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Nobody's Goddess by Amy McNulty
Series: Never Veil #1
Published by Month9Books on April 21st 2015
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In a village of masked men, magic compels each man to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his Â“goddessÂ” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. And a man must stay masked until his goddess returns his loveÂ—and if she canÂ’t or wonÂ’t, he remains masked forever.
Seventeen-year-old Noll isn't in the mood to celebrate. Her childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in NollÂ’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her.
Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman versus the magic of man. And the stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and deathÂ—and neither is willing to lose.
Tell us about your book.
My upcoming release, NobodyÂ’s Lady, is the second book in my YA romantic fantasy trilogy The NeverÂ Veil Series. Out April 12, it deals with the repercussions of the huge changes that occurred at the end ofÂ the first book. This time, everyone around Noll is in emotional turmoil and sheÂ’s doing okay, instead ofÂ the other way around like it was in the first book.
If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
The story begins in a remote medieval-like village surrounded by mountains. For a thousand years, theÂ men in this village have worn masks. Magic compels each man to love only one woman and to followÂ the commands of his Â“goddessÂ” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her ifÂ she pleases, but she will be alone forever. A man must stay masked until his goddess returns hisÂ loveÂ—and if she cannot or will not love him, he remains masked forever.
Originally, Noll, my main character, hasnÂ’t found her Â“man,Â” and no one worships her as his goddess.Â SheÂ’s also upset because her best friend, the man she fell in love with, found the goddess in her sister.Â Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever lovedÂ her. She is in fact the goddess of the mysterious lord of the village, a Byronic man who refuses to let NollÂ have her right as a woman to spurn him and who has the power to fight the curse. Book one deals withÂ NollÂ’s discomfort with this situation, and book two deals with the aftermath. Book three finally revealsÂ whatÂ’s going on in the village to begin with.
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
I do for the first book in my The Never Veil Series, NobodyÂ’s Goddess, which came out in 2015. I made itÂ myself: Watch it here!
How long did this book take you to write?
The sequel took me about 5 months to draft and two months to revise before I turned it in. (Of course, IÂ had revisions from my editors after that as well.) It was one of my slower drafts, unlike the first draft ofÂ the first book, which I wrote in 9 days! (But that one evolved a lot in revisions.)
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Characters completely changed their personalities as a result of the end of the first book. I had to get toÂ know them again as different people, while also coming up with a mystery and overall conflict to driveÂ this middle installment.
What were you like in school?
I was a straight-A student, but I preferred spending my free time having fun so I was very driven to getÂ my homework and studying done at school during my breaks and lunch period. IÂ’d eat with one handÂ and write with the other alongside my likeminded friends. (Others thought we loved studying and spentÂ all our free time studying, but nope, we had fun after the school day was over!)
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Â“The thought had crossed my mind as well.Â” Mack leaned his forearm against the wall forÂ which ClarionÂ’s hands had been unconsciously searching. Â“So tell me. Are you a rather boldÂ maid orÂ…?Â”
Â“IÂ’m no maid.Â” Clarion clenched her fingers together. Â“Well, IÂ’m not a maid of thisÂ household. They asked my mother and me for additional help setting up for the nightÂ’s ball.Â”
Mack frowned. Â“I wondered. Forgive me.Â” He closed the small distance between them,Â and took her hand in his again, only this time she could look into the pale color of his eyes, theÂ high cheekbones that marked his face. Â“These didnÂ’t seem the hands of a housekeeper.Â”
Clarion laughed. She knew there were several calluses from the harp and dirt cakedÂ beneath her nails. She hadnÂ’t had time to clean them yet, had thought it pointless before she wasÂ due to spend the day cleaning anyway. Â“These are now. But they once were the hands of a pigÂ farmer and harpist.Â” She didnÂ’t know why, but she didnÂ’t want to pull her hand away.
The smooth, bold forehead that poked out beneath his tresses wrinkled as he arched hisÂ eyebrows. Â“A pig farmer harpist? You are full of surprises, arenÂ’t you?Â”
Do you have a set writing schedule that you adhere to? / Tell us how you write
I try to write fiction at least an hour a day when IÂ’m in the middle of a project (or revise for an hour aÂ day if thatÂ’s my current focus), but that doesnÂ’t always happen. I also write for work (mostly businessÂ writing) and I get tired of staring at a computer all day writing when I have a lot of work! So some days IÂ donÂ’t fiction write at all or I only write a few hundred words.
What is your favorite movie?
Jim HensonÂ’s Labyrinth. I wrote a guest post about why I love this movie and how it influenced myÂ writing here.
Do you have any pets? (Pictures would be great)
Yes, a cat named Luna. SheÂ’s named after Luna from Sailor Moon, although she doesnÂ’t resemble her.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Facebook: Amy McNulty, Author
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Amy-McNulty/e/B00VIYEIXC/