Monday, 8 July 2013

XPRESSO TOURS **INTERVIEW & PROMO!!: "Lost" by M. Lathan



Lost by M. Lathan
Series: Hidden, #2
Publication date: June 20th 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal

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Three months ago, Christine Grant found herself, her love, and impossible friends, while losing the memories of the biggest piece of her past.

Now, her powers are spinning out of control and must be tamed by the woman who saved the world, the same woman Christine is predicted to kill in less than a month.

Wanting to punish catty girls was just the beginning. It’s only a matter of time before she discovers that the world is not as safe from her as she hoped it was.


Prologue

Fear stole my breath as I plummeted into frigid water. I flailed my arms and legs, uselessly trying to swim against the current. The haunting voice of a child sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” as I sank deeper.

I fought my way to the surface only to be taken again. The little girl droned, “And the rockets’ red glare,” as water rushed into my lungs.

I wasn’t alone. A blurry figure struggled near me, both of us sinking, drowning in red tinted water. Blood. It swirled with the suffocating blue, an inescapable villain dragging us deeper and deeper.

We were two helpless bodies adrift in a world with no air or hope, no chance of survival. The white lights glowing beneath us looked welcoming and safe. The figure gave in. Its lifeless body sank towards the lights as the little girl sang, “And the home of the brave.”


Chapter One

I woke up, pouring sweat, in Nathan’s bed.

With his eyes closed and mouth open, he rolled away and yanked the blanket off of me, attending to my needs in his sleep. I shrugged off the creepy dream of me drowning. Over the last three months, I’d dreamed plenty of things that hadn’t happened. Nate had held me underwater in the pool earlier. I was sure that moment had just followed me to sleep. The odds of it being a vision were low.

It had been almost two months since I stopped letting myself have them or use any of my powers. They were getting worse as I used them openly for little things. I would try to move something, and it wouldn’t just lift. It would slam into the wall before I felt it moving. I didn’t know mental powers could grow, develop even more than they already were.

They were getting faster, stronger, and wilder, so I was back to suppressing them like I had at St. Catalina. Life was simpler that way, normal. Or as normal as living with three magical beings that should be extinct could get.

I closed my eyes to force myself back to sleep, and an angry snore rattled Nate’s throat. I reached on his nightstand for my phone. He wouldn’t be able to deny this one. Another series of snores ripped through the silent pool house just as I pressed record. I laughed, and he opened his eyes.

“Smile, baby,” I said. He groaned and reached for the phone.

“What are you doing?”

“Oh, nothing. Just collecting evidence.”

He wrestled my new phone from my hands and held it out of my reach.

 “How do I stop the video?”

“Like I’d tell you.”

He grunted and threw the phone to the foot of his bed. “That thing is too expensive to be so complicated,” he said.

“It’s not complicated. It’s probably just made for humans and you’re-”

He grabbed me and wedged his fingers under my arms before I could tease him about the side of him that barks.
 “I’m what? What am I, Chris?” I squealed, flopping around in his arms like a dying fish.

“Handsome!” I offered, to end the tickle attack.

“Liar.”

“Smart. Kind. Loving. Sexy!” He relaxed his fingers and slid them from my armpits to my back. 
“Which one did it?” I asked.

“Sexy,” he whispered and kissed me. And that was really all it ever took to kick things off between us. Steamy kisses, roaming hands.

That was how we’d spent most of our time during our three-month-old relationship – in my bed, in his bed, in the common areas when we had the house to ourselves. I kept waiting for this to get old, his lips on mine, but every kiss felt like the first, and like I’d die if it were the last.


1. Tell us about your latest release.
In Book One, Christine/Leah learned and forgot a lot about herself. In book two, she has to learn to control her powers while her mysterious past continues to unfold … all while she is predicted to kill her new idol, Lydia Shaw. Wish her luck. It was a fun and exciting story to write. I love to see characters develop and Christine definitely does a lot of growing in this book. I hope you guys enjoy it!


2. What do you think you’re really good at?
This is lame, but clean well. My mother would tell me that as a child when no one wanted to their chores. She’d say, “No one washes dishes like you. Or no one dusts like you.” Eventually, I became a master at it. I am also a vicious Monopoly player. When the rules are thrown out of the window, I will win. Every single time.

3. What do you think you’re really bad at?
So many things! Mostly, I am the worst singer of all time. The problem is, I always have a song in my heart. And I swear I’m on the right key and my husband will beg me to stop singing. My favorite song to belt out is Falling by Florence and the Machine. The o-o-o-o-o part is my favorite and I butcher it every time.

 4. Do you have any tattoos?  Where? When did you get it/them? Where are they on your body?
Yes. I have four stars on my ankle. I got the first one when I was twenty with my best friend. A few months later, I went with my sorority sisters who thought having one star on your ankle was stupid. I had this huge design drawn up with swirls and clouds. I made it to three more stars before I ran out of the chair. It hurt so bad! I couldn’t finish and it is still not finished!

5. Is your life anything like it was two years ago?
No. Everything is different. I live in a different state, have a real job, got married, and got a guardian angel. Change is tough, but I’m adapting well.

6. Have you ever had an imaginary friend?
TONS! That was my thing as a child. And I remember them all. My favorite was a purple blob named Ubby. My mom made every one play along . I kind of miss ‘ole Ubby.

