Monday, October 3, 2011

Guest Blog & Giveaway with Sara Humphreys

Hi Anna! Thank you so much for having me here today. I’m super excited to share the world of the Amoveo with all the paranormal romance readers out there. So folks are probably wondering who or what are they anyway?

The Amoveo are an ancient race of dream-walking, telepathic shape-shifters in search of their one pre-destined soul mate. Their race consists of ten different animal clans Lion, Tiger, Cheetah, Panther, Eagle, Falcon, Fox, Bear, Wolf, and Coyote. Once they find their mate, they age at a considerably slower rate than humans and all of their abilities are amplified.  Oh, and they’re all incredibly hot and sexy…of course.

However, there’s a catch—there’s always a catch, isn’t there? 

Even with all of these strengths they are a fragile race. They can only have children with their life mate and if they don’t find that mate by the time they turn thirty, then they lose all of their unique abilities and die a slow death.  Their race has been hunted to the brink of extinction by the Caedo family, the one human family who know about their existence. When one Amoveo is killed, the possibility for offspring is eliminated and their mate ultimately dies as well.

Bummer.

 I’ve had several people ask me where I got the idea for the Amoveo and to be honest there’s no one moment, or one inspiration, it was combination of factors.  I’ve always adored books about werewolves and vampires, Lori Handleand’s Nightcreature series and Christine Feehan’s Carpathian series to be more specific.

 After reading yet another awesome werewolf tale, I asked myself this question- “What would I want to be or what would I want to be able to do if I could be a supernatural creature?” 

I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of being able to change shape. However, what I would find most intriguing is that a piece of yourself could be kept secret form most of the world. I think it would be so cool to have something wild and ever present under the surface….just waiting and clamoring to come out. 

But what animal would I want to be? I love wolves. They’re loyal, fierce and family oriented. Hmmm. Tigers are pretty freakin’ cool and let’s face it—they’re bad ass. Wait! What about an eagle? I’ve always wanted the ability to fly.

Nuts.

There were just too many cool animals to choose from so I decided to have several different animal clans in the Amoveo. Plus, all the animals are so different and have such diverse strengths, that I figured it could make for some interesting couplings.

Okay. So I knew I would want be some kind of animal clan shape-shifter but that just wasn’t enough. I wanted more.

The ability to walk in the dream realm and control the environment would be awesome but you know what would be better…have the events in the dream later impact the material world. Yes, now that would be cool.

I think telepathy is sexy as hell. How intimate would it be to have the most private of private conversations with your lover in the middle of a crowded room?

Last but not least, true love. That’s the most magical thing of all and I’m a die-hard believer in true love and having a soul-mate.  At the end of the day, no matter how many mind-blowing powers someone has, if they don’t have love then they’ve got nothing.

Over time, my wish list of supernatural abilities evolved and eventually turned into the Amoveo Legend series.   Amoveo is Latin and it means “to shift, or move away from”. When I was trying to find a name for their race, I wanted it rooted in some kind of reality.  Since Latin is the oldest language that’s still spoken (although not by me), I figured it was the best choice so I also made it the formal language of the Amoveo people.

So that’s it. That’s how I came up with my sexy shape-shifter world and I’ve had a blast writing their stories. I hope you’ll check out Unleashed and fall in love with this wild group.

I have a question for all the readers out there:  What if you were like Samantha, the heroine in Unleashed and you found out that you were half Amoveo? What clan would want to be a member of?  I still can’t narrow it down to one but Wolf, Panther, and Tiger are always in my top three. Happy Reading.


UNLEASHED 
BY SARA HUMPHREYS 
IN STORES OCTOBER 2011
What if you suddenly discovered your own powers were beyond anything you’d ever imagined…

Samantha Logan’s childhood home had always been a haven, but everything changed while she was away. She has a gorgeous new neighbor, Malcolm, who introduces her to the amazing world of the dream-walking, shapeshifting Amoveo clans…but what leaves her reeling with disbelief is when he tells her she’s one of them…

And shock turns to terror as Samantha falls prey to the deadly enemy determined to destroy the Amoveo, and the only chance she has to come into her true powers is to trust in Malcolm to show her the way…

Get swept away into Sara Humphreys’s glorious world and breathtaking love story…

Where to Buy:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | Indie Bound

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sara Humphreys has been attracted to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal, and romance since her adolescence when she had a mad crush on Captain Kirk. An actress and teacher, Sara lives in New York with her husband, who is very considerate of her double life, and four amazing boys. For more information, please visit http://www.sarahumphreys.com.

GIVEAWAY
Thanks to Sourcebooks I have (2) copies of Unleashed to giveaway. To enter leave a comment along with your email address. Open to U.S. & Canada. The winners will be announced on October 9th.

48 comments:

  1. Unleashed sounds like a wonderful story. The Amoveo sounds like a very interesting race. I think it would be wonderful to be able to shape-shift, though I would have a hard time deciding what clan. I can narrow it down to 4 and those would be wolf, eagle, tiger, and panther. I think it would be wonderful to have the ability to shape-shift into any of these animal clans for a day or two.

    beckyqward@gmail.com

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  2. book sounds interesting :) I love paranormals :)
    email: cruz042 at csusm dot edu

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  3. Oohh, sounds really interesting! :D This is definitely something I'd check out regardless. :)

    gamergirlconfessions at gmail dot com

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  4. This book sounds like the kind I read: JR Ward, Pamela Palmer and Katie MacAlister. I love paranormal books.

    dsadler53 at yahoo dot ca

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  5. @Becky-Thanks for stopping by. Your top 4 are right in the same wheel-house as mine.

