Jan 14, 2012

Blog Tour: KA Tucker - Asylum

Welcome to day #12 of the Asylum tour!! If you don't remember, this blog was part of the first KA Tucker tour for Anathema. That book was amazing, and the sequel, Asylum, does NOT disappoint either! Both Stef and I absolutely loved this installment of Evangeline's story and cannot wait for the next one! Since we DO have to wait, we can all enjoy this awesome interview with the lovely yet evil author, KA Tucker, in the meantime! You can also enter your info for fantastic giveaways throughout the tour and get Anathema for free on Smashwords!

KA Tucker - Asylum
(Casual Enchantment #2)

• Pub Date: December 12, 2011
• Publisher: Papoti Books
• Format: Paperback/Ebook
• Age Range: Young Adults

Tucked away in Sofie's wintery asylum with no hope of release for years, Evangeline must come to terms with her situation: the curse still plagues her, she's now hunted by a two thousand-year-old vampire, and the guy she's in love with tried to kill her. Plus, she's locked up with a cranky Max and the Forero kids—two people everyone
seems to prefer dead over alive. Things aren't looking good.

Meanwhile, back in Manhattan, Sofie struggles to keep forty trapped and bloodthirsty Ratheus vampires at bay and a desperate Viggo from killing Evangeline's friends, all while hints stir outside the walls of the NYC vampire asylum of a war brewing between the Sentinel and the witches.

Is there any hope for Evangeline and Caden? Can Sofie control the rival powers? Is the fate of Earth predestined? Find out in Book 2 of the Causal Enchantment series, a sequel to ANATHEMA.

Mickey: Well hello there! Welcome back to the blog! I'm so excited to host a tour stop for Asylum! Please introduce yourself :o)
KA Tucker: Hi Mickey! Thanks for having me back :o) I can’t believe it has already been six months since my last time here! I am a YA author and I just released the second book to the Causal Enchantment Series, ASYLUM. It’s a paranormal romance fantasy novel (with hints of dystopian and urban mixed in) with a whole slew of creatures – vampires, mutant vampires, werebeasts, witches, creepy tribal people, and werewolves (just a hint of them in ASYLUM... they’ll make a bigger appearance in Book 3). I’m excited by the response to this book so far and can’t wait for you all to get your hands on it!

Mickey: You've been on the blog before for the Anathema tour. Tell us about that experience and how blog tours help spread the word.
KA Tucker: The ANATHEMA blog tour was great fun and exposure. It was my first step into the world of book marketing after launching my first book. I met some terrific readers and bloggers and learned a ton about what people would like to see.
Blog tours are a wonderful way to help spread the word about new books in the market. I’m able to reach avid readers of the genre through book bloggers. Though some may not realize it, ‘word of mouth’ is perhaps the most critical form of book promotion out there, arguably more valuable than big marketing budgets. Readers are not only investing money but significant hours of their life when they sit down with a book. They want the time to be worthwhile. Think of the last time you walked into a bookstore or searched online with no book in mind? More than likely, you make most of your book purchases after reading reviews and following blogs like this one.
Throw in a book tour and you not only have reader reviews but also great ways to get to know a specific author – samples of their writing via short stories, interviews, vlogs, and, of course, the giveaways. Follow a book tour and you may win fabulous loot! :o)

Mickey: So Asylum is book 2 in the Casual Enchantment series. How many books are you planning for this series?
KA Tucker: There will be four. I expected three but with the way ASYLUM has ended and the plot outline I’ve developed for Book 3, there is no way I can finish the story with only one more book. So... four books :o)

Mickey: What made you decide to split this book between Sofie's and Evangeline's POVs? I loved getting to know Sofie better!
KA Tucker: I LOVED writing from Sofie’s POV! It was an easy choice given the two settings. While Evangeline’s own plight is important, I thought it was critical that people see what is happening in Manhattan as that’s a crazy situation going on over there, what with a pile of bloodthirsty vampires locked up in Viggo and Mortimer’s place. I couldn’t do that through Evangeline’s eyes. The added benefit to telling the story from Sofie’s POV is that Sofie knows all. She is the master puppeteer. Whereas ANATHEMA was all about hiding the truth from Evangeline (and the readers), ASYLUM is more about knowing the truth and not being sure what to think about it. Sure, there is still some secrecy. It’s borne out of Sofie’s distrust for her kind and her fear for Evangeline’s safety.

