Thursday, May 4, 2017

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: To Betray My King by Kayla Lavan @Kayla_Lavan @yaboundtourspr

To Betray My King
Genre: YA Romance/Fantasy
Release Date: May 1st 2017


Would you choose to save your kingdom or follow your heart?

Brave and kindhearted, Arianna is a princess of a kingdom that nobody wants. The magicless. Marrying the charming, flirtatious, and egotistical Prince Roland was the last thing either of them wanted, but for the sake of their people they agreed. War breaks out with the neighboring kingdom, forcing the prince’s hand to join in the fight. He leaves his new wife with the only man he trusts, his childhood friend, a dutiful, strong, and handsome knight.

A sweet romantic tale of forbidden love in a dark fanatical world.

Buy Link: Amazon

Interview with Kayla Lavan

What inspired you to write To Betray My King?

I always loved the idea of betrothed marriages in romance. A man and a woman thrown together, who don’t get along at first, but over time, they learn to love each other for the good and the bad, and the love becomes strong because of it. It makes me feel all fuzzy inside. I also love bodyguard romances. A man protecting a woman he can’t have. I couldn’t find many of those books out in the world and I wanted to write my own with a magical twist. I threw the ideas into a pot, mixed it up, put it in the oven and let it bake for a bit, added the magical sprinkles then ta-da~! To Betray My King was born!

Can you tell us a little bit about the next books in To Betray My King series or what you have planned for the future?

Of course! Each book in the Betrayal Legacy series is set in a different realm. The first book is the Spring Realm, the second is Summer, and the last book focuses on Winter. I took hold of the ‘forbidden love’ theme and carried it throughout all three book ideas, as well as the ‘arranged marriage’ plot. But love isn’t something you can command or force, and because of that, things tend not to go as planned…

The second book is: To Betray My Kingdom. Summer can be brutal and relentless. Strength and fighting is everything to its people. A marriage was arranged for peace, but the princess is kind and sweet. Her powers over plants will just wilt in the scorching heat of Summer’s constant sun. Knowing this, her best friend and soon-to-be guard, sacrifices her dreams and life, taking the princess’ place to marry the cruel king in her stead…

The third book is: To Betray Myself Winter is full of mystery, and covered in layers of snow and ice to block out the rest of the world. Its people value power and money. Give them enough of either and they will do anything, but making a contract with them would be worse then the devil. An arranged marriage with their king would be death, only someone stupid would accept… Someone who had nothing to lose. Someone who had no choice, because no one would go near her. No one would touch her. Because her touch meant death, and Winter was the only kingdom who didn’t fear it.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in To Betray My  King?

Sure! Arianna is a kind-hearted princess with a bit of a stubborn streak
in her. She cares for her people, and loves the forest. She sweet, and doesn’t have any magic, but she’s not weak. She is excellent with a bow and I considered her the female ‘green arrow’.

Roland’s only goal in his life is to please the ladies. Over and over and over again. For now, anyway. He knows that one day he will be king, so he goofs off and does what he wants whenever he wants because he knows he can. Roland seems like your typical horny prince, but that isn’t everything. Beneath, Roland is very intelligent. He understands the darkness in people, and what they are truly capable of. He has the ability to control plants.

Last is Conrad. His father guarded the king, whose father guarded the king, whose father guarded the king, and among all those greats, he must guard Roland. Poor Conrad… Roland is his best friend as well as his duty, and Conrad has the patience of solid stone. Conrad is the loyalist, and most honorable man you will ever meet. He follows the rules and never questions orders. Conrad is considered a workaholic, but he also has many-many siblings, and beneath the soldier in him, he has that ‘brotherly’ personality that makes you feel comforted. He also has the ability to control earth.

You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

Oh man, if you were talking about manga I would say Eiichiro Oda, the creator of ‘One Piece’. But you’re probably talking about books so I would definitely have to say Naomi Novik. I know a lot of people love her work, and I can see why. I loved Uprooted. I couldn’t sleep for three days because of that book and I was in a ‘reading high’ through the whole thing, and loving every minute of it. Because of her I got out of my 5 year+ reading slump, and became a book addict again. After that I’ve been in a reading frenzy, looking for that same high again. I blame her for every bit of it.

If you could time-travel would you travel to the future or the past? Where would you like to go and why would you like to visit this particular time period?

I would go back to 2010 and take all the Tangerine Altoids I could, and hide them in a warehouse to eat on for the rest of my life for my present self. I love those things when I was a kid, and sadly they were taken from me! That and French Toast Crunch Cereal. Why do they always take away the things I loved when I was a kid? Wonder Balls! Those were awesome! Other people would say cool things like, prevent Abraham Lincoln from being shot, or be the one doing the shooting and kill Hitler, but I mean, who doesn’t want to eat chocolate balls while not caring they could get choked on the Disney character shaped candy inside? It’s the simple things in life…

Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

Yes. I have three fish and a dog.

I have two goldfish, one named Khal, and another named Drogo. I also have a Betta fish named Darth Betta. And yes, I did name them myself.

My dog is a white German Shepherd. His name is Jack. His father’s name is: Ike Florida Snow, and his mother’s name is: Tyra Snowbanks Florida Snow. And no, I did not name is parents, but I wish I did!

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today.

No, Thank you. It was fun answering your questions!

About the Author

I've been writing half of my life, starting at the ripe old age of 13. Back then my favorite pass time was doodling in class, sleeping in class, and studying tests or homework that was due the next class period. But by night I lead a secret life. I would go home, turn on my computer, and get on my dialup Internet (which makes me sound really old) and I would write. At first it was for fun. I was brave back then and posted everything online. In the 14 years I have been writing, I have posted over 1.5 million words, all of which is still available to read for free. My most well known story being "Fun 'N' Games at Ouran". A year or so ago I posted a one-shot that was 50k-60k in words. Afterwards, I looked at it laughing, and said to myself "I think I would like to get paid for this now" and then 'To Betray My King' was born. It seems so simple as I'm sitting here, typing this for you to read, but it's the truth. 'Betray' is my first book, but it won't be my last. I love writing. I would never give it up for anything in the world.

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Bea LaRocca said...

Congrats to the author on her new book release and thanks so much for doing the interview. I enjoyed reading.

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