Book Tour: Hidden by Amy McKinley

Amy McKinley has teamed up with Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate the release of her book Hidden. As part of her book tour Amy will be giving away a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card via Rafflecopter. See the bottom of this post for more information.

First enjoy this interview with Amy.

Any weird things you do when you’re alone?

Not really. Unless you count holding my cat up to the mirror and saying, “look how cute!” Yeah…huge distraction.

What is your favorite quote and why?

There are tons of quotes I like. Two that come to mind immediately are these two, although I’m unsure who the authors are. I love the strength and power of this quote: “Sometimes I wonder if love is worth fighting for. Then I look at you and I’m ready for war.”

I also really like this one for many reasons, especially since dreams are something I incorporate a lot in the Five Fates Series and this just resonates. Again, I’m unsure who the author is.

“Legend says, when you can’t sleep at night, it’s because you’re awake in someone else’s dream.”

Who is your favorite author and why?

I have several but to name one, I’d have to say that Karen Marie Moning is one of my favorite authors. I love her characters and the stories she writes. I can reread them over and over again.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

Keeping the reader (and I am one of them) engaged with strong, well-developed characters, setting, and plot.

Where did you get the idea for this book?

Ideas for books happen in the strangest ways. They just sort of pop into your head. This was a particularly odd way too. I was driving and listening to the radio and the announcer was talking about a singer who was having dreams of a demon. Strange, I know. But for some reason it sparked an idea and when I was with a writing group I belonged to at Panera, the idea stayed with me and I wrote the prologue, which isn’t in the book any longer. I still love the prologue and may put it up on my blog at some point.

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Cursed since birth, hunted by gods, and desperate for love—Jade never stood a chance.

Half-demon, half-goddess, Jade’s fate makes her a pawn in an epic battle among the gods. Hidden on Earth with her sisters, she successfully avoids the Oneiroi—the dream gods—bent on her destruction until the prophecy, long dormant, awakens a dark shadow within her.

Roen, a reclusive Worr demon known for his battles against the Oneiroi, is called to protect Jade. Together they must unlock their mysterious connection and find a way to beat back destiny. Can she outsmart the prophecy, change her fate, and find love—even when she learns who is connected to her destruction?

Excerpt:

Jade’s temples throbbed. She headed toward the east turret where she knew her mom favored her morning meals. As she burst into the room, Jade startled Aiesa. A fork clattered right before her brother, accompanied by shrieks of joy, jumped up from his chair and ran to her.

Jade pasted a wide grin on her face as she bent to pick up her half-brother. His arms wrapped around her neck was the sweetest thing ever. She sunk into his embrace and inhaled deeply, closing her eyes. He had the best little demon smell. She clutched him to her until he squirmed. Releasing him, she realized that for the first time in a while, her shoulders were relaxed. Opening her eyes, she met her mom’s gaze over her brother’s shoulders.

Her mother’s dark hair hung down in a fall of midnight. A storm of worry shone in her eyes. Aiesa half rose, her mouth forming a circle. Damn. Tension rocketed back up again. Nahl pushed at her, forcing her gaze back to him.

“Hey, little demon, you’re looking very handsome this morning.” Jade tweaked his nose.

He favored both their mother and step-demon with hair black as night and ebony eyes. And lucky for him, he inherited Xavior’s olive-toned skin, but not their mother’s deep-red lips. On Mom, they looked stunning. On a boy, well…not so much.

“I’m fierce, not handsome.” Nahl frowned at Jade, grasping her long tresses for emphasis.

“Fierce and handsome.” She chuckled. “What mayhem have you got planned today?”

He beamed as she sat him down, then scampered back to his food. “I get to go to Kristo’s to work on magic. We’re going to turn beetles into snakes.”

“That sounds like fun.” She snuck a peek at her mother, who watched her closely.

Nahl’s laugh turned wicked as he gazed his sister with glee. “Then the snakes into spiders.”

Jade shuddered. “Wonderful.” She couldn’t stand spiders as her mischievous little brother knew very well.

“Why don’t you head over early, Nahl? Cade can escort you there. He’s in the war room with your father. Go find him.” Aiesa instructed her young son.

“Okay, Mom.” Nahl hopped off his chair. A quick hug and kiss were given to their mom and Jade before he raced from the room.

“I can’t believe how much he’s grown since the last time I saw him.”

“Hmm, why don’t you have a seat, Jade?” Aiesa’s gaze never left her daughter.

“Sure.” After sitting down, Jade glanced nervously around the bright room. The sunlight streamed in, illuminating the blue and green mosaic tiles. The room emanated the feeling of being at the seaside. All it lacked was a bit of sand.

With a little illusion, Aiesa used to take her daughters to breakfast on the beach in this very room. It had been heaven. Perhaps that’s why I’m drawn to California in the human realm.

Unable to avoid it any longer, Jade met her mother’s gaze.

Grasping her hand, Aiesa asked, “The fiery orange circle around your eyes is new. How long has the Fates’ curse been active?”

Icy fingers crawled up Jade’s spine, and her stomach churned with worry with her fears confirmed by her mother’s words.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Amy McKinley is a freelance writer and author. She lives in Illinois with her husband, their four talented teenagers, and three mischievous cats. Her debut novel, Hidden is the first in the Five Fates Series.

Connect with Amy:

www.amymckinley.com

Twitter: @amymckinley7

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GIVEAWAY

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