Wednesday, January 10, 2018

NBTM Virtual Tour + Review + #Giveaway: The Exiled Otherkin by D. Lieber @GoddessFish


The Exiled Otherkin
by D. Lieber
GENRE: Fantasy Romance


BLURB:

Exiled from Faerie when her father dies, half-Fae Ember is surprised by how much the human realm has changed since she was there last. She takes a dangerous job on a merchant airship, hoping a life on the move will keep her well-hidden. Sure, she misses her brother, but years of apathy have numbed her emotions.
When the optimistic and naïve Reilley follows her, it’s annoying to say the least. But when she starts feeling responsible for him, long-stifled emotions crack the ice around her heart.

Faeries, pirates, and traveling players meet in this steampunk fantasy adventure as Ember tries to cope with feelings long forgotten and a past that pursues her.


Excerpt:

I scanned the crowd, but there was no sign of them. My stomach lurched, and I swallowed my panic. I moved as quickly as I could to the place where Reilley had just stood.

To the right was a dim alley with curtained doors lining the sides. I shot into the shady street.

“Reilley?” I called and received no answer.

Up ahead, a curtain covered the light that spilled into the alley. I rushed for that doorway. Ripping open the curtain, I lunged inside.

In the small room, two men sat on crates playing cards on a box in between them. They looked up as I entered.

“Where is he?”

Neither responded as they returned to their game. I spotted a door at the back of the room and barreled toward it. The two men moved to stop me.

“I don’t have time for this,” I told them as they blocked my way.

The one closest to the door I wanted to get through crossed his thick arms over his chest and lifted his chin, looking down at me with a smirk. His wirier friend stepped toward me and pointed the way I’d come.

“This party is closed,” he said with a heavy accent. “If you don’t have an invitation, leave.”

“I just need to get my friend. Then, I’ll leave.”

He shook his head and grabbed my upper arm to escort me out. “You will leave now.”

I rotated my elbow and broke his grip then pulled back and drove the heel of my hand into his nose.


Book Trailer:



Interview with D. Lieber


What inspired you to write The Exiled Otherkin?

I’m really into steampunk, and I wanted to try my hand at it. My friends in the Kenosha Steampunk Society encouraged me and helped me brainstorm some of the steampunk gadgets in the story. As for the characters, Ember and Reilley’s personalities were inspired by characters from the anime Karneval. Also, I always loved to read faerie tales, and I’d never read a steampunk story with fae.

Can you tell us a little bit what you have planned for the future?

My next novel is scheduled to be published on June 21, 2018. It’s a paranormal romance called Intended Bondmates:


Vampires may feed on humans, but nothing is as irresistible to them as fae blood.

Runa has long given up on being content with her life. Her only goal is to protect Mikhail until he awakens and gains his full magic. For the last thirteen years, ever since tragedy struck when they were children, she has protected him as was expected of his werewolf guardian. Though she has started looking for a mate, she can’t imagine what will happen once she’s free of Mikhail. But when he requests to be unbound from her before his awakening, she’s given the chance to return to her intended bondmate.

She expects a warm welcome from Konner, not foreseeing his bitterness at having been abandoned. Konner isn’t the only one who is bitter. His brother’s guardian, Rowan, has had to protect both faelings while she was with Mikhail.

It’s up to Runa to find a way to soothe these two demanding males if she hopes to make up for her past betrayals.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in The Exiled Otherkin?

The protagonist, Ember, is an apathetic half-fae who is exiled from Faerie when her father dies. She’s more than capable of taking care of herself and actively tries not to get too attached to people.

Enter Reilley, a naïve young man who cares more about others than taking care of himself. When he meets Ember he immediately attaches himself to her, to her chagrin.
 
The main antagonist is Ember’s stepmother and the queen of Faerie, Helena. She hates everything about humans, going so far as to exile human sympathizers from Faerie. She has a particular hatred for Ember and takes pleasure in finding creative ways to isolate and torment her.

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


That’s a really tough question, and I would say it really depends on genre. However, if I really have to choose, I’d say my overall favorite author is Alexandre Dumas. He has a way of weaving many threads into his stories that is just unparalleled. I also like the historical settings and characters.

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?

There are so many places I would want to go in the past. I’d want to go visit people who lived in an oral tradition, the druids for instance. There is so much we don’t know about those cultures because they didn’t write anything down. The accounts of their lives were usually recorded by their enemies.

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

I do. I have a dog, Samwise, and a cat, Yin. They fill my life with warm cuddles and laughter.

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



My Review:

After being exiled from her home after the death of her father half-fae Ember takes a job on an airship a rigger. She has to inspect the sails to make sure they have no tears and fix them. One night after returning to the ship she over hears someone talking about taken the cargo. Over hearing this conversation puts in danger and someone tries to kill her.

Their ship is over taken by pirates and just as Ember and her new friends are about to board their ship it is blown to pieces leaving them in the hands of the pirates. When the pirate ship runs into trouble they have to crash land in a field. Ember and Reilley escape with the help from their friend Charlie.

Ember met Reilley before she started her new job on the airship. She found Reilley in an alley being beaten by a couple of dudes. Ember beat them and saved Reilley’s life afterwards he followed her everywhere she went. She was even rude to him telling him to go away and leave her alone but he wouldn’t listen. He followed her to the airship and landed a job as a cook on the ship.

Ember and Reilley went from town to town looking for ways to make money and meeting new people along the way that was always very happy to help them. Ember always protecting Reilley and Reilley protecting Ember. I really enjoyed this little story. It was a nice turnaround from the man being the strongest and protecting and saving the woman.


I would recommend The Exiled Otherkin to anyone who love a good fantasy or who like to read about the fae. Come join Ember, Reilley and Charlie as we follow them through the human realm and then into the fae realm.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

D. writes stories she wants to read. Her love of the worlds of fiction led her to earn a Bachelor’s in English from Wright State University.

When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s probably hiking, crafting, watching anime, Korean television, Bollywood, or old movies. She may also be getting her geek on while planning her next steampunk cosplay with friends.

She lives in Wisconsin with her husband (John), retired guide dog (Samwise), and cat (Yin).

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