Monday, August 26, 2019

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: The Ghost Seekers by Devon Taylor @devontwrites @XpressoTours

The Ghost Seekers
Devon Taylor
(The Soul Keepers #2)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 27th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

“A fantastic high-stakes adventure on a ghost ship sailing forever into eternity, where every soul is (literally) worth fighting for—what’s not to love?” —Rin Chupeco, author of The Bone Witch and The Girl from the Well, on The Soul Keepers

There are worse things than death.

The Harbinger is lost, sunk to the bottom of an otherworldly sea. Every soul that ever died and was protected within its hold has been lost along with it. But at least that precious cargo is out of reach of the demon Urcena and her army of soul-devouring monsters.

For now.

The soul keepers are broken, scattered, and barely clinging to existence without their ship or any way to collect or protect the souls of the newly dead. If they are to have any hope of stopping Urcena’s horrifying plans to destroy the fragile balance between living and dead, they will first have to survive long enough to locate the ghost of one of their own, who sacrificed himself to save the rest of the crew.

Devon Taylor’s cinematic and pulse-pounding duology comes to a thunderous conclusion in The Ghost Seekers.

Interview with Devon Taylor

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
This is a great question! Does coffee count as a spirit animal? I’d say in my case it would be my cat, Marvey, whose favorite activity is just loafing around the house, nibbling on peoples’ fingers until they give him food.

How many hours a day do you put into your writing?
Some days I get in more time than others, but I usually aim for at least two hours every morning during the week. I have to get up super early (which is super hard) and get the time in before my daughter needs to be up for school and my wife needs to be up for work.

Do you read your book reviews? If yes, do they affect what you write in the future?
I learned very early on to just avoid the book reviews, especially when it comes to Goodreads. The really nice trade reviews that I’ve gotten, my editor has passed along directly. But after skimming through a few of the reviews elsewhere on the internet, I decided to just stay away from them. Even when you try not to let that kind of stuff affect you, it still manages to find a way into your subconscious, and not in a good way.

Do you leave hidden messages in your books that only a few people will find?
I definitely leave little easter eggs for people who are close to me. For example, I hid the date of mine and my wife’s anniversary in The Soul Keepers.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in The Soul Keepers/The Ghost Seekers?
Sure! The series follows Rhett Snyder from the moment of his death to his recruitment as part of the crew of the Harbinger, an enormous, city-size seafaring ship that collects the souls of the dead and protects them from vicious soul-eating monsters. Rhett’s new team as part of the crew consists of an eclectic group of deceased teens who come from different regions and time periods. There’s also a demon named Urcena who’s after something a lot more powerful than just the souls of the dead, and she’s pretty much willing to do anything to get it.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?
Right now I’m working on a book that’s a little bit more grounded in reality but still has a lot of supernatural and sci-fi elements. Hopefully I’ll have more details about that soon.

Do you allow yourself a certain number of hours to write or do you write as long as the words come?
If I have an entire day that I can devote to writing (which rarely happens but it does happen) then I just keep writing until some sort of fatigue sets in, whether it’s hunger or joint pain or imagination dehydration or the battery in my laptop dies.

Do you have a certain number of words or pages you write per day?
Not usually. If I give myself too rigid of a goal, then my anti-establishment brain usually rejects the idea of doing any work at all.

What inspires you to write?
Well, I’m inspired by everything -- little quirks or strange thoughts in my day-to-day life that lead to the what if questions that ultimately lead to a story. But the motivation to actually sit down and write the words definitely comes from my wife and daughters. They’re my biggest fans and the reason why I had the inclination to sit down and finish writing a book in the first place.

Would you rather

Read fiction or non-fiction?

Read series or stand-alone?
I love a good series but hate waiting for the next book, so stand-alone!

Read Science fiction or horror?
Science Fiction!

Read Stephen King or Dean Koontz
Stephen King, 100%

Read the book or watch the movie?
Read the book!

Read an ebook or paperback?

Be trapped alone for one month in a library with no computer or a room with a computer and Wi-Fi only?
Library with no computer! You just described my version of Disneyland.

Do a cross-country book store tour or blog tour online?
I love not having to get out of my pajamas to do the blog tour, but it would be fun to do a cross-country tour at least once.

Author Bio:

Devon Taylor was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters. His day job consists of sneaking around the house with ninja-like stealth to avoid waking up his kids. When not writing, reading, or tediously typing out text messages with all the correct spelling and punctuation, he spends his time with his family. THE SOUL KEEPERS is his debut novel.