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Sunday, August 19, 2012

PSC: Interview & Giveaway with Jocelyn Davies

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I really enjoyed Jocelyn Davies’ first book, A Beautiful Dark, so it only made sense to invite her to celebrate the release of the second book in the series, A Fractured Light. This story about light and dark angels took me by surprise and I can’t wait to see what’s next. Hopefully, this story will help you hold on if you are as impatient as I am!

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1- In A Beautiful Dark, Asher and Devin are really stereotyped in their good and bad roles until the end. Did you write them that way to make the conclusion even more shocking for the reader?

I didn't set out to write these two characters with the ending of book 1 in mind at all. The characters came first, and then their stories led me to that ending. Believe it or not, it shocked me, too! The thing about Asher and Devin is that they are unique and nuanced characters, but they are also each bound to ancient laws and rules. Devin has no free will, no ability to act on his emotions. Asher is someone who is governed entirely by his emotions--and yet, even though he's charming, he has a somewhat guarded personality. He falls for Skye, but he's afraid to fall, too, because love can open you up and make you vulnerable when more than just your own heart is at stake. In A FRACTURED LIGHT, we learn a little bit more about why he's so afraid. So, when writing Asher and Devin (and the Rebellion and the Order) I was interested in exploring how perceptions of good and bad can change--there are always grey and shadowy areas.

2- I really liked Asher's family story around the fire on the ski trip (very on point with the event!), where did the inspiration come from?

To me there has always been something magical about sitting around a campfire, and this scene was one of the most vivid in my mind as I wrote. The story of Skye's parents is so epic and otherwordly that it really does sound like a legend--perfect for telling around a campfire. Throughout the series, it does become legendary in Skye's mind, and she is determined to find out the truth behind the story--but nothing is ever what it seems.

3- What can the readers expect from the second book, A Fractured Light?

This book is all about self-discovery for Skye. She knows who and what she is now. She's been hurt and is a little hardened, a little wizened, and is starting to understand that life can never be the same for her. As she learns more about her past, she begins to see just how powerful she is, and her role in the fight between the Order and the Rebellion begins to take shape. She grapples with falling in love while staying true to herself, and how to be a good friend while also protecting them. Skye matures a lot in A Fractured Light--she really takes ownership of who she is.

4- How many books, in total, have you planned for this series?

Three!

Now onto a few Camp related questions!

5- What's your favourite camp fire treat?

There is nothing better than roasting marshmallows. I like them charred on the outside, gooey on the inside.

6- What do you think are the necessary ingredients for a scary story?

A hint of reality. The more room there is for your imagination to run wild--for you to grasp onto a kernel of possibility that this terrifying thing could happen to you--the scarier a story is. And I think Asher would agree it's all in the way you tell it. :)

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More about A Fractured Light:
A Fractured Light (A Beautiful Dark, #2)

When she wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings, Skye knows something terrible has happened to her. But it's not until she hears Asher, the dark, rebellious angel she fell in love with, that the memories come flooding back. She tries to put the past behind her, but she knows she'll be forever haunted by the ruthless betrayal that almost took her life.

Skye returns home, but with the knowledge of who she really is, nothing can ever be the same. As she tests the limits of her newfound powers, Skye discovers that she's capable of far more than anyone could have imagined. Both the Order and the Rebellion want her for their side as war between the factions looms. She can't forget the terrifying truth she now knows about the Order, but something holds her back from embracing the Rebellion.

A Fractured Light picks up right after A Beautiful Dark's shocking cliffhanger ending and is perfect for fans of Lauren Kate's Fallen and Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush saga.

Pre-order: Amazon | Book Depository

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giveaway

Jocelyn is offering one ARC of A Fractured Light, and Harper Collins Canada a finished copy!

To enter the giveaway, fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

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Ends Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
(like all of our Paranormal Summer Camp giveaways)

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More books by Jocelyn Davies:
 
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Jocelyn Davies
Jocelyn Davies edits young adult fiction at a publishing house in New York, a job that has allowed her to cultivate a keen interest in all things angsty, hilarious, and/or unrequited. She is a graduate of Bates College, and lives in an apartment overflowing with books. A Beautiful Dark is her first novel.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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57 People left their mark' :

  1. What I love the most is how you can relate to them because they're your own age and probably going through some of the same things you are.

    And I guess this is where I tell you I'm from the US? Thanks for the giveaway! ^_^

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  2. So first i'm from belgium
    next what i like in YA: everything is possible and they gave me hope

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  3. I'm from the US

    My favorite thing about YA books is the diversity within the genre. In adult fiction you have to pick between romance, paranormal, urban fantasy etc., in YA they are all just lumped together because of the protagonists common age. I have discovered a ton of different genres and styles this way (e.g. I never would have read a sci-fi book but Beth Revis totally converted me with the Across the Universe series!).

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  4. I am from the US
    And what I happen to like most about YA books is the fun, quirky plots, and watching the characters work through problems & challenges. And it also helps me to harken back to my own younger years ;D

    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

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  5. The U.S. I love the romantic situations and the paranormal aspects.

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  6. Canada!

    I love YA because I remember what it was like back then and I love how YA genre has increased since I was that age. It's still totally relateable even though I am no longer in that age bracket. Sometimes it's a nice break from adult stories as well. :)

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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  7. Well, I'm from Uruguay! :D
    And I love everything about YA books, but mostly the fact that it can showcase everything, every emotion and situation, without the need to be explicit.

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  8. Hey, I am from Iraq, but my uncle is in Uk, so you can send it there!
    What I love about YA is that is SHOULD be original and unique.
    Even if the original concept is not original, i would want the story-line to be original.
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  9. I'm from Canada (Québec)

    What I love about YA : is that the ideas behind YA book are innovative and original.

