Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Whispering Hills Blog Tour : Guest Post & Giveaway from Author Taryn Browning

Welcome to Whispering Hills Book Blog Tour stop at Books4Juliet!

 A BIG THANKS to Ms. Taryn Browning and Heather @ SupaGurl Tours for the opportunity to be part of this awesome tour.

Here is an interesting article from Taryn Browning, author of the Dark Seeker and Whispering Hills.

Building My Fictional Characters 
by Taryn Browning 

When I'm reading a book I love it when the characters are developed so that I genuinely care about what happens to them and would even love to know them or be friends with them. This is what I strive to do when I am developing my characters. I like strong female heroines that do what it takes to get the job done, like Janie in Dark Seeker, or search for the truth at any cost, like Alexis in Whispering Hills. Both characters have their burdens and difficult back stories that make them who they are today. Instead of focusing on the negative, they push forward and do whatever it takes to protect the people they love and find answers even when the outcome isn't positive. They are definitely not perfect, which adds to their "realness." Both girls also learn a lot about life, friendship and love, which helps to shape them as the books develop. I don't always agree with the choices they make, but it's the errors they make that make them human and also allow them to grow. 

As for the leading guys in my books, I want them to posses the same qualities. Chance in Whispering Hills and Kai in Dark Seeker are imperfect. They are afraid to open up and be completely forthcoming with the girls they care about in an effort to protect them. Both guys also evolve during the books, not only Chance with his fashion sense and uncomfortable actions, or Kai with his sarcasm and cockiness, but they learn that being honest from the start is best. Yes, both guys are beautiful to look at, even the physical scars Kai bares from a painful time in his life, but they are genuinely good even though their actions are sometimes misguided. They still act out of love and most importantly grow throughout the books. I believe this makes the leading guys endearing but also fun to read about.

Title: Whispering Hills
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Summary | Add to TBR
For as long as she can remember, seventeen-year-old Alexis Forbes can hear the thoughts of others. Most recently, she is disturbed by the dark, unfamiliar voice of a frightening killer: callous, cunning, charismatic…and dead. She hears his every sinister thought. But she can’t tell anyone. No one would believe her. 

Alexis is suddenly being haunted by a terrifying past she doesn’t remember, and a ghost with a serious score to settle. Even Chance, the gorgeous new guy she’s falling for, has his own ghostly secret. He’s definitely not like any guy she’s ever met. Alexis soon discovers she has a connection to the dead and it runs much deeper than she could ever imagine. 

And if the sociopathic entity has his way, she’ll finally be sentenced to the fate she escaped thirteen years ago. 

Taryn Browning writes young adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels. Her debut novel, DARK SEEKER, is available on Amazon and B&N. The sequel, DARK RETURN, comes out in late, 2012. 

Taryn graduated with a BS in Education from Towson University and went on to earn a MS in Reading from Hood College. She lives in Virginia with her husband, two young sons and their dog. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, music, movies, and the beach. Visit her at, on twitter and facebook.

Now for the GIVEAWAY, simply enter in the Rafflecopter below. This is open internationally.
One Winner will win the following:

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The tour is until April 12th 2012, so you have plenty of time to enjoy reading Reviews, Book Excerpt, Guest Posts, Interviews etc., and enter in the giveaways. 

Also, there will be a Big Giveaway at SupaGurl Books in the last day of the tour!

Make sure to visit the rest of the participating blogs. Happy Reading!


  1. Great post! I really enjoyed Dark Seeker and the characters were great! I'm looking forward to reading this soon!

    1. Thanks, Giselle! XO And thank you, April, for the fantastic topic & being part of the tour! I'm having so much fun! <3

  2. I'm in. Thanks so much April! Sounds like a great book!

  3. Great post! I like it when an author puts so much thought into the characters, and into making them real!

    And that giveaway is awesome, so thanks!!


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