Getting to be a part of the THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS Blog Tour and getting to interview Cole Holland is a dream come true. No, really. It is. I feel a little like I might have fallen down a rabbit hole and ended up in some crazy mixed up world where nothing makes any sense.
But I am not going to complain. Because being a part of this tour is awesome.
I only somewhat recently had the pleasure of meeting Ali Bell and Cole Holland. And it’s been only a few weeks since I was able to continue their adventures in THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS. Though I am still trying to recover from everything that happened in that sequel. It has not been at all easy.
I love, love, love the White Rabbit Chronicles. This series is not at all what I imagined it to be. It’s so much better. And this sequel? It shredded me and left me in pieces. Over and over and over again. I was heartbroken, I was devastated, I was anxious, I was angry. This book put my emotions on one heck of a roller coaster.
I have not yet written my review but this book has more than earned my off-the-menu six-star rating. It gave me everything I want in a read and so much more. Kick-a** fight scenes a plenty. Nerve-wracking suspense. Surprises. Heartbreak. Frustration. Angst. And, yes, there were tears. Especially when….
Well, maybe I shouldn’t say exactly when that was.
And I should probably get back on track. Because my stop on the tour today is not for a review but an interview. I had the pleasure – and oh yes it was a pleasure… mine anyway – of interviewing Cole Holland, a bad boy who is all sorts of awesome. If you haven’t met him yet, you are seriously missing out.
I knew from the moment I met Cole that he would make it onto my top five favorite YA bad boys list. And even with everything that happened since I first met him, he is still a top fiver. And I am so totally stoked to have been able to ask him quite a few questions for my stop on the blog tour today.
As this interview is one of my favorite character interviews I just had to include it before all the bookish details. But if you want to learn a little bit about this story and about Ali and Cole first, just scroll past the interview for the descriptions for both books in this series.
Or you can head over to the White Rabbit Chronicles WEBSITE for a whole bunch of information about Alice Bell, Cole Holland, Kat Parker, Frosty, Reeve, Bronx and some of the other Slayers and characters or to learn more about Anima Industries and Asher High School.
This tour also comes with a ton of amazing giveaways. Details and a chance to enter the Daily Giveaway are just a bit further below, along with information about the awesome Grand Prize Giveaway.
But if you just can’t wait to see what Cole has to say about himself, Ali, the Hazmats, his hopes for our survival, and his ink….
First let me say thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog, Cole. I know that your job as a Slayer leaves very little time for you to do much else. Especially take part in an interview. So I will try to keep this as brief – and painless – as possible… though I might not succeed at either. You are way too intriguing.
Cole: I’d rather go down fighting than stand back and stay safe.
Fiktshun: I wouldn’t doubt that for a second.
Q. I’m not sure if you knew this, but Ali’s sister hinted that things were going to get difficult for you and Ali. If you had known, would you have believed her? And is Ali someone worth fighting for? Or is she someone you’d walk away from just as easily as you had your previous girlfriends?
Cole: Ali is worth…anything. Everything. And past girlfriends are not up for discussion. Sorry.
Fiktshun: Awww. I’m so glad to hear that… well, what you said about Ali. But as far as your exes? If you ever feel like talking about them I have a lot of questions.
Q. What of Ali’s many endearing qualities are your favorites? Is it the fact that she can make you smile? Is it her unending questions? Is it because she’s hot? Is it because she stands up to you?
Cole: When Ali loves, she loves with her whole heart. There’s nothing held back. You never have to wonder how she feels. She’s open, honest. Oh, is she honest. She will give you the brutal truth every time. And you can trust her with your life—I can trust her. Do you know how rare that is? How precious?
Fiktshun: I do know how rare trust is. And honesty. I just wondered, given what happened….
Q. You and your group of Slayers have a deep hatred for the Hazmats. What is it about what they’re doing that you despise the most?
Cole: They endanger innocent people. They hurt innocent people. And they do it all in the name of science. But the truth? They do it because of greed.
Fiktshun: What they’re doing is despicable. And what they did with… well, you know. I can’t imagine you were happy about that. At all.
Q. Do you still have hope for our survival? What motivates you to keep on fighting?
Cole: Hope for our survival? Sweetheart, I fight from a place of victory. The zombies are the ones fighting from a place of defeat. They’re already dead. So, yeah, I have hope.
Fiktshun: I am so relieved to hear you say that. What with the increase in their numbers and all… I’ve been more than a little bit worried. But if you have hope, that’s good enough for me.
Q. You’ve lost a lot of friends along the way. What made you choose to memorialize them in ink on your body? And does it help you to get over their deaths?
Cole: What we carry in our hearts is always manifest in our bodies. If you love, it shines on your face. If you hate, it etches itself into every line of your skin. Tattooing is my way of bringing what’s inside to the outside.
