Thursday, May 9, 2013

Blog Tour: Project Five Fifteen (Samantha Summers)

What do you do when you've always dreamed of a hero; your knight in shining armour, only to find when he arrives he isn't a hero at all? ... He's a killer.

Ronnie Rose is trying to cope with the loss of her father; now it looks like she might lose everything else that's dear to her too. Huge debts threaten to destroy her family, her childhood home and her future. Only one person cuts through her pain. Kalen Smith has just moved to town. He's trouble and everyone knows it. He and his mysterious friends keep to themselves and the town likes it that way. But when Kalen mourns at her dad's funeral, Ronnie wants to know why and her investigation plunges her into a dangerous world of murky government secrets, with deadly consequences. Ronnie knows she should walk away from Kalen before it's too late. Problem is, she's falling for him...

Can we choose who we fall in love with?
First Light
Samantha Summers

Series: Project Five Fifteen #1
Publication: May 12th 2012
Genre: YA Romantic Thriller

For every choice, there is a consequence.
Ronnie and Kalen are finally together, living their life in secret under the radar of the people who want Kalen dead. But when a visit from an old friend sends Kalen away on a rescue mission, Ronnie finds herself plunged back into the world of Project Five Fifteen quicker than she ever thought possible.
It’s fast becoming clear The Agency will never give up their hunt for the boys, and a betrayal closer to home starts a chain reaction that will change everything. Now, caught in a deadly web of lies and deceit, Ronnie is forced to question who she can trust; even the person she once trusted most.
As enemies close in, Kalen’s past threatens to destroy the happiness they sacrificed so much for, and it’s only a matter of time before the ultimate choice must be made…

As You Were
Samantha Summers

Series: Project Five Fifteen #2
Publication: December 14th 2012
Genre: YA Romantic Thriller

Born in London, an only child with an overactive imagination, Sam spent much of her childhood telling ghost stories to her younger cousins and dreaming about far away places. She graduated university with a BA in marketing, but it wasn't long before her passion for storytelling and travel got the better of her. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia, where you'll probably find her hidden away in the corner of a park somewhere - writing, reading, dreaming or watching movies on her iPad. She loves everything spy and assassin and has a slightly unhealthy obsession with Star Wars, mainly Darth Vader.

What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

Mainly, a love of all things spy (Bond, Bourne) and romance – I thought it would be fun to combine the two.

Who is your favorite character in the book?

I like different characters for different reasons, but if I had to choose I’d probably say Kalen. 

Which came first, the title or the novel?

The novel. I thought long and hard about the titles and ended up going with army terms that could hold a double meaning that rang true with each book. 

What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

In book one, probably the scene where Kalen steps in to stop Ronnie’s boyfriend getting beaten up. There are a few different emotions, significant to how the novel plays out, at work in this scene and I hope it shows a few of the characters in a new light.

Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?

I think the most important thing is to write what makes you happy. Not everyone is going to love what you write, but as long as you are confident in your story and your characters you can take the criticism along with the praise. It’s important to believe in yourself.

What do you like most about the cover of the book?

The model, she is just how I imagined Ronnie to be. I was very lucky.

What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2013?

City of Heavenly Fire (Cassandra Clare), but I think that’s maybe not until 2014! I’ve read all five preceding books, so it will be nice to know how it all ends.

What was your favorite book in 2012?

Savages - Don Winslow.

What’s up next for you?

I’m currently writing Becoming, book #3 in the Project Five Fifteen series. 

Is there anything that you would like to add?

Thanks for having me on your blog! 

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