Meet Author Bree Lenehan

Author Interview

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Bree Lenehan is an Australian radio personality, singer, and author. Her passion for creativity and mixing magic with transformative morale through the power of words flows through all of her work. She may not have found the wardrobe to Narnia, the Bridge to Terebithia or received a letter from Hogwarts, but she did fall upon the passage to Moa’s Rock. The world inside Bree’s first novel Pembrim: The Hidden Alcove came to her many years ago, in the backwoods of her grandparents’ property, where she stumbled upon a secret waterhole that became her daily escape from the real world.

Social links:
Website – http://www.breelenehan.com
Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/breeelenehan or http://www.instagram.com/pembrimthebook
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40012317-pembrim

 

The Interview.

 

How did you use the death of the parents trope to really shape and strengthen your main character Halia?

Having lost both parents so young and growing up without them around creates a hole in Halia’s life that she fills with her curiosity for adventure. That curiosity is the very thing that leads her to a hidden world she’s always been destined to find… In the end, losing them brings her closer to finding her true self.
What was the hardest scene, line or character to write for Pembrim: The Hidden Alcove?

Oooh, this is a good question! I’ll have to replace one of the character’s names with ‘——’ for now to save giving too much away, but the hardest line/scene to write was: ‘“She’s gone…” whispered Halia, scooping ——’s hands into hers and cradling her tightly, as if love was powerful enough to bring —— back. But that’s exactly it, love was already more powerful than death, for death could take away the one you cared about, but it could never take away the love you have for them. Halia forced her fists away, and as she did, ——’s fingers unlocked to display a grey stone engraved with one last message: The forgiver.’ — The reason I struggled to write this scene was because 1. The death of a well-loved character is always heartbreaking, and 2. The message behind the engraved stone is one Halia needs to hear, but it’s not something she can take in lightly, so I myself even struggled to come to terms with the fact that this well-loved character’s dying wish was for Halia to forgive someone who did something unspeakable to her.

 

What is your favorite and least favorite part of the writing, editing, or publishing process?

My absolute favourite is seeing the world inside my imagination truly blossoming and evolving into something even bigger than I first anticipated it to be. Writing also gives me a reason to explore and dive deeper into how my characters are feeling, so if my MC’s are running through a forest, I too will go for a walk through the closest forest and take in all of the senses: sight, smell, sound, touch, taste… So that hopefully readers will feel the same cool breeze brush their hair from the nape of their neck, or the smell of sandalwood and dewy grass surrounding them. My least favourite (Australian spelling, hehe) part of the process is the never-ending rounds of formatting that I must undergo before it is finally perfect. But beauty is pain! Or so I’ve heard…
I loved that you mentioned your debut novel’s backstory in your bio. Have you visited the waterhole since finishing Pembrim?

You know what, I actually haven’t. But that’s a fantastic idea! I’ll have to take Pembrim down with me, it’ll be like a new-born baby meeting their father for the very first time! Hahaha. Too weird?
Share a character fun fact!

Sure thing! Each member of the water clan are born with a spirit companion, a creature that lives alongside them every day, a creature that hunts with them, a creature to protect them, a creature bonded to them so strongly that nothing could ever break it. Not even in death do they part, for if a spirit companion is killed, the warrior their spirit is connected to dies the same death, and if a warrior is injured, their companion of the spirit will share their pain. The coolest part about having a spirit companion is that if you close your eyes and focus on the bond between you and your spirit companion, you are able to see through their eyes. Should you find yourself in danger, your spirit companion has the power to see where you are and come to your rescue. I have lots more where that came from, all on my website under the ‘Sneak Peeks’ tab!
Is there anything else you’d like to share with the readers today?

I do, indeed! Firstly, I’m giving one lucky reader the chance to jump inside a future dystopian world and become a character in my upcoming series of books! Enter via the pop-up box on my website! And secondly, Pembrim: The Hidden Alcove is being released June 4th! The countdown is on!

 

Happy book birthday to Pembrim: The Hidden Alcove!

Find out more on Lenehan’s site now!

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Interview with Makiia Lucier

Author Interview

Meet Makiia Lucier.

Makiia Lucier has a BA in journalism from the University of Oregon and a master’s in library and information science from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where she studied literature for children. Visit her at makiialucier.com.

https://www.facebook.com/Makiia-Lucier-380793032066303/?ref=hl

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7182579.Makiia_Lucier

https://twitter.com/makiialucier

The Interview

How do you handle a story that includes fables, fairy tale, or mythical elements?

No differently than I would handle a story that includes historical events or people. I learn as much as I can about a subject, then try to weave the parts that interest me into my own story, hopefully in a way the reader hasn’t seen before.

Do you believe every work of fiction contains a bit of truth and how does truth play out in your upcoming novel Isle of Blood and Stone?

