Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Rise of the Magi Blog Tour + Guest Post + Giveaway!

Rise of the Magi

In a battle of wills, who is strongest? The one who hates or the one who loves?

In a test of faith, who will fight the hardest? The one who has everything to lose or the one who believes only in herself?

For Lila Gray, the answer is both. For the Magi, the questions are pointless since they can’t lose, and they’ve been waiting since before Lila’s birth for this one moment. Lila only needs to find them to understand her entire purpose in life. This time, though, instead of protecting her people, Lila may be leading them all, including her unborn child and the man she loves, to their deaths — and not by accident.

In the ultimate trial of heart and soul, and the conclusion to the Lila Gray series, Lila will learn that the greatest weapon of war is herself, with one ultimate unknown. For which side will she fight?

Jocelyn Adams

Jocelyn Adams grew up on a cattle farm in Lakefield and has remained a resident of Southern Ontario her entire life, most recently in Muskoka. She has worked as a computer geek, a stable hand, a secretary, and spent most of her childhood buried up to the waist in an old car or tractor engine with her mechanically inclined dad. But mostly, she's a dreamer with a vivid imagination and a love for fantasy (and a closet romantic — shhh!). When she isn't shooting her compound bow in competition or writing, she hangs out with her husband and young daughter at their little house in the woods.


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Guest Post from Jocelyn Adams

The fae:  Mischievous or misunderstood?

The fae have been portrayed dozens of ways over the years of story-telling.  Small with wings.  Great and powerful.  Mischievous. Sexy.  Hideous and horrifying.  You name it, and it’s probably been done.

The wonderful thing about writing fantasy, for me, anyway, is that I can pick and choose which legends to follow and which to re-invent and make my own.  There are a lot of aspects I find annoying about most fae stories, like never saying thank-you or you’ll end up owing them a favor and silly things of that sort which repeat over and over ad nauseum.

I was more interested in writing a story about how/where they live and the trials they face than spending page after page on ridiculous protocol.

In the Lila Gray series, the fae are very much lost, divided and jaded after a war separated them centuries ago.  Although I kept some facets of the typical Seelie presence, like the tendency toward vanity, and the Unseelie lean more toward the darker, sexier, mischievous side, my fae city and culture is, I think, unique.  Who else gets to live in ancient shape-shifting houses?

I really struggled to make the reader understand why my characters do the things they do, especially in Shadowborn, when Liam was faced with a really tough choice between leading his people into a new, less-violent era so he could help Lila fulfill her promises, or be with Lila and possibly create war between the two factions since he’s Unseelie and she’s Seelie.

Will everyone dig my version of fae culture?  Not likely, but that’s okay.  I wrote this series knowing there would be some who prefer strict adherence to old legends, but I penned the story I found wandering in my head, and in the end, I love how it turned out.
What’s your favorite fae story?  What did you love about it?

The Glass Man (Lila Gray, #1)The Glass Man by Jocelyn Adams

I was actually surprised just how much I enjoyed this book. Very, very surprised!

Lila is strong and capable, but sympathetic- a true survivor. 

Shadowborn (Lila Gray, #2)Shadowborn by Jocelyn Adams

Lila Gray just cracks me up and absolutely makes me root for her. Go, Lila, Go! Kick butt and take names!

Rise of the Magi (Lila Gray, #3)Rise of the Magi by Jocelyn Adams

In the process of reading now, and looking forward to the finale of Lila's story. It's almost sad when you know a series is drawing to a close, so I can't help but take my time and savor it.

My Rating for the Series:

Purchase Links

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting a stop on my tour. I'm happy you enjoyed reading Lila. :) Cheers!

  2. It's interesting to hear how your take on the fae culture evolved. Great guest post. :-)