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The Alchemists of Loom Read Along

Posted May 8, 2017 by Emily in Events and Features, interview / 0 Comments

Chapters scheduled for read along: 1-3

I’m celebrating the release of Elise Kova’s new book with a read along for The Alchemists of loom. I loved this book. It’s gritty and steampunky and literally everything I want from a fantasy. You can check out my review.

The Alchemists of Loom Read AlongThe Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova
Series: Loom Saga #1
Published by Keymaster Press on January 10th 2017
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 395
Format: hardcover
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Her vengeance. His vision.
Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.
Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.
When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.
He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

I’m thrilled today to have a chance to interview Elise about this book. I hope you will enjoy hearing about her thought process when she wrote it as much as I did.

We get to meet Ari in these chapters and she has a very interesting pastime. Have you ever stolen something? (even accidentally)

Stolen something? Other than the hearts of men and women around the globe? (I AM TOTALLY KIDDING)

One thing that I can remember… I made a friend at a martial arts studio I was going to in college and she was also into anime. She lent me her DVD of the live action adaptation of NANA and I held onto it forever because I was busy with school and just never got around to watching it. She ended up moving away and I found it in my drawer a few weeks later. I wasn’t able to get it back to her in time… The worst part? I still haven’t watched it!

Ari never intended to become a thief. If you weren’t an author, what would you want to do?

Before I was an author I worked at a Fortune 500 tech company in marketing, which was actually the focus of my MBA degree. So, if I wasn’t an author I’d likely be back in corporate America and in marketing.

If I could have a dream job? I’d likely be an artist. I’ve always loved drawing, painting, and graphic design.

What character do you feel is more you, Ari or Cvareh?

It’s hard to say… I love tea and wine, which is something I share with Cvareh. However, while I really appreciate fashion, I’m absolutely terrible at it. My more serious and logical sides align with Arianna. I guess it depends on my mood?

Did you base the geography of Loom on anywhere in particular?

A few places…

When I was young my mother and I went on a road trip through the mid-west and stopped to tour the caves in the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dekota. This, combined with the catacombs in Rome, inspired a lot of the Underground in Ter.4.

San Francisco gave a lot of inspiration to both Loom… Everything from the old steamships in the Maritime National Historical Park, to the Embarcadero, to Alcatraz as a floating prison, the beautiful woodwork of the Temple in Hays Valley, even the overall elements of art deco architecture found throughout the city.

Sonoma County, CA, also was inspiration for the isle of Ruana on Nova… Really, a lot of where I’ve traveled and spent time has given inspiration to different parts that make up the whole of the world.

COMING SOON

You want to preorder this book!

The Alchemists of Loom Read AlongThe Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova
Series: Loom Saga #2
Published by Keymaster Press on July 11th 2017
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 488
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Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust -- hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything -- and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.
While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills -- and quick-shooting accuracy -- makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons.
Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall.

About the Author

Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the Loom Saga.

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Interview with Rachel Caine

Posted March 2, 2017 by Emily in interview / 0 Comments

This interview came about because of a single tweet from last month’s #BHPChat! The question was “What author would you love to have featured on your blog for a guest post or interview?” and I tweeted:

Rachel Caine contacted me the next day about being interviewed. I can’t express how excited I was to see it. While she is probably most well known for the Morganville Vanpires series, her Weather Warden series has a special place in my heart. I also am eagerly awaiting the release of Ash and Quill, the final installment of The Great Library series that’s due out later this year.

Q&A

You recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund Red Hot Rain, a return to your Weather Wardens series. I can’t wait! Are there any other series you would return to if you had the chance?

Absolutely! I really loved the Morganville Vampires series, and I’d love to do some stand-alone books about the older vampires one day. Also, I have an obscure 2-book series called Red Letter Days … would love to get back into that universe! And my Holly and Andrew short stories (I did three of them) really deserve to be expanded into a book.

Out of all your books, is there one, series or standalone, that is just a little more special to you than the rest? Why do you have that special connection?

Hmmm. I don’t know that I can pick one. Many of them feel special to me, but in different ways. I don’t think I could single one out, honestly. Some I like less well, but I wouldn’t trade for the experience that I’ve gained.

