Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Burning Bridges Blog Tour

Born in New York City and raised in Pennsylvania, Nadege has traveled to five other states and two countries, but aspires to travel the world some day. Her name is of French origin, though she's never been to France. Forever a lover of art and all things pertaining to Literature, she hopes to obtain knowledge from her writing career, rather than popularity or fame. She wrote her first story about aliens and goats in the 8th grade and has had a passion for story-telling ever since. Her friends and family are her biggest inspiration, and the occasional cup of coffee. She enjoys being part of the Indie community and sharing her stories with the world.

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Do or Die...

In a world that has been divided amongst the Hunter race and the Warrior, prisoners who have fallen prey to King Cyrus' decrees are forced into the arena to fight until death. Winner is granted mercy and privilege to see another sunrise. Death unto the weak. In an attempt to get back at everyone who has ever shut her out, seventeen year-old Princess Echo becomes another victim, dragging Ayden, her forbidden love, along in a race to freedom, to find out who she really is, and to put a world that has been swallowed by lies back together again.

In the first installment of The Bleeding Heart Trilogy, life becomes a dangerous game of kill or be killed, love or let go. When death threatens the forbidden love of an unlikely couple and they are forced to do the unthinkable, to what extent will they go to be together?

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I knew, without a shadow of a doubt, I was going to die tonight. There was no escaping it or any way around it. I couldn’t run from my destiny this time; I couldn’t hide. No, tonight I faced my fate in the chambers of death. The screams of the crowd in the arena filled my ears, the shouts of excitement and laughter boiling my heart down to nothing but untainted sorrow. I refused to open my eyes, but I could sense where I was by that rusty smell of metal and dried blood Father brought home with him every day. The shackles that bound my ankles and wrists to the wall confirmed it. I was a prisoner in my own home, my own Haven. I couldn’t fathom how in forty-eight hours my life had taken a complete three-sixty spin, but here I was, locked in the dungeon of my father’s kingdom, hidden from the world until it was my time to surface.

My Review:
WOW what a fresh take on forbidden love, self discovery, rebellion, and finding what really matters to you the most.

Echo is the princess next in line to become queen. But she wants none of it. She is tired of being told what to do and how to act. When her parents inform her she is marrying Prince Noah she is so angry that she starts to rebel even more. She flees the safety of the palace with a servant who named Ayden. She gets one night of freedom but he tells her she has to go back so the King doesn’t have him killed. Echo is heart broken but she goes. Being back home Echo starts to change her fate by rebelling against her family and life all the while thinking of Ayden but what she doesn’t know is he is thinking of her. It isn’t until she sees him again that Echo truly starts to feel like she knows herself and what she wants. But is she willing to pay the cost to know the secrets kept from her and to change the world she lives in.

I really loved this book. It starts out at the end and then flashes back five weeks before to how Echo meets Ayden and we get to see how they fell in love. Which I think was a brilliant way to start this story. I loved getting to see how much Echo changed through those five weeks. She becomes so strong even when learning family secrets that she has always wondered but the truth was far greater then she ever suspected. The relationship with Echo and Ayden is so fun to watch grow. We really get to see them both through each others eyes and feel everything they are feeling.

Nadege has written such a great fast paced book that will rip out your heart and leave you begging her for more. 4/5 Bloody Fangs

Guest Post:
Are the names of the characters in your novel important? How and why?

I wouldn’t say so, but many have. Caesar, Echo’s only brother, is a character in Burning Bridges but has no relation to the actual Caesar in any way.  Almost a hundred percent of the time I research names, and always names from different cultures with different backgrounds.  From there I create a personality. Although, I do believe a name says a lot about a person. It’s something that sticks with you for the rest of your life, so I’d also say it’s very important.
Echo got her name on a whim, really. It’s not a typical character name, which is why I loved it so much. But, as I began to map out the story line of the trilogy, I realized Echo’s name does stand for something. Throughout the story, Echo becomes this woman who has a voice many do not. She’s strong-willed and determined, and in her world those traits aren’t common. She provides a way for the inferior to rise above their oppressors, emanating an echo of freedom for future generations. This is not something that may come up in the trilogy at all, but something a reader would have to look deeper to see. I get a really big kick out of things like this, because even as the months roll by, I’ll forever be learning and growing from my own writing.
Ayden. Sweet, sweet, Ayden. It’s a very common name and I’ve always told myself that if or when I have a son, I’d name him Ayden. Some people do get confused by why I have spelled it differently, but I’ve never been one for status quo. Neither has my family—just look at my name! I could have gone with ‘Aidyn’ too, if I was up for it. But it means ‘little fire’ and that hits home for me, especially in Burning Bridges. As dominant characters, I think Echo and Ayden do create a ‘little fire’ that becomes something even bigger than themselves. Years have been spent with two races completely separated and within a month’s time, two people manage to burn that all down to the ground.

Book 2 releases December 22, 2012:

When your destiny lies in the hands of your enemy, there’s only one thing you won’t do to save the ones you love...

Now free from the walls that confine New Haven, the place she had once believed to be her home, Echo must find a way to put an end to a war only she has the power to stop. She has yet to discover her true abilities as a hybrid leader, but what happens when the dreams that plague her become something more? Someone more? In the midst of exploring her love for Ayden and venturing through forbidden lands for a key that will explain everything, Echo finds Kahl—the boy that haunts her in her sleep, yet has the hidden answers she seeks. And Echo will do just about anything to get them.

In the second installment of The Bleeding Heart Trilogy, relationships are put to the test, dreams become desires, and ultimately one girl will discover her purpose in a promised legend written in stone.

I wanna say Thank you to Nadege for letting me review her book and Thank you to Jaidis for letting me be part of this tour. 

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