Emily Ward is the author of Passages, Finding Fiona, and The Protectors series. One of her first stories featured a young girl whose doll came to life. The rest is history. She spent years writing mainly fanfiction (thank you, J.K. Rowling!), but has since ventured into originality. When it comes to fiction, she writes mainly young adult, contemporary, and fantasy. She also writes nonfiction, ranging from stories of her travels to thoughts on the Bible. Aside from writing, she loves reading, traveling, learning about God, sociology, religion, and Reeses sticks. Currently, she lives in Salem, Oregon with her husband Chris and their cats. Visit her website at http://emilyannward.com.
Hi, everyone! I’m so happy to be on this blog as part of my tour for my fantasy novel, Promising Light.
Promising Light is Book One of The Protectors series, and I have a few prequels, too. The series revolves around the Avialies, a shape changing family, and the Protectors, a group of noblemen who are trying to stifle magic.
I started writing Promising Light first. As I wrote it, I referenced quite a bit to Dar’s years in Shyra. I wanted to explore what happened when the curse was first cast ten years before Promising Light. I wanted to explore how the Avialies reacted. There was a lot of backstory that seemed like it’d be really fun to write.
So, I wrote the prequel novellas. At first, it was one novel, but the novel took place over eight years and it was very fragmented. It works much better as three novellas. In the first, the curse is cast, and a new Avialie moves to Shyra, changing things for Dar and his friends. In the second, Sierra, Dar’s adoptive sister, falls in love and faces choices with the Protectors. And in the third, Lisbeth and the other Avialie elders are convinced they can break the curse, but there may be catastrophic consequences to their actions.
They were really fun to write, too! I learned a lot about my characters as I gave them more background and made them fall in love and put them in different situations than just the life-or-death chase of Promising Light. There were some hard parts, too—some really hard parts to write, and if you read them I’m sure you can guess which ones.
Here is the chronological order of the books and short stories of the series:
Shifting Light (set right after the curse is cast)
Fire and Light (approximately three years later)
The End of Light (three years after the end of Fire and Light)
A Reason to Stay (a short story in the anthology Love, Me, set a year and a half after The End of Light, six months before Promising Light)
Promising Light (set ten years after Shifting Light and two years after The End of Light)
Promising Light Sequel (Title TBA, set right after Promising Light)
A lot of people ask which one they should read first. That’s up to you and your reading preferences. The prequels are lighter in tone, and the first two are pretty much YA romance.
I think the main thing it comes down to is if you want to read it chronologically (read the prequels first) or if you want to read and find out about the magical families with Grace (read Promising Light first). If you read Promising Light first, you will know what happens in the prequels. But if you read the prequels first, you already know everything that Grace is trying to figure out in the first chapters. So you lose some mystery either way.
Here are the first few paragraphs from the first chapter of Shifting Light (full disclosure: this could be a little different than the final version I’ve published since I sent this to the blogger a couple weeks ago):
The new Avialie in town was cute. No, Sashe thought, cute isn’t the right word. Dashing.
He hovered a few inches above six feet and wielded the hoe easily as he dug into the dirt. His olive-colored skin shimmered with sweat, and he wiped jet black hair off of his forehead. A streak of dirt came off his sleeve, smearing his skin.
At the time of posting this, Shifting Light should be out or very, very close to out! Love, Me is definitely out if you want to read about Grace and Dar first expressing interest in each other. Or you can jump straight into an epic novel with Promising Light.
Thank you guys for stopping by! Hopefully you visit the other stops, too: interviews with me and my characters, more guests posts, the book soundtrack, reviews, and more! Check out the full lineup. Also, we’re hosting a few ebook giveaways, a paperback giveaway, and a giveaway for a gift card. The more stops you comment on, the more entries you gain for the $20 gift card (Amazon or Barnes and Noble, your choice)!
Ebooks: Five chances to win an ebook or Promising Light over five different blogs.
Paperbacks: I’m giving away two paperback on Ritesh’s blog (Jan31th). US only.
$20 Gift Card: Amazon or Barnes & Noble, winner’s choice. International. Gain entries for each post you comment on with your e-mail and name OR gain five entries by buying Promising Light before February 15th and e-mailing your receipt to emilyannward at yahoo dot com.
Promising Light Blog Tour Stops
January 30th: The start of Author of the Week at Full Moon Bites with Holly.
January 31st: Author interview with Ritesh . Ritesh is also hosting the giveaway for two paperback copies!
February 1st: Author interview with Coral at Chaos and Insanity.
February 2nd: Grace’s Google history, an excerpt from the first chapter, and an ebook giveaway with Kate at The Southern Scrawl.
February 3rd: The evolution of Promising Light guest post and an ebook giveaway with Coral at Alchemy of Scrawl.
February 4th: “What I’d Do if I were a Shape Changer” guest post and an ebook giveaway with Kate at Who Needs Neverland?.
February 5th: If Promising Light Become a Movie guest post with Delphina.
February 6th: Author interview with Anjana at Kindle And Me.
February 7th: “What Would Your Character Do If?” Guest Post with TK Richardson.
February 8th: Excerpt with Theresa at Fade Into Fantasy.
February 9th: Characters Sierra and Sashe interview each other on Fade Into Fantasy.
February 10th: Author interview with answers from lines of the book with Evie at Bookish.
February 11th: Guest post about the prequel novellas and review with Karen at Misty Bay.
February 12th: The locations of Promising Light guest post with Vidya at Books Are Magic.
February 13th: Book Soundtrack for Promising Light with Ron.
February 14th: Character Interview with Grace, review, and ebook giveaway with Danica.
February 15th: Character Interview with Dar, excerpt, and ebook giveaway with Laurie.
Related posts: Review of Promising Light