Wednesday, June 15, 2011

ELEMENTAL by Tiffany Dominguez Review & Interview

Hi, Tiffany! Thanks for visiting!
Let's get down to the interview, shall we?

 Can you tell us in one sentence about your book?

Luke’s out of control and Eva is the only one who can stop him.

Do you need music or quiet while writing?

QUIET. I’m a very focused, intense writer. I have little time (thanks to three little girls) so I have to make every minute count. I can easily get lost in my manuscript if I have no distractions. Boring, I know! Wouldn’t it be much more interesting if I could answer that the Biebs really gets me on a roll? Sorry!

Do you have a favorite breakfast food?

I drive my girls to private school a half hour away every morning so I don’t have time to sit down for a meal (as much as I’d like to--eating is one of the things I do best). My favorite thing to grab is a chocolate covered coconut granola bar. Love those! On weekends, I like to make omelets with peppers, onions, chilis and lots of cheese.

Are you a night owl or early bird?

In my second life, I’m a night owl. But in this one, I have to be up by 6:30am, so I’m an early bird. I’m also in bed no later than 10pm or else this weary body cannot get up at previously mentioned early hour.

What do you never leave home without?

My brand new iphone 4! I would have said a book a few weeks ago, but now that I have my iphone, I can read on that. I love ebooks!

Is there a book or author who changed your writing or viewpoint?

I love Suzanne Collins. She proved to me that YA can be more than shallow teens and racy themes. She is my hero.

If a movie were made about Elemental, who would play the main characters?

Eva would be played by the girl in the TV series Castle. Her name is Molly C. Quinn. Check her out on imdb--she is gorgeous! Luke would be played by Liam Hemsworth (currently cast in the new Hunger Games movie as Gale). It would be truly drool-worthy.

Any other books in the works?

My second novel, LOST DYNASTY, is under consideration by a major publisher and two agents. It’s a speculative fiction novel about an 18-year old girl trained to be one of the world’s best assassins in order to protect her family from the man who has systematically destroyed them all.

My third novel, a Steampunk adventure set in Victorian England, is about a third of the way finished. It’s Elizabeth Bennett in leather carrying a ray gun (not her specifically but you get the idea). You can read the first chapters of all of my books on my website

Good luck with all your writing goals, Tiffany! Thanks again for stopping by.

Hidden within the Blue Ridge Mountains, an elite private school trains students born with the Elemental powers of Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Luke Huntington, Earth Elemental, is tired of incompetent teachers, easy classes and most of all, competing with Eva Sarantos. Soon-to-be valedictorian Eva, Air Elemental, has trained for years for the chance to prove herself to her advisor, to the Council and to the infuriating Luke. In spite of their tricky past, these two high school seniors are paired together on a covert mission for the ruling body of the Elemental world. After destroying an airplane hangar and watching one of their closest teachers die in their defense, the two students fly to Italy, pursued by an army of black-cloaked elitists. In Italy, they discover Luke’s ancient legacy, the secrets of two of the most powerful men in history and whether they can overcome their own tricky past to team up against a secret society gathering forces in the highest ranks of world leadership.

I was pulled in immediately at the beginning by the conflict and turmoil of the two main characters, Eva and Luke.
Tiffany's does a good job with her characters from beginning to end. Eva and Luke grow stronger and better through the story until they find who they truly are and where their inner strengths come from.
The love interests have some pretty intense scenes too from barely being able to control their anger toward each other to loving each other.

Want to buy it??

25% test (p.74):

Melia nodded, her eyes wide, even through her glasses.
Eva continued, “I was trapped inside my air shield and I think I just stopped breathing. I must’ve passed out, and then I woke up in Luke’s arms. Melia, he’s a healer.” She could hear the awe in her voice.
For real?” Melia said, dropping her book on the table.
Healers were extremely rare in the Elem community. Personally, Eva had chalked up healers to the rumor mill, but now, there was no other explanation for her rise from the dead.
Wow. I knew that crazy kid would lose it someday.” Melia’s aura flared with anger. “He could’ve killed you. You have to report him to Hannah.” A mug flew out of the cupboard and smashed against the wall.
Eva rolled her eyes. She called that the “anger management” cupboard. “No.”
Are you nuts? It’s just a matter of time before it happens again.” Another mug flew out and landed on the floor with an impressive crash.
It won’t.” Eva’s tone was steady, though she had no reason to trust Luke. But as the words left her mouth, they held a strange ring of truth. Luke’s haggard features and the devastation in his eyes when she’d first woken up from her near-death experience were burned in her memory. She was certain Luke would find a way to keep her safe during the remainder of their task. At least, as long as she didn’t provoke him again.
I’m not going to say it.” Melia tapped her fingers on the counter. “Okay, I’m going to say it. I TOLD you so!”
Eva swept up the remaining shards of the mugs (tiny pieces—Melia must have been livid) and dumped them into the trash. “Yep.” No point in arguing.
How do you lose control of your powers, anyway?” her roommate wondered.
Apparently, when your partner does something really stupid to make you angry, that doesn’t help.” Eva shut the trash can lid with a bang.


Danyelle said...

Great interview! I love learning about how other people write. :D

Julie Daines said...

I've read this book and it's awesome! Tiffany is a great writer and all her books are full of fun, romance and adventure!