Welcome to my stop on the Destiny Book Blitz organized by Xpresso Book Tours. Enjoy the excerpt, interview and my review on this stop.
When destiny is on the line, will love be enough to light the way?
In order to save Ethan, Nara gets pulled deeper into his dark world, where everything she thought she knew about Ethan and herself turns on its head. Ethan and Nara turn up the heat with bone-melting seduction and heart-rending moments, but surprising revelations, lies, treachery, betrayal, and unimaginable evil will challenge their relationship and their future together. As the stakes rise, encompassing more than just her relationship with Ethan, will Nara make the ultimate sacrifice?
Ethan leans against the sanctuary’s doorway, shaking his head. “I don’t understand, Nara. How did you get all these ravens to follow you here?”
I hold my hand out to Patch, who pecks at it. “Hey, be nice,” I say softly. The raven dips his head and puffs up his neck feathers, making me laugh. “Show off.”
As soon as I turn to address Ethan, he pushes off the doorway, alarm in his gaze. “Nara, watch out!”
A flutter of black appears in my periphery right before Patch lands on my shoulder, his bird feet gripping my jacket. I smirk and fold my arms. “It’s all right. He would never hurt me.”
Ethan’s forehead crinkles. “Ravens can be unpredictable.”
“Not as much as you might think.” I gesture toward Patch, who’s currently swaying back and forth on my shoulder. “Think of Patch…of all those like him as an extension of you.”
He crosses his arms and shakes his head. “I know I have a connection to ravens, but they’re just birds.”
“Oh really?” The one way I know we’ve connected in the past was when Ethan thought about me. I bite my lip and tell myself this is to help him remember. “Think about touching me.”
A sensual smile tilts his lips. “I’d rather do that than think.”
Okay, maybe this isn’t the best idea, considering I’m supposed to be keeping my distance from him. Then again, it’s the only one I’ve got. I purse my lips. “Just do it.”
“Fine.” His lips quirk, and as I see all kinds of sexy thoughts scrolling across his face, the birds begin to titter and hop around as if agitated, but nothing else happens.
“Concentrate.” I huff, setting my hands on my hips. “Walk outside the sanctuary behind the wire.”
Ethan grunts, but does as I ask. “Why am I out here?”
I nod to the fence between us. “Pretend you can see me but you’re unable to reach me.”
“How is this any different from reality?”
“Ethan. Now, think about what you’d do if nothing stood between us.”
I ignore the scowl on his face. “Close your eyes.”
As Ethan let’s his eyes slowly close, I do the same.
“I don’t like this.”
The hurt in his voice pulls at my heart. I can tell he’s talking about more than this exercise.
“Just…think about me, about us,” I say. “Imagine what you’d think about if we could only talk on the phone. What would you wish for?”
“You. With nothing between us.”
His wish, full of heat and want, carries on the sharp cold wind whipping through the bare trees. The longing wraps me in a layer of warmth, tugging at my heart, making my body tingle.
About the Author
P.T. Michelle is the author of the young adult series BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS. She keeps a spiral notepad with her at all times, even on her nightstand. When P.T. isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading or taking pictures of landscapes, sunsets and anything beautiful or odd in nature.
Q: As a writer, how do you come up with your ideas for stories?
PT: Writers by nature are very observant people. We absorb what we see, hear, smell and touch everyday, so everything inspires us from movies to music to people. One thing that has always inspired when forming a new story idea is I always ask myself the question, “What if….” and then I fill in the blank. 🙂
Q: A story about a girl dreaming her entire next day (and ONLY her next day) the night before is unusual. How did you come up with the concept for BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS?
PT: The idea behind the BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS series started off as one of those “What if” questions. I ask myself, “What if a girl dreamed her entire next day?” Then I think through all the possible scenarios: How would that impact her? Would she act upon what she saw? And if not, why? What if she didn’t have a choice? And from there…the story starts flowing.
Q: DESTINY is the 3rd book in the BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS series. Did you know how many books it would be when you first wrote BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS?
