Friday, August 8, 2014

A Slither of Hope (Angel Sight #2) by Lisa M. Basso {BLOG TOUR + INTERVIEW}

Hellloooow people! It's a beautiful day isn't it?? *giggles*
Sorry for such a lame opening line. I'm just feeling particularly happy for some unknown reason...okay maybe not completely unknown, I'm happy because I got to to be a part of the Blog Tour of A Slither of Hope by Lisa M. Basso, and got an opportunity to interview the super-awesome Lisa, and I feel totally honored for it.

I had read the first book in the Angel Sight series, namely A Shimmer of Angels and I ADORED IT!! I'm not too much into Angel-Fallen books tbh. I'm very picky in that genre and that's why the idea still has some novelty to me. But this series, this is Something. Trust me. *makes the big round scary eyes* 

Okay clearly this is turning into my interview so I'll just stop with the blabbering. But DO read the interview. If you haven't tried this series yet, I'm pretty hopeful this would make you want to read them. Enjoy (oh and for those who have a thing for giveaways like me, there's one here as well, just keep reading)!!!

Book Title: A Slither of Hope (Angel Sight #2)
Author: Lisa M. Basso
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
                   by Month9Books, LLC.

Rayna struggles to piece her life back together, but hiding in plain sight from the police, the SS Crazy, and the Fallen isn’t a foolproof plan—something Kade, the World’s Worst Roommate, reminds her of everyday. The late nights of failing to teach Ray how to protect herself against the Fallen are getting to Kade, changing him in ways he doesn’t like, and after a family emergency sends Ray back into Cam’s arms, Kade decides he’s had enough. News of Rayna’s resurfacing brings both angels and the Fallen to San Francisco by the dozens, all eyes scouring the city for the girl with the gray wings. Rayna will need both Kade and Cam’s help to ensure her family’s safety, navigate the new dangers and enemies springing up all over the city, and manage the surprises that arise with her new set of wings.

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What/ who inspired you to write YA in Fantasy genre in the first place?

- As a little girl growing up on Disney fairytales, I’ve always loved the fantasy genre. But what inspired me to write fantasy was reading fantasy as a child, and a lot of it. There’s something so fulfilling about knowing anything can happen in these stories. Of course, there are always limits, but in fantasy, but when writing them, you can set them yourself and imagine something truly unique and spectacular that no one has thought of before.

Where did your idea of the book come from?

- When I was thinking of ideas for A Slither of Hope, I did a lot of plotting and brainstorming. The main inspiration came from thinking of Rayna’s predicament, and how we left her at the end of the first book (you won’t get any spoilers from me). After I took that into consideration, I had to think about the characters. Who would be returning and who would be an addition to the cast? Once I decided who the new Big Bad(s) would be, and what they wanted, much of the plot fell into place.
How was your writing experience of A Slither of Hope, compared to that of A Shimmer of Angels?

- I wrote A Shimmer of Angels many years before it released. I was much more inexperienced. That draft went quickly, but I must have edited the entire book more than ten times (not including the edits I did after signing with Month9Books). Everything I did while writing the first book was a learning experience (especially the joys of working with a great editor and team). When I began writing A Slither of Hope, I had the opportunity to discuss my ideas with a developmental editor, talk out my plot points and possible ideas until they started making sense and coming together. I’d written a few books since writing A Shimmer of Angels, and gained more confidence in my writing. The hardest part of writing the second book was figuring out the ending. It took me weeks to find the right path. On the plus side, editing went much smoother with A Slither of Hope.

How did you come up with such beautiful covers for your books?

- I can’t take credit for the amazing covers in the Angel Sight trilogy, that goes to my publisher, Month9Books, and the cover designer. I had some input with the first cover, minor things like the smoke and font, but the beauty—and the glory—belongs elsewhere.

What do you usually like to do while you’re writing? (e.g. Music, coffee etc)

- Sometimes there is music, I create a Pandora station for each book. I usually use it if I need a boost when writing or editing or to help me sink back into the characters if we’ve been separated for more than a day or two. Always there is tea. Always. I really mean this. Tea is the best liquid ever. I usually do my best writing in the mornings, so there is almost always yogurt. Snacks like sliced apple, granola, nuts, dried fruit, and candy help the struggling writer to push forward without having to break for a full meal. And kitties. Usually there are kitties. Two in fact, Kitties A and B, my eternal writing partners (though they’ve been slacking on their own writing recently).

Kade or Cam? Who’s your personal favorite?

- Aaahh! I can’t answer this one. I love them both. Team Cam AND Kade!

Is there anything in particular that you would want your readers to feel or understand about this book?

- A Slither of Hope, like with any book, was a labor of love that, I hope, speaks for itself. I wanted to expand the readers view of the angel and Fallen worlds while keeping Ray in some seriously boiling hot water.

What do you feel is the hardest part in the whole writing and publishing process, starting from beginning to the end?

- The most challenging part of writing for me would have to be plotting. Before I let my fingers touch the keyboard, I start on whiteboards, post-its, index cards, and a fresh notebook. What makes it tough is the world of possibilities to choose from. You have to pluck small stars of genius from an entire galaxy of ideas. Plus the huge amount of things you can screw up with one bad/weak plot point can be overwhelming. Plotting is usually a slow process (at least for me it is), which can make it seem that much harder. It can be daunting, but also so rewarding when you struggle though and finally overcome a plotting obstacle. 
The hardest part of publishing is rejection. I went through a lot of rejection when I was shopping A Shimmer of Angels around to agents and publishers. It’s heartbreaking and easy to think your work isn’t good enough, and that maybe you weren’t cut out to be a writer. The key is to not get too down on yourself. Keep improving. Keep pushing forward. Revise based on any feedback you might receive. Start a new project while you’re on submission with a completed one. Find a critique partner or a critique group. And, most important of all, don’t give up.

Some of the books you’re currently reading/ dying to read?

- There are so many books to my TBR shelf (both real and virtual). The next up on my lineup are Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater, Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi, These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, Incarnate by Jodi Meadows, and Splintered by A.G. Howard.

Any message to your readers?

- I am lucky enough to have THE greatest fans. You guys are awesome! I wrote A Slither of Hope for you, and I hope it shows when you read it, and I can’t wait to hear what you guys think of it.
And thank you, Munira for hosting me today!

Aww, it's totally my pleasure that I got to be a part of the tour Lisa :D

About Lisa M. Basso

Lisa M. Basso was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She is a lover of books, video games, animals, and baking (not baking with animals though). As a child she would crawl into worlds of her own creation and get lost for hours. Her love for YA fiction started with a simple school reading assignment: S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders. When not reading or writing she can usually be found at home with The Best Boyfriend FiancĂ© that Ever Lived ™ and her two darling (and sometimes evil) cats, Kitties A and B.

Connect with the Author: 
Website --- Twitter --- Facebook --- Goodreads

Wait! There's a giveaway as well! See the things that are up for the grabs:

  • Four (4) winners will receive a digital copy of A Slither of Hope by Lisa M. Basso (INT)
  • One (1) winner will receive a digital copy of A Slither of Hope by Lisa M. Basso AND a $10 Amazon Gift Card or B&N Gift Card – Winner’s Choice (INT)

You can find other tour stops with lot of awesome stuff via the link to the tour schedule on Chapter by Chapter site.
And now, before you run away I'm going to let you know, I'm not making anything up. This second book, A Slither of Hope is really worth your time. I know because I've read it. Following this post would come my review post for A Slither of Hope. Thanks to Month9Books and Jaime, I got an advance review copy of the book.

Keep an eye here, now, the review is just about to appear!  :D

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