I am over-the-moon excited to be on the DESCENDANT Blog Tour. I absolutely love Lesley Livingston’s writing and her characters and I fell madly in love with STARLING when I read it last year. Of course I already adored the Fennrys Wolf when I met him in the author’s Wondrous Strange series. So I kind of already knew I’d love this new series before I read word one.
And while I haven’t yet finished reading DESCENDANT at the time of this post’s creation, I can say with certainty that this follow-up is even more epic than the first book in the series. For those of you who have already read STARLING, just check out the description and you’ll see just how much more epic DESCENDANT promises to be. And for those of you who haven’t, perhaps you’ll want to take a peek at the first few pages of STARLING as they’re rather eye-opening.
For my tour stop today I had the chance to ask the Fennrys Wolf a few questions. It may have been more than a few, but Fenn didn’t seem to mind too much. At least I hope he didn’t. It was such a fun interview to conduct and I loved his answers and just had to respond to a few of them.
The interview follows below the book details and links to places you can find it online. I’ve also included some information in this post about Lesley Livingston and STARLING, the first book in this series, which has its very own book trailer that I may have watched one or two or several times.
There is also an awesome giveaway included with this tour. Details on that are toward the end of the post. So be sure to check it out.
And finally, I included the full tour schedule with direct links to tour posts at stops prior to this one at the very bottom of this post. So if you’d like to read a few reviews, check out an interview or two, or see what else the author and her characters did at the other stops on the tour, be sure to check them out.
And if you’re in Toronto tomorrow, August 27th, Lesley Livingston will reading and signing books at The Dominion on Queen. More details can be found on her BLOG.
I will be super jealous if anyone can go.
Release Date: August 27th – tomorrow
Formats: Hardcover, Audio, eBook
The last thing Mason Starling remembers is the train crossing a bridge. An explosion . . . a blinding light . . . then darkness. Now she is alone, stranded in Asgard—the realm of Norse legend—and the only way for her to get home is to find the Spear of Odin, a powerful relic left behind by vanished gods.
The Fennrys Wolf knows all about Asgard. He was once trapped there. And he’ll do whatever it takes to find the girl who’s stolen his heart and bring her back—even if it means a treacherous descent into the Underworld. But time is running out, and Fenn knows something Mason doesn’t: If she takes up the Spear, she’ll set in motion a terrible prophecy. And she won’t just return to her world . . . she’ll destroy it.
In this pulse-pounding sequel to Starling, Lesley Livingston delivers another electrifying blend of nonstop action and undeniable romance that will leave readers breathless.
Q. How would you describe yourself to someone who hasn’t yet had the pleasure of meeting you?
That it’s only a pleasure if you aren’t in my way, on the wrong side, or trying to mess with the people I care about. There aren’t many of those, so I tend to get very cranky when that happens. As for some kind of physical description? I think my buddy Rafe put it nicely when he told me: “Remember when I said you looked like nine miles of bad road? You’re into double digits now.”
Fiktshun: I will definitely try and stay on your good side. Though I do have a question or two that may *gulp* toe that line. And I’m not so sure that’s Rafe putting it nicely….
Q. What would you say is your best attribute? And you can only choose one.
My easygoing, blithe disposition. And my sword arm. Yeah, I know. You said I could only choose one. My very best attribute? I don’t follow rules very well.
Fiktshun: I knew you wouldn’t be able to stick to the rules. I am not surprised. At all.
Q. You made quite an entrance in STARLING. Are there any scenes or moments in DESCENDANT that are quite as appealing… I mean revealing? If so, details would be lovely.
I’m not sure I know what you mean. I will say this though: my lifestyle is hell on a wardrobe. And I owe Rafe a shirt.
Fiktshun: Oh I think you do, Fenn, I think you do. But oooh.
Q. In STARLING you and Mason have to take up arms to battle a number of threats. Is there just as much swordplay in this next part of your story as the first or is there more? Has the action heated up?
What can I say? New York, New York, it’s a hell of a town. And as for the rest of it – Asgard and Aaru and the Between and all that East River nasty business – it isn’t always a sword you find yourself on the wrong end of. Sometimes it’s teeth. Or talons. And anyway, I always start to lose count of the scraps I get in once I get past half-a-dozen or so. At least Mase doesn’t stab me this time. Of course, she’s not the only one walking around with pointy implements…
Fiktshun: You just can’t seem to catch a break in New York City. First all of that trouble with Sonny and Kelley. Now this situation with Mase. Life is not easy for you, is it Fenn? But I’m glad to hear that Mase doesn’t stab you this time around.
Q. What can we expect from the Fennrys Wolf in DESCENDANT?
Pants. The unexpected. Probably periodic mayhem. Beyond that? You’ll have to ask Mason.
Fiktshun: See? I knew you knew what I was asking about a couple of questions ago. But I do enjoy the unexpected. And as long as it’s not happening to me, I enjoy mayhem. So I am up for whatever you have planned.
Q. What was the moment you knew that you were falling for Mason?
Might have been when she buried three inches of cold steel in my shoulder…
Fiktshun: Aww, you’re a true romantic at heart.
Q. And what do you think is Mason’s best attribute?
That she seems willing to put up with my worst.
Fiktshun: That is a great attribute. Not everyone would be quite as willing.
