Saturday, February 2, 2013

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Interview with Lisa M. Basso, author of A Shimmer of Angels

A Shimmer of Angels! This is a book I looked forward to for a long time. I was lucky enough to grab myself a review copy AND participate in this amazing tour. Today I'll be introducing you to the author behind this YA Paranormal thrillride, Lisa M. Basso. Later I will be sharing my thoughts with you in my review.

Welcome, Lisa by reading her interview below, leaving her a comment with your thoughts, and entering the giveaway provided by the publisher.

Tell us a little about yourself and the book(s) you've written...

My name is Lisa M. Basso. I'm a writer, reader, baker, and gamer with a love for all things furry and complicated. As for A SHIMMER OF ANGELS it's the first book in the Angel Sight trilogy, about Ray, a girl who doesn't know what to believe. She's spent years seeing things that can't possibly be real, and was led to believe her mental health was unstable. She's a strong girl who gets thrown into a twisted situation and hopes to come out of it with her sanity.

Do you have a favourite line or two from one of your book(s)? What is it?

What would angel lips taste like? Sunshine? Marshmallows? Or something altogether different? Maybe buttered-popcorn jelly beans.

Describe your main characters. If they were real people, would you be friends with them?

Rayna is tough and quick-witted, despite her clumsiness and inability to distinguish reality from fantasy. Lee is a kind-hearted nerd with a great sense of humor. Cam is a stoic, fiercely loyal angel who takes his job very seriously. Kade is a clever Fallen angel with a hard exterior that plays hard and pulls no punches. In real life, these four would be my bff's, but we've been together a long time in my head, so maybe I'm biased. Heh.

What is one thing you'd like your readers to take away from your book(s)?

Nothing in A SHIMMER OF ANGELS is as it seems. No one character is inherently good or bad. There are many gray areas in the book, morally and mentally, that keep Ray and her friends on their toes. I'm hoping it does the same for the reader.

If all book summaries were haiku poems, yours would say...

Angels flip Ray's world
Shatter her sanity and
bring a trail of death

Is there a dedication at the beginning of your book? Who did you dedicate it to and why?

I dedicated this book to my brother and my childhood best friend, who have sadly both passed away. They both believed in me and inspired me to be myself no matter the cost. I started writing not long after I lost my brother and my best friend helped me find a focus for my writing and a love for creating zany characters.

What was life like for you when YOU were a teen?

Uh oh. As I teenager I have to admit I was a bit of a wild child. Yikes. Thinking back, I feel bad for all the craziness I put on my parents. Are teen years ever easy? No. Mine were no exception. I did eventually get my stuff together, but that was after tons of trial and error.

Who is your hero? Why?

My mom. She is beyond strong, brave, and smart. She works hard and gives so much of herself to everyone she knows. If I didn't know her myself, I never would have guessed anyone was capable of having such a big heart.

Do you have a book crush? Who is it?

So many! Sam from The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Steifvatder. √Čtienne from Stephanie Perkins' Anna and the French Kiss. Noah from Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry. And Bones from Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. There are many others, but these characters really stuck with me for one reason or another. Smart, sweet, smexy, and sinful. Those are my book boyfriend requirements :)

3 books to help you wait out a zombie apocalypse are...

Zombie apocalypse? A woman after my own heart! Three books, let's see...Gone With the Wind, a classic that never gets old. Pushing the Limits, it was an amazing book, one of my favorites of 2012 that I know I'll be reading again. And Alice in Zombieland, because I'm in the middle of it right now and I have to know what's going to happen!

Would you prefer to be a dragon rider, a dragon slayer, or the dragon itself?

Dragon! To clarify, I guess I'm creating my own category, dragon shifter. Human half the time, dragon the other half. Best of both worlds.

What advice would you give your teen readers about life?

Life is what you make it. Live for today, plan for tomorrow, but always keep yesterday in mind. Do what you love and never compromise your happiness. Don't take yourself too seriously. Love fiercely. And always strive to make yourself proud.

Thank you for sharing with us today, Lisa! You can read more about the book and enter the giveaway below:

Sixteen-year-old Rayna sees angels, and has the medication and weekly therapy sessions to prove it. 

Now, in remission, Rayna starts fresh at a new school, lands a new job, and desperately tries for normalcy. She ignores signs that she may be slipping into the world she has tried so hard to climb out of. But these days, it’s more than just hallucinations that keep Rayna up at night. Students are dying, and she may be the only one who can stop it. Can she keep her job, her sanity, and her friends from dying at the hands of angels she can't admit to seeing?

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Want to follow the tour? Links to participating blogs are listed below:

January 29-Supernatural Snark
January 31-Forever 17 Books
February 2-One A Day YA
February 6-Magnet4Books
February 7-Chapter by Chapter
February 8-ReaderGirls
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