Monday, August 19, 2019

*Book Tour & Giveaway* A Drop of Magic by L.R. Braden-GUEST POST

A Drop of Magic
The Magicsmith Book 1
by L.R. Braden
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance 

The war isn’t over . . .
With the world clinging to a fragile peace forced on the Fae by humanity after the Faerie Wars, metalsmith Alex Blackwood is plunged into the world of the half-fae who traffick in illegal magical artifacts. Her best friend’s murder and his cryptic last message place her in the crosshairs of a scheme to reignite the decade-old war between humans and fae.
Worse, violent attacks against her and the arrival of a fae knight on a mission force Alex to face a devastating revelation of who and what she is. To catch a killer, retrieve a dangerous artifact, and stop a war, Alex will have to accept that she’s an unregistered fae “halfer” with a unique magical talent—a talent that would change everything she believes about her past, her art, and her future.
Her world is crumbling around her, and Alex will have to decide who to trust if she and the world are going to survive.
A Drop of Magic is a damned fun and original read, with sass, action, hot men, and a whole lot of magic.” —Diana Pharaoh Francis, author of the Diamond City Magic, Magicfall, and Horngate Witches series

Born and raised in Colorado, L. R. BRADEN makes her home in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her wonderful husband, precocious daughter, and psychotic cat. With degrees in both English literature and metalsmithing, she splits her time between writing and art. A Drop of Magic is her first novel.

Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Oh yes. I learn a ton with every book I write, and every revision. A Drop of Magic was the very first story I ever finished, and it took a lot of revision to get where it is. Since finishing it, I’ve worked on several other books, and each one is stronger because of the lessons I learned from the ones before.

If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Emma Stone. I think she could pull off the right combination of sass and serious for Alex.

Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I write for the same reason I read: for fun. I’m not trying to teach, or preach, or convince. I just want to share a story that entertained me when it played out in my head. Hopefully it will entertain you too.

What is your favorite part of this book and why?
I don’t know about favorite, but I had a lot of fun writing the scenes where Kai fumbles colloquialisms. It not only shows that he’s not quite in sync with mortals, but allows for some amusing misunderstandings between him and Alex.

Are your characters based on real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
Alex is based loosely on me. Other than that, the characters all came from my imagination, but imagination is influenced by real life. Some characters share specific traits with people I know, many are a mish-mash of such traits, but none match enough characteristics to represent an actual person from my life.

Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?

For the most part I’ve got a pretty good handle on my stories. Sometimes scenes move around, and sometimes they take me in unexpected directions, but I always find my way back to somewhere near where I thought I’d be. The one place where my characters get free reign is in dialogue. Sometimes while I’m writing, I’ll find my characters have started chatting, or arguing, or they’ve gone off on some tangent, and I have trouble figuring out how to get them back on task.
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