For those of you who might have missed out on yesterday's awesome interview with the incredible Victoria H. Smith and my WoW of the Week featuring Eternal Echoes the next book in the Emblem of Eternity saga by Angela Corbett, click the two links above and they will take you right to both of the posts.
Now, how about I entice you a little bit more and share with you, some insight into this amazingly new and exciting world of paranormal romance that Angela Corbett has so creatively come up with?!
Eternal Starling (Emblem of Eternity #1)
By Angela Corbett
All of that changes when she moves to Gunnison, Colorado, to start college and meets two mysterious men. For centuries, Alex Night and Emil Stone have yearned for Evie but they each have their own reasons for wanting to be with her. When both men claim to be her soul mate and tell her about an unbelievable past, Evie learns that she s not the person she thought she was. Soon, Evie finds herself in the middle of an age-old battle between the Amaranthine Society the soul protectors, and the Daevos Resistance the soul destroyers.
With a past she doesn t understand, and a future rife with danger, Evie has to decide who she can trust. But Alex and Emil aren t the only ones who want Evie, and her soul is about to become the rope in an eternal tug-of-war.
Angela Corbett's fresh re-take on soul mates is beautifully written and wonderfully fleshed out. She gives it a unique new spin, that makes it different, new, and exciting to read. It's full of sorching hot, and intense sexual chemistry that will leave you aching for more. The love triangle isn't overly done and blends in nicely with the flow of the rest of the story. Both Alex and Emil are wonderfully flawed and complex characters, definitely complicated as well. It's hard to tell who's right and wrong for Evie, because of the past that they each have tied with one another. Corbett does a great job of writing these two and the love they have for Evie in such a way, that there isn't a right or wrong choice where either of them are concerned.
Eternal Starling is definitely a love triangle done right!
Full of lost loves re-united with one another and fighting against darkness, it's a dark beguiling look into such a beautiful mythical world. Corbett does a magnificent job of developing the backstory of the Amaranthine and Daevos Resistance. It's an age-old battle between the Amaranthine Society the soul protectors and the Daevos Resistance the soul destroyers. Her writing style is highly addictive, laugh-out-loud funny, hilariously sarcastic, and witty. You will find yourself falling in love with the world she's created and the character's she's developed beautifully.
Eternal Starling offers reader's a glimpse at a new take on eternal love, which makes it even more enjoyable. I would highly recommend this book to you, if you're looking for a New Adult paranormal romance that will take your emotions for a whirlwind ride and leave you hanging on the edge of your seat, in anticipation of the next new novel in this epic series.
I think New Adult novels will appeal to people because the genre offers a similar feeling of YA novels, but with a little more adult content. I really like New Adult because it focuses on characters age 18-25. I think that’s such an exciting time in a person’s life because so much change and life experience happens during those years. I love being able to explore those changes with my characters, and hopefully make a difference to people going through some of those same situations.
What inspired you to want to write for the New Adult genre, versus writing for either YA or Adult in general? Were there any authors or books that might have you lured you into this genre?
I actually write all three! But I definitely have books that need a New Adult setting, and Eternal Starling was one of them. My college years were one of the best times of my life. I was experiencing new things, learning what it was like to be on my own, and figuring out what kind of life I wanted to live. I wanted to watch my characters experience those things too. My main character in Eternal Starling, Evie, was always in college. There was no other way for me to tell the story and be true to where I wanted it to go. Even when agents told me I should change the setting to high school, I felt like I couldn’t. When I wrote Eternal Starling, New Adult actually didn’t even exist. I’m thrilled there’s a genre for it now though, because I definitely think it’s needed.
What is the most challenging aspect of writing New Adult?
Keeping up with current trends. I haven’t been 20 for a while.
What are your hopes for this wonderful New Adult genre, in terms of growing, evolving, and flourishing in the book marketing industry? What sub-genre would you like to see more of in terms of New adult books?
I hope it grows like crazy! I think it will. When the genre first came out it was a hard sell. Since then though, many NA books have been successful and the genre is becoming a lot more popular. It’s being more accepted at the bigger houses, and Indie authors are doing really well with NA titles. Even bigger authors are signing NA titles! Contemporary NA is really popular right now, and I’d love to see some NA mysteries/thrillers.
Are there any books or specific authors in the New Adult genre that you would like to recommend?
Colleen Hoover’s book, Slammed, and Victoria Smith’s, The Space Between. I’m also excited for the first book in Sophie Jordan’s new NA series, Foreplay.
If you could go back in time and tell the "young writer" in yourself anything, what would it be and why?
Read more, then edit, edit, edit. If you believe in yourself and your book, you can do anything.
What was the first book that you read, that inspired you to be a writer?
