Friday, 18 July 2014

BLOG TOUR - Shattering Halos by Sunniva Dee **GIVEAWAY**


I am  so excited to share with you today the amazing 
Shattering Halos by the equally amazing Suniva Dee!

I reviewed this book early on in my blog career and it holds a special place in my old heart!

Sunniva very kindly agreed to an interview with yours truly and below you can meet the lady behind two of the hottest angels about Gabriel and Cassiel

She is also hosting an amazing giveaway, prizes including 
a Kindle (us only), Amazon $50 Giftcard (int) plus copies of Shattering Halos


Shattering Halos by Sunniva Dee 
(Halos #1) 
Publication date: February 24th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal

Synopsis:

I traded my death for love. I wasn’t given a choice. His decision has caught up with us, so now I am a living, breathing catalyst to war between Heaven and Hell.

The violations he committed saved my life. Since the collision, he’s appeared everywhere. In my hospital room, my school, even my house. He shows up in my paintings, my drawings, in all of my art projects. I can’t stop thinking about him.

He says his name is Gabriel, and he doesn’t understand what’s happening to him. He doesn’t know how I can see him or why he wants me in ways that should be impossible for a Celestial.

My obsession grows. I need him to hold me, kiss me—give all of himself. For every day he protects me, the consequences loom darker and taller. Soon, they’ll crash down on us.

The war is about to begin.




INTERVIEW


Hello Sunniva, thank you for joining me today! Before I start can you tell me a little about yourself!

Thank you, Heather—I'm very happy to be here. You've got a beautiful house! *looks around*
Well, I'm a native of Norway—almost your neck of the woods—but moved to the US 12 years ago with my Angelino husband (He swept me off my feet, dragged me by the hair to California, then I dragged him by the, uh.. also hair... to Savannah, Georgia) and voila, here I am: writing books!

Shattering Halos is an amazing novel and I'm looking forward to book 2 Stargazer, could you tell me how you came up with the idea for the series?

Thank you! I'm so happy that you like it. After I had read Twilight, I had lots of ideas. I fell for a lot of the tension and sensuality Stephenie M. had built in it, and I wanted to translate it to angels but make it a bit angstier—and hotter. I didn't want this to be a YA novel. That's why we have ourselves a New Adult paranormal in Shattering Halos. As for what happens in the novel? It sort of developed on its own. When the characters take over, the author's wishes stop mattering, I feel.

Gabriel and Cassiel are obviously very attractive men, do you have anyone in mind when you right these characters?

Oh—surprise question! No, I did not. I've always enjoyed beauty, charisma, charm, even magnetism in people—and there is so much of it around us everywhere. Every person I meet have a sliver of something in them that I could translate into an angelic trait. With Gabriel and Cassiel, I gave them both everything I have ever witnessed of these qualities. All of it, I crammed into two out-of-this-world beings. Literally. And boy, were they fun to write. :)


You moved to the States in 2001, How do you find the difference in culture between Norway and USA (I ask this from a nosey point of view also as I have a fascination with Scandanivian things as well as all things American!!)

I could speak about this for days. Scandinavians and Americans are so similar and yet so different. Then, there's the different between the West Coast where I've lived half the time, and the South, where I live now. As a Norwegian, my heart—the core of me—will always be in that small, rugged, gorgeous country. Since it's where I was raised, the culture is familiar, genuine, easy for me. Even so, here in the States, I've been received with wide-open arms, such interest, and politeness. I learn every day from what I experience around me. I do feel that it's my second home. <3

Did you start writing at a young age, or did it come later?

All writers say that they did. For a while, there, I kept telling myself that I did not. That wasn't true, though, because there were always the endless diaries about my not-so-interesting life. Then, there were the short stories my friend Elin and I wrote. If they were romantic? Sure they were. Sorry Elin. Outed you there...

As an aspiring writer myself, I always find I am struggling to make time to write, do you schedule writing time or do you do it as and when, also can you tell me if you plan out the books?

Since I have a full-time job at a college, I have to schedule my writing time. I've cut down on sleep over the last three years since I became serious about this. (I know. Not good.) So I write a couple of hours before bedtime, then I get up at 6 am and write for another hour before I start my "real" day. As for planning out the books, it's different every time. The first one I wrote straight out (Shattering Halos) then went back and rewrote every darn chapter until it made sense. Terrible system. With Stargazer, I didn't move on from one chapter until it was perfect, final edits and all. I find that I work best with a loose plot line as long as I know how I want it to end. With the one I'm writing at the moment, though, I'm not sure if the characters will let me end it according to my wishes. This book is freaking haunted. ;)

Can you tell me about what you have coming up for us, any new series planned?

Stargazer, the standalone sequel to Shattering Halos, should be out toward the end of this year. It's going through the motions at my publishing house at the moment, and I haven't been given a date yet. Watch out for the cover reveal in July, though. I have BIG hopes for this cover! Then, there's my new baby, "Pandora, Wild Child." My first two books are New Adult Paranormal/Fantasy books, while this one is a straight-out New Adult Contemporary romance with no paranormal elements. In NA, you see a lot of hotness, unpredictability, and bad-boys. In Pandora, you will also get, maybe for the first time, a serious bad-girl. Then, of course there're the hotties who try to save... or deprave her. This book is different, deep, and hot all at once. I expect readers to be mad, swoon, laugh, and shake their heads. And I. Am. Dying. to get it out there. Pandora, Wild Child, I will not be offering to my publisher. I want to step into Indie waters and publish her myself for all of you. I'm aiming at October. Pandora will be my October child!! :) After that, there's a mystery project coming.

Angels are amazingly popular these days - Laini Taylor, Susan Ee etc all having massive books, why do you think they are popular?

I have no idea. I've always been fascinated with them. Anything superhuman, gorgeous, and good, right? And sometimes bad.... why not. ;-) As for Laini Taylor? Ahh. Need I say more? She's one of my heroes.

What authors have inspired your work? I know you read a lot!
Yes, as an author, you end up reading a lot. You use others' books for inspiration, to learn how to write, and even to remember how you don't want to write. Not necessarily because it's not good writing, but because it's not how you want to sound.

What do your children think of your books?!

My teenage son is trying very hard to read Shattering Halos. He's so supportive. At this point, he's about 50 pages in, telling me that Marina and the guys at the dance are funny. He's very afraid of getting to the hot parts, and so am I. I sort of want to make Shattering Halos magically disappear from his stash.  My daughter read the very first, crappy version of Shattering Halos while it was still named "Heaven." Once she'd finished it, she teared up and said, "Your book is so much better than Twilight!"  Yeah. So support all around. I am blessed.

Some Quick Questions!

Last TV Show

I watch so little TV—no time when all my time goes to writing and work—but I do enjoy Supernatural and Vampire Diaries.

Last Film


OMG, blushing. It's been WAY too long. I LOVE watching movies, but lately I've been too late to the punch. Before I have time to see them, they're off the big screen. I'm still mad I missed out on The Great Gatsby. Hey, I'm going to say the last replay I did: The Breakfast Club. Always. ;-)

Last Song Bought

Yeah! I'm all about Spotify nowadays. Music, I do update daily, and the last one yesterday was Warm Me Up by The Audition. It's perfect for my Pandora, Wild Child playlist.

Last Book Read


Dirty by Cheryl McIntyre. This serial (5 novellas building into each other into one book, one story) is so stunning, so beautifully written, with such awesome character development that it gave me goosebumps. Then, my verbal massage via audible.com is Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor at the moment. It's bliss and pain to listen to all at once because it's so amazing. :)


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