My chat with Alexandra Bracken on her newest release, Wayfarer

This week, Alexandra Bracken delivered a “tense, exciting adrenaline-fueled finale” with Wayfarer—the much anticipated follow-up to the time-travel fantasy Passenger. I’ve loved the series, which unravels a thrilling adventure through time, rife with betrayals, romance and intricately laced family relationships. This past Tuesday (on release day), along with a few other awesome bloggers, I was able to chat with Alex about the story and the process of writing it, the characters, and what readers can expect.

One thing to know is that in Wayfarer, we see Etta and Nicholas travel down different paths, across different timelines, and this means double the locations to visit (yay for us), double the timelines, but also more than twice the complexity for this particular world, its creation and entanglements. Alex talked about these struggles.

“I’ve been calling this book my problem child in the sense that it was the book that came out kicking and screaming whereas some books just sort of rain down on you from the heavens and explode out of you, and those stories are amazing.  But I am really proud of this book.  I think I managed to accomplish everything that I was going for in it.”

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So what happens in Wayfarer according to Alex?

“To give you a pretty brief summary, it kicks off two weeks or three weeks after Passenger ends.  Nicholas and Etta are trying to figure out how to get back to each other at the same time that they’re trying to track down the astrolabe, and they’re dealing with alternate timelines and wars and all that crazy stuff. ”

While the book touts lots of tension and conflict, at the center, Alex discussed how the narrative focuses around families—dueling time traveling families, our relationships with our families and what we inherit (good and bad) from them.

I mentioned to Alex that I thought both Etta and Nicholas faced pretty difficult choices along the way, in terms of what’s best for them and what’s best for their world. This created some great tension and suspense. I asked whether this was the main tension she wanted to highlight, or if there were other points of contention that she wanted to explore in the plot.

Alex explained: “Nicholas’ main point of conflict in this book is that he often is in a situation where he’s faced with life or death whereas Etta’s constantly faced with the choice of family or love…

Really I knew from the beginning that their points of view would change so much as they were learning and as they were experiencing, that by the time they finally reunited they would have this clash of goals in what they ultimately thought they should do and how they should proceed.

I think that situation was really, really hard for them, because in Passenger, even with Nicholas on the side having that half-hearted deal with Ironwood, they were pretty much in agreement on most things. They were making decisions together, and so I think this was very hard for them but very necessary for the relationship, that they had to go at it independently and then figure out how this would reconcile again at the end.”

In Wayfarer, there are so many fascinating locations to explore, new characters with whom to fall in love, surprises that decidedly twist and turn the direction of the story and moments that will have us reliving them over and over again long after we’ve closed the book. If you’ve not read Passenger yet, now is the perfect time (it’s on sale for $99¢!), and if you’re already a fan of this duology, you’ll be happily flipping Wayfarer‘s pages until the story’s gratifying end.

About Wayfarer

Etta Spencer didn’t know she was a traveler until the day she emerged both miles and years from her home. Now, robbed of the powerful object that was her only hope of saving her mother, Etta finds herself stranded once more, cut off from Nicholas-the eighteenth century privateer she loves-and her natural time.

When Etta inadvertently stumbles into the heart of the Thorns, the renegade travelers who stole the astrolabe from her, she vows to finish what she started and destroy the astrolabe once and for all. Instead, she’s blindsided by a bombshell revelation from their leader, Henry Hemlock: he is her father. Suddenly questioning everything she’s been fighting for, Etta must choose a path, one that could transform her future.

Still devastated by Etta’s disappearance, Nicholas has enlisted the unlikely help of Sophia Ironwood and a cheeky mercenary-for-hire to track both her and the missing astrolabe down. But as the tremors of change to the timeline grow stronger and the stakes for recovering the astrolabe mount, they discover an ancient power far more frightening than the rival travelers currently locked in a battle for control. . . a power that threatens to eradicate the timeline altogether.

From colonial Nassau to New York City, San Francisco to Roman Carthage, imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, New York Times #1 best-selling author Alexandra Bracken charts a gorgeously detailed, thrilling course through time in this stunning conclusion to the Passenger series.

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The series is a duology — Wayfarer is the final installment.

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Video interview (plus giveaway!): Coffee with Emma Chase and Kendall Ryan

I’m so excited to share my interview with two fabulous authors: Emma Chase and Kendall Ryan! Check it out above, we talk about their upcoming books, what’s next and more! Plus, make sure to scroll to the bottom of this post because we’re giving away an advanced print copy of both Royally Screwed and The Fix Up!

About Royally Screwed

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Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka “His Royal Hotness,” is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant―hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.
Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.
There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately―the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia―Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

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About The Fix Up

Oct-11

My tempting and very alpha friend Sterling Quinn is someone I consider off-limits.

It’s not just that we’re friends, he’s also cocky, confident, and British, which means he’s a walking aphrodisiac.

But lately he’s been giving me the look. You know the one. When he thinks I’m not paying attention, and his gaze lingers for too long.

When we start working together, that’s when the sexual tension between us gets so thick, I want to hack through it with a machete. I want to make all these deep feelings I’ve harbored for him disappear, because there’s no way this can end well.

The lines between business and pleasure become irrevocably blurred, and I’m stuck between a rock and Sterling’s very, very hard place.

Rather than keep a level head about our growing attraction, Sterling wants to go all in, showing me just how explosive we can be together.

But I’ve been around long enough to know that this British bad boy is more than my heart can handle. I’m not about to be cast aside like yesterday’s underwear when he’s done having fun.

Sterling’s never been told no, and he’s not about to put his ego aside and play by my rules. But I never thought he’d fight so dirty.

