Silver Smoke blurb - A broken family, a deadly secret, and an impossible romance. Brie van Rossum has fame, fortune, and beauty, but there's one thing she doesn't have--the name of her mother's supernatural killer.
The Hallows, descendants of the archangels, don't think Milena was murdered.. but can Brie trust them when their government, the New Order, wants her dead?
She'd better figure it all out soon...… because when Brie finds out who she really is, the hunt will begin.
And Milena might not be the only casualty. Like mother, like daughter...
I was able to interview Monica Leonelle and ask her a few questions about her fantastic book:
DanniiBeauty: Tell us a little about yourself?
Monica Leonelle: I'm a 27 year old entrepreneur and writer living in Chicago. Aside from writing, I am a marketing consultant and help companies with their digital strategies. Naturally, I'm trying to transition out of that and focus solely on my novels. I'm getting there, but I'm still developing my readership.
DanniiBeauty: What inspired you to write this book?
Monica Leonelle: At the time I was writing it, I was pretty depressed, to be honest. I had always planned to write a novel, but never could seem to find the time. I was working in Atlanta at an agency as a marketing director, managing some the digital marketing for some really huge brands. Every day when I got home from work, I would fall asleep and not wake up until the next morning when I had to work. It was pretty insane. I was alive but not really living.
I couldn't express my feelings in writing just due to being a professional and not wanting to risk my job, so I started writing about this girl who was extremely depressed because her mother died. The girl had lost everything, her friends, her home, etc. I wrote like 40 pages of this super depressing manuscript, almost none of which made the cut to the actual book. But at the end of all that, I was not depressed anymore and I had Brie van Rossum, the main character of Silver Smoke. The book starts about two months after her mom dies, but those 40 pages I wrote are the in-between--what she goes through before the book actually starts.
DanniiBeauty: What is the book about?
Monica Leonelle: The book is about a girl who is looking for her mother's killer, but it's not a crime story because it has a supernatural twist. For Brie, the stakes are high, because she's developing supernatural powers and needs her mother's help to understand what's really going on. She has the help of the Hallows, who know part of the story, and can offer her a best guess. But they don't have all the answers. So Brie gets obsessed with the idea of finding her mom's killer and uncovering her family secrets. In the meantime, a lot of other crazy stuff is happening and that stuff keeps her in Honolulu, away from the mainland, where she's more likely to find answers. It's very frustrating for her, but she eventually learns the answers and they set her on a different path than she expected.
DanniiBeauty: Where did your ideas for this book/characters come from?
Monica Leonelle: I was raised Roman Catholic, so christian mythology fascinates me. I loved the idea of the archangels at the center of this major battle where humans are, in a sense, just pawns in a larger game. I guess you could say it's a bit like Percy Jackson and the Olympians in that sense.
DanniiBeauty: What are your book plans for the future?
Monica Leonelle: I have two books coming out in January--the second book in the Seven Halos series called Tin Soldier, and the first book in a new series called Socialpunk. Tin Soldier is going to be really fun--it takes place a few weeks after Silver Smoke ends, and most of the characters are miserable. Their all dealing with their pain in different ways. There are new characters and the book moves from Honolulu to New York City. Some of the characters also visit Chicago and Washington DC. Tin Soldier is much more urban--where Silver Smoke was influenced heavily by oceanic myths, Tin Soldier will have lots of references to urban legends.
Socialpunk is an entirely different series. It's a cyberpunk with a heavy focus on technology, set in near-future Chicago. Ima, the main character, is a lot tougher than Brie. Where Brie is naturally popular, a classic beauty, and kind of that girl that you can't help being jealous of, Ima is more of an outcast who only hangs out with the guys. She has some terrible stuff happen in her childhood that causes mental stress during her teenage years, when the book takes place. She's a lot rougher around the edges, and I think she'll be more relatable than Brie is.
To celebrate the release of a new novel to the Seven Halos series, author Monica Leonelle is doing a Kindle Fire giveaway for Silver Smoke, the first novel in the series! Silver Smoke is the highly-rated (4.8 stars on Amazon) debut novel about the Hallows and the Nephilim, the descendants of archangels and humans.
CONTEST DATES: December 20th thru December 31st (12 days long)
EASY WAYS TO ENTER:
1. (3 entries) Blog about this contest and forward a link to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. (3 entries each) Share a sentence about the book with your Facebook or Twitter followers, and include a link to the book on Amazon or Barnes and Noble (you pick). One entry per social media account per day during the contest. Forward a screenshot or link of your sentence+link to email@example.com.
3. (10 entries each) Write an honest Amazon and/or B and N review of Silver Smoke and send a link to firstname.lastname@example.org
PRIZES!!!Grand Prize Winner: Kindle Fire (or cash-equivalent Amazon gift card)
2nd Place (two winners): Kindle Touch (or cash-equivalent Amazon gift card)
3rd Place (three winners): Kindle (or cash-equivalent Amazon gift card)
Winners will be selected using Random.org on January 1, 2012 and announced on How To Be An Author by January 2, 2012.
If your interested in checking out Silver Smoke, it is available in paperback and on kindle from Amazon.
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