Blog Tour + Giveaway - Awakening Bloodline by Tiera RiceWednesday, March 01, 2017
Awakening: Bloodline Book One
Publication date: October 12th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal
being royal comes with lots of expectations. Born into war as a Vampyre Witch, she has to battle the ultimate enemy: her own blood. When she has a terrifying Vision, Antanasia fights harder than ever to prevent it from coming to pass. Will she succeed? Or does she die trying?
Nadia is an average teenager celebrating her nineteenth birthday. But her day turns upside down when she starts developing unusual abilities that make her question everything she knew. Searching for answers to her predicament, she finds herself trusting Nicolae, a stranger with a familiar presence. Why does she feel so drawn to him? Will Nadia find answers to the questions about her past and take on her new role willingly? Or will she choose to remain in the dark and deny her destiny?
How did you create your characters?
I decided to have both my antagonist and protagonist be female, because that isn’t as commonly seen. Although I consciously didn’t have anyone in mind while I wrote this story, I was told that one of my characters reminded that reader of someone we knew. Even though the ideas for my characters weren’t festering in my mind for ages, I guess I subconsciously got them from somewhere. I knew that I wanted the leads to have qualities that I wished I possessed at some points in my life, which is why in some scenes they are portrayed with such strength. If you were to compare my earlier drafts to the final manuscript, my characters are completely different than they started out.
Originally, my antagonist was going to be her brother, but I decided to put a twist on it, and I’m so glad I did! Besides those in Nadia’s storyline, most of my characters were created very last minute. Up until about three months before the story was completed, Awakening was just Nadia’s viewpoint. I felt the story was way too short, and wondered how I could fluff it up without giving away details that are necessary for the subsequent books. Just like that, the idea for Antanasia’s point-of-view came to me.
The characters in her story were mostly on a whim...I didn’t have a set plan of how I was going to write her version because it was such a spontaneous writing move; the characters came as the story continued to flow. While writing Awakening, it was amazing to see how my characters developed…and how much further they can go (in the next installments). I can’t say too much more, but just know that not everyone is as they seem and there are more characters and more twists to come! Most of my characters from the Romanian setting are in some way reincarnated into my NY setting. With those who are, it's interesting to see if the characters have changed over the centuries or find themselves in similar situations.
Tiera Rice was raised in Rockland County, New York and is a realtor in Rockland, Westchester, and Orange Counties. She earned her degree in criminal justice from Temple University, is the founder of Laughter and Lemonade: a project that focuses on motivational posters for those experiencing a chronic illness, and co-founder of #26forTiera: a foundation that provides financial resources to single parents battling life-threatening illnesses.
A creator of poems and short-stories for many years, Tiera challenged herself by leaping into the world of novels. Having recently survived a battle with cancer, Tiera decided to use her writing to entertain and motivate her readers. When not writing or selling houses, Tiera can be found spending time with her friends and family, especially her young daughter, fish, and kitty cat. Her other interests include singing, drawing, and dancing.