Blog Tour: The Blood Prince by Josie Jaffrey

Last year I discovered Josie Jaffrey, an independent author who has written a vampire series. I have loved The Sovereign Series thus far and look forward to its completion. I thought I would connect with Josie and ask her a few things I was curious about.
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The Blood Prince, the third in the Sovereign series, is being released 20 February. Can you summarise the story up until now in a few sentences?
In the last city on Earth, a race of vampiric Nobles rules over the remnants of humanity. Julia, a human server, has caught the attention of two Nobles: one who loves her, and another who has rather darker feelings. Meanwhile, a Noble named Cam is trying to save the city by bringing back its old king and queen, but the monarchs are more interested in finding their missing son than in ruling their subjects. Both Julia and Cam are looking for a way to liberate humanity, and that’s where The Blood Prince starts.

Without giving anything away, what can we look forward to in reading The Blood Prince?
There’s action, romantic tension, betrayal and an awful lot of zombies. As the book is the last in the Sovereign trilogy, it brings together all the threads from the previous books into a big, bloody climax.
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I have enjoyed reading your story up until now Josie. And one needs to wonder – why vampires? What sparked your interest in writing stories about them?
I’ve always loved vampires. I was a huge Buffy fan, following every season as they came out, and I eventually ended up reading a lot of vampire paranormal romance stories. However, there was nothing that EXACTLY hit the spot for the kind of vampires I was looking for. I wanted them scary, and I couldn’t understand why all the books I read had worlds in which vampires were present, but not in charge. That made no sense to me. If they were as strong and powerful as all that, I thought that surely they’d take over the world. That was my starting point for the Solis Invicti series, which led naturally into its sequel series, the Sovereign trilogy.
One thing I am always curious about is a person’s writing process. What is yours? Are you one who plans? Or do you build the story as you go along?
I spend months or even years thinking idly about a story before writing much down, but after that I usually take a week to write out a rough plan for where the story is going. That might only be a sentence for each chapter, or I might have entire scenes in my head that I want to play out in a particular way. Parts of the story always suggest themselves as I go along, and I end up drawing in all sorts of details I never imagined would be in the story. I often simply design the characters, then wind them up and see where they go. Frequently, I have to stop and replan a novel when I get a third of the way through, because I realise that it’s suddenly going in a completely different direction. I try to go with the flow rather than fight that!
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What can readers expect after The Blood Prince?

I’m going to be writing more in the world of the Silver, but not for a little while. I’m thinking about doing some prequel murder mystery stories set before the Solis Invicti series, so that’ll probably be the next thing I write in this world.

In the meantime, I’m busy working on projects that I hope to get published traditionally. Some of those are YA and some adult. The next thing I’m writing is a fantasy trilogy with a serial killer as the main character, which is something a little different, but still on-brand for me, I feel!
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I wish Josie luck with her future plans. If you want to learn a little more about the third book in The Sovereign Series, head on over to the other blogs on the book tour to read some reviews.
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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019
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Cover Reveal: The Blood Prince by Josie Jaffrey

Today Josie Jaffrey, an independent author of Young Adult dystopian stories, has revealed the cover for her third book in the Sovereign Series.

I have read the first two books in the series – The Gilded King and The Silver Queen (click on the titles for my reviews) and loved them.

I am eager to read the culmination of the story and to find out what happens to my favourite characters.

What do you think of the cover for the third book?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Book Review: The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey

I came across Josie Jaffrey, an independent author, on Instagram. After contact with her, she offered me a copy of her latest Young Adult fantasy novel, The Gilded King. As I enjoy this genre, I agreed to read and review her work.

Blurb:

In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well. Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, a boy who believes in fairytales that Julia’s world cannot accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape int the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside. But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained. Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight. One way or another, the walls of the Blue are coming down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.

My thoughts:

From the first page of this novel I was drawn into Jaffrey’s world and swept away by her prose. The world she has created is refreshingly different and, even though it does not exist, her description of the Blue (and later the Red) captured my imagination and allowed me to suspend disbelief. I fell in love with the characters Julia and Lucas – and grew to distrust other Nobles living within the Blue. As the story moved to a climax, I held my breath and hoped for the survival of my favourites. The writer expertly takes you through a range of emotions, and does not allow you to put down her novel and forget her story.

I loved reading The Guilded King. the first in the Sovereign series. As the story came to a close, Jaffrey left me on tenterhooks, anxiously waiting for the next installment. Her writing and storytelling has converted me into a fan and I know that I am going read everything that she has previously written. If you love fantasy fiction, you should seek out a copy of this tale – you will not regret it.

I give this novel ⭐⭐⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This novel was the 52nd in my 50 book pledge for 2018)

Book Review: Vengeance Wears Black by Seumas Gallacher

Last year, a couple of months before Christmas, I entered a giveaway on one of Susan Toy’s blogs, Reading Recommendations and I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the recepients to receive a book. My choice was an author I had not read before but had noticed around the blogosphere: Seumas Gallacher.

TIMG_7475he past two weekends has seen me reading the words in Vengeance Wears Black, a crime thriller. The novel drew me in from the first line and kept me interested until the last page. This fast-paced thriller centres around the character Jack Calder, an ex-SAS agent and security specialist. The action begins with a deadly grenade which is thrown into a Chinese restaurant in the West End in London at lunchtime, and continues into the world of the drug trade. Readers are taken from London to spots in Europe with Jack Calder and his ISP colleagues.

Reading this novel made me think of fast-paced Hollywood action movies. I turned the pages quickly and regretted the moments when I had to put the novel down. The second Jack Calder novel is one that I would recommend, especially if you enjoy reading fast-paced stories that are succint and full of action. I enjoyed this read and look forward to reading the next one featuring the former SAS agent.

Do you enjoy reading fast-paced thrillers?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

A Pair of Books

I have a pair of books on my TBR (to be read) pile that were written by bloggers I have followed for a few years now: T.B.Markinson at 50yearproject.wordpress.com and John Amici at fromthebartolinikitchens.wordpress.com.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
A pair of book written by bloggers. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

This weekend I decided I needed a break from working and planning my lessons. To relax, I made a cup of tea and opened T.B’s latest novel. I did not regret my action.

Did you relax a little with a book this weekend?

This post was inspired by Hugh’s Photo Challenge. The prompt this week is: pair)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

Book Review: Claudia Must Die by T. B. Markinson

claudia_frontI have just completed the fourth novel by T. B. Markinson, Claudia Must Die. From the first paragraph of this story, I was hooked. I had all these questions in my mind as I was reading the first page: Who is this Claudia? Why was she being hunted? Why was she looking for a woman similar in appearance to herself?

As I read on, my questions were answered – but my curiosity did not wane. Claudia is a woman on the run: she has left her gangster husband taking a lot of his money with her. She finds a way out of her dilemma but her plan goes awry. Unplanned events happen one after the other and snowball into a solution Claudia never thought of happening.

I enjoyed this novel by Markinson and believe it to be her best yet. This story is different from the others she has written and yet the story has been well told. Markinson’s characters are believable and their actions realistic. Claudia’s original intentions may be suspect – and yet one grows to understand the reasons for her actions. I found myself flipping the pages of my reader quickly to see whether the end may be a positive one for her. For a light read that has a bit of thrill in it, I recommend Claudia Must Die.

To connect with T. B. Markinson, you can find her on her blog Making My Mark.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014