Today marks the official kickoff of the Fly Free Book Tour presented by Storytellers On Tour, and throughout the week we’ve got a great lineup helping us feature Allison Rose’s YA Fantasy novel! I’m very much looking forward to hearing what our hosts have to say in the coming days, so be sure to keep an eye out for some incredible content.
Allison was kind enough to stop by to have a chat about how Fly Free came into fruition, her favorite character she’s written, and what lies ahead. So, keep scrolling for the tour schedule, more info about the book, the interview and a giveaway!
We’ve enlisted a group of wonderful and talented bloggers and Bookstagrammers to help us feature Fly Free. This is what we have going on, so make sure to check out each and every one throughout the week for some brilliant content, including reviews and more.
JANUARY 10TH – THE WELCOMING
Whispers & Wonder
Sadie’s Spotlight (IG)
Jorie Loves A Story
Gwendalyn’s Books (IG)
JANUARY 16TH – THE ENCORE
Queen’s Book Asylum
For more about this tour visit Storytellers On Tour.
In the land of Faerie, lies are easily disguised as truths.
They were raised like sisters, the heir to the Court of the Day and her guardian.
And as rebellion darkens the land of the Day—and the faeries of Court fall under a dark magic that disconnects them from the land, dooming them to a slow, agonizing death—they will question all they know to be true.
Sevelle, the Light of the Day, is destined to rule one day. She possesses a rare form of magic, the ability to heal the powerful connection between faeries and the magic in the land, the connection that gives them life—if only she could figure out how to use this magic, or even find it within herself.
Jae lives in the shadows, watching over Sevelle as her guardian and listening to the whispers of Court brought to her by the winds. She longs for a life outside of Court, but knows her duty to Sevelle is more important than her own desires.
But when an unexpected proposition comes from none other than Lex, son of the rebel leader, Sevelle and Jae realize their lives will never be the same—and that evil may be within their own court more so than in the rebels that oppose them.
Walking paths far different than they imagined separates the sisters, but then a secret is revealed that may break them apart forever.
Fly Free is the first installment of the Light of Faerie series. Enter a land of magic in the midst of a power struggle, where all is not as it seems and love may be found in the most unlikely places.
Meet the Author
Driven by a lifelong passion for words and reading fantasy novels, award-winning author Allison Rose writes YA fantasy stories featuring faeries, magic, and strong heroines. She has a BA in psychology and is fascinated by how other people think, but her love for reading and writing is greater. When Allison isn’t writing, she is editing and proofreading the works of others. Allison lives with her husband, collie mix, bunny, and chinchilla in the place of wild weather also known as Buffalo, New York.
Thanks so much for stopping by for a chat, Allison. Since we already have your official bio, care to tell us about yourself in ten words or less?
I live for fantasy books, coffee, dogs, and nature.
Give us an idea of how Fly Free came to fruition.
I worked on Fly Free for years. It was the second story I ever wrote (I don’t speak of the first.), and I actually put it aside while I published other books because I didn’t feel it was complete yet. Once I came dusted it off, I overhauled it until I was happy with the version I published. Many tears and a lot of labor went into this book.
Can you share with us something about Fly Free that isn’t in the blurb?
There’s a huge plot twist.
Was there any specific research you’ve done or inspiration you’ve pulled from for this story of yours?
A lot of it is based on personal experience and my own overactive imagination, but the idea for the Whisper Wood came from the “Suicide Forest” in Japan.
What do you hope your readers take away from Fly Free?
That you can be whatever you choose to be.
What comes first, the plot or the characters?
When I started writing Fly Free, the plot came first. I think that’s why the earlier version didn’t sit so well with me. Once I came at it from a more character-based approach, it all came together.
Do you have a favorite character you’ve written? If so, who? What about them sets them apart from all the others?
My favorite of Fly Free’s cast is Sevelle. Mostly because of her unfailing kindness and the fact that she’s the chosen one. Though she may be naïve at times, she is what I aspire to be.
What do you think makes a good story?
Relatability, originality, and magic.
If you could go back and change how you approached writing your debut novel, what’s the one thing you’d do differently?
Take a more character-based approach.
Writing can be a stressful pursuit. Do you have any tips for aspiring authors?
Don’t compare yourself to others. It is the worst killer of creativity.
Ok, let’s see what kind of person you truly are.
Coffee or Tea?
Both, but usually coffee.
Winter or Summer?
Physical books or Ebooks?
Mountains or Oceans?
Beer or Wine?
Neither. But if I had to pick, wine.
Books or Movies?
Cowboys or Aliens?
Pie or Cake?
Rural or Urban?
Work hard or Play hard?
Thank you again for taking the time have a chat, Allison. Tell us what lies ahead for you!
Thank you for your thoughtful questions! I will be publishing the final book in my other series, Tales of an Outcast Faerie, in October 2021. Then the sequel to Fly Free will be released in January 2022. I also have a lot of other creative ideas I want to explore this year (and another world entirely), so expect some more books in 2022!
Enter to win yourself one of three paperback copies of Fly Free by Allison Rose!
Ends January 19th. US Only.
That’s all I got for ya! Be sure to keep an eye on the official Fly Free tour page over at Storytellers On Tour (https://www.storytellersontour.online/2020/12/09/tour-schedule-fly-free-by-allison-rose/) to see what the other bloggers have to say!