Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Author Interview+Giveaway: Darkening Dream by Andy Gavin

Hi everyone, Darkening Dream by Andy Gavin will be on sale for just 99 cents on AMazon.. I had reviewed the book last time and I love it.. Check out my review here!

Darkening Dream
The Blurb

The Darkening Dream is the chilling new dark fantasy novel by Andy Gavin, creator of Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter.

Even as the modern world pushes the supernatural aside in favor of science and steel, the old ways remain. God, demon, monster, and sorcerer alike plot to regain what was theirs.

1913, Salem, Massachusetts – Sarah Engelmann’s life is full of friends, books, and avoiding the pressure to choose a husband, until an ominous vision and the haunting call of an otherworldly trumpet shake her. When she stumbles across a gruesome corpse, she fears that her vision was more of a premonition. And when she sees the murdered boy moving through the crowd at an amusement park, Sarah is thrust into a dark battle she does not understand.
With the help of Alex, an attractive Greek immigrant who knows a startling amount about the undead, Sarah sets out to uncover the truth. Their quest takes them to the factory mills of Salem, on a midnight boat ride to spy on an eerie coastal lair, and back, unexpectedly, to their own homes. What can Alex’s elderly, vampire-hunting grandfather and Sarah’s own rabbi father tell them? And what do Sarah’s continuing visions reveal?
No less than Gabriel’s Trumpet, the tool that will announce the End of Days, is at stake, and the forces that have banded to recover it include a 900 year-old vampire, a trio of disgruntled Egyptian gods, and a demon-loving Puritan minister. At the center of this swirling cast is Sarah, who must fight a millennia-old battle against unspeakable forces, knowing the ultimate prize might be herself.


One/Two word/s that describe your book?


One sentence: Why we should read your book?

To quote Publishers Weekly, it’s “Gorgeously creepy, strangely humorous, and sincerely terrifying.”

Why was it titled Darkening Dream?

There are a number of layers to that, but essentially The Darkening Dream refers to the existence of the magic world layered behind the real world. One of my main goals with this book was to create a sense of complex magic and occult that was fully compatible with the history and world that we know. The supernatural lurks beneath the surface, driving people and events, but never obvious to the bulk of mankind. In this context, Sarah and her friends are dragged literally and figuratively into The Darkening Dream, the ever more costly world of magic, where all power is purchased at a price.

If you would become one of the characters of your book, who would it be?

Al-Nasir, my 900 year-old vampire. Just kidding.

But he was just so deliciously evil and fun to write. I like to think of him as evil mid-upper management, like an undead Executive Vice President of Acquisitions. I wanted a personage of exceptional age, power, and menace, yet also no CEO or CTO level player — even if he has aspirations.  Al-Nasir has been sent west from Europe to Salem Massachusetts. This is no small thing for a vampire, particularly in 1913. A steamship is a dangerous place for the daylight challenged — especially if they have a habit of snacking on the crew. But come he does, under mysterious orders from the loose cabal of occult baddies with whom he works. Al-Nasir finds things. And with the patience and tenacity only the dead can muster.

If this would turn into a movie, who would be the main cast?

I don’t actually spend much time thinking about that as I see them as their own people. But… The girl we cast for the cover nails Sarah’s look. A young Rachel Wiess would’ve been perfect. Failing the time warp, perhaps Nina Dobrev, but she’s too tall and by the time it got made too old. Constantine: Christopher Lee for sure, but we can only hope he’ll still be around :) . And while we’re going for dream cast, I think George Clooney could actually carry al-Nasir. He has the intensity and Nasir sees himself as charming. Steve Buscemi might make a great Parris. Paul Giamatti as Joseph. Chloe Grace Moretz as Emily. And last, but not least, perhaps Anton Yelchin as Alex.

Rachel Wiez
Nina Dobrev

Christopher Lee

George Clooney
Steve Buscemi
Paul Giamatti
Chloe Grace Moretz
Anton Yelchin
Music or Book?

