Nov 22, 2013

Blog Tour: Entrusted by Connie Ann Michael

Hello, all! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Entrusted by Connie Ann Michael! I have all kinds of goodies for you today--an excerpt, interview, and giveaway! Of course, I'll also tell you all about the book and author. Be sure to check it out!

The Book
Title: Entrusted
Author: Connie Ann Michael
Publisher: Entranced Publishing
Publishing Date: November 18, 2013
Pages: 256
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How far would you go to protect the people you love?

Thrust into a world of Native American legends about Skinwalkers and Ancient Ones, Emma Hunter finds herself in the middle of a battle for a heart holding great powers – A heart hidden within her. 

Seventeen-year-old Emma wants what every teenage girl wants: a life that revolves around school, her friends, and a boyfriend who only has eyes for her. Little does she know that in order to get one, she must sacrifice the other two. After a series of events put into motion by Luke, the boy she thought loved her, Emma is kicked out of her group home and her school. Her best friend mysteriously vanishes and now she’s forced to move to a secluded coastal town, where she hopes to escape Luke’s obsessive control. Instead, she finds her dreams invaded not only by Luke, but Solomon, a mysterious Native American warrior sent to protect her. 

But when Solomon shows up in her reality to explain he’s her protector, she soon learns that he’s so much more. As Emma struggles to understand what’s happening to her, she must also deal with her undeniable attraction to Solomon. Their connection is stronger than anything Emma has ever experienced before and now she must decide: can she trust him with her heart? And just how far will she go to protect it?

The Excerpt
I closed my eyes. I couldn’t look at him and say what I needed to say. I wanted to accept his help, I wanted so badly not to be alone but I was afraid. “I was told not to trust you. I need more time but he’ll come. He’ll eliminate you. That’s what he does.”
He leaned toward me, his tone stern. “You have to live the life you have been given. You did not cause nor deserve what has happened. Don’t force yourself to shut people out before you give them a chance. I’m stronger than you think.” His voice hovered over me. “You can trust me. I’ll never hurt you. And I’m not asking to be your friend. You have no choice in my involvement. Accept my help or not, I’m here to stay.”
My eyes were drawn to his. The pull toward him was overwhelming. I was losing my resolve.
“Why are you afraid of me?” His words turned soft and I wondered if I had heard them at all. “When I come…why are you afraid?”
“I don’t know who to believe.” I sighed. “My mind is being told too many things. I don’t know what I am. What you are. I am afraid for you. I don’t want to be responsible for another life.”
He took my hand and rubbed it against his cheek. So soft, I thought. No stubble. Flashes of Luke’s rough skin against my cheek when he’d finally kissed me slithered through my thoughts. My breath caught. I closed my eyes, trying to regain my own thoughts, to push the hard kiss from my mind. Luke’s words echoed through me. I was your first kiss.
Solomon leaned forward and touched his lips to my cheek, lingering briefly before moving away.

The Interview
In the form of a tweet, how would you describe Entrusted?
A girl who discovers the heart of a rouge spirit was hidden in her and a boy who is sent to protect her when the spirit returns for his heart.

What are five fun facts about your novel?
-It takes place in a real place, descriptions are accurate and you could follow the map of the book if you visited.
-I was actually attacked by a crow when I was little. It had to be killed. :(
-Although altered a bit the legend is true.
-Skinwalkers are a topic not to be discussed with the Native Americans.
-I actually met the inspiration for Solomon at a hotel on the Navajo Nation.

Why did you decide to use Native American legends in Entrusted, and how do you use them?
That is how the story came to me.  It evolved in my head and the next thing I knew the characters were telling me their story and they told me who they were.  I know it makes me sound crazy but it happened that way.  

According to the synopsis, Emma, your main character , "finds herself in the middle of a battle for a heart holding great powers - A heart hidden with within her." Is the battle for her actual heart? Would you mind elaborating on this?
Yes it is the physical as well as the metaphorical powers held within.  She will die if it is taken.  

Using the letters of ENTRUSTED, how would you describe yourself?
N-never sits still
R-relatively quiet (I'm shy)
T- terrible speller (I speak two languages and I think that screwed with my head)
E-empathetic (which is why I think I am a good writer)
D- dependable (to a fault)

John Smith or John Rolfe? 
John Smith (love Pocahontas).

Favorite book/movie with Native American ties/inspiration? 
Dances with Wolves hands down. 

Coffee or tea? 
Neither DIET COLA.

Outliner or pantser? 
Pantser through and through.

Crows or seagulls?  
Oh crows for sure! I wear a raven charm. They scare the crap out of me after the attack but I believe it is my talisman. 

The Author
Connie Ann Michael was raised a city girl, but was converted to a country girl after college and now resides in a speck of a town in Central Washington State.  She is married to her former boss as she worked at the local Pizza place and has two college age boys that provide endless material for her books.  She loves the outdoors and can be found mountain biking, kayaking, or camping with her family.  Being a busy family, she can be found working on her newest novel while on long road trips.

The Giveaway
- $10 Amazon gift card
- 2 e-copies Entrusted
- 2 swag packs, which contain Entrusted stickers and bookmarks and an Entrusted charm necklace
- 2 swag packs, which contain Entrusted stickers and bookmarks and an Entrusted Ghost Bead Bracelet
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