Thursday, 31 January 2013

BLOG TOUR!! Indigo Awakening by Jordan Dane

Indigo Awakening (The Hunted, #1)At the Other End:
Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He's warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish. On her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too many secrets. Rayne can't explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy — even though he scares her.

They discover Lucas is running from the Believers, a fanatical church secretly hunting psychic kids — gifted 'Indigo' teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind. Now Rayne's only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power — a force darker than either of them imagine. A force that could doom them all

First Impressions Last

I've been excited about this book since Jordan gave me an exclusive excerpt from this book (found in the previous interview, link below). A truly unique novel, that shows what could happen in future evolution of humans, in this case kids. Love and secrets dig deep in Indigo Awakening that you propel yourself forward to unravel these mysteries.


Behind the 294 Pages

I did have expectations for this novel, but then at the same time I didn't want to as well, incase I gave too much to expect. My second novel by Dane, and it has been my favourite. I can tell that this is going to be a series that questions what is to come in the future, as well as what is to become of us as well.

I love how this book is full of imagery. Every step of the way, we can picture exactly what is happening, every detail made out in each scene, mixed with our own interpretations. The vivid colours and buildings, shown both from Gabriel's depictions from his drawings, as well as from just the story-telling really bring this all to life, as well as the very realistic fact that we can relate easily to the characters.

The constant change in perspective, may seem to make us lost. It doesn't. All the characters are blended perfectly into each other that only sometimes, we get a little lost because of a completely new character that is introduced. Some of the characters are just plain sick. Like seriously people? HOW THE HELL CAN YOU DO SUCH A THING! (read and find out exactly what), thinking about it now, it seems like a bit much to include, but then when you read, it really does fit. Rayne's sister is a serious nut-case. There is a fine line between family and groups (in my mind...cults). The whole Church cover-up was a bit of a stretch though, and franctly, it does limit the reader group. Many religious people would be offended in a way by this, even though it is a cover-up and their whole reaction over the book could be based on this point alone.

The love connections are very easily spotted..... Basically from as soon as you meet both characters and they start interacting in some way, you can tell. What I really liked, however, was finding out about Gabriel more. Yes, we want to find out about the other Indigo Children as well, but because Gabe is one that is known as the more mysterious, we can't help but be intrigued about his past more than the others.

The shock-horror ending, isn't much of a shock (well to me) because of why? predictions! (does that mean that I have a little Indigo Child in me? haha). I could guess from when Gabriel was talking about his parents what was going to happen, sorry, who should happen. It is a moment that makes us want to find out exactly what happens next, as well as how it will all end as well.

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What's Next:

Crystal Storm (The Hunted #2)
Finding the Time: 2013


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.

Want to get to know Jordan better? Want to see her first ideas for what is now this book shared only on this blog? Click on this link to go to my first interview with her
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Take A Seat. Get Strapped In. Let's Go For A Ride:
1. It’s great to see you back at Behind A Million And One Pages! What have you done since the last time you were here?
What haven’t I done? Man, it feels like a crazy year. I did a lot of promo travel, something I can’t
do every year and still write. But it was fun to see fellow writing friends at different conferences.
I had my ON A DARK WING YA book released with HarlequinTeen, a standalone grim reaper
story set in Alaska. And I sold a new series to HarlequinTEEN, the HUNTED, and released book #1
in Jan 2013 – INDIGO AWAKENING. I’m writing book #2 now – Crystal Fire (2013).

2. Where do you wish to see yourself and your novels in 2 years?
I would love to have a balance with my books being published with traditional publishing houses
and being self-published. I’ve taken a baby step in the direction of self-publishing with my short
story anthology – Sex, Death, and Moist Towelettes – and my non-fiction writing book that
focuses on writing for the YA market – One Author’s Aha Moments. It takes time to build a
virtual shelf when you self-publish AND have contracts going forward with traditional publishers,
but I like having it all and learning new things.

3. What do you do when you suffer from the infamous ‘Writer’s Block’?
I don’t believe in writer’s block. I think of any stall to my process as the brain’s way of letting me
know something isn’t working. I have an exercise that I call the SCREAMING brain. I talk out
my plot with my husband usually, but it could be anyone patient. My brain storming peeps don’t
have to come up with any solutions. I’ve discovered that they only have to listen. As I talk things
out, the resolutions come to me and I’m off and running again.

I once took a break and watched a Christian Slater movie. Something in the crazy plot, about a
skateboard kid on the run, helped me finish NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM, my debut crime
fiction thriller that sold in auction to HarperCollins. Yep, Christian Slater movies can be the
universal solution to writer’s block. You heard it here first.

