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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The World Among Us Blog Tour - A Valentine's Day Interview

Welcome, everyone, to my stop on Beth Ann Masarik's month-long blog tour for her debut novel, The World Among Us: Prince of Darkness. I am very excited to have with me today Selene Aysel and Damien Wicklen.

Selene, How do you feel now that your memories are recovered?  
Selene sits back in her chair and thinks.  How did she feel?  It was a good couple of minutes before she replied.  “It all depends on the day, I guess,” she said while shrugging.  “Some days it’s nice to know where I belong, but, there are days where I wish I hadn’t found out,” she explained as she and Damien exchanged knowing glances.  He squeezed her hand affectionately.

Damien, Throughout the novel, we’ve watched your struggle against Hades and DuVessa as  you try to do the right thing. Now that Selene’s powers are re-emerging, do you think Hades will double his efforts towards his ultimate goal of world domination?
Damien frowned, and let out a sigh at the question. His bright blue eyes lit up with anger, but then mellowed out into sadness at the very thought of his father and past lover, DuVessa.  “I have no doubts that Hades will double his efforts.  He’s an ass and it’s only a matter of time before he strikes again, and when he does, I will be ready for him.”

Why didn't you want Selene to see you after you visited her in her dream at the end of the novel?  Damien looked at Selene and this time, she squeezed his hand in understanding. It was as if they were having a telepathic conversation of their own, but not.  “I wasn’t ready to face her yet,” he explained.  “She needed to get back on her feet without any influence from anyone in our world."

Selene and Damien, How has Jason’s death affected you? 
Tears fell down Selene’s cheeks as she thought about Jason.  “It’s pretty much torn me apart,” Selene confessed.  “I feel so empty.  I never knew my real father, and I don’t think he wants to know me either.  With Jason’s death came my mother’s, and my life just spiraled downward.”  
Damien wrapped his arm around her affectionately, and stroked her red hair gently.  “Jason’s death has been hard on all of us,” Damien said as Selene nestled into his arms.  “There is no easy way to describe it.  Everything is different now, and not for the better.”

Selene, I hear you’re starting college soon. Are you excited to go?  
Selene wiped her eyes and shrugged. “I’m not really excited for it, to be honest. My future seems to be have already been decided for me, so why should I bother going?”

Damien, Are you going with her?  
Damien looks at Erin, almost startled by the question.  “OF COURSE I’M GOING WITH HER!” he shouted.  “Who else is going to protect her against Hades and the Angels of Fire?”

Good point. Obviously, that wasn't a question I needed to ask. I'm sorry I insulted you. Let me ask another question you might not find so naive. Can I ask what your relationship status is now?  They looked at each other, unsure of how to answer the question.  “It’s complicated,” Damien said finally after a few moments of silence. 

Is there anything else you'd like to add? 
Both: Thank you for having us today, Erin.  We really appreciate the opportunity.
Damien: Now, we’d like to offer you all a chance to win an electronic copy of our book The World Among Us: Prince of Darkness.
Selene: PLUS, you will get some major bonus points if you participate in today’s scavenger hunt opportunity (it will also qualify you to win the grand prize package at the end of the month which will be listed below.)


Send me a picture of you and your boyfriend/girlfriend/spouce/etc.  OR if you don’t want to send me the picture, write me at least a 200 word email, telling me about how you met your sweetie & what you are doing for Valentine’s Day.  To participate in the Scavenger hunt, please send me an email to bethmasarik@gmail.com


Each entry of the scavenger hunt qualifies for a chance to win an autographed hardcover of The World Among Us: Prince of Darkness that will be signed by me AND the illustrator, a totebag, a personalized mug with your name on it, a never before seen drawing of chibi Selene & Damien, and some extra goodies courtesy of my publisher, Otherworld Publications.  The winner will be announced at the end of the tour, which will be the first week of March.  This fabulous prize is valued at $100 USD. (You will get extra bonus points if you do this part)

NOW, in addition to that fabulous giveaway, I am offering up a ecopy of The World Among Us: Prince of Darkness.  This offer is until February 16th.

Please fill out the rafflecopter below in order to qualify.

Thank you for having me on the blog today, Erin! And good luck everyone!
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  1. Thank you so much for having me today, Erin! Come on loves, send in that stuff! :)

  2. But Beth... I'm single!!!!!!!!!!!! Pout *sigh* oh well

  3. Awe! @Red Ink, you can tell me about a past relationship if you'd like? Or you can tell me about your dream guy?