Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Day 11 of 31 books in 31 days - Desni Dantone book giveaway & kindle giveaway

Welcome to the 11th day of 31 books in 31 days, where you win prizes for reading.

Hopefully, you enjoyed Ryan Quinn's giveaway. The winner will be announced on Friday. Its not too late too participate.

Recap of Rules

Everyday that you participate in the giveaway of the day, you are eligible to win a brand new kindle.

How to participate
  a) Subscribe via email, so you can get the author & prize of the day sent directly to your email.
  b) Like the author of the day on facebook
  c) Follow the author on Twitter
  d) Read any of the author's books
  e) Answer the occasional quiz on author's interview
  f) Scroll to the bottom of each interview and enter the raffle (you'll have to unlock the raffle with your email first)

That's it- then enter the kindle giveaway!

All giveaways will be sent out by the 7th day in April. Good Luck.

Today's author is the lovely Desni Dantone. She is the author of our featured book, Ignited.  Below is the synopsis, the interview and a rafflecopter.

Remember, the more raffles you enter the better your chance of winning the Kindle in the end.


Featured Book(.99$ on amazon)

Seventeen year old Kris Young is on the run from a throng of superhuman golden-eyed freaks hell-bent on seeing her dead, and she doesn't know why. Good thing she has her guardian angel to protect her…sort of.
Kris is aided by Nathan, the mysterious man that ends up being anything but angelic when he rescues her for the fourth time in fourteen years. Even if the handsome hero illusion is shattered by his harsh treatment of her, he knows how to fight this strange enemy and is determined to keep her safe at all costs. As the body count rises in their wake, Nathan introduces Kris to a world in which not everyone is human and the battle lines between good and evil are clearly drawn. Kris’s piece in the puzzle is something neither is aware of and, as they uncover the truth, neither is prepared for what they find. Overcoming twists and revelations that shatter both of their lives, they discover that nothing is as it seems and nothing, least of all their hearts, are safe.
From debut author, Desni Dantone, Ignited is the first novel in a tale of first love, mystery and adventure that will introduce you to an exciting new world as Kris discovers how she fits in it.

                            Interview with Desni Dantone

From a previous interview, I know you love YA books. What do you love most about them?

             I will read anything but keep coming back to the YA books. I think I enjoy them the most because they give me the ability to throw myself into a book, and live out the story, as a teenager again. A lot of YA books show the main character going through a transition of sorts, discovering herself, finding out who she is, and I like to take that journey with her. It's been 15 years since I've done it myself. Perhaps I'm nostalgic like that. 

 How often do you get to read and what is the last book that you read?

         Right now, writing is my priority as I am trying to finish up book 3 in my series. However, I try to read a book about every week or two. When I'm not working on a project, I can easily read a book every day or two! The last book I read would be Refuge by Karen Lynch. Currently, I've got Jennifer Armentrout's latest, Stone Cold Touch, ready to go when I get a break from writing.

I hear that as a child the author that inspired you to write was Dean Kootz. What was it that stood out the most to you about his books?
                 At the tender age of eleven, I read my first terrifying Dean Koontz book. Reading the "About the Author" segment at the end, I learned that he came from none other than my hometown! I never knew that because once he left for college, he never looked back, and that's what you do when you come from such a small town. Anyway, I was a fan from then. It didn't take much to impress me at eleven, I guess. But really, the guy is a creative genius. He has spun tales that few can ever imagine to come up with, and his style of writing is very unique and perhaps one of the reasons I look up to him so much. I've adopted a little bit of his style into my own writing, probably from reading his work so much growing up--the fragmented sentences and one word paragraphs that are not structurally accurate, but more creatively inspired. I love that style of writing. It's easy to follow because I think it almost feels like the main character is actually talking to you. Those are the easiest kind of reads to me.

 Who is your favorite young adult hero or heroine of all time? What makes him or her so amazing to you?

             Oooh, tough one. There is this series out there called The Vampire Academy, written by Richelle Mead. The heroine is named Rose Hathaway. I love books where the heroine is strong and independent, and not whiney and helpless. Anyway, Rose Hathaway is the picture perfect strong female heroine. She has her moments that might make you want to jump into the book and scream, "What are you thinking?!" But out of all the YA I've read, I don't think I've encountered a stronger female role model. Plus, put a silver stake in her hand and she's a force to be reckoned with!

  What prompted you to write the Ignited series?  What about  this theme spoke to you?

             Loving YA as I do, I wanted to write a YA book that hasn't been done before. Vampires, werewolves, angels, demons... they were saturating the market and people, including myself, were getting a little tired of the same old thing. I wanted to write something that I would want to read myself, and to give people something "new." My book has elements of Greek Mythology in it, which hasn't been done a lot in the YA world. Sure, there are bad guys and good guys, a little love triangle, and a lot of other common themes in YA found in it. But it's still something different. I hadn't even heard about Percy Jackson until AFTER I wrote my first book, Ignited. But even counting that, there's still not much Greek Mythology out there. To be honest, aside from the research I've done for the book, I know squat about Greek Mythology. Maybe by the time this series is over, I'll be an expert! 

 What makes your book special? Why is it different?

             As discussed earlier, I love a strong heroine. I wanted to incorporate that into my own writing, so I think that my heroine, Kris, is a strong character, and from the feedback I've received, many readers feel the same. That makes it a special read, especially for impressionable young girls. The modern day twist I've given to Greek Mythology makes it different from what else is out there.

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