Q&A with YA Author Jana Oliver and Giveaway of FORGIVEN

Today, I’m happy to welcome to Preternatura Jana Oliver, whose YA urban fantasy Demon Trappers series is set in 2018 Atlanta. The third book in the series, Forgiven, will be released March 27. I love this series, although it does make me do bad impressions from the movie version of Gone With the Wind (Demons in Atlanta? Why, how did they evah get in? Oh, never mind.)
ABOUT FORGIVEN:  The days are growing darker for 17-year-old demon trapper Riley Blackthorne. With her father’s reanimated body back safely, Beck barely speaking to her because of a certain hunky Fallen angel, and a freshly-made deal with Lucifer, she has enough on her hands to last a normal teenage lifetime. Though she bargained with Heaven to save his life, her ex-boyfriend Simon has told the Vatican’s Demon Hunters that she’s working with Hell. So now she’s in hiding, at the top of everyone’s most-wanted list. But it’s becoming clear that this is bigger than Riley, and rapidly getting out of control:  something sinister is happening in Atlanta… or someone. The demons are working together for the first time ever and refusing to die, putting civilians in harm’s way. Riley thinks she might know who’s behind it all, but who’s going to believe her? Caught between her bargain with Heaven and her promise to Lucifer, Riley fears the final war is coming – and it may be closer than anyone thinks…


Now, let’s hear from Jana!

Give us the “elevator pitch” for the Demon Trappers series.

Riley Blackthorne just wants to be a demon trapper like her dad. Unfortunately, Hell thinks this is a *very* good idea.

What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?

Ashes of Twilight by Kassy Tayler. It’s not published yet but I got a sneak peek.

Favorite book when you were a child:

The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Followed by C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia

Your five favorite authors:

Terry Pratchett, Anne Perry, Rick Riordan, Ilona Andrews and Elizabeth May (a newcomer whose first book will be published in 2013)

Book you’ve faked reading:

Twilight — just not my kind of book.

Book you’re an evangelist for:

Good Omens (Terry Pratchett  and Neil Gaiman). It’s about an angel and a demon’s efforts to prevent Armageddon told in the authors’ unique and always tongue-in-cheek style. Think Monty Python does the End of the World.

Book you’ve bought for the cover:

Nevermore by Harold Schechter  the raven  and the bricks on the cover was so cool. (left)
Book that changed your life:

There hasn’t been just one, but a series of them. Lord of the Rings taught me that heroes are found in many shapes and sizes (hobbits). I learned about doomed romance from Romeo and Juliet and joy of life from James Herriott’s All Creatures Great and Small.

Favorite line from a book:

“Change the story, change the world.” Terry Pratchett

Book you most want to read again for the first time:

Anno Dracula – Kim Newman

Most horrifying moment while reading a book:

The second to last page when you realize it’s almost done and you want the story to go on forever.

Favorite book about books or writing:

On Writing (Stephen King)

Also my favorite book on writing. Thanks, Jana! Want to get a copy of Forgiven on release day? Or if you haven’t read this series, want a copy of the first book in the series instead? Leave a comment and tell which book you want. You know the rest of the drill. One entry for comment, another for blog follow, a third for a Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and a fourth for a Tweet or Retweet. Be sure to include your email. Now…Go forth and comment!

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate’s Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man’s Curse) releases April 2016).

34 thoughts on “Q&A with YA Author Jana Oliver and Giveaway of FORGIVEN

  1. i would like forgiven thanks you a lot, i’ve discovered this serie in a blogoversary event ^^;;

    im really for this questions and answers

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  2. Great interview. One of the ways I know a book is great is when I do get to the end and realize I want it to keep going on. THank you for the chance to read Forgiven.

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  3. I’ve never read this series but I’ve heard awesome things about it! I’d love to win the first book 🙂 Thanks so much for the awesome interview and giveaway!

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  4. I love the first book in the series, still haven’t read the second one yet.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. The first two book in the serie were great!!! I can’t wait to see what happen in Forgiven. Maybe I’ll be lucky and win it!!!!

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  6. I would like a copy of Forgiven.
    I follow the blog.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
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  7. I have not had the chance to read this series yet. I would love to in the first book in the series. This sounds great. I follow by GFC and email.

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  8. Nice interview, I enjoyed reading it. Question, this is the series, where the UK books have a different title than the US books, correct?

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  9. Thanks for pointing that out, Aurian–I wasn’t aware of it, but it looks like the titles are

    The Demon Trapper’s Daughter (US)–Forsaken (UK, other non-US English-language editions)

    Soul Thief (US)–Forbidden (UK, other non-US English-language editions)

    Forgiven (worldwide)

  10. I’d love to win the 3rd book. I so agree with the horrifying moment when reading a book. Sometimes you just don’t want it to end. If the book is good I’ll just keep reading. It could be for hrs and starving and I won’t put it down 😉 Thank you for the giveaway.
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  11. Can’t wait to read this series. Sounds great.

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  12. Me Me Me!!! 🙂 I would love to win Forgive! Thanks for the chance

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  13. I’d like the first book in the series!

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  14. I fanatically love this series & CANNOT WAIT to get my hands on book 3!! it’s gunna be awesome!! thanks so much for this giveaway!

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