Rite to Reign Book Tour and Giveaway :)
Rite to Reign
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Something wicked this way comes…
Willful witches, supernatural sorcerers, cruel queens, and powerful priestesses fall out of favor and rise to rule in this highly sought-after collection of spellbinding stories!
More than 20 award-winning and bestselling authors have come together to curate this bewitching boxed set collection of the best PARANORMAL ROMANCE and URBAN FANTASY books in the genre, each brimming with stories of royal magic.
Journey through worlds of danger and mayhem, where witches and warlocks battle for influence and wizards fight for unrestricted power.
But reader beware: the highly addictive stores in RITE TO REIGN will put you under their spell. One click to secure your limited edition copy today!
Featuring Stories from :
USA Today bestselling author Heather Marie Adkins
JJ King writing with Candace Osmond
USA Today bestselling author SJ Davis writing with P. Mattern
USA Today bestselling author Shawna Romkey
USA Today bestselling author Ash Krafton
USA Today bestselling author Christine Ashworth
Colleen S. Myers
Andie M. Long
Alex H. Singh
Carma Haley Shoemaker
Mirren Hogen & Stephanie Barr
**Only .99 cents!!**
From Queen Witch by Elle Middaugh
I took the spiral steps so quickly, I felt like I was flying. When I reached the bottom, though, I stopped dead in my tracks, instantly gutted by the horrifying scene before me. My skin went cold. It was like all color had drained from my body. Blood pooled on the dusty floor, streaming between the grasses that poked up between the old stone tiles. It dripped down the side of a rough stone bed and puddled at the top where Gage lay clenching his teeth and clutching his side. He’d been stabbed. I sprinted over, unsure if I should even touch him. He’d lost so much blood already. “Oh, my God, Gage! Hang in there, baby, I’m gonna....” I looked around for some options, suddenly feeling faint. There was a thorny cactus growing wild in the corner. “I’m gonna fix you right up, okay?”
“Okay,” he said, through gritted teeth. Sweat dripped down the small of my back as I quickly thought up a spell. “Cactus with a desert flower, bless him with your healing power.” I moved my hands from the plant over to Gage, but no magic followed. The cactus hadn’t disintegrated. Panic welled in my veins. “Eliza,” Gage groaned, trying to roll onto his side. “Use your light magic.” Of course! That must’ve been exactly what I needed to do. “Okay, okay. Powers that inside me dwell, heal my prince so all is well.”
Again, I aimed my hands at Gage, but again, nothing happened. No magic formed. Neither did the headaches. “I don’t know what’s going on!” I shouted, feeling the pressure and frustration. If I didn’t figure something out soon, he would die. His side was still gushing out blood. The scarlet pool on the floor was spreading. “It’s okay,” he said, trying to reassure me. But the weakness in his tone only ratcheted up my terror by at least ten notches. I couldn’t lose him. I quickly reassessed our surroundings. It was like an abandoned desert outpost. Militant in its simplistic design. Everything was bare except for a few used goblets, an empty stone basin for washing, and a shabby vase of wilted yellow flowers tucked into a dusty corner. Maybe there was a medicine kit in the cupboards?
I rifled through, toppling over unmarked spices, some jarred staples with a long shelf life, and packets of freeze-dried essentials, but I found nothing useful. My whole body tensed as defeat drew near. How was I supposed to win this trial without magic? The thought of losing Gage, even within a vision, was unspeakable. It cut me open, brought every emotion I had for him to the surface, and doused them all in stinging salt. I took a deep breath. What were my options? I couldn’t use magic for some fucked-up reason. There was no medicine. Nothing to stitch him back up with. Gage moaned faintly from the cot. Come on, Eliza, think! You’re a witch. What, other than magic, would make a witch qualified to compete in this trial? I stared at the half-empty goblets. Then up at the unmarked spices. Then over to the stone basin. And finally to the wilted flowers.
Potions! Witches could brew potions! I rushed over to Gage, carefully avoiding his blood on the floor. “Hold on just a little longer, okay?” I said, putting a palm to his forehead. It was covered in sweat and hot as a branding iron. He groaned, but I was certain he hadn’t even heard me. I was running out of time.
Stuff about you:
What is something unique/quirky about you?
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I like to put leftover spaghetti on my nachos. Don’t knock it ‘till you try it!
Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you!
I entered a huge contest this year and won! The prize was a FREE year-long mentorship from the amazing Rebecca Hamilton. I still can’t believe I won.
What are some of your pet peeves?
People chewing or drinking within earshot. I can’t be held responsible for my actions.
Where were you born/grew up at?
I’m seriously a nomad. I was born in Ontario. Grew up in Newfoundland, but off and on as my parents tried out new places to live all over the country. They couldn’t stay put so, in result, I’ve attended over a dozen schools and lived in half a dozen provinces. SO, when people ask me where I’m from I just say Canada LOL
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
Snuggling my children and breathing them in.
What are you passionate about these days?
Screenwriting! I’ve been nominated for a few awards and even won a couple. It’s a side passion, because Fiction writing is still my main passion in life.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Binge TV and movies with a pen and notepad, taking notes and whatnot. I know, I’m a freak.
How to find time to write as a parent?
I’ve trained my body to survive on 4-5 hours of sleep per night and copious amounts of coffee. I’m also super prolific and can write a LOT in a short amount of time. Let’s just say NaNoWriMo is easy for me.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Kind, shy, friendly, ambivert, productive
Do you have a favorite movie?
