[Archive] Spotlight, Review, Interview, CMC15 Promo and Giveaway with Jenna Black_10.18.14
FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT
Spotlight, Review, Interview, Coastal Magic Convention Promo and Giveaway
LITERAL ADDICTION is thrilled to welcome the amazing Jenna Black back to the site today, 10/18/14.
Jenna Black is your typical writer. Which means she’s an “experience junkie.” She got her BA in physical anthropology and French from Duke University.
Once upon a time, she dreamed she would be the next Jane Goodall, camping in the bush making fabulous discoveries about primate behavior. Then, during her senior year at Duke, she did some actual research in the field and made this shocking discovery: primates spend something like 80% of their time doing such exciting things as sleeping and eating.
Concluding that this discovery was her life’s work in the field of primatology, she then moved on to such varied pastimes as grooming dogs and writing technical documentation. Among her other experiences …
• Ballroom dancing.
• Traveling all seven continents. Yes, even Antarctica.
• Becoming a Life Master in Bridge.
• Singing in a barbershop chorus.
Keep up with Jenna online at her Website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on GoodReads.
Jenna is the proud creator of the FAERIEWALKER, MORGAN KINGSLEY, NIKKI GLASS, GUARDIANS OF THE NIGHT, REPLICA and GIFTED series.
I highly suggestion checking out her entire backlist (I’m a Jenna Black fangirl!), but for today, I’m going to tell you about her new release The Gifted Dead and the REPLICA series to get you all ready for its final installment in November…
The Gifted Dead
GIFTED Book #1
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Politics and magic make dangerous bedfellows.
Deep within the Order, the seeds of corruption have taken root. While younger generations of the Gifted have embraced modern democratic values, a secret society of old-guard zealots seek a return to the past, when only European men of distinguished bloodlines held power.
Now, three venerable European families and a maverick American each plot to seize control of the Order and shape it to their will. A cutthroat game of political intrigue will decide the winner; and the stakes couldn’t be higher, for ruling the Order carries with it the power to grant—or deny—an afterlife.
What begins as a battle of wills could turn into an all-out war. And magic could prove deadlier than any missile.
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha - Chelle:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review
Oh what a tangled web we weave….
Jenna Black joins the masterful prose I am so fond of with a thrilling new concept that takes the whole 6 degrees of separation concept and pairs it with some heavy duty political intrigue, all bundled up with some very cool preternatural world building for a book that most definitely pleased!
I was told that The Gifted Dead and the GIFTED series were Game of Thrones meets House of Cards and I can kind of see that with regards to the tie ins of the characters and the intrigue and deception rampant throughout.
Interesting protagonists, baleful antagonists, an interesting and complex world with plenty of room for growth and engaging prose make for a book that I was very happy I had the chance to enjoy. I definitely recommend The Gifted Dead for urban fantasy and mystery readers looking for something new and interesting and I can’t wait to see where Jenna takes this new endeavor…
REPLICA Book #1
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Breathtaking new YA SF from the author of the Faeriewalker series
Sixteen-year-old Nadia Lake comes from a high-class Executive family in the Corporate States. Her marriage has been arranged with the most powerful family in her state, which means she lives a life of privilege but also of public scrutiny, followed everywhere by photographers, every detail of her private life tabloid fodder. But her future is assured, as long as she can maintain her flawless public image — no easy feat when your betrothed is a notorious playboy.
Nathan Hayes is the heir of Paxco — controller of the former state of New York, and creator of human replication technology, science that every state and every country in the world would kill to have. Though Nadia and Nate aren’t in love, they’ve grown up close, and they (and the world) are happy enough with their match.
Until Nate turns up dead, and as far as everyone knows, Nadia was the last person to see him alive.
When the new Nate wakes up in the replication tanks, he knows he must have died, but with a memory that only reaches to his last memory backup, he doesn’t know what killed him. Together, Nadia and Nate must discover what really happened without revealing the secrets that those who run their world would kill to protect.
REPLICA Book #2
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Nate Hayes is a Replica.
The real Nate was viciously murdered, but thanks to Paxco’s groundbreaking human replication technology, a duplicate was created that holds all of the personality and the memories of the original. Or…almost all. Nate’s backup didn’t extend to the days preceding his murder, leaving him searching for answers about who would kill him, and why. Now, after weeks spent attempting to solve his own murder with the help of his best friend and betrothed, Nadia Lake, Nate has found the answers he was seeking…and he doesn’t like what he’s discovered.
