Guest Post: Emily Hayse and The Last Atlantean Blog Tour

I’m thrilled to welcome Emily Hayse back to the blog today with her tour for The Last Atlantean! Emily is 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.

Welcome Back, Emily!

What have you got for us today?

Thanks Rae, it’s good to be back! Today I’m interviewing Taurus Lamnidae, a cousin of Isurus Lamnidae and second in line to the throne. His hobbies include swimming, dangerous sports involving sharks, and eating.

Favorite season?
The summer, for it is hot and it gives me a great reason to swim. I practice a great deal then in the runs.
Favorite weapon?
What is it with asking a violent question? A knife, to be sure. I wear one when I swim, for safety, and I am well-practiced in its use.
What is your greatest fear?
Can’t tell you that.
If you could have any life, what would it be?
I have it. Friends and companions I have grown up with, a rich life and no kingship, sharks and runs and the time and strength to pursue what I love—how could I ask for more than I have?
Best childhood memory?
I remember my father used to take me out in his boat, along with my cousins and the king. We would go out until we were in the middle of the sea in the beautiful sun and we would swim and dive and race in the water until it was nearly dark. I wish there had been more of those days.
If there was one food you could eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Sea urchin.
Biggest accomplishment?
Me? I am not accomplished. I want to be, understand, but my fate in life is simply the ability to enjoy it—I can do that, to be sure—not to be good at it.
What do you hate the most in your life?
A foul question again? Can you not ask nice ones? I don’t think I hate anything…coral scrapes, or shark hide burns, those hurt. I will choose that.
Who do you admire the most?
Galeio Triakidae. Have you met the man? Best at lai-ilith-re that ever was. There was no man like him in his day, nor is there now. If I could ever be as good at the sport as he was, I’d die happy.
If you could only keep three things you currently possess, what would they be?
Now you will laugh at me, because I’m going to choose my knife! But it is not wise to swim in the sea without it. So, my knife, my strength (is that an acceptable choice?), and my honor.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
I have never seen snow. I should like to go somewhere where I can see something different—like snow.
What is one secret dream that you have?
That would be telling, wouldn’t it? I’ll give you this—to be as good at the lai-ilith-re as Galeio was. But it is no more than a dream, for certain.
What is one thing that makes you cry?
Whenever I think of a hound I once had, the first my father gave me. She was a two-year-old mako, and she had the manners of a queen. But she sickened with a tumor before she was even five. When she was very sick I would go in the water with her some nights and swim beside her to help her when she was tired. Then the Shark Kind took her, to put her out of her pain. You just—don’t forget your first hound.
What is one hope that you have for the future?
A long life and good health to my cousin, Isurus Lamnidae, and many sons for him. His mantle is not one I wish to take up.

Want More?

Are you ready to read more about Taurus and his friends? I know I am! Here’s a little more info on The Last Atlantean.

Synopsis:

“Watch, ye sons of the sea, your doom is at hand. With soundless storm rises the fate of Atlantis.”

As a lighthouse keeper’s daughter, Hattie has always been able to handle anything the Atlantic throws at her. But when a stranger washes ashore in a storm, she finds herself unraveling a mystery that will change her life.

Caught up in a high-stakes game of intrigue and hidden loyalties, Hattie watches legends take shape before her eyes. But as kings and pawns prepare for a showdown that will determine the fate of an ancient world, she wonders whether she has thrown in her lot with the hero or the villain.

Find The Last Atlantean Here:

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-last-atlantean-emily-hayse/1136925720?ean=9781733242813

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Last-Atlantean-Emily-Hayse/dp/1733242813/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Find Emily Online:

Instagram: @songsofheroes 

Twitter: @theherosinger 

Website: emilyhayse.com 

Facebook: /theherosinger

Blog Tour:

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

April 28: Kickoff post: The Herosinger Blog emilyhayse.com/blog

      Review/Guest Post: Schuyler McConkey   www.ladybibliophile.blogspot.com 

April 29: Interview: Anne Rhys annerhysauthor.wordpress.com 

April 30: Interview: Allison Tebo https://allisonswell.website/ 

              Interview: Claire Banschbach clairembanschbach.com

May 1: Interview: Esther Jackson https://wevegotpockets.wordpress.com

  Interview/Review: Cheyenne van Lengevelde https://thedancingbardess.wordpress.org/blog/

May 2: Guest Post: Rae Graham https://writerraegraham.com/

May 4: Interview/Review: Jameson C. Smith https://www.jamesoncsmith.com/ 

May 5: Book Review: Gabrielle Emmons gabriellememmons.wordpress.com

Guest Post: R.M. Archer

Today, I get the wonderful privilege to take part in R.M. Archer’s blog tour for her short story collection! R.M. Archer has been an avid reader since the time she could first make out words, and has always been a lover of story. That interest developed into a love of writing when she was seven (though those first attempts have long-since been incinerated), and she’s been pursuing a career as an author ever since. Archer combines her love for writing with a passion for her fellow youth and aims to write YA speculative fiction that shows teens that even their deepest-seated struggles can be overcome.

