Blog Tour & Guest Post: Dreams of the Dark Sky

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Dreams of the Dark Sky (The Legacy of the Heavens #2)

by Tina LeCount Myers
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Release Date: February 5th 2019

Genre: Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
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Synopsis:
In the aftermath of a devastating clash between gods and men, two unlikely allies?one immortal and one human?must band together to survive in the sequel to the epic fantasy debut The Song of All. 
The war between men and immortals that raged across the frozen Northland of Davvieana has ended. For men, the balance of power between Believer and Brethren, between honoring the gods and honoring the sword, has shifted to favor priests over Hunters.
But it is the legacy of one man’s love for his son that shapes the lives of all who survived.
While Irjan, the once-legendary immortal hunter, has saved his son’s life, he cannot save Marnej from the men who will make him a killer, nor can he save the immortal girl he’d promised to protect from the secret of her birth.
Raised by Irjan among the immortals, Dárja has been trained to fight by a man who once hunted her kind. Prisoner among the humans, her hatred for them is challenged by the chance to give Irjan what he has always wanted?his son Marnej returned to him.
Together, Marnej and Dárja, human and immortal, must find a way to trust one another if they are to live long enough to learn the truth behind the secrets and lies that have forged their lives.
The Guest Post – Growing old Ain’t Easy

Growing old ain’t easy. At least that’s what my grandmother always said. As a kid, I wasn’t really sure what she meant. I’d always thought my birthdays were easy enough. There was a cake, candles, and presents. I couldn’t wait for my next birthday.

Now, as an adult, I get it. To live a long life takes work. And not just physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well.

When I started writing The Legacy of the Heavens series, I wanted to write about the evolutionary possibility of elves, without ever using the word elf. Instead, I chose to call them Jápmemeahttun (pronounced YAP-meh-meh-ah-toon), the Northern Saami word for immortal. But these folks I’m writing about aren’t really immortal, they’ve just evolved to have a much longer lifespan than humans in their world. Instead of living 50-60 seasons of snow like the humans, my elves can live hundreds of years.

What interested me in examining this kind of longevity were the possible challenges and advantages of living this long. I began by imagining what living to be 200 years old might feel like. Of course, I heard my grandmother’s complaint about how hard it was to get older. It’s one thing to be young forever (a whole other topic) but what happens when the physical body is in decline over a much longer period of time? Does it become less significant because of the duration? Meaning you’d just get used to the decline or forget what it was like to ever be young? Or would it be that much harder? I wondered about boredom. Toward the end of her life, my grandmother’s days varied little. Days were marked by what television show she’d be watching.

But I also wondered about the advantages of a really long life: The possibility to take things slowly, instead of feeling rushed. The potential to live a variety of experiences, because maybe you wanted to be a warrior and a healer, but maybe not all at once. I took this concept of diverse experiences and purposefully expanded upon it by having my elves live as both biological sexes in their lifetime. My elves are born female. They spend the first third to half of their lives as female. Then they give birth and become male. This order was determined in part by looking at existing fertility models, where men, in general, have a longer reproductive window than women. But I was also curious to see how the opportunity to experience both genders in one life might affect the individual’s and the group’s outlook. Could we be—as Tolkien had imagined elves—wiser, more insightful, less prone to seek conflict, and more altruistic? It remains to be seen.

As humans get closer to the type of longevity that our forebearers might consider immortality, it’s important that we imagine and discuss both sides of the potential. A longer life may be both a blessing and a curse. After exploring the concept of immortality for my elf characters in the Legacy of the Heavens series, I’m left with the belief that my grandmother, as usual, had it right. Growing old ain’t easy.

