When I saw that Kelley York was looking for bloggers to sign-up for the Hollowed (Half Light Series) blog tour I jumped at the chance to sign up. I hadn’t at that point read any of Kelley’s work but I had heard really good things about another of her books, Hushed, and was willing to take a chance on a new (to me) author.
Today I am so lucky to have a guest post from Kelley York, along with an excerpt from Hollowed and a giveaway to win one of five Hollowed eBooks or a signed Hushed bookmark.
First off though, have a look at what Hollowed is all about …
All 18-year-old Briar Greyson wanted was to figure out this whole living-away-from-your-parents thing. Apartment, steady job, cool roommate? Check. Noah, her adorable (albeit elusive) boyfriend? Check. Everything in the life of Briar was pretty good.
Then she and her roommate are attacked on their way home one night. Briar wasn’t supposed to survive.
Instead, according to the two guys who saved her, she’s turning into the things that attacked her: a vampire. Totally crazy and Not Okay. Now Noah’s secrets are coming to light, and he wants Briar dead. Then there are the vampires who attacked Briar to lure out her sister.
Her sister…who died years ago.
The city’s body count is rising, and Briar wants to help put a stop to it. But first, she has to figure out who the real enemy is: the vampires, the boy she loves, or the sister she thought she’d lost.
My review of Hollowed is coming up tomorrow (laptop lost my saved review and I have to re-write it 🙁 so it’s delayed) but let me tell you this much … I LOVED IT 🙂 and you should definitely read it!
Now for Kelley’s guest post where she tells us about her plans for the Half Light Series and very kindly shares an excerpt from Hollowed …
Kelly asked if I’d be willing to share some of my future plans for the Half Light series. I don’t think Half Light will be the traditional paranormal series. It isn’t going to follow the same set of characters, and each book will have its own unique points of view. (Though some character POVs will be recurring.)
For instance, HOLLOWED is told completely from Briar’s point of view. But book two, SHADOW VOICES, switches gears completely. In SV, we’ll be seeing the story told from Noël and Ridley’s alternating point of views. The characters from HOLLOWED won’t appear at all.
My reasoning for doing it this way is because I’d like to release the events in chronological order. What occurs in HOLLOWED takes place before SHADOW VOICES. Each book will be told in the order they happen, even if it means bouncing between characters. Down the line, their stories merge and follow a similar path.
(Let me tell you, those books are going to be killer to write, edit, and keep consistent.)
But there are similar themes in SHADOW VOICES. While there aren’t vampires, we get to see a lot more of the witches, and get a better understanding for them and how their magic works. Noël is a far different character than Briar. She’s quieter, more socially awkward and dysfunctional…and she sees ghosts. She’s lived a very sheltered life, which has left her kind of emotionally stunted.
Noël is my favorite female character I’ve written to date, so I’m both nervous and excited to share the start of her story.
I’m also including a short excerpt from HOLLOWED as a thank you for having me today! …
Oliver brings me to the center of the park near a pond where the water ripples quietly and a few ducks sleep nestled in the reeds. “Can you sense them?”
Sense what? The ducks? The trees? The water? The frogs in the water? He takes one look at my blank stare and sighs.
“Concentrate a little. You can’t tell me you don’t feel the difference.”
I do. I sensed it the entire trip from my apartment to the hotel, and I sensed it the walk here. When you’re in a room and get the feeling you aren’t alone? It’s like that, magnified times twenty. I know we aren’t the only ones in the park, even if I can’t pinpoint where the others are.
But I’ll humor him. Eyes closed, brows knitted together, I focus. For added effect, I let out a low, meditative ohmmm.
Oliver elbows me. “Like you mean it.”
“I get it, I get it. I sense there are other people. What else? Do I have some sort of built-in food GPS now or something?” I can tell by the frown on his face he doesn’t get what I’m talking about. Apparently being a vampire doesn’t mean keeping up on technology. “Nevermind.”
“It isn’t some kind of special power.” He sighs again, pushing a hand through his honey-colored hair. “Humans have a sort of sixth sense, right? A gut instinct that alerts them of danger. Vampires have the same thing, but it’s amplified. Like the virus opens us up to things regular humans are closed to. Make sense?”
“Yep.” It makes enough sense for me not to question it. At least for now. Maybe because I’m starving and if I have to find someone to munch on, I might as well get it over with.
Now, after reading all of that how would you like to win your own eBook copy of Hollowed, or maybe a signed Hushed bookmark? All you have to do is go to the Rafflecopter entry form HERE and click as few or as many entry options as you like and you’re entered! Good luck!
Before you go make sure you have a look at Kelley’s site to check out the rest of the tour line-up and see what’s going on and where! Plus, don’t forget to come back tomorrow for my review!