Caithan/Rahim Character Interview

Hello, Caithan! So nice to meet you.

It’s nice to meet you, too.

Let’s start with an easy, get to know you, question. What’s your favorite season and why?

Teraco doesn’t have much by way of seasons; at least not near Pruyid. Toward the beginning of dry season, though, there’s an international festival hosted in central Teraco that my meuma allows me to attend, so I suppose that would be my favorite time of year.

You visit Tramat quite often. What is your favorite thing to do there?

I love the music. *grins* There’s a group that plays just off the main street, and often I’ll sit and listen to them, or even dance.

Now, I know you’re not big on tradition, but there must be some you enjoy. Which Virilen tradition is your favorite and why?

Hm… Around the seventh full moon of the year, there’s a three-day festival to celebrate the introduction of music into the world. It’s taught that the world was originally lacking in any sound but speech, but the gods could hear the music of the stars, so the god Amak took compassion on man and introduced birdsong, waves crashing, wind through the trees… all the natural music of the world, which man adapted into music. The celebration isn’t as widespread in Pruyid as Meuma tells me it is in Virilia, but those of us who celebrate make music with whatever we can and appreciate the natural music of the world.

Ok, now I’ll give you a chance to rant. 😉 Which is your least favorite tradition?

*rolls eyes* Ugh. The coming-of-age ceremony. There’s no purpose to it, unless you buy into the myth that Virilen adults are granted gifts–gifts I’ve never seen in any of my Virilen neighbors–and I have no interest in all of my relatives coming to see me just because I’m now an adult according to Virilen standards. Those standards are arbitrary, anyway; in Virilia you only have to be seventeen to be considered an adult, but the Virilens brought to Teraco had to be better than everyone else and raise it to twenty-five just to seem wiser. *snorts* Instead, it just makes those of us born in Teraco more miserable.

Your turn, Rahim! You know how this goes.

What is your favorite color and why?

Blue. Everything in Tramat is warm-toned and blends together, but blue stands out, and all you have to do is look up at the sky to see it. *smiles*

I take it you are a bit of a foodie. What is your favorite dish?

Hm… There are so many choices. *chuckles* But, if I had to choose… Naan topped with spicy sauce, chickpeas, onions, tomatoes, olives… I could go on. You can pile a lot on naan, and it’s delicious.

What did you like best about your visit to Pruyid? Do you think you’ll visit again?

*looks up thoughtfully* Though I wouldn’t have guessed it… the people. I had meaningful conversations with many of the Virilen I met, and they were surprisingly welcoming of me. I learned a lot from my visit. I’d love to go back. *smiles*

And finally, as I asked Caithan this, I find it only fair to ask you. What is your favorite Tramati tradition and why?

I grew up not keeping a lot of traditions, though my friends did, so my favorite that I was able to participate in is the annual Dujalemin festival in central Teraco. People come from all over the continent to compete in athletic competitions, to show their wares, to simply see Teraco… If you enjoy crowds and excitement, it’s the place to be. My favorite of those I simply heard about was the tradition of children pooling their money to gift their mami a new dress on her birthday. I never had the money to carry on the tradition–and I had no siblings–but every year I wished I could.

That’s all we’ve got time for today. Are there any parting remarks you’d like to make?

Caithan: *shakes her head*

Rahim: Thank you for having us. *smiles*

Thank you so much for coming, it was a great pleasure to host you!

Want More?

The Book:

This collection features four stories from a range of select genres. Including Contemporary, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy. Here’s a little info on each:

Silence:

Fiona Wildman was born with powers she doesn’t understand. Powers a scientific mega-corporation will stop at nothing to exploit.

Carnival Hearts:

Ethan is amazed when his withdrawn friend Jasmine invites him to the abandoned amusement park for fun, but instead of the slightly-wacky tour he expects, he finds the opportunity to see a different side of Jas.

Escape Room:

Four teens wake in a dark room. Faced with puzzles they must solve to escape, they uncover a sinister secret.

Caithan:

Caithan is tired of her mother’s strict traditionalism, but when she runs away from her own coming-of-age party, she runs into someone who teaches her to appreciate what she’s been given.

The new edition e-book is now open for pre-order here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083H33Y5C While the paperback will roll out tomorrow!

The Author

Not only is R.M. Archer a teen writer of fiction, she also keeps up a non-fiction blog of writing tips and book reviews. Find her online here:

Blog: https://rmarcher.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RysaArcher

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rysaarcher/

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