Hey there, everyone! Welcome to the kickoff of the God King Rising Book Tour presented by Storytellers On Tour! This upcoming week we’ve got a jam-packed schedule of features from our Roadie bloggers and Bookstagrammers showcasing the first book in Jeffrey L. Kohanek’s epic fantasy series, Fall of Wizardoms. Stay tuned, it’s going to be a great week!
A few short months ago Jeffrey visited to give us an in-depth, behind the scenes look into his tale, Eye of Obscurance, and today he’s joined me for an interview where we discuss characters, pie, advice for aspiring authors, and more. Keep scrolling to learn more about the book and author, check out some beautiful artwork, read the incredible interview, and enter to win yourself a copy of God King Rising!
We’ve enlisted a group of wonderful and talented bloggers and Bookstagrammers to help us feature God King Rising. 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.
AUGUST 11TH – THE KICKOFF
Whispers & Wonder (IG: @whispersandwonder)
Out of This World SFF
Sadie’s Spotlight (IG: @sadiesspotlight)
Beneath A Thousand Skies
I Can Has Books (IG: @Carrieicanhasbooks)
AUGUST 17TH – THE ENCORE
Queen’s Book Asylum
For more info, visit the official tour page at Storytellers On Tour.
A stirring rebellion. Unrelenting assassins. Conspiracies abound.
One rules by fear, her citizens laboring to fund the lavish lifestyle of the wizard class. The other believes in justice and compassion, earning her the love of her subjects…and the enmity of her wizard peers.
Both will die.
In one wizardom, a secret rebellion brews. A hero to the people rises, fueled by a mysterious sorcerer’s blood magic. But at what cost?
Conspiracies and assassins lurk in every shadow, threatening the throne of another nation. The scheming wizard behind it will stop at nothing to claim the crown. Yet, even he is a pawn.
What force is behind it all? What is their endgame?
Meet The Author
Jeffrey L. Kohanek grew up in rural Minnesota where comic books sparked his young imagination, inspiring fantasies of heroes with super-powers saving the day. His tastes later evolved to fantasy epics featuring unlikely heroes overcoming impossible odds to save worlds born from the writer’s imagination.
Now residing in southern California, Jeff uses that imagination to weave tales of engaging characters caught in fantastic plots to inspire young adults and the child within us all.
Thanks so much for stopping by for a chat, Jeffrey. Since we already have your official bio, care to tell us about yourself in ten words or less?
Ten words? Wow. That’s tricky. Here goes: I like pie.
Give us an idea of how God King Rising came to fruition.
When I finished writing Fate of Wizardoms, many stories in the world remained, waiting to be told. God King Rising is the beginning of one of these stories (with 5 other books in the series). Besides, I had to bring back the characters I had grown to love. If I hadn’t, my readers would have come after me.
Can you share with us something about God King Rising that isn’t in the blurb?
God King Rising centers around two plotlines that occur simultaneously in neighboring nations. The stories do relate to each other, but that does not become apparent until the end.
Was there any specific research you’ve done or inspiration you’ve pulled from for this story of yours?
Honestly, the story was very much driven by the characters in the book. They are the ones who inspire me and make it all work.
What do you hope your readers take away from God King Rising?
To be honest, I hope they come away wishing to read more tales in the world of Wizardoms. Other than that, I want readers to have FUN. I equate my books to Marvel Movies. You go in knowing you will be entertained and will likely have a good time. That’s what I want to offer readers.
What comes first, the plot or the characters?
They coexist, but I will always choose characters first. As a reader, I can read just about anything provided I have fallen in love with the characters. In contrast, I rarely make it past 30% if the characters do not interest me.
Do you have a favorite character you’ve written? If so, who? What about them sets them apart from all the others?
Yes. Jerrell “Jace” Landish. He is the self-proclaimed greatest thief in the Eight Wizardoms. His famous exploits force him to use an alternate name so others will trust him. Clever, arrogant, and full of snark, he is fun to write. I am often surprised by his outlandish antics. Also, he makes me laugh.
What do you think makes a good story?
To Quote Sanderson: A good story involves interesting characters doing interesting things. To expand that, it is important that the protagonists have a sense of agency. If readers don’t understand their motives or if the characters doing take an active approach to drive toward a desired outcome, the story is lost.
If you could go back and change how you approached writing your debut novel, what’s the one thing you’d do differently?
I heavily plotted my first novel. In the end, that restricted the character from driving the story as much as he could have. Thus, I would have plotted less and let him lead the way.
Writing can be a stressful pursuit. Do you have any tips for aspiring authors?
Don’t place so much value is what others think or in striving for perfection. Writers who do that often get stuck in the process and never actually finish a story. Any story unshared remains untold.
Ok, let’s see what kind of person you truly are.
Coffee or Tea?
Tea…Arnold Palmer style.
Winter or Summer?
Summer. I grew up in MN and have had enough of winter.
Physical books or Ebooks?
My romantic side says physical, my practical side says eBook. Practical wins.
Mountains or Oceans?
Ooo. I love both. I guess Mountains because I really enjoy hiking.
Beer or Wine?
This is the easiest one: Beer. I love beer. Give me a good wheat beer and I am happy.
Books or Movies?
Books. I AM an author.
Cowboys or Aliens?
Aliens. While I do enjoy a good cowboy movie, give me a sci-fi flick any day.
Pie or Cake?
Rural or Urban?
Suburban. LOL. I am somewhere in between.
Work hard or Play hard?
One earns you time for the other.
Enter to win yourself a copy of God King Rising by Jeffrey L. Kohanek!
Ends 8/18 • International
That’s all I got for ya! Be sure to keep an eye on the official God King Rising tour page over at Storytellers On Tour to see what the other bloggers and Bookstagrammers have to share!