Friday, October 5, 2012

Book Tour Forbidden Mind-Giveaway- Interview with Kimberly Kinrade Author of the Forbidden Trilogy

Welcome to my stop on The Forbidden Mind book tour. Brought to you by Innovative Online Tours. Here you
can read a synopsis of the book, my review, and First Chapter, Book Trailer and a Giveaway! I also have a bio of author Kimberly Kinrade and an Interview. Don’t forget to visit the other blogs on this tour for more information and other reviews about this book and author

Title: The Forbidden Mind
Author: Kimberly Kinrade
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Publication Date: September 6, 2011
Links: Goodreads 

She reads minds.
He controls minds.
Together, they might get out alive.

49% of Americans believe their government officials are honest.

I don't know these officials, or their supporters, but I know their secrets, and 49% of Americans are wrong.

My employers pay me well to be right, to know things others can't. But I don't know why they brought that boy in, strapped to a stretcher, barely conscious. He asked me for help when I could give none.

I'm a wealthy spy, a talented artist, a martial arts black belt, and a prisoner.

They tell me that on my eighteenth birthday, I will be released, free to go to the college of my dreams.

It's my eighteenth birthday, and a man in black is at my door. I know he's not here to free me.

I know, because I can read minds.

My name is Sam, and this is my story.

So begins the tale of Sam and Drake—from the time they link minds, forging a bond that leads to an unconventional romance—to their fight for survival against the corrupt, twisted organization known as 'Rent-A-Kid.' Evolved Publishing brings you "Forbidden Mind" (Book 1 of the Forbidden Trilogy), by award-winning author Kimberly Kinrade.

"...a thrilling, dark and deeply romantic read that had me sitting on the edge of my seat and eagerly awaiting the next installment." ~ Refracted Light Young Adult Book Reviews

"The plot is very ALIAS and DARK ANGEL-like with X-MEN as its backdrop (awesome combo!). Forbidden Mind BLEW my mind!" ~Sour Skittles Book Blog

Winner of 2011 Forward National Literature Award

As of June 23rd, 2012, Forbidden Mind is now a new and improved extended edition. Twice the content with new twists and turns, the new Forbidden Mind has more of what readers loved in the original, all for the same price!

(Book #2 of the Forbidden Trilogy, "Forbidden Fire," is available NOW on Amazon. The final book of the trilogy, Forbidden Life, will be available soon)

My Review:

Man, where to start? It blew my socks off! That’s where, this book was amazing, so well written, and hooks you in from the very start. It’s like a show I used to watch, called Dark Angel, but throw in some X-men, with a little of that movie Push and some unconventional romance and you have this amazing story!

Once you’re past the normal, get to know the characters part, it really gets intense and sure gets me completely invested in the journey Sam (a girl) and Drake, and the twins Luke and Lucy.
I love the whole idea behind this, as it has the believable element to it. In the way, if our race of humans (government maybe) found out there were people like Sam, Drake, Lucy and Luke, among all the others, that this is something I would not put past us humans. Gathering them up, to use to their own financial gain, and worse, but will leave that for you to discover. They are basically prisoners, but didn’t know if for most of their life. They were told they were being “protected” but people with nefarious intentions for them, while all along, these people were the ones to be afraid of.

We start in Sam’s Point of view which is written in 1st person, and we go back and forth from Sam and Drake. Now when at 
Drake’s point of view, its 3rd person. I had to get used to this style, but liked it, each chapter starts with the name of whoever the point of view is from.

Sam can read minds, and Drake can do more, he can “push” thoughts, or bend them to his will, and he has superhuman strength.  I will leave what the twins can do a mystery. No spoilers here.

The love story part is great; I love that Sam and Drake fall in love over a span of many months at least (and only contact in their mind). As he is captured and imprisoned, he is kept drugged so he can’t use his strength and his mind control. So strapped to a bed, he is able to reach out to Sam’s mind, and they form this link, a 2 way communication, which is something Sam has never experienced.  So through this connection, they are in each other’s minds, and form a bond like no other could in a normal way. She does not judge him for some of the things Drake has had to do. Think of bad evil foster people, beating a poor young boy, well, once he develops his power, you can imagine what happens. She does not judge, she sees and feels what he went through. His nightmares become her nightmares. They form a love that is epic.

