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Author Q&A ft L.R. Braden | Faerie Forged Book Tour and #Giveaway | #UrbanFantasy #ParanormalRomance

Faerie Forged (The Magicsmith Book 3) by L.R. Braden  is on virtual book tour. The urban fantasy, paranormal romance stops at Read...

Faerie Forged (The Magicsmith Book 3) by L.R. Braden  is on virtual book tour.

The urban fantasy, paranormal romance stops at Readeropolis with an author interview.

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What inspired you to write this book? 
I knew from the beginning of my Magicsmith series that I’d be writing multiple books. Faerie Forged is the third, and it represents a pretty big step in the series. Alex finally confronts her fae heritage head on, crossing over into the faerie world. The third book takes off the training wheels and forces Alex to face her new reality, for better or worse.

What can we expect from you in the future? 
There will be at least three more books in the Magicsmith series, plus I’m hoping to do a spinoff set in the same world but following different characters. I’m currently having a lot of fun brainstorming that.

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters? 
A couple, but I mostly have side stories about the world. I’ve created short stories of the creation myths of various species, and I wrote a story about a pair of sisters set during the time right after the fae came out, before the Faerie Wars. I also plan to write a short story about a demon-beset sorcerer and his paladin during the war. My intention is to eventually have all these stories available to read and/or download from my website.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Faerie Forged?
Alex Blackwood is the main character of the entire Magicsmith series, so hopefully if you’re reading the third book you’ve got a good handle on her. For those unfamiliar with the series, Alex is an independent, reclusive artist in her late twenties with trust and abandonment issues. Her father left to fight in the Faerie Wars and never came back. Her mother died shortly after, leaving her an orphaned teenager. By the third book, Alex has had her life turned upside down. She’s made a number of new connections with the people around her, but she’s struggling to maintain her human relationships.
One of the biggest character reveals in Faerie Forged is Alex’s grandfather (many times removed) who also happens to be the fae Lord of Enchantment. It’s been a long time since Alex has had a living blood relative, and she’s both excited and terrified to get to know him.

How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book? 
Alex was easy. She was a shadowy version of me shaped by different life experiences --- someone who shared many of my personality traits so I could make her feel authentic, but forged from different circumstances.
With Alex’s grandfather, I wanted to pack as much of the scary power of the fae into as unassuming a wrapper as I could. He’s a being who’s lived for centuries, decimated whole worlds, and controls the largest force in the fae realms, yet I needed him to be someone Alex could connect with on some level. They do that through their art. They are both tinkerers, creators. That passion is the bridge between them as well as the channel for their most potent magic.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book? 
Faerie Forged is Alex’s first trip to one of the fae realms. I loved getting to make up the details of what those other worlds are like. I especially liked writing the descriptions of the night market. Unfortunately, not all the details I came up with got to stay in the book. My editor told me I was taking Alex on a tour of the realm instead of moving the story along, and she was right. I was having too much fun creating new kinds of plants and creatures and architecture. But hopefully some of those details will make their way into future books to enrich the stories and help readers see the realms as they appear in my imagination.

How did you come up with the title for this book? 
Honestly, this title gave me some trouble. There are two distinct threads in this book, and I had a hard time coming up with a title that would mean something to both Alex’s struggles in the mortal realm and her time at the fae court. I finally settled on Faerie Forged because she is both shaped by the events that happen when she is in the fae realm (also known to mortals as the land of faerie) and because she eventually creates something purely from her own magic.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 
I’m always thinking of things after the fact that could have been added, or changed, or tweaked. That said, I go through a lot of iterations of each book I write and at some point I have to be willing to let it go. Now that Faerie Forged is out of my hands, I’ve come up with a different title that I think might have worked better, but I’m going to keep it to myself in case it works for a future book. ;)

If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead? 
Emma Stone. I think she could pull off the right combination of sass and serious for Alex.

Anything you want to tell your readers? 
I write for the same reason I read: for fun. I’m not trying to teach, or preach, or convince. I just want to share a story that entertained me when it played out in my head. Hopefully it will entertain you too.

Are your characters based on real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination? 
I avoid basing characters on real people as much as possible, mostly because I don’t want to get in trouble if someone I know reads the book and recognizes themself.

Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
For the most part I’ve got a pretty good handle on my stories. Sometimes scenes move around, and sometimes they take me in unexpected directions, but I always find my way back to somewhere near where I thought I’d be. The one place where my characters get free reign is in dialogue. Sometimes while I’m writing, I’ll find my characters have started chatting, or arguing, or they’ve gone off on some tangent, and I have trouble figuring out how to get them back on track.

Convince us why you feel your book is a must read. 
Maybe it’s because I don’t like being told what to do, but I don’t think any book is a must read. I think of books as get to read and supposed to read. A “get to” read book is one that I pick up because it looks fun or intriguing, and I keep turning the pages because it holds my interest. But not all people will be pulled in by the same books. Some people hate reading drama. Some people hate reading fantasy. Some people hate reading historical romance. So to say a book must be read feels like pushing it into the “supposed to” read category. What I can say is that if you like fun, fast, fantasy stories, I think you will want to keep turning pages in my books.

