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Interview & Giveaway:The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E.Pearson

August 15th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Remnant Chronicles Read Along Comments Off on Interview & Giveaway:The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E.Pearson

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Did you know that we were hosting a read along for The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson? (If you want more details check out our original post here)  For the month of August we are reading the final book in the series, The Beauty of Darkness, and today we are kicking off a week of fun blog posts all about the series. For the post today, I was able to interview, Lia, the MC from the Remnant Chronicles series. There is also an amazing giveaway for $25 or a Remnant Chronicles Prize pack, you can check out the details below! Also, I wanted to say a huge congrats to Mary because The Beauty of Darkness hit #3 on the New York Times bestseller list!!!  I am so sad to see this series end but it was amazing and will forever be one of my favorites!!!

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About Mary:

Mary E. Pearson is the award-winning author of The Jenna Fox Chronicles, The Miles Between, A Room on Lorelei, and Scribbler of Dreams.  She writes full-time from her home office in California where she lives with her husband and two golden retrievers.

You can visit Mary around the web here: Website | PinterestFacebookTwitter

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Interview with Lia

Dark Faerie Tales: For anyone that has yet to read your amazing story can you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your journey?

Lia: My name [Lia sighs] well, my name is a ridiculously long one—it’s a royal requirement—one name from my mother’s lineage, another from my father’s, one from Morrighese history, plus an extra unexpected name that didn’t follow tradition. I prefer to go simply by Lia. That’s what my brother’s always called me. I was raised in Civica but I fled to a little fishing village called Terravin with my best friend. I loved it there until, well, circumstances forced me to leave.

DFT: Your entire story started with you running away from an arranged marriage and trying to start life over as someone new. Do you ever look back and regret your decision?

Lia: I did at one time, but ultimately, by fleeing, I learned things that were crucial for me to know—important things other people needed to know too.  If I hadn’t left, I’d be living in blissful ignorance, and some secrets would still be secrets that could doom us all. Leaving was the right thing to do.

DFT: Having left and abandoning your duty it means that you can’t ever go back. What is the one thing you miss most about home?

Lia: My brothers of course—we are very close. But I also miss surprising things, the aromas from the kitchen filling the citadelle, the music of the abbey bells ringing through the village, watching from the gallery as my aunt’s play their zitares, and even though my mother is mixed up in this conspiracy and at least partially responsible for me being in this mess, I miss her too—at least the person I thought she was. Sometimes all I want to do is to fall into her arms and have her hold me, but I know that could be a fatal mistake.

DFT: Kaden is such a good guy at heart and I feel like he has so much potential.  What do you think is his best quality?

Lia: [Lia brightens] Kaden has so many good qualities, loyalty top among them, but he can also be so sweet and compassionate when he lets his guard down.  I know he has done horrible things, but he did them for what he thought were the right reasons. Sometimes when I look at him, I still see the young boy who was rejected and it breaks my heart. He deserves so much more than the life he’s been dealt.

DFT: Rafe is head strong, loyal, brave, and infuriating! I kind of love him.

Lia: Oh by the gods, yes, he can be so infuriating and stubborn!  Then again, I suppose I can be too. But there is no doubt he is brave.  When I think about the risks he’s taken for me. . . [Lia shakes head] He frightens me sometimes with his recklessness. But I’ve seen a new side to him lately—a side with incredible restraint. We have both changed in so many ways.

DFT: You two have some pretty great chemistry in my opinion. Out of all the moments you have spent with Rafe can you tell us which one was your favorite?

Lia: Strangely, it’s a moment that lingers in my head, a very brief minute when hardly a word was spoken between us. I think about it often. It was when he knocked on my cottage door and held a lavender garland in his hand to replace one that had been ruined.  He looked so different in that moment. So vulnerable. I realize now, he was trying to reach out to me, to say something that he had no words for. I still feel those awkward hopeful seconds between us. I see things now that I couldn’t see then–his fear, his courage, the struggle behind his eyes that I didn’t understand at the time. I was so touched by the kindness of his gesture that I didn’t know what to say. I look back on that moment now and I think of it as our beginning, a few brief seconds where the wall between us vanished and I knew somewhere deep in my heart, that he cared for me.

