Interview with Morgan Rhodes + Back to Mytica Giveaway

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I am thrilled to be sharing a post about Morgan Rhodes’ newest book, Gathering Darkness, with you today. I have been a fan of the series and Rhodes’ complex and brutal fantasy world since I randomly picked up the first book, Falling Kingdoms, because of its beautiful cover. Any fantasy fans should get to reading this series because it is engrossing, complex and expansive.

The aspect that appeals to me the most about this series is that it follows multiple point of views and does so wonderfully well. The characters are unique and each are incredibly interesting with their person struggles as well as their motivations.

Not only am I sharing a wonderful prize pack (wish I could enter myself!) but I also had the pleasure of asking Morgan Rhodes a few questions about the future of the series, the spin off series as well as who her favorite characters are.

ABOUT GATHERING DARKNESS
The seeds of revolution have been sown…but in Mytica the lust for power reigns supreme.

THE REBELS forge ahead. Princess Cleo slays with sweetness—and a secret that might control Lucia’s magic—as she and vengeful Jonas lead the hunt for the all-powerful Kindred.

THE KRAESHIANS join the fray. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the vast kingdom across the Silver Sea, prove to be just as ruthless as they are charming as they manipulate their way to victory.

THE WATCHERS follow Melenia out of the Sanctuary. They ally, in the flesh, with King Gaius, who vows to use Lucia’s powers to unveil the Kindred.

And which side will Prince Magnus choose, now that he’s been betrayed by everyone he’s ever loved?

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SERIES OVERVIEW
In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed…and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even love.

In AURANOS, privileged Princess Cleo is forced to confront violence for the first time in her life when a shocking murder sets her kingdom on a path to collapse

In LIMEROS, the king’s son, Magnus, must plan each footstep with shrewd, sharp guile if he is to earn his powerful father’s trust, while his sister, Lucia, discovers a terrifying family secret about her birth that will change everything.

In PAELSIA, rebellious Jonas lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Witches, if four, are put to death, and Watchers, immortal beings who take the shape of hawks to visit the human world, have been almost entirely forgotten. A vicious power struggle quickly escalates to war, and these four young people collide against each other and the rise of elementia, the magic that can topple kingdoms and crown a ruler in the same day.

MorganRhodesABOUT THE AUTHOR
Morgan Rhodes is the New York Times bestselling author of the FALLING KINGDOMS series. As a child, she always wanted to be a princess—the kind that knows how to wield a sharp sword to help save both kingdoms and princes from fire-breathing dragons and dark wizards. Instead, she became a writer, which is just as good and much less dangerous. Along with writing, Morgan enjoys photography, travel, and reality TV, and is an extremely picky yet voracious reader of all kinds of books.

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INTERVIEW WITH MORGAN RHODES
Your characters are all beautifully flawed and the majority of them straddle the line between good and evil. Then you have the King of Blood, King Gaius, who appears to be entirely evil and exquisite in his brutality. How do you put yourself in the mind space to write his character?
The same way I put myself in any character’s point of view! I imagine what he wants, what his motivation is, and what’s currently in his way. A believable villain never sees himself as a villain, he’s simply doing what he needs to do to get what he wants. And I actually don’t see Gaius as entirely evil. His moral compass is just set a little differently than most other people’s.

You also utilize many points of view in this series which adds a depth to the storytelling. Is it more difficult to tell a story from so many viewpoints vs just one or two?
OH YES. 😉 But I do think it’s worth it to see many sides of the main situation and I do enjoy a challenge!

Do you personally have a favorite character or is it impossible to choose?
I love all of my characters, but I will admit that Cleo and Magnus are the most fun for me to write, especially in their scenes together.

If it were possible, would you want to have a magical ability and which one?
I would love to be able to teleport myself anywhere, since I’m usually at least ten minutes late for almost everything if I have to drive there.

I had originally thought that the Falling Kingdoms series was going to be three books but am excited to have learned it’ll be more! How many total books are planned and can you tell us a bit about the spin off series?
Yes! I’m very happy to say that the main Falling Kingdoms series will be six books long. I’m currently writing book four, which is due to my editor just after the new year. A Book of Spirits and Thieves (out June 23, 2015) is the first in a spin-off/companion trilogy to Falling Kingdoms. It follows three main viewpoint characters, two in our contemporary world, and one in Mytica, a thousand years before the events in Falling Kingdoms. In our world, there is a secret society headed by a mysterious leader who seeks an ancient, unreadable book filled with magic. The book falls into the hands of two sisters whose lives are changed forever from the moment they touch it. Meanwhile, in Mytica, we follow a young ghost-buster whose path crosses with the Goddess Valoria’s who requires his very special powers. Soon the threads of my main characters, here and in Mytica, begin to intertwine in unexpected and exciting ways.

GIVEAWAY:

BACK TO MYTICA, WISH YOU WERE HERE.

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One (1) winner receives:

  • Falling Kingdoms postcard set,
  • Falling Kingdoms tshirt,
  • plus copies of Falling Kingdoms, Rebel Spring and Gathering Darkness.

