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Monday, 4 June 2012

BLOG TOUR!! First Visions by Heather

At the Other End:


Two years ago, 21-year-old Kate Edwards became deathly ill and slipped into a coma. While unconscious, she crept into the mind of a missing boy and awoke with the knowledge of his location. Friends and family were skeptical and wary of her new ability to see into the minds of others. Their fears prompted Kate to keep her psychic powers a secret. Feeling alienated, she dropped out of college and spent most of her days holed up at her mother’s home.
Now another child has been abducted. Police detective Jared Corbett seeks out Kate for her help in solving the case. Reluctantly, Kate agrees and they must work together to bring 8-year-old Cori Preston home to her family. Although attracted to one another, Jared has a girlfriend with ties to the abduction case and Kate is sarcastic and guarded since her coma. With visions she can’t control and an uncontrollable attraction to the detective, she wonders if she can leave the past behind and finally stop hiding from the world. Otherwise, Cori may be lost forever.

 



Shhh....... Don't Tell:

 

Kate shifted in her seat and wondered how much she should confess about her night with Sebastian. Her inebriated tongue may end up revealing too much to Jared and she could find herself admitting how she couldn’t stand to kiss Sebastian because she was falling for him.
Jared seemed to speculate her discomfort could be over some sort of impropriety on Sebastian’s part. She saw his muscles tense as he said, “Kate, please tell me I don’t have to turn this car around and murder this Sebastian kid.”
She shook her head. “No, it was fine. I guess we were kind of on a date. I just wasn’t comfortable with how much he had to drink and where he wanted to take things.” She gave him a dazzling smile before continuing with her explanation. “See, you saved me in more ways than one tonight. My mother is the queen of thank you notes. So, don’t be surprised to receive one from her that displays her appreciation for keeping her daughter’s body and chastity safeguarded.”   
He gave her a long look and she began to guess at how terrible she appeared. She hadn’t checked out a mirror in a long time and Sebastian’s moves on her probably made her resemble someone who recently had a roll in the hay.
“I should get you home,” he said at last. He was pulled out of his reverie and began to drive out of the parking lot.
She sank back into the leather seat and relaxed into the moment. Riding in his personal car in the middle of the night seemed to heighten the intimacy she felt developing between them. She still felt a buzz from the alcohol and his closeness was doing strange things to her. Something was nagging at her and she questioned whether she should disclose anything to him. Her tongue felt loose and she allowed the words to spill out of her mouth. After letting out an exaggerated sigh, she whispered, “I had a vision about you.” 
It was silent for a long moment. His voice didn’t reveal much as he inquired, “You did?”
“It was your first day of kindergarten. You were dressed in Transformers stuff practically head to toe. You were calling yourself Optimus Prime.” She giggled loudly as she visualized Jared as a punk kindergartener.
His silence provoked her to go on and she shut her eyes to recall the vision. “I saw your mother and she was…” she trailed off before saying, “beautiful. Like amazingly so—with not one single flaw. You look like her, you know? Your father was there too and he was snapping pictures of you and her. You were nervous about school and she got down on her knees and told you to not worry. Just close your eyes and she would be there holding your hand.”
Finally opening her eyes, she shifted to face him. “It felt like she sensed that she would die young. Jared, she wanted you to remember she’d always be there for you.”
Kate swallowed hard when she saw how upset Jared looked. His features were tight and the dashboard illuminated moisture in his eyes. “Jared, I’m sorry…” she started, but her sentiment trailed off when he pulled the car over to the side of the road suddenly. Looking around, she realized they were at the end of her street.
He jumped out of the car and placed his hands behind his head. She watched him pace in front of the hood of the BMW for a minute before she slowly exited the vehicle. Approaching him cautiously, Kate asked softly, “Jared? What’s wrong?”
He produced a half laugh and half sobbing sound. “I don’t know, Kate, everything’s wrong. I mean, what are you doing here?”
“What do you mean?” she asked leaning against the hood.
Jared rarely seemed to lose his cool and it made her apprehensive about how he could be feeling. Was he agitated because of the vision? Or was he feeling something for her and he didn’t know how to deal with it?
“I like you, I do, but maybe we’ve been spending too much time together. It’s probably not a good idea for us to be as close as we’re becoming,” Jared said without meeting her eyes.
“I’m sorry I told you about the vision,” she apologized. As she positioned her body closer to him, she raised her voice in agitation. “I warned you this would happen. You’re obviously freaked out that I saw such a cherished memory of your mother. I would’ve never gone into your head if I could’ve stopped it! My visions are usually horrible, I only wanted to share with you that you gave me one of the best ones I ever had.”
“Kate, it’s not about your vision. It’s freaking incredible that you were able to see my parents as if they were still alive. I thought it would be fine for us to be friends, but…”
“But you know I want you?” she asked in her most seductive voice. The way he was protesting made her confident that he was finding it as impossible as she was to fight off their attraction. Putting her hands on her hips and sticking out her chest, she was hoping her sudden loss of inhibitions would pay off with a kiss from him.
Jared stood in front of her and grabbed her by the shoulders. His eyelids were lowered and he moistened his lips. The pull was undeniable and it felt completely natural to close her eyes and move to his mouth for a kiss.
Suddenly, his grip tightened and he said in a husky voice, “Kate, no.”




