Monday, December 24, 2012

Talking With Jade Kerrion

I'm happy to have Jade Kerrion here today on her virtual book tour for her Sci-fi Double Helix series.

About the Double Helix series: 

His genetic code sourced from the best that humanity offers, Galahad embodies the pinnacle of perfection. When Zara Itani, a mercenary whose abrasive arrogance exceeds her beauty, frees him from his laboratory prison, she offers him the chance to claim everything that had ever been denied him, beginning with his humanity.

Perfection cannot be unleashed without repercussions, and Galahad’s freedom shatters Danyael Sabre’s life.

An alpha empath, Danyael is rare and coveted, even among the alpha mutants who dominate the Genetic Revolution. He wields the power to heal or kill with a touch, but craves only privacy and solitude—both impossible dreams for the man who was used as Galahad’s physical template.

Galahad and Danyael, two men, one face. One man seeks to embrace destiny, and the other to escape it.

The award-winning Double Helix series, consisting of Perfection Unleashed, Perfect Betrayal, and Perfect Weapon, will challenge your notions of perfection and humanity, and lead you in a celebration of courage and compassion. Science fiction, urban fantasy, and action-adventure readers will enjoy this thrilling roller-coaster ride as it twists and turns through a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution.

Book 1: Perfection Unleashed:

Two men, one face. One man seeks to embrace destiny, the other to escape it.

Danyael Sabre spent sixteen years clawing out of the ruins of his childhood and finally has everything he wanted--a career, a home, and a trusted friend. To hold on to them, he keeps his head down and plays by the rules. An alpha empath, he is powerful in a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution, yet his experience has taught him to avoid attention.

When the perfect human being, Galahad, escapes from Pioneer Laboratories, the illusory peace between humans and their derivatives--the in vitros, clones, and mutants--collapses into social upheaval. The abominations, deformed and distorted mirrors of humanity, created unintentionally in Pioneer Lab's search for perfection, descend upon Washington, D.C. The first era of the Genetic Revolution was peaceful. The second is headed for open war.

Although the genetic future of the human race pivots on Galahad, Danyael does not feel compelled to get involved and risk his cover of anonymity, until he finds out that the perfect human being looks just like him.

Book 2: Perfect Weapon:You can defeat your enemies, but can you defeat your friends?

Danyael Sabre, an object of desire, would much rather not be. An alpha empath by birth, a doctor by training, and an empathic healer by calling, he is stalked by the military that covets his ability to kill, not heal. He finds himself on the run under the protection of an assassin, Zara Itani.

Bereft of two days of memories, the more he uncovers of his lost hours, the more he doubts everything that once anchored him. He knows only that he endangers those around him and that he is falling in love with Zara, who hates him for reasons he no longer remembers.

As forces—both powerful and ruthless—threaten those he cares for, Danyael has only two options. He can betray his values and abandon the path of the healer, or he can wait to be betrayed, not by enemies, but by his friends.

Book 3: Perfect Betrayal:

Don’t fear the army of genetically engineered perfect killers. Fear the cripple who leads them.

An alpha empath, Danyael Sabre is powerful, rare, and coveted, even among the alpha mutants who dominate the Genetic Revolution. Betrayed by his friends and abandoned to a life sentence in a maximum-security prison, Danyael receives freedom and sanctuary from an unlikely quarter—the Mutant Assault Group, an elite mutant task force within the US military. Physically crippled and emotionally vulnerable, Danyael succumbs to the warmth of friendships and the promise of love he finds within their ranks.

Friendship and love, however, demand his loyalty, and Danyael rises to the challenge of training and leading the assault group’s genetically modified super soldier army. The super soldiers are faster and stronger than the military's human soldiers; their animal instincts spur ferocity and fearlessness in battle. But who is the perfect weapon—the super soldiers or Danyael, the alpha empath, who can, with a touch, heal or kill?

Adversaries swarm, like vultures around carrion; the pawn is once again in play. The threads of betrayal that sent Danyael to prison spin into a web, ensnaring him. When a terrorist group strikes Washington, D.C., how far will Danyael go to defend a government that sent him to prison to die?

And now, let's talk with Jade...

