Friday, November 29, 2013

Release of UNSTOPPABLE by Bethany Hensel

Today I'm delighted to be hosting Bethany Hensel, a brilliant writer and one of my clients! Her NA debut, UNSTOPPABLE, is a thrilling, gorgeous story packed with tight, voicey, captivating prose. I could not be happier to have her here for an interview!

Here's a bit about Bethany: 
Since her breakthrough into publishing in 2007, arts and entertainment writer Bethany Hensel has compiled a vast and varied catalogue of work that includes interviews with television personalities, bestselling authors, award-winning singers, and more; as well as reviews of popular books, Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, and beloved musicals. Her debut book, Unstoppable, which readers have called “sexy,” and “sizzling” will be released December 3, 2013. It is available through most e-tailers. To learn more, visit

So, let's hear a bit about this book of hers.

Derek Archer’s life is finally beginning. He’s just about to graduate from high school, land the job he’s always wanted, and move in with the girl he’s always loved, Victoria. There’s no reason for him to question or want for anything. …until the day Victoria’s father is shot and killed, setting off a devastating, heartbreaking chain of reactions.

Now, the race is on, and Derek has only three days to right a terrible wrong. With the help of a childhood friend with a penchant for high-tech espionage, they investigate every lead, never imagining their search would take them deep into the heart of a seemingly perfect family, where old ghosts, bitter lies, and agonizing betrayal all collide. It’s then Derek discovers just how unimaginable the truth can be…and how unstoppable.

And the cover. How gorgeous is that?

After a cover like that, it's only fair to give you an excerpt, right? 

“You hear all the time about how some people look beautiful when they’re sad – the shiny eyes, the flushed cheeks, the wild emotions that heighten their color. They become tragic heroines that inspire love poems and epic sonnets. Victoria is not one of those people. There is nothing poetic nor melodic about her sorrow. She looks ruined.

Victoria sits beside me, her face buried against my chest. There is no space between our bodies as I hold her. Even our feet are touching. Her cries are different than before, no longer so hysterical. They are more quiet, more intense. Concentrated. As if the fear, shock, and confusion have all worn off, and the only thing left is her sorrow. I’ve wiped off the blood from her arms and face. Now I stroke her back, but her grief has physical force. It’s like trying to keep your hand wrapped around a tuning fork once it’s gone off. The vibrations just burn right through you.”

So, Bethany, let's hear some FAQ about UNSTOPPABLE. 

The end of Unstoppable ends on such a cliffhanger! Will there be a sequel?
Yes! There will be a sequel, tentatively titled Unforgivable. It won’t be told from Derek or Victoria’s points of view, but it will feature a lot of the same characters and introduce many new ones. It will be released early next year. I’ll be posting updates, teasers, excerpts and more as we get closer to the date.
I loved Sabrina as a character. Will she get her own book?
Sabrina is a great character, isn’t she? I really enjoyed writing her. To be as tall as she is! (She’s 5’11.) To answer your question, she will get her own book! It won’t be a full length story. It will be a novella, and it will be released early next year, around the same time as the Unstoppable sequel.
Derek seemed to have a clear path in life he wanted to follow, but Victoria seemed satisfied being “taken care of.” Did she have bigger aspirations?
Derek is very determined and ambitious. He wants to do amazing things with his life. He comes from a very regular blue-collar background and isn’t afraid to do the hard work and put in the long hours. He knows what he wants and understands that to get it, it won’t be easy.
Victoria on the other hand, is very happy with where she is in life. She’d be content if it just carried on the way it’s going now forever. She’s young and healthy, she’s with the guy of her dreams, she lives in a gorgeous house. To her, everything is paradise. She has no intentions of leaving. She wants nothing to change.
Victoria and William at one point seemed close. What happened between them that caused William to become cold and distant?

I hate to do it to you, but I can’t answer that question. Not yet at least. Why? Because the answer shall be revealed in an upcoming book.
Captain Pearce’s background is pretty shady. Are we going to learn more about him?
Shady backgrounds are my specialty. I love characters who are complex and have a lot more going on with them that what it seems. And to sort of echo the above answer….all will be revealed about Captain Jace Pearce in the upcoming book.
Are you planning on writing books outside of the world you created in Unstoppable?
I am! In fact, I am in the midst of writing a book that takes place in present day Pittsburgh and Italy. It’s about a world-famous violinist and the woman who loves him.
The world is such an interesting place in Unstoppable. It seems imminently possible. How did you come up with that?
I had one rule in mind when writing this book: I wanted it to hit the ground running and not stop. If I felt it got slow or a moment dragged, I cut it. If I thought that characters were taking too much time to get to the point, I deleted sentences and paragraphs until they spit it out. I wanted this book to be a ticking time bomb of a story, and I wanted the stakes to be life and death. Obviously, the laws we have right now aren’t as severe enough to really merit the fast-pace I wanted, so I created new laws…severe, unforgiving laws. Once I had that seed planted, everything else grew pretty organically.
Will you be going on tour for this book?
I’ll be making a few appearances but no, I won’t be going on tour for this book. At least not yet.
The book is pretty steamy! Did you like writing the love scenes? 
Oh they were just another chapter. I didn’t dislike them, I didn’t love them. I just wanted them to be a little bit different, so I tried to vary the settings and the um…positions. But it was fun having Derek all hot and bothered.

Thanks so much for being here today, Bethany! I can't wait for readers to see this story . Readers: this is a book to buy!

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