Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Ixeos Tour, Giveaway and Interview!

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Ixeos Rebellion

With rebel leader Darian free at last, the humans and outsiders on Ixeos must find a way to join forces and defeat the Firsts. The problem? All slaves are tracked with GPS, the Firsts are the only ones with power, and roving gangs hate the rebels just as much as they hate the aliens. As Darian and the outsiders from Earth travel the globe through the mysterious tunnels in Paris, they learn that the Firsts are preparing to launch another wave of biological warfare. With a transporter that will allow the aliens to target any city, anywhere on the planet, the rebels know they must stop them at all costs.

As things get more dangerous on Ixeos, the outsiders find that they're pushed to their limit. Will they fight for freedom, no matter the price?

1.) Is there one book that has had an impact on not only your writing, but on you personally?

There are a lot, but probably the one I quote the most, have used as a mom the most, and reread or relisten to the most is The Chronicles of Narnia (all 7!). There are so many great lessons, so many great word pictures. I can text one of my kids with just a few words and they instantly know what I’m talking about and how it relates to the situation. Plus, they’re fun!

2.) What is the hardest emotion for you to convey?

Probably sadness/regret. While there are certainly ways that we all feel those emotions in common, it’s also a completely unique experience. I know what breaks my heart, or how that feels for me, but with such deep feelings, which vary wildly depending on what caused them, I think it’s hard. I know I’ve done a good job if I cry when I read a sad scene for the first time after writing it.

3.) What’s your favorite way to procrastinate?

Definitely the internet. I do a lot of research for my own books, as well as for my husband, and it is so easy to slide from research to checking Facebook, to looking at Pinterest, to shopping on Amazon. It’s a serious time-sucker!

4.) When you were growing up, what did you want to be?

I wanted to be a marine biologist, and a charter boat captain on a sailboat in the Caribbean. Then I realized that marine biology was the only science I liked, and didn’t get very far after that! I’m still holding out hope for the charter boat captain gig!

5.) Who do you feel is your most unique character?

Probably Landon, in the IXEOS Trilogy. We aren’t sure who or what he is yet… He’s definitely an enigma.

6.) If you could have any extraordinary gift or super power what would it be and why?

That’s hard, because OF COURSE I’d want to fly. Who wouldn’t?! But then, I’d really like to be able to breathe underwater. That was my heart’s desire growing up (I wanted to be Aquaman). Now Percy Jackson gets to do it (thanks Rick Riordan!) and I’m jealous.

7.) Are the traits of anyone close to you apparent in your characters?

Not really. I know a lot of people base characters on people they know, but I haven’t – so far!

8.) What would you like for readers to take away from your novel/novels?

First, I want them to just have fun. That’s why I write – to entertain. But I do put a lot of history, travel, and geography into them, regardless of genre, so the reader might accidentally learn something, which is great, too!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
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The McClellands are enjoying a lazy summer vacation at the beach when they are lured from our world into Ixeos, an alternate Earth. Finding themselves lost in a maze of tunnels under Paris and surrounded by strangers, they discover that they have been brought to Ixeos for one purpose: to take the planet back from humanoid aliens who have claimed it. With the aid of the tunnels and a mysterious man named Landon, the teens travel the world seeking the key that will allow them to free Darian, the long-imprisoned rebel leader. But the aliens aren't the only problem on Ixeos -- the McClellands have to deal with brutal gangs, desperate junkies, and a world without power, where all the technology is owned by the aliens, and where most of the population has been killed or enslaved. The worst part? There's no way home.

Born and raised in Florida, Jennings spent her early years reading anything she could get her hands on, when she wasn't spending time in and on the water. She won a prize in the 6th grade for her science fiction stories.

Jennings attended the University of Tampa, graduating with a B.A. in Political Science, and almost enough credits for B.A.s in both English and History. She attended graduate school at the University of West Florida, studying Psychology. She spent time over the years doing various kinds of business writing, editing, and teaching writing, but mostly having and raising her family, homeschooling her children, owning and running a business with her husband, and starting a non-profit.

Thanks to a crazy idea called NaNoWriMo Jennings got back into creative writing in 2011 and hasn't stopped since. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, also a business owner and writer, and two children, and travels extensively with her family, and her non-profit in Uganda.

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1 comment:

  1. Great interview! Thanks for sharing and for the Fabulous Giveaways. The book sounds great.