A website dedicated to books in the Young Adult genre, featuring book reviews, author interviews contests and much more!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Fab Five Questions for Devon Ashley, Author of Ordained

1. In Ordained, Abby knows how to fight her way through demons, controlling the elements and setting things on fire with the flick of her wrist. Can you share with us a favorite line, scene or passage from the book? 

[Noel] returned with a glass of blue tonic water and tried to hand it to her. Her stomach growled and her face cringed. She didn’t need to smell the stuff to know she wouldn’t like it.

“No way am I touching that nasty potion,” she said boldly.

“I’ve changed the formula. I added vanilla to make it taste better.”

Abby accepted it but still eyed it reluctantly. Alcohol never sat well with her system. “How much vanilla?”
“Like I’d really load you up with enough alcohol to throw your balance off. Just drink the tonic, Abby. You’ll feel better quicker.”

She sipped the tonic. Her face puckered again. She gagged, covered her mouth and mumbled in disgust, “Oh my God!”

“I said it tasted better, not great.”

Abby continued to force the sour tonic down in sips. She could taste a hint of vanilla but the potion left a bitter aftertaste that was similar to vinegar. Her stomach gurgled and burned.

“Water,” she coughed after her last sip of tonic.

“No. You’ll dilute it,” Noel said firmly, relieving her of the glass.

Smartly, she rebutted, “Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do after drinking poison? Or is it throw up?”

2. What three words best describe Abby’s personality?

Stubborn, Sarcastic, Protective

3. Abby’s fellow friend and hunter Emily is important to the story. What is a day in the life of a hunter like Emily like?

Well, right now, Emily’s been forced to return to school and not allowed outside the manor’s protective borders (like that stops her), so she’s not really hunting. But that doesn’t mean life is any easier inside the manor, especially when a group of demons break through the magical enchantments that protect the school…

“And just out of curiosity, how many of these twelve did you two end up killing?” [Emily] glared at the Chancellor. Surprisingly, he didn’t back away from her eyes.

Abby hesitantly looked toward Noel. She could tell he didn’t like where this was going. He slowly and quietly raised three fingers. “Seven.”

“Seven?” she huffed. “Wow. Two of them, seven demons. Well, I’m glad the twenty of us could help you out with the other five,” she ranted sarcastically.

“All right, that’s enough!” the Chancellor bellowed. Reddened, he added, “We’re all upset by this attack. None of you would be alive right now if you hadn’t been given the training you received during your school years.”

“You’re delusional!” she stressed. “These demons kicked our [bums]! Abby and Noel are the reason the rest of us are still alive. Your training only kept us alive long enough for them to sort out the mess!”

“Emily!” yelled Ethan, stamping forward. “You will stop this right now!”

“I’m not taking orders from you anymore!” she yelled back. “Any of you!”

Ethan approached Emily with fury in his eyes. With only four steps, Abby put herself directly in his path and caused him to stop abruptly.

4. Abby has been isolated for thirteen years, lacking affection and nursing a broken and bruised body. What do you think would be the hardest thing about being Abby?

Abby has an evil entity living within her that fights for control of her body – the same evil that took control and murdered five advisors when she was sixteen. The hardest thing about being Abby is keeping the entity contained, but sometimes it manages to break through and stuff her deep within herself, into what she refers to as the hollow.

5. Ordained is the first book in a new series, The Immortal Archives. Can you give us a hint of what we can look forward to in the next book? 

Lots of physical changes, especially with Emily as her body undergoes transformation.
A high pitched screech once again reverberated through Emily’s head. She threw her hands to her ears to block the noise, but it had the opposite effect. The inside of her head vibrated violently. She fell to a crouch, writhing and crying out in pain.


But Emily couldn’t stop screaming. She felt a pair of arms lift her from the doorstep, then drop her on the sofa. She continued to jolt back and forth viciously. The intense vibrations and screeching within her head refused to relent. She knew it was pointless to scream, but she couldn’t stop the only release her body was giving her.

Thanks to Kim for having me! Don’t forget to stop by my Crazy Dream Blog for a chance to win a copy of Ordained signed with a personalized doodle-graph. Giveaway ends August 20th.

Ordained (The Immortal Archives, #1)

(The Immortal Archives #1)
Release Date ~ November 15, 2011

Normally, the school creates the hunters - not the monsters.

Abby Sorrensten likes to play rough. Ripping the horns off the foreheads of demons, manipulating lightning and setting things on fire with the flick of your wrist can give you a serious rush. So she probably wasn’t the best choice for the Order’s experimental training program. Thirteen years of isolation, lack of affection and a bruised and broken body from horrendous training sessions creates more than just an exceptional fighter. It creates an evil within - an evil responsible for several deaths the night she left.

Two hundred years later Abby resurfaces as the very thing the Order trained her to kill: a vampire. A mythical demon has set his sights on the school and only the ordained hunter has the powers to face it. Unbeknownst to the Order, Abby’s their precious ordained one and their only chance for survival. As much as she would love to leave them hanging, she’s not willing to risk the life of Emily, a fellow friend and hunter also fed up with the organization.

But for Abby, locking herself away in a fortress with angry descendants of those she killed causes suspicions and tensions to run high. Abby must learn the demon’s weaknesses for battle before the Order learns hers.

Be sure and check out The Teen Book Scene for more tour stops. Devon will be stopping by Ivy Reads on Friday, August 12th.


aurora M. said...

This really sounds like a HOT READ. I hope I get a chance to read it. Thanks for the recap. I just giggle every-time I visit your blog...The butter-people are so cute ♥

Vivien said...

I love knowing that the next installment will be a lot more 'transformation' oriented. I love that part!