Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ The War Queen by J. M. Robinson

Please welcome J. M. Robinson author of The War Queen.

J.M. Robison will be awarding a War Queen t-shirt (man or woman sizes) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


The War Queen

by J.M. Robison


GENRE:  Fantasy



  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

My big sister. I wanted to be just like her, so I climbed the same trees she did, drew pictures when I saw her doing it, and when she wrote a story about a flying horse named Storm, I loved it so much I HAD to write a story just as good. Big Sister professionally paints now, but that seed for writing down my creations continues to blossom in me.


  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

I’ve written a lot of books so I’ll try to keep this short. The War Queen was conceived at 1 am when I walked up the hill to the pillars above ISU’s campus in Pocatello, ID. I imagined a god fell on the pillars, which is why they are “broken” (only 3 of the 4 pillars are connected).


The Lost Gods was born when I was 15. I was in the backyard, kicking at the deep snow with my feet, imagining I was a dragon who couldn’t fly and was kicking at the snow to get to the other end of the backyard to burn the village there because I was pissed for some reason. Why that prompted me to write a 5-part series, I have no idea. The dragon setting fire to the village is only a single chapter in the third book with no connection to the overall plot.


The Last Wizard developed somewhere between Salt Lake City, UT and Elko, NV. It was 11 pm and with no money for a hotel and Husband too sick to drive, I drove us the three and a half hours. To keep myself awake, I slammed my brain with idea after idea, linking connections between each idea until I had a string of them that formed a story about a wizard being imprisoned for three 324 years who is finally set free by a girl who helps him get his amulet back so he can use magic again. By the time I got us home, I was so tired I couldn’t remember exactly what thought created the wizard, only that he now existed and I had to write him down.


  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

I have dreams to quit my job, write books, and be happy. I’ve since grown tired of always being beholden to someone else when it comes to work, always being told what to do and how to do it. I would like to govern my own employment, and since I hear authors get paid, I figure I can get in on this rumor and write enough awesome books that they make money for me.

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

Nearly an impossible question, because I want to be all the characters in all my books. If I must choose, I would be Shollomoon in The Lost Gods. There are 5 books in that series and Shollomoon makes an appearance in all of them. She has a small role, but a super important one. The Lost Gods has a lot of unique creatures (like a halicorn which is a “dark unicorn”) and dragons so I could fly around. I’d be able to see all of those fantasy elements being Shollomoon


  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

I don’t watch a lot of TV or movies (because that takes out of my writing time) so I’m not super familiar with shows and even less who’s casted in them. I do know I would have Eva Green play Altarn in The War Queen. Eva has a very firm and defiant personality in the characters she’s played, but yet a gentle spot (thinking Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children). Would be a perfect fit for Altarn. After that, I would love to cast up-and-coming actors who may not have casted in big movies or who would like to get into an acting career.


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

I write by the seat of my pants. As long as I have a shady beginning, a questionable middle, and an uncertain end, I dive in and begin writing. I can do this because I get ideas as I write. I never get writer’s block, because the act of writing brings about the ideas I need to hurdle that block.


  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

Oh goodness, here comes my confession… I joined the army for the sole reason to learn about battle tactics so I could write battle scenes clearer. (Yes. It worked). The army is not a hobby, but it is the main motivator for something I did that had a direct impact on characters and plot for all my books. Other than that, writing is my hobby, so….

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

Warriors in the Mist by Susan D. Kalior. Taught me it’s just as damaging to always do service for other people as it is to only service yourself. You must have a balance of both.


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

It is the sequel to The Last Wizard, aptly named The First Sorceress. Character A gets kidnapped and taken to Rome to force Character B to go to Rome to rescue her because the Illuminati want Character B to work for them. Character B refuses. Character B, at one point, is kicked forward in time and ends up in the year 2015 in Pocatello, ID after having come from the year 1842.



