Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Gryphon Series Blog Tour

Welcome to Day 10 of The Gryphon Series Blog Tour!  We here at R&M are honored to be hosting the wonderful Stacey Roarke on our blog once again!  So, without further ado, we have for your viewing pleasure a review of Sacrifice, the latest novel in the series, an interview with Stacey, and some other fun stuff!

Blurb for Sacrifice:

Celeste Garrett has finally found a happy balance in her life as the Chosen One, thanks in large part to a certain hunky Irishman. But if there’s any lesson she should heed since receiving her calling it’s that everything can change in the blink of an eye. Soon a terrible new threat, unlike anything she’s ever encountered, causes her to make a gut-wrenching choice that will strip her of someone she holds dear.

As much as she’d like to have a pity party for one, there’s no time for that now because wedding bells are ringing in Gainesboro! In between dress fittings and rehearsal dinners Celeste will have to fend off attacking demons and leering pirates. As if the Dark Army wasn’t scary enough our heroine is faced with the horrifying trauma of attending a bachelorette party with her mom and watching Grams do Jello shots. Is a walk down the aisle even possible for a member of the Garrett family when the Dark Army is out to destroy them? More importantly, will the Dark Army Glee Club sing at the reception?

Raise your glass to the happy couple, and get ready for a wedding…Conduit-style.


I was waiting on pins and needles for the release of this book.  When I heard that it was out for a limited time, I hurriedly snatched up my copy and ran for my reading cave.  Ask my partner, I all but snarled at my family if they dared to bother me while I was reading! 
After all of the anticipation I can honestly say  I was not disappointed.  The Sidekick Chronicles set the scene for some of the action within Sacrifice, but it sure as heck did not prepare me for the decision that Celeste makes in regards to Caleb.  I read through that particular scene over and over again, tears in my eyes.  And the wedding of Gabe and Alaina, wowee, what a wedding!  I would love to have been able to have a wedding like that, well, like some of it. 
Sacrifice takes you to new heights not seen before in the series.  There are new locations, new villains, and while most of the characters we have already met in previous novels, we see them in a different light.  I thoroughly enjoyed the novel.  It made me laugh, cry, and swoon, from one cover to the other.  I recommend that you pick up this series and get hooked like I am. Make sure to start with The Conduit, the book that began it all, followed by Embrace, The Sidekick Chronicles, and then for a final treat, Sacrifice.  I cannot wait to see where the series will go from here. 
And let me just say this, gnomes are icky and creepy, don’t believe me, then read Sacrifice and you understand! 

Favorite Quote from Sacrifice:

“When that liquid touched his tongue everything would change.  He’d never know I lied to him.  He’d never know how much this hurt me.  I wanted to scream for him to stop.  To knock the cup from his hands before it was too late and get lost in his arms forever.  Instead I stood silent and promised myself that somehow, someway we would be together again.”
Celeste, Sacrifice, A Gryphon Series Novel

Our interview with Stacey:

R&M:  We must know: What book are you reading right now?

Stacey:  Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2)

R&M:  Can you tell us an interesting fact about you, your writing, or anything at all?  Or, is there anything in particular you want the readers to know about you?

Stacey:  An interesting fact about anything at all? Mice can't throw up. That's why poison works on them. Their bodies have no way to get rid of it. If readers get nothing else from this interview they will remember mice can't throw up.

R&M:  Is there a special place in your home that you work at?

Stacey:  If I'm formatting or wearing my publisher hat I work in my office in the basement. (It's not a dungeon I swear.) But if I'm writing or editing I have to be comfy-aka on my bed.

R&M:  Do you have an interesting writing quirk? Maybe something that you have to do while writing or something that you have to do before you start writing?

Stacey:  Music. I need songs that set the scene for me. That take me to the emotional place I need to be in. I write a lot of Rowan's scenes to the Jace Everett song Bad Things. Caleb often gets Tura'lu by the Bollox.

R&M:  Are the characters within The Gryphon Series based on anyone that you know in real life?

Stacey:  Kendall is based on my daughter, who much like Keni is a creature that seems capable of only love in its purest and most genuine form. Grams is based on both my husband and my great grandmothers. Both were cool chicks that never let age keep them from a good time. And Celeste, well she’s the “every girl” I hope everyone that reads this series can relate to her in some way.

R&M:  Which one of the characters do you feel the biggest connection with and why?

Stacey:  Celeste, totally. Her and I speak sarcasm fluently.

R&M:  What can you tell us about the third full-length novel, Sacrifice, in The Gryphon Series?

Stacey:  Look at you trying to get the dirt! Sneaky, sneaky! Well there will be a wedding, a betrayal, and a gut wrenching loss all tied together with witty dialogue and snappy one liners. That pretty much sums it up! Hah!

R&M:  How did you end up starting your own publishing company, Anchor Group?

Stacey:  That is a very long story. The abbreviated version is that I had been toying with the idea of launching a publishing house for a while. Then one day the opportunity quite literally fell in my lap. There were other authors—dear friends of mine—that told me they believed in me and they would stand beside me as I transitioned into this role. Had they not been there I probably would’ve thrown my hands up and not even attempted it. But they had so much faith in me that I jumped in with both feet. Best decision I ever made. To Christy Sloat, Katherine Polillo and Melissa Ringsted I have to add; thank you ladies for believing in me and for seeing me as the AG Cap’n when the idea still terrified me.

R&M:  If you were to give another writer advice, what would be your #1 piece of advice?

Stacey:  Read. Any kind of books you can get your hands on in as many genres as possible! Only through reading will you get the tools you need to be a great writer.

R&M:  If the world was coming to an end within the next 24 hours, what five things would you HAVE to do before everything went boom?

Stacey:  My family, my friends, a bottle of rum and some deep belly laughs. I know that’s only four, but really then I’d be good!

Fun Questions!

1. Favorite Color? Blue

2. Favorite Animal? Dogs

3. Favorite Book? Mine of course! LOL

4. Favorite Drink? Day time-sweet tea, evening-RUM

5. Favorite Day of the Week? Saturday

6. Favorite Holiday? Christmas

7. Polka Dots or Stripes? Polka Dots

8. Cats or Dogs? Again, dogs!

9. Favorite Season? Summer

10. Favorite Movie? Pirates of the Caribbean At World’s End

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