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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

BBT: Interview & Giveaway with Jade Hart - Ocean Kills

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

Thanks! Um, all your cocktails sound very appetizing but I think I’ll go with a Witches Brew. (As long as there are no toads in it.)

No toads, I promise.

BK: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Jade: I think I’ve always known. When I was little I constantly wrote short-stories. My imagination kept me entertained and I would always have my nose in a book. It wasn’t till four years ago however that I turned to my hubby and announced that I wanted to write and publish a book. That very afternoon I bought a little 10 inch laptop and started hammering away at the keys.

BK: Please tell us a little bit about your current release...

Jade: Sure! Ocean Kills is the first book in the Ocean Breeze New Adult Urban Fantasy series. (bit of a mouthful) I wanted to combine a kick-ass heroine with a swoon-worthy hero. Add in some bad guys and some sexy moments and Ocean was born. I’m very honored to receive positive reviews, but it’s the ones that say the story is well-written and unique which mean the most. That’s what I wanted to achieve. To put out a different-to-the-norm story and do it well.

BK: What inspired this particular novel/book?

Jade: Funny enough, I had a dream that hubby and I had gone overseas for a holiday and the hotel sucked. I closed my eyes and just wished that I was back home. A nosebleed and migraine later, I was in my bedroom. I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to have a heroine who could teleport, but paid for her gift with pain. Plus, I love Dexter so making her a vigilante seemed the smart thing to do.

BK: How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre?

Jade: Not sure. I write the way I want to. I do what feels natural and go out of my way to learn fresh techniques. I think it’s the story of Ocean’s and Callan’s love that is rather unique. Callan isn’t a bad-boy. In fact, he’s a cop and arrests Ocean when they first meet. It isn’t a story about instant love either. Lust is a big factor, but they grow to love each other slowly.

BK: What was the hardest thing about writing this story?

Jade: Probably the traumatic issues I deal with in the book. I researched a lot of the sex-industry and learned what happened to young girls who were forced into sex-slavery. It was hard to research but important to create a world that was authentic. Ocean goes after the ring-leader and it gave me great satisfaction to write that.

BK: Which character was your favorite to write for in this story? Why?

Jade: Ah, this is hard to answer as it is a fair split. The story is told in alternating POV’s between Ocean and Callan. I adore Ocean for her fight and spirit, her willingness to overcome her past and sacrifice herself to save others. But I love Callan for his morals and affection for Ocean. He helps her grow and he never gives up on her.

BK: Tell us about the one scene you had the most fun writing…

Jade: Well, it was a scene in Bali. Ocean and Callan have arrived due to circumstances and it was a very emotionally driven scene… it ended, happily. (Can’t explain more as it’s a sex scene.lol)

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?

Jade: Yes, it was always intended to be a series: Ocean Breeze. Book one is Ocean Kills. Book two: Ocean Slays comes out in April 2013. Book three: Ocean Hunts comes out late 2013. The storyline came to me in series form. There are so many things that Ocean needs to overcome and her and Callan have a long way to go to cement they relationship. I really like long-running series, especially if I fall in love with the characters and wanted to do that for my readers.

BK: Now for a little fun, and into your everyday life, What is a day in your life like?

Jade: My life is great! My hubby is super supportive and I get to write most hours. I have a house-rabbit who pretends to chew my laptop cord if I don’t pay enough attention to her and generally have a dream existence. I have to fight myself to do things like house-work and not spend 12 hours a day in my imagination. I’m extremely lucky.

BK: What do you like to do when you're not writing?

Jade: Hubby and I love to travel. We go overseas every three months and I’ve lived in a few countries (Australia, England, Hong Kong, New Zealand) I use my travels as inspiration for my work and insert a lot of my experiences into the story. For example, Callan’s apartment in Bondi Beach in the book is MY apartment in Bondi Beach. It was fun reliving that part of my life and making it come to life again.

BK: What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?

Jade: Um, not sure! How about… I was born in Hong Kong and when I was little and learning to talk, no one could understand me. I was taken to an English speech therapist who scratched his head in confusion. It wasn’t until a few weeks later while I was babbling and talking away that people realized I was speaking Cantonese. None of my English speaking family could understand how I spoke Chinese as my first language.

BK: What do you like to read? Who is your favorite author?

Jade: I love to read long running series. I just finished the Faefever series by Karen Marie Moning- which I enjoyed. But for inspiring authors I’d have to pick Liani Taylor. I adore her writing and thought Daughter of Smoke and Bone was done tremendously well.

BK: What is one piece of advice you can give to aspiring writers/authors?

Jade: Write in the style YOU want. I tried to force myself to write like authors such as Stephanie Meyer and other well-knowns, but it didn’t work. You need to listen to your imagination and create a writing style that flows. Also, understand how you work. I can write upto 12,000 words a day—but it is a very rough draft. I like to get the skeleton of the story down as fast as possible and then on multiple editing passes add in voice, feeling, description. And finally, take the pressure off. If you’re having a bad day, don’t automatically think you can’t write. Just like anything you have good days and bad days and that’s okay, and normally fixed by chocolate.

BK: What are you currently working on?

Jade: I am currently working on five manuscripts (yes, crazy I know) but the two that are front runners are: Coffee and Cockpits: A New Adult Contemp Romance. About a flight attendant who can’t decide if the co-pilot or the engineer is the hottest and ends up having both. And Ocean Slays: Book Two of Ocean Kills. I love being in Ocean and Callan’s heads and I hope people enjoy the sequel as much as I loved writing it.

BK: Where can readers connect with you?

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&query=jade+hart
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Ocean-Kills-Breeze-ebook/dp/B00AJDN5QE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357852055&sr=8-1&keywords=ocean+kills
Twitter: @jadehart8

Author Bio: 
Jade Hart is a self-confessed book worm who is happiest glued to a lap-top with an eternal battery life, and typing up stories running rampant in her head.
Her three favorite things are:
1. Unlimited books on an Ebook Reader
2. Cracking the sugar on a creme brulee
3. Travelling

Jade currently resides in Middle-Earth, but has lived in Australia, England, and Hong Kong.

She writes New Adult 'smexy' fiction. 

Ocean Kills
Ocean Breeze Series Book One
Jade Hart
Genre: new adult sexy urban fantasy
Word Count: 97,000

Book Description: 
Around the world, murderers and rapists pick off the innocent. Killing loved ones, separating families, and ruining lives.
As an eight-year-old girl, Ocean witnessed her family’s massacre and something altered inside her. Twisting her genetic code… unlocking an ability to teleport.
Ocean Breeze was never destined to be normal, especially being named after air-freshener. She’s a shadow, a ghost—a dark savior of the innocent. Armed with a switchblade in her bra, and a box-cutter in her pocket, she hunts the filth of the world.
Callan Bliss is a Sydney Police Officer whose skill set is far above a normal cop. All his fellow officers see is a hard-worker who loves to catch perpetrators and surf, but that’s because they don’t know his past. When Callan arrests a suspicious looking prostitute, coming face to face with a self-confessed vigilante, his secrets aren’t that easy to keep silent anymore.
Ocean hates the police with a passion, and has no intention of being held captive by a cop, even if he is sexy as hell. Teleporting from under his nose, Ocean hunts her next target—a man responsible for the largest sex ring in South Africa—and he’s about to die. But she doesn’t count on Callan giving chase, nor the body-quaking lust which consumes them. However, Ocean's dark hobbies take precedence over what her heart wants—her thirst for murdering is killing her too, and not even Callan can save her.


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