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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Blog Tour- DARK SUN RISING by K.M. Martinez With An Interview & Giveaway!

I am stoked to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for DARK SUN RISING by K.M. Martinez! I have an interview with K.M. to share with you today check it out and enter to win the giveaway below!

About The Book:

Title: DARK SUN RISING (The Continuous War, #1)
Author: K.M. Martinez
Pub. Date: August 2, 2019
Publisher: K.M. Martinez
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 272
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

Melanie Mendez of Clan Kale isn’t sure if she believes in angels, but she’s pretty sure she’s not a descendant of one.

Her grandmother, the Elder of Clan Kale, would beg to differ. Her brothers, Victor and Gabe, would tell her to shut up about it and just do what she's supposed to do: fight. Specifically, they want her to follow The Ways by participating in the Agora–the annual gathering where the seven clans compete for honor.

But Mel has never been one for competition, and the other clans have started to take notice. When she narrowly avoids being killed by a mysterious man the night before the Agora, she can't help but wonder if the other clans have judged her according to The Ways: as a traitor.

One way or another, this Agora is about to turn deadly. 

Now on to the interview!

Hey K.M.!! First I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books I’m glad you could stop by for a chat! DARK SUN RISING sounds AWESOME and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about the DARK SUN RISING and the characters?

DARK SUN RISING is a contemporary fantasy novel. It basically focuses on a subculture of people that believe they are descendants of angels. Apparently, an event occurred several millennia ago that banished demons as well as other evil from the world. But even though the world has changed, these people ascribe to a warrior lifestyle fashioned The Ways. The main character, Melanie Mendez, doesn’t believe that she is a descendant and is sort of just going through the motions for the sake of her family. Her grandmother is an Elder and well respected leaderand her brothers Gabe and Victor are well regarded as wellso they are, as a family, constantly put in a position of defending Mel’s worth to these other warriors that find her weak or dishonorable. It doesn’t help that she refuses to fight in the Agoraa yearly annual competition where the descendants compete for honor.

How many more books are planned for the series?

There are going to be four novels in this series. DARK SUN RISING is just an introduction to a large adventure. At the moment, I’m in the middle of writing book 2, and having a lot of fun doing it.

Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?

Mel’s grandmother is definitely inspired by my own grandmothers. Both passed away while I was writing the novel, and now I have a character that is sort of a mesh of two women that I love very much. Even though both my grandmothers are gone, I find it very fun writing Grandma Mari, because she is a leader and is constantly trying to maneuver around people and situations that get in her way.

Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?

Gabe is fun to write because out of all the characters, he cares the least about what other people think about him. My least favorite character was Anton Morel. He’s just this arrogant guy that believes he’s better than everyone else and goes out of his way to put people down.

What is your favorite passages/scenes in DARK SUN RISING?

I don’t want to spoil it, but there is a moment in the novel where Mel makes the pinnacle decision to use all her knowledge and skills to save someone. This is the moment where she has to put her money where her mouth is, and it really shows her mettle and who she is as a descendant. This scene is what moved me to write DARK SUN RISING in the first place. Just imagining Mel putting to rest all doubts and fully embracing her purpose.

What kind of research did you have to do for the story?

I researched a bit about medieval weapons and armor. I wanted to change it up from just your typical long swords.

Who is your ultimate book villain?

Daenerys Targaryen. She was a villain and I didn’t even know it. She made me fall in love with her and then out of nowhere dropped Drogon on Kingslanding and burned a gazillion innocent people. What a madwoman.

What inspired you to write fantasy?

I’ve always loved fantasy. I grew up reading the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Wheel of Time, and other great fantasy novels. Then there is the fact that I’m constantly wanting to read a story about gay superheroes, and of course there are very few out there. So, I decided to write my own in Mel.

Lightning Round Questions

What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

THE WHEEL OF OSHEIM by Mark Lawrence is sitting on my nightstand collecting dust, but I’m definitely going to get to it soon. I also haven’t started IRON GOLD by Pierce Brown, but I really need to read that book. I enjoyed the first three novels of the Red Rising series very much.

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?

I come from a long line of Hufflepuffs.

Twitter or Facebook?

Facebook. Twitter is too difficultat least for me.

Favorite Superhero?

Wonder Woman.

Favorite TV show?

It’s a toss up between Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, and Supernatural.

Sweet or Salty?

I’ve got a notorious sweet tooth, so sweet for sure.

Any Phobias?

Spiders! I was recently in Little Rock, Arkansas and there were spiders the size of half dollars. Scared the dickens out of me.

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

Karma Police by Radiohead.

2019 Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Thanks so much K.M. for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read DARK SUN RISING!

Thank you so much for having me! I appreciate your time!

About K.M.:
KM Martinez lives in San Antonio, Texas. She is a fan of books, sports, and movies/television. Her first novel, Dark Sun Rising, is set to be released in August 2019.
When she’s not writing book two she is busy with work, friends, family, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will win an eBook of DARK SUN RISING, INTERNATIONAL.

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