Welcome, Jade.
Congratulations on having three books published. How long have you been writing, and how did you start?

I started at the age of thirteen when my school essays were returned to me with a bunch of “A”s scrawled over the top. Teenagers are impressionable. Being much more impressionable than most, and believing that my teachers knew what they were doing, I figured I was destined to be a writer. It’s only taken me tens of thousands of hours of work since then to be halfway decent at writing (and I’m still learning each day), but one has to start somewhere.

Do you have another job outside of writing?

I work full time in a business/learning strategy role for a major educational company. I’m also a mother of two young boys and spend as much time as I can with them. Right now, they still adore cuddles and kisses, and I’m trying to get as many in as I can.

How would you describe your book in a tweet? (140 characters or less.)

Perfection meets his imperfect origins, and all hell breaks loose. #mustread

Seventy-six characters. Excellent! Do you outline, write by the seat of your pants, or let your characters tell you what to write?

I usually have a hazy outline of key scenes and how they progress from one to the other. That said, the stories are very much character-driven, and the plots have been occasionally hijacked by intractable characters.

Which character did you most enjoy writing?

I enjoyed writing Zara Itani. She’s a Lebanese-Venezuelan mercenary, a human in a world of super-powered mutants. Unlike other heroines who fall in love with pointy-toothed vampires and eventually become one of them, Zara will never be more than she is—-human. Her genes, however, do not prevent her from keeping up with, and frequently showing up, her genetically-superior companions. She’s temperamental, confident, and capable—-an alpha female for the 21st century.

What song would you pick to go with your book?

I think Westlife’s Beautiful World with its evocative melody and exquisite lyrics fits the overall redemptive theme of the series.

I never thought that I was that strong to carry on, carry on tonight
Forgiveness in your eyes, with nothing to hide
All I know is you've shown me
It's a beautiful world, it's a beautiful world

Who are your favorite authors?

I’m a huge fan of Neil Gaiman and his Sandman series. Gaiman tells stories of unparalleled scope and beauty, weaving in the realities of the world, with the myths of the ancient world, and fantasies of his own making.

Is there anything in particular that you do to help the writing flow? Music? Acting out the scene? Long showers?

I write the movie I see in my mind, and acting out the scene really helps. Of course, I do my acting entirely in private. Privacy is hard to come by though, so I frequently just play out the scene in my head. Do you remember what Yoda said about Luke Skywalker, “Never his mind on where he was, what he was doing?” Yeah, that’s me when my brain is churning through the details of a scene. Sometimes, it takes days for the scene to come together in my head, and when it does, nothing can keep me away from the computer. At that point, the story is bursting at the seams and must be told.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing or cuddling with your boys?

I love reading and read widely across genres. The ultimate luxury would be to do nothing! However, I’ve realized that I don’t have the right personality type to do nothing. For example, sunbathing on a lounge chair in front of a swimming pool is agony for me (and for the people watching me). I twitch, I sit up, switch positions, twitch some more. That said, I would love to spend several hours at a spa, getting pampered from head to toe. Maybe, sometime during those few hours, I’d learn to relax for a few minutes.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on the next book in the Double Helix series, featuring seventeen-year-old protagonists, Dee and Dum. Artistically and technically, this novel will pose unique challenges. Dum doesn’t speak, and it’ll be interesting writing his scenes from his point-of-view and have him communicate without actually speaking.

Sounds great! I hope you'll come back and tell us about it when it's published. Tomorrow, I'm looking forward to talking with Zara.

About Jade:

Jade Kerrion unites cutting-edge science and bioethics with fast-paced action in her award-winning Double Helix series. Drawing rave reviews for its originality and vision, and described as “a breakout piece of science fiction,” Perfection Unleashed, and its sequels, Perfect Betrayal and Perfect Weapon, are available in print and e-book through Amazon and other major retailers.

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Find the Double Helix series:
Perfection Unleashed Amazon Amazon UK Smashwords
Perfect Betrayal Amazon Amazon UK Smashwords
Perfect Weapon Amazon Amazon UK Smashwords

Note: Perfection Unleashed is on sale for $0.99 for the duration of the tour, December 26-January 21.