Monday, August 29, 2011

Jana Oliver, author of Soul Thief, Character Interview & Giveaway!

Today, I have a really fun interview for you. Ms. Jana Oliver has been kind enough to lend her characters Beck and Riley so that they can answer a few questions.

The twist? They'll be answering questions about each other! I'm just so in love with this interview and the answers, I can't even tell you. Get ready to get to know these two characters a whole lot better by the end of the is post!

So just to make sure you get it, I'll be asking easy type questions and Beck will be answering what he thinks Riley would choose and Riley will be answering for Beck. Let the games begin!

1) Summer, winter, fall or spring?

Riley: I’m guessing Beck would say fall. Guys like autumn, right? I mean there’s football and all that. ::winces:: Does that sound sexist?

Beck: Spring. It’s got all those flowers and things so I figure she’d like that.

2) Chocolate, vanilla or strawberry?

Riley: No way on the chocolate. He hates it. I’m thinking he’ll go for vanilla. He’s kind of plain, you know? Strawberry would be really radical for Beck.

Beck: Chocolate. She loves the stuff. I just don’t get it.

3) Dog or cat?

Riley: You know, I’m not sure. He seemed okay with my neighbor’s cat, but who knows? No, I think he’d like a dog better. They’re loyal and don’t think they’re smarter than you are. A cat would just give Beck a hard time.

Beck: Cat. She’s got a thing for them.

4) Recorded or live?

Riley: Beck has this thing for CD’s so I’m guessing recorded.

Beck: I’m not sure. She’s been to some concerts so I’m goin’ to guess live.

5) Black, white or grey?

Riley: Beck’s got a lot of grey to him. I think I’ve figured him out and then he changes on me.

Beck: She’s grey. There’s not black and white with that girl. No way.

6) Sunrise or sunset?

Riley: He seems like a sunset kinda guy. You know, the “thank God I’ve lived through another day” kind.

Beck: I’m bettin’ she likes the sunrise. Promise of a new day and all that nonsense.

7) Pen or pencil?

Riley: Pencil and I can’t tell you why or he’ll get mad at me

Beck: Riley would use a pen. Once it’s on paper, it’s there for life.

8) Read minds or fly?

Riley: He just goes with his gut and most of the time he’s right. How does he do that?

Beck: She reads minds. I swear it.

9) Coffee or hot chocolate?

Riley: He drinks coffee like it was actually good. Remember I said he hates chocolate?

Beck: I’ve never seen her drink coffee. It’s always that disgustin’ hot chocolate.

10) Being alone or being stuck with someone you hate?

Riley: Ouch, that’s a little bit close to home, isn’t it? Beck would rather be alone. He’s got LONER stamped on his forehead and the letters glow in the dark.

Beck: Alone. She’s a lot like me in that. When things are buggin’ her she heads off on her own to work things out in her head.

11) Book smart or street smart?

Riley: Beck is totally street smart. I wish I could be like that sometimes

Beck: She’s book smart. Man, I wish I was.

12) Love, money or fame?

Riley: Beck’s not into fame. In fact, if someone offered to make him famous he’d run the other way. Money is important to him, but I’m not sure if it’s that big of a thing. He’s happy with the simple stuff so I think that maybe deep down he’d pick love.

Beck: Fame? She doesn’t want that, not with all the crap she’s had to put up with the Guild. I think if she had to choose, she’d go for love.

13) Now or then?

Riley: Beck is way more patient than I am so he’s a “then” kind of dude.

Beck: Riley is a “now” kind of girl. Once she decides she wants something, nothin’ is gonna stand in her way.

14) All or nothing?

Riley: Beck wants it all. I respect that.

Beck: She’s totally “all”. “Nothin’” isn’t her kind of thing.

15) What would the other look for in a relationship?

Riley: Someone who would treat him with respect, who wouldn’t cheat on him. Who would be there during the good and the bad. I don’t think he’s found a girl like that yet.

Beck: Riley needs someone who can keep up with her, who understands just how amazin’ she is and doesn’t try to put her down. Not speakin’ ill of her old boyfriends, but they sucked at that.

16) What is the other's biggest fear?

Riley: That someone might see behind all those defensive walls he’s built. See what he’s really like. That scares him big time.

Beck: Riley is worried about not bein’ taken seriously. But I don’t think that’s her biggest fear. I think it’s that she might never find real love. ::shrugs:: Guess we’re all like that.

17) What one quality do you admire about the other?

Riley: He’s totally fearless, even when he can’t possibly win. He throws himself into situations that scare me to death. I know that no matter if we’re not getting along, he’s got my back. That’s awesome, you know?

Beck: She never backs down. Sometimes it would be smarter if she did, but Riley isn’t built that way. You diss her and yer in big trouble. Ya tell her not to do somethin’ and yer wastin’ yer breath. She’s fierce and I respect that.

Didn't you just love that? Seriously, we got some incredible insight into what these characters think about each other and a little bit about what they think about themselves. Thanks so much to Jana Oliver for taking the time to lend out her characters and agreeing to do this interview.

All yous guys, you need to march your bottoms on out and grab yourselves a copy of Soul Thief! It's amazing. How about I help you out with that though? Fill out the form to enter an ARC of Soul Thief.


