Friday, October 6, 2017

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Nicole Conway for "Savage (Dragonrider Legacy, #1)"

Savage (Dragonrider Legacy, #1)
by Nicole Conway
Publication Date:  September 26, 2017
Publisher:  Month9Books

"Savage" begins the "Dragonrider Legacy" series, a thrilling companion to the international bestselling "Dragonrider Chronicles."

Never send a hero to do a monster’s job.

Forty years have passed since Jaevid Broadfeather brought peace to Maldobar and Luntharda. But that fragile truce will be tested as darkness gathers on the horizon. The vicious armies of the Tibran Empire have crossed the far seas and are threatening to destroy Maldobar completely. Not even the dragonriders can match the Tibran war machines. And after an attempt to awaken Jaevid from his divine sleep fails, the fate of Maldobar is looking grim.

Reigh has never known what it means to be a normal human. Raised amongst the gray elves in the wild jungle of Luntharda, he’s tried everything to fit in. But the dark power within him is bursting at the seams — refusing to be silenced. And while his adoptive father, Kiran, insists this power must be kept secret, Reigh knows he’s running out of time.

As Maldobar burns, the world is desperate for a new hero. Destiny has called, and one boy will rise to answer.

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~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Nicole Conway~

1) What gave you the inspiration for the storyline? 

I think what motivated me the most was the desire to write the next portion of Jaevid’s story. The Dragonrider Chronicles is just the beginning. It’s his origins. But in this series we will see him truly come into his own. So my inspiration was my desire to complete his story and also introduce his opposite in our new hero, Reigh.

2) Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

The theme of family is one I really dig into with this book. What does it mean to be “family?” Is it something we get to choose? And more importantly, how does it define us? These are the kinds of question our new hero, Reigh, is going to be faced with. He is a human being raised in the kingdom of the elves. That is the only life he’s known, and yet he doesn’t feel like he is a part of that family – or rather, that he doesn’t deserve to be a part of it. I guess we will have to see what answers he finds along his journey! 

3) Are any of the characters based on real people you know?

Yes and no. I prefer to borrow little aspects of some people, habits or specific characteristics, rather than trying to render an entire person into a character. Are there aspects of these characters that come from people in my life? Oooooh yes.

Probably my favourite is Princess Jenna Farrow because she is the first and ONLY character I have ever dared to put bits of myself into. Usually, I intentionally avoid that. I guess, like Jenna, I hate facing my reflection. But in her case, I decided to make this one exception. She’s a warrior at heart, brave, fiercely loyal, but also battling her own internal demons of self-doubt, anxiety, and feelings of inadequacy. She has a hard time looking at herself in the mirror because all she can see is what she isn’t. She is withdrawn and uncertain around other women because she lacks the social confidence that seems to come so effortlessly to others. But put a sword in her hand and an enemy in her path, and she becomes a formidable force.
4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?

A lot of people have influenced me along the way in many different ways. My mother is the reason I love telling stories. I was homeschooled and my mother made it a point to read to me every single day. She opened up the world for me through books and stories. It put a fire in my gut to create worlds of my own—a fire that has yet to die. I don’t think it ever will.

5) If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why? 

Awesome question!!! And super hard to pick. Hmmm….

I guess it would be a night of the Mario Kart. I’d play with Leo Valdez (Percy Jackson), Zeph Clemmont (Mad Magic), and Drizzt Do’Urden (The Dark Elf Trilogy). We’d have pizza and hot wings. I’d probably make a pan of brownies. Basically just keep it simple and have a good time! 

 Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book.

Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.

She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.

Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog. 

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Giveaway Details:
Kindle Fire + Drawing Dragons book + signed art from the author 

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