YAY!, another blog tour! I'm getting heaps of tour requests at the moment and my spots are booking up fast! Glad I had time for this one!
At the Other End
It’s been almost a year since Abby Shepard’s once-perfect life crumbled into little more than a nightmare. Dumped, bullied and abused, the seventeen-year-old has all but given up hope. Little does she know that her father died protecting a family secret; a secret that has the forces of good and evil battling to claim the power lurking just beneath her skin.
First Impressions Last
Intriguing blurb. Sounded like a good novel at the time I read the blurb and it was. We are interested and very curious at what the family secret is. A great blurb actually, doesn't give too much of the book away without leaving us with the sense of curiosity.
Shhh....... Don't Tell:
The sound of the hard soles of his tall leather boots striking the exquisite black marble floor reverberated through the hall. His steps were measured and confident, never faltering in their rhythm as he strode onto the raised platform, seven sets of eyes following his every movement. He turned, sinking gracefully onto his throne.
The moment his body made contact with the cold black and silver chair, the throne room came to life. The formerly dark, high-ceilinged hall was bathed in the warm glow of firelight from both the sconces on the wall and the marble oil wells that ran the length of the room. The flickering fire cast Lucifer’s face in a sinister light, alternately black shadow and red-orange glow.
He cast his eyes downwards on his council, his Seven Generals. “Well? Why was I summoned, Draven? I was in the midst of something rather...fun.” he smirked “let’s not keep her waiting, hmm?”
Draven nodded, stepping forward. He bowed his head as he addressed his master. “My lord, if I may?” He stopped at the bottom step of the platform and swept himself into a deep, kneeling bow. His long, thick mane of black hair fell forward, revealing the angry diagonal scar that marred the length of his heavily muscled back. The scar was white and puckered in places, the lightness of it contrasting with his otherwise caramel coloured skin.
Lucifer grimaced. He knew that scar, was there when the flaming sword had bitten deep into his second in command’s flesh and thrown him aside. The wars had not been easy on Draven; his skin, Lucifer knew, was crisscrossed with those white scars recording each of his wounds. The wounds from battles that had placed him higher and higher in his lord’s favour until he became Hell’s most decorated General, the Leader of the Seven, presiding over Hell’s armies; second only to Lucifer himself.
“My lord, I apologize if I have overstepped my bounds by summoning you here. I have gathered the council before you because we feel that we have found a solution to our… most pressing dilemma.”
Lucifer beckoned him forward wordlessly. Draven stood and moved up the steps to stand on Lucifer’s right side, towering over him. His height and muscular frame made him seem even more menacing than the King of Hell, but it was clear to all who the master was. “Our plan merely awaits your approval, my lord.” Draven said, staring straight ahead.
Lucifer leaned forward, a hint of a smile tugging at his lips. Trust Draven to come up with a plan, he thought satisfactorily. “Elaborate.”
“We will find the girl and bring her to you.” A beautiful woman with curly blonde hair said excitedly.
“And exactly how do you intend to do this, General Astarte?” Lucifer drawled.
Astarte squared her shoulders and spoke. “We will send a small taskforce, one that will travel unnoticed and seek her out.”
Lucifer considered this, turned his head to glance up at Draven. “And who do you have in mind, Head General?”
Draven kept looking ahead stoically. “We have all agreed that Mammon would be best for the task.”
Lucifer’s eyebrows rose involuntarily in surprise. “Your son?”
“Yes, he’s very good at…harvesting the truth. And he holds substantial sway throughout the planet.”
“Well, if you trust him, all of you, then I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to let him try.” Lucifer gestured offhandedly “Send him in.”
The huge wooden double doors at the end of the hall swung open, pulled from the outside by unseen hands. A tall figure swathed in a flowing black cloak stepped forward, entering the chamber. A scuffling noise, out of sync with his movements came from somewhere behind him. The doors began to close behind him and he glanced between them and the throne. Draven addressed his unspoken question “Your dogs must stay outside.”
