Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Rhodi’s Light by Megan Linski Excerpt, Interview & Giveaway

Rhodi’s Light
The Rhodi Saga
Book One
Megan Linski

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Dystopian

Publisher: Gryfyn Publishing

Date of Publication:  September 4, 2016

Word Count:  62,850

Cover Artist: Clarissa Yeo

Book Description:

Flight. Hyperspeed. Clairvoyance.

These are some of the powers gifted to the Rhodi, an ancient sect of assassins who defend Crescentia, a dystopian world with a dying hope.

Dyliana Fairsson is one of them. After losing her parents to a suspicious accident, she and her twin brother, Devin, join the Rhodi to avoid starvation. Under the direction of her master, Dylan struggles to learn the strength of her magic …as well as hide the growing scars on her wrists. Can Dylan become the warrior, the hero, she’s destined to be? Or is she fated to fall from the light into the darkness?

The first installment in the epic fantasy series by bestselling author Megan Linski, Rhodi’s Light is an action-packed thrill ride that will leave readers begging for more.

Rhodi Rising
The Rhodi Saga
Book Two
Megan Linski

Forced into hiding.

Desperate to find their masters.

In the past few months since the attack on their home, twin assassins Dylan and Devin have grown restless. With the Rhodi facing extinction, they search for their masters Talidin and Tavana, only to discover they’ve gone missing. With nowhere to turn, the twins seek help from a pair of mysterious spies, only to find the trail gone cold, marked by hints of torture and destruction. 

Dylan and Devin piece together the events that led to the disappearance of their fellow Rhodi. As their enemies close in for the kill, Dylan discovers that some things are impossible for a Rhodi…but not for a tigress.

The stakes and romance are heightened in this epic dystopian sequel to Rhodi’s Light. Bestselling author Megan Linski brings readers a young adult fantasy with magic, mystery, and an epic adventure that races quickly to a breathless conclusion.

Rhodi’s Lullaby
The Rhodi Saga
Book Three
Megan Linski

Cities burn.

Governments fall.

Lives are lost in a desperate war...one the Rhodi are losing.

The world has been devastated by the tyranny of the Red Huntress. To save Crescentia, Dylan and Devin attempt to decipher the mystery of the ancient letter their ancestors left behind, the only hope of salvation for their kind. Dylan continues to fight foes both on the battlefield and within her own mind, all while wrestling with the confused feelings she has for Enfys, the alluring spy who has become devoted to her cause.

In the epic conclusion to the thrilling Rhodi Saga, one brave warrior will stand in the way of corruption, to take place before her destiny…or her death.

Rhodi’s Lullaby is the third installment in the suspenseful young adult dystopian series fans and critics are calling an original masterpiece in the epic fantasy genre.

Rhodi’s Light and Rhodi Rising are also available. Catch up on the entire series today!

Chapter One Rhodi’s Light: Escaping

“Dylan! Dyliana, wake up! Get out of bed!”
The girl sleepily raised her head off the pillow and looked around, her sharp eyes piercing the darkness. Her father stood beside the bed, fully dressed and standing as straight as a board. He was pretending to be calm, yet she knew better. The face her father wore was one that she knew all too well, the one she hated and yet was frightened of at the same time. It was an expression of urgency, of fear.
“It’s time. Your mother is getting Devin up. We have to leave now.”
Dylan shook her long hair out of her face. “But I don’t…”
“Now’s not the time. Come.”
The small fifteen year old pushed back the covers and jumped out of bed, her day clothes on. She knew better than to go to sleep in pajamas anymore. What was the point? They always seemed to flee in the night.
She was a very pretty girl, with golden skin and particular orange eyes that glittered fiercely even in the darkness, but you’d never know it by the sour expression on her face. She wore baggy, tomboyish clothes and her dark black hair was tangled. She swept it sloppily beneath a hat as she clambered drowsily to her feet.

About the Author:

Megan Linski is the owner of Gryfyn Publishing and has had a passion for writing ever since she completed her first (short) novel at the age of 6. Her specializations are romance, fantasy, and contemporary fiction for people aged 14-24. When not writing she enjoys ice skating, horse riding, theatre, archery, fishing, and being outdoors. She is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention, and is an active fighter against common variable immune deficiency disorder. She lives in Michigan.

Megan Linski also writes under the pen name of Natalie Erin for the Creatures of the Lands Series, co-authored with Krisen Lison.

Where are you from?
I come from a small town with a little more than 2,000 people in the Midwest. 
Tell us your latest news?
I just released my three-book Rhodi Saga on September 4. It’s a series I’ve been working on since I was 15 and I’m almost 24 now, so I’m really excited it’s out!!!
When and why did you begin writing?
I was always writing as a child. I could read almost as soon as I could talk, so I used to make little books and newspapers out of construction paper when I was six years old. It wasn’t something that I really wanted to do, it was something that just came naturally, like breathing.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I didn’t really consider myself a real writer until I started getting paid for my work. I was hired in as a journalist at 16 for my town newspaper, and ever since then I’ve considered myself serious.
What inspired you to write your first book?
It was somewhat of an accident. I was 14, and I really wanted to be friends with this girl in my class. I found out she liked writing, so we went back and forth passing chapter to chapter to each other. It eventually became a book, which turned into Kiatana’s Journey by Natalie Erin, #1 of the Creatures of the Lands series.
Do you have a specific writing style?
My style varies depending on the book I’m writing and the story I want to tell. No two books are the same. They all have their own personality, so I switch depending on what the story needs.
How did you come up with the title?
Rhodi’s Light is about the small lights the Rhodi, the warriors, carry around inside of their bodies. This light is their soul, and they can take it out of their chests and give it to others, symbolically giving themselves away completely to someone they love.
Rhodi Rising is about the main character, Dylan, and how she begins changing from a warrior into one of the main players in the war she and her fellow warriors face.
Rhodi’s Lullaby is a secret. You’ll have to read the book to find out J
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Dylan struggles with depression and self-injury throughout the three books. The entire series is about her struggle to confront her inner demons and set herself free from her dark past. I want to show readers how brave Dylan can be, and no matter how far down the hole she gets, she still has a fighter’s spirit. Most of us can survive anything so long as we keep that will going to keep fighting.
How much of the book is realistic?
There’s a lot of magic, so that part isn’t very realistic, but the emotional experiences and emotional connections the characters make are very, very real.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The best reading material comes from people who’ve experienced what they’re writing about, and I’ve definitely been there, down that dark hole, and I’ve loved people who’ve fallen farther. I don’t try to write books based directly on my own experiences, however. I try to give the characters their own story, otherwise I’m just writing a memoir.
What books have most influenced your life most?
I loved The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. Honestly I grew up reading a lot of work from unpublished and budding authors and that’s had a lot of impact on my own stuff.
If you had to choose, åwhich writer would you consider a mentor?
I’d love to be mentored by C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling. But F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ray Bradbury wouldn’t be bad second choices. 
What book are you reading now?
I read so many ARC’s from authors. By the time this interview is published, I’ll already be on a different one.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Constance Roberts is somebody I think to watch. And T.A. Ariyanna is coming out with a killer steampunk series next March published by my company. The first book is The Mage’s Son, a mash up of Harry Potter and Beauty and the Beast. I think that’s something you’re gonna wanna pick up.
What are your current projects?
I’m finishing up my Creatures of the Lands series, which’ll be out next year.
What would you like my readers to know?

I really want to forge an emotional connection with the reader. That’s really the most important thing to me. I try to do that with every book…I want you to care about my characters as if they are real people, because honestly, they’re real to me.

Tour giveaway

1 signed paperback copy of Rhodi’s Light

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