I am so excited today to be taking part in the blog tour for The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury! This is the second book in The Sin Eater’s Daughter series and it is a fantastic YA fantasy! First of all, look at how GORGEOUS the cover of this book is (the first book is just as pretty)! Pair that with the amazing characters, swoony romance, and captivating setting, you have a winner in my book. If you haven’t yet had a chance to read this series you must do so ASAP! If you want to read my full review of The Sleeping Prince you can check it out here!
Today I got to interview Errin, the MC in The Sleeping Prince. After reading the great interview make sure to enter the giveaway. There are three finished copies of The Sleeping Prince up for grabs! This contest is open to US addresses only.
Melinda Salisbury lives by the sea, somewhere in the south of England. As a child she genuinely thought Roald Dahl’s Matilda was her biography, in part helped by her grandfather often mistakenly calling her Matilda, and the local library having a pretty cavalier attitude to the books she borrowed. Sadly she never manifested telekinetic powers. She likes to travel, and have adventures. She also likes medieval castles, non-medieval aquariums, Richard III, and all things Scandinavian. The Sin Eater’s Daughter is her first novel, and will be published by Scholastic in 2015. She is represented by the amazing Claire Wilson at Rogers, Coleridge and White.
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Please welcome the wonderful Errin from The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury!!!!
Dark Faerie Tales: Hi Errin thank you so much for visiting our blog today. For those of us who have not had the pleasure of meeting you yet can you introduce yourself and tell us three unique things about you?
Errin: My name is Errin Vastel, I’m seventeen and I used to live on a farm, just outside a town called Tremayne, which was the second city in my country, Tregellan. Now I live in a hovel surrounded by maniacs. That’s quite unique. Not a lot of seventeen year old girls say good morning to murderers at the communal well every day. Other unique things… I bonded with my best friend – actually, my now only friend – when he asked me to make poisons for him. So he turned me into a drug dealer, really. That doesn’t happen often, surely? Oh, and I’ve never seen his face. I turned criminal for someone whose face I couldn’t point out in a crowd. I am a very unique girl.
DFT: You are rather talented with the art of apothecary but your training was not complete. What is your favorite potion to make? Which one do you find the most difficult to put together?
Errin: There is a lovely elixir, containing violets and lavender, which I like because it smells incredible as it heats. You just add them to goat’s milk with a little salt and honey, maybe some rosemary. It’s a really simple potion, mostly cosmetic in use, but I always liked making it. It’s not my favourite, though.
I like making poisons more though. I know I’m not supposed to say that, but I do. They’re also the most difficult, because it would be very easy to accidentally kill myself while I was making them. Once, I was making an oleander potion for Silas and I remembered to make it outdoors, but didn’t think to check the direction the wind was blowing in and stood downwind of it. I was very, very sick for the next couple of days. Oleander is like that. It can kill you in a lot of different ways. After Master Pendie told me he knew of a man who’d died after eating venison, because the deer had accidentally eaten oleander bark, I stopped eating meat for a while.
DFT: For the last few months you have had to take care of your very sick mother all by yourself. I know this has been very difficult for you but I really admire that you gave up so much for your family. If given the chance what is the one thing you would change about your past?
Errin: My father dying. I can literally pinpoint the exact moment that everything in my life went to hell in a handcart as being the day my father died.
DFT: I know you don’t own a lot of possessions and times have been difficult for you lately. What is the one thing you own that you treasure above anything else?
Errin: I want to say Mama’s story book. But not anymore. It used to mean everything to me, to us, it was my childhood and my family wrapped up in pages. But now… No. Now I don’t care for it at all.
DFT: You have an older brother that you love but he has made some interesting choices that has made your life more difficult. But I imagine he has also brought a lot of joy into your life as well. What is one of your favorite childhood memories with Lief?
Errin: Lief is Lief. He’s not perfect. I think his heart was in the right place when he went to Lormere. I believe that. It’s classic him, though, rushing off without thinking about the impact, or the consequences. He’s clever, but he’s so focused on achieving what he wants he lets everything else fall away. But he can be kind too. Once, when we were kids, I found a nest of baby rats in the barn, I think our cat had killed their parents. I would have been six, perhaps seven, so Lief would have been eight. I decided to care for these rats and bring them up, even though I knew Mama and Papa would hate it. And Lief told me, over and over that they were going to die, and that I would get in trouble. But as he was telling me, he was also helping me steal milk to give them, and bits of cloth for blankets. He helped me, despite everything. And when they died, and I cried, he helped me bury them. He’s an idiot. But he’s my idiot.
DFT: So I have to ask a couple questions about Silas because he is kind of dreamy!!! Your relationship with him has been very up and down. Out of all your time spent with him what has been your favorite moment?
Errin: That’s private. And possibly hasn’t actually happened outside of my head. But it’s very private.
DFT: Silas is a very secretive person and I don’t want to spoil anything, but what do you think is his best quality?
Errin: He’s honorable. I mean, I hate that in him, but it is his best quality.
DFT: The Sleeping Prince is someone you fear but there is more to him than you initially thought. Do you think there is any good left in him?
Errin: He cuts off people’s heads and impales them on spikes on the wall of his castle. And I’m pretty sure he killed my brother. I’m going to go with ‘No’.
DFT: The ending of your story was quite the cliffhanger and I’m pretty much dying to know what happens next. Is there any way you can give us a few hints as to what we can expect in the last book?
Errin: Pain. Death. Horror. Fear. I want a happy ending, that’s what’s supposed to happen in fairy tales. I can’t see how the happy ending is going to be mine, though.
Quick Fire Questions (Favorites):
Food? Anything right now. Beggars cannot be choosers.
Fairytale? Hilarious. Next question.
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This giveaway is provided by Rock Star Book Tours/Scholastic Press
Three lucky readers will win a copy of The Sleeping Prince!
About this Book:
Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater’s Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more.
Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin’s life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.
When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won’t reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.