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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Demons Blog Tour, Interview & Giveaway

Demons (Seers, #2)Today we are pleased to be hosting the Demons Blog Tour. Demons is the second book in the Seers Trilogy by Heather Frost. This is a fantastic trilogy by a great author, and a must read.

I recently had the opportunity to ask Ms. Frost some questions. You can check out her answers, see my review of Demons, and enter to win an eBook below. Also, at the end of this post is a list of all the stops on the Blog Tour.

You can find Ms. Frost online. If you go to her website, you can read one of her short stories!

What was the hardest part about writing Demons, and what made it so tricky?

The hardest part was, silly as it sounds, the summary at the beginning. You know, all those sentences interspersed throughout the first chapter or so, all designed to help remind readers about why a character is important, or what notable thing happened to them in the first book. I had a hard time putting it in there at all--and when I started putting it in, I went way overboard, and had to really cut back when I started editing the manuscript.

Can you tell us a little bit about your favorite part of the book?

It's hard to pick a favorite part--I have way too many! One general sort of aspect I love about this story is the ongoing suspense. The intensity just builds and builds in this book, and I absolutely love it.

Writing a trilogy/series takes a long time, and your characters become real people to you. If you could spend a day with Kate and her friends, what would you do?

Well, we'd definitely have to watch a movie, Patrick-style. I'd also love to hear more about Lee's crazy outfits -- things she's done in the past, that sort of thing. I mean, I guess this sounds pretty anticlimactic, but I'd really enjoy just lazing about with them. Talking, snacking, teasing Lee about her latest phase, asking Patrick about his past experiences . . . That sounds like a pretty great day to me.

What do you feel your biggest influences are as a writer?

I'm very influenced by the books I've read, and continue to read. The ideas of other writer's inspire me, and my imagination will latch onto an idea, or element, and I run with that. Another great influencer is my own desire to tell a story. Even when I was very young--too young to write--I would tell stories. It's just a part of who I am. I love to entertain people through the written word. A book is a doorway to another world, and I tame my job seriously as a builder of those gateways.

What was your favorite book as a child, and which do you love most now?

 I loved the Madeline stories. My mom bought me a large book of them, and I still have that book today. As for which I love most now . . . I don't really have a favorite book. Favorites, yes. One favorite book of all ti,e? No. I basically love whatever I'm reading at the moment. And I'm the sort of reader that, when revisiting a previously read book, suddenly remembers how insanely cool it is--which also makes it hard to pick a favorite. But one of my favorite children's books, to this day, is Peter Pan. (Is that a long enough answer to a relatively easy question?)

If you could jump into any book, which would you choose? Why?

Harry Potter. I always say Harry Potter, simply because I think it would be the absolute best book to live in. Besides, it just feels so real, doesn't it? I love the characters, I love the idea of magic. . . . Sign me up!

If there was one thing you could tell aspiring authors, what would it be?

Believe in yourself and your story enough to stick with it. If you don't take yourself seriously as a writer, no one else will. You may not get a rejection letter if you never send out your finished manuscript, but you'll never get an acceptance, either.

My review:

Demons (Seers, #2)
by Heather Frost

432 pages
Published September 11, 2012

Kate’s life is far from normal. She can see auras, her boyfriend is immortal, and her powers make her a target. But now that the Demon Lord is hunting her, things are about to go from dangerous to truly deadly. Packed with action, mind-blowing plot twists, and characters you can’t get enough of, this is a fast-paced, heart-pounding read from cover to cover.

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In Demons, Kate really starts to grow into herself. She begins to have a better idea of what it means to be a seer, and leaps into the role when Patrick is sidelined.

Of course, we see more of Tony, who seems to be everyone's favorite guy. Kate's best friend, Lee, is even more colorful than in Seers. (Yes, pun intended. Sorry, I couldn't help myself!)

Kate's relationship with her grandfather seems more developed, and I couldn't be happier about that! He's a great character who would do anything to protect Kate and the twins.

Glimpses into Patrick's human life, new characters, revealed secrets, a new skill Kate couldn't have imagined, and stunning twists make Demons impossible to put down. Be prepared for laughter and tears, because this book takes you on a fantastic emotional journey. It will leave you perched on the edge of your seat, anxious to learn what's still to come. Ms. Frost has outdone herself!

5/5 stars 


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