Prizing & samples courtesy of Penguin Young Readers
Giveaway open to US addresses only

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My December To Be Read Pile

I can’t believe we are in the final month of 2014. Time has really gone quickly this year and really in the last few months. I don’t feel prepared at all for this year to end. Over Thanksgiving my family was given news that my grandfather was very ill. I headed off to see him and returned home Sunday after a 15 hour car ride. I don’t recommend traveling the Sunday after Thanksgiving. We have been so wrapped up and worried about my grandfather it didn’t feel like the holidays were even here. I feel rather disheveled and disconnected but I’m hoping to get my head back into everyday life. If you could say a prayer for my grandfather I’d be very grateful.

I’ve found some solace in books so I’ve been reading as much as possible. I’m almost finished with Shutter and have started Court of Fives (thank you Sajda from Across the Words) and Gathering Darkness. I think Court of Fives is going to live up to all my expectations. Many years ago I read Kate Elliott’s adult fantasy series so I’m so, so excited to see her go to young adult. I read Now That You’re Here by Amy K. Nichols on the road and found it to be an entertaining read.

Here’s what I’m hoping to read this month:

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My dear friend Stacee from Adventures of a Book Junkie is sending me The Orphan Queen so I’ll be starting that ASAP. I can’t wait to read it since I’ve heard great things. I don’t know what I’d do without my wonderful bloggy friends.

How does your December look? Are you ready for 2014 to end? I’ll say I’m looking forward to the books 2015 has to offer because they look wonderful-so much science fiction and fantasy.

Stacking the Shelves

Notice anything different? I decided it was time for a change so gave My Friends Are Fiction a make-over. I’m loving it. Last week I skipped Stacking the Shelves to post my stop on Cuddlebuggery‘s epic giveaway hop, Getting to Know You. You can still enter to win a pre-order so head over.

I’m including 2 week’s worth of books this time and boy I love each of them. Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

For Review (via Edelweiss):

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Some new Harper titles went live on Edelweiss so I ran to check to see if this was one of them and YES IT WAS. I’m so excited. I hope it’s as amazing as I hope/expect it to be.

For Review (thank you Harper and HMH!):

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Won (Thank you Irene Goodman Literary Agency):

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I feel so lucky I checked Twitter right when I did because I won the last copy and it was purely by luck. It made my day, week, month. I have already read The Wrath & The Dawn and WOW. I loved it.

Traded:

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Purchased:

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Borrowed:

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A wonderful friend took pity on me and loaned me their copy and I’m oh so thankful. I’ve been waiting for this book for years and I couldn’t wait to dive in. I’m a bit more than half way and honestly, I’m the tiniest bit disappointed. I feel so sad saying that. It’s written beautifully of course but the subject matter is a tad dull for me. Isn’t that horrible? I want to love it! I hope the last half will pick up for me.

Gifted (thank you Big Honcho Media!):

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I’ll be having a special something coming next month related to this series. Keep your eyes open!

Posts From Last Week- there aren’t many since I was busy on the website design switch

  • Review of Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes     star
  • Getting to Know You Giveaway Hop– Enter to win a pre-order of one of my anticipated 2015 release (Red Queen, An Ember in the Ashes or A Court of Thorns and Roses (International)

I am very close to hitting 3k followers on Twitter.  My good friend Jon from Bookish Antics is close to 2k so we figured when we both met our goal we’d have a giveaway.

That’s it for me. I’m shocked Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK for my US and Canadian friends. I don’t feel ready to host just yet but soon. I hope you all have a fabulous time next week and I want to let you all know that I am insanely grateful and thankful for each of you. Big virtual hugs!

Stacking the Shelves

Another week has passed and as always I don’t feel like I accomplished nearly as much as I would have liked. I did however care for my ill  kiddo who was lucky enough to catch two (yes two) separate viruses. Somehow I’ve avoided getting either myself so here’s to hoping my immunity withstands the assault.


Since last weekend was Halloween I didn’t post  my Stacking the Shelves but I did post some fun pictures of my family dressed up. You can check them out on Instagram if you’re so inclined. Halloween was a blast and thankfully kiddo didn’t get sick until after the fun.

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

Here are the last two weeks worth of books:

For Review (via Publisher):

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ENSNARED!!!! *flails* I’ve started and almost finished reading it already. I’ve loved it. It is an incredibly emotional read that has completely swept me away.

For Review (via Edelweiss):

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This sounds a lot like the summary for Trial by Fire but I’m hoping it’ll hit me better than that one did. Isn’t this cover is beyond gorgeous?

Borrowed (thank you Jon from Bookish Antics):

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I’ve been obsessed with An Ember in the Ashes since I heard of it and I was lucky enough to have an amazing friend, thank you Jon! I’ve already read it and wow…just wow. You should go ahead and pre-order it.

Gifted (thank you Kelly from Effortlessly Reading and Jon from Bookish Antics):

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