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Guest Blog by Sara Humphreys - Birth of the Amoveo - and Giveaway - November 6, 2012

Please welcome Sara Humphreys to The Qwillery. Untamed, the 3rd novel in The Amoveo Legend, is published today. Happy Publication Day to Sara!


Guest Blog by Sara Humphreys - Birth of the Amoveo - and Giveaway - November 6, 2012



Birth of the Amoveo
by Sara Humphreys

I’ve been asked, on several occasions, just where the heck did the idea for the Amoveo come from and it’s a fair question. The best answer I have is…my over-active imagination. I’ve always been a dreamer, more specifically; a daydreamer and it got me in trouble more than once when I was in school. I was far more interested in dreaming up fantastical characters and places than I was in learning about algebra or amoebas.

My mother is just so thrilled that I’ve finally found a way to put all of that daydreaming to use.

I loved the idea of shape shifters but I wanted my shifters to be different from the others I’d read about which is why I decided to have them consist of ten different animal clans. I’m a sucker for fated mates and destiny so they definitely had to have that component but I decided to raise the stakes and make it a life or death thing. If they don’t find their mates by the age of thirty they begin to lose their abilities and die. They also can only have children with their lifemate and this little caveat makes their race even more fragile. If you kill one Amoveo then the mate will ultimately die and you wipe out the possibility for offspring.

The truth is that there was no one “ah-ha” moment that brought about the Amoveo but it a series of moments that ended up bringing them to life. Essentially, I created a series that I would like to read. Before I was a writer, I was (and still am) an avid reader. I fell in love with books by Christine Feehan and Lori Handeland and one day I decided to take my ideas and put them on paper. I thought that maybe, just maybe, someone else would like to read what I created. If you love shifters, hot alpha males and true love, I do hope you’ll come along and dive into the world of the Amoveo.

Dream on…




The Amoveo Legend

Untamed
The Amoveo Legend 3
Sourcebooks, November 6, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook,320 pages

Guest Blog by Sara Humphreys - Birth of the Amoveo - and Giveaway - November 6, 2012
An ancient race of shapeshifters has lived secretly among humans for thousands of years...they are...the Amoveo

HER WORST NIGHTMARE IS COMING TRUE...
Layla Nickelsen has spent years hiding from her Amoveo mate and guarding a devastating secret. But Layla's worst fear is realized when the man who haunts her dreams shows up in person ...

HE HAS FINALLY FOUND HER...
William Fleury is as stoic as they come, until he finds Layla and his feelings overwhelm him. She won't let him get close, but then an unknown enemy erupts in violence and threatens everything Layla holds dear...



Undenied
An Amoveo Legend Novella
Sourcebooks, October 2, 2012
eBook, 40 pages

Guest Blog by Sara Humphreys - Birth of the Amoveo - and Giveaway - November 6, 2012
Enjoy a taste of The Amoveo Legend in Sara Humphreys’ riveting paranormal romance short story expanding on the world of the Amoveo—beautiful, secretive shapeshifters whose very existence is threatened by an age-old enemy and warring factions within the clans.

In this free promotional tale, Boris Zankoff is a shapeshifter from the Tiger Clan who wants no part of the burgeoning civil war among the Amoveo, But when his human mate lands on his doorstep in desperate need of his help, apathy is no longer an option.



Untouched
The Amoveo Legend 2
Sourcebooks, April 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Guest Blog by Sara Humphreys - Birth of the Amoveo - and Giveaway - November 6, 2012
SHE SHOULD BE SEEN, BUT NEVER TOUCHED...

Kerry Smithson's modeling career ensures that she will be admired from afar, which is essential since mere human touch sparks blinding pain and terrifying visions.

EVERY GOOD MODEL NEEDS A HEAVENLY BODYGUARD...

Dante Coltari is hired to protect Kerry from those who know who she is—or more importantly what she is—and want her dead because of it. Nothing could have prepared him for the challenge of keeping her safe. But, strangely, his lightest touch brings her exquisite pleasure rather than pain, and Dante and Kerry have an otherwordly connection that might just pull them through.



Unleashed
The Amoveo Legacy 1
Sourcebooks, October 4, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Guest Blog by Sara Humphreys - Birth of the Amoveo - and Giveaway - November 6, 2012
What if you suddenly discovered your own powers were beyond anything you’d ever imagined…

Samantha Logan’s childhood home had always been a haven, but everything changed while she was away. She has a gorgeous new neighbor, Malcolm, who introduces her to the amazing world of the dream-walking, shapeshifting Amoveo clans…but what leaves her reeling with disbelief is when he tells her she’s one of them…



Undone (The Amoveo Legend 4) will be published in May 2013.





About Sara

Guest Blog by Sara Humphreys - Birth of the Amoveo - and Giveaway - November 6, 2012
Sara Humphreys has been attracted to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal, and romance since her adolescence when she had a mad crush on Captain Kirk. An actress and public speaker, Sara lives in Bronxville, NY, with her husband, who is very considerate of her double life, and four amazing boys. For more information about her books and to join her street team, please visit www.sarahumphreys.com or follow her on Twitter, @AuthorSara.



You may also find Sara on Facebook.











