Monday, October 20, 2014

The Collectors' Society by Heather Lyons Blog Tour (Guest Post) + GIVEAWAY

People! THE DAY IS HERE!! Hello and welcome one and all to my Blog Tour post for The Collectors' Society by Heather Lyons! There are not enough exclamation marks on my keyboard to tell you guys HOW EXCITED I am about this book! I've read it and I freaking LOVED it! One of my favorite reads of 2014, hands down! Enough of my raving, here's a little bit about the book, the author, an exclusive guest post from our author, some amazing graphics, AND a giveaway!

From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.
After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.
It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?

Heather Lyons

Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—she’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.


Guest Post:

Drama's not safe and it's not pretty and it's not kind. People expect the basic template of . . . drama where there might be naughty villains, but everyone ends up having a nice cup of tea. You've got to do big moral choices and show the terrible things people do in terrible situations. Drama is failing if it doesn't do that.

Once upon a time, villains were easy to spot. They were ugly (or coolly beautiful), wore black, and either smirked or scowled approximately one hundred percent of the time. The men often had moustaches they could twirl (because, c’mon, twirling mustaches is WAY evil) and the women were just so dang haughty that they couldn’t be anything OTHER than villainous.

But villains are not so cut and dry—nor should they be so. Villains are necessary for so many books, because, let’s face it, the stories we love would be terribly boring without them. If not for antagonists, who would be there to help push our protagonists toward growth and discovery? If not for villains, how could heroes step up to the plate and prove their worth? If not for conflict, happy endings would not feel quite as sweet and easy to embrace.

Villains—those nefarious, conflicted, complex creatures—allow us glimpses into morality.

A good villain will force you to wonder—and worry—about what’s going on in their heads. Do they think they’re doing the right thing? Or do they know what they’re doing is wrong? What is their end game? Do they even have one? Are they actual villains—or anti-heroes? Do they enjoy what they’re doing?

My favorite kinds of villains take their sweet time answering these kinds of questions. I like being conflicted. I like worrying about their motives. I like wondering if I’ve actually identified all the villains or if I’m missing something—a clue, perhaps, an author left behind. And if I’m lucky, you’ll be wondering all these same things when you’re reading my latest book The Collectors’ Society. Because there is a villain there—many, actually—and none have motives as clear as what you initially may think they might be.


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Alright reader, that is all I have for you on the topic of The Collectors' Society by Heather Lyons! But that's not the only great news I have for you! Keep on reading to learn more! I cannot wait until later this week to share my thoughts on this absolutely amazing novel with you all! Thanks so much for stopping by! Special thanks to Heather and the awesome team at InkSlinger PR for allowing me to participate!

Before you leave, I have really exciting news, Mrs. Heather Lyons has joined the AMAZING team of authors I have gathered for my Halloween Author Invasion! She joins a host of nearly 20 Halloween-ish authors in a celebration of all Spooktacular reads! Come check out the event by clicking either graphic below! Until next time, Happy Reading!

1 comment:

  1. My favorite "fairy tale" is a hard one to judge, but I do have a favorite "fairy tale" character: Baba Yaga from Russian Lore. Russian fairy tales are way more interesting than some of their western European counterparts!