Fated Book Blitz: Author Interview with Joanne Kershaw + Giveaway!


Hey everyone! Welcome to the book blitz of Fated by Joanne Kershaw! Read along to learn about what this book (& series) is all about, check out the cool interview I had with the author, read an excerpt, and enter one amazing international giveaway. Enjoy!

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Fated (Vanguard Legacy #3)
by Joanne Kershaw
YA Fantasy
Published by Xchyler Publishing on April 25th, 2015


Defeated but not vanquished, the foes of light have retreated. But victory came at a terrible cost to Elora Walker, with her friends lost and scattered. Eleven months later and just seventeen, she commands her own Vanguard quad but struggles with a past that won’t release her and a future she hesitates to embrace. 

The barriers between worlds continues to weaken, Dark Seekers are emboldened, and David still plans to engulf humanity in eternal night. Elora means to end the threat once and for all but dreads the personal consequences. Will saving the world demand the ultimate sacrifice? And who must pay it?

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Other books in the series
Foretold (Vanguard Legacy #1)
Reflected (Vanguard Legacy #2)
Hi Joanne, thank you for taking some time out of your busy schedule to answer a few questions!

First, could you start off by telling us a few random things about yourself and your books?
Random? My favourite colour is purple, I binge watch television series and I have four children aged 12, 11, 8 and 6. Random about my books? I got to choose the colour of the cover for Fated, which is why it’s purple! I don’t have a favourite character in the books series, but the feel of the Nikolai Compound is modelled after Bretton Hall, which is where I went to University.
How did you end up writing a YA Paranormal series?
I read a lot of YA, I felt I could write YA, and so I did. That’s kind of it, really. I was always told to write what I knew, so YA was the most logical progression.
Why write about vampires and not any other paranormal creature? What makes them so interesting to you?
I think that the world of the Vanguard Legacy series is really diverse, which is why we have Magicae (people with magical power) and the enhanced humans who make up the Vanguards. I guess that vampires were the most logical addition to the universe—they fit in with everyone else and allowed for a different dimension to the mythology.
Elora sounds like a strong heroine, could you tell us more about her character and what she faces in your books?
Poor Elora! She is very strong considering the challenges she has to face. Discovering that she is a twin is probably the first hurdle to overcome. She has more unusual skills compared to other Vanguards, an over-bearing mother and an odd past. Elora is given plenty of reasons to quit but she never does and I admire that about her. On top of all of that, often the decisions she makes lead to repercussions for the wider world, which is a lot of pressure in your teenage years. I hope her perseverance comes through.
Romance, I want to know about the romance! Is there a love triangle? Lots of heartbreak? A Happily Ever After, perhaps?
There is romance! Of course! Elora’s very best friend ever, Aaron, is in love with her at the beginning of Foretold (though she is a bit oblivious). She doesn’t reciprocate his feelings and soon meets Zak who she falls hopelessly in love with. Sadly, he isn’t all he seems to be and their love affair is rather tangled and testing for them both. I won’t discuss where they end up, because it could spoil any of the books for people who haven’t read them, just know that I believe every character gets the right ending!
Was it difficult to say goodbye to your characters while finishing Fated?
Not really. I had been drafting the book in my head for a while, ever since finishing up on Reflected. I was ready to give them their endings and let them go. I would love to write more in the universe, but time isn’t always on my side for things like that.
Did you create playlists for the Vanguard Legacy series?
No playlists, particularly. I listened to a lot of soundtracks while writing Reflected and a lot of Avril Lavigne while writing Fated. Foretold is so long ago now that I’m not sure what was on my stereo at the time, though I think it may have been Linkin Park.
Are you a coffee or tea drinker?
Decaf coffee or fruit tea—though I drink a lot of water. As a teacher, I spend more of my day talking, so need to keep hydrated.
If you could switch lives for a day with anyone - fictional or real - who would it be and what would you do?
An interesting question! I don’t think I would switch with anyone in particular – I’d love to go behind the scenes of some of my favourite TV shows though, to meet the cast and see filming in action. Maybe I’d be Sarah Rafferty on Suits for the day, I think I could carry off her character pretty well.
Favorite YA series?
Don’t have one – love too many! I can never pick an overall favourite. I love Twilight and The Hunger Games and Divergent and Partials and Vampire Academy and Demon Trappers and Timeriders—see, very indecisive!
Favorite YA movie adaptation?
The Hunger Games Series, without a doubt. I just think that they’ve held so true to the story and I love Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

Just really a thank you for having me along. On my behalf and the behalf of other authors – indie and self-published – reviews matter! If the reader can take the time to review, the writer knows they made an impact. Even if the review is negative. I am taking this message on board myself and trying to review what I read and share the love!
Sweet! Pretty awesome answers. We have similar tastes in books and movies :D. Thank you again for being here Joanne, I can't wait to meet Elora, Aaron, and Zak!


