Monday, June 29, 2015

[Shades of Treason Tour] Interview & #Giveaway with Sandy Williams!

Cat: First, I have to say how excited I am for Shades of Treason! The cover is eye-catching, the synopsis sounds intense, and the heroine seems like a badass. I can't wait to read it!

Sandy: I’m so happy to hear the cover caught your eye! One of my big fears with self publishing this was that I wouldn’t find a cover that looked New York quality—I am so not a visual person—but I love the cover and have gotten a lot of compliments on it. Yay!

Cat: I was delighted to hear that your next novel would be a Science Fiction Romance! Have you always been a sci-fi fan or is this something new to you? 

Sandy: I read science fiction before I read urban fantasy and romance. It all started in 6th grade when I ran out of books to read and had to sneak into my brother’s room to steal something. That book was Timothy Zahn’s HEIR TO THE EMPIRE, and that was my gateway book into science fiction. It wasn’t until later, though, that I realized I needed a strong romance as well as a strong, kickass plot to enjoy a book. Linnea Sinclair and Ann Aguirre’s Sirantha Jax books hooked me on SFR, and I keep looking for more books that are like theirs.  And because I love that breakdown of plot and romance, I of course had to write my own. =)

Cat: What can you tell us about Lieutenant Ramie Ashdyn that we wouldn't know from reading the synopsis? 

Sandy: She’s pretty much the opposite of McKenzie from my Shadow Reader books. She’s confident and she kicks ass. (i.e. if this was fantasy and not SF, she would totally know how to use that sword McKenzie keeps holding on the book covers. =) ) She’s also flirtatious, especially when it comes to her former instructor. She gets a kick out of getting under his skin. 

She’s also very, very tough. She grew up on a planet called Glory, which is basically a hellhole. It’s noteworthy that she survived the streets of that planet without losing her soul or being killed by one of the crime bosses. She’s a survivor, and even though her situation in Shades of Treason seems impossible to overcome, she won’t give up. I love that about her.

Cat: Why did you decide to self-publish this series? 

Sandy: Short answer: I was unwilling to give up all my rights for forever to a traditional publisher.
Longer answer: I think I can find my readers better than a traditional publisher can. Sci-fi romance is a pretty niche genre, and I’m not entirely sure a traditional publisher would know how to find readers who might enjoy the Anomaly novels. And quite honestly, I’m not sure a traditional publisher would want to try to find the audience. What I mean by that is that, because this is a relatively small subgenre, it might not be “commercial” enough for a publisher to take a risk on. Not unless the genre suddenly explodes (which would be AWESOME).  And there are a lot of other little reasons, but those are the main ones.

Cat: What heroines (from novels, movies, or real life) have been influential to you?

Sandy: This is a tough question because I don’t feel like I’ve drawn on any heroines from movies or books. I’m sure I’ve subconsciously drawn on some, but for the most part, I write about women who I’d like to be like. McKenzie from the Shadow Reader books was an extremely normal person, but she happened to have a special power and to be brave and loyal. I love those two qualities. I wish I was brave, but alas, I’m not. 
My admiration of Ash is the same. She’s strong, independent, and probably most importantly, confident. Confident in her abilities, her appearance, her decisions. I’m the complete opposite, so yep, I wish I was like her.

Cat: With your busy writing schedule, do you still find time to read? What novels have you read this year that you would recommend?

Sandy: I don’t read nearly as much as I’d like, but I have started to set time aside each day to read. I’ve been reading a lot of nonfiction lately for some reason, but I did recently read The Martian, and you guys, that book is phenomenal. It’s about an astronaut who is stranded on Mars and has to find a way to survive using his brain. That’s such a dry summary, though. I don’t know how to explain how awesome it was. It’s in my top 10 books of all time, and the whole time I was reading it, I felt like I was on the edge of my seat watching the movie, Apollo 13, but with a different plot. 
That still doesn’t do the book justice, so let me just issue a challenge. Hop on over to Amazon or B&N or your retailer of choice and download the sample. I was hooked within two pages. I bet you will be, too. If you are, and you do read it, let me know. We can join the Mark Whatney fan club together. =)

Cat: Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions!

Sandy: Thank you so much for having me!

Sandy Williams has lived and breathed books all her life. When she was a teen, she was always the first to finish her class assignments so that she could read as much as possible before the bell rang. Her grades didn't suffer (much), and she was able to enroll in Texas A&M University. She didn't sneak in novels there, but her college lecture notes are filled with snippets of stories. After she graduated, she decided to turn those snippets into novels. Sandy writes books with high-octane action adventure infused with a strong romantic element. She is best known for The Shadow Reader novels, an urban fantasy romance series about a human who can both see and track the fae. When she’s not reading or corralling her twin boys, she enjoys playing EuroGames like Dominion, 7 Wonders, and Agricola.

Ash would have given her life to save her teammates.
Instead, they gave their lives to save hers.

Lieutenant Ramie Ashdyn is an anomaly, a person whose genetic makeup makes her stronger and smarter than the average human. She’s pledged her life to protect the Coalition, an alliance of thirteen planetary systems, but when a top secret operation turns bloody, she’s charged with treason and the brutal executions of her teammates.

The Coalition needs the information Ash’s team stole on their last mission, so they send in Commander Rhys “Rest in Peace” Rykus to get it. He’s the man who’s responsible for turning Ash into an elite soldier... and he’s a man who isn’t, never was, and never will be in love with the woman he trained. Or so he tells himself.

Ash wants nothing more than to clear her name and be the woman her former instructor wants her to be, but the enemy who killed her teammates did more than frame her for treason and murder: they telepathically silenced her mind, preventing her from saying anything that might point to the truth about what happened.

Now Ash is trapped and set to be executed, the truth dying with her. Unless she can prove her innocence. But taking that path could destroy the Coalition she’s sworn to preserve and protect...

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Mai T. said...

Tthe blurb and excerpt are intriguing! Gotta love new sci-fi!

Laís Roque said...

I am super excited about this book! sandy has amazing scifi books reccomendations and I'm so happy that she wrote one!

Mariam K said...

Loved it!

mk said...

Can't wait to read this!!!
- Make Kay

Barbara E. said...

I think Shades of Treason sounds like a fantastic read and I'm looking forward to reading it.

Stephanie Huff said...

I'm usually hesitant about sci-first, but I really enjoyed the shadow reader series and the blurb sounds exciting.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

This sounds like it has a little bit of everything packed in her. Mystery, suspense and action promised. I like the sounds and looks of it. :) Thank you!

Havebook willsurvive said...

Love the blurb and cant wait to read!!

Mary Preston said...

It is an interesting story line. A strong cover.

lindalou said...

The description sounds really interesting... a mystery to solve... Thanks for the giveaway!

Steph F. said...

I'm really excited for this book. I love scifi and Sandy is a favorite author.

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