Guest Post: Emily Hayse!

It’s my first guest post and I’m so excited to introduce you to my friend and fellow Realmie, Emily Hayse! She’s a lover of log cabins, strong coffee, and the smell of old books. Her writing is fueled by good characters and a lifelong passion for storytelling. When she is not busy turning words into worlds, she can often be found baking, singing, or caring for one of the many dogs and horses in her life. She lives with her family in Michigan and has just released her Sophmore novel! Seventh City is an Alaskan Fantasy about a brave young girl intent on rescuing her brother from captivity.

Welcome, Emily!

And now, I’ll turn it over to her as she introduces us to Maki!

Thank’s so much, Rae! For my character interview I chose my protagonist, Maki, and for sake of spoilers I interviewed her prior to the events of the book. By way of introduction: Maki is thirteen, dark-haired, short, and stubbornly loyal.
Favorite season?
I like autumn, when the salmon run upstream and the animals are fat and carrying good fur.
Weapon of choice?
A spear. Tsanu taught me to throw when I was six. When I was eight, I had my first large kill.
What is your greatest fear?
That I will lose those who I love most—Tsanu, Kavik, Iki—and that I could have saved them.
If you could have any life, what would it be?
To live in peace and plenty with Tsanu. Perhaps I will marry, but I doubt it. I am contented with taking care of Tsanu, since he does not always take care of himself. And I would be a very good hunter with many spears.
Best childhood memory?
Once, Tsanu took me on a hunting trip a full cycle of moons away, and we camped with a handful of others on the coast, by the sea ice, and hunted seals. Every night we ate well, told stories, and kept each other warm. It was a good journey.
If there was one food you could eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Berries and fruit, because I have never had my fill before, though dried pantak or seal oil would be more practical.
Biggest accomplishment?
I took down a male tuttik at thirty strides, which takes a great deal of strength. And Kavik, who leads the young warriors and is the best hunter besides Tsanu saw it. I was very proud of that.
What do you hate the most in your life?
The Invaders. Especially the captain. After that, mosquitoes.
Who do you admire the most?
Tsanu or Kavik. I want to be as strong and brave as they are and have been when I grow up. Tsanu raised me from the time he was twelve, and Kavik, coming back from the wars, refused to give up but trained the young warriors of our village at great risk to himself.
If you could only keep three things you currently possess, what would they be?
Iki my wolf dog, my best fishing spear, and a flint for fire.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
I would travel to the Jade Mountains because I have never been there and their strange green peaks have fascinated me ever since I was young.
What is one secret dream that you have?
To ride one of the hornless beasts with the many-colored coats and the leather on their backs and metal in their teeth. They are so swift and strong, though I hate their riders, I do envy them.
What is one thing that makes you cry?
I do not cry often, but sometimes when we sing a great song, or the sun strikes the peak of a distant mountain just so, or Tsanu speaks of my father, who he remembers a little. Sometimes then I cry.

What is one hope that you have for the future?
That the Invaders will leave and that Tsanu and I and our village live in peace in our village for the rest of our lives.

Want More?

Well, that’s got my interest! Here’s a little more info on Seventh City.

Synopsis:

“Let me tell you a story that happened so long ago that only the hills and rivers can remember the time . . . .”

All her life, thirteen-year-old Maki has heard tales of the legendary city of gold, buried deep in the northern frontier. But when her village is burned and her brother captured by cruel invaders, the legend becomes desperately real.

Armed with a wolf-dog and a heart of courage, Maki sets out on a journey that will demand all her strength and cunning. She is determined to bring her brother home at all costs. Yet as her quest leads her deep into a wilderness of ancient dangers, Maki realizes that even for her, some prices are too high to pay.

Find Seventh City Here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Seventh-City-Emily-Hayse-ebook/dp/B07VHTS1KV/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Seventh+City&qid=1566436757&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/seventh-city-emily-hayse/1132869291?ean=9781733242806

The Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Seventh-City-Emily-Hayse/9781733242806

Find Emily Online:

Instagram: @songsofheroes
Twitter: @theherosinger
Website: emilyhayse.com
Facebook: /theherosinger

Blog Tour!

Interested in following the rest of the blog tour? Check out the rest of Emily’s stops!

