Blog Tour for Haze- Guest Post by Paula Weston


I am honored to once again be part of the blog tour for Paula Weston’s series The Rephaim. Thank you to Tundra Books and Paula Weston for including My Friends Are Fiction on the tour again this year and sending me a copy to review.

Just a couple of weeks ago (September 9th to be specific) the second of the series Haze released in the US. I absolutely adored Shadows and so I knew I wanted to read Haze as soon as possible. I loved this second installment even more than the first and if you’ve not started this series I consider it a must for paranormal fans. You can check out my interview with Paula from last year where she talks about the Rephaim and her research as well as my review of Shadows.

For my stop on the Haze tour I knew I had to ask Paula this question that I’ve been pondering since starting the series (and falling in love with her characters):

Who you feel that you are most like? Do you take parts of yourself for each character or is there one you’ve related to the most?

This is an interesting question. There’s definitely a lot of me in Gaby, or – more accurately – Gaby has allowed me to channel my nineteen-year-old self to tap into certain aspects of her personality.

When I was a teenager, I was impulsive, argumentative and confrontational and may have had some anger issues. 🙂 But whereas I was extroverted, Gaby is far more restrained socially, which makes sense for who she is at the start of the series (a girl covered in scars grieving for her twin brother). It also makes sense she’d be guarded, given she finds herself surrounded by people she doesn’t remember but who remember her – or, at least, a different version of her.

The interesting thing for me in writing Gaby, is that I need to know her on two levels: who she is now and who she was before she lost her memory. The latter is important to explain why those who knew her before react to her the way they do now. That’s definitely something that I explore more in Shimmer and Burn. Much of Gaby’s frustration comes from the fact people keep judging her on a past she doesn’t remember. All she wants them to judge her on is who she is now. Which raises the interesting question of how she will feel if she ever remembers that old life.

Unlike Gaby, I remember my past, and I’ve had some interesting ups and downs. Everything I’ve done and experienced – including my many mistakes – add up to who I am today. But I’m not always proud of who I used to be or some of the mistakes I made. But, like Gaby, I’d prefer people form opinions about me based on who I am today, rather than who I was in the past.

That’s not to say there aren’t parts of me in other characters. As a writer, it’s interesting (and sometimes fun), to draw on less visible parts of our personalities to flesh out particular characters. In many ways, it’s like acting: the character doesn’t have to be anything like you, but you need to find their truth if they’re to be believable, and to do that, you have to find something you can relate to.

I will admit, that if there’s a character I wish I was more like, it’s Ez. She’s rational, empathetic and measured. She’s slow to anger, and yet is deadly in a fight when necessary. I’d like to think I’m more Ez than Gaby these days, but I’m well aware I still have my Gaby moments…

Thanks for the great question. 🙂


I love this answer! I think we all struggle with lining up our past and present self, obviously not to the level that Gaby does. I feel that Paula’s ability to really draw on Gaby’s frustration behind not remembering is one of the most fascinating aspects of the story. I know as a reader I actually fear and question that once I learn of Gaby’s past-will I be able to accept her for who she is now? I love that these characters have become so real to me.

As a fun side to the tour Tundra put together a little quiz to see which character each of the bloggers are most like. My results didn’t surprise me…


Be sure to check out this series if you’ve not done so yet! I’ll be posting my review of Haze very soon so keep your eye out for it. If you’ve missed any of the blog tour here’s the line up (be sure to check out this link to learn about a giveaway):

Wendy at The Midnight Garden
Jo Ann at Journey of a Bookseller
Lee at Rally the Readers
Stephanie at The Bevy Bibliothèque

Lynne at Words of Mystery
Alexandra at Collections
Leslie at Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks, Part 1 and Part 2
Ashley at Book Labyrinth
Jen at The Starry-Eyed Revue

Summer at MissFictional’s World of YA Books
Jillian at Centre of the Universe
Jen at Perogies & Gyoza
Crystal at WinterHaven Books
Lisa at Turning Pages

Bethzaida at Bookittyblog
Krystal at Krystal’s Stellar Book Blog
Jaime (and her sister Erin) at FictionFare
Marianne at Escape Club
Christina at The Paperback Princesses

Joy at Joyousreads
Crystal at Crystal in Bookland
Andrea at Cozy Up With A Good Read
Kristen at My Friends Are Fiction

Stacking the Shelves

Now for the new additions from this last week. Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

I’m feeling incredibly lazy so I’m just going to put a picture down and hope to fill in the links for the books later on (if at all). I’m on the blog tour for Haze by Paula Weston. I adored Shadows so I’m incredibly excited to start this sequel. Your Perfect Life is an adult fiction book that was unsolicited. I’ll give it a bit of a read and see if it strikes my interest.

For Review (via publisher): 


Last Week’s Posts:

What did you get this week?

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review. So excited about this book haul:

Won (thank you Josin McQuein for the giveaway!):


ARC of Meridian, Arclight and Premeditated all signed by Josin

I have read Arclight (my review) and loved it–I found McQuein to be so creative and loved the world she created. You can see more details in my interview with her. I am so excited to have a physical arc of Meridian to read and add to my collection. Premeditated isn’t my typical genre but I’ve read really positive reviews and it’s written by Josin so that’s a winner. So excited about all of these!

For Review (sent from the publisher):

Haze (The Rephaim, #2)
Haze (Rephain #2) by Paula Weston

Last year I was on the blog tour for the first book in this series, Shadows (interview with Paula Weston). I loved it and have been crazy eager to be able to read the second book. I am so thrilled I was able to get an arc. Thank you!

For Review (via Netgalley):

 Plus OneHungryWhere Silence Gathers (Some Quiet Place, #2)

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama, Hungry by H.A. Swain and Where Silence Gathers by Kelsey Sutton

I have heard amazing things about Plus One and had a very good friend (looking at you Jen) tell me she thought I’d enjoy it. I had to request it right away and have already started reading (about 15% in) Loving it so far. Hungry sounds….sort of silly to be honest. But for some reason I felt the need to read it anyway. I loved Some Quiet Place, I felt Sutton wrote so beautifully and I love her personified emotions. You can read my interview with her here.



Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi, Scarlet and Cress by Marissa Meyer and Landry Park by Bethany Hagen

This week was stellar in new releases. I had to run out and purchase (and read) Ignite Me immediately. I have read it already and liked it though I had a couple things I would have enjoyed more of. I don’t actually know if I’ll review this one on here or not. I had to buy the paperback of Scarlet because my blog is mentioned! So exciting. I’ve heard great things about Landry Park so had to get that one as well. Trust me, I could have purchased a lot more books but tried to limit myself.

I can’t believe we are a week into February already. I’ve already strayed from my reading schedule for this month but I hope to be able to read all the books I hoped as well as the ones I’ve slipped in (Ignite Me and Plus One). This week I was able to finish Vicious by Victoria Schwab (amazing as expected) as well as Death Sworn by Leah Cypess.

Posts from the week:

  • Interview with Michael O-the artist behind the Lunar Chronicles books. Be sure to enter to win one of the 3 books (winner chooses, INT). You can enter here.
  • Review of Archetype by M.D. Waters
  • Release Day Launch of Alienated + Nook Simple touch giveaway
  • Review of Death Sworn by Leah Cypess

Next week I am thrilled to be on The Winner’s Curse Blog Tour (tour schedule). My blog will kick the tour off this Sunday (tomorrow) with some really beautiful insights from Marie Rutkoski as well as a giveaway. Be sure to stop back by!

How was your week?