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  • Giveaway closes 9/12

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  1. HEard good things abt this book

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  2. I love Beck & Riley! Seems they have each other figured out.

  3. How in the world can Beck NOT like chocolate? What? That's just... it's just... sad! Chocolate is amaaaazing.

    Thanks for the giveaway! This interview was so much fun to read, oh my word. :)

  4. I own the first one, but I've only read the first chapter! Gonna finish it someday :P

  5. Thanks for the interview! I just simply love Beck & Riley. I cannot wait to get my e-book of Soul Thief!

    I love this series. <3

  6. I absolutely fell in love with Beck in the first one. I cannot wait to see how things progress in the next installment.

  7. Wow, now I really want to read more about these characters! Thank you so much for sharing!

  8. I loved the way this interview was done, super cute.

  9. I do love the twist on the interview!

  10. I've heard great things about DEMON TRAPPER'S DAUGHTER. I haven't had the opportunity to read it yet, but I can't wait to . Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. I keep wanting to read these books. I see them all the time but haven't been able to get to them. They sound really good.


  12. He hates chocolate- oh well, that would mean that you wouldn't have to share. LOL

  13. I love these types of interviews because it really gives insight into the characters personalities and sometimes even explains why they may act a certain way. It never ceases to fascinate me how real each of these characters are to their author and how they understand each little nuance of their personality and mannerisms. Thanks for the chance to win Soul Thief

  14. Aw, that was awesome! I'm intrigued by why Riley said pencil about Beck now...very intrigued :P. And how can someone not like chocolate?! Thanks so much for this - love both Riley and Beck :).

  15. What a great interview! You have to love Beck - he really gets Riley.

  16. I really enjoyed the first book in this series & cannot wait to read Soul Thief!! :D Beck & Riley = <3. Hilariously cute interview!

  17. This was great! They seemed to know each other so well. :) (I'm totally rooting for Riley/Beck! hehe) I cannot wait to read Soul Thief. :D
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. awesome interview and thank you for the contest!!

  19. That was really fun. Now, I'd like to know the story behind the pencil. Haha.

    Thanks for the giveaway! :-)

  20. I've heard good things about this book. Thanks!

  21. Love the interview! Thanks for the contest!!

  22. Wow. Look at all you folks!

    Beck's use of pencils: One of his secrets is revealed in SOUL THIEF during a very poignant scene involving BBQ and some legal forms. I know that sounds weird, but you'll see even deeper into his life after that moment.

  23. I just purchased The Demon Trapper's Daughter! I really have to read it!!

  24. Great character interview, this book is on my list to read. Thanks.

    areeths @ new DOT rr DOT com

  25. I can't wait to read this!!!! I loved the first book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  26. Seems like they understand each other well in some ways, but maybe don't know as much as they think they do. I'd love to read the books and see how much they really know about each other.

    Jennelle S

  27. I absolutely love Riley and Beck! Can't wait for them to realize that they are exactly what each other need. When they Finally get Together, it will be EPIC!!!! Thanks For the Giveaway =D

  28. I'm TOTALLY like Riley - all book smart right here. My nephew always makes fun of me because I'm not "street" smart. Whatev. ;)

  29. Great interview. I am looking forward to reading more.

  30. Love how most of their answers were total opposites of each other. So them.

  31. I enjoyed the first book so much! Beck is really something and his banter with Riley are love. Haha! :D I do hope there's more of them together. *wink*

  32. @Momo - Book smart works really well, especially when paired with street smart. Then LOOK OUT!

  33. So cute! It's like the newlyweds game :)

  34. I have really been wanting to read these books. I love the color scheme the cover has going. Plus, I have been on a demon kick lately.

  35. Ohhhh myyyy goshhhh. All I did was read this interview and im hooked!!! I want this book. real bad. The characters sound awesome and love their answers for each other :)

  36. Really fun interview. I love how Beck and Riley are so alike but so different at the same time. I can't wait to see the direction their story heads.

  37. That is such an awesome interview idea! I am even more intrigued, thanks for the giveaway!

  38. I love this interview! Thanks for having it! :D

    Thanks also for the giveaway.

  39. I just remembered how much I love this series! Anybody else team Beck??

  40. Thanks for the great giveaway I can't wait to read Soul Thief, I want more Beck!

  41. Thank you for adding the opportunity to win a copy of the first book in the series to the giveaway!

  42. Thank you so much for this giveaway! You just keep proving how amazingly awesome you are!

  43. great interview! thanks so much for this chance to win :)


  44. Oh heavens! I almost spilled my coffee when I saw how many comments and entries there! You've made my day, folks. Thanks for hosting this, Amber! You seriously rock, my dear.

  45. Intriguing. They seem to get each other. Future love interests?

  46. Thanks for the giveaway!! Great interview!!

  47. Thanks for having this give away! I love Jana Oliver's books!

  48. Thanks so much these seem like must reads!

  49. Awesome thanks for the giveaway!! Love the blog!! Bella;))))

  50. Thank you so much for hosting the contest. I'm am totally thrilled with all the folks who entered. Congratulations to the winners!!!


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