Thursday, July 27, 2017

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Seraphina Series by Sheena Hutchinson @Sheena_Hutch @XpressoTours

Seraphina’s Awakening
Sheena Hutchinson
(Seraphina #1)
Publication date: September 1st 2016
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

For as long as she can remember, Seraphina Cross has experienced these visions that made her feel like there was more to life. It wasn’t until one moment, one accident that her life changed forever.

She awakens the next day a new person in more ways than one. With no recollection of past night’s events, she’s forced to adapt to certain sensations she is experiencing all while trying to piece together what exactly happened to her that fateful night. Her strange, hectic life doesn’t seem to make sense until she meets a handsome stranger. Only then does the puzzle finally piece itself together.

What she doesn’t expect is the new powers she has developed attracting all kinds of unwanted attention. Thrown into a world she never truly believed existed she is forced to come to grips with who she is becoming while staying out of trouble long enough to figure out what needs to be done to fulfill her destiny.

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Guest Post:

Are your characters based off real people or do they come entirely from your imagination?

Characters are one of the key parts of the story, to make them relatable they have to feel real. I don’t necessarily base characters off certain people I know, but occasionally I find that it’s easier for me to write characters if I have an image in my head. Whether it’s a mannerism or eye color I’m affected by things I encounter in daily life that helps me in the creation of these characters.
It’s impossible to say whether or not I’ve based an entire character on someone, because I’m so inspired by random things and random people. From coffee house baristas flipping cups to strangers pushing a cart in Walmart (that’s the best people watching spot after all.) I believe I’ve used some tidbits I’ve seen and incorporated them into my books. But, there are two specific characters that I know for a fact I’ve conciously based off of actual people.

Amanda from The Seraphina Series is based off my real life best friend, Miranda. From her personality, to her appearance, to her driving a little black coupe they are very similar. She just seemed to embody everything a best friend should be, so it was easy to base a character off of her. I’ve also noticed the other best friends in all my series have the same qualities—they are usually the comic relief and a smidge promiscuous. 

The second character I’ve based off someone would be John Smith from Uncovering Officer Smith. He was based off a bouncer at a bar my friends and I used to attend. There was this one bouncer that was major eye candy. In the story, I just emulated his appearance and the way ladies would swoon and dance over in his corner. I’m a shy author in real life so I’ve never spoken two words to the actual guy. But it was fun to fantasize about him and write this crazy story.

So all in all, there are only two characters I’ve based off of actual people. Most of my characters are just a figment of my imagination. Those tend to be the harder characters to write, in those cases I try to choose a celebrity I can imagine playing them in a movie and that usually helps me to write descriptions of them. Plus, multiple books later it helps me keep my characters straight in my head! 

Author Bio:
Sheena is a born and raised New Yorker, even her writing can’t seem to hide her hard sarcasm. She claims destiny has lead her back to her true passion for writing.
She constantly strives to be a positive role model and writes stories that empower and inspire. Sheena always roots for the underdog, believes in love at first sight, and that everyone should have their happily ever after.
While God is currently still writing her love story, she continues to put all her effort into her writing as she is constantly getting new inspiration.

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