Friday, November 4, 2016

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Soul Finder by Jacinta Maree @JacintaMaree6 @XpressoTours

Soul Finder
Jacinta Maree
(The Immortal Gene, #2)
Publication date: September 16th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult, Supernatural

Since being discovered as Soulless, Nadia has become a target for both terrorist groups and government corporations. Now, her only hope for survival rests in the hands of the man sent out to kill her: Diesel, the Mad Dog terrorist.

Diesel is determined to free himself of the never ending curse of reincarnation and the haunting memories that plague his mind. But when his search leads him to Nadia, a greater desire stills him from taking her life.

Unable to see into Diesel’s cracking mind, Nadia instead puts her faith into his strength, fueled by eleven generations of unmatched rage and insanity. Their tight-rope relationship balances the two between life and death, love and rage, trust and betrayal.

Tension pulls at the hems of their dangerous companionship, and as time runs out all madmen must eventually make their choice.

Book two of the thrilling Immortal Gene series dives deeper into the danger of trusting your heart over your head.

Sequel to:

An Interview with Jacinta Maree

What inspired you to write Soul Finder?
Soulless, Soul Finder and Soul Reaper came to me very easily. The whole concept revolves around reincarnation, in this extreme case, reincarnation gone wrong.
The Immortal Gene is a throwback to the immortality provided with the reincarnation plague. I’ve called it a gene as it is something people are born with, or in Nadia’s case, without. The title Soulless was chosen because the main character, Nadia, doesn’t have a soul imprint and lacks any reincarnated memories therefore marking her as not having a soul. In the dictionary, Soulless is described as a lack of human emotion and qualities. It’s a running joke that Nadia, whom is probably the only one capable of human emotion, is the one being called the Soulless.
Soul Finder is chosen because of the developing understanding of herself, Diesel’s returning humanity, and the new character Hiro.
Soul Reaper, as you can probably guess, is the reaping of the souls. What this means could be a lot of different things, and something I don’t want to disclose yet.
When or at what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I was very young when I started writing, probably around 6 – 7 years old. It was a strange passion because I had a lot of trouble learning how to spell growing up. It got to the point I needed to see a specialist and my confidence took a hit.
I shied away from showing anyone outside of my family my work. It wasn’t until I was in high school that I thought becoming a novelist was a possibility. By then, spell check was invented anyway so it was easier to correct my work. I never thought I would have accomplished as much as I have, and I consider myself incredibly lucky for the opportunities presented to me. I hope I continue to improve and grow, and maybe even help others find the confidence to follow their writing dreams.
What is the earliest age you remember reading your first book?
I think I was roughly 6 – 7 again, and it was probably the reason why I started writing. It was one of those gifts where you can input the child’s name into the story by filling in the blanks. The version I got was a Barbie adventure book, and I loved it so much I had to read more when the book ended. It was a powerful gift, opening up new realities to me.
What genre of books do you enjoy reading?
My favourite are dystopian’s, but I really read anything with a good plot line. I had surprised myself by reading and really enjoying a political drama, so I never turn my nose up on my book.
What is your favorite book?
This is a hard one to answer, as my favourite changes all the time. I know for the longest time Stephen King’s works were always a top fav, then followed by Brent Weeks and now Marie Rutkoski’s series. Nowadays, I enjoy a lot of novels for many different reasons.
You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?
Similarity to my favourite book, my opinion changes. Currently, my favourite author is Marie Rutkoski and her series The Winner’s Curse. It was just her ability to weave her characters, emotions and actions into moving poetry that really got to me. I was never bored, and she as able to build so many layers and depths to her characters, it made me really want to improve myself.
If you could travel back in time here on earth to any place or time. Where would you go and why?
Hmm… there aren’t many moments in history that makes me think, yeah I would want to go back there, but if I did have to jump into a time travelling machine I would love to go back and visit my parents when they were my age. I would totally try to freak them out too, describe details about them a stranger shouldn’t know. Haha, I’ll probably end up screwing up my own future but oh well.
When writing a book do you find that writing comes easy for you or is it a difficult task?
It’s only difficult when I don’t have inspiration. It’s not an easy thing to do, it takes a lot of time, determination and persistence to create a novel. But, that being said, it also feels like the most natural thing in the world. I do struggle sometimes, and I think, how on earth have I written five of these already?
I take it one scene at a time, and before you know it, the novel has formed into a living, breathing entity.
Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?
I have a cat and a dog currently, but I am very much a cat person. I used to have two cats, but my 17 year old passed away so I’m down to just the two animals now. If I could, I would love to have three cats.
Their names are Muffin for the dog and Sahara for the cat (Sahara was her name at the cat shelter, so I just kept it.)
What is your "to die for", favorite food/foods to eat?
Hmmm…I’m a chocolate fan, so I’m pretty happy to eat chocolate for the rest of my life if I could (and keep my health / teeth). But I like so many other types of food, I just don’t know which one I would ‘die for’. I love Chinese food as my top favourite type of cuisine. Dumplings, peking duck, hor fun (white flat noodles), red bean soup, the list can go on forever.
Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?

I think the biggest thing I can say is to join the community. It’s really, really hard out there in the publishing world without friends, so if you’re able to then I suggest attending conventions and networking among your fellow writers, readers and bloggers. Help each other out, and be genuine in your actions toward others too.
We are in this together, it’s important we don’t see other writers as our competitors but as our companions.  

Author Bio:
Born in Melbourne Australia, Jacinta Maree considers herself a chocoholic with an obsession with dragons, video gaming and Japan. She writes a variety of genres including YA paranormal, steampunk, horror, new adult, dystopian and fantasy. Winner of 2014 Horror of the year and bestselling author, Jacinta writes to bring enjoyment to others while fulfilling her own need to explore the weird and the impossible. 



Giselle said...

Thanks for hosting today, Nancy! :)