Monday, January 12, 2015

Interview and Giveaway with HD Smith

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Dark Awakened is book 2 in the Devil’s Assistant series. It continues Claire’s adventures and sets up events for the next two books in the series. I’m also working on a new edit of my young adult novellas, Nowhere, NJ and Keegan’s Point. I hope to have both available by January 2015.

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

No. I write fantasy, but I do try to put my characters in believable real world situations when possible. I do pull from my own life experiences, but I wouldn’t copy an exact event. Also, most real life events have to be exaggerated to make them readable, so even if you have something as simple as a coffee order, depending on your character, you may need something elaborate or simple … so even that wouldn’t be a copy of my coffee order, unless of course I was extremely anal and had the most meticulous coffee order on the planet with lots of steps and exceptions that were funny to describe—for an equally anal character of course ;)

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I’m right-handed and left-footed, which just means I have absolutely no skill at dancing. I’m also tone deaf, which means I have absolutely no appreciation for music … there are nine songs on my phone, and “the 38” is a list of 37 songs I may or may not have on my old iPod … I would of course have to find the iPod to verify, so maybe we should just say I have 9 songs.

When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

I will occasionally make silk-screened t-shirts with designs inspired by my books. I also have an insatiable audiobook addiction (audiobook-a-holic here), which I feed as often as possible.

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

There is a book 3 (and 4) planned (no titles yet), it will continue with Claire’s story. We learn a lot more about the fourth realm and the prophecies in book 2, book 3 will deal with another one of the four prophecies and we’ll meet the other two contenders.

What book are you reading now?

I’m listening to: This Case Is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornikova.

What is in your to read pile?

I’m planning to listen to: Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko next … but I can’t wait for Burned by Karen Marie Moning … it will be on the top of the list as soon as it releases!

Dark Awakened
The Devil’s Assistant Series
Book Two
H.D. Smith

Genre:  Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Wild Fey, LLC

ISBN: 978-1-942030-03-4

Number of pages: 290
Word Count: 88000

Cover Artist: Robin Ludwig Design Inc.

Tag Line: Darkly delicious—relentless—and wickedly good … the Devil’s Assistant is back.

Book Description:

Last spring Claire’s seemingly normal—if not totally screwed up—life was tossed on its head. For five years she’d been one of the damned—a human that knows the truth about the otherworldly among us. She’d worked for The Boss—the Demon King himself—as his administrative assistant, handling everything from early retirements, to Maintenance’s incessant requests for dental.

No one gets dental.

Then she walked into Purgatory—totally not her fault—went back in time, and awakened powers she never knew existed. Now Claire has a prophecy hanging over her head, a diamond ring hidden in her sock drawer, and the blood of a long dead royal running through her veins.

And it’s only going to get worse.

Her vow to live free or die takes a serious hit when she’s forced back under The Boss’s protection. Of course, there’s no protection from fate, or the Bounty Hunter sent to deliver her to Purgatory. And as if being “the girl” in the prophecy wasn’t enough, Claire soon discovers there are three other contenders for her role—two of whom want her dead.

Follow more of Claire’s adventures in Dark Awakened, the second installment of the Devil’s Assistant Series, to find out if she’s lucky enough to escape with her life, or if she’s just the first notch on the next contender’s belt.

Available at Amazon  BN   Kobo   Amazon Print

Reviews for The Devil’s Assistant Series

Dark Hope is a serious thrill ride type of story ~Fang Freakin' Tastic Reviews

I fell absolutely head over heels in love with this book! It truly was dark & delicious. Mayhem, death, Demons, Pagan's, Druids and a kickass heroine!
Taking It One Book at a Time

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, very unpredictable and difficult to anticipate what happens next, which is always a good thing.   Claire is an intriguing character, everything she thought she knew is not quite true …I cannot wait for the next book in series, eager to figure out what is going to happen to Claire~ Musings From An Addicted Reader

I love when authors can create something that takes me on a wild ride I’ve never been before. Book Lovin' Mamas

About the Author:

HD Smith has been writing for over ten years. She is a software developer by day, working for an awesome cruise line in Celebration, FL.

HD grew up in South Carolina, but has called the Sunshine State home since 1997.

She has Computer Science degrees from Clemson University (BS) and Florida Institute of Technology (MS). Her other hobbies include painting and screen printing. She enjoys creating t- shirts inspired by the places in her books. For more information, visit HD’s website at

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