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Saturday, February 4, 2012

An interview with Heather Burch + Halflings Giveaway!

And Dystopian Domination continues! What? You think we're finished? No! We're far from over! Oh, and check back tomorrow as we reveal the winners for Part 1 of DD2!

Today we have debut author Heather Burch sharing a little bit about her Angel themed novel, Halflings! Want to read about a bunch of teenage Angels with a constant need to feel the breath of life? Then this book is for you!

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What or who inspired you to write Halflings?

Several things inspired me to write Halflings. My two sons were a big factor. They are polar opposites (much like Mace and Raven) and I find it compelling to watch the two handle situations so differently. I guess a part of me wanted to explore that dynamic. One of my boys is a musician, the other is an athlete. Yeah, you can imagine the wars.

Can you tell us something about your main character, Nikki?

She’s a spitfire. Even though she’s a tough girl, she’s really uncertain about the world and her place in it. She doesn’t really feel like she fits … of course, the reader pretty quickly learns that she doesn’t fit into THIS world. But the Halflings introduce her to another world, one she may not want to fit into, but one she inevitably does.

What are the themes tackled in your novel?

The Halflings books are really about sacrifice. Being willing to lay down your life for someone else. I didn’t choose this as a theme. But the subject matter demands it. The Lost Boys are sacrificing for Nikki. Will, the heavenly angel sacrifices for the sake of the Lost Boys. Even Bo, Nikki’s dog makes a supreme sacrifice to protect her from hell hounds. As the stories unfold, Nikki must make some pretty tough decisions—these lead to several sacrificial situations. It’s also about that unstoppable energy—pure love. By the end of book three, readers will have taken a journey that ultimately demonstrates the power and the relentless force of true love.

What is the best thing someone said about your novel?

I’ve had several people tell me they read it in one sitting. That’s golden. I’ve had books I’ve read in one chunk and they are magic when you find them. To me, that’s been the ultimate compliment.

Did you ever base any of your characters on real persons?

The only character that isn’t a compilation of several people I know is Crash. You won’t meet him until book three, but he is based on a young man that was in school with my husband. Crash has earned his name, and when you get to that book, you’ll understand why! He makes me smile every time I think of him!

Can you give us one line from your novel that you find important, striking or unforgettable?


“Raven,” Nikki whispered, tilting closer. “Thanks for teaching me how to destroy you.”


That was the funnest scene to write! In fact, before I began book two, I kept saying to myself, “I have to find a way to incorporate more scenes like the one in the woods where Raven is teaching Nikki how to fight supernatural enemies. So far, it’s been a fan favorite as well.”


I laughed out loud when I've read that line! Definitely unforgettable. The best part is, this is only the first book in a trilogy! Thanks Heather for letting us host you on our blog today!

Halflings by Heather Burch
Add Halflings to your Goodreads list!

After being inexplicably targeted by an evil intent on harming her at any cost, seventeen-year-old Nikki finds herself under the watchful guardianship of three mysterious young men who call themselves halflings. Sworn to defend her, misfits Mace, Raven, and Vine battle to keep Nikki safe while hiding their deepest secret—and the wings that come with.

A growing attraction between Nikki and two of her protectors presents a whole other danger. While she risks a broken heart, Mace and Raven could lose everything, including their souls. As the mysteries behind the boys’ powers, as well as her role in a scientist’s dark plan, unfold, Nikki is faced with choices that will affect the future of an entire race of heavenly beings, as well as the precarious equilibrium of the earthly world.

Halflings came out Feb 1st and is published by Zondervan.
Buy a copy from Amazon or The Book Depository!

You know what comes afterwards, right?


The contest is Open to EVERYONE! Here's your chance to read about three (or is it four?) mischievous Angels who's got a knack for saving people and pissing off each other every single time.

Fill out the form below and answer this question:

The guys in Halflings crave for The Breath of Life. What is the one thing you constantly crave for and/or can't live without?

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Goodluck everyone!


  1. Apart from the obvious (books) I'd say PIZZA!!!

  2. Stouffers frozen mac n cheese. Seriously, I'm in love with the stuff. I just got two big family sized trays last night.yummmmmm!

  3. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    I constantly crave for chocolate and ice cream :D

    Best regards, Diana


  4. I crave Coca-Cola (its my only vice), and I can't live without my iPod.

  5. Besides books, I would say I am always craving cookies! lol Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  6. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I'm always craving books and the ability to fly! (kidding about the latter)

  7. Cheese :) I love sweets and cookies too, but I can live without them!

  8. Hmm, I am always craving my laptop (A) can't seem to survive a few hours without it. And Battery. The energy drink ;)
    Thank you for this awesome giveaway. <3 This book seems so good :D

  9. Milkshakes!!

  10. I'm always craving junk food. Which is a really bad thing.

  11. I always crave chocolate or some type of sugar. Makes it really hard to diet!!

  12. Books - so I can read. I also like to have Pizza with hot banana peppers and onions!!!

  13. I can't live without tea and chocolate and a good book. Thank you for the interview and giveaway! :D

  14. Chocolate, books, lipgloss :)
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway!

  15. Sunflower seeds and of course books!

  16. Fresh fruit: there is nothing like it.


  17. Aside from books, chocolates :)

  18. tHANKYOU FOR this giveaway.
    and mine would be coca cola... :D

  19. Thanks for the chance.
    I constantly crave for sweets!

  20. I'm a sucker for sweets but I have to watch how much I allow myself. I also love seafood, that's healthier. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  21. Books or Sushi!! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  22. Music. If music wasn't in my life, it would be very boring.

  23. Definitely books! But then again, PIZZA IS A CLOSE SECOND!

  24. What is the one thing I constantly crave for and/or can't live without?

    Besides O2, I would have to say books and coffee and tea.

  25. Now, this is a really tough question: I can't live without a lot of things!
    But, to choose some really important ones for me: headbands, books, music and LOVE.

  26. Aside from books, I can't live without a computer plus the internet. :D

  27. Chips! I love chips! I could eat them every day, which is why I almost never have them in my house.

  28. paper and a pen. I can´t live without them

  29. Hmm I just generally crave for food! Any junk food really haha!

  30. Its hard to pick just one thing, chocolate, books and Glee are all up there!

  31. Books and also coffee!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  32. Besides my books, probably the INTERNET! I'm so addictted right now, it's becoming very unhealthy :S

  33. A good book and candies :D And internet!

  34. I can´t live withnout my dogs, my family and my friends, my books and my beautiful notebook (and this point sucks I know)

  35. Honest but embarrassing answer: Coke.

  36. I crave my mother's cooking. ;)

    But one thing I can't live without... if somebody took away my ability to learn/speak foreign languages, it would be devastating for me. I'm a languages freak!

  37. Apart from books... Free time and space to be my self :)

  38. Coke, chocolates and a good book! :)

  39. Hmm...I'm going to have to go with Diet Pepsi. Lol.

  40. Coffee and a good book=D
    Lethea B
    Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

  41. The one thing I constantly crave for? That would be, um, stories. Books preferably, but definitely stories.

  42. I always crave chocolate or cakes. :)

  43. Besides books, I need music. I listen to it all the time and I am always humming or singing to myself.

    the imagine tree at aol dot com


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