Blog Tour: Kindred review and interview + giveaway

kindredKindred

(A Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy) Novella#2

By Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

Now & Forever Tour

Publisher: Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

Genre: YA Paranormal

Release Date: 11/24/2012

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SYNOPSIS: 

The Kindred is the second novella in The Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy.

 Angel and her friends at Ame Academy, a boarding school for preternatural and humans are back, and they are preparing for battle against the dark forces that kidnapped Angel’s younger brother Jordan. Angel had recently discovered that she was a Hunter and that she alone has a special weapon against her enemies; her blood, which is discovered to be toxic to her enemies. Angel is prepared to use her training and all that is at her disposal in order to save Jordan, even if that means joining forces with the strange and mysterious Rafael, who at their first meeting, she recognized him as the boy she had  dreamed about for weeks prior to his arrival at the school. Angel cannot shake the feeling that she knew Rafael before, and is hopelessly drawn to her extremely handsome fellow hunter.

Rafael frightens her, he hints of a secret; another time and another life lived.

Can love survive two lifetimes?

Events unfold that provides the answers to who Rafael really is and what they mean to one another; and along with these strange and blossoming emotions for Rafael, along with guilt and fear for her brothers safety; Angel discovers that she is more than just a Vampire Hunter, and that she plays a major role in a ancient prophecy, which she must fulfill by facing an a force so evil that survival is not promised.

But she will face the Dark One, Angel will sacrifice all, if it means saving all whom she loves.

Many questions are answered, but the drama is just beginning….

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Thank you for giving us the honor to chat with you. May you please tell us something about yourself?

I am a paranormal writer, who loves to read and write stories that are fun, but have an eerie edge.

What inspired you to write this book?

A School that is close to my house, the building, the grounds all seemed like great story material.

Is being a writer your dream profession?

Yes, it is what I have always wanted to do, and if I could one day write full time, that would be the icing on the cake

I am a new writer and blogger and I am interested to know about author’s writing environment. Do you prefer writing in pen and paper or in computer?

I prefer writing on the computer, mainly because my handwriting is horrible and I can barely read it when trying to type up the document.   Also, just personally, it feels like double work, when first writing it long handed, just to have to type it up to save and work in it more later. But again, this is all personal preference.

When you want to take a breather from writing, what do you usually do?

Read or watch movies

We have agreed and accepted that all writers are also readers. What are the books currently in your nightstand?

I am reading “Into The Night” by Jade Fowler and  Tales of Aradia The Last Witch by LA Jones

Who are your literary influences?

I really admire James Patterson, with his quick, fast reads and I admire how prolific he is in producing his books.

If you could be a literary character who would you be and why?

Maybe for just as small fraction of time…Bella from Twilight, because really to have the attention and soul searing love that she has with Edward, come on! Who wouldn’t want to be in her shoes for just a little while!

Any current/future projects?

Coming soon the Hunter novellas series will come and these novellas will focus on characters that had been introduced in Night School Vampire Hunter trilogy. Plus I am completing and re-editing my 2012 NaNoWriMo creation Chrysalis for release.

What can you advice to those aspiring writers?

Never give up, ask and keep asking if help is needed. Read and research the field of Indie Publishing, because although much is the same as in relation to traditionally publishing, when it comes down to actually writing and what is needed and expected…such as professional attention to covers, and editing…but there are glaring differences when it comes to distribution/production and marketing. So start to watch, listen and equip yourself for this journey. Then jump in and have fun!

Just for fun.

  1. 1.      Forest or beach? Forest
  2. 2.      Coffee or tea? Sweet Iced Tea
  3. 3.      Cats or dogs? Cats
  4. 4.      M&Ms or Skittles? (M&M’s)
  5. 5.      Coke or Pepsi? (Pepsi)
  6. 6.      Printed books or e-books? (I like both:O)
  7. 7.      M/T or A/T (A/T)
  8. 8.      Busesor trains? Trains

THE REVIEW

It has been a while since I have read another vampire novel. Stories about the supernaturals once piqued my curiosity, but after the Twilight saga, it seems that my interest for vampires and werewolves died. I tried not to read books in the same genre since then.

However, it is high time to read another novel like that. I accepted this novel to review and guess what I found:

Kindred is the sequel to the Night School Vampire Hunter series. Even though I haven’t read the first book, the novel did not prove to be dependent to its prequel. I think this thought from the author is good as I also do not like reading a series and feeling left out if haven’t read the first books. In Kindred, each character was richly described which made me feel like I have been introduced to them personally. Other books make readers feel that they have to read the first installments to catch up, but not in Kindred. The adventures and experiences happened in the first book were also lightly explained so there’ really no chance of not understanding the story if you missed a book.