About the Author

Tina LeCount Myers is a writer, artist, independent historian, and surfer. Born in Mexico to expat-bohemian parents, she grew up on Southern California tennis courts with a prophecy hanging over her head; her parents hoped she’d one day be an author. The Song of All is her debut novel. To find out more visit www.tinalecountmyers.com

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Ahe’ey
by Jamie Le Fay
Genre: Epic Fantasy Romance
Release Date: March 8th 2017

Summary:

Morgan’s feminist books didn’t prepare her to deal with the dashing Gabriel and the land of Ahe’ey.

Morgan is a dreamer, change maker and art lover. She is a feisty, slightly preachy, romantic feminist full of contradictions and insecurities. Morgan uncovers a world where women have the power, and where magic is no longer just a figment of her wild imagination. Sounds like a dream, but it may, in fact, turn into a nightmare.

The world of the Ahe’ey challenges and subverts her views about gender, genes, and nature versus nurture.

The strong and uninvited chemistry between her and the dashing Gabriel makes matters even more complicated. His stunning looks keep short-circuiting her rational mind.

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“A bracing mix of emotionally and intellectually honest fantasy.” – Kirkus Reviews
“This book is a thoughtful look at empowerment for women. At the same time, it’s a rollicking trip into a fantasy world complete with dragons, love and strength, and ideas that really get you thinking. This book is highly recommended for all ages.” – HUGEOrange”They’re flawed, real, and honest characters that can be easily related to. Ahe’ey is the kind of novel society needs to read, to create inspiration and to make people think. Ahe’ey is daring, complex, and honest. A must-read novel that tackles heavy and real topics with a mix of serious and humorous, charm and tragedy.” – Reader’s Favorite – 5 Star Review

“Ahe’ey contains a richly imagined world that raises complicated and timely questions about our own.

Jamie Le Fay’s Ahe’ey is an action-packed love story that puts forth a nuanced vision of gender stereotypes, body politics, and the dark side of seeking perfection.” – Foreword Clarion – 4 Star Review

 

About the Author

Jamie is an accomplished writer and speaker that focuses mainly on topics related to girlhood, feminism, gender equality, and the misrepresentation of minorities in media and marketing.
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The Sparks Spotlight, Audio Excerpt, Dream Cast, & Giveaway

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Author: Kyle Prue

Narrator: Jon Eric Preston

Length: 9 hours 14 minutes

Publisher: Cartwright Publishing⎮2017

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Series: Feud Trilogy, Book One

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Honor does not bend. A will of iron does not break. Victory lies within the ashes.

The Vapros, the Taurlum, and the Celerius: three dynasties bound by an ancient promise, and given superhuman abilities to protect the city of Altryon from the dangerous world beyond its walls. The Vapros have the ability to teleport and turn their enemies to ash, the Celerius have super speed and the ability to heal from any wound, the Taurlum have skin like steel and godlike strength. Centuries of petty infighting have turned the families against each other, resulting in a secret war. A powerful emperor now rules over all, as the families have weakened by massive casualties.

Sixteen-year-old Neil Vapros desperately wants to become an assassin, to please his hyper critical father. After failing his first mission, Neil learns that a sinister new force has awakened. This mysterious new power threatens to shatter the established order and threaten the lives of everyone in Altryon – regardless of their family name or allegiance.

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Guest Post – Dream Cast
If you were casting The Sparks as a movie, who would choose to play the characters?

Don’t overthink it or stress about it. There are no right answers. It’s supposed to be fun! This website, The Bookcaster, can help you decide.

Or, if you’d rather use the author’s Dream Cast, he was kind enough to provide it below.

Neil: Brenton Thwaites (or Kyle Prue, if Brenton Thwaites is not available)
Saewulf: Michael Fassbender
Darius: Luke Bracey
Lilly: Alexandra Daddario or Emma Watson
Rhys: Dane DeHann
Jennifer and Victoria: Teresa Palmer
Bianca: Leven Rambin
Michael: Chris Hemsworth
Carlin: Mark Strong
The Emperor: Benedict Cumberbatch
Jonathan: Rico Rodriguez
Sir Vapros: Mads Mikkelsen
Quintus: Jonah Hill (Cameo Role)

Kyle Prue is an award winning author, actor and comedian. Kyle wrote The Sparks: Book 1 of the Feud Trilogy when he was just 16 years old. Kyle has spent the past year on a national book tour visiting over 80 middle and high schools and meeting over 60,000 students. Kyle is now a freshman at the University of Michigan, studying acting and creative writing. He still visits schools and is a keynote speaker for conferences.

