Monday, May 21, 2012

Blog Tour: Guest Post and Giveaway with Frey's Melissa Wright


I'm super excited to be a part of the Frey Blog Tour!  
I'm also very glad you stopped by to share my excitement
and hopefully win a paperback copy of Frey
or e-copies of the series thus far (Frey, Pieces of Eight and Molly)!!!
Yay!  Woo Hoo!

First, here's my review of Frey as originally posted in December:

Description:
Frey thought her biggest problem was figuring out who the dark haired stranger was. Unaware of those that pulled her strings to gain the power she unknowingly held, she was led astray.

But they couldn’t have known the events it would set into motion, that happenstance would destroy the pawns in their game, that Frey would escape before judgment, that she would stumble across the one person who could sabotage everything and reveal their motives.

A past she doesn't remember, a council that aims to watch her to burn, and an intriguing stranger who's been assigned her watcher, she is nearly hopeless. Until she discovers a secret of her own and it changes everything. Bound by those who feared her, she fights alongside a group of strangers to regain her mind, her memories, and her magic.

When the balance of power is shifted, she has what she needs to gain freedom from the bonds that keep her from her true self. If only she knew who to trust.
Rating: * * * * *

Genre: YA Fantasy

My Review:
This story is told completely from Frey's point of view. It's very effective as much of the book deals with the mystery surrounding Frey. It's extremely frustrating for a curious bird as myself, but not bad frustrating, it's more like being tickled: aggravating and fun at the same time.

As the story begins, the lack of information is just annoying. Frey is just going along with her normal daily activities giving the reader no sense of setting. I found myself re-reading the description hoping for a clue, but nope, none.  Later you realize that the author purposely leaves so much ambiguity.  I'm not sure how I feel about this.  It made me concerned about how the rest of the book would progress.

Luckily for all involved, the rest of the book proved to be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.  I read this in two days because it was so hard to put down after those first few chapters.  The reader is taken on this run-for-your-life quest with Frey, all the while only getting glimpses on the whys and what-fors.  Poor Frey, no one will give her a freaking straight answer, and she is so determined.  I loved her character.  The characters who become part of her journey are also well written and likable.  The whole book is so well written and this is one of those 99cent downloads!!!

So, concerning the ending... how do you feel about cliff hangers?  As the book concludes, I got some of the answers for which I had been squirming, but not all.  Again, I'm not sure how I feel about this.  Overall it's a  good thing, but it's kind of like getting a small piece of the perfect chocolate cake.  Sure, you should be satisfied, but really you want more.

Again, luckily for all involved (I'd hate to have to stalk the author and bug her until she finished it), the sequel is out and is only another 99cents: The Frey Saga Book II: Pieces of Eight.  As a matter of fact, I stopped mid-blog to go buy this.  Really, do yourself a favor and just buy both books at the same time.  It will keep you from yelling bad words at your Kindle (hee hee).


Cover Art:

This is a new cover for this book.  The other's nice, but the new one is so pretty I want to squeal (perhaps I do get a little too excited about books and book art).  I wish the model had been photographed in a dress matching the description in the book, but I think that would've messed up the overall coloring of the book and the title wouldn't have popped as it so nicely does here.  Alas, we can't have it all, can we?
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Now, without further adieu, may I introduce our shy (couldn't find a picture anywhere!) author, Melissa Wright, who is going to give us a peek into her writing process...

I'm certain the writing process varies for every author, but here's a glimpse of how the Frey series came to be. The first thing (aside from the desire to tell a story) is the premise. The idea for Frey came from watching a lot of Sci-fi and a few hilarious conversations with friends. It was pretty much "good elf goes bad" and though I had a general design for the plot, there were very few details. Some authors do outlines. I can't stick to anything charted out, as many of the characters write themselves and after a while the story takes on a life of its own. But I had a heroine and a plan.


Now the fun part. Frey needed a villain, a mentor, and a romantic interest. Junnie was easy. A little older, a lot wiser, and seemingly perfect in every way. Chevelle was very enjoyable to throw in: tall, dark, and handsome. He appeared to be out of her league, and totally obsession worthy. But there was plenty she didn't know about him. And villains. There are more than a handful of villains, large and small, in Frey's story. If she could only figure out who (I'm not going to spoil it for you). Then I sprinkled in a good helping of supporting cast. Steed was my favorite to write, though Ruby comes in a close second.


I tried to round out the characters; no one is purely good or evil. I had fun with light and dark, with council and the north. Everyone plays a part, but each is neither all bad nor completely innocent. Though there are many elements of traditional fantasy in the series, I switched things up, had a little fun with them. And I went for mystery and threw in a few twists, because I hate it when I guess the plot or can call the ending a quarter of the way through.


I have a few beta readers to maintain balance: a male gamer who tells me when the romance is getting too heavy, a female romance lover who gets yucked out by too much or too graphic violence. These readers get a chapter by chapter version as I'm working to help keep me in line. Once the story is finished (and proofread, edited, and revised), a few more beta readers get the whole story to read straight through. And they do, bless them. They pick up any missed details or typos, let me know if they have questions. And that's it, the final version is ready to go. It sounds painless, I know. But all the hard work and long hours are pretty much forgotten when the finished product is finally out there, and nothing beats the email from someone who just has to tell you (usually at 4 am after they’ve stayed up reading) how much they loved it and that they can’t wait for more.


And trust me, Melissa's book is well worth missing shut eye over!!!  Well, onto the giveaway.  just fill out the rafflecopter form below (click here if you don't see it) and then cross your fingers!
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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the post, Danielle! The site looks great, love what you've done with the place :)

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    1. Thanks so much! So glad you stopped by :)

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