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Across the Worlds Event: Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

May 14th, 2017 Bridget Posted in Across the Worlds 10 Comments »

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Today for Across the Worlds Event we get to visit the adventurous world of Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser! This is a stunning debut with a witty heroine, wonderful romance and great action. I have read this one and I LOVED it. My full review of the book will be coming soon, but make sure to add this one to your TBR. It will be releasing from Bloomsbury on June 6th!

For todays post Sarah did a wonderful guest post all about the world building in Song of the Current and where she got some of her inspiration!

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When I was world building for SONG OF THE CURRENT, one of my biggest inspirations was ancient Greece. A lot of the names in the book have Greek roots as opposed to Latin. (Although, like J.K. Rowling with her Latin spells, I was pretty shamelessly obvious about it, so if you know your roots, you probably know some spoilers!)  The foods and especially the cities have a Mediterranean feel to them. But I also pulled lots of ideas from England, such as the wherries, which were historically cargo ships that navigated the rivers of the Norfolk area. There are muskets and flintlock pistols in the book, along with swords, so it’s a 1700s-ish setting. But a lot of the ships are from different eras, so I hope no historical experts yell at me.

Like most authors, I use Pinterest heavily for world building. First I threw a bunch of images into one big unorganized Pinterest board, but later I went back and compiled the best ones into collages.

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The first collage is the riverlands, which is the main setting for the book. It’s a flat marshy series of rivers and lakes. Caro is first mate on her father’s wherry, so she is an experienced sailor who knows the riverlands like the back of her hand. In this world, there are gods associated with things from nature. Caro’s family is very connected to the river god. There are also frogmen in the book, who are half human half frog. There used to be water zombies, but they had to be cut during edits, and I’m still sad about it.

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This second collage is of Siscema, a busy trading city in the riverlands where the crew has some adventures. Caro’s mother’s family is from here, and we get to meet them in the book.

Valonikos

My last collage is Valonikos, which is Caro’s destination in the book. When Caro’s father is arrested for smuggling, she agrees to deliver a mysterious cargo to Valonikos in exchange for his release. This is a coastal city, which I imagine to be a bit like the Greek islands. It’s on a hill, with tiled roofs and whitewashed walls and lots of flowers everywhere.

If you’re interested in seeing the rest of the characters, ships, and settings for SONG OF THE CURRENT (and some for the sequel), they can be found here.

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Sarah Tolcser lives in New Orleans, where she wrangles iPads and rogue computers at her day job. A graduate of St. Lawrence University, she double majored in writing and philosophy. She enjoys video games, NBA basketball, and books about girls who blow stuff up. She is married, with three cats.

Sarah writes young adult fantasy and science fiction. She is represented by Susan Hawk at Upstart Crow Literary.

The C in Tolcser is silent.

You can visit Sarah around the web here: Website Twitter  | Instagram Pinterest

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Song of the Current

Available June 6, 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books

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Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark.

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Across the Worlds Event: The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

May 13th, 2017 Bridget Posted in Across the Worlds 9 Comments »

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Today for Across the Worlds Event we get to visit the dark and twisted world of The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King! This is Emily’s debut novel and it features a young girl who becomes the hundredth queen to a tyrant ruler! This will be releasing on June 1st from Amazon Publishing! For today’s post, I had the privilege of interviewing Rajah Tarek (the tyrant ruler)!!! You can check out his answers below and make sure to enter the awesome giveaway!

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Interview with Rajah Tarek

Dark Faerie Tales: Hi, mighty Rajah we are so honored that you agreed to take the time to answer a few questions for us today! To start things off, can you introduce yourself and tell us what you think is your best attribute?

Rajah Tarek: Of course! I’m always happy to spare a few moments for commoners.

I am the well-renowned Rajah Tarek, beloved ruler of the Tarachand Empire, the greatest nation in the world. I have ninety-nine beautiful wives and countless courtesans, who all adore me, and the largest imperial army on the continent. My wives would say I have many fine qualities, but my best is my mercy. Indeed, my benevolence outmatches the gods’.

DFT: You rule an amazing land and I would love for you to describe your favorite place inside of your kingdom?

Rajah Tarek: The Turquoise Palace is my home and private oasis. My imperial city is the richest and biggest in the four nations. We truly are the center of civilization. People travel far and wide to view my golden palace upon the hill and attend our rank tournaments in my grand arena.

DFT: Along with all of its beauty your kingdom also has many dangers, but what do you think is the most dangerous thing residing in it?

Rajah Tarek: Like the empire’s state symbol, the scorpion, my troops are armed and equipped to defeat our enemies. The most unwanted and deadly of them all are bhutas. These soulless demons have no place in our world. I will not rest until every last bhuta is eliminated.

