Friday, December 16, 2011

#BIR2011: HALF-BLOOD and OBSIDIAN by Jennifer L. Armentrout - Character Interviews & Giveaways


I can't tell you how excited I am about today's line-up here on BCM. First we had WILDEFIRE by Karsten Knight and now we are featuring two of the best books of the year, one of which is my without-a-doubt favorite. 

Those books are HALF-BLOOD and OBSIDIAN by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Jennifer is joining us here today with a super fun joint interview of her leading guy characters: Aiden, Seth & Daemon. Oh, and we are also offering you a chance to win both books as well. Enjoy!

Also, be sure you stop by the Best I've Read blog today to read our interview with Tara Hudson and enter to win her great book, HEREAFTER. 

***About Half-Blood***

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: September 19, 2011

About: The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. 

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1: Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. 

Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck

***About OBSIDIAN***
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: December 6, 2011

About: Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

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***Interviews with Aiden, Seth & Daemon***

BCM: Someone once said, "The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting." What say you?

Aiden smiles. “Sounds like a wise man.” 

Seth snorts. “Sounds like a wussy.”

Daemon looks over at them. “I think I like you, Seth.”
 
BCM: Daemon, that’s not really an answer to the question.
 
“Obviously whoever said that didn’t have a strong enemy.”

Aiden rolls his eyes.  

BCM: Describe your love interest in one sentence.
 
Seth glances at Aiden. “Sexy.”

Aiden takes a deep, slow breath. “Strong.”

Daemon arches a brow. “I am sensing some animosity here, but anyway, one word? Trouble.”

BCM: Vampires, Werewolves, Aliens or Gods?

Daemon crosses his arms. “Are you for real? There’s no such thing as gods or vamps.”

“Oh, and aliens are real?” Aiden says. “I think us being llamas is more likely than aliens.”

Seth chuckles. “Boy fight!”

BCM: Okay, gentlemen, can you just answer the question?
 
“Aliens,” Daemon says. 

“Gods,” Aiden mutters.

Seth smiles. “We're llamas.”

BCM: What is the single most important thing to you right now?

Aiden leans forward. “Alex…”

“Alex,” Seth says.

Slowly, Aiden turns to Seth. “Are you serious?”

Daemon shakes his head. “I feel like I need to say Alex just to fit in here.”

Both guys face Daemon. 

“What?” he says. “I just want to be one of the cool kids.”

BCM: What's your favorite pastime?
 
“Killing things,” Seth says. “Does that count as a hobby?”

Daemon blinks. “I really do like this kid. Even if I can’t pronounce whatever the hell he is.”

“I’m just that cool,” Seth replies. 

Aiden’s jaw tightens. “Playing the guitar—that’s my hobby.”

“Um, I don’t have any hobbies,” Daemon says, tapping a finger off his chin. “Though, Kat thinks I like to kick puppies or something. Yeah, let’s go with that.”

BCM: If you had to spend the day with one of the other guys in the room, which would it be and why?
 
“I would like to go with Daemon, because he seems pretty cool.” Seth pauses. “But I’d pick Aiden, just because I know he’s secretly in love with me.”

Aiden rubs his brow. “One of these days, Seth, I’m going to physically destroy you.”

“I’d like to see it,” Seth replies.

“What kind of history do these two have?” Daemon’s brows knit. “Do I have to pick either of them? Screw that.”

BCM: Okay. Never mind. Moving on. What is the least favorite thing about being a God/Apollyon/Alien?
 
Aiden nods. “The rules are my least favorite thing.”

“Yeah, there’s not I hate about being the Apollyon,” Seth says. 

Daemon laughs. “I have to go with Seth. Aliens are pretty damn awesome.”

Aiden leans back in his chair. “The modesty in this room is remarkable.”

BCM: What is your most favorite thing about being a God/Apollyon/Alien?
 
“I’ll go with everything,” Seth says with a grin. 

“Big surprise there,” Aiden mutters. “Most favorite thing is the strength and ability to control fire.”

“You control fire?” Daemon leads back. “That’s cool. So can I to a certain extent. Healing is my fave.”

Seth makes a face. “I can control every element, including akasha.”

“What in the hell is ashanti?” Daemon asks. 

Aiden busts out laughing.

“Whatever. It’s a-ka-sha, idiot.”

