Monday, March 21, 2016

March Madness: Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios

Today I'm incredibly excited to be sharing a guest post from Heather Demetrios, whose Blood Passage had its book birthday on the 1st! I was super happy when Heather wanted to participate; to this day, I'll Meet You There is still one of my favorite books. And I cannot wait to read all of her other ones! I also can't wait to share this post. But before I do that, here's a bit more information about the sequel in her fantasy series. :)

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Title: Blood Passage (Dark Caravan Cycle, #2)
Author: Heather Demetrios
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: March 1st, 2016!
Get It: Amazon

From Goodreads...
A jinni who's lost everything.

A master with nothing to lose.

A revolutionary with everything to gain.

When Nalia arrives in Morocco to fulfil Malek's third and final wish she's not expecting it to be easy. Though Nalia is free from the shackles that once bound her to Malek as his slave, she's in more danger than ever before.

Meanwhile, Malek's past returns with a vengeance as he confronts the darkness within himself, and Raif must decide what's more important: his love for Nalia, or his devotion to the cause of Arjinnan freedom.

Set upon by powerful forces that threaten to break her, Nalia encounters unexpected allies and discovers that her survival depends on the very things she thought made her weak. From the souks of Marrakech to the dunes of the Sahara, The Arabian Nights come to life in this dazzling second installment of the Dark Passage Cycle.

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Why I Write YA 
As a YA author I’m aware that both teens and adults read my books. Part of what makes this genre so exciting is the breadth of readership. I love that my grandma can enjoy one of my books just as much as a sixteen year old. I am always aware that my books are being primarily marketed to teens. I don’t write exclusively for my teen readers, but I keep them in mind in terms of language and talking about things like sex responsibly. (For example, if any of my characters have sex, I always make sure to put in something about a condom and birth control). I don’t censor myself, though. I always set out to write authentic teen protagonists and as my characters come to life, they take the reigns.  

There is something really special about knowing your books will be read by people on the cusp of adulthood. When you’re a teen, you’re so open to new ideas and impressions. As writers, we can literally change someone’s life. Teen readers have so much ahead of them. It’s all potential. I wish I’d had YA books like the kind we have now when I was a teen. They would have helped me so much, not just to escape, but to know the confusion I felt was normal and shared by my fellow teens. So I love the idea that somehow reading my books might inspire a teen reader in some way. It’s not that adult readers can’t be inspired. It’s that they don’t have the same capacity to suddenly reorient their lives. 

All that being said, I didn’t set out to be a YA writer, but it was YA books that reignited my love of reading, starting with Harry Potter. Suddenly, reading was exciting again. I loved staying up until early in the morning devouring yet another YA book. I wanted to give that feeling to readers as well as receive it. I relish those emails and tweets from my readers telling me how much they love a character or a book. It’s a fist-pumping moment, knowing that—at least for that particular reader—I delivered the goods. 

Sometimes I think that I write YA because it allows me to spend months—years—with characters I love every day. It’s hard when you fall for a book and then you have a horrible book hangover—it’s a kind of grief. Your time with those characters are limited to hours only. I realized I could avoid this a bit by writing the books myself. From conception to the moment a book is on the shelves, a writer spends a lot of time with their story. By the time my books go on sale, I’m already deep into another one. This keeps me from having too many book hangovers. Of course every time I read a YA it’s always sad when it’s over. 

No doubt another reason I choose to be a YA writer is the community. There is just nothing like the YA fandom. The way writers and readers and bloggers interact is so cool. From fan art to tweets to Instagram, there is so much love being spread around. The “adult” writing world doesn’t have this give and take. I can’t count how many times this community has buoyed me. I feel exceedingly lucky to be part of it.

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Thank you so much for sharing this lovely post with us, Heather! :)

Next up tomorrow, THE LAST POST FOR THE EVENT, is a book set in the future and follows one family as they try to survive in it.

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