At first, I was a bit confused when I read the first pages. It was journal-styled. Each entry was written in numbered posts, like that of a blog. It can very well be like chapter of the book though it doesn’t have titles. The posts/chapters were written by the heroine at first, but then the other characters started talking/writing too so there were varied points-of-view in the novel. Honestly, I preferred a single point-of-view, or if not, at least there will be a definite section for a certain character. I do not like to get dizzy reading.

As for the story, it is no doubt a paranormal one. There were different entities mentioned, some were familiar to me while others aren’t. The story started with targeting a vampire with a stake, and I stifled a groan when I read that. I was hoping for something original, or if not at least more creative than that. Surely we can create vampires strong enough not to be killed by pointed stakes? Well, I was in for a treat. The author calmed my nerves after she introduced another kin of preternaturals. How many do you know? I admit I have read tons of tales about the paranormal, but it is nice to have something I haven’t encountered before. Now that’s what I call creativity and originality.

I am hardly able to read a book these days which offer a single genre. More often than not, authors try to mix at least two in their novel so readers who are fans of both can create a larger market for the story. Well, that’s my opinion. So I wasn’t surprised when there’s also romance in Kindred. It wasn’t like Fifty Shades romance, if that’s what you’re thinking. Instead, it is like those Disney-kind stories which I like. The hero and heroine were drawn to each other not only by physical attraction, but also because of something deeper than that. Want to find out? Read the book.

This novel is a short read which I only finished in less than six hours. I characterized this as YA paranormal fiction with clean romance which is safe to be read by others. 🙂 The story is not bad though there are rooms for improvement. The characters are believable if one opened his mind on the paranormal beings while the plot is obvious though palatable. Overall, the book isn’t bad and I can suggest it to those who want to have a light reading to kill some time.

michelle jordanABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michelle Cornwell-Jordan is a YA Paranormal Author.

Her titles: Reahket (Co-written with Author Danny Jones)

Michelle is also the author of the YA novella series Night School Vampire Hunter trilogy.

Series includes:

Night School Vampire Hunter novella #1    Released date March 2012

Kindred (A Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy novella) #2    Released date November 2012

Redemption (A Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy novella) #3 Released date spring 2013

Works –In-Progress

Chrysalis (Full Length) Released date spring 2013

Hunters Series novellas Released date summer 2013

Ame Academy’s Paranormal novella series summer 2013

Michelle Cornwell-Jordan is also the producer of the online radio segment IndieReview Behind The Scenes, where she and her co-host Jamie B Musings interviews Indie Authors and Musicians.

Contact: WEBSITE   FAN CLUB | TWITTER | FACEBOOK

THE GIVEAWAY

Angel & Rafael’s Now & Forever tour’s Mega Giveaway Prizes include: A $25.00 Amazon Virtual Gift card, 5 e-copies per stop avail of Kindred, and a tour wide giveaway with  3 lucky winners who will win an autographed copy of Rock Artist Cecile Monique’s EP Immortal Beloved! (Angel and Rafael’s song!)

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cecile moniqueAbout the Artist: Cecile Monique

With her powerful, yet angelic voice and unmistakable charisma, Cecile Monique is a multi-talented musical artist ready to make her mark on the international music scene. Cecile Monique is not only an accomplished vocalist; she is also a skilled writer, composer, and arranger of her own original music. Her years of formal classical vocal training provided the foundation, but her singular creativity, diverse musical influences, and her fresh, youthful style have provided the fuel to create the distinctive fusion of rich, classically-influenced vocals with modern, innovative instrumentation that exist together in perfect harmony and have become Cecile Monique’s signature, genre-bending sound.

In addition to her impressive musical talent, Cecile’s cosmopolitan personality and multicultural roots (half European and half Hispanic) also broaden her appeal to an international audience; Cecile is fluent in several languages and has recorded and performed songs in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Czech, and Latin.

In 2010, Cecile Monique was awarded the prestigious FACTOR New Talent Award in support of her self-titled EP release featuring three of her original compositions, which was recorded at Metalworks Studios, Canada’s #1 recording studio. With the launch of her new EP now available on iTunes worldwide, and a myriad of new projects on the horizon, Cecile Monique is a rising star poised to become an international phenomenon!

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