Friday, October 26, 2012

Blog Tour: Blood To Blood by Ife Oshun.

Blood to Blood
Summary: Angelika Brown has a killer voice. Too bad her über-conservative parents aren’t happy when she decides to quit high school to be a pop singer. What’s worse, she’s morphing into a blood-drinking immortal and her soaring vocals can now decimate everything, and everyone, within earshot. Will she learn how to control her new powers? Or will her bloodlust cause her to kill her girl group before they reach the Top 10?
Excerpt: “The sound of his heartbeat was the background music banging in my ears as I, in a daze, took another step forward. My fingers itched with the desire to pull through the gold-tinged hair hanging less than an inch from my face. His eyes narrowed and his head cocked to the side. He was exposing his neck…yes, as if he was offering it to me. I inhaled his scent again and my brain switched off. Led by my watering mouth, I closed the gap between us and placed my lips on his neck.”

Here is my review: http://bookaholic-ness.blogspot.com/2012/09/book-review-blood-to-blood-by-ife-oshun.html



Young Adult Novel Mixes Pop Star Dreams with Immortals and Angels

New young adult novel “Blood To Blood” gives urban fantasy a unique spin with hit-
making immortals and an insider’s view of the music industry.

Boston, MA (PRWeb) August 20, 2012 –Former music journalist Ifè Oshun (http://www.ifeoshun.com) is releasing “Blood To Blood,” the first in a series of YA novels centered around Angelika Brown, aka Angel, a 16 year-old, and newly immortal, rising pop star raised in the upscale Boston neighborhood of Beacon Hill.

“Blood To Blood” blends the YA fiction like “Twilight" with the hopes and dreams of television shows like “The Voice” along with immortals, angels, a rapping werewolf, and a love triangle. Slated for official paperback and ebook release in December 2012, the novel’s e-version is currently in pre-release exclusively via Amazon.

Summary: Angelika Brown has a killer voice. Too bad her über-conservative parents aren’t happy when she decides to quit high school to be a pop singer. What’s worse, she’s morphing into a blood-drinking immortal and her soaring vocals can now destroy everything, and everyone, within earshot. Will she learn how to control her new powers? Or will her bloodlust cause her to kill her girl group before they reach the Top 10?

As the daughter of ancient immortals, Angel is faced with jaw-dropping challenges, while forced to make complex moral choices that will forever shape the person she is becoming as she pursues her dream of singing for the world. “Blood To Blood” is ideal for young adult and teen audiences as well as all fans of YA urban fantasy.

Author Ifè Oshun worked for over a decade as a music journalist for magazines and major websites including HiphopRnbSoul.com where she served as Editor-In-Chief. She also independently produced, and wrote for, television and theater and served as a Writers Guild of America intern on the Star Trek television series. She lives in her hometown of Boston. Contact her to schedule interviews and other publicity events at http://www.IfeOshun.com.



Author Bio:


Ifè Oshun is the author of the YA modern fantasy Blood To Blood set for official release in December 2012.
Starting out as an actress, the Fine Arts and English major went on to work for over a decade as a music journalist for national magazines and major websites including serving as Editor-In-Chief for HiphopRnbSoul.com. She also produced, and wrote for, television and theater. A couple of her sci-fi/fantasy plays were produced Off-Broadway and in Los Angeles, and she did her Writers Guild of America internship with Star Trek Enterprise and Voyager.

Her work incorporates fantasy elements with some combination of the following: humor, social issues, family themes, metaphysical concepts, and pop culture. She lives in Boston with her small son and ink-black cat, and can be found online at her personal website.


Author Interview!~

Q: What inspired you to write this book?


