I am totally stoked to be today’s stop on the ALL THAT GLOWS Blog Tour and to be able to host Author Ryan Graudin for a guest post in which she shares her top ten favorite quotes from the book.
If I hadn’t desperately wanted to read ALL THAT GLOWS prior to reading the author’s post, I would definitely want to read it afterward. But now that I have read the post I am even more eagerly anticipating its release tomorrow, February 11th.
I missed out on grabbing an early read, so I’ve been counting down the days before my Kindle copy downloads. And I’m so glad the wait is just about over. Because I can’t wait any longer to discover each one of the ten quotes the author chose as her favorites – I especially want to know number ten, which she teased but didn’t reveal.
If I had to pick my favorites of the ten, of course it would be number three – ah Edmund *snicker* – and number four, which is so sad and beautiful. But all of them make me that much more excited to read ALL THAT GLOWS. And now I am super curious to find out just what happens with Prince Richard and just what difficult choice Emrys will have to make.
If you haven’t yet read the book’s description and you’d like to before the author’s post, just scroll down past the guest post and you can read all about ALL THAT GLOWS. But I just had to include the guest post first because these quotes totally rock.
And then, below the bookish details I included the book’s trailer, some information about the author, the Rafflecopter for the giveaway and the tour schedule. But now let me turn the blog over to Ryan Graudin so she can reveal her top ten quotes or passages from ALL THAT GLOWS and just why they are her favorites.
Top 10 Favorite Quotes & Why
by Ryan Graudin
“‘No, really. I’m your Frithemaeg. . . . Your . . .’ I scour my brain for an interpretation, a term he might be able to fully understand. ‘Your Faery godmother.’
Richard eyes me. Wariness has settled behind his stare, as if he’s having second thoughts about my mental state. ‘Right. And I’m Father Christmas. Look, I’ll give you one more chance, but I’ve got to call security if you don’t leave.’”
This section, where Emrys unveils herself to Prince Richard for the first time, is one of my favorites, because he (understandably) has difficulty believing her. The exchange between them was really fun to write.
“My real self, my core. The Emrys before mortals. The Emrys without body, without name. She’s a wild, feral thing. All power, magic, and fierceness. Richard and his friends don’t want to see her. They can’t. The creature I used to be—that deep, deep down inside I still am—might kill them.”
I love the passages where Emrys references the creature she really is inside. Not just a pretty face, but something very powerful, unpredictable and lethal.
“The Banshee presses her slim hips up against the table’s edge, cutting through the space between Edmund and a very flushed Eyeliner. ‘Hello, gentlemen. Ladies. Sister.’ She says the last word very clearly and carefully at me. ‘Care if I take a seat?’
‘This is your sister?’ Edmund blinks at me, trying to reconcile our very different appearances.
‘Don’t talk to her. She’ll eat you!’ I snap, and then turn the bulk of my fury at the deadly spirit. ‘You. Leave. Now. We wouldn’t want things to get ugly.’
‘Eat me?’ Edmund looks back up at the Banshee, his eyebrow cocked in his signature fashion. ‘I like the sound of that.’”
In this scene Emrys is out with Richard and his friends in a pub and they are approached by a very dangerous and lethal soul feeder. *eyes minor character and addresses him* Oh Edmund. You are terrible and it makes me laugh.
“Death—the aftermath of it—is a strange thing to watch from the pedestal of immortality. I’ve seen death in every way: as a thief in the night, as the heat of fever, as the lust of a warrior. Yet I’ve never really understood grief, or what it does to those left behind.
But seeing Richard alone in the dark. It breaks away pieces of me. I’m a glacier, plunging, falling apart against the sea.”
I love this passage because it explores death through the eyes of an immortal. An immortal who is experiencing it on a personal level for the first time in hundreds of years.
“It’s frightening, this song of [Richard’s] fingers. This thrill of his touch. Unknown and new. I should pull away from it.
I should, but I don’t.”
OOH! They’re touching!!! It’s like a middle-school dance! <3 But really. I love that Richard is waking up so many things in Emrys—including her rebellious side.
“At one time, I could count on the world. Winter’s hard freeze, the bitter howls of gray wolves, the colors and laughter of May Day and the bonfires of Samhain, the twines of magic holding me together . . . Things once constant, now suddenly not. Nothing, not even the immortal, is safe from decay.”
That last line in that paragraph really hits me in the gut every time I read it. It really encapsulates the struggle the Fae are going through against the sickness modern technology is bringing them.
“Richard or flying. Richard or everything I’ve known and been my entire life.
The human and the Fae writhe inside me, snapping and hissing dragon flame. One of them has to die.”
Emrys has to face some tough choices. Really tough.
“I half slide, half tumble into the station entrance and collapse by a Cadbury vending machine, limp and without breath.”
I picked this quote because I’m a Cadbury chocolate fiend and I just couldn’t resist slipping a reference into the book. (No really, a fiend. I have been to the factories. I protect my own chocolate bars viciously from my wolf-dog.)
“I’ve seen many storms in my life, but none quite as menacing as this. The northern sky is black with night, the light of its stars leeched dry by some powerful, unyielding force.”
Uh oh. Shiz is about to go down.
And of course, the very last line of the book.
But I’m not going to spoil that here. 😉
About All That Glows
Release date: February 11, 2014
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Emrys—a fiery, red-headed Fae—always embraced her life in the Highlands, far from the city’s draining technology, until she’s sent to London to rejoin the Faery Guard. But this isn’t any normal assignment—she’s sent to guard Prince Richard: Britain’s notorious, partying bad boy and soon-to-be King. The prince’s careless ways and royal blood make him the irresistible for the dark spirits that feed on mortals. Sweet, disheveled, and alive with adventure—Richard is one charge who will put Emrys’s magic and heart to the test.
When an ancient force begins preying on the monarchy, Emrys must hunt through the London’s magical underworld, facing down Banshees, Black Dogs and Green Women to find the one who threatens Richard’s life. In this chaos of dark magic, palace murders and paparazzi, Emrys finds herself facing an impossible choice. For despite all her powers, Emrys has discovered a force that burns brighter than magic: love.
About Ryan Graudin
Ryan Graudin grew up in Charleston and graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Creative Writing in 2009. She is the author of All That Glows and The Walled City. She resides near Charleston with her husband and wolf-dog. You can find her online at www.ryangraudin.com.
Her work is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.
This tour includes a giveaway for TWO (2) signed copies of ALL THAT GLOWS + TWO (2) tins of tea – US/Canada ONLY.
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The Tour Schedule
Feb. 3rd – Fantasy Book Addict – Review
Feb. 4th – Crossroad Reviews – Review
Feb. 5th – Whimsically Yours – Review
Feb. 6th – Step Into Fiction – Interview
Feb. 7th – Book Whales – Review
Feb. 10th – Fiktshun – Guest Post
Feb. 11th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post
Feb. 12th – All Things Urban Fantasy – Guest Post
Feb. 13th – Kindle and Me – Excerpt
Feb. 14th – Icey Books – Interview