Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Book Spotlight + Guest Post: Forest's Heir by Ley Hayley


Another wonderful book spotlight for you today my friends! Best of all, it's paired with a guest post from Ley Hayley herself. Are you a fan of Fantasy? You'll want to check this one out.

Seventeen year old Rosalind Rowan was born a princess, the apple of her father's eye. She loves the thick forests and lush meadows of the Forested Land. She is sometimes selfish and reckless, but she is also kind and loves fearlessly. Rosalind--who is known to everyone but the Queen as Rose--is desperately in love with Gavin Ashford, the dashing and intriguing son of an important lord. She wants nothing more than to marry Gavin and live in a country manor, far away from court. Because once her older sister marries, Rosalind must take up the position of Regent of the Forested Land. But things aren't always simple. When Rosalind uncovers abilities she should never have and sickness tears through the kingdom, the ordered world Rosalind thought she knew threatens to crash around her.

Rosalind must choose between love and duty. But what happens when the two become intertwined?
Please read on to find Ley Hayley's guest post, along with a giveaway! I'll also include some more link goodness at the bottom :). Enjoy!

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While I absolutely love the world of the Elemental Royals, I’m looking forward to the next project I get to work on. I hate to say it, but sometimes writers to get a little bored with some of the worlds they write. We love our characters, we love those worlds that we’ve built, but sometimes it gets to the point where we are drained of the power we have to keep building on that place.

Sometimes we’ve just got to go somewhere else.

I spent my winter holiday writing a brand new novel, one that I finished in a month. It was a remarkable feat. Something I never thought I could do, but I did. It was interesting to go from a medieval world and magic to a futuristic planet. From fantasy to sci-fi dystopia. And then there’s the novel that I wrote years ago that was an urban fantasy/paranormal novel.

It isn’t always about going away from a world completely. Sometimes it’s about getting a break from a world. That’s what I did over the holidays. I took a break from the world I’d build around Elemental Royals and hopped into a new world. And that’s always fun. That’s one of the best parts of being a writer—building a new world.

Characters are cool and other things like that are pretty awesome, but it’s the world building that really makes me happy. What does it look like? Where is it? Has anyone ever seen anything like it before?

Honestly, how cool is it that I get to write a story one day that takes place in a medieval world with princes and princesses, and the next day I get to go out into space somewhere and create this brilliant new planet with red grass and indigo skies? Everything about this world is just waiting to be discovered, sitting out there in this blank nothingness for me to find and put together. Like puzzle pieces, I get to spread the details out on a table and put them together to show this whole new world that is new and beautiful and—maybe—deadly. You have to admit that’s pretty cool.

Being a writer has been my dream my entire life. I used to think it was all about writing stories. Now I know that it’s more than just putting words on a page. It’s about bringing out emotions and making these amazing new things come to life. It’s amazingly awesome.

And I wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world.

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