Mickey: Are you planning on making the other books in this series from anyone else's POV?
KA Tucker: Good question. I’ve toyed with the idea but haven’t decided yet. It depends on where the plot takes me :o) I can tell you that Sofie’s POV will make an appearance again in Book 3.

Mickey: Are you working on anything outside of the Causal Enchantment world?
KA Tucker: My sanity :o) No, sadly. I’m buried with my day job right now and, with two small children, it’s all I can do to carve out time to work on this series. I likely wouldn’t be able to, in any case. I get so involved with the fictional world that I’m in that I can’t see how I would pull my head out and begin developing other plots. I’d probably confuse myself. I confuse easily...

Mickey: I think Max is fantastic character and a great asset to Evangeline! I promise it has nothing to do with the fact that I have a dog named Max. ;o) Either way, what made you create a character like Max in your novel?
KA Tucker: I think Max is EVERYONE’s favourite character :o) To be honest, I don’t recall the “eureka!” moment when Max’s character came to me. As Mortimer’s werebeast and servant, he existed from the very beginning. But, his allegiance to Evangeline and how he can communicate with her was something that came to me later on while writing Anathema. I’m so happy that it did. With all the turmoil, treachery, and evil that Evangeline faces, she needed one character who she could count on. Max is it. Mind you, in ASYLUM, Evangeline is ready to throttle to big beast at times but there’s never a doubt that she can count on him to keep her safe.

Mickey: Your endings always throw us for a loop and leave us begging for more! When does book 3 come out? Is there a title?
KA Tucker: My plan is working *evil laugh* I will attempt to publish Book 3 by November of this year but I can’t make any promises, due to a very demanding day job. I know... reality. It sucks. When the blog tour is done, I will begin writing the first draft. Depending on when I get through that, I will have a better idea of when I can release. I’ll get back to you on that...  I have been noodling a title for Book 3 around in my head for awhile but haven’t decided yet. Stay tuned though... at my Jan 28th stop at Ramblings of a Teenaged Bookworm, I’m doing a guest post on Book 3. I’ll likely reveal the title then.

Mickey: What book or idea do you wish you'd written or come up with first?
KA Tucker: The Hunger Games trilogy. What a deliciously dark, twisted idea. I can’t imagine brainstorming that story, especially the ending of The Mocking Jay. I recall reading those last few pages, gripping my kindle, brow furrowed in shock, thinking, “Collins didn’t just do that... did she?..... She DID! NO!!!!!” Fab series and tremendous writing, in my opinion.

Mickey: Last time you were on the blog you told us about your pets. Update us on your furry friends?
KA Tucker: Oh... those furry friends... those hairy, crazy beasts... Well, balding Kitty is vacationing at my parents, likely snacking on my mom’s prized plants and bathing in her dog-free glory (not truly dog-free as there’s a 105 lb Doberman there but luckily the dog is terrified of the stairs and therefore won’t chase after her). My husband’s allergy to cats has taken a turn for the worst so my mom graciously offered to take the culprit off our hands.
The dogs are the dogs. Milo is actually mellowing in his old age and becoming a dog some MIGHT grow to love if they can get past the under-bite and horrific gas issues. He now calmly trails my young children around, waiting for fruit loops and nutella sandwiches to drop to the floor. Needless to say, his figure isn’t improving. Our older dog is starting to show signs of age. She’ll be 11 this year and has lost some weight (despite all the food she shamelessly snatches from my girls’ hands!) Now that both of my kids are little running devils, there’s a constant, circular race between dog and kid through the rooms of my house. Utter chaos.

Mickey: Thanks for being so awesome and for being on the blog today! Any parting words?
KA Tucker: Thanks so much for having me here today! As always, you are the master interviewer :o) For those of you who haven’t started the Causal Enchantment series yet, ANATHEMA is on for FREE at all the major retailers so go grab your ecopy today! Keep following the blog for lots of fun posts and your chance to win print and ecopies of Asylum. If you don’t want to wait, ASYLUM is only $2.99...hours of nail-biting entertainment for about the price of a small, fancy Starbucks coffee :o) Enjoy!

Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons.

She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit.

Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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Anathema (book 1) is FREE!

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Mickey: Anathema | Asylum
Stef: Anathema | Asylum

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