Sunday, September 4, 2011

Q&A Interview and Giveaway with Ednah Walters

Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are very happy to promo for the amazing author Ednah Walters today!

Ednah lives in northern Utah with her husband, five children, and two cats.
Ednah's books sound amazing don't they?  Let's head over to the interview I did with Bran from THE GUARDIAN LEGACY so we can learn more about him and this great new YA series......


She started making up fantastical tales in her head long before she could even write.  She eventually wrote a play that was performed by her class is high school, but she didn’t truly complete her first story until she finished her PhD in chemistry and decided to be a stay-at-home mom. 


The first books she wrote were picture books about the adventures of a little lion called, “Little Leo and his pet Cockatoo”, which her kids loved hearing her read aloud.  She eventually graduated to mid-grade chapter books, of which, “Goldilocks before the Three Bears” was part.  After that, she tried her hand at contemporary romance and romantic suspense, but it didn’t go quite as planned, and besides, she couldn’t read them aloud to her kids. 


As her children grew up and became teens, they wanted to read teen books, and vampires and werewolves were ‘cool’.  A professor of Ednah’s once told her that you can either be the first or the best at what you do.  She wasn’t really into the whole vampire/werewolf thing, so being ‘first’ was out.  She also couldn’t see herself being the ‘best’.  She settled for being ‘different’, and decided to write about fallen angels. 


The idea for “Awakened” rose from ramblings of the imagination after Ednah came across stories of kris/keris daggers.  All she knew was that the weapon had to be the center of her story, and soon the characters formed around it, and wouldn’t leave her alone until their story was told; especially an orphan named Lil.

“Awakened” is full of romance, mystery and adventure.  Ednah believes in the power of love, and that’s why she spices up her stories with romance… even if they are slotted as Young Adult.

“Awakened” is the first book in THE GUARDIAN LEGACY series.  Book #2, "Betrayed" was released on August 1.  For those who are not yet familiar with Ednah's GUARDIAN LEGACY series, here is a brief synopsis of both books: 

“Awakened” (Released on 8/22/10):

Most teens turn sixteen and get the license to drive, but Lil Falcon gets the license to kill demons. Orphaned as a child and raised by an eccentric grandfather, Lil is concerned with surviving high school and is unaware that she's a Guardian-a being with super powers charged with killing demons and protecting humanity. When she meets Bran, a mysterious boy with amazing abilities, his psi energy unlocks her latent powers. But Bran has a secret that can ruin their growing relationship, and the truth she discovers may destroy everything she believes in unless she finds the right balance between love and sacrifice.





Betrayed” (Released on 8/1/11):

Lil has come to terms with her life as a Guardian/demon hunter and the wielder of the Nephilim most powerful weapon. She trains everyday to master her growing powers, gets along with her Guardian trainee friends (most of the time) and cherishes her moments with her human friends.

Just when she feels she belongs, her nature-bender father contacts her and warns her about a betrayal by someone close to her. Then Bran, the guy she loves, starts to act strange and one of her human friends acquires a supernatural ability. While Lil struggles find a connection between these three things, she begins to realize that someone is manipulating her and Bran, and will stop at nothing (including hurting those she loves) to lure them to the dark side.


Ednah is also the proud creator of the FITZGERALD FAMILY series ("Slow Burn" and "Mine Until Dawn").

“Slow Burn” (Released on 5/1/11):

 
She doesn’t want to deal with the past...

Ten years ago, Ashley Fitzgerald witnessed the death of her parents in a tragic fire and blocked the memory. She pretends to have moved on, is a successful artist and photographer, until the morning she opens her door to a stranger she assumes is a model and asks him to strip to his briefs .

He wants to expose the truth....

Wealthy businessman Ron Noble has the body, the jet, the fast cars and the women, but he hides a deadly secret. His father started the fire that killed Ashley’s parents. Now someone is leaving him clues that could exonerate his father and they lead to Ashley’s door. Blindsided by the blazing attraction between them and a merciless killer silencing anyone who was there the night of the fire, Ron dare not tell Ashley the truth. Yet the answer he seeks may very well tear them apart.

