Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Blog Tour w/Giveaway: Flying Blind by Caroline A. Gill

Flying Blind 
Caroline A. Gill 
(The Flykeeper Chronicles, #2) 
Publication date: May 21st 2016
Genres: Dystopia, Paranormal, Young Adult

In a broken America, seventeen-year old Iolani Bearse encounters a world full of wonder and danger.
Lani discovers a secret: houseflies have magic.
Stealers have no mercy.
Armed with memory-draining lanterns, the stone-cold hunters relentlessly follow catastrophes, laying traps, preying on the weak.
Together with her father, Eleanor, Sam, and Mango, her beloved pinto mare, Lani rescues victims from the grasp of Memory Stealers. One by one, she saves whomever she can, looking for any path that leads to safety. When her family’s farmhouse is attacked, Lani must act quickly to save those she loves.
Can Lani unmask their powerful, hidden enemies before the flies’ magic fails and everything burns to ashes?
Will the loss of one of her greatest friends become her downfall?
Can Lani overcome the evil that is tearing her world apart, flying blind?

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Q & A with Caroline A. Gill

What books/authors have influenced your writing?

As a teenager, I loved Charles Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe. Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, David Eddings’ Belgariad series, and Jack Chalker’s River of the Dancing Gods. Recently, I devoured Wicked, the Hunger Games, and I am a Potterhead.

Tell us something you hate doing. Why? 

I love, love, love a clean kitchen sink. Conversely, I hate dishes. It’s like a personal insult. What are these? How did they get there? Who is responsible? There are many glares exchanged.

 Share a funny incident in your life.

My husband was cooking. I was sick as a dog and a wee bit whiny. He stirred the soup, put bread in the toaster, and prepared the tea. I drooped in the corner. And then, I realized five things I hadn’t done yet that absolutely had to be done in the next hour. Listing all of them off to him, like he was going to save me, I must have gone on and on but I was so tired. It was mostly delirium. 

When I finished, my husband waited a few minutes, saying nothing. “Honey?” I asked, panicking. Slowly, he turned to me and whispered: “Mistress has given Dobby a sock. Dobby is FREEEEEEEE!”

What's your pet peeve? 

That bunch of cotton swabbing that the pharmacy companies put inside pill bottles? That weirdly squeaky dryness that kind of crunches and scratches? That.

.When you are in writer mode, music or no music? If music do you have a playlist: 

It has to be music I know all the words to already. It has to be deep in my bones, so I am not aware of it:

Hooked On a Feeling, Blue Swede
My Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morrison
Rollin through the deep, Adel
Radioactive, Imagine Dragons
The Only One, Melissa Etheridge
Crying, KD Lang (Roy Orbison tune)
Pieces of You, Jewell
Good, Better than Ezra
1,2,3 Like a Bird I Sing, Tim McGraw
Big Black Horse and a Cherry Tree, KT Tunstall

Who was your favorite hero/heroine. 

Elizabeth Bennett, Pride & Prejudice, hands down.

Have you ever had one character you wanted to go one way with but after the book was done the character was totally different.

Yes, and the character development was quite shocking. His name is Cethel. He is in an unpublished manuscript at the moment but he absolutely started out as the town bully, stalker. He was horrible. And then, in mid novel, there was this moment of vulnerability, this pivot that happened because under all of his brutality, he loved one girl more than he could express. And from there on out, Cethel became heroic.

What are you working on now?

Just finished the last book of the Flykeeper Chronicles, Flying Free. Watching these books launch into the world has been so gratifying. I mean, who ever heard of Flymagic?

And I am now hip deep in writing the third book of a vampire hunter series titled Kinship. It’s not YA, but definitely paranormal, horror. 

Unusual stories attract me, ones in which the reader cannot easily see the ending or most of the journey. Visiting Rome during university studies, I found a simple truth sitting on buses, traveling all over the ancient city: the joy is in the Journey, in the people I meet, not in the destination. So, I write for you. I write for sanity. I write for chocolate and really good pizza.

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  1. Book sounds like a great tead. Looking forward to reading.

  2. The book sounds interesting, thanks.

  3. This book looks really great. The cover is very cool.