Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Book Tour: Bloodlines and Torment by Lindsay Anne Kendal


Lindsay Tour

Torment Tour


Keira Jameson used to lead a normal life, she just had a gift, passed down through the generations of her family. Bloodlines

Now, after hearing voices, having strange dreams of others calling out to her, and her grandfather's last words haunting her, she sets out to find other families like hers. Along with her best friend Lily, the only person outside her family to know about her gift, Keira begins a hunt for her ancestors. A chance meeting with a young man, Lucian Turner, sets them on the right track, but their discoveries change the way Keira will see herself for ever more.

Fear, superstition and heritage are shaping Keira's future and she must face her enemies, even if this could mean losing her life.

Through loss and love her destiny becomes inescapable.

Keira has been through Hell, literally..... But now she’s back, and stronger than ever!

In this second gripping instalment of the Bloodlines trilogy Keira and her friends – Lily, Lucian, Tyler, Jake and Danny – continue to try and understand their elemental powers, and protect themselves from their enemies, whose ultimate goal is to destroy them. Torment

This time, the stakes are higher – what seems to be a demon rebellion has broken out in hell and the Earth is plunged into chaos. Their problem is, no one – not even Lucifer himself – knows who the rebel leader is. It seems only Keira, her frightened but determined friends, and a new ally – a demon named Eligos - can find out who this person or thing is, why they are suddenly causing so much bloodshed, pain and upset for everyone, and destroy them.

Bloody awesome battles, amazing feats of magic, and a stronger-than-death passion, make for an intoxicating, unforgettable read in this powerfully imagined fantasy...

Lets get to know Lindsay a bit better.

When did you start writing, Lindsay?
I was poorly when I was 21 experiencing panic attacks and anxiety. I went from being a social butterfly to agoraphobic pretty much over night. I spent months indoors. I would just sit in my room listening to my music or watching a film. In the end I got so fed up, I needed something to do. I was battling my nerves and need something to help calm me down. I put my laptop on my knee and started writing silly little stories, none of which made any sense, but it entertained me for a few hours.

In the end I started writing Bloodlines. This story just seemed to come to me from nowhere, so I thought, why not write it down. I never told anyone I was writing, I thought it was just a silly pastime and to be honest I was embarrassed. Then one day, my mum came in my room and saw all this writing on my screen. She thought at first it was my diary, but realised she didn’t recognise any of the names. She asked me about it and I confessed all. She read it and came in my room, the look on her face was brilliant. She simply said “you must finish this.” So I did. The story grew bigger and bigger and I knew I would have to write it in a few parts. She encouraged me to contact a publisher, and within a month, I was in contract with a publisher in the UK. Later, I cancelled my contract with them as we no longer agreed on things, and I was published in the USA and contracted for the trilogy.

Does your family support you in your writing?
My family are amazing and I love them very much. They have supported me every step of the way, especially my mum. She is an amazing person and wants nothing more than to see me do well in life. She’s my mum, my sister and my best friend all wrapped up in one.

What would be able to distract you from your writing?
At one time, nothing could distract me at all. Someone could come the room where I was writing and start talking to me and I honestly wouldn’t hear a word they said. They would have to shake to me snap me out of my story world. Recently though I have been getting distracted easily, although I have just had some upset in my personal life and I think once the upset has passed, my concentration will come back.

What inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to write something a little bit different to what’s out there at the moment. I also wanted a kick-ass heroine, instead of the insecure, needy ones we seem to be surrounded by currently. I’ve always been interested in magic and anything to do with the occult and demonology, so I put everything I wanted and everything I loved together and Bloodlines was born.

What kind of research did you have to do?
My books are set in Salem and touches slightly on the Salem Witch Hunts, so I had to really read into what happened to help tell certain parts of the story. I also had to do a lot of research into specific demons, learn their abilities and where they originated from. I wanted to keep some of the classic myth and lore, but I also wanted to add my own twist to things.

Who designed covers?
All the covers were picked by myself and I tweaked them a little. For example, the cover model for Bloodlines is actually a red haired, green eyed girl, and I had to change her to look more like my protagonist.

What is your next project?
I just putting the finishing touches to Revelations, the third of my Trilogy, then I have to work on the second part of my new two part series, Leticia. I also have a secret project I’m about to start working on. It’s still within the fantasy genre, but this is most definitely going to be for adults. I can’t say anymore about that though I’m afraid.

If you could meet any of your characters, who would it be and why?
It would have to be Keira. She’s like the double of me, she has my outlook on things, me personality, everything, so I would like to see if we got along or if we would clash.

A typical day in your life would be . . .
Wake up, go to work, come home and write, speak to friends and family, write some more and then back to bed lol.

What is the hardest thing about being an author?
I would say, making sure your characters and storyline are interesting enough to keep the readers attention. I want my readers to be able to connect with the characters and feel everything the characters feel. I want them to come home from a hard days work, then be able to relax and escape into a world of fantasy that I have created.

Do you hear from your readers much?  What do they say?
I’ve spoken to a lot of my readers, and a lot of people have added me as a friend on Goodreads and Facebook. It’s always lovely to hear from them, whether they really enjoyed the books or if they had gripes. I take on board everything that people say to me, I think this will help my writing improve in future novels.

What is in your own TBR pile?
Mind Games Trilogy – Carolyn Crane (I’m waiting for the third to be released before I read any of them.)

Bound – Lee Taylor

A lot of other paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels. There are so many that I couldn’t possibly list them all.

Thank you for talking to us today, Lindsay!

Author Bio:
I have lived in Droylsden, Manchester, all my life. I live with my parents clip_image002and my younger sister, Cheryl. I never knew what I wanted to do with my life until I began writing. This is my dream.

I get most of my inspiration from music, I’ll sit there listening to it and suddenly I’m no longer in the room. My stories play like videos in my mind, then I go and write them down.

I’m a very dark person, I love anything spooky, supernatural, or unexplainable, and so that’s the genre I want to write in for the rest of my life. I love watching scary films, although I find it very hard to find one these days that actually frighten me.

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