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Captivate Blog Tour: Character Interview with Robbie

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Hi everyone. *waves hello*  Today, as part of the Captivate Blog Tour, I have an interview with one of the main characters from Captivate – Robbie.  A big thank you to Polina from Harlequin Teen Australia for organising the tour, author Vanessa Garden for sharing Robbie with Treasured Tales and, of course, a huge thank you to Robbie for the interview.

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Character Interview with Robbie

Hi Robbie, Welcome to Treasured Tales for Young Adults.  Would you tell us a little about yourself?

Thanks for having me, Alishia.

I live in a domed, underwater city and have done so since I was around eight years of age. I’m seventeen now, and head guard to Marko, the king of Marin. I take my job very seriously so there isn’t much down time, especially of late – there have never been so many threats to Marko’s throne. However, if I did have time on my hands I’d spend it sketching in my journal. I would really like to sketch a certain someone before I forget the details of her face.   

You mentioned to Miranda that once you have been in Marin for a little while, there is a compulsion to stay – do you truly feel that Marin is your home now or is there a part of you that is tempted to use the shuttle to return to England?

I do sometimes get flashes of my past – faces mainly. I often see the face of a young, brown haired girl I believe is my sister. I do feel a little melancholic when I envision her, but Marin is my true home now. I can’t image ever leaving.

As Marko’s personal guard, you were given the responsibility to guard and protect Miranda – what was going through your mind those first few days when you had to keep vigil over her?

Basically I felt like the worst human being alive. I felt like a monster for bringing her to Marin. And I immediately felt indebted to her. So I pretty much became protective of her from day one.

Speaking of Miranda, what is the first word that comes to mind when you think of her?

Courageous

I’d like to talk to you about your friendship with Marko – how would you describe Marko as a friend and also as a king?

Marko is family to me. We grew up side by side, like brothers, and I trust him completely. I can only hope he still has faith in me after what happened recently.  As a king, there is no one more honest and hardworking. He always puts the people of Marin’s needs before his own.

Can you ever truly forgive Marko for sentencing you to the same punishment as Philippe?

I have already forgiven him. There are certain things a king must do to ensure his people’s trust.

Do you trust Sylvia?

That’s a difficult question to answer. I have always looked upon Sylvia as a sort of mother figure – she’d been kind to me since the day I first arrived in Marin. But in the past couple of years, something has changed. I can’t quite pinpoint it, but there is a hungry gleam in her eye that makes me uncomfortable when I’m around her. So at the moment, no, I wouldn’t say I trust her.

What is your greatest wish for the city of Marin and also for yourself?

My greatest wish for Marin would be an end to the fertility crisis and safety for all civilians. My greatest wish for myself would be… to see a certain someone again. Someone I care for very much.

Thank you for the interview, Robbie.  Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you, Alishia. Thank you for having me.

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I just love Robbie’s answers.  Captivate is a great read, and if you stop by the blog tomorrow, you can read my review.  😀

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Captivate (Submerged Sun #1) by Vanessa Garden

Book description (from Goodreads) –

In a glittering underwater world, nothing is as it seems…

For the past twelve months since her parents’ death, seventeen-year-old Miranda Sun has harboured a dark secret — a secret that has strained the close relationship she once shared with her older sister, Lauren. In an effort to repair this broken bond, Miranda’s grandparents whisk the siblings away on a secluded beach holiday. Except before Miranda gets a chance to confess her life-changing secret, she’s dragged underwater by a mysterious stranger while taking a midnight swim.

Awakening days later, Miranda discovers that she’s being held captive in a glittering underwater city by an arrogant young man named Marko…the King of this underwater civilisation.

Nineteen-year-old Marko intends to marry Miranda in order to keep his crown from falling into the sinister clutches of his half-brother, Damir. There’s only one problem. Miranda is desperate to return home to right things with her sister and she wants nothing to do with Marko. Trying to secure her freedom, Miranda quickly forms an alliance with Robbie — Marko’s personal guard. However, she soon discovers that even underwater, people are hiding dangerous secrets…

Published by: Harlequin Teen Australia
Release date: 1st January 2014

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More information about author Vanessa Garden and the Submerged Sun series:

goodreads ~ blog ~ twitter

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Check out the previous stops on the Captivate blog tour here.

Blog Tour: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf – Character Interview with Ashala

I’m thrilled to be a part of The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina blog tour.  I recently read this book and it was amazing (my review will be up in a few days).  Today, I will be sharing with you a character interview with Ashala Wolf.

I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to Peta and Kelly from Walker Books Australia for organising this tour, and also a big thank you to Ambelin for sharing Ashala with Treasured Tales.

