Today, we welcome author Mari Mancusi and some of you may know Mari by her Blood Coven Vampire series. Mari has a new book that just came out called Scorched. If you've seen the awesome cover, you know it's about dragons.
Don’t leave me here... It starts with a whisper. At first Trinity thinks she’s going crazy. It wouldn’t be a big surprise—her grandpa firmly believes there’s a genuine dragon egg in their dusty little West Texas town. But this voice is real, and it’s begging for her protection. Even if no one else can hear it...
He’s come from a future scorched by dragonfire. His mission: Find the girl. Destroy the egg. Save the world.
He’s everything his twin brother Connor hates: cocky, undisciplined, and obsessed with saving dragons.
Trinity has no idea which brother to believe. All she has to go by is the voice in her head—a dragon that won’t be tamed.
Hi Mari! Welcome to our blog! Please tell us a little bit about your creative process when you wrote SCORCHED and how is it different from your other novels?
Thanks for having me! Scorched is a bit of a departure from the Blood Coven Vampire series I’m most known for. Whereas those books are paranormal romantic comedies (edging on parody) Scorched is darker, more action-packed. I spent a lot more time developing the complex plot and fleshing out the characters to make them realistic, flawed and human. I also did a lot of time lines and graphs in an attempt to avoid time travel paradoxes.
Is SCORCHED a standalone novel or part of a series?
Scorched is book one in a planned trilogy. The second book is (tentatively) called Shattered and will be out September 2014. It will be followed by an untitled third book in September 2015. So yeah, Trinity, Connor and Caleb’s adventures are really just beginning.
We're very curious about Trinity, the main character in SCORCHED. Can you tell us more about her? What makes her stand out from other YA heroines?
She’s very stubborn and very loyal to those she loves. She’s been forced to grow up fast—with her mother committing suicide and her grandfather behaving more like a child than a guardian. It’s up to her to make sure his museum stays open, the bills get paid, the groceries get bought. It’s tough for a sixteen year old and sometimes the only thing that gets her through the day is “Fields of Fantasy” – her favorite videogame.
Besides Trinity, we also have twin brothers Caleb and Connor who seemed to be as different as night and day. Who are you more like between the two?
While I understand where Connor is coming from—if dragons killed my family I wouldn’t be too fond of them either—at the same time I can totally see why Caleb wants to save them. I mean—dragons! Baby dragons! Who doesn’t want a baby dragon as a pet?
Connor is steadfast, sturdy, brave and loyal whereas Caleb is cocky and sardonic—while hiding his inner pain. I think growing up I was more of a Caleb—always feeling second best and not worthy of attention and affection from those around me.
We love a good romance in our reads and from the book's description it sounds like there's going to be some kind of love triangle. Can you tell us a little about the romance? Can we expect some kissing and/or swoon-y moments in SCORCHED?
Oh yeah! While I don’t want to give too much away I will say (to paraphrase the Princess Bride) this is a kissing book. Though it’s not a full fledged love triangle Trinity definitely develops feelings for both boys and their very opposite missions to save the world. That said, it’s not all tied up in a neat bow at the end of the story—it’s something that will continue to be explored in more depth in the other books.
This or That lightning round--you must choose one or the other and you cannot explain your answer:
Early bird or night owl? Early bird
E-books or physical books? Physical books
Cookies or cake? Cookies
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Mac or PC? Mac
Writing space: Quiet or with background noise? Quiet
Thank you so much for answering our questions, Mari!
Thank you for having me!
Guys, Scorched is already out in your favorite bookstore and public library (if it's not, suggest this title to your librarian!).
Michelle & Leslie
P.S. My review of Scorched will be up next week.
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