Kyle is the founder of Sparking Literacy, a non-profit dedicated to lowering the high school dropout rate by inspiring teens to read, write and follow their dreams. The Sparks has won numerous national awards including Best YA Fiction awards from: The Florida Authors and Publisher’s Association, the Florida Book Festival, New England Book Festival, Midwest Book Festival, Southern California Book Festival, and the International London Book Festival. Kyle also won an International Moonbeam Award and IndieFab Award for Best Young Author.

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Interview with Kyle
The Book Junkie Reads YA on May 15

How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
With my writing I like to follow Stephen King’s advice of “leave out the boring bits.” My goal is to always put the reader right into the middle of the action. Every scene should be worthwhile and should follow the fast paced rhythm of the novel as a whole. If something isn’t needed or slows down the piece as a whole then it needs to be reworked or cut. We should always be learning something new or moving forward with the story.

What are some of your writing/publishing goals for this year?
This year I plan to finish and release the Ashes, release the Audiobook for the Flames, complete editing on a solo YA project and finish up an adult mystery book. I also plan to never sleep again, apparently.

Do you feel that writing is an ingrained process or just something that flows naturally for you?
Writing is a learned thing. No one is an incredible writer starting out and even good writers often have less than perfect first drafts. Writing is about trial and error and editing.

If you could spend one-week with 5 fictional character, who would they be?
I’d love to spend some time with Sherlock Holmes, Tony Stark, Beatrice from Much Ado, Dr. Gregory House, and Rocket Raccoon just to watch them argue for a bit and take notes.

Where would you spend one full year, if you could go ANYwhere? What would you do with this time?
If I had a full year I’d probably try to travel to as many different countries as possible and experience as many different cultures as I could. Good writing comes from life experience and travel is an amazing way to achieve that.

Can you share your next creative project(s)? If yes, can you give a few details?
Unfortunately most of my creative projects are under wraps, but The Flames is out now and the audiobook should be following this year!  In addition the summation of the Feud Trilogy, the Ashes, will hopefully be released early next year!

Jon Eric Preston received his Theatre degree from Florida State University after returning from the London program. He earned top honors narrating in the Dramatic Interpretation category on the Speech and Debate team, and performed professionally in Children’s Theatre companies and did National Tours of A Christmas Carol, Twelfth Night, and Othello.

As a SAG BookPAL and a father reading to his two boys for more than 12 years, moving into the booth to record audiobooks was a natural and joy filled progression.
He is thrilled to be narrating and giving voice to the characters for Kyle Prue’s Feud Trilogy.He is thrilled to be narrating and giving voice to the characters for Kyle Prue’s Feud Trilogy.

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The Sparks Giveaway

May 14: Dab of Darkness

May 15: The Book Junkie Reads YA

May 16: The Literary Apothecary

May 17: The Desert Bibliophile

May 18: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog

May 19: Read Day and Night

May 20: Reading for the Stars and Moon

May 21: The Pursuit of Bookishness

May 22: The Literary Apothecary

May 23: Making It Happen

May 24: Lilly’s Book World

May 25: Love Great Reads
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May 26: The Bookworm Lodge

May 27: Blogger Nicole

May 28: A New Look On Books

May 29: The Book Addict’s Reviews

May 30: The Literary Apothecary

May 31: Ronelle Antoinette

Jun. 1: Lomeraniel

Jun. 2: Holed Up In A Book

Jun. 3: A Page to Turn

Jun. 4: Spunky-n-Sassy


 

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