While a demented arsonist...SLOW BURN(s)...and plots his ultimate revenge

“Mine Until Dawn” (Released on 7/20/11):


She's armed with a new attitude and a kick-ass wardrobe....

By age twenty-eight, art historian Jade Fitzgerald has had a marriage from hell and an equally nasty divorce, worked hard to control her weight and her arrhythmia. The last thing she needs is another man messing with her head or shooting her heartbeat off course. That is exactly what she gets when an aloof and mysterious stranger storms into her life.

He's cynical and doesn’t take crap from anyone....

Former investigative reporter Vince Knight is on a quest to recover a priceless, ancient Mayan artifact, which he believes Jade’s mother stole. He’s skilled at gathering information while remaining emotionally detached, until he meets Jade. The voluptuous woman stirs in him a hunger he hasn’t felt in a long time and a protectiveness he can’t explain.

Until, an insane man decides to add Jade to his collection of beautiful and rare things....

Neither Vince nor Jade expects passion to flare so fast or danger to dodge their footsteps. To defeat a ruthless art collector with a twisted agenda, Jade and Vince must learn to trust each other and embrace their growing feelings
Ednah's books sound great don't they?  Let's take a look at the interview I had with Bran from THE GUARDIAN LEGACY so we can learn more about him and the guardians.......

Carla: Hi there Bran, thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to join us here at Book Monster Reviews.  Please, have a seat.

Bran(dressed in all black straddles a chair and props his arms across the back): Carla…may I call you Carla?

Carla:  Of course.

Bran:  You understand that you can never publish this interview. 

Celeste(a girl with long, wavy black hair and emerald green eyes walks in): What did I miss?

Carla (notes the similarity between Bran and the girl): Oh, who are you?

Bran (asks at the same time): What are you doing here?

Celeste (Dressed in pink and black striped tights under her black shorts, white top and black combat boots, she shrugs, her hands deep in her front pockets): I’m Celeste, Bran’s sister. Lil asked me to sit in on the interview. You know, to make sure Bran behaves.

Bran (covers his face and groans)

Celeste (grins): So what were you guys talking about?

Carla(blinks):  Bran said I can’t publish the interview.

Celeste: Don’t listen to him. The Teen Guardians break the rules all the time.

Bran: No, they don’t and she can’t publish this interview.  As soon as we’re done here, Lil will erase all traces of this meeting from her memory.

Celeste: No, she won’t.

Bran: Yes, she will. Humans are not supposed to know about us or what we do.  If you’re recording this meeting and the High Council finds out, you will be terminated.

Celeste (rolls her eyes): Don’t listen to him.  No one is going to hurt you.  Guardians, hold human lives sacred.  In fact, their duty is to guard you against demons.  Without humans, they’d be lost, soulless beings like…like me—a demon. 

Carla (squirms):  Oh…uh….

Bran (points at Celeste): You…outside…now.

Celeste (gets up): What did I do?

Carla (sighs with relief when they disappear outside then Bran comes back alone): Where’s Celeste?

Bran (sits again): Somewhere she can’t cause mischief

Carla (blinks again):  Oh, okay.

Bran (flashes a smile, dimples flashing):  So what do you want to know?

Carla (consulting her notes, hands a little unsteady):  Could you tell us…me a little bit about yourself?

Bran:  I’m a Nephilim, a Guardian, I hunt down and vanquish demons.  My grandfather was a Cardinal Guardian with the ability to manipulate water, an ability I inherited through my father.  My mother (Bran frowns and shakes his head)…I don’t like talking about my mother, or me, for that matter.  Are you sure you don’t want to talk about Lil.  She’s more interesting.

Carla(smiles):  Maybe some other time.  This interview is about you.  You have one of the most interesting names. Do you know the story behind it?

Bran (sighs):  Do you know that most civilizations have written about us?

Carla (looks confused):  Y…eees.  But I’m the one asking questions here, not you.

Bran (cocks his right eyebrow): Okay. My father named me after Bran, son of Sea-god Llyr…Bran the Blessed…a giant of man…an honorable man.  Of course, you do know he wasn’t just an interesting figure in Celtic mythology.  He was one of us.  I think we might be related somewhere down the line.  You know, my water powers, he being son of a sea god and all.

