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Onyx Blog Tour: Daemon Black Character Interview + Giveaway

I was so unbelievably excited when I was invited to be a part of the ONYX Blog Tour. I am such a huge fan of author Jennifer L. Armentrout. Her writing is so very addictive. And her Lux series is no exception. And I don’t think there is a character who is quite as wickedly charming, but not wicked, as Daemon Black. Well, maybe he’s just a little bit wicked….

If for some reason you haven’t yet “met” Jennifer on Twitter or on her blog, she is super nice and super awesome. And here’s just a little bit about her and a few places where you can find her.

About the Author

Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.

Find her: TWITTER, FACEBOOK, WEBSITE, BLOG, GOODREADS

If you haven’t yet read OBSIDIAN, the first book in the Lux series, just click its name to read the description on Goodreads. And if you have, and are anxiously awaiting ONYX‘s official release next week, check out the description below, or get a peek at the first two chapters HERE.

About the Book

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard.

Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem…

The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies.

Find it: GOODREADS, AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE

For my stop on the tour I not only got to post my review, but I got a chance to interview Daemon Black. And the publisher offered up a paperback set of  OBSIDIAN and ONYX for giveaway (US), though I added in a couple print copies of ONYX because I just had to share. It’s that awesome.

And for those of you who hadn’t stopped by earlier in the year for the 30 Days of Daemon Tour, I had the great pleasure of having Daemon Black on the blog for that event. My interview is HERE and the post includes information about OBSIDIAN and the novella about Daemon’s brother Dawson, SHADOWS.

Anyway… I’m sure you’re wondering what Daemon has to stay this time….

Hi Daemon! Welcome back to the blog. It’s been a few months but I couldn’t resist having you stop back for a visit. Especially now that I’ve read ONYX and am just a little bit more curious/infatuated/obsessed with you. And because I know even more about you than I did when I first got the chance to ask you just a few questions.

“Of course you’re curious/infatuated/obsessed with me. It’s okay. I’m used to it.”

[Fiktshun: Hmmm… that ego is still firmly in place….]

The last time you visited you said that you were, and I quote, “pretty damn awesome.” Since your last visit, after everything that’s happened between you and Katy and everything you had to go through in ONYX would you say that you’re a bit more humble? Or are you just as confident as you were before? Are you, in fact, the same Daemon Black we’ve gotten to know and love or are you a changed Luxen?

“I stand by my initial statement: I am still pretty damn awesome. And I’m the same guy. You just see more sides of me.”

[Fiktshun: I did happen to enjoy those other sides. A LOT….]

You and Katy made a connection, one that is seemingly unbreakable. How do you feel being bonded to Katy? Especially when she doesn’t seem to be quite so enthusiastic about it. And what kinds of things have you been doing to change her mind?

“Bonded is such a strange word, but it’s not bad. Kat isn’t a big fan of it, but then again, she’s human, so these kinds of things freak her out. And I have some things I’m doing to help change her mind.”

[Fiktshun: Well, you definitely have a connection and I like the idea of you and Katy having this bond. And yes, Daemon, you have been doing some things to change her mind. :)]

Katy believes that what she feels for you isn’t real, that it’s a product of your connection. Do you feel the same way? Would you like her even if you weren’t connected?

“I think I’ve told her a billion times how I really feel. It’s up to her to believe it.”

[Fiktshun: Maybe with a little bit more of the showing versus telling and she’ll be convinced.]

What is it with you, Katy and technology? You blew up a laptop, and there may have been another instance where a computer got overheated…. If your chemistry sizzles, literally, why not stay far, far away from costly electronic devices?

“The chemistry between us is just that damn good. And it’s kind of hard to stay away from electronic devices. They are everywhere.”

[Fiktshun: They’re not everywhere. Not by the lake…. If they were you might have destroyed hundreds of laptops.]

What do you think about Katy’s book boyfriends? I believe she mentioned a certain Reaper named Tod she was quite fond of, and she also hinted at a reincarnated soul named Alden. How do you like the fact that Katy gets lost in these worlds with these other boys?

“Well, see… the only guys that can compete with me are fictional, so I’m okay with that.”

[Fiktshun: Ah, but you did have just a little bit of competition if I do recall correctly. And not from any book Katy was reading….]

