Dec 17, 2012

Reawakened Blog Tour: Excerpt + Guest Post


 Today I'll be sharing an excerpt from ReAwakened with you guys as I'm taking part of the blog tour being hosted by the wonderful Jessirae over at Words, Pages and Books! You can follow the full tour here.


Excerpt from ReAwakened:


My two-story fall was cushioned by a sturdy, muscular torso. The owner of the muscles—a vampire, I realized—groaned as I landed on top of him, forcing him into the muddy ground. I reached for my dagger, but he was quicker. He slipped out from underneath me, flipping me over in the process so that he was quickly astride me. His firm body pressed tightly against mine as his hands pinned my wrists to either side of my head. As a bolt of lightning struck a nearby tree, I was greeted by a mischievous smirk dancing across perfectly-shaped full lips.

“Quite feisty, aren’t you?” he chuckled, bending forward to examine me. Deep, charcoal eyes overflowed with amusement.

He was actually enjoying this.

“I don’t wanna hurt you,” he whispered in a deep, throaty voice. “I’m gonna release you now. Don’t do anything stupid.”

He lifted his arm, removing his right hand from my left wrist. The moment I felt some freedom, I leaped forward, attempting a left hook at his jaw. He blocked my hand, once again pushing it toward the ground.

“I said I wasn’t going to hurt you!” he growled, pinning me even further into the soft, wet earth.

“But I never said that I wouldn’t hurt you!” I snapped.

He brought his face toward mine. “I’d like to see you try,” he whispered.

Challenge accepted.

Now I just had to find a way out of the vampire’s tight grasp. I raised my head—the only part of me that wasn’t restrained by his body—inching my lips closer to his. He tensed for a moment, his eyes searching mine, as if surprised by my sudden change in behavior. Drops of rainwater slid down his chiseled jaw, pausing briefly on his lips before they plummeted down to mine. Then, a slow, smug smile spread across his face. I felt his body relax and he leaned even closer. His breath caressed my skin as his lips drew near.

It was exactly what I needed. Summoning all my strength, I twisted my hips to the side, shooting them up and out, then launching my legs off the ground. Thrown off-balance, my captor groaned and released one of my arms to brace for the fall, giving me the chance to free my dagger. In one smooth move I was quickly behind him, securing him in a headlock with the blade of my weapon aimed directly at his heart.

“Who are you?” I demanded when I was certain he couldn’t escape my grip.

“I’m a twenty-four-year-old Taurus who enjoys long walks on the beach.” Even though I couldn’t see his face, I could feel his arrogant grin.

“You have ten seconds to explain yourself,” I ordered. “Or I’m really going to hurt you.”

“Oh, come on! Can’t we get back to the kissing? You can’t tease a guy like that.”

“Ten, nine…” I pressed the dagger deeper into him, nicking the leather of his jacket.

“Hey! Watch it!”

“Eight…”

“Oh, alright. You’re no fun,” he sighed. “My name is Razor.”

“What kind of a name is that?”

“It’s a nickname.”

“What kind of a nickname is that?”

“Spike, Blade, Fang—all the good, deadly objects were already taken. It was the best I could do.”

“What are you doing here?”

“I‘m simply an innocent gentleman trying to survive an attack by a crazy girl,” he teased, grinning.

“I’m going to start counting down again,” I warned.

“Okay, okay. I’ll tell you everything. But first, can you call off your pet dagger, please? I’ll be good, I promise.”

I scoffed. “Why should I trust you?”

“Because…I’m irresistibly charming?” He turned his head back to look at me. “Pretty please?” he asked, giving me another one of his teasing smirks—a trademark move that no girl refused, I figured, vowing to never be one of those girls.

“Oh, alright,” I conceded. “But if you try something, I swear I’ll use my pet dagger to cut off—”

“I said I’d behave! Though, you’re making it kinda hard to be good with all that talk of wanting to have your way with me.”

I released my grip on his neck and smacked the top of his head. “Let’s go inside,” I ordered.



So what'd you guys think? I can't wait to read this series!  I've heard so many people raving about it and that excerpt totally drew me in! Hope you all enjoyed the excerpt. And now for the guest post with Ada Adams about naming her characters.





