Wednesday, March 22, 2017

BLOG TOUR Q&A: Drew Leighty | THE STRUGGLE by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Struggle is real for Jennifer L. Armentrout fans, especially those headed to Apollycon this weekend. I’m excited to welcome special guest, Drew Leighty, the Titan Series cover model, to the blog today!

Hey Drew, thanks for chatting with me today!

Jen: Apollycon is this weekend in Orlando. What’s one thing you’re excited for? Aside from seeing me again, obviously. JK

Drew: One of my favorite things about Apollycon are all the people that attend.  I’m excited to see all my friends I have made over the past Apollycon events and meet new ones as well. Everyone that attends somehow seems to not only be nice but also really supportive and fun. So I’m stoked to get back and be in that positive atmosphere again.
Jen: How does it feel being the face of Seth? Is there any pressure to live up to reader's expectations when you meet them? 

Drew: Haha I don’t feel any pressure at all, but I think that’s because half the things I do in my daily life are Seth. Whether that’s a good or bad thing- I haven’t made that decision yet, but it takes the pressure off of me at events and on social media. Do I love being the face of Seth? Absolutely! I grew up with a baby face for years, I was a late bloomer, being a small, skinny, and young looking guy for my age, all made me come off as an innocent (I’m not saying I was but that’s the vibes I portrayed).  So I always wanted to come off as the opposite, a cocky bad ass and THOSE, are Seth’s vibes.  

Jen: The Titan Series covers aren't the only ones you're on. Is it weird seeing yourself on a book cover? 

Drew: Seeing myself on The Return was exciting, I wouldn’t say it was weird. When I read the book, that was a little weird because the way Seth acted was a younger me mixed with me today. Proud, confrontational, cocky, honest, I mean I could keep going but to be blunt, as a youngster I was a bit of an ass. Nowadays I’m not so confrontational, just cocky, proud, and honest :). Seeing myself on other covers is always an ego booster and I’m always grateful, but I have only read The Return and The Power out of all the books I have been on. And I think that’s mainly because I’m worried these other characters won’t have as much in common with me as Seth does. 

Jen: In addition to modeling, you’re also an actor. Your most recent project, Never Hike Alone, which you’ve chronicled on Instagram, is a throwback to 80s horror movies. If you could play any role—past or present—what would it be and why? My dream role would be Princess Leia. She’s a total badass and she gets to kiss Han Solo. 
Drew: Well, if that’s the case I want to be Han Solo then ;). <-- Such "Seth" answer.
I really love horror movies, especially ones that deal with a character’s twisted psyche. Never Hike Alone has been so much fun, it’s a passion project and it’s a lot of action which I also love, but we are putting all this effort in for a genre and franchise that we respect and cherish.  However getting down to the depth of a character is the most exciting and once you tap that it’s also the most rewarding part of acting.  So that being said I would really love to have played the role of Kevin “Wendell” Crumb in Split. Although I haven’t seen it yet, James McAvoy had to tap into not one, but 23 (or 24?) different characters, which is a difficult task that I would have liked to tackle. 

Jen: When you aren't making movies or mugging for book covers, what else do you like to do? 

Drew: I hustle.  I’m always trying to work, so when I’m not working, I’m working to work. I also work in the restaurant industry and have since I was 14 years old. I started as a dishwasher and I have worked just about every position in a restaurant. That being said I have also worked in animation on a recent feature film “Rock Dog,” I’ve worked in fashion for a clothing line called Brandy Melville, I’m currently finishing up illustrating a children’s novel for a charity (which I will post all about once it’s nearing release), and I would say my most important job of them all is being a great dad; to my son Landon and my dogs June and Nah Nah. 

Jen: What song do you have on repeat at the moment?  

Drew: I don’t really listen to one song, I change my music up when I’m in the car from one radio station to the next, my Pandora station is pretty set to Chance the rapper all the time. However, Landon is currently playing Hallelujah by Pentatonix on repeat when he gets in the car. <--- Landon has good taste.
Jen: I ask all of my blog guests this one...Brownies, cupcakes, or pie? 

Drew: Cupcakes all day, every day! I even consume the wrappers. <--- I approve! Except for eating the wrappers. 
Thanks for your time, Drew, see you soon! 

Drew Leighty also known to some as the face of dearly beloved (or hated) Seth, is a California based actor and model. He grew up playing any sport he could get his hands on, then focused on baseball in college while studying theatre arts. Since then he has been pursuing his goal of becoming an actor and an established model. Drew may be best known as Seth to readers in the book industry, but he is also working on a couple different films and is currently in the process of illustrating a children’s book for charity.

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About the Book

The Struggle: A Titan Novel (Book 3)
Publication: March 20, 2017

A bloody path has been chosen…

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs.

The Great War fought by the few is coming… 

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people.

In the end, the sun will fall… 

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same.

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in… 

#1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins. 

Tour Schedule
March 19 - Krista Dust Jacket - Chapter 1 Reveal
March 20 - The Escapist Book Blog - Top 5 Seth Moments
March 21 – Vi3t Babe/Deity Island - Top 5 Josie Moments
March 22 - Jenuine Cupcakes – Q&A with Drew Leighty
March 23 - K-Books – Titan Series Dreamcasting
March 24 - Stuck in Books - Fave Greek God

~ ENDS 3/31 at 12AM EST 
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