Giveaway, Author & Book Spotlight Ivory Guard by Natalie Herzer

Friday, July 3, 2015
Title: Ivory Guard
Author: Natalie Herzer
Series: A Guard Duet Novel (Book 1)
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: Feb 5 2014
Edition/Formats: Kindle
Blurb/Synopsis:
Life will make you stumble... 

One peaceful afternoon Lillian finds two angels in her living room - wings and gloriole and all - telling her she is an Ivory. Half human and half angel, she is born to fight for humankind and guard the hellholes where the membrane between worlds is at its weakest.
She, an important warrior? Yeah, riiiight.

Life can make you fall... 

Raz might be an angel, but he doesn’t do compassion. His job is to train and make her a leader. So Lillian will just have to suck it up when she discovers the deadly truth behind his words. When she does exactly that, he has to admit there’s more to the bookworm than he thought. Much more. But there’s one thing he shouldn’t forget – in his world feelings come with a price. Is he willing to pay?

Love will give you wings. 


Spread Your Wings…




Where do the ideas for your books come from?
I find inspiration in the world around me. Sometimes it’s a song, and other times a picture inside my head.
Have you ever co-written book/books? If so was it difficult? If not would you ever consider co-writing with another author?
One of my current projects is a co-write and it’s going very well since my co-writer is a very creative and out-of-the-box type of person.
Where do you get your character names from?
Most of the time they just pop up in my head. If I can’t come up with one, I research a name that suits the time and place the character was born in.
What type of research goes into your writing?
I try to make my books as accurate as possible, even if I add my own twist to things. I mostly research mythology, history of places or persons…that sort of stuff.
Are your family and friends supportive of your writing?
Some definitely, others try to be.
My family’s biggest problem is the fact that I write my books in English, so they can’t read what I’ve written so far.
Do you remember when your interest in writing came about?
The love for words has always been there, but I thought that writing’s just for…well, writers. Only a few years ago, when I was in a bad place, did the need to put my thoughts down on paper arise within me.
Other than writing what are your interests?
Reading, for sure. J Baking and photography as well.
Did you learn anything from writing your books, if so what was it?
Definitely. I learned a lot about myself.
For one: I can actually do it.
Secondly… I used to write as an escape and form of therapy. Later on I was quite amazed to discover that I could actually write for fun. I can relax and take pleasure in what I do now.
What are your current WIP? Can you share with us?
Actually, I’m working on a few projects. I have a fantasy series and a suspense co-write coming up. However, my priority at the moment is Ebony Fight, book 2 in The Guard Duet series, and I’m having lots of fun with it.
Faves
Food
Everything my man creates. J
Color
Blue
Quote
Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.
- Maya Angelou
Movie
Too many to choose just one J
Music
That changes quite often over the course of time…and also depends on which book I’m working on.
At the moment I like listening to Robin Schulz and Katy Perry when I bake, whereas “One Of Us” by Joan Osborne provides the rhythm I type to.
This or That
Day or Night
Night
Rain or Snow
Rain
Facebook or Twitter
Facebook
Mac or PC
My super cool tractor of a laptop.
Coffee or Tea
Depends on the time of day


Where did the inspiration for this story come from?  What is the story behind the story so to speak?
To be honest, the outline of the story for Ivory Guard popped into my head while I was listening to “Wheel in the Sky” by Journey. It started with the picture of a girl with wings in a black-and-white world, and was followed by snippets of her in front of an abandoned farm house, sword in hand and training with an angel.
The girl was Lillian, a bookworm who finds out that she is half-human and half-angel. Born to help fight in the age-old war between Heaven and Hell, Lillian tries to make the best of everything that’s thrown her way, and wants to see beyond the limits imposed.
I think what inspired me the most was the fact that I, like Lillian, wanted to spread my wings. I wanted to discover who I was outside of the gray world I was in at the time, my own purgatory, and where my place in this world was.
Tell us about the book cover. How does it represent your book?  How did you choose the artwork?
The cover was designed by Heart Covers, and it shows the symbol, the coat-of-arms to be exact, of the Ivory Guard. It’s Heaven’s garrison of half-human and half-angel creatures that fight demons trying to claim human souls on earth while Hell’s army of Ebonys keep them on their toes.
Ivory Guard shows one side, while Ebony Fight, book 2 in the series, will explain the other side of the story. The covers are supposed to show this sort of yin and yang balance.
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I'm a 28 year-old, German author suffering from itchy feet which recently landed me to South Africa. 

Much like my beloved travel bug, my love for words has always been there, but is thankfully a lot easier to satisfy. When I'm not off wandering my own imaginary worlds, I love to curl up on the couch and get lost in a good book.
Though I guess in the end books are just another form of traveling, seeing places and finding friends. 
Places to find Natalie
Amazon Author Page
Places to find the Ivory Guard 



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