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Author Q&A ft @DianneGardner | Thread of a Spider Book Tour & #Giveaway | @SDSXXTours Presents #YA Historical #Fantasy

This young adult historical fantasy is on virtual tour and stops here today with an interview with Dianne. Enjoy!

Don't forget to enter for a chance to win the giveaway and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

[Isn't the book cover awesome!?!]


What inspired you to write this book?
I enjoyed writing my historical fantasy Cassandra’s Castle so much that I wanted to dive into the genre once again. Being a lover of all things Irish I decided to explore their myth, and their history which took me on a journey of reading books like Paddy’s Lament, On Another Man’s Wounds, and Guerrilla Warfare in Ireland by Tom Barry. I was overwhelmed with compassion learning about all the horrible things that had happened to those people, and their magnificent restoration, that I knew I had to write about their fight for independence. Interweaving war, and the legend seemed like a wondrous adventure and so Thread of a Spider was born, though it had two other titles before I came up with this one. One thing I discovered and admire about the Irish is that even in those horrible times, they maintained a remarkably healthy attitude. They danced, they sang, and some of the best poets came from Ireland in the darkest years.

What can we expect from you in the future?
Currently I am writing a historical romance based on the letters of an in law during WWII. After that I want to get back to Ireland and bring Ailis and Paddy’s brother home from America and dive into the Civil War in 1923. I’ve also left some characters foraging in Mexico in my book Altered, with some very important loved ones still prisoners of a tyrannical government in the US. And in my Ian’s Realm Saga, the prince was left with the key to the portal and a war raging. All those things need to be tended to.

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
I have one to Thread of a Spider which I posted in my newsletter not long ago, and which I will probably send out again.
I hope to be writing more side stories about the characters in Thread of a Spider as soon as possible. I do have side stories for some of my other books, which I post in my newsletter from time to time. You can subscribe to my website to get them.

What book do you think everyone should read?
Paddy’s Lament. The recounting and personal witness of the famine in Ireland would help solve the problem of world hunger and hard heartedness. After reading that book while doing research for Thread of a Spider, I will never look at hunger, or racism in the same light again. I think the book would open eyes to the need for compassion toward our brothers, and I also think those who complain that their lives are in a bad way, would readjust their thinking. Nothing compares to the devastation that took place in Ireland during the famine while the island was still producing food enough to feed the Irish, but which the British shipped to England. My eyes were opened! The book should be required reading for all high school students, and brought up for discussion as well.
"I have visited the wasted remnants of the once noble Red Man on his reservation grounds in North America, and explored the Negro quarter of the degraded and enslaved African," wrote one English traveler in a letter from Ireland in 1847, "but never have I seen misery so intense, or physical degradation so complete, as among the dwellers in the bog holes of Ireland." -Paddy's Lament, Thomas Gallagher.

Thread of a Spider
by D.L. Gardner
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy


When all attempts to save her fiance fail, Ailis must rely on the magic of the forest folk. 

Following an ambush at the Upton Rail Station in 1921 Ireland, British troops burn Ailis' home to the ground and arrest her fiancé, Liam, for murder. She and her younger brother Paddy flee to an enchanted glen. Lured by a haunting song, Paddy is abducted by forest folk. Perilous obstacles, and a questionable stranger, hinder Ailis' attempts to find her brother or free her fiance, until her only hope for survival rests on the magic of the Fae.

˃˃˃ A bitter uprising in Ireland is taking place and two siblings are tossed in the battle, facing death, believing in love, and hoping in magic. 

1920 found Ireland at the peak of tensions that had been building for centuries. Famine, tyranny and strife robbed the Irish of their homes, their lives and their country. Four years after the Easter Rising, pressure became so great, that the southern Irish took up arms against the British and fought for a free nation. Thread of a Spider, a historical fantasy, weaves history and Irish myth together to tell a story about two teenage siblings caught in the war and swathed in the legends of Erie.˃˃˃ A fantasy based on history woven with rich Irish lore.

With a passion for a good wholesome story, Gardner dives into the adult and young adult fantasy genres. She is both a best selling author and an award winning illustrator who lives in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Dabbling in screenwriting, she's won screenings and a trophy for some of her film projects. 

She loves a tale that ignites imaginations, strengthens friendships, spurs courage and applauds honor. Though she targets her stories for young adults, her books are enjoyed by all ages.

