Blog Tour: Eternal Hearts (Author Interview & Giveaway)
I am so excited to have Jennifer Turner, author of Eternal Hearts, here for an interview. I just loved the book (you can check out my review here and my Sexy Snippets featuring Eternal Hearts here) so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to ask her some questions about the book and the future of this series.
Hi, Jennifer! Thank you for stopping by Secrets of a Book Lover!
Hi, Kelly! I’m excited to be here! :)
I absolutely loved this story. The emotion of the characters seeps through the pages and left me a little teary eyed in more than one point in the book. Was it as emotional for you to write as it was for me to read?
Thank you! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed Eternal Hearts. :)
Writing this story definitely had its emotional moments. There were a number of scenes where I just felt so bad for Toni. She wants so much to be a better person, and she really does try so hard…and it felt like every time she took a step forward someone or something knocked her back even further. But then there was Drake, the poor guy is constantly torn between two worlds, and then the one time both sides seem to be able to agree – he’s lost as to how to handle the situation. So yeah, I felt every bump and bruise the characters did along the way, but I was also just as happy with how it ultimately ended. ;)
The love story between Toni and Drake is beautiful and full of emotion as well. Did you know they would have the deep emotional connection when you started writing this book or did that come to you later during the writing process?
I had a feeling Toni & Drake would have an intense connection when I started writing the book, but I wasn’t completely sold on the notion until the end of Chapter 3. There’s a scene in that chapter where Drake intentionally tries to make Toni laugh, and the way simple but genuine way she responded to him told me everything I needed to know. :)
In every book I’ve written thus far, there’s always been a chance for the hero or heroine to end up with someone other than who I thought they would. And twice now, it’s actually happened to me. But never once over the course of writing Drake & Toni’s story did either of them glance in another direction. For me, they’re a perfect representation of a couple that was just meant to be together.
With that much intensity in the relationship, I have to wonder if there was anything that inspired the love between Toni and Drake.
I know this is probably where I’m supposed to wax poetic about how much I love my hubby and how our relationship inspired the book…but I’d so be lying! ;) Don’t get me wrong, I love and adore my husband in ways I can’t even begin to explain – but nothing about our story is anything close to Toni & Drake’s. The inspiration for Eternal Hearts really came from the characters themselves. Drake and Toni both gave me such a strong sense of who they were throughout the story, and I knew neither of them would fall in love without giving it everything they had. And well, that’s exactly what they did. :D
In this book, your writing alluded to histories and relationships surrounding some of the side characters. Can we expect to see another novel out that might feature one of these characters?
I have roughly 15 books planned for the series, so you’ll definitely see some of the secondary character from Eternal Hearts again. :) Oktober’s book, Eternal Embrace, is next. The Odin’s book, Eternal Embers, is book #5. And you pretty much get to see Stefan in every book, since he’s the one driving the overall story arc for the series. ;)
Who is your favorite author?
This is a really, really tough question for me. Stephen King made me want to read books…but Sherrilyn Kenyon made me want to write them. How can I choose between them? I just can’t. :)
If you could only read three more books for the rest of your life, which three would you choose?
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
Needful Things by Stephen King
Seize the Night or Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Vampires or werewolves?
Without a doubt – Vampires. :)
Witches or demons?
Demons – I always go for the bad boy. ;)
Books or eBooks?
e-Books if I’m trying out a new author or need the book right now and don’t want to waste valuable reading time going to the store. :)
Actual book (paperback or hardcover) if I already love the author and want everyone who walks into my house to know. ;)
Vanilla or chocolate?
Vanilla if it’s a drink or some sort. Dark chocolate if it’s candy.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions! It was a pleasure to have you stop by!
Thanks so much for having me, Kelly! I really appreciate the opportunity to share my books with you and your readers. :)
Jennifer has been so kind as to offer a giveaway for one eBook copy of Eternal Hearts. To enter, you must be a GFC follower. Then, just leave a comment answering the following question: If you could only read three more books for the rest of your life, which three would you choose? Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact the winner.
Be sure check out Jennifer Turner on Goodreads.
*Giveaway is open internationally and will run until 11:59 pm EST on June 20, 2011. Winner will be drawn using random.org and will be announced on June 21, 2011. Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to reply at which time the prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be drawn.