Saturday, June 02, 2012

Ella James Chosen Blog Tour Character Interview

Hello all :) I'm today's stop in Ella's Blog Tour!! I've interviewed Julia from Ella's Stained Series, so sit back, relax, and get to know her a little better ;)

Julia is sitting alone in a deep blue wing-backed chair in a richly decorated hotel suite. The curtains are pulled open to reveal snow-covered Alps, made whiter by the midday sun. Across the room from her, a fire crackles in a marble fireplace. This interview occurs sometime during the third Stained Series book, Chosen, which will be out in June. Based on her pursed lips and her clasped hands, it doesn’t look like we’ve caught her on a good day.

• How do you feel about your family, now that you’re an adult? Julia chews her lip for a second, her mouth slowly twisting into a scowl. “I think the whole situation is a bunch of crap,” she says. “I didn’t get to know my birth parents at all, because of The Three.” She presses her lips together again and inhales – a quick, deep breath, like the subject upsets her. “My foster parents, Suzanne and Harry – they’re gone, too. And I used to think it was my fault, but now I don’t. I can blame The Three, and I can blame Samyaza.”

How do you feel knowing that Samyaza is gone? She presses her lips together. “Good. I’m glad that I helped kill him.”

• What do you want from life? Julia laughs; it sounds sarcastic. “I just want to be able to live mine. I don’t want to be Chosen, I don’t want to be anything except for me. With Cayne.”

• If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for? “The safety of my friends,” she says immediately. “And for everyone to just leave us alone. For things to be…in such a way that we could be left alone.” She rubs her head. Smiles a little. “I know it’s kind of corny, but I just want to live happily ever after with Cayne and have a normal life.”

• How did you fall in love? At first sight? Over a long period? Julia smiles, and for the first time in the interview, she looks genuinely happy. “Oh, it wasn’t at first sight,” she says, sitting up straighter. “I thought Cayne was hot, but I had to heal him on the spot because he’d gotten his butt kicked. And he didn’t even have the nerve to appreciate it!” She grins. “That jerk. He can definitely be a jerk, but I did fall in love with him. I think I fell a little bit in love when he handed me that sleeping bag. And a little bit more when I showed him how to drive. He wasn’t the greatest student, you know.” Another little grin. “From back at that first Chosen meeting place where we saw so many…so much death… I was leaning on Cayne. And I guess I have since then.”

• What parts of loving come easy for you? Hard? She shrugs. “Trust is hard, I guess. Caring about people is too easy.”

• When you walk into a room, what do you expect people to notice about you? Julia covers her nose with her hand, smiling. “I’ve always been self-conscious about my nose.”

• Describe yourself to me. She waves her hands. “No thanks. I can’t do that. I mean, I have long brown hair and brown eyes. What more can you say?” She winks. “Cayne thinks I’m hot.”

• Is one sense more highly developed than another? (Are you more visual, or audial, etc, or do you rely on the famous sixth sense?) Her eyebrows arch, and she gives a knowing look, as if to say Lady, you don’t know what you’re getting into. “I have a lot of famous senses. A sixth and a seventh…” She rolls her eyes. “You want one?”

• Did you turn out the way you expected? “I expected to be Suzanne and Harry’s daughter. So no,” she says bitterly. “Things didn’t turn out the way I thought they would.”

• What do you consider are your strengths? Julia sits back in her chair, stretches her arms, and makes a thoughtful face. She runs a hand through her hair and looks away. Then back. “Mmm, well I’m loyal. Is that a strength?” She wrinkles her nose. “People say it is, but aren’t most people loyal? What would be the opposite of that anyway? This…like, bitch, who stabs everyone in the back? Kay, Dizzy. ANYWAY. So I’m loyal.” She taps her pink All-Star; one of her legs is folded over her other. “I guess you could say that I’m adaptable. I’ve had a lot of practice at that. And maybe for a third think you could say I try to…I dunno…push forward. If I’ve done something I don’t like or whatever, I just move on. Try to do better. And if something bad happens, I try to work around it. I won’t let anybody stop me if I want something.”

• What do you consider are your weaknesses? She touches her worn hot pink shoe again. “Too-high maintenance.” There’s a beat of silence, where she looks like she’s thinking about something heavy. Then she meets my eyes. “Lately it seems like everything is a weakness. Something I feel like someone could use against me.” And she bites her lip again, and looks down at her lap.

