Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Cicada Tour Stop

Today as part of the Cicada blog tour, I have the wonderful Belle Whittington over on the blog for an interview - we're going to be meeting Blair - as well as a couple of great giveaway prizes!

Belle Whittington
Release date: July 14th 2011

Summertime for Blair Reynolds and her friends had always been carefree and fun... until the summer they happened upon something that was not human. As they band together in a fight for their lives, Blair's true love becomes something more than human. Something unnatural. And their survival depends entirely upon their ability to keep a secret.

Cicada book trailer:

 Character Interview with Blair

Giselle: Hi Blair! I'm so excited to meet you! Thanks so much for coming by my little blog! Now... what to start with. Oh I know! Summer time is usually a time for fun and relaxing. Your summer ended up…interesting. What was the most interesting/scary part for you?

Blair: Blair plopped down in the chair across from Giselle.  “Wow!  No kidding!  That’s the craziest summer I’ve ever experienced, and I’m not sure I’ll ever have another normal summer again.” She sighed and looked down at her hands.  “I can’t talk about that, though … that’s sort of a secret.”

She bit her lip and thought for a moment, then continued.  “What I can tell you is that the scariest part of the summer for me was almost losing Everett.  There were days I lived in constant fear of never seeing him well again.  I … well … I thought he was going to die.”

“What’s the most interesting part of my summer?” She responded to one of Giselle’s questions. “Hmmm… I guess I’d have to say that would be the discovery that we humans aren’t alone in the universe.”  She took a drink from her bottle of water, then while picking at the peeling label on the bottle, she added, “And I discovered that a bovine tranquilizer dart also paralyzes extraterrestrials.  I guess I shouldn’t have said that.”

Giselle: *chuckles* Well it was quite the one of a kind summer, that's for sure! What have you learned from this experience?

Blair: “I’ve learned that you can get through anything, no matter how crazy it is, if you have a good family and friends.”  She nodded to herself, then giggled. “I also learned that David loves to use his baseball bat as a weapon… I probably shouldn’t have said that, either.”

Giselle: Nonsense! The things you shouldn't say are what I want to hear! :D Plus, baseball bats have a lot of usage...
Which of your friends do you think handled things the best and why?

Blair: Blair scratched her head and thought for a moment.  “Ummm… well, I guess we all handled things the best that we could under the circumstances.  I mean … how many times do normal people have to deal with extraterrestrials?”  She shrugged.  “No one’s ever told us what to do or how to act in that kind of a situation, so we just had to find our own way.”  She paused a moment, then continued.  “But, if I had to choose one person who handled things best, I guess it would be Natalie.  She didn’t kill anyone or anything like the rest of us did, and she didn’t put herself into any situation that could get her tortured and nearly killed.  I shouldn’t have said that, either.  Can I take that statement back?” 

Giselle: Yup, she definitely wins by not killing anyone and avoiding torture. Both very difficult feats in my opinion! Which friend do you think handled things the worst and why?

Blair: Blair giggled, her face lighting up with a blush. “I guess by now it’s no secret that I love Everett.  Everyone loves Everett!” She looked down at the class ring on her index finger. “But he handled things the worst when he refused to let David kill the Cicada. It nearly ended very badly for him because of that. I hope he never does anything like that again.” She twisted the ring around her finger. “But something tells me that he will … something in the very core of me.”

Giselle: Hmm.. interesting. Everett is a sweetheart, but I also have a bad feeling! 
What do you know now that you wish you had known before the summer?

Blair: “That everything in my world was about to change, and I should brace myself for it.” She bit her lip and tried to hide the frown that threatened to tug at the corners of her mouth.

Giselle: If there was a moral to your story, what do you think it would be?

Blair: “Learning to keep a secret and learning to adapt and change may sometimes mean the difference between life and death.”  She nodded, twisting a lock of her hair.

“Oh, is that it then?” She pushed her chair back and lifted her backpack off the floor.  “Thanks for the interview.  It was nice to meet you, Giselle.” She waved goodbye with a smile and left, looking back briefly revealing a lonely expression deep within her eyes.

Giselle: *waves* It was nice to meet you, Blair! And hang it there, although I'm sure you all have something up your sleeves!

Belle resides somewhere north of Houston, Texas in a small inconsequential town with the smallest most inconsequential name. There, in the shady reaches of the pines, elms, and oaks, she daydreams of adventures and secrets that she weaves throughout her stories. As a student of literature, Belle is earning her degree in English at the University of Houston. She hopes to teach literature at the college level some day.

This post is a part of:

Giveaway 1
As part of the blog tour, Belle is generously giving away 12 ebook copies of Cicada

Open internationally
Giveaway ends June 27th, 2012
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Giveaway 2
Blog Tour Grand Prize
Bell is also giving away an electronic firefly in a jar in honor of the sequel to CICADA called FIREFLY. You can see a video of the jar here.

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Giveaway ends June 27th, 2012
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