Book Tour and Author Interview for Just One of the Royals by Leah and Kate Rooper

Just One of the Royals by Leah and Kate Rooper

Star hockey player Daniel Sacachelli wants only two things: 1) for the Falcons
to win next season, and 2) for his secret — the fact he’s actually the prince of Eldonia — to never make its way to Chicago. But if Daniel keeps avoiding his crown, their family will lose their kingdom forever.

Madison Myong can’t believe that her will-they-or-won’t-they best friend Daniel is really a prince! He’s always seemed more rebel than royal. But now, he needs to clean up his image, fast. Posing as his long-time girlfriend, Madison accompanies him back to Eldonia, intending to give Daniel a makeover fit for a king.

Only, the more royal Daniel becomes, the more Madison misses her best friend. And if she does her job right, she’ll lose him forever…

Author Interview

  • What is your writing process? Do you aim for a word count daily or maybe just a scene?

We always start by drafting the whole project out scene by scene. Our books usually have multiple POVs, so usually we’ll each choose a character to write. From there, our writing process changes depending on what project we’re working on. When we’re working on a book for a deadline, like JUST ONE OF THE ROYALS, we aim for a certain word count each day (usually around 2000 words). When we’re working on a project for ourselves, we usually divvy it up by scene instead!

  • What sort of research did you do for this book?

We had to do a lot of research on small European countries and monarchies to understand how the line of succession often works. We wanted Eldonia to feel authentic, so we looked up European architecture, climate, and agriculture. For the hockey portion, we didn’t need to do too much research! Thankfully we’ve been life-long hockey fans, so most of the rules and terms were already ingrained in our brains. We did have to research how junior hockey leagues work though!

  • What are you working on now? Any chance of a sequel?

Yes! There will be a third book in the Chicago Falcons series, coming out November 2018! This book will focus on Daniel’s little sister Eva and one of Daniel’s teammates. This will also be the last season that the whole gang — Alice, Hayden, Daniel, and Tyler — are playing hockey together, so readers will get a peek into what their futures beyond the Falcons look like

  • How did you come up for the idea of your book?

We came up with the idea for the first book in the series, JUST ONE OF THE BOYS, from playing NHL games on our PlayStation as kids. There was always a Create-A-Player mode, and we always wished we could make female players!  We always made one player named Alex and pretended she was a girl disguised as a boy so she could play on the team. As we played the video game, we would make up stories about her, especially ones about her falling for the star of the team, Ryan. As we got older, we decided we wanted to write their crazy story! Alex and Ryan turned into Alice and Hayden. When it came time to write the next book in the series, JUST ONE OF THE ROYALS, we knew we needed to do something big to top the whole disguised-as-a-boy thing! With the Royal Wedding just around the corner, we were inspired by the drama of ball rooms and royalty. And what is more dramatic than a secret prince?  

  • Just for fun — what TV shows or movies have you really enjoyed (or disliked?) recently?

We absolutely loved The Greatest Showman and have been listening to the soundtrack non-stop! We also have always loved the Marvel movies and really enjoyed both Black Panther and Infinity Wars. For television, we’re giant Disney fans so we’re finally watching Tangled: The Series, which is amazing!

About the Authors

Leah and Kate Rooper are sisters from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Growing up beside the Pacific Ocean and inside a temperate rainforest fed their sense of adventure as children, and nourished a curiosity for strange and distant lands. They fed this curiosity with books – lots and lots of books. After experiencing the magic of Middle-earth, they began creating their own worlds. When they’re not writing, Leah and Kate spend their time blogging and vlogging about their travel adventures and their writing journey.

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Book Tour for Tribal Affairs with an Interview with Author Matt Dallmann

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Tribal Affairs by Matt Dallmann

Genre: YA Fantasy

Brief Description

Dahlia, a centuries-old genie, lies hopelessly trapped in a damaged golden locket charm attached to an ankle bracelet. Its owner, sixteen-year-old Liana, wears it for the first time during her father Jamison’s opening night illusion spectacular. Not only does its presence cause Jamison to folly his performance, but it also starts a chain of bizarre events that lead to a showdown with Dahlia’s mortal enemy, Stefan, and an unsuspecting romance between Liana and his son.

Interview with Matt Dallmann

1. What is your writing routine? Do you aim for a word count, to tackle a certain number of pages at a time, or do you go scene by scene? (Something else?)

I try do at least write 5 pages on the days that I write. If I’m on a roll, I’ll write more, but I think 5 pages is enough to make me feel like I’ve made some progress.

2. What was your inspiration for your book? What was the most fun and the most difficult part of getting the story just right?

I’m not quite sure why, but I latched onto the genie folklore several years ago. Possibly because I felt that it was a relatively unexplored mythology that could be my niche. The most fun part of the story for me was reimagining genie powers and capabilities. The most difficult was getting the point of view just right. I wrote two overlapping storylines that eventually merge into one, so it was a challenge deciding which point of view I would use, and then making it work for both storylines. I went back and forth quite a bit on this.

3. What are your favorite books? What authors inspire you the most?

I really like Gore Vidal and Kurt Vonnegut. I just finished the first volume of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time series. That was a bit of a challenge. His writing is pretty dense, but if you stick with it, you’ll find he can turn the most mundane moment into a whimsical happenstance that you’ll swear you experienced before.

