I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for NEMESIS by Anna Banks! I LOVED this book! I have an interview with Anna to share with you today! And make sure to enter the awesome giveaway for a finished copy of the book!!
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The princess didn't expect to fall in love--with her nemesis.
Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king's servitude.
Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.
Sepora's gift could save Tarik's kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?
Now on to the interview!
Hi Anna! First I want to say welcome back to Two Chicks on Books it’s been a long time since you’ve stopped by for a visit! NEMESIS was absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait for everyone to read it! And am so happy that you could stop by for a visit!
Thank you SO much for having me! I haz missed u. :)
For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about NEMESIS and the characters?
Sepora is a runaway princess who hides in her enemy’s kingdom, Theoria. There she becomes a palace servant to none other than the boy Falcon King—a Lingot who has the ability to discern the truth from a lie. She must tread carefully if she’s to hide her secrets from him, including her ability to Forge spectorium, a very valuable element and just exactly what he needs to rid his kingdom of the Quiet Plague ravaging his people. Can they learn to trust each other in order to save lives and prevent a war with her home kingdom?
So do you have a title for book 2 yet? When can we expect the cover to be revealed?
The title for book two is ALLY. I just turned it in to my editor, so the cover is a long way off. :(
Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?
Not from my real life. Tarik is inspired by the boy King Tut of Egypt. His kingdom Theoria is based on ancient Egypt with a few twists thrown in for good measure. Sepora is the person I wish I was. Courageous, yet humble, and feisty yet sympathetic. She thinks she’s a coward for a lot of the book, but truly, she’s as brave as it gets when standing up for what you believe in.
Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?
I really enjoyed writing Sethos, Tarik’s younger brother who is a Majai warrior trained at the Lyceum of Favored Ones. Sethos is easy going, a bit of a womanizer, and provides a good deal of comic relief to slice through the tension building between Tarik and Sepora. Yeah, he’s my fave.
I didn’t really hate writing any of the characters. They all have their place, and as the author, I have a commitment to writing them as best I can, regardless of whether they’re a villain or not.
What is your favorite passage/scene in NEMESIS?
And that’s when I see the whole picture, every last painted swoop of the brush. I drop his hand. “Are you…are you toying with me?” I scoot away from him.
“How do you mean?”
“Did you bring me here just to woo me into telling you where you can find your precious spectorium? Did you bring me here to push me over my edge, to soften me up?” I feel so betrayed. So foolish. This entire day has been dedicated to soliciting my knowledge, of plundering my secrets. He wanted me to meet his people, to feel sorry for them, to see them dying in the Lyceum and want to help them. He brought me here to see the beauty of a city that could die if I don’t help them. He brought me here to place the responsibility of it all on my shoulders.
Just as my father would have done.
I see the exact moment the realization strikes him. His face changes from confusion to rage and then, to my surprise, softens into laughter. “Spectorium,” he says, more to himself than to me. “I could see, of course, why you would think that.”
“Well?” I demand, unamused. I’m not even sure what I’m asking, just an explanation perhaps, or better yet, a confession.
He slides to me then, closing the distance I’d put between us. I have nowhere left to move. Does he mean to push me from the top of the pyramid if I refuse to help him save his people?
“Yes,” he says, leaning toward me. I feel panic and something else I cannot name ricochet throughout me. “And no.” His eyes fall on my lips, and I know my cheeks will certainly explode with the warmth filling them. Fears of our lips brushing together replaces fears of falling to my death.
“Yes, I did bring you here to woo you,” he says softly. “But no, not for the spectorium.” And he lowers his mouth to mine.
Tarik waits for me then, our lips barely touching, as if asking a question without words. He waits for me, letting me know that my answer will determine if this will be our first kiss or his last effort at one. He waits for me, tiny me who is about to tremble from the ledge under the scorching heat of his touch.
And I make him wait too long.
What kind of research did you have to do for the story?
I watched a lot of documentaries on ancient Egypt, read a lot of books, did a lot of Pinterest research to inspire outfits in the book, and to inspire places and scenes. It was fun, all of it.
Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?
Warner from the Shatter Me series
What inspired you to write YA?
You’ve heard this answer a thousand times, I’m sure, but after I read Twilight, I was hooked into reading and writing YA. Then Graceling, then Fire, and I never looked back!
Lightening Round Questions
What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig. I have Stalking Jack the Ripper on my nighstand though, and it’s beckoning me!
What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?
I refuse to let Hogwarts sort me. I will not be sorted!
Twitter or Facebook?
Favorite TV show?
The Walking Dead
Sweet or Salty?
Song you can’t get enough of right now?
The Promise by When in Rome
Winter Movie you’re most looking forward to?
I’m not sure if it’s a winter movie, but I’m dying to see the new Beauty and the Beast!
Thanks so much Anna for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read NEMESIS!
NYT Bestselling YA author of The Syrena Legacy series: OF POSEIDON (2012), OF TRITON (2013), OF NEPTUNE (2014).
Repped by rockstar Lucy Carson of the Friedrich Agency.
I live with my husband and daughter in the Florida Panhandle. I have a southern accent compared to New Yorkers, and I enjoy food cooked with real fat. I can’t walk in high heels, but I’m very good at holding still in them. If you put chocolate in front of me, you must not have wanted it in the first place.
Shatter Me, Cinder, Linger, Shiver, Forever, Pushing the Limits, Unravel Me,Shadow and Bone, Enclave, Divergent, Candor, Graceling, Fire, The Hunger Games Trilogy, The Host, Most of James Patterson, and Janet Evanovich makes me laugh through my nose in an unfeminine sort of way.
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