Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Exsanguinate by Killion Slade Book Review/Interview/Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Today I have the honor of hosting Killion Slade author of the book Exsanguinate. Killion has been amazing and answered some question about her book for all you guys. Also, if you stick around there will be a giveaway at the end of the post.

Exsanguinate (World of Blood, #1)Goodreads Summary
A Halloween scream night theme park adventure for software gaming developer Cheyenne O'Cuinn reveals a hidden supernatural reality she never dreamed existed. Recovering from a vicious attack and her sisters’ abductions, Cheyenne must rescue her sisters from vampiric kidnappers before they’re used to breed warmongering dhampirs.

Betrayal lurks in every corner. Cheyenne must evade attackers by unconventional means through her online role-play game. She must navigate through virtual, tortuous clues and mailed body parts, which cross over from her virtuality into reality. Can a team of dragons, vampires, and werewolves come together to help her? Who can she trust? Will the help from her virtual lover become compromised when he learns of her new immortal existence and crush the fragile love they share?

Amidst an impending vampire apocalypse, Cheyenne finds herself both in conflict for survival and for her heart. Will her immortal self derail any hope of solving the multiplying puzzles before time runs out to save her sisters, herself and her humanity?

Author Interview

 What are some funny or memorable experiences/stories from college or your early twenties?
In the book Exsanguinate, Harris teases Cheyenne about a spider under a toilet seat.  That is a true story of mine!  I tried to spray it with pepper spray and the damn thing jumped at me – I ran out of the bathroom screaming like a lunatic!

What inspired you to write Exsanguinate?
Truthfully, I felt it was time for a modern version of the “what if they exist” story.  I often wondered how supernatural beings would adapt to this modern world.  Gaming and social media fell right into scope, and it was time gamers were portrayed as intelligent society contributing citizens instead of 40 year olds living in their mom’s basement.

The story has online gaming aspects; did you do a lot of real life research?

Yes – quite a bit!  My husband and I met in Second Life and that is where most of the premise comes from for ExsanguiNation, but I also needed to conduct a lot of research on World of Warcraft and other multi-player role games.  I interviewed many gamers and determined to types of ways I could talk about the game without confusing a non-gamer and without boring someone who is a more advanced player.  I wanted to reach out to everyone and find a good technology balance.

I enjoyed how your book was interactive beyond just reading it; would you care to explain it a little more?

Thank you!  Yes, often times when I get done reading a book – I want MORE!  I want to learn more about the characters, their lives, and what makes them who they are.  I truly enjoy the special features on Blu-ray discs and I watch every one after a movie just so I can immerse myself further into their world.  I had so many scenes for Exsanguinate that were a blast to write, but unfortunately didn’t move the story forward so they had to be cut.  I still wanted to share those with people so I came up with the idea of the Second Screen for the book.  The hidden Easter eggs nuggets are there for anyone who wanted to read an extended gaming sequence against the Battle Kroc, or more Screepy happenings inside the Screepy Caverns.  If a person wanted to learn more about the characters, I have dossiers and pictures of the main cast that we created in Second Life.  The “extras” gave me an opportunity to tell more about the story, the cast, and allow readers to have more if they wanted it. J  I plan to do this with each roll-out of my novels.

Not to give anything away but there are some chilling areas to the story; were these hard for you to write?
Truthfully, (blushes) no – horror is one of my first genres and I can push the envelope.  I actually tamed several of the scenes down as to not turn it into a real gore fest!  In the second book however, titled Revenant, I have experienced some of the most difficult writing of my life from pulling in real life horrors and tragedies, and yes, those were incredibly difficult to write.  I was sick for days after revisiting those emotions and getting them down on paper.  I couldn’t look at the chapters for several weeks to begin editing until I was able to move through some grieving exercises.  The whole process was very cathartic, and I’m happy with how the chapters turned out.
My biggest goal is to identify real emotions within myself as to something another person might be able to identify with.  It has to feel real to me even thought this is fiction.  I want everyone to feel Cheyenne’s confusion, betrayal, horror, and fierce determination.  For it I don’t, then I have let down my reader and haven’t kept my promise to take them there, and that is not what I want to do. J
The audiobook version of Exsanguinate is due to publish on Audible in October or November of this year. Revenant, Book 2 – World of Blood series is scheduled to publish either in November or December of this year as well.
Thank you very much for your interview.  I truly enjoyed the thought provoking questions
What I thought (Review): Sometimes I have no clue if I will really like a book by reading the summary and in all honesty I was a little nervous to read this book after reading the synopsis. I am one of those people who cannot go to horror movies because I will have nightmares weeks after (slightly ashamed). However, this book was one of those rare gems that blends some horror with an engaging story and comedic action.

 Even though the story contains lots of supernaturals I could really relate to the modernism of the story and loved the gaming talk without it getting to technical (will admit to being a newb). I thought that it was great how the story was really kind of a main story with different view points. That really added dimension to the story and made the plot really easy to follow along with. Not to mention one of the main characters, Cheyenne, is a hoot. She is by no means perfect but she has that personality that is very entraining without getting annoying like some females leads in other books.
P.S. If you were like me and didn't know what the title meant, it means to bleed to death or drain of blood. That's your word of the day for you GRE takers.
You can find more out about Exsanguinate through these link.

Rules: I retain the right to disqualify anyone who doesn't actually complete the task  and you will be notified via email if you win. Also, this is an US giveaway. Sorry international people.
Prize  #1 is a $10 Amazon GC
Prize#2 is a signed copy of the book
Prize #3 is one item from The Super Market (Pictured below)

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