Mammon dipped his head, turned and said a few quiet words, gestured with his hands a few times. The scuffling behind the doors ceased, with the exception of a few soft rustlings, and the doors were closed. He approached the throne, his face hidden by the deep hood of the cloak. Mammon bowed deeply, removing his hood when he straightened and stared expressionlessly into Lucifer’s eyes. Lucifer stared back, taking in the young man before him. He was the opposite of his father in almost every way, he thought with some amusement. Fair-haired, feminine featured and very, very pale; he certainly took after his mother, and though he had his father’s height he had a willowy, nearly delicate frame. Those eyes that bored into his so fearlessly were hardly coloured at all; they held the faintest trace of grey in the iris, adding to his ghostly appearance.
This could be interesting, Lucifer thought. “You feel that you are ready for this task?” He asked Mammon, who opened his mouth to reply. Lucifer held up a hand to stop him. “Before you answer, understand this: failure is not an option. The girl is a game changer, and she must not be harmed.” He hardened his gaze. “Neither mentally nor physically.”
Mammon nodded once “I understand, my lord.” He said, his voice smooth and emotionless. “I will complete this mission with the utmost delicacy.”
Lucifer dismissed him with a nod “You’d better. Now leave, Hunter. You may all leave.” Draven made to move forward, to leave with the rest of the council, but was halted by Lucifer’s hand on his forearm. “Stay for a moment.” He commanded in a low voice. He waited until the rest had departed and they were alone in the grand hall. “Are you sure he is ready?” Lucifer demanded, watching his subordinate’s square-jawed face for any sign of irresoluteness.
Draven’s mouth twisted slightly in discomfort as his eyes met Lucifer’s. “His methods may be brutal, even for a demon, but…his success rate is unparalleled. He will not fail.”
“Very well. I trust you to brief him with all of the necessary details; I expect nothing less than complete success. I will not be pleased, should he fail.” Lucifer stood, turned and walked towards the hidden door in the wall behind the platform.
He had opened it when he stopped, looking over his shoulder at Draven. “Oh, and one more thing. He can kill the archangels themselves if he finds it necessary, I don’t care, but…If one hair on the head of that girl is harmed, when I’m through with him, your son will wish that he had never existed.”
Behind the 218 Pages:
A great novel by the sisters! Sometimes throughout the novel it felt like it didn't pull me in as much as it did some parts. The constant change in persona as well starts to get a bit too much, because as we start learning about one character, we instantly get changed to a whole new string of characters that are associated with one. So we start getting a little confused. It is still a great novel. The way that Abby's dilemmas are in fact, what we think should be like. Her life is terrible and we reach out to her, as well as try to find out why and exactly how she became like this. We get snippets throughout the novel as to her former relationship to Raf, as well as the Twins. We get very curious throughout the novel as to the secret that we hear about in the blurb as well as try figure out why Abby is so special.
We get so caught up in whether Heaven and Hell want her alive or dead. Half of Hell wants her dead, where the other half doesn't, and the same with Heaven as well. We get a new ring to Satan. We always think of Satan as a he. Yet in this novel Satan is a she, and she happens to be Lucifer's wife. In the very general male dominance of Heaven and Hell that we hear of constantly, this is a fresh breath as it's not just male dominated, we get a new spin on things where females are just as powerful and we actually hear about them in Heaven and Hell. We hear about some that are fearless and notorious warriros, as well as the likes of Satan (or Satinel).
There is a minor love triangle in this novel, between Abby with Raff and Gabe. But it is not THAT bad. It's bearable, for others like me that HATE LOVE TRIANGLES. So it does appeal to all audiences. If you love love-triangles, then you do get your dose. And if you hate love-triangles, then it is played out in a way that makes it a love-triangle, yet so much as it isn't infuriating.
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Take A Seat. Get Strapped In. Let's Go For A Ride:
Nowhere! Guardian is our debut novel. However, Sara does host a popu-lish tumblr site which features her art; the Land of Fluff and Needles.
2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?“Oh my God, we sold a book! Please, oh please don’t let them feel cheated out of their 2.99!” (Drops to knees and wails to the heavens…in unison…because there’s two of us!)
3. What inspired you to write this novel?Well one day at the cottage we were joking about dramatic young adult romance. We started pitching ideas back and forth about what kind of story we would write if we were authors and the idea just kind of snowballed from there. Characters just kind of walked up, introduced themselves and settled in for the long hall. Once we realised they weren’t going to go away anytime soon we decided that guardian was an audience-worthy story.