“Angel Creek” Series – Naming Characters


Names often evoke strong feelings within us. Whether it’s the name of someone you like (I still can’t hear the name of my seventh grade crush without getting butterflies in my stomach!), or a name of that really mean girl who made up a silly rumor about you, we usually react and take notice when we hear a particular name.

Personally, when I’m writing, I prefer to give unique names to my characters—names that I have no association with. I want them to be blank slates that I can mold into something new. And therein lies the challenge. How do you find names that will fit the characters’ personalities and won’t constantly make you think of other people?! Trial and error is what usually works best for me. Sometimes, I also get help from a good baby name book.

How did “Angel Creek” characters’ names come about?

When “ReVamped” was just a TV show script, Dawn’s name was actually Gabrielle. I really like “Elle” names, especially Isabelle. However, since Isabelle(a) is a name already associated with a well-known vampire book, I settled on my second-favorite “Elle” name—Gabrielle. Its meaning is “strength”, and it was a very fitting name for “ReVamped”’s main character. She is one tough vampire chick, after all!

However, sometime between finishing the pilot and beginning the novel, the name lost some of its power. It no longer fit the character as I saw her. I flirted with some of my other top choices—Victoria, Scarlett, Alexis—until finally settling on Dawn.

I’ve loved the name Dawn ever since I had encountered its counterpart, Aurora, in one of my favorite Disney films, “Sleeping Beauty”. This worked out very well, because in “ReVamped”, you learn that Dawn shares a special connection (or two) with a character named Aurora. I love the fact that the two names are so different (just like Dawn and Aurora), but yet they are also perfectly harmonized. Dawn is actually named in honor of her mother, Zora (an Eastern-European version of Dawn), who died in childbirth. Plus, Dawn is a pretty cool name for a vampire, right? Cheesy pun intended.

The other characters’ names came about in a fairly natural way. To keep some reality intact in my rather unreal paranormal novel, I had to keep true to names and dates. Since I was dealing with a group of vampires who have been born during different time periods, it was important to do my research and ensure that certain names actually existed in the time periods that the characters were born in.

Sebastian was originally Alexander. In fact, he was Alexander throughout the entire Pilot script. However, once I began to write the novel and changed certain aspects of the character, the name no longer fit. Something about it was off. He just wasn’t an Alexander. I think it’s very important to feel a connection to your characters’ names, but it’s even more important that the names truly fit them. The moment I changed his name to Sebastian, the character suddenly became whole for me.

Sebastian’s name suits him really well. It’s mysterious, hot and brooding, but I hadn’t personally seen it in recent YA literature, so I had no connection to it and could shape him into whatever—or rather, whoever—I wanted. Somewhere halfway into the novel, I realized that Sebastian is also named after a Disney character! And from another one of my favorite Disney movies, “The Little Mermaid”. I’ve come to the realization that I may perhaps have a subconscious obsession with Disney characters. Who knows, maybe one day “ReVamped” will be a crazy Disney movie that incorporates vampires, sleeping beauties, and underwater crabs!

Ethan’s name was very easy to come by, and it fit him perfectly. It means “strong”, and his last name, Summers, is a play on the fact that he brings about some warmth and sunshine into Dawn’s life. Hunter (the aloof, washed-up 80’s rock-star) and Brooke (the boy-crazy cheerleader) were no-brainers. Sophie was also always Sophie. Her name means “wisdom” and is perfect for our demure, clever librarian. Seth, the youngest of the vampires, had been Seth from the start as well. Something about his name had worked really well for him, and immediately stuck.

I then hit a bump in the road upon realizing that I had two secondary characters whose names started with the same letter (three, if you count Sebastian). At times, when characters have names that begin with the same letter, it can get a bit confusing for readers. I immediately threw myself into changing Sophie and Seth’s names. Sophie was briefly a Grace, while Seth was a Kyle. However, I just couldn’t depart from Sophie and Seth. My early readers, who had read the very first draft and knew them as Sophie and Seth, also couldn’t get used to the name changes. It’s funny how sometimes names just find the character. Or perhaps it could be that, as writers and readers, we tend to get attached to names. Either way, I had to return Sophie and Seth back to their rightful names.

