Friday, November 8, 2013

*Release Blitz, Interview & Excerpt*
"Text" by Cambria Hebert!

*Materials & images provided by Xpresso Book Tours.

Take It Off #4

~Released: November 8th, 2013

~Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

One text can change everything.

Honor Calhoun never thought her life would ever be like the books she writes for a living. One morning while out for a run, she learns not all bad things are plots in novels. Some horrors can actually come true.

She faces off with a persistent attacker, holds her own, but in the end is taken hostage and thrown into a hole. In the middle of the woods.

But Honor didn’t go down there alone.

She took her kidnapper’s phone with her. With a spotty signal and a dying battery, her hope is slim.

Nathan Reed is an active duty Marine stationed at a small reserve base in Pennsylvania. All he wants is a calm and uneventful duty station where he can forget the memories of his time in a war-torn country.

But a single text changes everything.

Nathan becomes Honor’s only hope for survival, and he has to go against the clock, push aside his past, and take on a mission for a girl he’s never met.

Both of them want freedom… but they have to survive long enough to obtain it.

***This is a new adult contemporary novel and contains sexual content and graphic language. It is not intended for young adult readers.***

       As I ran, something darted out from the side. I jerked, the sudden movement startling me. My stride faltered and I turned toward whatever it was, but I didn’t see it. 
       It plowed into me, knocking me over, my hip taking the brunt of my fall. I grunted in pain and scrambled to get up. 
       But someone pinned me down. 
       I shoved at the man, and he glanced down, his eyes meeting mine. There was something cold in his blue-eyed stare. Something empty and flat. 
       Panic bloomed in my chest, spiking through my body as my heart rate went wild and alarm bells started sounding in my head. 
       Yes, I read the stories. Yes, I saw it on the news. 
       Woman is kidnapped. Search for missing woman continues. Woman is found beaten and dead.
       But that stuff didn’t happen to me. That stuff happened to other people. Unfortunate women… women that weren’t me. 
       This isn’t happening to me.
       A surge of adrenaline had me bringing up my knee and catching the man in his balls. He made a high-pitched sound and fell to the side. I scrambled up and took off, racing down the path, toward the road that intersected it. If I could make it there, I could flag down a car. I could find someone to help me. 
       The earbuds had fallen out of my ears and hung around my neck, banging into my skin and reminding me that I had my phone. My phone! As I ran, my hand fumbled, trying to yank it out of the band around my arm. Finally, I managed to grasp it and I held it up in front of me, calling up the keypad and dialing. 
       He tackled me from behind and I fell face forward, the phone tumbling out of my hands, just ahead, just out of reach. I cried out and stretched my hand toward my lifeline, desperate to finish the call. 
       “You’re going to pay for that, bitch,” the gruff voice said.
       I’d never known such fear in all my life. I could barely think straight. Straight-laced dread and panic took over my body, making my limbs feel heavy and numb. 
       Don’t give in, the voice inside me screamed. 
       I bucked like a pony and reached forward, my hand closing over my phone. 
       Yes! My joy was extremely short-lived when the man, who was still straddling my back, snatched it out of my hand and tossed it into the nearby creek. 
       “No,” I cried, watching it swept away beneath the surface. 
       “No one’s going to help you,” the voice above intoned.

Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series, the new adult Death Escorts series, and the new adult Take it Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book. 

I love coffee. I have two kids and two dogs, and 2 cats. I am married to a US Marine. I have an irrational fear of chickens (they are creepy!), I love the rain and fall is my favorite season.

If you don’t know me, no worries allow me to give you my STATS:

~Name: Cambria Hebert

~Occupation: Fairy Godmother --- Kidding! I’m an author

~Fav color: Purple and Orange (like a pumpkin)

~Fav food: Coffee. I also love cereal and Luna Bars.

~Fav music: I like pretty much anything but hard rock.

~Height: 5’2

~Weight: Yeah right, I’m not telling you! 

~Pet Peeve: (I’ll choose only one today, lol) When the food on my plate touches. (EW!!!!)

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I’ve learned through writing that I am a lot stronger than I ever thought and that I am way more stubborn than even I realized (trust me I am super stubborn). 

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep writing. Don’t stop. Be prepared for a long and sometimes hard road to publication. It’s a touch business but you can do it. Anyone can do it if you really want it. 