4. What is your ultimate goal for the end of this year?
To sell my new 3-book YA series – DARK RYDER - a Near Future Sci-Fi Techno-thriller. The
characters are really pushing me to write their story. My agent, Meredith Bernstein, is peddling
it now. Currently I’m writing book #2 – Crystal Fire – in the HUNTED series for HarlequinTEEN


I space my time based on the contracts and deadlines I have, while trying to fit ME time in
between. Some books flow easier, so I don’t cram too much into my year and I don’t set myself
up for failure by arbitrarily setting goals that are out of my control. This year I’m not booking
too much promo travel, so I can find more quality time to write. I also want to get back to adult
thrillers, as well as continue to write YA.

5. What is the hardest part about writing? In terms of different scenes and books in a series?
Each book is different. I tend to spend more time with the beginnings. I rehash those until I feel
that I can move on. I’ve done a few series novels, between my YAs and adult thrillers. I try new
ways to transition between books to give the reader a satisfying ending that almost sums up the
book, yet piques their interest to read the next one. That’s another challenge.

6. A week in the life of Jordan Dane.
I’m on deadline now, so most days are spent writing and getting my daily word count in. I
have breakfast with my husband—and dinners—so we can catch up. He cooks when I’m too
swamped to think about what to fix. Great guy. I have a once a week group of friends that I
hang out with on Fridays when we go to dinner or do something fun. They make me laugh and
any stress of the week goes away. I take care of my rescue dogs every day. They are an amazing
release and they remind me everyday what unconditional love is. I’d love to travel more. Fun
research trips. I have my first short trip on my radar, a desert ghost town that I plan to use for a
setting in my DARK RYDER YA series. Very cool.

7. Any books in progress at the moment? Or in the planning stages?
I am currently writing book #2 in the HUNTED series – Crystal Fire. Here is a sneak peek of the
book jacket copy. YOU are the first to have it. I don’t even have it on my website yet, Gina. So
it’s probably subject to change.

Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.
A storm is brewing on the streets of LA, one that has intensified since a
tragic and deadly confrontation claimed an innocent life.
While Gabriel Stewart trains his army of teen psychics to stop Alexander
Reese—the obsessed leader of the Believers—the fanatical church
becomes more bent on the annihilation of all Indigo and Crystal children.
They’re silencing the voices of the telepathic hive, one soul at a time, with
frightening experiments cruelly executed on vulnerable minds.
When the Believers torture a mysterious homeless boy, Oliver Blue, they
brainwash him into betraying his own. The boy becomes a deadly pawn to
take Gabriel down. As the fires of chaos burn around him, Gabe is running
out of time. He’ll need to confront his past—and the man who made him—
before the hope of peace for the future is silenced forever.

8. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?
I don’t think that way about the success of others. I support their success and love seeing it, but
as for me, I want to be the best Jordan Dane that I can be. Writing and pushing to learn new
things MY WAY is what drives me.

9. Why read your novel?
My books are visual and I hope readers can see them in their mind’s eye as if it were a movie
playing in their head. I also love portraying the emotion of my characters and layering my stories
with underlying themes and thought-provoking concepts and unique ideas. A writer’s work is
only half of a circle. It takes a reader to take a journey alongside the author to complete that
circle. I love touching people with my stories.

Want more of the tour? Check out these stops:
Wow, there are so many awesome blogs hosting on this tour! Head over to YA Bound for all the participating blogs

Now for a special suprise


HarlequinTEEN prize pack, includes (US only):
·ON A DARK WING by Jordan Dane
·THE JULIET SPELL by Douglas Rees
·BELONGING by Karen Ann Hopkins (ARC) (<-- p.s. this book is AMAZING!)
·DANCERGIRL by Carol M. Tanzman
·2 Harlequin notebooks
4 Infinity Bracelets: (US only)
For anyone who has read an advance copy of INDIGO AWAKENING, you know that a silver
infinity bracelet plays an important part in the story. Special bracelets will be given away on the
virtual tour so the lucky winners will be part of Rafael’s street family. Rafe’s bracelet was in
black leather, but I’ve added a white leather braid as my personal remembrance to you for being
in MY family.
-1 audio book of In the Arms of Stone Angels. Digital download only. (International)

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This novel was received for review via HarlequinTeen Australia. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for going on tour with me, Gina. I appreciate the Q&A. You're the best. Have a great week.



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