Monday, February 9, 2015

Tour Kick Off: The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant by @jruthwiebe #giveaway

Book Two in the V Trilogy

Young Adult Fiction
Date Published: January 20, 2015

   Life and death, light and dark, spirit and flesh-on Wormwood Island, the lines are always blurred. For Anne Merchant, who has been thrust back into this eerily secretive world, crossing the line seems inevitable, inescapable, destined.

Now, as Ben finds himself battling for the Big V and Teddy reveals the celestial plan in which Anne is entwined, Anne must choose: embrace her darkly powerful connection to a woman known as Lilith and, in doing so, save the boy she loves…or follow a safer path that is sure to lead to Ben’s destruction at the hands of dark leaders. Hoping the ends will justify the means, Anne starts down the slippery slope into the underworld, intent on exploring the dark to find the light. But as the lure of Lilith proves powerfully strong, will Anne save others-only to lose herself?


#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?

I see writing as a career the way I see a cat as a lifelong friend. Let me explain. J As I see it, the world of publishing and attracting readers is not one that will let you near it easily. Just as a cat forces you to work for its affection, so book publishing only allows a very select few in.

I know that I’m just beginning to earn the right to call myself a working “writer”. I see The V Trilogy and my three-book contract as the first step toward having a career as a writer. Writing stories about characters I’m fascinated by is something that’s woven into who I am, so I can’t help but dedicate my life to writing. And work at it every day. To improve. And earn the career of my dreams.  

#2 – What Was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

Editing. More specifically, killing my darlings. Tens of thousands of words must die in the creation of every novel. I’ve been heartbroken to have to cut some of my favorite scenes from The Unseemly Education and The Wicked Awakening, but I take comfort in knowing that every writer has to deal with the same heartache… and that the story will be more powerful for it.

#3 – Did You Have Any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?

My editor Heather, naturally. J But also my uber-awesome agent Jason Anthony of LMQ. Jason loves twisty stories, and so do I, so we’re a great team. When it comes to titling the books, I’ve had the help of my partner Lance as well as Heather, Glenn and Adrienne at BenBella.  

#4 – What is next for your writing?

Concluding the story of Anne, Ben, Pilot and Harper in the third and final book of The V Trilogy. Trying to do justice to these characters I adore – that should keep me sleepless for most of 2015. J I’m also, like most writers, always working on three other manuscripts simultaneously. So we’ll see which one of those refuses to go a moment longer without my attention, and I’ll dive into that.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?

YES! I’m reading George RR Martin’s series A Song of Fire and Ice, with which I’m obsessed. I’m also rereading Harry Potter because, well, who doesn’t constantly reread those books? And I’ve got Maeve Binchy’s Circle of Friends newly loaded on my Kindle. My bathtub reading right now is Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, which I’m devouring for the second time in about a decade. (It’s a truly huge American novel, so you can’t exactly reread it every year.)

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The devil wants Anne Merchant – and she just found out why. Can she use her secret to outplay the dark lord and save her crush?

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3?

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?
French fries.

#4 – Comedy or Drama?

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?
Nicholas Sparks.

#6 – Fantasy or Reality?

#7 – Call or Text?

#8 – Public School or Home School?

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate

#10 – eBook or Paperback?
…Back to paperbacks for me, actually. 

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