Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Casey Bond - Cover Reveal, Interview, Giveaway!

Winter Shadows
By: Casey Bond
Release Date: Oct. 29, 2013
Book Details:
Title: Winter Shadows
Author: Casey Bond
Genre: YA Suspense/Dystopian
Release Date: 10/29/13
Pages: 183
IBSN: 9781627467

Book Summary:
A coming of age story following Claire, a young lady struggling to find her place in the world after losing her mother to cancer. After a corrupt American government declares a pandemic and forces residents into quarantine encampments, Claire and her father, along with other members of their Church and community, go into hiding in a cave system in rural West Virginia. While coping with the losses of her mother, home, friends, sense of safety and normalcy, Claire begins to pick up the pieces of her past, finding a new normal despite the darkness surrounding her.
While adjusting to a new environment, and the group of people she finds herself surrounded by, Claire is faced with several important decisions that will influence the path her life will take. Who can she trust? Who should she love? How can she survive? Forced to choose between Ethan's steadfast, mature love and the love of mysterious and dangerous Colin who appears. Claire learns the difference between infatuation and love. She becomes self-reliant and strong. Despite her newfound confidence, and the isolation in which she resides, evil is able to find her. While fighting against it, she reestablishes her faith in God and opens her heart to the possibility of love.

Author Bio:  Casey Bond lives in West Virginia with her husband and two beautiful daughters. She graduated from Hurricane High School in 1999 and received her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Legal Studies in 2003 from Marshall University. 

Author Interview:
Q: How long have you been writing?
 A: The first time I recall writing anything meaningful was in the 8th Grade. Our English teacher assigned us a different topic to journal everyday. The topics were thought-provoking and interesting and I loved every moment of writing in that journal. Fridays were "free days" and I let my imagination go wild. At the end of the semester, the journal had writing on every page inside and on every space outside. It was pretty rough, but very much loved. I actually think I still have it somewhere. And, no. I am not a hoarder. :)

Q: What inspired you to write this story? How did it begin?
A:  My Mom and I were talking about We were talking about Dingess, WV. Dingess is a very small town in coal country. There are old one-lane train tunnels that now serve as roads and  lead into the mountain communities there. It is a very neat place. There are caves with ancient petroglyphs, etc. Anyway, we were discussing the state of our country and our concerns and one thing led to another and this story was born.   I am not like other authors who sit and plot out the entire story before they write a word. If I could do that, I would likely be better off and not suffer from writer's block so much. I sit and type, imagine the characters as if they are in a movie in my mind and hope for the best!

Q: What's the best advice you've been given since you became an author?
 A: Write what you know. I don't know the first thing about other areas of this country, let alone the world. Not that I haven't traveled. But, traveling lets you scratch the surface, not dig in deep. I know WV. It is my home and I set the book in the place that I know with all of my heart and soul.   My second book is not set in WV. It is a YA Paranormal/Fantasy type book and is completely different than Winter Shadows. But, like my own children, I love them both equally. :)

Q: Who are your favorite authors?
 A: I really love to read books by fellow WV author Jennifer Armentrout. I love her LUX series. I love Veronica Roth's Divergent series and anything dystopian. However, my absolute favorite author is Amy Bartol. Her Premonition series is out of this world. I love the vividness of her words and scenes.

Q: What are you reading right now?
 A: World of Shell and Bone by S.K. Falls. It's great. I'm almost to the end and cannot wait to finish it. After that, Along the Way Home by Christi Corbett is queued on my Kindle!

Q: If you could only read 5 books for the rest of your life, what would they be?
 A: 1. The Bible--it would take me an eternity to read and understand it and it changes as I do. 
       2. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
       3. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
       4. Wuthering Heights--Bronte and
       5....I really want all 5 of the Premonition series inserted here. How about 10 books? Lol

Q: (UtopYA Inspired) You're being abducted by aliens, but they allow you to bring only 5 things from home. What do you bring?
A: Will they let me bring people? Not sure. I'd want my family (husband and 2 little girls) safe so if that meant leaving them I would. But if they'd be safer (if world was ending) I would take them and my cat and hermit crab.   If only objects:  photo albums, all of them. five of them. I love pictures. I love to take them. I love to look at them. I would want a reminder of home. I have always thought that if my house were to ever catch fire, I would save my family and pets, and then go in for my pictures! I'm a photo nut.

You can reach Casey at the links below:
@authorcaseybond on Twitter
Casey Bond on Facebook 
Casey Bond on Goodreads
Casey Bond on Pinterest

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