Riven Blog Tour: Guest Post & #Giveaway #RIVENDAY

Welcome to a tour stop for the Riven blog tour! Riven is the third book in a series from author Alivia Anders! Check out this awesome guest posst from Alivia Anders and the giveaway below!
2012 has probably been both the best and worst year of my short, fresh 21-year-old life.
Here we are, merely days from DECEMBER, and to sum up the events of the last 11 months would be hard. As both an author and person, I have seen supreme highs and devastating lows, unexplained stretches of gratitude and acts of plagiarism that continue to haunt me. But you know what?
I wouldn't trade it for the world.
When January 7th, 2012 came into clear view early this year, I was a wild, nervous wreck. My research of the indie and self-published world was solid, but that didn't mean I wasn't riding with a saddlebag of fear along the way. Illumine was fresh out of the gate, unveiled to the masses I had yet to meet, and while I understood what needed to be done to get it into the hands of readers, I had still been vastly unsure of how exactly to do that without looking like every other author out there. It was through some random chance encounters, both online and offline, that shot Illumine into various reader pools, and ultimately started to open a few doors in a long line of potential hope.
Fast forward to July 7th, 2012. This time, I'm prepared; Obumbrate had been written in advance, prepped and tested, advance reviews and ARCs, the works. The magic that sparked a drive within me to keep pursuing my dream flared to life. In some ways, I felt like Essallie; fire budding in my chest, ready to expel from my hands with a single thought. Those first few doors that unlocked and opened to me now have opened so many more, leaving me with a stretch of new friends and authors, bloggers and more.
Now here we are, dancing in a tour for Riven, and its release date of December 7th. And I can say with a strong, powerful certainty that with each book I write, the drive to keep writing only grows stronger. There isn't enough hours in the day to write everything that buzzes in my head, isn't enough paper to keep down the oddball notes I jot when an idea hits. On average, I carry 2-3 notebooks, all filled with writings, and add to them as a new idea hits, building and snowballing them until a full story forms with perfect clarity.
My hope with Riven is that you will laugh, you will cry, and you'll see why everything I have set-out in Illumine and Obumbrate was left untouched and hanging in the wind. Writing Riven played on my own heart, more than anything I have written to date, and my hope is that it will do that for you, too.

Captured, imprisoned, and left to burn.
You know what they say- where there's smoke there's fire...

For the last two weeks, Essallie Hanley has been a prisoner, in more ways than one. Held hostage by the Queen, she is forced to endure the mind-numbing pain tearing her body- and soul -apart, killing her with every tick of the clock. It seems all hope is lost, until one chance moment gives Essallie a name, Rinae Decante, the final person needed for the Queen to unveil her master plan to end Essallie. Armed with this name, and with the help of Ari and Kayden, Essallie breaks free from her captivity and launches in a search for this mystery girl.

But their search doesn't go as smoothly as planned, and the three soon find themselves fighting against an impenetrable course of fate aimed to destroy them all from the inside out. When Essallie falls victim to her altering soul, they all begin to wonder of there's any chance at all to save themselves from the burning effects of their actions.

Love, lies, and betrayal.
No one is safe from the undoing of secrets surrounding Essallie.
Riven will be available to buy on the 7th December!
Why not check out the other books in the series?
Illumine by Alivia Anders (Book 1)
For the past five months Essallie Hanley has been trying to forget about the frightening murder of her boyfriend. Haunted by vivid nightmares and hallucinations of the event she does anything she can to pretend she's like every other normal girl in High School.

Only Essallie is far from normal. Able to conjure blue fire and a shimmering silhouette of wings from her body, she seeks the only known solace left to her name; her first home in Belfast, Maine.

But she soon realizes that her return home is only the beginning of a long and twisted road taking her as far from her humanity as possible, with Kayden, the demon originally summoned to slaughter her, leading the way. Unable to touch her but oddly curious, he joins Essallie in her search to find out just what she is. But neither of them were prepared for the secrets they've begun to unravel, secrets that will change Essallie and everyone around her forever.
Obumbrate by Alivia Anders (Book 2)
Essallie Hanley just wishes her life could go back to normal. But what's normal when you carry the burden of knowing you're a half-angel created for war, that the only person who can help you is a demon still waiting to kill you, and that your only chance for salvation lied in a boy who died in front of you?

If Essallie had turned her back on everything she'd learned, she could have made the most of her fractured life. That is, until Kayden told her that she's a ticking time-bomb; that at any given moment her blood could betray her, her veins burning her alive from the inside out until nothing but ash remains.

Desperate to find answers, and possibly find her only chance for survival, Essallie heads back for New York City, back to the place where it all began. With every answer comes a price, and with every price the risks and rewards become greater. But when Essallie soon finds herself the target of an unknown hunter determined to kill her, she's at wits' end. That is, until a fellow Nephilim named Ari steps in. But is Ari a piece of the puzzle to her salvation, or the promise of her demise?
About the author:

Alivia Anders was thirteen when she fell headfirst into the world of internet fanfic and RPG-forum board sites that showed her the 'back door' into the world of writing. Four years and many hours spent glued to a computer screen later she found her true calling in writing.

Alivia currently lives with her family in her hometown of Coopersburg, PA. She frequently admits that if she wasn't so intolerant to dairy she'd live at her local ice cream shop called The Inside Scoop.
You can say hi to Alivia on her Facebook Fan Page- http://facebook.com/aliviaanders

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RIVEN Official Blog Tour + RELEASE DAY PARTY Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/381073831961610/406625919406401

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The Illumine Series Official Website: http://www.theillumineseries.com/


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  1. Love illumine series!! I'm reading second one right now!! CAN'T WAIT FOR THE THIrd!

  2. This was an amazing guest-post! As someone who writes and is going the self publishing route Alivia is such an inspiration! I had a lot of fun reading this and found it really inspiring. I can't wait to read Riven!

    Alivia thanks for being so inspiring and for writing such unique and interesting stories! I can't wait to see the heights you'll climb!

    And thank you Reading Away the Days for supporting Alivia and so many other authors!

    Y'all both rock!!

    1. Thank for your comment. It is my pleasure to help authors out :)