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~ Character  Interview with Ashala Wolf ~

Hi Ashala.  Welcome to Treasured Tales for Young Adults.

Would you tell us a little about yourself and your Sleepwalker ability?

You’ve probably heard the stories, right? How I’ve got this all-powerful ability? It’s really not as good as it sounds. First, I have to be asleep to Sleepwalk. Then, when I use my ability, I move through the world totally unconscious, seeing everything around me as part of a dream. Only I’m not really dreaming. I’m Sleepwalking. And that’s the second problem – I don’t know that I’m not dreaming. Which means I don’t know I should be careful. I don’t know that I’m changing the world around me.

My friend Georgie once said to me that she wasn’t sure if our abilities make us who we are, or if we have the abilities we do, because of who we are. As if our abilities are just extensions of who we are anyway. And I can make my dreams come true. People think there’s something special about that. I think – I don’t know what I think. Just that I don’t like anyone in my Tribe looking at me like I’m more special than they are. Or better than they are.

Because that’s the way the government looks at us.

When you think of your home at Firstwood, what is the first word that comes to mind?

Safety. Oh I know what you’re thinking. What about the saurs? Giant, people-eating lizards probably don’t sound very safe to you. And the forest can be dangerous all on its own – it’s got no shortage of poisonous plants, or high places to fall from, and you have to be careful of the currents in a couple of the big rivers. But it’s not the same, as the danger that Illegals face in the cities and the towns. It’s not the same as being captured, and collared, and crushed.

People think the worst thing that can ever happen to you, is losing your life. They’re wrong. It’s nowhere near as bad as losing yourself.

How would you describe your friendship with Georgie and Ember?

Georgie is…well, she’s Georgie. It can be hard to figure out what she means, a lot of the time. Except that, when she says something I actually understand, it’s like everything rearranges itself around me. Because when Georgie’s right, she’s right. And Ember – there’s nothing Ember doesn’t know. You could ask her any question, and she’d always have an answer. Probably a really long answer. Ember uses too many words, and Georgie never seems to use enough. But I wouldn’t know how to make sense of anything without them.

What does Jaz mean to you?

My sister died. She was a Firestarter, like Jaz. So when I first met Jaz, it was like having Cassie back again, just a bit. But later I loved him for himself alone. Because he’s Jaz. Irrepressible. Indomitable. Thoughtless and reckless and brightly burning. My secret favourite, among the youngsters. The little brother I never knew I needed, until I found him.

Since meeting Connor, how has he impacted your life?

He’s…Connor is…I mean… Okay. Some things aren’t easy to explain. But everything changed, when I met Connor. I didn’t know how much, at the time. That seems weird now, that I wouldn’t instantly realise that the whole world had shifted, the moment I first saw him. But maybe it’s not so weird. Because we would always have met, the two of us. I know that. So maybe I didn’t notice things changing because everything was working out exactly the way it was supposed to. Maybe that’s what destiny feels like.

What is your greatest wish for the Tribe?

I want the same thing for the Tribe that I want for all Illegals. I want us to be free. I want no more detention centres, no rhondarite collars around our necks, no enforcers coming to drag us away. I want Citizens to care when something bad happens to one of us, as much as they would if something bad happens to one of them. You see, people don’t care enough, in my world. It isn’t a kind world, or a just world.

But I have anything to say about it, it will be.

Thank you for the interview, Ashala.

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I really enjoyed reading Ashala’s answers.

Have you read The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf?  What did you think?  I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

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Check out the next stop on the Ashala Wolf blog tour – My Best Friend’s Are Books.

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Author bio (from thefirstwood.com.au):

Since she was 6 years old, Ambelin Kwaymullina wanted to be a writer. A published children’s book author and illustrator, at the age of 37, her dream to be a novelist has come true.

She comes from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Growing up she was a fan of mystery novels and Star Wars. Alongside her career as a writer, Ambelin has worked as a lawyer and in politics. She now teaches Law at the University of Western Australia.

“The wonderful thing about being an author is that no experience is ever wasted, it all goes into my writing in some way.”

When she is not writing, Ambelin loves to spend time with her family and her dogs.

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More information about Ambelin Kwaymullina and The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf:

official website ~ goodreads ~ facebook

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“There will come a day when a thousand Illegals descend on your detention centres. Boomers will breach the walls. Skychangers will send lightning to strike you all down from above, and Rumblers will open the earth to swallow you up from below. There will be nowhere to hide, nowhere to run, and no way to stop them from freeing every single Illegal in this centre. And when that day comes, Justin Connor, think of me.”

