Thursday, May 5, 2011

Guest Author Interview: Devon Ashley + Giveaway!

Please welcome today's guest author Devon Ashley!  Devon is the author of Ordained: The Immortal Archives.

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

  It's hard to say. I've always loved to write, as far back as elemetary school. When I was inducted into the National Honor Society in HS I chose my seventh grade English teacher to invite. With her she brought a stack of papers I had written and told me she still used my work as her examples in class. I looked them over and said, "OMG, why??!! These are horrible!" She laughed and said, "Not for a seventh grader."

Writing has always been a stress reliever for me. For fun, I started writing a screenplay back in 1998. I entered it in a few competitions and it did surprisingly well. It never won, but always placed well in competition. One of my awards included a one-on-one with a judge, who happened to love the world I created. She told me there wasn't really a market for it in the screenwriting world at that moment but thought it would make a great fan fiction novel. A few years later I took her advice and started writing. I'm not sure I intended to actually sell it in the beginning. It was just something I did on the side to escape the world of reality for an hour or two. But in the end, I really loved the characters and world that I had created and really wanted to share it. So here I am. Now I'm totally psyched to finish the other 4 books in the series.

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

  I know this sounds familiar, but I dreamed my world. But in my defense, I had this dream several years before another author dreamed up hers (and I've got the copyright to prove it! lol). I am willing to admit that I most likely watched an episode of Buffy before I went to bed and felt inspired. But I've always enjoyed the paranormal/fantasy world. Anne Rice's Interview With The Vampire was probably my first exposure to that world. I love the world of supernatural beings and have been latched on ever since!

EJ:  If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?

  I've gotta say, teleportation would be pretty sweet. Never having to sit on another transatlantic flight for 12 hours? Wanna get away for the day and hit the beach in Hawaii? Scuba diving in Palau? Stroll down Champs Elysees? You could be there with the snap of your finger.

EJ:  Tell us why readers will love your new release?

I've spent the better part of ten years defining this world, and only a small part of it is shown in the first book. What will you see in this new world?

-a new type of vampire called pure vampires: it's a small clan of about 20 vampires that Abby and Noel are a part of. They descend from the original vampires, before the line started to mutate. They're not as vulnerable as the mutated vampires and require a different way to die.
-a reason for why vampirism spreads so easily through their blood. I have a Masters of Science degree in Microbiology and have worked in the field for ten years, so I was able to concoct a plausible reason for this. (granted, it's still fiction, but believable!)
-a little paranormal romance. Abby and Noel have been married for 200 hundred years but there's still a little fire in the oven. But for true romance lovers, the third book in the Immortal Archives will explore a blossoming romance between two paranormals that will really get your heart beating.
-I know I'm the writer and I love my story, but I think readers will enjoy the story too. And although my main characters are immortal,none of them are safe from me. My character Madam Melina sums it up best when she says, "Even immortals don't get to live forever."

EJ:  Who would I cast for the leading roles?

For Abby, I had originally thought a good dark horse would by Dallas Bryce Howard but now that she's squeezed her way into the Twilight Saga, I would really want someone else. Amy Adams has the right look but she would REALLY have to step over to the dark side to pull it off. Abby is quite sarcastic and rarely has a reason to smile. As for Noel, I've always seen Skeet Ulrich, but with a look more similar to his Scream days. Emily I have yet to cast in my mind. She's always been an enigma to me. She's going to play a huge role in the series and I think she's the character most girls will see themselves as, so I really want the reader to come up with their own picture of her. Should this story ever make it to Hollywood, they'll have to surprise me.

Ordained (The Immortal Archives, #1) by Devon Ashley.

Normally, the school creates the hunters…not the monsters.

Abby Sorrensten likes to play rough. Ripping the horns off the foreheads of demons, manipulating lightning and setting things on fire with the flick of your wrist can give you a serious rush. So she probably wasn’t the best choice for the Order’s experimental training program. Thirteen years of isolation, lack of affection and a bruised and broken body from horrendous training sessions creates more than just an exceptional fighter. It creates an evil within - an evil responsible for several deaths the night she left.

Two hundred years later Abby resurfaces as the very thing the Order trained her to kill: a vampire. A mythical demon has set his sights on the school and only the ordained hunter has the powers to face it. Unbeknownst to the Order, Abby’s their precious ordained one and their only chance for survival. As much as she would love to leave them hanging, she’s not willing to risk the life of Emily, a fellow friend and hunter also fed up with the organization.  But for Abby, locking herself away in a fortress with angry descendents of those she killed causes suspicions and tensions to run high. Abby must learn the demon’s weaknesses for battle before the Order learns hers.

Thank you Devon for joining us here today at From the Shadows!

To learn more about Devon Ashley and her books, please visit her website.

**Ordained: The Immortal Archives Giveaway**

We are giving away a paperback copy of Ordained: The Immortal Archives by Devon Ashley to one lucky winner!

To enter, please leave a comment on this post including your email address (so we may contact you if you win).  You do not have to be a follower to enter (though I always appreciate a follow!).  This giveaway is for US mailing addresses only.  Giveaway ends May 20th midnight EST.


    awesome giveaway :)

  2. Very intriguing premise. Thanks again!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  3. I would love to read the book, it sounds really good.

  4. This book definitely sounds like something I would like.

  5. Did I say Amy Adams? LOL. I meant Rachel McAdams. Forgive me but my brain tends to fry every once and awhile from staring at the glare of my laptop. :)

    Thanks EJ for the interview and hosting this giveaway for me!

  6. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. I am a follower and email subcriber.

  7. Thanks for the giveaway. This sounds like an exciting good book.

    rjofus AT gmail DOT com

  8. Love the interview -Buffy has inspired a lot of my crazy dreams too maybe I should be writing them down to.

  9. Sounds great! Thanks for sharing a new read. I'm always up for a new type of vampire story. Count me in please =)
    follow as Tanyaw1224 because I love your blog

  10. OH I love the blurb on this book for the vampire loving girl that I am.


  11. This sounds awesome, I would love to read it.


  12. I'm a succor for a good paranormal story

    ke7yca at gmail dot com

  13. Sounds like it's going to be a good one. I would love to read it.

  14. Sounds good, count me in!

  15. Sounds good! Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Sounds interesting!! I love vampires..

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  17. I would love to win this! It sounds like a great read.
    GFC follower and email subscriber
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  18. this book sounds really interesting, thanks for the giveaway
    follower and subscriber

  19. humm this book sounds awesome count me in

  20. Thanks for the giveaway!



  21. Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. I'd love to win! (Location - U.S.)

    Thanks so much!

    My e-mail is in my profile.

  23. I am a follower and this book sounds like a great read!

    Thank you! mmafsmith(at)gmail(dot).com

  24. I would like to be entered in this contest pls. =)

    TValeros18 @ gmail [dot] com

    Thank you!!

  25. Sounds like a really great read, please enter me and thanks for the chance.

  26. i would love to read this thanks for the chance and possibility and the giveaway


  27. I just ran across Devon Ashley's blog right now and jumped right over here! :)

    Thanks for the chance to win!


    must read her book


    i just love contests, thank you for the chance of winning.

  30. I can't wait to read this book! I've heard great things :) thank you bunches for the chance to win!


  31. I love the summary on this book, my sister would adore it! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  32. Thanks for the giveaway!

    bmweida at yahoo dot com

  33. Sweet Giveaway! Thanks for this chance giveaway.

    I always love a dark paranormal novel. It reminds me a little like Vampire Academy, which I absolutely loved, but different as well. Can't wait to read it.


  34. This sounds really good I would love for the chance to win this Thanks!

  35. sounds good....going on my wish list.

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