m sure I would be lost.
What kinds of books do you usually read?
Obviously my favorites are fantasy/paranormal types, but I read everything. When I say everything, I mean newspaper articles to signs to labels and everything else that holds words. I want to grow in my craft, and I feel that reading is like studying for me; only it’s studying I actually want to do. With every book I read I learn something new about writing, whether it be just a turn of phrase or a new word. I take what I like and try to make it my own. I also recognize what I don’t like and try to avoid it. If it’s written well and grabs me, I’ll read it!
Well, I’m really a “budding author” myself, so I’m not sure what help I can be, but I suppose I do have a few things to say. First, don’t let anyone discourage you! Writing is hard enough with just you as a critic of your own work, and it is okay to disagree with people’s opinions. When the words fall onto to the page just right, you’ll know. If you’ve got a story that you love so much it makes you giddy, then I guarantee there will be others who feel the same way; you just have to find them. Also, don’t be afraid to dream big. If not, what is the point in dreaming at all?
No, no, Kay, my dear, Thank You!
Not only has Heather shared the interview with us but she has also shared an exclusive character post from Alexa on one of her childhood memories.
You know you want to read it:
Well I don't know about you but I had to read it with my hands over my eyes looking through my fingers. Everyone knows I'm a dog-lover. That's horrific but it does show a lot of Alexa's great qualities, her strength to do what needs to be done and her fierce protectiveness of Nelly.
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Join us on the rest of the Half-Black Soul tour.....
January 17th - Shieka @ Doctor's Notes
January 18th - Cecelia @ Cecelia Robert's Written Word
January 19th - Tana @ Tana Rae Reads
January 20th - Vanya @ YA Story Teller
January 23rd - Karla @ Book Addict
January 24th - Tt @ Never Ending Stories
January 25th - Maghon @ Happy Tails and Tales
January 26th - Erica @ Ink Spots and Roses
January 27th - Lissa @ The Book Nut Reviews
January 30th - Taneesha @ A Diary of a Book Addict
January 31st - HD Gordon
*If you stop by all of the blogs and leave a comment you will be entered to win a paperback copy of Blood Warrior.
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