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Next up is an excerpt from Fated! But first, here's what the author has to say about it:
I thought that, with this being book three, it might be a good idea to introduce you a little to Elora’s new world and the new cast of characters in her life. The main events of Fated take place almost a year after the conclusion of Reflected, and a lot has changed for Elora. Now an active Vanguard, she is finally living an ‘ordinary’ life—you know, aside from the mind-reading and exceptional speed, strength and senses! Enjoy!
*Fated Excerpt*
My back slammed into the red brick wall, and a hot breath rushed out of me. Gasping, my eyes flickered shut for a second before I felt myself rise again. Cold, hard hands gripped my neck and lifted me until my face was level with a pair of menacing, soulless black eyes. I didn’t wriggle or squirm, not that I didn’t want to, but the hold the vampire had on my neck was choking the life out of me. Pushing out with my mind, I tried to find my back-up. Where on the Spirits was the rest of my quad?
My quad, however, seemed oddly absent, and I felt my heart beat grow a little more frantic—and probably more delicious-sounding considering my current company. Desperate now, I swung my legs up hard and punched my feet into the centre of the vampire’s chest. A dead thud reverberated through me. He snarled derisively while I pushed against him, trying to force him to release his grip on my throat. One shove, another. The third time, I summoned all of the Vanguard strength I had in me.
I caught the smug creature off-guard—my short stature often led my enemies into a false sense of security. His grasp loosened for a fraction of a second and I twisted away, both of us falling in a tangled heap on the floor while I gasped for breath. I scrambled away, the dirt from the alley pushing up under my fingernails as I skittered backwards. The vampire moved fast, and I was unable to put any real distance between us before his shadow loomed above me.
I cast my eyes towards the shadow, trying to anticipate the creature’s next move. It was not the vampire but my quadmate and commander, Marcus. He held his finger to his lips and I listened inside instead.
“The rest of the quad are behind you, Elora,” came Marcus’ calm, calculating voice. “We need to draw him that way if we’re going to take him alive.” This steady-in-the-face-of-danger attitude was something I had come to expect of Marcus during the last few months, and so I nodded, the panic fading as quickly as it had come.
Marcus slipped back behind a portion of the wall and continued his commands, relying on me to pass them around the quad. This was what I did, after all—human telephone. A sudden lump rose into my throat as the phrase fluttered through my brain, my assigned Vanguard Superior had coined it and he had died a little over six months ago whilst trying to protect me. He was an honourable man. I had trusted him and he had believed in me. It still hurt that he was gone. I had little time to think about it, though; the vampire had hold of my ankle and was slowly lifting me up. The tendons in my ankle popped, straining against my weight. My short, auburn hair slipped from its ponytail as I was lifted completely off the ground.
“They sent a little girl for me?” laughed a dry voice. We had reached the obligatory ‘just before you die’ gloating, and I steeled myself for the usual barrage of taunts and mockery. “Did they really think you would be able to take me down?” the vampire continued. I squirmed a little, making it look good. I knew the others were about to make their move and I was waiting as patiently as I could. “Little girl, I am Ramos. I have been alive probably ten times your lifespan! How dare you think you can kill me?” It was clear that Ramos needed this to be a two-way affair, so I joined in—if only to shut him up.
“Maybe I just look good for my age?” I coughed. It turned out it was difficult to speak when suspended upside down.
Marcus whispered to me that it was probably best not to antagonise the monster any more, but it was a little late for that.
“Good for your . . . ha!” Ramos mocked. “The lack of marks on your uniform show me just how little you are, girl.” The silver flecks on my sleeve were on the sparse side—but I was still new, really, so twelve was pretty good. With a sudden surge, the vampire wrenched me up and around, spinning me so that he once again gripped my neck rather than my ankle. Then he whispered darkly, “I think I will drink you slowly, painfully. Punishment for your arrogance.”
“Now would be a great time to perform your daring rescue!” I urged my quadmates silently. I saw them about the same time as Ramos heard them. They slipped in from three sides and completely surrounded him, like moths to a flame. His grip tightened on my neck for a moment and then he lowered me. Turning slowly, he looked to each of my team in turn. He was no doubt realising that I was the very junior of juniors when it came to Vanguards, and that my quad most definitely were not.
Marcus had his arms folded loosely across his chest. His forearms glistened in the faint orange glow from the distant streetlights. He had many more kills and captures to his name and he was not alone. Simon had an equally glittering past. Finally, Maria, who had been here only six months longer than I, certainly had her fair share.
“Well, well! I see this has become more of a banquet than a snack!” Ramos ran his tongue slowly over his teeth as if to prove his point. All at once, I lashed out with my foot, striking him in the back of the head and nudging him forward. Simon and Maria each grabbed an arm, and Marcus pushed his iron stake firmly through Ramos’ heart. He gasped a chalky breath before disintegrating gently into a fine grey powder. He really never saw it coming, how would he when the signal was invisible?
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About the Author

Joanne Kershaw lives in Wakefield, England, with her husband, four young children, and an uppity cat named Dipstick. As a teacher of five- to eleven-year-olds, she spends her days playing at being a grownup, then goes home to delve into Young Adult dark romance and being sixteen again. Joanne lives and breathes books, whether reading, writing, or marking them. She wrote her first novel in six weeks. Encouraged to submit her work by a friend and fellow YA novel addict, Joanne now finds herself a signed author at Xchyler Publishing.

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