Thursday, 24 April 2014

Interview + Giveaway: The Hazel Tree by Julia Debski

 
The Hazel Tree
by Julia Debski


Genre: YA Fantasy Romance 
282 pages

Cover Artist: Julia Debski


The Hazel Tree revisits a classic Cinderella tale of abuse and sought after freedom from the confines of a cruel life.

Ivy Lune is not your ordinary girl for within her blood flows the secrets of an ancient species of werewolf; a secret that also foretells of a great war and a struggle for ultimate supremacy.


Ivy lives a life of isolation torment at the hands of her aunt and cousins for the majority of her life. Mistreated and neglected, she longs to escape the shackles of her prison-like life. And in that longing, she learns the truth of her identity. She learns her place in a long line of events that were set into motion many years ago. She finds intimacy and belonging in a much larger family.

All the while, unknown to her, there are dangerous forces are at work; old blood ties and murderous plots threaten her chance at happiness beyond her current life.


The Hazel Tree is a tale of mystery and romance set against a supernatural backdrop of terrifying and awesome power.



Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble







Shut Up & Read would like to welcome Julia Debski!  Thank you for joining us today!

Q:  Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
There are two main characters in The Hazel Tree: Ivy Lune and Matthias Loupen, with the focus resting heavily on Ivy.

Ivy believes herself to be cursed, by her own fault. She has lost both her parents and her uncle. Her remaining family use her as a slave, starve her, and abuse her mercilessly. Despite this, she doesn't give up on life or become depressed. While perhaps a bit resigned by her situation, she remains determined and hopeful to find a way to escape her tormenters. (Also she wants to read books, which she used to do as a child before her uncle died. Escaping would mean being able to read books again.)

Matthias's live is a complete 180 from Ivy. He is the next in line to become Alpha, has had a stellar education, and wants for nothing that money can buy. However his life isn't perfect either. His relationship with his father is hostile at best, and his mother, a victim of rape by his father, has depression and has been missing as a parental figure for most of his life. He has relied on his tutors (and doctors, as he injured himself often) to guide him as he grew up. He is determined not to be his father's son but they are more alike than either of them realize.


Q:  What was your favorite scene to write?
I am torn between the prologue and the climax. I adore reading and writing imagery, which the prologue has a lot of and I loved how it turned out. It really set the tone for the novel. The climax features the most screen time for one of my favorite characters (Naples) and it gets into depth about the mythology in the novel, which was also very exciting for me.


Q:  What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I try and have a proper writing session (2+ hours) at least once a week. These take place at the same Starbucks where I wrote a majority of The Hazel Tree and now work part time.


Q:  How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?

I have moved around a lot in my life, and lived in several counties in Europe as well as a few states in the United States. I've experienced different cultures and people and languages, which is why I think I enjoy creating new cultures and worlds in my stories, and pulling a bit of real life into it. I was also raised in a very liberal and open environment so I was exposed to a lot of different things. I listened to family and friends discuss politics, business, people, the environment, the job market, art, music, alcohol, languages...anything and everything basically. I can't give you an exact example of how that has affected or translated into my writing but I'm certain it's there.


Q:  If you could be any character from your book, who would you be and why?
Is it bad to say that I don't think I want to be any of them? They are such strong and amazing people (....in their own unique way...) but they have all suffered in one way or another in their life, and I know that there is still a lot of pain and suffering ahead. If I was to be any character though, I would love to be Judice. I mean, besides the fact of who WOULD'T want to be an awesome Scottish warrior championed throughout the land? But I think I'd like to be her because her experiences in life have been so completely different than any of the other characters, both in the past and now coming up in the future.


Q:  What do you do to unwind and relax?
I read a lot of books, though not nearly as many as I used to or as many as I wish. I also have two horses who are my life, and spending time with them in any way, shape, or form is always relaxing. Lastly, I've always been a fan of naps. Especially when cuddling with a cat or dog.


Q:  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I suppose my answer would be rather boring. I'd love to do a tour around Europe, focusing on England, France and Poland. These are countries where I have family and have grown up in, and I love any chance to go back to them.

Either that or New Zealand, because it's like the less dangerous version of Australia.


Q:  What book are you reading now?
20 under 40: Stories from the New Yorker by Deborah Treisman (short stories), A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver (poetry), and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Random Riggs (novel). Oh and I just bought It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden. It's like a pep talk in a book!




