Monday, August 17, 2015

Tour Kick Off: Riot of Storm and Smoke by @jenellision

(Threats of Sky and Sea series, Book #2)
YA High Fantasy
Date Published: August 18, 2015

War draws closer, like a tide to the shore.

Bree and her friends have escaped the clutches of the Egrian King, but their troubles are far from over. Still reeling from the secrets that drew new breath when her father took his last, Bree sets off for the safety of Nereidium-- the kingdom she's just learned is hers.
But with the King's ire at its peak and war a certainty, Nereidium is no longer safe. As Prince Caden rallies the Egrian people against his tyrant father, Bree, Princess Aleta, and Tregle race to the Nereid shore to warn them of the incoming dangerand to put the Nereid Princess on the throne.
The only trouble there: Bree cant bring herself to reveal that the Princess is her.
Its not a dilemma she can waste time pondering. With a new weapon in his arsenal, the King's strikes are sure to be bolder than ever before. And Bree may not be ready to wear a crown but she won't let her kingdom down without a fight.

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?

For me, I absolutely see writing as a career. Creating characters and letting their voices and stories unfurl is an incredible experience, but delivering the story that I know I’m capable of— crafting and polishing it until it shines— is work.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

Oh, drafting is the hardest part for me, without a doubt. Up until now all of my books have been “pantsed.” That is, written without an outline. So not only am I trying to stay with the characters as I write, but while drafting, I’m also trying to figure out what the story is. That’s why revisions are my favorite part of the process. It’s easier to add or delete content as needed when I already know where the story is going to take me.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and they might as well say the same thing about books.

Yes, my family was wonderful and supportive in regard to my decision to pursue a career as an author, but the people who were instrumental in getting Threats of Sky and Sea (book 1 in the series) ready for publication were friends who acquiesced to my begging them for feedback. I had a few very early readers and a couple of critique partners. I couldn’t have published without them.

#4 – What is next for your writing?

Well, there will be one more novel in the Threats of Sky and Sea series after Riot of Storm and Smoke— I expect to release Fall of Thrones and Thorns sometime in 2016. I’m also currently working on another prequel short story set in the Threats of Sky and Sea world, for release later this year. And I’m revising/rewriting an NA contemporary that I hope to release in either late 2015 or early 2016. I have several other ideas in the pipeline as well.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?

YES. Oh my goodness, from the time I was little, I’ve been a hugely avid reader. My parents used to despair when they tried to send me to my room as a punishment; I’d shout “Fine! I’ll just read!

(I was an angel child.)

My current read is a New Adult contemporary from debut author Sadie Munroe. So far, it’s a lovely story about two damaged and hardened individuals who manage to soften and patch each other up where it counts.

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:

Elementals. War. Nightmares. Grief.

The king took everything from her. She’ll be damned if he gets her country too. #yafantasy

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3?


#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?


#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?

French Fries

#4 – Comedy or Drama?

Drama (Though I love me some comedy)

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?


#6 – Fantasy or Reality?


#7 – Call or Text?


#8 – Public School or Home School?


#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

#10 – eBook or Paperback?

Either/or, but if I have to choose… paperback

Jennifer Ellision spent a great deal of her childhood staying up past her bedtime with a book and a flashlight. When she couldnt find the stories she wanted to read, she started writing them. She loves words, has a soft spot for fanfiction, and is a master of the fangirl flail. She resides in South Florida with her family, where she lives in fear of temperatures below 60 Fahrenheit.

August 17 - YA Book Madness 
August 19 - Wishful Endings with Interview
August 20 - Coffee Book Mom
August 21 - A Backwards Story with Interview
August 22 - J.R.'s Book Reviews
August 23 - Kelly Smith Reviews with Guest Post
August 24 - Mama Reads, Hazel Reads 
August 26 - The Book Dragon with Interview
August 27 - Bibliobibuli Book Blog 
August 28 - The Fake Steph with Interview
August 28 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up

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