Thursday, March 7, 2013

Vlog Post with Ada Adams


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At the age of five, Ada Adams read her first chapter book—Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. Ever since that moment, she developed an intense passion for stories and characters found within the pages of literature.

In her career as an actress and a writer, Ada currently spends most of her days immersed in imaginary worlds. Much like the characters she enjoys playing and writing about, Ada is a martial artist with a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. She is also a big proponent of lifelong learning, and has attained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (it aids in creating characters with unique quirks!) as well as a Master’s of Science in Education.

Ada strives to bring a fresh voice and perspective to fiction. She has been writing creatively for many years, and is an editor of a global fashion/literary magazine called VEUX. ReVamped is her debut novel.

She lives in Toronto, Canada, and enjoys adventurous nature hikes with her adorable puppies Cara and Oreo.



TEN FAVORITE THINGS WITH ADA ADAMS
Favorite author (dead or alive) – J.K. Rowling. Like so many of us, I grew up reading “Harry Potter”. It will always hold a special place in my heart.

Favorite Chocolates – This one is tough because I’m such a chocoholic. Can I say Nutella? I think that’s my favorite chocolatey thing. Overall, I really like milk chocolate (I’m not a big fan of white or dark) and I love it when there’s a bit of coconut in the mix. I could eat a million of those Dairy Milk Toasted Coconut bars. Mmm…

Favorite books that inspired you to write – I’ve always enjoyed writing – ever since I learned how to read. My mom used to buy me tons of old-school classics (the first chapter books I read were “Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgren and “White Fang” by Jack London). But if I had to choose one that really stood out, I think I’ll have to go with “Harry Potter” again. It’s such a creative story for both kids and adults alike. It’s setting and characters drew me into a magical world (no pun indented) where anything was possible, including the idea of using my own imagination to write the many stories locked away in my head!

Favorite songs to listen to while writing – I can’t listen to songs while writing. I get so easily distracted by lyrics and sounds! I’m one of those creepy writers who needs complete peace and quiet. That’s why I do my best work in the middle of the night.

Favorite destination to live? I would love to live on some tropical island (I love the Turks and Caicos), but I feel like I would end up craving the city. Maybe San Francisco? It has such a vibrant city life, but it’s also so close to the beach and nature. Ideally, I’d like to be a nomad and travel the entire world, living in different places every year. How amazing would that be?

Musicians/bands/groups – My taste in music is really varied. I tend to like a little bit of everything, from all genres. It usually depends on what kind of mood or emotion I connect the song to. I love Adele, she has such a powerful voice!

Favorite movies of all time – Hmm…another toughy because I’m such a movie junkie. I watch everything, from foreign Horror movies to Thrillers to Romantic Comedies. I love “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”. I know it’s an oldie, but when I first saw it, it really stood out to me as having a very unique storyline and concept. I also usually enjoy any kind of movie with Leonardo Di Caprio – he’s such a fantastic actor! I adore animated movies; “How to Train Your Dragon”, “Up”, and “Bolt” all had me bawling like a baby. Actress-wise, I like Anna Kendirck and Emma Stone – such cool, funny chicks!




Favorite TV program/series? – I’m also a huge TV junkie, so this list could go on forever! My current obsession is “Sons of Anarchy”. After putting it off for years, I marathoned all five seasons in two weeks…okay, a week! I’ve been trying to convert all my friends to SAMCRO because I need everyone else to share in this obsession with me. I love, love, love “Shameless”. That show manages to outdo itself every single week, and the cast is spectacular. I’ve also always been a big “Supernatural” (and Dean!) fan. “The Walking Dead”, as well, since I’m a big horror fanatic. BBC’s “Sherlock” is hilarious and so well-done. Speaking of BBC, I also jumped the ship to “Downton Abbey”. “The Americans” was an awesome 2013 surprise! Then there is “New Girl”, “Awkward”, “Game of Thrones” (of course!), “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “Breaking Bad”, “Mad Men”, “Pretty Little Liars”, “Suits”, “The Mindy Project”, “Girls”, “White Collar”, “Dexter”, “Criminal Minds”, “Modern Family”, “True Blood”, “Psych”, “HIMYM”, “Big Bang Theory”, “Glee”, “White Collar”, “Suits”, “Parks and Recreation”…I’m out of breath! I can’t keep the list going. And that’s not even taking into account cancelled/finished oldies like “Veronica Mars”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Tru Calling”, “Weeds”, “Hung”, X-Files”, “Moonlight”, “Arrested Development”, etc.

