Thursday, February 20, 2014

*Blitz, Interview & 2 Giveaways*
"Resistance" by Jena Leigh!


Resistance
(The Variant Series #2)

~By: Jena Leigh 

~Published: February 11th, 2014

~Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy


Alexandra Parker might be the most powerful Variant the world has ever seen—but even that won’t get her out of finishing her junior year of high school.

The challenge of keeping her abilities under wraps during class is daunting enough, but throw one surly, sandy-haired Jumper into the mix, and things can get downright complicated.

Declan’s new job? Watch over Alex while she’s at school and do everything in his power to keep her from losing control. But as sparks of every kind begin flying between Alex and her new bodyguard, she's left feeling more unstable than ever.

When avoiding her abilities results in a surprise visit from her parents’ killer, Alex’s worlds collide with a bang that nearly levels Bay View High.

With her freedom now squarely in the Agency’s crosshairs, Alex will be faced with the fight of her life... and a decision that could forever alter the course of her destiny.


Jena Leigh is the author of the Variant Series novels REVIVAL and RESISTANCE. Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, she spent ten years in the mountains of North Carolina before returning home to the lightning capital of North America. A shameless geek, she loves coffee, loud music, bad sci-fi movies, Skittles, and shenanigan-filled road trips to faraway concerts. 

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       Alex froze just inside the doorway.
       The hallway that stretched out before her was packed with bodies, filled to capacity with students milling beside lockers and meandering toward their classes. 
       She took a breath and held it.
       Kenzie and Cassie quickly disappeared into the crowd, leaving her behind.
        Why hadn’t she walked the long way around the building? Her homeroom was three hallways and a commons area away, and the entire path would be packed until the second bell.
       The sounds of conversation and laughter grew louder, surpassed in volume only by the sudden thudding of her heart as it pounded frantically against her ribcage.
       So many people… all it would take is one touch from the wrong one, she thought. One touch, and I could lose control.
       Move. She needed to move.
       Someone brushed past her, jostling Alex’s shoulder as they entered through the double doors behind her.
       Alex swallowed a whimper, searching frantically for an empty space in the chaos.
       Hugging her arms tightly around her middle, Alex found an opening in the crowd and made her way to a narrow wall between two classroom doors, pressing her back against it and aching for an escape.
       Closing her eyes, Alex fought to steady her breathing, then sucked in another ragged breath after being startled by the sound of the first bell blasting from a loudspeaker mounted to the wall above her head.
       “Never pegged you as the agoraphobic type.”
       Alex opened her eyes.
       A smiling face stared down at her, a few short inches from her own.
       Her first instinct was to jerk away, but a warm hand on her shoulder had pinned her firmly in place.
       “Hold still, Alex,” Declan ordered. With his left hand placed protectively on one shoulder and his right hand pressed against the wall on her other side, Alex was effectively boxed in. 
       “Declan, you can’t—” she began, shrugging her shoulder where he held it in place. 
       Declan inched his fingers farther away from her exposed collarbone and down her sleeve, but still didn’t pull away. “You’re fine,” he said. “Just breathe.” 
       Students filed past on both sides. Alex eyed them nervously. 
       “Look at me,” Declan said quietly. “Not at them.” 
       Alex did as she was told. Declan just shook his head, smiling. 
       “You know, it’s probably a good thing you can’t jump right now,” he said in an undertone. “I would not have wanted to explain to Grayson why you teleported in the middle of a crowded hallway with dozens of witnesses.” 
       Ashes. 
       Cinnamon. 
       Declan. 
       Alex’s head swam with the sensory overload. Having Declan standing so close was only making it more difficult to pull herself together. She’d forgotten just how easily his nearness could knock her for a loop. 
       He was still smiling down at her as though they were just another normal couple stealing a quiet moment alone, instead of two Variants standing in the midst of a sea of humanity, while one of them tried to keep the other from falling apart entirely. 
       The passing students sent them a few curious glances as they walked into their classrooms, but otherwise gave them plenty of space. 
       Another few minutes and the crowds began to thin. Declan removed his hand from her shoulder and took a step backward. 
       “You okay to move?” 
       “I… Yes,” she said, her face flushed with embarrassment. “I am.” 
       Slipping past him, Alex marched off down the empty hallway. Declan’s long legs matched her stride easily. 
       “You want to talk about it?” he asked as they entered the open expanse of the commons area. 
       “Not particularly.” 
       “You sure?” 
       “I’m fine.” 
       “Right.” 
       The second bell rang. 
       Alex was officially late.

