Blog Tour: Interview & Giveaway with April Fifer & Danielle Hylton-Outland {Flesh & Feathers}


Please welcome April Fifer & Danielle Hylton-Outland to Novel Reflections!

Please tell readers a little bit about yourself.

Danielle is 29 years old and is a huge animal activist. Danielle loves yoga (when time is allowed), and she is addicted to oversized comforters, and her all-time favorite movie is “Romancing The Stone.” Pet-peeve – When people refer to not being able to hear using the word “death.”

April is 33 years-old and is addicted to coffee. She literally needs coffee in her system before she makes coffee in the morning. She is secretly in love with Vanilla Ice, and April’s favorite move is “Footloose.” Pet-peeve – CLOTHES THE SHOWER CURTAIN.

Please tell us about your latest release.

Flesh and Feathers is exactly what it says. I know that’s a little vague… but here we go. It’s about being ordinary, and have something extraordinary happen to no one other than YOU! The main character, Azaleigh (aka: Az), is just that person. She is every girl, or at least we like to think so. Az works at a diner in downtown LA. Life is life, and she sees it no other way. She’s not a go-getter, but a survivor. At the beginning, by chance, she meets Kale. This is the guy! The one she wondered even existed. However, later she finds herself torn between him and her new neighbor Gage. Chaos unfolds, and Az is faced with decisions that will surely kill her.

Was there a character you enjoyed writing the most?

Danielle: My favorite character to write about was Kale. I always root for the underdog or the tortured soul, which he is. Kale is the mysterious, sexy and an oddly glum prototype of man. He is someone I want to fix.

April: Gage and Gage and umm… Gage. Okay. So to begin with, I didn’t like Gage. He was that creepy kid from Pet Sematary. Then I was like, okay. I think I like this guy even though he is a little self-centered. After that his character became out of my control. He developed himself. I had no clue what he would do next. I really learned about him as I kept writing. I hope that doesn’t sound crazy.

Which character has the most identifiable characteristics of yourself in them and what are they?

That character would be Azaleigh. We both relate to her so much and she is a perfect blend of us two. We have even come up with a funny slogan, “I just had an Az moment.” Azaleigh makes human decisions. She is corny, not all dolled-up, and she deals with life through sarcasm and with a grain of salt.

Do you have a special formula for creating characters’ names?

We do! We shout out names till the other person approves. This sometimes takes a while.

What was the last amazing book you read?

Danielle: “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett

April: “Seven Deadly Sins” by Corey Taylor

Can you leave readers with a little teaser from FLESH and FEATHERS?

Excerpt from upcoming book “Flesh and Feathers.”

I opened my eyes, and I could see of all the shades of blue that made his eyes so brilliant. They twisted and interlocked, creating the most vibrant color. He leaned towards me, and I felt my legs weak and wanting to give way. He held my gaze, and I wanted so badly to look away; this was not something I was ready for. Finally, his lips were within an inch of mine. I forced my eyes closed as he whispered, “Azaleigh.” He pressed his lips zealously to mine. With each supple kiss, my lips fell in perfect formation. A surge of heat rushed through me. His hands reached up cupping my jaw line on each side, holding me in place. His last kiss gently pulled at my top lip and softly let go. He lingered inches from my face. I stood there with my eyes closed. I was too petrified to open them. I felt his thumb brush across my cheek in reassurance. I couldn’t speak. I was afraid that my words would dissolve the moment, and I would never get it back again. But like all great things, the end was inevitable.

Where can readers find you on the web?!/FiferHylton

Giveaway Details:

  • April & Danielle will be giving away an autographed bookmark and $5 Amazon GC to one commenter at every stop, and one $15 and one $25 gift certificate to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour.
  • Please leave a comment or question for the authors.
  • Contest is open the duration of the tour.
  • Winner will be randomly selected and notified via email.
  • Remember: The more stops you comment on the greater your chances of winning!

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