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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Losing Faith Launch Blog Tour Celebration: Interview & Signed Book Giveaway with Author Denise Jaden

Today, I'm happy to welcome Denise Jaden back to my blog (CLICK HERE for Denise's first appearance) as a part of her book launch blog tour celebration for LOSING FAITH. Just when I thought Denise couldn't get more awesome, she offered to donate a signed copy of her book to one lucky commenter. So now she isn't just sitting at the very top of the awesomesauce totem pole, she's hovering over it. Not only will you have a chance to win a signed copy of her amazing book by commenting below (details to follow the interview), you'll also be entered to win more celebratory prizes that she's giving away on her own blog. In fact, every time you comment at one of LOSING FAITH's blog tour stops (including this one), you'll be entered to win lots of fabulous prizes. To check out all the prize goodies in question, CLICK HERE.

But enough about prizes, because now it's time to learn more about Denise and LOSING FAITH:

What inspired you to write LOSING FAITH?

When I was sixteen, I lost a close friend in a car accident. After her death, I learned so much about her that I hadn’t known before from her parents and friends. I think that was the nugget that started the story of a girl losing her sister, and discovering her sister’s secrets after her death.

Which character do you relate to the most and why?

I think I relate most to my main character, Brie. She has a real determination and tenacity that I think comes from me. And, like her, I was a little bit rebellious as a teen. Okay, sometimes I still am J.

What was your reaction to your gorgeous cover art?

To be honest, the first look at my very white cover art on the white background of my computer screen was not love at first sight. But I printed it off, and once I could see it the way it was meant to be viewed, I immediately fell in love. It has so much going on in it, much of which many might not even notice. But I love that! And the butterflies are my favorite.

Do the butterflies on the cover have any relevance to the book's content?

Okay, another moment of full disclosure here. Like I said, I really love the butterflies, but really, I think they were only added as a hopeful image. And there is a hopefulness to LOSING FAITH that goes well with this, especially with the black butterflies, since the book has some darker themes. But after seeing my cover art, I did add one very small paragraph about butterflies to a scene in the graveyard and asked my editor if we could add it in. I doubt anyone will even notice it, but I really wanted just a very slight reference to the butterflies in the text.

What's one thing you hope readers will take with them upon finishing LOSING FAITH?

I hope readers will feel a renewed sense of inner strength and a confidence to look for answers life’s big questions for themselves.

What's your best advice for aspiring writers wanting to be published?

Read a lot, write a lot. Don’t compare your experience to others’ as it really is apples and oranges, even with the same agent or publishing house. Write for yourself first. Sorry, I guess that’s a mishmash of many pieces of advice.

Thanks so much for the awesome interview, Denise! And thanks for letting me participate in the LOSING FAITH online book launch party!! For more information about Denise, please check out her WEBSITE & BLOG.

LOSING FAITH Signed Book Giveaway & Grand Prize Entry Details:
1) Comment below for a chance to win a signed copy of LOSING FAITH.
2) Your comment will also enter you in the drawing to win one of Denise's grand prize packages (for full details on the grand prize giveaways and links to the other blog tour stops, go to Denise's blog).
3) You will receive an extra entry to win the signed copy of LOSING FAITH with each online shout-out you give about this giveaway and/or Denise's blog tour (tweet on twitter, facebook status, and/or blog about it). Be sure to leave links to your shout-out(s) in the comment section of this post.

*Sorry, this giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only*

The winner of the signed copy of LOSING FAITH will be randomly selected and announced on September 15th here on my blog. Good luck!

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Blogger Kari (Flamingo1325) said...

Woohoo! Congrats Denise on the release.... and thank you both for the chance to win!


Its also on the sidebar of mah blog:


September 9, 2010 at 9:15 AM  
Blogger Jessi E. said...

That's awesome that her blog is being released! I'll have to check it out... I already really want to read Losing Faith.

I tweeted this -

jlelliott08 AT gmail DOT com

September 9, 2010 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Lena said...

Great interview. I keep hearing amazing things about Losing Faith. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

I retweeted you. Here's the original link: (Twitter name: @Lena1xoxo)



September 9, 2010 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger danya said...

It is sometimes frustrating when the cover contains something that seems to have little to do with the book - so it's great that Denise added in a little bit about the butterflies! I do like the creative idea of the transformation from flowers to butterflies.

A Tapestry of Words

September 9, 2010 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Minamostaza said...

I love the butterflies in the cover, as they go dark I think it pretty much implies in the tittle too.

To lose someone is hard, but with time and people who cared about you one eventually recovers.

Thanks for sharing this with us, Denise. :)

September 9, 2010 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger Denise Jaden said...

Thanks so much for dropping by and commenting with such kind words, everyone! And thanks Amy for hosting me here!

September 9, 2010 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I love how Denise went back and added a scene with some butterflies to tie in with the cover. I'll be looking for those butterflies when I read it now. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!



September 9, 2010 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Shari Green said...

I love stories with hopefulness that manages to emerge and shine out in the midst of despair or difficulties. :)

September 9, 2010 at 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Ingrid Sundberg said...

I want to win a copy of Loosing Faith! Here's my tweet and profile:

Tweet: You know you want to win a copy of @denisejaden's book Loosing Faith! Read interview and enter here:


September 9, 2010 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

That is such a touching story about what inspired you to write this book! I can hardly wait to read it! I'm tweeting about both LOSING FAITH and the contest!

September 9, 2010 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

I think it's really interesting that Denise went back later and added the butterflies to go with the cover- which is so gorgeous!

September 9, 2010 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Edna said...

It does look very white but I do like the simplicity of the cover. It's neat that you included some butterflies to reflect a little on the cover. I'll definitely look out for that when I read it. :)

September 9, 2010 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger Jenny N. said...

Nice interview, I always wanted to know the significance of the butterflies on the cover.



September 10, 2010 at 1:20 AM  
Blogger Claire Dawn said...

I lvoe the advice mishmash!

I just gave this away on my blog, but I don't have my own copy yet :)

September 10, 2010 at 2:52 AM  
Anonymous Lasha said...

wow i would love to read this book, this cover of the book looks so pretty and I read the summary. what a cool book!

September 10, 2010 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

Congrats Denise on your release! Her book looks amazing. Can't wait to read it!

dragonzgoil at gmail dot com

September 11, 2010 at 11:08 PM  
Blogger Moridin said...

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September 13, 2010 at 5:57 PM  
Blogger donnas said...

Congrats on the release!! Really sounds like a great book.

tweeted -

bacchus76 at myself dot com

September 13, 2010 at 11:33 PM  
Blogger TerryLynnJohnson said...

great interview both of you! And huge congrats for the release!


September 14, 2010 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger Angela Ackerman said...

I got to touch this book last night--a friend just bought a copy! So excited for Denise and can't wait to read!

Tweeted! @angelaackerman

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

September 15, 2010 at 12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Im excited!

September 15, 2010 at 7:16 PM  

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