terça-feira, 18 de fevereiro de 2014

Under These Restless Skies Blog Tour: Excerpt+Review+Interview+Giveaway

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Will Somers has always thought himself unlovable. When he encounters a creature of myth and magic, he seizes the chance to finally have a wife and family of his own. Emma is a selkie—one of the immortal fae-folk of the sea—bound to Will by the magic of her kind, and eager to learn about life on land. She has to learn to adapt quickly to human customs, because Will is headed for the court of Henry VIII, to serve as the king’s fool. It’s a glittering, dangerous world, where a careless word can lead to the scaffold and the smallest of gestures is loaded with political implications. Anne Boleyn is charmed by Emma’s naïveté and soothing selkie magic and wants Emma for her own fool. Can Will protect his newfound love from the dangers that lurk in every shadow? Circa regna tonat: around the throne, the thunder rolls.

Author Bio:

Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medallist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist, who recently discovered the cure for athlete’s foot . . . though only in her head. Real life isn’t so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.

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“How fares Emma?” Henry asked.

Will was taken aback by the abrupt shift in subject. “She is hale and hearty.”

“I saw her yesterday. Her belly is heavy. Your child will come soon.”

“Emma thinks July,” Will replied.

“She is not keeping to her chamber.”

Will laughed softly. “When I mentioned confinement to her, I thought she would smother me with a pillow. She is happier being with the queen, and I could not say to her, Nay. My mother—”

“ ’Twill be a boy.”

Will blinked. “What say you?”

“ ’Twill be a boy, for you are rich in God’s blessings.” Henry’s eyes narrowed. “Answer me this, Will . . . why have you a comely, biddable wife, heavy with child, when my wives shed my babes from the womb?”

Will’s mouth went dry. “I cannot say, Harry. Some would say ’tis simply the will of God, but I know you do not want to hear those empty words.”

“Empty words indeed. None can explain why God’s will should be that you, a drasty peasant fool, should enjoy his blessings while I—I who have the fate of England at stake—should not.”

Will didn’t reply.

“That is what haunts me. I envy a fool. I want what you have. I want a sweet, loving wife. I want children to rule after me. Some kings pray for peace. Some pray plague or famine will leave their lands. Some pray for a powerful alliance to keep their nation safe. And I? I pray to have what God has given to a common fool.” Henry’s voice was an echoing snarl that rang from the chapel’s stone walls, and with every word he spoke, his face got redder and his blue-gray eyes glittered like sunlight on ice. “Why? Wherefore can I not have such a simple thing?”

The answer came to Will unbidden, an answer he could never speak.

Henry would never be loved because he did not know how to love in return.

He had thrown aside the one woman who truly loved him, and Will knew—at that moment—Henry would never have another.

“WHY?” Henry grabbed the front of Will’s doublet and dragged him close to shout down into his face.

“God sends His rain on the just and the unjust alike, Hal,” Will choked. “Mayhap, there is no reason.”

Henry released his grip and shoved Will away so far he fell to the tile floor. His face was twisted with hate. “And you do naught but flaunt your fortune and happiness in my face.”

“Hal, I never intended—”

“Bah! You gave no thought to how I felt. Nor did Emma. I expected better of her.”

“Emma?” Will was bewildered. “What has Emma done to offend you? Hal, you know she—”

“Get from my sight,” Henry spat.

“Wait, Uncle, pray—”


Will scrambled to his feet and lurched out of the chapel. The hall outside was deserted. Will paused for a moment to catch his bearings and calm his racing heart.

Through his mind, the voice of Thomas More whispered, “The anger of the king is death.”

  When I first heard about Under These Restless Skies I knew that I had to read it. Selkies and Tudors? That sounds too amazing! So, I did not resist it and I read it but it was not what I was expecting. I think I had too many expectations and, unfortunately, it was not the remarkable reading I was expecting.

  Lyssa has a very beautiful and delicate writing and expresses very well the feelings and emotions, the intrigues and politics of the court. However, it was hard to get into and there where parts that were boring despite the good aspects of the book because the author was lost in descriptions and relating the facts too much. What was a pity because she was very careful with the historical details like the court's routine, the clothing or the relationships between characters and made a very good job on mixing legend with history. 

  Also, the way she describes Henry VIII and Anne's relationship was very interesting and I like the way she wrote Anne, specially. The only thing that really bothered me was the fact that Will Somers was a real person, he was in reality the king’s fool, and the way the story was written doesn’t transmit that, it seems he is a fictional character, and that didn’t work very well for me. But Will and Emma’s love story, I admit it, it was too cute and sweet to be able to resist it. 

