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Blog Tour (Interview & Giveaway): Blackness Awaits by Norma Jeanne Karlsson

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Title: Blackness Awaits (The Blackness Series #2)
Norma Jeanne Karlsson
Publisher: It's Publishing
Release Date: April 11, 2014

As he enters the room looking like death personified, lifeless and haunting, she knows…blackness awaits.

Aaron Kavanagh is not to be trifled with. He’s powerful, commanding, fierce and currently homicidal. The only thing that matters in Kavanagh’s world is Shannon Kelly. She’s the beat of his heart (yes he has one) and the peace to the fury that constantly simmers within him. Without her, his life is empty and barren. Someone took what is his and he’ll stop at nothing to get her back.

Dylan Kellerman is lost. The love of his life has been ripped from him, leaving a tattered tortured shell of a man. On the brink of murderous insanity he must battle to find Shannon, even if she hates him. Dylan has betrayed her and he knows she won’t forgive his indiscretions. None of that matters now. All that matters is finding her. As long as she’s safe Dylan can continue to live a sad wasted existence without her by his side. Shannon brought Dylan back to life, without her in the world he’ll cease to exist.

Shannon Kelly is gone. Stolen from her home and loved ones, she must now fight. Fighting has never been an issue for her, but this is a new opponent that she isn’t prepared for…her past. When every reality she thought she knew is called into question, Shannon learns her life isn’t what she thought it was. With the promise of a future with Dylan stolen from her before her world implodes, Shannon must rely on the family that has protected her for the last thirteen years to come for her. She won’t win this fight on her own…Shannon is going to lose.


Welcome to Bibliophilia, Please, Mrs. Karlsson! Please tell us a little bit about Blackness Awaits in your own words but with a Twitter twist – 140 characters or less.

I’m absolutely crap at this, but here’s my attempt:

If Shannon Kelly can't be found and she can’t save herself…a blackness awaits her and her family that none of them will survive. #beguiling

Do we have to read Blackness Takes Over before reading Blackness Awaits?

Yes. BTO was a cliffhanger and BA is the continuation of that story. I had hoped initially that BTO and BA would be one book, but there was too much story to fit in a debut novel. There is a Kindle version of the books together (almost 700 pages) for people that are new to the series.

What was the most fun part about writing the Blackness series?

I love writing these books for many reasons. I find the stories cathartic to write. I feel good at the end of a novel where a strong woman has fought through battles and strife to make her life what she deserves. The first two books in the series have also given me and my homesickness touches of my home town. The fun comes from the snarky witty batter between my characters which I can often make myself laugh out loud at.

What is your favorite distraction that you indulge in whenever you are writing?

My kids. There’s nothing better after writing a dark and depressing scene than sitting down with my boys to get stories from them that are full of dragons and heros.

Which books or authors would you say have affected or inspired you the most?

The list is…expansive. Here’s what I can pull off the top of my head.

Dickens, Poe, the Brontë sisters, Twain, Kristen Ashley, Dan Brown, Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, Helen Fielding, James Patterson, Debra Anastasia and this could really go on for pages.

What are you currently reading?

I just finished The Will by Kristen Ashley.

Thank you so much stopping by the blog today! To buy your copy of Blackness Awaits, click on one of the links below!

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About the Author

Blackness Takes Over is Norma Jeanne’s debut novel. What began as an homage to the home town of a homesick Midwestern girl, unfolded a story of love, danger, humor, and trust. She’s currently working on her untitled sophomore effort. We can’t wait to see what thrilling saga she leads us through next!

Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Norma Jeanne recently found herself relocating to the United Kingdom. Now living in Belfast, she took hold of the opportunity to kick the 9-5 job for a chance to become an author. The best part: working from her home office, she gets to spend more time with her cast of crazy characters (written and real).

In her free time Norma Jeanne is a voracious reader and consumes books as readily as meals. She is a people watcher by nature and uses her experiences in life, observed or otherwise, to build the worlds and characters that thrive in her books. A believer in the strength of the human spirit, Norma Jeanne writes the stories of people that persevere when all appears to be lost.

“Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” –Dylan Thomas

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5 Winners will receive an E-Copy of Blackness Takes Over by Norma Jeanne Karlsson.
2 Winners will receive a Signed Copy of Blackness Takes Over by Norma Jeanne Karlsson.
3 Winners will receive 4GB USB flash drives by Norma Jeanne Karlsson.

7 Winners will receive Postcard and Bookmark by Norma Jeanne Karlsson.
4 Winners will receive Sticky Notes and Pens by Norma Jeanne Karlsson.

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