Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez

Hello, everyone!

Today I'm excited to be a part of the Canadian blog tour for Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez! This book sounds intriguing and captivating, and I cannot wait to start reading it! Check out the description (and the STUNNING cover) here:

Valentina Cruz no longer exists.

One moment, she was wrapped in Emilio’s arms, melting into his kiss. The next, she was witnessing the unthinkable: a murder in cold blood, ordered by her father and carried out by her boyfriend. When Emilio pulled the trigger, Valentina disappeared. She made a split-second decision to shed her identity and flee her life of privilege, leaving the glittering parties and sultry nightlife of Miami far behind.

She doesn’t know how to explain to herself what she saw. All she knows now is that nothing she believed about her family, her heart, or Emilio’s love, was real.

She can change her name and deny her past, but Valentina can’t run from the truth. The lines between right and wrong, and trust and betrayal, will be blurred beyond recognition as she untangles the deceptions of the two men she once loved and races to find her own truth. (Summary provided through blog tour)

Lost at Midnight Review: Welcome, Jessica! Thank you for stopping by my blog to talk about your new release, Kiss Kill Vanish! Can you describe Kiss Kill Vanish in three words?

Jessica Martinez: Is it cheating to say the title? Because those three words really do it best! How about I add three to that: Murder. Romance. Revenge.

LM: How would you describe your protagonist, Valentina?

JM: Valentina is wary of everything and everybody, which forces her to be extremely independent. She’s also reflective. She can’t stop examining the memories of her past for clues to the things she missed.

LM: I'm really intrigued by the plot line of Kiss Kill Vanish. I can't think of any book like it! What inspired you to write this kind of thriller? Was there any research involved?

JM: I have a friend who confessed to me that her family was a “crime” family back in the country she was born in, and that her father and uncles had spent time in jail while she was a teenager. It got me wondering what that would be like. When would somebody would find that out or would they always know? And if they were in the dark, what would that realization would be like?

I took research trips to both Montreal and Miami. I’d been to Montreal as a teenager, but that was a while ago, and I really wanted to get a feel for the setting. And I’ve lived in Miami as an adult, but I had to go back for the same reason. I have to wander around a place and look at it through my characters’ eyes to know how to write it.

LM: It seems like the romance between Emilio and Valentina is over at the start of the novel, but will we see any other romantic interest in the book? ;)

JM: Definitely! But that’s all I’m going to say…

LM: Finally, I gotta ask since it is so darn striking: how much do you love your cover? What's your favourite part?

JM: I did hit the cover jackpot, didn’t I? I love the plume of color, but my favourite part would have to be the silhouette—it’s just visible enough that you have to really focus to see the entire figure, but even then you’re not sure you’re seeing the whole thing.

LM: Thanks for taking your time out to answer my questions!

Jessica Martinez is the author of young adult novels Virtuosity, The Space Between Us, The Vow, and Kiss Kill Vanish. She was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. As a child she played the violin, read books, and climbed trees incessantly. She went on to study English and music at Brigham Young University, and since then has been an English teacher, a symphony violinist, and a mother. She currently lives in Orlando, Florida with her husband and three children.
Are you guys excited to read this book? Have any of you already read it? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to check out all the other stops on the blog tour!

Thanks again to Jessica MArtinez for answering my questions, and thanks to Jess and Kathy for including me in the tour!

- Ciara (Lost at Midnight)

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