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

Kaelin tells Altarn he will help her fight the army who has invaded her land, but his price for his help will be Altarn’s land. Kaelin wants to make himself king of Endendre. Altarn is forced to accept his help because her army alone is not large enough to contend with the enemy. On the battlefield, Kaelin is mortally wounded. Altarn sees this happen and on instinct wants to rescue him, but if she rescues him then when he heals he’s going to cash-in on his promise to take her land. If she lets him die, the people Kaelin governs will be devastated because he’s done a lot of good things for them and Altarn’s people as well. Her land might be saved from his eminent tyranny, but will her conscience forgive her for allowing him to die?


AN EXCERPT: Altarn looked up. Torren rushed toward her as if hell chased him, his sword slashing at anything close enough to stop him. Three Foreigners blocked him, forcing him to stop, but that did not stop the reach of the mad desperation in his eyes.

Not only his eyes, but the eyes of all the servants Kaelin had taken homeless off the streets, the eyes of her own homeless people he’d fed and sheltered in his state.

Her own eyes as he’d paid for her shoes and clothes, of seeing the belldew flower necklace his mother hoped would bring her grandchildren. Of Torren becoming careless to reach him.

Her prayer for his death stretched tight in her heart.

Selfish. A fanged monster of guilt dug its teeth into her heart. What right do you have to decide if this man should die for your hate when thousands of people love him?

He’s going to make himself king. I’m saving Endendre from a tyrant.

Then why haven’t you walked away?


  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

The Lost Gods is a 5-part series. Not published yet, but I have plans for it to be so. Between the ages 15-19, I had so many ideas for stories I wanted to write but I did not have enough life times to write them all. So I took all those ideas and crammed them into one giant one, now called The Lost Gods. Which is why the world building is so massive and the subplots so many.







Altarn, believing Kaelin is trying to take her land, rides to an ally to ask for help in the coming war against him. But war launches in her absence, though it’s not Kaelin’s and she, in fact, needs his help instead. Kaelin is wounded in battle, but if she lets him die, can she fight the enemy on her own? Or if she saves his life, will he try claiming her kingdom like he planned, or her heart?







He exhaled and leaned back, crossing a boot over one knee. “It’s different for Ruids. We discuss warplans every week because of our pirate problem. The mood is different, the light in our eyes is different. It’s life and death we speak of, and that holds a special kind of ceremony we honor in our speech, in our manners, and our dress.”


“Why would my dress not honor this ceremony?”


“It might…except you look like a damn princess. I don’t know about Blindvar, but we killed our princesses long ago. Your people don’t want a princess. They want a war queen. A princess can’t handle the emotional responsibility of sending people off to their deaths, but a war queen can.


“You’d be surprised how willing your soldiers would be to die for you, so long as you did it without crying as they march away. They need to be reassured you’ll hold your ground when they cannot.”






AUTHOR Bio and Links:


J.M. Robison has been writing the histories of fantasy worlds for 16 years and authored 7 novels. The War Queen is her debut book – more books on the way, to include The Last Wizard and The Lost Gods (see her “Books” tab above to read more about them) – and she has no other claim to fame; growing up in Bennington, ID (Good luck finding that on a paper map), she didn’t know what wireless internet was until she was 21. Having joined the U.S. Army at 17 with a deployment to Afghanistan and Romania, and working as a Deputy Sheriff, she’s seen a lot of people and been to a lot of places; the evidence of which frequently bleeds into her writing. She loves and uses essential oils. She makes her own shampoo, lotions, laundry soap, face wash, and toothpaste.






















J.M. Robison will be awarding a War Queen t-shirt (man or woman sizes) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



6 comments on “Christine Presents ~ The War Queen by J. M. Robinson

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Thanks for hosting me on your blog. I work night shift and will be going home to sleep, but post your questions to me and I will answer when I wake up. Thanks for all your amazing support.

  3. A question for my readers: The War Queen features a woman in charge of a state (similar to our current day President). Speaking about real life, what qualities do you think a female president should have? Do you think most woman have those qualities, or are those types of women hard to find? Why?

  4. achristay
    June 26, 2017

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

  5. clickclickmycat
    June 26, 2017

    I love all I have read so far, and I can’t wait to read the rest. I’m dying to know where this story ends.

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