BookCrushin is excited to take part in the blog tour for the newly released YA fantasy series, by Phoenix Reign Publishing, Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O’Neale! Be sure to add Mortal Enchantment to your goodreads and grab the free prequel novella The Shadow Prince (links below)! In this post you will find all the book information, purchase links, a guest post and a $100 gift card giveaway!
Mortal Enchantment (Mortal Enchantment #1) by Stacey O’Neale
Category: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
“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…
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?
Guest Post: Writing Difficult Scenes
Any type of scene can be difficult to write. Writing in general is difficult. It’s definitely not a career for the faint of heart because you genuinely experience the emotions of your characters. It’s almost a guarantee you will have moments where you laugh out loud and others where you cry your eyes out. But as difficult as it can be, I wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world.
*small spoiler ahead for those who haven’t read THE SHADOW PRINCE*
In THE SHADOW PRINCE, there were two scenes I found difficult to write. The first difficult scene was Rowan getting punished for not obeying a command. The scene was graphic and made me cringe as I was writing it. Not to mention the person who performed “the deed” was hurting just as bad as Rowan. The second difficult scene was when Rowan received the letter. I knew how hard it was for Marcus to write it and I got to experience how Rowan felt about it.
In MORTAL ENCHANTMENT, the first scene in Vegas was very difficult to write. The indoor and outdoor scenery was very specific. It was important to me that it felt authentic to readers as if they were walking the hallways beside the characters. Beyond the scenery, this was a pivotal scene for many of the characters.
Answers are revealed for a few, but the way it ends is rough on all of them for different reasons. It’s a lot going on at once and I wanted to make sure I got it right.
If you’ve read my series, I’d love to know if there were any scenes you found difficult to read?
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.
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