Sunday, April 21, 2013

Blog Tour/Interview/Giveaway: The Guardians Series by Wendy Owens

Title: Sacred Bloodlines
Author: Wendy Owens
Series: The Guardians #1
Release Date: November 21, 2011
Publisher: Four Bean Soup Publishing
Format: Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Genre: YA, paranormal
Source: blog tour
Tragedy has defined Gabe's short existence in this world. An ominous darkness lurked on the edge of his existence until one day in a subway, strange things start happening. A series of events lead Gabe into a new and fascinating life filled with angels and demons, but he isn't sure if he wants to be a part of it.

Gabe is thrust into the middle of this exciting world that is full of things he has longed for in his life but it comes with a price. This new life also promises constant terrifying dangers that Gabe fears he may not be able to survive.
Title: Cursed
Author: Wendy Owens
Series: The Guardians #2
Release Date: March 30, 2012
Publisher: Four Bean Soup Publishing
Format: Kindle Edition, 150 pages
Genre: YA, paranormal
Source: blog tour
Gabe thought finding out that he was a Guardian Angel was difficult. Then he found out he is destined to be the great protector who will one day deliver the last prophet to either safety or death. If all of that is not enough Gabe must always be on guard since he is being hunted by the most powerful demon in the earthly realm, Baal.

Gabe deals with these struggles because his new life includes Sophie. They grew closer over the summer and now every day seems unimaginable without her in it. Evil doesn't stop though just because Gabe has found happiness. Only this time the evil finds it's way to Rampart manor and Gabe will risk everything to try and stop it.
Title: The Prophecy
Author: Wendy Owens
Series: The Guardians #3
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Publisher: Four Bean Soup Publishing
Format: Kindle Edition
Genre: YA, paranormal
Source: blog tour
Gabe has been on the run for five long years, since the night he left Rampart. During those five years he has gone through experiences that have molded him into a hardened man. After the world repeatedly disappointed him, Gabe manages to find peace in solitary confinement. Not only is he safe from Bale's minions, but he finds peace in his solitude.

He thought he had finally found what he so greatly lusted after, a quiet life, all by himself. Until a familiar stranger showed up on his doorstep, pleading for help. Even though Gabe thought he had escaped The Prophecy, things are not always as they seem.

Now Gabe has another chance at love. Choosing to follow his heart could prove to be not only the most difficult decision of his life - but perhaps the most dangerous, too. Just when Gabe thinks he might have it all figured out, he is given the most important duty in his life. If he succeeds it would mean a comfort he has never known and a joy he thought didn’t exist. If he fails it could mark the beginning of the end for all mankind.
Title: The Lost Years
Author: Wendy Owens
Series: The Guardians #4
Release Date: April 14, 2012
Publisher: Four Bean Soup Publishing
Format: Kindle Edition, 255 pages
Genre: YA, paranormal
Source: blog tour
Gabe's world was forever altered by the people he came to know and love at Rampart Manor. Although, it wasn't only his life that was changed when he made the choice to leave them all behind.

During his five year absence, they each had a battle with personal demons. Dina is faced with a moral dilemma, the path of good leading to certain heartbreak, or evil, and a possibility of happiness.

Uri meets a mysterious woman who seems to have a lot of the answers that he has been searching for, and she certainly has a place in his heart, if he can only hold onto her.

Sophie is faced with choices she never knew would be so difficult. The question now is: will the personal demons of the remaining Guardians of Rampart be too much for them to overcome?
Wendy Owens
Wendy Owens is a 34 year old author, born in the small college town, Oxford Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went onto a career in the visual arts. For several years she created and sold her own artwork. In 2011 she gave her true love, writing, a try. Her first novel flowed from her in only two weeks time, as though it had been fighting to get out. That moment was when she knew she had found her calling. Wendy now happily spends her days writing the stories her characters guide her to tell, admitting even she doesn’t always know where that might lead. Her first series, The Guardians, will be concluded with the fifth and final book in 2013.

When she’s not writing, this dog lover can be found spending time with her tech geek husband, their three amazing kids, and two pups, lovingly nicknamed stinks and chubbs. She also loves to cook and is a film fanatic.

