Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Storms of Lazarus Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway

Today I'm pleased to welcome author Karen Kincy back to the blog as part of the promotional tour for the second book in her new adult dieselpunk romance series, Storms of Lazarus. I was able to pick Karen's brain a bit regarding Ardis, Wendel, and the world she's created for this series, so I hope you all enjoy the interview! Be sure and check the bottom of the post for all the details on a special giveaway as well as the full list of participating blogs.

In this second installment, Ardis and Wendel head to Königsberg, Prussia from Constantinople. Is there any particularly interesting historical tidbit or piece of trivia you learned while researching either place for Ardis and Wendel’s adventures?

Königsberg, Prussia is Wendel's hometown, and this city no longer exists in reality. (Neither does Prussia, for that matter.) Königsberg suffered heavy damages in World War II, and the Russians renamed the city Kaliningrad after they took over the city. The castle was demolished, though the cathedral was rebuilt. I had to search through old postcards and photographs of Königsberg to get a sense of this lost city where Wendel once lived. As for Constantinople, that's now Istanbul, so I had a lot of inspiration to work with. My grandpa, who's Armenian, actually came to America from Istanbul.

If you could steal one of the steampunk/dieselpunk gadgets of this fictional world for your own personal use in this reality, which one would you most want for yourself?

I would steal a clockwork dragon. (And I can't say anymore without spoilers!)

If both Wendel and Ardis were asked to name a way in which they felt the other  person was different in Storms of Lazarus from who each was in the beginning of Shadows of Asphodel, what would each of them say?

Wendel would say that Ardis is less sanctimonious, since he did think she was rather prejudiced against his necromancy when they first met. She didn't even want to touch him. But I doubt Wendel would say this to her face. Self-preservation, and all that.

Ardis would say that Wendel is finally free to become the person he could have been. He's no longer forced to work as an assassin necromancer, so he's searching for who he is now and what he wants to do with his life. She's not sure how to help him with his nightmares, but she would be damned if she doesn't try.

In Storms of Lazarus, Ardis gets to spend her first Christmas holiday with Wendel. Given the two of them are currently facing innumerable problems and therefore can’t have what one might call a normal holiday together, what would she say her ideal Christmas Eve with Wendel would consist of if possible?

Her ideal Christmas Eve with Wendel would definitely be warmer and quieter. After all, they didn't plan to spend the holiday as fugitives trudging across the snows of Bulgaria. Ardis dreams of a little cottage where they can be alone together and--finally--relax. They talk about running away together to Switzerland someday, and they aren't entirely joking.

Let’s say you’re granted the ability to jump into any piece of steampunk fiction for a single day. Which world would you be most curious to explore and which character in that world would you most want to meet?

Oh man, I would totally want to meet Nikola Tesla! I'd want to meet him in our world's history, too, but if Tesla were given steampunk technology, I'm sure he would invent something genius. As for places to visit, I'd be really curious about steampunk Japan.

I happen to have an enormous soft spot for characters who are damaged or tormented in some way, and Wendel fits that bill pretty well given everything he’s been through. Who would you say is your all time favorite damaged or tortured hero?

Maybe, just maybe, I'm mildly obsessed with Wendel. He was a character in my very first novel, which will never see the light of day, and he waited patiently until I wrote a better book for him. Besides Wendel, I would have to say I'm still a major Snape fangirl. He's definitely a hero by the end of the series, even if Harry didn't always appreciate it.

Thanks so much for stopping by Karen!

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Sometimes escape is impossible. Sometimes love isn't enough.

1913. Christmas Eve. Ardis hardly expects a quiet holiday with Wendel, between fleeing Constantinople and hiding from an ancient society of assassins. And they owe a debt to a certain archmage.

