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Monday, June 16, 2014

Interview and Giveaway: Chloe Miles, author of The Faded Trilogy

I'm pleased to have Chloe Miles stopping by Word Spelunking today! Chloe is the author of the YA The Faded Trilogy. Learn all about this series, check out my interview with Chloe, and enter to win a copy of the first book...

Series Overview:

You only live once ... unless you're Hunter Emmerton.
A half-spirit girl. An irresistibly charming ghost. The beginning of a timeless first love. A town terrorized by evil ... and dark forces who will stop at nothing to tear them apart. But how can they be together if they can’t even feel each other’s touch?
From the sweet love story of Faded to the heart-stopping action of See No Evil and the inspiring Ever After, find out why readers are buzzing about The Faded Trilogy ... and falling head over heels for Hunter Emmerton.

Faded (The Faded Trilogy, Book 1)
by Chloe Miles
392 pages
Young Adult/Paranormal Romance
“Savannah wanted to kiss him, but she had never even kissed a human guy before, let alone a ghost. How was she supposed to kiss him if he wasn’t really there?”
Savannah has never been in love before, but she’s in love with Hunter Emmerton. He’s cute, funny, charming ... and a ghost. How can you date someone if nobody else can see them?
When seventeen-year-old Savannah Fraser and her three friends are killed in a car accident, they are given a second chance at life by a group of century-old earthbound spirits who need their help.
Savannah learns she is a Chosen One, which means she can switch between human and spirit form, heal people, and control the weather—and she is also now invincible.
The Chosen Ones are the only ones who can defeat The Forces—a trio of evil half-spirits who are slowly destroying the perfect little town of Fort Everwick with violent storms and not-so-natural disasters—and stop them from harming everyone they care about.
The Forces are set on destroying everything Savannah knows and loves, but they also have a more sinister plan—they want a new member to join them. They won’t give up until they get the one they want—and they have Savannah firmly in their sights.
But what Savannah didn’t count on was falling in love with Hunter. She’s never loved anyone the way she loves Hunter, and she knows he loves her, too. But how can they be together forever if he no longer exists and she’s the only one who can see him?
Will Savannah have enough belief in herself to defeat The Forces, or will they be able to lure her to the dark side and turn her against her loved ones—and tear her and Hunter apart?

See No Evil (The Faded Trilogy, Book 2)
Chloe Miles
350 pages
Young Adult/Paranormal Romance

“You could have perfect vision and still not see the evil in someone. Well, at least not want to see it, anyway.”
The enthralling story that was built in Faded continues in exciting and unexpected ways in this action-packed sequel in The Faded Trilogy.
Are Savannah’s dreams predicting the death of someone close to her? Or is it someone even closer than she thinks? Can Savannah save one of her best friends—and stop another from suffering the same fate?
Savannah will need more strength than she ever has before if she is to defeat The Forces for good, and with Hunter’s love and encouragement to believe in herself, she finds the confidence she never knew she had.
However, while The Chosen Ones become more confident in their roles as protectors of Fort Everwick, The Forces only become more evil—and prove they will stop at nothing to win.
What will Savannah do that will change everything and determine her position of power over The Forces forever—and prove to them that she just might have it in her to beat them at their own game?
But while becoming their biggest threat, it also reinforces Savannah’s position as Gwen’s most cherished target.

Ever After (The Faded Trilogy, Book 3)
Chloe Miles
462 pages
Young Adult/Paranormal Romance
One of Savannah’s friends is hiding a secret that will change her life—forever.
In this heartbreaking yet heartwarming conclusion to The Faded Trilogy, Savannah is facing an epic final battle with The Forces—and the possibility of losing Hunter forever.
If Fort Everwick no longer needed protecting, and Hunter was free to cross over, would he stay with Savannah as he promised—or leave her to live the normal life she deserves?
Savannah can’t imagine her life without Hunter, but does he love her truly enough to let her go?
Until then, The Chosen Ones only have one thing on their mind—defeating The Forces. But they are stronger than ever—and not prepared to go down without a fight.
Will The Forces finally be defeated once and for all? And can Savannah and Hunter really live happily ever after?

What three words best describe The Faded Trilogy?
Inspiring, goosebump-inducing, romantic.

