Sunday, February 10, 2013

Samantha Young

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Samantha Young, is a 26 year old writer from Stirlingshire, Scotland. After graduating from the university of Edinburgh, Samantha returned to Stirlingshire where she happily spends her days writing about people she's keen for others to meet, and worlds she's dying for them to visit. Having written over ten young adult urban fantasy novels, Samantha took the big plunge into adult contemporary romance with her novel 'On Dublin Street'. 'On Dublin Street' is a #1 National Bestseller and has been re-published by NAL(Penguin US).
Links: Goodreads  Blog On Dublin Street

Interview with Samantha:
1. What made you decide to write an adult romance novel?

I’d always intended to branch into adult fiction, and after being introduced by a reader to contemporary romance in 2011 and falling for the genre, I decided I wanted to challenge myself to writing an adult romance book first. It’s the best challenge I’ve ever given myself!

When you started writing the Warriors of Ankh series, did you always know you were going to have Eden make the decision that she did at the end?
Yes. I knew it would be a difficult decision for Eden but in order to become the kind of warrior she wanted to be, she had to learn forgiveness. She didn’t have to be nice about it (and she wasn’t) but she needed to put it behind her in order to move on with her life.

As a self-published author is it hard for you to find good editors?
It is difficult. It’s something an author should research carefully and make sure that the editor they choose has the qualifications to be charging professional editing rates. It’s a good idea to send a sample of unedited work to an editor and have them edit it so you can see their work before an agreement is made.

What is your favorite sweets to eat when you are reading a books?
Um… chocolate peppermint creams  I didn’t have to think hard about that at all!

What songs do you think best describes The Tale of Lunarmorte series, On Dublin Street, Warriors of Ankh, Fire Spirit, The Fade and Drip Drop Teardrop?
TOL: Cosmic Love by Florence + the Machine; ODS: Non-Believer by La Rocca; WOA: Half of Something Else by The Airborne Toxic Event; Fire Spirits: Set Fire to the Rain by Adele; The Fade: Riverside by Agnes Obel and DDT: Overload by The Cardigans

Last question what is the best book you have read in the New Year?
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead


Warriors of Ankh Trilogy:
What would you do if you were born to be a predator? Would you fight your natural instincts or give in to your nature? Eden is a soul eater closing in on her awakening. Her family has convinced her that soon she will have to take a life in order to save her own. It’s a decision Eden doesn’t want to deal with even as her hunger for souls grows stronger every day. To complicate her impossible position, new guy in school Noah Valois’ determination to befriend her puts Eden in touch with a humanity she’s never known. Addicted to his company, his friendship and affection, she becomes more and more terrified that giving into her hunger will mean losing him forever… … But when she discovers that Noah is not what he seems, his betrayal forces her to face two choices. One will offer her revenge and the destruction of a boy she loved. The other may offer her a life of eternal redemption… YA Paranormal Fiction for mature teens+ (some content may not be suitable for younger readers)
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All Eden wants is redemption... but the road to redemption is never an easy one. Travelling to Scotland to find her mother’s bloodline, Eden is soon embroiled in the politics and training of the Scottish Warriors of Neith. It is a world where some stand with open arms ready to welcome her as family, while others keep a wary distance, conspiring against her. Through it all Eden learns of love, friendship, and what it means to be a warrior. Her future has promise... that is until a man she thought forever gone from her life returns to threaten it all. When the one person Eden loves above all else is endangered, she will have to make a choice. Him... or her? YA Paranormal Romance recommended for ages 16 years and up
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Eden’s life has taken a turn she would never have imagined. She’s gone from soul eater to warrior, left behind a family she was ashamed of and moved in with one she admires. She has a purpose, a future, and… she has Noah. Life should be good. But… the most fervent and powerful soul eaters are determined to take down the Ankh and Eden is the key to the destruction of the warrior race. Moreover, a shadowed enemy is still after Eden, and the mortal Warriors of Neith have chosen the worst time imaginable to start an uprising. With an enemy in every corner, the problems before her are overwhelming. Then again, Eden hasn’t come this far to let anyone snatch her new life from her… However, just when Eden thought she’d battled the monster within and won, the warrior who took something precious from her comes back into her life, tempting Eden to take a course of revenge there is no turning back from. A YA Paranormal Romance recommended for ages 16 and up 
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The Tale of Lunarmorte:
Enter a world of fierce wolves, stunning magic and romance... It’s bad enough feeling different among the human crowd, but feeling different among wolves? No one said returning to her pack would be easy, especially after ten years without them, but seventeen year old Caia Ribeiro is unprepared for the realities of the transition. Raised in a world where kids aren’t scared by bedtime tales of the bogeyman but by the real life threat of enemy supernaturals who might come creeping into their community to kill them in their sleep, Caia is used to the darkness; she’s used to the mystery and the intrigue of the ancient underworld war she’s bound to by chance of birth. What she’s having trouble with are pack members treating her with wary suspicion, the Elders tucking secrets behind their backs out of her sightline, and her young Alpha, Lucien, distracting her, with a dangerous attraction, from her decision to uncover the truth. But as the saying goes ‘the truth will out’ and when it does, Caia will only have so long to prepare herself before the war comes pounding on their door threatening to destroy the safe, secret lives of the wolves… and the girl they protect. YA Paranormal Romance recommended for ages 16 and up. 3 of 5 stars false  