 

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Author Bio:


Heather Topham Wood graduated from the College of New Jersey in 2005 and holds a
bachelor’s degree in English. Working full-time as a freelance writer for publications such as
USA Today, Livestrong.com, Outlook by the Bay and Step in Style magazine, she writes fiction
novels in her spare time. She resides in Trenton, New Jersey with her husband and two sons.
First Visions is the first novel in the Second Sight Series.

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1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
I’ve done a massive amount of freelance writing work over the past five years. The majority of my articles have focused on health, fashion, food and travel (kind of a broad spectrum). A few notable publications I’ve appeared in include USA Today, Food Loves Beer magazine, Step in Style magazine and Livestrong.com.  I began writing fiction in my early teens (stories filled with plenty of angst and cringe-worthy lines) and just recently returned to it.


2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?

I was a complete head case after that first week First Visions went on sale. I just kept wondering: will people like it? Although my friends and family were fans of the book, I understood they were bias. These characters are so close to my heart which made it difficult for me to share them with the world. My next thought, of course, was will people actually buy my novel?


3. What inspired you to write this novel?

My beloved grandmother who raised me passed away last year. After collecting my things from her house, I came across the huge piles of writing I used to do as a teen. Life kind of gets in the way of things you love and her passing made me realize that you never know what’s going to happen and to pursue your dreams even if the timing isn’t perfect. One of the stories I had started was about a psychic who helps find a missing child and I decided to expand off of that.


4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?

It sucks, no one can deny that, but at least there’s a conversation being had over your novel. Think about the best-selling book right now Fifty Shades of Grey. On Amazon.com, it has close to 1,200 one-star reviews! Everyone’s tastes are different and I’m not that self-deluded to think my novel is going to be the top of everyone’s list of favorite books.



5. How long was the writing/planning process?

I have a tendency to work out a complete novel in my head before even opening a fresh Word document on my laptop. I probably spent about two weeks beforehand just developing the characters in my head and putting them in different scenarios. This process helped me complete my first draft very quickly since I already knew the bare bones of the story. 



6. 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?

I kind of go with my gut as far as cover art and knew the photo was the right pick for my book. Something about how her face is hidden gave the cover a mysterious feel. The way she is gazing at the flower just made me imagine the girl was seeing something the rest of us can’t.


7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?

The next two sequels have been outlined and worked out in my head. I know where the characters are going and what sort of challenges they’ll face in the future novels. I also have another series idea I’m tossing around in my head. Although the plot and characters would be different, it’s similar to First Visions in the way that it’ll involve a normal girl who is suddenly thrust unwillingly into a paranormal situation.



8. Top 5 books


This is so hard! But I’ll try my best to narrow them down:
    • The Host by Stephenie Meyer
    • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    • One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
    • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    • Can You Keep a Secret? By Sophie Kinsella

9. Recommended books
I’ve read a ton of really great YA novels recently. Here are a few recent favorites:
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter, Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin and Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.


 10. Why read your novel?
Although my novel has a paranormal element, I tried to keep things as “real” as possible.  In the book, I attempt to answer questions like: how would a normal girl handle becoming psychic basically overnight? How would people react to someone who suddenly claims to be psychic? Also, Kate is defensive and sardonic in the beginning of the book and I think readers will enjoy the way she begins to let down her guard as she falls for Jared. 




 Want MORE of the Tour? Check out these stops: 


May 28 - Beauty and Books - Giveaway/Excerpt
May 29 - Author Bernadette Marie - Interview Excerpt
May 30 - Book Lovin Mama's - Giveaway/Guest Post/ Excerpt
June 1 - Oh! For the Love of Books - Interview/Guest Post
June 4 - Behind a Million and One Pages - Interview/Giveaway/Excerpt (<-- You Are Here)
June 5 - Mama Knows Books - REVIEW/Guest Post
June 6 - Fighting Dreamer - Giveaway/Interview/Excerpt
June 7 - A Dream Within a Dream - Giveaway Excerpt
June 8 - Read Between the Lines - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway
June 11 - Work-a-Day Reads - REVIEW
June 12 - Where Fantasy and Love Take Flight - REVIEW/Guest Post/Excerpt
June 13 - TE Garden of Books - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway
June 14 - Reader Girls - REVIEW/Excerpt
June 15 - The Queen of Teen Fiction - REVIEW/Interview
June 18 - The Adventures Within - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway
June 19 - Taking it One Page at a Time - REVIEW/Giveaway/Interview
June 20 - Review's From the Heart - REVIEW/Giveaway
June 21 - Paulette's Papers - REVIEW/Giveaway
June 22 - Understanding Shae's Story - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt




 


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5 comments:

  1. This sounds interesting, love the cover and awesome interview!

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  2. Thanks Gina for letting me stop by your blog! The list of books you love has many of the same YA series that I'm a huge fan of too (especially Goddess Test, Delirium and Fever)!

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  3. THis book sounds so awesome:)) I wanna be psychic :) can't wait to see how this book plays out:)
    -JennyC

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  4. Birdie Skolfield23 June 2012 at 01:10

    I too wrote as a teen I need to find those to inspire me to be as great as you love to read more of you birdson@roadrunner.com

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