Um…so I’ve been out of commission most of this week due to day-job drama. It needs to be a reality show.
But I had to return today to welcome one of my favorite fellow authors, Jill Archer. Jill’s here today to subject herself to the Preternatura Q&A and show us the cover for her coming Noon Onyx novel, POCKET FULL OF TINDER. (Love this cover!)
ABOUT JILL: Jill Archer writes genre-bending fantasy from rural Maryland. Her novels include Dark Light of Day, Fiery Edge of Steel, White Heart of Justice, and the upcoming Pocket Full of Tinder. She loves cats, coffee, books, movies, day tripping, and outdoor adventuring.
THE NOON ONYX SERIES
DARK LIGHT OF DAY (BOOK #1)—Never let gods determine your fate…For thousands of seasons Aelinae has been a peaceful world, since the Great War that saw the banishment of the god Kaldaar, and the imprisonment of his brother. But now Aelinae’s peace is threatened as an ancient prophecy predicting the return of the Eirielle, the one who is and who is not, blazes to life. It’s up to Taryn, a woman raised on Earth, without any knowledge of her family, her power, or her role in Aelinae’s future, to learn the ways of this dangerous and magical new world before she loses everything she holds dear.To do so, she must accept the help of Rhoane, a man who promises to protect her, but she’s not sure she can trust.
On Aelinae they say there can be no Light without Dark and no darkness without light. If Taryn fails, there will be only Blackness.
Absolute. Binding. Without end.
The Stones of Kaldaar is the beginning of an epic fantasy about honor, family, and Taryn’s fight for one man’s love—and their struggles to save Aelinae from the evil forces of an unseen enemy.
FIERY EDGE OF STEEL (BOOK #2)—
Lucifer and his army triumphed at Armageddon, leaving humans and demons living in uncertain peace based on sacrifice and strict laws. It is up to those with mixed demon and human blood, the Host, to prevent society from falling into anarchy.
Noon Onyx is the first female Host in memory to wield the destructive waning magic that is used to maintain order among the demons. Her unique abilities, paired with a lack of control and reluctance to kill, have branded her as an outsider from her peers. Only her powerful lover, Ari Carmine, and a roguish and mysterious Angel, Rafe Sinclair, support her unconventional ways.
When Noon is shipped off to a remote outpost to investigate several unusual disappearances, a task which will most likely involve trying and killing the patron demon of that area, it seems Luck is not on her side. But when the outpost settlers claim that an ancient and evil foe has stepped out of legend to commit the crimes, Noon realizes that she could be facing something much worse than she ever imagined…
WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE (BOOK #3)—
Since Lucifer claimed victory at Armageddon, demons, angels, and humans have coexisted in uneasy harmony. Those with waning magic are trained to maintain peace and order. But hostilities are never far from erupting…
After years of denying her abilities, Noon Onyx, the first woman in history to wield waning magic, has embraced her power. She’s won the right to compete in the prestigious Laurel Crown Race—an event that will not only earn her the respect of her peers but also, if she wins, the right to control her future.
However, Noon’s task is nearly impossible: retrieve the White Heart of Justice, a mythical sword that disappeared hundreds of years ago. The sword is rumored to be hidden in a dangerous region of Halja that she is unlikely to return from. But Noon’s life isn’t the only thing hanging in the balance. The sword holds an awesome power that, in the wrong hands, could reboot the apocalypse—and Noon is the only one who can prevent Armageddon from starting again…
Now, let’s hear from Jill!
Give us the “elevator pitch” for Pocket Full of Tinder?
Maegester-in-Training, Noon Onyx, heads to Rockthorn Gorge to work for its new demon lord – who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend.
What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?
Bird Box by Josh Malerman and Locke & Key by Joe Hill. When I’m not writing or driving my kids around, I work part-time at my local library. Last month, I began to worry that launching my first indie novel would not be enough to keep me busy this fall – hahaha – so I signed up for a librarians’ genre boot camp. The idea is to read and discuss books outside of your usual genres. I love dark fantasy and supernatural thrillers, but I don’t typically read horror. It’s been fun!
Favorite book when you were a child:
It was about a cat who fell from a skyscraper, but lived. In the end, he had a cast on his leg. I think the cover was purple…??? If you know the book I’m talking about, please tell me the title! 🙂
Your five favorite authors:
These “top all-time best authors ever” questions are so stressful!! I always feel like I’m not reading widely enough. So, instead, I’m just going to list some wonderful books I’ve read kinda/sorta recently:
Master of Crows by Grace Draven
Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary Pearson
Woodwalker by Emily B. Martin
Book that made you say “I wish I’d thought of that!”
Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs. I still remember stumbling across the first book when I was vacationing at the shore. The little bookstore that I bought it in is no longer there. 🙁
But what a great idea! Building a series around a collection of creepy, vintage photographs. Fantastic concept! It appealed to me immediately.
Book you’ve bought for the cover:
None. I’ve never bought a book for its cover. That said, I’m a cover lover! Covers I’ve loved include:
All of the books in Lauren Kate’s Fallen series
Karen Marie Moning’s Feverborn
Jacy Bedford’s Winterwood
Mary Pearson’s The Beauty of Darkness
Bella Forrest’s A Shade of Vampire series covers
Grace Draven’s A Brush of Black Wings
Favorite book about books or writing:
Susan Kaye Quinn’s Indie Author Survival Guide was the latest non-fiction writing book I read. Very helpful and inspiring. (Thanks to Aletia Meyers, who suggested I read it!)
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Thank you, Suzanne, for the interview. Best wishes to you and your readers!
Thanks, Jill! So, guys….what’s a book cover or series of covers you really like? Leave a comment to win one of Jill’s Noon Onyx books in your choice of print or ebook!