I’ll always take a great book over a great album.

Love or Life?

Life, because without it, there is no love.

Reality or Fantasy?

Fantasy. I find fiction without the exotic droll.

If I can’t sleep, I would slay demons in Diablo.
The craziest thing I did is jump out of a plane.
My greatest dream was being the leader of a rebellion on an alien planet.
The place I’d like to go someday is Ephesus.
One thing people don’t know about me is that besides making video games and writing novels I love food, wine, history, art, and interior design.
I wish I had written Hyperion.

Where could readers go to know more about you and your books?

Useful links:  about my writing the book’s Amazon link my second novel, available soon

Thanks so much for your answers Mr. Gavin, I had a fun with the interview..

The critics love it

"A vampire novel with actual bite." ~The Kirkus Reviews
"A gorgeously creepy, strangely humorous, and sincerely terrifying tale." ~Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Read the first two sample chapters here.

Get your 99 cent copy of The Darkening Dream today on Amazon only.

About the Author

Andy Gavin is an unstoppable storyteller who studied for his Ph.D. at M.I.T. and founded video game developer Naughty Dog, Inc. at the age of fifteen, serving as co-president for two decades. There he created, produced, and directed over a dozen video games, including the award winning and best selling Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter franchises, selling over 40 million units worldwide. He sleeps little, reads novels and histories, watches media obsessively, travels, and of course, writes. Find out more here.

A Big Giveaway for The Darkening Dream

This week, through June 29th, Author Andy Gavin is running a big giveaway to celebrate his 99 cent promo sale.
The Darkening Dream Rafflecopter Giveaway
Tweet, like, follow, share, blog and grab a copy of his book to enter.

Be sure to comment below..:)


  1. not entering the giveaway, just wanted to post that I have read this book, and I loved it and cannot wait for the next one.

    1. I am too.. The author said, he's actually processing the sequel..:)

  2. I would love to win. I really like ebooks. yesterday my whole town got evacuated and the kindle was easy to take where I could not take all my other books. rlrlaney at yahoo dot com

  3. Thanks for that review. This is the page that I was directed to for the e giveaway! Long list of books. This one looks good too! Delivery.RN at gmail dot com

  4. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Great cast!! This is an amazing giveaway, thanks!
    lissette_125 at hotmail dot com

  6. thanks!

  7. Directed here for the giveaway. Great idea for a contest. Thanks for the fun.

  8. Cool Contest I Love It

  9. I would love to win a copy of this eBook! I've already added to to my 'to-read' list. I have to say, there are so many good books out there. :)

  10. This IS A Great Idea I Love It I Love Ebooks.

  11. As bad as this sounds, I haven't read any of the books listed on the eBook Giveaway Blast (I know, it's a crying shame). lol My goal today is to look on Amazon and read reviews on these titles. I'll see which ones interest me the most and I'll be back to talk about them.


  12. Thanks for participating in the blog tour and coming up with cool interview questions!

    1. Hi Mr. Gavin, thanks so much for the giveaway and also for your cool answers..:D

  13. I was looking at the book, Justifiable (Oregon), and I like what I've read about it so far. The story intrigues me. I used to live in Oregon and I'm quite familiar with Tillamook. Off the topic of the book, but have any of you had Tillamook Ice Cream? OMG, their Tillamook Mudslide is heaven. :)

  14. It's always interesting how a book's cast would be.

  15. I want to win one of the ebooks! :)

  16. This sounds great

  17. T haven't read any of the ebooks yet =(

  18. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  19. Thanks so much for entering all of you.. You could still comment til Midnight..:)

  20. =) Thanks to you for the giveaway!! :)

  21. Enter me again

  22. It'd be cool if I win this giveaway, too! :)

  23. I am so excited. What a great giveaway.

  24. Hello, I just heard about this, I'm in!

  25. Thanks so much to everyone who entered.>:)
    Keep coming back for more giveaways..:)


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