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Tuesday, 20 December 2011

BLOG TOUR! On A Dark Wing (ARC) by Jordan Dane + INTERVIEW


The time has come for On a Dark Wing. Today we will be having a review and an interview with Jordan herself (below)! How exciting!. Plus she has included a surprise just for us so stay tuned! This is the second day on the tour hosted by none other than the fabulous group at YA Bound. There will be monster giveaways and others during the tour (giveaway info below). The rest of the tour will be posted here as well so you can continue on your merry way (below).


SPOILERS NOTED AT END


At the Other End:

The choices I had made led to the moment when fate took over. I would learn a lesson I wasn't prepared for. And Death would be my willing teacher.

Five years ago, Abbey Chandler cheated Death. She survived a horrific car accident, but her "lucky" break came at the expense of her mother's life and changed everything. After she crossed paths with Death—by taking the hand of an ethereal boy made of clouds and sky—she would never be normal again.

Now she's the target of Death's ravens and an innocent boy's life is on the line. When Nate Holden—Abbey's secret crush—starts to climb Alaska's Denali, the Angel of Death stalks him because of her.

And Abbey finds out the hard way that Death never forgets.



First Impressions Last:

To be honest I wasn't too sure on this novel when I first read the blurb. I didn't know how much of the story it revealed yet it also left out some important things within the book. Yes, the blurb is a giveaway in itself, but then it doesn't give away the entire book, just some things that you wish would never have been put in the blurb that would have made the story all the more better. I love the cover. Many of you will come to understand the cover in time. At first I didn't understand it much myself, but in the Interview, you will find out how to understand.




Behind the 384 Pages:






3.5 stars. It seems hard to review this book. It was good, but it’s just hard to explain. I will try though.
Wow. Talk about a prologue. It is the way that we weren't given too much information, yet given enough for satisfaction that carried us quickly through the prologue. There wasn't much that this prologue as missing and as a brilliant lead up to the rest if the novel. we really need to know about what abbey looks like, we associate her trouble and her looks and need them to fully understand her situation and early dilemmas
Even though this novel’s blurb does tell us basically about the book, it’s not that overwhelmingly so.  Yes, we are already told that Death is following her, and we should be the ones to figure it out as soon as Abbey does and not through the Blurb.
Abbey. Well, she seems (up to 150pages into the book) like she is very delusional. She is has an obsessive nature over Nate, yet she doesn’t know him and has never spoken to him before. She thinks that she knows exactly what he is going to do, what he is going to say and what his attitude is. She doesn’t know.  When she claims that it was just a crush on him, our perceptions from the novel don’t let us make it seem so. With her fantasies and what seems like mind games, I might question if she is sane.
Nate. As he is on his trip, we get the feeling that he knows too much. He completely diagnoses himself as well as his friend. We get the feeling that this is not a teenage boy here, but a doctor. Is this the impressions we must have on him?
The story moved pretty fast throughout the novel, and during the novel, I was wondering what would happen at the end when we could basically guess at what would happen (yet the predictability didn’t turn us off the book, it just kept us going to see where it all would lead).
I didn’t see it at first, but Jordan Dane is right (see interview) about the Cover, it does have an impact on the end of the novel and I’m glad, because it gets people more intrigued as to what the cover art is about and how it relates to the story.
Despite all this, the story kept me intrigued the whole time and I just wanted to keep on reading. Even from the blurb telling us all and the predictability, the book help our interest and keeps you going through it. (Not feverishly, but you do get a pull through the novel). It is a great story, yet as I said earlier, it is hard to review.

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Let's get a bit of an inside look at Jordan Dane for a moment before we kick start the interview:

Author Bio:


 I make up stuff for a living. Who knew I could get paid for that? Voices come to me, from deep inside my head and I consider that to be a good thing...for now. (No, I'm not on meds. That would really screw me up.) I'm an observer, a listener and a scribe. And I'm cynical by nature—and by choice—and frequently indulge my inner smart-ass. I'm perfectly content in the solitude of my head, poking and prodding the three pounds of gray matter taking up that space. Guess if my brain ever takes a real vay-kay, I can lease out my skull to a much more deserving occupant.


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Take A Seat. Get Strapped In. Let's Go For A Ride:

1.      Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
No matter what anyone tells you, that wasn’t me on “Girls Gone Wild.” Just sayin.’ I know better than to cannonball into a swimming pool off a rooftop just for some cheap plastic necklaces. If they’d have been gold-plated, well...a girl has to have standards.
I’ve written 7 adult thrillers for HarperCollins. My latest book is Reckoning for the Dead –Book #4 in my Sweet Justice series about some kicka$$ women, my version of Charlie’s Angels on steroids. In the Arms of Stone Angels (Harlequin Teen, Apr 2011) was my first YA. I’ve been an avid reader of all books, but YAs have completely taken over my life, in a good way. 

2.      What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
I used to obsess over this and want to see my books on bookshelves, but now I’m usually working on the next project. I know, boring, right? It’s seriously cool to see your books on a bookstore shelf though. While I’m confessing, I also love it when readers send me pics of book sightings in the wild. Those usually get cross-posted. During that first week, I might also be on tour or doing signings, depending on what my publisher has set up. I love talking to readers face to face and online.

3.      What inspired you to write this novel?
ON A DARK WING unfolds from layers of inspiration. Most of my stories do. An author’s brain is wired differently. Anything can be a story, trust me. On the surface of this book is the story of a girl’s grief over losing her mother, the guilt she feels for the part she played in her death, and how the girl’s first crush links her to Death for a second time.

