Monday, October 22, 2018

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Undefined by Jessica Ruddick @jessicamruddick @yaboundtourspr



Undefined
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Summary:

Sophie loves being an elemental. Being able to bend the natural world to her will is thrilling, even if the need for secrecy is putting a cramp in her dating life. Lately, though, her powers have been growing, making it difficult to resist the heady temptation to use her gifts.

Trying to balance the elemental world with having a normal life is tough enough without her overbearing, way-too-perfect, and way-too-good-looking guardian Aidan watching—and judging—her every move. The trouble is she’s not sure where she fits in and she’s sure as heck not ready to conform to stringent elemental rules.

But when secrets about her life are revealed and outside forces threaten everything Sophie holds dear, she must embrace who she is or risk losing it all.


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Interview with Jessica Ruddick


Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Undefined?

Sophie is headstrong and spunky, which I really like. As a teen, I was shy and insecure, so it’s refreshing to write from the point of view of a character who is sure of herself. Aidan is the boy next door and the guardian who’s been training Sophie. He’s annoyingly perfect and gets under her skin in a way that is entirely inappropriate given their relationship.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?

I just wrapped up the second book in the Elemental Saga series and I’m about to start writing the third book.

How long would you say it takes you to write a book?

My goal is to write 10k words every week, so it usually takes about eight weeks to finish the first draft. I edit as I go, but I also self-edit at the end in addition to using professional editors. One of my writing goals for this coming year is to increase my daily word count from 2k to 3k, so hopefully it’ll take less time soon.

What is your favorite childhood book?

This is such a hard question! I read voraciously as a child—Sweet Valley High, Babysitters Club, Christopher Pike, Nancy Drew Case Files…the list goes on and on. I also really liked a YA historical romance series in which all of the books were titled with the heroine’s first name (Nicole, Caroline, Elizabeth, etc.). Today’s young adults are so lucky because there are so many high quality YA books that I just didn’t have. For that reason, I graduated to reading adults books really early. For instance, I read Gone With the Wind in middle school. To go back to the original question, I can’t pinpoint just one book.

If you could spend the day with one of the characters from Undefined who would it be? Please tell us why you chose this particular character, where you would go and what you would do.

I would like to hang out with Sophie because it would be cool to see her control the elements. She’s fearless, so I’m sure we would get up to a lot of shenanigans.

What was the hardest scene from Undefined to write?

I find the romantic scenes difficult to write. I’ve written fifteen books, so I sometimes struggle to find fresh, new ways to describe the heart pounding and stomach clenching that happens when the hero is around.

What made you want to become a writer?

When I was in my teens, I read every book Nora Roberts had ever put out. I would close each one after I was done reading and sigh because the experience of reading them made me so happy. I want to provide that experience for readers.


Just for fun

(a Favorite song: “Clarity” by Zedd & Foxes

(b Favorite book: This is a cruel thing to ask an author! I don’t have an answer!

(c Favorite movie: any Avengers movie

(d Favorite tv show: I don’t watch TV…sorry!

(e Favorite Food: Calzones

(f Favorite drink: Iced Tea

(g Favorite website: Etsy or YouTube

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About the Author

Jessica Ruddick is a 2014 Golden Heart finalist for her new adult novel, Letting Go, which was inspired by her own college experiences. She lives in Virginia and is married to her college sweetheart—their first date was a fraternity toga party (and nothing inspires love like a toga, right?). When she doesn’t have her nose in a book or her hands on a keyboard, she can be found wrangling her two rambunctious sons, taming two rowdy but lovable rescue dogs, and battling the herd of dust bunnies that has taken up residence in her home. To learn more about Jessica, please visit her website at www.jessicaruddick.com.


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