Way to end the week on a bang, huh?!
Today I have the huge honor of interviewing Ada Adams, author of the Angel Creek series. Her first book in the series, ReVamped, came out in February of this year to pretty awesome reviews (check out my review HERE). Book two, ReAwakened, just hit Amazon yesterday and will be up on other ebook outlets shortly. For a list of all the tour stops, click the banner above.
ReAwakened (Angel Creek #2)
By Ada Adams
Published November 27th, 2012
Young Adult | Urban Fantasy | PNR
Source: Received from author in exchange for an unbiased review
Becoming a vampire guardian was Dawn Fairchild’s ticket out of the Scarlet House. Fresh off a successful mission, life in Angel Creek should have been great. But when her sort-of-maybe-boyfriend, Sebastian, disappears on a quest to help a beautiful vampire from his past, Dawn finds herself amidst a web of danger, lies, and deceit.
Joining forces with Razor, an enigmatic rebel lacking both a verbal and a physical filter, and her band of Misfits—Brooke, Sophie, Hunter, and Seth—Dawn is thrust into a race against the clock to solve the mystery surrounding brutal Born kidnappings and come to terms with the sudden discovery of her own unique powers. With time ticking away and Born vampires’ lives in jeopardy, it quickly becomes evident that someone—or something—desperately wants Dawn and is willing to shed any amount of blood to get her.
Dawn has only one chance to face her demons and overcome all obstacles standing in her way as she embarks on the biggest mission of her life—one that threatens a deadly outcome for all involved.
ParaHangover (PH): ReAwakened, the second book in your Angel Creek series has just come out… YAY! Besides shirtless-Sebastian, what do you want to tell us about this next installment in your absolutely fun series?
Ada Adams (AA): Is anyone still reading this after mention of shirtless-Sebastian? 😉
In the second installment of the series, I wanted to take the story and its characters to the next level by making the adventure greater, the danger scarier, and the character growth bigger. I believe that every book in the series should build on the previous one and make things more exciting for the readers. I wanted my characters to have a lot to work with, both when it came to fun things and the more difficult issues. I think Dawn in particular has to face a lot of her demons in this installment because she’s so used to trying to take on the world all by herself and not letting anyone in. In the end, I think that she learns a huge lesson about this, so I’m very excited to have ReBook III take her on an even bigger journey as a “revamped” character.
PH: I’ve read that when you set out to write your vampire series, you specifically wanted to write something different from the dark, gritty vampire tales that were so abundant at the time. How are your vampires different?
AA: I set out to write a story about a world similar to the world we live in today, answering the question: “What would happen if vampires ‘came out of the coffin’?”. I believe that instead of being afraid, our “obsessed” society would elevate them to a sort of satirical stardom. I didn’t want to write about perfect vampires as there are already so many great tales out there about sexy, dark creatures. Instead, I wanted my vampires to resemble humans on many levels, imperfections and all. That being said, while “ReVamped” is somewhat lighter, I do think that “ReAwakened” has its dark, gritty moments story-wise.
PH: Does being a black belt in the traditional form of karate, Shotokan, help you write your fight scenes?
AA: Yes, definitely! I love writing fight scenes—the more exciting the better. I also like to act them out while writing in order to figure out how realistic they are and what kind of a sequence fits best.
PH: I’m asking this question for all the NaNoWriMos out there: are you a “pant-ser” or a “plot-er”? (how many times do you get asked that?)
AA: Haha! I do get asked that a lot, and it honestly depends. I always have to have some kind of an outline in order to write a concrete story. With short stories, it’s much easier to “pants” than it is with a novel (especially an entire series). But while I do plot, I’m a big believer in being flexible and not sticking to extremely rigid plotting. I’ve had many scenes (and even entire chapters) turn out differently because my characters decided to take over, and I find it often makes the story much better. I think you may be surprised to learn out that “ReAwakened” had an entirely different ending when the series was first plotted out. (And then “someone” decided to ruin it!)
PH: NO WAY!!! You KNOW I want to see the other ending!! Can you share your reasons why you chose to self-publish versus going to “traditional” publishing houses?
