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Wicked Hunger-DelSheree Gladden Interview & Giveaway

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Wicked Hunger Cover photo Wicked-Hunger.jpgTitle:  Wicked Hunger
Series:  Someone Wicked This Way Comes Series, Book One
Author:   DelSheree Gladden
Published:  DateApril 1st, 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing
Page Count:  358
Genre:  YA Mature Paranormal Romance
Content Warning:   Violence, minor language, romance
Recommended Age:  17+
Synopsis:  “Save him and hurt him, don’t save him and hurt him. Pain, either way. Delicious pain. Hunger will be the only one that wins. Hunger always wins.”
Vanessa and Zander Roth are good at lying. Their whole life is a giant web of deceit made in an effort to conceal the deadly secrets that plague their family.
Zander will do anything to forget his mistakes, including pushing everyone away. He was barely surviving in his self-forced solitude before Ivy Guerra entered his life. The new girl in school, with her pink-striped hair and unyielding curiosity, incites something wicked inside Zander that can only be blamed on his family genes. Now Zander is forced to fight an internal war and make a choice between loving Ivy Guerra and killing her.
Vanessa wants nothing more than to shed the strange powers she wields and be normal. Because if Van were normal, she’d be able to have normal things… Like a relationship with the boy she’s been secretly in love with for years. Unfortunately, her life is anything but ordinary. That boy who owns her heart just happens to be her brother’s kryptonite and a
potential liability for her entire family. When choices between love and family loyalty have to be made, Van finds herself faced with an impossible decision.
As if the Roth family needs anything more to worry about, a vicious plot to expose Van and Zander for what they are is uncovered. When it becomes apparent that someone close to them is at the center of this devious plan, the fight to maintain control and keep their cover ensues. It’s a seemingly impossible battle because something is causing their powers to stir stronger than ever before… and it won’t stop until Van and Zander give in to their wicked hunger.
 
About the Author:
Wicked Hunger-Author photo DelSheree-Gladden.jpgDelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually reading, painting, sewing, or working as a Dental Hygienist. Her works include Escaping Fate, Twin Souls Saga, The Destroyer Trilogy, and Invisible. The first book in the Someone Wicked This Way Comes series, Wicked Hunger, is scheduled to be released through Clean Teen Publishing on April 1, 2014.
 
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Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • GRAND PRIZE: Reader’s choice of Clean Teen Publishing eBook, bookmark swag pack, and $15 Amazon Gift Card
Giveaway is International.

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DelSheree, Keep Calm and Answer These Twenty-Five Questions

  1. Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been? Absolutely! I have always loved reading and the effect words can have on the reader
  2. What is your favorite color? Orange. It reminds me of the desert sunsets, which are gorgeous!
  3. Where were you born? Where did you grow up? I was born in New Mexico, and I have spent most of my life here. I grew up in a little town that wasn’t even a real town and seriously only had one stoplight.
  4. What is your favorite football team? Denver Broncos, but let’s not talk about this last Superbowl.
  5. Who is your favorite author? Can I pick two? Jim Butcher and Brandon Sanderson.
  6. What is your favorite book? Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede. It’s the second book in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles and the first book I remember falling in love with the characters as they were falling in love with each other.
  7. What do you do when you are not writing? I love anything to do with art. I’ve tried out just about every medium in art, and I also love sewing and designing clothes. Outside of my artistic pursuits, I love hiking and camping and pretending to be a photographer.
  8. Do you have a day job as well? By day I work as a dental hygienist in the local public schools, which means I get bitten on a regular basis!
  9. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Read as much as you can. Know your genre inside and out. Readers can spot a pretender from a mile away.
  10. Is being a writer a curse or a gift?When I’m under deadline it can feel like a curse, but overall it’s a gift to be able to step out of the real world and live for a few hours in some other place where your personal reality doesn’t exist.
  11. Where do you write? Usually sitting on my couch in the living room. When I’m feeling really ambitious I actually make it up to my office
  12. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write? Most of the time I like to have music playing, but when I really need to focus on a difficult section I prefer silence.
  13. What do you typically drink while writing? I tend to get caught up in what I’m doing and forget to eat or drink at times. When I do remember I keep my water bottle on hand.
  14. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life? When I first started out, my main challenge was that no one would take me seriously. Thankfully, I’ve moved beyond that now, but there are new challenges like having too many projects going on at once and having a hard time balancing writing with everyday life.
  15. When did you first start and when did you finish your book?I first started writing Wicked Hunger at the end of 2012. It took me about three months to finish the first draft, and then I spent several more months doing edits and rewrites.
  16. If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts?For Vanessa, I’d go with Saoirse Ronan. After watching her in “Hanna” I think she could handle the Godlings! For Zander I think I’d have to go with Alex Pettyfer. He has this intense look that is perfect! Ketchup would be, of course, Tom Welling, because who else could be my troublemaking Superman lookalike? The role of Oscar has to go to Ryan Gosling, because he does an excellent crazy. And finally, Ivy. Ivy would be played by Mila Kunis.
  17. What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want to hang out with you? Van and I would get along great. We both love dancing and food, so we’d have lots of fun hanging out. Zander, not so much. He’s doesn’t really hang out with anyone, I’m terrible at keeping his secrets.
  18. How do you market your book? What avenues work best? I do a lot of online marketing, although I’ve recently started getting more involved with local authors and branching out. Marketing always works best when you can interact with readers one on one. That can happen in person, or through social media. You just have to take the time to show your readers how much you appreciate them. They’re usually happy to return the favor by telling their friends about your books.
  19. What has been the toughest criticism so far? I get a lot of flak for my female characters in rough drafts. Writing male characters has always been easier for me. It’s tough to hear that my girls are whiney or annoying or too fickle, but after I pout about it for a few days, I take the criticism and make them better.
  20. What has been the best compliment? Any time someone tells me they recommended one of my books to a friend, it means the world to me. That’s such an honest endorsement. They have no stock in whether or not my books do well. They just wanted to share it because they enjoyed it. That’s a huge compliment!
  21. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? A lot of my stories have an element of reality to them, but as far as the fantastical aspects in Wicked Hunger, they’re pretty much all imagination. Some of the character aspects, though, are more personal. I was never really bullied as a kid, but I know what it’s like for Van to feel like an outsider.
  22. How did you come up with the title? Well, the original title, “Godling Hunger,” was already taken, so my first publisher insisted I change it. I couldn’t come up with anything else, so a fellow author actually suggested several alternate names and Wicked Hunger one the one that stuck!
  23. Will there be a sequel? Oh yes! Book 2, Wicked Power, is already completed and working its way through editing right now. The final book in the series will be called Wicked Glory, and I’m just now starting on that, but I’m hoping to have it to my publisher in the next few months.
  24. What project are you working on now? My two main projects are Wicked Glory and the second Date Shark book, but I’m also working on two different book threes for my other series, Invincible and Oracle Lost.
  25. What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer? I always love to ask other authors where the idea for their book came from, so I’ll tell you what sparked the idea for Wicked Hunger. There was a line in one of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files books about one of the characters having a godling type of hunger. I loved that line instantly and it made me wonder what it would be like for a person to grow up with a strange, destructive power they knew almost nothing about? Would something like that turn you into a villain, or a hero?

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  2. Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Kristie! I really enjoyed your questions :)
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