What inspired you to write your first book?

This is such a hard question. LOL. You think it would be easy. Honestly, I just got this character – this person stuck in my head. I started dreaming about him. One day I decided to write down what I kept thinking. It grew into a book and I have been writing every since. 

Tell us your latest news?

I recently joined the circus! Okay I didn’t. But, I am allergic to elephants. That’s not recent but it’s true. My latest news is that Text is released!!! I am so incredibly excited about this book. I think it’s my favorite book of mine in the Take It Off series. I also have another book coming out in early December called Tipsy

What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

My favorite shows are The Originals, The Vampire Diaries and Teen Wolf. I also really like Melissa & Joey – it’s funny. 

Please Describe The Following...

Describe the night sky to someone who cannot see.

The night sky on the clearest of night is like running your fingers through the softest of velvet. Its like sitting in a room completely still and void of sound – but you don’t feel alone. You feel surrounded by peace. It’s like drawing in a breath of crisp cool night air and feeling those wisps of breath travel down your throat and into your chest. 

Describe the feeling of silk for someone who can not touch.

It’s the feeling of jumping into a pool and kicking your feet out and gliding through its depths. The way the water brushes against you – the way it curves to your skin – so cool and gentle – that’s the way silk feels when you brush your fingertips over it.

Describe the sound of child’s laughter for someone who cannot hear.

It’s the tightness in your chest that one feels when someone does something so kind for you without even being asked. It takes your breath and makes it hard to breathe because you are so taken aback that someone would be so kind. It’s the joy that makes your chest so tight – the joy that rings through your body – a child’s laughter isn’t so much the sound but the feeling it leaves behind.

Describe the taste of chocolate for someone who cannot taste.

It’s the feeling of being really cold, your fingers icy and then coming inside and warming them by a roaring fire. The way the heat trickles into your skin and the cold seeps away.

Describe the scent of fresh cut grass to someone who cannot smell.

It’s a blue cloudless sky, bright with the sun. Staring out over the most brilliant of green and seeing it all cropped the same, looking like a thick carpet that invites your bare toes. 

Describe love to someone who cannot feel.

It’s watching a mother comfort her crying child or watching a couple hold hands on the street. It’s the sound of someone’s voice that you couldn’t live without. It’s the first bite of a really good dessert that you know is sinful and you shouldn’t eat at all. It’s knowing that someone is going to be at home waiting when you pull in the drive.

This or That ~

Night or Day? Night

Book or Ereader? Either!

Coffee or tea? Coffee

Cat or Dog? Dog

Summer or Fall? Fall

Chocolate or Flowers? Flowers

Spiderman or Superman? Spiderman

Paul Walker or Vin Diesel? Paul Walker

Readers have a great privilege of stepping directly into an author’s mind. They have in front of them in black and white what someone else was thinking and feeling as they were writing. It’s actually pretty personal. 

But even though you read the thoughts that swirl through an author’s mind doesn’t mean you really know them, because the thoughts and feelings they write are usually a character’s. 

I think sometime’s reader’s wonder about the person behind the book. The author. 

So in today’s post I am going to tell you 10 things about me that you don’t know.

10 things about Cambria

1. My favorite movies are the Fast & Furious movies. I watch them all the time.

2. I hate crickets. All the crickets that are around my house are always missing a leg. It’s the creepiest thing ever.

3. My favorite food of all time is cereal. (Any kind)

4. When I write I wear a hoodie and flip the hood up over my head. It blocks out distractions.

5. I’m extremely stubborn. (Yep, I’m a Taurus)

6. I can be superstitious. 

7. I hate clutter. (That show hoarders gives me hives).

8. I use Proactiv because I suffer from acne. (notice I said suffer. I mean really, is it fair I am 32 and still have to have it??) 

9. I like to run. It helps me clear my head and manage stress.

10. I’ve moved six times in the past 10 years.

And those are ten things about Cambria Hebert. 

Now tell us one thing about you!

Grand prize giveaway 
Prizes (open internationally): 

--A signed PB, a Necklace and a swag pack 

 (Note that this giveaway is set and managed by author, not Xpresso Book Tours) 

Interesting story, by a very interesting author!!  We hope you enjoyed getting to know Cambria better.  Tell us what you think in the comments below!

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