Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Forget Me Not by Shawn Martin: Interview + Giveaway

Forget Me Not (Shadowflesh Series #2)
by Shawn Martin


Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing 

Number of pages: 308 
Cover Artist: Elaina Lee

Fortune has smiled on seventeen year old Aileen McCormick ever since Addison came back into her life, giving her the love she has so desperately longed for. That is, until a mysterious man slithers across her path and slips a spellbinding cameo around her neck. The cameo holds more than just the image of an enchantress who hungers for souls. It possesses a curse that strangles away every memory Aileen has of Addison.

Addison, a three hundred year old fugitive from the netherworld, recognizes the wretched woman inside the cameo and the curse she has cast on his unsuspecting love. The enchanted cameo has but one purpose: to torment Aileen with hints of love she can no longer recall.

Aileen cannot escape the deadly cameo. She runs for her life with the curse only a breath away. If she truly wants her memory back, the enchantress is all too willing to restore it. It will cost her, though. Cost her everything.

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Shawn Martin calls Springfield, Missouri, home. After graduating from Missouri State University with majors in Economics and Political Science, he bounced around the Midwest only to end up right where he started.

His day (and night) job is being a firefighter. Aside from rescuing cats in trees and removing burnt pot roasts from ovens, he spends his time finding the hardest way to do the simplest of things. The rest of his time is spent weaving words into another installment in the Shadowflesh Series. Visit www.shadowflesh.com for a look into the author and his work.

web: www.shadowflesh.com

twitter: @martiniaff152

goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20871119-forget-me-not

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shadowflesh

Q & A with author Shawn Martin

Tell us a little bit about your main characters.

Forget Me Not, the second installment in the Shadowflesh series, has two main characters, plus a lot of supporting roles. Let's start with Aileen McCormick. She tells the stories in first person narrative. At seventeen, she's in love and thinking that happily-ever-after is in her future. She couldn't be more wrong. Then there's Addison Wake, the object of her affection. He's not like other seventeen year old boys; he's dead, and has been for over three-hundred years. The phantom has been allowed to live among mortals—at least for a while—as Shadowflesh. Aileen is vulnerable, yet strong. She's uncertain, yet brave. Addison is valiant, yet modest. He's polished, yet very rustic.

  What was your favorite scene to write?

Without being too much of a spoiler, I'll share. My favorite scene in writing Forget Me Not was when Addison and Aileen steal a vintage World War I biplane. The engine sputters to life and they throttle the antique flier, plummeting over the edge of a cliff.

This scene has all the elements I love writing and they are all woven together: action, suspense, romance, and humor. My heart raced as the words poured out and I couldn't leave my computer until it was done. Exhilarating.

  What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

My writing has two sides, the creative and the technical, so I have two different times. I usually let my imagination run free after midnight. Words come easily, the dialogue seems more natural, and plot twists pull the story this way and that. That's creativity at its best. Then I spend morning hours between eight and noon editing, working out details, and tightening up the manuscript. That's the technical side of things.

How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?

I was brought up to question everything, yet to do so with respect. My writing challenges norms, while never bad-mouthing anyone in the process. It touches on taboos, but never embraces them. And I'd like to think of my writing as a invitation to free thinking.

  If you could be any character from your book, who would you be and why?

No doubts about it, I'd be Addison. Addison walks and talks with grace. He has confidence, but not arrogance. He's intelligent and handsome. He takes things in stride. Oh, and there's one other thing. He's Shadowflesh. His three-hundred year old ethereal spirit can melt into shadows or form into flesh. A phantom with corporeal abilities.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

I've recently taken up photography. My stress falls away like autumn leaves when I set out on a quest for the perfect picture. I look for something in nature to invite through my shudder and stay a while, at least it's image. So far, the perfect picture has evaded me. It's like searching for that allusive pot of gold under a rainbow. But it's still fun searching.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I'd love to see Bora Bora. The dormant volcano island calls to me. It's in the middle of the Pacific, far from anything and everything. Beautiful houses stand on stilts in the bay. A warm ocean laps at the shore. It's the quiet, peaceful solitude that draws me to the place so intensely relaxing they named it twice.

  What book are you reading now?

Skin Game by Jim Butcher. What can I say? I found Harry Dresden, a street-wise wizard living in the windy city, quite a few years ago in Butcher's first book, and I haven't been able to let anything-Dresden slip by without giving it a good read. It's as enjoyable as pizza at Christmas.

I'd like to thank Shut Up and Read for inviting me to visit with for a while. It's been a lot of fun. Keep reading, and never let your imagination grow stale.

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