Ashala Wolf has been captured by Chief Administrator Neville Rose. A man who is intent on destroying Ashala’s Tribe – the runaway Illegals hiding in the Firstwood. Injured and vulnerable and with her Sleepwalker ability blocked, Ashala is forced to succumb to the machine that will pull secrets from her mind.

And right by her side is Justin Connor, her betrayer, watching her every move.

Will the Tribe survive the interrogation of Ashala Wolf?

(Blogoversary Celebration) Character Interview: Julia (from Stained by Ella James)

Hi all. Today, I have an amazing character interview to share with you – Julia from the Stained series. The Stained series is written by Ella James, and book one and two in the series – Stained and Stolen – are currently available, with book three, Chosen, to be released soon.

A big thank you to Ella James, for sharing Julia with Treasured Tales, and a big thank you to Julia for the interview.

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Hi Julia, Welcome to Treasured Tales for Young Adults.

Would you tell us a little about yourself?

“Um, sure. I’m seventeen…”

Julia glances down at her lap, where she is playing with her hands. Her fingernails glitter, having been painted with Meredith’s sparkly nail polish—or the Swiss version of it. She’s sitting on a fluffy beige comforter atop a four-post king-sized bed in a room the size of a department store showroom; the Alps are visible out the curtainless windows, and a roaring fire snaps in the fireplace.

“I’m seventeen… My birthday is May third. I’m from Memphis. Kind of.” She smirks, and her face hardens into an expression that’s difficult to read. “I’ve had two sets of parents. They’re both dead now. Lucky for me, I’m pretty good at being an orphan.”

She lifts her arms and waves around the suite. “Now I’m in Switzerland—hiding. And also trying to figure out why—”

A rustling sound can be heard outside the door. Julia crosses her arms, rolls her eyes, and smiles a little indulgently. “Now I’m in Switzerland with my boyfriend. Who I’m sorry to say, does not understand the meaning of privacy.” She glances once more at the door, then sighs, like she knows Cayne has no intention of leaving his post in the hallway. “What’s your next question?”

You first met Cayne when he crashed through the roof of the warehouse where you were staying – what went through your mind when you first saw Cayne?

“Hmm. I guess mainly ‘holy crap.’ Then—” she smiles, a little naughty— “I thought ‘holy hot guy.’ And then I think I made my nose bleed healing him.” She looks briefly away, her eyes flitting out the window, at the slopes, and then back at Alishia. “And then he told me what my stain meant.”

The more time that you and Cayne spend together, the closer you two are becoming – how would you describe your feelings towards Cayne?

Julia laughs, definitely an awkward sound, and glances at the door. Then she glances around the room and hops off the bed, lunging for a remote resting atop a claw-footed coffee table. She points it at an enormous flat-screen and flips through a few channels until she gets to one with a blue background and little music notes jumping across the screen; classical music flows from speakers in the ceiling. She cranks the volume up, then arches both of her dark brows and grins. “I like him.” Her grin grows wider. “A lot.”

Do you completely trust Cayne?

The music is still loud, Brian Crain’s Song for Sienna playing loudly. Julia glances, again, at the door. When she looks at Alishia, her face is tense. “That’s kind of a hard question.” Her mouth flattens unhappily, and for a few seconds it doesn’t seem like she’s going to answer. Then she sinks back in the fluffy bedding and murmurs, “Yes. Maybe I shouldn’t, but I do. I’ve always trusted him. Which is why I think I got so upset at the Chosen compound. I can’t be around him and not trust him…so I was worried maybe I couldn’t be around him at all.” She shrugs, as if to say that’s over now. “He’s been honest with me, and that’s all I can go on.”

You have an ability to heal people – would you tell us a little about your ability?

Rolling her eyes again, she nods at the door and lowers the volume of the music. “Mr. Paranoid,” she whispers. And, louder: “How ya doing out there, Cayne?” A soft grunt comes from the other side of the door, and Julia smiles, then turns her attention back to Alishia. “I see people’s auras. Kind of like a watercolor painting with the colors all blended together and floating around them like…like a full-body halo or something. The colors are a mixture of how they feel at the moment and how they are. Like, their personality. If they’re hurt, there’s this chain around their bodies…and it has knots in it. At least they look like knots to me. If I think about what I want to fix I can heal them and the knots will go away. Sometimes I get them in my own aura after that.”

Half-demon Samyaza killed your foster parents and is now hunting you – what is the first word that comes to mind when you think of Samyaza?

Julia’s eyes widen and her face stretches in surprise. Then she narrows her eyes, smiles a little smile, and says, “Used to be terrifying. But not anymore.” When Alishia asks her what that means, she mimes zipping her lips.

