February 5, 2013

Manipulation Blog Tour: Spotlight & Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Manipulation blog tour by Jolene Perry hosted by YA Bound. Click HERE to see the rest of the blog tour schedule!

Insight (Shadows #1)
Author: Jolene Perry
Release Date: September 3, 2012
367 pages


Micah hates her ability to “see” things when she touches people. She’s terrified of relationships, holds on to guilt over the death of her classmate, Lacey, and has no idea what to do with a vision from Landon, a boy from her school. She feels him falling for her, but Micah doesn’t do friends, much less relationships. 

Enter a spooky history project about a tragedy from three hundred years ago, and voodoo dolls that Micah somehow feels has to do with her gift. Suddenly she’s sure the shadows in the woods are following her every move—without Landon’s relaxed attitude about what’s happening in her life, Micah would be sure she’s going crazy. 

With no ideas on timing or specifics, the visions of both herself and the people she cares about are turning dark—and it appears the shadows around her house do move on their own. But as Micah and Landon try to prevent Micah’s visions of the future, the shadows close in, and they’re now afraid they’ve become the cause… 

Micah's story is the first of three girls, with unique talents, who are part of a 300 year old tragedy that follows them in the shadows.

Manipulation (Shadows #2)
Author: Jolene Perry
Release Date: January 2013


Addison Prince has almost always gotten what she wants. Dean Courser only wants to find his brother, but it's the one thing he’s failed at... Even with his unusual ability. 

Dean and Addison share the gift of Manipulation—a brief touch that forces others to do what they wish. But when they meet and realize their connection, they find more questions than answers. Suddenly Dean is seeing shadows move on their own, and Addison is learning her father’s mysterious group may know more about her abilities than he’s ever let on. 

As Dean and Addison second-guess every decision about who they are and why they're wanted, time is running out. With shadows following their every move, they're losing hope they’ll ever get to safety—if such a thing exists. 

Seeker (Shadows #3)
Author: Jolene Perry
Expected Release Date: March 15, 2013



"A couple hundred years ago, my gift was considered one of the weaker ones, but with the way The Middle Men has grown, people who can seek out talents the way I can have become imperative. We’re both the collectors of new talent, and police the talent that we’ve already collected. No one else could. Insighters can see us coming, and Manipulators could tell us we don’t want to be there. Shields can slow me down. But Seekers, as Mom puts it, see through all the BS, and do what needs to be done.
We also have to be the best at blocking the talents of everyone else. It’s the perfect job for someone like me—structured and methodical with room for creative hunting.
Seeker. It's what I do best."

Told from the perspective of "the bad guys" Seeker is the final book in The Shadows Trilogy...

Guest Post:

Some things that I really had a lot of fun with while writing Manipulation:

One – Dean’s aversion to noises. He wears old school Adidas because of the soft soles, and as soon as Addison figures it out, she uses his quirk to her advantage.
Two – Writing people who can manipulate with touch is FUN. They both do good deeds, and sneaky deeds, and “force” each other to say things…
Three – Writing people who can talk without words while touching. It was fun how it shocked them at first, and by the end they started using it a lot. In book three they use it even more.
Four – I love sibling relationships, and I was able to do a lot with that here.
Five – I love books where people are on the run, and the road trip part of this book was a blast. From the shadows chasing, to the beat-up Subaru and OLD songs played too loud… To spending the night in hotel rooms…
Six – It was cool seeing the people from book one come into the book in the beginning and in the end. It felt good to catch up with Micah and what her life is like after the end of Insight.
Seven – This is the book that prompted me to write a whole series with this idea. It created a lot of work when I went back to Insight, but was totally worth it.
Eight – mis-matched couples that take a while to see how perfect they are for each other is one of my favorite things to write J
Nine – I got to know four of my people who are in Seeker, and that helped me roll through writing book three…

Thanks for having me today!

About the Author:

Jolene kissed a boy on her high school graduation night. One she’d wanted to kiss for a long time. They got married two years later, have built two homes together, survived military deployments, law school, student loan debt, and two children.

Jolene plays the guitar, takes pictures, and loves to hike. She doesn’t like rivers, but loves the ocean. She loves to fly, but gets motion sick. Her ultimate vacation would be to sail
through the deserted islands in The Bahamas. Two years ago, she got that wish when her parents retired on a sailboat.

She taught high school French when she was only a few years older than her students, and then taught middle school math with her degree in political science and French.

She spends grocery money on designer fabric, shoes, and books.

Jolene cannot express how many times she wished she could write a whole novel. And now she has. Several times. Life is good.

Prize #1: (1) Paperback copies of Insight and Manipulation (International)
Prize #2: (1)Paperback copy of Manipulation (US only)
Prize #3: (3) e-book copies of Manipulation. Kindle or Nook (International)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

No comments:

Post a Comment