7. Do you have any phobias?
Yes. First, let me say I am easily startled so everything scares me. But I am seriously claustrophobic and I hate large crowds. I make one exception because I’m from Louisiana. Mardi Gras.


8. Any weird things you do when you’re alone?
So many. At some point of every day, I do the robot. Without fail. Or when I walk into a public bathroom and I’m alone, I usually do something odd in the mirror like a dance or a karate move. If someone comes in, I walk off and pretend to be a normal human.

9. What is your favorite quote and why?
Life is a song - sing it. Life is a game - play it. Life is a challenge - meet it. Life is a dream - realize it. Life is a sacrifice - offer it. Life is love - enjoy it.
Sai Baba
I like it because it’s simple and true. Life is not one thing, it’s several, and it takes action to actually enjoy it. You can’t sit back and watch it happen. It’s why I finally stopped writing for myself and decided to put my words out there.

10. Which mythological creature are you most like?
My favorite creature is the Unicorn, no question. I don’t know if I am like it, other than that I do feel odd and like a rare breed sometimes. Mostly, I’m just strange, not really special in any cool way. So my final answer is a strange and uncool unicorn.

11. What are four things you can’t live without?
Phone. Laptop. Wireless. Kindle Mobile App. There are many more, but I’ve gone a day without these things, and trust me, it wasn’t pretty.

12. What is your favorite television show?
Sex and the City! No question. I have every season!

13. What is the story of your first kiss?
Oh, God. Okay. 7th grade. Ms. Calvary’s English. Truth or Dare game. I took the dare and kissed a boy in the back of class as she was teaching. Not my brightest moment.

14. What kind of music you like?
Everything.  My itunes shuffle is so confused. One song could be Florence and the Machine, then Jeff Buckley, then Lil Wayne, then Ke$ha. If I can sing or rap along, I’m going to love it.

15. Do you like to dance?
Love to. Now, the question is, do other people like to see me dance. You’d have to ask them. To me, it doesn’t matter what it looks like, as long as you’re having fun.

16. Can you describe your dream home?
Easy. The main home in Book One. Classic Louisiana. Wood floors, ceiling fans, claw tubs, haunting noises. I picture this home with vines growing on the bricks outside, like it’s becoming a part of the lawn.

17. If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why?
Juliet. To be the symbol of love would be nuts. To me, most characters are based off of her in many books out there. I’d want to be the original love-struck girl.

18. What is the first curse word that comes to mind?  How often and why do you use it?
F-bomb. And a lot. It saves so much time when you think about it. Those four letters mean so many different things such as “Where are my keys? Why did the dog pee on the carpet? When will this traffic clear up?” It’s really efficient to only have to say one word to define so many different feelings.

19. What is your least favorite word?
Ambulance. I can’t say it fast. I typically have to say emergency vehicle so I don’t sound like an idiot. For some reason, I want to put a P in that word that isn’t there.

20. What part of the writing process do you dread?
That part when you want to throw the computer at the wall. Mostly, editing and seeing how blind I am to too/to, there/their, and of/off errors. Then the part after I find those errors and delete the entire scene, add a new one, only to have those errors reincarnate themselves.

21. What is your favorite Joke?
Two muffins are in an oven. One muffin says, “it sure is hot in here.” The other muffin turns around slowly with terror in his eyes and says, “Ah! A talking muffin!”
I die laughing every time I think about that.

22 Where do you get your best ideas?
It’s weird, but I feel stories when I’m in a certain setting. Like if I go to an old house, I may think about the kind of person that lives there, their voice, their secrets and lies. I got the idea for Hidden in BIO lab in college years ago. The classroom made me want to write about a girl in one.


23. What are you working on right now?
Book Three of the Hidden Series, Shattered. It is dual POV Nate and Chris and my favorite so far. I am also working on character shorts and extras from other characters from Hidden that will be released on my website.


M. Lathan lives in San Antonio with her husband and mini-schnauzer. She enjoys writing and has a B.S. in Psych and a Masters in Counseling. Her passion is a blend of her two interests – creating new worlds and stocking them with crazy people. She enjoys reading anything with interesting characters and writing in front of a window while asking rhetorical questions … like her idol Carrie Bradshaw.

Author links:
Website / Goodreads

6 comments:

  1. I am really interested to read the perspective of an author/counselor combo! Looks really interesting!

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    1. I've just finished reading the first book "hidden" and have to I loved it! Held my attention the whole way thru!
      Ill be getting this one as soon as I can to read on! Def recommended!!

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    2. I've just finished reading the first book "hidden" and have to I loved it! Held my attention the whole way thru!
      Ill be getting this one as soon as I can to read on! Def recommended!!

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  2. thanks for participating!!!!!

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    1. not a problem! After reading "Hidden" i was honoured to host this one, and im itching to read it which i will one day soon!!
      Thank you for writing a great book, and for popping by!
      Claire
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    2. I have not read this book nor the first one since this is a new author for me. But I really like the premise of this book and enjoyed the excerpt. I will definitely be adding both books to my to-read list :)
      Thanks for the giveaway!

      Crystal Guidroz
      cguidroz2@cox.net

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