What are you most afraid of?

“Right now? The Three. I don’t know anything about them…so my mind is just filling in all the pieces.”

What is your greatest wish for the future?

Julia crosses her legs and looks, once more, over at the door. “One time…in a vision I had, I ‘dreamed’ of a picnic in a backyard…” She rubs the top of the duvet with her palm, and says, thoughtfully, “I think I want that. I don’t like being a teenager. I want to be older…” her voice quivers, just a little, and she swallows. “I want to be with Cayne doing something that’s just…normal. And at night we can go flying.” Suddenly she’s wiping her eyes, sniffing, and apologizing. “I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I guess I just feel like…everything’s been taken from me.” She rolls her eyes at herself. “Stolen, you might say. And now, things with the Three…. I feel like I’ll never have a regular life. All this Chosen stuff… It’s just bullshit.”

Thank you for the interview Julia, and for helping to celebrate Treasured Tales for Young Adults’ one year blogoversary.

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Have you read Stained? Has Cayne stolen your heart?

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More information about the Stained series and Ella James:

goodreads ~ facebook ~ blog ~ twitter

(Blogoversary Celebration) Character Interview: Michelle Andrews

Hi all. *waves hello* Today, as part of the blogoversary celebrations, I am very excited to be sharing with you a character interview with Michelle, from the Pulse Myths series (she is one of my all time fav female characters). This series is absolutely amazing, and is written by the talented A. Jacob Sweeny. Thank you to A. Jacob Sweeny for the interview, and, of course, a big thank you to Michelle.

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Hi Michelle, Welcome to Treasured Tales for Young Adults.

Would you tell us a little about yourself?

Well, my name is Michelle Andrews and I’m eighteen years old. I was born and raised in Northern California. I have one older brother, named Toby and a cat named Crumb. My parents are still married and live in the same home I grew up in.

I am now engaged to a wonderful man and can’t wait to be his wife…and I am also planning to go to school and study botany. When I was younger I thought about becoming a dancer, but I pretty much lost interest in it after a few years.

Elliot has greatly impacted on your life – he has opened up a secret world to you.  In turn, what impact do you feel you have had on Elliot’s life?

Yes, he has. And my life can never go back to being the same. Life is different. It’s been different all along… it’s just that most of us don’t get to see it. I am pretty confident that I taught Elliot how to love again. Before I came along he had pretty much given up on feeling much of anything. He was very closed minded and stubborn when we met. But I saw right through him. I wasn’t going to give up.

What has been the hardest part of Elliot’s world to accept?

I know that I should be over this, but as hard as I try it’s very hard for me to make peace with all his pasts. The life he lives right now is very ordinary compared to some of his other lives and I’m an average girl. Yes I know I’m smart and he says I’m pretty and all that, but still. I mean he used to be a king, and was married to a princess. Also it’s hard for me to accept that he can be as excited as any other young man to start a new life. He has done it all, so none of this is new to him. My other secret fear is that he will forget me once I’m gone. I want to stand out in his mind. I wish I could live with him forever.

Your parents and brother haven’t exactly warmed to Elliot – do you expect that to change anytime soon?

Well, I’m not sure how soon that is going to take place. Elliot will never be the normal guy that they wanted me to end up with. But at the same time he is more wonderful than anyone else I can be with. I think that with time, when they see how well he takes care of me they will change their mind. With Toby, I think it will take a while. I mean they are both guys. You know how they get.

What is your greatest wish for your relationship with Elliot?

That I can be with him happy forever. Maybe that we can have children one day?

Thank you for the interview Michelle, and for helping to celebrate Treasured Tales for Young Adults’ one year blogoversary.

You’re welcome.

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I just love this interview. Michelle is such a kind character. Have you read Pulse of Heroes and Of Blood and Pulse (the first two novels is the Pulse Myths series)?

If so, who is your fav immortal? My favs are Elliot and Rion. 😀

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Check out Treasured Tales’ love themed interview with Elliot and Michelle.

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More information about the Pulse Myths series and A. Jacob Sweeny:

goodreads ~ facebook ~ website/blog ~ twitter

(Blogoversary Celebration) Character Interview: Giselle Bergman

Hi everyone. Today, I’m very excited to share with you a character interview with Giselle, from The Shadows Trilogy. In the Shadows and Walking With Shadows, by Julieanne Lynch, are the first two novels in the trilogy – they are amazing. A big thank you to Julieanne Lynch for sharing Giselle with Treasured Tales for Young Adults, and a big thank you to Giselle.  😀

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Hi Giselle, Welcome to Treasured Tales for Young Adults.

