Monday, March 2, 2015

[Blog Hop] Q&A & Giveaway With YA Author Bree Despain

As most of you know, Egmont USA recently announced that it was shutting down, which has left its authors to fend for themselves. In the wake of this event, Cuddlebuggery established the Last List Blog Hop -  a blog hop designed to promote the authors and their books of Egmont's Spring 2015 book list.

Fan-favorite author Bree Despain continues her modern-day romance trilogy inspired by the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades with this second book in her Into the Dark series.  

Haden Lord, the disgraced Prince of the Underrealm, has chosen love over honor and will do everything in his power to protect Daphne Raines, the human girl he was supposed to bring to the Underrealm. Haden’s choice is put to the test as the Skylords and a figure from his past arrive in Olympus Hills with a plan that could destroy all of the realms.

Embracing her destiny as the Cypher, Daphne begins to understand the immense power of her musical ability to control the elements, but she must come to terms with her feelings for Haden and what she must sacrifice in order to protect him and her friends.

Believing the Key of Hades is the only thing that can stop the Underrealm Court from releasing the monstrous Keres on the mortal world, Haden, Daphne, and their friends set out to find the Key before Persephone’s Gate opens again on the spring equinox.

We are happy to host Bree Despian, author of the Into the Dark series for a Q&A about her latest book, The Eternity Key!

1. What was your inspiration for The Eternity Key?
The Into the Dark series as a whole was inspired by my love for Greek mythology--especially the myths of Orpheus and Eurydice an Persephone and Hades. I wanted to explore an earlier version of the Persephone myth that says that Persephone chose to go into the Underworld out of her own free will and not that she was kidnapped (as the most well known version of the myth says). I wanted to explore the theme of following someone "into the dark" (or the unknown) for the sake of love.  In The Eternity key I also got to have some fun with the Cupid and Psyche myth.

2. If there was a movie, who do you see playing the character?

This is a good question and one I don't quite have an answer for. I never really pictured any particular actors while writing. I've been into The 100 lately. I could see Bob Morley (Bellamy Blake) as Haden because he has the right build and complexion. (And he's pretty hot!) If I could get my hands on a time machine, I might go back a few years and see if Jensen Ackles or Jared Padalecki were up for the part. (Mostly just so I could stare at them. Heheh.)

3. What was one of your favorite scenes to write?

My favorite scene in The Eternity Key is a scene where Daphne teaches Haden how to cook. Haden (being from the underworld and all) doesn't know much about living in the mortal world so Daphne decides that he needs some "how to human" lessons. Haden has never had to cook for himself before, so Daphne teaches him how to make french toast and scrambled eggs so he won't die of malnutrition from eating fast food tacos. There are a lot of crazy, action packed scenes in the book, but I love this one the best because I think it turned out to be such a nice, genuine, intimate scene between the two main characters.

Be sure to check out The Eternity Key, the second book in the series, when it releases on May 12, 2015!

About the Author

Bree Despain is the author of the Dark Divine trilogy and the upcoming Into The Dark trilogy.  Bree rediscovered her childhood love for creating stories when she took a semester off college to write and direct plays for at-risk, inner-city teens from Philadelphia and New York. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, two young sons, and her beloved TiVo.

Bree has generously provided an ARC of The Eternity Key for us to give away! Open internationally. Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  1. The mystery surrounding Daphne.

  2. All of it! I love reading anything that has to do with Greek mythology!

  3. Everything. I loved book one and need to know what happens next!!

  4. The storyplot sounds like one I would enjoy and a musical ability to control the elements sounds awesome.