Saturday, February 13, 2016

Valentine's Blog Hop ~ Jessica Gunn

Hello and welcome to my first post for the Valentine's Blog Hop!! I'm helping to feature some of the #WO2016 authors. If you aren't familiar with them, here's some info on #WO2016 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'm featuring interviews with three NA authors in the next three days: Jessica Gunn, Suzanne van Rooyen, and Pat Esden. They gave them all the same questions knowing that each would probably have very different answers. It's interesting to see how each author answered them.☺ There's also a big hop-wide giveaway that you might be interested in!

Before you read on, I have two words for you: speculative NA. I've been wanting to read more of that genre, so I'm so excited to feature authors that have written in it! Gyre is has a really intriguing description and cover and I'm definitely excited for more than just the romance.
About Gyre
This is a fantasy NA that released on February 1st from Curiosity Quills Press. Want to add it to Goodreads?

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Chelsea didn’t try to teleport. All she wanted was to play the Battle of the Bands show. But after accidentally teleporting onto classified Navy vessel SeaSatellite5, all she’s rocking is the boat. Once it’s sorted out that Chelsea’s not a threat, SeaSat5’s top scientist offers Chelsea a position on the crew as an archaeology intern. Dr. Saint studies people with powers, believing them to be descendants of Atlantean refugees, except Chelsea’s powers are beyond anything on previous record.

While great for everyone else onboard, the miracle of Chelsea is Trevor’s worst nightmare. The same girl who’d given him a brief lifeline to sanity three months ago literally fell from the sky, under a mile of ocean, and onto the very station where he’s employed. Making matters worse, Trevor’s family are Lemurians, Atlantis’s enemy, and Chelsea’s presence is unpredicted—a wrench in an already unstable situation. But Trevor wants no part of his family’s war. The only thing he wants is Chelsea, Atlantean or not.

Days into Chelsea’s sudden appearance, SeaSatellite5 uncovers Atlantean ruins and a massive artifact cache, placing its entire, hundred-man crew in the crosshairs of an ancient war. There are those who want the Atlantean relics inside the ruins destroyed, and only Trevor knows the treasures for what they really are: Link Pieces, tools used by the ancient civilizations for their time-travel war.

With lies and shifting alliances abound, Chelsea and Trevor will have to think fast in order to save the station. If they don’t, the Lemurians will seize the artifacts and Atlantis will be destroyed forever.
A Short Interview
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?

That’s my favorite part of new adult, too! That no matter what the genre is—whether the MC is chasing a love interest or an alien spaceship that stole their treasure—I can so easily relate to them because I’m also a “new adult”.

As for Chelsea and Trevor, I totally relate to them, but in different ways. I think Chelsea’s more like my attitude towards things, and I definitely bottle emotions and deal with things like she does. But I’m not nearly as brave or competitive. Trevor embodies a lot about myself that I struggle with. He’s overprotective and slightly misguided. He’s hyper-focused, which can be a good and bad thing. They’re both good people who are struggling with finding their place in their crazy world and their place in their adoptive families that we have when we go out on our own. I think that’s something we can all identify with.

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?

Chelsea and Trevor’s relationship is swoony and sweet. They start out as little more than strangers and it’s the epitome of bad timing. They’re drawn to each other from the start, each of them representing something so absolutely vital to the other. I love their relationship for that very reason! They have as much to fight for as to run from. It’s never quite dull with them, especially since they really couldn’t be any more different.

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


Ooh! This is fun because I actually did get to write their perfect date, but the scene was cut from the book in first-round edits. Their perfect date would be in the arcade Chelsea’s best friend’s uncle owns. They’d go in after the place is closed up for the night and play all the games without waiting in line, and they’d bring the beer and snacks. They’re both into games but Chelsea’s wildly competitive streak would really give Trevor (someone who makes his own videogames) a run for his money. In the scene that got cut, Trevor had no idea Chelsea had this hidden gamer side inside of her until they got to the arcade. It was cute and fun, and I could totally see them doing this!

About Jessica
Jessica Gunn is a New Adult author and avid science-fiction and fantasy fan. Her favorite stories are those that transport the reader to other, more exciting worlds. When not working or writing, she can be found binge-watching Firefly and Stargate, or feeding her fascination of the ancient world’s many mysteries. Jessica also holds a degree in Anthropology.

To catch up with Jessica, follow her on Twitter (@JessGunnAuthor) or on her website, www.jessicagunn.com.

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Giveaway

OPEN INTERNATIONALLY

Prizes:
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
1 x eArC of Julia Ember's Unicorn Tracks With Book Swag
1 x eArC of Nina Rossing's Fjord Blue 
1 x eArC of CK Oliver's Daybreak Rising with Book Swag
1 x eArC of Courtney Sloan's Of Scions and Men with Book Swag
1 x Ebook copy of Amy McNulty's Nobody's Goddess 
1 x Ebook copy of Melanie McFarlane's There Were Once Stars 

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