I can go on all day on how much I love Drake. He is the ultimate guy all around.  In my mind, he has the look of a younger version of Chris Hemsworth (I know, I am obsessed with him, lol, ) as he has the lighter hair, with the blond sun bleached highlights (he likes to surf) and the deep crystal blue eyes, that’s always what pops into my head. He also is big with a great build (he is super strong) There are others that could come to mind, but what came to my head was close to Chris, but really because my own super hot look.

Sam (I do not like when a character has a boys name when it’s a girl, as I was not sure Sam was a girl at first) has light blue eyes and dark hair. I think of the girl from the new show on TV Revolution , Tracy Spiridakos, has the beautiful blue eyes like hers, and the actions that I could see Sam doing too. (though her hair is a little lighter)

For Luke I thought of Theo James (he played David in Underworld: Awakening movie, and when he has the blue eyes) and for his sister Lucy I thought of  the girl from a show called Rookie Blue, Missy Peregryn, she has the right look.

There is so many great twist and turns in this book, and you wont see them coming. I do not want to say much more. Just give this book a try. Visit me and others on the book tour.
5 out of 5 stars for me.

Interview with Kimberly Kinrade author of the Fobidden Trilogy

What inspired you to want to become a writer?

I joke that I was born with ink in my veins. Writing has always been in my blood. I had many ‘businesses ‘ as a child, including a very successful-if short lived- museum I created in my grandparents’ backyard (using fossilized rocks from their rose garden) to pulling out teeth before they were even loose to sell to the Tooth Fairy. But my most prolific business by far was writing short stories and poetry and selling them door-to-door to neighbors and family.

I’ve been penning fantastical tales ever since. By the time I started college I was working as a reporter for a major daily newspaper in Los Angeles, California and freelancing for magazines.

My novels took second seat to ‘paying’ work for many years, but I couldn’t repress my fiction voice for long. And now, here I am!

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

There have been many rewarding experiences for me, from getting fan mail and pictures of children who’ve been touched by my Three Lost Kids series, to hearing from fans who fell in love with paranormal because of my Forbidden Mind trilogy… but the best experience had to be seeing the look on my daughter’s face when for the first time, they held the books that I’d written for them , about the worlds they’d created.

Though that first royalty check that actually paid some major bills wasn’t bad either!

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

Learn your craft. Study your craft. Hire professionals every step of the way. If your editor isn’t challenging you to improve your writing, find a better editor. And above all, don’t put your work out there until it’s ready.

How do you react to a bad review?

It depends on the review. If I think it has valid points, I’ll consider how I can improve my writing or story telling for future books. Otherwise, I don’t worry too much about them. We all get them, it’s the price of going public with our work. To me it’s a sign that I’m being read by more than just close friends. Not everyone’s going to love my books, and I’m okay with that.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

I’m really horrible about celebrating milestones. Usually I just dive into my next book. But my husband and kids make sure I go out for dinner or a movie or something as a family, and that I have fun after working hard for so long.

What is your favorite Quote?

“You see, I want a lot. Maybe I want it all: the darkness of each endless fall, the shimmering light of each ascent,” Rilke

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” By C.S. Lewis. It’s still one of my favorites.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?

C.S. Lewis, Neil Gaiman, Patti Larsen, J.K. Rowling, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, and of course, my husband Dmytry Karpov J

Any other books in the works?

Always! I have several lower grade chapter books coming out between now and January for The Three Lost Kids series. Also, in March, Dmytry Karpov (My husband) and I are launcing the entire trilogy in one day. Blood of the Fallen is first in that series, and it’s a spin-off of the Forbidden Trilogy, but it’s very different in so many ways! We are incredibly excited about co-writing this series together.