It’s great to be here, Alishia.

Would you tell us a little about yourself and what your life has been like these past 6 months?

Well, life has been beyond crazy. Before all this happened, I was pretty content with life. I was team captain of our softball team at school, I enjoyed going to concerts, and hanging out with Alex; doing our little rituals.  I loved Marc so much. I was happy. The past six months have put all my hopes and dreams to rest, and I am constantly battling this new existence. It’s been so hard trying to adjust to my new life and the thirst that can sometimes be all too consuming. I find it hard to believe that I am no longer 100% human, my feelings are still the same, my heart still beats, but it’s the monster that I’ve become. I mean, if I wanted to, I could kill someone, take their life for my own, and that scares me. It’s already happened once, and the fallout from that put my own future in jeopardy. It’s been so hard, and there are times when I could easily give up running from the darkness and just let it take me. But for some reason, Antoine refuses to allow me to give up and his strength and faith in me keeps me fighting. Little by little I am learning to accept this life, it’s all I have now, there really is no point in me trying to ignore what I have become; this is the new me.

Your life completely changed the night Alex bit you – what is the first word that comes to mind when you think of Alex?

Hate! I know it’s such a strong word, but everything changed the moment he took my future from me. I trusted him with everything in my life, and I mean everything. I feel so angry with myself for being so dependent on him, and I find it so hard to look in the mirror and see what he’s done to me. Up until that night, I didn’t believe in monsters, I was completely oblivious to the supernatural world, and even now I have to stop and look around me, trying to make sense of it all.

You have met many evil people over the past six months – who do you think has the most evil/dangerous agenda?

Although Xavier is evil, and let me be honest here, he scares me to no end. It’s his eyes, they pull you into the darkness and it suffocates you. Atarah is the one who has the most dangerous agenda. She was so warm and inviting when I first met her, but she soon showed her true intentions and to think about her and Alex makes me feel sick to the core. They disgust me, and until she is dead I don’t think I will ever be truly safe.

What or who frightens you the most?

I fear the uncertainty of my future. I have no idea what’s in store for me, and I am learning very quickly that I can’t trust everyone. Between Xavier and Atarah, and all the lies and deceit, I doubt I will be happy until both of them have been dealt with properly. But most of all I fear something happening to my baby. Up until now I was only invested in my own safety, but all that has changed. I will stop at nothing to ensure the protection of my child.

How would you describe your feelings towards Antoine?

Umm, one thing is for sure, he infuriates me to no end. I swear he gets a kick out of winding me up, and I am pretty sure he has got it down to a fine art now. But he is the most amazing man I’ve met since my change. I feel completely safe with him and although the monster inside him scares me, I know he would never do anything to harm me. Of course, there is no denying how gorgeous he is. His eyes are mesmerizing and when I see him or think of him, I get that crazy feeling of butterflies inside. Maybe I am just infatuated with him, but it is a welcome feeling in a world that can be full of doubt and darkness. Who knows what may happen in the future, but one thing is for sure, Antoine is a permanent fixture.

What is the biggest lesson that you have learnt over the past few months?

That I shouldn’t put so much faith in people, especially at face value. That is a major fault of mine and one that most likely put me in this situation in the first place. I need to keep my guard up and have people earn my trust.

What gives you strength?

Motherhood.  Until my baby, I felt weak and naïve. He’s changed all that. I have something worth fighting for now. I have changed and I will keep on changing. I no longer doubt my abilities in this new life, and with a trusted group of allies, I will continue to use my new strengths to my advantage.

What is your greatest wish for you and your baby’s future?

I wish my family would accept both of us back into their lives.  I want nothing more than my own mother to spend time with my baby, nurturing him the way she did me. If I could be half the mother she has been to me, then my baby will be happy. Family means so much to me, and after everything I’ve been through, I have a new and clear understanding of the values of family. I just want to be happy again.

Thank you so much for the interview Giselle, and for being a part of Treasured Tales for Young Adults‘ one year blogoversary celebration.

Thank you for having me. Congratulations.

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I just love this interview. Giselle is one of my all time favourite female characters, so I have been really excited about this interview. A big thank you again to Julieanne Lynch for the interview.

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Author bio (from Goodreads) –

Fiery Librian Julieanne Lynch is an author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Northern Ireland, Julieanne now lives in the Republic of Ireland, where she works on her Shadows Trilogy and other series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths, a rock star being one of them. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at The Open University, and considered journalism as a career path. However, she decided writing was the way for her and believes all of her education and reading prepared her for it.

