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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Echoes of Balance Blog Tour with Cally Ryanne: Interview, & Giveaway

Echoes of Balance 

(The Ways Trilogy #1)  

Cally Ryanne

For Chloe Moraine, fighting wild bears– and the occasional vampire– is a better pastime than the tediousness of keeping the universe in balance. But balancing is the family business. It comes with being one of the last in the ancient line of Naimei.

So when the impending return of the Original Demons threatens global harmony, Chloe is obligated to help. Even when that means the dull-as-dirt task of following a human girl who “might be involved, maybe,” instead of the thrilling hunt she craves.

With their powerful magic and ancient Ways, Chloe’s family is unconcerned, certain they’ll quickly fix the imbalance while she’s preoccupied with human high school. But when the Ways start to fail, the threat becomes more serious, and the only person that seems to know anything is a debonair vampire with an offer to help.

If Chloe chooses to trust him, and the darker side of the supernatural he represents, she’ll betray her family and risk losing them, and herself, in the process. But if he’s right, he may just be their only chance to stop the return of the Originals and save the world.

Maybe high school won’t be so boring after all.

Click HERE for my review.

Author Bio:

Cally Ryanne is a vegetarian, with a serious avocado habit, in search of the perfect leather jacket. She graduated from a Midwestern art school in 2012 with a BFA in Drawing and a minor in Creative Writing, and then proceeded to do exactly what most art students do after graduation – nothing to do with art. She currently teaches math in New York City to a bunch of kids who call her “Miss.” In her spare time (between the day job and the night time superhero persona), she writes, piecing together characters and stories that have been following her around since she was a child. She currently lives in uptown Manhattan with some awesome roommates – including her best friend from middle school – and a cat that can’t keep his tongue in his mouth. Echoes of Balance is her debut novel and the first in The Ways Trilogy, a Young Adult urban fantasy.


I would like to thank author Cally Ryanne for stopping by today to tell us a little about herself and Echoes of Balance.

What is your favorite part of the story, Echoes of Balance? 

Any part with Gregory Ducante. He's this sort of spur of the moment character that I original just wrote in to fill a space in the story, and then I totally fell in love with. He's driven by money - really, just by money - despite being supernatural and powerful in his own right. He's a little old fashion, a little evil, and a little bit of a wild card. I love writing Gregory Ducante.

How long did it take you to write Echoes of Balance?

Maybe about eight months or so? I was in college at the same time, so it had lots of time spent on the back burner gathering some dust between writing sessions. And then once it was finally done, it took a lot of rewrites and tweaks and additions and deletions to get anywhere near 'let's show this to someone else' quality.

Bottom line: it took awhile.

If you could be best friends with one of your characters, who would it be?

Oof, I don't know if I could be best friends with any of my characters! They're all a little emotionally skewed; Chloe has never really had a positive, healthy friendship, Aurelia is too clingy, the rest are a little psychotic or withdrawn... I like enjoying them from afar. :)

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Oh man, I love me some Truman Capote. In Cold Blood? Game changer. Music for Chameleons? Awesome. Breakfast at Tiffany's? Spirit animal. I love the ease of the writing and the careful precision he puts into his descriptions. Highly recommended, especially if you're someone who is like I was in their teen years and chronically stuck in the paranormal YA bubble.

What is your typical day like? 

It's really not that exciting. I have a Monday - Friday career type job, so I'm typically there unless it's a holiday. I generally leave work between 5 and 6, depending on how late I have to stay, then I jet home, shove some food in my mouth, and head to the gym. Workout classes are a phenomenal time to brainstorm or just decompress about life, once you get over that initial 'sweet lord i'm going to die i'm so out of shape' feeling.

Then I head home, take a shower (read: more brainstorming and/or decompressing) and find some time to read, write, or create whatever I need to - after I finish any extra stuff I have to have done by work the next day. I get significantly more writing done on the weekend when my schedule is a little bit more flexible.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?

The whole first chapter is on REUTS.com (http://www.reuts.com/books/echoes-of-balance/) and there are lots of character shorts on my blog (ducanteoriginals.wordpress.com). I also used to lurk around sites like Figment. :)

What book are you reading now?

I just finished The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa and I've moved onto Decoded by Jay-Z (it's ghostwritten by dream hampton - look it up). I like to keep my reading choices multi-faceted; I come back to YA sometimes - because why not - but mostly I've been branching out in my old age.

What do you prefer paperback, hardcover, or ebooks?

Phew, anything but hardcover. I know they look nice, I know they feel nice, but I travel way too much for them to be super useful for me. I used to be very anti-ebook, 'cause I like the feel of paper, until I realize how easy it is to load them up into the kindle app and run around town with them.


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