BLOG TOUR : DESTINY RISING (TRUE CALLING #3) by Siobhan Davis, Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway
This is my stop during the blog tour for Destiny Rising by Siobhan Davis. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 1 till 21 September, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.
This series contains 3 books: True Calling (True Calling #1), Beyond Reach (True Calling #2) and Destiny Rising (True Calling #3). And two novella’s: Lovestruck (True Calling #0.5) and Light of a Thousand Stars (True calling #2.5).
Every choice has a consequence.
Once again, the world is on the brink of momentous change. As revolutionary organization Saoirse prepares to battle the government for control of Earth and Novo, Ariana and those she loves must join humanity’s fight for justice and freedom.
As haunted memories resurface, old discoveries and new realities conspire to shatter her world forever.
Torn in one direction by her unique connection to childhood sweetheart Zane, and pulled in the other by a relentless passion for her fiery fiancé Cal, she must make the hardest decision of all. While embarking on a road to self-discovery, her psychic gift evolves and the full extent of her powerful ability is revealed.
Then fate lands another savage blow and she faces the most horrific choice of all. Forced into striking a deal with the enemy, she must make the ultimate personal sacrifice or risk everything she holds dear.
When destiny finally rears its head, what will the future hold?
You can find Destiny Rising on Goodreads
Praise for Destiny Rising:
“It was beyond brilliant, totally unputdownable, wildly entertaining, edge of the seat action, full of suspense; it totally rocked. Loved the ending, loved the book.” Karla. Goodreads Reviewer.
“This is without a doubt the best book this author has written so far. I loved it from the start until the end. This series shows how a love triangle can be done right. Destiny Rising evoked so many emotions in me … and the ending, wow, so powerful. I highly recommend this series.” Lola’s Reviews.
“I cannot believe all of the whammy that this author packed into her book. It’s insane how quickly she’s put out these three books, and the quality is so incredibly good.” Danielle. Paraeducator and Goodreads Reviewer.
“The events in this book, especially the ones I thought I could handle, left my heart and mind racing. Siobhan Davis is an exceptional writer and she knows how to wrap a reader around her fingers.” Khayzelle. Written Arts Blog.
“Suspense, and the urge to turn the page were almost overwhelming, resulting in quite a few long nights. The story is complex, but solidly built. Good to the last page.” Patricia Hamill. Author Blogger. Puretextuality. @PatriciaHamill2
“I cannot put my love for Siobhan Davis’ True Calling series into words – it’s easily one of my favorite series. Destiny Rising tugs at your heart strings and messes with your feelings, but it is so wonderful. The writing is brilliant and flows wonderfully. Davis’ brings the series to a close with an epilogue that ties everything perfectly together. What a fantastic ride…”
Danielle. RamblingB00ks Blog.
“True Calling was great, and Beyond Reach was awesome, but Destiny Rising took the series to a whole new level. This series deserves to become as well-known as popular series such as The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games, Divergent, etc… It’s that good.”
Rose. Paranormal Books Blog.
Two Different Worlds. One Shared Dream.
Planet Novo, nestled in space twelve hundred miles above the surface of the Earth, is the new home of 17-year-old Cadet Ariana Skyee. Confused by the government-sanctioned memory erase and distressed at her impending forced marriage and motherhood, Ariana’s plans for the future are thrown into complete disarray.
As the traumatic events within her family life enfold, Ariana grows increasingly alarmed at the authorities apparent pre-occupation with her and feels progressively more isolated and alone.
Her growing feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify as the recently announced pageant, ‘The Calling’, gets underway. Struggling to comprehend the continuous, inexplicable dreams of the mysterious Zane, discovering the past helps shape her future, with devastating personal consequences.
You can find True Calling on Goodreads
Some Secrets are worth fighting for
Back on Earth, Ariana is caught in a dangerous crossfire between clandestine rebel organization Clementia and the power-hungry government. Refusing to divulge the location of the secret information entrusted to her by her late father, she desperately tries to bargain for her Mom, Lily, and Cal’s rescue. She’s fighting a losing battle, and the clock is ticking.
Presented with evidence of her fiancé Cal’s apparent betrayal, she loyally defends him despite her concerns. With her emotions in turmoil, matters become even more complicated as she grows closer to her ex-boyfriend Zane.
When the stakes are raised, a succession of shocking revelations rocks her world, setting her on a path that will not only change her destiny but the fate of humanity.
Confronted by a memory so abhorrent comes a truth she would do anything to forget.
But some things just can’t be undone.
Beyond Reach is the gripping second novel in the True Calling trilogy, continuing the story of Ariana Skyee in the weeks after she arrives back on Earth.
You can find Beyond Reach on Goodreads
Siobhan Davis is the author of YA science fiction romance series True Calling.
A self-diagnosed ‘teenager forever’—at least when it comes to books, music and movies; Siobhan is totally addicted to teen fiction and superhero/blockbuster movies. Siobhan loves baking, crime novels, shoes, bags, make-up, anti-wrinkle cream, anything pink, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, and Robert Pattinson (definitely Team Edward).
