Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The Blue Effect by Rose Shababy: Interview + Giveaway

The Blue Effect (Renegade Heroes #1)
by Rose Shababy

Genre: Adult Urban Sci-fi/Fantasy
Date of Publication: September 8th, 2014
Cover Artist: Regina Wamba

Blue Brennan is jaded and bitter despite her pinup girl looks and quick wit. Night after night, she scours the Seattle club scene looking for someone or something to fill the emptiness inside.

When she meets the mysterious Kasey, her world stops… literally. He claims she has the ability to control time and stuns her even further when he reveals his own gifts.

Blue is inexplicably drawn to Kasey and reluctantly enters his world filled with a new breed of humanity. They’re misfits like her, blessed or cursed with powerful abilities, struggling to hide their differences from the rest of society.

Then the group discovers a nameless, faceless sociopath with nightmarish powers; and he’s coming for Blue. She’s left reeling when they discover her gifts are the key to defeating his terrible evil and saving them all.

Now she must race against the clock to harness her own powers and save her new friends. Can she be more than a renegade? Can she be a hero too?

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Rose Shababy and her family reside in eastern Washington State. Rose grew up in the Northwest but swears she’s going to move to warmer climates someday. She’s claimed this for over 20 years, however, and has yet to move more than 75 miles away from her mother.

Rose has a deep love of all things Star Trek and yearns to travel the heavens, as well as an intense desire to be bitten by a radioactive spider.

Unfortunately she sucks at science and math so she hasn’t been able bring her dreams to life, instead living vicariously through books, comics, television and film. She hopes to someday make a million dollars so she can afford to buy her way to the international space station, but she’d settle for being able to fly around the world and leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Rose also loves to cook and worked for years in a gourmet Italian grocery and deli where she learned to hone her skills. She prepares culinary masterpieces for her family, but fervently wishes the dishes would wash themselves. Especially now that her dishwashers/children are nearly grown and only one still lives at home.

Rose likes to use her free time wisely. For instance, she likes to daydream, will often read for hours until she falls asleep on the couch with an electric blanket and a warm tabby cat curled up on her hip, as well as spending cozy weekend days watching Syfy movies like Sharknado and Mega Piranha with her husband.

If Rose were a cartoon animal, she’d prefer to be a wise old owl or a sleek and sexy jaguar, but in reality she’d probably be a myopic mole with coke-bottle glasses.

Q& A with Author Rose Shababy

Tell us a little bit about your main characters.

My debut novel, The Blue Effect, is a tip of the hat to science fiction and comic books/graphic novels that I love so much.

There are a few characters, each with special abilities. The main character, Blue Brennan, is a sassy, sexy redhead with a mouth like a sailor. She’d just as soon tell someone to f*** off than look at them, although it’s all a wall she’s put up to protect herself from getting hurt. When she meets Kasimir Korsak, Kasey to his friends and leader of his little group, her world changes. She can’t help but be attracted to his sense of honor and the goodness that radiates from him, even though she teases him about being a goody goody. She quickly falls in love with him. Enter Avery Anderson, Kasey’s sex-on-a-stick best friend. Avery and Blue can’t help the attraction that exists between them even though they both love Kasey. The group is filled out by Esme and Valentina Love, twin sisters with amazing talents, and Ashton Gray a man who can do incredible things. I don’t want to reveal their powers as I’d like the reader to discover them one by one in the book, although I will tell you that Blue can stop time in its tracks.

  What was your favorite scene to write?
Any scene when Blue is shooting off her mouth! I loved writing about Blue. She’s by far my favorite character in anything I’ve written. I find myself laughing out loud sometimes at the things that come out of her mouth. I sometimes think she’s the voice I wish I had.

  What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I have a day job in addition to writing, so my off days are very important. I’ve been able to arrange my schedule so I have an extra day during the week to work on book stuff so I try to use that time as wisely as possible. I usually spend the mornings working on social media and drinking enough coffee to get the juices flowing. The creative writing comes a little later in the day. As I’ve progressed I’ve gotten better and better at utilizing my time and organizing my thoughts. It’s very important to eke every minute out of the time available to you. I’ve also learned to set goals for myself, although nothing is carved in stone. You can’t beat yourself up if you don’t meet each goal. Life is a learning process and everything I do gets me one step closer to my goals. That said, I try to make sure I keep on schedule as much as possible.

  How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
I think that certain aspects of my upbringing allowed me to stay open to new thoughts and ideas, and my world view is constantly changing. I’m definitely not the same woman I was 20 years ago. I hope that I never stop growing and changing and learning. There’s so much out there in the world to experience and my hope is that I take in as much of it as possible.

If you could be any character from your book, who would you be and why?
I think I would like to be like Ashton, a lot more laid back. I take myself too seriously sometimes and I’m big on planning things out. It would be nice to just kick back and go with the flow.

  What do you do to unwind and relax?
I read, of course! I love Star Trek and watch an episode very nearly every day. My husband and I enjoy going to the theater as much as possible. Now that our kids are grown, the youngest is now 18 and graduated high school last spring, we’ve been planning vacations to see things we’ve never seen. It’s very exciting.

  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I want to see so many things, it’s hard to pick just one! I worked in an Italian gourmet food store for years, so I’d like to go to Italy and eat my way down the coast. I’d like spend a month or two travelling across Europe, going country to country and staying in bed and breakfasts or hostels (not just for kids, contrary to popular opinion!). I’d like to see the Greek ruins in Turkey (there are more in Turkey than Greece). I’d like to experience Japanese culture firsthand. There’s so much out there, I guess my travelling companions would determine where I’d go. 

  What book are you reading now?
Hidden Wings by Cameo Renae. I also just finished reading the In Your Dreams series by Amy Martin, a very sweet YA series.

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