DFT: Making sacrifices is what life is about and no matter how hard you try you don’t always make the best choices. What is the hardest thing you have had to do since starting your adventure?  

Lia: There are people— [Lia swallows and hesitates. She begins again.] I’ve had to say goodbye to people I care for. I’ve had to watch them die.  Nothing was harder than that. They made the ultimate sacrifice.  There will be justice.

DFT: I  imagine that you have learned much during your journey. What do you think was the most important lesson you learned?

Lia: [Lia pauses and her eyes narrow as if she is flipping back through memories. She smiles.]

I’ve learned that I love and miss Berdi’s stew and I will always take a second helping if offered in the future.

That I should go nowhere near a river wearing a heavy gown.

That I never treasured Pauline’s shoulder as much as I should have.

That people are often not what they seem.

That dreams can be shattered in one unexpected instant.

That kindness can be found even in the darkest and dreariest of places.

That I shouldn’t go into a forest unless I already know what’s in there.

That a bitter drink like thannis can grow on you if you give it a chance.

. . . that sometimes, even though you love someone, you may have to let them go.

[Lia looks down at her worn scuffed boots and laughs]

And that the Civica cobbler makes a fine pair of boots that can withstand a trek across the continent—and a whole lot more.

DFT: Finally, since you know Mary really well I was wondering if you might have any clue as to what she is working on now?

Lia: Mary is secretive. She doesn’t talk much about projects in the beginning stages, even to me—and we’ve been through a lot together—but I know she has some characters swimming behind her eyes. I see mayhem stirring. I would be careful around her.   

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TRCReadAlong: Interview with Mary E. Pearson

June 20th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Remnant Chronicles Read Along Comments Off on TRCReadAlong: Interview with Mary E. Pearson

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Did you know that we were hosting a read along for The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson??? (If you want more details check out our original post here)  For the month of June we are re-reading the amazing Kiss of Deception and today we are kicking off a week of fun blog posts all about the series. Michelle was able to interview Mary and her answers are below. There is also an amazing giveaway for $25 or a Remnant Chronicles Prize pack you can check out the details below! Also make sure to check out Stacee’s special post on Adventures of a Book Junkie tomorrow!

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About Mary:

Mary E. Pearson is the award-winning author of The Jenna Fox Chronicles, The Miles Between, A Room on Lorelei, and Scribbler of Dreams.  She writes full-time from her home office in California where she lives with her husband and two golden retrievers.

You can visit Mary around the web here: Website | PinterestFacebookTwitter

Want to read more by Mary E. Pearson?

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Interview with Mary

The Kiss of Deception

Hello, Mary! Thank you for taking the time for answering these questions. These questions are styled in a rapid-answer fashion, so please have fun!

I am the happiest when: My family is happy.

My drink of choice is: Depends on the time of day. Morning: Coffee. Afternoon: Water.  Evening: A nice glass of red wine.

My biggest reading vice is: Reading is never a vice! But I do have a ridiculously large library of books on the craft of writing–and this from a writer who thinks there are no rules to writing. But I love hearing how other writers write.

My spirit animal is: Something with wings. A soaring kind of creature. Maybe a seagull, an eagle,  . . . or a dragon?

What is up next in your Netflix/TiVo queue? Game of Thrones, Vikings, Suits, Poldark, Musketeers, Bloodlines, Billions, and Outlander.  Hooked on all these right now.

What’s easier to write – A kiss or a deception? Deception, of course! It is full of twists and turns and ugliness and texture and all kinds of dark alleys to get lost in, whereas a kiss is breathless and elegant and requires fewer but more carefully chosen words—unless it is one of those very “complicated” kisses and all those deception rules apply.

If the Remnant Chronicles had a theme song, which one would it be? It’s impossible for me to name one song—my playlist included about 300 songs over the course of 3.5 books and 1800 pages. I used snips of lot of movie soundtracks including Lord of the Rings, Braveheart, Robin Hood, Gladiator, Titanic, Shawshank Redemption, Harry Potter, and The Motorcycle Diaries, not to mention tons of other artists and bands.

Here are three songs—one for each character—that evoked some of their emotion and journey either through the music itself of the words. I’ll let you figure out which song might go with which character.

