Q&A with D.A. Roach, Between the Bleeding Willows Excerpt & Giveaway

Between the Bleeding Willows (Demon Hunter #1)

  • By D.A. Roach
  • Editions: ebook, paperback
  • Published: February 26th 2016 by Limitless Publishing
  • Genre: Young Adult Paranormal / Fantasy
  • At eighteen years old, Cassidy has suffered more loss than most…
    At the end of her senior year, her boyfriend, Jace Peters, was killed in a car accident, and her grandmother died only weeks later of a heart attack. Emotionally lost, Cassidy desperately searches for an heirloom her boyfriend was wearing in the crash—her mother’s gold ring. But during her search, Cassidy discovers more than her ring.
    She finds a gate to the Demon Realm….
    A battle is brewing, and Killian—head of the Demon hunters—preps his Clan for the approaching conflict. They’ve been working to secure the gate between his realm and the mortal world. But it’s been nearly impossible since Rya—a voracious demon on a quest to expand her power—devoured the soul of his Clan’s necromancer. Now Rya is possessed with the necromancer’s powers and she may break through the gate at any moment.
    Apparently Rya isn’t the only one Killian has to worry about…
    When Cassidy accidentally crosses into the Demon Realm, Killian can’t understand how a human girl survived the transition. Now he has to find a way to return her to her own world, or risk her being caught in the crossfire, which is a complication he definitely doesn’t need. Once back in the Human Realm, Cassidy readies herself for battle. She signs up for Krav Maga classes, where she meets Tyler Romaitis—a handsome, tenacious, humble guy. He seems almost perfect, but nothing is ever that easy.
    And as the balance between good and evil shifts, Cassidy finds herself—and her ring—at the heart of the conflict for the survival of mankind.

    ~ Bewitching BT

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    I had no idea where the path would lead me, but I told myself I’d be fine as long as I did not veer from it. The insects hiding in the foliage sang their quiet night songs, and fireflies began to twinkle in the shadows, trying to convince me I made the right choice and would be safe. On the contrary, the trees seemed to reach out for me, unashamed of their menacing appearance. I walked carefully to keep my noise down, not wanting to draw attention to myself or scare off the voice I heard.
    The path continued some ways before it joined with a clearing dotted with headstones. Blaylock Grove Cemetery. The headstones were in ruins, kicked over by vandals, no longer marking where the dead were buried. Weeds grew around the grave markers, and fallen branches cluttered the ground. What the hell was the deal with this place? There was a bad vibe here.
    I crouched next to a headstone and Googled Blaylock Grove Cemetery. Wikipedia said it was a small abandoned cemetery that was known for its ghost sightings and haunted reputation. My arms got goosebumps, but I continued reading through a few sites. Some believed that the spirits were restless and angry because of the disrespect for their final resting place. In the 1950s, it became a place where couples would come to make out. There was also an increase in vandalism, and it was around this time when the burial ground became known as “haunted.” In the early 1900’s a mob boss and his goons were rumored to have dumped their victims’ bodies into the lagoon at the edge of the cemetery. I looked around and saw a clearing in the tree­line ahead; the moon shimmered off of what must be the lagoon. The image gallery showed photos of the grounds in daytime and with infrared film. Looking at the images only made me feel even more unsettled.
    “Jace,” the female voice whispered to my right in a seductive tone. I stood frozen in one spot, staring in the direction of the voice, staying as silent and statue­like as I could. In my periphery, I saw a shadowy figure walk across the clearing toward the voice. I couldn’t make out a face so I stood and followed it, hoping for a closer look. In my haste, I snapped a branch beneath my foot.

    The figure turned toward me. His mouth twisted in a snarl, and his eyes were solid black. Despite these deformities, the face was familiar. My heart and mind warred with each other. Instinct told me to get the hell out of there, but my heart still thrummed for the guy who had captured it four years ago.
    Seeing him like this, though…

    Jace Peters was a good guy, not evil like the demon before me.

