Sunday, June 1, 2014

Vlog Post with Colleen Houck

Book Nerd Interview

Colleen Houck’s New York Times bestselling Tiger’s Curse series has received national praise with the fourth book, Tiger’s Destiny, debuting September 2012. Colleen is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she has worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

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My Top Ten Things I Would Change About my High School Years

1) JOIN MORE CLUBS: I think I could have really enjoyed being in an actual club that did something. I had a lot of good ideas and a drive to accomplish things that I never utilized at school because I was afraid to stand out.

2) ASK SOMEONE ON A DATE: I had a few crushes in high school and they were all really stand up guys who might’ve even said yes. Even if they had said no it would have been a good growing experience and it might have made me less timid.

3) RAISE MY HAND: I was often too scared to bring attention to myself to answer questions in class but if I had I might have excelled in school and learned a lot more.

4) BE A BETTER FRIEND: There were people I could have been better friends with if I had been a little more outgoing. Thinking of what they needed in a friend more than what I needed should have been my go-to instinct.

5) SAY THANK YOU: I had some really great teachers in high school that I should have thanked. I visited my high school recently and was sad to note that all my teachers are gone. It would have been nice if I’d thanked them for the incredibly hard work they did on my behalf.

6) SAY WHAT I THINK: There were so many times that I had the perfect quip or joke or knew the answer to a question or could have led a group and I didn’t. I think that led me to being a writer in some ways. Now I get to say what I think all the time to a very public audience but in high school I was very reserved.

7) ATTEND A CONCERT: Back in high school I loved music but I never had the money or the means to go to a concert, even if my dad would have allowed it. I regret missing out on some great bands and singers that will never come around again like Michael Jackson, Journey, and Wham! I finally saw The New Kids on the Block & The Back Street Boys with my sisters a few years ago and it was fantastic. Still holding out hope on seeing Bon Jovi. =)

8) GET PROFESSIONAL PICTURES: All of my high school pictures with the exception of the senior one were terrible. I really needed some help with my hair and clothing selections. I needed a personal shopper or, at the very least, the internet to help me choose the best look.

9) PLAY MORE SPORTS: I was really good at basketball and volleyball but I never pursued it. At the very least I would have been healthier for exercising more.

10) TAKE DIFFERENT CLASSES: I often tried to take the easiest classes instead of what interested me or what would offer the greatest academic challenge. I was always good at math and should have pursued it at a higher level. Also art history and creative writing were interesting to me too. I wished I’d pushed myself more academically.

Before the curse, there was a promise.

A prequel to the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, this much anticipated novella recalls the beginning of Ren and Kishan’s story. Before Kelsey there was a girl, raised by a villain, whose love for a hero changed the course of history.

Trapped under the thumb of her abusive and powerful father Lokesh, Yesubai struggles to keep her own magical abilities secret while evading his dark powers. When Lokesh promises Yesubai to the prince of a neighboring kingdom, she becomes the central pawn in his plot to destroy the ruling family and take power for himself. Yesubai is trapped by her father’s threats and desperate to protect the man she comes to love, but she knows that any decision she makes will have dire consequences. As dark forces gather around her, Yesubai must decide if she’s willing to reveal that somewhere deep within her she has the power to change everything.

Before the curse, there was a promise. The anticipated novella, Tiger’s Promise (The Tiger Saga 0.5), tells the origins of Ren and Kishan’s captivating story. In the center of it is a girl named Yesubai. Trying to keep her magical abilities a secret will be difficult to hide from her villainous and abusive father, Lokesh. His plans consist of taking power over a neighboring kingdom by using his own daughter as a pawn. As Lokesh promises the prince to his daughter’s hand, dark forces begin to fill Yesubai’s world and she will have to decide if she’s willing to use her powers to protect the ones she loves and ultimate change the course of history.

It just feels good to be back in this world. This novella instantly brought back the excitement and heartbreak that the previous books have brought. Houck brilliantly give fans a thrilling book and an exhilarating look into the past history of their favorite characters. The build-up to the curse is absolutely amazing. The crafting of the story as well as character build-up are just incredible and expected.

There are books that will resonate with readers forever. The Tiger’s Curse series certainly had that effect. Reading about their origins and beginnings provided new perspectives on characters. Readers will appreciate just how lucid the books intertwine together. For readers that have read Tiger’s Curse series, it will be just as exciting as for readers who are jumping into this incredible story blind. The immaculate storytelling style of Houck fits perfectly with the tone and provided a comfy front row seat that bridges the story into Tiger’s Curse.

You can purchase Tiger's Promise at the following Retailers:

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you Colleen for making this giveaway possible.

4 Winners will receive an E-Copy of Tiger's Promise by Colleen Houck.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Jean,

    I've heard so many good things about the Tiger's Curse series, really need to read that soon!
    I tagged you for the Book Blogger Test and I hope you have time to do this! It was a lot of fun :)

    Happy reading!