You have had long running adult series (Weather Wardens) and Young Adult Series (Morganville Vampires) and shorter series in adult (Revitalist) and YA (Great Library). What format and genre do you like writing in best and why? Are there benefits/drawbacks to each?

I think the trick to a long series is to have really fun, enjoyable characters to write … people you want to hang out with on a long-term basis. Sometimes, with grittier series, that isn’t as easy; it’s still a rewarding story, but in a very different way. I don’t like one over the other, really. I think they accomplish different things for different types of readers.

Out of all your characters, I’ve always loved David. He’s all powerful and yet the perfect foil to Joanne’s hot headed personality. I met him first and love him most. What character have you written that is most like you and why?

I adore David, too. I’m really loving getting back into the Weather Warden world again! As far as which character is most like me … I think all of my characters have some little glimmer of myself in them, for different reasons. The closest is probably either Claire Danvers (from Morganville) or Eve Rosser (also from Morganville) … if you blend those two, you probably come pretty close to where I live inside.

You have an adult thriller coming out soon and an upcoming project with Ann Aguirre. Is there anything you are allowed to tell us about those?  

Sure! The thriller is a 2-book story about the ex-wife of a serial killer, who has been on the run from the vengeful mob of the Internet, and the relatives of his victims, for a few years. Her main–only!–priority is to create a safe life for her kids, and when she settles at Stillhouse Lake, it seems like she’s finally done it. But when bodies start dropping, and her old identity surfaces, all her hard-won safety and freedom is at risk. I think of it as Terminator meets The Silence of the Lambs. The first book is titled Stillhouse Lake, and it’s out in July.

The Honors is a new YA space series with Ann Aguirre, and we’re super excited about it–it’s full of all the space opera goodness we love, plus kick-ass tough girls, intelligent ships, terrifying enemies … what’s not to love? We think Zara and Nadim are going to be as much fun for readers as they are for us to write them. The first book is called Honor Among Thieves, and it’s out this winter, but we don’t have a date yet.

If you can’t give us details, I know you write every book with a playlist. Could you possibly share a few songs off your current playlist with us so we can get an idea of the tone of your current project?

Tricky! Okay, see if you can figure this one out: “Storm Comin’” by the Wailin’ Jennys, “Rags and Bones” by Thea Gilmore, “Bandida” by Audra Mae, “Scarlet Town” by Gillian Welch, “Better Dig Two” by The Band Perry. That’s one project.

The second project has these songs: “Legendary” by Welshly Arms, “Don’t Look Down” by Plaid Brixx, “Mas Ne Nada” by Elza Soares, and “Bloodline” by White Sea.

What was it like to tackle a thriller when you have written so many paranormal and fantasy stories? Did you find it hard not to add magic and monsters?

In this case, I didn’t! I really had a very definite idea in mind, and I’m a huge thriller and true crime reader, so I found that transition pretty easy to make. It’s a dark, scary place in that corner of my brain, and I really liked delving into it for a change.

You are an incredibly prolific writer and have published more than a book a year for the last 15 years. In 2009, you published 5! It doesn’t seem like it has cooled in recent years, with 3 books (Ash and Quill, Stillhouse Lake, and Red Hot Rain) due out in 2017. How do you keep up with such a demanding schedule?

It’s not easy, and it’s cost me from a physical standpoint; I’ve had to deal with some inflamed discs in my back and neck from all the laptop use, so I’ve had to switch it up and change my work habits. Instead of writing constantly on the road, I now devote more time to my desk and my ergonomic office chair, where I can better control the stress on my body. But you’re right, it hasn’t slowed down! I have a bunch of projects due this year as well. The only way I can function is to have a very aggressive schedule, every day, and keep regular working hours. It’s not magic (don’t I wish!) but it works for me. PSA for you heavy computer users: make sure you keep your screen at eye level. It was my critical failing.

What should we be looking forward to in 2018 and beyond?

I would love to answer that question but I’m coming to a point where … I can’t! Because I’m waiting on some announcements from publishers. So all I can say right now is that 2018 will bring the 2nd book of the Stillhouse thriller series, and Ann Aguirre and I will be continuing The Honors series with the next book. There are two other projects in the pot bubbling over, but I can’t tell you about them yet.

Thank you so much for answering my questions! It was an honor to have the chance to interview you!

Thank YOU! It’s a delight, and I hope you enjoy the books that are coming up!

