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Monday, November 16, 2020

Blog Tour- HUNTER by @ANConway With An Interview & #Giveaway! @RockstarBkTours 

 

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the HUNTER by Nicole Conway Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About The Book:

Title: HUNTER (The Dragonrider Heritage #1)

Author: Nicole Conway

Pub. Date: November 24, 2020

Publisher: Broadfeather Books

Formats: Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 352

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, AudibleB&N, TBD, Bookshop.org

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One boy must earn the trust of a blind dragon and hunt down an elusive sorceress before she can rekindle the war that nearly destroyed their world.

As the Kingdom of Maldobar emerges victorious from the brutal invasion of the Tibran Empire, much of the land is left in utter ruin. With his home destroyed and family gone, 16-year-old Thatcher Renley has no one left to turn to. And when he’s mistaken for a Tibran soldier and banished to a wartime prison camp, Thatcher knows his only hope for freedom lies in appealing to Queen Jenna directly.

But getting out of the prison camp might be the least of his worries— especially after he stumbles across a feral dragon locked in an iron cell.

As far as dragons go, Fornax is a lost cause. The battle that killed his rider also left him blind and too aggressive for any knight to control. But Thatcher can’t deny feeling drawn to the beast. Does he have what it takes to calm Fornax and join the proud ranks of Maldobar’s dragonriders? Only time will tell. And with a bloodthirsty Tibran witch threatening to rekindle the chaos of war, everyone’s time may be running out.

 

Interview:

Two Chicks Interview

 

Hey Nicole! First I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books I’m glad you could stop by for a chat! HUNTER sounds AWESOME and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

 

For the readers: can you tell us a little bit about the HUNTER and the characters?

Well, there’s a lot of new faces in this book, but a lot of familiar ones, too. Thatcher, the lead character, has ties to the cast of the very first series but presents a completely new “feel” for a lead protagonist in this world. Murdoc, his best friend, is the polar opposite. They’ve been a very fun and entertaining bunch to write for!

What are you working on now?

A LOT. Probably too much, honestly. But since I’ve had a major shift in the trajectory of my career from mostly trad to mostly indie, I’ve had to restructure a lot of my series and chart a new course for them. It’s been an exciting challenge, honestly. I’m getting to explore things in many of my books I wouldn’t have before sheerly out of the interest of time and trying to keep my series more condensed and “trad-friendly.” Currently, I’m blasting through the next book of the Dragonrider Heritage, book three of my Spirits of Chaos series and my Mad Magic series, while also launching an all new sci-fi pen name!

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

A few. But, as strange as it sounds, several characters in this book and series are inspired by some of my pets. Phoebe is a human personification of one of our dogs, also named Phoebe. It was really fun designing her character that way—so much so that I did it again with our other dog, Joey. A not yet seen dragon character was modeled after him.

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

Oh, Murdoc has by far become my favorite in this series. He narrates a lot of book two, and while I was initially afraid he’d been too serious and grim—his dry sense of humor and sarcasm are a lot of fun. If it can go wrong for him, it probably will. And he’ll have something snarky to say about it. I don’t really have a least favorite, but there are a few that are more of a challenge. Isandri is still so mysterious to me, and her backstory makes me so sad. I’m really hoping to see her find peace at last in later books.

What is your favorite passages/scenes in HUNTER?

“You know, you’re probably the worst friend in the entire world,” I added. “Terrible. I mean, you’ve almost gotten me killed, what, like a dozen times now? You run away whenever I try to have a real, heart-to-heart conversation with you. Not to mention you lied to me about who you really were.”

His expression fell into an exasperated scowl. “I really hope there’s a point to this little speech you’re making.”

I stood, straightening my collar with my one good arm before I swaggered to the door. “But I’m the worst fighter in the world, and now you’re stuck following me into battle against an enemy I stand no chance of defeating. So, I’d say we’re about even.”

His mouth scrunched sourly. Murdoc glared at me like he was trying to weigh the risk of drawing attention from the dragonriders in the rooms nearby against how much he might like to hit me.

“Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to reserve one of the bathing stalls for you because, honestly, you smell awful and you look like you just got scraped off the bottom of someone’s shoe,” I announced.

“Thatcher,” he growled in warning.

I waved a hand dismissively. “Relax, I’ll be stealthy about it. I’ll even guard the door so no one comes in.”

