Welcome to the Forever Disguised Blog Tour and Giveaway!
This is my second time during the blog tour and I really am enjoying myself. Check out my blog tour post and an exclusive excerpt of Forever Disguised here.
This time I have real gem for you guys. I did an author interview with Annie Woods and I can’t wait for you to scroll down and read her answers because they are amazing. I had so much fun, thank you, Annie! ❤
But there is more: Further down below you will also find the blurb of the book, an amazing giveaway, and all the other infos you need know about book 2 in “The Angelheart Saga” and the Blog Tour.
“The Angelheart Saga” Trilogy follows 18-year-old Erica Lindell as an unexpected meeting changes her life forever. It’s a romantic YA series about friendship, first love and the devastating consequences a mistake can lead to. In this sequel, we get to meet Erica again after the shocking events in First Came Forever:
Erica would do anything to turn back time. To get a second chance to make the right decisions. To undo the devastating mistake that ruined everything.
Left heartbroken after the loss of the love of her life, Sasha aka Prince Alexandre, Erica has to find a way to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart and live with the consequences of her actions. But finding the strength to go on with her life is not all she has to contend with. Soon, Erica finds herself in the midst of the evil feuding behind the attack on Sasha and she has to fight to protect herself and all that is near and dear to her.
Amongst all of the confusion, pain and hurt, Tyler proposes a solution that may solve all of her problems. But will Erica go through with Tyler’s crazy scheme?
The much-anticipated second book of “The Angelheart Saga” Trilogy is another enchanting, heart-wrenching story about the mistakes made in the name of love, full of drama, passion and surprising twists.
Author interview Annie Woods
Hi Annie! We at 5171 Miles Book Blog are thrilled to have you as an interview partner. Thank you so much for agreeing to do this as part of your currently on-going blog tour for your latest release Forever Disguised. Tell us a little bit about The Angelheart Saga.
Thank you, Sabrina and Ashley, it’s my pleasure. I’m so honored to be interviewed by you and so happy that you are part of the blog tour.
Forever Disguised is the second book in The Angelheart Saga trilogy. The Angelheart Saga is a contemporary and romantic YA series following 18-year-old Erica Lindell as an unexpected meeting changes her life forever. It’s a story about friendship, first love and the devastating consequences a mistake can lead to.
When we first get to know Erica, in First Came Forever, she’s backpacking with her friends in Asia, but meeting the mysterious Sasha and falling in love with him sets her life on a new direction. But it’s not a typical love story as it focuses more on the difficulties when reality hits and how Erica struggles to make the right choices and stay true to herself. Shall she give up her own life to be with Sasha or risk losing him forever? Where shall she draw the line for what is worth giving up for love? And, as if that’s not enough, there’s also the mixed feelings for her team mate Tyler that intrudes Erica’s mind.
When did you first get the idea for the story? What inspired you to write it? Was the story always supposed to be a trilogy?
The image of Erica and how she moved to the US for love came to me on a vacation in California over four years ago. Driving along Highway 1 the plot and the other characters crystalized; how she meets Sasha and falls heads over heels in love with him, but how difficult even such a strong love can be when reality hits with their different worlds. I immediately felt that this story was so strong that I just couldn’t let it go but had to try and write it down. The title First Came Forever came quite quickly too and I soon realized that I wanted to do this as a kind of backward love story, starting with the fairytale love instead of getting Prince Charming as the end game, but showing how hard it is to get fairytale love to work in real life. Especially when Erica gets teamed up with sports jock Tyler for her high school cross country practice and he somehow manages to get under her skin despite her dislike in him. So I started writing the outline for the book already on the plane back home and instantly fell in love with all the characters and wanted to know what would happen to them, so when I returned home I just kept going and couldn’t stop until I’d written the first book… I also soon realized that it needed to be a series to deal with all the things I came up with for the protagonists… So, yes I think you can say that it was always meant to be a trilogy.
