Saturday, July 12, 2014

Winter in the Soul Blog Tour and Giveaway with Jennifer Novotney

Winter in the Soul
By Jennifer Novotney
Publisher: Anaiah Press
Release Date: July 15, 2014


In a world divided by power and greed, seventeen-year-old Lilika harbors an intense desire to return to Winter in the Soul, the place her family left to escape the darkness that was manifesting from a coldness of the soul.

When she meets Talon, their connection is evident right from the start, and together they travel through the Black Kingdom to recover Lilika’s stolen locket. And in search of an answer to the mystery behind Winter in the Soul.

Lilika holds the key to stopping the darkness from spreading. The fate of their world lies
in her hands. Will she stop the Black Kingdom before its darkness overtakes them all, or will they succumb to the darkness that is spreading across the land?

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20 Questions with Lilika Olive, 
Main Character from Winter in the Soul by Jennifer Novotney

What is your most marked characteristic?
My tenacity. I’m a very determined person and once I set my mind on something, I go for it.

When and where were you the happiest?
I’m the happiest when I’m with my family. There’s something about the comforts of home that makes it like no other place on earth. Even though I love to explore, I’m happiest in Spring Bloom with my friends and family.

What is it that you most dislike?
 Cruelty. I can’t stand when someone is cruel or mean to someone else. There’s no reason for it. To be kind is the most honorable thing you can do for yourself and for others.

What is your greatest fear?
Although I love home, my greatest fear is in never going out and exploring the world. I want to see what else is out there. I want to meet new people and see new places. I fear that this may never happen if I don’t make it happen.

What is your greatest extravagance?
 My greatest extravagance would have to be my dresses. I love long, flowing, lacy dresses that my mother makes for me. They’re not really practical, but they sure are gorgeous.

What is your greatest regret?
My greatest regret is in not asking questions sooner about Winter in the Soul. I think my parents might have told me more if I would have asked more questions about it earlier.

Which talent would you most like to have?
I’d love the ability to fly! How wonderful would that be to just take off and go to other places at the drop of a hat.

Where would you like to live?
 Wherever my family is. Spring Bloom is wonderful, but it would be even more exciting to build a new town with them.

What do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty and honesty. These are the two best traits a friend can have.

Who are your heroes in real life?
My mother and father are my biggest heros. They bravely came to Spring Bloom to start a new life. I’d love to do that one day.

Which living person do you most admire?
I admire my father for exploring and founding Spring Bloom. He’s the most amazing traveler and leader. He wanted a better life for his family and friends and worked hard to make that happen. Many people are grateful to him for that.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would change my blond hair. I know that seems silly, but I think it would be interesting to see what I look like without it. It’s been my trademark for as long as I can remember and I’d like to see what I would be like without it.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
I would come back as an animal, maybe a deer. I’ve always been fascinated with animals, but never really knew much about them. This would give me an inside perspective of their lives.

What makes you laugh out loud?
My younger brother Jet. He’s always saying silly things.

Where do you go when you’re angry?
I go to the top of the hill behind our house. It’s quiet and I feel like I’m on top of the world when I’m up there. When the breeze blows on me, it calms me in a way I haven’t found anywhere else.

What is one strong memory that has stuck with you from childhood?
When my father told us the story of Winter in the Soul. It’s such a gripping story that my brother and I practically have it memorized we’ve heard it so much. I guess that’s why I grew up wanting to see it. We’d heard about it all our lives and knew it was forbidden to go there, but something inside me just wouldn’t let it go. I had this strong urge to see it for myself.

Do you think you’ve turned out the way your parents expected?
I think I’m more curious than my parents may have once thought I’d be. Other than that, I think they’re proud of the way I’ve turned out.

If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?
I’d travel as far as I could in an unknown direction away from town and see what I found there. Maybe I’d discover a new place or new people.

What’s the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?
I value family the most. There is nothing so important as the bond I have with my parents and brother. Without them, I’d be lost.
What are you most proud of about your life?
I’m proud of always standing up for what I believe is right, no matter the consequences. Some may say I’m stubborn, but I’d like to think I’m determined.

About the Author:

Jennifer Novotney was born in Burbank, California and lived in Los Angeles for most of her life until settling in North Eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter. She attended California State University, earning a bachelors degree in journalism, and Northern Arizona University, earning a masters degree in English. After college, she spent several years writing and teaching, including at Pennsylvania State University.

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