• What are you most proud of about your life? “I’m proud that I went with my gut, eventually, and trusted Cayne. He’s a good person, and I think people who know him know that. I know how to forgive people and I have learned how to move on from things.” She shrugs. “Maybe when I’m older and I’ve done more things, there’ll be more to say.”

• What's the worst thing you've ever done? Why? She closes her eyes, and her mouth pinches. Her eyes open abruptly, and she pins me with a serious stare. “You could answer this two ways,” she says slowly. “And I guess how you do says something about who you are. Soo… What I say is, the worst thing I’ve ever done is spend time being upset and unhappy about things that I can’t change. ’Cause there’s a lot of things I can’t. And I think I’ll just leave it at that.”

• Describe your ideal mate. “Tall, dark, and Cayne.” She grins.

• What are you most afraid of? “Losing him.” 

Well that's all I have for now. Thanks for stopping by Julia and Ella :)

After a fire destroys seventeen-year-old Julia's home and kills her foster parents, she chases the half-demon responsible across the country and back, determined to avenge her family and discover why a host of celestial baddies want her dead. With Julia is enigmatic hottie Cayne, who has his own score to settle with the half-demon, and who might be just as dangerous as the creature he and Julia hunt.
Listed as one of the Top 10 Books of 2011, Cayne voted one of 2011's Top 10 Book Boyfriends. Recipient of the Flamingnet Top Choice Award.

With Cayne's fate in the hands of his enemies and Julia spirited away to the covert Stained compound, the two are separated by impenetrable walls and a gulf of unanswered questions. Soon Julia learns the truth about the Stained and the plans they have for her, the compound is attacked, and a new group is running from an unwanted destiny, searching the globe in pursuit of the knowledge that just might save them all.

Milo Mitchell's life used to be charmed, but that was before her family dissolved, she went a little crazy, and her best friends started acting more like strangers. Spending Saturday morning in a treehouse with a stun gun for company and a herd of deer for friends is the only exciting thing in her life...until she shoots a fawn and finds her dart stuck in a guy.

Her gorgeous victim is dressed in a Brioni tux and armed with a hanky. He has no idea who or where he is. Afraid her dart caused his amnesia, Milo takes him in, names him Nick, and vows to help him solve his mystery. Soon the pair find Nick's face in a newspaper obituary, and Nick begins to have strange, ethereal memories of Milo--who is sure she's never met him. Suddenly Nick knows things he shouldn't know and is doing things he shouldn't do. When the Department of Defense shows up, Nick and Milo run--toward a shocking conclusion that could destroy both their worlds.

Margo Ford just became an heiress. Not the Paris Hilton kind. Her billions came after her father died and her insanely wealthy, insanely absent mother officially claimed her. Unfortunately, some terrorists noticed, and they hatched a plot to kidnap her. After a news report goes awry, reporting that Margo *has* been kidnapped, and her mother offers the humiliating sum of $500,000 for her return, Margo doesn't want anything to do with her *#$!@ of an egg donor. Then she is sentenced to a summer of "protection" on her mother's private island. Not the Oprah Winfrey kind. This one has an astronomical observatory filled with scientists, including Logan Greer, a super hot, super infuriating planet-hunter. Hiding out from kidnappers has never been so boring... until suddenly it isn't anymore.
Ella James is the author of Stained and Stolen, books one and two in the Stained Series; HERE, book one in an unusual sci-fi romance trilogy; and Before You Go, a one-shot YA romance beach read that tells the first meeting of Logan and Margo, who will be featured in her upcoming adult release, Over The Moon. She has a YA paranormal romance release scheduled for almost every month of 2012, including Chosen (Stained Book Three) in June and the second HERE book in July. Ella is inviting readers to help her write an adult romance shapeshifter novel, which is plotted via polls and questions on her blog and her Facebook page. Ella lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her wonderful husband, opinionated baby, and mopey dog. You can visit her blog, or friend her on Facebook. For a list of her award-winning YA romances, visit her Amazon page.


  1. Thanks so much for doing this! You are awesome!

  2. Sounds like a good series. will check it out!

  3. nice posting.. thanks for sharing..