D.L. Gardner is a columnist for the science fiction and fantasy publication Amazing Stories Magazine

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Entangled Summer by @MicheleBelisle | Book Tour & #Giveaway | @SDSXXTours Presents #NA #Romance

Have you read Entangled Summer by Michele Barrow-Belisle yet? The new adult romance is on virtual tour and stops here today!

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Entangled Summer
by Michele Barrow-Belisle
Genre: NA Paranormal Romance

She's done everything to forget. 

He'll do anything to help her remember.

They say our dreams mask secrets. 
Secret desires. 
Secret fears. 
Secret truths.

20 year old Nora Dultry’s dreams hide even more. They're a gateway to the man of her dreams, and an escape from her painful past. She’s fantasized about him for years, and when he mysteriously walks into her summer teaching gig, she never dreamed she'd question whether he was the one she truly wanted. 

But her former fling Troy Bellisaro doesn't just own Wanderlust Academy...he’s her boss, he still has her heart strings tied in knots—and he’s hiding secrets of his own. 

One of them will be her dream come true. One, her waking nightmare. 

Untangling the truth could make this dream, her last.

"Humans are the only creatures on earth, whose emotions are irrevocably entangled with thier memories."

A dreamer at heart, Michele Barrow-Belisle has always lived with one foot in this reality and one foot in another, one of her own imagining. So it follows that she would grow up to write about and sculpt the characters from those enchanting worlds she knows and loves so well. As a fan of everything romantic, her young adult novels are populated with witches and vampires and faeries. Michele resides in southern Canada with her hubby and son who indulge her passions for writing, reading, lattes, and most of all chocolate. 

She also loves shoes. 

Did we mention the chocolate?

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Author Q&A ft @aford21 | Four Worlds Series Book Tour & #Giveaway | @SDSXXTours Presents Epic Dark #Fantasy

Have you read the Four Worlds Series by Angela J. Ford yet? The epic dark fantasy series is on virtual tour and stops here today with an interview with Angela. Enjoy!

Don't forget to enter for a chance to win the giveaway and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).


Where were you born/grew up at?
I was born in Michigan but when I was almost three my family moved south. I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama before moving to Nashville. I’m more of a city girl and enjoy being where all the action is at, hence, Nashville, TN suits me well.

If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
People make me happy. I’d want to spend time in nature with the people I love just laughing and having a good time. And if there are plenty of good food and drinks that’s an added bonus. It would be the perfect day.

What book do you think everyone should read?
I think everyone should read Ready Player One. I loved the book, but even more than the 80s style geeking out, I found the overall message of the book quite profound. That is, it is important to step away from all the technology and look at the world we live in and strive to make it better, before we end up living in a trash heap.

What kind of world ruler would you be?
I would be kind. There’s a lot of good in bad involved in becoming a world ruler. Everyone has an agenda and it’s impossible to please everyone. I also think it’s dangerous giving the government too much control, because the government doesn’t have the resources to make everyone happy. Ruling seems to be about compromise and doing what you can to better the world in the long-run as well as keeping most people happy. There also is the fall of government due to corruption, money, and games of power. While we don’t live in a perfect world, I think having a rule of kindness would go a long way. If everyone was kind to each other a huge different would be made. The struggles of government, ruling and politics are something I’ve explored a bit in my books and intend to explore further. It’s complicated, and thus, it makes for a good story.

Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
Legone the Swift is one of my favorite characters in The Five Warriors. He comes off as cold, distant and mysterious. In truth, he has a mysterious past and has come face to face with a darkness he desires to hide from. Legone the Swift is a noblebright characters because he tries to do the right thing. Even though he doesn’t want to come out of hiding or join a group of warriors setting off to face his greatest enemy, he does. Even though he wants to save his “family” at the cost of his own life, he goes out anyway, because he knows he should do something good, something right for once. He’s one of my favorite characters because it’s easy for the reader to hate him at first, and then get to know him as the story progresses. I love to show the depth of characters and allow readers to see their growth. I also like to have  highly annoying characters in all my books, so watch out for them!

How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
It was pretty simple. The book is about warriors, five of them, and when I talked about the book I kept saying The Five Warriors. Now, my 2nd book was much harder. The original name was A War, A Search, and Two Kingdoms. I was following in the trend of Narnia since the first book is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out for me. The name was long, when I talked about the book I called it “A War and a Search” and then I realized the book isn’t really about war and kingdoms, it’s about The Blended Ones.

