Monday, March 4, 2013

Blog Tour: Out in Blue by Sarah Gilman - Interview, Giveaway, Review

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Out in Blue by Sarah Gilman from Entangled Publishing. You can find out more about the tour here.  Today, Sarah Gilman is here for an interview.    In addition, there is a tour-wide giveaway going on which includes four paperback copies of Out in Blue, as well as an eBook giveaway for this stop You can find my review below also, as well as links to all the other great stops on the tour.  Thank you so much for stopping by!
Title: Out in Blue (Return to Sanctuary, #1)
Author: Sarah Gilman
Genre: Category – Paranormal
Length: 352
Release Date: February 2013
ISBN: 978-1620612194
Imprint: Select

In a violent world where fallen archangels are hunted for their valuable plumage, Wren knows one thing for certain: the human woman who saved him from a poacher attack will die if she stays with him. The demon responsible for his parents’ gruesome deaths two decades ago pines for the chance to rip apart any woman who stands under Wren’s wing.
Wren doesn’t expect Ginger to stay by his side once she discovers his ability to drain life with a mere touch, yet she lingers. When an unusual talent of her own reveals the location of Wren’s father, Wren’s isolated world implodes. With the help of the demon protectors he’s sworn never to trust again, Wren risks everything to rescue his father, confront the demon who stalks his and Ginger’s every step, and claim his eternity with the most courageous woman he’s ever known.
Interview with Sarah Gilman author of Out in Blue, book one in the Return to Sanctuary Series.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a reader and writer of fantasy and paranormal romance, and the hardest thing I ever have to do as part of my job is write about myself. *grin* Yeah, I’m the shy girl standing in the corner. You’d be amazed what I overhear, though!

How many books are planned in the Return to Sanctuary Series?

Deep in Crimson, the next novel, is planned for this fall. I hope to write at least two more, but it’s not official yet. I’m currently writing the third novel.
 How did you come up with the title?

Naming this manuscript was difficult. It was my first finished full-length book and as I went through several drafts, I went through several titles, including Heavy Wings. Out in Blue is meant to provoke the image of flying, nothing but vast blue sky all around. The ultimate symbol of freedom.
What is your favorite scene or quote from Out in Blue?

“I want her near, but I need her safe.” –Wren (the hero)

 Can you tell us a little bit about your novella, Wings of Redemption? 

The novella is part of the same world as the full-length books, but takes place in a different colony, Eden (Quebec, Canada). The colonies other than Sanctuary are mentioned briefly in the full-length books, so I wanted to take the opportunity to develop that part of the world and give the reader a wider view of the archangels’ plight.

What books have influenced your life most?

I’ve always been a reader, but in junior high school, I read the Myst trilogy, books that went with a popular computer game of the same name. Myst may not have been the first fantasy novel I ever read, but it was the one that hooked me on the genre. It wasn’t just the story, it was the depth of the world, the details. The symbols, the architecture, the underground lake, the colorful clothing of the different guilds. I never read a book that has left such a brilliant, lasting visual impression in my imagination. I keep hardcover copies on my shelf and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read them.

Is there anything else you would like to say to your readers?

Thanks so much for reading today! Also, thank you Always YA at Heart for hosting!

Thank you for stopping by Sarah.  It was great having you.  

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My Review:  Out in Blue is a paranormal romance set in a world where archangels, demons, and humans coexist.  Archangels are a rare find, have been portrayed as evil, and have been hunted by poachers almost to the point of extinction.  The feathers from an archangel are considered precious and bring an extremely high price.  The story begins with Ginger overhearing some poachers talk about an archangel, where he is staying, and how they plan to capture him.  Ginger is a human who was taken in and raised by a demon after her parents were killed.  Unlike most humans, Ginger knows the truth about archangels and how highly valued they are.  Her father, Devin, is a Guardian.  Guardians are demons that are sworn to, and live to protect archangels.  They live in colonies specially designed for just that purpose.  Ginger was raised in one of these colonies.  After overhearing the poachers plan, Ginger immediately calls her father, who arranges to send help and warns Ginger not to get involved, fearing for her safety.  Ginger, more worried about the safety of the archangel than herself, heads to his location to warn him anyway.  She arrives before the poachers, but the archangel isn't there.  She hides outside waiting for him to return, desperate to warn him that the poachers are already there.  When he does return,she screams warning him, and he takes off in flight.  Unfortunately, the poachers grab Ginger instead.  

Wren can't believe what he is seeing.  He's been on his own since he was 15 years old, forsaking the protection of the Guardians after one of them betrayed his family, killing his mother and father.  He cannot figure out why this human is helping him, but when he sees her captured by the poachers, he knows they will kill her if he doesn't do something.  He swoops down and saves her, telling her to run, but ends up getting shot himself in the process.  Ginger knows she just can't leave him, so she sneaks back to the farmhouse where Wren has been loaded in a van.  She manages to steal the van with Wren inside and get them to safety.  Ginger thinks Wren is the most beautiful thing she has ever seen and is immediately smitten with him. Wren in turn can't understand his attraction to this human and his need to protect her.  She takes care of his injury and nurses him back to help, but their reprieve from the poachers is short-lived.  Wren finally agrees to accept help from the Guardians, for Ginger's sake, but things get even more intense.  They make it back to Sanctuary, but not without injury.  In this place of safety, the battle intensifies, and so does the relationship between Wren and Ginger.  They learn that the Guardian who killed Wren's parents is holding someone very dear to Wren, but will Wren be able to save this loved one and protect this woman who has become so dear to his heart?  

I really enjoyed Out in Blue.  I liked Sarah Gilman's take on archangels and demons, which was original and gets even more creative as the story progresses, with twists and turns I didn't see coming.  I really like Wren, he was a broken individual who had lost his ability to trust, something that Ginger was helping to heal and restore in him.  I liked Ginger a lot also.  She was extremely loyal and willing to do anything she could to protect and help Wren, even if that means leaving.  They fall hard for each other, and in the midst of the chaos love perseveres and prevails, as more is revealed about who Ginger really is, who is really behind the threats to Wren and the colony, and just what it means to be willing to give your life for the one you love.  Out in Blue is a great paranormal romance that is filled with action, danger, mystery, and of course the hot romance.  If you enjoy paranormal romance, angels, and demons, then you will appreciate Sarah Gilman's unique twist on archangels and demons, as well as all the interesting elements that are added into the story and revealed as it progresses, making Out in Blue a very interesting and entertaining read.  

Read the first chapter of Out in Blue here.

About Sarah:

Sarah Gilman started her first novel in third grade. She never finished that story, but never gave up the dream. Her fascination with wings also began at that age, when images of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis captured her imagination and never let go. Now a paranormal romance writer, she employs her love of writing to bring the allure of winged creatures to the pages of her novels. Sarah lives in Vermont with her supportive husband and two spoiled cats.

Twitter: @Gilman_Sarah

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  1. Ooooo this sounds so good Ellen! Angels in adult paranormal romance are favorites (I've struggled with them in YA, I have no idea why I don't in adult), and I love the sound of Wren and Ginger. I like that she stays with him despite his terrifying ability:)

  2. Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing and congrats to Sarah on the new release!

  3. I am glad you liked this one Ellen, I enjoyed the interview!

    For some reason this one hasn't been on my radar so I am so glad you posted about it today!

  4. I'm the shy one in the corner too. Its much easier to be more in the middle of things online but I still find myself in the fringes.
    This book sounds great!

  5. Awesome interview and good review. Thanks for the giveaway too :)

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  7. Thanks for this giveaway!!! I would love to win this book it seems like a good read. Thanks again.


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