An avid reader, Julieanne has always had an encompassing fascination with folklore. When not writing, she enjoys crime series such as Criminal Minds, CSI, NCIS and Cold Case, and loves anything with Vampires, listening to metal, meeting new people, drinking lots of green tea, and sharing her dreams with her children. She is a self-professed goth wanna-be,and is happy when left to write into the early hours of the morning.

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More information about The Shadows Trilogy and Julieanne Lynch:

goodreads ~ blog ~ website

The Shadows Trilogy facebook page ~ Julieanne’s facebook page

(Blogoversary Celebration) Character Interview: Leto

Hi all, Today, I have something very exciting to share with you – a character interview with Leto, the gorgeous cat from the novel Bloodspell, written by Amalie Howard. In this interview, Leto tells us a little about himself, as well as sharing his thoughts on how Victoria (the main character in Bloodspell) is progressing as a witch, and how he feels about her relationship with Christian. Thank you to Amalie Howard for sharing Leto with Treasured Tales for Young Adults, and to Marissa for arranging the interview, and of course a big thank you to Leto.  😀

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Hi Leto. Thank you for visiting Treasured Tales for Young Adults. Would you tell us a little about yourself and what it means to be a familiar?

Hello. Thank you for having me, it is my honor. Can you sense my words adequately in your head? Excellent—some humans are more receptive than others. Most humans have trace amounts of magic so I tap into that to connect with them, but it’s so diluted that they couldn’t say perform a spell. However, I expect that anything could happen if you really believed in it. But I digress. So I am called Leto. It’s a very old name which means “that which is hidden.” It does not necessarily refer to me being hidden, but as a familiar, there are many parts of myself that I cannot reveal to humans or to witches until I choose to do so. My ability to communicate telepathically, for example. It is my understanding that in current times, talking animals may cause quite a stir so I tend to keep that, as Victoria says, on the down low.

You first communicated with Victoria just after her seventeenth birthday. Was it hard for you to wait so long to communicate with her?

Of course. It was very difficult to wait until she was ready, until she had read the journal, until she needed for me to help her. It wasn’t exactly forbidden for me to communicate with her earlier, but because her father had chosen to keep the truth of her magical roots a secret, I was forced to wait to reveal the truth until she came of age at seventeen. Many times during her childhood, I had to bite my tongue at some of the magic she performed unknowingly. She’s quite headstrong, as you know.

Leto, as a familiar you do not have the power to perform magic yourself, but you know a great deal about spells and witchcraft. Where did you learn all you know?

I have lived many many years. I cannot tell you exactly how many, but I have seen the lives of hundreds of witches, if not thousands through the eyes of my ancestors, in my line. I have instructed my share of them all and loved them all in my own way. When I was born into this world, the knowledge of my forefathers was passed on to me so that our magical lore did not become lost from generation to generation. It is the way of my … kind.

You have been teaching Victoria about witchcraft and spells – how do you feel she is progressing as a witch?

Victoria has a long way to go. Did I mention that she is incurably headstrong? Step first, think later, that is our Victoria. But she is certainly a capable witch. In all honesty, she is possibly the strongest of all her ancestors but also the most naive. I have tried to teach her to separate emotion from will, but she’s quite clouded when it comes to what she feels versus what she knows she must do. Victoria is an empath, and as such is very vulnerable to her emotions. This impacts her magic in an unpredictable way, but it also makes her more powerful. So in terms of progression, she exceeds my expectations yet defeats them in the same breath.

Before being Victoria’s familiar, you belonged to her Grandmother, Emmeline. Would you tell us a little about Emmeline?

Emmeline was one of the most compassionate witches I’ve known. Headstrong too, but in a different way. She didn’t have the talent nor the gift that Victoria does, but she more than made up for that in attitude. She was one of my most diligent and caring students. And she loved Victoria very much. She fought fiercely with her son to train Victoria early on, but he refused. Born without magic himself, he wanted Victoria to be free of it or the threat of any hereditary curse like Le Sang Noir. But what is written in our fates can never be thwarted, and in her father’s desire to protect his daughter, he left her untrained and more vulnerable than she should have been, especially after the manifestation of Le Sang Noir. Of course, I knew that Victoria had magic as a child—just as Emmeline did—but Le Sang Noir only manifested when she came of age, long after Emmeline had passed. This entire transition would have been far smoother for Victoria if Emmeline were still alive, but at least she still has me.

For those who are unfamiliar with Victoria’s story, would you tell us about Le Sang Noir and how it relates to Victoria?

