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Monday, 19 May 2014

Blog Tour Interview & Giveaway - Spirit Seeker & Illuminate-Alive, She Cried by Jamie Haden




Spirit Seeker
Author: Jamie Haden
Release Day: September 2013
Genre: Native American/Paranormal Romance/New Adult

Book Description:
Life is strange and difficult for the granddaughter of a shaman. Sixteen-year-old Talisa Santiago was born in the desert underneath the full moon in January-the wolf moon. However, she left the desert with her mother when she was a young girl. She remembers bits and pieces of her past but it isn't until she and her mom move to a remote barrier island off the coast of North Carolina that she feels fate has finally called-secretive and mysterious he stands alone on the edge of the bank.

Her friends tell her to stay away; she hears rumors that he is dangerous. Still, she can't resist. Whether Talisa realizes it or not, she knows a thing or two about boys like Jag Chavez. Fate is funny that way. For the first time in her life, Talisa meets kids just like her-Native Americans who know the ways of the spirit. The closer she gets to Jag, the more she realizes he is hiding a dark secret. He may have the markings of the Thunderbird, but he is named for the powerful Jaguar. Together they embark on a journey that will haunt her forever.

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Illuminate-Alive, She Cried
Author: Jamie Haden
Release Day: March, 2014
Genre: Native American/Paranormal Romance/New Adult

Book Description:
Seventeen-year-old Talisa Santiago, the pregnant Native American shifter and granddaughter of a shaman is about to begin the self discovering journey of a lifetime, taking her from the only place she truly remembers and putting her on sacred land. The trials and tribulations there lead her into what can only be described as truly illuminating. She also finds herself in a love triangle, one that throws her life into utter chaos. Leaving her to learn not only how to deal with her shape shifting abilities, a new baby and now two men who will both tug at her heart in very different ways. Who will she decide to live with and what will it mean for the rest of her journey?

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Author Interview

1. What inspired you to write your first book?

My daughters inspired me to write the first and second book. My oldest daughter was in the library complaining that there was nothing she wanted to read. She said everything bored her. I asked her if she'd be interested in something if I wrote it. She said she'd be very interested. That night I started Spirit Seeker.

2. Do you have a specific writing style?

I try my best to say what I mean. I don't want to alienate readers. Instead I want to bring them in to the world I've created.

3. How did you come up with the title for your book?

Talisa Santiago is a Spirit Seeker so the title of Book One came easy.  The title of Book Two came from the names of each part. Part One is ILLUMINATE and Part Two is ALIVE, SHE CRIED.

4. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

In the end, I hope the readers see the world of Natives in a different light. Native Americans have beautiful traditions and a great respect for the land and the animals that live on it, but like so many of us they have such a difficult journey.

5. How much of the book is realistic?

In both novels, I have tried to bridge the gap between Native Americans and shape-shifting. With the underlying philosophical principals of the supernatural worlds, reality and fantasy are able to stand alongside one another and not be mutually exclusive.

6. What book are you reading now?

I'm rereading The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.

7. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

John Green for sure.

8. What are your current projects?

I'm writing episodic fiction for Big World Network. I currently have two series that I'm working on.

9. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I have more patience than I ever imagined. Also, I really do enjoy rereading words.

10. What were the challenges (research, psychological etc) in bringing your story to life?

The biggest challenge was to find the time to write.


About the Author
Jamie Leigh Haden is the author of Spirit Seeker, a young adult fantasy. Jamie lives and writes near the seashore in North Carolina. She has a Bachelor's degree in philosophy. Jamie is currently working on An Unimagined Life, the sequel to Illuminate-Alive, She Cried.

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***GIVEAWAY***

5 Kindle, ePub or PDF copies of Spirit Seeker and Illuminate-Alive, She Cried up for grabs.

Ends June 8th (midnight GMT).

International giveaway.

Contest is void where prohibited. Entrants must be 13 or else have parent or guardian’s permission to enter. Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected. The winner will be posted on this page after the winner responds. Winning entries will be verified for authenticity.


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