Siobhan has forged a successful corporate career, in Human Resources, over the last twenty years.
Siobhan resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.
Contact Siobhan at: http://www.siobhandavis.com
Sample chapters, quotes, reviews and book excerpts are all available to download from the authors website
Join Siobhan’s mailing list to receive a free copy of Lovestruck.
There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Destiny Rising. These are the prizes you can win:
– e-copies of the whole True calling series by Siobhan Davis. Which is the following books: True Calling, Lovestruck, Beyond Reach, Light of a Thousand Stars and Destiny Rising.
– one 10$ amazon gift card
For a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below:
Every color imaginable floats in front of my eyes. Temporary whiplash sets in as my head jerks back and forth, surveying the myriad of different fish swimming freely outside the glass window of the observation deck. It’s a pretty cool hiding place. Soothing in its own way. Well, as soothing as anything could be considering my current predicament.
Mercifully, I’ve been left undisturbed for the last hour—undisturbed by other humans that is.
My thoughts, however, are entirely another matter.
Severely disturbed is more akin to how I feel at the swarm of memories that are presently invading my mind.
Forced to flee when the government unexpectedly attacked Saoirse’s facility in Florida, I can barely recall our arrival here in the underwater military Command Center. It hadn’t actually taken that long to travel here even though we are thousands of miles out at sea and scraping the bottom of the ocean floor. That’s the beauty of the Velo network, I suppose. Designed specifically as a high-velocity transportation system, it can travel at the speed of light. Okay, so I made that last bit up, but it’s probably not far from the truth.
Vaguely remembering Cal going to sort out our accommodation, I had taken flight at the first opportunity. I’d wandered aimlessly for a while until I stumbled into the main lobby area. Levels stretched upward as far as I could see. Curious to discover what was at the top, I’d hopped in the elevator and ended up here.
The observation deck reminds me a little of the Empire State Building or the Rockefeller Center but without all the buildings and the crowds. The view is still spectacular though.
Scooting forward on my knees, I press my nose to the glass and stare at the multi-colored fish as they dance on by. The water outside is eerily calm and there’s barely a ripple.
The one observation I’ve made so far about our new home is how weird it smells. If I were standing at the top of the Empire State Building now, I’d inhale the fresh minty air and feel the sting on my skin as wind whistled by, whipping my hair around my face. There’s nothing here but a sterile, clinical-type odor that reminds me of a hospital ward, or the whiff you get when you sit in a brand new car for the first time. I wiggle my nose as my nostrils itch aggravatingly. I hope I’m not allergic.
Approaching footsteps break my reverie, and my heart rate rockets when I sense who it is.
There’s no hiding from him.
Not now. Not ever.
“I’ve been looking for you everywhere.”
Glancing up, I automatically sweep him from head to toe. Sculptured jawline, check. Sparkling blue eyes, double check. Defined chest and abs, oh, yeah. Before I can continue my ogling, he drops to his knees beside me. My body still presses into the glass, but he gently tugs on my shoulders, easing me back. Twisting around, he snags me onto his lap.
My gaze remains latched onto his, and I know I need to stop staring. But I can’t force myself to look away, almost like it’s an inhuman feat I’m incapable of achieving. “I feel like man-candy.” Cal smirks.
I snort in a most unattractive manner. “I can easily get behind that,” I say, visualizing getting all up in his personal space. Yeah, my mind is still in the gutter, though I’m totally blaming my pregnancy hormones for that.
Threading his fingers in mine, Cal stares at me pensively. “Talk to me. What’s going on?” Panic builds in my chest and I avert my eyes.
Mission accomplished on the whole staring thing.
“Nothing much,” I mutter, focusing on my feet. I won’t lie to his face.
“Is it him? Do you remember?”
Even though he’s somewhat hit the nail on the head, there’s no way I’m admitting to that right now and not until I’ve spoken to Zane about the horrific memory that’s hijacked my mind and threatened my sanity. Though I’m unsure if I’ll ever get to do that, for we’ve been separated again, and this time I fear there’s no returning from it.
1. How and when did you get started as a writer?
I loved reading from a very early age and English was one of my favourite subjects in school. I have an honours degree in History from University College Dublin and my studies involved a huge amount of research, analysis, and writing which has stood to me in my writing career. Until recently, I worked as Head of Human Resources for an indigenous IT company and that role involved a huge amount of writing though it was mainly corporate communications, policy documents and management reports/proposals. In that role, I had written articles on IT recruitment which were published in several journals and newspapers and it was a part of my job that I really enjoyed. I’d felt the desire to write fiction for years (I was always dreaming up stories in my head and dissecting books/movies) and once I started fiction-writing five/six years ago I couldn’t, and haven’t, stopped. I’m a member of a writing group and I try to write something every day or every other day. It’s not really something that I choose to do at this stage –it’s something I feel compelled to do and it’s as vital to me as breathing! I have lots of things written, but my first published work was True Calling.