Le Sang Noir is the Warrick family curse. Our bloodlines are both cursed and blessed. Through the years, Warrick black blood has shown up sporadically down the bloodline. I say that it is both gift and curse because Le Sang Noir grants its host immense power—allowing its bearer to become unmatched in magical ability. But this power comes at a terrible cost … the witch’s soul. The blood magic has a will of its own, and will do anything to consume its host witch. Many, if not most, have failed against the call of the blood, and thousands have died as a result because it gorges itself on sacrifice. But a precious few have held dominion over it, and I believe—I hope—that Victoria will be strong enough to do the same, and to conquer Le Sang Noir.

How do you feel about Victoria’s relationship with Christian?

It will never last. That is all I have to say on that subject.

Do you worry about Victoria?

Of course, who wouldn’t? She thinks with her heart and is ready to leap off a cliff at a moment’s notice without care for her own wellbeing. I worry that she may give in to the seductive nature of her blood. Power is corrosive, burrowing deep inside and striking when one least expects it. I worry that she won’t be prepared to face her darkest self—that’s what the blood magic thrives on. I worry that she plays with rules she does not understand, especially by flaunting her relationship with this vampire that you asked me about earlier. Most of all, I worry for her safety. There are those who would do anything to control her and to take her power. Anything.

What is the one thing that you think Victoria must never forget?

She must never forget who she is, and where she came from. Our pasts do not necessarily define us, but they are oftentimes the key to understanding who we must become.

One final question Leto. It has been revealed that Victoria and Christian will be travelling to Paris – will you be travelling with them?

Yes, of course. Paris is the headquarters of the Vampire Council as well as the home of Aliya’s Coven, and there is absolutely no way that I will let Victoria make that trip without me by her side, especially given what she is. And the dark truth is … for every life it consumes, Le Sang Noir’s power will only grow greater. I am the only one whom Victoria can trust completely, and to keep her safe, I will die before I ever leave her side.

Thank you for the interview Leto, and for being part of Treasured Tales for Young Adults, one year blogoversary celebration.

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I love Leto’s answers; isn’t he just gorgeous? Have you read Bloodspell? I read it last year and loved it.

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More information about Leto, Bloodspell and author Amalie Howard:

goodreads ~ Bloodspell website ~ facebook ~ twitter ~ website/blog

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Author bio (from Amalie’s website) –

Amalie Howard grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure.

She received a bachelor’s degree from Colby College in Maine in International Studies and French, and a certificate in French Literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. She has also lived in Los Angeles, Boston, and New York City.

She has worked as a research assistant, marketing rep, global sales executive, freelance writer, and blogger. A lover of other cultures and new experiences, especially of the culinary variety, she has traveled extensively across North America and Europe, and as far east as China, Indonesia, and Australia. She currently resides in New York with her husband, three children, and one very willful cat that she is convinced may have been a witch’s cat in a past life.

Author Guest Post: Alethea Kontis (Character Interview: Sunday Woodcutter)

Today, Alethea Kontis, author of the upcoming novel Enchanted, has stopped by Treasured Tales for Young Adults to share a character interview between a Troubadour (a medieval romantic poet) and Sunday, the heroine in Enchanted.

Welcome to Treasured Tales, Alethea. 😀

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~ Guest Post ~

An Interview With Sunday Woodcutter, Heroine of Enchanted

Troubadour: I’m here today with Sunday Woodcutter, seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, and youngest child of the infamous Woodcutter clan. Tell me, Sunday, what’s it like being Jack Woodcutter’s youngest sister?

Sunday: You’re kidding me, right? See here, if you’re looking for someone to tell you Jack Junior stories, I’m not your girl. He was cursed into being a dog before I was born. I’ve never even met him.

Troubadour: My apologies. But surely, the connection has still affected your life in some way?

Sunday: Well, sure. My father no longer wants anything to do with the royal family. My brothers and sisters and I constantly feel like we’re never good enough. And troubadours like you always come through town singing for their supper and looking for insights into my legendary brother. *glares* I hate sharing my food.

Troubadour: Indeed! Let’s move on. As seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, do you possess some magical abilities of your own?

Sunday: I don’t know that I’d call it an “ability” as much as a “knack,” really, like how everyone always does what Mama says. For me, the things I write tend to come true, and not in the usual way. Like, if I wrote down that this interview was over, you might die of a heart attack, or be called away because someone has discovered you’re the lost King of Tesora.

Troubadour: Oh, my! Let’s hope it’s the latter. Or better yet, just don’t write anything at all and we’ll see what happens.

Sunday: That’s what I’ve learned, the hard way. I still write down lots of stories, but only about things that have already happened. One can’t change the past. Or, at least, I can’t.