4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?We haven’t really had anything like that happen yet. I hope we would be able to handle such a situation with grace. Constructive criticism is always welcome. Failing grace, there is always chocolate!
5. How long was the writing/planning process?We started writing Guardian before Sara went away to university. We thought we’d be able to keep working on it while she was also attending school but her schedule simply wouldn’t allow it. Three years later when she graduated we picked up where we left off and Guardian was completed after only four months of work. We then spent several month editing and collecting critiques from beta readers
6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?Sara created the Cover art for Guardian. But the first time I saw the Guardian cover is a moment I will never forget.
7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?Absolutely. Right now Sara is working on a YA superhero story entitled Legacy (cover art can be viewed on our blog sbrodgers.blogspot.com) and Becky is working on a YA Sci-Fi that will be finished by the end of April. We are also in the process of querying our young adult novel, The Adventures of Shiver-Me-Shingles and the Search for the Diamond Doubloon.
8. Top 5 books
- Harry Potter everything! –J.K. Rowling
- Neverwhere –Neil Gaiman
- A Song of Ice and Fire –George R.R. Martin
- The Fire Bringer & The Sight -David Clement-Davies
- The Chronicles of Narnia –C.S. Lewis
9. Recommended booksThe Luxe series, Bone, Scott Pilgrim, The Hunger Games, Homestuck, American Vampire (for the more mature crowd), and anything by Sean Cullen, etc., etc., ETC.!!!
10. Why read your novel?If you like books were you will be laughing your head off on one page, cringing with anxiety on the next and swooning after a sexy supernatural man on the one after that, then Guardian is for you!
Want more of the tour? Check out these stops:
April 6 Guest blog
Mama Knows Books
April 8 Promo
April 9 Interview and review
- Shera (Book Whispers)
April 12 Promo
the guardian of the crossroads
April 16 Promo Stop, review
The Readers Round Table Young and the Restless
April 20 Promo
April 23 Guest blog
The Fairytale Nerd
April 23 Guest blog
This Author's Life
April 24 Guest blog
April 25 Promo
Chapter by Chapter
April 26 Guest Post
Ink Spots and Roses,
April 26 Promo and review
April 27 Review and Interview (<-- You Are Here)
Behind A Million and One Pages
April 28 Interview and review
April 29 Guest Blog
April 30 review and guest blog
Beverly @ The Wormhole
S.B. Rodgers is a pen name that stands for Sara & Becky Rodgers. Becky argued extensively that in the name of humour, the letters should be listed alphabetically, but lost out to her arch nemesis common sense. Sara and Becky met at the young ages of twenty-two months and zero days, thrust into each other’s lives by fate and situations beyond either of their control. They are sisters, frenemies and most importantly co-authors. It’s theorised that they were identical twin in a past life…not really but it’d be pretty cool. Their parents taught them that a person’s imagination is a precious gift and stories should be cherished. As a team the siblings bring very different skills to the table, each one’s strength perfectly complimenting the others weakness. They try not to take themselves very seriously and strive to look for the humour in life. Their partnership is one of extreme love and respect for each other, both as family and literary artists.
Sara is the younger of the two. She lives with one cat, five dolls and her potato head man collection in an orange room. Regrettably she is not Spiderman or Batman, but she is a card holding Pokémon master and that’s good enough for now. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She collects graphic novels and manga as well as all things written by the fantastic Neil Gaiman. When she is not reading or writing she is needle felting and posting her work on her popu-lish tumblr account: The Land of Fluff and Needles.
Becky is the classic girly-girl. Her blond hair and pink nails served as the perfect camouflage during school years were teachers undoubtedly took her day dreaming for air-headedness. To the contrary, she spent that time drifting in and out of imaginary worlds filled with fantastical creatures and memorable characters. Today she divides her time between working with animals as a certified pet stylist and typing away at new manuscripts. Among other things she describes herself as a Gleek, sci-fi nerd, smustle expert extraordinaire and above all she just “wants to believe.” She lives with her two German Shepherds-Abby and Odin-and is driven by delusions of grandeur.