In Königsberg, Prussia, they work with Konstantin on the next evolution of Project Lazarus. Wendel once called Königsberg home, the city now besieged by the Russians and their clockwork engines of war. This may be Wendel’s last chance to save his family and find redemption, but he's tormented by nightmares and tempted by laudanum. Ardis fears her love isn’t enough to save Wendel. Her hands are full piloting the automatons, and she's terrified to tell him a secret of her own. Will they—and their love—survive the storms of war?

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Karen Kincy (Redmond, Washington) can be found lurking in her writing cave, though sunshine will lure her outside. When not writing, she stays busy gardening, tinkering with aquariums, or running just one more mile. Karen has a BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College.

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  1. I am so shallow, but the cover guy is HOT. Must read it cos of that

  2. Great interview, Jenny. I just got the first book in this series recently b/c it was a freebie! It looks wonderful. And I think it would be awesome to meet Tesla too, but seriously . . . dude was CRAZY, and I don't need spoilers to know that a clockwork dragon would be awesome. Just sayin'. ;)

    1. I want a clockwork dragon of my very own Jessica. Or a real one. Whichever:)

  3. I KNOW RIGHT? Snape is the best.. I have a major soft spot for him :)

    And I don't know where I've been living (probably under the rock) but I hadn't even heard of this series and I have no idea why since it sounds right up my alley!

    I definitely need to check this out!

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful review, Jenny! :) You always come up with the funnest questions :P :D

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

    1. ME TOO! I loved to hate him in the beginning, and then I just loved him:) So glad you enjoyed the interview Rashika!

  4. OK, that is a cool cover. It has a hot boy, a blimp and a bird. All the essential B's. ;)

    I love how you highlight books I've never heard of, Jenny. =D

    1. I was unaware blimp and bird were included in the essential B's, but in the case of this cover, I totally approve.

  5. Ahh! I didn't know Candace was organizing a tour for this second book. That makes me sad because I really loved the first book and I was excited for more adventures with these two characters. I'm going to have to purchase a copy soon! :)

    I love that the author chose Tesla in response to someone she would want to meet. I have no doubt he would create something brilliant too.

    Thanks for sharing, Jenny!

    1. Yay! I can't wait to see what you think of this one Nick:)

    2. Shoot! I sent an invite but it must have went to spam or was one of those disappearing ones. Really sorry Nick! I figured you must be too busy so I didn't follow up.

  6. Yay! I loved this. This has been such a fun series to get into. I want more!

  7. Fantastic questions Jenny! You always make the interviews so interesting! Yeah, I would take a clockwork dragon but it's a bit scary, so maybe a miniature one would be more my pace.
    Thanks for hosting a tour stop!

  8. Ooooh, finally the sequel is here! Well, Wendel look quite nice, I must say!
    Great interview Jenny! I cannot wait to read the book!

  9. Awesome interview! I remember reading a bunch of reviews about the first book and I really wanted to read it. I need to make time for both of these. I especially like the sound of Wendel (and if that's him on the cover, swoon). :D

  10. Okay... you totally had me at "a clockwork dragon"! Yes! I want one! :D You also had me at Tesla. He would totally rock steampunk! I so need to read that first book.

  11. Oh boy, I hope there is a clockwork dragon in the book. I am starting this book this weekend hoping for a great week.

  12. I love when there is Christmas Eves in books. I just love Christmas. hehe. I got the first book as a freebie on Amazon. Apparently it's good from what I hear. ;) Looking forward to get to this one. Great interview!

  13. This sounds interesting!! love the cover.

  14. Is that a raven on your shoulder or are you just happy to see me? *snort* I crack myself up. *rubs hands together at thought of clockwork dragon* And I'm all over meeting Tesla!

  15. Great insight on your book! I've always been interested in Prussia and Constantinople. Thanks for sharing

  16. I just love the book cover and the title sparks intrigue.

  17. Great interview as always Jenny :)

  18. Great questions and great answers! I love how tortured Wendel is...he is a huge draw in this series...and an author who loves Snape? Extra points to Karen!