The Keeper Blog Tour: Author Interview & Giveaway

*Note: This post is also part of my Friday Feature post*

Welcome to the last stop on The Keeper blog tour! Today, January 6th, offically sees the release of The Keeper by Natalie Star! *cheers* Natalie has kindly given me an awesome interview & an even more awesome giveaway but first of I want to thank the bloggers who have particapted in the blog tour this week.

Make sure you head over and check out their posts from The Keeper Tour and also enter the awesome giveaways!

Natalie's Interview:

Hello, Megan! First let me thank you for everything you’ve done. Thank you so much for this interview and for organizing my blog tour this past week. You’re amazing! If there’s a YA debut author reading this, you need to contact Megan! She will hook you up.

A little about Natalie:

I’m the mother of two children - a teenage daughter and a preteen son. That’s a whole lot of hormones going on right there. Never a dull moment in our house. My loving husband and I have been married for over twenty years. Writing was not something I planned on doing. It just sort of happened. I did it to see if I could - A personal challenge. After writing the first few chapters I thought they sounded pretty good. I sent them to my friend’s son who’s in high school and asked him what he thought. He told me it was really good, and that I had to keep writing so he could find out what happens. I continued to send him more of the story, and he told me I should try to get published somehow. I laughed it off, but he said that someone would be crazy not to offer me a contract. I think I submitted the manuscript for the both of us. If it wasn’t for him, The Keeper wouldn’t be a reality today.

Can you tell us a little about you debut novel, The Keeper?

The Keeper is told from the POV of a sixteen year old girl named Billie. She’s a no nonsense kind of girl who will tell it like it is. Billie isn’t popular in the sense that she has a lot of friends. In fact, she only has a few really close friends, and she’s content with that

The Keeper book blurb:
The morning of her sixteenth birthday, Billie feels blessed despite the reoccurring nightmare that wakes her. Loving parents, a caring boyfriend, and great friends surround her until an heirloom necklace throws her into a world she never imagined.
“Gifted” with supernatural powers and an unexpected destiny as the Keeper, Billie and a mysterious boy from her past must work together to find answers. But, as they begin to discover feelings for one another, he disappears leaving her to fight evil alone. Her life spirals out of control. She breaks up with her boyfriend, Tony, and alienates her best friends Arianna and Jocelyn to protect them from the truth.
As dark forces pursue her, Billie longs to run away from it all, yet a need to do what's right compels her to face the future as the keeper of more than her own forture.

How does it feel to be releasing your first novel?

Wow. How does it feel? Surreal. Exciting. Scary. I’m honestly a bundle of nerves right now. I have butterflies in my tummy.

The cover for The Keeper is beautiful. Who designed it and did you have much say in the designing process?

One of the many cool things about signing with Decadent Publishing is that they have graphic artists on hand. I’m thankful I didn’t have to design my own. I received a questionnaire asking me for my input on the cover, and Fiona Jayde did a fabulous job with the info I provided. I’ve received many compliments.   

The Keeper is YA urban fantasy/paranormal romance is this a genre you like to read yourself?

Young adult, urban fantasy/paranormal romances are my absolute favorite to read. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, and Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine I can read over and over. I have a soft spot for the vampires, but Maggie Stiefvater’s reads top my list too.

Is The Keeper a stand alone novel or the first in a series?

Originally it was going to be a stand alone, but then the characters spoke to me and told me I wasn’t done. They actually nagged me about it until I outlined the next story. I’m about two-thirds of the way done with that novel. My goal is to submit it in March. So we will see.  

What do you hope to acheive this year with regards to your writing?

 If the above mentioned novel goes well, I have a third and final story in me for that world of characters. I would also love to complete the novel I started for National Novel Writing Month. I never got to finish it due to personal deadlines for The Keeper.   I look forward to 2012 and I hope everyone has a happy new year!

Why should we read The Keeper?

Why shouldn’t you?  Come escape everyday life, and explore a new world. It’ll be fun! J

The Keeper is released today and can be purchased on Decandant, &

Follow Natalie:

Twitter: @iamjustnatalie

Natalie has kindly offered an awesome giveaway to one of my readers! One lucky reader can win an Ebook of The Keeper, some signed swag & a $10 Amazon Giftcard! And yes, its INTERNATIONAL as long as you can use the Amazon Giftcard!

To Enter:
*You must be a GFC of my blog (Please leave GFC name)
*Please leave email address so I can contact you if you win

Extra Entries:
+1 Follow Natalie on twitter: @iamjustnatalie (Please leave twitter follower name)
+2 Spread the word about The Keeper on Twitter or Facebook (Leave link below)

-Giveaway is open to anyone 13+
-Giveaway is International
-Giveaway is sponsered by Natalie Star
-Giveaway ends 23rd January 2012


  1. Great give-a-way and interview :)
    GFC follower: Dawn Hagan

  2. Sounds like a good read...

    GFC- Emma J
    giganticgreengrapes [at] gmail [dot] com

    Following Natelie & tweetied Reading away the days!: The Keeper Blog Tour: Author Interview & Giveaway

  3. (GFC) Krista
    kristacandle3 at yahoo dot com

    + I follow IAmJustNatalie on Twitter (kristacandle3)

  4. Reading now. Gfc plt52038,, following Natalie on twitter and FB, plus I tweeted and posted to FB about the book and when I bought the book.

  5. Thank you for the awesome chance to win! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson

  6. Thanks for the giveaway!
    GFC: Charissa Jackson
    I follow on twitter under the same name.



  7. It sounds like a very interesting world you have created with THE KEEPER. I wish you success.

    GFC: Mary Preston


  8. Oh, seems like an great book :D Would love to win it :) <3 Thank you both for this awesome giveaway :D
    Follow on GFC as Carina Olsen.
    Love, Carina ~

  9. Hi thanks for this international GA :) I'd really love to win this e-book ^^
    GFC follower: I love books
    email: ilovebooksblog(at)gmail(dot)com

    twitter: eff_bi

  10. I would love to win a copy of this book!! Thanks for the giveaway:)

    GFC: Julie Witt
    Twitter: @jwitt33

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  11. Thanks for the chance to win. gfc: Julianne
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  12. Looks like an awesome book! I hope I can get my hands on it!!
    GFC: LovesBooks96
    And I follow Natalie on Twitter as LovesBooks96

  13. Thanks for the giveaway, looks like a great book!
    Follow on twitter:@nikkipickles45

  14. Thank you for the giveaway! It seems great book.
    GFC follower as Diana
    Twitter: @artdem83

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  15. I like that the POV is told from a sixteen year old for the story line because there's lots of room for character development.

    GFC: Na

  16. Thanks for the giveaway! Gifted sounds interesting, and I'm totally a VA fan too.

    GFC - JessS

  17. Thanks you for the giveaway
    I am a GFC follower-nayjf
    I follow Natalie on Twitter-@Antane_A

    nayjf at yahoo dot com

  18. What an awesome giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.

    GFC: Kathy Merkel
    Twitter: @drainbamagedgyz

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at

  19. I would like to say a special "thank you" to Megan for the awesome blog tour and interviewing me! You rock lady! :)

    And thanks to everyone who stopped by and left wonderful comments.

    The Keeper is now available from Decadent Publishing, Amazon and other ebook stores.

  20. Oh, and Mary P is our winner!

    Mary, I've sent you an email :)

    Thanks again everyone!