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NAMELESS Blog Tour: Interview with Jennifer Jenkins + Giveaway

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I am super excited to be today’s release day stop on the NAMELESS Blog Tour. I have an awesome interview with Author Jennifer Jenkins in which she talks about the four clans, reveals which scene is her favorite, shares some of the surprises she encountered when writing, and more.

I only recently had the opportunity to read NAMELESS, but it was so amazing and makes me wish I read it ages ago. Though one benefit to having just read it is that the wait for the sequel won’t be as long.

And yes, there will be a sequel. NAMELESS is not a standalone. There will be more of this world and its characters. And while there is plenty of time before that will happen, now is the perfect time to dive into this first book in the series. Because there is no wait. The wait is over. It’s available now.

So you can meet Zo and find out what happens when she gets inside Rams Gate. You can discover whether all Ram are as ruthless as Zo thinks they are. You can see if Zo is able to stay on mission or if her plan starts to fall apart.

And the best way to do that is to grab a copy from your favorite bookseller. Because I’m not going to say a word…. well, not beyond what I might have revealed in my review.

Anyway… Be sure to check out the interview below to learn more about this fantastic book and its author. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to some awesome prizes, one of which is a signed copy of the book!


About NAMELESS

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Title: NAMELESS
Author: Jennifer Jenkins
Release date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC
Pages: 336
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Description…

Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.

Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.

What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series.

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Praise

“Nameless pulls readers into the gritty world of this fresh new fantasy. Fierce action, great pacing, and filled with complex characters that will keep any reader’s attention, Jenkins has captured it all with this fantastic debut.” ~ J.R. Johansson, author of The Night Walkers Series and Cut Me Free

“Jenkins brings edge-of-your-seat adventure to this intriguing new world. I can’t wait to read more!”~ Jessica Day George, NYT Bestselling Author of Dragon Slippers and Silver in The Blood


The Interview

Q. If you had to describe NAMELESS in 15 words or less, how would you describe it?

Wow. That’s tough. Let’s go with…

Bat-out-of-hell action with a swoon-worthy romance where two worlds collide.

Q. What are the attributes, strengths and weaknesses of each of the four clans in NAMELESS – the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram?

I could honestly write a whole history book about each of the clans, but for the sake of brevity…

Ram:

Strengths- Strong Work Ethic. Highly Driven. Loyal to family and friends. Competitive.

Weaknesses- Tendency to be narrow-minded. Thinks little of those outside their circle of influence. Known to win at any cost.

Wolf:

Strengths- Diplomatic. Strong leaders who work well with others. High sense of moral obligation.

Weaknesses- Tend to trust others to a fault. Sometimes arrogant in their beliefs.

Raven:

Strengths- Spiritual. Intelligent. Cunning fighters. High regard for family and ancestors.

Weaknesses- Unwilling to fight unless they know they will win. Known to bend the truth to suit their needs.

Kodiak:

Strengths- Family is everything. Vocal. Extremely honest. Will die to keep a promise and expects the same from others.

Weaknesses: Can be blunt. Loud. Unapologetic. Acts first and considers consequences second.

Q. When writing NAMELESS were there any surprises to you as its author – unexpected directions, unexpected characters, unexpected relationships, unexpected romance? And if so, did you allow the story to follow the new path or did you wrangle it back onto its originally planned course?

I tend to write by the seat of my pants, so there are always surprises. Some are exciting and even thrilling, while others make for a lot of rewriting. ☺ In NAMELESS I never anticipated the brotherly/sisterly friendship between Joshua and Tess. I also never set out to write the Historian (who ends up playing a MAJOR role in the book). I didn’t know about Stone or Eva or even a Nameless rebellion.

I’m sure if my characters and I could sit down and have a conversation, they would complain, “Who’s driving this thing?”

My answer to them would be simple: “You are. I’m just along for the ride.”

Q. What was your favorite scene to write about in NAMELESS and why was it a favorite?

I think the scene when Gryphon discovers Zo’s true identity ranks up there with one of my favorite scenes I’ve ever written.

Q. What was the most challenging aspect to creating and writing about Zo?

Zo’s character was, for the most part, very easy to write. When I wrote her I was channeling some pretty heavy emotions from my personal life. She was my therapeutic release as I watched someone very dear to me struggle with depression and anxiety.

I needed to put her in the most trying situation imaginable, and give her a reason to fight. To live. Writing her survival story was my subconscious way of proving that survival was possible.


About Jennifer Jenkins

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With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.

Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid).

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The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • ONE (1) winner will receive a SIGNED paperback copy of NAMELESS – US only
  • THREE (3) winners will receive a SIGNED NAMELESS Swag Pack including a “Clan Club” Card and Clan temporary tattoos – US ONLY

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The Tour Schedule

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