Friday 15 August 2014

Blog Tour Interview & Giveaway - Storms of Lazarus by Karen Kincy

Welcome to my tour stop for Storms of Lazarus by Karen Kincy. This is the second book in the Shadows of Asphodel series. This is a new adult dieselpunk romance and is now available!  The tour runs August 11-22 with reviews, interviews & a few guest posts. Check out the tour page for the schedule and more information.

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Storms of Lazarus
(Shadows of Asphodel #2)
by Karen Kincy

Sometimes escape is impossible. Sometimes love isn't enough.

1913. Christmas Eve. Ardis hardly expects a quiet holiday with Wendel, between fleeing Constantinople and hiding from an ancient society of assassins. And they owe a debt to a certain archmage.

In K√∂nigsberg, Prussia, they work with Konstantin on the next evolution of Project Lazarus. Wendel once called K√∂nigsberg home, the city now besieged by the Russians and their clockwork engines of war. This may be Wendel’s last chance to save his family and find redemption, but he's tormented by nightmares and tempted by laudanum. Ardis fears her love isn’t enough to save Wendel. Her hands are full piloting the automatons, and she's terrified to tell him a secret of her own. Will they—and their love—survive the storms of war?

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Author Interview

1. What inspired you to write your first book
The first book in my dieselpunk series, Shadows of Asphodel, was inspired by a dream that became the first scene in the book. My very first novel, Other, is a young adult paranormal. I wanted to write it after reading one too many books where there are werewolves and shapeshifters living among us, but the humans are just too stupid to notice. I did it differently.

2. How did you come up with the title for your book?
God, I have a hard time with titles. It took me forever to come up with Shadows of Asphodel. The next title, Storms of Lazarus, was easier, since I knew what sort of mold I wanted to fit. I decided to go with something evocative (Shadows and Storms) paired with an important keyword from the book (Asphodel and Lazarus).

3. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 
I’ll quote Mark Twain. “Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.”

4. How much of the book is realistic? 
More than you might think! Since it’s alternate history, I did a lot of research to make sure I had a solid background for my worldbuilding. But go look up Rudolf Diesel and Nikola Tesla, and you will see that some of the most awesome things I mentioned actually happened in real life.

5. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? 
I’m obsessed with Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive books. For obvious reasons. Hot rock stars. ;)

6. What are your current projects? 
I’m between books at the moment, but I’m scheming a novella from Konstantin’s POV and an unrelated YA regency book about ladies with a tendency to transform into cats. I also have some—ahem—steamier romance simmering on the backburner.

7. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? 
I learned that dieselpunk romance is a hard genre to write and it regularly kicks my butt.

8. What were the challenges (research, psychological etc) in bringing your story to life? 
Research was a huge hurdle. You don’t want to know how many times I had to stop and say, “Wait, did they have that back then?” and then go look it up. Everything from elevators to names of countries. And the most emotional scenes in the books are always tough to write. Especially when Wendel decides to tell the truth about his past rather than hide behind sarcasm.

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About the Author
Karen Kincy (Kirkland, Washington) can be found lurking in her writing cave, though sunshine will lure her outside. When not writing, she stays busy gardening, tinkering with aquariums, or running just one more mile. Karen has a BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College.

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  1. Oh yay, I'm excited to see the other projects she's working on! Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop! I love learning more about authors!

  2. So many books start with a dream! None of my dreams are that interesting. LOL Alternate history stories are always intriguing and to think about how things could have went differently. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

  3. Thank you for the chance to win!! You do a great job keeping everyone up to date on great new books; thank you!!

  4. It sounds like history had a great part in this book. I bet it is a great read too. Thanks for the chance! Rita Spratlen

  5. Fantastic book cover- always loved a man in a long coat! Good luck with the book!