Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Book Blitz Interview + Giveaway: The Designed by Kate Tailor

What if the next new drug was you?

I am so excited for this book, the minute that I read the synopsis for it and realized that it was a Sci-Fi New Adult novel, I squealed like a little kid in a candy store! I absolutely adore New Adult novels, they are my new crack and lately I've been reading tons of them, but they have mostly been contemporary and that's absolutely okay with me. But, I have been craving a little break in all of the harsh realities of the contemporary world of New Adult, and this book looks like it might just provide that perfect little thing that I need.

That tag line above, hooked me like crazy and now it's only feeding my intrigue even more. I'm more than a little crazy ready and excited to dive into this exciting new world that Kate Tailor has so imaginatively created, but sadly I won't be able to until probably around June or possibly a little later than that. I am extremely positive, that by the time this year is over I will have found the time to sit down and gobble up what I hope and think is going to be an AH-MAZING read for me! 

Sometimes the hardest heart to sense is your own.

Now, tell me that line above hasn't hooked you yet, because if it hasn't then you're absolutely crazy! lol. J/K. But, seriously, that's definitely enough to get my blood pumping and that's exactly why I'm so legit excited to be sharing with you a small interview where Kate Tailor talks to us about how she writes her characters, the best and worst parts about being a writer, and what her reading habits are. I'm also going to be teasing you guys with an excerpt from the book to help wet your pallets and satisfy your curiosities, and at the end I'll be offering a giveaway for one eCopy of The Designed to one lucky winner and the giveaway is open internationally! 
But first, let me tell you a little more about this awesome book...

The Designed
by Kate Tailor
Published: January 16, 2015
Publisher: BookBay
Age Demographic: New Adult
Pages: 212

What if the next new drug was you? 

Raleigh’s body produces a drug that could define the future of medicine if the dangerous world surrounding it doesn't kill her first.

Eighteen-year old Raleigh Groves can sense disease in others and is suffering from her own unexplained illness as well. After years and dozens of doctor visits, she has given up hope of ever finding a cure, let alone a diagnosis. Then she meets a man who explains that her talent and curse are linked. Her body produces a drug, Lucidin, which allows her to sense others. She’s rare, and the drug she makes is coveted.

Rho has spent the last few years on the run. The Lucidin that is racing through his system makes him a target. Surrounded by addicts and dealers on one side and scientists and doctors on the other, he has to rely on his wits and his team to stay one step ahead. So far he has stayed afloat, but some of his brothers haven’t been as lucky.

As Rho and Raleigh collide they must face the perilous world of Lucidin together. Nothing is black-and-white and Raleigh must decide where her alliances lie. 

Sometimes the hardest heart to sense is your own.

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An Interview with
Author Kate Tailor

How I write my characters:

When I start a book I’m never positive how a character will turn out. I write them in different scenarios to get a feel for their voice and how they behave. Some characters that have started out sweet end up with a little bit of a dark side. I try to make my characters dimensional. I don’t like reading stories where people fit into too neat of boxes. I like to think that my characters surprise the reader at times while still staying true to themselves.

The best and worst part about being a writer:

I think the absolute best part about being a writer is the chance to put a story to paper. You start with nothing and in the end you have a world complete with people and events. A good story to me is one that is both entertaining and lets the reader develop their own opinions about the different topics presented. There are two things I find challenging about being a writer. The first is the distraction of having stories bouncing around my head. Sometimes I don’t have the right characters to tell my stories, or the proper scenarios to get my point across. It can be frustrating to work out these details. The second challenge is putting myself out there. It is a very humbling experience to have someone read what I’ve written. People get a peek into my thought process, and complete strangers get to experience something I’ve poured my heart into. That can be a very humbling and sometimes scary process.

