Monday, May 1, 2017

Virtual Tour + #Giveaway: Lake Of Sins: Hangman's Army by L. S. O'Dea @LSODea @GoddessFish

Lake Of Sins: Hangman's Army
by L.S. O’Dea
GENRE: YA, Dystopian Fantasy


A rebellion is brewing in the world of the Lake of Sins while Hugh Truent sits in prison days away from his execution.

After taking his findings about the genetic similarities between the classes to the Supreme Almighty and the Council, Hugh had been arrested for treason and all his evidence had vanished as if made from smoke.

To protect his family, he cut off all contact with the outside world while he sat in prison for over four years waiting for his execution. He has no idea that some of his reports were leaked to the other classes and that civil war looms on the horizon.

Trinity and her friends have no hope of winning the war unless they can unite the classes. In order to do that, they need someone everyone will follow. They need the one person all the classes trust and believe in. They need Hugh.

That means they have to break him out of a maximum security prison and convince him to lead their army, but that won’t be easy because Hugh wants revenge and he’s not going to let anything get in his way especially mouthy, attractive, know-it-all Trinity.



Trinity didn’t reply, but her back was straighter than before.  He was getting on her nerves.  Good because she sure got on his.  She was nothing but trouble, an attractive know-it-all who refused to listen to anyone.  His hand met the end of the rope.  It was still a long way to the ground. 

Jackson waited alongside the building with Tim.  They were both flat against the wall, trying not to be seen. 

“Drop.  You’ll be fine.”  Her voice was soft, no longer acidic and mocking.

He couldn’t deal with her being kind to him.  They’d done so well bickering.  The trip had been fast and he hadn’t thought much about the danger.  “I’m an Almighty.  My kind doesn’t always land on their feet.” 

“Let go,” she said, a hint of anger in her voice.

“I will.”  His hands tightened on the rope.  A fall like this could break something. 

“Now,” she snapped.  “Or I’ll kick you in the face and say a prayer that you land on your head.”

Her foot waved above his head.  He wouldn’t put it past her to do what she threatened.  She’d probably enjoy it.  He closed his eyes, took a deep breath, pushed back with his feet and let go.  He was free.  It was glorious.  No chains.  No cell.  Just the air and the sky and…the ground.  He hit hard, his legs taking the brunt of the fall.  He rolled onto his back as Jackson’s hand grabbed his and pulled him to his feet.  He touched his face, the impact of his landing still rattled through his teeth.  Trinity dropped gracefully next to him.  He hated House Servants, every last one of them.

Interview with L.S. O’Dea

What inspired you to write Lake of Sins: Hangman’s Army?

Hangman’s Army is the third book in the series, so it had to be written.  Well, I guess I could’ve left the world after Secrets In Blood, but there was still so much story left to tell. 

In Hangman, I decided to pick up several years after Secrets ended.  Where to start a story is always a difficult decision.  A lot happened in the time between Secrets and Hangman, but the meat of the story takes place after Hugh is freed from jail.

The series itself has been jostling around in my head for years.  I think it’s a compilation of everything that I love and hate about our world.  It has friendships – most of them unlikely between creatures that are vastly different from each other—love, envy, vengeance, hatred, subjugation and cruelty.  If you’ve ever thought about animal rights then you’ll see those threads throughout this series, but it’s not something that everyone sees.  It’s not pushy with the theme.

Can you tell us a little bit about the next books in the Lake of Sins series or what you have planned for the future?

The next book is titled Betrayed.  We spend a lot more time in Jethro’s head and that’s a lot of fun.  He’s the other part of the love triangle that begins in Hangman’s Army.  He’s also young, strong, struggling with the beliefs he’s been taught and what he sees as right, along with his quest for vengeance for his father and the burden of taking care of his mother and sister.  On top of all of that, he’s changing into…something else.  We also get to meet some more genetic experiments of Professor Conguise’s and that’s pretty cool.

The fifth book in the series (title pending), will be the war.  It won’t be like you think (nothing in this series is).

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Lake of Sins: Hangman’s Army?

I have a lot of characters in my books (there’s a handy reference section in the back of each book), so I’ll stick with the main characters.

Trinity is a young girl, twenty one, in this book.  She’s beautiful but she doesn’t see it.  She’s also very talented in forest survival and fighting (she spent five years training with a Tracker and Handler so she should be – they’re top predators).  She’s a complex character because she’s very unsure of herself in some aspects of her life and completely confident in others.  She can also be a bit self-centered but she has a big heart and will do anything for a friend.  In this book, she becomes attracted to a male but she is still holding on to her dreams of “her prince” from her teen years.

Hugh is a tortured character in this book.  In Secrets, he’s on top of the world—everything is going well for him and then it all crashes down.  In Hangman, he wants revenge, nothing else.  He doesn’t plan on living past his revenge and he’s okay with that, but Trinity helps him change his mind although he fights it with everything he has.  In this book he has to accept that the man he was still exists and wasn’t all bad.

Jethro’s life is starting to fall apart.  He’s being forced to step up to care for his family and that means doing things that he doesn’t want to do.  He’s also struggling with the beliefs and teachings of his society.  And, he’s changing which makes everything much more confusing for him.

You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

I really don’t have a favorite author.  I used to read one author until I got sick of them but now, I really don’t read a lot.  I’m so busy with my day job, taking care of my animals, exercising, taking care of my house and yard, writing, editing and marketing that I seldom have time to read.

However, if I had to pick one book to have with me on a desert island, I’d have to pick the complete works of Shakespeare.  I love his work.  The language can be troublesome but it’s so worth it.  I took a class and read the plays that were assigned three times.  The first gave me a general idea of the plot, characters, themes, etc.  The second read-through gave me a deeper understanding (I’d look things up and make sure that I understood each sentence).  The third was purely for enjoyment and the plays are fabulous.

If you could time-travel would you travel to the future or the past? Where would you like to go and why would you like to visit this particular time period?

I’m a simple person.  If I could go back in time, I’d go to when I was a little girl and my father was still alive.  I miss him.  We used to stay up late and watch TV together – Dr. Who in particular.

If I couldn’t go back to that time, then I think I’d like to go back when my parents were young.  I only see them as my parents, not as the people they were – the young girl and boy with dreams and ambitions, joys, accomplishments, heartaches and sadness.  I’d like to know them as people, not just parents.

Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

Currently, I have five dogs and four cats.  They are all strays except Jack, who I adopted from the shelter.  I live in a very rural area and a lot of people dump their animals out here.  It’s so sad and people can be such jerks.  I found one of my dogs, Tricks, on a busy highway.  She was trying to get into cars.  She’d just weaned a litter of puppies.  She spent so many months looking for them, trying to go back home.  I put up signs, called the pounds and local vets, and had her checked for a microchip, but no one ever called to claim her.  She’d been dumped.  It has to be terrible for them to lose their babies.  I saw the sadness, confusion and loss in her eyes for a long time.  She’s settled in now, but sometimes, she seems sad and I wonder if she’s remembering her family that was taken from her.  People can be real jerks.

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today. 


L. S. O’Dea grew up the youngest of seven in a family that uses teasing and tricks as an indication of love (or at least that’s what she tells herself).  Being five years younger than her closest sibling often made her the unwilling entertainment for her brothers and sisters.
Before she started kindergarten her brothers taught her how to spell her first and middle name—Linda Sue.  She was so proud she ran into the kitchen to tell her mother.  She stood tall and recited the letters of her name:  L-E-M-O-N   H-E-A-D.
She’s pretty sure she has her siblings to thank for the demons that lurk in her mind, whispering dark and demented stories.

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