Stalked By Death Review,Author Interview with Kelly Hashway and Giveaway

Hello lovelies, Today I have the Lovely Kelly Hashway on my Blog and I'm super excited. If you could see me yo would think I had one to many sweet tarts! Kelly Hashway is the Author of The Touched by Death series and I got to ask her some questions! 

But before we get to that, the winner of my Blogoversary giveaway is Elizabeth Gathro for the $20 Amazon Gift card( if you're here I Need response, check spam folder :D) and the winner of the book bundle is Tara G( mailed Yesterday enjoy!)

Jodi knows that any slip-ups made by the Ophi--a special group of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac--will fall on her shoulders... and that Hades is just waiting for them to screw up so he can wipe out the Ophi line. Unfortunately, Jodi has only convinced one Ophi to join her school: A hot guy named Chase who jeopardizes her relationship with Alex. Jodi loves Alex, but Chase can enhance her powers with just a touch—making her stronger than any Ophi has ever been. Her mixed emotions send her powers surging out of control, and the dead start rising without her conscious summoning—exactly what Hades doesn't want! If she chooses Alex over Chase, she may lose the battle to Hades, leading the Ophi race to extinction. If she chooses Chase, she might be able to stop Hades for good… but lose everything else. Jodi needs to figure things out fast--because death is stalking her at every turn

OK on to the Interview!!!!

Please tell is a little about bit about yourself?
I’m a former language arts teacher turned full-time writer. I’ve always loved everything paranormal, maybe because I like to be scared. When I’m not reading or writing, I’m playing with my daughter, running, or spending way too much money on Amazon.
( Amazon takes all of my money,also!!!)

What is your favorite part about being a writer?
I get to meet new characters all the time and tell their stories.

Are the characters personality traits and their experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Jodi is very much like me. We share the same birthday, the same tendency to hurt ourselves, and we have the same taste in guys. (We might fight over Alex from time to time.)

What genre would you consider your book?
Paranormal with a touch of horror.

Stalked by death has a lot of mythological elements, did you have to do a lot of research for the book?
Definitely, but I actually was researching for another book when I got the idea for this series, so in a way, I had a lot of research done ahead of time. Of course I had to keep returning to research as the series progressed, but I love mythology though, so it was fun.

Stalked by Death has a love triangle going on with the main character. Is it hard to write love triangles or is it easy because you already know the outcome?
Okay, without giving spoilers, let me just say that it’s not a true love triangle. I’m going to leave it at that. ;)

What are your current projects?
I’m working on the second book in my Birth of the Phoenix series, which will come out in 2014 through Month9Books. I’m also working on another two-book series (if you can call two books a series) for Spencer Hill Press called The Monster Within, also coming out in 2014.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members?
Book bloggers. I’ve never met such supportive people. I owe book bloggers so much for the way they have rallied around this series. You’re all truly amazing people.

Who are your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I LOVE Rick Riordan. His voice is incredible, and he’s a master at writing action scenes. I also really enjoy Becca Fitzpatrick. She knows how to write paranormal romance. I fell hard for Patch in the Hush, Hush series.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read and write as much as you can. Books are the greatest form of research and practicing your craft every day is essential for becoming a better writer.

Fun questions
Early Riser or Night Owl?
Early Riser

Winter or Summer?
Fall LOL I like in-between temperatures.

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Tough one! F. Scott Fitzgerald because he wrote my all-time favorite book, The Great Gatsby.

What is your favorite fan memory as an author?
It has to be when one of my favorite book bloggers, Keren Hughes, got a tattoo of the 13th sign of the zodiac from my book. That was surreal.

Sell your book in a tweet!(120 characters)
Jodi must figure out how to save an entire race from perishing at the hands of Hades but learns she might be the biggest threat of all.

Thanks for having me!
( No thanks for coming!! I really enjoyed Kelly's answers guys. How about that fan moment!!)

I write for children of all ages from picture books up to young adult. I am proudly represented by Lauren Hammond of ADA Management. My debut YA, TOUCH OF DEATH, releases January 15, 2013 through Spencer Hill Press. Also look for my other upcoming YA novels: STALKED BY DEATH (Spencer Hill Press, July 23, 2013), THE MONSTER WITHIN (Spencer Hill Press, April 2014), THE DARKNESS WITHIN (Spencer Hill Press, TBA), and INTO THE FIRE (Month9Books, spring 2014). My debut MG series CURSE OF THE GRANVILLE FORTUNE releases fall 2014 through Month9Books.

First thought before Reading
So, stalked my death is the second book in the Touch of Death Series by Kelly Hashway, Touch of Death being the first and I couldn’t wait to read it. I received an ARC and even though my schedule is super packed with no free time I decided to bite the bullet and dive into this book anyway! Because who doesn’t like reading about necromancers and Mythology!

My Thoughts
First off, you guys should know that I loved this book before reading it! The concept was completely new, and unique. In this day when most YA follow close to the same theme, Stalked by death goes outside of the box and is a gem of a find. If you haven’t read the first book in the series Touch of Death yet than you should go pick up a copy so that you can read stalked by Death and understand my love for this series!

Jodi our main character is a necromancer, she like many others were born under the 13th sign, Ophiuchus. Descendants of the one and only Medusa, in Touch of Death she had to leave her old life behind and embrace her destiny. Jodi is the chosen one, chosen to be the saver of her kind. What I liked about Jodi in both books was how she adapted to things quickly and her ability to embrace these new discoveries in life. I also like that she is such a strong character, she went from being so naïve and home school, to facing some pretty crazy things and overcoming them. Plus through this all she had Alex, her swoon-worthy boyfriend, who is also Ophi!

In stalked by death, when everything is semi- OK or as less crazy as things can be for Jodi, Chase enters her life and with him brings new mystery, new problems, and strange powers!  I never really liked Chase and was always on guard with him. But I loved him as an added addiction to the story! We also see some familiar faces that resurface in book 2!

What I loved most about Stalked by death is that it didn’t live up to the sequel let down. It was everything I wanted and more. Dare I say I liked it more than the first? I loved the first book but it can sometimes be a little slow because you are getting introduced to a new world, and that takes a lot of page time to introduce new things, but the second book picks up perfectly. It’s full of action! Like action up until the last page and it’s packed with twist and turns that left me drooling on the pages from having my mouth hang open in shock. I literally cannot wait for the third book to see what Hashway will do with this story, but whatever happens I know that it will be great because she is a great writer!!!  

Overall, Stalked by death is a great sequel that you wouldn’t want to miss! If you read Touch of dead than I know you’ve probably been on the edge of your seat ready for Stalked by death, and I’m here to tell you it’s amazing and worth the wait. If you are new to the series than go pick up Touch of death and fall in love with this story!

P.S there is a giveaway also guys! Thanks to the amazing people over at Spencer Hill Press!!


  1. Well, Crystal, this is definitely a new concept. I have been hearing a lot about the upcoming author, Kelly Hashway
    And I LOVE mythology, so this is automatically on my list
    Your reader,

  2. Crystal, thank you so much for having me and for that amazing review. I'm so glad you enjoyed Stalked by Death. :)

  3. Great interview and review Crystal. I love me some necromancers and add in some mythology and I am in heaven..thanks for sharing this!


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