PT: I didn’t know how many books the series would be, but I definitely knew the story was far bigger than just a couple of books. I’m what you call a hybrid-pantser writer. A pantser is someone who sits down and just writes…no planning, no plotting involved. The story just flows out. My stories are intricately weaved, so I have to do a bit of planning before I start writing. I write a very high-level outline and give myself TONS of permission to veer off course as the story unfolds while I write. But at least the outline keeps me reminded of what my goals were for the story. When you have mystery elements like I do in the BKoD series, knowing where you’re going is pretty important. 🙂 So as the stories have unfolded, they took on a life of their own. And then I’ve had to plan each book as I go and also dovetail back into the previous books I’ve written in the series.
Q: Ravens feature dominantly in the BKoD series, which is definitely different from vampires, werewolves and the like we’ve seen in a lot of popular paranormal books. What made you choose to write about ravens?
PT: I’ve always been fascinated by ravens. The lore about them is so interesting. Ravens have been on many of my previous book covers and are mentioned in passing or are part of the storyline in past books. They just weren’t the main storyline. In BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS, ravens finally take front and center. 🙂
Q: How many books do you plan for the BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS series?
PT: Right now the plan is four books. Depending on how the last book unfolds, there may be a spin off. I’m leaving the possibilities open. 🙂
Q: BKoD is listed as a YA series, but DESTINY could definitely fall into the New Adult category. Tell us more about that; give us the scoop on the smexy stuff. 🙂
PT: My goal in writing the BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS series was to write a series that both upper teens and adults would enjoy equally. I’ve written the stories in the series based on Nara and Ethan’s age and the progression of their relationship as it deepens. That’s the reason things heat up as me move from book 1 to book 2 and then on to book 3.
Q: Any thing else you’d like to add?
PT: I just wanted to shout out a huge THANK YOU the readers and bloggers who’ve supported the BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS series from the beginning!
Destiny opens up with Ethan having met an accident and losing his memory from one month before. As it cannot be mere coincidence, Nara starts looking through where he has been and finds out that he had lied to her about where he was, more specifically about Danielle. Her search for answers leads her deeper into the mysteries of the Corvus and their role on Earth; actually it’s pretty much a back-story on the Corvus and the Order and while several times it is hinted that Nara also has some significance to the Corvus, most of the book focuses on discovering what Ethan is.
The plot-line moves a bit slowly, and is more focused on the information regarding Corvus. Through two books, it was difficult to categorize the type of paranormal but now we finally have a ballpark area – it skims around angel and demons. It however, keeps it own mythology (which I love!) and takes little from angel lore so far. The major events definitely happened in the second half of the book, with Nara facing against Fate multiple times (although Fate takes a backseat in this book) and managing to come out alive thanks to Ethan. As far as Ethan’s and Nara’s relationship is concerned, with his memory loss in the start, it was like taking a step backward from where they had been in Lucid but that boy sure knows to speed things along. Dyrstan’s role is quite diminished in this book, considering he had more to offer and I really hope he is in the next book. Most importantly, with the threat of a love triangle looming in my mind, it was good that Ethan and Nara stay together even with all these outside forces trying to break them. Their love is intense, to say the least, and adding a third or fourth wheel would definitely have been bad.
Ethan changes a lot as a character during this book – he becomes much more confident, ruthless and charismatic, and a little bit dangerous too – and goodness, he is hot. Nara had a tough time keeping him at a distance because she was ‘supposed’ to be angry with him for his lies but that plan goes down the drain when he is being so sexy. The chemistry is good and some sexy scenes nearly push the YA barrier so I would recommend it for older teens. Drystan, as I said before, was stuck into the role of luring Nara into a love triangle but with the introduction of Paladins, I would like to see where that leads to. Danielle was predictable from the start so I was a bit disappointed in her – specially with how the ending worked out for her. Speaking of ending, that was one killing cliffhanger – you don’t leave your readers with that final line!! What does it mean for Inara?? It explains a lot and leaves you with more questions too – all this while the next book’s name hasn’t even been announced. It’s going to be a torturous wait.