Thursday 19 August 2010

Interview With Daniel Kalbi + Giveaway

I would like to welcome the wonderful Daniel Kalbi who took the time off his busy schedule to be with us today....

So, first of all... please tell us a little more about yourself.
My name is Daniel Kalbi, though if I had my choice I wouldn't use that last name at all. It reminds me of my father and all the horrible things I inherited from him. If I could choose any last name, it would Divine. I've always wanted to be part of the Divine family with Grace and Jude. I know they're not as perfect as they pretend to be--I mean, any family that goody goody would just be kind of creepy--and I know they have a lot their own secrets and issues, but I know they really do care about each other.

I love art, almost as much as I love Grace, and I hope to become an industrial designer someday. I am fascinated by designing and creating new things that will change the way people live their lives. It's a lot of work, and an extremely difficult program to get into, but I really want to find a way to use my natural talents to make people's lives better. Oh yeah, and I kind of have supernatural talents too--Grace calls them superpowers--but they come at the cost of having a demon inside of my head all the time. . . and that part I'd rather live without.

Are you into reading books? If so, what is your reading list? Who are some of your favorite authors?
I'm really into reading. I was out of school for the last three years, but I like to think I'm a little bit self taught from all the reading I do. (Plus lessons from my mentor, Gabriel.) I like all kinds of books from biographies, history, religious texts, modernist fiction and poetry, and stuff that's just for fun. HOWL by Allen Ginsberg, and any poetry from Lawrence Ferlinghetti are some of my favorites. There's a certain remorse in Tennessee Williams work that really gets to me. For fun, I like to read stuff like LOST BOYS by Orson Scott Card and, of course, the HUNGER GAMES is just plain awesome.

What is your strangest habit?
I love music. Always wished I played the drums, but my parents wouldn't let me take lessons. I have a habit of tapping out the drumbeat with my fingers on my leg to whatever song is stuck in my head.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? What kind of power would you choose?
I kind of already have a lot of superpowers. I don't really feel like I deserve any of the ones I currently have so I don't know if I should be asking for any more . . . but if I could choose another one, I'd say teleportation. I'd love to be able to grab Grace and pop on over to the Florence for an afternoon at a few art museums, or maybe a quick trip to China for some really good dumplings.

If, you were to fall in love, who would be your ideal mate?
That's easy: Grace. She's smart, stubborn as hell, really talented at art, has this overriding idea that everything in life should be fair--and will fight to set things right if she thinks it needs to happen. And she just genuinely cares about people. If there's anyone in this world who could possibly love me, I think it would be Grace. Oh, and she's gorgeous. But in a real sort of way, not a fake, over-plucked, over-styled, Hollywood sort of way.

What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
Coming back to Rose Crest. I ran away because I was afraid--but coming back, was the hardest, scariest thing I've definitely ever done. Especially knowing what could happen now that I'm back.

If you suddenly come to have $1M, what would you do?
I'd buy Bree her dream house and a little 3 Series BMW and a Mustang--because I think she really deserves it. I mean, she created me after all. :)

It has been a true pleasure having you here, Daniel! And thank you for dropping by and being with us today!!

And dear readers, that was Daniel, from The Dark Divine series by Bree Despain...

About The Dark Divine:
A prodigal son

A dangerous love

A deadly secret . . .

I stood back and watched his movements. Daniel had that way about him that could shut me down in an instant. . . . I kicked the gravel a couple of times and worked up my courage again. “Tell me . . . I mean . . . why did you come back? Why now, after all this time?”
Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away.

As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel's dark secret . . . and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it—her soul.
Source: Info in the About The Dark Divine was taken from the author's wabsite at on 26/07/2010.

Author Link(s):

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The Dark Divine

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Contest Rules:
  • Open to international readers.
  • Ends on: 15 September 2010
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  1. Oh Cherry, Thank you for making this open internationally !

    i haven't had any chance to read this book, please count me in !

    Mariska H

  2. Thanks for hosting - please enter me - I am an old follower!

  3. Nice interview! I was like "Who's Daniel Kalbi?", only when I scrolled down did I realise it was a character interview. :P Haha. But very very nice, I hope to get to reading this one sometime in the future!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    +5 CherryD member. :)

    cc932005 @ hotmail . com

  4. I am an old Follower via GFC.

    I haven't read any of the series as yet so I would love to get my hands on the first book.

    Thanks very much for opening the giveaway to worldwide entries.
    Much appreciated.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  5. Please enter me, too! I'm a follower through GFC.


  6. I'm a follower via GFC.. I sure hope to win.. This would be a sweet birrthday treat.. ;)


  7. Awesome! I'd love to win this.


    GFC follower.

