My wonderful followers, my stalkee is releasing her new book in a few days, and I wanted you have a look, before the big release 🙂 I just need to say this… YAAAAYYYYYYYYY!!!!!! I absolutely adore Cam, how could you not! She has to be one of the sweetest people ever! Plus, a major bonus, she is a fantastically phenomenal writers, so without further nonsense, lemme show you all about it!!! 🙂
Series: Death Escorts
Author: Cambria Hebert
Genre: Young Adult Romance with paranormal, thriller and mystery elements
Release Date: February 15, 2013
Format: Will be available in Print and Ebook
publisher: Cambria Hebert
Love or Death? A simple question really. The choice seems obvious. But. What if you never knew love, what if your life was spent just trying to survive? What if you knew your fate before you were fully grown?
And then you died.
And you were given another chance. A better chance.
This new life depended upon one thing: your job. And so you agreed. You thought it would be simple. You thought it would be cut and dry.
It never is.
And now you are left holding the fate of someone else in the palm of your hand and you have to make the ultimate choice.
Love or Death?
A little info about the series: Death Escorts is a new series from the author of the Heven and Hell series. This series is unique because each book acts as a stand alone, meaning that you don’t have to read all the books in order to understand each of them. They are all based off of the same idea (that idea being the characters are all Death Escorts) and will have some of the same characters in each book. The series is for young adults and beyond and encompasses the elements of romance, thriller, paranormal and fantasy. You will not see vampires, shifters, witches, fae or any type of those kinds of characters in this series.
I’m gunna contradict myself in my first statement- this book is nothing like the Heven and Hell series we all love, and yet it’s exactly the same- because this story has a completely different set of characters, a different world, different plot, and yet I’ve fallen love just like I did with Sam, Heven, Gemma, Cole, RILEY, with Dex and Piper. I feel the amount of time and feeling put into these characters and I feel how real they are, not just to me but how well Cambria has made them. I am ecstatic that Cam has finally put this out! Her and her secrets made me wit for this! Well, the wait was definitely worth it!
Piper is your mostly normal girl, who is going to school to become a doctor and works at a diner to live. She is normal in all ways except she has a “little gift” which seems important enough to kill for. When someone saves her life, she can’t help but feel in debt to this person and boy does she go on a wild ride trying to find out who he was. I like her in the whole sense of her realness. She is just like you and me which makes her so relatable!
Dex, well he’s something special! He’s had a really rough life before he lost it and got a new one- maybe one of the best and worst deals he’s ever made. This character fascinated me! I liked that he felt he didn’t deserve goodness because of his past, yet he desperately wanted it. For a bad guy, he sure is a good one. He’s definitely made mistakes and he’s really flawed, but everyone deserves a little forgiveness. He’s thought process just kept me going because who wouldn’t want the material things, but is it worth taking a life for it. He’s definitely one of the coolest characters I’ve ever read.
To Cam, NEVER doubt your ability to write! You’ve made a wonderful story here! You’ve given me a whole new outlook on reapers, you’ve made me smile, cry, cringe, laugh, and cheer… All in just a few chapters!! There’s to many emotions to list for this whole book! The writing is just as awesome as could be! I swear I felt those colors on my skin from the Aurora Borealis. And way to play out the bad guys… Both of them! You’ve got a friend, a fan, and most importantly a stalker for life in me! I demand you keep writing… Pretty please LOL!!! AN INCREDIBLELY PHENOMENAL 5 PAWS from me!! I will nicely state that you should hurry to gimme more please! 😉
Author’s Interview Questions answered:
So, remember that little contest I had where people got to ask questions and the author would answer… Well, here’s your answers!
Faro Giron asked: Oh my goodness I am almost drooling over here :O I love the covers, and the books sound amazing!! I would totally be willing to give a review of one of the books, I have never read any of them.
Q: Who designed the covers and who came up with the Titles?
Thank you I am glad that you enjoy my covers! I came up with the titles of the books and my cover designer Regina Wamba of Mae I Design did all of the covers. She is very talented!
Laura asked: Cambria~Where did you get the ideas for your books?
I get my ideas from everything. Music, movies, people watching. Sometimes just a word will make me think of something. Sometimes my dreams influence my books as well. Really, nothing is off limits! Lol.