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Exclusive Video Interview: Cocktails with Kristen Ashley – Talking Midnight Soul

Today, Midnight Soul is released into the world, the final book in the amazing Fantasyland series by one of my favorite people, Kristen Ashley. I’m a HUGE fan of all her books (check out the list here) and this series is particularly near and dear to my heart.

To celebrate its release, yesterday afternoon, Kristen and I planned to record a fun Q&A using Google Hangout. I wanted it to be informal and the result is well…. errrr…. INFORMAL. We had massive technical issues, huge fits of laughter, moments where I fell away and Kristen actually considered doing a jig for entertainment.

OH MY WORD.

So here it is… raw and funny, a little wonky, super informative, and yes, hella informal!

Happy release day Franka and Noc, and hope you enjoy my first (and maybe last) virtual cocktail hour with the Rock Chick Queen herself!

Synopsis

Noc & FrankaAgainst his will, Noctorno Hawthorne, an undercover vice cop, finds himself embroiled in magic, mayhem and parallel universes. Too late, he meets an amazing woman only to find she’s destined for his identical twin in another world.

And things aren’t going real great there.

Noc is recruited to help save that world.

What he doesn’t know is his destined love resides there.

Franka Drakkar wears a mask. A mask she never takes off to protect herself in a world of malice, intrigue and danger.

When Franka meets Noc and he discovers her secrets, convinced she carries a midnight soul, having shielded herself from forming bonds with anyone, she struggles with accepting his tenderness and care.

When Noc meets Franka, over wine and whiskey, her mask slips and Noc knows it’s her—only her—and he has to find a way to get her to come home with him.

And then make her want to stay.

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Exclusive Interview with Corinne Michaels, author of Say You’ll Stay

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I love love love second chance romances and Say You’ll Stay by Corinne Michaels is one that will grip you beginning to end. Every page bleeds with emotion as Zach and Presley’s story burrows deep into your heart. I can’t wait until you guys read this book and in the meanwhile, I have an interview with Corinne to share with you, where you can get a taste of what awaits…

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Synopsis

Jun-20One word.

Stay.

It was all he had to do. Instead, he got on that bus and took my heart with him.

That was seventeen years ago. 

I moved on. Marriage. Kids. White picket fence. Everything I ever wanted, but my husband betrayed me and I was left once again.

Alone, penniless, and with two boys, I had no choice but to return to Tennessee. He wasn’t supposed to be there. I should’ve been safe. However, fate has a way of stepping in.

This time around, the tables are turned. It’s my decision. Second chances do exist, but I don’t know if we can repair what’s already been broken . . .

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Tell us about Say You’ll Stay.

Say You’ll Stay is a story about two people who loved each other so much when they were young, but couldn’t figure out a way to make it. Presley finds a way through her heartbreak and learns to love again, only to have it fall apart. She has no choice but to return to the small town in Tennessee with her boys. But she didn’t prepare for the possibility that he was there. It’s a second chance love story in every sense of the word.

What inspired their story?

So many things. So many parts of my life and things that I’ve witnessed first hand. I feel like there’s always this one guy for all of us. The one that got away. The one we spent way too many nights thinking of, wondering about, and we can’t let it go. That’s what drew me to finally let it out. There’s always that ONE guy. It’s why my dedication was so important to me. The other part is when life falls apart, we as women have to keep going. It’s why I really felt so compelled to write this.

As I’ve mentioned to you, second chance romances are my very favorite type of romances, especially when there are many years that have disrupted their love story. For me, it makes their whole reunion more emotional, their story more gutting and heart-wrenching. Can you talk about your decision to have Presley and Zach separated for 17 years? Did the story drive that decision or were you trying to achieve something in particular?

For me too! I love second chance romance. In a way all of the books we read are second chance in one way or another, but this kind is my guilty pleasure. I’ve always wondered what would happen if that ONE guy came back into my life. It’s been over 16 years for me, which I totally just realized as I typed this, and I feel like their reunion is really how mine would go. I can be a hot head, and even though we’ve both moved on … I’m happily married as I think he is … I still hold that anger inside. I don’t know that Zach and Presley could’ve seen each other in any other way. They also needed to live, and I felt that this story had to play out that way.

Say You’ll Stay is the first in a series of standalones. What can you tell us about what you have planned for the next novels in the series?

Ahh! Yes! So next is Wyatt Hennington in Say You Want Me where he’ll need to conquer his Peter Pan complex a little. I can’t even tell you how excited I am for his book. Then Trent Hennington will get his book in Say I’m Yours. I’m toying with the idea of Cooper, but that will be decided later on. I love these three brothers so much.

This is your 6th published novel, what have these last two years been like? Is it still as nerve-racking as in the beginning or have you found some peace in the craziness? Any traditions on release day?

Yes, six. Wow. The last two years have been crazy, and surreal. I don’t know how to really explain it. I went from writing for myself, beta reading, reviewing, and just being a fangirl to this. It’s such a blessing. I truly have been so lucky and I’m eternally grateful.

As for the nerves, I wish you could see me. I’m a mess. I become an emotional loon who cries, laughs, wants to crawl in a hole, but still needs to know everything. It’s ridiculous. I feel bad for my friends—kinda.

My only tradition is to go out to dinner. B, takes me somewhere that serves martinis and I try to focus on him and the kids. This time I won’t really get to do that, but I’m going to make up for that.

As a reader, any recent book faves?

I wish I still read! I haven’t read a book in forever. I’ve just been rereading Twilight and Harry Potter. The only other book I’ve read is Big Girls Do It Running by Jasinda Wilder. It’s been so hard with my writing schedule—and Netflix—to keep up with new releases. Although, I still one click pretty much daily. It’s a habit I refuse to give up. I am going away in July and I plan to binge read.

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