DFT: I imagine in your life you have done some awful things to get to where you are today.  Do you have any regrets from your past that if given the opportunity you would want to go back and change?

Rajah Tarek: Rajahs have no regrets, as we never make mistakes. However, if I was to change one unfortunate event, it would be the loss of my first-ever wife. She died too young.

DFT: Being a man of great wealth and means has allowed you to live a very comfortable life. But that doesn’t mean you have lived a happy one.  What is the one thing that you think would bring you true happiness?

Rajah Tarek: My life has been blessed by the gods, and so it’s my duty to show my gratitude for them by seeking out and destroying our enemies, the bhutas. Saving my people from these filthy demons brings me great satisfaction.

DFT: Kalinda is a spirited young women and she becomes your hundredth queen. What was it about her that made you decide to take her as your wife?

Rajah Tarek: Kalinda…ah, she is a sweet blossom. I knew the moment I set eyes on her that she was meant to become my rani. I traveled across the empire in search of a woman who possessed the courage necessary to triumph in the rank tournaments. Kalinda not only has stunning long dark hair, but a noble heart. She reminds me of my first-ever wife.

DFT: Before you leave would you mind sharing with us a lesson you have learned that has helped you in your life?

Rajah Tarek: The greatest advice I can provide is that you must become indomitable. Harden your heart, thicken your skin, and gird your loins for the arena of life. Only by becoming faster, stronger, and shrewder than your opponent, will you survive.

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About Emily:

Emily R. King is a reader of everything and a writer of fantasy. Born in Canada and raised in the USA, she has perfected the use of “eh” and “y’all” and uses both interchangeably. Shark advocate, consumer of gummy bears, and islander at heart, Emily’s greatest interests are her four children. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and an active participant in her local writers’ community. She lives in Northern Utah with her family and their cantankerous cat.

You can visit Emily around the web here: Website Twitter  | Instagram Facebook

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Available June 1st 2017 by Skyscape

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As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.

In Emily R. King’s thrilling fantasy debut, an orphan girl blossoms into a warrior, summoning courage and confidence in her fearless quest to upend tradition, overthrow an empire, and reclaim her life as her own.

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Across the Worlds Event: The Broken Ones by Danielle L. Jensen

May 12th, 2017 Bridget Posted in Across the Worlds 1 Comment »

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Today for Across the Worlds Event we get to visit the magical world of The Broken Ones by Danielle L. Jensen! This is a prequel novel to the Stolen Songbird, which is a fantastic high fantasy story featuring trolls! I have read and loved The Malediction Trilogy and I can’t wait to read The Broken Ones! It will be releasing on June 6th from Angry Robot and currently all three books in the Malediction Trilogy are on sale for $1.99 on Amazon through the end of May. If you haven’t read the series yet, now would be a great time to pick them up!

For our post today, I get to share with you the amazing map that was created for Trollus and a little background story on how it was created!

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Trollus Map

One of the best things about having really talented friends is that they can do you awesome favours… like drawing the underground city where your novels take place! As the story goes, I was with my fabulous friend Elise Kova (Air Awakens Series / Loom Saga) in Seattle for a signing, and I was complaining about how I wanted a drawing that looked like one of those tourist maps where all the locations are little pictures, blah, blah, whine, whine. And Elise said, “I can draw that for you!” So we sat down in the original Starbucks location, and she drew Trollus before my very eyes!

Elise Drawing Trollus

Elise and I ironed out the business details, and I’m super excited to announce that if you want to get your very own copy of her drawing of Trollus, you can have it! Preorder The Broken Ones and submit your receipt to claim a swag pack, which includes a postcard of the drawing of Trollus, a bookplate signed by me, a The Broken Ones bookmark, and three Malediction Trilogy character trading cards!

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Danielle L. JensenAbout Danielle:

Danielle was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. At the insistence of the left side of her brain, she graduated in 2003 from the University of Calgary with a bachelor’s degree in finance. But the right side of her brain has ever been mutinous; and in 2010, it sent her back to school to complete an entirely impractical English literature degree at Mount Royal University and to pursue publication. Much to her satisfaction, the right side shows no sign of relinquishing its domination.

You can visit Danielle around the Web here:

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The Broken Ones

Available June 6, 2017 by Angry Robot

About this Book:

A prequel to the USA Today bestseller and Goodreads Choice finalist Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy).

Below Forsaken Mountain, a plot is being hatched to overthrow the tyrant king of Trollus, and Marc is the right-hand man of its leader. His involvement is information more than one troll would kill to possess, which is why he must keep it a secret from everyone, even the girl he loves.