However, sometimes, no matter how attached you get to a certain name, you do have to change it. Hannah, our perky red-headed waitress, was initially Annie. In fact, it was only until the very final draft, that I realized it may not be the best name for a curly, red-haired character.­­­ It took a very long time for me to get over Annie. In fact, she went through an identity crisis. Well, more like a name crisis. She had about ten different names until I finally made peace with Hannah. A few more drafts after that, and I was like: “Annie who?!”

Razor was, by far, the hardest character to name. If you’ve read “ReAwakened”, you know that his real name is obviously not Razor, but I couldn’t use his real name throughout the book. I never name my characters after people I know, but in “ReVamped”, I named “Razor” (who was then just mentioned in passing) after someone I knew in real life as a tribute. When I realized that I absolutely had to bring him on the team in “ReAwakened”, I freaked out a little! He just wasn’t a “insert his real name here”. Uh-uh, no way! Since his character is unique in every way imaginable, I thought that having an unusual nickname would be very fitting. Unfortunately, according to Razor: “Spike, Blade, Fang, all the good, pointy objects were already taken”, so we had to settle on Razor. It’s grown on me and I think that the readers feel like it fits him as well!

In the end, I’m very happy with the names of “Angel Creek”’s characters. Over the course of writing the series, the characters have transformed from blank slates into individuals I care about deeply. I can’t wait to explore their personalities and journeys in the third book!





Becoming a vampire guardian was Dawn Fairchild’s ticket out of the Scarlet House. Fresh off a successful mission, life in Angel Creek should have been great. But when her sort-of-maybe-boyfriend, Sebastian, disappears on a quest to help a beautiful vampire from his past, Dawn finds herself amidst a web of danger, lies, and deceit.

Joining forces with Razor, an enigmatic rebel lacking both a verbal and a physical filter, and her band of Misfits—Brooke, Sophie, Hunter, and Seth—Dawn is thrust into a race against the clock to solve the mystery surrounding brutal Born kidnappings and come to terms with the sudden discovery of her own unique powers. With time ticking away and Born vampires’ lives in jeopardy, it quickly becomes evident that someone—or something—desperately wants Dawn and is willing to shed any amount of blood to get her.

Dawn has only one chance to face her demons and overcome all obstacles standing in her way as she embarks on the biggest mission of her life—one that threatens a deadly outcome for all involved.





“Many people sing in the shower. I write scenes in my head and act them out.” At the age of five, Ada read her first chapter book—Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. Ever since that moment, she developed an intense passion for stories and characters found within the pages of literature. In her career as an actress and a writer, Ada currently spends most of her days immersed in imaginary worlds. Much like the characters she enjoys playing and writing about, Ada is a martial artist with a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. She is also a big proponent of lifelong learning, and has attained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (it aids in creating characters with unique quirks!) as well as a Master’s of Science in Education. Ada strives to bring a fresh voice and perspective to fiction. She has been writing creatively for many years, and is an editor of a global fashion/literary magazine called VEUX. ReVamped is her debut novel.
She lives in Toronto, Canada, and enjoys adventurous nature hikes with her adorable puppies Cara and Oreo.






You can add ReAwakened which was published on Novemeber 27th of 2012 on Goodreads!   Ada Adams can be found at the following sites--Author Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads. And now for the Giveaway!! Good luck to everyone who enters!! This is one giveaway you definitely want to enter. Lots of pretty awesome prizes. Here are the details and what is up for grabs...




- 3 winners (One grand prize winner +2 small prize winners)

- One main entry per person

- Must be 13 years or older to enter

- Open Internationally

- Winners will have 48 hours to reply before a new winner is chosen



Grand Prize Winner will win the following-

PRINT COPY OF RV

PRINT COPY OF RA

RV POSTER

RA POSTER

2 RV/RA POSTCARDS

3 RV BOOKMARKS

3 RA BOOKMARKS

I <3 SEBASTIAN KEYCHAIN

I <3 HUNTER GUITAR PICK

I <3 RAZOR DOGTAG DAWN'S NECKLACE
 

 


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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing the excerpt! It sounds like a really good read :)

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  2. This is one of those series that you see everywhere but keep passing by, at least, it is for me. I haven't really been in a vamp-mood lately but a lot of fellow bloggers seem to love these books. At some point I plan on giving it a shot!

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