Friday, November 1, 2013

Book Blitz: Lessons Learned (The Gifted Realm, #2) by Jillian Neal, + Excerpt, Interview and a Giveaway

This is a Book Blitz post about the book Lessons Learned  by Jillian Neal. There's an excerpt, interview and an INTERNATIONAL giveaway below so check it out and you just might like it.

Title: Lessons Learned
Series: The Gifted Realm #2
Author: Jillian Neal
Genre: New Adult, Urban Fantasy
Publication date: October 30th 2013
Goodreads link: Click here!
Purchase links: Amazon
Synopsis(provided by the author):
One, breathtakingly hot, passion-filled, night ignites a fire in his soul. Everything in his world  should be nothing short of perfection…but he is Rainer Lawson.

His wild evening with Emily is the Realm’s front-page story. Could he have lost the respect of the man that has been like a father to him? Could his family’s hard-earned fortune really dissolve before his very eyes?

Evil rapidly cinches its chokehold, and everything his father fought and died for threatens to implode. Rainer attempts to protect those that he loves and satisfy the fiery passions between he and Emily, but everything in his world is spinning wildly out of control. His desire to prove himself could very well be his undoing.

Sometimes the best of intentions are not enough, but perhaps it is the trials by fire that make the man. Steel sharpens steel, and the passions burn white hot in “Lessons Learned.”

Meet the Author

Jillian Neal is a New Adult author with a passion for passion. She tells strong character driven novels told from the male perspective. Her guys aren’t afraid to let us inside their minds or inside their bedrooms. Young love comes to life inside the author’s Realm along with sinister crime fighting, mixed in with a hearty dose of family. The engaging adventures will stretch your mind and keep you coming back for more.

Jillian lives outside of Atlanta with her husband, and children.

Author contact links:
Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Author Interview:

Can you tell us a little bit about your series and what inspired it?

“The Gifted Realm” is based around the concept that there are people living among us that can draw on and use the energies of the earth and of their own bodies. I love the concept that these people are hidden among us, seen but unseen. I have no idea what inspired it, honestly. I woke up one day with Rainer in my mind, and I couldn’t stop thinking about him. This guy that had a really rough life and how he would cope with all that had happened to him and around him. My books are also a take on what happens after a revolution. What happens to the people left behind when their loved ones give their lives for a cause? What would drive them? What would they do to make certain that no one’s life had been given in vain? Every part of their lives deeply intrigues me, and I wanted to show all of that in my story. I honestly feel like these fantastic beings walked into my living room, sat down on my couch, and told me every detail of their story. What would Rainer and Emily’s first time have been like? I wanted to capture those moments in “Within the Realm.” In “Lessons Learned,” we amp it up a little, ok maybe more than a little. I also wanted to know how different couples do things differently. Guys make love, fight criminals, and do everyday things differently. I try to let their personalities show through in every scene. That’s why I enjoy writing from different perspectives. I like showing what’s going on in all of their minds.

When you are writing a book, where do you get your main ideas? Do you outline? Do you have the full story planned out before you start writing?

I really don’t think that there is any one way to write a novel. I personally do not outline. I kind of feel like it cramps my creativity and my style. I do; however, always carry around a notebook with me and scribble down idea after idea as they come to me. When I began “The Gifted Realm” series, I had a very, very lose idea where we were going, but I had no idea how exactly we were going to get there. I had to write it to find out myself. I love that about my job! Everyday it’s like I get to dive in see what’s going to happen.

This isn't the entire interview but just a couple of questions... 


“Could I maybe get a dance, Miss Haydenshire?” Rainer quizzed flirtatiously.
Emily giggled.
“I thought you’d never ask.” Rainer led her onto the dance floor and spun her into his arms. The slow sultry tones of the island band, the lanai lit by Tiki torches, and strung orbed lights, that Nathan had set to glow different colors, gave the entire evening a warm island feel.
Rainer twirled Emily around the dance floor and whispered how much he loved her as he slid his hand further down her back.
“Watch your hands there, Mr. Lawson.” Governor Haydenshire teased as he danced Mrs. Haydenshire beside Rainer and Emily.
“Yes sir,” Rainer moved his hand back up instantly which made everyone laugh.
Logan cut in, and Rainer danced with Adeline. He took a break and got he and Emily some punch, while Governor Haydenshire danced with Emily. He set the punch back at their table as the song neared its end. Rainer edged back onto the dance floor towards Emily and her father.
“Can I cut in?”
“No,” Governor Haydenshire quipped. Emily laughed heartily.
“Aww, please Daddy. He’s really cute.” Governor Haydenshire shook his head with a wistful grin.
 “I never have been very good at telling you ‘no.’” He kissed Emily’s cheek and handed her back to Rainer.
A slight breeze picked up as the night wore on, and Rainer felt a chill as the hair on the back of his neck stood. He took in the guests as they laughed, danced, and all enjoyed the party. Suddenly everything shifted. Emily froze on the dance floor. She shivered and clung to Rainer.
“Em, what’s wrong?” Rainer panicked. He searched the area frantically as Emily’s hands flew to her head. She shook her head. The black energy was too close. She could hardly breathe. One of the wait staff was handing Mrs. Haydenshire a cup of punch.
Then as Emily hushed, “Rainer there’s someone here that’s not supposed to be.  I feel them.” Rainer watched as Vindico’s eyes goggled and he shoved two men out of his way. He knocked the glass from Mrs. Haydenshire’s hand just as she’d taken a small sip. It shattered on the tiled floor.
“That’s, Vasquez!” He shouted to Rainer and Logan. He threw his arm out to the member of the wait staff that was fleeing the scene. They hadn’t recognized him in the catering disguise complete with hat and glasses.


Grand prize giveaway
Prizes (open internationally):
--25$ Amazon gift card
--25$ Victoria Secret gift card

This post is part of  the  Book Blitz organized by Giselle @ Xpresso Book Tours.

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