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-Winston Churchill

Monday, December 3, 2012

BBT Giveaway & Chat with Amber Garr - Touching Evil

Welcome to Immortality and Beyond. May I offer you a drink?

Awesome! I’ll take a Witches Brew please.

BK: Wonderful choice Amber! I know our readers are excited to get into your head a little, so let's chat. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
This probably became a reality a few years ago. Before then, I spent most of my time creating stories through dance. But as I age and everything hurts, I’m now totally immersed in the writing!

BK: Please tell us a little bit about your current release...
My protagonist is Leila Marx, a touch clairvoyant, still recovering from the loss of her fiancé. She often works with the police department to hone her skill and take her mind off of grieving. In the most recent case, she learns that there are others like her in the world and some pose a risk to humans as well as Leila’s well being.

BK: What inspired this particular novel/book?
I’m obsessed with the idea of supernatural creatures living side by side with us normal humans. So I love writing stories with that overarching plotline.

BK: How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre?
I hope that I’ve developed my own writing style, and I definitely have my own interpretation of the mythology.

BK: What was the hardest thing about writing this story?
I think it’s always hard to make sure you’re writing interesting characters and a story that keeps readers turning the pages. A character I may think is hilarious could completely annoy someone else. So it’s a challenge to find that balance.

BK: Which character was your favorite to write for in this story? Why?
I’m a fan of Mac (fae) - he’s lived a long life and has to find amusing ways to entertain himself. It’s fun to get inside his head for a while.

BK: Tell us about the one scene you had the most fun writing…
I loved writing the séance scene with Elise and George. He’s a ghost in love with his medium…fun stuff!

BK: Will this become a series? If so, what inspired it to be a series? OR If it is a series, what inspired it to become a series?
I’m not finished with these characters. Well, at least the ones that survived. Ha! So there will be more books in the series where we see a focus on certain characters in each story.

BK: Now for a little fun, and into your everyday life, What is a day in your life like?
I go to work as a biologist during the day (often a very long day), then work for the rest of the night on by books (writing, marketing, etc.). If I can, I fit in a dance class or trip to the gym.

BK: What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Read! And not beta-read. If I need a break from that, then I like to relax with a movie.

BK: What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?
I can’t whistle and I’m afraid of clown dolls.

BK: What do you like to read? Who is your favorite author?
I’m a fan of urban fantasy and will read anything by Kelley Armstrong, Richelle Mead, Charlaine Harris, and Kim Harrison.

BK: What is one piece of advice you can give to aspiring writers/authors?
Read, read, read! Read in your genre and find a good critique group. They are your friends.

BK: What are you currently working on?
I am putting together an anthology with six other authors where all proceeds will be donated to cancer research. It’s a collection of original short stories, and I personally have two from Touching Evil and two from The Syrenka Series. That comes out December 11th. And I’m also working on the second Leila Marx novel right now.

About the Author:
Amber Garr spends her days conducting scientific experiments and wondering if her next door neighbor is secretly a vampire.  Born in Pennsylvania, she lives in Florida with her husband and their furry kids.  Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain that she has a supernatural sense of smell.  She writes both adult and young adult urban fantasies and when not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie.

Touching Evil
Book One of The Leila Marx Novels
Amber Garr

Genre: Urban Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1480021594
ISBN 10: 1480021598)

Number of pages: 326
Word Count: 81,000

Cover Artist: Amber Garr

Book Description:

Leila Marx is trying to put her life back together after her fiancé is murdered. Her book illustrating career has limited her social contact and nightmares have trapped her in the past. When a police acquaintance enlists her help with a difficult case, Leila is surprisingly thankful to have a purpose. Not only will this help to keep her mind focused, but she will be able to use her talents as a touch clairvoyant that are frequently dismissed by skeptics. Leila and Detective Garrick Pearson delve into the mystery behind a series of missing teenage girls and mummified corpses while fighting their own growing attraction to each other.

Conner Hoffman is an intriguing lawyer and striking half-demon who enters Leila’s life unexpectedly. Although her visions are terrifying, she is fascinated by his charm and his legacy. When it becomes evident that the murders are linked to a paranormal event, Conner introduces Leila to a world unbeknownst to ordinary society. She suddenly finds herself immersed in supernatural politics, sorcery, and danger as she becomes the killer’s next target. Staying alive will mean relying on friends, accepting the unbelievable, and trusting in her heart again.

Short Excerpt
What does one wear when they commit the first felony of their life? I probably spent two hours going through my closest trying to find something criminal. It had to be black. Yes, definitely black. I finally settled on a turtleneck, spandex workout pants, and the only pair of black sneakers I’d ever owned. They were left over from my waitressing days and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they were still in good shape, even if they did smell a little like grease.
I just finished pulling my hair back into a low bun, like spy girls do in the movies, when the doorbell rang. Conner was here and my heart fluttered instantly. Last night had been a lot of fun and I really enjoyed my evening with Garrick, but this was the first time any man had been to my house who wasn’t a part of the police force since Russ was killed. This was also the first time I’d ever had a half demon in the house, at least as far as I knew. After another quick glance in the mirror, I bounced over to the door.
And as soon as I opened it I realized how much of a dork I must have looked like.
There was Conner, in a regular pair of jeans and a college sweatshirt doing all that he could not to laugh at me. I glared up at him.
“What? No one told me what to wear so I had to improvise.” He started laughing but then choked it back down when I tried to close the door on him. His foot shot out and blocked my attempt.
“I’m sorry. You look good. Really.” He smiled fully at me and then bowed his head as he put his hands together in a prayer-like position. “May I have permission to enter my ninja warrior princess?”
I could see his shoulders shake with amusement again and I refused to be embarrassed. With an exaggerated sigh, I walked back into my bedroom, leaving Conner to let himself in. I decided that he should wallow in uncomfortable silence for a while, although when I came back into the living room and saw him flipping through some of my illustrations, I realized he was unfazed.
“These are really good. You’re quite talented.” I stood there, leaning against the wall for a few seconds trying to judge if he was being serious or not. Just as I started to give him the benefit of the doubt, he arched an eyebrow my way and said, “A much better artist than fashionista.”
I threw the sweatshirt I had in my hands at him and stomped over to the kitchen. His laugh consumed the room and I was surprised to find a smile on my face as I opened the refrigerator.
“Should we take snacks?” I asked. We were going to drive to a spot close to the house and wait until it was clear. I’d been told that it might take several hours and I didn’t want the cambion getting hungry while we waited.
“Sure, if you want. Maybe some water would be good.” It was obvious that he enjoyed my lack of stake-out abilities.
I grabbed one of my reusable grocery bags and filled it up with water, crackers, and Twizzlers. All of the essentials. I briefly considered grabbing a bottle of wine to control my anxiety, but decided against it in the end.
“So, are we ready to go?” I asked as I hoisted the bag on my shoulder and grabbed the sweatshirt back. He studied me for a moment and then pulled an object from his back pocket.
“Not until you put this on,” he said as he tossed something small and black at me. It was a ski mask, one of those ones that covered everything except for your eyes. I pulled it over my head and batted my lashes.
“Am I ready now?”
He laughed and took the snack bag off my shoulder. “Yes, Leila. I think you’re ready for a life of crime.”  

Tour giveaway details
Signed paperback with SWAG (US Only)
Two ebook copies via coupons (INT)


Amber Garr said...

Thank you so much for the great interview, the witches brew, and for being a part of my tour! :)

Nightly Cafe said...

You're so welcome and thank you for chatting with us. You're so much fun :)

Unknown said...

The cover is beautiful and the song in the trailer is one of my favorites! TBR list now!