Friday, 3 January 2014

Blog Tour: The Offering by Kimberly Derting [INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY]

Hello everybody!
I hope you're all doing fine.
Today I'm here doing a tour for the lovely Kimberly Derting.
This is for the release of the third book in her series which has a GORGEOUS cover!
I hope you enjoy your stay.


~Katie~



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 The Offering by Kimberly Derting 


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True love—and world war—is at stake in the conclusion to The Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy.

Charlie, otherwise known as Queen Charlaina of Ludania, has become comfortable as a leader and a ruler. She’s done admirable work to restore Ludania’s broken communications systems with other Queendoms, and she’s mastered the art of ignoring Sabara, the evil former queen whose Essence is alive within Charlie. Or so she thinks.

When the negotiation of a peace agreement with the Queendom of Astonia goes awry, Charlie receives a brutal message that threatens Ludania, and it seems her only option is to sacrifice herself in exchange for Ludanian freedom.

But things aren’t always as they seem. Charlie is walking into a trap—one set by Sabara, who is determined to reclaim the Queendoms at any cost.





Praise for The Offering

"This was a truly epic ending to the series." --Crystal Perkins, Goodreads Review

"The final book in Kimberly Derting’s Pledge trilogy is a thrilling conclusion. I was immediately swept up into it and powered right through. It was pretty much what I wanted with a few surprises along the way." --Krys at Bibliopunkk Reads

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Author Kimberly Derting

Kimberly Derting is the author of the BODY FINDER series, THE PLEDGE trilogy, and THE TAKING (coming April 2014 from HarperTeen). She lives in the Seattle area, with her husband and three children, who often find the outrageous things they say either in the pages of her books or posted on Twitter or Facebook for the entire world to see.



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Interview!!

1: What age did you decide you wanted to be a writer? 

I’ve pretty much known since the 7th grade that I wanted to be writer. It started when I took journalism as my elective credit. Of course back then, I had big dreams of becoming a world famous jet-setting journalist and covering everything from wars to famines. When I was older, and realized what being a real journalist entailed (living in tents without showers, malaria, facing gunfire), I realized that writing books from the safety of my home would be a little less…dangerous, and a lot cleaner!

2: What/who inspired you to become an author?
 
I’d love to say someone very literary, like Harper Lee since To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book ever. But honestly, I have to admit it’s much more likely that it was Stephen King. I grew up reading his books and wishing I could tell the kinds of stories he did (the ones that scared people the way he scared me). Yes, that sounds twisted. And yes, I blame Stephen King. 

3: Are you very organised when it comes to planning out a story? 

I’ve always been a “panster” (writing by the seat-of-my-pants), which basically means: no outline. Although, the more I write, especially in a series, I’ve come to realize I need more structure sometimes. So now I make these scribbly notes (my version of an outline), pour some hot tea (more than any human should consume), and sit my butt down and write!
4: What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Before I had an office with a lock, I would write in the kitchen where I was constantly surrounded by the comings and goings of my family. Apparently, I thrive on chaos!
I generally work all day, from the time my daughter leaves for school (which is waaaaay too early!) until around 6:30 in the evening—later if I have a deadline. But I don’t necessarily set a word count goal. That’s one of those things where if I meet it, I feel like I’m done, even if I’m on a roll. And if I don’t meet if, I feel like a failure. For me, it’s better to work until I can’t work a second longer. 

5: What was the hardest part to write in the book?
 
In this book (THE OFFERING) it was killing a character I’d grown to love. But it had to be done. There were lots of tears. 

6: Which character did you love developing the most? 

Over the course of the series, I really loved delving into Sabara’s past(s). That probably seems strange, but I wanted readers to understand that she hadn’t always been so vicious. That she’d been an ordinary little girl once—she’d even had a different name then—and that she’d accidentally stumbled onto her ability to take the lives of others when she’d taken over her sister’s body. She didn’t become ruthless until much, much later.

7: How did you come up with 'The Pledge' series ? 

Unlike the idea for my other series, The Body Finder, which came to me all at once, the original idea for The Pledge came in bits and pieces...more like a puzzle. The first piece was just a simple question: “What would it be like if someone could understand all languages?” But I definitely wanted the story itself to be bigger than just that one component. I spent a lot of time—over a year—thinking about how Charlie’s ability would work, what kind of world she would live in, and developing the monarchies and her friends and family, before I’d ever written a single word. I talk more about how I got the idea here:

8: What's your favourite song? 

That probably changes daily, depending on my mood. Right now it’s Put the Gun Down by ZZ Ward, but by the time you post this blog it’ll probably be something else.
9: If you could have dinner with one person dead or alive, who would that be and why?
I would have a hard time turning down a dinner invitation from Oprah. She’s brilliant, funny, and loves downhome cooking. I mean, who wouldn’t want to meet her? 

10: If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Twisted, But In A Good Way 

11: What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I love to travel. I didn’t do much of it when I was young but I’ve had the opportunity to take some great trips with my family and now I have the bug! 

12: Finally, do you have any hidden talents?
Skee-ball. If anyone wants to challenge me, I say bring it on! 


Thank you so much to Kimberly Derting for finding the time in her life to answer my questions. I hope you have enjoyed them, and that you got to see what a real jem Kimberly is like =)


Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash
Ends 1/21/14


A very big thank you to Kathy @ I am a Reader for giving me the opportunity to participate xx

2 comments:

  1. I love your interview questions, and I am definitely intrigued by this book, although I will have to invest in the first two in the series first.

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    1. Yeh she had good answers! I'm currently reading the first one and its really good! =D

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