Julia Debski was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1996. Her family moved around a lot during her childhood before finally settling down in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It wasn't until the 8th grade that she found her passion for writing. It was thanks to a particularly inspiring English teacher and a story that needed to be told. So she began to write, and she never stopped. 
 
Four years later she found herself with nearly a dozen started novels and short stories. As junior in high school she was introduced to Greg Wilkey, a self-published independent author of four novels. He soon became a mentor to her as she worked to write and self-publish her own novel. After two years of hard work, and a nearly a year of mentorship The Hazel Tree was published in October 2013. 


Website: http://juliadebski.weebly.com  
Blog: http://spotofinkandstory.blogspot.com  
Twitter: https://twitter.com/juliadebski (@juliadebski)
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Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/julponey/
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April 1 Guest blog
Fang-tastic Books
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April 2 Interview
Pembroke Sinclair.
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April 3 Interview
Mom With A Kindle
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April 4 Spotlight
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April 7 Spotlight
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April 8 Spotlight
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April 9 Interview
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April 10 Spotlight
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April 11 Interview
CBY Bookclub
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April 14 Spotlight
Lisa’s World of Books
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April 15 Spotlight
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April 16 Guest blog
Eclipse Reviews
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April 17 Guest blog
Coffee Addicted Writer
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April 18 Interview
Author Karen Swart
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April 18 Spotlight
Queen of All She Reads
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April 21 Guest blog
Paranormal Romance Fans for Life
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April 22 review
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April 23 Interview and review
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April 24 Interview
Shut Up & Read
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April 24 Spotlight
Fantasy Book Lane
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April 25 Interview
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April 28 Guest blog and review
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April 29 Interview
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April 30 Interview and review
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April 30 Excerpt
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Fading by E.K. Blair
Very Bad Things by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Shattered Ties by K.A. Robinson
Sizzle by Lexi Buchanan
Always You by Missy Johnson
Love in Between by Sandi Lynn
Emerge by S.E. Hall
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Can a guilty conscience keep wounds from healing?

Fine arts major, Candace Parker, grew up with a mother who thinks image is everything, and her daughter’s perfection will never be good enough. About to graduate college and pursue her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina, Candace decides it’s time to let go and have a little fun. But fun is short-lived when a brutal attack leaves her completely shattered.

The memories that consume and torment Candace are starting to destroy her when she meets Ryan Campbell, a successful bar owner. He feels instantly connected and tries to show her that hope is worth fighting for. But is Ryan harboring his own demons? As walls slowly begin to chip away, the secrets that are held within start to become painful burdens.

At what point do secrets become lies?










Born into a life of privilege and secrets, Nora Blakely has everything any nineteen-year-old girl could desire. She’s an accomplished pianist, a Texas beauty queen, and on her way to Princeton after high school. She’s perfect…

Leaving behind her million-dollar mansion and Jimmy Choos, she becomes a girl hell-bent on pushing the limits with alcohol, drugs, and meaningless sex.

Then she meets her soulmate. But he doesn’t want her.

When it comes to girls, twenty-five-year-old Leo Tate has one rule: never fall in love. His gym and his brother are all he cares about...until he meets Nora. He resists the pull of their attraction, hung up on their six year age difference.

As they struggle to stay away from each other, secrets will be revealed, tempers will flare, and hearts will be broken.

Welcome to Briarcrest Academy…where sometimes, the best things in life are Very Bad Things.







With a former supermodel mother and a rock-and-roll legend father, Emma Preston has the best of everything. Nothing is as perfect as it seems though. After her parents divorce, she’s forced to live with her mother in a private Santa Monica community. Ignoring their parental roles, her mother becomes more focused on climbing the social ladder while her father is off on tour.

Growing up in a trailer park with his mother, Jesse is used to people looking down on him. When his mother begs him to submit an application for a scholarship to one of Santa Monica’s top private schools, he never expects to actually get it. When he does, he is forced to attend school with a bunch of rich kids. He ignores their stares as they judge him for having tattoos and a less than impressive car. As long as he has his surfboard and the guys at the tattoo shop, he knows he can make it through.

When Jesse shows up on the first day of school, Emma can’t help but be intrigued. Her mother would never approve of Emma talking to someone so poor, but she doesn’t care because something about Jesse draws her to him.

Jesse tries to hate Emma, but he discovers that he can’t resist her. Forced to hide their relationship from Emma’s mother and everyone else around them, things start to fall apart. When Jesse’s friend, Ally, decides to interfere, things go from bad to worse.