AA: My reason can be summed up in one word: vampires. It’s a genre that has been “shelved” in this day and age due to oversaturation, although I personally don’t think that readers will ever stop reading innovative vampire tales. I first wrote “ReVamped” as a television script, but once I turned it into a novel I spent months weighing out my options and deciding between trying to pitch a debut vampire novel or sharing it with my readers right away. I was very inspired by Dawn’s story and wanted others to get to know her as well, so I did a lot of research on self-publishing and decided that for this particular book in this particular genre, it was the way to go.
There is currently much discussion amongst the writing and reading communities when it comes to traditional vs. self-publishing, and sometimes the debate gets heated. To tell you the truth, I’m not on either side of the spectrum. There are some absolutely brilliant indie authors out there, just like there are amazing traditionally published authors. It all comes down to the story.
The self-publishing journey hasn’t been an easy one. There is an immense amount of hard work and even a lot of solitude involved in the process. I am not just a writer, I have to be my own publisher, publicist, etc. Thankfully, I have a great editor and a wonderful cover designer on my team. I have also been very lucky that the books have received so much positive feedback and gained lifelong fans who have helped encourage me while on this path. Bloggers continue to surprise me with their kindness and support. I am a perfectionist and strive to create the best product possible, so my advice for those pursuing self-publishing is that you can’t see your book as being on a different level from traditionally published books. Your readers aren’t going to expect any less just because you don’t have a traditional publisher’s logo stamped on the book’s spine (nor should they)!
Self-publishing can be rewarding because you have so much power over your work, but there’s a lot to be said about the importance of agents and publishers in the industry. I believe that traditional publishers can greatly aid in ensuring that the author’s best work is presented to the readers. I’m currently working on a NA Contemporary story that I’m definitely considering pitching.
In the end, it all comes down to your passion. Perhaps it takes ten years of pitching it to agents and publishers or ten years of working hard at self-publishing, but as long as you love what you do, the book will find its path.
PH: Thank you for sharing that insight! I truly appreciate an author’s point of view on the issue!! Now, the easy ones…
AA: Good, because I feel like that got a little too deep for a moment!
PH: Coffee, tea, or a Caramel Brulee Latte? (make mine a Venti, please!)
AA: Green tea bubble tea. I don’t drink coffee (except iced coffee sometimes), but I do like to treat myself to the Secret Starbucks Menu (Nutella, anyone?) occasionally. I’ve never tried a Caramel Brulee Latte, believe it or not, so it will be on my list to try next!
PH: If you get the Creme Brulee Latte, don’t get the sprinkles. I got one the other day and the sprinkles stick to your teeth :(. Heels or hiking boots?
AA: Both. I love, love, love hiking with my dogs and being out in nature, but I also love wearing heels. I’m known for wearing them on every occasion (except hiking, of course). 🙂
PH: You’ll have to share some pics of your pups someday! “Once Upon a Time” or “Grim”? (toughy)
AA: I have to admit that I’ve been watching more “Once Upon a Time”, but I love the fact that both are so very different. I think both shows do a great job of portraying a unique take on fairytale characters!
PH: Cookies or cake?
AA: Cake. The more chocolate and icing, the better. I don’t like the taste of “bread” in the cake, so I tend to eat just the icing. I get made fun of a lot for that.
PH: No way, corner pieces rock! IE, Firefox or Chrome?
Agreed. Thank you so much, Ada, for taking time out of your HUGELY busy schedule to subject yourself to one of my interviews!!
When Ada Adams first revealed the cover of her second book in the Angel Creek series, ReAwakened, she said there was a definite “blood” theme to this book. Holy cow, that was NOT an understatement!! Where ReVamped was a light, campy, fun vampire story, ReAwakened swings the other direction and brings us a darker, bloodier tale. But she manages to deliver sizzling romance (see references to shirtless Sebastian) amongst the gore – and it totally works!!!
Story / Tempo
ReAwakened picks up shortly after ReVamped. Dawn is dealing with some heavy losses from the previous book (no spoilers here!) while trying to navigate her first romantic feelings for a guy… EVER! Soon, our team of misfits have a mission; born vampires are being kidnapped. In true Dawn style, she drops her personal problems to go save others. Well, that’s all she’s ever known how to do.
