Monday, 2 April 2018

Entombed in Glass by Stacey Rourke

Title: Entombed in Glass
Series: Unfortunate Soul Chronicles, #2
Author: Stacey Rourke
Publication date: March 29th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Mirror, mirror on the wall.
What’s behind that fated call?
He’s the seer of present, future, and past,
Yet remains a nameless face entombed in glass.

Raised as a servant in the underwater kingdom of Atlantica, Alastor worked his way up to a regal member of the Royal Guard. Only as a decorated soldier did he stand a chance of winning the hand of the woman he’s loved since childhood … Poseidon’s only daughter, Princess Vanessa. But, when the war against humans rages, dark magics are evoked to give the mermen a fighting chance. Temporarily granted legs, they charge from the sea into a doomed battle.

Doing the bidding of his masters as a trusted pawn,
The claims of his loyalty couldn’t be more wrong.

Waking on land, with bodies all around, Alastor’s lone goal becomes returning to the ocean and the only life he’s ever known. A plan that is quickly diverted when Hades, Lord of the Underworld, appears with a twisted agenda all his own. Cast to a land far from the lapping comforts of home, Alastor’s sole companion is a troubled misfit named Sterling that soon comes to depend on him. Trained to be a hero, how far is Alastor willing to go to return to the woman he loves? And can he live with the sacrifices he’s forced to make?

Each day he schemes to break free from their thrall,
and honor a self-made vow … to kill them all.

Author Bio:

RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013
Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner for Crane 2015

Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Reel Romance Series. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.

Interview with Stacey Rourke:

Please tell me a little about yourself and your background
I would be happy to! I began my career as an author in 2010, but have been have been writing since I could put pencil to paper. It is just something that has always been a part of me. I have fifteen titles in my current catalog, with more coming soon! I am also the founder and event coordinator for the Once Upon a Book Author Signing that takes places annually in Frankenmuth, MI. This wonderful weekend long event brings authors from all across the country together in a family-friendly celebration of all things books! It’s so much fun, and I look forward to it every year.
On a personal level, I have been happily married for seventeen years. My husband and I have two beautiful daughters, and two giant St. Bernards that complete our cozy little family.

How did your journey as a writer begin?
I completed my first book, The Conduit, while I was a stay-at-home mom with an infant and a two-year-old. Being a newbie, I had no idea what to do with my book from there. So, I entered it in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest. To my great surprise, I ended up being a semi-finalist! The book did end up getting picked up by a publisher, but when that didn’t work out well, I ventured on to the self-publishing route and haven’t looked back since!

What gets your creative juices flowing?
Rum. No, I’m kidding. Kind of … LOL! When I am working on a new book, I make myself a scrapbook of sorts. I fill it with pictures of what I think each character looks like, clothes they would wear, places they live or visit, pets they have, literally everything. Then, as I write I can refer back to that to make the story and the characters even more real for me. That really greases the wheel of creativity for me.

What’s the best writing advice you’ve been given?
Read. Anything and everything you can get your hands on, in every kind of genre. Surrounding yourself with words helps to build your toolbox as an author.

The best thing about being an author is….
Writing stories that provide a momentary escape for readers. We all have our “stuff” in life, those things that stress us out and bring us down. But, if for even a moment, I can whisk my readers away from that, it makes it all worthwhile.

Which, if any, of your personality traits do you write into your characters?
My snarky sense of humor, for sure.

Tell us about the cover for Entombed in Glass and how it came about.
I wanted something that would really resonate with fairy tale fans. It’s very traditional with that haunting, disembodied face in the mirror, but it also promises of the magic to come.

When you consider your future, what would you like to make happen for you?
My biggest dream is just to continue to provide a happy, comfortable life for my kids. Everything I do is for them, and it always will be. They are my beating heart.

How do you spend your free time?
I love to spend time with family, repurpose and refinish old furniture, travel, read, and shop. My wallet often doesn’t let me do all of those things, though.

If you were ever stranded on a deserted island what would you miss and which three books would you take along?
I would miss people. I have no doubt I would have to make friends with a volleyball named Wilson just to stop myself from going insane. As to three books … ARGH! I couldn’t possibly pick! I have too many favorites. But, if I’m alone on any island I think I’d be happy having ANYTHING to read!

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would be less of a control freak. Not everything has to be planned. Or, so I hear. I wouldn’t know because I have to plan out every detail of everything.

What do you consider the most important event of your life so far?
The day each of my children were born. Total game changer times two.

What is your most treasured possession?
My grandmother’s box of clip on earrings. She never got her ears pierced but had a huge collection of clip-ons. Watching my girls play dress-up with them makes me feel closer to my grandmother, who has since passed.

If someone gave you a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Back to Hawaii. It is truly paradise.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Just a thank you for having me here! Feel free to find me on social media and connect!  
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