Monday, February 15, 2016

A Hold on Me

Hello and welcome to my third (and last) post for the Valentine's Blog Hop!! I'm helping to feature some of the #WO2016 authors with some interviews. If you aren't familiar with #WO2016, here's some info that Julia Ember gave me:
Wo2016 originally stood for ‘Waiting on 2016’ and was started as a supportive FB group for writers publishing a book in 2016 by Suzanne Van Rooyen and Louise Gornall. The group is comprised primarily of YA and NA authors, about 70% of whom are debuts. The idea behind the group was to provide a safe space for writers to chat about their anxieties, share little successes and offer/advice and encouragement to each other as we all journey down the publishing road! The group also runs a fortnightly twitter chat on a variety of subjects.
I featured Jessica Gunn, the author of Gyre on Saturday and Suzanne van Rooyen yesterday. Now it's Pat Esden's turn! I've been super excited for this one ever since I discovered it. It sounds SO GOOD. The fact that it's a gothic/paranormal NA makes it sound even better. ☺ There's a big hop-wide giveaway after the interview that you should definitely enter. *nudges*
About A Hold on Me

This is a NA gothic/paranormal romance that's releasing on February 26th from Kensington Books. You can add it to Goodreads here.

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She never wanted to return.

He wants nothing more than for her to leave.

But the fire between them is as strong as the past that haunts them.

Annie Freemont grew up on the road, immersed in the romance of rare things, cultivating an eye for artifacts and a spirit for bargaining. It’s a freewheeling life she loves and plans to continue until her dad is diagnosed with dementia. His illness forces them to return to Moonhill, their ancestral home on the coast of Maine and to the family they left behind fifteen years ago, after Annie’s mother died in a suspicious accident.

Once at Moonhill, Annie is shocked when her aunt separates her from her father. The next time Annie sees him, he’s a bizarre, violent shadow of his former self.

Confused, she turns to an unlikely ally for support Chase, the dangerously seductive young groundskeeper. With his dark good looks and powerful presence, Chase has an air of mystery that Annie is irresistibly drawn to. But she also senses that behind his penetrating eyes are secrets she can’t even begin to imagine. Secrets that hold the key to the past, to Annie’s own longings and to all of their futures. Now, to unlock them, she’ll have to face her greatest fears and embrace her legacy...
1)Two of my favorite things about NA is how much I can relate to the characters and how much they grow over the course of the book. How much did you relate to your own characters? How much did you learn from writing their story?

In A HOLD ON ME, the main character, Annie, is twenty years old. She’s grown up traveling and dealing antiques with her dad. They have a very close and loving relationship, but she’s starting to move away from him and toward her own career and life. But, just as this begins to happen, her dad is diagnosed with a form of dementia. She could never leave him while he’s ill, so her plans are put on hold. To add another layer to this problem, she then meets a guy. She’s dated and had sexual relationships with other guys, but this time the feelings are much more intense. Basically, a large part of this series is about family relationships and how they change as Annie makes choices and moves into a new stage of her life: from dependent daughter to an independent woman. 

I’m not so sure I learned a lot about relationships while writing A HOLD ON ME. But discussing the characters and novel with my critique partners and editor did reaffirm how universal many aspects of the new adult experience are.

2) Since this is a Valentine's hop, tell me about the romance in your book! What is the relationship between the two characters like?
A HOLD ON ME is the first book in the Dark Heart series. Annie meets Chase early in the novel and is very attracted to him physically. She’s also very leery of him, unsure where his allegiances lie and certain there is more to him than meets the eye. Also, a guy who was Annie’s best friend, recently broke her heart.

Actually, unlike some romance novels, A HOLD ON ME is written from one point of view. So—whether it’s Valentines Day or not--I’m not going to give away any more about the romance. I’d rather let the reader experience the questions, truths, and slow burn through Annie’s eyes.

3) What would be the ideal Valentine's Day date for the couple in your book?

The entire series takes place on the seacoast of Maine during the summer. If that was when Valentines happened, then I’m fairly certain their Valentines date would be outdoors in Chase’s secret spot. It’s a ledge that overlooks both the harbor of Port St. Claire and the broad ocean. Annie would bring a bottle of strawberry vodka and fresh orange juice—and maybe macaroons, an assortment of snacks, and sandwiches from Moonhill’s kitchen. They’d watch the sunset and moonrise. Then they’d lie back on a blanket, making love as the stars came out and until they fell asleep. 
About Pat

Pat Esden would love to say she spent her childhood in intellectual pursuits. The truth is she was fonder of exploring abandoned houses and old cemeteries. When not out on her own adventures, she can be found in her northern Vermont home writing stories about brave, smart women and the men who capture their hearts. An antique-dealing florist by trade, she’s also a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the League of Vermont Writers. Her short stories have appeared in a number of publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, the Mythopoeic Society’s Mythic Circle literary magazine, and George H. Scither’s anthology Cat Tales.

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1 x Paperback ARC Copy of Pat Esden's A Hold On Me with Book Swag
1 x Hardback Copy of Sarah Ahier's Assassin's Heart  with Book Swag
1 x Hardback Copy of Pintip Dunn's Forget Tomorrow with Book Swag
1 x Paperback Copy of Suzanne Van Rooyen's Scardust 
1 x Paperback Copy of Jessica Gunn's Gyre with Book Swag
1 x Paperback Copy of Jodie Andrefski's The Girlfriend Request 
1 x Paperback Copy of Vicki Weavil's Facsimile 
1 x Paperback ARC Copy of Lucy Briand's Magnetic Shift with Book Swag
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1 x eArC of Courtney Sloan's Of Scions and Men with Book Swag
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1 x Ebook copy of Melanie McFarlane's There Were Once Stars 

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