August 14, 2014

Blog Tour, Character Interview & Giveaway: Echoes of Memories by Samantha LaFantasie!

Title: Echoes of Memories
Author: Samantha LaFantasie
SeriesNepherium Series #2
Genre: Adult, Fantasy

Traitor. Liar. That’s what they call me. No one believes me. Not even my team. I know it’s up to me to get the answers. To stop the corruption and unlock my memories. I’ll do anything to get them back. Even if my hands will be covered in blood.

Elsa's every move is scrutinized. She’s labeled a traitor by those she sought for protection, and kept from her family and team. Regaining memories has been a slow process. Too slow for the Council's liking, taking matters into their own hands.

The new captain has history with Elsa and operates with a hidden agenda. Even Elsa’s team reacts differently toward her. If only she could unlock her memories. Everything is playing right into Alexander's hand, even amassing an army with unconventional methods, designed to annihilate the Nepherium—starting with Noah. Elsa will do anything to stop Alexander ... even kill.

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About Samantha

A Kansas native, Samantha LaFantasie spends her free time with her husband and three kids. Writing has always been a passion of hers, forgoing all other desires to devote to this one obsession, even though she often finds herself arguing with her characters through much of the process. She’s primarily a fantasy writer but often feels pulled to genres such as sci-fi, romance, and others.
Among her writing credentials, a member of the Kansas Writer’s Association and has authored works such as Heart Song (her debut novel) and Made to Forget.
Samantha loves to take time to enjoy other activities such as photography and playing her favorite game of all time, Guild Wars 2.

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Character Interview
Elsabetha Ehlers

What is your favorite food?
Mac and Cheese. I love me some cheesy pasta. Not to mention that it’s quick and easy. Though, I did love my mom’s casserole. That was good. I just don’t prefer the memory that accompanies it.

Do you hope to have children some day?
At this point in my life, there would be no way I could take care of a child. It’s a lot of responsibility and my job doesn’t really allow for much of a life. Though, I have thought about it. I’m not sure I’d make a good mom. I’m too much of a soldier, I think. But who knows? Maybe it will happen and my whole world will shift. I’m pretty happy where I’m at right now, though. And even if I was ready to bring a child into the world, right now wouldn’t be a very good time.

Have you remembered anything you wished wasn’t true?
Oh yes. Lots of things, but that’s what happens in my line of work. Things happen, mistakes are made, and once those things are done, there’s nothing that can undo them. Sometimes, I wonder if it was better to never remember anything at all. Because it’s not so much the memories I wished I hadn’t remembered or wished weren’t true that bothers me the most. It’s the ones I don’t remember. That constant gapping black hole of the unknown lurking above my head and the constant pressure to remember everything.

If you could create a memory, and it would have really happened, what memory would you create?
Most definitely my father still being alive, having got out of Alexander’s home like the rest of us, and he and I having maintained the relationship that I remembered from childhood. His loss is the most profound so far and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t regret not doing something different, or doing something more to save him.

What do you think of the adage "forgive and forget"?
Whoever came up with that obviously doesn’t know what it’s like to actually forget. Though I’m sure it’s connotation applies to sinning or wrongdoing against humankind, I still beg to differ. I think it’s far better to forgive, and always remember that lesson or event, than to forget and risk history repeating itself.

Have you ever seen Star Wars?
Actually, I have! My father had a friend who was really into preserving classic movies from centuries ago. It’s funny to see what human’s ideals of space and aliens were of the time. And it’s a great story of triumph, love and loss, good vs. evil. I think the light sabers ended up as a basis for the design of plasma swords.

Do you ever wear makeup?
When the occasion calls for it. But I don’t wear a ton. Just a little foundation, shadow, and whatnot. I’m not really big into stuff like that.

What is your go-to hairstyle for day-to-day living?
I pretty much have just two hairstyles: either down, flowing freely over my shoulders, or pulled back at the nape of my neck. I like to keep things simple. I don’t wear hair products either.

Who taught you how to fight? (If you remember)
I don’t actually remember a specific “who” but I do know that I learned at the Academy. Actually, my team helped me hone most of my skills.

They say some things you never forget. Like how to ride a bike or how to breathe. What is something you never forget?
Hmm… If it’s in the respect of skills, how to fight. Fighting and training created a lot of muscle memory. Now, if I’d just not second-guess myself and prevent myself from reacting to everything, it would be a different story. Sadly, I’m under the microscope so much I’m almost paranoid to do anything except for train.

Have you ever remembered something incorrectly? If so, were they any repercussions to those false memories?
I’m not sure that I remembered something incorrectly so much as mixed up what I did remember. If that makes sense. Like maybe I didn’t have it completely right before I lost my memories. As far as repercussions? Considering the position I found myself in and the way I appear as a traitor, I think there was some, maybe not directly seen or felt on me. Let’s face it, if I had remembered everything when I was supposed to, I could actually answer for all the events that had happened. Too bad I don’t have that luxury.

What is one memory you wish you never lost in the first place?
Just one? I don’t know if anyone in my position could ever narrow down their entire missing life to just one specific memory that they wished they had never lost. But for what it’s worth, I wish I never forgot what I was going to Tartarus for. I imagine that would’ve saved me a lot of grief and heartache.

What is one memory you wish you didn't have?
If it could be one that happened after I woke up with missing memories, then it would be the way my father looked at me when he saw the pendant on my necklace that night during dinner.

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