Favorite movie moments – Hmm…I really like when a movie can surprise me with an unexpected twist a la “Fight Club”, “Memento”, “A Beautiful Mind”, etc. That’s why I’m usually so drawn to psychological thrillers and hope to explore such themes and topics in my future writing.

Favorite Super Villain – Catwoman. She’s hot. Plus…Girl villain power FTW! ;)

Favorite gadgets – This may be somewhat lame, but probably my iPhone and laptop. They’re my attached to my body at all times. I’ve also managed to crack my phone screen twice in less than a year. Yikes!

Favorite dream destinations – Like I said before…everywhere. I really want to travel the world…Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia, South America…The North Pole (okay, no…I hate the cold).


Becoming a vampire guardian was Dawn Fairchild’s ticket out of the Scarlet House. Fresh off a successful mission, life in Angel Creek should have been great. But when her sort-of-maybe-boyfriend, Sebastian, disappears on a quest to help a beautiful vampire from his past, Dawn finds herself amidst a web of danger, lies, and deceit.

Joining forces with Razor, an enigmatic rebel lacking both a verbal and a physical filter, and her band of Misfits—Brooke, Sophie, Hunter, and Seth—Dawn is thrust into a race against the clock to solve the mystery surrounding brutal Born kidnappings and come to terms with the sudden discovery of her own unique powers. With time ticking away and Born vampires’ lives in jeopardy, it quickly becomes evident that someone—orsomething—desperately wants Dawn and is willing to shed any amount of blood to get her.

Dawn has only one chance to face her demons and overcome all obstacles standing in her way as she embarks on the biggest mission of her life—one that threatens a deadly outcome for all involved.



Ada Adams’ ReVamped presented readers with a lot of action, adventure, and romance. The second book in the Angel Creek series, ReAwakened, Ada continues this format and multiplies it. Readers will be hooked from the first page as they follow Dawn and the Misfits back to Angel Creek after the events at the Scarlet House. There is no time to waste as Dawn, Sebastian, Sophie, Seth, Brooke, and Hunter are all appointed as the new authorized Guardians of Angel Creek. When Sebastian leaves to find missing Born vampires, Dawn is left home alone to worry about him until it is sidetracked when Razor arrives in town. Everything goes downhill when problems arise when the welcoming mat to the missing Born vampires is occupied by a hoard of mutant werewolves and rogue vampires. Now Dawn realizes that her past and Aurora’s past will never go away.

All aspects from the first book seem to only get better with the second installment. For a book that is over 500 pages, Ada’s imaginative writing skills and her ability to engage readers into her remarkable story will have readers captivated and invested throughout. It is packed with twists and turns along with the introductions to new characters. Razor is a very likable character who happens to have a very intriguing connection to Sebastian. It was a treat when he makes fun of Sebastian and how he is all grumpy and emo.

Readers will enjoy and appreciate that Ada takes the time to develop her characters. There is so much invested into them that her writing makes it even more difficult to step away from their unique world. Cliffhangers are invented to give that wow factor, but sometimes they come out flat. This is not the case in ReAwakened. There is no need to descramble your brain and try to reassess what just happened. The ending’s cliffhanger was absolutely amazing. It will make readers’ jaws drop but keeps a sense of satisfaction. It was just that good. It provided the right amount of force to pull the rug right under your feet to want and know when the next installment will be released. This is certainly a breath of fresh air from the sea of vampire fictions and I am certain Ada will return with more force when ReBorn is released.
You can purchase ReAwakened at the following Retailer:
    


And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you ADA ADAMS for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Signed copy of ReAwakened and Swag by Ada Adams.
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10 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

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  2. HI! Thank you so much Ada for the donation! You rock!

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  3. thanks for the awesome donation and giveaway

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  4. Wow looooovely cover! So happy i seen this post! thanks for an amazing giveaway and a wonderful post!!!!!! Lots of Love!!

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  5. Thank you so much!

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  6. Thanks Jean and Ada for the great donation and giveaway!

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  7. Ada cracks me up. The who shouldn't read this book part had me in stitches. Love!

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