Friday 8 November 2013

Descendant by Nichole Giles Book Blitz, Interview and Giveaway!

Title : Descendant
Author : Nichole Giles
Published : May 1st, 2013
Published by :  Rhemalda Publishing (now self published)
Genres : Ya, Fantasy

Seventeen-year-old Abigail Johnson is Gifted.

Blessed—or cursed—with Sight and Healing, Abby lives an unsettled life, moving from place to place and staying one step ahead of the darkness that hunts her. When she arrives in Jackson, Wyoming, she is desperate to maintain the illusion of normalcy, but she is plagued with visions of past lives mixed with frightening glimpses of her future. Then she meets Kye, a mysterious boy who seems so achingly familiar that Abby is drawn to him like he’s a missing piece of her own soul.

Before Abby can discover the reason for her feelings toward Kye, the darkness catches up to her and she is forced to flee again. But this time she’s not just running. She is fighting back with Kye at her side, and it’s not just Abby’s life at stake.

About the Author:

Nichole Giles had early career plans that included becoming an actress or a rockstar, but she decided instead to have a family and then become a writer.

She was born in Nevada, the oldest of seven—a number which increased to eleven with the addition of four step brothers—and has lived in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and South Texas. 

Her future aspirations include owning a home on a tropical island, even if it's just a vacation home. For now, she plans to travel to as many tropical locations as possible, scouting for her future paradise.

Currently, she lives with her husband, one of her two sons (the other is in college), two daughters, two golden retrievers, and one lucky bunny rabbit.

Writing is her passion, but she also loves to spend time with her family, travel to exotic destinations, drive in the rain with her convertible top down, and play music at full volume so she can sing along.


What what your favorite scene to write?
NG: Kissing scenes. My favorite scenes to write will always involve kissing. I’m just a romantic like that.

How long did it take you to write Descendant?

NG: Ttwo years. But that included some very serious rewrites and restructuring and world building. There was never an outline involved, and I should also add that Descendant was my first solid, real experience with finding a unique idea I felt was interesting enough to pursue publication. The next book I wrote was more like a year, and the one following that was a little less. Every book is different for me, and this particular story has a lot of complicated layers.   

Will Descendant be a standalone or are you going to write a sequel?

NG: Birthright (book 2) is already drafted and rolling toward a spring publication. I hope to also write a third in this series to round out and complete the story.

What are you currently working on?

NG: I am always working on more than one project. For instance, as I focus on rewrites, edits, and other details for Birthright, my agent also has one of my manuscripts on submission, and another one in her inbox for consideration. I am currently fleshing out a new idea which may involve either a co-author or a lot of research, and I am also writing something fresh and new this month for National Novel Writing Month.

Who designed the cover of Descendant?

NG: Originally, Descendant was published by Rhemalda publishing, which was a high quality small publisher. The company president came up with the cover concepts using author input (I know, I loved that!), and then sent the ideas to the Rhemalda cover designer, Melissa Williams, (aka Michelle Davidson Argyle) who finished the final designs. When the company closed, I was given the option to keep my cover art, and paid the designer to make the necessary adjustments to remove the Rhemalda logo and add the one for Jelly Bean Press.

What was the hardest scene for you to edit out?

NG: My publisher had me cut the first three chapters of DESCENDANT, which meant I had to work a lot of backstory in later to make up for the loss of information. I will say, though, that I’m very happy with the way it turned out.

Did any music inspire you while writing Descendant?

NG: Music always inspires me, and I actually listened to music often while writing and editing this particular story. I’ve switched computers three times since this book was originally written, and so my iTunes playlist was lost long ago--but I remember that Coldplay’s Fix You was on it, as well as Til Kingdom Come, and Nickleback’s Far Away, and How Does it Feel by Avril Lavigne.  

What is the best book that you’ve read recently?

NG: Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (second in the Shadow and Bone series) and Abandon by Elana Johnson (third in the Possession series). It’s very sad to admit this, but I have a huge stack of TBR books, and have been so crazy busy with my work that I am way too far behind on my reading.

What is currently in your TBR pile?
NG: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke, The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen, Everbound by Brodi Ashton, Finding It by Cora Cormack, Lady Outlaw by Stacy Henry, Pivot Point by Kasee West, Catch by Michelle Davidson Argyle

(NOTE : Nicole has generously offered that when we pass 100 entries, she will add another $20 gift card to the giveaway list, and after 50 more, another one, and so on for every 50 entries thereafter.) 


  1. Thanks for this amazing giveaway!!!!!

    1. Its a tour wide giveaway so thank the awesome author for the prize ;)

  2. "Descendant" sounds like a great read! Looking forward to it! Thanks for the giveaway :)

    ~Veronica Vasquez~

    1. It does sound great!! The author is hosting the giveaway but it is an awesome prize :)

  3. Thanks for helping spread the word!

  4. Amazing giveaway, thank you so much! This book sounds great :)