  8. Sound great! i would love to have a chance on winning this book.
    I'm a follower via GFC

  9. count me in! :D
    I'm a follower
    and thank you for this giveaway. the interview is kinda funny :D

    feeyonachan at gmail dot com

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  11. Thanks for the giveaway! I've been really wanting this book. I'm a GFC follower and I'm also a Cherry D member (+5).


  12. I so want to read this book. Thans for making this international!

    Of course I'm a follower! :0)[@]gmail[.]com

  13. Count me in! Thank you!! I'm following, of course :)

    rexreadingrobot at gmail dot com

  14. I have heard good things about this book, and the cover is haunting. I am in, and a follower
    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  15. I own this one so don't enter me but I had to say: ROCKING interview. I <3 Daniel!

  16. I added this to my Google Buzz :)

  17. I am a gfc follower. I would love to read this book.

  18. I'm a follower and I wanna win this! Thanks!

  19. I just became a follower and would like to be included!

  20. Please enter me in this contest! I've been liking what I've heard about this book :D

  21. I really enjoyed this book and would love to own a copy!
    P.S. I'm a follower.

  22. I am a follower and would love to be entered to win. I have the polish but NO book, LOL.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  23. This book is very high on my wishlist, even more so now that I read this post! Please enter me in the contest, I am a follower via Google Friends.


  24. I'm very interested to read this. I'm a follower. Please enter me.

    jen at delux dot com

  25. Great interview and thank you for making this great contest international! This book sounds so intriguing! Thank you for this chance! :D

    Giada M.

    fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

  26. Forgot to mention I'm an old follower and email subscriber. :)

  27. I am a follower and email subscriber. I really want to read this book. It sounds very good.

  28. I'm a follower.
    This is a great giveaway.

  29. I'm a follower and would love to be a part of this giveaway! Thanks!


  30. I'm a follower. This sounds great!

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

  31. I'm a follower (a very old one LOL) and I would love to win this book. It sounds like a great read.

  32. Great Interview!!

    Thanks so much for this giveaway!! I would really like to be entered please :)

    chidoryx AT hotmail DOT com

  33. I'm a GFC follower(Elise). Thanks for the giveaway.
    caliblue7 at gmail dot com

  34. Cool interview ^.^

    novapsych674 at aim dot come

    (I'm a follower)

  35. I've been wanting to read The Dark Divine for so long and that was a great interview!!

    Thanks for making it international x)

    anbi14 at hotmail dot com

  36. Oh, I loved this book. What a fun interview, interviewing the character rather than the author. Very fun! Great contest, thanks for hosting.

    barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  37. I can't wait to read the dark divine! I hope I win!


  38. Please enter me, I follow (:
    bratdownstairs at yahoo

  39. I'd love to play please :D

    Old follower.


  40. i'm a follower through google connect....thank you for the contest! :)

    k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

  41. oooh, awesome contest!! thank you! i'm a follower via gfc :)

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

  42. I am a follower via GFC as well!

    I joined CherryD as a member but still waiting for approval so... +5?

  43. Lovely contest! Thanks! I am a follower and you can reach me at

  44. Hi, Sounds like a great book. New follower.


    Thanks for the contest.


  45. Thanks for the contest! Follower via GFC. Amazon ships to my country.
    +5 Cherry D Member


  46. Thanks for the giveaway, I am a GFC follower.

  47. I am a new GFC follower thanks so much!

    giveawaymommy at

  48. Great giveaway I would love to have this book.

    I'm a follower

  49. This book sounds so good and I'm looking forward to reading it! I'm a happy follower.


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  51. Thanks. What an awesome read, this will be.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com
    I follow....dor

  52. Looks like a great read...please count me in!

    +5 GFC follower!

    epblack at zoominternet dot net

  53. Thanks for giveaway! :)
    +5 old GFC follower
    tabbylewis at

  54. I love this book so much :)

  55. I'd love to win this! I'm a follower. Thank you for the giveaway!

    sarahdc22 (at) gmail (dot) com

  56. I totally want to read this book!

    liathiano at gmail dot com

  57. Loved the giveaway!
    I want, please!!

  58. Thanks for the contest!

  59. Awesome giveaway!!!

  60. Thanks for making it international! *crossing my fingers* seesen9 (at) gmail (dot) com

  61. I would LOVE to read this!!
    I follow

    bmweida at yahoo dot com

  62. Sounds great. I really want to read this one. Thanks for the chance. I am a follower.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  63. I have heard amazing things about this book, but can you believe it that I haven't read it yet? I know! *blushes* So please enter me, would love to finally get to know more about Daniel ;-)

    Of course I'm an old follower of Cherry Mischievious!

    Thanks for the great giveaway and the fun interview !

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  64. This books looks great - please count me in the contest. I'm a new follower.

    melissa [at] yabookshelf [dot] com

  65. haha loved the interview :) and the book looks fantastic! Thanks for giving us the chance to win it! :D

    I'm already a follower :)

    Ambur (


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