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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).




AUTHOR INTERVIEW

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?




Myran
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!




Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!






Author Q&A ft @MelyndaPrice1 | In For the Win Book Tour & #Giveaway | @SDSXXTours Sports #Romance ~ #RomSus

Melynda Price, author of In For the Win (Against the Cage Book 5), tells all at Readeropolis today. Check out her question and answer series below.

Don't forget to enter for a chance to win the $25 Amazon GC giveaway and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?
I’m going to have to go with very unoriginal answers here. 1.) I’d wish for world peace. Who wouldn’t want that? 2.) A cure for cancer. There is far too much suffering in the world. And 3.) More wishes of course. ;)

Given unlimited resources, what would be your ideal writing environment?
On a sandy white beach with a beautiful view of the ocean, a lawn chair, a pina colada, and my laptop.

Where do you actually write?
I mostly write on the couch in my sun room. My laptop makes me portable, so I can pretty much write anywhere. I can’t sit in an office, or in one of those high-back chairs. It would make this feel like too much of a job.

How long does it normally take you to write a novel?
I usually write a book in three months, but some stories flow better than others. I’m not a plotter, and sometimes I can hit some hellacious writer’s block. It also depends on the genre and deadlines. Romantic suspense takes me the longest to write. I’ve written books in as little as two months and taken as long as four.

What are your inspirations?
I don’t have any specific inspirations per say. But in order for me to write, I need my mind clear and my stress level low, otherwise I can’t concentrate. That’s a pretty tall order some days.   

How did you come to write this particular book or series?
I’ve been an MMA fan for years, and it never ceases to amaze me the amount of training, discipline and punishment these fighters put their body through. Every one of these fighters has a story and I thought it would be fun to write about a camp of MMA fighters putting it all on the line, inside and outside of the cage.  

What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it?
The hardest part of writing any book for me is always the ending. I have a hard time letting my characters go and wrapping the story up in a way that feels fulfilling to me and the reader. That is why in my Against the Cage series, although each book is written as a stand-alone, you’ll often see those characters in each other’s stories. They’ve been woven together like a tapestry that gives each story more depth and a well-rounded feel if they’re read in order.

But the most difficult part of In for the Win specifically, was writing Pen’s character. Tackling her issues and traumatic past with a different twist, while maintaining credibility and realism was a challenge. She is an incredibly complex, broken character that exhibits remarkable strength and yet vulnerability without being seen as a victim. It was a though balance but I believe her characters really shines in this story.  

What is your writing drive? The power that keeps you going when your writing gets difficult?
What drives my writing are the voices in my head. No, I’m not crazy, lol. But my characters come alive when I’m writing them. They do and say things that surprise me and oftentimes tell their own story. That’s why I’m a pantser, although I think it’s a more difficult writing style than plotting. But for me, I find it gives my characters more freedom to be real. When the voices go quiet, then I really start to worry. Some of my characters are more outspoken than others. That’s how Nikko was for me when writing Fighting for Control—the third book in my Against the Cage series. This book quickly wrote itself. He had so much to say and such a story to tell.

How did you come up with the title?
In for the Win was the perfect title of this book because it encompasses the theme of this story—important things like rarely come easy, and you have to fight for the things worth holding into.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family member?
My agent, Nalini Akolekar. She’s wonderful and completely amazing. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her. She’s believed in me, supported me, and stretched me as an author. I’m incredibly grateful to her.

If you could travel anywhere in the world for thirty days and just kick back and relax, where would you go, would you take anyone with you and why would you chose this vacation spot to go?
I would go to a beach house in Grand Cayman with my family. I love the ocean, the quiet atmosphere, the culture, and of course the pina coladas.  

What is your favorite late night snack?
Hands down, mint chocolate chip ice cream in a waffle cone.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
I don’t know. Definitely still writing novels, but I don’t often think that far into the future. I try to live and love life one day a time. I find if I get too focused on tomorrow, I fail to appreciate today.