Heven~How does the Mind talking really make you feel?
My Mindbond with Sam is unbelievable. I love being able to talk to him in a way that no one else can. It’s something I have come to rely on and I know that it will always be there. It’s actually really reassuring to always have some kind of communication with him because life is crazy sometimes!
Laura asked: Heven-How could you forgive Kimber so quickly when she said she was jealous and you fell in the lake?
Heven:I forgave Kimber because we have been friends since we were very young. And because out of all my friends she was the only one (besides Cole) who would come and sit at the hospital with me after I was attacked. We played cards, she painted my toes and she made me feel like my life might not really be over. And also, because she had been drinking that night and I like to think that if she hadn’t that never would have happened.
Laura asked: Sam~What did you want to do when you heard Heven’s mom calling her evil?
Sam: I’m not really sure I should say the things I was thinking out loud. If that had been anyone else talking to Heven that way they probably wouldn’t have been left unharmed. But above most everything else I want to protect Heven. I want her to feel safe with me. She wouldn’t feel safe if I hurt her own mother. So I walked away.
Laura asked:What made you fall in love with Heven so fast? How do you feel with Logan being back in your life? (I just started Book 2) What do you not like about Cole?
Sam: Cole… I don’t like that guy. It’s an instinct. It’s a gut reaction. It might also be the fact that he thinks it’s his job to take care of Heven. It’s not his job. It’s mine.
Logan… I am really happy to have my little brother with me. I wasn’t sure I would see him again. I missed him more than anything after I left home. But I am also very worried about him… he’s going through a lot. Something seems off… I just hope I can help make it right.
Nkuhnautho asked: Cambria- where do you get the ideas for your books?
Cambria: I get my ideas from everything. Music, movies, people watching. Sometimes just a word will make me think of something. Sometimes my dreams influence my books as well. Really, nothing is off limits! Lol.
Mimiruss asked: I actually have 2 questions… 1) will there only be one more book in the Heven and hell series?
Hi! Absolutely there will be more books. The next book is Beneath – which is a short story about Gemma. It’s my favorite short story out of all of them in the series and I highly recommend it for a read. It releases March 29th. The final novel in the series is Renegade (book 4) and it releases May 3rd.
Mimiruss: 2) How different will recalled be from your other books? (Can’t wait for that one to come out btw)
Cambria: Thank you! I am excited about Recalled too! In my opinion it’s a lot different from my other books. It’s a completely different world. It’s a whole new topic and also each book in the series is about different characters so each book is a read of its own.
Jean asked: Your new series sounds really intriguing, and I’m very excited about it. What gave you the idea to write a series of standalones (i.e., self-contained stories that you can read in any order)?
Cambria: Great question! The idea to write standalones was really born out of my desperation…. Ha ha ha. Okay, not quite. Really, it was born because I love Recalled and wanted to continue the theme and the idea of the books but I wanted the freedom of exploring new ideas and settings with every book. I love the Heven and Hell series but it was pretty draining to write, LOL. Especially the last book in the series. Writing a series is really challenging to keep creating new challenges for the characters and still keep things fresh. So I thought this was a way to explore something different.
Jean: In the Heven and Hell series, Sam is a fan of bubble tea (yummy!). What gave you that idea? (If I remember correctly, you hadn’t tried it yet yourself.) I think I also read that you tried a make-it-yourself bubble tea kit at home. Have you been able to get the “real” thing yet?
Cambria: Ha ha ha! Actually yes I have tried the “real” thing! Just a few months ago I happened across a place that made it in the mall (we had just moved here). They all different kinds of flavors and everything! I was so excited! I went and got some… I got mocha flavored. I really enjoyed it. It was a lot better than the stuff I made at home (I made a video of that that you can watch here: http://youtu.be/BboS8mIY3YQ).I have to admit though… I still prefer Starbucks. LOL
Shannon Bereza asked: Where does the inspiration come from for your covers and how much input do you have in them if they are designed by someone else?
Cambria:Covers are one my most favorite parts about a book! Besides the writing of course. I do have a cover designer and she has designed every one of my covers so far. Her name is Regina Wamba and she is the owner of Mae I Design.
