Monday, September 21, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Destiny Rising by Siobhan Davis (Interview + Giveaway!)

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Destiny Rising by Siobhan Davis. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 1 till 21 September, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

The True Calling series is a fantastic, action-packed, sci-fi trilogy that I highly recommend! Today I will be featuring the third and final book, Destiny Rising! Scroll down to learn more about the series, see my interview with Siobhan Davis, and enter the giveaway!

Destiny Rising

Every choice has a consequence.

Once again, the world is on the brink of momentous change. As revolutionary organization Saoirse prepares to battle the government for control of Earth and Novo, Ariana and those she loves must join humanity’s fight for justice and freedom.

As haunted memories resurface, old discoveries and new realities conspire to shatter her world forever.

Torn in one direction by her unique connection to childhood sweetheart Zane, and pulled in the other by a relentless passion for her fiery fiancé Cal, she must make the hardest decision of all. While embarking on a road to self-discovery, her psychic gift evolves and the full extent of her powerful ability is revealed.

Then fate lands another savage blow and she faces the most horrific choice of all. Forced into striking a deal with the enemy, she must make the ultimate personal sacrifice or risk everything she holds dear.

When destiny finally rears its head, what will the future hold?

Do you have any odd writing habits? 
I’d love to appear really interesting and eccentric and tell you that I can only write in the bathtub, fully clothed, immersed in water and bubbles, with a glass of Pimms by my side, a years’ supply of Oreos, and loud rock music pounding my ears. But nothing could be further from the truth! I’m actually very structured and pretty organized when it comes to my writing, like I am about most things in my life. 

 What character(s) did you have the most fun writing about? 
Gosh, there were so many that were fun to write. Cal Remus because he is such a contradiction as a character, and he gave me a good few laughs while writing his part in Destiny Rising. In True Calling I enjoyed writing about Isla Munroe as she’s so snarky and snarly even though she’s quite vulnerable underneath the surface. Jax and Gil are also noteworthy mentions: Cheeky charmers the pair of them! 

What is it about young adult fiction that appeals to you? 
I love the blending of action, adventure, swoon-worthy romance and life–or–death type scenarios that are typical of the YA books I read. I enjoy science fiction, dystopian and fantasy YA more so than contemporary YA, in the main. I also tend to really enjoy the writing style of the many talented authors who write in this genre. 

 Are are you are Plotter or Pantser? 
I’m a hybrid! I could never sit in front of a blank screen and start writing a book without having a decent outline of the story in advance. As I mentioned earlier, I am quite structured in my approach to my craft so I do a fair amount of background work before I actually sit down to write. I map out the world, the back-story, draw locations and maps, conduct vital research, and create my character bible, before I sit down to work on the plot. I usually write four to five pages summarizing the plot and then break it down chapter by chapter. However, when I sit down to write the first draft the story always goes off on a tangent I was not expecting and the plot develops organically. Also, as I’m immersed in writing a book, my mind is churning with ideas all the time and I’ll often think of additional sub-plots or some new suspense or conflict I can add to the plot, when I’m driving, walking, listening to the radio, on excursions with my kids, in the shower, etc.  
 What book(s) defined your childhood? Or got you into reading?  
I was a voracious reader when I was a teenager and indulged on a daily basis; I constantly had a book in my hand. One of my favorite series was the ‘Flowers in the Attic’ by Virgina Andrews. I remember being totally engrossed in those books— not for the scandalous sex—the themes were just so dark and twisted, and completely foreign to me, that I was totally enthralled. They made a lasting impression on me; just goes to show what an incredible job the author did. Some of the others I remember reading were: Sweet Valley High, Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables, the Anne Frank story, Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven and Famous Five, everything and anything by Judy Blume 

How were you inspired to write this series? 
It all started with a dream—just not my own. Like a lot of my generation, I got hooked on Twilight in 2009 and was fascinated to hear how Stephenie Meyer felt compelled to write the series on the basis of the now-infamous dream. Dreams have always captivated me and I started thinking a lot about their meaning and whether our dreams have the power to change our lives (not just metaphorically speaking). 
I wondered a lot about her ‘meadow dream’; probably more than was normal. Who sent her that dream? And why? And did someone (or something) plant that seed knowing full well that it would lead her on a path to a significant life-altering experience? And what are dreams anyway? A malfunction of our brain? An unconscious message from our inner selves? A medium for receiving messages from others? My thoughts jumbled around like this for weeks, and my idea started to grow from this silent analysis and developed from there.  