Q. What would you do to protect Mason? What do you think you’ll have to do to keep her safe?
What would I do? Do you mean how far am I willing to go? I’m just going to give you my best stone cold stare and assume you can extrapolate from that.
As for what I think I’ll have to do? I don’t like to overanalyze a situation before I’m already ass-deep in alligators. Or, in this case, crocodiles. And I think it would be dangerous to underestimate Mason Starling. One of these days, she might just be the one doing the saving.
Fiktshun: *Shudders.* Message received loud and clear. Crocodiles? Uh oh…. And I would never underestimate Mason Starling. However, even the strongest, including Mase, need a savior now and again.
Q. If you got the chance to do one thing over again what would it be? And why?
I wouldn’t just break his arm. I think you know who I mean. Why? I think the answer’s fairly obvious…
Fiktshun: I know exactly what you mean. No further explanation is necessary.
Q. Do you think there will be a happily ever after for you? For Mason? For you AND Mason? If so, what would that be?
I don’t know that I necessarily deserve one. Mason damn well does, though. And if her version of happily ever after includes me, then you can take it to the bank that I’m going to make that happen. I’m going to try, at least.
What would that be? It’s up to her. Me? Honestly… I’m not sure if I believe in the whole “ever after” thing. But the “happily” part? I’d settle for a midnight walk through a park, holding Mason Starling’s hand, on a night where nothing tries to kill us. That would be heaven.
Fiktshun: I certainly hope Mason’s HEA includes you. Otherwise I will have to have words with her. You totally deserve one. Believe it or not you are a hero, Fenn. And awwww, the walk through the park sounds super romantic. Although if you mean Central Park, in NYC, well… that park seems to be a magnet for trouble. Maybe Battery Park instead?
If it’s got a beat I can fight to, I’m good.
I’m still waiting for my burger and Blue Moon beer.
Favorite move… (I’m referring to fighting of course.)
Of course you are. I find that a punch in the mouth with a fist holding a dagger usually works. Especially if the thing you’re punching has lots of nasty breakable teeth.
I’m just happy to have any of the damn things these days. I’m not gonna play favorites.
Faeries or Norse gods…
Equal pains in my ass.
Fighting or kissing…
Fighting. Then kissing.
Kelley or Mason…
You’re kidding, right?
Fiktshun: Thank you so much for taking a few minutes away from taking care of Mason… or having her look after you… to answer my questions. You are welcome back any time. Any time at all….
And I promise you, I was not at all kidding about that last one. After all, I haven’t yet heard about what went down in DESCENDANT. Yet….
About Lesley Livingston
Lesley is a writer and actor living in Toronto, Canada. Captivated at a young age by stories of mythology and folk lore, past civilizations, and legendary heroes, she developed into a full-fledged Celtic Mythology Geek, steeped in stories of the Otherworld, Faeries and King Arthur. Lesley went on to earn a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Toronto specializing in Shakespeare and Arthurian literature.
For almost three years, Lesley hosted weekly late-night movie marathons on the nationally broadcast television show, SPACEBAR, as the Waitron-9000, a sparkly holographic waitress with an encyclopedic knowledge of obscure B-movie trivia. She is also a founding member and principal performer with Tempest Theatre Group.
Lesley is an unrepentant egghead – a character-trait that somehow doesn’t interfere with a love of shoes and shiny things. WONDROUS STRANGE is her debut novel, the first in a trilogy published by HarperCollins. The second book in the series, DARKLIGHT hit stores in 2009, and the third, TEMPESTUOUS came out in 2010. In 2011 Lesley released ONCE EVERY NEVER, an historical time-travel of epic adventure, published by Penguin Canada. STARLING is her new title in a trilogy spin-off of her Wondrous Strange world, and it’s in bookstores now!
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Formats: Hardcover, Audio, eBook
Mason Starling is a champion fencer on the Gosforth Academy team, but she’s never had to fight for her life. Not until the night a ferocious, otherworldly storm rips through Manhattan, trapping Mason and her teammates inside the school. Mason is besieged by nightmarish creatures more terrifying than the thunder and lightning as the raging tempest also brings a dangerous stranger into her life: a young man who remembers nothing but his name—the Fennrys Wolf. His arrival tears Mason’s world apart, even as she feels an undeniable connection to him. Together, they seek to unravel the secrets of Fenn’s identity as strange and supernatural forces gather around them. When they discover Mason’s family—with its dark allegiance to ancient Norse gods—is at the heart of the mystery, Fennrys and Mason are suddenly faced with a terrifying future.
Set against the gritty, shadowed back-drop of New York City, this first novel in award-winning author Lesley Livingston’s epic Starling Saga is an intoxicating blend of sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action.
This tour includes an awesome giveaway for two sets of STARLING & DESCENDANT and they are SIGNED!
The giveaway is open to US/Canada. All other details are in the form.
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Aug. 19 – The Happy Booker – Guest Post
Aug. 20 – Bewitched Bookworms – Interview
Aug. 21 – Icey Books – Review
Aug. 22 – Tater’s Tall Tails – Guest Post
Aug. 23 – [B.O.O.K.L.I.F.E.] – Review
Aug. 26 – Fiktshun – Character Interview: Fennrys
Aug. 27 – Wholly Books – Review
Aug. 28 – Book Jems – Review
Aug. 29 – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post
Aug. 30 – About to Read – Interview