The original Nate was killed because he knew a secret that could change everything. Thanks to Nadia’s quick thinking, the two of them hold the cards now—or think they do.
Unfortunately, neither of them fully understands just how deep the conspiracy runs.
REPLICA Book #3
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Nadia Lake and Nate Hayes find themselves at the center of a horrifying conspiracy in this action-packed finale of Jenna Black’s SF romance series that began with Replica
From the author of the Faeriewalker series comes the stunning conclusion to the young adult science fiction thriller series that began with Replica and continued in Resistance.
At the conclusion of Resistance, Nadia Lake and the Replica of her best friend, Nate Hayes, found themselves at the center of a horrifying conspiracy. Framed for murder and wanted by the government, they have no choice but to go underground and seek refuge in the dangerous, gang-ridden slums of the Basement.
Jenna Black brings readers an action-packed final installment that will have them racing to the finish.
Sound good, right!!?
Make sure to check them out! For the rest of today, let’s learn some more about Jenna.
INTERVIEW WITH JENNA BLACK:
LITERAL ADDICTION - Chelle: Hi Jenna! Welcome back. I’m very happy to have you here again today. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with me…
JENNA: Thanks for having me!
LITERAL ADDICTION - Chelle: As you know, I always start by getting to know our guest author a little bit better. Last time you were here I asked you to tell me 3 things about yourself I couldn’t find out on the Net and you told me that you lived in Tahiti until you were 7. Is there a place that you absolutely would love to live?
JENNA: I used to do a lot of traveling when I was younger, and one thing I discovered was that no matter how much I enjoyed the travel, I always enjoyed coming home. So honestly, I don’t think there’s anywhere else I’d like to live than in my own home here in North Carolina. (I guess that makes me a homebody, but I’m fine with that.)
Q2): I also asked you to tell me 3 things that always make you smile and you mentioned watching The Princess Bride (me too!). Do you have a favorite quote from the movie?
JENNA: It is possibly the most quotable movie of all time, and you want me to pick ONE?? Inconceivable! (Ha-ha, get it?) I’ll refrain from picking any of the obvious, most-repeated ones and settle for one that never fails to make me laugh: when Vizizni is on the boat trying to get his crew to hurry and he shouts out: “Move the thing! And … that other thing!” I would so say that if I were a movie villain! I flounder for words all the time when talking.
Q3): You mentioned that you’re a ballroom dancer. Do you do Latin and American styles? What’s your favorite style to dance in?
JENNA: I do American style (as opposed to International style), and I do both Latin and Smooth. What I claim as my favorite dance changes at the drop of a hat (kind of like my favorite book/author/series does), but I’m especially fond of Foxtrot and Cha-cha. (In fact, I’m fond enough of Cha-cha that I once had a dog by that name.)
Q4): If I were to hop in your car or snag your MP3 player, what do you think I’d be most likely to hear?
JENNA: You’d be likely to hear a series of songs in completely different genres, leaving you completely confused as to what it is exactly I like. You might hear Rockapella, or Fall Out Boy, or Sarah Brightman, or 2Cellos, or Queen, or Carrie Underwood. I guess you can say I have eclectic tastes in music.
Q5): If you could spend the day with anyone – alive, dead, fictional, etc – with whom would you want to spend it, and what would you want to do?
JENNA: I’d probably like to spend a day with Elizabeth I. I’ve always been fascinated by women in history who managed to excel and hold power and influence despite the attitudes of their times, and she’s a great example. I’ve read a couple of biographies about her, so it’s not so much the details of her life I’d be interested in as the emotional journey she had to travel. So I’d basically just want to spend a day talking to her, asking her what it was like being the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. How did she deal with the horror of what happened to her mother and with her father’s changeable affections? And how did someone with her childhood manage to have the self-confidence to ascend to the throne and hold it for so long? She must have been an absolutely fascinating and extraordinary woman.
Q6): If your house were on fire, assuming everyone was safe and it was safe to do so quickly, what book(s) in your collection would you want to make sure and save from the inferno?
JENNA: I’d most want to save the books I have that are signed by authors who are no longer with us, because they would be completely irreplaceable. The first books that came to mind are WHEN GRAVITY FAILS by George Alec Effinger, which is dog-eared because I’ve read it so many times. Then there’s FROST & FIRE by Roger Zelazny, who was one of my instructors at Clarion West many moons ago. Last would be MAINSPRING, by Jay Lake, a friend who lost his battle against cancer earlier this year.
