Title: COPPER RAVENS (Copper Legacy #2)
Author: Jennifer Allis Provost
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Pub. Date: June 17, 2014Pages: 248
Sara should be happy.\
She has what every girl wants: a man who loves her, a beautiful home, and wealth beyond imagining. She rescued her brother from the Peacekeepers, destroyed the Iron Queen, and doesn’t have to go to her boring job any more.
And yet… Sara still doesn’t know if her father is alive or dead. Her mother hides in the garden, brooding about her missing husband. Her sister, the Inheritor of Metal, is scared of her own shadow, and her brother spends his days fighting and gambling. To add to Sara’s misery, the new queen (gold, of course) is more than a bit crazy, she misses her life in the Mundane world, and, worst of all, Micah wants to have children. A lot of them.
As Sara wavers between happiness and homesickness, a conspiracy emerges against the Raven clan, implicating them in a plot to dethrone the Gold Queen. How can Sara prove her family’s innocence, and become the consort Micah needs her to be, without losing herself in the process?
Jennifer Allis Provost is a native New Englander who lives in a sprawling colonial along with her beautiful and precocious twins, a dog, two birds, three cats, and a wonderful husband who never forgets to buy ice cream. As a child, she read anything and everything she could get her hands on, including a set of encyclopedias, but fantasy was always her favorite. She spends her days drinking vast amounts of coffee, arguing with her computer, and avoiding any and all domestic behavior.
What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
This is the sequel to Copper Girl – which I wrote as a standalone! However, the characters kept talking long after I typed “the end”, and with the encouragement of my editor we turned Sara’s story into a series. There just might be a spinoff duology, too.
Who is your favorite character in the book?
Without a doubt, Sara’s brother, Max. He has a heart of gold, but can’t manage to think before he acts. His schemes range from badly-planned to ludicrous.
Which came first, the title or the novel?
Definitely, the novel. I knew I wanted it to center on Sara and her family adjusting to their new lives in the Otherworld, and, since their surname is Corbeau, Copper Ravens was born.
What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
When Sara gets Micah to wear a skirt for a swordplay lesson.
Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
The importance of a second set of eyes. After staring at the same words for so long, you can miss not only editorial problems, but you can lose the overall arc of the story. Every writer needs a good critique partner, one brave enough to point out the flaws.
What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love my cover! I worked closely with the designer, Lisa Amowitz. I told her that Sara’s family was driving her nuts, and we came up with having the ravens around Sara’s head. Oh, and that’s Sara’s best frenemy Juliana on the back.
What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2014?
Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
What was your favorite book in 2013?
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (see a theme?) and Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
What’s up next for you?
I’m finishing up the next two installments of the Copper series, Copper Veins and Copper Princess, along with the spinoff duology tentatively titled Redemption and Salvation. I’m also relaunching my epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan. The first in the series, Heir to the Sun, will be released in the fall. I’ve also got a few more stories in the works.
Is there anything that you would like to add?
Thank you so much for letting me stop by!
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