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  6. @Becky-Thanks for stopping by. Your top 4 are right in the same wheel-house as mine.

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  7. @Arianne-thank you so much for stopping in and checking things out. Always nice to meet a fellow paranormal romance junkie.

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  8. @Diane--those are some of my favorite authors as well!

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  9. "Unleashed" sounds like a good read! Can't wait to pick it up - I like the idea of these kick ass species being fragile too! Thanks! :)

    Ammy Belle
    apereiraorama @ gmail . com

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  10. I love shapeshifters, too and your book sounds like an exciting story. I have always been fond of Cheetahs for reasons of speed and beauty.

    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

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  11. @Ammy--I like the balance of kick-ass & fragile too. Enjoy!

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  12. @Lil--Those cheetahs are one of my favorites. The heroine in Untamed (which I'm finishing now) is a member of the Cheetah clan...so I'm leaning in that direction at the moment.

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  13. This sounds like a really good read!
    Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

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  14. Unleashed sounds great. I love the cover. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  15. Awesome!! This hits all my "favs" buttons - fated mates, danger, and shapeshifters. I'm definitely looking forward to checking this one out.

    Oh, and I'd definitely want to be a Falcon - fierce predator and FLYING - who wouldn't want a chance to soar! annhonATaolDOTcom

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  16. I've been hearing alot about this one, sounds good! tWarner419@aol.com

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  17. Sounds like a great book. I love the cover. Please enter me. Thanks!

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  18. Fabulous world building, Sara, big congrats on your first release. Love shifter stories, so would probably pick the Panther clan.


    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

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  19. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds really good. Tore923@aol.com

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  20. It looks like an exciting story.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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  21. Been trying to win this book for a while now, hope I win this time because I can't wait to read it!!

    susiebranum@ymail.com

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  22. Sounds like a great story!
    I think I would pick the panther clan---so lean and sleek!

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

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  23. @Luvdaylillies-I hope you'll check it out :)

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  24. @CrystalGB-I have to admit I love the cover too. Thank you for stopping by. :)

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  25. @Cyberclipper-I'm thrilled to have hit all your buttons ;) Falcons are awesome. The hero in book #3-Untamed us in the Gyrfalcon clan.

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  26. @Tetewa-It made me giddy to learn that you've been hearing a lot about this. Thank you!

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  27. @Cathy-Thank you for the kudos :) I'm partial tote Panther clan. The heroine in Untouched is a panther.

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  28. @Maureen-Thanks for coming over to check it out :)

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  29. @SusieB-Thanks for being so tenacious & coming by today. :) Hope you'll love it.

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  30. Wow, dream-walking, telepathic shape-shifters, count me in. Unleashed sounds like a fantastic book and I'm looking forward to reading it.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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  31. @Barbara--So pleased that you're excited to check it out!! Enjoy :)

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  32. Sara,

    First, congratulations on the release of Unleashed and *drooling* what a beautiful cover.

    Shifters are my favorite kind of paranormal. That fact there's a piece of someone, something wild and primal, hidden from the world but so close you can touch...crazy exhilarating. And yes, there's the total bad ass component that dials up the sexy.

    I look forward to reading Unleashed...and thanks so much for the uber awesome giveaway!

    ReneeRearden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. Great interview! I think I'd want to be a panther shifter. I love cats and big cats! So it'd be neat to be that graceful and fierce.

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

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  34. Sounds like a great series! Really looking forward to it.

    marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

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  35. I would sooo want to part of the panther clan! CONGRATS on the release and thanks for the giveaway!

    yadkny@hotmail.com

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  36. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  37. I was just reading about this book today LOL Thank you so much for the fun and for the awesome giveaway opportunity :) Unleashed sounds different and I am always on the lookout for something with a new twist.

    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

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  38. I have heard good things about this book! I look forward to reading it!

    aliciahall0605(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  39. This sounds great and it's going on my wishlist. Shifters are my favorite paranormals. It's hard to choose what I'd want to be, but usually I have a preference for cats of any kind since I love cats in real life. Thanks for the giveaway.
    jen at delux dot com

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  40. I would love to win this book. Thanks!

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  41. Unleashed sounds like a interesting read. I would love love a chance to read this book
    Thanks for the giveaway

    khyla_808ATyahooDOTcom

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  42. I'm definitely putting Unleashed on my TRL. I love shape shifters and walking in the dream realm is very interesting as well. Is this to be a series ?
    I'd love to be part of the Panther Clan. And love Wolves too. :)
    Thanks for this chance at winning.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  43. Hi Anna, I am new here and I love your blog already. I like the sound of Unleashed and look forward to reading it. I am like you and those are the clans I would want to belong to. I especially like the BIG CATS. Tigers are my favorite.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

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  44. Congrats on the release Sara! I actually had the chance to read/review the book when it came out a while back when it was released as an ebook by diff name/pub. I have to say that I really enjoyed it then and loved the story behind the Amoveo. I can't wait to read this revised version. I think I'd pick panther or wolf but hard choice as each animal has it's own unique features.

    pams00 @ aol.com

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