Welcome to my tour stop for for The Soul Summoner by Elicia Hyder. This is an adult contemporary fantasy. The tour runs November 9-20 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.
Series – The Soul Summoner Series Book 1
Publisher – Forge Creek Press
Release Date – November 9th, 2015
Genre – Contemporary Fantasy
Rating – PG13
Length – 290 Pages
Blessed–or cursed–with a connection to the souls of others, Sloan Jordan can see the best in people… and the worst. For twenty-seven years, she's kept her ability to judge the innocent from the wicked a secret, but eleven young women have been murdered in the mountains of North Carolina, and Sloan may be the only hope of finding their killer.She has just agreed to help Detective Nathan McNamara with the case, when a stranger--who is as alluring as he is terrifying--shows up at her doorstep with a dark past and another puzzling mystery: she can't see his soul at all.Now, Sloan is on the hunt for a deadly psychopath with two irresistible men. One of them would die for her, and the other would kill to keep her safe.
Elicia Hyder is the author of several contemporary fantasy novels such as The Soul Summoner, The Siren, The Angel of Death, and The Daughter of Zion as well as a few contemporary romances, The Bed She Made and To Be Her first. Elicia studied American Literature and Creative Writing at the American Military University. She lives with her husband and five children in central Florida.
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1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
This novel actually started as a joke many years ago with a scene sort of like the opening of the novel in a restaurant with my best friend. She has always said that I have an ability sort of like Sloan’s and that if I talk about someone, they will show up. It’s happened enough over the years that I can’t help but wonder if it’s more than a coincidence. I told my husband about a few years ago while we are on vacation at Disney, then later that same day we were talking about a mutual friend from high school. That afternoon while walking Main Street at Magic Kingdom, I got a Facebook friend request from that old friend of ours. Neither of us had seen or heard from him in over a decade. It creeped me out pretty bad. And from that, the novel was born.
2. Who is your favorite character in the book?
Oh… I love Warren Parish and Nathan McNamara so much that it’s hard to pick a favorite between them, so I have to say Virginia Claybrooks, the guard at the jail. That woman cracks me up.
3. Which came first, the title or the novel?
The Soul Summoner was always the working title for the book, and I never expected it to be the actual title. But after a year of working on it, there’s no better fit for the plot, so the name stuck.
4. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
The Brewgrass Festival scene is my favorite because I’m a proud Asheville girl and The Brewgrass Festival is a very real event. Asheville is such a unique and eclectic place, so just reading that scene takes me home.
5. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
The most important thing I’ve learned as a writer is to tell your story honestly. It’s easy to get hung up worrying about what your family, friends, or readers might think about what you write, but if you bend to those fears, then your writing loses its authenticity. Authenticity and honesty is what moves a reader; it’s what makes a story more than just words on a page No one’s opinion is worth losing that.
6. What do you like most about the cover of the book?
The cover has a few subtle details about the plot and about me that only superfans of this series will understand. When I did the cover reveal to my launch team, my phone immediately started ringing with questions like, “Did you do that on purpose?” I love the connection between me and my readers that it represents.
7. What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2016?
Ha! The Siren (book two of this series) is coming in early 2016!
8. What was your favorite book in 2015?
I battled cancer in 2015, so I did a lot of reading during my months confined to the couch on chemo. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but Remember When, by T. Torrest and Blue Honor by Kelly Williams are the first that come to mind. I couldn’t put either of them down.
9. What’s up next for you?
The Soul Summoner is a four-book series with two companion novellas. I still need to finish one of the novellas and write book four. Now that I’m healthy again, I plan on finishing the series soon!
10. Is there anything that you would like to add?
Early readers of The Soul Summoner get to enjoy a few bonuses that are in the back of the book. There is a link to another free novel, The Detective, and a link to a giveaway for a Kindle Fire. (I give away a lot of stuff on my website.) Of course, there’s no purchase necessary for the giveaway; details can be found on my Facebook page.
$50 Amazon Gift Card (INT)
Ends November 25th
Prizing provided by the author, hosts are not responsible. Must be 13 or older to enter and have parental permission if under 17. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to win.
This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.