“You’re about as stealthy as a cat with a string of tin cups tied to its tail.”

“Yep. And you’re about as nice as a rabid jackal. It all evens out.”

It happened so fast I almost missed it.

One second Murdoc was leering at me as though trying to decide how many of my fingers he was going to break, and the next … a broad, genuine, actual smile spread over his face.

It only lasted a second or two before he turned away and resumed his usual, brooding frown down at the floor.

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I really love this scene between Thatcher and Murdoc. It cements their friendship and really shows the balance of their personalities. Murdoc’s seen himself as a sort-of babysitter for Thatcher until this moment, but that dynamic has now shifted to a much more equal blend of give-and-take between them.

 

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

Since this is the third series in the same world, there wasn’t too much to research at this point. I did do a lot extensive world building, however, since I’m now able to stretch the story beyond the borders of Maldobar and Luntharda. It’s been really fun to get to open things up!

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend/girlfriend?

Oh. Phox Kellus from Renegade Runner. Without a doubt. He’s just the right mix of bravery, awkward romance, and sarcastic humor for me.

What inspired you to write fantasy?

My love for fantasy started really young. My mother read to me out loud a lot when I was little, and when she read The Hobbit, it sort of kindled that fire. I began reading fantasy on my own. After reading Bruce Coville’s Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher, I was totally hooked. That book was what made me want to write stories of my own. In fact, it’s the reason I named the main character in this book Thatcher—in honor of Bruce’s book and how it changed my life.

 

Lightning Round Questions

 

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

Right now? Edgar Rice Burrough’s A Princess of Mars. And loving it! Next, I’ve got a stack of Dragon Age books by David Gaider that I’ve been dying to read.

 

Instagram, Twitter or Facebook?

Instagram and Facebook. I’ve been trying to get more into Twitter, but it’s always so political, and I hate watching other people argue so I tend to stay away.

 

Favorite Superhero?

Probably Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy. She’s so complex, but brutally honest—hard and fierce, but also soft and compassionate. To me, she’s felt more genuine than a lot of the other Marvel characters.

 

Favorite TV show?
The Office

 

Sweet or Salty?

Salty

 

Any Phobias?

Heights – ironically, since I rock climb a lot.

 

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

Fallin’ (Adrenaline) by Why Don’t We

 

Winter 2020 Movie you’re most looking forward to?

TOP GUN!!!! Say what you will about Tom Cruise, but I don’t think he’s ever made a movie I didn’t enjoy. And since my husband’s a fighter pilot, we are both really pumped to see this one! Talk to me, Goose!!

 

Thanks so much Nicole for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read HUNTER!

 

 

 

About Nicole:

Nicole is an award-winning, #1 international bestselling author from North Alabama. With a passion for relatable, authentic characters and exciting, fast-paced plots, Nicole is best known for her series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES. Other published works include THE DRAGONRIDER LEGACY SERIES, SPIRITS OF CHAOS SERIES, MAD MAGIC SAGA, and THE DRAGONRIDER HERITAGE SERIES (Coming Winter 2020).

 

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Giveaway Details:

1 lucky winner will win a signed finished copy of HUNTER & swag, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

11/16/2020

Two Chicks on Books

Interview

11/16/2020

JaimeRockstarBookTours

Instagram Stop

11/17/2020

Hurn Publications

Excerpt

11/17/2020

Hurn Publications

Instagram Stop

11/18/2020

The Momma Spot for both

Review

11/18/2020

The Momma Spot for both

Instagram Stop

11/19/2020

A Dream Within A Dream

Guest Post

11/19/2020

Jrsbookreviews

Review

11/20/2020

PopTheButterfly Reads

Review

11/20/2020

PopTheButterfly Reads

Instagram Stop

 Week Two:

11/23/2020

BookHounds YA

Interview

11/23/2020

BookHounds YA

Instagram Stop

11/24/2020

Jenguerdy

Review/Instagram Stop

11/24/2020

Westveil Publishing

Review

11/25/2020

Fyrekatz Blog

Review

11/25/2020

The Reading Wordsmith

Review

11/26/2020

Books A-Brewin'

Excerpt

11/26/2020

Jaime's World

Guest Post

11/27/2020

Two Points of Interest

Review

11/27/2020

Rajiv's Reviews

Review





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