Sunday, December 14, 2014

[Book Blitz] Interview Questions + Excerpt + Giveaway + Playlist: Under My Skin (The Immortality Strain, #1) by Shawntelle Madison


Under My Skin
(The Immortality Strain, #1)
Release Date: 12/09/14
Book Summary:
Everyone wants to either be a member of the Guild or work for them. Little does the populace know that the Guild hides sinister secrets...

For Tate Sullivan, life in her small, coastal town is far from glamorous. The affluent lives of the Guild members and their servants isn't something she has ever wanted. But all sixteen year-olds must take a simple test, and Tate's result thrusts her into the Guild's world, one where they hide horrible plans for those they select. Tate must fight the relentless General Dagon for control of her mind, body, and soul to keep the one precious thing she has always taken for granted: herself.

Her only ally is the same handsome boy she is pitted against in General Dagon’s deadly game. Quinn desires nothing more than to end the life of General Dagon who has taken over Tate's mind. While romance blooms between Tate and Quinn, General Dagon plots to eventually take over Tate's body, and love might end before it even begins.

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I almost didn’t hear when Valentin called my name. I glanced around to see that everyone was gone. I was dead last.
“Here she comes. Now all you reluctant bidders can try for the ultimate prize. We have here Tate Sullivan, item number 23607A. A lovely girl, if I may say so.”
His words drew me toward him. Past the empty seats. Down the rows toward the spotlight. During the whole way, my stomach threaten to purge. I knew what was coming. I knew what words would be said to the crowd, but they would be all about me. A set of stairs to the left was a means to escape, but I ignored them. There was no turning back now.
My hand itched to cover my scar—to keep everyone from seeing my deformity. All I could think about was the ill-formed stitches from the traveling physician who repaired the opening in my face shortly after my birth. If only he had used standard plastic-stitches the rich had available instead of regular stitches.
“We had enough prebids on 23607A to make this an interesting auction. I’m more than pleased to open bidding at 50,000 credits. Can I get a bid at fifty-five?”
I didn’t have to look up from staring at my clenched hands to see the rainbow of lights against the taut muscles. My heart jumped to hear him say that unthinkable number. Who’d want to bid on me? But then I remembered that woman with the black hair, red lips, and pale skin and how she said she couldn’t wait to bid on me.
 Interview Questions:
1.     Can you tell us about yourself?
Hi, my name is Shawntelle and I pretty much write a bit of everything. I’m mostly a speculative fiction author though. My first book was published by Random House in 2012. I tend to spend too much time on the computer. :)
2.     Tell us about Under My Skin.
UNDER MY SKIN is about a future world where the bodies of teens are used for adults to live forever. I had so much fun writing this book. I tapped into what I feared most. What if I had someone trapped in my head and I couldn’t escape them? Would I fold under or would I fight? In my story, my heroine isn’t going down without a fight.
3.     How many books do you have planned?
UNDER MY SKIN is a part of the Immortality Strain series. It is the first of two books. So this series isn’t a trilogy.
4.     Who is your favorite character in the series?
My favorite character is actually Des and Quinn. I hope to explore more about them in the second book.
5.     What do you do when you’re not writing?
I’m usually reading, but when I’m not reading I love to watch Korean dramas (k-dramas). I spend way too much time on the computer. I also work as a web developer so I spend a lot of time working with source code like PHP and such.
6.     What’s next on your schedule?
I’m writing a contemporary for Random House. It’s quite different from UNDER MY SKIN. I also have to work on the second book in the Immortality Strain series and I might have a short story under my sleeve.
7.     What’s the last book you read that you enjoyed?
I just finished BIRD BOX by Josh Malerman. The book is scary, creepy, and awesome!

Under My Skin Playlist
1.     Butterfly Caught - Massive Attack
2.     Utopia - Goldfapp
3.     All is Full of Love - Björk
4.     Hidden Place - Björk
5.     Alive and Kicking - Simple Minds
6.     Young and Beautiful - Lana Del Rey
7.     Dark Paradise - Lana Del Rey
8.     Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead
9.     High and Dry - Radiohead
10.  Yellow - Coldplay
11.  Pretty - The Cranberries
12.  Eyes On Fire by Blue Foundation
13.  Times Flies - Lykke Li
14.  The Promise – When in Rome
15.  Invincible – Pat Benetar

About the Author
Shawntelle Madison is a web developer who loves to weave words as well as code. She’d never admit it, but if asked she’d say she covets and collects source code. After losing her first summer job detasseling corn, Shawntelle performed various jobs—from fast-food clerk to grunt programmer to university webmaster. Writing eccentric characters is her most favorite job of them all. On any particular day when she’s not surgically attached to her computer, she can be found watching cheesy horror movies or the latest action-packed anime. She lives in Missouri with her husband and children.

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