I am very excited to be a part of this book blog tour for Ariel Paiement’s new book, Bane of Ashkarith. Check out all the goodies I have for you.
Interview with a Character:
Name: Zerua Tadegan
Book: Bane of Ashkarith
Occupation: Seeker/Full-time mother
1.What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Finding and sharing the truth about what happened to Queen Bane and King Rith of Ashkarith.
- What is your best physical feature?
My hair, I guess. Kaidan always says it’s his favorite physical trait about me.
- What is your most treasured possession?
My garden, definitely.
- What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My husband, Kaidan.
- What is your favorite journey?
My favorite journey… That’s a tough question because I’ve been to so many places as a Seeker. I really like Dubarin Hill in Argos, but it also holds tough memories because it started the mess in Ashkarith.
- What is your most marked characteristic?
Probably my love for animals, much to Kaidan’s dismay.
- Define happiness and share your happiest memory.
Happiness is when you are able to spend time with loved ones enjoying each other’s presence in peace. I think my happiest memory is the day that Alefor, my eldest son, was born. Kaidan and I were both so excited and happy to finally meet the little guy.
- What is it that you most dislike?
- What is your greatest fear?
A year ago, I would’ve said heights or close spaces. Now, I’m probably most scared of spirits and ghosts. My last run-in with them was pretty scarring.
- What is your greatest extravagance?
The exotic plants I enjoy growing in my garden. Kaidan often picks new ones up on various journeys to other countries.
- Who do you most despise?
Headmaster Chyl, definitely.
- What is your greatest regret?
I regret not being able to do more for Bane. She definitely didn’t deserve the lot she was given in life, and I wish I’d been better equipped to help her spirit move on than I was.
- Which talent would you most like to have?
Musical ability. I can sing, but that’s about it.
- What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
My height. I’m on the shorter side of average, and it drives me nuts.
- What do you most value in your friends?
Honesty and loyalty.
- Who do you most admire?
Dhiabhan. Never thought I’d say that, but he’s definitely earned my admiration. He’s had a difficult past, but he’s made a name for himself and has left all of the pain behind. Takes a lot of strength to do that.
- What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Dignity. Too many people use dignity as an excuse to be proud, and others applaud them for it. It’s definitely overrated.
- Which words or phrases are you known for?
I’m not sure I’m really known for any words or phrases. Kaidan might be, but not me.
- If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My height. I’m forever having to ask Kaidan or Dhiabhan to get things off higher surfaces for me because I can’t quite reach.
- What is your motto?
Pursuing truth is worth any risk, and telling it is worth any cost.
- Name your greatest fear.
- What do you do to relax?
Usually, housework or gardening. Sometimes I read.
- Do you have any scars, tattoos, distinguishing marks?
I have the mark on my collarbone that shows I’m married to Kaidan.
- Describe yourself in three words:
Sarcastic, determined, quirky.
- Name two things you’d like to do before you die.
Spread the word about what happened at Ashkarith as far as possible and raise a family with Kaidan.
About the Book:
Bane of Ashkarith:
Kaidan Tadegan is working on a new site trying to prove the myth that two armies of the gods clashed there. While on the dig site, he discovers the evidence he’s looking for, but he gets more than he bargained for when he discovers a woman’s bones in a section of the dig site where no other remains have been found.
As he digs the bones out, he discovers a journal with the woman’s body, which tells a story that, if true, will turn the myths of the old world and the established concepts of good and evil on their heads. Startled by the find, Kaidan sets out to discover whether the diary’s claims have any validity.
But when the diary leads to a city that’s supposedly long gone, Kaidan’s journey becomes more difficult than expected. Things become even more tangled when he discovers that the city isn’t gone, but it’s no place for the living.
Unable to give up on his quest, he forges ahead. What lies ahead is uncertain, and even more uncertain is whether Kaidan will survive this quest. He has only two questions in his mind. Will he find the truth in this city of the dead? And will the world accept the truth?
Pre-order is available on Kobo right now at: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bane-of-ashkarith
Pre-order for Kindle is available now: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V7W93ZN/
Release date is July 31st on both sites.
About the Author:
Ariel Paiement is a fantasy author who writes the occasional historical fiction or science fiction novel. She enjoys all ranges of books and writing when it comes to reading, though fantasy and science fiction are her favorites. She likes to spend time coming up with new ideas or in wild flights of imagination. If asked what she spends most of her time doing, she’d tell you that she spends most of it reading or writing one thing or another. She is the author of On the Narrow Way in the anthology Above and Beneath: The World of Angels and Demons and has also written and published In Darkness Lost, a stand-alone fantasy adventure novel. Her novel, Bane of Ashkarith, is coming out on July 31st and is the first in the Legends of Alcardia series.
Short interview with the author:
What is your favorite story you’ve written/read? Tell us about it.
I’ve read so many books that I can’t necessarily pick one favorite. But I definitely have a few favorites from the ones I’ve written. Right now, I’d say that Pathway of the Moon (the first in the Annals of Alcardia series) is my favorite. The novel is the longest project I’ve ever undertaken with roughly 60 planned chapters. It’s also the biggest world-building project I’ve ever taken on. I’ve built one entire language for the book’s world and have several more I’m planning to work out. The building for the world was actually what ultimately led to Bane of Ashkarith’s conception because the mythology for the world is quite dense and tangled. The world itself has almost become like a character in and of itself for me, and it’s been lots of fun to weave that into the story. Besides that, I just love the characters.
The main characters are an assassin turned vigilante, a maid with an attitude, and the King’s High Imperial Knight. The plot has quite a few twists and turns, and the characters definitely keep things lively. They each interact in such different ways, and it makes it really fun to write. Hopefully, it’s as much fun to read as it is for me to write! I’m very excited to write the rest of the book and the companion novels.
One special thing about the book that’s of particular note is the way it fits in with other series I’ve written. Obviously, it fits right in with Bane of Ashkarith and the books within the same world, but it also connects with other series in more subtle ways. The clues are definitely there, but they won’t form the whole picture until later on in the series. So paying attention to the details is important for this book and any others I write. There are connections for readers who like that sort of thing.
What three things must you have on hand to write?
Hmm… My computer or a notebook, pens and pencils, and the notebooks I keep all my notes in.
What are you working on next?
After I finish On Anarchy’s Wings (one of two works-in-progress), I’ll be starting to work on the second book in the Legends of Alcardia series. This one focuses on Dhiabhan’s story. Each of the books in the series will focus on a different legend from Alcardia’s history.
Everyone has a dream mate. What’s yours look like? Do you ever expect to find him/her?
Man, this is a tough question. I guess the specific things I want are similar beliefs, an appreciation for sarcasm, the ability to empathize, strong leadership abilities, and the ability to take charge (because if he doesn’t, I will, and I hate being in that position.). Do I ever expect to find that? I’ve seen a lot of guys that have some qualities but not all, and these are the non-negotiable ones. So, honestly, I’m not expecting it. Hoping for, yes. Expecting, not even close. 🙂
If you could be anything other than what you are, what occupation would you choose?
I’d be a creative writer and English instructor. Currently, my degree is in accounting, but I honestly hate it. Doing something with writing and being paid for it is definitely my preference.
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