The story is set up incredibly well, weaving in and out of the two major plot drivers evenly throughout the book. And although I figured out who the “bad guys” were before the big reveal, I did get tripped up several times during the story. I think that’s a perfect balance for a young adult novel.
Setting / World Building
Because this is an urban fantasy, our setting is the world we live in. Where world building comes into play is the fact that the vampires are “out” and they seek fame and fortune in Hollywood. What I really enjoyed was getting into the history of the born vampires and how they are fundamentally different than “made” vampires.
It’s in the details that Ms. Adams wrap up into her characters that really make her books come alive for me. Besides the obvious fact that this is the second book in the series so of course we’re going to learn more about our characters, we get even more depth. If Dawn doesn’t have a mission or a weapon in her hand, she is completely socially awkward and in unknown social territory with Sebastian. I really feel sorry for her; despite what it looked like on the outside, she really had a crappy childhood and missed out on so much!
In ReVamped, we got Seth and Sophie’s backstories. In ReAwakened, we get Brooke and Hunter’s backstories. Let’s just say their stories fit the darker tone of this book and leave it at that. UGH, I wish I could say more!!! I know! I haven’t mentioned the new character, Razor. I love this guy!! He’s rugged, good looking, a total flirt, and his past haunts him. What more can you want in your hero? I might just actually love Razor more than…
Shirtless Sebastian… off the top of my head I can count 3 instances of shirtless Sebastian (well, okay, we won’t count one because he was —). But seriously, Sebastian is substantially more prominent in this book than the last. And I have to say, I was swooning left and right whenever he spoke to Dawn. If this wasn’t a young adult book, I might have taken a half point off my review for how quickly he turned around and got all lovey-dovey. But it’s also been six months since I read ReVamped so my memory is most likely faulty when it comes to how much Sebastian was actually brooding in the first book.
Speaking of books, I have to warn you, this has a cliffhanger (yikes). Per Ms. Adams blog, she’ll be announcing the name of the next book in the series shortly. I can only hope that shortly thereafter she’ll have that book up on Amazon for me to buy (a girl can dream).
I have to admit, a day after I finished ReAwakened, I’m still haunted by the ending and feeling —-. If a book can keep me thinking about it into the next day or two, that tells me it’s a pretty PERFECT book.
“Many people sing in the shower. I write scenes in my head and act them out.”
At the age of five, Ada read her first chapter book—Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. Ever since that moment, she developed an intense passion for stories and characters found within the pages of literature.
In her career as an actress and a writer, Ada currently spends most of her days immersed in imaginary worlds. Much like the characters she enjoys playing and writing about, Ada is a martial artist with a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. She is also a big proponent of lifelong learning, and has attained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (it aids in creating characters with unique quirks!) as well as a Master’s of Science in Education.
Ada strives to bring a fresh voice and perspective to fiction. She has been writing creatively for many years, and is an editor of a global fashion/literary magazine called VEUX. ReVamped is her debut novel.
She lives in Toronto, Canada, and enjoys adventurous nature hikes with her adorable puppies Cara and Oreo.
This first giveaway is completely and utterly off-the-hook and I want to enter!! This is the tour-wide giveaway! Here are the details:
– 3 winners (One grand prize winner +2 small prize winners)
– One main entry per person
– Must be 13 years or older to enter
– Open Internationally
– Winners will have 48 hours to reply before a new winner is chosen
Grand Prize Winner will win the following-
PRINT COPY OF RV
PRINT COPY OF RA
2 RV/RA POSTCARDS
3 RV BOOKMARKS
3 RA BOOKMARKS
I <3 SEBASTIAN KEYCHAIN
I <3 HUNTER GUITAR PICK
I <3 RAZOR DOGTAG
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Because I’m always hearing friends say, “I haven’t heard of that one,” or “It’s on my TBR but I just haven’t gotten around to it” – here’s your chance to pick up both ebooks from me (open INT and only to those countries where you can get ebooks sent to you – I need to be able to buy them somewhere!)
Sorry about my wonky Related Posts – still working on fixing it!