*taps conductor baton*
*bursts into song*
(it’s a more accurate mental picture if you assume I am also horribly off key)
HAPPY BOOKBIIIIRTHDAY TO KISSOFDECPTION
HAPPY BOOKBIIIIRTHDAAAAAAY TO KISSOFDECEPTIOOOON
HAPPYYYY BOOKBIIIIRTHDAAAAAY TOOOO KIIIISSOFDECEEEEEPTIOOOOON
HAAAAAAPPY BOOOOOKBIIIIIRTHDAAAAAY TOOOOOO YOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUU!
Right, you can come out now, the performance bit’s over. As you may have guessed, it is the long-awaited release day of Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson, the first book in a fantastic new fantasy trilogy.
We are huge fans of this book and are quite pleased to welcome Mary here today to talk about writing a sneaky twist (Meg’s working title: How To Trick Your Readers In The Sneakiest Of The Sneaky Fashions).
(Working title comes with gif because obviously)
So come along gentle reader and learn about how Mary E. Pearson will pull the rug out from under you and cause you to question everything you think about how you perceive characters and what are you doing making assumptions anyway? Go home Meg, you’re drunk. (That last bit may just be me but what can I say, I’m dramatic.)
As I got a closer look, my own attention perked up. I watched the newest arrivals step inside and search the crowded room, their eyes roaming over customers and corners . . . I sidled closer to the shadows of the alcove to watch them.
“Now that’s an interesting pair,” Gwyneth said, swishing in beside me.
I couldn’t deny they had captured my attention.
When I first started writing The Kiss of Deception I started it in third person point of view, but I realized it would be impossible for me to have the reader experience what Lia’s does, without using trickery. I didn’t want to do that. I just wanted to write the story and let readers assume what they would.
So I switched to first, but even that was still tricky for me, because I had to be careful each character, Rafe or Kaden, didn’t have any internal conversations with themselves about their backgrounds, and then when we knew by the chapter titles that the Assassin or Prince was speaking, I had to be careful about how they referred to prior scenes that only Rafe or Kaden would know. Does that make sense?
It took several revisions to make sure I hadn’t inadvertently let the cat out of the bag. In those revisions I also made sure that on a reread, what the guys said and did would all add up to who they really were. Because I really wasn’t trying to trick anyone. I just wanted all of our assumptions about people to come into play, and also for readers to become invested in both characters, just as Lia was, before they found out for sure who was who.
Another challenge in writing the two male viewpoint characters was making sure Rafe and Kaden each had distinct mannerisms and voices so they weren’t confused. It was helpful that they had chapters all their own early on because that got me into their heads quickly—and I have to say it was a fun place to be ; ) I actually grew to love them both for very different reasons, no matter who or what they were.
In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.
In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.
On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.
The lovely people over at Macmillan are so excited about this book, they want to give you a copy of your very own for you to treasure always. So go, enter! You do not want to miss this book.
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My day is fantastic, thank you! You know what else is looking to be fantastic, this book!
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My day is going pretty well so far! This book looks really amazing!
My day is wonderful and thanks for the chance to win this awesome book!! 🙂
I’m so excited to read this book! I can’t wait to see the sneakiness and twists that she talked about above hehe. Also my day is going amazingly-well so far 🙂
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My day is going good, but would be better if I were reading this book right now!
It’s alright, rainy where I am, but that just means I should be snuggled up reading!
My day could be better, but I’m not one to complain.
But this interview is awesome! I write in third but follow several PoVs in my books, including more than a few males, and being a female, I thought it would be harder to get into their heads than it really was. My male characters are just surprisingly easy to write. =)
Thanks for the giveaway!
Hi cuddlebuggery! My day could be better, but that could also be because I haven’t eaten yet. Whoops…
Thanks for another awesome giveaway and guest post 🙂
My day is great…..I’m reading Lady Thief so I’m in HEAVEN. I can’t wait to read this book. It looks so amazing.
My day is going great. I have day off of work spending it with my family.
This books sounds amazing. Thank you for the giveaway. I have my fingers crossed.
My day is great! I’m not going to get everything done but I finished a book that I really enjoyed so it’s a good day anyway. I wouldn’t have given this book a second look on the shelf but your review makes me really want to read it!
My day has been absolutely lovely. how is yours? i don’t like heat and bugs suck but we have a nice swimming pool so all in all EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!
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So far, my day started off horrible. D:
I only got 5 hours of sleep, a kid spilled chocolate milk on my leg, I saw a HUGE fly, and it is boiling hot today. Hopefully my day will get better!
How was your day? 😀
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OH NO. I hope your day improved! Good luck with the giveaway. 😀
This book looks so great & the cover is gorgeous. my day is okay, i have a bit of a headache, thanks for asking.
