Thursday, July 16, 2015

Half-Blood Release and Author Interview with Jaye L. Knight

The gasps and murmuring grew. Though some were hardly more than whispers, clear words reached Jace’s ears—dangerous, monster, animal, soulless. He tried to back away from their accusing eyes, but the collar pulled hard against his throat and held him in place.

For all his years as a slave, Jace has known nothing but the hatred people hold for his mixed blood—one half human, the other half the blood of a race considered monsters. Always, he is the outsider and quickly learns it is better to keep to himself. But, when his volatile ryrik blood leads him to do the unthinkable, he is thrown into a world of violence and bloodshed.

Forced to become a gladiator, Jace finds more and more of his heart dying as his master works to break down his will not to become the monster everyone believes he is. When a stranger interferes with his master’s harsh punishment, Jace’s world is upended yet again. But with it comes the possibility of hope that has long since died. Could the man possibly hold the key to escaping the hopeless darkness that is Jace’s life? Is there such a thing as life beyond the cruelty of slavery?

See where Jace’s story all began . . .

Available on Amazon!
Discover Ilyon in Resistance and The King’s Scrolls.

I had a chance to interview Jaye about her newest book.

Welcome to The Splendor Falls, Jaye!
What was the hardest part about writing Half-Blood?
Half-Blood actually wasn’t as difficult to write as some of the other books in the series because it, thankfully, flowed really well. I had it written in just a couple of weeks. I think the hardest part was making sure all of the facts and scenes fit together chronologically and were accurate to what I mentioned about Jace’s past in Resistance and The King’s Scrolls.

Who was your favorite minor character in Half-Blood?
Well, there are very few good characters in the story until you get near the end, so there aren’t many to choose from, but I’d say Kalli. It was incredibly fun to get to write more about her and Aldor and their first meeting with Jace. That was my favorite part of writing the story.

Out of all the characters you've written, who is your least favorite character?
This is the second time I’ve been asked this for the tour. It’s hard to choose, because even villains are interesting to write in their own ways. My answer before was from one of my old pirate books, but I’ll do something a little different for this one. How about something of a sneak peek? One of my least favorite characters I’ve written is a man named Ruis from book four of Ilyon Chronicles. He’s just a nasty dude and causes certain characters quite a lot of trouble and discomfort.

Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Etsy, and on her new fiction forum where you can interact with other readers of the series.

Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed giveaway pack! Prizes include an autographed copy of Half-Blood, a blue feather bookmark hand crafted by Jaye, a bronze sword pendant, and a $5 Amazon gift card! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)

Read all the posts in the Half Blood Tour! (Trust me, you really do want to go read them.)

Come back later today for my review of Half-Blood!

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