Hey guys! Today, I’m excited to be part of the blog tour for Jennifer Allis Provost’s COPPER VIENS, book three in the Copper Legacy books! I’ve got a fun guest post from Jennifer below, but first, let’s learn about the book, shall we?
Title: Copper Veins (Copper Legacy #3)
Author: Jennifer Allis Provost
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Check out the book on Goodreads.
Sara’s pretty sure her life is perfect.
Not only are she and Micah finally married, her father, who’d been missing since the Magic Wars, has been found. Actually, he just strode up to the manor’s front door, but whatever. Sara knows better than to look a gift horse in the mouth.
But Baudoin Corbeau isn’t content to return to family life. He’s decided that he will be the force of change in the Mundane world, and lead the Elemental resistance to victory with his children at his side. What’s worse, Baudoin doesn’t approve of Sara’s marriage, and makes every attempt to separate her from Micah.
After a visit to the Mundane realm leaves Sara, Max and Sadie imprisoned by the Peacekeepers, Sara’s doubts creep to the surface. Is her father right? Does she belong in the Mundane realm, not the Otherworld? Is Micah really the right man—make that elf—for her?
Was marrying him a mistake?
Narrowing down the five most influential books on me—and my writing—was tough. As it states in my bio, I read ALL the books in my local library; okay, maybe not every single one. But I did plow through the children’s section, mythology and folklore, and was reading adult science fiction and fantasy by age twelve. Therefore, I have a list that might seem odd at first glance, but these are the books that made me a storyteller.
- Bullfinch’s Mythology by Thomas Bullfinch – If you want to learn about mythology, this is where you start. There are Greek and Roman myths, Celtic legends, and even some Scandinavian and Oriental myths. It is a comprehensive look at the stories we’ve been telling ‘round the campfire for hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of years.
- The Once and Future King by T.H. White – It’s no secret that I have a fascination with King Arthur. I’ve read every piece of fiction I could find about him, watches movies and television shows both good and bad, but this is the version that always stuck with me. White broke the story into five books, beginning with the Sword in the Stone and ending with the Book of Merlyn. Throughout it all, the tenet that might does not make right, and that the bravest people are those who don’t mind looking like cowards.
- Journey to Sorrows End by Wendy and Richard Pini – this is a novelization of the first five issues of the comic book ElfQuest. I’ve always found it odd that I came across ElfQuest as a novel first, since I spent way too much time (and money) on comics. Regardless, the story of Cutter’s tribe of Wolfriders being burned out of their forest home, and then crossing the desert into the great unknown, resonated with me. This arc sets up an amazing decades-spanning story that is still being told today.
- The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley – Aerin, princess of Damar, is as much of a misfit as one can be. She’s the king’s only child, doesn’t get along with most of her royal relatives, and the gossip is that Aerin’s deceased mother was a witch. Yet besides all of that, Aerin rises above the petty gossip and superstition, forges her own path, and saves her country. She truly is a self-rescuing princess.
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – this is cheating, since it’s a trilogy. I re-read this series every few years, and it’s always like coming home for me. LoTR was the first epic fantasy I’d ever read, and one of if not the best. It also introduced me to one of the first strong female characters I ever encountered – Eowyn, she who killed the Witch-king who could be killed by no man. Despite his strong characters and sweeping plotlines, what truly amazed me about Tolkien was that he created languages for his stories; he was a philologist by day, and held a position at the Oxford English Dictionary. I didn’t know that when I first read LoTR, and the fact that Tolkiien delved so deeply into his world that he created new languages made a significant impression on me.
Well, they you have it, five books that made me the writer I am today. What books have influenced you? Let me know in the comments. Happy reading!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library). An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. When she’s not writing about things that go bump in the night (and sometimes during the day) she’s working on her MFA in Creative Nonfiction.
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