My reading habits:

I enjoy reading, I’m sure most writers do. I’m one of those people that has trouble putting down a good book. I have a reading nook at my house. Usually it covered in a mess of children’s books. My kids love to be read too. Most of them are old, tattered things that I had when I was growing up. Some of them are missing pages, so I improvise. I hate letting go of books, and my basement is a testament to that. There are boxes of science books and pharmacology books from when I was in school, mysteries from my high school years, and sci-fiction, my current passion of late. Occasionally I reread one, and am not only swept into the world of the book, but to the time when I first read it.
Thank you, Kate for joining us today!
I am so happy to have Kate Tailor on the blog with us today, I hope that you guys have enjoyed everything that she's had to say about what it's like writing about her characters, her feelings on the best and worst parts about being a writer and her own personal experiences with them, and a little insight into her reading habits and what they're like. If you guys are just as pumped as I am about the genre's of New Adult expanding to include more paranormal, sci-fi, and other types of genre's then keep on reading and check out the awesome excerpt from The Designed that Kate is so generously sharing with us today.
Excerpt from The Designed
Written by Kate Tailor

Rho was just beginning to wake up. Without opening his eyes, his ears began to process his surroundings. All he heard was the whizzing of the extraction machine. His first thought was that they must have extraction machines in hell…and that seemed fitting. His next thought was that maybe he wasn’t dead. The pain when he moved even the tiniest bit was evidence enough that he still had his body. Suddenly, he felt a rush blast though his veins and his eyes popped open. It was his familiar friend Lucid—but it was edgier and wilder than his own.

Looking down at his arm, he saw that there was only one tube extending from the machine into his port. With the bold Lucid beating through him, he figured that, for once, he was on the receiving end of the greedy machine. There was another set of piping going to and from the machine, and the tubes were connected to a port in someone else’s arm. Rho felt a wave of excitement. He figured that it must be one of his brothers in the bed next to him—no one else made anywhere near enough Lucid to save him.

When he opened his mouth to speak it was dry and tasted like the seawater he‘d swallowed by the mouthful. Then, paranoia washed over him and he stopped. What if he woke up whoever had him? Just because they were saving him didn’t mean that they didn’t intend to use him. Maybe they’d captured one of his brothers and were just bringing him back so they could harvest more Lucid from both of them.

Rho sat up in bed and the room began to spin. He gradually slid his legs out from under the covers and planted his feet on the floor. His drawstring pants were shredded, but the room was comfortably warm. When he no longer felt quite so dizzy, he took a few deep breaths and quietly leveraged himself off the bed. He stumbled and fell onto the foot of the other bed, bumping whoever was lying there.

There was a groan, and the hair on the back of his neck bristled. It was a female voice. The girl rolled over onto her back, mumbling ever so slightly. For a moment, Rho considered going back to his own bed, but he wondered if they were both trapped and if she was being forced to save him.

Careful not to bump her a second time, he inched his way up the bed. As far as he knew, he had no sisters. He peered down at her face. There were freckles across the bridge of her nose—she was somebody’s daughter.

“Wake up,” he said quietly, shaking her shoulders. It was harder than he guessed it would be. He repeated himself in French, just in case he was still in France.

Raleigh’s eyes felt heavy, and her body started to shake as she began to wake up.

“No more extraction,” she whispered, opening her eyes. She almost screamed when she saw Rho above her.

“Don’t yell,” he said, pressing his fingers softly against her lips. “I’m Rho. I’ll stop the extraction.” He pulled the tubes from her port and asked, “Are you all right?”

“You’re alive.”

“They could’ve killed you,” said Rho, furious that his last act on Earth may’ve been taking this girl’s life.

© 2015 Kate Tailor. From The Destiny by Kate Tailor, published by BookBay.
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About the Author

Kate Tailor lives in Boulder, Colorado. She has a background in molecular biology and pharmacology. Writing has been a passion of hers since she was young.

She enjoys both reading and writing. Anything with an unusual story gets her attention.

Don't forget to add her debut New Adult novel, The Destiny to your Goodreads TBR!

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