Blog Tour: Broken City Series by D.D. Chant, spotlight, Interview, giveaway

Broken City   SERIES – Broken City   AUTHOR – D.D. Chant   GENRE – Post Apocalyptic/Dystopia/Romance   PUBLICATION DATE – 2011   LENGTH ...

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Broken City  SERIES – Broken City  AUTHOR – D.D. Chant  GENRE – Post Apocalyptic/Dystopia/Romance  PUBLICATION DATE – 2011  LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 97,187  PUBLISHER – Self Published  COVER ARTIST – Laura Tunstall

Deeta Richards has never seen the outside world. Before she was born a banking crisis brought civilization to an end and now no one leaves the safety of the compounds unless they need to, but Deeta still dreams of seeing more than the building she was born in.Tom is in the guard, this group are the only people that the tribal elders allow to leave the compound and Tom knows only too well that Deeta could never survive the harshness that exists outside. Then tragedy strikes and Deeta and her Sister Jan find themselves captured by a hostile tribe. Why does Tom know so much about these people? And why do they know so much about him? As this mystery draws to a climax, they discover that their friend Tom is not quite what he seems.....





Broken Truce 
SERIES – Broken City  AUTHOR – D.D. Chant  GENRE – Post Apocalyptic/Dystopia/Romance 
PUBLICATION DATE – 2014  LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 94,403  PUBLISHER – Self Published 
COVER ARTIST – Kate Lacey

Life isn’t turning out the way Deeta thought it would. With the Lewises defeated and peace between the tribes, she’d believed that the dark times were in the past.However, troubles between the tribe continue and the Andak council has selected Tom as ambassador and chief spokesmen to the other tribes.Deeta knows that there is still much resentment against the Andak, that Tom is in danger every time he leaves the safety of Andak city.Struggling with her own her own complicated feelings against the tribe that she is now a part of, Deeta tries to ignore the changing attitudes growing within her.Then Tom is betrayed and with the whole City thrown in to great danger, Deeta finds that reality can’t be ignored forever…

WHAT DOES D.D. CHANT WANT US TO KNOW ABOUT HER?

The rules are simple. There are 20 questions but you only have to answer 10-15:

