Friday, December 19, 2014

Blog Tour: Harbinger by Lee French & Erik Kort

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Title: Harbinger
Series: The Greatest Sin #2
Author: Lee French and Erik Kort
Publication Date: October 2014
Genre: Fantasy


Adjusting to her new life as a soul-bound agent of the Fallen has Chavali pushing herself harder than ever before. Between learning to fight, dealing with idiots, and climbing stairs - lots of stairs - she has little time to waste on thoughts of the future. Or the past.

When another agent fails to report in, Chavali is sent on the mission to discover her fate. Ready or not, she saddles up for a new adventure with new dangers.

The search takes her to Ket, a coastal city slathered in mystery. There, she faces ghosts from her past and demons of her future as she seeks answers. All she seems to find are more questions.

Plague, murder, lies, espionage...this city harbors much more than meets the eye, and maybe too much to handle.

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What inspired you to write this book?

The character of Chavali came from an image I chanced across on the internet. It's a really well-done portrait of a woman in clothes I identified as stereotypically 'gypsy' with a look on her face that said to me 'You're an idiot'. From that is whence all the rest came.

Can you give us an interesting fact about your book that isn't in the blurb?In this book, Chavali begins to learn to use contractions in her speech patterns. It provides moment of comic relief, as well as setting her up to no longer sound foreign all the time in future books.

Did you self-publish or publish traditionally and why?
I am a self-publisher, for a few of reasons. One: writing query letters sucks big wampa butt. Two: genre negative gatekeeping. Fantasy and sci fi aren't considered 'real' books by a lot of agents and publishers, for whatever reason. It's something kids read, and I don't write for kids. I write for adults. The subjects I tackle and/or include aren't always appropriate for the YA crowd (at least, I don't think it is). Three: The publishing industry is changing, right now, as we speak, and I want to keep my options open for however things shake out in the future. Four: I'd have to do all the same self-publicizing I do now anyway, so I might as well control as many of the aspects as I can and cut out the middleman.

What do you consider the most important part of a good story?
The reader. Without one of those, it's completely irrelevant.

How did you get started writing?

I picked up a pencil and applied the sharpened tip to a piece of paper. I'm joking, but also not. From the moment I could read, I had stories to tell, and since I've always been terrified of speaking in front of people, I wrote them down. They were dumb back then, but so was I, so that's understandable.

What part of the writing process is the hardest for you?
Planning. I'm not very good at it, but I know I need to do it. I hate lists and organizers. The more planning I do, the less rewriting I have to do, so I know it's critical, I'm just not much of a planner, as far as writing is concerned.

Who is your favorite author?

My all-time, super-duper, 100% most favorite author ever Do I really have to pick only one? I like so many different kinds of books, and with a lot of authors, I love this series, but not that one, or liked this book, but not any of the rest, and so on. My top three are Mercedes Lackey, Jim Butcher, and Dean Ing, each of whom writes very different kinds of books.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I'm an avid yet casual cyclist, a baker, and a gardener. People claim I'm good at all three.

Have you had anything else published?

Harbinger is my 6th book and Erik's 3rd. I've also got a superhero trilogy, called Maze Beset, and a novel and short story in my own fantasy setting of Ilauris, called Damsel In Distress and Shadow & Spice, respectively. The Fallen is the first book of the Greatest Sin series. Erik's other book, written under the name Erik Marshall, is called Children Without Faces.

What's your next project?

The third book for The Greatest Sin is the most important project on both of our plates right now.

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Lee French lives in Olympia, WA with two kids, two bicycles, and too much stuff. She is an avid gamer and active member of the Myth-Weavers online RPG community, where she is known for her fondness for Angry Ninja Squirrels of Doom. In addition to spending much time there, she also trains year-round for the one-week of glorious madness that is RAGBRAI, has a nice flower garden with one dragon and absolutely no lawn gnomes, and tries in vain every year to grow vegetables that don't get devoured by neighborhood wildlife.

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Erik Kort abides in the glorious Pacific Northwest, otherwise known as Mirkwood-Without-The-Giant-Spiders. Though the spiders often grow too numerous for his comfort. He is defended from all eight-legged threats by his brave and overly tolerant wife, and is mocked by his obligatory writer’s cat. When not writing, Erik comforts the elderly, guides youths through vast wildernesses, and smuggles more books into his library of increasingly alarming size.

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