Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Book release & interview: #TheCharm by Jojo Debrazza #ya #dystopian #giveaway

Welcome to the Virtual Book Tour for The Charm by Jojo Debrazza.

Make sure to follow the tour where you can read exclusive excerpts, guest posts, and interviews.

There is a Giveaway at the end of the post for a $5.00 gift certificate for any book on Musa Publishing's website. 

About The Charm:

Extraordinary powers come with a price.

Fifteen year old Luca has the charm, a gift he inherited from his mum. Charmers can control minds, but they abide by a code—to only use the power for good, and only with the person’s permission. Luca knows breaking the code is wrong, and his mum would kill him if he tried!

But when a rogue charmer uses the power for criminal means, the Restorative government jumps in. Luca’s mum is imprisoned and the Register for Charmers is announced. The media creates a frenzy of fear and suspicion against charmers.

Believing the family is in peril, and wishing to keep Luca’s gift a secret, Luca’s dad takes them to stay with a friend in the country. Here, Luca meets Fee, a computer genius who can hack into anything. Fee introduces Luca to an underground rebellion group of internet hackers who have their own issues with the Restoratives and their own way of protesting.

Fearful of how the Restoratives are treating his mum in prison and concerned about their motives for creating the Register of Charmers, Luca must make an impossible choice—break the rules and use his gift or stand by and watch as the power is abused.

Book Details:

Title: The Charm
Author: Jojo Debrazza
Genre: Young Adult, YA Dystopian, Urban Fantasy
Hashtags: #TheCharm
Publisher: Musa Publishing, LLC

Purchase Your Copy:
Musa Publishing, LLC: Musa Publishing Website ~ The Charm by Jojo Debrazza
Amazon: The Charm

My Interview
1. Where/how did you come up with the idea for your story? Did it suddenly pop into your head or were you brainstorming?
The seed of the idea for The Charm kind of crept into my head after watching a mind magician on TV. The idea wasn’t really fully formed in my head at first. But it grew and developed over time, almost subconsciously, until I had a clear sense of the concept and was ready to start writing.

2. Did you start with the main character, the world or the overarching concept?

The concept came first and helped to shape the characters. Three of the main characters, Luca, Ella and Brain Lord all have the charm (the power to control minds), but how and why they use it is very different.

3. Panster or Plotter? Or in between?
I'm somewhere in between when it it comes to plotting. I did start by writing a synopsis with the main action points outlined but once I started writing some things ended up going in different directions.  I returned to the synopsis at the end and rewrote it to reflect what actually happened.

4. Are you a fan of writing contests?

Yes, I think competitions are a good way of potentially gaining publication and income. I’ve entered a few short story contests and, whilst I haven’t been successful, it certainly wasn’t a waste of time. Writing to a word count on a particular theme or in a different genre has been good practice in the craft of writing. And, even though the stories weren’t placed, they can be rewritten or edited for different markets in the future.

5. How did you find your agent? How many query letters did you send?

I don't have an agent although I am looking for one for a picture book I have written.

6. What's the best marketing tool you've found so far?

This is my first novella and it’s early days since the release to really tell what particular aspect of marketing has been the most effective. I’m really lucky to have a promotions specialist from Musa Publishing who has organised things like the cover reveal, release day blast and tour. I wouldn’t have known where to start with these things, or find the contacts, but I’ve really enjoyed the process. It’s been nice to engage with other writers and readers.

7. What do you like best about your mc?
I like that although he’s good looking, he’s not vain and he’s actually quite shy around girls. He's surprised to discover his best girl friend, Kane, likes him and he's not sure how to react. I also like that he loves his cat. People who are kind to animals are good in my book (pardon the pun)!

8. What do you like best about your main antagonist?

Brain Lord may be misguided but he’s still smart. He uses brain over brawn for his cause.

9. Anything else you like to share about your journey or your upcoming launch, including links to giveaways or ways people can help spread the word?

I feel like I have just started on my writing journey and I've found the writing community to be very supportive. I've had some really useful feedback and advice from more experienced writers. And I'm very grateful for the support I've received so far.  The tour, coordinated by Sapphyria's Book Promotions, contains exclusive excerpts from The Charm, as well as guest posts and a giveaway. The tour can be followed here:

About the Author:

Jojo Debrazza is a writer of young adult and children’s fiction. The Charm is her debut YA novella.

Jojo has a vivid imagination and likes to make up stories. Her friends call it lying but she calls it writing. She lives mainly in a dream world with her partner and a house full of small furry animals. It’s a carefree happy place where everything is bright and fluffy.

Jojo’s other passion is football (soccer). As well as playing and helping to run a club, she works as a football development officer in Cambridgeshire, England.

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Tour Coordinated by:

~ Amber M. ~
Promotions Specialist and Media Contact at Musa Publishing
Owner of Sapphyria’s Book Promotions

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