As a writer, what drives you?
Having an idea, maybe just a single scene and watching it develop into a full length novel.
Can you tell us about Broken City series?
Broken City is set after an apocalypse has brought the world as we know it to an end. The story is told primarily by Deeta, the heroine, who has spent her whole life sheltering from the dangers of the outside world in the building she was born in.  As the story progresses you find out what caused the world to fall apart and Deeta is forced to face the dangers out in the City.
Happy Ever After or Happy For Now? Why?
I’m definitely a happy ever after girl! Yes there will be difficulties, there will be hard times, but coming through the other side only makes you stronger!
How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in your books?
Obviously I have ALL the good qualities of the characters in my stories!!! ;-P
Describe yourself in five words…
Determined.
Fun.
Affectionate.
Easygoing.
Loyal.
(In your humble opinion) best and worst book to movie adaptations…
The Best:  Pride and Prejudice (BBC adaptation with Colin Firth!)
The Worst: Cat Woman (Halle Berry) I know that technically this is a comic, but it was just soooo bad that it was the first thing I thought of, so I’m going with it!!!
Do you have specific techniques you use to develop the plot and stay on track?
Not really. I want my characters to drive the plot forward, so it’s important that I have a defined idea of who they are when I start. Normally I pick one word to describe them, the one thing about them that colours their entire character, and I start building from there.
If you were a character in your book you would be…
I think my closest affinity is with Astra from Fracture (The Chronicles of Discord, #1). She is warm hearted, loyal and fiercely protective of her family and those she loves. At the same time she is mistrustful and suspicious of everyone else, but she keeps a cool head. She hates conflict, but if you mess with her she will fight back.
When were you first published? How were you discovered?
I self published. I love the control it gives me over my own work, and how close it brings me to readers. There is no better feeling than receiving an email from someone who has read your work, telling you how much they enjoyed it!
Overrated/underrated movie?
Overrated: Titanic.
Underrated: Galaxy Quest (One of the funniest films I’ve ever watched!!!)
Time for favourite: song, color, book, TV series, movie, food, drink…
Song: at the moment it’s Now or Never by Seven Cities. I just LOVE that song!!!
Colour: Red
Book: Cotillion (Georgette Heyer)
TV Series: Sherlock (With Cucumberpatch!!!)
Movie: Thor (Closely followed by Thor 2 ;-P)
Food: Brownies!!!
Drink: Coffee!!!
How (or when) do you decide that you are finished writing a story?
With a series it can be difficult because you want to answer some questions but leave others unanswered for the next book. I normally know about half way through a book how it’s going to end.
People are always asking me this so I’m paying it forward. Where does your inspiration come from?
It can come from a lot of different things. Broken City started with a dream. The Promise when I was singing Two Little Boys to my baby cousin. Fracture began with a simple dilemma: if your family were strangers to you and your enemies had cared for you, who would command your loyalty???
What are you working on right now?
At the moment I’m editing the next book in my Lady Quill Chronicles series.
The good guy, the bad boy and the right guy…could they be one and the same?
I have no love for the ‘Bad Boy’ character in general. I do have a definite soft spot for a controversial guy, though.
If you could have a power or ability what would it be?
Telekinesis every time!!!
The old adage “Write about what you know”
Well this may surprise you but I haven’t recently survived an apocalypse, fought Saxon wars, or tried to take down a despotic dictator…
However…
I think that ‘write what you know’ mostly applies to feelings: what would a normal person do when in this situation? It doesn’t matter what the situation is, if your book is set after an apocalypse then the question is: what would be your first concern? What difficulties would you face? What would the most important thing be to you? And so on. That is the ‘real’ part of a story, not the plot, but how the characters act. A good example (and a scenario that drives me nutty when I come across it in books!!!) is when the hero and heroine are running away from danger, and all the heroine can think about is how hot the hero is, or the fact that he’s holding her hand!
Puuulease!!!
No woman in her right mind would be thinking about the hero’s muscles in that situation, however buff he might be!!! She’d be scared out of her life, wondering how long they could stay alive while on the run. In the back of her mind she might be wondering where she’s gonna get a fresh set of clothes if they live through the day.
How do you develop and differentiate your characters?
I like to take one characteristic that defines them and influences everything else about them.
For Deeta it was her naivety, it makes her a very trusting, very kind person.
For Tom it was dependability, it makes him very protective and he has a strong sense of duty.
For Jan it was her sassy cleverness, it means that she’s always one step ahead and prepared for whatever comes her way.

For Ryder it was his sardonic nature, it makes him mistrustful and scornful, even a little underhanded.
 


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Hi everyone! My name is Dee Dee, I’m twenty six and I live in a beautiful part of Devon, England with my family. I have a younger sister, Amy who is a brilliant guitar player, some chickens, duck, geese, pheasants, a cat (that adopted us when we moved in!!!) and some Koi.Broken City is actually my second novel. My first, as my Aunt so delicately put it, was crazy. In my defence I was only sixteen when I wrote it. On the plus side I learnt a lot (or so I hope) and two years later ‘Broken City’ was finished. Due to the support I have received from readers I have just finished the next book in the Broken City series, Broken Truce!I have another book, ‘The Promise’, which is set in Saxon England is the beginning of a series. I’ve just begun to edit the next book and I’m really looking forward to releasing it. My third series is called The Chronicles of Discord. The first book, 'Fracture', is set in the distant future and tells the story of Astra, a young woman with a very big secret.I have just finished the second book in the series and it’s currently awaiting editing. I really hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them.I love reading and have a kindle: I read almost anything with adventure and romance in it! I also like to cook and wear impractical high heels!!! And as you might have noticed I have a horrible addiction to exclamation marks!!!


GIVEAWAY PRIZES 
1 eCopy of Broken City via smashwords
1 eCopy of Broken Truce via smashwords

   
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