Friday, October 14, 2011

Interview with Sara Humphreys and Giveaway - October 14, 2011

Please welcome Sara Humphreys to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Sara:  I like to create a soundtrack for each book I’m writing and play it when I’m plotting out ideas. I can’t really play the music when I write because I find it too difficult to concentrate but before I get started it gives me great inspiration. For example, I’ve got Amy Petty’s music on every single Amoveo Legend soundtrack and I ended up using one of her songs for each of the book trailers. I adore her music and you should check it out on her website or you can find her stuff on itunes.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Sara:  I am a huge fan of Christine Feehan, Terry Spear, Carolyn Brown, Judi Fennel, Lori Handeland, and Olivia Cunning…just to name a few. The truth is that there are many, many other authors I love to read and my tbr pile is growing by the second. My biggest influences have been Christine Feehan and Lori Handeland because their novels were the first paranormal romance novels I read—and I was hooked instantly.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Sara:  I start every book as a pantser and just kind of let things go where the characters take me but by the time I hit the halfway mark I evolve into a plotter. Now that I have deadlines to meet, I don’t have time to diddle around and I have to get things done. I find that too much pantsing slows down my process.

TQ:  Describe Unleashed (The The Amoveo Legend 1) in 140 characters or less.

Sara:  Malcolm a dream walking telepathic shape-shifter has finally found his mate Samantha and she's a hybrid. Just 1 problem. She doesn't know it.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Unleashed?

Sara:  I’ve always loved shape-shifters and the idea of having one true life mate is especially romantic. As an avid reader of paranormal romance, I wanted to create a world that other paranormal romance junkies could fall in love with. My goal was to create an entirely new race of shape-shifters and build a world that readers could get lost in.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Unleashed?

Sara:  I researched wolves and golden eagles so that I could bring some of their real-life traits into the world of the Amoveo. I watched several you tube videos of golden eagles in flight so that I could capture that realistically for the reader and hopefully it worked. I’ve been researching the location for over twenty years. Unleashed is set in Westerly, RI and my family has a beach house there. Several of the locations mentioned are real places within Westerly. I love that town.

TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Sara:  Samantha was most definitely the easiest probably because her character is the most like me and Nonie was easy too because she’s based on both of my grandmothers. I think that the villain was the most challenging because it’s not easy to get into the head of someone hateful and violent. It can be a little scary to let that darkness into your own mind and allow it to flourish so that the character can come to life.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Unleashed?

Sara:  My favorite scene is the diner scene. Malcolm senses Samantha is in trouble and he drops everything to go to her and be of assistance if she needs it. It makes me smile every time I think about it…but probably not for the reason you may be thinking. I don’t want to say anymore…I’ll just say it’s my personal fave.

TQ:  How many books are planned for The Amoveo Legend series?

Sara:  There are currently five books planned for the series. Untouched will be out in April 2012 and Untamed is slated for November 2012. The fourth and fifth books in the series will be released in 2013 and I’m having a blast putting it all together.

TQ:  What's next?

Sara:  I’ve got a blog tour running through October and we’ve got lots of books we’re giving away, thanks to Sourcebooks. You can find the full list on my blog.

Additionally, I’m in the middle of my brick & mortar book tour—10 cities in 8 weeks. You can find the full list of cities and dates on my blog or website.

Dream on….

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

About  Unleashed

Amoveo Legend 1
Sourcebooks Casanblanca,October 1, 2011

What if you suddenly discovered your own powers were beyond anything you’d ever imagined…

Samantha Logan’s childhood home had always been a haven, but everything changed while she was away. She has a gorgeous new neighbor, Malcolm, who introduces her to the amazing world of the dream-walking, shapeshifting Amoveo clans…but what leaves her reeling with disbelief is when he tells her she’s one of them…

And shock turns to terror as Samantha falls prey to the deadly enemy determined to destroy the Amoveo, and the only chance she has to come into her true powers is to trust in Malcolm to show her the way…

Get swept away into Sara Humphreys’s glorious world and breathtaking love story…

About Sara

Sara Humphreys has been attracted to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal, and romance since her adolescence when she had a mad crush on Captain Kirk. An actress and teacher, Sara lives in New York with her husband, who is very considerate of her double life, and four amazing boys. For more information, please visit

Sara's Links


The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback copy of Unleashed from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is your favorite type of shifter? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday October 21, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. Congratulations on Unleashed! It looks and sounds awesome. Definitely the start of a great series.
    My favorite shifter species? Oh, thats kind of hard. I like both wolves and big cat shifters. Can I have two favorites? Hopefully yes because I cannot pick between the two.
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  2. A crush on Captain Kirk- cute Sara. Congrats on your book- I can't wait to read it. Favorite shifter- actually I like them all. I would LOVE to be able to shapeshift.
    GFC- Christine A.

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  3. If you asked me this question a couple of years ago, my answer would have been wolf. Now my answer is bird!

    I read a book which featured a bird shifter and loved it... and the character.