Q7): Congrats on the release of The Gifted Dead. I absolutely loved it. Was there anything specific that led to the inspiration to write the book?
JENNA: It was mostly spawned by a realization that (as far as I know) there were no urban fantasies around that were written on an epic scale. I figured the current urban fantasy market was pretty glutted with vampires and werewolves and fairies, so wanted to create a world with totally new magic, not based on any existing folklore. That’s usually the realm of epic fantasy, but I decided to do a new magic system and set it in the contemporary world. I like to call it a contemporary epic fantasy.
Q8): How many books would you like to see in the series?
JENNA: I don’t have a predetermined expectation. Because of the scope of the concept and the extensive cast of characters, there’s certainly the potential for it to be open-ended. How many books I write will mostly be dependent on how readers respond to them.
Q9): What was the most challenging thing about bringing The Gifted Dead to life?
JENNA: In some ways, the most challenging part was writing the less than 150-word back cover blurb, but I’ve already written an entire blog post on that here: http://bullspec.com/2014/09/24/the-hardest-part-jenna-black-on-the-gifted-dead/
As for the writing of the book itself, the hardest part was juggling so many point of view characters. I’d never written a book with more than four or five characters’ point of view, and trying to figure out how to intertwine their various parts of the plots was definitely challenging. It meant I wasn’t always writing in perfect chronological sequence, which is what I’m used to doing. It also meant there were times when I had to move scenes around, which I also am not used to doing. But it was an invigorating challenge, and after writing quite a few first-person fantasies, it was nice not to have to make sure all the action took place right in front of a single point of view character!
Q10): What about the REPLICA trilogy? Was there any specific inspiration for the creation of that world and characters?
JENNA: The idea was originally spawned by my then-day-job, where I had the feeling that some positions within my company had an obvious heir-apparent rather than really being open to any applicant. That made me start thinking of companies as hereditary monarchies, and through the admittedly convoluted pathways of my mind, the series was born.
Q11): The Gifted Dead is out now, Revolution (REPLICA #3) is coming 11/11, do you have anything else in the works or coming soon that your readers and fans can look forward to – compilations, box sets, etc?
JENNA: The final re-release in my Guardians of the Night series will be coming out on December 23rd. This was the first series I ever published, and I’m really happy the books are getting a chance to reach a new audience. They have brand new, gorgeous covers, and I’ve done some minor touch-ups of the stories themselves. I had no idea how much I used to love (by which I mean overuse) exclamation points!
Q12): What are you the most proud of with regards to your career so far?
JENNA: I’m proud of the perseverance I showed in continuing to write and seek publication in the face of many, many years of rejection. The first book I had published by a major New York publisher was WATCHERS IN THE NIGHT (Book 1 of the Guardians of the Night series), and it was the 18th book I’d completed over the course of 16 years of trying to break in. I consider myself the poster child for “Never Give Up!”
Q13): What’s next for Jenna Black? What do you have going on in the next handful of months that your readers might be interested in – signings, conventions, online events, etc?
JENNA: If all goes according to current plan, next year will see the publication of my first hardback, a YA horror novel. I don’t know if my title will survive the editorial process, but for now the book is called ONE WITH THE NIGHT, and I had an absolute blast writing it. The tentative plan is for it to come out sometime in the fall of next year, but that’s still up in the air.
As for events, I’ll be attending the Coastal Magic Convention in February (obviously), and (as always) the RT Booklovers Convention in May. I don’t have any other public appearances scheduled at the moment, but I have a list of upcoming appearances on my website, so if anything changes or there are additions, you’ll see them there.
Q14): Is there anything special that you’d like to say to your readers while I have you here today?
JENNA: Thank you very much for all the support you’ve given me through the years. You’ve helped me through more crises of confidence than you can ever imagine.
LITERAL ADDICTION - Chelle: Jenna, thank you so much again for being back with us today. I’m thrilled to tell the world about The Gifted Dead and the upcoming REPLICA book, and I cannot wait to meet you in February!
JENNA: Thanks again for having me! I look forward to my first trip to Coastal Magic and getting to meet lots of readers and bloggers!
Want to meet Jenna? You can! You can meet Jenna, tons of other amazing UF and PNR authors, me and LITERAL ADDICTION’s other officers, other well known featured bloggers, and loads of fellow book addicts and paranormal junkies at the Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona Beach, FL Feb 5-8 2015.
Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona. With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for every fan. Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of “supernatural” inspired activities. Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and FREE to the public. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 5-8, 2015. Registration opened 7/1/14, so get your ticket HERE.
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