Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Blog Tour: Giveaway, Interview & Review The Longest Night by Kara Braden

Welcome author Kara Braden who is promoting her book The Longest Night.  Enjoy her interview after a review of the book!

Giveaway Details: We are also giving away 1 copy of The Longest Night (US & Canada only).  See the Rafflecopter below for details! Good luck!

Publisher: Sourcebooks
Date of publication: July 1, 2014

 This could work, whispered the little voice in the back of her mind, the voice that had been silent for seven years…
Years ago, former Marine Captain Cecily Knight fled her dark past and the nightmares forever haunting her nights. Alone in the remote Canadian wilderness, she survives day to day…until Ian Fairchild comes storming into her life and shatters her protective seclusion.
Aloof but intriguing, defensive but undeniable, Ian is everything Cecily shouldn’t want but can’t ignore. He watches her with shrewd blue eyes, as if determined to decipher her secrets…and for the first time in years, she finds herself coming alive beneath the hands of a man with too many scars to count.
As the hushed and harsh winter closes in around them, two lost souls find themselves on the precipice of a love that could save their lives…or destroy them forever.
My thoughts:

The Longest Night is the debut novel for Ms. Braden.  It's a well written and touching story about two hurting people who find healing in the power of love.  Ian heads to Canada to work on his addiction to painkillers.  His brother sends him to Cecily's remote cabin away for a long needed respite. There he finds more than he bargained for. 

Despite being opposites, Cecily and Ian were a good match for each other.  I enjoyed reading their love story.  I especially liked how Ian was able to help Cecily work through her anxiety and the PTSD from her time in the military.  While the book ends with more of a HFN ending, I was satisfied with it.  I hope that these two show up in the next book, The Deepest Night.  This is a good debut and I look forward to seeing more from this author.

Kari& Autumn: What inspired you to become a writer?

Kara: I didn’t become a writer so much as start out that way. My dad started reading to me every night when I was just a baby, which is how I learned to read, long before school. Writing was just the natural next step from that.

Kari& Autumn: Where do you come up with the ideas for your books?

Kara:  The Longest Night came about because someone requested a story about Canada. I live in Arizona, where it’s scorching hot all year round, so I happily dove into the coldest, most remote corner of Canada that I could find. From there, I just asked myself, “Who would live there? Why?” That’s how I came up with Cecily. Then it was just a matter of finding a believable reason for my hero to go there.

I think that’s the key for my writing. I try to write believable, realistic stories. If I can believe it—the setup, the characters’ motivation, all of it—then I can enjoy writing it. And hopefully readers will enjoy reading it.

Kari& Autumn: What exciting projects are waiting in the wings?

Kara:  I love connecting stories. I want to find the perfect love match for Cecily’s best friend, Marguerite. And there are all sorts of single people at Preston’s company, Samaritan International Security, just waiting to find love.

Plus there’s a paranormal romance series I’ve been wanting to build for a long time, involving mythology, lost gods, and physics.

Kari& Autumn: Who is your favorite literary character and why?

Kara:  Crowley, from Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. In the beginning of the book, Crowley is described as “an Angel who did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards.” He’s the serpent who chatted with Eve in the Garden of Eden, but generally he likes humanity. Besides, his best friend is Aziraphale, an angel who runs a bookstore. What’s not to like?

Kari& Autumn: Just for fun, if you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

Kara:  I’d love to be a velociraptor, primarily because life would be so much easier. For example, velociraptors don’t have to wait in long lines at the bank or grocery store. And they’re pack hunters, so they’re automatically popular. It’d be nice to have a pack of fellow velociraptors, when you want to hang out with friends. Sure, they probably have to get frequent manicures, but they’ve also got feathers, and feathers are awesome.

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About the author:

Kara Braden makes her debut in modern romance with The Longest Night, a story of love in isolation. She believes that engaging, romantic fantasy can be found everywhere in the world, even in the most unlikely places. With the support of her wonderful husband, cats, and dogs, she writes from her home office outside Phoenix, Arizona, where she spends her time hiding from the sunlight and heat.

Author Website:
Twitter: @KaraBraden

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