Troubadour: What’s one thing you really wish you hadn’t written?

Sunday: I tried to get out of going to market once. I got so sick with a fever that I almost died. It was really, really scary. After that, I stopped trying to make things happen by writing them in my journal.

Troubadour: Do your siblings have similar “knacks?”

Sunday: Monday was incredibly beautiful. I imagine she still is–I’ve never met her either. Tuesday was a dancer–she died when I was still a baby. Wednesday is kind of otherworldly and poetic. I haven’t decided if she misses things because she’s a complete airhead, or if she just sees so much that she’s always distracted. My sister Thursday is a pirate who rescues slaves being shipped to the Ogre Kingdom. Friday is an angel, the nicest person you will ever meet. My brother Peter is a Woodcutter like my father–sometimes I think he talks to the trees. And my brother Trix is…well, Trix is a mess and a troublemaker, but he’s my brother and I have to love him. Trix can also talk to animals.

Troubadour: And then there’s Jack Junior.

Sunday: Yup. But the world already knows more about him than I ever will.

Troubadour: That’s a pretty large family you have there.

Sunday: We manage. Jack, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday are gone now, so there’s room in the tower for all of us. Papa and Peter and Saturday work out in the Wood every day and don’t come home until supper. Friday’s always at the church helping out the orphans, and Wednesday’s always cooped up in her aerie with her books, so it’s usually just me and Trix underfoot. Some days it’s lonely, and some days it feels like you can’t breathe without tripping over another person.

Troubadour: What are some things you like to do?

Sunday: I like walking in the woods with Trix, and writing in my journal.

Troubadour: What are some things you hate doing?

Sunday: My chores. Our cow’s getting old and doesn’t like to be milked, and the chickens smell bad.

Troubadour: What do you look forward to in your life?

Sunday: I’m not really sure. I mean, I know I’ll live away from home one day, but I’m not quite sure how that’s going to happen, or where I think I’ll go. Saturday’s just looking for an excuse to leave, but who will help Mama and Papa when she does? Wednesday’s not even close to useful, and Friday and Peter can’t do it alone. And yet…sometimes when Trix and I are out wandering the woods I feel like my life is on the verge of something, I’m just not sure what. Maybe all those “great things” Papa swears I’m destined for. I’m sorry. I don’t think I can explain it better than that.

Troubadour: What scares you?

Sunday: Not being good enough. And I don’t mean in general, I mean compared to Jack. I worry about having a mediocre life. It’s supposed to be all “blithe, bonny, good, and gay.” That’s great, but if all I know is happiness, how will I know that I’m happy? Don’t things actually have to get bad before they get better? Not that I’m wishing for my life to be bad. Only a crazy person would wish that. Right?

Troubadour: I don’t think that’s crazy. It’s really an incredibly thoughtful answer. Thank you! Now, if you don’t mind, we have only a couple more questions from your fans.

Sunday: I have fans? You’re kidding, right?

Troubadour: Would I kid the baby sister of the infamous Jack Woodcutter? Of course not. First question from Alex in Maryland: “What’s your favorite color?”

Sunday: Blue for the sky. No…yellow for the sun. No, wait…green, for the Wood. Yes. Green is my favorite. My compliments to both Alex and Mary, the queen of her Land.

Troubadour: Thank you! I’ll pass that along. Now a slightly odd question from Anthony in Georgia: “Is there ever a day when mattresses are not on sale?”

Sunday: Only a day when the markets are closed! Ever since my eldest sister spent the night on a pea and married a prince, the feather mattress market has been booming. It seems like there are geese everywhere you look now. Please thank both Anthony and King George for their kind–if a little bizarre–interest in my family.

Troubadour: Thank you, Miss Woodcutter, for your time. Now, what time does your mother usually serve supper?

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Thank you for the guest post Alethea.

I love this interview; Sunday’s answers are fantastic. Isn’t the cover of Enchanted just gorgeous?  Are you looking forward to learning more about Sunday and her family when Enchanted is released on the 26th May 2012?

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Aunthor bio:

New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis is a princess, a goddess, a force of nature, and a mess. She’s known for screwing up the alphabet, scolding vampire hunters, turning garden gnomes into mad scientists, and making sense out of fairy tales.

Alethea is the co-author of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter Companion, and penned the AlphaOops series of picture books.

Born in Burlington, Vermont, Alethea now lives in Northern Virginia with her Fairy Godfamily. She makes the best baklava you’ve ever tasted and sleeps with a teddy bear named Charlie.

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More information about Enchanted and Alethea Kontis:

goodreads ~ website ~ twitter

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