The Hobbit. My parents had a set of read-along children's books. I listened and tried to read along to The Hobbit every night—that’s how I learned to read. My dad used to read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy to me before bed too. I'd go to sleep dreaming of hobbits, elves, orcs, and wizards. The Hobbit was the book that made me fall in love with reading and its ability to take me to new worlds...and made me want to make worlds of my own.
Was there any other career choice that you might have chosen to work in, if you weren't a writer? If so, what would it be?
I always thought Indiana Jones had an exciting life. I also work in marketing, but writing is what I love, and I’m lucky I get to do it!
I loved the way you introduced the Amaranthine Society (the soul protectors) and the Daevos Resistance (the soul destroyers). Where did you come up with the concept for this storyline and what made you decide to use Evie's lily birthmark as a connection to both?
When I first started writing Eternal Starling, I didn’t have an outline. I only knew that the book’s focus would be soul mates, and that Evie would have two soul mates. As I started outlining, I came up with the idea to have two competing groups, one that protected souls, and one that killed them. I chose the lily as I was developing the Trackers. The lily could be altered to look similar to a Celtic trinity knot and the meaning of the trinity knot (life, death, and rebirth) worked perfectly with my mythology.
Evie drives an awesome drool-worthy 1966 Mustang that most men would kill to have, what is the car of your dreams?
This might be the hardest question ever! I’ve always drooled over the McLaren, but I recently saw pics of the Lamborghini Veneno and I’m completely in love with it.
Since the relationship between Evie and Alex is based on their "being soulmates", do you believe everyone has one?
I do! I love the idea that there's a perfect person out there for everyone. But, there are a lot of different definitions and theories about soul mates. Evie will be exploring some of those ideas before the Emblem of Eternity of Eternity trilogy ends.
You've created some wonderfully vivid and amazingly colorful characters, were there any that you connected with the most? Who was the most fun to write? The most difficult?
Thank you! Evie was definitely the most fun to write. She’s the character I connect with the most because I see a lot of my 18-year-old self in her. Alex and Emil were the hardest, and they both changed quite a bit during the revision process. I’m really happy with where they are now, and I love where their stories are going…one of them especially.
If you could use one word powerful enough to describe the story that Eternal Starling has to tell, which word would it be and why?
Love. Eternal Starling is definitely a story about love, and how powerful that emotion can be.
You're stranded on a desert island and you can only pack three books in a carry on, which three books would they be and why?
Oh, man. This is SUPER hard, especially because I love reading books in a series…so we’ll assume all the books in a series have been combined into one big book.
- The Fever Series, by Karen Marie Moning. I read it at least once a year.
- One for the Money, by Janet Evanovich.
- The Study Series, by Maria V. Snyder.
What would you consider to be your biggest strength in writing? Your weakest?
My biggest strength is dialogue. It usually comes pretty easily to me. My biggest weakness is definitely fight scenes. I hate writing them. I never know where all the arms and legs should go. Luckily, I don’t have that problem with kissing scenes.
How did it feel when you first realized that your book was going to be published? How did it feel afterwards?
I danced around the house with my Pomeranian for hours! He was very excited, but not for the same reason as me. I think there are levels of realization during the publishing process. Getting an offer is exciting, getting your first revisions is exciting and deflating, turning in your final draft is a huge relief, but nothing compares to getting your book in the mail and seeing it as an actual printed book that’s going to be for sale in bookstores. After the book was published, I was still excited, but the best thing about it is hearing from fans and knowing something I wrote affected them. Nothing is a greater compliment, and it means so much to me when a reader takes the time to email and tell me they liked my book. I keep every one of those emails and read them on days I’m feeling particularly crappy.
EBook or Hardcopy/Paper? Hardcopy.
Night or Day? Night.
Chaotic or Organized? I used to be organized, but lately I feel like a tiny ball of chaos.
White or Dark Chocolate? Dark
Tea or Coffee? Coffee
Black, White, or Gray? Black
Dog or Cat? Dog
The Walking Dead or The Hunger Games? The Hunger Games!
Downton Abbey or Doctor Who? Downton Abbey! I was traumatized by an evil monster with red eyes on Dr. Who when I was 5. I still can’t listen to the theme song or watch the show.
If you had a spirit animal (can symbolize certain aspects or quality of your personality, skills, traits, or emotion), what do you think it would be and why?
I think my spirit animal would be a cheetah because they move fast and slow walkers/drivers are my biggest pet peeve.
Is there anything else that you would like to mention?
Thank you so much for having me as part of your NA event, and thanks to everyone for reading!
This giveaway is only open to US residents only, sorry guys! However, there will lots more giveaway opportunity for those of you outside of the states coming up this month, so stay tuned!