Carla(nods):  You have very different heritage than most, what do you find is the hardest part of being you? What's the best?

Bran (frowns):  The hardest part is having my fellow Guardians look at me and see my parents.  I’m not my mother or father.  I’m me, an individual. I like to be judged by what I do and say, not who my parents were.  The best part is using my experience to help the girl I love.  Having known the dark side, I know how to avoid its seduction.  Lil has trying times ahead of her and I plan to be there for her.  

Carla:  Could you tell us what you like to do in your spare time?

Bran(winks):  Doing stuff with Lil…and train.  Demon-hunting is a full-time job, and so is being in love with a stubborn girl.  But I have several centuries to do both.  

Carla(smiling dreamily):  What's one of your favorite memories of your childhood?

Bran(shakes his head):  Learning about my heritage from my father, goofing with my brother… before things changed (Bran stops smiling), flying with Celeste.

Celeste (yells from the hallway): We had to sneak around when he flew, so no one would know he had the ability.

Bran: Ignore her. She wasn’t always this impossible.

Carla:  Your relationship with Lil is complicated, yet beautiful. What's one of your favorite things to do together?

Bran (grins again, dimples flashing):  Lil’s pretty cool, except when she decides not to listen to me, which I’m afraid is quite often.  We like to teleport to different places for lunch or dinner.  She likes the beach the best.  We’ve visited quite a few around the world.  We’ve also dined at some of the best restaurants.  (Bran laughs softly) We often don’t have reservation, but Lil’s power of persuasion makes that problem go away.

Carla:  Can you tell us anything juicy about her we don't already know?

Bran:  Oh no, I’m not going there.  She’ll kill me if I tell. 

Carla:  Come on, just one tinsy little secret.

Bran (sighs, looks up and smiles):  Okay.  You’re a very curious lady, just like Lil.  She’s very ticklish.  Whenever I tickle her she kicks and screams and promises to vanquish me.  But she never means it because afterwards we kiss and make-up.  (Bran’s grin broadened) I think that’s why I do it.  Making up is fun.

Carla (blushing):  I am not entirely sure what to think about your brother, it's clear that you love him desperately though. Can you tell us something awesome about him we might not know?

Bran (no longer smiling):  He’s very protective of Celeste.  He and I don’t agree on many things, but when it comes to her, we’re on the same page.  He’d do anything to protect her and so would I.

Carla: It’s obvious she’s a handful.

Bran: She says and does things to piss me off.

Celeste (yelling from the hallway): So not true. He’s mean and anal, and I don’t understand why Lil loves him.

Bran (sighs and stands up): She wants me to take her home. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Lil. My sister wouldn’t be here if it weren’t Lil.

Celeste (appears in the doorway, grinning, and crosses her arms): We finally agree on something. Can we go now?

Bran (makes a face): As you can see, she’s not very patient. It’s been nice talking to you, Carla.

Carla(stands too):  Just one more question.  Can you tell us anything about what's next for the Guardians? 

Celeste (waves her hand): I can answer that.  He’ll continue obsessing over what to do about his feelings for Lil and Sykes obvious infatuation with her. Remy will continue acting as the leader of the teens until Lil is ready to take over. Izzy will try to keep peace and make sure they follow the Cardinal rules, and Kim will continue being a bitch.

Bran (glares at Celeste):  Are you done?

Celeste:  No, I’m not. Bran will also continue watching out for me and Gavyn, too. He’s the best brother any girl can ever have. Lil is very lucky to have his love.

Bran (cheeks red, sighs): Done now?

Celeste: Yep.

Bran: I’ll be out in a sec, pint.

Celeste: Quit calling me that

Bran (ignores Celeste and focuses on Carla): You asked what’s next for the Guardians, right?

Carla (nods)

Bran: We’ll continue what we always do, fight the good fight.  Personally, I’d like Lil’s father to disappear forever. I don’t like seeing her worried about what he’ll do next.  I’d like to see my brother join the Guardianship program, but I don’t see that happening any time soon.  He’s too pissed at them at the moment.  Nice chatting with you, Carla. I hope we can talk again.


