Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ Conjuring Zephyr by D. Lieber

Please welcome D. Lieber author of Conjuring Zephyr

D. Lieber will be awarding a handmade bookmark (International Giveaway) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

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Conjuring Zephyr

by D. Lieber

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GENRE: Fantasy Romance

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INTERVIEW:

 

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?
    Readers may be interested to know I am legally blind. That’s one of the reasons my books are so light on description. I give readers just enough for them to be able to use their imaginations. When describing my vision, I always tell people it’s like impressionism versus realism. Most people see the world like a realist painting. My world is impressionistic. I get a vague idea of what something is more by intuition and guessing than anything else. For instance, if there is a white circle with a dark frame on the wall above a door, I’m going to guess it’s a clock. I can’t see the clock’s hands. But based on it’s shape and where it is, it’s a pretty safe bet. Sometimes my guesses are wrong, and that can be pretty entertaining. This translates into a lot of other sensory input in my writing that other writers don’t necessarily have. Of course, I have visual description, but I also describe sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings.

 

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?
    To keep writing! I have two unpublished fantasy romances complete, and I’m actively working on another. I also have three sequels (including one for Conjuring Zephyr) and one stand-alone that aren’t quite ready to pursue. Couple that with promoting Conjuring Zephyr and submitting to publishers, not to mention my day job? Man, I’m getting exhausted just thinking about it.

 

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

If I could be any character in Conjuring Zephyr, I would be Flynn. I wish I could be wild and spontaneous like him. He doesn’t let his past sorrows stop him from embracing life. He has a sense of justice and knows how to dispense it. Above all, he’s selfless. He will do anything to make the people he loves happy.

 

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

I prefer to make one-on-one connections with other writers. Letting other people read your unfinished work makes you feel vulnerable to say the least. An individual connection with a critic allows a bond of trust to form. When you give your work to this person, you want him or her to rip it apart, so you can make it better. However, you have to trust that he or she is doing it to make your work better and not to just tear you down. I am blessed with quite a few wonderful beta readers, and they definitely make my writing better.

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

The best advice I’ve ever received was at a panel at C2E2 in Chicago. One of the authors told the audience to write the stories you want to read but haven’t been written yet. I started writing Conjuring Zephyr within a week. The worst advice is when I was explaining my writing process to another author who told me not to edit at all until I was completely finished. I thought: if I see a grammar mistake or misspelled word as I’m reading, it will take more effort to ignore it than fix it right then.

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I’ve done both. Normally, I write key points about my world and characters then just let them go. However, I’m working on a detective story right now, and it’s really challenging me. All of the motives and clues need to be thought out beforehand, and there has to be a logical progression for the detective to follow. It’s the first time I’ve had to create a formal outline just to get my thoughts straight. I’m not sure I like the feeling of making an outline though. Not knowing how the story will end is my favorite part of writing.

 

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

Of course! My favorite book of all time is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I love the history, the unexpected plot twists, and above all, the characters. Dumas really captured all of the aspects of what it means to be human. And unlike many other authors of his time, everything in his story is tangibly important to the plot and not just a literary device.

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

I’ve already finished my next two books. I am going through the submission process now. The next one readers will see is a steampunk fantasy romance called The Exiled Otherkin. Half-fae Ember is surprised by how much the human realm has changed when she’s exiled from Faerie upon her father’s death. She takes a dangerous job on a merchant airship, hoping a life on the move will keep her well-hidden. Sure, she misses her brother, but years of apathy have numbed her emotions. When the optimistic and naïve Reilley follows her, it is annoying to say the least. But when she starts feeling responsible for him, long-stifled emotions crack the ice around her heart. Faeries, pirates, and traveling players meet in this steampunk fantasy adventure as Ember tries to cope with feelings long forgotten and a past that pursues her while balancing new friends and lovers.

  1. Who is your favorite actor and actress?

That is way too difficult a question. I will say the actor I squee for the most as of late is Benedict Cumberbatch. The man is just so amazing in everything I’ve seen him in. However of all of the victims of 2016, it hurt me the most to lose Alan Richman. He was brilliant. I love movies. Movies are my main hurdle in motivating myself to write.

  1. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

The black moment in Conjuring Zephyr is when the rules of polite society come crashing down to suffocate Kai. She’s been thumbing her nose at the rules most of the book, like when she dresses as a man and attends an all-male university. At this point, the antagonist corners her and threatens not only her quest but also her future happiness.

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BLURB:

 

Retreating underground to escape a devastating ice age, humans build a new society. When magic is discovered and harnessed for survival, the citizens of Terrenus establish theories and principles of how to use it.

 

Kai Stephenson is determined to prove magical principles aren’t set in stone. Having lost her younger brother in a tragic accident, she will ensure such accidents never harm anyone else. She enrolls at the most elite university to gain the knowledge she needs to achieve her goal. Overconfident that living as a boy at an all-boys university will only be a minor inconvenience, Kai is convinced her classmates will never discover that she’s a woman. After all, women aren’t capable of higher forms of magic, and her boyish figure certainly doesn’t hurt her disguise.

 

Hiding her true identity becomes a problem when her new friends start to awaken her repressed sexuality.

 

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EXCERPT:

 

He cleared his throat, and a bored expression slid into place. “I did well in that class. If you really can’t figure it out, I can lend my expertise.”

 

I smiled internally at his change in attitude. “I don’t know. Leif seems pretty confident. He will be a great tutor.”

 

His boredom shifted to disappointment.

 

“Still, you’ve already taken the class. If Leif and I need help, may we ask you?” I asked, not wanting to torment him longer. Smugness warred with boredom. I had to look away so I didn’t laugh.

 

Long fingers gripped my shoulders, and a face appeared close to mine over my left shoulder. A slight turn of my head revealed Des, way too close to me. “Aren’t we snuggly,” he whispered, breath hot in my ear.

 

I tried to shrug him off, but he held tight. His face blocked Ryn’s from my view. A look to my right showed three pissed off first-years. All three stood slowly; Reid was the one to speak. “You are going to remove your hands,” he growled.

 

“Why would I do that?” Des asked sweetly.

 

A pitcher of water from the center of the table hovered over to us and slowly poured itself over Des’ head. He shrieked and shoved it away. Flynn laughed uproariously, identifying himself as the culprit. Des turned his fury on Flynn, who ran from the room. Des followed in hot pursuit.

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

D. writes stories she wants to read. Her love of the worlds of fiction led her to earn a Bachelor’s in English from Wright State University.

 

When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s probably hiking, crafting, watching anime, Korean television or old movies. She may also be getting her geek on while planning her next steampunk cosplay with friends.

 

She lives in Wisconsin with her husband (John), retired guide dog (Samwise) and cat (Yin).

 

Links

Website: http://www.dlieber.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dlieberwriting

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29852449-conjuring-zephyr

 

Buy at:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1612967132

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/conjuring-zephyr-d-lieber/1123960843

Publisher site: http://www.blackrosewriting.com/sci-fifantasy/s9z49haqrwqniiqt4cb10b1k3feq0l?rq=conj

Signed copy on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/477968061/personalized-author-signed-copy-of

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 D. Lieber will be awarding a handmade bookmark (International Giveaway) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f2118

 

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5 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Conjuring Zephyr by D. Lieber

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Lisa Brown
    January 12, 2017

    Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

    • D. Lieber
      January 12, 2017

      Thank you. Feel free to ask me any questions. Good luck on to drawing! 🙂

  3. D. Lieber
    January 12, 2017

    Thank you so much for having me!

  4. achristay
    January 12, 2017

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

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