4. Odd question – what TV shows do you like?

I love West World. I’m a huge fan of Twin Peaks and recently got into Barry on HBO. Of course, I love all the standards of the 90s; Seinfeld, Friends, etc.

5. Lastly, is there anything else we should know about you? Do you like to listen to music when writing? What book projects are on the horizon for you?

I would like to follow up Tribal Affairs with a second and possibly third installment, but time is a big luxury these days. Also, I’m oddly into Legos. They’re kind of like Tetris. I’ve found it’s a good way to pass the time while I’m hanging out with my girls in their playroom. Most recently, I built a huge stage theater, complete with box seats, balcony, orchestra pit and even a bar for intermission cocktails.

About the Author

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Matt Dallmann has a background in acting and holds a BFA from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. His films and screenplays have been featured at film festivals across the United States including Cinequest, Big Apple Film Festival, Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival, DragonCon and Zero Independent Film Festival. His piano compositions have been published for commercial use and he is a member of ASCAP. Matt is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of the boutique medical billing firm VGA Billing Services, Inc. in New York City. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

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Book Tour and Guest Post by Justin Joschko for Yellow Locust

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Yellow Locust by Justin Joschko

Release Date: May 8, 2018

Publisher: Month9Books
Selena Flood is a fighter of preternatural talent. But not even her quick fists and nimble feet could save her parents from the forces of New Canaan, the most ruthless and powerful of the despotic kingdoms populating America-that-was.

Forced to flee the tyrannical state with her younger brother Simon in tow, Selena is now the last chance for peace in a continent on the verge of complete destruction.

In her pocket is a data stick, the contents of which cost her parents their lives. Selena must now ensure it reaches the Republic of California—a lone beacon of liberty shining across a vast and barren wasteland—before it’s too late.

Between New Canaan and California stretch the Middle Wastes: thousands of desolate miles home to murderers, thieves, and a virulent strain of grass called yellow locust that has made growing food all but impossible. So when Selena and Simon stagger into Fallowfield, an oasis of prosperity amidst the poisoned plains, everything seems too good to be true—including the warm welcome they receive from the town’s leader, a peculiar man known only as The Mayor.

As Selena delves deeper into the sinister secrets of this seemingly harmless refuge, she soon learns there is a much darker side to Fallowfield and the man who runs it. Before long, she must call upon the skills she honed in the fighting pits of New Canaan to ensure not only her own survival, but that of her brother, in whom the Mayor has taken far too keen an interest.

And she’d better act fast, for an all-out war inches ever closer, and New Canaan is never as far away as it seems.

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Why You’ll Love this book

I’m gonna be honest here: I really don’t know if you’ll love this book or not. It seems presumptuous to assume you will—there are plenty of books heralded as great or essential that I didn’t care for, so why should Yellow Locust be sacrosanct?

So instead, I thought I’d tell you why I love this book. Feel free to agree or disagree with any of them.

1) It has a kick-ass protagonist. Selena Flood knows how to bust heads. A seventeen-year-old street brawler, Selena is a pampered member of New Canaan’s elite Seraphim who scorned the posh gyms and gentlemen’s leagues of her native class in order to hone her skills in the roughest fighting pits of New Canaan’s slums. When her parents are executed for treason, Selena flees her homeland but takes her fighting skills with her, along with a data stick containing highly sensitive intel and enough anger to fuel a thousand brawls. It doesn’t take her long to find a way to put her talents to use on the road, for America-that-was is a dangerous place, and the most savage parts of it are those that pretend to be civilized. Which leads me to…

2) It has a great villain. Though driven by the threat of New Canaan’s impending war, most of Yellow Locust is set a thousand miles from the empire’s border, in a bucolic farming community called Fallowfield. With lush crops and well-fed citizens, Fallowfield stands in stark contrast to the lands around it, which unfurl with mile after mile of a blighted, poison plant called yellow locust. Running the show in Fallowfield is a man known only as The Mayor, a foppish figure with a charming smile beneath a pair of reflective sunglasses. He greets Selena and Simon warmly, offers them every kindness, but behind his mirrored lenses lurk unknown intentions. Erudite, devious, and ruthlessly intelligent, The Mayor is my favorite type of villain—the kind who’d sink a knife in your back if necessary, but would rather trick your friend into doing the deed instead, the better to keep from getting his hands dirty.

3) It has a lot of action. Street brawls, knife fights, ambushes, insurgencies—the world of Yellow Locust is a violent place. Not a great place to live, but a lot of fun to write about (and hopefully to read about, too!)

4) It took me a long time to write. Yellow Locust is a book ten years in the making, a cask-aged brew given ample time to mellow. The manuscript swelled to 150,000 words and whittled down to 90,000, shed plots and characters, survived a crucible of edits to emerge sleek and sharp and hard as steel. None of this might mean much to the reader, but after all that work, how could I not love the thing?

Anyhow, those are my reasons. I hope you agree, but even more so, I hope you pick it up and give it a chance.

About the Author

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Justin Joschko is an author from Niagara Falls, Ontario. His writing has appeared in newspapers and literary journals across Canada. Yellow Locust is his first novel. He currently lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children.

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