Monday, 11 November 2013

{Book Spotlight & Giveaway} Sunkissed by Carys Jones

Author: Carys Jones
Genre: YA Paranormal
Paperback, 1st, 242 pages
Published October 23rd 2013 by Kellan
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, Kobobooks
Dawn Summers is dying. It’s 1853 and as the seventeen year old continues to fade away she has visions of the father she never knew, urging her to fight for her life.

In the small village of Fandova the only medical care is in the form of the mysterious Dr. Moralus who has a known penchant for bloodletting. Thomas, Dawn's fiancĂ©, is warned against inviting his intervention, but feels he has no choice, he pleads with the doctor to save Dawn’s life…whatever it takes.

Whatever it ‘takes’ has some consequences neither of them expected. Now, it’s a hunt to the death, with both Dawn and Thomas determined to win.

But now the words resurfaced and Dawn tried to swat them away from her thoughts as though they were a fly disturbing her space. She didn’t want to think that she had become her father, but she had no choice. Perhaps he had faced similar challenges. Had he been… 

‘Vampire?’ Dawn spoke the word aloud as she mulled over the theory. But it made no sense. Vampires were hunters, killers, not lovers. She doubted they could even reproduce. 

Whatever her father had been, she was about to follow his example which she had always been encouraged to ignore. She turned her head briefly towards her house where Thomas lay sleeping on the floor, her hair still dancing madly around her head resembling a black halo. 

Leaving Fandova meant that she was severing the last contact she had. Decisively, Dawn now looked to the East, her eyes wide with both fear and purpose. She stood away from the wall of the well and then she ran. In less than a second she was gone and only the dust from her exit was evidence that she had ever been there. 

For three whole days and nights Dawn ran, never once looking back. She knew that whatever happened, Thomas must never find her. 

Carys is here for an interview with us! Let's get to know more about her!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m twenty seven and live in Shropshire which is in central England and pretty rural. It rains quite a lot, it is raining today as I’m sat answering these questions in my lounge with my dog on my lap and listening to Daughtry. 

Where were you born and where do you call home? 
I was born and raised in Shropshire and continue to call the county home. Everyone I love is here which would always make leaving difficult.

How did you come up with the title for Sunkissed?
I wanted the title to reflect one of the key themes in the story; sunlight, and Sunkissed seemed to fit perfectly. 

Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I work from a really thorough outline. Each story starts with only a sentence describing it. I then flesh it out to be more detailed, then write a chapter by chapter brief synopsis before actually sitting down to write and taking each chapter and developing it by word count blocks to ensure flow within the narrative and also make sure I hit all the major plot points. 

The process of writing is far less romantic that I used to imagine it would be. There are lots of notes and word targets to hit. It’s very methodical but it has to be else you risk deviating from your plot and writing in circles.

Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
Haha yes, sometimes! I write in my onesie too! Not as a general rule but if I’m feeling under the weather it’s nice to get under a blanket, get comfortable and then do some writing! 

Your thoughts on receiving book reviews - the good and the bad – 
I love getting reviews, both good and bad as I find it really interesting to read about how people have reacted to my book. If someone loved or hated something, I love to hear about it! 

When you write it is a very lonely process and aside from family and editors/agents, the only true feedback you get is from reviews. I sometimes envy musicians as they perform and get an immediate response to their work whereas writers have to wait what can feel like an eternity for those all important reviews to start filtering in.

What do you do when you are not writing?
I love movies so enjoy going to the cinema with friends. It would be fair to call me a geek as I love anything sci-fi and am an avid gamer on my PS3. I also enjoy walking my dog and dancing around to bad 80s music.

Do you have a day job as well?
I work as a freelance writer which means that I spend a lot of time working on a lot of projects which aren’t my own. It helps me hone my writing and keeps me sharp whilst allowing me to work from home. 

Do you write under a pen name?
Yes, Carys Jones is my maiden name. I don’t write under my married name as keeping Jones felt like a nice way of holding on to my past.

What project are you working on now?
I’ve planned out the sequel to Sunkissed along with a YA science fiction action adventure, both of which I plan to write in 2014 when my freelancing commitments should hopefully have died down a little.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
I’m currently reading The Raven Boys in paperback, really enjoying it so far. And I’ve asked Santa for a Kindle so hoping to be able to get some e-books in the new year too.

Any pets that you would like to tell us about, share a pic?
I have two guinea pigs named Don and Roger after characters in Mad Men and also my gorgeous cavalier, Rollo, who I love to bits. I’ve attached a picture of him. He’s a very loving, very crazy little dog who keeps me company when I write. I’d be lost without him.

White wine or red?
Neither I’d go rose.

Coffee or tea?
Always tea. With sugar and milk. Lovely.

So you like to cook?  Do you have a favorite food?
I love cooking, particularly baking. In terms of a favourite I love anything pasta based. Lasagne, bolognaise, I love them all! 

What do you normally eat for breakfast, of do you skip it and get straight to work?
I always have breakfast. I don’t think I could get out of bed in a morning without the imminent promise of food. I usually have either porridge or a poached egg on toast, nice and light but just enough. And of course breakfast is accompanied by a cup of tea, I am British after all!! 

One of your favorite quotes –
‘Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die tomorrow’ – James Dean

An actor or a book character you have a crush on –
Leonardo DiCaprio. He’s my dream man and has been since Romeo and Juliet came out. I cannot wait to see him next in Wolf of Wall Street! 

What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and really enjoyed?
Recently I’ve been watching Vampire Diaries and Revenge. Both are really fun shows full of lots of drama, great for a bit of escapism in an evening after an intense day writing! 

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you! I’m so grateful to everyone who takes the time to read my book it honestly means so much! I find it surreal to imagine someone in another country reading the book I sat and wrote in my little study here in England. It’s awesome when you think about it. 

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