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Irish Banana Tour: Q&A with Wintersong Authour S. Jae-Jones

Irish Banana Tour: Q&A with Wintersong Authour S. Jae-Jones

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones Series: Wintersong #1 Published by Thomas Dunne on February 7th 2017 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, romance, Retelling Pages: 448 Format: ebook Buy on Amazon Goodreads Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell. All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns. But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts. Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin […]

Posted February 20, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, interview / 3 Comments
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Debut Author Bash: Sonya Mukherjee

by Sonya Mukherjee Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Genres: Young Adult I did a character interview with Sonya Mukherjee earlier this year. Ever since I got to know her twins in this incredibly unique book, IÂ’ve wanted to read it. IÂ’m thrilled to have Sonya on the blog today for an interview to learn more about Gemini! So Gemini is about an unusual set of twins. Are you a twin or do you have any siblings that you are close to? IÂ’m not a twin. I have a sister whoÂ’s three years younger, and a brother whoÂ’s seven years younger than I am. With those age differences, we didnÂ’t have the type of intimacy that twins have. So in thinking about the twin relationship, while I was partly drawing on my own experiences with my siblings and other family members, I was also thinking about what real twins (conjoined and otherwise) have said about what itÂ’s like for them. There is definitely some imagination involved, but my hope is that mixing imagination with those two threads of reality led to something authentic. Have you always wanted to be an author? Tell us about your journey to publication. I have, and the journey has been a long one. I spent some time experimenting with different genres and styles, and along the way, I wrote a few […]

Posted June 22, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Events and Features, interview / 2 Comments
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Debut Author Bash: Emily Skrutski

Debut Author Bash: Emily Skrutski

For the second year, I’m thrilled to be participating in the YaReads New Author Bash! Hosted by Ya Reads, this is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate new authors! I won the lottery and I’m so excited to introduce Emily Skrutskie! I just love the book, The Abyss Surrounds Us and IÂ’m so excited to have her on my blog today!  What was your writing process for TASU? How long did it take you to write? I actually wrote TASU during the spring semester of my junior year of college. I kept a consistent but relatively light schedule—I tried to write at least 300 words every day, stealing time between classes and before I collapsed in bed each night. It was my most difficult semester of college academically, and it seems impossible that I somehow passed all my classes AND wrote a book at the same time. Which character do you think is most like you? How about the character that is least like yourself? As a fellow blue-eyed, bad-haired, ridiculously self-sacrificing, will-do-anything-for-approval person, IÂ’m going to have to go with Swift. Least like me is a trickier question, since I feel like I infused bits of myself into every character in some way or another. Maybe Lemon—Lemon rarely speaks unless necessary, and IÂ’m always unnecessarily speaking. Is there any news about a sequel or a companion novel to TASU? The […]

Posted June 13, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Events and Features, interview / 2 Comments
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ARC Review: Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

ARC Review: Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child Series: Special Agent Pendergast #15 Published by Grand Central Publishing on November 10th 2015 Genres: Action & Adventure, paranormal, mystery Pages: 352 Format: ebook Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon A secret chamber. A mysterious shipwreck. A murder in the desolate salt marshes. A seemingly straightforward private case turns out to be much more complicated-and sinister-than Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast ever could have anticipated. Pendergast, together with his ward Constance Greene, travels to the quaint seaside village of Exmouth, Massachusetts, to investigate the theft of a priceless wine collection. But inside the wine cellar, they find something considerably more disturbing: a bricked-up niche that once held a crumbling skeleton. Crimson Shore is part of a long established series. I was turned on to the series by a friend on twitter about 4 years ago and I’ve never been disappointed. This series isn’t for the faint of heart. It requires some commitment. After all, Crimson Shore is book 15 of this series! However, I don’t think you will regret it. These books follow Special Agent Alloysius Pendergast of the FBI while he does basically whatever he wants. He is a modern day Sherlock Holmes. However, he’s different from most heroes because he’s a traditional, southern gentleman. He has impeccable manners and abhors rudeness. As a master of disguise and lockpicking, he has every […]

Posted November 12, 2015 by Emily in interview / 0 Comments
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Z Resurrected Tour: Eric A Shelman Interview