Find Wendy Owens: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Buy on Amazon: Sacred Bloodlines | Cursed | The Prophecy | The Lost Years
1) What inspired you to begin writing?
I have enjoyed writing since I was a little kid and always dreamed of making it a career one day. My creative writing professor in college always encouraged me to give it a try, but it seemed like an impossible path. For many years I was self employed as a freelance artist, but I always told my husband that if I could do anything in the world, I would be a writer. In 2011 he forwarded me an article about Amanda Hocking with a little note encouraging me to follow my dreams. I put my art business on vacation mode and jumped in with the full support of my family. I wrote my first book in two weeks. Now editing... that’s another story, it took me four additional months to get the book to a place where I was ready to release it.
2) Are you a planner or a pantser?
Believe it or not I’m both. I have an outline when I write, but that doesn’t always mean I will stick to it. If I feel like my characters are leading me in a different direction then I will listen. I also refuse to release a writing schedule for an advanced period of time. I am amazed some authors can do this and impressed with their ability to have that kind of focus. I have no idea beyond two books from now what will be inspiring me. If I don’t feel a book in that moment, I won’t force it. I have an idea of what’s coming and am constantly creating outlines for ideas, but I’ll never promise to stick to it.
3) What was the inspiration for this series?
I kept having this scene pop into my head where a pregnant woman was being hunted by a demon and a guardian angel saved her. None of those characters made it into the actual series, but it planted the idea of guardian angels in my thoughts. I wrote it down and then walked away. When I came back and read it months later, the idea morphed into something completely different. At that point it was like a freight train picking up steam. Once I made the decision to give writing a try I released the flood gates on the idea and it all poured out of me. I have never read a book about angels so I was surprised by the subject matter myself, but there it was.
4) What was the most difficult thing about writing the series?
I grew up in a home with parents who were extremely dedicated to their Christian faith. While writing this series I was concerned how they would react to the liberties I took with our faith. I am a believer, but understand this is a story, and just that. It was a fine line for me to know where I could interject creative license and what might be too far, and come across as disrespectful to other believers. In the end, I was certain I had strayed too far, left top much of Christianity out of a book that contained characters based in religion. A beta reader then gave me the feedback “I really liked it, except for the Jesusy parts.” First off, how great is the word Jesusy? Love it! Second, it confirmed there will be people who think I included too much and others too little, same as there will always be people who love my work and people who hate it.
5) Was there a particular message from the series you wanted to give readers?
Hmmm... such a deep question. In the series I continually revisit the idea that while we might have a destiny, it is our choice to fulfill it or not. I am a believer in this. Our lives are often what we make them into. We can’t help the hand we are dealt, but we can decide what we do with it. Will we fight the good fight for love, for friends, for others?
6) Can you tell us a bit about your next project?
First I plan to finish the guardians series with the fifth book, The Guardians Crown (can you believe only one more book and it will be done, *tear rolls down face). After that I will revisit my zombie novella series, Ruination, with a new installment. I have other series coming, but with multiple projects being in the outlining stage I don’t want to commit to which one will gain the most attention.
7) What are you reading right now?
I am so busy right now I haven’t had time to start a new book since Colleen Hoover’s, Hopeless (excellent btw). But, my vacation is at the end of this month and Hugh Howey’s Wool series is already on my iPad, awaiting my undivided attention. Ok, I have three kids, maybe not undivided.
8) What are some books you think most influenced your life?
As a young girl Anne of Green Gables taught me it was ok to be a book nerd and who doesn’t love a little Gilbert Blithe in their life? The older I got the more I was drawn to fantasy. Tolkien taught me how I didn’t need to be limited to the world we live in. I can create my own landscapes and creatures to fill them. Ender’s Game was a book that after I read I thought, I want to do that! I want to consume people with my stories. The list is endless, but isn’t it always with bookworms?
9) What are three things that one may not necessarily know about you? (Could be as mundane or crazy as possible.)
I can pick things up with my toes and even write with them. Now I am not claiming it is very legible, but it is also not something I practice every day. I guess if this writing thing doesn’t work out I could always do something with that-- alright, maybe not.

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