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  10. I'm US

    I just love how I can relate to YA books really well. Plus, they're the most unique imo.

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  11. I do appreciate the YA books that can captivate me with a good story without the smut! I'm not saying I don't like steamy books, but it's nice to be able to enjoy books that are clean...ones that I would let my kids read!

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    1. Forgot to mention that I'm in Canada!

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  12. I'm US! I can relate to a lot of things happening in YA books and it seems that there's a lot more originality in YA right now.

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  13. I'm from the UK! :)

    Cherry Mischievous

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  14. YA books when written by a talented author captures the wonders of discovery, novelties of firsts, and uncertainties which makes good elements for an interesting story! :)

    Cherry Mischievous

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  15. I'm from the US and I really love the extensive amount of books coming out in the YA genre. Gives me more of a wide variety of books to choose from.

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  16. I am from the US! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  17. Im from the US....and I love YA books cause most YA authors can write amazing books=)

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  18. Hi! I'm from USA. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. I'm from Canada and what I love most about YA books is the fact that the characters are so easy to relate to, whether you're a teenager or an adult, you can always find some connection with the main character. And for me personally, I LOVE how YA books draw you in with there different yet amazing stories. You are taken away from reality for the length of the book, and you can't help but be captivated by every element in/of the YA book! :D

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  20. I'm from the US. I love YA books because I can relate to them the most. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  21. Hi, I am from Holland. I don't read much YA books, but some grab my attention, and I have to admit, I like it that there are no explicit lovescenes. I could do with less in my adult books. And I have a 13 year old stepdaughter who is an avid reader (yes, in English!) and I think she would love it as well.

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  22. I like YA because they are easy to relate to and most of the stories are gripping! Im International and Entered as Natalie Cleary :)

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  23. I'm INT - from Cyprus.
    I like YA because they have a great story, a sweet romance and everything but they dont have any "love" scenes that takes up most of the book like the adult books do nowadays.

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  24. I'm from Canada and I what I love about YA novels is that they suck you into their world with the romance and great storylines.

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  25. AUSTRALIA

    There don't seem to be any topics that YA shy away from. I love that.

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  26. USA :)

    I love YA books b/c they are swiftly becoming so much more inventive and original. Plus, I like getting invested in the story w/out having to worry about darker issues/tropes.

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  27. I'm from the USA and I like YA books mostly because I'm at the age between YA and Adult so this whole "New Adult" genre that's not really a genre yet is my favorite but I still jump back and forth between YA and Adult

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  28. USA!
    Even though I am not a young adult any more I love the fact the I can still escape in to a YA world

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  29. I'm from the US. My favorite thing about YA books is how face paced they usually are. Thanks for the giveaway! :D

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  30. I'm in the US and I enjoy YA books because I'm way past my teen years and they make me feel young again. I know it's silly, but it works. Thanks for the giveaway! :D

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  31. From the USA! And I can relate to YA books, that's why I like them. :)

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  32. I am from the USA! What I like about YA books is the situations the characters encounter, and how they grow/develop from the situation/encounter. Plus I can relate to most of the situations characters face in books.

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  33. I love that when reading YA you get to experience all the first's again. First kiss, first crush, first heartbreak. I love it all. I'm from USA

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  34. I love YA because it's a huge melting pot of genres. Thanks so much for the chance to win! I'm from the US.

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  35. I live in the US, and I enjoy YA books because I like to pretend I'm young again!

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  36. I'm from Europe. I read mostly YA books. I love them because they remind me when I was a teen and all the emotions were so intense!

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  37. Hi!
    I'm from Canada! And I like the romance in YA, different from Adult and refreshing. Always just enough without the full description, all the first kiss, touch, encounter, feeling, so it's great to read some YA sometinmes! Thanks for this chance!

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  38. I like the interesting stories and characters.

    US

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  39. I am from South Africa and what i love about YA is that sweet first love :)

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  40. I am from the US. YA books are my guilty pleasure - they take me away from the real adult world for a little while.

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  41. So I'm from Belgium, and what I like most about YA books is the fact that you can crawl into someone elses mind and thoughts, live in their world for a while and relate to their problems, and most importantly, I can forget my own reality for awhile.

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  42. I live in Canada and I enjoy the fantasy/paranormal aspect of YA books and seeing younger people chart their course in life and the lessons they have to learn. Thanks for the contest.

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  43. I don't think I can really pinpoint just what it is about YA books that I find fascinating. Although I do feel that I can relate better to them because the heroine is usually a teenager.

    I'm from Australia :)

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  44. From US
    I like YA books because sometimes they are a lighter read then some adult books. I also like them so my sister and I can read the same series. Thanks for the chance.

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  45. I love how they are usually the easiest ones to relate to.

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  46. I am from the USA and I love that I can still read YA books to escape.

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  47. I'm from the usa and I love YA they are a escape from the real world were I can go into any world I want just by picking what book I want to read.

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  49. From Canada here. :)

    I love how imaginative YA books are. Adult books are often about life and I find them quite boring.

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  50. Hi, i'm from the UK.

    I love the interesting characters and also love how some of the gripping stories just pull you in and you don't want to put the book down until you finish it!

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  51. Hi, I'm from El Salvador.
    What a love about YA is that you can escape the real world and meet new places, experience different emotions with characters that you'll love and stay with you forever.

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  52. I am from Malaysia

    Love how diverse YA books can delve into. The worlds they create is so fascinating

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  53. I'm from Canada!!!
    what I love about YA is the romance that happens in them. I never had that in my teen years and each YA novel gives me a lovely view of teen romance!

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