I get lots of input when working with her. She makes sure that I get what I want when we are designing a cover. The inspiration for them comes from the book and what the book is about. Most of my books so far are part of a series and the first book in the series usually sets a tone for the rest that follow it. I want readers to know the books belong together.
Shannon Bereza: When you are writing a book does the idea of what you want on the cover ever inspire you while writing the book or do you not conceptualize the cover until the book is complete?
Cambria: Usually I don’t come up with the cover concept until after the book is written or almost completely written. When I was writing Recalled I did have a certain design in mind, I actually bought a photo for it, but then after the book was finished I changed my mind and we did something else. Ha ha ha.
Shannon Bereza: The covers are absolutely stunning by the way. I love the bright colors and since I tend to buy books just based on their covers I would definitely be tempted by these covers.
Cambria: Thank you so much! That’s so great to hear! We always try to do something unique and eye catching.
Which cover of your books is your favorite?
Cambria: That’s like asking me to choose between chocolate and caramel…. Actually I would pick caramel….
Hmmmm. Now ALL of my covers are very special to me and I really do love them all. If I really had to pick… I would probably pick *whispers* Recalled. I love that purple and that mist….
BN110: Who would you cast if your books were made into movies?
Cambria: Oh my that answer would go on for days. LOL. Here’s a couple of my top choices:
Heven: Hayden Panettiere
Kimber: Emma Roberts
Sam: The fans always choose: Shiloh Fernandez(*Maghon says you’re welcome for the shirtless view (; )
I like him. I also like Zac Efron for Sam.(*again Maghon says you’re welcome LOL )
Gemma: Vanessa Hudgens
Airis: Taylor Swift
And really when I think of Riley I always picture Ian Somerhalder (but that because I love me some Ian Somerhalder. LOL) (*Maghon says she lurrrrvs him too )
Brenda Sparks asked:I just have to take a minute to gush about your fantastic stories. I love the Heaven and Hell series. And your covers are just beautiful! Which book did you enjoy writing the most and why?
Cambria:Thank you Brenda. I enjoyed them all because all my characters are like my friends. But If I had to choose I would say I enjoyed Recalled the most (up to this point). It was a fairly easy book to write. I really enjoyed Dex and his personality. I really felt connected to him.
Maghon’s questions: Cam- Why hellhounds?
Cambria: Well I chose Hellhounds because I jad just written a werewolf series and didn’t want to do the same thing again, but I wanted a shifter of some kind. I got on google and a hellhound popped up and I was like “its perfect!” Hellhounds aren’t seen as much, they seemed more unique to me and I liked the whole play of Heven and hell. Plus I felt like because it was more “unchartered territory” I could have more freedom with creating Sam.
Maghon: And how did you come up with the idea for “the island” in hell?
Cambria: The “island” in hell just kind of created itself. I mean it literally wrote itself into the book. One minute Heven was flying on The Devourer and the next she was seeing an island. I liked it. I thought it was something a little different and unexpected (yes, I admit it is a little unlikely but this is a fantasy book people).
Maghon: And, when are you gunna give me that seriously drool-worthy werewolf book??? And don’t lie to me, I know you are working on it, even if it’s on the back burner hahahaha 😉
Cambria: Ha ha ha ha!!! Well… I am actually not working on it because its written. It’s a series of 4 books and all of them are written. But it is on the backburner for two reasons:
I feel like right now people are over werewolves and wouldn’t be too receptive of another werewolf book. (correct me if I am wrong)
I have learned SO much since writing the Heven and Hell series and Recalled that I really want to go back into that series and do some revisions and some changes to make it a better book. You see the main character in that book, Thadd, is like my first true love in book boyfriends. Sometimes my husband calls him my other husband. I want to do justice to Thadd and make his books the best I can.
Maghon: I would love to ask some more questions to the characters, but I really cannot ask without giving away some serious spoilers, so I will hold off for now… but I will ask you some lovely author questions 🙂 First, tell me a little about your book and why you wanted to write this particular story….
Cambria: I don’t know. LOL. This book came to me out of nowhere and It seemed that I wrote a couple scenes that snowballed into the entire book. I have no idea where Death Escorts came from. Well, I guess that’s not entirely true. A while back I started thinking about the Grim Reaper… and what kind of book I would write about him… and then a few months later the thought “Death Escorts” kind of drifted in my head and then it stuck.