Tell us 5 random things about yourself.
  1. I graduated with my BSN with honors, but did not attend the ceremony because I’m incredibly introverted.
  2. I met my husband and we started dating when I was sixteen.
  3. I have a terrible sense of humor and laugh inappropriately all the time.
  4. People say I’m a great cook but I hate to do it.
  5. My Chihuahua has been called my third child. He’s my little writing buddy. ;)


In For the Win
Against the Cage Book 5
by Melynda Price
Genre: Sports Romance, Romantic Suspense


To win his heart, she’ll have to give him the one thing that could drive him away—the truth…

Kyle Scott’s talent for fighting paved the way for a career he never wanted, but needed to survive. Five years later, he doesn’t recognize the man he’s become. All his focus and energy has been poured into raising his little sister, leaving no time or interest for anything beyond a casual hook-up—until he meets a woman who sends his life spiraling out of control.

Penelope Cantrel isn’t looking for love, but she’s always ready for a good time. If she keeps everyone at a distance, they can’t discover how broken she is, or the secrets she’s running from. When she crosses paths with the sexy MMA fighter, Kyle’s reputation as a cage-banging manwhore doesn’t concern her. She isn’t interested in a commitment. But after their white-hot attraction leads to a night of mind-blowing sex, neither of them will ever be the same again.

When Pen starts receiving threatening messages, her deepest fears are realized as she becomes the obsession of a man who will kill to possess her. Concerned for her safety, Kyle offers to pose as her boyfriend to deter her unwanted admirer, but his heated touches and those not-so-innocent kisses don’t feel like he’s acting. Could the infamous playboy be falling for her?

As the threat against Pen escalates, her stalker is closer than they thought. Kyle is the only thing standing between her and a madman, but she fears trusting him with her secrets could be a fatal mistake.





Melynda Price is a bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary romance. Her Against the Cage series has finaled in many awards such as the RONE, USA Today BBA, Golden Quill, National Readers’ Choice, and New England Readers’ Choice.


What Price enjoys most about writing is the chance to make her readers fall in love, over and over again. She cites the greatest challenge of writing is making the unbelievable believable, while taking her characters to the limit with stories full of passion and unique twists and turns. Salting stories with undertones of history whenever possible, Price adds immeasurable depth to her well-crafted books. She currently lives in Northern Minnesota with her husband and two children where she has plenty of snow-filled days to curl up in front of the fireplace with her Chihuahua and a hot cup of coffee to write.




Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!





Invisible by @realSariahSkye | Book Tour & #Giveaway | @SDSXXTours Presents #ParanormalRomance

Have you read Invisible (The Curse of Avalon Book 1) by Sariah Skye yet? The paranormal romance book is on virtual tour and stops here today.

Don't forget to enter for a chance to win the $15 Amazon GC giveaway and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).


Invisible
The Curse of Avalon Book 1
by Sariah Skye
Genre: Paranormal RH Romance


My name is Ava Dawson. Ever since I was young, I have had this strange “gift” of invisibility. I can’t explain it, nor can I always control it. It affects my work, my personal life, dating—all but my mother and best friend seem to be affected. No matter what I do, I seem to always be forgotten.


Until I meet these gorgeous guys during a girls’ night out, and there’s something strangely alluring about them. An ancient curse brings us together, while a group of supernatural “Collectors” is threatening to tear us apart. They’re targeting people with special abilities like mine, and all four men have taken it upon themselves to protect me. But with their complicated pasts, I can’t help but feel protective of them, too. I’m trying not to get in over my head, with these men, and the magic. 

But I have to admit, It’s nice to be seen after years of being invisible.

*Author's Note: this book is 'reverse harem;' meaning, one woman, multiple love interests. This series is meant for readers 18+ only





Sariah Skye physically resides in southern Minnesota with her husband, two kids and a dog (so really...3 children) but mentally her head is in the clouds dreaming of anything that doesn't require adulting. 


When not writing she's probably geeking out watching Star Trek, playing World of Warcraft, reading yet another fantasy book or staying up way too late. She'd love it if you dropped her a line at Facebook or Twitter but be prepared...she's a nictofiliac so be patient for a response while her eyes adjust to the light of day and beware of sarcasm. It helps to throw her chocolate or glitter first before engaging. Wine is also acceptable...but not to throw. Hand it over gently.




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