Welcome to my post for the Rise of the Arcane Fire book tour! I have a guest post from the author coming up, as well as a giveaway for a copy of Rise of the Arcane Fire and swag. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:
Release date: February 4, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA Steampunk Romance
Series: The Secret Order #2
After her parents died in a fire and her grandfather disappeared, Meg Whitlock thought her life had come to a standstill. But when she learned that the pocket watch her grandfather left her was really an intricate key, Meg, with the help of a stable hand named Will, uncovered the Amusementists: members of an elite secret society dedicated to discovery and shrouded in mystery.
Now the Amusementists are convening in London, and Meg is determined to join their ranks. But being the first girl in the Order has its difficulties, and with Will away in Scotland Meg fears she can’t trust anyone but herself. Her worries are only supported by the sabotage happening at the academy, with each altered invention being more harmful than the last.
With threats lurking around every corner, and while trying to prove her worth as the first female Amusementist, Meg must uncover the identity of the academy’s saboteur before the botched devices become deadly. And after she finds evidence of a sinister and forbidden invention, Meg must stop it - or risk the entire future of the Amusementists.
I read this book and totally loved it! Too see my review of it, go here.
Now she is a military wife and mother of two young children. She is also terrible about spoiling her pets. She has one fluffy mutt, two cats who think they own the world, and a fish tank with a quartet of fat fish, and two secretive striped ninja-assassin snails.
In the course of her adventures, she has worked as a zookeeper, balloon artist, and substitute teacher. Now she enjoys writing books for teens who enjoy mystery and adventure as much as she does.
When I first started developing the idea for The Secret Order trilogy, I knew I wanted to present science and technology as magical things. I had just bought a new iPhone at the time and I remembered marveling at how the phone was smaller and more elegant than things I had seen in Science Fiction, and yet I essentially had a computer that was more powerful than the ones that sent a man to the moon. And it fit in my pocket.
I was suddenly entranced once again with technology, but I looked around and it felt like everyone was simultaneously wishing they could do magic in a post-Harry Potter Muggle world, and yet blind to the magic that technology creates for us. I began to imagine inventors as wizards of our time, and engineers as sorcerers. I wanted to create a series that celebrated that.
When I looked around at my options in Science Fiction, it seemed only natural to align myself with a movement of fiercely artistic people who are driven to create a vision, whether that vision is a picture, a costume, a sculpture, a modification, or a story. The Victorian era held the sense of wonder and innocence toward technology that helped me frame science as magic, and the Steampunk aesthetic has a fairy-tale elegance to it that also serves my purposes well.
More than anything, Steampunk is fun.
I had a great time writing RISE OF THE ARCANE FIRE and turning my impetuous adventurer Meg, into an inventor and engineer. I think the discipline helped shape her into a more thoughtful person, even though she still has a little more growing to do. But that is what book three is for.
I hope everyone enjoys LEGACY OF THE CLOCKWORK KEY, and RISE OF THE ARCANE FIRE, and I hope the spirit of invention burns brightly in all of us.
Up for grabs is a signed copy of Rise of the Arcane Fire and a swag pack. US only. Ends February 13.