Yet another inspiration, not so easily identified, comes wrapped in a furry package. An aspect of the book was inspired by the paradox of Schrödinger's cat, a thought experiment dealing with quantum mechanics. (Yes, quantum mechanics inspired my YA book. Don’t worry. Your head won’t explode.) There’s more to this paradox argument, but here’s a quick explanation. (I assure you no cats were harmed in the writing of my novel.)
In theory, if a cat is locked away in a sealed steel box and exposed to radiation—and no one actually sees what happened inside that box—can the cat be alive and dead at the same time? You can choose to believe the cat is still alive, but once you open that box, you’ll know what happened one way or the other. I get a brain cramp just thinking about this. (Yes, I’ve overdosed on the Science channel—and no, a litter box is not required for this discussion.)

My heroine, Abbey Chandler, comes face to face with Death for a second time in her short life and Death has never forgotten her. She’s pulled into a race to save an innocent boy’s life (her secret crush) before anyone finds him dead on an Alaskan mountain battered by a treacherous storm. As long as no one finds him, is Nate Holden alive or dead? Can Abbey save his soul before rescuers witness the fate of his body? Read the book or ask a cat. Apparently, they know everything.
4.      What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?
For those who haven’t read the book—and PLEASE NO SPOILERS in your comments—the cover reminded me of the end of the book. I could totally see that ending on the big screen. It would make me cry. You know, those embarrassing tears that happen right before the lights go on and everyone knows you’re a sucker with a soft heart ‘cuz your nose turns red? My dark angel of Death is such a player in this book and that cover reminds me of him. I loved the colors and the back of the book with his legs is killer.

5.      Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?
I sold a new series to Harlequin Teen – my CRYSTAL CHILD series – and I’m writing book #1 now—INDIGO WARRIOR. Here’s a sneak peek just for you, Gina.
Conspiracy theorists have linked the CIA, the UN, and the Pentagon to the phenomenon known as “Indigo or Crystal Children,” a concept heavily queried on the Internet with thousands of websites and resources to research the topic. Query “Crystal Child” online and you will get 166,000,000+ hits. Indigo kids have been featured on mainstream TV (including CNN’s Anderson Cooper in 2007) and in dozens of newspapers and movies.
Indigo kids are generally described as highly intelligent, gifted teen psychics with a bright ‘indigo’ aura and a mission to save the world. They have high IQs, have been known to see angels and commune with the dead. And because they are frequently misunderstood, they are diagnosed by therapists and doctors as having attention deficit or behavioral disorders and are often medicated.
Are Indigo children real or are they manipulated by adults to believe their sensitivities are special? Are they dysfunctional misfits or saviors who must be respected as the next evolution of mankind?
Earlier versions of Indigo kids pave the way and protect the next evolution and are called “Indigo Warriors” or human angels. Their angry temperament separates them from the evolving Crystal Child, making their combative nature suitable to protect the next generation.
What if one such teen boy—unknowingly born with the psychic abilities of an Indigo—dies and is brought back to life to become an Indigo Warrior, marked by Death’s brand that awakens and magnifies his dormant powers?
This trilogy will be about a teen boy’s dark journey to reclaim his soul and his humanity by saving the innocent lives of the special children he’s destined to protect.
Thanks for hosting an OADW tour stop, Gina. And I appreciate all you do to support literacy through your great blog. You’re AWESOME!
Want more of the On A Dark Wing Blog Tour? Check out the other stops at YA Bound.


GIVEAWAY!



The ON A DARK WING by Jordan Dane sponsored by HarlequinTeen Blog Tour kicks off December 19 and ends January 2, followed by a live chat with Jordan Dane on January 5 at 7:00 PM EDT.

GRAND PRIZE: Jordan Dane is giving away a Kindle Fire to one lucky person!!! Contest rules are posted using the Rafflecopter entry form. Go HERE to enter the form.


PRIZES: Ten blog stops along the tour will be hosting giveaways for signed copies of ON A DARK WING with a secret gift from Abbey Chandler. Rules for each giveaway will be posted on the blogger's site using Rafflecopter.


WINNERS will be announced at the live chat with Jordan Dane on January 5, so make sure you're there!








 Thanks for stopping! Make sure to enter the Giveaway and to READ THE BOOK! Also be mindful to keep a look out for upcoming updates on the CRYSTAL CHILD Series, with INDIGO WARRIOR (#1).












SPOILER ALERT:

I am really glad that Abbey ends up with Tanner. He deserves a happy ending and she needs to forget her obsessive nature over Nate. This should help them both. I don’t know what I’d do if Abby ended up being with Josh. What I want to know is that why Josh never spoke to her about Death, or why she never brought it up when she went to visit him in hospital at the end. It would have made a connection to them and that the next time they see each other it won’t be strange or abnormal, because they both went through the same experience, whereas, now it would be strange for them because he is reminded every day of what happened and the answers that he never got from her and from everything that happened.

5 comments:

  1. Wow, LOVED that interview! I'm excited for the The Crystal Child series, and how cool to get to post the first info on that. Awesome! Thanks for joining the tour, great post!

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  2. Thanks so much for being part of my OADW tour, Gina. An imoressive stop. Happy holidays & best wishes in 2012!

    Jordan

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  3. What a great interview!! The cover is awesome

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  4. Thanks everyone! Thank you so so much for having me as a stop for this tour! It's been a blast and I hope to get involved in a lot more from YA Bound.
    Happy Holidays!

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  5. I've had this one on my wishlist for since I first saw the cover and read the blurb. Thanks for the giveaway!
    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
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