*Provided by Xpresso Book Tours.

Q: How did you come up with the idea for the Variant Series? 

A: The inspiration for the Variant Series as a whole came from many different places, but the original spark for Revival came in the form of my morning coffee. One day at the coffee shop, the barista had drawn the shape of a phoenix into the foam on my latte. The image set my mind to wandering and I spent the next half hour writing out a scene where a young girl was being chased by a wall of flames through a burning bookstore. That piece would eventually become the opening scene of Chapter Four in Revival

Q: Can you give us a hint to what we should be expecting in your second book? 

A: In Resistance, book two in the Variant series, the stakes are raised even higher for Alex and the gang. As Alex struggles to get a grip on her newfound powers, she’s faced with a far more daunting assignment—survive the last few months of her junior year without accidentally losing control and leveling Bay View High. But the risk of outing herself and the Variant population at large would be a lot easier to handle if the Agency wasn’t still breathing down her neck… and if Declan weren’t quite so distracting in his newfound role as Alex’s bodyguard. As sparks of all kinds start flying, Alex is left struggling to keep her head above water and her heart in one piece. And when her freedom lands itself in the Agency’s crosshairs, Alex will be faced with the fight of her life. 

Q: Where do you like to write? 

A: Anywhere and everywhere. I seem to do my best work in unfamiliar places. I’ve written on planes, at the mall, in doctor’s office waiting rooms… If I have my computer or a journal with me, I’ll usually try to get a few words on the page. There’s something about traveling that helps me to tune out distractions and focus, while at the same time inspiring my writing. 

Q: Do you decide character traits before you sit down to write the book, or as you go along? 

A: Character traits are usually decided on as I write. I very rarely have an entire character in mind when I sit down at the keyboard. I usually start with a few random traits—a name here, a face there, a quirk or two to distinguish them, an important bit of backstory that forever changed their life or altered their personality—and then the personalities of my characters become clearer to me as I make it further into the story. 

Q: Who is your favorite character in the series, and why? 

A: Oh, that’s a tough one! It seems to change from day to day. Right now I’d probably have to say that Declan’s sister Kenzie is my favorite. She’s sassy, sarcastic and I can always count on her for a witty rejoinder. Kenzie’s scenes are always enjoyable to write. 

Q: Tell us about the biggest challenges you face in your writing process. 

A: I think the biggest challenge I have is in plotting out a story. When it comes to my writing, I’m a total pantser and I despise outlining. Writing only feels natural to me when my characters are the ones telling the story. I love being just as surprised as my readers are when something unexpected happens in the narrative. When you’re working on a series, however, that doesn’t always work. You need to have some idea of where the story is headed before you begin, otherwise it’s very easy to write yourself into a corner. 

Q: If you could give a young writer any tip, what would it be? 

A: Write constantly and read everything you can get your hands on. It seems like such an obvious piece of advice, but it’s quite possibly the most important things you can do to improve your writing. 

Q: If you weren't writing, what would you want to be doing for a living?  What are some of your other passions in life? 

A: Rock star! I mean, really. Who hasn’t wanted to be one at some point? Aside from writing, I’m incredibly passionate about music. I love it, but I haven’t got a lick of talent (although that doesn’t stop me from singing at the top of my lungs in the shower every morning). If there’s not a song playing in the background somewhere, I usually don’t know what to do with myself.


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3 comments:

  1. Such a cool book!! Whaddya think?

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  2. it sounds like a very interesting book!

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    1. I agree Karin, and it's such a cool cover! ;)

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