Friday, February 7, 2014

New Release! Check out BRANDED by Katie Hamstead!


Katie Hamstead

Terrorists have invaded Sydney, and Allison King barely escapes her brother’s wedding reception alive. She and her siblings flee, but their parents are killed by firing squad.

Now Ali’s on the run and terrified. While searching for other survivors, she is captured by the General who leads the invasion. He’s smitten by Ali, and when she refuses to submit to his whims, he brands her for death. In a wild act of defiance, she snatches the branding rod and sears the mark onto his face. Marking not only him but also sealing her fate. Ali manages to escape and flees into the bush once more where she finds a group in hiding. Even with the scars left by the General, Ali learns to love and falls in love with the young man who found her—Damien Rogers. 

But the General is hunting her. When he discovers their location, and finds her with another man—Damien—his wrath is kindled and his obsession is inflamed. Ali must put herself on the line or the General could kill her family, those who help her, and most significantly, the man she loves.

Find BRANDED: Goodreads | Amazon 

Now, check out this awesome and exclusive interview with lead hottie Damien Rogers!

1.      What do you want for your future?
To be free again, with Ali, so we can raise a family together. It’s amazing how war makes you appreciate the simple things.
2.      What part of love comes easy?
My admiration and respect for Ali. From the second she stumbled onto the beach, I knew she was a fighter. Even battered as she was, she still kicked up a fuss.
3.      What do people notice first about you?
That I’m a broad shouldered Maori guy. People seem to think that means I play rugby. Don’t get me wrong, I love playing it, but I’m not a rugby player, you know? But apparently I should try to play for the All Blacks, even though I’ve lived in Australia all my life! *Grins* Oh, but Ali thinks it’s my grin, maybe my eyes. She’s secretly sappy.
4.      What are you most proud of about your life?
I don’t know really. Before the war I earned a bachelor’s degree at Uni. Yeah, I worked as a social worker. It’s a rough job at times, but there are moments when it’s all worth it.
5.      What's the most important thing in your life?
My family, especially Ali.
6.      What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is that the General will catch and break Ali before this war ends, or worse, I’ll have to watch him kill her after he’s broken her, then he goes after her family, and my family. So, the General is my biggest fear.
7.      What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Peace. A quiet home in the suburbs, a few kids, Ali smiling.
8.      Who is the greatest love of your life?
I think that’s pretty obvious. *winks*
9.      Where would you love to go the most?
I miss the beach. Any beach, anywhere. I used to love the bush, but I think from now on, if we ever get free, the bush will forever hold terrible memories. But the beach is peaceful, warm and no war memories are associated with it.
10.  What is your greatest regret?

Not talking to Ali before the war, when her brother said I should. I can’t believe I turned my nose up at her. I almost missed out on the best thing in my life. But then again, I wonder if we would have both survived if I’d been with her from the beginning, because there is no way I would have let the General take her in the first place.

About the Author:

Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.
After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. She is currently at school studying English and Creative Writing.

Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. She now works as a Clerk with a lien company in Arizona to help support her family and her schooling. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

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  1. Hi Katie, Love the character interview and intriguing storyline. I'm putting Branded on my TBR list. :)

  2. Katie, your heroine sounds like one kick butt woman. Good luck!

  3. Love a man who is strong enough to love a strong woman. Sound like a great story with a particularly nasty antagonist.