Thursday, December 26, 2013

Blog Tour w/ Author Interview, Review & Giveaway: Elect (Eagle Elite #2) by Rachel Van Dyken


Would you die for the one you love?

Nixon Abandonato made his choice. And now he has to pay the price. Tracey is the love of his life, but being with him has made her a target of his family's enemies. The only way to keep Trace alive is convince the world she means nothing to him.

Trace Rooks has fallen irrevocably in love with the son of her family's sworn rival, and she knows in her bones nothing can tear them apart. Until Nix suddenly pushes her away and into the arms of his best friend... But Trace isn't ready to give up on a future with Nix--and if he won't fight for them, she will.

In the end, a sacrifice must be made. A life for a life. For what better way to cover a multitude of sins than with the blood of a sinner . . .

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Interview with Rachel Van Dyken:
Q: Where did you get the idea to write the Eagle Elite series? 
A: My husband. I have to give him credit. He wanted me to write a book that had more violence and action in it. Then he told me a story about an ex mafia boss who was found around 30 miles away from where we currently live. Apparently he was in hiding for over twenty years, and that’s how the story was born. I wanted to do something with a Romeo and Juliet twist.

Q: What kind of research did you do to get into the heads of these characters? 
A: I bought the biggest mafia book that was ever published---at least I think. While in Vegas for a book signing I went to the Mafia museum and snatched up the best book they had on the five families and dug in.
Q: When you’re writing a series, do you plan everything out before writing the first book or do you make changes as you go along? 
A: I wish!!! Even with Elite I didn’t have everything completely planned out—with Elect, I was so surprised with the way that things turned out that I had to take a minute and just stare at the computer. I was afraid I’d just written myself into a corner, but it ended up being fine.

Q: How long does it typically take you to write a book? (I’m guessing not very long considering how many books you’ve published in the last year alone.) 
A: Haha, it depends on what I’m writing. If I’m feeling inspired, then it takes me a few weeks. If I’m playing around with an idea and I don’t have a deadline it will usually take me around 6-8 weeks. It’s weird because I don’t write fast on purpose, I don’t ever really feel rushed, I just get obsessive over the characters and want to see what happens.
Q: Most of your book titles are one or two words. How do you go about choosing titles? Is it something that takes a lot of thought or is it a quick process? 
A: That’s not on purpose! Haha, I don’t really know how that happened, but it seems to work? I always think that one or two word titles are good b/c they are vague. 
Q: What was your biggest challenge in writing Elect? 
A: The love triangle. I truly thought I knew who she was going to end up with in the end, but as I started writing the different male POV’s I fell in love with both guys, it was really hard for me.

Q: Of the three series I’ve read by you, all have featured love triangles. Is this something you enjoy writing about? 
A: No. Haha, I know, I know, its hard to believe. But, I have a really hard time writing them because I never want the female characters to come off as being wishy washy. I think what attracts me to love triangles and why they accidentally seem to happen with me, is because I want to write female characters that aren’t just attractive to the main character but other secondary characters too.

Q: Can you give any hints about what’s in store for the next book in the series? 
A: Entice is my favorite of the three so far. It deals with the guy she doesn’t choose and really wraps up a lot of the drama with the Nicolasi family and DeLange family from Elect. There is a lot more violence and oddly enough, a lot more sensuality and er….”scenes.” It’s written from Chase/Nixon/ and a female POV. 

Q: If a reader has never read any of your books, what book would you recommend they start with?
A: Ah that’s such a hard question! I usually suggest they start with Ruin and then dive into either The Bet or Elite.
Q: What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question? (Saw this one online somewhere) 
A: Oh my gosh, I seriously have no idea… I’ve kind of been asked this but not a ton. Maybe, “What does husband think about all the romance writing and kissing?” And the answer to that would be, he’s freaking amazing…It took him a while but now he helps me and if I do the male POV wrong he makes me change it ;) I love it! 

About the Author:

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA  Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When  she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and  plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers!

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I have read a number of Rachel Van Dyken’s books and, while I’m a huge fan of everything she writes, her novel, Elite (Eagle Elite #1) is my absolute favorite. What initially drew me in to the series is that it was unlike any book I had ever read, combining the New Adult genre with a bit of action and suspense. The plot twist that turned the narrative into a crime thriller featuring the mafia of all things was both unexpected and intriguing. Throw in a forbidden romance between a fresh-faced farm girl and an intense and mysterious bad boy and I was officially hooked. While Trace took the reins in Elite, the narrative of Elect is told via the two most important men in her life, Nixon and Chase.

Rachel Van Dyken delves deeper into this world of organized crime in Elite’s follow-up, Elect, unveiling the inner circle of the Elect, which was founded in part by Nixon and Chase. The practiced ease with which Nixon and Chase deal with highly sensitive and dangerous matters is reflected in a different level of maturity in the story. They come across as world weary and jaded, having seen far too much horror in their young lives, which is directly contrasted with the innocence and naivety of Trace in the previous book. It's easy to forget these guys are college-aged considering the responsibilities they handle on a daily basis.

I thought the multiple point-of-views were brilliant, because I loved getting to experience the narrative through the various male perspectives. The story is narrated solely by men, with Nixon and Chase occupying the majority of the pages. Not that I don't love Trace, but it was fascinating reading about a love triangle without the input of the heroine caught in the middle of the two heroes. Both Nixon and Chase bare their feelings for Trace, each presenting their separate cases to readers and I can't imagine how much more conflicted Trace might have been if she could read their minds. While love triangles typically drive me crazy, I appreciated that Trace wasn’t intentionally stringing along two swoon-worthy guys. The circumstances surrounding the twisted relationship between the three main protagonists are unusual to say the least.

Everything about Elect is on a different level than Elite – there’s more action and romance and the stakes are much higher. There's an ever-present sense of danger, which casts an ominous tone throughout the narrative. New threats are constantly emerging, which kept my paranoia alive, but it's the threat of the unknown menace that evokes the most fear. Rachel Van Dyken does an incredible job at keeping a steady level of suspense throughout the narrative, in regards to both the love triangle and all things mafia-related. There’s never a dull moment in Elect, with its abundance of shocking revelations, twists and turns, starting with the first page and going until the very last sentence of the book.

Rating: 5 Stars

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  1. I would love to attend Eagle Elite!

  2. Heck yea, I will attend eagle elite!

  3. I absolutely loved the review and blurb. I devour thrillers and now I found a new one!! Yay! Thanks so much. I am going to get the books with the GC ;) and I'm adding it on Goodreads too

    1. Oh and YES I would love to attend Eagle Elite :)

  4. I'd only like to attend Eagle Elite if Chase was protecting me ;)

    By the way great review!!

  5. I would love too how amazing would it be

  6. I think it would be a really exciting thing to attend Eagle Elite

  7. Would be very excited to attend Eagle Elite...

  8. Sure! Thanks for the great giveaway! :)

  9. Absolutely! I would love to attend Eagle Elite.

  10. Damn right lol. Thanks for the chance.

  11. Would love to. Great review. I loved Ruin, even though I cried through most of it.

  12. I don't know that I'd want to attend ... but I would definitely like to read about it :)

  13. I'd love to attend.. congrats and Hope your holidays were splendid!

  14. Most certainly would!! Happy New Year!

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  16. You BET I would attend Eagle Elite!!! <3

  17. I'd love to attend Eagle Elite!

  18. I certainly would if given opportunity.. Happy New Year