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Thursday, 14 August 2014

BLOG TOUR!! Storm Siren by Mary Webber + Interview

Storm Siren (Storm Siren #1)
Behind 320 Pages
Released: 19 August 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins
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At the Other End:
“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.



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Author Bio:
Aside from Goodreads, I hang out on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and my BLOG. Come say hi!

Officially though: Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives. In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean. She likes orange trees, tattoos, and ALL the music. ;0) 

BOOK 1 in my YA fantasy STORM SIREN trilogy releases Aug 2014 from Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins. Eep!
Find Mary:
Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Website  |  Pinterest  |  Goodreads
Interview:
1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
Hmm, let’s see. Aside from my periodic stints wearing a whoopee cushion costume (for a teen adventure which shall not be named), I was a casual book blogger before writing Storm Siren


2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?

*laughs* I’ve actually been wondering the same thing. Can I tell you after next week?!! ;0)


3. What inspired you to write this novel?

My work with teen girls inspired Storm Siren more than anything. I wanted to pen a suspenseful fantasy novel that they’d (hopefully) love as well as feel empowered by. From my perspective, so much of our society sends out mixed messages about what real strength and beauty are, and I think sometimes it’s hard for teen girls, let alone women in general, to view ourselves through a fair medium. In that way, Storm Siren is a story about becoming true to oneself and the destiny we’re born for.


4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?

I honestly try to view books like ice cream—it’s both delicious and absolutely necessary for survival, but not everyone prefers the same flavor. (Although, when it comes to ice cream I think maybe we should agree that Chocolate Malted Crunch really IS the best thing ever. Or at least the best thing since Joss Whedon’s birth.)


5. How long was the writing/planning process?

I’d only written the first five chapters of Storm Siren when my publisher picked up the trilogy, which was super thrilling but also a bit terrifying (because suddenly I had this unfamiliar thing called a book deadline). From pitch to finish, the story took a total of eleven months. And possibly four pounds of ice cream.


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?

I’m not going to lie - I totally squealed and promptly sent my editor a bunch of incoherent CAPITAL LE!TTERS AN!D EXCLAMAT!!ON PO!NTS!!!!!! Her reply back was, “So...I’m guessing you like it?” Seriously - it was everything I’d hoped for. Only much better of course. :0)


7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?

I just finished writing the second book in the Storm Siren Trilogy, and now I’m starting in on book three!! There may or may not be kissing. Ahem. ;0)


8. Top 5 books

  • Maggie Stiefvater’s THE SCORPIO RACES (so lyrical)
  • Diana Wynne Jones’s HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE (such a hot mess)
  • Baroness Orczy’s THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL (totally swoon-worthy)
  • William Goldman’s THE PRINCESS BRIDE (makes me laugh out loud)
  • And, of course, Rowling’s HARRY POTTER series (so epic)


9. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?

Wuthering Heights, The Princess Bride, and The Hunger Games. Also, any retelling Marissa Meyer or Diana Peterfruend dream up.


10. Why read your novel?

 I’m guessing “Because my mom likes it” is probably not the best selling point, right? ;0) Drat.




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4 comments:

  1. Brilliant review Gina! I love the motive behind why she created Storm Siren, to empower girls through fantasy fiction. That alone makes me want to grab a copy. It sounds a little like a supernatural version of The Winner's Curse with the reversal of roles. I'm sold. And that cover! Absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing Gina, looking forward to grabbing a copy <3

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    1. Thanks lovely, but I didn't post a review hahaha. Just get rid of re and swap it to inter lol. I'm definitely going to get a copy of this too. Ohh, I haven't read the Winner's Curse yet, so I can't agree with you there. Yes, how stunning is this cover!

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    2. That'll teach me for posting on my Kindle. It substitutes words for my most used words. Clearly you're not posting enough interviews and expects me to say review. Except for been, for some reason it always thinks I mean BERN. Yes, because I often use the word BERN. Stupid Kindle.

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