I can’t speak for other novels and writers, but for me at least, there is truth. A character’s traits may reflect my own, or someone close to me, or even a person I observed in passing. In Isle of Blood and Stone, the mapmaking tools and techniques are based on research into actual medieval cartographers. The map that appears at the front of the book is based on the Pacific island of Guam where I grew up. Other aspects of the fictional kingdom of St. John del Mar-the flora, the fauna, the food-were also inspired by the medieval Mediterranean.

When writing Isle of Blood and Stone, did you plan on having it a duology or as the story unfolded did you see its potential to continue?

Isle was originally intended as a standalone, but while I was writing it, one young character in particular made me think, Hmm. I think she’s going to need her own story.

Why base such an importance on maps?

With my first book, A Death-Struck Year, I was fascinated by The Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 and Portland, Oregon, which is one of my favorite cities. As for Isle of Blood and Stone, I have always loved looking at maps-the old ones, the pretty ones with the sea monsters and the pirate ships-and thinking of all the places I would visit one day. I write what interests me. I have to; otherwise, there’s no way I would be able to keep writing about it draft after draft after draft.

What made you decide to write a YA historical fantasy?

I didn’t start out wanting to write a fantasy at all. I wanted to write a story about a mapmaker and a map and a riddle. Everything else, including the fantastical elements and the secondary characters, grew from there.

Is there anything you’d like to share with the readers today?

Sure! Here are some of my favorite YA books:

The Sherwood Ring (Elizabeth Marie Pope)
A Northern Light (Jennifer Donnelly)
Shadowfell (Juliet Marillier)
All the Truth that’s In Me (Julie Berry)
Through the Woods (Emily Carroll)
Illuminae (Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff)
Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty (Christine Heppermann)
The Monstrumologist (Rick Yancey)
The Hollow Kingdom (Clare B. Dunkle)
All Our Yesterdays (Cristin Terrill)

Isle of Blood and Stone is out in the world today!

For more information on how to get your copy, click here!

The Heart Forger Tour

Blog Tour

The Heart Forger

(The Bone Witch #2)
by Rin Chupeco
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: March 20, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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Synopsis:

In The Bone Witch, Tea mastered resurrection―now she’s after revenge…No one knows death like Tea. A bone witch who can resurrect the dead, she has the power to take life…and return it. And she is done with her self-imposed exile. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge against the royals who wronged her―and took the life of her one true love.

But there are those who plot against her, those who would use Tea’s dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can’t kill someone who can never die…

War is brewing among the kingdoms, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe.

 

 

Guest Post

Meet the Characters Post
Tea Pahlavi
• the resident bone witch
• abilities:
• can gauge emotions and feelings by reading one’s heartsglass
• knows medicines and herbs
• a necromancer, she can raise the dead and bind them to her lifeforce
• maintains a mental bond with the undead she raises
• can use Compulsion to force someone else to obey her commands
• exceptional at Dark runic magic
• very good at sneaking out
• likes: paloodeh dessert, riding her three-headed dragon, dancing
• dislikes: Kalen
• quote: Take a girl and remove her heart. Add a touch of tragedy and a thirst for vengeance. Divide her into equal parts of grief and rage, serve her cold.”
Fox Pahlavi
A previously deceased soldier and Tea’s older brother; now her familiar
• abilities:
• as an undead, is invulnerable to pain and injuries; can survive fatal wounds and reattach his own limbs if necessary
• a really snarky mouth
• the second-best swordsman of Kion
• basically a human shield
• likes: sword practice, pushing boundaries
• dislikes: arrogant nobility, cemeteries (ironically)
• quote: [after being impaled] I’m fine. A little heartache never killed anyone.”
Inessa of Kion
The princess of Kion, and heir to Queen Alyx
• abilities:
• she’s a princess, with everything that suggests
• likes: wandering the city, pretty pendants,
• dislikes: smartassed boors, being stuck inside
• quote: I won’t hesitate if it comes to a fight. But I don’t want to always be a victim. Teach me to be useful. Please.”
Khalad
The Heartforger, brother to Prince Kance, cousin to Kalen, and former noble
• abilities:
• as the Heartforger, can recreate heartsglass by pulling memories from those willing to give them up and reassembling them into new ones
• maintains and heals heartsglass to restore its owner to health
• likes: his work, his work, and of course, his work
• dislikes: having his concentration broken, his father
• quote: Guilt’s a popular ingredient. Everyone’s always looking to unburden their guilt. It’s the other emotions people have trouble parting with. Happiness, always. Even sadness. Most people don’t want to part with their sadness, surprisingly enough. You’d think it was the opposite.”
Kance of Odalia
The prince of Odalia and the next in line to the throne; brother to Khalad, cousin to Kalen, and son of King Telemaine
• abilities:
• diplomacy
• running the day-to-day administration of his kingdom
• immense likeability
• absolute obliviousness to Tea’s crush on him
• likes: good music
• dislikes: being beholden to someone else
• quote: To be a ruler goes beyond lawmaking, and if there is a creature terrorizing my land, then I will not hide behind my throne like a coward.”
Kalen
The Duke of Holsrath, cousin to both Khalad and Kance, and a Deathseeker
• abilities:
• as a Deathseeker, can summon runic and elemental magic
• the best swordsman of Kion
• expert strategist
• doesn’t give a rat’s ass about a lot of things
• likes: training, fresh air, horses
• dislikes: anything requiring patience, certain stubborn Dark asha
• quote: You look like a little thundercloud hovering in the middle of a field of sunshine.

