Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hathor Legacy: Burn by Deborah A. Bailey - Q&A and Giveaway


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Deborah will be awarding a free print version of Hathor Legacy: Burn to three randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour (US ONLY), and a Grand Prize of a $45 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Welcome to It's Raining Books. If someone were writing a story about you, what would your blurb say?

From her days as a copywriter in the fashion industry to her career change into Information Technology, Deborah has managed to follow her dreams. English major, nerd and Star Trek fan girl, she loves creating new worlds in her stories. Will she be able to keep up with all the books on her TBR list and TV shows on her DVR? Life as a freelance writer is never dull, so she's determined to meet the challenges of keeping up with it all while she works on her next novel and whittles down her "to-do" list.

Would you tell us a little about your newest release that isn't in the blurb?

In Hathor Legacy: Burn, I introduced some additional secondary characters who each have an impact on Nadira. For instance, Maji is a member of the Kasema, which is a separate group from the Guardians. They also have PSI abilities, and they're renowned for being healers. Another character is Tomas Tragg, a security officer who briefly works with Nadira. He's spent most of the time on other planets, so he's able to give details on what the other places under Novacorp's control are like. Though the book is centered on Nadira and Jonathan, I may expand on these characters in shorter books. They play small parts in the action, but they're helping to tell the story.

What was your favorite scene to write in this story?

Right now I've got three scenes that are my favorites, and it's hard to pick one! But I'll go with one of the love scenes where Nadira and Jonathan are finally coming to terms with their feelings for each other. Without going into too much detail (and giving any spoilers) I'll say that they get to a major point in their relationship. It's one of my favorites because they both took over the scene once I started writing. They had their own ideas and I stepped back and let them go for it. Sometimes when characters take over, it can be a struggle to get the story to where I want it to be. But at other times, I have to accept that the characters know best. And in this case, they were ready to move forward as partners in love and in their adventure.

If you could trade places with one of your characters, who would it be and why?

This is a tough one. There are times when I'd want to trade places with Nadira, the heroine. But I'd prefer to trade with Maji. She isn't part of the Guardian organization, which gives her more freedom over her life. Her abilities allow her to pick up energy from objects and from people, which means her intuitive powers are very strong. She's had enough experience of the world to know who she is, and what she really wants. In addition, she's loyal and supportive. So when Nadira needs her guidance, she gives her advice that helps in a very big way. In the beginning, I'd expected Maji to have a small role in the story, but her part grew as I developed her character.

On the planet, Hathor, an old threat re-emerges that may destroy the fragile alliance between the Guardians and Novacorp. When Nadira is called to investigate a rash of fires throughout the city, she discovers the Deshtu, another group with PSI powers who have been purposely kept in the shadows.

Working to uncover the source of the fires, Nadira learns the brutal truth about the origin of the Guardians. The Guardian Elders have plans to make Nadira more powerful, and she may be forced to sever her psychic connection to her lover, Jonathan Keel.

When an unexpected ally gives Jonathan information about the Deshtu that connects them to the fires, he becomes a convenient scapegoat for the opposing factions. Nadira puts her life on the line to solve the crime, while the Elders make their move to remove Jonathan from her life forever.

As time runs out, the Guardians prepare for a clash with Novacorp that could plunge the planet into chaos, and a final betrayal forces Nadira to risk everything to save herself and Hathor.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Up ahead at the corner, she saw lights and transport vehicles passing back and forth. They could get one and head back to the apartment. She was in no mood to return to the reception. Not after what she'd just seen and felt.

"What the hell could be the reason to set these fires?" Jon asked, picking up the pace as they neared the corner.

"The officers think the Guardians are doing this. They believe Varyn's story."

At the corner, they hurried to the transport stand and got into the first one of a long line of shiny, blue and black vehicles. Once the doors closed behind them, she pressed her palm against the clear ID plate. "Take us home."

"Affirmative, Sentry Nadira." After retrieving her data from the system, the transport pulled into the traffic lanes, heading towards the apartment building.

"When are you going to talk to Varyn again?" Jonathan asked, as he glanced behind him.

"As soon as I can. I wanted to give her a little time. But I don't think I can wait much longer," she replied. "Is something wrong?"

"Huh? No. I just felt like we were being watched." He settled down in the seat and slid his arm around her. "It's nothing."

She remembered having that same feeling when she'd come home from the Gathering.

As a Guardian she'd tracked people before. She'd used her abilities to sense their locations and read their thoughts. Was that happening now? Were she and Jon being tracked by the people who'd set the fire?

About the Author:
As a little girl when Deborah A Bailey was watching Star Trek and Twilight Zone, she was writing and drawing her own superheroine comics. When she grew up, she continued to write and followed her love of technology into a career as a computer programmer and developer. But writing was never far away from her heart, so over the years she wrote and published stories set on other worlds and in Earth's future. Ultimately she fulfilled a lifelong dream and completed her first novel in the Hathor Legacy universe, Hathor Legacy: Outcast.

Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and her work has been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun. In 2013 she published a short story collection, Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales. In her "other" life, she's a freelance writer who's published three non-fiction books and countless articles that have appeared in print and online. Visit her blog for writing tips, interviews and updates.

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19 comments:

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    1. Thanks, Mary! Stephanie does wonderful work.

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  2. A fellow Trekkie.. sounds like a good read. Thanks for the chance.

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    1. Hi Saundra! Always great to meet another Trek fan! Thanks for your comments!

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  3. Thanks for hosting my book! It's great to have a chance to stop back by the blog. I'm off to my day job. Be back later!

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  4. this sounds very interesting , mystery and mayhem its what I love :) thanks for sharing with us.. @tisonlyme143

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  5. sorry Deborha A Bailey, for some reason twitter is not allowing me to follow any more people.. I hope this doesn't ruin my chance in this giveaway.. bummed out :(
    https://twitter.com/tisonlyme143

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    1. Yes there is a lot mystery and mayhem in the book! :) Sorry you're not able to follow. But hope you can sign up for my newsletter and follow on Pinterest!

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  6. I enjoyed the Questions and Answers.

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    1. Hi Serena91291! Those were really good interview questions. So glad you liked it.

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  8. Fun questions and answers

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  9. The excerpt the best, loved Star Trek and this looks great!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it, Heidi! Thanks for your comments!

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  10. I loved the excerpt. Sounds like an amazing book. Going to add to my tbr.

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