Blog Tour Dates and Stops:  August 20-30

August 20: Kickoff post: The Herosinger Blog http://emilyhayse.com

August 21: Guest Post: Down the Rabbit Hole https://melodypersonetteauthor.blogspot.com

August 22: Spotlight: Deborah O’Carroll https://thepagedreamer.wordpress.com/ 

August 23: Interview: My Lady Bibliophile http://ladybibliophile.blogspot.com

August 24: Guest Post: Rae Graham http:// https://writerraegraham.com/blog/

August 25: Q&A: Ink Lizard/Liz Koetsier http://elizabethkoetsier.com/blog/

August 26: Spotlight/Review: Claire Banschbach https://clairembanschbach.com

August 27: Interview: Smudged Thoughts/Kenzie https://smudgedthoughts.wordpress.com

August 28: Review:  Kaleigh Stroink http://kaleighsbookreviews.blogspot.com

August 29: Interview: Unicorn Quester/Laura A. Grace https://unicornquester.com/blog/

August 30: Review: Father’s Joy/Anne Rhys https://aaablogfathersjoy.wordpress.com 

Top 5 Movies That Are Better Than The Book

It’s commonly acknowledged that the book is always better. Our first reaction when hearing about a new movie is generally, “They better not screw this up!” We go into the cinema with a preconceived number of allowances to give the filmmakers before writing them off. But sometimes, you get the pleasant surprise of finding a movie so well done you end up liking it better than the book. So today, I’m proud to brag on five movies that meet this phenomenon!

  1. First up, Princess Bride: It could just be that I grew up on the movie and didn’t know a book existed till recently. But I found it far too full of meta humor. Pro tip (stolen from a friend): If you have to read it, skip everything in italics or parenthesis and call it ‘the good bits of the good bits version’. But in my opinion, you’re not missing any ‘good bits’ with the movie.
  2. Phantom of the Opera: It was mostly the choice of narration style that did me in on this one. I also felt the focus could have been better placed on a more central character. I’m also in love with the visuals and music of the movie that you just can’t get from words on a page!
  3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: Overall, this was a close run thing. However, I felt like the movie did a better job with pacing, and the love interest was far more likable in the movie. Characters are everything for me and will make or break a good plot. So I’ve got to go with the movie on this one.
  4. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: Before you grab the pitchforks, let me just say that this is really a tie! I love the book immensely, but I also think they did a superb job with the movie. And once again I love the visuals. Also, please note this is specifically The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and not the entirety of Narnia. The movies went down hill pretty fast!
  5. And lastly, we have another tie with Inkheart: I mention this one mostly because I’ve always been on the fence about the rest of the trilogy. Therefore, I appreciate how the movie tied everything up with a happy ending. And the casting was perfect.

Have you encountered this rare experience? Share your answer in the comments!

Romanov Review

I have always loved the story of Anastasia. The lost princess who finds her way home. I even went to see the Broadway production at the Fox in St. Louis over Christmas break. Which was amazing, by the way! But, similar to Fawkes, I have never looked into the true story behind the fairy tale. And then Nadine Brandes wrote Romanov, and I knew I couldn’t go without it!

Synopsis: The history books say I died. They don’t know the half of it. Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them, and he’s hunted Romanov before. Nastya’s only chances of saving herself and her family are either to release the spell and deal with the consequences, or to enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya has only dabbled in magic, but it doesn’t frighten her half as much as her growing attraction to Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her. That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad…and he’s on the other.

Things to Love:

  1. No one is truly vilified. I really appreciated the fact that no group in this conflict was portrayed as fully evil. Even Rasputin, though he doesn’t make an appearance, is not portrayed as the creepy villain of the children’s movie. Instead, both the Romanov family and the Bolsheviks are shown as clearly flawed human beings with both good and bad inside them. My favorite example, of course, is Zash 😉
  2. The family loyalty. I love a book with good family or found-family themes, and this one did not disappoint! It’s so heartwarming to watch the Romanov sisters pull together during such a hard time.
  3. The magic system. Spell ink and magic hidden in dolls waiting to be spoken to life. It’s not very complicated and just makes my writer heart happy 🙂
  4. Betrayal, Forgiveness, Redemption, Hope. These heavy themes are so well portrayed! Even in it’s darkest moments, the light shines through.

A Word of Caution:

As mentioned above, this is a HEAVY book. Unlike other versions of Anastasia, it’s not one to be picked up for light reading or to fall asleep to. This book will wreck you, in the best way, and you need to be emotionally prepared for that.

My Rating: 5/5

Nadine has woven so much truth into this one book. It’s heartrending and at the same time so uplifting and beautiful. I would say her best yet, but it’s hard to judge against the Out of Time series as they are such different books. So, ties for best yet 😛

*Side note: Go read Out of Time if you haven’t already! One of the best Dystopians I’ve ever read!*