Speaking of other boys, there’s a new boy in town. One who seems to want to spend quite a bit of time with Katy. And one that Katy seems to want to spend a bit of time with. One whose name you just can’t seem to get quite right. Is this a jealous Daemon we’re seeing? What do you think about all the time Katy is spending with him? And what exactly is it you want to do to him when you seem them together?

“I have no idea who you’re talking about.  Me jealous of Bob? Wait. What is his name? Biff? Bart? Bobo Baggins? Whatever.”

[Fiktshun: Selective memory Daemon? And hahaha “Bobo Baggins” hahaha! Oh you always make me smile Daemon Black.]

Whether you or she wants to admit it or not, you and Katy seem to be getting closer. If it came down to a choice between your family or her, who would you choose to protect? Okay, that may be an unfair question. So, how about, who would you choose to protect first and why?

“That is an unfair question. But I will never have to choose between them. I’d never let that situation happen.”

[Fiktshun: I really hope that’s true. I rely on you to keep that girl safe. And after what happened… well… let’s just say I really hope that’s true.]

Katy is a book blogger. But you know this. As you’ve admitted to stalking her blog on occasion. How often do you visit her blog? And what’s your favorite post, feature or review you’ve read (or watched) on her blog?

“I like to keep up on her posts, which by the way she’s been slacking on. I like her IMM.”

[Fiktshun: And the fact that she’s slacking in no way has to do with you? I somehow think it might. Just a little. And yes, I know just how much you like her IMM. And I think she’ll get a lot more site traffic on those IMMs going forward.]

If you had it all to do over again, would you still be as mean to Katy as you were when you first met? And what about later? The cafeteria incident affected her pretty deeply. Would you change what you said and did if you had the chance?

“No. Yeah, call me a jerk or whatever, but I never wanted her to be a part of any of this. She almost died because of being too close to us. So no, I wouldn’t change a damn thing. Okay. Well, maybe I would’ve softened it a bit.”

[Fiktshun: I wouldn’t call you a jerk exactly for that, but it was pretty harsh. You successfully, for a very short time, pushed her away. As you can see that didn’t work out so well. But I’m glad to hear you’d have done things just a little bit differently.]

Katy is fierce and determined. Stubborn even. Much like you in that respect. Why, then, do you feel the need to be so protective of her? Do you not think she’s capable of taking care of herself?

“She is very strong and brave, but being strong and brave isn’t always going to keep you alive. There are things in my world that would eat her as a snack. I can’t let that happen.”

[Fiktshun: Things like you? Sometimes you look like you might want to have Katy for a snack. Just sayin’.]

I don’t want to reveal too much, but there may have been a certain situation that got Katy in trouble with her mom. Was it purely accidental or did you do what you did on purpose?

A sly look creeps onto his face. “What do you think?”

[Fiktshun: Oh I definitely have my opinions on that one. And you are rather naughty aren’t you?]

What is your very favorite thing about Katy? And don’t say her sock mittens. By the way, what is your fascination with those things anyway?

“It’s not like I’m fascinated. I just don’t get them. They’re mittens for the feet! Who needs mittens for your feet?” He shakes his head. “Anyway, I love how she isn’t easy—she’s a challenge. And she’s strong.”

[Fiktshun: When its cold, mittens for the feet are a good thing. Not everyone can withstand the cold quite like you. Yes, Katy is definitely strong. One of her great qualities. And for the record I’m so glad you didn’t call Katy easy.]

What is your very most favorite moment that you spent with Katy? Were there any favorite Katy moments that didn’t involve the destruction of poor, defenseless computers?

“My favorite moment was spending her birthday with her.” He nods. “Yeah, that was really a good time.  Second best moment was Thanksgiving.”

[Fiktshun: Oh, both those moments were pretty amazing. Much like yourself. I couldn’t agree more. Loved those moments.]

What do you do, exactly, when you’re not pestering Katy at school, at her home or watching her from afar?

“I do not watch her from afar. I watch her from up close and personal.”  He pauses. “I like watching ghost hunting shows, but when I’m not with Kat or Dee, I’m out patrolling.”

