Monday, February 20, 2012

"The Syndicate" Tour Part 1

This is Part 1 of the two part “The Syndicate” Tour. I got the honor of interviewing Shelena Shorts about her up-coming book “The Syndicate”. If you don’t recall Shelena is the author of “The Pace” series, a series where aging and love are intertwined, click Here to learn more Wes and Sophie’s story. 

Here’s the cover and summary of the book

For centuries, the Petrescu family has been protecting society from a danger that moves among the population undetected. Eighteen-year-old Vasi Petrescu has never had a problem carrying out his duty, but, when ordered to eliminate a seventeen-year-old girl, he is immediately taken out of his comfort zone.
The Syndicate has never targeted a female before, yet somehow this one has ended up on more than one hit list. Vasi would like to find out why, but there may not be time.
Now, he'll have to decide whether or not to keep her alive even if it means going against his own family.
The action, mystery, and conspiracy in The Syndicate will take readers on an immersing journey in which decisions are not only life changing, but irreversible.
I can’t wait to read this book, the summary alone has already drawn me in and the cover is so enticing! But the wait won’t be too, too long, “The Syndicate” is due to be released July 9, 2012, so be sure to pencil it in on your calendars!
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And now here’s the fun interview with Shelena Shorts

What should we expect from "The Syndicate"?
Action, conspiracy and a forbidden relationship!
What inspired you to start writing this new series?
I was actually watching the movie Wanted a few years ago, and was drawn to the idea of an assassin, so my mind started spinning the concept until Vasi and his brothers popped in my head. I didn't want them targeting people for no reason, so I came up with the rest of the plot from there.
What are the main characters like?
Vasi is confident, tough, a loner for the most part, and doesn't like to be told what to do, so he usually follows his own intuition. Riley is independent, but lacks confidence on where she fits in to the mystery.
What soundtrack or songs helped inspire this story?
I listened to all of these over and over on a playlist while I wrote the first draft. I don't always listen to music when I write, but I did with this book! They really helped me feel this story!
How long did it take to write the first draft of "The Syndicate"?
I wrote the first draft in about two months, and then put it away for several months while I worked on the second and third books in The Pace series. When I went back to it, I spent another 2-4 months revising and editing it!
What was your favorite snack and beverage while writing this book?
Coffee and Caramels

Who has supported you the most while writing this book?
My mom for sure! She has a way of seeing the bones of a story and taking out all of what she calls, "blah blah blah" lines, and once I swallow the deletion pill, I can build up what's more important.
Is this a world where you would love to visit?
Not really. LOL.  I would like to meet Vasi for about 10 minutes and then get out of that world, at least for now.
What is one thing you wish your readers to take from this book?
Hmm, I just hope they are entertained and feel like I've delivered two more characters worth knowing for a while.
What POV is this story from?
It's Vasi's and I really enjoyed writing his perspective! It feels fresh, different and wouldn't have worked any other way on this one.

I had a ton of fun learning all of the answers to my questions, thank you so much Shelena for taking the time to answer some questions I had about “The Syndicate”
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this tour, there will be a special giveaway and even greater suprises! Coming March 19, 2012.
Click Here to be directed to this books official page J


  1. This looks fantastic! Thanks for showing it to us. I haven't read any books with real assassins before, and the concept is a great one! July can't come fast enough.

    1. I know, I'm excited for it too, especially b/c I've read the authors Pace series and loved it.

      And I'm reading a book called "Grave Mercy" and it's an assassins book and it too is really good!!