Since The Angelheart Saga is a trilogy, do you have the complete plot outlined? With other words: Do you already know how the Saga is going to end?
Yes and no. Already from the beginning I outlined an overall plot and had a very strong idea about what would happen in each book. But then when I actually started writing, things kind of changed. Or rather, some persons just worked their magic on me. For example, Tyler was never meant to play such an important role, he just grew on me… So the ending twist as such in First Came Forever was always the plan, but not exactly Tyler’s role in it. Then when I continued with the second book, the story and characters kind of developed even further on their own, with some unexpected twists, and even some new characters introducing themselves, who were never part of the original outline. All this means that my originally planned ending now need some alterations. I’m working on the third book at this very moment and I can tell you that it will be a tough job to wrap everything up and, potentially, having to break a heart or two. I’d love for all of the characters in the book to get their happy ever afters, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to accomplish that. So no, even though I have a pretty good idea, I don’t have the exact ending all sorted out yet…
Erica Lindell is the main heroine in the story. Is she based on yourself and your experiences?
Yes, I have to admit that Erica is very much based on myself. But, as an author’s privilege, she is a bit smarter and better looking lol… But besides that, she’s just like me; clumsy, a bookworm, something of “an old soul”, feeling out of step with her same age friends and being too serious for her own good at times, a kind of bad driver, but a great runner finding peace and quiet and respite from all demands out in the woods with her running shoes on.
Also, most of the places described in the books are based on my own experiences and my own visits. I really love Cambodia and Vietnam, and I’ve done my fair share of backpacking in Asia, which I hope shows in the books.
What do you like most about her? Is there something you can still learn from her?
The thing I like most about Erica is her integrity and how she always tries to stay true to herself and her believes without worrying too much about others opinions. I could definitely learn from that; that it’s okay not to be liked by everyone all the time…
What character has been the most fun to write about so far in the story?
Definitely Tyler! From the beginning I only intended for him to be the catalyst of certain events and to be a secondary character, the stereotype arrogant and selfish High School bad boy/jock. I never meant for him to be one of the main characters or to play such an important role in story. But when I started writing the book that changed completely. Or rather, he worked his magic on me… He really made me so interested and intrigued that I just wrote more and more about him, so in a way he created his own character.
I also really enjoyed writing about Ricky and Jordan and their love story. Writing it really warmed my heart, how sweet they are together.
How did you become an author in the first place? Was it always a dream of yours to write and publish books?
I can still remember the feeling when I learned to read and this whole new wonderful world opened up to me. I was so blown away! Since then books have been such a huge part of my life, first by reading of course, but also by writing small stories myself. But even though I’ve dreamed about being a writer since I can remember, I never dared to follow my dream until The Angelheart Saga. It was the first time that I felt that the story was so strong that I just couldn’t let it go but had to try and write it down. So I guess that you could say that it was the story itself that inspired me to finally pursue my author dreams!
Is being a published author everything you ever hoped for? What has changed in your life after signing with Pegasus?
The feeling when I held the first copy of the book in my hand was so overwhelming, I can’t even try to put it into words. The thought that there are people out there reading my work and falling in love with and caring about the characters I’ve created is just overwhelming! It’s such an amazing thing to share your story with others, and getting positive feedback is just magic! I love the book community and all the wonderful contacts; I’ve gotten so much love and support and encouragement, it’s just unbelievable!
Besides finding so many new amazing friends and getting so much positive energy from it and the challenges to learn new things, my life hasn’t changed that much in practice though. I’m nowhere near being able to live on my writing, so besides being an author, I also have another full-time job. This means that I have to try and write whenever I can between work and being with my family. I guess that you could call me a “nocturnal airplane writer” as I do most of my writing when the rest of the family is asleep or on the flight between Stockholm-New York.
Do you always wanted to be a published author or would you have published your stories as an indie author too?
I was lucky enough to get signed by Pegasus quite early after having written the manuscript for First Came Forever, so I never had to try the indie author path. But if I hadn’t been signed, I would definitely have tried to get my story out there as a self-published author.