Fiktshun: Well that totally answers the one question I had but didn’t ask. *Grins.*
Q. If Ali was one of those who didn’t survive, what would you do to honor her memory?
Cole: I can’t think like that. There’s being smart and planning ahead, but there’s also planning ahead and worrying. Worry eats you alive and does no good, so I refuse to do it.
Fiktshun: You say you refuse to worry, but weren’t you just the teensiest bit worried when that thing happened? I think you know which thing I’m talking about. I know I was worried.
Q. You treat Ali as if she’s fragile and breakable. But she’s proved to you time and again that while breakable, she is anything but fragile. Do you not trust her abilities? What is it you fear most happening that hasn’t already happened?
Cole: I trust Ali’s abilities more than I trust my own. But I also value her life more than my own. I protect what I value. That’s all there is to it.
Q. You keep pushing Ali away or keep her at a distance. Is it because your feelings for her are conflicted? Or is there some other reason?
Cole: When it comes to Ali, I am not conflicted about my feelings. I know exactly how I feel. But I know how mercurial feelings can be, and just how untrustworthy, so I also know to proceed with caution. But Ali is throwing me for a loop. With her, I’m on new ground, trekking through uncharted territory. I hate it as much as I love it.
Fiktshun: Would you say Ali scares you just a little then? Or is it just your feelings that scare you?
Q. How would you describe Ali in fifteen words or less?
Cole: I can describe her in one. Mine.
Fiktshun: *Swoon* x10.
Q. If you had any advice you could give to those of us who don’t have the ability to see zombies, what would it be?
Cole: Start praying.
Q. Favorite weapon?
Q. Favorite fighting maneuver?
Cole: Delivering the deathblow.
Q. Favorite Ali moment?
Cole: Every kiss. Every touch.
Fiktshun: *Sigh* … *swoon* … *sigh.*
Q. Favorite tattoo?
Cole: My newest one.
Q. Biggest regret?
Cole: If you’ve read the book, you can guess.
Fiktshun: I have read the book and I am pretty sure I know the answer to this question. But I am glad to know that it is a regret and a big one at that.
About THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS (White Rabbit Chronicles #2)
Release date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook
Inspired by the childhood classic Alice in Wonderland, this harrowing and romantic story features teen zombie slayer Alice Bell who has lost so much—family, friends, her home.
After a strange new zombie attack, Alice fears she may be losing her mind as well. A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do wicked things.
The whispers of the dead assault her ears and mirrors seem to come frighteningly to life. She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more—including her boyfriend, Cole—than she does now. But as Cole strangely withdraws and the zombies gain new strength, Ali knows one false step may doom them all.
About Gena Showalter
GENA SHOWALTER is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the Intertwined novels and several other popular YA and adult series. Her stories have been featured on MTV and in Seventeen magazine and have been praised as unputdownable.”
Growing up, she always had her nose buried in a book. When it came time to buckle down and get a job, she knew writing was it for her. Gena lives in Oklahoma with her family and three slobbery bulldogs.
About ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND (White Rabbit Chronicles #1)
Release date: September 25, 2012
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook
She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.
Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.
Her father was right. The monsters are real….
To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….
I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I’d tell my sister no.
I’d never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I’d zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I’d hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I’d tell them I love them.
I wish… Yeah, I wish.
Giveaway #1 – The Daily Giveaway
Each stop on this tour has an awesome giveaway for the winner’s choice of either a paperback copy of ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND or a hardcover copy of THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS. (Giveaway is US/Canada.)
So be sure to visit all the stops on tour for more chances to win a copy of either book in the series.
And to enter today’s giveaway, just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter, below.
Giveaway #2 – The Grand Prize Giveaway
Go and see a scary movie, buy your favorite scary series or movie on DVD and make these days perfect with a pizza and some coffee to calm your nerves!
“Look for the White Rabbit Contest”
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the White Rabbit will appear on a different blog and stay there for 48hrs. Once you have found the White Rabbit, click on it and you will be directed to a Rafflecopter entry form for the Grand Prize Giveaway! To enter, you must answer the daily question found at the Tour Stop!!!
Where could the Rabbit appear? On all Book Blogger Tour Hosts and The Harlequin Paranomal Romance Blog. So now go and hunt the Rabbit. Will you find it?
Oh Cole! How we love him, if you wanted to get his attention what would you do?
Sept. 2nd – Harlequin’s Paranormal Romance Blog
Sept. 3rd – Bewitched Bookworms
Sept. 4th – Parajunkee
Sept. 5th – IB Book Blogging
Sept. 6th – Julie Kagawa’s Blog
Sept. 9th – Fiktshun
Sept. 10th – Harlequin TEEN’s Facebook (Tab)
Sept. 11th – Katie McGarry’s Blog
Sept. 12th – Gena Showalter’s Website
Sept. 13th – The Irish Banana
Sept. 16th – Supernatural Snark
Sept. 18th – Reading Lark
Sept. 19th – Aimée Carter’s Blog
Sept. 20th – Tater’s Tall Tails
Visit the THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS tour page at Kismet Book Touring for more details – HERE.