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Nefertiti. She was the wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten in the 1300’s BC. This time period in Egyptian history fascinates me. They revolutionized religion of that time, turning the polytheistic government into a monotheistic one-with the exclusive worship of Aten, the sun god.

Nefertiti herself is a mystery. No one knows where she came from, but she had great power and was depicted as equel to the Pharaoh in the art. Many believe she governed Egypt when her husband was killed, during the period before King Tut came to power. I would love to pick her brain about what really happened during those days and what life was like for her.

She heavily influenced two novels I have coming out next year. The Reluctant Familiar and Familiar and The Egyptian Queen. (Both YA fantasy/paranormal novels in the same series)

What do you do in your free time?

I didn’t know such a thing existed outside of fiction. Seriously though, on the rare occasion I do have free time I love to read, watch movies and cuddle with my husband and children. I also like to color with my kids, take naps on rainy days and go on a date with the aforementioned husband from time to time.

 Author Bio:

Kimberly Kinrade was born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. She writes fantasy and paranormal stories for children, YA and adults and still believes in magic worlds. Check out her YA paranormal novels Forbidden Mind and Forbidden Fire and her illustrated children's fantasy chapter books Lexie World, and Bella World, all on Amazon.

She lives with her three little girls who think they're ninja princesses with super powers, her two dogs who think they're humans and her husband, also known as the sexy Russian Prince, who is the love of her life and writing partner.

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Excerpt From Forbidden Mind

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Don't forget to visit these other blogs on the tour, for their own reviews and other info on the book.
10/5 A Soul Unsung Spot Light,, Review, and First Chapter
10/6 The Cover by Brittany Interview
10/8 Doctor's Notes Review and Giveaway
10/8 Andi's Young Adult Books Spot Light,, Guest Blog, Review, First Chapter, and Giveaway
10/8 Shelley Munro Review
10/9 The story of a girl... Review
10/9 Eternally Books Spot Light,, Guest Blog, Review, Interview, and Giveaway
10/9 The Bunnies Review Review
10/10 My Cozie Corner Review and Giveaway
10/10 For The Love Of Film And Novels Guest Blog, Review, First Chapter, and Giveaway
10/11 A Date with a Book Review, First Chapter, and Giveaway
10/12 Lissette E. Manning Guest Blog
10/12 Nette's Bookshelf Reviews Guest Blog, Review, and Giveaway
10/12 Princess of Pages Review
10/12 The Clumsy Coquette Review

The next tour for Kimberly is on Nov 26th as a review blitz followed by 6 weeks of ongoing tour.
All three Forbidden books plus extra bonus content. Nov. 26th, 2012
This is its own book, with its own ebook, paperback and eventually hardback. It will include all three forbidden books in it, plus bonus content, interlude scenes between the books and more.

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"A thrilling, dark and deeply romantic read." ~Refracted Light Young Adult Book Reviews

"The plot is very ALIAS and DARK ANGEL-like with X-MEN as its backdrop (awesome combo!)." ~Sour Skittles Book Blog

Paranormal teens with unimaginable powers. A secret organization with deadly intentions. When Sam, a girl who reads minds, meets Drake, a boy who controls minds, they discover their lives aren't what they thought.

Together, they must escape their fate and free their friends, before they lose everyone they love.

This special edition omnibus includes the entire Forbidden Trilogy--Forbidden Mind, Forbidden Fire and Forbidden Life, as well as extensive bonus content. Meet the author in an in-depth Q&A, get to know your favorite characters better, enjoy never-before-revealed interlude scenes and so much more.

Available through Evolved Publishing November 26th, 2012
Look for it in ebook, paperback and hardback

                                   Forbidden Fire Tour Coming SOON!!

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I have received this book free from the author as part of Innovative Blog Tours. Although payment may have been received by Innovated Online Book Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Forbidden Fire (Forbidden Trilogy, #2) Forbidden Life (Forbidden Trilogy, #3)


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