Enter a world of fierce wolves, stunning magic and romance... Swept into the world of the Daylight Coven, Caia is caught between her loyalty to the Daylights and her new insight into the hearts of the Midnights. As more obstacles are thrown in her and Lucien's way, Caia is pushed further adrift from him and Pack Errante. With no one to turn to, Caia has to make the most difficult choice of all... Who does she truly belong with? The Daylights or the Midnights? YA Paranormal Romance recommended for ages 16 and up.
Enter a world of fierce wolves, stunning magic and romance... In the final installment of The Tale of Lunarmorte, Caia is caught between the most powerful beings in her world, and they are all desperate to use her for their own means. While Caia struggles to find her purpose, tragedy strikes close to home, and time runs out. Now she must decide if she will join the extremists she was trying to destroy... or bring them all down on her own terms... YA Paranormal Romance recommended for ages 16 and up Fire Spirits     

Fire Spirits:

FEAR THE HEAT... When eighteen year old Ari Johnson is transported from her bedroom into the chilling realm of Mount Qaf - home to the terrifying and mercurial Jinn - she learns a truth that rocks her very world. Suddenly her anxiety over college and her broken friendship with Charlie seem like small change compared to the war she now finds herself stuck in the middle of. Her unease isn’t lessened any by the hot guardian, Jai, who won’t stop following her around everywhere - a Jinn whose loyalty Ari hates to question but must. She has no idea who she can trust. When the truth burns through her life in its determination to turn it to ashes, Ari will have to battle with ancient deadly creatures, epic family drama and heart-wrenching romantic entanglements.
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FEAR THE HEAT... The White King has crossed the line, sounded the horn, sent out the wolves. When blood is shed and life is lost the reality of Ari’s position as both hunter and prey finally sets in. It seems her father will stop at nothing to force her will to his own and distracted by Charlie’s latest mistake and her seemingly misguided attraction to Jai, Ari never thought to fear anyone else but the Jinn King. Blindsided and attacked, Ari learns a new wolf has joined the hunt. A dark sorcerer believes he knows a way to bleed the power of the Seal and wield it as his own, and he is even less patient than The White King. The War for the Seal has only just begun… and it’s time for Ari to turn it on its head. It’s time for Ari to stop acting like the hunted. It’s time for Ari to become the hunter
Everything in Ari’s life until this point has been borrowed. Her human life with a man who wasn't her real father. A love for a boy who needed more than her to be strong. Kisses with a Jinn who refused to do anything but lend them out in moments of weakness. And even her resolve, which seemed to fail her whenever she needed it most. But Ari is done borrowing. She finally feels strong enough to make hunting Jinn not just a hobby to get her through her dismal situation, but to make hunting a permanent and necessary career. Her friendship with Charlie might finally make it onto real and steady ground if only she can save him from the trial on Mount Qaf. And her love for Jai could be eternal, if only she could gain control over the darkness of the Seal within her. Ari believes all of this is doable. That finally she will truly own the relationships in her life and to a certain extent have ownership over her future. But none of that matters when it isn't up to her… …For high in the emerald mountains of Mount Qaf, the Sultan Azazil has been keeping secrets. Even from the Jinn Kings. Secrets that will change everything… and bring Ari to the crashing realization that once again… … she’s borrowed something that will never truly belong to her. Something that is desperate to be unleashed. Something that could destroy them all

