Thursday, May 3, 2012

Interview with Author Jennifer Hartz + Giveaway (3 Winners!)

          "I do not think it is a question of where, but when." were the words that Charis left my mother with thirty years ago when I disappeared from Meric . . . before I was born. 
          Shortly after being sent back I've been attacked by man-eating Vaipes. I've learned that my father was a power wielding Guardian. I've discovered that the silvery-blue eyes intriguing me my entire life belong to my Watcher, Shaw who is without a doubt the most handsome man I have ever seen. And somehow I need to stop a war mongering tyrant who can manipulate people's thoughts. 
          So my question isn't where or when. It is how? How can I help the people of Meric when I can't stop myself from falling in love?

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May I Tell You About Someone Else?

          Hello, All!  For my Blog Me MAYbe Blogfest post today I bring you a special treat!  We're suppose to share something about someone else so today, I'm posting an interview with the very author I have been gushing about for almost a month now.  She writes a stellar series called The Future Savior, a five part book series which features a crazy cool, strong heroine with some seriously boss powers and a drool-worthy, sword-wielding hero, which would make any girl fan herself back into reality.  She's here today to discuss her awesome books as well as give away a few copies of the first book of her Future Savior Series: Conception as seen above.  Without further ado, I present you my interview with Jennifer Hartz!

1.  Okay, first question, Ms. Hartz.  Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you started writing.
I've always loved fantasy stories, ever since I was a little kid.  In fact, I wrote my very first story when I was about 6-years-old.  It was about magical fairies who had their magic wands stolen by evil trolls!  Some how I got away from writing... life likes to move us in interesting directions.... but I eventually found my way back.  My current commute to work is an hour and a half... one way!  My mind would wander and daydream during my drive about a fantasy world and slowly, but surly The Future Savior Series was born!  Now I am so excited because this is my last year working!!!  I've got just over one month left!  Soon, I am going to be a full-time mommy/wife/WRITER!!!  I've got sooooo many ideas for different novels and series (mostly fantasy) that I should be writing for a VERY LONG time!

2.  Your series, The Future Savior, is seriously stellar and I love the first three books of the five parts that have been released, Conception, Resurrection, and Evacuation.  Why don't you tell us a little bit about the story itself overall for those who haven't read them yet. 
Oh gosh, it's so hard for me to talk about Future Savior without giving spoilers!  Basically a young woman, Christina, is mysteriously transported from her normal life to a fantasy world called Meric.  There she discovers she has an amazing destiny... she's the prophesied Savior of Meric!  She learns that she has unbelievable powers including visions and telekinesis.  She also discovers that she has a shape-shifting Watcher (body guard) named Shaw who has been protecting her since before she was born and who just happens to be the most breath-taking, handsome, yummy man ever!

3.  So as many of you out there in the blogosphere know by following my blog, I love a witty sarcastic heroine as well as a tough chick who can fight with the big boys and your heroine, Christina Vaughn, I feel epitomizes both of these elements.  Tell us more about her and how she came to be.
To tell you the truth, there is so much of me in Christina.  I wanted her to be as realistic as possible since the things happening to her were soUN-realistic.  Whenever something happened to Christina in the story, I would say to myself, "Okay... what would I do if this were me?"  In real life I'm sarcastic to a fault (it actually gets me in trouble!) and I'm extremely competitive.  That's totally where Christina gets her personality.  At least that's how Christina started... however, as the story grew, she sort got a mind of her own.  Now she's her own awesome self!  She's way cooler than I am!!!

4.  So here’s the question I have been dying to ask…  Where did the inspiration for this swoon worthy, sword wielding, Leviathan slaying hero Shaw come from?  The guy seriously makes me melt with every page turn of my Kindle.
I know, right?  Shaw  ***sigh***  As you might know, I get my visual inspiration for Shaw from the major swoon-worthy, mega handsome, drool enhancing, heart pounding (oh I could go on... and I will just a bit) deliciously gorgeous Kellan Lutz.  Victoria, please feel free to post as many Kellan Lutz pictures as you can get your hands on... your readers will not mind!!!

But for Shaw's personality he's what every woman wants.... at least I think so.  He so strong and so protective of her.  Which I think is one of the major rolls of men... to protect.  Somehow over the years this roll has been diminished, but deep down every woman truly desires her man to protect and lead her.  Not only does Shaw protect Christina, but at the same time, as her Watcher, he gives her distance to live her life.  Plus he lets her participate in the adventure.  Every woman out there wants an adventure!  Additionally he is so mysterious, which is just so much fun!

5.  One thing I really enjoy about your series, outside of the story itself, is the world it’s set in, Meric.  The land itself and the creatures who reside there are beautifully described.  How did you go about developing such an intricate world?
I have a completely whack imagination!!!  LOL!  Seriously though, I wanted to make sure the readers could really grasp the picture of things inside my head.  I wish I had a better explanation than that, but that's pretty much all I did... described the pictures in my head.

6.  This blog features books that twenty something readers would enjoy.  Why do you feel your series is great for twenty somethings? 
I think The Future Savior Series is ageless and I hope that doesn't sound conceded, but I wrote it for people of any age to enjoy.  It has the feel of a YA story, but the leading lady is in her thirties and then there's the fact that the people of Meric stop ageing at 33... who doesn't love that!

