Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Blog Tour: Lightning Rider by Jen Greyson (Author Interview)

Title: Lightning Rider
Author: Jen Greyson
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
Publication Date: May 30, 2013

Synopsis: For Evy Rivera, thunderstorms have always caused her physical pain, but she's never known why. When a record-setting storm arrives on the same night her father finds ancient ancestral documents, Evy is set aglow with mysterious tiny lightnings she can command.

Even worse, she alerts some people in the universe who've been looking for her family for a very long time.

Thrown back into ancient Spain and tasked with killing a Spanish legend, she must train alongside Constantine, a sexy yet obstinate Roman warrior. He teaches her how to wield her lightning as a weapon, through more errors than trials. With a relationship as explosive as their late-night training sessions, Evy and Constantine battle their push-pull relationship while trying to ignore the two-thousand-year difference in their birthdates.

Ilif Rotiart, her quasi-mentor, is appalled at Evy's skill. He would prefer to train her father and keep Evy on the sidelines—where women belong. Evy has a feeling Ilif is keeping something from them, but she must play nice until she uncovers the truth. And if he's lying, it will be the worst day of his four-hundred-year life.

Penya Sepadas claims she's Evy's rightful trainer, and she has the prophecy to prove it. Penya doesn't share Ilif's misogynistic attitude, but she does have her own agenda...and her own secrets.

Evy must sort through the lies and find the truth behind her family's time-traveling past before the wrong history obliterates the future. She’s spent her whole life fighting for her place. Now, as the first female lightning rider, she'll dedicate her existence to fighting to save the world.

But will Evy learn to manage her lightning and find the truth before it's too late?

About the Author: From the moment she decided on a degree in Equestrian Studies, Jen Greyson’s life has been one unscripted adventure after another. Leaving the cowboy state of Wyoming to train show horses in France, Switzerland, and Germany, she’s lived life without much of a plan, but always a book in her suitcase. Now a wife and mom to two young boys, she relies on her adventurous, passionate characters to be the risk- takers. Jen also writes university courses and corporate training material when she’s not enjoying the wilds of the west via wakeboard or snowmobile.  

Author Interview:

First off, I'd like to thank you for joining me on the blog today!
Thanks so much for having me! It’s so great to visit new places.

1. Describe Lightning Rider as a tweet (140 characters or less)!
About the first-ever female time traveler who has to go back to ancient Spain and kill a guy. #hotromanwarriors

2. If you could re-title Lightning Rider what would you call it and why?
Sassy, smart Latina Quits Building Bikes to Save World.

3. What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always been a voracious reader, and it seems like there’s always a natural inclination to be able to tell a story like favorite authors. But for me, I literally woke up one day with a story that would have consumed me if I didn’t write it down—like there wasn’t enough space in my body for me and the story. That was about 5 books ago, and I just don’t know how to quit.

4. What kind of research, if any, did you do for Lightning Rider?
Lots of time travel :D

I’m a panster, so there’s a lot of researching as I go. I try to use XXX when I hit a spot that needs research, because I’ve had situations before where I jump over to the internet for a “quick” search and lose four hours. Maybe that’s just me...

For this story, I did a lot of research on the Roman occupation of Spain, on what Roman warriors wear in battle and when training, who Viriato was...stuff like that.

5. Do you have a specific place where you write?
Anywhere with sun. I love being outside to write. Winter is hard for me, but I live in Utah, so there’s usually at least pretty snow to look out. I prefer to write outside, but somedays I get relegated to my dungeon. I usually do a first draft on my non-internet computer so I can just vomit words without distraction. Unfortunately, that’s in the dungeon.

6. What are you reading right now?
Undermountain by Eric Edstrom
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

This or That...

Ebook or Real book?

Twitter or Facebook?

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Past or Future?

And just for fun- What is the strangest thing on your desk right now?
I happen to be at my kitchen table, but this would totally be something I’d find on my office desk too. Kids are awesome.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!
Thanks again for having me!!! Really great interview.

-Kristen ♥

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