Z Resurrected Tour: Eric A Shelman Interview

  Please tell me about the world your stories are set in. How did the zombie apocalypse happen? Our story begins in June of 2011 in Georgia and Florida. The zompoc begins when a fissure opens in the planet, and an ancient gas ­ from the planet’s creation ­ begins to seep from every surface of the planet, affecting 90% of all living beings. There is a particular toxic compound on earth found in some particular plants, and if you are that, you are also immune to the zombie virus. Tell me about your zombies. Are they Fast or Slow? Smart or instinct driven? There are two types of zombies in Dead Hunger; Mothers and Hungerers. The mothers were pregnant at the time of their “change”. The Hungerers are everyone else. While the Hungerers are slow, the Mothers can strategize to a degree, and can ultimately control the movements of the Hungerers. Hungerers are slow and plodding, using mostly sight to detect food; they do not have good hearing (rotted eardrums) and do not smell as they do not breathe. The Mothers have bursts of tremendous speed, and can even leap into the air when they want to get a bit closer to you … What sets your zombies or your world apart and makes it different? See the above. Part of their offensive tools include a chloroform ­like eye vapor that emits when prey is […]

Posted October 27, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, interview / 0 Comments
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SST: Interview with Brianna Shrum and Giveaway!

SST: Interview with Brianna Shrum and Giveaway!

Never Never by Brianna Shrum Series: Never Never #1 Published by Spencer Hill Press on September 22, 2015 Buy on Amazon James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up. When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child—at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by childrenÂ’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up. But grow up he does. And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate. This story isnÂ’t about Peter Pan; itÂ’s about the boy whose life he stole. ItÂ’s about a man in a world that hates men. ItÂ’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan. Except one. If you are even the least bit excited about Never Never (and I know I am!), then you have to read this interview of Brianna Shrum. She […]

Posted September 20, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, interview / 0 Comments
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Awesome Indie: Doc Graystone and the Red Runes by Nicholas Olivo

Awesome Indie: Doc Graystone and the Red Runes by Nicholas Olivo

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page I’m happy to share this interview with you today. Nicholas Olivo shares some interesting facts about his writing process and his favorite authors. Enjoy! What is your favorite book? The Stand, by Stephen King. When I was in high school they released an uncut version of the book with a bunch more characters and scenes that werenÂ’t included in the original. Each of the characters has a unique personality and motivation and you can tell whoÂ’s speaking even without dialog tags. What writers influenced you the most? Stephen King, Terry Brooks, Jim Butcher and Lester Dent. King for his characterizations, Brooks for his fantastic plots, Butcher for introducing me to urban fantasy, and Dent for the structure I followed when writing the Doc Graystone Adventures. What book are you reading now? IÂ’m listening to the audiobook of The Harvest, by Chuck Wendig. ItÂ’s the final book of a trilogy, and even though I just started, I can tell itÂ’s going to be a heck of a ride. Do you have a set writing schedule that you adhere to? I usually spend a few days sketching out what will happen in a story (or a few weeks if itÂ’s a novel). Once I have the plot and characters established, I write 2,000 words a day, every day, until itÂ’s done. If […]

Posted September 18, 2015 by Emily in Awesome Indie, interview / 1 Comment
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Awesome Indie: Rain of Ash by Gwen Mitchell

Awesome Indie: Rain of Ash by Gwen Mitchell

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page     I’m so happy to be able to share an interview with Gwen Mitchell today. Her book, Rain of Ash looks like a great mix of fantasy and romance. Best of all, she has an entire series planned to go with it. Enjoy! 1. Tell us about yourself. I work an office job to pay the bills and try to balance my free time between adventures with my friends/boyfriend and writing. When I’m stuck on a story, I cook, craft, and paint (or read!). Health and nutrition are my other passions, and I plan to go back to school for my MS in Nutrition. In the meantime, my life is about travel and experiences – filling the well. 2. What is your favorite book? If I have to pick just one, it’s still actually a trilogy: the first 3 Kushiel books by Jacqueline Carey. I love getting lost in the depth and richness of her world and characters. I’m on my 2nd or 3rd copies of them, and they are still well-worn because I reread them often. 3. Tell us about your book. Rain of Ash is about a reborn Zyne witch who has tried to escape her painful past, but gets pulled back in when she becomes the target of her family’s curse and her Oracle powers are […]

Posted September 11, 2015 by Emily in Awesome Indie, interview / 4 Comments
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