The first chapter of this book I actually wrote at the same time I wrote Masquerade. I had a whole plot idea for it but Heven was louder in my head so I wrote Heven and Hell. Then when this book came to me I realized the same character that was talking to me was the guy from that book. I had originally thought it was an angel book… I was wrong. LOL.
Maghon: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
Cambria: I think my interest in writing came from a love of reading as a kid. I use to read R.L Stine and love it. I remember thinking I wanted to write stories like that and make people love my writing like R.L. made me love his. I didn’t actually realize that writing would be my career until much later.
Maghon: What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
Cambria: R.L. Stine inspired me. I was like 15 when I wrote my first book. It is unpublished because obviously it wasn’t very good… LOL. But I still have it somewhere around here. It was a book for teens/youn readers about a girl who got a music box for her birthday and the music box made them all do weird things. Ha ha ha.
Maghon: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Cambria: I think all writers are influenced by their own life in some way or another. I mean I think we all write what we know, you know what I mean? But I don’t set out to write about my life or even people’s that I know. Sometimes when a character is faced with something I ask myself how I would react then adjust that to fir that character’s personality.
Maghon: How do you chose when/which characters die in your books?
Cambria: Usually the characters tell me their own story and I write it. I don’t really like to kill off my characters it makes me cry. But sometimes they tell me that’s their story and I want to be true to that.
Maghon: You’ve made me cry too! Who do you look up to as a writer?
Cambria: R.L. Stine, Gena Showalter, Lizzy Ford, Julia Crane, Cynthia Hand, Carrie Jones
Maghon: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Cambria: No. I don’t have regrets for my books. I work very hard on them and until I am proud to have my name on the cover. I realize I can’t please everyone and that’s okay but at the end of the day I just make sure that I put out a book I am happy with and then I stand behind it.
Maghon: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Cambria: Time management. Trying to find the time to actually write is challenging.
Maghon: What book are you reading now? Or what genre? My followers love author’s opinions!
Cambria: LOL. I am actually Beta reading a brand new book from Heather Hildenbrand. I don’t know if I am allowed to say anything about it so I won’t. Sorry! LOL. But I can tell you it’s very good! She is the author of the Dirty Blood series and I really love it.
I also really enjoyed Airicka Phoenix’s book Touching Smoke. It’s really good.
I like the young adult genre. I like the New adult genre and I like romance, paranormal, thriller, fantasy etc.
Maghon: Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
Cambria: I learned that I am capable of a lot more than I thought. Lol.
Maghon: If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
Cambria: I cannot choose. It’s too hard…. Wait…. Okay, fine. If I HAD to choose I would be the girl who ends up with Riley. I love Riley. Oh wait… but what about Thadd?? Hmmmm…. Nope I can’t choose.
Maghon: *Ummm NO, that spot (with Riley) is reserved for me! LOL 🙂 Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?
Maghon: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Cambria: Thank you. For the letters, the posts, the emails… it keeps me going on days I think about quitting to go work at Starbucks.
About the Author:
Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series and the upcoming Death Escorts series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in Pennsylvania where she is plotting her next book. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting http://www.cambriahebert.com
Author of the Heven and Hell Series and the upcoming Death Escorts
First the winners of the smaller question contest, who will each receive an ebook copy of your choice of any of her books is… FARO GIRON! CONGRATS!!! 🙂 *You should have already received my email!
Now, here’s the big giveaway, don’t worry if you asked a question you are still entered, but for new entrants, you have the awesomeness to win a BIG giveaway, which includes ebooks and swag and goodies!! 🙂 Trust me, Cam picks some totally awesome things to giveaway AND it’s international! Leave a nice comment and I’ll pick a winner soon!!! Here’s the list to win…
One Ecopy of Recalled
One Recalled Notepad
One Recalled pen
I sure hope you guys check out her new series! And, I’ve been beta reading for her, with her upcoming release of a novella and the FINAL book of the Heven and Hell series… I cannot say much, except OH MY GOD!!!! I didn’t know she could wow me that much, but she totally has! Amazing! I will be sharing more very soon ok! 🙂 Good Luck on the giveaway! and Thanks for stopping in! 🙂 Happy reading and Later Gators!
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