I have a ton, but The Princess Bride is in the Top 5.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa would make a wickedly good movie and an even better TV series. The Islander series by Janice Godin could easily be the next Me Before You.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Spirit animal is most definitely a penguin. Human for of a spirit animal would be Amy Poehler.
Stuff about the Book:
What inspired you to write this book?
Well, I’m co-writing it with JJ King, a first-time adventure for both of us. The co-writing process was intimidating at first but has proven to be so rewarding and really fun. We knew the theme (witches) and started to brainstorm. We wanted to do something we were both good at. JJ writes mostly wolf shifter stuff, but is a mythology genius. I love anything witchy (hence my Wayward Witches series) and just finished a really successful Time Travel Fantasy series (Dark Tides). So, combining everything, we cam up with a Time Travel Paranormal Romance about a Celtic witch princess who is thrown to the future and gets mixed up with modern day gypsies referred to as Travellers.
What can we expect from you in the future?
After this amazing box set is done in December, I’ve got the Special Edition release of my very first series coming out in 2019. It’s called The Iron World Series and centers around the ancient politic of Faerie and an epic romance. I’m pretty stoked about it because my designer is illustrating custom maps of the world, characters cards, etc. and brand-new covers. After that, I’ve got another Time Travel Fantasy Romance series coming out called Kingdom of Sand & Stars. It follows the tale of a young archeologist and how she accidently travels back to ancient Egypt, only it’s not the Egypt we learned about in school. Dun dun dun.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Reigning Magicks?
Sure! Powerful and head-strong, Celtic Princess Ashlynn Kavanaugh only wants to rule her people without having to marry the Scottish sorcerer Bricagos. In an attempt to escape her fate, she performs an ancient spell, but it goes awry, and she’s sent to the future where she meets a handsome Gypsy prince and powerful witch, Cian Boswells. Cian lives a mirrored life to Ashlynn; forced to marry the daughter of a rival clan just to instil peace. His life was laid out in front of him until Ashlynn falls in his lap.
How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
My very first novel? It’s called Iron & Wine and is a Paranormal Fantasy Romance about fairies, vampires, and werewolves with a human girl right in the center of it all. The title represents the two worlds; human and Faerie. A world of iron versus a world of magic and nature.
Who designed your book covers?
The amazing Corey over at Majeau Designs. You can find his stuff at www.facebook.com/majeaudesigns
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Which book? Dark Tides, the leads would be Emmy Rossum and Charlie Hunnam. In Reigning Magicks it would be Rose Leslie and Taylor Kitsch.
Stuff about Writing/ Reading:
What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
Gillian Flynn, Neil Gaimen, Janice Godin, Ruth Ware, Cassandra Clare, Melissa Marr, Holly Black, Tanith Frost, Sylvia Day, Anne Rice.
What book do you think everyone should read?
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn or Stardust by Neil Gaimen.
How long have you been writing?
Professionally, about 8 years.
Do you read yourself and if so what is your favorite genre?
My three fav, go-to genres are Thriller, Paranormal Romance, and Urban Fantasy.
Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?
I prefer silence for the obvious reasons but, with two small kids at home, I’ve trained myself to work in just about any noise condition.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I usually have multiple projects going at any given time. For example, I was co-writing Reigning Magicks, but while I waited for JJ King to write her next chapter, I would work on my solo title. And when I needed a change of pace I would pick away at some of my 2019 releases.
Pen or type writer or computer?
Pen for initial plotting which is basically just me jotting down and random idea that comes to mind. Then, when I feel like I have a solid idea, I sit down at my laptop and put the pieces together in one, cohesive plot outline.
What made you want to become an author and do you feel it was the right decision?
When I finished high school and all my friends were heading off to college to become engineers and mechanics and accountants, I asked myself what I wanted most. Writing was the only thing that came to mind but back then, that wasn’t really a viable career option. I was accepted to three schools for Creative Writing, but chickened out in the end and went to university for Interior Design instead. I don’t regret that choice, I was very successful and even happy with that career. But with the rise of indie publishing, I made the leap and followed my dreams.
A day in the life of the author?
It’s not as glamourous as everyone thinks haha I wake up with my kids, get them off to school, then plunker down with coffee, snacks, and my laptop. Music blasting in the background. My husband works from home as a Graphic Designer, so that’s always fun to have a co-worker I actually like.
Advice they would give new authors?
Read to recharge your creative batteries. Never compare yourself to another author. Write what you would want to read. That passion will bleed through into your writing.
Describe your writing style.
Deep plotter. Speed writer. I enjoy writing scenes laced with dread and despair the most. I don’t know why. I’m just good at writing pain, I guess LOL
What makes a good story?
A book that doesn’t just TELL me the words, but makes me FEEL them, too.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Quirky secondary characters. I tend to fall in love with them more than anything.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I think there’s always a way to do both. You can give ten authors the same writing prompt and you’ll get ten different stories. All original but with a trend or theme that readers want.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Depends on how much I have happening in my schedule. But I can easily write a novel in a month.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
I do, and I don’t. I mean, it’s like riding a bike. We don’t forget how to do it, the ability isn’t suddenly gone. But sometimes our lives fill up with so many distractions, it’s hard to sit down and focus. For me, the cure for writer’s block is a change of scenery, reading a good book, and skipping ahead to write a scene I’ve been looking forward to.
Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!
Post a Comment