Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Blog Tour Interview with Nicola Marsh, Author of Scion of the Sun (and GIVEAWAY!)

Welcome to the Scion of the Sun blog tour! Today, I interview the fabulous Nicola Marsh, author of this book! Enjoy the interview, and please be sure to enter the giveaway and show Nicola and Month9Books some love!

Check out the rest of the tour HERE.

My review is HERE.

Meet Nicola Marsh!

Alyssa: Hi, Nicola! Thank you so much for joining today on my blog!

Nicola: Thanks so much for having me.

Alyssa: Describe Scion of the Sun in fifteen words, to someone who has never heard of your book!

Nicola: Teenage misfit enters boarding school for freakishly gifted. Teleports. Faces evil to save the world.

Alyssa: How did the idea of druids and parallel worlds and ancient gods come about?

Nicola: I wanted Holly to be bound to an ancient god, so once I started researching it, the rest flowed on from there. The more I researched druids, the more the ideas blossomed. The story took on a life of its own after that!

Alyssa: Is there anything about your book that you would change?

Nicola: I love a good love triangle so maybe I’d ramp up the sexual tension between Holly and Quinn? But I just couldn't do it because Joss is so darn sexy! And having Holly bound to her warrior just brought them closer…

Alyssa: Oh, love triangles. I try and avoid them, unfortunately. But I love boarding school settings – what made you set Scion of the Sun in a boarding school? 

Nicola: Because when the idea for the book first shimmered into my imagination, the first full paragraph popped into my head. C.U.L.T. had to be a boarding school for Holly to learn more about her ‘talents’. 

Alyssa: What type of books do you like to read? What are you currently reading?

Nicola: I love reading contemporary romances, thrillers, YA and NA. I've got so many paperbacks stacked on my TBR list, along with an overflowing kindle. I’m on deadline so the reading is taking a back seat at the moment.

Alyssa: What’s one song that really represents Scion of the Sun?

Nicola: No Aphrodisiac by The Whitlams. It’s a haunting song that reeks of loneliness and that’s what Holly feels.

Alyssa: What kind of research did you have to do for this book?

Nicola: A lot! I spent countless hours brooding over the history of Druids and Celtic legends and names.

Alyssa: How do you like your romance? 

Nicola: For adults, I love a good friends to lovers tale, or a reunion romance. With love triangles, I think they have to be done right to be effective. And not drag on. I feel like telling the heroines in some books ‘make a decision already!’

Alyssa: Um, yeah. I totally know what you mean ;) What are you currently working on in terms of Young Adult projects - something new? Anything contracted? 

Nicola: I’m contracted for 2 more books in the Solar Snatchers series, so next up I need to write book 2, Seeker of the Sun (where things really heat up for Holly!) Harlequin Teen recently released another YA of mine, Banish, and they’re keen for a follow up to that too. And I have my first New Adult novel, BEFORE, releasing December 2nd. Can’t wait!

Alyssa: And that’s a wrap! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, Nicola!

Nicola: It’s been a blast. Thanks again, Alyssa!

About the Author:

USA TODAY bestselling author Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair for adults and riveting, spooky stories for teens.

She has published 43 contemporary romances with Harlequin, Entangled Publishing and indie, and sold over 5 million copies worldwide. Her first mainstream romance BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD was nominated for Romantic Book of the Year 2012. Her first indie romance, CRAZY LOVE, was a 2012 ARRA finalist.

Her debut young adult novel, a supernatural thriller BANISH, released with Harlequin Teen August 2013, and her YA urban fantasy series kicks off with SCION OF THE SUN, November 2013, with Month9Books.

She’s also a Waldenbooks, Bookscan and Barnes & Noble bestseller, a 2013 RBY (Romantic Book of the Year) and National Readers’ Choice Award winner, and a multi-finalist for a number of awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers’ Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has also won several CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Awards.

A physiotherapist for thirteen years, she now adores writing full time, raising her two little heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, and her favorite, curling up with a good book!

About the Book:

Scion of the Sun by Nicola Marsh
Book One of the Solar Snatchers series
Publisher: Month9Books
Publication Date: November 5, 2013

Official Summary:

When she least expects it, sixteen-year old Holly Burton’s unremarkable life is shaken to the core. A vision of the mother Holly never knew leaves her questioning everything she believes.

Eager for answers, Holly enrolls at a boarding school for highly gifted students in Wolfebane, New Hampshire. But things will get worse before they get better, as Holly accidentally transports to a parallel existence where she's confronted by a dark and ancient evil.

With the help of Joss, a sexy alpha warrior sworn to protect her, and her new BFF, the equally swoon-worthy Quinn, Holly faces her fears and an unlikely adversary in a showdown that is worse than anything she could’ve possibly imagined …

Praise for Scion of the Sun:

Charmed and drawn in by Holly’s spunk and snark, Scion of the Sun will leave you spinning and falling for Joss right along with Holly. Marsh’s unique story is packed with action, mystery, romance and suspense. This is not to be missed!” – Jennifer L. Armentrout, USA TODAY Bestselling Author

The Giveaway:

One (1) print copies of Scion of the Sun by Nicola Marsh and Endless by Amanda Gray, and one (1) $15 Starbucks Gift Card (US Only)

·        One (1) ebook copy of Scion of the Sun by Nicola Marsh and Endless by Amanda Gray (INT)


  1. I want to read Scion of the Sun because it looks and sounds great thanks for the great giveaway and awesome interview Alyssa!

  2. This book sounds amazing! It is right up my alley. I can't wait to read it. :D

  3. It sounds like a book I'd enjoy, fantasy and romance. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. I own and have read many of Nicola's adult romance titles so I'm intrigued to see how she does with YA paranormal/scifi/fantasy.


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