  What was your favorite scene to write? 
Countless scenes spring to mind but at this particular juncture I’m going to say the Epilogue in Destiny RisingI was brimming with emotion writing that part and I couldn’t have been more pleased with how things wrapped up. I am also very fond of the last few scenes in Light of A Thousand Stars. It tugged on my heartstrings in a major way and it was so powerful that it actually made me cry. That was a first for me in this series.  What made you want to become an author? 
I’ve always loved reading and writing and books are my favorite form of escapism. English and History were two of my best subjects in school and I studied History in college. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been daydreaming and imagining stories in my head. In some ways, I think I’m much more comfortable in the fictional world than in the real world. Anyway, I got caught up in my career, and then after I got married I was also juggling a hectic family life, so my ambitions had to take a backseat, though, I was always writing – whether it was connected with my corporate life or as a hobby. I actually wrote True Calling years ago and never did anything with it until last year when the timing finally felt right to pursue my dream. 

Random Questions: 
Cats or dogs?Neither. I’m not an animal person. 
Unicorns or zombies? Definitely Unicorns. Zombies scare the beejesus out of me. 
Favorite color? Pink. Hands down, I’m a girly-girl. 
Favorite movie/TV show? Titanic. (‘Don’t let go, Rose.’ Ah, seriously, who didn’t love Jack?) 
If you had one superpower, what would it be? Invisibility. Not sure what that says about me!

Thanks for answering my questions, Siobhan! :)

First two books in the series:

True Calling
Two Different Worlds. One Shared Dream.

Planet Novo, nestled in space twelve hundred miles above the surface of the Earth, is the new home of 17-year-old Cadet Ariana Skyee. Confused by the government-sanctioned memory erase and distressed at her impending forced marriage and motherhood, Ariana’s plans for the future are thrown into complete disarray.

As the traumatic events within her family life enfold, Ariana grows increasingly alarmed at the authorities apparent pre-occupation with her and feels progressively more isolated and alone.

Her growing feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify as the recently announced pageant, ‘The Calling’, gets underway. Struggling to comprehend the continuous, inexplicable dreams of the mysterious Zane, discovering the past helps shape her future, with devastating personal consequences.

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Beyond Reach

Some secrets are worht fighitng for.

Back on Earth, Ariana is caught in a dangerous crossfire between clandestine rebel organization Clementia and the power-hungry government. Refusing to divulge the location of the secret information entrusted to her by her late father, she desperately tries to bargain for her Mom, Lily, and Cal’s rescue. She’s fighting a losing battle, and the clock is ticking.

Presented with evidence of her fiancé Cal’s apparent betrayal, she loyally defends him despite her concerns. With her emotions in turmoil, matters become even more complicated as she grows closer to her ex-boyfriend Zane.

When the stakes are raised, a succession of shocking revelations rocks her world, setting her on a path that will not only change her destiny but the fate of humanity.

Confronted by a memory so abhorrent comes a truth she would do anything to forget.

But some things just can’t be undone.


Beyond Reach is the gripping second novel in the True Calling trilogy, continuing the story of Ariana Skyee in the weeks after she arrives back on Earth.

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SiobhanAbout the Author:

Siobhan Davis is the author of YA science fiction romance series True Calling.

A self-diagnosed ‘teenager forever’—at least when it comes to books, music and movies; Siobhan is totally addicted to teen fiction and superhero/blockbuster movies. Siobhan loves baking, crime novels, shoes, bags, make-up, anti-wrinkle cream, anything pink, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, and Robert Pattinson (definitely Team Edward).
Siobhan has forged a successful corporate career, in Human Resources, over the last twenty years.

Siobhan resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

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Sample chapters, quotes, reviews and book excerpts are all available to download from the authors website

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  • e-copies of the whole True calling series by Siobhan Davis. Which is the following books: True Calling, Lovestruck, Beyond Reach, Light of a Thousand Stars and Destiny Rising.
  •  one 10$ amazon gift card

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1 comment :

  1. Thanks for closing out my Blog Tour today, Jessica, and for the great interview. :)