Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Author Interview: INVINCIBLE (Expanded Edition) by Alana Albertson (Blitz Tour & Giveaway)



Title: INVINCIBLE (Trident Code, #1)
Author: Alana Albertson
ISBN: 0062279874
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
Theme(s): Navy SEALS, Sex Slavery
Length: 269 pgs
Re-Release Date: 8th June 2014
Organized by: IndieSage PR
Add It: Goodreads

Synopsis:

I’ll be honest with you—I'm no hero. Sure, the media tries to brand every Navy SEAL as some kind of Batman dressed in cammies. There’s even a line in one of our cadences: “Superman is the man of steel, he ain’t no match for Navy SEAL.” You've seen the movies—we’re indestructible, invincible. But that night, the one you read about in the papers … all I really wanted to do was get laid.

One harmless fuck with a Curaçao whore, no strings attached. I picked her out of a lineup—wild, dark hair, long legs and a crooked smile. After she sucked me off, I relaxed back onto the creaky, cum-stained cot, thankful for the blissful moments she gave me when I actually forgot for a second the faces of my buddies who died because I made the wrong call, the tears of the children I couldn't save, and the eyes of the enemies I slaughtered during their last seconds of life.

But before I left, her hazel eyes peered into my soul. She whispered in a distinct Californian accent, “My name is Annie Hamilton. I'm an American citizen. I was kidnapped from a cruise ship five years ago. You're my last hope. Please save me.”

One desperate plea. This wasn’t a Hollywood blockbuster or a New York Times best-selling thriller. I knew that this time there was no room for excuses, no margin for errors. I had one chance to put the cape on and be her hero.

Author Interview

In Invincible, Patrick is an active Navy SEAL who rescues Annie from sex slavery. What kind of research did you do in order to make these important/heavy themes feel authentic for the reader?

ALANA: For the SEAL research, as I said I dated a Navy SEAL in my 20s. We dated off and on for two years and I spent a lot of time with his buddies- including a former NFL linebacker (some reviewers said that wasn’t plausible but I assure you there are many in the Teams). I really wanted to portray the real men who do this amazing job and the challenges of how their career affects their relationships.

As for the sexual slavery, I’ve read a ton of books about sex trafficking, recovery, and drug addiction. Especially when the women are free, Jaycee Duggard, Elizabeth Smart, the ladies in Ohio. Can they find love again? Can they heal? And don’t they deserve to be happy?


We might as well address the elephant in the room. The 1st edition of Invincible, which was released in March, did not have an overall positive response. In fact, after doing some digging, I noticed that some readers and bloggers were down right nasty in their reviews. Most authors would have hid under a rock or cave into the negativity. But you did the complete opposite, maintaining poise and dignity (hmm, I think your dancing background is shining through!). What have you taken from this experience? Is this what inspired you to revisit Invincible and make changes?

ALANA: Thanks for asking this question—I did want to address this. I put my heart and soul into Invincible – and I would never release a book that I didn’t think was great. The original version Invincible had been edited by my long time editor, Deborah Halverson, author of the upcoming Writing New Adult for Dummies, and had also been beta’d by over a dozen writers and bloggers. All the feedback had been positive, except one beta didn’t connect with the material. So I felt confident that Invincible was a solid book when I released it.

Of course I was devastated, and well shocked, by the reviews. And yes, some were just plain cruel. But I kept coming back to the reviews that were kind, saying we love the blurb, we want this to succeed, please try again. So I did it for the fans. I also thought it would make a great point to the Indie community – that instead of getting angry, try to hold back the emotion, listen to the fair honest constructive criticism and become a better writer. I don’t regret releasing the old version for a second—maybe I could’ve written a slightly better version of the book then, but it would no way be the version that I have written now. All the constructive reviews changed my vision of this book and it’s now so strong and heartfelt and I owe it all to the critical reviews.


Speaking of changes, the new edition of Invincible has gotten a huge face lift, makeover-- you get the point! The book is longer and while the 1st edition only was in Patrick's POV, this new version features Annie's POV as well. Can you talk about some of these additions? What else is different about this new extended edition?

ALANA: It is: 
  • 15000 words longer
  • Has Annie’s POV
  • Changed Rescue scene
  • Changed how Annie returns home to the US
  • Changed Pat’s characterization
  • Changed entire relationship time line
  • Added 3 HUGE twists that change the entire story
  • Added an epilogue

Basically I rewrote the entire book. I tapped into the emotional aspect of the characters, and tried to go deeper into their relationships.

I had originally written Annie’s POV in the first edition – but my editor and I decided to take it out – we felt it was spoiling the readers journey by knowing where Annie was at all times and we wanted it to be about Pat. This was a HUGE mistake. So adding Annie’s voice really helps the connection to the characters that the first edition lacked.


Why should previous reviewers/bloggers give this new version of Invincible a chance? 

ALANA: Well of course I’d be honored and it would mean a lot to me to be given a second chance. But because I really rewrote it with all the changes that were asked for. I tried to make it the book that the blurb deserved. I hired 3 new editors, new betas. I poured my heart and soul into this book. And I think it would show how much power bloggers have to help authors become better writers.


Thank you Mia!

About the Author


Alana Albertson is the former President of both Romance Writers of Americas’s Young Adult and Chick Lit chapters and the founder of Academe Advantage, a college admissions & test preparation company. Alana Albertson holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University. A recovering professional ballroom dancer, Alana currently writes contemporary romance and young adult fiction. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, two young sons, and four dogs. When she’s not spending her time needlepointing, dancing, or saving dogs from high kill shelters through Pugs N Roses, the rescue she founded, she can be found watching episodes of House Hunters, Homeland, or Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.

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15 comments:

  1. Wow, this sounds awesome, I added to my tbr list. Thanks for the giveaway.
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    1. Thanks, Christine! I don't think you will be disappointed! :)

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  2. I've read quite a few SEAL books but none have tackled the sex slave industry before. For that alone, thank you, Ms. Albertson. It's a tough topic and still relatively hush-hush in America, even though it happens at some of our nation's biggest sporting events. Should make for one hell of an awesome story.

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    1. Hi Miriam! First, thank you so much for stopping by. Second, you are so right. That was one of the reasons why I wanted to read this book. I just had a feeling it was going to be honest and the author wasn't going to try sugarcoating the topic. Alana is really awesome and as you can tell from the interview, she takes the topic seriously. I promise you, you will not be disappointed.

      On behalf of Alana, thank you for stopping by and for the kind words!

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  4. No problem, Carolyn! Good luck!

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  5. Great giveaway and looks like a good book :)

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  6. I love an author who knows how to research or just knows a lot about a subject and uses that in their books.

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    1. Me too. Alana did her research and then some. And having the experience of being with a Navy SEAL didn't hurt, either. Thanks again for stopping by, Jen :)

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    2. Me too. Alana did her research and then some. And having the experience of being with a Navy SEAL didn't hurt, either. Thanks again for stopping by, Jen :)

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