Monday, June 5, 2017

Blog Tour: The War Queen by @JMRobison #interview

Date Published: Oct 2016
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing

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300 years ago, the people dethroned their king and queen to prevent another tyranny. Now instead, the people nominate a State Head every three years and Altarn is the first female to hold the position. She’s used to tolerating the biases of men but Kaelin, the State Head of his territory, has declared her incompetent and has even, according to Altarn, threatened to steal her land – she believes he wants to make himself king. Believing she must “dethrone” Kaelin, Altarn rides to her last ally to ask for aid in the war against Kaelin she knows is coming.  But in her absence an army launches an attack… and it’s not Kaelin’s.

Taking advantage of the startling situation, Kaelin kidnaps Altarn so he can take her land without her in the way. Soon realizing he needs her help to fight this army instead, he releases her and, since Altarn’s army is too small to win the war alone, she is forced to accept his help, but payment for his help will be her land. No one believes Kaelin is secretly trying to make himself king, so after the battle is won, alone in her knowledge and lacking allies, Altarn must become the War Queen of legend to dethrone another king… though she unexpectedly dethrones his heart instead.


What is the hardest part of writing your books?
The wanting to write but having to bath, eat, change my clothes… you know.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?
The Last Unicorn, Bad Romance, Part of Me, Moonlight Shadow.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Beta readers.

What book are you reading now?
Good question, since you should never trust a writer to write anything good who doesn’t read. I’m reading The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Halfway through it.

How did you start your writing career?
I was 15 years old, playing in the backyard in December. I was kicking at the deep snow with my feet, trying to make a path to the back fence. I imagined I was a dragon who couldn’t fly, so I was digging in the snow to create a path so I could burn the village at the end, whom I was made at. This spawned a 5 book series.

Tell us about your next release.
The Last Wizard is a YA historical fantasy based on Victorian Era England. It’s in the query slush-pile now. Here’s a blurb:

The last wizard is captured by three men who steal his amulet to harvest the magic for themselves. Since the church of 1518 England is on a wizard hunting rampage, the three men imprison Zadicayn to keep him hidden from the church because his amulet won't work if he is dead. Zadicayn's last spell will keep him alive until someone frees him.

Brynn isn't fooled when Reuben dies of a heart attack. She's convinced her best friend was murdered, and the map he leaves for her in his will only fires her suspicion. Thinking the map will lead to his murderer, Brynn follows it despite this corset-restricting era of 1842 England which already has her locked into an early marriage. But the map doesn't lead to Reuben's murderer. It leads her to a key which unlocks a 324 year old wizard.

Brynn refuses to believe Zadicayn's claims, despite his era-displaced Old English dialect, until Zadicayn's amulet is found in the keep of her soon-to-be father-in-law. Now she's in danger for freeing Zadicayn because her fiancé's father poisoned Reuben for trying to do the same thing, and getting attracted to the wizard isn't helping her delicate mess, either. But this attraction is nearly in vain, because upon Zadicayn's death a creature from an alternate world will infiltrate our own and consume humanity. Employed by the Fae who give magic, Zadicayn pleads for more wizards. So far, they've told him no and he's running out of places to hide from those who want his amulet back and from the church who's on the hunt again to purge the world from the last of the magic.

About the Author

J.M. Robison is a fantasy historian who chronicles the events which force heroes to reveal their  mistakes, lead rebellions to dethrone tyranny, and unearth ancient secrets to free the oppressed. Having joined the U.S. Army at 17 with a deployment to Afghanistan and Romania, and currently working as a Deputy Sheriff, J.M. Robison has seen a lot of people and been to a lot of places; the evidence of which frequently bleeds into her writing. She loves and uses essential oils. She makes her own shampoo, lotions, laundry soap, face wash, and toothpaste.

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