THE GIVEAWAY

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Untamed (The Amoveo Legend 3) from Sourcebooks. US and Canada ONLY

How:   Answer the following question: 

You are a shapeshifter. What do you become when you shift?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

There are a total of 3 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry) and Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry).  This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook or Twitter mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US or Canadian  mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Sara Humphreys and Giveaway - October 14, 2011

Please welcome Sara Humphreys to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Sara:  I like to create a soundtrack for each book I’m writing and play it when I’m plotting out ideas. I can’t really play the music when I write because I find it too difficult to concentrate but before I get started it gives me great inspiration. For example, I’ve got Amy Petty’s music on every single Amoveo Legend soundtrack and I ended up using one of her songs for each of the book trailers. I adore her music and you should check it out on her website www.amypetty.com or you can find her stuff on itunes.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Sara:  I am a huge fan of Christine Feehan, Terry Spear, Carolyn Brown, Judi Fennel, Lori Handeland, and Olivia Cunning…just to name a few. The truth is that there are many, many other authors I love to read and my tbr pile is growing by the second. My biggest influences have been Christine Feehan and Lori Handeland because their novels were the first paranormal romance novels I read—and I was hooked instantly.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Sara:  I start every book as a pantser and just kind of let things go where the characters take me but by the time I hit the halfway mark I evolve into a plotter. Now that I have deadlines to meet, I don’t have time to diddle around and I have to get things done. I find that too much pantsing slows down my process.

TQ:  Describe Unleashed (The The Amoveo Legend 1) in 140 characters or less.

Sara:  Malcolm a dream walking telepathic shape-shifter has finally found his mate Samantha and she's a hybrid. Just 1 problem. She doesn't know it.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Unleashed?

Sara:  I’ve always loved shape-shifters and the idea of having one true life mate is especially romantic. As an avid reader of paranormal romance, I wanted to create a world that other paranormal romance junkies could fall in love with. My goal was to create an entirely new race of shape-shifters and build a world that readers could get lost in.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Unleashed?

Sara:  I researched wolves and golden eagles so that I could bring some of their real-life traits into the world of the Amoveo. I watched several you tube videos of golden eagles in flight so that I could capture that realistically for the reader and hopefully it worked. I’ve been researching the location for over twenty years. Unleashed is set in Westerly, RI and my family has a beach house there. Several of the locations mentioned are real places within Westerly. I love that town.

TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Sara:  Samantha was most definitely the easiest probably because her character is the most like me and Nonie was easy too because she’s based on both of my grandmothers. I think that the villain was the most challenging because it’s not easy to get into the head of someone hateful and violent. It can be a little scary to let that darkness into your own mind and allow it to flourish so that the character can come to life.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Unleashed?

Sara:  My favorite scene is the diner scene. Malcolm senses Samantha is in trouble and he drops everything to go to her and be of assistance if she needs it. It makes me smile every time I think about it…but probably not for the reason you may be thinking. I don’t want to say anymore…I’ll just say it’s my personal fave.

TQ:  How many books are planned for The Amoveo Legend series?

Sara:  There are currently five books planned for the series. Untouched will be out in April 2012 and Untamed is slated for November 2012. The fourth and fifth books in the series will be released in 2013 and I’m having a blast putting it all together.

TQ:  What's next?

Sara:  I’ve got a blog tour running through October and we’ve got lots of books we’re giving away, thanks to Sourcebooks. You can find the full list on my blog.

http://amoveoromanceseries.blogspot.com/p/october-blog-tour-for-unleashed.html

Additionally, I’m in the middle of my brick & mortar book tour—10 cities in 8 weeks. You can find the full list of cities and dates on my blog or website.

http://amoveoromanceseries.blogspot.com/p/fall-2011-book-tour-dates.html

http://www.sarahumphreys.com/events.php

Dream on….

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.


About  Unleashed

Unleashed
Amoveo Legend 1
Sourcebooks Casanblanca,October 1, 2011

Interview with Sara Humphreys and Giveaway - October 14, 2011
What if you suddenly discovered your own powers were beyond anything you’d ever imagined…

Samantha Logan’s childhood home had always been a haven, but everything changed while she was away. She has a gorgeous new neighbor, Malcolm, who introduces her to the amazing world of the dream-walking, shapeshifting Amoveo clans…but what leaves her reeling with disbelief is when he tells her she’s one of them…

And shock turns to terror as Samantha falls prey to the deadly enemy determined to destroy the Amoveo, and the only chance she has to come into her true powers is to trust in Malcolm to show her the way…

Get swept away into Sara Humphreys’s glorious world and breathtaking love story…


About Sara

Interview with Sara Humphreys and Giveaway - October 14, 2011
Sara Humphreys has been attracted to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal, and romance since her adolescence when she had a mad crush on Captain Kirk. An actress and teacher, Sara lives in New York with her husband, who is very considerate of her double life, and four amazing boys. For more information, please visit www.sarahumphreys.com.

Sara's Links

Website
Blog
Facebook
Twitter


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback copy of Unleashed from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is your favorite type of shifter? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday October 21, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*
Guest Blog by Sara Humphreys - Birth of the Amoveo - and Giveaway - November 6, 2012Interview with Sara Humphreys and Giveaway - October 14, 2011

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