Friday, April 1, 2011

Giveaway: Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

What a better way to celebrate such and amazing book other then to do a giveaway. All three blogs Kati works on has been approved to do a combined giveaway. There will be 3 copies of Angel Burn by L.A Weatherly given away on Bewitching booksPrincessReviews

I absolutely loved this novel, you can check out Kati's review.
Here's a little more information about the book itself:

Willow knows she’s different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people’s dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from. But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow that Willow herself. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces, and that he’s one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems, least of all good and evil. In the first book in an action-packed romantic trilogy, L. A. Weatherly sends listeners on a thrill ride of a road trip – and depicts the human race at the brink of a future as catastrophic as it is deceptively beautiful.

INTERVIEW With L.A. Weatherly

Welcome to Bewitching Books!
Let me first just say I loved Angel Burn I devoured it! It was amazing!

Thank you! I love it, too, so that's music to my ears. 

Would you like to tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

Well, I'm originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, which is where I grew up. I've also lived in Arizona, Idaho, and Oregon, and have now lived in the UK for 15 years with my English husband. Americans always think my accent is English now, but the English still think I sound very American (except for when they think I'm Irish, for some strange reason!) Angel Burn is my 34th published book - 35th if you count the UK version, titled Angel -and is also my first YA novel.

How did you come up with the idea of Angel Burn?

The main characters, Alex and Willow, have been in my head for a long time now. I knew that I wanted to write a love story around them where the hunter fell in love with the hunted; it was just a matter of finding the right story. A supernatural aspect felt right, because then Alex, who I knew would be an assassin, could be saving the world rather than being on the wrong side of the law. ;) I played with a lot of ideas, but wasn't sure what I wanted to do until one day about a year and a half ago, when I was in a bookstore and saw a display of non-fiction angel books...and suddenly thought, 'What if angels aren't what they seem...?' The story came together very quickly after that!

How did you come up with Alex (He is an amazing character)?

Thank you! But I have to say that I didn't come up with Alex. He just is who he is - by some wonderful blessing of the writing gods, he came to me fully formed years ago, and has been hanging around in my head ever since, demanding that I find a story for him. 
Did music have any influence on the book (I loved the playlist)?

I love the playlist, too! It was created by the fantabulous Anna Howarth at Usborne, the UK publisher. Music didn't have an influence in the creation of the book, but it definitely did in the writing of it. I like to listen to what I think of as 'soundtrack' music while I write - music which is dramatic and emotional, but doesn't have words (or at least not words in English, which I might find distracting). There were several CDs that I played almost non-stop when writing Angel Burn, by Sarah Class and Karl Jenkins. Currently I'm listening to a lot of Bear McCreary, who was the composer for the recent Battlestar Galactica TV series. Wonderful music; I can just see the scenes playing out in front of me on the big screen as I type away! (I also listen to the playlist a lot, and have given Alex a Kings of Leon t-shirt in Angel Fire, the sequel, in honor of it.)

Was it difficult coming up with the title?

The UK title is Angel; it was actually Candlewick's idea to re-title it Angel Burn in the US - which is such a completely perfect title for it that I have no idea why I didn't think of it myself. Especially seeing it on the cover, where the word 'Burn' has such an eerie dominance.

Did you have a choice in the cover (It is beautiful!)?

Thank you, I think so, too! No, it was a total surprise to me, but I couldn't be more thrilled with it. I carry a photo of it on my phone and bore everyone I see with it. (This is not a joke. I do actually do this.) 

How about the latest news on you? 

My life at the moment is pretty much consumed with writing Angel Fire, the sequel to Angel Burn. I'm in that totally obsessive stage now where I can just about see light at the end of the tunnel (if I squint and wear my glasses), and really can't do anything else apart from eating, drinking and breathing the story. I think my husband is looking forward to hearing less about Alex, Willow and the other characters someday - or at least not having my eyes glaze over when he's talking to me anymore. ;)

Was any characters based on anyone close to you?

No, not really. Characters just sort of come to me; writing about them is a process of getting to know them, rather than 'creating' them, per se. Though having said that, I think we've all known a Beth Hartley in high school - the beautiful perfectionist over-achiever who always gets straight As. And since I'm from the south myself, Cully is probably broadly influenced from people I've known there. (I LOVED Cully; he was so much fun to write!)

When your not writing what do you do to unwind?

'Not writing'? Sorry, you appear to have lapsed into some strange language which I don't understand... no, just kidding! I love to cook - it's a great way to unwind at the end of the day, and even better, I tend to get story ideas and insights into the scenes that I'm working on as I do it. Something about chopping and stirring must be very conducive to the creative process. I love walking, too, and the same thing goes for that.

How long did it take to write Angel Burn?

Well, I had the characters in my head for well over a decade before I wrote it - but then once I finally found the right story idea for them, it all came together pretty rapidly and almost seemed to write itself. So, on the one hand it took over ten years, and on the other about seven or eight months.

Who is your favorite character in Angel Burn?

Oh, tough question! If I'm honest, I'd have to say Alex, since I'm as in love with him as Willow is. ;) But I absolutely adore Willow as a character, too - I love the fact that she's a strong female character who doesn't NEED a boyfriend, and is completely capable of making her own decisions.


If you had to pick three things to take with you on an desert Island what would they be?

Hmm. Is this an uninhabited desert island, where I have to eke out my survival? Or some place like Bermuda, with white sand and luxury hotels? 

If the first option: a shortwave radio so I can call for help (I am so not a roughing it girl); a survival kit that includes things like fish hooks, etc.; and some sort of instant hut that I could live in. 
If the second option - a good beach read, sunscreen, and my credit card!

This or that:
Coke or Pepsi: Coke
Cat or Dog: Cat
Car or truck: Car
Laptop or Computer: Laptop (I should have said 'computer' there, to make it all 'c's...)

Is there a question you wish I would have asked? Whats the question and your answer?

How about..."Did anything happen during the writing of Angel Burn that you didn't expect?" And the answer is yes, definitely. The one thing I always KNEW was going to happen in Angel Burn was that Alex was going to kidnap Willow to take her to New Mexico with him. I originally wrote the whole road-trip sequence that way, but then when I read it over, it just Did. Not. Work. The physical realities of how you might keep someone captive on such a long trip made Alex such an unpleasant character that I couldn't imagine anyone falling in love with him - so I had to find a reason why Willow might want to go with him on her own, instead. It gave me a few sleepless nights (the deadline was looming by then!), but I'm glad I listened to what the characters were telling me and did it their way instead!

Thank you for some great questions, Kati - I really enjoyed them!

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  1. Yay! Thank you for this chance to win! :D I really appreciate it. And the Interview was fun. :D

  2. I've really been looking forward to this release!

  3. Well for whoever wins I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :~]

  4. Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway!
    lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

  5. I've been looking forward to this book. I loved the interview! I'm looking forward to the story even more now.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Jennifer of Little Shelf

  6. Thanks for the interview and review...and for letting me know about this book. I think its great!!

    thanks for the chance to win!!

  7. Great interview. I can hardly wait to read the book. It sounds fascinating.

  8. Thank you for hosting this giveaway! :)