7.  What are your plans for future projects?
Oh my goodness!  I've got so many!!!  Along with writing Future Savior 4: Desecration, (which I'm currently working on now and it's stellar!) I'm about 2/3 of the way through a YA Urban Fantasy.  Then, recently, I was also bombarded with one of the best ideas I've ever had!  It's more of a Middle Grade, but I can't wait to start working on it!  Plus I've got a really nice paranormal romance I'm looking forward to working on soon... like I said before, I've got enough ideas to keep me busy for a long time!

8.  Okay, so totally unrelated, but for those of you that don’t know Ms. Hartz and myself share a serious love for all things Hunger Games!  So now the ultimate question, Ms. Hartz…  Team Peeta or Team Gale and please pick the right team ;)
Team Peeta all the way!!!  He's one of my many loves, including Shaw of course!  But maybe that's it... Peeta is all about protecting Katniss and Shaw is all about protecting Christina.  Good stuff!

Jennifer Hartz wrote and illustrated her first novel, an epic tale featuring winged fairies losing their magic wands to evil trolls, back when she was six years old. She has been a fan of fantasy and science fiction ever since. From the land of Mordor to a galaxy far, far away, Jennifer loves it all.

Born in Pittsburgh, but currently living in northeast North Carolina with her amazing husband and beautiful son, Jennifer spends her days teaching, reading, and writing.

The Future Savior series is Jennifer’s first crack at a novel since the early days of fairy wand heists and she couldn’t be more thrilled with its quick success.

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Buy Conception, Resurrection, and Evacuation on Amazon Today!
Isn't she just great! Ah, I love this woman. And she picked the right team!  Make sure to check out these awesome books of hers and enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter below for your chance at the first in her Future Savior Series: Conception. She's giving away 3, yes 3 copies so there will be 3 winners!
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Viktoria Bruce said...

I hadn't heard of this series until now, away to find the books on Goodreads :-)

Thanks for sharing and for the great interview.
Oh and of course for the eye-candy
*wiggles eyebrows*

Vix @

Summer Lane said...

I LOVE that you did this interview!!! I'm going to buy Conception, now. It sounds amazing! Oh, and Kellan Lutz pictures? Epic win!! :D

Samantha said...

These sound awesome! I will definitely have to add those to my "must read" list!

As for Kellan Lutz...yum. And oddly enough, my hero Micah is a lot like Josh Hutcherson (aka Peeta) ;)

Gail R. Delaney said...

I am so glad this series is getting some well-deserved attention. If you're not reading it.. go... go now.

twentysomethingfictionwriter said...

It's soooo good. You won't be disappointed and yes ma'am that eye candy...Ah, swoon!

twentysomethingfictionwriter said...

I know! So delicious!

twentysomethingfictionwriter said...

You will love them! Thanks for stopping by Samantha!

twentysomethingfictionwriter said...

Yes, Yes!!!

Tina Pinson said...

We've discussed that your character pick for Shaw is okay looking before, Jennifer. And he is a nice looking young man, if Shaw is loving and protective that makes the draw better. As for the question about Gale and Peeta, thats a hard one, both of them have been taking care of Kat.

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

Looking forward to reading!

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

Great interview. I'm very intrigued by the entire series and have heard Victoria rave about this series for a while, so I really am looking forward to reading it. :D

pwnmom said...

Looks like a great series.. possibly something my teens would like too! :) Thanks for sharing the interview and giveaway.


Anonymous said...

This is a completely new series for me and sounds great! Participating :)

Jennifer said...

Sounds like this would be an awesome read to add to my new Kindle!!!! And thank you for the very, very lovely photos!

Bridget Howard said...

I haven't ever heard of this series until now but I think that it sounds interesting!!!

!Melamine said...

I hadn't heard of this series until now.Sounds interesting!! The interview is great.

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Wow! New book for me. Thanks for the review, excuse me while I dash off to add to my wishlist.

Melanie said...

Great interview! First time hearing about this series. Looks really good! Thanks for sharing those pics! ;)

Sonia said...

Great interview! Congratulations that you are going to be a full-time writer! I'm really looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the giveaway. :-)

Anonymous said...

Glad you posted this! I'm definitely going to have to check this series out! Great interview. :)

Kylie said...

I like how she looks inward to balance the fantastical elements of her stories. Plus, I'm usually sarcastic too!

Dynie said...

I haven't heard of this series before but I'll definately check it out. Great eye candy too, thanks.;-)

Michele said...

I love the "Completely wacked Imagination" of authors!!

Jenn Hartz said...

Hey all! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I wish I could give all of you a copy of Future Savior 1: Conception! Happy reading ;)

And Victoria... thanks you for the delish eye candy. Gosh, I LOVE Kellan Lutz!!!

Jolene and Family said...

OMG I can't believe I haven't heard of this series yet. These books sound amazing, must get hands on asap!!!!!

Carmen7351 said...

I haven't read any of these books. Would love to win them.

Linda at: desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Yael said...

This book sounds interesting.

As for the "picture inside my head" thing, I think Stephen King once said something about how good description is like telepathy.

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