Friday, June 13, 2014

Feature Friday: TIGER'S PROMISE exclusive interview

New York Times Bestselling Author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Her first four novels, Tiger’s Curse, Tiger’s Quest, Tiger’s Voyage, and Tiger’s Destiny were New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestsellers. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years before switching careers to become an author. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

The Interview:
We're interviewing Yesubai, one of the characters from Colleen Houck's TIGER'S CURSE series.  Yesubai has her own story out called TIGER'S PROMISE.

A.L.:
If you could pick one song to tell your story, what would it be?  Why?

Yesubai:
Dark Side by Kelly Clarkson. This song is really the theme for my life. I was always concerned that my father’s evil was just a part of me. If it wasn’t for the Rajaram family I would have always believed that was all I was.

A.L.:
How about a theme song for yourself?  why?

Yesubai:
Absence of Fear by Jewel. It took a long time for me, sixteen years in fact, to overcome my fears and stand up to my father.

A.L.:
What are you hoping readers get out of your story?

Yesubai:
My hope is that it inspires people to look past the obvious. Just because something seems evil on the outside doesn’t mean it truly is. There’s always hope and you always have a choice.

A.L.:
What's your favorite food?

Yesubai:
Aam Shrikhand which is sweetened yogurt topped with mango.

A.L.:
If you could sit and have a chai tea with any person who has passed away, who would it be?

Yesubai:
My mother-Yuvakshi

A.L.:
We know you have a magic power, but if you could pick ANY one magical power to possess, what would it be and why?

Yesubai:
I would wish for the power to eradicate the darkness in my father.

A.L.:
If there was one thing that you could do over again, what would it be?

Yesubai:
I would not have run away from Kishan in the garden.

A.L.:
Rubies or Sapphires?

Yesubai:
Purple Sapphires

A.L.:
If you could have one wish, what would you wish for?

Yesubai:
That I might have been born in another time or place.

A.L.:
If you were in modern day America, what would your typical outfit look like?

Yesubai:
I think I would prefer to wear dresses. It is what I am used to, but I should like to have one of every color. I enjoy the bright colors of my homeland.

The Giveaway:

Colleen's publisher will be giving away 10 e-book copies of TIGER'S PROMISE (INT).

Tiger's Promise:   Before the curse, there was a promise. A prequel to the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, this much anticipated novella recalls the beginning of Ren and Kishan’s story. Before Kelsey there was a girl, raised by a villain, whose love for a hero changed the course of history.

Trapped under the thumb of her abusive and powerful father Lokesh, Yesubai struggles to keep her own magical abilities secret while evading his dark powers. When Lokesh promises Yesubai to the prince of a neighboring kingdom, she becomes the central pawn in his plot to destroy the ruling family and take power for himself. Yesubai is trapped by her father’s threats and desperate to protect the man she comes to love, but she knows that any decision she makes will have dire consequences. As dark forces gather around her, Yesubai must decide if she’s willing to reveal that somewhere deep within her she has the power to change everything.




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