2. Did you ever get any rejections? If yes, how did you react to them?
I submitted True Calling to a few American agents in early 2014 and received some rejections though most of them were very encouraging and urged me to continue submitting. (It was only afterwards that a successful author advised me that these were not standard rejections and she strongly encouraged me to keep submitting until I found the right agent.) Then I received a personal email from a top New York agent and he told me that “it pained him to decline my submission as he felt I deserved to be published, but he was finding it increasingly difficult to get publishing deals for his clients, and at that time the demand was for more contemporary YA stand-alone stories.” When I hear that that I decided not to waste any more time seeking an agent and made the decision to self-publish. I’ve connected with a few editors in some of the smaller but well-respected publishers who have asked me to submit my new series to them, however, I’ve decided to continue to self-publish as I like the control and flexibility it affords me and ultimately, it means I can release my books much quicker which is what my readers ask of me all the time. In this way I turned what could have been a negative into a positive.
3. How do you usually find your ideas?
I often find inspiration in the most unusual places – in the shower is a favorite of mine! My husband is well-used to me hopping out and grabbing my pad to jot down an idea I’ve had. Or I could be standing in line in the supermarket or at the side of the football field watching one of my sons playing football and my thoughts start jumbling around. In general, I find inspiration from the world around me and from other books, movies, songs and real life stories and news bulletins. My husband is also a great source of creative inspiration as I tend to bounce my ideas off him and we have lengthy debates and discussions and he helps me explore the ideas in more depth. We recently had a mini-holiday in Cobh, Co. Cork, and we visited the Titanic museum and that gave me an idea for a story.
4. Tell us a little about your books.
True Calling is a YA sci-fi fantasy romance series with a unique paranormal twist, containing a perfect blend of action, adventure, romance, conspiracy, loss and survival. Set amidst a controlling regime and an unravelling new world order, the plot moves between two different worlds (utopian vs dystopian) and is relayed from two distinct perspectives.
Cadet Ariana Skyee’s life is turned upside-down when the government on Planet Novo announce the introduction of an e-pageant—‘The Calling’—which compels every 17-year-old into impending marriage and parenthood. Forced to participate in the elaborate, reality TV-style assessment process which will identify her future spouse, Ariana is distraught at being compelled to marry and have children at such a young age. Confounded by the influx of dreams of the mysterious Zane, Ariana wonders whether the government-sanctioned memory erase has seriously messed with her mind. She falls for fellow Cadet Cal Remus as the pageant gets underway, coinciding with a series of tragic events which rock her world.
There is a very unique love triangle in True Calling – readers who say they are jaded with love-triangles will re-think their views after reading my series!
If you liked The Hunger Games, The Selection, Matched and The 100 then you will love True Calling.
5. What was the hardest part of writing your series? What about the funniest one?
The first book was probably the hardest to write as it was the first time I had written a complete book. As True Calling is relayed from two different perspectives, and both characters are in different places, and given the paranormal angle, I had to ensure that the timelines matched perfectly, so I wrote Parts 1 and 3 first and then went back to write the second part so I could ensure the timelines were synced. I loved writing Cal’s part in Destiny Rising as he’s funny (often unintentionally so) and cheeky and saucy on occasion. His head was a very interesting place to be!
6. Which book was your favorite to write so far?
Gosh, this is a hard question to answer as I loved writing all of them, for vastly different reasons. If I have to choose though (and I guess I do!) I’m going to say Destiny Rising, because it was great to see the characters mature and grow into themselves as adults, and I loved writing from three perspectives. I’m quite partial to the epilogue in Destiny Rising and so pleased with how it all wrapped up in the end.
7. If you had to start over would you do anything different with this book? (Can be about the whole writing/publishing process, or book-wise, plot etc.)
I wouldn’t change a thing with regards to the characters or the plot and I’m very happy with how the series turned out. However, I was very green when it came to the whole promotion and marketing side of the publishing industry, and if I had my time over I would have been smarter in some of my decisions I made. They do say you live and learn though! There are a few brilliant books I’ve read recently on publishing and marketing which I wished I had read a year ago.
8. What was/is the best compliment you have received upon your writing?
I’ve received so many great reviews and every one of them warms my heart. Receiving five, five-star reviews from Readers Favorite was an early boost. My series has also been favourably compared to some of the best YA series out there (The Hunger Games, The Selection, The 100, Matched to name a few) and one reviewer said True Calling was a better version of the movie Elysium. To be considered in the same vein as these bestselling works is phenomenal. Now if I can just replicate their success!!
9. What is the one thing you absolutely can’t live without?
Books. I’m an avid reader and I live for books. Honestly, I think I’d die (or my brain would) if I couldn’t read. I read at least 3 – 4 books a week and I’d read more if I could find the time. I get so immersed when I’m reading a good book/series that nothing and no one can get through to me. There are many a night when I’m still up at three or four am because I literally cannot put the book down. I just finished reading Amy Bartol’s Kricket series (the first two books) and I loved them. I devoured both books in two days and now I’m on a countdown until the third book releases in September.
10. What are the major challenges that you have faced in your writing career?
Discoverability is the biggest challenge as there is so much competition and so many books being released on a daily basis.
11. What advice do you give to new writers?
Read a lot.
Write a lot.
But don’t forget to live your life because you need to draw on life experiences as an author.