Thursday, June 26, 2014

Blog Tour- Guest Post: Shattering Halos By Sunniva Dee

Shattering Halos (Halos, #1)

Shattering Halos By Sunniva Dee
Series: Halos # 1
Published: February 24, 2014



I traded my death for love. I wasn’t given a choice. His decision has caught up with us, so now I am a living, breathing catalyst to war between Heaven and Hell.

The violations he committed saved my life. Since the collision, he’s appeared everywhere. In my hospital room, my school, even my house. He shows up in my paintings, my drawings, in all of my art projects. I can’t stop thinking about him.

He says his name is Gabriel, and he doesn’t understand what’s happening to him. He doesn’t know how I can see him or why he wants me in ways that should be impossible for a Celestial.

My obsession grows. I need him to hold me, kiss me—give all of himself. For every day he protects me, the consequences loom darker and taller. Soon, they’ll crash down on us.

The war is about to begin.



Sunniva Dee

I write New Adult fiction with a paranormal twist and don’t shy away from romance and heart-wrenching passion when necessary.


I moved from Norway to the United States in 2001, and the first awesome five years I spent in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. Then I read “The Book”, aka, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It caused me to drag my husband, my youngest child, and our menagerie of animals cross country to beautiful Savannah, Georgia.

I'm currently on my sixth year in the Deep South. Here, we enjoy the heat and the humidity. Besides writing, I spend my time giggling and/or rolling my eyes at the “petting zoo,” as in an opinionated parrot, cats that are experts on keyboard shortcuts, and puppies that … uh, bark.

I hold a Master's degree in languages, with concentrations within literature and linguistics. For ten years, I taught at university level, before settling in as a graduate adviser at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Writing is my passion, my joy, and my addiction. "Shattering Halos" is my debut novel, which will be released soon by The Wild Rose Press. When I'm not writing, I read. Tons!

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Heroines and Anti-heroines

There are many words for protagonists in a story. For instance my publisher—a traditional romance house—calls the female lead “the heroine.” In my circle of author friends, though, we prefer the term “MC”—short for “main character.”

As a new adult writer, the noun “heroine” will probably never represent what my main girl is. The other day in an email correspondence with my editor, I called my girls “anti-heroines,” which is much closer to the truth.

Even when I write paranormal fiction, I want my MC to be realistically flawed. For me, I can’t just have the surroundings, other people, or events she didn’t influence, cause the conflicts in the storyline.

I’m not saying all new adult leads should be messed-up characters, but the anti-heroines might be more common than the perfect, sweet, relatable ladies in this genre. Two of my favorite new adult anti-heroines are “Beautiful Disaster’s” Abby Abernathy, and “Thoughtless’” Kiera Allen.

Abby and Kiera are both passionate and unpredictable. They fight their own demons and struggle with their feelings for the male MCs. I can’t personally relate to a lot of their actions, and yet they suck me into a reading vortex, making my heart race. Both as an author and a reader, this is exactly what I want out of a book, because, see, I’m not in this to learn about MCs who act like me; I read and write as an escape!

Whenever I start on a new manuscript, the options are wide open. I have ideas for my MCs, but their personalities haven’t been formed until I’ve typed them out and they’ve struggled through the obstacles on their way.

My book Shattering Halos, a new adult fantasy novel, has been compared to a mix between “Beautiful Disaster” and the TV series “Supernatural,”—if the angels were brothers and love made them lose their head, that is. In it, my female protagonist, Gaia, is stubborn, passionate, and too officious for her own good. It’s not the surroundings that cause Gaia to get in trouble. No, it’s herself. She isn’t a heroine at all. She’s a flawed, intense human being who, once she’s set her eyes on someone, won’t give up just because he turns out to be an angel.

But yes, heroines are alive and well out there in the literary world. Just, when you dive into Shattering Halos, and even more so in Stargazer (release September/October), and Pandora Wild Child (release October), be warned: you will want to slap my anti-heroines silly at times.

Thanks for “listening.” ;)

Xoxo
Sunniva

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