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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Emma Raveling's Urban Fantasy Book: Crest (Ondine Quartet book 3) Tour, Julian's Book list and A Giveaway!

As you can tell from yesterday's post, I am a huge fan of Emma Raveling and her Ondine Quartet Series. It has a kick-ass heroine, a steamy love triangle, tons of action and never-ending surprises! Here are all my reviews pretty much gushing about this series :-) Today, Emma has stopped by to give us a teaser of what we can expect from the final book of the series, Crest and Julian's Book List. What is sexier than a hot guy who loves to read? That's right, nothing :-)

Here is the preview to Crest, out September 17th!!

Illusion. Power. Identity.
Tensions are reaching a fever pitch everywhere Kendra Irisavie turns.

Darkness settles over elementals as a new threat stirs suspicions of a betrayal from within.

Details of recent events spread through Haverleau, prompting doubts over Irisavie leadership. The mysterious Selkie Kingdom finally opens its doors, but the gesture only fans the flames of division. And despite the perils involved, Kendra finds it difficult to ignore the demands of her heart.

As the body count rises, pressure also grows to shift the tides of war. The sondaleur is on the hunt, but tracking the Aquidae leader is the greatest challenge she’s ever faced. With the Shadow playing a deadly game of obsession and horror, Kendra’s best chance to win is to unravel a tangled web of deception spanning back to the origins of the elemental world.

Nothing is what it seems and the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous her pursuit for answers becomes.

When the unthinkable happens, Kendra must decide if survival is worth the sacrifice.

Conflicting loyalties, fierce passions, and irrevocable choices ignite in the electrifying third installment of the Ondine Quartet.

Emma Raveling writes urban fantasy and fantasy books for teens and adults. Hopelessly addicted to coffee and diet coke, she is currently working on completing her young adult series, Ondine Quartet.

I cannot wait for the release! While we wait, lets take a look at Julian's Playlist. Let's welcome author Emma Raveling, and Julian from the Ondine Quartet Series!!

Hi everyone! First of all, I’d like to thank Evie for having me here today. Julian LeVeq, First Lieutenant chevalier, is one of the heroes of my series, Ondine Quartet.  He’s an avid reader and so I asked him for a list of recently read books and his thoughts on each.

Here’s what he had to say:

Selected Poems By Fernando Pessoa

Because feeling is like the sky —
Seen, nothing in it to see.

Pessoa’s poetry reminds me of his country, Portugal. Stunningly beautiful, with a trace of melancholy and a great deal of dry introspection. There is a lyricism in its sparsity as if every word multiplies into .

I especially like the idea that he published poetry under four different names. His real name and three heteronyms (link to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heteronym_(literature) ). Not pseudonyms.

Pessoa created an entire backstory and life for each poetic identity and the poetry written under each name dramatically changes in style and tone.

It reminds me of what I do undercover. When I assume an identity, the process involves more than magic and external glamour. The most effective disguise involves a total understanding of motivation and personality.

It is difficult - I sometimes have the sense that these fractured personalities stretch me until I no longer recognize who I am.

The Stranger By Albert Camus
“I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world.”

This book is unbelievably depressing. Last two pages? Killed me.

But the ideas behind it, the existentialist concept of being lost within the absurdity of life, resonated with me. Camus repeatedly asks, “What is the point?”

And the truth of the matter is, there is no point. I see it in our world and our war every minute of every day.

Our lives are defined by the meaningless. Money, social status, Redavi, non-Redavi, chevaliers, gardinels, races, all of it.

I do my job and I live, seeking what pleasures I can. Attempting to control or change anything outside of it is ultimately a futile endeavor.

Collected Works by Arthur Rimbaud
A thousand Dreams within me softly burn:
From time to time my heart is like some oak
Whose blood runs golden where a branch is torn.
For me, Rimbaud was an absolute genius and the beginning of modern poetry. Part of the Decadent movement, he completed all of his writing by the age of twenty and then went on to live a crazy, full life over three continents.

He was the epitome of someone who lived hard and died young. Provocative, he pushed every boundary both in his work and life. He believed in risk, in feeling the burn of extreme emotions, to channel his work.

It’s a philosophy I apply to what I do with the chevaliers. My magic allows me to navigate through the edges of the elemental world and walk freely among the world of monsters.

Risk is what makes me feel alive.

Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire 

I know that pain is the one nobility
upon which Hell itself cannot encroach

No matter how many times I re-read this, it still stays with me the same way it did the first time I came across it while still at the Academy.

Baudelaire is deeply romantic without being sentimental. His brilliant poetry weaves dark depravity and a kind of morbid curiosity through exquisitely beautiful phrasing.

There is a rebelliousness, a cynical eye with which he observes French and Parisian society. When I first came across his works, I envied his ability to write in such a way. I still do, especially since so much of his poetry reminds me of my constraints within Redavi society and Haverleau.

Giveaway Time
A few lucky readers will get to win the Ultimate Ondine Quartet Swag Pack filled with signed Whirl, Billow, and Crest bookmarks and book cover stickers! Check it out!

I would once again like to thank Emma Raveling for stopping by and urge my readers to check out the Ondine Quartet Series. It is one of the absolute best series I have read in this genre. You can thank me tomorrow for the recommendation :-)

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