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Saturday, 5 July 2014

BLOG TOUR!! Unravel (Linked #2) by Imogen Howson

Unravel (Linked #2)
Behind 480 Pages
Released: 8 July 2014
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Thriller
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Buy Me: Amazon  |  Book Depository  |  Fishpond
At the Other End:
Untold dangers await telepathic twins in this sequel to the futuristic, romantic thriller called classic sci-fi, space-travel adventure at its best. After Elissa and Lin exposed the government's secret experiments inLinked, which Booklistcalled a roller-coaster ride into space that just about everyone should enjoy, their home planet Sekoia is thrown into chaos. Determined to do their part to help the planet they've hurt, they return to Sekoia only to discover that things are far worse that they imagined. Resources are suddenly scarce, people are scared, and there's a rising current of anger against the Spares. When Lissa and Lin find themselves among another group of Spares and twins, they feel like they've found their kindred spirits at last. But a threat none of them could have expected is lying in wait for Sekoia's Spares.

What's Next:
Linked (Linked #1)
Behind 368 Pages
Released: 11 June 2013
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Thriller
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Buy Me: Amazon  |  Book Depository  |  Fishpond
At the Other End:
Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she’s been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere. 

Finally, she’s promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind her hallucinations: she’s been seeing the world through another girl’s eyes. 

Elissa follows her visions, and finds a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl—Lin—who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. The twin sister she never knew existed. 

Now, Elissa and Lin are on the run from a government who will stop at nothing to reclaim Lin and protect the dangerous secrets she could expose—secrets that would shake the very foundation of their world. 
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Author Bio:
As a child, I loved reading so much that I not only read in bed, at the table and in the bath, but in the shower and – not so successfully – on my bicycle.
I enjoyed books in a slightly unorthodox way, too – many of my childhood books have ragged edges where I tore paper from the margins in order to eat it.

I wrote my first book at eight. It was entitled The Dragon in the Teapot and would probably have been a huge hit if I hadn’t lost the only copy on a family day out.

Some years later, armed with several different types of backups, I’m busy writing romantic science fiction and fantasy for young adults and adults.

I live with my partner, our two teenage daughters, and three cats, near Sherwood Forest in England. I’m a Christian, a feminist, and a lover of cheese, chocolate, stationery shops and eighties pop music. I still read in most places, but I no longer eat paper.

I’m a member of The Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the group blogs The Lucky 13s and Author Allsorts, and the online writers’ community Romance Divas. I’m represented by Mandy Hubbard of D4EO Literary Agency.
Find Imogen:
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Interview:
1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
Apart from Linked, the book that came before Unravel, I’ve written two fantasy romances for adults (both from Samhain Publishing). I’ve also written a handful of short stories, all YA science fiction or fantasy. Their original publisher went out of business a few years ago, but they’re going to be re-released as a collection from Dragonwell Press. The title will be Fire and Shadow.


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

I hope people are a) buying and b) enjoying it! And why is it not in this shop?


3. What inspired you to write this novel?

Linked was originally inspired by an article I read, about twins who had a psychic link—one knew when the other was in trouble. Unravel, the continuation of the story I started in Linked, came from the same original inspiration. One of the things in my mind while I was writing it, though, was how hateful people can be towards people they see as “other”. That was a theme that came to my mind while I was writing Linked, but it came out even more strongly in Unravel.


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

Negative reviews KILL me! I have the thinnest skin in the world, which is a total disadvantage for an author. I’ve learned not to read them. In fact, I don’t read any reviews unless a friend, or my agent or editor, sends them to me. I think that people should have freedom to write whatever they like about my books, but that doesn’t mean I should read what they’ve written!


5. How long was the writing/planning process?

I planned Unravel over one really intense weekend, because my agent made me! She wanted to have a synopsis for the second book to send to publishers with the full manuscript of the first book. Writing it took most of the next year. Part of it was really easy, because I had my synopsis to work from. Part of it, though, was really hard, because I had to continue to develop the characters from Linked at the same time as giving them fresh conflict to handle.


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?

My cover art for both Linked and Unravel—and for both the US and UK editions—is fantastic. It wasn’t anything like I imagined, but then I’m a very unvisual person so any covers I made would be very bad. If I’d imagined anything, I would have imagined the covers being purple with silver stars on them. Space, right? I’m glad that the cover designers are more imaginative than I am!


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

I’m working on three different projects right now. One has the working title Cheerleaders in Space, which my daughters think is crazy. They may well be right… There’s another science fiction one as well, which is only at the planning stages, and a contemporary YA which is something I’ve never written before but which I’m weirdly excited about.


8. Top 5 books

  • Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones
  • I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
  • Cotillion, Georgette Heyer
  • Rose Under Fire, Elizabeth Wein
  • Bag of Bones, Stephen King

9. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Merlin Trilogy by Mary Stewart, anything by Diana Wynne Jones. I also would have reallyreally loved to be one of the writers of the Sweet Valley High books. They were all ghost written, I think, so if I’d been right place right time maybe I could have written some. But I didn’t.


10. Why read your novel?

 Because it has everything that Linked had, except more. More danger, more action, more romance, more telepathy, more telekinesis, more fun made-up futuristic technology. Oh, and more twins! Because for the first time we meet other twins and their “Spares”.



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2 comments:

  1. Great interview Gina, I've always been intrigued by the bond that twins seem to share. How you hear about one being ain and the other being able to feel it too. It's really bizarre. Those covers are absolutely stunning, among the best I've seen. Going to check them out. I really need to stop visiting, you keep flashing these gorgeous books at me, and I run off to purchase them :D

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    1. Thanks! I am in love with these covers, before I posted this, I think I was staring at the cover for ages haha. I'm going to get these ones as well! hahahaha noooo, never stop visiting :D P.S. That means I'm doing my "job" right!

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