Thursday, August 1, 2013

Summer Giveaway Hop

Time for another giveaway! This time we'll be interviewing author Misti Parker about her novel Hearts in Exile (which we reviewed here) and we'll be giving away a copy of her book and a $10 Amazon GC, which Misti has kindly donated!

 In Tallenmere, fate has a way of catching up with you...

Somewhere, hidden in the waters of the Southern Sea, lies an island unlike any other. Within the amber glow of its pyrogem-laden cliffs, legend says the very heart of the dragon god Drae keeps the island, and its occupants, alive.

Loralee Munroviel, daughter of Leogard's High Priestess Arianne, had no idea what she would face when she arrived by boat ten years ago and was left alone in exile. All she knew about Draekoria's inhabitants was written in one tattered notebook. Now, her life revolves around keeping Drae's descendants happy. Never in her life did she imagine being a Dragon Keeper.

Captain Igrorio Everlyn, known as Sir Robert to his unit of Holy Paladins, has faced his share of hell, battling the evils of Emperor Sarvonn's tyranny and the dark god Tyr's abominations. But none of that compares to the ten years of hell he's been without Loralee, presumed dead.

One freak storm changes everything. Now the two of them must fight to reestablish the delicate balance of the island before the dragons take things into their own hands. Through it all, they discover the secrets that kept them, and their hearts, exiled for a decade.

 Mysti Parker Author Interview

To start, can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m from the good ol’ USA, Kentucky born and bred, where the summers are hot and the winters are weird. Wife since 1997, mom of three since 2001, and an author since 2009. Once upon a time, I had a biology degree and worked in a neurological surgery lab. My youngest is starting Kindergarten this fall, so I’m slowly easing back into the public workforce with a part-time in-store sampling job.

For our curious readers, could you describe your novel in three words

I’ll use a phrase from a recent review: “Swoontastic love story!”

Your characters have quite interesting names, for example Loralee Munroviel and Igrorio Everlyn: how do you come up with these names?

I choose names based on the races of the characters. Loralee and Igrorio (Sir Robert) are high-elves, so I like to give them more formal-sounding, lyrical names. Other high-elf examples from the series are Caliphany Aranea, Juliana Livendell, and Leopold Vaeloria. Wood-elves like Jayden Ravenwing & Zephyrus and Shade Windsong have names involving nature, while half-elves like Galadin Trudeaux and Francis Toryn have half-human names. The same holds true for non-elven races in the series, like the Haddo (halflings), faeries, and dwarves.

Could you tell us a bit about what you're planning next?

I’ve got a novella starring Sir Francis and Book Four of the series in the works. I’m also in the submittal process with a children’s picture book and hope to get another polished up and sent to my agent soon. I’ve got a historical romance on the back burner that’s begging me to finish it, and I’m itching to write more flash fiction. So, I don’t see any end to the writing just yet.

Now onto some miscellaneous questions! If you could put any fictional character into your series, who would it be and why?

It would have to be Legolas from Lord of the Rings, and only if he came as Orlando Bloom! *drool*

M&Ms or Skittles?

As much as I love chocolate, you’d think I’d go with M&Ms…ok, so yeah M&Ms!

If you could go to any time period, when would you go to?

I’d really love to go back to prehistoric times, when dinosaurs walked the earth. It would be amazing to see what our world looked like without the influence of man.   

Since our blog is named Looking for the Panacea, would you tell us some of your panacea candidates?

You’ve got some great lists there! I’d have to agree with “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern. Amazing book and so unique! I’d also have to add “The Hunger Games” to my list. And Deborah Harkness’s “All Souls Trilogy” is like a scholarly (and better) version of Twilight. I’m anxiously awaiting the third book in the series (hurry up Deb!).

Giveaway Details:
  • The giveaway is open to everyone! 
  • There will be one winner. This person will win a $10 Amazon GC and one ecopy of Hearts in Exile.
  • You must be 13 or older to enter, and have your parent's permission if you are younger than 18.
  • Giveaway ends on the 7th August.
  • Winners will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.

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  1. Thanks so much for participating!

  2. Thanks for sharing the hop and your giveaway. evamilliien at gmail dot com

  3. Thanks to everyone who entered, and congrats to Billie Jo for the win! ~Mysti