Thursday, June 22, 2017

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Seeds of Eden by A.P. Watson @apwatsonauthor @XpressoTours

Seeds of Eden
A.P. Watson
(The Concilium, #1)
Publication date: January 25th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Haunted by visions of the execution of an innocent man, Evey discovers that the secrets of her past and a mysterious stranger are irrevocably intertwined.

Visions of decapitated corpses, pools of blood, and a masked executioner have haunted Evey for as long as she can remember. Torn between a life in the waking world and dreams of the dead, she realizes her normal existence is nothing more than an illusion. As the veil between reality and her subconscious dissipates, she begins to question her own sanity. Each night as she closes her eyes, she wonders what wrongs she committed to warrant such a curse.

When a handsome stranger suddenly appears in Evey’s life, he is able to provide her with the answers she seeks. However, the only thing more mystifying than Conrad’s appearance in one of her nightmares is the undeniable attraction she feels for him. It is only when he confesses their fates and souls have been intertwined for centuries that an ancient secret is revealed. Now, the two of them must outrun a great darkness or it will claim their lives again.

Interview with A.P. Watson

What inspired you to write Seeds of Eden?
The first real inspiration I had for Seeds of Eden was this thought of a young, high school student sitting in her history class. Her teacher instructs the class to open their textbooks to the section they will be studying that day, and when this girl opens her book, she sees a picture of a queen who looks exactly like her. Of course, the girl is stunned, because it's not every day you open a history book and discover a ruler who could be your identical twin. This book has grown so much from my initial idea, but this was the first jolt of inspiration I had for Evey's story. 

Can you tell us a little bit about the next books in The Concilium Series or what you have planned for the future?

Seeds of Eden is the first installment in my trilogy entitled, The Concilium Series. The second installment is titled, A Fallen Son, and the third novel in the series is The Final Temptation. The second book will be told from two different perspectives, which has been really challenging and exciting to write. Readers will get to see the progression of the plot from both of the perspectives, so it's interesting to see how the actions of one character affect the other. I like to incorporate a lot of historical elements and events from history into my writing, and both A Fallen Son and The Final Temptation will incorporate a bit of history as well. I'm also planning on writing four companion novellas to accompany the series. Each novella will be told from a different character's perspective. Some of these will follow characters that aren't very prominent in the story, but still have interesting and diverse tales to tell. 

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Seeds of Eden?

Seeds of Eden is told from Evey's perspective. She is the heroine of the story and she is a high school student living in an extremely small town in Tennessee. She lives a pretty ordinary life until she meets a new student at her school, Conrad. From the moment they first lay eyes on one another, there is an undeniable attraction between them. Not to mention, Evey has been plagued with horrific nightmares from the time she was a small girl. Her latest nightmare has her begging and pleading with a merciless king to spare the life of one of his prisoners. The only problem is, the prisoner she tries so desperately to save looks exactly like Conrad.

Caroline, Evey's best friend, is a source of support and a shoulder for Evey to cry on throughout the story. Caroline is everything a best friend should be, sassy, blunt, and one heck of a bad ass. Caroline adapts to the intense and crazy situations she and Evey are thrust into with grace and an ever challenging wit. And even though her moral compass doesn't exactly point due north, she still has Evey's back no matter what. 

Conrad is the new student Evey encounters on the first day of school. He is mysterious, slightly cocky, yet completely charming. An instant hit at her small town high school, Conrad walks into Evey's life and turns her world upside down. Though, there is much more to Conrad than meets the eye. Despite his handsome face, pain and heartache lurk in the depths of his bright blue eyes, and when Evey discovers their paths are destined to cross, she soon realizes Conrad will change her forever. 

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

Trying to choose a favorite author is like trying to choose my favorite band. I have several favorites, and it's impossible for me to pick just one. I'd rather rip my heart out than choose one author to be my favorite. I read books from every genre, and am a fan of a great story. I absolutely adore Jane Austen. The complex yet flawed female characters she writes speak to my soul, and I love the way she incorporates clashes between different social classes into her stories. I also grew up reading Harry Potter and love J.K. Rowling's ability to craft such an intricate and complicated universe. She is truly a master of character development and story building. I also really enjoy reading stories by Charlaine Harris and Sarah J. Maas as well.
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?

If I could travel to the past or the future, I’d definitely time-travel to the past so I could experience the Renaissance first hand. It was a period where culture took a huge leap forward and advances were made in science, math, art, literature, and architecture. I especially love art, and so many great artists emerged during this time, such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Titian, and one of my absolute favorite artists, Leonardo da Vinci. Honestly, Leonardo da Vinci is the main reason I'd love to visit the Renaissance era. He was a painter, sculptor, mathematician, architect, and an incredible inventor. His accomplishments have been revered for centuries, and with such works under his belt like The Last Supper, Mona Lisa, The Vitruvian Man, and Virgin on the Rocks, it's not hard to imagine why. He is one of the most talented individuals in history and if time-travel were possible, I wouldn't be able to pass up the chance to meet him. 

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

I have a dog and her name is Elle (Yes, she is named after Elle Woods from Legally Blonde). She is thirteen pounds of pure love and I can't believe she is turning 10 this fall! She is my constant writing companion, because she loves to lie across my lap while I'm writing. My love for her may teeter on the edge of obsession (she has her own Instagram account), but who am I to deny the world such cuteness?

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

Thank you Nancy for allowing me to pay a little visit to your blog! 

Author Bio:
town of Estill Springs, Tennessee. Growing up in a rural town allowed her imagination to run wild, and Paige began making up stories in her head at a young age. This storytelling eventually transformed into a love of writing. She is currently penning her first trilogy, The Concilium Series, and is also planning to write four companion novellas to accompany it. She is an avid reader, enjoying a variety of genres and authors from Jane Austen to Charlaine Harris.

When she isn’t reading or writing, Paige spends the majority of her time dancing. She has been taking pole dancing lessons for the past three years and couldn’t be more in love with the sport. The blend of athleticism, grace, and flexibility required to dance continually challenges her and she strives to not only build strength but defy gravity, as well. Paige has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing from East Tennessee State University. She has been a critical care nurse at Bristol Regional Medical Center for the last five years. She currently resides in Johnson City, Tennessee with her adorable dog, Elle.