What is the easiest and what is the most difficult part about writing a book?
I guess the easiest part is to describe places I’ve visited myself, when I can just write from my own memory. But the part that I like the most is when the characters takes over, when they kind of creates their own story. Like for example how Tyler completely changed what I had intended for him.
The most difficult part to write is sex scenes, I think. When I started writing the series I actually thought about not having any explicit sex scenes at all (partly because they’re hard to write without making them cheesy and partly because you lose some younger readers due to them) but then I really felt that they were important for the story. But I spent a lot time writing and re-writing them, to get them right. I wanted them to be sweet and overwhelming at the same time, and especially in the first book, it was also really important to me to try and get the readers to feel that Erica is in charge and that even though Sasha’s so much more experienced, she’s not pushed into doing anything she doesn’t feel good about.
When writing Forever Disguised, another really hard part was that I couldn’t help thinking about the readers’ expectations. After all positive responses to First Came Forever, it made me so afraid to disappoint my readers that I have really struggled with writer’s blocks and anxiety this time. I don’t expect that part to be any easier the third time around, when writing the finale of the series…
Who inspires you as an author?
There are so many amazing authors out there! I love YA authors like Becky Albertalli, Rainbow Rowell, Mackenzi Lee, Marie Lu, Cassandra Clare, contemporary authors like Maggie O’Farrell, Curtis Sittenfield and Joyce Carol Oates. I also have to mention Stephenie Meyer, since the Twilight series was the series that really opened up my eyes for the YA genre, even though I’m not sure that I would love the series quite as much if I reread it now.
But if I have to choose one author, it would have to be J.K. Rowling, for the way she created a whole universe on her own and all the characters that you love and carry with you in your heart forever. With Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling has also helped so many troubled and lonely children, giving them hope and bringing them joy, it’s utterly amazing. There’s even a research study proving that the Harry Potter books help children to be more accepting of LGBT persons, so the books are literally making the world a better place! If that doesn’t inspire you as an author, I don’t know what does!
As an author, where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years’ time, I hope that I will be able to be a full-time writer and to have the luxury to only focus on my books and my writing. It would be a dream to be able to spend full days just writing at my desk. In daylight… And also to have my books represented in the major book stores. I hope that I have written at least one, or maybe two, more book series as well by then.
Is there any special message you want to convey with your stories?
Yes, the message that I wish to bring across to my readers is definitely the importance of staying true to yourself and to make your own decisions. That you should live your life for you and not limit yourself because of others’ expectations or opinions. And for girls that it is alright to be ambitious and to want something more in life than just marrying Prince Charming.
Another message that I hope is evident in the book is the right to be who you are and to be free to love whomever your heart falls for.
Make sure you click on the Rafflecopter link below to enter the blog tour giveaway with not less than three amazing prizes!
- The first winner will win a $25 Amazon Gift Card, or the equivalent amount of books from Book Depository.
- Second prize is a signed paperback copy of Forever Disguised PLUS a bookmark of your own liking from FictionalBoutique.
- The third prize is an Angelheart Saga bookmark collection from FictionalBoutique.
You can get entries in several different ways! Good luck to you all. This will be international and entries will be accepted until 12 am PST on July 20th!
About Annie Woods
Annie Woods is a Swedish author who writes romantic YA books in English. She grew up in Stockholm, Sweden, but has spent a lot of time in the USA and UK. Currently she is partly living in the US, dividing her time between Stockholm and New York. Reading has always been a big part of her life, and she’s especially addicted to YA and teen love stories.
Visit her website to find out more and connect with her on social media.
The Forever Disguised Blog Tour runs from June 27th all the way through July 19th. Make sure to check out the other amazing blog tour hosts as well. There will be reviews, interviews, and more giveaways.
Check out yesterday’s blog tour by Darque Dreamer Reads.
Tomorrow’s Blog Tour stop will be over at irma_jurejevcic.