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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Interview and Giveaway: Moonflower by Angela J. Townsend


Natasha remembers little from her Russian childhood, other than the lingering nightmares of her mother’s tragic death. So when someone close to her hands her a one-way ticket to Russia, along with the deed to her family farm, and then is brutally murdered, she has little confidence about what awaits her in that distant land.

With doubt and uncertainty, Natasha has no choice but to leave her life in America for an unknown future. Once overseas, the terrifying facts as to why she was really summoned home come to light.

Fact one: Monsters do exist.
Fact two: The only thing keeping those monsters out of the world is an ancient mural hidden below her family’s farm.
Fact three: The mural that keeps the evil out of the world is falling apart.
The final fact: It’s up to Natasha to restore it and save the world from a horror unlike anything seen before.

Luckily, Natasha isn’t alone in her mission. Three Russian Knights are tasked with protecting her from the demons as she restores the mural. And leading the Knights is the handsome and strong Anatoly, who seems to be everything Natasha could hope for in a man. Unfortunately, there is one huge problem. Her Knights are forbidden from having relationships with the artists they protect, and Anatoly is a hardcore rule follower. But rules cannot stop the way she feels.

When a horrifying demon breaches the barrier and pulls Anatoly inside the mural, Natasha can’t help but charge, once again, into the unknown—this time to save the man she secretly loves. Now on the demons’ turf, she risks her own life to free the very one who is supposed to be protecting her. Little does she realize that if she should fail, it could mean the destruction of the very last barrier shielding mankind. Will Anatoly refuse Natasha’s help? Or will he finally realize, when love is at stake, the rules will be broken.


From your specialization in Celtic mythology to Russia is a long way. Why did you choose Russia to be the set for your story? 
I chose Russia because I fell in love with Slavic Mythology. I found it so foreign yet so fascinating.

What do you think about the necessity to use figure of speech or about the writing style in general in our day (fantasy) literature?
I think everyone has a unique writing style because we are all individuals. I would say that anytime you can use a figure of speech or a certain writing style to captivate your audience it’s a good thing—as long as it’s not overdone.

What kind of heroes do you prefer and how Natasha and Anatoly are?
I like hero who can show courage. One who can overcome personal fears to achieve goals.

What kind of horror do you prefer – gore or thrill - and why? How did you use them in Moonflower?
I enjoy anything about the supernatural or spooky houses. I don’t care at all for gore or cheap thrills.

Who is your favorite painter? Have his works inspired you for Moonflower? Do we still need ART? 
I have many artists that I enjoy and I love Leonardo De Vinci. But he did not inspire the story. The art in Moonflower is more of a warrior art form for protection. Do we still need art? Yes! We will always need art because I feel it is very therapeutic.

About the author:
Angela Townsend was born in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Missoula, Montana. As a child, Angela grew up listening to stories told by her grandparents, ancient tales and legends of faraway places. Influenced by her Irish and Scottish heritage, Angela became an avid research historian, specializing in Celtic mythology. Her gift for storytelling finally led her to a full time career in historical research and writing. A writer in local community circulations, Angela is also a published genealogical and historical resource writer who has taught numerous research seminars. Currently, Angela divides her time between writing, playing Celtic music on her fiddle, and Irish dancing. 

Angela’s first novel, Amarok, was published through Spencer Hill Press in 2012. She later went on to sign with Clean Teen Publishing in 2013 and currently has two novels published through them: Angus MacBain and the Island of Sleeping Kings and River of Bones. Her third novel, Moonflower is scheduled for release in March 2014. 

Angela resides on a ranch, in rural Northwestern Montana, with her two children Levi and Grant. 

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Roxi. said...

i want to read this one.

Unknown said...

This book looks so amazing! And the cover is so pretty! :) I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the post and giveaway :)

Anonymous said...

thanks for the giveaway! :D

Kai said...

I love this storyline. Secret love and to risk everything for the heroine to save the hero she love.

Unknown said...

Looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for the giveaway.

Unknown said...

great books!! thank u

Unknown said...

Sounds interesting and scary! Definitely added to my list!

Anonymous said...

Sounds wonderful! Thank you for the giveaway!

collenga said...

Cool interview and nice cover! Thanks for sharing