Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Class of 2014 Day 1 ~ Lori M. Lee


Welcome to the first day of Class of 2014! For the next couple weeks, I'll be spotlighting some of this year's debut authors. I wanted a way to celebrate both my high school graduation and one year blogoversary, so I decided to feature authors of the same "class" as me on Reading is My Treasure! (Want to learn more about this event? Go here.)

I have an interview with Lori M. Lee, the author of Gates of Thread and Stone, to share with you today. This is one of the summer releases I'm looking forward to the most because . . . well, you can read the description. It sounds so good!

Lori is the author of young adult fantasy Gates of Thread and Stone, coming August 5, 2014 from Skyscape. She has a borderline obsessive fascination with unicorns, is fond of talking in capslock, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, kids, and a friendly pitbull.

Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Skyscape
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Pre-order: Amazon / B&N / The Book Depository
Find it on Goodreads

Goodreads Description: 
In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.

In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.
First of all, tell me a random fact about yourself.

I visited Door County, one of the most popular tourist locations in Wisconsin because of the vineyards and the apple orchards and the gorgeous pockets of nature right off Lake Michigan. But all I brought back were 2 pounds of fudge. My priorities, I tell you.

Where did the idea of your book come from?

It was the marriage of two separate ideas. A girl with the ability to manipulate time combined with my fascination of mind-controlled super soldiers. The story developed naturally once I realized the two ideas were better off together than apart.

What can readers expect from Gates of Thread and Stone?

Magic, manipulation, and mind control ;) I have a soft spot for strong family relationships so expect a bit of that as well.

Describe a few of the main characters in Gates of Thread and Stone.

Kai can be guarded sometimes. She has a lot of questions about her powers and her past, so it’s hard to let people know her when she’s not entirely sure she even knows herself. She wants to reach out and make friends and be normal, but it just doesn’t come naturally to her. In that respect, she’s kind of na├»ve, and it’s gotten her into trouble in the past. But who can blame the girl when her role model is Reev? Reev is her brother, and he’s pretty stoic. He doesn’t make friends by choice, mainly because he’s got just as many secrets as Kai. Then there’s Avan, one of the few people Kai trusts. He’s got a good heart and is loyal to a fault, although he’s done things that make Kai question his self-worth.

What do you believe makes a good fantasy?

Every good story needs a compelling plot and interesting characters, but a good fantasy also needs organic world building. A richly developed world goes a long way in capturing a fantasy lover’s heart. But again, it can only go so far—it has to be paired with great storytelling.

How does it feel to read the amazing author blurbs your book has gotten?

Unendingly grateful. And confusing because I want to ask them, “Are you sure this is how you feel?” Haha. I love my book and every author hopes others will love it too, but I’m still left in awe that these amazing authors read and enjoyed my book. It’s extremely cool.

Who has been your biggest cheerleaders in your writing career so far?

My critique partners, Mindee and Lauren, have been two of the most supportive people I’ve ever been blessed to meet. They’ve been there with me every step of the way to cheer and push and pep talk and guide me.

Thank you for answering my questions!
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Edit: I decided I really want to give this book away! I'm giving away two ebook pre-orders to Gates of Thread and Stone. The giveaway is international and, because I don't see a pre-order button for a Nook edition yet, will be sent from Amazon. The giveaway ends on June 18th @ midnight PST. I will announce the winners on Twitter and will send emails to the winners. If you win, you have 48 hours to respond and claim your prize.

Good luck!

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I hope you enjoyed the interview and giveaway. Come back tomorrow to read a guest post from another 2014 debut author.

Hint: a new excerpt for her July release is being released today.

34 comments:

  1. I have this on my radar too! Looks like an awesome book and I can't wait to read it. Love seeing Lori Lee's answers especially the one about what makes a good fantasy. I completely agree with her. Can't wait to see and hear more about this book and read it myself! I love this idea too :-)

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    1. I love the answer about what makes a good fantasy too. :) I can't wait to read it either! Thank you, Kristen.

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  2. This looks great!! Very exciting, and great interview!

    Sarah Allen
    (From Sarah, With Joy)

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  3. I'm so excited about this book! I'm glad to hear it features strong family relationships. I always love those. Great interview, and thanks for the giveaway.

    Cynthia @ Jellyfish Reads

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    1. I'm glad to hear that too. :) I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. You're welcome!

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  4. I actually hadn't heard of this book until now but magic, manipulation and mind control? COUNT ME IN!

    Also I love how the author said she believes in strong family relationships. So many YA books suffer from the missing parent syndrome and so many have 'bad' parents which is why it's reassuring to hear that strong family relationships will be a part of this book! :)

    Thanks for sharing, Kaitlin!! :)

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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    1. Magic, manipulation, and mind control would've caught my interest in the book too if I hadn't already been aware of it. I'm glad I got to introduce you to something new. :)

      I love how she believes in strong family relationships too. There needs to be more books with a strong focus on that.

      You're welcome, Rashika!

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  5. This book sounds so interesting! Adding it to my TBR list. :)

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  6. I absolutely LOVE the cover! I am looking forward to this book! :D

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  7. This sounds like an awesome plot in a book and that cover is really amazing D: I think Kai sounds like a pretty cool character too. I've added this to my TBR list, because well, I need to read this!

    http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2014/06/notd-sunshine.html

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    1. I'm glad you added it! It sounds amazing and I hope you end up loving it!

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  8. Great interview! I agree with Lori--richly developed worlds are great, but it needs awesome storytelling too. Also, I'm SO EXCITED for this book! Fantasy, time-travel, and magic? Count me in. Plus that cover is super GORGEOUS. :)

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    1. I'm glad you liked the interview! This is a very good book to be excited for. :) (I love that cover too--so pretty!)

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  9. Cool Interview! Ever since I saw a post where Danielle Jensen, the author of Stolen Songbird (a book I absolutely LOVED) recommended Gates of Thread and Stone as a great upcoming debut, this book has been on my radar. For me, Lori seems to understand what makes a perfect fantasy... good world building, richly developed characters, and magic. I also love that she says she has a soft spot for strong family relationships. Families are sometimes a missing factor in today's novels, so the fact that element is in GoT&S is awesome. =D

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    1. I'm really looking forward to the strong family relationships in GoT & S too. I agree: families are a missing factor, and I would like to see more of it.

      I'm glad to hear you loved Stolen Songbird! I just bought that one last week. By the way, June 16th may be a good day to stop by my blog . . . ;)

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  10. I've been dying to get this book since last year and now I have it preordered and just cannot wait!

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    1. Yay! I'm so excited to read it too. :)

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  11. This is one of my most anticipated releases of 2014 and that cover is STUNNING. Awesome interview!

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    1. I'm so glad you're excited for it! It's sounds amazing. :)

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  12. Interesting how she came up with the idea! :)

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  13. This one look great, we don't know this author in France and the cover is gorgeous.

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  14. Very interesting back story to the book! I like the premise, so this one is in my sights!

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    1. Awesome! I really hope you read this one sometime. :)

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  15. I really can't wait to read this book, the cover is so beautiful. And a Labyrinth I love seeing how different authors work it.

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    1. I love seeing that too. Labyrinths are so interesting!

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  16. I really wasn't sure about this one, but after the interview and the TONS of good press I've been seeing, I am definitely going to check it out!

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  17. Such a good interview. I hadn't heard about this book before but after this, I'm interested to see what comes of it.

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