Till Kingdom Come/Cold Play

Give Me Love/Ed Sheeran

My Immortal/Evanescence

And this one for the whole series:

Burning/Ludovico Einaudi (This song got me through a lot of scenes)

And as a bonus—and to play with your mind—for the last book, The Beauty of Darkness, this song got added to my playlist: Let Her Go/Passenger.

Thanks for the fun questions, Michelle! Off to contemplate being an eagle—or maybe a dragon.

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Read Along: The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

June 1st, 2016 Bridget Posted in Remnant Chronicles Read Along Comments Off on Read Along: The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

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YOU GUYS – I can’t tell you how excited I am about this amazing read along we are going to participate in for the next three months!!!! We will be re-reading/reading for the first time The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson! We have teamed up with Kristen from My Friends are Fiction, Christina from The Book Hook Up, Stacee from Adventures of a Book Junkie, and Jamie from Two Chicks on Books to make sure this is going to be the best read along ever (well maybe not, but it will be up there :lol:) We will have great prizes, fun Instagram challenges, special blog posts, and a monthly twitter chat/trivia game! Below I have posted a schedule of all the things we are planning and the best part is you guys get to participate with us. You can choose to do as much or as little as you want, and no, you do not have to be a blogger to join the fun. All you need to do is sign up in the linky below and read the books with us! If you haven’t read the books yet then this is the perfect time to start! If you do decide to participate in the extra activities we have planned it will give you an opportunity to get more entries in the grand prize giveaway!!! So without further ado here is the schedule:

The Kiss of Deception

June 1st: Start The Kiss of Deception

June 5th-11th: KOD Instagram Challenge/Giveaway

June 20th-24th: Special Blog Posts

June 29th: Twitter Chat at 9 EST where we will discuss The Kiss of Deception and have a fun trivia game with prizes

The Heart of Betrayal

July 1st: Start The Heart of Betrayal

July 3rd-9th: HOB Instagram Challenge/Giveaway

July 18th-22nd: Special Blog Posts

July 27th: Twitter Chat at 9 EST where we will discuss the Heart of Betrayal and have a fun trivia game with prizes

The Beauty of Darkness

August 2nd: Start The Beauty of Darkness

August 11th: Special Facebook Chat with Mary E. Pearson (More details to come)

August 7th-13th: BOD Instagram Challenge/Giveaway

August 22nd-26th: Special Blog Posts

August 31st: Twitter Chat at 9 EST where we will discuss the Beauty of Darkness and have a fun trivia game with prizes

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Doesn’t this look like so much fun???? Like I stated earlier, you can choose to participate in as much or as little as you want. For the challenge we will be using the hashtag #TRCReadAlong so make sure to use it throughout the month to let us know how the read along is going! Now onto the good stuff – THE PRIZES!!!!!

There will be two grand prizes up for grabs. The first prize is a $25 Amazon/Barnes &Noble/Book Depository Gift Card! This is international as long as you can accept an e-gift card from one of these vendors!

The second prize is an amazing Remnant Chronicles Prize pack (US ONLY) that will include:

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  • Signed hardcover copies of all 3 books in the Remnant Chronicle Series
  • One item up to $20 from Bookish Beauty’s Society 6 or Redbubble shop (the beautiful Some Stories pillow is from this shop!)
  • Two gorgeous Deception Candles from Novelly Yours  (These were made special for this read along and you guys them smell amazing! Because they turned out so awesome the lovely Brittany now has them for sale in her shop!)
  • (not pictured) A special bracelet featuring beautiful charms made by Celeste Pewter (Check out her awesome etsy shop here!)
  • A hand lettered journal made by me with one of my favorite quotes from the series.
  • Tons of great Remnant Chronicles swag
  • It is possible I might throw in a few surprises as well :lol:!!!

Doesn’t this prize look awesome!!!! I have had so much fun putting everything together and I seriously can’t wait to send it to the winner!!! I want to say thank you to Macmillan/Mary for providing the signed hardcover copies and also to all the wonderful people who helped me put together the rest of the prizes. To enter to win these two prizes you just need to join the read along and fill out the rafflecopter from below!

(Also, these are not the only prizes we will be giving away. There will also be great prizes up for grabs during the twitter chats and the Instagram challenges so make sure to participate in those to get a chance to win!)

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