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It’s a really nice day, thanks! 😀 My afternoon is clear, so I get to reaaaad! Hooray.
Happy book birthday to KoD!
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Hello! My day’s been pretty laid-back and nice. I’ve just been checking out Top Ten Tuesday memes and reading everyone’s confessions. 🙂
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Pretty dang awesome! Two of my friends just drove clean across the continent to come visit. We’re gonna hang for a while. Thanks!
It’s almost here!!! Yay!!!
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My day is fine, thank you! How is yours? 🙂
My day has been pretty great. It was sunny and hot so I sat outside and read a good book!
I have been hearing soo much about this book and the description has me excited!!Can’t wait to read this one.. thanks for the giveaway! 🙂
I seriously can’t wait to read this book. It sounds right up my alley!
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So excited for this book! And obviously my day was made better because of this awesome giveaway!
My day is pretty good. Great book to pick as a giveaway! I have heard amazing things about this one and I can’t wait to read it!
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My day was good. Thank you for asking! I’ve been so excited about this book coming out, you made it even better when you decided to put up this giveaway. You’re awesome! Thank you and you have a good day yourself! Kay?
My days been stressfully HOT!!! Luckily now it’s nighttime and it’s cooling off a bit! Then I went outside to get in our pool, and it was GREEN!! Yuck!! (I forgot to clean it yesterday, Oops 😉
BUT…one good thing about my day is….IT’S KISS OF DECEPTIONS BOOK BIRTHDAY!!! That right there is enough to brighten my day!!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!
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Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books
Do I sense unreliable narration here? Or, at least, unusual narration? Color me intrigued! I’ve heard nothing but good about this book and can’t wait to read it for myself.
Thanks for the giveaway!
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My day was pretty good! Caught up on some DVR TV (Chasing Life, True Blood, Reckless…) Thanks for asking! 🙂
Rachel (Miss Perfection) @ A Perfection Called Books
This book is sooo amazing!! I love it. 🙂 My day has been great so far (It’s 1:30 AM). Not much has happened yet XD
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I want to read this book so badly! I loved the Jenna Fox Chronicles greatly so I just know I would love Kiss of Deception.
My day’s just starting so it’s going alright 🙂 Thanks for asking!!! This book sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!
Great! Hope yours is too!
I cannot wait to read this book. It looks right up my alley except for the love triangle.
My day has only just begun, but, I sure do hope it will be a good one.
My day is great, thanks for asking 🙂
My day would be lovely if I weren’t so tired! Summer hours aren’t as easy as people say.
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Today was pretty good for me! I finished school and then went for an awesome lunch with my friends 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!
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Rebecca @ The Library Canary
My day was okay. Better now that I’m off work and at home! Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve heard such good things about this one!!! Can’t wait to read it!
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I’ve been sick all day, so not so good. This book might make it better though. 🙂
Lovely day but can’t wait to read this book!
My day’s great 🙂 thanks for the giveaway!
My day is awesome, as I hope all of yours is too! I really want this!!! I received an ARC of it, now I need an official copy to go with the rest when they are released. I have to have my books match. Go crazy when they don’t and they are from the same series.
Linda from La La in the Library.
It is 6:00 am so my day hasn’t really started yet, but it is Friday and that gives me great hope for the day!!
My day has been great! I have been reading all day. I love summer break.
My day was great! I worked at my job at my local library and now I’m home and ready to read! Thanks for the giveaway!
Great day out and thank you so much for this! Love summer readings and this would be an amazing addition ^_^
Pity, it’s only for US and CA.
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Hey, I am having an okay day. Thank you for asking.
It’s good. I just got off of work. 🙂
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My day’s going well, albeit a bit exhausting–I helped move my parents’ old bedroom furniture downstairs and the new furniture upstairs. And it was all very, very heavy!
Things have been going alright so far. Thanks. 🙂
Shae/Shelver @ Shae Has Left The Room
My day has been lovely so far, thanks for asking. 🙂
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My day has been pretty good! It’s been raining for most of the evening so I haven’t really done much. We had an open house this afternoon (we’re moving at the end of July), so we had some people over looking at the house. I hope you had an awesome day!
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It’s great and grand! 🙂
My day has been okay so far, but it’s still morning..
My day is going good. Thanks for the giveaway.
Aneta @ Angelic Reviews
My day has been amazing!! Thanks for asking, and thank you for such an awesome giveaway.
I look forward to reading this book!
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It’s a bit toasty today but hey the tomatoes love it and I’d love to be sitting in the backyard reading this book. Thanks for the chance to enter
My day could have been better. My mom had her thyroid removed and when I saw her I almost passed out, but tomorrow will be better when she is able to come home from the hospital.
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