{Interview/Giveaway} Alex Lidell, author of AIR AND ASH

Week One:
5/1/2017- Wandering Bark BooksExcerpt
5/1/2017- Twinning for BooksReview

5/2/2017- Don't Judge, Read- Interview

5/3/2017- Fiction FareReview
5/3/2017- Book Princess ReviewsReview

5/4/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
5/4/2017- Reading for the Stars and MoonReview

5/5/2017- Margie's Must ReadsReview
5/5/2017- Angelic Book ReviewsReview

Week Two:
5/8/2017- BookHounds YAGuest Post
5/8/2017- Book BriefsReview

5/9/2017- Mundie MomsReview

5/10/2017- A Backwards StoryInterview
5/10/2017- Book Sniffers AnonymousExcerpt
5/10/2017- J.R.'s Book ReviewsReview

5/11/2017- Bibliobibuli YAReview
5/11/2017- BookloveReview

5/12/2017- Reese's ReviewsReview
5/12/2017-A Dream Within A DreamReview

Last week, AIR AND ASH by Alex Lidell debuted and it's STILL on sale for 99¢...but only until this weekend, so grab it now!!!!

Check out my review of this awesome new fantasy and keep reading for my really cool chat with the ever-fantastic Alex Lidell!!!


 An Interview With
Alex Lidell


Alex Lidell is an avid horseback rider, paramedic and ice cream addict. Born in Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school, where a thoughtful librarian placed a copy of Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA in Alex’s hands. In addition to becoming the first English book Alex read for fun, ALANNA started Alex’s lifelong love for YA fantasy books. Alex’s debut novel, THE CADET OF TILDOR, was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards finalist. Her second book AIR AND ASH releases in May 2017.

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Describe AIR AND ASH in 140 characters! 

An incompetent crew. A cowardly captain. A mission she can’t fail. Sarah J Maas meets Master and Commander.

What sort of research went into writing AIR AND ASH?

Aside from the obvious answer of researching life in Nelson’s navy (which is the equivalent time period to Nile’s fantasy world), I needed to do some research in autism, epilepsy and asthma.  The magic in my world has side-effects which, although not called by these names, embody common disorders.  I needed to research, for example, what having a seizure might feel like.

 Who has been your favorite character to write so far in the Tides series?

Hmm… I think Catsper is my fav to write. Though I love writing the tension between Nile and Domenic!

AIR AND ASH has had quite the journey to publication. Do you have any advice for writers taking a non-traditional route to publication?

Take the time to find the right editor for you and your book. The right editor is both highly knowledgeable and skilled AND communicates her vision in such a way that you are excited to work on the project. I had the pleasure of working with Mollie Traver and Linda Ingmanson on Tides and can’t imagine going into battle without them.

What sort of secrets can you whisper about the sequel? I think we're all happy there isn't a huge wait period between books! Do you think this will stay true throughout the series?

Tides was originally one book, but then I decided to add a lot more to the plot and the story became two full length novels - but the story arc continues through the two books.  AIR AND ASH ends on a semi-cliff hanger but you can expect a solid ending in WAR AND WIND.  As for Tides III, I only just decided that it will exist (yes, because there has been such an amazing response to AIR AND ASH and I love you for it), so it will take me awhile to get it together.  

I love the way you changed the "Gift" of elemental magic and made it something much more dangerous, an affliction that can destroy a person. What inspired this aspect of the Gifted and how did you put it all together?

I like the idea of balance, so if someone’s body was going to be extra good at something, I wanted that balanced by a difficulty. My interest in medicine sparked the affiliation of medical condition to magical gifts - autism, epilepsy, hemophilia etc.

What sort of elemental ability would you want if you were Gifted?

I’m not telling.  Because it is something you don’t discover until Tides 3 ^_^

What are some of your favorite books/movies set on the high seas?

Master and Commander, of course - but I’m sure you guessed that one already.  I also like Under Enemy Colors.  Oh, and though it is in space and not the high seas, I really like David Weber’s Honor Harrington books.  Yes, she is in charge of a spaceship not a sailing ship, but a lot of similar principles apply in terms of character dynamics.

Alex, thank you so much for stopping by today!!! We loved chatting with you!

Bookworms, don't forget to check out my review of AIR AND ASH...and grab it while it's on sale for a buck before the price goes up this weekend!!!!!^.~ 
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Author: Alex Lidell
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Danger Bearing Press


Master and Commander meets Tamora Pierce in a seafaring adventure of duty, love, magic, and a princess’s quest to protect her kingdom on her own terms. 

After a lifetime of training, seventeen-year-old Princess Nile Greysik, a lieutenant on the prestigious Ashing navy flagship, sails into battle with one vital mission—and fails. 

Barred from the sea and facing a political marriage, Nile masquerades as a common sailor on the first ship she can find. With a cowardly captain, incompetent crew, and a cruel, too-handsome first officer intent on making her life a living hell, Nile must hide her identity while trying to turn the sorry frigate battleworthy. Worse, a terrifying and forbidden magic now tingles in Nile’s blood. If anyone catches wind of who Nile is or what she can do, her life is over. 

But when disaster threatens the ship, Nile may have no choice but to unleash the truth that will curse her future. 

AIR AND ASH is the thrilling first installment of the TIDES series. Recommended for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Tamora Pierce, and Naomi Novik.


1 winner will receive a finished copy of AIR AND ASH & a hardcover of A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN by Sarah J. Maas. 


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