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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Flames of Auriel by Erin Bedford - Interview, Book Review & Giveaway

About Erin Bedford

Erin Bedford is a new fantasy romance author, a computer programmer by day, and a hobby hoarder. She enjoys playing RPG games alongside her husband as well as inventing nonsensical games for her daughter's amusement. Erin lives in the Omaha Nebraska Region and dreams of one day moving where the word snow is nonexistent.
Creating fantastical worlds has always been a secret passion of hers and she couldn't imagine writing any story without some kind of lovey-dovey or smexy goodness in it.

1) Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Well in the “real world”, I am a computer programmer. I make a lot of web based application for data entry purposes. Exciting I know. Every other minute, on break, at home, or on the road, I am writing the next story screaming to get out of my brain.

2) What inspires you?

A lot of things inspire me. Movies, books, music. Going out and about. Sometimes it’s even my one year old daughter.

3) Can you tell us your favorite quote?
Oh geez. There are so many it is hard to pick just one. I’d have to say the quote that relates to me most is from Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton.

“I talk to myself everyone once in a while. Give myself very good advice. Sometimes I even take it.”

4) In Flames of Auriel Zoe is not really ladylike. Are you a like her?

I’ve never been one to keep my thoughts or opinions to myself, but I’m not the tomboy she is. I’d rather be inside than roughing it, but personality wise I’d say I’m a lot like her.

5) You would like to live where there is no snow. If you could choose anything where would you want to live?
Probably go back to Texas, which is where I’m originally from, but sadly they’ve been getting snow too, so I’d have to go further down to get away from the stuff.

6) What is another passion of yours (next to writing of course)?

Video games. Before I actually started focusing on my writing as a full/part time gig, I would spend hours/days playing any RPG adventure game I could get my hands on. From Legend of Zelda to World of Warcraft. I have sadly neglected them since my writing journey began, but I hope to visit them again soon.

7) You are a fantasy writer. In which fantasy world would you like to live?

Every fantasy world has its pros and cons, but if I had to pick one that I was least likely to die in, I’d say the Lord of the Rings world.

I love elves, hobbits, and all things Fae related, and Lord of the Rings has all of those things.

8) Is there a book / writer we all have to read as soon as possible?

This one changes a lot based on what my current mind set is and since I am working on a wonderland spinoff, A. G. Howard is a must! She writes the Splintered Series, which is a gothic wonderland spinoff and is completely wonderful.

9) If you could be anyone for one day. Who would you be?

Does this have to be a real person? If not, then I’d be Ailen in Throne of Glass. I love her personality and she is such an awesome character. Plus she gets to be around so many hunky guys!

10) What are your plans for the future?

I don’t really have any big plans for the future. I am mainly taking it one book at a time. I hope to have the next Caeles Adventure out this fall and have my wonderland series kicked off this summer, after that who knows?
Book review
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Review by Anniek
Zoe (full name Zoella) and Asher have been promised to each other ever since they were children.
Being the princess and prince of different Kingdoms their marriage would make an unbreakable bond between the two. They both know and accept what is expected of them.
Ever since she was a little kid Zoe would spend the whole summer at Asher's castle. He and his best friend Bryce never wanted to play with her. They wanted to play with the knights and learn how to fight. They did everything they could to get rid of her. In Zoe's Kingdom it is natural for men and women to fight and to learn the skills that every knight needs. Zoe is very good at fighting and her temperament complements her skills as a warrior. Asher brings out the worst in her. She can't help getting angry with him and she is also guilty of hitting him from time to time.
Asher has no interest at all in being romantically involved with his promised princess. He chases every other female that comes along though. His father died when Asher was very young and Zoe's Kingdom helped his mother and his people to win a war. He knows that the allegiance between the Kingdoms is necessary. When Zoe arrives to spend the summer he can't believe his eyes. How did the skinny child he remembers turn into this beautiful woman?
This summer is different because at last Asher and Zoe start to see each other as the husband and wife they soon will become. In Zoe's Kingdom women do not have to keep their virtue until their wedding night. They have their own pleasures with their assigned 'bodyguards'. Ever since Asher admitted to himself that he is in love with Zoe he has not touched another woman. He can't stand Garret, Zoe's bodyguard. He wants her for himself and is not willing to share.
When the summer is over Zoe heads home to prepare for the wedding. She doesn't know that her uncle has killed her father and has taken over her Kingdom. On the road assassins try to take her life but they hadn't encountered getting into a fight with a warrior princess. Zoe hides in the Dark Forest until they have a plan ready to take back the Kingdom. She can't forget Asher and will do anything to be with him again and to become his wife.
Flames of Auriel is full of action, betrayal and love. Zoe is a fierce princess. I loved the fact that she is a very skilled fighter and that she stands up for herself. She is a force to be reckoned with, but she also has a kind a loving heart when she lets someone in. She is sweet to the staff and I liked that a lot about her. Being a princess hasn't turned her into a snob and she appreciates people because of who they are, not because of what they do.
When Zoe and Asher finally find their way to each other it's heartwarming. If they would be real they would make one hell of a couple and a fair and honest King and Queen.I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read this genre. You will absolutely love it just as much as I did.



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  1. It's not registering my following on Twitter or Instagram :( and in addition, the form says I've only 3 entries when it should be 7 (liked and shared on Facebook, followed on Twitter, Google+, YouTube and Instagram, plus my original entry). Bit frustrated by that.