CONTEST:  Ednah is giving away an ebook copy of "Awakened" OR "Betrayed" (winners choice to a lucky Book Monster Follower.

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30 comments:

Nadège Richards said...

Haha! Loved it, I was laughing the enter time. The scene was VERY believable. And Bran and Celeste were the same old them. Ednah is a mastermind and I love her writing. It's so down to earth and full of wit. Every time I read something of hers, I want to smile. She's amazing!

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hernameisavril said...

This was a very funny and enjoyable interview. I find some interviews to serious at times and this was pretty light felt I really liked it.

GFC follower Brittany Hiester

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CYP @ ABookaliciousStory said...

Lol, I liked Celeste's part in the interview.

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LIESA said...

Great interviews!! Celeste is such a little sister!! LOL


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Kara Lee Lovell said...

I loved the interview. Interviewing the character's was fun. It's even more exciting for me being from Utah myself I love seeing someone do well. It's great! Way to go Ednah!

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Victoria said...

How fun! I loved the interview. Character interviews really do it for me. I haven't read this yet but I'm sure I will now. Thank you so much.

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Forbidden Passions Reviews said...

I would love to win a copy of Awakened to go with my copy of Betrayed. Please enter me in your contest. BlackRoseReviews@yahoo.com

alainala said...

i would love to win a copy of Awakened! a new author for me, but the characters seem entrancing!!

im a follower!

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Pimpin' Reads said...

i LOVED the interview. thanks so much for doing it. what a hoot. jokestner at yahoo dot com

Supru said...

It was so funny! Love interviews with the characters :)

Would love to grab a copy of Awakened to know more about them

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Cath said...

Awesome character interview...I LOVED it!!!
I cant wait to read Awakened after meeting them here, Bran and Celeste sound like a hoot =D

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Ednah Walters said...

Thanks for stopping by Nadege, I love doing character interviews and Celeste was fun to write in the book and I like interviewing her.

Ednah Walters said...

I'm happy you enjoyed the interview, Brittany. Stop by my proboard any time to read more.

http://fanpage4ednahwalters.proboards.com/index.cgi

Ednah Walters said...

Hey, Cyp,

Nice meeting you here. How was Mine Until Dawn?? XOXO

Ednah Walters said...

Liesa,

Happy you enjoyed meeting Celeste. She can be a pain, but her brothers love her, so does Lil (even though she can drive her crazy too)

Ednah Walters said...

Hey, Kara Lee,

You and I are going to be tight, my fellow Utahn writer/author/sister-friend.

Ednah Walters said...

Victoria,

I hope you do and enjoy them. I love creatiing the Guardians' world then sinking my teeth in a contemporary romance.

Ednah Walters said...

Forbidden Passion review,
Keeping fingers crfossed for you. xoxo

Ednah Walters said...

Alainala,
I hope our paths crosses again, so youcan say, you;re the lady who writes funny character interviews, lol.

Ednah Walters said...

Supru,

Hope you love my characters in the series. Bran and Celeste are just but two. Wait until you m eet the rest of the gang.

Ednah Walters said...

Cath, you'll love them and Lil, Sykes, Kim and Izzy, and oh, Grampa and the older Cardinals...

Ednah Walters said...

Hey, Jo, fancy meeting you here. Luv you, you crazy Kentucky, Thomas-loving, V-obsessed you. Later.

Linda said...

I don't read a lot of YA; I kid myself that I'm all grown up (yes! that was a pun) but this series looks good.

Would love to win it! *Fingers crossed*

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Trish said...

Thank you for the interview!

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AmyS. said...

awesome interview and Awakened looks like a great book.

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donnas said...

Great interview. It was really fun. Thanks for sharing!!

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Charity Costa said...

Characters interviews are thoe best loved it gotta read the books now I'm a Lil lost and I need to read them.

Thnx so much for a great interview

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SdyLion said...

Thanks for the great interview and I will be sure to check you out as soon as possible. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Christina Strickland said...

I enjoyed the interview! Thank you!

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legallycaz said...

How have I not heard of these! They sound fantastic :) Thanks for introducing me to a great author and for a great giveaway.

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