  Although it was not what I expected, Under These Restless Skies was an original story that gave me an unexpected view about Anne Boleyn’s short reign.


1– You started by writing fanfiction. How important was this for your writing career? How has it influenced your books and writing?
I wouldn’t be a published author today if it wasn’t for fanfiction, and so it’s made a profound difference in my life and career.
  I have always written stories in my head, sometimes taking books and movies and re-writing them to have an ending I liked better, or sending the characters off on new adventures. I had no idea other people did this until I discovered fanfiction. I decided to write out some of the stories that had lingered in my mind over the years. One of them became popular and brought me to the attention of my publisher. They approached me and asked me if I’d be interested in writing a novel.
Withoutthe support and kindness of the fanfiction community, I couldn’t have done this. It was a great place to begin writing, because the encouragement and enthusiastic support gave me the courage to try new things.

2 – Under These Restless Skies is your third book. How did you come up with the idea of “Tudorsmeet selkies”?
I had explored the selkie myth in one of my fanfiction stories, and I enjoyed it so much, I wanted to try it again, but with a few new twists.
There is an old Celtic fairy tale called “The Selkie Wife,” in which a man kidnaps a selkie bride to raise his children. It’s a very sad story, and it sparked my imagination.  I wanted to re-write it to have a happy ending, but I didn’t want to set it in the modern day. Tudor history has always fascinated me, and so I decided to set it during that time period.
My fanfiction story covered the reign of “Bloody” Mary Tudor. I decided my novel would be set earlier, during the reign of Henry VIII.

3- What was your research process for Tudors and Selkies?
There isn’t much available on selkies, so I took what I could find and built my own legend around them. Selkies were shape-shifters who could assume the form of a seal by slipping into magical piece of fur. If it was stolen from them, they would be bound to whomever took it until it was willingly returned. They could also be summoned by shedding seven tears into the sea. They were said to be beautiful in their human form, gentle-hearted, and playful. I took those characteristics and added a little magic to come up with Emma, the heroine of Under These Restless Skies. Will, the hero, steals her pelt, but she ends up stealing his heart.

As I mentioned before, I’ve always been fascinated by the Tudor era, and I’ve read countless books on Henry VIII and his wives. But despite my basic familiarity, the book was research-intensive, which is why this book took me a year to write. If I was writing a dinner scene, I wanted to make sure every food item I described was correct, and at one point, I even ended up going to NASA to find out the phase of the moon on a certain date. But it was a lot of fun and I ended up learning so much more about the time period.

4– Why Anne Boleyn and not another one of Henry VIII’s wifes?
Anne Boleyn is one of the most slandered and misunderstood women in history. She was also one of the most important women in history, because without her, the English Reformation would not have happened as it did.
Henry’s subsequent wives will be covered in the sequel, which I’m going to start writing in the next couple of months.

5– Your books are very different fromeach other, but all of them have a paranormal element. Why is that?

Paranormal storylines interest me because I like to explore possibilities and impossibilities. I’m always asking the question, “What if…?” What if the most unexpected thing happened? How would people react to it? How would their lives change? Who would they become?

6– None of your books are translated yet. Would you like that to happen?
I would love for that to happen! Some of my fanfiction stories have been translated and it’s always delighted me that my stories were being read around the world, reaching new audiences. So far, though, no one has approached my publisher about acquiring the rights to do it.
7-How do you feel about a Portuguese reader (me) having an interest in your book and reading it?
It amazes me, and it makes me profoundly grateful. I’m so thankful that people are willing to read my stories and allow my characters to live in their heads for a little while. It’s such an honor.
It’s a wonderful age to be an author, because the internet has made books instantly available around the world. Authors and readers are able to connect in a way that was never possible before.

8– Any message for your future readers in Portugal?
I’mso grateful to have had a chance to say hello to all of you and spend a few minutes talking about my stories. I hope you’ll enjoy them, and that we’ll havemore chances to chat in the future. If you’re on Facebook or Twitter, stop by and say hello. I love hearing from my readers.

Obter novels by Lissa Bryan

                                                  Ghostwriter                The End of all Things

Short stories by Lissa Bryan

                                             Tales From The End   The Golden Arrow and The Butterfly

 Coming soon The Land of the Shadow 

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3 comentários:

  1. Quando abro o twitter da girl in chaise long aparece que a página não existe.

    1. Olá Melissa!

      Obrigada pela informação, houve uma mudança no twitter do blogue de que a editora não se deu conta mas já a contactei para que o problema seja resolvido em breve!