Thursday, February 28, 2013

Interview and GIVEAWAY! of 3 books

I'm thrilled to have back to the blog, Sarah-Jane Lehoux.  I have Sarah-Jane here today to talk about her newest release, Masquerade the third book in her fantasy series, Sevy.


M:  Welcome Sarah-Jane! It's a pleasure to have you back to the blog. :)

SJL:  Thank you so much for having me J

M:  Sevy runs into troubles on a little island her and Revik are searching in hopes to find his daughter. We see lots of Fairies! I know we have talked about it and I'd love to share more with the followers here. You are a big fan of fairies. Have you spent a lot of time reading about them?

SJL:  Yes, I love folklore and mythology, and fairies feature heavily in many cultures. I love the fact that they are so morally ambiguous. They might bless you or curse you (or even eat you) depending on their mood and your manners. Fairies are the original honey badgers – they just don’t give a shit. J

I first became interested in fairies during childhood, and that love has only grown over the years. I have more non-fiction books on my shelf than fiction, and the bulk of them deal with fairies and other legendary creatures. I have a love of all this mysterious and unknown, and fairies definitely fit the bill.

Oh, and just as an aside…anyone see that Supernatural episode where they think it’s alien abductions, and it turns out to be fairies? I love that episode. I’ll take fairies over UFOs any day of the week. I mean, magic spells vs anal probing? Yeah, aliens can go abduct someone else. I’m too busy jumping into the center of every ring of toadstools I can find.

M:  haha, I think I'll have to agree with you on the spells vs anal probing. LOL.

M:  You spotlight a few fairies here. Do you have a favorite fairy?

SJL:  Jenny Greenteeth will always be near and dear to my heart. And another water fairy, the bean nighe (washer woman), who I’ve tried to do justice to in Masquerade, is quite cool too. I also like fox fairies (from Japanese folklore) because they are so mischievous and brutal (they take human form and eat men’s hearts!) and the different types of vampires found throughout African cultures.

But I think my favourite fairy story is that of the Green Children of Woolpit, only because there is so much corroborating evidence. If you have some time to kill, google them. It’s quite a fascinating read.

M:  Have you always planned Sevy to make this journey to "see" fairies and expand your fantasy world to new levels here?

SJL:  Yes, definitely. I’ve always had fairy tale creatures in the Sevy Series, but gave them a less than magical standing. For example, common species in Axlun are humans, elves, dark elves, dwarves, trolls of various sizes, and pixies. Technically, anything non-human is a fairy in the real world…but in Sevy’s universe, they are just another type of mortal. Common-place and not overly magical. In fact, people in the books consider pixies as no better than insects!

But I wanted to bring more of the magical side of fairies into play in Masquerade. They are referenced as being more ethereal and mystical beings by quite a few characters in Shades of War. So much so, that they are considered either extinct (because they are never usually seen) or make believe.

And then, BOOM! Sevy runs into a whole pack of them and has to wrap her mind around the fact that not only do they exist, they are trying to kill her. It was quite a fun story to tell, and I hope readers will enjoy it.

M:  Ooooh, Sevy Gee is just adorable! She feels special. I have an idea who her imaginary friend is, but is there more to come from her?

SJL:  Thank you J I quite like Sevy Gee too, even though I’m no fan of children in real life. She has such a demanding personality for such a little girl, and a curiosity that will be hard for her parents to control as she grows older. (Especially Lon, who was doomed to be a doting, indulgent father the moment he first learned his wife was pregnant.)

And yes, I can guarantee that Sevy Gee and her imaginary friend will be back in the fourth and fifth installments.

M:  I see you have place holders on your site for 2 more Sevy books! So more is to come?

SJL:  As soon as I was halfway through writing Shades of War, I knew that there would be five books in the Sevy Series. Book four picks up a couple months after the events of Masquerade. All I will say for now is that Sevy Gee’s imaginary friend causes the Destan household quite a bit of trouble and it may be too much for Sevy (in her current situation) to handle!

I am, however, taking a bit of a break from the series to finish up a few separate WIPs that I have going. But hopefully, I’ll be back in Axlun by the end of the year.

M:  Thank you Sarah-Jane for stopping by and sharing a bit on Masquerade with us! Congrats on your new release.

Here's wishing you all the best in words and pages.

SJL:  Thank you so much! J It’s readers like you who make it all worthwhile. 

M:  Aww, thank you Sarah-Jane. :)



Sarah-Jane has graciously offered 3 eBooks to GIVEAWAY!!
Yep, 3 people could get a copy of her new release Masquerade.

Synopsis:
Starting over isn't easy, especially when the world isn't ready for you to change.  Sevy, thief turned assassin turned mercenary, isn't having any fun adjusting to a normal, law-abiding life.  Luckily for her, an old partner in crime arrives with an irresistible proposition: a getaway to a tropical island, and adventure of a lifetime, and an amazing friendship ready to blossom into an even more amazing romance.

Things are looking up for Sevy.  That is, until a pack of maniacal fairies with a taste for human flesh arrive on the scene.

Now she must unravel a web of magical intrigue hidden behind the outwardly idyllic atmosphere of the islands of Belakarta.  Nothing is as it seems, and no one can be trusted.  Trapped under the spell of a handsome and mysterious stranger, Sevy must fight fairies and tricksters to regain her freedom.

Or spend an eternity as a sorcerer's plaything.


The Giveaway will End Monday March 11, 2013 at 11:59pm EST


If you are looking to learn more of Sarah-Jane and her books:
Twitter:  @SarahJaneLehoux

16 comments:

  1. Ohhh fairies, cool :D And what is this talk about an imaginary friend, interesting

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  2. What a great interview. I think I'd also just take her word for the UFO stuff. LOL I really enjoy the fae so you know I will love these books!

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  3. LOVE fairies! So checking out this book!

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  4. Thanks for a great interview and and interesting post on fairies!

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  5. I love Beauty and the Beast and the Little Mermaid. Thanks for the giveaway. Tore923@aol.com

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  6. Its always interesting what's revealed in these interviews. Thanks for sharing ladies and good luck everyone!

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  7. Jenny Greenteeth, what an awesome name for a character. Loved the interview. My fav fairytale is sleeping beauty

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  8. What a fun interview :D I adore fairies. I have collected and drawn pixies and fairies since I can remember. Is it weird to say that my favorite fairies are a pair - one good and one bad - that I drew that my friend got tattooed on her shoulder blades? Otherwise it goes to two pixies: Tinkerbell and Jenks and the fairy cat: Grimalkin. Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven

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  9. I love aliens, but the good kind lol, like Max Evans from Roswell High. This sounds interesting though. I didn't know fairies could eat you, that's a little weird, I wonder how that happens, or are they not tiny like I picture them? I didn't know they could take the form of a human, I haven't read much about them

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  10. Very cool interview! Your books sound very interesting! As for the question of who my favorite fairy is, I would have to say I really like Sookie Stackhouse from 'True Blood' and Charlaine Harris' books and Adam Black from Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series. I have not read your novels yet so I can't pick a character from them. I'm very intrigued by your series though.

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  11. Tinkerbell is the only fairy I know.

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  12. Mother Summer from the Dresden Files. She's too cool.

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  14. This book sounds fantastic! Always knew fairies couldn't be trusted.So I don't have a favourite.

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  15. I love fairy tales. Cinderella is one of my favorite.

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  16. Love fairies :) I don't have a favorite...they might get jealous that I do and try to trick me! ;)

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