Grab a copy of book one in this series, Faded, and answer the following:
favorite chapter? Seventeen

favorite page? p.307

favorite place/setting? Stonecastle Hall (The Winter Formal venue)

flip to a random page and give us a 1-2 sentence teaser:
“Savannah Fraser, I said I would love you forever,” he reminded her as he took both of her hands. “I don’t know how long you think forever means. But, to me, forever means forever.”

What inspired The Faded Trilogy? How did the story come to be?
I wanted to write a paranormal romance that was a little different to everything else that’s already been written. I loved the idea of earthbound spirits protecting the town from evil. And, being a hopeless romantic, I loved the idea of eternal undying love, especially between two characters who are so young but whose love is so rare and beyond their years.

It happened to be storming when I was coming up with the idea for the series, so that’s the inspiration behind the power over the weather that the characters possess and the unpredictable storms terrorizing the town.

Can you tell us about your heroine Savannah? What sets her apart from other YA heroines?
Savannah is a little shy and reserved and more at home with her nose buried in her textbooks than confronting a room full of her peers ... let alone coming face to face with The Forces and having to protect her entire town!

We slowly see her emerge further and further from her shell as the series progresses, guided in the most part by Hunter’s unconditional love and undoubting belief in her.

She isn’t your typical butt-kicking heroine in the beginning of the series ... but by the end ... well, I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but let’s just say that she could give the best of the butt-kicking best a run for their money!   

Besides Savannah, do you have an absolute favorite character in the series? What do you love about him or her? Did any of your characters end up surprising even you?
Ah! I don’t know how to answer this question ... it’s like choosing a favorite child!! But if I have to choose one ... I mean, how could I not choose Hunter Emmerton? He’s dreamy and kind and gentle and hopelessly romantic. He would do anything just to see Savannah smile and keep her safe from harm. He has the selfless power to heal, and his days are spent protecting innocent strangers. That’s Mr. Perfect right there. (I’m still waiting for my own Hunter Emmerton to teleport himself into my life any day now.)

Savannah possesses some pretty cool powers...if you could have just one of her abilities, which would you choose? What would you do with it?
Teleportation. I mean, could you imagine only needing to think of any place in the world and then suddenly appearing there?! You could travel the world without needing to spend a single dollar on plane tickets. (And, as displayed by Madison in Faded, there’s no need to ever wait in line for anything ever again.)

What has been the most rewarding and most difficult aspect of being an author?
The most rewarding has been seeing the actual finished product of each of the three books in my hands!! The most difficult, I’d have to say, is self-doubt. There’s no assurance of success, which is a little worrying at times. But I’m nothing if not a dreamer, and I have huge plans in mind for the series ... specifically, world domination. That’s not asking for much, is it?!

Fill in the blanks:
I’m really awesome at eating too much chocolate.

I’m really embarrassed to admit that I eat far too much chocolate.

The last great book I read was the Harry Potter series again. I can never have too much Harry in my life.

If you were to create and bake a cupcake inspired by The Faded Trilogy, what would it look and taste like, and what would you call it?
To keep with the ghostly white theme, it would be a vanilla cupcake with cream cheese frosting and a little lightning bolt on top ... or maybe two stripes of drizzled dark chocolate to represent Hunter’s adorable suspenders?! I would call it The Faded Chocolate Cupcake (Get it? It’s not really chocolate, ‘cause it’s faded? So that’s why it’s vanilla. It’s faded chocolate. Never mind. That probably sounded way more awesome in my head.) Oh, and I really want a cupcake now!

Thank you so much for stopping by, Chloe! And is there really such a thing as "too much chocolate"?!

Chloe Miles is a twenty-something author, dreamer, shameless chocoholic, and hopeless romantic. 
When she's not writing or daydreaming, she loves escaping reality with her favorite playlists, eating too much chocolate, and curling up on her couch in her PJs with a good TV show and a cup of tea. The Faded Trilogy is her first series.

Win 1 of 3 ebook copies of Faded, the first book in Chloe Miles' YA trilogy!
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-ends 6/27
-must be 13+, one free entry per person
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Jax's Book Magic said...

I love finding new authors and these books look like I'd really enjoy reading them.

Kat said...

What an awesome giveaway, thank you.