Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Blog Tour & Interview: Wounded (Jasinda Wilder)

War has taken everything from me. My family. My home. My innocence. In a country blasted by war and wracked by economic hardship, a young orphan girl like me has very few options when it comes to survival. Thus, I do what I must to live, to eat, and I try very hard to not consider the cost to my soul. My heart is empty, and my existence brutal.
The one impossibility in my life is love.
And then I meet HIM.
War is hell. It takes a chunk out of a man's very soul to do the kinds of things war demands of you. You live with fear, you live with guilt, and you live with nightmares. If you haven't been through it, there's no understanding it. War leaves no room for love, no room for tenderness or softness. You gotta be hard, closed off, and ready to fight every moment of every day. Lose focus for a split second, and you're dead.
Now the only thing that can save me is HER.

Kindle Edition, 277 pages
Published December 16th 2012

  1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
Wounded started out as short story, initially. It was one of those weird writer things: a character on a show said the “Hail Mary” and for some unknown reason, I heard the voice in my head. So, I sat down at my computer and started writing, and out came the original short story, which became the prologue as it stands in the book. Later, I had a separate idea for a story revolving around a prostitute and a wounded soldier, and marrying that idea to the short story was just a duh- moment.

  1. Who is your favorite character in the book?
It’s hard to pick, honestly. I know that’s kind of a cop-out answer, but they’re all close friends, at this point. Rania and Hunter obviously are at the front of the list, Rania for her tenacious strength, and Hunter for his badass alpha male yet tender mentality. I do really like Derek, though. He’s rough around the edges and a bit of a hound dog, but he’s a good man, and you just might be seeing more of him at a later date.

  1. Which came first, the title or the novel?
The title.

  1. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
Hmmm. That’s a really tough one. I can see each scene in my head, and I love them all. Even the tough-to-watch scenes are close to my heart. I think, as odd as this may sound, the scene where Rania first has to make the choice to sell her self to survive is one I’m very proud of. It was very difficult to write, for obvious reasons, since I had to strike delicate balance between showing enough to make the point, but not too much to be turn-off. I think it’s a very visceral scene, and acts as a kind of fulcrum for the rest of the story.

  1. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
I learned that sounds and smells are huge components to making a scene hit hard. It’s easy to just fall back on describing visuals, but our senses of smell and hearing are major factors in our awareness.

  1. What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love the whole thing. Claudia at Phatpuppy Art is amazingly talented. I love that you can see the intimate connection between Rania and Hunter in the photograph, and something about the way they’re holding each other just draws you in, begs you to look further and find out who they are and how they fell in love.

  1. What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2013?
What am I looking forward to reading in 2013? So many good books are coming out this year, it’s hard to pick just one. I’m a huge Colleen Hoover fan, so I’m excited to see what she has in store. Jessica Sorrenson is also amazing, so I’m looking forward to her next book too. I love reading as much as I do writing, so those are really just the two names that first popped into my head. There are so many talented authors out there that I could spend an hour listing my “favorites.”

  1. What was your favorite book in 2012?
I have to say Hopeless, by Colleen Hoover. It’s such a moving and well-crafted story, I didn’t want it to end.

  1. What’s up next for you?
Right now I’m working on a new adult romance called Falling Into You. I’m really excited about this one. It’s a bit different than anything I’ve published yet, so I’m looking forward to getting this out there and seeing what my incredible fans have to say about it.

  1. Is there anything that you would like to add?
Just that I’m so incredibly grateful to everyone out there for reading my books and leaving such heart-warming reviews, and being rockstars. The readers, the fans, are really what make this job so rewarding. I’d also like to thank the book bloggers out there for helping to spread the word.

Week One
February 18th
The Book Asylum – Guest Post
February 19th
The Eater of Books – Interview
February 20th
Frankie Blooding's Bookshelf – Character Highlight
February 21st
Tempting Reads – Character Interview
February 22nd
Books of Love - Review
Week Two
February 25th
February 26th
February 27th
Free Erotica Books – Book Highlight
February 28th
March 1st
Week Three
March 4th
Book Sojourner - Review
March 5th
March 6th
FicFare – Review
Paranormal Book Club – Guest Post
March 7th
March 8th
Just A Book Lover – Character Interview
Week Four
March 11th
Mother/Gamer/Writer – Character Highlight
March 12th
March 13th
Reviewing Shelf – Review
March 14th
March 15th
Blook Girl – Character Highlight
Kindred Dreamheart – Book Highlight

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