Monday, August 22, 2011

Shades Of Gray Blog Tour with L.M. Pruitt

This book and author have LONG been a favorite of mine so it is with GREAT pleasure that I share this amazing book with everyone today. It was about a year ago that I received an email to review Shades of Gray and one look at the blurb told me "Yep, Bels... you want to read this." The rest was history. I was COMPLETELY blown away with the writing ability of this new (then) author and her ability to completely suck me and leave me speechless. I've devoured everything of hers since and SQUEED when she got a brand new cover. Today I interviewed her and did it a little differently - TWITTER style. Yep, I was a complete meanie and asked for all her answers to be 140 characters or less and she MORE than rose to the occasion. So let's welcome L.M Pruitt!!

Share what Shades of Gray is about in 140 charactersThe story of a girl dealing with life, death, love… don’t forget magic and vampires, set in New Orleans and full of snarky humor.

Where did you get the idea behind the storyline?
It’s a basic quest plot, with supernatural elements. The story is about the journey and every stop along the way.
Did you have any special experiences when writing the story you'd like to share?
I spent a lot of time in New Orleans, went on a lot of tours. It’s an amazing city, one of the jewels of our country.

How did you choose the setting of the story?
Vampires, magic and New Orleans are a natural fit. Add to that my own love affair with the city and it was a no brainer.

How did you decide the personalities of Jude, William and Theo?
Jude: the girl you’d hang out in a bar with
Williams: the man you want even though you shouldn’t – and you know it
Theo: the man you don’t know why you want, but you can’t resist

Can you share some secret readers don't know about them? A hidden quirk?
Jude hates elephants. Theo does not wake up from naps full of sunshine. Williams loves jazz.

Did you intend for there to be a love triangle between the three? Any comments?
Yes, always – with Theo always the winner. Hey, the vamp can’t always win. And Williams needs a goal.

If you could pick a theme song for Shades of Gray, what would it be?
When I’m Gone, by 3 Doors Down. I like depressing songs.

What was your favorite moment/s in the book?
The scene in the hidden room between Jude and Theo. Also the scene where Jude gives Elizabeth a pep talk on dealing with boys.

I LOVED the villian - what do you think makes him so "dastardly"?
His civility in un-civil situations. Remembering your manners while you kill someone is creepy.

What can we expect from the rest of the series?
More crazy relatives (on both sides), blossoming relationships, death, murder, and love… always love.

Anything you'd like to share?
Don’t drink in New Orleans mini-bars. Always run into crowds, not away. And never ignore pings, sparks, and tingles.
So there you have it! I absolutely recommend you grab yourself a copy of this book because it was AMAZING!!
Shades of Gray
L.M. Pruitt
Urban Fantasy
Review: Click Here
Rating: 5 stars and OMGSH award
Buy links: Amazon - 99c
Jude Magdalyn Henries lives what many would call an unconventional life.

Orphaned at birth, raised by nuns, a teenage runaway living on the streets… she now earns a living at odd jobs, including one as a fake tarot card reader. Very little about Jude’s life appears normal, by any scale. When she accepts a gig to do a private reading, unconventional takes on an entirely new meaning. Life as she knows it ends when she’s thrust into a world she never knew existed—one filled with magic, vampires, and her beloved New Orleans on the verge of an underground war. To make matters worse, she's got two men in her life vying for attention, Williams and Theo. Both call to a different part of her, but one scares her just a little bit. Can she step up to the challenges set before her and make the right choices for the greater, which may or not be the greater good?
L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. Titles written include New Moon Rising, Shades of Gray, the first novel in the Jude Magdalyn series, as well as Hole in the Wall, a Jude Magdalyn short. She is currently at work on Taken. She makes her home in Florida with one two cats—one smart, the other an idiot.

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Twitter: lmpruitt


lynnrush said...

Ohhhh, this sounds interesting!!!!!
LOVE the advice: Don’t drink in New Orleans mini-bars. Always run into crowds, not away. And never ignore pings, sparks, and tingles.

That's awesome!!!

Great post. Thanks!

L.M. Pruitt said...

Thanks so much for having me - again! I always have such a great time on your blog, and the interview was super fun. As always, happy reading!

Belinda said...

@lynnrush Seriously, this book was AMAZING! I recommend it to anyone and everyone to read! Make sure you follow through to the final stop because you have ALOT of chances to win a copy!

@LM no problem :) I loved your answers!

Krysykat said...

Great interview :)

CassandraG said...

This book sounds very intresting and very, very intriguing.
Can't wait.
The interview was wonderful too.