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Warrior of the Wild and Interview with Trisha Levenseller

Posted February 24, 2019 by Emily in Events and Features, interview / 0 Comments

Warrior of the Wild and Interview with Trisha Levenseller

Warrior of the Wild and Interview with Trisha LevensellerWarrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 26, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Historical
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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How do you kill a god?

As her father's chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.



I read an article all about your love of Pirates and the journey that you went on to get Daughter of the Pirate King published. Was the publication journey of Warrior of the Wild similar or different than your last duology?

It was very different! Since I was already an established author, I didn’t have to write the whole book before attempting to sell it. I only had to write the first three chapters and a complete synopsis. The idea went to the same publisher that did Pirate King. By this point, I have a strong relationship with my editor and we get to work together on concept ideas and whatnot. I love that the process is more collaborative now and I have an advocate already in my publishing house!
I love YA but I also am a huge horror fan and I’ve read everything by Stephen King. What’s a genre or a type of book that we might be surprised that you love?

I love adult historical romance and a good adult paranormal romance. I actually have an idea for an adult paranormal romance that I might like to write someday! We’ll see…

Warrior of the Wild has 3 main characters. Rasmira, Iric and Soren. I felt closest to Iric because I can be a little bit of a stick in the mud and a worrywart. Who did you identify with the most and why?

Haha. Iric is my favorite. He was definitely the most fun to write! I definitely identify the most with Rasmira. There were so many times when I felt like I had to prove myself, times when I lacked the confidence to do things I knew I was good at, and times when I felt I had to have the acceptance of those around me in order to feel good about myself. Rasmira’s journey is loosely based on my own in high school/college. 

Did you have a playlist on when you were writing Warrior of the Wild? What song was at the top of the list?

I actually don’t listen to music when I write! It distracts me.

Is there a scene or a quote from Warrior of the Wild that is your favorite? Please share it!

“A man who finds his masculinity threatened by a powerful woman is no man at all. You want someone who lifts you up, not tries to bring you down.” —Soren


About the Author

Tricia Levenseller is the author of the Daughter of the Pirate King duology and forthcoming standalone, Warrior of the Wild. She likes to describe her books as young adult alternate–world historical fantasies with heavy romantic subplots.

Initially from a small town in Oregon, Tricia now lives next to the Rocky Mountains with her bossy dog, Rosy. She received her degree in English Language and editing, and she is thrilled that she never has to read a textbook again. When she’s not writing or reading, Tricia enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, playing Overwatch with her siblings, and watching shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.




SST Interview: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Posted April 1, 2018 by Emily in Blog Tour, Events and Features, Giveaway, interview / 2 Comments

SST Interview: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

SST Interview: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne YoungSky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Published by Wednesday Books on April 24th 2018
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 352
Format: ebook
Source: the publisher
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Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

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  1.     Who is your favorite character in Sky in The Deep? Least favorite?

My favorite character is Eelyn for sure. I am so inspired by her! I don’t know if I have a least favorite character.

  1.       What is your favorite book and tv show at the moment?

I just finished The Cruel Prince and I am still reeling from it. As for TV, my favorite right now is The Looming Tower.

  1.       What inspired the design of the cover? It looks amazing!

I was so nervous about the cover. But the designer and my team at Wednesday Books were like, “just trust us” so I did. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. It is so perfect for this story.

  1.       Have you watched the show Vikings?

Yes, I love that show! And Lagertha was a major inspiration for Eelyn.

  1.       Can you tell us about your writing process?

I am an incredibly obsessive writer. When I’m drafting, the story takes over my life completely. But when I get to the other side, it is always worth it.

  1.       What is your favorite scene in Sky in The Deep?

I think the scene that inspired the title is my favorite, where Eelyn and Fiske are on the frozen lake and she is for the first time really confronting the change in her heart and in her mind. It’s a really powerful moment and it was thrilling to write.

  1.       Do you like audio books, physical books, or e-books better? And why?

I will always love physical books best because there’s nothing like turning pages and smelling the paper and ink. But the past year, most of the books I’ve read have been audio just for convenience’s sake. I’m picky about narrators so it’s hit or miss.

  1.   Any advice for aspiring authors?

Don’t give up. It sounds so cliché, but the moment you give up, you are letting go of all that could be. I’m convinced that 80% of getting published is just about persistence.


About the Author

Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, sipping wine over long dinners, or disappearing into her favorite art museums. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings beneath the West Coast sun.











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The Alchemists of Loom Read Along

The Alchemists of Loom Read Along

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. 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? […]

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

Interview with Rachel Caine

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: A4: I would want to interview @rachelcaine about being a cross genre author and what she's learned. — Emily (@Emren) February 1, 2017 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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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