[Fiktshun: Ah but you do tend to keep an eye on her from a distance. When you’re up close and personal it always seems that there’s more than just your “eye” that is on her….]

Just one more question… What’s with the poking? I know you like to get under Katy’s skin – again literally – but why poking? There are so many ways you can irk her, why decide to poke?

“You know, my very first response to this was completely inappropriate. It had to do with poking. Just thought I’d share that.” He grins. “I don’t know. It annoys Kat. And she’s cute when she’s annoyed.”

[Fiktshun: Hey, I’m a grown girl, I’d love to know what your very first response to this question was. *Pouts.* And oooh, I get a Daemon Black grin! *Blushes.*]

Q. If you had to list your three best features or attributes what would they be and why?

Only three? Seriously? Every part of me is my best attribute.

Q. If you could be human for a day, would you?

Uh, no. Humans can be way too fragile. They break easily.

Q. If you could read minds, would you read Katy’s or would you allow her thoughts to be hers alone?

I don’t need to read her mind to know what she’s thinking. She’s like an open book. Get it? Book? Kitten? Ah, I make myself laugh.

Q. If you could use your powers to impersonate someone for a day, who would it be and why?

I don’t have a need to impersonate anyone for a second let alone a day.

Q. Are you able to look at a bowl of spaghetti without thinking of the cafeteria incident?

Actually, when I see a bowl of spaghetti now, I have to smile.

[Fiktshun: As far as attributes I’ll have to take you on your word. We haven’t had the opportunity to see all of your… attributes… just yet. And I’m so glad that you wouldn’t try to read Katy’s mind. She is an open book, but there may have been certain things you didn’t know until much, much later. Things about Bobo…. And haha, glad to see you can make yourself laugh, Daemon. And really, you’ve never had to impersonate someone before? Never? I’ll never look at spaghetti the same again either. To take a name from an old album, I now refer to it as “The Spaghetti Incident.”]

Once again, thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy, busy schedule – patrolling, keeping everyone you care about safe, poking Kitten – to answer all my questions. I’m so glad your visit to the blog here today was just a bit longer than your last one.

You are always welcome to stop by. Though I’m sure you’d much rather be a guest on Katy’s blog rather than having to do the interview circuit on everyone else’s. Though I’m sure she would ask those tougher questions.

Now I just have to get a certain author to stop by, someone who knows you way better than anyone else….

The LUX Series

If you haven’t yet checked out any of the awesome books in this series, click on the image of those three hot covers below to read the descriptions or add them to your Goodreads TBR pile.

Yes, there are five books in the series that you can add. And yes, I am already dying to read OPAL which comes out on December 11th. I just so happened to have read the description and it’s killing me that I don’t have this one right now.

August 8th – Reading Angel
August 9th – The Bookish Babe
August 10th – Fiktshun (me)
August 11th – Reading Lark
August 12th – Stuck in Books
August 13th – Confessions of a Vi3tbabe
August 14th – Mundie Moms
August 14th – Romancing the Book
August 15th – Good Choice Reading
August 16th – Fantasy Book Addict
August 17th – Xpresso Reads
August 18th – The YA Sisterhood
August 19th – Books Complete Me
August 20th – K-Books
August 21st – Two Chicks On Books (Jaime)
August 22nd – Once Upon a Twilight

What’s up for grabs:

A paperback set of OBSIDIAN and ONYX by Jennifer L. Armentrout sent to ONE WINNER – US only – from the publisher at the end of the tour.

AND to TWO WINNERS a paperback copy of ONYX that I will order from Amazon or The Book Depository – International.

 

The deets:

1. One entry per HOUSEHOLD.

2. There will be ONE winner of the publisher’s giveaway and TWO winners of my giveaway.

3. You must be 13 or older.

4. Publisher’s giveaway is US. My giveaway is International.

5. Contest ends at 9:01 p.m. Pacific on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012.

6. Winners will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter and announced on August 23rd in this post.

7. Winners will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form:

The winner of the publisher’s giveaway for the set of OBSIDIAN and ONYX is…

LoStInDr3aMs (unfortunately this winner wasn’t eligible for the publisher’s giveaway) Jeanette McGeough

The winners of my giveaway for an order of ONYX are…

Rabiah

Annmarie

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