After accidentally ruining her sister’s chance to become queen, Pénélope is given one last opportunity by her father, the Duke d’Angoulême, to make herself useful: she must find proof that the boy she’s in love with is conspiring against the crown. If she fails, her life will be forfeit.

Marc and Pénélope must navigate the complex politics of Trollus, where powers on all sides are intent on using them as pawns, forcing them to risk everything for a chance at a life together.

Except being together may turn out to be the greatest risk of all.

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Across the Worlds Event: Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman

May 11th, 2017 Bridget Posted in Across the Worlds 1 Comment »

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Today for Across the Worlds Event we get to visit the swashbuckling world of Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman! This is the sequel to Blackhearts and it is a retelling of the infamous pirate Blackbeard! I read and LOVED Blackhearts (check out my review here) and I can’t wait to continue the journey with Blacksouls!

Nicole has a few Pinterest boards that she has put together that helped inspire her stories, so below I have links to those boards and some of the gorgeous pictures she used as inspiration!!!

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You can check out the rest of the pins here!!!
Blacksouls:

You can see the rest of the Pinterest board here!

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About Nicole: 

Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend…she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her.

At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and cultures and speaks fluent German. She knows enough Spanish to get herself into trouble and can still read the Cyrillic alphabet from when she studied Russian.

She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria and two different places called Georgia. One is located on the Black Sea. The other is the state of Georgia where she now lives with her handsome husband and two beautiful children who continue to amaze her.

You can find Nicole around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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Available April 11th 2017 by Simon Pulse

About this Book:

Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.

Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.

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Across the Worlds Event: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber

May 10th, 2017 Bridget Posted in Across the Worlds 10 Comments »

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Today for Across the Worlds Event we get to visit the magical world of The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber! This is the first book in a brand new sci-fi series from Mary! I read and LOVED her first series and I can’t wait to start this one! Mary put together a really fun mood board for us today so make sure to check it out down below! The Evaporation of Sofi Snow will be releasing on June 6th from Thomas Nelson!

*Enter to win a finished copy of The Evaporation of Sofi Snow at the end of this post!*

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OH YOU GUYS…

I LOVE MOOD BOARDS.

Like… They are EVERYTHING.

I use them to help formulate my world building, particularly when I start writing a fresh series. I also use them to explore ideas for events in those worlds, and I even keep a pic document on my phone in order to better immerse in a scene.

The below are my mood boards for my new book, THE EVAPORATION OF SOFI SNOW – a story about Earth in the not-so-distant-future, a gamer girl who’s searching for her brother, a playboy who’s hiding from blackmail, and a sinister alien ice-planet that’s appeared on the far side of the moon . <3

And because the story is technically set in two “worlds” (Earth and the planet), I knew I’d need to develop each of them individually. The first being Earth, obviously, just after World War IV – where skycams monitor every move, corporations rule in place of governments, the internet knows every detail on humanity, and the giant, clean, metropolis cities are full of flashing telescreens, 3-D advertisements, and hover cars.

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Except, the class divide is enormous – with the impoverished living on the outskirts, where blackmarkets flourish and access to, or rejection from, medical and tech advancements keep everyone in line.

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While behind the scenes, the gamer girl, Sofi, plays in a worldwide event called the Fantasy Fighting games, where virtual reality is combined with real-life scenarios, in which humans fight as sport. In a giant coliseum.

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At the age of 17, Sofi is an old soul who’s guarded and sassy and loves her brother and the bass drop in music more than anything on Earth.

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And she wants nothing to do with Miguel – the Hispanic, brilliant, 19-year-old ambassador to the aliens – and his wealth of secrets. Including the fact he’s never gotten over Sofi.

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Unfortunately, they’re about to encounter the alien planet together. Where all hell will break loose.

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So those are my boards and worlds. At least the beginning of them. ;) How about you guys? Do you every use mood boards? I feel like this is what Pinterest was MADE for lol. <3

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Mary WeberAbout Mary:

Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl and the award winning author of the bestselling young adult Storm Siren Trilogy. In her spare time she sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California which is perfect for stalking tacos, Joss Whedon, and the ocean. You can get nerdy with her on Facebook (Mary Weber, Author), Web (maryweber.com), or Instagram (MaryWeberAuthor).

You can visit Wendy around the web here:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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The Evaporation of Sofi Snow

Available June 6, 2017 by Thomas Nelson

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Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi’s dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth’s corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth’s Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi’s the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And she’s convinced he’s been taken to the ice-planet.

Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.

For Miguel, Earth’s charming young playboy, the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight’s bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he’s a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford.

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