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“Welcome, welcome, everyone… grab a coffee, have a cookie or two, and sit right down! Today we have the delight of hosting author Aubrie Dionne on her virtual book tour—some of you may remember her from last August, when she stopped in to promote her first full-length science-fiction novel, Paradise 21.
And guess what? It’s sequel time! And, if that’s not enough for you, we have a prequel novella to celebrate as well! It’s a two-in-one release celebration—something for long-time readers, and something for those of you new to the series.
But that’s enough talk from me, you want to meet the author!
Thanks for joining us today, Aubrie! It’s great to have you back here at Literary Coldcuts on Toasty Buns.
So tell us: a novel and prequel novella both released this month… how does it feel? Do you have an elated sense of accomplishment, or do you just want to lie down and sleep for a month?”
“I’m very excited! I wrote them at different times (thank goodness) But, Entangled thought it would be great to release them at the same time, since they are companion novels following one of the characters in each book. I’m hoping to draw in readers to the series by offering a cheaper ebook as a prequel.”
”I like the way you think! Sneaksy, I say! Plus, everyone loves prequels. That said, in terms of putting together a sequel, when it came to the writing process was there anything you found easier or more difficult when it came to writing the Tundra 37? How did the process compare to writing Paradise 21?”
“I wanted to make it even better than Paradise 21. You know what they say about sequels not being as good. So, I tried to delve deeper and go further with the plot and all of the characters in it. This book is longer and more complex, but still has the action, adventure, and romance that the first one did.”
“Of course, of course. But let’s cut to the chase: Inquiring minds want to know—which of your heroines do you think you’d get along with best, Aries or Gemme? Or maybe Skye?”
“Gemme, of course, because she’s the tamest one of the bunch. The other two might just dominate my personality or scare me! Gemme is sweet and kind-hearted and would be a great person to take to the mall on a day off!”
“A nice person on an ice planet? That seems almost cruel! Though I haven’t read it yet, I’m looking forward to reading your description of the ice planet, and I’m wondering… are you the kind of author who gets really into character while writing? I guess what I mean is, did you find yourself feeling sympathetically cold during the writing process?”
*shivers just thinking about being cold*
*looks at Faith like she’s crazy because she lives in Canada and is supposed to be used to the cold*
“Living in NH, I’m cold from November until March! I wear pants underneath my dress, long underwear, two sweaters, gloves, a hat…you name it. and I’m still cold. So, I have a lot to draw on for Tundra 37!”
“Well, I’m just glad your fingers haven’t fallen off yet… er, anyway, what’s up next in the New Dawn series? Will we see a return of familiar characters, or meet new faces, or should we just hold our collective breath and be surprised?”
“I’m editing the next novel in the series: Haven 6. This one ties in everything from the first three books. You’ll get to find out what happened to Aries and Striker, meet the bird-alien people that hatched from the eggs, and get answers to the mysterious golden swirls in the orb in Tundra 37. The final battle is epic, and I hope the conclusion is satisfying!”
“Fantastic! Who doesn’t love epic battles???”
*stares around the room*
“Just one more question for today, Aubrie, since I’m curious and like to know these things: What are you reading right now?”
“I just finished an awesome book called Lockdown: Escape from Furnace about a boy who’s incarcerated for a murder he didn’t commit. It’s like the Shawshank Redemption crossed with a horror movie all in one. I loved it.”
”Oooh! I haven’t heard of that one! I’ll have to look it up. Well, thanks so much for joining us today, Aubrie, and best of luck on the rest of the blog tour… and with those edits!”
“Thanks for having me here today, Faith! Great questions!”
“If anyone here today is interested in obtaining a copy of any of Aubrie’s books, just go ahead and click the links below—and stay tuned for reviews of Tundra 37 and A Hero Rising in the coming weeks!”
Aubrie is an author and flutist in New England. Her stories have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, A Fly in Amber, and several print anthologies including Skulls and Crossbones by Minddancer Press, Rise of the Necromancers, by Pill Hill Press, Nightbird Singing in the Dead of Night by Nightbird Publishing, Dragontales and Mertales by Wyvern Publications,A Yuletide Wish by Nightwolf Publications, and Aurora Rising by Aurora Wolf Publications. Her epic fantasy is published with Wyvern Publications, and several of her ebooks are published with Lyrical Press and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. When she’s not writing, she plays in orchestras and teaches flute at Plymouth State University and a community music school.