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    MORTAL ENCHANTMENT Blog Tour: Interview with Stacey O’Neale + Giveaway

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    I am thrilled to welcome Author Stacey O’Neale to the blog today for an interview as part of the MORTAL ENCHANTMENT Blog Tour. I think it’s amazing that she juggles all that she does. And although she answered this question, I still don’t know where she finds the time and energy.

    MORTAL ENCHANTMENT is the first full-length book in a series of the same name, which released this month. But if you’d like to take a peek at the prequel novella before diving into this book, it’s currently available in eBook format at Amazon and Barnes & Noble for free. Just scroll down to THE SHADOW PRINCE for links.

    As I asked quite a few questions about the author, her writing, her characters and her series, and snuck in a few “Quickie Qs,” I’m going to try and keep this introduction brief.

    But if you like books that blend magic and myth, action, adventure and romance, then you’ll definitely want to check this series out. And I’ve included some information about each of the books in the series a little bit further down in this post so you can do just that.

    If you’d like to “meet” the author, her details and places to find her online are also below. And, as part of this tour, the author is giving away a super awesome bookish gift card. Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win.

    Before all of that, however, is the interview, in which I ask the author all sorts of questions.


    The Interview

    Q. You are a blogger, a publicist and now a writer. How are you able to juggle everything? And were there any sacrifices you’ve had to make in order to incorporate writing into your day? 

    I wasn’t able to juggle everything. I was spending all my time as Jennifer L. Armentrout’s publicist and had little time for any writing. I ended up having to leave her to pursue my writing career. The blog is easier to keep up with because I never stopped reading books. I also have several other reviewers who always manage to pick up the slack.

    Q. While still early in your writing career, what has been your favorite moment as a writer?

    Every single time I talk to someone who’s read my book. It’s so awesome.

    Q. What inspired you to write the Mortal Enchantment series?

    I was researching faeries when I kept coming across the word elemental. I Googled the name and happened to stumble upon the sixteenth century works of an alchemist named Paracelsus. He identified the four types of elementals, even giving them names. My brain started spinning with ideas, and eventually, the characters came to life.

    Q. If you had to describe MORTAL ENCHANTMENT in 15 words or less, what would they be?

    Romance, Adventure, Mystery, Betrayal, Magic, Fear, Strength, Passion, Overcoming Obstacles, Swoony Boys, Snarky Girls, and Fun. ☺

    Q. Which of the characters has been your favorite to write about in the series? And why? 

    Rowan has probably been the most fun thus far because I’ve gotten to know him so well. I’ve spent so much time in his head between THE SHADOW PRINCE and MORTAL ENCHANTMENT. Also, half of FRAGILE REIGN (Mortal Enchantment #2) is told in his point of view.

    Q. Which elemental court would you like to belong to, if you could choose? And why? What is your least favorite element (and why)?

    I really like air because you get to control the weather. The whole idea of it reminds me of Storm from the X-Men. She’s always been one of my favorite comic book characters. The least favorite element is probably fire because I think it’s the least interesting in terms of what you can do with it.

    Q. What was your favorite scene to write about in MORTAL ENCHANTMENT? Your most challenging scene?

    Chapter Twenty was my favorite chapter to write. I had that scene in my head even before I knew how the book would end. I don’t want to say much more about it because I don’t want to ruin it for anyone.

    The most challenging scene to write was Chapter Two because there was so much going on at once. A lot of what happened there set the tone for the major conflicts in the book. I spent a considerable amount of time writing and rewriting that chapter.

    Q. Do you have a favorite quote from MORTAL ENCHANTMENT? If so, could you share it, and why it’s a favorite?

    ‟Enjoying the view?” he said, eyes suddenly on me. His chiseled face wore an overly confident grin. Clearly, he was used to being admired.

    My cheeks burned.

    I stood, pretending to check out the scenery. ‟Not much to see.”

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    I love the banter between these two. Sometimes I would bust out laughing as I wrote their scenes. They are both so fun. Plus, I like that she keeps him on his toes.

    Q. For your debut, had you always planned on writing a series? Do you find it to be more challenging than you’d thought?

    I guess it was at first, but this is actually the fifth book I’ve written. I prefer to write a series because it gives me more time to develop relationships with each character and really explore who they are.

    Q. What makes MORTAL ENCHANTMENT stand out in its genre?

    I think it stands out because it’s a blending of genres. There are the obvious paranormal elements, but it’s also got plenty of mystery, adventure, and romance. Some have even called it a high fantasy so I’d say that makes it pretty different.

    Quickie Questions

    Q. Are you a plotter or a pantster?

    A little of both. I write a 3-4 sentence summary for each chapter before I start each novel, but I tend to discover new things as I write.

    Q. Write at night or during the day?

    Always during the day while my daughter is at school. I only write at night when I’m behind and I have a deadline.

    Q. Standalone or series?

    Series.

    Q. Happily ever after or happily never after?

    HEA. I’m a mush. 😉

    Q. Hero or villain?

    Hero.


    About Mortal Enchantment

    Mortal Enchantment

    Series: Mortal Enchantment #1
    Release date: May 6, 2014
    Publisher: Phoenix Reign Publishing
    Pages: 236
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    “Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.”

    Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

    In Kalin Matthew’s world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she’s built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she’s attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.

    Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.

    To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.

    As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more… 

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    About Stacey O’Neale

    Stacey O'Neale

    Stacey O’Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she’s not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.

    Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

    Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.

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    Other Books in the Series

    The Shadow PrinceTitle: THE SHADOW PRINCE (Mortal Enchantment #0.5)
    Release date: March 4, 2014
    Publisher: Phoenix Reign Publishing
    Pages: 130
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    **Currently free in eBook format at Amazon and B & N**

    Description…

    Every sacrifice has consequences.

    Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:

    Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.

    Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he’s capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?

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    FRAGILE REIGN (Mortal Enchantment #2) – releasing November 18, 2014


    The Giveaway

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    Ends June 23rd.

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    THE SHADOW PRINCE Blog Tour: ‘The Elemental Courts’ Guest Post + Giveaway

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    I am excited to be one of the stops today on Stacey O’Neale’s THE SHADOW PRINCE Blog Tour with a post about the elemental courts in her Mortal Enchantment series. I have always been fascinated by abilities that are drawn from the elements and I can’t wait to learn more about each of these four courts as the series progresses.

    If you haven’t yet had the chance to meet Rowan or taken a peek at what goes on in the fire court, THE SHADOW PRINCE is available in eBook format to download for free. But if you’d like to know just a little bit more first, you can check out the novella’s description which follows below the book’s awesome cover.

    And if you’d like to know more about each of the four courts, be sure to see what Stacey O’Neale has to say in her guest post, which follows immediately below this introduction. The courts I am most curious about are the fire court and the water court. But I think I’m most intrigued by the water court. Telepathic and psychic abilities, secretive natures and power over the water make them pretty awesome. But that’s just what I think….

    Which court sounds like it might be your favorite?

    This tour includes a wicked cool giveaway for an eReader and signed copies of the book. Just scroll down to the Rafflecopter for details and a chance to win. The giveaway is international.

    But before all that, let me turn the blog over to the author, Stacey O’Neale, so you can learn a little bit more about the elemental courts.

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    The Guest Post

    The Elemental Courts

    by Stacey O’Neale

    There are four elemental courts: Woodland (Earth), Fire, Air, and Water.

    The woodland is the fey court, meaning all the variations of faeries belong here. Their power comes from anything on land like forests, jungles, and even the ground we stand on. They are quite charming and playful, but don’t be fooled. The fey are well-known for their skills on the battlefield. They also provide all the weapons for each of the courts.

    The fire court has many different types of creatures like gabriel hounds, ogres, and goblins. They draw their power from anything that can produce heat like fire, volcanoes, and our planet’s core. Fire elementals are very passionate and fiercely loyal which sometimes gets them in trouble. Their powers are tied to their emotions.

    The air court is the least diverse when it comes to creatures. They are mostly different variations of elves because they rarely mate outside of their own court. Their power comes from the skies. They can control the weather and manipulate the air around them. They are what I consider the thinkers and historians of the bunch. Their lifestyle is very simplistic and they tend to keep to themselves.

    The water court is made up of water creatures like mermaids, sirens, and sprites. As you’ve probably guessed, they control anything having to do with water. They can summon the water without being in it, but they are much more powerful when they are within it. Out of all the courts, they are the most secretive. They speak to one another telepathically and their queen is known for her psychic abilities.

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    About The Shadow Prince

    The Shadow Prince

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    Series: Mortal Enchantment #0.5
    Pages: 130
    Publisher: Phoenix Reign
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    Every sacrifice has consequences.

    Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:

    Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.

    Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he’s capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?

    Free in eBook format at…

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    In print at…

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    About Stacey O’Neale

    Stacey O'Neale

    WEBSITE | BLOGTWITTER | FACEBOOK | PINTEREST | YOUTUBE | GOODREADS

    Stacey O’Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she’s not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.

    Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

    Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog.

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    The Giveaway

    The tour includes an awesome giveaway for a Kindle Fire or Nook HD Tablet and 10 signed copies of THE SHADOW PRINCE.

    • Giveaway is International.
    • Giveaway ends April 29th.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter, below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    March 25th – Mundie Moms – Interview
    March 25th – Reading Teen – Guest Post

    March 26th – The Bookish Babe – Interview
    March 26th – The Story Siren – Guest Post

    March 27th – Fiktshun – Guest Post
    March 27th – We Blog Fantasy – Interview

    March 28th – Parajunkee – Interview

    March 31st – Good Choice Reading – Interview

    April 1st – Romancing the Book – Guest Post

    April 4th – The YA Sisterhood – Interview

    April 8th – The Irish Banana – Guest Post

    April 11th – Jenuine Cupcakes – Interview

    April 15th – K-Books – Interview

    April 18th – Step Into Fiction – Guest Post
    April 18th – Two Chicks on Books – Interview

    April 22nd – Read Between the Wines – Guest Post

    April 28th – Stuck in Books – Guest Post
    April 28th – Fangirlish – Interview
    April 28th – YA Reads – Interview

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