I am so excited that GOLD, the second book in Talia Vance’s Bandia series, has been released and everyone will be able to read it and find out just why I have been dying to talk about it for the many, many months since I first read it.
I am also totally stoked to be a part of the GOLD Blog Tour so that I can help spread the word about this amazing book and series. I absolutely love the mythology in each of these books. I loved the insta-hate and intense reaction Brianna and Blake had when they first met.
And I love how radically things changed in this sequel. Things that I haven’t been able to talk about with very many people. But they are things I’m just dying to talk about.
While Austin plays a bit larger of a role than Blake in this second book in the series I just couldn’t resist the chance to ask Blake a few questions. Which actually proved a bit more difficult since I didn’t want to ask any questions he couldn’t answer for fear of being too revealing about all that went down in this book.
So I tried to keep things just a little bit vague. But for those who have read GOLD I think you’ll be able to figure out just where I was going with my questions.
The interview follows the book’s details, which you’ll definitely want to take a peek at as they shed some light on what’s going on in this sequel. And following the interview is some information about the author and places you can find her online, as well as some information about SILVER, the first book in this series.
And… there is also an amazing giveaway that I desperately want to enter included as part of this tour. The author is giving away to three winners a signed copy of GOLD and there are two signed sets of SILVER and GOLD up for grabs. (US ONLY.) Just scroll on down toward the bottom of the post to enter for a chance to win.
But now, without
any further too much more ado aside from some brief details about GOLD, let me share my interview with Blake Williams.
About GOLD (Bandia #2)
Release Date: September 8, 2013
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Descended from an Irish demigod, Brianna has fled to Ireland to escape destruction at the hands of her sworn enemies, the Sons of Killian. Taking refuge at the estate of her former nemesis, Austin Montgomery, Brianna discovers a rift in time that opens to an era before the feud began.
Wrestling with her newfound feelings for the more innocent Austin, Brianna begins to wonder if she can alter the past. But when Brianna and Austin learn that the Sons are raising an army of mythical beasts, the pair will need to use their magical strength in the present to avoid a tragic end.
Q. For those who didn’t get the chance to meet you last year can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
BLAKE: I’m a pre-med student getting ready to start my sophomore year, I play a little poker on the side, and I accidentally bound my soul to the girl I was supposed to kill. She turned out to be nothing like I expected and I would’ve done anything to keep her alive. I thought she felt the same way about me, but things got weird after she accidently killed me and then used some ancient magic to bring me back. Without the soul bond, it was hard to know how she really felt. I still don’t know…
Q. When you first met Brianna things got just a little bit intense. Just a little…. What were your first impressions of her?
BLAKE: She was the most gorgeous and dangerous thing I’d ever seen. I was terrified, and maybe even a little in love:
When I feel confident that I can handle it, I let my gaze shift to the dark-haired girl.
It takes all my concentration not to lunge for her.
She’s not going to blow me up in the middle of a party. That’s not how it works, right? No. She’ll lure me in first. Make it personal.
I let myself breathe.
Damn, she’s something.
Our eyes meet and I can’t stop staring. Even without the claiming. I would know what she is. Anyone would. She’s a freaking angel on earth with that hair and that face, and oh my God, those lips. But that’s not what makes me ache for her. It’s the power. It pulses off of her like liquid fire. I want to wrap myself inside of it. In her.
The only thing she wants is me dead. I can’t let myself forget it.
Q. And after getting to know her, how did your feelings about her change?
BLAKE: I was still a little scared, but once I got to know Brianna, there was no question that I was completely in love with her. She was smart and funny and she had no idea how to use her power, but she fought like hell for the people she cared about, even me.
Q. Can you talk a little bit about the Sons of Killian and what it means – for you, for your relationship with Brianna – to be one of them? And if you could not be one of them, would you choose to give it all up?
BLAKE: As a Seventh Son of Killian, a descendant of the gods who can manifest their power, I have a lot of responsibility. We’re the last line of defense between humanity and the gods who want to return to earth to rule it. Brianna is a bandia, one of Danu’s descendants, the last of the gods’ warriors. We’re soldiers in a centuries’ old war we didn’t start in the first place. I would give it all up if I could, but the fact is I never can. The best I can hope for is to help keep her alive.
Q. What has been your favorite moment with Brianna?
BLAKE: There was this moment on the beach, before we were bound. She had no reason to be with me, every reason not to, really, but she was there, not as a bandia, but as a girl who joked about electricity and looked at me like I was someone who mattered. But I think my favorite moment was when she doused Jeremy with a wall of water and messed up his hair. I haven’t laughed so hard since.
Q. Things between you and Brianna got complicated. What would you say is your biggest regret?
BLAKE: That I let myself doubt her, even for a second.
Q. When Brianna left for Ireland what was your plan? To bring her back? To let her go?
BLAKE: When she first left, I was just going to let her go, but within a day I knew it was hopeless to think that I ever could. Everyone was convinced that she burned down my house, and the only way to protect her was to find the bandia who did it. Beyond that I didn’t really have a plan. In retrospect, maybe I should have…
Q. What do you really think of Austin? And would you feel the same way if he didn’t seem interested in Brianna?
BLAKE: Austin and I were friends once, but the dude did try to get me killed. There’s no going back from that as far as I’m concerned.
About Talia Vance
Talia Vance is a practicing litigation attorney living in Northern California with her real life love interest, two-point-five kids, and a needy Saint Bernard named Huckleberry.
Talia has been writing since she could talk, making up stories for every doll, stuffed animal and action figure she could get her hands on. She grew up hoping to write the great American novel, but her life ran more along the lines of tortured romance and fast paced thrillers, so that’s what she writes.
About SILVER (Bandia #1)
Release Date: September 8, 2012
Formats: Paperback, eBook
“As I step into the room, a silver flash blurs my vision. Before I can take a breath, the world falls away.”
Brianna has always felt invisible. People stare right past her, including the one boy she can’t resist, Blake Williams. But everything changes at a house party where Brianna’s charm bracelet slips off and time stands still. In that one frozen, silver moment, Blake not only sees her, he recognizes something deep inside her she’s been hiding even from herself.
Discovering she is descended from Danu, the legendary Bandia of Celtic myth, Brianna finds herself questioning the truth of who she is. And when she accidentally binds her soul to Blake, their mutual attraction becomes undeniable.
But Blake has his own secret, one that could prove deadly for them both.
Bound together by forbidden magic, Brianna and Blake find themselves at the heart of an ancient feud that threatens to destroy their lives and their love.
There are some amazing prizes being offered up for giveaway during this tour. (I want one!)
***Giveaway is US Only***
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Sept. 9th – My Guilty Obsession – Guest Post
Sept. 10th – Fiktshun – Blake Interview
Sept. 11th – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Guest Post
Sept. 12th – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Guest Post
Sept. 13th – Tater’s Tall Tails – Austin Interview
Sept. 16th – BookPics – Brianna Interview
Sept. 17th – What the Cat Read – Interview
Sept. 18th – The YA Sisterhood – Guest Post
Sept. 19th – A Book Obsession – Interview
Sept. 20th – Two Chicks on Books – Quarters Scene from Austin’s POV