Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Blog Tour Guest Post With Sharon Cameron, Author of Rook (and GIVEAWAY!)

Welcome to the blog tour for Rook by Sharon Cameron! Ready to learn all about fantasy, reality, and the world of Rook? Check out a very intriguing guest post by Sharon below, and enter to win Rook!

Check out my reviews of Sharon's books!

The Dark Unwinding | A Spark Unseen | Rook (to be posted later in the week)

Meet Sharon!

Fantasy vs. Reality

The True Story

“Truth is stranger than fiction” is one of those clichès that is a clichè because…it’s just totally true! Reality can sometimes feel like fantasy. So even though ROOK is homage to a story that is completely fiction (Baroness Emma Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel), many of its ideas are taken straight from the world we occupy. 

And so here are three fantastical elements of ROOK that are so maybe not so fantastical after all.

Polar shift

Magnetic north (the North Pole) wanders about a few degrees every year. But what if it wandered…a lot? What if magnetic north was suddenly east? Or even south? In ROOK magnetic north is northwest, and the sun rises in the southeast. But when the shift first occurred, the earth’s protective layer against solar radiation became Swiss cheese. And where the sun’s radiation hit, the result was apocalypse, an apocalypse that slowly but surely healed itself as the years went by. The survivors regrouped and rebuilt their world.

True story: The magnetic poles have actually completely reversed, north to south, at least twice in earth’s history. If there was a partial shift, however, scientific models predict…exactly what happens in ROOK.

Lost technology

In the distant future of ROOK, our world is a mystery only to be guessed at through archeological digs and plastic relicts. When the poles shifted, solar radiation not only killed humans, it wiped clean all digital information. This meant not only a total loss of infrastructure, but the loss of music, movies, pictures, communication, the basic “how to” of everything we know and do. The survivors lost their present and forgot their past.

True story: Not only could this happen, it has happened, again and again. When Rome abandoned 4th century Britain, clean water and central heating gave way to a thousand years of disease and dirt in the Dark Ages. Because people had simply forgotten how to get pure water and build a hypocaust. At least 26 ancient languages can no longer be read. Then there’s the Antikythera machine, a Greek “clockwork computer” made to calculate the movements of sun, stars and moon. It took nearly 1,500 years for clockwork to be rediscovered. Right now scientists are reverse engineering pieces of the rockets that flew to the moon in the 1960s…because no one remembers exactly how they work anymore!

Antikythera Mechanism

It all goes to show how very UN-permanent our seemingly permanent world really is. (Shiver.)

The freakish worship of Fate

“Satellite rain” would come down for hundreds of years after the loss of communications, and in the Sunken City that was once Paris (and there’s another true story, Paris really could sink!) flaming pieces of machinery falling randomly on its citizens leads to the idea of worshipping Fate. It’s a pretty creepy cult, where life and death can come down to the flip of a coin or a spin of the wheel. This is the cult that is made the one and only religion by Albert LeBlanc, power-hungry executioner of all who defy the second French Revolution.

True story: Fortuna was the name of the Goddess of Fate, widely worshipped in the Roman world, and the ancient Hebrews determined the will of God by throwing stones that worked something like dice. But it was during the French Revolution that hundreds of Catholic nuns and priests were beheaded, replacing with the church with the Cult of the Goddess of Reason. A festival was held for the Goddess at Notre Dame cathedral, with a “provocatively” dressed woman being worshipped as Reason around the former altar. But Robespierre, head of the revolutionary government, decided to have the cult founders guillotined and create his own religion: the Cult of the Supreme Being. He made himself high priest and held a mandatory, slightly sinister public mass, ordering the people of Paris to worship around a man-made mountain in the middle of the city. Six weeks later, Robespierre had been replaced and guillotined himself. Exactly as he’d done to the executed nuns and priests. Exactly as he’d done to the founders of the Cult of Reason. 

Festival of Reason

Seriously. Greek clockwork, sinking cities, and the worship of intellect as a deity. You really just can’t make this stuff up.

About the Author:

Sharon Cameron was awarded the 2009 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for her debut novel, The Dark Unwinding. When not writing Sharon can be found thumbing dusty tomes, shooting her longbow, or indulging in her lifelong search for secret passages. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.

About the Book:

Rook by Sharon Cameron
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: April 28, 2015

Official Summary:

History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she. 

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.

The Book Trailer:

The Giveaway:

5 winners will receive a finished copy of Rook courtesy of Scholastic. US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:

Week One:
4/20/2015- Xpresso Reads- Interview
4/21/2015- The Starry-Eyed Revue- Review
4/22/2015- The Eater of Books!- Guest Post
4/23/2015- Mundie Moms- Review
4/24/2015- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post

Week Two:
4/27/2015- Fiktshun- Review
4/28/2015- Bookish- Guest Post
4/29/2015- Bumbles and Fairy-Tales- Review
4/30/2015- Chapter by Chapter- Interview
5/1/2015- Winterhaven Books- Review


  1. Interesting parallels to real history. I look forward to reading the story especially since it also ties in to The Scarlet Pimpernel story.

  2. Woah, reality can be and IS stranger than fiction for sure! What a fantastic guest post, now I'm even MORE intrigued about reading Rook!

  3. Yay for awesome blog tour post Alyssa :D Loved reading it. <3 Oh, how I am excited for Rook. Just hoping that I will love it too :D It do seem pretty awesome. Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3

  4. So excited for this book, and love hearing from the author, makes me even more interested in seeing what her book is going to be like!

  5. You pretty much had me at Scarlet Pimpernel. ;)

  6. I just adore this cover. I've been waiting for so long to read it!

  7. I'm not so sure about this book, not really my Type of books :D

  8. This book looks absolutely amazing, I love the Scarlet Pimpernel!!!

  9. Oh man this book sounds incredible! I'll read any retelling of the Scarlet Pimpernel. I cannot wait to read!

  10. The Scarlet Pimpernel in the future? COUNT ME IN

  11. A retelling? Yessss. A futuristic setting? YES. THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL?!? YESYESYES!!! SO EXCITED for this to come out!

  12. I'm really looking forward to reading this book, thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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