Friday, June 1, 2012

Introducing: Author Willow Rose

Howdy guys! I was asked by author Willow Rose to do a promotion of her newest book, Savage, here on my blog. I'm super excited by the opportunity, not only because I'll be introducing Willow and Savage on my blog, but also because she's been super cool and offered to give away one e-copy and one signed paperback copy of her book to two lucky readers!!! But, more on that later.

Now, I'm not quite sure you all know who Willow is, so I'll give you some info:

Willow Rose writes YA Paranormal Romance and fantasy. Originally from Denmark she now lives on Florida’s Space Coast with her husband and two daughters. She is a huge fan of Anne Rice and Isabel Allende. When she is not writing or reading she enjoys to watch the dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. She has a bunch of books out already, and you can check them out on her blog here or her Goodreads page here .

She was super awesome to share some random facts about herself, as well as give a short interview. Please read on! :)

Random info:

I love dark chocolate and red wine.
I don't hate that many things. Except maybe Brussels Sprouts.
I am terrified of snakes and fireworks ever since my husband was hit by a rocket in his eye and lost it on New Year's Eve. 
A great book or movie thrills me and dolphins playing outside our windows, friends visiting ... and red wine and chocolate again.


1. Hello Willow, thank you for being so nice! How did your writing career begin? Any interesting story behind it? 
I was working as a journalist on a national Danish TV-station when I was fired because of cut-backs. I was devastated but my husband just looked at me and said: "this is a unique chance for you to do what you have always dreamt of." And he was right. Instead of feeling sorry for myself I sat down and wrote a thriller based on a story I did for Danish television where a Danish truck-driver was found dead in Poland in a bush behind a brothel. It took me six months to write it and then I send it to a big publishing house in Denmark. They loved it and published it. Then I continued. I wrote several mystery-novels that were translated to several European languages and sold to publishing houses in Norway and Germany. When my husband and I moved to Florida I started writing in English. The first book was a mystery-novel but then I switched genre and now I do more paranormal romance with a twist of mystery and action. I still write in Danish for my publisher in Denmark.

2. What makes your books unique? 
Savage has some pretty unique characters that I have come to simply adore. I love them and can't wait to begin writing the sequel and see how their lives develop. "Daughters of the Jaguar" is a series that develops over a huge amount of time. In the first book the characters are in their twenties, the next in their thirties and in the last one they will have grown kids of their own. We will get to know them really well.

3. How do you come up with your characters? 
They come to me. I like to say that they "pop up" in my head. That is the best way I can describe it. They are just there all of a sudden and then they start to do stuff and talk to other people and soon there is a whole story that I simply have to tell or else I will burst.

4. You've written several books so far. Which one was the easiest to write? Which one is your favorite? 
Every time you write a book you feel like this is the best you've ever written. I know I do. And that is the way it is supposed to be, I think. You get better the more you write. Savage is by far the best book I have ever written. I love the story, I love the characters, I love everything about it.

5. Tell us something about "Savage" that the readers would want to know, something special that isn't already in the summary. Something hot, intriguing, thrilling. 
Have you ever wondered if the Fountain of Youth really exists?

6. Which was the character who gave you the most difficulty? 
Heather. The girl that lives in the house where Christian is going to live while he is in Florida. She is so spoiled and not always the nicest person but she always gets her way.

7. If you got one chance to step in the shoes of one of your characters, which one would it be?
I would love to be Halona and be able to move things by the will of my mind alone. Just for a day or two. That would be fun.

Now, here's what Savage is all about:

The year is 1983. Christian is 22 years old when he leaves his home in Denmark to spend a year in Florida with a very wealthy family and go to med-school. A joyful night out with friends is shattered by an encounter with a savage predator that changes his life forever. Soon he faces challenges he had never expected. A supernatural gift he has no idea how to embrace. A haunting family in the house next door. A spirit-filled girl who seems to carry all the answers. An ancient secret hidden in the swamps of Florida. One life never the same. One love that becomes an obsession. Two destinies that will be forever entangled.

Savage is a young adult title with some language, violence, and sexual situations recommended for ages sixteen and up.

It will be released on June 15th, 2012. 

And now, what you have all been waiting for - the giveaway! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win an e-copy of Savage, or a signed paperback copy.
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