Daemon’s eyes turn luminous. “Excuse me?” 

BCM: All right, scale it back boys. So, is there anything else you'd like to add to the interview or about one another?
 
“Oh, dear gods,” Aiden sighs.

“I have a lot of things I like to say to Aiden.” Seth smiles charmingly. “First off, Aiden, you make me want to—”

“Jump off a cliff?” Aiden suggests. “Be my guest. And what can I say about you? A big, fat nothing, because honestly, it’s not even worth coming up with something.”

“Oh, burn,” Daemon says.

Seth’s head snaps toward Daemon. “And you? You glow… that’s kind of weird, right? I mean, I guess you never need a flash light.”

Daemon’s eyes narrowed. “Just when I thought I was making a new friend, you have to go and ruin it.”

“Cry me a river. Oh, wait, can aliens cry? Or do you just leak light?” Seth laughs. “I bet it makes pretty lights.”

“I think I’m going to hurt you,” Daemon says.

“Get in line,” Aiden says.

BCM: Okay, well…. um, it was nice having you guys all here. I think this interview is over. 
 
“It was a pleasure,” Aiden says.  “Thank you.”

“Whatever.” Seth stands, stretching his arms over his head. “I’m hungry. Anyone game?”

Daemon gives a short wave. “Peace out.”

***Giveaways***
  • Thanks to Spencer Hill Press and Entangled Publishing we have one signed, first edition copy of HALF-BLOOD and one copy OBSIDIAN to giveaway (winner's choice of paperback or e-book). 
  • Open to U.S. mailing addresses only.
  • +1 entry for following BCM via Google Friend Connect.
  • +3 for following Jennifer L. Armentrout's blog via Google Friend Connect.
  • Giveaway ends at midnight, December 23, 2011.
  • Fill out THIS FORM to enter.

22 comments:

  1. Waahh! I love this interview! Daemon is so funny! But I do love all of them. :DDD

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  2. Awesome interview and giveaway! Haven't read Half-Blood yet but Seth and Aiden sound great. And I love Daemon...he's total awesomeness!

    Wendy @ Escape Into Fiction

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  3. LOL! I haven't read this book yet, but funny interview! I'd love either one of these wonderful gifts!
    Thank you again for another home run on suggested books!

    Gena Robertson
    robertsongena@hotmail.com

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  4. This interview is EPIC!! Love it!

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  5. That was hysterical! I love character-driven interviews and the chance to win one of these books is just awesome.

    Thanks for the post!

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  6. I LOVE THIS INTERVIEW!! Thank you SO much for the post!!

    Happy holidays!!

    http://ireadtoescape.blogspot.com

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  7. Great interview! I've been laughing out loud and annoying the people around me.

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  8. Have to admit I only read Obsidian, but this had me gagging!

    http://twentysomethingfictionwriter.blogspot.com/

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  9. That was fabulous! Love that Daemon likes Seth but then wants to kill him. My feeling exactly.

    Great job!

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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  10. All three of these super hunky guys in one room together? I think I've died and gone to heaven. What a wonderful way to end the night!

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  11. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

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  12. Fun interview! I love character interviews because it's such a great way to get to know the characters before ever delving into the books. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway op!


    Smiles!
    Lori

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  13. I'm pretty sure those guys shouldn't be allowed to be in the same room again...things could get violent. Great interview very fun! Thanks for the chance to win, I have been dying to read both of these books. I have heard such great things about them.

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  14. Oh gosh ... that interview was too much! LOL But the guys certainly sound fun. :)
    Thank you for the giveaway!

    Pam

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  15. Ha ha! This interview was HILARIOUS!!! I have to read these books!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. Love the interview thanks you for the great giveaway! I can't wait to read sounds so good!

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  17. Thanks for the great interview, very fun, and giveaway!

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  18. Alex, the main character, is strong and not afraid to stand up for herself. Her mother has died and she is trying to figure out how to survive. You find yourself cheering for her to become a Sentinel, despite the inequality between half and pure bloods. I also fell in love with the supporting character specifically Aiden St. Delphi (I have another book crush). Armentrout strikes the perfect balance of action and romance.

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  19. Congrats on your big milestone! ultimate super great giveaway! thank you for the chance...

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  20. I haven't red the book yet but I think it's quite nice to read since I am a book lover!

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