A: The inspiration for Blood To Blood came to me in a couple of stages. First, a long time ago, I was hanging in London when the news of Aaliyah's death was broadcast on television. It was a quick soundbite as if she wasn't that popular over there. I was shocked and ticked-off at the lack of coverage, and then finally I was just heart-broken. She could have had an amazing career; she was a clean cut, gorgeous woman, a  great singer and she had this dark little edge. She was sexy without being trashy, tough without being hard. And there was a "something" that came across in her videos but it wasn't anything you could put your finger on. She was mad mysterious that way. Angel's character is based on her.
A little later, when I was doing my Writers Guild of America internship on Star Trek: Voyager, I thought it would be cool to see a TV show that was a cross between The Cosby Show and Dark Shadows with a young singer. I wrote a pilot episode treatment which got good feedback but I didn't do anything with it and it literally sat on a shelf in my mind for 7 years until, in 2008, it occurred to me that it wasn't a TV series after all. It was a series of books.

Q: What exactly does Sawyer Creed, the main male character in this story, look like? I had a bit of a hard time imagining him. 


A:Tall, green eyes, long dirty blonde hair and an angular jaw. He always has a serious expression. Perhaps like a young Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman from True Blood). Come to think of it, he's just like my first boyfriend.

Q: Did you ever want to be a singer, like the main character, Angel? 


A: Of course, who doesn't want to be a big pop or rock star? But alas I can't sing well.

Q:Are you a fan of vampires?


A: I love vamps, but I'm not keen on the idea that they're soulless demon spawn. I prefer immortals with human qualities. They're much less predictable.

Q :How long did it take you to write this book?


A: I started in 2008. It took 3 years for everything to be done -- researching, rewriting, beta-reading, editing, and more re-writing and more editing, and on and on, along with outlining the sequel.

Q:Where did you get the idea for Angel's "Reflection"? 


A: I have absolutely no idea where that came from. Sometimes I surprise myself.

Q:How many traits do you and the main character share?

A: I no longer suffer from anxiety, and I definitely never had panic attacks that lifted me off the floor! We both have a lot of hair. We both love, love, love music. And we both come from conservative families who struggle to understand what motivates us and our non-traditional career choices.

Q: How did you come up with the title of your book? 


A: It's part of a phrase in a blood ritual scene with Angel and  her sister. Her sister, Cici, says "blood to blood" as part of the mind lock spell.

Q: Are you planning to write more books in the future?


A: The sequel to Blood To Blood is due in the Fall of 2013. I'm also finishing a short story based on Sawyer Creed and a novella based on Justin McCarthy. I'm also outlining an idea for a book that I had when I was 6.

Q: Do you have any writing advice to people who want to become authors? 


A: Read a lot, especially the type of books you see yourself writing. Take classes that help you break stories down, see them in terms of structure. Do this for a few years. Then just sit down and write. Don't wait for inspiration, waiting for inspiration is just a distraction, a way to procrastinate. Make a plan to write consistently and stick to it through thick or thin.

-----------------
omg, see how I pester these authors I get to interview. LOL.

Anyways, here are..

Where to purchase Blood To Blood:

http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Toebook/dp/B008ONWZ58/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344569139&sr=8-1&keywords=blood+to+blood+ife+oshun

Author Website:

www.ifeoshun.com

Official Pre-release Press Release (PRWeb)

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/8/prweb9820673.htm

Twitter:

www.twitter.com/ifeoshun

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/ifeoshun

Amazon Author page:

http://www.amazon.com/If%C3%A8-Oshun/e/B008OX70W6/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Goodreads Author page:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6450134.Ife_Oshun

Google+:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/104756531427614911234/104756531427614911234/posts

6 comments:


  1. HI from BB :-) Nice blog! I'm a new follower. I would be happy if you wanted to have a look at mine and follow back.
    Have a great day. http://alicepluswonderland.blogspot.it/
    Alice

    ReplyDelete
  2. Arizona vein and vascular Center: Treating vein and vascular issues, with top surgeons in the Phoenix area.


    Spider Veins

    ReplyDelete
  3. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Bluehost is ultimately the best website hosting provider with plans for any hosting needs.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Bluehost is ultimately one of the best web-hosting provider for any hosting services you might require.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Bluehost is definitely the best web-hosting company for any hosting services you might require.

    ReplyDelete

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Comments really make my day. Don't forget to leave your link below so I can check out your blog as well!