5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, March 24, 2017!
How do you live with yourself when you decide who dies?
Ava Parks would have killed for an iPod for her sixteenth birthday. Anything would have been better than coming into her birthright of being a seeker for the Grim Reaper, an arrangement made by her fallen angel ancestor in exchange for his re-admittance to heaven. And she isn’t just any seeker—she finds souls that have the potential for becoming angels and sentences them to death. A year and two souls into her role as a seeker with her conscience overflowing with guilt, Ava comes up with a plan to thwart the system. When it goes awry, she is forced to submit the name of a classmate, Cole Fowler, an ornery, rough around the edges guy who always seems to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not. Her feelings for Cole prompt her to intervene, and she saves him from death, upsetting the Grim Reaper’s agenda.
While Ava schemes to find a way to save Cole, she learns he has some secrets of his own. She lets him believe he is protecting her, and not the other way around, until a final showdown with the Grim Reaper forces Ava to make choices Cole may never forgive.
Exclusive interview with the author:
1) How long does it take you to write a book?
I actually just finished the third book in my Fight for Me series (written under Jessica Linden), and it took me six weeks for that 70k book. I’ll take another few days to read over it one last time before sending it to my editor. Generally, I like to write at least 2k every weekday. Sometimes I’ll work on two projects at the same time and I’ll do 2k on one and 1k or 1500 on the other. It just depends on my deadlines.
2) Do you listen to music while you write? If yes, what do you like to listen to?
I actually don’t listen to music while writing because I find myself singing along instead of writing. It’s quite the show. LOL.
3) What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
I came across a website featuring the best YA book trailers and I watched a lot of them which led me to pick up The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. It had been on my TBR list, but the book trailer was soooo good, I moved it to the top.
4) Describe your writing space…
I am lucky enough to have a home office all to myself. I have two tables in an L formation that serve as my desk and there’s a 27 inch monitor mounted to the wall. I’d like to say that my desk stays neat, but that would be a lie. I clean it off once a week, but it quickly gets cluttered with post-its, papers, books, and other miscellaneous stuff. I have a loveseat that I often sit on to write using my small mini laptop, which helps me focus because I turn off the wifi. Four large bookcases cover the remaining wall space and they’re filled with—you guessed it—books. I absolutely love my office—that’s where I spend most of my time.
5) What scene or bit of dialogue in the book are you most proud of and why?
The story is told in Ava’s first person point of view and even though I wrote them, the following few lines make me chuckle every time I read them.
We watched some TV before calling it a night, some kind of show. Maybe some Duck Dynasty re-runs? Or it could have been Donald Duck. I was pretty sure ducks were involved somehow.
You try to maintain proper brain function with a shirtless Cole just a foot away.
About the author:
Jessica lives in Virginia with her college-sweetheart husband, two rambunctious sons, and two rowdy but lovable rescue dogs. Since her house is overflowing with testosterone, it’s a good thing she has a healthy appreciation for Marvel movies, Nerf guns, and football. Learn more about Jessica at jessicaruddick.com.
5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, March 24, 2017.
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