Have you written any other books that are not published? 
Yep. I’ve written a total of six books to date. Four are in the Magicsmith series. The other two are young adult stories, one of which is done and waiting for me to pay attention to it, and the other of which is still a draft that needs work.

What did you edit out of this book?
I took out nearly an entire chapter of Alex exploring the fae Realm of Enchantment when she first arrived. I originally had her walk through the city and the huge garden maze that surrounds Bael’s keep, complete with unique, exhotic plants and an earlier introduction of the fae she meets at court.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why? 
Bradon Sanderson. I love the unique worlds and magic systems he creates, and I’d love to get a look at his brainstorming process.

Behind the Scenes:
My cat really likes to keep me company while I work. No matter where in the house I sit down with my laptop, she’s there. Her favorite place to be is laying across my arms so I can’t move them. A lot of my work has been typed in this awkwardly restricted position because I just don’t have the heart to chase the little fuzzball off. Her other favorite positions are draped over the back of my office chair, laying on top of my feet, and curled in a ball tucked between my shoulder and cheek (she’s not a very big cat).

Faerie Forged 
The Magicsmith Book 3 
by L.R. Braden 
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance 

New world, new rules . . . 

Alex is screwed. She’s due at the fae Court of Enchantment in less than twenty-four hours, but she’s not even close to being ready. Her job is hanging by a fraying thread. There’s a new vampire master in town. And several of her werewolf friends have been captured by the Paranatural Task Force. 

She’s their best chance for release before the full moon reveals their secret, but the Lord of Enchantment is not someone you keep waiting—even when he happens to be your grandfather. All Alex can do is call in a favor, hope to hell she can survive the plots of the fae court, and hightail it home to salvage her life. 

One mistake at court could change everything . . . . 

“Original and riveting.”—Book Likes Blog on A Drop of Magic, Book One of The Magicsmith series 

“Great plot. Lovable characters. Heart-pounding action.”—Lauren Davis, Netgalley Reviewer on A Drop of Magic 

Courting Darkness 
The Magicsmith Book 2 

“A great story of murder, mystery . . . and well-developed characters.”—Margie Hager, Netgalley Reviewer on A Drop of Magic 

“A Drop of Magic is a damned fun and original read, with sass, action, hot men, and a whole lot of magic.” —Diana Pharaoh Francis, author of the Diamond City Magic, Magicfall, and Horngate Witches series 

Deeper into the shadows. . . 

The paranatural community isn’t done with Alex. She’s been summoned to the fae court, and she's got her hands full trying to prepare. But her date with the fae will have to wait. There’s been a death at the gallery, and the man she hoped would be a part of her future is the prime suspect. 

Bitter enemies pull her into the middle of a paranatural war for territory that has her dodging police, swords, teeth, and claws—not to mention the truth. The deeper she digs, the more secrets she uncovers, and the less certain she is about the innocence of the one man she wanted to trust. 

She thought she was done with murder and monsters, but she’ll have to enter the belly of the beast if she hopes to save her friend. 

A Drop of Magic 
The Magicsmith Book 1 

The war isn’t over . . . 

With the world clinging to a fragile peace forced on the Fae by humanity after the Faerie Wars, metalsmith Alex Blackwood is plunged into the world of the half-fae who traffick in illegal magical artifacts. Her best friend’s murder and his cryptic last message place her in the crosshairs of a scheme to reignite the decade-old war between humans and fae. 

Worse, violent attacks against her and the arrival of a fae knight on a mission force Alex to face a devastating revelation of who and what she is. To catch a killer, retrieve a dangerous artifact, and stop a war, Alex will have to accept that she’s an unregistered fae “halfer” with a unique magical talent—a talent that would change everything she believes about her past, her art, and her future. 

Her world is crumbling around her, and Alex will have to decide who to trust if she and the world are going to survive. 

“A Drop of Magic is a damned fun and original read, with sass, action, hot men, and a whole lot of magic.” —Diana Pharaoh Francis, author of the Diamond City Magic, Magicfall, and Horngate Witches series 

Born and raised in Colorado, L. R. BRADEN makes her home in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her wonderful husband, precocious daughter, and psychotic cat. With degrees in both English literature and metalsmithing, she splits her time between writing and art. 

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  1. Looks like a fun read. I can’t wait to read the series. I think it will be more enjoyable if I read the first two books.

  2. I like the cover. It very well done with great colors and graphics.

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  3. She looks like a beautiful business lady.

  4. How long did it take you to write this book

  5. I really like the cover. It def draws me in. Thank you

  6. I love the comparisons to the real world to the faerie world Rosanne rosans4 comcast (dot) net

  7. this looks like a good book. i would like to read it. i like the cover.

  8. I like the cover, its not plain like some are.

  9. I love the cover, I love the colors that were used.


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