Ari Johnson wishes adjusting to living with her boyfriend was her only source of excitement and anxiety. She wishes a lot of things. But then wishing was what got her here in the first place. Ari chose to be a Guild Hunter. She wanted to stalk dangerous Jinn and destroy them before they could harm innocent people. But now that Ari is a member of The Guild, she finds herself in the impossible position of hunting her ex-best friend – human-turned-dangerous sorcerer, Charlie Creagh. As Ari struggles to come to terms with her duty, an ancient Jinn and his companion want revenge on her for using the command of the Seal against them; the White King refuses to give up on his quest to resurrect Lilif, and Asmodeus isn’t done toying with her. When Ari can take no more, rushing to the Sultan Azazil’s side to demand of him the favor he owes her, the events she sets in motion will not only alter everyone’s lives, it will kindle a darkness that will shake the realms to their very core.    

The Fade: 
Slumber - A Romance Molded by a tragic childhood, nineteen-year-old Rogan finds it extremely difficult to trust people. Now Haydyn, her best friend and the one person she does trust, is dying and only Rogan can save her. Setting off on a journey to retrieve the plant that will cure Haydyn and subsequently the ills that will befall them all if she dies, Rogan is stuck in close quarters with a protector she distrusts above all others. Wolfe Stovia. The son of the man who destroyed Rogan’s family. At a constant battle of wills with the handsome Captain of the Guard, Rogan just knows this adventure together will be fraught with tension. She never imagined, however, that the quest would be so dangerous… not least of all when she finds herself falling for a man she could have sworn was her no.1 enemy… (New Adult, Fantasy Romance: recommended for ages 17+ contains mature situations and some strong language)    
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On Dublin Street:
Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare… Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core. Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached. But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her… down to the very soul.
Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control.... It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may—or may not—fly. But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable. The sexy new bartender at work gives her butterflies every time she looks at him. And for once, Jo is tempted to put her needs first. Cam is just as obsessed with getting to know Jo, but her walls are too solid to let him get close enough to even try. Then Cam moves into the flat below Jo’s, and their blistering connection becomes impossible to ignore. Especially since Cam is determined to uncover all of Jo’s secrets …even if it means taking apart her defenses piece by piece 

Drip Drop Teardrop:
Even Death Can Fall in Love... Avery hasn’t had it easy. When she was ten years old her parents died in a car crash. Now nine years later her Aunt Caroline is the only family she has left. And Caroline is dying. So when Death comes knocking (quite literally) in the form of the damaged and dangerous, Brennus, Avery makes a deal with the reaper in order to save Caroline. Brennus is an Ankou. One of the many, once mortal men and women, who were given the choice to become an immortal in exchange for ferrying the dead over into their afterlife. Nine years ago Brennus took Avery’s parents and tried to take Avery, but she fought him and won. Amazed by her strength Brennus followed Avery and has watched over her. Now he knows Avery is the one to offer him freedom from his obligation to the dead. And he’ll stop at nothing to have her. A YA Paranormal Romance for older readers. 

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  1. Great Interview!
    I love S. Young writing... I first discovered her YA series - Lunarmorte (loved it).

    Was really excited when she moved to Adult fiction.
    Can't for 'Down London Road' to come out.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    I never realized how many awesome books she wrote!

  3. What a great giveaway! I already had her books on my to read shelf.

  4. I loved On Dublin Street and can't wait for Down London Road but I really must try some of Samantha's YA books - I have a feeling I'm going to love them all :o)

  5. I just want to applaud her cover artist, whoever they are, she has some wonderful book covers that really make you want to read the stories. Job well done.
    I am the same, I never knew how many books she had written, but I am now dying to jump into all of them.
    Good Luck Everyone!!!

  6. How exciting, what a great giveaway.

  7. Thanks for the interview! ODS was he best book I read in 2012 (with Easy by T WEbber). Ive not read the YA PAranormal but given that Samantha loves Richelle MEad... That's a very good sign! Marion x