Sunday, 10 May 2015

Blog Tour: Velvet by Temple West + Guest Post

Behind 416 Pages
Released: 12 May 2015
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Swoon Reads
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At the Other End:
First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don't fall in love.

After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half-demon vampire.

Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. Caitlin trusts Adrian to keep her safe from his demon father, but will he be able to protect her heart?

Temple West, debut author of the YA paranormal romance Velvet, is as nerdy in real life as she is on the Twitter. Armed with a very shiny English degree, she spent four months in Oxford holed up at the Radcliffe Camera amongst the hush of ancient books and the rich musk of academia. Returning to Los Angeles, she acquired a concurrent degree in film, mostly as an excuse to write essays about The Princess Bride and Hook. She can sew (poorly), drive stick (please fasten your seatbelt), and mostly lift her feet off the ground while stuttering into first gear on a very small motorcycle. She currently lives in Seattle and is the proud mother to a one-year-old laptop and a vintage Remington typewriter.

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  1. Caitlin was originally named Casey.
  2. Deborah Halverson, author of Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies (along with many other books) once provided me with 13 pages of notes on Velvet, back when I was 19 and had just completed the first draft.
  3. Originally, the book started with Caitlin coming into Stony Creek on a train and monologue-ing for about ten pages about her backstory. That got cut real quick.
  4. The library was directly inspired from a scene in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (the movie with Angelina Jolie).
  5. I first tried to publish the book the summer after I wrote it and received about 40 rejections from literary agents. It wasn't until 5 years later that I heard about Swoon Reads and got the chance to have my work shown directly to a publisher.
  6. The title of the book never once changed over its five-year publication journey.
  7. I re-wrote and re-arranged the first chapter over a dozen times. Even now, I wish I could have another pass at it.
  8. Velvet was the second full-length novel I wrote (the first being a modern spy thriller).
  9. Velvet is not just about vampires...
  10. Why you should read Velvet:
~ Temple

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