Thursday, April 25, 2013

Interview, excerpt and Trailer: Celine (The Night Touched Chronicles #1)


Celine (The night Touched Chronicles #1)
by Maegan Provan



Paperback160 pages
Published March 13th 2013 by Maegan Provan (first published March 8th 2013)




SYNOPSIS:


Love
Destiny
and War

Created by the First Born, The Night Touched created the bloodlines from which all modern day vampires descended. Different because of their incredible powers and advantages in the human world, The Night Touched were a special kind of vampire. However, they were believed to have died out centuries ago, and had been reduced to little more than whispers in the vampire world. 

Until now.

Harper Kemp was the only modern Night Touched in existence. The reasons behind her creation were unknown and she had been abandoned during her change. Eventually she was found by Lily and Jason and taught how to handle what she had become. She learned how to blend in with the human world and even made herself in to quite the socialite of the New York City elite scene.

After a plea for help in her dreams and the dangers of a forbidden love, Harper is sent down a path to discovery; not only is she not alone, she’s about to face her worst nightmare ― a devastatingly handsome slayer named Silas with a finger on her non existent pulse.



Trailer:



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Excerpt:



“What just happened?” Silas asked me as we rode down in the elevator. He looked at me, confused. 
     “They were being irrational and I was just fed up with it.” I stared at the door. I was really pissed. I knew they had a point, but was I not allowed to pretend to be normal for one minute? I didn’t have love and I wasn’t even sure I was looking for it with him; I didn’t have someone to share every moment with like they did. I was alone and I was entitled to a little bit of happiness. 
     There was an awkward silence the rest of the ride down. When we reached the lobby I turned to him and gently squeezed his hand, smiling warmly. I felt I needed to at least attempt to show him that I didn’t want my irritation towards Lily and Jason to affect our evening. He smiled back in relief. 
     We walked out to the street where Silas had been lucky enough to find a spot right in front of the building. He nodded to the valet before he got to the passenger side and held the door open for me, shutting it gently after I got in. He walked around to his side and carefully opened his door, sliding in between rushes in traffic. He buckled up and started the car. The engine roared to life and Silas carefully navigated out into traffic. We drove through the crowded streets, still in silence. 
     ‘This is so much more awkward than I thought it was going to be.’ I tucked my hair behind my ear and stared out the window, watching the people walking up and down the sidewalk and the other cars inching along with us. There were couples holding hands and young families skipping down the sidewalk. I felt a twinge of guilt. Even if this did work out, we could never be a normal couple. Most of the time, people run in fear when they find out you drink blood for sustenance. I would never have a long term relationship with a human, and siring them had never seemed like much of an option to me. I looked over at him, forced a smile and went back to looking out the window. 
     We eventually pulled up to the parking lot of the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises. I had seen this place a couple of times, but never managed to convince the others to take a short cruise with me. I turned to him and beamed brightly, he smiled back evidently glad I was pleased with the surprise. I was beginning to feel a little more optimistic about the evening ahead. Silas got out of the car and hurried back around to my side. He opened the door for me, holding out a hand to help me. I grinned as I took his hand to get out. 
     “Thank you,” I said as I shut my door behind me. 
     “Not a problem.” He nodded before heading off toward the ticket window. I followed close behind. He held his hand out to me, and waited for me. I hesitated for a moment before taking it. I wasn’t sure if it was normal to hold hands on a first date. The plus side to being Night Touched during moments like this was that even though I was dead, I still had a pretty normal body temperature so there was never an awkward explanation about being freakishly cold. I hadn’t quite figured out why but I wasn’t complaining. It was a great way to blend in with humans when I absolutely needed to, like at all of those packed events Lily dragged us to. The wind blew a chilled air through the parking lot and he pulled me up next to him, in an attempt to keep me warm. I didn’t mind though, his cologne smelled warm, like spices and leather. 
     He purchased our tickets and we got on to the boat. We found a secluded spot on the top deck and sat. The lights on the water were absolutely beautiful. He pulled me close to him and wrapped his arm around my shoulders. I leaned into him and looked out over the water. The city lights shimmered and danced on the water.  I smiled to myself; this was turning out to be a pretty normal date. Grabbing a blanket from the neatly folded stack at the end of our bench, he wrapped it around us. As he gingerly tucked one side of the plush blanket under my legs to keep me warm, I could help but keep smiling at him like a dazed school girl.  



INTERVIEW




  1. For people who haven’t heard of Celine, make a brief description.

Well, the story follows Harper Kemp, a Night Touched. Night Touched are a special type of vampire, with unique skills and defining marks that glow in certain circumstances. They created the bloodlines from which all modern day vampires descended. Harper believes that she is the only modern Night Touched in existence. After a cry for help in her dreams, Harper is sent down a path to discover her destiny. Not without some distraction, of course.

  1. When did you decide to become a writer?

I have been writing off and on my whole life. I decided to seriously pursue it after my best friend came to me with the idea of self-publishing.

  1. What does your family think of your works?

They are very proud of me. They have always been so supportive and that means the world to me.

  1. Do you have specific habits when you write?

I think my only habit is really procrastination. I will sit on Facebook or in one of my games and say, “Okay, in 5 minutes, I’m going to go write…” Three hours later I finally open up Word.

  1. Are you an early bird or night owl?

I am a night owl by nature but I work early mornings, so I don’t get to stay up late any more.

  1. Where do you get your inspiration?

The only answers I can really think of are clichés. I get my inspiration from everywhere.

  1. Which of your characters is your favorite and why?

That is hard. I think Harper and Jason are really my favorites.

  1. If you could have coffee with any character of any book, who would it be and why?

Oh that’s a good one! I honestly don’t know who I would want to have coffee with the most. Probably Tessa Gray from the Infernal Devices series. I’m reading Clockwork Princess right now and I’d love to just talk with her about everything that’s going on in the book.





AUTHOR BIO:

Maegan Provan lives in Texas with her husband, dog and two cats. When not writing, she spends a lot of time on social media sites and playing PC games. She got into the urban fantasy/paranormal genre because of love of vampires.

Celine is her first novel and also book 1 in the series The Night Touched Chronicles


AUTHOR LINKS:

                facebook.com/AuthorMaeganProvan
Twitter- @ProvanMaegan

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