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  4. wow... the cover book looks so yummy =D

    the shifter i really like is shape-shifter because i think they are so strong

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  5. I, too, had a crush on Captain Kirk, who wouldn't right? My favorite shifter would be the cats, there is something about a man who purrs, hmmmmmmm.
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  6. this looks so good! i love unusual types of shifters so the cats, the dragons and so on.. (but cats in specific)

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  7. My favorite shifter is an eagle because that is what I would like to shift into. I would love to fly!!
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  8. love the cover! i never read about the bird shifter before..

    my favorite shifter are wolves and tigers.

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    thank you for giveaway ^^

  9. What a great start to a series! I can't wait to read it!

    I think I would have to go with dragon shifter - I love GA Aiken's series, and Dragos in Thea Harrison's Dragon Bound cracks me up.

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  10. Ohhh this looks very good! My favorite shifter is a big cat but honestly I enjoy all of them.

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  11. Congratulations on Unleashed
    My favorite shifter species?

    wolfs but eagles sounds pretty cool

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  12. My favorite type of shifter are the sleek and sinewy! yummy!



    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  13. crap on toast..forgot to leave my email...


    *****see answer to question above ^^^

  14. This sounds like a great new idea- I look forward to reading this one! Thanks for the chance to win, and good luck with your new book!

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  15. oops- favorite type of shifter is a dragon!

    **see above comment for contact info**

  16. I like wolves. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  17. I love leapards! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom
    GFC Krystal Larson
    tweeted!/Icecream1891/status/124913227925700608 Congrats on the awesome book!

  18. Congratulations on Unleashed!
    My favorite shifter species? Oh, now my answer is lion in Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews :p
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  19. So much in one book. IT sounds great! Follower
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  20. My favourite shifters are the big cats very closely followed by dragons!
    Love the cover on this book.
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  21. Congrats on the release of Unleashed! My favorite shifter is a wolf. I've always loved wolves.

  22. Wolves are my favorite shifters

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  23. HI Gang--I've been fighting a migraine all day and taking my boys to Comic Con didn't help, so forgive me for not repsonding to each of you individually. I just wanted to stop in and say thank you for coming by today. I do hope you'll check out the Amoveo Legend series and if you do, let me know what you think.
    Dream on...

  24. Wolves are my favorite type of shifter, Hands down.

    GFC: Mary Preston


  25. Oh I am a sucker for the wolves. This series looks and sounds really good! I cannot wait to start delving into it. Thank you for coming on and letting us know about it.

    +GFC Teril
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  26. fav shifter has to be Alcide from the Sookie Stackhouse series... hotness...

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  27. This is definitely going to my wishlist. I'd love a copy.

    I love dragons; my fav are dragonshifters. I adored Thea Harrison's Dragonbound!

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  28. Thanks for the lovely interview and giveaway!

    Congrats on the release of your book! It sounds fantastic. Definitely adding it to my wishlist :)

    I'd have to say I'm a sucker for the ol' traditional, the wolf. I really like the big cats too but I'd have to say my first choice is wolf.

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  29. My very favorite shifter is the werepanther! It just sounds so sleek and sexy:)

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  30. Dragons are my favorite, congrats on the release!

  31. Congrats on the new release, it sounds amazing! My fav. shifter is the wolf, handsome and harry lol

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  32. Thank you for sharing with us today. I think Unleashed sounds great. I recently read about a different type of chimera it was small and would change colors like a chameleon and could blend in anywhere. I think this is my new favorite shifter (at lest this week LOL) I appreciate all your efforts in hosting this fun and the lovely giveaway opportunity.

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  33. My favorite shifters are big cats. Unleashed looks like a great read. thanks for the giveaway
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  34. +1 My favourite shifters are were-shifters.

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    Thanks for the giveaway:)


  35. First off- love the hottie on the cover! Although not too original, but wolf shifters are my all time favs. when I think of Alpha male, the image of a wolf follows. thanks for the giveaway!
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  36. I like wold and feline shifters, cats over wolves by a slight margin.

    GFC Anne38

  37. It is so difficult to pick a favorite type of shifter-they all have such different aspects of their physicality and personalities that make them all likeable and favorite worthy in their own ways. If I have to choose I will stay traditional with wolves-those are the first shifters I read about so they have a special place in my heart. I love their alpha-ness (if that's not a word it should be), their loyalty with their mates, their strength, and their tempered savage nature that is usually harnessed by that one special someone.

    GFC: ML

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  38. Looking forward to reading Unleashed! As far as what type of shifter I like the most, I would have to say the Kantagarian shifters from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter Series. Not only are they magical, can shift when they need to, they take care od their clan and their women. They posses all the animal quality of the importance of family and fight with the ferocity needed to in an immortal setting. They rock! My favorite shifter has got to be Vane Kattalakis! Read his and Brides story!!! So good!

    Gladys Atwell
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  39. I would have to pick the wolf. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  40. Congrats on the release!!!

    As for shifter...I like anything feline, from cats to panthers!

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  41. Leopard Shifter ! Nice..
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  42. Werecats, definatly, though werewolves come in a close second. What can I say? Im a cat person. But I will admitt that The werewolved are always drop dead sexy!

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  44. I would love to be a Tiger shifter!! They are just so beautiful!! It's a shame what happened in Ohio!! :-( poor animals!!

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