Monday, January 16, 2017

The Sanctuary Blog Tour: Interview with Sara Elizabeth Santana + GIVEAWAY

Hello all! I'm so very excited to be a part of the blog tour for The Sanctuary by Sara Elizabeth Santana, which is the second book in her Awakened duology. I just started reading it and can't wait to see how it all ends. In the meantime, I got the pleasure of interviewing Sara for the tour, and I'm going to tell you a little about the book (light spoilers if you haven't read The Awakened).

Zoey Valentine is finally safe, tucked way miles underground in the fortified community of the Sanctuary. She can finally breathe easily. But Sanctuary is far from what she imagined and she can’t help but feel trapped. Razi Cylon may be dead but Sekhmet, her evil corporation that created the Awakened, is still out there and it’s not long before citizens of Sanctuary are disappearing and reappearing, dead and mutilated, each one tagged with a note, a warning, signed by Razi herself. 
Problem is, Razi should be dead and when she starts to threaten everything Zoey has fought so hard for, she’s ready to fight. Sekhmet has existed for far too long and Zoey has had enough. 
It's time to end it all.

(in both ebook and paperback):


Sara Elizabeth Santana is a young adult and new adult fiction writer. She has worked as a smoothie artist, Disneyland cast member, restaurant supervisor, nanny, photographer, pizza delivery driver and barista but writing is what she loves most. Her first story was written at age nine. She runs her own nerd girl/book review blog, What A Nerd Girl Says. Her favorite books are a tie between Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling and Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce. She lives in Southern California with her dad, five siblings and two dogs. Her debut novel is The Awakened.


This is now your second book out! How different does it feel compared to when your debut came out?
When The Awakened came out, it was so exciting and so new. I had no expectations. I thought, okay, maybe a couple of my friends and family would read it and that’s it. It all felt so new. This one has felt so much different. I’m definitely just as excited but it's also more nerve wracking. I didn’t really think anyone would read The Awakened but they did, and now they’re excited for The Sanctuary. They’ve grown attached to the characters and they have expectations and there’s a lot of pressure! I’ve just been telling myself that I wrote my story, and wrote the best book that I could and hopefully everyone likes it!
Now that this series is over, what's next?
A margarita? Haha, joking aside, I’m taking a little bit of a break, catching up on my reading before diving into my next project. I had started writing a short story for a project that ended up not working out and I thought, well, this could be a full novel. It’s a YA fantasy, set in our world, just like The Awakened was, and I’m planning on it being a two book series as well. It’s kind of funny that its starting out the same way that this last series did, with a short story that sounded like it could be a novel. I’m anxious to get started on it. Fantasy is definitely new for me so its going to be fun and definitely a challenge.
What's your writing process?
Hope for the best. It depends. I used to be a pantser, you know, writing by the seat of my pants. I never used to outline at all. But also I was writing contemporary romance so I never felt the need to outline. But when I started writing The Awakened, I got about halfway through when I realized, oh god, this is not working. It was incredibly discouraging because I didn’t know quite how to keep my story and my world building in line and that’s when Jessica Brody introduced me to Save the Cat. it’s a method that is used to write television episode, where you hit 14 different beats from beginning to end. Jessica had tweaked it for novels and now its what I use. I usually write a summary of the book, like five to ten pages from beginning to end. Then I take that and figure out what my 14 beats are. My story often changes as I write but this gives me a map to keep me mostly on track.
What are you reading right now?
Currently I’m switching back and forth between Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (I need to finish before February and the new one comes out!) and EK Johnston’s novel, Ahsoka. Both have been so good so far!
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
Ice powers. Everyone always gives me a super weird look when I say that but when I was in high school, I had an internet boyfriend (so embarrassing) and he drew comics and he drew me as Cassie Iceberg (I called myself Cassie online, again so embarrassing) and it was just so cool! I think ice powers are fun. Or fire powers. I like elemental stuff so I would probably have an elemental power of some sort!
If you were plopped into the world of The Awakened, how long would you survive?
Everyone always asks me this and I always laugh because I’d like to think I’d last a long time but I would probably die right away. I have no survival skills, no fighting skills and I’ve never even held a gun in my life soooooo yeah. Yeah, I’d probably die pretty quickly!


This giveaway started January 10th and will end on January 27th!
Prizes will be shipped at the end of January.
This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL!

One 1 st Place Prize Winner – Signed Copy of The Sanctuary with swag pack (bracelets, buttons, bookmarks)
Two 2nd Place Prize Winners: An Ebook (your choice) of The Sanctuary and two signed bookmarks.

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