The First Book in the Series

The Bone Witch (#1)

by Rin Chupeco
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

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Synopsis:

The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer. 

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.

 

About The Author

Despite uncanny resemblances to Japanese revenants, Rin Chupeco has always maintained her sense of hummus  Raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. She’s been a technical writer and travel blogger, but now makes things up for a living. The Girl from the Well was her debut novel.

 

Tour Schedule

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Giveaway info below!

  • 1 winner will win a 1 signed copy of THE HEART FORGER
  • 1 winner will win a 1 signed copy of THE BONE WITCH
  • 1 winner will win 3 crochet dolls (Tea, Fox, & azi dolls)
  • We will pick 3 winners (1 for each book & 1 for the 3 dolls)
  • Open internationally!
  • Starts 3/20
  • Ends 4/3
  • Link

 

 

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Meet C.V. Wyk

Author Interview

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Meet C. V. Wyk.

She was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She has lived in five states in the continental US (and hopes to add a few international locales to that list). Prone to wanderlust and getting lost, Wyk likes to explore local hiking trails, mountain ranges, dark caves where nefarious mythical creatures undoubtedly reside, and libraries. She currently lives in Maryland with a precocious mini poodle and a demanding guinea pig. In her not-so-spare time, she enjoys playing MMORPGs, kayaking, coding, staring listlessly at blank walls, and nursing a totally healthy coffee addiction.

Social media links:
Website: https://www.cvwyk.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/icvwyk
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/icvwyk/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30975382-blood-and-sand
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cvwykbooks/
Tumblr: https://cvwyk.tumblr.com/

 

The Interview

You probably get asked this a lot … but why Ancient Rome? I haven’t seen many Ancient Rome YA novels recently and I’m curious as to what sparked the creation of BLOOD AND SAND.

A lot of SFF and historical books inspired the characters, but the setting of ancient Rome was inspired by more recent visual blockbusters like Gladiator, 300, the Spartacus TV show on Starz, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I think I have a soft spot for swords (no pun intended). As for the story, it began with a single line—actually, the very first line: They called them slaves. It was then that I knew I was going to write a story about a rebellion, but instead of reaching for a dystopian future, I decided to go back to the beginning, in a way. To one of the first great rebel leaders recorded in history: Spartacus.
How much research did you put into BLOOD AND SAND? Any fun facts you remember and want to share?

Weeks and weeks and weeks of research, and I’m still learning more as I work on the sequel, FIRE AND ASH. One of the funniest things I learned was just how much the citizens of Pompeii loved their erotic art. They even painted phallic symbols onto jars and urns. Fun folks.
When writing, did any aspect of the story surprise you as it came to live?

I was surprised by how much I ended up sympathizing with morally problematic characters like Valeria, who is a Roman slave-owner. But it only helped me realize that even the villains can’t be one-dimensional. Every character in BLOOD AND SAND has his or her own cross to bear, as it were.
Plotting vs pantsing – what do you prefer?

My instinct is to pants it, but experience is slowly teaching me that writing that way only leads to longer periods of editing haha. I’m trying to discipline myself to write more thoughtfully, more carefully, and to look ahead to better see what kind of story I’m trying to tell.
A history professor always used to tell me about how history was written by the victors and the losers’ stories rarely came to light. Do you feel BLOOD AND SAND speaks for the victors or the losers in Roman history? Fictionally speaking of course.

I think it speaks for the silenced. When we are first introduced to Attia in BLOOD AND SAND, she says, “History only serves the winner. Roma victrix.” But every action, every decision, every connection she makes from then on is a challenge to that statement, and the book itself is the story of those who have long been relegated to the shadows. By the end, every one of them will have had to decide the cost, the worth of their cause, what a victorious end would look like, and just how much they are willing to sacrifice for that victory.
What was your favorite part and then least favorite part about brining a legend to life?

My favorite part was imagining the fight scenes. I wanted both Attia and Xanthus to be the heroes we needed, and part of that meant being able to absolutely kick ass when needed. My least favorite part was accepting that a story about slaves in ancient Rome (even an alternative history) wouldn’t be honest without accepting the abuse that occurred too often. Lucretia was a heartbreaking character to write, but so very necessary.
Is there anything you’d like to share with the readers today?

I can’t tell you how grateful I am to be at the point where I can share this story with you. Thank you so very much for your support and enthusiasm as BLOOD AND SAND makes its debut!

 

BLOOD AND SAND is out today!

Grab your copy ASAP!

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