Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tour Interview - Drive Back the Darkness by Amy M Newman


Drive Back the Darkness
Drive Back the Darkness
by Amy M Newman
ebook, 432 pages
Published September 14th 2012 by Etopia Press

Premise:

On her sixteenth birthday, Ellie Lyons discovers her entire life has been a lie. She’s kidnapped from her home and left in Alladon, a kingdom controlled by an evil man named Morfan, a kingdom that she was born to rule.

Ellie reluctantly faces the impossible tasks confronting her; like learning to control the magic that now roars through her and burns everything she touches, training to become a lethal warrior, or dealing with the fact that Devin, the guy she is irresistibly attracted to, is actually one of the assassins sent by Morfan to kill her.

Devin has a troubled past; he has spent the last five years tracking the person who murdered his family. He is dark, dangerous, and deadly serious, but Ellie can see the core of kindness shining deep within him, as well as the fear of getting hurt again that makes him push people away. Though Ellie knows her life might be at stake, she can’t seem to stay away from him, even as her feelings become strong enough that they begin to scare her.

Vance, the second assassin and Devin’s best friend, is the opposite of Devin; blonde, charming, seductive. But his heart holds a kernel of darkness, one that makes him dangerously unstable, especially after he realizes that he has feelings for Ellie, feelings he knows Ellie doesn’t share.

Ellie can’t let her emotions for the two men cloud her focus, her quest to remove Morfan from power. When Ellie discovers that the children of Alladon have been imprisoned in a secret factory, Ellie knows she can’t fight her destiny any longer. She must claim her rightful place as princess and fight Morfan, or surrender and be slaughtered. Will she be able to survive long enough to save her people from the Darkness?

I am excited to welcome Amy Newman to Colorimetry!! I love this cover - what's up with the necklace?! I love the premise... kidnapping, hidden kingdom, cute assassin... I found the book trailer (below) while hopping around, and I love that, too!!  I think my favorite, though, is Amy's blog. She's so personable. This is a fun interview!!


Please share some of your inspiration behind writing your book!!

Every one of my story ideas starts with what I call a spark; a character, a small bit of plot or dialogue, a situation, something that intrigues me. In this case I had a dream about a girl who was taken from her home and forced to fight for something she wasn’t entirely sure she believed in. The dream was actually a nightmare. I’ve had horrible, vivid nightmares since I was very small. At least now I’m able to do something with all that scariness! About two thirds of my stories start with something I dreamed. The dream is just a starting point of course. It can take several months to develop that spark into a full-blown plot.

That sounds eerie!  I'm sorry you have nightmares!  Well.... sorry for YOU. It worked out rather well for us readers, though!!

Do you have a favorite scene? or character?

Ellie is my favorite character, which is appropriate as she is the main character! I see some of myself in her, and can really identify with her, which of course makes her one of my favorites. Vance, who is competing with Devin for Ellie’s affections, actually really intrigued me as well. He seems to have a kernel of evil inside that he is struggling to control.

Wait... two assassins? Vance sounds intriguing. And I'm pretty sure I like Ellie already, too!

Tell us something personal about you!! Reading nook?

Hmmm… something personal… Well, my “reading nook” is huge. It’s an entire wall of books. The last time I counted them, there were 1,367. It drives my husband nuts. We’re planning to move sometime soon and I have no idea how I’m going to manage all of those books! I received a Kindle last Christmas, in the hopes that I would scale down some of my collection, but so far it hasn’t happened.  :)


Ha! I knew it!!  Well... you're in good company around here. We all shock our spouses with our piles of books. And having an eReader just means more places to collect great books, which means MORE BOOKS!!  Your reading nook sounds heavenly.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!! And thanks for sharing!  I can't wait to read your book!!!

About the Author:



I’ve always loved books, always. At this moment, I currently own 1,342 books. Paper books, not digital. I think I learned to read when I was four. I’ll read anything that is engaging. Literary novels, romance, fantasy, young adult, mystery, thrillers; you name it, and I’ve probably read it. Then, one day when I was twenty-one, I finished reading Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts. I loved it. I didn’t want it to end. It had made me happy. And I realized, “Hey. I want to make other people feel like that.”
That was ten years ago. I started and stopped six different novels before I finished my first manuscript in 2008. I now have four finished manuscripts under my belt, one of which (a YA fantasy entitled Drive Back the Darkness) will be published in September 2012. The fourth manuscript (a contemporary YA)  landed me my agent, Michele Rubin of Writers House!
Also in the few years I have acquired a husband and a son. They are the joy of my life; I can’t imagine living without them. I get to be at home with the baby, and I get to have time to write. Life can’t get much better then this!
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