Monday, January 21, 2013

Blog Tour: Double Helix Series by Jade Kerrion (Giveaway)

This blog tour is presented by Bewitching Book Tours.
Click HERE to see the schedule.
Welcome to The Wormhole and my day on the tour!
It is my pleasure to feature Jade Kerrion
and her Double Helix Series.
Jade has joined me for an interview:

? How long does it take you to write a book?

If I’m really focused, I can probably put in about 2,000 words a day. So, depending on the length of the novel I can finish a first draft in about two months. It’ll usually take another month after that to finish my revisions and get input from a beta reader. If all goes well, I’ll be able to turn it over to my editor three months after starting the novel.

? What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I write the movie I see in my mind. Sometimes, I’ll even act out the scene (never in front of any witnesses, of course…)

? Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters?

The women in my novels tend to reflect facets of me. I try not to put them all into a single character—it might give too much away. *smiles* The men are often more interesting. I draw my inspiration from men I admire, including my husband. Once again, all you see are facets, never the whole. I enjoy mixing and matching.

? How do you decide what you want to write about?

I typically have a sense of the key themes in the story, but the characters usually define the direction of the story. For example, in the Double Helix series, I’d first thought that the protagonist would be Galahad, but as the story evolved, it became clear that Danyael was the protagonist and that the series, for a time, would tell his story.

As for the themes, I use my novels to pose questions that I don’t necessarily have answers for. I’m as much a seeker as my readers. I guess we’re all looking for the answers to the tough questions. For example, the Double Helix tackles the issues of equality in the face of unequal talents, the question of “nature” versus “nurture”, and the age-old question of what actually makes us human.

? What books have most influenced your life?

Many of David Eddings’ early work, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s series.

? What is the first book you remember reading by yourself?
Goldilocks and the Three Bears!

? What are you reading right now?

I’m trying to muster the energy to read Game of Thrones. I’ve heard all kinds of good things about it, but psychologically, I look at the thickness of the book and panic. Given the kind of time constraints on my day, I’ve tended toward books that I can finish in a single sitting. Fortunately, I’m a fast reader, but I’m not so fast that I can finish Game of Thrones in a single read.

? What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Well, I work full-time and I have two young children—six years old and three and a half years old. I also have a husband who doesn’t necessarily act a whole lot more mature than the six year old. So, what do I like to do when I’m not writing? Well, I try to keep the rest of my life running. It’s not as hard as it sounds. My husband is an incredible partner and my children are adorable, even when they’re being difficult.

? What is your favorite comfort food?

Most kinds of noodles; udon, ramen, you name it, I usually adore it.

? What do you think makes a good story?

Tension and conflict. You don’t have to write a fight scene to introduce tension and conflict into the story; many relationships are naturally laden with conflict. Readers intuitively keep reading because they want to know how the tension will resolve. Hence, the best stories, the ones that keep readers turning pages, are loaded with tension, and just as one conflict resolves, another one usually starts up.

? Who would you consider your favorite author and why?

I love Neil Gaiman, especially his Sandman series. I love the way he weaves reality and mythology from a variety of sources into a seamless whole. It’s so flawlessly put together. At first, you see only the threads, many of which do not seem to make sense, but at the end, it always comes together in a breathtaking tapestry of stunning complexity.

? What book, if any, do you read over and over again?

I’ve read David Eddings’ Belgariad and Mallorean series countless times. I can’t even really explain why I adore those novels so much. It is a classic coming of age story, with amusing and charming characters that stick with you even when the story is done. I’ve found great quotes from those books for many occasions in my life. For whatever reason, those novels have really stuck with me.

Fun random questions: 
·        Dogs or cats? Dogs!
·        Coffee or tea? Neither. I vote for hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream and shaved chocolate
·        Dark or milk chocolate? Both, and as much of them as possible.
·        Rocks or flowers? Uh…flowers, but my kids keep bringing me rocks.
·        Night or day? Both. I need all 24 hours to do all the stuff I need to do.
·        Favorite color? Black. It’s slimming.
·        Crayons or markers? Either, as long as it’s washable. (Kids, you know…)
·        Pens or pencils? Once again, washable (or erasable) is the key here…

More About the Author:
Jade Kerrion, author of the award-winning science-fiction/dystopian series, DOUBLE HELIX, first developed a loyal reader base with her fan fiction series based on the MMORPG Guild Wars. She was accused of keeping her readers up at night, distracting them from work, housework, homework, and (far worse), from actually playing Guild Wars. And then she wondered why just screw up the time management skills of gamers? Why not aspire to screw everyone else up too? So here she is, writing books that aspire to keep you from doing anything else useful with your time. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with her wonderfully supportive husband and her two young sons, Saint and Angel, (no, those aren't their real names, but they are like saints and angels, except when they're not.)

About The Double Helix series: 

His genetic code sourced from the best that humanity offers, Galahad embodies the pinnacle of perfection. When Zara Itani, a mercenary whose abrasive arrogance exceeds her beauty, frees him from his laboratory prison, she offers him the chance to claim everything that had ever been denied him, beginning with his humanity.

Perfection cannot be unleashed without repercussions, and Galahad’s freedom shatters Danyael Sabre’s life.

An alpha empath, Danyael is rare and coveted, even among the alpha mutants who dominate the Genetic Revolution. He wields the power to heal or kill with a touch, but craves only privacy and solitude—both impossible dreams for the man who was used as Galahad’s physical template.

Galahad and Danyael, two men, one face. One man seeks to embrace destiny, and the other to escape it.

The award-winning Double Helix series, consisting of Perfection UnleashedPerfect Betrayal, and Perfect Weapon, will challenge your notions of perfection and humanity, and lead you in a celebration of courage and compassion. Science fiction, urban fantasy, and action-adventure readers will enjoy this thrilling roller-coaster ride as it twists and turns through a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution.

Social media and buy links:

Connect with Jade Kerrion: Blog / Facebook / Twitter
Perfection Unleashed: Amazon / Amazon UK / Smashwords
Perfect Betrayal: Amazon / Amazon UK / Smashwords
Perfect Weapon: Amazon / Amazon UK / Smashwords

Thanks for stopping by The Wormhole.
Happy Reading.

Tour Wide Giveaway
10 e-copies or paperback copies (winner's choice) of the YA novel 
-When the Silence Ends (A Double Helix novel)

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