    The sound of fast footsteps and cracking branches gained on Jace. I looked to the sound. In the dim moonlight, I could only see a large, dark figure running at full speed. Jace took off and darted between two giant willows at the edge of the cemetery. The dark figure dove at him—and they both vanished before they hit the ground.
    What the…?

    I grabbed my backpack and ran to the willows, but there was no sign of them. I ducked under the weeping branches and studied the base of the tree, searching for any clue. I grabbed the trunk to steady myself, but quickly retracted my hand when I felt the wet sticky liquid. Using my phone light to illuminate, I found the willow trunk coated in a dark sap. Putting my soiled fingers to my nose, I could not smell a thing. I touched my tongue to it, and tasted the metallic warmth of blood. Shining the light up the tree top showed me the streaks started as high as I could see and ran down to the roots. I walked to the other willow and found it also oozed blood. The leaves and branches were unremarkable; only the trunks were affected.
    Trees didn’t bleed, so what was going on here? Maybe this place really was haunted. Had I witnessed two apparitions tonight, one being my dead ex­boyfriend?
    Why was I blaming this on mystical things? I had never believed in ghosts and I always thought those Ghosthunters shows preyed on gullible people. Well, I wasn’t a gullible person, but I sure as hell saw two figures disappear right before my eyes tonight.
    I needed to get out of there and get home. After I wiped the blood on the weeds below, I grabbed my backpack. Stepping out from beneath the branches onto the path between the bleeding willows, I began falling…down…down…down…


    1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?

    2. What would you say inspired you to write it? ?
    My 12 yo daughter told me to write a book about demons because they scared her. So in a sense, it was a challenge.

    3. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it? ?
    Yes, it’s terribly sccary to be ⅔ of the way through writing your novel and hit a dead end. It feels as though the inspiration is gone, creativity hitching a ride with it. You begin to think “should I shelve it and see if something comes to me later?” or “should I scrap the whole thing?”. I tried various techniques to get past it but the thing that got me out of it was back tracking in my story, going back 3 chapters or so and taking a completely different route. The more different the route, the better the outcome.

    4. Your all time favorite book? ?
    Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan

    5. What made you pick that one above all others? ?
    Her writing style is beautiful and she is bold enough to explore a hard issue and take it to the darkest place, then delicately guide you back from that edge. Also…Evan Mathews, swoon! We all could use a guy like Evan Mathews in our lives!

    6. Was there ever a time, during your work on the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind? ?
    Yes. During edits. No one, besides myself and my editor had read my book. When she returned it to me, it looked like she had a leaky red pen because there were marks everywhere! She really helped the book become more amazing than I anticipated, but I began to think she hated the story. And I was too close to it to judge if it was good or not. Thankfully, I came right out and asked her to which she said, “oh no! I love this world you have created and the characters!”

    7. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing? ?
    I’m a mom to 3 kids and also babysit my niece and 2 nephews at times, so managing 3-6 kids keeps me plenty busy. Thankfully they are all school age so I write while they are in school. I also volunteer at my youngest son’s school and help with the landscaping plans of the school grounds.

    8. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect? ?
    They are worthless. Honestly, anything 2 stars or below is usually full of hate and dislike and nothing can be gained from it. As an author, you probably often wonder if you should keep writing. A lot of work and time goes into each book and the paychecks aren’t great at first unless you are with one of the big 6 publishers. So you put a lot of time and effort in with not a lot of payback and it’s easy to hang up the towel. My advice is either don’t read the reviews, or if you can’t help your curiousity…only read the 4 and 5 star reviews. You need to hear what you are doing right and that you are having a positive effect on people.

    9. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series? ?
    Yes, it is. The second book is much darker. Two characters are thrust into the deep and dark crevices of their souls and are transformed from the process. The third book will have a battle, more transformations, and resolution.

    10. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series? ?
    I’m working on the framework of a YA Paranormal series that I’ll co-write with author, Bradon Nave. I also have another YA drama that I’ll start one.

