Friday, May 15, 2015

BLOG TOUR [Excerpt & Interview + Giveaway] The Violet Hour by Andrea L Wells


The Violet Hour
The Violet Hour Series 
Book One
by Andrea L Wells

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Infinity Publishing
Date of Publication: May 11, 2015

ISBN: 9781495805868

Number of pages: 309
Word Count: 70,000 

Cover Artist: Pixel Mischief Design

Book Description:

Still shocked over her mother’s mysterious death, California socialite Logan Keller is handed a one-way ticket to her long lost roots in Wyoming where love, deceit and danger await. Though she could forget everything staring into Luke Callahan’s eyes, Logan is quickly thrust into a fight for survival.  Taking fate into her own hands, she begins unraveling the dangerous deceptions that abound at every turn. Her father is keeping secrets and Luke is keeping more. But Logan is keeping the biggest secret of them all.

The Violet Hour is a page-turning captivating twist of young romance and the supernatural.

Teaser:

For a moment, I felt like I was on a plane taking off.  My ears plugged up, then began popping while my breaths were low and quick as if the oxygen supply was diminishing.  I felt light-headed, but not like I was going to pass out.  It was as if my senses were paralyzing me, trapping me in my own skin.  All I could do was sit there and continue to watch my father’s lips move but unable to hear his words.  My thoughts echoed the word, “…werewolf.” 

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I sat up and pulled my knees in close to my chest.  Electricity flared in the air as Luke inhaled.
“You know, Logan, you’re not who I expected you to be,” he said, taking a long thought-filled pause.  “I thought the next twelve months were going to be hell living with a California socialite, but you’re pretty amazing.  I guess I owe you an apology.”
“So, it’s a good thing that I’m nothing like you expected?” I asked.
“It’s a really, really good thing.”
As I started to smile back he craned his neck to look away from me.  His eyes focused.  Something black flashed across the road but I was more scared by Luke’s reaction.  The warmth had vanished from Luke in a heartbeat.  The object stopped moving toward us when it got to an opening between the trees.  Even though I could feel Luke’s concern, I leaned forward toward the window, curious.  It was a wolf – a really big wolf, staring directly at us with bright green eyes.  It was close enough I could see quick breaths escape into the crisp rain-drenched air.  I was startled when the engine roared to life.  Luke threw the car into reverse, and I nearly slammed into the dash as the sound of gravel scattered everywhere.  He quickly jockeyed around and pulled back onto the road heading home.  I kept my eyes on the wolf until he was no longer in sight.
“Was that a wolf?” I asked.  Everything happened so quickly, I had to be sure.
“Yes,” he spit.
“I’ve never seen a wolf before – that thing was huge.”
Luke immediately turned to look at me with an expression that I couldn’t begin to read.
“What’s going on?” I pressed, puzzled.
When he looked toward the road and didn’t answer, I knew my question needed to be more specific to get results.
“Why are you freaking out?  It was just a wolf.”  I was worried.  He had gone from warm and comforting to moody and distant over such a small thing and I second-guessed how quickly I had fallen for him.
“Because I need to get you home, it’s getting late,” he muttered, failing to control his tone.
“That doesn’t make any sense, Luke.  I have no curfew and you flaked as soon as you saw the wolf.”
“Wolves are dangerous.”
“We were in the car,” I countered.
“Doesn’t matter.” 



1.    If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Is shapeshifting a superpower? Is it bad I just answered your first question with a question?! I think shapeshifting would be so incredibly awesome and I can’t wait to dive deeper into that process in Book #2 and #3 of The Violet Hour Series. Though, unlike my series, I’m not sure it would be into wolf form. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could pick your form mid-shift? Today a wolf – tomorrow a dolphin. Is it weird that the two animals I chose are the ones most often depicted on those touristy t-shirts you can pick up in gas stations? I think not. I have one. It has 3 wolves on it to be exact.

2.    Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Meeting all these really great people has been, hands down, the most amazing and rewarding experience. The fan support is so touching. The community of bloggers that want to help you succeed is indescribably crazy-awesome.

3.    Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Everything I write is me turned inside out, nothing more and honestly nothing special; but passionate readers - people who lose themselves in the maze of a story and feel that twinge of suffering when they know they are reaching the close of a book they wish would continue forever - those are the people that I hope to reach. 

4.    Favorite food?
Can my answer be all food?! The list of foods I don’t like is shorter: water chestnuts.  If I must be specific, I think my all-time favorite food is tacos.  Seriously, you can make a taco out of anything.

5.    What book are you reading now?
I'm reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. It is a classic, but a classic fatal romance. Why such an extremely long classic, you might ask? Because a friend told me to.  She quoted me this line, "I've always loved you, and when you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.” It speaks to me on a billion different levels. I jumped on online and immediately downloaded it.

6.    What’s your favorite season/weather?
FALL! Yes, I did just yell that! I grew up in Michigan which I feel is one of top Fall-centric states in the country. Beautiful scenery comes to life in the Fall. Fall, you’ll find, is the season where a lot of The Violet Hour takes place.

7.    What was your favorite children's book?
Easy, The Last Puppy by Frank Asch. I was mad-obsessed with this book growing up as a child. Actually, this book/author is the first autograph I ever collected. I can actually remember waiting in line at a book signing – I was maybe 5 years old (give or take). I actually still have that signed copy tucked away in my immense book stash.  

8.    Beach or Pool?
Um. Beach. But the beach of a lake, not the ocean. I mean, I love the ocean, but like I mentioned… I grew up in Michigan, so this chick is a lake chick!

9.    What is one book everyone should read?
Oh wow! That’s a really good question. I’m not so sure I’m qualified to properly answer this one but I’ll give it a go – Everyone Poops written by Taro Gomi. I mean, seriously.

10. Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Yes, just like in real life, Logan Keller does not get to just run away with Prince Charming and live happily ever after. She is headed for heartbreak and grim choices in Book #2 for The Violet Hour Series. I won't spoil it, but I will say that I have nearly cried a few times writing this next novel. No matter how much fans and myself may love Luke Callahan, he is, at the end of the day, not a sure bet. 



About the Author:

The Violet Hour Series has been begging to escape Andrea’s subconscious for more than five years.  Focusing on a wonderful career, handsome husband and two beautiful children by day, she began feverishly penning the series by night.  Now a full-time writer, Andrea debuts The Violet Hour.





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1 comments:

Andrea L Wells said...

Thank you so very much for your post and support! I absolutely LOVED the interview (even though I was terrified when I was told there was an interview). Plus, you've got a great blog! <3