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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ember Blog Tour!

Jessica Sorensen is here today on the blog and there is some exciting stuff in store for you in my interview with her!  Namely a SNEAK PEAK at the next Death Collectors book!  What, What!?!  So without further ado, let's look at book one: Ember.

What if you knew when someone was going to die?

For seventeen-year-old Ember, life is death. With a simple touch, she knows when someone will die. It’s her curse and the reason she secludes herself from the world. The only person who knows her secret is her best friend Raven.

Then she meets Asher Morgan. He’s gorgeous, mysterious, and is the only person Ember can't sense death from. So when he pushes into her life, she doesn’t mind.

But when unexplained deaths start to haunt her town, Ember starts questioning why she can’t sense Asher's death and what he may be hiding.

Review:  I really liked this book!   There was a ton of intrigue and mystery to keep me plowing through it.  Ember definitely takes on a darker tone than Jessica's other books, but for a book about death it's obviously fitting.  Ember's character is very strong, and I think character development is something that Jessica Sorensen does extremely well.   Ember's indecision about Asher and Cameron was something that translated really well to the reader.  For a good majority of the book, I really didn't know who the hero and who the villain were.  This book kept me on my toes!   

The plot in this book was also absolutely fantastic.   Taking a character that can see a person's death is something that is incredibly interesting.  I didn't really think of the ramifications of what it would be like for Ember, and why she would come off as a weirdo.   The one thing that irked me at a few points in the book, was Ember's best friend Raven.  I mean, I get why she acted the way she did at these parts, but man it didn't stop me from wanting to strangle her!  

This book is definitely not for the faint of heart.  It is a true battle against something that almost all of humanity fears: death.  Reading the novel kind of becomes a trip down creepy lane, but is balanced nicely with some swoon worthy boys and romance.  Probably not something you would want to read right before you go to bed if you get nightmares easily.  But, that's a good thing because this book is creepy and good!   I cannot wait for the next one after that intense and perfect ending.  It isn't exactly a cliff hanger, but you definitely know something bad is coming.... or should I say coming back.

Recommended for thrill seekers, horror lovers, and those who don't fear death!

Oh Yeah Count: 4/5

Interview with Jessica Sorensen

Thanks so much for stopping by on my blog Jessica! I already know I am going to love this interview so much because we’re name twins! Haha!

BITB:  I must ask you this first because I am literally in awe of how fast you can write and put out books. How do you do it? Are you an undercover superhero with mega fast writing powers?

JS:  How did you guess? I thought I was doing so well at keeping my superpower hidden, lol.

Honestly, the biggest reason would probably be that writing is a full time job for me. I spend about 8 to 10 hours a day down in my writing cave.

BITB:  How did the idea of this series come to you? I read The Fallen Star series, and I feel like this right off the bat is a darker toned story, which is awesomely foreboding of what is to come next.

JS:  The idea for the character Ember came from a dream, but the reapers and angels theme was something I added because I wanted paranormal creatures related to death.

Ember definitely has a darker tone to it than the Fallen Star Series. When I was creating the story, I figured that a world built around a girl who could see death would be dark and slightly morbid

BITB:  Was Ember inspired by anyone you know, or maybe even yourself?

JS:  She may have a little bit of characteristics to a few people I know, but she’s not really inspired by one single person.

BITB:  I love the juxtaposition of Asher and Cameron. Who did you have more fun writing about?

JS:   I don’t think I can pick one over the other. I loved writing about both of them!

BITB:   Did you have any scenes in the book that were really intense in the writing process?

JS:   There were a few scenes that were intense to write:

1. The bar scene.

2. The scene where Ember wrecks her car.

3. Where she gets hit by the car.

4. Where her mother attacks her

5. And the steamy scenes between Ember and Asher.

BITB:   Do you have any rituals that you do in your writing process?

JS:  I don’t really have any rituals other then I need a supply of candy and caffeine nearby and a playlist that fits the tone of whatever book I’m writing. Other than that, I like to jump into the story and have fun.

BITB:   Can you give us any teasers of what is to come next?

JS:    Here’s a little teaser from Cinder (Death Collectors, Book 2)

I shut the door quietly and turn back to my bed, but halt at the sight of him. “Asher.”

He’s sitting on my bed, shirtless, and his wings are tucked behind his back in full angel form. His head is tipped down, his inky black hair hangs in his eyes, and his sadness is heartbreaking.

“I’m not supposed to be here,” he says, meeting my gaze.

My heart beats to life in my chest. “Then why are you?”

“Because I had to see you.” He stands to his feet and his wings span open. All I want to do it touch them, run my fingers along the black feathers and feel the softness of each one. “I had to know if you’re okay.”

“I’m okay,” I lie not wanting to make him any gloomier.

“I wish that were true. But it’s not.” He steps toward me and his wings close in and disappear into his back.

“Why? What’s going on?” I ask, staring at the tattoos on his ribs. “Does this have something to do with the battle?”

He nods his head slowly as he continues to inch toward me. “And I have to explain some things. But first I need something from you.”

My eyes refuse to leave him as he stops right in front of me, so close I could reach out and trace my fingers up his chest. He cups the back of my head with his hand and brings my lips to his. A fire ignites inside me as press my body against his, needing to touch as much of him as possible, knowing that when I let go, he’s going to leave again.

BITB:    Tell us a random fact about yourself!

JS:    I have a huge obsession with muscle cars, which is why one is mention in almost every book I’ve written.

BITB:   Finally, can you let us in on what else you are working on right now?

JS:  Right now, I am getting ready to start The Temptation of Lila and Ethan.

BITB:   Thanks again so much! I can’t wait to read pretty much everything you have coming out next!

  • Jessica Sorensen lives with her husband and three kids in the snowy mountains of Wyoming, where she spends most of her time reading, writing, and hanging out with her family.

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