Author: Kelley Grant
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
After a harrowing escape to the desert, Sulis Hasifel finds her calling is not yet fulfilled. Traveling to the Obsidian Temple—the site of an ancient divine battle—Sulis is tasked with mentoring Ava, a young girl with a troubled past. Together, they join a group of magically gifted warriors to re-make the very fabric of the universe. But the fate of the world hinges on whether Ava can harness her power, and some trials cannot be overcome.
Returning to Illian, Sulis's twin Kadar finds that his lover, Farrah, has abandoned their newborn daughter for the revolutionary cause. Not willing to give up his dream of a family, Kadar vows to stay by Farrah's side. But when he finds that Farrah is willing to anger the gods to aid the Forsaken caste's uprising, and as she steps farther down a violent and dark path, Kadar must decide if he will help her…or let the world spin out of control.
In this mesmerizing sequel to Desert Rising, Kelley Grant brings us back to the cities of Illian and Shpeth, drawing her epic fantasy tale closer to the trilogy's stunning conclusion.
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Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Kelley Grant. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
A: I’ve been writing since before college. But it wasn’t until college that I decided I wanted to write and publish novels. My debut novel, Desert Rising, was chosen by Harper Voyager in the open submission contest last year for their Impulse program. Only about a dozen out of the 5,000 novels submitted were chosen. It got a starred review from Publishers Weekly.
Q: Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?
A: The Obsidian Temple is the second book of the Desert Rising series. Sulis and her great feline Djinn return to be swept up in a prophecy and the secrets of her desert home. Her twin Kadar is entangled in the plight of her Forsaken love as the city of Illian erupts into turmoil.
Q: What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?
A: This is the middle novel of a trilogy. Keeping it a complete, engrossing story, while building tension for the final book, was a tricky process.
Q: Do you have a press kit and what do you include in it? Does this press kit appear online and, if so, can you provide a link to where we can see it?
A: No, I do not have a press kit.
Q: Have you either spoken to groups of people about your book or appeared on radio or TV? What are your upcoming plans for doing so?
A: I spoke on an epic fantasy panel at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo in April, along with Naomi Novik, Peter Brett and Patrick Rothfuss. I will be doing a book signing at the Book Loft in Columbus, Ohio July 26th and a writing seminar in Dover, Ohio September 26th.
Q: Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/she is? If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?
A: I am currently looking for an agent. Harper Voyager accepted my novel through an unagented period, and I chose to hire a lawyer to help negotiate my contract. I do feel it is necessary to have an agent. Agents are on your side throughout the entire publishing process – from editing to publicity. Authors can use all the support they can get in this often baffling process.
Q: Did you, your agent or publisher prepare a media blitz before the book came out and would you like to tell us about it?
A: My Harper Voyager publicist has set up a blog tour through Pump Up Your Books. Harper Voyager has reduced the first ebook of the series, Desert Rising, to $.99 as a promotion, with a teaser in the back of the book for The Obsidian Temple.
Q: Do you plan subsequent books?
A: Yes. The final book of the series will be released in Spring 2016. I am also considering a second series, set back in time, in the same world.
Q: Thank you for your interview, Kelley Grant. Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and how everyone can buy your book?
A: Website: www.kelleygrantbooks.com
The Obsidian Temple releases in ebook on July 21st and can be found in any ebookstore like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Harpercollins.com, Ibooks. The mass market paperback will release in August and can be ordered at any bookstore.
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