Can they survive their first love? Or will they be left with nothing more than shattered ties?







Thalia is twenty-one and has just finished her sophomore year of college, and is trying to avoid going home to her stifling parents who have a curfew of nine every night, and have a bad habit of treating her like she's still ten years old. Her new boyfriend, Liam, invites her to spend the summer with him and his family, so as she’s been unable to find a local job to keep her at college, Thalia jumps at the chance. Liam tells her that she can be his guest at his brother, Jack’s, wedding at the end of the summer.

Jack is twenty-five and feels as though he’s drowning. He’s engaged to Mia, against his will, because it’s always been drilled into him, family comes first. Jack’s studying for a law degree, and wants to go out on his own once he graduates, specializing in criminal law. His father wants him to accept a junior partnership in the law firm owned jointly by him and Lewis, his fiancées father, to practice family law.

Then he meets his brother’s girlfriend, Thalia, and he can’t get her out of his head. He needs her to keep her distance, because every time she smiles in his direction, he wants to carry her to his room and do really naughty things to her.

Then Saturday night arrives and Liam takes Thalia to a new bar that has opened on the outskirts of town, where she discovers Jack’s big secret. By day he’s the good looking, slightly older brother with a chip on his shoulder, who gives her hot looks, and by night he’s Phoenix, singer/guitar player for bad boy group ‘Deception’, who makes her sizzle to the core!

He has muscle.
He has tattoos.
He has piercings.

He has a mouth that makes her panties wet every time he opens it. He is supposed to be getting married.



He is also her boyfriend’s brother....






I was thrilled when I was offered a graduate teaching position at the prestigious Tennerson Girls Academy. At twenty-three, this would be my first ‘real’ teaching assignment. Working at the elite boarding school, home to the daughters of some of the wealthiest people in the world, was a great opportunity that I would’ve been stupid to pass up.

One week into my new job, and I suddenly had no idea why I chose high school…I was a seventeen year old boy once, I knew how teenage girls behaved.

You can’t even imagine the hell of trying to teach thirty, hormonal driven seventeen year olds who have been cooped up, away from any male contact.

I could handle the whispers every time I entered the room. I could even handle the obvious attempts at gaining my attention. What I couldn’t handle was her…

Rich bitches and way too many rules. Was it any wonder that I hated school?

Add to that the lack of male contact, and I was going insane. Like literally. I wasn’t used to this. A year ago I was normal. I had a boyfriend, friends and a loving family. There is nothing normal about me anymore, and nobody here lets me forget that.

My name is Wrenn, and I’m only here because my aunt took me in after what happened, but my aunt also happens to be the headmistress of this academy…Can you see my problem?

I’m hated for my lack of money, and I’m hated for who my Aunt is.

Then he arrived. Dalton Reed. My new history teacher.

Slowly, he helped me see that even in the worst situations, there is always hope.






My name is Lily Gilmore, and I was supposed to be getting married today. That was until I found my fiancé having sex with my sister in the church moments before I was supposed to walk down the aisle. I grew up with a father who was a womanizer and cheated on my mother every moment he had the chance. He would even stoop as low as to take me and my sister with him on his trysts when we were younger. Cheating was all I grew up with, and I vowed never to live the life my mother did. After finding my fiancé and my sister together, I moved from Seattle to Santa Monica to start a new life of independence and to focus on my passion for photography, man-free.

My name is Luke Matthews. About a year ago, I lost the love of my life, my fiancé, in a tragic car accident. There are no words that can describe how I’ve felt the past year. My life and all my dreams had died with her in the accident. I exist, and I play my guitar to try and ease the pain. My love was taken away, and I will never get that back.

What happens when the lives of two people who no longer believe in love are suddenly changed by fate?






“You never have to be without me, Laney, never.”

He lied…my everything I ever knew, trusted, wanted…I am, in fact, without him.

On my own and out of my shell, I learn new things about life, friendship and…myself.

Like what you’ve always known may not be what you’ve always wanted.

Dane Kendrick awakened things within me that I never knew existed, unraveling and uncovering the real Laney Jo Walker.

I’m a NEW adult…so is my story.







Mason and Logan Kade are two brothers who did their own thing. They were rich and expected to attend her school, Fallen Crest Academy. They chose public school and now Samantha has to live with them. The problem is that she doesn't care at all: about them, about her friends, about her cheating boyfriend, or even about her parent's divorce. But maybe that's a good thing. Maybe change is a good thing.