Monday, August 3, 2015

Book Blitz, Author Interview and Giveaway: Timekeeper Rising

Timekeeper Rising 
by Allyssa Painter
Publication date: August 1st 2015
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, 
Young Adult

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Fifty years ago, the sky cried acid and the earth vomited poison, all due to human destruction. Desperate for a savior, the people called out to the Shunned, a group of Fallen angels on Earth, and allowed them to take over. Now the Shunned rule with unspeakable cruelty, manipulating and torturing the humans in every possible way. Marked for death, Iris Ankea will do anything to end their tyranny and rescue her brother and best friend from their clutches. When she learns that she is God’s chosen Timekeeper and has the power to defeat the Shunned, she sets out with the only man who can help her, the one she thinks just might kill her. With a prophecy about her drawing ever near, Iris must race against time to discover her powers before the world, and her life, end. Can Iris force herself to embrace her role and sacrifice herself to save everyone she loves, or will she lose it all?

Author Interview

Who inspires you to write?
I don’t know that anyone actually inspires me to write.  I write because I love it.  But inspirations as far as working so hard on other book-related things: Jennifer Anne Davis (Author of the True Reign Series, The Voice, The Power to See, and her new book, Cage of Deceit); Kiera Cass (Author of the Selection Series and the Siren); and Maggie Stiefvater (Author of the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, Scorpio Races, the Raven Cycle, and more).  There are plenty of authors I admire, but these are my main three that inspire me to keep working hard.  Outside of authors, my family and my close friends are invaluable.  I have a wonderful support system that encourages me every step of the way.

Where did you get the idea for Timekeeper Rising?
A conversation in my high school sociology class with Mr. Throckmorton.  We were getting ready to leave and several of us fell into a conversation about what it would be like to watch our lives tick away and to know how every decision we made affected the time we had left.  And that became my idea/plot/basis for The Timekeeper, which became The Timekeeper Duo (Timekeeper Rising and Book 2, Timekeeper Falling).  It obviously evolved to where that is actually not the main point by any standards, but it is still prevalent.  So thanks Throck!


What’s next on your agenda?
Now that Timekeeper Rising has released, I’m turning my focus to Timekeeper Falling, the second in the Duo.  I’ve already finished writing it and editing it, but I’m still working on making it perfect.  I still need critique partners and beta readers to go through it.  And then I need to start working on publishing it.  I’m also working on writing a new series, but I’m at the beginning stages of it, so there’s not much I can tell you about it.  I don’t even know much about it yet!  But if you follow my blog or newsletter, I’ll be sure to let you know about it as soon as I can.

What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Don’t give up.  I know it’s kind of cliché, but seriously.  Being an author isn’t easy.  It’s not just writing a book.  You have to edit/revise/etc. that book, design a cover or hire someone to do so, format the book, make a webpage and various social media accounts, organize a blog tour, and more.  It’s not easy and, though this is my release week for my first novel, I know it doesn’t stop when the book releases.  Not by a long shot.  It’s not easy, but if you really want it, don’t give up.  Don’t let someone convince you that you’re not good enough, strong enough, old enough, etc.  If you really want it, fight for it.  It might take some time, but eventually, you’ll make it.

Allyssa Painter is the author of Timekeeper Rising, the first in the Timekeeper Duo. She graduated from Sissonville High School and attends Concord University for elementary and special education. She dreams of becoming an elementary teacher and continuing to touch the world around her through the novels she writes. In her free time, she enjoys reading fantastical adventures, spending time with her family, and capturing the world around her in photography and writing.

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