Who designed your book covers?
I have the pleasure of working with Lori from Hell Yes Design Studio. She completely gets my vision and is currently working on 2 more covers for me. I love how diverse her portfolio is, she’s a true artist.

The Five Warriors
The Four Worlds Series Book 1
by Angela J. Ford
Genre: Epic Dark Fantasy

"The characters were well-written and well-developed, the story was clear and enjoyable without being predictable, and there were a couple of evenings I stayed up later than I intended just so I could get to the end of a chapter. If you're a fantasy fan, you're going to LOVE this!" —Amazon review

What if...

your best friend started a rebellion in the middle of a war?

your lover awakened a deep evil and helped it grow?
your people were too cowardly to face a battle?
you stole an ancient power source?
you gambled with the fate of the world?

Join five powerful warriors each with a unique ability and magical weapons. Their quest is to discover where the transformed creatures are coming from and put a stop to it.

Along the way they run into treacherous immortals, sea monsters, powerful beasts of the air and talking animals.

Each has their own reasoning for joining the quest, but one carries a deadly secret which just might be the destruction of them all.

"Angela's imagination has brought these characters to life and the worlds they live in."
Amazon review

The Blended Ones
The Four Worlds Series Book 2

Over 100 years after The Five Warriors saved the Western World, the Blended Ones have become a curse in the Eastern World. Beware the Blended Ones...

Phyllis and her 17 year old twin sister, Ilieus are Blended Ones. But Ilieus suffers from visions of darkness she is unable to discern. Forsaken by their parents the two cross the country in search of the Order of the Wise for help.

Cuthan the Charmer is mischievous enough to change anyone's mind with a smile and a wink. Born into a family of treasure hunters, he s searching for the key to unlocking his dormant powers.

Pharengon the Horse Lord was born to be King. Young and inexperienced he seeks a weapon to turn the tide of the war in his favor. But when his very own army betrays him, he will have to turn to the Lost Ones for assistance.

Caught in the fate of the Eastern World the youths destinies become twisted together in a frightful quest that will change the course of time. In the midst of their whirlwind adventure, they discover love, loss, and uncover the truth about who and what is behind the chaotic, spiraling events in the Eastern World.

This can be read as a stand alone novel.

Eliesmore and the Green Stone
The Four Worlds Series Book 3

Changers have arisen, wreaking havoc as they harvest the world, searching for the Green Stone. The South World sinks in despair, holding its breath, waiting for the One.

Eliesmore is a Blended One, growing up on the edge of the forest of the creatures of the wood. Young, headstrong, and inspired by magical rituals, he spends his time between his overprotective mother and sneaking out to dance with the wild things.

His courage is tested when Eliesmore discovers that he is the One who is meant to save the Four Worlds from the Changers. Unwilling to accept his fate, he turns his back on the prophecy and the futile quest to dissolve the Green Stone.

But Eliesmore will soon learn he cannot escape his destiny. Beset by creatures of the deep and hunted by servants of the Changers, Eliesmore finds his task will test the loyalty of his companions and help him answer the ultimate question:

Can he trust the immortals – or are they the reason the Changers have come to power?

A Tale of the Four Worlds

Darkness has fallen in the South World, a land ruled by forces of evil and dark powers. Those who would resist live in hiding, hoping for the prophecy concerning the One to come true.

Born into a shadowed world Myran experiences her first loss when her parents are murdered before her eyes.

Adopted by the Green People she makes it her goal to hide from the woes of the world. As she grows older, she discovers her actions will birth the most significant change in all of the Four Worlds.

Recommended: Read this after reading "Eliesmore and the Green Stone"

Brought up as a bookworm and musician, Angela J. Ford began writing The Four Worlds Series—a fantasy series—at the age of twelve. The storyline of those books was largely based off of the imaginative games she played with her sisters.

Angela originally finished the series when she was sixteen. After college, Angela began to rewrite The Four Worlds Series, bringing it from a child’s daydream to an adventure young and old can enjoy. Since it is inspired by fairy tales, high magic, and epic fantasy, Angela knows you’ll enjoy your adventures within the Four Worlds. 

If you happen to be in Nashville, you’ll most likely find her at a local coffee shop, enjoying a white chocolate mocha and furiously working on her next book. Make sure you say hello!

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