Monday, September 21, 2015

Blog Tour Interview with Sandra Waugh, Author of Silver Eve (and GIVEAWAY!)

Welcome to the Silver Eve blog tour! I am so excited to be a part of the promotion for this AMAZING novel. Check out an interview I had with Sandra, and enter to win awesome prizes!

Meet Sandra Waugh!

Alyssa:  Hi Sandra!  Thank you so much for joining me today on my blog! And congratulations on another publication – I absolutely LOVED Lark Rising! So excited for Silver Eve to be out it the world. :)

Sandra: Hi Alyssa!  Thank you for inviting me into your lovely world of books!  I am so touched that you loved Lark and truly hope you enjoy Evie’s tale.  (That’s always the scary part: that the second book will have quite the different effect.)

Alyssa:  And I totally did! Evie's story was lovely. :) So let’s get to it, lady!  How was writing Silver Eve different from writing Lark Rising?  Especially being more of a companion novel with different protagonists?

Sandra:  I basically followed the principle of ‘freedom within the form’.  I had the frame of purpose set out in Book 1 (world out of balance, Guardians awakened to reclaim amulets) but I could wander—new heroine, new romance, new territories to travel and new abilities to explore.  That was a lot of fun.  I always knew that this story was going to be much darker than Lark—so was prepared. I think the challenge was revisiting characters from Lark and having to write them through a different eye, so to speak.

Alyssa:  If this series were to make it to the little or big screen, which actor and actress would you choose to play Evie and Laurent?

Sandra: I wouldn’t presume—as a reader I love having the freedom to imagine what/who the characters would look like. Some big screen choices have ruined some favorite books for me.

But… since these actors can no longer play the roles I imagine Evie and Laurent most closely resemble:  

Robin Wright, The Princess Bride

Bruce Robinson, The Story of Adele H

Alyssa: I loved The Princess Bride! What’s the one song that really represents this book?

Sandra:  It would have to be Tom Odell’s Heal.

Take my mind
And take my pain
Like an empty bottle takes the rain
And heal, heal, heal, heal

And take my past
And take my sense
Like an empty sail takes the wind
And heal, heal, heal, heal

And tell me some things last…

Take a heart
And take a hand
Like an ocean takes the dirty sand
And heal, heal, hell, heal

Take my mind
And take my pain
Like an empty bottle takes the rain
And heal, heal, heal, heal

And tell me some things last…

Alyssa:  Can you tell us anything about the protagonists of Book 3?

Sandra:  The girl has been a slave in the mines of Tyre for ten years—a world where, if you’re lucky, you’d be dead after day one.  She’s fairly feral, and not someone likely to believe there are any other protagonists in her story. But certainly she’ll have help from some familiar faces!

Alyssa:  I AM INTRIGUED. Do you have any other projects at work, besides the Guardians of Tarnec series? Or anything about book three? ;)

Sandra:  I’ve been working on a MG with a friend of mine, revising a YA contemporary fantasy, and plotting/pantsing two other fantasy WIPs. We’ll see what happens… :)

Alyssa:  Ooo, collaboration! I'm excited. And that’s all from me!  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, Sandra! And happy (early) publication to you and Silver Eve!

Sandra:  Thank you so much, Alyssa! xo

About the Author:

Sandra grew up in an old house full of crowded bookshelves, in walking distance of an old library that allowed her to drag home a sack of six books at a time. It goes without saying, then, that she fell in love with the old house in Litchfield County, CT, because of its many bookshelves, and she lives there now with her husband, two sons, and a dog who snores. Loudly.

LARK RISING is her first novel and the first in the GUARDIANS OF TARNEC series. SILVER EVE follows in 2015.

About Silver Eve:

Silver Eve by Sandra Waugh
Book Two of the Guardians of Tarnec series
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication Date: September 22, 2015

Official Summary: 

A Healer without home or purpose, seventeen-year-old Evie Carew has found the perfect place to disappear: Rood Marsh. She can easily fade into its vast wilderness of towering reeds; leave behind the growing violence that is claiming her innocent world. Leave behind the tragedy that broke her heart and sent her far from her grandmother, cousin Lark and all she once loved.

But Evie is not alone in the marsh. A seer, a Rider, and Breeders of Chaos all hunt her—for though opposed in objective, her seekers share knowledge she does not: Evie is one of the four Guardians of Tarnec, one who can help save the world from the coming destruction if she can reclaim the stolen amulet of Death. But whether she meets true love or a brutal end on such a journey is a matter of who finds her first.

About Lark Rising:

Lark Rising by Sandra Waugh
Book One of the Guardians of Tarnec series
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 23, 2014

Official Summary: 

Lark has foreseen two things—she will fall for a young man with sage green eyes, and he will kill her.

Sixteen-year-old Lark Carew is happiest close to home, tending her garden and gathering herbs for medicines. But when her Sight warns her that monsters called Troths will soon invade her village, Lark is summoned on a journey to seek help from the legendary Riders of Tarnec. Little does she suspect that one of the Riders, Gharain, is the very man who has haunted her visions. Or that the people of Tarnec have called her there for another reason: Lark is the Guardian of Life, the first of four Guardians who must awaken their powers to recover four stolen amulets. Together, the amulets—Life, Death, Dark, and Light—keep the world in Balance. To take back the Life amulet, Lark will have to discover her true inner strength and give in to a love that she swears will be her downfall. 

The Giveaway:

1 winner will receive a signed hardcover each of LARK RISING and SILVER EVE, 2 bookmarks, and shell amulet necklace.US Only.

1 winner will a signed hardcover each of LARK RISING and SILVER EVE, 2 bookmarks, and orb amulet necklace.US Only.

1 winner will a signed paperback of LARK RISING signed ARC of SILVER EVE, 2 bookmarks, 2 temporary tattoos (lark and vine), "Rain" perfume oil. US Only.


Follow the rest of the tour!

Week One
Sept. 14th | Such a Novel Idea - Interview
Sept. 15th | Kindle and Me - Excerpt
Sept. 16th | Two Chicks on Books - Interview
Sept. 18th | Book Swoon - Review

Week Two
Sept. 21st | The Eater of Books - Interview
Sept. 22nd | Paranormal Book Club - Guest Post
Sept. 23rd | Taking It One Book at a Time - Review
Sept. 24th | Fire and Ice - Excerpt
Sept. 25th | Please Feed the Bookworm - Review


  1. Great interview Alyssa! I really need to check these two books! Soon I'll add them to the TBR pile, I hope!

  2. Love the interview! This series sounds amazing, I can't wait to get into them. Thank you for the giveaway!

  3. Great interview and the books sound awesome!

  4. Gorgeous interview Alyssa :D Thank you so much for sharing. <3 I'm curious about this one. Just, sobs. Wishing the giveaway was international :D I WANTS.

  5. I loved reading your bio on your blog page. Sounds like such a fun, sweet, childhood.

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