    Fun facts: :

    1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for? ?
    My son’s disorder (Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) to have a cure and for him and the others afflicted with it to receive that cure.

    2. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you? ?
    Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan. Why not bring my favorite book? :>

    3. Name your favorite fruit. ?

    4. Coffee or tea? ?

    5. Favorite season? ?

    6. How about fav time of 24 hours? ?
    10pm-1am. That’s ME time! I read, craft, watch movies/shows, and write if not too tired.

    7. Were you a boyscout/girlscout? ?
    No, but I wanted to be one!

    8. Favorite food for breakfast? ?
    Le Peep King’s cakes (super thin and crepe-like pancakes)

    9. Latest book you’ve bought and read? ?
    Pucked Over by Helena Hunt

    10. Do you collect things like stamps, or key chains, or shoes? ?
    Don’t laugh….rocks. Outside I have rocks lining my landscape. But inside I have rocks in each of my flower pots that I collected from vacations. I especially like the smooth, rounded stones.

    11. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us! ?
    Black, because I look good in it.

    12. Drama or comedy? ?

    13. Have a fav quote or personal motto? ?
    “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

    ― George Bernard Shaw

    14. Cats or dogs? ?

    15. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing? ?
    Depends who I’m with. If I want to get to know the person better, candlelight dinner. If I want a fun time without the seriousness…clubbing.

    16. What song have you listened to most recently? ?
    Your Loves Whore by Wolf Alice

    Full Disclosure:

    1. If everyone would receive a prize for being best at something, you’d be no. 1 at… ?
    Making friends with strangers and treating them as though we’ve been friends for years.

    2. The one thing you’d do anything to avoid/get out of is… ?
    Any outside activity while it’s hot enough to sweat. I hate the heat.

    3. If a character from any book could become real and you could spend a day with them, it would be… from the book… ?
    Evan Mathews from Reason to Breathe (are you sick of hearing about this book yet? I truly enjoy it)

    4. You were/are a hardcore fan of… ?
    Hard rock/Heavy Metal music from the 80’s!

    5. You’d immediately fall for someone who… ?
    Is Tall and lean.

    6. If you could have any one superpower, it would be… ?
    Reading people’s minds. I can usually tell when someone is being dishonest with me, but I’d like to know what they were REALLY thinking.

    7. The one thing that always brightens your day is… ?
    My kids hugging me and telling me they love me. That can lift my spirits no matter how sad I am.

    8. The most awkward moment in your life happened when… ?
    My prom date, who I only knew from my work, decided to be funny and shoot his balled up straw wrapper out of his straw. The darn thing landed in my mouth and I was so mad and embarassed. I said nothing and tried to blow it off but the date went south from there.

    9. The awesomest thing in your life is… ?
    The fact that I found the perfect guy for me. He’s supportive, smart, hard working, funny, tall, handsome, but also a bit introverted and imperfect in his own ways. We married just out of college and have been married for 20 years. I can’t imagine this life without him.


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    About the Author & Links:

    D.A. Roach has been telling stories since she was a young girl in the suburbs of Chicago. In college she met the man of her dreams, her happily ever after, and married him 2 weeks after graduating. They have 3 kids together and a pet cockatiel named Gimli. D.A. did not find a love for books until after college. Her parents were immigrants from Lithuania and found tv and radio easier ways to hear stories so they did not do much reading or encourage it. But once she finished college and D.A. had free time, she discovered how amazing it was to get lost in a story.

    D.A. is a full time mom and wife. When she is not doing domestic things (laundry, bills, etc) she is writing, reading, creating mixed media art, and helping beautify her kids’ school landscape. Oh, and she is ALWAYS listening to music. Her favorite authors include Rebecca Donovan, Richelle Mead, Larissa Ione, Stephanie Meyer, E.L. James, and Sylvia Day. Reading great works from authors like these has motivated D.A. to write her own stories. She hopes to make positive changes in the world with her art and writing.

    “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

    — George Bernard Shaw

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